Flinders O’Neills Gaelic Football Club was founded in late 1982 by Paddy McGuinness with the assistance of Peter Henderson, Mark Booth and Kevin Rooney. It is the oldest club in the history of the South Australian Gaelic Football League and Paddy remains the president of the club to this day. The McGuinness family have been involved with the Irish Australian community since the 1950’s. Paddy emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1960 and is largely responsible for the growth of Gaelic Football in South Australia for the past thirty years. The origin of the name O’Neills comes from the iconic O’Neill family from Belfast, Northern Ireland and in turn represents the proud Irish population of South Australia. Flinders Oneills competed in the inaugural 1983 season where they reached the Hannigan Cup final only to be beaten by Sarsfields by a narrow two points. They managed to win their fist Hannagan Cup the following year and this was followed by wins in 1986, 1990 and 1992.
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