Longford Gaelic Stats
Club Titles Research - Summary

About the Research

A comprehensive package of research into GAA club titles in Longford was undertaken by our research team between 2014 and 2021, with full support from Coiste Chontae an Longfort, with conclusions submitted to the County Board Secretary and PRO throughout. 

Prior to our research, previous club rolls of honour existed in newspapers, GAA yearbooks, GAA centenary publications and County Final match programmes (See Sources section of this page for those used by this research team). Previous research had been augmented by Seán Ó Suilleabháin and others in the early 1980’s who documented some missing county final scores from the early years and updated the records to eliminate inaccuracies that had sustained to that point (especially for the period 1890 to 1925). However a number of gaps and inconsistencies remained by 2014, and our research team utilised a combination of recently digitised newspaper records, microfilm and a range of published sources to provide further corrections and updates, and to resolve all remaining gaps including missing county final scores for the very first time. Our research approach prioritised the importance of independent assessment led by verified published sources, to avoid compounding historical errors driven by long-held assumptions (i.e. personal recollection or inbuilt natural bias), which invariably became codified as fact over the years. All research was conducted voluntarily and without fear or favour.

Our research resulted in changes to Senior Football Championship titles and records as well as clarity on Senior Championship versus ‘League-Championship’ titles (a conflation which was common in early records). Some championship final scorelines had been added to the roster over the past quarter of a century via some of the aforementioned work of those who went before us, but by 2014 the Senior Championship picture was still quite incomplete, and in some instances the allocated titles (especially 1891-1926) were materially inaccurate. Our team sought to establish a complete record for Senior Football Championships including original club names used in each final, and scorelines right back to 1890, as well as a complete record of Senior Hurling Championship finals and a full suite of title records for Junior, Intermediate, U-21, Minor, Juvenile and U-14 Football Championship titles. We were also able to create the first full listing of old League-Championship winners which had not existed anywhere prior to the completion of our work. 

This summary report provides the reader with an understanding of club titles research, including sources used and methodologies applied. Any research team will have, and is entitled to, it’s own approach. This web archive displays the findings of our research, conducted without fear or favour (evidenced not least by the fact that our native club had 1 SFC and 1 JFC title removed as a result of the objective research carried out by our team) and placed into the public domain via this web archive for maximum transparency.

Club titles research was limited to the following:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Football League (Leader Cup)
  • Senior Hurling Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship
  • U-21 Football Championship
  • Minor Football Championship
  • Juvenile Football Championship
  • U-14 Football Championship
  • Some older competitions

Our method was to follow available published evidence to prove or disprove existing rolls of honour details and fill gaps where necessary. Our research approach prioritised the importance of independent assessment led by verified published sources, to avoid compounding historical errors driven by long-held assumptions (i.e. personal recollection or inbuilt natural bias), which invariably became codified as fact over the years. Memory, and in particular recollection of events from decades ago, is notoriously misleading, hence we relied on available evidence to provide direction for our work. This evidence-driven approach allowed us to be dispassionate and objective regarding our findings, which is borne out by the fact that our native club ended up losing both SFC and JFC titles as a result of our research work.

Our research into SFC, SHC and IFC records along with associated corrections was communicated to Coiste Chontae an Longfort in October 2014 and published on the Longford GAA website from then until January 2022. Further augmentations and research of other age groups including Junior, Under 21, Minor, Juvenile and Under 14 grades, was completed in phases from October 2014 to February 2021 and in each instance it was published online with the support of Coiste Chontae an Longfort once that phase of work was completed. Additional research was added in early 2021 to provide final details on Minor Championship research and to provide more transparency on the research itself, the conclusions reached and the methodologies used. The entire packages of research into club titles in Longford concluded in May 2021. 

Our 2014-2021 research identified the following changes to Club Championship records:

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Senior Football Championship – Changes

1891
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: Not Completed

1896
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: No Championship

1912
Was: Killoe Young Emmets
Now: No Championship

1917
Was: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers
Now: No Championship

1919
Was: Clonguish
Now: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers

1922
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship

1923
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship

1925
Was: Game Abandoned (Granard v Mullinalaghta)
Now: No Championship

📷  Senior Titles – Example of Changes (1981 vs 2014)

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Senior Hurling Championship – Changes

1905
Was: None
Now: Longford Leo Caseys

1907
Was: None
Now: Killoe Young Emmets

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Intermediate Football Championship – Changes

1931
Was: Not Recorded
Now: Mullinalaghta

1932
Was: Not Recorded
Now: Edgeworthstown Young Irelands

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Junior Football Championship – Changes

1927
Was: Granard
Now: Ardagh St. Patricks

1928
Was: Granard
Now: Clonguish

1940
Was: Killoe Young Emmets
Now: Mostrim (awarded)

1942
Was: Cashel
Now: Longford Wanderers

1944
Was: No Competition
Now: Dromard

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Minor Football Championship – Changes

1949
Was: Mostrim
Now: No Championship

1951
Was: Clonguish
Now: Not Completed

1st Harte Cup Winner
Was: Mostrim (1949)
Now: Clonguish (1950)

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Club Names – Changes

The names of all winners and finalists at the time of each championship final were researched and corrections were made to a number of rolls of honour records across all championship grades to ensure that the name of the club is displayed as applicable in that particular final.

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Title Allocations – Changes

Titles on this website are allocated to club units (not parishes). For temporary amalgamations, titles are allocated to the amalgamation. Where a new club is formed by two or more existing clubs uniting into a new club unit, the titles of the individual clubs prior to the union are kept separate from titles won by the new club unit.

Titles are allocated to club units (not parishes). Where a new club is formed by two or more existing clubs uniting or merging into one new club, the titles of the individual clubs prior to the union are kept separate from titles won by the new club. For temporary amalgamations, titles are allocated to the amalgamation and not to each of the constituent clubs. Temporary amalgamations are defined as amalgamations between two or more clubs where the constituent clubs do not fold or go out of existence as a result of the amalgamation (i.e. either retained during it, or reformed after it). Other publications may display title allocations differently, and that is their prerogative. We aim to consistently allocate titles to club units and delineate, for historical accuracy, between newly formed clubs and older club units.

To allocate titles consistently, it was necessary to examine all instances where titles were won by different or differently named clubs within the same parish, and determine whether the context around those club formations impacts the allocation of titles. There are many instances where the lineage of clubs and club names is difficult to ascertain with certainty, however in almost all cases the older club unit did not win any titles, hence it became a moot point. Our allocation research therefore focused in on those instances where titles were won by different or differently named clubs within the same parish and whether those were the same club or separate club units (either a different club within the same parish, or a club formed by a merge with another club to form a new unit within that parish).

Longford has seen a large number of clubs come and go over the years, including multiple clubs competing at the same time within the same parish (This was true in a few parishes until the 2010’s, and is still true today for the Longford parish). Historically there are instances of championship titles won by different or differently named clubs within the same parish. Most of those different or differently named club units are provably the same club renamed or re-organised over time. Others however were distinctly separate club units including new clubs formed by the uniting/merging of two or more existing clubs.

