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Player Awards

All Star Nominations (Football)

  • 1971: Frank Murray (Legan) | Jimmy Hannify (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 1972: Seán Donnelly (Longford Slashers) | Jimmy Hannify (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 1974: Seán Mulvihill (Kenagh)
  • 1984: Liam Tierney (Mostrim) | John ‘Speedy’ McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 1985: John ‘Speedy’ McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 1986: John ‘Speedy’ McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 1988: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
  • 1989: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
  • 1990: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
  • 2006: Paul Barden (Clonguish) | Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh)
  • 2012: Paul Barden (Clonguish) | Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets)

Cú Chulainn Awards (Football)

  • 1965: Seán Murray (Carrickedmond)
  • 1966: Brendan Barden (Clonguish)

All Star Championship XV (Hurling)

  • 2005 (NR): Gareth Ghee (Longford Slashers)
  • 2006 (NR): Martin Coyle (Wolfe Tones)
  • 2007 (NR): Brendan Stakem (Wolfe Tones)
  • 2008 (NR): Mark Cassidy (Wolfe Tones)
  • 2009 (LM): Paddy Cullen (Wolfe Tones) | Robert Ryland (St. Rynaghs, Offaly)
  • 2010 (LM): Joe O’Brien (Clonguish Gaels) | Gareth McGhee (Longford Slashers) | Seán Browne & Martin Coyle (Wolfe Tones) | Declan Tanner (St. Rynaghs, Offaly)
  • 2011 (LM): Eoin Donnellan (Longford Slashers)
  • 2012 (LM): John Newman (Salthill-Knocknacarra) | Ciaran Finucane (Clonguish Gaels)
  • 2013 (LM): Joe O’Brien & Éanna Daly (Clonguish Gaels) | Eoin Donnellan (Wolfe Tones) | Conor Egan (Birr, Offaly)
  • 2014 (LM): Joe O’Brien (Clonguish Gaels), Karl Murray (Longford Slashers) | Martin Coyle, Paddy Cullen & Cathal Mullane (Wolfe Tones)
  • 2015 (NR): Joe O’Brien (Clonguish Gaels)
  • 2016 (NR): Patrick Farrington (Delvin)
  • 2017 (NR): Seamus Hannon (Wolfe Tones)
  • 2018 (NR): John Casey (Longford Slashers)
  • 2022 (NR/LM): Paddy Lynam (St. Oliver Plunketts, Westmeath)

(NR: Nickey Rackard competition | LM: Lory Meagher competition)

Lory Meagher Player of the Year (Hurling)

  • 2010: Gareth Ghee (Longford Slashers)
  • 2014: Martin Coyle (Wolfe Tones)

Player of the Week/Month Awards (Football)

  • In 1966: Brendan Gilmore (Rathcline) – Gaelic Sport Player of the Month for June.
  • In 1996: Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara) – Daily Star Player of the Week.
  • In 1999: Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon) – Daily Star Player of the Week.
  • In 2001: Padraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels) – Daily Star Player of the Week.
  • In 2002: Liam Mulvihill (Kenagh) – Daily Star Special Achievement Award.
  • In 2004: Stephen Lynch (Granard) – Irish Independent Sports Star of the Week.
  • In 2007: Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh) – GPA/GAA Player of the Month.
  • In 2012: Paul Barden (Clonguish) – GPA/GAA Player of the Month.
  • In 2014: Paul Barden (Clonguish) – GAA Player of the Week.
  • In 2016: Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara) – GAA Player of the Week.

Note 1: Cú Chulainn Awards were the forerunner to the All Star Awards, presented from 1963 to 1967 under the auspices of Gaelic Weekly magazine and can be viewed as equivalent to the subsequent All Star awards in terms of significance and merit.

Note 2: Brian Kavanagh received a call-up to the Vodafone All-Star team for the Tour of Dubai in January 2007. He was on the 2006 All-Star team starting XV, managed by Jack O’Connor from Kerry: A Quirke (Cork), B Owens (Fermanagh), K Lacey (Donegal), S Moynihan (Kerry), G Spillane (Cork), A O’Mahony (Kerry), S Ryan (Dublin), N Murphy (Cork), S O‘Sullivan (Kerry), A Brogan (Dublin), A Dillon (Mayo), C Mortimer (Mayo), J Masters (Cork), R Munnelly (Laois), B Kavanagh (Longford).

Note 3: Karl Murray received the Lory Meagher All-Star award in 2014. Karl played for Clonguish Gaels up to 2013 and transferred to Longford Slashers from 2014. 

