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Following a meeting held in Tubberclair School in 1941 which 40 people attended 'Tubberclair GAA' was formed, and the final committee was: Chairman: John Doyle Secretary: Pat Kilduff Treasurer: Pat Carty County Board Delegates: Pat Kilduff, Hugh O' Rourke

Tubberclair had their first major win in 1948 winning the junior league and the first championship win followed soon after in 1951 by claiming the junior championship. The next success we achieved was in 1967 when we won the Junior championship again. This was one of the most famous series of games which took 3 attempts before overcoming Ballinacargy. The second game of this series went down in GAA Folklore, as it was a draw nearing the end of the game when the referee awarded Ballinacargy a dubious free kick. Two Tubberclair players 'Sonny Farrell & Tommy Henry' at this stage climbed onto the crossbar to prevent the ball going over the bar. The game was then abandoned and refixed for a future date, which Tubberclair went on to win! Around this time '1965', we acquired our present pitch from the land commission for a price of £670. Following great work by many dedicated people, the pitch and dressing rooms were developed and on Easter sunday 1968 our new grounds were officially opened.

Tubberclair's greatest era for success was in the 70's & 80's when we won all levels of championships from minor to senior at different times (see roll of honour). Our culmination was winning the senior in 1985 and unfortunately not winning anymore this team should have gone on to win more, having been beaten in the final in 1988. As time went on and this successful team began to disappear Tubberclair began to struggle and were relegated to Intermediate level in 1991. It wasn't until 2002 that we returned to Senior level, when we beat local rivals Tang in the final in Cusack Park, Mullingar.

From this summary you can see that Tubberclair has come along way since first being formed in 1941 and we all hope the youth of the club today will carry on this footballing tradition into the future.


Significant events over 100 years of Football in Tubberclair:

1890's: The first record of football having been played in Tubberclair was a report of a match played in Glasson between a local team and Coosan. It ended in a draw. The name of the first team to represent the parish was the "O'Connells".

1905: There is a record of O'Connells beating Athlone Volunteers who were the 1905 Westmeath Senior champions.

1912: Record show of O'Connells winning the Nugent cup,a competition played in Kilbeggan between teams from many parishes.

1918: O'Connells defeated Bishopstown in the final of an Intermediate league.

1924: After breaking up and reforming, the "young O'Connells", as they were then known, won the Junior Championship beating Castlepollard in the final by a 23 points margin.

1929: Terry Finneran became the first Tubberclair man to win an All-Ireland medal.

1931: The club was re-formed having disbanded in the late 1920,s for a couple of years. The name "O'Connells" appears to have been disgarded as references to the club from this time on is to the name of Tubberclair.

1932: The re-formed club won a League title beating Mental Hostipal in the final.

1933: Tubberclair won the McCrann Cup. This competion is remembered best for great games betwen Caulry and Tubberclair which attracted very large crowds.

1935-40: After losing the McCrann Cup final in 1935 this team split up

1941: The club was reformed again, uniting the various teams which had set up in the parish, now known as Tubberclair GAA.

1951: Tubberclair won the junior Championship with a famous victory over kilbeggan which was recorded in song

1953: Tubberclair won the Westmeath Championship defeating Walshestown easily in the final.

1954: The Juvenile title is annexed by beating St. Marys in the final by four points.

1964: Tubberclair National School won the Comortas na mBunscol competetion for the first time. Following the arrival of new school Principal, Vincent Keating, the Tubberclair school boys won their first Championship. This was to be the first of many victories for Tubberclair school which was to become a nursery for Tubberclair football.

1967: Tubberclair win a legendary Junior Championship beating Ballynacargy at the fourth attempt, the second of which contained the infamous "Crossbar" incident. This occured in the final minutes when of the replay when a very controversial free was awarded againsted Tubberclair and some infuriated Tubberclair players climbed on to the crossbar to try to prevent the ball going over the bar. The free was never taken and, after much discusion and lengthy meetings, a replay was agreed which was still a draw after extra time. The 1967 Junior championship was finally decided well into 1968 when Tubberclair eventually ran out comfortable winners. This incident has since been included as part of a GAA documentry on RTE1 celebrating 125 years of the GAA.

1968: Tubberclair club opened their own pitch St. Claire's Park.

1975: The Minor team defeat Mullingar in the final after a replay.

1976: The Minor title is retained defeating St. Pauls in the final

1977: Tubberclair win the Under 21 Championship defeating The Downs at the third attempt

1978: Tubberclair won the Junior Championship and also won the junior 'B' Championship.


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1979: Tubberclair were Intermediate Champions for the first time when they defeated near rivals, Maryland in the final. The U21's were beaten in the final



1979 Intermediate Champions

Back Row (Left to Right): Billy Connaughton, Jude Quigley, John Parker, Philip Fagan, TP Parker, Gerry Quigley, Gerry Walker

Front Row (Left to Right): Eamon Fagan, Gerry Grennan, John Fagan, Danny Sammon, Alan Cunningham, Peter Elliott, Jamsie Rushe, John Henry






1979 U21 Runners Up

Back Row (Left to Right): John Quigley, Des Fagan, Joe Igoe, Jude Quigley, Philip Fagan, Martin Fitzpatrick, Jamsie Rushe, Jimmy Greene

Front Row (Left to Right): Kieran Slevin, Nicklas Kennedy, Eamon Fagan, Gerry Walker, Michael Dolan, Paul Dempsey, Padraig Igoe, Simon Grogan



1983: The Minor 'B' Championship comes to Tubberclair.

