Bride Rovers GAA

29 June, 2020


AS the 2020 GAA season is about to recommence this coming week this is a great opportunity to say a sincere 'Thank You' to all our Frontline Workers. Since last March when the covid scourge first hit this country many, many people have worked tirelessly to help the nation in avoiding what could have been a virtual catastrophe of gigantic proportions. We are conscious of the 1700+ families that have lost loved ones to this terrible disease and the thousands more who got ill -we sympathise with them all. In our community we have so, so many people who worked over the recent months in frontline services trying to stop this disease. Those who worked in hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities, those in shops and other vital services all deserve our heartfelt thanks. Ye have been the real heroes and heroines during this crisis. Putting other people's health  before ye're own and oft times working under difficult and stressful conditions these past few months have been very tough.. Hopefully we are now at last emerging from this awful period and things are looking better. On behalf of every member, player and supporter in Bride Rovers GAA Club we pay a real tribute to each and every one of the 'star players' in Ireland since last March, well done.




Lotto Coming Back on Tuesday .

On next Tuesday June the 30th our Weekly Club Lotto will resume. The venue for that draw will be announced shortly. Tickets can be got in Dooleys and SPAR and in local Public Houses when they will reopen. Club Members will have tickets for sale also. Tickets can be purchased online at If anyone has difficulty getting tickets just contact any Club Officer.  The Jackpot for next Tuesday will be €20,00 and if you're not in you can't win.



The GAA announced last weekend that pitches could reopen from last night, Wednesday June 24th but dressingrooms are not to be used or even opened before July 20th -unless we hear otherwise.



Things changed quite quickly over the weekend when the potential for a proper return to play was brought forward with the announcement of an easing of restrictions by the government.

As things now stand contact training will be allowed from this weekend which will increase the game time available for all children playing GAA games  this year.

Rebel Og also announced their proposed games structure for the coming 3 months. U12, U14 and U16 teams will participate in regionalised group leagues. This will be with hurling and football alternating each week with the groups consisting of clubs which are located close to each other. Minor teams will compete in a championship structure which has yet to be further developed and finalised.

Clubs are expected to give feedback this week to Rebel Og which will have a bearing on how these ideas are expanded upon.


For the Bride Rovers Under Age Academy it seems that we will be free to return in the coming weeks also with challenge games being organised between individual clubs. With contact training now allowed this will ease some of the concerns for the younger age groups. Game time is what we know the children  will thrive on so this is good news. 

Full details from each coaching group will follow to all parents in the coming days. There will be some requirements on all parents pre Return to Play such as a Health Questionnaire for all players, which again will be elaborated on by the mentors.


Cul Camp.

Although there has been plenty of publicity over the last week of Cul Camps being run this will not be the case for the vast majority of clubs in Cork. There are still restrictions in place which will make the organisation of such an event a logistical nightmare for all coaches and would no doubt impact on the fun element for participants.  Hopefully if things continue to develop and improve we may have the opportunity to run some fun sessions for the players as the months progress. 



Our condolences to the family of David Quaine from Mayfield who passed away over the weekend. David's grandson Evan plays with our U11s and granddaughter  Zoe with our U10 teams. 

Rebel Og have sent out the following initial Games/Competition Plan


Format for commencement of games

1.Competitions would start on weekend of Aug 1st and finish by end Sept with no break.

2.We would play age groups U12, U14, U16, &  U18 

3.Minor to be played as Championship.  U12, U14 & U16 to be played as leagues.

4.Play in groups of 4 where possible, allowing each group to play 3 hurling & 3 football games with group winners playing 4 games

5.Schedule for games - wk 1 Hurling, wk 2 football, wk 3 hurling, wk 4 football, wk 5 Hurling wk 6 hurling finals, wk 7 football, wk 8 football finals.

6. No second teams

7.Rules and formats for competitions will be sent Clubs before competitions start

8.No postponement of games.


The Juvenile club are starting back training next Saturday with teams up to Minor age and the under 10 hurling training starts back on Wed 1st July at 6:30 in the main pitch. 



 All Ireland Win Twenty Years Ago.

