Ulster GAA

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Ulster GAA
Ulster GAA.svg
Irish Cúige Uladh
Location North
Number of counties: 9
Province colours Gold and black
Major grounds Casement Park, Belfast
St. Tiernach's Park, Clones
Most All-Ireland titles
Down and Cavan (5 each)
Most provincial titles
Antrim (48)
Cavan (37)
Interprovincial Championship wins

The Ulster Council (Irish: Comhairle Uladh) is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, and handball in the province of Ulster. The headquarters of the Ulster GAA is based in Armagh City.

The first Ulster GAA Convention was held on 22 March 1903 in Armagh. Belfast solicitor George Martin was elected as first President with L.F. O’Kane (Derry) as first Secretary. Victor O’Nolan (Tyrone), the father of writer Flann O'Brien was elected Vice-President. Danny Murphy (Down) has been Ulster Council Secretary and Chief Executive Office since 1998. Danny is a former Vice President of the GAA and President of Ulster GAA. On 4 July 2012 Danny was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for Services to Sport and Community Relations.[1]

County teams[edit]

Special counties[edit]

The following, while not administrated by the Ulster Council, play in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship:

Gaelic football[edit]


All-time top Ulster scorers[edit]

As of 3 June 2008 according to the BBC.[2]

Rank Player County Tally Total score Championship years
1 Oisín McConville Armagh 11-197 230 1997-
2 Peter Canavan Tyrone 9-192 218 1989-2005
3 Paddy Bradley Derry 13-170 209 2000-
4 Paddy Doherty Down 15-159 204 1954-1971
5 Peter Donohoe Cavan 17-133 184 1945-1955
6 Seán O'Neill Down 17-125 176 1959-1975
7 Charlie Gallagher Cavan 10-142 172  ?-?
8 Steven McDonnell Armagh 15-111 156 2000-
9 Seán O'Connell Derry 11-118 151 1957-1975
10 Ronan Carolan Cavan 2-138 144  ?-?


  • Includes Ulster Championship, All-Ireland Championship and Qualifiers.

All-time top Ulster goalscorers[edit]

As of 15 June 2008 according to the Sunday Tribune.[3]

Rank Player County Number of goals Championship years
1= Steven McDonnell Armagh 17 2000-2012
1= Peter Donohoe Cavan 17 1945-1955
1= Seán O'Neill Down 17 1959-1975
4 Paddy Doherty Down 15 1954-1971
5= Paddy Bradley Derry 13 2000-
5= Ger Houlihan Armagh 13 1984-2000
5= James McCartan Snr. Down 13 1958-1967
5= Brendan Coulter Down 13 2000-
9= Joe Stafford Cavan 12 1943-1949
9= Enda Muldoon Derry 12 1997-
9= Jason Reilly Cavan 12 1997-
12= Seán O'Connell Derry 11 1957-1975
12= PT Treacy Fermanagh 11 1960-1973
12= Oisín McConville Armagh 11 1997-2008


  • Includes Ulster Championship, All-Ireland Championship and Qualifiers.


Antrim's Aaron Graffin (right) representing Ulster in the 2008 Railway Cup hurling semi-final against Munster

Ulster has always been the weakest of the provinces in hurling terms, possibly due to the difference between the hurling promulgated by the early Gaelic Athletic Association and the "commons" game played in Ulster. The Ulster hurling team have only won four Railway Cup semi-final games in their history (1945, 1992, 1993 and 1995),[4] they however lost in each of those Railway Cup deciders.[4]

There have been some successes over the years, mostly by Antrim teams:


Camogie Gael Linn Cup[edit]

The Ulster camogie team won the premier representative competition in the women’s team field sport of camogie, the Gael Linn Cup on two occasions (click on year for teams) in.1967 and 2007,

Camogie Gael Linn Trophy[edit]

The Ulster provincial junior camogie team won the Gael Linn Trophy on eight occasions (click on year for teams) in 1979, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2000 and 2002,


  1. ^ "Ulster GAA Milestones". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Ulster's hot-shots". BBC Online. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ Shannon, Kieran; Leo McGeough (2008-06-15). "When Sunday Comes - Stevie from Killeavy: Ulster's top predator". Sunday Tribune. 
  4. ^ a b Martin, John (24 October 2008). "Ulster up against it". Gaelic Life. p. 43. 

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