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Paddy Donevan and Andrew Dowling win the inaugral Eddie Somers Tournament

This week was a very busy week at Clogh Handball club with players from clubs around Kilkenny and neighbouring county’s playing for the inaugural Eddie Somers Trophy. It  culminated with Paddy Donivan (Monavea) and  Andrew Dowlng (Monavea)  playing Pat Maher ( Clogh) and Philly Parsons in the Final.  This was a very competitive and exciting  match with the Laois pair winning 21-17,21-15

Eoghan Hennessy wins Minor Tournament

The minor singles Eddie Somers competition was won by Eoghan Henessy.  The competition was  played during the week with Keith Bourke from O Loughlins  and Local Player Eoghan Henessy reaching the Final.

The minor match was one of the best displays of handball by two fine players seen in  the Clogh alley .  Keith Burke  from O Loughlins raced into a commanding lead and  won the first game 21-7 However the Clogh player called on all his skills to win the second game 21-20.  This set us up for an exciting finish in the tie break.  Both players  gave an exhibition of skill and never die attitude.  It was  a  very exciting with and both players at 10-10, There were several exchanges of service   before the local hero emerged victorious after  the marathon 2 hour battle .


Eddie Somers Perpetual Trophy

The firs ball has be hit in the  battle for the inaugral Eddie Somers  Trophy. This was avery intensive and closely contested match  with Ciarain Neary(T Inch)/ Ger Anthony (M.vat) winning the first game 21-19, Brendan Hosey(Clogh)/Martin Lalor (T.Inch) won the second game 21-14. the tie break was very closely contested  with Ciarain Neary(T Inch)/ Ger Anthony (M.vat) winning 11-7

The Draw and results for the cournament can be sen on the following Link Draw for Tournament  There is also a Minor competition and the draw can be seen at the fillowing link  Minor Tournament


Eoghan Henessy colleges IS champion
  Eoghan Henessy won the Colleges IS today defeating Killian Carroll (Patrician Academy, Mallow) 21-16, 21-6 in the semifinal. He went on to have a convincing win over Fiontán Ó Curraoin (Coláiste na Coribe) 21-6, 21-6 in the final.



Eddie Somers Perpetual Trophy

The inaugural Eddie Somers Tournament will commence on thursday 20/11/2008 and the final will be on sunday 23/11/2008 at 2.00P.M. players from Kilkenny and Laois will Play for this Trophy. The tournament is being held to honour one of our most respected members and a person who dedicated a large portion of his life to handball in Clogh The Draw for the cournament can be sen on the following Link Draw for Tournament  There is also a Minor competition and the draw can be seen at the fillowing link  Minor Tournament

Eoghan Henessy in All Ireland Colleges Semi final

At Ballina, Sunday 9th November, 11.00am

IS Semi-final

Eoghan Hennessy (Castlecomer CS) v

Killian Carroll (Patrician Academy, Mallow)


IS Final

Fiontán Ó Curraoin (Coláiste na Coribe) v Semi-final winner


Brendan County Junior B champion Brendan County Junior B champion

Brendan Hosey won the county junior B 60*30 county championship beating T Bolger 20-21,21-8, 21-10

Eoghan wins county minor 60*30 singles Eoghan wins county minor 60*30 singles

Eoghan henessy won the county minor singles beating G Mc Grath Kells 17-21,21-6,21-11

Brendan Hosey and T J Comerford in Doubles Final
  Brendan Hosey and T J Comerford are in the Junior B Doubles 60*30 County Final where they will play T Bolger and K Phelan in Clogh on Thursday 5th at 7.30pm

Brendan and Tom Joe are County Champions
  Brendan Hosey and Tom joe Comerford are county junior B champions They won the final in two straight games 31-3, 21-4

Brendan Hosey in Junior B singles final
  Brendan Hosey will play T Bolger in the Junior B singles on Monday in Talbots Inch at 7.30 pm

Eoghan in Minor county Final
  Eoghan Henessy will play the county minor 60*30 singles final on Monday 3rd in Kilfane at7.30 pm

