About Seandún GAA
Seandún GAA is a Hurling & Gaelic Football Division in the City of Cork. We are one of eight Divisions of Cork County Board.
We organise competitions for Junior teams within the Division. The winners of these competitions compete against other divisional champions to determine which club is the county champion. The following Clubs compete under Seandún GAA:
In 1889, a GAA club called the Campaigners was formed in the Bishopstown area. Their existence was short-lived; they disbanded in 1890. The Campaigners name indicates that the club members supported the politics of William O Brien of Mallow, then a Member of Parliament. He was the leader of the United Irish Party, and favoured the O’ Brien Board of the GAA rather than the official County Board. The club was founded after the Glasheen Club had merged with the St Finbarrs Club the previous year. Some members of the Glasheen club, instead of playing with the Barrs, decided to set up the Campaigners Club.
Meetings were held in the upper room of the Bishopstown Bar weekly. Membership at the time was 3 old pence a week. In 1958, a hurling team was entered in the Junior C League which they won. However, there were no trophies for this particular league.
Since their formation in 1957, it took until 1969 before they managed to win their first hurling title, the MacCurtin Cup. 1971 saw Bishopstown land their very ‘A’ grade trophy. Amid huge excitement, they won the City Division Junior A Football Championship for the first-time, beating Nemo Rangers. 1992 was the year when Bishopstown became a dual senior club.
Bishopstown now has over 2000 members with huge underage numbers and it continues to grow year on year!
Delanys GAA is a GAA club based on the northside of Cork city, and draw their players from the Dublin Hill area. Teams are fielded in Gaelic football, hurling, ladies Football and camogie. The club participates in Cork GAA &LGFA competitions and in Seandún board competitions. Founding members were Will O’Sullivan and Tom McCarthy.
The club is named after brothers Jeremiah and Cornelius Delaney, killed by British forces at their home at Dublin Hill on the night of 11–12 December 1920 (the night of The Burning of Cork). The two brothers were members of F Company, 1st Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade, I.R.A.
- Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship Winner (1) 2002 Runners-Up 1997
- Cork Junior Hurling Championship Runners-Up 1982
- Cork Junior Football Championship Winners (1) 1955 Runner-Up 1951
- Cork Minor B Football Championship Winners (1) 1986 Runners-Up 1988, 1989
- Cork City Junior Hurling Championship Winners (5) 1974, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988 Runners-Up 1971, 1972, 1991
- Cork City Junior Football Championship Winners (6) 1954, 1955, 1977, 2015, 2017, 2018 Runners-Up 1951, 1980, 2016
Glen Rovers was founded in 1915. In the very early years the club played both hurling and football and reached the Minor County Football final of 1919. Like most clubs of that time Glen Rovers did not have a regular field to practice on. The team regularly trained on a patch of ground near the railway line off Spring Lane in Blackpool.
In the early years of the 1920s two important events occurred that proved to be a huge boost to the club. The first of these was the decision of the Thomas Davis Boys Hurling Club to join Glen Rovers. Along with an influx of young players this move also brought Paddy O’Connell into the club. His contribution to Glen Rovers was so great that he earned the nickname, “The Father of the Glen”.
The second event was the decision to formally join with the local St Nicholas Football club, many of whose members were already playing hurling with the Glen. This move also brought Tom O’Reilly into the club. O’Reilly would spend thirty years as chairman of both clubs. During that time Glen Rovers won 20 senior hurling county titles and St Nicks won five senior football championships.
Glen Rovers won the Junior County championship in 1924 and followed this by winning the Intermediate title in 1925. The club entered the senior ranks in 1926 and have remained there since. Since earning senior status Glen Rovers have won the County Senior Hurling Championship 27 times, the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship 3 times and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship twice.
