Tuesday 26 September 2017

In the name of the forefathers

Dublin -- Parnell Park.

Named after Charles Stewart Parnell.



  • Meath -- Pairc Tailteann, Navan.


The Tailteann Games originated just a few miles away.



  • Louth -- Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda.
  • Kildare -- St Conleth's Park, Newbridge. A saintly gesture.
  • Offaly -- O'Connor Park, Tullamore. Named after a local tribe.
  • Wicklow -- Aughrim.


Known simply as Aughrim.



  • Wexford -- Wexford Park, Wexford.
  • Laois -- O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.


Another tribal offering.



  • Longford -- Pearse Park, Longford. One of two grounds devoted to Padraig Pearse.
  • Westmeath -- Cusack Park, Mullingar. One of two grounds named after founding father Michael Cusack.
  • Carlow -- Dr Cullen Park, Carlow.


A bishop from the area with a fond interest in Gaelic games.



  • Kilkenny -- Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Named after local man James Nowlan, the longest-serving president of the GAA.
  • Clare -- The other ground named after Michael Cusack.
  • Cork -- Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Padraig O Caoimh was the GAA's general secretary from 1929 to 1964 and was reared in Cork.



  • Kerry -- Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Dick Fitzgerald is one of the few footballers to have a county ground named after him.
  • Limerick -- Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.
  • Tipperary -- Semple Stadium, Thurles. Tom Semple was a Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary player, referee and administrator in the early part of the last decade.
  • Waterford -- Walsh Park.


Willie Walsh was a well known GAA and republican activist in the city.



  • Galway -- Pearse Stadium.


A Padraig Pearse dedication again.



  • Mayo -- McHale Park.


Named after a former Archbishop of Tuam from the area.



  • Sligo -- Markievicz Park.


Taken from Countess Markievicz.



  • Leitrim -- Pairc Sean MacDiarmada. One of the architects of the Easter Rising was Leitrim-born.
  • Roscommon -- Dr Hyde Park.


The first president of Ireland, Dr Douglas Hyde, was born in Roscommon.



  • Monaghan -- St Tiernach's Park, Clones. Named after a local saint.
  • Cavan -- Kingspan Breffni Park (below), Cavan.


Breffni is the county name, Kingspan are the ground sponsors.



  • Donegal -- McCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. Takes its name from Sean MacCumhail, a local Ballybofey club man of renown.
  • Derry -- Celtic Park. Traditionally called Celtic Park.
  • Antrim -- Casement Park.


Roger Casement is perpetually honoured in Andersonstown.



  • Down -- Pairc Esler.


Fr Esler was a young curate in Newry when he secured the land for the current pitch.



  • Armagh -- Athletic Grounds.


Now the subject of naming interest.



  • Tyrone -- Healy Park.


The ground is owned by Omagh St Enda's. Michael Healy was a local man.



  • Fermanagh -- Brewster Park.


The ground is owned by Enniskillen Gaels and was named after the late Mickey Brewster, a former Fermanagh and Enniskillen player.

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