Cira Mahon in USHA trial semifinal
  Ciara Mahon will play Aisling O Kieff cork in Crinkle on Sunday Girls 15 and Under Semi-finals Catriona Casey (Cork) v Clodagh Donaghy (Tyrone) Ciara Mahon (Kilkenny) v Ashling O’Keefe (Cork)

Junior B team in next round
  Clogh Junior B team reached the next round of the Leinster Club Championship in 40*20 by defeating Oulart The Ballagh (Wexford)at Garryhill

Eoghan wins Leinster Colleges
  Eoghan Henessy won the Boys Leinster Cilleges beating Nial O Connor 19-21,31-3,11-6. He will play the all ireland semi/final on 8th Nov

Tribute to Eddie Somers

Kilkenny 40*20 Juvenile All Ireland Champions

Kilkenny 60*30 Juvenile All Ireland Champions

Pat and Duxie are Champions
Pat Maher and Duxie walsh are All Ireland 60x30 doubles Masters Champions beating Tipperary (Adrian Johnson, Jimmy Mullins) 21-9, 21-5

Another Busy Weekend of All Ireland Finals




This is another busy week for the players from clogh. We have Marie Therese  O Neill contesting the LJS and Pat Maher  MAD

At St Coman’s, Roscommon, Saturday 18th October, 4.00pm


LJS       Mayo (Pauline Gallagher) v Kilkenny (Marie Therese O’Neill) 


Marie Therese O Neill will represent Kilkenny and Clogh in the All Ireland Junior Singles final on Sarurday in Roscommon. We wish her the best of luck.


At Talbot’s Inch, Saturday 18th October, 5.00pm


MAD   Kilkenny (Michael Walsh, Pat Maher) v   Tipperary (Adrian Johnson, JimmyMullins)

Pat Maher will team up with Michael Walsh to contest another All Ireland Masters Doubles Final. The pair are favourites to add another Title to their impressive List. We wish them the best of Luck


Other News:


Mary Phelan representing Castlecomer CS will contest the girls Leinster Gu16 colleges Final this week, Eoghan Henessy also representing Castlecomer CS will contest the Boys u17 Leinster Final


The girls Juvenile team of 4( Mary Phelan, Ciara Mahon, Aisling Maher and Mary Buggy) will play Ballydesmond in the girls 60*30 All Ireland Club Championship semi final in Thurles on Saturday at 2 PM

Claire and Marie Therese are Silver Medal Winners Claire and Marie Therese are Silver Medal Winners

Claire Love and Marie Therese O Neill  made a great start to the game by going into the lead only for it to be edged back by a determined Limerick pair.  Limerick  went on to win the first game 21-17. Claire and Marie Therese tried valantly in the second game but limerick went on to win 21 -13.  We can be very proud of our girls performance and they can act as inspiration for our juveniles


Ciara and Mary are All Ireland Champions Ciara and Mary are All Ireland Champions

The Weekend got off to a great start when Ciara Mahon and Mary Mary Phelan powered to a decisive win in their 60*30 All ireland u14 Doubles final.  The girls made a terrific start and won the first game 15-0 however the Galway girls made a brave effort in the second game loosing 15-8. This completes the double for Mary and Ciara having won the 40*20 earlier this year.

Eoghan Henessy wins u16 All Ireland Eoghan Henessy wins u16 All Ireland

Eoghan Henessy had won his first individual All Ireland Title in a very decisive manner. The game started at agreat pace with both players giving great performances however Eoghan used all his experience to edge into the lead and winning yhe first game.  Eoghan took charge in the second game early and coasted to victory 21-3.

Thanks to the Large number of supporters that traveld to the Games.