These successes were backboned by great administrators and players. Some of hurling’s greatest players have starred for Glen Rovers in the club’s many successes. These include the legendary Christy Ring, former Taoiseach Jack Lynch, Paddy “Fox” Collins, Dr Jim Young, Din Joe Buckley, Vincie Twomey, Joe Hartnett, Denis Coughlan, Martin O’Doherty, Tomas Mulcahy, Seanie McGrath and most recently Patrick Horgan.
Five Glen Rovers’ players have captained Cork to win the All-Ireland senior hurling title. They are, Connie “Sonny” Buckley (1941) , Jack Lynch (1942), Christy Ring (1946, 1953, 1954), Martin O’Doherty (1977) and Tomás Mulcahy (1990).
While the Glen Rovers senior team and players blazed a trail through the pages of hurling history, the club’s junior team have always been competitive in the Seandun Division. The club won its first Seandun JHC title in 1929 and now sit on top of the Roll of Honour with 17 JHC titles in the 96 year history of the competition.
Glen Rovers remain the focus of the community in the greater Blackpool area. From hurling on the wasteland beside the railway line over 100 years ago, the club have developed a modern complex off Spring Lane. There are four pitches, one floodlit, training hall and gym and indoor and outdoor hurling alleys. Glen Rovers field four adult teams and compete at every underage level where the players are recruited from very successful annual Street Leagues.
It is the ambition of every player who wears the famous Green Black and Gold jersey of Glen Rovers to emulate the success of the players who have gone before them and in doing so to uphold the proud hurling traditions and success of our club, our division and our county.
In 1943 a group of young men drawn from the famed hurling nursery of North Mon laid the foundations of Cumann Iomana & Peile Na Piarsaigh. In choosing a name for the club the members at the time sought one which would reflect their aims and ideals. Padraig Pease, it was felt, because of his undying love of Ireland and all things Irish, reflected those ideals admirable, thus the name “Na Piarsaigh” was adopted.
Later in 1951, the symbolic red hand of Ulster with severed thumb was selected as the club crest. The red hand represents the island of Ireland, the severed thumb our six counties, the legend is that when Ireland is united the thumb will again rejoin the fingers to create a strong and useful hand. Donnacha O Murchu was the first Uachtaran and was a teacher.
By 1946, the membership had grown from 30 to 70 but as a club had failed to win a title in either hurling or football. However, in that same year the City Division Junior Hurling Championship was won, a historic first and no mean achievement in three years of existence. As the club grew and expanded in the late forties the need for a playing field of our own was greatly impending the advancement of our teams. Six years later when after hard years of fund raising the club purchased a field at The Commons, Fairhill.
Success soon followed and in 1952, Na Piarsaigh Juvenile hurlers gained a historic victory over Nemo Rangers after a second replay of the City Championship (a) final. This victory shortly followed the setting up of a Bord na nOg in Cork by Rev.Fr.Nessan OFM, CAP which arranged and organised leagues and championships for all underage teams in the City. Some outstanding men involved in these early underage victories were Liam Connery, Abie Allen, Tony Hegarty and George O Sullivan.
It was said that the Cork County Junior Hurling Championship is the most difficult of all to win, it was then the club overcame its greatest obstacle when it annexed the ’53 title. This success brought the club to a crossroads, in the wake of this victory a serious divergence of opinion arose as to whether or not the club should opt for senior status in the following year. After a tempestuous AGM, the intermediate grade lobbyists held sway and the club remained in this grade without much success until 1957 when it was eventually decided to enter Senior ranks where Na Piarsaigh remain to this day.
Football in the club in this period began to raise its head but met with little success in terms of trophies won. In 1958 a committee was formed to promote and improve the standard of the game, they agonisingly lost the junior football championship semi-final they did however went on to win the McSwiney Cup in 1959.
