Fermanagh GAA

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Fermanagh GAA
Irish: Fear Manach
Province: Ulster
Nickname(s): The Ernesiders
County colours: Green and White
Glas agus Bán
Ground(s): Brewster Park, Enniskillen
Páirc an Bruiscear
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
NFL: Division 3
NHL: Division 3A
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Lory Meagher Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Do not compete at adult level
Standard kit

The Fermanagh County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Fear Manach) or Fermanagh GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland. The county board is also responsible for the Fermanagh inter-county teams.



Fermanagh (green) in action against University of Ulster, Jordanstown (UUJ) (blue) in the 2009 Dr. McKenna Cup

Fermanagh has the smallest number of clubs of any county in Ireland, and is the only county in Ulster to have never won the Ulster Senior Football Championship. Despite this there is a strong GAA tradition in the county, which went largely unrewarded until the remarkable achievement of the 2004 team in reaching the All Ireland semi-final and forcing the match to a replay.

Fragments of a poem from 1806 describe a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.

Fermanagh beat Cavan in the 1914 Ulster semi-final and were nominated by the Ulster Council to play against Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final. Because the train schedules did not allow them to get back for Sunday night, and the Great Northern Railway Company refused to run a special train because they were opposed to sport on Sunday, Fermanagh had to abdicate the responsibility to Monaghan, who later beat them in the Ulster final anyway.

One of Ulster's great footballers, Armagh-born Jim McCullough, played for Fermanagh in the mid-1930s and helped them reach the 1935 Ulster final and 1936 National League final.

Peter McGinnity was the outstanding player of the under-21 team which reached two All Ireland finals and defeated Derry and Tyrone to reach the 1982 Ulster final, Despite a Peter McGinnity goal that put them in the lead with 20 minutes remaining, they lost 0-10 to 1-4 to Armagh. Since 1982 Fermanagh have reached 5 semi-finals in the Ulster Championship; beating Derry in 2008 and joining Armagh in the final. That game was played on July 20, 2008, a closely fought game finishing in a draw after normal time. Armagh eventually ran out winners by 6 points in the replayed game on July 27. Fermanagh remain the only county in the province without an Anglo-Celt Cup win.

Under manager Pat King, they managed a hat-trick of success in 1997 in the B Championship, McKenna Cup and Division 4 of the National League.

Fermanagh are a beneficiary of the change to the GAA championship in the 2000s. In 2003, in Charlie Mulgrew's first season charge, they beat Donegal in the Ulster championship, then Meath and Mayo in the All Ireland qualifiers to reach the quarter-final. They went to a replayed semi-final in 2004, beating Meath, Cork and Donegal and most memorably of all Armagh, thanks to a late point by Tom Brewster, before losing to Mayo. In 2006 despite running All-Ireland favourites Armagh close twice in the Ulster Championship, Fermanagh yet again ended the season without a trophy after losing out to neighbours Donegal in the fourth round of the Qualifiers. The 2007 season saw Fermanagh lose their National League Division one status having failed to register a single point from the seven match campaign. They performed quite well in the championship however, only losing by an injury-time point to Tyrone in Ulster. They defeated Wexford (for the second consecutive season) in the first round of the all-Ireland qualifiers. However, they were unable to record a third win in four seasons over Meath in Navan in July, losing narrowly by two points despite dominating the latter stages. Charlie Mulgrew, manager for four seasons, stood down after this match. He was succeeded by Malachy O'Rourke.[1]


O'Rourke's first season was very successful. Promotion from Division 3 was followed by a first appearance in an Ulster Final for 26 years, losing eventually in a replay against Armagh. Unfortunately 2 consecutive relegations were to follow and combined consecutive tame Ulster Championship exits to Cavan and Monaghan means that O'Rourke is unlikely to remain Fermanagh manager for next season.

2011 was a very bad season being beat by Derry in ulster and London in the back door.

Notable players[edit]

Irish News 125 Fermanagh Player List

  • Mick Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Tom Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Paul Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Issac Gerard Curran - Lisnaskea Emmetts
  • Ciaran Campbell - Tempo
  • James Cassidy - Teemore
  • Owen Clerkin - Roslea
  • Dominic Corrigan - Kinawley
  • Collie Curran - Lisnaskea
  • John Donnelly - Trillick
  • Tommy Durnien - Lisnaskea
  • Raymond Gallagher - Erne Gaels
  • Rory Gallagher - Erne Gaels
  • Peter Greene - Belcoo
  • Vincent Greene - Kinawley
  • Eamonn Maguire - St Patrick's
  • Stephen Maguire - Belcoo
  • Johnny Monaghan - St Joseph's
  • Cormac McAdam - Lisnaskea
  • Ryan McCluskey- Enniskillen Gaels
  • Eamonn McDonnell - Knockninny Harps
  • Peter McGinnity - Roslea
  • Martin McGrath- St Joseph's
  • Sean McGrath - St Joseph's
  • Paddy McGuinness - Devenish
  • Frank McGurn - Belnaleck
  • Sean Maguire/Fr Ignatius McQuillan - Newtownbutler
  • Barry Owens- Teemore
  • Paul McCarron- Tempo
  • Barney Reilly - Teemore
  • JJ Treacy - Devenish
  • PT Treacy - Devenish
  • Niall Corrigan - Enniskillen Gaels

Current football squad[edit]

The Fermanagh panel which lost to Monaghan 0-21 2-8 in the 2010 Ulster Championship Semi-final.

