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Clonmore GFC Review of Year by The Nationalist

November 8, 2018

Clonmore 2010 by Kieran Murphy, the Nationalist.

 

It was a difficult year for Clonmore on the playing field.

Hopes that they would make an impact in the intermediate championship failed to materialise.

 

The club were dealt a devastating blow when President, John J. Doyle, died suddenly in June. He was one of the founders of the club way back in 1947 and his influence was profound ever since. He was also Chairman of Bord na nOg, Secretary of Clonmore GFC for 28 years and his contribution to Carlow football both as a player, selector and mentor were recognised in 1991 when he was a worthy recipient of the GAA Hall of Fame award. The club also lost Martin Molloy who was captain of both senior teams when they won back to back titles in 1955 and 1956.

 
The passing of these two great Gaels cast a long shadow but their influence will never be forgotten.

 

One win and a draw in the Intermediate championship was disappointing after a very promising League Div 2 campaign of 9 wins, one draw and one defeat. There was a junior football final B appearance but they came up against a slick St. Andrew’s team and were well beaten. The minor and 21 sides struggled but there were some fine individual performances. These were recognised recently at an Awards function at which Shane Murphy was presented with the Intermediate Player of the Year while Norman Mulvany, Martin Byrne and Willie Byrne took the junior, young and minor awards respectively.

 

Tom Doyle was a worthy recipient of the Hall of Fame Award while Clubman of the year went to Paul Byrne. Lily Purser’s hard work and commitment were recognised with a special award. Every club has a Lily Purser. It is the strength of the GAA. Without these people there would be no organisation and she is popular among the players and mentors.

 

Off the field the Lotto was extremely successful while the Golf Classic was well attended. Two new dugouts were installed on the grounds at Woodside as the Committee continue to develop and improve playing facilities. 

 

Small steps but JJ Doyle and Martin Molloy would have approved.

 

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