History of Club Names

Adult Clubs 1888-2020

About the List

More than 180 different names have been used by adult clubs in Longford down the years. Below is a list of those names collated by parish for ease of presentation. Not every name in the listing represents a separate club – some are name changes applied to the same club over time. Some non-intuitive and interparish amalgamations are also captured at the bottom of the page for completion. This list does not include Underage, Camogie or LGFA club names and does not constitute a definitive history or lineage of every club or club name – it simply provides a summary of the different adult GAA club names that existed down the years with some additional researched context for each.

🏆 = Championship Title(s) won as that club name

[Championship titles are defined as Senior Football, Senior Hurling, Intermediate Football, Junior Football, U20/21 Football titles]

Frequency of Names / Words

Abbeylara Parish

Football

Founded 1889. Played in the 1890 Championship.

Football

This is the renamed Ballywillan Michael Davitts club.

Renamed part-way through the 1891 Championship.

Played in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Was also referred simply as Ballywillan Faughs.

Football

References to Abbeylara Davitts can be found in articles between 1889 and 1902.

Name used alternately with Ballywillan Michael Davitts (almost certainly the same club).

Hurling

References to Abbeylara Davitts hurling club from 1902.

Played against Longford Leo Caseys in 1903.

Football

Played in competition from 1911-1920.

Finalists in 1917 Junior competition (League-Championship).

Name briefly changed to Ballymore in 1919.

Ballymore reached Junior final of 1920.

Reverted back to Carra Gaels soon thereafter.

Played intermittently in the 1920’s up to 1927. No record thereafter.

Football

Name changed from Carra Gaels to Ballymore in 1919.

Ballymore reached Junior final of 1920.

Reverted back to Carra Gaels soon thereafter.

Football

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

Football

Competed briefly in Junior competition from 1935 to 1937.

(St. Bernards name was later used by Abbeylara underage until Northern Gaels club was formed in 1980’s).

Football

Likely the Abbeylara Davitts club reformed in the 1910’s.

Recorded in 1916 and 1917 Junior competition and are active in 1928 Junior competition.

The club goes into decline and briefly returns in 1940 after Ballywillan St. Bernard’s fell away.

Abbeylara club appears again from 1946 when the club affiliates & wins the Junior Championship.

From 1947-48 Abbeylara is amalgamated with St. Marys Granard as United Gaels.

By 1949 United Gaels is gone and Abbeylara is affiliated as its own club.

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

After a period of demise, Abbeylara club is back and affiliated by 1964.


Types of Championship titles won by Abbeylara:

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

Ardagh & Moydow Parish

Football

Founded in 1889. Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford.

Noted as revived and affiliated in 1931 but records show club is playing in each year from 1927 to 1944.

Club merged with Moydow Harpers in January 2019 to form the new Ardagh Moydow club.

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


Types of Championship titles won by Ardagh St. Patricks:

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

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Cited in 1890 Lanesboro tournament as Moydow Irish Harpers.

Named after the Ancient Irish Harpers who were considered professionals of the highest order and found patrons in Gaelic aristocracy and later Norman Irish families.

Moydow is mentioned again in 1912 and 1913 competition.

Club played in 1923, 1938-42, 1946-47 and 1950-51 before fading away.

Club was revived and reformed from end of 1975 after a long lapse.

Club merged with Ardagh St. Patricks in January 2019 to form a new Ardagh Moydow club.


Types of Championship titles won by Moydow Harpers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

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

May have been a short lived Junior team.

Football

Junior team recorded in challenge game in 1905.

Football

Cited briefly in 1906 in a game against Manor Erins from Edgeworthstown.

Based in Treel in the Foxhall area of Ardagh.

May have been renamed to Ardagh Davitts.

Football

Possibly a Junor team. Played challenge game against Longford Shamrocks in 1907.

May have been Old Road Davitts renamed.

Football

Formed on 13th January 2019 following the amalgamation of Ardagh St. Patricks and Moydow Harpers clubs.

This is the newest adult GAA club in Co. Longford.

Ballymahon (Shrule) Parish

Football

Founded February 1889 and named after William O’Brien, the Nationalist M.P. from Cork who was imprisoned in Clonmel at that time. P. Noonan was Hon Secretary and W.J. Brown and Dan Molloy were noted as members. Also referenced as Ballymahon William O’Briens. This was the first club in the Ballymahon area.

Merged with Shrule Leos to form Ballymahon Leos in 1891.

Football

Founded 1889. Played in 1890 Championship.

Merged with Ballymahon O’Briens to form Ballymahon Leos in 1891.

Football

Merge of Shrule Leos and Ballymahon O’Briens.

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

Club name was later lengthened to Ballymahon Leo Caseys.

Football

Recorded in the 1905 Senior Football Championship.

Football

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

Football

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

Football

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

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

Football

Junior team that were in training in 1908 and 1909.

No record of any challenge or competitive games.

Football

Ballymahon (Shrule) Leo Caseys referenced in 1919.

Ballymahon Leo Caseys referenced in late 1920’s and in reformed team in 1936-37.

The Leo Caseys club name is still in use up to 1942.

Dropped the ‘Leo Caseys’ to become just ‘Ballymahon’ at some stage thereafter.

