Cumann Lúthchleas Gael - Gaelic Athletic Association

Cumann Chluain Daimh - Clonduff GAA Club

Clonduff GAA Club is at the heart of the community providing Gaelic Activities

Football, Camogie, Hurling, Ladies Football, Handball, Cultural & Social Activities!

Senior Co Winners - 9 SFC - 1930, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1980, 2000, AI Football 7s 2009;
3 Senior Ladies FC - 2006, 2007, 2008; 4 Senior Camogie Championship - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, Ulster Camogie Club Champions 2014, AI Camogie 7s Shield 2009; Numerous County Handball titles; 2 AI Senior Handball Titles; 2 JHC; Numerous County Scór Titles; 2 AI Scór Sinsir & 3 AI Scór na nÓg Titles

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COUNTY FINAL DAY 2017

The day's activities had begun with the U10 boys and girls from both clubs forming a guard of honour for the teams entering the field (Girls: Clodagh Kelly, Niamh McConville, Cara Savage, Lily Rafferty, Brianna McClean, Grace Kelly, Zara Kelly, Cadhla Gilbey, Therese Cowan, Caoimhe McConville; Tommy Smyth, Michael Taylor, Owen Flynn, Lónán Mac Domhnaill, Danny McLogan, Callum Greene, James Cunningham, Conor Ward, Tiernan McGrath, Ryan Tweedy, Lorcan Binks, Cian Wilson,); two children, one from each club - Clodagh Kelly for Clonduff - presented the cup to the Chairperson Sean Rooney; two other Children, again one from each club - Niamh McConville for Clonduff - presented the ball to referee Shane Lowey and the two captains - Ardan McAvoy (Burren) and Ross Carr (Clonduff).

           

At half time whilst the youngsters played two exhibition games Down's All Ireland Scór winners of 2017 were honoured with special medals - Clonduff Scór Sinsir Ballad Group (Caroline Carvill, Agnes Murnin, Paul Kelly, Martina Carvill [then Cunningham] and Colleen Walls along with Glasdrumman's Niamh McDowell (Scór na nÓg Solo Singing).


Down's All Ireland Scór 2017 Winners with Co Cultural Officer William J Smith, Paul Magee Co Cultural Secretary, (left) and Co Chairman Sean Rooney (right)

Jamie Curran presented his father's cup to the Burren Captain Ardan McAvoy. 
Our own Plunkett McConville took over Stadium Announcer duties for the Senior game which was televised by TG4. In the parade of clubs (each club was asked to nominate an U12 player) Erin Morgan was Clonduff's Down flag bearer. Then Niamh McDowell sang Amhrán na bhFiann accompanied by Mayobridge Band - great performance! 
Burren won the Minor game by two points but lost the Senior game by the same margin to Kilcoo. Congratulations to both winning teams!

KELLOGS CUL CAMP 2017 IN CLONDUFF PARK

Clonduff Park was buzzing on Monday morning 31st July as 270 children of all age groups amalgamated to enjoy the fun, craic, camaraderie and skill building. Clonduff coaches include Ryan McShane (Ulster GAA) and newly qualified coaches Erin Rafferty and Tom Close and Young Volunteers Jayme McDonald and Georgia Lavery. Current County players Kevin McKernan and Donal O'Hare are among the raft of coaches present as was former County Player Benny Coulter. Cathal Murray (current County Senior Football Coach, former Clonduff and Down Player) joined in the action to bring the camp to an end in glorious sunshine on Friday morning - the best day of the week. The Nursery Campers couldn't operate on Wednesday in the torrential rain - they reverted to the Youth Club and Handball Alley on Thursday but it was all systems go on Friday in Clonduff Park. We thank the parents for their support of the camp and their patience during the bad weather. We particularly thank the coaches for giving the children a great experience.

THE BIG CLONDUFF LOTTO WINNER 29th FEBRUARY 2016!

Many congratulations to Paul McCusker (r) accepting the Jackpot cheque of £5,400 from Lotto Coordinator Tommy Kelly. Paul's mother Eileen (centre) was the winning seller so Paul will have great Mother's Day pressie for you Eileen!

CLONDUFF A BIG WINNER IN DOWN CLUBS DRAW 2016!

Congratulations to all the buyers and sellers of the Down Clubs Draw who have netted a massive £26,016 for Clonduff Development. When a club sells more than 24 of the £120 tickets £96 of every ticket sold goes back to the selling club. Clonduff sold a massive 291 tickets in 2016! Well done everybody! Pictured above are Lorraine Bloomfield Clonduff Treasurer and Club Draws Coordinator and Clonduff Chairman Jimmie Cousins.

 

Kellogs Cul Camp in Clonduff Park 2015

Over 200 children attended the Annual  Kellogs Cul Camp in Clonduff Park last week – one of the biggest in the county and certainly one of the biggest ever in the county. There were 70 children in the Nursery Camp (completed P1 or P2) but the big surprise was the number of 11-13 year olds who attended this year. All the feedback from campers and their parents has been very positive. Great credit for the success totally rests with the coaches, particularly in the way they coped with the wet and wintry Wednesday! Seven of the coaches were from Clonduff – Ryan McShane, Sarah Bloomfield, Rory McGreevy, Jenna Boden, Onagh McClorey, Paula Gribben and Petrina Lively. Many thanks to all involved.

