Cork Senior Hurling Team announced

The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster Hurling Championship Semi Final has been announced.

  1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
  2. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
  3. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
  4. Sean O’ Donoghue (Inniscarra)
  5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
  6. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
  7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
  8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
  9. Tim O’ Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
  10. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
  11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
  12. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
  13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
  14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
  15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers) – Captain
  16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
  17. Sean O’ Leary-Hayes (Midleton)
  18. Niall O’ Leary (Castlelyons)
  19. Billy Hennessey (St Finbarrs)
  20. Chris O’ Leary (Valley Rovers)
  21. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
  22. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
  23. Declan Dalton (Fr O’ Neills)
  24. Jack O’ Connor (Sarsfields)
  25. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
  26. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)

Christy Ring- 100 Years

Today, October 30th, 2020, marks the centenary of the birth of Ireland’s greatest ever hurler, Cork’s own, Christy Ring. In more normal times, we in Cork GAA would be organising events and tributes to commemorate the maestro but unfortunately, we cannot do so during the pandemic lockdown.

We would, however, like to acknowledge the importance of todays centenary. Christy Rings contribution to Cork, Glen Rovers and Cloyne will never be forgotten. The impact he had as a hurler, as a mentor and as a selector, all ensured that his status as an all time great is cemented in the history books forever.

Ring and his legendary deeds will continue to inspire future generations of hurlers and we in Cork GAA salute his legacy.

OTD in 1979 – Death of hurler Christy Ring, one of the greatest hurlers of all time.

 

 

 Nicholas Christopher Michael “Christy” Ring (30 October 1920 – 2 March 1979) was an Irish hurler who played as a right wing-forward for the Cork senior team.

Born in Cloyne, County Cork, Ring first excelled at hurling during his school days. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he first linked up with the Cork minor team, before later lining out with the junior side. He made his senior debut in the 1939-40 National Hurling League. Ring went on to play a key part for Cork over the following twenty-four years, and won eight All-Ireland medals, nine Munster medals and three National Hurling League medals. An All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions, Ring also captained the team to three All-Ireland victories.

Ring represented the Munster inter-provincial team for a record twenty-three consecutive seasons, winning a record eighteen Railway Cup medals. No other player in the history of the competition has gone into double figures. At club level he won thirteen championship medals with Glen Rovers.

In a game as mythologised as hurling, Ring’s universally accepted pre-eminence is remarkable. His career tally of 33 goals and 208 points was a record score which stood until the 1970s when it was surpassed by Eddie Keher. His haul of eight All-Ireland medals was a record which stood for over a decade until it was equalled by John Doyle and subsequently surpassed by Henry Shefflin. At the age of thirty-nine he was named Caltex Hurler of the Year.

 

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Christy Rings Grandson Simon Kennefick, play’s Senior Hurling with Glen Rovers. This season the Club created a special jersey to mark Ring’s 100 years

Throughout his lengthy career, Ring made 65 championship appearances for Cork, more than any other player in the county’s history and a national record which stood for nearly fifty years until it was surpassed by Brendan Cummins. His retirement came prior to the start of the 1964 championship when he failed to be selected for the Cork hurling team.

Ring is widely regarded as one of the greatest hurlers in the history of the game, with many former players, commentators and fans rating him as the number one player of all-time. He has been repeatedly voted onto teams made up of the sport’s greats, including the Hurling Team of the Century in 1984 and the Hurling Team of the Millennium.

Ring was born at Kilboy, less than a mile from the small village of Cloyne in rural East Cork. His family later moved to the village where they occupied a house on Spittal Street, commonly referred to as ‘Spit Lane’. The second son born to Mary and Nicholas Ring, his father worked as a gardener for local landowners. Ring’s siblings included two sisters, Katie and Mary Agnes, and two brothers, Willie John and Paddy Joe. It was Ring’s father, a former Cloyne hurler, who instilled a passion for the game in his young son by taking him to club games in Cork, making the eighteen-mile journey by bicycle with his son on the cross-bar.

 

Ring was educated at the local national school in Cloyne, where he was noted as a quiet but diligent pupil. On one occasion, the school master, Maurice Spillane, offered a prize of a hurley and sliotar to the boy who would get the highest grade in the school. Ring applied himself diligently and got first place from among forty-eight pupils.

As was common at the time Ring received no secondary education and left school before the age of fourteen. His first job was as an apprentice mechanic with the Williams firm in Midleton, before he later moved to Cork city where he found work as a lorry driver with Coras Iompair Eireann. In 1953 Ring became a delivery driver with Shell Oil.

In 1940 Ring and his two brothers left the Cloyne club and Ring remained ‘unattached’ for over a year before joining the Glen Rovers club in Cork city in the summer of 1941. After making his debut against St. Finbarr’s in the county senior championship semi-final, Ring went on to win his first senior championship winners’ medal following a defeat of Ballincollig in the final. ‘The Glen’ had just captured a record-breaking eighth county title in-a-row while Ring would go on to have much more success with the club in a career that spanned three decades.

A ninth successive championship proved beyond Glen Rovers, however, the club continued to dominate the local hurling scene in Cork for the rest of the decade. The club secured back-to-back titles in 1944 and 1945 following wins over fierce southside rivals St. Finbarr’s and divisional side Carrigdhoun respectively. Ring’s side narrowly missed out on a third successive championship in 1946.

