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
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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 the South Derry GAA league and championships, from U-14 upwards teams compete in All-Derry competitions.

2018 Championship Football[edit]

Championship Football – Magherafelt
Match Details Date
Senior Football
Magherafelt 0-05 0-10 Slaughtneil
First Round
9 September
Minor A Football
Magherafelt v
Quarter Final
October

2017 Championship Football[edit]

Championship Football - Magherafelt
Match Details Date
Senior Football
Magherafelt 0-10 2-11 Coleraine
First Round
13 August
Minor A Football
Magherafelt 4-08 1-09 Dungiven
Quarter Final
28 September
Magherafelt 0-05 0-08 Bellaghy
Semi Final
8 October

History[edit]

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]

Senior[edit]

Minor[edit]

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

Under-16[edit]

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

Under-14[edit]

  • All-Ireland Féile na nÓg: 2
    • 2007, 2018
  • Derry Féile na nÓg: 9
    • 1988, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Derry Under-14 Football Championship: 4
    • 1987, 2005, 2014, 2015
  • Derry Under-14 Football League: 5
    • 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • South Derry Under-14 Football Championship: 7
    • 1985, 1987, 1988, 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015
  • South Derry Under-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
  • Francie Niblock
  • Father Larry Higgins
  • Chuck Higgins
  • Micky Niblock
  • Gerry O'Loughlin

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[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.