Clondegad GAA Club, Ballynacally
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Our club endeavors to develop and promote Gaelic football, a game at the core of Irish identity and culture. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of our members, promoting individual development and striving to help enable all our members to achieve their full potential.

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Our new online payment facility allows you to make club registration, membership and entering the annual Lotto/Race night much easier, simply click on the "Pay Now" button to the left and enter your details. Monthly staged payments can be made.

The registration form can be downloaded and printed by clicking HERE

 

 

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1. "Our games our code" dealing with alleged breaches of the code of best practice in youth sport.

2. Code of best practice in youth sport when working with underage players, our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport


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Clondegad GAA News:

New U14 Jerseys presented

Total Vision

Eoin Griffin (Total Vision) presents a new set of Jerseys to Fintan Meaney and the U14 Management. Also present and wearing the new Jerseys are Dean Brassil and Michael Meaney

New payment system

A new online payment system was put in place by the finance committee to make it easier for all to pay/collect the membership fees, annual lotto payment and race night entry. Members are encouraged to use this system to simplify to annual task of fee collection.

AGM

Clondegad held their AGM recently in Ballynacally Community Centre. Officers elected on the night were, President Raymond O'Shea, Vice president TJ Scanlon, Chairman Brian McNelis, Secretary to be filled with Ken Breen to stay on in the interim, Treasurer Patrick Frawley, assistant Treasurer Bernie Gavin, Field development officer Josie Gavin, County board delegate, registrar and PRO Seamus O'Reilly, Bord na n'Og delegate Fintan Meaney, Irish Officers Joe Hester and Garry Brennan, child protection officer Benny Duggan and Club players associate Eoin Griffin. Also ratified on the night as senior manager was Michael Hehir and his management team of Flan Enright and Kieran Browne while Joe Hehir takes up the role of Junior manager with Mark Quinn and Charlie McCarthy supporting him.

Ballyea County Hurling Champions & All Ireland finalists

Congratulations to the Clondegad dual players who were part of the County Senior hurling winning team in Cusack park recently, more on the tabs above

New information portal launched

Would you like a phone app that allows you to keep in touch will all the club news, fixtures, results and have this information sent to your phone? Well now you can and you can play the club lotto from the app too. Download the Clubify app here and follow the directions to select your club "clondegad" information updates will arrive as they are input by the club. You will wonder how you managed without it.....

Gary Gets man of the match in All Ireland Division 3 title

In a most entertaining game where the Clare team may have started as underdogs the Clare men showed great heart when it counted and earned captain fantastic Gary brennan the right to lift the Trophy and the hearts of Clare football fraternity. Match report here Gary, already named as man of the match, was later named as GAA player of the week.


Two in a row Feile B Winners

The U14’s had a 3 point win over Kilrush/Killimer in last Sunday evenings division 2 Feile county final. Playing against a strong breeze they trailed by 3 points at the break. However the tables turned in the second half and the clondegad men scored 1-3 with no reply to win the day. They will now represent Clare for a second successive year in this year’s All Ireland Feile to be held in Kerry on the weekend of the 25 and 26th June.  More detail as it is available will be posted here.

Training in full swing

All age groups are back to training now and with a spell of dry weather, the field has opened at last. Seniors and U16s have started competitive games with the seniors playing O'Gorman and Cusack cup games in Mid March while the U16s got their championship underway in Clarecastle... Clondegad 0-7 Clarecastle 2-6.

U14s prepare for feile qualification on April 10th in a year when amalgamations may now contest to represent Clare. The 2015 U14 team enjoyed great success in the Clare feile last year and went on to represent their parish's and County in the all-Ireland Feile held in Wexford and Carlow. They played very well up against Champions from Sligo Carlow, cork and Wexford. More information here

 

On the TV

TG4 Friday 5th Feb 9.30pm or sat. 12.25pm

Thar an Trasnán a TG4 program was filmed at Clondegad Gaa pitch on Saturday 30th Jan from 2pm…..

