The Kildinan Shamrocks
The Fermoy Tournament was played on a league basis in a pitch at Strawhall. In the early rounds Kildinan Shamrocks defeated Kilworth, Castlelyons, Glanworth and Ballyhooley. All these games were won by margins of between 4 and 7 goals. The host club Fermoy qualified to meet the Shamrocks in the final. This was a very tough close game and in the end the 'novice' Kildinan Shamrocks emerged as winners by one point. The members of the team were presented with a beautiful set of medals, some of which are still in the parish.
It was indeed a unique situation that a team (without a club) which had come together in a little over 2 months had been welded into a fine hurling side. It was a tribute to the prowess of Jim Murphy as a trainer that Kildinan Shamrocks were able to take on and beat established club teams. The team that played in most of the games lined out as follows: Johnny Dorgan, Peter Dawkins, Bill Murphy, Pat Dennehy, Mick Thompson, Tom Collins, Batt Dorgan, Paddy Collins, Jim Murphy, John Collins, Tim Cronin, Johnny Daly, Jerome Fitzgerald, Tommy Collins, Jack Dawkins. Others who played in different games included: Dan Cronin, Jim Fitzgerald, Billy Fitzgerald, Willie Cahill, Tim Foley, Pat Condon, Mossy Collins, Billy Collins. It is possible that Pete Garvan (a first cousin of the Dawkins) also played in some of the matches. He spent a lot of his summer holidays at Cousane and definitely played minor later for Bride Rovers using the name Pat Walsh. Pete Garvan was himself a Nemo Rangers player and father of Cork Camogie star Liz Garvan.
Their mission accomplished, the Kildinan Shamrocks were heard of no more. Many of the team members joined the young Bride Rovers Club and played vital roles for many years. Others too, like Jerome Fitzgerald were instrumental in the founding of the Kildinan Athletic Club which brought an All-Ireland title to the area in 1943. Jim Murphy and Johnny Dorgan in later years recalled with great pride that season of 1931 when Kildinan Shamrocks played great hurling and lost no match.