23/05/2018 - Annual General Meeting 2018
At the outset President Anthony O’Leary congratulated the players on a very successful season for the club, and thanked all the members for contributing to the club’s success both on and off the field.
The 1st XV reached four finals; retaining the Cork Charity Cup in September, but losing the Bateman and AIL finals, both to Lansdowne. The Bateman Cup final was played at Templehill, and the visitors were worthy winners on the day; however, in the AIL final at Lansdowne Road, the team put a fine performance before losing 17-19. The Munster Senior Cup had been also conceded to Garryowen at Dooradoyle in December. The President thanked the Coaches and Captain Niall Kenneally, for a very competitive and enjoyable season.
The Junior 1 XV were the stars of the season with the Munster double of Munster Seconds League and Munster Junior Cup. The President congratulated Captain Sonny Dwyer and Coaches, on an unbeaten season. They defeated Richmond to win the Cup in Irish Independent Park, and completed the double with victory over Garryowen at Dooradoyle in the final game of the season in the second week of May.
The Junior 2 XV under the captaincy of Cormac Fouhy also had a most remarkable season; they won the Dennehy Cup with victory over Mallow in September; the J2 South League with round robin victories victories over Dunmanway and Dolphin; but were defeated 17-20 by Garryowen at Templehill in the Munster Final. Meanwhile, they had defeated Bandon 12-7 at Irish Independent Park to win the Minor Cup.
The Under 20 XV had a mixed season, winning four and losing four, of the schedule League fixtures.
The Officers elected for Season 2018-19:
President: John O’Mahony
Deputy President: Kevin Fielding
Junior Deputy President: Donal Lenihan
Hon Treasurer: Jim Murphy
Hon Secretary: Conor Clune
Chairman of Management: Michael Daly
Anthony O'Leary the out going President presented Donncha O'Callaghan with a cheque for Unicef raised by club activities during the season. The club also celebrated the six members that have captained the British & Irish Lions to-date, by unveiling a commemorative framed picture. Four of the six were in attendance, Tom Kiernan (South Africa 1968), Donal Lenihan (Australia 1989), Donncha O'Callaghan (South Africa 2009) and Peter O'Mahony (New Zealand 2017), unfortunately Noel Murphy (New Zealand 1966) and Ronan O'Gara (South Africa 2009) were unable to attend.
05/05/2018 - Cork Con FC U11s trip to tournament in NAAS
The Cork Con FC U11s met up early on Saturday morning the 5th May to travel by bus to the 'Joe Moran U11 Blitz 2018' in NAAS. Due to the Ed Sheeran concert taking place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh that weekend, the squad met up in the carpark of the Rochestown church. With 39 players and 10 coaches we headed off about 6:30am. The early morning clouds soon gave way to a beautifully clear sky. As the Sun began to heat up the cool morning air we stopped in Cashel. After some early morning exercises in the playground like how may boys could get on the slide at 1 time, we had the presentation of various prizes to the talented U11s squad. From a coaches point of view, it was a pleasure to coach the boys this season. It was great to see the skills, fitness, strength and the will to win improve each week. We would like to thank the players for the enormous effort they put in throughout the season.
We arrived in good time for the tournament in NAAS RFC. Finbarr attended the coaches briefing, and got the low down on what the plan for the day was. It was now very warm and was due to get hotter as the day went on. The boys shed any extra layers of gear they had on (tracksuits, leggings etc.) and applied sun screen.
Our squad of players were divided into 3 squads of 13. It was to be 10 a side with rolling subs. Each game was to be 12 minutes long and there was no half-time. As the players went through their prematch warmup with clinical precision it was evident to the coaches that this was going to be a day to remember.
Each team played 6 matches on various pitches. There were sandwiches, crisps, sweets and water provided to each team, which were consumed throughout the day. We were treated to some great rugby played by our teams. All the hard work the boys had put in throughout the season was visible for all to see. The level of skillful passing and running rugby on show by Cork Con was excellent. We came up against some physically bigger teams and tackling became more important. A few of our players tackled brilliantly but we needed everyone to step up to the plate and take responsibility for tackling.
For any of the players reading this, 3 tips to tackling:
1. Focus on the opponent player shorts, this will align your vision at the right height for the tackle
2. Hold your arms out and aim to impact the opponent with your shouder. We tend to perform a lot of arm tackles which are not as effective or aggressive
3. Wrap your arms around your opponents legs and pull your arms together tightly
Throughout the day, a barbeque was kept going which was a very popular feature for both parents and coaches. After the tournament, our bus driver 'Speedie' was eager to hit the road and made sure he drove over every CATS EYE on the road from NAAS to Cork. We pulled into Junction 14 close to Kildare where everyone enjoyed tasty food from Supermacs. We had a choice of sausages, burgers, cheese burgers, chips and various drinks. The boys devoured everything in a matter of minutes. Brian was rewarded with a Mighty Mac burger for his efforts on the day and all the coaches were not 1 bit jealous. We boarded the bus again to continue the journey home where everyone received an ice cream. 'Speedie' had more CATS EYES to drive over and after a short 7 hours we arrived back in Cork.
A big thank you is due to Finbarr for both organising today and also for making the season enjoyable and fun for both players and coaches.
03/05/2018 - Kearys wish Cork Con FC success in AIL Final 2018
We want to wish Cork Con the very best of luck this weekend against Lansdowne in the AIL Final. Hyundai are very proud sponsors of Cork Con and we are lucky enough to have a few employees playing also, like our main men Rob Jermyn (RedDog) & Graeme Lawlor.
So best of luck again lads, bring it home!
