Longford Gaelic Stats
Title Allocations Research

Drumlish Parish

Three clubs from Drumlish parish won key adult titles over the years:

🔵 Drumlish
🔴 Ballinamuck
🟢 Fr. Manning Gaels

Titles won by the three club units listed above are displayed separately in Rolls of Honour.

Drumlish club had different names over the years including Drumlish Robert Emmets, Drumlish Wolfe Tones, Drumlish, Drumlish Young Irelands and Éire Óg (Drumlish). Ballinamuck club competed as Ballinamuck 98’s and Ballinamuck over the years. In March 1969 the clubs of Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck decided to unite and created the Fr. Manning Gaels club. Click below for full details.

Formed in August 1889.

Drumlish Robert Emmets (also called Drumlish Emmets) club organised one of the early GAA tournaments held in Longford on 8th December 1889 (delayed from an originally planned November date) with Drumlish Robert Emmets, Killoe Erins Pride and Clonguish Gallowglasses taking part.

In the inaugural 1890 Senior Football Championship, Drumlish Emmets beating Clonguish Gallowglasses by 0-2 to 0-1, but were beaten by Ballymacormack Grattans by 0-5 to 0-3. In 1891 Senior Football Championship, Drumlish Emmets were awarded the game against Drumard Hugh Roe O’Donnells but lost out to Edgeworthstown Volunteers in the 2nd round by 1-0 to 0-1. Drumlish lodged an objection but by that point the entire Championship had descended into farce with objections lodged to all Round 2 games. By the time the objections were heard in late 1891, the County Board had been dissolved and the 1891 championship was therefore abandoned.

Drumlish Emmets not noted in any published records after 1891.

Formed in October 1890.

On 5th October 1890 a letter was read out at the first Annual Convention of the Longford County Board in which Fr. McCabe (C.C. Ballinamuck) noted that the “young men around Ballinamuck are anxious to establish a branch of the G.A.A. in this side of the parish of Drumlish”. A proposal was placed before the meeting to affiliate the new club in Ballinamuck. The Drumlish Robert Emmets delegate Francis Sheridan noted that their club had no objection, and Ballinamuck 98’s (or ‘ninety-eights’) club was therefore affiliated, becoming the second affiliated GAA club in the parish of Drumlish.

The club name was a nod to the 1798 rebellion against British rule and the key role Ballinamuck played in that struggle. The main organising force of the 1798 rebellion was the Society of United Irishmen, a Republican revolutionary group influenced by the ideas of the American and French Revolutions. Originally formed by Presbyterian radicals angry at being shut out of power by the Anglican establishment, they were joined by many from the majority Catholic population. This included a French expeditionary force which landed in Mayo and were eventually defeated in the Battle of Ballinamuck on 8th September 1798.

Ballinamuck 98’s played their first game in a tournament in Drumlish on 19th October 1890. The following year in 1891 the club contested the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship, getting a walkover in Round 1 over Ferefad Mandervilles. In the 2nd round, Ballinamuck 98’s beat Mullinalaghta by 0-1 to 0-0 in a game which was abandoned. Club activity in Longford faded away for most of the next 15 years as the impact of the Parnell split decimated the GAA across the country. The next reference to Ballinamuck 98’s comes in 1906 when the club is noted ‘in training‘. In October 1906 the clubs of Ballinamuck 98’s and Drumlish Wolfe Tones (both from same parish) combine forces to compete jointly as Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s for a period. The combinations first game was against Gorletteragh St. Patricks on 27th October 1906. Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s was recorded in official competition once, in the 1907 Senior Football Championship, reaching the county final and losing to Killoe Young Emmets after a replay. There is a lull in club activity thereafter in Longford, and in 1911 we find Drumlish cited separately in Senior League-Championship and Senior Football Championship while in September 1912 the Ballinamuck 98’s club name is noted separately in a Granard tournament (as Ballinamuck 98’s not as the Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s combination).

