Club History


SENIOR TITLES: 6: 1968,1971,1973, 2003, 2008 & 2009. 
7 more senior titles won in the Parish, 1 by Castlerea in 1967 and 6 by Tarmon in 1935, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944 & 1947 


JUNIOR TITLES: 1989 & 2005. Castlerea won 1 in 1957 and Tarmon won 3 in 1929,1933 & 1935

Junior B Titles: 1  1993

UNDER 21 TITLES:  2  1968 & 1970

MINOR TITLES: 4 1968, 1985,1988 & 1990. Castlerea won 5 1940, 1963, 1964, 1965 & 1967





                                                                                    Co. Roscommon.                   

                                                                                                                            15 – 05 – 2011




On behalf of the executive committee of Naomh Caoimhin Cáisleán Ríabhách I cordially invite you, and a friend, to the launch of the history of  Cumann Lúthchleas Gael in the parish of Kilkeevan, in the O’Rourke Centre, Castlerea on Sunday night 5th June at 8.30pm.

Over the past number of months a small committee have worked tirelessly to produce a history of the G.A.A in our parish since its foundation and I am confident that you will be well satisfied with the finished article.

The editor of the book is former Tarmon man Colm Hannelly who has collected a wealth of records and statistics which he has now put into a book. This book will last as a record of what the G.A.A has meant to the people, and record those who have represented the various clubs that were part of the parish, and their achievements over the 125 year history of the association.

Former Roscommon Herald journalist Michael O’Brien has conducted a number of interviews with different club members going back to Tarmon player Paddy Concannon and including the club’s three All Star award winners, Mickie Freyne, Tom Heneghan and Harry Keegan which will add greatly to the value of the book.

The book will be launched by County Board Chairman Michael Fahey.

We sincerely hope you will be able to attend on the night and we look forward to meeting you then.


Yours in Sport



Marie McDermott, Secretary, Castlerea St Kevins.



The history of a great club

As chairman of Castlerea, St Kevin’s GAA Club, I am 
honoured and privileged to be invited to contribute a 
foreword to the history of this great club. 
The aim of the publication is to record the efforts ir-
respective of  success of  those who have donned  the 
colours of the club since its formation. This is a testi-
mony to the dedication of so many people. 
The history of  the club was compiled by Colm Han-
nelly, a native of the parish, but who moved to Castle-
bar and then Galway almost 60 years ago. Colm never 
forgot  his  roots  and  always  had  the  interests  of  this 
club at heart down through the years. His recording of 
activities within the club is a work marked by dedica-
tion, expertise and the relentless pursuit of source ma-
terial. The author has given us a comprehensive and 
colourful  account  of  the  club,  teams  and  individual 
players associated with Gaelic Games over the years. 
I also want to commend the editorial committee which is made up of four stalwarts of the club, 
namely Eamon Campion, Danny Burke, Brian  Stenson  and  Johnny Mahony. As  chairman  I 
congratulate them on the excellent recording and extensive research. I sincerely thank them and 
everyone involved in the collection of the relevant data and in the production of this fi  ne book. 
Over the years the face of the community has changed. We see names and faces that have left 
this world, many at a ripe old age, and some perhaps too young. We should use these memories 
as an inspiration for further achievements in the years to come. 
This book will help to preserve in our memories the bits and pieces that have moulded Castlerea, 
St Kevin’s into an example of a club of fi ne tradition. Our young people should take this example 
to ensure that when celebrating the club’s centenary, the tradition will have continued.
Gaelic Games play an important role in the health, well-being and culture of people. They are 
activities that contribute, not only to good health and physical fi tness, but also the development 
of personal qualities. It encourages co-operation and interdependence, and provides an environ-
ment in which everyone, regardless of race, gender, social class or religion, can come together.
The club acknowledges the contribution from all our sponsors throughout the club’s history. In 
particular I wish to express my sincere thanks to those who have given so generously of their 
time to ensure the development of the club to date, also to our many patrons for their very gener-
ous donations towards this publication. 
Sincere gratitude and admiration must be extended  to all volunteers who give so willingly of 
their time and energy to promote Gaelic Games in the parish. 
With the continued voluntary involvement of managers, coaches, administrators, players, parents 
and supporters, this club will pass on a wonderful legacy for future generations to build on. 
I have great pleasure in commending this fi ne account for the history of Castlerea, St Kevin’s 
GAA Club to you, and may all who read this history gain lots of enjoyment from it.

Martin Duggan

Chairman of Castlerea, St Kevin’s GAA Club

Above is a brief history of the titles won by Castlerea St Kevins, Castlerea and Tarmon.
Also a copy of the invitation sent by club secretary Marie McDermott for the launch of the book and a copy of the Foreword  by club Chairman Martin Duggan.

In centenary year, 1984, the club published a history of the GAA in the parish of Kilkeevan. 
This was updated in 2011 to include all club activities up to the end of 2010. 
Both publications were the work of former Tarmon man Colm Hannelly, now living in Galway.
The recent publication is a very detailed record of all activities and achievements by both club teams and individuals. 
It is a must read for anyone with Castlerea connections. 
Copies of the History of the GAA in the parish are still available; €15 each.
Copies may be had from Eamon Campion 086 3644149; Johnnie Flynn 086 0617670 or Dermot Lyons 086 3841333