The London County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Londáin) or London GAA is one of the county boards outside Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in London. The county board is also responsible for the London inter-county teams

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Gaelic football
3 Notable former players
4 Hurling
5 Junior hurling
5.1 Honours
6 Ladies' Gaelic football
6.1 Honours
7 External links



[edit] History
London played in three hurling and five football All Ireland finals in the early 1900s when the All-Ireland and All-Britain champions were paired in the final. London won the hurling All-Ireland in 1901, defeating Cork by 1-5 to 0-4. The experiment was abandoned after 1908. The early London teams of that era drew strongly on immigrants from the Cork area in particular.
Sam Maguire, who captained many of the teams, came from Dunmanway. The GAA later dedicated the All-Ireland football cup to his honour.


[edit] Gaelic football
London entered the
National Football League in 1993 and was initially fairly successful with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in their first campaign and the renewed effort coincided with a drive to establish the games in schools. London now fields its second team in the British Junior football and hurling Championships. Their first football team have competed in the Connacht Championship since 1975, but claim only one win in 21 years: a 0-9 to 0-6 defeat of Leitrim in 1977. After going down by 9-19 to 1-10 against Roscommon in 1980 they staged matches at home in Ruislip and came close to victory against Leitrim in 1987, Sligo in 1988 and Roscommon in 2005. Among their footballers was Brian Grealish, whose brother Tony played soccer for the Republic of Ireland.


[edit] Notable former players
Edward Barrett
Sam Maguire
Jody Gormley
Tommy McGuire
Tony Grealish
Michael Collins

[edit] Hurling
London have a strong hurling tradition, and besides their All-Ireland win in 1901 they also won three B All-Irelands in the last twenty years, and claim consistently good results in the
National Hurling League. As a mid-table Division 2 side, London are actually placed above half the counties of Ireland, in strong contrast to their role as "whipping boys" in football. The Exiles also won the inaugural Nicky Rackard Cup in 2005, defeating Louth's hurlers by 15 points in the final. London are currently competing in the 2009 Nicky Rackard Cup. In the 1973 All-Ireland hurling championship a London team that included six Galwaymen beat Galway by 4-7 to 3-5 in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Ballinasloe. Galwaymen Frank Canning and Lennie Burke scored three of the goals against their old county!


[edit] Junior hurling
The London team since the 2000 have surpassed expection, winning two national cups in a 4 year period. Many have won titles of over the highest order with clubs such as Robert Emmetts, Kilburn Gaels, Sean Tracys and St Gabriels, some now considered serious threats in the international game as well.

12 of the current team are currently signed for professional teams all over the world, some even with the Irish divisions. Some of the scouted few include Sean Deputy (Tipperary), Jack Cresswell (Kerry), Liam Caulfield (Clare) and Robert Lynch (Wexford).


[edit] Honours
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships: 1
1901
All-Ireland Senior "B" Hurling Championships: 3
1987, 1990, 1995
All-Ireland Junior Football Championships: 6
1938, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1986
All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 5
1963
Nicky Rackard Cups: 1
2005
McGrath Cup: 1
1988

[edit] Ladies' Gaelic football
This section requires expansion.

Ladies Football in London has mirrored the growth seen in Ireland, where it is the fastest growing ladies game. In London Parnells are senior champions and Round Towers are Junior champions. Many clubs now have ladies teams.

Holloway Ladies Gaelic Football Team

[edit] Honours
All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Champions: 1
1993
All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Finalists: 1
2007
All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Champions: 1
2008

[edit] External links
 
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