Our research found four examples of key Championships won by different clubs within the same parish:

  1. Longford Parish
  2. Edgeworthstown Parish
  3. Drumlish Parish
  4. Ardagh & Moydow Parish

Click on each of the links above to read more about title allocations.

Note: The club titles content displayed in this web archive comes from research carried out between 2014 & 2021 which was carried out voluntarily, without fear or favour and without bias of any kind. This is evidenced by the fact that our research resulted in SFC and JFC titles being removed from our native club due to evidence surfaced by our research (which also negated the clubs only 3-in-row of SFC titles which had existed for a century prior). Some will have strong opinions on the research, particularly around title allocation, but we have sought to demonstrate in clear terms how title or allocation changes via our research have been grounded in facts and evidence. We encourage all Longford gaels who take the time to navigate this web archive and consume it’s content, to please utilise the Contact section to get in touch with any corrections, clarifications or questions you might have.

The following publications were assessed as part of our research of club titles.

Newspaper Archives:

Longford Leader
Longford Journal
Longford News
Roscommon Herald
Roscommon Journal
Roscommon Messenger
Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette
Westmeath Examiner
Westmeath Independent
Westmeath Journal
Leitrim Observer
Leitrim Advertiser
Cavan Observer
Anglo Celt


Published Rolls of Honour:

1933 – Longford Leader (SFC/SHC/JFC/JFL)
1942 – Longford Leader (SFC)
1944 – Longford Leader (SFC/SHC/SFL/MFC)
1963 – Longford Leader (All winners for 1963)
1965 – Longford Leader (SFC)
1972 – Longford Leader (All winners for 1972)
1975 – Longford Leader (All winners for 1974)
1977 – Longford Leader (SFC)
1977 – Longford Leader (All winners for 1977)
1981 – Longford GAA Yearbook 1980/81
1982 – Longford Leader (Past SHC winners)
1983 – County Final Match Programme (SFC)
1984 – Longford Leader (SFC/IFC/JFC)
1985 – Longford Leader (SFC/IFC)
1985 – Longford Leader (JFC)
1987 – Comoradh an Cheid: C.L.C.G. Chontae Longfoirt
1987 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC)
1988 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC)
1989 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC)
1992 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1993 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/U16)
1993 – Longford Leader (SFC)
1994 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1995 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1996 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1997 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1998 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
1999 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2000 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2001 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2002 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/SHC/U16)
2003 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/U16)
2006 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2007 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2009 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC/MFC)
2010 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2011 – Longford Leader (Leader Cup)
2012 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2013 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2014 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/SHC)
2015 – County Final Match Programmes (SFC/JFC/MFC)
2016 – County Final Match Programmes (SFC/IFC)
2017 – County Final Match Programme (SFC)
2018 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/MFC)
2019 – County Final Match Programme (SFC)
2020 – County Final Match Programmes (SFC/SHC/IFC/MFC)
2021 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC/JFC)
2022 – County Final Match Programme (SFC/IFC)


SFC Final Match Programmes:

1979, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022.


Published Books & Booklets:

GAA Annual: 1907-9, 1908-9, 1910-11, 1927, 1932-3, 1934-5, 1936-7, 1938-9, 1957.
Official GAA
Booklets | Various Years

Official Opening of James McGann Memorial Park (Kenagh)
Club Souvenir Booklet
Booklet | 1978

The Life and Times of Fr. Seán Manning
Guckian, Des
Book | 1979

Longford G.A.A. Yearbook 1979
Longford County Board
Booklet | 1979

Longford G.A.A. Yearbook 1981
Longford County Board
Booklet | 1981

Killoe: History of a County Longford Parish
Devaney, Owen
Book | 1981

The Story of Granard G.A.A.: 1884-1984
O Scannlain, Padraig
Book | 1984

Clonguish G.A.A.: Official Opening of Park & Complex
Clarke, Mel
Booklet | 1984

Official opening of Michael Moran Memorial Park
Carrickedmond GAA
Booklet | 1986

Comoradh an Cheid: C.L.C.G. Chontae Longfoirt: 1887-1987
O Corcora, Seán
Book | 1987

Granard – It’s History, Our Heritage
Burns, Joy / Grier, Bernadette
Book | 1987

Rathcline – Pathways to the Past
Cahill, Seán / Casey, Jimmy
Book | 1995

From the Well of St. Patrick: Dromard Parish, Co. Longford
MacNerney, James P.
Book | 2000

Longford GAA – A History: 1980-2005
Longford County Board
Book | 2005

The Gaelic Athletic Association (1884-2009)
Cronin, Murphy & Rouse
Book | 2009

The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (1887-2009) – 5th Edition
Donegan, Des
Book | 2009

The Granard GAA Story: 125 Years
Finnan, Seamus
Book | 2013

Killoe Emmet Óg: 125 Year Anniversary
Killoe GAA
Booklet | 2014

Drumlish & Ballinamuck: Heritage & History
Murphy, Seán
Book | 2019

The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (1887-2021)
DBA
Book | 2021

The Life and Times of Longford Leader founder JP Farrell
Marie Coleman
Article | 2022


Other Published Sources:

Official GAA Oral History Project (2011)
Oral History – Longford

Club Titles Research - Summary

Senior Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

Granard Healys GFC was the first official GAA club in Longford, founded in September 1888. The town of Longford was next with Longford Davitts GFC founded on 2nd December 1888 and Ballymahon O’Briens GFC was next in February 1889. Thereafter we see an explosion in clubs in 1889 and 1890 with 21 clubs taking part in the first Senior Football Championship in 1890.

📷 Granard Healys Club 1888

(Source: Longford Independent – 27th October 1888)

Winner: Columbkille St. Columbkilles

The 1st Senior Football Championship was held in 1890 with 21 clubs participating (teams were 21-a-side at that time). The County Final was played between Columbkille St Columbkilles and Rathcline John Martins in Abbeycartron on 8th June 1890, with the Columbkille winning by 1-0 to 0-4. Lest anyone be confused by that score-line, it should be noted that a goal at that time could not be beaten by any number of points. See below report from the 100th anniversary in 1990.

The 21 clubs who took part in that historic first Senior Football Championship in 1890 were:

  • Granard Healys
  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Ballymacormack Grattans
  • Ballywillan Michael Davitts
  • Carrickedmond O’Connells
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Clough Dillons
  • Columbkille St. Columbkilles
  • Crosskeys Fitzgeralds
  • Dromard O’Briens
  • Drumlish Robert Emmets
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Ferefad Mandevilles
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Erin’s Pride
  • Legan Sunbursts
  • Longford Davitts
  • Moydow Harpers
  • Newtowncashel Sons of St Kieran
  • Rathcline John Martins
  • Shrule Leos

Winner: None

The 1891 Senior Championship title had previously been incorrectly allocated to Longford Shamrocks.