After a one-year absence from Cork’s hurling showpiece, defeats of Blackrock, Imokilly and St. Finbarr’s in the respective championship deciders of 1948, 1949 and 1950 brought Ring’s county championship winners’ medal tally to six.

The Great Christy Ring - Photo Archive

‘The Glen’ dominated the next decade of hurling also, contesting eight consecutive county finals between 1953 and 1960. Victories came in 1953 and 1954 and, following the loss of three county finals in-a-row, the Glen went on to win three-in-a-row in 1958, 1959 and 1960. The 1960s were not without success either, as Ring won further county medals in 1962 and 1964. The latter was Ring’s thirteenth county victory and was subsequently converted into a Munster club title. Ring’s last game for Glen Rovers was a county quarter-final against UCC in 1967.

Ring made his first senior appearance for Cork when he came on as a substitute against Limerick in a tournament game in early 1939. Later that year on 22 October 1939 he made his first senior start when Cork played the newly crowned All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the opening round of the 1939-40 National Hurling League. Ring quickly became a regular fixture on the Cork starting fifteen and was named at right wing-forward for the National League final against Tipperary. An 8-9 to 6-4 score line gave Cork the title and gave Ring his first National League winners’ medal. Cork contested the Munster final later that year, however, after an exciting draw and a thrilling replay the great Limerick team of the era emerged as the victors.

Ring won a second consecutive National League medal in 1941, however, that year’s hurling championship was severely hampered due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Munster and Leinster. As a result of this Tipperary and Kilkenny, the two counties that were affected the most, were not allowed to participate. It was also decided that Cork would represent Munster in the All-Ireland final. The game against Dublin turned into a rout thanks to contributing goals from Johnny Quirke and Ted O’Sullivan. At the full-time whistle Cork had won by 5-11 to 0-6. It was one of the most one-sided championship deciders of all-time, however, it did give Ring his very first All-Ireland winners’ medal at senior level. In the delayed Munster final played in October, Tipperary gained their revenge by defeating the All-Ireland champions.

In 1942 Cork were still on form and Ring won his first senior Munster title following a defeat of Tipperary. He subsequently lined out in a second consecutive All-Ireland final. Dublin provided the opposition for the second year in-a-row and the opening half turned out to be a close affair. Johnny Quirke gave Cork a comfortable half-time lead thanks to a goal, however, in the second-half Cork went on the rampage. At the long whistle Cork were the champions by 2-14 to 3-4 and Ring collected a second All-Ireland winners’ medal.

A defeat of Waterford allowed Ring to add a second Munster title to his collection in 1943 before later contesting a third successive All-Ireland final with Cork. Antrim, having already pulled off two of the biggest shocks in the history of the championship by defeating Galway and Kilkenny, were the Rebels opponents. The game, however, turned into an absolute rout. At half-time Cork led by 3-11 to 0-2, however, by full-time they had forged ahead to capture a 5-16 to 0-4 victory. It was Ring’s third consecutive All-Ireland medal.

 

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In 1944 Cork faced Limerick in the Munster final. The game ended in a 4-13 to 6-7 draw and had to be replayed; however, as full-time approached the possibility of another draw seemed likely. With just minutes remaining Ring caught the sliotar in his own half-back line, made a solo run past a succession of challenges and, from forty yards out, hammered a shot into the Limerick net. Cork went on to win the game by a goal and many regard this game as the moment that the mantle of hurling’s star player passed from Mick Mackey to Ring. Once again Cork went on to face Dublin in the All-Ireland final and, like the previous three years, the Munstermen had an easy win. Dublin could only manage to score 1-2 compared to Cork’s 2-13, resulting in Cork taking the title. With that Cork set a record of four consecutive championship victories that has yet to be equaled. Ring was also the proud holder of four senior All-Ireland medals before his 24th birthday.

Cork lost their provincial crown to Tipperary in 1945, however, the team returned in 1946 with Ring, now as captain of the team, picking up a fourth Munster winners’ medal after a defeat of Limerick. The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Cork against old rivals Kilkenny for the first time since 1939. Two quick goals just before half-time, one from the stick of Ring, put Cork in the driving seat. Five more goals followed in the second period as Cork were the 7-5 to 3-8 winners. It was a remarkable fifth All-Ireland title in six years for Cork and for Ring.

Ring won a fifth Munster title following a second consecutive defeat of Limerick in 1947. The All-Ireland final was a repeat of the previous year as Cork and Kilkenny did battle again. In what has been described by many as the greatest hurling decider of all-time Mossy O’Riordan and Joe Kelly scored two goals that almost won the game for Cork. Kilkenny, however, fought back with Terry Leahy and Jim Langton leading the charge and eventually won the game by ‘the usual point’ on a score line of 0-14 to 2-7. That defeat saw the break-up of the great four-in-a-row team of the 1940s and was followed by four lean years of championship hurling for Cork.

The Cork team bounced back in 1952 with Ring winning a sixth Munster medal following a defeat of three-in-a-row All-Ireland champions Tipperary in the provincial decider. Dublin provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland final, however the Dubs were completely outclassed by Cork on that occasion. In spite of only leading by three points at half-time Cork won by 2-14 to 0-7 and Ring picked up a sixth All-Ireland medal.

