Research of Club Titles
2014 Research Notes
About the Research
Research into Longford GAA club championship titles began in 2013 and the conclusions provided to the Longford County Board in October 2014 for approval and publishing. Prior to that activity, previous title listings and records existed in print via local newspapers, GAA yearbooks, GAA centenary publications and county final match programmes. The records had previously been augmented by valuable research done by Seán Ó Suilleabháin and others in the early 1980’s which documented some missing county final scores from the early years and updated the records to eliminate some of the inaccuracies that had sustained to that point (especially for the period 1890 to 1925). The 2014 research went further by using digitised sources to provide corrections to existing records, and resolving the remaining gaps including missing county final scores. A summary of the corrections and clarifications from that package of research along with later updates to the Minor Championship records in 2021 are captured on this page.
The 2014 research led to changes and corrections to championship records and clarity on Championship versus League-Championship titles (a conflation which was common for early year records). Some championship final scorelines were added to the roster over the past quarter of a century via the great work of Seán Ó Suilleabháin and others, but by 2014 the picture was still quite incomplete, and in some instances the allocated titles (especially 1891-1926) were now provably inaccurate. The 2014 research built on the great work of Seán and others to establish a complete record for Senior Football Championships including all original county final team names and scorelines right back to 1890, as well as a complete record of Senior Hurling Championship finals and titles and records for Junior, Intermediate, U21, Minor, Juvenile and U14 Football Championships.
(Roll of Honour is a list of winners in year order. Table of Winners is a collation of quantity of titles won by each club or team)
Research of Longford club championship titles conducted in 2014 was limited to the following:
- Senior Football Championship
- Senior Hurling Championship
- Intermediate Football Championship
- Junior Football Championship
- U21 Football Championship
- Minor Football Championship
- Juvenile Football Championship
- U14 Football Championship
The outcome of this research along with proposed corrections and substantiation was supplied to the County Board in 2014 and approved for publishing thereafter. A further package for Minor Football Championship records was submitted in February 2021, approved and published. Additional work was done in April 2021 to provide greater access to the research notes for the general public on the Longford GAA website. This packages of research by this particular team of researchers has now concluded.
Senior Football Championship – 2014 Changes
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: Not Completed
Was: Longford Shamrocks
Now: No Championship
Was: Killoe Young Emmets
Now: No Championship
Was: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers
Now: No Championship
Now: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship
Was: Longford Wanderers
Now: No Championship
Was: Game Abandoned (Granard v Mullinalaghta)
Now: No Championship
Senior Hurling Championship – 2014 Changes
Now: Longford Leo Caseys
Now: Killoe Young Emmets
Intermediate Football Championship – 2014 Changes
Was: Not Recorded
Was: Not Recorded
Now: Edgeworthstown Young Irelands
Junior Football Championship – 2014 Changes
Now: Ardagh St. Patricks
Was: Killoe Young Emmets
Now: Mostrim (awarded)
Now: Longford Wanderers
Was: No Competition
Minor Football Championship – 2021 Changes
Now: No Championship
Now: Not Completed
1st Harte Cup Winner
Was: Mostrim (1949)
Now: Clonguish (1950)
Table of Winners – 2014 Changes
Titles are allocated to clubs or teams in the table of winners, and not grouped by parish or geographic areas. Activity was undertaken as part of the 2014 research to ensure consistency in the collation of titles for clubs or teams in the various tables of winners. See ‘Table Allocations’ section below for more details.
Roll of Honour displays championship winners in year-by-year list format with latest year at the top.
Roll of Honour displays the name of each club or team at the time of that championship win for historic accuracy.
Table of Winners shows quantity of titles won by each club or team, displayed in descending quantity order.
Table of Winners shows a count of titles won by clubs or teams not a count of titles won within parishes.
In Table of Winners, any club formed by the merge or amalgamation of two or more clubs to form a new club will have titles of the new club kept separate from those of the original individual entities that preceded it.
In Table of Winners, any titles won by amalgamations are kept separate from individual titles of the constituent clubs in that amalgamation.
