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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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2017 MINOR FOOTBALLERS DEBUT AS SENIOR FOOTBALLERS

The four lads above - Ben McConville, Lyndon Brown, John Boden and Ross Carr - made their Senior debuts on Saturday 28th October v Cumann Pheadar Naofa Warrenpoint. They acquitted themselves with honour and contributed to the 3 point win. The lads are part of the U21 panel who play their first game of the year on Sunday 5th November.

 

DARREN O'HAGAN WINS IRISH NEWS GAA ULSTER ALL STAR AWARD 2017

Many congratulations to Down Captain and Clonduff mainstay defender who voted (by the readers) as Irish News GAA All Star left corner back 2017 following Down's exploits in the Ulster Championship, reaching the final. Darren was presented with his award at a Gala Dinner in Armagh City Hotel on Thursday 7th September. He was joined by fellow Down players Kilcoo's Darragh O'Hanlon (LHB) and Glasdrumman's Connaire Harrison (full forward).
Darren is only the second Clonduff man to win an Irish News All Star Award - Ross Carr, who was in the audience for Darren's award, received the RHF spot in 1998

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Dalsey Mooney Tournament 2017 a Great Festival of Gaelic Football

The sun shone down on Clonduff Park most of the time on Saturday 20th May for the second Dalsey Mooney Sevens Tournament - well the rain stayed away until all the onfield activities were over! Many thanks to Drumgath, Kilcoo, Bryansford, Castlewellan, Burren and of course 'The Yellas' for the main competition and the Mini Yellas who put on a wonderful exhibition before the final!
The six teams competed in two groups with the winners going directly into the semi -finals and the 2nd and 3rd placed teams playing a quarter final. Clonduff and Castlewellan took the direct route winning their groups - Clonduff had beaten Drumgath and Burren whilst Castlewellan beat Kilcoo and Bryansford. Bryansford were drawn against Burren with the former taking the spoils. Unfortunately the young Drumgath side suffered a couple of injuries and withdrew after the group stage to leave Kilcoo a bye to the semi- final against the home side. The Yellas prevailed and were the first side into the final beating the holders on a score of 2-7 to 1-5. Then it was the turn of Bryansford to see if they could overturn the result from the group game v Castlewellan. Although it was a tightly contested game 'The Town' emerged one point victors. 
Upwards on 60 U8 children took the field in four teams to showcase their skills and talents - Many thanks to referees Eugene O'Hare and Brendan Rice who not only gave the youngsters the opportunity to play under an official referee but also tied boot laces that had become undone, and helped with coaching! Dalsey's grand-daughter Aimee Kenny presented every child including her brother Thomas, with a special commemorative medal.
Just before the Final, Christina McConville sang Amhrán na bhFiann and Peter Brannigan called the teams to take the field. Castlewellan got the first two points in a very tightly contested game but a couple of 'Yella' goals before the break left them five points up but early in the second half Castlewellan got back a goal and had closed the gap to a single point but again The Yellas held firm and won on a score of 2-8 to 1-9 to collect the Dalsey Mooney Cup at the second time of asking.
All the teams, officials and the children were treated to a hot meal before the presentations - the beaten semi- finalists (Kilcoo and Bryansford) received O'Neills Vouchers to the value of £350 and the runners-up, Castlewellan, received an O'Neills Voucher for £700. Then the champions Clonduff were presented with O'Neills Voucher for £1,500 by Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins; the Dalsey Mooney Memorial Cup was presented by Mrs Eileen Mooney and the players were presented with their medals by Dalsey's grandchildren Aimee and Thomas Kenny.
A 'Player of the Tournament' award was introduced in 2017 and the three referees and an impartial adjudicator were charged with selecting the most impressive player throughout the tournament - the inaugural recipient was adjudged to be our own Conor Óg O'Hagan!
A special presentation was made to the three official referees for the day - Peter Brannigan, Eugene O'Hare and Brendan Rice.
Many thanks to all who helped make this a special day in the life of our club and in memory of a very special former player, gael and gentleman - Dalsey Mooney. Thanks to the Mooney Family, the participants, the organisers, sponsors, officials, supporters and Congress Print Newry for printing the programme free of charge. A special word of gratitude to Dermot and his willing band of voluntary helpers in the social club and kitchen for their second very busy day in a row.
Clonduff team: Ruairi Lively (Capt), Paul Lively, Charlie Carr, Arthur McConville, Stephen McConville, Patrick O'Hagan, Shane McGreevy, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Liam McGreevy and Niall Tumilty.

 

WEEK OF AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FOR CIARÁN BRANAGAN

Many congratulations to our Senior Referee Ciarán Branagan (pictured with South Down Board member Sean Broderick) who, in recognition of his refereeing of the All Ireland Minor Football Final in September 2016 in Croke Park has been the recipient of four awards within eight days - on Friday 18th November he was honoured by East Down Board; on Thursday 24th November Club Down honoured him at their Annual Awards in Canal Court; the next night Friday 25th November the South Down Board honoured him at their Annual Awards in Atticall GAA Club; then on Saturday night he was the recipient of the Ulster GAA President's Referee's Award. Well done Cíarán! Maybe the really big one in 2017!

 

O'HAGAN BROTHERS HONOURED AT SOUTH DOWN AWARDS 2016

Many congratulations to Barry O'Hagan (centre) who was selected by the South Down Clubs as the 'Player of the Year' at the Annual Dinner in Atticall Club on Friday 25th November. His brother Darren (to his right) was Runner Up and Packie Downey (on Barry's left) was placed 3rd. Also in photo are Clonduff's Tommy Kelly, Vice Chair of South Down Board (extreme left) and Donal McNally South Down Board Chairman. Clonduff Referee Ciarán Branagan was also honoured at the event marking his refereeing the All Ireland Minor Football Final in 2016.

 

NEW STRIP FOR SENIOR FOOTBALL TEAM

Clonduff main sponsors McGreevy Construction presented a new strip to the senior footballers prior to County Final. Pictured: Darren O'Hagan (vice captain), Conor Brown (captain), PJ McGreevy (representing McGreevy Construction) and team manager Ross Carr

 

New Change of Strip for Clonduff Senior Footballers

Clonduff Senior Footballers in took on Ballyholland in the first round of the 2016 Championship at the end of July in Pairc Esler - Both teams were required to wear their alternative strip due to similarities in their regular jerseys - they were obviously lucky as this marked the first step on the run to the County final. Back row: (l to r) Arthur McConville, Kieran Trainor, Rory Grant, Niall Tumilty, Stephen McConville, Lorcan Branagan, Paul Gribben, Jayme Gribben, Paul Lively, Shane O'Hagan, Finbarr McConville, Shane McGreevy, Patrick O'Hagan: Front row (l to r) Ruairi Lively, Aidan Carr, Brendan Britton, Shane Ward, Conor Murray, Conor Brown, Darren O'Hagan, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Shaun Murnin, Barry O'Hagan, Charlie Carr, John McPolin

 

KILCOO ARE WINNERS OF INAUGURAL DALSEY MOONEY MEMORIAL SEVENS!

Eileen Mooney with son Sean (left) presents the Cup for the first time to Ryan Greenan Captain of Kilcoo on the day

Despite the weather and the late withdrawal of some teams the inaugural Dalsey Mooney Memorial Tournament was an outstanding success. Many thanks to the six teams that participated and the general opinion of those taking part was that those that weren't there missed out on a great sporting and social occasion. The six teams played in two groups - Group 1: Mayobridge, Ballymartin and Clonduff Gaels with Mayobridge and Clonduff progressing to the semi finals; Group 2: Kilcoo, Castlewellan and Clonduff Ógs with Kilcoo and Castlewellan progressing to the semi finals. Kilcoo beat Mayobridge in the first semi with Castlewellan defeating Clonduff Gaels (but only just - Clonduff led by 9 pts at the turnaround but with the experienced 'Town side playing into the bigger goals and with wind advantage they won by two points).
The final was an intense affairs between the neighbouring teams but their was no quarter asked or given by either side and in the end it was The Magpies that triumphed. 
The presentations took place in the Clonduff Clubrooms following the players' meal. Chairman Jimmie Cousins thanked the teams that had braved the elements and provided a great spectacle of Sevens Football. He thanked the group that had organised the tournament, The Diamonds for the excellent foot, Eugene and Imelda Rooney for the buns and traybakes; the ladies who served the food and the kitchen and bar staff. 
First presentations were made by Tommy Kelly to the three referees on the day - Eugene O'Hare, Ronan Barry and Declan Ryan. The Chairman then presented the O'Neills Vouchers to the captains of Clonduff, Castlewellan and Kilcoo - Mayobridge's will be delivered to them. Before the presentation of the Cup and medals, Mrs Eileen Mooney made a stirring an emotional address on behalf of The Mooney Family. She said it was wonderful to be among Dalsey's friends and sincerely thank Clonduff Club for organising such a wonderful tribute to him. She thanked the clubs who participated, the people who organised the tournament or helped in any way. She paid tribute to those who contributed to the excellent programme and then presented the Cup to Ryan Greenan the Kilcoo captain. Then Sean Mooney, who had travelled home from Chicago especially for the tournament, presented the medals to the winning Kilcoo team. Terry O'Hanlon, Chairman Kilcoo thanked Clonduff for the great day and the hospitality. He said that Dalsey didn't just attend Clonduff and Down games but attended other clubs' games throughout the county. He said the tournament was a very fitting tribute to a great Gael. Everybody was in agreement and the social side of the day continued with many of the players and spectators staying on to watch the Mayo v Fermanagh qualifier on the big screen.

 

GOOD START TO 2016 FOR CLONDUFF III

Back row (l-r) Kevin McShane, Liam McAleavey, Paul O'Hanlon, Patrick Matthews, Pierce Murnin, Shaunie Murnin, Thomas Murnin, Rory McGreevy, Aaron Sherry, mark Bradley, James Killen, Mark Devlin, Peter Farnon, Niall Brown, Ciarán McGreevy, Conor Maginn; Front row (l-r) Cathal Trainor, Conor Murray, Patrick Gribben, Eamon Grant, Niall O'Hagan, Darragh Sherry, Lorcan Branagan, Noel Grant, Niall O'Hare Aidan Maginn (mascot)

 

CLONDUFF ARE U21 COUNTY CHAMPIONS 2015!

U21 Football Championship Panel and Managers 2015 - Back row: Noel Grant, Patrick Gribben, Niall O'Hare, Shaun Murnin, Thomas Murnin, Niall O'Hagan, Rían Branagan, John Brown, Conal Brown, Patrick O'Hagan, Conor Lowry, David Quinn, Stephen McConville, Liam McGreevy, Rory McQuaid, Mark Bradley, Mark Devlin, Ross Carr, Shane Ward; Front row: Charlie Carr, Danny Burns, Conor Murray, Darren Harper, Lorcan Branagan, Conor Brown (Capt),
Brendan Britton, Declan Gribben, Eamon Grant, Kevin Smith, Pearse Murnin, Jayme Curran, Alistair McGilligan

Clonduff won their first U21 Championship in ten years in a pulsating game in Burren on Sunday morning. Clonduff found it difficult early on to come to terms with the swirling wind and after 15 min were down 0-6 to 0-1. However, they stuck to their plan and had pulled back to 0-6 to 0-4 when a ‘Bridge player was red-carded. When sub Conor Murray was put through he had no hesitation in burying the ball in the back of the net to take the lead for the first time and then Liam McGreevy slotted over another free to leave the half- time score 1-5 to 0-6.