The All-Ireland winning Cork hurlers arriving back in Blarney in 1942 with the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Eddie Hogan is second from left in the back row, Ring is second right in the middle.

In 1953 Ring took over the captaincy of the team from Paddy Barry. The year began well with the new captain collecting a third National League title and a seventh Munster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw Galway take on Cork, however, ‘the Rebels’ were victorious by 3-3 to 0-8 and Ring added a record-equaling All-Ireland medal to his collection. The game, however, was clouded in controversy due to the injury to the Galway captain, Mickey Burke. After the match at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin a fight broke out when another Galway player struck Ring. The following morning another fight broke out when another member of the Galway panel attempted to hit Ring. The fights, however, ended just as quickly as they had started.

In 1954 Ring was still captain of Cork as he attempted to make history by capturing an eighth All-Ireland medal. Tipperary fell to Cork by 2-8 to 1-8 in the provincial final, giving Ring an eighth Munster winners’ medal. A ninth All-Ireland final appearance beckoned for the Cork maestro, with Wexford providing the opposition. A record attendance of nearly 85,000 people packed into Croke Park to witness the Munster champions defeating the Leinster champions by 1-9 to 1-6. More importantly for Ring, he had entered the record books as the first player to win eight senior All-Ireland medals on the field of play.

Cork lost their provincial crown in 1955, but the Rebels were back in 1956 and faced Limerick in the Munster final. Limerick looked to be cruising to victory, however the last ten minutes of the game saw Ring display his exceptional class by scoring three goals and a point to capture a ninth Munster winners’ medal. Wexford were Cork’s opponents in the All-Ireland final once again. The game has gone down in history as one of the all-time classic games as Ring was bidding for a ninth All-Ireland medal. The game turned on one important incident as the Wexford goalkeeper, Art Foley, made a miraculous save from a Ring shot and cleared the sliotar up the field to set up another attack. Wexford went on to win the game on a score line of 2-14 to 2-8. In spite of Cork’s loss Wexford’s Nick O’Donnell and Bobby Rackard, in an unparalleled display of sportsmanship in any game, raised Ring onto their shoulders and carried him off the field. Wexford had won the game but there was no doubt in their minds that the real hero was Ring.

Following defeat in the 1956 All-Ireland final, it was expected by many that Ring, who was now thirty-six years-old, would retire from inter-county hurling. No such announcement came and he was included on Cork’s championship fifteen again for 1957. In the Munster semi-final victory over Tipperary, Ring suffered a broken wrist which ruled him out of the subsequent Munster final. Cork lost that game to an up-and-coming Waterford side by 1-11 to 1-6.

In 1958 Cork exited the championship after just two games, while in 1959 the side reached the Munster final once again. Waterford provided the opposition and in spite of Ring scoring 1-5, Cork lost by a goal. Ring, however, was later honoured as the Caltex Hurler of the Year as he embarked on his fourth decade of senior inter-county hurling. He remains the oldest player ever to win the award.

Ring finished the 1959-60 National League as top scorer, however, Cork were beaten by Tipperary in the final. Both sides met later that same year in the Munster final, in what has been described as the toughest game of hurling ever played. Cork had most of the possession in the first-half, however, Tipp led by a goal at the interval. The deadly accuracy of Jimmy Doyle saw him end the game with a tally of 1-8. A nail-biting finish saw ‘the Rebels’ capture a late goal, however, Tipperary held on to win a grueling encounter by 4-13 to 4-11.

1961 followed a similar pattern to the year before. Ring was once again the National League top scorer for the 1960-61 season and, once again, Cork and Tipperary lined out against each other in the Munster final. A tempestuous game followed with scuffles breaking out throughout the first-half. As the game entered the final quarter Ring and John Doyle became involved in a punch-up while Tom Moloughney was knocked to the ground, allegedly after being struck by Ring. Tipperary won the game by 3-6 to 0-7, however, Ring was wrongly named in some national newspapers as having hit both Doyle and Moloughney. The National Union of Journalists later issued an apology to him.

Christy Ring the hurler and man

 

Cork reached the final of the 1961-62 National League where Kilkenny provided the opposition. In what would be his last outing at Croke Park, much of the Ring magic still remained, however, Cork ultimately lost by 1-16 to 1-8. The subsequent Munster championship saw Ring lose out to Waterford at the semi-final stage. It would be Ring’s last championship game for Cork.

Ring played a tournament game against Waterford in June 1963 and was again later picked for Cork’s championship fifteen. On the day of the opening game against Clare, it was announced that Ring would not be playing. Cork won and he was again included as a non-playing substitute for Cork’s subsequent Munster semi-final defeat against Tipperary.

In 1964 Ring, in spite of being out of inter-county hurling for over a year, let it be known that he was available to play on the county team but he was turned down by majority decision of the team’s selection committee. After 25 years and a then record of 64 championship appearances Ring was effectively dropped and the curtain was brought down on his inter-county career. but Ring did not line out with Cork when he heard that the decision to be recalled was not a unanimous one. While he also indicated that he would be interested in playing in the All-Ireland final, the prospect of winning his ninth All-Ireland winners’ medal as a substitute to another player did not appeal to Ring and he declined to be listed as a sub in the end. This decision finally ended all of the speculation that Ring would make a dramatic comeback at some stage.

