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Chicago Wolfe Tones GFC

The Wolfe Tones Gaelic Football Club was founded in 1957 and first took the field in the summer of 1958.[1] While not the oldest Gaelic Football club in Chicago, the Wolfe Tones is one of the most successful clubs in North America with 22 senior Chicago titles and 13 North American Championships and competing in 17 NCAB finals.[2][3]

Chicago Wolfe Tones
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CountyNorth American
DivisionCentral Division Board
NicknameThe Tones, The Blue Machine
ColoursBlue & White
GroundsGaelic Park, Chicago


Wolfe Tones HistoryEdit

The Tones won their first American League Title in 1978. Nicknamed "The Blue Machine," they drew players from all counties which was an advantage and in the seventies and eighties were mostly home-based with strong social ties because everyone worked and socialised together.

In the mid-1980s, the club added a Junior team, while the Juniors have not had the same level of success as the Senior team, it has still added to the level of support that the club enjoys and allows many younger Irish-Americans to participate in the rich culture of the GAA. In the late 1990s and early 2000s Mike Mulligan, then of the Chicago Sun Times, wrote that the Wolfe Tones were "a Chicago-based Gaelic football powerhouse."[4]

In past years, the Wolfe Tones main rivals have been the McBrides GFC and the St. Brendan's GFC[5][6][7] and, more recently, the Parnell's GFC.

Due to the economic downturn and changes in US Immigration law, GAA clubs in North America have come upon hard times. Despite this, the Wolfe Tones still have been able to field competitive teams.[8]

Wolfe Tones PlayersEdit

The Wolfe Tones have always fielded competitive teams and have drawn from some of the most famous and skilled Gaelic Football players from nearly every county in Ireland, going so far as to play in the GAA Golf Tournament.[9][10] They have also played several challenge games in Ireland[11][12]

Here are just a few of the county players that have played for the Tones through the years;

County Players County Province
Jack O'Shea Kerry Munster
Val Daly Galway Connacht
Graham Geraghty Meath Leinster
Sean Cavanagh Tyrone Ulster
Jonathan Clerkin Louth Leinster
John Conlon Monaghan Ulster
Nigel Dineen Roscommon Connacht
Karl Ennis Kildare Leinster
Rory Mone Monaghan Ulster
Conor Mullane Limerick Munster
Odhran O'Dwyer Clare Munster
Darren Clarke Louth Leinster
Peter McGinnity Louth Leinster
JP Rooney Louth Leinster
James McCartan Down Ulster
Brian Burns Down Ulster
Cathal Murray Down Ulster
Gary Mason Down Ulster
Greg McCartan Down Ulster
Paddy McKeever Armagh Ulster
Paul Brewster and Mark Gallagher Fermanagh Ulster
Brian Connor Offaly Leinster
Richie Connor Offaly Leinster
Matt Connor Offaly Leinster
Jonathan Conroy Roscommon Connacht
Colm Coyle Meath Leinster
David Mitchell Westmeath Leinster
George Hannigan Tipperary Munster
Paul Doyle Carlow Leinster
Willie Brennan Laois Leinster
Kevin O'Brien Wicklow Leinster
Paddy Bradley Derry Ulster
Tommy Ryan Donegal Ulster
Shane Durkin Sligo Connacht
Liam Reilly Cavan Ulster
Marty Lynch Kildare Leinster
Kevin Concannon Cork Munster
Fergus Daly Wicklow Leinster
Shane Cullen Wexford Leinster
David Brady Mayo Connacht
Liam Brady Mayo Connacht
Jack Sheedy Dublin Leinster
Frankie Griffin Clare Munster
David Keenan Roscommon Leinster
Dermot Malone Monaghan Ulster
John Conlin Monaghan Ulster
Owen Lennon Monaghan Ulster


2012 Chicago Finals ChampionsEdit

The 2012 Wolfe Tones won their divisional title in Chicago, but lost to the Ulster GFC of San Francisco in their Semi-Final Match at the NACB Finals in Philadelphia.

Senior Title YearsEdit

Through the years, the Wolfe Tones have enjoyed successes through the years in the North American County Board, having won titles for both their division and in the county.[14] Here is the list of the Senior Titles of the North American GAA the club has won through the years.[15]

Chicago Finals North American Finals
1962 --
1963 --
1965 --
1969 --
1978 1978
1979 --
1980 1980
1982 1982
1984 --
1985 1985
1988 1988
1991 1991
1992 --
1993 --
1995 1995
1996 1996
1997 1997
1999 1999
2001 2001
2002 2002
2003 --
2006 2006
2012 --
2017 --




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