Ballincollig GAA

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Baile an Chollaigh
County: Cork
Colours: Green and White/ red white and black
Grounds: Ballincollig
Coordinates: 51°53′33.65″N 8°35′18.36″W / 51.8926806°N 8.5884333°W / 51.8926806; -8.5884333Coordinates: 51°53′33.65″N 8°35′18.36″W / 51.8926806°N 8.5884333°W / 51.8926806; -8.5884333
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Ballincollig GAA is a Gaelic football and hurling club based in the town of Ballincollig, County Cork, Ireland. The club is affiliated with the Cork GAA board and plays in the Muskerry divisional competitions. In 2009, the club will participate in the Cork Senior Football Championship and the Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship.


The GAA itself was founded in 1884 and the first Cork County Board was formed in 1886 with 21 teams from across the county. Ballincollig were in this initial 21, however it was not until 1887 that the first record of entry into the Championship from a team from Carrigrohane, with a late submission. With a lot of upheaval in the early days of the board, there were rival boards formed and in 1891 the club entered a team under the name of Ballincollig Gladstonians. It wasn't until 1895 that the Ballincollig recorded its first significant victory in the Bride Valley Tournament by defeating the Barrs. In 1903 the club as well as the town fell into decline with the closure of the gunpowder mills. 1909 saw a huge revival with the arrival of new Parish Priest Fr Dan O'Donovan and the starting up of the Mid Cork Leagues. 1919 saw the adoption of today's club colours, green and white and it wasn't until 1927 that the club introduced a football team at any level. 1939 saw Ballincollig win the Intermediate Hurling Championship and were then regraded to senior status. In 1942, the club was the first team in nine years to defeat Glen Rovers in the Cork Senior Hurling Championship. In the period from 1941 to 1943, the club came very close to winning the Senior Hurling title. In 1943, a dubious free almost 9 minutes into added time cost the clubvictory over a great St Finbarr's side. After being outclassed in the previous two finals by Glen Rovers and St Finbarr's, Ballincollig had delivered their greatest ever senior display, only to be held to a draw in controversial circumstances. In the replay, they were unable to get over the sense of injustice from the drawn game, and they capitulated easily.

In 2009, the club won their first ever Cork Under-21 Football Championship atoning for their defeat 13 years previously. Hot favourites and reigning county champions St Finbarr's were dethroned. Despite hitting 18 wides, performances by Ciaran O'Sullivan (Man of the Match winner), Ronan O'Driscoll and Mickey Lordan as well as scores from Kealan Hickey, Kieran Joyce, Ian Coughlan and Kieran O'Driscoll led the club to victory on a 0-11 to 0-09 scoreline.

In 2011 Ballincollig GAA Club won its first ever top grade Minor Football County Championship by defeating Douglas after a replay and added time in the CIT sports complex. Added to this was the Intermediate hurlers winning the Liam Breathnach Cup, the Senior footballers winning the Tadgh Crowley Cup and Junior footballers winning a Mid Cork Championship to cap off the most successful year in a long time for the Senior section of the Club.

Cork Senior Football Championship 2014[edit]

On October 19, 2014, Ballincollig won their first ever Cork Senior Football Championship, defeating Carbery Rangers on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 to bring the Andy Scannell cup to the town. The victory represented the greatest ever success for the club's senior football team. Scorers for Ballincollig on the day were Cian Dorgan 0-6 (4 frees), John Kelly 1-0, Ian Coughlan (2 frees), Cian Kiely 0-2 each, Luke Prendergast, Sean Kiely, Niall Allen, Ciarán O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Man of the Match in the final was George Durrant.

Ballincollig's path to the final included a 1st round victory over St Finbarrs 1-9 v 1-8, a defeat of Carbery in round 4 by 3-15 v 1-11, a win over their own divisional side in the quarter final beating Muskerry by 0-20 v 1-9, before beating Nemo Rangers in the semi final by 2-10 v 0-9.

The final itself saw Ballincollig recover after trailing by six and seven points at various stages in the first half, to limiting their opponents Carbery Rangers to just a point after the 32nd minute. In the eight minutes between then and half-time, though, Ballincollig effected a near-total transformation scoring 6 points. Cian Dorgan with a point from play kickstarted the fightback and he scored two more with Seán Kiely, Niall Allen and Luke Prendergast also on target. The half time score was 0-9 to 0-8 in favour of Carbery Rangers. John Kelly scored the Ballincollig goal in the second half. Despite a late penalty claim by the Carberry Rangers players, Ballincollig saw out the game with a three-point, famous victory.

For a more complete history of the club visit the club's official website:


Notable players[edit]

  • Sean Barry-Murphy - 1965 Cork Intermediate Hurling
  • David Bourke - Cork Junior Football 1990 & 1993
  • Eddie Bourke - 2000 Minor football
  • Shamie Burrows - 1937 Minor hurling
  • Johnny Dwyer - 1995 Minor hurling
  • Billy Fitton - 1965 Intermediate hurling
  • Willie "Long Puck" Murphy
  • John Miskella[5]
  • Podsie O'Mahony[5]
  • Paddy "Hitler" Healy
  • Paddy Kelly
  • Dan Lynch - 1940 Junior hurling, 1937 Minor hurling
  • Paul McCarthy - 2000 Minor football
  • Ger McCullough - 1991 Minor football
  • Billy Murphy - 1967 & 1968 Under-21 Hurling
  • Chris Murphy - 1928 Minor hurling
  • Dan Murphy - 2004 Intermediate Hurling, 1997 & 1998 Under-21 Hurling, 1995 Minor hurling
  • Des Nangle - 1961 Minor football
  • Con O'Connell - 1987 Junior Football & 1986 Under-21 Football
  • Rory O'Doherty - 2004 & 2006 Intermediate Hurling
  • Eoin O'Sullivan - 2005 Minor Hurling
  • Stephen O'Donoghue - 2007 Under-21 Football, Cork Senior Football
  • Florrie O'Mahony- 1951 Minor hurling
  • Con Radley - 1940 Junior hurling
  • Gerry Ring - 1993 Junior football
  • Noel Galvin - Cork Senior Football
  • Sean walsh-cork minor hurling
  • dylan jackson-cork 21 football 2017
  • danny mul buzzing chops 1999


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