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Fullen Gaels

Fullen Gaels Hurling and Camogie Club is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Manchester, England. Although affiliated to Lancashire GAA it mainly competes in Warwickshire GAA competitions.

Fullen Gaels CLG
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Fullen Gaels CLG Crest
Founded:2005
County:Lancashire
Colours:Black and Amber
Grounds:Hough End
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Britain
champions
Lancashire
champions
Hurling: - 4 4

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HistoryEdit

Fullen Gaels were formed in February 2005 in St Kentigerns Social Club, Fallowfield, Manchester by a small group which includes Denis Cleary (St Brendan’s GAC) Richard Deloughry (St Anne’s GAC) and Michael Kennedy (St Brendan’s GAC) passionate about hurling and with a desire to reintroduce the sport to (historic) Lancashire after an absence of two decades, following the Sarsfields club's disbandment.

The Club was named after Fr Emmet Fullen of Derry, who was a founding member of St Lawrence's GFC, a former Lancashire player and chairman of the Lancashire County Board.

The original club colours chosen were red and white, the colours of Derry, colours which were not worn by any of the clubs in the Lancashire GAA. The original crest was designed by Seán Hackett then county secretary (who also designed the Lancashire County crest). The crest depicted the Red Rose of Lancaster, the Shamrock representing the Irish heritage of the club, and set inside a cross recognising Fr. Fullen's ministry.

The club colours and crest were later changed to include symbols of Manchester, GAA, as well as representing Fr Fullen. The top left is the Fullen family crest while the top right is the shamrock representing the Irish heritage of the club. These are on amber and black backgrounds, the new club colours. At the bottom of the crest, the bee represents the worker bee of Manchester, a symbol of Manchester from the industrial revolution when Manchester was known as the hive of activity with hard-working citizens. The ship is an iconic symbol of Manchester representing the Manchester ship canal and 2005 is the year the club was formed.

Club Honours: 2005: Runners-up, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; Runners-up, Warwickshire Houlihan Cup 2006: Winners, London Ronan Cup 2008: Runners-up, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; 2009: Runners-up, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; 2010: Winners, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; Winners, All-Britain Junior Club Hurling Championship 2011: Winners, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; Winners, All-Britain Junior Club Hurling Championship 2012: Winners, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; Winners, All-Britain Junior Club Hurling Championship 2013: Winners, Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship; Winners, All-Britain Junior Club Hurling Championship 2014: Winners, Lancashire Senior Hurling Championship; All-Britain Junior Club Hurling Championship

HurlingEdit

Due to lack of other hurling clubs in the Lancashire GAA to which they are affiliated, Fullen Gaels compete in the Warwickshire county championship, along with such clubs as John Mitchel's, Roger Casement's, Erin go Bragh and Yorkshire Emeralds. The club competed in the London Hurling League division 2 in 2006, winning one game and losing three.

Fullen Gaels train at Hough End, although Páirc na hÉireann, in Solihull, is where most matches with other teams occur. Fullen Gaels have proven themselves to be worthy challengers in the Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship, reaching two finals in their first season, though losing on both occasions to John Mitchel's and Roger Casement's respectively. However, 2006 would bring to Manchester the first silverware in the Gaels' history, when they won the Ronan Cup at British GAA headquarters at Emerald GAA Grounds, London. They defeated Clann na Gael by 3-11 to 1-11. They were eliminated from the Warwickshire SHC by Casement's at the semi-final stage by conceding a goal in the last minute, and again lost to Casement's in the Houlihan Cup semi-final, where they were beaten by four points in September 2006.

2010 was a historic year for the Fullen Gaels club as they won the Warwickshire SHC and the All-Britain Junior Hurling Club Championships. They hosted eventual All-Ireland JCHC winners Meelin in the All-Ireland Quarter Final, losing after a gallant display. They retained the Warwickshire and All-Britain club titles in 2011 and were beaten in the All-Ireland JCHC Semi-Final by Charleville at Walsh Park in Waterford. After retaining the Warwickshire and All-Britain club titles again in 2012, they reached the All-Ireland JCHC Final in 2013 where they lost narrowly to Thomastown of Kilkenny at Croke Park on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-14.

HonoursEdit

  • Lancashire Senior Hurling Club Championship (1)
    • 2014
  • All Britain Hurling Club Championship (5)
    • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Warwickshire Senior Hurling Championship (4)
    • 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Runners-up 2005, 2008, 2009
  • Houlihan Cup (Warwickshire)
    • Runners-up 2005
  • Ronan Cup (London) (1)
    • 2006
  • All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling Championship
    • Runners-up 2013, 2015

CamogieEdit

Camogie began at the club in 2011 with the first entry into the championship in 2012. The club competes in the London Senior Championship and London Senior League.

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