In 1974 Ring became a selector with the Cork senior hurling team, however, it was an unsuccessful year in the championship for his county. He was dropped from the selection team in 1975 but returned as an influential selector under Bertie Troy in 1976. That year Cork captured the Munster title before later lining out against Wexford in the All-Ireland final. After six minutes of play Cork were in arrears by 2-2 to no score, however, Ring’s switch of Jimmy Barry-Murphy to centre-forward was pivotal in helping Cork to turn the game around and win it by 2-21 to 4-11. In 1977 a second set of Munster and All-Ireland titles followed for Ring as selector again. 1978 was a particularly poignant year for Ring and the Cork hurling team. Cork annexed a third Munster title under Ring’s stewardship that year before later lining out against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. Once again Ring made some decisive positional switches involving Barry-Murphy and Tim Crowley, which eventually led to a 1-15 to 2-8 victory over the old enemy. It was a particularly sweet victory for Ring. It had been forty years since he captured his first All-Ireland medal with Cork in 1938. He was a stylish young hurler on the senior team when Cork captured the three-in-a-row in 1943 and he was a legendary figure on the team when he repeated this feat in 1954. Now Ring had also become an All-Ireland three-in-a-row winning selector with Cork. The 1978 All-Ireland triumph over Kilkenny turned out to be Ring’s last visit to Croke Park.

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As Ring was walking past the Cork College of Commerce on Morrisson’s Island on 2 March 1979 he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. He was taken by ambulance to the South Infirmary Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was 58 years old. The news of his death came as a great shock to the people of Ireland, and particularly to the people of Cork. His funeral was one of the biggest ever seen in Cork with up to 60,000 people lining the streets. It was also a remarkable hurling occasion with many of Ring’s former Munster and All-Ireland foes in attendance. Farranferris pupils formed a guard of honour, draped in the famous black, green and gold Glen Rovers colours. The funeral Mass was presided over by Bishop Cornelius Lucey while the chief celebrant was Fr Charlie Lynch, brother of former Cork team-mate and Taoiseach Jack Lynch. Other former Cork team-mates involved included Fr Con Cottrell, Fr Bernie Cotter and Fr J.J. O’Brien. Ring’s coffin was shouldered into St Colman’s churchyard by renowned sporting celebrities from Cork and other counties. “We carried him at last”, was former team-mate Paddy Barry’s remark, in reference to Ring often saving the Cork hurlers from almost certain defeat.

Ring’s graveside oration in Cloyne was delivered by a former team-mate and the then Taoiseach, Jack Lynch. Lynch finished by claiming that:

“As long as young men will match their hurling skills against each other on Ireland’s green fields, as long as young boys swing their camans for the sheer thrill of the feel and the tingle in their fingers of the impact of ash on leather, as long as hurling is played the story of Christy Ring will be told. And that will be forever.”

 

 

GAA Achievements

As a Player

St. Enda’s

  • Cork Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1938

Cloyne

  • Cork Junior Hurling Championship (1): 1939
  • East Cork Junior Hurling Championship (2): 1938, 1939

St. Nicholas’

  • Cork Senior Football Championship (1): 1954

 

Glen Rovers

  • Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship (1): 1964
  • Cork Senior Hurling Championship (14): 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1958 (sub), 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1967 (sub)

 

Cork

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (8): 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 (c), 1952, 1953 (c), 1954 (c)
  • Munster Senior Hurling Championship (9): 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946 (c), 1947, 1952, 1953 (c), 1954 (c), 1956 (c)
  • National Hurling League (4): 1939-40, 1940-41, 1947-48 (sub), 1952-53
  • All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (2): 1937 (sub), 1938
  • Munster Minor Hurling Championship (1): 1938

 

Munster

  • Railway Cup (18): 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963

 

Selector

St. Finbarr’s College

  • Dr. Croke Cup (2): 1963, 1969
  • Dr. Harty Cup (2): 1963, 1969

Glen Rovers

  • All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship (2): 1973, 1977
  • Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship (2): 1972, 1976
  • Cork Senior Hurling Championship (2): 1972, 1976

Cork

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (3): 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Munster Senior Hurling Championship (3): 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Oireachtas Cup (1): 1975

Individual

  • Hurling Team of the Millennium: Right wing-forward
  • Munster Hurling Team of the Millennium: Left wing-forward
  • Hurling Team of the Century: Right wing-forward
  • Cork Hurling Team of the Century: Left wing-forward
  • The 125 greatest stars of the GAA: No. 2
  • Texaco Hurler of the Year: 1959
  • Texaco Hall of Fame Award: 1971
  • GAA Hall of Fame Inductee: 2013

 

Christy Ring the hurler and man

 

By John Harrington www.gaa.ie 

Tomorrow, Friday the 30th of October, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary Cork hurler, Christy Ring.

Regarded as the greatest hurler the game had ever seen during his own playing days, such was his cultural as well as sporting impact that many successive generations who never saw him swing the ash are still happy to put him on that same pedestal.

What was it that made him so special? Why is he still revered in Cork as little short of a hurling deity? And how about Christy Ring the man, what sort of personality was he?

With the remove of all of these years, perhaps the best way to colour between those lines is to quote those who knew him best. His family, friends, those who hurled with him, those who hurled against him, those who had the pleasure of watching him play in his pomp, and, not least, the man himself.

