One of the strongest organisations in the Parish of Bree and certainly one of the oldest is Ballyhogue G.A.A. Club.
During the early years of the clubs existence, games were played in any field that could be procured around the parish and people still point to a number of fields where football and hurling matches took place in bygone times. With the advent of more intensive farming practices it was necessary for the Club to purchase its own land. This land was bought from Pa Breen, Clonmore and consisted of four acres in Knocknagross, Bree.
Ballyhogue’s first ever competitive encounter was with Marshalstown in the 1898 tournament. Their first championship game was also in the same year but they were beaten by Bunclody on scores of 0—5 to 0—2. From that year on Ballyhogue fielded a team each year.
Ballyhogue’s team in the Championship of 1898
Larry Murphy (capt), Wed Doyle, W. Brown, Ton Murphy, Aidan Murphy, A. Reid, P. Kelly, Johnny Doyle, Clem Doyle, Pat Doyle, Tom Sinnot, Phil Walsh, T. Grace, Tom Mernagh, J. McGrath, T. Doyle, M. Fowler.
First Players to Represent County
Larry Murphy was the first to represent his county in 1902 and was soon joined by M. Fowler, Tom Mernagh and a very young player named Tom Doyle.
First Player to Represent County
In 1906 Tom Doyle became the first player in the Club to represent at County level.
1911, 1921, 1924, 1931, 1932, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1971, 1972
1933, 1986, 2000, 2004
1941, 1955, 1961
Second Junior Football
1910, 1946, 1997
1911, 1965, 1971
Special Junior Hurling
Runners Up Senior Football
1927, 1928, 1929, 1945, 1956, 1965, 1970, 1973