Cloughduv Hurling Club.

1889 - 2002.
             
     

 

Officers 2001-2002
President:                         Michael Leahy
Vice-President:                Fr. Tim O'Sullivan
Chairman:                        Denis Canty
Vice-Chairman:               Tim Barry Murphy
Secretary:                         Jim Holland
Underage Secretary:         Michael O'Sullivan
Treasurer:                         Derry Keane
Registrar:                          Paul Shanahan
P.R.O:                               Tim Murphy

 

 

The Field of Play
1889
Whilst evidence may prevail as to the existence of hurling in the Cloughduv area prior to the foundation of the GAA in 1884, the precise year of the clubs affiliation to the Cork GAA is 1889.The first recorded encounter involving the club was against Belgooly in the St.Finbarr's Hurling Club Tournament of 1889, a match they won by 3-5 to 0-0.
The club made its mark on Cork GAA early on contesting the County Minor Final of 1906 and winning the Intermediate Championship of 1911. After this success the Club played in the Senior Championship and whilst the Senior Championship title might have eluded the Club they did win the Coveted Beamish Shield, a shield presented to the County Board in late 1911 by R.H. Beamish Esq., Alderman, City High Sheriff. Twelve clubs entered for the Beamish Shield in 1912. Cloughduv and Redmonds qualified for the Final, which was played in Coachford. It is reported a very big crowd attended the game and it is said that 1000 Redmond supporters traveled to the venue by train. The half-time score had Cloughduv in the lead by 3-1 to 1-0. The donor of the Shield Ald. Richard Beamish threw in the ball to start the second half and despite constant pressure by Redmonds the men from Cloughduv held on to win by 5-2 to 2-3. The winning team was-
Batt Foley (captain), Barry Murphy (Vice-captain),J.Barry Murphy, J.Barry Murphy, Neil Murphy, Richard Cronin, Daniel Foley, Daniel Buckley, Timothy Buckley, Eugene McSweeney, Michael Downey, Thomas Richardson, Donal O'Leary.

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1927
Cloughduv played in the Senior Championship until 1927 and in the following year amalgamated with Bride valley and played under the name Eire Og. The amalgamated proved to be very successful and in their very first year won the County Senior Title. In the Final played at the Cork Athletic Grounds Eire Og defeated Mallow by 3-2 to 2-1 before an attendance of 10,000 who paid gate receipts of 332. 17. 0. This amalgamation was disbanded in 1936 and Cloughduv played in Junior ranks.

1940
In 1940 the Club won the County Junior Title for the first time defeating Avondhu Champions Newtownshandrum in the Final, which was played in Fermoy. Cloughduv won the game easily on a scorline of 10-0 to 5-1. An interesting item from this game was the fact that there was no trophy for the Junior County winners at that time.
After the Junior success of 1940 Cloughduv played in the Intermediate Championship in 1941 and in the first round overcame Brian Dillons, who had beaten Cloughduv in the 1938 Junior County Final, and in the semi-final defeated Ballinora at Ballincollig. In the Final they were pitted against reigning champions Buttevant led by County Full Back Batt Thornhill. The game was played at the Mardyke. The sides were level at half-time Cloughduv 1-3 Buttevant 2-0.It was all Cloughduv in the second half and at the final whistle Cloughduv were in front by 6-4 to 3-0.The winning team was: Jim Buckley, Denis Crowley, John Barry Murphy, Jerome O'Leary, John Crowley (captain), Tomas Fleming, John O'Flynn, Jim O'Grady, Denny Barry Murphy, Eddie Doyle, Willie Conroy, Sean O'Mahony, Neil Moynihane.

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1944
After this victory Cloughduv played in the Senior Championship until 1944 when once again they regraded to Junior. They Contested the County Junior Finals of 1945, 1951, 1953 and 1964 losing all four finals. They reached the Final again in 1970and made up for their previous disappointments defeating
Courcey Rovers at Ballinhassig by 3-15 to 2-4with the following team:
S. O'Mahony, M. Keane, D. O'Brien, J. Dunlea, D.J. O'Riordan, T. Dunne, J. Cronin, N. Dunne, T O'Mahony, P. Lucey, T. Kelly, C. Kelly, S. Cunningham, M. Walsh, G. Kelly.

