UCC win Canon O’Brien Cup

UCC 1-24, Cork 1-23

UCC secured a thrilling victory over Cork in the Canon O’Brien Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday, with Brian Hayes delivering the decisive point in the late stages. This win marked UCC’s third triumph in the tenth edition of the fixture, showcasing their prowess in a well-fought contest.

Photo: Denis O’Flynn

The key to their success lay in strategic scoring bursts, with five and four points respectively in the second half. In the first half,  Hayes found the net for UCC, while Sean Twomey raised Cork’s green flag, adding intensity and excitement to the match.


Photo: Denis O’Flynn

Scorers for UCC: B Hayes 1-3, B Cunningham (0-2f), W Buckley 0-5 each, R Cotter 0-3, C O’Brien, L Elliott, F Coleman 0-2 each, D Stakelum, D Hogan 0-1 each.

Cork: S Kingston 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 65), S Twomey 1-0, C Lehane 0-3, S Quirke, E Carey, C Beausang, D Flynn, 0-2 each, C O’Callaghan, J O’Connor, S Walsh, D Dalton, S Desmond 0-1 each.

UCC: (Cork unless stated): B Saunderson (Midleton); G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s), S Kingston (Ballinora), M Carey (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary); L Elliott (Sarsfields), R Downey (Glen Rovers), C O’Brien (Newtownshandrum); S Daly (Randal Óg), W Buckley (St Finbarr’s); B Cunningham (St Finbarr’s), P McGarry (St Mary’s Clonmel, Tipperary), B Hayes (St Finbarr’s), R Cotter (Blackrock), D Hogan (Sarsfields), D Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary). Subs: F Coleman (Blackrock) for McGarry (34, injured), S Barrett (Blarney) for Stakelum (40), C McGoldrick (Éire Óg) for Elliott (47), E O’Leary (Glen Rovers) for Hogan (51), S Moore (Carrickshock, Kilkenny) for Carey (51, injured), Colm McCarthy (Sarsfields) for Downey (52, injured).

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); Cathal McCarthy (Sarsfields), D O’Leary (Watergrasshill), D O’Sullivan (Ballinhassig); C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), T O’Connell (Midleton), D Harrington (Fr O’Neills); S Quirke (Midleton), E Carey (Kilworth); S Kingston (Douglas), C Lehane (Midleton, Capt)), D Flynn (Ballygiblin); J O’Connor (Sarsfields), S Twomey (Courcey Rovers), C Beausang (Midleton). Subs: D Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s) for Flynn, S Desmond (Watergrasshill) for Twomey (both half-time), T O’Connell (Ballincollig) for Quirke (44), S Walsh (Carrigtwohill) for Beausang (44).

Referee: C Lyons (Nemo Rangers).

All You Need To Know | UCC v Cork | Canon O’Brien Cup


Cork to play UCC in Canon O’Brien Cup

Find out all you need to know about the game below.


Mardyke Grounds 


Saturday 30th November 2023, 2pm,

Did You Know? The Canon O’Brien Cup: Honoring the Legacy of a Hurling Legend

The Canon O’Brien Cup holds a special place in the world of hurling, as it is contested annually between Cork and University College Cork (UCC). This prestigious game pays homage to the remarkable coaching career of Canon Michael O’Brien, a true icon in the sport.

As a coach, Canon O’Brien achieved unparalleled success, starting by leading St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farranferris, to victory in the Harty Cup and All-Ireland College championships. His coaching prowess continued at UCC, where he guided the team to an impressive 10 Fitzgibbon Cup triumphs. Canon O’Brien’s influence extended beyond the college level, as he steered the Cork hurling team to two All-Ireland titles, with the pinnacle being the historic double in 1990.

Canon O’Brien’s impact on Cork hurling is undeniable, with five Munster titles secured under his guidance for the Cork Seniors. His dedication to nurturing talent also reflected in the success of Cork Minors, who claimed an impressive six All-Ireland titles with Canon O’Brien at the helm.

Beyond his contributions to county teams, Canon O’Brien left an indelible mark on club hurling, coaching teams to championship victories. 

Team News 

Cork Team can be viewed here 

UCC Team: Bríon Saunderson (Midleton); Ger Mellerick (Fr O’Neills), Shane Kingston (Ballinora), Seán Daly (Randal Óg);  Joe Fitzpatrick (Dunnamaggin Kilkenny), Robert Downey (Glen Rovers), Luke Elliott (Sarsfields); Ethan Twomey (St Finbarr’s), Cormac O’Brien (Newtownshandrum); Brian Hayes (St Finbarr’s), Peter McGarry (St Mary’s Clonmel, Tipperary), Ben Cunningham (St Finbarr’s); Robbie Cotter (Blackrock), Shane Barrett (Blarney), Darragh Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields, Tipperary).

