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Smallest Club In Each County

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Show me."
Show you where ballymadun is or show you how to use google?

If it's the latter it's not too hard to work out. I'm definitely no genius and I manage it.

To save you time I'll leave this here:

You'll probably figure it out from there for yourself.

Cue the accusations of stalking or being from Kildare……

Greenfield (Meath) - Posts: 456 - 11/09/2021 21:04:33    2379769


Replying To The_Fonz:  "Hahahaha I knew I'd draw ya out. Anyway I definitely think Meath would have beaten Tyrone today. Without a doubt. I mean they played for 15 minutes against Dublin so they have to be team of the year also. And Mayo can surely thank Meath for showing them how to beat Dublin. Btw if ya ever need a stent give us a shout. And one last thing, it's ok to be wrong sometimes Royal, don't get too worked up about it. If you believe that you can't get to Ballinabrackey by road from anywhere in Meath then thats ok don't worry about it good lad."
I'm not the one who searched google maps. Hehehe. Still haven't . Thank you for entertaining me the past couple of days. I actually mean that.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 17792 - 11/09/2021 22:21:54    2379807


I remember the early 2000s..almost each year in club final any new team in it "was the smallest club in Ireland" was almost a competition in anyone knows for sure is always something I couldnt figure out..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 13/09/2021 17:02:34    2380338


Replying To Fairplayalways:  "I remember the early 2000s..almost each year in club final any new team in it "was the smallest club in Ireland" was almost a competition in anyone knows for sure is always something I couldnt figure out.."
Tourin in Waterford.

Camann (Waterford) - Posts: 6 - 01/10/2021 13:22:04    2383966


Cloonacool in Sligo

muscles (Sligo) - Posts: 361 - 01/10/2021 14:28:21    2383986


Replying To Camann:  "Tourin in Waterford."
I thought it might be Tourin but selected Ballysaggart . Modeligo and Fenor must be fairly small also.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 1644 - 01/10/2021 14:32:34    2383989


Cloonacool in Sligo share a parish with Tubbercurry would be Sligo's smallest but probably decent footballers choose to play with Tubber as amalgamated underage so boundaries are not respected at adult too strictly

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 113 - 01/10/2021 14:40:41    2383991


Replying To endgame:  "Is that Kilteevan Ros2013.
Seamus Hayden's club when he played midfield on the 1980 Roscommon team that reached the All Ireland Final."

reffingmad (Roscommon) - Posts: 251 - 03/10/2021 20:02:00    2384299


Ballela in Down. Small Hurling/Camogie
club out in West Down primary school closed down and situated near areas not traditional GAA Low numbers underage usually amalgamation with Ballyvarley - hold their own junior / intermediate and have provided some quality hurlers for the county over the years. Good Hurling/Camogie people.

HurlingObserver (Down) - Posts: 19 - 04/10/2021 18:40:46    2384409


Replying To CastleBravo:  "Have to love the inverted bragging; "My club is smaller than your club".

Another funny few things you always see when a small club wins a county championship and goes on a provincial run:

1. The club's population will get referenced in every interview and match report.
2. With every round the club wins, the population cited in match reports will get smaller and smaller. Sometimes I worry that by the time they reach the final the parish will be totally depopulated.
3. Bonus points if they start overegging it and adding various qualifiers and extra hardships with things like "Yerra sure there's only 25 playing age men from the parish and most of those are in Australia. We didn't even know if we'd have 15 players for the All Ireland final....""
... and if you are a half-parish, you get to keep the match ball and get a free set of steak knives for winning the ultimate small club bingo. We call it the 'Mullinalaghta effect'.

arcadia (Longford) - Posts: 221 - 04/10/2021 19:34:48    2384415


Replying To bennybunny:  "Rochestown probably the smallest one in Cork. They field one junior C football underage...hard to know where they even get the players from anymore...Pat McAuliffe (RIP) did trajan work to keep them alive..Anyone underage in Rochestown plays with Douglas..if they bother with Gaeilic sports at all...St John's in the county also have only one side..based in very rural Aubane/Ballingree..Goleen, Garnish,Glengarriff are also tiny but have some underage structures"
Does that mean that can't qualify for Munster?

