St.Mary’s GFC was founded in 1969 as a result of an amalgamation of Donore GFC and Lougher GFC. Since our foundation we have introduced hundreds of children to our games and are proud to boast that many of these boys and girls are still involved today, as supporters, players and coaches. For a small club we have had our successes, St. Mary’s players have won two 2 All-Ireland Senior football and two All-Ireland Minor football medals and our U14 Girls in 2018 won the Féile Cup. Despite our size we have excellent playing grounds and state of the art floodlights, facilities.
Our Club Crest – An Bradan Feasa Legend has it that the wise man Finegas lived along the south bank of the Boyne around Staieen. As a young boy Finn Mac Cool of the Fianna came to study with Finegas. The wise old man had an obsession with catching the Bradan Feasa – The Salmon of Knowledge because who-ever ate this fish first attained all the knowledge his mind could hold. With Finn’s help the great fish was caught and while grilling their catch over a fire Finn touched the salmon with his finger. As some of the hot fish stuck to his finger he accidentlly swallowed it while attempting to suck away the pain. At this point all the knowledge was transferred to Finn to the great disappointment of poor old Fin egos. Hence our adoption of An Bradan Feasa as the Club crest.
Charlie Smith – The name Charlie Smith is known around the County and especially around St Mary’s for his passion and interest for the GAA. Charlie passed away at the age of 94 and was our oldest club member. Charlie gave a lifetime of voluntary service to St Mary’s and made a massive contribution to our Club in many different roles, his friendly outgoing manner and his warm personality was always clearly shown every time you met him. Charlie was president and a trustee of the St Mary’s club and had been the club’s county board delegate for many years.
He was father of Liam, Meath county player of the 1980s, and was a familiar gate man in the St Mary’s club for a long number of years.Charlie is survived by his sons Jonty, Liam, Paul and Thomas, daughters Babs and Elizabeth, sister Lilly, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our message is clear: this club is for everyone, irrespective of background or abilities, our strength is in our players, our volunteers and our community.