03/05/2018 - Captains photocall ahead of UBL Div 1 Final
02/05/2018 - Car Parking for all three Ed Sheeran concerts on May 4th, 5th and 6th
Cork Constitution Temple Hill will be open for Car Parking for all three Ed Sheeran concerts on May 4th, 5th and 6th, at a cost of Euro10. We will also have Hot Food BBQ, Sandwiches etc. on offer and with only a 10 minute walk to Pairc Ui Caoimh, it's an ideal base for your Concert outing. The gates in Con will open at 11 o'clock each day.GPS 51 53 23 N 8 26 2 W.
Map of route to Pairc Ui Chaoimh:
02/05/2018 - AIL Final 3pm Sun 6th May, AVIVA Stadium
Two supporters coaches leaving from Con at 9:30 and 10am respectively on Sunday morning.
Please put you name on the sign-up sheet in the clubhouse, or call Fiona in the office to book your seat.
Meeting in Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Rd. before the game ... right beside the stadium. They are setting up beer tents outside and BBQ ... weather forecast very good. Deal of ?10 for a pint and a burger to Cork Con supporters. See attached flyer.
Please wear your club colours. Promises to be another great day out for the Cons. Weather forecast is good ... sunny afternoon, so bring your sun factor!
21/04/2018 - Cork Constitution v Lansdowne, Bateman Cup Final 2018
Bateman Cup Final 2018
Cork Constitution v Lansdowne
Saturday 21st April Kick-off : 1.00pm
Cork Constitution and Lansdowne meet on Saturday next at Templehill in the Bateman Cup Final.
Cork Constitution defeated Armagh 20-13 in the semi-final at Armagh in January, having qualified as last season’s Munster Senior Cup winners. They will be defending the trophy for the fourth season in succession.
Constitution have played Lansdowne twice this season in the All-Ireland League:
Lansdowne won 24-10 in October in Dublin; while Constitution won 25-13 at Templehill in March.
27/02/2018 - Cork Constitution presents the Pundits
Under 13s Pundits Night next Tuesday night the 27th Feb 2018. Tickets can be bought in advance from Liam on 087 232 7557
02/11/2017 - Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards 2016-17 Club of the Year award
01/09/2017 - Chris Barry (Ex Cork Con FC & CBC Old Boy) made his debut for Bath A Vs Saracens
Chris has played for Bath University in the BUCS Super League since starting at University last year.
21/06/2017 - Peter O’Mahony to be Lions Captain V Maori All Blacks
Peter started his rugby career in Con in the U7 team ... Coached by his father John. He went on to play senior with Con in several AIL campaigns before transitioning to Munster. In 2010 Peter was a key contributor to the Con team that won the AIL campaign ... Including appearing on the wing in the semi-final because of a raft of injuries in the squad.
Peter is still very involved with the club and was presented with a silver salver to mark his Lions selection, on the eve of the tour by Donal Lenihan, at the Cork Con 125th Anniversary Dinner in May.
Several other Con players have Captained the Lions including Donal Lenihan, Donncha O'Callaghan and Ronan O'Gara. Tommy Kiernan was the last and only Con captain of a Lions test team ... as tour captain to South Africa in 1968. The last and only Lions team to beat the All Blacks in Eden Park was captained by an Irishman - Ronnie Dawson in 1959 - and included another Con legend, Noel Murphy playing at 7 that day.
24/05/2017 - The AGM for the 125th season was held at the Clubhouse with Jerry Holland presiding.
In his Presidential address he complemented all sections of the club for contributing to an outstanding season that culminated with the double success of All-Ireland League and Cup.
The Centenary season was celebrated in style at events throughout the season, and the President thanked all who contributed to events both on and off the field. Edmund Van Esbeck duly updated the Club’s history with the 125 edition. And a black tie Celebration Victory Dinner event was held in May, which Lord Mayor Des Cahill attended.
The Senior squad, under the captaincy of Niall Kenneally, team manager Kenny Murphy, coaches Brian Hickey and Paul Barr, had an amazing season, winning all competitions entered.
The Club Tour to Canada in August set the scene, and the Cork Charity Cup was retained on their return in September. The Munster Senior Cup was won for a record fourth year in succession with a clear-cut 14-0 final victory over Young Munster at Irish Independent Park in February. Then, semi-final victory over Buccaneers, set up a Bateman Cup Final in April. And the team duly delivered a record fourth Bateman Cup in succession, with a hard-earned 18-13 victory over Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on 29th April.
On the previous weekend, the team had defeated Lansdowne at Lansdowne Road 19-17 in the AIL semi-final, and in the All Ireland League Final, defeated Clontarf 25-21 with another sterling team performance at the Aviva Stadium.
The Junior 1 XV lost their Munster Junior Cup quarter-final by a point to Clanwilliam in March; the Junior 2 XV won the Dennehy Cup in September with a 19-6 victory over Highfield, but were unfortunate to lose the Munster J2 League final by a point 21-22 to Garryowen after extra-time in April.
The Under 20 XV lost the Donal Walsh trophy final to Garryowen in February, and also lost in the All Ireland McMullan Cup semi final to a strong UCD side in March.
And the club were awarded the Club of the Year by the Munster Branch, while Cork City Council honoured Ronan O’Gara with the Freedom of the City, in recognition of his career with Constitution, Munster, Ireland and the Lions.
Election of Officers 2017/18
President Anthony O’Leary
Deputy President John O’Mahony
Hon Secretary Kevin Fielding
Hon Treasurer Jim Murphy
Director of Rugby Niall Murray
Chairman Management Michael Daly
Captain to be nominated
25/05/2017 - Cork Con FC win 4 awards at the Ulster Bank League Awards on Thursday
22/05/2017 - Vote for Ulster Bank AIL Provincial player of the year 2016/17
Voting for Ulster Bank AIL Provincial player of the year is now live at the following links:
Scroll down to 'Munster Page' and in 'comment' add player name and unique hashtag:
Luke Cahill #UBLM2
Niall Kenneally #UBLM3
Tomás Quinlan #UBLM4
07/05/2017 - Clontarf v Cork Constitution in Ulster Bank League Top Four Final
Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road
Cork Constitution return to the Aviva Stadium for the third week in succession; to Dublin for the tenth time; and for their 32nd game of the season, when they meet Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League Top Four Final on Sunday 7th May.