Many of the below quotes were gleaned from ‘Christy Ring: Hurling’s Greatest’, the hugely informative autobiography of Christy Ring written by his fellow Cork native, Tim Horgan.

CHRISTY RING THE HURLER…

Christy found no problem coping with four or five hours training every day. This was not just a puck around the field. It was first-time pulling on the ground, doubling on the ball in the air, sideline cuts, and free pucks. Relaxation never entered Christy’s mind while training and he practised from both the right and the left. All through his career he firmly believed in training and always keeping fit. Willie John Ring, Christy’s brother.

I remember quite well when Christy was very young and there was a ruck, he’d always be in the middle of it. He was very small, he’d be under your feet he was so small, and he’d a man’s hurley that his father had cut down to size for him. He’d be inside in the middle of it all and he’d come out with the ball, always. And there was an old man, Pad Aherne, living by the field and he’d be learning over the garden wall, watching us. I remember well one day he said to Christy, “You’ll play in Croke Park yet, boy!” Paddy Motherway, childhood friend

You have read a lot about the hands of Bobby Feller, ace Indian sportsman, Ben Hogan the golfer, and Ted Atkinson the jockey, but, in my opinion, the hands with the greatest athletic prowess of all are those of Christy Ring. A hurley in his hands is like a magic wand in the hands of a magician or a violin in the hands of Menuhin. Bill Carlos, journalist with the New York newspaper, The Advocate.

Ring and myself wouldn’t shake hands at the start of a match. Not one word would be exchanged between us during the course of a game. The real hurlers I knew didn’t indulge in idle chat. You see it was the era before the advent of television cameras. A lot of niceties like shaking hands before the ball was thrown in and swapping jerseys afterwards, even the odd embrace, are the fashion today. We lived in a far tougher and harder school. But, believe me, Ring could take defeats like a man. He would be the first to congratulate you in victory even if Cork were unlucky to lose on the day. I always admired him for that. John Doyle, Tipperary hurler

He rarely did the same thing twice. You might think that you had him figured every now and then, but the illusion lasted only until the next ball arrived. He was like an eel. Even when you were right there with him, he could somehow glide out of reach to send the ball soaring. His concentration was the most striking thin gabout him during a game. Even when the ball was at the other end of the field, his steel-blue eyes were on it and you felt that nimble brain of his knew exactly what was going to happen. Des Ferguson, Dublin hurler.

Just listen to the crowd every time Christy moves near the ball. It is not without good cause that this anticipation arises whenever the ball comes within his reach. The saying is only too true – you can bate an egg and bate a carpet but you can’t bate Christy Ring. Tony Wall, Tipperary hurler

In training he was just fantastic. There was nothing he couldn’t do with a ball. Sometimes when we finished training at the Glen Field he’d have a kind of challenge game with Patsy Harte. The two of them would hit balls at the crossbar from the 21 and I’d say Christy would strike the bar eight times out of ten. Other times he’d go in goal and stop shots from all angles. Then after we were finished he’d call a few youngsters who were watching and tell them to have a go, one by one. He’d save all the shots and then, to each lad’s amazement and delighted, he’d let in one, knowing that each young fella would go home all excited and tell everyone he scored a goal against Christy Ring. What a boast that was for a young fella and what a psychologist Ring was. Jackie Daly, Glen Rovers team-mate.

When Ring hit the ball you wouldn’t see it go into the back of the net. You’d watch what hurley he used and you’d model yourself on Ring. He always hurled with a heavy stick. Theo English, Tipperary hurler

The range of skills he perfected through diligent practise was absolutely wonderful. There were certain fields he’d stop at during the course of his work and he’d take his hurley and ball from the truck and practise there. I knew one field near Innishannon where he regularly practised, much to the delight and pride of the farmer who owned the field. He subsequently gave that part of the field as a direct contribution to the Ring Memorial Fund. Con Murphy, Cork hurler and GAA administrator

I remember sitting next to Ring one day after a Cork and Waterford League match. We were watching Tipperary and Limerick in the second game and at one stage Jimmy Doyle, who was new to the scene, took a free and sent the ball sweetly over the bar. “Did you see that?” said Christy, giving me a nudge. He was all excited. “See what?” I said. “Did you see the follow-throught? I must practice that myself”. I couldn’t believe it. Here was Ringey with all his honours learning something new from a young hurler and planning to work on it. Ned Power, Waterford hurler

Christy was a terrific competitor. He was very keen, very quick, and he had a great hurling ability, great ball control and he could come out of nowhere. He could nearly smell where the ball was going to drop. Of course, people in other counties were all saying, “If we put Ringey away, we’ll put Cork away”, but you could never put Ringey away. There was always the danger that he was going to break through, that he was going to get clear. You see, he was the danger. He was the inspiration. He was the man who put the world into hurling. Mick Mackey, Limerick hurler.

