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.


Cork GAA Coaching update

With the playing season winding down and the squads finishing up, there has been a huge amount of activity over the past 2 months. Rebel Óg Coaching Monster Blitzes, Mini Leagues, Development Squads and Cúl Camps were in full flow. Our Cúl Camps have hit record numbers and our football & hurling development squads have had success in recent Tournaments. A reminder to all clubs not to lose focus on the Benchmarking 2020 Vision initiative criteria which will be assessed at year end.

Cul Camps

Well, summer is over and Cul Camps are now finished for another year, with numbers yet again increased for the 5th year running. We have had over 120 camps around the county with over 19,000 young children taking part. Its great to see that clubs are availing of the Cul Camp to introduce new members to Hurling, Football, Camogie, Ladies Football, Rounders, Handball and other fun games and activities.

A big well done to all the clubs who held Camps and to all coordinators, coaches assistant coaches, committee members, first aiders, parents who helped out on the days, and to the children who took part we say well done to you all.


Cork Hurling Development Squads Success 

Our hurling squads had a very busy weekend last with the U14s in Waterford for the All Ireland A&B Competitions. The U15s travelled to Tipperary to contest the Arrabawn U15 All Ireland with A&B squads and our U16’s travelled to Mallow to contest the Eugene Carey U16 tournament. This was the only age group where it wasn’t an All-Ireland competition. Counties were split between Wexford and Cork to make up 2 groups.

Cork returned with four trophies from the six competitions that they competed at the weekend. The U14s had a great weekend where they won both the Tony Forristal and Sonny Walsh competitions. A lot of good work went on in schools, schools and regional squads up to June which helped the county squad when coming together in July.  Well done to all involved.

Cork U15s played Clare in the semi-final, unfortunately, Clare got a run on us early on and the lads never really got going. Clare were fully deserving winners and won the final against Tipperary after. We then had to play Galway in the plate final and the lads put in a great performance to beat a fine Galway side. The B team had 2 great results over Tipperary and Galway to win out the B tournament. Both performances were excellent.

Cork U16s had 2 squads in action. Our “A” squad were in a group with Clare and Dublin with top 2 teams going through to semi-finals to play Limerick, Galway or Laois. Our B team were up first and defeated Kilkenny in a close game. In the 2nd match, we won comfortably against Kerry. Having topped the group Cork were declared winners of the B Tournament.

Cork A played Clare and ran out comfortable winners then played Dublin straight after and in a very tough physical game Dublin won. Cork beat Limerick in the semi-final. Galway beat Dublin in the other semi-final to set up a final with Cork. Galway opted to play with the breeze and got off to a good start and try as they might Cork lost by 5 points in the end


Munster Activity Days Pairc Ui Chaoimh 2018

On Wednesday 8th of Aug and Thursday 9th, Aug Pairc Ui Chaoimh was a hive of activity with U12 teams coming from Waterford, Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and of course Cork to take part in the Munster Activity Stadium days. This is an initiative run by Munster GAA inviting clubs to take part in blitzes in the stadiums around Munster. Clubs could avail of a chance to play hurling or football in Semple Stadium Thurles, Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork, Fitzgerald Park Killarney, The GAA Grounds Limerick.

Well done to all the clubs and teams who took part in Cork. Each club got 1 hour playing time on the field playing 3 short matches of 20 mins apiece before a stadium tour with Cork Senior Footballer Sean Powter who brought the lads through the dressing rooms, the first aid rooms,  the players gym, the warm-up areas and finishing in the press room where the young players could ask questions just like a normal press conference after a big game. All in all, it was a great day out for the young players.

Fé14 Óg Iomáint 2018 in CIT

On Tuesday 14th August the Munster Fe 14 Óg Iomáint took place in CIT. With teams from Cork, Clare, Limerick, Kerry Tipperary & Waterford taking part it was a full day of Hurling through skills and games. The Schedule was quite busy with each of the boys getting plenty of time on the ball in coaching sessions and Inter county games from the various coaches from around Munster. A big thank you must go to all the staff at CIT under Keith Ricken GAA Officer in CIT.

Go Games U9, U10 & U11 Leagues.

For 2018, Rebel óg Coaching are to continue with developing the Go Games Structure to provide a suitable Games Program for all boys from U7 to U11. The first half of the years programs have gone well at U9, U10 & U11 with many clubs delighted with the format and we are now working through the second half of the program where teams are now placed in groups with teams of equal strength based on results from the first half of the program.

For more information on any of our upcoming leagues fixtures please click the relevant link to see what teams are in your groups and what dates your games are on.