Best of Luck to Claire and Marie Therese tomorrow evening in clonmel

More Photos of the evening can be seen here  Photos



All Ireland Finals


At Clonmel, Saturday 11th October, 5.00pm

LJD      Kilkenny (Marie Therese O’Neill, Claire Love) v   Limerick (Fidelma O’Reilly, Sarah Flavin

On Saturday evening at 5pm in Clonmel Marie Therese O’Neill and Claire Love  v    Limerick (Fidelma O’Reilly, Sarah Flavin) . The girls have a great record together and we are hopefull that they will go on to add 60*30 Ladies Junior Doubles to their list of titles

We wish all of them the best of luck and ask for your support


At Crinkle, Friday 10th October, 7.00pm

GU14D      Kilkenny (Ciara Mahon, Mary Phelan) v  Galway (Cianna Ní Churraoin, Róisín Ní Chonghaile)

BU16S       Kilkenny (Eoghan Hennessy) v Galway (Fiontán Ó Curraoin)

The upcoming weekend marks a ver important one for the Club. This weekend we have 5 players contesting All Ireland Finals.

On Friday the 10th October Ciara Mahon and Mary Phelan play Galways Cianna Ní Churraoin, Róisín Ní Chonghaile in Crinkle at 7pm.. The girls face a  very tough opposition but we are hopefull that they can add the 60* 30 u14 title to the 40*20 one which they won earlier this year.  The girls were unlucky to loose last years  final to Cork. Their experience should prove good on the day

The second match in Crinkle on Friday night will be Eoghan Henessy v Fiontán Ó Curraoin from Galway. Eoghans experience this year being part of the Clubs All Ireland winning Junior Club Team will be of great benefit to him. Hopefully he will reverse the result of the 40*20 final earlier this year.




Marie Therese O’Neill and Claire Love are LJD champions and have a bye to the All Ireland final. Marie Therese O’Neill has also won the LJS title and has also had a bye  at the semifinal stage to reach anoter All Ireland Final.

Ciara Mahon and Mary Phelan have retained their Leinster U14 doubles Title  and now are in another All Ireland Final.

Eoghan Henessy again has proved too good for his Leinster opposition and has gone on to qualify for another All Ireland Final

Wexford  proved too strong for Eoin Doyle and Ronan Egan in the u13 doubles championship. Mary Buggy at u13D and Aisling Maher u12D had no luck either.

Brian Mahon, Ronan Egan and Eoin Doyle were on the Kilkenny u12/13 team of 6 which were beaten by Wexford in the Leinster  final

Mixed Results on weekend
  Daniel and William Love were beaten in the Leinster Junior doubles final in Garryhill on Saturday evening. The Offaly pair of David Hope/Conor O’Brien won the first game 21-14, William and Daniel powered into an early lead in the second game and had a 20-14 lead, The Offaly lads fought hard and even though the Clogh men won service 3 times the final ace eluded them. The Offaly pair winning 21-20, On a brighter note Ronan Egan and Eoin Doyle progressed to the final of the Leinster u13 Doubles easily defeating their Laois opposition. Pauric Cooney reached the final of the u11 doubles Blitz in Crinkle on Sunday. The were beaten in the final by Wicklow 11-6 in the tiebreaker Ciaran Cooney played in the u11 Blitz in crinkle with Dylan Caulfield , only being pipped by wicklow in the senifinal

History of old Handball Alleys

A vey intresting project regarding the history and preservation of old handball alleys can be seen at the following website


Old 60x30 Handball Alleys

Daniel and William in JD Final
  WIlliam and Daniel Love had a good win over a very strong Wicklow pair (Michael Lennon/Pat O’Donnell (Wicklow))to reach the Leinster Junior Final Ther final will take place At Garryhill at 6.00. pm on Sat August 30th v David Hope/Conor O’Brien (Offaly)

Clogh Junior team are All Ireland club Champions Clogh Junior team are All Ireland club Champions

Clogh, Kilkenny (Andrew Hosey, Sean Maher, Eoghan Hennessy, Brendan Hosey, William Love)  dft
St Coman’s, Roscommon (Chris Doolin, Oisin Naughton, Niall McGrath, Glenn Walsh) 118-106


