Longford Gaelic Stats
135 Years of Longford Club Names

Longford Club Names

Over 180 names have been used for GAA clubs & teams in Longford over the 135 years from 1887 to 2022. Some were short-lived team names, others were/are club names. Below is the full list collated by parish grouping for ease of presentation and with some additional historical context. Not every name in the list represents a different club – many are name changes applied to the same club over time, while others are short-lived local team names or different independent clubs within the same parish. Some additional non-intuitive amalgamation names are also captured at the bottom of the page for completion. This list does not include Underage club or team names or Camogie or LGFA club names. The wordcloud image below indicates the frequency of word use in the various adult GAA club/team names from 1887 to 2022. This is the first ever research into GAA club names (as distinct from club histories or club grounds) in Longford over the past 135 years.

🏆 Trophy denotes key Championship titles [SFC, SHC, IFC, JFC or U-21] won under that name.

Abbeylara Parish

Football

Founded 1889 – First GAA club in the parish of Abbeylara.

Played in the 1890 Senior Football Championship.

Often referred to as Ballywillan Davitts at the time, and occasionally referenced as Abbeylara Davitts which seems to be a conflation of the club name and the parish the club was located in. The club name however was Ballywillan Michael Davitts.

Football

The Davitts club was renamed Faugh a’ Ballagh part-way through the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Faugh a’ Ballagh (also Fág a’ Bealach) is an old Irish battle cry which translates as ‘clear the way’.

Club played in the unfinished 1891 Championship and in an Abbeylara tournament in 1891.

Was also referred to as Ballywillan Faughs.

Hurling

References to Abbeylara Hurlers (also Abbeylara Davitts) from 1902.

Played against Longford Leo Caseys in March and May 1903, but not in official competition. The club was due to play a friendly against Longford Hurling Club on 24th May 1903, but the game was cancelled at the last minute. No evidence of any competitive games played.

Football

Played in competition from 1911-1920.

Finalists in 1917 Junior competition (League-Championship).

Name briefly changed to Ballymore Gaels in 1919.

Ballymore Gaels reached Junior League-Championship final of 1920.

Name reverted back to Carra Gaels (or Carragh Gaels) shortly thereafter.

Competed intermittently in the 1920’s up to 1927. Failure to field against Granard Shamrocks in the Junior Championship of 1928 marked the demise of this club

Football

Name changed from Carra Gaels to Ballymore Gaels or Ballymore in 1919.

Ballymore reached Junior League-Championship final of 1920.

Reverted back to Carra Gaels shortly thereafter.

Football

Short lived Junior team – Played against Abbeylara in a challenge in 1917.

Football

Formed in the 1930’s on the initiative of Rev. Pat McCarthy C.C. who was a playing member of a team which included Lynch, Mallon, Reilly, Malone, Fox, Donlon, Kiernan, Smallhorn and Fitzsimons names among others.

Competed briefly in Junior competition from 1935 to 1937, but faded away in the years thereafter.

(St. Bernards is the name of the national school in Abbeylara and was the name used by Abbeylara underage teams until Northern Gaels club was formed in 1980’s).

Football

The ‘Abbeylara’ club name first appears briefly around 1916 and 1917 in Junior League-Championship competition. The modern-day Abbeylara club dates back to 1928 when Abbeylara club was affiliated with the County Board. The club will have historic ties back to the Ballywillan Michael Davitts club in the parish, but there is no direct line or continuity found between the two beyond the fact that they both have existed at different times as GAA clubs within the parish of Abbeylara. It seems most accurate to state that the Abbeylara club was founded in 1928 while clubs and teams from Abbeylara existed as far back as 1889.

Abbeylara club quickly went into decline, and returned briefly in 1940 after the Ballywillan St. Bernards club folded.

Abbeylara was affiliated again in 1946 and won the Junior Championship & Junior League titles that year.

Abbeylara was amalgamated with St. Marys Granard as ‘United Gaels’ in Senior from 1947 to 1948.

By 1949 the amalgamation was disbanded and Abbeylara was affiliated separately again.

In 1953 Abbeylara was amalgamated with Mullinalaghta as ‘United Gaels’. This amalgamation also included some St. Mary’s players as the St. Mary’s club was inactive at the time. The amalgamation lasted for one season.

Abbeylara went into decline following the end of the United Gaels amalgamation at the end of 1953 and competed on and off throughout the 1950’s. A notice appeared in the Granard notes in January 1960 of a meeting to be held on January 22nd and that “the purpose of the meeting will be to form a GAA Parish club”. Abbeylara is noted as re-organised and back in competition in Junior League in February 1960 against Éire Óg (Drumlish). The match preview notes that Abbeylara had re-organised after a lapse of two years.

Abbeylara remained in active competition thereafter, winning Senior Championship titles in 2000 & 2006.


Types of Championship titles won as Abbeylara:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Ardagh & Moydow Parish

Football

Founded in 1889. Played in 1890 & unfinished 1891 Senior Championships.

Competed in 1904 Senior Championship when GAA was revived in Longford and also found in tournaments during these years.

Club is noted as revived and affiliated again in 1931 while records show club was active in each year from 1927 to 1944 (winning the SFC in 1936 & 1942), with a decline thereafter before re-emerging to reach the Junior Championship final in 1949, and making a return to Senior Football in 1955. Ardagh St. Patricks went on to win Senior Championship titles in 1978 & 1987.

In 2016, Ardagh St. Patricks and Moydow Harpers formed a temporary amalgamation to complete together in competition. This amalgamation lasted from 2016 to end of 2018.

Ardagh St. Patricks united with Moydow Harpers to form the Ardagh Moydow club in January 2019 (📷 Link).

(Note: Longford Yearbook 1980/81 claims that Ardagh St. Brigids was the first club in the parish, and played Newtowncashel in the ‘Championship’ in 1888. However no proof can be found to support this and no championship competition was played in 1888. Furthermore, rolls of honour from 1933 & 1944 shows Ardagh St. Brigids winning Senior & Junior Championship titles in 1916, however the available records do not support this claim)


Types of Championship titles won as Ardagh St. Patricks:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Founded in 1889 (reputedly by Leitrim school teacher Michael Guihan).

Played in the 1890 and unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championships.

Earliest football played at Toneen, Auganaspic in a field at the crossroads adjacent to today’s GAA pitch in Moydow. Cited playing in the 1890 Lanesboro tournament as Moydow Irish Harpers. The club was named after the ‘Ancient Irish Harpers’ who were considered professionals of the highest order and found patrons in Gaelic aristocracy and later Norman Irish families.

Moydow Harpers is mentioned again in a game against Clough Dillons in 1905 and again in active competition in 1912 and 1913. No mention thereafter until 1923 when the club is reported as affiliated again. Club appeared to lapse thereafter and was reformed and affiliated in 1937 and back on the playing fields in 1938, winning the clubs first title (Junior Championship) in 1939.

During this period, club affiliations are noted in 1923, 1938-42, 1946-47 and 1950-51.

Club went into decline for a long period after 1951 and was reformed in December 1975 by a group comprising Micko Doyle, PJ McDermott, Seamus Kenny and John Donlon. The club was back in active competition from 1976.

In 2016, Moydow Harpers and Ardagh St. Patricks formed a temporary amalgamation to complete together in competition. This amalgamation lasted from 2016 to end of 2018.

Moydow Harpers united with Ardagh St. Patricks to the Ardagh Moydow club in January 2019 (📷 Link).


Types of Championship titles won as Moydow Harpers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Referenced in January 1898 in a challenge game between the Longford Light Blues and Moydow St. Patricks.

The match report noted the following…. “The visitors were ‘not in it’, with the locals, two of whom, Messrs Williams and Shields, displayed the highest scientific ability. The game was splendidly contested from the start. When the whistle sounded for half time the game stood Longford 1 goal and 1 point, Moydow Nil. In the second half things fared worse for the visitors, the score at the end being Longford 3 goals and 1 point, Moydow Nil. Everything passed off most pleasantly, the duties of the referee being ably and fairly discharged by M. Devlin”. 

Football

Recorded as playing against Ardagh St. Patricks in 1903 (non-competitive).

May have been a short lived Junior team.

Football

Junior team recorded in challenge game in 1905.

Football

Cited briefly in 1906 in a game against Manor Erins from Edgeworthstown. Based in Treel in the Foxhall area of Ardagh.

Played challenge game against Longford Shamrocks in 1907 as Ardagh Davitts.

Football

Formed on 13th January 2019 when Ardagh St. Patricks and Moydow Harpers united (📷 Source).

This is the newest GAA club in County Longford.

Ballymahon (Shrule) Parish

Football

Founded on 26th February 1889 (3rd club founded in the county after Granard Healy’s and Longford Davitts). Named after William O’Brien, the Nationalist M.P. from Cork who was imprisoned in Clonmel at that time. P. Noonan was Hon Secretary and W.J. Brown and Dan Molloy were noted as members. Also referred to as Ballymahon William O’Briens. This was the first club in the Ballymahon area.

The officers elected in 1889 were: Chairman – Joe Cox, Secretary – James Mulvihill, Treasurer – James Farrell, Committee – Thomas Geraghty, J. Bolger, J. Butler, P. Newman, Henry Cowper, T. Carrigy, E. O’Hara and J. Yorke.

The club merged with Shrule Leos in 1891 to form the Ballymahon Leos club.

Football

Founded 1889. Played in 1890 Championship.

Later merged with Ballymahon O’Briens to form Ballymahon Leos in 1891.

The Leo name was in honour of John Keegan Casey (aka Leo Casey) who was an Irish poet, orator and republican who was famous as the writer of the song “The Rising of the Moon” and as one of the central figures in the Fenian Rising of 1867. He lived for many years in Gurteen, near Ballymahon.

Football

Formed via the merge of Shrule Leos and Ballymahon O’Briens.

Entered the unfinished 1891 Senior Championship but didn’t compete in it.

Football

Recorded in the 1905 Senior Championship. No record thereafter.

Football

Recorded in 1905. May have been a short lived Junior team.

Football

Junior team. Played Kilcommock St. Patricks in a challenge match in 1905.

Football

Organised in 1906 and were to play in 1907 championship but pulled out.

Recorded as re-organised in 1908 and playing up to 1909.

Football

Junior team that were in training in 1908 and 1909.

No record of any challenge or competitive games.

Football

This is Ballymahon Leo’s club with the name lengthened. This name was in honour of John Keegan Casey (aka Leo Casey) who was an Irish poet, orator and republican who was famous as the writer of the song “The Rising of the Moon” and as one of the central figures in the Fenian Rising of 1867. He lived for many years in Gurteen, near Ballymahon.

Ballymahon Leo Caseys (sometimes called Shrule Leo Caseys) referenced in 1919 and again in late 1920’s and is noted as reformed in 1936-37.

The ‘Leo Caseys’ club name was still in use in Ballymahon up to 1942.

Ballymahon dropped ‘Leo Caseys’ from the name shortly after 1942.

Hurling

A team is cited in March 1931 and a practice game is scheduled against Drumraney.

No evidence of any competitive games played.

Football

While the ‘Ballymahon’ club name is referenced in challenge games in 1909 and in competition in 1910’s (announced as re-organised in June 1913), this club name is most likely a shorthand for Ballymahon Leos or Ballymahon Leo Caseys.

Ballymahon club dropped ‘Leo Caseys’ from the name from around 1942. This is the same club as Ballymahon Leo’s or Ballymahon Leo Caseys, just with name changes along the way.


Types of Championship titles won as Ballymahon:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Reference is found to the Ballymahon Gaels club playing Killoe Young Emmets in September 1907.

Hurling

Hurling cub was formed in 1990.

Played in amalgamation with Cashel in Senior Hurling Championship in early 1990’s.

Competed in Senior Hurling Championship as Ballymahon Gaels between 1999 & 2001.

Reached Senior Hurling Championship final in 2000 & 2001.

Club is no longer active in Hurling competition.

(Note: An amalgamation of Ballymahon and Wolfe Tones competed together in the 1984 Senior Hurling Championship)

Carrickedmond & Abbeyshrule Parish

Football

Founded in 1890.

Played in 1890 Senior Championships. Entered the 1891 unfinished Championship but did not compete in it.

Played a challenge game in 1909. Competed in local challenge game in 1910 and in official competition from 1925 to 1927.

