Longford Gaelic Stats
Senior Football Championship

SFC Winners

WonClub / TeamYear Titles Won
16Longford Slashers1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 2010, 2011, 2013
14Killoe Young Emmets1907, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1960, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, 2023
12Clonguish1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1981, 2003, 2004, 2009
11Drumlish ‡1927, 1928, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1951, 1953, 1955
11St. Marys Granard1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1941, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1982
7Colmcille1890, 1938, 1949, 1952, 1958, 2008, 2022
6Mullinalaghta St. Columbas1948, 1950, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021
4Cashel1977, 1983, 1984, 1986
4Ardagh St. Patricks1936, 1942, 1978, 1987
4Fr. Manning Gaels1996, 1997, 1998, 2001
4Dromard1946, 1999, 2005, 2007
3Mostrim1974, 1985, 1992
2Longford Leo Caseys1904, 1905
2Longford Wanderers 1944, 1947
2Abbeylara2000, 2006
1Seán Connollys †1919
1Ballinamuck 98's1920
1Rathcline1976
1Ballymahon2002

⚠️ Our winners table above and below does not combine titles of Drumlish & Ballinamuck & Fr. Manning Gaels into one count, nor does it combine titles of Longford Slashers & Longford Wanderers & Longford Leo Caseys into one count either. All titles are displayed with the club unit that won the title and totals are not combined via merged clubs or by grouping clubs in a parish. Other websites or publications may display this differently, but on this website we attempt to show all titles by individual club units with clubs formed by merging two existing clubs regarded as a new club unit.


Note: Scroll to bottom of page for title allocation logic & club name clarifications.
Seán Connollys won the 1919 title as Clonbroney – The club was later renamed.
Drumlish won the 1951, 1953 & 1955 titles as Drumlish Young Irelands (later renamed Éire Óg).
Drumlish & Ballinamuck clubs united in 1969 to form Fr. Manning Gaels. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
Ardagh St. Patricks & Moydow Harpers united in 2019 to form Ardagh Moydow. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
Longford Wanderers & Whiterock Slashers united in 1954 to form Longford Slashers.
(📷 Image) (📑 Details)

Senior Football Championship

SFC Final Stats

– St. Martins was Carrickedmond & Kenagh (1970’s).
– United Gaels** was Abbeylara & St. Marys Granard (1940’s).
– United Gaels* was Clonguish & Longford Wanderers (1930’s).

Senior Football Championship

SFC Timeline

Senior Football Championship

Roll of Honour

Killoe Young Emmets 1-8
Clonguish 0-10

Final played on 15th October 2023

Winning Captain: Cian Farrelly
Man of Match: Daniel Mimnagh
Referee: Hugh O’Kane

Note: 12 teams in SFC (6/6). Ballymahon, who were promoted in 2022, were relegated to Intermediate.

Colmcille 1-7
Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-8

Winning Captain: Jack Macken
Man of Match: Jack Macken
Referee: Mark Glancy

Note: 12 teams in SFC (6/6). St. Brigids Killashee withdrew from the SFC after Round 1 and were relegated to Intermediate.

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-15
Mostrim 0-06

Winning Captain: Donal McElligott
Man of Match: Cian Mackey
Referee: Patrick Maguire

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 12 teams in SFC (6/6). Fr. Manning Gaels were relegated to Intermediate after two seasons at Senior grade.

Killoe Young Emmets 0-13
Longford Slashers 1-8

Winning Captain: Daniel Mimnagh
Man of Match: Michael Quinn
Referee: Aiden Dowler

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 12 teams in SFC (3/3/3/3). No relegation or promotion in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.


Note: The 2020 Senior Football Championship is perhaps best remembered for the Killoe club receiving an unprecedented 48-week ban from the Longford County Board in August 2020 for failure to pay a €750 fine relating to a Juvenile Championship final no-show the previous season. The ban made national news and would have ruled the club out of defending their title with Championship activity already underway. The decision was appealed by the club (initially to Leinster Concil and then to DRA) and the ban was revoked by the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) in September 2020. The DRA ruled that the Longford Hearing Committee had erred in both its interpretation and implementation of the rules (🔗 Link). Killoe were immediately reinstated and went on to win the Senior Football Championship. Competition advanced to semi-final stage by the end of September 2020, but just before the semi-final games were due to be played the GAA announced on 5th October 2020 that all club activity nationwide would be halted due to Covid-19 spread. The Longford County Board announced later in October 2020 that all unfinished competition which had started in 2020 (including the Senior Football Championship) would conclude in 2021 instead. The semi-finals of the 2020 Longford Senior Football Championship resumed on 21st and 22nd August 2021 and the 2020 County Final was played on 29 August 2021.

Killoe Young Emmets 0-12
Longford Slashers 0-11

Winning Captain: Seán McCormack
Man of Match: Daniel Mimnagh
Referee: Patrick Maguire

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 11 teams in SFC (4/4/3). Mostrim, St. Marys Granard and Rathcline competed for relegation. Mostrim survived on score difference and St. Marys Granard and Rathcline were relegated. However due to Covid-19 in 2020 and a desire to retain a 12-team SFC, that decision was later reversed and both remained at Senior grade while the 2019 Intermediate winner (Fr. Manning Gaels) were promoted to make 12 teams in 2020 Senior Championship.

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 2-14
Abbeylara 1-2

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-6
Abbeylara 0-6

Winning Captain: Shane Mulligan
Man of Match: David McGivney
Referee: Fergal Kelly (2nd game) / Donal Kane (1st game)

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 11 teams in SFC (4/4/3). Ballymahon requested to relegate to Intermediate, hence no relegation playoffs. This was the clubs first return to Intermediate grade since winning the IFC title in 1998.

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-13
Abbeylara 1-7

Winning Captain: Shane Mulligan
Man of Match: Rian Brady
Referee: Aiden Dowler

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 13 teams in SFC (4/4/5). St. Brigids Killashee and Fr. Manning Gaels were relegated to Intermediate. Rathcline elected not to be promoted, hence the number of teams in Senior Championship for 2018 reduced from 13 to 11. Killashee made the drop after just 1 season at Senior grade while Fr. Manning Gaels made the drop to Intermediate for the first time since gaining promotion in 1975. 

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 1-8
Abbeylara 0-8

Winning Captain: Shane Mulligan
Man of Match: John Keegan
Referee: Patrick Maguire

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 13 teams in SFC (4/4/5). Rathcline were relegated to Intermediate. Carrickedmond lost the relegation playoff final but did not make the drop to Intermediate due to decision to retain 12-team SFC. 

Killoe Young Emmets 1-14
Abbeylara 1-11

Winning Captain: Michael Quinn
Man of Match: Conor Berry (Abbeylara)
Referee: Derek Fahy

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 12 teams in SFC (1 group of 12). Carrickdmond lost the relegation playoff, however with SFC structure increasing to 13 teams in 2016, they stayed at Senior grade. 

Killoe Young Emmets 2-11
Mullinalaghta St. Columbas 0-10

Winning Captain: Joe McCormack
Man of Match: Daniel Mimnagh
Referee: Michael O’Brien

🔗 Match Programme Link

Note: 12 teams in SFC (1 Group of 12). Ardagh St. Patricks were relegated to Intermediate. 

Longford Slashers 1-11
Dromard 1-9

Winning Captain: Dermot Brady
Man of Match: Dermot Brady
Referee: Fergal Kelly

Note: 12 teams in SFC (1 Group of 12). St. Brigids Killashee requested to relegate to Intermediate and not partake in relegation competition. The other three relegation playoff teams were Ballymahon, Fr. Manning Gaels & St. Marys Granard who played three relegation games (Ballymahon beat both Fr. Manning Gaels and Granard, while Fr. Manning Gaels beat Granard). St. Marys Granard were due to be relegated, however at a subsequent meeting of Coiste Chontae an Longfort it was agreed that there would be no relegation to intermediate in 2013. 

Killoe Young Emmets 0-15
Longford Slashers 0-12

Killoe Young Emmets 0-7
Longford Slashers 0-7

Winning Captain: Joe McCormack
Man of Match: Seán McCormack
Referee: Patrick Maguire (2nd game) / Derek Fahy (1st game)

Note: 12 teams in SFC (4/4/4). Seán Connollys were relegated to Intermediate. 

Longford Slashers 0-7
Clonguish 0-6

Winning Captain: Dermot Brady
Man of Match: Paul Kelly
Referee: Frank Toher

Note: 16 teams in SFC (4/4/4/4). Bottom team from all 4 groups was relegated automatically along with loser of a playoff between the 3rd placed teams. Cashel, Rathcline, St. Marys Granard and Ardagh St. Patricks all ended up bottom of their respective groups and were automatically relegated. Carrickedmond lost to Mullinalaghta in the relegation playoff final of the 3rd placed teams, and were also relegated to Intermediate. With 5 clubs making the drop and 1 club coming up from Intermediate, the 2012 SFC would include 12 teams. 

Longford Slashers 0-11
Dromard 1-5

Winning Captain: Dermot Brady
Man of Match: David Sheridan
Referee: Derek Fahy

Note: 15 teams in SFC. Ardagh St. Patricks relegated to Intermediate, however increase in SFC from 15 to 16 teams in 2011 meant a reprieve for Ardagh. 

Clonguish 0-9
Dromard 1-5

Clonguish 1-11
Dromard 1-11

Winning Captain: Paul Barden
Man of Match: David Barden
Referee: John Bannon (2nd game) / Eugene Murtagh (1st game)

Note: 14 teams in SFC – First year of new league-style group stage leading to knockout from Quarter Final onward. Mullinalaghta St. Columbas lost the relegation final but didn’t make the drop to Intermediate as Senior Championship was increased from 14 to 15 teams in 2010. 

