Cork Constitution FC

Club Internationals

Player Club 1st Cap Caps Captain Tries Points
S. Archer
- v Italy 2013 2 0 0 0
S. Zebo
- v New Zealand 2012 6 0 2 10
P. OMahony
- v Italy 2012 20 0 0 0
D Hurley
- v USA 2009 1 0 0 0
D Leamy
- v USA 2005 57 0 2 10
D OCallaghan
- v Wales 2003 94 0 1 5
AP Horgan
- v Samoa 2002 6 0 1 5
JP Kelly
- v Italy 2002 17 0 8 40
RJ OGara
- v Scotland 2000 128 0 16 1083
M ODriscoll
- v Romania 2001 23 0 0 0
FJ Sheahan
- v USA 2000 30 0 5 25
BT OMeara
- v England 1997 9 0 0 0
DP OMahony
- v Italy 1995 1 0 0 0
PA Burke
Bristol v England 1995 13 0 0 108
DS Corkery
Terenure, Bristol v Australia 1994 27 0 1 5
GM Fulcher
- v Australia 1994 21 0 0 0
PD McCarthy
- v New Zealand 1993 5 0 0 0
KJ Murphy
- v England 1990 11 0 0 0
Sundays Well v West. Samoa 1988 15 0 1 5
RP Keyes
- v England 1986 8 0 1 87
MT Bradley
- v Australia 1984 40 15 5 25
DG MgGrath UCD v Scotland 1984 5 0 0 0
MC Finn
UCC v Wales 1982 13 0 4 16
DG Lenihan
UCC v Scotland 1982 52 17 1 5
D StJ Bowen - v Wales 1977 3 0 0 0
BJ McGann
Name Barry John McGann Born Cork 28/05/1948
School PBC, cork Clubs

Cork Constitution 1966/67; 1969/79
Capt. 1970/71; 1978/79.
Lansdowne 1967/69

Position Out-Half Honours: -
First International France, 25/1/1969, Lansdowne Road Last International New Zealand, 5/6/1976, Wellington
Caps 25 International Points 1T, 15P, 6D, 3C, 72 points
International Games 1970 F, E, S, W
1970 SA, F, E, S, W
1971 F, E, S, W
1972 F1, E, F2
1973 NZ, E, S, W
1976 F, W, E, S, NZ
Munster Caps 29
Munster Games 1967 U
1970 U, l, C, SA
1971 U, l, C
1972 U, l, C
1973 U, l, C, NZ
1974 ARG, U, l, C
1975 IW, CU, l, U, NZ
1976 l, U, C
1977 l, U(r)
Munster Senior Cup 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973
Munster Senior League 1967, 1970, 1971. 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 Cork Charity Cup 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974
Munster Junior Schools 1963, 1964 Munster Senior Schools 1965, 1966
Other Information

Not only was barry an outstanding schools player with pbc, but he also starred with glasheen fc underage teams. His performances for Ireland in the under 17 tournament in germany in 1965 attracted offers from English club scouts, but they did not win his favour. He played for glasheen in the fai cup against Shamrock rovers 1966 and, during his time in Dublin with Lansdowne he played with Shelbourne.

He was capped by munster in his first season out of school in 1966/67, but remarkably the selectors did not pick him again until 1969/70 season preferring John Moroney of Garryowen & London-Irish. He was selected for the Irish trial 1968/69 as substitute and when Mike Gibson was injured he got his chance to outplay his opposite number Moroney. He scored in each of his first three internationals with dropped goals against France and England and a try against Scotland. His performances were such that Mike Gibson was moved to centre where his talents were further enhanced.

He was most unfortunate not to be selected for the B&I Lions to New Zealand in 1971. The selectors chose Barry John as number one out-half, but did not bring a recognised second out-half.

He lost his place for the last international of 1973, but with great determination got back in 1975/76 when he played all the home nation’s games and against New Zealand in Wellington, when Ireland lost 6-11. He broke a leg in the Irish trial of 1976/77 and though he made a good recovery, he never regained his previous form. his last appearance with Munster was on the bench against New Zealand at Thomond Park in 1978 when Munster won 12-0. Ironically he had played against New Zealand on five occasions, drawing twice; 3-3 with Munster in cork 1973, when the All Blacks equalised in the final minute; and 9-9 with Ireland 1973 when he missed the convert of Tom Grace’s try in the final minute.

