Kilmeena; A brief history
Kilmeena GAA Club was founded in 1889. Club records show that they played their first game against Westport at Kilmeena on the 10th March 1889. The club was affiliated to the County Board in the same year. They contested their first county senior final against the mighty Ballina Stephenites and were beaten. Gate receipts for that match which was played at the Showground's in Claremorris was £3. 15.9; of this total, 14 shillings was for labour and gatemen. £2. 13. 11 for the use of the grounds and the remainder for the County Board.
Despite contesting a number of county finals at various levels without success throughout the following years, it wasn’t until 1968 the first breakthrough came in the Junior A division, when the Club won the West Mayo Cusack Cup for the first time, beating Westport in the final in Westport. They had a further wait until 1977 before they won their first County Junior title, beating Carramore in the final in McHale Park Castlebar. Incidentally, the under14 team of 1970 can justifiably lay claim to bringing the first county title to the club by winning the championship that year. Many members of that under 14 team were also part of the winning junior team of 77.
The Club secured their own grounds in 1938. It was named Saint Brendan's Park. (It is said that St Brendan, a holy man on his way to assist St. Patrick during his stay on the Reek spent a pleasant day or two in Myna and thus Kilmeena got its name, CilmIodhna - Church of Myna) Coincidently, this was the same year that the late Michéal O'Hehir made his first radio sports broadcast as an 18 year old teenager.
The club grounds have undergone considerable development over the years. The playing pitch is now floodlit, accommodating after dark training sessions during the winter months. As a consequence of this upgrading of the facilities, the club has hosted a number of training sessions for the Mayo county team. In addition, new training grounds have recently been secured and developed adjacent to the existing playing field, while a stand and new clubhouse has also been erected on the grounds.
Pat Holmes, who was the manager of the Mayo senior team at the time, was given the privilege of formally opening the Club House in 2000.
Achievements To Date: All Competitions Won and Runners-up
Juniors contested a County Final in 1906. Beaten by Ballina on the 11/11/1906.
Won West Mayo Junior 'B' league in 1938.
Runners-up in West league Final of 1941 . (Juniors)
Minors won West Mayo Championship in 1941 .
Runners-up in the League Final of 1944. (Juniors)
Runners-up in the West Mayo Championship 1944. (Juniors)
Runners-up in the West Mayo Championship 1945. (Juniors)
Runners-up in the 1953 West Mayo Junior 'B' Championship.
Won the 1955 West Mayo Junior 'B' Championship.
Runners-up in the Minor League of 1967.
Won the West Mayo Junior 'A' Championship in 1968.
Runners-up in the County Junior 'A' Final of 1968.
Won a West Mayo under 14 title in 1970. Won a County Final under 14 in the Championship of 1970.
Won a Junior 'B' West Final in 1971.
Runners-up in the Junior 'B' West Mayo of 1972.
Runners-up in the West Mayo Final of 1973.
Runners-up under 14 West Mayo Final in 1974
Won West Mayo under 16 Title in 1976.
Runners-up in the West Mayo under 21 Final of 1977.
Won West Mayo and County Finals ofJunior 'A' Championship in 1977.
Won West Mayo under 16 Title in 1978.
Won West Junior 'A' Title and County Title in 1986.
Minors won West 'B' Final in 1986.
Runners-up in under 14 West 'B' Final of 1986.
Runners-up in Minor League Final of 1985.
Won West Mayo Junior 'A' Championship in 1992.
Won West Mayo under 16 'B' Final in 1992.
Runners-up in under 16 County 'B' Final in 1992.
Won West Mayo and County Finals with under 14 team in 1993.
Won West Mayo under 21 Championship in 1993 .
Won West Mayo and County Final Junior 'A' in 1993 .
Won under 12 Division 4 County league in 1995 and 1996.
Won West Mayo under 10 League in 1998.
Runners-up West Mayo under 14 in 1998.