|Irish:||An Clár CLG|
|County colours:||Saffron, Blue|
|Ground(s):||Cusack Park, Ennis|
|Football Championship:||Sam Maguire Cup|
|Hurling Championship:||Liam MacCarthy Cup|
|Ladies' Gaelic football:||Brendan Martin Cup|
The Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Contae an Chláir) or Clare GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Clare. Clare plays its home games at Cusack Park in Ennis.
The Clare Hurling team compete in the Munster championship which it has won six times, most recently in 1998. Clare has won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship four times in its history. They won their first title in 1914 and it took another 81 years for them to win their next title in 1995, which remains the record wait for a successive title in Senior Championship history. Clare won their most recent two titles in 1997 and 2013. Clare compete in Division 1 of the National Hurling League.
Named after the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack, the ground had an original capacity of about 28,000 (mostly terraced), but following a 2011 safety review, the certified capacity was reduced to 14,864. Three sides of the ground are terraced - the two areas behind the goals and one terraced length of the pitch which is also covered.
In 2006 there were media reports of substantial offers from property developers to buy the stadium and relocate it to a new 42,000 capacity site outside the town centre. However by 2009 it appeared unlikely given the recent Celtic Tiger crash that this would happen. Between 2009-12, Clare GAA invested over EUR500,000 in refurbishment works including pitch drainage and fencing around the pitch. In 2015 a major renovation started, this included the demolition and re-erection of the main stand and construction of a new entrance/exit at the north side of the stadium. Once completed in late 2017 the official capacity was increased to 19,000 people for the start of the 2018 season.
At senior level, Clare have won 6 Munster titles and 4 All-Ireland championships.
In 1889, Clare won their first provincial title after receiving a walkover from Kerry in the final. Clare contested the All-Ireland final, but lost to Dublin 5-1 to 1-6.
1914 saw Clare claim another Munster title when they beat Cork by 3-02 to 3-01. Clare then defeated Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final by 6-06 to 0-00 to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time their history. In the final Clare beat Laois by 2-04 to 1-02 and Amby Power became the first man to captain Clare to an All-Ireland hurling title.
In 1932, Clare captured another provincial title, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-02 to 4-01. They went on to contest the All-Ireland final, but lost to Kilkenny by 3-03 to 2-03.
After losing Munster finals in 1993 and 1994, Len Gaynor was replaced as manager by Ger Loughnane. Clare made a return to the provincial decider in 1995 after a 2-13 to 3-09 victory over Cork in the semi-final. In the final minutes of the game, Cork were leading by two points when Clare earned a sideline which was taken by Fergie Tuohy. It travelled to the edge of the square, where Ollie Baker doubled on the sliotar, scoring a goal, to put Clare through. In the final, Clare faced Limerick. Clare dominated the game and ran out easy victors by 1-17 to 0-11. This was Clare's first Munster title in 63 years. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare played Galway. 2-01 from Ger O'Loughlin and 0-07 from Jamesie O'Connor saw Clare account for the tribesmen by 3-12 to 1-13. Offaly, reigning All-Ireland champions, awaited Clare in the final. In the second half, an Anthony Daly free rebounded off the post and fell to Eamonn Taaffe at the edge of the square, who sent the ball crashing to the back of the Offaly net. Clare ran out 1-13 to 2-08 victors.
In 1996, Clare were defeated in the opening round of the Munster Championship by Limerick on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-15. This put an end to Clare's championship.
In 1997, Clare defeated Kerry and Cork to qualify for the Munster final against Tipperary. The match was held in Cork and Clare edged a tight affair by 1-18 to 0-18. Clare defeated Kilkenny by 1-17 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland semi-final. In the subsequent All-Ireland final, Clare were faced by Tipperary who went through the back door to reach the final. A late Tipperary goal saw the Premier county take lead but the teams were tied at 2-13 to 0-19 entering the closing stages. Jamesie O'Connor then scored a point to win Clare the All-Ireland. He finished the match with 0-07 and his outstanding performances throughout the year would see him win the Hurler of the Year award.
