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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In 1983, Club Secretary, Fintan Mussen, in his report to the Annual General Meeting paid tribute to Sean Matthews, Pat Matthews and Sean Cairns for their efforts in the development of Hurling in the club.
The Senior team was beaten in the final of the Special Junior Hurling Championship.  The following year (1984) the Club won the Special U14 Centenary Hurling Championship against Mayobridge.
In 1991 the U16 team won the County 'B' Championship
Padraig Matthews and Francis Quinn were in the Down Minor Hurling team that won the Ulster championship in 1994.
The big break-through in Hurling in Clonduff came in 1996 when they won the Down Junior Hurling Championship, League Division 2 and Junior Feis 7s.
In 1998 Paddy Branagan became the 1st Clonduff player to be named in a Down Senior Hurling squad.
Four Clonduff men played in the Down Junior Hurling team in 1999.  Allistair McGilligan, Paddy Branagan, Paul McCusker and Sean Curran played their part in Down's progress to the Ulster Junior Hurling Final.   Sadly they were well beaten by Tyrone on Sunday 6 June.
Some Rostrevor Senior players joined with Clonduff for the 2000 season due to insufficient numbers in both clubs.  
In July 2000 Clonduff Hurlers won Fiddler's Green 7-a-side Tournament!  They previously lost 7-a-side County Junior Final
John Anthony Gribben, Clonduff and Inter-county Referee was Linesman in Croke Park in All Ireland Hurling Final in 2000.


Final U13 hURLING Blitz of 2018

A full squad meant the boys were ready for their final blitz of the season in Warrenpoint and it definitely shone through. The boys came out of the blocks flying with two goals in the first ten minutes which really shook up an ever-strong Carrickmacross team. Carrickmacross came out strong in the 2nd half and with the last strike of the game were able to put it over the bar to win the game by a single point. The 2nd game against CPN was just as close with a lot of goals. But the boys came out triumphant, winning by a goal in the end. A very strong performance by the whole team, from goalkeeper right up to the forward line. Squad: - Tommy Smyth in goals; Defence - Ryan Tweedy, Lónan Mac Domhaill and Lorcan Binks; Midfield - Seon McGinn and Fionn Mathews; Forwards - Bryan Rice, James Morgan and Ethan O'Kane.
Well done lads and your mentors Anthony Binks and Paul McCusker!



At the 2018 Down Dinner and Awards in the Canal Court in early November John Murphy was selected as the Down Junior Championship Hurler of the Year. Later in the month at the Clonduff Awards John was also selected at the Clonduff Senior Hurler of the Year. Many Congratulations John!



Newry Shanrocks, Cumann Pheadar Naofa and Carryduff joined Clonduff for an end of season Minor Hurling Blitz on Sunday morning. The idea behind the blitz was to give the lads who are too young to play Senior Hurling some meaningful game time. Many thanks to the visitors for facilitating, to John Norris who managed the Clonduff lads on the day, to Eddie Clancy and Shane Quinn who referred the games. 
The Clonduff panel (back row l to r) Dylan Downey, Padraig Wilson, Declan Hudson, Rory McKernan; (front l to r) Oran Wilson, Aodhan Quinn, Aaron Norris, Paudie Clancy



We had a cracking morning of hurling with games against near neighbours Ballela and Ballyvarley. A high standard of Hurling was on display with some excellent striking from the hand and on the ground. It was was then into the clubrooms for a well earned cup of tea and sandwiches. However the undoubted highlight of the morning was an opportunity to get a picture with the Cup that our Senior won last Sunday.



Clonduff Hurlers rose above adversity following the death of Peárce Branagan to collect their third Junior Hurling title. In a tight encounter in Bryansford they overcame Newry Shamrocks on a score of 1-13 to 2-9. They went on to create club history by reaching the Ulster Semi Final - the first male team from the club to win a match in the Ulster Club Championship. The panel above with managers Declan Napier, Francis Quinn, Paddy Branagan and some young family members was: Niall Quinn, Declan Rooney, Shay Murnin, Lorcan Branagan, Patrick Branagan, John Murphy, Jamie Lynch, Chrissy Young, Sean Downey, Fionnbar Murphy, Rhys Ward, Shane Murray, Mark Downey, Liam Mc Parlan, Rian Branagan, Paddy Grant, Danny Nugent, Martin Rooney, Gavin O’Hagan, Jamie Lowry, Jamie Curran, Dylan Downey, Ryan Jackson, Conor Pio Gribben, Declan Hudson, Chrissy Lynch, Darragh Downey.




Clonduff Club has been running a Poc Fada on The Hen Mountain since 2017 initially as part of the Boley Fair Festival but after its demise the Club continued to run the event. In June 2018 the Hurling team tragically lost one of its members Pearce Branagan. The Hurlers decided to introduce the Pearce Branagan Cup for the event and award it to the winning man. There was an amazing entry of 48 competitors, mainly from Clonduff and some of Pearce's University friends. Up on 30 others climbed the Mountain on Saturday 8th September, some as spotters and some 'just for the craic'! And there was even a baby-sitting service at the foot of the mountain!

There were competitions for Adult Male, Adult Female, U16 Boy, U16 Girl. The weather was favourable though not much sunshine! The first competitor home was U12 Camog Hannah Shields but it was her big sister Ellen who collected the title narrowly beating other sister Blaithin by one poc! In the Boys event Paudie Clancy had height, age and experience over the other lads and romped home to take the title. In the Ladies event it was a two-horse race between Leanne Quinn and Orla Morgan, with Orla taking the title. The men's event was keenly contested with five competitors finishing on 17 pocs apiece. The final outcome was decided back at the club with each of the five men - Niall Quinn, Danny Nugent, John Murphy, Declan Napier (Senior Hurling Manager) and Fionnbharr Murphy with one poc down the field to decide the winner. But that wasn't enough - Danny and Declan finished in a dead heat and had to go again! The pressure got to Danny to fluffed his poc and virtually hand the title to Declan!

Everyone was treated to a cuppa in the Club before The Branagan Family presented the trophies, firstly to Orla and then the Cup and trophy to Declan. John Murphy, as Hurling Rep on the Executive spoke on behalf of the Club, thanked everyone for coming whether participating or spectating and specifically mentioned the Branagan Family for allowing the Club to remember Pearce in this way.




36 boys registered for the Annual Hurling Camp in Clonduff Park which ran from Monday 13th until Friday 17th August. 
Clonduff coaches during the week are Paddy Branagan, Laurence Murphy, Chrissy Hynes, Damien Farnon, John Murphy; visiting coaches from Down/Ulster are Kieran McGraw, Danny Toner and CJ McGourty; Clonduff U16 Young Volunteers assisting at the camp are Aodhan Quinn, Aaron Norris, Aaron and Senan Gribben. The youngsters certainly enjoyed themselves while receiving first class coaching. Because of the rain the final morning was held in The Youth Club. Well done to all involved!



On Sunday over 70 adults and children from Clonduff travelled to GAA HQ to see the second of this weekends All-Ireland Hurling Semi-finals contested between Limerick and Cork. As the stands in Croke Park filled, the atmosphere was simply electric and everyone present got treated to the game of the year!! The Rebels were good but the Treaty were just that little bit better! It’s safe to say that everyone came back to Hilltown with smiles on their faces - a fantastic way to end a weekend of Hurling festivities in Clonduff!



Goretta, Noleen, Paula, Shane and Gary Cairns would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part in Sean's Memorial Coaching Day - David Herity and Aidan Fogarty the superb coaches, Clonduff GAA Hurling Sub Committee for organising the day, the Club itself, Dermot, Geraldine and all those who cooked/supplied food on the day and the Bloomfield Family for sponsoring the jerseys for David and Aidan and the gift of a framed Hurling Jersey to our family.
Pity about the weather but roll on next year!



