Annanough GAA

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Annanough GAA
Anach na nEach
Founded: 1920
County: Laois
Colours: Blue and Gold
Grounds: Pairc Ánach na nEach
Coordinates: 53°03′05.99″N 7°05′25.16″W / 53.0516639°N 7.0903222°W / 53.0516639; -7.0903222Coordinates: 53°03′05.99″N 7°05′25.16″W / 53.0516639°N 7.0903222°W / 53.0516639; -7.0903222
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Senior Club Championships
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Football: - - 6

Annanough GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association gaelic football club in County Laois, Ireland.


Annanough was founded in 1920 from a merger of the old Vicarstown and Moyanna clubs. Moyanna had won the 1891 Laois Senior Football Championship title while Vicarstown were Laois Intermediate Football Championship winners in 1917 and 1919. Success wasn’t long coming the new club’s way with the legendary Dick Miller captaining Annanough to a three in a row of Laois Senior Football Championship titles from 1924 to 1926.


Another great Annanough team emerged in the 1950s to take two more Laois Senior Football Championship titles. Names like the Nerneys, Dunnes, Terry O’Connell, Tom Gorman, the Murphys and of course the Millers backboned both club and county team at this time. Annanough went back to intermediate ranks before a Martin Stapleton captained side captured the 1978 Laois Intermediate Football Championship title with a 2-9 to 1-4 win over Park.


The 1980s saw Annanough resume their place as a football power within Laois although the ultimate honour of a Laois Senior Football Championship victory eluded them, with the 1982 side particularly unlucky to meet a Portlaoise side in the final, and Portlaoise went on to win the all ireland club championship.That was the only defeat suffered by Annanough in 82, when they did win the senior league, with John Nerney as captain

Modern History[edit]

1996 saw Annanough return to intermediate ranks and after the ill-fated Annawood senior amalgamation with Courtwood, the elusive sixth Laois Intermediate Football Championship title remains the goal of this proud club.


  • Laois Senior Football Championship: 6
    • 1891 Moyanna beat Portarlington (Captain: Frank Foley)
    • 1924 Annanough 1-2, Ratheenabrogue 0-1 (Captain: Dick Miller)
    • 1925 Annanough 4-2, Ballyroan 0-5 (Captain: Dick Miller)
    • 1926 Annanough 1-2, Abbeyleix 0-0 (Captain: Dick Miller)
    • 1951 Annanough 3-4, Portarlington 1-3 (Captain: Fran Nerney)
    • 1956 Annanough 0-14, Park 0-5 (Captain: Tom Gorman)
  • Laois Intermediate Football Championships: 5
    • 1936 Annanough 0-10, Clonad 0-8 (Captain: Tom Dunne)
    • 1940 Annanough 1-5, Worsted Mills 1-3 (Captain: Matt Dunne)
    • 1946 Annanough beat Timahoe
    • 1949 Annanough 6-8, Barrowhouse 1-5 (Captain: Fran Nerney)
    • 1978 Annanough 2-9, Park 1-4 (Captain: Martin Stapleton

1968: Annanough, as part of the parish trio of Annanough, Stradbally and Timahoe, and that year under the name of Annanough, completed a three in a row of Under 21 championship wins, though the third win was without the stradbally element. St. Josephs were the opposition on final day.

The name ANNANOUGH is obviously the anglicised version of Anach na nEach. However, it is interesting that the Annanough pipe band of the 1920s used a different version, namely, ATH NA NDUMHACH which is translated as the sandbank ford or literally the ford of the sandbank One can only presume that this is the place name for this spot which predated the events of 1577, when after the massacre at Mullaghmast, Rory Óg O Moore's horse(each)dropped dead at this spot, thus giving rise to the current name ANACH NA NEACH,which translates as the pass/path of the horse:Anach, is sometimes found as EANACH Sources: annanough pipe band flag, agus foclóir gaeilge agus béarla, le rev P.S. Dinneen MA.