The Dublin Gaelic football team is the most supported GAA team in terms of attendance which is made up of 286 clubs. The team and its fans are known as The Dubs or The Jacks, the fans have a special affiliation with the Hill 16 end of Croke Park. Dublin GAA has jurisdiction over the area that is associated with the county of County Dublin. There are 9 officers on the Board including the Cathaoirleach, Seán Shanley, for details on the Boards clubs, see Gaelic Athletic Association clubs in County Dublin and List of Gaelic games clubs in Ireland. The Board is subject to the Leinster GAA Provincial Council, the teams of Dublin GAA play home games at Parnell Park, Donnycarney on the northside of the city, although Croke Park is used for major matches at the request of the GAA. Parnell Park hosts all the games in the Dublin club Football. The current senior manager is Jim Gavin. The current senior hurling team manager is Ger Cunningham, the hurlers retained their status in the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Plans to divide Dublin into two teams – North Dublin and South Dublin – were proposed in 2002 but rejected by the Dublin County Board, currently the Board has only decided to divide its development teams.
These teams are not considered to be a move towards dividing the county but are in fact a move designed to identify, the restructured developments teams are North and West. Dublin supporters are known as The Dubs, and in the 1970s as Heffos army. While songs are popular with the Dublin fans they tend to be Dublin-centric such as Molly Malone. The Hill 16 end in Croke Park is an area for which many Dubs hold a special affection, Dublin supporters have been known to chant Hill 16 is Dublin only as a humorous jibe at supporters from rival teams. The Dublin team are sometimes called The Jacks with the ladies called The Jackies and these names came from a shortening of the word Jackeen. Notable fans include Jim Stynes, golfer Pádraig Harrington, rugby union star Brian ODriscoll, in 2003/4, the Dublin County Board tried unsuccessfully to copyright the Dublin crest in use at the time. The crest at the time was declared to be in the domain by the Irish High Court as it was too similar to other crests in use by Dublin City Council.
The name Áth Cliath in Irish replaces the previous name Dublin, till 1918, Dublin wore the colours of the Club Champions as many other counties. The change to the present look, with blue details, shorts
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
It is one of the most prestigious hurling tournaments in Ireland and the most prestigious inter-county hurling competition in the province of Leinster. The championship has been awarded every year since 1888, originally played on a straight knockout basis, in the current format the four weaker teams play in an initial qualifier group. The top two teams in the group and the seeded teams complete the championship on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated. The Leinster Championship is an part of the wider GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship. The winners of the Leinster final, like their counterparts in the Munster Championship, are rewarded by advancing directly to the stage of the All-Ireland series of games. The losers of the Leinster final enter the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage, nine teams currently participate in the Leinster Championship, including Galway from Connacht and Kerry from Munster. The most successful team in hurling, namely Kilkenny, play their provincial hurling in the Leinster Championship and they have won the provincial title on 71 occasions during their history while claiming 36 All-Ireland titles, both of these are all-time records.
The title has been won at least once by six counties, the Leinster Championship begins with an initial qualifier group and becomes a straight knock-out competition. The draw is made in October of the previous year. The competition has become more competitive since the emergence of Dublin as a hurling power, each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a replay, drawn replays are now settled with extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a second replay takes place and so on until a winner is found. If the quarter-finals end in draws, extra time is played immediately as replays are only permitted for provincial semi-finals and finals, the format had remained virtually the same since the very first Leinster Championship in 1888. The biggest change to the format took place in 2009. Antrim GAA, being the only Tier 1 team in the Ulster Championship, however, will still compete in the Ulster Championship which will be run as a separate tournament to the All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
In 2014 the five counties in the Leinster championship played in a qualifier group before the main championship. This was reduced to four in 2015, nine counties currently participate in the Leinster Championship — Carlow, Galway, Kilkenny, Offaly and Wexford. Qualifier Group Stage The four weaker counties in the play a round robin group stage. Every team plays the three teams once
The Westmeath County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Westmeath GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Westmeath. The county board is responsible for the Westmeath inter-county teams. Westmeaths GAA history is that of a county which only recently rose to the higher ranks of Gaelic football. Its 2004 Leinster provincial title was presaged by a 1995 All-Ireland Minor title, another generation of Westmeath players took part in the first week-night fixture in the GAA championship, on 20 June 1935 they played Meath in Kells and lost by 2-7 to 0-9. The footballers won the 1929 junior championship, lost to Dublin by ten points in 1960 and they beat Carlow and Offaly to go into a 1949 final against Meath, but were well beaten on both occasions. Twenty years they reached the National Football League semi-final, Westmeath beat Dublin again in the 1967 Championship and the 1984 Centenary Cup campaign and qualified for their second League semi-final in 1994.
