Cork Junior Football Championship

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Cork Junior Football Championship
IRL Cork flag.gif
Irish Craobh Peile Shóiseareach Chorcaí
Founded 1895
Trophy Donal O'Sullivan Cup
Title holders Knocknagree (3rd title)
Most titles Nils (7 titles)
Sponsors Evening Echo

The Cork Junior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Evening Echo Cork County Junior Football Championship) is an annual Gaelic football competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1895 for the fourth tier Gaelic football teams in the county of Cork in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the autumn months with the county final currently being played in October. The prize for the winning team is the Donal O'Sullivan Cup. The championship has always been played on a straight knock-out basis, whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship. Since 2017, defeated divisional finalists have been allowed to enter the championship.

The Cork Junior Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Junior Club Football Championship. The winners of the Cork county final join the champions of the other five counties to contest the provincial championship.

Sixteen clubs currently participate in the Cork Junior Championship. The title has been won at least once by 63 different clubs. The all-time record holders are Nils who have won a total of 7 titles.

Knocknagree are the title-holders after defeating Erin's Own by 2-19 to 2-10 in the 2017 championship decider.[1] They are the first team to win the county championship without having earlier won their own divisional title.

History[edit]

Established in 1895 as a championship for the second teams of clubs playing in the Cork Senior Championship, the junior championship was initially played on a countywide basis. With the creation of the Cork Intermediate Championship in 1909, victorious clubs in the junior grade were gained promotion to the intermediate grade.

As more and more clubs were founded, the decision was taken in 1926 to organise the junior championship on a divisional basis. Each of the eight divisions provided their championship-winning team to represent their division in the county championship.

After the intermediate grade was disbanded in 1939, the winners of the Cork Junior Championship gained promotion to the Cork Senior Championship. This system of promotion and relegation lasted until 1964 when the intermediate grade was reintroduced.

In 2017 the eight divisional runners-up were also allowed to field teams in the junior championship.

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 2005 the Junior Championship has been sponsored by the Evening Echo. The championship was previously sponsored by Permanent TSB.

Trophy[edit]

The winning team is presented with the Donal O'Sullivan Cup. Donal O'Sullivan played club football with Lees, before winning back-to-back Munster medals in 1956 and 1957 with the Cork senior team. He later served in a number of administrative roles, including vice-chairman and chairman of the Cork County Board and chairman of the Munster Council.[2]

Qualification[edit]

The Cork Junior Football Championship features sixteen teams in the final tournament. Approximately 80 teams contest the eight divisional championships with the eight champions and eight runners-up automatically qualifying for the county series.

Division Championship
Avondhu GAA North Cork Junior A Football Championship
Beara GAA Beara Junior Football Championship
Carbery GAA West Cork Junior A Football Championship
Carrigdhoun GAA South East Junior A Football Championship
Duhallow GAA Duhallow Junior A Football Championship
Imokilly GAA East Cork Junior A Football Championship
Muskerry GAA Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship
Seandún GAA City Junior A Football Championship

Roll of honour[edit]

