Antrim hurling stalwart Gilly McIlhatton has sadly passed away

Shaun Casey

Antrim hurling stalwart and John Mitchel's legend Gilly McIlhatton has sadly passed away at the age of 92.

McIlhatton was a devoted club man that dedicated his life to GAA in Antrim, holding a number of different positions within the county.

At club level, McIlhatton held a number of key positions such as Chairman, Secretary (when he was just 18 years old), Treasurer and Senior Manager over a long period of time.

During his playing days, McIlhatton played both football and hurling for John Mitchel's. He won a Junior and two Intermediate Hurling Championship titles along with a Junior Football Championship.

In between his terms as Hurling Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of Antrim GAA, McIlhatton managed the counties Senior Hurling team, guiding the Saffrons to three All-Ireland ‘B' titles.

The first came in 1978 when Antrim saw off London in the decider, 1-16 to 3-7, before going on to claim back-to-back titles in 1981 and 1982. London were once again the opposition for both of those encounters.

He dedicated a huge portion of his life developing hurling among the underage teams of Antrim and was also hugely involved in Scór down through the years.