Longford Gaelic Stats
Senior Hurling Championship

SHC Winners

WonClub / TeamYear Titles Won
20Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
12Longford Slashers1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2021
7Clonguish Gaels2003, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2019, 2022, 2023
3Granard1932, 1933, 1934
2Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline)1985, 1988
1Longford Leo Caseys1904
1Killoe Young Emmets1907
Senior Hurling Championship

SHC Timeline

Senior Hurling Championship

Roll of Honour

Clonguish Gaels 2-14
Longford Slashers 1-14

Final was played on 10th September 2023.


Round 1 (08-07-2023)
Longford Slashers W/O
Wolfe Tones Scr

Round 2 (15-07-2023)
Longford Slashers 3-14
Clonguish Gaels 1-9

Round 3 (19-08-2023)
Clonguish Gaels 1-16
Wolfe Tones 1-10

The 2023 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Clonguish Gaels 1-15
Longford Slashers 1-13

Final was played on 11th September 2022.


Round 1 (09-07-2022)
Longford Slashers 3-11
Wolfe Tones 3-10

Round 2 (16-07-2022)
Longford Slashers 2-11
Clonguish Gaels 0-17

Round 3 (13-08-2022)
Wolfe Tones 0-15
Clonguish Gaels 0-15

The 2022 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Longford Slashers 4-11
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-14

Final was played on 10th October 2021.


Round 1 (13-08-2021)
Clonguish Gaels 1-10
Wolfe Tones 2-18

Round 2 (28-08-2021)
Longford Slashers 1-14
Wolfe Tones 3-13

Round 3 (21-09-2021)
Clonguish Gaels 0-10
Longford Slashers 2-15

The 2021 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 3-10
Longford Slashers 1-6

Final was played on 4th October 2020.

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Round 1 (01-08-2020)
Wolfe Tones 1-15
Clonguish Gaels 1-10

Round 2 (29-08-2020)
Longford Slashers 1-11
Clonguish Gaels 0-6

The 2020 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Clonguish Gaels 1-19
Longford Slashers 0-10


Round 1 (03-08-2019)
Clonguish Gaels 1-10
Longford Slashers 1-9

Round 2 (17-08-2019)
Wolfe Tones 1-9
Clonguish Gaels 2-11

Round 3 (22-09-2019)
Wolfe Tones 2-12
Longford Slashers 1-17

The 2019 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-11
Clonguish Gaels 0-10

Final was played on 30th September 2018.

This was the first time a six-in-row of SHC titles had been achieved in Longford. 


Round 1 (13-07-2018)
Clonguish Gaels 2-6
Wolfe Tones 1-7

Round 2 (03-08-2018)
Wolfe Tones 3-13
Longford Slashers 2-15

Round 3 (02-09-2018)
Longford Slashers 1-9
Clonguish Gaels 1-14

The 2018 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-11
Longford Slashers 2-10

Final was played on 1st October 2017.


Round 1
Clonguish Gaels 2-10
Longford Slashers 0-18

Round 2
Wolfe Tones W/O
Longford Slashers Scr

Round 3
Wolfe Tones 1-11
Clonguish Gaels 0-13

The 2017 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-15
Clonguish Gaels 1-5

Final was played on 2nd October 2016.


Round 1 (19-08-2016)
Wolfe Tones 0-15
Clonguish Gaels 1-11

Round 2 (26-08-2016)
Clonguish Gaels 1-14
Longford Slashers 0-14

Round 3 (10-09-2016)
Longford Slashers 2-8
Wolfe Tones 3-10

The 2016 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 4-11
Longford Slashers 0-10

Final was played on 19th September 2015.


Round 1 (19-08-2015)
Longford Slashers 2-16
Clonguish Gaels 0-11

Round 2 (26-08-2015)
Wolfe Tones 3-8
Longford Slashers 1-6

Round 3 (05-09-2015)
Wolfe Tones 1-17
Clonguish Gaels 2-7

The 2015 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-10
Clonguish Gaels 1-10

Final was played on 5th October 2014


Round 1 (04-08-2014)
Longford Slashers 0-17
Clonguish Gaels 1-17

Round 2 (24-08-2014)
Clonguish Gaels 1-11
Wolfe Tones 6-6

Round 3 (31-08-2014)
Wolfe Tones 2-9
Longford Slashers 0-15

The 2014 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 3-12
Clonguish Gaels 2-14

Final was played on 21st September 2013.

The 2012 Championship included two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Clonguish Gaels. Longford Slashers did not compete in Senior Hurling competition in 2012 and 2013.

Clonguish Gaels 1-10
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-8

Final was played on 13th October 2012.

The 2012 Championship included two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Clonguish Gaels. Longford Slashers did not compete in Senior Hurling competition in 2012 and 2013.

Competition declared null and void.

The 2011 SHC final was never played. Clonguish had initially indicated that they could not play the SHC final until they had finished up in the SFC because some dual players involved with their hurling team were also involved with the senior football team. Wolfe Tones turned up on the originally scheduled day of the final and maintained that Clonguish failed to fulfill the fixture and that they should be awarded the title. In the meantime, Clonguish were knocked out of the SFC on 11th September 2011 and the fixtures committee set a revised date for the Hurling final (9th October 2011). Wolfe Tones refused to play on that date because they felt they fulfilled the original fixture and as far as they are concerned they were now the champions. The CCCC had by now arranged the SHC final twice and on each occasion one or other of the finalists were not willing to play, so CCCC declared the competition null and void.


