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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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"A GAA Club without Scór is just another sports club"!
- Jarlath Burns


Club Maíth Platinum Award Winners 2007, 2014                                 Irish News Ulster Club Award Winners 2008, 2015     

Irish News Volunteer of the Year 2014 - Anita Brannigan                   Ulster GAA President's Award 2014

Irish News Young Volunteer of the Year 2016 - Sarah Bloomfield



14 year old Aoife Trainor sang her way beautifully to the Ulster Scór na nÓg title in Silverbridge on 12th January 2019 to become the only Down representative in the All Ireland Finals to be held in Castlebar on Saturday 16th February. This is Clonduff's first ever Solo Singing Ulster title and the champion is pictured here with her parents Marty and Susan with the Ulster GAA President Michael Hasson in Silverbridge are the results were announced. We wish Aoife and all the Ulster acts the very best of good luck in the All Ireland Finals.



Aoife Trainor on Stage in Ulster Semi Final

Set Dancers on Stage in Ulster Semi Final

In the first Ulster semi-final in Silverbridge on Saturday afternoon the Down Champions, of which Clonduff had three, were up against their counterparts from Armagh, Monaghan and Donegal. As expected, the competition was fierce and with only two places available in each discipline the youngsters had to be on the top of their game to catch the attention of the adjudicators. And that is indeed what Down competitors did – they were successful in five of the seven disciplines! Clonduff’s Solo Singer, Aoife Trainor had the big crowd and the adjudicator spell-bound with her rendition of Slán Abhaile. The final competition of the evening was Set Dancing and the last act was the young Clonduff team and they never put a foot wrong in their Waterford Set to secure their place. Hard luck to Brian McGreevy who performed his recitation impeccably but he was pipped at the post!

A massive well done to the other Down Competitors who made it through to the Ulster Final, again in Silverbridge on Saturday 12th January 2019 – Mayobridge Ceili Dancers, Glasdrumman Ballad Group, Drumaness Leíruí (Stage Presentation)



Pictured above are members of  the Clonduff Executive elected at the AGM on 28th November 2018. Back row (l to r): James McConville, Sean Fearon (Registrar), John Anthony Gribben, Thomas Murnin (Vice chair and Cultural Officer), Paddy Branagan, Paul McConville (Youth Coaching Officer), John Murphy (Hurling Rep & Irish Language Officer), Danny Nugent, Jamie Fegan, Kieran Kelly (LGFA), Brendan Murray (Adult Games), Martin Farnon; Front row (l to r): Tommy Kelly (Co Board Rep & South Down Board vice chair), Karen Rice (Assistant Treasurer, Anita Brannigan (PRO), Ciara Kelly (Assistant Secretary), Niamh Murray (Secretary), Daniel McPolin (Treasurer), Padraig Matthews (Chair), Missing from the photo is Damien Fearon (Children's Officer) and Denise Close (Insurance)



Club Chairman Paudie Matthews makes a presentation to outgoing Secretary Anita Brannigan at AGM 2018 held in the Club on Wednesday 28th November. Anita has been a member of the Executive since 1998, serving the first seven years as Assistant Secretary and the last eleven as Secretary. However in her own words ‘I haven’t gone away you know’ - she was returned unopposed as Club PRO



Co Scór na nÓg Solo Singing Champion 2019 - Aoife Trainor with Co Chairman Sean Rooney

A massive well done to all our young people who participated in the Co Scór na nÓg Finals in St Malachy’s High School on Sunday evening 25th November. The standard was amazingly high and very close - unfortunately there can only be one winner and those who missed out did so by the smallest of margins! At the end of the evening when the results were announced Clonduff had clinched three titles and will now represent Down in the Ulster Semi Final in Silverbridge on Saturday 1st December.

Co Scór na nÓg Recitation Champion 2019 - Brian McGreevy with Co Chairman Sean Rooney

Solo Singer Aoife Trainor with her rendition of ‘Slán Abhaile’, Brian McGreevy’s performance of ‘The Present’ and the Young Set Dancers put on the performances of their lives to lift those titles and that’s what was needed to win over the adjudicators. Despite a great performance from our Ballad Group they were pipped at the post. The Instrumental Musicians regrouped after an instrument malfunction and gave a fabulous performance as indeed did our other performers - Jack McGreevy who was up against his brother in the Recitation and the ‘wee’ Set Dancing Team.


Co Scór na nÓg Set Dancing Champions 2019 - Clonduff with Co Chairman Sean Rooney and Co Scór Secretary Paula Magee

Well done everybody- you are a credit to yourselves, your families, your mentors and your club. 
Other winners in the day were: 
Ceili Dancing - Mayobridge
Ballad Group - Glasdrumman 
Leíruí - Drumaness
Instrumental Music - Glasdrumman 
It will be a great night in Silverbridge!



Best wishes to all 50 of our young people who will represent Clonduff in the 50th Year of Scór (2019)competitions commencing with first rounds on Friday night 26th October (Burren Community Hall @ 7.30pm), Saturday 27th October (Glasdrumman AOH Hall @ 3pm), Sunday 28th October (St Pat’s PS Hilltown @ 5.30) and continuing in Down throughout November.
Pictured here are some of our competitors with their families and friends prior to a wee cuppa tae and final rehearsals in the Clubrooms on Wednesday night.
Enjoy the experience folks - "It's not all about the winning but more often about the friends you make along the way" (Paula Magee Down Co Scór Secretary)



As is now customary over the Halloween period, in conjunction with the Local Community Association and Partly funded by the Community Safety Partnership with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Clonduff has immersed itself in the 'Thrilltown' project in an effort to keep the young people of the area meaningfully occupied over this vulnerable time. Sarah Bloomfield and Mark Devlin, assisted by numerous young volunteers, organised a very successful Sports Camp in Clonduff Park on Thursday and Friday 1st and 2nd November. Over 100 youngsters attended the camp over the two day.



Many thanks to Shane McCann, Ulster Council for facilitating the excellent 'Sport for All' to some of our youth coaches on Thursday night. 
Shane's workshop was a combination of the theoretical and practical challenges and their solutions faced by the all-inclusive GAA Club.
Attending the course in Clonduff Youth Centre were: Back row (l-r) Gavin McCann (LGFA), Guinevera McGilligan (Camogie), Oliver Morgan (Camogie), Kieran Kelly (LGFA), PJ McGreevy (U16 Football), Sarah Bloomfield (Ulster Council Schools Coach); Kneeling on the left is facilitator Shane McCann and on the right Clonduff Young Volunteer Jayme McDonald.
Missing from photo: Paul Maginn (U8 Football), Damien Fearon (U6/Fundamentals), Paul McConville (Youth/Coaching Officer)



Clonduff has been involved in the Ulster GAA Club Maith Award since they piloted the scheme back in 2007. Club Maith Bronze Award was tied into the SportNI ClubMark Award which is an essential criteria for clubs applying for grants from SportNI. This became an online portfolio from January 2018 and again Clonduff, who were due to renew, was to the forefront and became the first Club to complete it. They were duly awarded the ClubMark at the first attempt (they will aim to retain the Platinum Club Maith). Declan Steele from SportNI visited Clonduff in September 2018 to present the award and is pictured with Chairman Padraig Matthews, Secretary Anita Brannigan and former Chairman Jimmie Cousins - Anita and Jimmie collated and uploaded the documents to the portfolio.

At the time of the presentation the U6 and U8 boys and girls were being filmed for a promotional video for SportNI.



The Down Rose / Clonduff PRO / Ciara Kelly sets off on Monday 13th August for the final leg of her quest to be crowned the 59th Rose of Tralee! Her colleagues on the Clonduff Executive organised a great send off for her on Friday 10th August with a fantastic programme of traditional music, song and dance. 
After the Chairman, Paudie Matthews’ welcome Thomas ‘Tooter’ Murnin took on the mantle of Fear an Ti and kept the programme moving along in his own inimitable ‘Tooter’ style. There was a great array of home-grown (or settled) talent to showcase all that is good about the Clonduff Community. Many thanks to Paul Kelly (Yellow Road) for supplying the excellent sound system – he and the Magee Family opened the show with a programme of traditional music followed by the Kearney sisters – Kylah and Cailli – giving a beautiful exhibition of Irish Dancing; then it was the turn of Aoife Trainor accompanied by Cora Magee which was followed up by Grace Clancy accompanied by Paul Kelly. Then it was the turn of Daithi (aka Tooter) to interview Ciara – he had really done his homework on the ‘wee girl from Cabra’ and may have caused her some hilarious embarrassment at times. Ciara finished her interview with her self-penned poem that she wrote for the Down Final (apparently she cannot recite in the Rose Festival despite having won numerous Scór titles for Recitation [and a County title in Tráth na gCeist]). The Junior Ballad Group that reached the Ulster Final in January then took to the stage with the talented Grace Clancy doing an excellent stand in for the Gaeltacht-tied Kayleigh McPolin. Then the only male member of the group Jordan McPolin closed the first part with a solo rendition of ‘Life is a River’ and he opened the next part with ‘The Auctioneer’. In between Jordan’s songs a delightful supper prepared by Luigi Andre was served to all present. The Fear an Ti’s son Odhran Murnin gave an amazing performance of ‘The Parting Glass’ before the beautiful and talented Niamh Fearon took the stage. The Clonduff All Ireland Ballad Group Champions 2017 performed ‘The Blackbird’ – one of their winning songs before leading the crowd in the singing of ‘The Rose of Tralee’ – they were joined onstage by the Down Rose Ciara and then Tooter for what should have been the finale but that fell to the Clonduff Limerick Man Eddie Clancy who was coaxed onstage for his party piece. 
There were six raffle prizes and when the destination of these were decided an auction took place for ‘Tommy Kelly’s Farm’ – well his hand-crafted farmyard! Tooter was the auctioneer and bidding was keen and a handsome sum was secured for the farm – the purchaser being none other than the Club Chairman! 
Chairman Paudie brought the evening to a close at midnight and invited Ciara to have the last word –she said she was speechless but did manage to thank all for the support given her on her Rose Journey – it was one of her best night’s ever. She said her chosen charity was initially Southern Area Hospice but following the tragic death of Clonduff member Pearce Brannigan in June she had decided to split her funds with The Hospice and the NI Heartbeat Foundation in Pearce’s honour. (Incidentally a fundraising night for The Heartbeat Foundation will take place in the Club in September). 
Massive Best Wishes Ciara for the next 10 days or so – enjoy every moment and as the Chairman advised – ‘Be Yourself’ – it’ll take you a long way!


Ciara, Our Down Rose at The Galway Races

The Down Rose, Ciara Kelly who happens to be Clonduff's PRO, elegantly styled by her cousin Marian Kelly at the Galway Races 2018 two weeks ahead of the Rose of Tralee Final.



Many thanks and well done to Dermot and his team at the BBQ who literally cooked thousands of burgers and bacon butties over the Féile weekend; to Goretta, Noleen, Shane, Sarah and team who served thousands of cups of tea/coffee/sandwiches/cold drinks/ice pops etc, to Attracta and team who sold a thousand ice creams; our stewards/volunteers who ‘controlled’ thousands of people/cars/buses, etc; those who made thousands of sandwiches; our volunteers on pitch and security duties; bar staff; those who kept replenishing stocks wherever needed; PJ and his team of All Ireland raffle ticket sellers; Shane and Damien our Pitch coordinators and their helpers/runners; and then there was Paudie and Anita in the ‘Control Centre’ Paudie kept it all running smoothly and Anita relayed the results to Féile HQ. There were lots of people who supplied equipment for the weekend and the run-up - walkie-talkies, the retro scoreboard for the top pitch, tractors, diggers, man power, ‘elbow grease’ etc, etc. Our own U14 players who gave us a lot to cheer about - and their families - those who hosted the boys and girls from Laune Rangers and New York Ladies, provided transport and/or cooking skills, stewarding, pre and post clean up - you were all absolutely amazing! If we’ve omitted someone we apologise in advance and do let us know - it’s hard to get our brains into normal gear again. 
A big thank you to National Féile Committee for giving us the opportunity of demonstrating to the whole country just what a great club/community we are! Clonduff hosted Div 1 quarter finals on Saturday afternoon and Div 5 and 9 Semi Finals and Finals on Sunday - we had teams from New York, Scotland Kerry, Derry, Leitrim, Kildare, Meath, Sligo, Longford, Cork, Fermanagh, Louth, Laois, Dublin, Waterford and of course Down playing in Clonduff Park over the weekend. Everybody was well fed and watered and hopefully, having won or lost they have taken away great memories of Féile 2018 in Clonduff Park!

This image from Clonduff Park on Féile Sunday sums up the Spirit of Féile - a young lad from Graiguecullen GAA (Laois) helps an injured player from Ballinderry (Derry) off the field just after Ballinderry had defeated his team in the Div 5 semi final



The New York Girls arrived in Carrickdale Hotel (Wednesday); The Laune Rangers Boys left Killorglin Thursday afternoon and stayed overnight in Dublin before making their way to Co Down on Friday. 
Both visiting teams went directly to their two first games in St Mary's Burren - Clonduff teams also played two games in Burren on Friday evening. Hosts and visitors had the privilege of playing each other in Clonduff Park on Saturday morning. All f
our teams returned from Burren to Clonduff Club on Friday evening for light supper and to 'Meet and Greet' their host families. 
The weather was reminiscent of New York weather at this time of the year! By all accounts they had a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Laune Rangers reached the semi finals of the Div 1 Shield whilst the New York girls reached the Div 2 Cup Final



Clonduff Boys and Girls are Ready for Féile 2018


Both teams are sporting the new sponsored playing jerseys (Girls - Gilmores Garage; Boys - Enviroform) and other great gear - National Féile is not in our calendar every year! The boys reached Div 1 Shield Final where they were defeated by Claregalway which had been founded by Clonduff and Down Great - Patsy O'Hagan (Bittersweet!) The girls were controversially beaten in the quarter finals by a single point when what looked like a perfectly good goal was disallowed.


Sunday 27th May 2018 - What An Amazing Night

Pictured is the cast of 'The Field' which picked up The Best Overall Film and the Jimmie Devlin as the Bull McCabe picked up the Best Actor. The Films were screened on Sunday 27th May and what a night of glamour, entertainment and local talent! It was a difficult night for the judges - Gillian Fitzpatrick, Daniel McCartan and Clonduff's own Paul Kelly - who chose all the winners except The Best Overall Film which was chosen by Audience Votes.

The Various Oskar winners were:
Best Supporting Actor - Ruairi Lively - The Full Monty
Best Supporting Actress - Aileen Walls - Pulp Fiction
Best Actor - Jimmie Devlin - The Field
Best Actress - Aileen Wilson - Bridesmaids
Best Individual Fundraiser - Carol Magee - Rocky 
Best Grossing Film - Step Brothers
Best International Film - Forrest Gump
Best Overall Film - The Field



Many congratulations to our very pretty, talented and articulate PRO Ciara Kelly, who was chosen as Down Rose 2018 at the Selection Event in The Whistledown Hotel Warrenpoint on Saturday 21st April 2018. Ciara who works for and was sponsored by Autism Initiative, spoke about her work and her role in the Club - particularly the App she has adapted for pitch schedules! She also composed and recited a poem which she said her involvement in Scór inspired her. A busy year ahead for our Ciara and hope she enjoys every moment including the Rose of Tralee Finals in August!



Clonduff Ballad Group - l to r - Agnes Morris, Colleen Walls, Paul Kelly, Caroline Carvill and Martina Carvill - presenting the proceeds of their Champions for Charity Extravaganza to local man Paddy Morgan, a volunteer with Southern Area Hospice Services! The Ballad Group assembled a wide array of Scór talent from Down, Antrim and Armagh to raise funds for Southern Area Hospice - the night exceeded all expectations! What a wonderful way to finish their year as All Ireland Ballad Group Champions!



Five of 2018's Champions were Double All Ireland Scór na nÓg Champions 25 Years ago! And the feet are just as good now as they as they were in 1993 - Francis Quinn and his sister Ursula Kearney, Jayme Farrell and his wife Elaine (nee Hillen) and Lisa Gribben (nee Parr) and they were joined on the Scór Sinsir stage 2018 by Gail Kane (nee McPolin), Wayne Farrell and his sister Wendy Branagan. 
Lisa, Gail, Ursula and Wendy also competed in the Ceili Dancing along with Ellen Murphy, Nicola Ward, Caroline McGreevy and Clare McAlinden but Warrenpoint, as defending Ulster Champions pipped them to the post. Our Solo Singer Mary Catherine Murray arrived on crutches but despite this gave a fabulous rendition of Lough Erne's Shore but she too was pipped by Jordan Lively from Mayobridge.



The Clonduff youngsters fought off competition from Glasdrumman, Saul and Ballygalget to clinch the County Title with their very polished performances of ‘Abbeyleix’ and ‘Trasna na dTonta’ (or ‘Westering Home’ to many of us). Some of this group have been together for four years and it is just reward for perseverance and effort. Well done (front row l to r): Kayleigh McPolin, Emma McGreevy, Katie Murnin, Aoife Trainor and at the back Jordan McPolin! And well done your mentors Colleen, Caroline and Paul; thanks to your parents and families who have supported you throughout. The group is pictured with William Smith County Cultural Officer, Paula Magee (County Scór Secretary) and John Devanney (Vice-chair Down County Board). The Ballad Group progressed through the Ulster semi finals to reach the Ulster Final in Downpatrick on 11 January 2018



Over 40 Clonduff youngsters (U16) took part in the first rounds of Scór na nÓg 2018 held over the weekend of 10th-12th November 2017 in Burren Social Club, Glasdrumman AOH Hall and St Patrick's Primary School Hilltown. Clonduff had participants in all three venues but the big majority of them were in St Pat's. The Instrumental Music Group, Ballad Group and two Set Dancing teams qualified directly for South Down Final with quite a few others progressing to the Qualifying Round on 17th November in Mayobridge Community Centre. Competition, as in the first rounds, was very tight for the two remaining places in each discipline and there was little to choose between the top competitors and those not qualifying can count themselves unlucky! 
Aoife Trainor and Grace Clancy took the two places in Solo Singing; Sinead McPolin took one of the places in Recitation/Storytelling. They will join our winners from the first rounds in the South Down Final in St Mark’s Warrenpoint on Sunday @ 4pm. Clonduff will be very well represented by the two Solo Singers, Recitation, Ballad Group, Instrumental Music and two Set Dancing Teams. Plunkett McConville will be Fear an Ti and Mary Catherine Murray will sing Amhrán na bhFiann. Our Culture is in good health in the Clonduff GAA Club!



The very innovative programme outlined above was successfully delivered over the Halloween festival with hundreds of children and their parents engaging in two days of fun-filled activities - the Fireworks display was the highlight of the two days and of course the great though cold weather was a big bonus. Many thanks to everyone who helped in any way make the festival such a success. For lots of photos and videos visit our FaceBook page - ClonduffGac or Hilltown Community Association.



Lorraine and Anita attended Eileen Mooney's Hospice Soirée on Saturday 2nd September and presented Eileen with a cheque for £500 the proceeds of The 2nd Dalsey Mooney Sevens Tournament organised by Clonduff Club in May. Eileen's Soiree raised almost £4,000 for the Southern Area Hospice - Eileen's Event raised £4,500!



As All Ireland Champions Clonduff Ballad Group were selected to provide the half-time entertainment in Croke Park on Sunday 20th August 2017. Despite the torrential rain the Group had a wonderful day - as well as singing on the field during the Minor Game they were also asked to do a few songs at the Fanzone outside the Croke Park Museum - What great ambassadors for Scór as well as their Club, County and Province!


Clonduff Poc Fada 2017

What better way to spend a couple of hours on a July evening! Over 30 men, women, boys and girls assembled at the foot of the Hen Mountain on Saturday 22nd July. Despite a heavy shower about an hour previously conditions were almost perfect except for the midges which were out in force - a number of the competitors were covered in welts by the end of the event.
There was a great carnival atmosphere and with some youngsters and their parents doing it for the first time – they all enjoyed it very much despite the midges and are already looking forward to next year.
The view from the top is breath-taking though some of the little legs, having made it to the foot of the first tor decided to return the way they went up!
John Murphy retained his title (for the umpteenth time) and Kitty Fegan retain the Ladies title for the third year in a row. However there were new names for both the U16 Boys and U16 Girls title with Aaron Norris claiming the Boys’ title and Tiarna Savage winning the Girls’ title.
many thanks to Damien Farnon for setting out the course – a job he has done every year since the Clonduff Poc Fada began in 2007 and for presenting the trophies and thanks to Francis Quinn who organised the 2017 event – previously this event was run in conjunction with Boley Fair but as there has been no local festival for the past two years Francis took the initiative to organise it



Congratulations to Sarah Bloomfield Clonduff LGFA player, U12 Club Coach and U13 County Coach who has completed her 200 hour Young Volunteer Programme. Sarah was presented with her Award at the Millennium Volunteer Awards in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre on Thursday 9th February 2017. Sarah is pictured with the dignitaries at the ceremony: Brian Irwin (Irwin's Bakery), Paul Greenfield (Deputy Lord Mayor) and Wendy Osborne OBE (Volunteer Now)

The Young Volunteer Programme is aimed at young people aged 14-25 who give their time in serving others. Awards are made for 50 hours, 100 hours and 200 hours service - the highest award is recognised by Dept of Education and all volunteering awards are recognised as an ideal qualification on a CV. Sarah is the first of a group of 30 Clonduff Youngsters who signed up to the programme in 2016 to achieve the Millennium Award.



As part of Clonduff’s cultural activities an annual trip is organised to explore Irish history and culture.

This year, the group set off to Dublin and visited Arbour Hill and The GPO with some time for shopping. Of course the group enjoyed tea in the Hotel on the return to Hilltown! A great day was had by all, many thanks to Marie Milligan for organising the trip.



Paul, Colleen, Caroline (back row) Agnes and Martina (front row) pictured with GAA President Aogan Ó Feaghaill (centre front) and Antáine Mac Gabhann Chair of National Scór Committee who brought the first All Ireland Senior Scór title to Clonduff in 40 years and the first at any level since 1993.



In April 2017 John Boden and Conor Milligan both Clonduff Youth playing members and accomplished Pool players represented Northern Ireland (along with 4 other lads) in the U18 Home Nations Pool Championships in Bridlington, Yorkshire. They played Republic of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales twice each in the group stages and were pitted against group leaders Scotland in the semi -final and produced a great result to face Wales in the decider in which they were narrowly defeated. 
John and Conor play Pool for the Clonduff Club in the Hilltown Pool League - two of the youngest players in the winter league. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.
The lads were delighted to meet Gillian and thank her personally for the Council Chairperson's donation of £100 each to help them defray their expenses whilst in England - Thank you Gillian and best wishes for the future as you complete your amazing year as Chair of the Council!



Many Congratulations to our Scór Sinsir Ballad Group (L to R) Agnes Morris, Martina Cunningham, Paul Kelly, Caroline Carvill and Colleen Walls who, with Solo Singer Vivienne Mulcahy (extreme right) who picked up their respective County Titles in St Teresa's Parish Centre Banbridge on Sunday 26th February 2017. They will represent Down in the Ulster Semi Finals involving Down, Derry, Donegal, Cavan and Tyrone County Champions on Sunday 12th March in Carrickmore, Co Tyrone.



Clonduff is one of sixty nationwide clubs that have been selected to complete Phase 2 of ‘The Healthy Club Initiative’ aiming to make our club a physically, mentally and emotionally healthy space for all. Our Health & Wellness Officer is Attracta Brown – contact her on 07880721749.



For the third year in a row Clonduff picked up the Peter Keenan Memorial Cup for the South Down Scór Sinsir Club of the Year - Clonduff had four Solo Singers (three of whom were in the South Down Final) with Vivienne Mulcahy (South Down and County Champion) and Mary Catherine Murray taking the runner up spot; Ballad Group (South Down and County Champions) and the stalwart Eileen McCusker (runner up in South Down and County Finals). They are pictured above with Anita Brannigan (Club Secretary/South Down & Co Scór Committees) and Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins.



Many congratulations to Clonduff members who were honoured by Club Down in Canal Court on Thursday 24th November 2016 for their their achievements during the year - Clonduff U14 Handballers who won All Ireland Feile Div 5 Handball title in June - (l to r) Patrick Cowan, Padraig Clancy, Laurence Brannigan, Jayme McDonald; On left is Eileen Hamill member of Minor Camogie Management team that won All Ireland Minor B title - Katie McGilligan was a player on the team; 2nd from right is our Senior referee Ciarán Branagan honoured for taking charge of the All Ireland Minor Football Final in Croke Park in September.



Due to the recent fire in Clonduff Clubrooms St Patrick's Primary School has kindly stepped into the breach and offered the use of the school for this much anticipated annual event. Santa will be arriving by helicopter as planned but will now touch down in Mussen's field opposite the school.



It should have happened in July but the weather decided otherwise. It did happen on Sunday 21st August! There was Hurling and Football Championship games for Clonduff teams but time was running out before school re-starts! 
There were four teams participating - Yellas, Reds, Greens, Blues and competition was fierce - Ross Carr acted as MC and kept the 'reins' on the competitors as they fought their way through 'Hungry Hippos', 'Minefield', 'Jigsaw', 'Sack Attack', 'Wet Rounders', 'Pass the Balloon' and 'Clonduff Krypton Factor' - Many thanks to Dermot, Maria and Attracta for the novel and innovative games. The Red team, led by Jerome Lynch and Paul O'Hare amassed the most points during the afternoon and were presented with the Cup by Dermot and Attracta, but in truth, despite the rain, they were all winners - the spectators had moved into the club in case a wee bit of rain would wet them but not those taking part! Well done everybody! REMEMBER THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER - ONLY INAPPROPRIATE CLOTHING!!!!!
Meantime, Stephen Rafferty was setting up his music for the intergenerational Tea Dance - before Francis Quinn's cow was let loose on the pitch for the 'Cowpatition' - where would she do her 'business' and who would be the lucky winner of the £1,000? After a couple of false starts she eventually performed and the calculation were done it was deemed the Kitty Fegan was the lucky winner! Enjoy every penny of it Kitty.
Then it was back into the club to continue with the music/dancing and the evening ended with all those present enjoying the food on offer!
All in all, this was a great Clonduff Day!



Catherine Branagan captained her Family team to win the August Quiz in Clonduff Club the proceeds of which were presented to Hilltown Gateway Club. Catherine is pictured receiving The Brannigan Family Cup from Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins



Peter McGinn, Chairman local Lourdes Committee accepting donation from Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins Ellen & Blaithín Shields accepting the Monthly Quiz Cup from Club Chairman Jimmie Cousins
A diverse gathering of quiz enthusiasts attended Clonduff GAC’s first monthly quiz night in Clonduff Clubrooms. On the first Friday of each month the table quiz will run in support of a different charity within the Parish. This month the Lourdes Committee received £250 proceeds of the first event. The chosen charity for April is 'The Cosy Club'. Winners on the night were presented with the Brannigan Family Cup. Thanks to Clonduff for the refreshments on the night and to Tony Branagan quiz master and question setter and to those who donated prizes for the raffle and those who attended. Hope to see another big turnout in April!


Club chairman Jimmie Cousins presents a cheque for £1,000 proceeds of our recent pantomime to Colm McGinn from the Irish Pilgrimage Trust Group 68. Included in the picture is writer and producer of the Panto Mary Grant. Also included is cast/club member Martin Farnon



Clonduff GAA Club organised the third-in-a-row Parish Pantomime and when the curtain finally came down in INF Hall on Wednesday 9th December 2015 the house was packed out and everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The Pantomime was adapted and produced by Mary Grant - The cast is pictured above but there was equally as many non-actors involved in the production without whose help the show would not have taken place. Many thanks to the actors, non-actors and the INF for their assistance in the production.

The actors pictured above include: Caitlin Branagan (Snow White), Mary Grant (Momsy Womsy), Eileen McCusker (Wicked Queen Kelly), Desmond Doyle (jnr), Noel Carvill, Michael Grant, PJ McGinn, John Doyle, Patrick Bradley, Sean Francis Grant (the Dwarfs - Smarty, Cranky, Sniffy, Lazy, Tipsy, Dipsy, Campy respectively), Colm McGinn (Muddles the Jester), Martin Farnon (Town Crier), Dessie Doyle, snr (Herman the Henchman), Nina Murtagh (Fairy Good Heart), Cassie Fitzpatrick (Prince), Kitty Fegan (Mirror/Storyteller), Eugene Lively (Barman), Aaron Devlin, Liam Grant, Ethan Harper, Ally Magee, Beth Fitzpatrick, Cara Boden (Villagers/Courtiers), Paul Kelly, Tony Magee, Darragh McSloy, Ellen Kelly (Music Makers), Brian McPolin, Bernice McAleenan (Dancers)

The 'Behind the Scenes' Crew included: Paddy McCumiskey, Tommy Kelly, Anthony Morgan, Peter Hamill, Dermot McSherry (Set Building/Stage Management), Maureen Killen (Set Design/Painting), Paddy Mackin - 'Mini Mac' (Lighting/Sound/Music), May McCaffrey (Hemming/Stitching/Sewing), Maureen Killen, Deirdre Killen, Marian Fitzpatrick, Nina Murtagh, Cathy Fitzpatrick (Make-up and costumes), Eileen Hamill, Bernice McAleenan, Roisin McConville, Sinead Doyle, Ursula Quinn (Prompters), Kathleen Cousins, Maura Quinn, Patricia Grant, Maureen Rooney (Catering), Lorraine Bloomfield, Anita Brannigan, Dermot Fitzpatrick, Leo Bloomfield, Majella Kelly, Kieran Kelly (Front of House). The whole thing was brought together and co-ordinated by Clonduff Cultural & Community Officer Jimmie Cousins.



