History- Cork GAA Cups and Trophies

Cork GAA Cups and Trophies
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 Seán Óg Murphy Cup - Senior Hurling Championship
A native of Cork city, Sean Og Murphy (1897-1956) played hurling for Blackrock and football for Nils. With Nils he won junior football titles in 1913 and 1914, while with his beloved Blackrock hurling team he won county titles in 1913, 1920, 1924, 1925 and 1927. The last three wins featured Murphy as captain of the side. He won three All-Ireland medals with Cork (1919, 1926 and 1928), along with six Munster medals. Murphy also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial hurling competition. He first played for his province as captain in the inaugural year of the Railway Cup competition in 1927, however, Leinster were the victors on that occasion. Murphy served as captain again in 1928 and 1929 as he collected two Railway Cup winners' medals. Murphy also served as a selector on various Cork hurling teams over a period of four decades. While still a player he was a selector on the Cork teams that won the All-Ireland title sunder his captaincy in 1926 and 1928. Even though an injury brought his hurling career to an end Murphy served as a selector as Cork won two more All-Ireland titles in 1929 and 1931. He was a key member of the backroom team again as Cork won six more All-Ireland titles in 1941, 1943, 1944, 1952, 1953 and 1954. He served as secretary of Cork County Board from 1929 until his death in 1956, and in 2000 was named as full-back on the Cork Hurling Team of the Century.
 

Seamus Long Cup - Premier Intermediate Hurling
A Founder member of the Ballinora GAA club , Seamus Long and his family were steeped in the GAA and have been credited with the setting up of Divisional Boards. He was Principal of Ballinora school from 1913 to 1951 and elected secretary of Ballincollig club in 1914. He was the first secretary of the Muskerry Board in 1924, the founding Chairman of the Ballinora club in the same year , was Vice-Chairman of Cork County Board from from 1940 to 1946 and was Munster Cuncil Delegate from 1949  until his death in 1953.

 
 
Paddy Walsh Cup - Intermediate Hurling Championship
Paddy Walsh was a native of Castlemartyr in East Cork and gave great service to the GAA over many years until his death in 2001. The GAA grounds in Castlemartyr are named in his honour. He played with Mogeely and Castlemartyr for many years and, in fact, in 1952, he captained Mogeely in an East Cork final against Castlemartyr.He also went on to represent Imokilly at County Championship level.
But it was an administrator that Paddy became best known, not only at local level, but throughout the county. He occupied very position in the club during his days, from Club President, Club Chairman for many years, field administrator, selector, team manager, East-Cork Board delegate, County Board delegate, developer of dressing rooms, guardian of the fields, pursuer of players, in fact, every job, no matter how difficult that was needed to be done to keep a small rural club simply afloat and also, at times, unbelievably successful.

For Paddy Walsh's obituary, see http://www.castlemartyrgaa.com/pages/articles/article_paddy_walsh_tribute.asp 

John Quirke Cup - Junior A Hurling Championship

A Blackrock clubman, Johnny Quirke (1911-1983)  played for Cork during the 1930/40s and was part of the great four-in-a-row team. Regarded as one of the best hurlers Cork ever produced, He served as a Cork selector for many years and was deeply involved with his beloved Blackrock.  He played hurling with his local club Blackrock and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1932 until 1946. Quirke's selection on the Cork Hurling Team of the Century cements his reputation as one of his county's greatest-ever players. 

 
 
Junior B Hurling Championship - No name
This cup was first presented in 1984, and Kilbree were the inaugural winners.

Dick Barrett Cup - U21 A Hurling
This cup was presented to Cork County Board by the Dick Barrett Memorial Committee in 1974. Dick Barrett was born in 1889 in Hollyhill, near Ballineen. He qualified as a schoolteacher and when he got a teaching post in Upton, he becam involved with the local GAA club there, Knockavilla. In fact, he was club secretary for a time, and was a staunch supporter of the idea that Knockavilla should retain its autonomy and not amalgamate with its parish neighbours, Valley Rovers. He was a member of the IRB and fought on the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War, meeting his death by execution in 1922.

