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Date: September 18, 2017

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Dungarvan GAA launches its club history in early December, tracing the 132 year journey from its birth in 1885 to the present day. Containing two hundred pages of text and over one hundred photographs, the book named ''Ag Feachaint Siar'' will be on sale for the Christmas market and this week we look back on some of the events of the club centenary back in 1985.


Founded on June 1st 1885, the club celebrated its 100th birthday on the 1st of June 1985 with fitting celebrations in the town which brought together past and present members and players . A special centenary committee was formed to organise this milestone in our club history under the chairmanship of Paddy Fitzgerald and which included Brighdin Ni Criostoir, Maura Curran, Mary Fitzgerald, Billy Kelly, Edmond Wade and Johnny Murphy.

The day’s celebrations started with a parade around the town headed by the Brass and Reed and Pipe Bands and which included twenty primary schools from all over the county who later participated in three hurling and two football tournaments at venues such as the CBS field, the Gaelic Field and the Presentation convent field. A concelebrated mass was said in the CBS field and some of the participating clergy were former club players and members .

Following the juvenile tournaments and an adult hurling game between our county junior champions of 1975 and our then present hurling outfit, the Dungarvan UDC honoured the club with a Civic Reception to mark our one hundredth birthday. Chairman of the Urban Council, Billy Kyne, son of our former club secretary Tom Kyne, presented us with the ‘’Dungarvan UDC Centenary Trophy.’’ The day’s activities ended with an Irish night in the Ormonde Hotel in O Connell St.

Later in the year, the club held a centenary banquet in Lawlors Hotel and in front of an attendance of 250 people framed scrolls were presented to surviving club members who won All Ireland championship honours with the county.

A committee was selected to name our hurling and football teams of the century and all club members were invited to submit their own list of players for consideration. Our teams of the century were decided as follows :


Johnny Quarry

Tom Cunningham Jimmy Waters Simon Whelan

Jimmy Mountain Mickey Landers Jackie Goode

Tom Greaney Christy Moylan

Willie Barron Dec Goode Tommy Fitzgerald

Johnny Murphy Tom Curran John Kiely


Mickey Landers

Paddy McGrath Jackie O Donnell Tom McHugh

Willie Barron Tom Cunningham Terry Donnolly

Billy McGrath Christy Moylan

Tom Curran Tom Greaney Paul Lannon

Mickey Tobin Murray Mahony Jackie Goode.



Present day players celebrated our club centenary in 1985 by winning the county Intermediate and under 21 football titles. Our intermediates played their best football at the latter stages in both the western and county finals. Prior to this, we were beaten in the first round by Affane on a score of 2-6 to 1-7 and followed up with wins over An Rinn by 0-16 to 2-4, Shamrocks by 3-5 to 2-6, An Rinn again by 1-8 to 0-6 and Sliabh gCua by 1-6 to 0-8. In the Shamrocks game we trailed by 2-4 to 0-2 at half time and in the Sliabh gCua match a 55th minute goal by centre back David Burke got us over the finishing line and in to the divisional final.

We beat Ballyduff in the western final by 4-9 to 2-4, playing a brand of exciting football that was to be the hallmark of this group of players’ style of football for the next eight years. After losing our intermediate hurling title to Colligan and losing our two minor titles, this was a welcome boost and it set us up for a successful conclusion to 1985.

Derek Lyons was our top scorer in the western final with a tally of 2-2 and Pepe Ferncombe kicked a total of 1-3. The team were clear winners of the county final over city side Killure at the Fraher Field on a score of 1-16 to 1-4. Jimo Meehan scored an important early goal, Pepe Ferncombe showed his potential as a quality free taker with 0-5 and Eddie Meegan scored four superb points from play. The team captain Tom Halpin was dominating in midfield until he had to retire injured during the first half. This victory returned us to the senior grade for the first time since 1967 and it was the beginning of a very fruitful period in the big ball game for the club.

1985 County Intermediate Football Champions:

Pat Flynn; Chris Meehan, David Power, Martin Sheehan; Martin Houlihan, David Burke, Tomas Curran; Joe Duggan, Tony Hamilton; Eddie Meegan, Dermot O Callaghan, Peter Queally; Pepe Ferncombe, Derek Lyons, Jimo Meehan. Subs : Tony Hamilton, Liam Crotty, Ray Dwyer.


In 1984 we were beaten by Roanmore in the under 21 county football final but this year we finished our centenary celebrations in December with our first county title win in this grade. We started the championship with a 1-12 to 0-6 win against Ballinacourty and followed up with a 1-21 to 1-2 victory against Lismore/ Ballysaggart. The western final win was hard earned with Nire challenging us all the way before we scored three late points to win on a score of 1-8 to 0-5. The county final was a personal triumph for Tony Hamilton who raised three green flags, a remarkable achievement , with Pepe Ferncombe and sub Michael Butler grabbing the other two goals in a 5-5 to 0-5 win over Portlaw in Cappoquin.

This win ensured that the club had won every title in both codes from under 14 up to senior apart from the under 21 hurling title with a time frame of another two years realistically available to complete the full set of titles.

1985 County Under 21 Football Champions:

Michael Dwyer; Chris Meehan, David Power, Ger Moran; Martin Houlihan, David Burke, Tomas Curran; Peter Queally, Ray Dwyer; Liam Crotty, Dermot O Callagahan, Tony Hamilton; Pepe Ferncombe, Derek Lyons, Fergal O Donnell. Subs : John Fitzgerald, Michael Butler.

Hurlers Relinquish Intermediate Title

We lost our western Intermediate hurling title, won against Abbeyside in 1984 when Colligan edged us out on a 2-11 to 1-12 scoreline at the Gaelic Field. However, it wasn’t a case of a close battle throughout as the winners led by 1-10 to 0-4 while in the last quarter we had enough chances to win back to back titles.

1985 Western Hurling Championship Final Team :

Pepe Ferncombe; John Fitzgerald, Pa Meehan, David Burke; Chris Meehan, Martin Sheehan, Michael Butler; Martin Houlihan, Tomas Curran; Jimo Meehan, Martin Sandford, Dermot O Callaghan; David Power, Peter Queally, Noel Wade. Subs : Fergal O Donnell, Joe Duggan, Tony Hamilton
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About Dungarvan GAA Club

Dungarvan GAA Club was affiliated to the Gaelic Athletic Association on June the 1st 1885 - the first club in Waterford to do so. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we have stayed the pace, and to-day we are the oldest - and I dare say the best - club in the county. We stand uniquely alone as the only club in the Decies to have won county championships in every grade from Under 12 up to senior in both codes.

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Dungarvan GAA Club
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford,

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