Club History

The history of the G.A.A. in Moycullen goes back to the beginning of the last century.  It was well organised within the parish by 1914. There are written records of a five-member delegation from the Football club attending a meeting of the Hurling club on the 12th April 1914 for the purpose of amalgamation of the two clubs.  The joint clubs appointed the following officers:  

Uachtarán. – P Ó Droighneán (Clooniffe)

Cisteoir- Mark McDonagh (Ballyquirke), Michael Morris (Clooniffe)

Rúnaí – Walter Regan (Moycullen)

The first set of emerald green jerseys and togs arrived from Elvery’s of Dublin on 31st May 1914 at a total cost of £1-17s-6d.  One football and four hurling balls were purchased from Murphy’s of Waterford at a cost of £1-3s-0d. The membership fee to join the club was 3d.

Oughterard provided the main opposition in those early days.  A parish competition comprising of teams from Coolaghy, Moycullen village, Poulnaclough and Tullykyne was played in 1914.  Coolaghy won it.  We are indebted to the late Tomás Bairéad, who preserved the minutes of those early meetings, for the above snippets.  Politics entered the GAA scene in late 1914 when a resolution was passed calling on all members in the parish to support the Irish National Volunteer Movement in every way possible. Indeed, a prominent member of the Football Club – John Geoghegan (Ugoole) – was executed by the Tans.

The First World War, the War of Independence and the ensuing Civil War brought the usual problems to the GAA in the parish and it was not until the late 1920’s that the clubs were re-organised again. It is widely accepted that the present club was formed in 1928-29. The membership fee in 1928 was 6d.  The club began to take part in the County GAA at junior level.  It did not have any great luck in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or early 50’s in football so much so that in 1955 there were no football teams entered in the county competitions. However the hurlers recorded some famous victories in these years including county titles in 1937, 1944 (junior) & 1945 (intermediate & minor).

In 1956, it was decided to enter Junior and Minor football teams again.  The club met with instant success and won the West Board Championship Cup the same year.  This victory was the beginning of the “Golden Age” (1956-73) of Moycullen football, as from then on, the club has gone from strength to strength and has won several divisional and county competitions (see list of achievements).  In 1961 the Hurling and Football clubs became separate independent clubs once again, having been amalgamated for 47 years.

The Football club achieved Senior status in 1964 by winning the County Junior Championship and, except for a short stay at intermediate level, Moycullen has been senior ever since until 2006. Cumann Peile Mhaigh Cuilinn were crowned All Ireland Intermediate Champions in 2008.