In Table of Winners for Senior, Intermediate & Junior championships, where clubs or teams won the same quantity of titles, the club or team with more final appearances is placed ahead.
In Table of Winners for U20, Minor, Juvenile and U14 championships, where clubs or teams have the same number of titles the club or team with the most recent title win is placed ahead in the table (insufficient records of championship final appearances do not allow us to fully conclude placement based on number of final appearances).
In Table of Winners, the latest or last applicable club or team name is used where possible.
Titles in Table of Winners are allocated to clubs or teams not to parishes. This is not a new policy, but the 2014 research looked to ensure that the allocation of titles was applied consistently using all available historic evidence.
County Longford has had a large number of different clubs over the years including multiple club or team entities within every parish (See here). There are instances over the years where adult Championship titles (Senior, Junior, Intermediate or U21) were won by differently named clubs within the same parish. Some of those differently named clubs were simply different versions of the same club renamed over time. Others are demonstrably different and separate clubs from each other including those formed by merges or amalgamations.
To allocate titles accurately to clubs in the Table of Winners, it is necessary to examine all instances where championship titles were won by differently named clubs within the same parish, and determine whether the context around those clubs has an impact on the allocation of titles in the table. There are three major examples where football championship titles are won by differently named clubs within the same parish which cannot be combined together via simple club renaming. Those instances are detailed below:
1) Templemichael Parish
Templemichael parish had many different adult clubs & teams since 1888. Four of those clubs won adult Football Championship titles over the years… 1) Longford Leo Caseys, 2) Longford Wanderers, 3) Whiterock Slashers and 4) Longford Slashers.
The Longford Leo Caseys club won titles in the 1900’s, and was last recorded in competition around 1912. Their titles are displayed in the table of winners as Longford Leo Caseys. The club is no longer in existence.
The Longford Slashers club was founded in 1954 when Longford Wanderers & Whiterock Slashers clubs amalgamated to form the new Longford Slashers club. Both of these clubs (Whiterock and Wanderers) had won Championship titles prior to 1954, hence in the table of winners, the titles of Whiterock Slashers and Longford Wanderers are shown separately to those of Longford Slashers.
The Shroid Slashers club was formed in 1958 and took the place of Whiterock Slashers as the GAA club in the area, but was founded as a separate new club. Hence Shroid Slashers titles are kept separate in the table of winners from titles of Whiterock Slashers. The club has not been in active competition since the mid 2010’s.
All of these allocations are consistent with the allocation of titles prior to the research in 2014.
2) Mostrim Parish
The parish of Mostrim (Edgeworthstown) had many different clubs and teams over the years. The evidence shows that two clubs in Mostrim won adult Football Championship titles over the years… 1) Edgeworthstown Young Irelands and 2) Mostrim.
The Edgeworthstown club (renamed Edgeworthstown Young Irelands by 1930) was the first club from the parish to win a championship title, winning the Junior Championship of 1929 (won in February 1930) and the Intermediate Championship in 1932. Thereafter the Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club splintered into a few units all of which eventually fade away.
The Mostrim club emerged in the late 1930’s at a time when other clubs in the parish had merged and faded away. All championship titles won in the parish from the late 1930’s were won by the Mostrim club.
In title allocation terms, Edgeworthstown Young Irelands and Mostrim won their respective titles as separate clubs. Hence the titles of both clubs are displayed separately in the table of winners, which is an updated position following the revised research.
3) Drumlish Parish
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It is worth noting for completeness that in the time since the 2014 research concluded, the clubs of Ardagh St. Patricks and Moydow Harpers merged to form a new club called Ardagh Moydow in 2016. Any championship titles won by Ardagh Moydow would therefore be separate in the table of winners from earlier titles of Ardagh St. Patricks or Moydow Harpers.
Senior Football Championship
The following notes and insights apply to Senior Football Championship titles:
Granard Healys was the first official GAA club in Longford, founded in September 1888. The town of Longford was next with Longford Davitts founded on 2nd December 1888 and Ballymahon O’Briens 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 Championship in 1890.
