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Club History

A look back at Gaelic Activity in our Parish

Year Activity
2015 A fantastic Year for Trillick as they annexed their 7th Senior Championship, beating Killyclogher in the final 1:9 to 0:11 sparking scenes of unbridled joy in Healy Park and the village of Trillick. Our Senior ladies also won the Junior Championship, defeating Edendork in an enthraling finish. Our Minor Girls and Boys also won their respective league titles to complete a successful year. Trillick lost to Scotstown in the Ulster Club Semi-final while Mattie Donnelly becomes the first Trillick person to win an Allstar, nominated at wing forward in the Opel GAA awards.
2014 Promoted back to Senior at the first attempt, following a league play-off victory over Eskra in Killyclogher. Trillick lost the 2014 Intermediate final to Dungannon.
2013 Trillick relegated to Division 2 following pay-off defeat to Strabane
2008 A memorable and hugely successful year as Trillick became Tyrone & Ulster Intermediate Champions. Reserves completed an Intermediate league & Championship double. Senior ladies won the Division Two league and were defeated in the Championship Final. U-16 & U-14 boys won Grade 3 & Grade 2 Championships respectively, U-13 boys defeated in the Grade 2 Final. Niall Gormley became the first man from Trillick to gain an All-Ireland Senior Football Medal, while Matthew Donnelly (0.3), claimed an all Ireland Minor Medal after a replay victory over Mayo. Matthew gained further recognition winning Ulster Colleges All-Star & Man of the Match in Ulster Club Final. Sarah Donnelly won Dowd Cup & O' Connor Shield medals with UUJ & selected on Combined Universities team
2006 Reserves won Division 1B Reserve League. Trillick Ladies' & Men's clubs amalgamated. Kevin Donnelly & Francie Gallagher refereed U-21 & U-16 County Finals respectively. Sarah Donnelly won All-Ireland; Dowd Cup & O' Connor Shield with UUJ. Matthew Donnelly won Rannafast Cup Medal with St Michael's College 2007 Tyrone U-21's managed by Liam Donnelly won Ulster championship. Trillick beaten in Div 1 & 2 playoff, thus relegated to intermediate football. Niall Gormley won Ulster Senior Championship with Tyrone. Cathy Donnelly won British Universities All-Star.
2005 Tyrone captained by Brian Dooher won second Senior All-Ireland. Trillick participated in Feile Peile na nOg held in Limerick, Galtee Gaels were our host club, Richard Donnelly runner up in the All-Ireland skills competition.
2003 One week after Peter Canavan captained Tyrone to first Senior All-Ireland title, the newly refurbished ‘Donnelly Park' was officially opened by Sean Kelly (President Cumann Luthchleas Gael) with Sam Maguire Cup, Mickey Harte, Peter Canavan & Brian Dooher in attendance. Chairman, Raymond Monteith was the driving force behind the development and the role of voluntary workers was invaluable. Damien Kelly won an Ulster Minor Championship Medal on Tyrone team managed by Liam Donnelly. Niall Gormley played on the Ulster U-21 Ulster Championship winning team. Proinsias O'Kane received an Ulster Colleges All-star. Trillick Ladies' senior & U-16's won League Division 2 titles. Domnic Mc Caughey was elected to the Ulster Council.
2002 Fergal Donnelly won U-21 Ulster Championship & Jody Gormley won Div 1 National league medal. Proinsias O'Kane won MacRory Cup medal with St Michael's, Enniskillen. Dermot Mc Caughey & Michael Mc Caughey elected to Tyrone County Board
2001 The club undertook it's biggest ever development. The main pitch was extended & resurfaced; a new entrance and signage was erected. The training pitch was ready for use by mid summer. Damien Gormley won an Ulster Senior Championship with Tyrone. Liam Donnelly was joint manager of the Tyrone Minor team which won the All-Ireland, Niall Gormley was a member of the team. Due to Foot & Mouth MacRory Cup Final was incompleted and the title was shared, Niall Gormley & Stephen Maguire (St Michael's Ekn) and Mark Mc Kenna (Omagh CBS) received winners' medals.
2000 Work on training pitch completed and plans were drawn up for major re-development of Donnelly Park. A major club draw was organised with outstanding success. Trillick minors beaten in Grade Two Championship final. Mac Mc Caughey launched his book ‘The GAA in Trillick, Co Tyrone A Century of Cultural Activity'
1999 Minor Team reached finals of Grade Two Championship & League. Ladies Football team reached championship final. Sarah McGrade won Ulster & All-Ireland medals with Tyrone Ladies Footballers. Fergal Donnelly & Kevin McCaughey won MacRory Cup medals with St. Michael's, Enniskillen. Two New Dressing rooms were added and the Fr Matt Hall was reconstructed.
