County Intermediate & Junior A Football Finals Tonight! 2014-10-25 06:51:00

There's a great double-header of action scheduled for Páirc uí Rinn tonight, with Millstreet and St. Finbarr's vying for the County Junior A football title at 6.15pm, followed by the Intermediate decider between Eire Óg and Rockchapel at 8pm.

Both games are live on C103, and we'll have updates here on the website and on our Twitter page, @OfficialCorkGAA.

Admission: €15 (adults), €10 (Students/OAPs with ID), U16s FREE.

Scroll down for all you need to know!

County Intermediate Football Final
Eire Óg v Rockchapel
Saturday October 25th
8pm @ Páirc Uí Rinn
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Nemo Rangers)

Rockchapel, who won the County Junior title in 2012, are in search of their first Intermediate crown since 1989, while 2012 defeated Intermediate finalists Éire Óg are on the hunt for their first ever title at this level!

Match Preview: Denis Hurley
Ever since they won the junior county title in 2008, Éire Óg have been flagged as serious contenders at intermediate level.

According to cliché, however, what was holding them back was a porous defence, undoing the good work by a skilful cadre of attackers. Like all good clichés, though, there were truthful roots to that. For proof, we need look no further than last year’s quarter-final defeat, to Rockchapel.

After conceding two early goals, Éire Óg went on a rampage, outscoring their opponents by 1-14 to 0-3, yet two more green flags for the Duhallow side in the closing stages left them winners by two points.

Coming off the back of the 2012 final loss to Castletownbere, it was a blow for Éire Óg, no doubt compounded by the IHC final loss to Kanturk last year. To come back from that shows serious character.

There is an extra resilience in the Ovens side this year, conceding an average of approximately nine points per game while still retaining the same exhilarating force when attacking. That they are doing so without Ciarán Sheehan speaks volumes to the levels of talent within the side.

Daniel Goulding continues to lead the way, ably assisted by John Dineen and Kevin Hallissey, while the addition of Liam Sheehan from Keel in Kerry gives them an extra dimension.

Dermot Herlihy and Alan O’Mahony have underpinned a strong defence with Fionn O’Rourke and Liam Murphy partnering well at midfield. A good sprinkling of the Coláiste Choilm side which won the All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools SBFC last spring ensures a strong balance within the side.

Having sprung a surprise last year, though, Rockchapel won’t fear what lies ahead of them. The experience of reaching the semi-final last year has been built upon and wins over Mayfield, Kinsale and Cill na Martra have brought the 2012 junior champions to the verge of premier intermediate.

Ian Guiney and DJ O’Sullivan know where the posts are and John Forrest, Wayne Murphy and Séamus Hickey are all capable of big performances for Séamus Cooper’s side. Rockchapel will certainly make life difficult for Éire Óg but, having been in finals the last two years, it could be third time lucky.

Recent Winners
2013 Winners: Grenagh. Runners-up: Aghabullogue
2012 Winners: Castletownbere. Runners-up: Eire Óg
2011 Winners: Kinsale. Runners-up: Castletownbere
2010 Winners: Macroom. Runners-up: Kildorrery
2009 Winners: Carrigaline. Runners-up: Cill na Martra
2008 Winners: Valley Rovers. Runners-up: Kildorrery
2007 Winners: Grenagh. Runners-up: Carrigaline
2006 Winners: Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh. Runners-up: Castletownbere
2005 Winners: Carbery Rangers. Runners-up: Glanmire
2004 Winners: Nemo Rangers. Runners-up: Carbery Rangers

The John 'Lock' O'Sullivan Cup
John 'Lock' O'Sullivan attended Beara Community School from 1989 - 1994. In 1992, he won Junior County and Munster Vocational medals and in 1994 he won Senior County, Munster and All-Ireland medals, with Beara defeating Davitt College, Castlebar in the All Ireland final. Having completed his Leaving Cert, John attended UCC where in 1996 he won an All-Ireland Higher Education League medal. John was part of the Beara U21 teams that won back-to-back U21 titles in 1996 and 1997, and was part of the Beara panel that won the county Senior Football title in 1997. John played for the Cork U21 team in 1997 and for the Cork Juniors in 2002. A gifted sports person, in August 2002 John was part of the Ireland Aussie Rules team that won the inaugural Australian Rules World Cup competition, defeating Papua New Guinea in the final. He won many honours with his beloved club Adrigole, and it was fitting that it was for Adrigole that John played his last game in the County Junior Football semi-final on November 10th 2002 in Bantry, against Tadhg MacCarthaigh. With the game tied at 10 points each in injury time, John kicked the winning score to secure a famous win for Adrigole. Tragically it was the last time he was to kick a ball in an Adrigole jersey, as just 9 days later, on November 19th 2002, John died suddenly.