# Team Wins Winning Years
1 Nils 7 1902, 1903, 1904, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915
2 Bandon 5 1925, 1929, 1953, 1975, 2015
Fermoy 5 1898, 1899, 1909, 1936, 1974
4 Urhan 4 1927, 1931, 1960, 1992
Kilmurry 4 1924, 1969, 1980, 1986
Glanmire 4 1923, 1937, 1951, 1958
7 Knocknagree 3 1984, 1991, 2017
Millstreet 3 1941, 1963, 2014
Glanworth 3 1954, 1971, 2009
Canovee 3 1950, 1968, 2007
Youghal 3 1905, 1906, 1999
Dohenys 3 1935, 1966, 1993
Ballincollig 3 1933, 1940, 1981
Dromtarriffe 3 1934, 1938, 1959
Midleton 3 1896, 1917, 1939
16 Mitchelstown 2 1961, 2013
Rockchapel 2 1987, 2012
Erin's Own 2 1994, 2005
Kiskeam 2 1964, 2002
Newmarket 2 1970, 1998
Kilshannig 2 1985, 1996
Newcestown 2 1967, 1990
Naomh Abán 2 1973, 1988
Bantry Blues 2 1928, 1972
Castlemagner 2 1947, 1952
Collins 2 1945, 1948
Kinsale 2 1900, 1932
Cobh 2 1901, 1908
William O'Brien's 2 1895, 1897
30 Gabriel Rangers 1 2016
Kanturk 1 2011
Cloyne 1 2010
Éire Óg 1 2008
Adrigole 1 2006
Aghabullogue 1 2004
Carbery Rangers 1 2003
Ilen Rovers 1 2001
Killavullen 1 2000
Ballinora 1 1997
Glenville 1 1995
Aghada 1 1989
Donoughmore 1 1983
Passage 1 1982
Grange 1 1979
Kildorrery 1 1978
Castletownbere 1 1977
Castlehaven 1 1976
Na Piarsaigh 1 1965
Douglas 1 1962
Nemo Rangers 1 1957
St. Michael's 1 1956
Delaney Rovers 1 1955
St. Patrick's 1 1949
St. Vincent's 1 1946
21st Battalion 1 1944
Bere Island 1 1943
Combined Services 1 1942
Clonakilty 1 1930
Geraldines 1 1926
Knockavilla 1 1916
Juverna 1 1911
Lees 1 1910
Macroom 1 1907

List of finals[edit]

