Castlelyons GAA Notes

19 January, 2016

Coolagown GAA History pre 1916

Coolagown participated considerably in football tournaments back in the late 1890’s which were a major feature of the G.A.A. at that time. In April 1900 they played in Lismore against Ballyduff, the match being billed as an inter-county game; Coolagown (Cork) v Ballyduff (Waterford), Coolagown won 1-7 to 0-0. On Sunday March 31st, 1901 Coolagown and Skeheenarinky played at Glanworth in a game billed as Cork v Tipperary with Coolagown again winning 1-9 to 0-2.

In 1902 Coolagown entered the County Football Championships fielding two teams. First (senior), and seconds (junior), success however did not come their way. However, they must be good because there was a poem praising Coolagown which showed their might in the field of play.

Fermoy is a place of renown

There are two football teams in the town

But between me and you and Patsy McHugh

The lot wouldn’t beat Coolagown. (Fermoy GAA History)

Around this time also, a number of local players featured with the Cork team namely; Jim Daly, Bridesbridge, who captained the county team in 1895, J. Mawe, who played in 1898, George Smith, Ballyoran, who featured with Cork in 1899-1900, Peter Lenihan, Coolagown, and Jack Kent, Coolagown, both of whom were on the Cork team of 1905/06 defeated in the All-Ireland final by Dublin, while Jack Kent also featured on the Cork team of 1907 beaten once again by Dublin in the All-Ireland decider.

Fermoy were County Senior Champions in 1895 and won three in a row in 1888,’ 89, ’90 and again in 1905 & 06. Men from Castlelyons Parish mentioned above featured with these very successful Fermoy senior football teams of this time and Jim Daly captained Fermoy in 1895 to win their first ever County senior title. George Smith was on the Fermoy team that won county finals in 1898-1900 while Lenihan and Kent were on the Fermoy team that won the Cork senior title when beating Rosscarbery 0-8 to 0-0. This was the 1906 final but it was not played until March of 1907.

Wishing a speedy recovery to a good Supporter

We wish Clem Carroll a speedy recovery from serious illness as he was hospitalised over the Christmas period. He is a great supporter and has strong Lotto ticket sale in his place of work Micro Bio, Fermoy for many years and, in fact, has kept up the ticket sales during his illness. Best wishes and thanks Clem.“Members of the County IHC Final Panel in 2013 and ready for action again this year Back L to R; A O Sullivan, R Fenton, R Bransfield, P Mahon and E O Neill. Front O Maye and E  Barry.”