Kilmurry GAA is a Gaelic football club based in the division of Muskerry of Cork GAA in the county of Cork, Ireland. It currently fields teams from Junior A all the ways down to under 10 with the underage sides competing in the East section under the stewardship of RebelOg.
On 15 November 2008 Kilmurry G.A.A launched its club History with Micheál Ó Muirchearaigh in the Kilmurry G.A.A. hall. The club dates back to 1875 and all the activities of that 130-year period have been recorded in a 500-page book.
The club share its facilities with its sister club, St. Vals Ladies Gaelic Football club who operate in the senior grade of the Cork Ladies football championship. Another sister club in the parish is Cloughduv Hurling Club who also compete in the Junior A grade in the Muskerry division
The Kilmurry club has a long and proud tradition dating back to 1875, which makes it one of the oldest clubs in the country. At that time the game was known as "rough and tumble" in which men of the finest physique could survive. The chief opposition in those days came from the adjacent parishes of Kilmichael, Aglish, Murragh and Clondrohid. A short time before the G.A.A. was founded Sir Augustus Warren of Warrenscourt arranged a game between Kilmurry and a military Regimental team stationed at Ballincollig. The Fenian spirit was strong at the time and though some of the players were tenants of Sir Augustus yet the invitation was not accepted.
Michael Cusack then founded the Gaelic athletic association in 1884 at Hayes hotel in Thurles and soon afterwards Kilmurry were to affiliate to that organisation.
Kilmurry representing the whole of the parish in these times were able to enter two teams in the Senior Championship and made an immediate impact on the football field around the 1890s, which surely should hand down a message to our present generation of footballers.
In 1890 they contested the County semi final against Midelton at the Polo grounds Ballincollig. Many unprejudiced spectators on that day, felt that Kilmurry were unlucky losers as a goal with a minute to go was disallowed. Midelton then defeated Dromtariffe in the county final and later went on to win the All Ireland. The members of that historic team were Dan Murphy Capt, Jimmy Long, Mike Wall, (Pullerick), Tim Kelleher, (Clonmacow), Denny O'Donovan, Jas O Donovan, (Tereveen), Con Horgan, (Dooniskey), Ed Murphy, Jerh Murphy, Tom Murphy, (Crossmahon), Dan Desmond, (Lissarda), Con Murphy, Donal Murphy, Ned Murphy, (Shandangan), Con Moynihan, Jer Moynihan, Con Burke, (Canovee), John Hinchion, (Knockavullig), J Murphy, (Maghalough), D Kelleher, Peter Bawn Murphy, (Kilcondy), Tom G Murphy, (Warrenscourt), D Parnell-O Mahony,(Kilbarry), Joe McSwiney and Jas O'Mahony,(Ballymichael).
Two years later Kilmurry avenged their defeat by Midelton in the Semi-final but lost to Clondrohid ll in the final. In winning the Championship Clondrohid had the unusual distinction of defeating two teams from Kilmurry at different stages of the same championship.
Interest then began to fade in the Club at the turn of the century owing to lack of players.
In 1910 the club was re-organised and with many Canovee players at their disposal played under the name of Canovee in the competition for clubs not having a senior team. The club was reorganized after World War I.
First County Final
On 20 September 1924 amid great scenes of jubilation the Cork Junior Football Championship title was won at Coachford after a replay against Nils. Kilmurry were then to lose three Cork Intermediate Football Championship finals. In 1925, they lost to Mitchelstown in Riverstown, in 1932 they lost to Fermoy at U.C.C. grounds on 19 September on a score Fermoy 2-4, Kilmurry 0-1.
Success however was soon to come their way when in 1933 the first and still only Cork Intermediate Football Championship title was won. Despite missing three of their outstanding players – Tadhg Murphy Pullerick, Pat O'Leary Kilcondy, and John Crowley Crookstown, they overcame the strong challenge of Bantry Blues at Dunmanway on 24 September. The following year they entered senior ranks where they remained until 1941 and again competed in the Cork Senior Football Championship of 1945 and 1946. During these times they caused more than one shock but without ever managing to go the whole way. In 1935 they had the distinction of defeating three in a row County champions Beara at Bantry and in 1937 they knocked out Senior Football specialists Clonakilty. This was the only year Clonakilty did not compete in the County Final in the thirties
1939 County Minor Title
Kilmurry's next County title came in 1939 when they won the Minor Football Championship having just played one game. There were only two entrants for the Mid Cork Championship and Macroom were nominated to represent the Muskerry Division before its internal competition took place.
