Bride Rovers GAA Club notes & news round-up for the week.

November 8, 2018


The Club AGM was held at Arus de Barra on Monday of last week, December the 10th with outgoing Chairman James Bermingham presiding. The meeting opened with the reading of the Annual Report.

The full report can be read on the club website, this is the opening paragraph:

Welcome to the 2012 Annual General Meeting of Bride Rovers GAA Club.
It is my privilege to report on the activities of the club for the past 12 months.

This year we experienced many highs & lows in the club both on and off the field of play.

Some of these include retaining our Senior Hurling status following our victory over Cloyne in the relegation play-off, which is vital for the growth of the club, but against that the low of losing 3 rounds in SHC when on all 3 occasions we were capable of winning. These results must be used to spur on the team in 2013 and to avoid any threat of relegation.

Being awarded a grant for €80,000 through the Sports Capital Grant Programme so that we can move onto phase 2 of the development which is a 60 x 40 metre all weather training pitch. This development is necessary to aid the development of our younger players but also in providing a facility where training can be held on a good surface whatever the weather conditions.

This year we saw the new club website, launched, it is a fantastic site and is being maintained superbly by Gerard Lane. The site has on average 4500 hits per month, which is great for a club site. The news is current and up to date; also the latest Juvenile & Adult fixtures and results can be checked as well as the hundreds of photos now available to see on the site.

Phase 1 of the development, i.e. the hurling wall and Astro turf pitch are being used constantly, be it for training or for rental for teams wishing to play ‘Ground Football’. But the big news is that this development is now fully paid for. This was made possible by the generous contribution of the Rathcormac Parish Development Fund, the workers who gave their time for Free during its construction in 2011. The total project cost was approx. €100,000.

In there first year in the senior ranks, our Senior Ladies football team can be very proud of their achievements, reaching the League Final & losing out at the semi-final stage of the championship, well done to all & we wish you well in 2013. Also congrats to the Camogie team under the guidance of Tom Mulcahy who won the Junior Camogie County in an exciting contest with Charleville, this after the heartbreak of losing a year earlier. The disappointment of having to withdraw from the Junior A Football Championship, a competition we won in 2007, along with the relegation of our 1st team to division 3 football for 2013.The untimely passing of former club secretary, player & mentor Tony Walsh, May He Rest in Peace. Liam de Barra, Runai.


President;                     Pat O’Connor
Vice Presidents;            Fr. Neilus O’Donnell PP, Fr. Sean Barry, Martin Murphy, Mick Barry,                          HenryHazlewood, Fr. Liam Ryan & John Arnold.
Cathaoirleach:               James Bermingham
Leas- Cathaoirleach:      Billy Finnegan
Runai:                           William O Leary
Cisteoir:                        Dan Quill
Asst. Cisteoir:               Brian Arnold
PRO:                            John Arnold
Insurance Officer:          Dan Quill
Registrar:                      Brian Arnold
Grounds Officer:           John Murphy
Oifigigh Gaeilge & Culture; Ger Lane
Delegates to East Cork Board: Tom Mulcahy & Brendan O Driscoll
Delegates to County Board: John Arnold & Daniel Lane
Players Representative: Barry Johnson
A.S.A.P. Officer:           Mossie O’Sullivan
Executive Members:      Tom Kearney
                                    Pat O’Connor
                                    Billy Finnegan
                                    Denis Ahern
                                    John Joe Carey
                                    Pat Barry
                                    Paudie Murphy
                                    Seamus Buckley
                                    Rep. from Juvenile Club
                                    Rep. from Ladies Football & Camogie Club

The appointment of the various Selection Committees was left until the first Executive meeting.

Well Done Kildorrery

Due to family circumstances we had no Notes last week so let us belatedly send warmest congratulations to the Kildorrery Junior Hurling team. At Mallow on December the 9th they completed a memorable ‘Triple Crown’ of Divisional, County and Provisional Titles. In the Autumn of 1968 when Bride Rovers had won the East Cork JHC Title for the first time in 36 years one newspaper report stated ‘They’ll winter well in Rathcormac, Bartlemy and Kildinan this year after the local Hurling team captured the Holy Grail of East Cork Hurling’.  Well ’twill be similar in Kildorrery this year, after many years of striving. They can look forward to an All Ireland Semi Final against the Cats of Thomastown in the spring but for now a warm glow of satisfaction wends it’s way to The Top of The Hill. Well done to all concerned.

