Faughanvale GAC

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St Mary's Faughanvale GAA
CLG Naomh Muire Nuachongbháil
Founded: 1933
County: Derry
Nickname: Vale
Club colours: Green and white
Grounds: John McLaughlin Park
(Páirc An Seán Mac Lochlainn)
Coordinates: 55°02′09.88″N 7°06′11.28″W / 55.0360778°N 7.1031333°W / 55.0360778; -7.1031333Coordinates: 55°02′09.88″N 7°06′11.28″W / 55.0360778°N 7.1031333°W / 55.0360778; -7.1031333
Playing kits
Standard colours

Saint Mary's Faughanvale GAA (Irish: CLG Naomh Muire Nuachongbháil) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Greysteel, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in the parish of Faughanvale, nine miles from Derry City. The club is a member of the Derry GAA and currently cater for Gaelic football, Ladies' Gaelic football.

Faughanvale have won the Derry Intermediate Football Championship five times and the Derry Junior Football Championship once. The club's catchment area includes Greysteel, Eglinton, Ballykelly, Enagh, Highlands and parts of Glack. Underage teams up to U-12's play in North Derry league and championships, from U-14 upwards teams compete in All-Derry competitions.

Gaelic football[edit]

Faughanvale fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve and Senior levels. They currently compete in the Derry Intermediate Championship. Having won Division 4 of the Derry ACFL in 2007,in 2008 they maintained their position in Division 3 in 2009.

Ladies' Gaelic football[edit]

As well as Minor and Senior Ladies' football teams, St Mary's fields U12, U14 and U16 teams.

Hurling and Camogie[edit]

The camogie and hurling teams ceased playing in 1989.


St. Mary's GAC Faughanvale was established in 1933 by a group of local farmers and labourers. A Camogie team was founded in 1946 and affiliated to the club, before folding in 1989. The club's first major success came in 1943 when they won the North Derry Senior Football Championship, before losing to Lavey in the All-Derry Senior Championship final. In 1975 Faughanvale won the Derry Junior Football Championship. Three years later St. Mary's won the Derry Intermediate Football Championship and have won the competition a further four times since (1981, 1996, 1998, 1999). Faughanvale was awarded Irish News Rural Club of the Year 2005 by The Irish News.

The club purchased its current grounds in 1982. When the new pitch opened in 1983 it was named after one of the founding club members and former Chairman of the Derry County Board, John McLaughlin. In May 2007 the club began a £1.2million redevelopment of their playing facilities at John McLaughlin Park and opened the new grounds in May 2009.

In 2008 the club took part in the Celebrity Bainisteoir programme and were managed by journalist Nell McCafferty.[1][2]

Notable club members include Paul Bradley who won an All-Ireland minor medal with Derry in 1983, captained Derry minors to Ulster success in 1984 and who won a Sigerson medal with St Mary's, Belfast in 1989. Stephen Mulvenna won an All-Ireland senior medal with Derry in 1993. Club Members Kevin Bryson, Derek McFeely and Joe Grey have all represented the Club at County level. In administration Colm O'Hara a former Chairman, Secretary and Vice-Chairman of the Club served as Chairman of the North Derry Board and a member of the County Committee while former Club Secretary Breige McGuinness served in various County Committee roles including Assistant Secretary while current Club Development Officer and long-time Committee member Ryan Feeney is a former member of the Derry County Board and is currently a senior full-time official with Ulster Council.


Gaelic football[edit]


  • North Derry Senior Football Championship: 1
    • 1943
  • Dr. Kerlin Cup 3
    • 1943, 1947, 1950 (shared with Dungiven


  • Derry City Minor Football Championship: 1
    • 1959

Derry all county minor 'B' championship 2013


  • North Derry U-16 'B' Football Championship: 1
    • 1999
  • North Derry U-16 'B' Football League: 1
    • 2006
      • All county A Championship Winners 1
    • 1984

All county U-16 'A' Football League Winners

    • 2013


  • North? Derry U-14 'B' Football Championship: ?
    • 1998, 2001, 2002
  • North? Derry U-14 'B' Football League: ?
    • 2002
  • Derry Feile Na Nog u-14 'B'
  • 2010 Hosting Cahir Ladies


  • Limavady Blitz 2
    • 1984, 2005
  • Drumsurn Blitz 2
    • 1984, 2005

Ladies' football[edit]


  • Derry Ladies' Football Championship: 1
    • 2006
    • 2012
    • 2014

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Celebrity Bainisteoir - The Clubs". RTÉ News. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  2. ^ McMorrow, Conor (2008-03-30). "New RTÉ show gives GAA managers the celebrity treatment". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 2008-04-11. [dead link]