Rockwell Rovers GAA
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Rockwell Rovers is a Gaelic Athletic Association hurling and gaelic football club located in the village of New Inn in Tipperary, Ireland. The Rockwell GAA club was founded on 20 October 1887 and the scroll prescribing this is displayed in Rockwell College. The club was originally located in Rockwell College but moved to the village in 1932. The club came to national attention in 2009 when they took part in the second series of the reality TV programme Celebrity Bainisteoir, when they were managed by Tipperary model Andrea Roche.
Rockwell won 5 Intermediate West Football Titles in a row between 2007 and 2011 inclusive, beating Arravale Rovers, Golden/Kilfeacle twice, Cappawhite and Emly in the finals, as well as two O'Donoghue Cup Senior Football Titles during this period, again beating Golden/Kilfeacle and Arravale Rovers in the deciders. The club also won the 2013 title beating Cashel 0-16 to 2-06 in the final. The club also won the West Title in this grade in 1979, 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1998. O'Donoghue Cups were also won in 1983 and 1984.
It also won West Junior A Football Titles in 1947, 1951, 1960, 1963, 1967, 1972, 2002 (v Cappawhite) and 2005 (v Solohead), winning the county title also in 1967 and 2005 (beating St Paticks Drangan 1-14 to 0-9 in the final in the 05 decider played in Gortnahoo.)
The clubs second string football side won West Junior B Football Titles in 2011 and 2013, beating Cashel on both occasions and the 2013 side also won the County Title v Clonmel Og in Cahir 1-10 to 0-06. The clubs second team now plays in the West Junior A Football Championship.
The club also won West Junior B Hurling Titles in 1994 (v Solohead played in Clonoulty),1996 (v Cashel played in Bansha) and in 2002 (v Solohead played in Emly) again.
Junior A West Hurling Titles were won in 1939, 1950, 1967 and 2011 (beating Emly in Golden). The 2011 side also won the County Title beating Moneygall in the quarter final, St Patricks/Drangan in the semi and in the County final itself against Thurles Sarsfields 1-14 to 0-13, overturning a 5 point half time deficit.
A West Intermediate Hurling Title was won in 2012 by beating Galtee Rovers in the quarter final, Arravale Rovers in the semi final and then Sean Treacys in the final itself in Dundrum 2-12 to 1-10 en route to the title.
The club won West and County Under 21 Football Titles in 1987 (v Ardfinnan) and 2010 (v Mullinahone), as well as West and County Intermediate Football Titles in 1987 (v Borrisokane in Littleton). West Under 21 Football Titles were also won in 1961, 1971, 1989, 1994, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
A West Senior Football Title was also won in 1980 amalgamated with Golden Kilfeacle.
County Juvenile Hurling and Football Titles were won in 1955 (the hurlers beating a fancied Toomevara side in the final) and the footballers repeated the feat in 1956 for good measure.
The club continues to compete strongly in both hurling and football and is one of very few clubs in Tipperary to win County Titles in both codes and adult level in the recent past.
- "History of Rockwell Rovers". Official Site. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Celebrity Bainisteoir". RTÉ Entertainment. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Andrea Roche teams up with Rockwell Rovers for Celebrity Bainisteoir". The Nationalist. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2012.