First Ulster Colleges’ title for St. Mary’s, Limavady

St. Mary's, Limavady, GAA coaches Mark Franey and Chrissy McKaigue with captain Callum Brown after the school won their first Ulster Colleges' title bringing home the Gerry Brown Cup. (1912sj20)
St. Mary's, Limavady, GAA coaches Mark Franey and Chrissy McKaigue with captain Callum Brown after the school won their first Ulster Colleges' title bringing home the Gerry Brown Cup. (1912sj20)

St Mary’s, Limavady made GAA history this week bringing home their first ever Ulster Colleges’ title after winning the Danske Bank Gerry Brown

Cup final.

The team beat St. Ciaran’s, Ballygawley, 1-11-0-10 in what coach, Slaughtneil’s, Chrissy McKaigue described as a hard fought game. He said it was a massive boost for St Mary’s and the clubs associated within

The  St Marys Limavady football team get a heroes welcome as they return to the school after winning the Ulster Colleges Cup beating St Ciarans Ballygawley in the final at Cookstown. Included are Mrs Mary McCloskey principal , holding the cup aloft with team captain Callum Brown. INLV5114-060KDR

The St Marys Limavady football team get a heroes welcome as they return to the school after winning the Ulster Colleges Cup beating St Ciarans Ballygawley in the final at Cookstown. Included are Mrs Mary McCloskey principal , holding the cup aloft with team captain Callum Brown. INLV5114-060KDR

the team.

“The boys getting exposure at this level is massive and it will help them along in their development,” said Chrissy. “I know what it feels like to win and I know what it takes to win. As a coach all you can ask for is dedication and application and for the most part of the year the boys have done that and in the last two games they have done that. We are massively

proud of them.”

School principal Mary McCloskey praised the players.

Members of the  St Marys Limavady football team get a heroes welcome as they return to the school after winning the Ulster Colleges Cup beating St Ciarans Ballygawley in the final at Cookstown. INLV5114-043KDR

Members of the St Marys Limavady football team get a heroes welcome as they return to the school after winning the Ulster Colleges Cup beating St Ciarans Ballygawley in the final at Cookstown. INLV5114-043KDR

“To go to an Ulster final and come back with silverware is fantastic. The boys played brilliantly and they say it is not just down to themselves but also the coaches, Chrissy McKaigue and Mark Franey,” said Mrs McCloskey. “We’re flying high and I have no doubt we will have more silverware in our

hands soon.”

Captain Callum Brown said it was “a great achievement” and something he was very proud of while full forward, Antony McGuinness said it was a day he would cherish for a long time.

Coach mark Franey said it was a tight game of football and a great early Christmas present for the school.

“Hopefully this sends an injection in the school to emulate the performance of this team and bring home more silverware, It’s a great early Christmas present and hopefully it’ll follow on and the school will continue to grow from strength to strength in their gaelic.”