Hurling

Competed in Senior Hurling Championship between 1999 & 2001.

Reached Senior Hurling Championship final in 2000 & 2001.

(Note: Ballymahon & Cashel amalgamated as Ballymahon/Cashel in the Senior Hurling Championship in the early 1990’s, noted as a new team in October 1990)

Football

While ‘Ballymahon’ is referenced in challenge games in 1909 and competition in the 1910’s, this is most likely used as shorthand for Ballymahon Leos or Ballymahon Leo Caseys.

Ballymahon Leo Caseys appears to drop the ‘Leo Caseys’ in early 1940’s and is just Ballymahon thereafter.


Types of Championship titles won by Ballymahon:

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

Carrickedmond & Abbeyshrule Parish

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in 1890 Championships.

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

Carrickedmond O’Connells played a challenge game in 1909.

Carrickedmond O’Connells returned from 1937-39 (replacing St. Riochs perhaps).

Club fell away until 1945 returning as Carrickedmond.

Football

Played in Junior tournament in 1915.

Football

Referenced in a challenge game against Carra in 1922.

Football

Name used for two seasons 1935-36.

Club name is gone after 1936. Carrickedmond O’Connells club returns from that point.

Football

Carrickedmond name found in a local challenge game in 1910 and playing competitively from 1925 to 1927.

Carrickedmond briefly amalgamates with Carrickboy in 1926.

Carrickedmond name returns from 1945 after Carrickedmond O’Connells (who had returned from 1937-39) fall away after 1939 and club is eventually reformed as just Carrickedmond.

From 1971-75 Carrickedmond is amalgamated with Kenagh as St. Martins.

Carrickedmond club re-organises from 1976 after the St. Martins amalgamation ends.


Types of Championship titles won by Carrickedmond:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Clonbroney Parish

Football

Played in 1891 Championship.

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

(Note: Publications in 1980’s claimed a club called Erins Isle was founded in 1884 as the first club in Clonbroney, but no evidence has ever been found to support this and the first club in Longford was Granard Healy’s formed in 1888)

Football

Likely the Clonbroney Esmondes club renamed.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford.

Various club names eventually shortened to Clonbroney over the years.

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

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

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

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

Reappeared in competition from 1926 as Clonbroney.

Club was eventually renamed Seán Connollys from 1935.

Hurling

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

Football

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

Also referred to as Ballinalee Camlin Rovers.

Club re-appears at Junior in 1915 and 1916.

Name mentioned in challenge game against Coolarty in 1916.

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

Football

Club name used in Senior League-Championship in 1912.

Played in Granard tournament in September 1912.

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

Hurling

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

Football

Won 1919 Senior Football Championship in replay over Killoe Young Emmets.

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


Types of Championship titles won by Clonbroney Camlin Rovers:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

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

Football

Short lived team – Likely a local league team.

Recorded playing a challenge game in 1927.

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

Football

Short lived team – Likely a local league team.

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

Football

This is the renamed Clonbroney club shortened from the Clonbroney Camlin Rovers club which in turn was the reformed and renamed Clonbroney Esmondes club. The Seán Connollys name was proposed and ratified for the club in 1928.

New committee formed in 1935 & this coincides with use of the Seán Connolly name for the first time.

Club uses Clonbroney Sean Connollys name until 1950’s, then Seán Connollys is used thereafter.


Types of Championship titles won by Seán Connollys:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Clonguish Parish

Football

Founded on 20th October 1889. Played in the 1890 & 1891 Championships.

E. Thompson was President and John Flynn was Captain. Colours were emerald green and yellow.

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

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford. Gallowglasses name is used into competition into the 1910’s, and was used less commonly thereafter.

Club name shortened to Clonguish, though Gallowglasses appeared sporadically up to 1950’s.

(Note: Reference found in rolls of honour from 1933 and 1944 to Clonguish Red Branch Knights club winning Senior and Junior Championship titles in 1910 & 1911, but this is materially untrue, and no record of this club name is found in those years. A correction to the roll of honour in 1933 noted that the correct club name was Clonguish Gallowglasses not Clonguish Red Branch Knights)

Football

Junior team recorded in 1904.

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

Football

Cited in 1905 – Likely a short lived Junior team.

Hurling

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

Football

Clonguish Gallowglasses shortened to Clonguish around the 1910’s.

Sporadic use of Gallowglasses in club name can be found in reports up to 1950’s.

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

When the amalgamation ended, Clonguish re-emerged on their own from 1935 onward.

Along with Colmcille, Clonguish has the longest period of continued club affiliation in Longford.


Types of Championship titles won by Clonguish:

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

Hurling

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

First appearance in Senior Hurling Championship final is 2003.


Types of Championship titles won by Clonguish Gaels:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Colmcille Parish

Football

Won the 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Columbkille St. Columbkilles referenced in a tournament game in 1900. The St. Columbkilles name appears in 1913 and again in 1931 for the Junior League Final of 1930.

Name would later evolve to Columbkille, then Columbcille and eventually to Colmcille.

