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About Diarmuid

Hi, I am Diarmuid O'Donovan. I write a weekly column for the Evening Echo newspaper in Cork, Ireland. I hold an MA in Local History from UCC, Cork. This blog is an experiment which I hope to develop into a local history site. Meanwhile, I will post some of my columns for you to read. I hope you enjoy them, please leave some comments. Thank You, Diarmuid

JACK LYNCH RAISED SPORTING FLAGS AND HORIZONS OF MANY

In a boy’s world of the 1920s, be it Shandon Street or anywhere in the world, money was not the main currency; athletic ability was. The boy who could run the fastest, climb the highest or puck the sliotar furthest, was king.

Jack Lynch could do all of these. His prowess was partly due to his natural athletic ability, partly due to the regular meals – which a regular wage provides, partly due to his home environment and partly due to the education provided by the nuns of St Vincents and the Christian Brothers of the North Monastery. Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Castlehaven’s defeat of Duhallow in the Cork County Senior Football Final Last Sunday

We once had a player in our club who could kick a football higher than any other player I have ever seen. In matches, and in training, this player would burst onto a pass and whether he was 20m or … Continue reading

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St Patricks Boys National School, Brian Dillons Hurling and Football Club and their entwined history

On the 29th of November 1937, almost 75 years ago, 261 boys came to school at the old St Patricks Boys National School at St Lukes Cross, Cork. When everyone was settled down and accounted for, the boys and their … Continue reading

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St Nicks v Na Piarsaigh Cork County Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff – Part 2 the fall out

Writing last week’s column about the legacy of Gaelic Football in both the St Nicholas and Na Piarsaigh clubs did nothing to purge the feeling of impending doom I felt about last Saturday’s relegation play-off between the two sides. This … Continue reading

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St Nicks v Na Piarsaigh Cork County Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff. Part 1 – The Build Up

In or around 7pm next Saturday, barring a draw in Páirc Uí Rinn, the north side of Cork city will find that it has lost a senior football club. This is because St Nicholas and Na Piarsaigh will face each … Continue reading

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Lessons from the All-Ireland Football Final

Because life is a cycle, the Sunday Game programme had hardly finished last Sunday night when the thoughts of the majority of the viewers were all ready concerned with the most enduring of all GAA questions; who’s going to win … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Donegal

As we head towards next Sunday’s All-Ireland football final it struck me that very little is known in this part of the country about Donegal, and Donegal football. Cork people have strong opinions about other counties. In most conversations concerning … Continue reading

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Mayo’s All-Ireland semi-final win was due to Dublin’s loss of Mickey Whelan

I got a text message not long before half time of last Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi-final between Dublin and Mayo. “Mayo bossing it big time” the message read. The Mayo team were bossing it – at that stage of the … Continue reading

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John Gildea A Tribute

John Gildea RIP I was deeply upset to hear of the death of John Gildea of St Finbarrs Hurling and Football Club last week. I first met John in 1995 when I was coach to the Cork City under-16 football … Continue reading

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Lance Armstrong (Part 1) Written in August 2012

It came as no surprise to me that cyclist Lance Armstrong has decided not to contest the charges of using performance-enhancing drugs that were made against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Like many other sports fans, I watched in … Continue reading

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