MacDonald’s Sponsor New Equipment for Clonduff JUVENILES

Many thanks to MacDonald’s Newry for sponsoring new juvenile goalposts and footballs for Clonduff youngsters. The cheque was presented to Clonduff Chairman Brendan Murray by MacDonald’s Business Manager Brian Canavan on Sunday morning 12th July 2015

'FIELD OF DREAMS' AS THE SUN WAS SETTING

Professional photographer Brendan Monaghan captured this amazing photograph at Clonduff Park (top pitch) during the Championship game between Ballyholland and Drumgath on Thursday night 14th August 2014 - he called it 'Field of Dreams'

AIDAN CARR PLAYS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED LEGENDS

Well done to Aidan Carr, who with Benny McArdle and Liam Doyle made guest appearances for Manchester United Legends in a Cross-community  exercise at the opening of Moneyslane Jubilee Pitch on Saturday 2nd August 2014. Aidan gave a great account of himself playing all of the second half and getting involved in a lot of the action

PAIRC CHLUAIN DAIMH LOOKING WELL!

A new sign, designated parking spaces, one-way traffic control in lower car park, footpaths, pedestrian walkway from dressing rooms to back field, disabled car parking spaces, pedestrian crossing - the health and safety of all is of paramount importance in Cumann Chluan Daimh! We ask you all to use our facilities responsibly - park in designated spaces only, not on pedestrian walkways or disabled spaces unless you have less-abled persons in your vehicle! Enjoy your visit!

PITCH SIDE FIRST AID/DEFIBRILLATOR COURSE

Pictured above are some of the participants in the Pitch-side First Aid/Defibrillator Course held in Clonduff Clubrooms on Thursday 22nd May 2014. The course, now in its fifth year was delivered by Sean Cartmill (centre) a Clinical Tutor - third consecutive year Sean has delivered the course. Clonduff Club has now over 60 members trained in Pitch-side First Aid and Defibrillator Use.  (L to R) Gary Haughian, Paddy McCumiskey, Marie Milligan, Sean Cartmill, Gerard Carvill, Artie Quinn, John Boden, Katherine Milligan and Paul Kelly. Missing from photo John Murphy and Connor Maginn.

Community Association News


Clonduff had four representatives on this fact-finding visit - Dermot O'Hagan, Development Officer (extreme left back row), Brendan Murray, Chairperson (back, centre), Fintan Mussen and Martin Farnon (back row right)

As a follow up to the meeting with Newry & Mourne Councillors & officials at the end of January, Hilltown Community Association organised a visit to two purpose-built community centres last week.  Representatives from six Clonduff groups and two Crotlieve Councillors attended.  The first visit was to The Torrent Complex at Donnaghmore and the second to the Community Centre at Galbally.
During the visits they heard how the local GAA and community groups had worked closely together to identify need, develop a vision for the whole community, draw down funds and provide a building for community use – including areas for sports, community gym, pre-schools, music & arts, meetings, functions, social clubs and much more.  
The next step is to invite members of the public and community groups in Hilltown & Cabra to give their views on what facilities they want or need in Hilltown.  They will be rolling out a survey in the coming weeks.  For more information, or to offer your assistance phone 4063 8077 (9am-2pm Tues & Wed) or email Hilltowncommunity@gmail.com 
Thank you to County Down Rural Community Network for helping to organise and fund the study visit.

Club Falls Victim to the Foul Weather

In the ferocious storms that swept the country between Christmas and early January, Clonduff Club was one of the victims - these are the ballstops on the juvenile field. The netting on the stops on the car park side of main field was also ripped apart and goalposts damaged!

Another Step Closer!

Shuttering in place, concrete poured, voluntary labour on Saturday 2nd November 2013! The steps from the driveway up to the New Field will be ready for use before the end of next week! Thanks to Leo and his willing band helpers! Also the new street lights along the driveway are also up and running - driveway all ready now for the tarmac!

Don't the New Yellow Seats Look Well!

This above photo was taken 16th September 2013 - the day the work started on re-constructing the driveway! The driveway (below) will have a footpath on either side and will be tarmaced from the new fence down to the car park under the expertise of Gerry McGreevy and his men.

Volunteers in Clonduff GAA Club

Clonduff GAA Club hosted a double bill of Championship Football on Friday 16th August and a triple bill of Ladies Football Finals on Saturday 17th August. The Club thanks most sincerely all our volunteers who helped out in any way to ensure everything ran smoothly - preparation of the fields and dressing rooms, gate collectors, those who directed and parked cars, manned the dressing rooms, the shop, tea/coffee makers for sale to the public and for match officials, sold programmes and Lotto tickets.

The Club had acquired a number of seats from the Casement Park salvage sale and on Saturday morning a number of men gathered at the club to install the new yellow seating.


