Club History

Club History Summary 
Kilmore G.A.A. club was founded on February 2nd 1889. It is located in North County Roscommon and is situated approximately 7 miles from the towns of Carrick-On-Shannon, Elphin and Strokestown. We currently compete in the County Senior Football Championship and league and in the Junior B Football Championship and league. We also compete at U-20 football level. At underage we compete in Minor, U-16, U-14, U-12, U-11 and U-10 competitions. We also have a strong record in ladies football and field teams at underage.
County Championship Titles.
Senior Football C
hampionship Titles; 1 (1983).
Intermediate Football Championship Titles; 3 (1981, 2006, 2016).
Junior A Football Championship Titles; 1 (1975).
Junior "B" Football Championship Titles; 1 (1992).
Minor Div. 1 Football Championship Titles; (amalgamated with Shannon Gaels), 1 (1979).
Minor Div 2 Football Championship Titles; 1 (1994).
Minor Div 3 Football Championship Titles;1 (2008). 1 (2016)(amalgamated with Shannon Gaels)
U-21 Div 1 Football Championship Titles; 1 (1994).
Under 21 Div 2 Football Championship Titles; 3 (1993, 2001, 2004).
Under 20 Div 2 Football Championsiop Titles : 1 Amalgamated with Shannon Gaels (2015)
Numerous Under Age Championship Titles at primary schools and club level

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CLUB CREST:

The Kilmore crest is divided into four segments, representing distinct aspects of our heritage.





A BRIEF HISTORY
The first Annual General Meeting of Kilmore GAA club was held on Sunday February 2nd 1889. The meeting elected the clubs first ever Executive Committee; Terry McLoughlan, Michael Doherty, Tim Feeley, Francis Beirne, Michael Doyle, Tom Healy, Pat Reynolds, John Lavin, Ned Cauneen, James Beirne, Michael McGauran, John Healy, John Gill, Pat Flood, Tom Duignan, Pat Doherty, Hugh Clyne.

Kilmore, known as Kilmore Faugh a Ballagh, was one of eighteen clubs that affiliated to Roscommon GAA Board in 1889, its' foundation year. A club from Corlara, Corlara Gaels, also affiliated but there is no record that they ever took part in official Co Board competitions. It appears that their activities were confined to playing in tournaments and challenge games. Later that year, in September, a third club, Aughrim Mandavilles, was formed in the parish. Records show that the total membership of the three clubs was around 200.  

Kilmore played in the County Senior Championship until 1917 when they were beaten by Croghan in the knock out stages by 0-12 to 0-3. From then until 1947 the parish was represented at Junior level by clubs from Aughrim and Kilmore and was not represented in the senior championship again until July 18th 1982, a full sixty five years later.

Kilmore club went through very difficult times after the war and did not field in adult competitions again, apart from a brief attempt in 1959, until 1973. There were times when Gaelic games almost died in the area, particularly during the emigration ravaged 1950s. Thankfully it survived and was maintained during the ‘50s and ‘60s through a focus on juvenile activity. Fr Pat Brady, a curate in Dangan Church, was a key figure in this regard. He kept the GAA flame burning and much of the credit for the club’s revival in the early 1970s must go to Fr Pat’s work with juveniles in the 1960s.
On September 11th 1972 a significant event took place in Kilmore. On that date a group of nineteen people met in the old hall in Kilmore and decided that Kilmore should apply to affiliate a club with Roscommon GAA Board. The people who attended that historic meeting were; Tommy McEvoy (Chairman), Tommie Kenoy ( Secretary), Joe Gilfillan (Treasurer), Tom Kenoy, Gerry Connellan, (Feeragh), Michael Connellan (Feeragh), Pat King, Joe McEvoy, P.J.Hoare, Sean Sharkey, Michael Foley, Oliver Carroll, Rev Fr John Walsh, Percy Ffrench, John McLoughlan, Michael Shanley,  Pat Clyne, Louis Rhattigan, and Bernard Carroll.This opened a new and highly successful era for Kilmore GAA. Since then the club has been central to social, cultural and sporting activity in the parish.

