Youghal GAA

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Youghal GAA
Founded: 1891
County: Cork
Nickname: The Seasiders
Colours: Maroon, White and Yellow
Grounds: Copperally & Magners Hill
Coordinates: 51°57′08.42″N 7°51′33.58″W / 51.9523389°N 7.8593278°W / 51.9523389; -7.8593278Coordinates: 51°57′08.42″N 7°51′33.58″W / 51.9523389°N 7.8593278°W / 51.9523389; -7.8593278
Playing kits
Standard colours

Youghal GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the town of Youghal, in County Cork, Ireland. The club fields both Hurling and Gaelic football teams. The club is a member of Cork GAA and Imokilly divisional board.


Every story has its origin and so has Cumann Luthcleas Gael Eochaill. In 1891 the men of Youghal formed the Youghal GAA Football club. Spearheaded by W.J. Broderick, John Collins, William Farrell, and Michael Browne as first Secretary, the foundation was laid. Organised Gaelic Football was played in Bill Farrell's Field at Frogmore. The club then transferred to Jimmy Lynch's field up towards the Asylum Cross in 1984, and to Copperalley in 1899. It may be of interest too, to recall, that during those early days handball also flourished, but regretfully declined in the early-1900s, and was revived in the early-1920s, for a long period of time, when the Garda Barracks, at Catherine Street, had a Ball alley. Hurling began its growth in Youghal in the 1940s.The grounds at Copperalley were owned by a Miss Avis Hilda Bennett, and it wasn't until 1934 that the club was accepted as legal tenants in their own right. The rent was the exorbitant fee of 20 pounds per annum and many members were unhappy with this. Negotiations began in 1966 for the outright purchase of the property and negotiations were finally completed in the early-1970s and the club carried out substantial work and officially re-opened the field on 16 June 1974. The opening ceremony was performed by the then President of Ireland, Erskine Childers. The next development milestone in the club was on 11 December 1985, when the contract was signed for the purchase of ground, from the Southern Health Board, at Magniers Hill, adjacent to St. Raphaels Hospital. This land was bought for 75,000 pounds collected inside three years. This ground is used daily by our schools and under-age players. The second phase of this development is currently underway, with an investment of almost 1 million pounds in developing a third playing field, the fencing in of the property and the building of a Community Hall.

Club Colours[edit]

The original club jerseys were a maroon jumper, knitted, with a yellow stripe. The club could not afford to purchase the jerseys and they were knitted by mothers, wives and girlfriends. In an effort to raise funds to purchase a set, Terrier Coursing was held in Copperalley in 1924. From one of these meetings, a sum of 15 pounds was the day's takings. This money enabled the club to purchase the first set of jerseys, which were Green & Gold, they being our national colours and only worn by one other club (Dungourney), in the East Cork Division at the time. They remained the club colours until the 1960s, when the club reverted to the Maroon and Gold.

Club Executive & Adult Management Teams[edit]

Oifigigh agus Coiste an Chlub 2011 The following Officers were elected for the 2011 season at our recent AGM.

  • President / Uachtarán - Dan O'Sullivan / Dónal Ó Súilleabháin
  • Vice Presidents / Leas-Uachtaráin - Fr. Bernard Cotter / Ath. Bearnard Mac Coitir, Bertie Lupton / Parthalán Lupton, Gerry O'Regan / Diarmaid Ó Ríogáin, William Kenefick / Liam Ó Ciniféic, Joe Coyne / Seosamh Ó Cadhain, Willie Doyle / Liam Ó Dúill, Kevin Foley / Caoimhín Ó Foghlú, John Parker / Seán Ó Paircéir, Christy Cooney / Críostóir Ó Cuana, Dr. Michael Twomey / Micheál Ó Tuama, Canon Tom Brown / Canónach Tomás de Brún, Assumpta Parker / Assumpta Ní Phaircéir
  • Chairman / Cathaoirleach - David Kilgannon / Dáithí Mac Giolla Ghannáin
  • Vice - Chairman / Leas-Chathaoirleach - Sean Ring / Seán Ó Rinn
  • Secretary / Rúnaí- Alan Hennessy / Alan Ó hAonghusa
  • Treasurer / Cisteoir - Ned O'Connell / Éamonn Ó Conaill
  • Fixtures Secretary / Rúnaí Socraithe - John Parker / Seán Ó Paircéir
  • Registrar / Cláraitheoir - Stephen Twomey / Stiofán Ó Tuama
  • PRO / Cumarsáid- Derek Kiely / Deiric O Cadhla
  • Cultural Officer / Cultúr Gaeilge- Liam Ó Laochdha
  • East Cork Board Representatives / Toscairí Uí Mac Coille- John Parker / Seán Ó Paircéir (H), Micky Walsh / Micheál Breathnach(F)
  • County Board Representatives / Toscairí Coiste Chontae - Paddy Coleman / Pádraig Ó Colmáin, Billy Carroll / Liam Ó Cearúill
  • Players Representative / Toscaire Imreoirí - Eoin Coleman / Eoin Ó Colmáin
  • Underage Representative / Toscaire Eochaill Óg - Fergal Keenaghan / Fearghal Ó Coinneacháin
  • Executive Committee / Toscairí Tofa - Pat Barry / Pádraig de Barra, Finbarr Coleman / Fionnbarra Ó Colmáin, Assumpta Parker / Assumpta Ní Phaircéir, Ger Motherway / Gearóid Ó Mátharbhuí, Jillian Corcoran / Jillian Ní Chorcráin, Vincent Murray / Uinseann Ó Muirí
  • For the 2011 season the following will manage our adult teams.

Intermediate Hurling / Iomáint Idirmheánach- Peter Queally / Peadar Ó Caollaí

Junior Hurling / Iomáint Sóisear- Sean Ring / Seán Ó Rinn

U21 Hurling / Iomáint Fé 21 - Steven Twomey / Stiofán Ó Tuama

Intermediate Football / Peil Idirmheánach- Peter Queally / Peadar Ó Caollaí

Junior Football / Peil Sóisear- TBD

U21 Football / Peil Fé 21 - Aidan Foley / Aodán Ó Foghlú


Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ "Youghal find an extra edge in hour of glory". Irish Examiner. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ O'Callaghan, Theresa (14 October 2013). "Youghal smash 'n' grab". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 October 2013.