Round 1 (02-07-2011)
Clonguish Gaels 2-15
Longford Slashers 1-11

Round 2 (10-07-2011)
Clonguish Gaels 1-14
Wolfe Tones 2-11

Round 3 (24-07-2011)
Wolfe Tones 3-14
Longford Slashers 3-8

County Final
Clonguish Gaels vs Wolfe Tones

The 2011 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-10
Clonguish Gaels 1-10

The 2010 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-16
Clonguish Gaels 1-6

The 2009 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-8
Clonguish Gaels 1-10

The 2008 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-17
Longford Slashers 1-17

The 2007 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Clonguish Gaels 3-15
Longford Slashers 4-6

Slashers Gaels name changed to Longford Slashers in early 2000’s.

The 2006 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels. It is worth noting that Wolfe Tones won the Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship in 2006.

Clonguish Gaels 3-11
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 3-5

The 2004 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels. It is worth noting that Clonguish Gaels also won the Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship in 2005.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-11
Clonguish Gaels 0-5

The 2004 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Clonguish Gaels 3-9
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 1-5

Clonguish Gaels defeated Longford Slashers by 0-17 to 1-8 in the semi-final, while Wolfe Tones received a bye to the final which was played on 27th September 2003.

The 2003 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Longford Slashers, 3) Clonguish Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-16
Slashers Gaels 0-14

The 2002 Championship seemed to include four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Clonguish Gaels, 4) Ballymahon Gaels. However there are no published records of the games involving Clonguish Gaels and Ballymahon Gaels, so it may have been just two clubs involved in 2002? 

Slashers Gaels 6-11
Ballymahon Gaels 1-4

The 2001 Championship included four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Clonguish Gaels, 4) Ballymahon Gaels.

The County Final match report showed the club name as Longford Slashers instead of Slashers Gaels, while Ballymahon Gaels appeared in that match report as Ballymahon Region. In fixtures prior to the County Final the teams were cited as Slashers Gaels and Ballymahon Gaels. The naming transition from Slasher Gaels to Longford Slashers seems to have happened between 2001 and 2002. 

Slashers Gaels 3-13
Ballymahon Gaels 1-9

The 2000 Championship included four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Clonguish Gaels, 4) Ballymahon Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 3-6
Slashers Gaels 0-7

The 1999 Championship included four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Clonguish Gaels, 4) Ballymahon Gaels.

The Longford champions were drawn against Kilmessan (Meath) in the Leinster Club Championship. However Wolfe Tones were not able to fulfill the tie due to a spate of injuries and Slashers Gaels were asked to travel to Trim for the match instead, and duly obliged. However only 13 players showed up and Slashers were therefore unable to field. Hence Kilmessan received a walkover.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 4-9
Slashers Gaels 0-4

The 1998 Championship included just two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels.

Slashers Gaels 1-8
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-8

The 1997 Championship included just two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-9
Slashers Gaels 2-6

This was the first 5-in-row of SHC titles in Longford GAA history. The 1996 Championship included just two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-10
Slashers Gaels 0-10

The 1995 Championship included just two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-8
Slashers Gaels 0-1

Wolfe Tones became the 3rd club (after Slashers Gaels and Granard Hurling Club) to complete 3-in-row of SHC titles. The 1994 Championship included just two teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels.

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-13
Slashers Gaels 0-5

Slashers Gaels beat Ballymahon in Semi-Final by 3-13 to 0-3, while Wolfe Tones had a bye to the final. The 1993 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Ballymahon. 

Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 2-6
Slashers Gaels 1-7

The 1992 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Naomh Ciaráns. 

Slashers Gaels 3-8
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-2

This was the second time Slashers Gaels had completed 3-in-row of SHC titles, and the third time overall that this feat had been achieved. The semi-final saw Slashers Gaels beat Naomh Ciaran. The 1991 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Naomh Ciaráns. In the semi-final, Slashers Gaels defeated Naomh Ciaráns by 7-22 to 1-5 while Wolfe Tones got a bye to the final. 

Slashers Gaels 3-8
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-5

In the 1990 Longford SHC semi-final Slashers Gaels beat Ballymahon/Cashel and Wolfe Tones got a bye to the final. 

Wolfe Tones were nominated to represent Longford in Leinster Club Hurling Championship in October 1990 due to the fact that the Longford SHC had not yet completed at that stage. Wolfe Tones played Coill Dubh (Kildare) losing out by 2-13 to 2-5. The 1990 Championship included three teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Ballymahon/Cashel. 

Slashers Gaels 1-10
Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 0-4

The 1989 Championship included two teams: 1) Slashers Gaels, 2) Naomh Ciaráns. Both Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) and Bunlahy did not compete in SHC in 1989, having both failed to field in the SHL earlier in the year. There were three failed attempts to play the County Final before it was finally played on 19th November 1989 at Farneyhoogan. As a result of the delays, Slashers Gaels were nominated to play in the Leinster Club Championship against Cuala. 

Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 1-14
Slashers Gaels 2-10

Captain: John Collins
Venue: Pearse Park
Referee: A Murray (Westmeath)

Naomh Ciaráns beat Bunlahy in the semi-final by 4-12 to 2-2. Worth noting that Naomh Ciaráns had amalgamated with Cashel in 1987 hurling championship but was not amalgamated in 1988 and reached the final as a singular club, not an amalgamation. The 1988 Championship included four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Bunlahy and 4) Naomh Ciaráns. 

Slashers Gaels 3-10
Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) 0-6

In the semi-finals, Slashers Gaels beat Cashel/Naomh Ciaráns in a replay by 5-13 to 6-8 in a fantastic game, while Wolfe Tones beat Bunlahy by 3-9 to 2-3. The 1987 Championship included four teams: 1) Wolfe Tones, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Bunlahy and 4) Cashel/Naomh Ciaráns. 

Slashers Gaels 6-11
Bunlahy 2-0

The final was played in Leo Casey Park in Ballymahon on Sunday 21st September. Wolfe Tones withdrew from the Championship in the later stages ensuring Bunlahy their ticket to the final before their third round game against Slashers. The 1986 Championship included four teams: 1) Naomh Ciaráns, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Bunlahy and 4) Wolfe Tones (Mostrim). 

Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 2-18
Slashers Gaels 0-3

The 1985 Championship included four teams: 1) Naomh Ciaráns, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Bunlahy and 4) Edgeworthstown/Ballymahon. 

Slashers Gaels 5-9
Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 0-5

Slashers Gaels completed their first 3-in-row of SHC titles in 1984. This was only the second time a club had completed a 3-in-row of SHC titles, and the first since the 1930’s when Granard Hurling Club achieved the feat.

The 1984 Championship included four teams: 1) Naomh Ciaráns, 2) Slashers Gaels, 3) Bunlahy and 4) Edgeworthstown/Ballymahon.

Slashers Gaels 4-13
Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 4-8

Final was played on 28th August 1983 in Pearse Park. Attendance was ~ 150.


Final Scorers:

Slashers Gaels: N Daly (3-3), R Foley (0-2), B Connaughton (0-2), S Stakelum (0-4), M Lane (1-1), E Reilly (0-1).
Naomh Ciaráns: M Carroll (2-1), J Collins (1-3), J Reilly (1-1), F Jordan (0-1), G Heneghan (0-1), M Crinnigan (0-1). 

Semi-Finals:

Slashers Gaels 2-8, Edgeworthstown/Ballymahon 2-4
Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) a bye

Competition:

1983 Senior Hurling Championship had three teams:

  • Slashers Gaels
  • Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline)
  • Edgeworthstown/Ballymahon

Slashers Gaels 2-10
Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) 1-6


1982 Senior Hurling Championship had four teams a the time of the draw:

  • Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline)
  • Slashers Gaels
  • St. Marys (Mostrim)
  • United Gaels

In July and August 1982 the following fixtures were set for the SHC:

Round 1:
18th Aug: St. Marys (Mostrim) v Naomh Ciaráns
20th Aug: Slashers Gaels v United Gaels

Round 2:
25th Aug: Naomh Ciaráns v United Gaels
29th Aug: St. Marys (Mostrim) v Slashers Gaels

Round 3:
United Gaels v St. Marys (Mostrim)
Slashers Gaels v Naomh Ciarans

However it appears that only two clubs actually participated in the end, with Slashers Gaels beating Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) in the final on 12th September 1982 to become the first club to lift the new JJ Duignan Cup (the Slashers Gaels club notes referred to the cup as the Tally-Ho Cup, because Jimmy Duignan was the proprietor of the Tally-Ho bar in Longford). The referee for the County Final was Kevin McCormack who was former Secretary of the Longford Hurling Board.

Slashers Gaels went on to become the first Longford club to participate in the Leinster Club SHC competition, beating Naomh Moninne of Louth by 1-13 to 2-6 in Round 1 before exiting the competition in Round 2 following a defeat by Westmeath champions Castletown Geoghegan.

Note: This was the first Senior Hurling Championship played in Longford since 1934. Club hurling competition lapsed after a brief revival from 1932-1934, and restarted at schools level initially in the mid 1960’s with Under 14 and Under 16 competition to follow. Another revival occurred in 1977 and eventually the Longford Senior hurling team was reformed at the start of the 1980’s and entered the National Hurling League for the first time in late 1981. A Junior Hurling competition was organised in Longford in 1981 with Rathcline Gaels defeating Longford Slashers in the decider on 4th October 1981 by 6-10 to 1-2. Rathcline Gaels would change name to Naomh Ciarans for the 1982 season when the Longford Senior Hurling Championship was revived.

Also worth noting that Noel Lane won two medals on the day of the 1982 SHC final. Noel was on the IFC winning Séan Connollys panel earlier in the day and then won a SHC medal with Slashers Gaels. 

There was no Hurling Championship competition from 1935 to 1981. Hurling competition restarted in Longford at the end of the 1970’s after a significant break. Competition was initially at underage level and eventually a Senior Hurling Championship was re-started from 1982 onward.

It is interesting to note that Granard won the Cavan Senior Hurling Championship title in 1950, beating Ballyhaise by 5-3 to 1-1 in the final on 10th December 1950 in Virginia. Referee was W Lambert. The championship was referred to at the time as the Junior Hurling Championship.

Senior Hurling competition restarted for adult clubs in Longford in 1982 for the first time since 1934.

Granard H.C. 3-2
Longford H.C. 1-3

Date: 22nd April 1934
Venue: Granard

📷 1934 Hurling Championship Final


Three hurling clubs competed in 1934 Senior Hurling Championship: Granard HC, Longford HC and Lisryan HC. Granard beat Lisryan (4-1 to 4-0), and Longford beat Lisryan, thus Granard and Longford progressed to the SHC final. In the final Granard made it three in a row of titles with victory over Longford by 3-2 to 1-3 on 22nd April 1934.

Granard Hurling Club won by topping the table at the end of competition on 14th January 1934.

Final game:

Granard H.C. Won
Longford H.C. Lost

Date: 14th January 1934
Venue: Granard

📷 1933 Hurling Championship Winners


Four hurling clubs existed in the county at the start of 1933, namely Granard HC, Longford HC, Edgeworthstown HC and Lisryan HC. However Edgeworthstown did not compete in the 1933 Hurling Championship, thus the SHC involved the other three clubs playing in a league system, double games. Competition began a week after the conclusion of the delayed 1932 campaign in May 1933. As with the 1932 Hurling Championship, this was referenced as Junior Hurling Championship in match reports. Going into the final game between Longford and Granard, all three clubs had won two games each. Hence if Longford won the final game, that would have left all three teams on level points. Longford really should have had the competition wrapped up before the final game in January 1934, but they had wins against Lisryan and Granard overturned on objection.