Colmcille 0-13
Longford Slashers 0-7

Winning Captain: Francis Kavanagh
Man of Match: Declan C Reilly
Referee: Mick Doherty
Date: 28th September 2008

Note: 15 teams in SFC. Ballymore relegated to Intermediate.

Dromard 1-8
Colmcille 2-4

Winning Captain: Padraig Jones
Man of Match: Frank McGee
Referee: Stephen Tierney

Note: 15 teams in SFC. It is worth noting that Cashel, Fr. Manning Gaels and Ballymore were all relegated from Senior grade at the end of 2006 after failing to register a win in SFC. However in early 2007 the County Board decided to allow all three clubs to remain at Senior grade following a motion at Convention which called for the current Championship structure to be re-examined. It was decided that 15 clubs would continue to compete in SFC in 2007, though with a change that only losers of first round games will get a second chance via the back door. It was decided that only 1 club would be relegated in 2007. The relegation final was between St. Marys Granard and Cashel with Cashel losing by 2-11 to 0-5 and relegated to Intermediate. 

Abbeylara 1-9
Longford Slashers 0-10

Winning Captain: Donal Ledwith
Man of Match: Niall Sheridan
Referee: John Bannon

Note: 15 teams in SFC including Carrickedmond/Legan amalgamation from Intermediate grade. It is worth noting that Cashel, Fr. Manning Gaels and Ballymore were all relegated from Senior grade at the end of 2006 after failing to register a win in SFC. However in early 2007 the County Board decided to allow all three clubs to remain at Senior grade following a motion at Convention which called for the current Championship structure to be re-examined. It was decided that 15 clubs would continue to compete in SFC in 2007, though with a change that only losers of first round games will get a second chance via the back door. 

Dromard 1-14
Fr. Manning Gaels 0-12

Winning Captain: Cathal Conefrey
Man of Match: Diarmuid Masterson
Referee: Derek Fahy

Note: 15 teams in SFC. Carrickedmond, Abbeylara, Killashee St. Brigids, Cashel, St. Marys Granard, Seán Connollys, Clonguish, Fr. Manning Gaels, Colmcille, Killoe Young Emmets, Mostrim, Ballymore, Longford Slashers, Dromard and Ballymahon. Carrickedmond and St. Brigids Killashee were relegated to Intermediate.

Clonguish 1-15
Fr. Manning Gaels 0-5

Winning Captain: Brendan Burke
Man of Match: Paul Barden
Referee: Mick Doherty

Note: 16 teams in SFC. Ardagh St. Patricks and Rathcline relegated to Intermediate. 

Clonguish 0-11
Ballymahon 1-1

Clonguish 0-11
Ballymahon 1-8

Winning Captain: Enda Barden
Man of Match: Paddy Dowd
Referee: Mick Doherty (2nd game) / Tommy Donohoe (1st game)

Note: 16 teams in SFC.

Ballymahon 1-11
Clonguish 0-12

Winning Captain: Ken Cooney
Man of Match: Frankie Dolan
Referee: Peter O’Reilly

Note: 16 teams in SFC.

Fr. Manning Gaels 1-9
St. Marys Granard 0-6

Winning Captain: David Hannify
Man of Match: Frank McNamee
Referee: John Bannon

Note: 16 teams in SFC. Longford Slashers were the last team drawn in the Championship and therefore went into the Losers competition (Senior B Championship) to compete against the losers in Round 1. Slashers were beaten by Ardagh St. Patricks in the first game of that Senior B Championship and therefore were eliminated and did not qualify for the Senior Football Championship proper for the first time in the clubs history. 

Abbeylara 2-6
Fr. Manning Gaels 0-4

Winning Captain: Niall Sheridan
Man of Match: Terry Drake
Referee: Seamus Flood

Note: 15 clubs in SFC. 2000 saw the introduction of a backdoor system for first round losing teams and Mostrim (who were the last of the 15 clubs drawn) who all will play a Senior ‘B’ Competition with the winner progressing to the Quarter Final stage. First round involved 7 games, with 7 winners progressing to the Quarter Finals, while 7 losers plus Mostrim play out a losers competition with overall winner receiving the Kevin Hughes Cup (for Senior B Championship) and progress to the Quarter Final stage of the Senior Championship proper. 

Dromard 1-10
Abbeylara 1-8

Dromard 1-7
Abbeylara 0-10

Winning Captain: Cathal Conefrey
Man of Match: Paul Jones
Referee: Frank Toher (both games)

Note: 13 clubs in SFC. Last year of straight knockout format. 

Fr. Manning Gaels 1-11
Abbeylara 2-7

Winning Captain: Frank McNamee
Man of Match: Pauric Davis
Referee: Pat O’Toole
Date: 20th September 1998

Note: Fr. Manning Gaels completed three-in-row of SFC titles in 1998.

Fr. Manning Gaels 0-12
Longford Slashers 0-6

Winning Captain: Frank McNamee
Man of Match: Pauric Davis
Referee: John Bannon

Fr. Manning Gaels 0-15
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-5

Winning Captain: Frank McNamee
Man of Match: Padraic Brady
Referee: Eugene Murtagh

Killoe Young Emmets 0-11
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-5

Winning Captain: Mark Mimnagh
Man of Match: John Toher
Referee: Pat O’Toole

Note: History was made in 1995 when two brothers trained the winners of the Senior Football Championship (Killoe trained by Tommy McCormack) and Junior Football Championship (Ballymore trained by Jimmy McCormack).

Longford Slashers 2-11
Colmcille 1-11

Winning Captain: Niall Caslin
Man of Match: Gerry Clarke
Referee: John Bannon


The draw for the 1994 Longford Senior Football Championship was as follows:

Round 1:
A) Senior B Winner v Kenagh
B) St. Marys Granard v Seán Connollys
C) Longford Slashers v Rathcline
D) Mostrim v Ardagh St. Patricks

Quarter Finals:
E) Winner A v Colmcille
F) Winner B v Dromard
G) Winner C v Killoe Young Emmets
H) Winner D v Fr. Manning Gaels

Semi-Finals:
Winner E v Winner F
Winner G v Winner H

Note: The Senior ‘B’ Championship format was changed to remove any Senior clubs (Longford Slashers had won it in 1993) and have six Intermediate and Junior amalgamations competing for the Senior B Championship title and entry to Round 1 of the Senior Football Championship. The six amalgamations were: Shroid/Ballymore, Legan/Carrickedmond, Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta, Cashel/Moydow/Grattans, Clonguish/Killashee & Ballymahon/Forgney. 

Killoe Young Emmets 0-9
St. Marys Granard 0-7

Winning Captain: John McCormack
Man of Match: John McCormack
Referee: Pat Keenan

Mostrim 3-9
Seán Connollys 1-7

Winning Captain: Gerry Lynn
Man of Match: Bernie Connell
Referee: Pat O’Toole

Longford Slashers 1-13
Mostrim 3-6

Winning Captain: Dessie Barry
Man of Match: Dessie Barry
Referee: Eugene Murtagh

Longford Slashers 2-18
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-11

Longford Slashers 0-7
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-4

Winning Captain: Dessie Barry
Man of Match: Dessie Barry
Referee: Pat O’Toole (both games)

Longford Slashers 2-10
Mostrim 1-7

Winning Captain: Dermot Caslin
Man of Match: Dessie Barry
Referee: Brendan Gilmore


Note: Longford Slashers went on to win the World 7-a-side Gaelic Football competition in New York in 1989. Slashers lost to Kilmacud Crokes by 2-3 to 0-1 in their opening game, but recovered to beat Beltane Shamrocks from Glasgow by 3-4 to 1-2 and St. Mary’s London by 4-8 to 1-3 to qualify for the Quarter Finals where they beat New York by 3-4 to 2-1. In the semi-final they beat Garryowen of London by 4-4 to 3-3 and in the final defeated Donegal NY by 2-5 to 2-4 in a very exciting game. The tournament highlights included a three-goal spree by Dessie Barry in the semi-final, a crucial Fintan Flanagan goal in the final, and the performance of Leonard Dolan who completed the tournament with an impressive tally of six goals and four points. 

Killoe Young Emmets 3-7
Mostrim 1-7

Winning Captain: Declan Rowley
Man of Match: Frank Kennedy
Referee: Jas Brady
Date: 11th September 1988

Ardagh St. Patricks 2-6
Killoe Young Emmets 1-8

Winning Captain: Seán Kiernan
Man of Match: Brendan Lennon (Killoe)
Referee: Peter Kane

Cashel 2-10
Mostrim 1-8

Winning Captain: Frank Carberry
Man of Match: Mick Casey
Referee: Terry McGovern

Mostrim 1-5
Ardagh St. Patricks 0-6

Mostrim 2-5
Ardagh St. Patricks 2-5

Mostrim 1-5
Ardagh St. Patricks 0-8

Winning Captain: Mickey O’Hara
Man of Match: John Smith
Referee: Mick Lloyd (all 3 games)

Cashel 0-9
Mostrim 0-5

Winning Captain: Gerry Farrell
Man of Match: Mick Casey
Referee: Rogie Martin

Cashel 1-9
Killoe Young Emmets 1-8

Winning Captain: Peter Bannon
Man of Match: Brendan Smyth
Referee: Leo McCormack

🔗 Match Programme Link

St. Marys Granard 4-5
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-9

Winning Captain: Padraig Kearney
Man of Match: Kevin O’Rourke
Referee: Peter Kane

Clonguish 2-2
Longford Slashers 1-2

Winning Captain: John Blessing
Man of Match: Jimmy McCormack
Referee: Rogie Martin

Longford Slashers 1-7
Cashel 1-5

Winning Captain: John Murphy
Man of Match: Donal O’Brien
Referee: Brendan Gilmore

Longford Slashers 1-7
Rathcline 0-9

Winning Captain: John Murphy
Man of Match: Michael Sexton
Referee: Terry McGovern

🔗 Match Programme Link

Ardagh St. Patricks 3-15
Longford Slashers 0-10

Winning Captain: J.J. Orohoe
Man of Match: Pat Higgins
Referee: J.P. Reilly
Date: 17th September 1978


Note: The 1978 Championship will be remembered for the sad passing of Michael Moran (20) who died on 23rd July 1978 after suffering a brain haemmorhage eight minutes into the second half of the SFC game between St. Martins (Carrickedmond/Kenagh) and Legan Sarsfields. Michael from Carrickedmond had played for Longford at Juvenile, Minor and U-21 level and played with the Longford Senior Team in the 1977/78 National Football League campaign as well as being a panelist when Longford played Offaly in the Leinster SFC just a month prior. Today the football park in Carrickedmond is named in his honour and the Michael Moran Cup is presented to the ACFL Division 2 winner.

