Dromintee St Patrick’s Gaelic Athletic Club (Irish: CLG Naomh Pádraig, Droim an Tí) is a GAA club in Armagh. It represents the Dromintee and Jonesborough parish on the southern border of County Armagh. Dromintee plays Gaelic football and is currently in the Armagh Senior Football Championship and the Senior League in Armagh.
This is a brief history of our Club. Feel free to contact the Club Secretary for any era’s we have missed out on!
The Early Days
The birth of Dromintee’ Gap of the North’ GFC, in 1886 or 1887, was set against the background of various geographical and historical factors which may have dictated that Dromintee would have the honour of being the first club in county Armagh, affiliated to the GAA. The Gap of the North and the people who lived around Slieve Gullion were in the frontline in the defence of historic Ulster and central to the national resistance to invasion and conquest. The idea of the GAA in the 1880’s had to pass through the Gap of the North and find acceptance here before taking root deeper into Ulster.
The Birth of the Jonesboro Border Rangers
The Jonesboro Border Rangers was the first club that made the important breakthrough in reviving the GAA in Dromintee and Jonesboro during the 1920’s. This was the first club in the parish since the birth of the GAA to survive beyond its first year and, as far as is known compete in competitions with other Armagh clubs. Throughout their existence, apart from certain wilderness years, the Jonesboro Border Rangers competed with other teams in the county and with some success too, their crowning glory being their epic, victorious run in the 1934 Armagh Junior Championship which resulted in a 1-7 to 2-2 win over High Moss. This result meant that this was the first county championship title to come to the parish. One would have imagined that this would have spurred the Jonesboro Border Rangers onto Better things, however 1937 saw the break up of the Border Rangers and the withdrawal from all competitions. 1941 saw the re-emergence of the Border Rangers into the Junior league in Armagh. It is well known and documented that the club participated in competitions in the immediate years, although no success was recorded during this time. From 1946 right through to 1952 no reports of a football team in Jonesboro can be found. Jonesboro, and the Border Rangers specifically appears to have played no part in league or championship games during this period. The club seems to have disappeared without trace.
The Faughil Emmets
After the initial break-up and demise of the Jonesboro Border Rangers in 1937, the next reported team in the parish was the Faughil Emmets. The club was born in 1940, however their history was short lived as 1941 saw the re-emergence of the Jonesboro Border Rangers.
The birth of Dromintee. St Patrick’s GFC
After a gap of several years when there appeared to be little if any GAA activity in the parish, reports of a reformed club appeared in 1952, when the Frontier Sentinel announced the formation of Dromintee St Patrick’s GFC. This club remains to the present and is the most enduring and most successful club in Dromintee’s GAA history.
First Silverware didn't take long!
South Armagh League Winners (at the first attempt)
First Championship Title
South Armagh Junior Champions
League Champions Again
Armagh Junior League Champions
Full County Champions
Armagh Junior Championship Winners
The Barren Decade
The seventies was a barren decade for the club in terms of success at senior level, indeed the club nearly ceased to exist in 1976 as there was not deemed to be sufficient interest to keep a senior club in existence, and regrettably they were forced to withdraw their team from the 3rd division of the Armagh county league. Indeed had it not been for the foresight of a few club members most notably Peter Mc Ardle, Jimmy Hughes, Tom Wall and Derek Garvey (who realised the potential of the underage talent in the club at this time), the club may not have survived at this crucial time.
2 in a Row League Champions
1983 Division Four League Champions. 1984 Division Three League Champions,
Another Junior Championship Victory
Armagh Junior Championship Winners
Reaches first Intermediate Final
Lost the Intermediate football final to Derrynoose
New Playing Field
The club opened its new grounds, Páirc Uí Luachra agus Mhic Cathmhaoil (Lochrie and Campbell Park)
Armagh Intermediate Championship Winners, defeating Mullaghbawn 0-10 to 0-7.
The Club wins the Senior Division One League Title for the first time in 1996 and win another Intermediate title defeating Middletown Eoghan Rua by 1-9 to 0-6.
Start of Senior Finals
The club reached its first Senior county final in 2001, when it lost to Crossmaglen Rangers. Remarkably, it faced Crossmaglen again in the 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2010 finals, losing on each occasion.