By 1916 the Ballinamuck 98’s club seemed to be revived and in active competition. The club went on to reach the Junior League-Championship final of 1919 where Edgeworthstown beat Ballinamuck 98’s by 1-3 to 0-5 in the decider, played in January 1920. Ballinamuck objected and the game was replayed in March 1920 with Ballinamuck 98’s winning by 1-2 to 1-1 [📷 Report] [📷 Report]. Further context on Junior League-Championship competition history and title winners (as distinct from JFC) can be found here. Ballinamuck 98’s competed in senior grade in 1920 and won the Senior Football Championship that year with 1-4 to 0-0 win over Longford Wanderers on 17th October 1920 at Longford Park, becoming the first club from the parish to win a SFC title. The club is found in active competition during much of the 1920’s when many other clubs had lapsed, reaching the Senior League-Championship (aka League) final of 1922 (completed in May 1923) losing out to Longford Wanderers by 0-6 to 0-0, and reaching the Senior League-Championship final of 1923 (completed in September 1925) losing out again to Longford Wanderers by a point. By 1926 Ballinamuck 98’s are competing in both Senior and Junior competition, while neighbours Drumlish are also competing in both Junior and Senior competition. Following a game between the two clubs in September 1926, local notes make reference to the strength of football in the parish and cites onlookers at the game saying “If the teams united what a splendid 15 could be picked; why they would have the Gaelic Football of the county at their feet“. Drumlish played against Ballinamuck 98’s in the Senior Football Championship final of 1927, the first title for the Drumlish club and the second for the parish. This is the first and only time that two clubs from the same parish played each other in the SFC final.

Ballinamuck 98’s lapsed for a period after 1927, and is reformed and back in competition from 1933 at Junior grade. From this point the club is mostly referenced in published records as ‘Ballinamuck’ (no 98’s) with some references to 98’s but mostly referenced as ‘Ballinamuck’ from that point.


🏆 Key titles won as Ballinamuck 98’s:

  • Senior Football Championship (1920)
  • Junior League-Championship (1919)

Drumlish Wolfe Tones name appears in 1904 and is assumed to be the revived Drumlish Emmets club when club competition resumed in Longford in the early 1900’s. The club is noted as putting up medals for a tournament in Drumlish in August 1904, with following teams involved: Drumlish Wolfe Tones, Longford Leo Caseys, Ardagh St. Patricks, Edgeworthstown Volunteers, Killoe Young Emmets, Clonguish Gallowglasses and Bornacoola. Longford Leo Caseys is cited as beating Drumlish by 2-6 to 1-3 in the opening game of that tournament in September 1904. The final of the Drumlish Tournament was due to take place on 16th October 1904, with Longford Leo Caseys due to play Ardagh St. Patricks in the decider. However Ardagh did not turn up due to the wet weather, and the final had to be re-arranged. Drumlish Wolfe Tones were due to play Killashee John Mitchells in a friendly following the tournament final, but that game didn’t happen either because Killashee did not turn up (likely due to the weather too). So instead Longford Leo Caseys played Drumlish Wolfe Tones in a friendly that day, with Leo Caseys winning by 5 points to nil.

Drumlish Wolfe Tones entered the 1904 Senior Football Championship when club competition restarted in Longford after a gap since 1891, and were beaten 1-4 to 0-3 in the semi-final played in March 1905. Newspaper references alternate between ‘Drumlish Wolfe Tones’ and the shorthand of ‘Drumlish’ during this period. The club competed as Drumlish Wolfe Tones in Dromard tournament, Drumlish tournament and Longford Feis games throughout 1905 and Killoe Tournament in March 1906. Drumlish Wolfe Tones also took part in St. Patricks Day procession and games in March 1905, playing Longford Leo Caseys and beating them by 1-10 to 0-1.

Drumlish Wolfe Tones and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs joined forces in October 1906 to compete jointly as Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s for a period. The combination reaching the 1907 Senior Football Championship final where they were beaten by Killoe Young Emmets after a replay.

Drumlish Wolfe Tones and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs (both clubs in same parish) came together in October 1906 to compete jointly for a period as Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s. The combination’s first game was against Gorletteragh St. Patricks on 27th October 1906. The team was recorded in official competition once – in the 1907 Senior Football Championship, reaching the county final and losing to Killoe Young Emmets after a replay. Thereafter there was a lull in GAA activity in Longford for a number of years. From the early 1910’s we see the constituent clubs referenced separately in published sources as Drumlish (cited from 1911 in League and Championship) and Ballinamuck 98’s (cited from 1912).

In 1912 the Ballinamuck 98’s and Drumlish clubs formed a joint committee with a view to completing together in 1913 competition. In January 1913 we find a reference to the ‘Drumlish and Ballinamuck‘ club and to Drumlish 98’s (possibly shorthand for the combination) in a tournament in April 1913. The next reference to a club from the parish playing in official competition is when Drumlish competed in the Senior League-Championship of 1913 (noted in published articles as Drumlish) and Drumlish is also cited in Newtownforbes Tournament in March 1913. Both Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs continue to be referenced separately during the rest of the 1910’s and into the 1920’s with Ballinamuck 98’s winning the 1919 Junior League-Championship and the 1920 Senior Football Championship.