Without our volunteers we just wouldn't be CLONDUFF! Go raibh mile maith agaibh!

Clonduff GAA Club Members Attend Fire Safety Course

A group of Clonduff GAA Club Committee Members attended a most enlightening Fire Safety Awareness and Practice Course in the Clubrooms on Thursday afternoon, 27th September 2012. Following the theoretical presentation on fire prevention and fire extinguishers the group moved outside for a practical session dealing with the different types of fires and the response of different types of extinguishers. The course was facilitated by Paul Barr of Technical Fire Services, Belfast.

Those who attended, pictured above are: Brendan Murray, Marie Milligan, Noreen Tumilty, Lorraine Bloomfield, Sean Milligan, Aidan Brown and Facilitator Paul Barr (missing from photo Anita Brannigan) Click here to view a short slideshow of the attendees in action

Clonduff Youth Participate in Beam Workshop

A group of young Clonduff GAA Club members (15-17 year olds) who attended the Health and Lifestyle Workshop (held in Carcullion House) and organised by Katherine Milligan, daughter of Clonduff's ASAP Officer Marie.

The young people are: Front (l-r) Ciara Kelly, Emma McAlinden, Deborah McKay, (does anyone know the young lady in red?), Ellen Murphy, Grace Howlett, Denise Howlett, Conor McPolin; Back row Michael Grant, Declan Gribben, Shane Milligan, Mark Devlin, Colm Rooney, Eimhear McPolin, Niamh McGreevy.

Clonduff 'Youth in Action'

Pictured above right is 18 year old Katherine Milligan with fellow Clonduff Clonduff Parish Youth Group member Deborah McKay at the International Eucharistic Congress in Croke Park on 17th June 2012.

Katherine, the daughter of Clonduff GAA Club ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Abuse) Officer Marie has been successful in applying for funding to make a difference in her local community. She was inspired to apply for LIVE UnLtd funding to address an issue which many young people face.

Katherine was just one of twelve young people in Southern Health Trust area who won this funding for her innovative idea to promote Drug and Alcohol awareness through fund and interactive drama workshops. These workshops will be presented by BEAM Creative Enterprise Ltd and will be held in Carcullion House on Monday 2nd July - 1pm to 2.30pm for 13-15 year olds; 3pm to 4.30pm for 16-18 year olds.

Anyone who wishes to attend must book a place - ring Katherine on 07835592399.

Katherine is an active member of Clonduff GAA Club currently involved with U8 Football coaching on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. She was one-third of the Scór na nÓg County Winning team in 2010 (with Mark Devlin and Ciara Kelly) and represented Clonduff (with Niohmi Murray) at the National Youth Forum later that year.

Defibrillator and Pitch-side First Aid in Clonduff

On Thursday 25th May 2012 Clonduff organised its second annual Defibrillator and Pitch Side First Aid course. Twenty club members, mostly team mentors attended, This brings the number of trained First Aiders/Defibrillator users to over 40 as 21 members did the training in 2011. It is Clonduff GAA Club's aim to have at least one such person covering every team in every sport.

Pictured above are (standing) Paul McCusker, Noreen Tumilty Paul McConville, Damian Farnon, Paul Kelly, Hugh Grant, Helena Grant, Teresa Carr, John Boden, Sarah Grant, Ross Carr (behind Sarah) and John Anthony Gribben. Front row: Guinevra Carr, Sean Cartmill (tutor), Paddy Branagan, Jamie Lowry and Kieran Kelly. Missing from photo Leo Bloomfield, Anita Brannigan, Debbie Murnin and Deirdre Burns

Thanks to Fr Cushenan for use of Parochial Meeting Room as Clonduff Clubrooms were otherwise engaged.

Running Repairs at Clonduff Park

On Saturday 19th May Clonduff and Liatroim were represented in Clonduff  Park - not on the field of play though! On the left above Kevin Branagan (Clonduff) and above right Eamon Ward of Liatroim were helping out with a bit of plastering. Sean Gribben (right) was there too as was photographer, Bernard Branagan. But keeping a watchful eye to ensure they didn't put it on inside out was our ever-attentive Groundsman P J McGreevy. (Check out Bernard's post on Clonduff Facebook page)

Bernard also reported that while this work was going on Aidan Brown was also hard at work preparing the new pitch which has been closed for the last three or four weeks to allow it to recover after enduring the brunt of the heavy training schedule earlier in the season.

A big thank you to the very many people who regularly give their time and services in one form or another to the upkeep and running of Clonduff GAA Club! Without this kind of voluntary effort it would just be impossible to keep our wonderful facilities fit for purpose! Well done everybody!

   

Clonduff Clubrooms February 2012

What a setting! Our clubrooms with a backdrop of the village and Lindsay's mountain - photo courtesy Jerry Quinn.

