Northern Gaels Club was formed in 1984. The Senior Clubs of Abbeylara and St.Columba’s Mullinalaghta made a joint decision to form an underage GAA club for boys and girls in both Parishes. At the time both senior clubs recognized that an amalgamation of both parishes was necessary at underage and would be of great benefit to the Senior Clubs in the years ahead. It was a bold and courageous decision taken by both Senior Clubs, but it has turned out to be very beneficial for all parties involved.
Northern Gaels participate in all age groups from Under 8 to Under 18 (Minor). Although Northern Gaels fielded teams in the top divisions in all grades, success and silverware eluded the club for many years. The club’s first notable success came in 1996 when the Under 14s won the Féile competition in Longford and went on to represent their county in the national Féile finals in Mayo. The club’s first league success came in 1998 when the Under 16s won the Division 1 League. Northern Gaels had to wait until 2003 to win its first ever A Championship when the Under 14s made the historic breakthrough. Since 2003 to present Northern Gaels have had its most successful period in the Club’s history, the most notable highlight was the Under 14’s winning their Féile All-Ireland in 2010 held in Derry.
Northern Gaels has provided many players for County Longford underage teams, most notable successes’ have been Shane Smith and Shane Mulligan who played in Longford’s Leinster Minor winning team in 2002 and in 2010, Robbie Smyth and James McGivney also won the Leinster Minor. In 2013, Northern Gaels had 10 players on the Cnoc Mhuire panel that won the ‘A’ Vocational Schools All-Ireland final in Croke Park.
NOTHERN GAELS ROLL OF HONOUR
|Under 14 Championship||2003, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Under 14 Division 1||2003, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Under 14 Longford Féile||1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010|
|Under 14 All-Ireland Féile||2010|
|Under 16 Championship||2005, 2009, 2012|
|Under 16 Division 1 League||1998, 2009, 2011, 2012|
|Under 16 Leinster League Winners||2012, 2013|
|Minor Championship||2008, 2011|
|Minor Division 1 League||2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013|
ABBEYLARA CLUB ROLL OF HONOUR
|Under 21 Championship||2010|
|Under 21Championship Runn.Up||1997, 2006, 2007|
|Under 21 “B”Championship||2000, 2012|
|Under 21 13-a-side Runners Up||1996|
Northern Gaels Underage Teams
Northern Gaels Club Officers 2013
|Vice Chairperson||Micheál Cunningham|
|Youth Officer||Mary McGurk|
|Coaching Officer||Paul Masterson|