(A Colmcille tournament was held in November 1889 involving Drumlish Emmets, Mullinalaghta Leaguers, Killoe Erins Pride, Dromard O’Briens and Abbeylara Davitts. This was one of the earliest tournaments held in the county)


Types of Championship titles won by Columbkille St. Columbkilles:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

Club recorded in tournaments between 1901 and 1905.

The St. Mary’s name re-appears briefly in 1927 when a new short-lived club seems to have existed for a very short time, but there is no evidence of any competitive games played.

Football

Club recorded briefly in Arva tournament in 1905.

(Note: Columbkille St. Patricks is referenced in rolls of honour in 1933 and 1944 as winning Senior Championship titles in 1912 and 1915, and winning Junior titles in 1912 and 1915. This is materially untrue, and no evidence of any Columbkille St. Patricks club has been found)

Football

Club name later shortened to Columbkille (or similar spelling variants) during 1900’s and 1910’s.

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

Club used Columbkille (and sometimes Columbcille) as the dominant club name throughout the 1910’s, 1920’s and 1930’s, with very brief references to St. Columbkilles in a 1912 tournament and in 1930 Junior League final report.

Football

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

May have been Colmcille based, perhaps formed around Colmcille O’Rahilly Sinn Fein club of the time.

Football

Same club as Columbkille St. Columbkilles. Name shifts to Columbkille and then to Colmcille from 1930’s.

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

(Along with Clonguish, the Colmcille club hold the longest period of continued affiliation in Longford)


Types of Championship titles won by Colmcille:

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

Dromard Parish

Football

Played in 1890 Championship.

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

Active in tournaments from 1901 and played in 1905 championship.

Football

Club appears briefly in 1890.

Football

Played in 1891 Championship.

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

Football

Played Legan O’Briens in a challenge game in March 1901.

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

No record of any competitive games played – Likely limited to local league activity.

Football

Junior team organised briefly in 1922.

No record of any matches played at all.

Football

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

No record of any competitive games played – Likely limited to local league activity.

Football

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

This was likely the reformed and renamed Domard Hugh Roe O’Donnells club.

Dromard club was noted as registered with County board in 1924.

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

Club reappears in active competition from February 1930.


Types of Championship titles won by Dromard:

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

Drumlish Parish

Football

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

Francis Sheridan was Chairman and Patrick Kelly was Secretary.

Also referred to by the shorter name of Drumlish Emmets.

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Recorded ‘in training’ in 1906 prior to temporary amalgamation as ‘Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98s’ later that year.

Recorded as ‘Ballinamuck’ in 1910’s but likely as shorthand and still had 98’s name (which appears in 1912, 1919, 1920’s, 1930’s & 1940’s).

Club wins the Senior Football Championship of 1920 as Ballinamuck 98s.

Contested the Senior Football Championship final of 1927 as Ballinamuck 98s, losing the final to Drumlish.

Won the Junior Football Championship of 1938 as Ballinamuck 98s.

Ballinamuck 98s remained in active competition until the end of 1949 and no record of the 98’s thereafter.

The club is later reformed in February 1967 as Ballinamuck (no 98’s).


Types of Championship titles won by Ballinamuck 98s:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

First cited in early 1900’s – Most likely Drumlish Emmets reformed and renamed.

Competes as Drumlish Wolfe Tones in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford.

Played as Drumlish Wolfe Tones in 1905 Dromard tournament and at Longford Feis games in 1905.

Name no longer appears after Drumlish and Ballinamuck clubs amalgamate in 1906 as ‘Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98s’.

Football

Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s play as an amalgamation in 1906 under the name ‘Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98s’ as announced in the Longford Leader newspaper on 27th October 1906.

Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s competed in the 1907 Senior Football Championship, reaching the final.

By the time of next official Senior Championship in 1911, both clubs are affiliated separately.

(Note: The Drumlish and Ballinamuck 98’s clubs appear in late 1926 to be uniting again and were due to play Longford Wanderers as a combined entity in December 1926, but the attempt at an amalgamation fell apart and rather remarkably both clubs end up in the Senior Championship final four months later, which Drumlish won)

Football

After the 1906 & 1907 amalgamation of Drumlish with Ballinamuck 98’s, both clubs eventually go their separate ways after the 1907 championship and the next time the Drumlish club name appears in 1911 it is simply as Drumlish. This is almost certainly the Drumlish Wolfe Tones club reformed and name shortened to Drumlish.

First citation of the club playing as just ‘Drumlish’ is 1911 Senior Football Championship.

Drumlish wins the 1927 Senior Football Championship beating Ballinamuck 98’s in the county final. The Drumlish club goes on to win 8 Senior Championship titles from 1927 to 1945.

Club name remains as Drumlish until the end of 1950.

The club is reformed in 1951 as Young Irelands.


Types of Championship titles won by Drumlish:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

Short lived Junior team – Recorded briefly in 1907.

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

Football

Short lived entity – appeared in a tournament in 1913.

Football

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

May have been a temporary name change for Ballinamuck 98’s?

Football

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

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

May have been a Junior team of Ballinamuck 98’s. It was not unusual for Senior and Junior teams within same club to have different names back in those days.

