Carbery Rangers GAA
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Carbery Rangers is a Gaelic football club in Rosscarbery in County Cork, Ireland. It plays in games organised by Cork county board. It is one of the oldest clubs in Cork, having been founded in 1887. It currently competes in the Cork Senior Football Championship, and in the Carbery GAA division competitions. The club does not field any hurling teams.
The Carbery Rangers club was founded in 1887. The first meeting was held on November 10, 1887 in a house which stood on the site which in now the Celtic Ross Hotel. As far as the name of the club is concerned, some of the earliest match reports give the name Carbery Rangers or in some cases Rosscarbery Rangers. This title was changed briefly in 1890 to the name Michael Dwyer in response to a request that all clubs should adopt patriotic names. As to why the name Carbery Rangers was chosen in the beginning we just don't know, but it can be assumed that it had connotations of athletic ability, durability, and fearlessness in the Rangers part of the title and the Carbery part obviously came from the title of the local barony. The colours of the club at the beginning would seem to have been green and gold, as a report on a monster meeting held in Ross early in 1888, refers to the members of the newly formed GAA club being dressed in their "orange & green" uniforms. The present colours of the Carbery Rangers are green, white, & yellow hoops, a design that dates back to the time when the club was reorganised in 1900.
The first match played by the club under Gaelic Athletic Association rules was on 4 December 1887 in a field, which was part of the lands of Downeen Castle. The field was situated a good distance from Ross but it did not deter a huge throng of people from attending the match. Up to 4,000 people are said to have witnessed the game against (O' Briens) Skibbereen, which resulted in a win for the Rangers. The first championship won was the West Cork senior football championship in 1906. The team reached the Cork Senior Football Championship final but lost to Fermoy. The club won its first Senior County title in 2016 by beating Ballincollig in the final. The club progressed to the Munster Senior Club Football Championship whereupon they were defeated by The Nire of Waterford in the semi-final.
- Cork Senior Football Championship: Winners 2016, Runners-Up 1905, 1906, 2014
- Cork Intermediate Football Championship: Winners 2005, Runners-Up 2004
- Cork Junior Football Championship: Winners 2003, Runners-Up 1939, 1987
- Cork Minor Football Championship: Runners Up 1955,
- West Cork Junior Football Championship: Winners 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1998, 2003. Runners-Up: 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1955, 1956, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000
- West Cork Junior B Football Championship: Winners 1954
- West Cork Junior B Hurling Championship: Winners 1942 Runners Up 1962, 1963
- West Cork Junior C Football Championship: Winners 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, Runners Up 1981, 1989, 1993, 2003
- West Cork Junior D Football Championship: Winners 2004
- West Cork Minor A Football Championship: Winners 1955, 1956, 1992, 2006, Runners Up 1993, 2003, 2006
- West Cork Minor B Hurling Championship: Runners Up 1973, 1975
- West Cork Minor B Football Championship: Winners 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1979, 1990, 2005, Runners Up: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1989
- West Cork Under-21 Football Championship: Winners 1995 Runners-Up: 1981, 1992
- West Cork Under-21 C Hurling Championship: Winners 2012
- West Cork Under-14 Premier Championship: Winners 2005