1998 Trillick Runners-up in Division One League Senior & Reserve Leagues. Won Under 16 League & Championship Grade 3, double. U-14 team beaten in League final. Fergal Donnelly won Ulster and All-Ireland medals with Tyrone minors, and won Ulster Colleges All-Star award. Liam Donnelly appointed Tyrone Minor Team manager. Work commenced on new training pitch.
1997 Trillick won Division 1/2 play-off and re-entry to Division One, Division 2 Reserve Championship and runners-up in League. Pat King appointed Fermanagh team manager. Paddy Corry won Ulster & All-Ireland Minor runners up medals and Ulster Colleges All-Star.
1996 Jody and Damien Gormley won Ulster senior medals with Tyrone. Trillick demoted to Division Two. Kevin Corry won Sigerson Cup medal with U.C.D.
1995 Jody and Damien Gormley won Ulster senior medals with Tyrone, beaten All-Ireland finalists. Trillick Ladies Football Team won Division Two League.
1994 Trillick camogie team won Division Two championship & League double.
1992 Trillick camogie team won Division Two League, beaten in championship final. Trillick players; John and Brendan Donnelly, Pat King, Patsy and John Kelly on Tyrone Over 40s team beaten by Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Niall Corry won MacRory Cup medal with St. Michael's, Enniskillen.
1991-92 Jody Gormley won Ulster & All-Ireland medals with Tyrone Under 21's in 1991 & 92.
1991 Trillick won Division One Reserve League; beaten in McGarrity Cup final replay
1990 Trillick won Mc Garrity Cup. Kieran Kelly won Sigerson Cup medal with Q.U.B
1989 Trillick won Jim Devlin Cup, Division One All-County Reserve League & Grade Two Minor Championship & League double. Sean Donnelly won his third Ulster Senior Championship medal and Iggy Gallagher his first. Iggy Gallagher won Sigerson Cup medal with St. Mary's, Belfast, first Trillick player to do so. John Donnelly appointed Tyrone manager and Sean Donnelly captain.
1988 Trillick won Jim Devlin Cup and beaten in final of Frank O'Neill Cup. Kieran Kelly selected as replacement on Combined Universities team
1987 Trillick beaten in Championship Final re-play first defeat in ten County Finals; won All County League and Frank O'Neill Cup. Hall extended with provision of new toilet facilities and meeting room. Iggy Gallagher selected for combined All Ireland Colleges.
1986 Trillick won Tyrone Senior Championship. Sean Donnelly won Ulster Senior Medal with Tyrone, who were beaten All-Ireland finalists. Dominic McCaughey elected Tyrone County Secretary, having previously served as youth officer.
1985 Trillick won Frank O'Neill Cup and All-County League - first team in Tyrone to win four-in-a-row Senior League titles.
1984 Sean and Liam Donnelly won Ulster Senior Medals with Tyrone. Trillick won All-County League and Top Four Cup. Trillick won Reserve League, becoming first team to win double (Division One Senior and Reserve Leagues) in same year. Trillick won Centenary Year Club of Year Award. Floodlighting provided at playing field.
1983 Trillick won double of County Championship & All County League, Division One. Oliver McSorley is appointed acting Tyrone County Secretary during the season.
1982 Trillick won All County League and Top Four (McElduff) Cup. Trillick won Minor Championship, Grade Two. Playing field redrained and re-surfaced. Oliver McSorley becomes Secretary of the Tyrone GAC, a post he would hold unitl 2000
1981 Trillick runners-up in All County League
1980 Trillick won Tyrone Senior Championship
1979 Trillick runners-up in All County League. Brendan Donnelly won Railway Cup medal with Tyrone, first Trillick man to do so; also selected as replacement All-Star Award Winner
1978 Trillick runners-up in All County League, beaten in play-off
1977-78 Hall extended and new dressing rooms provided
1977 Trillick won All-County League and League Cup
1976 Trillick All-County League runners-up
1975 Trillick won Tyrone Senior Championship and had Club History published. Sean Donnelly won Ulster Minor Medal with Tyrone, who were beaten All-Ireland finalists. John Kelly won first ever Tyrone County Final Man-of-Match award
1974 Trillick won Tyrone Senior Championship and St. Enda Cup & Ulster Club Championship finalists. Pat King & John Donnelly captains of Tyrone & Fermanagh respectively
1973 Trillick won All-County League, Division One, and were St. Enda Cup finalists. Barney McAnespy, Brendan Donnelly and Pat King won Ulster Championship, Division Two of National Football League with Tyrone
1972-73 Seamus Gormley and Joe McGrade won Ulster Under 21 medals with Tyrone in 1972 & 1973
