Memories: Gael Linn Competition

The Gael Linn competition was introduced in 1954 and was the first of its type to be decided on a time basis, usually 30 minutes per match. It found favour with the players straight away and hundreds took part each year. After the early rounds had reduced the numbers, groups of eight were formed, with the winners qualifying for the final stages which were then played to a finish at a central venue.

The winner of that first competition was Wexford’s John Ryan and subsequently Dick Lyng was successful on three occasions, 1970, ’71 and ’78

In 1980 the competition was abandoned and the trophy was instead presented to winners of the National League.