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.”

Ringmahon Rangers Photograph from 1958, the Start of their Golden Era.

This photo from 1958, was taken on the old pitches at Church Road, where the Willow Bank estate is now built. The Ringmahon Rangers club began as a school boys team in 1951. It was founded at Dunlocha Cottages. In 1958/59 the club won the AUL Junior Championship. Ringmahon Ranger AFC, made it a three-inContinue reading “Ringmahon Rangers Photograph from 1958, the Start of their Golden Era.”

Blackrock Soccer Team, Munster Cup Final in 1945.

The Blackrock Soccer team, which drew with Cork United B, in the Munster Cup Final at the Mardyke in 1945. Blackrock Soccer Club supplied four full international players to the Irish team at various times. These internationals were goalkeepers Mick McCarthy and Jim Fox Foley, a winger, Timothy Jim O’Keeffe, and centre-half Florrie Burke. DoContinue reading “Blackrock Soccer Team, Munster Cup Final in 1945.”

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”

Dunlops Factory, It Made Golf and Tennis Balls.

Dunlops Factory operated in Cork on the Centre Park Road from 1935 to 1983. At one stage, almost 2,000 people worked in the Dunlops complex, many hundreds from this area. While the factory mainly produced tyres, the workers also made rubber footwear, tennis balls and hundreds of thousands of golf balls. Dunlops factory was theContinue reading “Dunlops Factory, It Made Golf and Tennis Balls.”

Blackrock Soccer Team 1950.

An interesting photo from 1950 of the Blackrock Soccer Team which includes some of the young soccer players of the era. Pictured (front from left). T. Aherne, D. Aherne, T. Twomey, B. Scannell, J. Olden: (back). C. Hannigan, T. Hassett, J. O’Keeffe, J (“Tapum Over”) O’Grady, F. Scannell and B. Walsh. The photo originally appearedContinue reading “Blackrock Soccer Team 1950.”

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.”