Carrigtwohill have qualified for 7 county finals, 1889, 1898, 1918, 1932, 1933, 1935 and 1937.
Below are extracts from
“A HISTORY OF GAELIC GAMES IN CARIGTWOHILL”
which can be viewed on the website.
This was our first County Senior Final.
The Examiner account of the match is brief but it reported that the ﬁnal was played, “before an extremely large concourse of people… and the day was a most favourable one.” Carrig started well and got the ﬁrst goal, but it turned out to be their only score. Blackrock equalised before half time and ended up winners by 2-4 to 1-0.
Carrig: Denis Lenihan(c), David Fitzgerald, John Lenihan, John Finn, John Cotter, John Barry (Woodstock), Ned Howard Daniel Leahy, Michael Leahy, Patrick Ahern, Patrick O’Keeffe, John Manley, John Barry, Patrick Morey, Tom Twomey, Denis Twomey, Michael Mackey, Richard Hegarty, Michael Kennedy.
William Lawton was Carrig’s ﬁeld umpire; Thomas Lawton and Patrick Leahy were the goal umpires.
Blackrock were their opponents in the final, just as they had been in Carrig’s first senior final nine years earlier. The game was played on a foul September day, though this didn‘t deter a good crowd from turning up in Cork Park. Blackrock were clear favourites, having beaten St Finbarrs in the semi-final two weeks earlier, in what was accepted as the meeting of the two best teams in the county.
At half time Blackrock were 2-2 to 0-3 ahead, and by they end it was 2-9 to 0-3. For Blackrock, it was their fifth title in seven years, two of which they turned into All Irelands.
Carrig: Jerh Fouhy (c), John Barry, Pat O’Keeffe, Dan McCarthy, John Fitzgibbon, William Fitzgibbon, Pat Fitzgibbon, Thomas Murphy, John Linehan, John Cotter, James Mehigan, Dave Coughlan, Michael Cleary, John Murphy, William Mulcahy, Jim Cummins, John O’Keeffe.
A huge crowd generated £221 in gate receipts. Carrig took the field behind the Cork Volunteers Pipers Prize Band, wearing jerseys made by the nuns in the local convent. Only 15 jerseys, mind; when Jim Barry came on as a sub he had to wear his own shirt. Carrig won the toss and played with the sun to their backs.
“The opening exchanges gave promise of a contest of more than ordinary interest,” reported the Examiner. “The match started and finished at a pace which left no doubt as to the training undergone by the respective fifteens”. Blackrock settled first and went into a three point lead before Carrig struck. The teams were level are half time, but according to the Examiner, “Carrigtwohill were two goals the better team on the run of play.“
The Carrig goalkeeper Ned “Sailor” Grey had to go off injured near the end, but Blackrock didn’t threaten Carrig‘s goal again; another point was all they could manage and 4-1 to 1-7 was how it ended.
Carrig: Ned ‘Sailor’ Grey, Jim Grey, Jack Mulcahy, Matt Fouhy, Tom Walsh, Patrick ‘Thatcher’ Cotter, Billy Kennedy(c),
Tim ‘Killarney’ O’Leary, John O’Keeffe, Pad Whelan, Jim O’Connell, Garrett ‘Fred’ Cotter, Jackie O’Flynn, Jimmy ‘Major’ Kennedy, Billy Ahern.
Sub used: Jim Barry for O’Flynn (injured)
The Barrs played with the strong wind in the first half and were 2-1 ahead before Bobby Ryng got Carrig’s first goal. Carrig seemed to be coping quite well until a soft goal undid them shortly before the break, to leave it 4-2 to 1-0 at half time.
Worse was to follow when the Barrs got another soft goal in the opening minutes of the second half, to leave Carrig 14 points adrift.
For the rest of the match though Carrig overwhelmed their opponents. Johnny Morey started the momentum with a goal, Din Barry and Dan McCarthy added a couple of points before Mick McCarthy and Ryng found the net agan:
“The East Cork side were now seen in a great recovery,” reported the Examiner, “and the followers of Carrig were looking for a win. There was but a margin of two points dividing the teams, but the time remaining gave them very little chance of a possible goal and the match finished, St Finbarrs 5-3, Carrigtwohill 4-4.” Against all odds Carrig had come within an ace of pulling it off.
Carrig: Jackie O’Keeffe, John Barry (NT), John Barry, Pa Barry, John Loftus, J O’Connell, Danny McCarthy, John O‘Keeffe,
Harry Lynch, Paddy O’Donovan, Denis Barry, Johnny Morey, Mick Barry, Mick McCarthy, Bobby Ryng.