Note 4: Eoin Donnellan received the Lory Meagher All-Star award in 2013. Eoin originally played with Ballymahon Gaels until the club folded in early 2000’s, and then hurled for Longford Slashers thereafter, however due to Slashers not competing in Senior Hurling competition in 2012 and 2013, Eoin hurled for Wolfe Tones at the time of the All-Star award.  

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Longford's Best (1970-2020)

Top Longford footballer from 50-year period 1970-2020 was voted via Irish Independent poll held in May 2020.

  • 1) Paul Barden (Clonguish)
  • 2) Jimmy Hannify (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 3) Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)
  • 4) Liam Tierney (Mostrim)
  • 5) Mick Casey (Cashel)
  • 6) John ‘Speedy’ McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 7) Pádraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 8) Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 9) Francis McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 10) Seán Donnelly (Longford Slashers)
  • 11) Mickey O’Hara (Mostrim)
  • 12) Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara)
  • 13) Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh St. Patricks)
  • 14) Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers)
  • 15) Declan C Reilly (Colmcille)
  • 16) Enda Barden (Clonguish)
  • 17) Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columbas)
  • 18) Seán McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 19) Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon)
  • 20) Joe McCabe (Ballymahon)

Paul Barden was ranked at No. 1 and is widely regarded as Longford’s greatest footballer. Paul’s inter-county senior football career spanned 16 years from his debut aged 17 on 1st November 1998 (NFL vs Carlow) to he retirement aged 34 in February 2015. He played 52 championship games for Longford (19 wins, 3 draws, 30 defeats) and was twice nominated for an All Star award (2006 & 2012). He won two Railway Cups as a member of the starting XV (2001 & 2002) and one as a panel member (2006), was capped in the International Rules Series in 2006 and won Fr. Manning Cup (1995), O’Byrne Cup (2000), O’Byrne Shield (2006, 2007), NFL Division 4 (2011) and NFL Division 3 (2012) titles for Longford. Paul also won 3 Longford SFC titles and 5 Longford SHC titles with his native club Clonguish.

Jimmy Hannify was ranked at No. 2 and began playing for Longford from age 16 at Minor grade from 1962-64, then U-21 grade from 1964-67 and debuted for the Longford Senior team against Meath in the 1965 Leinster Championship semi-final aged 19. He enjoyed a 12-year inter-county Senior career before retiring at the end of the 1977 season. Jimmy won National League (1966), Leinster SFC (1968), 2 NFL Division 2 (1966, 1972) and O’Byrne Cup (1965) as well as key tournament titles such in Tir Conaill Cup (1965), Gaelic Weekly Cup (1965) and 2 Longford Feis Cups (1965, 1967). He was twice nominated for an All Star award (1971 & 1972), was top scorer in the 1970 Leinster SFC, won 2 All-Ireland & Leinster Colleges SFC (1962, 1963) and 1 Leinster Colleges JFC (1962) with St. Mels College and played in a Railway Cup final for Leinster (1968). At club level Jimmy won Longford Intermediate (1973, 1975) & Junior (1974) Championships and Minor League title with with his native club in Drumlish. His club career switched to Dublin where he won a Dublin SFC title with Civil Service in 1980 and Division 3 title with St. Judes in 1988, but also made appearances for his native Fr. Manning Gaels club in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Jimmy played with Dublin Masters (Over 40’s) in the early 1990’s, winning the All-Ireland Masters Shield in 1992 and scoring 0-4 in the final. He trained the Drimnagh Castle schools team for many years, which included Niall Quinn as a player prior to his departure to Arsenal. In 2000 Jimmy Hannify was chosen on Longford’s ‘Team of the Millennium’, alongside his father Jim.

Dessie Barry was ranked at No. 3 and was one of the best Longford footballers of the 1980’s and 1990’s. He debuted for Longford in 1982 and enjoyed a 17-year inter-county career, winning NFL Division 4 in 1984 and NFL Division 3N in 1990, and was a key figure in the Leinster team who won the 1988 Railway Cup by defeating Ulster 2-9 to 0-12, with Dessie scoring 2-2. He was part of the 1990 International Rules squad managed by Eugene McGee and played in the warm-up matches. Dessie was nominated for an All Star award 1988, 1989 and 1990 and was chosen as an All Star Replacement for the America tour in 1988. At club level, Dessie won 6 Longford SFC titles with Longford Slashers, including 3-in-row from 1989-1991 (Man of the Match in all three finals). He was selected on the Longford Team of the Millennium in 2000 and inducted into the Leinster GAA ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2015. Dessie also played soccer for Longford Town in League of Ireland and FAI Cup. He was also voted Longford Person of the Year by the Longford-Dublin Association in 2002.

