St Oliver Plunketts GAC Greenlough

St Oliver Plunketts GAC Greenlough

Greenlough is the smallest parish in the Derry Diocese situated at the South East border of County Derry, close to County Antrim. The two counties are separated by the River Bann, which runs between Derry and Antrim from Lough Neagh into the Atlantic Ocean.

Greenlough GAC was formed in 1939 by Michael Henry, Patrick Rankin and Louis Madden and the club has been on the go ever since. The new park and pavilion were opened in the GAA's centenary year (1984) and are dedicated to Saint Oliver Plunkett. The same year we hosted the County final between Dungiven and Castledawson.

The grounds consist of a flood lit training pitch, main pitch (which has hosted numerous club championship matches and a number of inter-county games), car park and pavilion, consisting of: 4 spacious team changing rooms, referee changing room, a function room with 175 person capacity, bar, meeting rooms, kitchen, garage, toilets, store rooms, gym, and large press box overlooking the main playing field.

Although we won no championships at that time, one of our greatest teams was probably in the forties with players like Thomas Edward McCloskey, Jimmy Cassidy and the McErlean Brothers who wore the county shirt during Derry's great spell in the mid-forties. These players were members of the first team north of the border to win a national title, when they claimed the 1947 National League title.

In more recent times the club have made steady progress, with many U-12, U-14, and U-16 leagues and championships in the 1990s and 2000s, as well as several South Derry Minor championships and Reserve Leagues and Championships, and have 3 All-Ireland minor winners James Lynn (1989), Ciaran McCallion and Martin Carey (both 2002).

Paul McCann was the only club member to win an Ulster Senior Football Championship Medal (1987). Five of our current Senior squad have represented their County at Senior level in recent years, Enda Lynn, Kevin McCann, Niall Bradley, Brian McCallion & Niall Loughlin while Christopher Lagan and Brian McCallion were part of the 2010 Derry Under 21 team and Christopher Bradley has been part of the Under panel in recent years.

In Scor, Greenlough have won two All Ireland titles- In Senior Ceili dancing and in Junior Ballad groups. The McAteer family won the Ballad title on their second successive appearance in the All Ireland Final in 1976.

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