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1998 and 1999


Hurlers Unlucky

The senior hurlers faced neighbours Kevin Lynchs in the quarter final of the championship in a repeat of the 1996 final.  Banagher were very unlucky to lose and would have won only for a superb individual performance from Kevin Lynchs Geoffrey McGonigle who scored 1-9.  Final Score.  Kevin Lynchs 1-11 Banagher 1-9.

Banagher Team : Kieran Stevenson, Martin McGrellis, Mickey Cartin, Gregory Simpson, Paddy O’Kane, Sean Martin Lockhart, Ryan Lynch, Damien McLaughlin (0-1), Peter O’Kane, Gareth Feeney, Gregory Biggs (0-3), Paul Cartin, Dean Lockhart (0-4), Gary Biggs (1-0), John O’Dwyer.  Sub.  Danny McGrellis (0-1)

The hurlers were also in contention for the league title that year but another defeat to Kevin Lynchs in their penultimate league game dashed Banagher’s hopes of a first league title since 1985.

Underage Success


On the footballing front Banagher won the North Derry minor championship defeating Sean Dolans 2-8 to 1-10 in the final thanks to goals from Cathal McCullagh and Colin Simpson.  Paul Lynch was named man of the match.  


The U-16 footballers won the North Derry League (Section B).  Banagher captain Aidan Devine was presented with the trophy by North Derry Secretary Breige McGuinness.


There was also considerable success in underage hurling with the U-12’s winning the championship after defeating Ballinascreen 4-2 to 2-1 in the final.  Pauric McCloskey (2-0), Ruairi McCloskey (1-1), Mark Lynch (0-1) and Barry McLaughlin (0-1) getting the scores.

The U-14 Hurlers took part in the Ulster Feile at Ballinascreen, defeating Ballybofey, Strabane and Ballinascreen and qualifying for the Division III Final at Casement Park when they played Down side, Ballela.  Unfortunately Banagher lost by a point but it was a good all round effort by the lads.



In the County Community Games Banagher U-10 footballers beat Drum in the Final and went on to represent Derry against the Fermanagh champions in the Ulster Community Games.  In an exciting match Banagher lost 5-6 to 5-5.  The Banagher team was, Aaron Hasson, Niall Lynch, Darragh McCloskey, Christopher Crossan, Eoin O’Neill, Michael Forrestor, Dominic O’Kane, Oisin McCloskey, Christopher O’Kane, Sean Devine, Gearoid O’Neill, Gavin O’Neill, Brian O’Kane, Eunan O’Kane, Eugene Murphy.  Subs.  Kevin Lynch, Martin Lynch.



All Ireland Feile na nGael


The U-14 hurlers, under the management of Paul McDermott and Gerard McCloskey, brought considerable honour to the club by winning a first ever County Derry Feile na nGael championship after a victory over Ballinascreen in the final.  Banagher then travelled to Enniscorthy in Wexford to represent Derry in the All Ireland Feile na nGael, the first Banagher team ever to do so.  In their opening game Banagher beat Wexford side, Monageer-Boulavogue 4-7 to 1-0.  Two goals from Conal McLaughlin and further goals from Mark Lynch and Kevin O’Neill helping Banagher to victory.  Banagher lost their second game narrowly to Mhuire Bheag of Carlow on a scoreline of 3-2 to 2-4, Mark Lynch and Eugene O’Kane scoring the goals.  In their final game Banagher overcame strong Wexford side Marshallstown-Castledockrell by 0-9 to 1-5.  The Banagher team acquitted themselves admirably and represented both the club and the county very well.


The historic Banagher panel was Eugene Lockhart, Kevin O’Neill, Declan Coll (captain), Conor Lynch, Oisin McCloskey, Christopher O’Neill, Ruairi McCloskey, P.J. McCloskey, Owen Biggs, Jonathan Kealey, Mark Lynch, Eugene O’Kane, Darren Murphy, Conal McLaughlin, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Michael O’Kane, Sean McDermott, Danny O’Neill, Pauric McCloskey, Cathal O’Kane, Kieran Guy, Andrena O’Kane, Eunan O’Kane, Barry McLaughlin.