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Leinster's Best (1984-2009)

  • Left Half Forward: Paul Barden (Clonguish)

Leinster’s ‘Team 25’ was selected in 2009 by the Leinster Council from a panel of Leinster players who achieved greatness in the 25 Years since the GAA’s centenary in 1984.

Paul Barden beat Dessie Dolan (Westmeath), Kieran Duff (Dublin) and Tom Prendergast (Laois) for the No 12 jersey position. Team 25 (1984-2009): John O’Leary (Dublin), Robbie O’Malley (Meath), Darren Fay (Meath), John Keane (Westmeath), Paul Curran (Dublin), Glenn Ryan (Kildare), Martin O’Connell (Meath), Ciaran Whelan (Dublin), John McDermott (Meath), Barney Rock (Dublin), Trevor Giles (Meath), Paul Barden (Longford), Colm O’Rourke (Meath), Kevin O’Brien (Wicklow), Matty Forde (Wexford).

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Railway Cup Winners

  • 1945: Jim Hannify (Drumlish)
  • 1952: Colm Smith (Colmcille) *
  • 1953: Vincent Tierney (St. Marys Granard) | Jimmy O’Brien (Rathcline) *
  • 1954: Vincent Tierney (St. Marys Granard) *
  • 1955: Eamon Meagher (Drumlish Young Irelands) * | Jim Harold (Army) *
  • 1962: Padraig Gearty (Longford Slashers) | Brendan Barden (Clonguish)
  • 1985: Mick Casey (Cashel) * | Liam Tierney (Mostrim) *
  • 1986: Mick Casey (Cashel) *
  • 1988: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers) | John ‘Speedy’ McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets) *
  • 1997: Enda Barden (Clonguish) *
  • 2001: Paul Barden (Clonguish) | Padraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels) *
  • 2002: Paul Barden (Clonguish) | Padraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels) *
  • 2006: Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh) | Paul Barden (Clonguish) * | Declan C Reilly (Colmcille) * | Damien Sheridan (Dromard) * | Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore) *

* This denotes panel member who didn’t play in the Railway Cup final.

Brendan Barden and Padraic Gearty played in 1962 Railway Cup final which was the first Gaelic Football match ever televised.

Padraic Gearty has the distinction of being the first person to score in a Gaelic Football match on live TV in 1962 Railway Cup final. He played Sigerson Cup for UCD for four years and was selected on the Combined Universities team vs Ireland. He won five SFC medals with Longford Slashers (1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961) and played for Longford Wanderers prior to the formation of the Longford Slashers club in 1954. He also played soccer for Longford Town and won a National Junior Medal in the Polikoff Cup with Longford Athletic. Padraic was voted Longford Person of the Year by the Longford-Dublin Association in 2000 and was inducted into the Longford GAA ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2008.

Seamus Flynn is the only Longford player to have captained a Leinster Railway Cup team (1969 vs Munster). He won JFC/JFL double with Clonguish in 1959 and made his Longford senior debut vs Mayo in NFL in October 1959. Won 1965 O’Byrne Cup, 1965 Gaelic Weekly Cup, 1965/66 National League, 1965/66 NFL Division 2 and 1968 Leinster SFC with Longford during the golden era of the 1960’s. Captained Leinster in Railway Cup in 1969 (only Longford player to ever do so) in a team that included four Longford players (Seamus Flynn, Brendan Barden, Jimmy Hannify & Seán Donnelly) and 2 subs (John Heneghan & Jackie Devine). He played in 11 SFC finals from 1961 to 1976 (10 in Longford, 1 in UK), winning 8 Longford SFC titles with Clonguish in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1972 & 1973, including as Captain in 1968 & 1972, and winning one Lancashire SFC title with Harps & Shamrocks in 1961. Off the field of play, Seamus was a selector with Longford from 1976-78 when Jackie Devine was Manager and from 1978-79 when Michael Kelly was Manager and from 1990-1992 when Dessie Dolan (Snr) was Manager. His last title win as a player was the Junior Championship of 1984 with Rathcline (aged 44), 25 years after winning the JFC with Clonguish in 1959. He was selected by the public at Right Full Back in Longfords ‘Team of the Millennium’ in 2000 and was inducted into the Longford GAA ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2018.

