Welcome to St James GAA Website

Welcome to St James GAA Website

January 6th, 2015
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St James’ GAA Club was founded on 22 March 1994 to cater for football in the surrounding areas, Mervue, Ballybane, Renmore, Ballybrit, Castle Park, Wellpark and Doughiska (Eastside of Galway city). Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and this is clear from the many successes they have achieved. Over the last number of years the club has fielded teams in all age groups through uniting juvenile players from the above mentioned areas under the umbrella of St James. The club has had great success in recent years winning back to back the Minor A County Championships in 2006, 2007, 2009. They also captured four Minor A West Board titles during those same years. In 2010, the club won the Galway Intermediate Championship, beating An Spidéal in the final. St. James’ progressed and crowned their success that year by winning the Connacht Club Intermediate Championship. St. James’ was also awarded the Club of the Year in 2010 in recognition of its achievements. From there they went on to beat Gneevguilla of Kerry in the All-Ireland Intermediate Club semi-final. The match was played in Mallow, County Cork. On 12 February 2011, St. James’ faced Lisnaskea Emmets of Fermanagh in the All Ireland intermediate club football final in Croke Park. They narrowly missed out on this championship. In 2012 St. James’ brought much success by winning the U-21 A County title, comprehensively beating Corofin in the final. That same year the senior team went on to capture the Division 2 senior league title. On Sunday 24 April 2016, St. James’ Football Club made history when they were crowned the Galway ‘A’ Féile County Champions for the first time. They captured the Niall McGinn Cup after defeating Claregalway by 1 – 6 to 0 – 4. The Juvenile section of St. James’ Club or the ‘Jimmies’ as they are known was formed in January 2007. The success achieved across these levels has ensured a healthy membership and secures a position of strength going forward.Furthermore, Juvenile success was merited in 2015 with many teams competing at a high level and capturing silverware. A special mention goes to St James’ underage player Eoin Finnerty as he created history for club and county when he won the feile skills in Galway and finished runner up in 3rd position in the All Ireland Feile skills final. Eoin complete every task 100% and time was the only factor that separated 1st, 2nd and 3rd. everyone can be proud of this young star. Eoin is under 14 again next year and has a bright future ahead. St James is a very progressive club and competes at all levels from juvenile to senior football in County Galway. The success achieved across these levels has ensured a healthy membership and secures a position of strength going forward. To celebrate 21 years of St. James’ GAA had a day and night of celebration for all past members, supporters and players. A night of celebration was had in the Trappers on Friday 17th of June. A barbecue took place along with other refreshments, and draws on the night. In addition, that same day the club hosted an All Ireland Juvenile tournament which witnessed young stars mixed on different teams, battling out for Sam Maguire. A wonderful celebration was had by all. Come along and join us in celebration. Tuesday the 13th of January 2015 marked the sudden passing of the great Michael O’Neill St James’ Senior secretary. We would like to express our condolences to his family and friends. Moreover, ‘We are devastated here in St. James’ as Michael was at the heart of Gaelic games all his life and contributed so much to the game’. He was the ‘leading light’ in the formation of St. James’ GAA. In addition, Michael was a firm believer of innovating and creating new concepts that would help preserve and develop club activity to its full capacity. There is no doubt that O’Neill has left an indelible mark on our sporting culture and unfortunately he will be sadly missed by all. He was an outstanding volunteer, leader, mentor, administrator and most importantly a good man and friend, may he rest in peace.
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History of St James Ladies Team

IMG_4348St James’ Ladies Football Club was founded in 2012 to exploit the great talent of the ladies living on the east side of the city. The reasons behind its foundation was also to build on the great work done by Renmore Ladies Football Club while at the same time promoting and encouraging ladies football. Renmore had a successful ten years fielding many strong underage teams and produced several county players. However, due to falling membership numbers a decision was taken to call time on the Renmore Club and to have the organisation with all of its experience form part of the new club. It was a very successful venture and attracted girls from Mervue, Ballybane, Renmore, Ballybrit, Castle Park, Wellpark and Doughiska areas to join and play football.  St. James’ Club was more than enthusiastic about this proposal, and thus in 2012 the first ladies team to play under the club colours entered the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) Championship.

From the beginning this team had many excellent wins resulting in a county final appearance during their first season. Unfortunately, they lost out by a single point.

