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Origins of the name Carrigdhoun

 

A household name steeped with tradition and long associated with the South-East Cork region and particularly the Owenabue River and Carrigaline. The name originated in a poem written in the 1840’s.

In 1924 the GAA in Cork set up regional boards to run the County. The region of South-East Cork was called Carrigdhoun. The City took the title Seandun, Mid Cork too the title Muskerry and so on. This umbrella name covering the towns and villages of the region was to become a legendary name. The founding officers were Henry O’Mahony (Passage) Chairman, Jim O’Sullivan (Castletreasure) Vice-Chairman, Jackie Robinson (Shamrocks) Hon. Secretary, John Wren NT (Carrigaline) Treasurer.

 

Later the Clubs of The Division formed a Senior team and Carrigdoun fielded some exceptional hurlers over the years. They contested their only County final in 1945 when they played Glen Rovers at The Cork Athletic Grounds on September 17th and lost on the scoreline 4–10 to 5-3.

The team was: John Quinn (Tracton), Jerh Crowley (Tracton), Con Murphy (Valley Rvs.), Daithi O’Donovan (Carrigaline), Dan O’Mahonhy (Passage), Mick Nestor (Kinsale), Joe West (Carrigaline), Bob. O’Regan ( Belgooly), Christy Healy (Passage), Tagh O’Callaghan (Tracton), Robbie Andrews (Shamrocks), Pat O’Connor (Kinsale), Dave Dunne (Shamrocks), Jack Barrett (Kinsale), Michael O’Herlihy (Kinsale).    

 

The name has also been used very successfully commercially and in the early 1990’s The South East Board set in motion a competition to design a crest. It was done through the schools and the current crest was chosen. There are four images in the crest, a river, a fish, a castle and a sheaf of corn.

 

In the early nineteenth century there was a well known writer and Poet named Denny Lane who hailed from Riverstown. He was a graduate of Trinity College and was called to the bar. He became a member of the Young Irelanders and wrote articles for their magazine ‘The Nation’. He wrote a number of ballads as well some of which became very popular. One of these was called “The Lament of an Irish Maiden”, and later given the new title of Carrigdhoun.

The area that apparently inspired this ballad was around Ceim Carraige bridge near the Waterworks on the road to Ballygarvan. In that area a stream came rushing down Ballinreesig Glen to ‘swell the angry Owenabue’. In the winter time the rocky high ground across the river was red and brown with bracken. Denny Lane called it Carrigdhoun. Not far away is the Ballea Castle former stronghold of the McCarthy Family and where the branches of the trees touch the Owenabue river. In the 17th century many of the McCarthys, having had their lands and holdings confiscated, had to immigrate and fight on foreign fields as was quite common in these days of ongoing persecution. The Poet had the perfect story and location for writing a ‘Lament’ and thus the title Carrigdhoun. It was the only one of his ballads to gain national acknowledgement. Many singers have recorded the ballad but the one that is regarded as being one of the finest is by Cork All Ireland Medal winner John Bennett.

In South-East Cork it was hugely popular and wherever there was a good sing-song there would be a rendition of Carrigdhoun. The late Pad Joe Cronin of Ballymartle and former South-East Secretary had it on his repertoire and gave some outstanding performances in Scor competitions. The late Der Brennan of Shamrocks was another great singer of this popular ballad.

Hopefully it will not be lost or go out of favour. Perhaps it would be a an idea worth progressing whereby every National School in South-east Cork would teach their students the lyrics.

 

                                            CARRIGDHOUN

 

On Carrigdhoun the heath is brown

The clouds are dark o’er Ardnalee

And many a stream comes rushing down

To swell the angry Owenabue

The moaning blast is sweeping past

Through many a leafless tree,

And I’m alone for he is gone

My hawk has flown, ochon mo chroi

 

The heath was green on Carrigdhoun

Bright shone the sun o’er Ardnalee

The dark green trees bent trembling down

To kiss the slumb’ring Owenabue

That happy day, ‘twas but last May

‘Tis like a dream to me

When Donal swore, aye o’er and o’er

We’d part no more, a stor mo chroi

 

Soft April showers and bright May flowers

Will bring the summer back again

But will they bring me back the hours

I spent with my brave Donal then?

‘Tis but a chance for he’s gone to France

To wear the Fleur-de-lis,

But I’ll follow you, my Donal dhu

For I’m still true to you, mo chroi.    

