I was reading the article on hoganstand about "Cake, Strimmer and Jelly; a football team of great nicknames" and I found into funny but interesting as there is usually a story about the origin of how a player or club got their nickname.
Playing club football from an early age you soon learned the nicknames of your opposition. I remember asking my father why this was the situation and he explained that it was intended as a motivational thing to be able to annoy your opponents by calling them by their nicknames. I know some of them but not all, so maybe some could complete the club list below.
Derrygonnelly - The pubbers Erne Gaels - Ederney - Lisnaskea - The dandies Devenish - Kinawley - The clockers Roslea - The cowboys Teemore - The hillbillies Irvinestown - Belcoo - Newtownbutler - The blow boys Coa - Tempo - Maguiresbridge - The pansies Aghadrumsee - The magpies Donagh - The bum boys Belnaleck - Enniskillen - The townies Brookeboro - Derrylin -
My cousin, uncle and father have helped me complete the list with interpretations. There seems to be a mixture of traditional as well as more recent additions. It all makes for interesting local social history in the GAA in Fermanagh. Club nicknames Derrygonnelly - The pubbers Attributed to the pub being the traditional meeting place for the Harps' players. Erne Gaels - The potters Obviously, linked to the Belleek pottery, although in the olden days they make chamber pots (toilet bowls) hence the name potters. Ederney - The lamberts or weemen Lambert is associated with sheep and the weemen refers naturally to their generally smaller stature. Lisnaskea - The dandies Flamboyant characters who liked to dress well. Devenish - The gorillas Mainly a hairy bunch and that seems to be still the case! Kinawley - The clockers Believed to be a more recent nickname due to being the first Fermanagh club to install a 'fancy' clock at their grounds which apparently didn't work half the time!. Roslea - The cowboys Historically, known as bandit country where the sheriff had no control, hence the classification as cowboys. Teemore - The hillbillies Renowned for there illicit spirit production, consumption and lifestyle of the hillbilly! Irvinestown - The Gauzies or shams Apparently, the name was associated with the rag trade in the town and sham name suggesting questionable genuineness. Belcoo - The humpty dumpties Suggests that they sat on the wall regularly and fell often, My father remembers loads of them sitting on the long bridge walls on the Fermanagh - Cavan border. Newtownbutler - The blow boys Renowned for boasting a lot while achieving little Coa - The culchies or benny hill men Irish word for country person and being from the hills of Coa certainly would fit that description! Tempo - The turfmen or rednecks The assumption here is that they are surrounded by bog and as for redneck we are not sure. Maguiresbridge - The pansies A traditional name associated with the Bridge as guys held on too long to the mother's apron strings. Aghadrumsee - The magpies Obviously, associated with their black & white strips and the tradition of feeding off others. Donagh - The bum boys Well that's obvious as they have larger behinds that most. Belnaleck - The leckers or sticklebacks Leckers is short of the club name and stickleback suggests they are pricky when touched or annoyed. Enniskillen - The townies or skinners Obviously, the club is based in the main town of the county hence the name townies and skinner suggest an element of being mean. Brookeboro - The ghostmen Associated with the Cooneen ghost from the area. Derrylin - The hatters or strawhatters Associated with the straw hatted mummers or travelling circus/theatre of clowns.