There was GAA activity in Killanin dating back for 100 years but this involvement was achieved by the players competing for other clubs-primarily Oughterard and later Moycullen. It was a s recent as 1958 before Killanin developed their own club. Although the catchment area is relatively small the club has achieved a great deal of success on the club scene and also has made a major contribution to the Galway County football teams. The highlight was in 2001 when the club had three players on the Galway team that won the all Ireland senior football title;one of them Garry Fahy was captain. This was the first time a Connemara man had successfuly captained a winning team at this level.
Many families have played a major role in the progression of the Killanin club, especially the Ryan family who were there at the beginning and are still currently involved. It was an incident with another club involving one of the family which led to the formation of the club in 1958. Cristopher Ryan has recently compiled a short history of the club and his father Pat has also being reflecting on his memories with the club-
To listen to Cristopher Ryan give a brief history of the club click on Track 68
and his father Pat’s memories click on Track 69