Killygarry GAA

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Killygarry GFC
Coill an Gharrai
Killygarry GFC Crest.png
Founded: 1966
County: Cavan
Nickname: D'Garry, The Red & Blacks
Colours: Red and Black
Grounds: Crubany Athletic Grounds, Cavan
Coordinates: 53°57′54.0951″N 7°19′5.1462″W / 53.965026417°N 7.318096167°W / 53.965026417; -7.318096167Coordinates: 53°57′54.0951″N 7°19′5.1462″W / 53.965026417°N 7.318096167°W / 53.965026417; -7.318096167
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
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Killygarry are a Gaelic football club from County Cavan in Ireland. They are affiliated to Cavan GAA.


The Killygarry club area as it now stands had a football club down the years before the formation of the present club in 1966 but these teams went out of existence. Still the Killygarry area produced many players for neighboring clubs (and county too). There were schoolboy football games between Killygarry, Crubany, Castletara and Swellan played at venues such as Crowe’s Rock or behind Fitzpatrick’s shop. These were played several times a year and continued at various age levels to eighteen or so.

Around the late 50’s/early 60’s a number of promising minor players were coming along and the idea of playing for a club team under the Killygarry name was tossed around. Enthusiasm was high and after a few meetings Killygarry GFC was born.

Killygarry GAA Club was formed in 1966 when young football enthusiasts from the Killygarry hinterland who were playing with local teams like Lavey, Drumalee, Cavan Gaels, Laragh and Ballinagh, held a meeting in Killygarry National School.

The first Chairman of the Club was Jerry Brady and he was assisted by Francie McDermott as Secretary. There was no doubt in peoples’ minds that a team would succeed or get going, but outside the area others thought different.

The Club entered the junior ranks and our first game in 1966 was against Cavan Gaels on Narrack’s Hill. It was looking as if the aforementioned doubts were justified that morning. We were short players for one reason or another and looked like we wouldn’t have fifteen. However, a number of lads were surprisingly pressed into action and we recorded our first victory 0-10 to 0-2. It was a memorable day and everyone was indebted to the players that took part that day. Had we been unable to field a team, it would have been a disastrous start for the Club.

In the space of a few years the team worked their way up through the ranks. They won the Intermediate Championship in 1970 by beating Cootehill in the final. They were promoted to Senior and the following year 1971 saw them reach the Senior Championship final where they were defeated by the famous Crosserlough team of that time. Over the next few years the more seasoned players began to give thought to retirement …thus a new chapter was unfolding.On the 8th of May 1988, the Killygarry Athletic Grounds were opened in Crubany. The club went into the ‘90s with similar expectations to that of the original team, winning the Junior title again in 1990 by beating Kildallan in the final. The Club also won many underage titles in the same decade. The next big win was in 1998 when they won the Intermediate Championship beating Denn in the final. They went on to achieve the double that year by winning the Division 2 League, beating Shercock in the final.[1]

The Crest[edit]

Despite the club's existence since 1966, no crest was ever created, until after a local raffle to decide the crest in 2009. This new crest now proudly sits on all Killygarry jerseys & merchandise. The crest incorporates the following elements:

  • The Irish name for Killygarry, "Coill na Garrai".
  • A picture to represent Coill an Gharrai.
  • A picture to represent Slieve Glah, which overlooks the grounds at Crubany.
  • A picture to represent a football which is the main sport played at the club.
  • The old Gaelic Athletic Association logo, to represent we are a GAA club.
  • The year the club was founded - 1966.

Killygarry Athletic Ground[edit]

On the 8th of May 1988, the Killygarry athletic grounds were opened in Crubany. The grounds are some of the best in Ulster and host a main field, a training field, gym, running track, four changing rooms, media room, large car park, shop and kitchen. One of the largest fund raisers in the country is being implemented nationally to raise funds to further the facilities in Crubany.

Club Teams[edit]

The Club contains numerous teams from underage right through to senior level. There is an U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, Minor,a Senior and 2 Reserve teams. The highly successful Killygarry ladies have an U-14, U-16, Minor & Senior Squads. Squads are usually big, with the club attracting players from the surrounding area.

The Kit[edit]

Traditionally Killygarry have always worn red and black, hence the Nickname "The Red & Blacks". The Jersey is mainly red with black stripes on the sleeves and sides. The shorts are mainly black with red stripes on either side. The Socks are black with a red horizontal stripe on top.


Notable players[edit]

Notable players include

  • Martin Reilly, Represented Cavan at Senior, U-21 and Junior level. Won the Sigerson Cup with D.I.T in 2013
  • Ross Sheridan, Represented Cavan at Junior level. Won the Sigerson Cup with D.I.T in 2013
  • Current Captain, Brendan Murray.
  • Andy McGovern, who has represented Cavan at Minor level, & his brother, Stephen "Bomber" McGovern.
  • Eoin Smith, better known as Ted. Club Legend, who has also represented Cavan at U-21 and Senior level and won 2 Sigerson Cups with Sligo I.T.
  • Padraig Cahill, who has also represented Cavan at Minor, U-21 and Senior level
  • Donal Thomas, who has also represented Cavan at Senior level.
  • Declan Gallen, who has also represented Cavan at U-21 level.
  • Patrick Galligan, who has also represented Cavan at Minor, U-21 level.
  • Brendan Murray, who has represented Cavan at U-21 level.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Killygarry – A Short History". 21 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

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