The Club was formed in 1890. During that period memorable games took place
with a neighbouring parish, Glenamanagh (Bellharbour). Our heroes were the
McGanns of Gregans and Johnny OBrien, Feenagh.
The 1917 era will not be forgotten the day the late John Irwin broke
his leg (in the County final) against Bealaha and names like Tim Kerin,
Ned OLoghlen, Sean Keavney, Micko and Martin OLoghlen, Paddy
and Tony ODonoghue, Micko Connors, Mick and Paddy Fahy, John Quinn,
Patrick Flanagan, Sonny Mooney Hynes, Martin Keane, Paudge Linnane and P.
Power in their lily white jerseys will always be associated with that great
In 1923 Thomas ODonohoe, then a student of St. Marys College,
Galway, together with the late Jimo Keane held a collection to restart the
Club. The total receipt was for £2.50 with Fr. McCarthys contribution
of 50p topping the list. Also at that time transport was provided by Alphie
Comyn and James Burns in Model T Fords.
In 1925 Miltown Malbay beat us by 1 pt in a game played at the Blue Meadows,
Kilfenora. The feats of our boys in their red jerseys particularly Martin
and Micko OLoghlen, Paudge Linnane and John Quinn are still talked
about to this day. During this period matches were played against Kilfenora
Pakie Considine being the star for Kilfenora. Matches were also played
against Toovahera one at Gregans Castle and the other at Ballyconnoe.
Maude OCallaghan was the star for the opposition. Who can remember
the games against Gort at Gerrys field in 1928?
The Clare senior footballers trained in Ballyvaughan in 1934 That same
year Fr. Moran had a set of Green Jerseys presented to the Ballyvaughan
Club. They were hand-woven and made in Connemara.
In 1934/35 Doolin played Kilfenora in some epic games at Ballyvaughan.
Six bus loads of supporters travelled to cheer for their respective Clubs
and names like the Shannons of Doolin, Jimmy Sweeney, Tommy Hogan, the Begleys
of Kilfenora are associated with those memorable matches.
In 1936 Mac Neill OLoghlen stared with the Clare Minor Football team
and together with Johnny Birmingham, Pap Guthrie, Pappy Carthy and Frank
Roche won Junior and Intermediate Medals with a North Clare amalgamation
many of whom are in the 1934 Team Photograph.
Change of Colours
1st Red with white hoops (known as the sugar sticks)
2nd 1934 changed to Green
3rd Green and white 1960
4th Black and amber Kilkenny colours.
Present day Tangerine and Black
First to wear the Saffron and Blue were Paddy ODonoghue (grandfather
of Patrick ODonoghue) Micko and Martin OLoghlen all played
at Croke Park when Wexford beat Clare in 1917 All Ireland Senior
Final. Brendan ODonoghue (Patrick ODonoghues father played
Minor Football with Galway. In later years, so did Mac Neil OLoghlen,
Mickey Quinn and Johnny Birmingham, John Joe Fahy and Michael Greene.
In more recent times many more from the Parish have donned the County Jersey.
As a matter of interest, Fanore fielded its own team and played in a Junior
Football final in the late 1940s