cork hurling appointments

Statement from Cork County Board on the appointment of Cork hurling selectors.

At the outset of this process, the goal was to put in place a structure that would ensure the best possible management teams for each grade of Cork hurling, both now and into the future, and also to provide a pathway for the development of younger coaches and those with less inter-county experience. Following extensive consultation over several weeks, the Executive of Cork County Board is pleased to recommend the appointment of Kieran Kingston (Tracton) as manager of the Cork Senior hurling team for a three-year term, along with coach Ger Cunningham (St. Finbarr’s) and Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Cloyne). A full backroom team will be announced at a later date.

Pat Ryan (Sarsfields) will take the helm at U20 for a 2 year term, joined by Donal O’Mahony (Bishopstown), Brendan Coleman (Youghal), Fergal Condon (Aghada) and Wayne Sherlock (Blackrock).

Donal Óg Cusack (Cloyne) has been recommended as Minor (U17) manager on a one-year basis for 2020, joined by Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh), Tom Kenny (Grenagh), and further selectors to be appointed, one of whom will provide a link to the current under-age playing base.

With the pathway for the progress of younger coaches a major priority, the Executive also recommends the appointment of current U15 manager Noel Furlong (Carrigtwohill) as U16 manager for a two-year term, with Seanie McGrath (Bantry Blues), Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill), Ger O’Regan (St. Finbarr’s) and David Dorgan (Fr. O’Neill’s) as selectors.

All the above appointments are subject to ratification by the County Board on Tuesday night.

Commenting on the announcement, County Chairperson Tracey Kennedy said “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the appointments process, and honoured to be putting these names before County Board on Tuesday night. As I indicated at the outset, we did not want to rush into any decisions, and the length of the process is indicative both of the extent of our consultation and the number of excellent people who were willing to talk to us about Cork hurling. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those who have agreed to serve as managers, coaches and selectors, and I truly believe that we now have a structure in place which will ensure that we can always secure the best people to lead Cork teams, on a clear pathway for both coaches and players, from underage all the way through to Senior.”


The U16 county semi-final between Donoughmore and Kilavullen at Ballyclough has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Some Photos from Recent Championship Finals including Tracton, Ballinora and Bishopstown



Tracton Captain Ryan O’ Donoghue accepting cup from PRO Mid South Antoinette Kidney

Also Tracton Inning Team in Mid South Football Championship.



Ballinora U16 team who won D1 football title



Bishopstown Captain Darragh O’ Donovan Accepting

cup from Chairman Mid South Martin Lynch.


Visit from some of the winning U17 All Ireland Football Team at our latest Mid-South Board Meeting

Some of Club Delegates from Mid South Board Meeting


Neil Lordan Ballinora: with PRO Antoinette Kidney


Hugh Murphy  Éire Óg :with Treasurer John Brennan


Seán Andrews Shamrocks: with Referees Secretary Maura Ring







Extra-time in all games except finals


Minor Division 3a County Football Championship semi-final: Caha Óg v Kildorrery, at Kilmurry, 2pm.

U14 Division 1 County Hurling Championship semi-finals: Cobh v Watergrasshill, at Lisgoold, 3pm; St Catherines v Bandon, at Mayfield, 4.30pm.


U16 Division 2 County Hurling Championship semi-final: Kilavullen v Donoughmore, at Ballyclough, 12.30pm.

U16 Division 3 County Hurling Championship quarter-final: Ahan Gaels v Kilshannig, at Bishopstown, 12 noon.


U16 Division 2 County Hurling Championship final: Newcestown v KilavullenDonoughmore, at Páirc Uí Rinn, 6.30pm.

U16 Division 1 County Hurling Championship final: Kanturk v St Catherines, at Páirc Uí Rinn, 8pm.

Age groups and entries for 2020

The executive of Coiste Sinsear an Chontae has decided not to change the age groups for Rebel Óg competitions for 2020 so the competitions next year will be run in the same age brackets as 2019. Minor will still be U18 with U16 and U14 the main age group competitions.
As usual, teams will be 13 or 15 a side depending on team numbers.
Entry forms for 2020 will be issued before the end of September with a return date for mid-October. Clubs thinking of forming independent teams (amalgamations) are requested to have this considered and decided prior to the entry forms being returned.
For clubs who do not wish to amalgamate and who do not have numbers to field a team by themselves, Coiste is prepared to consider small sided  (9 or 11 a side)competitions up to U16.
However, if a club opts for that and if there is sufficient demand for such competitions, they cannot then be part of an amalgamated team at that age group (e.g. You play either 9 a side or be part of an amalgamated team).
No decision will be taken on this until the number of expressions of interest is known.
Some clubs with numbers of  4 and under in an age grouping may wish to consider catering for players using T.O. Rial 6.8;Exceptions 2 (b).

Photos from Recent Mid South Championship Games



St Malachy’s after winning Minor Hurling Championship D3

Captain of the Grenagh Evan Mc Carthy Being presented with Cup after winning U16 Football Championship D2

L/R David Coleman Captain of Grenagh, Referee Teddy O Donovan,  Captain of Mayfield James Keegan Before the start of U16 D3 Hurling Championship .



Photos from Mid South U12 D1 Final Ballinora V Kilmurry




The cup being Presented By Mid South Chairman Martin Lynch

To Ballinora’s Captain Darragh O’Leary


healthy club project

The role played by GAA clubs in supporting the health and wellbeing of communities across Ireland will be explored at the 2019 Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on Saturday, October 5th.

Delegates will participate in workshops covering mental health in sport, diversity and inclusion, positive aging, and the importance of physical activity. The themes will be brought to life through practical case studies revealing initiatives rolled out by Healthy Clubs covering these themes.

The event, proudly delivered in partnership with Healthy Ireland and Irish Life, will see a further 84 GAA clubs across the 32 counties receive official recognition as ‘Healthy Clubs’, having completed Phase 3 of the project. The conference will also see the launch of Phase 4 of the award-winning Healthy Club Project, as the GAA seek to recruit another 150 clubs to participate come January 2020.

Renowned GAA coaching tutor, Paudie Butler, will discuss in his keynote address how the development of the child – including their wellbeing – lies at the heart of all good coaching and is fundamental to the principles of the Healthy Club Project.

Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton with members of his Raheny GAA club, when they received official recognition as a Healthy Club in 2017.
Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton with members of his Raheny GAA club, when they received official recognition as a Healthy Club in 2017.

Amongst the player ambassadors will be Tipperary’s All Ireland winning man-of-the-match Noel McGrath. Noel is the players’ representative on the GAA’s National Health & Wellbeing Committee and will participate in a panel discussion exploring topics including his inspirational journey back to the field of play following testicular cancer. (Additional player ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks.)

An Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to the 84 clubs that will receive official recognition as Healthy Clubs at the conference. The work they have undertaken over the course of their journey has been a credit to the Association. I also urge other clubs to attend and get involved in the Healthy Club Project. It helps the GAA live up to the values of its new manifesto: ‘Where We All Belong’. This exciting work couldn’t happen without our partners Irish Life and Healthy Ireland and I want to acknowledge their continued support for the project.”

For more information regarding the conference please visit

Mid South U16 D1 Final Inniscarra V Carrigaline




The Mid South U16 D1 Final was held on Saturday in Ballymaw between Inniscarra and Carrigaline.

It was a very competitive and  exciting match with excellent Skill on display  from both sides .

It finished on a score line of  Inniscarra 1-16 To Carrigaline 1-13.

The cup was presented to Inniscarra’s Captain Mark Linehane By Mid South Referees Secretary Maura Ring.