History

History of Muskerry Division

A Vital unit of Cumann Luth Chleas Gael since 1925.


Divisional Boards were formed in Cork in 1925 and it was an effective Organizational Decision, taken by the Association in the County that has stood the test of time.

The Muskerry Divisional Board came into being at that particular time and fortunately it has gone from strength to strength over the years.
Eleven Clubs participated in the Boards Competitions in Muskerrys inaugural year, with most of the activity being confined to the Eastern end of the Division.

Hurling was consequently the major game in the Division at that particular time and the 1925 Junior Championship Draws tell their own story.

Junior Hurling ( 9 Teams):
Cloughduv v Ballinora
Inniscarra v Aghabullogue
Macroom v Blarney
Shournagh Valley v Ballincollig
Bye Bride Valley

Junior Football ( 3 Teams):
Kilmurry v Macroom
Bye Bride Valley

Concern was obviously felt with Board to the position of Junior Football in the Western area and at a Meeting held in Ballincollig on 11/1/25 the following motion was referred to the Annual Convention in Macroom ‘ That a Sub - Committee be appointed to carry on and organize Football in the Western end of the Division'.
The motion obviously had the desired effect as the Records will show that Football went from strength to strength in the ensuing years, and the Game is exceptionally strong in the Division at present.

The Muskerry Division as a whole gained in strength very early in its history with a Minor Hurling Championship being introduced in 1926. This was followed by the introduction of a Minor Football Championship the following year.
The amount of games being played in the Division were now increasing significantly with more Clubs being formed and participating in both codes and all Championships were providing exciting fare.


Competitions have continued to increase in number with a Junior (B) Hurling Championship being introduced in the Nineteen Forties and a Junior (B) Football Championship being introduced in 1961.
Under 21 Championships in both codes were introduced in 1963 and as the facilities in the Division improved beyond all recognition, the activities on the field of play have continued to increase and multiply.

24 Competitions involving 21 Clubs were organised this current year and they were all keenly contested. The standard of play was high and the Division was well represented on all of codes All Ireland winning Teams. The Muskerry Divisional Teams have participated in the Senior Championships in both codes on a regular basis and they have generally given good accounts of themselves.

In Football the historic outright County Title victory in 1970 was a particular significant achievement. The Senior Footballers also did well to contest finals in 1962, 1995, and 2005. In Senior Hurling, Muskerry came agonizingly close to making it a Senior County Championship Double in 1970, when they were two points behind U.C.C. at the end of a very exciting County Final.

The Division has at all times endeavoured to ensure that the Teams participating in the County Championship give a good account of themselves, and internally the effects at providing satisfying competition for 21 Clubs under the Boards jurisdiction are being met to a reasonable degree.
The co-operation of all Clubs has left nothing to be desired and we look forward to Cumann Luth Chleas Gael Muscrai going from strength to strength in the years ahead.

The First Officers of the Muskerry Divisional Board in 1925 were:
Chairman, William Fitzgerald (Bride Valley)
Secretary, Jimmy Long (Ballinora)
Treasurer D.J.Walsh (Inniscarra)


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