In 2001, the team went on an All-Ireland journey through an unprecedented nine games including an extra time win over Mayo in Roscommon, Westmeath lost out to Meath in a quarter-final replay. Disappointing 2002 and 2003 seasons followed and Westmeath parted terms with its manager, Kerry footballing legend Páidí Ó Sé was brought in to manage the senior team some months later, after he had been removed from the Kerry Senior team management. The following year, Westmeath progressed to the 2004 Leinster Senior Football Championship Final, however the team tamely exitted their second All-Ireland Quarter Final - losing to Derry. The documentary Marooned followed Westmeath during their 2004 season, Ó Sé quit Westmeath at the end of a very poor 2005 season and was replaced by his assistant Tomás Ó Flatharta. After a poor campaign, in which they were nevertheless promoted from Division 2. Westmeath did not live up to expectations in the Quarter Final meeting against Dublin, the score line was Westmeath 0-15, Dublin 0-10.
In the Quarter-Finals of the Leinster Championship in 2009 they were beaten by Dublin by 27 points, Ó Flatharta resigned as Westmeath manager after their defeat to neighbours Meath on 11 July 2009. Results have improved in recent years and they have reached consecutive Leinster Finals in 2015 and 2016 and they played in the first division of the National Hurling League in 1985-86, and were the only team to beat Galway in an 18-month period. This team included the 3 Kilcoyne brothers and produced an All Star award for David who was the teams free taker, the first All Star award for any Westmeath player in Hurling or football. Rickardstowns John Jobber McGrath is considered the greatest player to play hurling for Westmeath. The senior hurlers beat Carlow by 2 points in the Leinster Qualifier group and extended their winning run beating favourites, the hurlers currently play in the third tier of the National Hurling League while the footballers play in the fourth tier of the National Football League respectively.
In 2005, the county won the first Christy Ring Cup, in 2006, they beat Dublin in the first round of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship before losing the semi final to Kilkenny in Mullingar by 14 points
Galway is one of the few dual counties in Ireland, competing in a similar level in both hurling and gaelic football. The two sports are run by county boards in Galway, which is unusual, even for a dual county. Geographically the two games are quite separate in the county. Generally, football is the dominant game in Connemara, the Aran Islands, North Galway, meanwhile, is traditionally stronger in the South and East parts of Galway, with clubs such as Portumna and Gort each having multiple county titles. Galway city has teams in both codes, such as Castlegar in hurling and Salthill-Knocknacarra in football. There are exceptions to this rule of thumb, with hurling pockets in football areas, some parish clubs have fielded senior teams in hurling and football in the same season, such as Ballinasloe, Monivea Abbeyknockmoy and Moycullen. Galway GAA has jurisdiction over the area of the county of Galway. Galway GAA forms a part of the branch, Connacht GAA. Unlike other counties in Ireland, Gaelic games in Galway are run by two separate county boards, Gaelic football is organised by the Galway football board and hurling is organised by the Galway hurling board.
The boards in Galway organise the county championships in football and hurling for the clubs of Galway Galways traditional colours are maroon. In the early years of GAA competition, Galway teams wore the colours of the county champions in each sport, in 1936, the county adopted maroon as its primary colour. A crest was added to the jersey in the 1950s, with different crests coming into use for each sport, although the teams most often wear white shorts and maroon socks, the teams have worn all maroon kits in the past. Until 2013, the football and hurling boards of Galway both used their own separate county crests for their teams, the teams began using the same jerseys and crest in 2013, ahead of that years Football and Hurling National Leagues. This new crest was, for the most part, the same as the hurling crest with the most notable differences being the angle of the boat, the first sponsor of any Galway team was Tommy Vardens Catering service, in the mid to late 1980s. Sponsorship wasnt as open in the GAA at the time, Tommy Varden sponsorship of the footballers was followed by the Supermacs fast food chain sponsoring the hurlers.
