Clubs - St Brendans



St. Brendan`s GAA have been promoting Gaelic football in Manchester since 1959. The club has a proud history and tradition of producing competitive teams within Lancashire and have managed to win numerous trophies including 18 Senior Football Championships. The club competes at senior, junior and underage levels and has players from each of the 4 Irish provinces as well as having many Manchester-born lads.

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St Brendan`s Manchester was formed on August 24th 1959 to cater for Irish lads who had emigrated to England in search of employment opportunities and in the hope of a new life. Manchester was a favoured destination for many Irishmen and one such lad was Roscommon-born Michael Magnan. Michael acted as Chairman of the newly founded club in 1959, and 50 years on he still takes an active role in promoting Gaelic football within Manchester and across the North West.

Based in the Chorlton area of the city`s Southern suburbs, St Brendan`s has grown from strength to strength in the 5 decades since it was initially founded. The club now has a thriving underage structure as well as being able to attract senior footballers who settle in and around Manchester.

After a number of years without notable success on the pitch the St Brendan`s club focused on a fresh recruitment drive in the Winter of 2008 in order to put Brendan`s back on the map in football in the North West of England. This tactic paid dividends as Brendan`s stormed to 2 successes the following season as they became the only club in Manchester to pick up any silver wear. A Pennine-League success has put Brendan`s back in the top flight of Senior football in the area, and this was followed up with a successful Wolfe Tone Cup Junior campaign in which Brendan`s disposed of Manchester rivals Oisin`s and Senior Championship finalists St Peter`s. The club followed on from this successful season by adding more talented players with Intercounty experience, and this blend of imported players as well as the productive underage has ensured that Brendan`s are now a serious force to be reckoned with again!

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