Subs: Jack McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), Colm McCarthy (Sarsfields), Eddie Stokes (Doon, Limerick), Richie McEvoy (Lisdowney, Kilkenny), Eoin O’Leary (Glen Rovers), William Buckley (St Finbarr’s), Fionn Coleman (Blackrock), Daniel Hogan (Sarsfields), Sam Cunningham (St Finbarr’s), Ronan Fox (Ahane), Seán Moore (Carrickshock, Kilkenny), Mark Carey (Nenagh Éire Óg, Tipperary), Conor McGoldrick (Éire Óg), Ciarán Doolan (St Finbarr’s), Matt Brady (Éire Óg)

Ticket information

Admission is €5 cash only. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Dillon Quirke Foundation

Competition History 

Cork 7 wins, last in 2022, UCC 2 wins, last in 2020 


2013       Cork       3-20       University College Cork  1-16

2014       Cork       2-19       University College Cork  1-14

2015       Cork       1-26       University College Cork  2-12

2016       Cork       2-12       University College Cork  0-13

2017       University College Cork  0-22       Cork       1-13

2018       No game took place

2019       Cork       1-24       University College Cork  1-23

2020       University College Cork  2-18       Cork       1-20

2021       No game took place

2022       Cork       1-17       University College Cork  1-15

2023       Cork       0-25       University College Cork  1-15


The Cork Senior Hurling team to play UCC in the Canon O’Brien Cup has been announced

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play UCC in the Canon O’Brien Cup at the Mardyke on Saturday 30th December 2pm has been announced
1.Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)
2.Cathal McCarthy (Sarsfields)
3.Daire O’ Leary (Watergrasshill).
4.Sean O’Donoghue (c) (Inniscarra)
5.Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe)
6.Tommy O’Connell (Midleton)
7.Daniel Harrington (Fr.O’ Neill’s)
8.Sam Quirke (Midleton)
9.Eoin Carey (Kilworth)
10.Shane Kingston (Douglas)
11.Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12.Darragh Flynn (Ballygiblin)
13.Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields)
14.Sean Twomey (Courcey Rovers)
15.Cormac Beausang (Midleton)
16.Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17.Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
18.Declan Dalton (Fr.O’ Neill’s)
19.Darragh O’Sullivan (Ballinhassig)
20.Tadhg O’Connell (Ballincollig)
21.Sean Walsh (Carrigtwohill)
22.Sean Desmond (Watergrasshill)
23.Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
24.Brian Roche (Bride Rovers).

Munster Council Club Development Grants announced

The Munster Council in conjunction with Central Council has approved a €1.6m Club Development Grant Fund, which will cover capital grant works in clubs in Munster for 2022 and 2023.


Club Total payment due
Russell Rovers €27,462
Kilmacabea €10,000
Bride Rovers GAA €34,273
Dungourney GAA €20,000
Passage west €20,000
Knocknagree GAA €20,000
Dohenys €22,065
Liscarroll Handball €2,500
Whitecross €18,371
Charleville €10,040
Castlehaven GAA €4,309
Bishopstown GAA €10,040
Glenville GAA €10,040
Douglas €13,692
Glen rovers €2,510
Blackrock €11,765
Milford €15,850
Watergrasshill €27,637
Laochra Og €10,040
Valley Rovers €10,040
Fermoy GAA €17,570
Castlelyons GAA €19,564
St Finbarrs NHF GAA €10,040
Midleton GAA €2,680
Aghabullogue €7,110
Newcestown €7,530
Blarney €2,676
Adrigole €2,179
Barryroe €2,705
Drisey €5,020
Erins Own €2,085
Carrigaline €7,020
Grenagh €2,723
Rockchapel €5,020
Na Piarsaigh GAA €3,341
Bantry Blues GAA €2,387
Kinsale GAA €4,121
Fr O’Neills GAA €7,427
Kanturk €3,592
Inniscarra €2,149
O Donovan Rossa €5,020
Nemo Rangers €7,020
Shamrocks €2,338
St Colums GAA €5,020
Kilnamartyra €2,561
Bellgooly €3,321
Naomh Aban €2,000
Ballygiblin €2,000
Brian Dillons GAA €700
Totals €447,553

Rebels’ Bounty Draw for December- Results are in

Rebels’ Bounty Draw for December took place on Thursday night. Our top prize on the night was €100,000. Check out all you need to know below and see who won what.