The St. Martins vs Legan Sarsfields game was replayed on 13th August 1978 with Legan winning by 3-5 to 1-4 and recording their first ever win in Senior Football Championship. Legan were then beaten by Ardagh St. Patricks in the Quarter Final and Ardagh beat St. Marys Granard in the semi-final, while Longford Slashers beat Rathcline in the other semi-final. 

Cashel 1-8
Longford Slashers 1-6

Winning Captain: Mike Kenny
Man of Match: Jim Kenny
Referee: Rogie Martin


Missing Cup: The 1977 final was unique in that the Cashel captain Mike Kenny was unable to lift the cup after the win. The Seán Connolly cup could not be located on the day of the match and didn’t materialise until later that evening. 

New MoM Award: 1977 was the first final to have a Man of the Match award presented. The Fr. McGee trophy has been presented each year since 1977 to the winner of the Longford Senior Football Championship Man of the Match award. The award is named in honour of Fr. Phil McGee from Colmcille who was heavily involved with the great Longford teams of the 1960’s and was the first principal of Moyne Community School. He passed away on 27th January 1975 at the age of 46 years, just a few months after the school opened. Fr. McGee (brother of Eugene McGee) had a big impact on football in Longford at both minor and senior level and the Colmcille club grounds is named in his honour.

Rathcline 2-7
Clonguish 0-6

Winning Captain: Pat McCormack
Referee: Tom McLoughlin

Longford Slashers 2-13
Mostrim 2-5

Winning Captain: Hal Carey
Referee: Jimmy Fox

Note: Mostrim beat an amalgamation of two Intermediate clubs – Dromard & Fr. Manning Gaels (called Northern Gaels) – in the semi-final. Amalgamations of Intermediate clubs were permitted to compete in Senior Championship at the time via a Qualifier route, and it was the first (and thus far only) time an Intermediate amalgamation had made it to the semi-final stage of the SFC. 

Mostrim 2-6
Adagh St. Patricks 1-5

Winning Captain: Declan Dockery
Referee: Tom Hayden

Clonguish 1-15
St. Martins 0-5

Winning Captain: Kevin Doyle
Referee: Tom Reilly

Note: St. Martins was a combination of Kenagh and Carrickedmond.

Clonguish 1-15
St. Marys Granard 1-6

Winning Captain: Seamus Flynn
Referee: Leo McCormack

Longford Slashers 0-7
St. Martins 1-3

Winning Captain: Alex Baxter
Referee: Tom McLoughlin

Note: St. Martins was a combination of Kenagh and Carrickedmond.

St. Marys Granard 0-10
Clonguish 0-7

Winning Captain: Charlie Martin
Referee: Tom McLoughlin

Clonguish 2-6
St. Marys Granard 1-7

Winning Captain: Pat Burke
Referee: Leo McCormack

Clonguish 0-12
Longford Slashers 1-8

Winning Captain: Seamus Flynn
Referee: Leo McCormack
Date: 15th September 1968

St. Marys Granard 1-7
Carrickedmond 0-6

Winning Captain: Martin Clyne
Referee: Leo McCormack

St. Marys Granard 0-9
Éire Óg (Drumlish) 0-2

Winning Captain: Seán O’Rourke
Referee: Leo McCormack

Note: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 

Clonguish 0-11
St. Marys Granard 2-4

Winning Captain: Paddy Hanrahan
Referee: John Greene

Clonguish 1-10
Longford Slashers 1-2

Winning Captain: Paddy Hanrahan
Referee: Niall McKnight

Clonguish 2-7
Longford Slashers 1-4

Winning Captain: Paddy Hanrahan
Referee: Richard Culhane

Clonguish 2-10
St. Marys Granard 0-9

Winning Captain: Paddy Hanrahan
Referee: Jimmy Martin (Roscommon)
Date: 2nd September 1962


First Round
Clonguish 2-9, Cashel 1-2
Éire Óg beat Longford Slashers
Colmcille beat Ballymahon
St. Marys Granard 0-10, Killoe Young Emmets 0-4

Semi-Finals
Clonguish 1-9, Éire Óg 1-4
St. Marys Granard 1-14, Colmcille 0-2

Longford Slashers 2-8
Éire Óg (Drumlish) 0-4

Winning Captain: Michael Kelly
Referee: Richard Culhane

Note: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 

Killoe Young Emmets 2-8
Longford Slashers 1-6

Winning Captain: Billy Morgan
Referee: Seán Murray

🏆 First final with Seán Connolly Cup presented to the winner!

Longford Slashers 3-5
Killoe Young Emmets 1-5

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: John Dowling (Offaly)

Longford Slashers 1-5
Killoe Young Emmets 1-5

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: E. O’Reilly (Westmeath)

Colmcille 1-4
Drumlish Young Irelands 1-2

Date: 7th September 1958
Venue: Pearse Park
Captain: Paddy Mulligan
Referee: John Greene (Mostrim)

Note 1: The Colmcille team of 1958 was: Dermot Smith, Paddy Mulligan (Captain), Larry Kiernan, Mel Murtagh, Jimmy Reilly, Tom Murtagh, Eugene Lynch, Owen Corcoran, Liam Higgins, Batt Lynch, Noel Dodd, Owen Denneny, Tommy Farrell, Seamus Doyle and Jim Smith.

Note 2: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 

Longford Slashers 2-7
Rathcline 0-4

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Fr. Arnold Meagher (Drumlish)

Longford Slashers 2-7
Colmcille 0-6

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Arnold Meagher (Drumlish)

Drumlish Young Irelands 2-7
Ardagh St. Patricks 0-3

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: P Connell (Offaly)

Note: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 

Longford Slashers 1-6
Seán Connollys 1-3

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: PJ Sheehy (Ballymahon)


Note: Longford Slashers won their first SFC title in the year of the clubs formation in 1954. The club was formed when the Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers clubs merged in early 1954. 

Drumlish Young Irelands 2-6
Colmcille 1-7

Date: 18th October 1953
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record

Drumlish Young Irelands 0-7
Colmcille 0-7

Date: 4th October 1953
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record

Note: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 

Colmcille 2-8
Mullinalaghta 1-5

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Fr. J Reynolds (C.C. Dromard)

Colmcille 1-3
Mullinalaghta 0-6

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Fr. J Reynolds (C.C. Dromard)


The 1952 Senior Championship draw:

1) Mullinalaghta v Young Irelands
2) Seán Connollys v Ballymahon
3) Killoe Young Emmets v Shannon Gaels
4) Colmcille v Longford Wanderers

Semi-Finals: 1 v 2 and 3 v 4

Drumlish Young Irelands 4-3
Mullinalaghta 1-8

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Fr. J Reynolds (C.C. Dromard)

Note: Drumlish club adopted the name Young Irelands in 1951. The name changed to Éire Óg from the late 1950’s with both Young Irelands and Éire Og found interchangeably in published sources from late 1958 and full transition to Éire Óg found throughout the 1960’s. Titles of 1951, 1953 & 1955 all won as Young Irelands not as Éire Óg. In March 1969 Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united to form Fr. Manning Gaels. 


1951 Senior Championship Draw:

1. Colmcille v Young Irelands
2. Ardagh St. Patricks v Newtowncashel
3. Mullinalaghta v Longford Wanderers
4. Ballymahon v Seán Connollys

Semi-finals: 1 v 2 / 3 v 4

Mullinalaghta 2-2
Ballymahon 0-4

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Captain: Harry Rogers
Referee: Fr. J Reynolds (C.C. Dromard)

Mullinalaghta: M Matthews, P Kiernan, P Rogers, J Reilly, P Reilly, T Dolan, F Reilly, E McCormack, J Keogh, J Matthews, M Matthews, P Early, H Rogers, J Rogers, P Rogers. 


1950 Senior Championship Draw:

1. Ballymahon v Drumlish
2. Cashel v Colmcille
3. Ardagh St. Patricks v Mullinalaghta
4. Longford Wanderers v Clonguish

This marked the return of Drumlish to competition for the first time since 1947.

Colmcille 3-7
Mullinalaghta 0-4

Date: 18th September 1949
Venue: Pearse Park
Captain: Seán Murtagh
Referee: Fr. Reid (St. Mels College)

Note: Pat McEoin won 1948 Senior Championship with Mullinalaghta and then won the 1949 Senior Championship with Colmcille when the beat Mullinalaghta in the final.

Mullinalaghta 1-12
Longford Wanderers 1-3

Date: 3rd October 1948
Venue: Pearse Park
Captain: Jimmy Reilly
Referee: John Dunne (Galway)

Colours: Mullinalaghta wore red & white, Wanderers wore blue and gold. The winning Mullinalaghta team was picked from 10 households. 

Longford Wanderers 2-4
United Gaels 0-5

Date: TBC
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: PJ Sheehy (Ballymahon)

Note: United Gaels was a combination of St. Marys Granard and Abbeylara.
Colours: United Gaels wore blue & white, Longford Wanderers wore blue and gold. 


