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THERE is little doubt when one hears the name Crosshaven the mind immediately drifts to all things sea faring, however, there is much more happening in this part of the world, particularly in the area of GAA. Crosshaven GAA Club has been around since the late 1880s fielding their first hurling team in championship action in 88.
That said the stories of games being played in the area go as far back as the 1820s which is enough to show that the GAA is well and truly in the D.N.A. of those living in the Crosshaven area.
One of those first clashes when the County Championship had been formed saw Crosshaven take on Ballygarvan in Carrigaline with the se-siders calling upon names such as Coughlan, Callaghan, Collins, Fehilly, Kelly and a host of others that to line out on that day for Captain of that team Maurice Kennifeck who came from a well know public house in Crosshaven.
After battling on the hurling front for over a decade the area entered its first football team in the county championship the year before the century turned.
Kilshannig were the opposition on that historic day however the result wasn’t to be as momentous as the event itself – Kilshannig running out victors by 0-10 to 0-02.
Surnames such as Desmond, Meade, Fitzgerald, Lucey and Murphy graced the field that day – names which became synonymous with the club for many years to follow.
The club continued to grow and challenge for major local honours and this all culminated in a decade of really positive growth both on and off the pitch in the 1960’s.
This decade saw Crosshaven come out of the shadows of many of their closest neighbours as the club’s junior teams dominated in the South East junior A football in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966 with the club’s hurlers claiming their only junior A hurling title in 1969 – the club had won this particular competition two years earlier however it was taken away due to an objection.
In the 60s the club was so successful at Junior that one would have been forgiven for assuming many more years of dominance were on the way but as it turned out that wasn’t to be the case at all as it would take the club another 32 years before they would secure another junior A football Championship crown.
The cub also managed to contest four under 21 A finals in that period but there was no success.
It would be 1980 before the club would have another hurling trophy back at base winning the Junior B Championship in Carrigaline against a highly fancied Courcey Rovers by 0-9 to 0-8.
The game may have been a low scoring tussle however that was in no way a reflection of what happened on the pitch as both sides threw everything they had at each other however on the day it was to be all about Crosshaven and their match winner Michael Murphy. The side also managed to make it to the Craobh Rua Cup Final in the City division that year but on that day a loss to Lough Rovers by 2 points was to be their reward.
In recent years the club’s junior teams have been competing at junior B grade winning the South East Junior B football league most recently in 2013, the South East Junior B Football Championship in 2010 and 2006, the South East Junior B Hurling League
Crosshaven GAA Club young players visit Croke Park.
Crosshaven GAA Club Juvenile Long Puck Winners 2017.
Crosshaven GAA Club young players visit headquarters.