Mayobridge came out all guns blazing in the second half and quickly levelled up and but for a magnificent save from Mark Bradley would have taken the lead. From the levelling kick-out Clonduff moved upfield and again Conor Murray was in the right place at the right time to slot home his second goal.  Mayobridge came back again and again and it was only in the closing stage, after Shaun Murnin slotted home Clonduff’s third goal that the big crowd of Clonduff supporter could breathe easy! Final score Clonduff 3-10 Mayobridge 0-11.

Team and scorers: Mark Bradley, Declan Gribben, Eamon Grant, Lorcan Branagan, Brendan Britton, Conal Brown, Rory McQuaid, Jayme Curran, John Brown, Conor Lowry (0-1), David Quinn, Patrick O’Hagan (0-2), Rían Branagan, Danny Burns, Liam McGreevy (0-7,6f); subs used: Conor Murray (2-0),  Conor Brown (capt), Stephen McConville, Thomas Murnin, Shaun Murnin (1-0); Other Panellists: Niall O’Hare, Niall O’Hagan, Noel Grant, Mark Devlin, Pearse Murnin, Darren Harper, Charlie Carr, Patrick Gribben, Kevin Smith.

Management: Ross Carr, Alistair McGilligan, Shane Ward

Many thanks to the players and management for an early Christmas Present – was great to be there!

In the Ulster Campaign organised by Creggan Kickham's (Randalstown) Clonduff got off to a great start against reigning champions Watty Graham's (Glenn, Maghera) who had flown their star player home from Australia where he is on an AFL Rookie contract.  Clonduff had the ball in the net in the first 20 seconds! It was level at 1-4 apiece at half time and with 10 minutes to go Clonduff were a point ahead but one the champions equalised they went on to score a further 1-2 demonstrating exactly why they are champions! Final Score Watty's 2-11 Clonduff 2-6.

Thanks to players, management and supporters for creating a great buzz around Clonduff again!

 

 

TWO COUNTY 'PLAYER OF THE YEAR' AWARDS FOR DARREN O'HAGAN

Darren O'Hagan was the recipient of two awards, towards the end of 2015, as the County 'Player of the Year'. On Thursday 26th November he was selected as Down Supporters Club 'Player of the Year'. Just over a week later (Friday 4th December) he was awarded the 'Spirit of Breen Morgan' during the Down All Stars Awards.

Darren with his parents Conor and Annette and Clonduff Down Supporters Tommy Kelly, Patricia Kelly and Marie Milligan Darren receiving Spirit of Breen Morgan from Benny McArdle (r) former Annaclone and Down Player, and Co Chairman Sean Rooney
 
   

Eamon Rooney Coaches Reserve Football Championship Final Clonduff III 2-8 v Ballyholland II 1-9

Ballyholland started the stronger and were three points up before Clonduff got to grips with their style of play. Clonduff rattled home a goal but coming up to half time The Harps had moved four clear and then Clonduff got their second goal! The half time score was Clonduff 2-2 Ballyholland 1-6. The Yellas quickly levelled at the start of the second half and then moved ahead. The Harps, however kept it close right to the end and Clonduff were defending like Trojans to keep them at bay. The Cup was presented to Marty Farnon (vice captain) by Fionnuala Rooney:

Clonduff Team: Paul Gribben, Ciarán McGreevy, Conor Magennis, Mark McNulty, Brendan Britton, Shane McGreevy, Peter Farnon, Liam McAleavey, Aaron Sherry, Jayme Gribben, Ryan McGreevy, Patrick Matthews, Marty Farnon, Darragh Sherry, Eugene Branagan; Subs used: Rory McGreevy, Darragh O’Hanlon, Ruairi Lively, Paul McPolin; Other panellists: John Fegan, Conor Keenan, Cathal Trainor, Paul O’Hanlon, Paddy Gribben, Patrick Gribben, Danny Burns, David Quinn, Ryan McShane

 

FORMER CLONDUFF PLAYER INTO ALL IRELAND FINAL WITH HIS ADOPTED LIVERPOOL CLUB

Congratulations to Niall McShane who played for John Mitchell's Liverpool ON Sunday 25th March in the All Ireland Junior Club semi final in Navan; Liverpool won 1-9 to 1-6 over Westmeath opponents and now play in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on 14th February. Well done Niall, pictured above with his niece Emma.

 

U21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

The Clonduff U21 team above includes: Darragh Sherry, Declan Gribben, Shay Murnin, Caolan McAvoy, Eamon Grant, Conal Brown, Kevin Smith, Liam McAleavey, Patrick O'Hagan, Rory McQuaid, Liam McGreevy, Sean Downey, Jayme Gribben, Rían Branagan, Barry O'Hagan, Darren Harper, Jamie Curran, Danny Burns, Mark Bradley, Mark Devlin, Patrick Gribben, Shane Milligan, Charlie Carr, Brendan Britton, Lorcan Branagan, Thomas Murnin, Noel Grant, Darragh O'Hanlon, Conor Lowry, Darragh Downey, David Quinn, Conor Murray, Stephen McConville, Niall O'Hare

 

Clonduff III are South Down Reserve Football League Champions!

Clonduff III 0-14 Mayobridge III 1-9
Clonduff Thirds reached their third final of the season and having lost the Championship recently were determined that they wouldn't lose two in a row. But they didn't make things easy for themselves in this rough, tough encounter in Rostrevor on Sunday (noon). They were undoubtedly the better team but when they were reduced to 14 just before the interval it didn't look good. The half time score was 0-6 each. However, the Yellas dug deep and played some great football - late into the game they led by three points, a dangerous lead and so it proved - Mayobridge scored a goal to level. Then Francis Quinn, playing at full back, brought off a great clearance at great personal cost - he sustained a broken collar bone. and then the side was further reduced with another man receiving a second yellow card. However, the Yellas had the final say and scored the last two points of the game. Team: Seamus Parr, Declan Gribben, Francis Frank Quinn, John McPolin, Paul McConville, Padraig Matthews, Niall O'Hare, Stephen Branagan, Oliver Branagan, Charlie Carr, John Fegan, Shane Murray, Marty Farnon, Darragh Sherry, Conor Murray; Subs used: Bernard Branagan, Cathal Trainor, Neil Trainor 
We wish Francis a very speedy recovery and also Eugene Branagan who was injured in the Championship Final replay the previous week and to mark Fegan injured who sustained a bad leg break in the first round of the Championship in May.

Above: Team Captain Marty Farnon receives the trophy from South Down Board member Gerard McVeigh and below Clonduff RFL (Thirds) panel with mentors Eamon Crothers and Conor Maginn (extreme right)

 

Felix Darby Cup Final Replay Clonduff III 2-9 Clann na Banna II 1-9

Clonduff emerged winners with just one kick of the ball between the teams in wind and rain-swept Drumgath. The Banbridge side coped better with the elements early on and raced into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. However the Yellas eventually settled and went in at the break level on 0-5 each.

The rain pelted down in the second half but both teams served up a very exciting half hour’s football. Clann na Banna got the first two points of the second half before Paddy Matthews got on the end of a great move to fire to the back of the net and this was quickly followed by his second goal for Clonduff to move into a 5-point lead. However, right from the kick-out Clann na Banna moved the ball quickly upfield and fired to the back of the net to leave just two points in it. Clonduff ‘camped’ in the Banbridge half but couldn’t draw away from their opponents. They traded points with Clonduff getting the final score of the game.

The cup was presented to Jamie Fegan, the Clonduff Captain by young Callum Donnan, a great-grandson of Felix Darby and a Clonduff U10 player.

The team now has the Reserve Football Championship Final to look forward to v Bryansford III.

Team and scorers: Paul Gribben, Declan Gribben, Jamie Fegan, Francis Quinn, Paul McConville, Paudie Matthews, Cathal Trainor, Rían Branagan (0-1), Oliver Branagan, Marty Farnon, John Fegan (0-3), Rory Matthews (0-1), Darragh Sherry (0-1), Paddy Matthews (2-0), Eugene Branagan (0-3). Subs used: John McPolin, Bernard Branagan, Kieran Trainor

 

GARY HAUGHIAN WINS 'GAELIC LIFE'S' PLAYER OF THE MONTH (MAY) BY 3 VOTES!

Below - Gary in action

 

Our Senior Football Captain Jason Brown is All Ireland Free Kick Champion 2014

Our 2014 Club Captain, Jason Brown beat the best of the best in Ireland from Gaelic Football, Rugby, Soccer, including a number of inter-county players to claim the Paddy Power/Corona All Ireland Title in Oriel Park, Dundalk on Saturday 3rd April 2014. Jason, who took all his free kicks from the ground throughout the competition 'lost no lives' in the group stages and won his group. He was joined in the final by the other three group winners - Stephen Connolly (Ballyteague, Kildare), Packie McMullan (Kileeshil, Tyrone) and Barry O'Hare (Roche Emmets, Louth). Jason kicked brilliantly all day to claim the handsome trophy and the magnificent pay-day cheque for €5,000!

Jason is pictured above with hosts Oisin McConville (left) and Jack O'Shea (Kerry). The competition, now in its third year is organised by Dundalk Young Irelands GAA Club.

 

Senior Football TEAM 2014

Back row (l to r): Ciarán McGreevy, Conal Brown, Eamon Grant, Barry O'Hagan, Noel McPolin, Kieran Trainor, Bernard Branagan, Paudraig Brown, Shaun Murnin, Damien Canning, Gary Haughian, Neil Trainor, Mark McPolin, Arthur McConville, Conor Brown, Niall Tumilty, Shane O'Hagan, Patrick O'Hagan, Eamon O'Reilly, Rory Grant; Front row (l to r): Jason Brown, Rory McGreevy, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Niall Brown, Paul Lively, Aidan Carr, Shane Ward, Gavin McGreevy, Rory McQuaid, Kevin Smith, James Killen, Liam McGreevy, John McPolin, Jamie Curran, Declan Gribben, Karl O'Hagan, John Brown - Darren O'Hagan missing from photo

 

 CLONDUFF PRFL TEAM 2013

The Clonduff IIs team is pictured above with joint managers Hugh Grant and Louis Brown (left back row) Rory grant, conal brown, conor brown, gavin McGreevy, Bernard branagan, damien canning, karl o'Hagan neil trainor, conor maginnis, Ciarán McGreevy, noel McPolin, niall brown; Front row (l to r) declan gribben, eamonn grant, john McPolin, connor grant, rory McQuaid, liam McGreevy, rory McGreevy, finbarr McConville, marty farnon, gary haughian

 

LONG AWAITED RETURN VISIT OF CLAREGALWAY!


Clonduff retained The Patsy O'Hagan Memorial Cup in Clonduff Park on Saturday afternoon 15th March! Final Score: Clonduff 4-14 Claregalway 3-16. It was a highly entertaining and competitive game! Veteran Clonduff forward, Shane Ward scored a hat-trick! The County players from both clubs - Danny Cummins (Galway), Patsy O'Hagan's grandson and our own Aidan Carr and Darren O'Hagan were interested onlookers - big games on Sunday!

Following the game, both sets of players and supporters were treated to a hearty meal, gifts were exchanged and the Cup was presented by Brendan O'Hagan (Patsy's son) to Clonduff team captain Gary Haughian. Both teams then settled down to watch the nail-biting France v Ireland Six-Nations Rugby decider. The visitors are pictured above and the home side below.

 
 

Paul McPolin Helps University Of Ulster Jordanstown Win Ryan Cup 2013

Paul McPolin (centre) played at wing back on the Jordanstown team that won the Ryan Cup on Thursday 5th December 2013

 

Clonduff U20 Footballers are County B  Champions!