1947 Senior Championship Draw:

1. Killoe Young Emmets* v Dromard
2. Mullinalaghta v Longford Wanderers
3. Ballymahon v Drumlish
4. Seán Connollys v United Gaels

Second Round: 1 v 2 and 3 v 4. 

Note: Killoe elected not to take part in the Championship, thus giving Dromard a walkover in the first round. 

Dromard 1-4
Ballymahon 0-4

Date: 14th April 1947
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record

Dromard 0-0
Ballymahon 0-0

Date: 7th April 1947
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record


Note: The County Final of 1946 between Dromard and Ballymahon is noteworthy for a few reasons. The final dragged into the following year due to a mixture of issues including the harvest crisis and a semi-final objection involving Dromard and Mullinalaghta. It was eventually fixed for March 23rd 1947 but the big blizzards at that time forced another postponement. The final eventually took place on April 7th 1947 and finished scoreless (It is still the only County Final to end scoreless). The replay on 14th April 1947 eventually saw Dromard victorious by 1-4 to 0-4.

1946 Senior Championship Draw:

1. Dromard v Longford Wanderers
2. Killoe Young Emmets* v Mullinalaghta
3. Drumlish v Ballymahon
4. Mostrim v Columcille

Second Round: 1 v 2 and 3 v 4. 

Note: Killoe elected not to take part in the Championship, thus giving Mullinalaghta a walkover in the first round. 

Drumlish 1-7
Longford Wanderers 1-6

Date: 30th September 1945
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: B Masterson (Cavan)


Note: The SFC final of 1945 was between Longford Wanderers and Drumlish, and was originally fixed for Pearse Park on 16th September, but due to bad weather was postponed until 30th September. The result was carried in local media later that week as Drumlish 1-7, Longford Wanderers 1-6. However at the County Board meeting on 18th October 1945 a decision was taken to suspend Drumlish and award the title to Longford Wanderers. This decision cited the referee’s report which alleged rough play and threats to himself on the part of members of the Drumlish team. The Drumlish players denied the allegations but the vote was 6 to 4 in favour of awarding the title to Wanderers and suspending the Drumlish club. The club escalated their objection to the Leinster Council who upheld it on the grounds that five days notice had not been served on Drumlish by the Longford County Board. The original county final result stood and the suspension was voided. 

Longford Wanderers 2-4
Drumlish 2-3

Date: 5th November 1944
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record

Colours: Drumlish wore orange with dark collar, Wanderers wore blue and gold. 

Drumlish 0-6
Mullinalaghta 0-2

Date: 3rd October 1943
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record

Ardagh St. Patricks 5-7
Colmcille 1-1

Date: 4th October 1942
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Patrick Mallon (Longford Wanderers)


Note: Ardagh St. Patricks won the 1942 Senior Football Championship with a team that included players from Whiterock Slashers. Some later published accounts claim this was a temporary amalgamation of Ardagh and Whiterock, but the available published evidence of the time suggests that it was an Ardagh team containing some Whiterock players.

St. Marys Granard 2-8
Ardagh St. Patricks 1-6

Date: 28th September 1941
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: No Record


Round 1:
St. Marys Granard beat Whiterock Slashers
Ardagh St. Patricks beat Mullinalaghta (W/O)

Semi-Final:
St. Marys Granard beat Drumlish
Ardagh St. Patricks beat Columcille

Drumlish 4-10
St. Marys Granard 0-4

Date: 29th September 1940
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Fr. Seán Manning (St. Mels College)

Note 1: The County Final was originally scheduled for 15th September 1940, but was postponed because of Local Security Force (LSF) activities in Granard area on that Sunday. It was noted that the Junior final between Killoe and Mostrim would also be postponed due to members of both clubs participating in LSF activities. Both finals took place two weeks later on 29th September 1940. 

Note 2: It is worth noting that there was no club in Dromard at the time (lapsed in second half of the 1930’s and did not revive until October 1943), and some Dromard players went to play with neighbouring clubs (Colmcille, Drumlish and Ballinamuck). One of those players was Fr. Thomas O’Reilly from Moyne who won the JFC with Ballinamuck in 1938 and then went on to win SFC with Drumlish in 1940. 

Drumlish (awarded)
Ardagh St. Patricks

Date: 3rd September 1939
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: J.V. Kelly (Longford Wanderers)


Note: The county final, held on 3rd September 1939, descended into a fiasco and was declared null and void by the County board. The referee appointed to the fixture was unavailable, and the County Secretary (Mr. J.V. Kelly – an inter-county referee of some note) stepped in at the last minute to referee the game. With 20 minutes played, Ardagh were leading by a 1-0 to 0-2 when Bill Keenan was fouled and went down injured. A big row followed and by the time order was restored, the Ardagh players left the field and did not return. The subsequent County Board meeting declared the game null and void because it hadn’t started at the appointed time and did not have the appointed referee. It was also decided not to replay the fixture. Drumlish escalated the issue to the Leinster Council who ruled on 6th January 1940 that the Ardagh players had in effect suspended themselves by leaving the field of play, and did not find that the game was late in starting. The title was awarded to Drumlish and Ardagh received a 24 week suspension.

Colmcille 1-5
Whiterock Slashers 2-1

Date: 4th December 1938
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: J.V. Kelly (Longford Wanderers)


1938 Senior Championship draw was as follows:

  • St. Marys Granard v Mullinalaghta
  • Clonguish v St. Brigids Killashee
  • Whiterock Slashers v Seán Connollys
  • St. Patricks Ardagh v Colmcille
  • Drumlish v St. Marys or Mullinalaghta

Senior Championship semi-finals:

  • Colmcille v Drumlish
  • Whiterock Slashers v Clonguish

Note: Colmcille club name also appeared as Columcille in published records of that era. 

Drumlish 3-6
St. Brigids Killashee 1-4

Date: 15th May 1938
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: Jim O’Flaherty (Offaly)

(Medal Source: Cyril McKeon)

Note: This was the first SFC final played after the official opening of Pearse Park in April 1937 (was previously called Gaelic Grounds). The County final was heavily delayed and didn’t take place until may 1938 because of Longford’s successful run in Leinster and All-Ireland Junior Championship in 1937.


The 1937 Senior Football Championship draw was as follows:

A) Mullinalaghta vs Seán Connollys
B) St. Marys Granard vs Drumlish
C) Whiterock Slashers vs Ardagh St. Patricks
D) St. Brigids Killashee vs Clonguish

Semi-Finals:
Drumlish 2-8
Mullinalaghta 0-4

St. Brigids Killashee 2-6
Ardagh St. Patricks 0-4

Ardagh St. Patricks 1-5
Drumlish 0-5

Date: 30th August 1936
Venue: Longford Gaelic Grounds
Referee: PJ Masterson (Cavan)

St. Marys Granard 3-6
Ardagh St. Patricks 2-6

Date: 29th September 1935
Venue: Longford Gaelic Grounds
Referee: Fr. James O’Farrell (C.C. Drumlish)

St. Marys Granard 0-8
United Gaels 0-6

Date: 26th August 1934
Venue: Longford Gaelic Grounds
Referee: T Kelly (Roscommon)

Note: United Gaels was a combination of Clonguish and Longford Wanderers.


United Gaels reached the 1934 Senior Championship final having played no games. They were drawn against Mullinalaghta but the latter were suspended for 6 months. In the County Final, St. Marys led by 0-8 to Nil at half time, and won by 0-8 to 0-6. 

St. Marys Granard 0-13
United Gaels 0-5

Date: 6th August 1933
Venue: Longford Gaelic Grounds
Referee: T Kelly (Roscommon)

Note: United Gaels was a combination of Clonguish and Longford Wanderers.


Round 1:
St. Marys Granard 3-7
Drumlish 2-6

Semi-Final:
St. Marys Granard 3-2
Mullinalaghta 0-2

Note: This was the first SFC final played at the new Gaelic Grounds (later Pearse Park) following the move from Longford Park at the end of May 1933. The first round game between St. Marys Granard and Drumlish was the last GAA match played at Longford Park on 28th May 1933, with St. Marys winning by 3-7 to 2-6. 

Drumlish won
St. Marys Granard lost

Date: 7th August 1932
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: No Record


Note: Efforts to establish the scoreline for 1932 has proved fruitless thus far. It is the only SFC final record which does not have a scoreline. There was no match report in the newspaper in the weeks following the county final, and Jim Mannix apologised to readers in the Longford Leader some weeks later, explaining that he was not within comfortable travelling distance and was unable to be present at the match and could therefore not write about it. He also noted that other County Board Officials were absent too and states that it was a pity that somebody, knowing the officials were away, didn’t try their hand at a little journalism. His apology however failed to inform readers of the scoreline. 

St. Marys Granard 1-9
Edgeworthstown Young Irelands 0-3

Date: 6th September 1931
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: Fr. M McLoughlin (St. Mels College)

Note: Edgeworthstown had originally been named Edgeworthstown Volunteers and by 1910’s the Volunteers had been dropped and the club was named Edgeworthstown. A few months after the delayed 1929 Junior Championship final in February 1930, the club was renamed Edgeworthstown Young Irelands. The Edgeworthstown club that won the Junior Championship of 1929 (in 1930) is the same Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club that reached the Senior Championship final in 1931 and won the Intermediate Championship title in 1932. Shortly thereafter the club split and this led to the formation of  the Edgeworthstown Geraldines club which competed alongside Edgeworthstown Young Irelands for a period. By the mid 1930’s both clubs are gone and we see the brief emergence of Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones and Manor Rovers clubs in the parish, with both no longer evident by the end of 1936. In 1937 we see the formation of the Mostrim Eoin Ruadhs club which is then shortened to Mostrim from 1938. Hence Edgeworthstown Young Irelands was a separate club to the modern day Mostrim club, both existing at different times in the same parish.

