Club History

1870's

The earliest account of a hurling match was a 17-aside between Beagh and Kilbeacanty played at Kilbeacanty in 1870. Michael Cusack was an interested spectator.

The Beagh team on that historical day was R. Roseingrave, Rev. Fr. O'Doherty, M. Reilly, J. Reilly, P. Reynolds, P. Brady, D. Walsh, M. Regan, J. McMahon, M. Noone, M. Halloran, J. Mahon, B. Murray, F.Geoghegan, M. Roseingrave, W. Roseingrave, M. Shaughnessy, T. Bell.

Cusack, the founder of the GAA (born in Carron, Co. Clare) was appointed principal teacher in Lough Cutra National School in 1866, a post which he held until 1871.

 

1880's

In the Autumn of 1884, Michael Cusack founded the GAA with Dr. Croke as its first patron and Thurlus as its birthplace. Cusack's endeavors to nurture hurling resulted in a hurling tournament at Tubber in 1885 (won by Kilchreest) and an inter-county game in Dublin in 1886 between south Galway and North Tipperary. North Tipperary won but the leather made for the match was made by Ned Treston (Gort), became the standard for hurling matches and remains so to the present day.

1887 found Beagh contesting the first County-Semi final against the victorious Meelick-Eyrecourt.

Hurling in the County at this time was on the decline. Emigration and evictions were rampant as many hurling clubs were disbanded. Among those who did not encourage the fostering of Gaelic Games was Lord Gough, who was the manager of Lough Cutra School.

 

1900's

By 1907, a strong effort was made to restore the game of hurling in Beagh. A meeting of Beagh hurling club elected the following committee:

President: T. Healy, Captain: T. Burke, Vice Captain: T. Ryan, Secretary: P. Fogarty, Assistant Secretary: T. Moylan, Treasurer: M. Burke.

Following this meeting there was a rejuvenation of hurling in the parish.

 

1910's

1911 - Kilbeacanty beat Beagh 4-1 to 1-0 in the first round of the Junior County Championship. Best for Beagh were Nilan, Burke, Gallagher and Cahill.

1912 - A number of tournaments were held in Gort in aid of Shanaglish Church funds (Fr. Nestor was P.P.) and in aids of tenants seeking land division. The South Galway Board was established and Beagh entered a "Junior" and "Senior" team in competitions.

1915 - Tom Regan (Beagh) played for the County Senior Team

1916 - To raise funds for republican organisations through GAA, Galway and Clare played a challenge match.

 

1920's

The Beagh "Senior" team led by their captain and full back, Pat Loughnane in 1920 was Pat Mannion, Bucky Mannion, Michael Nilan, Tom Regan, Michael Ruane, Michael Forde, Pat Burke, Harry Loughnane and Pat Loughnane.

In 1920 the Black and Tans brutally murdered Pat and Harry Loughnane. The other team members were devastated and there was a danger that the Beagh team would disappear completely. Politics and emigration combined meant that Beagh could no longer field a "Senior" team. In honour of the Loughnane brothers, three Beagh men endeavored to keep the club active, namely Tom Collins, Paddy Kelly, and Tom Moloney. They attended a meeting in Gort, hosted by Mattie McGrath (kilmacduagh) and Joe Stanford (Gort), to put in place plans for the revival of the competitions.

In 1928 Beagh's Juvenile team won the County Championship beating Killimor and Beagh's young hurlers also won the schools championship  beating Kilbeacanty on June 2nd, 1928.

The Beagh schools panel was Martin Keady, Michael Murray, Mick Gilligan, Roger Fahy, Paddy Fahy, Michael Egan, Michael Shaughnessy, Tom Joyce, Jimmy Moylan, Paddy Shaughnessy, Robert Moylan, Johnny Murray, Hubert O'Toole, Jim Fitzpatrick, Lal Forde, Willie Halloran, John Keehan, Miko Shaughnessy, P. Healy.

 

1930's

Beagh won the South Board "Juvenile" Hurling Championship in 1933 and again in 1934. The best hurlers at this time were K. Shaughnessy, J. Shaughnessy, P. Kearney, J. Kearney and P. Wellis.

In 1937 Beagh won the South Board "Juvenile" Hurling Championship but were beaten at County Level.

Mick Gilligan and Paddy Nelly played Minor Hurling with Galway.

 

1940's

In 1940. 1944 and 1946, Beagh won the South Board "Junior" Hurling Championship but were beaten at County Level.

In the late 1940's due to emigration, Beagh could not field a Junior team. Joe Meaney became the first man to bring an All-Ireland medal to the parish of Beagh when he was a member of the Connacht College's team which won the All-Ireland title in 1941 (at that time the Connacht College's was run on an inter-provincial basis rather than individual colleges).

