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Erris United was founded in 1984. The Club grew out of the Erris Soccer League. Teams from villages and town lands in the Erris Barony competed for the title of Champion of Erris. In the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s the league was very strong and Erris United was formed to offer a higher level of challenge to players. The club joined the old Third Division of the Mayo League, which is affiliated to the Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
The Erris Soccer League is now defunct and has been replaced by teams from various town lands who compete in the Mayo League at various levels. Kilmore United, Bangor Hib’s.
Since 1984 the club has competed in various divisions of the Mayo League. For the last number of years the Club has competed in the top division of the league, called the Super League. The club won the championship in 2003 and were runners up on three occasions.
Over the years the club played it’s home matches in a variety of venues in Erris. In the 1990’s new Mayo League requirements for grounds, along with the need for the club to establish a permanent base led to the decision to purchase and develop a new facility for Erris United.
Suitable ground at Carne Nash, near Belmullet was identified and purchased. (5 acres)

This was a major step forward both for the Club and the entire community as it has facilitated the development of top quality facilities for soccer in the Erris area.

The Club has 2 playing pitches, Club house, 12 meter high Flood lights on training area, Double sided dugouts and parking for up to 50 cars. Due to the popularity of the Club, a (B) Team was introduced for the 2007 season. At the clubs AGM IN 2007 it was unanimously decided to change the clubs name to its Irish derivative Iorras Aontaithe.
Iorras Aontaithe overall objectives are to promote the playing of soccer in Erris, to compete in league and cups at the highest level available to the club, to complete and maintain high standards facilities for soccer in Erris at Carnenash Park and to promote wherever possible the Irish Language.
The Club plays a very important role in the social fabric of the Erris Area.
The club has a very strong under age structure. This provides a valuable outlet for youth in an area lacking facilities for this age group. Ipswich Town F.C. and Irish international, Ronan Murray is a prime example of the Clubs Youth Structure having played for the Club from the age of 12 years and who is now forging ahead to a Professional career at Ipswich Town, and Ronan has played, with distinction, for Republic of Ireland at U16, U18 and more recently at U19. The excellent spirit within the Club also has a beneficial effect on the community. The Erris Community as a whole, celebrated the victory of Iorras Aontaithe/Erris United U18 side when they won the F.A.I. Youth Trophy in 2004 which was a great achievement, bearing in mind the Clubs Youth Structure has only been established scence 1997.

Club Honours

Year Award
2006 Meitheal Mhuigheo Award
2005 Mayo U18 League Winners
  Mayo Super League Runners Up
2004 Winners FAI Youths Challenge Cup
  April Club of the Month
  Mayo Football Assocaition Acheivement Award
2003 Mayo Super League Winners
  Under 12 Division 1 Winners
  Reached last 32 FAI Junior Cup
2002 Mayo FA Cup Runners Up
  Q/Finalist's FAI Under 17 Cup
  Under 16 Premier League Winners
  Under 18 Quigley Cup Winners
  Under 18 League Cup Winners
2001 Under 16 Cup Winners
2000 Premier Division Winners
  Premier Cup Winners
  Under 12 Premier Runners Up
  Under 16 Premier Winners

Club Honours Continued

Year Award
1999 Under 12 Premier Division Winners
  Under 14 Division 1 Winners
1998 Premier Division Cup Winners
  Under 12 Division 1 Winners
  Under 14 Division 2 Winners
1997 Westaro Cup Runners Up
  Under 12 Division 2 Winners
  Premier Cup Runners Up
1996 Westaro Cup Runners Up
1995/1996 Premier Division Runners Up
1993/1994 Under 18 Connaught Cup Winners
1992/1993 First Division Runners Up
1991/1992 First Division Cup Winners
  Mayo FA Cup Runners Up
  Under 18 Quigley Cup Runners Up
1990/1991 First Division Cup Winners
1988/1989 Second Division Cup Winners
  FAI Junior Area Cup Runners Up
1984/1985 Third Division Cup Winners

Awards and Achievements of Individuals in the Club

Year Player/Award
2006 Chris Barrett: Ivan Neill Young Sportsperson of the Year
2005 Pat Barrett: Western People Soccer Player of the Year
  U18 Western People Team of the Year
  Keith Noone: Mayo Football Association Young Player of the Year
2004 Henry Gaughan: Western People Young Sports Person of the Year
2003 Stephen Barrett: Mayo Footballer of the Year
  Michael Dixon: Mayo Manager of the Year
2000 Eric Reilly: Premier Division Player of the Year
1991 John Hanley: Division One Player of the Year
1989 Seamus Nallen: Division Two Player of the Year
Various Mayo Players of the Month: Eric Reilly, Brendan Henry, Keith Noone, Henry Gaughan, Neil Shevlin, Pat Barrett
  Eric Reilly: Golden Boot Winner 92/93, 93/94 and 1996

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