St. Marys Granard 1-5
Longford Wanderers 1-3

Date: 26th October 1930
Venue: Lacken Park (Mostrim)
Referee: Fr. Andrew Lynch (C.C. Cashel)

St. Marys Granard 1-3
Longford Wanderers 0-2

Date: 23rd March 1930
Venue: Lacken Park (Mostrim)
Referee: Fr. Andrew Lynch (C.C. Cashel)

Drumlish (awarded)
Longford Wanderers

Date: 27th May 1928
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: J.V. Kelly (Longford)


Note: The County Final was scheduled for Sunday 27th May 1928 at Longford Park. However due to very heavy rain from an early hour that day, the Junior opener between Ballymahon and Newtowncashel was called off, with an expectation that the Senior game would be called off too. However, and rather unexpectedly, the Drumlish team fielded, while Longford Wanderers were unable to field a team, citing the atrocious weather conditions. Later references to Drumlish as Champions suggests that the County Board awarded the game and the title for 1928 to Drumlish. 

Drumlish 1-1
Ballinamuck 98s 0-1

Date: 10th April 1927
Venue: Ballinalee
Referee: Fr. Andrew Lynch (C.C. Carrickedmond)

📷 1927 Senior Championship Final


Note 1: This was the 1st (and thus far only) SFC final involving two clubs from the same parish. The parish of Drumlish (or Drumlish & Ballinamuck) was home to two separate clubs for most of the period from 1890 to 1949 and again from 1967 to 1969 prior to the formation of the Fr. Manning Gaels club in March 1969.

Note 2: 1927 was a complex year because after the Championship draw was made on January 29th 1927, the County Board became entangled in a dispute and was dissolved, which meant that there was no County Board in the county for a brief period. By the end of March 1927 the dispute had been resolved and the County Board was in place once again, just in time for the inaugural Junior Championship final on 3rd April 1927 and the Senior Football Championship final on 10th April 1927.

Due to a combination of factors including the War of Independence, Civil War and Longford’s prolonged involvement in the 1924 Junior championship (reaching the All-Ireland JFC final which was played in July 1925), there was no Senior Football Championship competition in the years from 1921 to 1926. Some previous records cited SFC titles won in these years, but that assumption has now been investigated and debunked. League-Championship competition did take place in some of these years, which was then conflated with SFC, not least because of wording used in some publications at the time which used a shorthand of ‘County Championship’ for the League-Championship.

Here is what our research found for these years:

1921: No evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

1922: Senior Championship title was previously credited to Longford Wanderers but they won the League-Championship title of that year completed in May 1923 [📷 Report]. No evidence has been found of Senior Championship competition for 1922.

1923: Senior Championship title was previously credited to Longford Wanderers but they won the League-Championship title of that year completed in October 1925 [📷 Report]. No evidence has been found of Senior Championship competition for 1923.

1924: No evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

1925: A final between St. Marys Granard and Mullinalaghta played on 26th June 1926 was abandoned due to violent scenes (and two arrests). A dispute arose during the game when a Mullinalaghta player was struck by a spectator. Fans rushed the pitch and palings were ripped up and used. The melee lasted 10 minutes and the Gardai were called to restore the peace. Two were arrested and match was abandoned with 5 minutes to go. The drama made the national news. This was previously cited as the SFC final of 1926, however it was the League-Championship final of 1925 [📷 Report].

1926: No evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

Ballinamuck 98’s 1-4
Longford Wanderers 0-0

Date: 17th October 1920
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: Thomas Connolly (Clonbroney)

📷 1920 Senior Championship Final

Note: Ballinamuck 98’s was the first club from the parish of Drumlish to win a Senior Football Championship title. It is worth noting that the main report of the game in the Longford Leader reported the final score as 1-4 to 0-0 while another account in the same paper reports the final scores as 1-3 to 0-1. 

Clonbroney 1-3
Killoe Young Emmets 0-3

Date: 3rd August 1919
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: Laurence Kiernan (Mullinalaghta)

Clonbroney 1-1
Killoe Young Emmets 1-1

Date: 13th July 1919
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: Laurence Kiernan (Mullinalaghta)

📷 1919 Senior Championship Final

(Note: The Clonbroney club was later renamed Seán Connollys)

Clonbroney squad: Paddy ‘Bug’ Callaghan, Seán Connolly, Charlie Miner, Peter McGrath, Michael ‘Pinch’ Donohoe, Jim Donohoe, Johnny Smith, James O’Connor, Harry Grier, Johnny Donohoe, Mick Kenny, Fred Browne, Tommy Connolly, Joe Donohoe, John ‘Bun’ McDowell, Pat Donohoe, John McCarthy, James Feeley & Mick Burke. 


Records prior to 2014 stated that Clonguish won the 1919 Championship beating Mullinalaghta in the final. This is inaccurate.

The 1919 Senior Championship draw was made immediately following the playing of the delayed 1917 League-Championship final in March 1919. The 1919 county final was held on 3rd August 1919 with Clonbroney beating Killoe Young Emmets by 1-3 to 0-3 in a replay at Longford Park (now the greyhound stadium). The Clonbroney club was later renamed Seán Connollys. It is worth noting that published records of the time all cite ‘Clonbroney’ in competition and as winners in 1919 whereas the ‘Clonbroney Camlin Rovers’ name is cited years later in a Roll of Honour published in Longford Leader in 1933. That roll had a range of fundamental errors, including title and naming errors and so is not an entirely reliable source. We are unable to assert with confidence whether the name used in 1919 was Clonbroney Camlin Rovers or just Clonbroney. All contemporaneous records analysed for the immediate years prior to and following the 1919 title win suggest the club was called Clonbroney at the time and the Camlin Rovers name had not been used for some years prior to the title win. 

(Medal image supplied by a relative of a player from the 1919 Clonbroney team)

The 1919 League-Championship draw was made on 23rd July 1919 and competition started on August 10th 1919, but continued into 1920 with Clonguish (winners of the Southern Division) beating Mullinalaghta (winners of the Northern Division) by 1-1 to 0-2 in the 1919 League-Championship final, played on 11th April 1920 in Longford Park (referee: Tommie Shevlin from Strokestown). The delay was caused by objections and lack of light at afternoon matches which ran into evenings. This 1919 League-Championship title was previously incorrectly conflated with the 1919 Senior Championship title in rolls of honour prior to 2014. Clonguish did not win a first Senior Football Championship title until 1962.

📷 1919 League-Championship Final

(Some of the conflation in records for this era stems from the fact that some League-Championship medals had ‘Championship’ inscribed on them)

1918: No record found of a completed Senior Football Championship. A newspaper article appeared in April 1918 carrying the following official notice… “Owing to the somewhat disturbed state of the country, all football fixtures are postponed until further notice”. On 21st September 1918 the Longford Leader reports that the Longford Championship semi-final between Granard and Killoe was to be played. However It does not appear to have been played and was subsequently re-scheduled. No further reports or evidence relating to 1918 championship has been found. The Longford GAA Yearbook of 1981 allocated the 1918 Senior Championship title to Ballinamuck or Granard, but no evidence was found to support this claim.

📷 1918 No Competition Notice

Some previous records incorrectly stated that Clonbroney Camlin Rovers won the 1917 Championship, however there was no Senior Championship played in 1917. A chapter on the early county final records in the 1987 ‘Comóradh an Chéid’ publication stated that for the period 1917 to 1919… “Clonbroney appear to have won the 1917 Championship with victory over Killoe in a replay, and Clonguish emerged victorious over Mullinalaghta to win 1919 Championship title“. However the 2014 research found no Senior Championship competition organised or played in 1917. The Clonbroney versus Killoe final referred to was in fact the 1919 Senior Championship Final while the Senior Championship title previously allocated to Clonguish for 1919 was the League-Championship title of 1919 which was completed in April 1920.

The 1917 League-Championship was played, and began in April 1917 but overran heavily and recommenced in July 1918 after a delay, eventually completing in early 1919 with Granard Shamrocks beating Killashee on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-0. See report below.

📷 1917 League-Championship Final

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1916.

The 1915 Senior Championship final was played in July 1916. There was no further championship action recorded thereafter until 1919. The 1916 Senior Championship was incorrectly allocated to Ardagh St. Brigids in 1981 Yearbook and in older rolls of honour from 1933 & 1944, however there is no evidence to support this and no evidence of any Ardagh St. Brigids club in active competition at all.

Granard Shamrocks won 1916 League-Championship beating Ardagh St. Patricks in March 1917. This is sometimes assumed to be the Senior Championship final of 1916, however an examination of the records leading up to and around this final shows it to be the League-Championship final, not the Championship final.

📷 1916 League-Championship Final

Killoe Young Emmets 3-0
Clonguish Gallowglasses 0-3

Date: 9th July 1916
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: J Scott (Longford)

📷 1915 Senior Championship Final

Championship overran and final was played in July 1916. One match report in local media has Killoe named incorrectly as ‘Granard’ at the start of the report. 

Note: There was no League-Championship for 1915. This is likely because 1914 League-Championship spilled into 1915 with the final in July 1915 which ended in a draw, with replay completed in September 1915.

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1914.

The 1913 Senior Championship ran into 1914 with Killoe Young Emmets winning the title on 15th February 1914. No Championship for 1914 itself. The 1914 championship title had been incorrectly allocated to Granard Slashers in previous publications from the 1980’s, however this is not the case.

