Gallagher Cup origins?

This request from reader David Slattery:

I was on the net looking for information about the Gallagher Cup, a GAA schoolboy competition in Northern Ireland, and came aceoss your Slugger O’ Toole site.And even though its a long shot, I just thought i would ask you if you could help me out…. I am trying to find out who the Gallagher Cup was named after, cant find much on the net, and the GAA head office dont have a clue, do you have any suggestions as to where I might find the info?

  • It was an Orange plot to get all the kafflik youngsters to start smoking, thereby lowering the fertility rate.

    securocratic Marlboro men under the bed!

    *cough* (and *splutter*)

  • missfitz

    http://www.bostonyachtclub.net/Social/IrishTrivia2006.htm

    I wonder if he is looking for the answer for this trivia quiz? Good on him!

  • It was an Orange plot to get all the kafflik youngsters to start listening to headbanging gee-tar historonics, thereby lowering the fertility rate

    securocratic Stratocaster men under the bed!

    *cough* (and *twannnnng*)

    Sorry. I stop now.

  • Stephen Copeland

    … a GAA schoolboy competition in Northern Ireland

    Since the GAA is non-partitionist, I would doubt if the Gallagher Cup (whatever it is) is limited to Northern Ireland.

    Has Mr Slattery tried contacting the Ulster branch of the GAA? Their site doesn’t mention any Gallagher Cup, but maybe someone knows something.

  • Mick Fealty

    Thanks Stephen. That certainly looks like the way forward David!!

  • Stephen Copeland

    David Slattery … was on the net looking for information about the Gallagher Cup … I am trying to find out who the Gallagher Cup was named after, cant find much on the net …

    The Gallagher Cup is one of the four Ulster Colleges Hurling Cups, and is for the Under-14 age group.

    Although in the past a school from Louth has won it (Ulster?), most of the current schools that compete in it are from Belfast and Antrim, of course, those being the main Hurling areas in Ulster. The current holders are St Mary’s in Belfast. See the Cup info here.

  • helping hands

    Well, I think we should share the prize in the quiz for being so helpful.

  • Jill Robinson

    My dad used to smoke Gallaher’s Green. (And yes, since you ask, the poor schmuck got lung cancer and died because of them.)

    But note well, people: it was Gallaher without the second “g.”

  • Bill

    As Cuchullainns father was from Louth it must be part of Ulster.

  • darth rumsfeld

    Given the GAA penchant for all things republican perhaps its named for Eddie Gallagher, Provo kidnapper of Dr Tiede Herrema

  • Jill Robinson

    Cuchullain was an historical figure then, was he? I thought he was part of Celtic mythology.

  • Stephen Copeland

    DR,

    The Gallagher Cup has been going since the 1950s, long before Eddie got out of short paants. So I doubt if it is named after him. Good attempt to twist the topic back to your obsession, though!

  • Damien Benson

    I put the Boston yacht Club quiz together and the Gallagher Cup refers to the famous Irishman who moved to Australia and was instrumental in developing the AllBlacks. The Boston Yacht Club ia a club in Marblehead, MA that holds a Irish trivia contest every year, and since I have a bias for the north, growing up there, I lean towards northern trivia.
    Regards
    Damien

  • Mick Fealty

    Ah, that Gallaher. I doubt it Damien. Different codes. It would be bit of scoop if you are right though!

  • Jill Robinson

    “It would be bit of scoop if you are right though!”

    It would also be a triumph for dyslexia. See my earlier post.

  • Damien Benson

    David Gallagher (the family changed their name to Gallagher on arrival in New Zealand to maintain the phonetic pronunciation of their surname) was born in Ramelton, Co. Donegal in 1973. His influence in New Zealand rugby was so great they named the Gallagher Shield and Gallagher Cup after him, source, The Belfast telegraph, Tuesday, November 8, 2005.
    Regards
    Damien

  • Damien Benson

    oops, should read born 1873.
    Regards
    Damien

  • Jill Robinson

    “the family changed their name to Gallagher on arrival in New Zealand to maintain the phonetic pronunciation of their surname”

    Eh? Don’t understand. Phonetic pronunciation in what language, Maori? 🙂

    Makes no sense to me….

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Gotcha, the cup was the mistaken identity, not the man. Keep up Jill! 😉

  • Jill Robinson

    Damien, it must be me, but what do you mean by “the cup was the mistaken identity?”

    What was it mistaken for? The Shield? Genuinely curious now, and normally sport leaves me cold.

  • missfitz

    It’s touching to come home from work and find one has been so prolific all day long.
    Seriously though, is the name thing getting fixed?

  • Jill Robinson

    Maybe if you use a proxy, like your Aunt Jill does 🙂

    No name problems here.

  • Pete Baker

    I think it may depend on whether you allow Slugger to remember your details.

    Mick!

  • Pete Baker

    Or maybe not…

    Pete Baker

    *sheesh*

  • Jill Robinson

    “I think it may depend on whether you allow Slugger to remember your details.”

    I do. Use that proxy! Safer too.

  • David Slattery

    Well, I’m glad my question generated some response, thanks guys. And yes, it is in relation to the trivia quiz in the Boston Yacht Clup next week, so many thanks for your help Damien, since you put the quiz together, I’ll take it that you are correct, unless of course you’re just throwing me off track! Be sure to say hello to Pat, my Dad who’ll be over there for the weekend, I’ll tell him he owes you a pint.