De Bhulbh Ton Dhoire Mhic Cais agus Naomh Éanna GAC
Wolfe Tone and St Enda’s GAC is located in Derrymacash in north Armagh. We field football teams at Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, Reserve and Senior levels. Our Under 14 footballers play with the amalgamated side Doire Emmets, along with our parish neighbours Sarsfields. In camogie, we field teams at Under 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 and Senior level. We also have a Gaelic 4 Mothers team who meet at the club weekly and take part in matches throughout the year. We also participate in Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsear competitions. Tá foirne peile againn ón fhoireann faoi 6 a fhad leis an fhoireann sinsear agus tá foirne camógaíochta againn ón fhoireann faoi 6 a fhad leis an fhoireann sinsear. Tá breis agus fiche páirteach inár bhfoireann do pheil na máithreacha. Bíonn muid páirteach i gcomórtais Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsear fosta.
Tá peil á imirt i nDoire Mhic Cais ó bunaíodh an CLG agus cuireadh tús leis an chlub sa bhliain 1911. Gaelic football has been played in Doire Mhic Cais from the very inception of the GAA and the Wolfe Tone club came into existence in 1911. The early teams competed in the South West Antrim League up until 1920, when the fight for independence had a negative impact on the Association across the country. The club was revived in 1924, when the great J.J. Murray, along with Charles McConville, John McCorry and Paddy McCann entered the club into numerous local competitions and J.J. formed the Lurgan League for teams from the north Armagh area. The Tones club was based at a practice field on Aghacommon Lane and competed in various leagues including the mid-Armagh League, the Lurgan and District League and the Armagh All-County League.
In 1930, the Tones affiliated with the Armagh County Board and later that year, they defeated Armagh Tír na nÓg, to bring the Armagh Junior Championship to north Armagh for the first time. In 1938 the Tones won the North Armagh League and the Mac Oscar Cup followed in 1939. In 1943, a Wolfe Tones selection became the first team to bring the Armagh Senior Championship to north Armagh. In 1954, the Tones won the Armagh Senior League. In 1964, an amalgamated Tones and Sarsfields team won the Armagh Minor Championship under the name St Patrick’s, which was a forerunner for the current Under 14 Doire Emmets team. The Tones senior football team competed in that year’s County Senior Final but lost out to Mullaghbane and in 1966, the Tones finished runners-up in the All-County League to Crossmaglen. In 1967, the Tones once again reached the County Senior Final, but unfortunately lost again, but that year saw the club go undefeated through the All-County League. The Tones claimed the Armagh Junior Championship back in 2000 and any success on the football field has come from our underage teams since then.
Bhí an t-ádh ar ár gcontae gur imir roinnt de mhórlaochra an chlub leo chomh maith. Our county benefitted from some of our more illustrious footballers with two Wolfe Tones greats, the late John McCarron and the late Bill McCorry providing the backbone for the county team who claimed the All-Ireland Junior Football Final in 1948. Bill went on to become the first Tones man to play for Armagh in an All-Ireland senior final in 1953, accompanied by panel member Seán Quinn, but it was the men from the Kingdom who got the upperhand that day. Unfortunately injury had ruled out John McCarron from playing that day. The late Noel Greene was the first Tones man to line out for the county minors in an All-Ireland final, back in 1957. It took a Tones man to bring the first All-Star award to the Orchard County, with Paddy Moriarty winning his first in 1972 and claiming a second in 1977 for his exploits in Armagh’s run to the All-Ireland final. It is no surprise to anyone in the ‘Cash that Paddy’s son Finnian lived up to his father’s proud legacy and the club was extremely proud when Finnian helped to bring the Under 21 football championship to Armagh for the first time in 2003.
A number of our players also have the distinction of representing Ulster in the Railway Cup with Bill McCorry and Seán Quinn being members of a victorious Ulster side, while Leo McAlinden won a Railway Cup medal for Connacht. Eddie McLaughlin and Alf Murray were also playing for the Tones when selected on Ulster teams and Paddy Moriarty represented the province, as well as a Combined Universities side and the All-Stars’ teams which travelled to America.
Cuireadh tús le cumann camógaíochta i nDoire Mhic Cais sa bhliain 1931. The original St.Enda’s was formed in Derrymacash in 1931 with J.P. Kearns and Tom McKavanagh very much to the forefront in organising their first challenge game against a Tyrone team. The team played in many seven-a-side tournaments which were very popular in those days but in 1938 things came to an end and there was a general apathy during the “war years”. In 1942 there was a brave effort made to launch a Lurgan league but to no avail. However in 1949 a new Lurgan & District league was formed and from 1949-1959 fifteen teams participated in a wide range of leagues, championships and tournaments.
