Down GAA

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Down GAA
Down GAA crest.jpg
Irish:An Dún
Nickname(s):The Mournemen ( F )
The Ardsmen ( H )
Province:Ulster
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
Ground(s): Páirc Esler, Newry
County colours:Red and black
County teams
NFL:Division 2
NHL:Division 2B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Christy Ring Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Kay Mills Cup

The Down County Board (Irish : Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae An Dún) or Down GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland, and is responsible for the administration of Gaelic games in County Down.

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The County Board is responsible for preparing the Down county teams in the various Gaelic sporting codes; football, hurling, camogie and handball.

The county football team was the second from the province of Ulster to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), following Cavan, and also the first team to bring the Sam Maguire Cup across|the border into the occupied 6 counties]], doing so in 1960. The team won the cup again in 1961 and in 1968; this feat was not matched by another team until Down next won the All-Ireland SFC in its 1991 victory. Down shares (with Cavan) the Ulster record for most All-Ireland SFC victories (five). As such, Down is regarded historically as a strong footballing county, and football is widely regarded as the dominant Gaelic sport within the county.

The Ards peninsula, however, is a hurling stronghold within the county, and while the county hurling team are not among the very strongest on the island, competing in the third-tier Christy Ring Cup, the 'Ardsmen' (as opposed to the nickname of the football team, the 'Mourne men') have won a number of Ulster Senior and Minor Hurling Championships, despite the historical provincial dominance in that sport of Antrim. Down won the 2013 Christy Ring Cup, its first. This entitled the team to enter the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship; however, Down opted to remain in what was then the second-tier.

The minutes of the Central Council of the GAA record that on 30 April 1888 an application for affiliation was received from St Patrick's, Mayobridge, Co. Down. The acceptance of the application makes this the oldest registered GAA club in the county.

Football

Clubs

The county's most successful football club is Kilcoo. Kilcoo has won the Down Senior Football Championship on seventeen occasions, and also won the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship in 2019.

County team

Down has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on five occasions, most recently in 1994.

Down was not regarded as a football stronghold when Queen's University won the 1958 Sigerson Cup, and some of its leading players turned their thoughts to Down's county team dilemma. They took the 1959 Ulster title with six inter-changeable forwards who introduced off-the-ball running and oddities such as track-suits. In 1960 two goals in a three-minute period from James McCartan, Senior and Paddy Doherty helped beat Kerry, who were almost completely unbeaten at the time, and which brought to an end the Kerry football regime for a few years, and they beat Offaly by a point in 1961 in a tremendous match that featured five first half goals. In that three-year period their loyal supporters smashed every attendance record in the book. When Down played Offaly in 1961 they set a record attendance of 90,556 for a GAA game. Against Dublin in the 1964 National League final a record 70,125 showed up. The 71,573 who watched them play Kerry in 1961 still stands as a record for an All-Ireland semi-final. In 1968, Down beat Kerry with Sean O'Neill and John Murphy goals, again in a two-minute spell. Despite a famous prediction that Down would go on to win three-in-a-row,[ citation needed ] the county took twenty years to regain its status.

In 1991, they surprised favourites Meath, Barry Breen giving them the goal that sent them into a lead of eleven points with 20 minutes to go, too far even for Meath. In 1994, Mickey Linden sent James McCartan, Junior in for a goal directly under Hill 16 which silenced Dublin and helped them claim their fifth title.

Hurling

Clubs

Four Down hurling clubs, Ballycran, Ballygalget, Portaferry and Bredagh play in the Antrim League. The first two used the experience to win Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championships. Ballygalget, Portaferry and Ballycran play in Antrim Div 1 while Bredagh play in Div 3.

Clubs also contest the Down Senior Hurling Championship.

County team

Entrance to sports ground, Saul, County Down Gates Gaelic athletic park Saul County Down.jpg
Entrance to sports ground, Saul, County Down

Down played in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship for three years in the 1970s, even playing Antrim in an unusual Leinster semi-final at Croke Park in 1979. Although Down had not won the All-Ireland B championship in four final appearances, when the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship was revived, Down won titles in 1992, 1995 and 1997, losing the All-Ireland semi-finals by 14, 11 and 16 points. Down defeated Kilkenny in a Division 1 match in 1993 by a scoreline of 1–12 to 1–11. Down hurlers won the Christy Ring Cup for the first time in 2013, their greatest All-Ireland level success to date. This entitled them to enter the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship; however, Down opted to remain in the 2nd on this occasion.

Camogie

Down contested the final of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship in 1948, having beaten Galway 1-5 to 1-1 in the All Ireland semi-final, with N Mallon the captain and C Mcgourty their best player, and 13-year-old Berna Kelly played in goal. [1] They won the inaugural All Ireland junior championship in 1968 and inaugural minor (under-16) championship in 1974, further All Ireland junior championships in 1976 and 1991 and the intermediate championship of 1994 which resulted in a brief return to the senior championship. They won the All Ireland championship at Under-16 C level in 2011 and reached the 2011 Nancy Murray Cup final. [2]

Leitrim Fontenoys won the 2004 [3] and 2005 [4] All Ireland junior club title.

Notable players include Marion McGarvey, Bonnie McGreevy, Máirín McAleenan, Catherine McGourty and Karen Tinelly. Síghle Nic an Ultaigh and Belle O'Loughlin served as presidents of the Camogie Association.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion", [5] five new camogie clubs were to be established in the county by 2015. [6]

Ladies' football

Down has a ladies' football team.

List of clubs

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References

  1. Connacht Tribune 8 October 1948; Sunday Independent (via Irish Newspaper Archives) (subscription required) 24 October 1948; Irish News 25 October 1948 See also photo of Down 1948 Camogie team on Portaferry GAA website Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  3. 2004 Junior club final Leitrim 4-13 Four Roads 0-8 Four Roads report in Irish Independent
  4. 2005 junior club final Leitrim 1-8 Four Roads 1-4 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  5. "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  6. National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site
Down GAA
Affiliated Clubs
Senior Football Championship

An Riocht - Warrenpoint - Ballyholland - Kilclief - Bryansford - Burren - Castlewellan - Clonduff - Russell Gaelic Union, Downpatrick - Kilcoo - Liatroim-Fontenoys - Longstone - Loughinisland - Mayobridge - Rostrevor - Saval

Intermediate Football Championship

Annaclone - Ardglass - Bredagh - Carryduff - Clann na Banna - Darragh Cross - Dundrum - Glasdrumman - Glenn - Ballymartin - Newry Shamrocks - Saul - St.John Bosco - Teconnaught - Tullylish - Atticall

Junior Football Championship

Aghaderg - Aughlisnafin - Ballykinlar - Bright - Dromara - Drumaness - Drumgath - Newry Mitchels - St John's - St Michael's - St Paul's

Senior Hurling Championship

Ballycran - Ballygalget - Portaferry

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Ballela - Bredagh - Kilclief - Liatroim-Fontenoys - Newry Shamrocks - Warrenpoint -

Junior Hurling Championship

Clonduff - Carryduff - Castlewellan - Ballyvarley -