In 2013, the St. James ladies were promoted to Junior C as a result of their county final appearance in the previous year. Great wins over St. Gabriel’s and Kilkerrin-Clonberne resulted in a second county final appearance for the eastside squad. Unfortunately the girls were defeated by a strong Ballinasloe side on Saturday 9 November 2013. However, this did not dampen their spirits, but made them even more determined to bring the championship to St. James’. St James’ Ladies entered 2015 on a high having won the Division 4 league and the Junior C Championship for 2014. They also fielded juvenile teams in 2014 with under 8, under 10 and under 12 ladies footballers representing our parishes for the first time ever in this code. Sadly 2015 began on a tragic note for our club with the passing of Mike O’Neill R.I.P., a founding member of our men’s G.A.A club and great friend to the ladies’ club. We resumed training in early February for our Junior team and this early start was to prove fruitful as the year progressed. Following an unbeaten season and moving up the divisions is never an easy task, but it was undertaken with relish by Dave Henry and Gay O’Brien, along with a most hard working and close knit group of players. An opening day falter to St. Mary’s of Killererin was to be their only defeat of the year, but victories over Menlough-Skehana and Kilkerrin-Clonberne landed the Jimmies ladies in the league final against St. Mary’s. On the day St. James’ positive attitude and determination won out on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-05. These qualities endured throughout the remainder of the season for this team as they entered the Junior B championship with the confidence of a league win under their belts. Solid victories over Monivea-Abbey and Salthill- Knocknacarra saw the city girls into as county semi-final against Claregalway. This was to be the toughest game for St. James’ so far and at one point they found themselves ten points down. The never gave up however and kept chipping away to eventually run out winners by 6 points. This huge test stood to them as they faced Salthilll-Knocknacarra in the Junior B County Final. In a very close encounter, with all the tenacity and edge of a proper derby game, the Jimmies ladies edged in front and won the game. Captains Áine Conroy and Meabh Kelly were presented with their second silverware of the season to the delight of their team mates, management and supporters.
Our underage teams returned to training at the end of February and took up where they left off in terms of progress. Our numbers grew exponentially this year and we fielded under 8 and under 10 teams throughout the Summer for a number of development blitzes with our neighbouring clubs. At the end of the Summer, these teams took part in the under 10 county blitz, hosted by Annghdown. They won 3 out of 4 group matches which saw them through to a semi-final against our city rivals St. Michael’s. Unfortunately the James’ girls were beaten on this occasion as Michael’s ran out winners of the division, but the day was a huge success and was enjoyed by all in maroon and green. Our under 12 team competed in the under 12 league and made it to a quarterfinal versus Mountbellew-Moylough which they were unlucky to lose by just 4 points, a tight margin at this level. However, this experience stood to the girls as they entered the championship. They recorded their first championship victory versus Spiddal and went on to face Caherlistrane for a place in the county final. On the day Caherlistrane came out on top, but this St. James’ team has youth on its side and we are looking forward to big things from them in 2016.
Our Club held a number of events and fundraisers during the year including a table quiz and cake sale. We marched in the Galway St. Patrick’s Day parade and had a great day out. Many of our girls took part in the St. James’ Cul camp during the Summer holidays and we also took part in the St. James’ All-Ireland blitz day which was a great success. In August we organised a ‘Kick the Ball to Croke Park’ fundraiser which saw our juvenile club members (with a little help from some bigger friends) kick footballs over 230km in total. The girls were sponsored by friends and family and raised enough money to buy new training tops. In October we organised a football fun day in Doughiska as part of Galway City Council’s Social Inclusion Week. This was a great day for our club and community as we brought football to new populations in our area and got over 100 boys and girls out playing our sport. Three members of our under 12 team, Ella Gilmore, Ella Griffin and Laoise Long, represented Galway in an under11 intercounty development blitz in Clare in October, a very proud day for our club and their families. 2015 has been a whirlwind year for St. James’ Ladies and we are looking forward to continued dedication and success in 2016. Our thanks to our committee members, players and parents and St. James’ G.A.A. for their ongoing support and generosity. Thanks also to the Galway Ladies Football County Board and Maura Conneally (County development officer) for their support and encouragement throughout the year.

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