This was a very comprtitive and nailbiting contest in front of a large local crowd.  In the  first match it was William Love in action , Having won the first game 21-16, he had to dig deep to finish the second game 15-21.  The doubles partnership of Eoghan Henessy amd Brendan Hosey proveds too strong for their Roscomon rivals winning 21-20, 21 - 6. Sean Maher was last into the alley.  He lost the first game 19 -21, however with just 9 acews to get in the second game he powered on to win 21-20. A great win for our Club

Clogh Juveniles do us proud
  Clogh Juveniles have had great success in The Kilkenny 60*30 Championship. For full details see Highlights 2008

Clogh Junior Team in All Ireland Final
  The Clogh Junior team of  Andrew Hosey, Sean Maher, Eoghan Hennessy, Brendan Hosey, William Love will play in the All ireland Club Final on Saturday 20 July in Clogh . We wish them  the best of Luck .

Eoin Doyle U13 Champion
  Eoin Doyle won the u13 county 60*30 singles beating Ger Dunne from Kells in the final.

Juvenile Fixtures
  Clogh Juvenile Championships start this weekend with a number of Clogh players in action.
On friday evening
Aisling Maher U12 and Mary Buggy u13 are in Kilfane,
 Eoin Doyle or Ronan Egan (u13) are in Mullinavat.
Padraig Cooney (u11) in Mothel.
Padraig Maher u17 in Clogh.

on Sunday 13th

Mark Purcell u10  in Mothel
Brian Mahon u12 in Talbots Inch
Eoin Henessy u16 in Kilfane

Clogh Girls Féile na nGael Champions Clogh Girls Féile na nGael Champions

Clogh Girls are Féile na nGael Champions. Clogh defeated all teams in their division to become the champions. The day started early with their first match scheduld for 9am. The qualifier  was on a round robin bases. Clogh won all their matches to qualify for the final. The team from Clare, Clooney/Quinn were second in the group. The final took place in Monavea. Mary Phelan and Lynsay Wilson were first in and won their match 21- 13, Ciara Mahon and Elenor Murphy were next and looked good leading 18-13, however a determined opposition was not going to give in. The local girls were not able to get over the winning line and lost 21-19 in a nail biting finish. The teams were on level on games and had to play a tie breaker to 11 points. Clogh pairings for the tie breaker wereMary Phelan and Ciara Mahon. The All Ireland U14 Champions, showed their class and powered on to 11-4 victory.

For more detailes see the Feile 2008 link and also the Photographs page

Clogh Boys narrowly Miss out on Semifinal Place

The Clogh boys were unlucky to loose out on a semifinal place by 6 aces. Their first match was against Coolboy . Ronan Egan and Eoin Doyle were first into the alley , This was an exciting game with the local lads loosing 21-15, Brian Mahon and Padraig Cooney were next, this was again a nailbiting contest with the boys winning  21 -20. The same pairings faced Burt Donegall , winning 21 -4, 21 -0, Unfortuneatly Coolboy had a similar win over the Donegal Club leaving the boys a total of 6 aces behind

See Full results on Feile 2008 page and Photograps page


Leinster Junior Club Championship
  Clogh Junior team won the Leinster Club Championship.  They defeated Coolboy in a tough match. First into the alley was William Love. He took charge of the game and gave the local team a good lead.  Next followed the doubles partnership of Eoin Henessy and Andrew Hosey. This was an excellent game , the local lads were only narrowly beaten.  Brendan Hosey played the second singles . He easily overcame  Richard Willaby to make Clogh the Leinster Champions

Junior Hardball Quarterfinal

Dannial and William Love play the Junior All Ireland Quarterfinal in Mullingar on Sunday

See Adult Fixtures

County Team Championship

Clogh have a Team in the Senior Championship and also in the Junior B

See adult Fixtures

Old Photographs

I have added some old photograps received from John Coffey, If anyone can send me more I would be delighted to post them on web.


Also if anyone can identify all the people in the photos it would great.

Hardball game in Clogh
  Daniel and William Love play two opponents from Limerick on Wednesday at 7.30 in Clogh

All Ireland u14 Champions All Ireland u14 Champions

Ciara Mahon and Mary Phelan proved too strong for their Kerry opposition in today's U14 All Ireland doubles Final.

