Wolfe Tone GAC, Derrymacash

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Wolfe Tone GAC
De Bhulbh Ton CLG
Logo of Wolfe Tone Derrymacash GAC.jpg
Founded: 1917
County: Armagh
Nickname: Tones or The Cash
Colours: Green and White
Grounds: Raparee Park (Páirc na Ropairí)

Wolfe Tone Gaelic Athletic Club (Irish: De Bhulbh Ton CLG[1]) is a GAA club in County Amargh, Northern Ireland. It is based in the townland of Derrymacash, on the southern shore of Lough Neagh close to Lurgan.[2] It is part of Armagh GAA and plays at Raparee Park (Irish: Páirc na Ropairí.[3] The club takes its name from the republican leader of the 1798 revolution, Wolfe Tone.

The club plays Gaelic football in the Armagh Senior Championship, and fields teams at all age levels from Under-8 to Senior.[2] The associated camogie club is St Enda's. Wolfe Tone and St Enda’s GAC is located in Derrymacash in north Armagh. We field football teams at Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, Reserve and Senior levels. Our Under 14 footballers play with the amalgamated side Doire Emmets, along with our parish neighbours Sarsfields. In camogie, we field teams at Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and Senior level. We also have a Gaelic 4 Mothers team who meet at the club weekly and take part in matches throughout the year. We also participate in Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsear competitions. Tá foirne peile againn ón fhoireann faoi 6 a fhad leis an fhoireann sinsear agus tá foirne camógaíochta againn ón fhoireann faoi 6 a fhad leis an fhoireann sinsear. Tá breis agus fiche páirteach inár bhfoireann do pheil na máithreacha. Bíonn muid páirteach i gcomórtais Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsear fosta.


Páirc na Ropairí clubhouse

The club was founded in 1917.[2] Tá peil á imirt i nDoire Mhic Cais ó bunaíodh an CLG agus cuireadh tús leis an chlub sa bhliain 1911. Gaelic football has been played in Doire Mhic Cais from the very inception of the GAA and the Wolfe Tone club came into existence in 1911. The early teams competed in the South West Antrim League up until 1920, when the fight for independence had a negative impact on the Association across the country. The club was revived in 1924, when the great J.J. Murray, along with Charles McConville, John McCorry and Paddy McCann entered the club into numerous local competitions and J.J. formed the Lurgan League for teams from the north Armagh area. The Tones club was based at a practice field on Aghacommon Lane and competed in various leagues including the mid-Armagh League, the Lurgan and District League and the Armagh All-County League. In 1930, the Tones affiliated with the Armagh County Board and later that year, they defeated Armagh Tír na nÓg, to bring the Armagh Junior Championship to north Armagh for the first time. In 1938 the Tones won the North Armagh League and the Mac Oscar Cup followed in 1939. In 1943, a Wolfe Tones selection became the first team to bring the Armagh Senior Championship to north Armagh. In 1954, the Tones won the Armagh Senior League. In 1964, an amalgamated Tones and Sarsfields team won the Armagh Minor Championship under the name St Patrick’s, which was a forerunner for the current Under 14 Doire Emmets team. The Tones senior football team competed in that year’s County Senior Final but lost out to Mullaghbane and in 1966, the Tones finished runners-up in the All-County League to Crossmaglen. In 1967, the Tones once again reached the County Senior Final, but unfortunately lost again, but that year saw the club go undefeated through the All-County League. The Tones claimed the Armagh Junior Championship back in 2000 and any success on the football field has come from our underage teams since then. Bhí an t-ádh ar ár gcontae gur imir roinnt de mhórlaochra an chlub leo chomh maith. Our county benefitted from some of our more illustrious footballers with two Wolfe Tones greats, the late John McCarron and the late Bill McCorry providing the backbone for the county team who claimed the All-Ireland Junior Football Final in 1948. Bill went on to become the first Tones man to play for Armagh in an All-Ireland senior final in 1953, accompanied by panel member Seán Quinn, but it was the men from the Kingdom who got the upperhand that day. Unfortunately injury had ruled out John McCarron from playing that day. The late Noel Greene was the first Tones man to line out for the county minors in an All-Ireland final, back in 1957. It took a Tones man to bring the first All-Star award to the Orchard County, with Paddy Moriarty winning his first in 1972 and claiming a second in 1977 for his exploits in Armagh’s run to the All-Ireland final. It is no surprise to anyone in the ‘Cash that Paddy’s son Finnian lived up to his father’s proud legacy and the club was extremely proud when Finnian helped to bring the Under 21 football championship to Armagh for the first time in 2003. A number of our players also have the distinction of representing Ulster in the Railway Cup with Bill McCorry and Seán Quinn being members of a victorious Ulster side, while Leo McAlinden won a Railway Cup medal for Connacht. Eddie McLaughlin and Alf Murray were also playing for the Tones when selected on Ulster teams and Paddy Moriarty represented the province, as well as a Combined Universities side and the All-Stars’ teams which travelled to America.

Gaelic football[edit]

Apart from the victory of a Tones-led selection in the 1943 Armagh Senior Football Championship final, defeating Crossmaglen, the club's highest point in sporting terms came in 1964, when the Tones lost by three points to Mullaghbawn in the SFC final. They had two other SFC final appearances, losing in 1967 to Crossmaglen by 9 points, and in 1973 to Clann na nGael by 15 points.[4] The Tones have also won two JFC championships, in 1930 and 2000.


Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ Wolfe Tone GAC
  2. ^ a b c Wolfe Tone GAC page on Armagh GAA website
  3. ^ Armagh GAA, page 11
  4. ^ Armagh GAA, Clár Oifigiúil, Craobh Sinsearach Peile (SFC final programme), 29 September 2012

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As most clubs in around the Lurgan area there are quite a lot of rivalries. The two county clubs rival each other Wolfe Tone GAC and Sarsfields GAA. Although in recent years and games it seems that the Wolfe Tones are further ahead in senior and underage football.