Clann na nGael GAA (County Roscommon)

Ardasmuinn Road, Athlone, Ireland

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Clann na nGael is a Gaelic Athletic Association club situated in the southern end of County Roscommon, Ireland. The area comprises the two half parishes of Drum and Clonown, the parish being St Peter and Paul, Athlone.HistoryThe Clann na nGael Club was formed in 1936 when the clubs of Drum and Clonown amalgamated. Among the prominent players of this time were Mike Nolan, Pat and Jack McManus, Jim and Frank Killian, Tom Nicholson, the Rocks, Gavins, Henrys, Terry Hynes, Paddy Lennon, Ned Egan, Jack Ruane, and Owen and Paddy Shine.Clann won their first ever county title, the Junior Championship, in 1940, and were promoted to Senior status. However, after an unsuccessful period at senior level, the club reverted to Junior in 1945. The club battled on and in 1954 won a second Junior Championship. That win was significant as it regained senior status, a ranking that Clann has not relinquished since.Among the players who down through the years helped to maintain Clann s proud standing were Tom Harney, John Grenham, John Gately, Paddy Seery, Tom Henry, Michael Durney, the Goodes, the Dempseys, Mike Lennon, the Shines, and Patsy Duignan.Three Minor Championships were won in succession (1957–1959) and those young players, along with survivors from the 1954 side, went on to form the senior team that was to make history.In 1960 Clann na nGael commenced an amazing run of success that not even their most ardent supporters could have anticipated - a run that brought a majestic seven County Senior League Titles in succession as well as five O Rourke Cups. In addition, the Roscommon Senior Football Championship was captured for the first time.