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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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Will the crowds ever come back to the Cork County Hurling Championships

Last Sunday’s attendance was paltry. A little more than 2,500 I would suggest. This made for a surreal atmosphere. There was never going to be the sight of a Glen and a Barrs supporter rolling on the ground like they used to during the Eucharistic Cup games at the Mardyke. But then the crowd last Sunday did not spend the interregnum between the end of the Eucharistic Procession and the beginning of the game at the Mardyke in various hostelries between the Grand Parade and the Western Road. Continue reading

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Minor upsets don’t always lead to major misfortunes

There is a looming crisis for the GAA in all urban areas, and Cork city is no exception this. The lack of city based players is most likely accounted for by the falling standards urban GAA competition, and the failures of urban schools in the Harty Cup schools competition, rather than any perceived bias on behalf of the Cork selectors. Continue reading

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The tragic death of Willie John O’Connell

On Monday next, April 2nd, the under-14 hurling teams of the St Finbarrs and Blackrock will play at St Finbarrs. This will be the inaugural game of what will become an annual challenge between the clubs. A special trophy has … Continue reading

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Cork County Hurling Final 2011 – Carrigtwohill and Me

I had some great fun with the Carrigtwohill teams over the next three seasons. It was the first time that I had ever trained a team outside my own club of Glen Rovers and St Nicks and it gave me a whole new perspective on training and managing teams. Continue reading

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The first Cork City under-16 hurling and football champions

In its first year (1939) the new Bord organised hurling and football under-16 leagues. The Gerald Griffins club won the leagues. Gerald Griffins was only in existence for a few short years. But in that time it set the standard for underage GAA in Cork. It also produced a remarkable crop of players and personalities who left an enduring legacy to the GAA in Cork. Continue reading

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