Where have all the years gone? Back in 1998 we won our first ever Cork County Junior A Hurling Championship. As County winners we were invited then in September of the following year, 1999, to represent Cork in the EBS sponsored All Ireland Junior 7 a side competition promoted by the St. Judes Club in Dublin on All Ireland Hurling Final weekend. We had a great day in Dublin in September of 1999. We hurled all the way to the final but were beaten by Galway's Kiltormer in the decider. The winners and runners up are always invited back the following year so on Saturday September the 9th we were once more in Dublin. Based in the Faughs clubhouse, next door to St Judes, for the day we had great support up from the parish. Tom Mulcahy, Denis Ahern and Fr Seanie were in charge and what a super day we had. Our panel of ten players started off with a game v Burgess of Tipperary. We had mighty start Jerome scoring 3 3 and Niall Fitzgerald a point to leave us winners by 3 4 to 0 2. Next up were Dublin's Thomas Davis and with Jerome 2, Niall and Pat Cotter getting goals we won by 4 8 to 3 1 to leave us Group Winners and into the knock-out rounds where, in the event of a draw, it was the 'golden score' rule where first team to score wins. Carrigeen from Kilkenny in their Black and White jersies were next up at 3 0 clock. News of the mornings wins had gone 'down the line' and more supporters kept arriving from the Banks of the Bride. Niall Fitz struck for three goals in this game with Jerome adding a fourth and we won by 4 8 to 1 2.  It was Ahascragh  from Galway were our quarter final opponents. Points from Jerome and James Murphy and a goal from Donal Ryan had us 1 2 to 0 1 up at half time. A white flag from Jerome and a goal from Niall saw us  2 3 to a single point up. Back came the Galway men with 2 1 on the trot and the margin was down to a point. Andrew O Flynn made a brilliant save, sent the puckout to Padraig Murphy who waltzed through the defence for  a smashing goal -winners by 3 3 to 2 2.  Another Galway side, Kilbeacanty were our semi final opposition and what a game this was. We were down 2 3 to 1 3 at the break and to play against the fall of ground in the second half. Team Captain Pat Walsh gave a rousing speech and asked for a huge effort, well we sure got that in the second half. We went four points behind before Jerome got one back. It was end to end stuff with scores hard to get and we were still down a goal with seconds left before Jerome snatched a late, late equaliser for us, 2 4 each. Now it was sudden death with the next score to win a place in the All Ireland Final.  After thirty seconds Jerome had a long distance free but it tailed wide. The Galway goalie took a short puck-out which was caught by Donal, who passed to Jerome, but his bullet of a shot was saved by the keeper who hit out a long, high ball. Donal Ryan rose in the evening sky, turned in mid-air like a returning swallow and hit a sweet winning point. What a result and boy oh boy did the 60 or so Bride Rovers supporters react! It was 6.30 when we lined up against Galtee Rovers from Bansha in the final. Niall got a beauty of a goal and Jerome a point for a tonic start. Galtee had a goal to leave us ahead by 1 1 to 1 0 at the short whistle. Early in the second half Barry Murphy and Aidan Collins made superb saves as Galtee threatened. Jerome added two points but the Tipp side got one back, 1 3 to 1 1. Two very tired teams fought it out bravely but Walshie kept driving the Rovers on. We added to our tally with three more points from Jerome (2) and Padraig Murphy to win the All Ireland title by 1 6 to 1 1. It was a brilliant day for the players and for the Club with Andrew being selected as Player of the Tournament. Walshie accepted the winners trophy and thanked everyone for the massive effort. We scored 17 36 and conceded 9 12. The ten players who brought the All Ireland title to Bride Rovers twenty years ago were. Pat Walsh Captain, Andrew O Flynn, Aidan Collins, Barry Murphy, James Murphy, Padraig Murphy, Donal Ryan, Pat Cotter, Niall Fitzgerald and Jerome O Driscoll.



Remembering 2003, A Glorious Year.

The memory of winning the Cork County Intermediate Hurling Championship in 2003 still remains etched in most people's minds.  The digitised version of the Video of the match has been prepared for the Club by Brendan Barry and is now available on the Club Website




1845 is remembered as the start of the Famine in Ireland.. The potato harvest failed due to blight that year and things got worse over the next three years. Early in 1845 things weren't too bad. Hurling must have been played in the Rathcormac area at this time. An advertisement in 'The Nation' newspaper on Saturday March 15th 1845 from the 'Rathcormac Tan-Yard and Leather Stores' of William O Connell gives us ample proof of this. O Connell had a huge business at Main St giving massive employment. Animal skins were exported 'raw' as well as finished leather products made by O Connells workers. On this add ' Brogue and Shoe Leather, Whole Kips and Calf Skins' were offered for sale  'on the lowest possible terms for cash'. The Advertisement also announced the sale of 'Native Slitters' for the game of hurling. This was 39 years before the GAA was formed and a century after the Cork and Tipperary game at Glenagowl in 1741 so the hurling tradition is indeed ancient in our parish.




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