Club Focus: Éire Óg

As Gaeilge: Éire Óg
Division: Muskerry
Colours: Red and yellow
Club Twitter: @EireOgCork
Club Website:
Team Captain: Dermot O'Herlihy

Éire Óg – Club History
Gaelic Games were played in the parish of Ovens & Farran dating back to the period immediately after the foundation of the G.A.A. in 1884. Éire Óg’s predecessor, Bride Valley, affiliated in 1890, fielding teams in both hurling and football.

Following the establishment of the Divisional Boards in the mid-1920’s, Bride Valley won the first two Muskerry Junior Hurling Championship in 1925 & 1926 before the Éire Óg club was formed, with players from Cloughduv and two from Knockavilla joining forces with the Ovens & Farran based contingent in 1928.

The newly formed Éire Óg team entered the senior ranks in their inaugural campaign, winning the 1928 Senior Hurling Championship defeating Mallow in the final on a scoreline of 5-2 to 3-2.
Early successes in hurling were followed by a fallow period during the late 1930’s and 1940’s, when the club went into decline. Thanks to the efforts of men such as the late John Lyons, John Crean, Tom Murphy, Tim Lane, Jimmy O’Brien, Nicholas Irwin, Teddy O’Leary, Denny O’Sullivan and the Rev. Fr. Seán Murphy, Éire Óg survived the barren spell and began the journey to regain its former glories.

Underage success in 1953 sparked a revival of fortunes with a nucleus of players going on to win three divisional junior hurling titles in a row from 1960 to 1962, eventually winning the county outright in the latter year. Éire Óg won the Liam Breathnach Cup in 1964 before being re-graded to the junior ranks in 1969 where they won the Muskerry Junior Hurling title in 1971 & 1972.

Hurling dominated the landscape but Éire Óg did manage to chalk-up their first Muskerry Junior Football Championship in 1976.
In 1977, Éire Óg won the Junior Hurling County Championship and returned to the Intermediate grade and it didn’t take long for them to make an impression, winning the County Championship within two seasons in 1979 before going on to compete at senior level for the following three years.

In 1985 Éire Óg won their second Intermediate Hurling County title defeating Blackrock by 0-14 to 2-07. This would mark the end of a great era in the clubs fortunes.

There was little in the way of adult success from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s but this period did see a number of significant underage successes. Éire Óg secured Minor ‘B’ and ‘A’ Hurling County titles in 1988 & 1993.

Underage football emerged as a force during this period and significantly in 1998, our U14 footballers won the Cork Féile na nGael competition. Many of these players went on to win the club’s first Minor ‘A’ Football County title four years later. In 2006 our minors landed a second county title and these successes provided the platform for Éire Óg’s 2008 Junior Football County Championship win when they defeated Ballygarvan in the final.

Éire Óg also won the Premier 2 Minor Hurling County Championship that year an achievement that was matched in 2014, winning the Rebel Óg Minor ‘A’ Hurling County title.

Having played at various sites throughout the parish since its foundation, Éire Óg settled in its current location in Knockanemore. The current pavilion and playing fields were opened in 1987 with later developments seeing the addition of two new playing fields west of Casey’s Rd. and more recently, an All Weather astro-turf pitch, ball alley and new dressing-room facilities. The progress continues to the present day with works in-progress on the development of a floodlit, sand-and soil based pitch.

Roll of Honour
• Senior County Championship Winners: 1928
• Intermediate County Championship Winners: 1979, 1985
• Junior ‘A’ County Championship Winners: 1962, ’77
• Muskerry Junior ‘A’ Championship Winners: 1930, ‘60, ‘61, ‘62, ’71, ‘72, ‘77
• Liam Breathnach Cup Winners: 1964
• Minor ‘B’ County Championship Winners: 1988
• Minor ‘A’ County Championship Winners: 1993, (P2) 2008, 2014
• Junior ‘A’ County Championship Winners: 2008
• Muskerry Junior ‘A’ Championship Winners: 1976, 2008
• Minor ‘A’ County Championship Winners: 2002, 2006

Inter-County Representatives
All Ireland Senior Hurling Medal Winners:
Dinny Barry Murphy, Joe O’Donovan, Colm Sheehan, Mick Malone.
All Ireland Senior Football Medal Winners:
Daniel Goulding, Ciarán Sheehan.
Daniel and Ciarán’s achievement of helping Cork to raise Sam Maguire in 2010 will live long in the memory. Both players were instrumental in securing Cork’s seventh All-Ireland Senior Football Title with Daniel being named Man-of-the-Match.
Founder and first Éire Óg treasurer, Paddy O’Connell won an All-Ireland Senior Football medal with Cork in 1911 whilst playing with his then club, Nils. Barry Coffey, winner of two All-Ireland Senior Football medals in 1989 and 1990, representing his home club Bishopstown, also played with Éire Óg towards the end of his playing career.