The 1891 Longford Championship involved 26 clubs and was, by accounts of the day, “a disaster”. The Clergy requested 1st round matches to be postponed as the Lenten season had begun. The county chairman complied but then changed his mind. An eleventh hour letter in the Roscommon Herald recommended postponement. There was confusion over the notice given for first round games and as a result, teams that failed to field were given a second chance with an additional round. Many of the 2nd round games were subject to objections which was a common occurrence and as the county board had ceased to function by the year end, the championship was deemed not completed with only three of the eight second round matches played. The 2nd county convention in 1891 was attended by only 1 delegate.

The clubs who were in existence at the start of the unfinished 1891 Senior Championship were:

  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Ballinamuck 98s
  • Ballymacormack Grattans
  • Ballymahon Leos *
  • Ballywillan Faugh a’Ballagh *
  • Carrickedmond O’Connells
  • Clonbroney Esmondes
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Clough Dillons
  • Columbkille St. Columbkilles
  • Cranley Hearts of Erin
  • Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells *
  • Drumlish Robert Emmets
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Ferefad Mandevilles
  • Granard Healys
  • Granard Slashers
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Erins Pride
  • Killoe McMahons
  • Legan Sunbursts
  • Moydow Harpers
  • Mullinalaghta Leaguers
  • Newtowncashel sons of St. Kieran
  • Rathaspic Leaguers
  • Rathcline John Martins

* In the months following the 1890 Championship, Ballymahon O’Briens and Shrule Leo’s amalgamated to form Ballymahon Leo’s while Dromard O’Briens and Dromard Owen Roes amalgamated to form Dromard Hugh Roe O’Donnells (Dromard O’Donnells) while Ballywillan Faugh a’Ballagh appear to have started the 1891 Championship as Ballywillan Michael Davitts and underwent a name change during the competition.

The GAA was faced with its first crisis in the aftermath of the Parnell affair, and activities and structures in Longford and other counties effectively ceased throughout the 1890’s. It should be noted that Longford was predominantly anti-Parnell during the crisis period. The 1891 championship in Longford was started but remained unfinished (for different reasons) and many years would pass before competition resumed in 1904. The number of clubs in Ireland dropped from 879 to 200 between 1890 and 1892 – the height of the Parnell scandal. The impact on Longford was a decimation of clubs and competition.

Winner: None

The 1896 Senior Championship title had previously been incorrectly allocated to Longford Shamrocks.

The next attempt to form a County Board after 1891 saw four clubs represented where five was needed to form a committee so the County Board was not set up in 1896. A friendly match took place in 1896 in Ballinalee between Granard Slashers and Longford Shamrocks following an invite issued by Granard Slashers. After many rows, the referee awarded the game to Longford. For some years this game had been included in the Senior Championship roll of honour, however there were no medals presented and this result is not regarded as a Senior Championship title in part because it was a single friendly (though not in nature) game and not a wider championship competition, and also because there was no Longford County Board in place at the time the game took place.

Longford Shamrocks represented Longford in the Croke Cup in early 1897, possibly as the “unofficial” county champions.

Winner: Longford Leo Caseys

Longford Leo Caseys 2-7
Killoe Young Emmets 0-1
or
Longford Leo Caseys 5-1
Killoe Young Emmets 0-1

📷 1904 Senior Championship Final


The Longford County Board was re-established in 1904 and official competition started again for the first time in many years. With the resumption of GAA activity in Longford, the senior championship draws would now involve a far smaller group of clubs (26 clubs in 1891 versus 9 clubs by 1904). The 1904 senior championship had nine clubs participating and in the decider played in April 1905, Longford Leo Caseys defeated Killoe Young Emmets to take the title. The three local newspapers of the time (Longford Leader, Roscommon Herald and Longford Journal) each reported different score-lines which are shown above. A closer analysis of these reports suggests that the Roscommon Herald result of 2-7 to 0-1 is likely to be the most accurate scoreline based upon the context within that match report versus the others.

The 9 clubs who participated in the 1904 Senior Championship were:

  • Ardagh St. Patricks
  • Clonbroney (formerly Clonbroney Esmondes)
  • Clonguish Gallowglasses
  • Drumlish Wolfe Tones (formerly Drumlish Robert Emmets)
  • Edgeworthstown Volunteers
  • Killashee Mitchells
  • Killoe Young Emmets (Formed circa 1903)
  • Longford Leo Caseys (Formed circa 1902)
  • Rathcline (formerly Rathcline John Martins)

Winner: Longford Leo Caseys

The 1905 championship overran with the final played in July 1906. Longford Leo Caseys retained their title in 1905 with victory over Edgeworthstown Volunteers by 1-7 to 0-3. It is worth noting that one source we reviewed cited Clonguish Gallowglasses as having beat Longford Leo Caseys in a replayed final (forced by an objection in April 1906) and then going on to win the 1905 Championship final thereafter. However our research located the match report from the 1905 final (link below) showing Longford Leo Casey’s as the County Champions.

📷 1905 Senior Championship Final

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1906.

The 1905 championship ran into 1906 with the final played in July 1906.

Winner: Killoe Young Emmets

Killoe Young Emmets won the 1907 Senior Championship with victory over an amalgamation of Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98s clubs in a replay on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-1. The first final between these sides was played on 7th July 1907 in Newtownforbes and ended in a draw (1-1 to 0-4). Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs amalgamated for a brief period from 1906 and competed in 1907 Senior Football Championship as a combined entity.

📷 1907 Senior Football Final Preview
📷 1907 Senior Championship Final
📷 1907 Championship Medals

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1908.

A notice was carried in the Longford Leader in March 1908 regarding ‘Revival of GAA football in Longford’ and citing an upcoming fixture between Ardagh St. Patricks and Clonguish Gallowglasses. However no record has been found of Senior Championship competition in 1908.

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1909.

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1910.

The Longford GAA Yearbook in 1981 allocated the 1910 title to Clonguish Red Branch Knights, however no record exists of any championship played in 1910. There is also no evidence of any club named Clonguish Red Branch Knights during these years. The Clonguish club in these early years was known as Clonguish Gallowglasses. The records were duly updated by 1983 to reflect this error.

Winner: Killoe Young Emmets

Killoe Young Emmets beat Edgeworthstown Volunteers by 0-1 to 0-0 in the 1911 championship final played in March 1912.

The championship semi-final between Killoe Young Emmets and Drumlish in November 1911 was previously assumed (and reported at the time) to have been the 1911 final because the teams in the other semi-final (Edgeworthstown & Clonguish) did not field. The next championship action recorded in Longford is coincidentally a match between Edgeworthstown and Clonguish in February 1912, and soon thereafter a championship final is played between Killoe and Edgeworthstown in March 1912 which had previously been assumed to be the 1912 championship final (hence back-to-back titles for Killoe). However an objective examination of the records strongly supports the view that the un-played semi final from 1911 between Edgeworthstown Volunteers and Clonguish Gallowglasses was the game played in February 1912 leading to the 1911 championship final between Killoe and Edgeworthstown taking place in March 1912. There are also no other games around those in the so-called 1912 Championship, which along with the dates of the games  adds to the theory that this was all part of the 1911 competition and not a new a separate Championship in 1912. Nobody joined these dots prior to 2014, leaving the reader to assume two different championship title where there was most likely only one. There was no additional championship action recorded in 1912.

