Gaeil Feirste/Belfast Gaels

“Gaeil Feirste CLG. Ba iad Gaeil Feirste (1885-1891) an chéad chumann de chuid Chumann Lúthcleas Gael (CLG) i mBéal Feirste. Cumann lán-Ghaeilge a bhí ann. Tháinig deireadh leis de bharr scoilte sa CLG a d’eascair as conspóid Charles Stewart Parnell. Rinneadh atheagar ar an GLC in Aontroim in 1898 chun an Céadú Bliain ó Éirí Amach na nÉireannach Aontaithe a chomóradh. Ba é Cumann Iomána na Láimhe Deirge, a bunaíodh an aice leis seo, i Sráid Milford, an chéad chumann nua le theacht ar an tsaol faoin atheagar seo.

Belfast Gaels (1885-1891), an all-Irish-speaking club, was the first GAA club established in Belfast. It ceased to exist following the rift in the GAA caused by the Charles Stewart Parnell controversy. The GAA was reorganised in Antrim in 1898 to mark the 100th anniversary of the United Irishmen’s Rebellion. The Red Hand Hurling Club was the first new club to be established here on the Falls at nearby Milford Street.”

This plaque is on Divis Street at the Northern Bank building; this Antrim GAA history page gives the club’s location as “Stephen’s Street”, probably intending Stephen Street, though this is in Carrick Hill rather than Divis or the Falls

For another Slí Na Gaeltachta plaque, about the Farset river, see H & A. Tours of Slí Na Gaeltachta are available from Forbairt Feirste.

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