 
 
Gene Fitzgerald Cup - U21 B Hurling
Presented by the Fitzgerald family in 2010, this cup commemorates former County Board Vice-President and Treasurer Gene Fitzgerald, who died in 2007. From Cloughduv, Gene also served as a minister in Dáil Eireann and also in the European Parliament. The Gene Fitzgerald Cup was first won by Castlelyons.  
 
Andy Scannell Cup - Senior Football Championship
Andy Scannell, native of Ballingeary former NT at Clondulane NS outside Fermoy, played with Fermoy and was Secretary of the club between 1936 & 1939, Chairman from 1940 to 45. He took the Chair of the Avondhu division in 1946 & held it until 1952. Andy played with Cork Junior Hurlers & Footballers and was a selector with Cork teams at various levels including SH & SF. which included the 1945 All Irl SF winning team and the All Irl SH teams of 53 & 54. He was also an accomplished referee ,refeering at County & Munster level. He was Cork County Vice Chairman in 1947 and its Chairman from 1952 to 1955 before he went on to the Vice Chair of Munster Council in 1957.  He was a central Council delegate in the years 57 & 58.Andy died suddenly in Jan 1959.
 
 
 

Billy Long Cup - Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Billy Long was involved with Lees in the 1940s and 50s. He was a selector with the Cork Senior Football team in 1956 and was a member of the County Board Executive. He died a young man and his family donated the cup in his memory.

 

Sean Ó Suilleabháin Cup - Intermediate Football Championship

John 'Lock' O'Sullivan attended Beara Community School from 1989 - 1994. In 1992, he won Junior County and Munster Vocational medals and in 1994 he won Senior County, Munster and All-Ireland medals, with Beara defeating Davitt College, Castlebar in the All Ireland final. Having completed his Leaving Cert, John attended UCC where in 1996 he won an All-Ireland Higher Education League medal. John was part of the Beara U21 teams that won back-to-back U21 titles in 1996 and 1997, and was part of the Beara panel that won the county Senior Football title in 1997. John played for the Cork U21 team in 1997 and for the Cork Juniors in 2002. A gifted sports person, in August 2002 John was part of the Ireland Aussie Rules team that won the inaugural Australian Rules World Cup competition, defeating Papua New Guinea in the final. He won many honours with his beloved club Adrigole, and it was fitting that it was for Adrigole that John played his last game in the County Junior Football semi-final on November 10th 2002 in Bantry, against Tadhg MacCarthaigh. With the game tied at 10 points each in injury time, John kicked the winning score to secure a famous win for Adrigole. Tragically it was the last time he was to kick a ball in an Adrigole jersey, as just 9 days later, on November 19th 2002, John died suddenly.

 

Donal O'Sullivan Cup - Junior A Football Championship 
A Native of Ardgroom in the Beara Peninsula, Donal O'Sullivan played with St Vincent's, Glanmire and Imokilly before he joined Lees in 1950. He was picked to play centre back on the Cork JF team of 1953 and went on to captain the Cork Seniors to National League glory in 1956. He captained Lees to County Senior success in 1955. Donal represented Lees on the Cork County Board and was the Board's Vice Chairman from 1970 to 75. He was elected Chairman in 1976, a position he held for 77 and 78, a period in which Cork completed a three -in-a-row of All Ireland Senior Hurling Championships. He was Chairman of Munster Council from 1980 to 83. Donal died in 2001.

 
Junior B Football Championship - No name
This cup was first presented in 1984.
Pádraig A. Ó Murchú Cup - U21 A Football Championship
This cup commemorates the legendary Patrick Aloyius "Weeshie" Murphy of Bere Island, who served the GAA for many years, both as a player and an administrator. He played at full back for Cork on the 1945 All-Ireland Football winning team, and also played club football for Bere Island, Beara and Lees. He won three Railway Cup medals (1946, 48 and 49) and was selected at full back on the Cork Millenium Team. He served as Chairman of Cork County Board from 1955 to 1965, and was Chairman of the Munster Council at the time of his death in 1973. Weeshie's son is Dr. Con Murphy, team doctor to the Cork Inter-County teams since 1976.