Clonduff President Dean Anthony Davies was inducted into the South Down 'Hall of Fame' at the annual awards in Saval Sports and Leisure Complex on Friday 27th November 2015. Dean Davies is pictured above (centre front row) with former Chairman Brendan Murray and Tommy Kelly. Back row: Honorary Clonduffian PJ Quinn (Saval), Mary Murray, Anita Brannigan, Lorraine Bloomfield and Leo Bloomfield



Clonduff Instrumental Musicians provided the entertainment at the Ulster GAA President's Awards in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle on Saturday 28th November 2015. The musicians (l to r) are: Paul Kelly, Sean Murray, President Martin McAviney, Eoin Murray, Thomas Kelly, Gavin Murray



Twelve people attended the National Anthem Workshop, organised by the County Cultural Committee, in Mayobridge Social Club on Wednesday 29th July and nine of the attendees were from Clonduff. The workshop was conducted by All Ireland winning Ballad Group member Bronagh Lennon from the Aghagallon Club in Co Antrim and was for people who had participated in either Scór Sinsir or Scór na nÓg. The workshop prepares Scór Sinsir and Scór na nÓg participants to sing Amhrán na bhFiann at Inter-County and County Championship games and other events organised by Down GAA. There will be a follow-up session later in the summer.

The attendees, pictured above: - Clonduff unless otherwise stated - (back) Ann Murray, Anne-Marie Mulholland (Rostrevor), Mary Catherine Murray, Ellen Kelly, Paul Kelly, Martina Cunningham, Caroline Carvill,  Colleen Walls; (front) Kayleigh McPolin,  Anna Kearney (Ballyholland), Bronagh Lennon (Tutor), Eimear Magee (Mayobridge), and Aoife Trainor


Boley Poc Fada 2015 on Hen Mountain

Come rain or come sunshine, An Poc Fada on the Hen Mountain has become a great tradition in Clonduff Parish on Boley Monday. There was certainly no sunshine and there were plenty of intermittent showers in 2015. It was one of the best turnouts especially among the female competitors with four adult and four U16 females; six male adults and two U16 boys. The start was slightly delayed due to the rain but the sixteen competitors and the 9 or 10 'spotters' eventually set off in great spirits. Of course, the rain came down again as the group reached the base of the first tor! It was too much for the youngest climbers Brendan and Senan Quinn - at least that's the excuse their father gave when they returned early! Everyone else stayed the course!

First home was the Woods Family, Thomas and Colm who had dad Marty and little sister Laura 'spotting' for them over the juvenile course. Very little separated the four girls competing for the first time over the course - the winner by a single hit was guest competitor Lauren Clarke followed Katie McGilligan with Cara Boden and Ali Magee following close behind.
In the Ladies section Guinevra McGilligan and Kitty Fegan finished level with Orla Maginn and Debra Murray on hit behind. Normally what happens in the case of a draw the winner is decided by a long puck decider but as Guinevra had twisted her knee with her last strike on the mountain the two ladies - the current and former Clonduff Camogie Goalkeepers - agreed to share the title.
John Murphy, once again collected the men's title but only by a single hit ahead of Rhys Ward, Damien Farnon, Andy Quinn and Chris Young.
When everyone was off the mountain Clonduff Youth Officer Shane Quinn presented the trophies to Thomas and Lauren. Chief Organiser of the Poc Fada from its inception, Damien Farnon presented the trophies to Guinevra/Kitty and John.


Clonduff Juvenile Games Officer Shane Quinn presents the winner's trophy to (above) U16 Girls' Champions Lauren Clarke (An Riocht) and U16 Boys Winner Thomas Woods (below) Organiser in Chief Damien Farnon presents the winner's trophy to (above) Kitty Fegan and Guinevra McGilligan joint winners of Adult Ladies competition and below to John Murphy Adult Men's winner
This is an event which everyone should experience either as a competitor, a spotter or just an onlooker!

Clonduff GAA Boley Fun Day 2015

Sunday 12th July in Clonduff GAA Club began with the now traditional ‘Big Breakfast’ when locals and visitors to the area take the opportunity to give themselves a ‘holiday’ from their own kitchens and avail of the hospitality available in Clonduff Club.

The weather remained favourable throughout the day for the fun and frolics in Clonduff Park with club PRO Francis Quinn compeering the day’s activities. Four regional parish teams contested the ‘Parish Knockout’ by fair means or foul over the course of eight adult and five juvenile games. The teams taking part were: Kilkeel Road and Out There, Yellow Road and Friends, Aonach Court and Guests and Ballygorian Road. The Yellow Road and Friends, captained by Marie Kelly proved too good for the rest and collected the new trophy. Marie’s team mates were: El Fegan, Paula Cairns, Carrie Smith, Paul McCusker, Mark Bradley, JJ Fallon, Karl O’Hagan, Ellen Kelly, Charlie Kerr, Sophie Hannaway and Eamon Brown.

It was then the turn of the ‘Bubble Football’ making its debut in Clonduff Park. Six male and two female teams were brave enough to have a go in this hilarious game. Cabra Harps, Cantona’s Army, Dark Knights, Real Malids, The Eggs and Dodge Ball went into a knockout competition with Real Malids and Cantona’s Army contesting the final. Cantona’s Army took an early lead and led 1-0 at the change over but the Real Malids hit two in the second half to take the title. The winning team was Liam McGreevy, Paudie Brown, Niall Brown, Stephen McConville and Kevin Smith.

The day’s events concluded with the Tug O’ War with Doran’s, Lowry’s and Minnie Doyle’s contesting the Golden Boot which was won by Doran’s. Then there was the novelty of two U14 boys’ teams ‘taking the strain’ and despite some of them having difficulty getting their hands around the rope they put on a great display with honours even.

A big thank you to all those involved in the day – cooks, waiters/waitresses, dishwashers, organisers, stewards, cleaners, shop keepers and those who supplied materials/equipment for the games. Massive thanks to the diners and games participants without whom the day could not have happened. Roll on next year!


Belnaleck, Co Fermanagh 1630 Cycle 2015

Belnaleck GAC Co Fermanagh need a new pitch and they came up with a novel way of raising the necessary funds. They arranged for cyclists to visit every club in Ireland (1630 clubs) over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st June 2015. During the closing stages of The Daniel Andre Memorial Tournament on Saturday 20th Martin Anderson and Willie John Cunningham visited Clonduff Park in their 'tour' of South Down Clubs. Belnaleck will raise the funds by selling a ticket to every club that is visited - the amazing prizes are: Weekend Break for 30 club members at the 5-star Lough Erne Resort Enniskillen; 4-Ball at Lough Erne Resort; Set of O'Neill's Jerseys.
Well done Martin and Willie John!



Clonduff GAA Club was selected as 2015 Large Club of the Year at a function in The Wellington Park Hotel Belfast on Friday 8th February 2015.

In introducing the awards, John Brolly of The Irish News singled out Clonduff’s bold step of not ‘streaming’ children at U12 and below, focussing instead on commitment and attitude, as recommended in their 5-year plan. The club’s own training manual was highlighted as was the Club Shop, the engagement of girls in Handball and the commitment of Clonduff to cement and maintain their status as ‘The Hub of the Community’,

Members of the Ulster GAA Council were involved in the adjudication process and were present at the event which was also attended by Ulster President Martin McAvinny and The Irish News Sports Writers, representatives from ‘Volunteer Now’, O’Neills Sportswear, 3FiveTwo Healthcare and the Wellington Park Hotel all of whom support the awards now in their 13th year. Clonduff was represented by Brendan Murray (Chairperson), Anita Brannigan (Secretary) and Lorraine Bloomfield (Treasurer). To round off a great day, Lorraine was the lucky winner of two tickets to any Ulster Championship game of her choice. (The above photo was taken by Irish News Sports Journalist Kenny Archer).


Clonduff Club organised two full bus loads of children and adults – 117 in total – to attend the Down v Roscommon League Final in Croke Park on Sunday on the Group Pass Scheme. Many thanks to those who organised it and to our Treasurer Lorraine Bloomfield who travelled to Dublin to collect the passes.

Above some of the Clonduff Children and Adults in Croke Park


Clonduff’s Man in San Fran!

Former Clonduff player Sean Spiers featured in TG4's GAAUSA Journey on Wednesday 1st April. Sean had won a Down Senior Championship with Clonduff in 1952 and emigrated to SF shortly after where he played with the local Ulster team until 1966. Sean continues to take an active interest in GAA goings on in his adopted city and at home in Clonduff and Down.


champions all! Scór Sinsir 2015

A massive congratulations and well done to Clonduff competitors in South Down and the County Scór Sinsir Finals 2015. They won Instrumental Music (Stephen, Sean & Mary Catherine Murray, Vivienne Mulcahy, Paul Kelly), Ballad Group (Paul Kelly, Agnes Morris, Colleen Walls, Caroline Carvill, Martina Cunningham). Colleen Walls clinched the County Solo Singing title having finished runner-up in South Down. Colleen and the Musicians reached the Ulster Final - Great achievement!

Clonduff also won the Peter Keenan Memorial Cup for best overall Scór Club having earlier in the season collected the Cathal Sands Memorial Cup for the best Scór na nÓg Club after competing in every juvenile competition! Well done everybody - keep up the hard work!

Back row: Sean Murray, Mary McGreevy (SD Scór Committee), Vivienne Mulcahy, Anita Brannigan (SD Scór Secretary), Cathy McPolin (SD Scór Committee), Paul Kelly; Front row: Colleen Walls, Agnes Morris, Martina Cunningham, Caroline Carvill, Mary Catherine Murray - missing from photo Stephen Murray



Clonduff’s Irish language Officer, Plunkett McConville was Down’s representative at the Stadium Announcer’s training course in Croke Park on Saturday 21st February. Plunkett who is a regular stadium announcer in Pairc Esler attended along with county Irish Cultural Officer Paula Magee and is pictured above with Paula (l) and RTE's Eileen Dunne, a facilitator on the day.


Clonduff Down Club Draws Winner receives cheque for £1,000

Could you be the next Sean Gribben. Sean pictured receiving his £1,000 cheque from seller Leo Bloomfield following the December draw. Earlier in the year Brian Canavan won £200.

If you're not in you can't win!!!


U14/U16 Trip to Croke Park

A group of 45, U14s and U16s set out on Sunday to visit Croke Park and take in the sights and sounds of our National Stadium. All codes were represented with Football, Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football and Handball.
Following the cancellation of our Juvenile Awards Night, all eyes were on the weather but with club colours on we all departed from the Clubrooms on a brisk morning in expectation of an entertaining day. Following a quick stop at the AppleGreen Station the bus made it’s way through the traffic of the Capital and towards Croke Park.
The tour started with a behind the scenes video of Croke on the first and third Sunday in September. From here is was round to view the Players Lounge where the rival teams meet up post match. The dressing rooms were opportunity to hear stories of the habits and superstitions of each team as they prepare for the big game whether it was Joe Kiernan throwing his losers medal against the wall or the All-Ireland winning Dublin Team cleaning the dressing rooms up before they left. As the atmosphere builds and the nerves level increase the knock comes on the door to say it’s time and it’s out through the tunnel and the PITCH.
Photographs were taken on the Hogan Stand and an opportunity to dream of the day when you lift the cup and make the winners speech. Our U16 manager, Ross Carr, was able to remind our youngers players of those two great September Sunday’s in 1991 and 1994. From here it was round to the Canal End and a chance to avail of some refreshments and look out over the magnificent pitch and dream of great days in the future where Clonduff Boys and Girls will wear the Yellow Gold of Clonduff or the Red and Black of Down.
Our tour was concluded in the Stadium Museum and a chance to practice some of the skills of our games and view the extensive memorabilia. This was a very enjoyable day for all that were there and we all look forward to the next time.



Many of the old faces from last year and many new faces making their debuts! Cinderella's got a new Prince and boy do they have exciting news for us; The King (not Henry VIII) has a new Queen; The Dame's got a new Baron but they've still got those same 'Devilish Daughters' on the hunt for unsuspecting men! Continues on Tuesday and Wednesday night 6th & 7th January @ 8pm in INF Hall

Clonduff GAA Club would sincerely like to thank all those who gave up their time to put the production on the road – producer/writer/actress Mary Grant, all the actors, actresses, entertainers, set designers and builders, stage management, lighting, sound, costume makers/alterations, prompters, make-up artists, front of house and catering staff, programme/poster producer, etc. A special word of thanks to INF Hilltown for use of premises, E2A Banbridge for lend of stage, backdrop and coach; Warrenpoint Panto Club for lend of costumes; Eileen McCusker for additional costumes; St Patrick’s Primary School for painting scenery and backdrops and a host of people who helped behind the scene throughout rehearsals and before and after the show. The show couldn’t go on without such a combined effort!



Clonduff is one of 44 Ulster clubs who have now gained the Club Maith Award. Club Officers - Brendan Murray (Chair), Anita Brannigan (Secretary) and Lorraine Bloomfield (Treasurer) attended the ceremony in The Market Place Theatre, Armagh on Wednesday 17th December where the awards were presented by Ulster Chairman Martin McAviney. Clonduff got their second consecutive Platinum award and having achieved the Club Maith they are automatically awarded SportNI's Club Mark which is essential if a sporting club is seeking funding from SportNI!
Congratulations to our neighbours Kilcoo who were also awarded Platinum and were in attendance also to accept their award.


Clonduff Scór na nÓg Leíruí wins Down County Final!

Well done to the girls and boy that took part in the 'Legend of Clonduff' which won the County title in St Colman's College on Sunday afternoon. They now go forward to represent Down in the Ulster Semi Final in Banbridge Parish Centre on Friday 12th December against their counterparts from Armagh and Antrim. The script was written by Mary Grant and she and Jimmie Cousins coached the youngsters. This group has worked hard and obviously listened to advice of adjudicators when they were runners up in South Down Final last week!
Kayleigh McPolin missed out on the Solo Singing title by the narrowest of margins coming a very close runner up. The very young Set Dancing team also finished as runners up to the very experienced Ballyholland team!
Well done everybody!



A very entertaining night was held in the Club to raise funds for the Senior Camogie Team as they prepare for their All Ireland semi final. A great crowd turned out to witness the four teams - Crunchy Caterpillar Camogs, Lizard Ladies, Old Toad Footballers and Tiny Tadpoles - partake in the Bush Tucker Trails that involved the men getting parts of their body waxed, eating snails and crickets blended in with many condiments, feel fish guts and loads more. Scores were taken for each challenge and the Camogs were announced Queens of the Clonduff Jungle by a narrow margin. Thanks to all the participants for taking part, Megan Brown for being so gentle with the men getting their waxing done, Frankie Quinn for being Ant AND Dec and to everyone that supported.
The challenges were
Dare to Dive - head into a mixture of jelly and beans to lift out shapes
Man challenge- Megan Brown did some waxing
Hot stuff - eating chili
Find a Camog - hand into buckets of dead mice and creepy crawlies to lift out letters spelling out the name of one of the girls
What’s in the bucket - hand into a bucket to feel around and guess what it was -contents ranged from fish guts to hairy cows ears!!!
Devilish Dinner - dinner with a difference - each member of the team had to eat a course made by our ‘chefs’ Teresa, Cathy and Maria
At the very end people got a chance to nominate someone from the crowd....the unlucky ones were Brendan Murray, Francis Quinn, Eleanor Mallon and Mark Trainor. Brendan won the cocktail challenge by downing it in one and donated his 10 bonus points to the Camogs - his daughter Niohmi was one of the participants - to take them from two points behind to eight ahead and they were declared 'Queens of the Clonduff Jungle'
Huge thanks to everyone who took part and supported the event, to Francis for hosting and to Megan for the waxing! A night certainly to be repeated!



The Gaels of South Down gathered in Clonduff Clubrooms on Friday 28th November for the the Annual Awards. The Clubrooms were beautifully decked out for Christmas - the remark was made 'You'd think you were in a posh hotel' - many thanks to the hard-working Social Club Sub Committee; Clonduff musicians - Paul and Thomas Kelly, Mary Catherine and Eoin Murray - entertained the guests as they arrived and to get the proceedings under way, Christina McConville travelled from Dublin to sing Amhrán na bhFiann accompanied by Paul Kelly. Clonduffians Alastair McGilligan and Mark Copeland were recognised as the successful managers of the All Ireland winning Camogie and Ladies Football teams respectively. Fionnuala Carr also received recognition for her Soaring Star - her third in total.

Full list of recipients on the night were:

Juvenile Referees - Michael Moore (CPN), Gerard McVeigh (Atticall), Kevin Faloon (Bosco)

Senior Referees - Paul Faloon (Drumgath), Ronan Barry (Tullylish), Neil Cousins (An Riocht)

Players of the Year - Conleth O'Hare (Mayobridge), Benny Coulter (Mayobridge), Ross McGarry (CPN)

Chairman's Awards - CPN, Atticall, Clann na Banna

Down Camogie - Alastair and Fionnuala (Clonduff), Karen Tinnelly (Ballyholland)

Down Ladies - Mark (Clonduff), Aileen Pyres (Annaclone)

Hall of Fame - Donal McCormack (CPN)

The sumptuous meal was prepared and served by The Downshire Arms, Hilltown and 'Big O' provided the after-dinner entertainment and had some people rolling in the aisles!

Above: Paul Kelly accompanied Christina McConville for National Anthem

Below: Camogie All Stars Karen Tinnelly & Fionnuala Carr

Above: Mr & Mrs McGilligan - Down Camogie

Below: Down Ladies Awards: Aileen Pyres (All Star) & Mark Copeland


Clonduff are south Down Scór na nÓg Club of the Year!

Cultural Officer Jimmie Cousins receiving the Cathal Sands Memorial Cup from Mairead Sheppard with South Down Chairman Michael McArdle

As the only Club in South Down - indeed the whole of the County - with competitors in every single competition, Clonduff picked up the Cathal Sands Memorial Cup at the South Down Finals on Sunday 23rd November. The Cup was presented to Clonduff's hardworking Cultural Officer Jimmie Cousins by Mairead Sheppard. Clonduff had Ceili Dancing, two Solo Singers, two Reciters, Instrumental Music, Leíruí, Ballad Group and Set Dancing in the early rounds and three Quiz teams in the Table Quiz on Friday night.

Clonduff were represented in six of the seven finals on Sunday evening and enjoyed success in Solo Singing, Leíruí and Set Dancing as runners up in each and now progress to the County Finals in St Colman's College Newry on Sunday 30th November commencing at 1.30pm. They narrowly missed out with Ballad Group coming a close third but with only two places in the final at stake they were unlucky. (The County Final of the Table Quiz will take place in early January).

Many thanks to the children and to all those who helped prepare the youngsters taking them to this level and best wishes to the County Finalists next Sunday.

Some of the Clonduff children who took part in Scór na nÓg 2015 with Chairman Brendan Murray (left) and Jimmie Cousins (right)


Clonduff Youngsters are South Down Scór na nÓg 2015Quiz Champions!

The young Clonduffians who made up the three quiz teams - Back (l to r) Shane Cairns, Conor Milligan, James Fitzpatrick, Beth Fitzpatrick, Erin Rafferty, Caitlin Harper; Front (l to r) Molly Brown, Ally Magee, Clare McAlinden, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Aoife Murray and Amy Lowry

Congratulations to the twelve  Clonduff youngsters, representing three teams, who took part in the South Down Scór na nÓg Table Quiz on Friday 21st November 2014 and walked away with both winners and runners up medals! The boys and girls have been attending weekly practice sessions since early September and their hard work and commitment paid off.

Their next outing is the County Quiz which will take place in early January 2015. The winner of that goes forward to the All Ireland Final in The City West Hotel, Dublin on 14th February 2015.


2015 SCÓR NA nÓG

Charlotte O'Hare recited 'The Old Woman of the Roads'

Aoife Trainor sang 'County Down'

What a great night for Clonduff GAA Club in the first round of the 2015 Scór na nÓg competitions on home ground in St Patrick's Primary School, Hilltown! Clonduff not only had competitors in every event but had two solo singers and two reciters and will have three teams in the Quiz later in the month involving almost 50 children! A big thank you to the children and their parents for representing Clonduff Club but also to the mentors who helped prepare the children and to our hard-working Cultural and Community Officer, Jimmie Cousins.

Apart from many of the youngsters making their stage debut, our Scór stalwart Eileen McCusker was making her debut as Ban an Tí and what a great job she did!

Many thanks to St Pat's for facilitating the local round, and the Club members who helped steward the event, those who made/served teas, sandwiches, ran the tuckshop and helped clean up at the end of the evening. A big thank you also to South Down Board members who attended and the families and friends of all the participants filling the school hall to capacity and creating such a wonderful atmosphere.

It is important for the children and their parents to remember that Scór na nÓg is an U16 competition!

Clonduff had winners in Ceili Dancing, Leíruí and Set Dancing and they will progress to the South Down Final in St Mark's High School, Warrenpoint on Sunday 23rd November at 5pm. Clonduff had runners up in Solo Singing (Kayleigh McPolin), Recitation (Brian McGreevy and Charlotte O'Hare), Instrumental Music and Ballad Group who will go to the Qualifier in Mayobridge along with runners up from the other two venues on Saturday 15th November at  4pm. Two more competitors from each discipline will be selected to progress to the South Down Final.

Well done everybody and best wishes for the next round.

Our young Ceili Dancers who won the first round heat in St Patrick's PS on Sunday 9th November


Ulster GAA President's Awards 2014

National President Elect Aogan Farrell, Clonduff Secretary Anita Brannigan, Ulster President Martin McAvinney, Clonduff Treasurer Lorraine Bloomfield, Clonduff Cultural and Community Officer Jimmie Cousins and Clonduff Chairperson Brendan Murray

Clonduff Club is very honoured to have been shortlisted for a President's Award based on their recent Club Maith submission but to actually win such a prestigious award for Club Governance is indeed another great milestone in our illustrious history.

The Awards were presented at a Gala Dinner in The Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick on Saturday 8th November. Down were undoubtedly the big winners on the night picking up no fewer than nine awards - four of the the eleven awarded for Club Maith! Congratulations to the the winners and particularly the Down recipients - Kilcoo, Saval and Warrenpoint (also Club Maith), Ronan Barry (Referee), Down Camogie, Down Ladies Football and Tommy Joe Farrell (Services to Education) and Karen McMullan, Castlewellan for her double All Ireland in Camogie and Football.

It was indeed a Down night to be proud of!




The festival weekend started on Thursday night with the Poker Night held in the Clubrooms to accommodate the dress rehearsal for the dancers. It was a long night with some very intense play at times. It was a ‘feather in the cap’ for the Ladies with Eleanor McClean collecting the top prize. Other prizewinners on the night were Paul Grant, Paddy McCabe and Jerome Lynch! Many thanks to Jerome for organising the event and Colm ‘the Butcher’ Morgan for overseeing the night’s proceedings.

On Friday night it was the Turn of the Teens with the UV Glow in the Dark Disco. It was a great success with very positive vibes from the young disco-goers. Many thanks to our face-painters and to P&K Coaches for organising the transport from other areas and Laureen on the burgers.

‘The Lego Movie’ drew a great crowd of youngsters, their parents, grandparents, Aunties and Uncles not only to experience the Movie in onesies, sleeping bags and blankets but also the hot chocolate, pop corn and Luareen’s burgers.

The main event was, of course, Clonduff Come Dancing with eight couples (one withdrawal through illness) strutting their stuff – the culmination of months of hard work.

Following the traditional group dance who set the mood for the night, a very young group who attended Shane Berger’s Dance Camp in Clonduff Clubrooms, took the stage while the couples changed for their individual dances. They were amazing – we do know Shane can work miracles but he had very responsive pupils!

The comperes for the night were Francis Quinn and Christina McConville who kept the show on the road with great wit and banter. The judges were local ladies Lorraine McGinn and Karen Doherty along with the now retired Down Goalkeeper and winner of An Riocht’s Strictly Brendan McVeigh. They were joined by Micheál Magill Entertainments Manager and former Down All Ireland Winning Footballer (married to Clonduff lady). They had a great rapport among themselves and with the dancers and the comperes.

The individual dance routines were amazing with Michelle McPolin and Ciarán Killen setting the standard for the rest to follow. They were followed by Patricia Brown and Gary Woods, then Paula Gribben and Bernard Branagan, with Joanne Mullen and Brian Ward taking us to the halfway stage. Then it was the ‘bandages and blood’ nurse and barber duo of Orla Maginn and Declan ‘Nippo’ McGarry; they were followed by the ‘blow-in’ from The Stone and the ‘blow-out’ to The Bridge, Pauline McConville and Lorcan Mussen. The penultimate couple was Maria McConville and Shane Ward with El ‘Polercise’ Fegan and Bridge man Fergal Quinn bringing up the rear!

What a show! The couples were all winners on the night! But in order to crown a champion a system had to be devised which combined judges marks, audience votes and sponsorship. The results were very close and whilst everyone who was on the stage was a winner the eventual Clonduff Come Dancing Champions 2014 is Bernard Branagan and Paula Gribben!

Clonduff Come Dancing Champions 2014 Bernard Branagan and Paula Gribben with Comperes Christina McConville (left) and Francis Quinn (right)



Clonduff Football Development Review Committee organised another very successful Coaching day on Saturday 23rd August for the youngsters from age 3 up to U16. This is the second of it's kind in 2014 and is aimed at the coaches as well as the young players. The guest coaches on this occasion were Conor Laverty (Kilcoo), Liam Hardy (Castlewellan) and Mark Doran (Longstone).  

Off to Croke Park

These boys and girls and their parents (or responsible adult - that's you Mark Bradley) are about to head off on a memorable journey. For most of the children, PI-P4 who attend the Sunday morning training in Clonduff Park, it istheir first ever visit to Headquarters. The games on offer are real mouth-watering fare - Donegal v Armagh and Dublin v Monaghan. Children were asked to wear club colours though we didn't object to the odd Monaghan or Armagh jersey! Excitement was a fever-pitch prior to departure. 
The trip was the brainchild of U8 mentors Paul McConville and Shane Quinn - Paul is driving the bus! The deal was that the Club would cover the cost of the children's tickets and travel provided they were accompanied by an adult for whom 'Club Passes' were obtained.

Kellogs Cúl Camp in Clonduff Park 2014

170 children in Clonduff Park for the Annual Kellogs Cúl Camp - it was a fun-filled week (4th-8th Aug 2014) when the weather was quite kind - just a little rain on Tuesday and Friday mornings but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of either participants or coaches. And what an example they all were to our community and to their families! Too often we are quick to complain when things go wrong and blame our young people for all that is wrong in society but the secretary's visit on Thursday morning saw that theory turned on its head! 
A funeral was entering the church and every child was seated on the ground in a very respectful silence. The coaches then got on with their activities until the cortege emerged from the church and again the coaches and the children observed a silence until the mourners dispersed – the children just had an early lunch and you could have heard the grass growing!
Whether this is something these young coaches are actually told about and prepared for or if it was just them using their initiative in the proximity of the church and cemetery they are to be highly commended. Well done boys and girls, big and small!


ClonduffianS at the Causeway Coast

A group of 25 men, women and children turned up on Wednesday morning (23rd July 2014) for the annual outing, this year the group visited The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and home via the Antrim Coast taking in its glory in the fabulous sunshine - Thank God for air-conditioning on Rooney's Bus! This is one of the events jointly organised by the Social Initiative Group and the Historical Group. Many thanks to Marie Milligan who co-ordinated the trip.


None of the men were able to wrestle the title away from John Murphy. Orla was denied her fifth consecutive title by Kitty - they were the only two ladies brave or fit enough on Boley Monday! The three boys that turned up were all Woods' - only two of them did the competition Thomas and Oisin and they couldn't be separated at the end of the event so a 'tie' was declared. The rain was obviously too much for the U16 girls as no female of that age ventured out to the Hen Mountain!



Martin has a hard time keeping the horses in their stalls!

Friends of Clonduff presented a unique version of a traditional fundraiser in the Clubrooms on Saturday night. The jockeys had to ‘wind in’ – not drag their horses from the starting line to the finish line. Indeed there were a few false starts and there had to be a few Stewards’ Enquiries resulting in a number of disqualifications. It was a hilarious and entertaining evening.  Many thanks to all those involved in organising the event, particularly Martin Farnon, Orla Maginn, Anthony Morgan and especially Declan Burns of Leitrim who provided the ‘horses’.

Below: the jockeys in the first race: Shane McGreevy, Ryan McShane, Shane Murray, Liam McParlan, Gary Haughian, Danny Nugent,

Jamie Lynch, Bernard Branagan and Arthur McConville


Kenya Appeal Fundraising Quiz in Clonduff Clubrooms

Pictured above is Lorcan Branagan, one of two Minor Footballers who are travelling to Kenya in 2015 with St Mark's High School. In aid of their fundraising, a very successful quiz was held in the Clubrooms on Friday 20th June, 2014. A considerable amount of money was raised and the Club presented Lorcan with a cheque  to augment the funds (Michael Grant will be presented with his cheque at next week's function). Lorcan is pictured receiving his cheque from Chairman Brendan Murray; also pictured is Jimmie Cousins who asked the questions (which were set by Anita Brannigan) and Mrs Kathleen Cousins who was marker on the night.


Uactaráin Liam O'Neill Comes A-Calling to our Primary Schools!

