President’s Visit

White’s Cross GAA had the proud honour of welcoming the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Mr. Christy Cooney, to their Club recently.  It was the first time that a President of the Association visited the Club, during their term-in-office.  Mr Cooney was present to attend a match marking the retirement from work of White’s Cross GAA member, Paul O Neill.  

Paul, an employee of Bus Eireann, would be well-known to anyone who availed of the bus services out of Parnell Place down through the years.  If not a public transport customer, you might well remember Paul for his antics as linesman down the Pairc!  Indeed Mr. Cooney, commented that Paul was quicker running backwards than he was forward, as he patrolled the side-line on match-day!  Paul himself served as a referee for many years to the Seandun Board and Bord na n-Og.

To mark Paul’s retirement, a game was played between Dublin Bus and White’s Cross, with Paul obviously in charge of the whistle.  This was until ten minutes from the end when he in fact was ‘red-carded’ and a replacement referee took-over!  This was done to allow him prepare himself for the post-match reception, where both White’s Cross GAA and Bus Eireann made presentations to Paul.  A great crowd attended the event, including four members of the Cork Senior Football squad – Paul Kerrigan, Pierce O Neill, Michael Shields and James Masters.

As for the game itself it appeared the Dublin Bus lads were slow to acclimatise to the Cork air, as they were comprehensively beaten by White’s Cross.  Indeed it was only later in the evening that many of the touring side found their true-form, but that all in the comforts of the Stirrup Bar!

White’s Cross GAA thank Bus Eireann, and in particular Martin O Flynn, for organising this unique occasion.  The Club also wishes Paul a happy and prosperous retirement.

Junior Championship 2009

In the week leading up to Lá na gClub, our junior footballers commenced the defence of their championship crown, in an encounter with St. Finbarrs, in what was billed as tie of the round.  Football has been on the up in the Togher club in recent years and underage successes are beginning to show dividends in the adult levels.  Meantime White’s Cross are short a number of their 08 winning side, due to emigration and work commitments, including Conor Buckley, John Meade and Victor O Sullivan.  To compound matters in the immediate lead up to the game, Conor Kelleher, Brian Murphy and captain Paddy O Brien each had to bow out due to injuries.

Nonetheless White’s Cross got off to a dream start and raced into a 1-4 to no score lead after 10 minutes, the goal coming from stand-in captain Donnacha Murnane, who had attacked from his wing-back position to capitalise on a Barrs defensive error.  However the Barrs slowly broke the strangle-hold of Denis O Regan and Murt Kelleher in the midfield area and by half-time had brought the deficit back to three.  In the second thirty, the boys in blue chipped away at the White’s Cross lead, and had drawn level with four minutes remaining.  However Edwin Buckley stopped the rot with an excellently well worked move, and a match winning score, on a 1-8 to 0-10 margin.  

Our B footballers were not nearly so fortunate however and their excellent league form came to a shuddering halt in championship 2009, where they faced up to Passage.  Despite leading by three points at the half-time break, White’s Cross were simply blown out of it in the second thirty by a much-more physical outfit on a 2-10 to 0-8 score-line.  It is particularly disappointing that in the year where, our second string seemed better equipped than ever to compete for championship honours that they find themselves out of the championship, at a time earlier than any of the past eight summers.  Oh the uncertainty of sport!