Briefly amalgamated with Carrickboy in 1926.

Carrickedmond O’Connells club disbanded in 1928.

Club re-organised as Carrickedmond O’Connells and competed from 1937 to 1939, reaching the Junior League final in 1939.

Club lapsed from 1940 until 1945, returning under the shortened name Carrickedmond.

Football

Played in Junior tournament in 1915.

Football

Referenced in a challenge game against Carra in 1922.

Football

St. Riochs was a separate club from the Carrickedmond O’Connells club that preceded (and then succeeded) it in the parish of Kenagh. The club was named after St. Rioch of Inchboffin who was a brother of St. Mel of Ardagh and St. Munis of Forgney.

The club competed for two seasons from 1935 to 1936, in absence of any other club in the area.

St. Riochs disbanded after 1936 season and the Carrickedmond O’Connells club was reformed in 1937. This club is sometimes conflated with the O’Connells and therefore with the modern-day Carrickedmond club as all being the same club entity, but that was not the case. They all existed within the parish of Carrickedmond, but while O’Connells and the current Carrickedmond club are the same club renamed, the St. Rioch’s club was a separate club unit within the parish.

Football

This is Carrickedmond O’Connells club reformed in 1945 with name shortened to Carrickedmond.

Carrickedmond was amalgamated with Kenagh as St. Martins in Junior (1971-1973) and Senior (1971-1975).

Carrickedmond club reformed and affiliated on it’s own after the St. Martins amalgamation ended.


Types of Championship titles won as Carrickedmond:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Clonbroney Parish

Football

Played in 1891 Championship.

Named after Dr. John Esmonde who was a member of the United Irishmen hanged in 1798.

(Note: Some publications claim that a club called Erins Isle was founded in 1884 and was the first club in Clonbroney parish. However no published evidence has been found to support this claim. The first club formed under GAA rules in Longford was Granard Healys formed in 1888)

Football

Most likely the Clonbroney Esmondes club renamed.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford.

Various club names eventually shortened to Clonbroney over the years.

Clonbroney Clan O’Farrell’s was shortened to just Clonbroney in 1915.

Clonbroney Camlin Rovers was shortened to just Clonbroney in the 1920’s.

Club played in 1923 League-Championship (which continued into 1924) as Clonbroney.

Club did not compete in the 1924 League-Championship which started in late 1924.

Reappeared in competition from 1926 as Clonbroney.

Club was eventually renamed Seán Connollys from 1935.

Hurling

Clonbroney recorded as a hurling team and drawn against Killoe Young Emmets in late 1904.

Football

Ballinalee Rovers played in a 1905 challenge and may have been a Junior team.

Also referred to as Ballinalee Camlin Rovers.

Club re-appears at Junior in 1915 and 1916.

Name mentioned in challenge game against Coolarty in 1916.

Later recorded in a local tournament in 1927 against Lislea Hebodomarians and Helvetians.

Football

This is the Clonbroney club renamed.

Played in Senior League-Championship in 1912.

Played in Granard tournament in September 1912.

Inactive thereafter until 1915 when club reappears as just ‘Clonbroney’.

Hurling

Longford Leo Caseys beat Clonbroney Clan O’Farrells in a Longford Feis game in March 1905.

Football

Clonbroney club was renamed Clonbroney Camlin Rovers during the 1910’s.

The club was named after the Camlin river, a tributary of the River Shannon and the longest river in Longford. Rising near Granard, it flows through Clonbroney, Ballinalee, Killoe and Longford Town before its two branch distributaries enter the Shannon.

Clonbroney Camlin Rovers won the 1919 Senior Football Championship, beating Killoe Young Emmets in a replay. It is reputed that Seán Connolly was captain of that winning 1919 Clonbroney Camlin Rovers team. The 1919 championship win was incorrectly referenced for many years as the 1917 title before the era of digital archives allowed for the correction of this long-standing error. The 1919 Senior Championship draw was made immediately following the completion of the delayed 1917 League-Championship final in March 1919. The county final was held on 3rd August 1919 with Clonbroney Camlin Rovers beating Killoe Young Emmets by 1-3 to 0-3 in a replay at Longford Park (later the greyhound stadium) (📷 Source)

Club name was shortened to Clonbroney in 1920’s and renamed Seán Connollys from 1935.


Types of Championship titles won as Clonbroney Camlin Rovers:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

Short lived team – Played in 1919 and 1920 Junior League.

Football

Short lived team – Likely a local league team.

Recorded playing a challenge game in 1927.

Played a local tournament in 1927 against Ballinalee Rovers and Helvetians under the name Lislea Hebodomarians.

Football

Short lived team – Likely a local league team.

Played a local tournament in 1927 against Ballinalee Rovers and Lislea Hebodomarians.

Helvetians were a Celtic tribe or tribal confederation occupying most of the Swiss plateau at the time of their contact with the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.

Football

This is the renamed Clonbroney club, which had been shortened from Clonbroney Camlin Rovers in the 1920’s and which in turn was the reformed and renamed Clonbroney Esmondes club.

Seán Connolly was a former footballer with the club and local hero in the War of Independence who died in action in 1921. The club name was proposed and ratified in October 1928 at a meeting held in Ned Tynan’s cottage at Drumeel, with a view to reorganising the club after the bitterness of the Civil War years. The meeting chairman Mr. James Mannix (a Kerryman from Annascaul who had been appointed Principal of Ballinalee N.S.) asked for a proposal to name the club. Johnnie Cahill from Ballinalee put forward the proposition that the club be named after Seán Connolly. John Devine seconded the proposal, and the new name was carried unanimously.

The club remained ‘Clonbroney’ until a new committee formed in 1935 when the use of Seán Connolly as the club name can be found in print for the first time, with the club referred to as Clonbroney Seán Connollys in published media from 1935.

The club failed to form at the end of the 1930’s when only Fr. Plunkett and Fr. Cooke turned up for the clubs Annual General Meeting. The club lapsed and remained out of action until 1944, with players going to play with Killoe or Mostrim instead. The club was reformed in 1944, with Matt Fox as Secretary.

Club is referred to as ‘Clonbroney Sean Connollys’ until 1950’s, and thereafter is referred to as Seán Connollys (no Clonbroney).


Types of Championship titles won as Seán Connollys:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Clonguish Parish

Football

Founded as Clonguish Gallowglasses on 20th October 1889. The club was founded in what was then Thompsons pub in the village (later The Castle Inn). E. Thompson was President, P. Nolan was Secretary, M. McGann was Treasurer, John Flynn was Captain and D. Nolan was Vice-Captain. The club colours adopted were emerald green and yellow.

Newtownforbes was known locally as ‘Gallowglass country’. The Gallowglasses were elite mercenary warriors and members of the Norse-Gaelic clans of Ireland between the mid 13th and late 16th centuries.

The clubs first match was against Killoe Erins Pride in a tournament in Drumlish on December 8th 1889. Clonguish Gallowglasses played in the 1890 & 1891 Championships. The club reformed in 1902 after lapsing during the inactive years of GAA activity in Longford after 1891 and competed in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford that year. The club also played in and won the Dromod Traders Tournament of 1905, 1906 & 1907 and won the Newtownforbes Tournament in 1906 and competed in the Killoe Tournament in March 1906, among other tournaments in those years. The club won 1911 League-Championship (aka League) title as Clonguish Gallowglasses.

The Clonguish Gallowglasses name was used in competition into the 1910’s, but was used less commonly after 1914, shortened instead to Clonguish, though Gallowglasses appeared sporadically in local media up to 1950’s.

(Note: Published rolls of honour from 1933 and 1944 shows ‘Clonguish Red Branch Knights’ winning Senior and Junior Championship titles in 1910 & 1911, however no record of this club name was found in any official competition in those years. A correction to the roll of honour in 1933 noted that the correct club name in those years was Clonguish Gallowglasses not Clonguish Red Branch Knights)

Football

Junior team recorded in 1904.

Record of Newtownforbes Leo Caseys versus Clonguish Gallowglasses match in 1904.

The Leo name was in honour of John Keegan Casey (aka Leo Casey) who was an Irish poet, orator and republican who was famous as the writer of the song “The Rising of the Moon” and as one of the central figures in the Fenian Rising of 1867. He lived for many years in Gurteen, near Ballymahon.

Football

Cited in 1905 – Likely a short lived Junior team.

Hurling

Mentioned as playing Longford Leo Caseys in a Junior hurling game in 1905.

Football

This is the Clonguish Gallowglasses club with name shortened to ‘Clonguish’ from around 1914. (Note: It is difficult to be precise as to when the name was shortened, or when it was simply referred to in shorthand in printed media). 

Clonguish reformed in 1918 after lapsing for a couple of years, and won the 1918 Junior title by beating Mullinalaghta in the decider as Clonguish or Clonguish Gaels (would not have been unusual at the time for Junior and Senior teams in same club to have different names). The club returned to Senior grade as Clonguish in 1919 (no Gallowglasses) and won the Senior ‘League-Championship’ title of 1919.

Clonguish played in light blue jerseys with black togs for a period in the 1930’s and in the preview of the 1947 Junior Football Championship final in the Longford Leader, they were noted as playing in blue jerseys with gold sash.

Clonguish amalgamated temporarily with Longford Wanderers to play as United Gaels from 1933-34.

When the amalgamation ended, Clonguish re-organised in 1935. The club announced it would be competing from 1935 as ‘Clonguish’ following the clubs convention on Friday 12th April 1935, stating “It was decided to use the word Clonguish as name of the club in future and not United Gaels as in the past“. An interesting footnote from that same convention was a special committee formed to ask permission from Lord Granard to allow the club to fill in a quarry hole directly behind the playing pitch in Curry which caught any ball kicked over the end line, causing big inconvenience and lost time as the hole contained a lot of water!

Clonguish dominated the 1960’s in Longford and went on to win Senior Football Championship titles in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1981, 2003, 2004 & 2009 and has the distinction of being the only club to win four-in-a-row titles (1962-1965).

(Note: Clonguish & Colmcille share the longest period of continued affiliation in Longford, having affiliated every year since 1935)


Types of Championship titles won as Clonguish:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Hurling

Clonguish Gaels hurling club was formed on 20th July 1998.

First appearance in Senior Hurling Championship final is 2003.

(Worth noting that while the ‘Clonguish Gaels’ name is associated with the Hurling club, there is some evidence that the Clonguish Junior Football team was known as Clonguish Gaels in 1918 when they won the Junior title of that year)


Types of Championship titles won as Clonguish Gaels:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Colmcille Parish

Football

Won the 1st Senior Championship on 8th June 1890 and competed in both 1890 and 1891 Senior Championships.

Columbkille St. Columbkilles club name is next referenced in a tournament game in 1900. The Columbkille St. Columbcilles name next appears in 1912 when a tournament is organised in Rathmore on 21st July 1912 involving Longford Commercials, Clonguish Gallowglasses, Columbkille St. Columbcilles, Tyreconnells, Clonbroney Clan O’Farrells and Arva Davitts. The St. Columbcilles name is cited again in 1913 and much later in 1931 for the delayed Junior League Final of 1930.

Club name later shortened to Columbkille or Columbcille (different publications used different spellings at different times) and eventually to Colmcille. This is all the same club – just with different naming conventions and spellings.

(Note: One of the earliest recorded tournaments held in Longford following the establishment of the GAA in the county was held in November 1889 at Cornadrung in Colmcille. It involved teams from Drumlish Robert Emmets, Mullinalaghta Leaguers, Killoe Erins Pride, Dromard O’Briens and Ballywillian Davitts)


Types of Championship titles won as Columbkille St. Columbkilles:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

Recorded briefly in tournaments between 1901 and 1905.

The St. Mary’s name re-appears briefly in 1927 when a new short-lived club emerged for a very short period in the parish, but there is no evidence of any competitive games played by this St. Mary’s team.

Football

Recorded briefly in Arva tournament in 1905.

(Note: Columbkille St. Patricks is referenced in published rolls of honour from 1933 and 1944 as winning Senior Championship titles in 1912 and 1915, and winning Junior league titles in 1912 and 1915. However the evidence and records from those years do not support those claims and no evidence of any Columbkille St. Patricks club has yet been found in any of the printed sources assessed by our team)

Football

This is the Columbkille St. Columbkilles club with name shortened to Columbkille (or similar spelling variants) during 1900’s and 1910’s.