Rathpeacon GAA was founded in 1943 and competed for several years in the city division before going out of existence. The club was revived in 1960 and again played in the city division. Initially, the club competed in Minor and Junior levels but regraded to Junior B Championships in 1961. Football was the stronger code and after winning the City Junior B Football Championship in 1962, the club was promoted to the A grade. Rathpeacon contested the 1964 City Junior A football final only to be beaten by Na Piarsaigh by a single point. The footballers redeemed themselves a year later by beating Mayfield in the McSweeney cup final, winning their first Junior A title.
Many of the players played with the Seandún divisonal teams, most notably John Murphy, Jim Twomey, Pat Joe Sheehan, Pascal Goggin, Denis Murphy, Liam McAuliffe, and John Joe Kearney. Liam McAuliffe played with the Cork Minor hurling team in 1966 which lost the All-Ireland to Wexford after a replay.
The lack of youth coming through the ranks and the small population finally forced the club to fold once again in 1973. The club was re-founded in 1984 and after struggling initially, success came in winning the 1990 Seandún cup. The hurlers reached the County Hurling final in 1990, unfortunately losing to Harbour Rovers. The club won its first and only County championship in 1991. Our footballers beat Awbeg Rovers on a scoreline of 0-10 to 1-6.
The club has contested two football county championship finals and two hurling county championship finals since the turn of the Millenium. We have won three City football championships and two City hurling championships over the last twenty years and continue to do well each year in a tough city division and even tougher county division.
Rathpeacon LGFA was founded in 2022 and the story is only just beginning!
Roll of Honour:
- County Junior B football championship winners: 1991
- County Junior B football championship runners-up: 2003, 2004
- County Junior B hurling championship runners-up: 1990, 2010, 2012
- McSweeney Junior A cup winners: 1965
- City Junior B football championship winners: 1961, 1962, 2004, 2013
- City Junior B hurling championship winners: 1961, 1990, 2002, 2012
- City Junior C football championship winners: 2009, 2019
St. Michaels G.F.C. is a Gaelic football club in Cork City, Ireland. The club was formed in 1951 after a discourse in the Leaping Salmon bar in Blackrock. At that time, some of the Blackrock hurlers played football with different city teams and it was thought a good idea to enter a football team from the Blackrock area, thus keeping the players together. A formal meeting was held and St Michael’s Gaelic Football Club was born.
Whitechurch GAA Club was founded in 1904 to represent the eastern half of the Blarney parish. However, it went into decline after a few years due to troubled times. The club was revived in 1959 as a sister club to Blarney hurlers, and then hurling was revived again in 1984. From 1999 to 2011, the club was joined with White’s Cross, with the latter focused on football. In 2012, after much debate, Whitechurch reverted to being an independent dual club.
The club is proud to have won 9 county championship titles, all in recent years since becoming an independent club – 8 in hurling and 1 in football. The club has represented Cork in the national Féile u14 competition on four occasions (2011 in football and 2014, 2016, and 2019 in hurling).
2016 was a tremendous year in hurling for the club, winning the Féile A title, a county championship at the u16 level and the first ever county championship at adult level in Junior B. The team built on this success and went on to win the Munster and All-Ireland club titles in 2017.Whitechurch also won the 2019 All-Ireland Hurling Feile Shield competition for their division.
Today Whitechurch GAA Club is based in the Whitechurch Community complex. In recent years, the club has developed two new pitches, changing rooms ,a hurling wall and supported the building of a community gym to cater to the youth of the area. These facilities are excellent, and the club’s priority in the future is to focus on developing players, teams, and coaches so that the club can become the best it can be.
County Championship Honours
- 4 at U13 – 3 hurling (2011, 2012 and 2017) and 1 football (2012)
- 3 at under 14 hurling with Féile A in both 2013 & 2016 + county championship title in 2015
- 1 at under 16B hurling in 2016
- 1 at Junior B hurling in 2016
Munster Championship Honours
- Junior B hurling in 2017
All-Ireland Championship Honours
- Junior B hurling in 2017
- Under 14 Feile Hurling Shield 2019
The current White’s Cross GAA club was formed in late 1957 with the club entering the East Cork league & championship and tournaments from 1958 onwards. Gaelic past-times, however, existed in the area dating back a long time prior to this. The Gaelic poet Seán ‘na Ráithíneach‘ O Murchadha (who spent time in working in Ballyphillip House) reported on a hurling games across the district in the 1740’s.
