Earlier today at St. Conleths Park our Senior Football County Champions from 1995 were honoured with a Jubilee Presentation at Half-Time in the Minor Football County Final.
Many players were present and those that could not be there were, where possible represented by friends and family members.
Find below an article we put together with the help of Pat Lynch, a fountain of knowledge on the history of our great club and we look forward to his new book which will be published in the new year which will acknowledge all of the great work done down through the years by the men and women of Clane to build the club we enjoy today. Many thanks Pat! Additional photos available on our Facebook - click here.
1995 Kildare Senior Football Champions
Clane 3-17 to 1-8 Athy
*Celebrated at the Kildare County Senior Football Final on November 7th, 2021 (one year late due to the Covid pandemic)
The Clane Team:
- Martin 'Barney' McCormack
- Kevin McLoughlin
- John Finn
- Brian Connolly
- Kevin Mc Donald
- Denis O'Connell
- Adrian Behan (1-0)
- William McCreery (Capt.)
- Mick Conneff (0-3)
- Eddie McCormack (0-4)
- Paul McLoughlin (1-4)
- Martin Lynch (0-1)
- Paul McCormack (0-2)
- Ronan King (0-3)
- John Chatten (1-0)
Fir Ionaid: Toss Byrne, Richard Dunne, Billy Farrell, John Cribbin, Scott Lyons, Barry Gallagher, Brendan Murray, Peter Kilkenny, Donal O'Connell, Tom Cribbin, Tom Sullivan, Fergus Smith, Peter Moore, Jack Curley, Ciaran McManmon, Dominic Cribbin, Frank McLoughlin, Bosco Mulligan
Player Manager: Tom Cribbin, Assistant Mgr. Aidan Hughes
Selectors: Pat Lyons, Joe McDonnell, Aidan Hughes
Goalkeeper, Martin 'Barney' McCormack, veteran of the team and ever reliable keeper. Holder of 5 county championships
Kevin McLoughlin, younger brother of Paul has filled most defensive positions for Clane. A minor county champion in 1991, this was his first senior medal. He was back again for another in '97.
John Finn, Clane's full back in all grades since his schoolboy days. regular on the county team since '98 until his retirement. Holder of 4 county championship medals, 2 Leinster Championships '98 and 2000. All Star in '98.
Brian Connolly, One of Clane's soundest defenders ever, the son of Pa and Breda, he is the holder of 3 senior medals.
Kevin McDonald, nephew of the great Jimmy Cummins of Moorefield. He has won 4 county medals at senior level. Never one to pull out of a tackle, always brave.
Denis O'Connell, winner of 5 senior titles. A minor in Centenary Year 1984, he scored the winning goal, wearing the No.10. Great servant of Clane and Kildare County teams.
Adrian Behan, 20 years old in 1995. Cheekily moved up from left-half-back to score a goal in the final. A wholehearted player.
Willie McCreery, the Captain; winner of 3 senior titles, missed Clane's final appearances in the 1990 and 1991 finals due to his equestrian duties in Australia. His ability to cover every inch of Croke Park brought great joy to Micko and to the people of Kildare. 2 Leinster titles in 1998 and 2000.
Mick Conneff, grand-nephew of Tommy, world Champion runner, has occupied most team positions for Clane, mostly a defender, at midfield in 1995 he scored 3 points, great Clane representative. He is the winner of 5 senior titles.
Eddie McCormack, winner of minor title in 1991, he is the holder of 2 senior titles. Fleet-of-foot, a joy to behold on the playing fields of Kildare and in Croke Park throughout the 1990's
Paul McLoughlin, great servant of Clane and Kildare. Wore Clane jersey before his 17th birthday and Kildare's at age 19, scoring 4 points against Meath's Mick Lyons that year. Holder of 5 senior titles, his first in 1984 as a teenager. Reliable free-taker, after notching up 8 to 10 points per game. All Star replacement in 1988. Holder of Leinster Minor medal in 1983.
Martin Lynch, winner of Leinster minor in 1987, and senior in 1998 and 2000. Holder of 4 senior medals with Clane. A regular on the Kildare senior team for 15 seasons since 1988, while still a minor. All Star award in 1991.
Paul McCormack, winner of the minor county title in 1991 and senior titles in 1995 and 1997. Served Kildare senior team during Micko's era in the 1990's, his punched point bringing Kildare onto a third game with Meath in 1997.
Ronan King, one of Clane's great under-age players, always very accurate. Scored 3 points in the final. His playing career was cut short due to emigration.
John Chatten, won the minor championship in 1991 at age 15. Always a great eye for a goal using that deadly left boot. Loyal Clane player. Holds 2 senior medals.
We published a full set of photos from todays presentation on our Facebook - click here to view all the photos.
Sincere thanks again to Pat Lynch for his help and contributions in putting this article together for Kildare GAA as part of the Jubilee presentation to our 1995 Senior Football Champions.