Glenealy (Irish: Gleann Fhaídhle Cumman Iománaíochta) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Glenealy and Ashford in County Wicklow, Ireland. The club was founded in 1885 as a football club but switched codes to the game of hurling in the early 1920s.
In senior hurling Glenealy compete annually in the Wicklow Senior Club Hurling Championship, which they have won thirteen times as of 2012
It was as a football team that Glenealy set out in Wicklow GAA. The first game they played was at Avondale on March 20, 1887, when they suffered defeat at the hands of Glendalough, 0-4 to nil. There was very little coverage for G.A.A. in those days, but they were noted in action again at Newrath on February 19, 1888, and this time they went down to Brittas 0-3 to 0-0. No names were mentioned in relation to either of those matches. Another mention was found of Glenealy footballers in 1907. On April 21, they beat Killiskey 2-11 to 0-1 in some kind of a tournament game. Byrne, Doyle, Hennessy, Murray, Ellis, Farrell, Newsome and Healy were mentioned as playing well in that game. A small entry was located about the fact that they reached the Wicklow Junior final in 1921. They were beaten in that final by two points to one, but only one name was mentioned and that was Chris Mernagh of. However, Tommy Glynn (club PRO) did manage to dig up the names of that Glenealy team — Tom Porter (goal), Jack Horgan, Jack Jordan, Gen Dunne, Mick Durneen, Jack Flynn, Mick Dunbar, Frank Newsome, Paddy Doyle, Jim Porter, Bill 'Budget' Glynn, Lar 'Cricket' Byrne, Jack 'Bough' Byrne, Jim 'Doctor' Byrne, Jack 'Cocker' Byrne. Subs: Hugh Cooney, Jim 'Can' Byrne and Paddy 'Tige' Byrne.
Glenealy turned to hurling in the 1920s.
They reached their first hurling final in 1932 only to be narrowly beaten by Carnew, 3-0 to 2-2. The match was played on December 4, 1932, and the Glenealy team was as follows: Tom, Ned and George Porter, Joe and W. Glynn, M. Timmins, M. Anderson, G. Kavanagh, E. McNabb, James Shannon, John Byrne, L. Byrne, John Flynn, Michael Doyle. They didn't have much success in the next decade.
They kept the flag flying and finally got around to winning a Minor hurling title in 1946. Playing on that team were — Tony and Jim Porter, Bill Murphy, Louie Byrne, Bob Douglas, Jay Byrne (remember the show band!), Jack Manly, Jack Murphy, Jimmy and Noel Quinn, Ned Barrett, Paddy Doyle, Liam Byrne, Joe Doyle, Gerry Byrne. They also had some players who shared in the Ashford Junior hurling victory in 1943. From 1946 onwards Glenealy began to concentrate on Minor hurling. They won the 1947 title.
They figured in most finals up to 1951 when the won county honours again. They repeated the performance in 1952 and also won the Junior hurling championship in 1951. The 1951 Minor side was as follows - Christy Byrne, Larry Cullen, Jim Duffy, John and Charlie Byrne, Alfie Byrne, Jim Byrne, Tom Shannon, Paul Kelly, Eddie Galvin, Tom Cooney, Jim Haughton, Kevin Douglas, Paudge Byrne, John Porter. Subs.: P. J. Burke, Peter Kavanagh, Liam Richardson and Michael Doyle. Larry Cullen, Paddy Lott, Jim Kavanagh, Malachy Byrne and Tommy Byrne figured on the 1950 Minor team with most of the people above. Glenealy were beaten by Avoca in the 1950 Junior hurling final, 8-2 to 5-2 and the team included: S. Murphy, S. Quinn, N. Quinn, S. O'Neill, T. Porter, L. Murray, R. Douglas, R. Ryan, S. Doyle (2), S. Kavanagh, P. Kelly, S. Porter, P. and J. Byrne. Following on Junior and Minor wins Glenealy began to gather power and reached their first Senior final in 1953 when they were beaten by Avoca at Ashford. The score in that game was 5-7 to 2-1. The team that figured in that campaign included — W. Byrne, L. Cullen, P. Kelly, N. Quinn, P. Murphy, E. Moules, T. Shannon, J. Kavanagh, R. Douglas, J. Doyle, M. Burke, P. Byrne (2), T. Cooney, C. Byrne, D. Cooney, T. Byrne. Eamon 'Fitz' Moules had refereed a game before turning out with Glenealy for the final. Next came the big day—December 1, 1957—when Glenealy took their first Senior hurling title. They won again in 1958 when they beat Kilcoole 4-7 to 4-3 with the team lining out as follows — Lorcan Staines, Jim O'Neill, Bill Murphy, Lar Cullen, P. J. Burke, Noel Quinn, Kevin Douglas, Fintan Ingolsby, Bob Douglas, Peter Kavanagh, Charlie Byrne, Mai Byrne, Tom Cooney, Sean Kennedy, Paudge Byrne. Subs.: Louie Byrne, Jack Murphy, Billy Barrett, Jim Doyle, John Kavanagh. Twelve of those played in 1957 with Paul Kelly, Jack Murphy, Billy Luddy and John Kavanagh. In 1959 Glenealy beat Barndarrig 4-4 to 3-3 with the following team — L. Staines, J. O'Neill, Mick Kelly, Jack Murphy, Lar Cullen, Noel Quinn, P. J. Burke, Jimmy Kearns, Bob Douglas, Peter Kavanagh, Charlie Byrne, John Kavanagh, Tom Cooney, Sean Kennedy and Paudge Byrne. Subs.: Tom Regan, Noel Carthy, Owen Melia, Billy Barrett and Fr. Dermot Kavanagh.
