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Extract from Lisgoold A Church History - Tomás Ó Riordáin

Hurling & Football Pitch and Tennis Court
In 1975 a committee was set up to provide Lisgoold with a Hurling and Football pitch. Willie Moore, Fr. John Kelleher, John O'Dea, Ned O'Shea, Bob O'Sullivan and Matty O'Riordan, John Joe O'Regan and Jack Dunlea were prominent in the work involved.

They bought 7 acres from Tom Woods in 1977 for £7,000. There were all sorts of activities to raise the money such as Old Time Threshing, raffles, draws, auctions as well as grants and subscriptions. Jack Boothman, President of the G.A.A. came to open the pitch on June 24th 1995.

A second smaller pitch for training and Juvenile matches was opened in 1999. Much of the credit for this goes to Pat Clifford, Bob O'Sullivan, Donal O'Keeffe and Jerry O'Connell.

Lisgoold LCA. guild took on the project of providing a Tennis court in the corner of the grounds. Spearheading this venture were Betty Moore and Kitty O'Sullivan with support from their husbands and friends. They procured £1,000 from a Co. Council Amenity grant, £4,500 from National lottery funds and the Ladies of the I.C.A. raised the remaining £3,500 from cake sales, coffee mornings, bazaars, race nights, cookery and gardening demonstrations etc. The court opened in 1999.

Past Success
At different times in the past teams from the parish were called Lisgoold, Dooneen Rovers, Leamlara Rangers or Owenacurra Rovers. In 1952 Dan Joe McCarthy captained the team that won the East Cork B Hurling title. Jim Ryan had been captain but missed the final through injury. The title was lost later 'in the boardroom' after an objection. The footballers won in 1961 and 1964 under John O'Shea and John T. O'Keeffe. Noel Ryan captained the victorious 1971 hurlers and John Morrison led Lisgoold to victory again in 1977. A third East Cork Football title came to the parish in 1983. This time the captain was Martin Ryan. In October 1994 Donie Murphy led Lisgoold to win their first County Championship. They defeated Sarsfield's in the East Cork Final and beat Buttevant in the County 'B' Hurling Final.