Gaelic Football @ St. Colman's
St Colman’s College opened its doors in 1945 and from those early days it has been one of the leading schools in Mayo for the development and promotion of Gaelic Football, a tradition that continues to this day. 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 have gone on to claim the title on five more occasions 1977, 1981, 2009, 2017 and the most recent in 2019, following a fantastic performance under lights in McHale Park, to win against St. Gerald’s College from Castlebar. The team of 1977 hold a special place in the history of St. Colman’s as they went on to win the Hogan Cup. In doing so St. Colman’s became the first rural day school to win the famous cup.
Many of our past pupils have gone on to represent Mayo with distinction. In recent times Colm Boyle has won four All Star awards, Stephen Coen has captained Mayo to win U-21 and Minor All Irelands as well as captaining UCD to a Sigerson cup title. We have had many players who have played with the Mayo minors, U-20 and 21 teams. The recent and current Mayo Senior squads contain many past pupils such as Colm and Stephen, Darren Coen, Adam Gallagher, Conor Diskin, (who captained the 2017 St. Colman’s Senior A winning team), Caolan Crowe, James Stretton and James McCormack (who, while not being eligible to play for the Senior team, was involved in the management team which delivered a Juvenile title in 2016).
We have seen past pupils develop and go on to be very successful with their clubs and in the green and red of Mayo and we are enormously proud of their achievements both in and out of school.
The Victorious Senior Squad of 2019 with the Aonghus Murphy Cup
In the school today, Gaelic Football continues to be a big priority and we are very fortunate to have 10 dedicated staff who are committed to promoting the skills of the game in an effort to compete and achieve on the Gaelic Football pitch. Although there are bigger schools in terms of numbers, we pride ourselves on being competitive at a high level and have teams participating at the highest level of Connacht Colleges ‘A’ Football in First year, Juvenile, Junior & Senior.
At First year we try to encourage as many players as possible out training and have 2 teams playing games whenever feasible. Who knows, maybe some of the young men who are about to enroll in St Colman’s will be the ones to carry on the traditions and legacy of those gone before and continue to bring Connacht titles to the school.