Vincent Tierney won two Railway Cup medals in 1953 (as a player) & 1954 (as a sub). He was an integral part of the Longford setup of the late 1940’s and 1950’s playing Minor for Longford in 1945 & 1946 and played Senior and Junior for Longford from 1947 until 1958 when he retired from inter-county action (1949-1954 with Longford Senior team). Vincent played club football with St. Marys Granard, United Gaels, Abbeylara, Colmcille and Mullinalaghta and briefly played Minor for Killoe. He won a Longford JFC title with Abbeylara in 1946 and played in three SFC finals in 1947 (United Gaels), 1949 (Colmcille) and 1952 (Mullinalaghta), winning the Longford SFC title once with Colmcille in 1949. In 1950 and 1951 he played his club football with Letterkenny and Seán McDermotts (Dublin). Vincent also won two Leinster Colleges titles with St. Mels College in 1946 & 1947. [Note: Credit to John Fay as source for some of above]

Pearse Park in Longford was the venue for three Railway Cup semi-finals down the years: 1942 (MU v LE), 1993 (LE v CO) & 2013 (UL v MU). 

The following Longford footballers played on losing Railway Cup final teams: Bobby Burns & Seán Murray (1964), Larry Gillen, John Donlon, Seán Donnelly & Jimmy Hannify (1968), Mick Casey (1983), Paul Barden, Trevor Smullen & Padraic Davis (2004), Michael Quinn & Seán McCormack (2013).

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Higher Education Winners

Sigerson Cup Winners

  • 1937/38: UCG – Con McGovern (Galway/Drumlish)
  • 1938/39: UCG – Con McGovern (Galway/Drumlish)
  • 1939/40: UCG – Con McGovern (Galway/Drumlish)
  • 1944/45: UCD – Tom Deignan (St. Marys Granard)
  • 1949/50: UCD – Gerry Gearty (Longford Wanderers)
  • 1953/54: UCD – Padraig Gearty (Longford Slashers) | Davy Sheeran (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 1955/56: UCD – Padraig Gearty (Longford Slashers)
  • 1959/60: UCD – Seán Murray (Carrickedmond)
  • 1960/61: UCG – Seán Donnelly (Longford Slashers)
  • 1961/62: UCD – Seán Murray (Carrickedmond)
  • 1962/63: UCG – Seán Donnelly (Longford Slashers)
  • 1963/64: UCG – Seán Donnelly (Longford Slashers)
  • 1967/68: UCD – Tom Mulvihill (Kenagh)
  • 1972/73: UCD – T.P. Cashell (Ballymahon) * | Fintan Farrell (Rathcline) *
  • 1975/76: Maynooth – Tom Barden (Clonguish) | Peter Burke (Clonguish) | Mick McElvaney (St. Marys Granard) | Frank Murray (Legan) *
  • 1979/80: UCG – Joe McCabe (Ballymahon) *
  • 1982/83: UCG – Joe McCabe (Ballymahon) *
  • 1984/85: UCD – Francis McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 2001/02: Sligo IT – Damien Sheridan (Dromard) | David Barden (Clonguish)
  • 2014/15: DCU – Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets) | Rory Connor (Kenagh) | Daithi Mulvihill (Rathcline) *
  • 2017/18: UCD – Larry Moran (Killoe Young Emmets)

Trench Cup Winners

  • 1980/81: Sligo RTC – Hubert Smith (Longford Slashers)
  • 1989/90: Sligo RTC – Barney Smith (Colmcille) | Mark McNamara (Mostrim) | Dermot Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 1991/92: Athlone RTC – Seán Killian (Rathcline)
  • 1995/96: Athlone IT – Enda Barden (Clonguish)
  • 1999/00: Army Cadet College – John Kenny (Kenagh) | Ronan Carberry (Kenagh)
  • 2001/02: St. Pats Drumcondra – Gary Kenny (Cashel)
  • 2005/06: TCD – Derek Casserly (Rathcline)
  • 2006/07: St. Pats Drumcondra – Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh St. Patricks)
  • 2007/08: Mary Immaculate College Limerick – Liam Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 2010/11: St. Pats Drumcondra – Colin P Smyth (Abbeylara) | William Crawford (Abbeylara)
  • 2022/23: TUS Midlands – Darragh Finlass (St. Munis Forgney)

All-Ireland Freshers Winners

  • 2007/08: DIT – Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 2008/09: DCU – Colin P Smyth (Abbeylara) | Aaron Quinn (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 2009/10: DIT – Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 2012/13: DCU – David Mulvihill (Rathcline) | Ross McNerney (Dromard) * | Declan Murphy (St. Marys Granard) *
  • 2013/14: DIT – Paddy Kiernan (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 2014/15: UCD – Larry Moran (Killoe Young Emmets)
  • 2015/16: DCU – David Shannon (Carrickedmond)
  • 2021/22: DCU – Keelin McGann (Kenagh) | Jack Duggan (Clonguish) | Seán O’Sullivan (Seán Connollys) * | Bryan Masterson (Abbeylara) * | Eoin McGuinness (Longford Slashers)
  • 2022/23: DCU – Cian McGuinness (Longford Slashers)
  • 2023/24: DCU – Conor Smith (Clonguish) | Matthew Flynn (Clonguish)

* This denotes Sigerson Cup or Freshers Championship panel member who didn’t play in the final.

