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Clough-Ballacolla is a Gaelic Athletic Association club in County Laois, Ireland. The colour of the club jersey is all blue with a gold band. Although hurling is traditionally the main code, football is being played at underage level and junior level with the upturn in Laois football.

Clough-Ballacolla
Cloch-Baile na Coille
Founded:1890
County:Laois
Nickname:The Colla
Colours:Blue and Gold
Grounds:The Hawthorn
Coordinates:52°52′53.69″N 7°27′04.71″W / 52.8815806°N 7.4513083°W / 52.8815806; -7.4513083Coordinates: 52°52′53.69″N 7°27′04.71″W / 52.8815806°N 7.4513083°W / 52.8815806; -7.4513083
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Leinster
champions
Laois
champions
Hurling: 1 1 8

The club has changed its name a number of times and was previously known as Ballygeehan, St Canice's, Cannonswood, Ballacolla.

From 1914 to 1918, hurling was particularly strong the area with the Ballygeehan team the Laois Senior Hurling Championship, as well as supplying the bulk of the team in 1915 when Laois won its only All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Mick Aherne, a famous member of the Laois senior football and hurling teams of the 1980s, is one of the best known players the club has ever produced.

During the late 1990s and the 2000s Clough/Ballacolla made great improvements underage that resulted in titles in U/14, U/16, Minor and U-21 that laid the foundation for senior honours. In 2009, Clough-Ballacolla won their first Laois Senior Hurling Championship title in 91 years. They beat Portlaoise in the final and were captained by Michael McEvoy. In 2011 Clough-Ballacolla regained the Laois Senior Hurling Championship beating Portlaoise in the final. They were captained by John A Delaney. In 2015 Clough-Ballacolla regained the Laois Senior Hurling Championship beating Camross in the final. They were captained by Darren Maher.

AchievementsEdit

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1915
  • Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 1915
  • Laois Senior Hurling Championship 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 2009, 2011, 2015[1]
  • Laois intermediate Hurling championship 1910, 1913, 1938, 1952, 1957, 1972, 1991, 1998
  • Laois Junior A Championship 1909, 1929, 1937, 1949, 1950, 1980, 1990, 2007, 2015
  • Laois Junior B Championship 2004
  • Laois Minor Hurling Championship 1973, 2002, 2003, 2006
  • All-County Football League Division 5 2003

Notable playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maher the hero for Clough-Ballacolla". Irish Independent. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.

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