(Image sourced from ‘The Granard GAA History’ published in 2013)
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:
- Columbkille St. Columbkilles
- Edgeworthstown Volunteers
- Ballywillan Michael Davitts
- Granard Healys
- Drumlish Emmets
- Clonguish Gallowglasses
- Killoe Erin’s Pride
- Dromard O’Briens
- Ferefad Mandevilles
- Legan Sunbursts
- Killashee Mitchells
- Crosskeys Fitzgeralds
- Rathcline John Martins
- Moydow Harpers
- Ardagh St Patricks
- Newtowncashel Sons of St Kieran
- Longford Davitts
- Clough Dillons
- Ballymacormack Grattans
- Carrickedmond O’Connells
- Shrule Leos
The 1891 Senior Championship title had previously been incorrectly allocated to Longford Shamrocks.
The 1891 Longford Championship involved 26 teams 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.
(Note: The GAA was faced with its first crisis in the aftermath of the Parnell affair, and activities and structures in Longford and other counties had effectively ceased. It should be noted that Longford was predominantly anti-Parnell during the crisis period. The 1891 championship in Longford was started but remained unfinished and another decade would pass before games resumed. 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)
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 the county in the 1897 Croke Cup, possibly as the “unofficial” county champions.
Winner: Longford Leo Caseys
The Longford County Board was re-established in 1904. With the resumption of GAA affairs in Longford, the senior championship draws would now involve a far smaller group of clubs. The 1904 competition had nine teams and in the decider played in April 1905, Longford Leo Caseys defeated Killoe Young Emmets by 2-7 to 0-1 in the final. The three local newspapers of the time (Longford Leader, Roscommon Herald and Longford Journal) had each reported different score-lines, but a closer analysis of these reports suggests that the Roscommon Herald carried the accurate result.
Winner: Longford Leo Caseys
Longford Leo Caseys retained their title in 1905 with victory over Edgeworthstown Volunteers by 1-7 to 0-3 in the county final played in July 1906.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 1906.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 1908.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 1909.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 1910.
The Longford GAA Yearbook in 19801 allocated the 1910 title to Clonguish Red Branch Knights, however there is no record found of any championship played in 1910 and no title won. There is also no evidence of a club named Clonguish Red Branch Knights. The Clonguish club in these early years was known as Clonguish Gallowglasses. The record was updated by 1983 to reflect this.
Winner: Killoe Young Emmets
Killoe Young Emmets beat Edgeworthstown Volunteers by 0-1 to 0-0 in the 1911 championship final.
The championship semi-final between Killoe Young Emmets and Drumlish in November 1911 was previously assumed to be the defacto 1911 championship final because the teams in the other semi-final did not field. The next championship action recorded is a match between Edgeworthstown and Clonguish in February 1912, and soon thereafter a championship final between Killoe and Edgeworthstown in March 1912 which had previously been assumed to be the 1912 championship title (hence back-to-back titles for Killoe). However an objective examination of the records suggests that the most likely outcome is that the outstanding semi final from 1911 between Edgeworthstown Volunteers and Clonguish Gallowglasses is in fact the game played in February 1912 leading to the 1911 championship final between Killoe and Edgeworthstown eventually taking place in March 1912. Alas nobody joined the dots at the time, 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.
Clonguish Gallowglasses won the League-Championship title in 1911 with victory over Longford Commercials.
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 finds that this final was most likely the conclusion of the 1911 competition 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 on the other hand had previously been recorded as a 0-2 to 0-1 victory for Young Emmets over Edgeworthstown Volunteers in a final played on 3 March 1912.
However, a close examination of the records shows 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 is more likely that this game was in fact the 1911 semi-final under dispute, re-fixed and played in February 1912 with the winners advancing to play Killoe in the delayed 1911 final in March 1912 with Killoe Young Emmets winning that delayed 1911 Championship. This conclusion would also mean that no 1912 championship was played.
It is worth noting 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.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 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 has been found.
