Ballylanders GAA

Ballylanders GAA (Irish: CLG Baile an Londraigh) is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) located in the parish of Ballylanders/Knockadea in County Limerick. The club was founded in 1888 and is solely a Gaelic football club as hurlers from the parish play with neighbouring Glenroe. They won the County Senior Football Championship on four occasions in 1917, 1999, 2007 and 2014.

Ballylanders GAA
CLG Baile an Londraigh
Founded:1888
County:Limerick
Nickname:Bally
Colours:Gold and Green
Grounds:Kilfinane Road, Ballylanders
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Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Munster
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Limerick
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LocationEdit

Ballylanders is situated 45 km from Limerick City in the southeast of the county at the foot of the Galtee Mountains. Footballers from the neighbouring parish of Glenroe/Ballyorgan also play with the club. Neighbouring clubs include sister club Glenroe, Garryspillane, Galbally, Galtee Gaels and Mitchelstown in County Cork.

HistoryEdit

Before the foundation of the GAA in 1884, Gaelic football was widely played in southeast County Limerick. There is an account and photograph of a Ballylanders Shamrocks team that played Aherlow. Bally won the County Junior Football Championship in 1911 beating Castlemahon in the final. The cup stayed in the parish for six years as the County Board did not run the championship during the First World War. Meanwhile, football grew rapidly in the parish and Ballylanders won their first County Senior Football Championship in 1917 beating Commercials. Several Ballylanders players were on the Limerick team that lost to Dublin in the same year.

During those early days of the GAA, Frank Dineen, a native of Ballylanders, gave a great contribution to the GAA. He was President from 1885-1898 and was General Secretary from 1898-1901. Dineen famously bought a site in 1913 on Jones's Road that was later to become Croke Park. Ballylanders won a Junior Championship in 1920 and were beaten in the 1925 Senior final by Oola. The club were again Junior champions in 1933 beating Ahane but football was in decline at this time. in 1952 they won another Junior title beating Oola but again failed to build on it lasting just two years at senior. In the 1970s Bally were senior and succeeded in winning a South Championship.

After a disappointing 1980s the 1990s were extremely successful for the club. In 1991 they joined with Galtee Gaels and Garryspillane under the Glenacurrane name and they won the County Senior Championship. In 1995 the club won Under-14, Minor and a Junior county title beating Gerald Griffins to win their fifth junior crown. In 1996 an Under-21 success was added. In 1998 Pallasgreen were defeated in the County Intermediate final and the following year Bally won their first Senior Championship for eighty-one years when they beat Hospital-Herbertstown. The club carried through its success into the 2000s with the minors and under-21s winning County Championships in 2004 and 2006 respectively. A third Senior Championship was added in 2007 when Dromcollogher-Broadford were beaten. They reached the final again the following year but Drom-Broadford gained revenge. The club won an unprecedented fourteen South Senior Championships between 1998 and 2011 and continues to ply its trade at senior level.

GroundsEdit

Through the years Ballylanders GAA club rented various fields around the parish for training and matches. In the early days Osborne's field was used where the daycare now stands. Lynch's field where Galtee Wood now stands was also used as well as Walshe's field. McGrath's field on the Galbally road was a mainstay. The club finally purchased a site on the Kilfinane road in 1981 and throughout the 1980s and 90s the field and dressing rooms were developed. However, the club has since outgrown these facilities and have built a brand new clubhouse containing four dressing rooms and a multi purpose hall. The grounds is now known as Frank B. Dineen Park.

HonoursEdit

Further readingEdit

  • One Hundred Years of Glory: A History of Limerick GAA, Ó Ceallaigh, Séamus & Murphy, Seán, 1984

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Limerick SFC final: Jimmy Barry Murphy leads Ballylanders to glory". Hogan Stand. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.

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