C.L.G. Ard an Rátha

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C.L.G. Ard an Rátha
English: Ardara GAA
C.L.G. Ard an Rátha logo.jpg
Founded: 1921
County: Donegal
Club colours: Green and yellow
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Ulster
Football : - - 7

C.L.G. Ard an Rátha (Ardara GAA in english) is a GAA club based in Ardara in County Donegal.


The club was founded on 21 October 1921.[1]

One of their county's more successful teams, they have won the Donegal Senior Football Championship on 6 occasions. Their most recent success was in 2004.[2]

The team is perhaps most famous at national level for being the home club of Anthony Molloy, the first Donegal senior captain to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.[3]

Paddy McGrath, a member of the 2012 All-Ireland winning inter-county team, currently plays for them.[4] McGrath, along with Ardara teammates Conor Classon and Peter McNelis,[5] was part of the Donegal U21 squad which qualified for the All-Ireland U21 Final.

In June 2012, one of the club's players, Thomas Maguire, was killed in a car crash in Australia.[6]

In February 2013, their ladies' team famously quit Facebook in a dispute over online bullying.[7][8]

In May 2013, the men's team were forbidden from entering the All-Ireland Gaeltacht.[9]


Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ardaragaa.ie/?page_id=73
  2. ^ "DONEGAL SFC : Brilliant Boyle is Ardara ace". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 4 October 2004. Retrieved 4 October 2004. 
  3. ^ a b "The heroes of '92 - Where are they now?". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 8 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Will McGuinness be good for Donegal?". BBC Sport. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Craig, Frank. "Cadbury's Ulster Under-21 Football final". Ardara.ie. Ardara trio Conor Classon, Paddy McGrath and Peter McNelis all played their part in helping Jim McGuinness' men secure a famous win over the Breffni blues. Both Classon and McGrath were again two of the side's most influential operators - with McNelis entering the fray late in the second half. 
  6. ^ Harkin, Greg (6 June 2012). "Donegal GAA star killed in Perth...". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 6 June 2012. If he didn't emigrate he could have expected to make the Donegal senior GAA football squad soon. 
  7. ^ "Donegal Ladies GAA team quits Facebook". Donegal Daily. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Harkin, Greg; O'Halloran, Georgina (26 January 2013). "GAA girls to quit social media over web bullying". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ardara refused permission to go to All-Ireland Gaeltacht". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ardara's Martin Gavigan: The man the Donegal fans call 'Rambo'". Hogan Stand. 30 April 1993. 

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