Welcome to our photo gallery showcasing the soccer teams of Carndonagh, spanning from 1911 to the 1970s. These images are a testament to the town’s deep passion for soccer, with teams and players proudly representing their community throughout the years.
In this gallery, you will see photos of various teams from Carndonagh, including some of the referees and managers who played vital roles in the sport’s development in the town.
Some of the photos are missing details, and we would like people to help us fill in the gaps if possible. We encourage anyone with knowledge about the teams, players, or the context of these images to contribute any information they may have. These photos offer a unique glimpse into the rich history of soccer in Carndonagh, and with your help, we can preserve and celebrate this legacy.
So, join us on a journey through time and explore the soccer teams of Carndonagh, honouring the players, referees, and managers who contributed to the town’s sporting culture that continues to thrive in Carndonagh today.
Carndonagh F. C. of 1911Carndonagh F. C. of 1911 - Front row (from left) - Joe Lynch, Paddy Hirrell.
Second row - Eddie Doherty, J. Kelly, P. Gibbons, John C. Doherty, N. Kearney.
Back row - J. McIntyre, M. Mc Donough, Joe Gibbons, Pat Lynch, Pat Kelly, F. Lanigan (manager).
An early Carndonagh Soccer Team, c. 1920s (?)
Oakwood United, 1927Front: Tom Mc Elhinney, John Harris, Jim Diver, Corney Smith, Dan Doherty
Back: Alex Diver, Pat Mc Cool, Barney Mc Cole, Barney Kearney, Willie John McGaughey, P. McElwee, Joseph McCole.
Early Carn Soccer TeamFront (L-R): Leo Gibbons, Bonaventure Doherty (Neil Dinny), Mickey Gibbons, Joe Lynch, Tony Gilmore.
Back (L-R): Packie Doherty (Rogie), James Mc Colgan, Paddy Hirrell, Dan Lynch, Mr. Canavan, Packie Mahon, Ned Houten, Joe Mc Cole, Eugene Doherty (Jack).
Carn Rangers, 1934Carn Rangers, 1934
Carndonagh Soccer Team, c. 1930s (?)Back (L-R): Unkown, Victor Gillespie, P. H. Doherty (Glackin), Dan Lynch, Johnnie Houten, Johnny Harris.
Front (L-R): W. J. Doherty (Oregon), Joe Lynch, Columba Gibbons, Willie Crampsie, Pat Lynch, Neil Doherty (Big Neile).
Carndonagh Rangers"Our changing times picture this week shows a Carndonagh Rangers team from the past, what year though we're not exactly sure. The photo shows front row from left: Anthony Doherty, Dick Doherty, Leo Gibbons, Unknown, Dan Mc Laughlin, Tom Farren, Jim Diver, Willie Callaghan.
Back Row from left: Unknown, James Mc Laughlin, Danny Tully, Fred Tully, Paddy Byrne, Dan Doherty, Liam Mc Laughlin, Billy McLaughlin, Vincie McLaughlin, Pat Logue, Owen Doherty, Andy Davenport, Patrick Hirrell and Paddy Mc Guinness."
Carndonagh Soccer TeamAnother Carndonagh soccer team, but the names and year are unknown.
Standing (L-R): Willie O'Callaghan (Jerry), Garda, Billy Mc Laughlin (Cobbler, Culdaff), James Diver, Oweny Doherty (Olly), Mc Callion (Gleneely), Vincie Mc Laughlin (Philips), Mickey Doherty (Jack), Leo Gibbos, Frank Hill (Muff Customs);
Kneeling (L-R): Referee (Sheeran, Derry), Peadar Hirrell, Tony Diver, Dan Doherty (Oregon), Theo Mc Laughlin (Philips), Joe Doherty (Oregon).
Carn Rangers, 1936"Carndonagh Rangers, winners of the 1936 Kennedy Cup. The match played at the Bayfield, Moville, saw what was reputed to be the best football team of its day in Donegal.
Picture front, from left: Joe Mc Laughlin, Pat McGonigle, Dr. Colm O'Doherty, Jim Hume and Pat Reid.
Standing, from left: John Mc Guinness, trainer, Vincy Mc Laughlin, Ted Mc Laughlin, Jackie Mc Laughlin, Johnny Butler, Owen Doherty, Sean Mc Gonigle and Niall P. O'Doherty, manager.
(Photograph supplied S. R. Butler and Sons, Carndonagh).
Footnote - Referee for the match was Rev. Montgomery, brother of Field Marshal Earl Montgomery of Alamein."
Carndonagh Rangers, 1937"Carndonagh Rangers, Charity Cup winners in 1937.
Following their success in the Kennedy Cup, Carndonagh Rangers were popular winners in the Inishowen Charity Cup before a record gate of 2,700 spectators.
Pictured front, from left, Johnny Butler, Johnny Diver, Theo Mc Laughlin, Owney Doherty, Pat Mc Gonigle and Pat Reid.
Standing, from left, Eugene Doherty, chariman, Sean Mc Gonigle, Mickey Mc Laughlin, John Mc Callion, Vincy Mc Laughlin, John O'Connor, and John Mc Guinness, trainer.
(Photograph supplied by S. R. Butler and Sons, Carndonagh)."
Carndonagh Rangers, 1938Carndonagh Rangers, 1938, with the alcohol factory visible in the background.
Carndonagh Rangers, 1951Carndonagh Rangers team from the 1950s who had played against a Derry City Select team.
Carn Soccer TeamAnother Carndonagh Soccer Team, names and year unknown.
Carndonagh Rangers, 1964-65"This week's 'Changing Times' picture is one of the Carn Rangers team of 1964-65:
Front L-R: Sean O'Kane, Oliver Gilmore, Neilly Gordon, Jackie Mc Geoghan, Roddy Mc Caule.
Back L-R: Brian Mc Laughlin, Pat Kelly, Michael Mc Clure, Eddie Mahon, Billy Mc Cauley, Dan Mc Eleney."
Carndonagh FC (c. 1972-73)"Taken sometime between 1972 and 1973 the Inishowen men beat Kildrum Tigers of Carrigans in a final played at Maginn Park in Buncrana.
Inishowen League side Carndonagh FC forty years ago. They are, Left to Right: Joe Doherty, Liam Galbraith, Martin Robbins, Mickey Mc Clure, Niall Doherty, Donal Doherty, Eamonn O'Donnell, Mickey Robbins, Liam Monagle, Coleman Doherty, John Mc Laughlin, Patsy Doherty, Gerry Doherty and Niall Mc Laughlin."
Carndonagh FC, c. 1970sCarndonagh FC, c. 1970s
Front L-R: Liam Monagle, John Mc Laughlin (Holmes), Patsy Doherty (Glack), Colman Doherty (Olly), Niall Mc Laughlin (H).
Back L-R: Liam Galbraigh, Niall Doherty (Olly), Mickey Mc Clure, Eamon O'Donnell, Donal Doherty (E), Martin Robbins.