The Girls were in top form and never let the Kerry girls into the game. The went on to win 15 -2 , 15- 5

Eoghan beaten in Final
  Eoghan Henessy was beaten in a very tough match by Fiontán Ó Curraoin from Galway. Eoghan battled hard but didnt have any luck eventually loosing  21-11, 21-12

All Ireland Finals

This weekend coming is a very important weekend for our young Players.

Mary Phelan and Ciara Mahon play Cornelia Prendiville, Ciara Griffin from Kerry in the Girls u14 doubles final.

Eoghan Henessy plays Fiontán Ó Curraoin Galway in the boys u16 singles.

Best of Luck to Mary, Ciara and Eoghan

Full Draw

Eoghan playing u16 All Ireland Semifinal

Eoghan will play his All ireland Semi final u16 against  Daniel McKenna from Monaghanin At Carrickmore, Sunday 13 April


See Juvenile Fixtures for full draw

Mary Phelan and Ciara Mahon in All Ireland Semifinal

Mary Phelan and Ciara Mahon reached the u14 doubles All Ireland Semifinal after an easily victory in the leinster  finals. The semifinal will take place At Beragh, Co Tyrone, Sunday 13 April

where they will face Katie Corrigan, Orla McCabe from Cavan

Full Draw

Presentation Night

The clubs presentation night was a great success with a large attendance. The night commenced with the chairman welcoming all members and guests . Presentations were made to Pat Maher (his Daughter represented him) and Duxie Walsh fot their success in the masters Doubles. Eoghan Hennessy and Padraig Maher were honoured for their success in the Colleges Championships.  The Cobleer cup was Presented to William Love ho had beaten his brother Dannial in the Final.  The Florrie McCarty trophy was Presented to Ciara Mahon Captain of the winning Juvenile Team. Prizes were presented to Winning team and the runners up team . A special presentation was made to Billy Love by the Juveniles in the club for all his hard work with them over the years as coach and mentor. A presentation was also made to him from the Senior club in appreciation of his work as Chairman,of the Club.  He was wished well in his new position as County Chairman.


See Photographs

Presentation Night
  The club will hold a presentation night and registration night in the cloneen rooms on friday 28th March at 8 PM

Eoghan and Ciara reach National Finals

Eoghan Hennessy and Ciara Mahon  reach the National Handball Finals. Eoghan had a good win over fellow countyman Peter Funchion in a well contested and tough game.

Ciara Mahon defeated Shauna O Brien from Clare in a competitive and challenging contest.  Ciara will play Martina McMahon in the final tomorrow, Sunday, in Clogh.

Another large crowd is expected to support the local players.

Click here for full results.


Eoghan Henessy and Ciara Mahon in Nationals Semifinal in Clogh

Eoghan Henessy will have a home venue advantage when he plays A fellow Kilkenny man, Peter Function from Kells in the

 Boys 15u semifinal . The game will be at 1pm on Saturday 15th March

Ciara Mahon will also have home advantage when she plays Shauna OBrien from Clooney co. Clare in the girls 13u semifinal.

 The game  will be at 2pm on Saturday 15th March.

Best of luck to both of them. The full draw can be seen by following the link on the site National Fixtures

Tommy O’Brien RIP

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death one of handball’s greatest ever servants, Kilkenny’s Tommy O’Brien (63).

He passed away this morning (Friday) after a short illness. Tommy was Uachtarán of Comhairle Liathróid Láimhe na hÉireann from  1984 to 1987. He was Leinster Secretary for over 30 years, continuing in this capacity until his  death.  He also served on several Leinster and national committees.

His commitment to handball will be greatly missed

Tommy had a lifetime association with Kilkenny GAA, serving the many facets of the Association with great pride, including work as the County Camogie PRO. He also hosted weekly sports programmes on local radio.