On November 9th 1975 Kilmore club captured its first ever Co Football Championship title when we defeated Athleague in the Co Junior Final at Dr Hyde Park by 0-12 to 2-4. This put Kilmore very firmly on the Roscommon GAA map.

In 1980 the club was promoted to the Co Senior League for the first time when we won the Division 2 League, the O Gara Cup. In 1981 we captured our first ever Co Intermediate Championship title defeating Ml GLaveys by 1-7 to 2-2 in a replay. Then on the 11th of September 1983, exactly eleven years to the day after the club was reborn, Kilmore became Kings of Roscommon Football defeating St Bridgets by 1-8 to 1-7 in the County Senior football final at Dr Hyde Park. 
It was an epic final best remembered for Joe McEvoy's late, late goal that gave Kilmore a one point victory.

Since then Kilmore has captured a plethora of under-age titles, particularly during the 1990s while we have appeared in a further four senior finals, 1987, 1998, 1999 and 2001 without success.

However the club remains a vibrant force in Roscommon GAA, a typical rural GAA club, fighting well above its weight given our size and population base.
 
    Indeed the late seventies and early eighties was a hugely successful era in the history of Kilmore GAA. In 1979 Jimmy Connellan captained a Kilmore/Shannon Gaels minor amalgamation to county championship glory. In 1978 Gerry Connellan won Connacht and All Ireland U-21 medals with Roscommon. In 1980 he played in the All Ireland SF Final and became Kilmore’s first and only All-Star and later that year captained the club to the O Gara Cup league title. Then came the 1981 Intermediate Championship and in 1982 the club opened its new playing field and dressing rooms at Cloonmaan. Then came senior glory in 1983. All of which made the late seventies and early eighties particularly significant in the history of Kilmore GAA club.

 

All-Ireland Roll of Honour.

Many other achievements of note have happened during the history of Kilmore GAA. Foremost amongst these is the fact that nine natives of the parish have won All-Ireland football championship medals. All-Ireland Senior Football medals were won by five players- just one of them with Roscommon, Peter Connellan in 1944. Paul Cox, from Hillsgrove was a member of the Tipperary team that won All-Ireland glory in 1900. Michael Kelly and Martin Barry from Hillstreet were members of Dublin All-Ireland winning teams in 1906 and 1907 and Jimmy McGauran from the Half Parish played in goal on the All-Ireland winning Galway team in 1938. Paul Cox is believed to have been the first ever Roscommon man to capture an All-Ireland senior football championship medal. He was born and reared in Hillsgrove in the house now occupied by Bridie Foley.

 At U-21 level Martin Cummins won an All-Ireland with Roscommon in 1966 while Gerry Connellan was at wing back on the successful U-21 team in 1978.

At minor level three Bambricks from Carnadoe gained All-Ireland glory; Joey Bambrick featured on the successful Roscommon team in 1939 while Frank and Kevin Bambrick were on the 1941 team. Three All-Ireland minor medals became five in 2006 when Paul and Colm Garvey were members of Roscommon’s Minor All-Ireland heroes.

Fr Jimmy Reynolds, a brother of Tody Reynolds and Harry Reynolds was an outstanding college’s player with St Mels of Longford during the 1930s. During his stay in that famed football nursery Jimmy won three Leinster Colleges medals with St Mels in 1934/5/6. At that time there was no All-Ireland colleges competition. He was also selected to play for Leinster in the inter - provincial colleges competition in 1936.

Senior Football Championship Roll of Honour.

Apart from those who were on the Kilmore senior team in 1983 five other players captured Roscommon senior championship medals with other clubs. In 1931 Pat Doyle was a member of the Elphin team that won county honours - the famous All-Blacks - and in 1964 Martin Cummins, Josie Cummins, Percy Ffrench and Vincent Hanley were on the successful Shannon Gaels team.

Leitrim County Final in Kilmore.

In 1891 Kilmore hosted the only ever Leitrim Senior football championship final to be played outside Leitrim. It was played in the Sheep Park near Kilmore village. The first game in this final took place in Mohill but had to be abandoned when a row broke out. As a result of all this it was decided to hold the replay at a neutral venue and thus Eslin became the only Leitrim club ever to win a Leitrim Senior Championship title outside county Leitrim.