📷 1913 Senior Champions (Won in 1914)

The 1914 League-Championship competition ran into 1915 with Granard Shamrocks beating Killoe Young Emmets in a replay in September 1915. The League-Championship final (August 1915) and replay (September 1915) are cited as ‘Championship’ in match reports, however the headline alongside the team photos on the front page of the Longford Leader in September 1915 clarifies it as ‘County Longford League Championship’ as does the series of previews ahead of the final and replay. An examination of the wider records leading up to and around this final confirms it as a League-Championship, not Championship. The competition kicked off in 1914 and spilled into 1915 with final held on 7th August 1915 which ended in a draw (1-1 to 0-4), and Granard won the replay on 19th September 1915 (0-6 to 0-2).

📷 1914 League-Championship Final

Killoe Young Emmets 1-3
Longford Commercials 0-1

Date: 8th February 1914
Venue: Longford Park

Referee: J. Toher (Clonguish)
Objection raised – Replay ordered. 

Killoe Young Emmets 0-2
Longford Commercials 0-1

Date: 5th April 1914
Venue: Longford Park

Referee: J. Toher (Clonguish)
Winning Captain: J Breslin

📷 1913 Senior Championship Final
📷 1913 Senior Championship Final Replay
📷 1913 Senior Champions – Team Photo

Note: Killoe Young Emmets won the 1913 Championship with victory over Longford Commercials in the replayed final in April 1914. The original final was played on 8th February 1914 which Killoe won, but following an objection the final was replayed on 5th April 1914. This victory was previously thought to have achieved the first 3-in-a-row of Championship titles in Longford, however the correction to the records for 1912 to remove that years title now invalidates that 3-in-a-row.

This title was previously inaccurately allocated to Killoe Young Emmets.

Killoe Young Emmets won four championships (1907, 1911, 1913, 1915) over a nine year period between 1907 and 1915. However, having previously been credited with the 1912 championship, the 2014 research found that this was more likely the conclusion of the 1911 SFC played in 1912. In previous records, the 1911 championship had seemingly concluded with the awarding of the title to Killoe (who had defeated Drumlish in the semi-final in November 1911) due to the fact that the second semi-final between Clonguish and Edgeworthstown had not been played as a result of a dispute. The 1912 final had previously been recorded as a 0-2 to 0-1 victory for Killoe Young Emmets over Edgeworthstown Volunteers in the county final played on 3rd March 1912.

However, a closer examination of the records in 2014 showed that the only competitive championship game played between November 1911 and the Killoe vs Edgeworthstown “final” of March 1912 was the meeting of Clonguish and Edgeworthstown in February 1912 (which was won by Edgeworthstown). It seems more logical and likely that this game was in fact the disputed 1911 semi-final, re-fixed and played in February 1912 instead, with the winners advancing to play Killoe in the delayed 1911 final in March 1912 with Killoe Young Emmets winning that delayed 1911 Championship. Hence the previously assumed 1912 final was in fact the delayed 1911 final. No further records have been found of any further competition in 1912, hence it is assumed that there was no SFC for that year itself.

It is worth noting that a one-time competition called the Forresters Cup was played in 1912, concluding in 1913 with victory for Columbkille over Clonguish. The Longford branch of the INF organised the competition and donated the cup. This competition may have been confused for Senior Championship in some early rolls of honour.

Killoe Young Emmets 0-1
Edgeworthstown Volunteers 0-0

Date: 3rd March 1912
Venue: Longford Park

Referee: J Burns (Ballymahon)

📷 1911 Championship Semi Final
📷 1911 Championship Final

The draw for the 1911 Senior Football Championship took place at the County Board meeting on 20th August at Longford Park. Patrick Hagan presided over the meeting. The draw for the Championship involved 9 teams (it is noted that Clonbroney are not taking part in the Championship) and the fixtures were agreed as follows, with all games at Longford Park:

  • 18th Sep: Longford Commercials v Drumlish (Ref: Burns, Ballymahon)
  • 18th Sep: Longford Leo Caseys v Clonguish (Ref: P Hagan, Killoe)
  • 1st Oct: Ballymahon v Edgeworthstown Volunteers (Ref: P Fanning, Longford)
  • 1st Oct: Columbkille v Killoe Young Emmets (Ref: J Toher, Clonguish)
  • Ardagh St. Patricks a bye

Drumlish played Ardagh in Round 2 on 22nd October 1911 which Drumlish won by 0-3 to 0-1. 

The semi-final games were Killoe v Drumlish and Edgeworthstown v Clonguish. See note further below for progress of those games. 


Decoding the 1911 Title: Prior to the 2014 research, the championship game between Killoe Young Emmets and Drumlish in November 1911 was assumed (and reported at the time) to have decided the 1911 Championship title, because the teams in the other semi-final (Edgeworthstown & Clonguish) did not field in their game. However the next Championship action recorded in Longford was a match between Edgeworthstown and Clonguish just three months later in February 1912, and almost immediately thereafter a ‘Championship final’ was played between Killoe and Edgeworthstown in March 1912 which prior to the 2014 research had been been assumed to be the separate 1912 championship final (hence back-to-back titles for Killoe). However an objective examination of the published records suggests that the unfinished semi-final from 1911 between Edgeworthstown Volunteers and Clonguish Gallowglasses was eventually played in February 1912 leading to the delayed 1911 championship final between Killoe and Edgeworthstown taking place in March 1912. There are also no other games around those championship games in 1912, which along with the dates of the games themselves supports the theory that this was all part of the 1911 competition and not a new a separate Championship in 1912. Nobody joined these dots prior to 2014, leaving the reader to assume two different championship title where there was most likely only one. There was no additional championship action recorded in 1912.

Clonguish Gallowglasses won the League-Championship (aka League) title of 1911. No match report has been found but we find evidence of Clonguish referred to as League champions in Autumn 1911 at link below.

📷 1911 League-Championship citation

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1908, 1909 or 1910.

A notice was carried in the Longford Leader in March 1908 regarding ‘Revival of GAA football in Longford’ and citing an upcoming fixture between Ardagh St. Patricks and Clonguish Gallowglasses. However no record has been found of SFC competition in this period.

The Longford GAA Yearbook in 1981 allocated the 1910 title to Clonguish Red Branch Knights, however no record exists of any championship played in 1910. There is also no evidence of any club named Clonguish Red Branch Knights during these years. The Clonguish club in these early years was known as Clonguish Gallowglasses. The records were updated by 1983 to remove this error.

Killoe Young Emmets 1-8
Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s 0-1

Date: 14th July 1907
Venue: Newtownforbes
Referee: T.H. Redmond (Dublin)

Killoe Young Emmets 0-4
Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s 1-1

Date: 7th July 1907
Venue: Newtownforbes
Referee: P. McGuinness (Newtownforbes)

📷 1907 Senior Football final replay – Preview
📷 1907 Senior Championship final – Report 1
📷 1907 Senior Championship final – Report 2
📷 1907 Championship Medals


The first final between these sides was played on 7th July 1907 in Newtownforbes and ended in a draw (1-1 to 0-4). Killoe won the replay by 1-8 to 0-1. Many years later the Longford Leader ran a look-back piece (error in the year cited in the piece) on the drawn game using a report from the Roscommon Herald here. The referee for the replay game was from the Geraldines club in Dublin. It is worth noting that Comóradh an Chéid reports the referee in the replay game as D.E. McCarthy from Kilkenny, however the match report from the final confirms otherwise. 

In October 1906 Drumlish Wolfe Tones and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs came together to compete jointly for a period as Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s. The teams first game was against Gorletteragh St. Patricks on 27th October 1906. The combination took part in official competition once – 1907 Senior Football Championship, reaching the county final and losing to Killoe Young Emmets after a replay. 

1907 Senior Football Championship Semi-Finals:

Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s 0-7
Longford Leo Caseys 0-5

Referee: Paddy Hagan (Killoe)
Date: 26th May 1907

Killoe Young Emmets 1-4
Clonguish Gallowglasses 0-6

Referee: P. Gilchrist (Longford)
Date: 5th May 1907

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1906.

The 1905 championship ran into 1906 with the final played in July 1906.

Longford Leo Caseys 1-7
Edgeworthstown Volunteers 0-3

Date: 8th July 1906
Venue: Longford Park

Referee: Mr. Flynn (Newtownforbes)

📷 1905 Senior Championship Final


Championship was typically played over the Winter months. 1905 championship spilled into 1906 with the final played on 8th July 1906. Longford Leo Caseys retained their title with victory over Edgeworthstown Volunteers by 1-7 to 0-3 in the final.

It is worth noting that one published source cited Clonguish Gallowglasses as having beat Longford Leo Caseys in the county final which was replayed following an objection in April 1906. However our research located the match report from the 1905 final (link above) showing Longford Leo Casey’s beating Edgeworthstown Volunteers. The claim of Clonguish winning the title seems to conflate the semi-final objection raised by Clonguish regarding an apparent early termination of their clash with Longford Leo Caseys which the latter won by 2-1 to 0-2. The objection was upheld by the County Board and a replay was ordered. However Leo Caseys escalated the issue to the Leinster Council who overturned the decision, enabling Leo Caseys to progress to the final. 

Longford Leo Caseys 2-7
Killoe Young Emmets 0-1

Date: 23rd April 1905
Venue: Longford Park
Referee: E. Rhatigan (Killashee)

📷 1904 Senior Championship Final


The nine clubs who participated in the 1904 Senior Championship were:

  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Clonbroney
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Drumlish Wolfe Tones
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Young Emmets
  • Longford Leo Caseys
  • Rathcline

The initial pairings were as follows…

  • Longford Leo Caseys v Killashee Mitchells
  • Ardagh St. Patricks v Rathcline
  • Killoe Young Emmets v Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Drumlish Wolfe Tones v Clonbroney
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers a bye

The semi-final pairings were as follows…

  • Longford Leo Caseys 0-3 v Ardagh St. Patricks 0-1
  • Killoe Young Emmets 1-4 v Drumlish Wolfe Tones 0-3

The Longford County Board was re-established in 1904 and official competition started again for the first time since 1891. With the resumption of GAA activity in Longford, the senior championship draws would now involve a smaller group of clubs (26 clubs in 1891 versus 9 clubs by 1904). The 1904 senior championship had nine clubs participating and in the County Final played in April 1905, Longford Leo Caseys defeated Killoe Young Emmets to take the title. The three local newspapers of the time (Longford Leader, Roscommon Herald and Longford Journal) each reported different score-lines which are shown above. A closer analysis of these reports suggests that the Roscommon Herald result of 2-7 to 0-1 is likely to be the most accurate scoreline based upon the context within that match report versus the others.