Clontarf finished second in the Ulster Bank League table with 59 points; while Constitution finished fourth on 57 points. In the play-offs, Clontarf defeated fourth-placed Young Munster 37-29; while Constitution accounted for first-placed Lansdowne 19-16, to qualify for the final proper.
In their head-to-heads during the season, Constitution won 24-17 in their first meeting at Templehill in November; while Clontarf won the return match 22-13, at Castle Avenue in February. So very little between the sides this season; and a repeat of last season’s final, won by Clontarf 28-25.
Constitution first played Clontarf in the AIL back in 1997-98 season; Constitution won that encounter at Castle Avenue 11-3; a try by Anthony Horgan and two penalties from Ronan O’Gara. Overall Constitution have won 19 of the 29 AIL meetings between the clubs.
16/04/2017 - Bandon win Munster Junior Cup Final 2016/17 at Thomond Park
Bandon 27 Young Munster 14
Bandon defeated Young Munster at Thomond Park on Sunday to claim the Munster Junior Cup for the first time, after more than a century of trying. Coached this season by French man Régis Sonnes, they have made spectacular progress culminating in this historic achievement.
Bandon’s route to Munster Junior Cup Glory:
1st Round: University College Cork Curraheen 45-17
2nd Round: Galbally Bandon 19-7
3rd Round: Cashel Bandon 10-3
Semi-final: Clonmel Bandon 21-10
Final: Young Munster Thomond Park 27-14
Bandon were the first winners of the Munster Senior Cup in 1886, but that was in a different era. The modern day club was reformed in 1925, and have been the main club in West Cork ever since, however without any great success. There have been many barren years, and a few near misses, losing to Cork Constitution in the Junior Cup final of 1973, under the captaincy of Noel Hickey, was certainly one! That team also featured Bertie Smith, Dan Kissane, Conor O’Mahony, Paddy Moloney, Noel O’Connell, Rex Lovell, Kevin Dillon,Jim Good, Fergus Appleby, Ivan Shorten, Eoin Keane, Henry Boyd, John Kileen, and the late Jim Sheehan. So now, that particular disappointment can at last be erased. This season, Regis Sonnes’ side actually lost their first two games of the season, but subsequently lost just one of their subsequent ten league matches. They finished third, six points behind winners Clonmel, whom they subsequently defeated in the Cup semi-final.
29/04/2017 - CORK CONSTITUTION F.C. 125th YEAR BALL
Because of feedback from players and club members, the management committee has agreed to change the venue of the 125th Anniversary Gala to the clubhouse, and to change from a 'black-tie' event to a 'dinner-dance' dress code (i.e. 'jacket & tie' for the men). Tickets reduced to €50pp. Same date and time ... 7:30 for 8pm on Friday 12th May. There will be a 3 course dinner and dancing afterward with a live band (Billy Crosbie & Friends).
Existing bookings remain valid and anyone else interested in attending should contact either Ian O'Leary (087 259-0861) or Brian Humphries (087 645-8592) in the next few days as places are limited. The evening will also see several club awards being announced including 'Player of the Year' and 'Young Player of the Year' as well as the prestigious nomination to the 'Hall of Fame'.
It promises to be a very enjoyable event and we look forward to a great night in the club as we celebrate 125 years of Cork Constitution.
21/01/2017 - IRFU Bateman Cup Semi-final 2:30pm
Cork Constitution meet Buccaneers on Saturday at Templehill in the Bateman Cup semi-final, though Constitution have yet to contest the final of this season’s Munster Senior Cup. They are due to meet Young Munster in the final. However, it is last season’s Munster Cup win that entitles them to contest this season’s competition.
Old Belvedere meet Ballynahinch in the other semi-final, with the Bateman Final set for 29/30 April.
Constitution have won the trophy in each of the last four seasons. Last season they defeated Galwegians 38-19 in the final.
While Constitution are currently second in Division 1A, Buccaneers are top of Division 1B with eight straight wins. Meanwhile Old Belvedere and Ballynahinch are mid-table in their respective divisions 1A and 1B.
Munster clubs, including Bruff (2011) and Garryowen (2012), have had a firm grasp of the Bateman Cup since the IRFU reintroduced the four-team format six years ago. While Cork Constitution were also All-Ireland Cup winners in 2006 and 2010.
06/01/2017 - Cork Constitution v Highfield, Munster Senior Cup Semi-final
Cork Constitution meet Highfield at Templehill on Friday evening in the first semi-final of this season’s Munster Senior Cup. Young Munster meet Cashel in the other semi-final next weekend.
Cork Constitution are the defending champions, having not only won last season, but are seeking a rare fourth win in successive seasons, a feat never achieved by the club. Garryowen hold the record of successive Cup wins with eight wins in 1889-1896, while Shannon had seven victories in 2001-07.
Constitution had early season wins over UL-Bohemian 27-6, and Nenagh Ormond 57-10, to reach the semi-final stage; while Highfield defeated Dolphin 34-22, and received a walk-over from Old Crescent in the second round.
Highfield won two Munster Cups in 1966 and 1968, defeating Constitution in the 1968 final under the captaincy of Mick Leahy. However, they have had a barren period as regards Cup success since then. Highfield defeated Dolphin 34-22 in the first round, and received a walk-over from Old Crescent in the second round.
In the Al-Ireland Leagues, Constitution are currently second behind Lansdowne in Division 1A, with seven wins from nine games played; while Highfield are 4th in Division 2A behind Nenagh Ormond, from five wins, a draw, and one defeat.