In December 1926 a combined Drumlish & Ballinamuck team is proposed for an exhibition game vs Longford Wanderers in aid of the County Board. The team is referenced as ‘Drumlish & Ballinamuck United‘. The game was then postponed and re-arranged for 5th December 1926 in Ballinalee. No evidence found of the match being played. On the same page as the notice of the above game in aid of the County Board in December 1926, a summary is provided of clubs represented at the Longford County Convention, including Drumlish (Senior and Junior), Ballinamuck 98’s (Senior and Junior), Longford Wanderers (Senior and Junior), Clonbroney (Junior) and Killoe Young Emmets (Junior). Fixtures outlined in the same article show that Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s were competing as separate clubs at that time.

In 1927 both clubs reached the Longford Senior Football Championship final where Drumlish beat Ballinamuck 98’s to win the title for the first time in the clubs history and bring the title back to the parish for the second time. This is the only time two clubs from the same parish competed in the SFC final.

The Drumlish Wolfe Tones club which had competed jointly with Ballinamuck 98’s for a period from October 1906, appeared to re-emerge as ‘Drumlish’ in the early 1910’s. The club is cited in the inaugural 1911 Senior League-Championship competition as Drumlish. The Drumlish club is cited again in the announcement of the draw for 1911 Senior Football Championship in August 1911, where the club is listed against Longford Commercials in a game to be played on 18th October 1911 with Mr. Burns from Ballymahon appointed as referee. Drumlish are beaten at the semi-final stage of the 1911 Senior Football Championship by Killoe (fixtures and match reports refer to Drumlish, not to Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s). This match is noted in November 1911 as being the final of the County Championship and for a century it had been assumed that the County Final of 1911 was played between Drumlish and Killoe. However our research in 2014 discovered that this was more likely the semi-final with the 1911 County Final actually played in March 1912 (previously assumed to be the 1912 final).

Drumlish are noted in local tournaments in 1912 and in November 3rd 1912 Drumlish are cited against Clonguish for a set of medals and a silver cup presented by Rev. W. Prunty from New York, and Philip Cassidy from Dublin (again cited in published reports as Drumlish, not as Drumlish & Ballinamuck 98’s). Thereafter references to Drumlish in competition are few and far between until 1919 when the club is revived and recorded in challenge matches, and then in active competition in 1919 and 1920. By 1926 Drumlish is competing in both Senior and Junior competition, while neighbours Ballinamuck 98’s are also competing in both Junior and Senior competition. Following a game between the two clubs in September 1926, local notes make reference to the strength of football in the parish and cites onlookers at the game saying “If the teams united what a splendid 15 could be picked; why they would have the Gaelic Football of the county at their feet“. Drumlish played against Ballinamuck 98’s in the Senior Football Championship final of 1927, a first title for the Drumlish club and second for the parish. This is the first and only time that two clubs from the same parish played each other in the SFC final.

Drumlish went on to win eight Senior Football Championship titles in 1927, 1928, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945. Both Drumlish and St. Marys Granard were the dominant sides of the 1930’s and Drumlish continued the success into the 1940’s too. The SFC final of 1945 ended Drumlish 1-7, Longford Wanderers 1-6. However at the County Board meeting on 18th October 1945 a decision was taken to suspend the Drumlish club 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. In 1946 Drumlish won the Leader Cup but lost out to Ballymahon in the first round of the Championship. In 1947 Drumlish were back in the Leader Cup final losing out to Mullinalaghta and once again lost to Ballymahon in the first round of the Senior Championship. The club did not affiliate in 1948 or 1949 with many of their players lining out for Dromard in these two years. In November 1949 a report in the local newspaper suggested that the lapsed Drumlish club and the active Ballinamuck club may be combining forces for the upcoming 1950 season. Instead Drumlish affiliated in 1950 and re-entered competition while Ballinamuck did not affiliate in 1950 and the club was not active again until December 1966.

At the start of 1951 the Drumlish club re-organised and adopted the name ‘Young Irelands‘.


🏆 Key titles won as Drumlish:

  • Senior Football Championship (1927, 1928, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945)
  • Senior Football League (1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1943, 1944, 1946)

Ballinamuck 98’s lapsed for a period after 1927, but from 1933 is revived and was back in competition at Junior grade. From this point the Ballinamuck club is referenced in published records as either Ballinamuck 98’s or Ballinamuck. with the vast majority of references as Ballinamuck (without the 98’s). In February 1937 a list of affiliated clubs in Longford includs Ballinamuck 98’s and in reports later that year the club is cited briefly as Ballinamuck 98’s. However for the most part the published references to the club in 1930’s and 1940’s showed Ballinamuck (no 98’s), though it is one and the same club as the Nighty-Eights.