The club is not in active competition during the 1900’s and cited as re-organised in 1909.

Won the Foresters Cup in 1913 as Columbkille.

Columbkille (and sometimes Columbcille) was the dominant spelling for the club name throughout the 1910’s, 1920’s and 1930’s, with very brief references to St. Columbkilles in a 1912 tournament and in 1930 Junior League final report. The name Columbkille was also used as late as 1948 for Junior Championship Final preview (when the club is noted as having Black and Amber colours). Columbkille is noted as the spelling in club notes up to the end of the 1940’s. Thereafter the club is noted as Colmcille.

Football

Short lived team – Played in Junior competition in 1918 (did not finish) and 1919.

Likely from the parish of Colmcille, perhaps formed around the Colmcille O’Rahilly Sinn Fein club of the time.

Football

Same club as Columbkille St. Columbkilles, shortened to Columbkille and spelling tweaked to Colmcille.

The Colmcille club did not affiliate in 1934, but was back and affiliated from 1935 onward.

The club was mostly referred to as Colmcille in the 1930’s and 1940’s with some occasional references to Columbkille during those decades in various published sources. Thereafter is almost exclusively referenced in published sources as Colmcille.

(Note: Colmcille & Clonguish share the longest period of continued affiliation in Longford, having affiliated every year since 1935)


Types of Championship titles won as Colmcille:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Dromard Parish

Football

Founded in 1889 – First GAA club in the parish of Dromard.

Spelled Dromard O’Briens or Drumard O’Briens in published reports.

Played in 1890 Senior Football Championship as Dromard O’Briens.

Dromard O’Briens then merged with Dromard Owen Roes to form Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells in 1890 and Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells then competed in the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship.

Dromard O’Briens name re-appeared in November 1905 in Drumlish tournament, in December 1905 in Dromard tournament and in March 1905 in Killoe tournament.

Dromard O’Briens competed in the 1905 Senior Football Championship.

Thereafter the club faded away for a number of years and was re-organised later as ‘Dromard’ (no O’Briens).

Football

Club appeared briefly in 1890.

This was a separate club to the Dromard O’Briens club.

Owen Roes’s merged with O’Briens in 1890 to form Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells.

Football

Played in the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship.

Dromard O’Briens and Dromard Owen Roes merged in 1890 to form Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells.

Club was also known by the shorter name Dromard O’Donnells.

Club folded during the lean years with no competition in Longford during the 1890’s.

Football

Local tournament team – No record of any competitive games played.

Played Legan O’Briens in a challenge game in Ballyduffy in March 1901. Legan won 0-3 to 0-1.

Played against Legga in a local game in early 1930’s.

Football

Short lived Junior team organised briefly in 1922.

No record of any matches played.

Football

Local tournament team – No record of any competitive games played.

Played against Ballyduffy O’Briens in a local game in early 1930’s.

Football

This is the reformed and renamed Dromard O’Briens club, shortened to just ‘Dromard’.

Club name cited as ‘Dromard’ in 1917, 1919 and 1923 Junior competition.

Club noted as registered with County board in 1924 as Dromard.

Dromard fielded a team in a 7-a-side tournament in Gelsha in October 1926.

Dromard reappears in active competition from February 1930 and competes during the 1930’s, but lapses and is no longer active by the end of the decade. In 1943 an effort was made by Fr. James Reynolds to restart football in the parish and a committee was formed in October of that year, and Dromard were back in competition from 1944 onward.


Types of Championship titles won as Dromard:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Drumlish Parish

Football

Founded in August 1889. Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Francis Sheridan was Chairman and Patrick Kelly was Secretary.

Also referred to by the shorter name of Drumlish Emmets.

Football

Founded in 1890.

The club name was a nod to the 1798 rebellion against British rule. The main organising force 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 defeated in the Battle of Ballinamuck on 8 September 1798.

Ballinamuck 98’s played in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

The club is next recorded ‘in training’ in 1906.

Ballinamuck 98’s amalgamated temporarily with Drumlish in 1906 and 1907 as ‘Drumlish / Ballinamuck 98s’ and reached the SFC final of 1907 where they were beaten by Killoe in a replay (the first game was played on 7th July 1907 in Newtownforbes and ended in a draw, 1-1 to 0-4. Killoe won the replay by a point.. The club is next recorded in competition in 1912, and is not active again thereafter as a stand-alone club until 1916 when the club is revived.

Club name was sometimes recorded in shorthand as ‘Ballinamuck’ but still retained the 98’s suffix until the 1940’s (i.e. appeared in 1912, 1919, 1920’s, 1930’s & 1940’s right up until the end of the 1949 season as Ballinamuck 98’s).

Ballinamuck 98’s wore a tri-colour kit in the 1920’s and an all-white kit in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The club won the Junior Football League title in 1919 and Senior Football Championship title in 1920 and contested the Senior Football Championship final of 1927 as Ballinamuck 98’s, losing the county final to the neighbouring Drumlish club. The Ballinamuck 98’s club is recorded in competition in the Northern Section of the League in December 1927, having been beaten 2-6 to 2-1 by Drumlish. The club seems to lapse for a short period in the years after 1927, but are noted back in competition (Junior) by June 1933 in a citation contained in the preview to that years Fr. Lynch Cup final between Mullinalaghta and Drumlish. The club is noted as reorganised in 1937 and Ballinamuck 98’s won the Junior Football Championship of 1938 (medals presented in April 1940). The club did not affiliate for a few years after that.

The Ballinamuck club returned to active competition from 1943, but this time as Ballinamuck, without the 98’s suffix. The club reached the Junior League final in 1943 (beaten by Cashel) and continued to compete at Junior grade until the end of 1949 season. There is no mention of a Ballinamuck club in any competition thereafter. The next reference to the Ballinamuck club comes when the club is reformed in December 1966 and enters competition from 1967 as Ballinamuck.


Types of Championship titles won as Ballinamuck 98’s:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Name first cited in early 1900’s – Seems to be Drumlish Robert Emmets club reformed and renamed.

Competed as Drumlish Wolfe Tones in the 1904 Senior Championship when GAA revived in County Longford (beaten 1-4 to 0-3 in the semi final which was played in March 1905). Also competed as Drumlish Wolfe Tones in Dromard tournament, Drumlish tournament and at Longford Feis games in 1905 and in the Killoe Tournament in March 1906.

Wolfe Tones name is not used again after the Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs temporarily amalgamate in 1906 & 1907. That amalgamation competed in the 1907 Senior Football Championship as ‘Drumlish/Ballinamuck 98s’ and reached the county final that season. When the amalgamation ended, the Drumlish club reverted back to just ‘Drumlish’ with no Wolfe Tones.

Football

This is the Drumlish Wolfe Tones club, reformed and name shortened to Drumlish.

After the 1906 & 1907 temporary amalgamation of Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s, both clubs go their separate ways thereafter and the next time Drumlish club appeared in competition was in the 1911 Senior Championship and in a tournament against Longford Commercials in 1911. No sign of the club in active competition again until 1919 when Drumlish is recorded in a challenge match, and then in official competition in 1919 and 1920. Thereafter no club activity again until 1925.

Drumlish won their first SFC title in 1927, beating Ballinamuck 98’s in the county final, and won 8 SFC titles from 1927 to 1945 as Drumlish.

Drumlish wore black and amber in the early 1930’s, gold and blue in the late 1930’s, and red, green and white from the early 1940’s.

The Drumlish club went into a period of decline in late 1940’s and did not affiliate in 1949, but returned to competition in 1950. The Drumlish club then reformed and was renamed Young Irelands from 1951, changing to Éire Óg from late 1958.


Types of Championship titles won as Drumlish:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

Short lived Junior team – Recorded briefly in 1907.

Played against Ballinamuck 98’s Junior team in a challenge in 1907.

No evidence found of this team ever playing in official competition.

Football

Short lived combined Drumlish & Ballinamuck team – Recorded briefly in 1913.

The Ballinamuck 98’s and Drumlish clubs formed a committee in late 1912 with reference to the creation of a Drumlish and Ballinamuck team for 1913. In January 1913 we find a reference to a Drumlish and Ballinamuck club, and Drumlish 98’s (as they are called) play in a tournament in April 1913. No further record of this combined club/team is found thereafter.

(Note: The Ballinamuck 98’s club revives in 1916 while the Drumlish club revives in 1919). 

Football

Short lived entity – Described as ‘newly organised’ in local media in 1917.

No evidence found of this team ever playing in official competition.

Football

Short lived entity – Cited briefly in 1918 as a Junior team.

Played two challenge matches. No evidence found of playing in official competition.

Football

This is the Drumlish club (founded 1889), re-organised and renamed Young Irelands in February 1951.

The club wore red, white and green from 1951 to 1953, and switched to Maroon and Gold in 1954.

The Young Irelands club name can be found in fixtures on February 24th 1951. The club name was initially cited as Drumlish Young Irelands and then more often by the shorthand of Young Ireland. The Young Irelands name was changed to Éire Óg from 1958. It was assumed previously that change to Éire Óg had occurred as early as 1953, but research of published sources throughout the 1950’s showed no use of Éire Óg until 1958 at the same time that other club names were being cited ‘As Gaeilge’ in published media. For a period from 1958 we can find both Éire Óg and Young Irelands used in published sources, and it then transitions exclusively to Éire Óg during the 1960’s. It is worth noting that the Senior Championship titles of 1951, 1953 and 1955 and the Leader Cup title of 1953 were all won as Young Irelands, not Éire Óg. 

The Éire Óg club was in demise by the start of 1969 and 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, similar to that experienced by other rural clubs at the time. In the Leader Cup fixture on 2nd March 1969, Éire Óg conceded the game to Mostrim. Two weeks later the Éire Óg and Ballinamuck clubs decided to unite to form the Fr. Manning Gaels club (📷 Source).

Note: A minor club called Young Irelands was formed in 1949 under the leadership of Fr. Seán Manning and was made up of players from Drumlish & Ballinamuck (there was separate senior clubs in the parish at the time – Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s). The new Minor club was announced in the Longford Leader on 9th July 1949 (📷 Source). This is also cited in Des Guckian’s book ‘The Life and Times of Fr. Seán Manning’ where he describes the formation of the Minor club “to represent the united parish of Drumlish and Ballinamuck”.


Types of Championship titles won as Young Irelands (Éire Óg):

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

This is Ballinamuck 98’s club (1890-1949) reformed in December 1966.

The club is reformed in December 1966 (📷 Source), with club officials elected in January 1967 (📷 Source), then appears in Junior fixtures in January 1967 (📷 Source) and is cited as ‘returned to the football scene’ in February 1967 (📷 Source). Initially described in local newspaper reports as ‘reformed’ or ‘returned’ and initially called Ballinamuck 98’s when announced in their own club notes in the Longford Leader in January 1967, the club then appeared in fixtures and match reports from 1967 to 1969 as Ballinamuck (no 98’s). Reports in local media showed players transferring from neighbouring clubs (including Éire Óg and Dromard) to the reformed Ballinamuck club in early 1967. There was no change to the status of the Éire Óg (Drumlish) club and the two clubs co-existed within the same parish from January 1967 to March 1969.

Ballinamuck competed at Junior grade from 1967 until March 1969. At the start of the 1969 season, Ballinamuck played Colmcille in the Junior League in February, and beat Dromard 5-2 to 2-7 in Junior League on 9th March (fixture originally set for 23rd February). The fixtures then 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 and Éire Óg (Drumlish) clubs decided to unite to form the Fr. Manning Gaels club (📷 Source).

(Note: Ballinamuck is also noted as having hurling teams in underage in 1966 and 1967. Evidence can be found of Ballinamuck in U-14 Hurling league action in 1966 and in U-16 Hurling League action in 1967 with M Whelan, P Whelan and Quinn from Ballinamuck all nominated to play in the Longford U-16 Hurling team in an inter-county competition that same year. M Whelan from Ballinamuck hurling club is noted as playing for Longford U-14 Hurling team in a game against Cavan in October 1967. This was an evolution of the schools hurling competition in Longford which had been going on since the early 1960’s). 

