Background


Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 12:45 PM Galvin Early


The Owen Roe Leckpatrick club is located in north Tyrone.

The first appearance of the GAA in Leckpatrick parish was in 1920, and the newly appointed curate, Fr Tom Bradley, was chief instigator. The Clochcor Emmets were duly entered into the Strabane and District league in 1920 and 1921. The creation of the Border at the end of that year and the serious security situation in the North of Ireland led to the collapse of the league and the disappearance of the club.

1934 was the next year a team in the Parish was formed, going by the name St.Mary's Glenmornan. The St Mary's team were registered in the North Tyrone League in 1934-35. Once again the failure of the local league led to a rapid collapse and a gap of 10 yrs followed until the next Leckpatrick team were registered and from 1945-48 they were affiliated to the West Tyrone Board. Falling numbers led to amalgamation with Strabane in 1948 and the break up of the local club.

In 1963 the Leckpatrick Pearse Og club were entered into the North Tyrone minor and juvenile leagues with Danny Devine and Patsy Kelly providing the initial leadership. With both the minor and juvenile teams winning the North Tyrone championship the club decided to enter a junior team in the West Tyrone league. The team won promotion to Intermediate in 1964, however surpassing that the Minor and Juvenile teams each won their respective county championships, with the help of a number of players from the Dunamanagh parish. A number of players from these teams went on to play for Tyrone minors in 1964 and 1965.

Success did not follow at Adult level however and by the end of the decade the club had reached a crossroads. Despite reaching the Intermediate finals in 1967 and 1969 there was a very small player pool and at the 1969 club convention it was agreed that an amalgamation with Dunamanagh was the way forward. The Eoghain Rua club was formed and in February 1970 the county board gave it's blessing to the new club. Tony Kelly and Dan McDermott were given the task of leading the club.

In it's first year the club won the Intermediate League and Championship and secured it's spot in Senior football for the 1971 season.

In the next few years the club continued their efforts at youth level and were rewarded with a Senior county championship Final in 1975. The game against Trillick was a tense affair but after a number of key players were injured the final swung Trillick's way.

In the years to follow a lot of focus was placed on the Championship but to no avail and spirits began to drop. By the end of 1978 the club were relegated into Div 2 of the senior league. With the Aughabrack and later the Dunamanagh players now forming their own clubs the future seemed uncertain.

In 1980 the Eoghain Rua club lost in the intermediate championship final replay but went on to win the Intermediate league title in 1981 and thus gained promotion back to Senior level. This was a short lived promotion and relegation soon followed. The club remained in the Intermediate grade until 1985 when a play-off with Drumquin resulted in relegation to junior football.

Off the playing field in May 1987 the club successfully opened Pairc an Ghleanna, the new playing field in Glenmornan. Considerable effort was made by the club committee in the previous 3 years to raise the necessary finance to make this possible. Temporary changing rooms were also opened with a view to developing a more permanent structure in the years ahead.

Back on the playing fields the youth development was paying dividends, through underage teams and then into reserve and senior grades. All these effort culminated in promotion to Div 2 in 1998.

Another major development has been the establishment of a ladies football team within the club and their participation in Tyrone Leagues. Kieran Kelly provided the initial leadership with an active committee led by Gina Devine. Is is hoped that others can take over where they left off and develop more fully that aspect of the club promotion. Another landmark was the development of new clubrooms and changing facilities. The club rooms in Glenmornan were officially opened on Friday 11th December 1998 by Seosamh MacDonncha, the then President of the GAA. A large number of people have contributed to the continued support of Gaelic games and Irish heritage in the Parish of Leckpatrick and in the neighbouring areas.

In 2008 the club planned and completed a huge development which included replacing their current playing field and building a brand new training pitch. This development which reopened in the summer of 2010 leaves Pairc an Ghleanna as one of the counties most modern facilities which plans on the horizon for further development.

The present day club, it's officials and players are deeply indebted to all who have gone before and sown the seeds as well as tilling the soil - go raibh a mile maith agaibh.

Adult Roll of Honour

Intermediate League and Championship winners - 1970.

Senior Championship Runners-up 1975.

(Dunamanagh Red Hugh's (later known as Shamrocks) - Tyrone Hurling League winners 1979).

Intermediate Championship Runners-up 1979.

(Shamrocks - Tyrone Hurling Championship winners 1981).

Intermediate League winners 1981.

Division 3 (Reserve) winners 1987.

Junior (Reserve) Championship runners-up 1987.

Junior (Reserve) Championship winners 1992.

Div 3 (Reserve) League winners 1992.

Junior (Reserve) Championship runners-up 1997.

Div 3 Promotion Play-off winners 1998.

Junior (Reserve) Championship winners 1998.

Junior (Reserve) Championship runners-up 1999.

Div 3 (Senior) League winners 2003.

U21 grade 3 runners up 2010.