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 the match reports, however the headline alongside the team photos on the front page of the Longford Leader clearly states ‘County Longford League Championship’.
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.
There was no League-Championship winner for 1915, likely because the 1914 competition did not complete until September 1915.
No record found of Senior Football Championship in 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 the 1916 League-Championship beating Ardagh St. Patricks in the final in March 1917.
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 played in 1917. The Clonbroney game cited above was the 1919 Senior Championship final (see 1919 section 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.
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.
Winner: Clonbroney Camlin Rovers
Records prior to 2014 stated that Clonguish won the 1919 Championship beating Mullinalaghta in the final. However this is not accurate.
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 Clonbroney club was later renamed Sean Connollys, hence this title is allocated to Seán Connollys in the Table of Winners.
The 1919 League-Championship (League) 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. 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.
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 shows no evidence of Senior Championship or Senior 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 shows no evidence of Senior Championship or Senior League-Championship competition for that year.
1925 final between Granard and Mullinalaghta played on 26th June 1926 was abandoned due to violent scenes (and two arrests). This was previously cited as the Senior Championship final, however it was the League-Championship final of 1925 [📷 Report].
1926 shows no evidence of Senior Championship or Senior League-Championship competition for that year.
Senior Football Championship action resumed in 1927 with Drumlish winning their first title by beating Ballinamuck 98s in the final.
This is a complex year because after the Championship draw was made on Jan 29th 1927, the county board becomes entangled in a dispute which means there is no official County Board in the county for a brief period. By the end of March the dispute has been resolved and the County Board in place once again, just in time for Junior Championship final on 3rd April 1927 and Senior Championship final on 10th April 1927.
Winners from 1927 onward are unchanged and consistent with pre-2014 research with exception of some corrections made to winning team names to ensure the name of the club or team at the time of the championship is captured for historic preservation.
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 not believed to have been an amalgamation but rather 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 not involving Ballymahon. 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 7th 1947 and finished scoreless (It is still the only County Final to end scoreless). The replay on 14th April 1947 eventually saw Dromard victorious by 1-4 to 0-4.
The ‘League-Championship’ was a Senior Football League competition which ran from 1911 to 1935. It was often confused with Senior Championship competition in past records. The League-Championship was regarded at the time as having equal importance to Championship, but for historic accuracy and records purposes we need to draw a clear delineation between titles which are Senior Championship and titles which are League-Championship.
The League-Championship competition ran until 1935 and was replaced by the Leader Cup. League-Championship titles are distinctly different from Senior Championship titles, even though it was common for winners to receive medals with ‘Championship’ or ‘Champions’ on them. These League-Championship titles are captured here for completeness but are kept separate from Leader Cup titles in the official records, albeit both are Senior Football League competitions.
Winners of the Senior ‘League-Championship’ (1911-1935):
- 1911 Clonguish Gallowglasses 1
- 1912 No Record 2
- 1913 No Competition
- 1914 Granard Shamrocks 3
- 1915 No Competition
- 1916 Granard Shamrocks 4
- 1917 Granard Shamrocks 5
- 1918 No Competition
- 1919 Clonguish 6
- 1920 No Competition
- 1921 No Competition
- 1922 Longford Wanderers 7
- 1923 Longford Wanderers 8
- 1924 No Competition
- 1925 No Winner (Abandoned) 9
- 1926 No Competition
- 1927 Longford Wanderers 10
- 1928 Longford Wanderers 11
- 1929 No Competition
- 1930 St. Marys Granard 12
- 1931 Drumlish 13
- 1932 Drumlish 14
- 1933 Drumlish 15
- 1934 St. Marys Granard 16
- 1935 Drumlish 17
The Leader Cup was introduced in 1936 and competition kicked off in October 1936. However progress was slow and in May 1937 it was decided to abandon the 1936 competition and start afresh with the 1937 Leader Cup.
The Senior League-Championship was sometimes confused (especially in early rolls of honour) with other competitions of the day, namely the Feis Cup, Fr. Lynch Cup or Forresters Cup.