Here are some (not all) of the results from the 1933 Hurling Championship:

Longford vs Lisryan: Longford won 6-3 to 2-3.
Granard vs Lisryan: Granard won 2-1 to 0-1.
Longford vs Lisryan: Longford won 4-1 to 1-1.
Longford vs Granard: Granard awarded points.
Lisryan vs Granard: Lisryan won.
Lisryan vs Longford: Lisryan awarded points.
Longford vs Granard: Granard won on 14th Jan 1934 (winning the title).

Granard Hurling Club won by topping the table at the end of competition on 7th May 1933.

Final game:

Granard H.C. 4-2
Longford H.C. 3-0

Date: 7th May 1933
Venue: Longford Park

📷 1932 Hurling Championship Winners


This Championship began in May 1932 and was played on a League basis with three hurling clubs participating… Longford HC, Granard HC and Edgeworthstown HC. The first two games were played in May and July 1932, but the third game between Edgeworthstown and Longford was not played in until February 1932, with the fourth & final game (Granard v Longford) played on 7th May 1933. Granard beat Longford and Edgeworthstown twice prior to the last game. Longford beat Edgeworthstown twice but lost to Granard prior to the last game. If Longford won the final game against Granard they would be level on points, thus another game would be needed to decide the title. If Granard won the final game, they would take the title. Granard won by 4-2 to 3-0 to top the table and win the 1932 Hurling Championship title. It is worth noting that various newspaper reports referred to this as the Junior Hurling Championship to align with the fact that Longford hurlers played in the Leinster JHC during these years.

Granard v Longford: Granard won.
Granard v Edgeworthstown: Granard won. 
Longford v Edgeworthstown: Longford won.
Edgeworthstown v Longford: Longford won.
Edgeworthstown v Granard: Granard won.
Longford v Granard: Granard won by 4-2 to 3-0 on 7th May 1933. (Winning the title)

There was no Hurling Championship competition from 1908 to 1931.

It is worth noting that the Gaelic Athletic Annual of the 1920’s and 1930’s shows SHC winners as follows:

  • 1908: Clonguish Red Branch Knights
  • 1909: Ardagh St. Brigids
  • 1910: Ballinalee Camlin Rovers
  • 1911: Colmcille St. Patricks
  • 1912: Longford Wanderers
  • 1912: Granard Slashers

However a detailed assessment of published records of the time shows no evidence of any of these title wins or indeed any evidence of any SHC taking place in Longford during those years.

Killoe Young Emmets 3-3
Longford Leo Caseys 0-0

Venue: Newtownforbes
Date: 7th July 1907

Referee: P. Gilchrist (Longford)

📷 1907 Hurling Championship Final

Note: The 1907 SHC involved two teams: Killoe Young Emmets and Longford Leo Caseys. 

No record found of Senior Hurling Championship competition for 1906.

No record found of Senior Hurling Championship competition for 1905.

The 1904 Senior Hurling Championship was organised in late 1904 (alongside that seasons SFC), and played out in January and February 1905 with the county final taking place on 19th February 1905 and replay held on 7th May 1905.

Longford Leo Caseys 2-4
Killoe Young Emmets 0-1

Venue: Longford Park
Date: 19th February 1905
Referee: T. O’Reilly (Clonbroney)
Note: Objection lodged, replay ordered. 

Longford Leo Caseys 2-3
Killoe Young Emmets 1-2

Venue: Longford Park
Date: 7th May 1905
Referee: J. Flynn (Newtownforbes)

📷 1904 Hurling Final 
📷 1904 Hurling Final Replay – Preview
📷 1904 Hurling Final Replay


The first Longford Hurling Championship was organised in 1904 (at same time the SFC was organised) and was completed in 1905. Championships tended to take place during the Winter months and both Football and Hurling Championships were organised in late 1904. Three clubs participated in the hurling championship: Longford Leo Caseys, Killoe Young Emmets & Clonbroney. Killoe and Clonbroney met in the semi-final on 15th January 1905. The County Final took place on 19th February 1905 with Longford Leo Caseys beating Killoe Young Emmets by 2-4 to 0-1. However the final had to be replayed following an objection by Killoe to Leo Caseys who claimed that the Leo Caseys team contained a ‘member of the Militia‘. The objection was upheld and the replay took place on 7th May 1905, with Longford Leo Casey’s victorious by 2-3 to 1-2 to win the inaugural Longford Senior Hurling Championship title.

The Longford Leo Caseys team for the first final in February 1905 was as follows: J Cullinan (Captain), P Kiernan, M Brady, J Maloney (aka Towneyboy), J Keenan, P Galvin, M McGuinness, F O’Sullivan, P Dinnegan, P Langan, M Casey, P Savage, P Tully, P Collins, T Mullins, J Kinane, P Faulkner. Subs: D McManus, E Hughes and T Whyte.

The Longford Leo Caseys team for the replayed final in May 1905 was as follows: Cullinan (Captain), Maloney (aka Towneyboy), Collins, Ray, Faulkner, Brady, McGuinness, Langan, Kiernan, Burke, Casey, Sullivan, Killane, Geraghty, Galvin, Mullins and Keenan.


1904 or 1905: The inaugural Longford Senior Hurling Championship was organised at the same time as the Senior Football Championship in late 1904. Competition was typically held towards the end of the year when farming & outdoor activity was not as demanding, and competition regularly spilled over into the following year. The SFC was a far bigger competition than the SHC and with far more teams, hence it started at the end of 1904 and completed in 1905. The Hurling Championship started in January 1905 and ended with the replayed final in May 1905 following an objection to the original final result. Some previous published records show the original and replayed final as 1904 and 1905 finals, but examining the wider context it is more accurate to refer to both as 1904 Championships which completed in 1905 and was replayed following an objection. 

Record Errors: Older records show Longford Leo Caseys winning all Senior Hurling Championship titles from 1902 to 1906, however no records could be found to support Leo Caseys winning any SHC titles other than the 1904 title which was won in 1905. There is no record of any Senior Hurling Championship competition held in 1902 & 1903, and there was no County Board in existence in Longford at the time and until late 1904. The 1904 SHC completed in 1905 but there is no record of any separate competition for the 1905 season, while there is also no evidence of hurling competition in 1906.

