Roscommon GAA

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Roscommon GAA
Irish: CLG Ros Comáin
Province: Connacht
Nickname(s): The Rossies
County colours:          
(Black & Green until 1935)
Ground(s): Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
NFL: Division 2
NHL: Division 3A
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Kay Mills Cup
Standard kit

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

Gaelic football[edit]


Roscommon were a glamour team of the 1940s, winning back to back All Ireland's, and have contributed some of the great personalities to GAA history including 2 Presidents - Dan O'Rourke (1946–49) and Dr. Donal Keenan (1973–76).

Roscommon's rise from Junior status to Senior All-Ireland champions in the four years leading up to 1943 was one of the great romances of its time. In the All Ireland final they drew with Cavan before winning the replay with two quick goals from Frankie Kinlough and Jack McQuillan. Kinlough scored the goal and Donal Keenan the points the following year when Roscommon beat Kerry. Roscommon were captained by Jamesie Murray from Knockcroghery.

Legend tells how Roscommon lost a six-point lead in the final three minutes of the 1946 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final against Kerry, Tom Gega O'Connor and Paddy Kennedy scoring the goals. Roscommon were beaten in the replay (Gerry Dolan made one of the greatest saves in Croke Park history against Laois in that year's semi-final). The injured team-captain, Jimmy Murray, was having blood wiped from his face to "look right" for the presentation when Kerry struck for two late equalising goals. Defeats in 1947, 1952 and 1953 semi-finals ended the party.

The 1940s successes were the pinnacle of Roscommon's achievements. They also reached the final in 1962. That year was memorable for they were losing the Connacht final to Galway by 5 points when Roscommon keeper Aidan Brady swung on the crossbar, breaking it in two. During the 15 minute wait to get it replaced, Roscommon moved the great Gerry O'Malley to midfield in a re-organisation and he inspired their comeback to enable them to win the Connacht Championship. However Kerry, once again, led by the great Mick O'Connell defeated them in the All-Ireland final thanks in no small way to an off-the-ball incident which led to O'Malley being stretchered off very early in the game. Roscommon's next period of success came in the late 1970s when they won 4 Connacht titles on the trot from 77-80. they reached the final in 1980 against Kerry. They looked like causing an upset when John "Jigger" O'Connor's 35th second goal helped them to an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead but this was the Kerry team regarded as the greatest in history, and they eventually won by 1-9 to 1-6. A series of minor championships (1983, 1984, 1989 and 1992), and an All-Ireland Under-21 final in 1982, showed the impact of that success and in 1990 and 1991 Roscommon emerged from Connacht again, succumbing to Meath by a single point in the 1991 All Ireland semi-final.

Nine unsuccessful seasons followed before, in 2001, Roscommon regained the Connacht title following a brilliant win and performance over eventual All-Ireland champions Galway and a very dramatic end-of-match victory over Mayo. However, they failed to make any further progress in the 2001 All Ireland Championship and the decade that followed has been amongst the least successful in the team's history.

On the field, outside of a very exciting run in 2003, the senior team have failed to record any notable successes since their 2001 Connacht Championship title win until 2010. The success of the county's Minor team in winning the All-Ireland title in 2006 offered hope, however.

Roscommon suffered a heavy defeat to local rivals Mayo in 2009. However, they followed this result with a creditable draw against Wexford in the All Ireland Qualifiers at Wexford Park before beating the same opposition in a replay at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. Unfortunately, the team followed up this victory with another sizeable defeat against Meath in the following game, losing by 2-12 to 0-11. The 7 point defeat brought the curtain down on another disappointing season.

The official Roscommon G.A.A. supporters club was re-launched in March 2009. The new supporters club is proving a huge success within and outside the county. The current chairman is Kilmore man Brian Carroll. Seamus Donoghue from the Tulsk club is the current secretary and Joe Gilligan is the treasurer. In December 2009 the supporters club held its first annual Supporters club awards banquet in the Abbeyfield hotel in Ballaghaderreen. The night proved a great success. The supporters club continues to grow in strength.

In 2010 Roscommon captured their 20th Senior Connacht football title. In the first round they defeated London in Ruislip 0-14 to 0-6. In the semi final played in Dr Hyde Park Roscommon beat Leitrim 1-13 to 0-11. In the final, played in McHale Park Castlebar Roscommon overcame favourites Sligo on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-13. Roscommon were subsequently beaten in the All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park by Cork 1-16 to 0-10.

In 2011 Roscommon entered the Connacht championship as defending champions for the time in 9 years. In the first round they defeated New york in The Bronx 1-11 to 3-21. in the Semi final played in Carrick on Shannon Roscommon beat Leitrim 2-12 to 0-6. In the final, played in Hyde park Roscommon in front of wintry conditions Mayo the favourites over came Roscommon on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11. Roscommon's final game was a round 4 defeat to Tyrone in Croke park 1-14 to 3-19.