Number Player Position Local Club
1 Ronan Gallagher Goalkeeper St Galls
2 Niall Bogue Right Corner Back Kinawley
3 Shane Lyons Full Back Erne Gaels
4 Barry Mulrone Left Corner Back Devenish
5 Daniel Ward Right Half Back Derrygonnelly
6 Ryan McCluskey Centre Back Enniskillen Gaels
7 Tommy McElroy Left Half Back Brookeboro
8 Martin McGrath Midfield St.Joseph's
9 James Sherry Midfield Roslea
10 Daryl Keenan Right Half Forward Tempo
11 Ryan Carson Centre Forward Newtownbutler
12 Mark Little Left Half Forward Lisnaskea
13 Paul Ward Right Corner Forward Derrygonnelly
14 Rory Gallagher Full Forward St Galls
15 Chris O'Brien Left Corner Forward Devenish
16 Chris Breen Goalkeeper Enniskillen Gaels
17 John Woods Defender Lisnaskea
18 Niall McGovern Defender Belcoo
19 Michael Jones Defender Derrygonnelly
20 Martin O'Brien Defender Devenish
21 Damien Kelly Defender Tempo
22 Kevin Cosgrove Defender Roslea
'23 Ryan Jones Midfielder Derrygonnelly
24 Ciaran Flaherty Forward Belcoo
25 Ryan Keenan Forward Tempo
26 Ciaran McElroy Forward Ballinascreen
27 Brian Cox Forward Belcoo
27 Seamus Quigley Forward Roslea
28 James Connolly Forward Newtownbutler
29 Aidan McCarron Forward Enniskillen Gaels
Management Team
Malachy O'Rourke Manager Derrylin
Paul Coyle Selector Devenish
Peter Leonard Selector St Patrick's
Leo McBride Selector Errigal Ciaran

The following additional players have played for Fermanagh in the 2010 National League & McKenna Cup

Number Player Position Local Club

James McGrath Goalkeeper Belcoo
Stephen Jackson Goalkeeper Tempo
Stephen Burns Defender Derrygonnelly
Shane Goan Defender Irvinestown
Rory Foy Defender Tempo
Peter Sherry Defender Roslea
Paul Cosgrove Midfield St Patrick's
37 Eamonn Maguire Forward St Patrick's
Niall Cunningham Forward St Brigid's, Belfast
Peter Gormley Forward St Joseph's
Matthew Keenan Forward Enniskillen Gaels
Terry O'Flanagan Forward Devenish

Johnny McBride from The Loup was also introduced into the backroom team for the 2010 season.


Having been established in the 1920s, Camogie was revived in Fermanagh by Father Tom Maguire in 1939[4] around a base in Newtownbutler and they contested Ulster senior championship finals in the 1940s. Enniskillen contested the Féile na nGael camogie first division final in 1977 and Teemore won divisional honours in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[5] three new camogie clubs are to be established in Fermanagh and a county board formed by 2015.[6]

Honours | Onóraigh[edit]



  • All-Ireland Minor C Championships: 1
    • 2009

All Stars[edit]

Football/Hurling Clubs in Fermanagh | Na gClub Fhear Manach[edit]

Club As Gaelige Colours Dathanna
Aughdrumsee Átha Droim Sí Black and White Dubh agus Bán
Belcoo Béal Cú Light Blue and Navy Gorm agus Cabhlach
Belnaleck Béal na Leice Red and White Dearg agus Bán
Brookeborough Achadh Lun Red and Black Dearg agus Dubh
Coa An Cuach Black and Gold Dubh agus Ór
Derrygonnelly Doire Ó gConaile Purple and Yellow Corcra agus Buí
Derrylin Doire Ó Loinn Green, White and Gold Glas, Bán agus
Devenish Daibhinis Blue and White Gorm agus Bán
Enniskillen Inis Ceithleann Blue and Yellow Gorm agus Buí
Erne Gaels Gaeil na hÉirne Yellow and Black Buí agus Dubh
Irvinestown Na Cearna Green and Gold Glas agus Ór
Kinawley Cill Naile Blue and White Gorm agus Bán
Knocks Na Cnoic Orange and White Oráiste agus Bán
Lisbellaw (Hurling) Lios Béal Átha Green and White Glas agus Bán
Lisnaskea Lios na Scéithe Red and Green Dearg agus Glas
Lisnaskea (Hurling) Lios na Scéithe White, Green and Red Bán, Glas agus Dearg
Maguiresbridge Droichead Mhic Uidhir Red and Black Dearg agus Dubh
Newtownbutler An Baile Nua Red and White Dearg agus Bán
Roslea Ros Liath Green and White Glas agus Bán
St Joseph's (Ederney) Naomh Seosamh White and Green Bán agus Glas
St Patrick's (Donagh) Naomh Pádraig White and Red Bán agus Dearg
Teemore An Tigh Mór Green and White Glas agus Bán
Tempo An tIompú Maroon and White Marún agus Bán


  1. ^ "O'Rourke is new Fermanagh manager". BBC News. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Fermanagh 1-11 Derry 1-09". RTÉ Sport. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Owens goal puts Fermanagh into Ulster SFC Final". Irish Independent. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  4. ^ Irish Independent Irish Newspaper archive May 2 1939
  5. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  6. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site

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