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GAA Milestones

πŸ—“οΈ 1884
β—‹ GAA was founded in the Hayes Hotel in Thurles on 1st November 1884.

πŸ—“οΈ 1888
β—‹ First Longford club formed under GAA rules in September 1888 (Granard Healys).
β˜… This marks the origin year for official GAA activity in County Longford.

πŸ—“οΈ 1889
β—‹ First game under GAA rules in Longford in Feb 1889 (Granard Healy’s vs Ballymahon O’Briens).
β—‹ Longford County Board formed & meets for the first time on 13th October 1889.

πŸ—“οΈ 1890
β—‹ First Longford Senior Football Championship competition held from Mar-Jun 1890.
β—‹ First Longford SFC final held at Abbeycarton Lane on 6th June 1890 (Colmcille vs Rathcline).

πŸ—“οΈ 1895
β—‹ Longford Shamrocks win Silver Cup Tournament vs Westmeath Football Club in February 1895.

πŸ—“οΈ 1897
β—‹ Longford plays first inter-county Gaelic Football game in February 1897 (vs Louth, Croke Cup).

πŸ—“οΈ 1900
β—‹ Leinster Council was formed on 13th October 1900 (James Nolan elected Chairman).

πŸ—“οΈ 1902
β—‹ Longford Park leased from Lord Longford – Used by Longford GAA until May 1933.
β—‹ First Longford Hurling club formed under GAA rules in October 1902 (Longford Leo Caseys).
β—‹ First inter-county Hurling game (friendly) vs Roscommon Gaels in December 1902.

πŸ—“οΈ 1903
β—‹Β First inter-county Hurling competition game vs Meath in Leinster Cup on 19th July 1903.
β—‹ First Longford Football game in Leinster Senior Hurling Championship (vs Wexford).

πŸ—“οΈ 1904
β—‹ First Longford Hurling game in Leinster Senior Football Championship (vs Westmeath).
β—‹ First Longford Senior Hurling Championship competition organised (completed in 1905).

πŸ—“οΈ 1906
β—‹ Longford competes in Leinster Junior ChampionshipΒ for the 1st timeΒ (vs Westmeath).

πŸ—“οΈ 1913
β—‹ GAA purchases Jones Road Sports Grounds (renamed Croke Park) for Β£3500.

πŸ—“οΈ 1918
β—‹ Gaelic Sunday (4th August) sees matches take place in defiance at a ban by British authorities.

πŸ—“οΈ 1920
β—‹ Bloody Sunday attack by British authorities at Croke Park during Dublin-Tipperary game (14 deaths).

πŸ—“οΈ 1924
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Junior Football title (awarded) – First silverware for Longford.
β—‹ National ‘Tailteann Games‘ take place for the first time at Croke Park.

πŸ—“οΈ 1925
β—‹ Longford reaches an All-Ireland Football Final for the first time (1924 JFC final vs Kerry).
β—‹ Longford competes in inaugural National Football League from October 1925.

πŸ—“οΈ 1926
β—‹ Longford suspended by Leinster Council. Not re-instated until March 1927.

πŸ—“οΈ 1927
β—‹ First Club Junior Football Championship (knockout) winner (Ardagh).

πŸ—“οΈ 1928
β—‹ St. Mels wins Leinster Colleges SFC (Brother Bosco Mulhare Cup) for 1st time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1929
β—‹ Longford becomes the first winner of the Leinster Minor Football Championship.
β—‹ Longford competes in inaugural All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1930
β—‹ County Board purchases a site at Kelleher Barracks to develop a County Grounds.

πŸ—“οΈ 1931
β—‹ County Board leadership title changes from ‘President’ to ‘Chairman’.
β—‹ First Club Intermediate Football Championship competition is held.
β—‹ First three-in-row of Senior Football Championships (St. Marys Granard).

πŸ—“οΈ 1932
β—‹ Schools Board formed on 24th January 1932 & Schools competition begins.

πŸ—“οΈ 1933
β—‹ Last final held at Longford Park in May 1933 (JFL Final – Killoe v Mullinalaghta).
β—‹ Last game held at Longford Park on 28th May 1933 (SFC R1 – Granard v Drumlish).
β—‹ First club game played at Longford’s new Gaelic Grounds on 4th June 1933.
β—‹ First inter-county game at Longford’s Gaelic Grounds vs Roscommon in Nov 1933.
β—‹ J.V. Kelly becomes first Longford man to referee a Leinster SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1934
β—‹ First three-in-row of Senior Hurling Championships (Granard H.C.).
β—‹ J.V. Kelly becomes first Longford man to referee National League final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1936
β—‹ First Club ‘Leader Cup’ competition takes place, but stalls until 1937.
β—‹ First Club Minor Football Championship (knockout) final takes place.