📷 1911 Championship Semi Final (assumed final)
📷 1911 Championship Final (assumed 1912)

Clonguish Gallowglasses won the League-Championship title of 1911. No match report has been found but we do find evidence of Clonguish being referred to as League champions from Autumn 1911. See example at the link below.

📷 1911 League-Championship citation

Winner: None

This title was previously allocated to Killoe Young Emmets in rolls of honour prior to 2014, however our investigation did not support that claim, instead finding no record of any Senior Football Championship for 1912.

Killoe Young Emmets won four championships (1907, 1911, 1913, 1915) over a nine year period between 1907 and 1915. However, having previously been credited with the 1912 championship, the 2014 research found that this was more likely the conclusion of the 1911 SFC played in 1912. In previous records, the 1911 championship had seemingly concluded with the awarding of the title to Killoe (who had defeated Drumlish in the semi-final in November 1911) due to the fact that the second semi-final between Clonguish and Edgeworthstown had not been played as a result of a dispute. The 1912 final had previously been recorded as a 0-2 to 0-1 victory for Killoe Young Emmets over Edgeworthstown Volunteers in the county final played on 3rd March 1912.

However, a closer examination of the records in 2014 showed that the only competitive championship game played between November 1911 and the Killoe vs Edgeworthstown “final” of March 1912 was the meeting of Clonguish and Edgeworthstown in February 1912 (which was won by Edgeworthstown). It seems more logical and likely that this game was in fact the disputed 1911 semi-final, re-fixed and played in February 1912 instead, with the winners advancing to play Killoe in the delayed 1911 final in March 1912 with Killoe Young Emmets winning that delayed 1911 Championship. Hence the previously assumed 1912 final was in fact the delayed 1911 final. No further records have been found of any further competition in 1912, hence it is assumed that there was no SFC for that year itself.

📷 1911 Senior Championship Semi Final (assumed final)
📷 1911 Senior Championship Final (assumed 1912)

It is also worth noting here for completion, that a one-time competition called the Forresters Cup was played in 1912, concluding in 1913 with victory for Columbkille over Clonguish. The Longford branch of the INF organised the competition and donated the cup. This competition may have been confused for Senior Championship in some early rolls of honour.

Winner: Killoe Young Emmets

Killoe Young Emmets won the 1913 Championship with victory over Longford Commercials in the county final played on 15th February 1914. This was previously thought to  have achieved the first 3-in-a-row of Championship titles in Longford, however the correction to the records for 1912 to remove that years title now invalidates that 3-in-a-row.

📷 1913 Senior Championship Final

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1914.

The 1914 championship title had been incorrectly allocated to Granard Slashers in previous publications from the 1980’s, however this is not the case. It is worth noting that the 1913 Senior Championship ran into 1914 with the final played on 15th February 1914 but no Championship for 1914 itself was ever played.

Granard Shamrocks won the 1914 League-Championship beating Killoe Young Emmets in a replay in September 1915. The League-Championship final and replay are cited as ‘Championship’ in match reports, however the headline alongside the team photos on the front page of the Longford Leader clearly states ‘County Longford League Championship’.

📷 1914 League-Championship Final

Winner: Killoe Young Emmets

Killoe Young Emmets won the 1915 Championship with victory over Clonguish Gallowglasses in the county final which was eventually played in July 1916. The match report starts off by naming Granard as the opposition but corrects itself to Clonguish later in the article.

📷 1915 Senior Championship Final

There was no League-Championship winner for 1915, likely because the 1914 competition did not complete until September 1915.

Winner: None

No record exists of any Senior Football Championship for 1915.

The 1915 Senior Championship final was played in July 1916. There was no further championship action recorded thereafter until 1919. The 1916 Senior Championship was incorrectly allocated to Ardagh St. Brigids in 1981 Yearbook and older rolls of honour from 1933 & 1944, however there is no evidence to support this with no evidence of Ardagh St. Brigids in any active competition at all.

Granard Shamrocks won 1916 League-Championship beating Ardagh St. Patricks in March 1917.

📷 1916 League-Championship Final

Winner: None

Records prior to 2014 stated that Clonbroney Camlin Rovers won the 1917 Championship. However this is not accurate. A chapter on the early county final records in ‘Comóradh an Chéid’ (the Longford GAA centenary publication of 1987) stated that for the period 1917 to 1919, Clonbroney appear to have won the 1917 Championship with victory over Killoe in a replay, and Clonguish emerged victorious over Mullinalaghta to win 1919 Championship title.

However there was no Senior Championship competition played in 1917. The Clonbroney game cited above was in fact the 1919 Senior Championship final (see 1919 section below for details).

The 1917 League-Championship started in April 1917 but overran heavily and recommenced in July 1918, eventually completing in early 1919 with Granard Shamrocks beating Killashee on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-0.

📷 1917 League-Championship Final

Winner: None

No record found of a completed Senior Football Championship in 1918.

A newspaper article appeared in April 1918 carrying the following official notice… “Owing to the somewhat disturbed state of the country, all football fixtures are postponed until further notice”.

On 21st September 1918 the Longford Leader reports that the Longford Championship semi-final between Granard and Killoe was to be played. However It does not appear to have been played and was subsequently re-scheduled. No further reports or evidence relating to 1918 championship has been found. The Longford GAA Yearbook of 1981 allocated the 1918 Senior Championship title to Ballinamuck or Granard,  but no evidence has been found to support this.

📷 1918 No Competition Notice

Winner: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers

Some previous records stated that Clonguish won 1919 Championship beating Mullinalaghta in the final. This is inaccurate.

The 1919 Senior Championship draw was made immediately following the playing 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 (now the greyhound stadium). The club is now called Seán Connollys.

📷 1919 Senior Championship Final

(Medal image supplied by a relative of player from 1919 Clonbroney Camlin Rovers team)

The 1919 League-Championship draw was made on 23rd July 1919 and competition started on August 10th 1919, but continued into 1920 with Clonguish (winners of the Southern Division) beating Mullinalaghta (winners of the Northern Division) in the 1919 League-Championship final, played on 11th April 1920 (reported in the newspaper of 17th). The delay was caused by objections and lack of light at afternoon matches which ran into evenings. This League-Championship title was previously incorrectly assumed to be a Senior Championship title.

📷 1919 League-Championship Final

(Note: Some of the conflations that occurred in records for this era stems from the fact that some League-Championship medals had ‘Championship’ inscribed on them, just to add more confusion for later historians or researchers)

Winner: Ballinamuck 98’s

The Ballinamuck 98’s club won the 1920 championship with victory over Longford Wanderers.

📷 1920 Senior Championship Final

Winners: None

Due to a combination of factors, including the civil war, Longford’s prolonged involvement in the 1924 Junior championship (they reached the All-Ireland final which was played in July 1925), and the controversy over the county’s suspension by the Leinster Council (1926-27), there was no senior championship competition in the years from 1921 to 1926.