1985: Tubberclair were crowned Westmeath Senior champions for the first ever when they beat St. Malachys to bring the Flanagan Cup to Glasson.


1985 Senior Champions

Back Row (Left to Right): Jim Byrne, Jude Quigley, Gerry Quigley, Philip Fagan, Dessie Fagan,  John Parker, Gerry Walker

Front Row (Left to Right): John Quigley, Eamon Fagan, Kieran Slevin, Alan Cunningham, Danny  Sammon, John Hamm, Micheal Fagan, Charlie Walsh





1987: The Senior team win the Feis Cup

1987: A valiant attempt to regain the Flanagan Cup fails in the final to Athlone


1987 Senior Finalists

Back Row (Left to Right): John Fagan, Willie Quigley, Billy Connaughton, Jude Quigley, Dermot Wilson, Jim Byrne, Gerry Walker

Front Row (Left to Right): John Quigley, Jamsie Rushe, Alan Cunningham, Mike Nolan, Martin Mullins, Eamon Fagan, Danny Sammon, Micheal Fagan





1992: The Under 12s win the 'A' Championship

1993: St. Ciarans Group team (Tubberclair, Caulry and Castledaly) won the under 14s Premier Championship

1996: St. Ciarans Group team won the under 16 Premier Championship. Tubberclair won the Minor 'B' Championship beating Rosemount in the final.

1998: Shannon Gaels Group team ( Tubberclair and Maryland/Tang) won the under 16 and Minor Premier Championship


Fergal Wilson became the second Tubberclair man to win an All-Ireland medal when he played centre forward on Westmeath victorious Under 21 team








2000: Tubberclair win Division 3 Leauge and Minor team win the 'A' league and Championship.

2002: Tubberclair have a very memorable year winning, Intermediate championship, Junior championship, Galvin cup, Division 2 league and Division 5  league


Victorious 2002 Intermediate squad

Back Row (Left to Right): Kevin Connaughton, Sean Kenny, Ian Recks, Enda Magee, John Reid, Fergal Wilson, Thomas Doogan, Enda Dooley, James Martin, David Ganly, Jamie Farrell, Peter Evan, Junior Hopkins, Stephen Keegan, Tom Slevin, Adrian Garvey

Front Row (Left to Right): Rory Walshe, Brendan O' Hara, Mark Keena, Liam Doogan, Francis Spollen, Thomas Furey, Michael Healion, Garry Connaughton, Beano Cassells, David Cassells, Kevin Doogan, Danny Keegan, Eoin Conlon, Padraig, Connell

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2003: U21 Premier team defeated by St. Lomans 2-11 to 1-13

The team was as follows: Eoin Conlon, Peter Evans, Michael Healion, Niall Walker, Liam Doogan, Enda Dooley, Stephen Keegan, Thomas Doogan, James Martin, Danny Keegan, Jeffery Farrell, David Ganly, Paul O' Brien, Francis Spollen, Sean Kenny  Sub Used: Mark Kenny

2004: Tubberclair defeat Bunbrosna to win the Junior B Championship. The team was as follows:

Eoin Conlon, Enda Dooley, Peter Evans, Niall Walker, Danny Keegan, David O' bRien, Kevin Doogan, Thomas Doogan, Liam Doogan, John Cassells, David Cassells, Ian Recks, Mark Kenny, Jeffery Farrell, Alan Robbins   Subs Used: Conor Elliott, Graham Whittaker

2005: Tubberclair U-16 team win the league

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Tubberclair defeat Ballymore in the 2005 relegation play - off. The team was as follows:

Gary Connughton, Rory Walsh, Peter Evans, Liam Doogan, Niall Walker, James Martin, avid O' Brien, Thomas Doogan, Graham Whittaker, John Reid, Francis Spollen, Beano Cassells, Paul O' Brien, Fergal Wilson, David Cassells   Subs Used: Enda Dooley, Danny Keegan, Conor Elliott, Ian Recks

2006: Shannon Gaels group team (Tubberclair & Tang/Maryland) win the U-16 Premier Championship. The team was as follows:

Lee Roche, Ian Worley, Aonghus Hanna - Montanna, Eoin Slevin, Jack Byrne, Conor Delaney, Daniel Sammon, Stephen Lawless, Mark Fitzgibbon, Robbie Buckley, Simon Lawless, Owen Harney, Eoin Kilmartin, Ian Coffey, Ronan, Walker

2007: Tubberclair Minor team win the 'A' Championship. Senior team are relegated to Intermediate level

2008: Gary Connaughton recieves an All Star for his outstanding performances between the posts for Westmeath.

2009: Tubberclair returned to the Senior ranks once again by beating a strong Balinacarrigy team who contested the final for a second year in a row. The team followed this success up with a run which saw them reach the Leinster Final where they were beaten by a late goal to Maynooth of KIldare. Our second team also gained promotion to division 5.


2010: Overall it was another good year for Tubberclair GAA. The senior team progressed to the Quarter final stage of the championship after beating Mayland in a winner takes all final group game. Tubberclair were beaten in the quarter final by a determined Downs team and lost by a 4 point margin. The senior team did manage to secure their progression to Division 1 after a hard fought campaign which should benefit in the coming year. The club is also proud to have the inclusion of Gary Connaughton in the preliminary squad for the International Rule Series which takes place in October 2010. The coming year also involves the search for a new manager with Tom Lennon moving to the Roscommon Senior background team, Tubberclair wish him all the best and thank him for his serious dedication and contribution to the club over the past two years.

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