In 2008, Tommy Varden ended the 25-year association with Galway football, after entering receivership, Aer Arann were forced to pull out of the sponsorship two years early, having sponsored the team in the 2008,2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2011, it was announced that the jersey would carry the logo of Cancer Care West. This made Galway the first GAA team to display the name of a charity on their county jersey rather than a corporate sponsor
The Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Clare GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Clare. Clare plays its games at Cusack Park in Ennis. The Clare Hurling team compete in the Munster championship which it has won six times, Clare has won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship four times in its history. They won their first title in 1914 and it took another 81 years for them to win their title in 1995. Clare won their most recent two titles in 1997 and 2013, Clare compete in Division 1 of the National Hurling League, and are currently the defending champions. Cusack Park is a GAA stadium located in the town of Ennis, County Clare and it is the home of the Clare Gaelic football and hurling teams. Three sides of the ground are terraced, the two areas behind the goals and one terraced length of the pitch which is covered, the finals of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship and the Clare Senior Football Championship are held each year in the stadium.
Hurling has been played in Clare for centuries and Michael Cusack, at senior level, Clare have won 6 Munster titles and 4 All-Ireland championships. Early Successes In 1899, Clare won their first provincial title after receiving a walkover from Kerry in the final, Clare contested the All-Ireland final, but lost to Dublin 5-1 to 1-6. 1914 saw Clare claim another Munster title when they beat Cork by 3-02 to 3-01, Clare defeated Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final by 6-06 to 0-00 to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time their history. In the final Clare beat Laois by 2-04 to 1-02 and Amby Power became the first man to captain Clare to an All-Ireland hurling title, in 1932, Clare captured another provincial title, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-02 to 4-01. They went on to contest the All-Ireland final, but lost to Kilkenny by 3-03 to 2-03, the Revolutionary Years Under Ger Loughnane After losing Munster finals in 1993 and 1994, Len Gaynor was replaced as manager by Ger Loughnane.
Clare made a return to the decider in 1995 after a 2-13 to 3-09 victory over Cork in the semi-final. In the final minutes of the game, Cork were leading by two points when Clare earned a sideline which was taken by Fergie Tuohy and it travelled to the edge of the square, where Ollie Baker doubled on the sliotar, scoring a goal, to put Clare through. In the final, Clare faced Limerick, Clare dominated the game and ran out easy victors by 1-17 to 0-11. This was Clares first Munster title in 63 years, in the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare played Galway. 2-01 from Ger OLoughlin and 0-07 from Jamesie OConnor saw Clare account for the tribesmen by 3-12 to 1-13, reigning All-Ireland champions, awaited Clare in the final. In the second half, an Anthony Daly free rebounded off the post and fell to Eamonn Taaffe at the edge of the square, Clare ran out 1-13 to 2-08 victors
The County Board is responsible for the Waterford inter-county teams. The county boards offices are based at Walsh Park in the city of Waterford, the Waterford County Board was founded in 1886. Hurling is generally regarded the dominant sport, with the county having won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship twice, while Gaelic football is the secondary sport in the county, it is widely played nonetheless. Waterfords greatest achievement in Gaelic football was reaching the 1898 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, founded in 1886, the Waterford GAA board administers Gaelic Games at all levels in County Waterford, Ireland. This includes the sports of hurling, gaelic football, Gaelic handball, the board officiates over both senior and underage competitions and both championship and league competitions in the county. The board is responsible for both hurling and gaelic football inter-county teams. The county is known prominently as The Déise after the name of an ancient Irish kingdom which covered a vast part of modern County Waterford, Waterfords present colours are white and blue.
Both inter-county teams play in shirts, with blue trim along with blue shorts. Prior to 2002, the county wore white shorts, the present jerseys are manufactured by local Waterford company, Azzurri Sportswear. ONeills previously made the jersey up to 2002, Waterford hurling & football are presently sponsored by 3, and have been since 2010. While todays jersey is white with trim, Waterfords jersey was originally Royal Blue and White, with white shorts. The change to todays jersey was made in 1936, Waterford uses a blue jersey as its second jersey in case of a clash of colours. The present crest was introduced in 2009 and features three viking longboats from the crest of Waterford City, and a representation of the tower in Ardmore. The crest introduced in 2009 was a refinement of a crest introduced in 2003. The new crest replaced the original crest of Waterford City, the new crest was introduced as the Waterford GAA board were unable to copyright the old one due to it being a civil crest. The Waterford County Board was established in 1886 in Kilmacthomas and played in the Munster Championship for the first time in 1888, the next fourteen years would consist of walkovers, first round defeats and not entering the competition at all.