In 1998, Clare retained the Munster title. Clare defeated Cork by 0-21 to 0-13 to qualify for the final where they faced Waterford. A late goal from a Paul Flynn free tied the games at 1-16 to 3-10 and sent the match to a replay. Clare won out 2-16 to 0-10 winners. In the semi-final of the All-Ireland Clare faced Offaly. The game ended a draw, 1-13 apiece. In the replay Clare were leading in the closing stages by 2-10 to 1-16, however the referee accidentally blew the match up early. When the whistle blew there was disarray in Croke Park as the disgruntled Offaly supporters began a sit-down protest on the pitch. As the game hadn't been completed to 70 minutes, the semi final had to be replayed. On this occasion, Offaly won out by 0-16 to 0-13.
In 1999, Clare defeated Tipperary to qualify for the Munster final, and set up the possibility of Clare winning their third successive Munster title. Cork won on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-14. In the All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway, Clare ran out victors by 3-18 to 2-14 after a replay. In the semi-final, Kilkenny beat Clare 2-14 to 1-13.
In the 2000 Championship, Clare lost their Munster semi-final to Tipperary on a scoreline of 2-19 to 1-14. This was to be Ger Loughnane's last match as Clare manager.
In 2012, Davy Fitzgerald began his tenure as Clare manager. At the time Clare had fallen down the game's pecking order, having not won a championship match since 2008 and they were also in the second tier of the Hurling League. Clare won Division 1B of the league to gain promotion for the following year. In the Munster Championship, Clare lost to Waterford by 2-17 to 1-18. Clare then faced Dublin in a Qualifier. In what was Tony Kelly's first senior game for the county, he scored 1-02 to help Clare win by 1-16 to 0-16. In the next round Limerick beat Clare by 3-18 to 1-20.
In 2013, Clare won their Munster Quarter-Final against Waterford by 2-20 to 1-15, outscoring them by 2-12 to 0-06 in the second half. This was Clare's first win in Munster since 2008. In the Semi-Final, Clare lost to Cork by 0-23 to 0-15. Clare then beat Laois and Wexford in the qualifiers. This put Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final where they beat Galway by 1-23 to 2-14. Munster Champions Limerick awaited Clare in the semi-final. An early Darach Honan goal helped Clare win out by 1-22 to 0-18 and qualify for their first final since 2002. The All-Ireland final was held on 8 September and Clare were leading at half time. In the second half Cork scored three goals to get back into the game. With the sides level, Patrick Horgan scored to put Cork in the lead. Moments later, in injury-time, Domhnall O'Donovan pointed to send the game to a replay. Full-time score: 3-16 to 0-25. On 28 September 2013, Clare won the replay by 5-16 to 3-16. Shane O'Donnell scored 3-03 to help Clare to victory. A Conor McGrath goal in the 61st minute was quickly followed by 3 points to put Clare 4-16 to 2-16 ahead. A late Stephen Moylan goal was cancelled out by a Darach Honan goal to see Clare win by 5-16 to 3-16. Clare's centre-forward, Tony Kelly, was awarded the Young Hurler of the Year and Hurler of the Year awards.
In 2014, Clare lost a Munster semi-final to Cork by 2-23 to 2-18. In Round 1 of the Qualifiers, 14-man Clare drew 2-25 apiece with Wexford. In the replay in Wexford Park, despite being down to 13 men, Clare forced the game to extra-time before losing out by 2-25 to 2-22. Clare hurling was dealt a further blow at the end of 2014 when it was announced that the Cratloe trio of Podge and Sean Collins and Cathal McInerney were focusing on football for the following year.
2015 began in a tumultuous fashion for the Clare team with two players, Davy O'Halloran and Nicky O'Connell, oping to leave the panel after they believed they were subjected to unfair disciplinary action. On the field of play, Clare lost four of their five league group stage matches before being relegated to Division 1B, afterlosing a play-off by 1-18 to 1-17 to Kilkenny. Clare also suffered defeat in the first round of the Munster Championship, losing to Limerick by 1-19 to 2-15. A comprehensive 3-26 to 0-15 win over Offaly put Clare into Round 2 of the Qualifiers, where they lost to Cork by 0-20 to 0-17.