πŸ—“οΈ 1937
β—‹ Pearse Park officially opens on April 25th (previously Longford Gaelic Grounds).
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Junior Football Championship for second time.
β—‹ Longford wins first All-Ireland title (JFC vs London in Catford).
β—‹ Longford wins first Football League honours (NFL Division 2 title).

πŸ—“οΈ 1938
β—‹ Con McGovern is first Longford player to win Sigerson Cup medal.
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Minor Football Championship for second time.
β—‹ GAA removes President Douglas Hyde as Patron due to attending a soccer game.

πŸ—“οΈ 1939
β—‹ P.J. Sheehy (Ballymahon) becomes first Longford man to referee the Connacht SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1940
β—‹ Pearse Park host All-Ireland JFC final. Referee was P. McKenna originally from Ballinamuck.

πŸ—“οΈ 1941
β—‹ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck native) is appointed referee for the All-Ireland SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1943
β—‹ Patrick McKenna (Ballinamuck native) is appointed referee for the All-Ireland SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 1945
β—‹ Jim Hannify is first Longford player to win a Railway Cup medal.

πŸ—“οΈ 1948
β—‹ St. Mels College wins the All-Ireland Colleges title first time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1953
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Junior Football Championship for third time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1954
β—‹ First Longford Club Juvenile (Under 16) competitions are held.

πŸ—“οΈ 1959
β—‹ First Longford club to win Leinster Junior Club Camogie title (St. Brigids Ardagh).

πŸ—“οΈ 1960
β—‹ First presentation of the SeΓ‘n Connolly Cup to SFC winner.

πŸ—“οΈ 1962
β—‹ SeΓ‘n Murray is first Longford player to captain winning Sigerson Cup team.

πŸ—“οΈ 1963
β—‹ First Longford U-21 Football Championship competition is held.

πŸ—“οΈ 1965
β—‹ SeΓ‘n Murray wins CΓΊ Chulainn Award (forerunner to All-Stars).
β—‹ First Longford Club U-14 competitions take place.
β—‹ Longford wins O’Byrne Cup for the first time (vs Kildare).
β—‹ Longford County Board launches U-16 Fr. Manning Cup.
β—‹ First four-in-row of Longford Senior Football Championships (Clonguish).
β—‹ Brendan Barden wins CΓΊ Chulainn Award (forerunner to All-Stars).

πŸ—“οΈ 1966
β—‹ Longford wins the National Football League title for first time.
β—‹ Longford wins National Football League Division 2 title.

πŸ—“οΈ 1968
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Senior Football Championship for first time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1969
β—‹ First Longford U-14 & U-16 Hurling Championships are held.

πŸ—“οΈ 1970
β—‹ First Longford club participation in Leinster Club SFC competition.

πŸ—“οΈ 1971
β—‹ First Longford hurling representation at U-14 National FΓ©ile na nGael.
β—‹ GAA rescinds Rule 27 – GAA members can play/attend previously banned games.

πŸ—“οΈ 1972
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 2 and gain promotion.

πŸ—“οΈ 1973
β—‹ Longford hosts Leinster GAA Convention for the first time (02-Mar).

πŸ—“οΈ 1979
β—‹ Longford native Liam Mulvihill (Kenagh) is elected Ard StiΓΊrthΓ³ir of GAA.
β—‹ Liam holds the position of GAA Secretary until retiring at the end of 2007.

πŸ—“οΈ 1980
β—‹ First All County Football League club competition is held.
β—‹ First Longford Minor & U-12 Hurling Championships held.

πŸ—“οΈ 1982
β—‹ Longford Club Senior Hurling Championship is revived.
β—‹ Longford competes in National Hurling League for first time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1984
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 4 and gain promotion.

πŸ—“οΈ 1985
β—‹ Longford County Board launches U-21 Hastings Cup competition.

πŸ—“οΈ 1986
β—‹ First Longford U-21 Hurling Championship & Senior Hurling League held.

πŸ—“οΈ 1988
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 3S and gain promotion.

πŸ—“οΈ 1990
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 3N and gain promotion.
β—‹ Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Shield for first time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1991
β—‹ Jersey sponsorship introduced into the GAA for the first time.

πŸ—“οΈ 1993
β—‹ Albert Fallon (Ballymahon) is elected Leinster Council Chairman.

πŸ—“οΈ 1995
β—‹ Longford Arms Hotel becomes main sponsor of Longford GAA.

πŸ—“οΈ 1996
β—‹ Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Shield for second time.
β—‹ First five-in-row of Longford Senior Hurling Championships (Wolfe Tones).

