Bellaghy GAC

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Bellaghy GAA)
Jump to: navigation, search
Bellaghy Wolfe Tones GAC
Bellaghy crest.jpg
Founded: 1939
County: Londonderry
Nickname: The Tones
Club colours: Blue and White
Grounds: Páirc Seán de Brún & Wolfe Tone Park
Coordinates: 54°48′25.71″N 6°30′53.22″W / 54.8071417°N 6.5147833°W / 54.8071417; -6.5147833Coordinates: 54°48′25.71″N 6°30′53.22″W / 54.8071417°N 6.5147833°W / 54.8071417; -6.5147833
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
champions
Londonderry
champions
Football : 2 4 21
Camogie : - - 1

Bellaghy Wolfe Tones Gaelic Athletic Club is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of Derry GAA and currently competes in Gaelic football and camogie.

Bellaghy has won 21 Derry Senior Football Championships. The club has also won the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship on four occasions and won the 1972 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. The associated Camogie Club has won a Derry Senior Camogie Championship.

Bellaghy fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve, Thirds and Senior levels. Underage teams up to U-12's play in South Derry league and championships, from U-14 upwards teams compete in All-Derry competitions.

Gaelic football[edit]

Bellaghy fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve and Senior levels. They currently compete in the Derry Senior Football Championship and Division 1 of the Derry ACFL.

Notable players[edit]

  • Tommy Gribben - First Derry man to win an All Ireland medal with St Pat's Armagh in 1946. Derry County Footballer 1945-1955, 1957–1958, Tyrone County Footballer 1956, Ulster Provincial Footballer, Derry Junior Manager and Coach of 1972 All-Ireland winning team.
  • Damian Cassidy - Represented Derry seniors from 1984 until 1996. Left half forward of Derry's 1993 All-Ireland winning team. He played in four Ulster senior finals, 85, 87, 92 & 93 winning in 87 & 93. Won National Leagues in 92, 95,96. Won Ulster & All Ireland minor in 1983, Ulster U21 in 85,86 losing narrowly in All Ireland U21 final off 1985. He was Derry senior manager 2009-10. Managed Bellaghy to senior finals in 2004, 05 & 07, winning in 2005.
  • Fergal Doherty - Current Derry player.
  • Tony Mc Kernan Represented Derry at U18, U21 and senior level, right corner forward of Derry's All Ireland winning side 1983, competition's and All Ireland top scorer. Won Ulster and All ireland titles in 1983, Ulster u21 in 1985 and 1986, All Ireland u21 runners up in 1985. County championship winner in 1986 and member of Seven's team that won All Ireland National title in 1986.
  • Michael McGoldrick - Former Derry player.
  • Joe Diver - Former Derry player.
  • Danny Quinn - Member of Derry's 1993 All-Ireland winning team.
  • Tommy Diamond - Former Derry player. First player to captain a county to victory in both All-Ireland Minor (1965) and All-Ireland Under-21 (1968) Championships.[1] Also won Ulster Minor (1965), Ulster Under-21 (1967 and 1968) and Ulster Senior (1970) Championship medals.[1]
  • Laurence Diamond - Former Derry player.
  • Joe Cassidy - Former Derry player.

Páirc Seán de Brún[edit]

Bellaghy's main pitch is named Páirc Seán de Brún in honour of their former club chairman Seán Brown who was attacked and abducted by a Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) gang on the evening of 12 May 1997 as he locked the main gate of the GAA grounds on the Ballyscullion Road. Less than an hour later the body of the father-of-six was found lying beside his burnt-out car just off the Moneynick Road near Randalstown, County Antrim. He had been shot six times.[2][3] On 19 January 2004 the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland published a report that was highly critical of the police investigation into Brown's killing.[4]

The club also has a training pitch at Drumanee, just outside the village.

Honours[edit]

Senior[edit]

  • All-Ireland Kilmacud Crokes Sevens Championship (2)
    • 1986, 2002
  • Derry Senior Football Championship (21)
    • 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005
  • Derry Senior Football League (7)
    • 1947, 1986, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004

Derry Junior Football Championship (1)

    • 1962 (won by Bellaghy II)
  • Graham Cup 2
    • 2000, 2004
  • Larkin Cup 4
    • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • Thirds Championship 1
    • 2007

Minor[edit]

  • Ulster Minor Club Football Championship: 2
    • 1991, 1994
  • Derry Minor Football Championship: 9
    • 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1963, 1973, 1991, 1994
  • Derry Minor Football League: 2
    • 1993, 1994
  • Derry Minor B League: 1
    • 2008

U-16[edit]

  • Derry U-16 Football Championship: 4
    • 1960, 1981, 1990, 2003
  • South Derry U-16 Football Championship: 4
    • 1960, 1981, 1990, 2003
  • South Derry U-16 Football League: 1
    • 1988
  • Derry U-16 Football Shield: 1
    • 2008

U-14[edit]

  • Derry Féile na nÓg: 4
    • 1998, 2001, 2010, 2013
  • Derry U-14 Football Championship: 2
    • 2001, 2013
  • South Derry U-14 Football Championship: 3
    • 1995,1998, 2001
  • South Derry U-14 Football Leagues: 5
    • 1979, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2013


  • South Derry 'B' U-14 Football Championship: 2
    • 2005, 2010
  • South Derry 'B' U-14 Football League: 2
    • 2005, 2010

Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tommy Diamond remembers the golden generation of Unders 21s". County Derry Post. 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Loyalist linked to many sectarian killings was quizzed over death". Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  3. ^ "CAIN: Chronology of the Conflict 1997". Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  4. ^ "The investigation by police of the murder of Mr Sean Brown on 12 May 1997" (PDF). The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 

External links[edit]