If required, extra time will be played, with tries deciding the outcome if scores are still level after extra time.
Note, as the game is a Munster Branch fixture, there is no free entry for members.
20/12/2016 - Bateman Cup 2017
The draw for the semi-finals will see Bateman Cup holders Cork Constitution host the winners of the Connacht Senior Cup final between Buccaneers and Corinthians. The Connacht decider will go ahead on Saturday, January 7.
The other last-four clash has paired together Old Belvedere and Ballynahinch who celebrated a three in-a-row of Ulster Senior Cup titles last Thursday.
Both Bateman Cup semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, January 21, with the final pencilled in for the weekend of April 29-30.
Cork Con are the Bateman Cup's dominant force with four title wins in as many years. They have won their last eight matches in the competition, including last April's 38-19 final success away to Galwegians in which man-of-the-match Ryan Foley crossed for two tries.
ULSTER BANK BATEMAN CUP SEMI-FINALS: Saturday, January 21
OLD BELVEDERE v BALLYNAHINCH, Anglesea Road, 2.30pm
CORK CONSTITUTION v BUCCANEERS/CORINTHIANS, Temple Hill, 2.30pm
- The final is scheduled for the weekend of April 29/30
13/12/2016 - Santa Saturday
Please join us, after training on Saturday 17th December, in the clubhouse for our traditional 'Santa Saturday'.
- - Parents can enjoy complimentary mince-pies, mulled wine and finger food in the main bar.
- - Kids get to meet Santa in his grotto in the front bar. Brothers and sisters all welcome.
- - This year we are supporting two local charities (Saint Vincent de Paul and Cork University Children's Hospital)
What YOU need to do?
- - For the U7 and U8 age groups, please bring a pre-wrapped gift for a child your own age (write 'girl' or 'boy' on - outside of wrapping).
- - Representatives from Saint Vincent de Paul will collect the presents and make sure they are distributed to local children in-need, in time for Christmas.
- - Vouchers for local shops are also most welcome (please place in envelope and write 'Voucher' on outside).
- - For the U9, U10, U11, U12 and U13 groups ... We are supporting the effort to raise much needed funds to ensure that Cork University Children's Hospital can continue their great work. We are asking the boys to donate one week's pocket-money toward this very worthy cause ... or a present/voucher for Saint Vincent de Paul if they would prefer. This is one of the most enjoyable days in Con in the entire season ...
Don't miss it!
Director of Juvenile Rugby.
13/12/2016 - Cork Con FC raise funds for St Vincent de Paul
23/11/2016 - Brian Ludgate
The death has occurred unexpectedly of former Cork Constitution President, Brian Ludgate, on 22nd November 2016.
Brian was Cork Constitution President 2008-09, and was a former playing member and team captain.
During his time as a Club Officer, he was very much involved in the building and grounds development that has taken place in recent years. The layout and condition of the grounds today, are very much down to his practical expertise and oversight.
His loss will be felt by all who were involved with him in club affairs over many years, we wish to express our sincere sympathy to Stephen, Julie and David, and family members.
Funeral service at St Luke’s Church, Douglas on Friday at noon
26/11/2016 - Dublin University v Cork Constitution Preview
Cork Constitution meet Dublin University at College Park next Saturday - kick off 2:00pm, as Ireland play Australia at Lansdowne Road at 5.30pm.
It will be the first meeting between the clubs since 2005-06. In fact, there have only been two previous AIL matches between the clubs: at College Park in 2004/05, Con won 13-6; and also won 33-21 at Temple Hill in 2005/06.
But, before the advent of the AIL in 1991, there were regular home and away fixtures between the clubs going back to the early years of the last century. However, the introduction of the AIL upset that annual rivalry, as inter-city friendly matches were not accommodated thereafter.
For many years, there was a great personal link between the clubs, as Trevor West, brother of International referee, John, was a prominent staff member of Trinity. Trevor and John were, of course, sons of former Midleton College headmaster, Timothy West, who was Cork Constitution President 1939-40.
Another more recent link between the clubs, was former Government Minister, Dick Spring, who was a Trinity captain during his years at College, as was his brother Donal. Dick, who was capped in 1979, played for Constitution for a couple of seasons in the 1980’s, before entering the political arena. And then there was No.8 Mike Gibson, who won Senior Cup medals with both clubs: Trinity 1976, and with Constitution 1985, when Deputy President Anthony O’Leary was captain.
05/11/2016 - Ireland 40 New Zealand 29 Soldier Field, Chicago
Ireland achieved a first victory over the All Blacks after 111 years in Chicago on Saturday.
Simon Zebo scored a 47th minute try to etch his name on the historic occasion. Unfortunately, team captain Peter O’Mahony missed the match though injury.
Ireland’s previous best result was a 10-10 draw at Lansdowne Road in January 1973, when Tom Kiernan captained the team, that also included Barry McGann, who kicked two penalties.
01/11/2016 - Con members donate jerseys and boots to African school kids
Attached are photos of a group of African school kids who recently benefited from some excellent work by Ballinlough based GP, Dr. Orla Batt (ably assisted by people like Finbarr Buckley one of our under 14 coaches).
Basically Dr. Batt via Finbarr looked for “old” jerseys and football boots that neither Con or the kids were using any longer but were in reasonable shape. We had a “collection” at the end of last season the proceeds of which were shipped to Africa and distributed as per the attached photo’s.
Dr Orla Batt is extremely greatful of all the sports gear that members of Cork Con donated generously to Moving Mountains charity
18/11/2016 - Cork Constitution F.C. to host "Business of Sport" lunch
Cork Constitution F.C. are pleased to announce its Annual "Business of Sport" lunch which will
take place on Friday, 18th November next at the Clubhouse.