He coached cork constitution in 1979/80 season. he moved to Dublin in 1980 re-joining Lansdowne where he was honoured as President.

Lansdowne v Scotland 1969 25 0 1 72
TJ Kiernan
UCC v England 1960 54 24 2 244
NA Murphy
Name Noel A. Murphy Born 22 February 1937 Cork
School CBC, Cork Club: Cork Constitution, Garryowen
Position Wing forward British & Irish Lions: 1959 Australia & New Zealand - 4 tests
1966 Australia, New Zealand & Canada - 5 tests
1980 South Africa - Coach
International Caps: 41 International Games 1958 A, E, S, W, F
1959 E, S, W, F
1960 E, S, W, F
1961 SA, E, S, W
1962 E
1964 NZ, E, S, W, F
1965 F, E, S, W, SA
1966 F, E, S, W
1967 A*, E*, S*, W*, F*
1969 F, E, S, W.
Munster Caps 30 Munster Games

1956 C, U, L
1957 U, L
1958 C, A
1959 C, L
1960 L
1962 U, L, C
1964 C, U, L, NZ
1965 U, L, C 1966 U, L, C
1967 C, A
1968 L, C
1969 U, L, C

Munster Senior Cup 1957, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970 Munster Senior League 1957, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
Cork Charity Cup 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 President Cork Constitution FC 1981-82
President Munster Branch IRFU 1987-88 President IRFU 1998-99
Munster Coach 1977-80 Ireland Coach 1980-83
Ireland Team Manager 1992-95 British & Irish Lions Coach 1980 South Africa

Noel Arthur Murphy was born into a rugby family as his father, also Noel, had won 11 caps for Ireland.

He learned his early rugby at Christian Brothers College, Cork where he initially played as a scrum half. But it was as a wing forward that he gained recognition after school with Cork Constitution, Garryowen, Munster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions.

He won his first international cap against Australia at Lansdowne Road in 1958. He made nine successive appearances for Ireland before being chosen for the British & Irish Lions to Australia and New Zealand in 1959, captained by Ronnie Dawson. On that tour he played against Australia and in three of the four tests in New Zealand, when the mighty place-kicking by Don Clarke swung the series in the All Black’s favour.

For Ireland, he won 41 caps, but missed seven games in 1962-63 though injury. He missed out on the Lions tour to South Africa in 1961 also due to injury, but was chosen for a second Lions tour to Australia & New Zealand in 1966, captained by Mike Campbell-Lamberton of Scotland, in which he played in five tests. He captained Ireland in the five games of the 1966-67 season.

He played 30 games for Munster, playing against Australia 1959 and New Zealand 1964, but missed games against South Africa in 1960 and 1969 through injury. And in his last season, Munster won the Interprovincial championship in 1968-69.

He successfully coached at club and provincial level before coaching Ireland 1980-83, and the Lions in South Africa in 1980, when the test series was narrowly lost.

He was honoured with the Presidency of Cork Constitution 1981-82, Munster 1987-88 and the Irish Rugby Football Union 1998-99, while also representing Ireland on the International Rugby Board 2000-08.


Garryowen v Australia 1958 41 5 5 15
MJ Cunningham
Name Marney Cunningham Born 23 June 1933 Cork
Died 31 May 2000 Manchester School PBC, Cork
Clubs: UCC, Cork Constitution Position Wing forward
International Caps: 7 International Games 1955 F, E, S, W
1956 C, U, L
Munster Senior Cup 1955 UCC    

Son of Jack Cunningham, a former Captain and President of Cork Constitution, he lived at Wilton Road and went to PBC schools, Western Road, Cork.

After school, he studied civil engineering at UCC, qualifying in 1956. He won Munster Senior Cup with UCC in 1955, and joined Cork Constitution the following season.

