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McNaughtons' stash of the ash handed out for kids to practise during lockdown

Christy McNaughton, son of Antrim hurling legend Terence McNaughton, lined up 83 hurls collected by the family over the years outside his Cushendall home
Paul Ainsworth

ONE of Co Antrim's most famous hurling families is encouraging young players to keep practising during the coronavirus lockdown by giving away more than 80 hurls free of charge.

The generous offer was made by Ruairí Óg Cushendall's Christy McNaughton, son of Antrim hurling legend Terence McNaughton, who lined up 83 hurls collected by the family over the years outside his Cushendall home yesterday.

Locals were told to come collect a hurl to allow kids to keep their practice up in gardens while GAA clubs are closed.

The move followed another charitable offering from the McNaughtons last week.

Speaking in a Facebook post, Christy McNaughton said: "So we had hurling balls last week out of the garage, now we have cleared out the hurls shed and if any parent would like to come take a hurl for themselves or their child to keep up the training in the garden over this lockdown then call over and lift away, 83 hurls to be lifted."

Locals responded positively to the generosity, sharing the post hundreds of times.

One user wrote how it reminded them of a time many years ago playing hurling with a tennis ball in Shore Street when Terence McNaughon pulled up and "threw me a brand hew hurling ball".

"Felt on top of the world after that."

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