2017 Knocknagree 2-19 Erin's Own 2-10
2016[3] Gabriel Rangers 2-13 Shamrocks 2-7
2015[4] Bandon 3-11 Iveleary 2-9
2014[5] Millstreet 1-9 St. Finbarr's 1-8
2013[6] Mitchelstown 0-12 St. Colum's 2-4
2012[7][8] Rockchapel 1-7 Kilmurry 0-7
2011 Kanturk 1-20 Mitchelstown 0-4
2010 Cloyne 0-10 White's Cross 0-9
2009 Glanworth 0-8 Ballygarvan 0-5
2008 Éire Óg 1-8 Ballygarvan 1-5
2007 Canovee 1-8 Kildorrery 0-9
2006 Adrigole 0-5 Grenagh 0-3
2005 Erin's Own 1-12 O'Donovan Rossa 1-11
2004 Aghabullogue 1-9 Adrigole 1-7
2003 Carbery Rangers 0-10 Kilnamartyr 0-5
2002 Kiskeam 0-19 Adrigole 0-9
2001 Ilen Rovers 0-14 Kinsale 1-1
2000 Killavullen 1-12 Kiskeam 2-5
1999 Youghal 3-8 Ilen Rovers 1-13
1998 Newmarket 0-9 Killavullen 0-8
1997 Ballinora 0-12 Kiskeam 2-5
1996 Kilshannig 1-7 Youghal 0-5
1995 Glenville 0-8 Tadhg MacCarthaigh 0-5
1994 Erin's Own 0-15 Kiskeam 2-7
1993 Dohenys 1-10 Carrigtwohill 0-6
1992 Urhan 1-10 0-12 1-6 Midleton 2-7 1-9 0-3
1991 Knocknagree 2-7 Deel Rovers 1-8
1990 Newcestown 0-12 Castlemartyr 0-5
1989 Aghada 0-9 0-8 Knocknagree 0-9 0-4
1988 Naomh Abán 1-8 Clyda Rovers 2-4
1987 Rockchapel 2-5 Carbery Rangers 1-4
1986 Kilmurry 0-6 Valley Rovers 0-5
1985 Kilshannig 1-7 2-6 Valley Rovers 0-10 2-4
1984 Knocknagree 0-13 Mallow 1-9
1983 Donoughmore 1-3 St. Nicholas 0-5
1982 Passage 1-4 Knocknagree 0-6
1981 Ballincollig 2-11 Aghada 2-7
1980 Kilmurry 1-4 Clyda Rovers 0-1
1979 Grange 0-14 Knocknagree 2-4
1978 Kildorrery 3-6 Brian Dillons 1-8
1977 Castletownbere 3-5 Rockchapel 0-8
1976 Castlehaven 3-7 Castletownbere 0-6
1975 Bandon 1-11 Carrignavar 1-1
1974 Fermoy 1-7 Castletownbere 0-8
1973 Naomh Abán 2-15 Mitchelstown 0-5
1972 Bantry Blues 1-12 Adrigole 2-6
1971 Glanworth 1-8 Adrigole 0-8
1970 Newmarket 1-9 Adrigole 2-4
1969 Kilmurry * Midleton
1968 Canovee 3-6 Adrigole 1-11
1967 Newcestown 2-12 Midleton 1-2
1966 Dohenys 1-4 3-8 (R) Grange 1-4 1-6 (R)
1965 Na Piarsaigh 1-3 Dohenys 0-4
1964 Kiskeam 1-10 Crosshaven 1-1
1963 Millstreet 3-9 St. Nicholas 2-7
1962 Douglas 2-10 Midleton 1-3
1961 Mitchelstown 2-8 O'Donovan Rossa 2-4
1960 Urhan 1-7 Mitchelstown 0-4
1959 Dromtarriffe 5-1 Dohenys 3-1
1958 Glanmire 2-7 Mitchelstown 2-5
1957 Nemo Rangers 1-5 Mitchelstown 0-5
1956 St. Michael's 5-6 Dromtarriffe 0-5
1955 Delaneys 1-8 Mitchelstown 1-5
1954 Glanworth 1-6 Cobh 1-4
1953 Bandon 1-4 Glanworth 1-2
1952 Castlemagner 1-7 Bandon 1-5
1951 Glanmire 1-4 3-2 (R) Delaneys 1-4 1-5 (R)
1950 Canovee 0-4 3-6 (R) Newmarket 0-4 1-4 (R)
1949 St. Patrick's 1-6 Glanworth 1-1
1948 Collins 5-11 Canovee 3-0
1947 Castlemagner 0-6 Collins 0-3
1946 St. Vincent's 3-6 Bere Island 1-4
1945 Collins 1-5 3-7 (R) St. Patrick's 2-2 0-2 (R)
1944 21st Battalion 2-6 Millstreet 0-3
1943 Bere Island 5-4 Commercials 1-3
1942 Combined Services 3-5 Clann na Gael 0-4
1941 Millstreet 1-2 Bere Island 0-3
1940 Ballincollig 1-6 Youghal 1-3
1939 Midleton 2-6 Carbery Rangers 1-2
1938 Dromtarriffe 2-4 Ballincollig 1-1
1937 Sarsfields 2-2 St. Anne's 0-2
1936 Fermoy 3-1 Cullen 0-2
1935 Dohenys 1-3 St. Anne's 0-3
1934 Dromtarriffe 2-2 Mitchelstown 0-0
1933 Ballincollig 3-1 St. Anne's 1-1
1932 Kinsale 1-2 Dromtarriffe 0-1
1931 Urhan 0-6 Shamrocks 0-2
1930 Clonakilty 2-3 Ballincollig 0-0
1929 Bandon 1-3 Iveleary 0-0
1928 Bantry Blues 2-2 Mitchelstown 2-1
1927 Urhan 1-6 Newmarket 1-0
1926 Geraldines 2-3 Kilbrittain 1-2
1925 Bandon 0-2 Commons Road 0-1
1924 Kilmurry 1-2 Nils 0-2
1923 Glanmire 1-3 * St. Nicholas 1-3
1922 No Championship
1921 No championship
1920 No championship
1919 No championship
1918 No final *
1917 Midleton 5-2 Knockavilla 0-0
1916 Knockavilla 1-4 Shamrocks 1-0
1915 Nils 2-1 Bantry 0-1
1914 Nils Sundays Well
1913 Nils 4-2 Bantry 2-2
1912 Nils 2-2 Skibbereen 0-0
1911 Juverna 1-0 Nils 0-0
1910 Lees 2-8 Juverna 0-2
1909 Fermoy 0-6 Macroom 0-4
1908 Cobh Fermoy
1907 Macroom Nils
1906 Youghal Macroom
1905 Youghal Macroom
1904 Nils Fermoy
1903 Nils Carrigadrohid
1902 Nils Millstreet
1901 Cobh Fermoy
1900 Kinsale Macroom
1899 Fermoy Lees
1898 Fermoy Dohenys
1897 William O'Brien's Bantry
1896 Midleton 0-1 * Ballindangan 0-1
1895 William O'Brien's 0-4 Dromtarriffe 0-1
  • Midleton beat Bantry Blues in other semi-final but both were disqualified so Kilmurry were awarded the title
  • In 1923, Glanmire won title in replay
  • 1918 - Youghal and Meelin qualified for final which was not played
  • 1896 Midleton won title in replay