1921 Archive shows no evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

1922 Senior Championship title was previously credited to Longford Wanderers but they won the League-Championship title of that year completed in May 1923 [📷 Report]. No evidence has been found of Senior Championship competition for 1922.

1923 Senior Championship title was previously credited to Longford Wanderers but they won the League-Championship title of that year completed in October 1925 [📷 Report]. No evidence has been found of Senior Championship competition for 1923.

1924 Archive shows no evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

1925 League-Championship final between Granard and Mullinalaghta was played on 26th June 1926 and was abandoned due to violent scenes (and two arrests). A dispute arose during the game when a Mullinalaghta player was struck by a spectator. Fans rushed the pitch and palings were ripped up and used. The melee lasted 10 minutes and the Gardai were called to restore the peace. Two were arrested and match was abandoned with 5 minutes to go. The drama made the national news. This was previously cited as the Senior Championship final of 1926, however it was the League-Championship final of 1925 [📷 Report].

1926 Archive shows no evidence of Senior Championship or League-Championship competition for that year.

Winner: Drumlish

Senior Football Championship action resumed in 1927 for the first time since 1920, with Drumlish winning the clubs first title by beating Ballinamuck 98’s in the final.

📷 1927 Senior Championship Final

This was the 1st (and thus far only) SFC final involving two clubs from the same parish. 


Note: 1927 was a complex year because after the Championship draw was made on January 29th 1927, the county board became entangled in a dispute which meant that there was no official County Board in the county for a brief period. By the end of March the dispute had been resolved and the County Board was in place once again, just in time for the Junior Football Championship final on 3rd April 1927 and Senior Football Championship final on 10th April 1927.

1932: No Scoreline

All efforts to establish the final result of 1932 have proven fruitless (it is the only county final record which does not have a scoreline). In reporting the game between Drumlish and Granard for the Longford Leader, Jim Mannix apologised to readers for doing so a week later than expected as he had been ill.  However, the brief report did not include the score-line. It should be noted however that Jim provided the GAA reports for the Leader for many years and without this commitment and service, we may have struggled to confirm many of the final score-lines for the 1930s and 1940s.

1942: Ardagh St. Patricks

Ardagh won the 1942 Senior Football Championship with a team that included players from Whiterock Slashers. This is speculation that this may have been an amalgamation but the available evidence suggests that it was an Ardagh team consisting of some Whiterock players.

1946: Scoreless Final

The County Final of 1946 between Dromard and Ballymahon is noteworthy for a few reasons. The final dragged into the following year due to a mixture of issues including the harvest crisis and a semi-final objection between Dromard and Mullinalaghta. It was eventually fixed for March 23rd 1947 but the big blizzards at that time forced another postponement. The final eventually took place on April 6th 1947 and finished scoreless (It is still the only County Final to end scoreless) after being played in appalling conditions including gale force winds & heavy rain, with handling impossible and some players struggling to remain on their feet during the game. The replay on 13th April 1947 eventually saw Dromard victorious by 1-4 to 0-4.

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Hurling Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

The first hurling club in Longford was Longford Leo Caseys, formed in October 1902.

Some publications prior to our research show Longford Leo Caseys winning the Senior Hurling Championships of 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906, however no records could be found to support anything other than the 1905 title win, with no evidence of any official championship in those other years.

Winner: Longford Leo Caseys

The first Longford Hurling Championship final took place in 1905 (though the championship may well have started in 1904) and was contested between Longford Leo Caseys and Killoe Young Emmets. Leo Caseys won on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-1 in February 1905. However the final had to be replayed following an objection by Killoe and Leo Casey’s emerged victorious in the replayed game on score of 1-3 to 1-2 in May 1905 to take the first Longford Senior Hurling Championship title.

📷 1905 Hurling Final 
📷 1905 Hurling Final Replay – Preview
📷 1905 Hurling Final Replay

Winner: None

No record found of Senior Hurling Championship in 1906.

Winner: Killoe Young Emmets

Killoe Young Emmets beat Longford Leo Caseys in the Hurling Championship final in July 1907 on a scoreline of 3-3 to 0-0.

📷 1907 Hurling Championship Final

Winners: None

No record found of Senior Hurling Championships from 1908-1931.

Winners: St. Marys Granard

The 1932 Hurling Championship was played in a league format with 3 clubs – Granard, Longford & Edgeworthstown. Granard won by topping the table at the end of competition in May 1933.

📷 1932 Hurling Championship Final

(This Championship began in May 1932 and was played on a league basis with three hurling clubs participating… Longford, Granard and Edgeworthstown. The first two games were played in May and July 1932, but the third game between Edgeworthstown and Longford was not played in until February 1932, with the fourth game played in May 1933. Granard beat Longford and Edgeworthstown twice prior to the last game. Longford beat Edgeworthstown twice but lost to Granard prior to the last game. If Longford won the final game against Granard (i.e. the final above) they would be level on points with Granard in the table, thus another game between them would be needed to decide the title. If Granard won the final game, they would take the title. Granard won by 4-2 to 3-0 to top the table and win the 1932 Hurling Championship title.)

Granard v Longford: Granard won.
Granard v Edgeworthstown: Granard won. 
Longford v Edgeworthstown: Longford won.
Edgeworthstown v Longford: Longford won.
Edgeworthstown v Granard: Granard won.
Longford v Granard: Granard won. (Won the title)

Winners: St. Marys Granard

The 1933 Hurling Championship was played in a league format with 3 clubs – Granard, Longford and Lisryan. Granard won by topping the table at the end of competition which was completed on 14th January 1934.

📷 1933 Hurling Championship

There were four hurling clubs in the county at the start of 1933 – Granard, Longford, Edgeworthstown and Lisryan. However Edgeworthstown did not compete in the 1933 Hurling Championship, thus it involved three clubs playing in a league system, double games. Going into the final game between Longford and Granard, all three clubs had won two games each. Hence if Longford won the final game, that would have left all three teams on level points. Longford really should have had the competition wrapped up before the final game in January 1934, but they had wins against Lisryan and Granard overturned on objection.

Here are some (not all) of the results from the 1933 Hurling Championship:

Longford vs Lisryan: Longford won 0-21 to 0-9.
Granard vs Lisryan: Granard won 2-1 to 0-1.
Longford vs Lisryan: Longford won 4-1 to 1-1.
Longford vs Granard: Granard awarded points.
Lisryan vs Granard: Lisryan won.
Lisryan vs Longford: Lisryan awarded points.
Longford vs Granard: Granard won on 14th Jan 1933 (winning the title).

Winners: St. Marys Granard

Three hurling clubs competed in the 1934 Hurling Championship – Granard, Longford and Lisryan. Granard beat Lisryan (4-1 to 4-0), and Longford beat Lisryan. In the final game Granard made it three in a row titles with victory over Longford by 3-2 to 1-3 on 22nd April 1934.

