The Joe O’ Callaghan Perpetual Cup

When White’s Cross GAA finally got their hands on the coveted Junior A Football Championship Cup for the first time in 2006, it was evident that the cup itself was well-travelled!  The years and the many nights of celebration it provided to various Clubs throughout the division had taken their toll!  This gave the committee at White’s Cross GAA an opportunity they had been seeking for some time.  Ever since the passing of former club president  Joe O Callaghan (R.I.P.) in 2002 the Club had been looking for an appropriate way of marking his huge contribution to White’s Cross.  Joe had given over forty years of sterling service to the Club, and was involved in every capacity; varying from treasurer to grounds-person, from chief fund-raiser to selector. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.

Thus on this year’s final of the primary football competition in the Seandún Division, Pat O’ Callaghan, son of Joe, presented the Joe O’ Callaghan Perpetual Cup to the winning captain.  For the record Nemo Rangers defeated St. Vincent’s in the decider

A Journey Back in Time and Across the World…!

To coincide with White’s Cross GAA Club’s golden jubilee anniversary this year, an effort was made to try piece together some of our history.  Thus a request was put out for old Club photographs and newspaper clippings etc.  These made for a most interesting display stand and subsequent conversation at our dinner-dance last March.

 

However in the more recent past a most interesting photo came into our possession.  We are reliably informed by its provider that it is a photo from 1957 – the year in which the Club was founded. What makes this first photograph of a White’s Cross side all the more remarkable is that its owner had it stored away in her home…in Johannesburg!  Evelyn McAllen (nee Noonan) travelled home for her nephew Paul’s wedding and brought the photo along, having heard of the Club’s birthday celebrations! There are many familiar faces included – many of whom are no longer with us (may they rest in peace).  Before you read on study the photo and see who do you recognise…!  Back Row (Left to Right):  Johnny Donovan, Liam Forde, Mick Noonan, Jerry Burke, Dan-Joe Kelleher, Denis O’ Connell, Dinny Noonan, Timmy Delaney, Joe Cronin, Connie Delaney, Jimmy Bowen.  Front (Left to Right):  Child: John McEvoy, Michael McDonnell,  Eamonn Shea, Tadhg Noonan, Michael Bullman, Paddy Reynolds, Eustace O’ Keeffe, Paul Elwood, Ned Delaney, Child: Tom McEvoy.  We thank Eveleyn very much for holding onto this photo all these years in South Africa and making it available to us.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

Well done to Elaine Harte and her team mates for giving Cork GAA supporters some consolation at the end of September.  With Cork sides experiencing defeat in Croke Park in All-Ireland finals for the three previous weekends it was down to the ladies senior footballers to give us reason to celebrate.

This they did in fine style and for the third year in succession brought the Brendan Martin Cup to Leeside.  The Cork goal-keeper is local lass Elaine Harte and she has been a constant in this inter-county team since they first laid hands on this All-Ireland crown.  What makes their three in a row all the more remarkable is that Cork had never before won this senior title.  Some had said they had it handy in the previous two finals as they had never played the other leading team of this era, Mayo.  This they did with aplomb this time around.

Elaine made a number of fine saves in the course of the Mayo game, including a number of vital ones toward the end of the game.  One in particular from Mayo star-forward Cora Staunton stands out – such was the speed of the ball she parried over the bar the match commentators failed to spot the interception even in slow motioin!  Such a sterling display will hopefully warrant a further cause to celebrate for Harte later this year, when the All-Stars are awarded – it would be well earned.  However Elaine will have other reason to celebrate in the interim as she marries John Doyle at the end of October.  White’s Cross GAA wish them both all of the very best on their big day.

We also congratulate Elaine’s club team-mates from Rockbán, who were also part of this latest Cork success – Valerie Mucahy and Caitríona Foley.  Both girls have been associated with our Club’s summer camps in the past couple of years.

And More Best Wishes…

As we go to print our Junior Hurlers prepare to enter championship frey but are not sure when!  They play Nemo Rangers in the semi-final of the CapcoCPD Junior A Hurling Championship.  However due to the involvement of a number of Nemo players with the Cork footballers and then with the Nemo senior and junior club teams, no date has been finalised for the game.  It has left our lads at a relative disadvantage because they played their quarter final game mid-July.  Nemo have had the benefit of two championship encounters in the competition in the recent few weeks.  Nonetheless expectations have been high for our lads in the past few years and we hope this is the year they get to deliver.  We wish Donal Hegarty’s charges all the very best of luck.