Glenealy won three more Minor titles in 1960, 1961 and 1964. 1964 team - Ray Donoghue, Sean Doyle, Brian Carthy, Gene Anderson, James Ward, Pat Doyle, Sean O'Brien, Joe Kelly, Tommy Glynn, Liam Hamilton, Noel Staunton, Mick O'Neill, Tony Behan, Kevin Byrne and Kenny Quinn. The biggest G.A.A. night ever in Glenealy was Wednesday, May 11, 1960. That was the night that the hurling Cup was officially handed over to the club for the three in a row success at Glenealy Hall. The medals for 1969 were also distributed and we noticed that Noel Carthy, the well-known Ashford footballer was among the recipients as well as William Barrett, Owen Melia and Jim Doyle.
The next win for Glenealy was a Junior hurling title in 1971 when they beat Newcastle 4-6 to 2-2 in the final. There were quite a few new faces on that team which reads as follows — Gene Anderson, Bill Staunton, Mick Connolly, Charlie and Eddie Kelly, Mick O'Neill, Mick Doyle, Pat Doyle, Pat Berkery, Eamonn Kelly, Tommy Glynn, John Glynn, Patsy and Seamus Byrne, Don Gorman. Subs.: Gene Fowley, Noel Staunton, John Flynn and Willie Gorman. Many of the same lads were aboard in 1975 when Glenealy won their fourth Senior hurling title by beating Arklow Rocks 3-2 to 2-3 at Aughrim. Line-out: Gene Anderson, Bill Staunton, Mick Connolly, Eamonn Kelly, Mick O'Neill, Mick Doyle, Bernard Flood, John Glynn (captain), Peter Ennis, Tommy Glynn, Paddy Barry, Tony Barnaville, Don Gorman, Charlie Kelly, Sean Snell. The substitutes included: Tom Cody, Liam Phelan, Bernie Byrne, Pat O'Connor, John and Seamus O'Neill. Glenealy also contested the 1974 final, beaten by Carnew 2-4 to 0-3, and the 1977 final, beaten by Arklow Rocks 2-11 to 0-5.Among a long list of Minor successes Glenealy can also lay claim to winning the 1979 hurling league and the 1971 and 1978 Junior hurling leagues.
Glenealy also contested the 1980 final, beaten by Carnew 1-8 to 0-9.Glenealy won the under-21 hurling championship in 1982 and the team was as follows: Jimmy Kelly, Tom O'Neill, John Porter, Vincent O'Brien, Phelim Doyle, Tom Byrne, Paul Byrne (2), Mick Brien, Enda Luddy, Johnny O'Brien, Wally Manly, Sean Cooney, E. Esmonde, Andrew Kinsella, and Colm Delaney. Among a long list of Minor successes Glenealy can also lay claim to winning 1981 hurling league. In 1986 Glenealy shocked Carnew on a 2-08 to 2-06 scoreline to win their first Senior Championship since 1975.Man of the match Don O'Gorman started the match at full forward and it was his 2 goals that really nailed the title for Glenealy. Midway through the second half Don went in goal and made a great save late on. Key to Glenealy's success was the essential mix of youth and experience. Ian O'Neill and Vincent Duffy were teenagers playing in their first final while John Glynn, John O'Neill, Don O'Gorman, Tony Barnaville, Sean Snell, Tommy Glynn and Mikey O'Neill had all been part of the 1975 side. In 1986 the team were trained by John Lonergan and lined out as follows - Bernie Byrne, John O'Neill, Eamon Esmonde, Andrew Fitzgerald, Ian O'Neill, Tony Barnaville, Finbar O'Gorman, Vincent Duffy, Wally Manley, Tommy Glynn, John Glynn (Capt), Mikey O'Neill, Dave Conyard, Don O'Gorman, John O'Brien. Subs - Colm Luddy for Conyard. Unused subs on the day - Liam Phelan, Paul Byrne, Andrew Dunne, John O'Gorman, Damien O'Brien, Joseph Driver, Steven Cody, Sean Snell and last but not least Michael O'Brien who was unavailable due to injury.
