A History Lesson…!

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.

Golden Jubilee Dinner Dance

White’s Cross GAA Celebrations of their 50th Anniversary commences in earnest on Friday March 9th next at the Vienna Woods. The Club will hold a diner dance at the recently renovated hotel, now under the ownership of the Fitzgerald family. White’s Cross GAA cordially invites anyone and everyone who has been involved with the Club during its proud fifty years of existence. Perhaps you togged out for the Club once upon a time or roared us on, on a championship day; however minor your involvement we would love to catch up with you on March 9th.

Pride of place on the night will go to the four cups won by our adult teams in 2006. These of course include the Seandún Junior A Football Championship Cup, won by our first football team for the first time ever in our history – how apt their timing! This team also went on to record a clean-sweep of City Division competitions by also winning the League and the McSwiney Cup. Our Minor footballers also won their Championship to add a fourth crown to the Club’s war-chest. Mean-time the second string Junior hurling team in our sister-club Whitechurch also won the Craobh Rua Cup and these medals will also be handed out on the night.

Thus it will be a busy night of awards-giving but we promise there will be plenty time for dining and wining (no this should not read whining ..!); dancing and chat; reminiscing and catching–up. So, to all you friends and former associates of White’s Cross GAA we extend a warmly welcome. Tickets can be purchased at Hennessy’s Filling Station, White’s Cross; from any committee member or by ringing Conor at 087-6293430. Beidh fáilte mór romhat!

Back to School…!

Members of White’s Cross GAA Club returned to school when they re-visited Upper Glanmire National School recently, with the four cups won by the adult teams in 2006. Obviously White’s Cross GAA and Upper Glanmire National School have always had close links, with the School being the primary feeder of players for our teams and we are very grateful to the teachers at the School for the part they play in this development. More than twenty of the players involved in our two Junior teams in 2006 are past pupils of Upper Glanmire NS

UGNS indicates that the player is a past pupil of Upper Glanmire NS

JUNIOR A CHAMPIONS: Eoin Murnane(UGNS) , Conor Kelleher (UGNS), Damian Kenneally, Paul O’ Sullivan, Bryan O’ Sullivan, Billy Sheahan, Murt Kelleher (Captain) (UGNS), Conor Buckley, Paul Finnegan, Kevin Buckley, Rick Burke (UGNS), Martin Kelleher (UGNS) . Sean Murnane (UGNS), John O’ Connell, Donal Kelly, John Drummy (UGNS), Sean Gorman, Victor O’ Sullivan, Edwin Buckley (UGNS), Jonathan Kenneally, John Meade (UGNS), Breandain Murnane (UGNS), Donnacha Murnane (UGNS), Pat Hennessy, Pat O’ Driscoll

Coach: Finbarr Kiely Selectors: Richard Kelleher (UGNS) & TC Buckley.

JUNIOR B FINALISTS: Aidan Harte (UGNS) , Derek O Connor (UGNS), Padraig Murnane (Captain) (UGNS), Brian Humphreys, Brian Murphy (UGNS), John Hegarty , Sean Murnane (UGNS), William Casey, Breandáin Murnane (UGNS), Roy O Driscoll, Eoghan Kelleher (UGNS), Thomas Meade (UGNS), Damian Kenneally, Alfie McEvoy (UGNS), Philip O’ Connell, Paul Noonan (UGNS), Dave Buckley, Robert O Brien, Colm Sheahan, Paul O Donovan (UGNS), Colin Lawless, Paul Morly (UGNS), Jason Kelly, Don O Regan, Patrick Casey.

To parents in our locality, we would ask you to encourage your child(ren) to play with our local GAA Club – quite simply and very obviously we cannot survive without a proper under-age structure. Today, with the increasing numbers of families moving into our area, we recognise the importance of organisations such as our own in the community of Upper Glannmire. We are very keen to continue to work with the youth in the area. The ideal in this respect would be to provide games and competitions for these youngsters at their age.

In order to achieve this we need the youngsters to come and play with us, and we are asking for your cooperation in this matter. We want your child(ren) to play with their neighbours and friends, so encourage them to come play with the ‘small’ Club! We would argue that there are many advantages for them

+ The children get coached in smaller numbers allowing for greater individual attention
+ There is a greater chance that children will not ‘slip by the wayside’ in our smaller Club where every individual is valued and a necessary ‘cog’ in fielding teams – we can ill afford the drop-off rates of bigger clubs
+ Thus there is a greater likelihood that they will stay active in this sport later into their life
+ Playing our native games is fun, especially with your own neighbours and friends!

Please encourage your child(ren) (5 to 11 years inclusive)to come and join in our weekly sessions which have recommenced after the Christmas break. We are currently training indoors at Old Christians RFC Hall in Rathcooney, on Sunday mornings from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.