GAA John Joe O' Regan


‘In my memory I will always see
The club that I have loved so well
Where we all played ball in The Barrack Field
And we played in the hail-stone and rain.
We went home each night on our Raleigh bikes
Past the Mill beside The Owenacurra River.
Those were happy days in O so many many ways
In the club I love so well’

120 years have now elapsed since the foundation of the G.A.A in this parish. From humble beginnings in The Barrack Field right through to our modem set up in Pairc Lios gCúl the club has actively played it's part in the promotion of our national games in the parish. But I am quite sure that The Barrack Field holds many fond memories for my own era and for those before that.

Three of your evenings a week and every Sunday evening prospective hurlers and footballers used to arrive in The Barrack Field to display their skills. To wear the blue and gold of the little village was everybody's ambition. A big fund raising event for the club in the 50's and 60's was The Annual Carnival which was also held in Smart's Field. Not too young to appreciate music, but too young to go dancing, from The Dance Marquee the sound by Pat Barrett's Dance Band rang in my ears as I made my way home to Top Cross on Dance Nights.

Championship Winning Captains
1952 Dan Joe McCarthy (Hurling)
1961 John O' Shea (Football)
1964 John T. O' Keeffe (Football)
1971 Noel Ryan (Hurling)
1977 John Morrison (Hurling)
1983 Martin Ryan (Football)
1994 Donie Murphy (Hurling)
2007 Eoin Riordan (Football)
2008 Maurice O' Connell (Hurling)

Your Referees from the club have officiated at East Cork Championship Finals namely William O'Brien, Bob O'Sullivan, Timmy Geary & Jerry O'Connell.

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