Fermanagh GAA

The Fermanagh County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Fear Manach) or Fermanagh GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland. The county board is also responsible for the Fermanagh county teams.

Fermanagh GAA
Fermanagh GAA crest.jpg
Irish:Fear Manach
Nickname(s):The Ernesiders
Dominant sport:Gaelic football
Ground(s):Brewster Park, Enniskillen
County colours:  
County teams
NFL:Division 3
NHL:Division 3A
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Lory Meagher Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup

The county football team reached an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final replay in 2004, its best performance in the competition.



Clubs contest the Fermanagh Senior Football Championship.

Fermanagh (22) has the second smallest number of clubs of any county in Ireland, behind Longford (21). 21 of the 22 offer football, while Lisbellaw St Patrick's offers hurling.

Fermanagh football clubs
Club As Gaelige Colours Dathanna
Aughdrumsee Átha Droim Sí Black and White Dubh agus Bán
Belcoo Béal Cú Light Blue and Navy Gorm agus Cabhlach
Belnaleck Béal na Leice Red and White Dearg agus Bán
Brookeborough Achadh Lun Red and Black Dearg agus Dubh
Coa An Cuach Black and Gold Dubh agus Ór
Derrygonnelly Doire Ó gConaile Purple and Yellow Corcra agus Buí
Derrylin Doire Ó Loinn Green, White and Gold Glas, Bán agus
Devenish Daibhinis Blue and White Gorm agus Bán
Ederney Eadarnaigh White and Green Bán agus Glas
Enniskillen Gaels Inis Ceithleann Blue and Yellow Gorm agus Buí
Erne Gaels Gaeil na hÉirne Yellow and Black Buí agus Dubh
Irvinestown Na Cearna Green and Gold Glas agus Ór
Kinawley Cill Naile Blue and White Gorm agus Bán
Knocks Na Cnoic Orange and White Oráiste agus Bán
Lisnaskea Lios na Scéithe Red and Green Dearg agus Glas
Maguiresbridge Droichead Mhic Uidhir Red and Black Dearg agus Dubh
Newtownbutler An Baile Nua Red and White Dearg agus Bán
Roslea Shamrocks Seamróga Rosliath Green and White Glas agus Bán
St Patrick's (Donagh) Naomh Pádraig White and Red Bán agus Dearg
Teemore An Tigh Mór Green and White Glas agus Bán
Tempo An tIompú Maroon and White Marún agus Bán

County teamEdit

Fragments of a poem from 1806 describe a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen, County Monaghan.

Fermanagh are the only team in their province to have never won the Ulster Senior Football Championship.

Fermanagh beat Cavan in the 1914 Ulster semi-final and were nominated by the Ulster Council to play against Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final. Because the train schedules did not allow them to get back for Sunday night, and the Great Northern Railway Company refused to run a special train because they were opposed to sport on Sunday, Fermanagh had to abdicate the responsibility to Monaghan, who later beat them in the Ulster final anyway.

One of Ulster's great footballers, Armagh-born Jim McCullough, played for Fermanagh in the mid-1930s and helped them reach the 1935 Ulster final and 1936 National League final.

Peter McGinnity was the outstanding player of the under-21 team which reached two All Ireland finals and defeated Derry and Tyrone to reach the 1982 Ulster final, Despite a Peter McGinnity goal that put them in the lead with 20 minutes remaining, they lost 0-10 to 1-4 to Armagh. Under manager Pat King, they managed a hat-trick of success in 1997 in the B Championship, McKenna Cup and Division 4 of the National League. Since 1982 Fermanagh have reached 5 semi-finals in the Ulster Championship;[clarify] beating Derry in 2008 and joining Armagh in the final. That game was played on 20 July 2008, a closely fought game finishing in a draw after normal time. Armagh eventually ran out winners by 6 points in the replayed game on 27 July. Fermanagh were a beneficiary of the change to the GAA championship in the 2000s. In 2003, in Charlie Mulgrew's first season in charge, they beat Donegal in the Ulster championship, then Meath and Mayo in the All Ireland qualifiers to reach the quarter-final. They went to a replayed semi-final in 2004, beating Meath, Cork and Donegal and most memorably of all Armagh, thanks to a late point by Tom Brewster, before losing to Mayo.


Clubs contest the Fermanagh Senior Hurling Championship.

Fermanagh's sole senior hurling club is St Patrick's Lisbellaw.[1]

Fermanagh hurling clubs
Club As Gaelige Colours Dathanna
Lisbellaw Lios Béal Átha Green and White Glas agus Bán

Erne Gaels Belleek

Fermanagh has the following achievements in hurling.

All-Irelands (4)Edit

Provincials (1)Edit

Leagues (2)Edit

Ladies' footballEdit

Fermanagh has a ladies' football team.


Having been established in the 1920s, Camogie was revived in Fermanagh by Father Tom Maguire in 1939[2] around a base in Newtownbutler and they contested Ulster senior championship finals in the 1940s. Enniskillen contested the Féile na nGael camogie first division final in 1977 and Teemore won divisional honours in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[3] three new camogie clubs were to be established in Fermanagh and a county board formed by 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonds Of Club And County Intertwine For Many Fermanagh Hurlers". Balls.ie. 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ Irish Independent (via Irish Newspaper Archives) (subscription required) 2 May 1939
  3. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  4. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site

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