| Ronan O Cleirigh|
| Full Forward|
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
| 5 October 1982 (age 33)County Armagh (1982-10-05) |
Rónán Clarke is an Irish Gaelic footballer who has played inter-county football for Armagh. His club football career has been with Armagh city's Pearse Óg GAC.
Ross Carr, the current Down manager, said: "Armagh have the best forward in the country in Rónán Clarke".
Rónán Clarke Wikipedia
Clarke was called up to the Armagh senior panel at a young age and made his inter-county debut against Antrim in 2002. He made his Championship debut in May 2002. That year he helped Armagh win the Ulster Senior Football Championship as well as the county's first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. He scored in seven out of Armagh's eight Championship games that year and contributed three points in the All-Ireland Final. For his performances he was named 2002 Young Footballer of the Year.
In 2003 Armagh once again reached the All-Ireland final, but were defeated by neighbours Tyrone. 2004 saw Clarke and Armagh again win the Ulster Championship.
In 2005 Clarke helped Armagh win the National League, beating Wexford in the final. Later that year he helped Armagh win another Ulster Championship.
Clarke helped Armagh win the 2006 Ulster Championship and was named Irish News Ulster All-Stars Player of the Year. It was the second time he had been selected on the Ulster All-Stars team. He was awarded an All Star award for his 2006 performances with Armagh. He was also named in the 2006 GPA Team of the Year and nominated for GPA Footballer of the Year.
Clarke missed the 2007 season due to a cruciate ligament injury suffered in the 2006 season. He won another Ulster Championship medal with Armagh in 2008 and was awarded another All Star for his performances throughout that year's Championship.
Clarke helped Pearse Óg win the 2000 Ulster Minor Club Football Championship, which he described as his greatest moment in sport. Clarke has reached the Armagh Senior Football Championship final with Pearse Óg on a number of occasions, but they have been defeated by Crossmaglen each time until 2009, when Clarke helped Pearse Óg defeat Crossmaglen in the quarter final of the Armagh Senior Football Championship ending Crossmaglens 13 year win streak in the competition. Pearse Óg went on to win the Championship defeating city rivals Armagh Harps on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-4 earning Clarke his first Senior County medal.
Clarke has in the past represented Ireland in the International Rules Series.
Clarke attended St Brigid's High School, moving to Saint Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh where he was on the team that won the Ulster Colleges Championship, the MacRory Cup in 2000. His teammates included Sean Cavanagh, Peter Quigley and Brian Mullen.Armagh5 Ulster Senior Football Championship 2002 2004 2005 2006 20081 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 20021 National Football League Division 1 2005Pearse ÓG3 Armagh Minor Football Championship 1998 1999 20001 Ulster Minor Club Football Championship 20001 Armagh Senior Football Championship 20091 Armagh Under-21 Football Championship 2001Awards3 Irish News Ulster All-Star 2005 2006 20082 GAA GPA All Stars Awards 2006 20081 All Star Young Footballer of the Year 20021 Irish News Footballer of the Year 2006Ireland1 International Rules 2008School1 MacRory Cup 2000