This book would not have been possible without the help of so many people who gave generously of their time, energy and enthusiasm. Eamonn Cummins, Willie John Daly, Billy Power, Jimmy Morrissey, the late Nora Barry and John O‘Mahony were the pioneers of this project 19 years ago. In every journey the first steps are the hardest and the material they gathered was invaluable. At later stages Fr Donal Coakley, Tom Morrison and Niall Barrett made important contributions and to them, too, our thanks.
Tom Barry finished the work his mother had begun in producing an excellent history of the parish which serves as the Prologue to this book. Tom also brought his hawk-eye and forensic mind to bear on the manuscript, improving it with every observation. At the proof reading stage Ann O’Brien brought a sharp and fresh perspective to the process, adding her polish for which we are very grateful.
Eddie O‘Riordan trawled his vast archives to donate many of the pictures which lift the pages of this book. For his commitment to this project and his generosity our sincere thanks. In the Examiner Diarmuid O‘Donovan and Lillian Caverly went beyond the call of duty to unearth photographs which, if pursued by fainter hearts, would never have seen the light of day again.
Without the great co-operation of Pat O’Connor in the Imokilly People and Tim Cadogan at the county library this book would lack for the detail which must underpin every history. Without the personal scrapbooks and photo collections of our own club supporters so many gaps would have remained unfilled. Our thanks, also, to all those who took the time to sit with us as we looted their treasure chest of memories.
Huge thanks to Millipore Ireland, who contributed substantially to the cost of this publication. Millipore came to Carrig a year before this project first began and their willingness to become involved was critical to closing this project now. Thanks also to Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Setanta Sport, Thomas Barry & Co., The Sunday Times and Suttons Oil Co. Ltd. for their generous contributions.
We are extremely grateful to the officers and committee of the club for their unstinting support and encouragement. We also owe a huge debt to Kunnert and Tierney, the outstanding publishers in Cork and one of the leading publishers in the country. Their imagination, attention to detail and meticulous professionalism delivered a book of the very highest production values which will stand the test of time.
Finally, a word of heartfelt thanks to Mrs O’ Mahony who graciously hosted countless meetings in her front room over many years. It was always a pleasure to call. And to Paula and Jeanette for their stoicism and boundless patience during all the years when this book meant there were more than two in our marriages The affair is over.