CAMOGIE - HISTORY
The beginning– Castleview Camogie Club
It was 1969 after a station mass in the home of Johnny and Nellie Meade at Castleview that the idea of forming a Camogie team was first discussed. At the time there were many teenage girls in the Ballinascarthy, Clogagh and Castleview areas. The first meeting meeting to form a Club was held at the Meade Homestead and was presided over by Rev Monsignor T McGrath, Clonakilty. Help from the GAA fraternity in Clonakilty was readily at hand and much appreciated. The attendance at the meeting included Thady Regan, Nancy Connolly and Kathy Ryan all will to lend a hand with the foundation and development of the new club.
The meeting proceeded to elect officers as follows: Mary Meade was elected Chairperson, Kathleen Cullinane, Secretary and Eileen Cullinane, Treasurer.
It was agreed to enter a team in the country junior championship. The following personnel were elected as county board delegates: Mary Meade, Betty Cullinane and Mary McCarthy. Practice commenced quickly at the field in Castleview kindly donated by the Meade family. The club played and practiced at the field for a few months before moving to Hennessey’s field at Kilmalooda across the road from Ardnavaha where the GAA club were using the field for practice and games. The first years were difficult for the club as little or no success was achieved on the playing field. This was not unexpected as the Castleview girls had no match practice compared with the seasoned campaigners of Eire Og and St Als from Cork. During the first year Marian McCarthy was captain and spared no effort to get the team on a winning footing. In the second year the team was to go on to win many tournaments.
1971 was the clubs most successful year, out of twelve matches played ten were won. The most critical game lost was the County Junior final against Watergrasshill.
The first team to line out for the club was: Mary O’Donovan (goal) Farran, Kathleen Cullinane Kilmalooda, Mary Meade Castkeview, Betty Cullinane and Kay Cullinane Kilmalooda, Marion McCarthy Fourcil, Marie Kingston Lisselane, Mary Hennessey Barryshall, Susan Deasy Carrig, Eileen Cullinane Kilmalooda, Rose Coomey Killavarrig, Kitty O’Donovan Cashelmore and Noreen Shannon.
In 1972 the club fielded three team in championship grades, junior, U-18 and U-16. The junior team gave a great account of themselves winning the first and second rounds by beating Churchtown and Ballinlough to reach the semi-final. In the semi final Castleview were beaten by Sarsfields in game played at Riverstown. Both underage teams did well in their respective championships by reaching the final of both. The U-18 met Glen Rovers in the final and were very unfortunate to lose out by a single point. The team included – Concelia and Loretto Walsh Carrig, Margaret, Susan and Mary Deasy from Carrig, Kathleen Cullinane, Ann Cullinane, Mary Cullinane, Betty Cullinane, Hetty Cullinane, Eileen Cullinane, Kay Cullinane, Pauline Cullinane (all from Kilmalooda), Ita Hennessey and Norma Walsh from Skeaf, Rose Coomey, Eileen Hayes, Mary Hayes, Margaret Murphy – all from Killavarrig, Marie Kingston, Chrissie Kingston, Kay Kingston from Lisselane, Noreen and Mary Nyhan Droumgarriffe, May O’Donovan Farran, Carmel White Burrane, Margaret Collins Cashelmore, Joan Shannon Ballineen, Mairead Whooley, Kathleen Kearney and Mairead Finn Timoleague, Aine Callanan, Ballymacowen, Ann Griffin Ballinroher, Una Lane, Margaret Cronin, Eileen O’Callaghan Bandon, Eileen Walsh, Joan Walsh and Mary WalshMaulrour, Kathleen and Mary Farrell Ballymacowen, Josephine Lehane, Castleview, Noreen Murphy Tullig, Maureen and Gretta Brickley, Bridie Keohane, Marie and Rose Holland, Ballinascarthy.
