Clonmany Tug of War Team
A History - 50 Years on

Clonmany Tug of War Team dates back to 1946, decendants of that early team are still a strong force in that same team today. In the early days tug of war was part of every Fair Day, sports day - and later Festivals and the Clonmany Team could be seen at all these occasions throughout Inishowen. The Tug of War Association was formed in Ireland in 1967 and Tug of War before that date was referred to as BLACK Tug of War.

Clonmany joined the Association in 1973. John Duffy who is a native of Gleneely was instrumental in bringing Clonmany into the Association. At this time Patsy Noone, Gabriel Ruddy and Phil Devlin were in charge of the Clonmany team. John Duffy will be well known to Tug of War people for his contribution as Referee and Judge and many competitions. In the 70's and 80's Tug of War in this area and throughout most of Ireland was outdoor.

In 1976 Peter McLaughlin (Oggie) who was then and to this day, very involved in the Clonmany team took himself off to the World Championships in Jersey to find out more about international Tug of War. While he was there he met fellow Donegal man Andy Mc Daid (Airey). Andy was from Altashane and was at that time anchorman and boss of the Lincoln team from England. Peter and Andy became firm friends and shared training techniques for years after.

Peter Mc Laughlin, Patrick Poherty (PV) and Willie Gill took over management and training of the team in 1978 and continued until 1980.

Clonmany won the All Ireland in 1980 and went on to represent Ireland in the World Championships in Switzerland - they got 4th. place.

In 1987 the European Championships were in Wexford - a demonstration of indoor tug of war was given by some of the English teams - Danny Mc Gonigle who was by then together with Peter Mc Laughlin and Daniel Doherty involved in managing the team was totally won over to this type of tug of war. With the result that in 1990 CLONMANY TUG OF WAR TEAM svitched completely to the indoor game.

The 90's have proved to be a very successful time for the team. In '92 the young team won the All Ireland under 21. In that same competition John McEleney was also a competitor, though at a different weight than the winning team. John was a very popular team member who died tragically in a road accident only a year later. He is remembered with great affection by his team mates and friends.

The team won gold medals at the World Games in Spain in 1995. To date the Clonmany Tug o war team have achieved six world gold medals and twenty All - Ireland titles.

End of an Era for the Green Hut - Newspaper article that appeared in the Inish Times, 20th April 2000 featuring the Clonmany Tug o War team and the old green hut, Chapel Glen.

 


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