In the 1960s and early seventies May and Frank McCarron guided the club’s fortunes and with help from a lot of people including Eileen Magee, Una McCorry, Jim McVeigh, Vincent Carville and Kevin McCaughley, a very good minor team won the league and championship in the 1968 season. Alas, in 1973 the club broke up and some of the players including the Crilly sisters, the McAlinden twins and Margaret Moriarty joined Clann Éireann, where the McAlindens and Margaret Moriarty won Senior County Championship trophies with the town side in their 3-in-a-row achievement (1973-1975).
A few years later Brian Murray was instrumental in resurrecting the St.Enda’s club and they went on to win the Junior Championship in 1980. In 1983 under the guidance of ex- hurler Tom Monaghan and with great assistance from Mary Harte and Marie McCorry, the club began a few years of dominance in Armagh camogie circles by winning the Intermediate championship defeating Port Mór on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-5. The Senior championship was won in ’84 and ’85 against Granemore on a scoreline of 4-3 to 2-0 and Ballymacnab on a scoreline of 2-7 to 1-7 respectively, as well as a couple of Division 1 league titles. After a while, a lot of players retired and with very little underage camogie played in the area or in the schools, St.Enda’s struggled somewhat but continued on nevertheless.
In 1994 the club won the Division 2 league under the leadership of Jim Greene. Times were difficult and the club went down a few divisions and in 1998 won the Division 3 league but lost the Junior Championship final to Silverbridge, after a replay. However the Junior Championship was won in 1999 with Granemore being the opponents in the final. Tom Monaghan rejoined the club in 2002 and St.Enda’s proudly regained the Junior Championship in the Centenary year of our association, 2004, beating Killeavy in the final. The following year, the team made it to the Intermediate championship final but found Middletown too strong to overcome.
2005 saw a breakthrough for the club with a minor (then U-16) team being formed under the guidance of Catherine Henderson and Paul Quinn. The 2008 season ended on a great note with St.Enda’s, now under the management of Paul Quinn and Aidan Mallon, defeating Culloville in the Junior Championship final in the first camogie match to be played under floodlights in the newly refurbished Athletic Grounds in Armagh on a wet and stormy night on a scoreline of 6-4 pts to 4-6. 2009 saw the senior team still participating in the Junior club championship as much of the team was made up of the U14 and U16 players and this time the girls defeated neighbours Clan na Gael from Lurgan in a very exciting and skilful final played in optimum conditions in Aghagallon, again with the same management team.
In 2013 St.Enda’s under the guidance of Sean Duffy and Aidan was victorious in the Junior championship defeating Crossmaglen by a solitary point in a tense and exciting game played in Madden.
D’imir roinnt imreoirí ó Naomh Éanna leis an chontae thar na blianta. Over the years many St.Enda’s players have been part of the county set up including Martha McCarron and Teresa O’Reilly in the 30s, Assumpta McGeown in the 50s and some have enjoyed immense success, with Margaret Moriarty captaining the team which won the inaugural All Ireland Junior League in the 1979/1980 season and Ursula McGivern was captain when Armagh won the Junior All Ireland championship in 1993 for the first time in the county’s history. She was joined on that team by Teresa McNally and Margaret Moriarty. Ursula and Margaret went on to win the All-Ireland Intermediate championship the following year. The St.Enda’s manager at the time, Tom Monaghan, was at the helm of the county team for those All-Ireland victories as well as for 3 national Junior leagues. Indeed Armagh in 1995 became the first Ulster side to reach the final of the national senior league but unfortunately came up short against a very strong Cork team. Many Derrymacash players have also represented Ulster in the inter-provincial series and 3 St.Enda’s players have also been recipients of the Ulster GAA Writers’ Association annual awards – Bernie McNally in 1991 for her managerial skills with Queen’s University Belfast who won the coveted Ashbourne Cup for the first time in the university’s history, Ursula in 1993 when she was captain of Armagh and Margaret was the recipient in 1995. In 2006, Andrea McAlinden won a national title with the county team when Armagh won the Nancy Murray Cup (the All Ireland Junior Shield series) and in 2011 Andrea and her club colleague Niamh McGeown were part of the county set up which won the All Ireland Junior “A” championship with Patsy Magee from our own club as manager. Niamh is currently captain of the Armagh team and is joined by club colleagues Niamh (who won an All Ireland Minor “C” championship title in 2011) and Aoibheann McCarthy in the squad.