The Offaly County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Uíbh Fhailí) or Offaly GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Offaly. Separate county boards are also responsible for the Offaly county teams.

Offaly GAA
Offaly GAA crest.jpg
Irish:Uíbh Fhailí
Nickname(s):The Faithful County
Founded:2021
Province:Leinster
Dominant sport:Dual county
Ground(s):O'Connor Park, Tullamore
County colours:Green,White, Gold
   
County teams
NFL:Division 2
NHL:Division 1
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Joe McDonagh Cup

HurlingEdit

ClubsEdit

Clubs contest the Offaly Senior Hurling Championship. That competition's most successful club is Coolderry, with 31 titles.

County teamEdit

After a scheme developed by the Gaelic Athletic Association in the 1970s to encourage the playing of hurling in non-traditional counties, Offaly was one of the first teams to benefit. As a result, the county won six Leinster Senior Hurling Championship titles in the 1980s, as well as its first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1981.

The county team has since gone on to win three other All-Irelands. Perhaps Offaly's most famous win came in the All-Ireland Final of 1994 in what has come to be remembered as the "five minute final." Limerick looked set to win their first All-Ireland title since 1973 until Offaly staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time, scoring two goals and five points in the last five minutes. They defeated Limerick by 3–16 to 2–13.

The Vocational Schools team has made it to 12 All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championship finals but have never won one.

FootballEdit

ClubsEdit

Clubs contest the Offaly Senior Football Championship. That competition's most successful club is Rhode, with 30 titles.

County teamEdit

Perhaps the most famous moment in football history came in the 1982 All-Ireland Final when Offaly played Kerry. The match was a repeat of the previous year's final; however, not only that but a win for Kerry would give them an unprecedented fifth consecutive All-Ireland SFC title. Kerry were winning by two points with two minutes to go when Séamus Darby came on as a substitute and scored a critical goal. Kerry fumbled the counterattack which allowed Offaly to win by one single point with a score of 1–15 to 0–17.

The Offaly vocational schools' team have made it to six All-Ireland finals but lost all six, including the first final when they were beaten by the Cork City team in 1961.

CamogieEdit

Nine Offaly camogie clubs were organised in the 1930s and Offaly entered the Leinster championships of 1935 and 1936, but the game declined amid the Camogie Association disputes of the 1940s and had to be revived by Clare-born Mary O’Brien in 1973, and a county board re-formed in 1979. Offaly won their first major national titles in 2002 when they won the second division of the National Camogie League[1] and in 2009 when they defeated Waterford in the All Ireland junior final.[2] Drumcullen reached the final of the All Ireland club junior championship in 2003.[3] Kinnity won the Division 3 shield at Féile na nGael in 1997, Drumcullen won the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 1997.[citation needed]

Notable players include soaring star award winners[4] Karen Brady, Elaine Dermody, Audrey Kennedy, Michaela Morkan, Fiona Stephens, and Arlene Watkins.[citation needed]

Miriam O'Callaghan served as president of the Camogie Association.[citation needed]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010–2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[5] five new camogie clubs were to be established in the county by 2015.[6]

Offaly Camogie launched home and away jerseys in May 2021.[7][8]

Ladies' footballEdit

Offaly has a ladies' football team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2002 Div 2 Offaly 3–18 Laois 2–6 report in Irish Independent
  2. ^ 2009 Offaly 3–14 Waterford 2–8 report in Irish Times Independent, and Munster GAA
  3. ^ 2003 Junior Crossmaglen 2–5 Drumcullen 0–6 report in Irish Independent
  4. ^ "All-stars on camogie.ie". Camogie.ie. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Final goal for camogie - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie Archived 2010-09-01 at the Wayback Machine, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "New Offaly camogie jersey unveiled". Hogan Stand. 18 May 2021.
  8. ^ "REVEALED: The new Offaly camogie jerseys for 2021 are absolutely top class". Offaly Express. 20 May 2021.

BibliographyEdit

  • Official History Of Offaly GAA by P J Cunningham and Ricey Scully (1984)
  • Ballycumber GAA 1890–1984 edited by Eddie Cunningham
  • Tullamore GAA Club History by John Clarke (1984)

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