Youth Roll Of Honour

Leckpatrick Pearse Og's - Minor championship winners 1964

Leckpatrick Pearse Og's - Juvenile Championship winners 1964

Tyrone Og Sport winners 1979

Juvenile Championship Grade 2 winners 1985

U14 Championship Runners-up 1986

U14 Championship Runners-up 1987

Juvenile League Runners-up 1986 and 1988

U-14 Grade 2 League winners 1992

U-14 Grade 2 League Runners-up 1993

U16 Grade 3 Championship Winners 1996(V Moortown)

U-14 Grade 2 League Runners-up 1996

Minor Championship Grade 3 Runners Up 2001

Minor League Grade 3 Runners Up 2001

U-14 Grade 3 Championship Winners 2004 (V Fintona)

All Ireland Feile Peil na nOg Champions Div VI 2004(V Mooncoin)

U13 Grade 3 League Runners Up 2007 (V Rock)

U13 Grade 3 League Runners Up 2009 (V Newtownstewart)

U14 Grade 2 Feile na nOg Runners Up 2010 (V Moy)

U14 Grade 3 Championship Runners Up 2010 (V Moy)

U15 Grade 2 Feile Runners Up 2010 (V Aghaloo)

U14 Grade 3 League Winners 2010 (V Glenelly)

U16 Grade 3 Championship Runners Up 2010 (V Naomh Phadraig)

Minor Grade 3 Championship Runners Up 2010 (V Aghyaran)

U14 Grade 2 Championship winners 2011 (V Naomh Mhuire)

Minor Grade 3 league winners 2011 (V Aghaloo)

U16 Grade 2 league runners up 2011 (V Stewartstown)

U13 Grade 2 league runners up 2011 (V Derrylaughan)

U14 Grade 4 league winners 2014 (V Brockagh)

Minor Grade 4 Ladies Championship runners up 2014 (V Strabane)

U16 Grade 3 League runners up 2014 (V Drumragh)

U16 Grade 3 Championship Runners up 2014 (V Gael Naomh Phadraig)

U16 Grade 4 Ladies League Runners up 2014 (V Trillick)

Minor Grade 4 Ladies League Winners 2014 (V Rock After Replay)

 

Past County Players

Leckpatrick Pearse Og's (1963 -69)

Patsy Mc Gonigle, Michael Mc Gonigle (All-Ireland Junior medal winner - 1968) and Frankie Kelly - all Tyrone Minors in 1964/65. Barney French and Josie Mc Nulty - Tyrone Minors.

Owen Roe's Past County Representatives(1970- Present)

Martin McNulty- Ulster Minor winner and All Ireland Runner Up 1972 .

Martin is on the extreme left, front row of the image below.

Patsy Kerlin - Ulster & All-Ireland Minor winner 1973

Danny Ball- Tyrone Minors 1974

Mark Mc Gonigle - Tyrone Minor 1989, and U-21 Ulster & All-Ireland winner 1991

Declan Bradley - Tyrone Vocational School 1990

Kenna McNulty - Tyrone Vocational Schools 1990

Sean Og Devine - Tyrone Minor 1990.

Paddy McNulty - Tyrone Vocational Schools 1995.

Angela Stephenson- Tyrone minor ladies 1997

Lisa McGonigle- Tyrone minor ladies 1997

Jim Devine(Below) - Tyrone Vocational Schools 1997 (Ulster winner and All-Ireland finalist) and '98 (Captain and Ulster/All-Ireland winner).

Declan McCrossan (Below) - 1996, '97 Tyrone Minor (Captain - Ulster medal winner and All-Ireland Final 1997), U-21 Hastings Cup, Ulster and All-Ireland winner 2000, Tyrone Seniors (2 N.F.L. medals, 1 All-Ireland Senior, 2 Ulster Senior), Bass Ulster G.A.A. Writers Monthly Award winner September 1997, Vodaphone G.A.A. All-Star nominee 2001.

To read more about Declan click HERE.

Paul Bradley (Below)- Tyrone Vocational Schools (Captain in All-Ireland Final 2000 - lost to Dublin).

Brendan Boggs (Below) - Ulster Minor Championship winner 2003, Ulster Vocational Schools finalist 2003, Ulster Minor League and Championship winner 2004, All Ireland Minor Winner 2004, Ulster and All Ireland Vocational Schools winner 2004 as captain, McKenna Cup and Ulster Senior Championship medal with Tyrone in 2007, Sigerson Cup runner up in 2007.

To read more about Brendan click HERE.

Stephen Kelly- U15 development squad (2008)

Conor Casey- U15 development squad (2008)

Cathal McShane (Below)- U14 development squad (2009), U15 development squad (2010), U16 development squad (Buncrana Cup Winners 2011), U17 development squad (2012), Tyrone Minor squad which reached the Ulster Final (Lost to Monaghan), and All Ireland Final (Lost to Mayo) in 2013. Colleges All Star Winner in midfield (2014).

Stephen Harper- U14 development squad (2009), U15 development squad (2010), U16 development squad (Buncrana Cup Winners 2011- Middle below), U17 development squad (2012).

Ryan 'Ricki' Devine- U15 development squad (2010), U16 development squad (Buncrana Cup Winners 2011- On right of photo below), U17 development squad (2012).

Ryan McShane- Tyrone minor squad (2011), Tyrone U21 squad (2013 Pictured Below), Tyrone U21 squad (2014) Shamrock Cup winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomh Barr- U14 ladies development squad (2011), U16 ladies development squad (2013- Goalkeeper on right), Minor ladies squad (2014).

 

Ryan McAleer- U14 boys development squad (2011), U15 development squad (2012), U16 development squad (2013), Ulster elite development select (2013), Tyrone minor league squad (2014). Ryan pictured in 2012 below right.

Michael Dooher- U14 boys development squad (2011), U15 development squad (2012). Michael pictured below left in 2012. U17 development squad (2014).

 

Jack McGeehan- U15 boys development squad (2012), U16 development squad (2013). Pictured below right. U17 development squad (2014).

 

Ryan Devine- U14 development squad (2012), U15 development squad (2013), U16 development squad (2014)

Conall McCormick- U14 development squad (2012), U15 development squad (2013), U16 development squad (2014)

Michelle Christy- Tyrone minor ladies (Ulster Champions 2012). Michelle is pictured in keeper's top below

Rory Donaghey- U15 development squad (2013)

Chloe Devine- Minor ladies squad (2014)