a meeting in Duffy's Hotel on the 13th of September,
1881, the Strokestown Club was founded. Mr. G.
O'Reilly was elected President and J. Walpole was
elected Captain and Treasurer.
that time there was much agitation concernong land and
the Land League was very active in the area.
Year's Day, 1889, seventy men marched from Carnaska Church to
the Racecourse, Ballinafad, to meet and play a game of Gaelic
football. As well as people of the parish, they came from
Kilgefin, Kilbride and Scramogue.
match a meeting was held and it was agreed that landlords and
'land-grabbers' could not be a part of a GAA club so it was
agreed that Mr. J. Walpole, who lived in Castlenode and owned
large parcels of land there and on nearby Sliabh Bán, should
be expelled and a new club formed.
the 18th of October, 1889, the club met and formally
expelled Mr. J. Walpole on the gropunds that he was a
landlord and a new club was formed. the club was to be
known as the Strokestown
affiliated along with 14 other clubs to the newly formed
County Board, and on the 9th of November, 1889, the Brian
Boru's were beaten by Creeve, 3 points to nil. Later, on
November 16th, a new club known as St. Patricks Strokestown
was formed and beat Kilmore 2-0 to 0-0.
On the 12th
of November, a meeting was held in Kiltrustan and a new
have the following people got in common?
was known as Érin go Brea was formed.
the 7th Kilglass O'Connell's played Brian Boru's and beat them
1-4 to 0-1 in a field of Pat Duffy's or Erin go brea.
teams entered a newly organised County championship for the
Presidents's medals. the president of the county committee was
Jasper Tully. Those clubs were Strokestown Clubs. The knockout
competition was won by Strokestown St. Patricks on May 31st,
1890, beating Bornacoola O'Neills by 0-4 to 0-1, thus securing
the Presidents medals.
In 1904 the
next county title won by Strokestown St. Patricks' was against
Roscommon Town on a score of 0-2 to 0-0.
show that in 1910 clubs were formed in Carniska and Cloonfree
the great 4-in-a-row team when in 1915 Strokestown St.
Patrick's, in blue jerseys and gold hoops, played and defeated
Roscommon St. Coman's at Elphin, in a repeat of the 1914
final, when St. Coman's beat St. Patricks by 3-4 to 0-2. The
tide had now turned and St. Patricks, beating St. Coman's by
2-4 to 1-4, were county champions.
defeated Kilbride 0-7 to 0-4 in the 1916 final, in June 1918
Strokestown beat Roscommon 0-4 to 0-2 in the 1917 final and
later that year beat Donamon by 2-4 to 1-4 to complete the 4
time, one of the greats of Strokestown football, Tom Shelvin,
had moved into town. he was to become the Father figure of the
club for over 40 years until his sad death.
We had to
wait until 1926 for Stroekstown's next county title when they
defeated Roscommon 2-3 to 1-0. Two years later, in 1928,
Strokestown defeated Knockcroghery by 1-5 to 12 in a field in
Roscommon. Five years later, in 1933, the nest county title
came to town when we defeated Oran 3-4 to 1-1. Two of the team
that played in that final are with us today- Dr. Hugh Gibbons,
(uncle of our present Chairman, Sean Collins, and grand-uncle
of present players Emmet Collins and Thomas Hanly) and Luke
Dolan (grandfather of present players Luke, Richard and
That was to
be the last senior championship until 1992 when, after a
replay, we defeated Roscomon Gaels at Orchard Park, Elphin, on
a score of 1-14 to 0-10.
We had come
close in 1988, losing to Clann na Gael in the final, in 1991,
again losing to Clann na Gael in the final. After 1992 we
reached the final in 1994 which we lost to Roscmmon Gaels. the
next time we were to reach the final would be 2002.
level we won the County Championship in 1949 and again in 1961
defeating Knockcroghery. We won the Junior title for a third
time in 1971 beating Kilbride 1012 to 0-5 in St. Coman's
In 1998 we
won our first Junior B title and in 1999 went straight on to
win the Junior A title.
the Junior A winning team was unable to progress on to
intermediate status due to the relegation of the Senior team
the same year.
year the junior team narrowly missed out on making it three
titles in a row, losing to Padraig Pearses in freak weather
condidtions after a replay.
team re-captured the title and secured promotion in 2001,
beating Roscommon Gaels in Tulsk.
We won our
first Intermediate title in 1977 when we defeated St. Croan's
after a replay in the championship. The same team won the
league that year beating Michael Glavey's.
