Tyrone’s great achievement in winning the All-Ireland senior football championship in 2003, 2005 and 2008 was the culmination of years of dedication, perseverance and courage. It was the realisation of a dream cherished by generations of Tyrone followers since the establishment of the GAA in the county in 1904.
The journey, however, from the small beginnings of the early 1900s to the glorious successes of the present century was a long and arduous one. It was marked by many difficulties and challenges, near collapse, revival, consolidation, breakthroughs, setbacks, fresh hopes and false dawns. It was not until 1956 that Tyrone succeeded in winning an Ulster senior football title for the first time. It was to be another thirty years before the county contested its first All-Ireland senior final.
This brief summary is the story of the efforts of successive generation of players, administrators and supporters to keep the Association alive and vibrant in Tyrone and of the triumphs and disappointments of the past one hundred years.
The full history of the GAA in Tyrone is to be found in two volumes, written by Joseph Martin and published by the Tyrone County Board:
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