The history of Carndonagh GAA stretches back to 1921 when schoolteacher Master Reid from Drumkeen, Ballybofey, founded the first club. This gallery features photos of football and hurling teams over the years as well as articles on the history of Carn GAA, including a piece on modern developments and the move to Foden by Elizabeth Doherty. Most of the players and teams have been identified, but several photos are lacking some information. If you have any info or can add more details, please let us know in the comments or on Facebook.
Football TeamBack Row L-R: Gerard Monagle, John Grant, Jamesie Diver, James Anthony McLaughlin, Brian Doogan, Paddy McCallion, Robert McCool, Neil Harkin, Tom Farren.
Front L-R: Joey Gallagher, Con Smyth, Henry Doherty, Paddy Doherty (Glackin), Packie Mc Laughlin, Raymond Smyth.
Hurling Team (early 60s?)Back Row L-R: Paddy McClure, Paul Doherty, Gerald Monagle, Robert Mc Cool, Paddy Harkin, Billy McDaid, Leonard Harkin, Billy Doherty (Newman).
Front Row L-R: Jim Niland, P. J. Farrey, Jim Long, James Anthony Mc Laughlin, Paddy Doherty (Glackin), Henry Doherty.
Carndonagh Football TeamLet us know if you have any info on this team.
Football TeamLet us know if you have any info on this team.
1932 Hurling TeamLet us know if you have any info on this team.
Boy's TeamFront Row L-R: Philip Mc Cool, Frank Mc Nulty, Jim Mc Conologue, Joseph Mc Laughlin, Billy Mc Daid, James Mc Gonigle.
Back Row: Tony Doherty, Henry Doherty, James A. Mc Laughlin, Pat Mc Cool, Patrick Mc Crossan, Eamon Houten, Jimmy Doherty (Tailor).
Carndonagh Football Team c. 1968Back Row (L-R): Eamon Doherty, (Unknown), (first name unknown) Mc Gettigan (Moville), Noel Diver, Denis McGelligot, Tom Lynch, Micky Mc Clure and Phil Kelly (Tullagh).
Front Row (L-R): Mick Mc Laughlin, Kevin Mc Laughlin, Vincenty Lynn, Noel White, Eamonn Diver, Ted Mc Laughlin and Willie Joe Mc Laughlin.
Carndonagh Gaelic Football Team - Late 1950s/Early 1960sBack Row L-R: Unknown (Clonmany), Mark Mc Laughlin (Gleneely), Rory Doherty (Fintan, Carn), Finbar Mc Callion (Malin), John Farren (Carn), Brian Mc Laughlin (Hatter, Carn), Tom Mc Laughlin (Gleneely).
Front Row L-R: Franie Mc Guinness (Carn), Jim Quigley (Malin Head), John Doherty (Glackin, Carn), David Friel (Carn), Sean O'Kane (Carn), Raymond Smith (Carn), Paddy Mc Clure (Carn), Paddy Farren (Carn).
(Photo Credit: Clonmany Genealogy with permission of John Doherty, Rosemary Doherty)
Carn HurlersFront L-R: John Mc Daid, Vincent Lynn, James Mc Laughlin (H).
Back L-R: Noel White, Leonard Diver, Eamon Diver.
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Carn DomhnaighRecent developments in Carndonagh GAA club history, by Elizabeth Doherty:
Club activity increased very much in the 1990s with success in all codes, gaelic football, hurling, ladies football and camogie. Plans were in place to redevelop O'Doherty Park and the adjacent land purchased in 1991. During this time of planning, club officers were approached with the view to move to a green field site. This would mean selling O'Doherty Park and purchasing a new site.
On November 5th 2000 a club E.G.M. took place for the first time in the history of the club. The motion was passed by the club members to relocate to Foden. The club would now have 12 acres instead of 5 acres.
Work began on pitch development in 2002 and in October 2005 the first underage game in the county was played under lights. The club had now 2 full size playing pitches and a training pitch. The club rooms were completed and Pairc Ui Dhochartaigh was officially opened by GAA president Nickey Brennan on the 13th May 2006.
