Roscommon GAA

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Roscommon GAA
Roscommon GAA crest.png
Irish: CLG Ros Comáin
Province: Connacht
Nickname(s): The Rossies
The Sheep Stealers
County colours:

Saffron, Royal

(Black & Green until 1935)
Ground(s): Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
Dominant sport: Gaelic football
NFL: Division 2
NHL: Division 3A
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup

[[Kay Mills Cup

We've won the All-Ireland 25 times]]
Standard kit
Regular kit
Change kit

The Roscommon County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Ros Comáin) or Roscommon GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Roscommon. The county board is also responsible for the Roscommon inter-county teams. In 2014, with the help of sponsors and the Club Rossie initiative, a Roscommon GAA bus was bought to provide transport for all county teams to use.

Roscommon's Senior football team compete in the Connacht Senior Football Championship which they have won 23 times, a number far less superior to neighbours Galway and Mayo who have won 45 and 46 respectively. Roscommon won back-to-back All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles in 1943 and 1944.

Gaelic football[edit]


Roscommon were a glamour team of the 1940s, winning back to back All Irelands, and have contributed some of the great personalities to GAA history including 2 Presidents - Dan O'Rourke (1946–49) and Dr. Donal Keenan (1973–76).

Roscommon's rise from Junior status to Senior All-Ireland champions in the four years leading up to 1943 was one of the great romances of its time. In the All Ireland final they drew with Cavan before winning the replay with two quick goals from Frankie Kinlough and Jack McQuillan. Kinlough scored the goal and Donal Keenan the points the following year when Roscommon beat Kerry. Roscommon were captained by Jamesie Murray from Knockcroghery.

Legend tells how Roscommon lost a six-point lead in the final three minutes of the 1946 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final against Kerry, Tom Gega O'Connor and Paddy Kennedy scoring the goals. Roscommon were beaten in the replay (Gerry Dolan made one of the greatest saves in Croke Park history against Laois in that year's semi-final). The injured team-captain, Jimmy Murray, was having blood wiped from his face to "look right" for the presentation when Kerry struck for two late equalising goals. Defeats in 1947, 1952 and 1953 semi-finals ended the party.

The 1940s successes were the pinnacle of Roscommon's achievements. They also reached the final in 1962. That year was memorable for they were losing the Connacht final to Galway by 5 points when Roscommon keeper Aidan Brady swung on the crossbar, breaking it in two. During the 15-minute wait to get it replaced, Roscommon moved the great Gerry O'Malley to midfield in a re-organisation and he inspired their comeback to enable them to win the Connacht Championship. However, Kerry, once again, led by the great Mick O'Connell defeated them in the All-Ireland final thanks in no small way to an off-the-ball incident which led to O'Malley being stretchered off very early in the game. Roscommon's next period of success came in the late 1970s when they won 4 Connacht titles on the trot from 77-80. they reached the final in 1980 against Kerry. They looked like causing an upset when John "Jigger" O'Connor's 35th-second goal helped them to an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead, but this was the Kerry team regarded as the greatest in history, and they eventually won by 1-9 to 1-6. A series of minor championships (1983, 1984, 1989 and 1992), and an All-Ireland Under-21 final in 1982, showed the impact of that success and in 1990 and 1991 Roscommon emerged from Connacht again, succumbing to Meath by a single point in the 1991 All Ireland semi-final.

Nine unsuccessful seasons followed before, in 2001, Roscommon regained the Connacht title following a brilliant win and performance over eventual All-Ireland champions Galway and a very dramatic end-of-match victory over Mayo. However, they failed to make any further progress in the 2001 All Ireland Championship and the decade that followed was amongst the least successful in the team's history.

On the field, outside of a very exciting run in 2003, the senior team failed to record any notable successes since their 2001 Connacht Championship title win until 2010. The success of the county's Minor team in winning the All-Ireland title in 2006 offered hope, however.

In 2010 Roscommon captured their 20th Senior Connacht football title. In the first round they defeated London in Ruislip 0-14 to 0-6. In the semi final played in Dr Hyde Park Roscommon beat Leitrim 1-13 to 0-11. In the final played in McHale Park, Roscommon overcame favourites Sligo on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-13. Roscommon were subsequently beaten in the All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park by Cork 1-16 to 0-10.