Kilkenny Legends David Herity and Aidan Fogarty made the long trip to Clonduff Park on Saturday 28th July on what turned out to be one of the wettest days for many years but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of either the tutors or their students in the inaugural Sean Cairns Memorial Hurling Camp!
The Heavens had opened so Plan B was put into operation for the youngsters - and indoor session in Hilltown Youth Club. 36 youngsters aged U6/U8/U10 attended the first session with 18 U12/U16 attending the second session - each group receiving 45 minutes expert tuition from David and Aidan.
There was no such luxury as an indoor session for the adults - after a quick bite of lunch it was out into the continuing downpour for the Senior Camogs for an hour long session and this was followed by the Senior Hurlers. All agreed that the coaching sessions in the pouring rain with David and Aidan were amazing experiences and was tremendous preparation for their upcoming championship bids!
Dermot and his staff were not thwarted with the proposed barbeque - it was cooked and eaten indoors (reminiscent of Mrs Bucket's 'Outdoor Indoor BBQ). Presentations of Clonduff jerseys were made to the lads and Aidan delivered an inspirational speech. The Galway v Clare semi final was onscreen and the Senior 'trainees' then attended former team mate Pearce Branagan's Month's Mind Mass before returning to the Club with the Branagan Family.
Despite the dreadful weather David and Aidan gave our players an experience they are unlikely to forget for many years to come! Thank you lads! Thanks also to the Cairns Family, to the Hurling sub committee who organised the event, to those who provided/cooked the eatables, or helped in anyway make this an unforgettable memorial of a true Clonduff man - Sean Cairns

(Above) the U6s/8s/10s with David and Aidan in the Youth Club

(Below) David and Aidan put the Senior Camogs through their paces

(Above) The U12s/16s in the Youth Club with David and Aidan

(Below) The Senior Hurlers listen intently in the pouring rain in Clonduff Park



It was with deep sadness and a sense of shock and devastation that, just as we completed the day's work in 'The Big Clean-up' for Féile Peile 2018 on Saturday 23rd June, the  awful news broke of the sudden and very untimely death of young Pearce Branagan one of our Senior Hurlers who was also a Juvenile Hurling Coach and Referee. Pearce aged just 23 passed away after suffering a cardiac seizure on Saturday evening at the home of his girlfriend Ellen McCrilly. He had just begun his teaching career in St Malachy's PS Kilcoo. He was born with a heart defet but didn't want that to define who he was. In May he ran a leg of the Belfast Marathon Relay for The Heartbeat Trust. He was laid to rest in St John's Cemetery following Requiem Mass on Thursday 28th June.

In 2007 Pearce was one of ten Clonduff dual players who won B titles in Down Féile Peile and Féile na nGael. The Hurlers went to the All Ireland series in Kilkenny and the Footballers went to the Ulster series in Cavan the previous week where they annexed the Ulster title in their grade. Just a few weeks before his passing Pearce played on the Clonduff Down Feis 7s winning team along with his brother Lorcan who is a senior dual player in Clonduff Club

Pearce is the second son of Tony and Terri (8 Ballycashone Road), younger brother of Padraig and older brother of Lorcan and Caitlin. To them, his girlfriend Ellen McCrilly (Moy), a wide family circle and his team mates and his pupils in St Malachy's we tender our deepest sympathy. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Mary Queen of the Gael Pray for him and his family. Ár dheis Dé go raibh a anam.



Clonduff are Down Hurling Feis Sevens Champions - Clonduff 3-4 v Warrenpoint 2-6

Clonduff clinched the Down Feis sevens today in a very hot and sunny Mayobridge. The final was a very entertaining game against neighbours Warrenpoint that went right down to the last few seconds of the game. Warrenpoint got off to the better start and led at the break 1-5 to 1-2. That lead could have been much greater but for 3 great saves from Niall Quinn in the Clonduff goals. A couple of good points from Paddy Grant also helped to keep Clonduff in the game. Clonduff came out of the blocks quicker in the second half and put away 2 quick goals to build up what looked like a comfortable lead. However in sevens hurling scores can come thick and fast and with a minute to go a Warrenpoint goal left it a one point game. Clonduff held on in the final few seconds for the win and afterwards Lorcan Brannigan gave a powerful acceptance speech when he received the Willie Curran Cup from County Feis Secretary Gerard Keenan.

Clonduff team: Niall Quinn, Shane Murray, Darragh Downey, Chrissy Young, Paddy Grant, Rhys Ward, Lorcan Brannigan, Jamie Lynch, Pearse Brannigan, Liam McParlan.


St Colman's College, Newry WINS MCFARLAND CUP

Many congratulations to St Colman’s College who won the McFarland Cup on Wednesday afternoon. The team with four Clonduff lads - Patrick Cowan, Joey O’Hare, Oisin Logan, Ronan Matthews - is coached by Aidan Rodgers defeated St Mary’s Magherafelt on a scoreline of 1-15 to 1-6. Well done all!
The Cup was presented to the winning captain by Ulster Schools Gaarepresentative Clonduff’s Alistair McGilligan



Congratulations to (l to r) Declan Hudson, Tom Close and Oran Wilson who all played a pivotal part in Newry Shamrocks County U16 Hurling Shield Final win over O'Rahilly's on Wednesday night at Abbey CBS Newry. The boys got a temporary sanction to play with Newry Shamrocks and they have obviously done themselves, Clonduff and Newry Shamrocks proud. Well done lads!



JHC Final Replay Clonduff 0-18 Ballela 2-14

It was always going to be an uphill task! The wind was a mighty factor. Clonduff played with the wind in the first half in An Riocht on Saturday afternoon - the replay having been postponed from Friday night. Clonduff,. playing with wind advantage, went in at the break leading 0-14 to 1-3 but an 8 point lead in hurling is not an advantage especially when the opposition have the advantage of the very strong wind and a free-taker of Johnny McCusker's calibre! And so it proved to be. Clonduff found it difficult to get the ball out of their own half in the second period against the wind and with 10 mins to go Ballela have levelled the score. The Clonduff heads didn't drop and they kept up the pressure. However in injury time Ballela had moved into a three-point lead and although The Yellas applied the pressure all they could manage was a single point.
We are extremely proud of the efforts of the Clonduff lads and are confident that if they stick together their day will come. Perhaps it's one they let slip on the first day out! It is disappointing that the re-scheduled game, originally set for the curtain raiser to the Senior Final on Sunday 24th in Ballycran was re-set for Friday 22nd in Pairc Esler, Newry and was then moved to the Bann Road, Castlewellan and then postponed for a further day due to a water-logged pitch. The Manager and a number of players had re-arranged holidays around the Friday night and when this was cancelled the game had to go ahead on the Saturday minus the manager and a couple of players. Many thanks to Francis Quinn for taking on the role of Marty (McNeill) the Manager who delayed his family holiday from Thursday until the early hours of Saturday morning and to full back Danny Nugent who rearranged his weekend break twice to accommodate the replay. Tiocfaidh at la!!! Well done everyone on the journey you have taken us on in 2017!

Back row (l  to r): Liam McParlan, Shay Murnin, Jamie Lowry, John Murphy, Jamie Lynch, Shane Murray, Niall Quinn, Rían Branagan, Martin Rooney, Darragh Downey, Ptrick Branagan, Paul Bloomfield, Shay McPolin, Dylan Downey; Front row (l to r): Chrissy Brown, Danny Nugent, Fionnbharr Murphy, Rhys Ward, Christopher Hynes, Lorcan Branagan, Sean Downey, Chrissy Young, Declan Rooney, Christopher Lynch; Missing from photo: Chris Young, Mark Downey, Pearse Branagan, Gerard Coughlin.



Clonduff 1-11 Ballela 0-14 - THEY NEED TO DO IT ALL AGAIN!

This was a fabulous game of hurling to watch IF YOU WERE A NEUTRAL otherwise bad for the heart!
The first half was fast moving and skilful with Clonduff going in at half time leading 1-7 to 0-8 - the goal coming off the stick of Lorcan Branagan. 
The Heavens opened at half time and continued for most of the rest of the game making for mistakes and poor finishing. Clonduff were playing into the driving rain at this stage. They were awarded a penalty which resulted in a point after the keeper got his stick to it. With two minutes remaining Clonduff were a point ahead - Ballela pointed a free to level up. Clonduff made one more foray up the field but after it broke down a free out was awarded and then the final whistle blew.
Replay likely to be in two weeks' time.
Team and scorers: Niall Quinn, Sean Downey, Danny Nugent (joint capt), Declan Rooney, Darragh Downey, John Murphy, Shay Murnin (0-1), Shane Murray (joint capt) (0-1), Jamie Lynch, Christopher Young (0-3), Fionnbharr Murphy, Patrick Branagan, Lorcan Branagan (1-0), Rian Branagan (0-6), Christopher Hynes; Sus used: Mark Downey; Other subs: Jamie Lowry, Pearce Branagan, Shay McPolin, Gerard Coughlin, Martin Rooney, Christopher Lynch, Rhys Ward, Paul Bloomfield, Liam McParlan


JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 SF - Clonduff 5-15 v castlewellan 2-11

On Sunday afternoon Clonduff Hurlers travelled to Liatroim to face Castlewellan in the championship semi-final. Despite Castlewellan edging a point lead early in the game, Clonduff came back with two goals from Rían Branagan to put them 6 points ahead. From then the Yellas never looked like losing the game leading 3-06 to 2-05 at half time. The second half was no different to the first, points and goals kept coming for Clonduff while Castlewellan played catch up for the remainder of the game. Final Score: Clonduff 5-15 Castlewellan 2-11. 
Team: Niall Quinn, Jamie Lowry, Danny Nugent, Declan Rooney, Darragh Downey, John Murphy, Pearce Branagan, Shane Murray, Jamie Lynch, Christopher Young, Fionnbharr Murphy, Patrick Branagan, Lorcan Branagan, Rían Branagan, Christopher Hynes.