Donegal Hurling Team 1936The Donegal County Hurling Team in O'Doherty Park, Carndonagh, in 1936.
Back Row (L-R): M. Harkin (Carndonagh), J. Mc Devitt (Carndonagh), S. Ruth (Letterkenny), Con Mc Laughlin (Carndonagh), Jim Farren (Carndonagh), Vincent Doherty (Paul, Carndonagh), John Mc Gonagle (Carndonagh), James Doherty (Carndonagh).
Front Row (L-R): Garda Varley (Letterkenny), John Lynch (Culdaff), Packie Doherty (Paul, Carndonagh), Vincent Mc Laughlin (Carndonagh), Stephen Butler (Carndonagh), Mickey Mc Laughlin (Carndonagh), Owen Doherty (Carndonagh).
Early HurlingFront L-R: Tommy Mc Elhinney, Tony Gilmore, Anthon Doherty (Malin), Philip Doherty (Fintan), Joe Mc Laughlin (Holmes).
Back L-R: Mickey Gibbons, Dan Gilmore, Michael Kearney, Dan Lynch, Garda Dunner, Charlie Mc Laughlin (The Wood), John Houten, John Joe Doherty (Buildings).
Early Hurling TeamLet us know if you have any info on this team.
Football Team 1966This photo dates back to 1966 and features the Inishowen team who met a Derry city select in a two-legged tie to commemorate the 1916 Rising.
Back (L-R): Brendan Keaveney (Moville), Eddie Kelly (Clonmany), Packie Mc Gonigle (Malin), James Anthony Mc Clean, Roberty Mc Cool (Carndonagh), Seamus Diver (Malin), Denis McElliot (Carndonagh & Kerry), Joe Gallagher (Malin).
Front (L-R): Jim Thornton, Jimmy Mc Laughlin (Malin), Michael Doherty (G) (Carndonagh), George Ward (Malin Head), Sean Moore (Malin), Patsy Ward (Carndonagh), Andy Boyle (Moville).
History of Carndonagh GAA Club
History of O'Doherty Park, Carndonaghby Tom Farren
Hurling TeamFront Row: Sean Long, Denis Diver, Paddy Hirrell, Paddy Harkin, Barney Mc Quillan, John Anthony Mc Laughlin (Joe Billy), Charles Mc Gonigle.
Back Row: Mickey Mc Quillan, Bill Mc Quillan, James Long, Gerald Monagle, Neil Mc Laughlin, Patrick Diver, Mickey Mc Guinness, Philip Doherty
Inishowen GAA Coaching Session in O'Doherty Park, late 1980sFront L-R: Leo Gill (Buncrana), Maurice McEniry, Paddy McClure, Vincent Lynn, John McFadden (Buncrana), P. H. Doherty (G).
Back L-R: Danny Dowds (Burt), Louis Walsh (Malin), Tom Farren, Mattie Kemmy (Urris GAA), John Friel (Urris GAA), Tom Conaghan (Donegal Town, Donegal Team Manager), Sean Masterson (Buncrana), Willie Mc Dermott, Tom Mc Brearty.
(photo - Mary Magee, Ballyliffin)
Inishowen U/14 School Boy Champions, 1955Front L-R: Jackie Mc Geoghegan, Gabriel Duffy, Mickey Robins, Michael Doherty (Glackin), Paddy Mc Clure (Capt.), P. J. Farry, Seamus Farry, Mickey Mc Clure, John Farren.
Back L-R: Paddy Farren, Sean Farry, Brian Logue, Neal Doherty (Fintan), Frankie Mc Guinness, Tommy Farren, Hugh Long, Patrick Harkin
Master ReidMaster James Reid, a native of Drumkeen, Ballybofey, who came to teach in Craigtown School in 1921 and brought hurling to Carndonagh.
PlaqueA photo of the plaque to commemorate Michael F. O'Doherty, Carndonagh, founder member of Carndonagh GAA CLub, and for whom the park was named. Erected for La na gClub, 29th July, 1984.