Note: Prior records claimed this final was played on 29th April 1905, but this was the date the final report appeared in the Longford Leader (i.e. Saturday after the final). 

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship from 1892 to 1903.

It is worth noting that following the unfinished championship of 1891, the next attempt to form a County Board in Longford saw four clubs represent in 1896 where five was needed to form a committee, so the County Board could not be reformed.

The 1896 SFC title had previously been incorrectly allocated to Longford Shamrocks. A friendly match took place in December 1896 at Ballinalee between Granard Slashers and Longford Shamrocks following an invite issued by Granard Slashers. After many rows, the referee awarded the game to Longford. For some years this game was included in the Senior Championship roll of honour, however this is not a Senior Championship title because (a) there were no medals presented, (b) it was a single friendly game and not part of any wider championship competition, and (c) there was no Longford County Board in place at the time the game occurred. Worth noting that Longford Shamrocks represented Longford in the Croke Cup in early 1897, as ‘unofficial’ champions.

It is also worth noting that club activity can be found in both hurling and football in Longford in 1900-1903, but no official competition. The re-establishment of the Longford County Board in 1904 and the organisation of the first Senior Football Championship since the unfinished 1891 Championship represented the restart of official club competition in the county.

The 1891 title had previously been incorrectly allocated to Longford Shamrocks.

The 1891 Longford Championship involved 26 clubs and was, by accounts of the day, “a disaster”. The Clergy requested 1st round matches to be postponed as the Lenten season had begun. The county chairman complied but then changed his mind. An eleventh hour letter in the Roscommon Herald recommended postponement. There was confusion over the notice given for first round games and as a result, teams that failed to field were given a second chance with an additional round. Many of the 2nd round games were subject to objections which was a common occurrence and as the county board had ceased to function by the year end, the championship was deemed not completed with only three of the eight second round matches played.

The 26 clubs who participated in the unfinished 1891 Senior Championship are as follows:

  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Ballinamuck 98s
  • Ballymacormack Grattans
  • Ballymahon Leos *
  • Ballywillan Faugh a’Ballagh *
  • Carrickedmond O’Connells
  • Clonbroney Esmondes
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Clough Dillons
  • Columbkille St. Columbkilles
  • Cranley Hearts of Erin
  • Dromard O’Donnells *
  • Drumlish Robert Emmets
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Ferefad Mandevilles
  • Granard Healys
  • Granard Slashers
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Erins Pride
  • Killoe McMahons
  • Legan Sunbursts
  • Moydow Harpers
  • Mullinalaghta Leaguers
  • Newtowncashel sons of St. Kieran
  • Rathaspic Leaguers (from Westmeath)
  • Rathcline John Martins

* In the months following the 1890 Championship, Ballymahon O’Briens and Shrule Leo’s amalgamated to form Ballymahon Leo’s while Dromard O’Briens and Dromard Owen Roes amalgamated to form Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells (Dromard O’Donnells) while Ballywillan Faugh a’Ballagh appear to have started the 1891 Championship as Ballywillan Michael Davitts and underwent a name change during the competition.

(Note: The GAA was faced with its first crisis in the aftermath of the Parnell affair, and activities and structures in Longford and other counties had effectively ceased. It should be noted that Longford was predominantly anti-Parnell during the crisis period. The 1891 championship in Longford was started but remained unfinished and another decade would pass before games resumed. The number of clubs in Ireland dropped from 879 to 200 between 1890 and 1892 – the height of the Parnell scandal. The impact on Longford was a decimation of clubs and competition)

Columbkille St. Columbkilles 1-0
Rathcline John Martins 0-4

Date: 8th June 1890
Venue: Abbeycartron

Referee: Patrick Baxter (Ardagh St. Patrick)

📷 1890 Senior Championship Final

(Columbkille St. Columbkilles was later renamed Colmcille)


In March 1890 it was decided to run a Senior Football Championship competition. The 1st Senior Football Championship involved 21 affiliated clubs (teams were 21-a-side at that time). The County Final was played between Columbkille St Columbkilles and Rathcline John Martins (also referred to as Honest John Martins) in Abbeycartron on 8th June 1890 (field provided by Peter McLoughlin), with Columbkille winning by 1-0 to 0-4. Lest anyone be confused by that score-line, it should be noted that a goal at that time could not be beaten by any number of points. 

The 21 affiliated in that historic first Senior Football Championship in 1890 were:

  • Granard Healys
  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Ballymacormack Grattans
  • Ballywillan Michael Davitts
  • Carrickedmond O’Connells
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Clough Dillons
  • Columbkille St. Columbkilles
  • Crosskeys Fitzgeralds
  • Dromard O’Briens
  • Drumlish Robert Emmets
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Ferefad Mandevilles
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Erins Pride
  • Legan Sunbursts
  • Longford Davitts
  • Moydow Harpers
  • Newtowncashel Sons of St Kieran
  • Rathcline John Martins
  • Shrule Leos

Note: Granard Healys was the first GAA club founded under GAA rules in Longford and was founded in September 1888 (📷 Source Longford Independent – 27th October 1888). The town of Longford was next with Longford Davitts club founded on 2nd December 1888 and Ballymahon O’Briens was next in February 1889. Many more clubs were formed in 1889 and 1890 with 21 clubs taking part in the first Senior Football Championship in 1890.

(Name of winner & runner-up displayed using name of each club at the time of the final, to preserve that historic record)

Senior Football Championship

Additional Notes

Titles are allocated to club units (not parishes). Where a new club unit is formed by two or more clubs amalgamating, the previous titles of the individual clubs prior to the union are kept separate in Rolls of Honour from titles won by the new club unit. For teams made up of two or more clubs, titles are allocated to the combined team and not assigned separately to the individual club units within it (thus avoiding double-counting).

To allocate titles accurately and consistently to club units, it was necessary to dig into specific instances where key titles were won by different or differently named entities from the same parish down the years, and determine, using as much primary evidence, as possible how to allocate those titles to club units.

Longford has seen a large number of clubs come and go over the years, including multiple clubs in the same parish at the same time (This was true in multiple instances prior to the 2010’s, and is still true today for the Longford and Granard parishes). Historically there are a few instances of key titles won by different or differently named units from the same parish. Some were merely the same club renamed over time, while others were separate club units including new clubs formed by the merging of two or more existing club units.

There are five key examples of title allocations which needed clarification:

  1. Longford Parish
  2. Mostrim Parish
  3. Granard Parish
  4. Drumlish Parish
  5. Ardagh & Moydow Parish

Note: Titles in this context refers to SFC, SFL, SHC, IFC, JFC or U-21 Championship titles.

Our research found the following SFC title changes which were supplied to and adopted by Coiste Chontae an Longfort.

1891
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: Not Completed

1896
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: No Championship

1911
Was: Killoe Young Emmets vs Drumlish
Now: Killoe Young Emmets vs Edgeworthstown

1912
Was: Killoe Young Emmets
Now: No Championship

1917
Was: Clonbroney
Now: No Championship

1919
Was: Clonguish
Now: Clonbroney

1922
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship

1923
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship

1925
Was: Game Abandoned (Granard v Mullinalaghta)
Now: No Championship

Note 1: The old winners for 1919, 1922 & 1923 above all won that seasons Senior League-Championship title, not the Senior Championship title. The abandoned final between Granard and Mullinalaghta in 1925 was also the Senior League-Championship final not the Senior Championship final. 

Note 2: The Gaelic Athletic Annuals of the 1920’s and 1930’s show a list of SFC winners for 1900’s, 1910’s and 1920’s which is almost entirely inaccurate.

We attempt to show winners and finalists with the name used at the time of the final, to preserve that historic record. More on Club Clarifications here.

The following name clarifications apply to SFC finalists down the years:

  • Slashers Gaels hurling teams changed name to Longford Slashers in early 2000’s.
  • Young Grattans club also uses the Irish version ‘Grattan Óg’ since around 1982.
  • Newtowncashel St. Ciarans was shortened to Cashel since around 1947.
  • Killashee added St. Brigids to the club name from 1934 onward.
  • Mullinalaghta added St. Columbas to the club name from 1955 onward.
  • Clonguish was called Clonguish Gallowglasses in the early years of competition.
  • Rathcline was called Rathcline John Martins in the early years of competition.
  • Naomh Ciarán hurlers were previously Rathcline Gaels. Club no longer active.
  • Kenagh competed and won titles in the 1960’s using the name Kenagh St. Dominics
  • Killoe Young Emmets also uses the Irish version of Emmet Óg since the early 1960’s.
  • Clonbroney was renamed Clonbroney Seán Connollys in 1935, and later just Seán Connollys.
  • Columbkille St. Columbkilles was shortened to Columbkille then to Columcille and finally Colmcille.
  • Shroid Slashers formed in 1958 as a revived and renamed Whiterock Slashers club. Disbanded in 2019.
  • Forgney added St. Munis to the name in 1936. Forgney now competes in a Group Team with Ballymahon.
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers shortened to Edgeworthstown in 1910’s and added Young Irelands in 1930.
  • Ballinamuck club was initially formed as Ballinamuck 98’s and later competed as Ballinamuck (no ’98s).
  • Drumlish club re-organised in 1951 adopting the name ‘Young Irelands’ (later changed to Éire Óg).
  • United Gaels (Longford Wanderers/Clonguish) competed in Senior Championship in 1933 and 1934.
  • United Gaels (Granard/Abbeylara) competed in Senior and Junior from 1947-1948 and Junior in 1951.
  • United Gaels (Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta) competed in Senior Championship for one season in 1953.
  • St. Martins (Carrickedmond/Kenagh) competed in Junior from 1971-1974 and Senior from 1971-1975.
  • Dromard & Fr. Manning Gaels combined won the U-21 ‘A’ Championship in 1976 as Northern Gaels. (📷 Image)
  • Fr. Manning Gaels was formed in 1969 when Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs united. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
  • Longford Slashers was formed in 1954 when Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers united. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)
  • Ardagh Moydow was formed in 2019 when Ardagh St. Patricks and Moydow Harpers clubs united. (📷 Image) (📑 Details)