Tommy was also the first ever lay Principal of Kilkenny CBS, and was very popular in this role; he will best be remembered for knowing and addressing each boy in the school by name, a rare and fantastic trait. He was coach, advisor and mentor to many of the top senior players in Kilkenny, including Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh, who won 38 All-Ireland Senior medals.


Tommy will be removed from Johnson’s Funeral Home, Kilkenny to St John’s Church tomorrow (Saturday) evening at 5pm, with funeral mass on Sunday at 12 noon and burial afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery. Tommy’s legacy will live on in handball forever; he was a friend to many and a hero to all. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam..

Clogh represented on Leinster team of ten Clogh represented on Leinster team of ten

Leinsters team of ten were beaten in tyhe final of the all ireland team of ten competition by a very strong Connacht team. the Leinster team members were Cait Brodrick, Serena Doyle, Elaine Egan, Louise Walsh, Aoife McCarthy, Shauna Hilley, Ciara Mahon, Mary Phelan, Sandra Kelly,Rachel Hogan

Cooney brothers are tops

Ciarán Cooney our youngest club player won the County u10b championships today.

His brother Pauric won the u11b championship. These brothers will have a great future in handball.

Leinster Report
  Leinster Report

Irish Nationals

Two club players qualify for the Irish nationals final to be held in Kilkenny on Patricks weekend

Eoghan Henessy in the Boys 15 and under and Ciara Mahon in the girls13 and Under. Best of luck to both

Other club sucess over the weekend were  Mark purcell u10a county singles

Eoin Doyle u13 B singles and Brainain Buggy u16B singles

Membership 2008





Adult               €20

Family             €25

Juvenile           €5


Please pay your membership to Shelia Hosey or any officer of the club


All players using 40*20 alley must also pay Cloneen HC Membership

Adult               €30

Family             €35

Student            €10

Juvenile           €5

Important notice to all Players

Important Notice

Friends of handball

I wish to inform all club .Secretariess and players that Liam Mahon is unavaliable for County Secretary duties at present. All queeries to Billy Love County Chairman. 

All County results must be returned to Martin Lawlor through Club Secretaries ONLY so I ask all players to give their  results to Club secretaties  who will  forward them to Martin .

Yours in Handball

Chairman Billy Love

Mary Phelan and Ciara Mahon win County Titles

Juvenile Finals


U12 Doubles  

John Walsh/Connor Duggan (Mullinavat)  dft  Brian Mahon/Shane Walsh (Clogh)


U13 Doubles  

Sean Tierney/Ger Dunne (Kells)  dft  Ronan Egan/Eoin Doyle (Clogh)


U14 Doubles

Stephen & Conor  O’Dwyer(Kells)  dft  Shane Parsons/Eoin Delaney (O’Loughlins)


U15 Doubles   

Mason Clifford/Michael Conville (St Canices)  dft  Sean Foley/Adrian Landy(Windgap)


U16 Doubles  

Keith & Graham Clifford (St Canices)  dft  Cian Ryan/Shane Walsh (Windgap)


U17 Doubles

David Delahunty/Michael Fennelly (Kells) dft  Jason Delaney/Keith Bourke (O’Loughlins)  




U12 Singles

Kirsty Maher (St Canices)  dft  Ashling Maher (Clogh)


Under 13 Singles

Serena Doyle (St Canices)  bt  Michelle O’Dwyer (Kells)


U14 Singles

Mary Phelan (Clogh)  dft  Rachael Hogan (Kilfane)


U15 Singles

Ciara Mahon (Clogh)  dft  Denise Doyle (St Canices)


U16 Singles

Claire Grace (Windgap)  dft  Megan Clifford (St Canices)

Eoghan wins County Title

Eoghan Henessy has reached the county u16 county final in O'Loughlins  on sunday 13th Jan.

Other club players did no fare out as well

Ronan eagan was beaten in the semifinal of u13

Padraig Maher was beaten in U17

Brian Mahon  u12 was unlucky to be beaten in avery closely contested semi final losing 15 2,14 15, 14 15 to John Walsh Mulinavat



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