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Fermanagh county football team

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Fermanagh GAA crest.jpg
Irish:Fear Manach
Nickname(s):The Ernesiders
County board:Fermanagh GAA
Manager:Kieran Donnelly
Captain:Eoin Donnelly
Home venue(s):Brewster Park, Enniskillen
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:Ulster (QF) in 2021
Last championship title:None
Current NFL Division:3 (2nd in 2021 Division 3 North)
Last league title:None
First colours

The Fermanagh county football team represents Fermanagh GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in the Gaelic sport of football. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Ulster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.

Fermanagh's home ground is Brewster Park, Enniskillen. The team's manager is Kieran Donnelly.

The team has never won the Ulster Senior Championship, the All-Ireland Senior Championship or the National League.


Fermanagh is the only team in the province of Ulster to have never won the Ulster Senior Football Championship (SFC).

Fermanagh has reached five Ulster SFC semi-finals since 1982.[clarify]

Fragments of a poem from 1806 describe a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen in County Monaghan.

20th century

Fermanagh defeated Cavan in the 1914 Ulster SFC semi-final and the Ulster Council nominated the county to play Wexford in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC) semi-final. Because the train schedules did not allow them to get back for Sunday night, and the Great Northern Railway Company refused to run a special train because they were opposed to sport on Sunday, Fermanagh had to abdicate the responsibility to Monaghan (the Monaghan team later defeated Fermanagh in the Ulster SFC final anyway).

One of Ulster's great footballers, Armagh-born Jim McCullough, played for Fermanagh in the mid-1930s and helped them reach the 1935 Ulster SFC final and 1936 National League final.

Peter McGinnity was the outstanding player of the under-21 team which reached two All-Ireland finals and defeated Derry and Tyrone to reach the 1982 Ulster SFC final, Despite a Peter McGinnity goal that put Fermanagh into the lead with 20 minutes remaining, the county lost 0–10 to 1–4 to Armagh.

Under manager Pat King, the county achieved a hat-trick of successes in 1997 in the B Championship, Dr McKenna Cup and Division 4 of the National League.

21st century

Fermanagh was a beneficiary of the change to the GAA championship in the 2000s.

In 2003, the county defeated Donegal in the Ulster SFC, then Cavan, Meath and Mayo in All-Ireland SFC qualifiers to reach a first All-Ireland SFC quarter-final.

Charlie Mulgrew was appointed manager in January 2004.[1][2]

The county went to a replayed All-Ireland SFC semi-final in 2004, defeating (in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers) Meath, Cork[3] and getting past Donegal with a one-point win after extra-time,[4] Then, most memorably of all, Armagh in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final, thanks to a late point by Tom Brewster. A loss to Mayo in the semi-final replay ended the county's season. In 2006 despite running All-Ireland SFC favourites Armagh close twice in the Ulster SFC, Fermanagh yet again ended the season without a trophy after losing to Donegal in the fourth round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. 2007 brought the loss of the county's National League Division 1 status, having failed to register a single point from its seven match campaign. Fermanagh performed better in the Ulster SFC however, only losing by an injury-time point to Tyrone. The county then defeated Wexford (for the second consecutive season) in the first round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. However, it was unable to record a third win in four seasons over Meath at Navan in July, losing narrowly by two points despite dominating the latter stages. Charlie Mulgrew, manager for four seasons, stood down after this match, to be succeeded by Malachy O'Rourke.[5] O'Rourke's first season featured a first appearance in an Ulster SFC final for 26 years, lost eventually to Armagh in a replay.[6][7] His time as manager ended in 2010, after Fermanagh were relegated to Division 4 of the National Football League and a heavy defeat to Monaghan in the 2010 Ulster SFC semi-final.[8]

Peter Canavan served as manager for two years, achieving promotion to Division 3 and a win against Westmeath in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Canavan departed in 2013, with the county board acknowledging that he had taken the helm "at a very difficult time" and his management team stating that "significant progress has been made. The senior footballers now representing their county are fully committed, unified and ambitious".[9]

In an unexpected development, Pete McGrath was appointed as Canavan's successor in November 2013, seeing off the challenge of former player Peter McGinnity, Gerry Moane and Kevin McStay.[10] He brought the team to the 2015 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final before the players forced him out in 2017, shortly after he had said he would like to continue for another season.[11][12][13] The player heave against McGrath drew criticism from observers outside the county.[14]

Ryan McMenamin's time in charge was affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games.[15] He departed as manager in August 2021.[16] Former player Kieran Donnelly replaced him.[17]


A supporters' club, called Club Eirne, exists.[18]

