There was a registered club in Clifden town dating back to 1912. The name of the club at that time was Clifden Shamrocks.
The 1940s arrived with very few teams in west Galway competing in championship football. In fact only two teams were entered in the early 1940s – Maam in the north and Ml. Breathnach’s in the south.
The club had no team in the championship in 1948 and ’49. In 1950 a new club named Naomh Feichín was registered. In that year Naomh Feichín, amalgamated with Cleggan, won the West defeating Oughterard, beat Kinvara in the county semi-final and captured the first official county title for the region by defeating Kilgerril 3-2 to 1 point.
Naomh Feichín returned to senior ranks for 1958/9 but went back once again to junior in 1960. In that year the West was once more conquered when St. Michael’s were defeated on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-2 and the county final was won by defeating Kilconly 1-5 to 1-4, with Sean Bartley as captain.
The ‘70s had its highs and lows, reaching county finals and West A Finals at under 21, minor and junior levels. Defeating the then county senior football champions Dunmore in an exhibition match in Tuam Stadium in 1974 and defeating Dr. Croke’s in a friendly in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney in 1976 were some of the highs.
The 1980s commenced with the same format of a league championship with only the top four from west and north competing in the actual knock-out stages.
The County Intermediate League Final of 1992 (played in 1993) was won by Naomh Feichín defeating Caltra, 1-6 to 0-8 having already defeated St. Michael’s in the West Intermediate League, 2-4 to 1-5.
In 2000, the Intermediate semi-final was contested but was lost to Corofin’s second team after a replay.
2010 was a big year for football as after many years Gaelic football was reintroduced to Clifden Community School. This event coincided with the appointment of a new principal at the school.
Players that represented Galway or other counties:
Senior: P. Joyce, A. Glennon and P. Connolly (1913). P. Ó Máille. Connie McGrath – Galway (only one game), Cork and Munster. Sean Conneely – Galway (only two games), Clare and Munster. Andy McGrath,