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2009

125 Events

  • Members issued with Commemorative certificate/membership card
  • Inter-club Table Quiz (7th May) – won by ‘Goward Dolmens’ (Clonduff)
  • Townlands Project – first stone unveiled by Jarlath Burns (Chairman National 125 Committee) on 8th May
  • Club Day 10th May 2009 – (Noon to post Midnight) Sunshine, Mass, Parade (from Ballygorian Church to Playing Fields; ‘125’ by participants on pitch; U8, U10, U12 mixed Football and Camogie/Huring games, mixed Adult Football and Camogie/Hurling; Skills, Long Puck/Kick, Penalty Kick competitions for U14 to U18, Rounders, Set Dancing, Handball (‘One wall’), Time Capsule buried, Memory Tree planted, Ceili and Scór Concert
  • Inter-club Handball Tournament (Clonduff, Downpatrick, Saval) – Saturday 4th July – Finals played on 125 Wall Monday 6th July
  • Townlands Community Quiz (confined to Parish) – Saturday 4th July – Boley Fair)
  • Big Breakfast followed by walk to Goward Dolmen via Old Downpatrick Road, now laneway behind St Patrick’s Primary School (Sunday 5th July – Boley Fair)
  • Poc Fada on Hen Mountain (Monday 6th July – Boley Fair)
  • Parish Sevens (Football and Camogie) (Tuesday 7th July – Boley Fair)
  • Big Clonduff participation in Downings Ulster Scór Concert – 22nd July
  • Tribute Night to Kevin Mussen and Patsy O’Hagan to mark 50th Anniversary of Down’s first Ulster Championship win (Kevin was the Captain) 14th August
  • Bus trip to Croke Park and Glasnevin Cemetery in conjunction with Clonduff Historical Society Wednesday 14th August

Social

  • Clonduff Club honoured their two clubmen who were pivotal in Down’s first Ulster title 50 years ago – the forerunner to a glorious chapter in Down’s history. On a great night – 14th August, Kevin Mussen and Patsy O’Hagan were feted in front of their families and former team mates to mark the momentous occasion which occurred on 9th August 1959.
  • Big Fundraiser – Strictly Come Jiggin’ – Club members the participants
  • Dean Davies, Clonduff President, recognised at Down Awards for services to Camogie and at South Down Award for Services to Gaelic Sport
  • Clonduff GAC honoured at South Down Awards for winning Kilmacud Double

Referees and Coaches

  • Three new referees – John Francis Murray (returns after 10 year break) and Ben (Gerard) Brennan (football) and Eddie Clancy (Hurling)
  • 18 new Foundation Level coaches

Development

  • Planning Permission granted for provision of new flood-lit playing field, entrance, parking
  • Clonduff granted payout from County Board (one of ten projects) to benefit from County’s share of profits from renting out of Croke Park for Rugby and Soccer matches
  • Funding secured from Sport NI and Contracts signed on Thursday 22nd October
  • Work on new pitch and driveway officially started Monday 26th October

Scór – 40th Anniversary

  • Murray family – Stephen, Sean and Mary Catherine win South Down Scór na nÓg Instrumental Music title (Stephen also reached All Ireland Final (having won Dromore and Ulster) in Readorí Competitions
  • Mixed Set Dancing Team and Novelty Act win South Down and County Scór Sinsear titles- narrowly beaten in Ulster Final
  • Big Clonduff contingent take part in Ulster Scór concert in Downings, Co Donegal on Wednesday 22nd July – Senior Set Dancers, Novelty Act, Recitation and Junior Instrumental Musicians
  • Clonduff double winning dancers from 1993 invited to participate in Ulster Scór Celebration Concert in Saval on 14th November
  • Scór na nÓg Quiz team of Katherine Milligan, Mark Devlin and Ciara Kelly win County title

Handball

  • Shane Milligan wins Down U13 Singles title becoming the first player in 17 years to win a juvenile Handball title
  • Paul Shields and Sean McNally are Down Senior Doubles Handball Champions
  • Des McNeill and Eddie Clancy are Down Junior Doubles Handball Champions
  • Boley Fair Tournament big success with U15 and U18 finals played on 125 One Wall at Clonduff Park
  • Clonduff team of Paul Shields, Colin Shields, Eddie Clancy, Sean McNally and Des McNeill win County Division One title
  • Sean McNally selected to play for Ireland at World Championships in Portland, Oregon in Silver Masters grade
  • Sean McNally selected as Ulster’s Masters Player of the Year and nominated for National All Star at the grade
  • Paul Shields retains County Senior Handball title

Football

  • Senior Footballers win first ever Kilmacud All Ireland Sevens title
  • U10s win Pat Meade (Drumgath) Tournament, retain Fiddlers Green Tournament title (Rostrevor) and Runners Up in An Riocht Tournament
  • Aaron Devlin selected as ‘Player of the Tournament’ in Mitchels U10 Tournament (40 teams)
  • U9½s win Down Community Games title (6th time)
  • U8s win Longstone Tournament
  • U12s (A and B) win Moy Tournament and Burren B Tournament
  • U14s runners up in League and championship
  • Minors reach All County League Playoffs
  • Rory Lively wins place on Ulster U16 team
  • Peter Withnell on Masters (Over 40) Compromise Rules team
  • U11s win South Down League

Camogie

  • U14s win Féile Shield
  • U12s win County title
  • Seniors win League and Championship titles; Kilmacud Sevens Shield
  • Kitty Fegan appointed to National Coaching Committee in Croke Park
  • Ursula Quinn (Personality of the Year – Mother Maura won in 1974), Lisa McPolin (Minor Player of the Year) and Grace Brown (U16 Player of the Year) all picked up County Awards for 2008

Ladies Football

  • Michaela Downey awarded Newry and Mourne Sports Personality of the Year (for 2008) following on from her National All Star Award at the end of last season
  • Clonduff Senior Ladies win Feis Sevens Competition at first ever attempt
  • U14s reach County Final – beaten by a goal in extra time
  • U16s runners up in League

Hurling

  • Senior Hurlers reach semi finals in Ulster League
  • U12 Hurlers top Go Games League
  • U16 Hurlers win Div 2 League and Shield Championship final

Schools

  • Lisa McPolin awarded Schools All Star Awards for 2008
  • Jamie Gribben, Caolan McAvoy, Michael Grant, Connor Murray and Padraig Harper on St Mark’s U14 team that won Schools Co Final (December)
  • Jenna Boden (Capt), Petrina Lively (Player of the Tournament), Clare O’Hagan, Cliodhna Crothers and Caoimhe Morgan on St Mark’s Year 8 Camogie team that won Down title (Lorraine Maginn was manager)
  • Leona McGarry, Laura Grant, Shannon O’Hagan, Roisin Mulholland, Rebecca Mussen, Petrina Lively, Jenna Boden, Jane McAleenan, Sarah O’Hagan and Nicola McAleenan on St Mark’s team that Won Down Year 9 title and reached Ulster Final

Further and Higher Education

  • Fionnuala Carr wins her fourth Universities All Star Award
  • Orla Maginn on Purcell Winning Team with QUB
  • Ryan McShane awarded English Universities Hurling All Star (He is player/coach of the Hope University Hurling team, coach of the Camogie team as well as Chairman of the Club) He was also received a Special Recognition award at the University Sports Awards night
  • Niall McPolin on SRC team that won Ulster U18 Vocational Schools Sevens Blitz (October) Mark Copeland was the manager
  • Mark Copeland (Minor mentor) jointly managed SRC to All Ireland Vocational Over 19 glory Mark Downey a playing member of the team

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