 

Clonduff Juvenile Pitch Vandalised

Between 11pm on Tuesday 17th and 9 am on Wednesday 18th January 2012 mindless vandals entered Clonduff Juvenile pitch in cars and created havoc by doing 'donuts' in many areas of the pitch. In a couple of places there are gouges six inches deep. We believe that these people are from the area or close proximity and someone knows who they are - the cars were bound to be clogged with muck as the field was quite wet and large chunks of soil were carried out onto the tarmac. The people of Clonduff and particularly the youngsters are the losers here - this is the pitch that is used for juvenile training and games up to age 16. The pitch is unusable just as the new season is about to get under way. If you or someone you know has any information it is your civic duty to inform the authorities - the police are on the case. Click here for more photos (Francis Quinn)
 

Paddy Joe is a Big Lotto Winner

Congratulations to Paddy Joe Morgan who was the big winner in Friends of Clonduff Lotto on Monday night, 21st November 2011. Paddy Joe matched the four numbers and collected the big cheque - one of the highest ever pay-outs! Well Done Paddy Joe, who is pictured above accepting his cheque from Lotto sub committee Chairman Tommy Kelly. Also included are: Sean McParlan (proprietor of Macs where the draw took place), committee members Paula Cairns, Goretta Cairns and Marie Milligan.

Next week's Lotto begins again at £2,000 - if you're not in you cannot win!

 

Friends of Clonduff Lotto Jackpot Winner - Monday 14th March 2011

Friends of Clonduff's latest Lotto jackpot winner, Aidan Markey (centre) receiving his cheque from Tommy Kelly. Also included are other committee members (l to r) Marie Milligan, Dalsey Mooney and Mary McGreevy
 

Grounds Award for Clonduff in 2010

Anita Brannigan, Clonduff Secretary, accepting the 'Best Kept Grounds' Award on County Final Day (17th September 2010) from County Chairperson Seamus Walsh. Also included are representatives of An Riocht, Dromara and Ballyholland who also received Grounds Awards and the Sponsor of the Award Tony Patterson  (Tony Patterson Sportsgrounds) and County Development Officer Willie Gribben
 

Ruby Wedding Anniversary in Clonduff Clubrooms

Congratulations Jerry and Maura Quinn, those Clonduff stalwarts who celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in the clubrooms on Saturday 4th September. Jerry and Maura are pictured above cutting their anniversary cake (depicting of  photo of themselves 40 years earlier) with the children, Niall, Ursula, Francis and Shane - all Clonduff playing members!

New Pitch Updates - Picture the Progress!

Tuesday 6th July 2010 Monday 12th July2010 10 pm Tuesday 17th August 2010

Marking the new Pitch - Saturday 29th October 2011

Saturday 29th October was a big day for Clonduff when the new pitch was marked out in preparation for the first official game later in the day - Clonduff U21s v Drumclone (amalgamation of Drumgath and Annaclone). On the left Tommy Kelly and Sean Cairns do the measuring while PJ McGreevy applies the marking. Right - the 'Marking Team' - Liam McGreevy, Aidan Brown, P J McGreevy, Tommy Kelly, Anita Brannigan, Sean Cairns, Peter Hamill. Click here to view a slideshow of the morning's activities

Saturday 8th October 2011 - Clonduff U16 boys played the Carlow Co Champions, Tinryland in the first game on the new pitch - senior footballers have been using pitch for training in preparations for Down's first ever floodlit Championship Final on Saturday 15th October

Clonduff Gaels in San Francisco!

Recognise them? Proudly wearing the Clonduff tee shirt is Kevin Mooney who played for Clonduff from U10 up to Senior level before heading off to experience another way of life at a tender age, pictured with the 'Big D', his father Dalsey on a recent visit to San Francisco. Dalsey captained Down Minors to their first All Ireland appearance back in 1966 and is still involved with his home club.
Clonduff Ladies Midfielder Ties the Knot!

On Saturday 29th May 2010, St John's Church Ballymaghery was the setting for the wedding of Clonduff Ladies Footballer, Kelly Carvill (daughter of Gerry and Eileen) to Seamus Fitzpatrick (Cabra). On bridesmaid duty was Kelly's team mate Lorraine Maginn who will, herself be tying the knot in July with  Joe Maginn.
The pictures above and below show some of the antics the Ladies and their Manager John Anthony Gribben got up to during the wedding - Poor Seamus! What have you let yourself in for?
Left to right - Therese McStay, Sheenagh McConville, Leann McParlan, John Anthony Gribben (Team Manager), Karen Gribben, Joanne Brown, Janine Brannigan, Christine Grimes, Onagh Gribben. Seated bridesmaid Lorraine Maginn and Beautiful Bride herself Kelly.
We look forward to having Kelly Fitzpatrick back on midfield duty when she returns from honeymoon!
 

Mr and Mrs Clonduff Chairman with ex-pats in New York

(Above) Clonduff Chairman, Brian McGreevy and his wife Mary attended the Dinner Dance of Down Club, New York held on Saturday 6th February as a special birthday treat for Brian. They are pictured above with two Clonduff ex-pats who are leading lights in the New York Club. On the left Ciarán Fearon (team manager) and on the right Eugene O'Hagan (Chairman and playing member). Eugene was on Clonduff's last Senior winning Championship team in 2000. Also travelling to the 'Big Apple' for the event was Eugene's mother Phil and his sister Marie Milligan (below left) and Ciarán's parents Rosemary and Tommy (below right)

Clonduff Lotto Winner 18th January 2010

This lucky couple, Karen and Paul Hughes with their little baby Lily. were the recipients of a Lotto cheque on Monday night 19th January 2010. P J McGreevy is pictured presenting the cheque to the young family.

