Club History

The Senior club was founded in 1954. It won its first senior championship in 1955 and it was to prove a watershed in the development of football in the parish and county.  Doonbeg has dominated the Clare football scene ever since.  In the intervening 45 years, the Doonbeg Magpies have contested 26 finals wining 18. (1955,1961, '67, '68, '69, '72, '73, '74, '82, '83, 1988, 1991, '95, '96, '98, '99, 01 and 2010)  The club has won 14 leagues, 3 U-21 championships, 3 minor championships and several underage competitions.  On two occasions Doonbeg succeeded in recording a 3 in a row double (championship and league) 1967-68-69, and 1972-73-74. 

The club's greatest achievement was the winning of the 1998 Munster Club Championship - the first Clare club to capture this title.  Padraig Gallagher led the side to defeat Moyle Rovers of Tipperary 0-07 v 0-04.

Another proud day for the club was Clare's 1992 Munster championship victory over Kerry in the Gaelic Grounds.  Francis McInerney captained the team and with fellow clubmen, Gerry Killeen (who captained Clare to All-Ireland B victory in 1991), Kieran O'Mahoney, Padraig Conway, Pat Blake and selector, Pat Hanrahan, played a part in this achievement.
In 1970 four Doonbeg players, Michael Haugh, Senan Downes, Paddy O'Grady and Jamesie Lynch, lined out together for Munster in the Railway Cup.



 Honour Roll

Title No.

Year

Final

Captain

1

1955

Doonbeg 0-08      Faughs 1-02

Matt McDonagh

2

1961

Doonbeg 1-06  Cooraclare 0-05

    Joe Hurley

3

1967

Doonbeg 0-06      Kilrush 0-03

Michael Haugh

4

1968

Doonbeg 0-09      Kilmihil 0-03

Michael Haugh

5

1969

Doonbeg 0-07      Shannon Gaels 1-01

Senan Downes

6

1972

Doonbeg 0-06      Kilmihil 0-04

Paddy O’Grady

7

1973

Doonbeg 0-13      Shannon Gaels 2-06

Senan Downes

8

1974

Doonbeg 0-04      Kilmihil 0-03

Senan Griffin

9

1982

Doonbeg 0-04      Kilmihil 0-03

Senan Downes

10

1983

Doonbeg 0-09      Kilrush 1-04

Sean Doyle

11

1988

Doonbeg 1-05      Kilmihil 0-06

Gerry Killeen

12

1991

Doonbeg 0-10      Miltown Malbay 0-06

Kieran O’Mahoney

13

1995

Doonbeg 0-11      Faughs 1-07

Francis McInerney

14

1996

Doonbeg 1-10      St. Breckan’s 0-07

Padraig Conway

15

1998

Doonbeg 1-09      Lissycasey 0-02

Padraig Gallagher

16

1999

Doonbeg 1-08      Kilmurry Ibrickane 0-06

Kieran Burns

17

2001

Doonbeg 2-06      Eire Óg  0-07

Nigel Dillon

18

2010

Doonbeg 0-11      Liscannor 0-07

Colm Dillon


Grounds

Doonbeg Football Grounds is situated just outside Doonbeg village on the Kilkee road and  is named after two men from the parish who died in 1920.  Willie Shanahan and Michael McNamara were both members of the club and are buried in the Republican Plot in Doonbeg Cemetery.

The ground was purchased from the Land Commission in 1961 for £300. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the development of the grounds over the years and the facilities present there today justify its status as a Secondary County Grounds.
Facilities include playing pitch, dressings rooms, covered seated stand, running track, public toilets, spacious car park, meeting room and storage sheds.



Like a field of dreams it looms on the horizon as you leave the village. A long stand stretches three quarters the length of the sideline. A massive car park welcomes you. The pitch is lush, wide, flat, well drained and neatly enclosed. Around the perimeter wall runs an all-weather running track. Players access the pitch from the dressing rooms via a subterranean tunnel. The pitch outside Doonbeg speaks more elegantly than anything else of the passion for football here. Not a penny is left outstanding on this magnificent facility which would shame most county grounds.”