Nollaig Cleary

Nollaig Cleary
Personal information
Irish name Nollaig Ní Chléirigh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right wing-forward
Born 1981
Castlehaven, County Cork, Ireland
Occupation Primary school teacher
Years Club
Gabriel Rangers
Years County
2004-2015 Cork
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 10
All-Irelands 9
All Stars 3

Nollaig Cleary-Uí Chróinín (born 1981) is an Irish retired ladies' Gaelic footballer who played as a right wong-forward for the Cork senior team.

Born in Castlehaven, County Cork, Cleary first excelled at Gaelic football in her youth. She made her senior debut during the 2004 championship. Cleary immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen and won nine All-Ireland medals, ten Munster medals and eight National Football League medals.

At club level Cleary is a one-time All-Ireland medallist in the junior grade with Gabriel Rangers.

Cleary's brother, John Cleary, and her husband, Mícheál Ó Cróinín, also played with Cork.[1][2]

After retiring from inter-county football in January 2013, Cleary later reversed her decision. She announced her second retirement from inter-county football on 4 June 2015.[3][4]





  1. "Cleary continuing family tradition". Cork Independent. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. Murphy, Éamonn (4 February 2014). "Ó Cróinín has the grá for football to keep driving on". Evening Echol. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. "Nollaig happy the hunger returned". Irish Examiner. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. McCarthy, Kieran (4 June 2015). "Exclusive: Nollaig Cleary announces football retirement". The Southern Star. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
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