Minors win Leinster Championship Title
Longford Minors started off the decade with a historic Leinster Championship win. The campaign started off with a heavy defeat against Offaly, but wins over Wexford and Carlow got Longford back to the quarter finals where we beat Westmeath 1-6 to 0-6. The semi final saw Longford defeat a much fancied Kildare side before a famous win over Offaly in Croke Park in the Leinster final, winning 0-14 to 0-8. Unfortunately there was to be no return to HQ as Galway won the All-Ireland quarter final 0-10 to 1-6.
Longford win first Hurling title
2010 also saw the hurlers win the Lory Meagher cup for the first time. The opening round saw a defeat against Donegal, but wins over South Down, Warwickshire and Leitrim gained Longford a rematch in Croke Park where 1-9 from Garreth Ghee saw Longford defeat Donegal 1-20 to 1-12 and Seamus Hannon lifted the cup.
Longford win Division 4
The silverware continued over the next two years, with the terrific achievement of back to back promotions by the footballers. Under the management of Kildare legend Glenn Ryan, Longford went through the tough division 4 campaign with 5 wins and two draws, the final two games were must win, but the team won their way through to the final where Longford had a deserved six 2-11 to 1-8 win over Roscommon and with it promotion to Division 3.
Longford win Division 3
The following year in division 3 Longford hit the ground running, winning the first five games and drawing the sixth to gain promotion with a game to spare. The final in Croke Park saw Longford open up a big lead over Wexford in the first half, and while Wexford made a come back, Longford hung on for a deserved win and promotion to Division 2. The other big success story of 2013 was the county U21 team who surprised many by dumping favourites Dublin out of the competition in an epic encounter in Dublin and reaching the Leinster U21 Final where they narrowly lost to Kildare.
Hurlers win Lory Meagher Cup
In 2014 the hurlers were back to the fore in the Lory Meagher Cup. Having reached the Meagher cup final and winning div 3b of the league in 2013, hopes were high of a good campaign. A narrow win over Leitrim and a comprehensive win over Warwickshire met Longford qualified for the final with a game to spare. Fermanagh were in the same position and they played out a draw in the group match. The final in Croke Park was a high scoring exciting affair, but Longford were deserving winners with Eoin Donnellan hitting 1-9 in a 3-18 to 3-16 win that allowed Martin Coyle to raise the cup.
The footballers had mixed fortunes in 2014. The Leinster Championship campaign finally yielded a win over Offaly for new manager Jack Sheedy on a scoreline of 0-19 to 0-16, but Wexford proved to be our annual banana skin in the Quarter Final, losing by 1-13 to 1-15 in the sunshine of Pearse Park. The qualifiers took us to Derry and a mouth-watering tie which turned into an epic encounter with Longford winning by 2 points in a high scoring game. Unfortunately it was back down to earth with a bang in the next round when Tipperary inflicted a 17 point defeat on Longford to end the 2014 championship campaign.
2010’s Club Overview
On the Club Football scene, Longford Slashers & Killoe Young Emmets dominated the first half of the 2010’s, with Mullinalaghta dominating the second half of the decade. Longford Slashers won back-to-back Senior Football Championship titles in 2010 and 2011 before Killoe Young Emmets re-emerged in 2012 after a 17 year gap to win the Senior Championship and Leader Cup double, and went on to reach the Leinster Club semi-final. Longford Slashers returned to win the Sean Connolly Cup in 2013, beating Dromard in the county final. Killoe were back at the top spot in 2014, beating Mullinalaghta in the County Final and winning the Leader Cup to complete the double. Killoe retained the Senior Championship title in 2015 with victory over Abbeylara and added the League (Leader Cup) double, becoming the first club in Longford to complete a back-to-back League and Championship double.
The second half of the decade however, would belong to Mullinalaghta. History was made in 2016 when Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s played near-neighbours Abbeylara in the 2016 county final, with Mullinalaghta emerging victorious to bridge a 66 year gap and progress to the Leinster Club Semi-Final. The St. Columba’s men sealed the year with Leader Cup success to claim the much coveted League-Championship double. Mullinalaghta were only getting started though, winning back-to-back Championship titles in 2017 (again at the expense of Abbeylara) and completing the League & Championship back-to-back double, while then becoming only the 5th club to ever achieve a 3-in-row of Championship titles in 2018 with victory again over Abbeylara in the county final. The St. Columba’s men would go on to make more history by becoming the first Longford club to reach the Leinster Club Championship final in 2018 and would create history by becoming Leinster Club Champions with victory over Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday 9th December 2018, a day which will live long in the memory and go down as one of the finest in the history of Longford GAA.
In Hurling, Wolfe Tones became the dominant force of the decade with county final wins in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, punctuated only by the Clonguish Gaels win in 2012. There was no hurling championship final played in 2011.