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Clonmel Celtic FC

Secretary: Tony Acheson

Address: Grange, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Phone: 052-6138908 / 086-1592333

Emergency Phone: Michael Kiely 087 0545314

Location: Celtic Park, Frank Drohan Road, Clonmel

Colours: (Junior) Green / Yellow (Junior B) Green

Website: www.clonmelcelticfc.com

Information:

In July 2003 representatives from Clonmel Evergreen and St Olivers Boys met to consider the possibility of both clubs amalgamating. The meeting was held in a community house in Elm Park and present on behalf of Evergreen were Michael McArdle, Gussy Sweetman and Noel Meaney while John Power, Karl Condon and Richie Kiely represented St Olivers Boys. Also there as facilitators, for want of a better word, were Marion Smiles and Eileen Anderson from RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development). One of the action plans of the Rapid programme is to support organisations expand their sports and recreational facilities and both Marion and Eileen saw the formation of a new club based in the west side of Clonmel as contributing to this. Both girls made themselves available if the amalgamation talks ran into difficulty but both clubs were committed to the new venture and August 2003 saw Clonmel Celtic participate in the Tipperary Southern & District League for the first time.

Both St Olivers Boys and Clonmel Evergreen were well established junior teams in Clonmel. In 1998 St Olivers and St Martins merged to form St Olivers Boys. For the past few years the team had been trying to acquire their own playing facilities but to no avail. A very decent junior team did result from the merger and this team grew in strength and began to compete well with the more established clubs in Tipperary like St Michaels and Clonmel Town. Indeed the team did come close to a title in 2002 finishing runners up.

Clonmel Evergreen for their part were a strong unit during the nineties and also came close to winning the league but again Town and Michaels seemed to be always there to deny them silverware. However they did purchase their own playing pitch from Clonmel Og on the Clonmel Bypass near the Fethard Rd Roundabout. Unfortunately on the pitch the junior team hit bad times, which saw them relegated from the Premier League for the first time. They did have a very promising youth team. So a well-established junior team, a youth team with a lot of potential and a fine soccer pitch were all factors, which made the amalgamation an attractive option. Clonmel Celtic’s first year in competition was a memorable one with the youths winning the Munster Youth’s Cup and the club being awarded government grants of up to €200,000 to help develop their own facilities.