COROFIN GAA CLUB

Corofin, Co Galway

The Club was affiliated to the GAA in 1925 and incorporates the two half-parishes of Corofin & Belclare.
The official club colours are Saffron and Green.

Ladies Football - History

A history of Corofin Ladies Football – by David Gower

Corofin was the first club in Galway to start Ladies football in the early seventies. At the time it proved difficult to sustain Ladies football and the activity faded. In 1995,however, it was revived by Pat Gleeson. Since then the Corofin Ladies Gaelic Football Club has gone from strength to strength and winning the following titles to date:

Galway County Senior Championships - 9

2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

(Losing finalists 2011, 2013, 2014)

Connacht League - 3

2002, 2003, 2006

All Ireland 7s - 1

2003

(Runners up 2001, 2007. Shield runner up 2009)

U14 All Ireland 7s - 1

2013

U14 All Ireland Feile

Runners up 2000, 2005, 2006, 2013

Winners Feile Division 1 Shield 2014

Since 1995 we have been active in all Galway County underage competitions our player numbers have allowed. We have won County competitions at U12, U14, U16 and Minor grades in addition to our Senior team success. At present we have football for girls at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and Minor, as well as a Senior team.

A little about the Corofin Ladies......and the Ann Gleeson Memorial Trophy

A number of counties lay claim to being the cradle of Ladies Gaelic football. Galway's strong claim dates from the late 1960's when the first real evidence of this ‘new craze' as it was called at the time, Gaelic Football was considered a man's game in every sense. A tough physical sport that was considered well beyond the capabilities of ladies. How wrong people were to underestimate the sporting prowess of Mná na hEireann.

Carnivals and Festivals were at their peak, Corofin organiser Patsy Conway felt a novel idea to raise funds would be to organise a number of Ladies football games in conjunction with the carnival. In 1970 the first known championship competition was organised by Patsy Conway who secured a trophy from the well known businessman F.V. Barrett. The competition was run on the basis of National School areas. The final was held on October 3rd 1970 between Belclare, part of Corofin parish, and Tuam. Belclare won on a scoreline of 6-0 to Tuam 1-2. Shortly after this ground breaking competition the Corofin Ladies Football Club was formed.

Ladies football in Corofin faded for a number of years but was revived in 1995 by Pat Gleeson. The club has since achieved many sporting milstones at underage and senior level.

Ann Gleeson (nee Canavan) was the Captain of the 1970 Belclare Team. The Gleeson Family, Canavan Family and the 1970 team decided in 2010, that they would like to donate the 1970 winning trophy to the Corofin Ladies Football Club for a future competition within the club.

The first Ann Gleeson Memorial Competition was played in Belclare Pitch on Sunday 31st July in conjunction with the Family Fun Day. It was a blitz comprised of the lady footballers from Senior, Junior, U16 and U14 age groups. It was a mixed Blitz of four 7 a-side teams. The winning team were the ‘Flying Phillys', captained by Cathriona Leonard. The cup was presented by Ann Gleesons (RIP) sister, Julie Comer, a great supporter of football in Corofin.

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