Club History








Windgap Handball Club was founded in 1984 its aims being to reorganize the game that was one of the great sporting and social attributes of the area for well over seventy years.
The game was first organized in the early 1900’s at the R.I.C. barracks in Baunreigh (Slatequarries) where the gable wall was used and the court was made of cinders, in later times two short side walls were added, shortly after the game was played in O’Sheas alley in Windgap. 






























For generations the alleys were crowded in the evenings and on Sundays with many players cycling as far as Kilfane and Mothel to participate in the County Championships . A feature of the era was the organization of exhibition games where the top players in the Country participated in the local courts.























Following the changing pattern of the game the newly founded club built a modern 40 x 20 indoor alley complete with glass back wall, sprung floor, viewing gallery, dressing rooms, toilets and kitchen on a derelict site attached to the community Centre. Built mostly by voluntary labour it was financed by an array of discos, treasure hunts, duck derbies, fancy dress cycles and by tremendous support from the local community. The result was one of the most modern facilities in the country that attracted many of the top championship games. The alley was opened in Oct. 1985 by Fr. Garret Phelan and Fr. Dan Delaney and Tommy O' Brien President of the Handball Association. 
Since its foundation the club has grown from strength to strength to cater for all ages throughout the region from under six to golden masters. In addition it provides a valuable indoor facility throughout the winter months when the field sports season has ended. Over the years numerous county, provincial and national titles being won by club members at all levels
A head to toe facelift for the 2003 World championships again outlined the strength of the volunteer commitment to the club that welcomes one and all to enjoy the skill, fitness, social and competitive elements to the game.
In 2008 the Alley was vested in the GAA following the drafting of a 999 year lease between the Diocese and Windgap GAA Club.
 
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