Waterford would finally win a match for the first time in 1903. In their first Munster final, which did not take place until 1904, at this stage, Waterford was still the only county in Munster not to have won the provincial or All-Ireland hurling title, but there were signs of improvement
The county board is responsible for the Wexford inter-county teams. Wexford is one of the few counties to have won the All-Ireland Senior Championship in both football and hurling, Wexford have won five Football Championships, with the most recent in 1918. Hurling has been played in Wexford from medieval times, evidence of this can be found in the hurling ballads of the 15th and 16th centuries. Others have said that King George III shouted come on the yellow bellies at a match near London. Wexford had one of the greatest football teams in the history of the GAA in the 1910s, winning six Leinster, the team was trained by 1900 star James the Bull Roche, who had fought for the World Heavyweight boxing Championship. Ned Wheeler, Aidan Doyle and the OKennedy brothers, the latter was the team captain. The feat of six Leinster titles in a row was only equalled in 1931 when Kildare won the sixth in a sequence began in 1926. Wexfords last major success was winning the Leinster title in 1945. From on, hurling took precedence in Wexford and as a consequence the Wexford footballers suffered, more recently, Wexford have had a strong team.
The team reached the Division 1 League final of 2005 under the management of Pat Roe but were beaten by a strong Armagh team that day. In April 2008, in Jason Ryans first year as manager of the team and this proved to be the first success of what would be a historic year for Wexford football, as they reached their first Leinster final in over 50 years. Along the way they stunned Meath by coming from ten points down to win their quarter-final in Carlow and this was Wexfords 5th consecutive appearance in the provincial semi-final, but their first victory. In the final they were beaten by a strong Dublin team. However, Wexford recovered from their humiliation and came through the door, beating Down by seven points in a shock result to reach the last eight. From here, they produced one of the shocks of the championship and they were beaten by 6 points by Tyrone, having been within two points of the eventual champions in the closing stages. Wexford again reached the Leinster final in the 2011 Leinster Championship, Wexford had an easier run to the final than in 2008, facing Offaly and Carlow.
In the final they faced Dublin again, but ran them much closer, Wexford entered Round 4 of the qualifiers where they faced Limerick, but they were beaten by a single point, on a score of 1–18 to 1–17. This is in evidence in several one-sided results over the years, the Antrim team were beaten by 12–17 to 2–3 in a 1954 All-Ireland semi-final
For more details of Offaly GAA see Offaly Senior Football Championship or Offaly Senior Hurling Championship. The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, separate county boards are responsible for the Offaly inter-county teams. As a result, the county won six Leinster titles in the 1980s, the county has since gone on to win three other All-Irelands. Perhaps Offalys most famous win came in the All-Ireland Final of 1994 in what has come to be remembered as the five minute final. Limerick looked set to win their first All-Ireland title since 1973 until Offaly staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time and they defeated Limerick by 3-16 to 2-13. The Vocational Schools team has made it to 12 All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship finals but have never won one. The match was a repeat of the years final, not only that. Kerry were winning by two points with two minutes to go when Séamus Darby came on as a substitute and scored one of the most famous goals in Gaelic football of all time.
Kerry fumbled the counterattack which allowed Offaly to win by one point with a score of 1-15 to 0-17. Offaly won their first major titles in 2002 when they won the second division of the National Camogie League. Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003, kinnity owon the Division 3 shield at Féile na nGael in 1997, Drumcullen won the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 1997. Notable players include soaring star award winners Karen Brady, Elaine Dermody, Audrey Kennedy, Michaela Morkan, Fiona Stephens, miriam O’Callaghan served as president of the Camogie Association). Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010-2015, “Our Game, Our Passion, ” five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015
Laois are a dual county, enjoying comparative success at both Gaelic football and hurling. In recent times Laois have been more successful footballers than hurlers, Laois minors have had considerable success over the past two decades, and the Laois senior footballers reached the Leinster final in 2003,2004, and 2005. Laois hurlers currently compete in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, a reserved for the premiere hurling counties. Laois contested the second ever All-Ireland final in 1889 and won the first ever National Football League final beating Dublin in the 1926 final,1936 saw the only other appearance by Laois in an All-Ireland senior decider. Laois beat Monaghan by a point in the 1986 National Football League final, Liam Irwin and Colm Browne both won All Stars for their performances that year. During the 1990s Laois had a number of successes at Minor and U-21 level, during the mid-2000s Laois Gaelic football became a strong force at all age levels. Under former Kerry and Kildare manager Mick ODwyer, Laois were National Football League runners-up, Laois would go on to contest the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final again in 2004 and 2005.