Christmas Eve 2009 at Clonduff Park


A Winter's Tale!

Club Treasurer Marie Walls was out and about with her camera on Christmas Eve 2009. Such was the frost even the Spiders' webs were like white lace. Above is the picture postcard image of the Bann River behind the clubrooms. Top right is the sheet-like appearance of the ball stops at both of the existing fields with car park in between. Bottom right is the view looking towards the village from the driveway. There was very little snow - Jack Frost painted the pictures on his own!

 

Clonduff Clubrooms hosted a surprise party on Saturday 19th December for Mickey Rice who celebrated his 70th birthday. The party was organised by his family who are pictured on the right with their partners. On the left, Mickey and his wife Peggy cut the special birthday cake. Hope you have many more Mickey!

The New Development - Signing the Contract - Thursday 22nd October 2009

The platform party and witnesses (above) at the official signing of the contract. Back row (l to r) Tommy Kelly (Club Vice Chair), Siobhan Coulter (Sport NI), Helen Donnelly, (Sport NI), Aidan Brown (Trustee), Marie Walls (Club Treasurer), Stephen O'Callaghan (Design Team), Jimmie Cousins (Chairman Development Sub Committee), Dermot O'Hagan (Architect JNP Partnership). Front row: Anita Brannigan (Club Secretary), Arthur Murphy (Trustee), Pearse McAvoy (Contractor), Brian McGreevy (Club Chairman), Paddy O'Hagan (Trustee), Eddie Gribben (Trustee).
Sport NI is the major funding partner for the development which will commence on Monday 26th October with a 16 week schedule!
The Contracts were signed on Thursday 22nd October 2009. The Main contractor for the provision of the new field and flood-lighting is McAvoy Construction (Annaclone). He has assured Clonduff and Sport NI (the major funding partners) that, weather permitting, the field will be ready for re-seeding by Christmas though it won't be sown out until the Spring time. It will be ready for use in 2011 season.
The original driveway will be incorporated into the new field. The new access road is directly opposite the gate to the Chapel car park. This work is a joint contract between M & M Contracts (Crilly) and Leode Quarries and this is a major priority. The existing car park and back field will be re-aligned to accommodate the new development as shown in the Architects drawings below.
Lucky Winner! Conor Maginn selected the four lucky numbers for the Lotto draw on Monday night (24th August) which took place in Mary Margaret's. Conor is pictured here receiving his cheque from Tommy Kelly and being congratulated by Mary Margaret. Conor bought his Lotto ticket from Harry Brown.
 
Hilltown John O'Neill Branch of Irish National Foresters hosted the All Ireland Convention on the first week-end in August 2009. They used Clonduff Clubrooms for the Convention on Monday 3rd August. Below are some photos of the Foresters with local connections in the Clubrooms.
Club Chairman, Brian McGreevy greets All Ireland High Chief Ranger John Feeney from Belfast. Also in picture John Feehan, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council and Gerard Devlin Chief Ranger of John O'Neill Branch Clonduff Club committee member, Paddy Morgan is a member of the local INF. Her is pictured here with John Parr. Two local Chiefs! Clonduff Chairman Brian McGreevy and John O'Neill Chief Ranger Gerard Devlin The INF is not a male preserve! Pictured here are local ladies Gabrielle Devlin, Anne Devlin, Marian Brannigan, Jean Hudson and Marie Parr.
 
The members of the Lotto Sub Committee hand over the cheque! On Monday 18th May 2009 the Lotto Jackpot was won the Niamh, Naomi and Aoife Murray (Brendan and Mary's girls). Their father Brendan (centre), who sold the winning ticket, is pictured receiving the cheque from Sub Committee Chairman Tommy Kelly. Also in the picture (l to r) Eleanor McGreevy, Jerry Quinn, Mary McGreevy, Paula Cairns, Goretta Cairns, Patricia Kelly and Dalsey Mooney
 
Congratulations to Clonduff's PRO Jerry Quinn who has been selected as the Chairman of the Ulster GAA Writers Association in April 2009. The picture on the left show Jerry 'putting his back into the job' at the launch of the new sponsorship deal with Quinn Group on Wednesday 6th May. The picture on the right shows Jerry in his first official role - the presentation of the monthly award.
 
At the end of January 2009 three intrepid travellers from Clonduff made a surprise trip to Gaelic Park, New York to pay tribute to former Clonduff Players who are plying their Gaelic Football skills both on and off the field of play. Photo on the left shows Club Chairman Brian McGreevy with Sean and Marie Milligan at Gaelic Park. The photo on the right shows the Clonduff men at the New York Down Dinner Dance. Brian and Sean are pictured with the New York Down Chairman and team trainer.
 
