Given that the Club is celebrating 50 years in existence this year, it is appropriate to recount briefly our story to date:
White’s Cross GAA Club was formed in 1957 with Fr. Bernard as President. Denis O’ Connell was the first chairperson, with Declan Burke and Danjoe Kelleher acting as secretary and treasurer respectively. The club won its first silver-ware in 1964 when they were crowned East Cork Junior Hurling League Champions.
White’s Cross made much progress during the 1980’s. In 1981 the Seandun Cup was won and this was followed up one year later when the first championship title was brought to the club – an East Cork Junior Hurling Championship. Up to this time the club was using lands kindly made available to them at Ballinoe and Piercetown to train and play their games. However White’s Cross purchased their own grounds at Ballinvriskig in 1983 for the sum of IR£30,000, with the money raised by means of a monthly draw over an eighteen month period. The present club dressing-rooms were built in 1988 – who still recalls togging out in the old galvanise-sheeting building! This was followed up in 1997 when an extensive drainage and levelling of these grounds was undertaken.
The centenary year of the GAA, 1984, brought success at under-age when an East Cork Under 12 Football Championship was captured. A decision to enter the City Division, for more regular games, did not deter this team who continued to bring silver-ware to the club the following years in Under 13 and Under 14 competition. One member of that particular team, Conor McGauran went onto play minor football for Galway for two seasons, when his family moved to live in Salthill.
An amalgamation with Whitechurch at minor level in 1988 brought instant success with the team winning the City Division Minor Football Championship. This was followed up with similar successes in 1990 and 1992. The clubs also amalgamated at Under 16 in 1990 and won a further Football Championship at that grade that year.
The early 1990’s were also particularly historic at Junior level when the team progressed from a struggling Junior C outfit to a team which captured A grade silver-ware in both hurling and football. Promotion to Junior B grade in 1991 was followed with instant championship victories in both codes and the hurling team contested a County Final against present senior outfit, Castleyons. This roller-coaster ride continued through 1992 when the Junior A Hurling MacCurtain Cup was captured and the Junior B football league (the team played A Grade Championship that year), and in 1994 the footballers won the Junior A Football league.
There then followed a number of lean years, when a Craobh Rua Cup (1998) and a B Hurling League title (1999) were all there was to celebrate. That was until 2001 and the landmark decision to amalgamate with Whitechurch at all levels was taken. A second Junior A Football League crown was captured in this first season. This was followed up with Minor and Under 16 Football Championship successes in 2002.
The club reached the final of the Junior A City Division Football Championship for the first time in 2005, only to lose out in the final to Na Piarsaigh. They did have some consolation for this loss later in the year when they defeated St Vincents in the final of the McSwiney Cup, to claim their third consecutive title in this competition. However this side bounced quickly back and could not have timed their historic first success in the Junior A Championship better, when they won it in 2006, to coincide with the 50thyear celebrations! They also added Junior A League and Cup titles to the trophy cabinet, with the minors also securing their championship success.