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Longford Féile na nGael

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. Longford was one of the hosts for Féile na nGael in 2018 with Longford Slashers played host to San Francisco and Letterkenny St. Eunan’s 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.

WonFéile na nGael WinnerYear Titles Won
21Longford Slashers1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2011, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023
14Wolfe Tones Óg1977, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019
6Clonguish Óg1993, 1994, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009
3Ballymahon1989, 1991, 1992
1St. Mels (Fermoyle/Stonepark)*1971
1Longford Selection*1975
1St. Brendans (Stonepark)1984
1Southern Gaels2005

* Denotes teams nominated to represent Longford at Féile na nGael

Longford Féile na nGael

National Titles

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.

Longford Féile na nGael

Roll of Honour

YearGradeLongford Féile WinnerNational Féile Host
2023U-15Longford SlashersConnacht GAA
2022U-15Longford SlashersDublin
2021U-15Longford SlashersCroke Park
2020U-14No CompetitionNo Competition
2019U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgCork
2018U-14Longford SlashersConnacht/Westmeath/Longford
2017U-14Longford SlashersCarlow/Wexford/Kilkenny
2016U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgWaterford/Tipperary
2015U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgUlster GAA
2014U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgUlster GAA
2013U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgLimerick
2012U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgDublin
2011U-14Longford SlashersGalway
2010U-14Wolfe Tones ÓgClare
2009U-14Clonguish ÓgLaois/Offaly
2008U-14Clonguish ÓgLaois/Offaly
2007U-14Clonguish ÓgKilkenny
2006U-14Wolfe TonesCork
2005U-14Southern GaelsCork
2004U-14Longford SlashersMeath/Westmeath/Kildare
2003U-14Longford SlashersMeath/Westmeath/Kildare
2002U-14Longford SlashersAntrim
2001U-14Wolfe TonesCork
2000U-14Slashers GaelsAntrim
1999U-14Lough Forbes GaelsWexford
1998U-14Wolfe TonesWexford
1997U-14Slashers GaelsWaterford
1996U-14Slashers GaelsWaterford
1995U-14Wolfe TonesLimerick
1994U-14Lough Forbes GaelsLimerick
1993U-14Lough Forbes GaelsGalway
1990U-14Slashers GaelsTipperary
1988U-14Slashers GaelsLaois/Offaly
1987U-14Slashers GaelsClare
1986U-14Slashers GaelsClare
1985U-14Slashers GaelsWexford
1984U-14St. Brendans (Stonepark)Wexford
1983U-14Wolfe TonesDublin
1982U-14St. MichaelsDublin
1981U-14St. MichaelsGalway
1980U-14Wolfe TonesGalway
1979U-14St. MichaelsKilkenny
1978U-14St. MichaelsKilkenny
1977U-14Wolfe TonesWaterford
1976U-14No CompetitionCork
1975U-14Longford SelectionCork
1974U-14No CompetitionLimerick
1973U-14No CompetitionLimerick
1971U-14St. Mels (Fermoyle/Stonepark)Tipperary

– St. Michaels was later renamed Slashers Gaels.
– Slashers Gaels was later renamed Longford Slashers. 
– Lough Forbes Gaels was later renamed Clonguish Óg. 
– Wolfe Tones added the ‘Óg’ suffix to the name in early 2000’s.
– Southern Gaels is combined underage club for Cashel & Killashee.
– In 1971, 1972 & 1975 the Longford representative at Féile was nominated. 

– In 1975 the Longford Selection had players Longford, Edgeworthstown, Cashel, Lanesboro, Bunlahy, Drumlish, Killoe & Colmcille.

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