💚🖤 The first underage Title in the history of the Club💚🖤 U12B Southern Divisinal Champions 1984💚🖤 click on link

U-12B Southern Divisional Champions 1984

We rewind now, all the way back to the 80s in fact and the first ever underage title won by a team from the club. That team was the U-12s 0f 1984 who won the U-12B Divisional title that year, beating Aodh Ruadh B in the semi-final, before going on to beat St.Nauls in the final played in Tir Chonaill Park. It was a landmark victory that really helped launch the club onto the underage scene in the South. In the early years of the Club, underage football had been of secondary concern and fielded teams only sporadically, and it would be the 80s before any concerted effort was made in developing the players of the future.

The managers of that first successful Naomh Brid team were two of the driving forces in developing underage football within the club, Pierce Ferriter, Headmaster at St.Eunans NS Laghey, who had done great work with his pupils, winning four County Titles in the mid to late 80s, whilst Eamonn Gibbons was one of the driving forces in developing the U-10 team which appeared in 3 consecutive Southern U-10A finals, before he moved to Galway.

Whilst the 1984 U-12B title may not be the most prestigious title in the clubs history, it was an important step, the one that got the ball rolling, as by the end of the 80s, Naomh Brid had lifted three Southern A/Division 1 titles, appeared in a County Division 1 final and were now mixing it with the likes of Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters on a regular basis. Underage football in the club had well and come of age.

Team Photo

Back Row L-R: Pierce Ferriter(Team Mentor), Aiden Travers(Ballinakillew Mtn), Adrian Gallagher(Tullywee), Stephen Travers(Laghey Barr), Eoin Ferriter(Tullywee), Gabriel McGrory(Pullinarenny), Pauric Gallagher(Greagh), Kirean McIntyre(Trummon), Declan Rooney(Laghey), Brendan Travers(Drummanus), Darren Walsh(Ballintra), Eamonn Gibbons(Team Mentor)

Front L-R: Dominic McGrory(Ballydermot), Anthony McGrath(Laghey Barr), Declan McGlinchey(Rathneeny Barr), Aiden Gallagher(Greagh), Mark Mullaney(Ballintra), Vincent Gallagher(Pullinarenny), Enda Ferriter(Tullywee), Justin Cranwell(Ballintra), PJ Daly(Ballintra), Paul McGroarty(Moneymore), Shane Gallagher(Ballintra)

💚🖤 Blast From The Past💚🖤 U14s 2003 Ulster Champions & County Champions

U-14s 2003 Ulster Champions & County Champions

Moving forward a few year’s now, 2003 doesn’t seem that long ago and then you realise it was 17 years ago. Anyway, the 2003 U-14s must go down as one of the most successful teams in the clubs history. Having just missed out in the County U-13 Final the previous year, Manager Sean Timoney had high hopes for his team, but even he can hardly have imagined the level of success they achieved that year. They dominated Division 2 football in Donegal that year and would go on to become the first team from the club to reach an Ulster Final and win it.

They cantered through the Southern Division and a sign of how much this team had improved, they hammered Downing’s(their conquerors from the previous year)in a County Semi-final. Urris provided the opposition in League and Championship finals and though putting up battling performances, Naomh Brid team were just too strong. They also added the Donegal Feile title, giving them a clean sweep of Division 2 County titles in Donegal.

Winning the Donegal Feile title qualified them to represent Donegal at the Ulster Feile Competition taking place in Tyrone. The successful run continued at Ulster level beating two Tyrone teams and Fermanagh side Devenish to qualify for the Division 2 Ulster Final . First they got to enjoy the pomp of the Teams parade in Carrickmore before facing Castledawson from Derry. Once again they proved too strong for their opposition and the club had their first and to date only Ulster winning team.

Naomh Brid U-14s 2002

Back Row L-R: Sean Timoney(Manager), Frankie McGirr, James Walsh, Paul McGrory, Damien Loughlin, Shane Walsh, Eoghan Gorman, TJ Gallagher, Conal Rooney, Gary McCafferty, Thomas Gallagher, Clint Walsh, Darren Kilpatrick, Michael Gallagher

Front Row L-R: Jamie Meah, Jamie Timoney, Cathal Timoney, Patrice Rooney, Dara McNulty, Eoin Harron, Alan McGirr, Diarmid McGee, Kieran Brogan, Kevin Timoney

CLG Naomh Bríd are very sad to hear about the sudden death of Karen Cahill this past week

CLG Naomh Bríd are very sad to hear about the sudden Death of Karen Cahill this past week,the beloved daughter of Emer Cahill and Ed Byrne who is Assistant county Secretary. Karen was only 28 and our thoughts and prayers are with her partner Eoin, son Matthew and with Emer and Ed and their children Shane, Darragh and Grace at this terribly sad time. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasail.

