The Bartlemy Blues
The Bartlemy Blues
In the late 1950's and early 1960's the inches at Bluebell again became the focus for hurling for the youngsters of the area. On Sundays and summer evenings there were large gatherings playing hurling.
Dan Dooley, a native of Hightown, Bartlemy, was working with Hegarty's of Mellifontstown at the time and he got involved as a sort of 'manager' to the juvenile hurlers. He organised several practice games against Castlelyons and other local teams. He called the 'team' "The Bartlemy Blues" and went so far as to place ads in The Cork Examiner at his own expense for these games. The Bartlemy Blues were not an affiliated team but provided games and entertainment for those Dan Dooley involved. Pat O'Connor recalls cycling to Castlelyons and Bridesbridge for games and the great 'craic' with Dan Dooley. Many of the lads whose 'careers' began at Bluebell, later played prominent roles with the Bride Rovers club from the mid 60's onwards.The start of the 1959 season gave great cause for hope to the club as players who had been playing with other clubs since the last "break-up" in 1954 transferred back to the club as follows:
Patrick Ahern Watergrasshill to St. Bartholomew's
Liam(Willie) Cotter,Patrick O'Brien, Tom Hoskins, Wm.A.O'Brien, Patrick O'Regan Castlelyons. Maurice O'Regan. Patrick O'Sullivan.Sean Leahy, Lar Foley,Jimmy O'Brien,Patrick Murphy,Donal Neville from Leamlara had been playing with St. Bartholomew's and he transferred to Carrigtwohill. For minor hurling Michael Murphy and Tony O'Brien transferred to Riverstown (Sars),while Eamonn and Michael Ryan, Watergrasshill transferred to Bride Rovers.In the Junior B hurling championship St. Bartholomew's were drawn v. Carrignavar while in the Minor hurling championship Bride Rovers were also drawn against Carrignavar. In the junior, this was Carrignavar's second team but after the debacle of 1958 nothing could be taken for granted. The playing season started early with hurling games in February against Sarsfields and Tallow.