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

Louth GAA
Louth GAA crest.jpg
An Lú
Nickname(s):The Wee County
Dominant sport:Gaelic football
Ground(s):Drogheda Park
County colours:  
Chairman:Peter Fitzpatrick
County teams
NFL:Division 4
NHL:Division 3A
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Lory Meagher Cup


The former Louth GAA crest

In 2010, the Drogheda Gaelic football club, O'Raghallaigh's, tabled a motion for convention calling for the Boyne Valley Cable Bridge symbol to be removed from the Louth GAA crest because of the bridge's main location being in the neighbouring county of Meath; this led to the county crest being changed to a simpler version.[1]

Ógspórt LúEdit

Ógspórt Lú is the organisation in County Louth for the promotion of Gaelic Games and Activities among young children.

Its approach is new and innovative, concentrating on maximum participation, skill development and the inculcation of best practice.

It was founded in 2007 following a consultative process that identified the need for a new beginning and a system that would provide a solid foundation for the future development of Gaelic games in Louth.



Clubs contest the Louth Senior Football Championship. That competition's most successful club is Newtown Blues, with 23 titles.

Dundalk Young Irelands are the countys and countries oldest GAA Club. Dundalk Young Irelands have the proud history of representing the county in the first All Ireland Football Final which was played at Beech Hill on 29 April 1888 against the Limerick Commercials.

County teamEdit

The earliest recorded inter-county football match took place in 1712 when Louth faced Meath at Slane.[2] A fragment of a poem from 1806 records a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan.

When Louth GAA sent the team into training in Dundalk for the 1913 Croke Memorial replay under a soccer trainer from Belfast, the move caused more than a ripple through the Association. For thirty years full-time training in bursts of a week or so before a big match were common. After that the two or three times a week gatherings became more popular.

Between 1945 and 1953 Louth and Meath met 13 times. The crowds got bigger and bigger each time as they played draw after draw in the Championship. The attendance of 42,858 at a thrilling 1951 replay remained a record for a provincial match other than a final for forty years the four match series between Meath and Dublin in 1991. The rivalry with Meath has never fizzled out, as witnessed by a stirring Leinster semi-final in 1998. Nor has controversy, as witnessed by Graham Geraghty's "wide" 45th minute point. In 1957 showband star Dermot O'Brien was late for the All-Ireland final and joined the team when the parade was completed. Prior to the game O'Brien had captained the side in the semi final success, when the regular captain Patsy Coleman had been injured. Both Ardee men tossed a coin to see who would captain the team. O'Brien won the toss. Coleman today still has the match ball. O'Brien played a key role as Louth beat Cork with the help of a goal from Sean Cunningham with five minutes to go. Dermot O'Brien died on 21 May 2007. As both Cork and Louth wear Red and White, on that day Louth wore the green of Leinster, while Cork wore the blue of Munster.

Eamonn McEneaney was manager from 2006 to 2009 and guided them to their most recent success, the O'Byrne Cup when they defeated DCU in the 2009 final played in the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda.

On 27 June 2010, Louth reached their first Leinster Senior Championship Final in 50 years. During the Leinster Final on 11 July that year, anger and controversy erupted when, during the 74th minute of the match against Meath, a goal was awarded by the referee after brief consultation with only one of the match umpires (although close circuit camera evidence shown on the RTÉ Two coverage of the game proved that the ball was carried over the line by a Meath player). However, Meath received the 2010 Leinster Title and the cup. Louth have been represented by two players in the International Rules Series versus Australia in recent years, Paddy Keenan and Ciarán Byrne.[3]


Clubs contest the Louth Senior Hurling Championship. That competition's most successful club is Naomh Moninne, with 22 titles.

The Louth hurling team competes in the Nicky Rackard Cup, an extension of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Louth hurlers finished as runner-up to London in the 2005 final at Croke Park, and to Sligo in 2008. In 2016, they competed in the Lory Meagher Cup, defeating Sligo in the final 4-15 to 4-11, and Fermanagh in the 2020 final by 2-19 to 2-08. [4]

Louth has the following achievements in hurling.


Louth contested two All Ireland senior finals in 1934 and 1936, captained by Rose Quigley from Darver, where Fr Tom Soraghan was zealously promoting the game. Kathleen and Nan Hegarty two of her Darver team-mates were leading players of the decade.

Notable players include junior player of the year winner in 1982 Vivienne Kelly.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[5] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon were to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[6]

Louth have the following achievements in camogie.

Ladies' footballEdit

Louth has a ladies' football team.


  1. ^ "Review of the Year (November): Cable bridge gets the boot from Louth county crest -". Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
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  3. ^ Sportsfile. "Sportsfile - Ireland v Australia - Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series 1st Test - 467438". Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ Mooney, Francis (4 June 2016). "Late goal blitz secures Lory Meagher Cup for Louth". Archived from the original on 27 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  6. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, pdf download (778k) from download site Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine

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