💚🖤Blast from the past part 2 💚🖤

Division one 1996

Reading through the player Q&As recently, there was a common wish of seeing Naomh Brid playing Senior Football again in the future so staying on that theme, we stay in 1996 and the last time the club played Division 1/Senior Championship football. Tommy McFadden had taken over as manager of the Senior team in 1995 and got them promoted at the first attempt. Only the second time in the clubs history to play in the top flight, after the great team of 1988-89.

Unfortunately for Tommy, he lost almost a third of his experienced players to a combination of Emigration, Retirement and Injury before the season even started. Thus, it was a relatively young and inexperienced team that lined out for Division 1 football, with seven U-21s including five teenagers on the regular starting fiveteen. Despite beating Naomh Chonaill and putting up stern battles against the likes of Aodh Ruadh, Kilcar and Gweedore, the failure to win games regularly saw Naomh Brid at the foot of the table for most of the year, ultimately ending in relegation.

When Senior Championship time rolled around, Naomh Brid were given little chance by the press to cause an upset against established Division 1 side MacCumhaills. They were shocked when the favourites were forced to a play-off game. Played in Tir Chonaill Park, it was a controversial game that was suspended for over 30 minutes due to an injury to Rory Sweeney that saw him taken to hospital by ambulance. In the end the difference was a disputed goal that saw MacCumhaills through, but Naomh Brid had proven no pushovers. Sadly we never got to see the full potential of that young team as quite a few headed off to college, momentum was lost.

The last Naomh Brid team to line out in the Senior Championship was:

Terence Kilpatrick, Paul McGroary, John Joe Travers, Shane Gallagher, Rory Griffith, Eoin Ferriter, Donal Martin, Gerard Gallagher, Matt Gallagher, Joseph Griffith, Eamonn McNulty, Rory Sweeney, Pauric Rooney, Dermot Curristun, Brendan Griffith Subs: Stephen Walls for Sweeeney (inj 26mins), Dennis Kelly(RIP) for Rooney(inj 58mins)

If you have any old team photos, please send them in with the year, team listing and little backstory.

Photo 1: Big Gerard Gallagher bursting through against future Finn Harps star Shane Bradley
Photo 2: Matt Gallagher, John Joe Travers, Donal Skimmer and Eamonn McNulty in the thick of things. Not sure who is on the ground

Blast From The Past

A trawl through Naomh Brid teams from days gone by, in no particular order.

Naomh Brid Minor Team 1996 – County Minor Champions Division 3

Team photo

Back Row L-R: Dermot Curristun(Trainer), Pauric Doherty(Carrick), Pauric Curristun(Carrick), Pauric McDaid(Aghadoey), Rory Quinn(Mullinasole), James Kelly(Trummon), Johnny Mulhern(Tullyearl), Donal Martin(Mullinasole), Pauric Rooney(Tullywee), John Gallagher(Trummon), Martin Gallagher(Greagh), Michael Gallagher(Manager)

Front Row L-R: David O’Malley(Ballintra), Lorcan McGrory(Ballydermot), Rory Sweeney(Bridgetown), Raymond Gallagher(Greagh), Pauric McGroary(Trummon), Earl Gallagher(Shannagh), Sean Rooney(Tullywee), John Gallagher(Carrick), PJ Keeney(Ballydermot), Declan McCafferty(Lisminton), Pauric Molloy(Ballydermot)

This team were the first underage team representing the club to win a County Title, when they won the Division 3 Minor(U-18) Title in 1996. In previous seasons, Naomh Brid had been struggling to even field a Minor team and in the old Southern Division was never easy as three of the best Division 1 teams in the County that year were also to be found in the same section. Graded as a Division 3 team for the County stages, they then found their feet and after beating Red Hughs in the semi-final, they then beat Naomh Mura in the final in MacCumhaill Park to the great joy of everyone involved. The club had lost a few underage County final’s before this one, so this was a most welcome victory.

This was also a year of great personal success for two members of the team, Rory Sweeney and Donal Martin. Both were on the County Vocational Team which won the All-Ireland Title in Croke Park with Rory having the honour of lifting the Trophy on the steps of the Hogan Stand as Captain. Rory was also Captain of the Donegal Minor team that won the Uster Title that year with Donal also on the County Minor panel. A year of great success for those lads.

-Pauric was clearly a popular name in the parish at the time with six on this team.

-A few current Naomh Brid stalwarts on this particular team including a future Club Chairman and underage manager’s.

-This group is well spread out these days, I think at least four in the US, one in Australia and a few in Britain as well.