– Sigerson Cup is National InterVarsity Tier 1 Mens Championship.
– Trench Cup is National InterVarsity Tier 2 Mens Championship.

Sigerson Cup Finalists – The following Longford footballers featured on losing Sigerson Cup final teams/panels: P. M. Farrell (UCD 1933/34), Bernard Burbage (UCD 1940/41 and 1941/42), Gerry Gearty (UCD 1948/49), Padraig Gearty (UCD 1952/53 and 1954/55), Seán Murray, Harry McGann & Jimmy Flynn (UCD 1958/59), Seán Murray & Bobby Burns (UCD 1960/61), Seán Donnelly (UCG 1961/62), Jimmy Hannify (UCG 1966/67 and 1967/68), Frank Murray, Peter Burke & Mick McElvaney (Maynooth 1972/73), Pauric Jones (Garda 1998/99), David Hannify (UCD 1999/00 and 2000/01), Jamsie Martin (Garda 2007/08), Michael Quinn & Rory Connor (DCU 2015/16) and Larry Moran (UCD 2016/17).

Con McGovern won three Sigerson Cup medals. He also won a NFL medal and Connacht Championship medal with Galway in 1940 and was a sub on the Galway runner-up team in 1940 All-Ireland final. He also won three Leinster Colleges medals with St. Mels in the late 1930’s. He went on to work for Pan-Am Airways and was their Sales Manager for Ireland. 

Dr. Gerry Gearty played in the Sigerson Cup final of 1948/49 for UCD. He went on to become a distinguished medical professional and in 1991 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Trinity College for his contribution to medicine. Dr. Gearty played a leading role in the early development of open cardiac surgery in Ireland and pioneered diagnostic techniques for assessing with the aid of catheters the flow of blood through the heart. He was the first consultant in Ireland to establish a Coronary Care Unit for his patients and was a founder member and former President of the Irish Heart Foundation. 

Seán Murray was the first Longford player to captain a winning Sigerson Cup team (1961/62 UCD). He also won Dublin SFC titles with UCD in 1963 & 1965. He was voted Longford Person of the Year by the Longford-Dublin Association in 1999. He was a managing partner with Grant Thornton and went on to become Chairman of An Bord Trachtala and Director at Aer Rianta, Bord Gais, Tara Mines and Cooley Distilleries. 

Seán Murray for UCD and Seán Donnelly for UCG are so far the only Longford footballers to play against each other in a Sigerson Cup final (1961/62).

Seán Donnelly played in four Sigerson Cup finals and won three Sigerson Cups with UCG. Seán enjoyed a very successful playing career with Longford which stretched from 1959 to 1973 and which included winning the following titles for County and Club (Longford Slashers): Leinster SFC (1968), National League (1966), NFL Division 2 (1966 & 1972 – Captain in 1972), O’Byrne Cup (1965), Sigerson Cup (UCG 1960, 1962, 1963), Tir Conaill Cup (1965), Gaelic Weekly Cup (1965), 2 Longford Feis Cups (1965, 1967), Longford SFC (1959, 1961, 1971, 1975), Longford SFL (1962, 1963, 1972), Longford JFC (1982), Longford MFC (1958), Longford MFL (1957, 1958), London SFC (St. Vincents 1961), London SFL (St. Vincents) and Galway SFL (UCG 1961). He played in a Railway Cup final for Leinster in 1968 and was selected on the Combined Universities team three times. Seán was nominated for an All-Star in 1972 alongside teammate Jimmy Hannify. He managed the Longford senior team briefly from October 1975 to September 1976 and was County Board Secretary from 1968 to 1977. He won three Senior club titles with three different clubs in 1961 (2 SFC and 1 SFL) and was selected at Left Corner Forward in Longford’s ‘Team of the Millennium’.

Peter Burke was top scorer in the Sigerson Cup final of 1975/76 (scored 0-4).

