Ardfinnan GAA

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Ardfinnan
Ard Fhíonáin
Founded: 1910
County: Tipperary
Nickname: The Village
Colours: Maroon and White
Grounds: Ardfinnan GAA ground
Clonmel Road
Coordinates: 52°19′08.61″N 7°51′48.03″W / 52.3190583°N 7.8633417°W / 52.3190583; -7.8633417Coordinates: 52°19′08.61″N 7°51′48.03″W / 52.3190583°N 7.8633417°W / 52.3190583; -7.8633417
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Munster
champions
Tipperary
champions
Football: - - 8

Ardfinnan GAA is a Tipperary GAA club which is located in County Tipperary, Ireland. The club, which competes at county level and in the "South" division of Tipperary GAA, is known by its supporters as "the village". The team's home ground is on the main Ardfinnan to Clonmel road (the R665) just outside the village. The club draws its players and support from the village of Ardfinnan and the neighbouring parishes of Grange and Ballybacon.

Ardfinnan club only plays Gaelic football but the area also has a senior hurling club, Ballybacon-Grange GAA, which is based in Goatenbridge village around three miles from Ardfinnan.

History[edit]

Ardfinnan GAA club was formed in 1910. Prior to 1910 local teams had played on the green in Ardfinnan village. At that time the woollen mills had a big influence on the club as many of the players were employed there. Then a junior club, Ardfinnan entered the Tipperary senior championship in 1912 for the first time but were beaten by Fethard. At this time Ardfinnan played in black and white jerseys, and so became known as "the magpies". The colours were then changed to green with a white band and white shamrock; that shamrock still remains on the jerseys to this very day. The club played senior in 1917 and 1918 but due to the War of Independence there was very little football played in the period between 1919 and 1922.[1]

Ardfinnan reached their first South division final in 1927 but were beaten by a Carrick on Suir side that went on to win the County title. In 1928 Ardfinnan had two players on the Tipperary team that beat Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Championship, Ned Lonergan and John O'Leary; to date this was the last time Tipperary beat Kerry in a Munster Championship. The 1960s were Ardfinnan's golden era, in which the club won the county senior title three times and the South senior title five times, including four years in a row.[2]

In November 2005, Ardfinnan won their first county title since 1974 with a 1-5 to 1-4 win against Loughmore-Castleiney in Cashel. That title ended a 31-year famine with a late winning point by player manager Peter Lambert. [3] [4][5] Ardfinnan went on to lose to Nemo Rangers in the 2005 Munster Championship quarter-final on a 0-6 to 1-13 scoreline in Ardfinnan on 13 November.[6][7][8]

In November 2011, the club published its official history.[9]

Honours[edit]

  • Tipperary Senior Football Championship (8)
    • 1935, 1939, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1974, 2005
  • South Tipperary Senior Football Championship (9)
    • 1935, 1939, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1974
  • Tipperary Junior 'A' Football Championship (2)
    • 1934
    • (St Finnan's) 1954
  • South Tipperary Junior 'A' Football Championship (2)
    • 1934
    • (St Finnan's) 1954
  • Tipperary Under-21 'A' Football Championship (2)
    • 1963, 1994, 2013
  • South Tipperary Under-21 'A' Football Championship (8)
    • 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2013
  • Tipperary Under-21 'B' Football Championship (2)
    • 1992, 2009
  • South Tipperary Under-21 'B' Football Championship (3)
    • 1987, 1992, 2009
  • Tipperary Minor 'A' Football Championship (4)
    • 1961, 1962, 1971, 2009
  • South Tipperary Minor 'A' Football Championship (9)
    • 1961, 1962, 1969, 1971, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2009
  • Tipperary Minor 'B' Football Championship (1)
    • 2001
  • South Tipperary Minor 'B' Football Championship (3)
    • 1988, 2001,2017

2005 Tipperary Senior Football Champions Squad[edit]

  • Eamon Ryan
    Tony Ryan, Alan John Lonergan, Kieran O'Brien
    Michael Phelan, Hugh Bannon, Cathal Hennessy
    Thomas Maher, Lorcan Bannon
    Alan O'Gorman, Terry Kearns, John R Murphy
    Peter Hally, Peter Lambert, Declan Walsh
    Subs Sean Maher for Hennessy; Michael English for O Gorman; James Hackett for Walsh
    Scorers for Ardfinnan — H Bannon 1-0; P Lambert, P Hally 0-2 each; T Kearns 0-1.

Notable players[edit]

Facilities[edit]

In the early 1980s, the club made the decision to purchase their own GAA grounds and in 1983 the decision was made to purchase 6.5 acres of land on the Clonmel Road, work commenced in late 1984. In May 1988, the club's new grounds on the Clonmel road were officially opened. The grounds consisted of a playing field, a covered stand, four changing rooms and a car park for up to 80 cars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honours". Official Site. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "HISTORY OF ARDFINNAN GAA CLUB". Official Site. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ardfinnan's title as fourteen-man Loughmore falter". Tipperary Star. 4 November 2005. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Long wait over for Ardfinnan". Irish Examiner. 31 October 2005. Retrieved 23 February 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Ardfinnan dig deep to restore glory days". Tipperary Star. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nemo Rangers bid for 13th AIB Munster SF title". Hogan Stand. 6 December 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Masters and O'Brien point the way for Nemo". Irish Independent. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Power Rangers hit form to make light work of an Ard task; MUNSTER SFC QF: NEMO 1-13 ARDFINNAN 0-6.". Irish Mirror. 14 November 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ardfinnan GAA History". Ardfinnan.tipperary.gaa.ie. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 

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