Clonduff U20 team and their mentors: Back row (l to r): Ross Carr, Shane Milligan, Aaron Sherry, Ryan McPolin, Conall Brown, Rían Branagan, John Brown, Shaun Murnin, Niall Crowley, Niall McPolin, Jamie Curran, Eamon Grant, Connor Brown, Liam McGreevy, Keith Farrell; Front row (l to r) Robert Wilson, Declan Gribben, Niall O'Hare, Eugene Lively, Stephen McConville, Danny Burns, Sean Downey, Connor Grant (Capt) Barry O'Hagan, Mark Bradley, Kevin Smith, Thomas Murnin, Patrick Gribben, Francis Quinn

Many congratulations to Clonduff U20 Footballers who put on a scintillating performance in the final 20 mins to secure a 5-12 to 0 0-5 Championship win in Owen Roe Park, Kilcoo on Sunday (24th November 2013). Clonduff were always the better team and perhaps should have had the game put to bed at half time but they shot numerous wides. They led 1-4 to 0-2 at the break but Bryansford started brighter in the second half and when awarded a penalty they were four points adrift. Young Mark Bradley, however, had other ideas and brought off a magnificent save - one of several during that second half but this effectively was the turning point. The introduction of Niall McPolin and Liam McGreevy added impetus to the game and The Yellas ran out easy winners.

Team and scorers: Mark Bradley, Declan Gribben, John Brown, Niall Crowley, Connor Brown, Conal Brown, Barry O'Hagan, Jamie Curran, Ryan McPolin, Shaun Murnin, Connor Grant (0-3), Stephen McConville (1-2), Sean Downey (0-1), Eamon Grant (0-1), Ráan Branagan (3-3); sub used: Niall McPolin (0-2), Liam McGreevy (1-0)

 

U20 Football 2013

Panel: Back row (l to r) Shaun Murnin, Jamie Curran, Eamonn Grant, Mark Bradley, Aaron Sherry, Niall McPolin, Rían Branagan, Conall Brown, Liam McGreevy, Conor Brown, John Brown, Ryan McPolin, Shane Milligan, Patrick Gribben; Front row (l to r) Kevin Smith, David Quinn, Sean Downey, Connor Grant, Danny Burns, Niall Crowley, Darren Harper, Stephen McConville, Niall O'Hare, Packie O'Hagan, Declan Gribben, Thomas Murnin. Missing from photo Barry O'Hagan

 

Felix Darby Cup Winners 2013

Back row (l to r) Eamon Crothers, Connor Grant, Ryan McShane, Niall O'Hare, Ciarán McGreevy, Shane Milligan, Mark Bradley, Bernard Branagan, Gary Haughian, Francis Quinn, Noel McPolin, Mark Devlin, Declan Gribben, Patrick Gribben, Connor Maginn; Front row (l to r) Kevin Smith, Rory McGreevy,

Kevin McShane, Stephen McConville, Liam McGreevy, Marty Farnon (Capt), Jamie Fegan, Kevin Parr, Niall Crowley, Paul Gribben, Paddy Matthews

Clonduff Thirds brought off an amazing comeback on Sunday afternoon (6th October 2013) to clinch the Felix Darby Cup in Drumgath. Burren opened the scoring with a goal and Clonduff replied with a like score almost immediately. Then Burren took control and moved into a 2-6 to 1-0 lead. It looked bleak for the Yellas at this stage but then they started their amazing comeback and scored 1-2 to leave the half time score Burren 2-6 Clonduff 2-2. The second half, whilst not totally belonging to Clonduff, saw some great football and wonderful defending to keep the Burren goals out. Clonduff scored 3-6 to Burren's 0-5 in the second half to leave the final score Clonduff III 5-8 Burren III 2-11. Marty Farnon proudly accepted the Felix Darby Cup from Felix's great-grandchildren, Clonduff lads Callum Donnan and Leo Sweeney.  

Team and scorers: Paul Gribben, Ciarán McGreevy, Jamie Fegan, Declan Gribben, Kevin Smith, Francis Quinn ,Niall Crowley, Bernard Branagan (0-2),Stephen McConville (1-2), Marty Farnon, Paddy Matthews, Ryan McShane, Rory McGreevy (3-3),Noel McPolin (0-1),Liam McGreevy (1-1); subs used: Kevin Parr ,Gary Haughian

We send our heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Mrs May Darby who celebrated her 97th birthday on Friday 4th October and attended the game with some of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren! Well done May!

 

Shane O'Hagan in action v Mayobridge 12th May 2013

 

Clonduff Seniors into Feis Sevens Final!

Clonduff won their three group games on Sunday 5th May in Clonduff Park (who were hosts for the day's games). They defeated Annaclone 2-4 to 1-5; Dundrum 3-8 to 2-6 and An Riocht 2-8 to 1-5. They will meet winners of the other group Castlewellan in early June in Newcastle. Clonduff panel above: Back row (l to r) Martin Farnon (Selector) John Fegan, Arthur McConville, Niall McPolin, Kieran Trainor, Tony Wilson (Joint Manager); Front row (l to r) Finbarr McConville, Darren O'Hagan, John McPolin, Shane McGreevy, Ruairi Lively, Jason Brown. (Mascots Eugene Lively and Oran Wilson)

 

SD RFL - Clonduff III 2013

 

Back row (l to r): Eamon Crothers (Player.Manager), Patrick Grant, Ciarán McGreevy, Francis Quinn, Kevin Parr, Paddy Matthews, Paul Gribben, Jamie Fegan, Bernard Branagan, Paddy Woods, Connor Maginn (joint manager); Front row (l to r) Rory McGreevy, Shane Milligan, Ryan McShane, Kevin McShane, Paul McConville, Michael McGarry, Niall O'Hare, Declan Rooney, Marty Farnon.

 

Senior Football League 2013 Kicks Off

The revamped 2013 Senior Football League kicked off on Friday 12th April - It is now a 16-team one-round league. Clonduff were away to newly promoted Warrenpoint in the first game - and the home side showed exactly why they reached the Ulster Intermediate Final last season. They were lively and rampant and led the Yellas 1-10 to 0-3 at half time. Clonduff improved somewhat in the second half but in truth the last minute penalty converted by Arthur McConville put a gloss on the scoreline for The Yellas. Final score Warrenpoint 1-16 Clonduff 1-9 - Things can only get better! The senior panel pictured above: Back row (l to r) Henry Brown, Arthur McConville, Karl O'Hagan, Shane O'Hagan, Barry O'Hagan, Finbarr McConville, Neil Trainor, Gary Haughian, Niall McPolin, John Fegan, Rory Grant, Kieran Trainor; Front row (l to r) Conor Óg O'Hagan, Niall Tumilty, Gary McDonald, Eamon O'Reilly, Tony McGreevy, Mark McPolin (Capt), Darren O'Hagan, John McPolin, Shane McGreevy, Paul Lively, Ruairi Lively.

 

SRC are All Ireland HE Div 3 Champions!

Congratulations to SRC who are All Ireland Champions after winning on Saturday 23rd February in Athlone on a score of 1-13 to 2-7. Well done to manager Mark Copeland, (2nd left) Niall Tumilty (2nd right) who played throughout at wing back, Aaron Sherry (extreme left0 who came on in the 2nd half and Rory McGreevy (extreme left) who was a sub - all Clonduffians!

 

Gerry Curran's Archives

Stephen Morgan (left) Clonduff SFC team v Castlewellan. Liam O'Hagan (centre). Gerry has now confirmed that the two Castlewellan players are brothers Dan and Pat Rooney. Pat later became one of Down's leading referees and Dan became principal of St. Malachy's School, Castlewellan.

John Darner O'Hagan, second left back row, Sean Murray, third from right in the back row; Eddie Gribben second from left and Kevin Mussen at the end in the front row at the presentation for the 1957 Barony League medals
John (Sean) Rafferty (left holding the cup) and James Hynes (small pic top right) on the successful St. Colman's College team in the early 1960s. Stephen Morgan centre middle row played for the Newry Technical College team 1957
 

All Ireland Higher Education League Champions

Congratulations to Mark Copeland and his SRC team on winning the All Ireland Higher Education Div 3 League title in Dunganny, Co Meath on Thursday 13th December. They defeated Marino Institute of Education on the impressive scoreline of 2-12 to 0-7. There were three young Clonduff men on the team - Niall Tumilty, Aaron Sherry and Rory McGreevy.

The Clonduff contingent on the winning team are pictured above (l to r) Aaron Sherry, Rory McGreevy, Mark Copeland (Joint Manager) and Niall Tumilty. Well done everybody!

 
All the historical photos below have been supplied by Gerry Curran. Thanks Gerry!

A more modern era! St Colman's All- Conquering Team 1986


Clonduff players - St Colman's Head of PE Cathal Murray at the end of the back row on the right. Mark Matthews second from the left in the front row and the late Mark Mooney second from the right in the front row.

Kevin Mussen and the late Patsy O'Hagan on US Tour 1962

Kevin and Patsy at Empire State Building with an O'Hagan relative

Kevin and Patsy in the then Down strip in Chicago

Teams from 1957

Above and Iveagh team that took part in 'The Barony League'. The team comprises players from Clonduff, Cabra, Castlewellan, Leitrim, Kilcoo and Annsborough and lined out in the Cabra Harps jersey. (D McGirr = Des McGarry). This photo was taken about one month before Brian McGreevy died.

Below the Down team that defeated Derry - one of the few photos of Sean Murray in the Down team.

Man of the Moment - Fintan Mussen

Having received two Hall of Fame Awards in the last month it is appropriate that we take you and Fintan 'Down Memory Lane' with this photograph (courtesy of Gerry Curran). These carefree teenagers played for St Colman's College in 1957 and there are some illustrious GAA men of the future in this photo! Fintan is 3rd from right in front row; Patsy O'Hagan is extreme right back row, Dan McCartan is 3rd from left back row, Leo Murphy is directly behind Fintan; PT Tracey (Fermanagh Legend) is beside Patsy O'Hagan. Gerry has promised he will find all the names but if any of you out there can help we would be delighted.

 

Clonduff Park Hosts Its First Inter-Varsity Game

Clonduff Park was the venue on Monday night (19th November 2012) for the Third Level Education All Ireland Div 3 League Quarter Final between Southern Regional College (Newry, Armagh) v Froebel College of Education Dublin - There are three Clonduff lads on the panel - Niall Tumilty (2nd left front row), Aaron Sherry (3rd right front row) and Rory McGreevy (extreme right back row). The team is jointly managed by Clonduff's Mark Copeland (with John Boyle Warrenpoint). SRC had a pretty comprehensive win and we wish them well in the Semi Final!

This is the first ever inter-varsity game hosted in Clonduff Park.

 

U21 Football 2012

The Clonduff U21 squad before their first home game of the season on Sunday 11th November 2012. Back row (l to r) Martin Farnon (Manager), Peter Farnon, Patrick Matthews, Conall Brown, Niall Tumilty, Ruairi Lively, Gary Maginn, Aaron Sherry, Niall McPolin, Conor Brown, Shay Murnin, Ryan McPolin, Connor Grant, Conor Óg O'Hagan (Trainer); Front row (l to r) Jason Brown (Trainer), Niall Brown (Kit Man), Kevin Smith, Paul Lively, Tony McGreevy, Eugene Lively (Mascot), Danny Burns, Niall Crowley, Shane McGreevy, Tommy Kelly (Administrator)

 

Clonduff Reserves win Fr Davis Shield

On Sunday 28th October Clonduff Thirds competed in and won the Fr Davis Shield Final against Drumgath II. It was played as a 13-a-side game as requested by Drumgath. From the throw-in the 'Yellas' took control and held the opposition scoreless to half time. Following the break Clonduff showed great strength and displayed some fantastic play throughout the field to comprehensively take the honours. Final score Clonduff 3-14 Drumgath 0-3. Well done lad! The panel is pictured above in An Riocht with mentors Managers Eamonn Crothers (left) and Connor Maginn (left) flank their team. Below South Down Assistant Secretary Michael O'Rourke presents the Fr Davies Shield to Clonduff Captain Rory Matthews.