2017 Hurling Blitz in Clonduff Park

Clonduff U8 Hurlers with Danny Nugent

U10 Hurlers with Paul Fitzpatrick & Anthony Binks

10 x P4/5 and 4 x P3/4 teams - 150-160 children took part in County Hurling Blitz in Clonduff Park on Saturday 19th August. Great morning's Hurling in the sunshine! Thanks to Shane the organiser and his helpers, Danny, Anthony and Paul; Noleen and Goretta in The Shop; Geraldine and Dermot in the Burger Bar



On Monday morning 32 boys aged 4-11 came with their hurls to participate in the Annual Hurling Camp in Clonduff Park - numbers are growing year on year. The youngsters received expert tuition from in-house, County and Ulster coaches - Paddy Branagan Snr and Paddy Jnr, Chrissy Hynes, Damien Farnon, Ryan Gaffney (Middletown & Ulster), Danny Toner (Portaferry & Down). They were very ably assisted by Clonduff Young Volunteers Paudie Clancy and Erin Lively. The curtain came down on the Hurling Camp on Friday and before heading home each of the children were presented with a sliothar to keep practising their skills! All the youngsters enjoyed the camp each morning and the weather wasn't too unkind! A huge thank you to Shane Quinn for organising and to all those who helped out in any way.



Clonduff's youngest Hurlers completed a series of indoor blitzes in Dundalk IT College and Eddie Irvine Centre Bangor at the end of February 2017. Numbers have steadily grown throughout the series and for the final series were able to field 2 x 7-a-side teams in Dundalk. Many thanks to Shane Quinn who tutors both the U8 and U10 children. The boys (and girl) above are back row (l to r) Curtis Porter, Brendan Quinn, Lorcan Matthews, Conrad Moan, Thomas Kenny Coen Fitzpatrick, Eoghan Rooney, James Matthews; Front row (l to r):Joseph Matthews, Daniel Devlin, Senan Quinn, Paudi Rice, James Shields, Austin Matthews, Aodhan Fitzpatrick, Aimee Kenny.



Congratulations to our U14 Hurling team that secured the Div II League and Championship double in 2016. Back row (l to r): Oran Wilson, Oisin Tumilty, Padraig Clancy, Jake Morgan, Daire Lavery, Larry Lynch, Darragh McAlinden, Senan Gribben, Thomas Woods; Front row (l to r): Aodhan Quinn, Patrick Cowan, Aaron Gribben, Jayme McDonald, Laurence Brannigan, Joey O'Hare, Ben Magee.(missing from photo.Aaron Norris)



The 2016 Hurling Camp which only began in the last few years attracted 24 young boys aged 4-12 this year. They were coached in the skills of the ancient game by volunteer coaches – current and former players and a number of boys from the U14 squad. Camps such as these are invaluable for instilling and honing the skills of young players which will stand them in great stead for their future sporting careers.

The younger boys (above) with coaches Laurence Murphy and Young Volunteer Coach Padraig Clancy. Paddy Branagan took charge or the older boys (below). Damien Farnon and Shane Quinn were also involved in the Camp.



Congratulations to Rían Branagan (above) who has been selected for the Ireland U21 team to play in the Hurling/Shinty International next weekend in Inverness. Rían was a regular on the Down Senior Hurling team in 2015, played Senior Football for Clonduff when Down Hurling was over for the year and is a current member of the Clonduff U21 Football squad! 
Not to be outdone in the Branagan Family, younger brother Patrick was a member of the Down Colleges Hurling team that made the final of the Mageean Cup this year.
 And still on the Clonduff Hurling front Rhys Ward, a member of Clonduff Senior Hurling team played in the recent County Minor Hurling Final for Newry Shamrocks having been a member of the Down Minor Hurling squad in 2015 (Rhys had temporary transfer to Shamrocks as there was no Minor Hurling in Clonduff)


New Gear for Senior Hurlers

During the week ended Saturday 27th June Clonduff Senior Hurlers were the recipients of new sponsored training tops and hooded tops

Leo and Paul Bloomfield of Bloomfield Formwork present the new training top to team captain Shane Murray (l) and team manager Ryan McShane (r). Paul is a member of the team Sinead McParlan (Blondie's Hair Salon) and Seamus McParlan (Macs Bar) present new hooded tops to manager Ryan McShane, captain Shane Murray and Liam McParlan who is a member of the team


Up on 20 youngsters are attending the beginners training on Friday evenings with mentors Shane Quinn, Damien Farnon, Eddie Clancy and Mark Downey. The training session is from 6-7pm every Friday and new players are always welcome.



Clonduff Hurlers (above) put on a great display in Castlewellan on Sunday evening (24th May 2015) to lift the Junior Feis Sevens title. The final was a fast-paced game with The Yellas opting to take their points to capitalise possession. Castlewellan, on the other hand, decided to go for goal but were faced with a resilient Clonduff defence and brilliant net-minding from John Murphy. Team: John Murphy, Patrick Branagan, Danny Nugent, Rían Branagan, Sean Downey, Christopher Young, Mark Downey, Brendan Britton, Liam McParlan and David Quinn.


Minor B Hurling Championship Final 2014

Back row (l-r): Patrick Grant, Rory McGivern, Stephen McConville, David Byrne, Rhys Ward, Declan Rooney, Christopher Lynch, Darragh Downey, Gerard Coughlin, Rory Hughes; Front row (l-r): Patrick Brannigan, Jake Brannigan, Dean Byrne, Niall O'Hare, Charlie Carr, Lorcan Brannigan, Conor Murray, Christopher Hynes. 


FIRST EVER HURLING CAMP IN CLONDUFF PARK - Monday 11th - Friday 15th August 

Above: The 'Tiny Tots' with their coaches Rhys Ward, Darragh Downey and Mark Downey

There was great Enthusiasm by the Coaches and the Children at our first ever Hurling Camp! Numbers may have been small but with the enthusiasm and support it can only go from strength to strength. The coaches are aiming to keep the enthusiasm going right through the winter with indoor hurling.
Coaches Rhys Ward, Darragh Downey, Mark Downey, Damian Farnon and Paddy Branagan gave their time willingly and voluntarily - Thanks boys - this is what's great about our games!
Well done to Damian for organising and to his young coaches and the little less than young Paddy Branagan!

Below: The older boys with coaches Paddy Branagan and Damien Farnon



With one game still to play, Clonduff Minor Hurlers (many of them dual players) annexed the Div II League title on Wednesday evening 23rd July, 2014 in Clonduff Park. They suffered just the one defeat all year and are worthy winners. Bring on the Championship! Many thanks to their mentors who so freely give up their time to this group of talented youngsters!
Back row (l-r): David Byrne, Gerard Coughlin, Christopher Lynch, Rhys Ward (capt), Darragh Downey, Charlie Carr, Declan Rooney, Jake Brannigan, Rory Hughes. Front row (l-r): Dean Byrne, Conor Murray, Lorcan Brannigan, Patrick Brannigan, Christopher Hynes.


Rían Branagan is Down U21 Hurling Captain 2014

Rían Branagan (son of Paddy and Bronagh) is the Captain of Down U21 Hurling team that reached the Ulster Final played on Wednesday 23rd July 2014. Unfortunately they were well beaten by a strong Antrim side but that was no fault of Rían's who has had a terrific season at full back for the team. Rian is also an accomplished footballer.



Clonduff Hurlers, playing in Ulster Hurling League Div 2 (having played in Div 4 last year) played host to Tyrone's former All Ireland Finalists of a couple of years ago on Saturday 26th April 2014. The Clonduff lads gave a good account of themselves, particularly in the second half but the Tyrone side eased to a 5-15 to 0-12 win - most of the Clonduff scores coming in that second half.


U14 Hurlers 2014

The U14 Hurling team that played in Down Feile 2014 and participated in Down League Div 2: Shane Parr, Oisin Tumilty, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Aidan Markey, Sean Magone, Tom Close, Padraig Wilson, Dillon Downey, Charlie Kerr, Paudraig Clancy, Rory McKernan, Oran Wilson, James Martin, Michael Walsh, Conor Ward


Clonduff Hurler Makes History

Congratulations to young Rían Branagan (2nd from right, back row) who created history on Sunday 2nd February 2014 by becoming the first Clonduff person ever to play in an Ulster Hurling Final - Antrim v Down. Unfortunately Down lost the much delayed Ulster Final but Rían played extremely at corner back!


U16 Hurlers are County League & Championship Double Winners 2013!

The Clonduff lads who did the double! On Sunday 20th October they won the Championship v Bredagh by one point after extra time in Ballela and the following week they had an 18 point win over the same opposition in the League final in Downpatrick.