Thar an Trasnán is an exciting competition on Seó Spóirt for GAA clubs throughout Ireland. Each week the Seó Spóirt Team will visit a different GAA club to check out what skills they have on offer when it comes to Hurling or Football. A total of 7 players take part who will try to score as many points or goals, individually, in order to get on top of the leader board.

Pictures of the competition can be viewed HERE and on TG4's Seo Spoirt HERE

 

 

FUNDRAISING

Club Fundraising Events to help fund the club house and field development. (i) Clothes collection and scrap metal collection on Sat. Feb.20th. You will receive a flyer over the next week with details.(ii) GAA  National Club Draw 2016. Tickets €10 each. All money raised will remain in the club. Prizes include an Opel corsa, travel voucher €1500, shopping voucher €1000 and more. Further details from Flan Enright 087 9698755; Joe Hehir 086 2268539; Fiona Moloney 087 2881434; Carmel Sheehan 087 2891071

Clondegad/Ballyea Lotto: No’s drawn: 3, 6, 21, 23. Three match three winners of €70 each: Damien Murphy, Ballynacally; Claire, Irene, Shane c/o Mitchels; Mary O’Donoghue, c/o Ballyea N.S. Next draw at the Local Inn, on Mon.25th. Tickets €2 or 3 for €5. Jackpot: €12,200. Reserve: €10,400

 

Christmas 2015 in Ballynacally

Gary Brennan,was invited by the Parents association to the fair green in Ballynacally on Sunday to switch on the christmas lights.

The lights were erected on behalf of the parents association by the clubs field manager Josie Gavin.

Pictures of the event can be seen on ballynacally.ie, click HERE

 

Lighting

High level lighting has also been erected around the pitch to allow all age groups to train on the darker evenings. Existing light made this difficult and the addition of lighting to the side of the pitch and the training area should make traaining in the winter months more feasible. See some images of the lighting erected on the 8/9th September 2015 by clicking here

 

Extension Plans

The Club are currently in the process of carrying out an extensive program of works including pitch renevation and the addition of a training area, training lights and there are also plans for extension of the changing rooms. Click plan below. Following on from the detailed submission in which the club had applied for grant aid under the newly restored Sports Capital Programme, we are pleased to announce that the club has been successful in their application, this grant aid to be used for the training ground and lighting. However a further application will be made for the newly proposed buildings to secure funds and money will have to be raised and any ideas or donations will be gratefully received. please contact any club officer here if you can help

 

Family Fun Day

The 2015 fun day which raised money for the field project was a great success, luckily the rain held off to allow the Brendan McMahon memorial cup to take place and children fron U13 down competed for the cup. Following this the over 35's match took place to the amusement of the large crowd. Gary held a skills competition before the most important and best fed guest of the afternoon made its appearance to use the loo, and the cow patch winner was decided after some delay. With a cake sale and other novelty events the day passed off well with thanks to the many people who helped out. Pictures taken by Eamon Murphy HERE

Training area


Work is completed on the new training area at the entrance to clondegads pitch. Volunteers from the club Picked Stones recently in preparation for seeding. The club have also submitted a grant application for funding to improve and extend the changing rooms and include a meeting room. Lighting is now in place in the training area.

 

 

 

 


Click HERE to see calendar which outlines when training takes place in the field, any queries please contact the field manager Josie Gavin. Home Games take precedence over training where they occur


concussionWhat is concussion? • Concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It is a complex process in which forces are transmitted to the brain and result in temporary impairment of brain function. • Concussion can have a significant impact on the short and long term health of player if not managed correctly

What are the visible clues of a suspected concussion? Lying motionless on ground • Slow to get up • Unsteady on feet • Balance problems or falling over • Grabbing/Clutching head. Players, coaches, healthcare professionals and referees should be familiar with the visible clues of a suspected concussion. If a player has ANY ONE of the visible clues they MUST be immediately removed from activity and MUST NOT return until they have been medically assessed.

For more detail please download the Irish Rugby unions guide here

or the Acquired brain injury guide here

lotto clondegad

Jackpot €12000.

