Hibs Football Club, Bangor in Co. Mayo
Bangor Hibs Football Club was founded in 1995 in the north Mayo rural village of Bangor Erris.
Home Colours - Blue and Black Away Colours - Black and White Bangor is situated on the banks of the Owenmore river between Crossmolina and Belmullet and the area has a strong association with sport of all disciplines.
Soccer had always been popular in the area and some attempts were made in the mid-seventies and again in the mid-eighties to organise the game on a structured basis, but to no avail.
In January 1995 a team from the village was invited to play in a tournament in Killala which led to them playing against a number of established Mayo League sides, the results of which were very favourable for Bangor. They eventually reached the final of an 8 team competition and this was the catalyst for getting a team together to play in the Mayo Association Football League.
A meeting was called where a committee was formed and the Bangor Hibs club was initiated. The inaugural officers were Gerry Deane, Gerard Sweeney, Tommie McHugh, John 'Rock' Carolan and John Cosgrove.
Their initial application to the Mayo League that year was unsuccessful but they were admitted the following year, in 1996, which was the first time Mayo played summer soccer.
By that stage the Bangor Hibs lotto was up and running, funds were coming in and the purchase of a pitch was completed from a local land owner. Following that their next target was the construction of a Clubhouse and this became a reality in the next two years.
The official opening of Bangor Hibs' Ballybeg Park, by the President of the FAI Mr Pat Quigley, took place on August 26th 2000. The clubhouse offers changing facilities, toilets, kitchen and upstairs TV lounge with full size championship snooker table for member’s enjoyment.
Bangor Hibs is the hallmark of a successful rural club, in an area of limited population, which goes from strength to strength with the continued dedication of players, officials and everyone connected with the club.