The first fixture after the clubs return in 1933 was against Dromard in Junior competition in June 1933 and was the first game played at the new Gaelic Grounds at Kelliher Barracks, which was later developed into Pearse Park. That Ballinamuck v Dromard game took place ahead of the 1933 Fr. Lynch Cup final in which neighbours Drumlish beat Killoe to win the cup. The Ballinamuck club lapsed again for a period and was re-organised in March 1937 at Junior grade. Among the games played that year was a Junior League with Ballinamuck vs Drumlish in March 1937 (Drumlish club had teams in both Senior and Junior, while Ballinamuck were Junior only at this point). Ballinamuck won the Junior Football Championship title in 1938 (medals presented in April 1940) beating Mostrim by 2-7 to 1-1 in a replayed final on 20th November 1938 (📷 Source). After 1938 the club lapsed as playing activity in Longford declined somewhat during the war years. Ballinamuck reformed again in 1943 and reached the Junior League final that year, beaten by Cashel in the decider. The club continued to compete in Junior competition until the end of the 1949 season and in November 1949 a report in the local newspaper noted that the lapsed Drumlish club and Ballinamuck may be combining forces for the upcoming 1950 season. Ballinamuck did not affiliate in 1950 (Drumlish does affiliate that year) and the club appears to disband after 1949 with many of the players competing with Drumlish thereafter. The next reference to the Ballinamuck club comes in December 1966 when the club is reported in published records as ‘returned to the football scene‘.

Ballinamuck football club was revived in 1966 (📷 Source), with club officials elected in January 1967 (📷 Source). It is clear from the published records of the era that the Ballinamuck club formed in 1966 shares DNA with the previous football club in Ballinamuck, which existed for half a century from 1890 to 1949 (17 years prior to 1966) and was by any objective assessment a revival of that old club. The Ballinamuck club appears in Junior fixtures from January 1967 (📷 Source), and is noted in local newspapers as ‘returned to the football scene’ in February 1967 (📷 Source). Initially described in local media as ‘reformed‘ or ‘returned‘ and initially cited as 98’s when announced in the clubs own notes in January 1967, the club name appears in fixtures and match reports from 1967 to 1969 as Ballinamuck, just as it had appeared for most of the period from 1933 to 1949. Reports in local media in early 1967 showed players transferring from neighbouring clubs (including Éire Óg and Dromard) to the revived Ballinamuck club ahead of the start of competition that year. There is no published evidence of any change to the status of the Éire Óg club during that period, and the two clubs co-existed in the same parish from January 1967 to March 1969, just as both clubs had previously co-existed in the same parish from their respective formation in 1889 and 1890 until the end of 1949. The published evidence shows this to be a revival of the old Ballinamuck club which had previously won Senior and Junior Championship titles and was disbanded in late 1949 due to immigration and other factors.

Ballinamuck goes on to compete in Junior competition from the start of 1967 until March 1969. At the start of the 1969 season, Ballinamuck had played Colmcille in the the Junior League in February, and had just beaten Dromard 5-2 to 2-7 in Junior League on 9th March (fixture originally set for 23rd February). The fixtures showed Ballinamuck due to play Mullinalaghta in the next round of the Junior League on 23rd March 1969. However less than 10 days after the game with Dromard, the Ballinamuck club and Éire Óg (Drumlish) club decided to unite to create the Fr. Manning Gaels club (📷 Source).


🏆 Key titles won as Ballinamuck:

  • Junior Football Championship (1938)

The Drumlish club was re-organised at the start of 1951 and adopted the name ‘Young Irelands’. The Young Irelands name first appeared in fixtures in February 1951 (📷 Source). The club was initially referenced in published records in 1951 as Drumlish Young Irelands and then more commonly thereafter by the shorter version of Young Ireland (sometimes with ‘Drumlish’ suffix in parenthesis). The club won Senior Football Championship titles in 1951, 1953 and 1955 and Leader Cup in 1953 as Young Irelands, not as Éire Óg.

The name change to the Irish version of Éire Óg is first visible in published records from late 1958. For a period of time after 1958 the records show the Éire Óg name and Young Irelands name both in use, while the club name is then almost exclusively Éire Óg throughout the 1960’s. 

