Sat May 29th 2021

Michael Glaveys GAA

Michael Glaveys GAA Club was founded in January 1956 by Peadar Earley (RIP). It serves the communities of Cloonfad, Granlahan, Gorthaganny & Ballinlough, where our clubhouse and pitch are now located. The opening of our pitch - The Peadar Earley Memorial ground took place on 18th May 1986. We have had numerous successes and provide GAA for all teams from underage boys and girls all the way through to the adult men's and ladies teams and most recently with our newly formed rounders teams.

The Club’s first title was the U-15 County Championship, back in 1963. The Michael Glaveys Club dominated the Intermediate ranks in the early seventies when it won the league in 1970, 1971 and again in 1972, as well as being successful in the Intermediate Championship in 1970 and 1972 meaning they won both league and championship titles. They returned again in 1985 to claim the Intermediate Championship after winning the league that year also. On the same day, the club’s U12 team won the division 1 title. The club’s first senior final appearance happened in 1996 featuring Conor Connelly (RIP). Most recently the club were victorious in the Junior County Final of 2014 and continued on up the ranks winning the 2015 Intermediate Final. However, the club was relegated back to Intermediate status in 2016. 2017 was the club’s most successful year winning the County Intermediate Title and progressing on to beat Claregalway to claim the Connacht Intermediate Title and then beating Kilanerin, Co. Wexford, in the All Ireland Semi Final. The club contested the Intermediate All Ireland Final on the 3rd February 2018 in Croke Park, against Moy (Tyrone) but unfortunately were defeated on a score line of 1-10 to 0-7. The club has been playing in the senior ranks since.

Down through the years the club has had many successes at all age groups.

Our first girls team in the club was the U14 team in 1990 and they reached the county final in their first season. This team was the only girls team in the club until 1994 when an U12 team was established. In more recent years Michael Glaveys LGFA has become very strong with a team being fielded at every age group from u8 to adult. The adult LGFA team claimed the Junior Championship and the All-County League titles in 2003. They then went on to win the Intermediate final in 2005 which meant promotion to senior football for 2006, unfortunately as with many teams, senior level proved too strong especially with some panel members moving away and retiring. There have since been many more successful teams at underage and adult levels. Anne Grogan (RIP) led the minor girls team to four County titles in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011. Our adult LGFA team again won the Junior county title in 2016, they won the Division 2 League in 2018 and reached the Junior County Final in 2020.

We have a proud tradition of providing our skillful players to County teams down through the years. Our most famous player has been Dermot Earley (RIP) but many other players have represented the Club and County, both Men’s and Ladies, Underage and Senior, with distinction. In latter times, Paul Coggins managed London Senior Football Team from 2011-2015, reaching the Connacht final in 2013. Another former club person is Paul Earley who managed the Irish International Rules Team (2012-2014). Two clubmen, the aforementioned Dermot Earley (RIP), and Gerry Fitzmaurice represented Roscommon in the 1980 All Ireland Final, narrowly losing out to Kerry on the day. In 2001 two club players, Caroline McGuire and Yvonne Rogan represented Roscommon when they won the Junior All Ireland. 2006 saw the Roscommon minor team win the All Ireland after a replay in Ennis, Darren O’Malley and Eugene Stritch were representing Glaveys on this panel. More recently several of our ladies and mens county players have claimed Connacht titles while playing with Roscommon. Currently we have players of various ages representing the club with pride at county level. For the Mens team we have Conor Hussey, Andy Glennon, Cathal Heneghan, Dylan Ruane and Gary Patterson donning the Roscommon jersey and ex club player and manager Iain Daly serving as a selector on Anthony Cunningham’s backroom team. The Ladies team have Joanne Cregg and Helena Cummins currently wearing the County Roscommon jersey with pride.

Rounders began in Glaveys in 2017 when an adult ladies team was formed. In 2019 a mixed team was added. Both teams have had great success in their short time in existence. The ladies team are now playing in the senior league and they won the Junior All Ireland in 2018. The mixed team now plays at Intermediate level and they won the Junior All Ireland in 2019. They also reached the Intermediate final in 2020 but due to Covid have not played this game, which could see them reach senior level.

The club hosted a very successful Feile weekend in 2019 for both our u14 boys and girls teams. Families across the club area welcomed players from Galbally Co. Tyrone and Baltinglass Co. Wicklow.

In 2020 while there was no on-field action due to covid-19 health restrictions, our adult ladies and mens teams along with their management took on a “Marathon A Day for Seven Days” and raised €5000 for the Roscommon branch of the youth mental health charity Jigsaw.

The current Roscommon GAA Secretary is our own club person Valerie Murray and Roscommon LGFA Chairperson Brendan Cregg also serves as the new Connacht LGFA Development Officer.

In 2020 we refurbished our club complex and indoor hall to provide state of the art facilities to our community.

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