The county board is also responsible for the Derry inter-county teams.
In 1971 these awards were formalised into the annual All Stars Awards.
Including Sean O'Connell's Cú Chulainn award in 1967, Derry have received 28 All Stars.
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.
At various times clubs in South Derry played in the Antrim GAA or Tyrone leagues.
The local Catholic Church's opposition to playing games on Sundays hampered growth in the 1890s, but there was something of a revival in the 1900s, especially in hurling.
The county also competed sporadically in the Ulster Football Championship from 1904.
After the disruption caused by political conflict in the 1910s and early '20s, the county board was re-established briefly in 1926, and definitively in 1929, since when it has remained in existence.
The GAA in the county is administered by a County Committee (or County Board) with a representative from each GAA club in the County, a Management Committee and a variable number of sub-committees. The group leaders were invited to play in the League semi-finals because heavy snow had disrupted the competition.
Francie Niblock scored one of the finest goals in League history in Croke Park as Derry beat Clare.
Derry won the 2008 National League; their sixth in all.