Joe McCabe won Sigerson Cup medals with UCG. He played inter-county football for Longford from 1977 to the early 1990’s, winning NFL Division 3S title in 1988 and NFL Division 3S title in 1990. His club football switched from his native Ballymahon to Mayo in the early 1990’s where he won a Connacht Club SFC title in 1993 and played at full-back for Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland Club SFC final of 1993/94. In 1995 he took over management of St. Gerald’s College in Castlebar and transformed their prospects by managing them to two Connacht Colleges SFC titles in 1996 & 1997 and an All-Ireland Colleges SFC final in 1997. He was joint manager of the Mayo minor team that reached the All-Ireland MFC final in 1999.

Hubert Smith was Captain of the Sligo RTC team when they won the Trench Cup in April 1981 beating Mary Immaculate College in the final in Croke Park.

Francis McNamee played in Sigerson Cup competition in 1984 & 1985 and was selected for the 1984 Combined Universities panel following his impressive performances for UCD that year. The following year in 1985 he went on to win the Sigerson Cup with UCD, becoming the first Drumlish native to do so since Con McGovern in 1940. 

Conor Smith was Joint Captain of DCU when they won the All-Ireland Freshers ‘A’ final in February 2024.

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International Rules Caps

International Rules Series (vs Australia)

  • 1984: Liam Tierney (Mostrim) ➜ 2 Caps
  • 2006: Paul Barden (Clonguish) ➜ 2 Caps
  • 2015: Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets) ➜ 1 Cap

International Rules Masters (Over 40’s) (vs Australia)

  • 2006: Frank McNamee (Fr. Manning Gaels) | Kevin Hourican (Dromard) | Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers) | Padraig O’Brien (Longford Slashers) | Padraig ‘Amby’ Fogarty (St. Mary’s Athlone) | Seamus Boyle (Ballymore, Westmeath)
  • 2008: John Corcoran | John Hyland
  • 2009: Kevin Hourican (Dromard) | John Hyland | Jimmy O’Neill | Brian McNiven | Padraig ‘Amby’ Fogarty (St. Mary’s Athlone)
  • 2016: John Coyle (Mostrim) | Declan O’Neill (Legan Sarsfields) | Michael Keane (Fr. Manning Gaels)
  • 2019: Noel Reynolds (Dromard)
  • 2024: Jamsie Martin (Dromard)

International Rules Masters (Over 50’s) (vs Australia)

  • 2024: John Coyle (Mostrim)

Shinty-Hurling International (vs Scotland)

  • 2007: Eoin Donnellan (Longford Slashers)
  • 2016: Karl Murray (Longford Slashers)
  • 2018: Johnny Casey (Longford Slashers)

U21 Shinty-Hurling International (vs Scotland)

  • 2012: Karl Murray (Longford Slashers)

– Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers) was part of 1990 International Rules panel and played in warm up games, but not on test match panel.
– Eugene McGee (Colmcille) was Manager of the Ireland team for the International Rules Series in both 1987 and 1990.
– John James Greene (Cashel) was on the Australia panel for warm up games ahead of 2008 series in Australia.
– The 2016 International Rules Masters team beat Australia 2-0 to win the series and the Paddy Gaffney cup.
Kevin Hourican (Dromard) is part of the management team for Ireland’s Over 50’s Masters squad in 2024.

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Kick Fada Winners

  • All-Ireland (U14) 1989: Oliver Barry (Longford Slashers)
  • All-Ireland 2010: Damien Sheridan (Dromard)
  • All-Ireland 2012: Damien Sheridan (Dromard)
  • All-Ireland 2013: Damien Sheridan (Dromard)
  • All-Ireland 2014: Damien Sheridan (Dromard)

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GAA Awards

GAA MacNamee Awards

  • 1991: Best Match Programme: Longford GAA (Pat Chapman)
  • 1993: Best Provincial Article: Longford Leader (Joe Flaherty)
  • 2013: Best Website: Killoe GAA (Paul, Colm & John Devaney)

Leinster GAA Hall of Fame

  • 2007: Eugene McGee (Colmcille)
  • 2015: Dessie Barry (Longford Slashers)

Leinster GAA Presidents Award

  • 2008: John Ryan (Ballymahon)
  • 2010: Tommy McLoughlin (Mostrim)

Leinster GAA Volunteer Awards

  • 2006: Best Match Programme – Longford GAA (John Duffy)
  • 2014: Best Website – Killoe GAA (Paul, Colm & John Devaney)
  • 2022: Beko Club Champion (Enda McGahern – St. Vincents)