|Name||Club||From||To||All-Ireland||Munster||NHL||WCC / MSHL||C'ship Record|
|Fr. Harry Bohan||Feakle||1970||1976||1971(D2)||-||P10|
W2 D1 L7
|Fr. Harry Bohan
Passage West (Cork)
W4 D1 L4
|Fr. Harry Bohan||Feakle||1981||1983||1981(D2)||-||P5|
W2 D0 L3
|Éamonn Cregan||Claughaun (Limerick)||1984||1985||1985(D2)||-||P4|
W1 D1 L2
|Séamus Durack||Éire Óg, Ennis||1986||1989||-||P8|
W3 D1 L4
|Len Gaynor||Kilruane MacDonagh's (Tipperary)||1990||1994||1990(D2), 1994(D2)||-||P10|
W4 D1 L5
|Ger Loughnane||Feakle||1995||2000||1995, 1997||1995, 1997, 1998||-||P24|
W14 D4 L6
W5 D0 L5
W10 D1 L6
W3 D0 L2
W3 D0 L4
W0 D0 L4
|Davy Fitzgerald||Sixmilebridge||2012||2016||2013||2012(D2), 2016(D2)
W10 D2 L9
|Éire Óg, Ennis
W7 D1 L7
|Brian Lohan||Wolfe Tones, Shannon||2019||Present||P0
W0 D0 L0
|as of October 2020|
|List of appearances|
|#||Date||Venue||Opponent||All-Ireland Final Result||Clare Captain||Man of the Match||W/L/D|
|1||3 November 1889||Inchicore||Dublin||1-06 : 5-01||John Considine||L|
|2||18 October 1914||Croke Park||Laois||5-01 : 1-00||Amby Power||W|
|3||4 September 1932||Croke Park||Kilkenny||2-03 : 3-03||John Joe 'Goggles' Doyle||L|
|4||3 September 1995||Croke Park||Offaly||1-13 : 2-08||Anthony Daly||Seanie McMahon||W|
|5||14 September 1997||Croke Park||Tipperary||0-20 : 2-13||Anthony Daly||Jamesie O'Connor||W|
|6||8 September 2002||Croke Park||Kilkenny||0-19 : 2-20||Brian Lohan||Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)||L|
|7||8 September 2013||Croke Park||Cork||0-25 : 3-16||Patrick Donnellan||Conor Ryan||D|
|R||28 September 2013||Croke Park||Cork||5-16 : 3-16||Patrick Donnellan||Shane O'Donnell||W|
At the Under-21 grade, Clare have won 4 Munster titles and 4 All-Irelands.
Clare lost 12 Munster Under 21 Hurling finals before finally making the breakthrough in 2009. In the opening round Clare defeated Limerick in Ennis to qualify for the final. In the final, they prevailed on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-12 in Dungarven. Clare faced a highly fancied Galway side in the smi-final. The match could not be decided over the sixty minutes so extra-time was required. Eventually the Banner County prevailed on a scoreline of 3-23 to 5-15. In September 2009, Clare won their first ever All-Ireland under-21 hurling title with a 0-15 to 0-14 win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. The match was a tight affair and was only decided after a late Cormac O'Donovan point. A second half contribution of 3 points from play from John Conlon was pivotal in helping Clare to victory. Darach Honan received the Bord Gáis Breakthrough award for 2009.
In 2012, Clare easily accounted for Waterford in the Munster semi-final to qualify for the final against Tipperary. Going into injury time in the final, the Banner County trailed by a single point, but a late goal from second-half substitute, Niall Arthur, helped Clare win out by 1-16 to 1-14. Clare then beat Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final. In the final Clare outplayed Kilkenny and won on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-11. Clare retained their Munster and All-Ireland titles the following year. In the opening round of their 2013 campaign, Clare shook of a determined Waterford side to win 2-15 to 0-17. Clare once more faced Tipperary in the Munster final, this time in Thurles. Clare emerged victorious once more, winning 1-17 to 2-10. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare easily accounted for Galway, defeating the tribesman by 1-16 to 0-07. They went on to successfully defend their All-Ireland title by defeating Antrim by 2-28 to 0-12. In 2014, Clare defeated Limerick by 2-20 to 1-14 to reach the Munster semi-final where, after extra-time, they defeated Tipperary by 5-19 to 1-25. In what was their sixth final in seven years, Clare easily accounted for Cork, winning by 1-28 to 1-13. This was the first time any Clare team had won three consecutive provincial titles. Clare qualified for their third successive All-Ireland Under-21 final after beating Antrim on a scoreline of 4-28 to 1-10. Clare completed the All-Ireland treble when they defeated Wexford by 2-20 to 3-11 in Thurles.
|List of appearances|
|1||13 September 2009||Croke Park, Dublin||Kilkenny||0-15 : 0-14||Ciarán O'Doherty||W|
|2||15 September 2012||Semple Stadium||Kilkenny||2-17 : 2-11||Conor McGrath||W|
|3||14 September 2013||Semple Stadium||Antrim||2-28 : 0-12||Paul Flanagan||W|
|4||13 September 2014||Semple Stadium||Wexford||2-20 : 3-11||Tony Kelly||W|
Clare have won 4 Munster Championships and 1 All-Ireland in the minor grade.
