Tara GFC are one of the biggest conglomerate clubs in London, Tara Gaelic Football club consists of Tara Ladies, Mens, Senior, Intermediate, Minor, under 18, under 16, under 14, under 12, under 10, and under 8s.
Founded in the 1930s, Tara is a club which has traditionally had strong links with Leitrim. Prionnsias Redican & his family are now very much involved with Grainne and Ciara involved with the ladies and underage while Andy and Diarmuid are members of the senior squad. Its members now hail from all over Ireland. In recent times, its best known player has been Meath scoring sensation Ollie Murphy. The Hehir brothers (Clare), Stuart McKenzie Smith (Kildare), Conor Beirne (Roscommon), Damien McKenna (Monaghan), Martin Murtagh (Westmeath), Chris Donnellan (Galway), Pat Rafter (Mayo), Paul Mc Dermott (Letrim) and many more inter county players.
Tara has a proud tradition in football with 2003 ranking as their most successful year since 1995 when they last aptured the London and British championships. They regained the county title following a 0-14 to 0-8 victory over Kingdom/Kerry Gaels at Ruislip on October 5 last. The outcome was never in doubt with Stephen Lynch leading the Kingdom defence a merry dance. The corner forward finished as top scorer with 0-7, 0-5 of which came from play.
Tara subsquently defeated Warwickshire champions Sean McDermotts by 2-8 to 0-9 at Pairc na hEireann, Birmingham to add the provincial championship. The visitors never looked back after first half goals from Paul Hehir and Lynch helped them into a commanding 2-4 to 0-3 lead at the interval. McDermotts had the better of the second half exchanges, but they left themselves with too much to do and Tara comfortably held on for victory.
As British champions, Tara qualified to meet a star-studded An Ghaeltacht team in the All-Ireland quarter-final on December 7. Having played with the wind to their backs in the first half, the Kerry kingpins led by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break and a Dara O Cinneide goal stretched their advantage to 11 points within a minute of the restart.
To the credit, Tara refused to give up the fight and they had the margin down to six points, 1-8 to 2-11, with 10 minutes remaining. But their revival came to an end in the 54th minute when An Ghaeltacht added a third goal to secure a rather flattering 3-12 to 1-8 win.
In 2006, we hoped to be able to repeat the success of 2003 and reached the final of the London Senior Championship. Unfortunately in terrible conditions we lost 1-4 V 0-9 in a closely fought match against playing St Brendans.
2007 was a disappointing year for Tara and on the 13th October 2007, for the first time in its history, the club was relegated to intermediate championship football. 2008 is the clubs 75th anniversary and preparations are well underway both on and off the field to mark this milestone with a return to senior.