Where was his greatness? I honestly don’t know and I am doubtful if the camera could dissect his worth. Even hurlers themselves cannot pinpoint his superiority but they are unanimous he was the greatest and they do not give praise lightly. He was a writer’s hurler, a commentator’s hurler, a supporter’s hurler, but, most of all, he was a hurler’s hurler. Jimmy Smyth, Clare hurler

CHRISTY RING THE MAN…

Christy loved singing patriotic ballads and on his way home in his car after winning matches we’d be singing all the way. Songs like ‘The Bould Fenian Men’ and other ones that John McCormack made famous. Tough Barry would try and get an operatic aria from time to time, but Christy always went for the rousing patriotic ballads. Willie John Daly, Cork hurler

I remember travelling down to Cork when I was a young reporter to do some interviews for the 1953 Final. The Cork hurlers were training in the old Athletic Grounds and a leading photographer asked Christy if he could take some pictures for one of the Dublin daily newspapers. Christy was furious that he should dare interrupt his participation in the training puck-about and he nearly took the head off the cameraman, who only wanted a few special pictures in the lead-up to the All-Ireland Final. Yet, over a cup of tea on the very same night, Ring promised me, a young and relatively unknown sportswriter, the hurley he would use in the following Sunday’s Final. True to his word, he delivered the stick when he travelled to Dublin the following St. Patrick’s Day for the Railway Cup Final. Mick Dunne, journalist.

He was not a social being. Once a game was over I liked to enjoy the craic and a bit of banter and talk about other sujects rather than hurling. But to Ring hurling was everything, it was life itself. He was as fit in February as he was in July and that was why he helped Munster win so many Railway Cups. When we did talk hurling I found he didn’t suffer fools gladly. His standards were amazingly high. If you didn’t measure up to them, there was no place for you in Ring’s book. He dismissed you from his mind and he could even tell you bluntly to your face if he thought you were useless. John Doyle, Tipperary hurler

Christy would insist on staying in Room 15 because he said it was his lucky number. In his younger days he played in many different positions but, in the 1950s, number 15 was his most familiar jersey with Cork and Munster. We always made sure Room 15 was available for him on St. Patrick’s Eve and, of course, if Cork were there on the first Sunday in September. John Deane, Barry’s Hotel accountant

He had a very keen intellect. He was a man of great perception and he was a good judge of life and of people. I had many instances that indicated that to me. He was a very good friend ad as well as that, in my capacity as a TD, he came to me often about problems, not his own problems. They were other people’s problems and he pursued and persisted in ensuring that whatever problems he brought to me were either solved or came to the point where nothing else could be done about it. Jack Lynch, Cork hurler.

Christy had a heart of gold. There wasn’t a day when he didn’t visit a patient in hospital and Mass played a great part in his life. He attended every morning if possible. He listened to the problems of people which he sorted out by takin gteh matter to local TDs, where he wouldn’t take no for an answer. These people cried over Christy’s dead body. There was no-one to help them when they were in need and the appreciated this quality in Christy’s character. Willie John Ring, Christy’s brother

There was a very caring side to Christy Ring. He did many thing to help people in a private way. He was very willing to give of his time and he would sit and talk with people who were ill or grieving. In the early 1950s my father spent almost three months in hospital with an eye injury. He wasn’t long in hospital when Ring came to visit him. Having satisfied himself that my father’s eyesight was on the mend, he leaned towards my father and asked him, “are you okay for money?” Diarmuid O’Donovan, friend of Christy Ring

CHRISTY RING IN HIS OWN WORDS…

Why did I take up hurling in the first place? The only reason I took up hurling was that there was nothing else to do in Cloyne village in my young days. There was a field where the lads went hurling and I joined them there as soon as I could. I spent many hours practising there with the local lads. Many of them, including my brothers Willie John and Paddy Joe, were very good hurlers, but they had other interests. I had just one – to learn the game of hurling and play it well.

There is no such thing as practice. There is such a thing as hard work. Hurling is hard work – it’s like carrying 100 bricks before you put up one. You must learn to carry them first. Then you’ll put them up. You must work step by step. The hardest things that you must do in training will serve you well in the game because you’ll never be asked to do them as hard again. The easy way happens in the game but, of course, it only seems easy because you have been doing the hard things in training.”

Hurling has always been a way of life with me. It was never my ambition to play the game for the sake of winning All-Ireland medals or breaking records but to perfect the art as well as possible.

I liked to play little tricks at times. One day in a match against the College I got a small nick on the forehead, no worse than a cut you’d get shaving, but I rubbed the blood all over my face until I looked like a Red Indian. Then I grabbed the next ball and headed straight for the goalie. I think he must have stepped out of the way when he saw this thing coming at him and I scored a goal.

You can call me a gambler. I try a move a hundred times in training and, when it comes off in a big match, the crowd goes wild and I say to myself – it worked.

My advice to young players would be –

1: Develop the greatest possible strength in your arms.

2: Practice swift pucking and striking.

3: Never hit the ball for the sake of hitting it – deliver it to the right place. To strengthen your arms you must play the ball on the ground – a soft ball that is hard to hit far. One day you might hit the ball ten yards, then twenty, but the day will come when you’ll drive it 80 yards. You’ll drive it that length consistently but you can’t do it without making your arms good and strong.

My hurling days are over. Let no-one say the best hurlers belong to the past. They are with us now, and better yet to come.

Munster SHC 2020- Cork play Waterford

Munster SHC 2020

Cork will play Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday October 31st at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles. Sean Stack from Dublin will referee the game.

