Avondhu Board honour 1961 senior hurlers and footballers
Avondhu GAA Board will hold their annual Man of the match function on this Friday night in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. This year a huge crowd is expected as the Avondhu Senior footballers that won the county SFC title in 1961 will be honoured.
The same year the Divisional senior hurlers reached the county final only to lose out to Blackrock. '61 was a very successful year for the Avondhu Division.
Mitchelstown Junior A footballers, who provided 12 players to the Avondhu senior football panel, won the county JFC title beating O'donovan Rossa in the final. In Hurling Kilworth juniors reached the Co final where they lost to Cloyne after a replay. Also in 1961 Castletownroche reached to county IHC final where they were beaten by Glen Rovers after a replay.
In 1960 Avondhu senior footballers were unlucky to lose out to UCC in the county SFC final. The Divisional side won their only county SFC title in 1961 with a close 1-7 to 15 win over Clonakilty at the Cork Athletic Grounds on October l. The victory came when a last minute Clonakilty penalty struck the crossbar. In the county semi final Avondhu beat St Finbarr's by 2-8 to 0-9. Noel Curley was the Avondhu captain with Ned Coughlan captaining Cork minor footballers to their first All Ireland MFC success in 1961.
Avondhu senior hurlers in 1961 beat the reigning Co champions Glen Rovers in the Co semi final by 5-11 to 4-7. They met Blackrock in the Co final at the Athletic Grounds on Sept 17 and were beaten by 4-10 to 3-7.
The Annual Convention had to be postponed as it clashed with Mitchelstown's county final with O'donovan Rossa.
Jerry O'sullivan, Cork County Board chairman, will be a special guest at Friday night's function. It will be his last public function before retiring as county chairman the following night.
The Divisional 'man of the match' awards will also be presented from the four main finals of 2011. Premier Junior hurling – James O'brien, (Charleville) Junior A football – Shane Cahill (Mitchelstown) Shreelawn Oil JHC – Sean Beecher (Kilworth) Junior B FC(1) – Tom Kenneally (Araglin).
Referees of the various league and championship finals will also be presented with their awards as well as a presentation to the Primary Schools Board in recognition of their great work in promoting the games at Primary Schools level.
2011 marked a successful year for the Divisional senior footballers with the team reaching the county semi-final where they lost narrowly to eventual champions UCC.
Another important function of the Board at their annual social is the presentation of the 'Hall of Fame' award. This year the award goes to well known Tommy Dunne (Kildorrery).
In his early days Tonny played Minor hurling with Oldcastletown in the early 50s and later played Novice with Farrahy. He won a Novice Hurling medal with Farrahy in 1957. In 1949 Kildorrery club was reformed and over the past 60 years he has given outstanding service to Kildorrery and Farrahy clubs. He played with Farrahy up to 1961.
He served as a selector for many years. He was the Board delegate during the late Andy Scannell's time as Chairman. He also attended Board meetings with the late Mick Hannon during Pat Kelleher's time as Chairman.
He was present at a North Cork Board meeting during Derry Gowen's time as Chairman the night when Scor was introduced in 1971. He attended Juvenile Board meetings during John Dillon's time.
A great clubman and a deserving recipient of the 'Hall of Fame' award for 2011.
Cork county board chairman Jerry O’sullivan