Current squad

Team as per Fermanagh vs Monaghan in the Ulster SFC quarter-final, 3 July 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Sean McNally Goalkeeper Teemore
2 Kane Connor Right Corner Back Belnaleck
3 Johnny Cassidy Full Back Enniskillen Gaels
4 Luke Flanagan Left Corner Back Derrylin
5 Declan McCusker Right Half Back Ederney
6 James McMahon Centre Back Roslea
7 Kevin McDonnell Left Half Back Irvinestown
8 Stephen McGullion Midfield Derrygonnelly
9 Eoin Donnelly (c) Midfield Coa
10 Ciaran Corrigan Right Half Forward Maguiresbridge
21 Cian McManus Centre Forward Teemore
12 Josh Largo-Elis Left Half Forward Irvinestown
23 Ultan Kelm Right Corner Forward Erne Gaels
14 Darragh McGurn Full Forward Belnaleck
15 Seán Quigley Left Corner Forward Roslea
No. Player Position Club
16 Chris Snow Substitute Ederney
11 Tiarnan Bogue Substitute Tempo
13 Danny Leonard Substitute Derrylin
17 Richard O'Callaghan Substitute Enniskillen Gaels
18 Paul McCusker Substitute Ederney
19 Mark McCauley Substitute Ederney
20 Sean Cassidy Substitute Ederney
22 Aidan Breen Substitute Tempo
24 Lorcan McStravick Substitute Tempo
25 Conor Love Substitute Enniskillen Gaels
26 Danny Teague Substitute Maguiresbridge

Management team


Notable players

The Irish News 125 Fermanagh Player List

  • Mick Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Tom Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Paul Brewster - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Issac Gerard Curran - Lisnaskea Emmetts
  • Ciaran Campbell - Tempo
  • James Cassidy - Teemore
  • Owen Clerkin - Roslea Shamrocks
  • Dominic Corrigan - Kinawley
  • Paul McKenna - Kinawley
  • Collie Curran - Lisnaskea
  • John Donnelly - Trillick
  • Tommy Durnien - Lisnaskea
  • Raymond Gallagher - Erne Gaels
  • Rory Gallagher - Erne Gaels
  • Peter Greene - Belcoo
  • Vincent Greene - Kinawley
  • Eamonn Maguire - St Patrick's
  • Stephen Maguire - Belcoo
  • Johnny Monaghan - St Joseph's
  • Cormac McAdam - Lisnaskea
  • Ryan McCluskey - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Eamonn McDonnell - Knockninny Harps
  • Peter McGinnity - Roslea Shamrocks
  • Martin McGrath - St Joseph's
  • Sean McGrath - St Joseph's
  • John Hanna - Brookeborough
  • Paddy McGuinness - Devenish
  • Frank McGurn - Belnaleck
  • Sean Maguire/Fr Ignatius McQuillan - Newtownbutler
  • Barry Owens- Teemore
  • Barney Reilly - Teemore
  • J. J. Treacy - Devenish
  • P. T. Treacy - Devenish
  • Niall Corrigan - Enniskillen Gaels
  • Seán Quigley - Roslea Shamrocks
  • Ruari Corrigan - Kinawley
  • Seamie Quigley - Roslea Shamrocks


All Stars



  1. ^ "Fermanagh get Mulgrew". Irish Independent. 16 January 2004.
  2. ^ "Mulgrew gets Fermanagh job". BBC Sport. 16 January 2004.
  3. ^ "Brilliant Fermanagh blitz Cork in second half". RTÉ Sport. 17 July 2004.
  4. ^ "Fermanagh through after extra time". RTÉ Sport. 24 July 2004.
  5. ^ "O'Rourke is new Fermanagh manager". BBC Sport. 15 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Fermanagh 1-11 Derry 1-09". RTÉ Sport. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Owens goal puts Fermanagh into Ulster SFC Final". Irish Independent. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  8. ^ "O'Rourke resigns as Fermanagh manager". The Irish Times. 22 July 2010.
  9. ^ "Peter Canavan calls time on Fermanagh role". RTÉ Sport. 2 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Pete McGrath named as new Fermanagh manager". BBC Sport. 7 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Pete McGrath resigns in Fermanagh U-turn". BBC Sport. 14 July 2017.
  12. ^ "'Disappointed' Pete McGrath reveals how player heave forced his shock Fermanagh exit". Irish Independent. 16 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Pete McGrath points finger at players over his Fermanagh exit". The Irish News. 17 July 2017.
  14. ^ "'They should look themselves in the mirror' - Pat Spillane slams Fermanagh players after Pete McGrath's forced exit". Irish Independent. 17 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Fermanagh suspend all GAA activity following positive tests in inter-county squad". 7 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Ryan McMenamin steps down as Fermanagh manager". Irish Independent. 13 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Fermanagh GAA appoint former player Kieran Donnelly as new senior football manager". BBC Sport. 9 September 2021.
  18. ^ "No lessons learned from the old school". Irish Examiner. 5 April 2011.
  19. ^ "Cillian O'Connor the record-breaker as Tipperary fairytale ends". Joe. 6 December 2020.
  20. ^ "O'Connor breaks All-Ireland scoring record with 4-9". Hogan Stand. 6 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Sean Quigley misses out on golden boot after technicality". The Times. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
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