The U-14 hurlers also won the County Championship that year.  Two goals from Andrena O’Kane helping Banagher to victory over Ballinascreen.


Senior Hurling


The senior hurlers got off to a good start in the championship with a big win over Swatragh 2-15 to 0-6, the goals coming from Danny McGrellis and Gary Biggs in order to set up a semi-final showdown with Lavey.  The semi-final played at Slaughtneil turned out to be a disappointment for Banagher as Lavey ran out winners by 2-14 to 0-7.


Ulster Underage Hurling Honours


There was more success for the club as Peter O’Kane won an Ulster Colleges Hurling All Star Award with St Patricks College, Maghera and Kevin McCullagh was the goalkeeper on the Derry U-16 Hurling Team which won the Ulster Championship and lost to Kerry in the All Ireland B Final. 






Senior Football

The senior footballers had a fine 0-10 to 0-5 win over Kilrea in the Senior Championship with Gary Biggs (0-5), John O’Dwyer (0-2), Peter O’Kane (0-1), David Hassan (0-1) and Eamon Feeney (0-1) getting the scores.  In the quarter final favourites Bellaghy proved too strong and ended Banagher’s championship hopes.  After a disappointing league campaign Banagher needed a relegation play off win against Greenlough to maintain their Division One status.  Banagher winning 2-14 to 0-4.  John O’Dwyer (2-3), Gary Biggs (0-6), Eamon Lynch (0-1), Paul Cartin (0-1), Eamon Feeney (0-1), Gregory Biggs (0-1) and Damien McLaughlin (0-1) getting the scores.

Banagher Team : Kieran Stevenson, Martin McGrellis, Mickey Cartin, Gregory Simpson, Paddy O’Kane, Sean Martin Lockhart, Ryan Lynch, Damien McLaughlin (0-1), Peter O’Kane, Gareth Feeney, Gregory Biggs (0-3), Paul Cartin, Dean Lockhart (0-4), Gary Biggs (1-0), John O’Dwyer.  Sub.  Danny McGrellis (0-1)


Sean Martin Lockhart Honoured

1998 was a great year for Sean Martin Lockhart.  He was on the Derry senior football team which won the Ulster Championship and who lost to Galway in the All Ireland semi-final.  His performances that year earned him a much deserved GAA All Star Award.  He became Banagher’s second recipient of the prestigious award, Gerry McElhinney having won one in 1975.  Sean Martin also played for Ireland in the International Rules Series against Australia that year and was named “Player of The Series”.  In addition he won the Bass GAA Writers Ulster Footballer of the Year Award to cement his reputation as one of the top footballers in the country.


 North Derry Club of The Year

There was more success for Banagher at the North Derry Board Convention when the club was awarded the Gerry Crossan Memorial Trophy for North Derry Club of the Year.



Football Championship Defeat


The senior footballers were knocked out of the championship by Swatragh that season after a very spirited display.  An Anthony Tohill inspired Swatragh eventually running out winners 1-10 to 1-7.


Banagher Team : Declan Mullan, Damien Hasson, Patrick O’Donnell, Paul Lynch, Eamon Feeney, Paul Cartin, Lenny Feeney, Richard O’Kane, Peter O’Kane, Ryan Lynch (0-2), Sean Martin Lockhart, David Hassan, Colin Simpson, Gregory Biggs (1-4), Eamon Lynch (0-1).


After this encouraging championship display the footballers put a good run of results together in the league and escaped relegation after a crucial away win over Ballymaguigan.


 Colm McCormick (R.I.P.)


It was with great shock and sadness that everyone involved with the club heard of the tragic death of Colm McCormick on 24th May 1999.  Colm played at all levels of underage for the club in both football and hurling and was a committed and popular player.  Colm was also a coach to many of the clubs underage teams and was manager of the U-12 footballers.  He was a great servant to Banagher and his loss is felt greatly by everyone associated with the club.  May he rest in peace.