Bellaghy open their doors for drug awareness talk

By Michael McMullan IT’S the height of the playing season but Bellaghy open their doors to the world on Saturday afternoon (2pm) for a drug awareness talk from Dublin All-Ireland medal winner Philly McMahon. The Ballymun Kickhams man lost his brother after a battle with drug addiction and he will lift the lid on the […]

Tom Quinn: A Bellaghy and Derry legend

By Michael McMullan ONE glance at Tom Quinn’s list of achievements tells you the stature of the man in footballing circles. Tom passed away recently and will go down as one of the all-time Bellaghy and Derry greats. With St Columb’s Derry, he won a Hogan Cup in 1965. A minor All-Ireland title followed in […]

Ballinascreen’s taming of the All-Ireland champions

Fifty years ago, Ballinascreen were Derry senior champions. Former Derry star Brendan Kelly was a key member of their winning team. Michael McMullan went to meet him… BRENDAN Kelly’s facial expression says it all. He just loves talking football. As a back-to-back Ulster winner with Derry in the mid-seventies, the game has treated him well. There […]

Swatragh faced with the same test

By Michael McMullan WHEN Swatragh interim manager John Kearney emerged from the team huddle after victory over Bellaghy on Saturday evening, he had two concise messages. The players deserved all the credit for digging out the result and they’d have to repeat the performance in Lavey on Sunday (3.30pm) in their final group game. The […]

PREVIEW: The Derry Club Football Championships get underway

DERRY SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP By Niall Gartland GLEN were a kick of the ball away from landing the Andy Merrigan Cup back in January. We won’t go into the ins and outs of the controversy that followed, but the point we’re trying to make is that Malachy O’Rourke’s side are one of the best teams in […]

Bellaghy looking no further than championship opener

By Michael McMullan DERRY league champions Bellaghy have their eyes fully focussed on next month’s championship opener with Dungiven insists Eoghan Brown. The Tones won their first league title since 2004 and used the campaign to make progress from last season when they found themselves in trouble until Derry CCC’s decision to scrap the relegation play-offs. […]

Bellaghy crowned league champions in Derry

By Michael McMullan BELLAGHY were crowned league champions in Derry by virtue of 2022 winners Glen’s win over Tones’ nearest challengers Coleraine in their final game of the season. Damian Cassidy’s side – still with a game to spare – were on the cusp of the title after last Tuesday’s win at home to Dungiven […]