U9 Leagues

U10 Leagues

U11 Leagues


Community Camp with Cork Sports Partnership 

During the year Cork Sports Partnership in association with various sporting bodies in Cork get together to run a summer camp for children of various ages and backgrounds in the Glen Resource centre. Again this year Cork GAA were delighted to be part of this project providing coaches Gavin Webb and Denis Murphy to assist during the camp. Cork GDA Shane Supple who has been providing courses for this project was also on hand at the Glen Resource Centre and on behalf of Cork GAA made a presentation of some equipment and gear to the young players.


North Region U13 Super 7’s Hurling Programme

Over the 3 weeks of August Cork North GDA, Pat Spratt had organised a schedule of 7 a side hurling games for clubs in the region. With 20 clubs registered to take part in the games, and teams were split into 6 venues with 3 – 4 teams per venue. Each week a different club got to host games and this club took charge of setting out the pitches and organising for a young whistler referee for the games.

The rules of the games were modifed to improve the speed and skill levels of players in the region. Though it is an u13 initiative , u14 players who struggled to get game time at their own age were welcomed and likewise u13 players who were considered “advanced” and playing at multiple grades were not intended to be involved.

The clubs that took part were:Buttevant, Croke Rovers, Mallow, Shandrum, Charleville, Kilshannig, Clyda Rovers, Ballyhea, St Dominics, St Marks, Milstreet, Ballycastle Gaels, Kildorrery, Kilavullen, Fermoy, Kilara Og, Banteer, Doneraile, Dromtarriffe and Ballygiblin.

It proved a very worthwhile venture with positive feedback from mentors and players alike. Rebel Og Coaching are looking at advancing this project from a pilot to a countywide initiative in 2019.

2018 Coach Education 

September sees the start of the next season of Coach Education with workshops and coaching courses planned for the next few months in and around the county. Any club wishing to run a Foundation course or an Award 1 course can have the club secretary contact Coach Education Administrator Shane Supple GDA to organise their courses. All information regarding requirements and booking courses can be found online.

More information can be found on our website just follow the link below



  Date Team 1   Team 2 Venue
GROUP1 SAT 14th SEPT Sliabhrua V Ballinora Riverstick
Courcey Rovers V Aghabullogue Ballinspittle
SAT 21st SEPT Aghabullogue V Sliabh Rua Coachford
Ballinora V Courcey Rovers Ballinora
SAT 28th SEPT Aghabullogue V Ballinora Coachford
  Sliabhrua V Courcey Rovers Riverstick
GROUP2 SAT 14th SEPT Blarney V St.Vincents Blarney
Kinsale V Crosshaven Kinsale
SAT 21st SEPT Crosshaven V Blarney Crosshaven
St.Vincents V Kinsale St. Vincents
SAT 28th SEPT Crosshaven V St.Vincents Crosshaven
  Blarney V Kinsale Blarney
GROUP3 SAT 14th SEPT Tracton V Ballygarvan Minane Bridge
Cloughduv V Nemo Rangers Cloughduv
SAT 21st SEPT Nemo Rangers V Tracton Nemo Rangers
Ballygarvan V Cloughduv Ballygarvan
SAT 28th SEPT Nemo Rangers V Ballygarvan Nemo Rangers
Tracton V Cloughduv Minane Bridge





  •    12 Teams have declared to enter this completion
  •    We are having 3 groups.
  •    These groupings are based on the league tables to date


  1. This competition is starting on the weekend of the 14th Sept, (football to start after the Hurling finishes)
  2. Clubs by agreement can play any time on Saturday or Sunday. No agreement match stands at 3pm Saturday
  3. This competition to comprise of each team playing the other 3 teams in their group.
  4. The host club is totally responsible for the holding of a game at their venue.
  5. The host club to provide a referee, we would encourage you to use your “Young Whistlers”
  6. No spectators to be allowed into the side-lines for these matches.
  7. It is not intended to have any finals for this competition.
  8. The “Fair Play Rule” can be used in this completion.
  9. Each game to be played as in the normal U.12 size pitch,
  10. Subs to be interchanged as you wish.

Cork U15 sides take part in arrabown cup

The Cork teams that took part in the Arrabown Cup


After the success of the two Cork teams in the Tony Forristal and Sonny Walsh competitions in 2018, it was decided that Cork would enter two teams into the A section of the Arrabawn Cup for 2019. This meant that Cork would pick two evenly balanced teams and these teams would both compete for the Arrabawn Cup against other counties first teams. This was a huge undertaking as it has never been done before. Under the guidance of Noel Furlong, an assembled group of mentors got to work in January where four Regional teams (East, City, North, and West) were put together to prepare for the Munster Interdivisional competition on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Against other regional teams from Munster, all four Cork team qualified for the semi-final stages, with East Cork winning out in the end after two titanic battles with Cork City and Cork West.