Macroom defeated Avondhu in the county final at U.C.C. grounds but were later to lose the Mid Cork Championship to Kilmurry on a score Kilmurry 1-5, Macroom 0-5 played at Coachford on Sunday 3 March 1940. Although a lot may be written since about Kilmurry's masterstroke on the day Kilmurry was awarded both the county and Divisional titles.
1958 to 1980's Following poor results in the early 50's interest in the club was not as great as earlier years and following a lean period the Club went out of existence in 1956. Then in 1958 Tim Harrington, Dooniskey, who had different positions in the club from 1942 onwards set about to re-organise the club and after three attempts at forming a committee early that year, the following were elected to serve the club; Chairman -William Murphy, Coolduv; Hon Secretary - Tim Harrington, Dooniskey; Vice Chairman - Denis McCarthy, Kilmurry; Committee members - Dan Fitzgerald, Dooniskey, Denis O'Callaghan, Tereveen and Denis Sheehan, Kilmurry. They wisely decided to start at grass roots level and concentrated at building up a good school shields team. John Crowley, Crookstown was appointed trainer and their efforts were immediately rewarded. They defeated Kilnamartyra, Macroom and Ballincollig in the final to capture the Mid Cork School Shields Title, but this fine bunch of young boys were determined to have the County Cup also in their hands. They then went on to defeat Bandon in the first round of the championship before falling to Upton in the semi-final. An objection to the legality of Upton was immediately lodged and following a lengthy hearing Kilmurry was in the county final against Mallow. The game was played in Coachford, and their victory was to secure a sound base for the future success of the club. Later, this team was unlucky to lose to Macroom in a Mid Cork Juvenile Final after the appointed referee failed to show up but were soon to make amends when capturing the Mid Cork Minor title of 1962.
Meanwhile Kilmurry Juniors were trying to get on the winning trail but were not meeting with any success despite some good efforts. They contested the divisional final on three occasions 1966-1968 but lost on all occasions. However these years of frustration were to end in 1969 when they captured the Mid Cork and County Junior Football Titles.
Mean while the club had captured a Mid Cork Juvenile B Title in 1968 by defeating Eire Og and later several of the same players won the Club its first Under 21 Championship defeating Macroom in the 1971 Final played at Coachford. The following team took to the field that day; Martin Coughlan, Dan Buckley, Liam Fleming, Denis Galvin, Dan O'Halloran, Liam O'Sullivan, Denis Lucey, Ml. Galvin, Pat Lucey, Sean Murphy, Edward Galvin, Jas O'Sullivan, Denis Healy, Ray O'Sullivan, Anthony Hickey and Maurice Galvin.
These wins were to lay the foundations for further success in the late 70's and early 80's. Despite a bright beginning in intermediate ranks in 1970 several players again became unavailable to the Club and following successive disappointing championship displays the Club regarded to Junior ranks in 1976.
While there was no immediate return to instant success the nest decade would prove both on and off the playing field the most successful years of the club. It began with the winning of a further Mid Cork Junior Title in 1978, then in 1981 the club's greatest goal was achieved when it successfully negotiated the purchase of six acres of ground to begin with what you see here today and finally climaxing in 1986 with the winning of three Mid Cork Championships titles, 2 County titles and a Mid Cork Junior league.
In the meantime further Mid Cork Junior titles were added in 1980 and 1984 as well as the 1980 and 1986 County Junior Title. Following this victory Kilmurry went up the Intermediate ranks. An Under 21 team were successful in winning the 1981 Under 21 B Championship. Also during this period our underage teams enjoyed a fair share of success from a successful arrangement between ourselves and Canovee coming together at Under 12 and Under 14 level. Playing under the name of Kilmurry Under 14 Titles was won in 1978 and 1982 and Under 12 Mid Cork and County Title were also won in 1982.