He won seven caps for Ireland; the first cap against France in 1955, and last against Wales in 1956. Thereafter, he entered the priesthood and ministered in Salford, Manchester.

He played club rugby while in Manchester, but did not play representative rugby afterwards.


UCC v France 1955 7 0 0 0
A OLeary
Name Archie O’Leary Born 30 November 1929 Cork
School PBC, Cork Club: Cork Constitution
Position Forward / Second Row International Caps: 3
International Games 1953 E, S, W Munster Caps 14
Munster Games

1949 U, L, C, RAF
1950 U, L
1952 C, U, L, SA
1953 C, U, L
1955 C


Archie O’Leary began his rugby career at Presentation Brothers College, where he captained the school to Munster Junior Cup success in 1946, and was a member of the team that won the Munster Senior Schools Cup in 1947, captained by Noel Nunan.

He joined Cork Constitution and was capped by Munster 14 times, during which he played against South Africa in 1951. He was club captain in 1952/53, when he played for Ireland against England, Scotland and Wales. He was on Ireland’s first Summer tour to South America in 1953, captained by Des O’Brien, when Ireland played tests against Chile and Argentina.

He developed a successful insurance business in Cork, and had success in sailing and horse-ownership. His yacht Irish Mist sailed in the Admirals Cup and Florida Pearl, owned by his wife Violet, was a most successful steeplechaser, winning 13 races, including three Hennessy Gold Cups at Leopardstown.

- v Scotland 1952 3 0 0 0
JC Daly
Name John Christopher Daly Born 12 Dec 1917 Cobh, Co Cork
Died 10th Nov. 1988 Chertsey, Yorkshire Clubs London-Irish 1934/39
Cork Constitution 1945/47
London-Irish 1947/48
Huddersfield RL 1948/51
Featherstone Rovers RL 1951/52
Position: Prop Forward    
First International France, 25/1/1947, Lansdowne Road Last International Wales, 13/3/1948 Ravenhill
Caps 7 Internationl Points 1T 3 points v Wales 1948.
Internationl Games

1947 F, E, S, W 1948 E, S, W

Triple Crown 1947/48
Munster Senior Cup


Rugby League:

Championship winners 1948/49 Challenge Cup Runner-Up 1951/52


J C Daly was born in Cobh. He attended Presentation Brothers School, Cobh. He went to London and joined London-Irish in 1934, and played with them until 1939, when he joined the Royal Corps of Signals. He served in the African and Italian campaigns in the Second World War. He played for the British Army during the war against New Zealand and against Oxford University as a member of Major Stanley’s XV. He was tanned and fit when he returned to Ireland and played for Cork Constitution in 1945/46 season. That season they won a famous Munster Cup against Garryowen at the Mardyke with a last minute try scored by Tommy Riordan. His form had been noted by the Irish selectors and after just two Interprovincial matches for Munster, he was selected for the Irish Trial of 1946/47 after which he played all four internationals in 1947.

He was selected for the Barbarians in that season but his great moment of glory came the following season in the Triple Crown decider at Ravenhill against Wales. With the score at 3-3 in the second half he scored the try that won the Triple Crown. He was given a hero’s reception after the game and famously lost his shirt to enthusiastic supporters who carried him from the field. The sod of turf where he scored the try was even dug up by enthusiastic fans and, by some accounts, was sold off as a memento of his great feat.

In summer 1948 he signed for Huddersfield Rugby League club with whom he won the RL Championship in 1949. He played for the British Empire against France and also for ‘Other Nations’ against England, France and Wales in 1950. He joined Featherstone Rovers and played in the 1952 Challenge Cup final at Wembley in front of 72,000 spectators when they lost 10-18 to Workington Town.

Much respected in rugby circles, he was known variously as J C Daly, John Christopher Daly, Christy Daly, Paddy Daly (in the UK) and Dale. He subsequently worked in insurance and ran a family hotel business in Huddersfield. He visited the Cork Constitution club at Temple Hill in 1980. He died in Chertsey, Yorkshire 1988.

