Lancashire GAA

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Lancashire GAA
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Founded:1920s
County: Great Britain
Nickname:Lancs
Colours:Yellow, blue and white
Grounds: Old Bedians, East Didsbury
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Lancashire within England

The Lancashire County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish : Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Lancasír), or Lancashire GAA, is one of the county boards outside Ireland and is responsible for the running of Gaelic games in the North West of England and on the Isle of Man. With Scotland, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, London and Yorkshire, the board makes up the British Provincial Board. The Lancashire board oversees the Lancashire Junior Championship, the Lancashire Junior League, and the first and second division of the Pennine League. [1]

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The current Executive Committee consists of a chair, secretary and treasurer, and the County has two representatives on the British Provincial Council Executive Committee.

The County crest depicts the Celtic cross and shamrock, the red rose of Lancashire and a ship representing the voyage taken by all of those who have left Ireland to make Lancashire their home or the place they are passing through. The crest was designed by former County Secretary Seán Hackett in 2007.

County Board 2019

Cathaoirleach/Chairperson: Shane Walsh (St.Brendans)
Leas Chathaoirleach/Vice-Chairperson: James Wray (St.Lawrences)
Rúnái/Secretary: Michael Warr (St.Lawrences)
Cisteoir/Treasurer: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Leas Cisteoir/Treasurer: Barry Collins (St.Brendans)
Oif Chaid Poiblí/Public Relations Officer: Cathal Harkin (St.Lawrences)
Runai Cunta/Assistant Secretary- Cluchi Bainisteoir/ Fixtures Manager: Niall Farren (Oisins)
Oif Iomanicht Forbartha/Development Officer: Stan Murray-Hession (Fullen Gaels)
Oifigigh Cosanta Leanaí: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Oif Oige/Youth Officer: Brendan Deacy (St.Lawrences)
Oif Gaeilge agus Cultúir / Officer for Irish Language and Culture: N/A

County Board 2018

Cathaoirleach/Chairperson: Shane Walsh (St.Brendans)
Leas Chathaoirleach/Vice-Chairperson: James Wray (St.Lawrences)
Rúnái/Secretary: Michael Warr (St.Lawrences)
Cisteoir/Treasurer: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Leas Cisteoir/Treasurer: Seamus Kerlin (Oisins)
Oif Chaid Poiblí/Public Relations Officer: Cathal Harkin (St.Lawrences)
Runai Cunta/Assistant Secretary- Cluchi Bainisteoir/ Fixtures Manager: Niall Farren (Oisins)
Oif Iomanicht Forbartha/Development Officer: Stan Murray-Hession (Fullen Gaels)
Oifigigh Cosanta Leanaí: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Oif Oige/Youth Officer: Brendan Deacy (St.Lawrences)
Oif Gaeilge agus Cultúir / Officer for Irish Language and Culture: N/A

County Board 2017

Cathaoirleach/Chairperson: Shane Walsh (St.Brendans)
Leas Chathaoirleach/Vice-Chairperson: James Wray (St.Lawrences)
Rúnái/Secretary: Michael Warr (St.Lawrences)
Cisteoir/Treasurer: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Oif Chaid Poiblí/Public Relations Officer: Cathal Harkin (St.Lawrences)
Runai Cunta/Assistant Secretary- Cluchi Bainisteoir/ Fixtures Manager: George O'Rourke (St.Peters)
Oif Iomanicht Forbartha/Development Officer: Stan Murray-Hession (Fullen Gaels)
Oifigigh Cosanta Leanaí: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Oif Oige/Youth Officer: Brendan Deacy (St.Lawrences)
Oif Gaeilge agus Cultúir / Officer for Irish Language and Culture: Niall Farren (Oisins)

County Board 2016

Chairperson: Shane Walsh (St.Brendans)
Vice-Chairperson: James Wray (St.Lawrences)
Secretary: Michael Warr (St.Lawrences)
Assistant Secretary/Fixtures Secretary: Niall Farren (Oisins)
Treasurer: Brian Johnston (St.Brendans)
Child Protection Officer: Kieran Gleeson (St.Brendans)
Hurling Development Officer: Richie Barry (Wolfe Tones)
Officer for Irish Language and Culture: N/A
Youth Officer: Brendan Deacy (St.Lawrences)
PRO: Cathal Harkin (St.Lawrences)
County Health and Well Being Committee: Danny McDonagh, Barry Morris (John Mitchels) Kieran Gleeson
British Provincial Council Delegates: Kieran Gleeson, Shane Walsh
Council Delegates: Kieran Gleeson, Seamus Kerlin (Oisins) Johnny Plant (St.Brendans), Shane Walsh
British Congress Delegates: Kieran Gleeson, Shane Walsh, Cathal Harkin, Sean Hopkins (St.Peters)

Clubs

In recent years the county has lost two clubs: St. Ann's, Manchester and St.Patricks, Chester. Ellan Vannin Gaels in the Isle of Mann have begun underage after stopping playing adult football in three years. There are eight affiliated clubs, the majority of which are based in Manchester and Liverpool. As of 2019, the clubs participating were:

Name (Irish)Name (English)SportTeamsLocationPitch
Cumann Peile Uilf Tóin LearphollWolfe TonesFootballMen / Ladies / Hurling / CamogieLiverpoolWavertree Park [2]
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Séan MistéilJohn Mitchel'sFootballMen / Ladies / UnderageLiverpoolGreenbank [3]
Ellan Vannin GaelsIsle of Man GaelsFootballUnderageIsle of ManGAA Grounds, Douglas [4]
Fullen Gaels Hurling Fullen Gaels Hurling / CamogieMen / LadiesManchesterHough Grounds [5]
Naomh BréanainnSt Brendan'sFootballMen / UnderageManchesterHough Grounds [6]
Naomh Labhrais na PiarsaighSt LawrencesFootballMen / Ladies / Underage Manchester Turn Moss [7]
Naomh Peadar St Peter's FootballMenManchesterHough Grounds [8]
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Oisín Oisín'sFootballMen / LadiesManchester Old Bedians [9]
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Naomh Máire St.MarysFootballUnderageManchester Cringle Fields

Gaelic football

Football is the dominant sport in Lancashire GAA. The county featured in four successive All-Britain Junior Football Championships, losing the 2009 final but winning in 2010, 2011 (Lancashire 1-11, Warwickshire 0-04) and 2012 (Lancashire 2-10, London 0-10). In 2010 and 2011 Lancashire reached the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship, losing to Kerry GAA in 2010 and to Kildare in 2011. [10]

Senior Club Championship Roll of Honour

Total

St.Brendans:18, Oisins:15, John Mitchels:12, St.Peters:11, St.Lawrences:2, Shannon Rangers:2, Harp & Shamrock:2, De La Salle:2, St.Wilfrids:1

Honours

Lancashire Senior All-Star Team 2016

  1. Matty Deeney (John Mitchels)
  2. Gary Morris (St.Peters)
  3. David McTeggart (John Mitchels)
  4. Ronan Gallagher (St.Peters)
  5. Peter Cosgrove (Wolfe Tones)
  6. Paraíc McGuirk (John Mitchels)
  7. Craig Owen (John Mitchels)
  8. Stephen Sands (St.Brendans)
  9. Colm Conway (St.Brendans)
  10. Niall McCartan (John Mitchels)
  11. Ciaran Harper (Oisín)
  12. Chris Mullen (St.Brendans)
  13. Garbhan McManus (St.Lawrences)
  14. Gerard McCaughey (Oisín)
  15. Michael Molloy (John Mitchels)

Player of the Year: Craig Owen

Lancashire All-Star Team 2017

  1. Paul Noone (Oisins)
  2. Ryan Devlin (Oisins)
  3. Aidan McVerry (Oisins)
  4. Rory McLaughlin (Oisins)
  5. Gary Morris (St.Peters)
  6. Stephen Rafferty (St.Brendans)
  7. Eoin Watts (St.Lawrences)
  8. Niall Donnelly (Oisins)
  9. Ray Addis (Wolfe Tones)
  10. Paddy McCoy (St.Brendans)
  11. Niall McCartan (John Mitchels)
  12. PJ Magee (Oisins)
  13. John Huane (St.Marys)
  14. Conor King (Oisins)
  15. Darren Russell (John Mitchels)

Lancashire Player of the Year: Conor King (Oisins)
Lancashire Supporters Player of the Year: Jason Hurst (St.Peters)

Lancashire All-Star Team 2018

  1. Paul Noone (Oisins) (Second Award)
  2. Rory McLaughlin (Oisins) (Second Award)
  3. Aidan McVerry (Oisins) (Second Award)
  4. Hugh-Pat Ward (St.Brendans) (First Award)
  5. David Hernon (Oisins) (First Award)
  6. Chrissy Ryan (St.Brendans) (First Award)
  7. Mick Comney (Oisins) (First Award)
  8. Niall Donnelly (Oisins) (Second Award)
  9. Dennis O’Neill (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  10. Chrissy O’Connor (Oisins) (First Award)
  11. Gerry McCaughey (Oisins) (Second Award)
  12. Stephen Sands (St.Brendans) (Second Award)
  13. Padraig Slane (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  14. Sean Keenan (St.Brendans) (First Award)
  15. Michael Molloy (John Mitchels) (Second Award)

Lancashire Player of the Year: Niall Donnelly (Oisins)
Lancashire Junior Player of the Year: James Fitzmaurice (St.Peters)

Lancashire Ladies All-Star Team 2017

  1. Louise O'Neill (John Mitchels) (Second Award)
  2. Sharon Kelly (St.Lawrences) (First Award)
  3. Sinead Purcell (John Mitchels) (Second Award)
  4. Kayleigh Thompson (Oisins) (First Award)
  5. Clare Shaw (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)
  6. Clodagh Gormley (Oisins) (Second Award)
  7. Sinead Fegan (John Mitchls) (Second Award)
  8. Noleen Conway (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  9. Roisin McCafferty (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  10. Mairead Daly (St.Lawrences) (First Award)
  11. Aoibheann Daly (Oisins) (First Award)
  12. Lauren Delaney (Oisins) (First Award)
  13. Cliona Gannon (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  14. Roisin Collerary (John Mitchels) (First Award)