Cork Team Information 

Cork team was announced on Friday night

  1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
  2. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
  3. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
  4. Sean O’ Donoghue (Inniscarra)
  5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
  6. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
  7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
  8. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
  9. Tim O’ Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
  10. Seamus Harnedy (St Itas)
  11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
  12. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
  13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
  14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
  15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers) – Captain
  16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
  17. Sean O’ Leary-Hayes (Midleton)
  18. Niall O’ Leary (Castlelyons)
  19. Billy Hennessey (St Finbarrs)
  20. Chris O’ Leary (Valley Rovers)
  21. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
  22. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
  23. Declan Dalton (Fr O’ Neills)
  24. Jack O’ Connor (Sarsfields)
  25. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
  26. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)

Eoin Cadogan and Darragh Fitzgibbon will both miss out through injury.  Robbie O’Flynn will also miss out as he serves a one match suspension

Match  Coverage

Under government guidelines, this game will be played behind closed doors.

The game will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports and shown on ‘Sky Sports Mix’ channel which is free for any Sky customers. There will be live coverage on C103fm and with updates on Cork’s 96FM, Red FM, Radio na Gaeltachta, Cork GAA website, Twitter page and Instagram page. The game will also be broadcast on GAAGO outside of Ireland

Management Details 

Kieran Kingston (Tracton) is Cork Senior Hurling manager for 2020, this is his second term as Cork manager. His selectors are Ger Cunningham (St.Finbarr’s) and Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Cloyne

Championship Draw

(you might need to turn your mobile device to landscape view to view the table below)

QF Limerick 0-36 Clare 1-23 25/10 Semple Stadium Thurles Fergal Horgan (Tipperary) Click here
SF Cork Waterford 31/10 Semple Stadium Thurles @ 3:30pm Sean Stack (Dublin)
SF Tipperary Limerick 1/11 Páirc Uí Chaoimh @ 4pm Liam Gordan (Galway)
Final 15/11 @ 4pm

Additional Resources for Running Club AGMs

Further to the advice document on running Club AGMs issued on 2ú Deireadh Fómhair, The GAA wish to bring your attention to additional resources.

You are asked to note these resources and share them with your fellow Officers.

CLUB AGM WEBINAR

A webinar has been created to explain how Clubs might organise AGMs in the context of the current restrictions which have been imposed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Liam Keane (Chairperson of the GAA Rules Advisory Committee) explains the key considerations in the webinar.

Access here: https://youtu.be/IzNzn0lDmYA

Club Officers have the option of submitting additional queries for consideration by the Association using an online form.

Access here: Club AGM Query Form

Responses will be collated and reviewed by the relevant GAA Committees. Additional information or training to provide clarification on the main issues will be provided as required.

IT GUIDES

User guides for hosting virtual AGMs via Microsoft Teams are also now available. Please find attached:

  • Guidance for GAA Clubs on hosting virtual Club AGMs
  • Guidance for Club Members on attending virtual Club AGMs

Guidance for GAA Clubs – Attending a Virtual AGM

Guidance for GAA Clubs – Hosting a Virtual AGM

Covid-19 Update; Note to Clubs and Counties re Level 5

Below please note some important updates and clarifications in relation to Covid matters as we move to Level 5 across the country:

For Consideration of Clubs:

  1. Club Games and Training

Level 5 restrictions mean neither adult club games nor Training can take place between now and December 1st. The GAA is adopting a 32-County approach in this context and therefore training for adult teams will not be allowed in the North either.

Training at Minor level and below only will be permitted for clubs in all 32 Counties  (but not inter-county). However it must be on a non-contact basis in pods of no more than 15 people. Dressing Rooms cannot be used and the Health Questionnaire must be filled out by all those participating. Attendance by parents/guardians should be on the basis of one per child (for child protection reasons) and the Health Questionnaire must be filled out by all of those coming into the ground.

Injury Benefit Fund – GAA injury benefit cover is only in place for Inter County training and where non-contact training is organised for school aged children (i.e. Minor grade and below) outdoors in pods of 15

GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover does not extend to physical training sessions conducted remotely (i.e. online, via zoom etc.)

 

  1. Use of indoor facilities – Commercial use of indoor halls continues to be permitted where agreement was in place prior to March and relevant insurance are in place. Use by State bodies e.g. HSE/Schools is also permitted.

 

These are the only instances in which Indoor facilities should be used.

 

  1. Outdoor Astro facilities/All weather pitches – these can only be used for underage Gaelic Games training purposes. Under Level 5, they cannot be hired out to recreational users (Schools are the only exception in this context)

 

Essential property checks maintenance and pitch upkeep is permitted in Level 5

 

In the case of Community Employment Scheme workers, local scheme operators will need to confirm the position to each club. We would remind all units that an extension of cover request is required for engagement of such workers at club properties

 

  1. Club Lottos/Draws – These are not permitted to take place indoors on GAA facilities.

 

  1. Walking Tracks – these are permitted to be used on the basis of the relevant control measures (signage etc) being in place. Clubs should remind users of the 5km travel restrictions in relation to use of these facilities.

 

  1. Drive in Events – Drive-in events are not permitted in Level 5 in the 26 Counties or for clubs in the 6 Counties.

 

  1. Handball Handball Alleys can only be used for individual training (i.e. one player at a time)

Inter County Matters

  1. Minor and U20 Training and Games

All games and training at U20 and Minor level will cease from midnight tonight, Wednesday 21st.

