Magherafelt GAC

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O'Donovan Rossa GAC Magherafelt
CLG Ó Donnabháin Rosa Machaire Fíolta
Magherafelt crest.png
Founded: 1934
County: Derry
Nickname: Red army
Colours: Red and White
Grounds: Rossa Park
Coordinates: 54°45′53.50″N 6°35′08.69″W / 54.7648611°N 6.5857472°W / 54.7648611; -6.5857472Coordinates: 54°45′53.50″N 6°35′08.69″W / 54.7648611°N 6.5857472°W / 54.7648611; -6.5857472
Playing kits
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
Football: - - 6

O'Donovan Rossa GAC Magherafelt (Irish: CLG Ó Donnabháin Rosa Machaire Fíolta) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Magherafelt, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of Derry GAA and currently caters for Gaelic football, Camogie and Ladies' Gaelic football. The club is named after Irish patriot and revolutionary Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa.

The club have won the Derry Senior Football Championship on six occasions. Underage teams up to U-12's play in South Derry league and championships, from U-14 upwards teams compete in All-Derry competitions.

Gaelic football[edit]

Magherafelt fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve and Senior levels. The Senior team competes in the Derry Senior Football Championship and Division 1 of the Derry ACFL.


The club has U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor and Senior Camogie teams. U14 have had success in feili and have progressed players in seniors. Coach Nial and sara gribbion have brought the Camogs up to a high level standard with star players such as michaela con, siobhan comer and bríd . u12= Success through go games and setting a high bar for their future. U14= many feili success and also championship and league, winning championship 2011 •B• and runners up in 2012 beaten by hardcore Bellaghy. Winning it though 1992 1997 2001 2003 and 2006 U16= hard year for camogs as they move from children to young ladies and have had many successes though the years in League and championships 1993 1994 1999 2000 2005 2010 2014 Minor= minor has never really occurred till recent events. Senior= having so much success over years we cannot describe, but most recently 2014 winning Leaug, championship, and the final of intermediate champions getting beat by rivals Newbridge. Coach Niall has been a huge success part of this team being here for three years and bringing them from division 4 to 1


O'Donovan Rossa GAC Magherafelt was established on 15 April 1934.[1] The founding members were Pat McFlynn, Pat Keenan, Gerry Gallagher, Paddy Collins, John Walls, John Kearns and Charlie McFlynn.

Having recently read Patrick Pearse's graveside oration at Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa's funeral, Pat McFlynn proposed the idea of naming the club after O'Donovan Rossa. His proposal was accepted and it was also decided that the club would play in red and white colours.

Magherafelt moved to its current ground, Rossa Park in 1941, having previously played at Bellvue Park and Millbrook Park. The club won its first Derry Senior Football Championship in 1939 and added four more in the 1940s. In 1978 after a gap of 29 years, the club won the Senior Championship for a sixth time.

Rossa Park[edit]

The club's home ground is Rossa Park, located on the road between Magherafelt and Castledawson.[2] In the past it was the main ground for Derry GAA inter-county matches, but this ended in the 1970s.[2] Celtic Park in Derry City is now the main county ground.[3]

Football Titles[edit]



  • Derry Minor Football Championship: 4
    • 1959, 1972, 1992, 2010
  • Hughes/McElwee Memorial Cup: 2
    • 2009, 2010


  • Derry U-16 Football Championship: 7
    • 1958, 1959, 1964, 2004, 2009, 2015, 2016
  • South Derry U-16 Football Championship: 4
    • 1958, 1959, 1964, 2004
  • Derry U-16 Football League: 2
    • 2007, 2008
  • South Derry U-16 Football League: 3
    • 1980,1990, 2004,
  • Derry U-16 Ladies Championship:1
    • 2009


  • All-Ireland Féile na nÓg: 1
    • 2007
  • Derry Féile na nÓg: 7
    • 1988, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Derry U-14 Football Championship: 4
    • 1987, 2005, 2014, 2015
  • Derry U-14 Football League: 5
    • 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • South Derry U-14 Football Championship: 7
    • 1985, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015
  • South Derry U-14 Football League: 3
    • 1985, 1987, 1988, 2013,2015 4

Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.

Well known footballers[edit]

  • Pat Keenan - National League Winning Derry Captain 1947
  • Danny Heavron - Current Derry player
  • Ryan Ferris - Former Derry Player
  • Peter Quinn - Former Derry player
  • Francie Niblock
  • Father Larry Higgins
  • Chuck Higgins
  • Micky Niblock - Derry
  • Gerry O'Loughlin - Derry County Player - Ulster champions

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Club History". Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b Rodgers, Alan (20 February 2009). "The way we were". Gaelic Life. p. 23. 
  3. ^ Scott, Ronan (13 February 2009). "'Screen to win back hearts of Derry fans". Gaelic Life. p. 3.