Located at Chapel Hill in Glenavy, St. Joseph’s GAC has been providing Gaelic games to the local community since 1943. The Club has grown steadily in that time and has seen rapid growth linked to the development of Glenavy village over the last 20 years.
As a Gaelic sports club, St Joseph’s GAC aims to provide for and promote Gaelic games & culture in a fully inclusive environment, where all are made very welcome and encouraged to be part of something positive. We do this by providing opportunities for participation in Gaelic games, health and wellbeing initiatives and cultural activities.
Children as young as 3 can join our nursery group, situated in Ballymacrickett P.S. with whom we have excellent links. Here they develop the fundamentals of running, jumping, catching, throwing and most importantly, having fun!
Our youth move on from nursery to play in with our Under 6s, 8s and 10s on Monday evenings as well as participating in GoGames over the Spring and Summer.
Our Under 12, 14 and 16 boys compete in the South West Antrim leagues, with our girls and senior Ladies teams from Under 14 playing in All County divisions. Our Under 18, Senior Reserve and Senior men’s teams play in the Antrim All County Football Leagues.
Camogie has had a renaissance in recent years with our girls competing in all county leagues at under 12, 14 and 16 level.
Also in 2018 we started our Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others team. This team is for anyone with an interest in having fun, keeping fit and playing non-competitive Ladies Gaelic football. As with all our teams, new members, players and coaches are always welcome, so why not come up to Chapel Hill and see what we can do for you.
In 2018 we were amongst the first clubs in Ireland to receive official Healthy Club recognition following our successful participation in the GAA Healthy Club Project. Check out our community page on this site.
St. Joseph’s GAC has had a long and successful history of participation in Scór and Scór na nÓg with the Club having many successes in at county and provincial level and we hope to develop this further into the future.
Since 2015 the Club has embarked upon a period of facility development. Our lit walking trail is used by many in the locality as somewhere to exercise and socialise safely. Our aim is to continue to improve playing and changing facilities in the forthcoming years in order to meet the requirements of the club, Ballymacrickett P.S. and the surrounding area.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the volunteer ethos that keeps our Club going. Without the countless hours of dedication since our inception we would not be where we are today.
Don’t forget to check out our social media on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and this website for updates of what is going on around the Club.