Realt na Mara Bundobhráin
St Patrick’s GAA club, now Realt na Mara, was established in 1915. Football and hurling in Bundoran, preceded this – references to hurling games on Tullan Strand in the 1840s mention the fine backdrop of cliffs provided an ideal vantage point for spectators. Bundoran Sinn Fein won the second Donegal Hurling championship in 1907, the first was won by Burt Hibernians in 1906. They also won the third and fourth hurling championships although these were played in 1919 and 1922. Football dominated in the town thereafter and now there are no hurling teams in Bundoran, although some younger members play with Aodh Ruadh. From time to time, but not consistently, Realt na Mara take part in the Scór Soisear. Handball, once popular in the town fell by the wayside and the old handball alley below American House was totally destroyed in 2017 during new sewage works construction despite calls to have the alley reconstructed.
The town’s footballers have the distinction of winning the County’s first football championship, the 1919 title, after a three match marathon with Killygordon, with the third and decisive match played in March 1920 in the Brandywell. Since then Bundoran won senior championships in 1934 and 1979 and were part of St Josephs, with Ballyshannon, that won 7 senior and 3 Ulster championships in the 1960/70s. St Joseph’s also won an unofficial pilot All-Ireland club championship in 1968. Bundoran have a knack for getting in early [but not often 🙁 ] – winning the first Intermediate championship in 1977, and again in 2010 and 2015. In 2019 the seniors play in Brian McCormack Division 1, promoted in 2018 winning Division 2 League en route. In addition to Senior, Reserve and u-21 teams at adult level, Realt na Mara cater for children age 5 – 17 with underage football for boys and girls at u-6, u-8 and u-10s and boys at u-12, u-13, u-14, Óg Sport, u-16, and u-17. Older girls play for our sister Bundoran LGFA who run six ladies squads.
Realt na Mara is proud to serve the community of Bundoran and environs. We are indebted to officials, mentors, managers, members, sponsors and other supporters. Finally, great work is done at St Macartan’s NS and Magh Ene College promoting Gaelic games and the GAA values.
Ainm an Chlub: Realt na Mara BunDobhrain
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Black/Amber
Alternative Colours: Red / Black
Club Ground: Gaelic PK
1 Railway road Bundoran
|Rúnaí||Gerry Breslinfirstname.lastname@example.org||087 2443414|
|Cisteoir||Philip McGlynn||Lisadell Avenue||087 2561320|
|Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí||Noel Carremail@example.com||087 7851531|
|Oifigeach Oiliúna||John McEnifffirstname.lastname@example.org||087 2386250|
|Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí||Noel Carr||Doran Cottages, East End, Bundoran||087 7851531|
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|Oifigeach Cultúr||John Campbell||Ardfarna||087 2851113|
|Ball an Bhord Contae: 1||Ryan Walsh||Gaelic Park||083 8941583|
|Ball an Bhord Contae: 2||Pat Walshfirstname.lastname@example.org||087 9142748|
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