2022 Historical Committee Request for Information

My name is Gabriel Doherty, I am a lecturer in modern Irish history in the School of History in University College Cork, and a member of Douglas GAA club. More pertinently, I am a member of a small sub-committee that has been convened by the County Board to explore ways in which Cork GAA can mark the centenary of the major events that took place in the locality during the struggle for independence, insofar as they involved members of the Association, or the Association itself.

I should note at the outset that the original intention had been to commence this project in 2020, but owing to Covid it was not then possible to proceed. I speak for the members of the Committee in expressing the hope that we can make up for lost time over the coming months!

You may well be aware of some of the initiatives that have already been taken in this regard (perhaps most obviously the very popular jersey depicting Lords Mayor MacCurtáin and MacSwiney on the front, and the Kilmichael Memorial on the rear). I myself am currently trying to compile a basic chronology of the major issues affecting the GAA in the county during the years in question, using a variety of sources (esp newspapers such as the Examiner, Echo, Southern Star etc.), and a bibliography of publications relating to the topic

As a historian who has worked closely with a wide variety of public groups in recent years  I am extremely conscious of the fact that a wealth of knowledge of the events a hundred years ago is retained at local level – most obviously within the families of those involved, but also among the wide constituency of those with an interest in/knowledge of local history (including, for example but of course not limited to, teachers in local schools). I am also aware that a large body of literature already exists on the subject produced, for example, by local historical societies or similar groups that have been formed to commemorate specific events or individuals – and a significant part of this existing research exists in the form of relevant extracts from GAA club histories.

So I have three related queries, which I would ask, if it is possible without undue labour on your part, to be circulated amongst the membership of your club:

(I) Would any members have knowledge of club histories, and specifically of sections relating to the period of the struggle for independence as it impacted upon, or was influenced by, the GAA in the area in question, or across the county as a whole?

(2) Would any members have any documents (newspaper accounts, letters, diaries, club minute books etc.) relating to the same?

(3) Would any members have stories of family members (or others with whom they are acquainted) who were involved in that struggle who were also involved in the GAA at that time, before or after?

Of course, given that some clubs that were in existence then have since folded, relevant material relating to those clubs will certainly be welcome.

If any member has any information under any of these headings, it would be very much appreciated if they could make contact with me here in UCC (email g.doherty@ucc.ie, postal address Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork, phone 021 4902783). I can then bring the material gathered to the attention of the committee with a view to making recommendations to the County Board as to how the commemoration might best proceed.

Cork Senior Football Management Team 2023

Cork Senior Football manager John Cleary’s selectors were announced and ratified at the meeting of the Cork County Board on Tuesday 13th September 2022.


John Cleary (Castlehaven) – Manager


James Loughrey (Mallow)

Mícheál Ó Cróinín (Naomh Ában)

Barry Corkery (Éire Óg)

Ray Keane (St Finbarr’s/MTU Cork)

Scór Sinsir 2022

Please note the date of the Cork County Final of Scór Sinsir 2022 has been changed to SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER AT 7:30pm in Éire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens.

Also, a reminder that Tráth na gCeist Babhta 1 – The Table Quiz Round will go ahead as planned on WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER AT 8pm in PÁIRC UÍ RINN. This is open to all teams in the County. (NO qualification from Divisional Final required). The top three teams at the end of this table quiz will go forward to the on-stage quiz which will take place on Saturday 8th October as part of the County Final.

Divisional Final Contacts & Dates below to get involved.


Friday 9th September at 7:30pm in Castletownroche Community Centre

Barry Ahern – 086 0220906 / bazhelen40@gmail.com


Flor Harrington – 087 2328833


Friday 16th September. Venue TBC

Deirdre Hodnett – 086 8257136 / dhodnett67@gmail.com


Pat O’Leary – patoleary2@gmail.com


Friday 16th September in St. John’s, Aubane.

Margaret Kiely – 087 7673331 / kielymgt@gmail.com

Julie O’Connor – 087 4133506 / julieoc1@hotmail.co.uk


Sunday 18th September at 6pm in Lisgoold Community Centre

Liam Ó Laochdha – 086 3258271 / olaochdha.l@gmail.com


Saturday 10th September at 8pm. Venue TBC

Dolores Long – 086 1702103 / scor.muskerry@gmail.com


Mick Buckley – 085 1369751 / secretary.seandun.cork@gaa.ie

New Referees Course – September & October 2022

Request for Assistance Recruiting new Referees
A further Foundation Level 1 Referee Course for new referees will take place in SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday 29th September and Thursday 6th October (7pm to 9:30pm). I am requesting that your club make every effort to recruit a new referee so as to ensure that the increasing volume of games from underage to adult can take place with a suitably qualified referee. Already this year we have trained 42 new referees through 3 courses. I thank the clubs who have helped in the recruitment of referees in the recent past but I especially ask that clubs who haven’t a club referee to make every effort, by actively asking a suitably able club member to go forward to do the new referee course.

Referee Development Plan Working Group
Over the last number of months the Referee Development Working Group consisting of County Referees Administrator Niall Barrett, Jim McEvoy Rebel Óg Referees Secretary and myself as Referee Recruitment Officer have been working together to see how we can recruit, retain and develop refereeing within the County. This work is ongoing. Refereeing is an area that really needs more investment in terms of putting in better structures, supports and development. Some of the work to date has been to survey to all clubs in the County garnering suggestions as to how to make refereeing more attractive to members. A further survey conducted was to see how our 42 new recruits were fairing and see how they feel they can be better supported. The next questionnaire will be for all 234 referees in the county. By analysing the feedback and input from new and established referees we aim to develop a proper strategic plan for refereeing in order to raise the profile of refereeing and to make it a better supported system and a more attractive role in the association. A further part of the work in developing the plan will be to engage with Officers and Referee administrators from all Divisions including Rebel Og Regions along with the County Board Executive.

Sharing of Information about the new course
In the coming days there will be social media postings on twitter/facebook and I ask that you share these on your social media accounts. Information is already available on the Cork GAA website https://gaacork.ie/referees/
Before attending, participants must do a 1 hour online module in order to attend the two face to face sessions in Páirc Ui Chaoimh. This course is specifically for new referees who wish to referee Gaelic Football and Hurling. Please note that all new referees will have to be Garda Vetted before officiating at any games. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older to take part in this course. Closing date for applications is Friday 16th September and successful applicants will be informed by email on Tuesday 20th September. Places are limited. Course tutors will include All Ireland Referees Conor Lane, Diarmuid Kirwan, Michael Collins and myself. For specific queries about becoming a referee you can email refereerecruitment.cork@gaa.ie

The direct link to apply for the Foundation Level 1 Referee Course is at this link https://forms.office.com/r/nUxqiXgMya

Cork GAA Welcome Munster Rugby CEO & Munster players to SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Cork GAA were delighted to welcome Munster Rugby CEO, Ian Flanagan and Munster players Josh Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue and Jack Crowley to SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Tickets are now on sale for Munster Rugby’s clash against South Africa Select XV on Thursday, November 10th, secure your ticket by visiting Tickets Munster Rugby V South Africa XV, Cork | Thu, 10 Nov 2022, 19:30 | Ticketmaster IE) and for further details please visit Munster Rugby | Home