Football

The Fr. Manning Gaels club was founded on 18th March 1969 when the Éire Óg and Ballinamuck clubs (both from the same parish) 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 announced their intention to unite to Coiste Chontae an Longfort and a notice then appeared in the local paper on 22nd March 1969. The new club name was then announced in local media on 29th March 1969. (📷 Source).

This new formation 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 club 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.

In the ‘Longford GAA History (1980-2005)’ publication, the origin of the Fr. Manning Gaels club was described by the club themselves 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 goes on to talk about the dynamics of getting the two clubs to play as one unified club.

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 in the newly formed ‘Special League’ (mixed competition for all grades). The club then competed in the Intermediate Championship later that year, losing out to Ballymahon in the first round.

The club elected to regrade from Intermediate to Junior 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 from 1975 before winning the Intermediate Championship in 1975 and gaining promotion to Senior grade from 1976. The club had earlier amalgamated with Mullinalaghta to win the Intermediate Championship of 1973 – the first and only time an amalgamation, and one made up of Junior clubs, has won the Intermediate Championship.

Fr. Manning Gaels initially wore Gold and Green colours before moving to Maroon and Gold in the early 1970’s.


Types of Championship titles won as Fr. Manning Gaels:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Edgeworthstown (Mostrim) Parish

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Named after the 18th century Irish Volunteers. May also have been referred to as Mostrim Volunteers.

The Edgeworthstown Volunteers club was reformed in December 1897 in a meeting attended by P Lee, J Greene, M Greene, P Galligan, M Burke, M Gavin, T Flynn, P Grimes, D Grimes, W Doris, J Doris, A Cauly, P Quinn. Those present elected P Lee as captain and M. Burke as treasurer. It was decided to stick with the old ‘Volunteers’ name.

Edgeworthstown Volunteers noted as playing a practice match in the Longford Leader of January 22nd 1898.

The Volunteers competed in the 1904 championship when GAA revived in Longford and reached the 1905 & 1911 Senior Championship finals.

Volunteers name is cited right up to 1912. When club appears again in 1919 the name has been shortened to Edgeworthstown.

Football

Formed in 1890, played in unfinished 1891 Championship.

Club disappears in the years thereafter.

Football

Cited briefly in 1906 – Possibly a Junior team.

Recorded in a challenge match against Old Road Davitts in 1906.

Football

This is the Edgeworthstown Volunteers club shortened to Edgeworthstown during the 1910’s.

Competed in Junior competition in late 1910’s and throughout the 1920’s as Edgeworthstown.

Won the 1929 Junior Football Championship title as Edgeworthstown.

Club name changed to Young Irelands later in 1930.

Hurling

Formed in late 1931 and competed in the 1932 Senior Hurling Championship.

First game (vs Granard) was played in June 1932 and the following played for Edgeworthstown: R. Walsh, J. Cullen, F. Cullen, V. Gillie, J. Gogan, P. Connolly, F. Cofffey, J. O’Reilly, M. Dunne, John Breen, M. Carters, F. Greene, P. Murphy, W. McNally, Jim Bates, P. Morgan. Granard won this game by 2-1 to 1-2 on 5th June 1932.

Appeared to be active at start of 1933 but did not compete in either the 1933 or 1934 Hurling Championships.


Types of Championship titles won as Edgeworthstown:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Mentioned briefly in a challenge game in 1912.

Football

Recorded in 1918 and 1919 Junior competition.

The club started but did not complete the 1918 Junior competition.

Longbridge played against Edgeworthstown in Junior in 1918 and 1919.

Football

This is Edgeworthstown club renamed Young Irelands in 1930.

Referred to in media as same team that won 1929 Junior Championship (final was in February 1930)

Reached 1931 Senior Football Championship Final and won 1932 Intermediate Football Championship as Young Irelands.

The Young Irelands club name can be found up to the 1934 convention but was not found in active competition after 1934.


Types of Championship titles won as Edgeworthstown Young Irelands:

  • Intermediate Football Championship

Football

Formed in 1932 when a number of players split from the Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club. The split seemed to centre around political allegiances. The Geraldines competed in Junior competition.

The Geraldines name was in honour of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, the Irish Patriot.

The club was still around by the 1934 convention but we could not find the Geraldines club referenced from 1935 onward.

Football

Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones appears briefly in the 1935-36 seasons. Also cited as Mostrim Wolfe Tones.

Is referenced as a ‘united club’ – May have been the coming together of Young Irelands and Geraldines?

No record of Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones or Mostrim Wolfe Tones after 1936 – Club appeared to fade away.

The next time the ‘Wolfe Tones’ name appears at adult grade is in 1982 when the Mostrim hurlers adopt the name.

Football

Manor Rovers is first cited in 1933.

Manor Shamrocks club affiliates at start of 1934, but is Manor Rovers when competitions are listed.

Club competed at same time as Edgeworthstown Young Irelands and Edgeworthstown Geraldines.

Manor Rovers is mentioned in a report in July 1938 as having ‘ceased to exist’ in years previously.

Football

Club formed in 1937 using the Mostrim Eoin Ruadhs name for one season.

The ‘Eoin Ruadhs’ part of the name is dropped from 1938, and just ‘Mostrim’ thereafter.

This is the origin of the modern day Mostrim club. Our research did not find any link or continuity between this club and the earlier Edgeworthstown Young Irelands or Wolfe Tones clubs. This appears to be a new and separate entity formed after a short period of no GAA clubs in the parish.

Football

This is Mostrim Eoin Ruadhs club shortened to Mostrim from 1938.

Club plays as Mostrim from 1938 onward.


Types of Championship titles won as Mostrim:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Football

Club recorded playing Junior in 1948 and 1949.

Manor Gaels played against Mostrim in these years.

Club disappears in 1949 when the Mostrim club is reorganised.

(Not clear why this club emerged in 1948-49 in competition to Mostrim)

Hurling

A meeting of the ‘St. Mary’s hurling club (Mostrim)’ is cited in January 1960 in the Edgeworthstown notes on the same week that a motion is cited from Mostrim club to establish Hurling in Co. Longford. No adult hurling club is subsequently formed.

In 1982 a newly formed hurling club in Edgeworthstown is called St. Mary’s (Mostrim).

Club name quickly changed to Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) instead.

Hurling

Name changed from St. Marys (Mostrim) to Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) soon after 1982 Hurling Championship.

An amalgamation of Ballymahon and Wolfe Tones competed in the 1984 Senior Hurling Championship.

Wolfe Tones appeared in their first Longford Senior Hurling Championship final in 1987.

The club has the distinction of being the first to win five-in-a-row of Longford SHC titles (1992-1996), which they later repeated and added to with the first ever six-in-a-row of Longford SHC tites (2013-2018).

(Note: The Mostrim underage hurling club had been called Wolfe Tones since the 1960’s)


Types of Championship titles won as Wolfe Tones (Mostrim):

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Forgney Parish

Football

Forgney club name first cited in competition in 1920 and again in 1929 (recorded in a friendly against Ardagh in July 1929, and a number of friendly games against Tang & Tubberclair from Westmeath in 1929 too).

Club lapses in the early 1930’s and is reformed in 1936 as St. Munis Forgney.

Hurling

A hurling club was formed in Forgney in March 1931 with stated intent to enter a team in Junior hurling competition in 1931. Training for hurling is noted at the end of March 1931. However no evidence found of any competitive games played.

Football

Forgney club added the St. Munis name after the club was reformed in 1936. St. Munis was the brother of St. Mel of Ardagh and St. Rioch of Inchboffin, and was appointed Bishop of Forgney by St. Patrick.

The St. Munis club played in competition intermittently, lapsing in and out of existence from the 1930’s to 1950’s until the club was reformed at the end of the 1950’s, and are back in competition at Junior grade from 1960 when a notice in the newspaper in February 1960 reads “New team in action – The newly formed St. Munis’s (Forgney) will be anxious to start off on a high note when they travel to Killashee to take on the locals”.

The club name appeared in local media over the years as either Forgney St. Munis or St. Munis Forgney. It is not entirely clear which convention is the most historically accurate. The club ceased participation in active competition at the end of the 2016 season, and has no longer affiliated. The underage players compete within the ‘Ballymahon Forgney Gaels’ underage club.


Types of Championship titles won as St. Munis Forgney:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Gowna & Mullinalaghta Parish

Football

Founded in 1889.

Did not compete in the 1890 Championship and was a late entry in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Recorded as Mullinalaghta Leaguers in tournaments in 1901 and 1902 and again in 1912.

Football

Short lived club – Played a challenge game in 1912.

Was called after Myles ‘the slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to the new Covenanter Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breifni.

Football

Seems to be Mullinalaghta Leaguers club reformed and name shortened to Mullinalaghta.

Mullinalaghta name is used from 1920’s to 1955 (the St. Columbas suffix was added in 1955).

In 1953 Mullinalaghta entered a temporary amalgamation with Abbeylara as United Gaels. This team also included some St. Mary’s Granard players as the St. Mary’s Granard club was inactive at the time.

Hurling

Mullinalaghta briefly had a hurling team in adult competition in 1936.


Types of Championship titles won by Mullinalaghta:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship

Football

Mullinalaghta club added ‘St. Columbas’ to the name in 1955 to become Mullinalaghta St. Columbas.

St. Columba (also St. Colmcille) AD 521–597, founded Inchmore monastery on the nearby Lough Gowna which straddles the parishes of Colmcille and Abbeylara. The neighbouring parish and club of Colmcille is also named in honour of the Saint.

Mullinalaghta St. Columbas was inactive in 1957 and 1958 but reformed in 1959 (with assistance of players from Colmcille).

The Mullinalaghta club became a household name in 2018 by becoming the first from Longford to reach the final of the Leinster Club SFC, and made history by becoming the first Longford club (and one of the smallest clubs ever) to win the coveted title.


Types of Championship titles won as Mullinalaghta St. Columbas:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Granard Parish

Football

Founded in September 1888 – The first GAA club in Longford.

The club was named after Tim Healy, the Irish parliamentary Party M.P. for North Longford from 1886-1892 who also served as Governor General for the Irish Free State in 1922. The club’s first president was James Cosgrove, and Liam Cosgrove was captain.

First reference in local media was in Longford Independent on 27th October 1888 with the announcement… “A foot-ball club under the Gaelic Rules having for its title the ‘Granard Healys’ has been established in this town for the last month”. (source)

Granard Healys club was also cited in the Westmeath Examiner on 15th March 1890 as having re-organised ahead of competing in the County Championship in Edgeworthstown the following week. The Granard Healy club competed in the 1890 Senior Football Championship and in the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship. Thereafter there is no mention of Granard Healys club name post 1891 as clubs across Longford went into decline and many disappeared during the remainder of the 1890’s.

Football

Emerged around 1891, competed in the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship.

The club was named after Myles ‘the slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to the new Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was reputedly a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breifni.

The club contested the unofficial Championship “final” in 1896. This was in fact an invitation extended by Granard Shamrocks to Longford Shamrocks to play a friendly game at Ballinalee, and somehow over the years was incorrectly assumed to be the Senior Championship Final (likely because of the absence of any other games at that time).

Around 1890 or 1891 Fr. O’Reilly (Granard C.C.) recommended Granard Slashers for affiliation. By that time, Tim Healy (who the Granard Healy’s had been called after) had become an ardent anti-Parnellite, so it is possible that Granard Slashers was formed to remain politically neutral – But there is no evidence either way.

Granard Healys and Granard Slashers were separate active clubs in Granard parish in the early 1890’s.

There is no record of Granard Slashers in competition in 1905 when GAA activity in Longford resumes after a long gap from 1891. The next mention of the club comes briefly in 1912 (may have been Junior).

Football

Appeared in 1891 tournament.

The club was named after Myles ‘the slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to the new Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was reputedly a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breifni.

Football

First affiliated around March 1905. Played in the 1905 championship and in local tournaments in 1905 and 1906.

We have not been able to find any direct published link between Granard Shamrocks and the earlier Granard Healys or Granard Slashers clubs, or indeed with the later St. Mary’s Granard club, beyond the fact that all existed at different times (with an overlap from 1927-1931 where Shamrocks and St. Marys both existed at the same time) in the parish of Granard.