Team and scorers:  Paul Gribben, Ciarán McGreevy, Jamie Fegan , Declan Gribben, Rory Mathews, Liam McGreevy, Conall Brown, Jamie Curran, Ryan McShane (1-0), Noel McPolin (2-3), Liam McGreevy, Nail Crowley (0-1), Conor Grant (0-7); Subs Patrick Mathews (0-1), Rory McGreevy (0-1), Kevin Parr (0-1), Mark Copeland, Gary McGinn.

 

 

Clonduff Referee takes charge of 2012 County Senior Football Final

The referee in County Football Final Sunday 21st October 2012 County between Kilcoo and Mayobridge was Clonduff's Ciarán Branagan

 

Clonduff Park Hosts Schools' Games

Clonduff Park played host to two schools games in the past week - on Wednesday they hosted the Hurling Casement Cup Semi Final between St Patrick's Downpatrick v St Patrick's Armagh.

On Friday they played host to Southern Regional College (Newry) v SERC (Downpatrick). The Newry team is pictured above with Clonduff's Mark Copeland who is joint manager of the team;  Below left joint managers John Boyle and Mark Copeland; Below right action from the game (photos by Noleen Cairns)

 

Clonduff Flame Burning Brightly in San Francisco

San Francisco Junior B Champions 2012 - Young Irelanders backboned by former Clonduff men (all front row): Gavin Mackin (extrteme left), Kevin Mooney (left of captain) Mark Dickson (right of Captain). Well done boys - great to know you still keeping the Clonduff flame alight in San Fran (Photo sent by Kevin Mooney - Dalsey and Eileen's Son)

 

Minor Football Championship Presentation

Pictured above is young Jamie Curran son of the late Collie Curran presenting the Collie Curran Memorial Cup to Michael O'Hare Captain of Warrenpoint Minor Football Championship winning team. On Jamie's right is John Curran, his grandfather and Collie's father. On the extreme left of the picture is Down County Chairperson Seamus Walsh. Earlier in the day Jamie had helped the Clonduff team secure the All County League

 

Clonduff Minor Footballers are All County Div 1 League Champions 2012!

Congratulations to Clonduff Minor Footballers who secured the All County League in top-of-the-table clash with Saval in Clonduff Park on Sunday afternoon (14th October). Throughout the season they just lost one and drew one of their 13 league games. The final score was Clonduff 2-13 Saval 0-7 - the team that had knocked Clonduff out of Championship by 2 points at Quarter Final. Well done to the team and the management.

The boys are pictured above with mentors Artie Noel McConville (l) and P J McGreevy (r). Well done everybody!

The highlights in a low scoring first half were a well taken goal by Liam McGreevy and a fantastic save just before halftime by Liam McAleavey. This left Clonduff four points up at half time. In the second half, the team showed their true quality with a great all round team display, out-scoring Saval

1-8 to 0-3, Rory McQuaid coming up from half back to score a great goal. After the game Captain Conor Brown  was presented with the cup by William James Smith, Vice Chairperson, Down County Board.

Team: Liam McAleavey, Declan Gribben, Conal Brown, John Brown, Rory McQuaid (1-2), Kevin Smith, Brendan Britton, Conor Brown, (capt), Jamie Curran, Eamon Grant (0-3), Liam McGreevy (1-5), Danny Burns, Darren Harper (0-1), Jamie Gribben, Stephen McConville (0-2); Subs used: Shaun Murnin, Mark Devlin, Conor Pio Gribben, Caolan McAvoy, Thomas Murnin. Other panel members, Rián Branagan, Patrick O'Hagan, Sean Downey, David Quinn, Daire Brown

The minor management and players would like to thank Pauline and Harry, Downshire Arms for sponsoring a meal for everyone on Sunday evening,

Click here to view an album of Sheenagh McConville's photos

 

SRC win Ulster 7s for fifth time in a row!

Southern Regional College (SRC) jointly managed by Clonduff's Mark Copeland and Warrenpoint's John Boyle won 2012 Ulster 7's competition in MUSA Cookstown on Wednesday 26th September. This is the 5th year in row SRC have won this competition - Mark's been involved in all of them! Two Clonduff  players were in the team - Niall Tumilty Captain (pictured above receiving the trophy from Gary Mallon, Third Level Development Officer with Ulster Council, and Aaron Sherry (2nd from right back row in team photo below. This is Niall's second title in a row.


SRC finished top of their group after beating South West College Dungannon and South Eastern Regional College which took them into the quarter finals against North West Regional College where they ran out comfortable winners on a score of 4-4 to 1-1.
After a short break the Newry team played Cavan College in the semi final and laid down a marker by beating them on a score line of 5-6 to 1-4 with Niall and Aaron both scoring goals for Newry. Now into the final with a match v Fermanagh College (which included four of last years Fermanagh's County Minor team). This was going to be a harder test for the Newry students but one that they were up to! The game finished as a draw and in textra time SRC did not allow the Fermanagh side to score but they themselves notched up a further 2-3 to claim the College's fifth title in a row.!

 

Down Memory Lane!

A proud dad and his two sons! Cathal Murray and his sons Damian and Cathal - Cathal Jnr (right) says this was in 1984! Damian says it was momentous because they got to play Sevens with their father! What a compliment! Mind you he said he'd rather be playing with him than against him.

 

Kilmacud 2012

Pictured above is the Clonduff Panel and mentors who competed in Kilmacud Sevens All Ireland Tournament on Saturday 22nd September 2012. In the group stages they defeated Mount Bellew (Galway), Tourlestrane (Sligo) and were awarded the points as St Loman's (Westmeath) failed to field; in the Quarter Final they beat Glenullin (Derry) before coming up against current Galway Co Champions in Semi Final. In that game the score was level at half time but the westerners just edged ahead in the second half - Clonduff missed a penalty and had a couple of shots hit the post. Great performance and a great way to end the season. (Corofin were defeated by St Galls (Belfast) on penalties having finished the game level after extra time.

The Clonduff panel above: Back row (l-r) Martin Farnon, Tony Wilson, Arthur McConville, Kieran Trainor, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Shane O'Hagan, Eamonn O'Reilly, Finbarr McConville, Niall Brown, Paul McShane, Maurice Brown; Front row (l-r) Oran Wilson, Mark McPolin, Ruairi Lively, John Fegan, Jason Brown, Gary Haughian, Gary McDonald.

 

Down Memory Lane

Gervase McGivern supplied this photo via his Facebook Page - he thinks it about 1970 or 1971? Anyone help out? Gervase identified the team as: Back Row (L-R) Patsy Quinn, John Curran, Eugene Kearney R.I.P, Mick McPolin, Boysie Grant, Martin Farnon, Johnny McComiskey, Paddy McConville. Front Row (L-R) Peter Hamill, Walter Curran, John Crilly, Kevin Quinn, Johnny McPolin, Matt McGinn and Colin Rodgers

 

Last Home League Game 2012

SFC Clonduff 2-11 Saval 2-8 - Clonduff led by 2 points at the break and started the second half at a great pace and were seven points up at one stage and then seemed to lift their foot off the pedal and made hard work for themselves in the last quarter. This was a good way to end the home programme. The final league game of the season takes place in Mayobridge on Wednesday 19th September under lights and they finish off the season with a trip to Kilmacud on Saturday for the annual All Ireland Sevens competition. Saturdays team and scorers: Gary Haughian, John McPolin, Mark McPolin, Ruairi Lively, Shane O'Hagan, Darren O'Hagan, Paul Lively, Arthur McConville (1-2,2f), Aidan Carr, Barry O'Hagan, Jason Brown (0-5,4f), Kieran Trainor (1-0), Conor Óg O'Hagan (0-2), John Fegan, Finbarr McConville (0-1). Subs used: Tony McGreevy (0-1), Niall McPolin, James Killen, Ryan McPolin.

The panel above with team Officials above pictured before the home game Saturday 15th September 2012: Back row (l-r) Martin Farnon (Selector), Sarah Grant (First Aid), Ryan McPolin, Arthur McConville, Niall Tumilty, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Niall McPolin, Neil Trainor, Gary Haughian, Eamon O'Reilly, Mark McPolin, Jason Brown, Shane O'Hagan Ruairi Lively, Paul McShane, Tony Wilson (Joint Managers); Middle row (l-r) Tommy Kelly (Administrator), John McPolin, Karl O'Hagan, Finbarr McConville, Darren O'Hagan, John Fegan, Barry O'Hagan, James Killen, Niall Brown (Kit Man); Front row (l-r) Paul Lively, Aidan Carr, Paul McConville, Oran Wilson (Tony's son), Connor Grant Kieran Trainor.

 

New Training Tops for Senior Footballers

Seamus McParlan - MACS BAR - has sponsored training tops for the senior footballers. He is pictured here presenting them to team Captain John Fegan with Club Chairman Brendan Murray.

Clonduff offers a big 'Thank You' to Seamus and to all the Club's sponsors without whom it would be impossible to operate.

 

Down Memory Lane by Eileen Mooney

Eileen posted this photo to her Facebook page and named the team as: (Back row l to r) James Hynes, Sean Murray, Barney McPolin, Cathal Murray, Dalsey Mooney; (Front row l to r) Mickey John McConville, Seamus McGreevy, John (Darner) O'Hagan.

 

Clonduff Players in Down win v Fermanagh 3rd June 2012

Aidan Carr (left), Darren O'Hagan (centre) and Arthur McConville (right) all played their part in Down's first round Ulster Championship win over Fermanagh in Enniskillen on Sunday 3rd June 2012 (Photos Louis McNally)
 

Allianz Football League Div 1 Semi Finals 2012

Down once again suffered at the hands of Cork in the League Semi Final losing 2-17 to 1-12. The second goal was the result of a howler by the Down keeper - having caught the ball it slipped through his hands into the path of a cork forward who coolly tapped it into the net. The first goal was also a bit soft and appeared to creep into the net. Aidan and Arthur both had good games - Aidan scored 1-2, the goal resulting from a wonderfully well struck penalty; Arthur scored one point from a free but it was the overall contribution of the two Clonduff lads that caught the eye. No-one should feel too disheartened - having maintained their place in Division 1, the bonus was in reaching the semi finals!

Below (left) Aidan gets away from Paudie Kissane and (right) Arthur taking a free (photos courtesy of Louis McNally)

                 

 

Clonduff Senior Football Team 2012

Clonduff Senior Football panel before the first game of the season 2012 - Back row (l to r) Tony Wilson (jnt Manager), Martin Farnon (selector) Conor Óg O'Hagan, Paul McConville, Shane O'Hagan, Eamonn O'Reilly, Gary Haughian, Niall McPolin, Kieran Trainor, Paul Lively, Karl O'Hagan, Rory Grant, Henry Brown, Niall Brown (Kit Man), Mark McPolin, Paul McShane (jnt Manager); Front row (l to r) John McPolin, Barry O'Hagan, Patrick McGreevy, Eugene Branagan, Finbarr McConville, John Fegan (Capt), Darren O'Hagan, Ruairi Lively, Connor Grant, Gary McDonald, Tony McGreevy, Paul McPolin, Shane Ward

 

Aidan and Arthur in Action for Down v Mayo NFL 2010

Aidan (above left) holds off the attentions of Alan Dillon - photo front page of Irish News Monday 12th March; The Irish Daily Star voted Aidan 'Man of the Match' on the same day. Arthur (above right) rises highest to fist over the bar (photo courtesy Louis McNally)
 

Clonduff Seconds Footballers get the Season Up and Running!