On Tuesday 6th May 2014, the young Gaels, their teachers and club were honoured with the visit of the National President of the GAA (Uachtaráin) Liam O'Neill and other dignitaries to our two local primary schools. It was announced on Tuesday of the previous week that Uachtaráin O'Neill would be visiting St Patrick's but it wasn't until Friday that it was announced that it was also his intention to visit St Paul's. The event was to mark the holding of Feile na nGael (Festival of U14 Hurling and Camogie) in Ulster in 2014 and 2015.The dignitaries were paying a visit to some of the primary schools that were situated within Gaelic Club areas that had agreed to host a Hurling and/or Camogie Club from another county - Clonduff Camoges will be playing host to an, as yet unknown Camogie Club - watch this space!

Uachtaráin O'Neill was accompanied by Diarmuid Cahill (An Riocht), Chairperson National Feile Committee and Ciarán Kearney, Camogie Development Officer, Ulster Council. Clonduff invited along the County Chair of Camogie Deirdre McGrath. Present from Clonduff were Brendan Murray (Chair), Anita Brannigan (Secretary), Lorraine Bloomfield (Treasurer), Tommy Kelly (Youth Officer), Des McNeill (Handball), Maura Quinn and Orla Maginn (Clonduff Camogie).

First call was to St Patrick's PS (above) where Mrs Kathleen Cousins (Principal), Plunkett McConville, Kitty Fegan, Meave McNeill (Gaelic Games Coaches) and the staff made everyone very welcome. The school's Camogie team formed a guard of honour for the arrival (and departure) of the guests, teacher Miss Catherine Murphy sang Amhrán na bhFiann. After welcome speeches from Mrs Cousins and Brendan Murray, Kitty Fegan gave a short presentation on Feile and Clonduff's involvement in it. Then the President took the floor - he spoke about his career in and out of the GAA, the importance and impact of Feile na nGael (Camogie/Hurling/Handball) and Feile Peil (Football). He finished the formalities by answering questions posed by the pupils. P7 pupil, Padraig Clancy made a very eloquent speech on behalf of the pupils and then it was time for the photographs.

The group, including representatives of Clonduff Club and both primary schools and Fr Cushenan and  proceeded to Downshire Arms Hotel for lunch sponsored by Clonduff Club and then en route to St Paul's made a flying visit to the club - the visitors were all very impressed!

At St Paul's (above) the party was met by Principal Vincent Devlin, Brian Collins (Chair Board of Governors) and representatives of each class. Following the introductions inside, four young girls gave a wonderful display of Irish Dancing and this was followed by the President's address, including another question/answer session. The vote of thanks was made by Brian Collins and then everyone was treated to a wee cup of tea!

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Above - the visitors and their hosts at St Patrick's

Below - the reception party at St Paul's

Above - the visitors stopped off at Clonduff Club

Below - St Patrick's Camogie team with Club & School Coaches


Our Club Secretary is Irish News GAA Volunteer of the the Year 2014!

Many congratulation to our long-serving club secretary Anita Brannigan who was selected as the Irish News/O'Neills Large GAA Club Volunteer of the Year at the awards presented in The Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast on Friday 2nd May 2014.Anita is pictured above with Marie Milligan and Jimmie Cousins who nominated her. The judges particularly singled out her devotion to the Club website and the development of Social Media within the Club and her willingness to undertake almost any role within the club that requires doing!

To round off a great day out for Clonduff, Marie and Jimmie won the two Irish News All Star Jerseys that were raffled among all those that attended!

There will be full coverage of the event in Tuesday's and Wednesday's Irish News (6/7th May 2014)



Above: The O'Hare Family had a great day out - Lots more photos available on our Facebook Page

The sun didn't exactly shine on Easter Tuesday 22nd April 2014 but it didn't rain or snow either - not that any of that really mattered - the 'Tinies' and their parents had a great day in and around Clonduff Club! 
The day started with the traditional outdoor Easter Egg Hunt to search for the code that would unlock the Treasure Chest. There were colouring-in activities until the Easter Bonnet/Hat Competition which was followed by the Quiz which had a bonus round of 'Pinning the tail on the rabbit'. Hot food and Tuck Shop were available throughout the day. What a great way to spend an Easter Tuesday! Grateful thanks to all the children and their parents, the organisers, helpers, the Easter Bunny himself and all those who provided prizes - Cinema tickets and Easter Eggs - for making the day the great success it was! 
Winners on the day were: 
Egg Hunt: Harper Family, McCumiskey Family (Family Cinema Tickets)
Easter Bonnets/Hats: Elle Woods, Ryan Ferris (Easter Eggs)
Pinning the Tail: Valerie Kelly, Imelda McPolin (Bonus Points in Quiz)
Quiz: Bingham Family (Family Cinema Tickets)
Raffle: Rosie Curran, Holly Ferris, Sam Bingham, Enda Maginn 
Roll on next Easter!


Clonduff Dancers win World Championship Medals 

Congratulations to these young ladies who dance for Clonduff in Scór na nÓg and play U14 / U16 Camogie - Clare McAlinden, Katie McGilligan and Emma Gallagher who had a very successful trip to Killarney last week for the World Irish Dancing Championships. The girls who dance for the Nolan School, came home with an array of medals in their team performances. Well done girls



A meeting, organised by Hilltown Community Association (HCA) took place recently in Carcullion House of like-minded representatives of various groups from the area who are interested in the future community development of the area

Back row: Gerard Devlin (INF), Eugene Carvill (INF),  Adrian Woods (Hilltown Youth Club),  Ian Bailie (COI Restoration Group), Sean Travers (Vintage Club), Jimmie Cousins (Clonduff GAA & HCA)

Middle Row: Paddy Morgan (INF), Caitriona Doyle (Clonduff Development  Enterprise (CDE & HCA),Fionnuala Smith (Gateway Club), Nuala Doyle (HCA),  Patricia McGivern (HCA),
Front Row - Rosie O'Hanlon (Historical Society & HCA), Sinead McAleavey (Friends of St Patrick's & HCA), Kathleen Cousins (Clonduff Parish Council & St Patrick's PS), Karen Rice (Clonduff Playgroup), Martina Byrne (Clonduff Women's Group & HCA) - Missing from photo Brendan Murray (Clonduff GAA & HCA)



Around 100 children and teachers from P5, P6 and P7 in local primary school took part in the National Relay Run (Rith) in support of the Irish Language when it arrived in Hilltown on Friday 14th March. The Run was first made in 2010 but this was the first year our local children had an opportunity to participate and they certainly enjoyed the occasion! Rith 2014 began in Cork on 7th March and finished in Belfast on Saturday 15th March, having travelled up the East Coast of Ireland and through 200 towns and villages to raise awareness of Seactaine na Gaelige (Gaelic Week). Clonduff GAA Club sponsored the local event and treated the organisers and stewards to a welcome cuppan tae afterwards. The Club would like to thank Marian and the INF for making their premises available to keep the children safe until the convoy arrived from Rostrevor.


Scór Sinsir County Finals 2014

Night of mixed fortunes for our competitors at Co Scór Sinsir Finals tonight. The Instrumental Musicians retained their County title but for our Ballad Group it was a case of so near! Be proud of what you all achieved at the first attempt - it's 14 years since Clonduff had a Senior Ballad Group in the County Final! The County Instrumental Music Champions 2014 - Stephen Murray, Paul Kelly, Sean Murray pictured with County Scór Committee officials Anita Brannigan (left) and Paula Magee (County Cultural Officer)


Revival of Clonduff Parish Scór a Resounding Success!

Saturday 22nd February was the date set for the revival of the the 'Battle of the Townlands' in Clonduff Parish after and absence of nearly 20 years! Clonduff GAA Club organised the event and divided the Parish into the five areas that existed when the competition last took place - The Village, Cabra, Rostrevor Road/Leitrim, Bryansford & Castlewellan Roads, Newry Road/Yellow Road/Rathfriland Road/Ballygorian/Leode. The proceeds of the highly entertaining and competitive evening were in aid of the Clonduff Lourdes Committee.

There were nine different competitions - Ceili Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation/Story Telling, Instrumental Music, Jive, Novelty Act, Ballad Group, Set Dancing, Quiz. The top three in each section contributed to the awarding of the title 'Parish Champions'. The entertainment was first class, the competition keen and the atmosphere was electric in the tightly-packed INF Hall. Ban an Ti, Mary Grant kept the proceeding moving in her own inimitable fashion and even took time out to to participate in her area's Novelty Act!

Individual Competition winners were awarded certificates but as well as the winners those finishing in 2nd and 3rd Place contributed to their area's overall points total in the search for the Parish Champions - Winners were awarded 3 points, 2nd Place 2 points and 3rd Place one point. Every area won at least one competition with Newry/Rathfriland Roads taking Instrumental Music, Ballad Group and Quiz; Cabra Won Ceili Dancing and Jive; Bryansford/Castlewellan Road won Solo Singing - Colleen Walls; The Village won Recitation with Eileen McCusker; Rostrevor Road/Leitrim won Novelty Act and Set Dancing and were placed 2nd in four other competitions and 3rd in one other thus amassing the highest marks total on the night and lift the brand new trophy which was presented by Club Secretary Anita Brannigan to PJ McGinn the area organiser.

Above - Some of the Rostrevor Road/Leitrim Team that won the Battle of the Townlands in the Parish Scór 2014

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Attendees at first Conversational Irish Language Class in Clonduff Clubrooms with Club Language Officer Plunkett McConville, (left back row), Chairperson Brendan Murray (beside Plunkett) agus Ciarán Dúnbarrach (Muinteoir) - still space for plenty more!

Continues every Tuesday night in Clubrooms
@7:30 for Beginners and @8:30 for intermediate
As well as spoken Irish the sessions will focus on local place-names and surnames as well as on the history of Gaelic Culture and the Irish language in Clonduff and surrounding parishes and on the dialect of South Down. 
The classes are free of charge and aimed at people sixteen and over. 



The South Down Scór Sinsir 2014 Ballad Group Champions - Agnes Morris, Colleen Walls, Caroline Carvill, Martina Cunningham & Paul Kelly

It was a night of mixed fortunes for Clonduff acts in the South Down Finals on Sunday evening (9th February) in St Mark’s High School Warrenpoint. The Ballad Group was simply outstanding and easily secured the title; the Instrumental Music group was also outstanding and there was great disappointment when they were adjudged runners-up but this position gives them the chance of defending their county title which they captured last year. Eileen told her story beautifully (Recitation/Storytelling) and Colleen sang like a linnet but these were the two most competitive competitions of the evening but a place in the County Final was always going to be at a premium and it didn’t happen this year! The Quiz team finished just outside the medals in the new format Table Quiz but they will be back in action in the stand-alone County Final in Clonduff Clubrooms on Sunday 2nd March commencing 6pm.



A large turnout of players mentors and supporters attended the launch of the new 'Clonduff Games Development Plan' in the Clubrooms on Wednesday 29th January, 2014. The plan is initially aimed at Football in Clonduff but will be adapted and rolled out to all codes within the Club.

Cathal Murray presented the plan which was compiled by a very able team of former Clonduff Footballers pictured above - Back (l to r) Plunkett McConville, Paul McShane, Ryan McShane, Ross Carr, Paul Shields; Front (l to r) Francis Quinn, Brendan Murray (Chairperson) Cathal Murray.



Cardiac Screening

Over sixty members from across the codes took advantage of the Cardiac Screening event that was organised by Clonduff Club and carried out by Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives on Sunday 19th January. The screening programme consisted of the following:

•     ECG and Questionnaire at initial screening session

•     Consultant Cardiologist’s report on ECG.  (Dr McGlinchey is the Consultant Cardiologist employed and he will be adhering to (2007) ESC guidelines for screening athletes with specific reference to SCD screening.)

•     Echocardiogram, should this be required. This will take place at a later date.

•     Referral to appropriate medical facility, if required.

•     Those requiring follow up will receive a phone call, outlining exactly what is involved.

•     Personal results letter to each individual screened and their GP if required.

This is the first time the Club has organised a Cardiac Screening event which is just one of a number of such events that have been organised under their Health and Wellness initiative. There will be other events organised during the coming season.

We wish to thank Healthy Hearts, Healthy Hearts for carrying out the screening and St Patrick’s Primary School for accommodating it on Sunday and indeed for their cooperation in the running of many Club activities.

The photo above shows the early arrivals - Back row (l to r): Finbarr, Arthur and Stephen McConville, Shane Murray, Conor Óg O'Hagan, Donal McLaughlin; Front row (l to r): Administrator, Technician, Pauline and Michaella McConville, Debra Murray, Ursula Quinn, Technician


Christmas Fayre and Santa Visit

Clonduff Club held their first ever Christmas Fayre in the Clubrooms on Sunday 15th December with Santa visiting from 5-8pm.

All visitors were treated to mulled wine and mince pies and Martina Cunningham, Senior Ladies Footballer, provided the musical entertainment to add to the atmosphere in the delightfully decorated clubrooms. Santa was a massive hit with the youngsters and their parents!

Stalls included: Style for You, Donna Woods Flower Arrangements, Imelda’s Country Kitchen, The Beauty Room, Bridgewater Candles, Neals Yard Remedies by Edel, Wooden Plaque Designs, Bakenbags, Jumping Clay, Cultech, Clonduff GAA and Camogie Clubs Merchandise. A lot of the stalls sold out and many orders placed!

Many thanks to the organisers, everybody who helped in any way, donated prizes for the draw, sold tickets/squares, served the refreshments, Santa and Santa’s Helpers, and manned the Clonduff stalls. Of course, we thank everybody who supported this great community event.

With the success of this first Christmas Fayre, Clonduff Club will undoubtedly do a repetition next year!

Lots of photographs on our FaceBook page!

The Show is Over Now - But what a Show it Was! 'Cinderella Clonduff Style' Pantomime 2012

'Cinderella Clonduff Style' - the first ever Pantomime staged by Clonduff GAA Club aired for the first time on Sunday afternoon 1st December and again on the following Wednesday and Thursday nights to a packed audience in the INF Hall on each occasion! Perhaps one glance at the characters involved is the reason why!

The show was scripted and produced by Clonduff's own Mary Grant who also played the Dame - we are blessed having her in our midst! With few exceptions other than Mary, most of the characters were making their acting debuts though a number of them cut their 'stage teeth' in Scór competitions.

The storyline followed the traditional story for the most of the first half but there was plenty of local humour and innuendo - the ball in the second half, however, was not based in a castle but rather in Lowry's Bar with Manus playing himself! Eileen McCusker was Master (or should that be Mistress) of Ceremonies and the entertainment was provided by local musicians, singers and dancers including 'Joe's Babies' - the very young Set Dancing team who made their stage debut in the recent Scór na nÓg; Caroline McGreevy and Joe Parr who did the 'Brush Dance'; Brian McPolin and Marian Brannigan who gave a Jiving exhibition, King Tommy (Kelly) and Queen Ann (McPolin) got the waltzing under way! Oh! What a night of entertainment! All Clonduff Talent!

The show was coordinated by Jimmie Cousins our Cultural and Community Officer whose 'Brainchild' the staging of a Christmas Show was. Well done Jimmie - Can't wait for the next production! Do we have to wait a whole year?

Major thanks are owed to a great many people who were not only on the stage but also worked behind the scenes (see programme below) but also to INF for use of their premises, E4A Banbridge for the loan of stage, backdrop and coach, Warrenpoint Pantomime for the loan of costumes, Eileen McCusker for additional costumes and numerous ticket sellers at each showing. Supper on the final night was provided by The Boulevard, Newry to help get the 'after party' under way!


South Down Awards 2013

Some of the Clonduff contingent that attend the South Down Awards in Rostrevor Social Club on Friday 29th November 2013 - Back row (l to r) Lorraine Bloomfield, Anita Brannigan, Patricia Kelly; Front row (l to r) Brendan Murray, Tommy Kelly, Mary Murray

Gaels from all over South Down converged on Rostrevor GAA Social Club on Friday night for the Annual Awards which followed the magnificent meal provided. The Clonduff Instrumental Musicians (Paul & Thomas Kelly, Sean & Mary Catherine Murray), as reigning County Champions provided the entertainment for the arrival of the guests and then Paul got the formal proceedings under way with his rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. There were guests from the County and East Down Boards but the Guest of honour was the hilarious Benny Tierney who regaled the crowd with stories and anecdotes - true or otherwise - before the presentation of the awards which were as follows:

Juvenile Referee: Michael O'Rourke (An Riocht), Gerard Brennan (Clonduff), Gerard Rooney (Longstone)

Senior Referee: Paul Faloon (Drumgath but born in Hilltown), Neil Cousins (An Riocht), Fergal Laverty (St Michael's)

Player of the Year: Donal O'Hare (Burren), Conor Harrison (Glasdrumman), Niall Madine (Saval)

Chairman's Awards: Cumann Pheadar Naofa (125), Mayobridge (125), St John Bosco, Newry (50)

Special Presentations: Burren (All Ireland Feile), Southern Regional College (All Ireland Div 3 League & Championship, Glenn All Ireland Scor na nÓg Quiz winners, All Ireland Handball winners including Clonduff player Sean McNally, Down All Ireland Minor Camogie winning team (Div 2), Karen Tinnelly Camogie Soaring Star

Club of the Year: Glenn

Hall of Fame: Gerry McNally, Glenn

At the end of the evening one of the magnificent flower arrangements was presented to the Clonduff Chairman, Brendan to place on Jerry Quinn's grave and the other presented to Tullylish club to place Paddy McFlynn's grave - both men were so much a part of 2012 awards.

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Today (Wednesday 20th November 2013) saw the official launch of the Townland Stones of Clonduff. Following a few years hard work by the Clonduff Historical and Heritage Society, an amazing 77 granite stones have been erected around the 26 townlands of the Parish of Clonduff. In his speech, Colm Rogers thanked the many people involved in the project and paid tribute to the late Jerry Quinn, former Chairman of the Society, stating how proud Jerry would be to see this day finally arrive. If you want to know more about the history of your townland you can find out in the well presented booklet, 'Townlands of Clonduff' which is available in the club shop and other various outlets around the Parish.

Pictured at the launch are: Back row (l-r) Gerry Curran, Sheila Gribben, Mary Savage, Vincent McKevitt (DARD), Eileen McCusker, Claire Brady (Saor), Colin Rodgers, Maura Quinn, Marie Milligan; Front row (l-r) Francis Quinn, Artie Quinn, Anita Brannigan, Brendan Murray.


Irish News Ulster Volunteer Conference Saturday 9th November 2013

The Panellists in 'The Club Gathering' Panel Discussion - Gemma Begley (Tyrone Ladies Football), Fionnuala Carr (Down Camogie), Neil McManus (Antrim Hurling), Enda Muldoon (Derry Football), Tony Scullion (Derry Football & Hurling). The MC for the day was BBC's Austin O'Callaghan

Our own Fionnuala Carr was one of the celebrity panellists in the 'Club Together' themed Volunteer Conference in The Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown, Co Tyrone - Fionnuala did us all proud - as she will in 'Strictly' next week!
'Club Together' is a drive by the various Boards - Hurling/Football, Camogie, Ladies Football, together with Handball and Rounders - to integrate/unify at County, Provincial and National Level in the near future under the banner of 'Name GAA Club' - it has been happening in Clonduff for quite a number of years.
There were a number of informative workshops including Volunteering, Heritage, Health & Well Being, Social Media, Culture and Fundraising.
Local MLA John McCallister was one of the Guest Speakers, joining people like Aogan Ó Fearghaill (Presidential Candidate), Liam O'Neill (Uachtarán CLG), Aileen Lawlor (Uachtarán Camógaíocht) Danny Murphy (Secretary Ulster GAA), Jim Eastwood (The Apprentice) and Martin McAviney (Uachtarán Ulster GAA)

Aileen summed up the value of our volunteers with the profound statement 'GAA volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless'!


Launch of 'The Yellow Gold:

A club newsletter was the dream of the late Jerry Quinn and this came to fruition on Friday 8th November with the launch of a new quarterly publication 'The Yellow Gold' - a twelve page magazine of 'Pure Clonduff'. Pictured above at the launch are: Back row (l to r) Francis Quinn (PRO), Brendan Murray (Chairman); Front row (l to r) Lorraine Bloomfield (Treasurer), Anita Brannigan (Secretary). The Yellow Gold is available in local shops, Cabra Post Office and Clonduff Club Shop.


Social Initiative Trip to Titanic Building and Crumlin Road Jail

Great day out in Belfast on Friday 1st November 2013! First stop Titanic Building for a historical, educational and emotional trip around Belfast and the Shipyard - our own Tommy Kelly's grandfather was employed as a joiner for the creation of 'that staircase'. An amazing two hour 'journey'.

After lunch it was then across town to Crumlin Road Jail for another emotional roller-coaster.

These are two of many venues in Belfast well worth a visit!

On arrival back at base, the day was finished off in our usual manner with a magnificent meal in The Downshire Arms Hotel.

Thanks Marie Milligan for organising it all.


Great Scór na nÓg weekend for Clonduff GAA Club!

41 children represented the club in the various venues over the weekend of Friday 25th Oct (Glasdrumman), Saturday 26th Oct (Burren) and Sunday 27th Oct (St Patrick's PS, Hilltown) and another 12 will take part in the South Down Scór na nÓg Quiz in two weeks time!
We entered competitors under various Club sections, ie Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football to give more youngsters the opportunity to participate. We participated in Ceili Dancing, Solo Singing (4), Recitation, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group (2) and Set Dancing (2). 
The winners from each venue go directly to the South Down Final on Sunday 10th Nov with 2nd and 3rd placed competitors progressing to the qualifier round in Mayobridge on Friday 8th Nov. We had quite a number of winners and and runners-up but this weekend was all about wearing our club colours with pride! Hard work brings just reward!

Clonduff Acts which will be on stage again are: South Down Final, St Mark's High School, 10th November - Solo Singing (Ellen Kelly), Instrumental Music, Ballad Group (Hurling), Set Dancing (Football); those progressing to the Qualifier in Mayobridge on Friday 8th November - Ceili Dancing, Solo Singing (Emma McGreevy), Recitation (Alannah Devlin), Ballad Group (Camogie), Set Dancing (Hurling)

Clonduff hosted Sunday evening's event in St Patrick's Primary School, Hilltown. Francis Quinn made an impressive debut as Fear an Ti while Christina McConville started proceedings with Amhrán na bhFiann. There was a host of other volunteers on hand to ensure the smooth running of the event - stewards inside and outside, shop attendants, tea makers, cleaner uppers, etc - to them all and to the principal, caretaker and management of the primary school we say a massive thank you.


Social Initiative Trip to Dublin

At a recent Ulster Social Initiative event in Garvaghey Centre of Excellence, Co Tyrone, our Chairman Brendan Murray was the lucky winner of a trip to Croke Park for 25 members of the Club. However on Sunday 13th October a full bus load of Clonduffians (52)set off from the Club at 8 30 – was meant to be 8am but a certain young lady found her bed too cosy!

After a refreshing cuppa in The Applegreen we proceeded to Croke Park where we were met by our guide Cora who held us spellbound for the next two hours with her passionate stories and anecdotes about the history and happenings of the hallowed turf and its visitors. For quite a number of the group it was their first experience of the tour and for others it was a return to a place they never grow tired of.

The group was accommodated for a delicious ‘all you could eat’ lunch in a corporate box and then set out to explore the delights of the museum with the new Hall of Fame drawing a great deal of interest – our people finding it hard to leave. Although for many of the group their playing days are long behind them, but they were game enough to have a go in the Interactive Skills area. Thankfully we didn’t require the services of the physiotherapist we had in our midst!

Later in the afternoon, the majority of the group took in the Guinness Storehouse whilst a small number spent that time and their money in O’Connell Street and Henry Street! Guinness was a hard place to leave too and the poor shoppers were left standing in the cold for 45 mins!

It was a wonderful day out for our Club members – we were regaled with recitations, songs and stories on the way home – to say nothing of the member who nearly had to thumb a lift home from The Applegreen! The day was finished off in the Clubrooms with supper not only for those who made the trip but also for other members who were unable to make the trip.

Many thanks to the Social Initiative people in Ulster Council and Croke Park who made it all possible, and many thanks to Brendan for counting us all among his friends!


Magnificent Response to the Finbarr McPolin Benefit Appeal

The response was unbelievable! People turned out in droves to support this very worthy cause and dug deep into their pockets with donations at the door, the purchase of raffle tickets and buying the stuff on sale at the auction - the more novel of which was a Kilcoo flag (which was threatened with a cigarette lighter) and a pedigree lamb! The auctioneer Thomas 'Tooter' Murnin seemed able to draw money out of the pockets of almost everyone who attended. There was an unbelievable number of prizes donated for both the raffle and the auction and 'music for the jive' was by Noel Stansfield.

Finbarr's brother Peter gave us an insight into his illness and the 'journey' forward since it occurred in Thailand earlier this year on 29th June. He has a long road of rehabilitation ahead and hopefully our efforts will go some way to bring this about.

Finbarr's sisters are visiting him in San Francisco next week and we are happy that we were able to host this event for him. We are a great community and should be proud of it!



Clonduff Musicians Entertain at Co-operation Ireland Gala Dinner 2013

Co-operation Ireland is an organisation that promotes Peace Building across the island of Ireland. The theme of the 2013 Gala Dinner in The Great Hall at Queen's University, Belfast (Thursday 10th October) was 'The Role of the GAA in Peace Building'. The keynote speaker was First Minister Peter Robinson. The event was attended by GAA players and administrators, politicians and business people from across Ireland. Funds raised on the evening will go to support Co-operation Ireland’s Youth Leadership programme which tackles the growing vulnerability of our young people in being coerced into criminal and anti-social activities in towns and villages across the island. Co-operation Ireland’s Youth Leadership programme encourages positive local interaction with their own community, an opportunity to take up high quality work placement, receive experienced mentoring and deliver positive outcomes for themselves personally and their local community in general
The Clonduff group played as guests were arriving for Champagne Reception and throughout the evening at various intervals - they were initially to play for 10-15 mins but ended up playing for over an hour - speaks volumes for the quality!
Our musicians, pictured above with Martin McAvinney President of The Ulster Council are (l to r) Paul Kelly, Mary Catherine Murray, Thomas Kelly and Sean Murray. Well done folks you did Clonduff, Down and Ulster proud!


Down Uachtaran and former GAA National President Paddy Mac Flynn passed away on Wednesday 25th September 2013

Ar dheas Dé go raibh a anam.

On 5th November 2012, Paddy (2nd from left) attended Clonduff GAA Club's 125 Banquet. He is seen here with other dignitaries being greeted by Club Chairman Brendan Murray - (l to r) Aogán Ó Fearraill (then Ulster Chairman), Paddy, Brendan, Pauric Duffy (Ard Stuirihoir, Croke Park) and Joseph Mc Donagh (another former National President)


Clonduff Social Initiative Group attends Ulster Social Initiative Event

Twelve people from the Clonduff Parish attended the 'Ulster Breakthrough Years' organised by the Ulster Council, particularly the Social Initiative Co-ordinator Fiontánn Ó Dowd, to mark their own 125 years! The event was held in the magnificent surround of The Garvaghey Centre of Excellence in Tyrone. It covered Ulster Football teams from 1950-1972. The presentation was made by Donal McAnallen with interviews of Special Guests by former Ulster President Aogán Ó Fearraill. The Special guests and dignitaries pictured above Back row (l to R): Pat O'Neill (Armagh & Tyrone), Aogán Ó Fearaill (former Ulster President), Martin McAviney (current Ulster President), Brian McEniff (Donegal); Front row (l to r) Jim McKeever (Derry), Jody O'Neill (Tyrone),  Paddy Doherty (Down) and Joe Cusack (Cavan).

Below the Clonduff contingent Back row (l to r) Fintan Mussen, Dinny Joe McPolin, Mickey Tumilty, Anita Brannigan, Bernadette Lynch, Lorraine Bloomfield, Marie Milligan, Tash Greenan; Front row (l to r) Brendan Murray, Ross Carr, Noel Fitzpatrick, Tommy Kelly

To round off the evening everyone's registration form was entered for a club trip to Croke Park to include Stadium and Museum Tour with lunch for the whole group in a corporate box overlooking the hallowed turf!  AND THE LUCKY WINNER WAS NONE OTHER THAN THE CLONDUFF CHAIRMAN BRENDAN MURRAY - the trip will take place in early October for adult members of the community



Outdoor Cinema Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August – Shrek The Movie

The weather was favourable, the movie was brilliant and the crowd was magnificent! The crowd far surpassed the attendance at the last ‘Outdoor Cinema’ and they certainly weren’t disappointed! The mums and dads, the teens and the grandparents as well as the tinies were spellbound with this family favourite and even some of them joined in the dancing at the end! People were there to savour the atmosphere which just has to be experienced! The hot chocolate, popcorn, burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks and crisps were very popular among the young and not so young and very much added to that community atmosphere. The complimentary comments have been rolling in!

We would very much like to thank the great army of helpers of all ages who helped make the night the great success, particularly those who helped clean up after! Well done everybody – you are just too numerous to mention and it would be a shame to omit someone by name!


Trip to Derry - City of Culture 2013 (24th July 2013)

A group of 30 people comprising parents, grandparents and children left Clonduff Park at 8.30 am and arrived in Derry City around 10.45. Our Tour Guide, from Martin McCrossan Award Winning Tours met us at 11.30am and kept us under her spell for the next two hours.
First stop was the new 'Peace Flame' ignited by Martin Luther King III last month, then Guildhall Square en route to the Peace Bridge for the walk across the expanse of the River Foyle
Following the return trip across the bridge, we proceeded to the Old City inside the Wall where Sorcha (our guide) imparted a brilliant history of the city - it's Walls, the city's name change, The Apprentice Boys, The Guildhall, the recent 'Troubles', the long hard struggle for peace and reconciliation and the awarding of 'The City of Culture' Status.
There was a very welcome complimentary cuppa at the end of the two hours. The 'tourists' were then free to do their own thing for the next two hours - some chose to visit the murals in the bogside; some to the splendour of the newly refurbished Guildhall and others chose to spend the time in the magnificent shopping centres and shops which this wonderfully transformed city now boasts.
The journey home provided an opportunity for a bit of shuteye after all that walking. It has become customary, on such trips from our Club, to finish the day with a meal in The Downshire Arms. A great time was had by all!