Note: The first evidence of the Young Irelands name in the parish came with the formation of the ‘Young Irelands Minor Club’ in the parish in 1949 under the driving force of Fr. Seán Manning. The announcement of the formation of the Minor Club in local newspapers at the time stating that the club would “represent the united parish of Drumlish & Ballinamuck”. There is a evident determination in the published records for a combined or parish-wide club rather than two clubs in the parish during Fr. Seán’s years which led our researchers to assume initially that Young Irelands combined the clubs of Drumlish and Ballinamuck in 1951. However we cannot locate any published records from club or county for those years to determine one way or the other.


🏆 Key titles won as Young Irelands:

  • Senior Football Championship (1951, 1953, 1955)
  • Senior Football League (1953)

The Young Irelands club name gave way to the Irish version of Éire Óg from late 1958. This was exactly the same time that other club names were being cited ‘As Gaeilge’ in local newspapers for the first time. For a period after 1958 we find both Éire Óg and Young Irelands names in published records and then exclusively Éire Óg throughout the 1960’s, however there is no published record of the Éire Óg name being used prior to late 1958. The Young Irelands or Éire Óg name was often used in published records with ‘Drumlish‘ in parenthesis after it. 

With the 1969 season already underway, Éire Óg were struggling to fulfill fixtures at senior grade due to emigration, retirements, loss of some players to the reformed Ballinamuck club since 1967 and the loss of some young players who were in higher education in various parts of the country and abroad. In the Leader Cup fixture on 2nd March 1969, Éire Óg conceded the game to Mostrim. Two weeks later the Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs decided to unite to create the Fr. Manning Gaels club (📷 Source).

Note: While the club won the Féis Cup twice in the 1960’s as Éire Óg, no key titles were won under the name Éire Óg.

The Fr. Manning Gaels club was formed on 18th March 1969 when the Éire Óg (Drumlish) and Ballinamuck clubs decided to unite. The club was named in honour of Fr. Seán Manning who had been curate in the parish from 1948 to 1954 and was a leading figure in the development of the GAA in Drumlish, St. Mels College and at county board level in both Longford and Leitrim.

The two clubs then announced their intention to Coiste Chontae an Longfort and a notice appeared in local media on 22nd March 1969 to confirm the union. The new club name was then announced in local media on 29th March 1969 (📷 Source).

The union of the clubs was announced in local media on March 22nd 1969 under the headline ‘Clubs Unite’, as follow:

Éire Óg and Ballinamuck clubs, both from the same parish, have decided to unite. Delegates from the clubs stated at Tuesday nights Co. Board meeting that they were no longer in a position to field two teams from the parish, emigration and retirals being the reason given for the present position. A joint meeting of the two clubs will be held in the ’98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck, on Monday night next, March 21st at 9 o’clock and all interested are urged to attend. The name of the club will be decided on at Monday’s meeting and representatives will later meet the County Board Executive from which recommendations will be submitted to the next Board meeting.

The following week on March 29th 1969, local media reported the following under the headline ‘New club select fitting name‘:

At the joint meeting of the Ballinamuck and Éire Óg clubs in the ’98 Memorial Hall on Monday night it was agreed that the clubs should unite and seek affiliation under the name of Father Manning Gaels. It was an appropriate selection because the late Father Manning while serving as curate in Drumlish, did much good for football in the parish. And if the new club display the determination and dedication of the great Sagart, it will not be long until their famed footballing parish will be back in its rightful place in Longford Football.

Research of available published sources shows this to be the union of two clubs into a new combined new club unit. In the ‘Longford GAA History (1980-2005)’ book, the origin of the Fr. Manning Gaels club was described by the club’s own PRO as follows… “In 1969 Drumlish/Ballinamuck reformed the ways of Gaelic football in the parish by coming together to form the Fr. Manning Gaels club“. In the GAA local history project in 2011, members of the club refer to the formation of Fr. Manning Gaels in 1969 as follows… “We decided it was going to be a complete start” and discuss very clearly and openly the dynamics of getting the two clubs to play as one combined club. Listen back at 🔊 GAA Oral History project.

Fr. Manning Gaels competed in Intermediate grade from their formation in 1969 (different from the clubs that merged to form it, which had competed in Senior (Éíre Óg) and Junior (Ballinamuck) grades prior in early 1969). The club’s first game was against Colmcille on 20th April 1969 (📷 Source) in the newly formed ‘Special League’ (mixed competition for all grades). The club then competed in the Intermediate Football Championship later that year, losing out to Ballymahon in the first round.

