PICTURE GALLERY: Glen Rovers mark five historic anniversaries

GLEN Rovers GAC and Camogie Club, Armoy celebrated five historic milstones at their this year's annual dinner dance.

A packed crowd at the bash in St Olcan's Hall, Armoy toasted the 125th anniversay of the formation of the GAA, 40th anniversay of the reforming of Glen Rovers GAC, 20th anniversary of Olcan McFetridge's All-Ireland final appearance and All-Star Award, 10th anniversary of the formation of the camogie club and opening of the clubrooms and finally, the fifth anniversary of the purchase of land for the club's new pitch which will be completed later this year.

Although Glen Rovers GAC, Armoy was formed in 1956, the club folded in 1960 due to lack of numbers but was resurrected in 1969 and now celebrates the 40th anniversary of that occasion.

The reformed team won the Antrim Junior Championship in 1969.

In the North Antrim final they beat Loughgiel 4-13 to 3-5, and beat St John's in the final 6-7 to 1-0 at Glenariffe.

On 6 August 1989 Antrim beat Offaly 4-15 to 1-15 to reach the All-Ireland Senior Final for only the second time.

Olcan McFetridge put Glen Rovers on the map by scoring 2-3 and won the goal of the year award.

In September that year Tipperary beat Antrim 4-24 and 3-9 in the All-Ireland final, 'Clute' scores 0-3 and his efforts gain him an All-Star Award.

Glen Rovers marked the occassion with a special dinner dance in St Olcan's Hall on 9 February 1990.

In 1999 the camogie club was ressurected.

They started off in division four and now play division two.

Over the past ten years they have won the Antrim Junior Championship (2004) and two Intermediate Shields (2007 and 2008).

It is hard to believe it is the 10th anniversary of the opening of their showrooms at a cost of almost 300,000/

Work started in August 1997 and the AGM for the 1999 season was held in the new clubrooms and it was agreed at that meeting that the grounds be named Pairc An Cromach.

The building has proved to be a valuable asset not only to the club but also to St Olcan's parish and the general community.

In 2004 Glen Rovers purchased 5.75 acres of land and in 2006 an additional acre was bought so that the club could create a full size playing pitch with training area.

The Blessing and Cutting of the First Sod took place on 17 June 2008 performed by Fr Nellis.

The facilties will be up and running by 2010.