Clonduff's Boley Fair 2013 - Check out the hundreds of photos on our Facebook page

The Boley Fair got underway on Friday evening in brilliant sunshine - the best weather for some time. The 'Clonduffmobile' was used in the opening parade to transport Boley Fair committee members and dignitaries along the way.

The 'Clonduffmobile' transporting the dignitaries in the Opening Parade

The Camogie Club, as usual, provided light refreshments (tea/coffee, soup, scones, cakes, etc) for Fair goers on Saturday morning and hosted the bread-making competition.


But it was Saturday evening in the Clubrooms that provided the highlight of the entire day, perhaps weekend! Clonduff Club hosted the first ever 'Pitch to Pole Challenge which involved six Senior Club players, who had undertaken training from El Fegan in in 'Well Fit Gym' in Rathfriland over the previous six weeks - if the participants made so much progress in such a short time they could become professionals within a few months!

Neil Trainor was declared the winner but it was close run thing. All the competitors performed amazing routines. Well done Tony McGreevy, Chris Brown, Christina McConville, Andy Quinn, Nicola O'Hagan and Neil. You gave us a marvellous night's entertainment. Thanks to El Fegan who trained them over the last six to eight weeks and to 'The Dancing Dolls' who were the supporting act. 

The dapper Kieran Trainor reassures the Pitch to Pole participants before their big Pole Dancing debuts

l to r: Christina, Kieran, Chrissie, Neil, Andy, Tony and Nicola

The judges on the night were Helena McCusker, Paul Kelly (Yellow Road), Patricia Brown and one of El's professional colleagues. 
A big thank you to El and her team, the Social Club sub committee,  Kieran Trainor the suave host on the night, the bar and floor staff who help the night run so well.

Boley Funday

First up was the Big Boley Breakfast Which would not have been possible without the input of the females in the club - players and parents and family members - it was one of the busiest mornings ever.
Over 40 girls who play U14 and U12 Ladies Football played out a brilliant blitz in six teams which was eventually won by The Buttercups. Many thanks to Marie Cowan and the U12 and U14 Mentors for organizing and refereeing and to the Senior Ladies who coached/mentored the teams on the day.

'The Buttercups' won the inaugural Boley Cup The 4-person 'Sack Race' had to be seen to be believed!

Whilst the football was ongoing the Family Treasure Hunt for the very young children commenced with 25 families participating - the Shields Family were the winners of the 'Fun House' Voucher.
What can be said about 'It's a Knockout' - such a fun-filled couple of hours with the teenagers and some quite a way past their teens. Eight teams of eight started and one team was eliminated after each event. The 'games' were fun-packed and very competitive. After the final game Tooter Murnin's team was declared the winners, by which time Tooter had discarded his dress and undergarments.
The Parish Sevens Final (for retired players) was contested between the Reds and the Yellas with the Yellas emerging one point winners - Tooter had a great day and so did all those on his teams as he was the captain of the Yellas.
Six teams participated in the Tug o War which was very keenly contested and new name will be on the trophy this year - Lowry's defeated Minnie Doyle's in the Final. The Donkey Derby followed - there weren't many donkeys but did they give us entertainment - riders unable to stay the pace, donkeys straying, etc.

Ready for 'the off' in the first heat of the Donkey Derby

Lowry's dethroned multi-times winners Dorans in the Tug o War

The poor unsuspecting cow was then released for the 'Cowpatition' with hundreds of people standing around waiting for her to 'do her business'. It took some time but she eventually performed and when the co-ordinates were worked out the lucky winner of the £1,000 was Francis Hanratty from Crossmaglen who had been sold the winning square by Connor Grant!
It would be impossible to thank the army of volunteers who were involved in the day's events - perhaps the biggest one goes to the weather-maker! The new shop was busy as was the burger bar, the chip pan, ice cream sellers, bar staff and the craft stall holders. Everyone involved in the organising, stewarding, administration of the days events deserve a lot of credit; a special word is reserved for the young girls who helped collect litter at the end of the day.


Above: The fourteen players who took part in the Parish Sevens Finals which was won by Thomas (Tooter) Murnin's team. Only at the Boley Fair would you see people standing around waiting for a cow to 'do her business' but she made someone £1,000 richer!
Boley Monday

Great day for Poc Fada on Hen Mountain! 
In the U16 Boys section Rhys Ward retained his title beating off challenge of Charlie Carr and Patrick Branagan by one puck. Cassie Fitzpatrick also retained the U16 Girls title seeing off the challenge of young Molly Brown. 
Orla Maginn was thwarted in her attempt at four in a row. Following the trek around the the mountain Orla, Kitty Fegan and Debra Murray finished level and the winner was decided with one last long puck. Kitty was first to go and though it veered off course slightly neither of the other two could match the distance. 
In the men's event Damien Farnon and John Murphy had accompanied the U16s around their course and were later setting off than the other contenders. Andy Quinn was the best of the bunch and for a long time it looked as if an upset was on the cards - three times winner John Murphy appeared to have lost the sliothar but eventually located it and finished the course one puck ahead of the target set by Andy. 
Great credit has to go to Damien Farnon who has been organising this event since its inception seven years ago. Not only does he organise it, he sets up the course as well. Damien actually did the course three times on Monday - setting up, accompanying the U16s and then competing in men's event. Would there be a Pic Fada without Damien?
Thanks also to Paddy and Marie Murphy who collected the flags at the end saving Damien a fourth trip around the course!

Clonduff Wellbeing Initiative

Meanwhile as the Poc Fada was concluding a number of our members, Marie Milligan, Susan Campbell and Rena Haughian were involved in the organising and running of the very successful Health Fair held in the Youth Club. This is a community initiative in which our members are involved

Above - the Camogs supplied refreshments in Presbyterian Church Hall

Above - Club Members involved in Health Fair

The participants in the Junior and Senior Poc Fada Action from the U8s at the new One-Wall Handball Wall

Boley Inaugural One-Wall Handball Blitz
The sun shone and the new wall at St Patrick's Primary School was the focal point of Clonduff Club Boley Activities.
The afternoon got under way with a few practice sessions which the adult novices insisted upon under the guidance of clonduff Senior players/coaches - Colin Shields, Des McNeill, Paul Shields, Eddie Clancy, Sean Cowan and County Handball Chairman (Clonduff Player and All Ireland One Wall Golden Masters Champion) Sean McNally.
First competition of the day was the Novice Men's Doubles featuring Aidan Brown & Tooter Murnin v Ross Carr & Mo Brown. The 'hinges' may have been a wee bit rusty but they dished up a great game and Tooter is certainly the man of the moment - he (with Aidan) collected his third Clonduff Boley title of 2013 narrowly defeating Ross and Mo.
Then it was the turn of the Adult Ladies with three quarters of the quartet straight back from the Poc Fada but you would never have guessed except that Orla seemed to leave her voice on the mountain. Kitty Fegan was partnered by young Cassie Fitzpatrick (Adult and Junior Poc Fada winners) defeated the fleet-footed Shereen Lyness-Feenan and Orla Maginn.
There there just two U14 girls - Molly Brown (also participated in the Junior Poc Fada) v Clara Cowan with the well-rested Clara taking the honours (both girls had participated in the Girls Football Boley Cup on Sunday)
The U14 Boys was very competitive - the final game was contested between Conor Milligan and Oran Wilson with Conor emerging the winner. There were some great shots and rallies throughout the competition.
The U12 Boys demonstrated probably the best Handball of the the day right the way through. Padraig Clancy came from 5-0 down to beat Patrick Cowan in the Final 7-6 - great game!
The U8 event was mixed boys and girls. Many of the competitors were having their first 'go' at Handball and unsurprisingly it was the 'veterans' Ellen Shields and Eddie Clancy (Jnr, of course). Ellen had beaten her sister Blaithin in the Semi Final and she, as the slightly more experienced player went on to lift the title.
The rest of the afternoon belonged to the 'Nursery' Camp under the guidance of Colin Shields and Sean Cowan, and included their two little sons, James Shields and Sean Óg Cowan, both under three years of age!
A big thank you not only to those who participated or supported, but particularly to the organisers, those who worked so hard to have the new wall ready, and St Patrick's Primary School for permitting the wall on their premises - it will undoubtedly be a great asset to both Clonduff Club and the Primary School. 
Clonduff Club Officers present at the Grand Boley Opening were: Anita Brannigan (Secretary), Jimmie Cousins (Cultural and Community), Ross Carr (Coaching Officer), Teresa Carr (Children's Officer) as well as St Patrick's Primary School Principal Mrs Kathleen Cousins.

Clonduff Handballers send their thanks to all for attending and to John Wilson and Boley Fair Committee for providing plaques for winners and to Clonduff GAA Club for the medals which all the participating children received

Family Fun Quiz

Clonduff GAA Club's Boley activities concluded with a great wee family night in the club last night at the Boley Quiz. There was a great atmosphere and quite a bit of banter! In all there were 14 teams - delighted to see so many new faces - mind you some of the teams were using very extended family members! 

Above: Fiona, Carol and Triplets with their mugs

Below: Anita presenting the Brannigan Family Trophy to winning team captain Aileen Wilson

Above: Runners up: 2+2+2 Carrs & McGilligans

Below: The Winning team - Disorganised - Matt & Brea McGinn's Family


At the interval Disorganised and Dubs Subs were neck and neck. Disorganised pulled away and Us Two + two + two came with a final flurry to finish as runners up. 
Thanks to everyone who helped particularly Katherine (assistant quiz master or is it mistress), Conor for helping preparing the answer sheets and Patricia McCabe for cooking the sausages and chips for the interval.


A great evening for San Francisco U14 Feile Team in Clonduff Park

Clonduff GAA Club rolled out the red carpet for the San Francisco Youth Board Feile team (U14) on Tuesday 25th June 2013. The youngsters were our guest while fulfilling the year long dream of playing in the All Ireland Feile Finals in Derry over the weekend of 28th-30th June - a trip of a lifetime!

Clonduff organised a mini blitz involving neighbouring clubs Mayobridge and Kilcoo (thanks to both clubs for accommodating our visitors) and in the three games which the visitors played they displayed terrific Gaelic Football skills and won all three of their games - a good omen for their Feile Finals! They had also visited and played games in Waterford and Kildare where two of the coaches originated. Their final preparation game was in Pairc Esler on Wednesday night v Shamrocks. But it was in Clonduff, the home of the McKay sisters, Fiona and Siobhan where the biggest welcome awaited.

Clonduff's Christina McConville, well used to singing Amhran na bhFiann around the County's grounds at championship and inter-county games, did likewise at the start of proceedings on Tuesday evening and then proceeded to sing the American National Anthem! Two games got underway simultaneously, refereed by our inter-county referee Kieran Branagan and his brother Paddy (also qualified referee). Following the games the members of all four teams were presented with commemorative medals and invited, along with parents and other family members to partake of eats and refreshments in the clubrooms, passing beneath the Welcome Banner (Kieran Tumilty) above the entrance.

An amazing spread for everyone, prepared by Noreen Tumilty, Lorraine Bloomfield, Laureen Harper and a great band of helpers started the evening's entertainment where Joseph Farrell's tiny tots gave a great display of Set Dancing and the Kelly and Murray Families (reigning County Scór Sinsir Champions) regaled us with a wonderful traditional music repertoire. A few short speeches and a Framed Jersey exchange followed before the cutting of the welcome cake specially designed and made for the occasion.

We wish the young lads every success in the Feile Finals and win or lose we hope they take away and cherish the memories and the friends they made along they way.


Hilltown 10K - Message from Patricia Brown - one of theOrganisers

On behalf of Shereen, Billy, Paul and myself, we wish to thank you for your support in promoting, attending and use of car park and club for Hilltown 10k and Fun Run on Sunday! As always very much appreciated! hope you all enjoyed and be back for more next year! Thank you

A great crowd braved the chilly April day for the fourth annual 10K and Fun Run. Top Left: Fun Runners/Walkers get going on the 10K on the orders of Matt McGinn and Patricia Brown. Top right Jamie Curran is flanked by John and Connor Brown. Below left the serious runners get under way including Assistant Treasurer Paudie Matthews (no 30) and Sean McGreevy (black top behind Paudie) and on the bottom right Eileen McCusker and Secretary Anita Brannigan eventually make it home in last place along with camera-shy Assistant Secretary Marie Milligan. But it wasn't about the prizes they were going to receive! (Photos Jimmie Cousins - see our Facebook page for originals)


Cultural/Historical Visit to Dublin - Easter 2013

A group of 30, including 11 children left Clonduff Clubrooms on Wednesday 3rd April for a visit to 'Our Spiritual Headquarters' Croke Park, which was a first some some of the young people and a first tour for some of the not so young! The guide, Cian Keane entertained us for two hours with informative and hilarious stories. The group is pictured above in the VIP area of the Hogan Stand. This is a trip that everyone of us should undertake sooner rather than later! See our facebook page for an album of photos.

Following a light lunch the group then proceeded to Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum. The first port of call was Daniel O'Connell's crypt and then on to O'Donovan Rossa's grave where an actor gave a marvellous performance of Padraig Pearse's graveside oration at O'Donovan Rossa's burial in 1915 ". . . but the fools, the fools, the fools! — they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace". It was then on to the most visited grave in the cemetery - Michael Collins' before moving into the new museum to view the interactive presentations and timelines as well as the history of burials and the cemetery itself. This too, is a landmark where one could spend many hours absorbing the history of the country from its opening in 1832. Following a welcome cuppa in the new cafe we embarked on the return journey to Hilltown where the day was completed with an evening meal in our own local historical landmark - The Downshire Arms.


The Easter Bunny Has Been Rescued

Despite the snow covering the mountains in the background, the sky was blue, the sun shone and there was a definite buzz in the air in Clonduff Park at midday on Easter Tuesday (2nd April 2013) when around 120 youngsters and their adults turned up to help free the Easter Bunny that had been kidnapped some time in the week before Easter.

They followed the trail picking up clues and Easter Eggs along the way, spotted and captured the kidnapper and freed the bunny! Back in the clubrooms again there was a welcome cup of tea/coffee, face painting (Thanks Maureen, Karen, Ciara and Lisa), colouring in, Easter Bonnet Parade and distribution of prizes. Every child and adult received an Easter Egg and by all accounts a magnificent time was had by all! Hopefully this will be the first of many such events!

A major Thank You to the Cultural and Community sub committee of Clonduff GAA Club who organised the event; to Maria, Plunkett, Thomas, Charlie, Leo, Sean, Kathleen and other club personnel (and their family members) who helped in any way on Easter Monday or Tuesday - it wouldn't have happened without this combined effort!


Niamh Murray was Down's Youth Representative at National Congress on w/e 22nd, 23rd March 2013 in The Dome, Derry. Here are a couple of photos and her personal account of the event - photo on left is the platform party and the right is the Dessert served at Saturday night's Banquet

NM: "Last weekend I was at GAA Congress in Derry, this was an experience I enjoyed very much. On Friday evening after workshops and reports, Joe Brolly spoke to us, very movingly about organ donation – it was felt that this is something the GAA are going to support. The National Youth Committee also spoke on Friday evening, it was good to see that young people are being listened to. All the motions were put through on Saturday, I thought these would have caused more controversy particularly surrounding the black card, but this was not the case. On Saturday we were also addressed by President Michael D Higgins as well as Liam O’Neill. Congress concluded on Saturday evening, followed by Mass then a banquet where Phil Coulter entertained us. This was a great experience and aside from the formalities of Congress there was great craic as well and it was brilliant to meet people from all over Ireland and further a-field."


St Colman's U14 Athletic Team are All Ireland Cross Country Champions!

Congratulations to St Colman's College U14 Cross Country team, and in particular our own Darren Quinn (with cup) who the All Ireland Cross Country Team title held in UUJ on Saturday 8th March 2013. Darren, a member of our U14 Football team is the son of Artie and Mary Lou.


Clonduff's Karaoke 'Treadathon'


What a great event the Karaoke Treadathon turned out to be! This novel fundraising idea brought the young and not so young members of Clonduff GAA Club together with the common goal of raising funds for the newly refurbished clubrooms. The younger members got proceedings under way at 4pm on Friday 15th March 2013 and the not so young brought it to a conclusion somewhere around 4am on Saturday 16th March.

There were five treadmills on the go (with one in reserve) and each participant was allotted a 20 min slot - the treadmills were all donated for the event and to those people who did so we say a big 'thank you'. The Juvenile session ended at 8pm when the Club Chairman, Brendan Murray got things under way for the adults. The craic and banter was mighty and those brave and/or fit enough gave some 'amazing' performances at the Karaoke whilst doing their run, walk or crawl.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Friends of Clonduff and especially the organisers Orla, Carol and Martin and also to the Bar and Social Club staff who kept the refreshments, burgers and chips in constant supply.

A big ‘thank you’ to those who donated prizes for the raffle/auction – Macs Bar (Wine), Spar Hilltown (Large Easter Egg), Edel Lennon (Beauty Voucher), Diamonds Restaurant (Meal Voucher), Lorraine Bloomfield (His & Hers Bathrobe set), Rory Maginn (Bottle Jameson), Orla Maginn (St Patrick’s Day edition Down Jersey), Paul McShane (Signed Down Jersey for auction [bought by Miceál Crilly], and Best Dressed [118 118 – Orla Gribben, Therese McStay, Jackie Gilmore])

A great night/early morning was had by all, even the bank manager!

Check out the many photos on the Clonduff FaceBook Page


Great night for Clonduff in the South Down Scór Sinsir Finals - three acts made it this far and all three collected the South Down titles - Ceili Dance team (Janine Branagan, Ellen Murphy, Niamh Canning, Lisa Gribben, Caroline McGreevy, Joeleen Morgan, Ursula Quinn, Wendy Branagan), Instrumental Music (Stephen and Sean Murray with Paul Kelly) and the Set Dancing team (Ursula Quinn, Francis Quinn, Joleen Morgan, Wayne Farrell, Janine Branagan, Niall Quinn, Wendy Branagan, Jayme Farrell).  Well done everybody and Good Luck in the County Final next Sunday in St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan - commencing at 4pm.


South Down Ceili Dance Champions 2013

South Down Instrumental Mucic Champions 2013 South Down Set Dance Champions 2013


Almost flawless performances by Clonduff Ceili and Set Dancers and the Murray Boys in Instrumental Music saw them emerge winners in their respective competitions in the second South Down Scór Sinsir Semi Final on Friday 8th February in Mayobridge. This was one of the best and most keenly contested rounds in Scór Sinsir for many years. These three acts will represent Clonduff GAA Club in the South Down Final on Sunday 17th February in Saval at 5pm. Clonduff Club also competed in Solo Singing, Recitation and Quiz and to all who represented Our Club in Mayobridge we say 'Thank You - you did us proud'!

On the right is Stephen and Sean Murray - Sean's first Scór Sinsir

Below left Our Solo Singer Christina McConville

Below right Recitation Competitor Ciara Kelly

Below (left) is the Ceili Dance team: Janine Branagan, Ellen Murphy (l), Niamh Canning (obscured), Lisa Gribben (b), Caroline McGreevy (obscured), Joleen Morgan (r), Ursula Quinn, Wendy Branagan (f) Below (right) is The Set Dance team (l to r) Ursula Quinn, Francis Quinn, Joleen Morgan, Wayne Farrell, Janine Branagan, Niall Quinn, Wendy Branagan, Jayme Farrell

Thanks also to our new Cultural and Community Officer, Jimmie Cousins who organised the Clonduff competitors. Jimmie hopes we will have a full complement of competitors in both Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsir next year! Well done to all concerned! Jimmie took the above photographs

Clonduff Club Pool Team 2013

L-R Shane Milligan, Patrick Morgan, Conor Milligan, Conall Gribben, Caolan McPolin, Sean Milligan, Janis Drikis



Clonduff Clubrooms has become the established venue for the Annual Christmas Pool Tournament organised by the Hilltown Pool League.
Over 30 Players participated. The tournament got 
under way at 2.00pm. As always the games were played in great spirit with high quality of pool on show. As they got down to the business end of the draw, the Semi Finals were contested by Decky Burns v Tony Greenan which Decky narrowly won 3-2 and in the other Semi-Final, Sam O'Hare defeated Declan Duffy 3-2 after coming from 2-0 Down.
In the Final there was a high standard of pool played with Sam OHare taking the 1st frame and was unlucky not to win the second. Decky took the second and from that point on Decky began to take control and took the title and prize-money on a 3-1 scoreline. 
Everyone there thoroughly enjoyed their day and a big thanks must go to Clonduff club and all the Clonduff volunteers who give up their free time to Set up the Club for the event, the Bar staff, those who cooked the food which was greatly appreciated, those who Set up the Pool Tables and also John Travers for organising the draw fixtures on the day and ensured that the event went like clockwork.

The photo above shows the finalist Winner: Decky Burns (right) and Runner-Up: Sam OHare (left)


Niamh for National Congress 2013

Congratulations to Niamh Murray (above) who was elected at the Down County Convention on Wednesday 12th December 2012 to attend National Congress as Down U21 Delegate. Niamh is chairman Brendan's daughter but in her own right she is a member of Bord na nÓg. Well done Niamh!

Congress will he held in Derry City in April 2013 in recognition of Derry's selection as European City of Culture 2013.

Niamh is the second young Clonduffian to be selected as Youth Delegate to National Congress - Ciarán McGreevy was the Down Delegate when National Congress was held in Newcastle Co Down in 2010.


Clonduff Development Draw Winners - Wednesday 12th December 2012 (12/12/12)

£12000 winner Peter Martin Fitzpatrick. Seller Dalsey Mooney
£100 Jim Wright seller Shannon O'Hagan
£100 Grace Lavelle seller Oliver Morgan
£100 Kieran Morgan seller Gerard Morgan
£100 Lucy Kearney seller Carol Magee
£100 Sam & Louie Brannigan seller Paudie Matthews

Left - Young Evie Lyness-Feenan draws out Peter martin's winning draw ticket.

Below The Super 12 Winner Peter Martin Fitzpatrick (centre) receiving his £12,000 cheque from draw co-ordinators Mary McGreevy, Marie Walls, Niall Rafferty and Roisin McConville.
Dalsey Mooney was the seller of the winning ticket.


South Down Awards 2012 - The last photo of Jerry Quinn RIP

It was a great night for the Gaels of Clonduff at the Annual South Down Awards on Friday 30th November in Mayobridge Social Club when the Guest of Honour was Tyrone Legend Mickey Harte. Some of the Clonduff contingent and Award winners are pictured above with the Man Himself.

The night began with a traditional music group comprising the Murray Family (Clonduff) - Sean, Mary Catherine and Eoin - and a group from Mayobridge including their Uncle and cousins - Peter, Eimear and Cathal.

The winners included: Gerard (or as we know him Ben) Brennan (Juvenile Referee); Arthur McConville (Player of the Year); Clonduff GAA Club (Chairman's Award); Sara Louise Carr (Recognition of her Soaring Star Award), Sean McNally (Recognition of his All Ireland Handball Silver Masters title) and the big one of the night - Hall of Fame to Fintan Mussen.

In the traditional 'envelope collection' for Charity the proceeds were divided between the Michaela Foundation and the Ryan Doyle Repatriation Fund.

Full list of winners:

Adult Referee of the Year – Kieran Trainor (Longstone), Neil Cousins (An Riocht), Ronan Barry (Tullylish)

Juvenile Referee of the Year – Paul Faloon (Saval), Kieran Mooney (Rostrevor), Gerard Brennan (Clonduff)

Player of the Year – Ryan Kelly (Longstone), Arthur McConville (Clonduff), Mark Poland (Longstone)

Club of the Year – Cumann Pheadar Naofa Warrenpoint

Chairman’s Awards – St John Bosco, Rostrevor, Clonduff

All Ireland Handball Winners – Sean McNally, Lorraine Havern, Stephen Digney, Pat Havern, Brian Havern

Down Minor C All Ireland Camogie Winners – accepted by Niamh Mallon (Capt), Paul Boyle (Manager)

Camogie Soaring Star Winners – Sara Louise Carr, Karen Tinnelly

Special Award for Services to Scór – Paula Magee

Hall of Fame – Fintan Mussen (Clonduff)                                                                         (Click here for more Photos or check out our Facebook page)


125 Presentation to Make a Wish Foundation

On Tuesday afternoon 27th November 2012 Gail McKee, Fundraising Manager, Make a Wish Foundation visited Clonduff Clubrooms to collect a cheque for £1,000 - a share of the proceeds from the 'Table Draw' at the 125 Banquet on Sunday 4th November.

Pictured at the presentation are: (L to R) Noreen Tumilty, Jerry Quinn, Gail McKee, Sheenagh McConville, Brendan Murray, Marie Milligan, Connor Donnan


South Down Scór na nÓg 2013 Finals

What a wonderful South Down Scór na nÓg Final in St Mark's High School on Sunday evening, 18th November 2012! Whilst Clonduff didn't win any titles - perhaps they should have but they got three runners up places and a further automatic place and will be in the County Final on Sunday 25th November in Abbey CBS @ 4pm. On stage will be our Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Set Dancers and Quiz team.

Well done everybody and all the best in your respective County Finals on Sunday!

Clonduff Ballad Group - Back Row: Noel Mussen (Chair SD Scór), Anne Kelly, Ciara Tumilty, Bernice McAleenan, Ellen Kelly, Mary Catherine Murray; Front row: The Downey Sisters - Mayobridge Ballad Group and Anita Brannigan (Secretary SD Scór)

Clonduff Instrumental Music Group - Back row: Gerard Keenan (SD Scór) Anne Kelly, Thomas Kelly, Bernice McAleenan, Mary Catherine Murray, Kevin McElroy; Front row: Michael McArdle (South Down Chair), Ballyholland Musicians and Noel Mussen

Our Juvenile Set Dancing Team: - Laura Mackin, Clare McAlinden, Clare McGilligan, Emma McAlinden, Jenna Boden, Nicola Ward, Katie McGilligan, Meghan Kelly Clonduff Football Quiz team with South Down members: Back row: Anita Brannigan, Conor Milligan, Mark Devlin, Shane Milligan, Noel Mussen; Front row: Glenn Quiz team

Clonduff GAA Club's Visit to Stormont

13 Clonduff members took up the invite from local MLA Karen McKevitt to visit Stormont in recognition of their achievements. Back row: Fintan Mussen, Leo Lowry, Collie Rodgers, Anita Brannigan, Noreen Tumilty, Brendan Murray. Front row: Tommy Kelly, Jerry Quinn, Maura Quinn, Marie Milligan, Mary Murray, Eileen McCusker, Connor Donnan - a very enjoyable trip it was!

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125 Tree Planting - Clonduff Park 2012

What a morning Saturday 10th November 2012 was! So many children and their parents turned up at 10am for the opportunity to plant a tree on the bank on the road side of the new pitch they were all planted by 10.50am! This batch of trees came courtesy of The Woodland Trust and whilst it was a one-off the Club is hoping to purchase additional trees and shrubs to cover the steep bank below the new field in the very near future.

Following the planting the children and their parent were treated to a welcome cup of tea/coffee for adults and soft drink and crisps for the children. Dermot O'Hagan, the organiser then presented each child with a certificate and Children's Officer Teresa Carr presented them with the special 125 Commemorative Medal.

Thanks to everyone who turned up to make this a memorable morning for the children! What a wonderful way to end a wonderful week in the history of this illustrious club. Click here to view a slideshow of Jerry Quinn's & Jimmie Cousins' Photos    Click here to view a slideshow of Anita's Photos


Celebrating 125 Years of the GAA in Clonduff

Above - Proud Clonduffians who participated in the special Celebratory Mass in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballymaghery, to kick-start what turned out to be a wondrous day of celebration. Words are hard to find to describe it - but here goes!
At INF Hall the 400 guests were greeted with a Mulled Wine/Soft Drinks reception and a group of local musicians playing traditional music. Formal proceedings got under way about 3.30pm in the capable hand of Fear na Tí Francis Quinn and Fintan Mussen. Each of the seven courses of the Banquet were led out by one of  'our sporting greats' - local men and women wearing appropriate face masks and stopped along the way to shake the hand of the real man/woman whose mask they were wearing. The courses were interspersed with 15-20 min slots of facts and an awful lot of humour, as well as video clips from our emigrants in San Francisco, Chicago, Melbourne, Sydney and London and live Skype link-ups to Paddy 'Badger' Brown and Eugene 'Darner' O'Hagan in New York and Sean Spiers in San Francisco. What a feat! By the end of the evening over 1,700 people were following the live streaming via

Above - some of the Guests on the day - the inspirational Joe McDonagh former President of the GAA with Mary and Brendan Murray (Mr and Mrs Chairman), County Chairperson Seamus Walsh and Club President Dean Anthony Davies.