It was a great honour for the club when Eileen Walsh Maulrour was chosen to play for Cork in Croke Park in the 1973 Junior All Ireland Camogie Final against Antrim. Other Club players to feature in County colour were Marion McCarthy, Pauline and Kay Cullinane and Joan Shannon.
The junior team reached the semi-final of the county championship beating Mitchelstown and Churchtown on the way before losing out to Killeagh.
The U-18s were defeated by Ballyphehane in the County Final. The U-16 girls did well in the Muskerry division as there was no competition at that level in the Carbery division.
It was most unfortunate that the brief but very successful spell in the Club’s histoy came to an end in 1975. There were a few reason for this as a number of girls began to take up careers outside the area which made it difficult to organise training and playing activities. The difficulty in raising funds to finance club activities was also a factor. The club received a lot of publicity and won many supporters during its short life. This in effect was due recognition for the excellent performances the various club teams attained. The founding and the running of the Club was a wonderful experience for many of the girls involved. It provided an insight into teamwork and match tactics which they would otherwise not have encountered in a rural parish at that time.
No history of the Gaelic Athletic Association events would be complete without reference to the young ladies of the area who played the game of hurling while not under the Ballinascarthy flag but under the name of the nearby townland of Castleview. While the game has not been played continuously, there is great optimism that the current Club which has been operating continuously since 1986 is going from strength to strength and under no threat of disappearing given recent successes.
Camogie in the area had its genesis in 1919 when a team existed in Ballymacowen, a townland midway between Ballinascarthy and Clonakilty. The playing field at that time was located close to the O‘Leary Flour Mill in Castleview. We don’t have many names of the players who participated at that time but it appears that the majority came from Clonakilty town. What is known is that the Club which existed for a few years was a great social outlet.
The next known involvement in the area of young ladies with Camogie was playing with the Technical school in Clonakilty in 1943. Maura Harte and Kitty Ryan from Ahaliskey attended at that time and were known to be skilful at the game. With help form Jim Ford, Jer (Taylor) O’Donovan and Vincent Harte, Ballinascarthy affiliated a club which existed for two years. The provision of a suitable playing field with an even surface proved to be difficult. As a result most training and practice games were played between the two Ballinascarthy pubs on Sunday mornings after Mass at 12 noon. Games were played against teams from Cobh, Bandon and Skibbereen. Eily Ford, Nellie Nyhan from Ballinascarthy village and Medca O’Brien from Barryroe were also prominent players. Much like the road bowling today traps and cars had to wait for a break in play before #they were allowed pass through. Clearly latitude provided by wayfarers was a far cry from today’s busy road when it is difficult to cross the road on a Sunday morning.
Camogie 1986 – 2005
After the halting of the Castleview club activities in 1975 it was always on the cards that camogie activities would re-commence in the Ballinascarthy area. With the Pedlars Cross underage club up and running a meeting was held in the Hall at Ballinascarthy on St Patrick’s night 1975. The meeting was well attended and included Betty Walsh Maulrour West, Catherin O’Flynn Cashelmore, Helen Walsh Gaggin, Ailish Walsh, Irene Campbell Mounteen, Imelda Kingston Beanhill, Helen Coffey Lisnacunna, Boby Maguire Kilmalooda, Michelle O’Brien Carrig, Mairead Crowley, Karen O’Flynn, Helen O’Driscoll Cashelmore, Mary, Martina and Mairead Hayes Carrigroe, Lorna Delaney Ballinascarthy, Mary Walsh Maulrour, Mary and Lisa Collins Droumgarriffe, Donie Crowley Kilcolman, Jimmy Coffey Lisnacunna and Denis O’Driscoll Cashelmore.
It was decided to enter teams in forthcoming championships, Betty Walsh was elected Chairperson, Catherine O’Flynn secretary, Mary Walsh Treasurer, and Mary Hales PRO. As with all newly formed clubs it took some time to find its feet. Unlike previous the camogie Club focus was on the underage teams and every attempt was made to maximise the number of games played.