Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC

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Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC
Baile an Doire na Seamróga CLG
Ballinderry.PNG
Founded: 1926
County: Derry
Nickname: Shamrocks
Club colours: Blue and White
Grounds: Shamrock Park
(Páirc na Seamróga)
Coordinates: 54°39′30.51″N 6°33′32.02″W / 54.6584750°N 6.5588944°W / 54.6584750; -6.5588944Coordinates: 54°39′30.51″N 6°33′32.02″W / 54.6584750°N 6.5588944°W / 54.6584750; -6.5588944
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
champions
Derry
champions
Football : 1 2 11

Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC (Irish: Baile an Doire na Seamróga CLG) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Ballinderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of the Derry GAA and cater for both Gaelic football and Camogie. Ballinderry teams play in Derry competitions, however about a third of the parish is located in County Tyrone as well.

The club's biggest success is when they won the 2002 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. They have won the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship twice and won the Derry Senior Football Championship on 11 occasions.

Journalist and former Derry player Joe Brolly described Ballinderry as "one of the great communities of Ireland".[1]

Gaelic Football[edit]

Ballinderry fields Gaelic football teams at under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, Minor, Reserve, Thirds and Senior levels. They currently compete in the Derry Senior Football Championship and Division 1 of the Derry ACFL.

Well known players[edit]

Camogie[edit]

The club also field Camogie teams at various age-groups, including Minor and Senior.

History[edit]

Gaelic football[edit]

Records show that by 1896 Gaelic football and the Gaelic League were organised in Ballinderry.[2] In 1915 Ballinderry competed in what was generally known as the Killybearn League. Other teams competing were Moneymore, Mullinahoe (part of Ardboe), Drumaney (part of Ardboe), Drummullan, Killybearn and Stewartstown. Up to 1919 Bellagherty (Irish: Baile Uí Facharthaigh), a townland of Ballinderry had their own team. There was a keen rivalry between the two sides.

1924 saw a revival of Gaelic football in South Derry through the efforts of Father Downey C.C. (from Magherafelt). He was assisted by Master Wallace (Ballinderry); Master O’Brien (Magherafelt); Hugh A. Mullan and J.J. McNally. Other teams in South Derry at the time included Lissan, Magherafelt, Newbridge, Gulladuff and Glenullin (now a North Derry club).

By 1926 Ballinderry officially formed as one team representing all the townlands of Ballinderry. The club was named Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC (Irish: Baile an Doire na Seamróga CLG). A year later the side claimed their first Derry Championship, after a final victory over Drumsurn.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s Ballinderry competed in the Tyrone league and Championship. Gaelic football was once again revived in South Derry in 1933 and Ballinderry returned to compete in Derry competitions.

From 1933-1936 Ballylifford (Irish: Baile Leithearr), another townland of Ballinderry competed as a separate team. When Ballylifford and Ballinderry met this meant brother against brother in some cases. In 1938 a parish league was formed (between five Ballinderry teams): Bellagherty, St. John’s, Ballinderry, Derrychrin and Mullan Fianna. Mullan were the eventual winners, the prize being a trip to the All-Ireland Final. Mullan Fianna competed as Ballinderry's sole team for a few years, but the Ballinderry Shamrocks side soon restarted in the early 1940s.

The club moved to their current ground (Shamrock Park) in 1971. It was officially opened in 1979 with an Ulster U-21 Football Championship semi-final between Derry and Down. After a gap of 47 years, 1974 saw Ballinderry win their second Derry Senior Championship, defeating Banagher in the final. The early 1980s were a glory period for the club and became only the second side after Bellaghy to win the Derry Championship three years in a row (1980, 1981 and 1982). The club beat Burren of Down to claim the 1981 Ulster Senior Club Football Championship, before losing by a point to Garrymore (Mayo) in the All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final.

The club won another county championship in 1995, defeating rivals Bellaghy at Watty Graham Park, Maghera. The Shamrocks were beaten narrowly by Bellaghy in the Derry final in both 1999 and 2000. The two clubs clashed again in the 2001 final. This time Ballinderry were victorious. They went on to victory over Mayobridge in the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship decider. Ballinderry went on to reach the 2001/02 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship, which they won defeating Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) in the quarter-final,[3] Rathnew (Wicklow) in the semi-final[4][5][6] and Nemo Rangers (Cork) in the final on a scoreline of 2-10 (16 points) to 0-9 (9 points).[7] The club were awarded Derry Club of the Year in 2001 under the AIB GAA Club of the Year Awards scheme[8] Club Chairman Michael Donnelly was presented the award by GAA President Seán McCague. Ballinderry also won Club of the Year at the 2002 Ulster GAA Writer's Association Awards.[9]

The club defended their Derry Championship crown in 2002, with victory over An Lúb in the final, but lost disappointingly to Errigal Ciarán in the Ulster semi-final. Ballinderry won their ninth Derry Championship in 2006 after a gap of four years and reached the Ulster Club final. State of the art floodlights were installed at Shamrock Park in September 2007, replacing the older floodlights. Derry played St. Mary's University College at Shamrock Park in the 2008 Dr. McKenna Cup, believed to be the first inter-county competition game played at the venue. The Shamrocks regained the Derry Championship in 2008 - the club's tenth title.