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

Senior Hurling Championship

Additional Notes

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

1902
Was: Longford Leo Caseys
Now: No Championship

1903
Was: Longford Leo Caseys
Now: No Championship

1906
Was: Longford Leo Caseys
Now: No Championship

1932/33/34
Was: Granard Shamrocks
Now: Granard Hurling Club

Note: Some published records claim Longford Leo Caseys won all SHC titles from 1902 to 1906. However no record exists to support Leo Caseys winning any titles prior to the 1904 title (which was won in 1905). There is no record of SHC Championship being organised in Longford during the years 1902, 1903 or 1904 and there was no County Board in existence in Longford in those years until late 1904. The 1904 SHC was organised in late 1904, at the same time as the SFC. This was the official resumption of GAA activity in Longford since the abandoned 1891 SFC. The 1904 SFC & SHC competitions were both completed in 1905 and there is no record of any separate hurling competition for the 1905 season, and no evidence of hurling competition at all in 1906. 

The names of all winners and finalists are displayed in the roll of honour in line with the name used by those clubs at the time of that final, to preserve that historic record.

The following name clarifications apply to SHC finalists down the years.

  • Slashers Gaels was renamed Longford Slashers in early 2000’s.
  • Wolfe Tones is the hurling section of the Mostrim Club.
  • Clonguish Gaels is the hurling section of the Clonguish Club.
  • Naomh Ciaráns was the hurling section of the Rathcline club. No longer active.
  • Longford Leo Caseys was founded in October 1902. The club is no longer active.
  • Granard hurling club also referenced in shorthand as Granard. No evidence found to suggest (for or against) that Granard H.C. was a section of the St. Mary’s club in Granard rather than an independent hurling club in the town. We use the club name used at the time.

🗓️ 2023 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2022 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2021 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2020 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2019 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2018 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2017 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2016 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2015 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2014 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2013 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2012 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2011 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2010 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2009 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2008 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2007 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2006 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2005 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2004 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2003 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Longford Slashers
○ Clonguish Gaels

🗓️ 2002 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Clonguish Gaels ?
○ Ballymahon Gaels ?

🗓️ 2001 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Clonguish Gaels
○ Ballymahon Gaels

🗓️ 2000 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Clonguish Gaels
○ Ballymahon Gaels

🗓️ 1999 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Clonguish Gaels
○ Ballymahon Gaels

🗓️ 1998 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels

🗓️ 1997 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels

🗓️ 1996 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels

🗓️ 1995 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels

🗓️ 1994 (2)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels

🗓️ 1993 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Ballymahon

🗓️ 1992 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)

🗓️ 1991 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)

🗓️ 1990 (3)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Ballymahon/Cashel

🗓️ 1989 (2)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)

🗓️ 1988 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)
○ Bunlahy

🗓️ 1987 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Bunlahy
○ Cashel/Rathcline

🗓️ 1986 (4)
○ Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)
○ Bunlahy

🗓️ 1985 (4)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)
○ Bunlahy
○ Wolfe Tones/Ballymahon

🗓️ 1984 (4)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)
○ Bunlahy
○ Wolfe Tones/Ballymahon

🗓️ 1983 (3)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)
○ Wolfe Tones/Ballymahon

🗓️ 1982 (2)
○ Slashers Gaels
○ Naomh Ciarán (Rathcline)

🗓️ 1934 (3)
○ Granard
○ Longford
○ Lisryan

🗓️ 1933 (4)
○ Granard
○ Longford
○ Lisryan
○ Edgeworthstown

🗓️ 1932 (3)
○ Granard
○ Longford
○ Edgeworthstown

🗓️ 1907 (2)
○ Longford Leo Caseys
○ Killoe Young Emmets

🗓️ 1904 (3)
○ Longford Leo Caseys
○ Killoe Young Emmets
○ Clonbroney


Additional Notes: 

  • Longford Slashers didn’t compete in SHC competition in 2012 & 2013. 
  • Slashers Gaels changed name to Longford Slashers in the early 2000’s. 
  • Ballymahon Gaels were unable to field and withdrew from the 2003 SHC semi-final fixture. 
  • SHL revived in 2000 with Wolfe Tones, Slashers Gaels, Clonguish, Ballymahon and non-Longford teams. 
  • JHL trialed in 1994 with Wolfe Tones, Slashers Gaels, Clonguish, Ballymahon, Naomh Ciaráns, Ballymahon/Cashel. 
  • Naomh Ciaráns played in 1992 SHC while Naomh Ciaráns/Ballymahon combination played in SHL that year. 
  • Ballymahon/Cashel played in 1991 SHL but did not play in the Championship. 
  • Clonguish and Naomh Ciaráns played in SHL in 1990 but did not play in the Championship. 
  • Wolfe Tones and Bunlahy clubs both lapsed in 1989 and did not compete in SHC. 
  • Naomh Ciaráns played in SHL in 1987, but played in SHC as Cashel/Rathcline combination. 
  • Inaugural SHC was organised in late 1904 and eventually completed (with final replay) in 1905. 
  • No club hurling activity in Longford in 1906, from 1908 to 1931 or from 1935 until revival in 1982. 

The first game of the 1932 Longford Senior Hurling Championship was between Granard HC and Longford HC in April 1932. This was the first competitive hurling game played in Co. Longford since the 1907 Senior Hurling Championship final. This first game ended in tragedy however, when the Granard captain, Justin Manning, a native of Woodford in Co. Galway, collapsed and died while being removed to hospital. The game had been only twelve minutes in progress and the deceased had played a prominent part until the tragic event abruptly terminated the game. The Coroner in reviewing the evidence at the inquest said it was evident that influenza was indirectly the cause of death. The death was not caused by anything which happened in the game. Justin Manning had been working as a shop assistant in Mr. L. D. Kiernan’s of Granard for some time.