There was a Senior defeat at the hands of Kiltegan in 1993. The Club took its 6th Senior title in 1996 when 1986 survivors Bernie Byrne, Ian O'Neill, and Wally Manley combined with Tom, Paul and Billie Byrne, Steven Coady, David and Declan Doyle, Joey Driver, and M-A, M-J, and Jonathan O'Neill for a second County final success over Carnew. 1996 also brought the Junior title to the club, and 1997 gave us our first Minor title for almost 20 years. 1998 again brought a senior final defeat at the hands of Kiltegan. 1999 saw the club take the Senior League title but we suffered a semi-final defeat in the Championship to champions Kiltegan.
Glenealy won the Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship in 2005.
Glenealy Hurling Club enjoyed an exciting but unsuccessful year in 2001. The highlight of the year was the bold bid the Senior hurling final before eventually losing on a 0-16 to 0-14 scoreline to Kiltegan in one of the best finals in recent memory. Our juvenile hurling got off to a great start by winning the U-14 B Hurling Championship by overcoming Kilcoole. The U-12 team played and beat St Patrick's in the Championship final. Daryl O'Neill was the captain.
2003 was a year when Glenealy Hurling Club finally put the ghosts of previous disappointments to rest when the Senior hurlers took their 7th Senior title with a 1-10 to 1-7 victory over Carnew.
Glenealy won the Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship in 2005.
In 2007, the Glenealy Senior hurlers regained the O'Donoghue Cup when they defeated Kiltegan 4-16 to 3-14 after a thrilling County final. This was only achieved after a titanic struggle in a game that ebbed and flowed one way and the other in what many people have described as the greatest Wicklow hurling final ever. The U-13 team won through to the Wicklow-Wexford Cup final where they beat Ballyfad by 2 points in a very exciting final.
2008 was a very successful and also a very historic year for Glenealy Hurling Club, as not only did we retain their Senior crown, they also won our first ever Intermediate title. In the Minor B final we met Éire Óg and after a tough battle we won 1-13 to 3-5. The U-12s had an excellent year, winning the U-12A County final against Bray Emmets 1-3 to 0-3.
In the 2009 Championship semi-final we met and defeated Arklow Rock Parnells 3-17 to 0-6 which set up another meeting with old adversaries Carnew, who we had beaten in the 2008 final. We had the added incentice of going for the 3-in-a-row, a feat we had only achieved once before, but it was not to be, despite getting off to a great start with an early Leighton Glynn goal we gave a lacklustre performance and were defeated by two points, 0-18 to 1-13.
In the 2010 final we met our old rivals Carnew who had defeated us in last year's final and another hard-fought close game was expected but the lads rose to the challenge magnificently and as early as the 4th minute when Leighton Glynn hit the back of the net there only looked to be one winner and so it proved, the lads running out easy winners 3-13 to 0-9. In the first round of the Leinster Championship our opponents were St Mullin's of Carlow who we played in Dr Cullen Park and we dug out a one point victory winning 3-8 to 1-13 courtesy of a great Wayne O'Gorman goal in injury time. We faced Kiltegan in the Junior final on 12 September and the game was a close run affair from the initial throw in to the final whistle. The west Wicklow had certainly upped their game and gave an expected battling performance and we found it hard to put any comfortable distance between us on the scoreboard. The final fifteen minutes were epic as Kiltegan sensed victory and only heroic defending kept us in front. The final whistle went and victory was secured on a 1-13 to 2-7 scoreline. Sunday the 7 November 2010 will be remembered as the day our U-16s won the Championship. This was a very exciting final with both teams giving their all. The final score was 2-12 to 1-9.
In the 2011 final they once again met fierce rivals Carnew and came out on the right side of a 3-9 to 3-6 scoreline. Although it was a tough hard fought game the scoreline is a little flattering to Carnew as Glenealy were well on top bar the last 5 minutes. Enan Glynn turned in a man of the match performance. At half time the 1986 winning team from Glenealy were presented with a special memento to mark the 25th anniversary of their win which was also v Carnew, that day the final score was 2-8 to 2-6
Glenealy won an historic 3 in a row in the 2012 Wicklow SHC in Aughrim by once again beating their fierce rivals from Carnew on a 1-11 to 0-10 scoreline.The only previous time Glenealy had managed a 3 in a row was when they won their first ever titles in the late 1950's.
Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1975, 1986, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
125 Trophy: 2009
Wicklow Intermediate Hurling Championship: 2008
Wicklow Junior Hurling Championship: 1951, 1971, 1987, 1996, 2010
Wicklow U-21 Hurling Championship: 1982
Wicklow Minor Hurling Championship: 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1978, 1997, 2008 (B), 2011