Under 14 Hurlers made history 50 years ago.
On Friday June 1st 1962 Shamrocks won their first ever South-East Cork Under 14 Hurling title.
In the final played at Ballinhassig they defeated Kinsale comprehensively on a scoreline of 18-3 to 4-2.
This was the Clubs first ever Under 14 Hurling title. Shamrocks qualified for their first final in 1960 but were defeated by St. Patricks of Upton. The 1962 campaign was as thrilling one. In the Eastern side of the Division there was a three-way playoff involving Shamrocks, Carrigaline and Tracton. Carrigaline defeated Tracton and played Shamrocks in the semi-final on May 21st in Minane with Tracton’s Jimmy O’Flynn refereeing. A huge crowd attended this game and at half-time Carrigaline led 3-4 to 1-0. In the second half Shamrocks were in mighty form scoring five goals to Carrigaline’s one goal.
Shamrocks were in the final. In the County championship they defeated Bandon on June 21st the feast of Corpus Christi, at Upton 7-1 to 3-1. In the County semi final they played Inniscarra but lost 5-2 to 3-2. This was played on June 29th at Ballinhassig. The man singularly responsible for this historic feat was the Team Trainer and Coach Jerh. Coveney from Loughbeg. Jerh. was truly a master in this field bringing out the best in his players. He was hugely respected and went on to create many historic milestones for Shamrock Under age Hurling. The players involved in this 1962 team were, Sean McCarthy (goal) Derry O’Sullivan, Teddy O’Sullivan, John Crowley, Pat Tuohy, Michael O’Connor, Dan Regan, Michael O’Sullivan, Denis Dunne, Jimmy O’Neill,John Joe Shanahan, Liam Allen, Donie Kidney, Pat Twomey, Anthony Ronayne, Robbie McCarthy(Captain), Kenneth Murphy, Brendan Ronayne, Gerald Hanley and Michael McGrath. This team will never be forgotten and we also remember with great fondness and admiration those members who have been called to their reward. As a matter of interest, there were no under-age jerseys in those days. The Under 14’s wore the adult set. Sean O’Tuama