                                                                 Denny Lane

 

 

 

Our thanks to John Twomey (Shanbally) for this article

 

UCC honour Shamrocks Vice President


University College Cork bestowed Alumni Awards recently on some of its distinguished past pupils.
 

Included in this year’s list was Dr. Richard Palmer late of ‘Inver’, Ringaskiddy and an esteemed Vice President of our Club since 1998. Richard graduated from UCC with a BSc in 1959 and followed up with an MSc in 1961. He was honoured for his outstanding work over the years in the field of Research.

 

Richard was born in Ringaskiddy and a member of the Palmer family of Palmer’s Island. He played hurling and football with the Club and was a member of the Minor Football team of 1953 that contested the South-East Final. The other members of that team were Ned  Flynn, Donal McDonnell, Sean Jordan, Jim Turner, Ray Sisk, Dof Flynn, Paddy O’Driscoll, Jerh. Coveney, Donal Livesey, Charlie Harte, Jackie O’Driscoll, Billy O’Rourke, Joe O’Driscoll, Danno Pierce, Terry Frizelle and Joe O’Flynn. He was also part of the 1959 Junior Hurling Team that won the South-East Final.

 

When the Club was researching and preparing material for its History Book which was published in 2002, Richard was most helpful and made a telling contribution. We send our hearty congratulations to a distinguished son of Ringaskiddy on his academic and research accolades.

Shamrocks & Midleton salute the hurlers of 1916

 

One hundred years is a long time, but in the GAA the heroes of yesteryear even though it maybe a century ago will never be forgotten and so the Shamrock and Midleton Clubs came together to salute their 1916 teams that contested the Senior Hurling Final on that historical year in our nation’s history. The Senior Hurling final of 1916 was played in The Cork Athletic Grounds on Sunday October 16th between Midleton and Shamrocks with the then County Board Secretary Tom Irwin the Referee. Midleton 4-0   Shamrocks 3-2.

 

The Shamrock Club hosted a function in Ringaskiddy where there was a large gathering drawn from the two Clubs. The Midleton group were led by their Chairman Mr. Liam Ryan and Shamrocks were led by their Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy. It was an occasion enriched by wonderful people who were in attendance, many of whom had contributed greatly to their respective Clubs both on and off the field.

All Ireland medals were a plenty with John Fenton, Kevin Hennessey and Paddy Fitzgerald amassing a fine senior collection. Adrian O’Driscoll and Michael Prout from Shamrocks have a fine collection too including Minor Hurling, Intermediate Hurling and Junior Football.  

 

The occasion and the marking of the centenary year were recognised in a very special way by the Clubs. Both Clubs commissioned suitable momentos. The Shamrock Club Presented Silver Salvers suitably inscribed and mounted on Midleton Distillery Oak. The Midleton Club produced a remarkable framed citation acknowledging the final and some of its outstanding players and included a medal won a Shamrock player.   On behalf of the Midleton Club, their 1966 All Ireland medal Winner Paddy Fitzgerald accepted the Silver Salver from Shamrock Club Chairman Pat McCarthy.   Jerh. Coveney, Senior Vice President accepted the memento on behalf of Shamrocks.

Then John Fenton then presented the framed Citation to John Twomey representing the Shamrock Club. This set the scene and allowed the large attendance to engage in the great spirit of the momentous occasion.

 

Two players who played in the 1916 final went on the play Senior Hurling with Cork and were members of the Team of 1919 that won the first All Ireland wearing the red jerseys.  They were Frank Kelleher of Shamrocks and Richard O’Gorman of Midleton.   Three members of the Shamrock team Ned Frizelle, Tom Livesey and Frank Kelleher played on the Cork Junior Hurling team of 1916 and won All Ireland Medals.   Jim Russell from Shamrocks went on to play Senior Hurling with Cork.   Michael Cotter, who played at full back, played Senior Hurling with Cork in 1912. He was a member of a Cork Senior Hurling team that played Tipperary in the town of Mechlin in Belgium.   This was an Exhibition Hurling game to mark the 1912 Congress of Celtic Nations. It was the first Cork team ever to travel abroad.  In 1923 many of the Shamrock players were still playing and they won the Beamish Shield and Senior Hurling League Final that year. The team was trained by the local Curate in Ringaskiddy, Rev. Fr. Tim Murphy.

