Kilshannig GAA

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Kilshannig
Cill Seannaigh
Founded: 1884
County: Cork
Colours: Blue and Yellow
Grounds: Liam O'Connell Memorial Park, Glantane
Coordinates: 52°06′16.02″N 8°44′54.90″W / 52.1044500°N 8.7485833°W / 52.1044500; -8.7485833Coordinates: 52°06′16.02″N 8°44′54.90″W / 52.1044500°N 8.7485833°W / 52.1044500; -8.7485833
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Kilshannig is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the parish of Glantane in County Cork, Ireland. The parish in North Cork is split into three villages, Glantane, Dromahane and Bweeng. The club was founded in the same year as GAA's founding, in 1884. Cill Seannaigh comes from St. Senach, who founded a church near the present site of the Church of Ireland at Newberry. The club fields Gaelic football and hurling teams in competitions organized by Cork county board, and by the Avondhu division.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The club goes as far back as 1921, when it played in the Duhallow division. The team in the parish was known as the Lombardstown team. They reached the county final that year, when they were beaten by Redmonds. In 1921, two men were chosen to play for the Cork Juniors against Kerry. They were Sonny Breen and William C. O'Connell. Hurling was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. The team was known as "Brittas Rovers". In 1933, Brittas Rovers were beaten by Marshalstown in the North Cork Junior A Hurling Championship final.

1940s and 1950s[edit]

In 1945, a meeting was held to form one team in the parish called Kilshannig United. In 1950, it was decided to drop "United" from the name. Things began to look up for the club in 1952, when the novice football team won their first trophies in the Castlemagner Club tournament. In 1953, the club won its first novice championship title, beating Functeon Vale in the final. In the same year, Pat O'Sullivan played with the Cork minor football team. In 1955, Kilshannig reached their first North Cork Junior A Football Championship final. They were beaten by Mitchelstown. The minor footballers also reached their first North Cork final in the same year.

In 1959, Kilshannig won its first North Cork final, beating Castletownroche by two points. The team were beaten by Dromtarriffe in the second round of the county. In the same year, Pat O'Sullivan played for the Cork Junior Footballers and the Cork Senior Hurlers.

1960s[edit]

In 1960, the Junior 'B' hurlers defeated Kilworth in the Championship final. In 1962, Kilshannig won their first ever minor football Championship by defeating Glanworth in the final. Johnny O'Flynn captained the Cork Senior Football team to the Munster Senior Football Championship final against Kerry. Tim Breen and Dan O'Sullivan were also on that team. In 1964, Kilshannig won their first ever Under 21 Football Championship defeating Glanworth. In 1965, Kilshannig won their second North Cork Junior Football Championship, defeating Grange in a thrilling final. Kilshannig were defeated by Dohenys after a replay. In 1967, Kilshannig once again won the North Cork Junior Football Championship by upsetting all the odds, when they beat Glanworth in the final by eight points. That year, Jerry Horgan won an All-Ireland Minor Football Championship medal with Cork. They defeated by Midleton in the County first round. In 1968, Kilshannig repeated the success of the previous year and beat Glanworth again in the final. Unfortunately, Kilshannig were once again knocked out of the first round of the Cork Junior Football Championship, this time by Adrigole.

1970s[edit]

In 1972, the Kilshannig Minor footballers kept the flag flying by winning the North Cork Championship. However, they were beaten by Macroom in the first round of the county.

1980s[edit]