London Irish v Wales 1948 7 0 1 3
JV Rearden
Name James Vincent Rearden Born November 1910 Cork
Died 13 July 1979 Cork Family Son of Edward & Mary Rearden, Sunday’s Well, Cork Wine Importers
Club: Cork Constitution Position Centre
First International England, 10/2/1934, Lansdowne Road Caps 2
Internationl Games

1934 E, W

Club President

1947/48, 1977/78

Munster Caps 8 Munster Games

1934 L, U
1935 U
1936 L, C
1938 C, U, L

Munster Senior Cup 1932/33 Cork Charity Cup



Jim Rearden, a member of the Cork wine importer family, was Company Secretary with the Irish Dunlop Co in Cork until his retirement in 1974. He played for Munser between 1934-38. He won two international caps in 1934 against England and Wales. He was a prominent player with Con during the 1930’s, and was captain of the 1933 Munster Cup winning team.

He subsequently served two terms as Club President, thirty years apart, and also terms as Hon Treasurer. He and his wife Benny were very active members of the club and were instrumental in the formation of the Constitution Bridge Club. He was also a former Admiral of Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven.

- v England 1934 2 0 0 0
JD Egan
Name James T. Egan Born 1909 Killarney, Co Kerry.
Died 4 Dec 1984
Club: Cork Constitution Position Full Back
First International France, 1/1/1931 Paris Caps 3
Internationl Games

1931 F, E
1932 SA

Munster Caps 4 Munster Games

1930 L, U
1931 L, U


Jim was capped for Munster in 1930 and played in the first Munster team to defeat Ulster at Ravenhill when they won 10-8. He was joined on that team by other Con players PJ Delaney, brothers Matt and Tim Murphy and their cousin Noel Murphy.

Jim Egan won his first Irish cap at full back against France at Stade Colombes on 1st January 1931. Ireland lost 3-0. Jack Russell also won his first cap that day and Noel Murphy was at wing forward. It was to be the last international against France until 1947 as the home unions withdrew alleging rough play and professionalism. All three played again against England at Twickenham where they won 6-5. Ireland went on to defeat Scotland but lost the Triple Crown decider against Wales. His third and last cap was against South Africa on 19th December at Lansdowne Road when South Africa won 8-3. This game also marked the last caps of two famed players: Jack Arigho (Lansdowne) and Jammie Clinch (Wanderers).

Jim Egan was full back on the Constitution team that lost the Munster Senior Cup final to Garryowen at the Markets Field in 1932.

- v England 1931 3 0 0 0
Noel F Murphy
Name Noel F. Murphy Born 27th Dec 1904, Cork
Died 6th Nov 1987, 9 Upper John Street, Cork    
Club: Cork Constitution Position Wing Forward
First International England, 8/2/1930, Lansdowne Road Last International England, 11/2/1933, Twickenham
Caps 11 Internationl Games

1930 E, W
1931 F, E, S, W, SA
1932 E, S, W
1933 E

Munster Caps 12 Munster Games

1928 L, U
1929 L, U
1930 L, U
1931 L, U
1932 L, U
1933 L, U

Munster Senior Cup 1928/29, 1932/33 Munster Senior League 1926/27
Cork Charity Cup 1926/27, 1927/28, 1929/30 Cork Constitution Captain 1930/31
Cork Constitution President 1948/49 Munster Branch President 1949/50
IRFU President 1960/61    

When Noel joined Constitution his family were already established in the club. His father and uncle were former Presidents and his cousins were all playing members.

He won Munster Senior Cup medals in 1929 and ’33. Noel played for Munster between 1928 and ’33.

He was first capped against England at Lansdowne Road on 8/2/1930 when Ireland won 4-3. He went on to gain 11 caps over three seasons.

He was club captain in 1930/31 and President in 1948/49. He served as Munster Selector

He was President of Munster Branch 1949/50 and President IRFU 1960/61. He was manager of the first Irish team to tour South Africa in 1960, in which his son, Noel was a team member.

