Gaelic Football in the parish was played as far back as 1890 but it wasn’t until the 1930s, when structures became more organised, that our teams began to record official success on the playing fields. During this decade, and up until the early 60s, there were teams affiliated in Scotstown, Knockatallon, and Tydavnet and, at various stages, all three teams competed simultaneously and successfully at senior, junior and under-age level. Scotstown won the Ward Cup in 1933, Tydavnet won the Junior Championship in 1935 and in 1944 Knockatallon won the Dr Ward Cup. Further success was recorded during the 40s and 50s but it wasn’t until the 1960s that real success came our way.
At this period in Irish economic life, emigration was rife and it proved almost impossible to sustain more than one successful team in the parish, despite significant success at minor and under-age level, particularly in the Knockatallon area. In the late 50s/early 60s all three teams amalgamated and in 1960 Scotstown won their first Senior County Championship, a feat they repeated the following year. This heralded a new dawn for Gaelic Football in the parish of Tydavnet and ever since the club has been a major force in Monaghan and Ulster football and a well recognised unit of the association throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. The club contested three further county finals in the 60s but had to wait until 1974 for their next victory. They were successful again in 1977 – the first of five in a row – , took their eye of the ball in1982, but came back in1983 for a further three in a row. Eight out of nine – no mean achievement! This was clearly Scotstown’s greatest era.
They won three consecutive Ulster Club Championships in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and on St Patrick’s Day 1979, in atrocious weather conditions, they narrowly failed to win an All-Ireland title. In 1989 they recorded their next county championship win and again proceeded to win a fourth Ulster club title. Further championship success came our way in 1992 and 1993 and now our supporters eagerly await another breakthrough from a new generation of footballers. Given our success at under-age level in recent years this should not take long. The glory years also saw our seniors take 16 league titles, while our Junior and Under-Age teams recorded numerous achievements . Apart from winning a record number of championship and league medals, many of our players also represented the county team with distinction and played a major role in the county teams successful achievements between 1979 and 1988, and indeed since. A number of our players also wore the Ulster jersey at Railway Cup level and, of course, our club is proud of Ray McCarron’s All-Star award in 1985. Many of our officers and mentors have also been to the forefront, both as managers of successful county teams, and as officers of Monaghan County Board. Only a few years ago, in reaching for the ultimate, we salute our very own Seán McCague who served with great distinction the office of President of the GAA from the year 2000 to 2003.
At this stage the club is fielding thirteen teams and 5 ladies teams, has a magnificent physical infrastructure in place and looks forward to a bright and successful future.