Clonduff Seconds, pictured above with Managers Hugh Grant and Louis Brown (Left Back row) entertained Carryduff seconds in the first domestic game of the season in a deceptively sunny but bitterly cold morning on Sunday 4th March 2012. It was a good tight game with Clonduff emerging two point victors on a score of 0-8 to 0-6).

Team: gary haugian, rory lively, rory grant, james killen,karal o'Hagan, shane O'Hagan, oliver Branagan, henry brown, stevie Branagan, barry o'Hagan, gary mcdonald, darragh sherry, connor grant, aaron sherry, Andrew Quinn. sub used: Rory McGreevy. Other subs: gary Curran, Niall Tumilty, Ryan Farrell, Patrick Matthews, Ryan McPolin, peter Farnon

 

Ryan McShane is a Level 1 Coach!

Do you spot the Clonduff shirt in the middle - Ryan McShane, our Senior Ladies manager was among a group of mentors who completed their Level 1 Coaching Cert in Saval on Saturday 18th February 2012. Ryan's older brother and the Senior Men's joint manager acquired his Level 2 before Christmas 2011. Well done the McShane Bros!

 

 

Ex Pat Doing Us Proud in Oz

Congratulations to Clonduff's former Senior goalkeeper, Seamus Parr who continues to ply his trade in Melbourne. Seamus, who emigrated to Australia a few years ago, was selected as one of the goalkeepers to represent the four provinces of Ireland in their own version of the  'The Railway Cup' in Australia. Seamus, played for the Munster the team that collected the Railway Cup. Well done Seamus - keep the flag flying! Great to see the Clonduff Shirt Seamus!

 

Images from Senior Football Final in Pairc Esler on Saturday 15th October 2011

The Clonduff team prior to the Final v Burren - Back row (l to r): Shane McGreevy, Kieran Trainor, Henry brown, Niall McPolin, Karl O'Hagan, John Fegan, Conor óg O'Hagan, Neil Trainor, John McAleavey, Eamon O'Reilly, Jason Brown, Shane O'Hagan, Finbarr McConville, Mark McPolin, Aidan Carr, Arthur McConville; Front row: (l to r) Rory Grant, Patrick McGreevy, Paul McConville, Conor Grant, Gary McDonald, Paul McPolin, Darren O'Hagan, Eugene Branagan, John McPolin (Capt), Gary Haughian, Tony McGreevy, Shane Ward, Eugene Branagan; Team mascot Eugene Lively at front - Click Here View Senior Football Panel 2011 Profiles   

(Above) Arthur McConville heads goalwards at the start of the second half

(Left) Paul McPolin soars skywards

(Above) Young Clonduff supporters look on anxiously

Below left is the Senior Team Manager Paul Lambe and on right is the Back Room team of Noel Fitzpatrick, Shane Ward, Tommy Kelly Ivan McQuaid, Sean Gallagher and Paddy Brown
 

County Feis 7s - Player of the Tournament 2011

Above, Arthur McConville accepting the trophy for 'Player of the Tournament' from Gerard Keenan (Feis Committee), at the County Feis 7s held in Castlewellan on Sunday 5th June 2011 - the second year in a row the accolade has gone to a Clonduff player - Eamon O'Reilly won it in 2010. Clonduff played their way to the final and were pipped by a single point by Kilcoo.
 

Social Football at The Kingdom 29th April 2011

'A Blast from the Past' - Clonduff and An Riocht are the two Down Clubs pioneering the Social Initiative in the county. An Riocht invited a team of past Clonduff players to play a team of past An Riocht players in an 11-a-side game in the Kingdom on Friday 29th April. Niall Rafferty (Goalie above), former An Riocht man, now Clonduff's Vice Chairperson, and joint Social Initiative organiser, reported that a it was very enjoyable evening. Although it ended in a 2 point defeat for the Yellas, the players took it in great spirits and had a great evening after the game talking over old times with The Kingdom lads.

The Clonduff eleven were augmented by a couple of 'guest' players from other clubs. Back row:  Guest, Mark Matthews, Paul Shields, Robert Wilson, Guest, Niall Rafferty, Nigel McPolin, Conor Donnan. Front row: Paul McShane, Peter Withnell, Guest, Paul Kelly, Francis Quinn and Rory Matthews.

A rematch will take place in Clonduff later so hopefully there will be a different result. If there is any one looking for a game of football please get in touch with Niall as there is likely to be a series of such games.

 

First Home Game 2011 - Ulster Club League v Donaghmore (Tyrone)

(Above) The first Clonduff team to play a home game in 2011 - Senior Footballers in Ulster Club League v Donaghmore (Tyrone). The game ended in a 0-10 draw.
Back Row (l to r): Aaron Sherry, Aidan Carr, Mark McPolin, Arthur McConville, Kieran Trainor, Jason Brown, Neil Trainor, Paul Gribben, Conor óg O’Hagan, Darragh Sherry, Karl O’Hagan, Rory Grant, Oliver Branagan, Noel McPolin, Peter Farnon, Niall McPolin; Front Row (l to r):  Shane Ward, Gary McDonald, Mark Downey, John McPolin (capt), Patrick McGreevy, John Fegan, Paul McPolin, Gavin McGreevy, Paul Lively, Rory McGreevy, Finbarr McConville, Shane McGreevy.

(Below left) Jason Brown takes control and (Below right) Shane Ward breaks away

 

Clonduff are U20 County B Champions!

Clonduff U20s 2-8 Warrenpoint U20s 1-9

A long season on the club front finally came to an end in a very chilly Mayobridge on Friday 14th January 2011 when Clonduff and Warrenpoint met in the rearranged final of the U20 B football Championship for the J G Donnan Cup.

The Clonduff team pictured above: Back row. Paul McPolin, Patrick Matthews, Henry Brown, Cathal Trainor, Paul Gribben, Karl O’Hagan, Paul Lively, Peter Farnon, Aaron Sherry, Niall McPolin, James Killen; Middle row. Niall Tumilty, Shane McGreevy, Tony McGreevy, Arthur McConville (capt), Gary McGinn, Mark Downey, Connor Grant, Ronan McParland; Front row.  Gavin McGreevy, Ryan McPolin, Rory McGreevy, Ruairi Lively, Barry O’Hagan, Niall Crowley. (Missing from photo. Darragh Sherry, Michael McGarry and Darren O’Hagan)

 


Arthur, the team Captain, receiving the J G Donnan U20 B Championship Cup from Co Youth Officer Sean McCashin

Arthur McConville 'On the Ball'   Paul McPolin escapes with the ball
 

All County Minor Football League Champions 2010

ACMFL Final 2010 - Clonduff 2-13 v Kilcoo 2-6 -

Clonduff Minors beat neighbours Kilcoo in an exhilarating ACMFL Final in Newcastle on Sunday.  Both sides were evenly matched with Kilcoo just edging ahead by 2pts at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Clonduff showed great composure and stuck to their task.  After a magnificent team performance, they emerged the winners by 7pts. It was a great game in the second half for the Clonduff supporters to watch and the players themselves said it was a great game to be part of.

The Cup was presented to team captain, Patrick Matthews, who thanked the management team of Paul Lambe, Paddy (Shop) Brown, Noel Fitzpatrick and Arty Noel McConville.

For many of these lads, it was their last game as a Minor and what a way to finish!

Team (above) with mentors Noel Fitzpatrick, Arty Noel Fitzpatrick and Paddy (Shop) Brown: Ryan McPolin, Gary McGinn, Patrick Matthews, Aaron Sherry, Conor Brown, Niall Tumilty, Eamon Grant, Henry Brown, Niall McPolin, Barry O’Hagan, Karl O’Hagan, Gavin McGreevy, Conor Grant, Rory McGreevy, Tony McGreevy.  Sub used: John McAleavey.  Other subs: Stephen Murray, Michael McGarry, Ronan McParland, Ruairi Lively, Ché Currran, Daire Brown, Niall Crowley, Danny Burns, Conal Brown, Liam McGreevy, Rory McQuaid, Jamie Curran. Team Manager, Paul Lambe is pictured right with his little Grand-daughter Orlaith holding the All County Minor League Cup

Team: Ryan McPolin, Gary McGinn, Paddy Matthews (capt), Aaron Sherry, Conor Brown, Niall Tumilty, Eamon Grant, Henry Brown, Niall McPolin, Barry O'Hagan, Karl O'Hagan, Gavin McGreevy, Conor Grant, Rory McGreevy, Tony McGreevy, Darragh Brown, Stephen Murray, Michael McGarry, Ronan McParland, Rory Lively, Niall Crowley, Danny Burns, Conal Brown, Liam McGreevy, Rory McQuaid, Jamie Curran, John McAleavey, Ché Curran

 

Kilmacud 2010

On Saturday 18th September 2010 Clonduff returned to Kilmacud to defend their All Ireland Sevens title - unfortunately it didn't work out! However, history was made in their first game when they encountered Claregalway, a football club originally founded by former Clonduff great, Patsy O'Hagan. The two teams are pictured above following their game. The Claregalway team was managed by Patsy's son, Brendan (2nd from left back row). The Clonduff players were (standing) John Fegan, Conor óg O'Hagan, John McPolin, Shane Ward, Kieran Trainor; (kneeling) Finbarr McConville, Paul McPolin, Gary McDonald, Paul McConville and Shane McGreevy.
Clonduff were in the unique position of fielding a second team in the All Ireland Sevens due to the late withdrawal of another team. They grabbed the opportunity with both hands and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The second team panel was: Gary Haughian, Rory Grant, Mark McPolin, Arthur McConville, Patrick McGreevy, Bernard Branagan, Henry Brown, Tony McGreevy and Cathal Maginn.

Clonduff's Social Footballers 2010

Recreational Sevens in An Riocht - Clonduff (above) participated, with aplomb, in the Joe Donnan Memorial Masters Recreational Sevens Tournament in An Riocht on Saturday 4th September. There were four groups of four teams - Clonduff were grouped with Longstone, An Riocht and Castlewellan, winning their three games. In the Quarter Final they defeated Ballymartin and then Atticall in the Semi Final. On reaching the final v Warrenpoint they encountered a team that scored a couple of goals against them but by that stage Clonduff were unable to reply in kind. They had a great day out and enjoyed the experience - Paul Kelly (extreme right back row)  managed the team. Back row (l to r): Robert Wilson, Plunkett McConville Paul McShane, Paddy McCumiskey, Paul Kelly; Front row (l to r) Conor Donnan, Kieran Kelly, Peter Withnell, Tony Wilson and Seamus Morgan. Missing from the photo is Gavin McCann. 
 

Clonduff Senior Footballers win Lahm Dearg Sevens following a penalty shoot out!