Other Cork Medal Winners
Other players to win medals playing with Cork were Billy Desmond who played with Bride Valley and later Éire Óg, John O’Sullivan, Jack Lucey, Mort Lucey, Jim O’Callaghan, Billy Murphy, Sam O’Callaghan, Tom Savage, Derry O’Brien, Finbarr Sheehan, Mattie Murphy, Denis Desmond, Paddy O’Brien, Jamsie O’Leary, Denis O’Brien, Michael Sheehan, Kevin Hallissey, John Dineen.
The first player to play with Cork from Ovens parish was Michael Sheehan of Currahaly, 1890.

Player Profile: Aidain O'Connor

Club: Éire Óg
Height: 5ft 10 ins
Weight: 12st 4 lbs
Date of Birth: 29/06/1989
Nickname: Aido
Occupation: Dairy Farmer/Builder
Position: Anywhere!

Honours won: 2006 - Minor A football county Championship, 2008 - Junior Football County Championship, 2010 – Muskerry U21 A Hurling Championship

When and where did you first play hurling/football? Out in the back garden with family and neighbours

Best career advice you were given: â€˜Never give up’ and ‘Practice makes perfect’

What skill do you think is the most important in football? Kicking and Tackling

What would you like to change about the game? To bring in a rule that would stop the blanket defence

Favourite sport other than hurling/football: Soccer

Favourite Film: Wolf of Wall Street

When I was a child I wanted to be…
A Soccer Player

Best hurling/football memory outside of playing: Being at the 2013 semi final between Kerry and Dublin, football at its best.

Best football memory as a player: Winning the Junior A County in 2008

Worst memory as a player: Losing the U21 County Semi-Final to Newtownshandrum.

What does playing for Éire Óg mean to you? It’s a great honour to represent my family and parish

What’s the best/worst thing about having brothers on the team? We are quick to point out our faults but it makes you want to win more and it makes winning that bit sweeter, sharing it with your brothers.

You may not know it, but I’m good at… Judo

Who is the greatest player you have seen? It’s between Maurice Fitzgerald and Colm Cooper

If there was a ‘transfer market’ who would you buy? James O’Donoghue

The best invention ever… Calving Cameras

Person you would most like to meet: Roy Keane

Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? My two dogs

In ten years’ time I hope to be... to be married and have my own business

Paths to the Final
Round 1
Éire Óg 2-10 Cill na Martra 0-12
Rockchapel 3-9 Mayfield 1-10
Round 4
Éire Óg 0-18 Adrigole 1-4
Rockchapel Bye
Éire Óg 2-18 Mitchelstown 0-11
Rockchapel 1-10 Kinsale 1-8
Éire Óg 0-9 Fermoy 1-3
Rockchapel 2-7 Cill na Martra 0-7

Club Focus: Rockchapel

As Gaeilge: Séipéal na Carraige
Division: Duhallow
Colours: Maroon and white
Club Twitter: @RockchapelGAA
Captain: Brendan Cahill

Rockchapel GAA Club – A History
Gaelic football began in Rockchapel in the 1920’s. A priest named Father Hurley, the nephew of the renowned Father Casey from Abbeyfeale, was there at the beginning. Games were organized between Rockchapel, Meelin, Brosna and Mountcollins as there was no structure or Board in place at that time. 21 years after the Duhallow Board was first formed Rockchapel had its first victory when they defeated Kilbrin in the novice final in 1954 which was played in Banteer. The team was captained by Tom Murphy of Lyreneague and the panel of players included PJ Morrissey, M Nelligan, C Murphy, J Guiney, Denise JD O’Mahony, D O’Connell, Fr. T Murphy, C O’Carroll, D O’Mahony, D Sheehan, D O’Keeffe, B Guiney, Donie O’Connell, J Carroll, J Moyles and JJ Curtin. Playing in the junior ranks from 1955 to 1957 brought no success so the club re-graded to Novice in 1958. The following year the novice championship was won for the second time when they defeated Castlemagner in the final.

After competing in the junior grade in 1960 and 1961, the Club again re-graded to Novice in 1962. In an amazing sequence Rockchapel lost the in the Novice final of 1962 – 1965 inclusive. There was some compensation when the Novice Football League was won in 1964 and 1965. Of the team which beat Ballydesmond by 2-7 to 0-3 in the 1965 decider, there were 3 priests in the defence, namely Fr. Finbarr Kelleher at left corner back, Fr. Tom Murphy centre back and Fr. Padraig Keogh at left half back. Rockchapel also won the Novice Football League of 1967 but the final was not played until May 1968 owing to the outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. In the final Rockchapel defeated Lyre 2-6 to 1-5.

