Swanlinbar was formed in 1904 by an engineer called O’Connor from Kerry. He trained the team and the first match was against Knockninny in County Fermanagh which they won by a narrow margin.
In 1916 a new curate by the name of Michael Young was appointed to Swanlinbar and he set about re-forming the club.
The officers elected on the day were
Chairman Rev. Michael Young
Secretary Andy Curry
Treasurer Sean Young
Committee Peter Drumm, Peter Reilly, Con & John Darcy, Tommy Burns, Pat Mc Grath,Hugh Leonard, Tommy Mc Govern, Patrick Lunney, Francis Owens
During the following years we had many up and downs. In 1945 the club reached the Junior Championship Semi Finals and in 1946 they reached the Minor Final and in a great game of football were unlucky to lose to Belturbet by a point 3-04 to 3-03 Belturbet scoring a goal with the last kick of the game.In 1957 they won the first Under 14 Final and a year later won their first Under 16 Title. In 1981 the club won their first Senior Title winning the Junior League and in 1984 won another. In 1985 the club won its first Junior Championship. In 1998 the club won another Junior Championship.
In 1999 the club were invited to take part in the inaugural Ulster Junior Sevens Tournament in Ballykinlar in Down,Swanlinbar battled through to the final and beat the Armagh Champions Granemmore in the Final. On our last division 2 game of 1999 we played and beat the Intermediate Champions Ballymachugh to gain promotion to Division 1and claim senior status for the first time. In 2000 Cavan County Board decided to relegate 3 teams from Division 1 and we were the 3rd team to return to Division 2.In 2006 we won another Junior Championship and we went on to represent Cavan in The Ulster Junior Championship. We travelled to Crossmaglen to play the Armagh Champions An Port Mor and we were beaten on a score line of 3-09 to 2-08. In 2010 we had the best year ever in the clubs history. We won the Junior Championship and Division 3.
We went on a run and we made it to Junior All Ireland Final in Croke Park on 12th February 2011 where we were beaten by Saint Mary’s Castleisland Over the years we have had many players who went on to represent the club in the Cavan colour,the most famous being Owen Roe Mc Govern who was part of The Cavan Team in The Polo Grounds in New York in 1947