Reports found of Senior ‘B’ Championship played in mid 2000’s with Clonguish Gaels winning in 2005 and Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) winning in 2006. The cup is currently on display in Jack’s Corner House in Edgeworthstown.

In The Beginning:

The first hurling club in County Longford was formed in Longford town in October 1902 and called Leo Caseys. The Longford Leo Caseys hurling club was associated with the town’s branch of the Gaelic League and in these early years of the 20th century Hurling had a far greater impact in Longford town than Gaelic Football. A number of friendly club matches and tournaments took place across Longford in the early years of the new century, as well as games against clubs from Roscommon, Westmeath, Leitrim and Cavan. A hurling friendly played on 7th December 1902 between Longford Leo Caseys and Roscommon Gaels appears to be the first inter-county hurling game played by a Longford team. Roscommon Gaels won by 2-6 to 1-4. The return tie took place in Roscommon in mid February 1903 with Roscommon Gaels winning 2-5 to 0-1. This was one of a number of inter-county friendlies played in this period.

The Longford Senior Hurling Championship was organised for the first time in late 1904 with the final played in February 1905 and replayed in May 1905 with Longford Leo Caseys emerging as winners. Club Championship was short-lived in these early years with only one further SHC competition completed, which was won by Killoe Young Emmets in 1907. We find no organised club hurling in Longford from 1908 to 1931. At county level, the Longford hurlers played from 1905 to 1911 at Junior grade in Leinster Junior Championship and after 1911 we find no inter-county hurling until 1929. A challenge game is recorded at Longford Park in November 1925 between a Longford selection and Lismacaffrey, with Longford winning 6-5 to 6-4.


1930’s Revival:

Longford returned to inter-county hurling competition in 1929 for the first time since 1911, and competed intermittently in the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship from 1929 to 1936, before all hurling in the county stopped. Club hurling was revived in Longford in 1932, with Granard Hurling Club winning three-in-a-row of SHC titles in 1932, 1933 and 1934 before club hurling competition came to an end. The SHC competitions of 1932 and 1933 were played on a league basis, with Granard topping the league at the end of the season, thus winning the title. The clubs involved in 1932 were Granard HC, Longford HC and Edgeworthstown HC while the hurling clubs involved in 1933 competition were Granard HC, Longford HC and Lisryan HC. For 1934, three hurling clubs competed in the Championship. Granard beat Lisryan (4-1 to 4-0), and Longford beat Lisryan. In the County Final Granard made it three in a row titles with victory over Longford by 3-2 to 1-3 on 22nd April 1934.

During the years thereafter with no hurling in the county, Granard Hurling Club entered and won the Cavan Senior Hurling Championship in 1950, beating Ballyhaise by 5-3 to 1-1 in the county final.


1958 Revival:

County hurling was revived in Longford in 1958, helped in no small part by the work of Rathcline’s Jimmie O’Brien who put up a great fight to obtain consent for the county’s entry into the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship that year, for the first time since 1936. Ahead of competition, he organised a trail game between Rathcline (drawn mostly from Bord na Mona) and Rest of County on 23rd February 1958 in Pearse Park, which Rathcline won by either 5-2 to 4-3 or 3-3 to 2-3 depending on which report you read. Longford played Offaly in the first round of the Leinster JHC on 30th March 1958 and lost by 10-4 to 0-1. The team that day was: F McGirr, M Quinlan, C Delaney, A Murray, J Rafter, D Dunne, R Groves, M Davis, F Clarke, J Kelly, B Donnelly. Sub: F Cronin for Grooves. That game was to mark the end of Longford’s involvement in adult inter-county hurling until Longford joined the National Hurling League in the 1981-82 season, and was Longford’s last competitive inter-county championship game at adult grade until 2005 when Longford competed in the inaugural Nicky Rackard Cup.

Club hurling began for the first time in 1959 with a Schoolboys hurling league organised with four teams involved. Games began on 15th June 1959, with Shannon Gaels (Rathcline) defeating Leo Caseys (Ballymahon) by 4-2 to 2-1 and St. Michaels defeating Killoe by 7-3 to 0-0. St. Michaels won the league title beating Shannon Gaels in the final by 7-0 to 3-0. A local hurling league was also organised in 1959 for school-going boys in Longford town, with games played in the Fair Green. In June 1959 Longford played Westmeath in the first round of the Leinster Juvenile Hurling Championship, with the panel including M Breheny, Mel Duncan, B Flynn (Leo Caseys), TJ Eivers, N O’Dowd, J Feeney (Shannon Gaels), M Fox (Killoe), D Gray, T O’Brien, J White, J Savage, M Comer, M Shiels, A Dineen, S McMonagle, B McCormack, L Egan, M Wall (St. Michaels). The local hurling league competition for Longford town lads was also organised in 1960 with games played in the Longford Sportsfield on Park Road, but no reports of Schoolboys Hurling League for 1960 or the years thereafter. It appears that underage hurling lapsed from 1960 until 1966.

A notice was carried in the Longford Leader on 26th December 1959 announcing that a Hurling Club had been formed for the Mostrim-Lisryan area, bearing the name St. Marys. A list of officials elected at the inauguration meeting was also listed. Captain was named as J Carey and Vice-Captain as Pat McQuade. No evidence of St. Marys ever competing and no adult competition existed in Longford for them to compete in either. Interestingly when a newly hurling club is formed in 1982 in Edgeworthstown, is called St. Mary’s (Mostrim) and name is quickly changed to Wolfe Tones (Mostrim).