 

The GAA will issue further advice in relation to when these competitions will now take place in due course.

 

  1. Attendances at Allianz League and Championship Games

All Senior inter county games in both the 26 and 6 Counties must be played behind closed doors.

This means only essential personnel should be in attendance. A maximum of 40 persons per team will be allowed access to games. This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and officials. There can be NO EXCEPTIONS to this and this needs to be clearly communicated to team managements, players and backroom  personnel. Counties hosting league games will have ultimately responsibility for ensuring access is limited as outlined.

For clarity, the 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media, Streaming personnel and required event officials (stewards etc.)

 

  1. Other issues to be conscious of for inter county games
  • Group team photographs are not permitted before or after games due to the challenges they present with regard to social distancing.
  • Players should not stand together for the National Anthem and should assume match positions before the Anthem proceeds.
  • Jerseys should not be swapped after games
  • Please ensure Huddles are not formed by your players
  • Players should not shake hands before or after games.
  • Water breaks – players should avoid coming together in a close group for water breaks

Inter-County Minor & U20 Competitions

Minor & U20 Competitions

Following clarification from the Department of Sport around the staging of inter-county fixtures, the GAA can confirm that as of midnight this evening, all minor and U20 inter-county competitions are paused until further notice.

Accordingly, Saturday’s scheduled EirGrid GAA U20 football final meeting of Dublin and Galway will not take place.

This evening’s Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U20 hurling fixtures will proceed.

Additionally, the GAA’s CCCC has been informed that Longford will not be fulfilling their Allianz Football League fixture with Cork this weekend.

County Executive Update 21/10/2020

At last night’s County Executive meeting, it was decided to postpone the unplayed 2020 Senior and Intermediate County Finals until the weekend of March 5th-7th, 2021, at the earliest.
It is planned to give adequate notice of games to clubs, with an appropriate window of preparation, in advance of finals.
2020 County Championships at Junior A, B and C level will resume on February 5th-7th at the earliest, with a brief period to be allowed for the completion of Divisional championships in early February where required.
There will be no Club games at adult or juvenile level permitted at County Board or Divisional level before Friday, February 5th.
Club U21 competitions for 2020 will not be completed.
Adult club training is prohibited from midnight tonight and non-contact training for school children outdoors in pods of 15 is permitted for the obvious associated health benefits and should not be competition focussed.
Again, we thank all members and your families for your patience during this uncertain time. Stay safe.
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Members are urged to continue to comply with the current government restrictions in relation to Gaelic Games below, taken from the‘Resilience and Recovery 2020 – 2021: Plan for living with COVID-19’ framework.
Level 5 will be in place from midnight tonight, Wednesday, October 21st for 6 weeks, with a review after 4 weeks.
Sports and exercise
Gyms and leisure centres are closed.
No training or matches should take place except:
  • Non-contact training for school children, outdoors in pods of 15
  • Behind closed doors, inter-county Gaelic Games

Cork vs Kerry – Bord Gais Munster Under 20 Championship

Cork head to Tralee on Monday evening to take on Kerry in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 20 Championship Quarter Final. The game will have a 6.30pm throw in, and will be streamed live by Munster GAA in association with Stream sport.

Click here to purchase your stream in advance for 5 euro

Click to view the Online Team Sheet in PDF Format

The Cork team to play Kerry in the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship has been announced.
1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Conor O’ Callaghan (Dromtariff) – Captain 
3. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
4. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill)
5. Kevin Moynihan (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Ciaran Joyce (Castlemartyr)
7. Dáire O’ Leary (Watergrasshill)
8. Sam Quirke (Midleton)
9. Brian O’Sullivan (Kanturk)
10. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
11. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)
12. Eoin Carey (Kilworth)
13. Shane O’ Regan (Watergrashill)
14. Alan Connolly (Blackrock)
15. Colin O’ Brien (Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels)
16. Donal Maher (Douglas)
17. Darragh Moran (Castlemartyr)
18. Liam Ryan (Inniscarra)
19. Luke Horgan (Glen Rovers)
20. Ethan Twomey (St Finbarrs)
21. Daniel Hogan (Sarsfields)
22. Jack Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
23. Owen McCarthy (Inniscarra)
24. Brian Hayes (St Finbarrs)

Cork Under 20 Hurling Team announced.

The Cork team to play Kerry in the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship has been announced.
1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Conor O’ Callaghan (Dromtariff) – Captain 
3. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
4. Aaron Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill)
5. Kevin Moynihan (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Ciaran Joyce (Castlemartyr)
7. Dáire O’ Leary (Watergrasshill)
8. Sam Quirke (Midleton)
9. Brian O’Sullivan (Kanturk)
10. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
11. Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)
12. Eoin Carey (Kilworth)
13. Shane O’ Regan (Watergrashill)
14. Alan Connolly (Blackrock)
15. Colin O’ Brien (Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels)
16. Donal Maher (Douglas)
17. Darragh Moran (Castlemartyr)
18. Liam Ryan (Inniscarra)
19. Luke Horgan (Glen Rovers)
20. Ethan Twomey (St Finbarrs)
21. Daniel Hogan (Sarsfields)
22. Jack Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
23. Owen McCarthy (Inniscarra)
24. Brian Hayes (St Finbarrs)