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Other Honours

Longford Links: All-Ireland SFC Finals

  • 1940: Con McGovern (Galway – Panelist)
  • 1941: Jim Hannify (Galway – Wing Forward)
  • 1942: Tommy Banks (Dublin – Corner Forward) 🏆
  • 1943: Harry Rogers (Cavan – Corner Forward)
  • 1945: Paddy Smith (Cavan – Wing Back)
  • 1947: Paddy Smith (Cavan – Corner Back) 🏆
  • 1948: Paddy Smith (Cavan – Corner Back) 🏆
  • 1949: Paddy Smith (Cavan – Full Back)
  • 1969: Seán Kilroy (Offaly – Corner Forward)
  • 1972: Seán Kilroy (Offaly – Panelist) 🏆

Longford Links: All-Ireland Club SFC Finals

  • 1974: Liam Madden (UCD – Goalkeeper) 🏆
  • 1975: Seán Kilemade (UCD – Panelist) 🏆
  • 1978: Seán O’Shea (Thomond College – Full Back) 🏆
  • 1994: Joe McCabe (Castlebar Mitchels – Full Back) 
  • 2009: Brian Kavanagh (Kilmacud Crokes – Centre Forward) 🏆

🏆 Denotes Winners

Con McGovern from Drumlish was a sub on the Galway team that lost to Kerry in the 1940 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final, during his time at UCG.

Jim Hannify (Snr) from Drumlish played for Longford, Galway & Kildare during his inter-county career and won Leinster JFC and All-Ireland (Home) JFC titles with Longford in 1937. In 1941 while stationed in Renmore in Galway (having taken a leave of absence from his role as a postman in 1940 to join the army) he played for the local Wolfe Tones club and was picked for the Galway team that year, winning a Connacht SFC title with Galway and lining out at #10 in their All-Ireland SFC final loss to Kerry that year. He was then stationed in the Curragh in 1942 and played for Kildare on 7 occasions including 3 games in the South Leinster League and 1 Leinster Championship appearance in 1942, and won a Corrigan Park Tournament medal in Belfast when Kildare beat Dublin in the final. Back playing with Drumlish and Longford from 1943, he captained Longford to the Leinster SFC semi-final against Dublin in 1944. Most of his club football was played in Longford, winning 8 Longford SFC titles with his native club Drumlish from 1932 to 1953 (club won the 1951 & 1953 titles as Young Irelands), and also won a Galway SFC title with Wolfe Tones in 1941 while stationed at Renmore. In 1945 he became the first Longford player to win a Railway Cup medal with Leinster. His son (Jimmy) played for Longford during the glory days of the 1960’s and both men were selected on Longford’s ‘Team of the Millennium’ in 2000.

Tommy Banks from Longford town played at #15 fon the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title in 1942. He is likely the first Longford native to win an All-Ireland SFC medal. 

Harry Rogers from Mullinalaghta won Leinster and All-Ireland JFC titles with Longford in 1937 and won Longford SFC titles with his native Mullinalaghta club. He also qualified to play for Cavan because of his employment in Arva and lined out at #15 for Cavan in the 1943 All-Ireland Senior Football final loss to Roscommon. 

Paddy Smith formerly of St. Marys Granard club played at #7 for Cavan in the 1945 All-Ireland Senior Football final loss to Cork and won two All-Ireland SFC titles with Cavan while playing at #4 in 1947 (in Polo Grounds) & 1948 finals. Paddy also played at #3 on the Cavan team that lost the All-Ireland final of 1949 to Meath. He also played for United Gaels (Granard/Abbeylara) in the Longford SFC final vs Longford Wanderers in October 1947.

Seán Kilroy formerly of Rathcline club played at #13 for Offaly in their 1969 All-Ireland Senior Football final loss to Kerry and won an All-Ireland Senior Football title as a sub with Offaly in 1972. 

Also worth noting that Paddy Bates played for Longford in the Leinster JFC winning team of 1924. He was in the Army and stationed in Longford at the time, and when he re-located back to his native Laois later in the 1920’s, Paddy played county for Laois and was on the Railway Cup winning Leinster teams of 1928 & 1929. 

