St. Vincent's GAA (Cork)

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St. Vincent's GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the Blarney Street and Sundays Well parts of Cork city, Ireland. It also includes in its catchment area Gurranabraher, Churchfield and Knocknaheeny. Teams are fielded in Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. The club participates in Cork GAA competitions and in Seandún board competitions. The greatest achievements in the club's history was winning the 1968 Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship and the 2006 Premium Intermediate Football Championship. As a result they were promoted to senior status though in the football case, this only lasted one year as the club was relegated in 2007. Currently the club plays in the Intermediate grade in both sports.

History[edit]

In 1943 St Vincents Hurling and Football club was founded to promote Gaelic games in the Blarney Street and Sundays Well areas on the North West side of Cork City. Later, as the city grew, their catchment area expanded to encompass Gurranabraher, Churchfield and Knocknaheeny. From small beginnings few could have imagined that Cumman Uinsinn Naofa would develop so quickly to become such a thriving and successful club in such a short space of time.

By 1946 the club had won the Junior Football County Final and boasted to being one of the first clubs in the county to own their own pitch. The grounds would be redeveloped on a couple of occasions over the decades culminating in the activities from the early nineties which have seen the building of a state of the art complex housing several dressing rooms, meeting rooms, a large training hall, 3 adult size pitches and a social club in Blarney Rd. An all-weather pitch has recently been installed and there are plans to install floodlighting on one of the adult ptiches.

On the playing side, the club has won numerous honours over the years at all levels including the intermediate hurling county title in 1968 and a senior hurling league in 1972. Recent years has heralded great success at underage level with various teams winning honours at the premier and A grades. The highlight of this has been the winning of the Minor Premier County in 1998. These players would go on to join with members of other successful underage teams from the 90’s to help the club win its first intermediate football title in 2006.

Achievements[edit]

Notable players[edit]

  • Paddy Barry - hurling goalkeeper with Cork in 1960s and 1970s
  • Paddy O'Shea - reserve goalkeeper on current Cork football panel
  • Jim Russell - winner of All-Intermediate Hurling championship medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Courage gets Vincent’s over line". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 

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