O'Currys GAA

Founded 1884

Co. Clare

Club History

O' Curry's Gaa club was founded in 1944. The club was named after  the famous scholar & lectuer Eugene O' Curry. The clubs first ever committee consisted of Fr. Tom McNamara (chairman), Davy Carroll (secretary) and Eddie Lynch ( treasurer). The club repesents townlands of Carrigaholt, Doonaha, Querrin and Moveen which are areas steeped in football traditiion and folklore.


Flash from the past:

As early as 1940, football flourished in the parish so much that, Carrigaholt & Doonaha had two seperate teams. In the same year, they competed against eachother in the Junior A final, where Doonaha were victorious by a scoreline of 3-0 to 2-2. Doonaha sported such great footballers as the likes of Sonny Conway, Pakie and Jimmy Troy, Eddie Lynch, Frank & Harry Keane, John McMahon and Mickie O' Brien, in 1941, Doonaha and Carrigaholt joined and won the Minor B championship, a feat not to be repeated until 1982. 1942 Doonaha won the intermediate A championship beating a star studded Kilfernora side. It was not until 1944, when the county board enforced the parish rule that Doonaha and Carrigaholt joined Forces. Renamed as O'Curry's gaa club, after the noted Irish scholar and writer Eugene O'Curry who hailed from Doonaha. Within two years, O'Curry's made an impact on clare senior football. In 1946 they won the one and only county senior championship. In 1947, O'Curry's were expected to retain senior championship but, an Ennis Faughs team which boasted players from Kerry, Cork, Kildare and Galway and were collectively known as the "United Nations" called a halt to the O'Curry's run in the county semi-final by the score of 1-13 to 3-6. In 1948 they won the Cusack cup but, for a series of objections no doubt, would have won the senior championship. O'Currys had to wait until 1949 before they contested the final, the wait was too long. 

1950s and early sixties there was a decline in football in O'Curry's  mainly down to emigration. It was not until 1961, that O'Curry's won the Junior A championship. The team consisting of Tommy Griffen, his brother Ned Griffen, Jimmy Keane, the captain and star of many O'Curry teams of the late forthies and also played for Clare, Sonny Carmody, Moveen, regarded as many as one of the finest natural footballers in the parish during the late fifties and early sixites, J.J. Griffin  and the Lynch Bros. Marty and Jack. In 1970 Shannon Rangers and O' Curry'a amalgamated under the name of St. Cronans. This Alliance met with little success. In 1974 the alliance split, Naomh was formed under Gabrial Keating which consisted of Cross and Kilballyowen parish. O' Currys consisting of the parish of Carrigaholt (Doonaha1976 O' Curry Team, Querrin, Moveen)regrouped under the leadership of Vincent Flynn, Jimmy Keane and Michael McNamara and Sonny Carmody. The clashes of Noamh and O'Curry's are now local folklore and a bumper attendance is gaurnteed at each meeting. 

In 1975, O'Curry's won  the Junior League and this was the beginning of three glorious years for the club. In 1976 O' Curry's won the Junior Championship by defeating Kilfernora by a score of 3-6 to 3-3 after the replay and the Junior County Leaugue after defeating Sixmilebridge. In 1977 was fantasic year, with impressive victories in both the Cusack Cup and the Clare Shield at senior level and were very unlucky to be beaten by Cooraclare in the county senior championship. Also, defeating Kilkee in the Aberdeen Arms Cup after a replay in the thriller with a score of 3-7 to 2-8. 


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 O' Curry's 1976 team


The 1980s brought the O'Curry's first Minor championship title back to the parish, in over forthy years, lead by an exciting and confident youthful squad captained by the late Kieran Harvey (RIP).This decade also saw great success in the McNamara cup winning it three times, in the years of 1981, 1982 and 1988. The 1990s brought further successes and exciting youthful squads, in particular an u21 team that won the under 21c county championship in 1992 and winning it again in the following year. Dual success in 1995 the club brought back the Junior A county championship title once more, captained by Querrin Native Tom Downes and also a successful Minor team beating off rivals in the Minor C championship. The decade was rounded off by taking the banner cup home in 1998.

In 2001 O'Curry's Won the intermediate county championship captained by Dinny McMahon. In 2003 the u21c title came back to the west once again, captained by Paul Roche. Our last major success was winning the Intemediate County Championship in 2012, captained by Michael O'Shea. 



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