Queen’s 58 Hero Passes Away

March 9th, 2015 | Featured Homepage News, Gaelic Football, Queens GAA News

Sigerson Winning team from Queen's University in 1958

Sigerson Winning team from Queen’s University in 1958

The GAA Club at Queen’s University, committee and members of Queen’s University Gaelic Football Past Members Union tender their deepest sympathy to the family of 1958 Sigerson Cup winner and esteemed Past Member Barney McNally.

Barney played for Antrim and was a Queen’s player and supporter of distinction over many years. Perhaps most notably, Barney played a significant role in the University’s first Sigerson Cup victory in 1958. Barney and his trail blazing team mates overhauled a 12 point deficit to force a draw in against UCD with a late Phil Stewart goal in Galway. Another 6 point half time deficit was overturned in the replay at Ballybay to deliver the first title to Belfast.

Barney McNally will be laid to rest after requiem mass on Tuesday 10th March, 12 noon, at St Bernadette’s Church, Rosetta Rd, Belfast, County Antrim BT6 0LS,

Go ndeánfaidh Dia trocaire ar a h-anam

In 1958, a calculated campaign to win the highest honour in higher education Gaelic football succeeded. With Hugh O’Kane as captain, Queens pushed aside U.C.G. in the semi-final in Galway by five points to earn a place in the decider against U.C.D. Though faced with an almost insurmountable eleven-point deficit at the break, Queens levelled the game after a terrific second-half performance with a Phil Steward goal on the stroke of full-time. Ballybay played host to the replay in February 1959 as Queens claimed their first Sigerson crown with a ‘four-star’ performance. They trailed by six-points at the break but in the second-half “the arduous weeks of training, the inspiration of Paddy O’Hara and the tremendous display of captain and midfielder Hugh O’Kane turned the tide for Queens”. Tom Scullion scored the winner as QUB triumphed on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-9.

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