1965-1972 Revival:

At the 1960 Longford GAA Convention, Mostrim moved a motion to establish hurling in the county. By the Convention of December 1962, it was noted that no headway had been made on hurling. In April 1965, bulletin on hurling revival is issued as part of the Hurling Revival Scheme underway from Pairc an Chrocaigh as part of their Five-Year Hurling Plan. It reports that Longford held a prelim meeting in mid-February 1965 at which the hurling scheme was discussed. Commandant D O’Callaghan (Westmeath) attended as a member of the Hurling Commission. Three regional meetings were held in Granard, Ballymahon and Longford on February 25th 1965 to which teachers in those areas were invited with a view to obtaining their assistance. An Coiste Iomana was to be selected the following week and an order of 300 juvenile hurleys was placed. The success of Longford footballers meant that no progress was made throughout 1965 on hurling revival.

In January 1966 a new Coiste Iomana was formed and in June 1966 the Schoolboys Hurling League (U-14) was revived after a gap of a number of years. Te competition included teams from Stonepark, Newtownforbes, Teffia, Ballinamuck & Lanesboro. An U-16 Hurling League was also instituted with teams from Stonepark, Newtownforbes, Teffia, Ballinamuck & Lanesboro. Longford and Cavan met in an U-14 Hurling challenge in October 1966 with Cavan winning by 5-2 to 3-2. The GAA Central Council provided all 32 counties with a Cup for Juvenile competition as part of a hurling revival effort.

In July 1967 Longford took part in an U-16 inter-county hurling competition involving 16 counties comprising Louth, Leitrim, Wicklow, Kildare, Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo, Down, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Cavan and Longford. The Longford U-16 hurling panel was made up of players from Stonepark, Bunlahy, Teffia, Ballinamuck and Newtownforbes teams. The panel was: Longford panel was: J Twaddle, T Dowd (Stonepark), P Cahill, B Kiernan, T Kilbride, C Treacy (Bunlahy), W Keogh, G Wall, B Fanning (Teffia), M Whelan, P Whelan, Quinn (Ballinamuck), J O’Neill, D Connaughton, J Harte, C Keaveney, G Kiernan, G Lennane, K O’Connor, N Ward, D O’Brien, G McGrath, P O’Brien (Newtownforbes).

At club level, U-14 and U-16 Hurling competition continued in 1967 with Bunlahy making their debut in both competitions. We see U-14 and U-16 Hurling Championship competition taking place alongside existing League competition in 1967. Lanesboro beat Bunlahy in the U-16 Hurling League final by 4-3 to 4-1. In 1968 Longford (Slashers) hurlers and Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) hurlers joined the underage hurling family. In October 1968 the Minor Board organised a 9-a-side Schoolboys Hurling League involving 15 different teams from across the county. Competition started on weekend of November 23/24th 1968 with matches at 20 minutes each half and pitches 80 yards long by 60 yards wide, with parallelogram not in operation. The Minor Board noted with regret that only a few football clubs were backing the teams who have entered. The 1968 9-a-side Hurling League began in November 1968 with final played on 30th March 1969 in Pearse Park, with Bunlahy N.S. beating Stonepark N.S. by 2-0 to 1-1 to lift the new Corn Scóil. This competition included school teams from Fermoyle, Stonepark, Cloontagh, Newtownforbes, Bunlahy, Longford Slashers, Teffia, Wolfe Tones (Mostrim), Colehill and Lenamore.

In April 1969, the Minor Board meeting decided that Schoolboys, U-14 and U-16 Hurling Championship competition would be held, would be 13-a-side and would be 30 minutes each half. The 1969 Schoolboys Championship included Wolfe Tones, Fermoyle, Legan, St. Annes (Stonepark), Bunlahy, Cloontagh, with the title won by Stonepark St. Annes who beat Bunlahy in the final. The 1969 U-14 Championship included Lough Forbes Gaels, St. Annes (Stonepark), Lanesboro, Cuchulainns, Bunlahy & Longford Slashers, with the title won by Bunlahy who beat Lough Forbes Gaels in the final in December 1969 by 4-0 to 1-1. The U-16 Championship included Longford Slashers, Ballinamuck (in fixtures, but didn’t compete), Lanesboro, Bunlahy, St. Annes (Stonepark) & Lough Forbes Gaels and the title was won by Lough Forbes Gaels who beat Bunlahy by 7-3 to 0-1 in the decider. Pat Hunt and Pat Kenny became the first Longford players to win both Club Hurling and Club Football Juvenile Championship titles in Longford. Lough Forbes Gaels team was: J Blessing, D Barden, J Toher, M Kenny, P O’Brien, J Murray, T Barden, F Beirne, P Hunt, T McCormack, P Kenny, PJ Toher, S Nolan. Subs: G McGrath, T Casey, T Mahon.

Longford’s U-16 Hurling team trials arranged in April and May 1969 with game vs Roscommon in First round of Corn Ui Caoimh competition fixed for 23rd June 1969. Longford were beaten 8-8 to 2-0. Longford team: F. Glancy (Stonepark), T Barden (Clonguish), B Smith (Cashel), C Cashell (Ballymahon), C Twaddle (Stonepark, 1-0), G. McGrath (Lanesboro), B Fannin (Slashers), P Cahill (Bunlahy), M. Kelly (Forgney), T McCormack (Clonguish), F Kilbride (Bunlahy), PJ Oates (Stonepark, 1-0), M Esler (Carrickedmond), G Wall (Slashers), P Masterson (Lanesboro). Subs: J Mulhern and M Maguire (Stonepark), F Belton and J Farrell (Slashers).

1970 Schoolboys Hurling Championship included Legan Casements, Bunlahy, Cloontagh, Longford Slashers & Fermoyle. Title won by Legan Casements, who beat Fermoyle by 3-2 to 2-2 in August 1970. The 1970 U-14 Hurling Championship included St. Martins, Longford Slashers, Lough Forbes Gaels, Legan & Bunlahy. Final was between Bunlahy and Lough Forbes Gaels and was won by Lough Forbes Gaels by 3-0 to 1-0 in December 1970.