Team: Connor Woods, Jake Brannigan, Lorcan McAteer, Gerard Coughlin, Dean Byrne, Christopher Hynes, Christopher Lynch, Rhys Ward, Noel Grant, Conor Murray, Charlie Carr, Lorcan Branagan, Paddy Branagan, David Bryne, Dylan Downey, Ruairi Hughes, James Martin

At the post championship match meal in the clubrooms, Chairman Brendan Murray congratulated the boys and their mentors on their guts, determination and skill and spoke of how Hurling and Football can actually complement each other at this level. Captain Rhys Ward thanked his mentors, his team mates, the Club, parents and supporters. Manager John Murphy congratulated the boys not only on winning but also their dedications to training. He said that the measure of success was not always about winning but by how far they had come in the season. They were beaten twice in the league by Bredagh earlier in the season and the measure of success was by beating them today. Winning was a bonus!


Is this Clonduff's Version of 'The Gathering'?

This photo was taken in Clonduff Park during the Summer of 2012 involving The Quinn Family: Back row: Niall Quinn (extreme left), Shane Quinn (2nd right) and Francis Quinn (extreme right front row), children of Maura and the later Jerry; their cousins David and Andrew Quinn (back row 2nd & 3rd) children of Fintan Quinn; Eamon McCusker (extreme right back row) and Paul McCusker (middle front row) children of Eileen McCusker (nee Quinn); Connor Grant (3rd right back row) Eileen McCusker's grandson; Chris Young (extreme left front row) grandson of Rosemary Young (nee Quinn)


Oisin Tumilty Plays for Down Primary Schools

Congratulations to Oisin Tumilty (left and 3rd from right, front row) - who played for Down Primary Schools during the half-time interval in the Down v Armagh Ulster Championship Semi Final in Pairc Esler on Sunday 16th June 2013. Oisin is the son of Noreen and Kieran Tumilty, Yellow Road. Well done Oisin!

U16 Hurlers 2013

Back row (l to r): Connor Murray, Gerard Coughlin, Jake Brannigan, Rhys Ward, Lorcan Branagan, David Byrne; Front row (l to r) Dylan Downey, Lorcan McAteer, Charlie Carr, Patrick Branagan, Christopher Lynch, Ruairi Hughes, Dean Byrne (missing Noel Grant)



The Senior Hurlers started life in Division One with a defeat to near neighbours Warrenpoint on a cold and wintry, Monday night. Playing under the lights facilitated a later start of 7:30pm.

The step up in standard from Division Two was noticeable both for ‘first touch’ and physicality. Clonduff started the first half defending the Hilltown goals and open strongly with early scores from Christopher Young and Mark Downey. In defence, the half back line of Sean Downey, Shay Murnin and new daddy, Danny Nugent were showing strongly. Final Score Clonduff 0-7 Warrenpoint 1-11

Team: Niall Quinn, Shane Quinn, Pauidi Mathews, Jamie Lowry, Sean Downey, Shay Murnin, Danny Nugent, Andrew Quinn, Ciarán Smith, David Quinn, Shane Murray, Rian Brannigan, Mark Downey, John Murphy, Christopher Young; Subs used: Francis Quinn, Jamie Lynch and Laurence Murphy


P4/P5/P6Hurling Blitz in Clonduff Park

Clonduff played host to the first P4 and P6 Hurling Blitz of the year with teams from Liatroim and Carryduff, Portaferry and Ballygalget. The home side fielded a P6 team and they had a great tournament – they defeated Liatroim, Carryduff and Portaferry and lost by a single point to Ballygalget.


Clonduff's Rián Branagan on Ulster Colleges Combined Hurling Team

Pictured above is the Ulster Colleges Combined Hurling team that participated for the first time ever in the All Ireland Quarter Finals of the Croke Cup in Ashbourne on Saturday 16th March 2013 v Connacht Mercy Colleges. The Ulster lads gave a great account of themselves. Reports say it was not lack of hurling ability but inexperience that allowed a 3 point lead going into injury time to be snuffed out and finish one point down to the experienced Connacht side. Pictured above is the Ulster team and our own Rián Branagan (son of Paddy and Bronagh) 4th from right back row was the full back on the team.


U14 Hurlers 1988 - Cyril Dobbin Photography

Thanks to Cyril Dobbin Photography who uploaded this photo of our U14 Hurlers 1988 to their FB page - many familiar faces but we'd love some help - some people never change but 25 years does create some differences! Two of the 'lads' involved came up with the following names. The mentors are Bobby Brannigan (left) and Sean Cairns (right). Back row: Francis Quinn, Stephen Brannigan, Shane Quinn, Sean Hillen, Rory Matthews, Sean Curran, Gerard Carvill, Paddy Brannigan, Mark O'Reilly; Front row: Damien Smith, Brendan Carvill, Paudie Matthews, Noel Carvill, James McCartan, Simon O'Hare, John Ward, Gary Smith, Shane Ward, Nigel Monaghan; Sitting Miceál Gallagher!


U10 Indoor Hurling League 2013

Pictured above are the Clonduff U10 Hurlers who travelled to St. Patrick's Grammar School, Downpatrick on Sunday 13th January to participate in the Down Indoor Hurling League. They played against Laitroim, Bredagh,Carryduff and St. Paul's, Belfast, winning 3 and losing 1 game. Team: Jamie Mc Donald, Seanan Gribben, Aaron Gribben, Padraig Clancy, Larry Lynch and Super sub Eddie Clancy Jnr. Well done boys! Up the Yellas!


U12 Indoor Hurling League 2013

These young lads represented Clonduff in the first Indoor Hurling League event held in Abbey CBS on Saturday 5th January 2013. A good time was had by all! The boys taking part were: Shay and Darragh Fitzpatrick, Charlie Kerr, Padraig Wilson, Cathal Fitzpatrick and Rory McKernan. They played four games against Shamrocks A, Warrenpoint, Brid Óg, Cuchullians A


U16 Hurlers in County B Final 2012

Our U16 Hurlers were beaten in the County B Final on Saturday afternoon (6th October 2012) by Newry Shamrocks - and they gave a great performance against the team that reached the A Semi Final (strange?). The only difference in the two teams was in the conversion of frees. The difference at the end was six points. The Clonduff panel (above): Charlie Carr, Dean Byrne, Darrach Downey, Niall O'Hare, Conor Murray, Paddy Grant, Gerard Coughlin, Noel Grant, Rory McGivern, Stephen McConville, Lorchan Branagan, Chris Lynch, Jake Branagan, Rhys Ward, Paddy Branagan, Michael Grant, David Byrne, Declan Rooney


U10 Hurling Blitz

A group of young boys under the guidance of Eddie Clancy took part in a 14-team U10 Hurling Blitz in Warrenpoint on Saturday 29th September. The youngsters played six games in all, winning 4, drawing 1 and only losing the one - enough to secure the top spot on the day - Ben Magee scoring the winning goal in the final game. The boys received beautiful medals. Every one of the boys played exceptionally well but a special mention to Jamie McDonald, Aaron Norris and Senan Gribben for their massive contributions and to the great progress they have made during the season.

Panel: Darragh McAlinden, Thomas Woods, Larry Lynch, Jamie McDonald, Senan Gribben, Aaron Gribben, Aaron Norris, Padraig Clancy, Oisin Tumilty, Lawrence Brannigan, Óran Wilson, Ben Magee, Darragh Stuart. Also included is Eddie Clancy Jnr (extreme left front row)


JHC Final - Bredagh 2-14 Clonduff 1-15

The big crowd at Ballela was treated to some excellent hurling from both sides and an exhibition of free taking from John Murphy who scored twelve of the Clonduff points all from free pucks on Saturday 2nd September 2012. It was nip and tuck all the way but with four mins remaining the Clonduff defence were caught napping and a long range free dropped into the net. Clonduff replied with a point but just couldn't get that all-important goal. Brilliant game, Team and scorers: Paddy Branagan, Shane Quinn, Danny Nugent, Sean Downey, Shay Murnin (0-1), Paudie Matthews, Francis Quinn, Andrew Quinn, Paul McCusker, Mark Downey, Shane Murray (0-1), John Murphy (0-12 - all frees), Jamie Lynch (1-0), Ciarán Smyth, Rián Branagan (0-2); subs used: Liam McParlan, Christopher Young.

The Club wishes to acknowledge the support and thank the following for their generous sponsorship for the Hurling team in the county final;

Macs Bar, Jerome Lynch Car Sales, Rory Matthews, Fegan’s Hardware, Ha Ha Taxis, Susie Brannigan, Kieran Trainor Plumbing, Doran’s Bar, Mary Margaret’s Bar, O’Gorman’s Today. 


