Canon Michael O' Brien Cup 2017-01-03 09:00:00

On this coming Friday January 6th the annual challenge game between the Cork Senior hurlers and the UCC will be held in the Mardyke GAA Grounds for the Canon Michael O’Brien Cup.

Michael O’Brien is a name that has a special place in the history and tradition of the College GAA Club. Along with Dan Beechinor and Professor Willie J Smyth, he was to play a significant role in the winning of ten Fitzgibbon Cups between 1981 and 1991 including the famous eighth in a row of ’81 to ’88.

In his capacity as a hurling coach, O’Brien left a lasting legacy that touched a whole generation of students in their sporting, academic and personal lives.

Among many other achievements, the Canon steered Cork to two of their most notable All-Ireland hurling victories in 1984 and 1990. 

His remarkable career as an inter-county mentor brought him nine All-Ireland titles - apart from the aforementioned Senior titles, he served as coach to six Senior teams in total, six Minor winning teams (1969-71, 1974, 1978 and 1979) and the All-Ireland Under 21 in 1982.

An Innishannon native, Archdeacon O’Brien, was associated with the Blackrock Hurling Club since his days as a curate there in the 1960’s, serving as Club Chairman and coaching the senior hurling team for six years. He was involved in their County Final victories in 1985 and 1999, and was also coach when they lost the finals of 1986 and 1998. He also had a long association with the Carrigdhoun Division and the Irish Naval Services hurling teams and over an extensive coaching career guided Ballinhassig, Tracton, Newcestown and Argideen Rangers hurling clubs to county honours.

He led Farranferris College to Harty Cup victories in 1969 and four in a row between 1971 and 1974. Farranferris with Archdeacon O'Brien in charge went on to win three All-Ireland Colleges titles in 1969, 1972 and 1974.The O’Brien family have presented a replica of the Fitzgibbon Cup in his honour and Saturday marks the 5th occasion that this competition will be played and the 3rd time since the Canon’s passing in November 2014.

The game will throw in at 7pm and there will not be an admission fee, instead the Cara Junior School for Children with Autism Mayfield appeal to the generosity of those attending and ask that they make a donation to their volunteer collectors on the day.

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