In 1985, Kilshannig were victorious in the North Cork Junior Football Championship. Their county championship campaign led to a nail-biting conclusion when they overcame Valley Rovers in the Cork Junior Football Championship final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh following a replay. Their success continued the following year under coach John O'Mahony. Their inaugural campaign in the Intermediate grade was a bittersweet one. A local derby versus near neighbours Mallow drew an enormous crowd to Buttevant. Kilshannig's resounding victory was not on the cards as Mallow had been much more impressive in the previous round, easily defeating Nemo Rangers. The county final was played in Macroom versus Castletownbere. While Kilshannig led for the majority of the game, a late goal snatched victory for the Beara men. After this painful defeat, 1987 proved to be a year for renewal and recharging and a first-round exit to Fermoy resulted. The following year, 1988 brought Kilshannig back to the Cork Intermediate Football Championship final versus Ballincollig on September 11. Following a thrilling game, a late goal sealed the County Championship for Kilshannig. William O'Riordan received the cup on the steps of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. After a victory in the North Cork Junior B Hurling Championship, the county campaign went well. Ultimately, Kilshannig completed a Cork Intermediate Football Championship and Cork Junior B Hurling Championship double with victory over Whitechurch in Grenagh. Pat Murphy captained the side. 1989 saw the club competing in the Senior grade of football.

1990s[edit]

Following some near misses in the senior championship, it was decided that the club would re-grade to intermediate and then junior level, in the early years of the 1990s. In 1996, Cork Junior Football Championship honours were secured with a final victory over Youghal. The club continued at an intermediate grade of football for the remainder of the decade.

2000-present[edit]

Kilshannig currently operate at Junior level in Avondhu, where they contested the Junior A football final in 2006 and 2010 against Glanworth and Mitchelstown respectively, losing on both occasions. In 2014 Kilshannig have again reached the North Cork final. Kilshannig also won the 2012 North Cork Junior A hurling championship, beating Ballyhea in the final and now operate at junior premier level. This victory was the result of much success at underage level, notably a minor county victory against Nemo Rangers in 2009

Recent Success[edit]

The turn of the decade has seen considerable success for the underage teams of Kilshannig, which bodes well for the future of the club. The 1996-2000 age groups have been especially responsible for this upturn in fortunes. 2010-2013 saw the club amass over 10 North Cork championships in both hurling and football between U11 and U14, supplemented by a Cork U15 B Hurling Championship in 2011, and a Cork U13 A Football Championship in 2012. 2012 saw Kilshannig teams playing at Premier level for the first time in our history, with our U13 Hurlers playing at Premier 2. Our underage football teams have consistently performed at Premier level since. Our 1999-2000 players continued their success with Championship wins at regional level in hurling at U14 and U15 in 2014. Our adults replicated this success, capturing the North Cork Junior A Football Championship for the first time in 18 years, beating Ballyclough in the final before being knocked out of the County by St.Finbarrs. Our U21s were also victorious, defeating Buttevant in the North Cork final, but eventually tasting defeat at the hands of Courcey Rovers. Since 2015, the club has seen unprecedented success at U21 and Minor level. 2015 saw our minor hurlers claim the Cork Minor B Hurling Championship with a fantastic double win over Kilworth, defeating them in both the County and North Cork final. 2016 topped this further, with the Minors claiming the Cork Minor A Football Championship for the first time in the club’s history with a historic win over O’Donovan Rossa in CIT, while they also claimed the North Cork Minor A Hurling League. Many members of this panel were leading players with the U16s who claimed a Cork Premier 2 U16 Football Championship, a North Cork U16 A Hurling Championship and League, and a Cork U16 A Hurling League. These achievements saw the club being awarded the Rebel Óg Monthly Award for November 2016, as well as the overall award for the entire year. While many believed 2016 could not matched, 2017 proved to be yet another historic year. Between U21 and Minor, an incredible 10 finals were contested in both hurling and football. Success arrived in the form of a Cork U21 B Football and Hurling Championship, a North Cork Under-21 B Hurling Championship, and a Cork Premier 2A Minor Football League. The dual U21 win was the first of it’s kind in the history of the club and gained Countywide recognition. This sustained success has created huge belief in the club that success at adult level is sure to follow for the talented young players. With the Junior teams claiming three league titles in the last three years, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the 2017 North Cork Junior A Football Championship, combined with the success of the Under-21s and Minors, the future appears bright for Kilshannig.

