Kiltane GAA Club, Bangor in Co. Mayo
Kiltane GAA Club operated under the name St Patrick's from its foundation in 1962 until it actually became Kiltane GAA Club in 1971. The idea to change the name to Kiltane to embrace the entire parish was both a very good and a successful proposition.
The year after this happened the club won the County Junior Championship in a 3-11 to 3-5 victory over Garrymore. This was followed in 1973 by a county Intermediate Championship final victory over Ardnaree following a replay. In just over a year Kiltane had progressed from an ordinary junior club to one with senior status.
The Club's most notable success at senior level came in 1992 by capturing the division, senior league as well as the Global windows league final.
One of the first major achievements of the club was the official opening of its own grounds and dressing rooms on August 6th 1978, which was performed by Mr Paddy Moclair (RIP), President of the Mayo County Board. Mayo Senior football team played Galway in a challenge game which was preceded by a senior league game between Kiltane and Islandeady on the day.
The clubhouse is located just outside the village on the N59 road to Mulranny. It has 3 dressing rooms, ladies gents and disabled toilets, kitchen, office, referee's room, store room, wheelchair access and balcony overlooking the main hall. Facilities at the clubhouse include basketball, badminton, volleyball and indoor football.
Another noteworthy development was the official opening of the stand on Sunday, May 15th, 1994. The new stand was named in honour of the late John McAndrew and James Cosgrove and the official opening was performed by Mr Christy Loftus, County Board Chairman.
Mayo played Westmeath in a senior football challenge to mark the occasion Probably the biggest single undertaking by the club was the staging, in 2000, of Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta on the June bank holiday weekend.
The club was greatly honoured to be chosen to host such a prestigious event, and the fact that it was such an outstanding success was a tribute to both the hard work put in by the members, and the tremendous support from the community in general.
It is the ongoing intention of Kiltane GAA club to work with the people of the parish to provide top class sporting and leisure facilities, the importance of which cannot be over emphasised in a small rural community.
The success of this depends largely on the tremendous amount of time, effort, and commitment given on a voluntary basis all the officers, managers, coaches and everyone associated with the club.