Football

Drumlish reforms in 1951 as Young Irelands. (Note: A Minor Club for Drumlish & Ballinamuck called ‘Young Irelands’ was formed in 1949)

Initially appeared in local media as ‘Drumlish Young Irelands’, but from end of 1951 appears as Young Irelands.

Club name pivots to the Irish version ‘Eire Óg’ from the late 1950’s. (Some views expressed that the Irish version was used as early as 1953, but all references to the club in print media show that this change occurred from 1958 earliest and the three championships of 1951, 1953 & 1955 are all won as Young Irelands).

The Eire Óg club is in demise by the late 1960’s (immigration & retirements impacted a number of clubs in Longford in those years, including in Drumlish) and by the start of 1969 the Eire Óg was affiliated but unable to field teams due to lack of numbers.

The Eire Óg club amalgamates with the Ballinamuck club (which had reformed in February 1967) to create a new club called Fr. Manning Gaels club in March 1969.


Types of Championship titles won by Young Irelands:

  • Senior Football Championship

Football

The Ballinamuck club is reformed in February 1967.

The club does not use the 98’s name from the previous Ballinamuck club (1890-1949).

Club competed in Junior competition in 1967, 1968 & 1969 seasons, right up to March 1969.

The Ballinamuck club amalgamated with the Eire Óg club to form a new Fr. Manning Gaels club in March 1969.

Football

Formed on 24th March 1969 via the amalgamation of the Eire Óg and Ballinamuck clubs into a new club. (See Link)

This new club was announced in the Longford Leader on March 22nd 1969 under the headline ‘Clubs Unite’ as follow:

“Eire Óg and Ballinamuck clubs, both from the same parish, have decided to unite. Delegates from the club stated at Tuesday nights Co. Board meeting that they were no longer in a position to field two teams from the parish, emigration and retirals being the reason given for the present position. A joint meeting of the two clubs will be held in the ’98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck, on Monday night next, March 21st at 9 o’clock and all interested are urged to attend. The name of the club will be decided on at Monday’s meeting and representatives will later meet the County Board Executive from which recommendations will be submitted to the next Board meeting”.

The following week on March 29th 1969, the Longford Leader reported the following under the headline ‘New club select fitting name‘:

“At the joint meeting of the Ballinamuck and Eire Óg clubs in the ’98 Memorial Hall on Monday night it was agreed that the clubs should unite and seek affiliation under the name of Father Manning Gaels. It was an appropriate selection because the late Father Manning while serving as curate in Drumlish, did much good for football in the parish. And if the new club display the determination and dedication of the great sagart, it will not be long until their famed footballing parish will be back in its rightful place in Longford Football”. 


Types of Championship titles won by Fr. Manning Gaels:

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

Mostrim (Edgeworthstown) Parish

Football

Played in 1891 Championship.

Club disappears in the years thereafter.

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

May also have been referred to as Mostrim Volunteers.

Named after the 18th century Irish Volunteers.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford and reaches the 1905 & 1911 Senior Championship finals.

Club name can be found up to 1912. When club appears again in 1919 it is just Edgeworthstown.

Football

Cited briefly in 1906 – Possibly a Junior team.

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

Football

Edgeworthstown Volunteers shortened to Edgeworthstown during the 1910’s.

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

The club name changes to Edgeworthstown Young Irelands from 1930.

Hurling

Edgeworthstown hurling club is founded in December 1931.

Edgeworthstown competes in Senior Hurling Championship in early 1930s.

Football

Mentioned briefly in a challenge game in 1912.

Football

Recorded in 1918 and 1919 Junior competition.

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

Longbridge played against Edgeworthstown in Junior in 1918 and 1919.

Football

Edgeworthstown renamed to Edgeworthstown Young Irelands in 1930.

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

Reached 1931 Senior Football Championship Final and won 1932 Intermediate Football Championship.

The Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club name is still around by the time of the 1934 convention.

Cannot find the Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club name from 1935 onward.

It is likely that Young Irelands and Geraldines reunited as Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones in 1935.


Types of Championship titles won by Edgeworthstown Young Irelands:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Formed in 1932 following a split from the Edgeworthstown Young Irelands club.

Geraldines competed in Junior competition.

Club name is still around by the time of the 1934 convention.

Cannot find the Edgeworthstown Geraldines club name from 1935 onward.

Liklihood that Geraldines and Young Irelands reunited as Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones in 1935.

Football

Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones appears in the 1935-36 seasons.

Noted as a ‘united club’ – May have been a reunification of the Young Irelands and Geraldines clubs.

No record of the Edgeworthstown Wolfe Tones club name after 1936.

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

Football

Manor Rovers is first cited in 1933.

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

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

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

Football

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

Eoin Ruadhs part of the club name appears to have been dropped in 1938.

Football

Club recorded playing Junior in 1948 and 1949.

Manor Gaels played against Mostrim in these years.

Club disappears in 1949 when the Mostrim club is reorganised.

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

Football

Eoin Ruadhs part of the Mostrim club name appears to have been dropped in 1938.

The ‘Mostrim’ club name appears in competition from 1938 onward.


Types of Championship titles won by Mostrim:

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

Hurling

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

Soon changed to Wolfe Tones (Mostrim) instead.