Records[edit]

Gaps[edit]

Junior B Football Championship[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2017[9] Argideen Rangers 3-13 Kilbrin 3-7
2016 Ballyhooly 1-13 2-11 (R) Cobh 2-10 1-8 (R)
2015[10] Kilmeen 5-14 Grange 0-5
2014[11] Castlelyons 1-6 Kilmeen 0-7
2013 Charleville 0-6 Ballinacurra 0-5
2012[12] Diarmuid Ó Mathúna's 2-9 Kilmeen 0-9
2011 Belgooly 2-14 Charleville 1-8
2010 Kilbrin Charleville
2009 Kilbrittain 2-11 Russell Rovers 0-9
2008 Argideen Rangers 0-9 Araglin 1-2
2007 St. Oliver Plunkett's 1-13 Passage 2-7
2006 Clan na Gael 1-14 Churchtown 0-9
2005 Dripsey 1-9 Araglin 0-5
2004 St. Mary's 2-10 Rathpeacon 0-8
2003 Muintir Bháire 3-11 Rathpeacon 0-12
2002 Barryroe 2-11 Belgooly 0-4
2001 Argideen Rangers 1-15 Ballyhooly 1-9
2000 Liscarroll 1-13 Lyre 0-3
1999 Glengarriff 2-9 Randal Óg 1-7
1998 Rathluirc Rovers 1-6 Freemount 0-4
1997 St. Colum's 0-11 Glengarriff 0-5
1996 Kilbrin 2-10 Carrignavar 1-7
1995 Diarmuid Ó Mathúna's 2-9 Kilworth 2-5
1994 Kilmacabea 0-13 Lough Rovers 1-3
1993 Argideen Rangers 1-17 Killavullen 0-6
1992 Kilbrittain 3-10 Freemount 0-8
1991 Rathpeacon 0-10 Awbeg Rangers 1-6
1990 St. Oliver Plunkett's 1-6 Burton Rovers 0-7
1989 Castlelyons 3-4 Whitechurch 1-9
1988 Abbey Rovers 0-8 1-6 Ilen Rovers 0-8 0-6
1987 Inniscarra 1-7 Awbeg Rangers 0-4
1986 Ballinure 1-6 Russell Rovers 1-3
1985 Kilbrin 0-6 Kilworth 0-2
1984 Kilmeen 0-12 Awbeg Rangers 0-7

Junior B Inter-Divisional Football Championship[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2017 Cobh 4-14 Cill Na Martra 2-6
2016 Kilbrittain 0-11 Cobh 1-4
2015[13] Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-14 Ballinacurra 0-14

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Glory for Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh". Irish Examiner. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.