Notable players[edit]

Recent years have seen Kilshannig being represented at a number of inter-county levels. Killian O’Hanlon is currently a regular with the Cork Senior Footballers, having already represented Cork at Junior in 2016 and 2017, at U21 in 2014 and at Minor in 2011. 2017 saw three further Kilshannig players representing Cork. Brothers Kevin and Conor McMahon were involved with the Cork Minor Footballers, with Conor also representing the U17s. Continuing the clubs recent fashion of dual success, Jack Twomey was a member of the Cork Minor Hurling team.

The following players represented Cork inter-county teams in various grades:

Senior football
  • Timmy Breen
  • Johnny O'Flynn
  • Dan O'Sullivan
  • Pat O'Sullivan
  • Killian O’Hanlon
Junior football
  • Mick Geaney
  • Mossie Murphy
  • Liam O'Callaghan
  • Dominic O'Connell
  • Jerry O'Connell
  • Killian O'Hanlon
  • William O'Riordan
U21 Football
  • Killian O’Hanlon
Minor football
  • Éamonn O'Sullivan
  • Paul Whelan
  • Killian O’Hanlon
  • Kevin McMahon
Minor hurling
  • Pat Corbett
  • Éamonn O'Sullivan
  • Jack Twomey
U17 Football
  • Conor McMahon

Honours[edit]

  • Cork Intermediate Football Championship: Winners (1) 1988 Runners up-1986
  • Cork Junior Football Championship Winners (2) 1985, 1996
  • Cork Junior B Hurling Championship Winner (1) 1988 Runner-Up 1997, 2002
  • Cork Under-21 B Football Championship (1) 2017[1]
  • Cork Under-21 B Hurling Championship: Winners (1) 2017
  • Cork Minor B Hurling Championship Winners (2) 2009, 2015
  • Cork Minor B Hurling League Winners (1) 2009
  • Cork Premier 2A Minor Football Championship Runners-Up (1) 2017
  • Cork Premier 2A Minor Football League Winners (1) 2017
  • Cork Minor A Football Championship Winners (1) 2016
  • Cork Minor A Hurling Championship Runners-Up (1) 2017
  • North Cork Junior A Football Championship Winners (9) 1959, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1976, 1982, 1985, 1996, 2014 Runners-Up 1955, 1958, 1960, 1964, 1977, 1981, 2006, 2010
  • North Cork Division 1 Football League Winners (1) 2016
  • North Cork Division 2 Hurling League Winners (1) 2015
  • North Cork Division 3 Football League Winners (1) 2017
  • North Cork Under-21 A Football Championship Runners-Up (1) 2017
  • North Cork Under-21 B Football Championship Winners (1) 2014
  • North Cork Under-21 B Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2017
  • North Cork Minor A Hurling Championship Runners-Up (1) 2017
  • North Cork Minor A Hurling League Winners (1) 2016
  • North Cork Minor B Hurling Championship Winners (3) 2008, 2009, 2015
  • North Cork Minor B Hurling League Winners (1) 2009
  • Cork Premier 2 Under-16 Football Championship Winners (1) 2016
  • Cork Under-16 A Hurling Championship Runners-Up (1) 2016
  • Cork Under-16 A Hurling League Winners (1) 2016
  • North Cork Under-16 A Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2016
  • County Under 15 A Hurling Championship Runners-Up 2014
  • North Cork Under 15 A Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2014
  • Cork Under-15 B Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2011
  • North Cork Under-15 B Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2011
  • Cork Under-14 B Football Championship Winners (1) 1986
  • North Cork Under-13 C Hurling Championship
  • Cork Under-13 A Football Championship Winners (1) 2012
  • North Cork Under-13 A Hurling Championship Winners (3) 2010, 2011, 2012
  • North Cork Under-13 A Football Championship Winners (1) 2012
  • North Cork Under-13 A Hurling League Winners (1) 2012
  • North Cork Under-13 A Football League Winners (1) 2012
  • North Cork Under-12 B Hurling Championship Winners (1) 2010
  • North Cork Under-12 B Football Championship Winners (2) 2015,2010
  • North Cork Under-11 A Football League Winners (1) 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stylish Kilshannig prevail to overwhelm Emmets". Corkman. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 

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