In the second last decade of the Nineteenth Century, the political situation in County Tipperary was complicated. The Irish Republican Brotherhood was an oath-bound secret society. Michael Davitt's Land League was in being. There was also an organisation called The Irish National League, and in case that women might feel left out, Charles Stewart Parnell's sister, Fanny, had formed a women's land league.
The Irish National league was largely sponsored and supported by the clergy and at the time in question, this league supported Parnell in his parliamentary endeavours, although a few years later, they were to turn against him.
On Sunday, 25th October, 1884, a meeting of the Moycarkey branch of the Irish National League was held in their committee rooms in Moycarkey, Rev. D. M. English was in the chair. Very Rev. John Bourke, who was the branch treasurer, and a full committee was present.
The following resolution was passed unanimously: That, in order to join with the majority of our countymen, in restoring of our own national pastimes, we call on the young men of this parish to form a branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association on Sunday, 1st of November at 3 o'clock p.m.
And so, at the same venue, on Sunday, November 1st, exactly one year after the foundation of the G.A.A. in Thurles, a meeting of the young men of the parish was held for the purpose of forming a branch of the G.A.A.
The following gentlemen were unanimously elected: Rev. J. Murphy, C.C., President; Mr. William Fogarty, Vice-President; Mr.John Molumby, Hon. Secretary; Committee: Messrs. Thomas O'Grady, John O'Brien, Patrick Molloy, James O'Grady (Graigue), Michael Shanahan, James Cahill and Daniel Wilson.
The following resolutions were passed with acclamation: "That we tender our sincere gratitude to our patriotic Archbishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Croke, Charles Stewart Parnell M.P. and Michael Davitt in patronising the ancient and historic pastimes of our people, some of whose only enjoyment was an everlasting round of labour".
"That we hail with delight the revival of our ancient games. Although we have suffered from emigration and oppression in this parish, yet Moycarkey can boast that they have never given up the ancient game of hurling".
Mr John O'Brien proposed Mr Thomas O'Grady as captain of the club.
The motion was seconded by Mr Michael Shanahan and was passed unanimously.