Camogie[edit]

In 2003 the club’s dedication and commitment was recognised when they obtained the Junior Clubmark demonstrating the strong policies and practices which are in place to ensure safe quality sporting opportunities for young people. Following this award, the under-age teams proved that the club were worthy winners by winning the Under 14, 16 and 18 county championships. The club won the Golden Clubmark in 2006.

In 2004 the Shamrocks club was awarded the prestige Irish News Ulster Club award for commitment to under-age teams and coaching.

Honours[edit]

Senior[edit]

Year Squad Opponent
2001–2002 M Conlon, K McGuckin, N McCusker, J Bell, P Wilson, R McGuckin, D Crozier, S Donnelly, E Muldoon 0-1, B McOscar 0-1, C Gilligan 0-1, D Conway 0-2, D Bateson 1-1, A McGuckin, G Cassidy 1-4. Subs - M Harney for B McOscar. Nemo Rangers
Year Squad Opponent
1998 D Bateson, J Bell, G Cassidy, D Conway, S Donnelly (Capt.), C Gilligan, B McOscar, N McCusker, E Muldoon, F Muldoon.
Year Squad Opponent
2001 M Conlon, K McGuckin, N McCusker, J Bell, P Wilson, R McGuckin, D Crozier, S Donnelly 0-1, E Muldoon 1-0, B McOscar, C Gilligan 0-2, D Conway 0-3, D Bateson 0-2, A McGuckin 0-2, G Cassidy. Subs - J Conway for McOscar, S McGeehan for G Cassidy. Mayobridge
Year Squad Opponent
2001 M Conlon, K McGuckin, N McCusker, S Mullan, P Wilson, R McGuckin, D Crozier, E Muldoon 0-1, R Bell, C Gilligan 0-2, S Donnelly, D Conway 0-1, D Bateson 1-0, A McGuckin, G Cassidy 0-5. Subs - J Conway for R Bell, J Bell for S Mullan, B McOscar for D Conway, M Harney for D Conway, D McGeehan for D Bateson. Bellaghy
Year Squad Opponent
2002 M Conlon, K McGuckin, N McCusker, J Bell, P Wilson, R McGuckin, D Crozier, S Donnelly, J Conway 0-1, M Harney, C Gilligan 0-1, D Conway 1-3, D Bateson, E Muldoon, G Cassidy 0-6. Subs - A McGuckin for M Harney. An Lúb
Year Squad Opponent
2006 M Conlon, K McGuckin, N McCusker, D Crozier, P Wilson, R McGuckin, M McIver, J Conway, S Donnelly, D Conway, C Gilligan (Capt.), M Harney, J Bateson, E Muldoon, R Wilkinson. Subs - C Devlin for M Harney, K 'Moss' McGuckin for S Donnelly, B Conway for P Wilson, M Muldoon for R Wilkinson, R Devlin for J Bateson. An Lúb
  • Derry Senior Football League: 11
    • 1974, 1975, 1980, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Larkin Cup ?*
    • 2006, 2007, 2008
  • McGlinchey Cup ?*
    • 2004.
  • Bishops Cup ?*
    • 1989.

Reserves[edit]

  • Derry Reserve Football Championship: 9
    • 1976, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Derry Reserve Football League: 9
    • 1976, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Graham Cup 3*
    • 1976, 1977, 2006. 2009

U-21[edit]

  • Derry U-21 Football Championship: 1
    • 1999.

Minor[edit]

  • Derry Minor Football League: 7*
    • 1952, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008

U-16[edit]

  • Ulster U-16 Club Football Championship: 4
    • 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.
  • Derry U-16 Football Championship: 9
    • 1961, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2012
  • South Derry U-16 Football Championship: 9*
    • 1961, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • South Derry U-16 Football League: 8*
    • 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006.

U-15[edit]

  • Derry U-15 Football Championship: 3*
    • 1961, 2004, 2005.
  • Ulster Óg Sport: 1*
    • 2004?
  • Derry Óg Sport: 4
    • 1993, 1998, 2004, 2007

U-14[edit]

  • All-Ireland Féile na nÓg: 2
    • 1996, 1997.
  • Ulster Féile na nÓg: 1
    • 2004.
  • Derry Féile na nÓg: 11
    • 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006.
  • Derry U-14 Football Championship: 10*
    • 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006.
  • South Derry U-14 Football Championship: 12*
    • 1977, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006.
  • South Derry U-14 Football League: 11*
    • 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2006.

U-12[edit]

  • Derry U-12 Football League & Championship: 10*
    • 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2004.

* Note: Some honours, particularly those marked with * may be incomplete lists. Please add in any other honours you know of.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brolly, Joe (2007-09-27). "Ballinderry - a centre of Derry excellence!". Derry Journal. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ "History". Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC website. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Ballinderry breeze past Gaels". BBC Sport Online. 2001-12-09. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ballinderry charge to final". BBC Sport Online. 24 February 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Ellard, Michael (25 February 2002). "Ballinderry coast home". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Rathnew dream perishes". Laois Nationalist. 25 February 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ballinderry are champions". BBC Sport Online. 17 March 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "080665.jpg". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Ulster GAA Writer's Association Awards - 2002". Ulster GAA Writer's Association. Retrieved 1 September 2007. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Ballinderry’s 12-year wait is over". Irish Examiner. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Derry SFC final: Devlin's goal sinks Slaughtneil". Hogan Stand. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ballinderry repeat hat-trick". Irish Examiner. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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