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The Roscommon County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Ros Comáin) or Roscommon GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Roscommon. The county board is also responsible for the Roscommon inter-county teams. In 2014, with the help of sponsors and the Club Rossie initiative, a Roscommon GAA bus was bought to provide transport for all county teams to use.

Roscommon GAA
Roscommon GAA crest.png
Irish:CLG Ros Comáin
Nickname(s):The Rossies
County colours:Primrose and royal blue          
(Black & Green until 1935)
Ground(s):Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
Dominant sport:Gaelic football
NFL:Division 2
NHL:Division 3A
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Christy Ring Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie:Kay Mills Cup
Standard kit
Regular kit
Change kit

Roscommon's Senior football team compete in the Connacht Senior Football Championship, which they have won 23 times. Roscommon won back-to-back All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles in 1943 and 1944.

Gaelic footballEdit


Roscommon were a glamour team of the 1940s, winning back to back All Irelands, and have contributed some of the great personalities to GAA history including 2 Presidents - Dan O'Rourke (1946–49) and Dr. Donal Keenan (1973–76).

Roscommon's rise from Junior status to Senior All-Ireland champions in the four years leading up to 1943 was one of the great romances of its time. In the All Ireland final they drew with Cavan, before winning the replay with two quick goals from Frankie Kinlough and Jack McQuillan. Kinlough scored the goal and Donal Keenan the points the following year when Roscommon beat Kerry. Roscommon were captained by Jamesie Murray from Knockcroghery.

Legend tells how Roscommon lost a six-point lead in the final three minutes of the 1946 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final against Kerry, Tom Gega O'Connor and Paddy Kennedy scoring the goals. Roscommon were beaten in the replay (Gerry Dolan made one of the greatest saves in Croke Park history against Laois in that year's semi-final). The injured team-captain, Jimmy Murray, was having blood wiped from his face to "look right" for the presentation when Kerry struck for two late equalising goals. Defeats in 1947, 1952 and 1953 semi-finals ended the party.

The 1940s successes were the pinnacle of Roscommon's achievements. They also reached the final in 1962. That year was memorable for they were losing the Connacht final to Galway by 5 points when Roscommon keeper Aidan Brady swung on the crossbar, breaking it in two. During the 15-minute wait to get it replaced, Roscommon moved the great Gerry O'Malley to midfield in a re-organisation and he inspired their comeback to enable them to win the Connacht Championship. However, Kerry, once again, led by the great Mick O'Connell defeated them in the All-Ireland final thanks in no small way to an off-the-ball incident which led to O'Malley being stretchered off very early in the game. Roscommon's next period of success came in the late 1970s when they won 4 Connacht titles on the trot from 77-80. they reached the final in 1980 against Kerry. They looked like causing an upset when John "Jigger" O'Connor's 35th-second goal helped them to an early 1-2 to 0-0 lead, but this was the Kerry team regarded as the greatest in history, and they eventually won by 1-9 to 1-6. A series of minor championships (1981, 1984, 1989 and 1992), and an All-Ireland Under-21 final in 1982, showed the impact of that success and in 1990 and 1991 Roscommon emerged from Connacht again, succumbing to Meath by a single point in the 1991 All Ireland semi-final.

Nine unsuccessful seasons followed before, in 2001, Roscommon regained the Connacht title following a brilliant win and performance over eventual All-Ireland champions Galway and a very dramatic end-of-match victory over Mayo. However, they failed to make any further progress in the 2001 All Ireland Championship and the decade that followed was amongst the least successful in the team's history.

On the field, outside of a very exciting run in 2003, the senior team failed to record any notable successes since their 2001 Connacht Championship title win until 2010. The success of the county's Minor team in winning the All-Ireland title in 2006 offered hope, however.

In 2010 Roscommon captured their 20th Senior Connacht football title. In the first round they defeated London in Ruislip 0-14 to 0-6. In the semi final played in Dr Hyde Park Roscommon beat Leitrim 1-13 to 0-11. In the final played in McHale Park, Roscommon overcame favourites Sligo on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-13. Roscommon were subsequently beaten in the All-Ireland Quarter Final in Croke Park by Cork 1-16 to 0-10.

Roscommon made their return to Division 1 of the National Football League in 2016 and enjoyed a successful campaign picking up wins against Kerry, Cork, Donegal and Down, before losing a League semi-final to Kerry at Croke Park. However, they endured a disappointing Championship. A draw against Galway in the Connacht Final in terrible conditions brought them to a replay in Castlebar, where Roscommon went on to lose by 11 points. They exited the All-Ireland Championship with a 4th Round Qualifier loss to Clare.

Roscommon were subsequently relegated from Division 1 of the League in 2017 after losing all but 1 of their games. In 2018 Roscommon were promoted back to Division 1 by topping the Division 2 group and winning the Division 2 title in Croke Park against Cavan.

Roscommon beat Galway in the 2017 Connacht Senior Football Championship final on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-12.

Anthony Cunningham is the current manager of the team.

On September 5th 2018 after 3 years in charge Kevin McStay stepped down as Roscommon manager, “I feel I have brought the team as far as I can at this stage and a new voice and direction is now required" he said on his departure. Anthony Cunningham, former Galway hurler and Hurling Manager took over from McStay.

Roscommon won the Connacht title in Cunningham's maiden year at the helm, defeating Galway in Salthill to claim their 23rd JJ Nestor Cup.

