St Enda's, Belfast's future champions?
THERE is a change coming in Antrim; a shifting of power from the current dominant forces to newer clubs, hungry for success, bolstered by eager young footballers and hurlers who are facilitated by eager committee members.
One such club is St Enda’s, Glengormley.
Situated on the Hightown road, the club occupy a corner of Belfast that has often been hostile towards the GAA. At one point, St Enda’s was the most attacked club in Ireland.
Indeed, their former senior football manager Gerry Devlin was shot dead by loyalists at the front gate of the club in 1997, six months after Bellaghy Chairman Sean Brown was murdered outside the Wolfe Tones club.
Bellaghy has a proud history of success, St Enda’s does not, but that is all set to change.
Niall Murphy, vice secretary of the club, has been involved with the committee for 20 years has witnessed many lows, but he is now delighted to see the club stepping into an unprecedented era of success.
Last year their u-14s won the Antrim Féile football title and then travelled to Cork where they picked up the All-Ireland equivalent. The same boys also won the North Antrim Hurling A Championship.
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