In 1958, the county won its first ever Ulster Senior Football Championship and caused a massive shock in that year's All-Ireland semi-final, beating Kerry thanks to a Sean O'Connell goal three minutes from the end.
A Derry county board was established in 1888 and paid affiliation fees to the GAA Central Council.
By the following year, although 14 clubs were active, the then GAA President Maurice Davin told the national Congress that the county lacked enough clubs to have its own board.
Since the 1960s there has been a tradition of annually selecting the best footballer in each position, to create a special team of the year.
Between 19 these players received what was known as Cú Chulainn awards.
1973: Anthony Mc Gurk 1975: Peter Stevenson, Anthony Mc Gurk, Gerry Mc Elhinney 1984: Dermot Mc Nicholl 1987: Tony Scullion, Brian Mc Gilligan 1992: Tony Scullion, Anthony Tohill, Enda Gormley 1993: Tony Scullion, Johnny Mc Gurk, Henry Downey, Gary Coleman, Anthony Tohill, Brian Mc Gilligan, Enda Gormley 1995: Tony Scullion, Anthony Tohill 1996: Joe Brolly 1997: Joe Brolly 1998: Seán Marty Lockhart 2000: Kieran Mc Keever, Anthony Tohill 2004: Enda Muldoon 2007: Kevin Mc Cloy, Paddy Bradley Since 2006 the Gaelic Players Association have chosen their own team of the year.