After losing the 1970 Novice Football League final to Banshee Rovers by 2-12 to 1-6, Rockchapel bounced back in the Novice Championship. Ballydaly were defeated by 2-6 to 2-2 in the semi-final, to set up a meeting with Lyre in the final after drawing 6 points each on the first occasion both teams returned to Banteer and Rockchapel won by 1-5 to 1-2.

Since 1971 the Club has been contesting the Junior Football Championship and after waiting 5 years the Junior Football Championship was won for the first time ever. After defeating Newmarket in the first round, Knocknagree were defeated by 1-12 to 0-2 and Kiskeam in the semi-final by 1-8 to 1-5. The final, which was played in Kiskeam on the first Sunday of October, was a rip roaring contest of swaying fortunes which Rockchapel won by 2-7 to 2-5 against Ballydesmond.

In 1977 Knocknagree defeated Rockchapel in the Examiner cup final by 1-10 to 0-4. In defending the Junior Football Championship, they defeated Newmarket in the first Round and Dromtariffe in the semi-final. In the final, played in Newmarket, they defeated Knocknagree by 1-7 to 0-2. In the county Championship they defeated Brian Dillon’s in the first round by 0-9 to 1-5. In the semi-final at Buttevant, the North Cork Champions Grange were defeated by 1-7 to 1-4. In the Club’s first county final appearance they defeated Castletownebeare by 3-5 to 0-8 in Macroom.

3 years later the Examiner Cup was won for the first time when Knocknagree were defeated by 1-10 to 0-4. After defeating Kanturk by 1-13 to 0-2 in the Championship first round, Kiskeam were their semi-final opponents and they won by 2-10 to 1-6. In the final, played in Newmarket on 31st August, Knocknagree were defeated 2-10 to 1-7 to complete the double of League and Championship victories for the first time. To cap a great year the Novice football team won their championship by 1-7 to 1-4 when they defeated LIsmire in the final played in Banteer.

In 1985 the Junior Championship was won when Kiskeam were defeated in the Final played in Boherbue. This was followed with victory in the 1986 Examiner Cup final when they defeated Kanturk 1-12 to 1-7. 1987 will be remembered for a long time in Rockchapel, after victories over Boherbue, Newmarket and Kiskeam in the Championship Rockchapel qualified for the final against Kanturk which was played in Dromtariffe on 27th September. Rockchapel scored 2-6 to 1-8 to win the Duhallow title for the 5th time in their history. In the County Championship they defeated Kilmichael and Urhan before Rockchapel came to face Carberry Rangers in the County Junior Football final played in Inchigeela on November 29th. After a close match Rockchapel were victorious 2-9 to 1-4. In 1988 in their first year in the Intermediate football championship they reached the semi-final of the league and were defeated by the eventual champions Kilshannig in the semi-final of the championship. In 1989 the Club created history by winning the Intermediate Football Championship and League finals, with the team captained by Joe Carroll and trained by Pat Curtin, with selectors Den O’Mahony and Seanie Piggott. On winning the Intermediate Football Championship they defeated Fermoy by 3 points at Buttevant, Nemo Rangers by a point at Mourneabbey and accounted for Naomh Abhain by 3 points in Dromtariffe at the semi-final. In 1990 the team competed in the Senior ranks, being defeated by Carrigdoun. The club re-graded to intermediate in 1991 and 1992 and re-graded to Junior grade in 1993.
In 2012 25 years later they once again won the junior championship defeating Kilmurry in the county final and are now delighted to be back in the Intermediate county final V Eire Og 25 years after winning the intermediate title

The current team is trained by Seamus Cooper, with selectors Kevin Carroll and Joseph Cahill.

Roll of Honour
County Intermediate Football Championship & League 1989
County Junior A Football Championship 1987, 2012
County Junior A Football League 2012
Duhallow Junior A Football Championship
1976, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1987, 2001, 2012
Examiner Cup/Ducon Cup
1980, 1982, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2010, 2012.
Nevin Cup
1972, 1993, 2003
Junior B Football Championship (Group 1)
2003, 2011.
Junior B Football Championship (Group 2)
Junior B Football League (Group 1)
1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006
Novice Football Championship
1954, 1959, 1970, 1980
Novice Football League
1964, 1965, 1967
Under 21 A Football Championship
Under 21 B Football Championship
1981, 1982, 1990, 2003, 2006
Minor A Football Championship
Minor B Football Championship
St Peters: 1993, 2002
Minor B Football League
St Peters: 1992 (Won County), 2001, 2002

Player Profile: Seamus Hickey

Club: Rockchapel
Height: 6ft 3ins
Weight: 13st
Date of Birth: 20/03/89
Occupation: Carpenter
Position: Corner Forward
Honours won: U21 B 2006, Duhallow Ducon Cup League 2010 & 2012, County Junior 2012, County League 2012, Duhallow Championship 2012, Duhallow Cup 2013, Intercounty Junior Munster and All Ireland 2013.

