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 Na Gaeil History


Club Foundations   |   Novice Championship Victories

Club Foundation

Na Gaeil's Foundation came about as a result of the success that was achieved in the Community Games at Under 12 and Under 14 level in the 1970's.

On the 1st May 1978, the first motion was put forward by residents associations to set up a GAA club to cater for the needs of the youth of North Tralee and the Oakpark area.

Following this, on the 8th November, a meeting of interested parties was held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Oakpark. At this meeting, the name "Na Gaeil" was decided upon and Denis Reen was elected the first chairman of Na Gaeil C.L.G.. Pádraig Murphy was elected first president of the club.

Early Development

The first Senior team took to the field vs Ballyheigue in Árd na Lí in 1979, captained by the late Séamus Murphy. Two years later, we had our first success at underage level when the Under 12 side defeated Gneevguilla in the County League Division 3.

The victorious Under 12 side of 1981

Later in 1981, the first Na Gaeil Dinner Dance was held in the Meadowlands Hotel.

Early Success

As the interest in Na Gaeil C.L.G. grew, more players started joining and the standard of football improved. In 1984 the Under 14 side were victorious in the Brendan's Board.

In 1986, the Senior side tasted Novice Championship Glory for the first time. Another success was to follow in 1994. The Senior side also captured the Brendan's league for the first time in 1986.

Perhaps the biggest achievement of the club so far came in 1991 when the minor team won the County league Division 1. 

Underage success followed closely in 1996 when the Under 14 side captured the Division 2 title and in 1998 when the same group of players won at the same level at Under 16 grade.

Also in 1998, the senior team had worked its way up to Division 3 of the County League.


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