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - Posts: 699 - 04/10/2021 20:41:56    2384424


Replying To royaldunne:  "I'm not the one who searched google maps. Hehehe. Still haven't . Thank you for entertaining me the past couple of days. I actually mean that."
Allow me to kill the argument by replacing it. The north and the south of County Leitrim are inaccessible to/from one another by road without leaving the county. Please, all, feel free to put me in my box by Googling it.

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - Posts: 699 - 04/10/2021 20:47:30    2384426


Replying To Square_B:  "You'd have a hard enough job determining the smallest club in Leitrim... there's at least 6 clubs that might fit the bill... IMO Cloone, Drumreilly, Glenfarne, Aughnasheelin, Eslin, Ballinaglera... even at that there could be some argument and other clubs you could add to that list."
What about Aughawillan? And I'm not sure about Cloone, although they have no second team...

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - Posts: 699 - 04/10/2021 20:48:33    2384427


I know Tourin and Ballysaggert were already mentioned in Waterford but i would say Melleray /Glen rovers would be the smallest although i'm open to correction on that.

PullHard7 (Waterford) - Posts: 44 - 04/10/2021 20:51:16    2384428


Deciding smallest club can be difficult. The number of townlands alone will not decide as townlands may be large area or large population. Maybe say a club who only have players taken from a very small school and that would normally be a rural area. Some clubs come and go, so a very small club which does not field a team may not count-maybe the question should specify ladies football, hurling, men's football, camogie and grade off. Maybe naming a very small club in a county that have won many senior championships could be more easily determined. Some of the clubs already mentioned are indeed very small with some not fielding teams (I hope only temporary)- it is a fact that some of the clubs mentioned are close to counties with the lowest number of clubs. Difficult naming small clubs close to, or in towns, as players come from outside a specified area. Judging by all the politician talk today (billions here billions there) makes me believe that rural Ireland does not exist with roads or houses not required, or is that a new way to go green!.

browncows (Meath) - Posts: 2280 - 04/10/2021 21:20:25    2384436


Clare Island GAA club is probably the smallest GAA club. Population 150. They play in the Islands all Ireland. Some of their players actually play in the Mayo championship with Louisberg on the mainland as they are unable to field a team.

This year Lacken have been unable to field a team for club championship as recently as last weekend and are in danger of folding. Which is very sad to see but is another example of rural depopulation.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10820 - 05/10/2021 07:05:14    2384444


Replying To The_Fonz:  "Was going to say Loughnavalley or Ballycomoyle myself Mick."
Ballycomoyle pulls from a surprisingly big enough area, loughnavalley by far the smallest

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 126 - 05/10/2021 10:15:34    2384457


Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "Ballycomoyle pulls from a surprisingly big enough area, loughnavalley by far the smallest"
Would have thought CFCW would have pulled most of that area around Pollard, Ringtown and Collinstown. Ballycomoyle is very small and close to border with Longford and Meath. Loughnavalley would probably shade it. Stuck between Ballymore, Shandonagh, Milltown and Malachys. A lot of clubs competing for players in a small area.

The_Fonz (Westmeath) - Posts: 196 - 07/10/2021 17:45:57    2384801


Annaghminnon Rovers in Louth. The smallest club in the smallest county.

Ollie2 (Louth) - Posts: 463 - 07/10/2021 18:54:25    2384818


Replying To Ollie2:  "Annaghminnon Rovers in Louth. The smallest club in the smallest county."
Currently home to Magheracloone GAA at the minute as well great club

Bantysbabes123 (Monaghan) - Posts: 14 - 08/10/2021 11:45:25    2384880