Clare won the Munster Minor title for the first time in 1981, defeating Tipperary by two points, 3-13 to 3-11. Clare didn't qualify for the final again until 1989. This time Limerick were the opposition and Clare prevailed once more, winning by a single point, 2-13 to 2-12. Clare went on to qualify for the All-Ireland final but were defeated by Offaly by 2-16 to 1-12.
Clare's only All-Ireland title in the minor grade arrived in 1997 when the county's minors completed a double with the seniors, who defeated Tipperary on the same day. The minor team went through the backdoor after losing the Munster final to Tipperary by 2-13 to 1-13. Clare qualified for the final by beating Antrim by 0-13 to 1-04 and then defeating Kilkenny in the semi-final on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-07. In the final Clare emerged victorious defeating Galway by 1-11 to 1-09.
In 2010, Clare were beaten by Waterford in the opening round of the Munster Championship, but they would make their way to the competition's semi-final after beating Kerry and Tipperary, by 0-17 to 1-13, in the play-offs. In the semi-final, Clare edged out Limerick on a scoreline of 1-17 to 2-12. In the final, Clare exacted revenge on Waterford for their opening round defeat and won by 1-16 to 1-11. Clare beat Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final by 0-20 to 2-13. In the final, Clare lost Kilkenny 2-10 to 0-14. Clare then proceeded to retain their Munster crown in 2011. Clare easily accounted for Kerry in the opening round and in the semi-final, defeated Tipperary on a by 3-13 to 1-13. Clare won the final, by beating Waterford by 1-20 to 3-09 and were the first Clare team to retain their provincial crown. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Galway defeated Clare, 1-23 to 1-18, after extra-time. Clare missed out on a three in a row when they lost the 2012 final to Tipperary, 1-16 to 1-12.
|List of appearances|
|1||3 September 1989||Croke Park, Dublin||Offaly||1-12 : 2-16||Paul Lee||L|
|2||14 September 1997||Croke Park, Dublin||Galway||1-11 : 1-09||John Reddan||W|
|3||5 September 2010||Croke Park, Dublin||Kilkenny||0-14 : 2-10||Paul Flanagan||L|
Since the All-Stars began in 1971, 28 Clare players have amassed a total of 49 All-Star Awards.
|Multi All Star Winners|
|Brian Lohan (1995, 1996, 1997 & 2002) & Jamesie O'Connor (1995, 1997, 1998 & 2001)|
|Davy Fitzgerald (1995, 2002 & 2005), Seanie McMahon (1995, 1997 & 1998), Anthony Daly (1994, 1995 & 1998) & Seamus Durack (1977, 1978 & 1981)|
|Brendan Bugler (2012 & 2013), Colin Lynch (1997 & 2002), Ollie Baker (1995 & 1998), Liam Doyle (1995 & 1997), Ger O'Loughlin (1995 & 1997), John Callinan (1979 & 1981), John McMahon (1976 & 1977) & Ger Loughnane (1974 & 1977)|
|David McInerney (2013), Patrick Donnellan (2013), Conor Ryan (2013), Colm Galvin (2013), Tony Kelly (2013), Conor McGrath (2013), Pádraic Collins (2013), Tony Griffin (2006), Niall Gilligan (1999), Frank Lohan (1999), Seán Stack (1981), Colm Honan (1978), Noel Casey (1978) & Mick Moroney (1977)|
|Hurler of the Year winners|
|All-Stars HOTY||Tony Kelly (2013), Jamesie O'Connor (1997) & Brian Lohan (1995)|
|Texaco HOTY||Tony Kelly (2013), Jamesie O'Connor (1997) & Seanie McMahon (1995)|
|Under-21 HOTY||Colm Galvin (2014), David McInerney (2013), Séadna Morey (2012) & Darach Honan (2009)|
|Young HOTY||Tony Kelly (2013)|
Since the foundation of the Under-21 All-Star Awards in 2013, 14 Clare players have amassed 17 awards.
