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The handball alley (60 x 30) was built in the early 1920's by voluntary labour, mainly from the mining community. It was one of the first alleys to have a roof. Most other alleys up to around 1960 were open to the weather.

The club was formed in 1923. The alley is built on the site of the old National School. Since the foundation of the Club, players have brought numerous County, Provincial, National, and International honours to the village. All the great players of the past played in All Ireland Finals in the alley.

The first All Ireland played in Clogh was the senior singles of 1925 between Bill Aldrige from Athy, Co. Kildare representing Clogh and Kilkenny, and J.J. Bouls of Limerick. The final consisted of the best of 13 games. 6 were played in Limerick and the remainder in Clogh. Aldrige won 7-1.

It would be 23 years before Clogh registered it's next All Ireland Title. In 1948 the club won two all Ireland titles - Martin O'Keeffe and Garda Sean O'Connell won the junior softball title, beating Mayo by three games to two in the final played in the Garda Depot in the Phoenix Park. This was the first All Ireland title won by a Clogh man. O'Connell was a Cork man stationed in the Garda barracks in Massford.

On the same day and at the same venue, further history was made when local teenagers Paddy Somers and Joe O'Keeffe collected the minor doubles hardball title. They were the first Kilkenny winners of a minor title. Playing Maxwell and Doogue of Dublin in their home alley, they won 2-1.

Another great minor to come to the fore was Mick Sullivan, who contested 5 All Ireland minor finals between 1954 and 1956 and winning 4 of them. James Brennan won the 1961 minor hardball singles crown, beating Sheamus Cornally (Galway).

Tom Morrissey won the same title in 1963. In 1969 Billy McCarthy won the club's first juvenile title, the All Ireland under 14 doubles, partenered by John Barron (Talbots Inch).

In 1970, Peadar Hughes picked up the first of 12 titles, winning the under 14 singles title. In 1972 he won the Under 16 softball title and partenered by John Barron won the minor hardball doubles. In 1973 he won the minor hardball singles and with John Barron retained the doubles title. In 1994 Peadar won 3 of the 4 minor titles on offer - minor hardball singles, and the doubles with club man Eddie Mahon. He also won the minor softball doubles with Eddie Mahon as his partner. In 1975, Peadar won the junior hardball singles and doubles titles. His partner in the doubles was Billy Kennedy. Billy was Peadar's tutor throughout his playing career. In 1981 Peadar Hughes won the senior softball doubles partnered by Anthony Green of Talbots Inch. 

History to be continued