Seminar for Women Involved in Club Administration

County Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy, will host a seminar for women involved in GAA club administration on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am to 1pm at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The event will involve an address by Mary O’Connor, former Cork dual star and current CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, and at least one other speaker (details tbc), a panel discussion involving current female club officers, and an opportunity to share experiences and suggest ways forward in supporting the greater involvement of women in GAA administration. Light refreshments will be provided, along with a tour of the stadium for those interested.

Health and Well Being Night A Success

Last Thursday, March 5th Rebel Óg North Board, in association with Pat Spratt GDA, An Garda Síochána and Mallow GAA Complex, held a very informative and successful workshop on health and well being for young adults and teenagers. On the night all the development squad players and their parents were invited in to listen to the speakers who gave some essential information to both the boys and their parents. The evening was very kindly hosted by Mallow GAA complex and by Liz Foley who did a tremendous amount to make the night a success.

On the night there were a variety of different speakers who had some excellent information and resources prepared for the young adults and parents. First the evening was introduced by Pat Spratt GDA for Cork North, where he outlined the purpose of the night and why he felt it would be beneficial for the players and their parents. Pat stated that the main reason behind the workshop was to highlight the some of the ongoing in today’s modern society for young adults and sport. He also stated that alcohol and drugs are becoming more prominent in today’s society along with the major issue of mental health in young men and women. While the GAA plays a huge part in the physical well being of our children, Pat was fully of the opinion that now was the time to influence our young players mental wellbeing and be more aware of these on-going issues.

The first speaker to address the big audience in attendance was Garda Philip Hayes of Buttevant Garda station. Philip spoke in depth about alcohol and the major issues surround it. Philip was very informative and had a lot of facts and figures about the law surround alcohol for underage people and also the consquences that follow underage drinking. Philip also was speaking to parents on their actions and responsibility with alcohol and how to identify the signs of underage drinking with their children.

The second speaker was Sargent Micheál O’Regan, who is working within the drugs unit in Mallow Garda Station covering a lot of the North Cork area. Micheál spoke on drugs, the different types of drugs and what they look like. Micheál continued in his talk to inform the audience of how certain drug gangs can operate and how they can influence young adults into getting involved in such a pathway. Micheál didn’t beat around the bush and was very clear of the implications of the law surround drugs and what the consequences are of you were found in possession of drugs or if you were involved with such.

Next to the podium was Barry Corkery, who is a senior addiction counsellor and an experienced mental health therapist in the mental health industry. Barry was speaking of the issues surround mental health and how was can look our for signs of such issues in our children. Barry was also very informative in how he was highlighting how a good and positive mind frame for everyone is always a bonus for us in life. Barry has his own ties to the GAA circle, he’s a passionate Éire Óg member, he is currently involved with the Cork U20 footballers and was involved with the winner Cork All-Ireland minor team last year. Barry wrapped us his talk by talking to the young adults in particular about setting realistic targets for ourselves and how to measure success within ourselves.

The final speaker on the night was Keith Ricken, who is the current Cork U20 football manager, he’s also the CIT sports administer which a masters in education from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth in adult guidance and counselling. Keith spoke about a player centred approach to how we conduct ourselves in life. Keith had the audience gripped when he was speaking from personal terms, engaging with both the parents and the young audience. Keith was speaking on life in general

for all to hear giving some real-life examples of how we can better ourselves and help the children in our care.

All speakers finished up, with a small Q&A, with questions coming from the audience who were enthralled with what they were hearing and wanted to know more. Overall the night was a raging success. There were over 400 people in attendance with many left standing as the whole room was packed. The feedback from this workshop has shown that there is a huge appetite for information such as was given on the night, especially from parents who wanted to learn more on how they can benefit their own children. From the development squads and club point of view, the boys in attendance are now wiser when it comes such topics which now illustrates another appetitive for more workshops like this to take place in the future. The education of our children doesn’t stop at the school bell, the information on show in Mallow from these speakers was to educate the young people on life and also to educate our coaches who are now more that just facilitates of the game, they are becoming more and mote important and significant in the holistic development of the children in our clubs and county.

Once the dust has settled, in reflection, this night couldn’t have been a success without many more than just the speakers mentioned above. Liz Foley and the Mallow GAA Complex were the main sponsors of the evening while the Garda Síochána were also the driving force behind it. Within Rebel Óg, a special thanks to the board and also to Kieran Linehan, Vice Chairman, who wrapped up the evening and were also major influencers on the evening. Along with the board, Kevin O’Callaghan, County Games Manager and Ronan Dwane, Cork County Board Coaching Officer, put their time and their effort into making the night a success. A special mention must also go to Martin O’Brien and Martin Farrissey who along with the Development squad coaches, must be thanked for their continued support and work within the region. A thank you also to David O’Sullivan, of Glanworth GAA, who put in effort along with Pat in setting up and organising the event from a logistics point of view.

