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.
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
A trawl through Naomh Brid teams from days gone by, in no particular order.
Naomh Brid Minor Team 1996 – County Minor Champions Division 3
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.
Team/s you play for? Naomh bríd
Position you play? Wing half forward
What are your strengths as a player? Fitness,speed
What are your weaknesses as a player? Shooting
What is your favourite ground to play at? Pairc Naomh bríd
What is the worst pitch to play on? Tír chonaill
Who is the best player you’ve played with? Donal Gallagher
Who is the toughest opponent you’ve played against? Ryan Jones, Kilmarnock
Who is the best trainer/s in your team? Donal Gallagher, Oisin Brogan
What u like most about training sessions? Running
What u dislike about training sessions? Wet nights
Player/s to watch from other teams in the club? Liam Gallagher
Best memory playing with Naomh Bríd? Winning the regional final against Glen
A game you’d rather forget? County final last year
Favourite Naomh Bríd senior player? Sean Gormley
Favourite Donegal GAA player? Ryan Mchugh
Most memorable GAA game you’ve seen? 2014 semi final Donegal beat Dublin
Favourite brand of GAA gear (boots, gloves)? O’Neills
Hopes for the future? Make county
What are you doing to pass the time during Covoid-19 crisis? Running and training
Best thing about been part of the GAA? Playing for Naomh bríd
Where would u like to see Naomh Bríd Club in 2030? Playing div 1 football
Questions and Answers!
Team/s you play for?
Position you play?
Midfield / Forward
What are your strengths as a player?
Carrying the ball, Kickpassing
What are your weaknesses as a player?
What is your favourite ground to play at?
Pairc Naomh Bríd
What is the worst pitch to play on?
Who is the best player you’ve played with?
Michael Langan or Ryan McHugh
Who is the toughest opponent you’ve played against?
Rian O’Neill or Hugh McFadden
Who is the best trainer/s in your team?
Sean Gormley or Clint Walsh
What u like most about training sessions?
Getting hands on the ball and playing games (also the craic)
What u dislike about training sessions?
Player/s to watch from other teams in the club?
Best memory playing with Naomh Bríd?
Minor County Final vs Convoy 2010
A game you’d rather forget?
Promotion playoff games vs Killybegs & Buncrana 2018
Best Naomh Bríd senior player you have ever seen play?
Biggest joker of the group?
Most memorable GAA game you’ve seen?
Donegal vs Kildare 2011
Anyone but Liam Duffy
Who spends the most time in front of the mirror?
Who is the most vocal?
Liam Duffy or Sean Gormley
Best thing about been part of the GAA?
Being part of a community and the togetherness
Where would u like to see Naomh Bríd Club in 2030?
In Division 1 and senior Championship with a few medals in the back pocket