Moy Davitts GAA Club was formed in 1974. The name incorporates the three parishes along the banks of the River Moy; Straide – native place of Michael Davitt, Bohola – native place of Martin Sheridan & Foxford, the birthplace of the great Admiral William Brown. Since its Foundation, there are many representatives from Straide Parish playing with Moy Davitts GAA Club and as well as representing their Parish they are also forging friendships with their Teammates from the neighbouring villages of Foxford & Bohola. This has resulted in life-long friendships and has made those players from Straide feel proud to be part of a Team but also highlights the importance of inclusion among groups. The club pitch is at Srath Garbh in Foxford. In recent years the grounds have been extended & upgraded to include floodlighting of a training area and second full size pitch.
Moy Davitts Ladies Club was founded in 1997 and one of the Founding Members was Kathleen Canning from Straide. The Ladies Club works closely with the Men’s club and many families in Straide have members in both Ladies & Men’s clubs.
The Moy Davitts clubs first national title garnered was at Scor na N-og in 1981 by Straide Natives, Sean, Breda & Cora Smyth in the instrumental competition. The Smyths won numerous county and provincial Scor titles in the 1980’s.
The club has had a number of notable successes at County level since foundation including Intermediate, 3 U- 21 and 1 minor championships. At a National level, in 2010, the club won All-Ireland Feile Peile Na nOg Division Two in Derry and the club also won the Celebrity Bainisteoir TV series in 2012 under the guidance of Calum Best, defeating teams from Dublin, Carlow and Longford along the way. Moy Davitts GAA Club are very proud to have many Players from Straide representing our Club on the Mayo County Team’s both Male and Female – this is a wonderful achievement from our small village.
The club has always placed great emphasis on its underage players. From under 6 to Minor Level up to 200 children are registered with the club. In recent times the great work at underage levels over the years has borne fruit with a Minor A title in 2014 and Under 21 title in 2013. In 2019 both U-14 & U-16 have won County League Finals, both Teams captained by Straide Players.
Moy Davitts GAA Club are very proud of the Children and Teachers of Straide National School. The Principal has supported and welcomed Coaching from members of our Club in the school over the last number of years. This has promoted activity, Gaelic football skills and teamwork among children in the Parish that may not otherwise have got an opportunity to enjoy this sport. As a result of this inclusive Programme, we are so proud and delighted to say that Straide National School won the County Cumman na mBunscoil in 2018 and 2019. Well done Ss. Peter & Paul National School, Straide.
Moy Davitts GAA are grateful for the support of Straide and its people to our successes over the years. We are happy to support them in seeking the pride of place accolade which they richly deserve for their community effort in making Straide the wonderful place it is.
Cian McHale (left) Moydavitts U16 2019 Mayo Division 2 League winners.
Colm McHale (right) Moydavitts U14 2019 Mayo Division 1 League winners.