Other invited guests included Mr and Mrs Paraíc Duffy (Director General Croke Park), Mr and Mrs Aogán Ó Fearghaill (President Ulster Council), Paddy McFlynn (Iar-Uacharan, CLG and Down President), Sean Óg McAteer (Secretary Down Co Board), Deirdre McGrath and Francie (Chairperson Down Camogie), Paul Kelly Chairperson Down Ladies Football), Mr and Mrs Michael McArdle (Chairperson South Down Board), Sean McNally (Chairperson Down Handball), Lord Mayor John and Mrs McArdle (Newry and Mourne District Council), O'Hagan Family and Guests Claregalway, Fr Jarlath Cushenan (Clonduff PP), Fr Feidlimidh Magennis, Fr P J Murray, Canon Francis Brown, Canon Frank Kearney, Msgr Patsy McAleenan (unfortunately unable to attend through illness - we wish him well), Kathleen Cousins and Jimmie (Principal St Patrick's PS), Vincent Devlin and Maura (Principal St Paul's PS), Gerard Devlin and Gabrielle (Chief Ranger John O'Neill INF Hilltown)

Click here to view a slideshow of photos by Jerry Quinn and Jimmie Cousins - more to come! Click here for Jerry Quinn Vol 2 Photos.

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Clonduff GAA Club's Individual Award Winners 2012 - the 125 Year!

The Annual Awards were presented during the 125 Banquet on Sunday 4th November 2012:

Senior Footballer of the Year - Peter McGinn & Sons Trophy presented by Aogán Ó Feargaill - recipient Paul Lively

Seconds Player of the Year - Bradley Family Trophy presented by Aogán Ó Feargaill - recipient Connor Grant

Thirds Player of the Year - Horseshoe Bar Trophy presented by Aogán Ó Feargaill - recipient Declan Gribben

Minor Footballer of the Year - Brown Bros Trophy presented by Aogán Ó Feargaill - recipient Connor Brown

Senior Hurler of the Year - James Matthews Trophy presented by Seamus Walsh - recipient Shane Murray

Minor Hurler of the Year - presented by Seamus Walsh - recipient Rián Branagan

Senior Ladies Footballer of the Year - INF Trophy presented by Seamus Walsh - recipient Jackie Gilmore

Senior Camogie Player of the Year - presented by Seamus Walsh - recipient Debra Murray

Junior Camogie Player of the Year - presented by Seamus Walsh - recipient Nicola O'Hagan

Special Presentation to Sara Louise Carr in recognition of her Camogie All Star Award

Club Person of the Year - Hugh McShane Trophy presented by Gerard McShane - recipient Anita Brannigan

Hall of Fame - P J McAlinden Trophy presented by Bronagh McAlinden - recipient Fintan Mussen and Jerry Quinn (jointly)


Juvenile Set Dancing Classes in Clonduff Clubrooms

There is a thriving Juvenile Set Dancing Class (photos above and below) running every Wednesday Night in Clonduff Clubrooms It started out in September with the girls participating in Scór na nÓg and has now mushroomed to three full sets every week. Joe Farrell takes the class ably assisted by Ursula Quinn, Wendy Branagan and Sean Hillen. Well done to all concerned!


Getting Ready for 125 Day!

Club Chairman Brendan Murray is getting a 'hand' with his 'Special Ediition Clonduff Tie' from 125 committee member Orla Maginn, meanwhile Connor Donnan and Sarah Bloomfield fight over the last ticket available.

Tickets are all gone! Clonduff Ties are on sale in the shops, and each of the man attending the event is encouraged to wear the club tie! Why Not?

With only a few days left until the 125 Banquet, final preparations are underway to celebrate Clonduff's 125th Birthday! It all happens on Sunday 4th November - the first recorded match involving a Clonduff team took place on 5th November 1887! The day will begin with a special MASS at 1pm in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballymaghery and everyone is welcome to come along. This is followed IMMEDIATELY by DRINKS RECEPTION at 2.30 pm and THE BANQUET beginning promptly at 3 pm.
Tickets for the Banquet SOLD OUT a few weeks ago, so for those lucky enough to get one of the 'GOLDEN' tickets for the event, a great day's entertainment is guaranteed.

The Reception in the INF Hall will begin at 2:30pm sharp, and we ask that everyone go directly from Mass to the INF Hall as the live streaming of the event means we have a very tight schedule.

We are encouraging all the gentlemen attending to wear the special edition Clonduff Tie, and you can buy the tie in local shops.

There will be a photographer in the INF Hall to take professional photos of this spectacular one-off occasion, so if its a photo of everyone at your table or a romantic snapshot - be sure capture the moment.


Meanwhile get those yellow flags up around the Parish"

Happy 125th Birthday Clonduff - Its going to be a great party!!


Around the World Programme in Clonduff Youth Club

Pictured above is the group of young Clonduffians who are taking part in our Around the World Programme in Clonduff Youth Club (Autumn 2012). Left to right: Charlie Carr, Peter McAleavey, Niall O'Hagan, Charlie Carr, Sinead Doyle, Elizabeth Wilson, Katie McGilligan, Clare McGilligan and Chinese Culture facilitator Paul Yam from the Wah Hep Chinese Association. Youth Club Organiser Marian Fitzpatrick is 'hiding' behind Katie. All of these young people can be found on the playing fields of Clonduff GAA Club at other times of the Year.


Lorraine and Leo are Silver Jublinarians!

Heartiest congratulations to our Social Club Officer, Lorraine Bloomfield and hubby Leo who celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary at the weekend (Saturday 6th October) at a surprise party in Clonduff GAA Clubrooms. The party was organised by their children Martin and Sarah, ably assisted from Down Under by their younger son Paul.

Lorraine and Leo are on the right of the photo on the left with other family members.

The Clubrooms (above) were tastefully decorated by Martin, Sarah and their friend Oonagh Doyle - fit for a right royal reception!


Match for Michaela

Pictured in Casement Park on Monday 1st October 2012 at the Launch of 'Match for Michaela'  (All Ireland Champions Donegal to take on Joe Kernan's Ulster Select) are (l to r): Clonduff's Niohmi Murray (one of three inaugural winners of Michaela Foundation Bursaries), John McAreavey, Joe Kernan, Aógan Ó Fearraill (Ulster GAA President), Mickey Harte and  Eilis Cassidy (Foundation Bursarry winner). Niohmi and Eilis are modelling the new jerseys for the Match.


Launch of 125 Banquet Tickets

Pictured above are some members of the 125 Sub Committee launching the ticket for the celebratory banquet to be held on 4th November 2012. Back row (l to r) Connor Donnan, Francis Quinn, Plunkett McConville, Vincent Devlin, Paul McConville; Front row (l to r) Brendan Murray, Marie Milligan, Lorraine Bloomfield and Tommy Kelly. Tickets can be purchased now and paid for in instalments! Contact any of the above people (or Sheenagh McConville, Jerry Quinn, Mark McPolin, James McConville, Anita Brannigan, Noreen Tumilty) for further details.


Opening of New Pitch and Switching on the Floodlights!

Sunday 19th August - the rain stayed away and the crowd turned out in force. It was a great day! Proceedings got underway at 4pm with the 'Join In' Sports for all - the obstacle race (organised by Shereen) was very popular as was the improvised One-wall Handball (Sean McNally), Long Puck (Paul McCusker) and Football skills (Aidan and Collie). Then everybody moved up to the new pitch for the mini games - U8 Football (Clonduff v Kilcoo) refereed by Young Ref Mark Devlin; U14 Camogie (Clonduff v Kilcoo - though which was which was hard to tell); U10 Hurling (Clonduff v Warrenpoint) refereed by Young Ref Martin Rooney; U12 Ladies Football (Clonduff v Rostrevor) refereed by Young Ref Sarah Bloomfield. These four games were representative of the 30+ teams fielded in Clonduff were a great spectacle and a fitting way to open the formal proceedings!

The formalities began shortly after 7pm - Jerry Quinn (Clonduff GAA Club PRO) introduced the Platform Party - Oliver Galligan (Ulster Council) Seamus Walsh (Down Co Chair), Sean Óg McAteer (Co Secretary), Michael McArdle (South Down Chair), Deirdre McGrath (Co Camogie Chair), Paul Kelly (Ladies Football Co Chair), Mayor John McArdle (Newry & Mourne District Council), Damien McConville (Sport NI), Fr Jarlath Cushenan (Clonduff PP), Dean Anthony Davies (Clonduff GAA President) and Brendan Murray (Clonduff GAA Club Chair). Jerry also welcomed the visitors from the other clubs in Down who turned out in numbers as well as representatives of McAvoy Construction who had 'created' the new pitch and Mr and Mrs Brendan O'Hagan, Claregalway (Brendan is son of the late Great Patsy O'Hagan) who had travelled up especially for the occasion.

There were short speeches by Oliver, Seamus, Michael and Brendan before the Blessing carried out by Dean Davies and Fr Cushenan. The Party then moved to the entrance to the field for the cutting of the tape (Oliver and Seamus) before returning to the platform where Damien performed the 'Switching On' ceremony.

The 'main event' then got under way with the Ross Carr Select taking on the  Clonduff Senior Football team under the scrutiny of Clonduff's inter-county referee Ciarán Branagan. Whilst the official result was a draw (a bit suspect perhaps) the result, like in the mini games was unimportant - the players had a lot of fun and the spectators were treated to a 'now and then' spectacle. Mickey Linden, DJ Kane, Tony McEntee, Ross, Cathal, Peter Withnell among others still can show the 'youngsters' how it's done! Johnny McAleavey in goals, Plunkett and John Morgan in Midfield wouldn't go amiss in any Clonduff team but the highlight of the day had to be Martin Farnon (current Senior Football Selector and a member of the 1980 Clonduff Championship winning team) taking to the field! No doubt a sight to behold!

Refreshments for all were served in the clubrooms and the 'Early Bird' draw in the 'Friends of Clonduff' draw took place and this was won by Ciarán Cranny of Newry who bought his ticket from Roisin McConville who to date has sold over 200 tickets. (The next draw will take place at the 125 Banquet on 4th November before the major draw on 12/12/12).

Clonduff GAA Club sincerely thanks all those, past and present, who played a part in the day's proceedings, all those who helped in the organisation, all those who attended and all those who sold tickets for the draw! Roll on the 125 Banquet which takes place on 4th November! See you all there!

The Platform Party at the cutting of the tape are: (l to r) Fr J Cushenan PP, Michael McArdle, Dean A Davies, Seamus Walsh, Brendan Murray, Mayor John McArdle, Oliver Galligan, Sean Óg McAteer, Damien McConville and Jerry Quinn.

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Kellogs GAA Cúl Camp in Clonduff Park 2012

Clonduff once again hosted a very successful Cúl Camp (this year sponsored by Kellogs) for 4-13 year old boys and girls. The 4-7 year olds attend the Nursery Camp some of whom are pictured (above) going through their paces with Clonduff's Onagh Gribben. There were in excess of 50 children in the Nursery section which ran from 10 am to 12-30. The older children attended from 10 am to 2.30 pm.

The youngsters can participate in Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie.

For once the camp was blessed with a great week of weather with not one spot of rain!

Four of the coaches were from Clonduff GAA Club - Onagh, Niohmi Murray, Sarah Bloomfield and Orla Gribben which was co-ordinated by Clonduff's Children's Officer Teresa Carr and the head coach was Gareth Thornton (a former coach with Clonduff Senior Football team)

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Down Memory Lane by Jacqueline Rooney!

These lovely 'lasses' took part in an early Boley Fair match. The photo came to us from Jacqueline Savage's Facebook page via Helena Grant. Mo Brown says he has reason to know the year was 1987!

Helena says the team is: Back row (l to r) Marty Woods, Peter Hamill, Tony Brannigan (home on holidays from Australia), Martin Farnon, Paddy Brown, Paddy Oliver McConville, Maurice Brown; Middle row:  Vincent Devlin, Eamonn McCusker, Brian McGreevy, Johnny McCumiskey, Andrew Carr, Cathal Murray, Aidan Brown; Front row: Hugh Grant, Thomas Murnin, Louis Brown, Thomas Brown - help us out with the names of the two boys with their heads down.


Anticipation on Bondi Beach, Sydney - Sunday 22nd July 2012

This group of mainly Clonduff ex pats on Bondi Beach prior to heading off to watch the Ulster Final - Back row: Seamus Parr, Ruairi Cousins, Kieran Loughlin (Kilcoo), Kevin Parr, Peter Heatley (Warrenpoint), Eoin Murphy; Front row: Noleen Quinn (Castlewellan), Fionnbharr Murphy, Colin Brannigan - Seamus, Kevin and Colin (with significant others) flew from Melbourne to Sydney on Saturday and upwards on 20 local young people of this agre-group met up on Saturday night for pre-match craic!

Clonduff GAA Club and The Boley Fair 2012

Poc Fada on The Hen Mountain

Traditionally on Boley Fair Monday Clonduff GAA Club organises the Poc Fada on the Hen Mountain The weather bad been drizzly in the morning but by the time Poc Off came around the weather had improved dramatically (picture above) and most of those completing the course finished in t-shirts. There were twelve adults and four juveniles slogging it around the mountain and quite a number of supporters completed the course including six-year-old Grace and four-year-old Martín McCusker from San Francisco who accompanied their Daddy who was competing for the first time. Moya and Orla Maginn were the only adult females whilst Cassie Fitzpatrick was the only juvenile female. The youngest competitor was ten-year-old Padraig Clancy. By the time they got back to base Rhys Ward had won the juvenile section for the second year in a row and Cassie was awarded the juvenile female prize. What a different story with the adults - the Maginn sisters couldn't be separated (Orla was going for her third title in a row) and neither could Eddie Clancy and John Murphy (also going for his third in a row). The hard slog around the mountain was reduced to one long puck each - Orla and John both successfully retained their titles - come on folks let's give them stiffer competition next year!

Later in the evening, in glorious sunshine the Parish Sevens was a close fought, entertaining game between the Clonduff Sarsfields and Clonduff Red Hands (names aptly chosen by organiser Paul Kelly representing former names of Clonduff teams from the early 20th Century). The Sarsfields, captained by Nigel McPolin were the  eventual winners. The Red Hands were captained by Connor Maginn and P J McGreevy was in charge of the whistle. Presentations were made in the clubrooms to members of both teams as follows: Red Hands (below left) Back row - John Boden, Eddie Clancy, Connor Maginn, Rory Matthews, (front) Paul McShane, Kieran Kelly, Connor Donnan (Missing Collie Magee); The Sarsfields (below right)- Gavin McCann, Paul Kelly, Nigel McPolin, Tony Wilson (with son), Gerard McNeill (back), Shay Fitzpatrick, Paddy Green (back), Eamonn McCusker.

Well done everybody for a great Boley Monday!

Parish Sevens

Clonduff's 125 Boley Parade

On Sunday 8th July, Clonduff GAA Club were given pride of place in the Boley Fair Parade to mark their 125th year of playing Gaelic Football. The heavy rain in mid-morning had disappeared before all the GAA Club members  had left the top car park. Those taking part represented all the field sports, handball, Scór from U6 right up to Social Footballers and they reached Hilltown Square without a spot of rain!

About to lead off the parade with the new banner (created by Kieran Tumilty)are Senior Footballers Ruairi Lively and Finbarr McConville (above)followed by the 'Clonduffmobile' (below left) lovingly created by Tommy Kelly and Peter Hamill (Tommy drove the tractor). Below right Kieran Kelly marshals the U6s followed by active members of increasing age ranges in all sports.

Big Boley Breakfast 2012

The 'Big Breakfast' has become a feature in Clonduff Clubrooms on occasional Sunday morning. This excellent fund-raising idea was the brainchild of Clonduff Camogs several years ago and the Camogs are still the driving force behind its success. On Boley Fair Sunday, 8th July, the ladies were again to the forefront but midway through the morning the Senior Footballers, their managers and some Senior Ladies  Footballers stepped in to lend a hand - and how well they did it! They coped so well they will be allowed to do it again! Pictured above are (l to r) Paul Lively, Kieran Trainor, Paul McPolin and Shane McGreevy.

Boley Family Fun Quiz 2012

Clonduff GAA Club has been running the Boley Quiz for a number of years initially as a Townlands Quiz but changed the format in 2011 to a 'Family' orientated Quiz. The Clancy Family were on the winning team in 2011 and this year Mother Clancy, Eimear and daughter Grace joined Bronagh Morgan in Team 'Clueless' whilst Dad Eddie and Boys joined Stephen Morgan and his sons in Team 'Boys Aloud' in the Clubrooms on Friday 6th July. In a fun-filled evening Eimear and little Grace obviously made the right choice and emerged winners by a narrow margin from Team 'Ben and Me' which was Elaine, Ben and Shay Brennan. There was a great spirit on the night and the good-natured banter and competitiveness among the teams was a joy to behold. At the end of the quiz, Quiz-Master (or is it Mistress) Anita Brannigan presented to Brannigan Family Perpetual Trophy to Eimear, Grace and Bronagh (above) and the Runner-up plaques to the Brennan Family (below left). A long standing feature of the Boley Quiz has been the 'Wooden Spooners' and 2012 was no different with the awards going to 'Cabra Knowalls' comprising McAlinden and Campbell Family Members (below right).

Gaeltacht Scholarship for Emma Gallagher

Congratulations to 13-year-old Emma Gallagher who received a Gaeltacht Scholarship from Down Co Cultural and Language Committee on Saturday 9th June. Emma, centre above is pictured with Co Cultural/Language Officer Paula Magee, Co Chairperson Seamus Walsh and Sean Ennis (Down Senior Hurler and former Gaeltacht student). Emma is a member of the Clonduff U14 Camogie team, U16 Ladies Football team and is a juvenile Scór na nÓg dancer in both Ceili and Sets. Well done Emma!

Parents are reminded that Clonduff distributes small bursaries to juvenile members who will be attending Gaeltacht. Put a note in writing to secretary stating child's name, dob and team he/she plays for.


Launch of Five-year Plan

A great turnout of Clonduff Gaels in the clubrooms on Wednesday 16th May for the presentation of the very ambitious plan covering the next five years. The plan embraces all aspects and all codes and identified the following areas as key to the success of the plan:

Coaching and Games Development


Public Relations, Communications and Culture

Physical Development

Finance and Fundraising

Community Enhancement

The vision of the plan is to make a great club the best it can possibly be in all areas!

The plan was co-ordinated and presented by Dermot O'Hagan (above centre) - his father, Paddy (extreme left above) - one of only two Clonduff men ever to have won eight Senior County Championships medals (the other being the late Henry Brown, RIP) - attended the launch. Also included in photo above is Club President Dean A Davies (2nd from left), Sean Óg McAteer (Down Co Secretary) and Club Chairperson Brendan Murray.

The attendees were given the opportunity to discuss the plan and were then treated to light refreshments.


125 Trip to Claregalway (Saturday 31st March-Sunday 1st April 2012)

As part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 125th Anniversary of the Clonduff GAA Club a party of players and supporters departed Hilltown at 9am on Saturday morning - some by bus and some in cars to Claregalway - the home club of the late Patsy O'Hagan (RIP) - Patsy was a founding member of the Football Club.

All four field sports were represented and games for each were organised by the host club. The Hurlers and the Camogs played their games on Saturday afternoon but the visitors lost narrowly in hard fought games in both codes. Then it was on to the Galway League game when Claregalway hosted Moycullen in the first League game of the year - Claregalway won by six points.

On Saturday night the whole contingent was treated to a great reception - food and entertainment in The Arches Hotel. the Clonduff Chairman, Brendan Murray handed over a magnificent locally sourced Mourne granite sculpture to mark the occasion and issued an invite to Claregalway - for a return visit to Clonduff in 2013. It was instantly accepted. Brendan is pictured above exchanging mementos with Claregalway Officers - Tom Clarke (Chairperson), Tom Lenihan (President) and John Feeney (Secretary). (Photo courtesy of Francis Quinn)

On Sunday morning the Clonduff contingent attended Patsy's Anniversary Mass and visited his grave, where Clonduff Captain, John Fegan laid a spray of flowers as a mark of respect to Patsy before heading off to the pitch for the the Ladies and Men's Football matches with their local counterparts - the Ladies lost but the men won and received the new Patsy O'Hagan Memorial Cup. To mark the occasion, the Claregalway team lined out in the Down strip, kindly lent by County Board for the weekend. Patsy's two grandson's wore the numbers that Patsy won his two All Irelands in - Danny Cummins, a current member of the Galway team wore 14  and Colm O'Hagan wore 5.

Brendan Murray was a very proud bearer of the cup from Claregalway to Clonduff and his first stop was with 'The Darner' - Patsy's brother John.

The results over the two days were unimportant on such a weekend! The occasion was very special and one that will live long in the memory of all those who were privileged to be part of the inaugural Patsy O'Hagan Weekend - a very fitting tribute indeed to a great son of Clonduff!

A special word of thanks to all those who travelled but especially to the players and mentors who were a credit to themselves, their families and Clonduff GAA Club! Lots of photos to come! Below, Brendan O'Hagan (Patsy's son) presenting the Patsy O'Hagan Memorial cup to Clonduff Captain John Fegan (photo courtesy of Sheenagh McConville).


Inaugural Michaela Foundation Awards

Congratulations to Niohmi Murray, (back centre) daughter of our Chairman Brendan who was one of the three recipients of the inaugural Michaela Foundation Awards valued at £1,000 each in conjunction with 'The Irish News' to help allay the costs of Higher Education. The bursaries were presented on Friday 30th March 2012 at Queens University.

The Michaela Foundation was established by John McAreavey and the Harte Family following the murder of Michaela on Honeymoon in January 2011. They wished to commemorate and celebrate Michaela’s life -she was a woman of great faith, who believed this faith was the reason she was so happy in her life. She had a love of the Gaelic language and above else loved to have fun and enjoy life. Michaela was also a keen pioneer and exhibited her love of life without the need for alcohol or additives.

The awards were made to the three students in three disciplines, Irish, Religious Education and any other General discipline.

The purpose of the Michaela Foundation Award is two fold. It provides three students with some much needed financial support for college life as well as providing the wider public a monthly blog in the format, ” View from the Student” in terms of the following areas:

- The practical and emotional challenge of leaving home for university

- The excitement of starting a new chapter in their lives

- The challenge of balancing academic work with social life

Niohmi, a student teacher at Stranmillis College, was awarded the General Studies Category and the blogs of the three recipients will appear monthly in The Irish News as well as online.

Photo (Irish News, Saturday 31st March 2012) show the three recipients - Eilish Cassidy (Slaughtneil, Co Derry) received the Irish Award; Niohmi Murray (Clonduff, Co Down) and Rosemary Jeffries (Derry) Religious Studies with (front) Mickey Harte and John McAreavey.

Great achievement Niohmi - well done!


St Patrick's Eve in Clonduff Clubrooms

A great evening and night's craic took place in the clubrooms on Friday 16th March. The evening started with a Senior Football Challenge match between Clonduff and Whitecross and both teams were entertained to great traditional music and a welcome bowl of Irish stew. Cora Magee and Paula Higgins and their students from our weekly traditional music school got proceedings off to a lively start and they were later joined by the Murray Family. Eileen McCusker accompanied them on the spoons before regaling us with a couple of hilarious recitations. Francis Quinn then gave us an exhibition of the 'Brush Dance'. Cormac McKay and Neil Francis O'Hagan joined the party with music and song; which continued for quite some time - John Curran's and Noreen Tumilty's melodic tones were a joy to behold; Eileen once again was in fine form with her storytelling and a rendition of 'Hail Glorious St Patrick' in which the whole audience joined - the Chairman, not to be outdone, gave us a great story about a bodily function much to the disgust of his daughter! The talent for entertainment in our Parish knows no bounds!

The Irish Stew and Green Juice went down a treat - thanks to Marie (and Sean), Noreen and Lorraine for making the stew and to Bobby McGowan and Patrick Morgan for donating the potatoes for the stew! Thanks also to those who donated prizes for the raffle. A great night was had by all and there was a request to hold another night like it in the not too distant future!


John Boden Just Wants to Dance

Congratulations to John Boden (above) one of Clonduff's newest committee members and his dance partner Siobhan Morgan who won Bryansford's 'Want to Dance' with Siobhan dancing as 'The Outlaws'. John, a native of Bryansford turned out for his native club and was declared winner on the night! Well done John1 Can Clonduff find someone to better John in the Grand Finale? Come on you Yellas!



The Gaelic Life newspaper is currently running a Kiddie GAA competition with £1,350 worth of prizes on offer .....including a set of jerseys for an underage CLONDUFF team!!

Ethan McConville has been shortlisted!!

Can we ask that all Clonduff followers vote for Ethan online (Facebook or Gaelic Life Webpage) or by cutting out the coupon in THIS week's edition (THURSDAY 15TH MARCH 2012) and returning it by post.



Clonduff Set Dancers retain County Championship Title 2012

Congratulations to our Set Dancers, pictured above who retained their County title in Abbey Grammar School Newry on Sunday night (25th February 2012). The Dancers with Co Chairman Seamus Walsh (back left) and Fear an Ti James White (back right)  are standing (l to r) Francis Quinn, Jayme Farrell, Niall Quinn, Joe Farrell; seated (l to r) Wendy Branagan, Ursula Quinn, Lisa Gribben, Janine Branagan,

Thanks to the Ceili team of Wendy, Ursula, Lisa, Janine, Orla Gribben,  Kerrie O'Hagan, Niamh and Ellen Murphy, and the Quiz team of Brian Canavan, Paul Shields and Anita Brannigan who also represented Clonduff with honour in the finals.


Many Hands Make Light Work!

On Saturday 25th February 2012,we laid the copings on the wall on the new field. This was very labour-intensive work, which could have taken a few Saturday to sort out normally. However 17 men turned up and the work was completed in a half day! It was a tremendous effort, and also a great day's 'banter'. The workers were: Mo, Paddy, PJ, Liam, Brian, Harry, Dermot, John, Peter, Raw, Leo, Sid, Martin, Sean, Lawrence and Arty.

A special mention to Lorraine for serving up a hearty breakfast which all the boys really enjoyed. Also to Blair for coming down after coming home from work. 

With this kind of effort we will get get a lot of jobs done in and around the club.


U18 Pool in Clonduff Club

Congratulations to 15 year old Shane Milligan, above centre who retained the U18 Pool title played off in the Clubrooms on Friday 24th February 201


Clonduff's Young Referees for 2012 and beyond!

P J Quinn (back right) Down Referees Administrator, conducted a Young Referees Course towards the end of 2011 with one night of theory (Saval) and one night of practical skills (Clonduff). Of the eight young people attending five of them were from Clonduff. Back row (1-3) Mark Devlin, Stephen McConville, Shane Milligan; Front row (1 and 2) Sarah Bloomfield and Natasha Boyle.

The Young Referees course prepares the young people to take charge of Go Games up to and including U12 level


Clonduff 125 Chat Night - Friday 17th February 2012

This was a great night's craic hosted by Assistant PRO Francis Quinn, with reminiscences of players from the 1940s to 2000s! Jerry and Francis secured recordings from Paddy O'Hagan, one of only two Clonduff players to ever win six County Championship medals (the other was the later Henry Brown) and is the last surviving member of the County Team that secured Down's first All Ireland title - the Junior in 1946! Next up on video was Leo Lowry who regaled us with stories from the 50s - he and his family attended on the night; then it was the turn of John (Darner) O'Hagan who had us all in stitches with his anecdotal stories of his playing days - particularly the story about sustaining a 'blood injury' on the cheek only to discover a week later someone's tooth had embedded itself in his cheek - on confronting the tooth's owner some time later the Castlewellan player revealed that he'd lost two teeth and wondered where the other one had gone!

The second part of the show was a 'live' panel of players from the 1980 and 2000 Championship winning teams - P O McConville, Martin Farnon, Arty Noel McConville (1980); Ross Carr and Cathal Murray (2000). The three Eddies pictured above - Eddie Gribben, Eddie O'Hagan and Eddie McParland played in 1950s and 1960s but were a bit shy about sitting on the panel. It was a great idea to kick off our 125 celebrations - great entertainment and inspiration!


Clonduff Lads on St Colman's Gael Linn Irish Language Table Quiz!

Congratulations to Mark Devlin and Declan Gribben (together with Sean Branniff and Patrick Gallagher), who were the St Colman's Quiz team that won the Gael Linn Irish Language Table Quiz last week! They were pitting their wits against 22 other teams from St Joseph's Crossmaglen and Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry and St Colman's. The quiz was held in Newry Sports Centre on Tuesday 7th February. Declan (2nd from right) and Mark (extreme right) are members of Clonduff Scór na nÓg Trath na gCeist team. We are proud to know you Declan and Mark!


Christmas Gourmet Evening

Clonduff Camogs joined forces with Morgan Meats Hilltown to host a Gourmet evening in the Clubrooms on Friday 2nd December.

Guests were treated to a Christmas scene of tantalising aromas and tastes for the festive season. Mulled wine, mince pies covered in Brandy and cream, and other refreshments were served to guests on arrival.

Doing the honours was Chef Patracia McClean joined by colleagues from the Southern Region College Ann Murray and Theresa Keenan O’Connor.

Patracia had patrons spellbound with her menu of Thai Beef Noodles, Smokey Lentil soup, sweet and sour turkey with braised rice, Turkey a la King, and finally Christmas Cake with Filo Mince parcels.

Following the demonstration by Mrs McClean her colleague Ann Murray gave a demonstration on table settings and napkin folding and Mrs. O’Connor did desserts.

Complimenting the work of the chefs were a number of stands.

J’adore Make up, -Patrice Maginn,

Imelda’s Cup Cakes, -Mrs. Imelda Rooney accompanied by her daughter Marie McNamee and son Eugene who also displayed a wide range of Christmas cakes and other Christmas goodies.

Barleywood Flowers -Mrs. Mags Graham gave a demonstration of flower arranging and presented a number of arrangements.

