Holycross-Ballycahill GAA

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Holycross-Ballycahill
Mainistir na Croise Naofa - Bealach Achaille
Founded: 1885
County: Tipperary GAA
Colours: Green and White
Grounds: Holycross
Coordinates: 52°38′57.55″N 7°52′34.38″W / 52.6493194°N 7.8762167°W / 52.6493194; -7.8762167Coordinates: 52°38′57.55″N 7°52′34.38″W / 52.6493194°N 7.8762167°W / 52.6493194; -7.8762167
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Hurling: - - 4

Holycross-Ballycahill GAA is a Tipperary GAA club which is located in County Tipperary, Ireland. Both hurling and Gaelic football are played in the "Mid-Tipperary" divisional competitions. The club that is centred on the villages of Holycross and Ballycahill and is located around five miles outside Thurles.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1885. Holycross-Ballycahill GAA club compete in the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship.

The period from 1947 to 1953 was the clubs golden era. Four Mid Tipperary Senior Titles and three Senior County Tipperary titles in 1948, 1951 and 1954, under the captaincy of Francis Maher.

A Mid Senior title was won in 1966, before the club reverted to the Junior ranks in 1971. A Junior County championship win in 1974, brought a revival to Holycross-Ballycahill GAA, which resulted in Mid Senior titles in 1978, 1985, 1989 and 1990.

The club added their fourth and most recent County Senior title in 1990 defeating Cashel King Cormacs. The team was led by Declan Carr who went on to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup as Tipperary GAA captain 1991. They lifted All Ireland Junior B Hurling title in 2014 under the captaincy of Padraig McGrath, one of the club's finest achievements in recent years.

During Tipperary hurling's greatest years, Holycross-Ballycahill GAA club provided Pat Stakelum, who captained the 1949 All Ireland winning team. John Doyle (hurler) won 8 All Ireland medals during this time with Tipperary, a record which he and Christy Ring held until 2011. Another Holycross-Ballycahill man Phil Cahill was regarded as one of the greatest forwards in the first 50 years of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Michael Maher (hurler) collected 5 All-Ireland hurling medals with Tipperary during this time. Denis O'Gorman is one of few to hold All Ireland medals in Senior, Junior and Minor grades. Declan Carr won All Ireland medals in 1989 and 1991 (as captain), and also became the club's first All Star.

In 1979 Michael Doyle (hurler) captained Tipperary to U21 Munster and All Ireland hurling titles. He subsequently went on to manage Tipperary to U21 Munster and All Ireland honours in 1995.

The club is located just outside the village of Holycross. In May 2011, a new multi-function complex was opened on the club's grounds, known as the John Doyle Centre. On the day of the new facilities opening, a tournament game was held between Tipperary and Waterford.

Since 2012, Holycross-Ballycahill GAA has hosted the Cut-Loose Country music festival on its grounds. Performances have included Nathan Carter, Mike Denver, Daniel O'Donnell, Lisa McHugh among others.

Honours[edit]

Mid Tipperary Championships:

  • Mid Tipperary Hurling Championship: (12) 1947, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1999
  • Mid Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Championship: (1) 1990
  • Mid Tipperary Junior "A" Hurling Championship: (9) 1922 (as Holycross), 1941, 1974, 1980, 1988, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016
  • Mid Tipperary Junior "B" Hurling Championship: (3) 1992, 2012, 2013
  • Mid Tipperary U21 "A" Hurling Championship: (6) 1963, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1993, 1996
  • Mid Tipperary Under-21 B Hurling Championship: (1) 2006
  • Mid Tipperary Minor "A" Hurling Championship: (7) 1982, 1984, 1990, 1991, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Mid Tipperary Minor "B" Hurling Championship: (2) 2005, 2010
  • Cahill Cup Hurling: (11) (Last in 2009)
  • Mid Tipperary Intermediate Football Championship: (9) 1976, 1983, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2003, 210, 2011
  • Mid Tipperary Junior "A" Football Championship: (6) 1946, 1954, 1976, 1982, 1994, 1995
  • Mid Tipperary U21 "A" Football Championship: (4) 1982, 1984, 1985, 1999
  • Mid Tipperary U21 "B" Football Championship: (1) 2005
  • Mid Tipperary Minor "A" Football Championship: (2) 1991, 1997
  • Mid Tipperary Minor "B" Football Championship: (3) 1996, 2001, 2004

County Championships:

  • Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship: (4) 1948, 1951, 1954, 1990
  • Tipperary Junior "A" Hurling Championship: (4) 1941, 1974, 1988, 2010
  • Tipperary Junior "B" Hurling Championship: (1) 2013
  • Tipperary Under-21 "A" Hurling Championship: (2) 1978, 1996
  • Tipperary Minor "A" Hurling Championship: (1) 1982
  • Tipperary Minor "B" Hurling Championship: (1) 2010
  • Tipperary Junior "A" Football Championship: (2) 1982, 1995
  • Tipperary Under-21 "A" Football Championship: (1) 1999
  • Tipperary Under-21 "B" Football Championship: (1) 2005
  • Tipperary Minor "B" Football Championship: (1) 1996

All-Ireland Championships:

Notable players[edit]

All-Ireland Medal Winners[edit]

Senior Hurling

  • Michael O'Dwyer: 1 (1908)
  • Tom Dwan: 1 (1916 with Thurles)
  • Phil Cahill: 2 (1925, 1930)
  • Denis O'Gorman: 1 (1937)
  • John Doyle (hurler): 8 (1949, 50, 51, 58, 61, 62, 64, 65)
  • Michael Maher: 5 (1958, 61, 62, 64, 65)
  • Pat Stakelum: 3 (1949 as Captain, 50, 51)
  • Ned O'Gorman: 1 (1949)
  • Bob Stakelum: 1 (1949)
  • Declan Carr: 2 (1989, 1991 as Captain)
  • Joe Bannon: 2 (1924, 27 both with Dublin)
  • Tom Barry: 2 (1924, 27 both with Dublin)

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