Hurling

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

Wolfe Tones appear in their first Senior Hurling Championship final in 1987.

By 2021 had become the most successful hurling club in Longford GAA history.


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

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Forgney Parish

Football

First found in competition in 1920 and again in 1929.

Football

Forgney club adopted the St. Munis name upon their affiliation in 1936.

Played a total of six years in competition intermittently until the club reformed in 1960.

St. Munis Forgney is longer an active club in adult competition. The underage section of the Forgney club now competes within the Ballymahon Forgney Minor Club.


Types of Championship titles won by St. Munis Forgney:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Gowna & Mullinalaghta Parish

Football

Founded in 1889.

Late entry in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Recorded in tournaments in 1901 and 1902 and again in 1912.

Football

Short lived club – Played a challenge game in 1912.

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

Football

Mullinalaghta name is used from 1920’s to 1955 when the club name changes to Mullinalaghta St. Columbas.

In 1953 Mullinalaghta were amalgamated with Abbeylara as United Gaels. This team also included St. Mary’s Granard players as St. Mary’s Granard was inactive at the time.

Hurling

Mullinalaghta has a hurling team in competition in 1936.


Types of Championship titles won by Mullinalaghta:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Intermediate Football Championship

Football

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

Club is inactive in 1957 & 1958, reforming in 1959 with assistance of players from Colmcille.


Types of Championship titles won by Mullinalaghta St. Columbas:

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

Granard Parish

Football

Founded in September 1888. First club formed in Longford.

Played in 1890 and 1891 Championships.

Granard Healys club is cited in the Westmeath Examiner on 15th March 1890 as having re-organised ahead of competing in the County Championship in Edgeworthstown the following week. The Granard Healy club competed in the 1890 Championship. The club was named after Tim Healy, the Irish parliamentary Party M.P. for North Longford from 1886-1892 who also served as Governor General for the Free State in 1922. The club’s first president was James Cosgrove, and Liam Cosgrove was captain.

Football

Emerged around 1891, competed in the 1891 Championship.

The club contested the unofficial Championship “final” in 1896. This was in fact an invitation by Granard Shamrocks to Longford Shamrocks to play a friendly game at Ballinalee, and somehow over the years was assumed to be a Championship Final.

Exact origin of the club unknown. Around 1890 or 1891 Fr. O’Reilly (Granard C.C.) recommended Granard Slashers for affiliation. As Tim Healy had become an ardent anti-Parnellite, the Granard team may have dropped his name to remain politically neutral. The ‘Slashers’ name was called after Myles ‘the slasher’ O’Reilly who was a legendary hero of Ireland and County Cavan in the 17th century in his resistance to the new Covenanter Scottish and English settlers in Ireland. He was a descendant of the O’Reilly Princes of Breifni.

Granard Healys and Granard Slashers were active at the same time in Granard in the 1890’s.

No record of Granard Slashers in competition from 1905 but the club affiliates briefly in 1912 (may have been Junior).

Football

Appeared in 1891 tournament.

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

Football

Affiliated around March 1905.

Played in the 1905 championship.

This is likely the Granard Slashers club reformed and renamed.

Reformed in August 1912 and evidence suggests it was Granard Shamrocks who won the League-Championship titles in 1914, 1916 & 1917 (1917 final was played in 1919 but there is no record of the Shamrocks name when Granard played that final, so it is assumed that the title was won by Granard Shamrocks rather than just Granard). In some of those years the team is referred to as just ‘Granard’ but supporting evidence suggests these titles were won by Granard Shamrocks.

The name Granard Shamrocks appears again briefly in 1927 and 1931 as a Junior team. It is unclear if they played competitive games.

Cited once again as reformed briefly in 1940’s in GAA’s Oral History Project recordings.

Hurling

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

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

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

Football

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

Not clear if this was an underage or Junior team.

Football

Junior team recorded in a challenge match in 1905.

Football

Formed in 1908 as underage or junior club.

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

Football

Club for non Locals who worked in pubs or shops in Granard town.

Recorded in a 1912 challenge game.

Football

Granard football teams in parts of 1910’s and in first half of 1920’s use just Granard as club name.

Hurling

Granard hurling club formed in 1930’s and won three-in-a-row hurling titles in 1930’s.

Reformed in 1949 and won the Cavan Hurling Championship in 1950.


Types of Championship titles won by Granard:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Football

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

Football

Junior team first mentioned in 1915 and again in 1919.

Ballymore club reformed in 1967.


Types of Championship titles won by Ballymore:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Junior team organised in 1916.

Football

Junior team organised in 1917.

Football

Short lived club founded on 4th November 1919.

Hurling

Cited in hurling fixtures in 1980’s.

Reached the 1986 Senior Hurling Championship Final.

Football

St. Mary’s club name first appears in September 1917 and were due to play Killoe in October 1917. They also played Brunbrosna and Edgeworthstown later in that same year.

Affiliated at Senior ranks in 1925.

Club went into decline for a period in the late 1930’s and during part of the 1940’s.

Amalgamated with Abbeylara as United Gaels in Senior Championship in 1947 & 1948.

Did not affiliate in 1949, but is revived during the 1950’s, with promotion to Senior in 1958.