The lotto is one of our main sources of revenue for the club. Tickets cost just €2 each or 3 tickets for €5

There is also an option to pay €120 per year which covers
a horse at our race night, club Membership for players and a weekly entry to the lotto and a draw for county board tickets, this option is great value and is well worth considering.

Results can be viewed in out twitter feed above

The Club are currently in the process of carrying out an extensive program of works including pitch renevation and the addition of a training area, training lights and there are also plans for extension of the changing rooms. Click plan below.plans

Following on from the detailed submission in which the club had applied for grant aid under the newly restored Sports Capital Programme, we are pleased to announce that the club has been successful in their application, this grant aid to be used for the training ground and lighting. However a further application will be made for the newly proposed buildings to secure funds and money will have to be raised and any ideas or donations will be gratefully received. please contact any club officer here if you can help

Lighting
High level lighting has also been erected around the pitch to allow all age groups to train on the darker evenings. Existing light made this difficult and the addition of lighting to the side of the pitch and the training area should make traaining in the winter months more feasible. See some images of the lighting erected on the 8/9th September 2015 by clicking here

Pitch drainage 2014
The diggers arrived at the pitch on the evening of Monday 1st of July. Rain followed and works did not begin properly until the following friday 5th with digging started at the rear left of the field (pics here). It is expected that although the works will only take approximately 3 weeks, the field sod will need until next spring to grow before training or any match play can re commence. Until then Both Ballyea and neighbourers Kildysart are being very sporting by sharing facilities with us, Lissycasey are also sharing their pitches for games where necessary. The main drainage works were completed and machinery removed by the begining of August. Local club members carried out some drainage works from the car park entrance to tie in with the new drainage works to prevent water flooding off the road into the car park and around into the field. Also work began on a new shed to the rear of the changing rooms, this work was carried out using local help.

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CLICK HERE to go to our registration page where you can download the form

 

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This booklet was distributed to mark the opening of Clondegads pitch as Pairc Mhichil Ui Eithir. The booklet can be viewed as a series of slides by clicking here

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A selection of photos provided by Seamus Reilly CLICK HERE

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u15 clondegadClondegads U15's team of 2015 competing in the West Clare tournament played Miltown at home and were unlucky to lose out after narrowly missing a late goal channce. The team formed the U16's ofn the 2016 season and progressed to the semifinal of the championship.

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for some pictures of the game click above

 

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Clondegads u14 team won the Div 2 Feile Final when they beat Kilrush/Killimer on Wednesday 20th next in Coolmeen after defeating Doonbeg in the Semi final held in Clarecastle on Sat 16th April.

They qualified for the finals after coming through the group stages held in Cooraclare. Well done to the players who battled hard, many after a tough hurling match the evening before the games. MORE HERE on our Feile page*****

Details on the National feile competition on our Feile page HERE

 

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CLICK HERE to download Registration form.......

          

Congratulations to Ballynacally's Clare Hester who played with Parish team "Fergus rovers" Ladies Gaelic and is a member of the Clare team who took part in the Intermediate all _Ireland final v Kildare in Croke Park on Sunday 25th September. Although the team did not win it was certainly a great achievement to play an all Ireland in Croke park.

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Ballyea All-Ireland Club Hurling finalists 2017

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Ballyea Signs decorate the road to town and around Ballyea, see Clare Champion signage video click here also see RTE 6pm news item here and to see some of the earlier signage click HERE


Ballyea Senior champions 2016

Ballyea won the Clare Senior Hurling Championship for the first time in their eighty two year history when they overcame the challenge of Clonlara on the second time of asking in the replayed final.

Páraic McMahon reports from Cusack Park

Ballyea 2-14
Clonlara 1-14 Venue: Cusack Park



ballyea senior team

October 30th 2016 is a day that will live on forevermore in the history of Ballyea hurling club, it is the day in which they played to their potential as a unit and finally got their hands on the Canon Hamilton. Their appetite was infectious and their display was one full of character and class, this was the hour that Ballyea came of age in front of an attendance of 5,058.


Seeing as it was Clonlara who forced the game to a replay, there was a view out there that Ballyea didn't take their chance. They seized the opportunity from the get-go, once the ball was thrown in they were chomping at the bit to get possession firstly and then to cause damage.

