Big achieve­ments

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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.

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