Ballymartin GAA
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The History of Ballymartin GAA

 

 

Titles won by Ballymartin

 

Titles
Number
Year
S.F.C.
2
1938, 1955
I.F.C.
2
1993, 1999
J.F.C.
1
1975
 

 

Ballymartin G.F.C. was founded in 1922 by Mr. Paddy Savage and it was not until 1925 that they first fielded a team.  The team, then played in a Green jerseys with yellow-trim.  They competed in the East Down League of 1926 winning their section.  

 

Ballymartin G.F.C. stopped playing football (dates not known), but in 1930 they were reformed by a Fr. McPhillips who presented them with a set of white jerseys which earned them the title of 'the Lily Whites'.  They had major successes in the Thirties and in 1938 won the SFC title for the first time. 

The war years saw the club inactive and it was not until 1945, under the guidance of Fr. McCall, that they again fielded a team.  

 

In 1955 the Lily Whites won their second SFC title. Details of this era are not known.  

 

In 1969 Ballymartin purchased and developed their present football field at Pat's Road, adding dressing rooms in 1986.  In 2002 Ballymartin started the first Ladies Gaelic team in Mourne. 

 

In 1985 the club purchased the Ballymartin Inn which had been once owned by Paddy Savage, their club founder.

 

Apart from a few lean years in the late Fifties the club has had many successes on the field of play over the years and has produced many outstanding county footballers most notably Jarlath Carey, Sean Collins, James Cunningham, Paul Higgins and Gregory McCartan.