Roscommon made their return to Division 1 of the National Football League in 2016 and enjoyed a successful campaign picking up wins against Kerry, Cork, Donegal and Down, before losing a League semi-final to Kerry at Croke Park. However, they endured a disappointing Championship. A draw against Galway in the Connacht Final in terrible conditions brought them to a replay in Castlebar, where Roscommon went on to lose by 11 points. They exited the All-Ireland Championship with a 4th Round Qualifier loss to Clare.

Roscommon were subsequently relegated from Division 1 of the League in 2017 after losing all but 1 of their games.

Roscommon beat Galway in the 2017 Connacht Senior Football Championship final on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-12.

Kevin McStay is the current manager of the team. McStay won the all Ireland club championship with Roscommon club St Brigids in 2013.


All Stars[edit]

Roscommon have 16 All Stars.

Current football squad[edit]

No. Player Position Club
1 Colm Lavin Goalkeeper Éire Óg
2 Seán McDermott Right Corner Back Western Gaels
3 John McManus Full Back Roscommon Gaels
4 David Murray Left Corner Back Pádraig Pearses
5 Niall McInerney Right Half Back St. Brigids
6 Seán Mullooly Centre Back Strokestown
7 Brian Stack Left Half Back St. Brigids
8 Tadhg O'Rourke Midfield Tulsk
9 Enda Smith Midfield Boyle
10 Fintan Cregg Right Half Forward Elphin
11 Niall Kilroy Centre Forward Fuerty
12 Conor Devaney Left Half Forward Kilbride
13 Ciaráin Murtagh (c) Right Corner Forward St. Faithleach's
14 Diarmuid Murtagh Full Forward St. Faithleach's
15 Cian Connolly Left Corner Forward Roscommon Gaels
No. Player Position Club
16 Darren O'Malley Substitute Michael Glaveys
17 Brian Murtagh Substitute St. Faithleach's
18 Gary Patterson Substitute Michael Glaveys
19 Cathal Compton Substitute Strokestown
20 David Rooney Substitute St. Faithleach's
21 Colin Compton Substitute Strokestown
22 Donie Smith Substitute Boyle
23 Shane Killoran Substitute Elphin
24 Ian Kilbride Substitute St. Brigids
25 Ronan Stack Substitute St. Brigids
26 Thomas Featherston Substitute Oran

Squad as per Roscommon v Mayo, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, Quarter Final Replay, 7 August 2017



Roscommon hurlers' one appearance in an All Ireland semi-final was back in 1910, when they were beaten by 10 goals to one point by Tipperary. Their biggest achievements to date are winning the All Ireland Senior B in 1994, the All Ireland Intermediate in 1999, Nicky Rackard Cup Final in 2007 and 2015,both of which were won in Croke Park. Another notable victory was the defeat of Wexford in the 1984 Centenary cup competition in 1984. They competed in the newly formed Christy Ring Cup in 2005 and 2006 but were relegated to the Nicky Rackard cup after poor performances.


Ladies' Gaelic football[edit]



Roscommon won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2009.[6] Four Roads reached the 2004 All Ireland junior club final,[7] and again in 2005.[8] Oran won the Caithlín Ní Thoimín Shield at Féile na nGael in 1980 and 1982, the Division 3 shield in 1989 and 1992 and the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 2004. Four Roads went on to win the All Ireland junior club final in 2010 beating Corofin of Clare 1-09 to 0-06 and competed in the 2012 All Ireland junior club final.

Notable players include Lizzie Glennon and Cait Kenny who are the only players from the county to be nominated for a " All-Star " & soaring star award winner[9] Niamh Coyle.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[10] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon are to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[11]


  1. ^ "Connacht SFC final: rampant Rossies stun terrible Tribe". Hogan Stand. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Smith the hero as Rossies' first-half blitz proves a bridge too far for Sligo". Irish Independent. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Roscommon claim third Connacht U21 title in five years". Hogan Stand. 2014-04-05. Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Roscommon take Connacht Under-21 title". RTÉ Sport. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Connacht Minor Football Championship: Roscommon survive late fightback to down Mayo". 15 July 2012. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ 2009 Jun A Roscommon 2-8 Armagh 3-5 report on
  7. ^ 2004 Junior club final Leitrim 4-13 Four Roads 0-8 Four Roads report in Irish Independent
  8. ^ 2005 junior club final Leitrim 1-8 Four Roads 1-4 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  9. ^ All-stars on
  10. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  11. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

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