|Multi U-21 All Star Winners|
|Tony Kelly (2013 & 2014), Seadna Morey (2013 & 2014) & Colm Galvin (2013 & 2014)|
|Bobby Duggan (2015), Ian Galvin (2015), Conor Cleary (2014), Jamie Shanahan (2014), Eoin Enright (2014), Aaron Cunningham (2014), David McInerney (2013), Pádraic Collins (2013), Ronan Taffe (2013), Paul Flanagan (2013) & Alan O'Neil (2013)|
Camogie was established by County Secretary, Mick Hennessy, of Clooney in 1934. Peggy Nagle of Ennistymon and Sheila Carroll of Lahinch revived the game in 1958. Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010-2015, "Our Game, Our Passion," five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.
Clare have won 2 Munster Football titles at senior level. They compete in Division 2 of the National football league
Clare won their first Munster Senior Football Championship in 1917, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-4 to 0-1. This was after losing deciders in 1912 and 1915 to Kerry and in 1916 to Cork. Clare were then faced by Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final and emerged victorious by 2-1 to 0-5. However, in that year's All-Ireland Final, Clare were narrowly defeated by Wexford on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-5. Wexford had won the All-Ireland in 1915 & 1916 and would complete a four in-a-row in 1918.
Clare football's greatest day since arrived in 1992 when, under the stewardship of John Maughan of Mayo, they won their second Munster Senior Football Championship by beating Kerry in the final in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick by 2-10 to 0-12. This victory was aided in no small part by two second half goals from Colm Clancy and Martin Daly. This victory was also historic in that it is the only year from 1936 to the present day that neither Kerry nor Cork were crowned Munster champions. Clare's luck would run out however and in the All-Ireland Semi-final, they went down to Dublin on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-12. Full back on the team of 1992 was Seamus Clancy, brother of full-forward Colm, and he was rewarded for his outstanding performances in the 1992 championship with a place on the All-Star team of that year.
Low point for the football team was the Milltown Massacre in 1979. During a game played in Milltown Malbay the Clare team lost from Kerry GAA by a scoreline of 1-9 to 9-21, a difference of 35 points.
|Name||Club||From||To||All-Ireland||Munster||All-Ireland 'B'||NFL||McGrath Cup||C'Ship Record|
|John Maughan||Crossmolina (Mayo)||1991||1994||1992||1991||1992(D2)||1991, 1994||P6|
W2 D0 L4
|John O'Keefe||Austin Stacks, Tralee (Kerry)||1995||1997||1995(D2)||1995, 1997||P5|
W1 D1 L3
|Tommy Curtin||St. Breckan's, Lisdoonvarna||1998||1999||P2|
W0 D0 L2
W2 D0 L3
|John Kennedy||Asdee (Kerry)||2002||2004||2004||2002, 2004||P11|
W4 D1 L6
|Castleisland Desmonds (Kerry)
St. Grellan's, Ballinasloe (Galway)
W3 D0 L5
|Páidí Ó Sé||An Ghaeltacht (Kerry)||2007||2007||P3|
W1 D0 L2
|Frank Doherty||Caltra (Galway)||2008||2009||2008||P5|
W1 D0 L4
|Michael McDermott||Kilmurry Ibrickane||2010||2012||P7|
W1 D0 L6
|Mick O'Dwyer||Waterville (Kerry)||2013||2013||P2|
W0 D0 L2
W14 D1 L12
|as of October 2020|
|List of appearances|
|1||9 December 1917||Croke Park, Dublin||Wexford||0-05 : 0-09||L|
Clare have won one All-Ireland and three Munster titles at minor level. They won the first of their three Munster Minor Football Championships defeating Waterford in 1929. Clare then proceeded to qualify for the inaugural All-Ireland Minor Football Final. In the final they faced Longford and prevailed by 5-03 to 3-05, to crown Clare All-Ireland Minor Champions. Clare defeated Tipperary in the 1930 Munster final to retain their provincial crown. The Banner County had to wait until 1953 for another Munster title. On this occasion Clare defeated Cork in the decider.
|List of appearances|
|1||22 September 1929||Croke Park, Dublin||Longford||5-03 : 3-05||W|
|2||27 September 1953||Croke Park, Dublin||Mayo||1-06 : 2-11||L|
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