Joe contributed 2-1 of his sides tally in the semi-final defeat of Leinster (Connacht won by 4-6 to 4-2) and did even better in the 3-5 to 0-1 defeat of Munster in the final when he scored 2-2.

Later that year Joe played with Galway minors and later still in his hurling career, he won Senior County Championships with Liam Mellows. It is also worth mentioning that Joe's brother Frank won an All-Ireland Junior medal with Dublin.

 

1950's

In the early 50's emigration was still a major problem forcing some Beagh players to play with other clubs. Lal Forde played with Gort.

By the late 1950's Beagh could again field a "Junior" team and won the South Board Championship in 1957. Oliver Dolan and Paddy Jordan played Minor hurling with Galway. After rigorous training in Mike Murray's field Beagh won the County Junior Championship in 1958 beating Cosan.

The panel of players were Tom Mahon, Michael Spelman, Paddy Linnane, Sean Loughrey, Mickey McMahon, Brendan Burke, Tommy Fahy, Mick Hehir, Stephen Killeen, Oliver Dolan, Joe Gantley, Paddy Jordan, Tommy Burke, Albert Moylan, Douglas Whelan.

Beagh were promoted to the Intermediate Grade in 1959 but were beaten in the South Semi-Final by Mullagh.

 

1960's

The club went into decline and returned to Junior Grade again. Training took place in the 'Sports Field' and Billy Fogarty, Oliver Dolan, Lal Forde and Michael Loughrey kept the club going. Billy Fogarty played Minor with Galway in 1960 and won a Munster Intermediate medal in 1962. Michael Deely played on the Galway Minor team and also played with Kildare in the All-Ireland B Championship. Paddy Jordan played on the Galway Intermediate team. The championship finals in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

In amalgamation with Kilbeacanty, Beagh reached Senior County Championship quarter final against Mullagh in 1966.

 

1970's

From 1971 to 1977 no successes were recorded by the club. Finbarr Gantley was establishing himself in hurling circles in England (winning 9 championship medals) and Michael Deely was a regular with Kildare. Gantley returned to his native parish in 1977 with his experience, skill and leadership having an immediate impact.

John Moylan captained the Gort Vocational School Senior team to All-Ireland success in 1978 and played  with the Galway Minor team while Peter Casserly and Albert Moylan won Senior Connacht Colleges medals with Our Lady's College, Gort in the same year.

In 1978 the Beagh Junior team beat Kilconieron by 3-6 to 0-3 at Loughrea to win the County Junior Championship with following panel of players:

Joe Keehan, Peter Casserly, Billy O'Reilly, PJ Loughrey, John Moylan, Johnny Joyce, Tom Halloran, Billy Fogarty, Gerry Kelly, Donal Moylan, Noel Gantley, Vincent Keehan, Gerry Forde, Albert Moylan, Noel Halloran, Michael Deely, Martin Deely, Vincent Deely, Pat Deely (Captain), Finbarr Gantley, Michael Whelan, Paddy Noone, Liam Halloran. One of the 1958 team, Douglas Whelan, was a selector. Beagh were promoted to intermediate level in 1979 and won the County Intermediate League defeating Killimor. Finbarr Gantley played in the 1979 All-Ireland in which Galway were defeated by Kilkenny while Albert Moylan played in the Galway Minor team.

1979 also saw the launch of the Beagh field committee, set up with the task of developing a hurling pitch for the club.

 

1980's

The 80's are regarded as the most successful in the clubs history to date. Finbarr Gantley won an All-Ireland Senior Medal with Galway in 1980, while Albert Moylan and Peter Casserly starred in the County Minor team. Billy O'Reilly won a Fitzgibbon cup medal with UCG.

Then in 1980 for the first time in sixty years Beagh achieved Senior Hurling status again by winning the County Intermediate title. Captained by John Moylan they defeated Mullagh by 4-13 to 3-11 at Ballinasloe with Finbarr Gantley voted man of the match. The team was Billy Reilly, Liam Halloran, Tom Halloran, Gus Forde, Gerry Kelly, Peter Casserly, John Moylan, Michael Deely, Joe Keehan, Albert Moylan, Noel Halloran, Finbarr Gantley, Pat Deeley, Niall Keating, Paddy Noone. Subs: Martin Deeley, Michael Whelan, Tom Page, Vincent Keehan, Noel Gantley, Pat McDermott, Johnny Joyce.

Also in 1980 Beagh won the County Minor title defeating Craughwell at Loughrea by 3-7 to 0-5 with the following team : John Mahon, Gerard Rochford, Donal Keane, Michael Niland, Ray Hanrahan, Peter Casserly, Michael Killeen, John Keehan, Gerard Healy, Albert Moylan, Gearoid Keating, Sean Keane, John Fahy, Pat Fogarty, Michael Quinn. Subs: Gerry Forde, Paddy Fahy, Martin Killeen.