 

The occasion was enhanced too by the presence of relatives of some of the team members. Mrs. Pat Howard’s father, Tom Livesey and Uncle Jim Russell were team members. Martin Murphy from The Kennel Boreen was there acknowledging his grandfather John Murphy who was the Club Chairman in 1916 and also one of the Club’s founding fathers of 1898. Terry Frizelle was well represented on the team by his father Ned and Uncle Bob. The Captain of the team was Ned Flynn from Shanbally and his cousin Pat Touhy was there to sing his praises. The Flynns were an old Gaelic family and Ned’s father refereed the Senior Hurling County final of 1890. The goalkeeper was Michael Cusack and he was represented by his niece Helen Prout, a Vice President of the Club and a former Treasurer. Her son Michael was in attendance too, surely one of the Clubs most distinguished players in recent times having played hurling and football with many Cork teams and won four All Ireland Medals, two in hurling and two in football. The Secretary of the Club in those days was Ned Lynch NT at Ringaskiddy School. The Treasurer was John Packie McSweeney a brother to Lena Mulcahy who was renowned over the years for treating injured players with her own lotions made from wild herbs.   The past was truly filled with wonderful people whose spirit and enterprise provided firm foundations for the generations that followed.

 

Included in the gathering were Donal Brady, winner of a South-East Cork Hurling Medal in 1963, Denis Allen, a former Club Secretary, Pat O’Neill, another former Secretary and Club Trustee, Neally O’Mahony, one of the greatest players over to wear the Shamrock jersey, Anthony Ronayne, another legend of the past, Colin Brady, our current Hurling Team Manager, and David Nolan N.T. Shanbally NS and Manager of our Minor Teams, who have brought the Clubl much success in recent years. Also present was Elizabeth O’Grady (nee Andrews) whose family have been associated with our Club every year since its foundation in 1898. Her Grandfather and Grand Uncle, George and William won Junior County Medals with Shamrocks in 1908.

 

Good occasions and good nights never last long enough but the memories and exchanges generated on this historic and memorable evening will provide much for us all going forward. May all the mighty Hurlers of Midleton and Shamrocks who thrilled the crowds in The Cork Athletic Grounds in that October Sunday afternoon in 1916 rest peacefully in that great playing field in the sky.

 

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Co CHL Final V Kildorrery – 20/11

 

Kildorrery 5-14, Shamrocks 2-8

 

The curtain came down on the 2016 playing season with defeat for the minors to Kildorrery in the league final in Mayfield on Sunday last. Shamrocks can have few complaints on this one as Kildorrery were clearly the better team and had a very good forward line who caused problems all match through for the Shamrocks backs. Every time they attacked they threatened a goal and they wrapped up this game inside the first 15 minutes when they scored 4 goals to leave them ahead by 4-2 to 0-3. Shamrocks were battling hard but were reliant on Andrew O’Grady mainly from frees. Mark Hitchmough and David Andrews also got on the scorsheet for Shamrocks who trailed at HT by 4-5 to 0-6.

 

Shamrocks needed a fast start to the second half; however it was Kildorrery who scored 3 points on the trot assisted by the breeze now. Their number 15 was unstoppable and he accounted for most of their scores – Shamrocks couldnt get a handle on him at all. Matthew Fleming scored Shamrocks opening point of the second half and Andrew O’Grady scored goals from a penalty and a 21 yard free to put some respectability on the scoreboard. Meanwhile at the other end Kildorrery were keeping their scoring rate upand ran out comfortable winners.

 

Thanks to all the team and management for a great year and best of luck to the players moving on to adult hurling (and football) in the club.

 

Team: C. Scriven, R. Meighan, J. Lynam, J. O’Keeffe, M. Hitchmough, D. Barry, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Andrews, S. Flavin, M. Fleming, C. Hayes, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, D. Allen.

 

Race Night

The Club’s Gala Race night hosted by Ringaskiddy’s Ferry Boat Inn was an unqualified success with all the boxes being ticked.

 

A splendid programme detailed the full entry of horses most of which were sold and presented by our Junior Players. There was a significant array of advertisements from local and adjoining businesses which manifested the huge support and goodwill prevailing for our Club and its activities.

 

A full house and a very extroverted Fear an Ti saw the programme off to a great start and there was a huge welter of fun and excitement as the races progressed and as the punters strove bravely to break the Bookies.

 

The bidding for the eight horses in the Auction Race had people on the edges of their seats and wily Club Chairman successfully put up funds for two of these animals, one of which he later led into the ‘winners enclosure’ and collected the ‘fat purse’.

