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Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Diar­muid Shee­han

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

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