 

Seán Ó Crualaoí Cup - U21 B Football Championship
Presented in 2010 by the Crowley family in memory of the late Seán Crowley of Bandon, who was a Vice-President of the County Board up until his death in 2009. Bandon GAA was the sporting love of his life, followed by love for his division Carbery, Cork and Munster in that order.
He was Bandon's representative on the Carbery Board and also spent many years as Bandon's and Carbery's representative on the Cork County Board. He served as Chairman of the Carbery Board for a number of years and was also a selector for many years on Carbery Hurling and Football teams. He also acted as selector on the Cork Football All Ireland winning team of 1973 and on the successful Munster Railway Cup team of 1972, both successes which came after many years in the doldrums for both teams. 
It is significant that the U-21 B Football Cup is presented in his name. For Sean the local club was the hearbeat of the GAA, and he was always strong in his support for the smaller rural club in particular. The Cup was first won by Erin's Own.
 
Denis Conroy Cup - Senior Hurling League
The Conroy Cup commemorates the late Denis Conroy of Carrigtwohill, who served as Registrar, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the County Board. The Cork Convention at the end of 1987 witnessed the realisation of Denis Conroy's dream. Forty-eight years after he first presented himself for election at the county board he achieved the office of chairman. He was 76 years old when the honour fell to him and had suffered a stroke that autumn but Conroy stood his ground against infirmity, as he did against everything else.
During Conroy's three years as chairman Cork won seven All Ireland titles but the double of 1990 conferred a unique distinction on him. Cork had won the double in 1890 and Tipperary had achieved it ten years later, but neither double had been done in the same calendar year and neither had been done under the same chairman.
In St Colman's College Fermoy, he captained the Dr Harty Cup team and went on to play Fitzgibbon Cup for UCC. He also played in the senior championship for UCC in the days when students were bound to play for the college. He scored two goals on his senior championship debut for Carrig in 1937 and later that summer his goal was Carrig's only score in the county final against Glen Rovers.
He was Munster Council representative for 25 years and a Central Council delegate, was a member of GPC and a Congress delegate, did a stint as county board registrar and was made a vice-chairman of the board two years before he became chairman. At his death he was vice-president.
On the night his remains were removed five GAA presidents were among those who shouldered his coffin. As a mark of his life he was buried as a statesman of the association a few hundred yards from where he was born.

 
Kelleher Shield - Division 1 Football League
This impressive trophy was presented by John Kelleher in 1913, making it one of the oldest trophies in the county. It was first won by Bantry in 1913, followed by Fermoy the following year. John Kelleher was Managing Director of T. Lyons and Co. and the Shield was presented for the purpose of it being competed for by football teams. Mr. Kelleher had a remarkable business career, entering the firm T. Lyons and Co. as a thirteen year old in 1859 and becoming Managing Director fourteen years later in 1873. When he retired in 1932, he had been with the company for 73 years, 59 of which were as its Managing Director.
 
Division 2 Football Cup (Un-named)  
Division 3 Football Cup (Un-named) 
Paddy Driscoll Cup - Division 4 Football
Paddy Driscoll, who served as a Garda in Cobh and was from the Russell Rovers club, played football for Cork in the 1950s, losing All-Ireland finals in 1956 and '57. He won National League medals in 1952 and '56 and played in five Railway Cup finals. He was selected at right corner back on the Munster Team of the Millenium. Paddy became a member of the County Board in 1954 representing the Garda, and was elected to the General Purposes Committee in 1956. He was elected Treasurer of the County Board in 1957, replacing Con Murphy who was elected Secretary, and he remained as Treasurer until 1962. Paddy served as Chairman of the East Cork Board from 1965-1973 and County Board Chairman from 1979-1981. He served as a trustee of the Association and a selector on Cork Football teams for 20 years, with his biggest achievement the All Ireland Senior Football victory of 1973. Paddy also refereed in the 50s, but due to his football commitments did not continue in that role. He was also Manager of the All Stars team in 1983. Paddy passed away in 2001 and his son Brendan Driscoll is the current Coaching Officer of the County Board.
 