When and where did you first play hurling/football? In my back yard at a young age.

Best career advice you were given: Kick with my left and keep my mouth shut.

What skill do you think is the most important in hurling/football? Kicking off both legs.

What would you like to change about the game? I’d like to see the straight pick-up, it would make it faster.

Favourite sport other than hurling/football: Soccer.

Books you are currently reading or have just finished: “If You Don’t Know Me, Don’t Judge Me” - Dan Shanahan’s autobiography, it’s a good read.

When I was a child I wanted to be… a Liverpool player.

Best football memory outside of playing: Cork winning the All Ireland in 2010.

Best football memory as a player: Winning the County title in 2012

Who is the greatest player you have seen? Colm Cooper.

If there was a ‘transfer market’ who would you buy? Diarmuid Connolly.

The best invention ever… the ratchet strap.

Person you would most like to meet: Steven Gerrard.

Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? A hammer to open the coconuts.

In ten years’ time I hope to be... A millionaire.

County Junior Football Final
Millstreet v St. Finbarr's
Saturday October 25th
6.15pm @ Páirc Uí Rinn
Referee: Michael Collins (Clonakilty)

Millstreet last won this title in 1963, and haven't appeared in a Junior Final since, while for St. Finbarr's, it would be a first ever title at this level.

Match Preview: Denis Hurley
When Cork won the 1973 All-Ireland SFC title, there were four Millstreet representatives on the team. When the men in green and gold take to the Páirc Uí Rinn pitch for Saturday’s junior final, they will have two current senior Rebels, but one of those will be a hurler.

Mark Ellis was a revelation at centre-back for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side this year while also impressing in the half-forward line as his club won the Duhallow title. At centre-back, Kevin Crowley has been a mainstay as he has shown just why Brian Cuthbert called him up before he suffered an injury which curtailed his chances.

Aside from those two, Michael Vaughan’s scoring rates show why he was a Cork U21 player while Michael Murphy is another who can impact on the scoreboard.

Nothing will be easily gained against St Finbarr’s second team, the Togher outfit having beaten Kilshannig after a replay and then Ballygarvan. Roy Leahy, Jim O’Donoghue and Cathal McCarthy have all played senior football. Darragh Comyns and Cian Madden also contribute to a strong spine and perhaps the greater experience on show might swing it the way of the Barr’s.

Recent Winners
2013 Winners: Mitchelstown. Runners-up: St. Colum's
2012 Winners: Rockchapel. Runners-up: Kilmurry
2011 Winners: Kanturk. Runners-up: Mitchelstown
2010 Winners: Cloyne. Runners-up: White's Cross
2009 Winners: Glanworth. Runners-up: Ballygarvan
2008 Winners: Eire Og. Runners-up: Ballygarvan
2007 Winners: Canovee. Runners-up: Kildorrery
2006 Winners: Adrigole. Runners-up: Grenagh
2005 Winners: Erin's Own. Runners-up: O’Donovan Rossa
2004 Winners: Aghabullogue. Runners-up: Adrigole
*For full Roll of Honour, see the History section above

Donal O'Sullivan Cup

A Native of Ardgroom in the Beara Peninsula, Donal O'Sullivan played with St Vincent's, Glanmire and Imokilly before he joined Lees in 1950. He was picked to play centre back on the Cork JF team of 1953 and went on to captain the Cork Seniors to National League glory in 1956. He captained Lees to County Senior success in 1955. Donal represented Lees on the Cork County Board and was the Board's Vice Chairman from 1970 to 75. He was elected Chairman in 1976, a position he held for 77 and 78, a period in which Cork completed a three -in-a-row of All Ireland Senior Hurling Championships. He was Chairman of Munster Council from 1980 to 83. Donal died in 2001.

