The first records of Gaelic football being played in Gaoth Dobhair date back to 1918. Up until the late 1920s, there was no official club, but two teams in the parish. (One consisting of players from the east of Derrybeg church, and the other comprising players from the west of the church.) Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Ghaoth Dobhair would later be founded in 1931. Their traditional rivals are Dungloe and Falcarragh but their biggest rivals are St Eunans of Letterkenny. The two clubs are Donegal's 'Big Two' and usually have feisty and tough matches that are full of drama and great football skill from under 12 level right up to senior level. Ghaoth Dobhair are known for their physical,handpassing and 'never say die attitude' style of play.
Gaoth Dobhair has produced many county footballers over the years and the club's players have been awarded All Stars on 4 occasions: Kevin Cassidy in 2002, and him again in 2011 alongside full-back Neil McGee, who received another one in 2012. Underage development has improved in recent times with successes in the under-14, under-15, under-16 and under-21 levels after a long drought. In the summer of 2012, after years of planning and development, a new pitch was built beside the clubhouse.
Gaoth Dobhair have won a total of 14 Donegal Senior County Championships, more than any other club in Donegal. They are also the most successful team in Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta history, with nine wins. The last of their Senior County Championships was won against rivals St Eunan's on 30 September 2006 at Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey. In the summer of 2012, Ghaoth Dobhair won the Donegal and All-Ireland Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta on their own pitch.
Three players in their history have been part of All-Ireland winning squads and this was Peter, Eamon and Neil McGee in 2012 when Donegal won their second All-Ireland title.
^Cullen, Damian (20 September 2012). "Final countdown". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 20 September 2012. "The strongholds of Gaelic football in the county – particularly since the turn of this century – such as Gweedores Gaoth Dobhair, Letterkennys St Eunans, Ardara, Four Masters from Donegal Town and Naomh Conaill from Glenties have all been well represented on the pitch this summer."