Féile na nGael
Féile na nGael is a national festival of Hurling and Camogie for Under 15 age group (changed from U-14 to U-15 in 2021). Féile na nGael was first held in 1971 and was hosted by Tipperary. Camogie was added to the competition from 1974. Féile na nGael is held annually and Longford’s first involvement was in 1971 when St. Mels (Fermoyle/Stonepark) represented Longford at National Féile in Tipperary. The first to receive a cup for winning Longford Féile na nGael was Slashers St. Michaels in 1979 when they received the new Coca-Cola cup as winners. Longford was one of the hosts for Féile na nGael 2018 with Longford Slashers played host to San Francisco and Letterkenny St. Eunans while Wolfe Tones played host to Clontibret (Monaghan).
Each year thousands of boys and girls from each of the 32 counties, along with teams from London and Warwickshire participate in Féile. Individual counties host local versions of Féile na nGael and the winner is then nominated to represent their county at the National Féile. Sometimes the runners-up in certain counties may also be invited to compete in the National Féile competition. In 2021 the pandemic caused a change to the format whereby 36 teams (8 Football, 8 Hurling, 8 LGFA, 8 Camogie) were invited to compete in Féile in Croke Park to celebrate 50 years of Féile. Longford Slashers had the honour of being selected to compete in Hurling at National Féile that year and won the Shield competition. Féile na nGael states that its primary objective is to facilitate and enable personal, social and cultural development among young people with emphasis on cultural and community activities, leadership and training through sport. It is recognised by the GAA as a major festival of great importance for the promotion of Hurling and Camogie. Féile na nGael has been sponsored by Coca Cola (up to 2012), Bus Eireann (2013 & 2015), Irish Pride (2015) and John West (since 2016). The Gaelic Football equivalent of Féile na nGael is Féile Peile na nÓg.
|Won||Féile na nGael Winner||Year Titles Won|
|21||Longford Slashers||1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023|
|14||Wolfe Tones Óg||1977, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|6||Clonguish Óg||1993, 1994, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|1||St. Mels (Fermoyle/Stonepark)*||1971|
|1||St. Brendans (Stonepark)||1984|
* Denotes teams nominated to represent Longford at Féile na nGael.
Féile na nGael grade changed from U-14 to U-15 from 2021.
Longford winners at National Féile na nGael are as follows:
1999 Division 4 Cup – Lough Forbes Gaels: (now Clonguish Óg)
Beat Clongeen (Wexford) by 3-6 to 3-0 in Bellefield.
2018 Division 9 Cup – Longford Slashers:
Beat North Wicklow Gaels by 0-7 to 0-3 in Leitrim.
2019 Division 9 Cup – Longford Slashers:
Beat St Mark’s (Cork) by 3-3 to 1-1 in Cork.
2021 Shield Winner – Longford Slashers:
Beat Cluainín Iomáint (Leitrim) by 6-12 to 2-2 in Croke Park.
Note: Other finalists at National Féile include a Longford team selected from various clubs who reached the Division 4 Cup final in Cork in 1975 but lost out to St. Michaels Cork by 4-1 to 0-1, while Slashers Gaels (now Longford Slashers) reached the Division 4 Cup final in Waterford in 1996 but lost out to Killashandra by 2-1 to 1-0. It is also worth noting that Longford Slashers Camogie team won the Division 7 Cup at 2018 National Feile in Longford, beating Tara Rocks of Wexford by 2-3 to 0-3 to win the first Camogie Féile title by a Longford club.
Roll of Honour
|Year||Grade||Longford Féile Winner||National Féile Host|
|2023||U-15||🏆 Longford Slashers||Connacht GAA|
|2022||U-15||🏆 Longford Slashers||Dublin|
|2021||U-15||🏆 Longford Slashers||Croke Park|
|2020||U-14||No Competition||No Competition|
|2019||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Cork|
|2018||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Connacht/Westmeath/Longford|
|2017||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Carlow/Wexford/Kilkenny|
|2016||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Waterford/Tipperary|
|2015||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Ulster GAA|
|2014||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Ulster GAA|
|2013||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Limerick|
|2012||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Dublin|
|2011||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Galway|
|2010||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones Óg||Clare|
|2009||U-14||🏆 Clonguish Óg||Laois/Offaly|
|2008||U-14||🏆 Clonguish Óg||Laois/Offaly|
|2007||U-14||🏆 Clonguish Óg||Kilkenny|
|2006||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Cork|
|2005||U-14||🏆 Southern Gaels||Cork|
|2004||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Meath/Westmeath/Kildare|
|2003||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Meath/Westmeath/Kildare|
|2002||U-14||🏆 Longford Slashers||Antrim|
|2001||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Cork|
|2000||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Antrim|
|1999||U-14||🏆 Lough Forbes Gaels||Wexford|
|1998||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Wexford|
|1997||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Waterford|
|1996||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Waterford|
|1995||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Limerick|
|1994||U-14||🏆 Lough Forbes Gaels||Limerick|
|1993||U-14||🏆 Lough Forbes Gaels||Galway|
|1990||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Tipperary|
|1988||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Laois/Offaly|
|1987||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Clare|
|1986||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Clare|
|1985||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Wexford|
|1984||U-14||🏆 St. Brendans (Stonepark)||Wexford|
|1983||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Dublin|
|1982||U-14||🏆 Slashers Gaels||Dublin|
|1981||U-14||🏆 Slashers St. Michaels||Galway|
|1980||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Galway|
|1979||U-14||🏆 Slashers St. Michaels||Kilkenny|
|1978||U-14||🏆 Slashers St. Michaels||Kilkenny|
|1977||U-14||🏆 Wolfe Tones||Waterford|
|1975||U-14||🏆 Longford Selection *||Cork|
|1972||U-14||🏆 Fermoyle *||Tipperary|
|1971||U-14||🏆 St. Mels (Fermoyle/Stonepark) *||Tipperary|
* In 1971, 1972 & 1975 the Longford representative at Féile were nominated.
The following name clarifications apply to hurling finalists down the years.
- Slashers St. Michaels was renamed Slashers Gaels from 1982.
- Slashers Gaels was later renamed Longford Slashers from early 2000’s.
- Lough Forbes Gaels was later renamed Clonguish Óg from 2000.
- Wolfe Tones added the ‘Óg’ suffix to the name from early 2000’s.
- Southern Gaels was combined underage hurling club for Cashel & Killashee.
- St. Annes (1970’s) and St. Brendans (1980’s) were names for Stonepark hurling club.
- 1975 Longford Selection had players Longford, Edgeworthstown, Cashel, Lanesboro, Bunlahy, Drumlish, Killoe & Colmcille.