Club Focus: Millstreet

As Gaeilge: Sráid a' Mhuileain
Division: Duhallow
Colours: Green and Gold
Club Twitter: @MillstreetGaa
Captain: Michael Vaughan

Millstreet: A History
Millstreet GAA traces its origins to 1888 and down through the decades became renowned as a major football force, teams and players attaining accolades at divisional, county and All-Ireland levels.
Likewise enthusiasts of the caman and sliothar reminisce and pride the achievements in various grades. Over the years, Millstreet endeared themselves to the football public by brave and exciting performances to claim a number of notable successes.
The club holds 2 Cork County Intermediate Football Championships from 1914 to 1918. And Millstreet's potent force in Junior Football notched County titles in 1941 and 1963 while after many intense battles during the 1940's, a burning ambition for a County Senior Football Championship title bore fruit in 1948. The club's proudest day - Millstreet victorious against St. Vincent, to earn its lone title to date in a team captained by John O' Keeffe.
Duhallow's back to back successes in 1990-91 in County Senior Football Championship revived memories and featured a large representation from this club. Individually Millstreet can boast of All-Ireland success at all grades in Football including medal winners.

Senior Football: Den O'Connor, Humphrey Kelleher, John Coleman, Con Hartnett and Denis Long.
Junior Football: Jackie Price, Teddy Kelleher, Jerry O'Keeffe, John Daly, Connie Kelleher, Tommy Burke, Anthony Barry, Jerry Par O'Leary, Michael Vaughan
U21Foootball: Denis Long, John Coleman, Con Hartnett, Brian McSweeney, Jerry Pat O'Leary.
Minor Football: Tommy Burke, Denis Long, John Coleman, Con Hartnett, Derry O'Hare and Sean Barrett.

Elsewhere Millstreet's colours are regularly paraded with success. At divisional level, the Club holds 7 Duhallow Junior Football Championship titles, 11 U21 Crowns and lead of honour in Minor Level with 27 successes. In Hurling 3 Junior A Championships are recorded, in addition to 7 Minor and three U21 titles.
Underage, Millstreet are continuously basking in the glow of hurling and football achievements in Duhallow and Sciath na Scol affairs whilst culturally, Millstreet hold an impressive haul of divisional, county and All Ireland successes.

Senior Football C'Ship: (1) 1948 runners up 1940/41/56
Intermediate Football: (2) 1914/1918 runners up 1967
Junior Football: (2) 1941/63 runners up 1902/1944
Kelleher Shield: (1) 1971
Tadgh Crowley Cup: (4) 1968/70/75/83
Minor B Hurling C’Ship: (2) 2000/12.
Junior A Football C’Ship: (7) 1941/44/55/63/92/2003/2014
Junior A Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1933/62/63
Junior B Football C’Ship: (2) 1989/2001
Junior B Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1991/92/2008
Novice Football C’Ship: (2) 1938/1968
Novice Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1975/78/83
Minor A Football C’Ship: (27) 1940/41/42/48/49/50/53/54/60/61/62/64/65/66/67/68/69/ 70/74/75/76/82/83/88/91/94/02.
Minor B Football C’Ship: (1) 2007
Minor Hurling C’Ship: (7) 1949/53/54/94/98/00/01.
Under 21A Football C’Ship: (11) 1967/71/72/84/85/86/88/89/91-2011/12.
Under 21B Football C’Ship: (1)2009
Under 21 Hurling C’Ship: (3) 1992/01/02.
Junior A Hurling League: (5) 1962/63, 2001/03/07
Junior B Hurling League: (2) 1991/2.
Singleton Cup: (1) 1994/2012
Minor Hurling League: (2) 2000/1.
Examiner Cup: (2) 1941/44.
Division 2 JAFL: (1) 2005
Nevin Cup: (2) 1958/1986.
Junior B Football League: (4) 1982/2005/09/11
Minor A Football League: (2) 1993/1999.
Minor B Football League: (1) 2007
Minor B Hurling C’Ship: (1)2012

Player Profile: Kevin Crowley
Club: Millstreet
Height: 6ft
Weight: 12st 1 lbs
Date of Birth: 17th March 1994
Occupation: Student
Position: Centre back
Honours won: 2 Munster U21FC, 3 Duhallow U14 FC, U14 Feile B, 2 Duhallow U16 FC, 2 Duhallow Minor FC, 2 Duhallow U21 FC, VEC All-Ireland, Schools County & Munster Football & Hurling, McGrath Cup, Duhallow Junior A FC, All Ireland Fresher League

When and where did you first play football? In the garden with my brother & father

Best career advice you were given: It’s a game of two halves

What skill do you think is the most important in hurling/football? Being comfortable playing off both left and right

What would you like to change about the game? Nothing except that the black card would be used in a consistent manner

Favourite sport other than hurling/football: Rugby

Books you are currently reading or have just finished: Eric Thomas “The secret to success”

When I was a child I wanted to be… Professional soccer player, playing with Real Madrid

Best football memory outside of playing: Cork winning the All-Ireland 2010

Best hurling/football memory as a player: Winning the Munster Schools Football in 2011

You may not know it, but I’m good at… Swimming

Who is the greatest player you have seen? Sean Cavanagh

If there was a ‘transfer market’ who would you buy? Aidan O’Shea

The best invention ever… X-ray machine – I’ve had my fair share!!

