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Ballinlough! Famous For Its Hurlers

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BALLINLOUGH!  “The Cradle of Blackrock National Hurling Club”

Frank Murphy of Ballinlough (brother of the late Simon) submitted an interesting Blackrock Online column of hurling history on his native Ballinlough and described the parish as “The Cradle of Blackrock National Hurling Club”.

Frank lists Ballinlough Hurlers of Distinction who collectively contributed to the fame of the Rockies club and he credits our Champion Club & County Volunteer of Times Past, the late Derry Cremin, as the greatest influence with the former hurlers stated.

Fr. Mick Waters, John O’ Halloran, Kevin, Ray and Brendan Cummins, Ger O’ Leary, Fr. Dan and Frankie O’ Connell, Simon Murphy, Facthna and Derry O’ Sullivan, Brian Tobin, Pat Moylan, Paddy and Seán Geary, Pat Casey ( Pat Moylan’s brother in law) Johnny Rothwell, Pat and Owen Kavanagh, Bernard Hurley, Danny Buckley, Connie O’Leary (Victoria Avenue) and Jack Holland, to name a few, all super Ballinlough men.

In strolling through the names, many of these men wore the Cork jersey with distinction winning All Ireland titles also. The hurling club located at Church Road, was more than a few good pucks of a sliothar away and despite this matter, the loyalty of the Ballinlough hurlers deserves recognition.

Blackrock’s current fortunes welcomed another 2020 visit from the famous Seán Óg Murphy Cup recently after a pulsating extra time victory over Glen Rovers. Finally the successes in recent years of the clubs academy in under age grades, paved the way for the clubs great 2020 success.

Blackrock National Hurling Club has always been to the forefront of Cork G.A.A. since its foundation and many hurlers who blossomed with the club also became national All Stars. 

Composed by Frank Murphy

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