The lunch is an opportunity to connect with Rugby Friends and hear from Former all Black Captain and Sky Rugby Analyst Sean Fitzpatrick on the eve of Irelands test match against the 2016 All Blacks at the AVIVA Stadium. The Event will be hosted by our own Donal Lenihan
Programme of Events
- 13.00 Pre Lunch Reception
- 13.45 (Sharp) Lunch.
Cost per table of 10 is €1,000.00 and includes Complimentary pre lunch reception, 4 course lunch and wine at the table. Individuals 100.00 per person.
Tables/Bookings may be secured Via:
Anthony O Leary 087 2562796
Brian humphries 087 6458592
Peter Good 087 2571100
Ian O Leary 087 2590861
Frank O Connor 087 2691212
Jerry Holland 086 2304089
19/10/2016 - Your Club Your Country IRFU Grand Draw 2016
Click on the image to see the prizes
27/09/2016 - Bertie O’Hanlon RIP
One of rugby’s great gentlemen, he was in his 92nd year and will be greatly missed by all his friends in the Dolphin club and throughout the game in this country and further afield.
Bertie was born in Ballyclough, Mallow, where his father was dispensary doctor. The family moved to Cork in 1933 where the young O’Hanlon attended Presentation Brothers and immediately took to rugby before moving on to Rockwell College at 12 years of age.
On leaving school, he joined Standard Life and rose to the top position in the company in the course of a long and busy working life. He will, of course, be forever famous for his contribution to Ireland’s Grand Slam triumph in 1948 and Triple Crown success the following season. He fully merited his place in teams famous for the brilliance of Jack Kyle, for whom he had unbounded admiration, while he was extremely close to fellow Munstermen Jim McCarthy, Paddy Reid, and Tom Clifford.
Bertie began his rugby career as a scrum-half on the Rockwell Junior Cup team when a teammate was Dr Paddy Hillery, later to serve two terms as president of Ireland. He played for three seasons on the Rockwell Senior Cup side and later admitted his biggest thrill was helping the college to beat PBC in the final of the 1942 Munster Cup. The following season, he picked up a Munster Senior Cup medal with Cork Constitution while still a student at Rockwell. He then moved on to Dolphin where he won a second Munster medal in 1945. Other members of the side were famous Irish internationals Dave O’Loughlin and Jim McCarthy, with whom even greater things lay in store in the future.
Although Munster invariably played him in the centre, his renown as a champion sprinter probably motivated the Irish selectors to use him on the wing. He made the first of his 12 appearances in the green jersey in 1947 and it was a memorable occasion for more than one reason. “It was the kind of debut you dream about,” he recalled. “After a half hour, Barney Mullan tried to drop a goal but the ball screwed off his foot and over the line and I won the race for the touch down. My second try was especially pleasing.
"The England out-half Nim Hall kicked to my side of the pitch and I gathered in full flight on my own 10-yard line. My speed and momentum carried me past defender after defender and I eventually cut in to score by the posts. Mullan converted and we won 22-0.” And so to the glory year of 1948, when Bertie starred in all four wins over France, England, Scotland, and Wales, prompting him to comment: “The day we beat Wales in Belfast remains the highlight of my rugby memories. We hadn’t won the Triple Crown for 49 years and the match was the talk of the whole country. The tension was fierce but we had great men in that team and fully deserved to win.”
Ireland retained the Triple Crown in 1949 with Bertie O’Hanlon once again a key man. Sadly, a shoulder injury brought an end to his playing career at the early age of 28 but he retained his love for the game throughout his long and varied life. He was predeceased by his wife Phil and is survived by his five daughters, Jacqueline Crowley, Jane Bryson, Lynn Oliver, Catherine, and Sarah. Reception prayers take place at St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, at 6pm on Thursday. Funeral mass at 11am on Friday followed by funeral to Carrigrohanebeg cemetery.
Irish Examiner 27 September 2016
17/09/2016 - Peter Fitzgerald RIP
Peter Fitzgerald, who died at his home in Coleraine on 17th September, was Captain of the first Cork Constitution team to win the Munster Junior Cup in 1949. And while that was his main claim to fame as a player with the club, over more recent years, his visits to Cork were occasions when he recalled the lifelong friendships established in those early years as a young M&L bank official in his adopted city. It is clear that the club regarded him highly back in the day, and the legacy of his successful team is with us to this day.
Since the advent of the All-Ireland League in more recent years, he rarely missed a Cork Constitution match in Belfast or Ballymena, when he was keen to catch up on the current club news; and he was also a regular at the annual President’s & Captain’s Dinner - though the timing in early January meant a circuitous train trip via Belfast and Dublin.
But we are delighted he did make those trips and shared his memories, stories and genuine affection for the club – which was fully reciprocated.
25/05/2016 - Cork Constitution FC AGM 2016
The AGM was held at the Clubhouse before a large attendance. Prior to proceedings, a moments silence was observed to honour those members who have passed on during the season, including former Presidents, Archie O’Leary, Jackie Crowley, Bernard O’Shaughnessy and former player Ted Watson.
John O’Mahony, Hon Secretary, reported on a successful season in which there were significant successes:
Bateman Cup: James Ryan, Captain
Fraser McMullan Cup: Ryan Foley, Captain
Munster Senior Cup: James Ryan, Captain
Munster Seconds League: Sonny Dwyer, Captain
Cork Charity Cup: James Ryan Captain
Outgoing President, Peter Good, congratulated the players and managements of the successful teams, and thanked the membership for their great support for all our teams throughout the season. The Cork Charity Cup was won in a one-day tournament style competition on the first weekend of the season at Templehill. Retaining both the Munster Senior Cup and Bateman Cup for a fourth season in succession, sets a record that will be hard to emulate. There was disappointment in losing the AIL Final to Lansdowne, but reaching that stage from a third place finish was in itself a great achievement.
