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The Erris Soccer League is now defunct and has been replaced by teams from various town lands who compete in the Mayo League at various levels.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.
|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
|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
|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|