After the Regional competition, a panel of 48 players was selected to go forward to represent Red (Cork) and White (Corcaigh). Both teams trained together throughout the summer played challenge matches and played each other in internal matches, with 1 win apiece, which showed the balance of the squads.

On the 10th August, both Cork played their qualifying group in Mallow and were successful against Clare and Wexford to qualify for the Arrabawn Cup (1st-4th place). Corcaigh didn’t fare as well, drawing with Limerick (who went on to win the Shield and finish in 5th place) and losing to Galway (who went on to lose the Cup final and finish in 2nd place). This meant that Corcaigh would contest the Arrabawn Plate (9th-12th place).

Last Saturday both teams went to Tipperary to play in their respective semi-finals. First up was Corcaigh who played Laois in Pairc na nÓg, Thurles. Corcaigh ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-19 to 2-14. In the cup, Cork were based in Moyne-Templetuohys ground to play Dublin and ran out successful on a scoreline of 1-20 to 2-12. With these two wins, both teams progressed to their respective finals in Boherlahan where Corcaigh would face Waterford and Cork would play Galway in the Cup final.

Arrabawn Plate Final (9th-12th Place Play-Off)

Corcaigh 3-13 Waterford 2-12

Corcaigh prevailed in a tight contest over a gallant Deise side to lift the Arrabawn Plate. Both sides had their purple patches, but it was Corcaigh who hung on in the end. Goals in the first half from Ben Nyhan (2) and Darragh O’Sullivan gave Cork a strong platform and went in at the short whistle 3-7 to 1-4 in front. Excellent free taking from Waterfords Patrick Fitzgerald keeping Waterford within touching distance. Waterford re-emerged invigorated in the second half and with 4 scores from Fitzgerald and a fantastic score from full-back Charlie Treen, Waterford had the deficit back to just 4 points. A brief respite for Corcaigh with a pointed free from O’Sullivan before Waterford struck for a goal to put two points between the teams. Corcaigh rallied again through centre-back Kevin Lyons scoring a point after gathering possession inside his own 45m line. Teams traded points from there out for Corcaigh to win on a scoreline of 3-13 to 2-12.

Arrabawn Cup Final (1st-4th Place Play-Off)

Cork 0-23 Galway 3-12

Cork won the Arrabawn trophy for the first time in 3 years with a fantastic team performance over a very strong Galway side. Galway got the first score of the match with a goal from full-forward Darren Shaughnessy. Cork responded well with scores from Eoin O’Leary, Jack Leahy, and Matt O’Callaghan. Another goal after 9 minutes from Tiarnan Leen gave Galway a 4-point advantage. Both teams traded points for the remainder of the first half with Leen, Shaughnessy and centre forward Eoghan Conneely each registering 2 points for Galway with William Buckley (3F), Leahy (2) and O’Leary with one point to give Galway a 2-8 to 0-10 half time lead.

The second half started much like the first with a Galway major early on from Michael Power. Teams shared points for the next 12 minutes and after 44 minutes Galway led 3-11 to 0-15 and looked in control. But from this point on Cork scored the next 5 points without reply from Buckley (1), Leahy (2), O’Leary (1) and substitute Oran O’Regan helping Cork draw level with 8 to go. Galway again put their nose in front with a superb score from out on the side-line from Eanna O’Loingsigh. Cork responded with a superb point from the cramping Buckley. With the clock ticking into the 61st minute, Corks wing forward Ben O’Connor caught a puck out and laid off a pass to the onrushing Tiarnan Roche, who scored to put Cork ahead. A further point from Jack Leahy proved the insurance point and when Ben O’Connor won the ensuing puck out, the referee called a halt to the game and Cork were crowned Arrabawn winners for the 4th time.


Congrats to the All-Ireland champions!

