Rebel Og Award for May to CBC

  • May 29,2015



Winners of the Cork Colleges U14 Hurling ‘A’ Title

The May winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards for 2015 sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and Irish Examiner Media Partners are CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE, CORK.  They follow the April, March, February and January 2015 winners, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh (Camogie) Sacred Heart Clonakilty (Camogie) and Ilen Rovers and 2014 monthly winners: Cloughduv U16 Hurlers, Aghinagh U14 Footballers, Aghada U16 and Minor Football Teams, Sarsfield U16 and Minor Hurlers, Cork U18 Ladies Football Team, Ballinascarthy Underage Football Club, Duhallow GAA Club, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork, Urhan Underage GAA Club, Beara, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, St. Catherine's GAA Club from East Cork and St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville, Co. Cork.

Path to Final

In what can only be termed a memorable and historic breakthrough for hurling in the College, our Under-14 representatives created a piece of history in becoming the first CBC hurling squad to lift an ‘A’ title for 'Christians' when overcoming Midleton CBS in the Cork Colleges' Under-14 'A' Final in Church Road on Friday, 8 May 2015.

Captained by Shane Barrett (Blarney), CBC overcome a gallant Midleton CBS side on a score-line of 1-10 to 2-5 in what a hugely entertaining final game and described by Cork hurling writer, John Horgan, as “a thrilling spectacle with the best of skills on display” and played in “a sporting fashion by two excellently coached teams”.

Over the last three years, in particular, CBC has been making serious strides in developing hurling at the Sidney Hill school. This year alone the Senior Hurlers came within a whisker of lifting the Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior B title, coming up short after extra time to county Clare’s St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla.

Former Cork Minor, Under-21, and Senior hurler and Bishopstown clubman, Mr. Donal O'Mahony, has been instrumental in spearheading the development of hurling in Christians, and is already looking forward to the start of CBC’s re-entry into the Harty Cup campaign for this coming September.

A past pupil of the famed Cork hurling nursery, St. Finbarr's Farranferris, Donal managed the Senior, Under-16, Under-15 and Under-14 hurlers this season, though his proudest moment to date in Christians is, arguably, in guiding the Under-14s to the school’s first A title.  

Along the road to our May success, Donal was ably assisted by Mr. Tony Wall (1989 County SHC winner with Glen Rovers), ex-Blackrock hurler, Mr. Jamie Harrington, Mr. Mick Doyle of Sarsfields and Kilkenny native, Mr. Emmett Ryan.


In the last three seasons alone, Christians has been competing in the knock-out stages of the under-14 competition.  Reaching the final for the first time in 2013; the semi-final in 2014 and, during this academic year, overcame ‘The Big Three’ in Rochestown College, St. Colman's College, Fermoy and Midleton CBS en-route to this year's title. 

Also this season the College's Under-14s overcame the famed Kilkenny CBS nursery in the Rice Cup (All Ireland Under 14 ‘A’ PPS Hurling Trophy) and, since entering the competition for the first time in 2014, are already showing signs that a breakthrough is within their reach in this prestigious competition.

Starting with a good win over Colaiste Chriost Ri on a scoreline of 1-20 to 1-6.  Our next game was against Rochestown and we won this on a scoreline of 1-13 to 2-7.  Our next game was against Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh which we won on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-7.  Our final game in the group was against Colaiste Choilm which we lost on a scorline of 2-7 to 1-13.  This meant we qualified from our group and would be playing St. Colman's Fermoy in the semi-final.  We beat them on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-6.  The final was against Midleton CBS and we won this on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-5.  It was our first time winning the competition.

This was a fabulous win for the school and a big step in their development as a hurling stronghold in the city.  To beat Chriost Rí, Rochestown, St. Colmans and Midleton CBS shows that Christians are now able to compete with the very best in colleges hurling. The school has a very wide spread of players on the squad, with players from Blarney, Blackrock, Sarsfields, Carrigaline, Erins Own, Douglas, Ballincollig, Nemo, Inniscarra, Whites Cross and Carrigtowhill.  CBS have being developing hurling in the school for the last number of years and now feel that they are making real progress.  This year we got to the semi-final or final in all the competitions we entered in both Cork and Munster.  CBS have a significant representation on all the Cork Development squads, with three of our senior team on the Cork minor hurling squad this year. The future looks very bright for hurling in the school with Christians entering the Dr. Harty Cup for 2015/16.  We hope that by entering the Harty Cup, the clubs mentioned above will have as many of their players as possible playing colleges hurling at the highest level.  This will allow the school to compete and send the players back to their clubs better players.    CBS say that they are very fortunate to have Tony Wall, former county championship winner and coach with Glen Rovers, and Jamie Harrington, current Cork under 17 coach and Colm Crowley GDA as part of the management team in the school.  Their experience and expertise is an invaluable asset.

Thanking the Board of Management of the school and the principal Dr. Larry Jordan for their support, the team would also like to acknowledge the support of the Cork Colleges and in particular Neil O’Keeffe and Ed Cronin for their invaluable support and advice. 

Christian Brothers College Cork

Winners of the Cork Colleges U14 Hurling ‘A’ Title

Team Lineout





Eoghan Doody



Charlie Cremen



David Murphy



Jack McGrath



Patrick McBarron



Conor Murphy



Jack O’Shea

Erins Own


Shane Barrett



Niall Hartnett



Mark Buckley



Fin Mac Fhlannchadha



Jason O’Connor



Robbie Cotter



Mark O’Connor

Erins Own


Mikey Funchion



Ronan Blackton

Erins Own


Peter Cotter



Neil Collins

Valley Rovers


Niall Hannigan



Darragh Wallace



Jack Egan



Luke Murphy

Whites Cross


David Shanahan



James Gillespie



Tadhg O’Connell

Na Piarsaigh


Alex McCarthy


Quote from the Principal

“Rugby has been the main traditional sport in CBC down through the years. However, the school is now anxious to facilitate all students in playing the sport of their choice. In particular, the school is fortunate at this time to have a large number of talented hurlers and a number of teachers who are senior hurling coaches at club level. Thus, the school has decided to further develop hurling as a main sport in both the Preparatory School, who are today in a Sciath na Scol hurling final, and also in the Secondary School in order to give every pupil who enrols in any year in the College, throughout Junior or Senior cycle, the opportunity to compete in all inter-schools competitions to the highest level, including the Harty Cup.”

Dr L Jordan, Principal