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What's the smallest GAA club in your county?

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A topic I came across on Facebook and got me interested.

Kilmainham GAA, one of three club in the Kells parish, is seen as the smallest GAA club in Meath for catchment area. Kilmainham is in fact a townland as it has no village, no crossroads, no church, no school and no public house in the place. However, Kilmainham GAA is a thriving club and fields two adult teams on their own and joins together with fellow Kells parish club Drumbaragh from juvenile to U21 level.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 283 - 21/12/2017 21:09:51    2065812

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I would say the smallest in Offaly is Lusmagh hurling club in terms of catchment area.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 372 - 21/12/2017 21:38:09    2065819

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "I would say the smallest in Offaly is Lusmagh hurling club in terms of catchment area."
No, I'd say Clonmore Harps, or Ballyfore.

LooseCannon (Offaly) - Posts: 66 - 21/12/2017 22:40:26    2065821

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "I would say the smallest in Offaly is Lusmagh hurling club in terms of catchment area."
I'd imagine it would be Clonmore Harps or Ballyfore.

LooseCannon (Offaly) - Posts: 66 - 21/12/2017 23:37:05    2065827

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Maghera near Virginia in Cavan would be considered one of the smallest GAA clubs in Cavan.

Loughnavalley and Turin clubs both near Mullingar are two of the smallest in Westmeath. Loughnavalley have no underage structure and not sure about Turin but they have produced top inter county referees.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 667 - 21/12/2017 23:59:59    2065829

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Replying To Toney:  "A topic I came across on Facebook and got me interested.

Kilmainham GAA, one of three club in the Kells parish, is seen as the smallest GAA club in Meath for catchment area. Kilmainham is in fact a townland as it has no village, no crossroads, no church, no school and no public house in the place. However, Kilmainham GAA is a thriving club and fields two adult teams on their own and joins together with fellow Kells parish club Drumbaragh from juvenile to U21 level."
What about St Paul's in Clonee? They have been overtaken by a Dublin club Erin Go Bragh. Paul's need to get in touch with Mark Zuckerburg about a takeover!

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 667 - 22/12/2017 00:09:56    2065830

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In Kilkenny ,it has to be CARRIGEEN ,a small rural Breakaway club from the Vastly bigger & Stronger & possibly Kilkennys biggest overall club in terms of number ,facilities & history MOONCOIN GAA ,Carrigeen only begun underage 2 years ago got the 1st time & before that just had a Junior B Hurling team that sometimes competed in football as well ,

emerald79 (Kilkenny) - Posts: 56 - 22/12/2017 07:04:13    2065833

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Catchment area dosnt matter. Its people that make a club. Membership and playing numbers the only factors that matter when talking about small or big.

jpcampion (Laois) - Posts: 192 - 22/12/2017 10:33:56    2065846

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "What about St Paul's in Clonee? They have been overtaken by a Dublin club Erin Go Bragh. Paul's need to get in touch with Mark Zuckerburg about a takeover!"
St Paul's are being squeezed out by Erin Go Bragh who I hear have a lot of Meath people playing for them. Paul's would still have a decent catchment area but obviously being hampered by Erin Go Bragh. Paul's would be the lowest ranked team in Meath over the last number of years. They have only one adult team which play junior B and their underage players play with Dunboyne.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 283 - 22/12/2017 10:53:03    2065850

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Replying To jpcampion:  "Catchment area dosnt matter. Its people that make a club. Membership and playing numbers the only factors that matter when talking about small or big."
Catchment area does matter for this thread.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 283 - 22/12/2017 11:01:31    2065853

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Replying To Toney:  "A topic I came across on Facebook and got me interested.

Kilmainham GAA, one of three club in the Kells parish, is seen as the smallest GAA club in Meath for catchment area. Kilmainham is in fact a townland as it has no village, no crossroads, no church, no school and no public house in the place. However, Kilmainham GAA is a thriving club and fields two adult teams on their own and joins together with fellow Kells parish club Drumbaragh from juvenile to U21 level."
Doesnt really make sense that your sayin kilmainham are the smallest club in meath yet they can field two teams while Na Fianna who have been in two SFC finals in the last two years couldnt field a second team in the junior b championship quarter final this year?

