Tipperary GAA Club Focus - Loughmore-Castleiney GAA Club 5th January 2022
Brief History of Club
Although Loughmore Castleiney GAA club didn’t really become an entity until the forties Gaelic games flourished in the parish since the founding of Cumann Luthchleas Gael in 1884. Now, more than three quarters of a century later, looking back with the benefit of hindsight, it would appear to have been a very pragmatic decision to join forces in ‘40, on what was then intended to be a permanent basis: Castleiney won the mid junior football final of 1938 but lost the county final to Emly. Promotion to senior ranks in 1939 resulted in a heavy defeat from Templemore Eire Og. Loughmore won the mid junior final of 1939 but suffered a similar fate to Castleiney when they lost to Ballingarry in the County Final. United for the first time in 1940 Loughmore Castleiney made parish history by winning the mid and county senior football titles.
Because of the parish’s proximity to Thurles it is hardly surprising that clubs in Loughmore and Castleiney were among the first nine clubs formed in Mid Tipperary in 1885, one year after the Association’s founding. Teams from both Loughmore and Castleiney were among the seven mid- Tipperary teams involved in the first football county championship in 1887.