Granard Shamrocks appeared to lapse after 1906 and was reformed in August 1912 (referenced often in shorthand as ‘Granard’). The club hosted a tournament on 22nd September 1912 including Granard Shamrocks, Clonguish Gallowglasses, Killoe Young Emmets, Arva Davitts, Columbkille St. Columbcilles, Mullahoran Gaels, Edgeworthstown Volunteeers, Clonbroney Clan O’Farrells and Ballinamuck 98’s.

Granard Shamrocks won the 1914, 1916 & 1917 League-Championship (aka League) titles. These have often been confused with Senior Championship titles, but research into those titles and the context around them show them not to be Senior Championship titles.

Granard Shamrocks club is not found again until 1927, and appeared from 1927 to 1931 in Junior competition. This shows that Granard Shamrocks club existed in the parish of Granard at the same time that the St. Marys club was in active competition.

In an interview with the Longford Leader in August 1982, Joe Regan mentioned ‘Granard All Shamrocks’ and refers to most of their players being from Killasonna.

Granard Shamrocks was also cited as reformed briefly in 1940’s in the GAA’s Oral History Project recordings.

Hurling

Hurling Club called Granard Shamrocks is announced in August 1912. Appears to have been formed primarily to stop the formation of a cricket club in Granard. The notice of the formation of the hurling club in the Longford Leader on August 10th 1912 notes:

“We believe an effort was made to form a cricket club in Granard but the Shamrocks would have none of it, and so it remained in oblivion. All honour to the Gaels who made the manly stand”. 

There is no record of any competitive hurling games played by Granard Shamrocks.

Football

Short lived club, played in a tournament alongside Granard Shamorcks in 1905.

Not clear if this was an underage or Junior team.

Football

Junior team recorded in a challenge match in 1905.

Football

Short-lived club, formed in 1908 as underage or junior club.

May have replaced the Granard Celtics club as the underage team in the parish.

Football

Short-lived club for non Locals who worked in pubs or shops in Granard town.

Recorded in a 1912 challenge game.

Football

Killasonnagh Emmets Junior team mentioned in 1912 and again as Kilasonna in a tournament in 1926.

Football

First references to a ‘Ballymore’ club can be found circa 1915 (Eugene McGee also had a reference in 1981 Longford GAA Yearbook to Marty Daly’s first game being for Ballymore against Ballinamuck in 1915) with a reference also found to Ballymore in active competition in Junior competition in 1919. A challenge match was also recorded between Ballymore and Columbkille on 5th September 1920. Nothing is noted thereafter until 1967.

The modern-day Ballymore club was founded in 1967. In the mid-1960’s the St. Mary’s club in Granard parish enjoyed a spell of dominance within the county. The fact that the town-based club had the resources to select a team from within its environs led to a separation within the parish along rural-urban lines. This was the impetus for the development of a separate club, with the Ballymore-Coolarty-Killeen-Bunlahy district deciding to go it alone. Hence in 1967 the Ballymore Gaelic Football club was established by a group including Bishop emeritus Colm O’Reilly (then curate), Phil Reilly, John Drake, Jimmy Reilly, Patsy Cooke and Paddy Higgins. Phil Reilly was elected the first Chairman and Jimmy Reilly the first Secretary. Ballymore commenced activity in Spring 1967 with the clubs first game played against Mullinalaghta St. Columbas.

No direct link between the Ballymore team of the late 1910’s and the Ballymore club founded in 1967 has been found, beyond a common geography and the use of the name on both occasions. It seems most accurate to state that the Ballymore club was founded in 1967 while teams from Ballymore were competing as far back as 1919.


Types of Championship titles won as Ballymore:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Junior team organised in 1916.

Football

Junior team organised in 1917.

Football & Hurling

Short lived club founded on 4th November 1919.

Named in honour of John Boyle O’Reilly, an Irish poet, journalist, author, activist and member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.

Club is noted in May 1920 as seeking a field for practice games in football and hurling.

No evidence found of any participation in official competition in football or hurling.

Football

The St. Marys club was formed in the parish of Granard in 1925. The catholic parish of Granard is dedicated to St. Mary.

We could not find any direct published link or direct continuity between the St. Marys club and earlier Granard clubs (Healys/Slashers/Shamrocks) which came and went prior to the emergence of St. Marys club in 1925. The Granard Shamrocks club re-organised from 1927 to 1931 at Junior grade and existed at the same time as St. Marys club was in active competition, hence two different clubs at the same time within Granard parish (hence those earlier League-Championship titles in the 1910’s are not assigned to St. Marys as they were clearly two different clubs). There is often a conflation of the St. Marys club with other clubs which existed at the same time or prior to the formation of St. Marys. It is more accurate to state that the St. Marys club was formed in 1925 while the origin of the GAA in Granard dates back to the formation of the very first club in the county – Granard Healys – in 1888.

St. Marys went into decline and lapsed for a period in the late 1930’s and again from 1942 to 1946.

St. Marys amalgamated with Abbeylara as ‘United Gaels’ in Senior Championship in 1947 & 1948.

No club activity is recorded from 1949 to 1953. St. Marys was reformed in 1954 and has been continuously active since then.

St. Marys Granard has the distinction of being the first club to win three-in-a-row Longford Senior Football Championship titles (1929-1931) and followed this up almost immediately with another three-in-a-row from 1933 to 1935.


Types of Championship titles won as St. Marys Granard:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Hurling

The Granard hurling club was formed in 1931 and participated in 1932, 1933 and 1934 Hurling Championships.

There are earlier reference to a hurling club in Granard in the early 1920’s and again in November 1924, though this may refer to the Boyle O’Reillys club in the parish at that time in both hurling and football (though never in official competition). Signs of a hurling club in Granard by 1928, but not affiliated.

Granard hurling club competed in 1932, 1933 and 1934 Hurling Championships. They played in the inaugural game of the 1932 Hurling Championship against Longford hurling club in April 1932. This was likely the first competitive hurling game played in Co. Longford since the 1907 Championship. That first game ended in tragedy however, when the Granard captain, Justin Manning, a native of Woodford in Co. Galway, collapsed and then 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.

That 1932 Championship game vs Longford was eventually re-fixed and played on 29th May 1932, with the following team representing Granard: M. J. Gaffney (captain), T. Kiernan, T. Finnan, P. McNally, T. Rudden, P. O’Dea, P. Hension, T. Manning, M. Reilly, M. Boyce, T. Gorman, H. Owens, S. Fagan, E. Fagan, M. Kiernan, T. Doherty, J. Sheridan, M. Gorman, W. Gaynor, J. Finnan and J. Geraghty. This was the first team to play a competitive hurling game for a club from the parish of Granard.

Granard hurling club won three-in-a-row hurling Championships in 1932, 1933 and 1934 along with the very first Senior Hurling League title in 1933. Club fades away after 1934 and is not found in the following years.

Granard Hurling Club was reformed briefly in 1949 and won the 1950 Cavan Senior Hurling Championship title.

The club has the distinction of being the first to win three-in-a-row Longford SHC titles (1932-1934).


Types of Championship titles won as Granard hurling club:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Hurling

Founded in 1984 and entered first Senior Hurling Championship in 1984.

Reached the 1986 Senior Hurling Championship Final.

Kenagh (Kilcommock) Parish

Football

Founded around April 1889 by the driving force of Tipperary native Michael McGrath who was a school teacher in Kenagh for 40 years and died in 1909. He had been instrumental in the foundation of the Gaelic League, IRB and GAA in the Kenagh area and in the establishment of the GAA in Longford.

The Clough Dillons name was a nod to John Blake Dillon (Member of Parliament) and the Dillon involvement in the 1867 Fenian battle in Ballingarry. Michael McGraths influence led to the club adopting the Tipperary colours of blue and gold. The clubs first game was in a Tournament organised by the Longford Davitts club on Easter Sunday 1889 involving Ballymahon O’Briens, Clough Dillons, Rooskey Pat Molloys and Longford Davitts.

Played in 1890 and in the unfinished 1891 Championships as Clough Dillons.

By November 1890, such was the popularity of the game in Clough that the club was able to field a team of young players who were not on the Senior team, and a match was played between the Clough Junior Dillions vs Ballymahon Junior Leo’s. This may well have been the first underage GAA match played in Co. Longford.

Referenced in 1905 against Moydow Harpers, and in a 1911 challenge game vs Terlicken Rovers.

Competed in late 1910’s and in 1920-22 in Junior league. Club is last cited in 1923 and disbanded soon thereafter.

Football

Short lived Junior team recorded in 1905 in a challenge match against Inny Rovers.

No evidence found of any competitive games played.

Football

The formation of the modern-day Kenagh club can be traced back to 1942. It was predated in the parish by the Clough Dillons club which folded after 1923. In the years prior to 1942, footballers from Kenagh competed with Cashel or Moydow, with some winning the 1939 Junior Championship with Moydow Harpers. In 1940-41 Moydow were in dispute with the County Board regarding the venues for Championship games and as a result didn’t compete in the Junior Championship. A team was then formed in Kenagh in 1942, with assistance from a number of players from Moydow. From 1942 to 1956 they played in the Blue and Gold colours of the old Clough Dillons club. It is not clear whether this revived Kenagh club of 1942 was the old Clough Dillons club reformed and renamed, or the creation of a new club in the parish of Kenagh. We could not find any published evidence of continuity or direct link between the two clubs beyond the fact that they both existed in the parish of Kenagh at different times. It seems more accurate to state that the Kenagh club was formed in 1942, while the GAA in the parish of Kenagh dates back to the formation of the Clough Dillons club in the parish in 1889.

Kenagh lapsed from 1946 and the Foigha club was formed in the area and competed in Junior in 1948 & 1949. The club folded thereafter.

Kenagh was re-organised in 1952 and entered into an amalgamation with Moydow Harpers under the name ‘St. Dominics’. The amalgamation competed from 1952 to 1953 but did not affiliate in 1954 or 1955 (as noted in the County Convention report).

Kenagh reformed on its own in 1956, co-opting the St. Dominics name and with new colours of Maroon and White.

Kenagh was amalgamated with Cashel as ‘Clanna Gael’ in 1959 but was back and affiliated as Kenagh St. Dominics by 1960.

Kenagh won the Under 21 Championship in 1963 and Intermediate Championship in 1965 as Kenagh St. Dominics.

Kenagh amalgamated with Carrickedmond as St. Martins in Junior (1971-73) and Senior (1971-75).

The club reorganised and affiliated on it’s own as Kenagh at Junior grade from 1973 and at Senior grade from 1976.

(Note 1: Earliest reference to the ‘Kenagh’ name in club context is in 1905 challenge match vs Ballymahon. It seems likely however that this was a geographic reference to the Clough Dillons club)

(Note 2: The ‘St. Dominics’ part of the club name is not prominent in published sources after the early 1970’s except for it’s use as the name of the Minor Club and underage team name)


Types of Championship titles won as Kenagh:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Football

Foigha club was founded in October 1947 in absence of any club in the area.

Foigha played in Junior competition in 1948 & 1949.

Killashee Parish

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in 1890 Championship.

Entered the 1891 Championship but didn’t compete in it.

Club was named after the Irish Nationalist activist John Mitchell.

Name recorded again in 1902 as Killashee Mitchells and recorded in Roscommon Herald in 1903 against Longford Leo Caseys in a friendly game as Killashee Mandevilles (not clear if this was a typo).

Competed in the 1904 championship as Killashee Mitchells when GAA revived in Longford.

Appeared briefly in 1915 tournament as John Mitchells.

Football

This is the Killashee Mitchells club with the name shortened to Killashee.

Competed as Killashee in tournaments in 1905 and 1907 and in the late 1910’s.

The club was reformed and affiliated in 1932 under the name Killashee.

Football

Local area team recorded playing Cornollin and Kilmore in a challenge match in 1905.

Football

Local area team that played against Clondra Shamrocks in a challenge in 1905.

Football

Short-lived club, played in Junior League in 1920 (reached the Junior League final vs Longford) and 1924.

Hurling

Team cited in April 1926 in a friendly game against Longford hurling club, with Longford winning 4-4 to 3-3.

A club is mentioned in December 1931 but did not compete in 1932, 1933 or 1934 Hurling Championship or Leagues.

No evidence found of any competitive games played.

Football

This is the Killashee club renamed.

Killashee adopted the St. Brigids name to become St. Brigids Killashee from 1934.

Club lapses for a few years at the end of the 1940’s and is reformed and affiliated again in 1950.


