Fionnuala Carr

Fionnuala Carr: The club is the safe haven

CLUB PRIDE...Conor O'Hagan and the Clonduff players will represent their club tomorrow

CLUB PRIDE…Conor O’Hagan and the Clonduff players will represent their club tomorrow

TOMORROW will see the Clonduff senior footballers play in the Championship final and it’s something that doesn’t happen all that often for our club.

There is something special about playing with your club and one of my favourite ever days was winning my first county title.


The club is the heartbeat of the GAA and that’s what makes playing with the club that bit special. Everyone plays their part from local businesses, die-hard supporters, committee members, club members, grounds people, juveniles and those that are overseas.

Any GAA player that speaks about playing always makes reference to their club and how they want to finish their careers where it started.Inter-county is a huge honour but being part of a club is everyone’s safe haven.

This weekend will see Clonduff take on neighbours Kilcoo who are going for five in a row, no mean feat by any standards and an example of how far ahead they have been in Down football in recent years.

Kilcoo are a very good football team who play on the edge and bring a ferocious work-rate to the game. Clonduff will have to be at their very best and mentally strong to win on Sunday but if they believe in themselves and keep playing football the way they can, then there is no reason as to why they can’t win.

Our house is a fairly laid back one but as the end of the week approaches the excitement, adrenaline and nerves will soon be evident.

A club final is great to be part of and I would just like to wish Daddy, Aidan, Charlie, Alastair and all the boys the very best of luck on Sunday. Up the Yellas!