Chairperson - Tom Doyle 087 9110555
Secretary - Mgt Doyle 087 83880018
Enda Smyth, Jim Treacy,
Luke Hayden, Carmel Gibson,
James Whelan, P.J Kavanagh.
Players Group Facebook Page
photographs featured here are from the 1960s
The Clonegal/Kildavin Veteran Players Group was formed in
May 2013 to organise a celebration of the 50th anniversary
of the first of the winning of Under 14 schools Gaelic Games
County Championship. The combined schools of Clonegal, Kildavin
and Parkbridge won both Hurling and Football titles in 1963
under the management of Clonegal School principal Ben Mulhall.
In the following years 1964,65,66,67, and 68 the combined
schools went on to win three huring and three football titles.
This Golden era was celebrated at a function in the Talbot
Hotel Carlow on 19th of October 2013.
The group were so overwhelmed with the support it received
for this venture that the project ended with surplus funds.
It decided to remain together, with the intention of trying
to develop community activity.
short existence it has set up a community office in the Kildavin/Clonegal
GAA Club rooms in The Spellman Park, Kildavin.
It prints the tickets for the local lotto run jointly by Kildavin
Clonegal GAA and The Ben Mulhall Memorial Park Association,
contributing to a reduction in the ticket production costs.
It has also printed leaflets and tickets for a number of community
The group has also engaged in a number community based projects.
It has ran a number of drama summer schools for Primary school
kids. It has run an exhibition of old photographs and documents
relating to the community. It ran an information evening around
services available from state agencies, with guest speakers
from a number of government bodies .
The group has found its niche it is celebrating and recording,
the history of the community. Its first event was to celebrate
sporting success at under 14 level and it went on to celebrate
a Golden Decade in Camogie, again at under 14 level, including
one All Ireland title won in 1995.It organised a very successful
commemoration of the 1916 rising as experienced in the area.
It commemorated the centenary of the first Gaelic Football
Championship that came to the Parish in 1919.
It hosts an annual commemoration for deceased members of the
community remembered on Memory Walls in The Spellman Park Kildavin
and The BenMulhall Park Clonegal. In 2020 this commemoration
had to be held virtually -
click or tap on the image below
to view the 2020 virtual commemoration
Players Group has now six publications under its belt. "Lest
We Forget" and " A
Backward Glance" both of which harvested the lived
experiences of older members of the community. “Walk
in My Shoes” Looked at the changing nature
of how livelihoods
by people over several decades. “For The
Honour of the Little Village” told
the stories of several retired GAA players across the three counties of Carlow,
and Wicklow “A Historic Team for A Historic
the story of the 1919 Championship winning team and the society of the time in
which it operates and “Golden Memories” a book of local photographs.
Currently the group is preparing a time capsule to contain commentary on the
Covid 19 Pandemic and relevant memorabilia.
The contact details of the group officers are on this page and they would be
glad to hear from anyone who wants to engage with them. They can also be contacted
of the launch of "A
Backward Glance" - click on the image below
Photos of the former Camogie Players Dinner Dance -
click on the