Types of Championship titles won by St. Marys Granard:

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

Kilcommock Parish

Football

Founded around April 1889. Named after John Dillon, M.P.

Played in 1890 and 1891 Championships.

Referenced in 1905 and in a 1911 challenge game.

Club also competed in 1920-22 at Junior, and reorganised briefly in 1927.

Club folded soon after 1927. Footballers went to play with Cashel or Killashee.

Football

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

Football

No team in Kenagh from 1949-1951. Team in Foigha competed instead.

Foigha played in competition in 1947 and 1948.

Football

Kenagh club name is first mentioned in 1905 challenge against Ballymahon.

In 1942 Kenagh club is reformed, with Killashee players for a period in the 1940’s.

Kenagh competes from 1944 to 1946, and the club is then inactive by the end of the 1940’s.

Kenagh reforms in 1952 in an amalgamation with Killashee St. Brigids as St. Dominics (1952-55).

From 1956 the Kenagh club is back competing on their own adopting the St. Dominics name.

Kenagh amalgamates with Cashel as Clanna Gael in 1959 and reverts to Kenagh St. Dominics by 1960.

Wins U-20 Championship in 1963 and Intermediate Championship in 1965 as Kenagh St. Dominics.

Club amalgamated with Carrickedmond as St. Martins in Junior and Senior during 1971-75.

Kenagh reformed at Junior grade in 1973 and were fully separate as an adult team from 1976.

(St. Dominics part of the club name was not prominent in adult competition after the 1960’s)


Types of Championship titles won by Kenagh:

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

Killashee & Clondra Parish

Football

Founded in 1890. Played in 1890 Championship.

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

Named after the Irish Nationalist activist John Mitchell.

Recorded in 1902 as Killashee Mitchells.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford.

Appears briefly in 1915 tournament as John Mitchells.

Football

Name shortened to Killashee in tournaments in 1905 and 1907 and in competitions in the late 1910’s.

The club reforms and affiliates in 1932 under the name Killashee.

Football

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

Football

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

Football

Club played in 1920 and 1924 competition.

Hurling

Recorded as playing hurling in 1926 (no official competition).

Football

Killashee adopts St. Brigids to become St. Brigids Killashee from 1934.

Club is reformed and re-affiliated in 1950 after a gap away from competition.

Club amalgamated with Kenagh under the name St. Dominics from 1952-55.

Club is again reformed and re-affiliates as St. Brigids Killashee thereafter.


Types of Championship titles won by St. Brigids Killashee:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Killoe Parish

Football

Founded in June 1889 – First GAA club in Killoe.

Club was originally named Killoe Erins Hope but was quickly renamed Killoe Erins Pride prior to the 1890 Senior Championship. The ‘Erins Hope’ was a Fenian gun-running ship that traveled from the US in 1867 with the aim of assisting a rebellion with arms onboard. It is not known why such a quick renaming of the club occurred in 1889.

Played in the 1890 and 1891 Championships as Killoe Erins Pride.

Football

Formed in 1890, existed at same time as Killoe Erins Pride.

Played in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Club was not in existence by the turn of the 20th Century.

Football

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

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

Football

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

The team captain was John McCarthy from Farragh.

No evidence of any games played.

Football

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

Likely a local team from a specific group of townlands rather than a renamed Killoe Erins Pride team.

Team seems to have consist of players mostly from Dernacross, Drumnacooha and Cornafunshion.

Football

Club name first appears in 1904 and participates in 1904 Senior Football Championship, reaching the county final.

There is no available evidence of any direct lineage between this club and the previous Killoe Erins Pride or Killoe McMahons clubs beyond the fact that they were all founded at different times in the same parish.

By end of 1905 Killoe Young Emmets is the sole remaining active club in the parish of Killoe.

Killoe Young Emmets wins all completed (4) Senior Football Championships from 1907 to 1918.

Club is in decline in 1920’s and competes mostly at Junior level during the 1930’s, 1940’s & 1950’s.

The club is briefly amalgamated with Whiterock Slashers as Killoe Slashers in 1955 & 1956.

Killoe Young Emmets wins the Junior Championship in 1957 and the club is promoted back to Senior grade.

The club reaches the Senior Football Championship final in 1959 and was beaten by Longford Slashers. Killoe Young Emmets goes on to win the Senior Championship of 1960 by defeating Longford Slashers and becomes the first club to receive the Seán Connolly Cup.

Killoe club suffers heavily from immigration (common across all clubs in the area in the early 1960’s) and was relegated to Intermediate grade from 1966 to 1977, winning promotion back to senior grade in 1977.

Irish version of club name is Emmet Óg which is first cited in local media alongside the Killoe Young Emmets in the 1960’s. Irish & English versions of the club name are still used alternately today (versions include Emmet Óg, Killoe Emmet Óg, Emmet Óg Killoe and the official name of Killoe Young Emmets).

Hurling

Competed in the 1st Senior Hurling Championship in 1905, reaching the final.

Won the Senior Hurling Championship in 1907.

No further hurling activity is recorded thereafter.


Types of Championship titles won by Killoe Young Emmets:

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

Lanesboro (Rathcline) Parish

Football

Played in the 1890 and 1891 Championships.

