Gaa handball is a minority sport, it enjoys a dedicated following in small geographic pockets all over the Ireland. One of these pockets is in the regions that surround the townland of Brackey in the parish of Beragh. There are many tales of games played against the gable walls from the early 1900s with McCrystalls of Mullaslin a regular haunt for handball enthusiasts in the 1920s and 1930s.

However, it wasn’t until 1951 when Paddy Heaney of Sixmilecross bought the old school in Brackey, that handball got its first permanent home. A club was formed in 1958 and Breacach Handball became affiliated to the Tyrone County Board. From then until 1963, the club flourished at the old school until it was sold. The older players gradually gave up and the younger players moved on to play for Cloughfin who opened a modern roofed 60×30 alley in 1967.

In the 1970s the international 40×20 game began to grow in popularity and as a direct result of this the club was reformed in 1977 and began playing out of McAleer’s Bar in Cloughfin (Killyclogher) that they had converted into a 40×20 court. This was to be the formation of the modern day club which has had an unbroke association with the sport ever since.
In 1981 the final and decisive move was made when the Beragh Red Knights asked them to organise and promote handball in their new 40×20 alley at Páirc Naomh Mhuire, Beragh

A new ally was constructed as part on the major 2006 redevelopment. In 2019 a second alley has been completed to cater for the increasing popularity and the numbers of all ages who are playing. Breacach hosted the Irish Junior Nationals, a open ranking tournament and won GAA Handball ‘Venue of the Year All-Star Award’ in 2019.

Seamus McCrory: 07795 423380
Michelle Warren: 07927 198972
Handball is a fast paced, highly skilful, hugely entertaining, and fully inclusive sport. The fitness benefits of the game are vast. Speed, agility, endurance, flexibility, and bilateral coordination all come in to play in the sport that once you play for the first time, you wont ever want to stop.

In Ireland, there are four codes of Handball; 4-Wall, 1-Wall, 60×30 (Softball & Hardball). The 4-Wall & 1-Wall codes are the two international codes, whilst the 60×30 codes are traditional Irish games. St.Mary’s Park boost x2 4-wall courts and x3 1-wall courts.

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Our facilities which are accessible to all include:

x2 40×20 courts (side by side)
Viewing Gallery
x3 indoor One-Wall courts
A large multi-purpose indoor hall,
Breakout area with full kitchen facility,
Upstairs community room with attached kitchen and serving area.
4 changing rooms and associated toilet and showering facilities,
A committee room,
Referee’s changing room,
An office,
Fitness and wights room,
A lift,

Entrance: Lower Ground
Signs for the visually impaired

Breacach promotes Handball for all ages.


Breacach have been nominated for Ulster GAA Writers awards and Ulster Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards to name a few. We have received Young Sports Team of the Year, GAA Handball All-Star awards for Club of the Year 2008 and Venue of the year in 2019.
Breacach players brought numerous gold medals back to Beragh in Club, County, Province, All Ireland, US titles and World Titles.
Our club continually compete in competitions in every code and return with medals.

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