The performances of the Under 20 squad who won all their matches throughout the season were outstanding, ending with victory over UCD in the Fraser McMullen Cup Final at Portlaoise RFC. Prior to that, they secured the Donal Walsh Cup, having finished eight points clear. And congratulations were extended to the three players from the squad who represented Ireland in the U21 Six Nations: Shane Daly, John Poland and Dan Walsh. They were also, along with Vincent O’Brien, Sean O’Leary, Rob O’Donovan and Evan Mintern, members of the Munster team that won all their matches in the Inter-provincial Championship.
Jim Murphy, Hon.Treasurer, reported on a successful season financially, that resulted in a surplus on the busy season’s activities, a major achievement in itself. Major fundraising items were Sponsorship, Ground Adverts, Bar and Social activities. Highlights included the Cheltenham Race Day, combined with the Strictly Come Dancing event, both held at Rochestown Park Hotel. Tag Rugby and the Monster Truck event were also valuable contributors during the Summer months. During the season, the Ulster Bank League match-day functions were well supported, as was the Annual Dinner held in January. The Club is indebted to all those who gave their time and expertise in the organisation and promotion of these events.
Officers elected for Season 2016-17:
President Jerry Holland
Senior Deputy President Anthony O’Leary
Junior Deputy President John O’Mahony
Hon Treasurer Jim Murphy
Hon Secretary Kevin Fielding
Chairman of Management Michael Daly
Director of Rugby Niall Murray
Tom Cahill, Dermot O’Leary, Aidan McNamara and Don Mullins were elected as Vice-Presidents.
During the forthcoming season, the Club will be celebrating its 125th Centenary.
Ned van Esbeck is currently updating the Club History for publication in the Autumn, and a programme of events will be finalised when fixture lists become available.
A pre-season tour is planned to Canada in August, with matches in St Johns and Montreal.
21/05/2016 - Archie O’Leary RIP
The death has occurred on 21st May 2016 of Archie O’Leary, former Cork Constitution Club President 1973/74.
Archie gained early rugby prominence with Presentation Brothers College, when he captained the school to the Munster Junior Schools Cup in 1945. He also had a unique distinction when winning a Munster Senior Cup medal in the same season, and followed with a second senior medal in 1946.
He joined Cork Constitution from school and was a life-long member, fulfilling every role within the club. He played for Munster on fourteen occasions in the period 1949-55.
He was Club Captain 1951-52, and also won three caps for Ireland in that season.
He was Club President 1973-74, and served as a Club Trustee for many subsequent years.
His business acumen was well appreciated, and O’Leary Insurances has been well-established in the city for many years.
His other sporting interests extended to sailing and, in more recent years, horse racing. He was an accomplished active member of the RCYC and had many successes on the water, including participation in the famous Fastnet Race at Cowes; but it was his interest in Florida Pearl in the late 1990’s that caught the eye. Trained by Willie Mullins, he won many valuable races, although the Cheltenham Gold Cup just eluded him, where finishing second to fellow-favourite Looks Like Trouble in 2000 was his best.
The Club offers since condolences to his family members.
26/05/2015 - MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2015
The meeting was Chaired by the President, Peter O’Leary.
52 members attended the meeting. A list of those members is attached to the file in the club office.
Apologies were received from : Jack O’Sullivan , Don O’Riordan , Brian FitzGerald , Pat Moynihan Pat Twomey , Paul Derham, Ian Doyle , Ian Murray , Brian Ludgate , Michael Daly , Anthony Horgan , Tom Lynch and John McCarthy .
A minutes silence was observed in memory of deceased members and friends.
Item 2. Minutes.
The minutes of the previous AGM held on 28th of May, 2014 – which, as is now the norm, have been available online for three weeks – were adopted after being proposed by Brian Humphries and seconded by Ian O’Leary.
Item 3. Hon. Secretarys Report.
In what has in many ways been an unremarkable year from an administrative point of view, the club Executive met on 18 occasions and in that respect observed the Governance as required by the club rules .Of significant and increasing importance is, observation and compliance with the IRFU participation ethos. With that in mind, a codification of policies/rules and best practices is underway. To that end, CCFC are well ahead of most other clubs.
In rugby terms, the President has presided over an historic year. A treble of Munster Senior and Bateman cups is unparalleled. A unifying figure throughout the season and the very personification of calm, he has been wonderfully supportive – his sense of irreverent fun was a tonic. It is a wonderful thing to say of such a demanding office, that Peter enjoyed the year, and was sorry it came to an end. The club is also indebted to Peter for the “Strictly” event – a remarkable success both socially and financially. Many thank’s Peter.
Michael Daly too, as you know, a stalwart of the club, has steered the club in an efficient, businesslike manner with astute insight. As a result, the Management committee has performed accordingly. My thanks Michael, for your guidance and advice.
Fiona Burke. An ever dependable rock on whom so many in the club depend- my grateful appreciation and thanks.
Finally , to all the members that make up this wonderful club , thank you for being so utterly dependable when I needed to tap into the vast experience within – an invaluable asset .
Best wishes for next season to all, and in particular to Peter Good, with whom I look forward to working and to my fellow Officers.
Item 4. Club Captains Report .
The Club Captain, Gerry Hurley gave his report on the season by thanking Tom Tierney, David Corkery and Des Murray – also Ian Mitchel, Tommy McLoughlin and John O’Neill.
The Management team of Ian Doyle and Matt Kearney.
The medical team of Tom Cahill, Brian Fox and Alan Keane.
The Director of rugby, Jerry Holland.
Selector Ralph Keyes and Manager Kenny Murphy.
To Michael Daly, Michael Boland and Eric Tracey for their work on the grounds, pitch and gym respectively
The Executive. Jim Murphy, Hon. Treasurer and Kevin fielding –juveniles .