The Clonduff Football Team travelled to Lámh Dearg (Belfast) on Saturday 19th June 2010 to compete for the first time in the Joe Herron Cup. Their first game was against Ardoyne Kickhams (Belfast), a closely contested match with Clonduff winning by one point in the end. (Clonduff 2-3 Ardoyne 1-5). Next in their section Clonduff came up against the first of the hosting club’s teams. The travelling side ran out easy winners in this game, with Clonduff’s Cathal Maginn putting in a titanic performance to score 2goals and 2points, final score Clonduff 7-6 Lamh Dearg (B) 1-3. Clonduff proceeded to the semi final stages where they met the second Lámh Dearg side in the competition. Antrim captain Paddy Cunningham led the side and contributed to the home side clocking up a scoreline of 5-1 to 0-1 at halftime, Clonduff appeared in the second half firing on all cylinders and managed to keep the home side scoreless whilst scoring 5-1 to win by one point and proceed to the final. Clonduff 5-2 Lámh Dearg  (A) 5-1. Their opponents for the final where Creggan and after normal and additional time the sides were even (Clonduff 3-9 Creggan 2-12), and it went to penalty shoot-outs. Clonduff goal keeper Paul McPolin saved 2 out of 3 penalties (the third shot went wide), Arthur McConville converted his penalty and Clonduff won the Joe Herron Cup. The team above - Back Row: Arthur McConville, Eamon O'Reilly, Paul McPolin, Bernard Branagan, Match Referee, Finbarr McConville, Cathal Maginn; Front Row: Mark McPolin, Gary Haughian, John McPolin (Capt)and Conor óg O'Hagan were accompanied by mentors Noel Fitzpatrick and Paddy Brown. Clonduff have won two Sevens competitions in the last two weeks (Down Feis Sevens on 6th June 2010), Congratulations to all involved. Below left, John McPolin receives the cup and below right a happy Clonduff group
 

Senior Footballers are Down Feis 7s Champions!

On Sunday 6th June 2010, Clonduff Senior Footballers won the County Feis Sevens title and the lucrative prize of 'free' entry to the Kilmacud Sevens Tournament in September (Clonduff are the current holders of that title). In the group stages of the Down Feis competition Clonduff defeated Clann na Banna and Kilcoo (the 4th team in the group did not field) before qualifying for the final against An Riocht (the winners of the other group). Clonduff had a comfortable 2-13 to 0-10 win. The Clonduff boys are pictured above (before the final) - scores in the final are shown in brackets - Back row (l to r) Kieran Trainor, Aidan Carr (0-1), Paul McConville (0-2), Bernard Branagan (0-1), Eamon O'Reilly (1-2), Finbarr McConville (1-1), Paul McPolin (0-1); Front Row (l to r): John McPolin (Capt 0-1), Jason Brown (0-3), Conor óg O'Hagan (0-1) and Shane McGreevy
Eamon O'Reilly was named 'Player of the Tournament'
 

Former Referee Remembered in Clonduff

On 27th May 1973 Saval and Burren were playing in the Senior Football Championship in Pairc Chluain Daimh and Downpatrick referee Brendan Kelly, (left) popularly known as 'B' was the man in the middle. During the second half of the game 'B' tragically collapsed and died at Pairc Chluain Daimh, whilst still in his prime.
On Wednesday 26th May 2010, the late Brendan's family, pictured above, attended  the Clonduff Club to present Clonduff with a framed photograph and citation in memory of their late father and grandfather. The Kelly Family's tribute to one of Down's true Gaels will hang in a place of honour in Ceannarás Chluain Daimh
B loved all thing Irish including Hurling, Football, Ceili Dancing and of course, Refereeing. He was a founding member of the Russell Gaelic Union in Downpatrick and when the Down All County League was inaugurated in 1950, he played on the historic Downpatrick team that won that first ever league title.
To quote from the citation "B lived and died for Cumann Lúthchleas Gael'. Go ndeana Dia trochaire ar do anam dilis.
 

Clonduff v Mayobridge kick off Senior Football League 2010


Clonduff Senior Footballers got their season off to a flying start at home on Easter Sunday (4th April) with a six point win over Mayobridge. The photo, left (courtesy of Louis McNally) shows a look of determination on the patched up face of Darren O'Hagan, before being admitted to hospital, in beating his 'Bridge counterpart to the ball. The photo on the above (courtesy of Newry Reporter) shows Aidan Carr coming away with the ball supported by Paul McPolin and Finbarr McConville
 

Fr Davies Shield Final 2009

The Clonduff team (above) that competed in the Fr Davies Shield 'A' Final - Clonduff v Burren (South Down U20 Final) - The Clonduff lads fell at the final hurdle of the South Down League. They did have home advantage but found the size and experience of their opponents just too much. Clonduff played against a very strong wind in the first half and found themselves with a mountain to climb in the second half. They did make a good fist of it but Burren handled the wind factor better in the second half than Clonduff did in the first. Final score Clonduff 1-7 Burren 2-11
The panel, pictured above are: Back (l to r) Patrick Matthews, Henry Brown, Ciarán McGreevy, Ryan Farrell, Noel McPolin, Cathal Trainor, Paul Gribben, Neil Trainor, Cathal Maginn, Liam McParlan, Niall McPolin, Gary McGinn, Ché Curran, Gavin McGreevy, Darragh Sherry. Middle (l to r) Peter Farnon, Kevin Parr, Arthur McConville, Patrick McGreevy (Capt), Karl O'Hagan, Darren O'Hagan, Paul Lively, Conor Grant, Kevin McShane, Paul McPolin. Front (l to r) Patrick Gribben, James Killen, Niall Tumilty, Rory Lively, Rory McGreevy
On the left above is Clonduff Captain Patrick McGreevy with South Down Chairman William Smith.
 
Congratulations to the New York Down team who won the Senior Championship in New York on Sunday 4th October - they were beaten in the Final last year, having previously won the Junior and Intermediate Championships. Down is currently managed by Clonduff ex pat Ciarán Fearon (extreme left back row) and the Chairman of the Club is another ex pat Eugene O'Hagan [Player of the Year last season was on sub bench as he is carrying an injury (6th from right front row wearing No 21)]. Down beat Cork by 2 points, Man of the Match was Packie Downey [Drumgath (5th from left back row wearing No 14)]. The celebrations went on to the early hours of the morning. The training bibs the Clonduff Chairman sent to them must have brought them luck!
 

Kilmacud Football Sevens Champions 2009! Jason is Player of the Tournament!

The Kilmacud Sevens Champions 2009! In their six games they scored a total of 14 goals 68 points! Back row: Benny Corrigan (Manager), Kieran Trainor (2-5), Eamon O'Reilly (2-9), Jason Brown (0-10), Conor óg O'Hagan (2-6), Darren O'Hagan (2-6), Keith Farrell (Selector). Front row: Finbarr McConville (1-7), John Fegan 3-14), Paul McConville (1-1), Aidan Carr (1-5) and John McPolin (0-5)
It was a great Clonduff day - does this mean they are the best ten club players in the country? The ten panellists all played out of their skins to achieve this great result. First up was Nemo Rangers (Cork) in the group stages and they were defeated 4-8 to 0-3; then Pearses (Roscommon) 2-11 to 3-7; and St Patrick's (Louth) 3-14 to 2-14. In the quarter final they beat Clonoe O'Rahilly's 1-10 to 0-9 and then Crossmaglen Rangers in the Semi Final 4-14 to 2-8. They had to await the winners of their local Down rivals Longstone (previous champions) v Castlewellan which the 'Stone won. What a final! It was great Sevens Football - Clonduff led 0-4 to 0-3 at half time and went on to win 0-11 to 0-8 to become Kilmacud Champions for the first time in the history of Clonduff following in the footsteps of the Camogs who secured the Shield trophy just a week earlier. Jason Brown wore the Goalkeeper's jersey and picked up the 'Player of the Tournament' award - no mean feat when he was out of the game for most of this season having had knee surgery at the end of last season.  Well done boys and to your mentors Benny Corrigan (Manager), Keith Farrell and Collie Rodgers (Selectors). Unfortunately Jason picked up a foot injury at the end of the Tournament and Aidan pulled a hamstring in the Quarter Final - hopefully they will both be available for the vital league games still remaining.
Question! Has any other club ever done the double at Kilmacud? We will attempt to find out!
Click here to view a video clip of pre-final parade (recorded by Paula Brown)
Click here to view a video clip of individual presentations (recorded by Mary McGreevy)
 

Clonduff Honours Great Servants of the Past!

On Friday 14th August Clonduff GAC paid Tribute to Kevin Mussen and Patsy O’Hagan (pictured above with Bronagh McAlinden and Brian McGreevy) and inducted them into the 'Hall of Fame'. In this year of commemoration in the GAA it was fitting to recall Down's first Ulster title fifty years ago this month (9th August) in 1959.
The two guests of honour attended with their children and grandchildren. Many of their former team mates and/or their families in both Clonduff and Down, four former players on the Offaly team of 1961 (Greg Hughes, Charlie Wrenn, Phil O'Reilly and Tommy Cullen), Paddy McFlynn President of Down GAA and former All Ireland GAA President, together with guests from Tyrone, Armagh and other parts of Down were in attendance. Clonduff Chairman, Brian McGreevy welcomed everybody at the beginning of the presentation which was presented by Clonduff PRO Jerry Quinn, assisted by Fintan Mussen (Kevin's brother). Austin O'Callaghan (BBC Sport) was the guest interviewer on the night (chaperoned by Tommy Kelly) and he spoke eloquently and knowledgably  to most of the former players. The computerised presentation was compiled by Colin Brannigan and Eoin Murphy. The presentation consisted on the history of Kevin and Patsy from their earliest days and was illustrated with photographs, video clips and footage from half a century ago. Being unable to attend there were video messages from Miceál Ó
 Muircheartaigh, Niall Sheehy and Mick O'Connell (Kerry), J J O'Halloran (Chairman Galway GAA), Maurice Hayes (Secretary of Down GAA in 1950s/60s)  and Sean Spiers (formerly of Clonduff and now San Francisco).
Kevin and Patsy were presented with the P J McAlinden 'Hall of Fame' trophy by Bronagh McAlinden, cut glass vases as mementoes by the Clonduff Chairman, Brian McGreevy and 'This is Your Life'  memory books compiled by Gerry Curran, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan. Other members of the Clonduff History/125 sub committee (in addition to those previously mentioned) and who researched, resourced, compiled, recorded, etc are: Stephen Morgan (now Rostrevor, formerly Clonduff team mate), Sheenagh McConville, Brian Canavan (formerly Saval now Clonduff) and Marie Milligan (niece of Patsy O'Hagan). The formal proceedings concluded with a delightful supper prepared by The Downshire Arms Hotel but the night continued into the wee small hours.
 
 
This one beat the keeper! Shane Ward (facing) was the one to finish to the back of the net in the Championship replay on Wednesday night 12th August 2009 (under lights). Number 8 in the photo is Mark McPolin. (Photo: Louis McNally)
For edited highlights of the replay (courtesy of Aidan Mallon) click here
 

Former Clonduff Man honoured in San Francisco

Sean Spiers won a Senior Football Championship, Senior League and County Sevens medals with Clonduff in 1952 and then emigrated to San Francisco where he continued to play the game. He captained his adopted team to the North American League and Championship in 1961 and 1962. He was honoured at a special function on Sunday 2nd August 2009. Sean is pictured above receiving his 'Hall of Fame' award from GAA President Christy Cooney. Five years earlier, Sean was the recipient of the Clonduff Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards.
 

Flying the GAA flag and that of his home Parish is Eamonn McCusker in San Francisco. Eamonn played both Football and Hurling for Clonduff before emigrating. Eamonn is a member of Michael Cusacks in his adopted city where he continued to play our native games. Currently, his company, named after his native Parish,  the proud sponsor of the Senior team jersey (2009).
 
Never one to be thwarted, Tooter (Thomas) Murnin made a comeback in goals for his beloved Thirds when they entertained Mayobridge at home on Saturday afternoon (4th July) and they were a player short. He is pictured above clearing his lines! The lads all played very well and they achieved their first win of the season with a scoreline of 3-10 to 5-2. Well Done to Tooter, Louis and all the team. Surely that's a signal to get the shorts and the boots out of the cupboard Tooter!
 