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1973
Once again Cloughduv were in the Intermediate Championship and in 1973 they annexed the Intermedaite Title defeating Blackrock at Cobh on a scoreline of 2-9 to2-3 with the following side:  
S. O'Mahony, J.Cronin,J. Collins, J. Dunlea, T. Dunne, D. O'Brien, N. Dunne, D.J. O'Riordan P. Lucey, T. Kelly, T O'Mahony, C. Kelly, D. Healy, M. Walsh. Two weeks later nine members of this side won County Intermediate Medals with Canovee. Before the year had run its coarse Cloughduv won the Intermediate league defeating Newtownshandrum at Castletownroche by 4-10 to 2-7.

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1981
In 1981 they were defeated by Newtownshandrum in the County Intermediate Hurling Final at Mallow but two years later they were back once again to take the title overcoming Ballinhassig at Ballinora by 1-14 to 1-7. The Cloughduv team on this occasion was: S O'Mahony, P. Kenneally, T. Dunne, B. Lynch, J. Barry Murphy, L. Lynch, J. Grainger, P. McDonald, T. Barry Murphy, D. O'Leary, P. Lucey, C. Kelly, M. Ring, C. Barry Murphy, B. McSweeney.

1984
The Club remained in the Intermediate grade after this success and in 1984 the Centenary Year, they overcame Carrigtwohill, Bandon, and Mallow to reach the County Final yet again but Erin's Own defeated Cloughduv on this occasion. Two years later Cloughduv were back in the final and this time the opposition was again Erin's Own. Cloughduv emerged victorious on this occasion on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-11. Cloughduv played in Senior ranks for the next few years but regraded to Intermediate again after little success in the Senior grade. Cloughduv's last appearance in the Intermediate final was in 1994 when they met St Catherines in the final played in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Unfortunately Cloughduv were defeated on a scoreline of 3-12 to 2-11
However the year did not go without reward when the Junior A team defeated Ballincollig in the Mid-Cork Junior Final to bridge a 24 year gap.

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1994
Since 1994 Cloughduv Hurling club has gone through a very lean period and the decision was taken by the Club to regrade to Junior ranks for 2002.

The Cloughduv of Today

Over the past number of years there has been a big revival of hurling in the underage section of the club. A lot of hard work has been put in over the last number of years and when you look at the clubs record over the past 10years it shows. Numerous Mid-Cork titles including 2 under 12 titles, 3 under 14 titles, 3 under 15 titles and 4 under 16 titles aswell as an under 12 County title in1999 and a County under 14 Feile na Gael title in 1997 auger well for the future of the Club.

Mid Cork Junior A Champions 2002
Junior A League 2002
Junior B League 2002


The Club today caters for people of all ages starting as young as 8 years old.

 


In 2002 Cloughduv fielded teams at under 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, Minor (under 18), 21 Junior B and Junior A.
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Off The Field

Off the field of play Cloughduv Hurling Club are also very active. Over the winter months the club enters the GAA organized competition Scor. Cloughduv compete in Scor Na bPaiste (National School Children), Scor Na nOg (under 17) and Scor Sinsir (over 17). Cloughduv have enjoyed a huge amount of success in these competitions at Muskerry and County Level.
Proof of the Clubs strength in Scor is the fact that they have won the Niall Casey Cup for the best overall Club for 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Another highlight of Cloughduv's success in Scor is their County Success in Scor Na nOg in 1996 in the Novelty Act section.

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Opening Of Pitch

1967 saw the official opening of the GAA pitch in Cloughduv. The pitch was named    Fr.O'Driscoll Park and is still today one of the best playing surfaces in the county with several Mid-Cork and County Championship games being played there every year.

Clubs Successes on the Field of Play

Cloughduv have played in nine intermediate Finals winning five of them.
They were victorious in 1911,1941, 1973, 1983, 1986.

Cloughduv have won two Junior County Titles : 1940, 1970

Cloughduv have won 15 Mid-Cork Junior Titles:


1933,  1938,  1939,  1940,  1948,1  950,  1951,  1953,

1956, 1957,  1959,  1964, 1967, 1970,  1994.


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