Congratulations and thanks to Peter O’Leary ….best wishes to Peter Good.
Congratulations to Cons U/20 side on their success in Munster.
From a tough start and cold beginning, we lost to O.Belvedere (a) and Lansdowne (h). Both winnable. Then an 11 match run to retaining the MSC against G’Owen. At the end of the season, we lost 4 games in a row – through injury and yet could have qualified on the last day . On our day,we were a match for any team . The Bateman Cup final showed that. What a day!! The club were super. Day was huge. And Jerry Murray….
Next year, there has to be a realisation about a consistent mind-set .
All of us, players, are grateful for the attention to player welfare displayed by the club.
We are all looking forward to working with the new Coaches and any new players.
Item 5. Director of Rugby.
The DOR, Jerry Holland said that it had been a difficult year. There were new coaches in place and everyone needed time to settle down. Representative honours at so many levels and for so many players caused huge disruption for all. Integration went well and in some ways, being fresh into the club made things easier to adjust.
Kevin Fielding did a marvellous job in helping to settle the new arrivals by trying to match jobs to qualifications.
The clubs results were, in general, fantastic, though the Bateman cup victory hid our struggle for survival in what was a hugely competitive league. JH thanked all the backroom staff including Ralph Keyes, Kenny Murphy, Brian Fox etc. who augment the higher profile work done by the Coaches. Gerry Hurley was described by JH as a credit to himself, his family and the club.
With immense potential, the u/20’s were the best in Munster. What hurt them most, was the lack of competitive rugby. The Coaching team of Tom Mulcahy and Paul McCarthy were awesome.
At J1 and J2 there was structural breakdown and a failure to support the teams. It was not the fault of those who tried their best, that things did not go according to plan. Hopefully, the structures being put in place, will address these problems.
Ray Clarke is supplementing the work done at juvenile level to progress the youths players and progress them through to the adult teams in the club. There is a rich source of talent to mine for years to come because of the hard work being done. A source of quality.
Rose Dunne and Kevin Fielding have done Trojan work and are the bedrock within the club. Not alone are they super workers in the juvenile section, both are involved in other areas of the club.
JH congratulated those who represented the club at International and representative levels. All, he said, were a credit to themselves and the club they represented.
Finally, JH thanked the Officers, Executive and Management group and all members for their help and support.
Item 6. Chairman’s Report : Management Committee
The Chairman of the Management committee, Michael Daly was unable to attend and on his behalf The Hon. Secretary read the following report into the minutes.
The Role of the Management committee is to support the President and the Executive Committee in the general management of the club. Recommendations by the Management committee must be brought to the Executive Committee for approval.
The committee met on a monthly basis during the last year. All main topics discussed will be covered in the various reports but the Management Committee would like to highlight a number of items.
Budget Control- Critical Areas
Membership- Failed to meet the budget target, down 10% in last 2 years.
Sponsorship- New Sponsors this season were Zurich and Mater Private.
Hoardings- Space available for more signs, just short of budget this season.
Clubhouse- Outside Hire of clubhouse and grounds have contributed significantly.
Masts- Income to reduce as 3 and Vodafone are to terminate their agreements
Match Tickets- New 4 year deal with Gullivers, income to be used for the development.
Rugby- Cost in line with budget
House & Grounds- Cost under budget
For next season we expect a reduction in our income from the masts, the lack of a ‘Dolphin’ match and the lack of GAA matches. While we may manage to achieve some cost savings we will need the support of all members to help replace this loss by way of extra membership subscriptions, hoardings, sponsorship and special fundraising events.
AIL Entry Criteria for 2015/16
The IRFU have introduced new entry Criteria which have to be complied with to apply for entry to the All Ireland League next season. While we have generally been okay in an informal manner, we have now had to prepare a ‘Handbook ‘ available for audit by the IRFU.
To comply with the requirements we have now adopt the following documents & implement the following roles.
- Anti Discrimination Policy
- Codes of Conduct
- Safety Plan for fixtures
- Health & Safety Officer
- Discipline Officer
The club are required to include information on a number of aspects of the rugby management and a copy of our ‘Handbook’ with all information for our application will be kept in the office. This will be a live document to be updated each season or as required.
The club are now required to host an annual player and parent forum for the adult, youth and juvenile sections. These are being planned for September and the topics to include
- Irish Rugby’s Core Values
- Safeguarding policies
- Insurance, Concussion and Medical Issues
- Anti-doping Education
Planning 2014-2020 Summary of proposed Action Items
Following approval by the Executive Committee meetings were held with representatives of the different sections of the club to plan for the year 2020.
The overall club activities and structures were reviewed under the following headings
The following questions were then discussed and the proposed actions were submitted to the Club Executive Committee for approval.
Question 1. How we attract and hold our players at all levels?
- U13 Group Integrate partly with the U14 group to play in the Youths U13/U14 Team
- Approach the other Cork Clubs to consider how to provide rugby to the players giving up in the school system.
- Approach the Branch/Schools with an agreed club proposal to facilitate these players
- Set up a Career Guidance/Employment Committee
- Approach the Munster Branch to try to improve the J1 & U20 Competition structures
- Policy that all players are available for all teams
- Hold an end of season players review meeting
- Appoint a ‘Players Parents’ liaison officer.
Question 2. How we keep our retired players as Adult Members?
- Encourage involvement in team management, coaching, 4th official and refereeing roles
- Improve our communication system with all members by use of Twitter, Facebook etc.,
- Invite past teams to club functions.
Question 3. How do we attract and hold our Adult members?
- Improve support for the Membership Committee
- Change the minimum age for the reduced fee from 65 to 75
- Appoint a ‘Players Parents’ Officer on an annual basis
- Appoint a ‘Match Day’ Officer for all matches
Question 4. In 2020 Will our Management Structure be suitable?
