1931 Junior Hurling
No Tournament Final
The hurling tournament final between Ballyhooley and Bride Rovers was fixed for Sunday February 15th at 2.30 pm. Writing in The Cork Examiner the previous week East Cork Secretary, Eamonn Fleming declared: "Rathcormac's Day"
Sunday week is being looked forward to as a red letter day in the annals of the GAA where Rathcormac as a Gaelic citadel is concerned. The energetic committee entrusted with the guidance and management of the Bride Rovers' Hurling and Football Clubs are to be congratulated upon the signal success which has attended their efforts in the working of the Association during the past year. The first practical step lay in the amalgamation of the two local clubs, Bartlemy and Rathcormac, under the appropriate name of Bride Rovers, who covered themselves with glory last year.
The presentation of medals will be made at the East Cork Divisional meeting, to be held at Rathcormac on Sunday 15th February, subsequent to the Final of the Bride Rovers' junior hurling tournament between Ballyhooley (North Cork) and Bride Rovers, East Cork champions. The contest is timed for 2.30, with Mr. John Barry, B.A.,N.T, Carrig in charge of the whistle. The game is expected to be one of the best played in the division during the year, and will be worth witnessing. All junior and minor hurling and football entries close on that date, when the draws for the division will take place and the opening dates arranged. No transfers can be entertained or considered after draws take place. One of the FermoyNational Bands will attend the match.
The Club advertised the game in the Examiner on the Saturday:
Rovers Hurling Tournament - Great final at Rathcormac on Sunday, Feb. 15th -
Ballyhooley (North Cork) v Bride Rovers (
The greatest clash of the year; hour 2.30. Admission 6d.
It was to be a gala occasion with match followed by the making of the 1931 draws. Unfortunately the match never took place. Ballyhooley contended that they - hadn't got enough notice of the game - couldn't field a team because of sickness, and they claimed they had sent a telegram to this effect on the Saturday. When the Ballyhooley team didn't show up there was total confusion and annoyance amongst the large crowd. The Fermoy Band had to play for a lot longer than they had bargained for!
The draws were made at the Divisional Meeting for the 1931 season as follows:
Midleton v Mogeely, Ballymacoda v Youghal,
Ballinacurra v Bride Rovers, Leeside v
Aghada v Sarsfields, Cloyne v Dungoumey,
Killeagh v Lisgoold, Carrigtwohill a bye.
Bride Rovers v Russell Rovers, Midleton v Youghal,
Aghada v Bride Rovers, Youghal v Carrigtwohill,
Youghal v Russell Rovers.
In preparation for the Ballyhooley game,
the hurling team travelled to Midleton for a game on Feb. 1st but lost to the
home side by 3-5 to 5-3. A month later Tallow came to Rathcormac and won by 6-3
to 3-0. On St. Patrick's Day
Ballinacurra provided stiff opposition in
the championship encounter at Carrigtwohill, in the end the defending
was a very large attendance at Cloyne on Sunday afternoon, when Bride Rovers
and Ballymacoda figured in the second round of the
The teams were:-
Bride Rovers:- Jack Leahy (Capt.), John Healy (goal), Ned Hoskins, Joe Healy, Tommy Walker, Dinny O'Leary, Jimmy Ryan, Billy Hannan, Ned Daly, Dave Hogan, Andy Scannell, Tommy Condon, Billy Barry, John Kearney, Ned Barry.
Ballymacoda:- B. Donnelly (Capt.), J. Donnelly (goal), W. Daunt, B. Daunt, M. Cotter, M. O'Keeffe, G. Cashell, E. McLoughlin, W. O'Connell, F. Hayes, M. Millerick, J. Cashman, D. Ahern, M. O'Connell, D. Shaughnessy.
Referee:- Mr. E. Veale, Russell Rovers Football Club.
Note:- Tommy Walker was from Fermoy.
Ballymacoda did lodge an official objection claiming that their second goal in the first half was a perfectly legitimate score. The objection was overruled and so Bride Rovers were through to the semi final. By now the junior hurling team had become a well known and much sought after side for challenge games. As well as training 3 nights a week in preparation for the semi final clash with Midleton, 3 'friendly' games were played;
July 19th at Shanballymore, Bride Rovers 3-3,Shanballymore 5-6
Aug. 9th at Fermoy, Bride Rovers 4-0, Fermoy 0-3
Aug. 16th at Rathcormac, Bride Rovers 3-1, Shanballymore 1-4.
Midleton had defeated Mogeely and were
thought to be a very strong team. On the day, however, there was only one team
in it. The game was played at Killeagh
on August 30th and Bride Rovers had a convincing win by 9-2 to 4-2 to qualify
The Cork County Board put pressure on the
various Divisional Committees to
complete their junior championships as early as possible. The first round of
the County Junior Hurling Championship,
As the East Cork competition was not yet
finished, Bride Rovers (as outgoing champions) were nominated to represent East
Cork in the
Just one score was recorded in the first half of the hurling game, a goal for Passage after 20 minutes. "Passage resumed strongly and after a time improved their lead by a second goal to which Bride Rovers replied with a major". Passage got well on top and added a further 4-1 to leave them clear winners by 6-1 to 2-0.
Passage:- P. Connor (capt.), J. O'Shea, D. Walsh, McNamara, C. Hayes, J. Beale, T. O'Mahony, P. Healy, T. Healy, D. Canty, F. Fahy, D. O'Sullivan, S. O'Connell, V. Dunne, C. O'Sullivan.
Bride Rovers:- John Healy, Micheal Cranitch, Ned Hoskins (capt.), Joe Healy, Jimmy Ryan, Tommy Walker, Jim Heskin, Billy Hannan, Ned Daly, Billy Barry, Dave Hogan, Dinny O'Leary, Tommy Condon, Ned Barry, John Kearney.
Referee:- Mr. J. Desmond (
The 'J. O'Shea' on the Passage team was
their goalkeeper Jack O'Shea. A native of
There was little time to recover from the
County defeat as just seven days later the
Unfortunately there is no record of the
actual team line out, but it is presumed to be more or less the same as the
previous week. Bride Rovers' hopes of retaining the title were dashed as Aghada
won by 3-2 to 1-4. As in the Ballymacoda game earlier in the year, there was a
dispute. Bride Rovers players claimed a point was not given and that an Aghada
point was given as a goal. If their opinions were correct, the final score should
have been Aghada 2-2, Bride Rovers 1-5. No official objection was lodged.
Micheal Cranitch travelled back from Teacher Training college in
Though naturally disappointed at the
The season ended on a high note with a 3-7 to 1-0 win over U.C.C. at Rathcormac on Nov. 8th. With 3 playing seasons now completed, the hurling team had played a total of forty three games. There was a great spirit amongst the players and when- ever and where- ever they played, there was a great following of supporters from all areas of the parish. Many of the people over 60 in the parish had vivid memories of Fr. Barry's teams and were delighted with the success of the new club. Two men who took particular pride in the activities of the new club were the two 'old captains', Patrick Murphy of Raheen (football) and Wm. O'Connell of Ballinakilla. (hurling).