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Shannon Hibernians AFC Shannon
SHANNON PREMIER CLUB
 
 
 
About Us

PARK AFC HISTORY

Founded in 1972 and at that time named Park Rangers, the founder members were Ted Germaine, Brian (Tosh) Collins, Martin McGuane, John Skerrit and Neil Hanlon. The club at the time played in the Clare League and was first entered in the Div.3 of that league. In our very first year the club contested the shield play offs against the formidable Telephones UTD, but unfortunately lost 3-0. In an unprecedented move the league promoted both teams to Div.2. Before the beginning of the 1972 season the team was managed by the inspirational Tosh Collins whose unforgiving style allied the natural talent of his emerging team was to prove to be one of the most provocative teams ever to play in the Clare League.

The 1973/74 season heralded the arrival of the man from Patrickswell, manager Pat the Slasher Darcy, and also were joined by some of the most exciting players ever to join the club: Goalkeeper Martin Hassett (R.I.P), John “the Dub” Hestor and Tony O’ Connell. It was no surprise when Park lifted its first ever title the Clare League Div.2 winners and promotion to the first division. The Clare League at this time was dominated by Newmarket Celtic, Lifford, St. Michaels and Hermitage, and Park found that life in the top division was difficult to crack. After a couple of seasons learning our trade Park eventually won the coveted Haughey Cup in the 1978/79 season, and also won the Shield title against arch rivals Newtown, leading them was then Manager Liam Nolan. The following season Park left the Clare League and joined the Limerick League and entered Div.1. It was to prove a daunting task initially, put perseverance paid off and Park made it to the Premier League in 1982 winning both the Div.1 league title and the Div 1 up – remaining unbeaten in both. The following years were to prove almost yoyo like relegated and promoted on a number of occasions but eventually Park became a permanent fixture in the premier league.

The Club has many people to thank during its colourful history, most of who are still with us today but unfortunately like most clubs we also have deceased members whose efforts with the club will not be forgotten. They include, Noel Jordan, Gene Nolan, Carmel Nolan and Arthur Walton, all who served on our committee at different stages. Players Martin Hassett and John Walshe , we will never forget them and may they rest in peace.

NEWTON HSTORY

Newtown Football Club was founded in 1977 and entered the Clare League. Its founder members Red Austin, Jim Rocks, Tom McDade (Senior) and Donal Magee (Senior), all originally from Belfast are still associated with the club at different levels. In fact all the founder members have sons and grandsons all heavily involved with the club at present.

We currently have two junior teams, a youth team and six Clare League schoolboy’s teams. All work at the club is voluntary and our existence depends on community support and on a small number of "behind the scenes" people who work tirelessly to ensure that Newtown soccer continues to thrive at all levels.

Newtown is known throughout all soccer circles in the country and province for its allegiance to the highest ideals and standards – these being linked to its characteristics of hard training, honest commitment, team spirit and fair play. We were the first club in Clare to obtain the use of three playing pitches and the first to erect proper dressing room facilities. Since the club’s foundation in 1977 the club’s matches were played on Shannon Development’s property in Ballycasey with the bare essentials and without facilities to supply water and electricity. About five years ago the club took the momentous decision to purchase their own land and to develop this area to the highest standard. Our main objective was to develop good playing surfaces to facilitate the young in Shannon, and to encourage good quality soccer throughout the season, regardless of weather. Surfaces in Shannon have to be developed from scratch and the club was aware that a six-figure sum would be required in order to develop the proper playing surfaces for three pitches. Newtown started playing on these pitches in September 1998. Not one penny was borrowed. The weekly club lotto started six years ago and paid out over £40,000 in jackpot prizes in the local area. The same familiar faces buy and sell tickets week in, week out. Without these local grass roots supports our enterprise would had been a non-starter. Local businesses and companies also came on board to give a helping hand. Shannon Town Commissioners, Clare County Council and the National Lottery also helped with well-timed cash grants. Newtown had now come a long way. In 1982 club records show its profits for that year were a handsome £32. In 1999 Newtown completed their fully enclosed three-pitch development at a cost of approximately £100.000. The year 2000 sees Newtown start its second phase of the development with the construction of proper modern changing room facilities. This next phase will provide proper training and changing facilities. Any new fundraising ideas would be very welcome. Contact me at gfbutler@tinet.ie .Any overseas readers, who are interested in a BskyB type investment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Although a relatively new club the "A" team won its first premier league title in 1987 and that same season they defeated League of Ireland opponents Limerick City. Two years later they won the league and cup double and reached the quarterfinals of the Munster Junior Cup, where they were narrowly defeated after a replay. In 1992 Newtown made its mark at national level by reaching the last 16 in the Junior Football’s blue ribbon national cup, the F.A.I. Junior Cup (over 800 teams originally entered). A year later incredibly Newtown went one step further and reached the last eight in the country – only to be defeated after a replay. In 1993 Newtown lifted the County Cup and the F.A.I. Regional trophy. This year Newtown's main team reached the Quarter-Finals of the prestigious Munster Junior Cup only to be defeated by the best Junior club in Ireland in the form of Fairview Rangers. They later lifted the Premier League title for the first time in 11 years. Encouragingly our under 18 team lifted the first trophy of the season when they won the County Shield and went on to win the Cup. This year on St. Patrick's weekend Newtown may gave the Clare League its first junior international in the form of Paul Carr who originally played for our under 14's.


It is impossible to give you the entire history of both clubs in such a short space but hopefully from what you read here it will give you a fair idea of our background. If you would like any further club history information please do not hesitate in contacting any of our current committee members or send an email.
 
 
 
 
 
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