📷 1934 Hurling Championship Final

Note: This was the first 3-in-a-row of Hurling Championship titles in Longford.

Winners: None

No record found of Senior Hurling Championships from 1935-1981.

Hurling competition restarted in Longford at the end of the 1970’s after a significant break. Competition was initially at underage level and eventually a Senior Hurling Championship began from 1982.

Winner: None

The 2011 Hurling Championship final was not played. Clonguish had asked the County Board to postpone the hurling final until they had finished up in the county football championship because some dual players involved with their hurling team were also involved with the senior football team. Wolfe Tones turned up on the day and maintained that Clonguish failed to fulfill the fixture and that they should be awarded the title. In the meantime, Clonguish were knocked out of the football championship on 11 September 2011 and the fixtures committee set a new date for the Hurling final (9 October 2011). Wolfe Tones refused to play on that date because they felt they fulfilled the original fixture and as far as they are concerned they were now the champions. No final was played and no title officially awarded.

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Intermediate Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

Winner: Mullinalaghta

Mullinalaghta 4-8
Clonbroney 1-2

In January 1931 it was proposed at the County Board meeting to establish a third grade of football alongside the two existing grades of Senior and Junior. This led to the implementation of the Intermediate Championship to encourage more football for clubs. The competition was run in 1931 and 1932, but was discontinued thereafter. Intermediate competition would not re-appear until 1966 when the current Intermediate Championship began.

📷 1931 Intermediate Championship Final

Winner: Edgeworthstown Young Irelands

📷 1932 Intermediate Championship Winner

Edgeworthstown Young Irelands beat Mullinalaghta in the 1932 final. No score has be found.

The initial Intermediate Championship competition was discontinued after 1932 and did not restart until 1966. The Intermediate Championship which exists today can trace its uninterrupted origins back to 1966 and has been played every year since.

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Junior Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

Winner: Ardagh St. Patricks

The first Junior Football Championship was played in 1927 with Ardagh St. Patricks defeating Colmcille 0-4 to 0-1 in the final in April 1927. Granard had previously been credited with this title but they won the 1927 Junior League defeating Ballymahon by 0-5 to 0-1 in January 1928.

📷 1927 Junior Championship Final

Winner: Clonguish

Clonguish defeated Drumlish in the 1928 Junior Championship final. No match report could be found, but a report of a subsequent County Board meeting references Clonguish as winners. Granard were previously credited with this title but they reached the Junior League final only to be defeated 2-4 to 2-3 by Clonguish in September 1929.

Winner: Edgeworthstown

Edgeworthstown beat Ardagh St. Patricks in the 1929 Junior Championship final which was played in February 1930.

This same club appears later in 1930 and for the next five years using the name Edgeworthstown Young Irelands. The Edgeworthstown club that won the Junior Championship in 1929 is the same club as Edgeworthstown Young Irelands who reached the Senior Championship final in 1931 and won the Intermediate Championship in 1932. This is a separate and different club to the Mostrim club formed in 1937.

Winner: Ardagh St. Patricks

Ardagh St. Patricks were awarded the replay of the 1930 Junior Championship final against Colmcille as the referee adjudged the latter not to have fielded in the allotted time.

Winner: Seán Connollys

Whiterock Slashers defeated Seán Connollys in the Junior Championship final in late 1935. Seán Connollys objected and the available evidence suggests that this objection was upheld in early 1936 with the title going to Seán Connollys.

Winner: Whiterock Slashers

Whiterock Slashers beat Dromard in the 1936 Junior Championship final. Dromard objected and were awarded the title. Whiterock Slashers counter-objected and were re-awarded the title. Hence the record shows Whiterock Slashers as champions.

Winner: Mostrim

Killoe Young Emmets defeated Mostrim 1-5 to 1-4 in the 1940 Junior Championship final. However Mostrim lodged an objection which was upheld in November 1940 and Mostrim were awarded the title and medals.

📷 1940 Junior Championship Final
📷 1940 Junior Championship Objection
📷 1940 Junior Championship Confirmed

Winner: Longford Wanderers

Cashel had previously been recorded as winners of the 1942 Junior Championship, however available evidence show that Longford Wanderers defeated Seán Connollys in the Junior Championship final. Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns defeated Killoe Young Emmets in the Junior League final of 1942 and this may have been mistaken for the championship in previous research.

📷 1942 Junior Championship Final

Winner: Dromard

Some previous records omitted this year. Records from 1944 show that Dromard beat Longford Wanderers in the Junior Championship final and a full account of the match can be found in the Longford Leader of October 28th 1944.

📷 1944 Junior Championship Final
📷 1944 Junior Championship Confirmed

Winner: Ardagh St. Patricks (awarded)

Killoe Young Emmets beat Ardagh St. Patricks in the 1949 decider, but Ardagh objected because Killoe were 11 minutes late in fielding. The objection was upheld as reported in the Longford Leader on 1st October 1949. While no explicit report exists stating that the upholding of the objection led to the awarding of the title to Ardagh, subsequent circumstantial evidence in 1950 supports the view that the title was awarded to Ardagh. This includes an article in local media on 27th May 1950 in which Ardagh are referred to as Junior Champions, and another article on 29th July 1950 in a game between Ardagh and Mullinalaghta where it states “ex champions Mullinalaghta take on 1949 Junior Champions Ardagh), and finally an article on 16th September 1950 which notes that Mullinalaghta “disposed of the challenge of the 1949 Junior Champions Ardagh”. So there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to support the fact that the 1949 Junor Championship title was awarded to Ardagh St. Patricks following an upheld objection.

📷 1949 Junior Championship Final
📷 1949 Junior Championship Objection

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Under 21 Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

St. Marys Granard won a three-in-a-row of titles for 1966, 1967 & 1968, all in the same year. The championship finals from 1966 and 1967 were delayed until 1968, while the 1968 final itself was played on Sunday 29th December 1968, with Granard beating Mostrim by 2-3 to 0-3. The MacAogain Cup (Fr. Egan Cup) was used for U-21 competition back then, and was presented to the winning captain.

Here are images of the U-21 medals for all three years (Source: Granard GAA)

The Northern Gaels amalgamation winners of the 1976 U21 Championship consisted of Dromard and Fr. Manning Gaels.

The Granard Region amalgamation winners of the 1978 U21 Championship consisted of St. Mary’s Granard, Mullinalaghta & Ballymore.

Competition changed from U-21 to U-20 grade from 2018 to 2021, and then back to U-21 from 2022.

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Minor Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

Winner: None

In 1934, Minor teams were entered into competition from Clonbroney, Whiterock Slashers, United Gaels (Longford + Clonguish + Ardagh), Drumlish, St. Brigids Killashee and St. Marys Granard. Fixtures were arranged in May 1934 but nothing more is recorded.

Winner: None

Competition organised in 1935 but the Minor Board Notes from early 1936 indicated that the 1935 competition was not completed. No record of any Minor final exists, but a notice regarding a medal presentation in Apr 1937 noted Longford as 1935 Minor League winners. No record of any Championship played.