- v England 1930 11 0 0 0
I Popham
Name Ivan Popham Born 1894 Crosshaven, Co Cork.
Died 28 July 1924 London Club: Cork Constitution
Position Forward First International v Scotland 25/2/1922 Inverleith
Caps 4 Munster Caps 8
International Games

1922 S, W, F
1923 F

Munster Games 1914 L
1920 L
1921 U
1922 L, U
1923 U
1924 L, U
Munster Senior League 1921/22, 1922/23 Munster Senior Cup 1921/22, 1922/23
Cork Charity Cup 1914/15, 1918/19, 1922/23, 1923/24    

Son of Bradshaw & Hannah Popham, Farmers Crosshaven Hill, Co Cork.

He died suddenly in London in 1924 at only 30 years of age.

- v Scotland 1922 4 0 0 0
MR Heffernan
Name Michael Heffernan Born 3 March 1885 Carick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary
Died 21 November 1970 Dalkey, Co Dublin Club: Cork Constitution
Position No. 8 First International v England 11/2/1911 Lansdowne Road
Caps 4 Munster Caps 3
International Games

1911 E, S, W, F

Munster Games 1911 L, U
1914 U
Munster Senior League 1910/1911, 1911/1912, 1913/1914 Munster Senior Cup 1909/10

Michael joined Cork Constitution when started work as a bank clerk in Skibbereen, Co Cork. He won a Cup medal with Constitution in 1910.

He won his first cap against England at Lansdowne Road in February 1911 and was retained for the other games that year. The fourth game was against France at the Mardyke, Cork. It was the second full international to be played in Cork. There were just two Munster players selected, Tom Halpin (Garryowen) was the other. Ireland won 25-5 scoring five, tries with Heffernan getting the third try. As in 1905 there was a huge crowd at the game, and the Mardyke was deemed a superb venue, however it was to be the last full international played in Cork.

He emigrated to Canada later in 1911, and took up employment as a bank clerk. When war broke out in 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian army, and was deployed to Europe. He survived the war, but was discharged due to ill health before the end.

Subsequently, he returned to Ireland and went farming on the family holding at Kilmurray Lodge, Ballyneally, near Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary in 1920.

He joined the Farmers Political Party and was elected to Dail Eireann in the General Election 1922. He was subsequently re-elected in 1925 and 1927 (twice). He became leader of the party after the second 1927 election and went into coalition government with Cumann na nGaedhal, holding the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Posts & Telegraphs, Ernest Blythe. He lost his seat in 1932 and retired from active politics.

He was manager of the Arklow Pottery plant in Co Wicklow from 1934 until his retirement. He died at his home in Dalkey, Co Dublin on 21 Nov 1970, aged 85 yrs.

- v England 1911 4 0 1 3
WF Riordan
Name William F. Riordan Born 30 Aug 1883
Died 11 July 1937 Club: Cork Constitution
Position Wing Forward First International England 12/2/1910 Twickenham
Caps 1 Munster Caps 9
International Games

1904 L, U
1905 L, U
1907 L, U
1908 L, U
1910 U

Munster Senior Cup/strong> 1904/05, 1906/07
Munster Senior League 1910/1911 Cork Charity Cup 1907/08, 1908/09, 1909/10

Father of Tom & John who won MSC in 1943 & 1946.

- v England 1910 1 0 0 0
OJS Piper
Name Oliver James Southland Piper Born 13 January 1884 Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Died 22 April 1933 London Club: Cork Constitution
Position Second Row First International v England 13/2/1909 Lansdowne Road
Last International v France 29/3/1910 Paris British & Irish Lions 1910 South Africa
6 Aug Ellis Park, Johannesburg, Won 14-10
27 August 1910 Port Elizabeth South Africa 3–8 British Lions
3 September 1910 Cape Town South Africa 21–5 British Lions
Caps 8 Munster Caps 5
International Games

1909 E, S, W, F; 1910 E, S, W, F

Munster Games 1909 L, U; 1910 L, U; 1911 L
Munster Senior League 1910/11, 1911/12, 1914/15 Munster Senior Cup 1909/10
Cork Charity Cup 1908/09, 1909/10, 1911/12, 1923/24    