 

There was huge excitement and anticipation when the contests for ‘Best Dressed Lady, and ‘The Gentleman of Class’ competitions were finalised. The Lady chosen was Ann Hitchmough, to huge applause and the Gentleman was Loughbeg’s own Jim Ronayne, whose nomination nearly brought the house down. Rumour has it that a number of Irish and International Model Agencies have been in touch with Chairman Pat McCarthy.

 

The entire event was a great success and the Club is grateful to Pat McCarthy and Tony O’Sullivan, who put a huge amount of work into the venture. We are indebted to Sarah O’Grady of the Ferryboat Inn and her Staff for their welcome and courtesy. A sincere thanks to all others who helped out out and thwarted the efforts of the bookies. 

Race Night

The Club’s Gala Race night hosted by Ringaskiddy’s Ferry Boat Inn was an unqualified success with all the boxes being ticked.
 

A splendid programme detailed the full entry of horses most of which were sold and presented by our Junior Players. There was a significant array of advertisements from local and adjoining businesses which manifested the huge support and goodwill prevailing for our Club and its activities.

 

A full house and a very extroverted Fear an Ti saw the programme off to a great start and there was a huge welter of fun and excitement as the races progressed and as the punters strove bravely to break the Bookies.

 

The bidding for the eight horses in the Auction Race had people on the edges of their seats and wily Club Chairman successfully put up funds for two of these animals, one of which he later led into the ‘winners enclosure’ and collected the ‘fat purse’.
 

 

There was huge excitement and anticipation when the contests for ‘Best Dressed Lady, and ‘The Gentleman of Class’ competitions were finalised. The Lady chosen was Ann Hitchmough, to huge applause and the Gentleman was Loughbeg’s own Jim Ronayne, whose nomination nearly brought the house down. Rumour has it that a number of Irish and International Model Agencies have been in touch with Chairman Pat McCarthy.

 

 
The entire even was a great success and the Club is grateful to Pat McCarthy and Tony O’Sullivan, who put a huge amount of work into the venture. We are indebted to Sarah O’Grady of the Ferryboat Inn and her Staff for their welcome and courtesy. A sincere thanks to all others who helped including the Bookies who thwarted the brave efforts of the punters.

 

JAFL Final V Valley Rovers – 12/11

 

Valley Rovers 2-15, Shamrocks 1-10

 

Shamrocks season ran out of steam in the league final against Valley Rovers in Ballygarvan. They couldnt reel in the Rovers from the early stages and though they made a pretty good effort at it, ultimately they succumbed to a Valleys team who completed the league double.

 

Valley Rovers raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after only 8 minutes and it looked like Shamrocks would get steamrolled. However, Darragh O’Sullivans point settled the team down after that and in he space of another 8 minutes, the teams had been drawn level 0-5 to 0-5 after further Shamrocks points from Philip Brady and Stephen O’Neill. The next 10 minutes proved to be very tight with neither team registering a score before Rovers tagged on 2 just before halftime to lead at the break by 0-7 to 0-5.

 

Stephen O’Neill and Brian Sweeney had Shamrocks level inside 2 minutes of the second half and it was all to play for. Just after this Valley Rovers struck for a vital goal and in the next 5 minutes tagged on 2 points to lead 1-9 to 0-7 with 20 minutes to play. The last 20 minutes were very competitive and featured a strong effort from Shamrocks to narrow the gap. Brady scored a wonderful individual goal to bring Shamrocks within 2 points, 1-9 to 1-7. On three different occasions from there until the end of normal time, Shamrocks brought the game down to a 2 point game only for Rovers to score a vital point at the other end. The Shamrocks bench was light on this occasion as many players were unavailable for many different reasons and it was evident in the final push for the game – Valleys were able to call on loads of subs while Shamrocks had to play a sub goalie out the field as well as an already subsituted player for the last 10 when the injuries kicked in.

 

Into injury time and Shamrocks needed a goal; however, Valley Rovers went 4 up then finished off the game when a shot for goal ricocheted off a Shamrocks defender into the corner forwards grateful hands on the edge of the square and he rounded Fergus O’Neill before finishing off the season with a tap in.

 

Its been a long and fruitful season all round and the club would like to thank all the players and management for a great adventure.