Rian Branagan in Action for Down Minor Hurlers

Congratulations to Rian Branagan (son of Paddy and Bronagh) who is first Clonduff Hurler since Padraig Matthews and Frances Quinn in 1994 to collect Ulster Minor Championship winners medal. Rian is pictured here (courtesy of Louis McNally) in action in All Ireland Quarter Final v Clare. Down were on the wrong end of a very heavy defeat


U12 Winter Indoor Hurling League 1012

Clonduff's young Hurlers went to An Riocht on Saturday 7th January 2012 with one team (there will be two teams on 14th) for the start of the second indoor Hurling League. The lads all played very well and although all but one player was U10 last year, they were well capable of matching the opposition winning all but one match.  Everyone had a great time and although everyone deserves merit, Padraig Clancy was the stand out player in Week One taking some excellent scores but more importantly his defensive skill in blocking and hooking were very impressive.


Clonduff Hurler Helps St Colman's to Hurling History

Congratulations to St Colman's College who collected their first ever Ulster Hurling title in the Year 11 McFarland Cup. The successful Hurlers are pictured above with team coach Aodhan McCrory (extreme right back row). Clonduff's Declan Rooney (3rd to right of coach) was a vital part of the team. In December Paudie Butler, former National Director of Hurling visited the College to present the boys with their medals. He urged all to redouble their efforts to continue the winning trend and to promote the small ball game remarking, that hurling has a unique and central significance in Irish culture.

Parents, invited guests (including representatives of the boys' clubs) and players thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of celebration and the boys can be justifiably proud of their Ulster Hurling medal.


Betsy Gray Cup Semi Final - Clonduff 1-12 Ballygalget 2-12

Clonduff with the sun on their backs started the first half sluggish and found themselves 1-3 to 0-0 after ten minutes - Ballygalget had brought quite a formidable team across from the Ards and were intent on winning this game at a canter. Clonduff had other ideas though and gradually the backs started to get on top of the 'galget forwards and with the ever-increasing supply of quality ball to the forwards managed to to  outscore their opponents 1-6 0-1 in the next twenty minutes. The Yellows had control in almost every sector of the field. In the second half with Ballygalget reshuffling their panel closed the gap and eventually took the lead, for the next twenty minutes the lead alternated from Clonduff to Ballygalget and back again. A draw looked like the outcome of this Semi -Final but with almost the last play of the game the ball was bundled into the Clonduff net, with everybody waiting for the referee's whistle, as the Clonduff Goalkeeper appeared to be fouled. However, the goal was awarded and Clonduff's hopes of progressing were gone. However it was an excellent display on which to finish a very late season. Well done to all concerned.

Team (pictured above): Liam McParlan, Sean Downey, Paul Bloomfield, Jamie Lowry, Eoin Murphy, Paul McCusker, Francis Quinn, John Murphy, Paudie Mathews, Mark Downey, Shane Murray, Andrew Quinn (capt), Rian Branagan, Shay Murnin, Chris Young, Chris McShane, Hugh Murphy, Ryan McShane, Martin Rooney, Pearse Brannigan

Get well soon to Andrew Quinn who had to be hospitalised following an on-field injury - thankfully it is not more serious.


Clonduff U14 Hurlers win Division 2 League Title

By winning seven of their eight League games in the 2011 League Division 2 Clonduff U14 Hurlers secured the title. The team, pictured above are: Back row (l to r) Christopher Lynch, Conor Woods, Rhys Ward, Lorchan Branagan, Jake Brannigan, Charlie Carr; Front row (l to r) Patrick Branagan, Dean Burns, Dylan Downey, Christopher Hynes, Tiernan McEvoy, John Boden - missing from photo: Noel Grant, Conor Murray, Gerard Coughlin, Brandon Roe, Conan Murnin

All Ireland Junior Hurling Sevens 2011

Clonduff Hurlers made another little bit of history when they participated in St Jude's All Ireland Junior Hurling Sevens on Saturday3rd September 2011. Being the only Ulster representative at the Tournament Clonduff were in a group along with teams from Dublin, Offally, Kildare and Limerick. Having been able to watch the four teams play prior to Clonduff's first game questions were asked as to whether they could compete with this level of hurling as the teams confronting Clonduff were all intermediate teams.

Up first was Clann na Gael from Dublin who had won their opening game. Clonduff entertained the crowd to some great Sevens Hurling and won 3-03 to 2-02 . Next up was Carrig and Riverstown ,Offaly. Clonduff's Ten realised that not only could they compete at this level but maybe they could progress to the cup competition winning this game 3-04 to 0-3 - Joint top of group at half way stage! in Game 3 Clonduff's opponents were Killcock, Kildare - one more win and the Quarter finasl of cup competition would be the reward. But injuries to Sean Downey ,Rian Branagan and Damian Farnon meant that with only seven players to field in this game Clonduff just failed to win. 1-05 to 2-05.

Game 4 was against Killeedy, Limerick - group leaders and unbeaten, youthful and with skills in abundance! The large group of spectators were looking forward to this one. First half did not disappoint - Clonduff showed no fear of the Munster team and took an early lead. Both teams spurred on by the large group of neutrals that had gathered served up a classic. Only two points separated the teams at half time but in the second half Clonduff with no available subs tiredness set in and they fired too many wides and finished the game 4-04 6-08.

Clonduff finished group stage joint second and on score difference were in the Shield Quarter Final - Opponents Castleknock ,Dublin.

With four of the ten patched up Clonduff missed out on Semi Finals 4-04 to 6-08.

An excellent day was had by all. Well done boys!

Clonduff Panel: Niall Quinn, Sean Downey, Andrew Quinn, Liam McParlan, Christopher Young, John Murphy, Ciarán Smith, Rián Branagan, ,Shane Murray and Damian Farnon. First Aid Noleen Cairns.









Above and right - Charlie Carr one of  Clonduff's talented young Hurlers (yellow socks) taking part in U14 Hurling Development Squad training during the Summer 2011 - five of our young Hurlers participated.


Boley Poc Fada

The sun shone brightly for a change as twenty participants (equalling last year's record) converged at the base of the Hen Mountain for the Annual Poc Fada. A massive crowd of spectators (surpassing last year) made it up to the top to watch the proceedings (was this the result of the Hillbillies Walking Club?). The courses were laid out, as always, by stalwart Damian Farnon.

The U16 boys and girls were first to take to the mountain, each accompanied by one of the adult competitors as their marker. They received every encouragement from their friends and families who had made the steep climb to the top. The boys event was won by Brendan Britton (16 pocs) whilst the girls event was won by Mollie Brown (25 pocs). Club Hurling Rep Alistair McGilligan presented the juvenile trophies.

The adults then took to the hill - it's still hard to get the Camogs out in numbers - cheered on by the enthusiastic supporters atop The Hen. Both John Murphy (17 pocs) and Orla Maginn (23 pocs) (pictured left and right above) retained their titles - John was pushed all the way with quite a number only one or two pocs behind but there was no-one this year to push Orla! Come on Girls show the men you are not afraid of climbing! Senior Trophies were presented to the winners by Senior Hurling Manager Gerry Coughlin. A great time was had by all!

U10 Hurling Go Games Blitz in Castlewellan

On Saturday 9th April, the Clonduff juvenile Hurlers travelled to Castlewellen to take part in the first Go Games blitz of the year,  the teams involved were Clonduff, Newry Shamrocks, Castlewellen, Ballyvarley, Ballela, Liatroim and Warrenpoint. The first game was against Newry Shamrocks and after a close first half Clonduff proved too strong in the second and with each game they grew in confidence. Due to Time Restrictions Clonduff didn't get to play Liatroim or Warrenpoint, but their skill was more than a match for the other teams and they ran out easy winners in the end.
Cork Senior hurler Diarmuid O'Sullivan was there with the Newry Shamrocks management, before putting the South Down Hurlers trough their paces, and took the time to have a chat with the lads and sign Hurls and Jerseys. A great day was had by all and each player got the opportunity to play in Goals, Defence, Mid Field and of course everyone's favourite FORWARDS.
Training for all children from the age of 5 up, continues on a Friday night from 6 - 7, helmets and hurls will be provided.
The boys in the photo are Darragh and Shay Fitzpatrick, Aaron and Sennan Gribben, Aiden Markey, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Padraig Clancy, Sean Magone and Charlie Kerr


Senior Hurlers 2011

Above is the team that played Creggan Kickhams in the second Ulster Club League home game of the season on Saturday 5th March. Back row: Jamie Lynch, Ryan Mc Shane, Ciarán Smith, Connor McShane, John Murphy (capt), Niall Quinn, Shane Murray, Paul Bloomfield, Christopher McShane, Danny Nugent; Front row : Paudie Mathews ,Liam McParlan, Eoin Murphy, Sean Downey, Chris Young, Andrew Quinn, Gavin O'Hagan, Mark Downey, Ciarán Downey, Fionnbharr Murphy

Junior Hurling Champions 2010

Clonduff Senior Hurlers completed a good weekend for the Club with a two-point win over Ballyvarley in the Junior Championship Final in Ballela on Sunday afternoon (12th September). They scored the first two points followed by three in a row from the opposition but young corner forward, Chris Young finished a great move to the net to move Clonduff into the lead which they never again lost. Clonduff led 1-7 to 0-9 at the break and totally dominated play for the first 15 minutes of the second half and moved into a six point lead. They were pegged back with a Ballyvarley goal. Clonduff replied with a great point but were once again pegged back with two long range frees from Paul O'Neill (who scored all but one of Ballyvarley's scores) to leave just two in it. One other effort hit the post and rebounded to safety. O'Neill had a final chance of a score but it just fell short. Clonduff are County Champions on a score of 1-13 to 1-11! Championship Panel: Niall Quinn, Conor Tumilty, Damian Farnon (Capt), Paul McCusker, Andy Quinn, Shane Murray, Francis Quinn, Paudie Matthews (0-1), Ciarán Smyth, John Murphy (0-6,4f), Liam McParlan (0-1), Jamie Lynch (0-1), Fionnbharr Murphy (0-1), Paddy Branagan (0-2), Chris Young (1-1). Subs used: Mark Downey, Shay Murnin, Eddie Clancy. Other subs: Jim Murnin, Chris Brown, Paul Bloomfield, Ryan McShane, Stephen Burns, Hugh Murphy, Rory Matthews, Shay Murnin, Owen Roe Brogan, Eoin Murphy, Danny Nugent.