Intermediate title came in 2000 when we came straight back up
from relegation the previous year.
under-age we prospered in the 1950's when we won the County
juvenile (U-15) championship in 1954, '55 and '56, and the
minor championship in 1953, '54 and '55. We had to wait until
1981 to record our next under-age title when we beat St.
Croan's 2-6 to 2-5 in the U-12 final. Two years later we won
the U-14 final beating St. Croan's 5-6 to 0-7.
In 1990 we
won our next county minor title defeating Tulsk at
Tarmonbarry, 1-9 to 1-5.
In 1993 we
won our next U-12 team, convincingly beating Roscommon Gaels
in Hyde park. This team was to go on to win the All-Ireland
U-14 Feile na nOg competition in 1995, the first ever
Roscommon team to do so. It was a fantastic achievement, with
some very memorable matches along the way read about it here. The same team won
the U-14 County title that year, beating Pagraig Pearses by
4-17 to 4-2 in a very one sided affair, Strokestown showing
their dominance in their age level at the time. Many of that
team still play on the Senior, Intermediate and Junior panels
years the club has had several representatives on county
teams, including players that won All-Ireland medals: J.J.
Fallon and H. Gibbons (senior), R.O'Bierne, A. McHugh and R.
McPhillips (U 21), C. Bierne, J. Campbell and L. Duffy
(minor), H. Gibbons and H. Bierne (Junior).
On the 11th
of May 1997 the club officially re-dedicated the park with an
inter-county match between Roscommon and Fermanagh and we
currently have plans for up-grading and developing our
we won the County Senior Title again, for the tenth time in
the club's history, by defeating St. Brigids at Hyde Park.
It was a
particularly interesting year as we lost our first round match
to St. Aidans and then went on to become only the third ever
Roscommon club to reach a Connacht Club Final. Add this to
going from county champions to intermediate level back to
county champions again in ten short years...!!
years Strokestown GAA has had many great clubmen and players.
Shelvin back-boned the running of the club for 40
years. The current Club ground is
dedicated to Tom. It is said that he was one of the best
footballers Roscommon ever produced. Originally from
Carrickmacross he moved to Strokestown in 1913.
In his time
as a footballer he played senior football at the age of 12,
and continued his career for 33 years, including captaining
Strokestown for 20 years, and Roscommon for much of those. He
played for his native Monaghon and Ulster, and afrter his
arrival in Strokestown he was a County star with Roscommon and
also played for Connacht. He played for Ireland against
America in 1924 and 1928 in the Tailteann games. Unusually, he
was also involved in the next Tailteann games in 1932 but as
captain of Strokestown St Patricks when they won the county
title in 1915, '18 '28 and '33. He was responsible for the set
up of the present club grounds in 1950. He also went on to
become County Chairman. He was awarded a Hall of Fame award in
1969, the same year he died. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
We have had
many famous players from the club over the years, one such was
a player known as 'The Jigger' (John O'Connor). The
Jigger was a county star for many years.
Donlon, a member of the 1992 winning team (scoring
'9.5/10' for performance in the Roscommon Champion Match
Report!!) and brother to a present player, Damien, was the
county's corner forward for years, winning several Connaught
Donlon, the senior teams present inspirational back,
played senior for Strokestown since 1988 at the age of 18, and
captained the county final winning side in '92. Damian was a
member of the county panel since he was only 21, and in 1999
was nominated for an All-Star award for the position of full
back. Damien is currently trainer/manager of the club's U-21
team. His work with this team last year undoubtedly
contributed not only to last years Junior title victory, but
to the County Senior Chamionship secured this year with the
help of many of last years U-21's.
Hagan managed the Towns junior team that won 3 titles in 4
years. During this period he also managed the Intermediate
team, bringing them to Senior status, and set up the Towns
third team, which he also managed. Gerry gave up countless
hours to train the several teams he looked after, for which we
owe him a debt of gratitude.
Shiel: This one I am a bit biased about. Coman managed the
age group I am a member of since we were under 14. he brought
us to two Feile finals, in Kerry and Mayo, and helped us win
one. Still under Comans management we narrowly lost the u-21
final last year and are progressing in this years competition.
It is a testament to Coman that so many players that were on
the U-14 panel are still playing today, on each of the towns
many many people who contribute to the running of the club,
week in week out, were it not for people like Sean Collins,
our club chairman, and the underage mentors right the way up,
a victory like this years county title would not be possible.
This years success is testament not only to the players and
officials involved, but to the entire club network, players,
officials and supporters alike.