Forresters Cup was a one-time competition played in 1912 and completed in 1913 with victory for Colmcille (Columbkille) who beat Clonguish in the final. The Longford branch of the INF organised the competition and donated a cup.
Feis Cup started in 1958 and ended in 1962 and was common in other counties too.
Fr. Lynch Cup ran intermittently from 1927-1934 and was primarily a unique one-off game between the Junior and Senior winners. Drumlish and Ardagh played the first Fr. Lynch Cup final in 1927. The structure of the Fr. Lynch Cup broadened into more of a competition in 1929 with a Senior section which played out to a winner who then met the winner of the Junior section in the final – Longford Wanderers won that particular title. From 1931 it had reverted back to a simple one-off game between the Junior and Senior League winners. There was no competition played in 1928 or 1930. Drumlish won the cup for the 3rd time in 1934 and kept the elegant trophy permanently.
1: No record of the final but Clonguish are referred to as champions in October 1911
2: Clonguish v Edgeworthstown final fixed for 8th June 1913 but no record of result or winner
3: Competition started in May 1914 and concluded in September 1915
4: Started in July 1916 and ended in March 1917.
5: Started in April 1917 and took almost two years to complete. Concluded in March 1919
6: Campaign started in July 1919 and concluded in April 1920
7: Competition started in Feb 1922 and concluded in Apr 1923
8: Competition started in Nov 1923 and concluded in Sep 1925
9: Started in Oct 1925 and concluded in June 1926 with Granard v Mullinalaghta abandoned
10: Competition started in May 1927 and concluded in Feb 1928
11: Started in Oct 1928 and finished in May 1929 when Wanderers won by topping the table
12: League began around July 1930 and finished with Granard topping the table in Oct 1931
13: League began in Oct 31 and still going by June 1932. Drumlish noted as winners in year-end report
14: League ran into 1933 with Drumlish topping the group. Article noting the medal presentation
15: League started in September 1933 and finished in February 1934 with Drumlish topping the table
16: League ran into 1935. Title noted in Granard GAA book
17: League noted as unfinished in Feb 1936, but record of victory is noted in the year-end article in 1936
Senior Hurling Championship
The following notes and insights apply to Senior Hurling Championship titles:
The first hurling club in Longford was Longford Leo Caseys, formed on 4th October 1902.
Winner: Longford Leo Caseys
The first Longford Hurling Championship final took place in 1905 (though it likely 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 Hurling title.
No record found of Senior Hurling Championship in 1906.
No record found of Senior Hurling Championships from 1908-1931.
Granard won 1932 championship with victory over Longford on scoreline of 4-2 to 0-3 in a final played in May 1933.
Granard won 1933 championship by topping the table at the end of competition in January 1934, as competition was played along league lines, thus there was no county final opponents recorded for 1933.
Granard won 1934 championship with 3-2 to 1-3 victory over Longford in April 1934 to complete a three-in-a-row.
Note: It is interesting to note that Granard won the Cavan Hurling Championship title in 1950.
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 was re-started from 1982 onward.
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.
Intermediate Football Championship
The following notes and insights apply to Intermediate Football Championship titles:
In January 1931 it was proposed at the County Board meeting to establish a third grade of football instead of two grades, leading to the implementation of the Intermediate Championship to encourage more football for clubs. The competition was run in 1931 and 1932, and discontinued thereafter. Intermediate competition would not re-appear until 1966 when the current Intermediate Championship began.
1931 Intermediate Championship: Mullinalaghta beat Clonbroney in the final by 4-8 to 1-2.
1932 Intermediate Championship: Edgeworthstown Young Irelands beat Mullinalaghta in the final (no score can be found).
(Both of these titles were missing from Intermediate Championship records prior to 2014 research)
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.
Junior Football Championship
The following notes and insights apply to Junior Football Championship titles:
Research prior to 2014 regarded Junior competition prior to the first Junor Championship in 1927 as League. This competition was referred to as League-Championship or League or Championship, and was played on a league basis similar to the Senior League-Championship of the same era. The 2014 research simply clarifies the various winners of that Junior League-Championship from 1917 to 1926 prior to Junior Championship starting in 1927.