What is learned in between a drawn game and a replay is pivotal, Robbie Hogan and his management took the most from their clash two weeks ago and the decision to move Gary Brennan to full-forward had the desired impact.

Clonlara on the other hand tried their best to come with a different approach but by taking Cathal 'Tots' O'Connell out of their half-forward line they lost a spark. Tots was moved in alongside John Conlon in the inside line but neither received enough ball to have a proper effect.

Gary Brennan was first on the scoreboard, Gearoid O'Connell swept up a Clonlara puckout and launched the ball on top of the towering St Flannan's schoolteacher and he controlled the sliotar and slot between the posts. Patjoe Connolly doubled their lead less than a minute later while Nicky O'Connell opened Clonlara's account on the fifth minute from a free.

gary score in shf 2016 Gary Brennan flicks the sliotar to the back of the net. Pic: Martin Connolly

Ger O'Connell pulled off an excellent save to deny Brennan a certain goal as he deflected the shot over the crossbar on the sixth minute. County man Tony Kelly hit over a 65 after O'Connell was on hand this time to stop a Martin O'Leary attempt.

While he didn't execute his first goal chance, Gary Brennan tapped home his second effort, Martin O'Leary dispossessed Ger O'Connell and put Brennan straight through on goal and the Clare football captain duly flicked the ball to the back of the net.

This seemed to be the wake-up call for Clonlara as they cancelled out the goal with three points in succession via Tots O'Connell, John Conlon and Mícheál O'Loughlin. However all their work was diminished when Niall Deasy struck home Ballyea's second goal at the end of the first quarter to put his side six points clear. Patjoe Connolly offloaded to Deasy who was afforded too much space by his opposing defenders as they suddenly lost pace and he drove the sliotar past the helpless Ger O'Connell.

niall deasy scores in the shf 2016 Niall Deasy strikes to the back of the net. Pic: Martin Connolly

Again Clonlara came back fighting with Tots O'Connell adding three converted frees on the bounce. Joe Neylon and Colm Galvin swapped scores before the half-time whistle which left three points between the teams.


On the resumption both sides added four scores each inside the opening ten minutes to keep with the tight nature of the three-week running drama. Clonlara found themselves back on level terms when captain John Conlon was the recipient of a Colm Galvin sideline cut and once he found his range there was to be no stopping the Clare senior.

Conlon appeared to have put his side in front but confusion between two of Damien Fox's umpires resulted in a wide ball. Niall Deasy ended a nine minute scoring drought when he pointed on the forty ninth minute but his effort was immediately cancelled out by a Tots O'Connell white flag.

Tony Kelly and Tots exchanged scores to leave the sides level with seven minutes of normal time remaining. Substitute David Egan had a glorious chance to collect Ballyea's third green flag only for an excellent block from Garrett Kennedy prevented any danger.

crowd at shf 2016 Pic: Martin Connolly

With the game in the melting pot the Bally boys found an extra gear and hit over the final three scores of the game with Niall Deasy, Damien Burke and Tony Kelly all on target as they marched on to secure their first ever senior championship.
When every member of a full-back line registers on the scoreboard the chances of success are very high, Brian Carrigg, Jack Browne and Joe Neylon all scored points for their beloved Ballyea which summarises the type of team performance given by the champions. Previously when their talisman Tony Kelly missed some frees they would falter, while he hit three wides from placed balls today the key difference was that his teammates stood up and were counted allowing Kelly to remain confident and chip in with vital scores.

From play they scored 2-12 in comparison to Clonlara's 1-06. They never panicked even when their opponents came back fighting they managed to hold tough. Their management deserve great credit for how much they took from the drawn encounter. Niall Deasy put his hand up for selection on the County senior panel with a fine display, Gearoid O'Connell and Gary Brennan were very impressive but Ballyea are now playing as a team with each player making their contribution and it is why they are now on the Clare SHC roll of honour.

After losing out at the semi-final stage in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Clonlara conquered their problem in getting past the last four as they made it to the decider last year only to lose out to Sixmilebridge. Now they have lost two county finals in a row they will be asking questions as to why they can't perform to their capability on county final day.