Clonduff's Conor óg O'Hagan in action against Warrenpoint (15th May 2009)
(Photo courtesy of Louis McNally)

 

'Model' Senior Footballers! The lads try out the new jerseys for the 2009 season - l to ri Aidan Carr, Finbarr McConville, Gary Haughian and Jason Brown
 

Minor B Champions 2007

Minor B Champions 2007 flanked by their mentors before they defeated An Riocht in the Final in Rostrevor on Saturday 20th October 2007.
   
Premier Reserve Football Champions 2007 with their mentors before the game.
Back row (l to r) Brian McGreevy (Chairman and joint manager), Arthur McConville, Philip Brady, Ryan Farrell, Neil Trainor, Conor Magennis, Noel McPolin, Seamus Parr, Sean Milligan (Selector), Patrick Gribben, Ciarán McGreevy, Jamie Fegan, Hugh McShane, John Grant, Cathal Maginn, Peter Hamill (Selector). Middle row (l to r) Ross Carr, Tony Wilson, Jayme Farrell, Fionnbharr Murphy, Marty Farnon (Capt), Kieran Trainor, Gary McDonald, Oliver Branagan, Eamon O'Reilly, Patrick McGreevy, Michael Gribben, Paul Bloomfield. Front row (l to r) Tommy Kelly (Secretary and joint manager), Kevin Parr, Neill Burns, Bernard Branagan, Rory Grant.
 
Saturday 21st October 2006 was a good day for the young footballers of Clonduff. The Minor Footballers  defeated Longstone in Newcastle by a single point to collect the County B Championship title.
Front Row (L-R): Kevin McShane, Neil Burns, Michael Gribben, Patrick McGreevy, Darren O'Hagan, Arthur McConville, Jamie Lynch, John Grant, Cathal Maginn, Liam McParlan.
 Back Row (L-R): Rory Haughian, Ciarán McGreevy, Ryan Farrell, Noel McPolin, Kevin Parr, Paul Bloomfield, Paul Gribben, Matthew McPolin, Neil Trainor, Bernard Branagan, Conor óg O'Hagan, Paul McPolin.
 
This group of players got to the Semi Final of the Kilmacud Sevens in 2006 but were beaten on penalties. Back row: Marty McAvoy, Louis Brown, Shane Ward, Shane O'Hagan, John McPolin, John Fegan, Paul Shields, Marty Curran, Brian McGreevy, Paula Brown, Paudie Brown. Front row: Maurice (Mo) Brown, Finbarr McConville, Paudie Matthews, Eugene Branagan, Aidan Carr and Jason Brown.
 

Tom Markham visits Clonduff Primary Schools in 2005

Shane O'Hagan was a member of the All Ireland winning team in 2005. Shane brought the Tom Markham Cup to the Parish's Primary Schools. He is pictured above with the St Paul's (Cabra) children (and a couple of adults too). Below he is surrounded by the youngsters of St Patrick's whilst the adults look on from the back.
 

Clonduff Honours its Heroes of 1980

In 2005 a special function was held in Ceannarás Chluain Daimh to honour the men of 1980 who had won the Championship. Front (l to r) Louis Brown (Mascot), Mickey Crilly, Ross Carr, Harry Brown, Johnny McPolin, John Joe Brown, Aidan Brown, Johnny McAleavey. Middle (l to r) Sean Smyth (Team Trainer), Thomas Hynes, John Crilly, Desi Monaghan, Peter Devlin, Frank (Boysie) Grant, Sean Fearon, Paddy Oliver McConville, P J McGreevy, Seamus McGaw. Back (l to r) Martin Farnon, Noel Fitzpatrick, Sean Fitzpatrick, James McConville, Artie Quinn, Paddy Haughian, Arty Noel McConville and Peter Hamill
 
The Clonduff 7s team that won the South Down 7s competition in May 2004. Back row (l to r) Tommy Kelly (selector), Marty McAvoy, Paul Shields, Seamus Parr, Jason Brown, Gary McDonald, Martin Farnon (Manager). Front row (l to r) Aidan Carr, Paudie Matthews, John Fegan (with Felix Darby Cup), Liam Ward, Damian Fearon.
 
Down U21 Champions 2004! Clonduff's first ever title - they had won the unofficial South Down title in 1998!  Back row: John Fegan (mentor), Mark McPolin, Ciarán Smith, Padraig Brown, Seamus Parr, Bernard Branagan, Eamon O'Reilly, Rory Grant, Shane O'Hagan, Paul Trainor, Oliver Branagan, Paul McShane (mentor), Middle row: Daniel McPolin (Mentor), Gary Curran, Liam Ward, Jason Brown, Conor Magennis, Shane McCarthy, Ryan Quinn, Aidan Carr, Gary Haughian, Finbarr McConville, Front row: Conor óg O'Hagan, Ryan McShane, Niall Brown, Kevin Branagan
 

Giants of the Game!

Peter Hamill and Johnny McAleavey receive their scrolls awarded by Down County Board in 2004 to outstanding players who had never won All Ireland Championship honours. Both men had won All Ireland League honours with Down in 1983. They are pictured with Pete McGrath and John McPolin.
 

South Down Honours for Clonduff Men in 2004!

Cathal Murray, former Clonduff and Down player accepting an award from South Down Chairman, Sean Rooney, recognising Cathal's achievement in successfully bringing St Louis' Kilkeel through the All Ireland Schools competition
Kieran Branagan who refereed his first Down Senior Football Final in 2004 (Mayobridge v Annaclone) won the 'Referee of the Year' award at the South Down presentations. He is pictured here with Jerry Quinn, soon to be Down Chairman.
 
The all-conquering team of 1952 - honoured at the 2002 Annual Awards Night! Front (l-r) Sadie Grant, Jim Devlin, Paddy O'Hagan, Pat Gribben, Sally Gribben, Irene Brown. Back (l-r) Leo Lowry, Conor Maginnis, Mary McGarry, Eddie Gribben, Lily Brown, Jim Murnin, Liam O'Hagan, John Lowry, Johnny McPolin, John O'Hagan, Madeline Brown
 
Premier Reserve Champions for the first time in - 2003! Back row (l to r) Louis Brown (mentor), Stephen Branagan, Conor Maginn, Damian Smith, Gavin Duffy, Niall Fitzpatrick, Robert Wilson, Jim Murnin, Paudie Brown, Oliver Branagan, Conor Magennis, Mark O'Reilly, Mark McPolin, Thomas Murnin (mentor). Middle Row (l to r) Johnny McAleavey (mentor), Joe McGinn, John McPolin, Liam Ward, Tony Wilson, Kieran Trainor, Marty Farnon, Gary Haughian, Liam McGivern, Kevin Branagan, Eamon O'Reilly, Finbarr McConville, (mentor) Gerard McShane. Front Row - in among some youthful supporters is Damian Henning and Peter O'Hagan
 
This team won the Ambrose Rogers Memorial Trophy in 2003. Back Row (l to r): Stephen Branagan, Jayme Farrell Joe Maginn, John Morgan, Paul Shields, Paul McShane, Alister McGilligan, Seamus Parr, Jason Brown, Niall Fitzpatrick, Marty McAvoy, Finbarr McConville. Front Row (l to R) Paudie Matthews, John Fegan, Ross Carr Daniel McPolin, Tony Wilson, Plunkett McConville, Paul McConville, Gary Haughian, Aidan Carr, Eugene Branagan, Gary McDonald, Mark Fegan
 
Premier Reserve Football League Champions 2002! Front row: Marty McAvoy, Gary McDonald, Marty Farnon, Aidan Carr, Mark McPolin, Jason Brown, Gary Haughian, Finbarr McConville, Mark O'Reilly, Ross Carr. Back row: John Morgan, Stephen Branagan, Paul Maginn, Gary Curran, Kevin Mooney, Damian Henning, Seamus Morgan, Seamus Parr, Conor Maginnis, Mark Fegan, Kieran Trainor, John McPolin, Oliver Branagan and Joe McGinn
 
Clonduff's U21 representatives in 2003! Back Row (l to r) Kieran Killen, Gary Curran, Damian Henning, Gavin Duffy, Mark Fegan, Seamus Parr, Kieran Trainor, Oliver Branagan, Kevin Mooney, Conor Magennis. Front Row (l to r) Sean Fegan, Gary Haughian, Liam Ward, Finbarr Murphy, Jason Brown, Gary McDonald, Eamon O'Reilly, Aidan Carr, Finbarr McConville, Niall Brown.
 

Clonduff Thirds - Reserve Championship Winners 2001
This is the team of men and boys (with some youthful supporters) who won the Reserve Championship and League double in 2001.
Back (left to right): Philip Brady, P J McGreevy, Peter Grant, Maynard Gilmore, Gavin Duffy, Ultain Cunningham, Wayne Farrell, Hugh GranMc Shane, John McComiskey, Nigel McPolin, Peter O'Hagan, Peter Hamill, Jason Brown, Kieran McBride, Paddy Arthurs, Gerard McShane, John Ward Middle Row (left to right) Colin Duggan, Fionnbhar Murphy, Kieran Trainor, Gary Haughian, John Morgan and Hugh Grant (Joint Captains), Liam McGivern, Louis Brown, Finbarr McConville, Austin Ward, Paul McGinn. Aidan Carr is sitting at the front.

 
Clonduff competed in the Kilmacud 7s in 2000 and reached the Semi Final (out of 48 teams!) Pictured Back Row (l to r): Frank Dawson (Manager), Stephen Branagan, Paul McConville, Tony Wilson, Shane Ward, Brian McGreevy (Selector), Martin Farnon (Selector). Front Row (l to r) Ross Carr, Paudie Matthews, Eugene O'Hagan, Paul Shields, John Fegan, Gary McDonald, Seamus Morgan.
 

The 2000 Reserve Panel who retained the League Title for the third year in a row pictured in the picturesque Longstone Park after their final game.  Back (left to right) Peter Hamill (Joint Manager) Stephen Brannagan, Gary McDonald, Damian Fearon, Sean Curran, Ciaran Fearon, Seamus Morgan, Niall Fitzpatrick, Sean Fegan, Mark Matthews, Rory Matthews, Kieth Farrell, Dalsey Mooney (Joint Manager).  Middle (left to right) Tommy Kelly, (Joint Manager), Mark O'Reilly, Philip Brady, Damian Smyth, Kevin Mooney, Joe McGinn, Robert Wilson with little daughter, Aidan Morgan Captain, Paddy McConville, Marty Farnon, Liam McGreevy, Paul Kelly, A N Other.  Front Jim Murnin with son Shay.

 
 

The first Down Senior Champions of the New Millennium!
First
Clonduff Frank O'Hare Cup winning team since 1980!
Back (left to right) Frank Dawson (Manager), John Morgan, Plunkett McConville, Cathal Murray, Marty McAvoy, Paul Shields, Tony Wilson, Alastair McGilligan, Johnny McAleavey, Paul McShane, Seamus Morgan, John Fegan, Jayme Farrell, Mark O'Reilly, Martin Farnon (Selector).  Middle (left to right) Ross Carr (Captain), Stephen Branagan, Damian Fearon, Paudie Matthews, Paul McConville, Eugene O'Hagan, Shane Ward, Damian Smyth, Eugene Branagan, Mark Matthews, Rory Matthews, Brian McGreevy (Selector) Tommy Kelly (Team Administrator).  Front (left to right:) Sean Fegan, Marty Farnon, Liam McGreevy, Sean Curran, Jamie Fegan, Francis Quinn, Gary McDonald.