 Kilmore – Co Final History

Kilmore has become known in Roscommon GAA circles as a club that loses county finals. Not entirely true given that since the club was reformed in 1972 five adult championship titles have been captured. The late 1980s and all through the 1990s became known as the golden era of underage football in the parish. During those years Kilmore won virtually every Co title that was to be won and some of them more than once, at all age levels from schools right up to U-21.
The expectation, following that golden era for under age football, was that the club would go on and build on that and capture at least one Co Senior title. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and indeed the 2006 Intermediate championship victory is the only adult championship title to come to the club since Junior success in 1992. We did however capture the Co Senior League title, the O Rourke Cup, in 2003.

Since the glory days of the early 1980s Kilmore has contested four senior championship finals. In 1987 the club was well beaten by Clan na Gael, a team that was then at the height of its powers. This was not a major disappointment as many of the Kilmore players of the seventies and early eighties were then nearing the end of their careers.

Losses in 1998, 1999 and 2001 however provided much greater disappointment. 1998 is mainly remembered for a memorable three game semi final against St Bridgets. It involved a draw, a replay and extra time and a second replay and extra time. Eventually Kilmore emerged victorious but as often happens following such sagas (remember Meath/Dublin in 1991) they then lost the county final to Roscommon Gaels. Unfortunately the same happened in 1999 and again in 2001 with Roscommon Gaels victorious on both occasions.

The club was then relegated in 2004 to Intermediate football and in 2005 managed to lose yet another County Final this time to Boyle. Happily that losing sequence in County Finals came to an end in 2006 and Pat Caslin, a long serving and loyal member of the club, became the 5th man to captain a Kilmore team to an adult championship title. He joins Pat King 1975 Junior captain, Mick King captain of the 1981 Intermediate team, Jimmy Connellan who led Kilmore to senior glory in 1983 and Tommy Beirne Junior captain in 1992, on the Captain's Roll of Honour.

That success put Kilmore back on stage as a fully- fledged senior team in both league and championship. The next challenge of course was to maintain that status and set the ultimate goal of making up for past disappointments in senior finals. The average age of this panel remains quite young and with the exception of a small number of “senior citizens” in the squad, a big majority have lots of time to achieve that goal. It is a goal that remains the ultimate objective at the heart of all true Kilmore GAA members and supporters. In 2014 we were relegated to the O Gara cup but we bounced straight back up in 2015 when we defeated Oran in the O Gara cup final and we captained by Kevin Caslin. In 2015 we were also relegated to Intermediate championship. In 2016 we won the Intermediate championship by defeating Oran after a replay and extra time to leaving us back as a senior team in league and Championship for 2017. We were captained by Kevin Caslin & Jack Sharkey. 

 

2006 Dinner Dance – An Historic Event.

December 23rd 2006 saw an historic event take place. At the club’s Annual Dinner Dance four successful teams were honoured. Our 2006 Junior team received their North Junior championship medals while our ladies U-16 team were also presented with their Co Championship medals.

On the same night our 2006 Intermediate champions received their Intermediate Championship medals side by side with special presentations to our Intermediate Champions of 1981 which honoured the 25th anniversary of their historic success. This combination of presentations made it a unique night in the annals of Kilmore GAA.

Administration.

Kilmore has also made its mark at administration level. Tommie Kenoy (1990 to 1998) and Michael McGuire (2005 to 2010) have chaired Roscommon Co Board both having acted a Vice Chairman previously. Both went on to represent Roscommon on GAA Central Council. Our current PRO Brian Carroll is also the current County Secretary of Roscommon GAA since 2014. Frank Dennehy has served periods as Assistant Co Secretary, PRO and Co Secretary.Frank was also President of Roscommon GAA at the time of his death on the 23rd of October 2016.

The most significent mark left by the club on GAA administration at national level was a motion brought by the club to GAA Congress in 2001 seeking to amend Rule 42 and allow both Rugby and Soccer to be played in Croke Park. This motion caused a major administrative battle in the Association. It pitted diehard conservatives against the more liberal wing before being passed on a temporary basis in 2005. Rugby and Soccer were played on Croker's sacred turf during the period when Lanesdown Road stadium was closed. This activity generated €36 million net profit for the GAA which was subsequently invested in infrastructural development. "Foreign games" went back to the rebuilt Lanesdown  Road in 2010 a year when Rule 42 was permanently amended. Sadly Kilmore made no financial gain despite its great foresight in this matter.
 