The Barrs were Carrig‘s opponents in the final on the second Sunday in October. The city team were favourites, but there was enough doubt about the outcome to entice 12,000 people to the Athletic Grounds and their curiosity was rewarded with a thrilling match. The match ended in a draw.
That first period of the replay ended with Carrig 2-3 to 1-0 in arrears, Johnny Morey finally putting Carrig on the scoreboard just before half time. The mood of the match though altered after the break: ‘Carrig were now opening up the game and began to give a good account of themselves in all departments. They made things hot for the champions whose net was imperilled during many exciting moments.
The Barrs, however; stretched into the lead again before goals from Bobby Ryng and’ Morey brought Carrig to within a
point. Carrig had a fleeting chance to take the lead, but let it pass and from that point their challenge faltered. ‘Two goals from Johnny Kenneally, once again the scourge of Carrig, gave the Barrs a measure of security and they went on to win comfortably, 6-6 to 5-0.
Carrig: Jackie O’Keeffe, John Barry(NT), John Barry, Jimmy O’Leary, John Loftus, Pa Barry, Tom Barry, Danny McCarthy,
Harry Lynch, Paddy O’Donovan, Denis Barry, Mick McCarthy, Bobby Ryng, Johnny Morey, Tommy O’Donovan.
Sub: Tony Pratchkie for Pa Barry (injured).
Glen Rovers, who had won their first county championship a year before, beat Sars in the other semi-fìnal and the final was for three weeks later. Because of injuries to John Barry (the runner) and Mick McCarthy from the Midleton match Carrig sought a postponement. The suspension of Ryng would obviously have been on their mind too, but it wasn’t offered as part of their case.
Glen Rovers were agreeable to a two week postponement, but the county board took a different view. At a county board meeting on October 2nd the chairman, Sean McCarthy, said that the match would have to go ahead. “The chairman said that he felt for Carrigtwohill,” according to the Examiner, “but both clubs were equally handicapped. There was no proviso made when the match was being fixed regarding injuries to players or anything else. The match was fixed un-conditionally and would have to stand.“
John Barry (teacher) was Carrig‘s representative at the meeting and he said that the matter had been carefully considered at a club meeting. “The meeting agreed,” said Barry, “that, in the interests of the club and the team, they
could not turn out a team on the date fixed. Carrigtwohill were not in the position of other senior clubs.”
They could not provide substitutes for players who had been suffering from injuries and other causes. The club would feel ashamed to give a display that was not in keeping with its reputation.”
And so it was. The county final was never played and the Glen were declared champions. Carrig acted in defence of their honour, but a third county final in four years passed without victory.
Carrig: Tom Barry (c), John Barry, John Barry, Jackie O‘Keeffe, Bobby Ryng, John Loftus, Tommy O’Donovan, Paddy O’Donovan, Danny McCarthy, Mick McCarthy, Jim ‘Daw’ Edwards, Jimmy O’Leary, Denis Barry, Tony Pratchkie, Harry Lynch.
After a summer of tension and triumph the county final against Glen Rovers was a terrible anticlimax. The Glen, who had been champions for the previous three years and who would be champions again for the next four, overwhelmed Carrig in front of 15,000 people at the Athletic Grounds.
The Glen scored a goal in one of their attacks, but Carrig managed to keep the scoring down until half time. A teenage Jack Lynch added one of the Glen’s points from a 70 to leave it 1-2 to 0-0 at the break. Jackie O’Keeffe in goal and the full back line of Willie Sloane, John Barry (teacher) and Jimmy O’Leary were all complimented by the Examiner, but they were unable to keep the Glen at bay.
“The Glen revealed form which never left the issue in doubt,” reported the Examiner. “The game was played at a cracking pace and top speed hurling kept the crowd on its toes, particularly in the first half. The hurling became more intensive in the second half but while Carrig were having the ill-luck of the play the champions were definitely on top.”
By the time Denis Conroy got Carrig‘s only score of the match, a goal in the closing minutes, the Glen had 3-5 on the board and that was how it finished.
Carrig: Jackie O’Keeffe, Willie Sloane, John Barry, Jimmy O’Leary, Paddy O’Donovan, John Barry, Willie Cummins, Tommy O’Donovan, Tom Barry, Danny McCarthy, Johnny Horgan, John Loftus, Bobby Ryng, Tommy Leahy, Denis Conroy.