In 2012 after a disappointing league campaign in which the failed to secure promotion from Division 3, Roscommon were defeated comfortably by Galway and after an unexpected home victory against Armagh in the qualifiers, they yet again bowed out to Tyrone.

In 2013 Roscommon were once left disappointed as they failed to secure promotion however they improved slightly on 2012 form. In the championship Roscommon were given the short straw by drawing All Ireland runners up Mayo in MacHale park, after a brave 25 minutes Mayo ran out easy winners. For 3rd year running the rossies were drawn against Tyrone in the qualifiers. A brave performance by the Roscommon allowed them to run Tyrone a lot closer than expected but eventually lost out on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline.


All Stars[edit]

Roscommon have 15 All Stars.

  • 1972: M. Freyne
  • 1974: Dermot Earley
  • 1977: P. Lindsay
  • 1978: H. Keegan
  • 1979: T. Heneghan, D. Murray, Dermot Earley
  • 1980: H. Keegan, G. Connellan, D. Murray
  • 1985: Paul Earley
  • 1986: H. Keegan
  • 1989: T. McManus
  • 1991: E. Gavin
  • 2001: F. Grehan

Current Senior football squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Darren O'Malley Goalkeeper Michael Glaveys
2 Seán McDermott Left Corner Back Western Gaels
3 Niall Carty Full Back Pádraig Pearses
4 Neil Collins Right Corner Back Castlerea St. Kevin's
5 David Keenan Right Half Back St Barry's
6 Niall Daly Centre Back Pádraig Pearses
7 Ciaran Cafferky Left Half Back Western Gaels
8 Cathal Shine Midfield Clann na nGael
9 Kevin Higgins Midfield Western Gaels
10 David O'Gara Left Half Forward Roscommon Gaels
11 Enda Smith Half Forward Boyle
12 Conor Daly Right Half Forward Pádraig Pearses
13 Senan Kilbride Left Corner Forward St. Brigids
14 Cathal Cregg FullForward Western Gaels
15 Diarmuid Murtagh Right Corner Forward St Faithleachs
No. Player Position Club
16 Matthew Whyte Substitute Oran
17 Ian Kilbride Substitute St. Brigids
18 Ciaráin Murtagh Substitute St Faithleachs
19 Ronan Stack Substitute St. Brigids
20 Donie Smith Substitute Boyle
21 Mark Nally Substitute Roscommon Gaels
22 Paddy Brogan Substitute Strokestown
23 Thomas Featherston Substitute Oran
24 Michael Finneran Substitute St. Dominics
25 Craig Burns Substitute Tulsk
26 Finbar Cregg Substitute Western Gaels
27 Darragh Donnelly Substitute St. Brigids
28 Donal Keane Substitute Fingallians
29 Donal Shine Substitute Clann na nGael
30 Colin Compton Substitute Strokestown
31 Ronan Daly Substitute Pádraig Pearses
32 David Murray Substitute Pádraig Pearses
33 Donal Ward Substitute Western Gaels

Squad as per Roscommon vs Cavan, 2014 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 2B, 12 July 2014



Roscommon hurlers' one appearance in an All Ireland semi-final was back in 1910, when they were beaten by 10 goals to one point by Tipperary. Their biggest achievement to date was the winning of the Nicky Rackard Cup Final in 2007, when they defeated Armagh in Croke Park on Saturday, 11 August. Another notable victory was the defeat of Wexford in the 1984 Centenary cup competition in 1984. They competed in the newly formed Christy Ring Cup in 2005 and 2006 but were relegated to the Nicky Rackard cup after poor performances. However, the winning of the Rackard Cup in 2007 brought jubilation and much hope for greater achievements in the future for a very committed panel of players and management.


Ladies' Gaelic football[edit]



Roscommon won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2009.[1] Four Roads reached the 2004 All Ireland junior club final.[2] and 2005[3] Oran won the Caithlín Ní Thoimín Shield at Féile na nGael in 1980 and 1982, the Division 3 shield in 1989 and 1992 and the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 2004. Four Roads went on to win the All Ireland junior club final in 2010 beating Corofin of Clare 1-09 to 0-06 and now compete in the 2012 All Ireland junior club final.

Notable players include soaring star award winner[4] Niamh Coyle.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[5] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon are to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[6]


  1. ^ 2009 Jun A Roscommon 2-8 Armagh 3-5 report on
  2. ^ 2004 Junior club final Leitrim 4-13 Four Roads 0-8 Four Roads report in Irish Independent
  3. ^ 2005 junior club final Leitrim 1-8 Four Roads 1-4 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  4. ^ All-stars on
  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, pdf download (778k) from download site

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