 

Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, S, Hurley, S. Kidney, D. Andrews, B. Mulqueen, M. Hitchmough, M. Jordan, A. McCarthy, D. Scriven, P. Brady, A. O’Grady, S. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Subs – D. O’Neill, J. Wilson, C. Corkery

 

 

Underage AGM Nov 2016

 

The juvenile club held its AGM in the Clubhouse to review 2016 and to plan ahead for 2017. The healthy attendance heard reports from the various outgoing officers. The officers elected for 2017 are as follows: Chairperson – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Vice – Hugh Foy, Secretary – Pa Andrews, Treasurer – Peter Crowley, Childrens Officer – Jacqui Scriven. The outgoing Treasurer and board delegate Paddy Andrews stepped down after more than 30 years of administrative service to Shamrocks. He was thanksd for his time and commitment over the years by the chairperson.

 

The various team mentors for 2017 were also dealt with on the night – most are filled with a few more to be confirmed.

Co MCFL Semi Final V Clyda Rovers – 6/11

 

Shamrocks 0-8, Clyda Rovers 3-12

 

Shamrocks football season came to an end on Sunday afternoon after this comprehensive defeat to Clyda Rovers in the Co League Semi Final. The visitors to Shanbally were a bit too good for the Shamrocks lads and were all good footballers with excellent decision making skills. They were a huge team and their physicality was evident throughout. Their tackling was unlike anything the Shamrocks players had ever encountered and they harried and hassled the Shamrocks players in possession all game long, resulting in multiple turnovers which they were able to convert into scores at the other end.

 

Clyda Rovers opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead early on and looked dangerous. Shamrocks couldnt win enough possession at midfield and only David Andrews and Dylan O’Flaherty carried any threat up front. Shamrocks managed to get the score back to 0-4 to 0-3 after 18 minutes but Clyda stretched away again with 2 quickfire points. The half time score was 0-8 to 0-5 in favour of the visitors, and despite Shamrocks having played against the slight breeze, the feeling was that they were lucky to be just 3 points behind at that juncture.

 

Shamrocks turned to play down the hill in the second half but it was Clyda who started much the better and added on 3 points to Shamrocks 1. Ten minutes into the second half, Clyda Rovers led 0-11 to 0-6. This is when their big powerful midfielder received his second yellow and Shamrocks had a man advantage. The door was opened for a comeback but unfortunately, it never materialised. The next 10 minutes of the game became very disjointed as 2 Shamrocks players needed lenghty treatement after being injured and this disrupted the team no doubt .The discipline on both sides also suffered and the rest of the game was a non event as Clyda Rovers ran in three goals, one from a penalty, to register a comfortable victory in the end. Thankfully, the 2 injured Shamrocks players are ok and are on the mend.

 

Panel: C. Corkery, D. Barry, C. Scriven, R. Meighan, M. Hitchmough, J. O’Keeffe, A. O’Grady, S. Downey, D. Andrews, Cillian Hayes, Chris Hayes, D. O’Flaherty, J. Lynam, D. O’Mahony, D. Allen.

JAFL Semi Final V Ballinhassig – 5/11

 

Shamrocks 2-9, Ballinhassig 0-11

 

Early November football and both Shamrocks and Ballinhassig served up an exciting and competitive game to decide who qualified for the league final. In the third meeting of the teams this year, Shamrocks came out on top by four points to qualify for the final against Valley Rovers.

 

Shamrocks started like a train and looked like they would wipe the floor with Ballinhassig as they opened up a 4 point lead inside the first 10  minutes, 0-4 to 0-0 after some points from Barry Mulqueen, Darragh Scriven and Cannice Caffrey. However, Ballinhassig turned the game right around in a six minute spell thereafter, moving ahead by 0-5 to 0-4. So it was game on at this point with both teams having dominated spells. Both sides exchanged points up to halftime to leave the blues leading 0-7 to 0-6. Shamrocks had work to do.

 

Shamrocks had a dream opening 8 minutes to the second half. They scored two quick goals through Darragh O’Sullivan and Cannice Caffrey to gave themselves a firm hold on proceedings. They led 2-6 to 0-7 at this point and Ballinhassig needed at least one goal to win this game. Ballinhassig brought the deficit back to 2-6 to 0-9 and 2-7 to 0-10 but couldn’t do enough to break the strong Shamrocks rearguard. Some inspired points from midfielder Mulqueen and Caffrey drove Shamrocks over the line in the last quarter.

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