The earliest reference to Junior Championship comes in 1905 when there are calls via local media to organise a Junior Championship in competition and efforts made at the time to organise one if enough teams affiliated. Players that competed in senior could not play in the proposed Junior competition, but the difficulties of limiting it to a competition up to 17 years old were noted and alternate solutions were to be looked into. Nothing more came to pass on Junior competition until 1916.
In December 1916 a board overseeing Junior competition is announced in the Longford Leader. Records show that this Junior competition was run on a League basis from August 1917, in a structure identical to the Senior League-Championship competition of the same era. Longford beat Carra Gaels 0-6 to 0-2 to win the first Junior League-Championship in 1917. The 1918 Junior League-Championship was won by Clonguish who beat Mullinalaghta 1-1 to 0-2 in the final on June 8th 1919. The 1919 Junior League-Championship saw Edgeworthstown beat Ballinamuck 98s 1-3 to 0-5 in the decider played in January 1920, but following an objection the game was replayed in March 1920 with Ballinamuck 98s winning by 1-2 to 1-1. The 1920 Junior League-Championship was awarded to St. Mel’s College over Ballymore. No further Junior League-Championships are found until 1924 when Longford Rovers beat Clondra 2-2 to 0-1 in a final played in September 1925. Drumlish won the 1925 Junior League-Championship by finishing top of the table that year.
Mullinalaghta was previously credited as the first winners of the Junior Championship in 1924, however no published evidence can be found to support that claim, with available evidence pointing instead to the first Junior Championship taking place in 1927 which is consistent with all research prior to 2014. All Junior competition prior to 1927 was played on a league basis (A League-Championship type competition sometimes referred to as Championship, similar to that which existed at senior level in those years) and is separate from the knock-out Junior Championship competition which began in 1927. For record purposes any Junior titles won from 1917 to 1926 are not included with Junior Championship titles from 1927 onward. This is consistent with research and policy prior to 2014.
Winners of the Junior League-Championship from 1917 to 1926:
- 1917: Longford [📷 Report]
- 1918: Clonguish [📷 Report]
- 1919: Ballinamuck 98’s [📷 Report] [📷 Report]
- 1920: St. Mel’s College [📷 Report]
- 1921-1923: No Competition
- 1924: Longford Rovers [📷 Report]
- 1925: Drumlish [📷 Report]
- 1926: No Competition
These titles are not included in the Junior Championship roll of honour. This is consistent with the approach taken prior to the 2014 research and reflects the difference between the Junior Championship competition from 1927 onward and the Junior League-Championship competition from 1917 to 1926.
Winner: Ardagh St. Patricks
The first Junior 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.
Clonguish defeated Drumlish in this Junior Championship final, although no scoreline can be found. 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. No match report could be found, but a report of a subsequent County Board meeting references Clonguish as winners.
Edgeworthstown beat Ardagh St. Patricks by 3-2 to 1-1 in the 1929 Junior Championship final which was played in February 1930.
This same club shows up later in 1930 and for the next five years under the name Edgeworthstown Young Irelands. It is unclear if the club was actually Edgeworthstown Young Irelands at the time of winning the 1929 Junior Championship, but the match report and fixtures/citations prior to the final do not indicate it was. In any event, the Edgeworthstown club that won the Junior Championship in 1929 is the same club as Edgeworthstown Young Irelands who reache the Senior Championship final in 1931 and win the Intermediate Championship in 1932. (Note: There is mention of this being Mostrim Young Irelands in some 1980’s publications and rolls of honour, however this naming convention is not proven by any of the reports of the day).
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 this Junior Championship final. Dromard objected and were awarded the title. Slashers counter-objected and were re-awarded the title. Hence the record shows Whiterock Slashers as champions.
Killoe Young Emmets defeated Mostrim 1-5 to 1-4 in this Junior Championship final. However Mostrim lodged an objection which was upheld in November 1940 and Mostrim were awarded the title and medals.
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.
