Galway GAA club, Clarinbridge has been crowned the Etihad’s first ever Best Club Down Under. The title was awarded by Etihad Airways, sponsor of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship, to the club who detailed their greatest achievement to date, both on and off the pitch.
In a public vote for greatest achievement on www.etihadgaa.ie, the Galway club beat out rivals Bishopstown from Cork, Glynn Barntown from Wexford and Kilmacud Crokes from Dublin.
The reward for winning the prize is a once in a lifetime prize for the club .Etihad will fly Clarinbridge’s first team to Australia, where they will train with GAA legend Nicky English ahead of the challenge game of a lifetime. Clarinbridge will play an Australian select team as the curtain raiser for the International Rules match between Ireland and Australia in the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.
Speaking at the announcement Justin Warby, Etihad Airways Country Manager Ireland said: “I would like to congratulate Clarinbridge for being awarded Etihad’s Best Club Down Under, their achievement both on and off the pitch is exceptional and is an superb model to all other GAA clubs throughout Ireland.
“The players will thoroughly enjoy their, well deserved, once in a lifetime trip to Australia.”
Clarinbridge GAA Club has been the largest sporting and social club in Clarinbridge since its foundation in 1889. The club has seen many successes on the field, winning their first county intermediate title in 1983.
In 2001, they won their first county senior title by overcoming the then reigning All Ireland Hurling Club champions, Athenry. In 2010, they won their second county senior title and went on to win the 2011 All Ireland Hurling Club title, for the first time in their history, when they defeated Kilkenny’s O’Loughlin Gaels in Croke Park.