St. Michael’s Gaelic Football Club.

St. Michael’s Gaelic Football Club, was founded in 1951, after a meeting in the Leaping Salmon in Blackrock Village. The hurlers who had played with the Blackrock Hurling club or other young people in the area, who were footballers had no local team to play football with, so in order to provide an outlet itContinue reading “St. Michael’s Gaelic Football Club.”

Pairc Ui Rinn: a Local “Field of Dreams” on the Boreenamanna Road.

Pairc Ui Rinn, a Local Field of Dreams on the Boreenamanna Road. The first competitive soccer game on the famous Flower Lodge ground was in 1957, when AOH Football Club played Sligo in the FAI Cup. According to Plunkett Carter (From The Lodge to the Box) the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) purchased the 11.5Continue reading “Pairc Ui Rinn: a Local “Field of Dreams” on the Boreenamanna Road.”

John Quirke: Why would Ring ask me about Hurling?

John Quirke was born in Milltown, Co. Kerry in 1911. His father got a job at the Ursuline Convent and the family moved to Blackrock and later to 7 Ballinure Cottages known as the “White City”. This famous park in Ballinure, constructed in the mid 1930s has produced so many famous hurlers, camogie and soccerContinue reading “John Quirke: Why would Ring ask me about Hurling?”

Cork Constitution… Templehill to Mahon.

Cork Constitution Rugby Club is one of the most famous and successful rugby clubs in Ireland. The club known as “Con” was founded in 1892 by members of the Constitution Cricket Club composed of employees of the Cork Constitution Newspaper, based at Marlboro St. This was a Unionist newspaper, published six days a week. TheContinue reading “Cork Constitution… Templehill to Mahon.”

Ringmahon Rangers: A Band of Brothers

This is a photo of the Ringmahon Rangers team of 1968/69, winners of the Munster Senior League, Senior Shield, and Keller Cup. Back L to R : Christy Ahern, Johnny O’Leary RIP., Ned Barry, John Lynch, Pat Fitzgerald, Paddy Ahern.Front: Val Sheehan RIP, Paul McCarthy, John (Langhton) Fitzgerald (capt,), Eugene Gosnell, Michael O’Leary (RIP).Sitting: JohnContinue reading “Ringmahon Rangers: A Band of Brothers”

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.”

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.”

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.