Club profiles: Gaelic Football (Mens)

Gaelic Football (Mens)

NUIGalway fields mens gaelic football teams in senior, intermediate, junior and two fresher teams each season. A club committee is formed following an AGM at the start of the season in late September/early October. The training and games at home take place in the college GAA grounds in Dangan sports centre up past the Westwood hotel. the club was formed in 1910 taking part in the Sigerson cup winning it in 1912. the college colours are maroon and white with white and maroon the secondary colours.

History

Ranked second in the Sigerson roll of honour with 22 sigerson cup titles garnered mainly between the 1930s and 1970s. UCD has the most with 31 titles as NUIGalways last honour came in 2003 with a youthful Michael Meehan leading the way in the scoring charts. In 2011 NUIGalway reached the quarter finals of the Sigerson only to be beaten by hosts UCD. The football club is one of the oldest clubs within the college and has boasted over the last near 100 years some of the great players of Sigerson history and who went on to gather full acclaim on the intercounty stage. NUI Galway has won numerous titles in leagues, fresher championships, intermediate and junior championships. The college has hosted the sigerson tournament on many occasions winning it for the first time in 1912.

Achievements

NUIgalway has won the sigerson cup 22 times. The years being 1912 1921, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1992 and 2003. The last six winning captains have been Padraig Monaghan 1980, Gay McManua 1981, Richie Lee 1984, Tomas Tierney 1985, Sean Og De Paor 1992 and Lorcan Colleran 2003. NUI Galway has won the fresher football title on nine times the most recent in 2005 and 2006. The intermediate and junior football sides have also tasted league and championship glory. Since then NUI  Galway has won the Fresher B league All Ireland in the season 2015/2016 when they defeated Sligo IT in a closely contested game to capture the Division 3 league title. In the same season the Junior concurred the Connacht Junior championship beating Sligo IT also but unfortunately lost the All Ireland Semi final to a well drilled Garda college team who later went on to win the Junior championship.

The Roll of Honor for the Sigerson Competition is as follows:
  • 1910/11 UCC
  • 1911/12 UCG
  • 1912/13 UCD
  • 1913/14 UCC
  • 1914/15 UCD
  • 1915/16 UCC
  • 1916/17 UCD
  • 1917/18 UCD
  • 1918/19 UCC
  • 1919/20 UCD
  • 1920/21 Not Played
  • 1921/22 UCG
  • 1922/23 UCC
  • 1923/24 UCD
  • 1924/25 UCC
  • 1925/26 UCC
  • 1926/27 UCD
  • 1927/28 UCC
  • 1928/29 UCD
  • 1929/30 UCD
  • 1930/31 UCD
  • 1931/32 UCD
  • 1932/33 UCD
  • 1933/34 UCG
  • 1934/35 UCG
  • 1935/36 UCD
  • 1936/37 UCG
  • 1937/38 UCG
  • 1938/39 UCG
  • 1939/40 UCG
  • 1940/41 UCG
  • 1941/42 UCG
  • 1942/43 Not Played
  • 1943/44 UCC
  • 1944/45 UCD
  • 1945/46 UCD
  • 1946/47 UCC
  • 1947/48 UCD
  • 1948/49 UCG
  • 1949/50 UCD
  • 1950/51 UCG
  • 1951/52 UCC
  • 1952/53 UCC
  • 1953/54 UCD
  • 1954/55 UCG
  • 1955/56 UCD
  • 1956/57 UCD
  • 1957/58 UCD
  • 1958/59 QUB
  • 1959/60 UCD
  • 1960/61 UCG
  • 1961/62 UCD
  • 1962/63 UCG
  • 1963/64 UCG
  • 1964/65 QUB
  • 1965/66 UCC
  • 1966/67 UCC
  • 1967/68 UCD
  • 1968/69 UCC
  • 1969/70 UCC
  • 1970/71 QUB
  • 1971/72 UCC
  • 1972/73 UCD
  • 1973/74 UCD
  • 1974/75 UCD
  • 1975/76 SPC Maynooth
  • 1976/77 UCD
  • 1977/78 UCD
  • 1978/79 UCD
  • 1979/80 UCG
  • 1980/81 UCG
  • 1981/82 QUB
  • 1982/83 UCG
  • 1983/84 UCG
  • 1984/85 UCD
  • 1985/86 UUJ
  • 1986/87 UUJ
  • 1987/88 UCC
  • 1988/89 St Mary's Belfast
  • 1989/90 QUB
  • 1990/91 UUJ
  • 1991/92 UCG
  • 1992/93 QUB
  • 1993/94 UCC
  • 1994/95 UCC
  • 1995/96 UCD
  • 1996/97 Tralee RTC
  • 1997/98 IT Tralee
  • 1998/99 IT Tralee
  • 1999/00 QUB
  • 2000/01 UUJ
  • 2001/02 IT Sligo
  • 2002/03 NUI Galway
  • 2003/04 IT Sligo
  • 2004/05 IT Sligo
  • 2005/06 DCU
  • 2006/07 QUB
  • 2007/08 UUJ
  • 2008/09 Cork IT
  • 2009/10 DCU
  • 2010/11 UCC
  • 2011/12 DCU
  • 2012/13 Dublin IT
  • 2013/14 UCC
  • 2014/15 DCU
  • 2015/16 UCD

Intervarsities

The last the intervarsities or "Sigerson Weekend" as it is more commonly known as was held back in 2012. 2012 was a huge year for NUIGalway football club as alongside the Ladies football side will be hosting their intervaristy. The gaelic football intervarsity is simply known to one and all as "The sigerson". NUI Galway lasted hosted the Sigerson in 2000. The cream of the best young exponents in Gaelic Football display their talents on Sigerson weekend alongwith the Trench cup and Corn na Mac Leinn that represent division 2 and 3 third level football at championship level.