In 1971 Fermoyle beat St. Anne’s (Stonepark) by 10-1 to 1-1 in July 1971 to win the Schoolboys Hurling Championship title of 1971. This was their first hurling title. The Schoolboys League 9-a-side final was between Legan (holders) and St. Annes (Stonepark), with St. Annes winning by 6-1 to 3-0. The 1971 U-14 Championship included Longford Slashers, Lough Forbes Gaels, Dromard, Fermoyle, Legan and Bunlahy. The Final was between Legan v Bunlahy but was stopped after a player had to go to hospital at half-time due to a suspected broken arm. The 1971 U-16 Championship included Longford Slashers, Fermoyle/Lanesboro, Legan, Lough Forbes Gaels, Dromard and Bunlahy but no record of any games played. An U-17 Championship was played in 1971 included Longford Slashers, Legan, Lough Forbes Gaels and Lanesboro/Fermoyle. The Final was between Lough Forbes Gaels vs Slashers but there is no record of any winner. Thereafter there is no underage hurling activity for many years in the 1970’s except for Féile na nGael which saw teams nominated in specific years to represent Longford at National Féile before a County Féile finally began in 1977.


1970’s & 1980’s:

The next hurling revival occurs in 1977, initially in underage and eventually at senior grade leading to Longford entering the National Hurling League for the first time in October 1981. A Junior Hurling competition was organised in Longford in 1981 with Rathcline Gaels defeating Slashers Gaels in the final by 6-10 to 1-2 on 4th October 1981. This Junior competition was discontinued once SHC competition was revived in 1982. The Longford Senior Hurling Championship made a comeback in 1982 for the first time since 1933. Slashers Gaels (Longford Slashers) beat Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) by 2-10 to 1-6 in the 1982 final and lifted the new J.J. Duignan Cup for the first time. Senior hurling teams from Slashers Gaels, Wolfe Tones (Mostrim), Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline), Ballymahon and Bunlahy competed in SHC in the 1980’s with Wolfe Tones and Ballymahon combining to compete in the 1983, 1984 & 1985 Championships. While competition at adult level was starting afresh after a long break, underage hurling had enjoying renewed popularity in schools across Longford in the 1970’s and 1980’s. In 1977 we find Slashers Gaels, Wolfe Tones and Cashel in U-14 Championship competition which had revived for the first time since 1971, while Rathcline Gaels are also involved in underage competition by 1978, while 1979 saw Killoe make a brief appearance in U-14 Championship. Juvenile Championship was back up and running by 1979 and Championships in Minor and Under 12 were introduced in 1980. The U-21 Hurling Championship would follow in 1986.

By 1980 seven hurling clubs were affiliated across various underage hurling grades:

  • Slashers Gaels (Longford Slashers)
  • Naomh Ciarans (Rathcline)
  • Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
  • Cashel
  • Lough Forbes Gaels (Clonguish)
  • St. Brendans (Stonepark)
  • St. Mels (Shroid Slashers)

In 1985 St. Faithleachs (Ballyleague) joined the Féile na nGael competition in Longford. By 1987 there were nine hurling clubs in action across adult and youth grades in Longford including U-11, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18, U-21 and Senior competition. Four of these clubs (Slashers Gaels, Wolfe Tones, Naomh Ciaráns and Bunlahy) competed in adult hurling competition by that point. This was something of a high point in terms of Longford hurling clubs:

  • Slashers Gaels (Longford Slashers)
  • Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline)
  • Wolfe Tones (Mostrim)
  • Bunlahy
  • Abbeylara
  • Ballymahon
  • Cashel
  • Kenagh
  • Lough Forbes Gaels (Clonguish)

By the late 1980’s Longford hurlers were competing at inter-county level at Senior, U-21, Minor and U-16 grades and had enjoyed victories in NHL Division 4 (1983/84 and 1987/88), All-Ireland Special Minor Championship (1987), Leinster Special Minor League (1982, 1983 & 1984) and All-Ireland Special U-16 (Willword Tailteann Cup – 1982, 1984, 1985 & 1986).


1990’s Revival:

The Senior Hurling League which began in the late 1980’s was re-branded and re-launched in May 1990 as the Tangled Web League and involving six teams, namely Clonguish, Ballymahon/Cashel, Wolfe Tones, Naomh Ciaráns (Rathcline) and Slashers Gaels & Longford Slashers (Slashers had 2 teams). The Tangled Web League was played in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and lapsed thereafter. This would prove to be something of a high point in Senior hurling in Longford as numbers contracted over the following decades. In the late 1990’s there was a revival of hurling in Schools and U-11/U-12 hurling competition took with Mini Hurling Sevens competition involving 32 schools across the county. However this revival effort did not sustain and the quantity of hurling clubs in the county continued to decline. 1999 represented something of a low point in Longford Hurling with the county team unable to field against Donegal in NHL and Slashers Gaels unable to field in the Leinster Club Championship against Kilmessan (Meath), with only 13 players available for the tie. County Champions Wolfe Tones were not able to fulfill the tie due to a spate of injuries and Slashers were asked to travel to Trim for the match instead, and duly obliged. However only 13 players showed up and Kilmessan received a walkover.

By the end of 2023 Longford has three adult hurling clubs (Longford Slashers, Clonguish Gaels & Wolfe Tones) and that number has not increased for over 20 years, reducing to just two clubs for a couple of years in the early 2010’s. Longford has four underage hurling clubs (Longford Slashers, Clonguish Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg and St. Dominics) and that number has not increased for some years either. From 2022 St. Marys Carrick-on-Shannon also competed in Longford underage Hurling Championships. Hurling remains a challenge in Longford, and those who play and coach it deserve encouragement and respect.

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