In their first year as Seniors (1981) Beagh reached the quarter final of the Senior Championship but were defeated by Kiltormer. In the same year Finbarr Gantley remained a regular with Galway and John Moylan played on the County under 21 team.

The Beagh Senior team recorded victories over distinguished opponents in the early 80's including Turloughmore, Kinvara, Kilbeacanty, Tommie Larkins, Liam Mellows, Oranmore and St. Thomas' and again reached the quarter final stages of the Senior County Championship in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Sean Keane and Martin Killeen played with the victorious Galway Minors of 1983. Peter Casserly captained the Galway Under 21 team to All-Ireland success in the same year and Albert Moylan, who played at midfield, was voted Under 21 hurler of the year in Galway. John Moylan was a member of the Galway Senior panel in 1984-1985. Finbarr Gantley (perhaps the most distinguished Beagh player to date) was a regular County Senior Player during the early 80's and Michael Deely was on the panel during 1982-1983.

Trained by Joe Killeen, Lough Cutra School won the 9-a-side B competition in 1985 and the 9-a-side A competition in 1986 with the following panel: M. Casey, B. O'Brien, T. Loughrey, D. Diviney, C. Diviney, V. McMahon, R. McNevin, N. McGuane, E. O'Loughlin, P. Reynolds, M. Mahon, A. Walsh, D. Tuohey, M. Hehir, P. Diviney and G. Reynolds. Lurga School qualified for three successive finals in '86, '87 and '88. In 1987 Beagh won the U14 C title beating Tommie Larkins by 5-7 t0 0-4 with the following team: D. Fogarty, M. Casey, N. McGuane, D. Shaughnessy, P. Reynolds, A. Walsh, P. Diviney, D. Diviney, M. Mahon, G. Reynolds, L. Gantley, D. Tuohey, D. Walsh. Sub: P. O'Connor.

During the late 80's emigration and retirements caused a fall in the Senior teams fortunes and Beagh returned to Intermediate Grade in 1989.

 

1990's

In 1990 the success of Beagh young hurlers continued when they won the Under 14 and Under 16 C County Championship. Also in 1990 Albert Moylan (now based in England) won a London Senior Championship medal with St. Gabriel's and an All-Ireland Senior 'B' medal with London.

In 1991 Pat Diviney played in the Galway minor team who lost in the semi-final stages to Tipperary.

1993 saw the Beagh U21 team make their third successive appearance in the U21 B County final. They defeated Kinvara at Ballindereen by 1-11 to 0-11 taking this title for the first time with the following panel: Stephen Killeen, Gerry Burke, Raymond Fogarty, Declan Diviney, Pat Reynolds, Owen O'Loughlin, Pat Diviney, Finbarr Gantley, David McAllen, Niall McGuane, Kieran Diviney, Mark Casserly, Rory Gantley, Liam Gantley. Manager Joe Killeen, Trainer Noel Halloran.

Captained by John Moylan, the Beagh Intermediate team reached the County Championship final of 1993. In the same year Pat Diviney won a Fitzgibbon cup medal with University of Limerick.

In 1994 Finbarr Gantley (Junior) and Rory Gantley starred in the Minor All-Ireland final won by Galway. In the same year Lough Cutra School won the 9-a-side A competition with Martin Noone, Vincent O'Brien, David O'Halloran, John Loughnane, Adrian Diviney, Brian Diviney, Shane Diviney, Mark McKnight, John Daly, Peter O'Grady, Jamie Loughnane and Kevin O'Grady. Also in 1994 Lurga School won the 7-a-side B competition with Jason Deeley, Brendan Gantley, Michael Fallon, Francis McDermott, Joseph Gantley, Derek O'Connor, Kieran Fallon, Jonathon Morris, J.P. Joyce and Michael Walsh.

In 1994 Pat Diviney was on the losing Galway Under 21 side which where defeated in the All-Ireland Final by Kilkenny on a score line of 3-10 to 0-11.

Finbarr Gantley won an Under 21 medal in 1996 and All-Ireland Intermediate medal in 1997. He also won a National league medal with Galway in 2000. Finbarr and Rory Gantley were both on the Galway Under 21 team, which was defeated by Cork in the All-Ireland final.

Shane Diviney won a Connacht Colleges Junior medal with Gort in 1997.

Pat Diviney won an Intermediate All-Ireland medal in 1998 with Galway. Played at corner back and won a man of the match award.

In 1998 Beagh Intermediate team reached the semi-final stages of the competition but were beaten narrowly by Athenry in Ballindereen on a score line of 1-10 to 1-9. The term was trained by John Lyons, Managed by John Moylan, with selectors of Gus Forde, Tom Halloran, and Ger Kelly. The team was: Padraic O’Connor, John Moylan, Pat Reynolds, Nigel Harrington, John Reynolds, Finbarr Gantley, Eoin O’Loughlin, Stephen Killeen, Rory Gantley, P.J. McAllen, Joe Reynolds, Pat Diviney, Gerry Reynolds, Paddy O’Brien, Niall Diviney.

