Blackrock GAA

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Blackrock National Hurling Club
Cumann Iománuoíchta Náisiunta Na Carraige Duibhe
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Founded: 1883
County: Cork
Nickname: The Rockies
Club colours: Green and Gold
Grounds: Church Rd., Blackrock
Coordinates: 51°53′35.43″N 8°25′05.87″W / 51.8931750°N 8.4182972°W / 51.8931750; -8.4182972Coordinates: 51°53′35.43″N 8°25′05.87″W / 51.8931750°N 8.4182972°W / 51.8931750; -8.4182972
Playing kits
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Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Munster
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Cork
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Hurling : 3 5 32

Blackrock National Hurling Club is a G.A.A. club located on the southside of Cork City, Ireland. The club was founded in 1883 and is primarily concerned with the game of hurling. No club in Cork holds more Senior County Hurling titles or All-Ireland Club Championships. The club is widely known as 'The Rockies'.

Hurling[edit]

History[edit]

In a city that boasts three of hurling's most notable clubs, Blackrock, on the south side of Cork City, has seen some considerable success. Blackrock Hurling Club was officially founded in 1883, one year before the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association itself. It is therefore the oldest club in Cork. Until 1888 the club was known as Cork Nationals, when it changed its name to National Hurling Club of Blackrock, and later in the same year to Blackrock National Hurling Club.

Blackrock won eight of the first nine Cork Senior Hurling Championship titles and, in the early years of the All-Ireland Championship when the winning clubs represented the county, subsequently claimed the All-Ireland titles for Cork in 1893 and 1894. Blackrock once again claimed the All-Ireland hurling title for Cork in 1903 and were such a dominant force in Cork hurling that up until the 1930s the Blackrock club selected the county team.

Blackrock's dominance in Cork hurling has been challenged on occasions by Glen Rovers and St. Finbarr's, however, Blackrock have always been the leading club on the Roll of Honour. The team enjoyed a successful spell in the 1970s winning All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship titles in 1972, 1974 and 1979, along with five Munster titles in the same decade.

In the last six years, Blackrock have won five Under 16 Premier Juvenile Cork County Championships (2008-2013), four of the last five Premier Minor Cork County Championships (2009, 2011 & 2012, 2013) and the 2012 Under 21 Cork County Championship. The challenge remains to convert this underage success into renewed Senior Championship competitiveness. The club has now gone ten years without tasting senior glory.

Honours[edit]

  • Cork Senior Hurling Championships: 32
    • 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1903, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1956, 1961, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1999, 2001, 2002
  • Cork Under-21 Hurling Championships: 3
    • 1976, 1977, 2012[1]
  • Cork Minor Hurling Championships: 11
    • 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1994, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013[2] 2013
  • Cork City Junior Hurling Championships: 7
    • 1931, 1947, 1949, 1970, 1973, 2003, 2013[3]
  • Croke Cup Winners: 3
    • 1903, 1910, 1913

Famous Hurlers[edit]

This is a list of notable hurlers who have played for Blackrock. Generally, this means players that have enjoyed much success with the club or have played for the Cork senior hurling team.

Player Era Club titles
All-Ireland Munster County
Mick 'Gah' Ahern 1920s-1930s 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
Paddy 'Balty' Ahern 1920s-1930s 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
John Bennett 1950s-1960s 1956, 1961
Jimmy Brohan 1950s-1960s 1956, 1961
Alan Browne 1990s-2000s 1999, 2001, 2002
John Browne 1990s-2000s 1999, 2001, 2002
Richard Browne 1980s-1990s 1985
Jim Cashman 1980s-1990s 1985, 1999
Mick Cashman 1950s-1960s 1956, 1961
Tom Cashman 1970s-1980s 1979 1978, 1979 1978, 1979, 1985
Donie Collins 1970s-1980s 1972, 1974, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Eudie Coughlan 1920s-1930s 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
John Coughlan 1920s-1930s 1920, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
Pat Coughlan 1880s-1890s 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898
Alan Cummins 1990s-2000s 1999, 2001, 2002
Brendan Cummins 1970s-1980s 1972, 1974 1971, 1973 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985
Frank Cummins 1970s-1980s 1972, 1974, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985
Ray Cummins 1960s-1980s 1972, 1974, 1979 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985
Paddy Delea 1920s-1930s 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
Stephen Hayes 1880s-1890s 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898
John Horgan 1970s-1980s 1972, 1974 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Jim Hurley 1970s-1980s 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930
Dermot Mac Curtain 1970s-1980s 1979 1975, 1978, 1979 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985
Billy Mackessy 1900s-1910s 1903, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913
Pat Moylan 1970s-1980s 1972, 1974, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
John 'Curtis' Murphy 1880s-1890s 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898
Seán Óg Murphy 1910s-1920s 1913, 1920, 1924, 1925 and 1927
Frank Norberg 1960s-1970s 1972, 1974 1971, 1973, 1975, 1979 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979
Edward 'Marie' O'Connell 1920s-1930s 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
Éamonn O'Donoghue 1970s-1980s 1974, 1979 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985
Peter 'Hawker' O'Grady 1920s-1930s 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931
John O'Halloran 1960s-1970s 1974 1973 1971, 1973
Johnny Quirke 1920s-1930s 1929, 1930, 1931
Fergal Ryan 1990s-2000s 1999, 2001, 2002
Mick Ryan 1950s
Wayne Sherlock 1990s-2000s 1999, 2001, 2002