Types of Championship titles won as St. Brigids Killashee:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Killoe Parish

Football

Founded in June 1889 – First GAA club in Killoe parish.

The club was founded as Killoe Erins Hope but was quickly renamed Killoe Erins Pride which was the name used when the club played in the inaugural Longford Senior Football Championship in 1890. It is not known why such a quick renaming of the club occurred in 1889. The ‘Erins Hope’ was a Fenian gun-running ship that traveled from the US in 1867 with the aim of assisting a rebellion with arms onboard.

Football

This is the Killoe Erins Hope club renamed Killoe Erins Pride shortly after the clubs formation in June 1889. It is not known why such a quick renaming of the club occurred in 1889. First game was against Longford Michael Davitt’s which they lost by 3 points to 1. The first chairman was John Farrell, Keegan from Kiltyreher was Vice Chairman and Secretary was William Hughes. 

The club played in the Colmcille tournament in cornadrung in November 1899 and competed in both the 1890 and unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championships as Killoe Erins Pride. The club is recorded again in March 1896 against Longford Shamrocks Junior team, who beat Killoe well on that occasion.

Worth noting that Killoe Erins Pride and Killoe McMahons clubs co-existed at the same time as separate GAA clubs in the parish of Killoe for a short period in the early 1890’s.

Football

Formed in 1890.

Played in the unfinished 1891 Senior Football Championship.

Killoe McMahons & Killoe Erins Pride clubs co-existed at the same time in 1890 & 1891. The Killoe Erins Pride club actually objected to the formation of a second club in the parish at the time. In March 1890 Mr. James McCarthy came forward and said he had a club in Killoe to get affiliated. McCarthy claimed that the young men of the upper end of the parish were too far from where the Erins Pride played (he claimed it was four miles distance). Mr. W Hughes of Killoe Erins Pride objected to the formation of a second club, and cited rule 10 of the Association which says “No second club shall be formed in any parish or district unless the consent of the County Committee has previously been obtained”. He went on to point out that they already had one club in Killoe and this club which Mr. McCarthy asked to have affiliated was formed of players from their club, and had been organised without the consent of the Co. Committee. The County Board president asked if there was any chance of an amalgamation being made. Mr. McCarthy said no. And so it was that a second club was formed in Killoe in 1890.

A game was recorded on 7th February 1892 between Killoe McMahons and Crosskeys Fitzgeralds with Killoe winning 3-2 to 0-1. The game was played in Killoe, with Thomas Keenan, captain of Ardagh St. Patricks, as referee. On 6th March 1892 McMahons are recorded against Ballymacormack Grattans at Lisduff.

The McMahons club was not in existence by the turn of the 20th Century.

Football

Short lived team recorded as playing Killoe Young Erin’s Pride in 1905.

It is difficult to ascertain if this team was from Soran in Killoe or Clonbroney (Townland of Soran straddles both parishes).

Football

Short lived team who announced their intention to play challenge games in 1905.

The team captain was John McCarthy from Farragh.

No evidence of any games played.

Football

Short lived team recorded as playing Soran O’Connells Sons in 1905.

Seems to be a local team as opposed to a re-organised and renamed Killoe Erins Pride club.

Team consisted mostly of players from the townlands of Dernacross, Drumnacooha & Cornafunshion.

Football

Club was formed in late 1903 and named after the Irish patriot Robert Emmet.

The Killoe Young Emmets name first appears in published sources (also as Killoe Emmets or Killoe Robert Emmets) in December 1903, playing exhibition games of hurling and football against Longford Leo Caseys. It is most likely the club was named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Emmet in 1903. There is no evidence of any direct link to earlier Killoe Erins Pride or Killoe McMahons clubs in the parish, nor is there any evidence that the Killoe Young Emmets club was formed by the amalgamation of earlier clubs. What is clear is that by the end of 1905 Killoe Young Emmets was the sole remaining club in the parish. Killoe Young Emmets competed in the 1904 Senior Championship, reaching the final which was played in April 1905. Killoe Young Emmets also recorded against Dromard O’Briens in the Drumlish tournament in November 1905. The club went on to win the Senior Football Championship and Senior Hurling Championship double in 1907, and won additional Senior Football Championships in 1911, 1913, 1915, 1960, 1988, 1993, 1995, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019 & 2020.

Irish version of club name is Emmet Óg Cill Eo which was first cited in fixtures, results, match reports and club notes in local media alongside the Killoe Young Emmets name in the early 1960’s. Both the Irish, English and hybrid versions of the club name including “Emmet Óg, Killoe” and “Killoe Emmet Óg” are still used interchangeably today alongside the clubs official and original name “Killoe Young Emmets”.

Hurling

Killoe Young Emmets is first cited in hurling competition in an exhibition game against Longford Leo Caseys in December 1903. The club competed in the first official Longford Hurling Championship in 1905, reaching the county final (losing to Longford Leo Caseys in a replay on 7th May) and went on to reach the Senior Hurling Championship final again in 1907, this time beating Longford Leo Caseys to win the very first Senior Football & Hurling Championship double in Longford.

Fleeting references are found to Killoe Hurling Club in November 1919 when a meeting is proposed after practice on the following Sunday and to make arrangements for coming match. However no evidence was found of competitive hurling games played after 1907.


Types of Championship titles won as Killoe Young Emmets (Emmet Óg):

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Hurling Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Legan & Ballycloghan Parish

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

The sunburst reference seems to come the old Fenian Sunburst flag associated with early Irish nationalism, which is first thought to have been used in 1858 by the Irish Republican Brotherhood.

Legan Sunbursts lapsed for many years and reformed in 1934 (reported in the Convention report on February 3rd 1934), competing for one year. The club played matches at Carrickboy, hence fixtures would typically read ‘At Carrickboy: Sunbursts vs Other’. This may have led to confusion over whether the club name was actually Carrickboy Sunbursts. There was a team in Carrickboy in the 1920’s and some limited references exist to Carrickboy Sunbursts, but not in the 1934 period.

No references to Legan Sunbursts club found after 1934.

Football

Short-lived team, played Ballyduffy O’Brien from Dromard in a match in 1901.

No record of any competitive games played.

Football

Mentioned in 1905 as a Junior team, and again in October 1933 versus Manor Rovers.

Named in honour of Myles ‘The Slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was reputedly a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breffni.

Note: It wasn’t unusual in the early years of the GAA in Longford for a clubs Junior team to have a different name to the Senior team. It is not clear whether Legan Slashers was the Junior team of the Legan Sunbursts club. 

Football

Legan club name is referenced in Junior challenge in 1915 and in 1919 Junior competition, and during activity in early 1920’s. No reference to Legan Sunbursts at all in this period (just Legan). Whether this is because of shorthand references by the journalists and writers of the day, or reflects a different club in Legan at the time, is not clear.

Next reference to the club as ‘Legan’ is in 1946, and from 1952 to 1953 but did not affiliate in 1954.

Football

Junior team – Played competitively in 1925 and 1928 competition.

Noted as amalgamated with Carrickedmond in 1926 Junior competition.

Note: Carrickboy team was sometimes referred to retrospectively in later years as Carrickboy Sunbursts because when Legan Sunbursts reformed for a year in 1934 they played their matches in Carrickboy so the fixtures would appear as ‘At Carrickboy: Sunbursts vs Other’. Some limited references exist to a Carrickboy Sunbursts team, but not in the period cited above. The likelihood here is that this was the Legan Sunburst club being referred to as Carrickboy. 

Football

St. Joseph’s name first appears in 1935. Seems to be the Legan Sunburst club reformed and renamed.

Competed in Junior from 1935-38 as Legan St. Joseph’s. Name cited again in 1944 when the Legan club reformed.

Club is then referred to as ‘Legan’ in 1946, and again from 1952-1953.

Football

Legan Sarsfields name first appears in 1966 when the club was reformed after years of no activity since end of 1953.

Named after Irish hero Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan.

This appears to be the Legan St. Joseph’s (previously Legan Sunbursts) club reformed and renamed.


Types of Championship titles won as Legan Sarsfields:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Longford Parish

Football

Longford Davitts was the first GAA club in Longford parish, and the second in County Longford (after Granard Healys).

Played in the 1890 Senior Football Championship.

Some reports claim that the club was founded on December 2nd 1888, while others claim January 6th 1889. Either way, it was formed after Granard Healys and was the first club in Longford parish. The club’s first Chairman was J.P. Farrell (founder of the Longford Leader newspaper) and the first captain was Michael Toolan. The club was named after Michael Davitt.

Football

Played in 1890 Championship.

Named after the Normal Fitzgerald family and the ‘Crosskeys’ area at the end of the Battery Road – As you head out of longford Town there is a row of houses opposite the roundabout for the Demense called The Crosskeys.

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Named after John Mandeville who was an Irish Fenian and member of the Irish National Land League.

Football

Formed on 16th December 1889, named after Henry Grattan and founded at a meeting in Rockspring House.

D. Farrell was first President, J.P. Quinn was first Secretary and Joe Lyons was Captain.

Competed in 1890 and unfinished 1891 Senior Championships. No evidence found of any competitive games played by the Ballymacormack Grattans thereafter. The club was cited briefly in 1902 and again as just ‘Ballymacormack’ in 1906-07, but all were challenge games.

The modern day Grattan Óg club takes its name from the old Ballymacormack Grattans club.

Football

Played in the unfinished 1891 Championship and in the 1896 “unofficial final”. Older records assumed this to be the Senior Football Championship final, but there was no official competition in those years and it was a one-off game in 1896, not an organised competition with multiple teams.

In January 1895 Longford played Westmeath in a game contested for a new silver cup presented by the Mullingar Catholic Commercial Club. The Longford team was represented by the Longford Shamrocks club, and the Westmeath team was represented by the Mullinagar club. The game ended in a draw. Years later Longford Shamrocks claimed to have won the trophy, so it must be assumed that the game was replayed with a Longford win.

Longford played in a first ever inter-county competition in the Croke Cup of 1897, with Longford Shamrocks representing Longford against Louth who were represented by Drogheda Emmet. The game took place in Oldcastle and Louth won by 2-10 to 0-3. Longford Shamrocks also entered the Leinster Football Championship representing Longford in 1897. Longford were drawn against Kilkenny in the Leinster SFC on March 17th 1897 but the game never took place.

In December 1897 Longford Shamrocks were noted in the Westmeath Examiner as follows… “The Longford Shamrocks challenge any Gaelic club in any of the following counties: Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Meath or Westmeath, to contest for the silver cup won by them in 1895 from the Westmeath GAA, on Monday 27th December 1897 in Longford. All challenges must be in before 23rd inst”. The cup in question was that presented by the Mullingar Catholic Commercial Club for the Longford v Westmeath game in early 1895. It is not known if the challenge was met.

Longford Shamrocks was next recorded in action in 1903 and 1904.

The club was noted as ‘newly organised’ in 1905 as a Junior team of local shop assistants. The club was also noted in published records as ‘Longford Shop Assistants’. Played a number of games between 1905 and 1908 – possibly in Junior.

Football

Played a challenge game in January 1898 against Moydow St. Patricks.

The match report noted the following…. “The visitors were ‘not in it’, with the locals, two of whom, Messrs Williams and Shields, displayed the highest scientific ability. The game was splendidly contested from the start. When the whistle sounded for half time the game stood Longford 1 goal and 1 point, Moydow Nil. In the second half things fared worse for the visitors, the score at the end being Longford 3 goals and 1 point, Moydow Nil. Everything passed off most pleasantly, the duties of the referee being ably and fairly discharged by M. Devlin”. 

Football

Longford Leo Caseys club was founded initially as a hurling club on 4th October 1902.

The Leo name was in honour of John Keegan Casey (aka Leo Casey) who was an Irish poet, orator and republican who was famous as the writer of the song “The Rising of the Moon” and as one of the central figures in the Fenian Rising of 1867. He lived for many years in Co. Longford.

Longford Leo Caseys won the Senior Football Championship of 1904 and the first Senior Hurling Championship in 1905, becoming the first club to complete a Football-Hurling double in the same season. Leo Casey’s was the first Longford Town club to win titles, but not the first club formed in Longford Town or in Longford Parish (Longford Davitts was the first club formed in Longford parish and there were a handful of other clubs that came and went in the parish before the Leo Caseys club was formed).

