Shannonbridge/Clonmacnoise GAA Club

Shannonbridge Gaelic Athletic Association club have one Offaly senior football championship title to their name, which they achieved in 1996 by defeating Tullamore on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-12. The club has provided many players to county teams and players from the club have won numerous medals with county teams. Pride of place must go to John Ryan who won an All - Ireland senior hurling medal and a national football league medal in 1998. Players from the club have won three All - Ireland under 21 football medals, Leinster football and hurling medals and Leinster vocational titles and colleges titles. Two players from the club, Vincent Mooney in 1991 and Anthony Kelly in 1996 have been chosen as Offaly footballer of the year.


Prior to 1929 Clonfanlough had its own team affiliated and Shannonbridge had no team. In 1929 master Lane, principal of Shannonbridge national school, was the prime mover in affiliating a parish club known as St. Ciaran's.

In 1942, St. Ciaran's qualified for the county senior semi - final and defeated Walsh Island by 5 points. Walsh Island objected to father Willie Kinlough who lived just over the bridge and St. Ciaran's counter objected to a similar situation on the Walsh island team. A replay was ordered and this took place in Ballycumber. Bertie Johnston was injured early in the game and St. Ciaran's lost by 5 points. An altercation took place between supporters after the game and following an investigation by the county board St. Ciaran's were suspended for two years. The club disbanded after this suspension and the footballers and hurlers of the parish had no club of their own.

In 1972 a small number of G.A.A. Players decided to try to start a club in the parish again.

1989, proved to be the year of the breakthrough for the club. There were victories for the first time ever with the junior championship, division 4 league and junior cup being won. Declan McEvoy was captain in 1989 and was the first player to bring a county championship trophy back to the "bridge". The county championship final was won after a replay against Mucklagh on a score line of 1 - 12 to 1 - 6.

In 1996 the Dowling cup, the prize for the winners of the county senior football championship was brought back to Shannonbridge for the first time after a great victory over Tullamore. This was also the Offaly centenary football final. The final score was 1 - 11 to 0 - 12.

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