GAA in St Colman’s College
St Colman’s College opened its doors in 1945 and from those early days it has being one of the leading schools in Mayo for the development and promotion of Gaelic Football in the county.
In those early days with small student numbers St Colman’s competed in the ‘B’ grade of Connacht Colleges Football. The school won its first Connacht Senior ‘B’ Championship Title in 1959 and more were to follow in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968 and 1969.
Along with these titles the school also won many Connacht underage titles and Mayo Cups with the Colleran Cup and Flanagan Cups regulars on the school sideboard.
The College decided to make the step up to Connacht Colleges ‘A’ Grade in 1970 and the senior team lived up to the demand of playing the bigger schools by landing our first Senior ‘A’ Championship that very year. We would go on to claim the title on three more occasions 1977, 1981 & 2009.
The team of 1977 hold a special place in the schools history as they went on to win the Hogan Cup. On doing so St Colman’s became the first rural day school to win the famous cup.
The early 90’s saw us once again enter the ‘B’ grade were we won Connacht Senior Titles in 1993 & 1996. The team of 1996 went on to win the All Ireland ‘B’ Title. We re-entered to top grade again in the late 90’s and have competed in four senior ‘A’ finals with our last victory coming in 2009.
The school today offers our students an excellent opportunity to develop their skills for the game with excellent facilities, dedicated coaching staff and teams participating at the highest level of Connacht Colleges Football at all age groups (first year, juvenile, junior & senior).