The Ballina Stephenites Club was founded on the last Saturday of August 1886 by James Wallace Melvin. The first meeting was held in "Barney's Boreen" at the top of Convent Hill. The first President of the Club was Tom Courell with "Cappy" Fitzgerald as Secretary and Michael Connolly as Treasurer. Ballina Stephenites were affiliated to the Mayo County Board a short time later and played their first "official" fixture in Jones' Field in Ardnaree against Commercials Junior. From that day forward Ballina Stephenites prospered and have been at or near the summit of G.A.A. activities at local and national level ever since. Rev. Fr.Gerry Courell, grandson of Tom Courell, is now the club patron, thus maintaining a proud family association with the club.
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