On this August Bank Holiday weekend, Cloone GAA club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their double win in the Leitrim Junior and Minor Championships together with the official opening of our recently refurbished and extended club rooms.
The highlight of the weekend will be the visit of GAA President Liam O’Neill who will perform the official opening on Sunday evening.
On Saturday August 4, Cloone begin with the current Senior team in action in the Leitrim IFC clash of with Ballinaglera in Drumshambo at 6pm. Later that evening there will be mass for deceased members of Cloone GAA in St. Mary’s Cloone at 8pm.
This will be followed by the 50th Anniversary reception for members of 1962 Junior & Minor winning teams in Cloone Community Centre at 9pm. The team will be honoured with a presentation from Leitrim football legend Packie McGarty.
Although Pakie played most of his football with the Mohill club he also lined out in the Cloone colours and won a Senior League with Cloone in 1953. The club is delighted to welcome Packie back to Cloone for this memorable occasion.
The 1962 minor team also consisted of a number of players from the Gortletteragh club along with the Cloone players and that team lined out as Dan Higgins, Kevin Foley, Cathal Kilkenny (Capt), T P Lennon, Michael McGarry, Charlie Kilkenny, Micheal Reilly, PJ Kavanagh, Paddy Kelly, Michael Colreavy, Mick Brady, Brendan Moran,Francis Fitzpatrick, Donagh McAlinden, Christy Kelly and the subs were Gaberial Solan, Pat Beirne, Matt Joe Lennon, Willie Mitchell and Matt Wynn.
The Junior team meanwhile was Cloone’s first success at adult level for a number of years after going through a barren spell at the end of the 50’s.
They lined out as MJ Clancy, Seamus Heslin, Pete Reilly, Cathal Kikenny, Pakie McGuire, Luke McNamee, Charlie Kilkenny, Jack Doan (Capt), Jim Beirne, Patsy Heslin, Mel Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Mick Brady, Paddy Solanand Brendan Moran with the subs made up of Mick Higgins, PJ Kavanagh, Maurice Tubman, Tommy Creamer and Pasty Conboy.
Tickets for this event will be available in local businesses or from Committee Members. Cost €8 or two for €15. The night will then finish off with music & Song in Creegan’s Bar.
On Sunday August 5, Cemetery Sunday Mass followed by the blessingof the graves will take place in Cloone at 11:30am. Later in the day then at a Family Sports Day will be held in Cloone GAA Park commencing at 2:30 with a Youth teams mini-blitz followed by various youths & novelty races, Penalty Shoot out, Slow bicycle race, Bouncing castle, Pony rides And much more.
Then at 5pm Cloone will take on neighbours Aughavas in a challenge match and the official opening of new club facilities will then take place by GAA President Liam O’Neill at 5:45pm.
A number of significant developments have taken place over the past five years which began with the installation of the floodlighting and proceeded to the construction of the new club rooms and function room area.
The club is hououred to welcome the GAA president to Cloone for the occasion and are very grateful for his attendance. The night will then finish off with music in McKeon’s Bar with Padraic Sweeney from 9:30pm.
The Cloone club also wish to thank all those who have assisted in any way with the weekends activities and to all those who have travelled to join us in the weekends celebrations.
To mark the occasion a commerative booklet is also being launched and will be available for purchase over the weekend.
For those looking to complete the weekend then on Monday August 6, Cloone Agricultural Show will be held in the Show Grounds on Ballinamore road and it is hoped all supporters and GAA fans from near and far will be available to come to Cloone on this special weekend.