Reached the final of the 1890 Senior Championship.

The club was sometimes referred to as ‘Rathcline Honest John Martins’. They were named after the Irish nationalist activist John Martin who was the first Home Rule MP for Meath from 1871–1875 and who was commonly known as ‘Honest John Martin’. The clubs controversial runner-up medals from the 1890 Championship bear the inscription ‘Honest Johns for superior merit’.

Competes in the 1904 championship when GAA revives in Longford. Cited as ‘Rathcline John Martins’ in 1905 competition.

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

Football

Rathcline club adopts the name Rathcline St. Michaels from 1934-37.

Hurling

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

Football

Rathcline St. Michaels changes to Ratchline St. Dermots in 1938.

Then reverts briefly to Rathcline in 1939 and club is then inactive for two years.

Football

Club consisting of Bord na Mona employees that played competitively in 1948.

Football

Rathcline club uses Lanesboro name in 1942 and 1944 (and occasionally as Rathcline in this period).

The Rathcline name is used again from 1948 onward.

Hurling

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

The club won two Senior Hurling Championship titles in the 1980’s.

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

Naomh Ciaráns is no longer playing Senior Hurling by the early years of the 1990’s.


Championship titles won by Naomh Ciarán:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Football

Rathcline name appear regularly in 1910’s & 1920’s without mention of John Martins.

Rathcline name used briefly in 1939 (post St. Michaels and St. Dermots).

Rathcline name used from 1948 onward (post Lanesboro).

Club briefly amalgamates with Cashel as Shannon Gaels from 1952-53.

Hurling

Rathcline Hurling Club founded 1936. Cited in 1936 hurling fixtures


Types of Championship titles won by Rathcline:

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

Legan & Ballycloghan Parish

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

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

Football

Played Ballyduffy O’Brien from Dromard in a match in 1901.

No record of any competitive games played.

Football

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

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

Football

Played in Junior challenge in 1915 and 1919 Junior competition, and active during early 1920’s.

Note: No reference to Legan Sunbursts at all in this period (just Legan).

Football

Junior team – Played competitively in 1925 and 1928 competition.

(Carrickboy team was sometimes referred to retrospectively in much later years as Carrickboy Sunbursts because when Legan Sunbursts reformed for a year in 1934 they played their matches in Carrickboy so the fixtures would appear as ‘At Carrickboy: Sunbursts vs Other’. Some limited references exist to a Carrickboy Sunbursts team, but not in the period cited above) 

Football

Played Junior in 1935-38 and are mentioned when the Legan club reformed in 1944.

Football

Club name appears as Legan Sarsfields from 1966 when the club reformed.


Types of Championship titles won by Legan Sarsfields:

  • Intermediate Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Longford Parish (Ballymacormack)

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

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

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Club was named after Henry Grattan and founded at a meeting in Rockspring House.

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

Mentioned again in 1902 and as Ballymacormack in 1906-07. All challenge games.

Football

Played in a tournament in 1909 versus St. Mels, Longford Wanderers and Longford Rovers.

Football

Recorded twice in challenge games in 1905.

Clonahard team played competitively in 1920.

Football

Recorded twice in 1920. Mainly challenge games.

Football

Grattans club reforms under the name Young Grattans in 1944 and reforms again in 1950’s.

Alternate use of Irish version of club name (Grattan Óg) from 1958 onward.


Types of Championship titles won by Young Grattans or Grattan Óg:

  • Junior Football Championship

Longford Parish (Templemichael)

Football

Played in the 1890 Championship.

Some reports claim the club was founded in December 1888, while others claim January 6th 1889. The founder was J.P. Farrell and first captain was Michael Toolan. The club was named after Michael Davitt.

Football

Played in 1890 Championship.

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

Football

Cited as playing in 1891 Championship and in the 1896 unofficial “final”.

Recorded in action in 1903 and 1904.

Noted as newly organised in 1905 as Junior team of local shop assistants.

Team also noted as ‘Longford Shop Assistants’.

Played a number of games between 1905 and 1908 – Possibly in Junior.

Football

Played a challenge game in 1898.

Football

Founded on 4th October 1902.

Won the Senior Football Championship of 1904.

Won first Senior Football and Hurling Championship double in 1905.

Last recorded in 1912 having played 1911 and 1912 Senior League-Championship competition.

Hurling

Won Senior Hurling Championship in 1905, finalist in 1907.


Types of Championship titles won by Longford Leo Caseys:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Senior Hurling Championship

Football

Junior team recorded in 1904.

May have also been called Clonahard Lord Edwards.

Football

First appears as a Junior team in 1905.

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

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

Football

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

Club organised in 1911 and played in Senior Football Championship.

Were 1913 Senior Football Championship Finalists.

Football

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

Football

Played a challenge game against Clonguish Gallowglasses in 1908.

Unclear if name was humorous nickname or actual team name.

Football

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

No competitive matches played.

Football

Mentioned in a challenge game in 1912.

Likely based at the army barracks in Longford.

Football

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

They organised a cup competition which Colmcille won around 1913.

Football

Played in a tournament in 1915.

Football

Formed in 1918, played Melview in a few matches.