Roscommon in the Connacht championship in 2020 will play London in the Quarter-Final they rest of the draws won't take place until mid-late October 2020.

National Football League Finals in which Roscommon have appearedEdit

The following is a list of Roscommon's National Football League Finals:

Year Venue Winning Team Score Losing Team
1974 Croke Park Kerry 0-14 v 0-8 Roscommon
1979 Croke Park Roscommon 0-15 v 1-3 Cork
1981 Croke Park Galway 1-11 v 1-3 Roscommon

Roscommon won the National Football League in:

  • 1979

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Finals in which Roscommon appearedEdit

The following is a list of Roscommon's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Finals:

Year Venue Result Attendance
1943 Croke Park   Roscommon 2-7   Cavan 2-2 47,193
1944 Croke Park Roscommon 1-9   Kerry 2-4 79,245
1946 Croke Park Kerry 2-8    Roscommon 0-10 65,661
1962 Croke Park Kerry 1-12    Roscommon 1-6 75,771
1980 Croke Park Kerry 1-9    Roscommon 1-6 63,854

Roscommon won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in:


All StarsEdit

Roscommon have 15 All Stars.

Current football squadEdit

No. Player Position Club
1 Darren O'Malley Goalkeeper Micheal Glaveys
2 David Murray Right Corner Back Pádraig Pearses GAA Roscommon
3 Seán Mullooly Full Back Strokestown
4 Conor Daly Left Corner Back Pádraig Pearses GAA Roscommon
5 Niall Daly Right half Back Pádraig Pearses GAA Roscommon

{{GAA squad player|no=6|pos=Centre Back|name=Conor Hussey|club=[[Michael Glaveys}}

7 Ronan Daly Left Half Back Padraig Pearses
8 Tadhg O'Rourke Midfield Tulsk
9 Shane Killoran Midfield Elphin
10 Hubert Darcy Right Half Forward Pádraig Pearses GAA Roscommon
11 Cathal Cregg Centre Forward Western Gaels (c)
12 Niall Kilroy Left Half Forward Fuerty
13 Ultan Harney Right Corner Forward Clann na nGael
14 Conor Cox Full Forward Listowel Emmets
15 Diarmuid Murtagh Left Corner Forward St. Faithleachs
No. Player Position Club
16 Colm Lavin Substitute Eire Og

{{GAA squad player|no=17|pos=Substitute|name=Gary Patterson|club=[[Michael Glaveys}}

18 Brian Stack Substitute St. Brigids GAA (County Roscommon)
19 Enda Smith Substitute Boyle
20 Fintan Cregg Substitute Elphin
21 Andrew Glennon Substitute Michael Glaveys

{{GAA squad player|no=22|pos=Substitute|name=Conor Devaney|club=[[Michael Glaveys}}

23 Donal Smith Substitute Boyle
24 Colin Compton Substitute Strokestown

{{GAA squad player|no=25|pos=Substitute|name=Cathal Heneghan|club=[[Michael Glaveys}}

26 Cian McKeon Substitute Boyle

Squad as per Roscommon v Mayo,2019 Connacht Senior Football Championship Semi-Final



Roscommon hurlers' one appearance in an All Ireland semi-final was back in 1910, when they were beaten by 10 goals to one point by Tipperary. Their biggest achievements to date are winning the All Ireland Senior B in 1994, the All Ireland Intermediate in 1999, Nicky Rackard Cup Final in 2007 and 2015, both of which were won in Croke Park. Another notable victory was the defeat of Wexford in the 1984 Centenary cup competition in 1984. They competed in the newly formed Christy Ring Cup in 2005 and 2006 but were relegated to the Nicky Rackard cup after poor performances.


Ladies' Gaelic footballEdit


Roscommon won the Nancy Murray Cup in 2009.[6] Four Roads reached the 2004 All Ireland junior club final,[7] and again in 2005.[8] Oran won the Caithlín Ní Thoimín Shield at Féile na nGael in 1980 and 1982, the Division 3 shield in 1989 and 1992 and the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield in 2004. Four Roads went on to win the All Ireland junior club final in 2010 beating Corofin of Clare 1-09 to 0-06 and competed in the 2012 All Ireland junior club final.

Notable players include Lizzie Glennon and Cait Kenny who are the only players from the county to be nominated for a " All-Star " & soaring star award winner[9] Niamh Coyle.

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[10] Carlow, Cavan, Laois, Louth and Roscommon are to get a total of 17 new clubs by 2015.[11]


  1. ^ "Connacht SFC final: rampant Rossies stun terrible Tribe". Hogan Stand. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Smith the hero as Rossies' first-half blitz proves a bridge too far for Sligo". Irish Independent. 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  3. ^ "Roscommon claim third Connacht U21 title in five years". Hogan Stand. 2014-04-05. Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  4. ^ "Roscommon take Connacht Under-21 title". RTÉ Sport. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2015-04-05.
  5. ^ "Connacht Minor Football Championship: Roscommon survive late fightback to down Mayo". 15 July 2012. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ 2009 Jun A Roscommon 2-8 Armagh 3-5 report on
  7. ^ 2004 Junior club final Leitrim 4-13 Four Roads 0-8 Four Roads report in Irish Independent
  8. ^ 2005 junior club final Leitrim 1-8 Four Roads 1-4 report in Irish Independent and Irish Times
  9. ^ All-stars on
  10. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  11. ^ National Development Plan 2010-2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

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