Ulster Minor Club Football Championship

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Ulster Minor Club Football Championship
Irish Comórtas Pheil Mhionúr Chumann Uladh[1]
Founded 1982
Trophy Jim McConville Cup
Title holders Burren, Co. Down (1st title)
First winner St. Paul's
Most titles Ballinderry & Glen Maghera (4 titles)
Sponsors CM Percision Components

The Ulster Minor Club Football Championship (Irish: Comórtas Pheil Mhionúr Chumann Uladh), sometimes known as the St. Paul's Tournament,[2] is an annual gaelic football tournament played between the hundreds of minor club teams in Ulster.

Minor club championships are held in each of the nine counties of Ulster. The nine county winners play each other in the Ulster Club Championship in a knock-out format.

The 2016 winners were Burren of County Down who defeated Kilrea of Derry.

The tournament is organised and hosted by St. Paul's GAC, from Belfast. While unofficial, it is regarded as the Ulster Club Championship for club minor teams.[2] It began in 1982 and the Jimmy McConville cup has been presented since 1983.[3] The competition usually begins at the end of November with the final taking place in January, typically on New Year's Day (e.g. the 2016 final took place on 1 January 2017).

2016 Championship[edit]

Preliminary Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Ulster Minor
Club Final
1 January 2017
          Enniskillen Gaels 2-13  
          Crosserlough 0-11  
            Enniskillen Gaels 2-04  
            Burren 5-15  
          Dunloy 0-07  
          Burren 0-10  
            Burren 4-08
            Kilrea 3-05
          Corduff 1-12  
          Carrickmore 2-12  
            Carrickmore 2-07  
            Kilrea 1-11  
          Naomh Conall 2-07       
 Kilrea 1-14      Kilrea 2-20       
 Crossmaglen 0-13  

Finals Listed By Year[edit]

Year Winner Score Runners-up Score Match report (final) Man of the match Winning captain
2015 Crossmaglen Rangers 4-12 St Eunan's Letterkenny 1-6 The Irish News
2014 Glen Maghera 1-17 aet Southern Gaels
ie. Gowna & Lacken
2-8 aet Belfast Telegraph
2013 Glen Maghera 0-10 Silverbridge 1-2 Belfast Telegraph
2012 Glen Maghera 4-7 Killeavy 1-7 Ryan Dougan (Glen Maghera) Ciaran McFaul
2011 Glen Maghera 4-12 Armagh Harps 0-6
2010 Lámh Dhearg, Belfast 0-9 Magherafelt 0-8 [1] Declan Stranney (Lámh Dhearg) Declan Stranney
2009 Omagh 0-12 Kilcoo 0-11 Ulster Herald Conan Grugan (Omagh) Barry Tierney
2008 Ballinderry 2-8 Scotstown 2-7 Belfast Telegraph, Derry GAA Ryan Scullion (Ballinderry) Gavin McGeehan
2007 Kilrea 2-9 Errigal Ciarán 0-9 BBC James Kielt
2006 Coalisland 1-14 Cavan Gaels 2-10 Brian Toner (Coalisland Fianna) Brian Toner & Stephen Mc Nally
2005 Errigal Ciarán 1-13 Killybegs 1-11 BBC Ronan McRory (Errigal Ciaran)
2004 Rostreveor Kilrea
2003 Armagh Harps Carrickmacross Emmets
2002 Clontibret Armagh Harps
2001 Ballinderry 3-7 Clontibret 1-9 The Northern Standard, The Irish News, The Anglo Celt Thomas Maynes (Ballinderry) Thomas Maynes
2000 Pearse Óg Cavan Gaels
1999 Cavan Gaels
1998 Slaughtneil Ardboe Kevin O'Neill Niall Convery
1997 Ballinderry Eglish
1996 Ballinderry Killeavy
1995 An Lúb Clontibret Johnny McBride
1994 Bellaghy Wolfe Tones
1993 An Lúb
1992 Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon
1991 Bellaghy
1990 Dungiven
1989 Dungannon
1988 Enniskillen Gaels
1987 Killeavy Enniskillen Gaels Shane O'Neill
1986 St Paul's
1985 Killybegs
1984 Killybegs
1983 Saul, Downpatrick 1-15 Lisnaskea 0-9 Eddie Harney
1982 St Paul's


Wins Listed By County[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2008 Northern Bank Ulster Minor Club Football Tournament Final programme. 1 January 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Rodgers, Alan (31 October 2008). "St Paul's minor tournament set to get underway". Gaelic Life. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Stair / History (St. Paul's)". Official St. Paul's website. Retrieved 2008-11-01.