Micheál "Haulie" Ó Donghaile Cup - Division 1 Hurling 
Haulie Donnelly was one of the great sons of the parish of Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge, and his name was synonymous with GAA in the parish for many tears. He was a member of the club Committee for thirty years, a delegate to the East Cork Board for more than twenty years, had been involved as a selector at various levels in the club, and had rarely missed a game, whether it was U12 or Premier Intermediate. He was a constant presence at Ahavine when the club was hosting a game and will be remembered for his involvement in the preparation of the playing field and the raising of the club flag, a flag of which he was so proud, and kept at his family home, where he also repaired hurleys for players of all ages.
Haulie saw the club go through poor times, reaching numerous East Cork finals but failing to win and wondering whether he would ever see O' Neill's making the breakthrough. Haulie witnessed this breakthrough in 1996 when Dick O' Neill raised the Jamsey Kelleher cup in Killeagh in what was the first of many firsts for the club. There was no prouder man the following Wednesday night at the East Cork Board meeting where it was and still is customary for the winners to address their fellow board delegates and representatives of the other clubs in the division. Haulie's speech that night still rates as the most passionate speech ever at a board meeting. Ten years later, in 2006, even though having retired as a delegate, the club honoured Haulie by asking him to bring the All-Ireland Junior Hurling cup to the fortnightly board meeting. These would have been two of his proudest moments as a member of the club.
After many years of involvement, Haulie was Vice-President of Fr. O'Neill's club at the time of his death, August 6th 2010. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Carmel, and sons John and Gerard, who presented this cup to the County Board in 2012.
 

Ger O'Donovan Cup - Division 2 Hurling
Ger played hurling and football with Bandon and St Brogan's College, Bandon, winning many honours in both jerseys. He won three Under 16 B Hurling County Medals, a Premier Minor Hurling County Medal, two West Cork U21 Hurling Medals and a Junior A Hurling County Medal in 1999. Ger also won a Minor A County Football Medal with Bandon. He played hurling with Cork from U14 up to Minor and won an All Ireland Minor Hurling Medal in 1998. Ger won County Medals with St. Brogan's College at Junior and Senior level and also three All Ireland Senior Hurling Vocational Medals with Cork. Sadly Ger was to play his last game for the Lily Whites against Carrigtwohill in July 2002. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2002 and went to his eternal reward on 30th December 2003 at the very young age of 23. The Cup was presented by the O'Donovan Family and Ger's beloved Bandon won it for the first time in 2008.
 

 
Division 3 Hurling Cup (Un-named) 
 
Liam Breathnach Cup - Premier Intermediate Hurling Tournament  
William "Bowler "Walsh of Sarsfields was a native of Glouthaune and had a ten-year career with Cork Hurlers, losing two All Ireland Finals in 1912 and 1915. William was the Sarsfields representative on the Cork County Board and was Cork's Munster Council Representative from 1931 to 1939. He was elected Vice-Chairman of Cork County Board for the years 1937 to 1940 and served as the Board Chairman from 1941 to 46. In addition to this, he was a Senior Hurling selector on the 1941, 43, 44 and 46 All-Ireland winning teams. "Bowler" was defeated for the Chair in 1947 and, having served one more year on the General Purposes Committee, he stood down from his administrative duties, secure in the knowledge that he had made a notable contribution to a glorious chapter in Cork GAA history. He died in 1964 and is buried in Rathcooney.
 
Tadhg Crowley Cup - Senior Football Tournament
From Clonakilty,Tadhg Crowley,  born in 1921, was a dual Cork Minor in 1939 winning a Minor Hurling medal, but it was at football that he was destined to shine. Tadhgo, as he was popularly known, won his first County Senior medal the same year with Clonakilty and went on to win to play Junior with Cork in 1941/1942. He became a regular on the Cork Senior teams from 1943 onwards, playing at midfield or centre back. 1945 was his big year, captaining Cork to Munster and All Ireland glory. He was also an accomplished referee and had the distinction of refeering 6 County Finals, in a seven year period between 1953 and 1959, missing out on the 1954 final as Clonakilty themselves were in the final. His untimely and sudden death in 1963 robbed Clonakilty of its most famous son. Arguably the greatest centre back that ever wore the Cork jersey he was a hero to every man, woman and child in Clonakilty.
 