20 Years Ago

This week two decades ago we were celebrating a marvellous win. Our Minor Hurlers took on Killavullen in the Co MHL Final on Sunday December the 20th, yes, just five days before Christmas. The game was played on a frosty Ballygiblin pitch. Having won the East Cork League the Minors then defeated Ballinora and Shamrocks to qualify for the County Final- the first in 60 years for the Club. Early goals from Terry Broderick and Pat Walsh helped us to 2 7 to 1  3 halftime lead. We added a further 7 points to win  2  14 , 1  3. It was a great boost for the Club with a brilliant group of players.

The team was E. Hoskins, E. Murphy, L.Barry, A. Broderick, D. Barry, M. Walsh, B. Murphy, J. O Callaghan, K. Fitzgerald, T. Broderick Capt., N. Hegarty, J. Murphy, P. Cotter, P. Barry, P. Walsh.  Subs; B. McHugh, D. Ryan. Also on the panel were P. McHugh, J. Daly, M. O Connell, S. Hogan, P. Murphy , B. Barry. The selectors were Denis Ahern(Coach), Tony Walsh, Mick Barry, Denny Fitzgerald, Pat Broderick, Mick Barry and John Murphy.

Cork GAA History

The new History of Cork GAA 1987-2011, launched recently by Christy Cooney, is now on sale at the following locations, retailing at €15: Liam Ruiséal Bookshop, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork
Bandon Bookshop, Bandon, Carrigaline Bookshop, Carrigaline

This attractive new publication is also available to purchase from all GAA clubs, so get your order in now! An ideal Christmas gift for all fans of Cork GAA! 

Camogie Club Equipment Appeal

The Bride Rovers Camogie Club is looking for hurling helmets and small size hurleys to promote the game at under 6 and 8 level. If anyone has such items the camogie Club would be delighted to get them.

 Astro-Turf available to Hire

The astro-turf pitch at Bride Rovers is available for hire by contacting James Bermingham on 086 8350741. Pitch is suitable for 5 a side teams and costs €50 per hour with lights.

GAA Season Ticklets

The 2013 GAA Season tickets are now on sale.  The Ticket combines admittance to the National League games and first round championship game for either the Cork Hurling and/or football teams. The Ticket represents a huge saving on the individual ticket prices to each game. Full details on

Club Website

The Bride Rovers GAA Club website is proving popular at home and abroad. If you have any ideas for improving the website or suggestions for additions please contact us. Recently over 100 extra photographs have been added in the Gallery Section as well as extra match reports. If you have any old Club photos we would love to put them up on the website so please contact any Club Officer. We have very few photographs from the 1940’s and 1950’s and would seek any GAA related pictures taken in the parish during this period. Even photos of groups or individuals at carnivals, tournaments or East Cork games would be very welcome. Also please remind family members scattered all over the world to log in and keep in touch.

Car Boot Sale

Thanks to all who have helped out with the Car Boot Sales over the year. The next Sale is in February 2013.  Thanks to the Parish Development Committee for their great assistance to the club during 2012.


The County Championship Draws for 2013 were made at the recent County Convention. We are paired against the 2011 County Champions Carrigtwohill in what is a very tough draw.


Se Ciarain Mac Canna o Cumann Caileain Ui Liathain ata toghta mar Oifigigh Cultur agus Gaeilge don blian seo chugainn. Gan dabht beidh Ciaran abalta an gCultur agus an teanga a chur chun cinn mar is part speisealta do gCumann Luth Chleas Gaeil.

The Buachaills

Bride Rovers GAA presents the Buachaills at the Rathcormac Inn on Sat Dec 29th.  A lively and fun loving group the Buachaills will provide a great night out for everyone. Come along and enjoy a great nights entertainment for just €7. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night or from Club Members.

Happy Christmas

On behalf of the Bride Rovers GAA Club may I wish all our members, supporters, players, sponsors and friends at home and abroad a very happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas. May the New Year of 2013 bring abundant blessings to all.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club main sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn/Conversation Piece