Beagh Intermediate team won the Intermediate title in 1998 beating Leitrim-Kilnadeemna in the final at Athenry.

In 1998 Beagh won the Under 21 C Championship beating Balygar. The team that day was Rory Gantley, Brendan Gantley, Richie Glynn, Adrian Diviney, Joe Gantley, Niall Diviney, Gearoid Kelly, Paul Browne, Noel McNevin, Joe Reynolds, Martin O’Connor, Dermott McDermott, Adrian Diviney, P.J. McAllen, Pat MacInerney. Mentors were Niall McGuane and Nigel Harrington.

Also in 1998 Paul Browne, Rory Gantley and Tom Porter brought the Under-16 team to victory over Carnmore in the County Championship. The team was Martin Browne, Kieran Diviney, Adrian Diviney, Francis McDermott, Richie Glynn, Brendan Gantley, Peter O’Grady, Jonathan Morris, Kieran Fallon, Brian Diviney, David Halloran, Derek O’Connor, Joe Gantley, and Michael Ruane.

In 1999 Beagh were beaten by Ahascaragh-Fohenagh in the Minor B final on a score line of 1-7 to 0-7. The team that day was: Kevin O’Grady, Reggie McDermott, John Loughnane, Francis McDermott, Adrian Diviney, Martin Browne, Derek O’Connor, Joe Reynolds, David Halloran, Brendan Gantley, Shane Diviney, Richie Glynn, Joe Gantley, Brian Diviney, and Jason Deeley.

Padraig O’Connor won an All-Ireland league medal with Galway in 1999.

Also in 1999 Rory Gantley was captain of the Galway Under-21 team who were defeated by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.

Brendan Gantley won an All-Ireland Minor medal with Galway in 1999 and All-Ireland colleges and Harty cup medals with St. Flannans in the same year.

 

2000's

In  2000 Brendan Gantley and Shane Diviney won Harty Cup medal with St. Flannans.

In 2000 Beagh Under 21’s made it to the county final but were unfortunate to be beaten on the day by Mountbellow-Moylough. The panel was Joe Gantly, Francis McDermott, John ‘Dolly’ Loughnane, Shane Diviney, Adrian Diviney, Niall Diviney, Noel McNevin, Brendan Gantley, Richard Gylnn, Brian Diviney, Paul Browne, Jonathan Morris, Reggie McDermott, Martin Browne, Adrian Diviney, Kieran Forde, Joe Reynolds, David Halloran, Gearoid Kelly, Derek O’Connor.

Rory Gantley an All-Ireland league medal with Galway in 2000.

Adrian Diviney won an All-Ireland Minor medal in 2000 with Galway.

In 2001 Beagh won the Schools and Under 12’s Championship. The schools panel, trained by school principle Joe Killeen, was as follows: Kevin Keehan (C), Eamonn Healy, Ricky Kent, Shane O’Reilly, Michael Geoghegan, Noel Diviney, Christopher O’Reilly, Christopher O’Riordan, Alan Fogarty, Raymond Moylan, Padraic Landers, Daniel Diviney, Richard Joyce, John Moylan, Jamie Diviney, Enda Tuohey, Pat Loughnane.

The Under 12 team under management of Eddie Skehill, Clement Diviney, Johnny Joyce (Manager), Noel Tuohey, Pat Fogarty was: Shane O’Reilly, David Perril, Jamie Diviney, Alan Foharty, Enda Tuohey, Sharon Keehan, Shelly Skehill, Richard Joyce, Michael Geoghegan, Christopher O’Riordan, Shane Morris, Peter Perril, Ian Tuohey, Liam O’Halloran, Pat Loughnane, John Carey, Eamonn Skehill, Damien Landers, Adrian Tuohey, John Moylan, Padraic Landers, Raymond Moylan, Daniel Diviney, Conor Fogarty.

Joe Gantley won an All-Ireland Under 21 medal with Galway in 2000 and an Intermediate medal in 2002. Joe also won a Fitzgibbon medal with University of Limerick in 2002.

Adrian Diviney won an All-Ireland Intermediate medal in 2002.

Beagh  were unfortunately relegated in 2003 but regained senior status in 2005, despite loosing the intermediate final to Tommy Larkins
Beagh amalgamation with Kilbacenty in 2008 forming Michael Cusack’s juvenile club

2010

Joe Gantley won a senior league medal with Galway in 2010

Kevin Keehan, Kevin O’ Grady won Fitzgibbon cup medals with NUIG.

Beagh drew with Clairnbridge at senior which knocked them out of the 2010 championship. Clarinbridge went onto become County Champions for 2010.