Avondhu Notes - 23rd April 2020
Avondhu Notes - 23rd April 2020
April 26, 2020
County Minor Success of 1960
Though Mitchelstown were successful at Premier two minor in 2016 our one and only Minor A success came in 1960. Mitchelstown or The Blackthorns as they were then known opened their North Cork campaign by defeating near neighbours St Dominic’s (Glanworth) 2-09 to 1-01. Mitchelstown without four o the starting fifteen who defeated St Dominic’s came up against a tough Thomas Davis (Mallow) team in the final. A goal, in the closing minutes, from team captain Mick O’Brien ensured victory. The team that won the North Cork Final was Seamus White; John McGrath, Paddy Carey, John Cotter; Pat Moynihan, Mick O Brien, Paddy Clifford; Ned Coughlan, Kevin O’Connor; Tim Mulcahy, Jimmy Clancy, Johnny Cavanagh; Michael Noonan, John Joe Harrington, Colman O Brien, Subs: Liam Hickey, Mick Reidy, Walter Bermingham, Michael Condon.
Glanmire were easily disposed of in the county quarter final on a score of 3-07 to 1-00. Clara of Millstreet provided the opposition in the semi-final and four goals from the team captain Mick O Brien helped in no small way to a three-point victory 4-03 to 2-06. The county final played in Fermoy was against the famed St Finbarr’s. In what was described as a real thriller with scores at a premium had the Blackthorn’s leading at half time 2-02 to 0-03. A determined second half performance by St Finbarr’s saw the lead reduced to one point. Blackthorn’s steadied the ship and claimed the one and only minor a county championship on a score of 2-03 to 1-04. The team that won the county was, Seamus White; Paddy Carey, John McGrath, John Cotter; Paddy Clifford, Ned Monagahan , John Joe Harrington; Ned Coughlan, Jimmy Clancy; Tim Mulcahy Mick O Brien Kevin O Connor; Colman O Brien, Johnny Sweeney, Tom Monaghan. Michael Noonan was introduced as a sub during the game. The game was refereed by Fermoy man Derry Gowen. Mitchelstown’s novice team also created their own bit of history with the assistance of six of the successful minor team won the club its first North Cork Novice championship when they defeated Kilshannig 2-07 to 3-01 in the final
Team Seamus White; Michael Hanley, Jimmy Skinner, John Cotter; Pat Conway, Ned Monaghan, Michael Reidy; Jimmy Clancy, G Caplice; Colman Curley, Do Smith, Tim Mulcahy; Paddy Clifford, Denis Finn, Lala Piggott, Subs Pat Tobin, Ned Barry, J Sheehan, Michael Keane, Michael Dunne, Pat Dunne, Tommy White, Paddy Carey. The Blackthorn’s met St Finbarr’s in three consecutive county finals 1959, 60 and 61.
1960 Minor County Football Champions
Back Row: Pat Moynihan, Maurice Fahy, Paddy Carey, Paddy Clifford, John McGrath, Ned Coughlan, Ned Monaghan, Tim Mulcahy, Mickey Condon, Tom O’Dea, Ger Cotter, Jimmy Skinner, Jackie Barrett.
Front Row: Seamie White, Johnny Sweeney, John Joe Harrington, Tom Monaghan, Mick O’Brien (Capt.), John Cotter, Jimmy Clancy, Kevin O’Connor, Johnny Kavanagh
Sitting: Hillary Noonan and Colman “Colie” O’Brien.
Children: Dave & Billy Barrett with Liam Lyons kneeling
Gaa Digital Archive
The Gaa in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have launched the Gaa Digital Archive which will provide free access to past Gaa matches to internet users the world.113 All Ireland Finals since and provincial finals from 1961 are included in the archive. This new archive also features All Ireland club finals club finals since 1989.In all over 500 matches with information such as results, venue, referee, scorers, teams and substitutions were added. It can be accessed on https://www.gaa.ie/gaa-now/archive/
Votes of Sympathy
An air of sadness swept through the club on Wednesday evening (April 15th) last when news filtered through that one of Mitchelstown’s greatest supporters Willie Slattery of James Street had passed away. A life long supporter he will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A man well versed in Gaa, there is many who will miss the conversations that could start anywhere or any time To his wife Hannah and family we extend our sincere sympathy.
On Tuesday April 14th Lieutenant General James Parker formerly of Mitchelstown went to his eternal rest. Jim played football with Mitchelstown in his early days winning a North Cork with Mitchelstown in 1948 wearing the no 6 jersey for a man who was only 5 foot 6. Mitchelstown were beaten in the county championship by Collins a club in which Jim won a senior county medal in 1953. To his family we extend our sympathy.
The club also extends its sympathy to Brian Burke and family on the passing of Brian’s father in Fethard Co Tipperary. May he rest in peace.