Clonduff will play the winners of the Tyrone v Donegal preliminary round in the Ulster Club Quarter Final.

The Club wishes to thank sincerely, the following for their donations to the senior hurling team:  Fegan Hardware, Mini Macs Disco, Mario's, Horseshoe Bar, Rory Matthews, Macs, Leo & Lorraine Bloomfield, Stephen & Joan Burns, Martin & Sheila Lynch, Paudie Matthews,  Kieran Tumilty Signs, Paddy Fegan, Colly Magee, Wineyard Off Licence and Tescos  


U16 Hurling Team 2010

Pictured above is the Clonduff U16 Hurling team with their mentors Paddy Branagan (left) and Damian Farnon and John Murphy (right). The boys had a good league season and went out of the Championship in the Semi Final to Carryduff by two points after conceding a couple of late goals.,
Hurling Semi Final 2010

Junior Hurling Championship - Clonduff v Castlewellan - Pairc Esler, in perfect condition, was the venue for this high octane match between Castlewellan and Clonduff. Clonduff fired three consecutive wides, then with the deftest of flicks they found the back of Castlewellan's net. Castlewellan responded with two points scored from frees. With Clonduff having the lion's share of possession they took an early lead of four points. Then with a lapse in the usually tight defence Castlewellan scored two goals and 4 pts . Leaving the Yellas trailing by 6 pts  at half time. The second half started with an increase in the intensity and pressure from Clonduff. The team started to win the midfield  battle thus allowing  the forwards to get the all important scores to reduce the deficit to the bare minimum, outscoring Castlewellan in the second half by 3-05 to 0-4 and thus ensuring a place in the Junior Final Against Div 1 opponents Ballyvarley .Final Score Clonduff 4-08 v Castlewellan 2-10. An excellent result for the large panel of Senior Hurlers and a great spectacle for the large crowd who witnessed  this battle royal. In the action shot above Liam McParlan rises high for the ball
Team and scorers:
Niall Quinn, Connor Tumilty, Damian Farnon, Chris Brown, Danny Nugent, Andy Quinn, Shane Murray, Francis Quinn, Ciarán Smith, John Murphy, Mark Downey, Liam McParlan, Jamie Lynch, Owen Roe Brogan, Chris Young, Paddy Branagan, Shay Murnin, Paudie Matthews, Eddie Clancy, Fionnbharr Murphy 


Henry Shefflin takes Primary Schools Hurling Coaching Session in Down

On Tuesday 11 May 2010, one of Ireland's most famous current Hurlers, Henry Shefflin, took up an invitation from Down Schools to provide a coaching sessions for Primary School children in South Down at the Schools 7-a-side Hurling blitz. Above are the Sp Paul's Primary School children with Henry and their Principal Vincent Devlin. Below left, a group of the young people who attended including those from St Patrick's Ballymaghery and on the right some of the Cabra youngsters in action with Henry. (Photos courtesy of Vincent Devlin).

Clonduff Seconds Hurling Team Takes Field for First Time

The Clonduff Hurling team that took the field in the Armagh League on Tuesday 20th April 2010 - Front row: Gerard Coughlan (jnr), Chris Young ,Chris Brown, Eoin Murphy, Jamie lynch, Danny Nugent , Owen Roe Brogan, Ciarán Downey, Connor Tumilty ,Hugh Murphy, J J Gilmore; Back row: Stephen Powell, Francis Quinn, Eamon Mathews, Shea McPolin, Ciarán Smith, Niall Quinn, Damian Farnon, Stephen Burns (snr), Brian Grant, Steven Burns (jnr), Paul Bloomfield, Shane Murray, Andy Quinn, Anthony Brogan, Rory Mathews

Clonduff Hurlers got their 2010 season off to a good start in 2010 - they are pictured above (at home) v Truagh Gaels, Monaghan (left) in the Ulster League and on the right v Warrenpoint in the Down Jun League. They won both these games.
Clonduff is also fielding a second team in the Armagh Jun League

Senior Hurlers get their Ulster League Campaign off to a Winning Start!

Clonduff Senior Hurlers won their first outing in the 2010 Ulster League against a very physical Antrim club side, All Saints Ballymena on Saturday 6th March. At half time the 'Yellas' led 1-5 to 1-4. During the second half Clonduff increased the tempo to get 4 points clear. A late goal from All Saints left the bare minimum between the sides but Clonduff's rear guard held out for a good win. The final score was 1-11 to 2-7. Team: Niall Quinn, Danny Nugent,  Damian Farnon, Francis Quinn, Andy Quinn, Liam McParlan, J J Gilmore, Kealim O'Hare (0-2),  Ciarán Smith, Jamie Lynch, Paudie Mathews (0-3), Shane Murray (0-1) Chris Young (1-0),  Paddy Branagan (0-5),  Eoin Murphy,  Jim Murnin, Owen Roe  Brogan, Shea McPolin, Shay Murnin, Christopher Brown, Eamon Mathews, Hugh Murphy, Ciaran Downey, Rory Mathews, Laurence Murphy


St Patrick's Primary School in Schools' Co Indoor Hurling Final

Pictured above is St Patrick's Primary School Indoor Hurling Squad who made history when they qualified for the Co Final! The boys lost only one of their six games in the group stage held in Aughlisnafin on Thursday 21st January 2010. The Co Final will be held in Portaferry on Wednesday 27th January. The boys are a great credit to their Games Teacher Ms Meave McNeill, the School and of course, their coaches in the Club.
Hilltown v Legamaddy 1.1 draw scorer Patrick Brannigan; Hilltown v Carryduff 3.2 lost scorers Christopher Hynes, Conor Woods; Hilltown v Aughlisnafinn 7.6 Win scorers Ross Carr 1,  Conor Woods 2,  Christopher Hynes 2,  Patrick Brannigan 2; Play-off - Hilltown v Legamaddy 5.2 scorers Conor Woods 3, Ross Carr 1, Brandon Roe 1; Semi-finals Hilltown v Maghermayo 3.2 scorers Conor woods 2, Christopher Hynes 1; Final Hilltown v Downpatrick 3.0 Scorers Christopher Hynes 2, Conor Woods 1.
They put on a great show in the Finals on Wednesday 27th January in Portaferry. They played 5 games, winning two, losing 2 and drawing one. (The competition was won by the homeside).
Back row (l to r) Patrick Branagan, Conan Murnin, Conor Woods, John Boden, Callum Branagan, Christopher Hynes; Front row (l to r) Ross Carr, Jack Devlin, Tiarnan McEvoy, Brandon Roe and Lee Murnin

Awards for Clonduff Hurling Referees!

Pictured above are Clonduff Hurling Referees Gerry Coughlin and Eddie Clancy who had taken charge of U16A and U16B Hurling Finals respectively and were honoured at the Referees' Awards Night on Friday 22nd January 2010. Gerry is a seasoned referee and is also the Clonduff Senior Hurling Manager. Eddie, in his first year as a referee crowned a magnificent year with the whistle by picking up the award (he also plays Senior Hurling and Handball). They are pictured with another Clonduffian - Jerry Quinn (left) who has recently been appointed Chairman of the Referees Administration Committee and Michael Keenan (Burren) Chairman of the County Hurling Board.

Clonduff Senior Hurlers take Pre-season Training Lying Down!

30+ Senior Hurlers arrived in Gymtec  in preparation for the upcoming season in the Down, Armagh and Ulster Leagues. Gymtec Proprietor Eamon, ably assisted by Instructor Gary will  put the Panel through an intensive strength and conditioning programme for the next six weeks. Panel seems to have enjoyed the first session judging by the smiling faces that left Gymtec or maybe they were grimaces . Either way. Senior Panel will be at Gymtec for the next six weeks.

