Padraig Pearse GACPadraig Pearse Gaelic Athletic Club was founded in 1968 in Melbourne. Taking it's name from the great Irish patriot, the Padraig Pearse Club is committed to supporting and promoting Irish culture, language, music and of course Gaelic games, in Victoria.
Coached by Ambrose Hanley (R.I.P.) the club won it's first football league title (Dr. Mannix Cup) in 1972. The 1980s was our most successful period at the Padraig Pearse Club, winning the league championship in 1984,'85,'87,and 1989. The Pearses club has been represented through the years by players from all four provinces of Ireland with a particular affiliation with County Roscommon and County Derry, due in no small part to two of the clubs finest players Joe Owens and Tony Hickson, who died tragically in their prime in the early 1970s. The Padraig Pearse Club remembers these players each year with the presentation of the J.C.Owens trophy for the best and fairest player and the T.Hickson trophy for the most courageous player.
Through the years the Pearses club has had several players represent Victoria and Australia with great success and our best wishes go with those in the 2004 Victorian squad. Today the club plays both mens and ladies football, with a growing representation of Australian born players as well as non-playing members, attracted to our game and social occasions.
For over 20 years the Padraig Pearse Club has held it's annual 7-a-side competition at Gaelic Park in February, with all Victorian clubs as well as a number of interstate clubs participating. This has been a hugely successful event, growing each year and the 2005 competition promises to be our biggest and best yet, with the Pearsemen looking to make it 3-in-a-row football titles having won in 2003 and 2004.
Club president Leonard Harkin, originally from Donegal, has led the club to become one of the most viable clubs in Victoria, with an emphasis on player welfare and conditions as well as a vibrant social calendar for players and members, their family and friends. Our sponsor The Quiet Man Hotel in Flemington have been tremendous supporters of the Padraig Pearse Club and Gaelic Games in Victoria and provides the perfect focal point for the club's functions and social gatherings.
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