Clara GAA Notes

Weekly Club Lotto

Weekly Lotto 12-Feb-11. There was no winner of the weekly club Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 10-16-19-23. There were five match three winners. These were Frank Moran, Colin Rooney, The Tuite Family, James W Wright, Eileen Fleming. Next weeks lotto takes place in Dolans and the Jackpot is €3800. Thanks to all who support our lotto and thanks to all our ticket sellers.


Membership for the year 2011 is now due. Membership for the following year 2011 is the same as 2010.

Membership Rates

Adult playing member €50, Ordinary member €20, Underage player €20, Walkers (associate members) €20, Senior citizens €10, Registration for life members €2, Life member €250


The North Offaly national schools indoor hurling finals were held last Friday 11th February in St. Marys Youth Center Tullamore. There were four teams competing, Clara BNS, Ballinamere NS, Scoil Eoin Pol and Scoil Brid from Tullamore. The format would be round robin with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

Game 1 saw the Tullamore derby which was always close 3-3 at half time and 6-6 at the final

Game 2 Clara faced Ballinamere and the Clara boys lead 7-4 at half time with goals from Josh Fleming-2, Ciaran Doyle-2 and Kieran Hartnett-3. The final score was 11-6 to Clara with a goal each in second half from Ciaran Doyle, Kieran Hartnett, Mark Newman and Conor Murray

Game 3 Ballinamere bounced back to beat Scoil Brid 5-3

Game 4 Clara faced Scoil Eoin Pol and had their best display yet with 6-0 at half time and great goalkeeping from Eoin Dunne keeping a clean sheet with a 12-0 final score. Goals from Nathan Bracken-3, Kieran Hartnett-1, Ciaran Doyle-1, Mark Newman-2, Conor Murray-1 and Conor Egan-4

Game 5 saw Ballinamere take on Scoil Eoin Pol, this was always a fight with the final score 3-1 to Ballinamere

Game 6 Claras final game was a tough physical encounter where the defensive work of Callum Egan and Adam Owens was outstanding. Our lads relaxed a little in the first half with a score 2-2 but they dug deep in the second half with a final score 6-3 with scores from Nathan Bracken-1, Ciaran Doyle-1, Kieran Hartnett-1 and Conor Egan-3

This set up the A Division Final as a repeat of last year with Clara Vs Ballinamere. At halftime it was 4-2 to Clara with Kieran Hartnett-3 and Ciaran Doyle-1. During the second half the team and subs turned it on to win the final 12-3 with scores again from Kieran Hartnett-2, Ciaran Doyle-2, Conor Murray-1, Nathan Bracken-1 and Josh Fleming-2 and great defense work from Adam Owens and Callum Egan again and some top class saves from goalkeeper Eoin Dunne. There were great celebrations when joint captains Josh Fleming and Kieran Hartnett were presented with the cup. Panel were Eoin Dunne, Adam Owens, Callum Egan, Ciaran Doyle, Mark Newman, Kieran Hartnett, Josh Fleming, Conor Egan, Conor Murray, Nathan Bracken

Clara BNS second team took part in the B Division indoor hurling also. They put on a great display, winning one game and losing out narrowly in 2 games by 1 goal only to Walsh Island and Geal Scoil, therefore not qualifying for the B Division final. However they ended the day on a positive note beating Durrow in a very competitive game. Panel were Philip Keegan, Lee Fleming, Sean Fleming, Dean Larkin, Sean Tierney, Gary Kelly, Josh McCluskey, Patrick Gaffey, Mark Doorley and Jack Mears. A special thanks to the Offaly coaches who organized the day.

Bord Na nOg Day trip to the Curragh Army Base.

A great day was had by the 42 boys from the club who went to the Curragh to partake in a day of Military style training. The first part of the morning was spent with the lads put through their paces by two army PT instructors. Its fair to say they were tired after a good one and a half hour workout. We then proceeded to the Army pool where great fun was had and an appetite was built up for a fine lunch prepared by the army chefs. After lunch we had a tour of the new army museum and then made the trip back to Clara. A special word of thanks must go out to the mentors that helped out on the day. Paddy Weldon, Tony Egan and Kevin Roe. And a big thanks to Barry Egan the youngest man on the trip and he did work and train very hard. Also a big thank you to Roy Cronin who organised the trip. And last but not least a huge Thank you to the parents of the boys who ensured their bags had all that was required. Your support is and always will be greatly appreciated.

U21 Football Championship

On a wet night for football, Clara were beaten last Tuesday night by St Manchans Gaels in Tubber on a score line of 1-12 to 1-4. The Clara team was, Matt Carraghar, John Flattery, John Ledwith, Liam Monaghan, Robert Mitchell, Darren Coughlan, Martin Hackett, Graham Guilfoyle, Barry Cushen, Paul Kelly, Joey Deehan (0-3,frees), Stephen O’Brien (0-1), Richie Slammon, Darren Scanlon (1-0), Michael Mitchell, Substitute: Brian Monaghan for M Mitchell

Registration Night

There will be a registration night for all players on Saturday 5th March from 6pm to 8pm in the GAA Centre.

Division 1 Football League

Clara played Edenderry in the Division 1 Football League on Sunday in Clara and won on a score line of 0-10 to 0-6. The Clara team was: James Kinahan, Darren Kelly, Scott Brady, Peter Touhey, Alan Cronin, Matthew Mitchell, Lorcan Hiney, Kieran O’Meara (0-2), Peter Flanagan, Graham Guilfoyle, John Reynolds (0-2), Tony Dalton (0-1), Joey Deehan, Thomas Deehan (0-3, 0-1Free), Barry Cushen (0-2), Subs: Keir Mannering for D Kelly, Enda Dunne for J Deehan, J Deehan for T Dalton

Blood Donation Clinic

The Blood Donation Clinic will be in the GAA Centre on Monday the 14th February 2011 from 3.00pm to 4.45pm and from 7.00pm to 9.30pm


The Jackpot of €500 must be won every week.

Yearly Lotto Subscription

The yearly Lotto subscription of €75 for the year 2011 is now due and can be paid to any committee member. If there is anybody who is living away and would like to subscribe to the Lotto, please contact any member of the committee.

Sponsor a Sod

Have you purchased your Sod. If not why not. Support your club.

“Sponsor a Sod”- Clara GAA club would like to invite all current and past members (and anyone with any connection to the club, no matter how tenuous!) to be part of the launch of the new official Clara GAA Club website and the ‘Sponsor a Sod’ campaign. As part of our fund raising campaign to complete the new Championship pitch in Kilcoursey members and friends of the club are invited to sponsor a sod on the new pitch. Sponsors will receive a piece of the virtual pitch on a special page on our new website with each “sod” being added piece by piece to the page. Each “sod” can be purchased for €20 from any committee member .Log onto to see how our pitch is doing.

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday 19th Feb Division 1 FL Clara V Gracefield in Gracefield at 7.30pm                                  Sunday 20th Feb Division 2 FL Clara V Ferbane in Ferbane at 11am


Anyone wishing to put an add on the website please contact any member of the committee.

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