Oliver Piper was born on 13 January 1884 in Neath. He was the son of Oliver Stephen Southwell Piper (born 1855), a prominent figure in the British shipbuilding industry, and his wife Ann (born 1851). Both Piper's parents were English and Oliver spent much of his early life in England and Wales. He was one of six children, though two siblings died before adulthood. In 1898, when the docks at Passage West, Cork, were bought by the Jacobs brothers, Oliver Piper's father Oliver Piper senior was brought over as managing partner of the firm, then called the Channel Dry Docks Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited. After two years Piper moved into Glenbrook House, Cork Oliver Piper senior eventually bought the company he had been directing and re-established the concern as the Queenstown Dry Docks Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd and in so doing revived its fortunes. His efforts in bringing Winston Churchill, then the First Lord of the Admiralty, on a guided tour of the Royal Victoria Dockyard when he came to view Cork Harbour in the summer of 1912 did not result in as much Admiralty work as hoped, although there were many ships needing repair. Early in 1917, the company was sold to Furness, Withy and Co. Ltd. and a new limited company, the Queenstown Dry Docks Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd., was formed. Oliver Piper junior was appointed managing director and by the end of 1917, some 800 workers were employed at Passage and Rushbrooke. By August 1919, the Albert Dry Dock had been extended into the river. However, by 29 December 1930, it was proposed to wind up the Queenstown Dry Docks Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. and the concern was put in the hands of a liquidator. Oliver studied Engineering in Glasgow, before returning to Cork and joining CCFC He made his international debut on 13 February 1909 at Lansdowne Road in the Ireland vs England match. Of the 8 matches he played for his national side he was on the winning side on 2 occasions. He played his final match for Ireland on 28 March 1910 against France at Parc des Princes. He was selected for the British & Irish Lions and played on 6 August 1910 at Ellis Park in the South Africa vs British and Irish Lions match. He was resident in London for some years before his death at 50 yrs.

He died suddenly in London in 1924 at only 30 years of age.

OJS Piper was a member of the British Lions to South Africa 1910. He is seated third from right. The 1910 tour to South Africa marked the official beginning of British and Irish rugby tours: the inaugural tour operating under all four unions. The team performed moderately against the non-test parties, claiming victories in just over half their matches. The test series, however, went to South Africa, who won the series 2-1.

- v England 1909 8 0 0 0
RM Magrath
Name Richard M MaGrath Born 21/3/1878  Cork
School   Club Cork Constitution
Position Wing Honours: -
First International Scotland, 22/02/1909, Inverdeith Last International -
Caps 1 International Games 1909 S
Munster Caps 12 Munster Games

1905 L, U
1906 NZ, L, U
1907 L, U
1908 L, U
1909 U
1910 U
1911 L

Munster Senior Cup 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07 Munster Senior League 1910/1911
Cork Charity Cup 1905/06, 1907/08*, 1910/11 Interprovincial 1921, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1929
International 1928 F v S Cork Constitution Captain 1907/08, 1908/09
Cork Constitution President 1926/27, 1927/28 Munster Branch IRFU President 1920/21, 1921/22
IRFU President 1920/21, 1921/22    

See famous photo of Dickie Magrath surrounded by his beloved Conettes at the Mardyke in 1946.

Served with British Army in Boer War 1899-1901. Served in Recruiting Office, Patrick Street, for Britsh Army during WW1. Reporter with Cork Constitution newspaper. Manager Palace Theatre 1916-1932 Cork Depot Manager, McMullan Brothers Petroleum 1932-1962

Founding member Cork Boat Club Stroke on victorious Leander crew 1905

His brother Henry C Magrath, club captain 1913-14, joined the British Army and was killed at the Somme in 1916.

- v Scotland 1909 1 0 0 0
MF Landers
Name Mossy Landers Born 1878 Bandon, Co Cork
Died 7 March 1948 Cork Club: Cork Constitution
Position Full Back First International Wales 12/3/1904 Belfast
Caps 5 International Games 1904 W; 1905 E, S, W, NZ
Munster Caps 13 Munster Games 1899 L, U; 1900 L, U; 1901 L, U 1902 L, U; 1903 L; 1904 L, U; 1905 L; 1906 L.
Munster Senior Cup/strong> 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07 Munster Senior League 1901/1902, 1902/1903
Cork Charity Cup 1905/06

Mossy Landers was Constitution’s second international player. He was Munster fullback for a number of years before making it into the Irish team. In those years, it was not often that a Munster three-quarter was selected ahead of candidates from Leinster and Ulster.