Tom Creedon Cup - Intermediate Football Tournament
The Tom Creedon cup was presented by Macroom GAA Club, Muskerry Division, and Cork County Board in memory of Macroom and Cork footballer, Tom Creedon, who died tragically in 1983.
Tom Creedon was born in 1954, and played football from underage to Senior level for Macroom. He was a member of the Macroom team that won the under 14 County Schools Shield in 1967. He won mid-Cork medals at U16 in 1970, 5 minor medals from 1968 to 72, and 2 U21 medals in 1972 and 1974. At adult level he won Muskerry Cup medals in 1981 and 82, an Intermediate Football League medal in 1981, and captained the Macroom team to win the County Intermediate Football Championship in 1982, to return to Senior ranks in 1983. He played his last Championship game with Macroom against St. Nicks in May 1983, with Macroom winning by 1-9 to 0-7.
His intercounty career began in 1972 when he was a member of the Cork Minor Football team that won the Munster and All-Ireland titles. He also won a Munster U21 Football medal in 1974 when Cork beat Kerry in the Munster Final. He played on the Cork Senior Football team from 1975 to 1983, winning a National Football League medal in 1980 and played in 9 Munster Football Finals (including 2 replays in 1976 and 1982). He was a member of the Munster team that won the railway cup in 1981. Tom also played with UCC and was a member of the combined Universities team in 1976. He played with Muskerry from 1978 to 1982. Tom was a natural leader and captained Macroom at all levels. His death in August 1983 robbed Macroom of one of its greatest ever players.
 
 
Sean Ó Murchu Cup - Intermediate Hurling Tournament
From the St. Vincent's club, Sean Ó Murchu served as their delegate to the County Board for many years. He enjoyed a long career as a player with the club, and was one of their most esteemed members. He was Chairman of their Field Development Committee and President of the club at the time of his death. A lecturer in UCC  and Director of Adult Education at the College, he was regarded as a real gentleman  by everyone who knew him. The cup was presented to the County Board by his wife Joan following his death in 2002.
 
Judge Con Murphy Cup (JAHL)
Con Murphy was born in Bandon on 5th April,1960. He played underage for Bandon and was full-back on the U14 team that won the County title in 1974. He attended Hamilton High School in Bandon and he was club secretary in the Centenary Year, 1984. He was chairman of the club in 1987 and a selector on the Minor Hurling team that won County honours in 1995. He married Miriam Higgins who played and won All-Ireland senior camogie medals with Cork in the 1980's. Con Murphy died on 1st August, 2011. This cup was presented by his wife Miriam Murphy
 
Jackie O'Shea Cup (JAFL)
Jackie O'Shea of Donoughmore was born on Jan 2nd 1926. From his early days as a minor in 1942 he was acknowledged far and wide as a goalie of great skill and courage. Such potential saw him play for 20 years for his club, and also for the Muskerry Senior team. He continued to immerse himself in the administration end of the club when he retired, acting as Secretary, PRO and committee member, attending 72 consecutive AGMs. He died on April 20th, 2011. This cup was presented by the O'Shea family. 
 
Jerry Keating Cup (JBHL)
Jerry Keating was Chairman of the Duhallow Board from 1974 to 2002, having  previously served as Secretary of the Juvenile Board. He was instrumental in establishing Coiste Na n-Iomana in 1967 and he helped to put together a Divisional U14 hurling team which enjoyed great success in this competition. He was a strong supporter of the ideals of Cumann Luth Chleas Gael and was very active in the promotion of Scor, serving as County Chairman for 13 years. A native of Rylane, he embraced his adopted clubs Lyre and Banteer with great enthusiasm, and also served as Treasurer of Bol Chumann Na hEireann. A former headmaster of Lyre school, he died on October 30th, 2010. This cup was presented by the Duhallow Board.  
 
John Brady Cup (JBFL)
The late John Brady was born on December 12th, 1926. John was immersed in Cumann Luth Chleas Gael all his life. From his earliest days he played with Éire Óg, serving as a selector on various teams through the decades. He became a delegate to the Muscraí Bórd and also served on the GPC. He acted as a Muscraí Senior Hurling selector through the 1950's, 60's and ‘70's. John's finest administrative achievement came in 1993 when he was elected as President of the Muscraí Bórd. His renowned wit and razor sharp brain were the basis of many tales and anecdotes. John Brady went to his eternal reward on January 20th, 2011. This cup was presented by the Eire Og Club. 
 

 
 



 




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