Saint Brigid’s GAC (Irish: Cumann Naomh Bríd Béal Feirste)
Founded in 1998 by Dermot Dowling and Conor McSherry in the parish hall of St Brigid’s Church, St Brigid’s has been described as a “city team with a country heart” as many of its founders came from all over Ulster including Armagh, Tyrone and Fermanagh.
The welfare of the youth of the local community became the foundation upon which Saint Brigid’s Gaelic Club has been built. This was evidenced in the Club’s infancy when it was decided to run a competition in three local Primary Schools to design a kit and badge for the new Club.
This competition attracted almost three hundred entries from the children of Cranmore Integrated, Stranmillis and Saint Bride’s Primary Schools, the winning kit being the blue and gold worn by all our teams today.
While the winning entry for the badge did come from a pupil of Saint Bride’s Primary School, the design encompasses a tree (Crann Mor), a stream (Stran Milis) as well as a Saint Brigid’s cross, thereby underpinning the Club’s aspiration to be inclusive of our entire community.
The Club motto, “Mol an Oige”, adopted at the 2002 Convention, is an abbreviation of an old saying from the Irish language, “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh siad” which basically translates as “Praise our Youth and They will come through”.
This philosophy has been, is and will remain a guiding principle for Cumann Luchleas Gael Naomh Brid.
The Club has teams participating in Camogie, Hurling & Football (both ladies’ and men’s). The men’s Senior football team participate in the ACL Division 2 and Senior Championship, and in 2017 won the Antrim intermediate championship for the second time (repeating their 2006 triumph), adding to their county junior title (won in 2004). The ladies’ senior footballers won the county junior championship in 2009 and have also won the intermediate championship twice, in 2012 and 2015.
In 2007, the club fielded their first senior hurling team, and won their first underage football championship against Gort na Mona at Under-14 level. The club has since gone on to enjoy numerous successes at underage level – recently bringing home county titles at both U16 male and U14 female level.
2008 saw the opening of Musgrave Park, our home pitch, by former GAA President Nicky Brennan.
|Saint Brigid’s GAC|
|Cumann Naomh Bríd Béal Feirste|
|Club colours:||Blue and Yellow|
|Grounds:||Musgrave Park, Harlquins RFC, YMCA|
|Coordinates:||54°34′16.61″N 5°58′34.00″WCoordinates: 54°34′16.61″N 5°58′34.00″W|