(Preview to the Minor Board convention in March 1936 notes Longford as the winners of the 1935 Minor Competition. However no report of the final has been found and one week prior to the final it was noted that the 1935 competitions were ‘unfinished’. Further research is perhaps needed but all evidence available indicates that this Minor competition was played in a format similar to the 1936 league and was therefore the League. Longford was also not listed in the Minor Championship roll of honour published in 1944).

Winner: Killoe

Just six teams entered Minor League competition in 1936 with Clonguish taking the title with victory over Dromard by 4-6 to 1-0 in September 1936. In July 1936, the Minor Board decided to also run a Minor Championship (straight knockout competition) for the first time. This Minor Championship competition ran into 1937, with Killoe defeating Longford in the final by 6-4 to 0-6 on Sunday 13th June 1937.

📷 1936 Minor Championship Final

Winner: None

The 1936 Minor Championship was not completed until June 1937 which may explain the absence of any Minor Championship for 1937. A Minor League was played in 1937 and was at an advanced stage up to end of October 1937. Four teams played in that Minor League with some teams having played two games by end of October 1937. The County Board AGM in January 1938 noted a lack of progress in local competition at every level including lack of support for underage competitions. It seems the Minor league competition was not finished and additionally no Championship was played in 1937 either.

Winner: Mullinalaghta

Minor League began in April 1938 and continued into November 1938. The preview to Mullinalaghta v Ballymahon game on 1st November notes that Mullinalaghta are leading the Minor League. No definite record of the league final game exists, but we can tell from media references that Mullinalaghta went on to win the league competition. There is no written record in newspapers of the Mullinalaghta 1938 Minor Championship win, however winner medals exist with the year, club and competition to verify the 1938 Mullinalaghta Minor Championship title. It should be noted that some players from Seán Connollys club played on this winning team, but it was not an amalgamation, with only ‘Mullinalaghta’ inscribed on the winners medals.

📷 1938 Minor Championship Medal

Winner: None

Minor League commenced at the end of February 1939 and fixtures continue to be arranged sparingly (see example) up to the end of May 1939, after which no fixtures appear with no record found of the competition being finished. A roll of honour published in local media in 1944 indicated Clonguish were Minor winners (this was the only published roll from 1890 to 1922 to make this claim), however an investigation of all available published evidence indicates that this was Minor League, and that no Minor Championship was played in 1939. It is likely that the medals provided for that Minor League win were inscribed ‘Minor Champions’ or ‘Minor Championship’ which would not have been an uncommon practice at the time given that the Minor League was the only underage competition ongoing at the time, but the available evidence shows it to be the Minor League, not the Minor Championship. Our research found no evidence of any Minor Championship (as distinct from Minor League) winner for 1939. The above position is also consistent with the previous research by other parties prior to our research work in 2014-2021.

Winner: None

Six clubs (Longford, Clonguish, Seán Connollys, Kenagh, Killoe & Drumlish) entered into Minor competition in April 1940 with teams playing home and away ties in a League competition (See fixture examples from July 1940 and August 1940). This Minor League continued through to November 1940 and can be seen to have reached an advanced stage, but there is no record found thereafter of any winner in any written publications of the time. A Minor Board notice in local newspapers on 27th July 1940 noted that a number of Minor fixtures have not been fulfilled, and that it has become a common occurrence. The 1940 Minor Board AGM referred to “unfinished underage competitions” and “lack of support for these games”. A roll of honour published in 1944 indicated that Clonguish won back-to-back Minor Championship titles in 1939 & 1940 (this was the only published roll from 1890 to 1922 to make this claim), however an examination of available published evidence supports these being Minor League titles, not Minor Championship titles. It is likely that the medals provided for any Minor League win were inscribed ‘Minor Champions’ or ‘Minor Championship’ which would not have been an uncommon practice at the time given that the Minor League was the only underage competition ongoing at the time. Our research however, found no evidence of any Minor Championship (as distinct from Minor League) winner for 1940. The above position is also consistent with the previous research by other parties prior to our research work in 2014-2021.

Winner: None

Just four teams affiliated in 1941 and the draw for the league was arranged, commencing in March 1941. Similar to the 1940 competition, the league seemed to be at an advanced stage by the end of July 1941 but no definite record exists of any league winner. No records exist of any Minor Championship played in 1941.

Winner: None

No record of any Minor Championship.

Winner: None

Calls for a Minor Competition to be organised on a number of occasions at the beginning of 1945. First set of fixtures organised in July on a league basis and continue into October after which no further fixtures are noted and no record of a league winner. No record of any Minor Championship played in 1945.

Winner: None

League commenced in August 1946 with Abbeylara and Ardagh reaching the final with the original fixture in Dec postponed. The league final was eventually played in Apr 1947 with Abbeylara emerging victorious. This is the first definite winner of any Minor competition recorded since 1938. No championship played in 1946.

Note: The 1946 final stated Abbeylara but at stages during the competition they were referred to as Granard and in on instance ‘Abbeylara (Granard)’. While they were solely referred to as Abbeylara in the final and their success noted alongside the clubs Junior double as an overall ‘treble’, the Granard GAA History book records this as a minor amalgamation between both clubs. The Granard GAA book also notes this as a Minor Championship win though this is never referred to in that way in contemporary records. At the end of the section on this final they note that “there are no County Board records of Minor Championship winners from 1938 to 1949.”

Winner: None

Six teams affiliated and league competition began in September 1947. According to Minor Board records, the league reached the playoff stage for each section but was not completed. No record exists for any Minor Championship played in 1947.

Winner: None

Eleven teams affiliated and a Minor league competition was arranged and split into three sections – North, South and Mid-Longford. Games were run on a double-league basis (home and away games) similar to previous years. Killoe beat Longford Wanderers 2-1 to 0-2 in the league final in March 1949. There was an objection raised on the eligibility of some Killoe players and the result was subsequently declared void and no replay occurred. No record exists for Minor Championship played in 1948.

Note: This 1948 league final was initially thought to be a Championship Final but this was played on a league basis similar to previous years and therefore evidence shows it to be a League competition. The Minor Board introduced a new trophy (Harte Cup) for this newly structured league competition which was due to be presented to the Minor League winners in 1948. However, with the 1948 final declared void, the new cup was not presented.

Winner: None

All published records by Coiste Chontae Longfoirt prior to our research in 2014 (including but not limited to Yearbooks from the 1980’s, Comoradh an Cheid from 1987, Longford GAA History from 2005 and every single match programmes down the years with Minor Championship roll of honour included) all showed Mostrim as winners of the 1949 Minor Football Championship. However an examination of all available records & evidence shows that while a Minor League competition was played in 1949 (with Clonguish defeating Rathcline by 3-3 to 2-2 to lift the new Harte Cup in the Minor League final played in February 1950), there was no published evidence found of any separate Minor Championship competition played in 1949 (though references to the Minor League final as ‘Minor Championship’ are found in the preview to the 1949 Minor decider). The decision to play a separate Minor Championship competition in addition to the Minor League would come for the first time the following year, in 1950.