1971 Trillick won St. Enda Cup. Malachy McAleer and Seamus Gormley won Ulster Minor Medals with Tyrone.
1970 Willie Donnelly Memorial Park officially opened on 6 September 1970. Trillick won All-County League, Division B. Joe McGrade captained Omagh C.B.S. to win MacLarnon Cup (Ulster Colleges senior football)
1969-70 Playing field enlarged and resurfaced
1969 Trillick again Minor Championship and League winners. Mickey McGirr and Harry Murphy won All-Ireland Vocational Schools medals with Tyrone
1968 Trillick reached final of Tyrone juvenile football championship. Trillick won Tyrone Minor Championship and West Tyrone League
1967 Mick McCaughey elected Honorary President of West Tyrone Board, himself and Peter Coleman being the only ones ever to be so honoured. In May 1967, the club decided to develop the playing field into full-sized, enclosed pitch. Patsy Barrett, Kevin Murphy and Mickey McGirr won All Ireland Vocational Schools medals with Tyrone. Tom Donnelly, Gerry Murphy & Mickey McGirr won Ulster minor medals with Tyrone. Trillick reached final of Tyrone minor football championship
1966 Father Michael McGourty established Youth Club and stimulated interest in under-age football. Trillick players Eugene Gormley, Kevin McArt and Tommy O'Brien won All Ireland Vocational Schools medals with Fermanagh
1965 Trillick won Tyrone Juvenile Championship
1964 Trillick minors were West Tyrone League finalists and Juveniles were County Championship finalists
1963 Trillick won West Tyrone Intermediate championship & runners-up in West Tyrone League
1962-64 Father John Finnegan revived interest in under-age football and laid foundations for 1960's, 70's & 80's successes.
1961 Trillick beaten finalists in West Tyrone senior league
1959 Trillick won West Tyrone senior league, Division Two
1956 Tyrone won first ever Ulster Senior Football championship
1954 Trillick reach final of St. Enda Cup
1952 First club minor team organised by Father Carty
1951 Jim O'Hagan completed 14 years as West Tyrone Board treasurer
1950 Juvenile football first organised in the parish by Father Carty, Jim O'Hagan and Matt Donnelly. Trillick beaten in Davis Cup final
1949-50 Glassmullagh hurlers backbone Dromore team that won Tyrone hurling championship in 1949; this same side winning the West Tyrone league in 1948, 1949 and 1950
1949 On Easter Sunday, 17 April 1949, the Father Matt Memorial Hall was blessed and officially opened
1948 Club decided to build a hall and tenders were invited. Eddie Leonard won All-Ireland medal with Tyrone minors - first Trillick man to win All- Ireland medal
1945-46 Glassmullagh won Fermanagh Senior Hurling Championship in 1945 and 1946
1942 Trillick won St Enda Cup in derby final against Dromore. Paddy Donnelly became the first captain of a Tyrone cup-winning team beatingw Antrim in the Dr. Lagan Cup final.
1940-46 Trillick curate, Father Terence Kirke, was chairman of the West Tyrone Board from 1940 to 1946 and County Board chairman in 1945/46
1939 Trillick won West Tyrone league, unbeaten in championship right up to final but championship illegally declared void with Trillick and Fintona entitled to play the final
1938 Trillick won West Tyrone league
1937 Trillick captained by Tommy McSorley, won their first Tyrone senior football championship, beating Donaghmore 2-8 to 0-2. Trillick also won West Tyrone league
1936-39 Glassmullagh won Fermanagh senior hurling championship in l936; they had won unofficial championships in Tyrone in 1930/32 and transferred to Fermanagh because of travel difficulties and unfair treatment in Tyrone. Coa defeated Glassmullagh in the Fermanagh team that played in the 1939 Ulster junior hurling championship was composed entirely of Fermanagh hurling finals of 1938 and 1939. The Glassmullagh and Coa players - an entire Fermanagh team from this parish!
