The Journey of Stradbally G.A.A
21st November 1886 - it is fascinating to cast our minds back to that November day in 1886. This date marked the first meeting held in Stradbally to constitute the G.A.A Club. We imagine in our minds eye the surroundings of our locality of the late 1800’s, the excitement that must have been felt in the establishing of a local Club, as the G.A.A movement spread nationwide. According to records, as the meeting ended, a new football was produced and it was taken to the grounds, in accordance with a notice that had been posted a few hours earlier. A large gathering of people assembled and over 40 young men played what was reported as: “a lively and enthusiastic game of football”. The story had begun…
In many ways the journey of our Club can be viewed through the prism of the history that we are all so familiar with. As World War II raged across Europe, the heroes of the 1940’s Stradbally Senior Football teams battled on the field, bringing great distinction to the Club and in doing so forever etching their names in the annals. With little or no fuel available for motorised vehicles, players regularly traversed the county for matches by bicycle, to take the field and represent the Red and White.
While leaner years for the Club followed in the 50’s and 60’s, the commitment of those involved never waned. In 1972, with Nixon in the White House, and aptly,
T-Rex “Children of the Revolution” topping the charts, a new young team burst onto the scene, whose style of football laid the foundation for our Club as it is today. The push for development continued off the field throughout the 1970’s – in challenging times, a number of innovative initiatives including local farmers breeding cattle to sell to raise funds for the Club, led to the acquisition of our current Club grounds. In 1979, our Social Centre was opened, with this facility being at the centre of our community for the last thirty two years.
Some of our greatest players lined out for Stradbally throughout the 80’s and 90’s, a period which also marked our development and progression in the game of hurling. The excitement of entering a new millennium of the 2000’s, evidenced a new generation representing Stradbally. In Scór, success was achieved on the national stage with an All-Ireland Figure dancing title.
In this the second decade of 2000, we take a moment to think of all the men and women from local families that have been part of the 125 year journey of Stradbally G.A.A Club. We give respect and appreciation for their efforts and contribution. It has been the sum of their vision, capabilities and voluntary hard work which are responsible for bringing our Club to where it now stands. The men and women, boys and girls who have taken the field week in, week out over the years representing the Red & White of Stradbally in both Football and Hurling proudly represent our community by the sea. In doing so, they fulfill the dreams of the men who first met, to plan for the future of Stradbally G.A.A Club, on 21st November 1886.
Stradbally G.A.A Playing Activities:
Waterford Senior Football Champions
1940; 1941; 1942; 1943; 1944; 1972; 1980; 1982; 1987; 2001; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; 2009; 2010.
Munster Senior Football Club Final contested in 1980 and 2004
Waterford Intermediate Hurling Champions
Waterford Junior Football Champions
1932; 1957; 2006
Waterford Junior Hurling Champions
Waterford U-21 Football Champions
1974; 1997, 1999
Waterford U-21 B Hurling Champions
Waterford Minor Football Champions
1937; 1963; 2006
Waterford Minor Hurling Champions
Waterford U-16 Football Champions
Waterford U-16 Hurling Champions
Waterford Ladies Junior Football Champions
Stradbally G.A.A Cultural Activities
All Ireland Senior Scór Figure Dancing Champions 2000;
Scór na nŌg Rince Foirne All Ireland 1994 & 1995;
Scór na nŌg Munster Champions 1993;
2003 Recitation Scór County Title;
Scór Question time and numerous Scór Figure Dancing county Titles;
Stradbally G.A.A. Club of the Year 2006.
Stradbally G.A.A Developmental Activities
Construction and Opening of Social Centre 1979;
Construction of New Dressing Rooms 2000;
Acquisition of Second Playing Pitch 2003;
Installation of Floodlighting 2008;
Drainage of Playing Pitch 2009.
To read more of the proud history of our Club, click this Roll of Honour link, and click on the various years. At the bottom of each page, click View Photos for photographs and match reports.