March 4, 2018
- The Boylan family left Belturbet Co Cavan in the early 1950s and settled in Cairngorm Crescent, Glengormley. The father was a bus driver with Belfast Corporation. The family were imbued in the spirit of the GAA – Cavan were then a big force in Gaelic football – and while the sons, Brendan, Seamus, Ciaran, Peter and Oliver loved their new abode they lamented the fact that there was no GAA club in Glengormley. One Sunday in 1954 after Mass in St Mary’s on the Hill (there was just one Mass then) a group of men lingered at the gateway just below the church where St Mary’s on the Hill school is now situated. New houses were being built in Glengormley then and many of them were being bought by young families from all parts of Ulster. Eddie Sherry had just moved into Farmley Park. Eddie had won Antrim senior football championship titles with Ardoyne and Creggan. Commenting on the growing congregation Eddie said, “What we need here now is a GAA club.” This was music to the ears of teenager Seamus Boylan. He harried everyone he met and pushed for the meeting to form the club. He coaxed Paddy Laverty and his brother-in-law Tony Collaluca to get involved. Paddy became chairman and Tony, treasurer. The club came into existence entering the Antrim league in 1956 with Eddie Sherry as captain and the Boylan brothers to the fore. Seamus turned out for St Enda’s for almost 20 years. In the 1960s the club struggled to field a team – there were no juvenile competitions then – and Seamus worked tirelessly. When he saw a new family at Mass he would approach the man and inquire where he was from. In no time at all he was asking what size of boots he needed and had him in the team that afternoon. Seamus Boylan wasn’t too interested in committee positions but he was “the main man” for the first 20 years of the club’s existence. He made things happen. His shop on the Antrim Line served as a focal point for club members for years. He was known in West Belfast as the face of St Enda’s. It is safe to say that but for him St Enda’s would have had the same fate as neighbouring clubs, Wolfe Tones and St Columba’s. Seamus was affectionately knoiwn as “The Cavan Buck.” He died this morning.
Seamus Boylan, a founding member of Naomh Éanna CLG passed away last night.
He would have been 81 on St Patrick’s Day. Funeral details to follow.
Ar a Dheis Dé go raibh a anam Uasail Ghaelach.