and championship double in 2008 and the Seandún Junior Football Cup the same year.
Not content with this impressive list of achievements for a small club Crosshaven also managed to collect the City Junior 2 Hurling League in 2007 and the South East Junior B Hurling championship in 2007.
Last, but by no means least, was the South Junior B Hurling championship in 1995 which came after a gap of 14 years.
The most interesting fact about this win however was in relation to personnel as the Captain of the winning side (Martin McMullan) had also captained the side 14 years earlier to victory.
Now that’s a level of dedication you don’t get from every player these days.
Off the field the club has also been progressing right from the off and after spending almost 100 years in various rented locations the club decided to go it alone and purchase land.
In 1975 the club moved to its current grounds in Camden where a special committee was set up to raise funds for the new pitch.
Messer’s Jim Forbes (Rip), Pat Laverty (Rip) and Neil White were tasked to raise much needed funds to lay the new pitch and paint the clubhouse.
But in the late 1980s and early 1990s the club, under the chairmanship of John Middleton and his committee, decided it was time for the club to own its own pitch and grounds.
After many years of hard work and dedication by all concerned the fundraising work was completed and a new clubhouse was built with four dressing rooms, a referees room, toilets, store room and an all-important committee room. It was at this point that the club could finally claim to have at last secured their own pitch and clubhouse in Camden.
Not content with their lot for too long Crosshaven GAA Club purchased more land in recent times which was adjacent to their current grounds and the club has been very active with a new development consisting of new playing pitch, ball stopping nets, goalpost, pitch fencing and a hurling wall.
This phase of the works it is hoped will be complete in the coming month or so and then the club will move on quickly to the next stage.
None of this work would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication of all involved particularly the working committees over a number of years which were under the chairmanship of Martin McMullan and current chairman James McSweeney.
While endeavour and desire are hugely important ingredients to any project like this they will only get you part of the way with finance being the other major element required.
Crosshaven GAA have been fortunate to receive a government sports capital grant, some Munster Council grants, some Cork County Council grants and various other streams of funds including the Cork County Board Clubs GAA draw and of course a host of local fundraising efforts that all go a long way to building what will be a beacon for those interested in sport in the Crosshaven area.
Crosshaven GAA Club is never going to be one of the mighty GAA Giants of the county but that is not its aim nor its focus.
Those playing for the Crosshaven club are as proud of their club as Nemo Rangers players are of theirs or the Glen Rover’s players are of their home however with substantially smaller numbers, less financial muscle but some serious pride and effort on their side Crosshaven GAA Club will continue to light up the GAA world as the sail boats pass by in this most beautiful part of the world. GAA clubs around the county have made the decision to expand their offerings to their respective localities in order to survive and ultimately prosper as the years go on.
Whether the club is big or small, located in a densely populated area or in a rural setting, young or over a century old, diversity and inclusiveness are key to what makes a successful sporting club in Ireland today. Crosshaven GAA Club like many other clubs of its size and location have embraced openness over the years with the club setting up the Crosshaven Camogie Club six years ago this month.
The starting of a camogie club was a major break from tradition in the area and despite only coming into being in recent times the club has gone from strength to strength and now affording all those that want to play Gaelic Games the opportunity to do so in the Crosshaven area.
The club will always be indebted to the founders of the GAA club who introduced camogie to the village and gave all girls in the local area the opportunity to participate in a sport that is considered the national game.
That is where the challenge lay. How to start from zero and introduce a game that would have been alien to many in the area but if it was going to be easy then no one would have done it.
Despite all the challenges that faced those who made the decision to start the camogie club over the years the Crosshaven Camogie Club has been successful in attracting coaches from other parts of Munster to help bring on the skills set of all players.
As the saying goes the proof of the pudding is in the eating and in the short time since the club began Crosshaven Camogie Club has managed to get teams playing from U6 all the way up to U14 with currently over 70 players registered and actively participating in the club. Not content with this number, however, the club is actively looking to encourage more and more young girls in which will not only boost numbers but will also help promote fitness and healthier lifestyles within the young girls in the Crosshaven area.
Crosshaven Camogie Club is indebted to its volunteers who train, mentor, organise matches and help run this fledging club each week.
The great work continues on and off the pitch and there is a real sense of community within the club.
Crosshaven Camogie Club may well be one of the newest clubs in the county but the enthusiasm and commitment shown by all concerned is sure to lead this club to be one of the true success stories in the sport going forward.
Crosshaven GAA Club Under 9 hurling team.
Crosshaven Camogie Club just one of the trail blazing sides Crosshaven GAA.