Over the course of this game it was admirable to see the South East Clare club bounce back every time they were knocked down. They responded immediately to the two goals but they struggled to get their own chances on goal while their inability to keep the sliotar in their hand was startling. Colm Galvin, Shane O'Brien, Tots O'Connell and John Conlon did best for the Clonlara man who failed to supply their Conlon with enough ball. Without doubt there is a title in this team but they need to get to the root of the problem as to why they're falling to hit their peak on the biggest day.

Ballyea: Kevin Sheehan; Brian Carrigg (0-01), Jack Browne (0-01), Joe Neylon (0-01); Paul Flanagan, Gearoid O'Connell, James Murphy; Tony Kelly (0-04 1'65), Stan Lineen; Niall Deasy (1-03 1f), Patjoe Connolly (0-01), Cathal Doohan; Martin O'Leary, Gary Brennan (1-02), Pearse Lillis. Subs: Damien Burke (0-01) for O'Leary (44), David Egan for Connolly (53).


Clonlara: Ger O'Connell; Cillian Fennessy, Domhnall O'Donovan, Garrett Kennedy; Cormac O'Donovan, Nicky O'Connell (0-01 f), Neil Ryan; Colm Galvin (0-02), Oisin O'Brien; Mícheál O'Loughlin (0-01), Darach Honan (0-01), James Hastings; Ger Powell, John Conlon (1-01), Cathal Tots O'Connell (0-08 7f). Subs: Shane O'Brien for Ryan (24), Pat O'Hare for C O'Donovan (38), Paraic O'Loughlin for O'Hare (58), David Fitzgerald for Galvin (60) (Inj).


Referee: Damien Fox (Clooney/Quin)

All photos by Martin Connolly


A Tribute to Eoghan

All year long Ballyea’s motto has been ‘you win or you learn’, throughout 2016 they have taken lessons from every game resulting in them being crowned the ultimate winners and 2016 Clare SHC champions.robbie hogan

Robbie Hogan’s name is destined for the history books having become the first man to manage Ballyea to glory at the biggest level in club hurling in Clare. Speaking in the moments after their historic win Hogan dedicated the victory to injured forward Eoghan Donnellan.

Donnellan sustained a back injury during training in the lead-up to the replay and was in hospital in Cork as his teammates dug deep to get their hands on the Canon Hamilton. “Eoghan is just a fantastic lad, we wouldn’t be in any final but for Eoghan, we did it for him”.

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Eoghan Donnellan. Pic: Martin Connolly

Ballyea’s character was to the fore as they edged out Clonlara by three points. When John Conlon goaled to level matters on the fortieth minute Hogan’s men refused to panic and he’s very proud of them for grinding out the win. “When we’ve gone down we’ve clawed it back, all year long we’ve been coming back and today wasn’t any different, great character out of the lads and I’m thrilled for them”.

While Stan Lineen may be the captain of the team there are leaders in every position according to Robbie. “There’s leaders all over the field, the likes of Gary Brennan, Niall Deasy they’ve led and nothing seems to phase them. Two weeks ago we had one hand on the cup but today we’ve two hands on it and we’re delighted”.

Two weeks ago he repeated their motto and the significance it has, the moves made by Robbie and his management team of Fergal Hegarty, Raymond O’Connor, Alan Duggan and Diarmuid O’Sullivan for the replay show just why their philosophy has been so important for them.

“The motto we had after the Éire Óg game was you win or you learn and we didn’t win the last day but we learned a bit, everyday is a school day, we could have been more ahead in the first half really but I’m just over the moon and delighted for the group of lads” the beaming Ballyea man said.

By Páraic McMahon - Clare Herald
 
October 30, 2016

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Seniors V K.I.B. Cusack cup 2017. Click HERE for slideshow

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Feile A 2017 CLICK HERE

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Juniors V Kilkee 2017. Click on image above to see slideshow

 

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U16 championship V North Clare 2017 (Home Game)

 

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St JosephsVisit 2016

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Feile winners 2016

 

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