Clady GFC celebrates 60 years

Clady Sean Sabhat GFC will be holding a Dinner Dance on Saturday 11 November at the Carrickdale Hotel to celebrate the club’s 60 year anniversary.

The celebration will also mark 40 years since Clady GFC won their first Armagh junior championship title (1977) and 25 years since their last success in championship football (1992).

It’s a night that promises to refresh a lot of old memories and allow club members, people from the community and others with connections to Clady GFC to share some classic stories.

Club Chairman, Michael Clarke, shared his thoughts on the upcoming event: “ I’m delighted we’re holding a celebratory evening to mark our 60th anniversary as a club and also to remember some of the club’s greatest achievements.

“We’re a small club, but we’ve got a lot of pride in what we’ve achieved since the club was first formed. And we want to invite everybody who has connections to Clady GFC to come along and help us celebrate 60 successful years, and give us an opportunity to thank them for their contributions.”

The journey of Clady Sean Sabhat GFC all began on the first Sunday in April of 1957, when a group of interested men stopped at the Clady Social Club, with the sole purpose to form a GAA club in Clady again after the collapse of three previous clubs in the community – Clady Healy’s, The Shamrocks and Kevin Barry GFC. A collection was taken up at the meeting of 10/- (10 schillings) each, to buy jerseys, a football and administration fees and therefore forming Clady Sean Sabhat.

The club made great progress over the following decades, they had purchased their own playing field – which is still used today – based at the very heart of the townland in an area known as ‘Connolly’s Big Meadow’. They had also rounded up a steady senior squad thanks to a decrease in emigration and the return of a few exiles.

The hard and work and effort that was put into running the club in those early years was rewarded when Clady managed to win the Armagh JFC final in 1977, defeating strong and more fancied St. Pauls team 0-13 to 1-06.

Their second championship title came 15 years later – Clady arrived at the Athletic Grounds on August 22, 1992, to take on Tullysaran, and they defeated their opponents that day by eight points in a one sided affair.

Clarke added: “We’d be extremely grateful if as many past players from our Championship winning squads could attend this remarkable event, it would be great to reunite them and share stories about our clubs greatest days, it really does promise to be brilliant evening.”

If you would like to attend Clady GFC’s 60 year anniversary, you can purchase a ticket by contacting Michael Savage on 078 0876 8722, or any other club committee member.