To conclude, the fact this night was such a raging and massive success, it leaves us all now of the opinion that we need to do more of these style workshops to help benefit the overall development of our children. A thought to finish; “The Greatest Wealth is Your Health”!!

Cork GAA 2020 Club Season Ticket

Cork GAA is pleased to announce that the 2020 Club Season Ticket is now on sale.
Priced at €150, the Club Season Ticket provides entry to almost 400 Championship games under the direct remit of the Cork County Committee.
It covers over 20 County Finals including the Premier Senior Finals in both codes.
It also entitles the owner to purchase a ticket for an All-Ireland Senior Hurling and / or Football Final involving Cork.
A limited issue of 1,000 tickets is now available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets can be purchased as follows:
  • Online (credit/debit card) Go to (charges of €6.05 apply) Click Here
  • Visit Cork GAA Offices, SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh (cash/cheque)
  • Post (cheque payable to Cork GAA, please include name, address, club, phone, email)

The Club Season Ticket does not include games at Divisional level or games under the remit of Rebel Óg, nor does it cover inter-county games.

All Cork County Board passes will now expire, with members who were previously entitled to various complimentary passes now instead entitled to purchase the 2020 Season Ticket at a discounted rate of €50, directly from Cork GAA Offices only.
The closing date for all Season Ticket orders is Friday, March 20th.
Season Tickets purchased will be posted to the address supplied before the commencement of the County Championships in April

Cork suffer defeat to Kerry in Tralee.

EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Final

KERRY 0-17 CORK 1-9

By Paul Brennan ( at Austin Stack Park, Tralee

A powerful and productive second half saw Kerry reclaim the Munster Under-20 football title after seeing off All-Ireland champions, Cork.

The Kingdom outscored the Rebels by 0-12 to 0-3 in a statement second period, overturning a four-point half time deficit and easing into an All-Ireland semi-final against Galway or Roscommon on St Patrick’s Day.

Both counties had been less than impressive in their respective semi-final wins, but Cork were the slight fancy to retain their provincial title. And by half time they were on script. Kerry had other ideas in the second period, and went about their business immediately with points from midfielder Darragh Lyne and a free from Paul Walsh.

Cork hit back with a fine long-range score from joint-captain Mark Cronin, but it was clear that the momentum had already shifted. Where Cork had been all power and speed and directness in the first half, now Kerry had the measure of the champions, and were hoovering up most of the ball around middle and running all the best angles and lines.

Ruaidhri O Beaglaoich had to be hauled down en route to goal to present Walsh a tap-over free, and when Paul O’Shea and then Sean Horan pointed the gap was gone; 0-10 to 1-7.

Thereafter it was a near Kerry procession with a succession of points: O Beaglaoich converting an advanced mark, O Beaglaoich again from play, and the two from sub Sean Quilter pushing Kerry into a 0-14 to 1-8 lead.

Blake Murphy fired over Cork’s third and final point of the half to make it a two-point game, but Kerry weren’t for catching, with O Beaglaoich (2) and Sean Keane sealing the win.

The first half was a story of two goal chances: one missed by Kerry in the 16th minute and the other converted by Cork in the 25th minute. That green flag was, more or less, the difference between the teams at half time, with both sides rueing plenty of missed chances, most of them undercooked shots that dropped short.

Kerry were first on the scoreboard through O Beaglaoich’s free in the fifth minute, but there was never any more than two points between the teams until Blake Murphy struck Cork’s goal late in the half.

Patrick Darcy and Killian Falvey converted to edge Kerry 0-3 to 0-1 in front, but Cronin (free) and Jack Murphy replied to level it up. Moments before Murphy’s score O Beaglaoich got inside his man and teed up Darcy a couple of metres from the goal line, but a moment’s hesitation by the Kerry no.11 allowed David Buckley recover from a slip and make a brilliant goal line block.

It was 0-4 apiece when Cork’s no. 11, Aodhán Ó Luasa dispossessed Dylan Casey and put Blake Murphy through, but the joint-captain still had plenty to do. But do it he did, calmly side-stepping Marc Kelliher and slipping the ball to the Kerry net from a couple of feet out.

That score lit a fire in Murphy, who added two late points to give the Rebels a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead, even though they had kicked four scoreable shots short into Kelliher’s hands.

Kerry were guilty of wastage, too, in that first period, with five wides and a couple of under hit efforts hurting them on the scoreboard, but they got their radar aligned in the second period to keep their hopes of a first All-Ireland title since 2008 alive.

Scorers for Kerry: R O Beaglaoich 0-5 (2f, 1m), P Walsh 0-3f, P Darcy 0-2, S Quilter 0-2 (1f), D Lyne 0-1, K Falvey 0-1, P O’Shea 0-1, S Horan 0-1, S Keane 0-1

Scorers for Cork: B Murphy 1-3, M Cronin 0-4 (1f), J Murphy 0-1, F Herlihy 0-1

KERRY: Marc Kelliher, Owen Fitzgerald, James McCarthy, Dan McCarthy, Luke Brosnan, Dylan Casey, Sean O’Brien, Darragh Lyne, Michael O’Gara, Paul Walsh, Patrick Darcy, Killian Falvey, Paul O’Shea, Sean Horan, Ruaidhri O Beaglaoich.