Clonduff Hurlers are U16 Shield Winners 2009

Clonduff U16 Hurlers collected the Shield title on Sunday afternoon (8th November) in Burren when then defeated Warrenpoint in a hard-fought but deserving victory on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-7.
Clonduff travelled to Burren on Sunday past to play a strong, physical Warrenpoint side in the Shield Final. The ‘Yellas’ started off the better of the two sides, scoring the opening point. Clonduff then went on to dominate the first half with very fine scores. The attacking force of Clonduff worked hard, and the defenders can be very proud of the way they handled their opposition. In the second half, Warrenpoint piled on a lot of pressure. Despite this pressure, Clonduff kept their cool and saw off any threat to win by a margin of 7 points. This fantastic win ensured that Clonduff U16 Hurlers have won both the League AND the Championship! A brilliant performance by an extremely promising underage hurling team! The management would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and supporters for their help throughout the entire season.
The U16 Team in 2009: Christopher McShane, Shane Branagan, Eamonn Grant, Jamie Lowry, Peter Fitzpatrick, Shea McPolin, Sean Downey, Conor Pio Gribben, Shay Murnin, Jamie Curran, Conor McShane, Barry O'Hagan, Conor Grant, Rian Branagan and Brendan Britton. Subs; Martin Rooney, Declan Rooney, Lorcan Branagan, Pearse Branagan, Ogi O’Hanlon, Niall McPolin, David Quinn, Reese Ward, Darragh Downey.

Big Game for Clonduff referee

Rookie hurling referee Eddie Clancy from Clonduff took charge of the U-14 Down Hurling Championship Final between Newry Shamrocks and Leitrim on Saturday 22nd August 2009.  Eddie has been a revelation as a referee in this his first year and this is, undoubtedly a first step to an illustrious career as the 'man in the middle'.
Eddie is one of three new referees recruited in 2009 - Ben (Gerard) Brennan and John Francis Murray.
(Photo by Patrick Murphy)
On Saturday 4th July 2009 in Clonduff Park, Clonduff U14 Hurlers overcame Kilclief by four points in the quarter finals of the Championship. The boys are pictured above with their mentors Paddy Branagan (Left) and Damian Farnon (Right). The team was Jamie Gribben, Dean Burns, David Quinn, Patrick Branagan, Declan Rooney, Brendan Britton, Martin Rooney, Patrick Grant, Lorcan Branagan, Darragh Downey, Owen Roe, Rhys Ward, Stephen McConville, Conor Woods and Dillon Downey.

Congratulations to 10-year-old Patrick Branagan (above) son of Paddy and Bronagh, who was selected to play on the Down Primary Schools Hurling team that entertained the crowd at half time in Casement Park during the Down v Derry Ulster Semi-final game. Patrick is pictured on the left with the medal he received on the day.
Down Primary Schools representatives who provided the entertainment at half time in the Down v London game in Casement Park on 1st June 2008. Clonduff and St Patrick's representative is Lorcan Branagan is centre front row
Down Senior Hurlers at a training session in Clonduff Park May 2008. The coach is former QUB and Antrim star Johnny Tosh
Primary School Féile 2008 held in Burren on Saturday 5th April 2008. Clonduff St Patrick's was the best represented with two teams - P6 and P7 and they are pictured among other participants in their distinctive yellow shirts
The Minor Hurling team that reached the County B Final in 2007-  Back row left to right Arthur McConville, Shane Murray, Kevin Parr, Mark Downey, Kealim O'Hare, Paul Bloomfield, Liam McParland (capt), Danny Nugent, J J Gilmore, Jayme Lynch: Front row left to right Eamon Matthews, Gavin O'Hagan, Niall Tumilty, Conor Tumilty, Christopher Young, Darren O'Hagan, Hugh Murphy, Christopher Brown:  Managers Damien Farnon, Sean Cairns, Kieran Smith  

Pictured above are the Clonduff U12 and U8 Hurlers who took Part in the Ballela Tournament - the U12s were the Winners on Sunday 9th September 2007.
Report by Paul McCusker (Mentor)
On Saturday past the U-12 Hurlers went to Balella to compete in the Ballella U-12 hurling tournament.  It was a great opportunity for the lads to test their skills against two unknown teams as well as the hosts, Balella.
U-12 Team Michael McArdle, Jack McAvoy, Declan Rooney, Martin Rooney, Lorcan Brannigan, Noel Grant, Michael Grant, Charlie Carr, Paddy Brannigan, Paddy Grant, Szymon Gorka, David Byrne, Connor Woods, Darragh Downey, Kevin Darby, Deane Byrne, David Quinn, Brendan Britton, Jayme Gribben.
U-8 Team Paudraig Clancy, Charlie Kerr, Ross Carr, Dillon Downey, Brandon Rowe.

All Ireland Féile na nGael 2007
wenty years ago (maybe even ten ) the suggestion that a Clonduff hurling team would take part in the national Féile na nGael would have been laughed at but on the weekend of 15th-17th June 2007 it happened and not only did they take part but such was the quality of their performances that the boys were actually disappointed that they did not qualify for the quarter finals.
The excitement began on Thursday afternoon when the bus left Hilltown for Glenmore in the southernmost tip of Kilkenny. Their team won the All Ireland Hurling club final in 1991. The community Hall in the tiny village was the rendezvous point on Thursday evening where a hearty meal was provided and then it was off to the “houses where we are staying”. Thursday evening was about meeting the host families, the people who would be “mammies and daddies “for three days and of course about meeting new friends.
The first game was on Friday afternoon against the host club. In truth our boys did not know what to expect, they conceded goals in the first half but put on a magnificent second half performances scoring four points from play and missing goal chances. Shay Murnin (2) Barry O’Hagan and Brendan Briton were the scorers. Shay Murnin scored the first of these and has the distinction of being the first Clonduff boy to score at National Féile.
That game over, it was round to the hall, more food and on to the bus for the trip to Kilkenny city for the parade. Over some of the narrowest and twistiest roads in Ireland but we got there on time. The rain was pouring down when we got there but thankfully it was over before the parade started. Jerry and Alastair got the banner sorted out, Maura took photos, there were speeches and then we were off. The boys looked fabulous in their new jerseys, as always the banner got lots of favourable comment. Michael O’Murehertaigh on the platform said “it is the best banner I have seen so far”. Thousands of people lined the route and it was along way “we are the yellows, we love the yellows, come on the yellows” was chanted hundreds of times, it got louder as we went along. Well if the others could chant so could we and it was a long walk. It was late when we got back to Glenmore but the craic was good. A bit of a lie-in on Saturday morning and then down to the pitch. The first game was against another Kilkenny side, Carrickshock, It was like a home game in Clonduff Park, all the parents seemed to be there, and the magic of hurling, a man from Mayobridge and a man from Kilcoo supporting Clonduff.  It was some game. Clonduff playing against the wind scored two points from Barry O’Hagan and Niall McPolin but their opponents got two before the break to leave the half time score two points each. Clonduff got n top but missed goal chances at the start of the second half. Then the other side got a point from a free, time was running out. But the boys never gave up and they were rewarded with goals from Shay Murnin and Brendan Britton. The other side got a late goal but it did not matter, Clonduff had won their first ever game at national Féile na nGael. 
Won one, lost one and one to go, against Tooreen from Co Mayo. We had been told that they were good, the winners of this game would go through. It was a fantastic game of hurling, they led 2-02 to 0-1 at half time but we had a shot cleared off the line. But Clonduff never gave up. Goal chances were missed before Shay got a point and Briton had the ball in the net, 2-04 to 1-02. Tooreen beat Glenmore in the next game and shoot out to go through to the semi-final and really Clonduff could have beaten them.
But the excitement was not yet over, the news spread like wildfire, Nicky Brennan the President of the GAA was coming in by helicopter to meet all four teams. He landed in the field across the road, came in and signed sticks and had his photo taken with the teams.
Saturday night was a social night, no details!!. Sunday morning, up for mass with the host families and then into Nowlan Park to see some of the finals. Henry Shefflin was there got the Jersey signed, a perfect end to a perfect weekend…well almost, it was great to see Hilltown. 
The boys who travelled were: Christopher McShane, Shane Branagan, Shay McPolin, Peter Fitzpatrick, Conor Grant, Sean Downey, Niall McPolin, Shay Murnin (capt) Brendan Britton, Conor McShane, Jamie Lowry, Barry O'Hagan, Jamie Curran, Rian Branagan, Pearse Branagan, Martin Rooney, Lorcan Branagan, Conor Pio Gribben, Eamon Grant and Declan Rooney. The mentors who travelled with the team were: Paddy Branagan, Damian Farnon and Jim Murnin. Alistair and Guinevra McGilligan travelled on Friday as part of the mentoring squad. Jerry Quinn was PRO.


