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Lissycasey G.A.A Club History 


The present Lissycasey G.A.A. club was formed in 1964 but various clubs existed in the parish since the early days of the association. Caherea, Ballycorick, Clondegad and Lissycasey were the names of the different clubs which had existed. In the years leading up to the mid sixties, there was just one team in the parish which operated under the Lissycasey name. Soon after this team was beaten by a point in the junior championship final of 1963 by Moohane(Newmarket) the Clondegad club was reformed and since '64, Lissycasey and Clondegad have had their own clubs.
Lissycasey's first major breakthrough came in 1971 when they won the junior A football championship title beating Killimer in the final at Doonbeg. Later that year they completed the double when they won the inaugural Geraldine(Junior A) league title by beating neighbours Coolmeen in the final at Lahinch. Martin Sexton, now chairman of the famed South Liberties club in Limerick, was the team captain and he also acted as a selector with Johnnie Kelly and Tommo Hill.
Further league successes followed in the early seventies but defeat was the club's lot in the junior championship finals of '73 and '75.In 1975, Lissycasey became the first winners of the County under 21 B championship title and many of these players were part of the junior team which won the County championship title in 1981.The intermediate league title followed a year later but there was disappointment in the championship when Lissycasey were piped by St.Breckans by the minimum margin. At the end of the seventies Lissycasey native Gearoid O'Sullivan returned to take up a teaching appointment at the local national school. Around the same time, another native, Paudie Halpin returned to his native Lissycasey having spent a number of years in the U.S.Gearoid and Paudie teamed up to coach the local school team and continued on to take charge of the under 12 team. Success followed quickly and throughout the eighties, Lissycasey moved from the C grade at juvenile level up to regularly winning championships in the B divisions and this led to the club qualifying for the premier grade.
A number of the players who came through these teams quickly made their way into the adult team and were part of the junior championship winning side in 1992.Gearoid O'Sullivan and Paudie Halpin were part of the management team along with Seamus Hayes, club secretary for many years, and Sligo native Martin Brennan. The same selection committee had charge of the under 21 team and they steered this side to County success in '93.
Incidentally. O'Sullivan was chairman of the club throughout the eighties and into the nineties and he was succeeded by Paudie Halpin
The 1994 season proved to be a historic season for the club when they won senior status for the first time as a result of their victory in the intermediate championship final over a hotly fancied Eire Og side. Progress continued in 1995 when the club won promotion to division one of the senior County league.
Meanwhile, the underage teams continued to make progress and there was a major breakthrough in 1997 when the County under 14 A football title came to the club for the first time. Victory in this championship earned the club the right to represent the County in Feile Peil na nOg which was held in Donegal and here they won the award as the best presented club in the Feile parade. Team captain Sean Hill went on to captain Clare to success in the inaugural Munster under 14 championship Two years later, Lissycasey won the under 16A championship title for the first time.
Lissycasey contested the senior football championship title for the first time in 1998, going down to championship specialists Doonbeg after a replay. Its worth noting that the magpies went on to win the Munster club title for the first time a few months later. In 2002, Lissycasey contested the Cusack cup, senior league, title for the first time but were beaten by a point in a replay by Kilrush. Throughout the past decade in particular, Lissycasey has provided players for a variety of county teams. Martin Daly helped Clare to win a Munster senior football championship medal in 1992 and five years later he was nominated for an all-star award. He has been part of the Irish senior compromise rules team. He is the holder of Munster(Harty cup) and all-Ireland(Croke cup) medals with St.Flannans with whom he also won Munster football honours. Colin Lynch, while playing football at every level for the County, is better known for his hurling exploits. He has won Munster and All-Ireland junior and senior championship medals and has been twice honoured by the all star selectors.
Joe Hayes captained St.Flannans senior footballers to the Munster final in 2000, a year after he had toured Australia with the Irish compromise rules under 17 team. He also captained the Clare minors in 2000 and they were unfortunate to be beaten by eventual All-Ireland champions Cork, by the minimum margin in the provincial semi-final. This trio have, like a number of other club members, played hurling with Kilmaley and figured in title winning teams there. Successful Lissycasey teams have benefited from the involvement of a number of Kilmaley players over the years and these include Tommy Keane, Conor Clancy, Pat and Brian Healy, Alan Markham, Brian McMahon, the Talty brothers, the Kennedys, the O'Connors and many many more. Scor, the G.A.A.'s talent competition, has always had huge support from Lissycasey and the club has won numerous County titles as well as gaining Provincial and All-Ireland successes.
In recent years, major development work has been carried out by 

the club which has seen the provision of a second playing field,
 the construction of a modern electronic scoreboard and the 
building of meeting rooms                 

 

 

 


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