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Peter O'Hara - 1951 Ulster title winner with Antrim - passes away

The late Peter O'Hara, who was part of the last Antrim side to lift the Anglo-Celt Cup
The late Peter O'Hara, who was part of the last Antrim side to lift the Anglo-Celt Cup The late Peter O'Hara, who was part of the last Antrim side to lift the Anglo-Celt Cup

ONE of the last surviving members of the last Antrim team to win the Ulster SFC, Peter O’Hara, has passed away.

The former Eire Og, Derriaghy ace star played alongside older brother Paddy on the 1951 team that pipped Cavan, 1-7 to 2-3, having defeated Donegal (after a replay) and Armagh on the way to St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

O’Hara was captain of the Antrim team for three years, the last of which saw him play alongside the great Jim McKeever – a fellow student at St Malachy’s College in Belfast who would later go on to represent his native Derry with such distinction.

At 16, O’Hara became one of the youngest players to don the Saffron jersey when lining out in the Dr McKenna Cup.

After hanging up his boots, Peter O’Hara showed he was a sporting all-rounder by excelling on the golf course, the Masserene GC member going to become the president of the Golfing Union of Ireland.