Hurling has been alive and well in Mullingar since the early 1900s but the present St Oliver Plunkett’s Hurling Club was formed as recently as 1976, following the demise of the previous stand bearers, Pearses.
Over the years, many may have laid claim to the title of the most successful football club in Westmeath, but there is absolutely no arguing that it belongs to the Athlone GAA Club, who have won a record 20 Senior Football Championships in their time.
The Cullion Hurling Club, located on the outskirts of Mullingar, has a proud tradition dating back to the late 1940s and the community it serves benefits greatly from a strong, passionate organisation.
The growth and development of the GAA in rural Westmeath is a truly fantastic story and nowhere is it more evident than in Tyrrellspass, where Gaelic games were recorded in the early part of the 20th century.
One of the undoubted benefits of Gaelic games is its ability to instill a great sense of pride in a local community and no where is this more evident than in Collinstown, Co Westmeath, where the Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club has been operating since 1969.
There were the inevitable breaks and interludes that seem to have affected most rural GAA clubs, but Shandonagh, like a phoenix, rose to win that precious Junior title in ’79 and from there things developed as more and more dedicated people got involved.
“It was just brilliant. The teams I played against and the players I played with and against, it has just been a privilege to wear the Westmeath jersey,” said Brendan Murtagh as he reflected on over 20 years playing with Westmeath.