Ulster Club and Community Development Conference - The Ulster Council's second Club and Community Development Conference, organised in partnership with 'The Irish News' took place in the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Saturday 15th November. Over 500 delegates attended including club, county and provincial level GAA officials, central and local government officials, and four government ministers including Tánaiste Mary Coughlan TD, Minister for Social Development Margaret Riche MLA, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Eamon O’Cuiv TD and Minister for Education Catriona Ruane MLA who deputised for Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness who had to attend to urgent business at the last minute.
The focus of this year’s conference was “Enhancing Community Cohesion through the development of GAA club and volunteers”
Clonduff delegates at the conference were Brian McGreevy (Chairman), P J McGreevy, Marie Walls and Sheenagh McConville and they are pictured below in some illustrious company - on the left with (an tUachtarán GAA), Nicky Brennan and on the right with Tánaiste Mary Coughlan
 
The 'Yellow Globes' Awards - A great night's craic was had by all in the Clubrooms in early November when the inaugural 'Yellow Globes' were awarded as an end of season spectacular. This was the brainchild of a few Club members viz Francis Quinn, ably assisted by Fionnbharr Murphy, Orla Maginn and Sheenagh McConville - pictured on the right with Pat Loy (De X-Factor Organiser from Mayobridge)
The clubrooms were packed to capacity and the award winners were as follows:
Female Rear of the Year: Kelly Carvill                                 
Male Rear of the Year: Thomas (Tooter) Murnin
'Tightest' Player of the Year: Paul (P O) McConville        
International Player of the Year: Moya Maginn
Huff of the Year: Liam McParlan                                         
Comeback Award: Noreen Tumilty
Hall of Shame Award 2008: Kieran Trainor                        
Posh n Becks Award: Finbarr McConville and Pauline Trainor
Conor and Annette O'Hagan Player of the Year Award: Conor óg and Darren O'Hagan
Who do you think will be in the running for the awards next year?
Clips of that great Clonduff night are available on DVD in the local shops from 29th November at £5 each!
Click on the image above to view the photos from the night!
 

Men at Work! A look of total concentration of Vice Chairman, Tommy Kelly's face (left). Above, Chairman, Brian McGreevy with his hand in his pocket as Peter Hamill does the work - both photos getting the new Burger Stand ready for Boley Fair Activities 2008
 

 

 

P J we know the day was wet and cold but a mug of tea on the sideline! OK it was just before the start of the second half!

Photo 6th July 2008 in Pairc Chluain Daimh!

 
Clonduff GAC was well represented at the Down Strategic Planning Day held in St Malachy's School, Castlewellan in June 2008. On the left is the Clonduff group together with facilitators. Back row, (left to right): Rory Grant, Plunkett McConville (Club Language Officer), Bernard Branagan, Marie Walls (Club Treasurer), Eugene Young (Ulster Council). Front row (left to right): Moya Maginn, Sheenagh McConville, Kitty Fegan, Ryan Feeney (Ulster Council) and Brian McGreevy (Club Chairman). The photo on the right shows Kitty and Ryan deep in conversation.
 
Thanks to the hard-working Social Club sub committee a cleaning rota has been devised for each weekend consisting of players from each sector within the club and co-ordinated by a committee member. Some of those on duty on Saturday 21st June were: Hugh Murphy (Minor and Senior Hurling), Seamus McGreevy (Thirds Football) and Paddy Morgan (Committee). Do you think they are as handy at home with the cleaning materials?
 
 

THE IRISH NEWS unveiled the winners on Friday, of their highly contested Irish News Club and Volunteer Awards. The Awards initiative recognizes and rewards GAA Clubs, Schools and Volunteers throughout Ulster for their commitment to Gaelic Games and their community irrespective of their playing ability.
Noel Doran Editor of The Irish News, congratulated all the clubs, schools and volunteers that received awards adding that ‘the Irish News Club and Volunteer awards are tangible proof that our clubs, our volunteers and our schools are indeed the foundation of GAA.’
The Irish News is partnered in these awards by The Ulster Council, O'Neill's Sportswear, Energize Sports Drinks, and Mooney Hotel Group (Wellington Park, where the function was held, is part of the group).
It was a great day for Down Clubs with Clonduff winning and Carryduff runners-up!
Pictured above (left) isClub Chairman, Brian McGreevy receiving the award from Malachy Toner (Mooney Hotel Group). On the right are the Clonduff representatives at the Awards Ceremony - Jimmie Cousins, Anita Brannigan and Brian McGreevy. Photos courtesy The Irish News
Attendees were treated to a magnificent lunch in the Wellington Park Hotel and the inspiring after-dinner speaker was Brian McIver, Manager of Donegal Senior Football team. The winners of the awards were:
   

