Praise for St. Mary’s Ulster GAA champs

St. Mary’s Principal, Mary McCloskey has praised the school’s U19 squad who recently became 2016 Ulster Gaelic Champions.

Speaking at a special event at The Drummond Hotel to mark the achievement, Mrs McCloskey said: “To have been able to stand at the sidelines, and watch incredible performances from the boys was a real honour and pleasure for me.

Faughanvale manager Paul Bradley pictured with the players who were members of the  St Mary's Limavady U19 squad and who were the 2016 Ulster Gaelic Champions. INLV1716-124KDR

Faughanvale manager Paul Bradley pictured with the players who were members of the St Mary's Limavady U19 squad and who were the 2016 Ulster Gaelic Champions. INLV1716-124KDR

“2014-2015 saw a rebirth of Gaelic Games with the appointment of Chrissie McKaigue as coach under a pilot scheme with Derry GAA and Limavady Wolfhounds.”

Mrs McCloskey paid tribute to Chrissie McKaigue and how he had inspired the players and thanked Kevin O’Neill and Richard Ferris for their involvement with the squad.

GAA coach, Chrissy McKaigue said: “I think it’s fair to say the group of young men who sit beside us tonight have earned the right to be labelled special. Every time we trained I reminded the boys of the rest of the school going home whilst we choose to come to training to achieve something special, and we did something that we cherish for the rest of our days.”

The GAA star spoke of players from clubs including Glack, Magilligan, Limavady, Slaughtmanus, Faughanvale, Drumsurn and Glenullin having their young players compete on the national stage and said it was “proof that they are everybody as good as any other young player throughout the country.”

St Mary's Limavady U19 squad, 2016 Ulster Gaelic Champions - captain  Conor McGuinness with Derry GAA's Mark Lynch,, and the team's coaches Chris McKaigue and Kevin O'Neill. INLV1716-125KDR

St Mary's Limavady U19 squad, 2016 Ulster Gaelic Champions - captain Conor McGuinness with Derry GAA's Mark Lynch,, and the team's coaches Chris McKaigue and Kevin O'Neill. INLV1716-125KDR

Other guests on the night included Derry GAA’s Mark Lynch, Brian Smith, Chairman of Derry GAA, Chris Collins and Richard Ferris.