THE BEGINNINGS


The club was founded in 1887. From humble beginnings in the barrack field right through to our modern set up in Pairc Lios gCúl the club has actively played it's part in the promotion of Ireland's national games in the parish. The club had the honour of playing in the first Cork Senior Football final losing to lees 0-4 to 0-1. Afterwards it had a healthy competition with Midleton GAA Club continuously challenged for senior honours. However come the early 1900's due to mainly economic reasons, a lot of people in the area moved to the parishes of Ballinacurra and Aghada, this resulted in a decline of fortunes for the club. However the club survived and eventually the first adult title was claimed by the club as Captain Dan Joe McCarthy led the 1952 hurlers to the East Cork B title against Watergrasshill. Further success for the club followed when our own Willie Moore played for the Cork senior hurling team. During his time with the Cork team he won one All-Ireland winners' medal and one Munster winners' medal on the field of play. This happened in 1954.

In the decades that followed from the club's resurgence in the 1950's, they captured their first football title in 1961 followed with another in 1964. The 1970's saw a resurrection in hurling fortunes with hurling titles gained in 1971 & 1977. The 1971 team were unlucky to lose out on a double as they lost to Youghal in the 1971 'B' football final. The club nearly made the 1981 'A' hurling final but lost out to the eventual runners-up Dungourney in the semi-final. In 1983 they lost out in a great battle to St.Catherines who would go on to win the cork county title that year, but had the consolation of winning the 1983 'B' Football championship later on in the year.

Another barren spell ensured but come the 1990's the club exploded into life. This was due to the club fully establishing its Juvenile section in 1991. In May of that year the club saw its Under 12's capturing the clubs first juvenile title after defeating Cobh 4-18 to 0-8 in the U-12 football final, with the team captained by Liam Mulcahy. Since then, the club has gone from strength to strength at both adult level and Juvenile. 1994 was the ground breaking year for the club, as the junior hurlers won the clubs first adult county title winning the Junior B Hurling Final beating Buttevant 3-6 to 1-11 on the 23rd October 1994. Also the official opening took place of Pairc Lios gCúl seven months later. Since then the club grew, with several Juvenile and Adult titles coming to the club since then. Some include their second Junior B County Title in 2008, a first Under-21 title after losing seven finals, this was against Cobh in 2009, an All-Ireland Hurling sevens title and East Cork Division One football title which were both captured in 2014. The latter was a major landmark as it was the first time the club collected an 'A' grade title.

Also the club has seen several of its players representing the club at Cork level in both codes. The adult team currently competes at Junior A level Hurling and Football in the Imokilly (East Cork) division.