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Eugene Cloonan (born 22 December 1978) is an Irish
sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Athenry and with the Galway senior
& private life
Eugene Cloonan was born in Athenry, County Galway in 1978. He was educated
locally at the Athenry Vocational School where he first tasted
success at the game of hurling as Cloonan collected an All-Ireland
vocational schools title. Cloonan currently works as an
Cloonan plays his club hurling with Athenry and has enjoyed much success. He
won county titles at under-14 and under-16 grades, before
collecting three minor county titles. Thes underage titles were
later converted to success at senior level. Cloonan won his first
senior county title in 1996. He added a second
county medal to his collection in 1998. This was later converted
into a Connacht club
title. Cloonan later won an All-Ireland
club title as he scored nine points to seal a 0-14 to 1-8 victory
over Wolfe Tones. In 1998 Cloonan
won another county title before winning the first of three Connacht
club medals in-a-row. He added two more All-Ireland club medals to
his collection in 2000 and 2001. The following year Cloonan
collected another set of county and provincial medals, however,
there was no All-Ireland success. Two years later in 2004 he won
further county and Connacht titles, however, Athenry were beaten by
Stephens in the All-Ireland final.
Cloonan made his inter-county debut for Galway against Tipperary in the under-14 Tony Forrestal
competition in 1992. He was quickly spotted by the county minor
selectors and he soon made the team. Cloonan had little success in
this grade as Galway were defeated by Tipperary after a replay in
the All-Ireland final of 1996. That same year, in spite of being
only 17 years-old, he was selected as goalkeeper on the Galway
under-21 team. He collected an All-Ireland under-21 medal that year as
Galway defeated Wexford. It was the first of four
consecutive All-Ireland under-21 finals, howeber, he never again
tasted victory as Galway lost the 1997 and 1998 finals to Cork and the 1999 final to Kilkenny.
Cloonan made his senior championship debut in 1997, however,
Galway were defeated by Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Galway had little success during these years, however, in 2001 the
team shocked Kilkenny to book a place in the All-Ireland final.
Unfortunately for Cloonan, Tipperary emerged victorious on that
occasion. In spite of this defeat he ended the year with an All-Star award. Galway went into
decline again following this defeat, however, Cloonan added a National Hurling League medal
to his collection in 2004. He played for Galway during the National
League in 2005, however, he drifted away from the team then and
played no part in Galway's All-Ireland final appearance that year.
He returned to the panel in 2008.
Cloonan has also lined out with Connacht in the inter-provincial
championship. He has won one Railway Cup medal in
Ua Chlúmháin, Ó Chlúmháin, Cloonan
An early bearer of the name was Aindileas Ua Chlúmháin (died 1170).