Small Club Award Winner
Highly Commended  Small Club
Medium Club Award Winner
Highly Commended Medium Club
Large Club Award Winner
Highly Commended Large Club
Special Recognition Award
Small Club Volunteer Award Winner
Medium Club Volunteer Award Winner
Large Club Volunteer Award Winner
Primary School Award Winner
Second Level School Award Winner
View video of the event
(courtesy of The Irish News)
Carey Faughs GAC (Antrim)
Cuchulainn Hurling Club (Armagh)
Teemore Shamrocks (Fermanagh)
John Mitchel's GAC (Glenullin, Derry)
Clonduff GAC (Down)
Carryduff GAC (Down)
St Comgalls GAC (Antrim)
 Con Mag Aoidh Glenravel GAC Kevin Carey (Antrim)
St Michael's Lissan GAC Brendan McRory (Tyrone)
Watty Graham's GAC Bronagh Mulholland (Derry)
St Patrick's Primary School, Armagh
St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast
 
The History sub-committee that was responsible for putting together the Club's updated history 1984-2007, completing a record of the the Club's 120 year existence. Front row (l-r) Darren Gribben, Guinevra McGilligan, Rosemary Carr, Dean A Davies, Adrian Travers, Marie Walls, Anita Brannigan. Back row (l-r) Tommy Kelly, Brendan Murray, Fintan Mussen, Jerry Quinn, Maura Quinn, Leo Lowry, Brian McGreevy, Artie Quinn
 
Clonduff achieved a Platinum Award in the Club Maíth programme! Club Maíth is a 'Best Practice' award equivalent to the Quality Assurance scheme in industry. The portfolio was compiled by Jimmie Cousins, assisted by Anita Brannigan, Nigel McPolin and Marie Walls. It is a recognition of the effort of the voluntary input - ranging from Committee Members, Coaches, Groundsmen, Cleaners, People who wash Jerseys, Transport Juveniles, etc, etc, etc. Pictured at the presentation in The Stormont Hotel are Back Row: Maura Quinn, Marie Walls, Teresa Carr, Sheenagh McConville, Jimmie Cousins, Kitty Fegan, Ursula Quinn. Front Row: Christy Cooney (Croke Park Games Development Officer), Jerry Quinn, Anita Brannigan, Tommy Kelly, Nicky Brennan (an tUachtarán GAA), Brian McGreevy (Club Chairman), Tom Daly (Ulster President) and Nigel McPolin
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Clonduff Camogs organise an annual Coffee Morning, proceeds of which are donated to the Southern Area Hospice. Pictured at the 2007 morning are (l-r) Susie Hynes, Noreen Tumilty, Juvenile Player, SA Hospice Representative and Maura Quinn (Camogie Secretary)
 
Following the McGreevy Tournament on Saturday 25th August, 2007, Dean A Davies, PP (Club President) blessed the newly erected plaque to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the death of Brian McGreevy, Captain of the Clonduff team who died on the field of play on 21st May 1957. This tragedy happened in Saval while playing Carrickcruppin in a Tournament game. Just before half time, Brian, in going for the ball and keeping his eye on it, whilst moving backwards, fell and failed to rise again. The picture on the right shows Brian's remaining brother, Seamus (Gerry died in June 2007) in the centre with Club Secretary Tommy Kelly, assistant PRO Jerry Quinn, and on the right Dean A Davies, Club President and Brian McGreevy (jnr), Gerry's son, current Club Chairman
 
Two well-known faces at the GAA Statistics and Analysis forum held in Dundalk on Saturday 5th May 2007. Artie Noel was one of the Clonduff representative and Micko was one of the presenters.
 

Six Clonduff representatives completed a course on Wednesday 4th April 2007 in clubrooms on using the defibulator acquired by The Clonduff Club. The participants were as follows:
Sheenagh McConville, Roisin McConville, Fionnuala Carr, PO McConville, Paddy Brannigan and Marty McEvoy.

The Clonduff trainees were joined by Danny Fetes (Kilcoo), two representatives from Burren Sean O’Hare and Mickey McAteer and two representatives from Mayobridge viz Noel Rooney and Miriam Dinsmore.

Some of the participants are pictured on the left including Clonduff's Fionnuala Carr and Sheenagh McConville (back row, right)

   

When Down Minors won the Tom Markham Cup in 2005, Shane O'Hagan was a member of the team. He took the cup to the primary schools in the parish. Shane and Tom (left) in St Paul's Cabra with Principal Vincent Devlin. Above, Shane in his alma mater, St Patrick's Hilltown surrounded by the stars of the future.
   
Clonduff Referee, John Anthony Gribben or John A as he is often called started refereeing way back in 1971 and he was still going strong in 2006 - 35 years later. He cut back somewhat in 2007 due to injury but still turns out when the need arises in 2008. John A has refereed Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football at various levels from underage and junior, through to senior and has been an inter-county referee in one code or another since 1974. He has taken charge of McCrory Cup (Ulster Colleges Football) and Mageen Cup (Ulster Colleges Hurling); Ulster Senior Club Football and Hurling  finals. He has refereed National Football and Hurling league games including the Division 3 Final in 2001 as well as All Ireland underage and Junior Hurling Championship finals, having opted for Hurling after Croke Park insisted that inter-county referees had to choose one or the other!
In 2001 when Clonduff formed the Ladies Football Club John A became, not only involved with managing the Ladies at Club level but also became involved with the County Board taking on the role of Referees Appointments Secretary.
   