The Clonduff Senior Hurling panel that made history in 2007! They were the first Clonduff Hurling team to play in an Ulster League. This photograph was taken in Clonduff Park on Sunday 27th May before their Ulster Quarter Final game against Latton, Co Monaghan. Clonduff won that game by 9 points. Team: Back row: Gary Curran, Shane Murray, Arthur McConville, John Murphy, Kieran Smith, Cailim O'Hare, Niall Quinn, Jim Murnin, Eddie Clancy, Rory Matthews, Laurence Murphy, Conor Tumilty. Front row: Damian Farnon, Paul Bloomfield, Ryan McShane, Andrew Quinn, Paul Caldwell, Danny Nugent, Gary Smith,, Neil McGeough, Paul McCusker, Liam McParlan,  Paddy Branagan. Missing from the photo is Fionnbharr Murphy who, unfortunately sustained a hand injury in League game.


Congratulation to Darragh Downey (Clonduff) who represented Down Primary Schools against Derry Primary Schools during half time in the senior championship match between Down and Derry at Casement Park on Sunday.  Darragh is pictured in the back row and is second from the left. 


Three photos of the 'Meet and Greet' session organised by the Down Hurling Board for youngsters from across the county to come and meet the Down and Cork players after the match on Sunday 18th March 2007.  The Clonduff lads met John Gardiner, Joe Deane and Wayne Sherlock and had their jerseys autographed by Gareth Johnston.    They were taken for their day out by their mentors Damien Farnan and Paddy Branagan.
The Clonduff U12 Hurling team who were defeated by a single point in the inaugural Sciath na nÓg competition held in Clonduff Park on Saturday 21st October 2006

Clonduff U12 Hurling panel who made history in 2005 when they collected the Club's first ever U12 Hurling trophy by winning the League! Back row: Peter Fitzpatrick, Conor McShane, Christopher McShane, Shay McPolin, Niall McPolin, Jamie Curran; Middle row: Jamie Lowry, Niall Crowley, Declan Rooney, Lorcan Branagan, Martin Rooney, Sean Downey; Front Row:  Rian Branagan, Brendan Britton, Conor Grant (Capt), Shane Branagan, Pearce Branagan, Patrick Branagan. Missing from the photograph is  Shay Murnin
Clonduff U16 Hurling panel who reached the Down B Championship Final in 2005. Castlewellan defeated them by 2 points.

St Patrick's PS Hurling team who reached the Schools Hurling Final 2004. Front (l to r) Paddy Branniff (Schools Hurling Development Officer), Tony McGreevy, Lee Fitzpatrick, Barry O'Hagan and Maeve McNeill (St Pat's PS teacher/coach). Back (l to r) Shay Murnin, Henry Brown, Patrick Matthews, Des McGarry, Niall McPolin and Niall Tumilty

The 2003 Senior Hurling Panel (and some youthful supporters) pictured with Club Chairman, Johnny McPolin, (red shirt front row)  and team manager Sean Cairns  (on Johnny's left) in Cennaras Chluain Daimh.

Clonduff Players to the fore in Down Junior Hurling Team 2000

Paddy Branagan (4th from right front row sitting) captained the Down Junior Hurling team in Div 4 Hurling League. Other Clonduff players were: Paul McCusker (2nd left back row), Sean Curran 4th from right back row), Alistair McGilligan (2nd from right back row), Padraig Matthews (extreme left on ground) and John Murphy (2nd from right on ground)


Triple Winners in 2002!
This team swept all before them in 2002 - they went through the Junior League unbeaten, won the Junior Championship and the Betsy Gray Shield! Front row (l to r) Shea Murnin, Shane O'Hagan, Eoin Murphy, Fionnbharr Murphy, Michael Brogan. Middle row (l to r) Paddy Murphy, Paul Brown, John Ward, Paddy Branagan, Damian Farnon (Capt) Paul McCusker, Liam Boyle, Alastair McGilligan, Niall Quinn. Back row (l to r) Anthony Tinnelly, Padraig Matthews, Stephen Powell, Sean Curran, Shane Boyle, John Murphy, Jim Murnin, Robert Wilson, Rory Matthews, Sean Cairns


Feis 7s Runners Up 2000
Back (left to right ) Robert Wilson, Allister McGilligan, Liam Boyle, Damian Farnon, Jim Murnin, Front: (Left to Right): Paul Brown, Finbarr Murphy, Niall Quinn, Paddy Branagan, Paul McCusker

The Triple Hurling Junior Championship, League and 7s winning team - 1996! Back row (l to r) Shane Quinn, Peter Murnin, Robert Wilson, Tony Wilson, Shane Burden, Tom Grant, Jim Murnin, Sean Curran, Stephen Murnin, Thomas Murnin, Rory Matthews. Front row (l to r) Cathal young, Mark O'Reilly, Paul McCusker, Paddy Branagan, Padraig Matthews, Francis Quinn, Paul McAlinden. Seated (l to r) Michael Gallagher and Declan Wilson

Junior Feis Hurling 7s Hurling Champions 1996 - Front (l to r) Padraig Matthews, Sean Curran, Paddy Branagan, Jim Murnin (with little son Shay). Back (l to r) Eamon McCusker, Damian Farnon, Shaun Wilson, Allistair Mcgilligan, Paul McAlinden, Francis Quinn


Sean Cairns (left) and Jerry Quinn (right) led these young lads to U16 B Hurling Championship success in 1991. 
Back row (l to r) Sean Cairns, Declan Hudson,  Nigel Monaghan, Colin Grant, Paddy Branagan, Peter Trainor, Sean Curran, Sean Hillen, Sean Wilson, Paul Fitzpatrick, Mark O'Reilly, Jerry Quinn. Front row (l to r) Niall Quinn, Stephen Brannigan, Damien Smyth, Francis Quinn, Rory Matthews, Joseph McGivern, Padraig Matthews, Mark Simpson, Paul McAlinden.

These lads competed in Clonduff's first Feile na nGael in 1989 in Portaferry. Front (l-r) Sean Simpson, Damien Smith, Declan Wilson, Niall Quinn, John Ward, Martin Gallagher, Michael Gallagher, Francis Quinn. Back (l-r) Barry Burden, Colin Grant, Mark Simpson, James McCartan, Gary Smith, Padraig Matthews, Shane Ward, Paul McAlinden, Stephen Brannigan (Carcullion). Partially obscured by the banner is Shaun Wilson
These young Hurlers won Div 3 of Feile na nGael at Castlewellan in 1986! Front row (l to r) Nigel Monaghan, Sean O'Hanlon, Shane Quinn, Paul McCusker, Brendan McGarry, Francis Quinn, Mickey Fegan, Rory Matthews. Back row (l to r) Sean Cairns (Team mentor), David Lowry, Patrick Murphy, Shane Ward, Robert Wilson, John Rooney, Loughlin O'Hare, Eamon McCusker, Shaun Wilson

As part of the GAA Centenary Celebrations, the Down Co Board organised a Centenary Hurling Tournament in 1984 for those clubs who at the time played football only - Clonduff won the competition and so began the history of continuous Hurling in Clonduff GAC.
Above are the team and young supporters: Front row (l to r) Marty Farnon, Sean Curran, Ciaron Murray, John Rooney, Rory Matthews, Nigel Monaghan, Patrick Murphy, Loughlin O'Hare, Fionnuala Carr, Shane Quinn. Kneeling (l to r) John Francis Murray, Damian Murray, John Crilly, Peter Murnin, John McPolin, Bobby Brannigan, Rory Arthurs, Eugene O'Hare. Standing (l to r) Martin Farnon, Pat Matthews, Peter Hamill, Colm Curran, Tony Branagan, Sean Cairns, Andy Joe Murnin, Jim Murnin, Adrian Travers, Cathal Murray, Dominic Brannigan, Brian McGreevy, John Brannigan, Ross Carr


According to 'Sceal Chluain Daimh - The Clonduff Story' Part 1,

 ''On The 13th March 1983 the first ever Hurling Team, of which the Clonduff Club have any written record , took thefField at home against Mayobridge. Many doughty games of Football had brought these neighbouring clubs into opposition but as far as can be ascertained, this was the first ever Hurling match between them. Johnny McPolin and Martin Farnon provided the experience in the rearguard, and John Crilly, Ross Carr and the Curran Brothers showed that their scoring talents were not confined to the game with the Big Ball ''

In August 2013, Guinevra McGilligan (nee Carr) named the team as follows:

(Back row l to r) Pat Matthews, Martin Farnon, Ross Carr, Hugh Brown, Bobby Brannigan, Paddy Haughian, Brian McGreevy, Leo Hamill - Sean Cairns is partially obscured. Front Row: Tommy Brown, Marty Curran, Johnny McPolin, John Joe Brown, John Crilly, Damien Murray, Colm Curran and Dominic Brannigan.


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