Ballina Stephenites GAA

Ballina Stephenites is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the Ballina area in County Mayo, Ireland.[1]

Ballina Stephenites
Stiofánaigh Béil an Atha
Colours:Green, Red    
Grounds:James Stephens Park
Coordinates:Coordinates: 54°06′43″N 9°09′46″W / 54.111808°N 9.162780°W / 54.111808; -9.162780
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Connacht
Football: 1 3 36


The Ballina Stephenites Club was founded on the last Saturday of August 1886 by James Wallace Melvin. (Pen-name Larry Doolan) who also penned the Club's rallying song-"Forward to the goal of victory" The first meeting was held in "Barney's Boreen" at the top of Convent Hill. The first President of the Club was Tom Courell with "Cappy" Fitzgerald as Secretary and Michael Connolly as Treasurer.

Ballina Stephenites were affiliated to the Mayo County Board a short time later and played their first "official" fixture in Jones' Field in Ardnaree against Commercials Junior. The Club won 13 consecutive Senior Football Championships from 1904 - 1916 and 2 Archbishop Croke Cups in 1908 and 1909.

In 1933 James Stephens Park was opened by PJ Rutledge, Minister for Justice - (A Ballina man). Bord Na N'óg was founded in 1972 resulting in many juvenile successes since.

The Club hosted 2 G.A.A. Congress weeks in 1984 and 1985 and "Welcome Home Week" in 1984 - the Centenary year of the G.A.A. The Club has produced 5 G.A.A. Football All-Stars in - Kevin McStay, Jimmy Browne, Liam McHale, Ger Cafferkey and David Clarke.

In 2005 a team captained by Brian Ruane defeated Portlaoise to win the Andy Merrigan cup as All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship winners.

Rev. Fr. Gerry Courell, grandson of Tom Courell and son of Gerald, was the club patron until his passing in May 2012, maintaining a proud family association with the club.


Notable playersEdit

James Caden Padraig O’Hora


  1. ^ "Ballina Stephenites GAA". Ballina Stephenites GAA. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  2. ^ "Ballina's first half goals sink St. Brigid's". Hogan Stand. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Ballina best in dogged decider". Hogan Stand. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2014.

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