(Note: This is not all club/team names, only those where clarity is needed to understand key title winners or finalists)

Number of clubs in SFC from total active clubs in Longford:

  • 2026: 10 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 5/5 – planned)
  • 2025: 11 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 5/6 – planned)
  • 2024: 12 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 6/6)
  • 2023: 12 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 6/6)
  • 2022: 12 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 6/6)
  • 2021: 12 of 21 clubs  (2 Groups of 6/6)
  • 2020: 12 of 21 clubs  (4 Groups of 3/3/3/3)
  • 2019: 11 of 21 clubs  (3 Groups of 4/4/3)
  • 2018: 11 of 23 clubs  (3 Groups of 4/4/3)
  • 2017: 13 of 23 clubs  (3 Groups of 4/4/5)
  • 2016: 13 of 24 clubs  (3 Groups of 4/4/5)
  • 2015: 12 of 24 clubs  (1 Group of 12)
  • 2014: 12 of 24 clubs  (1 Group of 12)
  • 2013: 12 of 24 clubs  (1 Group of 12)
  • 2012: 12 of 24 clubs  (3 Groups of 4/4/4)
  • 2011: 16 of 24 clubs  (4 Groups of 4/4/4/4)
  • 2010: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2009: 14 of 24 clubs  (New Group Stage introduced)
  • 2008: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2007: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2006: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2005: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2004: 16 of 24 clubs
  • 2003: 16 of 24 clubs
  • 2002: 16 of 24 clubs
  • 2001: 15 of 24 clubs
  • 2000: 15 of 24 clubs  (Backdoor Qualifier introduced)
  • 1999: 13 of 24 clubs  (Last Straight Knockout)

Note 1: Senior Championship will be reduced from 12 teams in 2024 to 10 teams from 2026 by having two teams relegated to, and one promoted from, Intermediate Championship in 2024 and 2025. This will result in 10 teams in Senior Championship, 8  teams in Intermediate Championship and 6 teams in Junior Championship (3 Junior + 3 Second teams) from 2026 onward.

Note 2: 1999 was the final year of straight knockout SFC. 2000 saw the introduction of a backdoor system for first round losing teams to compete in a losers competition for a Quarter Final spot. In 2000 the SFC had 7 Round 1 games, with 7 winners progressing to the Quarter Finals, while 7 Round 1 losers along with the last team pulled out at the Championship draw entered a Senior ‘B’ Championship with winner receiving the Kevin Hughes Cup and qualifying as the 8th team in the Quarter Final stage of the Senior Championship. This backdoor qualifier structure continued until 2009 when the league-style group stage structure was introduced, leading into knockout from Quarter Final onward.

Note 3: In 1990 a series of changes were implemented which linked League and Championship together. From 1991 the Senior Championship would contain teams from Divisions 1 and 2 of the ACFL with a seeding system in place whereby the top four teams in Division 1 of the ACFL at the end of the 1990 season would go straight into the Quarter Final of the 1991 Senior Championship. This linkage between League and Championship meant that if a team was relegated from Division 2 of the ACFL in 1990 they would then play Intermediate Championship football in 1991. 

Clubs relegated from Senior to Intermediate in past 20 years (2004-2023):

  • 2023: Ballymahon
  • 2022: St. Brigids Killashee
  • 2021: Fr. Manning Gaels
  • 2020: None (Covid-19)
  • 2019: None (St. Marys Granard, Rathcline)
  • 2018: Ballymahon
  • 2017: Fr. Manning Gaels, St. Brigids Killashee
  • 2016: Rathcline, (Carrickedmond)
  • 2015: None (Carrickedmond)
  • 2014: Ardagh St. Patricks
  • 2013: None (St. Marys Granard, Fr. Manning Gaels, St. Brigids Killashee)
  • 2012: Seán Connollys
  • 2011: Cashel, Rathcline, St. Marys Granard, Ardagh St. Patricks, Carrickedmond
  • 2010: None (Ardagh St. Patricks)
  • 2009: None (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas)
  • 2008: Ballymore
  • 2007: Cashel
  • 2006: None (Cashel, Fr. Manning Gaels, Ballymore)
  • 2005: Carrickedmond, St. Brigids Killashee
  • 2004: Ardagh St. Patricks, Rathcline

Note 1: Parenthesis indicates the team(s) relegated in that year, but didn’t make the drop due to restructuring of the SFC or decision by County Board not to proceed with relegation

Note 2: In 2022 St. Brigids Killashee withdrew from the SFC after the first round and were duly relegated.  

Note 3: In 2018 Ballymahon volunteered for relegation ahead of the relegation play-off games. 

Note 4: In 2016 Rathcline were relegated while Carrickedmond lost the relegation playoff final but remained at Senior grade due to decision to retain 12-team SFC in 2017.

Note 5: Two teams will be relegated from SFC in 2024 & 2025 to enable SFC to be reduced from 12 to 10 teams from 2026.

Five clubs achieved 3-in-a-row of Senior Football Championship titles between 1890 and 2022.

  • St. Marys Granard (2): 1929-1931 and 1933-1935
  • Clonguish (1): 1962-1965
  • Longford Slashers (1): 1989-1991
  • Fr. Manning Gaels (1): 1996-1998
  • Mullinalaghta St. Columbas (1): 2016-2018

Note on Killoe: Prior to our research of club titles in 2014, the first 3-in-a-row of Senior Football Championships had been allocated to Killoe Young Emmets (1911-1913) in all published rolls of honour and published history books down the years, and remained on the record books as such for over a century from 1913 until 2014. Our research found sufficient circumstantial evidence via newly digitised material to show that the 1912 title was more likely the completion of the delayed 1911 Championship and not a separate competition for 1912. That conclusion was subjected to external expert scrutiny to avoid any unconscious bias (given that the club involved was our native club) and our findings were duly upheld. Hence the 1912 title was voided which in turn voided that 3-in-a-row. 

One club has achieved 4-in-a-row of Senior Football Championship titles between 1890 and 2022:

  • Clonguish (1): 1962-1965

The article below from the Longford Leader in 2015 looks back at those wins.

Between 2014 and 2021 a comprehensive package of research was undertaken by our research team into Longford GAA club titles. This was done with the support of Coiste Chontae an Longfort, and all findings were submitted by a member of our team to Coiste Chontae an Longfort and published online throughout with the full support of the County Board (See page 16 here). Our research prioritised primary sources and contemporaneous reports over secondary sources or accounts that retell, analyse, or interpret events at a distance of time or place.

Prior to this research, previous records existed in newspapers, yearbooks, centenary publications and match programmes. Prior research was augmented by the great work of Seán Ó Suilleabháin and others in the early 1980’s who documented missing county final scores from the early years and updated the records to eliminate inaccuracies that had sustained to that point (especially for the period 1890 to 1925). However a number of gaps and inconsistencies remained by 2014, and our research team utilised a combination of recently digitised newspaper records, microfilm and a range of published sources to provide further corrections and updates, and to resolve remaining gaps including missing county final scores. All research was conducted voluntarily and without fear or favour.

Our research resulted in material changes to Senior Football & Hurling Championship records as well as clarity on Championship versus ‘League-Championship’ titles (a conflation which was common in early records). Some Championship final scorelines had been added to the roster over the past quarter of a century via the aforementioned work of those who went before us, but by 2014 the Senior Championship picture was still quite incomplete, and in some instances the allocated titles (especially 1891-1926) were materially inaccurate. Our team sought to establish a complete record for Senior Football Championships including original club names used in each final, and scorelines right back to 1890, as well as a complete record of Senior Hurling Championship finals and a full suite of title records for Junior, Intermediate, U-21, Minor, Juvenile and U-14 Football Championships. We were also able to create the first listing of Senior and Junior League-Championship winners which had not existed anywhere prior to our work. 

This report provides the reader with a top-level summary of the results of that research, including sources used and methodologies applied. Any research team will have, and is entitled to, it’s own approach. We use this website to display the findings of our research, conducted without fear or favour (evidenced not least by the fact that our native club had 1 SFC and 1 JFC title removed as a result of the research carried out by our team) and placed into the public domain for maximum transparency.

Club titles research was initially limited to the following:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Football Leader Cup
  • Senior Football League-Championship
  • Senior Hurling Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Junior Football League-Championship
  • U-21 Football Championship
  • Minor Football Championship
  • Juvenile Football Championship
  • U-14 Football Championship

Research into SFC, SHC and IFC records and associated corrections was communicated to Coiste Chontae an Longfort from the start of research in 2014 to the end of research in 2021, and was initially published on the Longford GAA website throughout and until January 2022 when it was then relocated. The research was completed in phases and each phase was published online with the support of Coiste Chontae an Longfort once that phase of work was completed. Additional research was added in early 2021 to provide details on Minor Football Championship and to add more insights on the research methodology. This package of club research into the above-listed GAA club titles in Longford concluded in May 2021.

This content was researched & compiled independently from 2014 to 2023.
Please cite this website if quoting or using this material elsewhere.