1990 to present
The official opening of Pairc Sheain Mhic Ghearailt was in 1991, the club's new playing fields and dressing rooms, named after one of the Club's stalwarts. County Board Chairman Tony O'Mahony cut the tape on a project that took many years and much effort to achieve. It was fitting that the year's end saw our Junior B's win their first Mid-Cork Championship, beating Ballinora in the final. They added the League Title for good measure. The years 1992 - 1995 saw the Club on a roller coaster ride of emotions as it competed in two County Intermediate Championship Finals, beaten narrowly in 1992 by Mallow by 1 point, and in 1995 by the Dohenys in another year of heartbreak for the Club. If the Billy Long Cup eluded us, we achieved a small measure of consolation, winning two Intermediate League Titles in 1990 and 1994.
The 1990s also saw the Club win the Muskerry Cup for the first time in 1992 and an Under-21 title in 1993. Our Minor team won the B Championship and League in 1995, and their own Divisional League in 1997 the Non-Exam League in 1998, and the A Championship in 1999 with a tremendous victory over Grenagh. The decade ended as it began, with a Junior B Championship and League double.
The Club competed for a number of years in the invitation only Clonakilty National Seven-A-Side Competition, reaching the Final in 1995 only to be beaten by Castlehaven in a cracking Final.
The new millennium dawned with an historic win by the Junior C team in the Championship, who beat Ballincollig by two points in an epic battle. The Intermediates won the Tom Creedon Cup; the latest win was the Junior B League in 2003. In 2003 Kilmurry intermediates regraded to the Junior grade.
The last decade or so has been notable for the Club's contribution to Cork's Inter-County Football teams at all grades, and a both player and selector level. Among those who have donned the Cork jersey were John O'Leary, John Clifford, Conor Murphy, James Fleming, Finbarr Crowley, James White, James Down and David McCarthy. Selectors Sean Murphy, Jim Murphy, and Donal Holland have contributed greatly to All-Ireland winning teams.
The Club did not forget its duty to Muskerry. It has supplied many players to the Divisional team down through the years. Dan Buckley, Jim Murphy, and Patrick Harrington have acted as able selectors. Dan Buckley served on the G.P.C. for many years, and former Club Chairman J.J. Long has been Vice-Chairman of the Divisional Board since 1999. Jack Lynch was Vice-Chairman a few years back of the Mid. Cork Juveniles Board Michael White and Niall Down were previously Chairman and PRO, respectively of the Mid-Cork Juveniles Board Kilmurry have players and selector involved in the Muskerry U16 which have won the Liam Lyne Cup on six occasions with Kilmurry players involved in all of them. Kilmurry have also been fortunate enough to have players involved with Cork underage.
In 2000 the underage club was organised in an officership structure to create a juvenile club within the auspicious of Kilmurry GAA Club. In 2003 the Club was greatly honoured by the election of Jim Murphy as Cork County Board Youth Officer. The Club has been blessed with committed Referees such as Raymond O'Sullivan, Pat O'Leary, Dave McCarthy, Jason Murphy, J.J. Murphy and Bartholomew Buckley.
- Cork Senior Football Championship Runners-Up 1892
- Cork Intermediate Football Championship 1 title 1933 Runners-Up 1925, 1928, 1992, 1932, 1995
- Intermediate Football League - Winners 1990, 1994
- Cork Junior Football Championship 4 titles - 1924, 1969, 1980, 1986 Runners-Up 2012
- Cork Minor Football Championship Winners 1939
- Cork Minor B Football Championship 2 titles 2006, 2009 Runners-Up 1986
- Mid Cork Junior Football Championship - 7 titles 1931, 1969, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 2012 Runners-Up 1926, 1927, 1934, 1939, 1944, 1947, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1979, 1985, 2013
- Sean Murphy
- Jim Curtin
- John Clifford
- Seamus McCarthy
- Gay Lally
- Martin Kelleher
- Tim Joe O'Leary
- Conor Murphy
- John O'Leary
- "Rockchapel complete the fairytale season". Irish Examiner. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
- "Buckley inspired as Kilmurry finish with a flourish". Irish Examiner. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "Kilmichael singing again". Irish Examiner. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.