The club was last recorded in 1912 having played 1911 and 1912 League-Championship competition.

Hurling

Longford Leo Caseys was the first hurling club formed in Co. Longford, on 4th October 1902. It was a hurling club before competing in Gaelic Football too. The club was associated with the town’s branch of the Gaelic League and in the following few years hurling had a far greater impact in Longford town than Gaelic Football. Longford Leo Caseys won the first Longford Senior Hurling Championship in 1905, beating Killoe Young Emmets in the final. The club reached the Senior Hurling Championship final again in 1907, with Killoe Young Emmets gaining the upper hand on that occasion.


Types of Championship titles won as Longford Leo Caseys:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Hurling Championship

Football

Junior team recorded in 1904.

Recorded twice in challenge games in 1905.

Clonahard team played competitively in 1920.

Football

First appears as a Junior team in 1905.

Reorganises in Junior in 1920 – Cited as playing Edgeworthstown in Junior in May 1920.

Played for 1 season in 1920 coinciding with when Longford Wanderers were in Senior.

Football

Reference to shop assistants of Longford looking to organise in 1905 and same reference seen again in 1909.

Club organised in 1911 and played in Senior Football Championship.

Were 1913 Senior Football Championship Finalists.

Football

Recorded as playing Newtowncashel Junior St. Kieran’s in 1906.

Football

Played a challenge game against Clonguish Gallowglasses in 1908.

Unclear if name was humorous nickname or actual team name.

Football

Recorded in 1909 playing in a local competition against Longford Wanderers, Ballymacormack Hazelites and Longford Rovers.

No competitive matches played.

Football

Short lived team, briefly noted in a tournament in 1909 versus St. Mels and Longford Wanderers and Longford Rovers. Never played in any official competition as Ballymacormack Hazelites.

Football

Mentioned in a challenge game in 1912.

Likely based at the army barracks in Longford.

Football

Longford I.N.F. or Irish National Foresters had a team in 1913.

They organised a cup competition which Colmcille won around 1913.

Football

Played in a tournament in 1915.

Football

Formed in 1918, played Melview in a few matches.

Football

Recorded in club action in a friendly match versus Longford Wanderers in April 1919.

St. Mels College won the Junior League in November 1920, after Ballymore failed to show.

Players from St. Mels also reported as playing for Longford Wanderers in this period too.

Hurling

A hurling team is cited as having been formed at St. Mels College in May 1928. No evidence that this team competed in Longford club competition – seems to be limited to Colleges action only.

Football

Recorded twice in 1920. Mainly challenge games.

Football

Played in 1924 and 1925 Junior competition and another Longford team took their place in Junior after they won the Junior League beating Clondra in the final by 2-2 to 0-1. (There was no knockout Junior competition at this point, so Junior League as we know it now, was referred to as Junior Competition or Junior Championship back in those days)

Referenced playing against Drumlish in the 1st round of the Senior Championship in October 1925. This was in fact the first round of the Senior League-Championship competition which was a league competition separate from Senior Championship.

Last activity in a drawn game against Colmcille in Junior in 1930. Last reference is March 1931.

Football

The ‘Wanderers’ name is first mentioned in GAA circles in 1909 in a local tournament against Ballymacormack Hazelites, Longford St. Mel’s and Longford Rovers. No competitive matches played during this period. The Longford Wanderers name was mostly associated with soccer in the 1910’s.

First cited in GAA circles vs St. Mels College in a friendly in April 1919, with Longford Wanderers winning 2-2 to 0-2.

Longford Wanderers won the League-Championship (aka League) titles in 1922, 1923, 1927 & 1928. The 1922 and 1923 titles seemed to be won under the shorthand name ‘Longford’ but an assessment of players versus the earliest reference to Wanderers in competition shows sufficient overlap to conclude that it was the Wanderers club. The 1927 and 1928 titles were won under the clear banner of Longford Wanderers.

Longford Wanderers won Junior Championship titles in 1932 & 1942.

From 1933-34 Wanderers was amalgamated with Clonguish as United Gaels.

Wanderers won Senior Championship titles again in 1944 & 1947, but started to decline by the early 1950’s.

By 1954 Longford Wanderers had been relegated to Junior grade, while neighbours Whiterock Slashers had gained promotion to Senior ranks. Both clubs were aware that they were struggling with numbers, so it was decided to invite members of the Longford Wanderers club to a meeting of the Whiterock Slashers club, where both clubs agreed to merge and create a new Longford Slashers club (using half of each clubs name).

Longford Wanderers merged with Whiterock Slashers to create a new Longford Slashers club on 4th January 1954 (link).


Types of Championship titles won as Longford Wanderers:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Hurling

First cited in August 1920, with both ladies and men involved in practices in Longford Park. Reference found in May 1922 to Longford hurling club being in full swing with practices held in Longford park each evening. A friendly match is noted on 15th August 1924 between Longford and Lismacaffrey as part of the Street Annual Sports event. On 27th August 1925 a hurling friendly was played in Longford Park between a Longford selection and the Army’s 6th Western Battalion, with Longford winning by 0-17 to 0-15. Another game is cited in October 1925 between Longford hurling club and the Army’s 10th Battalion, with the Military running out 6-4 to 2-3 winners on that occasion. Another friendly is recorded between Longford hurling club and Lismacaffrey in November 1925, with Longford winning by 6-5 to 6-4. A friendly is played between Longford and Elphin in May 1926 and it is noted in June 1926 that the Longford hurling club is not affiliated with the County Board.

The club was re-organised in 1931 and competed in the 1932, 1933 and 1934 Hurling Championships.

Longford playing Granard in the first game of the 1932 Hurling Championship on 10th April 1932. The team for that first game in 1932, and the very first Senior Hurling Championship game in Longford since the 1907 Championship was… A. Layden, J. Daly, M. Canning, R. Donohoe, T. Downes, P. Doyle, P. Beirne, J. McMahon, P. O’Keefe, P. Farrell, S. D. Kelly, P. McCoppin, J. Tierney, P. O’Sullivan, E. Banks. Subs: M. Nevin, J. Lyone, T. McGuire, M. Stack.

That inaugural game ended in tragedy 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. The 1932 first round game against Granard was replayed on 29th May 1932.

Club was re-organised again in February 1936 after a gap with no hurling activity in Longford in 1935. The club played challenge games in 1936 due to lack of any hurling competition in Longford (was the only hurling club in Longford in 1935, and up to mid 1936 when the Lanesboro hurling club was formed). The club was still around and practicing in April 1937 and folded thereafter.

Football

The 6th Battalion are recorded at the start of Junior League competition in October 1925, beating Carrickedmond by 7-5 to 2-1. In December 1925 a game of football takes place between the 4th Infantry Battalion #2 Brigade vs the 2nd Infantry Battalion #1 Brigade. In March 1927 a friendly Army football match was played between Finner Camp and Athlone.

Army are cited again briefly in competition between 1941 and 1945.

Teams were based at the Connolly Barracks in Longford town.

Hurling

The 6th and 10th Battalion hurling teams played friendly matches vs Longford hurling club in 1925. The 6th Battalion lose to Longford in August 1925 by 0-17 to 0-15, while the 10th Battalion beat Longford by 6-4 to 2-3 in October 1925. In December 1925 a game of hurling takes place between the 4th Infantry Battalion #2 Brigade vs the 2nd Infantry Battalion #1 Brigade. In March 1927 a friendly Army hurling match was played between Finner Camp and Athlone.

Teams were based at the Connolly Barracks in Longford town.

Hurling

Notice in the media on 16th June 1928 announced the formation of a new ‘Geraldines’ hurling club in Longford.

No evidence of Geraldines competing in any official games.

Football

Appears to be the old Ballymacormack Grattans club, reorganised and name shortened.

Cited in official competition in 1929 and 1930, initially in the Fr. Lynch Cup and then in Junior League.

Football

Founded in 1934 to cater for GAA needs in an area to the east of Longford Town, stretching from the Ballynareegan-Ferafad district to the Killoe border at Kiltybegs.

The club was called after Cavan native Myles ‘The Slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was reputed to be a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breffni.

Whiterock Slashers won the Junior Championship in 1936 but struggled in the years that followed and throughout the war years. The club was reformed in the late 1940’s and won the Junior Championship in 1953, and gained promotion to Senior grade for the 1954 season.

By January 1954 Whiterock Slashers had gained promotion to Senior grade, while Longford Wanderers were relegated to Junior ranks. Both clubs were aware that they were struggling with numbers, so it was decided to invite members of the Longford Wanderers club to the AGM of the Whiterock Slashers club, where both clubs agreed to merge and create a new Longford Slashers club (using half of each clubs name) on 4th January 1954 (link).

That should be the end of the story, however as the merger was being finalised, some Whiterock Slashers officials got cold feet and wanted to maintain a club in the Whiterock area, and decided to affiliate a new Whiterock Slashers club (Whiterock Slashers 2.0), despite the fact that the merger and creation of the new Longford Slashers club had gone through. Whilst a number of Whiterock players and officials moved across to the new Longford Slashers club, some remained and to play with the new Whiterock Slashers club which also affiliated in 1954.

Whiterock Slashers struggled to complete in the period that followed, and in 1955 & 1956 competed in a temporarily amalgamation with Killoe Young Emmets, under the name Killoe Slashers. The amalgamation came to an end at a meeting of the two clubs in Esker Hall on 11th January 1957.

Whiterock Slashers lapsed once the amalgamation ended, and did not affiliate in 1957 or 1958. The club was replaced by the formation of Shroid Slashers in November 1958. Shroid Slashers was therefore a revival of the Whiterock Slashers club post January 1954.


Types of Championship titles won as Whiterock Slashers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Young Grattans (also Grattan Óg) takes its name from the old Ballymacormack Grattans club which was formed in 1890. Ballymacormack Grattans vanished after the unfinished 1891 Championship with no sign of any Grattans club in competition for the next 40 years.

In July 1933 a notice appeared in the local newspaper announcing the formation of a ‘Young Grattans’ club. The notice (📷 Source) stated that “This is a newly formed club and takes its name from the old Ballymacormack Grattans who over thirty years ago were one of the foremost clubs in the county”. The first game was scheduled against Edgeworthstown Geraldines on 23rd July 1933, however the new club never actually materialised. A notice in February 1936 cites application for transfer of players to a proposed Young Grattans club but it could not be granted as the club was not yet in existence. The Young Grattans name appears in a Longford Wanderers local league in the mid 1930’s, but there is no published evidence of any involvement by the Young Grattans club in any official competitions during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Grattans is not found in any official competition until around 1950. The club later lapses in early 1954 after failing to fulfill Junior League fixtures due to the impact of emigration, and the club remained inactive until 1980.

The modern-day Young Grattans club was reformed in 1980 under the name Young Grattans. The Irish version of ‘Grattan Óg‘ has been used interchangeably with Young Grattans as the club name since around 1982.


Types of Championship titles won as Young Grattans / Grattan Óg:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Formed on 4th January 1954 when Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers united to form the Longford Slashers club (📷 Source). The fortunes of Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers clubs were somewhat divergent by 1954, with Whiterock having been promoted to senior grade for the 1954 season, while Wanderers had struggled at Senior and had slipped down to Junior grade for the 1954 season. Whiterock Slashers club invited representatives of the Longford Wanderers club to their AGM on Monday 4th January 1954, ahead of the start of the season, and an arrangement was thrashed out which would see both clubs unite to form a new club called Longford Slashers.

The announcement of the new club in the Longford Leader on 9th January 1954 was as follows:

The [Whiterock] Slashers Club held their Annual Meeting on Monday night last in the Temperance Hall and there was a large attendance. The attendance included representatives of the Longford Wanderers Club who were invited to discuss a proposal that both clubs amalgamate with a view to forming a Senior and Junior team to represent the parish. After a discussion the proposal was adopted and it was agreed to form a Club to be known as Longford Slashers. This new Club will also field a Minor team and at least two Schools teams.

Both Whiterock Slashers and Longford Wanderers had won Football Championship titles (SFC/JFC) prior to the formation of Longford Slashers, hence the titles of Whiterock Slashers and Longford Wanderers are (and have consistently always been prior to our research) kept separate from those of Longford Slashers in the roll of honour and titles count.

Longford Slashers won the 1954 Senior Football Championship in their first year as an affiliated club.

