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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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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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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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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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Is the Art of Playing Hurling dying and is it now played like Gaelic Football and Rugby?

It does not seem that long ago (to me at any rate) since I spent most of my summer evenings training, or just pucking a sliotar in the Glen Field. This is not going to be a piece about how … Continue reading

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Winning Streaks

Have you ever noticed how different years, or different sports seasons, can be defined by a series of similar feats or incidents? Take the Premiership season just finished in Britain; it will be remembered – if it is remembered at … Continue reading

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Dava – Dave O’Brien President of Glen Rovers

The passing of Glen Rovers president, Dave O’Brien last Sunday morning was very much the end on era for the club. It is not just that he was president of the club, or that he has given over 70 years … 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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Best North Mon Hurling team part II

Last night I finished my look at the North Mon’s Harty Cup hurling history at 1943. At that point the school had accumulated 10 titles and it’s role as a leading hurling nursery was firmly established. The team I picked … Continue reading

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