Tim Floodwith James Hendrick - Present Vice-Chairman (former Chairman)
Hurling followers throughout the land warmed to the tremendous skills of Cloughbawn's Tim Flood in the 1950's. The gifted corner forward carved out a special niche for himself as one of the key danger-men on the all-conquering Wexford Senior Hurling team of that memorable era, terrorising oppoing defences with his tremendous skill and vision.
He first emerged as a hurler with Cloughbawn Juniors in 1945 and was a member of the side that won the Junior County Final in 1946.
He came to prominence in 1949 when he was one of the stars of the Cloughbawn team who captured the Co. Senior hurling championship title for the first time ever. He added a second medal in June 1952, contributing the superb total of 2-4 as the men from Cloughbawn beat Horeswood in a replay in the delayed final of '51.
By that time Tim had figured in his first All-Ireland Senior hurling Final, playing at right corner forward on the Wexford team who lost to Tipperary by 7-7 to 3-9.
That defeat was only a minor hiccup for Tim and his colleagues, but the Cloughbawn wizard had to endure more heartbreak when he played at left half-forward on the Wexford 15 beaten by Cork in the 1954 decider.
All the disappointments were forgotten about the following year when Tim lined out at left corner forward on the team that defeated Galway to collect the first All-Ireland Senior hurling title for the county since 1910.
And in 1956 Tim was back at left half-forward as the Slaneysiders defeated old rivals Cork in one of the greatest ever finals.
The elegant attacker called it a day shortly after that defeat, but he had left followers with a store of memories which are still recalled with great fondness today. Tim continued to play for Cloughbawn until 1969. He was one of the most influential and respected players of his day. He brought honour and pride to his native team Cloughbawn but most of all he helped greatly to bring Wexford hurling to the top level by showing on the field that skill, craft and sportsmanship are a great combination.
His son, Sean, has been a regular half back on Wexford Senior hurling teams during the 1990's and was on the team that won All-Ireland glory in 1996 but didn't play on the day due to injury received in semi-final against Galway. Both Sean and Garry play on Cloughbawn Senior Team while his other son, Seamus, has also given great service to Cloughbawn down through the years.
Picture of Tim with Chairman, James Hendrick at S.H. Medal Presentation in Talbot Hotel in early 1994. Tim had three sons on the team/panel.
Tim Flood played music all his life and was the mainstay of the well known Castleboro Céili Band. He, along with Larry Harrington, Larry Joyce, Bill Simpson, Jack Nolan, Noel and Ramie (Buzzer) Ryan and Paddy Joyce and later with Jim Murphy, Knoxtown kept the flag flying for Irish Music in our parish and outside it. He played and competed at all the fleadh ceoils around the country and sometimes adjudicated at competitions all over Wexford and beyond.
He, along with John Jude Doyle, trained and schooled participants in Scór competitions down through the years. All-Ireland Champions on numerous occasions but none more so than when he successfully trained Tim and Pat Harrington along with his own daughter Norma (now School Principal in Clonroche N.S.) to become All-Ireland winners, when in 1972 they performed the 'Kettle Boiled Over' in the novelty act section. He also had All-Ireland runners-up in 1974 and winners again in 1979 with 'Hurling Boys Hurrah'.
Tim Flood and Castleboro won many Tops of the Parish and other Tops competition throuhout the years and the appetite for competition is always evident and only for the foot and mouth threat last year he would surely have had a good shot at winning the nearly revived Tops of the Parish. Maybe this year!
Tim with friend and fellow sports star Bill Tector - picture taken after Wexford county senior hurling final 1993 won by Cloughbawn . Bill was born and reared in Clonroche, was capped for Ireland at rugby, went to work and live in Dublin but always displayed a keen interest in our club. Alas Bill is no longer with us. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam!
Sheepdog Trials Expert
Since his retirement from hurling Tim has been heavily involved in sheepdog trials, and he has represented Cloughbawn, Wexford, Leinster & Ireland on numerous occasions, on TV shows such as 'One Man And His Dog' and has travelled the world in his interest in this discipline.
He was also involved in the revival of local sheepdog, terriers, whippets and all sorts of dog-racing in the parish in the sixties. There was great sport in these races and provided lots of entertainment and fond memories for many.
He is a main attraction at the local Steam Festival in Clonroche when he shows the skills of sheepdog control under a noisy, smoky atmosphere in the steam parade ring.
Long life to you Tim and may you enjoy every minute of it. You deserve no less for you gave so much enjoyment to so many in everything you did!