Wexford GAA

Wexford GAA

:"For more information see Wexford Senior Club Hurling Championship or Wexford Senior Club Football Championship."

infobox GAA county
county gaa = Wexford GAA
crest =
irish = Loch Garman
province = Leinster
nickname = The Model County
The Yellowbellies
The Slaneysiders
county colours = Purple and Gold
grounds = Wexford Park, Wexford
dominant sport = Dual County
nfl div = Division 2
nhl div = Division 1
football champ = Sam Maguire Cup
hurling champ = Liam McCarthy Cup
ladies football = Brendan Martin Cup
camogie = O'Duffy Cup
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The Wexford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) ( _ga. Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Loch Garman) or Wexford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wexford. The county board is also responsible for the Wexford inter-county teams.


Hurling was played in Wexford from medieval times. A team of Wexfordmen is said to have travelled to play the Cornish champions in the late 18th century. Having no formal jerseys, each of the Wexford players tied a strip of yellow cloth around their chests so they could identify each other. They won the game, and as they left the field King William III was heard to remark "Well done the yellow bellies." This is how Wexford supposedly acquired the nickname that they still use today. [http://www.askaboutireland.ie/show_narrative_page.do?page_id=2468]

Gaelic football

Wexford had one of the greatest football teams in the history of the GAA during the 1910s with them winning six Leinster and four All-Irelands in a row. The team was trained by 1900 star Jem Roche - who had fought for the World Heavyweight boxing Championship.

Wexford's last major football success was winning the Leinster title in 1945. From then on, hurling took precedent in Wexford and as a consequence, the Wexford footballers suffered and descended into obscurtity for many years.

However, recently Wexford have had a very strong team. The team beat all the odds to reach the Division 1 League final of 2005 under the management of Pat Roe but were beaten by a strong Armagh team that day.

On 27/04/08 Wexford beat Fermanagh to win the Division 3 League final. This proved to be the first success of what would be a historic year for Wexford football, as they reached their first Leinster final in over 50 years. Along the way they stunned favourites Meath by coming from 9 points in arrears to win their Quarter Final in Carlow (under controversial circumstances, Meath's Joe Sheridan having a legitimate goal ruled out that would have killed off Wexford's challenge) and then beat Laois in the semi final. This was Wexford's 5th consecutive appearance in the provincial semi final, but their first victory. However, they comprehensively defeated the O'Moore county.

Unfortunately the occasion of their historic Leinster final appearance would seem to have gotten to them, and they were torn apart by a rampant Dublin team in the final, 3-23 to 9 points. This incredible 23 point victory for the Dubs sealed a 4th consecutive Leinster Championship, but Wexford would appear to have had the more successful year, based on what followed.

Dublin were well beaten in their All Ireland Quarter Final against eventual champions Tyrone, while Wexford recovered from their humiliation and came through the backdoor, beating Down by 7 points in a shock result to reach the last 8 and a game with Armagh. From here, they produced one of the shocks of the championship, winning 14 points to 1-12 to reach their first All Ireland semi final since the 1940s.

Unfortunately that was as far as they went, as despite a brave effort, they were beaten by 6 points by Tyrone in the final, though they came to within 2 points of the eventual champions in the closing stages.

It was an amazing first season in charge for Jason Ryan, a newcomer to the management scene.


*All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 5
**1893, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918
*All-Ireland Junior Football Championships: 1
*Leinster Senior Football Championships: 10
**1890, 1893, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1925, 1945
*Leinster Minor Football Championship: 3
**1937, 1950, 1969
*Leinster Junior Football Championship: 6
**1911, 1963, 1984, 1992, 2000, 2007


Hurling is Wexford's stronger sport. This is in evidence in several one-sided results over the years: Kildare were beaten by 14-15 to 1-1 in an 1897 Croke Cup match. The Antrim team were beaten by 12-17 to 2-3 in a 1954 All-Ireland semi-final. Nicky Rackard, who scored 7-7 at that day, was Wexford's greatest hurler. He starred in two great clashes with Cork in 1954 and 1956. Wexford lost the first after having a goal disallowed, but won the second with the combination of a great Art Foley save and Nicky Rackard goal in the closing minutes.

In the 1970s, the distinctive red-haired Tony Doran was the star as Kilkenny and Wexford played ten rousing Leinster finals in succession. In 1984 they claimed that the final whistle was blown prematurely when they were beaten by a single point in the Leinster final.

Wexford had a great team during the 1990s and their hard work was rewarded in 1996 when Wexford, led by Liam Griffin and captained by Martin Storey, brought the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Slaneyside for the first time since 1968, they were waiting 28 years. Cork and Kilkenny have dominated the honours in recent years.

Wexford's most recent hurling success was in the Leinster Final of 2004 when they defeated Offaly. In the Leinster semi final, they shocked Kilkenny by beating them with a last-gasp goal scored by Mick Jacob after a clinical sideline cut by Adrian Fenlon fell into the hand of Kilkenny centre back Peter Barry, only for the brilliant Mick Jacob to block him down as he tried to get rid of the ball and Jacob subsequently fired the ball to the back of the Kilkenny net ending Kilkenny's 6 year reign as Leinster Champions. Unfortunately, however, hurling in Wexford has been on the slide since 1996, their last All-Ireland success, and the Leinster title in 2004 simply papered over the cracks. Since hitting rock bottom in 2006 Wexford have made great progress so far this season and there are signs that Wexford are becoming contenders again.

Wexford Hurling Team

"The following is the team that lined out for Wexford in the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Final against Clare on July 23, 2006:"

The following team represented wexford in the NHL semi final vs Kilkenny 07

1.Damien Fitzhenry2.Malachy Travers3.Declan Ruth4.David O'Connor (Paul Roche injury)5.Willie Doran6.Keith Rossiter7.Ciaran Kenny8.Kevin Kavanagh9.Diarmuid Lyng10.Michael Jacob11.Eoin Quigley12.Stephen Nolan13.Paul Carley14.Darren Stamp15.Rory Jacob

subs usedRichie KehoeBarry LambertRory McCarthyMitch Jordan


*All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships: 6
**1910, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1996
*All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championships: "4"
**1961, 1968, 2005, 2007
*All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 2
**1985, 1992
*All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championships: 1
*All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championships: "3"
**1963, 1966, 1968
*National Hurling Leagues: 4
**1956, 1958, 1967, 1973
*Leinster Senior Hurling Championships: 19
**1890, 1891, 1899, 1901, 1910, 1918, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1996, 1997, 2004



*All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships: "4"
**1968, 1969, 1975, 2007
*All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championships: 1
*National Camogie Leagues: 2
**1977, 1978

Ladies' Gaelic football


*All Ireland Ladies' Intermediate Football Finalists: 1

*All-Ireland Ladies' Minor Football Championships: "3"
**1982, 1983, 1984

*All-Ireland Under-16 Football Championship: "3"
**1981, 1982, 1983

*All-Ireland Under-14 Football Championship: "1"


External links

* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Wexford/ Wexford on Hoganstand.com]
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Wexford/Profile.aspx National and provincial titles won by Wexford teams]
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Wexford/Titles.aspx Club championship winners]
* [http://wexford.gaa.ie/ Wexford GAA site]
* [http://www.wexfordsupporters.com Wexford GAA Discussion Board]

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