Subs: Eddie Horan for O Fitzgerald (ht), Sean Keane for P Walsh (44), Sean Quilter for K Falvey (46), Sean O’Connell for S Horan (49), Dylan Geaney for P Darcy (54).

CORK: Cian O’Leary, Colm O’Shea, Daniel O’Mahony, Diarmuid Phelan, David Buckley, Billy Foley, Eanna O’Hanlon, Jack Lawton, Daniel O’Connell, Jack Murphy, Aodhan Ó Luasa, Brian Hayes, Mark Cronin, Fionn Herlihy, Blake Murphy.

Subs: Brian Lynch for D Phelan (29), Conor Corbett for A Ó Luasa (ht), Bill Curtin for J Lawton (38), Darragh Hayes for B Hayes (52), Conor Russell for F Herlihy (59).

REFEREE: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary).

Munster U20 Football Final 2020

Cork will play Kerry in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Final on Wednesday March 4th at 7:30pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Cork are current Munster and All-Ireland Champions at this grade.

EirGrid Munster Under 20 Football Championship Final
Cork v Kerry
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee at 7:30pm
Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)
Extra Time if Necessary (Result on the Day)
Tickets for this game are now available to purchase in advance at participating Centra and Supervalu outlets –

Path to the final

Cork’s open game in this season competition was against Clare in Semi-Final on Wednesday night last. Cork won by two points 1-12 to Clare 2-7.

Scorers for Cork: Blake Murphy (0-9, 7f, 1’45, 1m); Jack Murphy (1-0); Mark Cronin (0-2, 1f); Fionn Herlihy (0-1)

Cork Team vs Clare: 1. Josh O’Keeffe (Newmarket), 4. Diarmaid Phelan (Aghada), 3. Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree), 2. Colm O’Shea (Kilshannig), 5. David Buckley (Newcestown), 6. Bill Foley (Bantry Blues), 7. Brian Lynch (Douglas), 8. Jack Lawton (Argideen Rangers), 9. Daniel O’Connell (Kanturk), 10. Jack Murphy (Éire Óg), 11. Aodhán Ó Luasa (Naomh Aban), 12. Brian Hayes (St. Finbarr’s), 13. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers) (Joint-Captain), 14. Fionn Herlihy (Dohenys), 15. Blake Murphy (St. Vincent’s) (Joint-Captain)

Subs: 21. Eanna O’Hanlon (Kilshannig) for Foley (half-time), 19. Eoghan Lehane (Canovee) for Lynch (35,), 22. Conor Corbett (Clyda Rovers) for Hayes (35), 18. Sean Desmond (Clondrohid) for Phelan (63), 23. Jack Kelleher (Canovee) for Corbett (65 mins)

The Cork Under 20 Football Team to play Kerry has been announced.

1. Josh O Keeffe – Newmarket
2. Colm O Shea  – Kilshannig
3. Daniel O Mahony  – Knocknagree
4. Diarmaid Phelan  – Aghada
5. David Buckley – Newcestown
6. Bill Foley – Bantry Blues
7. Brian Lynch – Douglas
8. Jack Lawton  – Argideen Rangers
9. Daniel O Connell  – Kanturk
10. Jack Murphy – Éire Óg
11. Aodhán Ó Luasa  – Naomh Aban
12. Brian Hayes – St. Finbarrs
13. Mark Cronin  – Nemo Rangers (Joint Captain)
14. Fionn Herlihy  – Doheny’s
15. Blake Murphy  – St. Vincent’s (Joint Captain)
16. Cian O Leary – Douglas
17. Bill Curtin – Kilshannig
18. Sean Desmond – Clondrohid
19. Darragh Cashman – Millstreet
20. Eanna O Hanlon – Kilshannig
21. Conor Corbett – Clyda Rovers
22. Darragh Hayes  – Carbery Rangers
23. Gerry O Sullivan – Boherbue
24. Conor Russell – Douglas

Extended Panel Members

Jack Kelliher  – Canovee
Eoin Nation  – Nemo Rangers
Ciaran Nyhan  – Ballinascarthy
Dylan Connolly  – Glanworth
Conor Smith  – Aghabullogue
Eoghan Lehane – Canovee
Ciarán O’ Sullivan  – Urhan

Cork’s Management Team

Management: Keith Ricken, Michéal Ó Cronín, Maurice Moore, Colm O Neill, Barry Corkery

Strength & Conditioning: Con Burns

Goalkeeping Coach: Kevin Murphy

Logistics: Charlie McCarthy, Brian Walsh, Denis McSweeney

Medical: Dr Aidan Kelleher, Brian O Connell

Liaison Officer: Des Cullinane