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St. Fechins GAA was first affiliated to the GAA in 1941 and used a field on the Strand Road, later moving to the Parish field on the Sheetland Road. A clubhouse was erected there in 1960 and was modernized with showers in 1977. This facility served us well until the end of the Millennium. Gaelic football however was played in the parish as far back as 1886 under a variety of names. The present club was started when Fr. Cullen a keen GAA player himself came to the parish as curate in 1940 and he wanted all the players from the area playing on one local team. The formation of St. Fechins GFC was to eventually bring all local footballers into one parish based club.

The Senior Championship title in 1983 was a great occasion and the Joe Ward Cup’s first visit to the parish was well celebrated and duly recorded. When it returned again in the Gaa Centenary Year 1984 it was truly a great achievement for a rural club.

By the late 90’s the population of the area was growing at a steady pace and the introduction of hurling in 1997 added a further dimension to the club. The increasing numbers could no longer be catered for at Sheetland Rd so extended or alternative facilities had to be sought. After a protracted search a 27 acre site was purchased at Beaulieu. The enthusiasm of those involved and the support from the parish and surrounding area allowed work to commence on the site in Sept 1999.

The first games were played at Pairc Naomh Feichin on the weekend of 21st April 2001 and the Official opening ceremony was performed by the GAA President Mr. Sean Kelly in August 2003.

The move to our new home with its clubhouse, floodlit pitches and astroturf facilitated an increase in player numbers in all levels and codes, and with that the club has seen huge success in Hurling, Football and Ladies Football at underage and adult levels.

After a period in the lower divisions, the mens football team have enjoyed promotions in recent years winning the Junior League in 2010, Junior Championship in 2011 and Intermediate League in 2014.

Our Ladies team have also grown in strength. In 2015, after an unlucky loss in the Division 2 League final they rebounded to win the Junior Championship and Minor Championship. In 2016 they dominated the leaue and were promoted to Division 1, also appearing in the Intermediate Championship Final.

Underage football goes from strength to strength within the club, with all our teams performing to their potential, many reaching and winning finals as well as supplying players to county teams.

Hurling in the club began in earnest in May 1997 when 60 eager players turned up for training. In the following months and years numbers grew, teams were formed, coaches were found and hurling was truly embraced by the club. Hammerings endured at first were gradually turned to joyous victories and slowly, isolated wins became appearances in semi-finals and finals.

The breakthrough at underage level came in 2009 with an inaugural win in the U14 Championship. That team went on to register double wins at U16 and minor level, paving the way for subsequent teams who would go on to win further titles at all levels. The club has amassed over 15 underage titles in the past ten years. This strength at underage hurling was underlined this year by the performance of our U14 team winning League, Championship, Féile and All-Ireland Féile Titles.

2003 saw the club field its first team at Senior level when they faced Wolfe Tones in the Gaelic Grounds, Drogheda. The realities of senior hurling were not lost on such a young team. With hard work and perseverance their skill, fitness and strength were built up and in time, wins, semi finals and finals became commonplace.

It would not be until 2013 that the club would lift silverware at senior level for the first time. In fact a treble of wins was recorded. A Táin League title in the Spring was followed by a Special Championship, but the breakthrough came in August with a Senior Hurling League title secured in Darver. St Fechins won their first Senior Hurling Championship in 2015 and doubled up by winning again in 2016.


 
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