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St. Mary's Banagher 1965

St Mary's Banagher affiliated with the North Derry Board on 22nd February 1965  as a result of the efforts of Fr. Mc Nally the new curate appointed to Altinure in 1964. On his arrival in Altinure he immediately set about reviving Gaelic football in the Feeny/Park area.
At an initial meeting attended by Fr. Mc Nally,Eddie Mc Elhinney, John Mc Nickle, Mickey Forester, Billy Hasson, Willie Mc Grellis, and Patsy Ward, it was decided to send out feelers to ascertain the enthusiasm for and the availability of players to form a team. Enough interest was generated in the area to consider the formation of a team and so St. Mary's Banagher was formed.
In their first season Banagher played at  Senior and Minor level in the All County League Division 3B.Their first Senior League game was against  Derry City side Dolans on the 7th March 1965 which they won. They went on to win all of their matches that season and gained promotion to Division 2. Banagher Minors reached the final of the North Derry Championship in 1965 but were defeated by Ballerin in the final 1-10 to 1-1. Banagher Schoolboys also competed in the 1965 Schoolboys' League.
The name derived from a compromise of the two previous  teams in the area - St. Joseph's Banagher and St. Mary's Park - and so the new Club was called St. Mary's Banagher.
The first committee elected to serve the Club were:
President:         Fr. Mc Nally
Chairman:        John Mc Nickle
Vice Chairman:  Henry Mc Closkey
Secretary:         Eddie Mc Elhinney
Treasurer:        John Conway
Registrar:         Billy Hassan
The panel of players included Eugene O'Kane as senior team Captain, Jimmy Hasson,Colm Stevenson,John O'Donnell, Hugh O'Neill,Andy Lockhart, Hal Lynch
Willie Mc Grellis, Paddy Ward, Patsy Murray, Mickey Mc Elhinney,
Reaching a compromise on Club colours proved a stumbling block and it was Fr. Mc Nally who suggested the maroon and white of Galway who were the current All Ireland Champions at the time.
It was agreed to play year about in both areas. Some of the fields used as pitches were Barney Mc Elhinney's on the Umricam Rd.; the field next to the present day soccer pitch in Park; Ignatius Hasson's field opposite Banagher Chapel as well as the Parochial fields at Fincarn.
Gerry Mc Closkey, Eddie Mc Elhinney, Mickey Forester, Seamus Gormley, Mickey Cooke, PJ Mulhern, James Mc Guinness, Manus Devine, John O'Neill, Frank O'Kane, Frank Mc Henry, Terry O'Kane, and Billy Hasson.
Subpages (1): 1966 and 1967