History

Brief History

Ballinahinch GAA Club was founded in 1886, two years after the founding of the GAA at Thurles. While the founding of the GAA at Ballinahinch (Baile na hInse - Town of the river/meadow) is dated 1886, there is strong evidence that the game of hurling was played and a club existed at Killoscully from 1884 at least, the same year that the GAA was founded at Thurles.

In the beginning the club was renowned as a great football team, but being in Tipperary hurling became very important and the club have kept the two games going and have enjoyed enormous success (see Roll of Honour below), particularly in the last twenty-five years since 1980 when we won our first County Junior Hurling title and north hurling and football titles.

In recent years success on the field includes
 
- 2013 we won the U21 North and County 'B' Football title as Ballinahinch Gaels, the North Minor 'A' football and North U16 'A' Football as Newport Gaels.
 
- 2012 we won the Junior 'C' hurling league and championship double, reaching the semi-final of the intermediate hurling, and U21 hurling North championships. 
 - 2011 was also a successful year with our U21 football and hurling teams winning county titles. The minor footballers reached the North football semi-final. In 2010 we won our first ever North Intermediate Football title, while also our Minor Football team brought home the County 'C' title. 

- 2007 we won the County Minor Title for the first time in the club history and won the North Junior Football title last won in 1980.

2005 winning our first Intermediate Hurling title, by claiming the County League title.

2002 was one of the most successful years in the club history when we were awarded the title of North Club of the Year. The major reason for this honour was due to efforts on the playing field. We won both North and County Junior Hurling ‘A’ and North and County Junior Football ‘B’ titles, also winning the U21 ‘B’ North Hurling and narrowly lost out in the County Final, after a replay. 

With our teams competing at all grades we can hope for further success on the playing fields into the future.

A full history of the club was written and published in 2006 by John Ryan (J), and can be purchased by contacting any officer in the club.


Roll of Honour

Senior:

North Senior Football (1982 - Mulcair Rovers)

Intermediate:

County Intermediate Hurling League (2005)

North Intermediate Football (2010)

Junior:

All-Ireland Sevens Hurling Shield (2005), Runners up (2004, 2006)

North ‘A’ Hurling League (2002)
 
North 'C' Hurling League (2012)
 
North ‘A’ Hurling Championship (1949 - Knockmeal Rangers, 1971, 1980, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002)
 
North 'C' Hurling Championship (2012)

County ‘A’ Hurling Championship (1980, 1994, 2002)

North ‘A’ Football Championship (1980, 2007)

North ‘B’ Football Championship (1995, 1998, 2001, 2002)

County ‘B’ Football Championship (2002)

U21:

North 'A' Hurling Championship (2014 - Newport Gaels)

North ‘B’ Hurling Championship (2002)

North ‘C’ Hurling Championship (2000, 2008)

County ‘C’ Hurling Championship (2000, 2006, 2011)

North 'A' Football Championship (Newport Gaels, 2015)

North ‘B’ Football Championship (1992 - Ballina, 2001, 2013 -Ballinahinch Gaels)

North ‘C’ Football Championship (2000)

County ‘B’ Football Championship (2001, 2013 - Ballinahinch Gaels)

County ‘C’ Football Championship (2000, 2009, 2011)

Minor:

County 'C' Hurling Championship (2007)

North 'A' Hurling Championship (2014 - Newport Gaels)

North ‘B’ Hurling Championship (1987 – Ballina)

North ‘A’ Football Championship (1971 - Sean Treacy's, 1995 - Newport, 2006 - Burgess Gaels, 2013 -Newport Gaels)

North ‘B’ Football Championship (2002)

North ‘C’ Football Championship (2000)

County ‘A’ Football Championship (1995 – Newport)

County ‘C’ Football Championship (2000, 2004, 2010)

North Tipperary Players of the Year - Ballinahinch Winners

2010
Marcus Ryan - Intermediate Footballer of the Year

2008
John Foley - Darrel Darcy Footballer of the Year
                - Junior Footballer of the Year
Shane McGrath - Intermediate Hurler of the Year

2007
Shane McGrath - Junior Footballer of the Year

2005
Shane McGrath - U21 Hurler of the Year

2002
Ger Griffin - Junior Hurler of the Year
Shane McGrath - Junior Footballer of the Year

2001
Ger Griffin - Minor Hurler of the Year

 

Club Officers 2014
Presidents: Fr. Bobby Fletcher, Jimmy Ryan, Mick Hourigan, Dan Gleeson, Denis Kennedy, Michael Berkery.
Chairman: Sean Ryan (B)
Vice Chairman: Cathal Bourke
Secretary: John Ryan (B)
Treasurer: Mike Gleeson
PRO: Raphael Ryan
Lotto Co-Ordinators: Thomas Kennedy and Maura Foley
Tipp Draw Rep: TJ McLoughlin
Ticket Co-ordinator: Dermot Bourke

Club Officers 2013
Presidents: Fr. Bobby Fletcher, Jimmy Ryan, Mick Hourigan, Dan Gleeson, Denis Kennedy, Michael Berkery.
Chairman: Sean Ryan (B)
Vice Chairman: Cathal Bourke
Secretary: John Ryan (B)
Treasurer: Mike Gleeson
PRO: Raphael Ryan
Lotto Co-Ordinators: Thomas Kennedy and Maura Foley
Tipp Draw Rep: TJ McLoughlin
Ticket Co-ordinator: Dermot Bourke


Club Officers 2011
Presidents: Fr. Bobby Fletcher, Jimmy Ryan, Mick Hourigan, Dan Gleeson, Denis Kennedy, Michael Berkery.
Chairman: P.J. Lynch
Vice Chairman: Joe Fitzgerald
Secretary: Shane Fitzgerald
Assistant Secretary: Adrian Gleeson
Treasurer: Pat Jones
PRO: Raphael Ryan
Lotto Co-Ordinator: Pat Hayes
Ticket Co-ordinator: Dermot Bourke

Club Officers 2010
Presidents: Fr. Bobby Fletcher, Fr. Gallagher (RIP), Jimmy Ryan, Liam Lynch, Tadgh Foley (RIP), Mick Hourigan, Dan Gleeson, Denis Kennedy, Michael Berkery.
Chairman: P.J. Lynch
Vice Chairman: Joe Fitzgerald
Secretary: Raphael Ryan
Treasurer: Pat Jones
PRO: Raphael Ryan
Ticket Co-ordinator: Dermot Bourke
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