GAA South London Round Towers Gaelic Football
GAA South London Round Towers Gaelic Football
 

The History of the Towers

Round Towers GFC was formed in 1932 under a tree in Hyde Park and was called “Round Towers - St. Bridgets”. The founder members of the Club were natives of Kildare and, initially, membership of the Club was restricted to emigrants from Kildare. Membership was quickly opened up to emigrants from all Counties in Ireland and due to the hard work of our Minor Club, we have produced some extremely talented home grown footballers who have represented the Club and the London County teams with great distinction.

A Fixture in London

From our formation in 1932, Round Towers have been a fixture in both London GAA and especially in south London. From Hyde Park (where the initial training sessions were held), the Club became synonymous with Clapham from the late 1930s onwards providing support, friendship and sporting success. Sandy Lane in Mitcham was the venue for most competitive GAA matches in London. In the early 1960s, the Club acquired a playing pitch on Clapham Common and utilised some of the local ‘hostelries’ for committee meetings and social events, most notably The Alexandra Hotel and thereafter in the 1970s the The Plough Inn and towards the end of the decade The Bull's Head. By the 1980s, the Towers were based in The Nags Head until the early 1990s and from the late 1990s in Kelly’s Bar in Stockwell. More recently, we now enjoy the training facilities at Mitcham Rugby Club.

Since our formation we have been staunch supporters of the London County Board, both in terms of providing players for county teams and officers to serve on the board. Currently John Molloy is the Secretary of the London County Board and current Towers’ committee member. Dermot O’Brien (RIP) served as the County Chairman from 1977 to 1979 and he also served the Board as Gaelic Officer, Treasurer of the Sports and Social Club and London’s Central Council Delegate. He had also been Chairman of the Provincial Council of Britain.

In recent times Colm Heaney, Shane O'Sullivan, Timmy O'Donovan, Garry McGovern, Davie Roughan, Gus O'Brien, Paddy Connolly, Ollie Fitzgerald, James Kenihan, Brendan Egan, Michael Murtagh, Paul O’Donohue, Daniel Davey, Gerry Flanagan, Declan Egan, Niall Egan, Darren Horan, Liam Ferrick, Brian Breslin, Billy Manley, Conor Cunningham, Eunan Curran and Noel Maher have represented London with great distinction. Other great Towers players to have represented their London in the past include Dave Claffey, Pat Guinan, Kevin McGuire, Tom Walshe, Brian Greenaway, Brian Devlin, Mickey Collins and John Lacey.

John Lacey, Chris Lloyd and Michael Maher have also managed the London senior county team.

A Look Back Through the History of the Towers

Roll of Honour



Senior Football Championship - 1933, 1940, 1964, 1965, 1982

All-Britain Championship - 1964

Division One League - 1932, 1933, 1947, 1954, 1980, 1981

Division Two League - 2006, 2009, 2017

Tipperary Cup - 1932, 1937, 1964, 1981, 1995

Conway Cup - 1980, 2020

 

Intermediate Football Championship - 2011

Murphy Cup - 2011

Sean Shields's Cup - 2011

 

Junior Football Championship - 1972

 

Reserve Football Championship - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2016, 2022

Reserve Football League - 2008, 2016, 2019

 

U21 Football Championship - 1987, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004

Want to play for Round Towers?

We are fielding both Senior and Reserve Championship teams. If you are interested in joining, please contact Cathal Cunnea on 07717 646063

 

Our ladies team are also recruiting for the season ahead - for more information email 
roundtowers.london@lgfa.ie or contact Éadaoin Devine on 07528142015

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Our main sponsors are O'Halloran and O'Brien Ltd and Whelan's Pub Group. We are very thankful for their continued support and sponsorship throughout the year. Club members are encouraged to support our sponsors where possible.

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