Lancashire Ladies All-Star Team 2018

  1. Lisa Pritchard (St.Lawrences) (First Award)
  2. Fran Lynch (John Mitchels) (First Award)
  3. Nicola Donaghy (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)
  4. Niamh Cahill (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)
  5. Clodagh Gormley (Oisín) (Third Award)
  6. Sinead Fegan (John Mitchels) (Third Award)
  7. Maddie Little (Oisín) (First Award)
  8. Roisin McCafferty (John Mitchels) (Second Award)
  9. Aimee Lavery (St.Lawrences) (First Award)
  10. Katie Campbell (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)
  11. Edel Colleran (St.Lawrences) (Second Award)
  12. Eimear O’Mahony (St.Lawrences) (First Award)
  13. Roisin Colleary (John Mitchels) (Second Award)
  14. Aoife Jacob (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)
  15. Elaine Butler (Wolfe Tones) (First Award)

GAA History in Liverpool

The first match recorded in Liverpool was in 1901, where Liverpool Young Ireland's defeated Manchester Martyrs. According to Tommy Walsh there were 300 in attendance including the Special Branch, who were no doubt keeping a watchful eye. By 1906, both hurling and camogie were played in Liverpool and were played in the Aintree area, where the famous racecourse is located now. Later, the Young Irelands changed their name to Eire Og and then to St.Patricks by 1940.

Today, if you had the finest of Liverpool up against the finest of Kilkenny on a hurling field; there would be only one outcome. In 1912 however, the two teams met in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final. The Cats won by 4-03 to 1-03, the game was played in Liverpool however unfortunately the exact location was not recorded and no one in the county board was about in that time to clarify things!

By 1924 a new GAA ground was used at Dingle Brook Farm in West Derby. Two years later, the Provincial Council was formed and the only two affiliated boards were London and Liverpool GAA. The two boards fielded teams annually, in both hurling and football, to play each other for the P.J. O'Connor and Sam Maguire cups respectively. The hurling matches were normally won by Liverpool, while the football games were typically won by the London team.

By 1926, the Liverpool County Board (formed before the Lancashire County Board), secured a pitch at Thingwall Road in Broadgreen. They were warned that if there were any fighting during games then they would lose the pitch! The following year the teams who were playing around Liverpool were as follows:

By 1927, the Secretary's report stated that there were five hurling, two football and two camogie clubs affiliated. Eleven years later, the teams in Lancashire were:

During World War 2, the GAA in Lancashire had its ups and downs, one of the pluses was a new club being formed in Wigan.

Between 1948 and 1950, John Mitchels GAC was formed, however according to Tommy Walsh, they didn't succeed in attracting the young Irish men into their ranks. They dissolved into the St.Patrick's Club, St.Patrick's hurling and John Mitchel's Gaelic football. Peter Delaney was one of the founders of the John Mitchels club and he became secretary of the larger club. By 1953, games were played at Yew Tree Field, Preston were playing Gaelic games and Lancashire got to the All-Ireland Junior Final, losing to Cork. Two years later, Gaelic games were being played at Thingwall Hall (St.Edward's Orphanage) and after that at Sefton Rugby Club, West Derby.

There were many great players to grace the John Mitchels team over the years, however none more so than the great James McCartan snr and his brother Dan, as well as a smattering of Derry county players. The reason for this was during the Gaelic exhibition games at Wembley, John Mitchels took part in the festivities against London Shamrocks as a feeder for the bigger inter-county games. Of course making the long trip south resulted in not bring a full 15, so the aforementioned players togged out for the Liverpool team.

By the 1970s and 80s the economic situation was improving in Ireland, therefore the influx of Irish playing Gaelic games in Britain was declining. By 1978 there were 40 underage games played at Newsham Park. A very strong group of families were active. Sadly, the 1980s saw hurling die in Liverpool as well as the underage. On the plus side however, 1982 saw comprehensive fixtures being first produced, thanks to Peter Gallagher.

John Mitchels adult team soon began to find it hard to field but thanks to Barry Morris, who also played with the club, reformed the club and affiliated it to the Lancashire County Board. The club of course, reached Croke Park to play in the All-Ireland Junior Final in 2009. [11]

Hurling

Lancashire competed in the Lory Meagher Cup (Tier 5 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship) for the first time in 2015.

2018 was their inaugural appearance in the national hurling league. They won the Allianz Hurling League Division 3B title at the first attempt.

Facilities

There are seven pitches in Lancashire:

Two clubs from outside Lancashire play in Lancashire competitions also:

Famous Lancashire Gaels

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  3. Mitchel's Club profile Archived 19 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine , Lancs GAA
  4. IoM Club profile Archived 19 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine , Lancs GAA
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