πŸ—“οΈ 1998
β—‹ First inter-county game under floodlights (Longford v Monaghan in All-Ireland ‘B’).
β—‹ John Bannon (Legan) is appointed referee for the All-Ireland SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 2000
β—‹ Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Championship for first time.
β—‹ Longford wins O’Byrne Cup for the second time (vs Westmeath).

πŸ—“οΈ 2001
β—‹ Peter McKenna (Cashel) is elected GAA Stadium Director.

πŸ—“οΈ 2002
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Minor Football Championship for third time.
β—‹ John Bannon (Legan) is appointed referee for the All-Ireland SFC final.

πŸ—“οΈ 2003
β—‹ First inter-county provincial game played under floodlights (Longford v Meath).
β—‹ Inaugural ‘Longford GAA Race Day‘ fundraiser held at Punchestown.

πŸ—“οΈ 2004
β—‹ New Longford GAA crest appears on county jersey for the first time.
β—‹ New main stand is opened as part of the re-development of Pearse Park.

πŸ—“οΈ 2005
β—‹ Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Championship for second time.
β—‹ New all-weather pitch installed and officially opened at Pearse Park.
β—‹ First Longford club to reach Leinster Club IFC final (Rathcline).
β—‹ GAA abolishes Rule 42, enabling other sports to be played at Croke Park

πŸ—“οΈ 2006
β—‹ Inaugural Longford GAA annual awards ceremony takes place.
β—‹ Record crowd of 15,213 attend Longford v Dublin at Pearse Park.

πŸ—“οΈ 2007
β—‹ Eugene McGee inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame.
β—‹ First rugby game takes place at Croke Park (Ireland v France).
β—‹
First soccer game takes place at Croke Park (ROI v Wales).

πŸ—“οΈ 2010
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Minor Football Championship for fourth time.
β—‹ Longford hurlers win Lory Meagher cup for first time.
β—‹ Longford Minor Footballers win Leinster League title.

πŸ—“οΈ 2011
β—‹ Martin Skelly (Cashel) is elected Leinster Council Chairman.
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 4 and gain promotion.
β—‹ Glennon Brothers replace Longford Arms Hotel as main sponsor.
β—‹ Pearse Park is renamed Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in December.

πŸ—“οΈ 2012
β—‹ Longford footballers win NFL Division 3 and gain promotion.

πŸ—“οΈ 2013
β—‹ First use of Hawkeye in hurling (Longford v Warwickshire in Lory Meagher final).

πŸ—“οΈ 2014
β—‹ Longford hurlers win Lory Meagher cup for second time.
β—‹ Longford Minor Footballers win Leinster League title.

πŸ—“οΈ 2015
β—‹ Dessie Barry inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame.
β—‹ First Longford club to reach Leinster Club JFC final (St. Brigids Killashee).

πŸ—“οΈ 2017
β—‹ Longford & Leitrim Masters combine to compete as an amalgamation.
β—‹ Leitrim-Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Plate title.

πŸ—“οΈ 2018
β—‹ Longford v Meath in O’Byrne Cup is 1st game ever decided by free kicks.
β—‹ Longford hurlers win Kehoe Cup for the first time.
β—‹ First Longford club to reach & win Leinster Club SFC final (Mullinalaghta).
β—‹ First six-in-row of Longford Senior Hurling Championships (Wolfe Tones).

πŸ—“οΈ 2019
β—‹ Clonbroney wins All-Ireland Minor (Mens) Rounders title.
β—‹ Leitrim-Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Shield title.

πŸ—“οΈ 2020
β—‹ Longford wins O’Byrne Cup for third time (vs Offaly).
β—‹ Longford native John Devaney is elected Chair of Down County Board.

πŸ—“οΈ 2021
β—‹ Clonbroney wins All-Ireland U-13 FΓ©ile (Boys) Rounders title.
β—‹ Clonbroney wins All-Ireland U-12 (Girls) Rounders title.
β—‹ Brian Molloy (Lanesboro) is elected Connacht Camogie Chairperson.
β—‹ Leitrim-Longford wins All-Ireland Masters Football Challenge Trophy.

πŸ—“οΈ 2022
β—‹ Carrick Hurling Club (Leitrim) joined underage Hurling Championship.

πŸ—“οΈ 2023
β—‹ Longford wins O’Byrne Cup for fourth time (vs Louth).
β—‹ Clonbroney wins All-Ireland U-12 (Girls) Rounders title.
β—‹ Brian Molloy (Lanesboro) is elected Camogie Association President.
β—‹ Longford County Board purchase 32-acre site for new Centre of Excellence.
β—‹ Longford GAA/LGFA clubs receive €1,000,000 donation from J.P. McManus.

πŸ—“οΈ 2024
β—‹ Longford wins O’Byrne Cup for the fifth time (vs Dublin).
β—‹ Longford wins Leinster Minor Football Championship for fifth time.

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