He played in Ireland’s victory over England at the Mardyke in 1905 and his final game was against the New Zealand ‘Invincibles’ in December 1905. He sustained an injury in the game and missed Munster’s match against New Zealand in Limerick the following week.

He captained Constitution for three years and was full back on the three-in-a-row Cup teams 1905-07.

In his early years he was a clerk in the firm owned by Mr John Reese, turf accountant and bloodstock breeder. He later worked for the Cork Examiner as a respected sports reporter, and latterly was the proprietor of the Gateway Tavern in Barrack Street which he inherited – reputed to be Cork’s oldest pub.

His father had a pub at #1 South Main Street (long since demolished), while his wife’s family had the Gateway in Barrack Street. Latterly he lived at Columbian Chambers, South Terrace.

He had a daughter Monica.

- v Wales 1904 5 0 0 0
Edward T McCarthy
Name Edward T. McCarthy Born 1874, Clashanaifrinn, Ovens, Co Cork
Died 28 March 1948, Riverview, Ovens, Co.Cork. Interred St Finbarrs Cemetery Married Ellen /Helen Lena Fitzgerald Daughter of Sir Edward Fitzgerald
Club: Cork Constitution Position Forward / Second Row
Occupation National School Teacher / Principal Ovens NS, Co Cork First International Wales 19/3/1898 Limerick
Caps 1 Munster Caps 9
Munster Games

1898 C, L, U
1899 L, U
1900 L, U
1902 L, U

Munster Senior Cup/strong> 1904/05, 1905/06, 1906/07
Munster Senior League 1910/1911 Cork Charity Cup 1905/06

Ned McCarthy was the first Constitution player to be selected for Ireland in 1898. He was born in 1874 Clashanafrin, Ovens, Co Cork. He became a school teacher and taught in Glenarm, Co Antrim, before returning to a post at Blackpool in Cork city, and later as Principal of Ovens NS. He also played Gaelic Football with the Lees club in Cork.

He was a major player during the early years when the club gained senior status and was a stalwart of the successful Constitution teams that won three Munster Cups in a row in 1905-07.

He had already won three Munster caps when he received the following text in a letter from the Hon. Secretary IRFU, dated 7th March 1898:

Dear Sir You have been selected to play for Ireland v Wales at Limerick on the 19th March ‘98. Kindly let me have an answer as soon as possible. Also send me the size of the jersey you require and the size cap you wear. Yours truly A F Peyton Hon Sec

His daughters, Kate and Eithne, donated his cap and the above letter for display in the clubhouse on the occasion of the club’s centenary in 1991.

He retired from his teaching post in 1939. He died on 8th March 1948 and is nterred St Finbarr’s Cemetery, Cork He married Lena (Ellen/Helen) Fitzgerald, daughter of Sir Edward Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Cork 1901- 03. His brothers-in-law, Sir John Fitzgerald, Rev Canon E.Fitzgerald, PP Dunmanway, Rev Daniel Patrick Fitzgerald, Columban Father who ministered in Hangyang, China.

His brother John McCarthy was President of Cork Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Cork Master Bakers. And a sister Mrs N.Kelly. He had two sons: Donal T.McCarthy, Solicitor
Edward (Pip) b. 1913 d.16 Sep 2003
and five daughters:
Katherine b. 1923 d. 15 Dec 2004
Eithne Geraldine b. 1900 d. 22 Aug 1985
Mary b. 1920 d.6 Sep1998
m. Professor Kennedy F.Roche, UCC. (b. 1912 d.20 Apr 1999) Mrs N.O’Rourke.

> His nephew, Cal McCarthy, won MJC with Cork Constitution in 1958.

- v Wales 1898 1 0 0 0