Football

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

St. Mels College won the Junior competition in November 1920.

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

Football

Longford wanderers first mentioned in 1909 playing in a local competition against Ballymacormack Hazelites, Longford St. Mel’s and Longford Rovers. No competitive matches played.

First appeared in competitive action in 1919.

Wanderers won Junior Championship titles in 1932 & 1942.

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

Wanderers won Senior Championship titles in 1944 & 1947.

Club merged with Whiterock Slashers to create the Longford Slashers club in 1954.


Types of Championship titles won by Longford Wanderers:

  • Senior Football Championship
  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Played in 1924 and 1925 Junior and another Longford team took their place after winning Junior.

Cited in Colmcille drawn game in Junior in 1930.

Football

Longford clubs playing in competition in the 1910’s were regularly just referred to as ‘Longford’.

Hurling

Cited in 1933 as one of five hurling teams in Longford.

Finalists in 1932 and 1934 Senior Hurling Championship.

Reorganised in 1936 as Longford Hurling Club.

Hurling

Longford Geraldines recorded as playing hurling in 1928.

Football

Founded in 1934.

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

Won Junior Championship in 1936 & 1953. Promoted to Senior for 1954.

Whiterock Slashers merges with Longford Wanderers to create Longford Slashers club in 1954.

Some club officials wanted to maintain a club in the area, so a Whiterock Slashers club continued.

From 1956-57 Whiterock Slashers is amalgamated with Killoe Young Emmets as Killoe Slashers.

No sign of the club after the amalgamation ends. Was replaced by Shroid Slashers from 1958.

Hurling

Whiterock Slashers has a hurling team in competition in 1936.


Types of Championship titles won by Whiterock Slashers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Played in competition between 1941 and 1945.

Likely based at the army barracks in Longford.

Football

Founded in 1958.

Effectively replaced Whiterock Slashers club in the area.

Shroid Slashers name first appeared in competition in 1959.

The Shroid Slashers club has been inactive since the 2010’s.

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


Types of Championship titles won by Shroid Slashers:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Formed on 4th January 1954 via the amalgamation of Longford Wanderers and Whiterock Slashers clubs. (See Link)

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

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

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

Longford Slashers holds the record for longest period in Senior Football having played in Senior Championship in every year since the foundation of the club in 1954.

It is interesting to note that the name Longford Slashers appeared very briefly in Junior League competition in late 1926, prior to the name being used for the formation of the newly merged club in 1954.

Hurling

Hurling club was called Slashers Gaels from until around 2010.

Name changed to Longford Slashers from around 2010 onward.


Types of Championship titles won by Longford Slashers:

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

Hurling

Slashers Gaels played in the newly reformed Senior Hurling Championship from 1982.

Competed as Slashers Gaels until around 2010.

Name changed to Longford Slashers from around 2010 onward.


Types of Championship titles won by Slashers Gaels:

  • Senior Hurling Championship

Newtowncashel Parish

Football

Played in 1890 & 1891 Championships.

Reorganised in 1905 but fell away soon after.

No specific mention of the Kieran/Ciaran name in any early or late 1920’s activity.

Football

St. Ciarán club name is revived in 1932 (different spelling) and used frequently during the 1930’s and up to 1943.

The Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns club does not affiliate in 1935 and from 1938-41.

The Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns club returns to action in 1942 and wins the Junior championship in 1943.

Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns is shortened to Cashel from around 1947 onward.


Championship titles won by Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns:

  • Junior Football Championship

Football

Newtowncashel St. Ciaráns is shortened to Cashel from around 1947.

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

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

Hurling

Cashel & Ballymahon clubs amalgamated as Ballymahon/Cashel in the Senior Hurling Championship in the early 1990’s, noted as a new team in October 1990.


Types of Championship titles won by Cashel:

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

Streete Parish

Hurling

Recorded as playing hurling in 1926.

Cited in 1934 Senior Hurling Championship fixtures vs Granard.

Other Clubs

Football

Participated in the unfinished 1891 Championship.

Amalgamations Names

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

Football

Amalgamation of Longford Wanderers and Clonguish Gallowglasses from 1933-1934.

United Gaels reached Senior Football Championship final in both years.

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

Football

Amalgamation of Abbeylara and Granard from 1947 to 1948.

Reached Senior Football Championship final in 1947.

Also reached Junior Football Championship final in 1947.

Football

Amalgamation of Rathcline and Cashel in February 1952.

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

Football

Amalgamation of Kenagh and St. Brigids Killashee.

Once the amalgamation was over, Kenagh adopts the St. Dominics name.

Football

Amalgamation of Mullinalaghta and Abbeylara (with some Granard players).

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

Football

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

The temporary amalgamation disbanded at the end of the 1956 season.

Football

Amalgamation of Kenagh St. Dominics and Cashel.

Football

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

Reached Senior Football Championship finals of 1971 & 1973.

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

Hurling

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

Not found in action after the 1982 season.

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

Slang Names

The following unusual names are noted in GAA fixtures in June 1919:

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

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

Research supplied to C.L.G. Coiste Chontae An Longfoirt in 2021.
Published with the permission of C.L.G. Coiste Chontae An Longfoirt.