During the same period the Minor team were All-Ireland Minor Champions in 2003, in 2006, Mick ODwyers management of Laois ended and he was replaced by the former Limerick manager, Liam Kearns. After two years Liam Kearns was replaced by Sean Dempsey in 2008, after three seasons in charge, McNulty stepped down to be replaced by Tomás Ó Flatharta. In addition, all compete in the All-County Football League from Division 1 down to Division 5. Laois currently competes in the Liam MacCarthy Cup, but has won three All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships. Laois most recently contested the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship final in 1985, in addition, all teams compete in the All-County Hurling League from Division 1 down to Division 5. Laois won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2007 and they won the third division of the National Camogie League in 2010. They won the under-16 B title in 2000
The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. The county board has its office and main grounds at Nowlan Park and is responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels. The Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1887, Brian Cody has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since the 1999 championship. Mark Bergin will be senior hurling captain for the 2017 season, in 1922 Kilkenny won their sixteenth Leinster title before lining out in the All-Ireland final against Tipperary. In an exciting game Tipperary were winning by three points with three minutes to go, but Kilkenny fought back to two goals to secure the victory. It would be years before Kilkenny would beat Tipperary in the championship again. Further Leinster titles soon followed, Galway accounted for ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland semi-finals, in 1926 Kilkenny faced Cork on a snow-covered Croke Park in the All-Ireland final, victory on that occasion went to ‘the Rebels’.
The 1930s proved to be one of Kilkenny’s most successful decades, the 1930s saw ‘the Cats’ battle it out with Limerick for the title of team of the decade. In 1931 Kilkenny were back as Leinster champions before squaring up to Cork in the All-Ireland final, at half-time Cork lead, Kilkenny fought back to secure a draw. The replay saw Lory Meagher give one of his most outstanding displays on the hurling field, once again Cork lead at half-time, Kilkenny fought back to force a second draw. In the third game of the thrilling series Kilkenny were without the services of Meagher. On that occasion Cork secured the victory by seven points,1932 saw Kilkenny back in the All-Ireland final. Clare, surprise winners in Munster, provided the opposition, in an exciting game ‘the Cats’ won by a goal and claimed their first championship in a decade. The following year Kilkenny were back in their third championship decider. Once again, the game was an affair, however. In 1935 Kilkenny regained their Leinster crown before lining out in the All-Ireland final, Limerick provided the opposition once again.
In a close game Kilkenny beat the Munster men by a single point,1936 saw an All-Ireland rematch between Kilkenny and Limerick, however, on this occasion Limerick had the measure of ‘the Cats’ and trounced them by 5–6 to 1–5. The following year Kilkenny had a chance to redeem themselves in their third championship decider
Gaelic Athletic Association
The Association promotes Irish music and dance, and the Irish language. It has more than 500,000 members worldwide, assets in excess of €2.6 billion, Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular activities promoted by the organisation, and the most popular sports in the Republic of Ireland in terms of attendances. Gaelic football is the largest participation sport in Northern Ireland, GAA Handball is the Irish governing body for the sport of handball, while the other Gaelic sport, rounders, is managed by the GAA Rounders National Council. And so, the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded, the architects and founding members were Michael Cusack of County Clare, Maurice Davin, Joseph K. Bracken, Thomas St George McCarthy, P. J. Ryan of Tipperary, John Wise-Power, and John McKay. Up to the century most of the members were farm labourers, small farmers. But from 1900 onwards a new type of person – those who were now being influenced by the Gaelic League — joined the movement and they tended to be clerks, school teachers or civil servants.
