In 1970 Sonny Murphy a man with a deep passion for all that he set his mind to saw an opportunity to set in motion the founding of a new club. For years he had been organising teams in the Roanmore and surrounding areas to compete in the Waterford Juvenile City League with much success. Seeing that he could not accommodate all the boys in the area who wished to play hurling and football he persuaded other men with an interest in Gaelic Games to help him explore the possibility of forming a G.A.A. Club.

With all the ground work done players Names and Address' got, club colours defined etc, the first formal meeting of this new club was held on Monday 22nd November 1970 in the Manor St. John.The first committee elected consisted of the following Chairman Willie Gallagher Vice Chairman Sonny Murphy (RIP) Secretary Anthony Kelly, Assistant Secretary Danny Murphy, Treasurer Billy Heylin,Committee Jim Coady (RIP) John Purcell, Christy Condon(RIP) Michael Hennebry(RIP) John Collins(RIP) David Halley, Fr. Farrell was invited to become the first President which he duly accepted. Our affiliation as a club was accepted by the Waterford County Board on Monday 22ndFebruary 1971, and we thus became know as Cumann Iomana agus Peile Ruan Mhor.Though new to the club scene we immediately set about making an impact. In the first year winning Eastern Hurling and Football titles at Under 14 level and more importantly winning the Eastern and County tille in Under 16 Hurling.
Since 1970 it was always the ambition of Roanmore to be a Senior Club.To achieve this we had to win the County Junior Hurling Title.Many outsiders thought that this dream would never come through but alas they never bargained for the pride and commitment, which was evident throughout the club.In August 1980 we realised this ambition.Remarkably our first Junior Title came in Football and I say remarkable, as all our efforts were concentrated on winning the hurling.Four days before Christmas 1980 on a cold and miserable day in Fraher Field Dungarvan our determined hurlers rose to the occasion and trounced Tallow 2- 14 to 0- 03 giving us the double, a remarkable end to a wonderful year, but just rewards for the vision, energy and commitment of a marvellous group of people who had come together just ten years previously.
All our success prior to 1984 had been achieved without a permanent home of our own. In 1975 Waterford Corporation made a field in Ballybeg available to us on a week to week basis, though at the time we were entirely grateful, it was an unsatisfactory situation as far as we were concerned and it made us all the more determined to get our own field, which we could call home.Since the early 1970's the late Sonny Murphy had made several approaches to Waterford Corporation with a view to obtaining a field, which could be developed into a playing pitch. We were eventually offered a patch of land in the Cleaboy Road area which at the time seemed impossible to develop.However Sonny was not put off; accepted the offering and immediately set about acquiring this land. Sonny sadly passed away in 1979 and wasn't around to see his dream reach fruition and be officially opened by the then President of the GAA Paddy Buggy on the 31s'May 1984.

Development on the field began in November 1981, and involved levelling, seeding and the removal of tones of rock and stone.This work was done by families, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters all assisting on a voluntary basis for months on end. To see its splendour on the day of the official opening was a joy to behold and it was fitting that it was named after the late great Sonny Murphy (Pairc Ui Mhurchu).It was also appropriate that an inter county Senior Hurling game between Waterford and Wexford was the first game to be played and our own Noelie Crowley captained the Waterford team.

The ground and the amenities bear witness to the courage of the club members who faced a daunting task at the outset and undeterred by problems persevered until obstacles had been overcome and this splendid dream brought to fruition. The club has gone from strength to strength as it had evolved from a mainly underage grouping into the club it is today, one of the biggest in the County and Country.
For many the main highlight so far in the clubs history will of course be winning our first Senior Hurling Title.It happened on the 8th October 1989 a date etched in many a Roanmore followers memory forever.This historic championship win came at a vital stage in the Clubs evolution and was all the sweeter as we had been written off so many times before.We had lost after a replay in the 1987 final and also contested and lost umpteen semi finals.

It begged the question "Would we ever do it?", but do it we did and in a style that made everybody sit up and take notice. Roanmore were here to stay and at the top of the heap as well, to reach the pinnacle of Waterford Hurling within 20 years of its foundation and within 10 years of becoming a senior side is by anyone's standard a tremendous achievement.This achievement was again matched in 1990 when we achieved back to back titles.
To achieve what we have achieved in such a short space of time is a credit to all in the club who seek progress as something that has to be achieved if we are to keep up with and stay ahead of the rest of the clubs in the County. With this in mind a development committee was formed in 1995 with a view to purchasing and developing the old ACEC building on the Cleaboy Road.Much was done between October 1995 and August 1996.A special EGM of the club was called to get permission to borrow the necessary funding to purchase and develop this property. Many commitments were given by past and present players and friends such as agreeing to pay £ 1 per week into an account to offset costs.

This alone would not however be enough and considerable bank borrowings would have to be undertaken to bring this phase of our development to fruition. Again the visionaries a now new group of people under the stewardship of the late Sonny Murphy's son Danny Murphy set about putting the wheels in motion to finance this ambitious project.An initial borrowing of £ 75,000 was obtained to purchase the premises and over a period of time another 1325,000 was borrowed to further finance developments and improvements.

An ongoing refurbishment programme is in place to maintain the very high standards our centre continues to strive to attain. Indeed in the period subsequent to the opening of our social centre on the 15th August 1996 by Jack Boothman the then president of the association, it has directly provided the finance to operate our club, fence our grounds at a cost of € 80,000 and provide an all weather pitch at a cost of € 25,000 amongst many other projects.
Roanmore throughout the years has produced many notable players, not all have been fortunate to represent their county but all have served their club with distinction. The most notable of these who have represented Waterford are Kieran Delahunty, Noelie Crowley, Raymond Sheridan, Eddie Nolan, Pat Tobin, Colin Fanning, John and David Ryan. In fact Eddie Nolan has the distinction of playing for Waterford Seniors in both hurling and football.

Our previous Chairman Michael Wadding is ranked as one of the top referees in the Country and it is only a matter of time before he referees an All Ireland Final.

Another notable achievement in 2000 was Roanmore being honoured as County and Provisional AIB GAA Club Of The Year Winners. We also won the County award in 2001. To enter the AIB GAA Club of the year award competition clubs had to fill out a detailed questionnaire. A panel of judges then assessed this. The judges assessed the clubs under a number of key headings such as:­ Contribution to the local community Coaching structures,promotion of Gaelic Games and its cultures, participation of club of Comhairle Programmes.

So as well as being a force to reckon with on the playing fields, we are also very well organised from a coaching and administrative point of view.