Shanballymore GAA

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Shanballymore GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club, based in the village of Shanballymore, located in the northern part of County Cork, Ireland. The club fields both Gaelic football and hurling teams. It is a member of the Avondhu division of Cork GAA.


The club has been in existence since the 1880s. The club has been primarily a hurling club, but it has played Gaelic football also, though with less success. Records indicate that there was a senior football team in Shanballymore in 1894 but all traces of a team was lost up to the 1940s when a team called Brian Boru's was fielded. The club was reformed in 1958 and played with little success until 1980 when we won the Avondhu Junior B double – championship and league,. Two members of that winning side Connor Hannon and Tom Mannix won All-Ireland Minor Football Championship medals with Cork GAA in 1981. In the early 80s Shanballymore fielded a very strong Junior football outfit and were unlucky to lose to Kilshannig three years on the trot by very narrow margins. The football club merged with Doneraile in 1984. In 1985 they were back in B grade against and reached the finals in 1986, 1987, and 1988 – only to lose in all three. The club persevered and in 1989, it won the Junior B Football championship, defeating Kilworth and were upgraded to Junior A ranks for the early 1990s. In 2011 Shanballymore won the Junior B Football championship for the first time in 22 years defeating Grange on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-10. The hurling history begins in 1902, when the club contested the Cork Senior Hurling Championship final, losing to Dungourney. In 1942 the junior North Cork and County titles were annexed to be followed by the Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship crown in 1943. The 1948 and 1959 County Intermediate finals were to see a reversal of fortunes as they went under to East Cork Sides, Midleton and Carrigtwohill. 1951 Saw Shanballymore getting revenge on Midleton in another Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship final victory. Shanballymore were back in Senior ranks in 1952 and continued there until 1956 – returning to Intermediate up to 1959. The club then went into decline, with the next success being in winning the Junior B (or novice as it then was) in 1965. In 1979 the Under-16 hurlers won divisional and county honours heralding a revival – to be followed in 1981 with the Minor crown – but losing the Under-21 finals to Ballyhea in 1983 and 1984. It took until 1996 for our next hurling success winning the North Cork Junior A Hurling Championship this title was regained in 1997 to win back to back championships. This is the club's last hurling championship success to date in the Junior A grade. However, The Junior B hurling championship of 2016 was a proud year for Shanballymore as they won the Cork Junior B Hurling Championship for the first time and this was further rewarded by winning the All-Ireland Junior B Club Hurling Championship.


Notable Players[edit]

  • Conor Hannon (played with Shanballymore from 1981 to 1997) - represented Shanballymore playing full back on avondhu Senior hurling team, Won a Cork County Senior Hurling Medal when Avondhu won the County Championship in 1996,represented Shanballymore on Cork Minor and U21 Intercounty hurling teams
  • Donie Curtin (played with Shanballymore from 1981 to 1997) - represented Shanballymore on Cork Minor Hurling team in 1981, Represented Shanballymore on Cork U21 Hurling Team
  • Tom Mannix (played with Shanballymore from 1981 to 1996) - won a Cork County Senior Football Championship with clonakilty in 1996 (the same year winning a divisional hurling championship with Shanballymore)
  • Haulie Burke (played with Shanballymore from 1997 to present) - Represented Shanballymore on Avondhu Senior Hurling Team
  • Brian O'Reilly - (played with Shanballymore from 2011 to present) Recipient of Cork County U16 Hurler of the year 2009,

Hall of Fame Recipients[edit]

  • 2012
  • 2011 - John Joe Harding
  • 2010 - Bobby Sheedy
  • 2009 - Johnny Sexton
  • 2008 -
  • 2007 - Fr Billy Donovan
  • 2006 - Bro John Burke
  • 2005 - Jerry Sheedy
  • 2004 -
  • 2003 -
  • 2002 -
  • 2001 -
  • 2000 -
  • 1999 -


  1. ^ "Shanballymore joy as brave Bantry fall just short". Irish Examiner. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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