Jamie Oliver Cookware -Gail Graham.

Crafts and Jewellery -Alice Murphy who had on show a variety of art work and personally designed Christmas decorations and Jewellery.

Speaking at the end of the event Guinevra McGilligan chairperson of the Clonduff Camogie club thanked Colm Morgan and Patracia McClean for staging the event, Noreen Tumilty and Teresa Carr and everyone else who had worked to make the evening a success.

Organisers and Presenters are pictured above (l to r) Maura Quinn, Guinevra McGilligan, Patricia Keenan, Anne Murray, Teresa Carr, Colm Morgan, Noreen Tumilty and Patricia McClean.


Great Clonduff Night at South Down Awards 2011

Thirty Clonduff members attended the Annual South Down Awards in Burren Social Club on Friday 25th November 2011. Arthur McConville had been nominated for 'Player of the Year' and finished runner-up to Kevin McKernan (Burren); the Club was presented with a 'Chairman's Award' in recognition of its role in the community (providing four field sports, handball, big participants in Scór, developing the new field, providing 12 active referees in all field sports, playing active part in Divisional and County activities); Fionnuala Carr and Orla Maginn received awards in recognition of their 'Soaring Star' awards; Ursula Quinn (Secretary Co Camogie) accepted award in recognition of U16 Camogs winning All Ireland title (six Clonduff girls on team) and Cathal Murray (along with Principal Cormac McKinney) in recognition of St Colman's winning back-to-back Hogan Cup (All Ireland) Senior Colleges title (with Cathal at the helm). A great night was had by all!

Full list of winners:

Juvenile Referee of the Year: Fergal Laverty, Kieran Mooney, Ronan Barry

Senior Referee of the Year: Kieran Trainor, Brendan Rice, Neil Cousins

Player of the Year: Kevin McKernan, Arthur McConville, Paul Murphy

Coaches of the Year: Vincent Byrne, Gerard McVeigh, Edmund Kali, Martin Tumilty

Chairman's Award: Clonduff, Glenn, Bosco

Club of the Year: Burren

Hall of Fame: Dan McCartan

A feature of the South Down Awards night is a presentation to a charity of choice. This year it was 'The Michaela Foundation' to help students 'look after themselves'. The magnificent sum of £1,200 was presented by South Down Treasurer Philip O'Hare to the husband and brother of the late Michaela McAreavey (nee Harte) John McAreavey and Mark Harte - John outlined how the money would be spent.

The entertainment on the night was provided by Gene Fitzpatrick who had the packed house in stitches - and not an improper word the whole night!

The photo above shows many of the Clonduff members who attended. Below left Players of the Year with Board Members and below right The Clonduff Officers Marie Walls, Brendan Murray and Anita Brannigan  with their Chairman's Award


Social Initiative Forum in Croke Park

On the day of the County Final - 15th October 2011 - Clonduff had three delegates attending the Social Initiative in the Croke Park Conference Centre - Brendan Murray, Anita Brannigan and Marie Milligan (good shot of their best features above). Clonduff had been selected as one of two Down Clubs to pilot the SI programme and with Niall Rafferty as the SI Officer it was very successful - back in July four delegates (Brendan Murray, Marie Walls, Niall Rafferty and Paul Kelly) attended a Garden Party for SI clubs in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President McAleese. For the first ever forum, Ulster was asked to select a Club to make a Presentation and Clonduff were asked and duly obliged with Anita making the Presentation on behalf of Clonduff, Down and Ulster.

'Yellow Day' in Local Primary Schools

In the run-up to the Championship Final, the local Primary Schools played a full part - they participated in the Art Competition (see photos elsewhere) and held a 'Yellow Day' when the children were encouraged to wear something yellow to show their support for the teams. Below is St Paul's Primary School, Cabra.


Championship Fever Hits the Parish of Clonduff 2011

Art Competition

In association with our local primary schools, the club launched a very successful Art Competition, thank you to the teachers and children who made such an effort with their entries. The judges had great difficulty in choosing the winning entries.

St Paul's Art Competition Winners St Patrick's Art Competition Winners
Principal of St Paul's, Mr Vincent Devlin and Mrs Pauline Paul with the artists from St Paul's displaying their prizes at the school gate (l to r) Aidan Kelly, Megan Farnon, Eoghan McAlinden, Niamh Travers, Ryan Woods and Anna Morgan (front) Principal of St Patrick's Mrs Kathleen Cousins with the winners with their prizes (back row) Laurence Brannigan, Molly Brown, Oskar Tomasick; (front) Charlie McConville and Clodagh Kelly. Missing from photo Aoife Trainor as she was sick on the day - Mrs Cousins accepted her prize

Well done to all the children who participated in the competition! The winning artwork will be displayed in the schools on their 'Yellow Day' - St Paul's on Thursday (13th) and St Patrick's on Friday (14th). All the rest of the entries will be on display in the Clonduff Shop on the Main Street opposite the Mace Shop.

Big Breakfast

Our club hosted a very successful ‘Big Breakfast’ on Sunday 9th October, where our senior players greeted their young fans, whilst enjoying a tasty breakfast. There was an excellent turnout at the breakfast, and a very BIG thank you to everyone who helped, cooked and cleaned up – it was a brilliant morning for our Club – Well Done Ladies and Gentlemen.

During the Big Breakfast the Senior Players distributed certificates and 'goodie bags' to the U6 boys and girls who attended the FUNdamentals Programme on Sunday mornings but has now come to an end for the season.


Clonduff Cul Camp 2011

The Annual VHI Cul Camp (sponsored by Club Down) was held in Clonduff Park from 1st to 5th August when 150 children aged 4-14 turned up for this great week of fun and skills in Football (boys and girls) and Camogie/Hurling. The weather was brilliant and the excitement was sky high on the Wednesday when our own Down Rose, Nicole Curran returned to the club where she was a very skilful Camogie player until she went off to University in England. Nicole also represented Clonduff in Solo Singing in the Scór na nÓg competitions.

Everybody in Clonduff wishes Nicole all the best in the 'Rose of Tralee' pageant which takes place on 22nd/23rd August, preceded by a week long festival including 'The Rose Cup' in which a Clonduff U13 Football team will be participating by invitation on Saturday 20th August!


GAA Chat Night in Clonduff

On Friday 29th July a most enjoyable (and insightful) night was held in the Clonduff Clubrooms when the great and the good and the funny side of four All Ireland Winners, a GAA Journalist and Clonduff's equally entertaining Fear an Tí held the audience enthralled and entertained, often with the tears running down their faces! The night was organised by Ross Carr and his guests were Bernard Flynn (former Meath footballer and RTE football pundit), Michael Duignan (former Offaly Hurler and RTE Hurling pundit), Benny Tierney (Armagh and Irish News), Oisin McConville (Armagh and TV3 football pundit) and 'Against the Breeze' journalist with Irish News, Paddy Heaney were brilliantly prompted and questioned by Francis Quinn. Pictured above are: Back row (l to r) Francis Quinn, Anita Brannigan, Teresa Carr, Marie Walls, Brendan Murray; Front row (l to r) Bernard Flynn, Benny Tierney, Paddy Heaney, Michael Duignan and Oisin McConville.
Family Fun Quiz 2011

 The family fun quiz was a great success in the Clubrooms on Sunday 24th July. There were 13 tables representing upwards on 30 families. There was something there for all ages and it was indicative of what the evening was about when parents called their children in from the field to answer the questions! The real  winners on the night were the youngsters that are going to Athlone to participate in the All Ireland Community Games Finals in August. On the night, however, the quiz winners and recipients of The Brannigan Family Perpetual Trophy were The Provincial Mix closely followed by The Harps while the winners of the Wooden Spoons were the Carnmeen Challengers. What a great way to spend a Sunday evening! Pictured above with the Trophy is Jimmy Smith (formerly Sligo), Eddie Clancy (formerly Limerick) and the Clancy children and Loretta Smith


Boley Parish Sevens

Only two teams turned up this year for the Parish Sevens on Boley Tuesday, 12th July - perhaps some people were confused by the Inter Club Tournament on Saturday 9th July. However those that did provided a great spectacle and not content with playing a game of two halves they wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity and the appreciation of the spectators - they played four 'halves'! The skill and fitness levels were remarkable with great end to end fare. There were some great goals scored playing into the 'Go Games' nets. At the end of 32 mins football (4 x 8 mins) 'The Non-shirts', captained by Peter Withnell emerged one point winners over 'The Shirts', captained by Tony Wilson.

There was a big welcome for Gavin Mackin who religiously makes it home from San Francisco to take part every year. The Boley plaques were presented in the clubrooms by Brian McGreevy and Anita Brannigan and Mary Rodgers entertained everyone with her rendition of "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain".

Those taking part are pictured above: Back row (l to r) Tony Wilson, Paddy Green, Paul Trainor, Gerry Coughlin (Ref), Peter Murnin, Eddie Clancy and Hugh Grant representing 'The Shirts'; Front (l to r) who represented 'The Non-shirts' - Gerard McNeill, Liam McGreevy, Peter Withnell, Gavin Mackin, Gerard Carvill and James Mackin.  


Clonduff's First Ever Inter Club Social Sevens - July 2011

The sun shone in Clonduff Park on Saturday 9th July and so did the players from An Riocht, Longstone, Drumgath, Aughlisnafin, Rostrevor and Clonduff who participated in Clonduff's first ever Inter Club Social Sevens Tournament. The fact that a number of teams had withdrawn because of the earlier start time (necessitated by Down's Qualifier time being fixed in Newry for 3 pm) certainly didn't dampen the enthusiasm or detract from the spectacle. Clonduff and An Riocht topped their groups and played the runners up in the other group in the semi final for the Cup. Clonduff played Rostrevor and it went to a 5-min period of extra time before Rostrevor emerged the winners. Mourne opponents An Riocht and Longstone faced each other in the other semi final with The Kingdom emerging winners. Whilst the two Cup Finalists took a well-earned rest before the final, Drumgath and Aughlisnafin played out a thrilling Plate Final with Drumgath emerging the winners. The Cup Final was a thrilling affair between An Riocht and Rostrevor - An Riocht had beaten Rostrevor in the Group stage - but in the final Rostrevor pulled out all the stops and emerged the winners of the game but in truth everyone who took part was a winner. All the players were treated to tea and sandwiches in the clubrooms afterwards where many stayed and listened to the Down v Leitrim game on the radio.

Of course the tournament could not have been run without the services of the Club referees Ben Brennan, Gerry Coughlin and John Anthony Gribben; the Tournament administrators Paul and Tommy Kelly, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan and the very valuable tea maker Attracta Brown and to them all we say a very big 'Thank You'. 


Clonduff Members at Áras an Uachtaráin

On Tuesday 5th July 2011, President Mary McAleese hosted a Garden Party for the GAA Clubs of Ireland who are involved in the Social Initiative. The scheme is specifically aimed at people who are no longer playing sport. Clonduff as one of two Pilot Clubs in Down was represented by Club Chairman Brendan Murray, Treasurer (and Walking Club member) Marie Walls, Niall Rafferty (Vice Chairman/Social Initiative Organiser) and Paul Kelly (Social Footballer). They are pictured above with President and Senator McAleese

Canon Joey O'Hagan is 100 Years Old!

Congratulations to Canon Joey O'Hagan who celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday 17th June. Canon Joey celebrated Mass in his home on his birthday and on Saturday 18th June the Saturday evening Mass in Cabra, where he served as a curate for 18 years, retiring just six years ago, the Mass was a celebration for Canon Joey. They was a large attendance at the Mass celebrated by Fr Cushenan and Dean Davis. The Dean, former Parish Priest and Diocese Historian delivered a wonderful 'This is Your Life Canon Joey' during the Mass. The congregation was entertained to refreshments in the Cabra Hall after Mass where Canon Joey and his nieces accepted cards and well wishes of the parishioners. Many more of them Canon Joey!

The photo above shows Clonduff Secretary, Anita Brannigan  presenting the Birthday Boy with a card on behalf of all in Clonduff GAC in Cabra Hall.

£1,000 Drop Fundraiser in Clonduff Clubrooms

On Friday 17th June ‘Friends of Clonduff’ hosted ‘Thousand Pound Drop’ in the Clubrooms, based on the TV show ‘Million Pound Drop’ presented by Clonduff’s Golden Girl Orla Maginn. One Thousand pounds had been transported from a secret location to the clubrooms on Friday evening monitored by the security team of Senior Players Ryan McShane (Hurling) and Neil Trainor (Football). In round 1 of the show the first contestants to take to the stage were Gary Haughian and Conor Óg O’Hagan - the boys battled through the first few rounds but unfortunately lost all their money on question 4!! In Round 2 Daragh Sherry and Karl O’Hagan put their heads together trying to win the jackpot, unfortunately for them they lost their money on question 2 when they were quizzed on Boxing. The night was well under way when family double act James and Ryan McConville took to the stage, they reached question 5 but got stuck on a Rose of Tralee question!! Next to the stage was P J McGreevy and Mark Brown, they turned out to be the most successful contestants of the evening, reaching question 7. The first lady to go under the spotlight was club treasurer Marie Walls assisting Aidan Brown on the question forum, the audience had high hopes for this duo considering Marie’s experience on the Scór quiz team, however they lost all their money.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and to those who helped with the preparations, including Shane Hanaway and Thomas Murnin who created the ‘Drop Boxes’ and Patrick Mackin (Mini Mac Disco Roadshow) who provided the music for the event. Orla Maginn, Sheenagh McConville, Niall Rafferty and Paul McShane who co-ordinated the event on behalf of the Social and Fundraising Committee. And a massive thank you to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare, in particular, our two Senior footballers Rory Grant and Shane O’Hagan deserve special recognition for providing the power point presentation and questions. Well done boys!! This was a very successful night hosted in co-ordination with members of all our senior teams; such was the success of this evening that it will return to the clubrooms at the end of the summer.


Country Dancing in Clonduff Clubrooms

For the last few months Clonduff Clubrooms have been hosting a weekly Country Club Dance on Saturday nights and it is now flourishing.

Click on the image on the left to view the patrons, of a certain vintage enjoying themselves on Saturday 14th May dancing to the music of 'Twilight'

The band on Saturday 21st May is 'Odd Man Out' - Everybody Welcome!


Scór Sinsir 2011

Clonduff Set Dancers who once again annexed the County Title in Castlewellan on Sunday night (27th February). The Ceili Dancing team were unlucky in being beaten to the title by Saval. The Clonduff team Pictured below is: Niall & Francis Quinn, Joe and Wayne Farrell; Ursula Quinn, Wendy Farrell, Lisa Gribben and Jolene Morgan (both nee Parr). They meet the Derry and Antrim Champions in Abbey CBS Newry on Saturday 5th March in Ulster Semi Final

Set Dancers 2011 (above) Ceili Dancers 2011 (below)

The Ceili Dancers who were runners up in South Down and Co Finals 2011 (l to r) Janine Branagan, Jolene Morgan, Wendy Farrell, Lisa Gribben, Ursula Quinn, Gayle Kane, Kerrie O'Hagan and Orla McPolin

New Walking Club Launched

Between 50 and 60 people turned out (pictured below) on Thursday 10th February 2011 to support the launch of the new 'Hillbilli Ramblers' which is one of the activities organised as part of the GAA's Social Initiative. A committee was set up to formally register the club and the aim is to walk on the beautiful Mourne Mountains every second and fourth Sunday of the month setting out early in the morning.
Official Registration is in the Clonduff Clubrooms on Wednesday 9th March (8.30/9 pm)

First Walk (gentle 2-hour stroll) is on Sunday 13th March - details will be given at registration

After the first walk, walkers can choose to stay with the gentle group or can progress to a more active group - an experienced leader will accompany each group. Alternatively, if for some reason 2 or 3 people cannot make the designated day they can arrange to walk (in a small group) at a time convenient to themselves.


Gaelic Start 2010/11

Well over 60 boys and girls (and their parents) in the P1 to P4 age range are taking part in Clonduff's FUNdamentals Gaelic Start programme in the INF Hall on Tuesday evenings. The response was so great that the group was sub-divided with the Under 6s attending at 6 45 and the Over 6s attending at 7 45. The initiative was initially led by Ulster Council coaches Ciarán Murtagh and Gareth Thornton but from next week onwards (15th February) it will be led by the parents themselves and Clonduff coaches.

Tráth na gCeist 2011

More than 50 dedicated Gaeilgeoirí, representing 12 different clubs came together on Thursday night past (20th January 2011) for the second annual Irish language Table quiz. The quiz goers braved the cold weather to come out for the Down heat of the national quiz.
The Clonduff team, pictured above are Anita Brannigan, Ciarán McGreevy, Plunkett McConville and Marie Walls were runners-up and will be one of three teams representing Down in the Ulster competition in Eglish, Co Tyrone on Friday 28th January.


Clonduff's First County Title for 2011!

Clonduff won their first Scór na nÓg Novelty Act title in 20 years in the magnificent surroundings of the the new Abbey Grammar School, Newry on Sunday evening (21st November). It was an original script by Senior competitor Paddy Downey entitled "It's a Rocky Road to Dublin" that had the audience in stitches and won over the three adjudicators - the actors were Noel Grant, Darragh O'Hanlon,  Michael Grant and Darragh Downey. They will participate in the Ulster Semi Final (also in the Abbey) on Saturday 11th December competing with the winners of Derry and Antrim.
Our County winners will meet the County winners of Derry and Antrim and we wish them continued success!
The Novelty Actors are pictured above with County PRO Ronan McMahon and County Language and Cultural Officer Ryan Doyle.

South Down Scór na nÓg 2011

The New Abbey Grammar School Newry was the setting for the South Down Scór na nÓg finals on Sunday 14th November 2011. The standard  was high and the competitions were keenly contested and most entertaining. With five strong teams competing in all competitions the audience in attendance were not disappointed, and the adjudicators had a huge job in deciding their winners. 

At the end of the evening Clonduff, with over 60 participants was adjudged the 'Most Improved' Club and Mairead Sheppard (top picture) presented the The Cathal Sands Memorial Cup on behalf of Michael and Lily Sands to former Chairperson Brian McGreevy (top picture) - Mairead and Brian with South Down Chairperson Michael McArdle and Co Vice Chairperson William Smith

Clonduff winners below left - Instrumental Music: Tanya McAleenan and Mary Catherine Murray (missing Sean Murray) with Cathy McPolin and William Smith; below right is Ciara Kelly who won the Recitation (with runner up Ryan Byrne Drumgath) with Kieran McGreevy and Michael McArdle. Clonduff were also runners up in Novelty Act and Quiz. Winners and runners up will be on stage on Sunday afternoon in the Down County Final at 3.00pm in the same venue, where they will be joined by the winners and runners up from the East Down Final. 


Down Minors 1977 Re-unite in Clonduff Clubrooms

A Reunion for the Down Minor Football Team who were crowned All Ireland Champions in 1977, took place on Friday 12th November in Clonduff GAC Clubrooms. The team had based their entire training programme in Pairc Chluain Daimh.
The evening celebrated the first ever Minor All Ireland title won by a Down team. The event began with a brief presentation featuring photos from this historic journey, followed by evening dinner and speeches from Team Manager Sean O’Neill, Selectors Sean McManus, Paul Lambe, Sean Lavery and Tony Hadden, as well as Team Captain John McCartan (Glen), Dr Walsh (Team Doctor) and Harry McEvoy (Chairman Down County Board 1977). Everyone recalled their own personal memories and those in attendance received a special commemorative booklet which included various match reports, photos and team sheets of 1977. A special word of thanks must go to Sean McManus who mainly organised the reunion and compiled the excellent souvenir booklet for this historic occasion.


Moss Keane RIP - The Clonduff Connection:  The death has been announced on 5th Oct 2010 of former Irish Rugby International, Moss Keane who at the age of 62 lost the fight with Cancer.

Moss Keane was born in Curnow County Kerry, he played minor, U 21 and Junior County football  for Kerry before turning to Rugby at the age of 21 - he was the first GAA player to do so after the Ban was lifted. It was during his GAA career that he won three Sigerson cup medals with University College Cork and one of those was won in Clonduff Park!

It was in 1969 and Queens University in Belfast were due to host the Sigerson weekend but because of  'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland the Southern Universities were reluctant to travel (and stay overnight) in Belfast. Clonduff were delighted to help, and the games were actually played in Clonduff Park!

Moss Keane was full back and captain of that winning UCC team in 1969. Thus Moss Keane came to play in Clonduff Park. (Contributed by Jerry Quinn)


Clonduff GAC Celebrates with Down!

A big contingent of Clonduffians attended both the Down Pre-match Breakfast in The Canal Court on Wednesday morning (15th September) and also the Post-match Banquet in the City West Hotel on Sunday evening (19th September). Pictured above are some of the Clonduffians in City West. Back row (l to r) Aoibheann Downey, Sheenagh McConville, Niall Rafferty, Colum Lynch, Johnny McPolin, Cathy McPolin, P J McGreevy, Sean McGreevy, Sean Spires (took his holidays from San Francisco to coincide with the All Ireland Final), Mary McGreevy, Brian McGreevy, Francis Quinn, Jerry Quinn; Front row (l to r) Leann McParlan, Maura Quinn, Brian Canavan, Pauline O'Donaghue, Anita Brannigan, Marie Walls, Tommy. There were lots of other families represented including Carrs, O'Hagans, Browns, McConvilles, Downeys - we are hopeful of getting more photographs of the weekend including the Homecoming on Monday nights when hundreds of supporters gathered at Clonduff's new Car Park and the Church Cark Park to pay tribute to the boys who gave us such joy throughout the summer. The players travelled on board an open top bus. Chairman, Brian McGreevy welcomed and congratulated them and Aidan Carr responded on behalf of the players.

Below are the musicians who provided the pre-banquet entertainment - Clonduff's  Murray Family (back) Stephen and Sean; (front) Mary Catherine flanked by Mayobridge men Ciarán Morgan (l) and Peter Magee (r).  The same group (along with six other Down Instrumental Music Groups) provided eight hours of traditional music at the Down Golf Classic at The Spa Golf Course, Ballynahinch prior to the All Ireland Final


Clonduff Set Dancers in RTE Recording Studio

Clonduff Mixed Set Dancing team were invited to participate in TG4's 'An Jig Gig' to be screen in Autumn 2010. On Thursday 27th May 2010, the eight dancers (pictured above on the An Jig Gig set -  Jayme, Wendy and Elaine Farrell (Joe and Irene's son, daughter and daughter-in-law), Francis, Ursula and Niall Quinn (Maura and Jerry's children), John Cunningham (Peter and Goretti's son) and Joleen Morgan (Joe and Eileen Parr's daughter) and Joe Farrell, as their mentor, set out for RTE Building in Donnybrook Dublin to rehearse and record the show. Later in the morning a bus load of supporters set out for the studio. There was only a maximum of two minutes to showcase their talent so they performed a specially adapted and choreographed version of the 'Cavan Reel'.
Recording began about 2 15 pm and concluded about 4 45 pm - Clonduff were the 9th act out of 10 on stage and they danced brilliantly and got great comments from the judges. Unfortunately only one of the ten acts was progressing to the quarter final stage and it wasn't our team but they were in good company as a young man, who is a current world champion in his age group didn't make it either!
It was a wonderful experience for the supporters as well as for the dancers - they got to see exactly how a show is put together. What will be screened in under an hour took two and a half hours to record!
Look who supporters Jerry Quinn and Anita Brannigan ran into outside the recording studio - Micheál Ó Muírcheartaigh!


Party Against Poverty - Clonduff ran a Fun Quiz on Friday night (21st May 2010) in support of Ulster Camogie and Ulster Ladies Football drive to raise funds for Trocaire's campaign for 'Women in Uganda'.
Whilst there were some traditional quiz questions there was a lot of fun with the 'Catchphrases', identifying 'stills' from classic films and the introductory music to TV shows to say nothing of the 'Chocolates' round.
It was a very closely contested event with the 'Mentalists' (above left)coming out on top and they very kindly donated their winnings back to the fund. One of their team members, Catherine McConville (former Down Ladies Football Secretary) won the first raffle prize and young Niamh Brown (Clonduff Camogie) won the other. A great night's craic was had by all and the handsome sum of £280 was raised for the very worthy cause.

Lá na gClub 2010
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Sunday 9th May was designated by Cumann Luthchleas Gael as a National day to celebrate Gaelic Youth and Volunteerism. Clonduff's programme of activities started at 12 30 pm with a blessing by Fr Cushenan following which well over 100 young people and their parents paraded behind the Feile award-winning Club banner the short distance from Ballymaghery Church car park to the playing fields. A full programme of coaching, skills competitions and small-sided games took place. Regular coaches were assisted by Minor and Senior players in all codes. There were lots of side shows including Face Painting, 'Hitting the Target', 'Rings' and skittles. Undoubtedly the skittles were a very popular attraction where people 'from 9 to 90' had a go and continued long after the field activities ended around 4 30.
There was a break in activities at 2 30 when Scór na nÓg singer Christina McConville sang Amhran na bhFiann before the 'Parade of Champions' when young people and schools coaches from Clonduff, who had brought honour to theirs schools, colleges and universities were presented to the crowd.
Throughout the afternoon, Traditional Irish Music was relayed across the complex and when the outdoor activities concluded the Youth Pool finals took place in the clubrooms (eliminators had been run off earlier in the year). The results were as follows:
U18 - winner Caolan McPolin, runner up Mark Bradley
U16 - winner  Mark Bradley, runner up Conor Milligan
U14 - winner Shane Milligan, runner up Mark Devlin
U12 - winner  Conor Milligan, runner up Dean McCabe
A great time was had by all and the general feeling was that this should become a regular event, if not in the GAA Calendar certainly in the Clonduff Calendar

Parade of Schools Champions 2010

As part of the activities for Lá na gClub 2010 on Sunday 9th May Clonduff recognised the achievements of the young Clonduff boys and girls and their mentors from the Club who brought honour to their schools, colleges and universities during the current school year. Schools represented in the picture above represent St Colman's College, St Mark's High School and Southern Regional College. On the extreme left is Cathal Murray (St Colman's) and Mark Copland (SRC). There was also one representative on UCD Freshers winning team and two University Camogie All Stars. Mentors missing from the photo are Lorraine Maginn (St Mark's Camogie and Football) and Ryan McShane (University of Liverpool Camogie Coach).

Clonduff GAC Community Support Scheme (CCSS)

A large gathering of parents, children and the wider community gathered at the special launch of the Clonduff Community Support Scheme on Monday 19th April 2010. This event was to increase awareness of the club’s new development plans, whilst emphasising how this project will enhance our local community.

Clonduff Vice Chairman Niall Rafferty along with the club’s development officer Nigel McPolin led this special public meeting to highlight what is taking place. The presenters described a range of exciting developments envisaged for the Club, including a new floodlit playing field, now nearing completion and a proposed state of the art sports hall. They also mapped the way forward in terms of how the Club could best meet related fundraising requirements. The special fundraising brochure which had been designed by Roger Sherry was also distributed at the meeting.

Community support for the scheme was described as ‘vital’ as the details of a new fundraising campaign were announced. The Club’s senior players and non playing members will be promoting this new Clonduff Community Support scheme, whereby, all households and businesses in the community, together with Clonduff’s international Diaspora, will be invited to donate £5 per week towards the scheme which will run for 3 years.

It was pointed out and agreed that such an outlay represented excellent value for money considering the quality of the new facilities on offer. Niall Rafferty reflected on the range of sporting and social activities available through the Club and the importance of improving recreational opportunities for the youth of the community, given today’s challenging social and economic environment.

One member of the audience pointed out that it would be very hard to imagine life in the community without the Club while another suggested that the Club invite parents down to the Club on any given Saturday or Sunday of the new season, to see the excellent, and often unnoticed, work that goes on with underage players across all sports. Other members recommended holding Sport’s Days and all of these recommendations will be carried out over the next few months.

Each child that attended with his or her parent(s) was entered into a Free Prize draw for club and related merchandise. The winners, pictured above, with Niall Rafferty, Felix McKernan, Thomas Murnin and Nigel McPolin, were as follows:

1st Aoife Brown – Clonduff Jersey

2nd Anna McAlinden - Clonduff Shorts and Socks

3rd Joey O’Hare - Clonduff Shorts and Socks

4th Darragh McAlinden - O'Neill's Football

5th Conor McAlinden - O'Neill's Football

6th Jake Morgan - O'Neill's Football

7th Clara Cowan - O'Neill's Football

8th Evie Lynas-Feehan - O'Neill's Football

9th Katie Murnin - O'Neill's Football

10th Aoife Trainor - O'Neill's Football

11th Rory McKernan - O'Neill's Football

12th Ben Magee - Clonduff Sports Bag

Clonduff Delegates at National Youth Forum in Croke Park

Niomhi Murray and Katherine Milligan were among the 9-strong youth delegation that travelled to Croke Park on Saturday 20th February 2010 for the National Youth Forum which was attended by some 300 young people aged 16-20 years from throughout the country. The young people were transported to and from the event and were accompanied by County Youth Officer, Sean McCashin. Christy Cooney, the National President of the GAA address the young people and was in attendance throughout the day for the workshops and discussion groups.

The three priorities for the forum were,

1.     To bring together the broadest representation of members aged 16-20 from around the Association to share their stories, idea and ambitions for our clubs and the GAA of the future.

