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Steelstown Brian Óg's GFC
CLG Bhriain Óig Baile Stíl
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Founded: 1987
County: Derry
Club colours: Blue and Amber
Grounds: Páirc Brid
Coordinates: 55°01′59.08″N 7°18′37.70″W / 55.0330778°N 7.310472°W / 55.0330778; -7.310472Coordinates: 55°01′59.08″N 7°18′37.70″W / 55.0330778°N 7.310472°W / 55.0330778; -7.310472
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Steelstown Brian Óg's GAC (Irish: CLG Bhriain Óig Baile Stíl) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Derry, Northern Ireland. The club is a member of the Derry GAA and currently cater for Gaelic football and Ladies' Gaelic football.

The club's catchment area includes Steelestown and the Greater Shantallow area at the edge of the city. Steelstown are one of the most successful Gaelic teams in the Cityside of Derry, with most of the county's footballers coming from rural areas. Underage teams up to U-12's play in North Derry GAA league and championships, from U-14 upwards teams compete in All-Derry competitions. The club play their home games at Páirc Brid.

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Gaelic football

Steelstown fields Gaelic football teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Reserve and Senior levels. They currently compete in the Derry Intermediate Championship and Division 3 of the Derry ACFL.

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Well known players

  • Stephen Cleary - Often cited as "the face" of Steelstown, the striking blonde represented Derry u-18s in the 2007 All Ireland Final before being selected as part of the senior McKenna Cup panel for 2010.
  • Martin Dunne - Along with O'Hea, holds an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship medal from Derry's 2002 campaign. 'Marty' has also been selected to represent the county's senior team, in goals, in the upcoming 2010 McKenna Cup.
  • Paul O'Hea - Derry player. In 2007 became the first Steelstown player to play for Derry in the Championship.[1]
  • Tom McGuinness - Regarded as one of Derry's best ever players.[2] Among his honours are three Ulster Senior Football Championship medals, as well as Ulster Under 21 and All-Ireland Under 21 Championship medals.[3]

Ladies's Gaelic football

The club also field Ladies' football teams at various age-groups.

History

Established in 1987,[4] Steelstown GAC is one of the youngest clubs in the county. The founding members were mostly people from rural areas of the county who had moved to the city. They included twice All Star Anthony McGurk from Lavey, his wife Mary, Philip and Marion Devlin from Drumsurn and Mickey Doherty from Claudy. The first team was an U-12 team and they were actually called Steelstown/Pennyburn, because they drew players from the two schools, and played at Templemore Sports Complex. The club gained access to the North Derry Board in 1996 and a Senior team was formed for the first time. With the recent explosion of popularity of Gaelic games in Derry City, the club has gained a lot of members since the mid 1990s and Steelstown is probably making the best upwards strides of any club in the city. In recent years Steelstown have had numerous players represent Derry at Senior, U21 and Minor level.

Paul O'Hea and Marty Dunne were part of Derry's 2002 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship winning side and in 2007 O'Hea became the first Steelstown player to play for Derry in the All-Ireland Championship when he came on as a sub against Mayo in Celtic Park. 15 Steelstown players were part of the St Columb's team that won the McLarnon Cup in 2002. Stephen Cleary, Neil Forrester, Mickey McKinney all from the club were part of Derry's 2007 All-Ireland Minor Championship runners-up team.

In 2003 the club's new home pitch was opened on the Ballyarnet Road. A new £600,000 development of club rooms and changing facilities was completed at Páirc Brid, and was opened in March 2007[5] by then GAA president, Sean Kelly. The facilities have helped continue the growth of the club at all age levels. In 2005 Steelstown lost out to Glen Thirds in the final of the Derry Junior Football Championship, however the Seniors achieved promotion to Intermediate Football. Around this time the club also started a ladies' team. In 2008, Steelstown claimed their first ever senior title by defeating Limavady in the Dr Kerlin Cup finalin Claudy with unsung hero Conán Doherty leaping to fame with a heroic left footed effort to the back of the net. In 2008 young Steelstown star Brian Óg Mckeever was diagnosed with cancer and later lost his battle with it. Brian Óg represented Derry under 15's and under 16's and was called into the minor team before having to pull out due to illness. He captained the Steelstown teams up to minor level. Brian Óg had a huge influence upon every one who knew him. Steelstown decided to rename the club in honour of the committed footballer to Steelstown Brian Óg's GAC. Steelstown also retired the number 5 jersey in his honour.

Honours

Senior

  • Dr Kerlin Cup (North Derry 13-a-Side) 1
    • 2008

Minor

  • Tommy O'Neill Cup (Derry Minor 'A' Football Championship) 1
    • 2005
  • North Derry Minor 'A' Football Championship: 1
    • 2005

U-16

  • North Derry U-16 Football Championship: 1
    • 2005
  • North Derry U-16 'B' Football Championship: 1
    • 2003

U-14

  • North Derry U-14 Football Championship: 1
    • 2003

Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.

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External links

References

  1. ^ O'Hara, Eamonn (2007-09-13). "Forrester hoping to add Steel to Derry's final fling". The Irish News.  
  2. ^ "Ulster's 125 - Derry shortlist". The Irish News. 10 February 2009. http://irishnews125.blogspot.com/2009/02/125-derry-player-list.html. Retrieved 7 April 2009.  
  3. ^ "Derry Greats - Tom McGuinness", Red Hand View - Tyrone vs Derry (National League Division 1 Round 6 programme) (A-Star Design), 28 March 2009  
  4. ^ "History of Steelstown GAC". http://www.steelstown.ie/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=28. Retrieved 2007-09-22.  
  5. ^ "Steelstown Clubhouse Ready for Throw In". http://archive.nics.gov.uk/sd/070309d-sd.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-19.  

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