Mayfield GAA

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Mayfield
Baile na mBocht
Founded: 1893
County: Cork
Colours: Red and White
Grounds: Lotabeg, Mayfield
Playing kits
Standard colours

Mayfied GAA Club (CLG Baile na mBocht) is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the Mayfield area of Cork City, Ireland. Teams are fielded in Gaelic football, hurling, and Ladies' Football. The club participates in Cork GAA competitions and in Seandún board competitions. The club competes at Intermediate level in football and in hurling.[1] Current Cork City (Seandún), Cork County, Munster and All-Ireland Junior Hurling Champions

History[edit]

Club Foundation[edit]

Mayfield GAA Club was formed in 1893, with Michael Fleming as the first secretary of the club. The club competed at both Minor and Junior level in the early years with victories in various feiseanna and tournaments to which they had been invited. The club entered a trial period of merging with local clubs, Brian Dillons and Sarsfields in 1903 to form a senior team. However, following various arguments and quarrels between members of each club, the trial period ended and each club went back to representing its respective area.

The Club’s progress mostly stopped following World War I, along with many other clubs throughout the country, as the members and players were constantly harassed and subsequently arrested by the British Forces. Another amalgamation was attempted between local clubs in the Mayfield and surrounding are in 1922. On this occasion, Mayfield declined to merge because of the failed attempt at amalgamation in 1903.

1920’s – 1960’s[edit]

Mayfield affiliated with the newly established City Division Board in the 1920s and made great progress in this decade, culminating in the winning of the City Division Junior Hurling Championship for the first time in 1935. The Club retained these titles in the three years that followed. The 1935 Cork Junior Hurling Championship final between Mayfield and Castlemartyr, became famous in that this final was played four times and never brought to conclusion. The County Board decided that no medals would be presented and both teams were suspended. Following the victories of the 1930s, many players retired from hurling which led to a lean period on the playing field. 1954 saw the first Mayfield Junior Football Team being entered into the City Division Junior Championship and League. This team did not have to wait long for success, as in 1959, they were successful in the City Division Junior ‘A’ Football Championship, beating St. Nicholas’ in the final.

In 1962, the Club moved the clubhouse to its present-day location on Kerry Road. The club had success in hurling in the City Division Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship in 1967, after a 32-year gap. The success of the Club’s underage structure was beginning to show as many of these players had begun with the Club in Street League competition ten years previous. Thy reached the County Final in 1969, but ultimately came up short against a Kanturk side in the final.

1970s-1980s[edit]

The 1970s proved to be one the most successful periods in the history of Mayfield GAA Club. This decade saw Mayfield claim a total of 18 titles at adult level across both codes, the most important of which being the Club’s County Final victory in hurling on November 5, 1978.[2] This famous victory over a fancied Carrigtwohill side remains the only victory by a Mayfield team in an adult level County Final. But this victory did not lead to greater times on the field and Mayfield experienced another lean period in the 1980s.

1990’s Onwards[edit]

The 1990s saw the club experience a revival in fortunes. A major restructuring of the underage section under the leadership of Juvenile Chairman Seán McCarthy began to pay dividends, and the club won the Minor ‘A’ Championship in football and hurling in 1994, 1995 and 1996. A City Division Junior ‘A’ Football Championship followed in 1997, as well as the Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship in 1999. Under the stewardship of Club Chairman John Brennan, major developments of the Club’s facilities took place. These included the complete upgrading of existing pitches at Lotabeg and the addition of two new pitches across the road. This also included the total refurbishment of the clubhouse on Kerry Road. In January 2002, a complex was built at Lotabeg which comprised an ultra-modern gym, a multi-purpose sports hall, a 400-seat viewing stand over the main pitch, and new dressing rooms.

In January 2004, Cork County Board recognised the successful performances at Junior Football level over the previous few years and regraded the club to Premier Intermediate Football Status.

Mayfield GAA Club was thrust into national spotlight in 2008 when they were nominated to partake in a prime-time reality TV series on RTÉ called “Celebrity Bainisteoir”. The series involved various celebrities taking over as coaches of local Gaelic football teams and competing against each other. The Celebrity Bainisteoir for Mayfield was celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean. This opportunity gave the club incredible exposure and showed the club and its facilities in a positive light. The club progressed to the final of the competition by beating Crumlin of Dublin and Kiltimagh of Mayo. However, the club was beaten in the final of the competition by the Maryland team from Westmeath.

In recent years, Mayfield GAA Club has experienced mixed fortunes on the field at adult level. In 2012, intermediate footballers were regraded from the Premier Intermediate level down to Intermediate level. 2010 and 2011 saw Mayfield win the City Division Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship, beating local rivals Brian Dillons both years. In 2011, the club reached the final of the Cork County Junior ‘A’ Championship, losing narrowly to Charleville after a replay.

Further redevelopment of the pitches at Lotabeg began in 2014. The small pitch next to the main one was sold and the funds were used to redevelop the pitches across the road to include a sand-based pitch. Participation in Féile na nGael tournaments, as well as County Final victories at Fé14 and Fé16 level in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In 2015, the underage coaching structure of the Club was awarded Category Silver in the Lee Coaching Initiative, which recognises excellence in coaching standards at underage level.

Achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mayfield GAA Website". 
  2. ^ "Lucey keen to follow in his father's footsteps". The Irish Examiner. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mayfield's day of days". Irish Examiner. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Kelly on song for Mayfield". Irish Independent. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mayfield live to fight another day". Irish Examiner. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fired up Fermoy claim crown". Irish Examiner. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Might Mayfield Savour one of their greatest ever victories". Evening Echo. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Charleville keep champagne on ice". The Irish Examiner. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dillons spring shock". The Irish Examiner. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

Sources[edit]

Mayfield GAA website

Cork GAA Website