2.     To discover what they  believe to be the best practices, strengths and resources of the GAA in order to understand the positive core on which the GAA has been built as seen and experienced by the young attendees

3     To collectively imagine and envision the best possible future for the GAA in terms of:
- More enjoyable experience playing and preparing for our games

        - The role of our clubs in our community

        - Our games as an event, a place to go, an occasion - at county and club level

        - How to make the best of technology and communications

        - Enjoying being involved in the GAA as a volunteer in any role

        - Making our club and the Association more attractive to those currently involved

        - Building the reputation and brand of the GAA

        - Our games Internationally

Niomhi and Katherine had a great day out and feel they learned a lot some of which they hope they can help implement in Clonduff. They enjoyed the

experience and camaraderie and built up a good contact network.

(Above) the Down Delegates with Youth Officer Sean McCashin (extreme left) and Christy Cooney (Uachtarán CLG) at the 2010 Youth Forum in Croke Park. Niomhi is beside Sean and Katherine is beside her at the back. (Right) the delegation on the pitch.

Clonduff's Ciarán McGreevy at National Congress 2010

Front row - Some of Down's delegates at National Congress 2010 held in Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle on the weekend 16th to 18th April - (l to r) Seamus Walsh (Chairperson), Sean óg McAteer (Secretary), Diarmuid Cahill (Delegate) and Ciarán McGreevy (Youth Delegate).

Down's Iconic Event and National Congress 2010
On Friday 16th April, the Down Co Board hosted a magnificent event of Down Icons - the members of 1960/61 'Breakthrough Teams' hence the title 'Iconic Event'.
Down is hosting the National Congress in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle over the weekend 16th-18th April commencing at 7 pm. By way of a preliminary event they played host to the mighty men and their families of 1960/61 to mark the Golden Jubilee of that first title. Around 800 people were treated to lunch and drinks in the massive marquee in the grounds of the Slieve Donard. Every club in Down was invited to send along a limited number of representatives to the event. The mellifluous Jack Devaney compered the event which was attended by the great and the good in the world of GAA - Christy Cooney, Jack Boothman, Nicky Brennan, Paddy McFlynn, Peter McDermot (the man in the cap) dignitaries from the Ulster Council, and delegates from practically every county in the country as well as some well-known faces from the world of media - TV, Radio, Newspapers, etc.
One of the highlights was the address by Uachtarán na hEireann, Mary McAleese (who was accompanied by husband Martin). She voiced the feelings of everyone present by speaking of how honoured she was in the presence of these Icons and sadly some of whom had transferred to St Peter's team in the sky. She quoted that great Chinese Proverb "As we drink the water from the well, we should never forget who dug it" - the Men of 1960 dug the well from which Down Gaels have drunk on five occasions.
Each member of the squad and management or a family representative was individually introduced by Miceál Ó Murircheartaigh and presented with a specially commissioned Beellek China vase by Christy Cooney. Down Co Scór Sinir Instrumental Music Champions from Darragh Cross and Glenn's Declan McConaghy (Recitation/Story Telling) provided the entertainment.
This was a wonderful event with which to start Congress at which Clonduff's Ciarán McGreevy is Down's Youth Representative.
Clonduff was well represented in the congregation at the Congress Mass on Saturday evening and The Murray Family (Stephen, Sean and Mary Catherine) helped provide the Sacred Music; Scór singer Ruby Crothers was in the specially selected Choir and young Ross Carr (pictured above right) was selected to carry the Gifts in the Offertory Procession.


Club Chairperson Brian McGreevy and Events Secretary Sheenagh McConville visited the two primary schools on Thursday 15th April to distribute the invites and Entry Forms for the launch of the Clonduff GAC Community Support Scheme (CCSS).

Visit to St Paul's Visit to St Patrick's

Brian and Sheenagh with some of St Paul's aspiring Gaels and the Principal, Vincent Devlin St Patrick's Acting Principal, Mrs Kathleen Cousins, Club Chairman Brian McGreevy and some aspiring Clonduffians

County Scór Celebration night 2010

A big crowd of Down Gaels gathered in Clonduff Clubrooms on Tuesday 6th April to celebrate in song, dance, music and craic the talent of the county's  Senior, Juvenile and Aspiring Scór participants in a relaxed informal atmosphere. The function was attended by Seamus Walsh (Co Chairperson), William Smith (Co Vice Chairperson) and that grand man of Down GAA and great Scór supporter, Paddy McFlynn. Fear an Ti for the evening was one of the bright young faces of the Down Culture and Language Committee James White; Stage Manager was Gerard Keenan and Anita Brannigan was the 'Act Co-ordinator'.
Proceedings got under way at 8 30 pm with Clonduff's Christina McConville singing Amhran na bhFiann, followed by the Murray Family setting the tone for the rest of the evening for the acts from Saul, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint (current All Ireland Readóirí Set Dancing Champions), Teconnaught, Mayobridge, Annaclone, Tullylish, Glenn and of course the homeside, Clonduff who, in addition to the Murray Family and Christina, strutted their stuff in the Novelty Act, Ballad Group, Recitation (Sean Downey) and Set Dancing.
The Down Cultural Committee sincerely thanked Clonduff not only for the use of their facilities but also for the level of hospitality shown towards guests throughout the evening.  A Special word of thanks also to all those who took part during the celebration, without the support of those Clubs represented on the evening, the event could not have taken place.  Fear An Tí James concluded by wishing Áíne Brolly from the Breadgh club every success in the forth coming All Ireland final in Killarney on 24th April.
Clonduff provided a delightful hot and cold buffet supper, following which, Joseph Farrell involved all and sundry in Sets-Ceíli which concluded about 12 30 am. (Click the image above to view a few photos of the night)


Clonduff GAC Community Support Scheme (CCSS) Launched in Clonduff

A big crowd of adult players from every code (Football, Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football) turned out to give their support to the Clonduff GAC Community Support Scheme which was launched in the Clonduff Clubrooms on Monday 15th March 2010.
The scheme is to provide for the shortfall in funding required for the development of physical resources in the club - the new floodlit pitch is just Phase One in the ambitious plans to provide state of the art facilities for the Clonduff Community. Members sign up for a three-year commitment to a monthly Direct Debit scheme - if a contributor is a tax payer, the club can claim back 27p for every £1 donated from the Inland Revenue via CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club)
CCSS will be launched to the wider community - parents, grand parent, other family members, ex pats, or anyone else who has an interest in Clonduff GAC - on Monday 29th March at 8 pm

Left - The committee behind the Clonduff GAC Community Support Scheme - Back row: Ross Carr, Roger Sherry, John O'Hagan, Brian McGreevy; Front row: Marie Walls, Niall Rafferty, Sheenagh McConville and Roisin McConville
Above: A section of the players who attended the Launch.

The scheme will be launched to the general public in April 2010


Scor Sinsir County Champions 2010

Clonduff's two reigning County Scór Sinsir Champions retained their titles in an amazingly high standard of competition in Saval Sports and Leisure Complex on Sunday 28th February 2010. The Novelty Act (above) with Co Language and Cultural Officer Ryan Doyle (Left) and Co Chairperson Seamus Walsh (right) - back row: Owen Roe Brogan, Sean Downey, Anthony Brogan; front row: Eamon Devlin, Chloe Franks, Kealim O'Hare, were involved in a tight competition - all four acts had the audience 'in stitches'. The Set Dancers below - back row: John Cunningham, Francis Quinn, Niall Quinn, Jayme Farrell; front row: Jolene Morgan, Wendy Farrell, Ursula Quinn, Elaine Farrell - had the packed house and the adjudicators in raptures with their footwork and energy. The Ceili Dancers (Ursula Quinn, Elaine Farrell, Wendy Farrell, Jolene Morgan, Gayle Kane, Kerri O'Hagan, Janine Branagan and Niamh Murphy), Sean Downey (Recitation), Colleen Walls (Solo Singing) and Quiz team (Marie Walls, Brian Canavan and Anita Brannigan) all had hard luck in one of the closest County Finals for very many years.

Clonduff Cultural Sub Committee 2010

(Above) Clonduff were awarded the Peter Keenan Memorial Trophy for the 'South Down Scór Club of the Year' at the Divisional Scór Sinsir Final in Saval on Sunday 21st February. Pictured above is the Clonduff Cultural sub committee that organises Scór within Clonduff together with South Down officials. Back row: Joseph Farrell (Clonduff Scór Committee), Paula Magee (South Down and Co Scór Secretary), Cathy McPolin (Clonduff and South Down Scór Committees), Mary McGreevy (Clonduff and South Down Scór Committees), Anita Brannigan (Clonduff, South Down and County Scór Committees), Maura Quinn, William Smith (South Down Scór Chairperson and Co Vice Chairperson); Front row: Michael McArdle (South Down Acting Chairperson), Anne Keenan and Maureen Keenan (the late Peter's family), Brian McGreevy (Clonduff Chairperson) and Sean Downey (Clonduff Scór Committee).
Tráth na gCeist Gaeilge 2010

Oifigeach Chultúrtha an Dúin organised their first ever County Table Quiz on Wednesday 3rd February 2010, held in Clonduff Clubrooms. Unfortunately there wasn't a great turnout - but such things have to start somewhere! Questions were set and asked, as Gaeilge, by the new Language and Cultural Officer, Ryan Doyle. Clonduff entered two teams which finished 2nd and 3rd, to qualify for the Ulster Final to be held in Eglish, Co Tyrone on Friday 12th February. (Mayobridge were the winners). The two Clonduff teams, pictured above, were (on the left) Brian Canavan, Ciara McKeown, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan; and on the right Niamh Murray, Mary Catherine Morgan, Plunkett McConville, Brian McAleenan (Liatroim) and Kevin McShane.

Clonduff Talent shines in Strictly Come Dancing

On Friday Night the Canal Court Miller Suite was packed to capacity to see 'Strictly Come Dancing' organised by Clonduff's Paul McShane & Burren's Sean O'Hare. Clonduff's Frankie Quinn and Eliza Downey (Down Ladies Football Captain 2009) hosted the event.
Eight Couples participated in the show:
1. Aisling Pyers (Annaclone) & Conal McGovern (Burren)
2. Cathal Maginn (Clonduff) & Catherine McGovern (Burren)
3. Aiobheann Downey (Clonduff) & Eoin McCartan (Burren)
4. Grainne McKernan (Burren) & Danny Hughes (Saval)
5. Sheenagh McConville (Clonduff) & Eamon Toner (Burren)
6. Mairead Trainor (Burren) & Connor Toner (Burren)
7. Niamh Canavan (Saval) & Kevin McKernan (Burren)
8. Jacqueline O'Neill (Glassdrumman) & Dan McCartan (Burren)
Each couple performed 3 dances, a group dance, salsa dance and then a free-style dance. Judges on the night included Celebrity Bainisteoir Derek Davies, dance teacher Catherine Murphy and Five FM host Simon Burke. Everyone in the audience got a vote with their ticket, and then they had the opportunity to purchase additional votes.
The competition was won by Dirty Dancing Couple 'Jacqueline O'Neill & Dan McCartan, With Sheenagh McConville & Eamon Toner being placed runners up, followed by Aoibheann Downey and Eoin McCartan. The night was a great success with alot of money being raised for the Kenya Appeal 2010, and of course the Clonduff folk turned out in force to support the Clonduff Dancer's. Well Done to all to involved!!!
Photo Gallery - Top left - All eight couples
Top Right - The Clonduff Contingent (l to r) Cathal Maginn, Aoibheann Downey, Paul McShane (joint organiser), Sheenagh McConville and Francis Quinn (MC)
Left - Sheenagh McConville and Eamon Toner


Scór na nÓg 2010 County Finals

Many congratulations to the Scór na nÓg Quiz team of Mark Devlin,  Katherine Milligan and Ciara Kelly (pictured above with Co Secretary Sean óg McAteer, Question Master and Question setter and Co Chairman Kevin Bell) who picked up the 2010 County title in Saval on Sunday 22nd November 2009 (the County competitions take place at the end of the previous year with the Provincial and National finals taking place in the New Year). This team has been competing for the last three years - they were runners up in South Down both this year and last but obviously it's 'third time lucky'. They now go to the Ulster Semi Finals versus the Armagh and Antrim Champions in Keady on 12th December.
The young Dancers (below) who just started Set Dancing six weeks ago gave a great account of themselves in the County Final and finished in third place. A county title in the not too distant future awaits them if they stick together - they all have 3-4 years at this level! Thanks to Senior dancers Ursula and Lisa!
Clonduff Scór na nÓg Set Dancers 2010 (l to r) Nicola Ward, Noleen McAlinden, Emma McAlinden, Clare McGilligan, Caoimhe Morgan, Jenna Boden, Megan Kelly, Emma Gallagher
Strictly Come Jiggin' 2009 is a Huge Success
Left - the seven couples before the 'Dance Off' and right The Organiser, presenters and winners! Left to right: Sheenagh McConville (Organiser), Paul McShane (Presenter), Onagh and Aidan, the Champions, Janine and Gary runners up, Orla Maginn (Presenter) and Club Chairman (and participant) Brian McGreevy.
Clonduff GAC hosted one of it's most successful fundraisers ever on Saturday 21st November in INF Hall, Hilltown. 'Strictly Come Jiggin' saw seven local couples battle it out for the honour of becoming Clonduff Dancing Champions. The hosts for the evening were Clonduff Camog Orla Maginn and Clonduff Footballer Paul McShane, and they played a big part in keeping the critic going between each dance. Our judges included Mary Grant (local celebrity), Catherine McAnulty (Carrickcruppen set-dancer), Debbie Murnin (Nurse to senior footballers) and Eugene Lively (well known mover and groover in Hilltown).
The night began with the couples arriving onto the floor wearing their own personalised t-shirts, urging those in the audience to vote for them!! Luckily Paudie Brown made it home from Denmark just in time to take to the floor with his partner GAGA Maginn, even though he had to leave his suitcase at the door!! A group dance saw the couples move to 'Evolution of Dance' and a very high standard had been set for the rest of the night. First up was Joleen 'Mambo' Morgan and club Chairperson Brian 'Bust a move' McGreevy who entertained the audience with their costumes and moves to 'Cotton Eyed Joe'. Second couple to raise the rafters was the Cabra Magpie Mickey 'Lightning Moves' Greenan and Ursula 'Quickstep' Quinn who worked the floor to 'Footloose'. Third Couple of the evening was Hostess with the mostess Pauline 'Twinkle Toes' O'Hare and Thomas 'Dirty Dancing' Murnin, who had the crowd in fits of laughter when Tooter appeared pushing Pauline in a wheelbarrow. Tooter then took the competition to a whole new level when he combined the 'Hills of Donegal'  to moves that Stavros Flatley couldn't even match!!!
Next up after the break was Dermot 'Fancy Feet' Fitzpatrick as we've never seen him before, Dermot had transformed his image for the show and went to great lengths to look like a female Irish Dancer, let's hope his eyebrows can grow back!! His partner Carol 'Cha Cha' Magee who would have given Michael Flatley himself a run for his money, re-enacted the 'Riverdance'. The props and backing dancers were first class in this act and the high calibre of talent continued right through the night. Couple five was Clonduff Ladies Footballer Onagh 'Dancing Queen' Gribben and U14 Football Manager Aidan 'Billy Elliott' Brown. They got the first standing ovation of the night when they danced to the 'Grease megamix', wearing fabulous co-ordinating outfits. Next up was the recently returned from Denmark Paudie ' Crazy Legs' Brown and Lorraine 'Lady GAGA' Maginn, who created their own megamix and pulled moves on the stage that have never been seen in Hilltown!! Last but by no means least, Gary 'Float like a Butterfly' Haughian (Senior goalkeeper) and Janine ' Jitterbug' Brannigan (Ladies Football) who performed Dirty Dancing 'Time of my life' and the crowd went crazy when Gary pulled of that 'lift'!! Seven couples had performed to a very high standard and the audience were left scratching their heads as to who would win their vote. In the end, Gary and Janine (right) emerged as runners up receiving beautifully inscribed trophies, whilst the winners were declared as Aidan and Onagh (above left) who also received trophies and flowers.
The event was a wonderful success, the audience had been entertained with video diaries and the actual dances they performed on the night! Thanks to our hosts Orla and Paul, Technical support in Ciarán McGreevy and Joe Farrell as well as Paul Fitzpatrick who recorded the whole event. (DVDs go on sale soon) Thanks also to Patrick Fitzpatrick, Deirdre and Maureen Killen. Thanks also to the INF Hall and their staff for their help in co-ordinating this event, and to Mini Macs Roadshow who had everyone in the hall dancing by the end of the night!!!
Congratulations and Thank you to each of the dancers for making last night such a success!! It was brilliant and couldn't have happened without your efforts.
Many thanks Sheenagh McConville for the original idea and all the hard work and publicity to turn such a great idea into a roaring success!
This group of musicians comprised the Ceíli Band that provided the music at the Ulster Scór Dha Scór and 125 Anniversary Concert held in Saval on Saturday 14th November 2009. All the counties contributed an act each with Down, Armagh and Tyrone contributing two each reflecting their overall contribution to Scór. Down was presented with a special award in recognition of having the largest Scór entry in the whole country in 2009 with over one thousand entrants (Derry also received a presentation for the Ulster County with the biggest increase in numbers).
The musicians above are (l to r): Peter Magee (Mayobridge), Sean Murray (Clonduff), George McDermott (Cavan), Mary Catherine Murray (Clonduff) and Gareth McGreevy (Saul).
Pictured above are the young people who represented Clonduff in the Annual Bord na nÓg U18 table quiz - 2009r held in Ballykinlar. The Clonduff team were runners up and are (l to r) Mark Devlin, Ciara Kelly, Naoimh Murray and Katherine Milligan. They are flanked by organisers Sean McCashin (County Youth Officer) and Seamus Branniff

'Parade of Clubs' on County Final Day 4th October 2009

The Down County Board organised a 'Parade of the Clubs' as part of the 125 Celebrations in the County before the Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday 4th October 2009.  A selection of U12 and U14 Boys represented Clonduff. The boys are pictured making their way from John Mitchel Place to Pairc Esler with their mentors Harry Brown and Liam McGreevy on left and Aidan Brown on the right (missing from photo is Sean Fearon). The parade was led by The Artane Band and the Float of County Jerseys prepared by Artie Noel and Roisin McConville and family, Kieran Tumilty and Patrick Mackin - the float was first seen at Clonduff's 125 parade on 10th May 2009.
'The Float Builders' for the County Final 2009 - Kieran Tumilty, Patrick Mackin, Roisin McConville and Artie Noel McConville The Clonduff Float leads the 'Parade of Clubs' to County Finals in Pairc Esler on Sunday 4th October. The Artane Band in background

Clonduff's 125 Trip to Dublin - On Wednesday 19th August 2009 more than 40 hardy souls gathered in Hilltown Square to board the bus that would take them to Dublin for the day. It was 8 30 am and the rain was falling in torrents but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the travellers.
This trip was jointly organised between Clonduff GAC and the Clonduff Historical Society, many of whose members overlap.
The further south the bus travelled the bluer the sky became and it remained like that all day! The first port of call was Croke Park - the assigned guide was Philip Archbold who led the group in an informative, entertaining, passionate and often amusing two hour tour of the stadium which simply flew past.
It was then on to the museum where the interactive area proved very popular and not only with the younger members of the group! Honestly you would think some people would have had more sense!
Following lunch at Croke Park the group made the short journey to Glasnevin Cemetery for another guided tour, feeling sure that Philip's 'performance' could not be topped! Sorry Philip it was by Shane Mac Tómais! Shane gave us a valuable insight into the history of Glasnevin as well as pointing out the final resting place of the some of the men and women who have helped to shape Ireland's past, present and future. The tour lasted one-and-a-half hours but it would be quite easy to spend an entire week browsing - there are 120 acres in the cemetery.
There were two magnificent guides on the tours - it is a pity that history in schools is not taught by people like these guys! The classes would be bursting at the seams!


Annual Scór Concert in Downings - 2009

Each year the Ulster Council runs a week-long Language and Cultural event in Downings, Co Donegal with a concert of Scór competitors on the Wednesday night and this event in 2009 took place on Wednesday 22nd July. A big contingent from Down, mainly Clonduff, travelled to Downings on Wednesday morning and made an overnight stay and what a night it turned out to be! Clonduff Set Dancers, Novelty Act and Juvenile musicians took part in the formal proceedings in honour of Paddy McFlynn's book launch. (Paddy is a former National President of GAA 1979-1982).  The group then retired to their hotel for a Seisún until the wee small hours of Thursday morning. In Joe Farrell's words 'We'll have to do two nights next year'! Roll on!

Kevin Mussen Honoured in Clones!

On Sunday 19th July 2009 at the Ulster Final, All Ireland winning captains from Ulster teams took centre stage when they were honoured. It was appropriate that the first man to bring Sam across the border was one such man in this historic year of the GAA and the 40th anniversary of Down's first Ulster title. Clonduff's Kevin Mussen is pictured making his way forward for the presentation.
(Photo Louis McNally)

Down Scór Competitors entertain at Captains Banquet

After all the excitement and formalities had  taken place in Clones on Sunday all the honoured captains were invited back to a banquet in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, where Down Scór competitors Stephen, Sean and Mary Catherine Murray from the Clonduff Club along with Killyclogher Ballad Group had the honour and privilege of being present to entertain at the after-match dinner. The talented trio are no strangers to this scene having previously played on several match days in Pairc Esler, Newry.  This was a great opportunity to display all that is good for Scór and another great occasion to record, in what all ready has been a great year in this County as we celebrated our 40th Anniversary in Scór.  Well done to all three musicians.
Stephen, Mary Catherine and Sean are pictured below. (Photo Paula Magee)
Clonduff and The Boley Fair 2009

Clonduff Club has played a big part in the staging of the Boley Fair in 2009. Sean Milligan was on the organising committee. On Saturday 11th July, on what should have been the ‘Family Fun Day’ Clonduff U8 footballers (above) kicked off Clonduff GAC's Boley events when they entertained Bryansford U8 footballers when about sixty children from both clubs took part in a mini blitz – all the children got playing time and were awarded a medal at the end. Unfortunately the weather then intervened and the proceedings for the rest of the day were cancelled. (Click on the image left to view a few more pictures of the U8s and their visitors)
There was a big entry for the Handball Tournament which took place in the Handball Alley the week after the Newry and Mourne sponsored Handball Camp in Hilltown (the coaches were Des McNeill and Paul Shields. The semi-finals and the finals were played on the one-wall court at the club on Monday morning. Those taking part in the U15 competition were (Clonduff unless otherwise stated)
Shane Milligan, Ryan Dunne and Conor O’Neill (Downpatrick), Pat Havern and Stephen Digney (Saval), Packie O’Hagan, Conal Brown, John Brown, Conor Brown, Darren Harper, Liam McAleavey, Ruari McQuaid, David Quinn. Ryan Dunne eventually defeated Conal Brown 24:20 in the final. Four lads took part in the U18 competition - Ché Curran and John McAleavey (Clonduff), Eamon Savage and Daniel Connolly (Downpatrick). John defeated Daniel in the Final 22:10.
The Neighbourhood Challenge Quiz in the Clubrooms on Saturday night was one of the biggest ever with eighteen teams participating. The eventual champions were the Goward Dolmens followed by Mark’s Minors plus two in second place. A three-man United Nations team (one from Hilltown, one originally from Tyrone and one originally from Cork) were rewarded for their efforts in taking up the rear!
Sunday morning The Big Boley Breakfast, organised by the Camogs, was one hectic event – the demand was so great the food ran out twice but luckily supply sources were on hand to replenish the larder! Before the breakfast was over a great crowd of young and not so young enthusiasts set out to walk the Old Hilltown to Downpatrick route (now the lane that runs up behind St Patrick’s Primary School) from the Clubrooms to the Goward Dolmen – there was great craic there and back and the weather, whilst not exactly shining on the participants held firm until they all returned safely. Despite the rain a huge crowd turned out to witness the Tug-o-War in Clonduff Park which was eventually won by Doran’s men and The Downshire Arms Ladies. The rain also affected the staging of the Farrell & Farrell sponsored Townlands inaugural Set Dancing competition which moved from The Square to the INF, followed by a big crowd. Five teams took part with Newry Road/Yellow Road the winners and Cabra runners-up.
(Click on each of the images below to view a slideshow of that event)

Clonduff and the Boley Fair Picture Gallery

Boley Townlands Quiz Big Boley Breakfast and Goward Dolmen Walk

Handball Camp and Boley Tournament

Poc Fada Senior Citizens Boley Tea Dance in Clubrooms Boley Tug-o-War
Boley's Got Talent - Michael Jackson Tribute Set Dancing at the Boley 2009 Boley Sevens 2009

Despite the torrential rain on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, Monday dawned dry though it changed for the worse just as the juveniles competitors in the Poc Fada reached home base. Nine lads (none of the girls were brave enough) accompanied by an adult started the course (a few lost the ball along the way). First home was Conor Grant but he (with Jamie Curran) had taken 17 pucks - one more than new course record holder, Shea Murnin. The three older lads plus nine adults, including two females, set out on the more gruelling adult course by which time the weather had worsened but brave souls that they are most (but not all) completed the course. Shauna McParlan, the only female finisher completed the course with 30 pucks. Course and event organiser Damien Farnon together with Jim Murnin and Shane Murray completed the course in 21 pucks each. The weather was too bad to stay on the mountain any longer - it was decided to have a Puck Off during the Sevens tournament on Tuesday. Damien Farnon was tied up with work - Jim and Shane agreed that Eddie Clancy could be Damien's 'proxy pucker' and how Eddie fulfilled that role! In the best of three pucks each man pucked further each time but neither Jim nor Shane could match even Eddie's shortest puck, consequently Damien was declared the winner. Great credit must go to Damien - he organises and marks out the route every year. In this year's event he walked the mountain four times - 1 to lay the course, 2 accompanying a group of juveniles, 3 competing himself and 4 lift the flags (though Gerry Coughlin helped with this task). So was there ever a more worthy winner?
The inclement weather meant that the remaining outdoor events planned for Monday evening either moved indoors or had to be cancelled and unfortunately that is what happened to The Boley Knockout in Clonduff Park!
The Boley Fair is a community festival catering for all aspects of heritage and culture for all age groups - Boley's Got Talent is one such event. The Clonduff Camogs organised and produced a Tribute to Michael Jackson. Again the staging of the event fell foul of the weather on the outdoor stage but it moved indoors to The Downshire Arms. Unfortunately the stage was just a bit small for the 13 man/woman tribute group (which incidentally won 2nd prize) but not to be outdone they restaged it outside Lowry's Pub when the rain settled a bit!
Tuesday was the only dry day (apart from Opening Night) - a large crowd enjoyed Hugo Duncan in The Square before moving to Clonduff Park for the now traditional Boley Sevens. People arrived wearing t-shirts and whilst it turned colder later  it was a very pleasant day. Four teams turned up for the football (unfortunately none for the Camogie) and it was decided to run the event on a League basis with each team being guaranteed three games and the winner the team with most points at the end - in the event of a tie there would be a play-off. There were three players who had returned from the US (all on Cabra teams) especially to play in the Sevens. A very pleasing aspect of the day was the number of participants who have moved into the parish and have not previously played for Clonduff teams - the Sevens is about community and craic! After the first round of games some of the players were finding the pace just a bit much (it is an over 30s event though in hindsight some players should have been asked to produce their birth certificates) and it was agreed to reduce the playing time from 7½ mins to 5 mins each way. Gerry Coughlin (Clonduff Senior Hurling Manager and qualified referee) and Henry Brown (Minor player and Young Whistler) took charge of the games - generally everybody behaved themselves and allowed the referees to get on with the job of refereeing. Unfortunately, in the last game of the day Conor Donnan sustained a dislocated finger and had to go to hospital (thanks to Collie Lynch). The good news is that after treatment Conor was allowed home with some strong painkillers. The tournament was a close affair but Cabra 1 with two wins and a draw were declared winners with Ballygorian (2 wins) close runners-up. Players from both teams received Boley Fair plaques which were presented by Anne McKeown the Boley Fair Secretary for 2009.


Clonduff's 125 Celebrations

Lá na gClub - 10th May - What a Day!

This was a day that will live long in the memories of Clonduff Gaels. The day dawned bright and sunny in the midst of wet and windy weather and shone on the whole proceedings all day!
Click on the image (left) to view a slideshow!
The special Mass was celebrated by Club President Dean Anthony Davies who retires from duties at the end of the month on the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination. St John the Baptist's Church Ballygorian was packed for the occasion with many more Clonduff Gaels resplendent in club dress outside. For the Mass, Clonduff native Gerry Curran had written a special reflection for inclusion in the Mass. The parade of hundreds of  players, officers and members, with each of the Parish townlands identified, got under way with the Clonduff Banner followed by the Tommy Kelly/Peter Hamill 'Clonduffmobile' with dignitaries and local musicians on board, and this was followed by the colourful McConville/Mini Mac float. On arriving at the Clonduff Club all those present formed a '125' on the pitch. Dean Davies said a Blessing and Christina McConville sang
Amhrán na bhFiann. This was not only included in the Club video but also in the BBC film to be shown on Tuesday evening Sport at the end of the 6 30 news. A time capsule including club memorabilia, a jersey, and submissions for both St Paul's and St Patrick's Primary Schools was buried to be raised at the 150th Anniversary of the GAA and a native Irish Rowan Tree was planted. The activity on the two pitches show-cased all the Gaelic field sports - football for men and women, Hurling and Camogie with the individual skills of each game demonstrated. The whole day was a highlight but the Rounders match between the 'Inner City' and the 'Country Cousins' drew a very interested crowd. The one-wall handball drew another large crowd of participants as well as spectators. There was Cic Fada, Poc Fada, Hurling and Football Skills and Penalty Kick competitions for various age groups and for both sexes. And to fulfil the 'Athletics' element of the GAA there were races for mothers and fathers (separate, of course). Just before the finale of the outdoor activities the 2009 Down County Set Dancing Champions (Clonduff) showed us all just why they are County Champions. The finale was a mixed Hurling/Camogie game refereed by Gerry Coughlin and this was followed by a mixed men's/women's football match. The only prizes on the day was bragging rights!
Throughout the day a wonderful array of club memorabilia was exhibited in the clubrooms and the Club Officers and President cut the specially commissioned commemorative cake. 
The evening proceedings got underway with a Céili, called by Joe Farrell interspersed with Scór participants - musicians, dancers, reciters, singers and the Clonduff Novelty Act which won the County title in 2009. It was long (12 hours) but memorable Lá na gClub!
Below are three slideshows with over 300 photographs of the great day! More still to come!
Lá na gClub - Click here to see the day's programme!


