A Brief History of

Aughnamullen Sarsfield's

Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s club represents the parish of Aughnamullen East in Mid Monaghan. The area is often referred to as Lough Egish as it was here that the very successful dairy co-op Lough Egish was based. With rationalisation and amalgamations, the co-op has now become Lakeland Diaries which thankfully still has a processing base in the parish.

A Brief History of

Aughnamullen Sarsfield's

Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s club represents the parish of Aughnamullen East in Mid Monaghan. The area is often referred to as Lough Egish as it was here that the very successful dairy co-op Lough Egish was based. With rationalisation and amalgamations, the co-op has now become Lakeland Diaries which thankfully still has a processing base in the parish.

Rationalisation and amalgamation on the football front took place much earlier than that on the dairy front. In the early decades of the GAA in the area teams were affiliated at various times as Laragh, Tossey, Lough Egish, Carrickatee, Ballytrain, Creeve, Laggan, and Sragh.

Folk memory assures us that football was strong and victorious in the parish of Aughnamullen East in the early years of the GAA and it is recorded that in 1891 a local team won a silver cup and championship by defeating Inniskeen. In 1928 the local team affiliated as Lough Egish Sarsfield’s and the following year 1929 they won the county junior championship.

In 1938 the parish team won the junior championship again but this time under the name of Carrickatee O Connells.

In 1946 the county junior league winners were Lough Egish but when the same cup came back to the parish in 1952 it was won by Laragh. The Laragh team of ’53 fell foul of the legislators and were suspended. In 1954 they were to re-appear in the spirit of the liberator as Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s – the club we know today.

Rationalisation and amalgamation on the football front took place much earlier than that on the dairy front. In the early decades of the GAA in the area teams were affiliated at various times as Laragh, Tossey, Lough Egish, Carrickatee, Ballytrain, Creeve, Laggan, and Sragh.

Folk memory assures us that football was strong and victorious in the parish of Aughnamullen East in the early years of the GAA and it is recorded that in 1891 a local team won a silver cup and championship by defeating Inniskeen. In 1928 the local team affiliated as Lough Egish Sarsfield’s and the following year 1929 they won the county junior championship.

In 1938 the parish team won the junior championship again but this time under the name of Carrickatee O Connells.

In 1946 the county junior league winners were Lough Egish but when the same cup came back to the parish in 1952 it was won by Laragh. The Laragh team of ’53 fell foul of the legislators and were suspended. In 1954 they were to re-appear in the spirit of the liberator as Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s – the club we know today.

The list of successes for Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s are:

Junior Championship ’57 ’67 ’07 ‘20

Junior League ’64 ’65 ‘14

Intermediate Championship ’72 ’73 & ‘78
Intermediate League ’73 ‘91
Reserve Championship ’87 ‘13
Reserve League ’87 ’89 ’03 ’07 ’13 ‘14
Under 21 ’88 ‘18
Minor League   ’78 ’84 ’85 ’91 ‘93 2000 ’07 ‘12
Under 17 2020
Under 16 ’85 ’11 ’14 ‘16

Juveniles:

Under 12 ’79 ‘82 ’03 ’09 ’10 ‘17
Under 13 ’03 ’04 ‘20 ’21
Under 14 ’83 ’84 ’93 ‘03 ’04 ’12 ’13 ‘14 ’15
Under 15 ‘03 ‘20 ’21

The list of successes for Aughnamullen Sarsfield’s are:

 

  • Junior Championship ’57 ’67 ’07 ‘20
  • Junior League ’64 ’65 ‘14
  • Intermediate Championship ’72 ’73 & ‘78
  • Intermediate League ’73 ‘91
  • Reserve Championship ’87 ‘13
  • Reserve League ’87 ’89 ’03 ’07 ’13 ‘14
  • Under 21 ’88 ‘18
  • Minor League   ’78 ’84 ’85 ’91 ‘93 2000 ’07 ‘12
  • Under 17 2020
  • Under 16 ’85 ’11 ’14 ‘16
  • Juveniles:
  • Under 12 ’79 ‘82 ’03 ’09 ’10 ‘17
  • Under 13 ’03 ’04 ‘20 ’21
  • Under 14 ’83 ’84 ’93 ‘03 ’04 ’12 ’13 ‘14 ’15
  • Under 15 ‘03 ‘20 ’21

Distinction of Winning

In 2003 the club’s Juveniles achieved the unique distinction of winning the 4 Juvenile leagues in which they participated within the county and crowned this off by winning the National School League (Div. 2) as well. The feat was equalled in 2020 when the club were successful at under 13, under 15, and under 17 levels. To cap off a memorable year the club lifted the Junior football championship to regain their place in intermediate ranks.

 

A more expansive history of the club will be uploaded at a later date.