Longford Slashers holds the record for longest period in Senior Football having played in Senior Championship in every year since the foundation of the club in 1954, never being relegated to Intermediate or Junior grade.

It is worth noting that the name Longford Slashers appeared very briefly in Junior League competition in October and November 1926, prior to the name being used for the formation of the newly merged club in 1954.

Hurling

Hurling club was called Slashers Gaels until the 2000’s when it was changed to Longford Slashers.


Types of Championship titles won as Longford Slashers:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Hurling Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Football

Shroid Slashers was formed in November 1958 and announced as the reformed Whiterock Slashers club.

Shroid Slashers name first appeared in fixtures in February 1959 and is cited as a ‘revived’ club.

The club was called after Cavan native Myles ‘The Slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was reputed to be a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breffni.

While it would be fair to assume that Whiterock Slashers vanished when the Longford Slashers club was formed via the merging of Whiterock Slashers and Longford Wanderers clubs in 1954, that was not actually the case. While Whiterock and Wanderers were concluding their merger to create the new Longford Slashers club, some officials within the Whiterock club got cold feet, and elected post the affiliation of Longford Slashers in 1954 to also affiliate a new Whiterock club (Whiterock Slashers 2.0), albeit without the players and officials who had opted to transfer to Longford Slashers. Hence while the old Whiterock Slashers and Longford Wanderers clubs merged to form the new Longford Slashers club, a separate club remained in the Whiterock area after the merger, bearing the same name as the club that it replaced. In the years that followed, Whiterock struggled with numbers and had a brief temporary amalgamation with Killoe (as Killoe Slashers) in 1955 & 1956 before the club lapsed in 1957. In November 1958 an attempt was made to restart a club in the area, and the Shroid Slashers club was formed as a revival of the post January 1954 Whiterock Slashers club.

Shroid Slashers has not participated in active competition since 2019.

(Note: A ‘Shroyd’ team is mentioned as playing Ardagh in a challenge in 1903)


Types of Championship titles won as Shroid Slashers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Hurling

Slashers Gaels was the hurling section of the Longford Slashers club.

Competed in the newly reformed Senior Hurling Championship from 1982.

Competed as Slashers Gaels until mid 2000’s.

Name changed to Longford Slashers from mid 2000’s.


Types of Championship titles won as Slashers Gaels:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Newtowncashel Parish

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in 1890 & 1891 Senior Championships.

Club had exactly 30 members at it’s foundation in 1890, and the first officers were:

John O’ Farrell – Chairman and Captain
Michael Mulvihill – Treasurer
Joseph Mc Nally – Secretary

The club’s debut in the championship in 1890 was a short one, conceding in the first round to Ardagh St. Patricks. The club reorganised in 1905 but lapsed soon after. There followed thereafter a lean period with no club activity until the 1920’s. The first games played in Cashel were in a field opposite Claris House. Many matches were played between different townslands as well as with other clubs like Rathcline, Moydow, Ballymahon and Kiltoon. Football in the 1920’s was played in Bornaveera and Cashel and in different fields around the village.

No specific mention of the ‘Kieran’ or ‘Ciaran’ name in 1920’s when club resumed activity. The club is referred to as Newtowncashel during this period.

Newtowncashel Sons of St. Kieran wore the colours of blue and white, but in 1926 the Newtowncashel colours were changed to black and amber.

Football

The Newtowncashel club was reformed and renamed Newtowncashel St. Ciarán in early 1932 (different spelling to previous ‘Kieran’) under the guidance of Fr. A Lynch, and the St. Ciaráns name was used frequently during the 1930’s and up to 1943.

The Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns club did not affiliate for some of the 1930’s, and submitted a request for affiliation in June 1935 which was accepted by 5 votes to 2. The club did not affiliate again from 1938-1941.

The Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns club returned to action in 1942 and won the Junior championship in 1943.

The clubs colours changed from black and amber to saffron in 1933 and changed again in 1946 to green and red.


Championship titles won as Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns was shortened to ‘Cashel’ from around 1947.

Cashel briefly amalgamated with Rathcline as Shannon Gaels from 1952 to 1953.

Cashel briefly amalgamated with Kenagh St. Dominics as Clanna Gael in 1959.

The club colour changes had changed to green and red in 1946 and remained in place for thirty years until the decision was taken in the 1970’s to change to the now familiar red and black.

Hurling

Cashel & Ballymahon clubs amalgamated as ‘Ballymahon/Cashel’ and competed in the Senior Hurling Championship in the early 1990’s, and are cited in local media as a new hurling team in October 1990.


Types of Championship titles won as Cashel:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • U20/21 Football Championship

Streete Parish

Hurling

Recorded as playing hurling in 1926 (though not in competition).

Club competed in the 1933 & 1934 Senior Hurling Championships alongside Longford and Granard hurling clubs.

Confirmed in year-end summary in Longford Leader on December 29th 1934 as having won the Hurling League title in 1934. This was achieved with two victories over Longford, one victory over Granard and one loss to Granard (4-1 to 3-2), to end the league season on 21st October 1934 at the top of the table and as League champions.

Rathcline Parish

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in the 1890 and 1891 Senior Championships.

Also referred to as ‘Honest John Martins’.

Reached the final of the very first Senior Football Championship in 1890.

The club was named after the County Down Presbyterian Nationalist named John Martin. He was arrested for his Nationalist activities and sentenced in 1848 to 10 years transportation to Van Diemen’s Land. Martin returned to Ireland in 1856 having received a full pardon. He had a Longford connection having contested and lost the Longford Election in 1870 in what became a seminal period in Irish politics. He became the first Home Rule MP for Meath from 1871–1875 and was commonly known as ‘Honest John Martin’. When he died in 1875, his Home Rule party seat in Meath was contested and won a young Protestant from Wicklow by the name of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Rathcline competed in the 1904 Senior Championship when the GAA revived in Longford following an absence of activity since 1891. The club was cited as ‘Rathcline John Martins’ in 1905 competition.

Another brief reference to John Martins is found in 1922, but the club played as ‘Rathcline’ for most of the 1920’s.

Football

The Rathcline club adopted the name Rathcline St. Michaels from 1934-37.

Hurling

The club also has a hurling team in competition in 1936.

Football

Rathcline St. Michaels changed name to Ratchline St. Dermots in 1938.

Then reverted briefly to Rathcline in 1939 and club is then inactive for two years thereafter

Football

This is the same club as Rathcline John Martins, which was renamed Rathcline St. Michaels, which was then renamed Rathcline St. Dermots, which briefly became Lanesboro, and was then finally renamed Rathcline.

Rathcline name had appeared in 1910’s & 1920’s without mention of John Martins, but this was likely shorthand.

Rathcline name appeared briefly in 1939 (after St. Michaels and St. Dermots faded away).

Rathcline name was in regular use from 1948 onward (instead of Lanesboro name).

Rathcline won their first title in 1951 as ‘Rathcline’, beating Mostrim 1-5 to 0-2 in the Junior League decider.

The club briefly amalgamated temporarily with Cashel as ‘Shannon Gaels’ from 1952-53.

The club was reformed once more as Rathcline from 1955.


Types of Championship titles won as Rathcline:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • Under 21 Football Championship

Football

Rathcline club referenced in publications as ‘Lanesboro’ in 1942 and 1944 (and occasionally as Rathcline in this period too).

The Rathcline name was then used again from 1948 onward.

Likely the use of Lanesboro was simply a mixing of club and parish name, which was not uncommon.

Hurling

First reference to Lanesboro Hurling Club is in April 1926.

Lanesboro Hurling Club was reformed in July 1936. At the time Longford was the only other active hurling club in the county.

In the absence of any competitive games, Lanesboro hosted Longford in a challenge game in late July 1936, with the Longford side winning 6-1 to 3-3. Lanesboro were represented by: Flaherty (Captain), Dolan, Hopkins, Hoey, Malone, Corcoran, Ryan, Rhatigan, Connor, Smyth, Igoe, McDermott, Kilcoyne and Skelly. Lanesboro then traveled to Longford for the return leg of this friendly in August 1936, with Lanesboro winning by 5-2 to 2-2.

Club is not referenced after 1936, and no evidence found of any competitive games played.

Football

Short-lived club consisting of Bord na Mona employees.

The club played competitively in 1948.

Hurling

This was the name of the Hurling club in 1982 prior to change of name to Naomh Ciaráns.

Rathcline Gaels played with Slashers Gaels in the Connacht League of 1982.

Hurling

Naomh Ciaráns played in the newly organised Senior Hurling Championship from 1982.

The club won two Senior Hurling Championship titles and was runner up in four Senior Hurling finals in the 1980’s.

Naomh Ciaráns hurling club was no longer in competition by the early years of the 1990’s.


Championship titles won as Naomh Ciarán:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Other Clubs

Football

Participated in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Other Amalgamations

The following adult club amalgamations across do not intuitively convey the clubs involved. Hence for clarity, each is listed below with details of the makeup of that amalgamation. There were other amalgamations in adult championship competitions over the years (Ballymahon Leo Caseys & Ardagh St. Patricks in 1909, Killashee and Rathcline in 1919, Mostrim & Sean Connollys in 1945, Fr. Manning Gaels & Mullinalaghta in Intermediate in 1973, various temporary combinations in the 1970’s competing in qualifiers for the Senior Championship and Ballymahon & Cashel in Senior Hurling in the early 1990’s), but those did not have any unique name applied to the team, hence were clearly identifiable via the combined names of constituent clubs. They are therefore not included or listed here.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Longford Wanderers and Clonguish from 1933-1934.

United Gaels reached Senior Football Championship final in both years.

Also a reference to some players from Ardagh in the team.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Abbeylara and Granard from 1947 to 1948.

Reached Senior Football Championship final in 1947.

Also reached Junior Football Championship final in 1947.

Played in the Granard colours of blue and white.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Rathcline and Cashel in February 1952.

Enters competition in 1953 but is reported as non-existent later that year.

Football

This was a temporary amalgamation of Kenagh and Moydow Harpers and competed as St. Dominics from 1952-1953. St. Dominics did not affiliate in 1954 or 1955 (noted in the County Convention report) and the amalgamation was over by 1956 when Kenagh affiliated on it’s own.

Kenagh club affiliated on its own in 1956 and adopted the St. Dominics name to become Kenagh St. Dominics.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Mullinalaghta and Abbeylara (with some Granard players).

(St. Mary’s Granard club was inactive during this period)

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Killoe Young Emmets and Whiterock Slashers for 1955 & 1956 seasons.

Both clubs competed in adult and underage grades as Killoe Slashers during this period.

Won 1955 Junior League (final against Longford Slashers played in early 1956) as Killoe Slashers.

The amalgamation was disbanded at a meeting of the two clubs on 11th January 1957 in Esker Hall.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Kenagh St. Dominics and Cashel.

Football

Temporary amalgamation of Carrickedmond and Kenagh in Junior (1971-1974) and Senior (1971-1975).

Reached Senior Football Championship finals of 1971 & 1973.

(Note: Kenagh reformed at Junior grade in 1973 and were fully separate as an adult team from 1976)

Football

Northern Gaels won the Under 21 Championship title in 1976.

The team was a temporary amalgamation of Dromard & Fr. Manning Gaels.

This is a separate team from the later combination of Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta who formed a joint Minor Club as Northern Gaels.

Hurling

Played in the newly re-organised Senior Hurling Championship in 1982.

Not found in action after the 1982 season.

No information thus far on which clubs made up this amalgamation.

Slang Names

The following slang names were noted in fixtures in June 1919:

– Moydow “Grave Diggers”
– Lisduff “Bone Shakers”
– Alenagh “Hardy Annuals”
– Cloncoose “Stone Breakers”
– Ferafad “Crocodiles”

An article by Mr. J Fullam appeared in the Longford Leader on 7th June 1919, condemning the use of nicknames or slang names. The article noted that a resolution had been passed at a recent meeting of the Junior County Board condemning the action of the correspondent who named these teams, and stating that no such teams existed in the county and are not affiliated with either the Junior or Senior Board. The article also condemned the giving of players vulgar nick-names such as ‘Steam Roller’ and ‘Rabbitt Skins’. The article asked the Longford Leader not to publish either nick-names or slang terms which don’t belong to the GAA.

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