Cork 3-20
Galway 3-14
(after extra-time)
A SEASON which started with a keen sense of foreboding ended on an exhilarating high with the completion of a remarkable All-Ireland under-age football double following a gutsy minor success at Croke Park yesterday.
A minute from the end of four minutes’ injury-time at the end of regulation time, Galway substitute Niall Cunningham belted in a rocket to shove his side 2-13 to 1-13 in front.
It seemed the end of the road for a brave Cork side, but they rebounded in the most dynamic fashion as straight from Cian O’Leary’s long re-start the ball was fired in the direction of captain and inspirational scorer, Conor Corbett.
He shrugged off the attentions of his marker to slam in a sensational equalising goal to tie matters up for the sixth time. It only took 20 seconds to transfix gloom to elation.
And yet, there was another twist because Galway’s main scoring threat, Tomo Culhane, had a free from an acute angle on the left to snatch victory, but his effort veered wide. Extra-time.
Cork were a transformed team in the additional 20 minutes as Galway tired visibly and what a start they got, Michael O’Neill setting up substitute Ryan O’Donovan for a cracking goal after only 30 seconds.
Critically, Cork didn’t rest on their laurels and drove on by adding three points without response as Corbett and O’Neill, with two, helped them surge 3-16 to 2-13 ahead before Culhane eventually kicked Galway’s opening score in extra-time.
And still Cork came again with O’Donovan once more showing the benefit of a strong bench to help his side move two goals clear again, 3-17 to 2-14 at the break.
Fittingly, it was that player again who opened the scoring on the resumption as Cork established a winning position, particularly when O’Neill stretched the advantage to eight points in the 75th minute.
However, Galway weren’t going anywhere. It took a brave, diving block by Daniel Linehan to deny Warren Seoige and, three minutes from the finish, Cunningham barged through for his second goal, 3-19 to 3-14.
Cork cleared a late Galway free and how appropriate that it should be the captain, Corbett, to seal victory with the closing point in injury-time to bring the curtain down on an astonishing final.
In the first-half of normal time, both sides were slow to settle with Culhane opening the scoring after seven minutes before Corbett showed how for Cork with a couple of quick-fire points moments later.
Sadly, that was the only time in the period that they enjoyed having the lead as Galway levelled through Culhane, who kicked three points in-a-row to leave Cork trailing by 0-4 to 0-2 at the end of the opening quarter.
The dangerous Culhane wasn’t the only threat to Cork’s prospects because Daniel Cox and Nathan Grainger, either side, were also starting to have an impact.
O’Neill reduced the deficit to the minimum with a score after 17 minutes only for Cox to contribute twice, 0-6 to 0-3, five minutes before the break.
And while Corbett bagged his third point after Jack Cahalane showed well for the ball, Galway again replied with a brace of points from Grainger and a Culhane free to make it double-scores again, 0-8 to 0-4.
Cork completed the scoring with a fine point from Darragh Cashman to reduce the margin to 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time, but with a major improvement needed on the resumption.
That began with a much-needed Cahalane goal after 36 minutes, when Keelan Scannell found O’Neill, who sent in the crucial pass for the Castlehaven player to dispatch to the net.
It cut Galway’s lead to the minimum, which was amazing considering Cork, twice, needed keeper O’Leary to perform heroics in stopping Culhane and Grainger.
The sides were level four more times in the hour before Cork pulled away in extra-time.
Scorers for Cork: C Corbett 1-8 (0-1 f), R O’Donovan 1-2, M O’Neill 0-5 (0-2 f), J Cahalane 1-1, D Cashman 0-2, P Campbell, L Murphy 0-1 each
Galway: T Culhane 0-10 (0-7 f), N Cunningham 2-0, D Cox 1-2, N Grainger 0-2.
CORK: C O’Leary (Douglas); D Peet (Clonakilty), N Lordan (Ballinora), J O’Shea (Urhan); D Cashman (Millstreet), D Linehan (Castlemagner), A Walsh-Murphy (Valley Rovers); J Lawton (Argideen Rangers), E Nash (Douglas); H Murphy (Éire Óg), P Campbell (Nemo Rangers), J Scannell (Carbery Rangers); M O’Neill (Buttevant), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers), captain, J Cahalane (Castlehaven).
Subs: S Andrews (Shamrocks) for Peet 34, N Gough (Bishopstown) for O’Shea 45, L Murphy (Cullen) for Nash 50, R O’Donovan (Barryroe) for Cahalane 59, T O’Donoghue (Carrignavar) for Walsh-Murphy 69, Cahalane for Campbell 75, Nash for Lawton 77.
GALWAY: D Halleran; J McGrath, captain, R King, L Tevnan; C Herron, E Fiorentinim K O’Neill; J McLaughlin, D O’Flaherty; E Nolan, W Seoige, D Brady; N Grainger, T Culhane, D Cox.
Subs: C Gallagher for O’Flaherty 51, N Cunningham for Grainger 56, D Kennedy for Tevnan 59, M Colleran for Brady 65.
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan).

Mid South Region U12 Hurling D2 Final



Our first Final took place on Friday 30/08/2019 Crosshaven V Tracton U12 Hurling .

It was a very sporting game with both sides displaying great skill and determination . Crosshaven finished strong in the second half winning the cup in their group.

Best of luck

Wishing Bobbie O’Dwyer and all involved with the Cork minor footballers the best of luck in the All-Ireland final today.