Indeed Clonguish are also noted as Minor League holders in the 1950 Minor League semi final preview. Additionally, Mostrim did not have an active underage club in 1949, thus could not have held the title in 1949. Hence the record has been corrected to show ‘No Minor Championship’ for 1949. It is worth noting for completion that in some years, Minor League medals were inscribed with ‘Championship’ but this does not provide proof that the competition itself was Championship, especially when the available published evidence shows it was in fact League.

Finally, it is worth noting that the Harte Cup was purchased in 1948 and intended to be presented to the Minor League winners of that year. However when the final was voided, it was not presented that year and was instead presented for the first time to the Minor League winners of 1949 (Clonguish). In 1950, the County Board decided to re-purpose the cup and present it instead to the winners of the Minor Championship competition which they had initiated that year for the first time in many years. Hence Clonguish won the Harte Cup in 1949 for winning the Minor League, and then won the Harte Cup in 1950 for winning the Minor Championship. This led to confusion in the records over the years, and the previous assumption that Clonguish had won the Minor Championship in both years. In fact the records now show that Clonguish won the Minor League title in 1949, the Minor Championship title in 1950 and the Minor League title in 1951.

All of the above detail was validated via published records & reports in local newspapers of the time.

Winner: Clonguish

Following the completion of the 1949 league competition in Feb 1950, the Minor Board meeting held March 10th 1950 noted that 8 teams were affiliated for that year, and it was decided to run a league and a championship in 1950. The 1950 League commences in April and finished in Sep 1950 with Colmcille taking the honours beating Rathcline 2-3 to 0-4 in the league final. An August 25th 1950 article previews of the Clonguish vs Rathcline league semi-final noted Clonguish as the holders (of the league). Rathcline won the match with the report noting that they defeated the holders. The preview to the Colmcille vs Rathcline league final noted that both sides are deciding who should “hold the Harte Cup – the Minor trophy for the League winners”. Colmcille went on to win the league final, but they did not receive the Harte Cup.

A Minor Board meeting in September 1950 congratulated Colmcille on winning the Minor League and also unanimously decided to play a Minor Championship competition in 1950 too and agreed to “present the Harte Cup for this competition instead of the league”. Clonguish beat Young Irelands (Drumlish/Ballinamuck) 2-1 to 0-2 to win that Minor Football Championship in November 1950 and thus lifted the Harte Cup (📷 [Preview], 📷 [Report]). This is the first record of any knockout Championship being held at Minor grade since 1938 and Clonguish were the first club to receive the Harte Cup for winning the Minor Championship.

Winner: None

The 1951 Minor Championship started but dragged on thru the end of the year and never completed. The Minor Board meeting in February 1952 formally agreed to drop the incomplete 1951 Minor Championship (as recorded in Longford Leader on 8th March 1952). Previously it had been assumed that Clonguish had won the 1951 Minor Championship and in some records it was assumed that Clonguish had won a three-in-a-row of Minor Championships from 1949-1951, however in those years Clonguish won Minor League titles in 1949 & 1951 and Minor Championship in 1950. Hence the record has been corrected to show ‘Not Completed’ for 1951. See evidence in the attached link below.

📷 1951 Championship Incomplete

Winner: Ballymahon

At the Feb 1952 Minor competition, the draw for the championship was arranged (once the completion of the 1951 Championship was dropped in Feb 1952). It was agreed to run the championship on league lines with three sections – North, South and mid. Ballymahon beat Clonguish 5-11 to 2-4 to win the 1952 Minor Championship title in April 1953. This is a somewhat unique championship because it was run on league lines. No separate Minor league competition was held in 1952.

Winner: Colmcille

A motion to revert to separate league and championship Minor competitions in 1953 was rejected and the championship continued to be played on a league basis in 1953. Colmcille beat Ballymahon 1-4 to 1-3 to win the Minor Championship title in September 1953. No separate Minor league competition was held in 1953.

Winner: Carrickedmond

Separate Minor league and championship competitions were arranged in 1954, thus moving away from the Championship via league structure which was utilised in 1952 & 1953. Carrickedmond beat Ardagh 3-7 to 0-0 in the Minor Championship final. All Minor Championships from this point forward were played in traditional championship structure.

Longford Slashers won the 1954 Minor league title with a walkover after Granard failed to field in the final. The Minor Board review of the year for 1954 referenced the introduction of the Minor League during the year and noting that the Championship was played on a knockout basis. The article notes that “in former years the Minor Championship was played on a league basis”. Available evidence suggests this refers to the 1952 and 1953 Minor Championship competitions, both of which were played on league basis.

Winner: Mostrim/Abbeylara

Some past records and the Harte Cup itself seemed to indicate Longford Slashers as 1974 winners, however an amalgamation of Wolfe Tones and St. Bernards as Mostrim/Abbeylara won the 1974 Minor Championship title. The Longford Leader of September 13th 1974 contains the match report for the game which ended with the scoreline Wolfe Tones/St. Bernards 1-11 vs Ardagh/Kenagh 0-02, making it back-to-back Minor Championships for the Mostrim & Abbeylara amalgamation in 1973 & 1974. See evidence via the attached link below.

(📷 1974 Minor Championship Final)

Prior to the 2014-2021 research, some prior publications assumed Mostrim as the first winners of the Harte Cup for Minor Championship in 1949. This is incorrect because Mostrim did not have any underage teams in 1949 and (crucially) there was no Minor Championship held in 1949. Clonguish was technically the first club to get their hands on the new Harte Cup when it first appeared in 1949. They received it for winning the 1949 Minor League (there was no Championship competition that year) when that league concluded in February 1950. However a County Board meeting later in 1950 decided that the new cup should be presented to Minor Championship winners instead of Minor League winners from 1950 onward. Hence Clonguish by virtue of winning the Minor Championship of 1950 became the first holders of the Harte Cup for winning the Minor Championship and uniquely the only team to have won the Harte Cup for both Minor Championship and League wins. All of the above detail was validated via published records & reports in local newspapers of the time.

Competition changed from U18 to U17 grade from 2021.

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Juvenile Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

The Juvenile (U16) Championship began in 1954 with St. Michaels (Longford Slashers) winning the first title.

A second Juvenile knockout competition known as the ‘County Championship’ was played in addition to the regular Juvenile Championship in 2016 and 2017. It was not continued thereafter.

Competition changed from U16 to U15 grade from 2021.

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Under 14 Championship

( denotes clarification via the 2014-2021 research. denotes change via the 2014-2021 research)

The U14 Championship began in 1965 with St. Michaels (Longford Slashers) winning the first title.

The U14 Championship was split into Urban (u) and Rural (r) competitions from 1976 to 1988.

A second U-14 knockout competition known as the ‘County Championship’ was played in addition to the regular U-14 Championship in 2016 and 2017. It was not continued thereafter.

Competition changed from U14 to U13 grade from 2021.

This report was researched & compiled independently from 2014 to 2022.
It cannot be altered or copied without permission of the research team.