Kilmore GAA 125th Celebration
On the weekend May 3rd/4th/5th/6th Kilmore GAA celebrated its' 125th birthday, the club having been formed on February 2nd 1989.

The schedule for the weekend was

Saturday's under age activity has been changed to Sunday because, (Oh Happy Days), Roscommon has reached the All Ireland U-21 final v Dublin. Sunday May 4th has had to be changed as the GAA President cannot arrive until 7.30pm due to a presentation ceremony after a National League Final.

Re organised schedule below.

Friday May 2nd 2014.

Kilmore GAA Pitch 8pm

Division 4 League Kilmore v Kilglass.

Brackens, Hillstreet 9pm.

A Welcome Home Reception for returning former players, members, supporters and former parish residents with Irish music a raffle and sale of the newly published Club History,

 "Gaelic Games In Kilmore 1889 - 2014.

 

Sat. May 3rd 2014.

All Ireland U-21 Football Final

Roscommon v Dublin

Kilmore Inn 9pm

A reception will be held in to include tea/sandwiches/finger food/presentations. Sale of History books

  "Gaelic Games In Kilmore 1889 - 2014 to continue. Raffle/Auction.

 Sun. May 4th.

 All events, which will include the visit by the GAA President Liam O Neill, will take place at the Pitch and in Clubrooms. The event will be alcohol free.

Schedule of Events.

4.30pm

SF Challenge. Details to be arranged.

5.30pm

Unveiling of Photographic Display

By Club President Frank Dennehy

The photographs will be mounted permanently on the clubhouse walls.

6pm

U age games among the club’s players, boys and girls, up to and including minor in 2014.

The following title winning Captains of adult teams (Senior, Intermediate and Junior) to manage the teams; Michael Connellan, (Captain of 1st Kilmore team ever to win a title) Pat King, Junior Championship Captain 1975), Jimmy Connellan, (Senior Championship winning Captain 1983), Mick King, (Intermediate Championship winning Captain 1981),Tommy Beirne, (Junior Championship winning Captain 1992), Pat Caslin, (Intermediate Championship winning Captain 2006), Anthony Dockery, Senior League winning Captain 2002). No subs

everyone plays and no winners.

Teams fielded shall be U-11 mixed, 11 to 13 mixed, 14 to 18 boys, 14 to 18 girls.

7.30pm.

 Arrival of GAA President for which there will be a Welcoming Committee and Initial Reception.

On arrival the President will unveil a plaque marking his visit to the club.

Welcoming Committee;  

Club Chairman, Tommie Kenoy, Ard Comhairle member, Michael McGuire, Co Board Secretary Brian Carroll, Former All Star and All Ireland footballer, Gerry Connellan.

Unveiling of Plaque

by Peter Joe Ftzmaurice, Club President.

Reception 7.45pm.

Also present shall be The Club Secretary, Treasurer, Minor Club Chairman, Sec and Treasurer, Ladies Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer.

8.pm

 The President will  present special medals to the juvenile players who played in Saturday's games to mark to 125th anniversary of the foundation of the club. A photograph of the each presentation will be taken.

This will take place outdoors if the weather is fine or under cover otherwise, possibly in the stand. The medals will be once off and may only be presented to fully paid club members.

8.30pm

A Finger Food social event will take place upstairs in the Clubrooms. Music will be provided by local artists. The Club History  "Gaelic Games In Kilmore 1889 - 2014 will be launched by GAA President Liam O Neill, Adm tickets @ €10. Raffle/Auction.

Monday May 5th,

7pm.

A Thank You reception will be held in Earley's, Hillstreet for all  Stewards and other club members who helped out over the week end. Finger food, a drinks voucher and spot prizes will be complimentary. Local entertainers will provide the music. A raffle/auction will be held to help cover the costs.

Signed;

Sheila Carney, Secretary.

Tommie Kenoy, Chairman.

On behalf of the committee.

Previous Event which were part of our 2014 125th Anniversary Celebration