Clonduff's Jerry Quinn, at Down convention, 2004, became the first person from the club to hold the County Chairman's seat. Jerry (centre) is flanked by Clonduff's other Down officials - Fintan Mussen (left) Ulster Delegate and Hugh John Harper (right) County Treasurer.
 
   
Clonduff GAC have organised a 'Golf Classic' in conjunction with the local Clonduff Golfing Society. The Proceeds are shared between the club and the Southern Area Hospice. Following the 2003 event a cheque for £5,500 was handed over. Front (l-r) Attracta brown, Eileen Mooney, Marian Farnon, Pat Rice (SAH). Back Martin Farnon, Pat McParlan, Gregory O'Hagan, Aidan Brown Clonduff were awarded South Down Club of the Year in 2002. Club Chairman, Johnny McPolin is pictured with the trophy flanked by his wife Cathy (left) and Club Treasurer Marian Farnon (right). Back (l-r) Tommy Kelly (Club Secretary), Jerry Quinn (Club PRO), Sean Rooney (South Down Chairman) and Martin Farnon (Senior Team Manager)
 
The Clonduff party at the presentation for AIB Club of the Year 2001 - a competition for administrators - Clonduff won the County and Ulster Award. Back row (l to r) Jerry Quinn (PRO), Maura Quinn (Camogie), Eugene McGrath (AIB), Jimmy Cousins (Clonduff and National Board), Tommy Kelly (Secretary). Front (l to r) Johnny McPolin (Chairman), Cathy McPolin (Language Officer), Anita Brannigan (Cultural Officer/Assistant Secretary/Web Master) and Sean McCague (GAA President)
 
In the AIB inaugural Club of the Year Awards, Clonduff picked up the County Award for Down at the ceremony in Croke Park. L-R Sean McArdle (AIB), Jerry Quinn (PRO), James McGrath (AIB), Sean McCague (Uachtaran CLG), Brendan Murray (Chairman), Anita Brannigan (Assistant Secretary), Tommy Kelly (Secretary)
 
Clonduff Gaels honoured! At the Newry and Mourne Sports awards 1998, Gerry McGreevy (Centre), was named as the recipient of a special award for 'Services to Sport'. Certificates of Commendation were also presented to Maura Quinn (front left) and Mickey Daly Rostrevor (front right). Former Derry GAA star, Jim McKeever (back 2nd from left) was the special guest The diligence of the field committee was recognised when the ground was rewarded with a 'Best Kept Ground' plaque. Club Secretary, Tommy Kelly and Chairman Johnny McPolin are seen receiving the award from Co Board Chairman, Eamon O'Toole during the interval at the County Final 2002
   

The interior of Ceannaras Chluain Daimh (above), laid out to receive guests, who attended the opening, which took place on 3rd May 1998 - Jack Boothman was the special Guest of Honour.
The newly developed facility is available to community groups (Hilltown Gateway Club, Senior Citizens Club, Newry Wheelers, Boley Fair, etc) and for family functions (Confirmation and Funeral meals, Birthday and Wedding Anniversary celebrations).
The club holds the annual juvenile awards, occasional adult awards (honouring former winning teams, etc),  in the clubrooms and uses it regularly for  fundraising functions

 
 

Club Chairman, Brendan Murray and Field Committee Chairman, P J McGreevy accepting the plaque for "Best Kept Ground" in 1999, from County Chairman, Kevin Bell on County Final Day (17th September) in Newcastle. County and Ulster Grounds awards were also picked up in 1998, 2000 and the County title again in 2003

Clonduff Club Committee 1998 pictured above in front of the new Clubrooms prior to the Official Opening. Seated: Marie Walls, Paul McCusker, Patsy McShane, Brendan Murray (Chairman), Dean A Davies, Tommy Kelly (Secretary), Martin Farnon, Johnny McPolin, Jerry Quinn. Standing: Vincent Devlin, Brian McShane, Thomas Hynes, Desmond Monaghan, Owen Fegan, Terry McShane, P J McGreevy, Dalsey Mooney, Sean Cairns, Paddy Morgan, Cathal Murray and Paddy O McConville.
The Official Opening and Unveiling! Kevin Bell (Down Co Chairman), Dean A Davies, Jack Boothman (Uachtaran CLG), Brendan Murray (Club Chairman), Danny Murphy (Secretary Ulster Council) and T P Murphy (Secretary Down Co Board)
   
Scéal Chluain Daimh (The Clonduff Story) reporting the history of Clonduff from its inception in 1887-1984 and published in the Centenary Year of the GAA picked up the McNamee Award for GAA publications. Pictured at the awards ceremony in Dublin are: Front (l-r) Barney Morgan, Dr Mick Loftus (Uachtaran CLG), Fintan Mussen. Back (l-r) Dan McCartan (County Chairman), Jerry Quinn, P D Kearns (Author), Mauris de Burca, Marie Walls, Leo Lowry
 
 
 

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