Dublin based Ballyvaughan Club Players 1972-1982
During periods of high emigration levels along the western seaboard, before
and after World War II, it was not unknown for players from across the Shannon
estuary to be associated with West Clare Clubs. Neither was it unusual during
this period for Galway City based players to participate with the Balyvuaughan
When the Junior Team was re-affiliated during the 1972/73 season, the support
of the Dublin based Ballyvaughan players was requested to establish the
junior team. The junior club were most appreciative of the generous response
from the Dublin based players who trained in the 'Garda Pitch' of the Phoenix
Park. The commitment of this group of players during three epic games with
the Coolmeen Club ensured the continued viability of the Ballyvaughan Junior
Team, which went on to contest both junior championship and junior league
finals during the final years of the 1970's.
Later decades witnessed a broadening of the player base to the Fanore section
of the parish, which ensured larger groups of players were available for
selection than the 1970's period. The many humourous journeys of Patsy Linnane's
car - IAI 667 - from Dublin to the West Coast were recalled at an enjoyable
celebration held at Greene's Pub, Ballyvaughan on Monday 24th of July 2006.
Patsy's famous 'red cortina' was later retired to the loacl farm of Mickey
Vaughan. Both Mickey and his brother Jimmy participated in those three epic
matches with the Coolmeen Club during the early 1970's, as did their neighbour
and farming collegaue Gussie Deely. The referee associated with these three
struggles with Coolmeen, Jim McNicholas, ensured that all participants turned
up for work on the following Monday mornings.
Those in attendance at Greene's Pub included Marie Clancy, Michael Connolly,
Damien Fahy, Mary Hayes, Kieran Linnane, Marian Linnane, Patsy Nilan, Siobhan
Mooney, Beanie Nilan, Edward O'Loughlin, and Mort O'Loghlin. Also attending
were former hurling players, Christy Hayes and Tony O'Donohoe, whose playing
careers stretched back to 1958 tournaments held at Cahernane (Doolin) and
Ruan. Christy and Tony's playing contemporaries during 1958 included Mickey
Curtin, Frank Custy, Jimmy Smyth and the Hubban brothers. During the celebration
at Greene's Pub, Croke Park ties were presented to the Dublin based players
by Ballyvaughan / Fanore club chairman JOhn Connole.