The purpose of this book was to record the playing of Gaelic Games in Carrigtwohill in as much detail as we could muster and with as much accuracy as we could establish. Inevitably, there are gaps and omissions which, despite exhaustive searches, couldn‘t be resolved to our satisfaction. Occasionally team lists and photo captions are missing names, in other instances newspaper match reports didn’t carry team line-ups.
When reading team lists it is important to remember that up until the 1930s the convention was to name the captain first and usually the vice-captain second, so that the lists do not reflect playing positions as they later did. In the interests of clarity, the teams are presented in the form of two columns, but must still be read across, from left to right. This means that from the 1930s onward, the goalkeeper appears at the top left hand column with the right corner back heading the opposite column, and so on through the team.
Deeds will always be more powerful than words and no words of ours could do justice to the nobility of great Carrig teams and great Carrig players. Making the attempt, however, was a pleasure. We endeavoured to pay equal respect to less gifted Carrig teams but were often confounded by newspaper archives. In those years where we make no reference to Carrig’s second and third teams it is simply because no match reports could be found.
We are conscious that the narrative is, unavoidably, driven by matches and championships, players and mentors. This implies an omission. Carrigtwohill has always been blessed with people who sustained the club with selfless attention to inglorious tasks. As much as the players these people are the heroes of the club’s history. Many of these are mentioned only in passing, without elaboration on the contribution they made. Unfortunately, even in a book of nearly 150,000 words, it wasn’t possible to say all the things we would have liked to and we readily acknowledge the flaw.
The two longest chapters in the book refer to the 1990s, which is not to elevate that decade above any other in the club’s history. The fund of source material available to us from the 1990s eclipsed all other decades and, at the small risk of causing an imbalance, we felt bound to use it and err on the side of excess. However, it was clearly the most successful decade in the juvenile history of the club and it was a boon to have such a mass of detailed reports from local newspapers to record those triumphs.
From the family names which recur through the decades it is clear that a love for the club has been passed on like an heirloom from generation to generation. But new names have continued to appear too and as the parish has expanded the allure of the club has never faded. The parish has undergone many social and economic changes since the club was founded at the end of the last century, but perhaps none more seismic than the ones which may happen in the next 10 or 20 years. What history shows us, however is that the club can absorb change and continue to prosper as a touchstone of the parish’s identity. Arguably, the touchstone.
Ultimately this book is a celebration of a story which is more extraordinary than any of us had imagined at the beginning of this project. Our history is a shared heritage and a precious cargo for the club to carry into the future.