Person you would most like to meet: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? Television – couldn’t live without “Only Fools & Horses”

In ten years’ time I hope to be... Not injured

Millstreet GAA Snippets
  • Millstreet savoured Co. Junior Football glory over Bere Island (1941) & St. Nicks (1963)
  • Millstreet incurred losses in Co. Junior Football Finals to Nils (1902) and 26th Batillion(1944)
  • 1941 Co. Junior Final, Millstreet v Bere Island played in Kenmare. Supporters defied petrol shortage during war years to travel to Kenmare by car, lorry and bicycle
  • Millstreet hopes of a Co. Junior & Senior Football Championship double in 1941 thwarted by St. Nicks on 1-8 to 1-5 defeat in delayed senior final at Macroom.
  • 1941 Co. Junior triumph laid foundation for Millstreet to win lone Co. SFC win in 1948 on defeating St. Vincents in final
  • Enroute to 1948 Co. SFC, Millstreet defeated St. Finbarrs in ¼ Final at Carrigadrohid venue later flooded by ESB for power station
  • 1963 Co. Junior Final, Millstreet defeat St. Nicks 3-9 to 2-3 at Macroom, game delayed one week to December 1st, owning to death of USA President John F Kennedy
  • Two goals for Donie O’Mahony and one by Willie O’Leary key to Millstreet win over St. Nicks in 1963 Co. Junior Final. Former Cork great Willie, passed away earlier this year, Millstreet club President at the time of his death, his son William is current Millstreet coach.
  • Millstreet win 1914 Co. IFC on defeating Skibbereen 1-3 to 0-0, game transferred to open park after Cork Athletic Grounds commandeered by British Army to stable horses.
  • Millstreet land 1918 Co. IFC title, 0-2 to 0-0 good enough to overcome Knockavilla
  • Millstreet hopes of 3rd IFC dashed in 1967 on loss to Urhan 2-15 to 2-6
  • Millstreet runners up in Co. SFC Finals to Beara(1940), St. Nicks(1941) & St. Finbarrs(1956).
  • Millstreet & St. Finbarrs revive memories of previous Co. Final meeting, 1956 SFC clash, St. Finbarrs 3-5 Millstreet 0-4
  • Millstreet last appearance in a Co. Football C’ship Final dates back to 1967 intermediate decider
  • Current player Mark Ellis became 1st Millstreet player to win Munster SHC medal in 2014. No surprise, Mark won longest drive at recent Millstreet GAA Golf Classic in Killarney.
  • 2014 captain Michael Vaughan helped Cork to 2013 All Ireland Junior Football title
  • Current Junior Football panelists to win 2003 divisional honours are Brian Sheahan, Eamon O’Keeffe, Patrick Coleman, Denis Kiely, Tadgh Collins and Donal Cashman. 
  • Also 2003, Millstreet landed a Co. u12 Hurling title with current players on board Michael Vaughan, Michael Murphy, David McCaul and Barry O’Flynn. The quartet help Millstreet Boys NS to Co. Sciath na Scol double at Pairc Uí Rinn.
  • Current panelist Donal Cashman won divisional Junior medals in 1992, 2003 and 2014. 
  • Millstreet seek to upgrade to intermediate status for first time since 1997.
  • After winning 1963 Co. JAFC, Millstreet performed at either intermediate or senior level for 33 of the following 34 years before regarding to Junior A status in 1998.
Path to the Final - Millstreet
Millstreet 2-10 Cullen 0-15
Millstreet 1-12 Dromtariffe 2-8
Millstreet 1-8, Lyre 0-9
Millstreet 2-13 Knocknagree 1-11 (Duhallow Final)
Millstreet 2-5 Glenbower Rovers 0-7 (County Quarter-Final)
Millstreet 1-11 Kilmurry 0-10 (County Semi-Final)

Club Focus: St. Finbarr's
As Gaeilge: Barra Naofa
Division: Seandún
Colours: Royal Blue and gold
Club Twitter: @The_Barrs
Club Website:
Captain: Paul Kennedy

History: The Barrs' First Senior County Football Victory
A new chapter in history began when a magnificent football team outclassed Millstreet in the 1956 County Senior Championship final. The long road to success was dotted with failures, but perseverance, determination and dedication by players and officials alike, culminated in the first senior county football title, achieved by a team of both young and experienced players who produced a brand of fast, skilful and intelligent play which came as a shock to those who regarded the Barrs as primarily a hurling club.
Barrs victory changed the face of Cork football. They implemented a new slick passing game which appealed to the 14,000 fans that paid to see the exhibition. Sean Beecher in his book ‘The Blues’ wrote,”it was a famous victory for the blues, as all first victories are, and the success added a new dimension to the activities of the club. No longer could football be considered merely an addendum to hurling, a game played by hurlers when they had nothing else to do. The winning of a County championship could not be ignored. Football was now part of the Barrs”