This was an era prior to the formation of clubs as we know them. Hurling games were sponsored by estate owners. From the period following the Act of Union (1801) to the great famine (1846-49), political tension saw landowners withdraw their support and the game of hurling had declined around the country save for a few areas where it survived – the area around Cork City was one such place. There is at least one record of a local curate who documented games being played in this area in the 1830’s.
When the Gaelic Athletic Association was formed in November 1884, it was not long after activity commenced in the parish. One of the the first ever Gaelic Football matches to be played in Cork under GAA rules was an exhibition match with a team named Glanmire playing against Fethard of Tipperary in July 1886 in Cork Park. Though sharing the name of the current club based in Riverstown/Sallybrook, Upper Glanmire had a big influence in the fact that the side would have met and trained in Upper Glanmire and were captained by Dan O’Neill of Piercetown who was one of several other players from the locality playing in that era.
A Glanmire based team (name had changed from Glanmire to Charles Underwood O’Connells) lasted until the early 1890’s prior to the formation of the Sarsfields club which continues to thrive today and serves the Lower Glanmire parish. When a degree of peace or normality was restored following the Civil War and War of Independence, an East Cork league was restarted in 1923. This is when a clear antecedent for the current club formed. A team called Upper Glanmire competed in this league from the beginning. Various teams called Upper Glanmire, St Michaels and, indeed, the first side named White’s Cross competed for approximately 15 years. They were particularly bouyant in the early 1930s.
1930’s Ireland though was blighted with emigration. These sides had all folded by 1938 and for 20 years there were no teams in the area. Younger players from Upper Glanmire school went and played underage with Sarsfields. Following some success there in the 1950’s a number of these players were part of a very young committee that met to form the current White’s Cross club in 1957. The new club started to compete in 1958 as a hurling-only club. A then prestigous, tournament was won in the opening year and a championship final was reached the following year. 1964 saw the club win its first ever official competition; the extremely competitive East Cork Junior A Hurling league.
A barren spell followed for a decade with little success. A strong football side emerged in the 1970’s as football in the East Cork region started it’s own meteoric rise. They reached four football finals in the decade which lead to them wining their first ever championship; the 1977 East Cork Under 21 B Football.
In 1982, they won their first ever hurling championship. A fallow period followed before a young team emerged which saw the club enter it’s most successful period heretofore. From 1990 to 1994 championships, leagues and cup competitions were won in both codes. They also reached their first ever county final which saw an injury depleted side lose out to Castlelyons.
At the turn of the millennium, following an EGM, the club decided to expand its amalgamation with Whitechurch from underage to adult level. White’s Cross played football under this arrangement while players transferred to play hurling with Whitechurch. This was immediately successful with White’s Cross winning trophies almost every year of the amalgamation. The club won 4 Junior A championships, 4 Junior A Leagues and a record 10 McSwiney Cups in succession. Their players also were part of Junior B hurling championship and Craobh Rua Cup winning-sides during this period.
White’s Cross formed its own juvenile club in 2011 while hurling returned to the club in 2012. There was success for both our underage and adult teams over the following years. This success culminated in 2018 which turned out to be the most momentous year for our club. Following a 2017 final defeat, the club won it’s first ever County Championship in July of that year beating O’Donovan Rossa in the final of B hurling championship. The same year saw their under 12s, 14s and 16s all winning their respective football championships with the latter two reaching county finals also.
The club now competes at Junior A level in both hurling and football. They have a thriving underage section for boys and girls and dynamic committees that are determined to advance the fortunes of the club on and off the field going forward.