1935 On 3 May 1935, secretary John J McElholm wrote to the Tyrone county secretary informing him that the Trillick club had purchased new jerseys and seeking registration of the club colours as Red and White - the birth of the Reds
1934-35 Paddy Donnelly on Tyrone minor teams that won the Ulster championships of 1934 and 1935 the first Trillick man to win an Ulster championship medal. Paddy Donnelly was selected on the 1936 Ulster Colleges team
1934 Pavilion erected at playing fields for use as meeting room/dressing rooms
1933 An Ulster Council meeting over-ruled Fermanagh's claim of jurisdiction over this and other parishes and returned Trillick, Dromore and Fivemiletown to Tyrone GAA control. In the same month the Trí Liag Club was formally registered in Tír Eoghain; official club colours were blue & white. On 24 November 1933, the deed was drawn up declaring the Trillick St. Macartan's Club to be the proud owners of three fields at the edge of the village, purchased for £110; Trillick becoming one of the very first clubs in Tyrone to own its own grounds.
1932 Trillick St. Macartan's Club formed
1931 The West Tyrone Board of the GAA was formed at a meeting in Eskra on 29 October, this Board finally establishing gaelic games on a solid footing in West Tyrone
1929-31 A team from the Fingerpost area, under the name of Carn Hill, played junior football in Fermanagh from 1929 to 1931
1926 On 14 November, Tommy McGee starred for Ulster against Munster in the new Railway Cup, thus becoming the first Trillick man to play for Ulster
1923-28 The McDonaghs re-formed in 1923 and, playing all in black, became known as the All-Blacks, continuing up to 1928
1920-23 The ‘Troubles' meant no football in Tyrone from 1920 to 1923
1919 In final of McAnespie Cup, played at McAnespies, Laughterush, the eight Trillick men helped Fintona beat Irvinestown by 1-1 to nil, before over 2000 spectators
1918 First Ulster Colleges GAA Council formed on 12 January; first secretary being Father Bernard O ' D a l y , later noted historian and parish priest here from 1949 to 1962. McDonaghs team broke up and eight Trillick men joined the Fintona Pearses, who won Tyrone championship in 1918
1917-20 Father James McManus, CC, Trillick, was chairman of Tyrone County Board from 1917 to 1920
1917 Trillick McDonaghs won West Tyrone league and beaten in the championship County Final, Trillick's first County Final. Tommy McGee & Dan McElholm became the first Trillick men to play on the Tyrone senior football team. Mid-Ulster League formed at meeting in Irvinestown on 20 July; Glassmullagh won the hurling league and McDonaghs reached the semi-final of the football league
1915 Trillick McDonaghs football team formed by Father James McManus, CC.
1914 Trillick Red Hands had disbanded in 1910 and Trillick players, Charlie Keenan, Dan & Willie McElholm, Johnny Curry, Mick McCaughey, Paddy McGirr and Francey & Harry McGee joined Fintona Davitts, helping them to win Tyrone senior championship in 1914, becoming the first Trillick men to win county football championship medals
1913 Trillick Feis on 15 August 1913, featured a hurling game between Glassmullagh and Coa and a camogie game between Trillick and Knocknagor, all four teams from the parish
1909-13 Father Matt's Feiseanna were the only occasions when gaelic games were played in Tyrone or Fermanagh during 1909 - 1913
1909 Three football teams functioned in the parish in 1909, Trillick Red Hands, Golan and Bundoran Junction Eirê Ogs
1907-21 First GAA Trophy played for in Tyrone - The McAnespie Cup, presented by Trillick man James McAnespie from Laughterush. On 15 August 1907, the first of Father Matt Maguire's famous Feiseanna was held in Trillick and featured the Red Hands football team, Glassmullagh and Coa hurling teams and Trillick and Knocknagor camogie teams, all five teams from the parish
1906 On 17 June 1906, Josie McElholm played on the Tyrone Hurling team becoming the first Trillick man to wear a Tyrone jersey. Trillick Red Hands football team formed; Camogie teams formed in Trillick and Knocknagor, aided by Professor Agnes O'Farrelly of UCD who had founded the Camogie Association in 1904. Gaelic League reactivated in Trillick by Father Matt Maguire. PP in September 1906
1905 Glassmullagh St. Colmcilles Hurling Club formed
1904 First Tyrone County Board formed, Lisdoo club registered with Board, one of five teams to take part in first Tyrone senior football championship. On 6 November 1904, Lisdoo football team played Strabane in the first County competitive game played by a team from this parish
1903 Lisdoo Young Ireland Language Club formed by William T Grainger. Football teams from Trillick, Lisdoo, Golan and Liffer played at Feis in Trillick on 15 August 1903. Lisdoo Young Ireland Hurling and Football Club formed by William T Grainger in December 1903
1902 Officer Board and Area organisers for new Gaelic League Branch named at a meeting in Magheralough Church on Sunday 5 January 1902
1901 Branch of Gaelic League formed at meeting in Magheralough Church by Father McGinnity, PP
1900-01 Gaelic Football first played in Trillick.