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.
Winner: Ardagh St. Patricks (awarded)
Killoe’s 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.
Under 21 Football Championship
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Minor Football Championship
The following notes and insights apply to Minor Football Championship titles:
Minor teams were entered into competition in 1934 from Clonbroney, Whiterock Slashers, United Gaels (Longford + Clonguish + Ardagh), Drumlish, St. Brigid’s and St. Mary’s. Fixtures were arranged in May 1934 but nothing more is recorded.
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).
Just six teams entered competition in 1936 with Clonguish taking the League title over Dromard by 4-6 to 1-0 in Sep 1936. In July, the Minor Board decided to run a Minor Championship (straight knockout competition). The Championship ran into 1937 with Killoe defeating Longford in the final by 6-4 to 0-6 in June 1937.
The 1936 Championship was noted played until June 1937 which may explain the absence of a championship title 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 Oct 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.
Minor League begins in April and continues into November. The preview to a 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.
Minor League commenced at the end of February 1939 and fixtures continue to be arranged sparingly up to the end of May after which no fixtures appear with no record of the competition being finished. A roll of honour published in 1944 indicated Clonguish were Minor winners, however the evidence suggests this was the Minor League and that no championship was played in 1939.
Six clubs entered into Minor Competition and a league commenced in April 1940 with teams playing home and away ties. The league continued into November 1940 and was at a very advanced stage but no definite record of a winner. The 1940 Minor Board AGM referred to unfinished underage competitions and lack of support for these games. This would imply that the league was not finished but there is no definitive proof either way. A roll of honour published in 1944 indicated that Clonguish won back-to-back titles 1939-40 and the examination of all available evidence supports these being Minor League titles, not Championship titles.
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.
No record of any Minor Championship.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Previous records showed Mostrim as winners of the 1949 Minor Championship. However an examination of all available records & evidence shows that while the Minor League was played in 1949 with Clonguish defeating Rathcline by 3-3 to 2-2 in the Minor League final in February 1950, there was no Minor Championship competition played in 1949. Also Mostrim did not have an active underage club in 1949. Hence the record has been corrected to show ‘No Championship’ for 1949.
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 Aug 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 held on 15th September 1950 congratulated Colmcille on winning the Minor League and also unanimously decided to play a Minor Championship in 1950 too and to “present the Harte Cup for this competition instead of the league”. Clonguish beat Young Ireland’s (Drumlish/Ballinamuck) 2-1 to 0-2 to win the Minor Championship in November 1950 and thus lift the Harte Cup. 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 title.
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.
Note: There are references in earlier archive records to Clonguish Minors achieving 3 in a row of Minor championship titles from 1949 – 1951 (including a contemporary letter to the paper congratulating the team on this achievement upon winning the league in 1951, and an article in Longford Leader in September 1961). However review of records shows that while Clonguish did win 3 titles in those years, the split was 1 Minor Championship and 2 Minor Leagues, not 3 Minor Championships.
It was previously assumed in some publications that Mostrim were the first winners of the Harte Cup for Minor Championship in 1949. This is incorrect because Mostrim did not have an underage club or team in 1949 and there was no Minor Championship 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.
Records from 1952 onward are consistent with pre-2014 research. For some years in the early 1950’s the Minor Championship was ran on a league basis. Some of those specifics are captured below for completeness.
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 in Apr 1953. This is a somewhat unique championship because it was run on league lines. No separate league competition was held in 1952.
A motion to arrange separate league and championship 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 in Sep 1953. No separate league competition was held in 1953.
Separate 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 are played in traditional championship structure.
Longford Slashers won the 1954 Minor league 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.
1974: Mostrim + Abbeylara
Some past records and the Harte Cup show Longford Slashers as 1974 winners, however the Mostrim + Abbeylara amalgamation 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 Mostrim + Abbeylara 1-11 vs Ardagh + Kenagh 0-02, making it back-to-back Minor Championships for the Mostrim & Abbeylara combination in 1973 & 1974.
Juvenile Football Championship
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Under 14 Football Championship
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