Fr. Manning Gaels elected to regrade from Intermediate to Junior grade for the 1970 season, and completed in Junior competition in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974, winning the Junior Championship in 1974 and gaining promotion to Intermediate grade and then winning the Intermediate Championship in 1975 and gaining promotion to Senior thereafter. In 1973 the club completed jointly with fellow Junior club Mullinalaghta in the IFC and the combination won the Intermediate Championship that year – the first and only time an combination has won the title. In 1975 the club combined with Dromard (both Intermediate at the time) to compete in the Senior Football Championship through a Qualifier route for combined Intermediate teams. The team was known as Northern Gaels and reached the semi-final of the 1975 Senior Football Championship. Once gaining promotion to Senior in 1975, the club then competed at Senior grade until relegation to Intermediate in 2017. The club won promotion back to Senior at the end of the 2019 season but were relegated to Intermediate in 2021 and currently competes at Intermediate grade.

Fr. Manning Gaels won Senior Football Championships in 1996, 1997, 1998 & 2001, Intermediate Football Championships in 1975 & 1978 (and in 1973 in combination with Mullinalaghta), Junior Football Championships in 1974 & 2005, Senior Football Leagues in 1986, 1987, 1997 & 1999 and U-21 Football Championships in 1981, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999 & 2013.


🏆 Key titles won as Fr. Manning Gaels:

  • Senior Football Championship (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
  • Senior Football League (1986, 1987, 1997, 1999)
  • Intermediate Football Championship (1973*, 1975, 2019)
  • Junior Football Championship (1974, 2005)
  • Under 21 Football Championship (1981, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2013)

(* 1973 title won in combination with Mullinalaghta)

Title Allocations Research

Summary

Our research found that the formation of the Fr. Manning Gaels club in March 1969 (📷 Source) was the creation of a new club unit by uniting the clubs of Éire Óg and Ballinamuck (and their officials) into a single club unit for the parish. Reports of the time show two active clubs in the parish in the run up to March 1969 – Éire Óg competing in Senior & Junior and Ballinamuck competing in Junior, while the wider context showed both clubs having existed separately in the parish for half a century previously. When the Ballinamuck club was revived in 1967, the Éire Óg club did not cease to exist, nor did it affiliate as a new or altered club. The Éire Óg club continued exactly as before albeit with the loss of whatever players transferred to Ballinamuck. Had the 1969 formation of Fr. Manning Gaels been a simple renaming and re-absorption of players from Ballinamuck following a split, there would have been no announcement of the formation of any ‘new club‘ in local media, no requirement to affiliate the club anew part way through an ongoing season in which both constituent clubs were already involved in active competition, and there would be no need to affiliate the club at a different grade to Éire Óg (who were Senior at the time and part way through the Senior League fixtures of that year). The published records of the day show the literal creation of a new club in the parish and the merging of players and officials from both clubs into that new combined club unit which was affiliated anew part-way through the season in March 1969, at a different grade (Intermediate) to either of the clubs that formed it. Therefore to ensure consistency in allocation of titles to club units across this digital archive, titles are allocated separately to Drumlish, Ballinamuck and Fr. Manning Gaels clubs, just as Longford Slashers titles are allocated separately to those of the clubs that united to create it in 1954 (Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers).


Postscript: The Fr. Manning Gaels club disagrees with our conclusion on this matter and asserts that Fr. Manning Gaels is simply the direct continuation of the Éire Óg (Drumlish) club, renamed in 1969 following a return of players who had split from the club temporarily in 1967. However our research in 2014 and a detailed re-assessment of that research in 2021 (including assessment of inputs received from the club directly and via the County Board) arrived at the conclusions detailed above, which we believe to be evidence-based and meet the standard for consistency in title allocation to club units. Since submitting our re-assessment of this matter to Coiste Chontae An Longfort in May 2021, we have received no additional input on the matter from any party. A detailed summary of our findings along with a copy of all communications with the club’s PRO on the matter were supplied to Coiste Chontae An Longfort in 2021 to ensure maximum transparency on both the research and interactions. We encourage anyone with published evidence which conflicts with our above-stated position to please get in touch via the Contact section of this website. We ask that you please do so professionally and courteously, without resorting to the sort of online abuse and personal insults which our volunteer team experienced on this topic from a small number of elected club officials.

🏆 Key titles refers to SFC, SFL, SHC, IFC, JFC or U-21 ‘A’ Championship.