 

Clonduff Interest in 1999 All Ireland Minor Football Championship Team

John Fegan (Full Forward) and Martin Farnon (Selector) on the All Ireland Winning Minor team 1999 were honoured when they visited the local primary schools. They are pictured above with Mrs Kathleen Cousins, Vice Principal and Dean A Davies in St Patrick Primary School Ballymaghery John and Martin are pictured above in St Paul's Primary School, Cabra with Tommy Kelly (Club Secretary), Bernard Branagan, Caolan McPolin, Karon McParlan, Brendan Murray (Club Chairman) and Vincent Devlin (Principal St Paul's)
 

First South Down U21 Champions!
The U21 Football Tournament played at the beginning of 1998 was the unofficial U21 South Down  Championship.  Clonduff beat An Riocht in the Final.  The winning team pictured above is Back Row, Left to Right: John Morgan, Paul McConville, Gary Smith, Daniel McPolin, Paul Shields, Jayme Farrell.  Front Row, Left to Right: Paudie Matthews, Eugene O'Hagan, Keith Farrell, Lorcan Mussen, Seamus Morgan (Captain), Conor Donnan, John Fegan, Colin Duggan and Shane Ward

 
Clonduff players who helped St Mark's to another All Ireland U16 crown in 1996 were honoured at the annual Awards Night. Front row: P J McGinn, Paul McConville, Gary Smyth, Liam Arthurs. Back row: Lorcan Mussen, Glynn McPolin, Shane Ward, Ciaron Murray and Brendan Murray (Club Chairman)
 
Down Minor Feis Sevens Winners 1996 - Front row: Shane Ward, Paul McConville, Padraig Matthews, Lorcan Mussen, Eugene Branagan. Back row: Conor Donnan (Coach) Daniel McPolin, Damian Smyth, Gary Smyth, Paul Shields, Keith Farrell, John Morgan (Coach)
 
 
Minor Football Champions and League winners 1995 - (L to r) Front row: Padriag Matthews, Damian Fearon, Glynn McPolin, Lorcan Mussen, Paul McConville, Jayme Farrell, Eugene Branagan, Liam Arthurs. Back row: Kevin Kearney, Seamus Sexton, Shane Ward, Ciarán Dunbar Mark Dickson, Daniel McPolin, Paul Shields, Gary Smyth, Seamus Morgan, John Morgan Damian Smyth
 
County Minor Football Champions 1994! - Back row (l to r) Seamus Sexton, Seamus Morgan, Damian Fearon, Kevin Kearney, Shaun Wilson, Paul Shields, Paul McShane, John Morgan (Ballydoo), Francis Quinn. Middle row (l to r) Tom Grant, Conall Gribben, Lorgan Mussen, Mark Dickson, Eugene O'Hagan (Capt), John Morgan (Cabra), Jayme Farrell, Paul McConville. Front row (l to r) Daniel McPolin, Liam Arthurs, Shane Fitzpatrick, Damien Smyth, Padriag Matthews, Gary Smyth.
 
Clonduff Thirds - South Down Reserve League Champions 1994! Back (l to r) Tommy Kelly (Manager), Martin Farnon, Paul McEvoy, Colum Lynch, Eugene O'Hagan, Damian Fearon, Jayme Farrell, Nigel McPolin, Austin Ward, Kevin Kearney, Johnny McPolin, Kieran Kelly, Fr Peter McNeill, Sean Milligan (Manager), Peter Hamill. Middle (l to r) Kieran McPolin, Seamus Sexton, Brian Mcgreevy, John Francis Murray, Sean McGreevy (Capt), Vincent Devlin, Fintan Quinn, Conall Gribben. Front (l to r) Seamus Morgan, Damien Smyth, P J McGreevy, Shane Fitzpatrick, Paul McCusker
 
Minor Football Champions 1993 - Back row (l to r) Damian Smyth, Plunkett McConville, Shaun Wilson, Paul McShane, Damian Fearon, Sean Curran, John Morgan, Seamus Morgan, Rory Matthews. Middle row (l to r) Francis Quinn, Eugene O'Hagan, Padraig Matthews, Paddy Branagan, Nigel Monaghan, Joe McGivern, Mark O'Reilly. Front row (l to r) Shane Ward, Shane Hannaway, Kevin Kearney, Paul Shields, Christopher Dickson, Stephen Brannigan
 

1992  Junior Football Champions
Back (Left to right): Colm Gribben, Eugene McAlinden, Dermot Fitzpatrick, Plunkett McConville, Nigel Monaghan, Brian McAlinden, Eamon Maginn (Selector). Colm Curran RIP: Middle (Left to right): Brendan Murray (Chairman), Tommy Kelly (Manager), Martin Farnon, Eamon McCusker, Barry Gribben, Thomas Murnin, Jim Murnin, Kieran McPolin, Paul McShane, Gerard McShane, Peter Hamill, Fr M Finnegan (Club President) Front (Left to right): Brian McGreevy, Louis Brown, John F Murray, Martin McAlinden (Capt), P J McGreevy with son Patrick, Gary Morgan, Vincent Devlin, Hugh Grant and Martin Kelly.  Missing from the Photo:  Aidan Morgan, Rory Matthews, Paul Kelly Sean Curran and Paddy McConville

 
Clonduff Senior Football team 1988 - Front row (l to r) Liam Brown, Ross Carr, Ciarán Downey, Vincent Devlin, Noel Fitzpatrick, Colm Curran, Mark Mooney, Rory Arthurs. Back row (l to r) Niall Murray, John Lowry, Gerard McShane, Peter Hamill, Cathal Murray Johnny McAleavey, Paul Arthurs, Dominic Brannigan, Patrick McCumiskey, Aidan Brown
 
Down Minor Championship Winners 1987! Front row (l to r) Paddy Murray, Martin McCumiskey, Mark Matthews, Brian Arthurs, Cathal Murray (Capt), Sean Mooney, Ciarán Branagan, Martin McAlinden, Colm Gribben. Back row (l to r) Gary Woods, Dominic Brannigan, Marty McAvoy, Andrew Carr, Patrick Hannaway, Robert Wilson, Thomas McKay, Oliver Morgan, Tony Wilson, Gavin Macken, Eugene O'Hare
 
Down Minor Football Champions 1985! Front row (l to r) P J Gilmore, Maurice Brown, Liam McGreevy, Hugh Grant. Middle row (l to r) Mark Matthews, Eugene O'Hare, Mark Mooney, Colm Curran, Gavin Macken, Ciarán Downey, Gerard McShane. Back row (l to r) Rory Arthurs, John Lowry, Louis Brown, Niall Murray, Dominic Brannigan, Cathal Murray, Patrick McCumiskey, Patrick Hannaway, Liam Brown
 

The Clonduff Team that won the Senior Championship - 1980
Back left to right - Martin Farnon, Peter Hamill, Sean Fitzpatrick, John Joe Brown, Michael Crilly, John McAleavey, James McConville, Arty Noel McConville, Frank (Boysie) Grant, Paddy Oliver McConville: Middle left to right - Aidan Brown, Noel Fitzpatrick, John Crilly, Johnny McPolin, Harry Brown, Fr Peter Devlin, Sean Fearon: Front left to right - Louis Brown (Team Mascot) Paddy Haughian, P J McGreevy, Artie Quinn, Johnny McCumiskey, Noel Lively, Seamus McGaw

 

Championship Finalists in 1965
Back Row (left to right) Sean Rafferty, Barney McPolin, Stephen Morgan, Patsy Curran, Mickey John McConville, Sean Murray, Dalsey Mooney, Tom O'Hare.  Front Row (left to right) Cathal Murray, Dessie Monaghan, Francie Coulter, Patsy O'Hagan (Capt), Vivian Fegan, Seamus McGreevy, John Hynes

 

Clonduff stalwarts on the Down teams of 1950s and 1960s, Kevin Mussen and Patsy O'Hagan, whose exploits are well documented. The pair are pictured in Chicago when Down toured the USA in June 1962. Kevin was the first captain to bring Sam Maguire across the border in 1960 and Patsy was the first person ever to score a hat-trick at Wembley (1959)
 

A Proud Son of Clonduff

A delighted Kevin Mussen holds tight to the Sam Maguire in 1960 and rightly so - he was the first man to bring it north of the border! The Anglo Celt Cup (Ulster Championship) is close by - Down won it for the first time the previous year, 1959 also with Kevin as the Captain.
 

This team picked up the Frank O'Hare cup in 1957
Clonduff Shamrocks beat the other team from the Parish - Clonduff Harps (often referred to as Cabra Harps)
Back row (left to right) John Joe Brown (dec), John Rice, Pat Brown, James Anthony Brown, Dan Haughian (dec), Peter Hamill (dec), Clement McPolin (dec) James Brown (dec), Francis Murphy (dec), A N Other.  Middle Row (left to right) Willie Mussen (dec), Sean Murray, Leo Lowry, M J McConville Henry Brown Desi McGarry Fintan Mussen, Paddy Joe Morgan, Brendan Rooney, Seamus McGreevy, Jimmy Doyle, Paddy O'Hagan, Little Noel Mussen, A N Other and A N Other.  Front (left to right) Eamon McGinn, Cathal Murray, Laurence McPolin, Kevin Mussen (Captain), Tom Mooney, Liam O'Hagan, Stephen Morgan, Brendan Doyle, Pete Fitzpatrick.

 

Clonduff Harps - Down Junior Champions 1956!
Back row: Andy Murnin, Eddie McPatland, Patrick Gribben, Robert Ronan, Jim McParland, Eddie Gribben, Patsy O'Hagan, Dan Murphy. Front row: Pat Murphy, John O'Hagan, Stephen Doherty, Jim Devlin, Stephen Murnin, Eddie O'Hagan, John Gribben

 

The 1952 Championship winning team
Back row: Francis Murphy (partly cut off with with hat), Johnny Gribben, Pat Maginnis, Robbie Ronan, Andy Murnin, James Brown, Harry Downey, Sean Spiers, Willie Ronan. (Wee Dan Brannigan is in the centre back with cap). Front Row: Tom Travers (partly cut off), Kevin Mussen, Henry Brown, Paddy O'Hagan (Capt), Eamon Grant, Pat Gribben, Jim Devlin.

 

Clonduff - Down Senior Champions 1944
Back Row (left to right) Francis Murphy (Selector), Peter McEvoy, John Joe Brown, Eamon Grant, Andy Murnin, Charlie Bradley, Dinny McAlinden, Felix O'Hanlon (Selector), Houghie McAleavey, Peter Bradley Middle Row (left to right) John Lowry, Frank Murray, Henry Brown, Paddy O'Hagan, James Brown (Captain), Fr P Keenan PP, Patsy Rooney, Pat Brown, John woods; Front Tom Brown, Jimmy Doyle

 

This fine bunch of men won the McLoughlin Cup in 1926
Back Row (l to r): John McGreevy, Paddy O'Hare, Paddy Killen, Dan Murphy, Frank Murphy, Willie Quinn, Owen McAlinden. Middle Row (l to r): Eddie Murphy, Tommy Kearney, Lawrence O'Neill, Eddie O'Hagan, John Devlin, Felix McGaw. Front Row (l to r): Peter Gribben Johnnie McConville.

 

Outright winners of the Shanaghan Cup
 following their 3-in-a-row 1918-1920

Back Row (l to r) Patrick McNeill, Peter McCourt, Thomas Gallagher, Bill Finnegan, Peter Brannigan, Thomas Rafferty, John McPolin. Middle Row (l to r) Peter Grant, Felix McPolin, Mick McAlinden, Patrick Brannigan, John McPolin, Front Row (l to r) Patrick McRory, Patrick McPolin, John Morgan.

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