Ulster club Player of the Year Chrissy McKaigue says there are 'many ingredients' to Slaughtneil's unprecedented success in recent years.

While the club’s footballers this year claimed their second Ulster Championship title, they also added the Ulster hurling and camogie crowns for the first time in their history meaning the Robert Emmet's club became the first ever side to win provincial titles in all three GAA codes in the same year.

In Derry alone they have done the double in hurling and football in each of the past three years and claimed county camogie success for the past two seasons aswell.

It is exceptional success for the south Derry club, especially considering it consists of no more than 300 families.

“We’re very proud of our Irish identity, we’re very proud of our Irish culture. We’re doing all we can to promote that..."

And dual player McKaigue says there are a variety of reasons for that success, with family, culture and hard work featuring strongly.

He told RTÉ Sport: “There’s many key ingredients to it, there’s no doubt about that. They way we’re brought up and the people that bring us up are massive contributors to us.

“They develop us as people and you can see that in the way we play and conduct ourselves.

“We’re very proud of our Irish identity, we’re very proud of our Irish culture. We’re doing all we can to promote that and then of course GAA is the most important thing in our lives in many ways.

“When you’ve all them ingredients and they’re worked on for years and years and you coincide that with hard work I think success can never be far away.”

McKaigue in action for the footballers

When asked if anyone in particular was responsible for influencing the characteristics which has brought about their acheivements, McKaigue pointed out the collective effort of a community that remains in touch with its troubled past.

He continued: “There’s no one person that’s done it, there’s been many families and many people – in 1981 our club stopped playing in respect of the hunger strikers so we’ve always had an awareness and we’ve also been able to put things into perspective.

“We’ve lost a lot of people in our club through tragic circumstances the last number of years and when them kind of things happen you get a wider sense of what’s important and an appreciation of what Slaughtneil is as a community.

“Yes we’re together when we takes to the field and yes we’re together when we play our three codes but ultimately it’s who we are as people off the field as much as it is on it that defines us.”

Slaughtneil are in the AIB All-Ireland senior camogie final against Sarsfields, while the hurlers and footballers are in All-Ireland semi-final action next month.

The footballers take on Leinster champions St Vincent's at Pairc Esler on Saturday 11 February with the hurlers also facing Dublin opposition when they meet Cuala in their last-four clash at the Armagh Athletic Grounds on 25 February.

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