- Dónal Clifford
Dónal Clifford Personal information Sport Hurling Position Centre-back Born Cloyne, County Cork Club(s) Years Club 1960s-1970s
Club Titles Cork titles 1 Munster titles 1 All-Ireland Titles 1 Inter-county(ies) Years County 1960s-1970s Cork Inter-county titles Munster titles 2 All Irelands 1 NHL 2 All Stars 0
Dónal Clifford (born 1946 in Cloyne, County Cork) was an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local clubs Cloyne and Glen Rovers and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team throughout in the 1960s and 1970s.
Clifford was originally part of the Cloyne GAA Club. He won various underage medals and captained cloyne to win an intermediate county in 1966. Clifford played his club hurling with the famous Glen Rovers club on the north side of Cork city. He enjoyed much success with the club, and was a member of the panel when ‘the Glen’ captured senior county championship titles in 1969, 1972 and 1976. This last win was later converted into both a Munster club title, as well as an All-Ireland club title.
Clifford first came to prominence as a hurler on the Cork minor team. He won a Munster minor title in 1964, which was quickly followed by an All-Ireland medal. Two years later in 1966 he won a second Munster medal with the Cork minor team. That year Clifford also made his debut for the Cork under-21 team, playing in the drawn All-Ireland final. Two years later in 1968 he won an All-Ireland medal with the under-21 side. In 1969 Clifford captured his only Munster under-21 medal on the field of play, before going on to win a second All-Ireland medal.
By 1969 Clifford was also a member of the Cork senior hurling team. He began his senior career by winning a National Hurling League title. This was quickly followed by his first senior Munster title, however, Kilkenny later defeated Cork in the All-Ireland final. 1970 saw Clifford win his second National League title in-a-row. He also collected a second consecutive Munster title before playing in his second consecutive All-Ireland final. This time the opposition were Wexford and Cork made no mistake in capturing the title. Clifford played little part in inter-county action after this victory.
Cork - All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Runners-up 1966
1 B. Hurley | 2 D. Carroll | 3 P. Geary | 4 F. Norberg | 5 J. Aherne | 6 J. Horgan | 7 R. Cummins | 8 P. Moylan | 9 W. Walsh | 10 B. Meade | 11 S. Murphy | 12 P. Ring | 13 F. Keane | 14 G. O'Riordan | 15 M. Curley | Subs: C. Kelly | Played in drawn game: D. Clifford | L. Comer | C. Kelly | Subs in drawn game: F. Hogan | W. Walsh |
Cork - All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Champions 1968 (2nd title) Cork - All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Champions 1969 (3rd title) Cork - All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Runners-up 1969
1 P. Barry | 2 T. Maher | 3 T. O'Donoghue | 4 D. Murphy (c) | 5 D. Clifford | 6 W. Walsh | 7 G. McCarthy | 8 D. Coughlan | 9 R. Tuohy | 10 T. Ryan | 11 C. Cullinane | 12 P. Hegarty | 13 J. McCarthy | 14 R. Cummins | 15 E. O'Brien
Subs used: S. Looney for T. Ryan | J. O'Halloran for E. O'Brien | J. Murphy for R. Touhy |
Subs not used: J. Mitchell | J. Ryan |
Cork - All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions 1970 (21st title)
1 P. Barry (Capt.) | 2 T. Maher | 3 P. McDonnell | 4 J. Horgan | 5 D. Clifford | 6 P. Hegarty | 7 C. Roche | 8 G. McCarthy | 9 S. Looney | 10 T. Ryan | 11 W. Walsh | 12 C. Cullinane | 13 C. McCarthy | 14 R. Cummins | 15 E. O'Brien |Partial Reference: Cork GAA website Inter-County SHC Results and Teams. 1970-1979 Information from Peter Devine. Accessed 17 July 2010.
Subs used: S. Murphy for D. Clifford |
Subs not used: M. Coleman | D. Coughlan | J. Murphy | S. Barry |
Manager: J. O'Regan |
Selectors: W. Campbell | P. O'Leary | C. O'Flaherty | D. O'Mahony
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