Pádraig Pearses GAA Club encompasses the three parishes of Creagh, Moore and Taughmaconnell located in the farthest south-westerly segment of County Roscommon, spanning a rural farming area either side of the M6 between Ballinasloe and Athlone. Our club area is bordered by the River Suck to the West and South and River Shannon to the East.
We have 11 neighbouring GAA clubs (5 Football, 5 Hurling and 1 Dual) in three counties, namely Roscommon’s’ Clann na nGael, St. Aidan’s(F)/Four Roads(H) and St. Brigid’s. Across the River Suck in Galway are Ballinasloe, Kiltormer, Meelick-Eyrecourt and Ahascragh/Fohenagh(H)/Caltra(F) and over the Shannon is Shannonbridge(F) /St. Rynaghs(H) in Offaly. Many of our neighbours have appeared in All Ireland Club Finals in both Football and Hurling.
Pádraig Pearses GAA Club was founded in 1962, an amalgamation of two Junior Football Clubs, Moore who had won the Roscommon Junior title in 1958, and Taughmaconnell who were beaten in the 1960 & 1961 Junior finals. Many of that first Pearses team had completed a three in a row of Minor Championships from 1957-59 as part of an amalgamation with St. Peters, Drum (now part of Clann na nGael).
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A significant milestone in the clubs infrastructural development came in 1993, with the purchase of additional grounds, which were developed and improved further over the years to give us our current facility equipped with 2 full size floodlit and 3 training (1 floodlit) pitches, six team dressing rooms, match official dressing room facility, squash courts with viewing gallery, fully equipped gym, hurling wall, large spectator stand with press facilities, turnstiles, a 750m lit walking track, office, function room with kitchen facilities and a members bar open seven nights a week.
On the pitch our senior football team had a stand out year in 2021 reaching the All Ireland Senior Club Semi Final. This achievement exceeded the wildest expectations of many of our oldest members who after reaching the County Senior Final in our first year in existence in 1962, had to wait almost sixty long years, and a fair deal of heartbreak, with eight unsuccessful finals, before our maiden success in 2019. The 2021 season has delivered our second Roscommon Senior Football Championship, our third Roscommon Senior Football League, as well as our first ever Connacht title.
Aside from the tremendous success of our Senior Football Team, we are very proud of our success across the board, successfully fielding Senior, Junior A, Junior B and U20 Football Teams in League and Championship. Our Junior A Football team also reached the Championship Final in 2021 for the first time in 21 years, and both they and our U20 Footballers were both beaten by our neighbours St. Brigid’s in their Championship Finals.
We are managed by former Westmeath, Sligo, and Offaly Senior Manager Pat Flanagan, a native of Clara in County Offaly, who is now in his fifth year in charge having been appointed to the role in 2018. He is ably assisted by Selectors / Coaches Aidan Fallon (also Club Vice Chairman and U9 Manager), Niall Murray (also Club Coaching Officer and U6 Red Tigers Manager) and Gerard Kelly (also Club Treasurer and U11 Manager).
In relation to hurling, during the 1970s, club players played for Creagh Junior hurling club with the formation of Pearses own hurling team in the early 1980s.
Success came quickly, and the club has the distinction of capturing the GAA Centenary Roscommon Senior Hurling Roscommon title in 1984, which was followed by a second title in 1987.
It was a long wait until, following a sustained period of underage success, the senior hurling title was reclaimed in 2017 and again in 2020.
Over the last 40 years, hurling has gone from strength to strength in the club, and highlights must include the winning of several National Feile na Gael titles, most recently in 2012,which was played in Croke Park. Remarkab
There is a strong history of Juvenile Hurling in Padraig Pearse starting back in the early eighties. Our under 12’s won the clubs first underage title in 1987. This was followed bymultiple titles in all age grades in the years since at county, provincial and national level. This includes winning the national Feile title 3 times. Underage hurling continues to go from strength to strength with over 150 players ranging from Under 7’s to under 17’s turning out in the red and white jerseys every week.
In Ladies football the club has won championships at all levels and have to date 15 senior football championships and 2 All-Ireland 7’s. The club most recently won Junior and Intermediate titles in 2015 and 2016. At underage level we have teams competing at all age grades and participation numbers are increasing year on year.
In Camogie Padraig Pearses have won County A titles in Minor and Junior and have won County B titles in all grades. The club are Junior Camogie Champs in 2018. In terms of underage competitions, Padraig Pearses participates in all age grades and has put in place robust coaching and development structures to continue growth in this area.
Off the playing field the club competes in Scór and has wonnumerous Connaught and All- Ireland titles.
The clubs all round participation makes Padraig Pearses the complete G.A.A. club with strong links to the community across the broad catchment area which it serves.
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