Clonduff got their 125 celebrations off to a good start on Thursday 7th May with an inter-club table quiz

The turnout from visiting clubs was rather small but to those who did come we say a big thank you for contributing to a good night's entertainment. The front runners from the start was the Clonduff Goward/Ballyaughian team and Mayobridge.
The quiz consisted of Scór type questions - GAA, Ireland and the Irish. A picture round on Irish Landmarks was the deciding factor - with the home side just edging out the visitors.
The picture above shows the winning team and the Quiz organisers - Back row (l to r) Brian Canavan, Kevin McShane, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan; Front row (l to r) Aishling Walls, Niamh Murray, Niohmi Murray, Rachel Dickson.


Unveiling of first Townland Stone (Friday 8th May 2009)

The first of the 'Townland stones' was unveiled by Jarlath Burns the Chairman of the National 125 Committee. The first stone has been set at the Eight-mile Bridge denoting the boundary between Carcullion in which the village is situated, and Ballymaghery in which the Clonduff Club is situated. About 70 stones will be required to complete the project - they are being phased in, as funds become available - if anyone out there wishes to be part of this great project of resurrecting and restoring the townlands in the Parish of Clonduff please get in touch with any member of the Club.
The occasion was witnessed by a small group of Clonduff personnel and members of the local Historical Society, all of whom were entertained to a cup of tea in the Clubrooms before the event. The rain poured down at the tea-drinking but miraculously the sun shone for the unveiling as the photos in the slideshow on the left will show - click on the picture to view the slideshow.
The granite stones are being crafted by local craftsman Tony Branagan.
Jarlath congratulated Clonduff as one of the few clubs who whole-heartedly embraced all the Gaelic sports and spoke of the importance of GAA Clubs in not only keeping the townland unit alive but also the Irish Language.
As a token of appreciation Jarlath was presented with a glass plaque beautifully crafted by another local craftsman Patsy O'Hagan.


St Patrick's and St Paul's Primary Schools celebrate GAA's 125

St Patrick's St Paul's

celebrated the GAA 125 Anniversary on Friday 24th April with a series of all day activities. The weather was favourable in the morning when all the youngsters from both schools took part in outdoor activities. The children of St Paul's used Lowry's Meadow which has a historical link with Clonduff teams of the past and has recently been used recently to accommodate club teams for training when there was just too much activity in Clonduff Park. The children from St Patrick's were all brought to Pairc Chluain Daimh where every child took part in Football, Hurling, Camogie or Rounders. The teachers in both schools were assisted and supported by Club personnel who were available on the day.
The GAA theme continued in the afternoon with  the teaching of the curriculum through the GAA resources, which has been ongoing for some time.
St Patrick's is also doing a presentation on the 'Townlands' Project which will be displayed in The Clubrooms over Lá na gClub weekend.

Clonduff Clubrooms is very much the hub of the local community - family gatherings / parties / Meeting Rooms / Enteretainment, etc

Mrs Fearon's 90th Birthday

Celebrating Their Wedding Anniversary

Local INF Held National Conference

Juvenile Disco

The Club Juvenile Pool finals took place in clubrooms on Sunday 1st March 2009

U12 Finalists U18 Finalists

The following young people had qualified for finals day:
U12-Shane Milligan, Conor Milligan, Stephen McConville and Mark Bradley
Winner: Shane Milligan, Runner Up Conor Milligan
U14- Finbarr Greenan, James McParlan, Shane Milligan and Mark Bradley
Winner Shane Milligan  Runner Up James McParlan
U16- Darren McKevitt, Caolan McPolin, Stephen McConville and Shane Milligan
Winner Shane Milligan Runner Up Caolan McPolin
U18-Sarah Bloomfield, Declan Gribben, Caolan McPolin and Darren McKevitt
Winner Caolan McPolin Runner Up Declan Gribben
Congratulations to Shane Milligan who won 3 out of 4 categories, having picked up the U13 County Handball title a few weeks earlier.  (He also plays football and participates in Scór na nÓg!) Well Done also to Sarah Bloomfield who was the only female to qualify for Finals Day!!


Clonduff's two Scór Sinsear County Champions 2009
Left - Novelty Act - Back (l to r) Kealim O'Hare (The President), Sean Downey (Down Hurler) and Paddy Downey (Tyrone Footballer). (Front) Eamon Devlin and Therese White (Set Dance winners 40 years on).
Above - Set Dancers
(Back) Niall Quinn, Seamus Parr, John Cunningham, Francis Quinn; (Front) Tracey Magee, Anne Kelly, Janine Branagan and Onagh Gribben
Before a capacity crowd in Saval GAC Club on Sunday 1st March Clonduff picked up two Scór Sinsear titles to add to their South Down titles won two weeks previously!  The opposition was tough in both competitions but the nature of the Novelty Act - based on Barack Obama's Irish roots - comprehensively swept the boards. Those taking part were the Downey Brothers Sean and Paddy (who wrote the script), Kealim O'Hare, Eamon Devlin and Therese White. The Set Dancing team was a new-look mixed team from previous years - Onagh Gribben, Janine Branagan, Anne Kelly, Tracey Magee, Niall and Francis Quinn, Seamus Parr and John Cunningham - but they carried on the strong tradition of Clonduff in the County Final!
Scór in Down continues to gather momentum in this the 40th anniversary of the founding of the GAA's Cultural flagship and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the GAA itself  - hopefully this increased participation will be  maintained and not just a gesture to mark the two great anniversaries!
Fear an Tí on the night was Scór chairman John Devaney while the quiz master was Brian Kennedy.

Scór Dha Scór

To mark the 40th anniversary of Scór, President McAleese hosted musicians, singers, reciters, dancers and officials from Co Down at Áras an Uachtarán on Thursday 19th February 2009 - the 40th anniversary coinciding with the GAA’s 125th anniversary .
Scór is the GAA’s principal cultural competition, which celebrates and promotes Irish traditional music, dance, poetry and drama through its club and county structures.  Each year it attracts thousands of young and not so young  who compete in eight categories from local county semi finals through to the All-Ireland finals.
President McAleese  welcomed the group at 11.00am and was entertained by the Ballad Group from Saul, who went on to lift the  All-Ireland Scór na nÓg title the following Saturday (21st February) in Athlone.
The winning groups were accompanied by club officers, Scór and GAA officials from the county.
Down’s GAA Cultural Officer and Scór chairman John Devaney described the visit as “an important acknowledgment of the work that continues in promoting Irish culture through the clubs in the county.”
John stated that “the high levels of participation and the high standards prove that Scór is the most important vehicle within the GAA for maintaining and expressing culture through music, song, dance, poetry and drama.” 
“It has stood the test of time of 40 years, and despite the many competitive distractions, it is now stronger than it has been in years” he added.
Presentations were made to President McAleese on behalf of Down Scór by Anne Marie Mulholland (Rostrevor) and Declan Boyle (St Michael's) the two solo winners in the 2009 Scór na nÓg competitions
Among those who visited the President are the county winners of Scór na nÓg (U-17) 2009.:
Ballad Group All Ireland winners from Saul
Instrumental Music winners from Saul
Solo-Singing winner from Rostrevor
Recitation/Story-telling winner from St Michael’s
Ceilí Dancing winners from Ballyholland
Set Dancing winners from Warrenpoint
Novelty Act winners from Saul
Clonduff was represented by Scór Committee members Mary McGreevy, Cathy McPolin and Anita Brannigan. Seamus Parr, the Senior Football  goalkeeper and member County Scór Sinsear Set Dancing team was the bus driver for the day.

South Down Scór Sinsear finals 2009 took place in Saval on Sunday 15th February when, to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of Scór, 22 of the 23 South Down football clubs were represented. This was the result of the hard work and 'coercing' abilities of a very dynamic Scór Committee.
Saval Hall was packed to capacity with most of the clubs vowing not to let their efforts be just a 'one off' and build on what was achieved in 2009.
Three new cups were presented - Cathal Sands Memorial Cup (Most Improved Scór na nÓg Club) to St Michael's (presented by Michael and Lily Sands); Moya McCormack Memorial Cup (Most Improved Scór Sinsear Club) to Rostrevor (presented by Feargal & Roisin McCormack); Peter Keenan Memorial Cup (Best Overall South Down Club) to Ballyholland (presented by Evelyn and Nichole Keenan).
The South Down Scór Committee pictured left are: Back (l to r) Gerard Keenan (Mayobridge), Kieran McGreevy (Annaclone) Anita Brannigan (Clonduff), Grainne McGovern (Warrenpoint) Gerry Quinn (Mayobridge): Front (l to r) Mary McGreevy (Clonduff) William J Smith (Glasdrumman and South Down and South Down Scór Chairman), Paula Magee (Mayobridge and County/South Down  Scór Secretary) and Cathy McPolin (Clonduff).

On Thursday 29th January 2009, Clonduff Club was the host for the Health and Wellness course organised by The Ulster Council and delivered by Aileen Tohill. Clonduff's representatives, pictured right are (back l to r) Shauna McParlan, Sheenagh McConville, P J McGreevy, Kitty Fegan. Front (l to r) Ciarán McGreevy, Arty Quinn, Sheenagh Tally (Facilitator) and John Anthony Gribben.


On Thursday 15th December Clonduff Clubrooms hosted their annual Christmas Party for the local Gateway Club. A big crowd of Gateway Club members and their families attended. Of course the highlight of the evening was the visit of Santa who had a gift and plenty of craic for each member. The lovely meal was cooked by Mona Killen.
The Gateway Christmas Party has now become established in the Clonduff Clubrooms which is the ideal setting for community groups and family get-togethers.
The Slideshow, left, (click on the image of Fionnuala and Santa to view the entire slideshow) shows not only Fionnuala Smith (Hilltown Gateway Leader) but also a number of members and their families - of course, some of the members pretended they were too shy to have their photos taken with Santa. (Photos courtesy of Sheenagh McConville)


On Thursday 20th November Eadaoin Hynes, representing Clonduff GAC, swept aside all opposition to win the top talent competition De X-Factor final in The Canal Court Hotel.
Over the previous six months, GAA Clubs from South Down and South Armagh held their own internal competitions and the winner from each represented their clubs in the Canal Court in the final. Eadoain was the run-away winner of the Clonduff heat with her rendition of Duffy's 'Mercy' and she sure showed none towards the opposition in the final.
The fact that the winner received £5,000 - £2,500 for herself and £2,500 for the club they were representing added spice to the event!


On Saturday 30th August 2008, Clonduff Clubrooms was the setting for the 18th Birthday Party for Ogie (Seamus) McGaw. A big crowd was present to wish Ogie a 'Happy Birthday'. The two pictures above show Ogie having the time of his life. On the left he is pictured with his parents Seamus and Briege and his sister Sonya. On the right Sonya and Ogie are happy in each other's company.
For quite a few years, The Newry Wheelers Cycling Association has used Clonduff Car park and Club Rooms as the base for their bi-annual activities - one day's racing is confined and the other is open. On Saturday 21st June 2008 they staged their Open event when over 200 cyclists took part in the wet and windy conditions.
The cyclists sign on in the clubrooms and commence their racing from the top of the driveway and complete three circuits of the route which takes them from Clonduff Park to The Square, Kilcoo, turning left on to the Newry Road and onto Rathfriland. At the bottom of the brae they turn left on to the Hilltown Road, into into the village, turn left down through the village and past the Club.
Clonduff are always willing to assist other organisations - Clonduff Club member, Billy Campbell is one of the main organisers in The Wheelers'
Click on the image (left) to view a slideshow of the Wheelers' around the club rooms

Hall of Fame Winners 2008

The Clonduff Annual Awards night for 2008 was held in March 2009. This was also the date of the 40th Anniversary of Scór Competitions (Scór Dha Scór) and to mark the occasion, Clonduff chose the All Ireland winning Novelty Act personnel of 1977 to join the Hall of Fame - the first Down Club to do so. The three members of the act - Anne Quinn, Mary Grant and Eileen Hamill are seated at the front. In the back row are Brian McGreevy (Club Chairperson) Enda McGinley (All Ireland winning Tyrone team) and Bronagh McAlinden who presented the P J McAlinden Memorial Trophy to the three ladies.

County Scór Sinsear Champions 2008

The Set Dancers, looking resplendent in their re-styled dresses, regained the County Title, last held by Clonduff in 2006. Back row: Onagh Gribben, Wendy Farrell, Gayle Kane, Niamh Pritchard, Laura McShane. Front row: Lisa Parr, Ursula Quinn and Andrea Gribben For the second year in a row, super sub, Mary McGreevy helped the Clonduff team to the Quiz County title - left to right: Mary McGreevy, Marie Walls and Brian Canavan.
Both acts won their respective Ulster Semi Final.
Despite all the other activity on Sunday 12th August, a large crowd of players, mentors and parents attended the presentation on 'Health and Wellness' by Sharon Madigan (Dietician) in the clubrooms.
She recommended that in the interests of hygiene, all players should bring his/her own water bottle to both training and games. She said it was vitally important for players not to train or play on an empty stomach and recommended that all players should eat a balanced meal 1½ to 2 hours before the activity.
The Clonduff  Club believes this is sound advice and, while water will still be provided in the usual manner, would like everyone to bring his/her own clearly marked water bottle with them and always eat a meal a short time before a match or training.
On the right, Paul Shields (Youth Officer) is pictured with a section of the young people who attended.
Scór 2007
Flanked by two of the Scór Sinsear winners are the Scór na nÓg County Champions 2007 in Instrumental Music - The Murray Family, Sean, Mary Catherine and Stephen with (at back) David Mackey.
Clonduff were the top club in Scór Sinsear an Dún in 2007. They picked up three county titles - Recitation, Novelty Act and Quiz and progressed to the Ulster Final. Above (left) is Eileen McCusker (Recitation) receiving the brand new Kennedy Family trophy from Josie and Brian Kennedy (Brian is County Scór Chairman); On the right is the Quiz team of Anita Brannigan and Marie Walls who were joined in the County Final and the Ulster Semi Final by super sub Mary McGreevy (regular member Brian Canavan was unavailable). The Novelty Act group, pictured on the bottom left are: Therese White, Eamon Devlin, the mannequin, Sean Downey, Paddy Downey. In front are Cailim O'Hare and Danny Nugent. Bottom right are the three county winners with the three brand new trophies.
St Paul's are GAA Table Quiz County Champions 2007!
St Paul's Primary School, Cabra are Cumann na mBunscol an Duin Table Quiz Champions 2007. The children, pictured left to right are: Shane Milligan, Gabriel McCoy, Declan Gribben and Mark Devlin. They are pictured here with their trophy and their Principal, Vincent Devlin and Quiz Organiser Collie Bell. The boys went on to represent Down in the Ulster Quiz. Mark and Declan represented Down in a televised quiz on 'The Den' on RTE in March (broadcast 23rd March). Mark and Shane cut their 'quizzing teeth' in this year's Scór na nÓg and Clonduff Club is very proud not only of these two but of Declan and Gabriel also. Well done boys (and Vincent too).

Aisling Walls, Ciarán McGreevy and Kevin McShane who picked up the County Quiz Title in Scór na nÓg in 2005. They were runners-up in the Ulster Competition Brian Canavan, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan regained the County Scór Sinsear title in February 2006. They won their Ulster Semi Final but were defeated in the Final
Clonduff Novelty actors: Paddy and Sean Downey, Therese While and Eamon Devlin won the County Scór Sinsear title in 2006. They won their Ulster Semi Final and were unlucky in the Ulster Final. The Clonduff Set Dancers can count themselves very unlucky in the Ulster Final 2006 - their performance was almost flawless! Back: Wayne and Jayme Farrell, Ursula and Niall Quinn, Joe Farrell, Joleen Morgan, Wendy and Elaine Farrell
These 12 boys and girls represented Clonduff in 3 teams at the annual Down Youth Table Quiz (2005). They are pictured in the Mayobridge Club with Tom Markham - the All Ireland Minor cup won by Down in 2005!
Clonduff Set Dancers picked up another County Scór Sinsear title in 2005! Back row (l to r): Jayme Farrell, Niall Quinn, Wayne Farrell, Ursula Quinn. Front row (l to r) Elaine Farrell, Niamh Pritchard, Lisa Parr and Joleen Parr
Co Sets Champions 2004 - the men are all Farrells - Joe (2nd from left) and sons Jayme, Wayne and Keith (substituting for the injured Niall Quinn). Front Row: Elaine Farrell (Jayme's wife) Lisa Parr, Andrea Gribben, Joleen Parr Co Quiz Champions 2004! Brian Canavan, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan
This team of young ladies reached the Down Co Final in 2003 competing for Clonduff in the Set Dancing Competition. Left to right: Caroline McGreevy, Laura McShane, Claire Cunningham, Tracy Magee, Jane McPolin, Onagh Gribben, Karen McConville, Janine Branagan Co Céilí Champions - one of three Scór Sinsear County title winners in 2004. Left to right: Kerrie O'Hagan, Joleen Parr, Laura McShane, Lisa Parr, Andrea Gribben, Wendy Farrell, Gail McPolin, Elaine Farrell

Clonduff GAC's Very First Golf Classic - 15 June 2001

The Trail Blazers The Winners The Mourne Windows
These four young Clonduff men were the very first team to tee off in the first ever Clonduff Golf Classic. Left to right - Damian Smith, John Fegan, Stephen Brannigan, Damian Fearon This team, representing Dromara GFC returned a magnificent score of 103 to collect first prize. Four more Clonduff men, represented Mourne Windows, the senior team sponsors. Left to right - Shane Fitzpatrick, Oliver Morgan, Tooter (Thomas) Murnin and Paul McConville
Clonduff Senior Set Dancers reached the All Ireland Final for the first time in 2003 having won the County and Ulster titles. The dancers are (left to right) Wayne Farrell, Niamh Pritchard, Joe Farrell, Andrea Gribben, Niall Quinn, Lisa Parr, Michael Walls, Joleen Parr
Sean Downey won the County Scór na nÓg Recitation title in 2002 is pictured here with Cathy McPolin
Darren Gribben, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan won the County Scór Sinsear Quiz title in 2001, 2002 and 2003

Y2K was a special year for Clonduff - they picked up four County Titles in Scór Sinsear!

Left - Clonduff's first ever Ballad Group winners      Left to right Cathy Murray, Ann O'Hare, Niamh O'Hare, Eileen Murray and Matt McGinn


Right - Niamh O'Hare picked up three County Titles at Scór Sinsear 2000 - Solo Singing, Ballad Group and Ceili Dancing


Clonduff's Four County Scór Sinsear Champions, 2000!
Back row - Left to Right:  Ted Gilmore, Gerard Duggan (Novelty Act) Laura McShane, Ursula Quinn, Jolene Parr, Andrea Gribben, Niamh Murphy, Lisa Parr, Claire Cunningham and Caroline Brannigan (Ceili Dancing) Middle Row - Left to Right: Eileen McCusker (Novelty Act), Niamh O'Hare (Multi Award Winner), Karen McConville (Novelty Act), Ann O'Hare, Matt McGinn, Eileen Murray, Kathy Murray (Ballad Group) and Fr Tony Corr (Novelty Act)  Front: P J McGinn and Noel Carvill (Novelty Act)


This young group of Set Dancers kept up the great tradition of Clonduff - they won the Down and Ulster Scór na nÓg titles in 2000 and were beaten into second place in the All Ireland Final on a countback. The following week they collected the Readóri title competing against the same team. The team, from left to right (back) Michael Walls, Oonagh Gribben, John Cunningham, Wayne Farrell. f(ront) Janine Branagan, Sharleen McCaffrey, Karen Gribben and Wendy Farrell.


County U18 Table Quiz Champions and Runners Up 1999/2000!
Clonduff entered two teams in the Youth Table quiz in 1999/2000 and they picked up first and second prize! Seated: County Champions (Left to Right) Niall Quinn, Niamh Hynes, Ruari Cousins and Kevin Mooney.  Middle Row Patrice McPolin (Organiser) Colin Brannigan, Rory Grant, Cillian Cousins and Ryan Arthurs with Michael Keenan (County Youth Officer.   Clonduff's Youth Officer, John McPolin is pictured centred back with other members of the organising committee.

Scór Sinsear Winners 1998! Clonduff picked up three County titles  - Set Dancing, Novelty Act and Quiz. Back row: Jayme Farrell Joseph Farrell, Francie McKeown, Eileen Parr, Sean Fegan, Leona Lavery, Fr Corr, Agnes Murnin, Seamus McPolin, Keith Farrell. Front: Elaine Hillen, Gail McPolin, Anita Brannigan, Marie Walls, Andrea Gribben, Lisa Parr. Missing from the photo is Francis Quinn who was on the quiz team.
President Mary McAleese invited the Clonduff Dancers to Aras an Uachtaran for St Patrick's Day Party in 1998. Front (l-r) Wendy Farrell, Wayne Farrell, Onagh Gribben, Joseph Farrell, President McAleese, Martin McAleese, Laura McShane, Michael Walls, Janine Branagan. 2nd row (l-r) Kevin óg Fitzpatrick, Claire Cunningham, Caroline Brannigan, Eithne Harper, Elaine Hillen, Niamh Murphy, Ursula Quinn, Sharlene McCaffrey, Niamh O'Hare. 3rd row (l-r) Peter Magee, Conan O'Rourke, Jayne McPolin, Niall Quinn, Joleen Parr, Seamus Parr, Gayle McPolin, Sean Hillen. Back (l-r) Keith Farrell, Lisa Parr, Jayme Farrell, Andrea Gribben, Francis Quinn
These young dancers won the Set Dancing at the very last All-Ireland CCD Finals in February 1998 Back Row: (left to right)  Joe Farrell (coach) Wayne Farrell, Seamus Parr, Niall Quinn, Michael Walls, Phyllis Breslin (President of All Ireland Camogie Board) Front Row: Wendy Farrell, Sharleen McCaffrey, Oonagh Gribben and Janine Brannigan
This team - Anita Brannigan, Marie Walls and Francis Quinn won Clonduff's first Scór Sinear Quiz title on home ground in 1997.  They retained the title in 1998 and 1999.  They are flanked by Harry McAvoy (Down Scór) and Martin Goss presenting the Goss Shield.

These ladies brought three All-Ireland CCD titles back to Clonduff in 1997
Back left to right - The Set Dancers - Jolene Parr, Lisa Parr, Niamh O'Hare (Niamh also won the Solo Singing) Ursula Quinn, Jayne McPolin, Clare Cunningham, Laura McShane, Caroline Brannigan: Front left to right - Belle O'Loughlin (President All Ireland Camogie) The Quiz Team - Mary C Morgan, Marie Walls and Anita Brannigan


CCD Winners 1994 - All Ireland Set Dancing winners - Left to right Front: Seamus Parr, Wayne Farrell, Niall Quinn, John Cunningham. Back: Onagh Gribben Wendy Farrell, Eileen McCusker (Ulster Recitation winner), Belle O'Loughlin (Ulster Camogie Council Chairperson), Maureen Kearney and Sharlene McCaffrey

John Cunningham and Kevin óg Fitzpatrick won the Scór na nÓg Instrumental Music Co title in 1994 1993 - Clonduff entered the Record Books when they became the only Club in the history of Scór na nÓg to win both the All Ireland Ceili and Set Dancing titles on the same day, using only a total of nine dancers!  The children are: Back Row (l to r) Kevin óg Fitzpatrick, Jayme Farrell, Francis Quinn, Keith Farrell. Front (l to r) Elaine Hillen, Caroline McShane, Andrea Gribben, Lisa Parr, Joleen Parr. The children are flanked by their mentors Sean Hillen (left) and Joe Farrell (right).
All Ireland CCD Quiz Champions 1994 - Mary Catherine Morgan, Marie Walls and Mary Kelly won the All Ireland on the fourth occasion they reached the All Ireland Final. They are pictured here with the President of the Camogie Association Bridin Uí Mhaolagáin
Following the great success of Clonduff competitors in various cultural competitions a presentation was made to Joe Farrell and Sean Hillen (Dancing coaches) by Eileen Hamill (Chairperson Clonduff Camogie) and Vincent Devlin (Chairman Clonduff GAC)
South Down Scór na nÓg Champions 1992! Left Sean Magee and John Cunningham won the Instrumental Music and Tracy Rodgers won the Solo Singing
Sean Fitzpatrick (Back right) won Down and Ulster CCD Recitation title in 1990 Keith Farrell (Centre) won the Down and Ulster Final in Scór na nÓg Recitation in 1991
This group of youngsters won the Scór na nÓg County title for Novelty Act in 1990. They are: (l-r) P J McGinn, Francis Cousins, Sinead Hannaway, Paul McConville, Bridgín Grant and Paul Parr
The Fegan Sisters - Michelle, Angela and Sheenagh were Scór na nÓg Co Instrumental Champions in 1989 Clonduff's first ever Scór na nÓg Quiz winners - 1992 - Jayme Farrell, Francis Quinn and Gavin McCann Angela has moved on but Sharon is an able replacement as the Fegan Girls were once again winners in 1990
South Down Scór na nÓg Set Dancing Champions 1989! Back row (l to r) Laurine Harper, Lisa Parr, Andrea Gribben, Elaine Hillen. Front row (l to r) Jayme Farrell, Kevin óg Fitzpatrick, Keith Farrell, Francis Quinn
In 1984, to mark the Centenary of the GAA, Clonduff staged a pageant "To Wear the Yellow Gold", telling the story of the GAA in Clonduff (founded 1887 and continuously in existence since). Pictured above is the cast. Front (l-r) Sean Hillen, Jayme Farrell, Keith Farrell, Bridgín Grant, Paul McAlinden, Lorcan Mussen. Second row (l-r) Joseph Farrell, Teeni Wilson, Aileen McGinn. Back (l-r) Helena Grant, Arthur Murphy, Eileen McCusker, Peter McPolin, Bronagh McAlinden, Pat Hannaway, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Jimmie Cousins, Peter Hamill, Sean Fitzpatrick, Francis Quinn
Scór na nÓg County Champions 1988 - (l to r) Elaine Hillen, Aileen McGinn, Martina McGinn, Siobhan Magee, Noreen McPolin, Edel Harper, Martina Monaghan, Denise Hillen Scór Sinsear Set Dancing team 1988 - (l to r) May McCaffrey, Sean Hillen, Kathleen McPolin, Desmond Connolly, Christina Monaghan, Ted Gilmore, Briege McCartney, Damian Murray
A Youthful Set Dancing team in 1987 - (l to r) Paul McConville, Karen McConville, Francis Quinn, Lisa Parr, Jayme Farrell, Tracey Magee, Keith Farrell, Mairead McGinn CCD Ulster Set Dancing Champions 1987! Back row (l to r) Grainne Harper, Noreen McPolin, Siobhan Magee, Edel Harper, Martina McGinn. Front row (l to r) Denise Hillen, Aileen McGinn, Martina Monaghan
The Magee Family - Siobhan, Paul and Tony who won the Co Scór na nÓg Instrumental Music title in 1986 Clonduff's 1st Set Dancing team in an Ulster Final - Back Joseph Farrell, Sean Hillen, Seamus McPolin, Patsy O'Hagan. Front: Kathleen Smyth, Kathleen McPolin, Christine Monaghan, Winnie O'Hagan
Down Scór na nÓg Novelty Act Champions 1985 - Pamela McQuaid, Lynn Carvill, Mary Clancy, Sheila Lowry and Lorraine Brown.
These ladies won the 1985 Down and Ulster CCD Novelty Act titles (l to r) Jacqueline McGreevy, Eileen McCusker, Rosaleen McCartney, Teenie Devlin and Eileen Hamill
Representing Clonduff in Scór Sinsear Quiz in early 1980s is Mary Catherine Morgan, Tom Gribben and Aidan Carr Clonduff Set Dancers in early 1980s - Back: Seamus McPolin, Sean Hillen, Joseph Farrell, Paddy O McConville. Front: Carmel McGinn, Kathleen Hillen, Kathleen McPolin, Margaret McShane
These men represented Clonduff and Down in the All Ireland Scór Sinsear Instrumental Music Final in 1983. They are Peter Cunningham, Ciaran Mussen and Liam McSherry.
 CCD County Quiz Champions in 1980. Mary Murphy, Pamela Arthurs and Kathleen Clancy.
These young ladies reached the All Ireland Final of the CCD Quiz in 1978. They are: Jacqueline McGreevy, Martina Devlin (RIP), and Elizabeth Maginn

Clonduff's first All Ireland Cultural Award winners!
They did us proud in 1977! All Ireland Novelty Act Winners - Anne Quinn, Mary McGinn and Eileen Hamill.  "The Matchmaker" was written and produced by Mary!


The very first winners of a Cultural Award in Clonduff!
These 3 young ladies, (left to right) Susan Magennis, Ursula Hamill and Ann Murphy, picked up the County CCD Quiz title in 1974


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