The day “Tough Barry” sent off four players.

Although just a tournament hurling match in the Amber Ale tournament, this game was played in Clonakilty in 1938 between the Rockies and the Barrs appears to have been a very robust affair. The famous, Jim “Tough” Barry saw red and sent four players to the line according to Con Hannigan’s report. Tough Barry wasContinue reading “The day “Tough Barry” sent off four players.”

Con Hannigan’s Childhood in Ballinure.

Con Hannigan, wrote a lot about his childhood in Ballinure. This is probably one of his most evocative articles about glorious summer days in old Ballinure listening to the hurling matches on the radio and surrounded by real live hurling stars, (” the mighty men of Ballinure”) such as Mick Cashman, Johnny Quirke, Marie O’Connell,Continue reading “Con Hannigan’s Childhood in Ballinure.”

Crawford’s Quay Revealed on the Mahon Walkway.

Among the sites on the Mahon Walkway to stop and wander (at low tide) is the old grass covered quay by the Ballinure side on the Douglas estuary close to T. J. McHugh Park. An old boathouse lies opposite and Mahony’s Lane nearby. This was believed to be a docking quay used by the CrawfordsContinue reading “Crawford’s Quay Revealed on the Mahon Walkway.”

Handwritten Note of the Boys of Blackrock Ballad.

Blackrock National Hurling Club has a rousing ballad which appeared in its 1984 publication The Rockies. This song, which is published regularly in its annual reports and sung with passion on the occasion of famous victories by the club’s hurlers, young and old. Today, we publish Con Hannigan’s composition, which he also named the BoysContinue reading “Handwritten Note of the Boys of Blackrock Ballad.”

Albert Rovers, A Cork Soccer Club.

Albert Rovers FC was founded in 1946, and the club was originally based in the Albert Road and the Marina area. The club became successful, later becoming members of the Munster Senior League. It won the league in 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1958-59 and were victorious in the FAI Intermediate Cup in 1953-54 and 1958-59, defeatingContinue reading “Albert Rovers, A Cork Soccer Club.”

Blackrock National School Photo 1939.

We are again indebted to the archives of the late Con Hannigan (as supplied by Historian Richard T Cooke) for an article. in relation to his young days in Ballinure and Blackrock. Included is an old photo of Blackrock National School, (High Infants and First Class). While this photo was taken in 1939 and isContinue reading “Blackrock National School Photo 1939.”

Poetic Tribute from Con Hannigan to the Blackrock Soccer Teams

A poetic and stirring tribute from Con Hannigan to the Blackrock soccer teams. (The Gonkers team referred to by Con was Maymount from the Northside, whose most famous player was Don Donovan who played for years with Everton). Home Page Ferdia O’ Mahony. Next Post. Blackrock National School Photo 1939.