Club Record
Cork Senior Football Championship (8) • 1956, ’57, ’59, ’76, ’79, ’80, ’82, ‘85
All Ireland Senior Football Club Champions • 1979, ’80, ’86.
Munster Senior Football Club Champions • 1979, ’80, ’82, ’86.
Intermediate Football Champions • 1930, 1970, 2008.
Junior Football Champions (City Div) • 1941, ’47, ’51, ’60, ’61, 2007, 2008,2011,2013,2014
Fé 21 Football Champions (City & County) • 1973, ’77, ’78, ’85, ’86, 2008.
Fé 21 Football Champions (City Div) • 1982, ’83, ’84. 2000.
Fé 21 Football Champions (City & County) ) • 2014
Minor Football Champions (City & County) • 1941, ’42, ’44, ’47, ’50. ’59, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’68, ’71, ’73, ‘7
5, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, ’96, ’97, 2007.
Minor Football Champions (City Div) • 1948, ’60, ’67, ’88.
Juvenile Football County Champions • 1942. ’44. ‘51, ’59, ’66, ‘71, ’72, ’73, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’89, ‘96. 2010, ‘11
All Ireland Féile na nOg • 1984, ’88, ’89, ‘90.
A.I.B. G.A.A. Club of the year All Ireland Winners • 1984
Cork Senior Hurling Champions (25) • 1899, 1904, ’05, ’06, ’19,’22, ’23, ’26, ’32, ’33, ’42, ’43. ’46, ’47, ’55, ’65, ’68, ’74, ’77, ’80, ’81, ’82, ’84, ’88, ’93
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Champions • 1974, 1977.
Munster Senior Hurling Club Champions • 1968, ’74, ’77, ’80
Cork Intermediate Hurling Champions • 1990.
Cork County Junior Hurling Champions • 1956
Junior Hurling Champions (city div.) • 1940, ’41, ’42, ’55, ’56, ’72, ’81, ’90
Fé 21 Hurling champions (City & County) • 1985, ’90, ’91, ’94
Fé 21 Hurling Champions (City Div) • 1971, ’72, ’75
Minor Hurling Champions (City & County) • 1939, ’40, ’41, ’43, ’47, ’48. ’75, ’80, ’83, ’86, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’97,
Minor Hurling Champions (City Div) • 1944, ’88
Juvenile Hurling Champions (City & county) • 1970, ’87, ’95, ’96, ’97,
Juvenile Hurling Champions (City) • 1941. ’43. ’46. ’51. ’66. ’70. ’80. ’85, ’98.
All Ireland Féile na nGael • 1978, ’85

Notable Players:Football
John Kerins RIP
Jimmy Barry Murphy
Christy Ryan
John Cremin
Tony Leahy
Paddy Hayes
Mick Slocum
Fionan Murray
Michael Shields
Ian Maguire

Player Profile: Paul Kennedy

Club: St. Finbarr’s
Height: 5ft 11ins
Weight: 12st 7lbs
Date of Birth: 01/04/87
Occupation: Teacher
Position: Corner Back
Honours won: U15 City Football Championship, U16 Hurling City & County, U16 Colleges Football County, Minor B City Football, U21 City & County Championship, Junior City Hurling Championship, 2x Junior Football City, Premier Intermediate Football County

When and where did you first play hurling/football? Aged 4 with Greenside in the Barrs’ Street Leagues

Best career advice you were given: Bring a towel.

What skill do you think is the most important in football? Kicking

What would you like to change about the game? Have a fixture calendar set in stone that isn't changed on the whim of inter-county teams.

Favourite sport other than hurling/football: Road Bowling

Books you are currently reading or have just finished: "The Dirtiest Race In History"

When I was a child I wanted to be… A County champion with the Barr’s

Best football memory outside of playing: Paul Walsh saving a penalty in a young Neville Southall

Best football memory as a player: Winning the U21 Football county

You may not know it, but I’m good at… Penalties, ask Jim O'Donoghue!

Who is the greatest player you have seen? Barry Newman during his "champagne" boots phase

If there was a ‘transfer market’ who would you buy? Andy Concannon (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh)

The best invention ever… The towel

Person you would most like to meet: Brett "Hitman" Hart

Marooned on a desert island what could you not be without? A towel

In ten years’ time I hope to be... Still playing Junior Hurling and Football with the Barrs

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