Where it all started

In 1903 Carey GAC was formed by Dennis Maguire and Patrick Moore assisted by the local priest Fr Eardly. The first full season in 1904 saw Carey win their first major trophy, ‘The Shield of the Heroes’, this was the final of the Glens Feis where the opposition was Glenarm. ‘The Shield of the Heroes’ can be seen on Careys Crest.

Our most Successful Period

Carey were the first North Antrim team to win the Antrim county championship in 1906, to achieve this they had to beat Belfast side Crowleys in the final. That year they represented Antrim in the Ulster club championship, against Donegal side Burt who unfortunately fell at the final hurdle.

Ten years later Carey would get the chance to rectify this loss as they came up against Burt again in the Ulster club final but again where defeated.  To get there Carey won the North Antrim Final and County final of this year beating Belfast Harps in the final.

1923 saw Carey beat Glenarm, in the North Antrim final and earned the right to play O Connell’s in the County final, which they won giving them their third, and to date, last senior hurling championship title.

Mid Century

Carey got the All County Junior Championship final in 1946 but were beaten by St. Galls however went on to rectify this in 1948 beating Mitchels to win the county Junior title.

1954 saw Carey win the Feis cup by beating Glenarm.

In 1969 Carey relocated a mile up the Cushendall road to our now home of St. Patrick’s park from Colliers hall.

80’s and 90’s

Carey won both the 1983 North Antrim and Antrim Junior Hurling championships.

1990 Saw the club winning their first Intermediate Championship beating Cushendun after a replay. The same year division two of the Antrim league was won, thus gaining promotion to division one.

The Countess of Antrim cup was first captured in 95, with a win over Glenarm in the final.

The club celebrated a unique treble in 99 by winning the county Junior championship, Division 3 all county league and the Countess of Antrim cup.

The New Millennium

In 2001 Carey formed an amalgamation with neighbours Armoy to create a club for our juvenile players called Glenshesk. This was due to a drop in numbers at both clubs and gave young players in the community the chance to continue to represent the club.

2002 Turned out to be another good year with the Intermediate Championship being regained. 

After losing the intermediate county final Carey were still given the opportunity to represent Antrim in the 2004 Ulster Championship as the victors Loughgiel could not progress as it was their Senior Reserve team. Carey went on to win the first Ulster championship beating Coleraine Eoghan Rua in the final. Carey then went on to compete in the Intermediate All Ireland club championship where they were beaten by the English Club champions.

The Teens

Carey won the 2012 Countess of Antrim cup against Armoy in Glenariff.

In 2014 the club reopened after renovations took place over 2 years. This added a new training pitch at the back of the existing one which was resurfaced as well as some other improvements.

2015 Saw Glenshesk become Naomh Padraig as Careys other neighbours Cushendun joined the existing amalgamation. It would prove to be a successful first season as the Minor Team made it to the Antrim Minor championship final but were beaten by a very good Dunloy team. Two years later they again made it to the championship final against Dunloy but unfortunately lost again.

The club won the 2018 Junior Feis Cup beating Armoy in Ballymena.

A Bright start to the 20’s

2021 saw the club regain the Antrim Intermediate Championship beating Kickhams Creggan 3-17 to 1-18 in Dunsilly, this would come after having lost six of the last 10 championship finals.  As well as this the club retained the Countess of Antrim Cup after beating Loughgiel in Cushendall.

Naomh Padraig again would show the benefits of an amalgamation as the U15’s won the North Antrim championship.


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