Famous Teams[edit]

Year Competition Team A Score Team B Score Result
1972 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final Blackrock 5-13 Rathnure 6-9 Bernard Hurley; Pat Casey, Paddy Geary, John Horgan (Capt.); Simon Murphy, Frank Cummins, Frank Norberg; Michael Murphy, Pat Kavanagh; Donie Collins, Ray Cummins, Pat Moylan; Brendan Cummins, John Rothwell, Dave Prendergast.
1974 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final Blackrock (2-14)
3-8
Rathnure (3-11)
1-9
Tim Murphy; John Rothwell, Paddy Geary, John Horgan (Capt.); Frank Cummins, C. O’Brien, Frank Norberg; Jack Russell, Pat Moylan; Pat Kavanagh, John O’Halloran, Donie Collins; Dave Prendergast, Ray Cummins, Éamonn O’Donoghue. Subs: S. Kearney, D. Buckley. (Note: Brendan Cummins played in the drawn game.)
1979 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final Blackrock 5-7 Ballyhale Shamrock 5-5 Tim Murphy; Frank Nornerg, C. O’Brien, John Horgan (Capt.); Dermot Mca Curtain, Frank Cummins, Andy Creagh; Tom Cashman, J. O’Grady; Pat Moylan, Tom Lyons, Donie Collins; Éamonn O’Sullivan, Ray Cummins, Éamonn O’Donoghue. Subs: D. Buckley.

Club Ballads[edit]

The club has two ballads written in its honour. "We'll Bring Glory Home" was written by Kenny O'Connell in 1998 and is written about Blackrock Hurling Club and its sister club St. Michael's GAA Football Club. "The Boys of Blackrock" is a much older ballad.


We'll Bring Glory Home

Where the south of Cork City meets up with the Lee

And the flags they fly proudly of Golden and Green

You can walk by the castle where the sand meets the foam

And the boys from Blackrock, they'll bring glory home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We're the boys from Blackrock

And we'll Bring Glory Home

We are proud of our heroes who have worn gold and green

With a football or a hurley - they're the best that you've seen

We take pride in our colours and wherever we roam

With Blackrock or St.Michaels, we'll bring glory home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We're the boys from Blackrock

And we'll Bring Glory Home

So wherever you wander - playing fields far and wide

We're The Dazzlers and The Rockies and remember with pride

All those men gone before - those whose legends have grown

We will die for the jersey and we'll bring glory home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We'll Bring Glory Home

We're the boys from Blackrock

And we'll Bring Glory Home


The Boys of Blackrock

I met an old hurler now sixty and six,

Who played centre forward and under the sticks,

He played with the Islands,the Redmonds and Barrs,

He had medals to prove it with old battle scars,

He could play don't forget although an old crock,

But the best men he met were the boys of Blackrock.

I asked his opinion what he had to say,

Of the men of the past and the boys of today,

He answered me with a gleam in his eye,

Can you equal the men of the days that's gone by

For the men of today are just chips off the block,

Of the men who won credit for Cork and Blackrock.

If you wanted a hurler you'd find him for sure,

Ballinlough,Ballintemple and around Ballinure,

I don't care what you say but give me the old stock,

And stand up and hurl with the boys of Blackrock.

Can you equal the Coughlans,the Ahernes,the Sheas,

Scannell,Cremin,Curtis and match Stephen Hayes,

I can mention their names from the round of the clock,

The men that won credit for Cork and Blackrock....

" Twas the Rockies taught Ireland what hurling was then,

With science and skill they proved they were men,

Against prejudice they stood many a hard knock

The boys that won credit for Cork and Blackrock.....

Now all you young hurlers take pattern by me,

And don't waste your time by the banks of the Lee,

Just come down to Beaumont and meet the old stock,

And we'll learn to hurl with the boys of Blackrock.

Bibliography[edit]

  • East to Mahon, The Story of Blackrock, Ballintemple, Ballinlough, Ballinure and Mahon, Richard Henchion, Dahadore Publications, 15 Wilton Lawn, Cork, 2005. ISBN 0-9541293-2-6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ryan goals keep resurgent Rockies on roll". Irish Examiner. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Four-goal Rockies retain crown". Irish Examiner. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rockies rule thanks to Cormack’s fine finish". Irish Examiner. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

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