In 1922 it passed over the job of promoting athletics to the National Athletic, while some units of the Association outside Ireland participate in Irish competitions, the Association does not hold internationals played according to the rules of either Gaelic football or hurling. Compromise rules have been reached with two related sports, hurlers play an annual fixture against a national shinty team from Scotland. The venue alternates between Ireland and Australia, the Irish welcomed the All Australian team at the headquarters of the GAA on 21 November 2015. It was single one-off test match, which led the Irish to reclaim the Cormac McAnallen cup by a score of 56-52, the association has had a long history of promoting Irish culture. Through a division of the known as Scór, the Association promotes Irish cultural activities, running competitions in music. Rule 4 of the GAAs Official Guide states, The Association shall actively support the Irish language, traditional Irish dancing, music and other aspects of Irish culture.
It shall foster an awareness and love of the ideals in the people of Ireland. The group was founded in 1969, and is promoted through various Association clubs throughout Ireland. The Association has many stadiums scattered throughout Ireland and beyond, every county, and nearly all clubs, have grounds on which to play their home games, with varying capacities and utilities. The hierarchical structure of the GAA is applied to the use of grounds, the provincial championship finals are usually played at the same venue every year. Croke Park is the Associations flagship venue and is colloquially as Croker or Headquarters. With a capacity of 82,300, it ranks among the top five stadiums in Europe by capacity, having undergone extensive renovations for most of the 1990s, every September, Croke Park hosts the All-Ireland inter-county Hurling and Football Finals as the conclusion to the summer championships
For more details on Antrim GAA see Antrim Senior Football Championship or Antrim Senior Hurling Championship. The Antrim County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Antrim GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, the county board is responsible for the Antrim inter-county teams. Antrim staged the first hurling match under the new Gaelic Athletic Association rules in Ulster in 1885, the games have always been well organised in Belfast city and hurling teams from the Glens have won considerable admiration in club competition. Antrim are the only Ulster county to appear in an All-Ireland hurling final, the first of which was in 1943 losing to Cork, in 1943 Antrim defeated both Galway and Kilkenny in the cramped surroundings of the old Corrigan Park, but disappointed in the All Ireland against Cork. Two years previously, Antrim had been graded Junior a year before and they were only competing in the Senior Championship because the Junior grade was abolished. Antrim hurlers featured strongly in Ulster Railway cup final appearances in 1945,1993 and 1995, in hurling, the progression that began with Loughgiels success at club hurling level in 1983 culminated in an All Ireland final appearance in 1989.
The final was one of the poorest on record, as stage fright overcame the Antrim team and it was no flash in the pan, Antrim failed by just two points against Kilkenny in the 1991 All Ireland semi-final. Dunloy were back in the All Ireland club final in 1995, Antrim were the first Ulster county to appear in an All Ireland final, in 1911 and repeated the feat again in 1912, losing on both occasions. Antrims surprise football semi-final success came out of the blue in 1911, the Ulster secretary got sick that year and never organised a provincial Championship. So Antrim arrived with no practice to play Kilkenny and won by 3-1 to 1-1, the following year they beat even more prestigious rivals, Kerry. Heavy rain on the day, and over-indulgence at a wedding the day before were blamed for the shock 3-5 to 0-2 defeat, antrims County Board decision to introduce a City League in 1908, one of the first in Gaelic history, was a more legitimate explanation. The 1946 Antrim football team was regarded as one of the most exciting of the era, joe McCallins two goals helped beat Cavan in the Ulster final but Kerry roughed them out of the All Ireland semi-final.
The opening of Casement Park boosted the games in Belfast, but from the late 1960s the troubles hampered sporting life in the heartlands of Belfast. Political violence meant that the county could not build on the team of 1969. The countys Vocational Schools team has made it to 2 All Ireland Finals in 1968 where they beat Galway, the current senior manager is Frank Fitzsimons. Antrim made history in 2009 by getting to the Ulster Championship final and they were runners-up to All-Ireland champions Tyrone. Andy McCallin -1971 Issac Gerrad Curran -1980 Dual Star, Camogie arrived in 1908 with the foundation of Banba club, but the movement joined by clubs such as Crowleys and Ardoyne was short-lived. A1927 revival was more successful and in 1934 there were three leagues in Belfast and north Antrim