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Westmeath Gaa Old Clubs

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I am wondering of what old gaa clubs there were in Westmeath that people can remember and when they folded I can remember a good few but part of the county is hazy. When they folded and who they amalgamated or combined with.

PowellJohn (Westmeath) - Posts: 58 - 22/11/2021 20:46:48    2390385

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Moyvore football
Streete football
In modern times

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 23/11/2021 07:10:44    2390391

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Half of north Westmeath joined to form the gaels think there's 4 if not 5 clubs rolled into 1.

James73 (Westmeath) - Posts: 31 - 23/11/2021 07:23:25    2390394

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Replying To PowellJohn:  "I am wondering of what old gaa clubs there were in Westmeath that people can remember and when they folded I can remember a good few but part of the county is hazy. When they folded and who they amalgamated or combined with."
i remember my father telling me of the old tore slashers team of the 1940s and 50s they were in the general area of tyrrellspass in the townland of tore . when they disbanded they joined the local tyrrellspass team or st marys rochfordbridge

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1399 - 23/11/2021 08:34:13    2390396

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From speaking with my parents I have heard of a team in Walshestown (most likely now Shandonagh?), Empor (probably Balnacarrigy or Milltown would have picked up those players). I think I remember being told about a second hurling team in Mullingar, Pearses? I hadn't heard of Moyvore, when was it disbanded?

greenlatte (Westmeath) - Posts: 5 - 23/11/2021 10:51:06    2390413

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Some Junior football Championship winners with area names not currently represented ( by the same place name )
1909 Riverstown Emmet's
1912 Rathcolman Stars
1915 Rickardstown Parnells
1921 Springfield Stars
1926 Drumraney
1931 Dysart
1941 Mental Hospital
1942 Gibbonstown
1943 Derrymore
1953 Boher
1955 Empor

I'm pretty sure there was a team in Rathowen one time too.

Moyvore …. Pretty sure they were playing in late 70s early 80s but can't remember clearly
Streete amalgamated with Multy and were St Fintans / Multyfarnham in 90s

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 23/11/2021 12:13:47    2390433

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Hurling clubs that played in Senior finals were
1903 Athlone
1907 Drumraney
1908 Riverstown
1915 Simonstown
1924 Mental Hospital
1926 Athlone Military
1927 Killadoran
1937 Ardnurcher
1945 Columb Rovers
1947 Rickardstown
1962 Pearses

Some of these teams played in multiple finals

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 23/11/2021 12:22:41    2390434

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From google Lough Lene Gaels was an amalgamation of Collinstown , Fore, Glenidan and Rickardstown which started playing in 1970

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 23/11/2021 12:55:28    2390441

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Replying To greenlatte:  "From speaking with my parents I have heard of a team in Walshestown (most likely now Shandonagh?), Empor (probably Balnacarrigy or Milltown would have picked up those players). I think I remember being told about a second hurling team in Mullingar, Pearses? I hadn't heard of Moyvore, when was it disbanded?"
Pearses were the only hurling team in Mullingar when they existed. Plunketts weren't formed until the 70's.
Yeah, Walshestown would mostly be Shandonagh now. Although I can think of a couple of recent Shamrocks players from there.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 324 - 23/11/2021 14:33:33    2390456

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Rickardstown was the legendary "Jobber" Mcgraths club, i think thats around the killulagh area, i think he played a part in setting up Lough Lene Gaels after and may have played a few games for them if im not mistaken.

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 577 - 23/11/2021 15:01:13    2390462

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The club in Moyvore was called St. Patrick's, as far as I can recall. They disbanded in the early 1980s. Back in the 1940s there was a Junior football club in Moydrum, near Athlone, that lasted for just a year or two, while way back in the 1920s there was a hurling club in Coosan.

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 339 - 23/11/2021 17:51:08    2390494

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No parish rule at all in Westmeath…it's a bit of a free-for-all!

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3965 - 23/11/2021 18:30:14    2390501

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Replying To keeper7:  "No parish rule at all in Westmeath…it's a bit of a free-for-all!"
It's a true statement, but I'd argue it actually creates more loyalty this way. In-county transfers in WH are rare, compared to other counties, as the grounds for a transfer are so limited without a parish rule.

greenlatte (Westmeath) - Posts: 5 - 23/11/2021 20:49:11    2390517

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Southern Gaels hurling club was formed in the 1970s through a combination of Athlone & Walderstown hurling clubs.
Walderstown is a townland in the Maryland football catchment area. Southern Gaels adopted the Walderstown colours of Yellow & Maroon.

Manners5 (Westmeath) - Posts: 20 - 24/11/2021 09:10:13    2390533

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Replying To Manners5:  "Southern Gaels hurling club was formed in the 1970s through a combination of Athlone & Walderstown hurling clubs.
Walderstown is a townland in the Maryland football catchment area. Southern Gaels adopted the Walderstown colours of Yellow & Maroon."
Would that not also be very close to Drumraney camógie & ex-hurling club?

keeper7 (Longford) - Posts: 3965 - 24/11/2021 10:52:15    2390553

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Coole had a stand alone junior team before joining Castletown Finea. I'm guessing it would have been filled by the staff of the orthopedic hospital that was open at the time in the village.

Juniorbleague (Westmeath) - Posts: 33 - 24/11/2021 10:58:31    2390555

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Replying To James73:  "Half of north Westmeath joined to form the gaels think there's 4 if not 5 clubs rolled into 1."
Wouldn't go calling it half of north westmeath, still a relatively small catchment area

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 127 - 24/11/2021 12:02:52    2390574

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Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "Wouldn't go calling it half of north westmeath, still a relatively small catchment area"
Yes it's not a big area. Years ago there were way bigger families and more manual jobs locally compared to now working on farms etc. hence the ability to field teams in small rural townslands

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 24/11/2021 18:30:59    2390685

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I have heard Moydrum had a team would be half caulry half garrycastle now really.
I presume coralstown had there own team.
Emper would be bal/ milltown
Moyvore would have all went to milltown presumably.
I wonder did streamstown /horslip have separate teams or Baylin / mount temple.
I wonder about places like killare , moyvoughly, ballinahown.
I think sonna had a team one time could be wrong.
Some of the hurling villages maybe like crookedwood.
Even castlepollard ever have a team.

PowellJohn (Westmeath) - Posts: 58 - 24/11/2021 21:24:47    2390701

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Don't know about football in Crookedwood. Taughmon Rovers played hurling in 1943 and in the late fifties St Vincent's was an amalgamation of the Wood and Ringtown.
Other info I have is that there's a record of Rathowen Leaguers playing football in Rathaspic.
Also there was a game between Multyfarnham Donore Castles … presumably connected to the old estate and College Boys ( Franciscan College) in 1903

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts: 911 - 25/11/2021 10:32:13    2390728

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