Longford GAA - Individual Honours

Officials on National Stage

  • 1979-2007: Director General of GAA ➜ Liam Mulvihill (Kenagh)
  • 1993-1995: Leinster Council Chairperson ➜ Albert Fallon (Ballymahon)
  • 2015-2016: National Féile Chairperson ➜ Martin Skelly (Cashel)
  • 2011-2013: Leinster Council Chairperson ➜ Martin Skelly (Cashel)
  • 2008-2010: Leinster Council Vice-Chairperson ➜ Martin Skelly (Cashel)
  • 2012-2015: Leinster Council PRO ➜ John Greene (Mostrim)
  • 2015-2015: National Trustee of GAA ➜ John Greene (Mostrim)
  • 2001-2011: Croke Park Stadium Director ➜ Peter McKenna (Cashel)
  • 2011-Present: GAA Stadium & Commercial Director ➜ Peter McKenna (Cashel)
  • 2020-present: Down County Board Chairperson ➜ John Devaney (Killoe)
  • 2021-2023: Connacht Camogie Chairperson ➜ Brian Molloy (Lanesboro)
  • 2024: Camogie Association President (Elect) ➜ Brian Molloy (Lanesboro)

Liam Mulvihill was 33 when he was elected Árd Stiúrthóir Cumann Luthchleas Gael in 1979 having previously been elected the youngest ever County Board Chairman in 1971 at the age of 25.

In 2023 Brian Molloy was elected the first male president of the Camogie Association in its 118 year history. His term begins in 2024.

Longford GAA - Individual Honours

Referees on National Stage

  • 1933: Leinster Senior Football Final ➜ J.V. Kelly (Longford)
  • 1934: National Football League Final (R) ➜ J.V. Kelly (Longford)
  • 1938: National Football League Final ➜ J.V. Kelly (Longford)
  • 1939: National Football League Final ➜ J.V. Kelly (Longford)
  • 1939: Connacht Senior Football Final ➜ J.V. Kelly (Longford)
  • 1940: All-Ireland Junior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1941: Munster Junior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1941: Munster Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1941: All-Ireland Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1942: Munster Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1943: All-Ireland Senior Football Final (Game 1) ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1944: Munster Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1945: Munster Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1946: Connacht Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck*)
  • 1948: Connacht Senior Football Final (R) ➜ P.J. Sheehy (Ballymahon)
  • 1950: Connacht Senior Football Final ➜ P.J. Sheehy (Ballymahon)
  • 1950: All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-Final ➜ P.J. Sheehy (Ballymahon)
  • 1968: Leinster Minor Football Final ➜ Leo McCormack (Ballymahon)
  • 1968: All-Ireland Junior Football Final (Home) ➜ Leo McCormack (Ballymahon)
  • 1978: Leinster Minor Football Final ➜ J.P. Reilly (Carrickedmond)
  • 1991: Leinster Club Senior Football Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1994: Railway Cup Football Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1994: Leinster U-21 Football Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1995: All-Ireland Vocational Schools Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1997: All-Ireland Minor Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 1997: Leinster U-21 Football Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1997: All-Ireland Colleges Football ‘A’ Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 1998: Leinster Senior Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 1998: All-Ireland Senior Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 1998: All-Ireland Colleges Football ‘B’ Final ➜ Peter O’Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 1999: Sigerson Cup Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 1999: All-Ireland Club Senior Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 1999: Railway Cup Football Final ➜ Pat O’Toole (St. Munis)
  • 2000: All-Ireland Junior Football Final ➜ Eugene Murtagh (Seán Connollys)
  • 2001: All-Ireland Club Senior Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 2002: All-Ireland Senior Football Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 2002: All-Ireland Junior Football Final ➜ Peter O’Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 2003: Leinster Minor Football Final ➜ Peter O’Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 2003: Vodafone GAA All-Star Referee Award ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 2004: All-Ireland Masters Football Final ➜ Peter O’Reilly (Abbeylara)
  • 2006: National Football League Final ➜ Eugene Murtagh (Seán Connollys)
  • 2007: National Football League Final ➜ John Bannon (Legan Sarsfields)
  • 2007: Ulster Senior Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2007: All-Ireland Minor Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2007: All-Ireland Club Senior Football Final (R) ➜ Eugene Murtagh (Seán Connollys)
  • 2007: All-Ireland Club Junior Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2008: Munster Senior Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2009: Railway Cup Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2009: Leinster Club Senior Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2010: All-Ireland Club Senior Football Final ➜ Derek Fahy (Ballymahon)
  • 2012: National Football League Division 4 Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2013: Leinster Club Intermediate Football Final ➜ Patrick Maguire (St. Marys Granard)
  • 2013: Leinster Club Senior Football Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2014: All-Ireland Minor Football Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2015: All-Ireland U-21 Football Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2016: Leinster Senior Football Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2013: Leinster Club Senior Football Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2017: Leinster Minor Football Final ➜ Patrick Maguire (St. Marys Granard)
  • 2019: National Football League Final ➜ Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon)
  • 2022: Leinster Club Senior Football Final ➜ Patrick Maguire (St. Marys Granard)

R denotes replay

* Patrick McKenna was from Ballinamuck and later moved to Limerick where he became a prominent referee (📷 Image).

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