Not sure who are the smallest club in kildare, id guess kildangan

11jm11 (Kildare) - Posts: 312 - 22/12/2017 11:26:41    2065860

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Replying To emerald79:  "In Kilkenny ,it has to be CARRIGEEN ,a small rural Breakaway club from the Vastly bigger & Stronger & possibly Kilkennys biggest overall club in terms of number ,facilities & history MOONCOIN GAA ,Carrigeen only begun underage 2 years ago got the 1st time & before that just had a Junior B Hurling team that sometimes competed in football as well ,"
Threecastles, Cloneen and Railyard are tiny as well.

Of the main clubs, I'm pretty sure that Blacks and Whites, Tullaroan, Galmoy, Windgap, TullogherGraigue-Ballycallan and Slieverue have a catchment of less than 1000 each.

dblackandamber (Kilkenny) - Posts: 89 - 22/12/2017 11:27:07    2065861

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Replying To 11jm11:  "Doesnt really make sense that your sayin kilmainham are the smallest club in meath yet they can field two teams while Na Fianna who have been in two SFC finals in the last two years couldnt field a second team in the junior b championship quarter final this year?

Not sure who are the smallest club in kildare, id guess kildangan"
Na Fianna cater for all four GAA codes - football, hurling, ladies football and camogie there is no comparison with Kilmainham. For whatever reason Na Fianna couldn't field a second in the junior B championship this year (could've been to do with their hurlers in intermediate final), they still have a far bigger catchment area than Kilmainham. Na Fianna are one of the biggest GAA clubs in Meath ever since their formation in the early 2000's. They are an amalgamation of Enfield and Baconstown and would sometimes pick from Rathmolyon in football.

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 283 - 22/12/2017 11:52:45    2065864

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Replying To LooseCannon:  "I'd imagine it would be Clonmore Harps or Ballyfore."
Clonmore Harps on the Offaly/ Meath border, are part of Ballinanrackey parish in Co. Meath, but in Offaly. They just have the pitch and dressing rooms. No church, shop, or pub. I would say they are the smallest club in Offaly. Ballyfore are part of Edenderry parish, with their own football team.

Lusmagh are a small club, just out the road from Banagher, and bounded by the River Shannon. Despite their small size they produced John and Jim Troy, along with Joachim Kelly and Brendan Bermingham, all winners of All Ireland medals with Offaly, and other county players.
They still supply hurlers to the Offaly team. In religious terms they are part of Clonfert Diocese, the only Offaly parish in that diocese. I think they were once part of Co. Galway.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 918 - 22/12/2017 12:00:44    2065865

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Ballinacurra Gaels or Abbey sarsfields in Limerick City. I'd say Staker Wallace GAA is the smallest club in the county.

PeggyShippen (Limerick) - Posts: 300 - 22/12/2017 14:09:41    2065871

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What about Tooreen in Mayo, there was a Dancehall there once but the Devil appeared one night at the dance and it closed down

culmore (None) - Posts: 1295 - 22/12/2017 15:54:38    2065874

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If I would have a guess in Louth I would probably say Cuchulainn Gaels who are based in Omeath in the Cooley Peninsula in North Louth. There are already two other clubs in this Peninsula with St Patricks and Cooley Kickhams. Cuchulainn is the youngest club in Louth as it was only formed in 2005.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 11561 - 22/12/2017 17:00:54    2065881

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Starlights in Dublin? I have never actually seen a team training on their pitch and never met a member

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 3842 - 22/12/2017 18:32:47    2065893

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There is a wee club in north Kerry called Knockanure they only enter one comp per year the NK Novice whic( is basically a C competition after the seniors and intermediate most of their players play with a neighboring club. Who's C team is officially the Knock A team

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 3442 - 22/12/2017 21:41:13    2065908

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Clonmore Harps on the Offaly/ Meath border, are part of Ballinanrackey parish in Co. Meath, but in Offaly. They just have the pitch and dressing rooms. No church, shop, or pub. I would say they are the smallest club in Offaly. Ballyfore are part of Edenderry parish, with their own football team.

Lusmagh are a small club, just out the road from Banagher, and bounded by the River Shannon. Despite their small size they produced John and Jim Troy, along with Joachim Kelly and Brendan Bermingham, all winners of All Ireland medals with Offaly, and other county players.
They still supply hurlers to the Offaly team. In religious terms they are part of Clonfert Diocese, the only Offaly parish in that diocese. I think they were once part of Co. Galway."
Correct and right on Lusmagh formerly being a part of Galway. Seir Kieran (Clareen) have a fairly small area to pick from as well.

LooseCannon (Offaly) - Posts: 66 - 22/12/2017 23:25:51    2065915

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