AIL Entry Criteria requires the following
- Equality Statement, code of Conduct & a Health and Safety Policy Statement
- Safety Officer and Discipline Officer
- Annual information forum for Adult, Youth and Juvenile Sections.
Will our facilities be suitable?
- Replace the existing floodlights on all pitches
- Secure a long term Sporting Lease on the CCC Pitch
- Develop facilities
Will our Rugby Structure be suitable?
- 1st Team Management to be responsible for the J1 Team
Director of Rugby role- Additional Support
- Budget control officer to manage all aspects of the rugby budget
- Player Liaison officer to deal with registration issues and to manage the availability of players for all teams
- Career guidance/Employment committee
Future Development Work
Upgrading of all the floodlights at an estimated cost of €150,000. An application has been made for a Government Sports Grant.
Finally our thanks should go to all our members who helped with the work of the management committee during the last season. Hopefully the same level of support will be available next season to ensure that the club can overcome the challenges and continue to operate in a successful manner both on and off the pitch.
Item 7. Statement of Accounts:
The Hon. Treasurer presented his annual accounts for ratification by the AGM . The accounts were adopted by the meeting after being proposed by Finian O’Driscoll and seconded by Brian Humphries. A copy of the accounts is available to all paid up members on application to the Treasurer.
Jim Murphy wished that the minutes reflected his thanks and appreciation of, in particular, Rose Dunne and Dermot O’Leary for their hard work and immense contribution to the club and the impact their work has had on the finances accordingly.
Item 8. Presidents Address.
It has been a great honour for me to be President. My role has been made easier by all the help I got from so many people particularly my wife Gillian, my son Robert and my daughter Jenny.
Gerry Hurley has been an inspirational Captain. His leadership is exceptional and those skills have been the backbone of of our team for three years in Munster and Bateman cup finals. It has been a pleasure to work with him.
For all the success we have had at all levels, my thanks to all those coaches at Senior, Junior and J2 and indeed, throughout the club. In particular, Jerry Holland, my thanks for doing a fantastic job.
It is a pleasure to come up here on Saturday and see approx, 550 juveniles training . This is such a success story for this club and for that, we owe so much to Kevin Fielding and Rose Dunne. To Ray Clarke and Des Murphy too, my thanks for your work. The boys who don’t go to rugby schools are retained by the work done in this area.
Michael Daly. An enormous work load. From budgets, running the club, attending matches and numerous other duties carried out in a meticulous manner. Always on hand with advice if needed as was Brian Humphries who also Chaired the Munster clubs committee.
To Jim Murphy, counting all the money I brought into the club was no easy chore. Your work, time and balancing the books in a club this size is greatly appreciated. As is the work of Pat Twomey.
John O’Mahony took minutes for all meetings and dealt with the communications of the club – also he did a superb job as MC at the club events.
The bar ran like a well oiled machine. Dermot O’Leary is fantastic in this area, To Stan Waldron and the bar staff too for all the hard work. Fiona Burke – what a pleasure you are to deal with. Friendly, efficient and no task is ever too much to ask of you. Clodagh and Erica in the shop have been superb and doing a wonderful job. Frank O’Connor and Don O’Riordan have done amazing work in organising the Lunch committee – and Tony Roche for getting superb speakers.
Padraig Higgins has been, once again, super. Mick Boland; the grounds are always a credit to you.
Don and Rose Dunne for the hard work in the subscriptions. Never easy.
Special mention for Bertie Smith on his Presidency of the Munster branch and Greg Barrett who represented us so well at IRFU level.
Ian, my brother nominated me as President and supported me throughout the year. Peter Good. Best of luck next year and Holl and Anthony the year after. Great to see another O’Leary.
We had so many successes. Munster Senior Cup, Bateman Cup, Donal Walsh Trophy, Under 20 Cup, Cork Junior League. And……..oh yes – undefeated by Dolphin.
Off the pitch on March 13th we had Cheltenhan day, run by Frank O’Connor, Noel Walsh and committee and later the “Strictly” evening run by Declan McGinn. An outstanding event – by 11pm we had 650 roaring and cheering.Incredible. What a fundraiser for the club. Off the pitch, my personal highlight. We are going to run this event again next year .To Pat O’Keeffe, Gillian O’Leary, Paula Good, Mick Boland and Fiona Burke and Brendan Hyde, my thanks.
I must mention Jerry Murray, a past President, who passed away. He will be missed by all of us who had the honour of knowing him …….and Sue Ludgate. Wife of our past President – she passed away unexpectedly and will be missed by all here in Con. Our condolences to both families.
Our sponsors Kearys, Mater Private and Zurich are superb and their contribution is greatly appreciated. Thanks too, to Finian O’Driscoll and the sponsorship committee.
In conclusion , I have been honoured to follow my Father , Flor , my uncle , Archie and my brother , Ian ,as President . This club is envied by many for it’s success. I am honoured to have my name on the Presidents board and share in the history – thank you all.
Now, before I move my car I will hand you over to Peter Good to whom I wish the very best of luck for next season.
Item 9. Election of Officers for the 15/16 Season.
a. President : Peter Good . Proposed by Peter O’Leary. Seconded by Jerry Holland.
b. S.D. President . Jerry Holland Proposed by Peter Good. Seconded by David Murphy.
c. J.D. President . Anthony O’Leary Proposed by Jerry Holland Seconded by Peter O’Leary .
d. Captain First XV . TBA.
e. Hon. Treasurer . Jim Murphy Proposed by John O’Mahony. Seconded by Wally Morrissey.
f. Hon. Secretary . John O’Mahony. Proposed by Jim Murphy. Seconded by Pat O’Keeffe.
g. Dir. of Rugby . Jerry Holland . Proposed by Peter O’Leary . Seconded by Stan Waldron.
Assistant Dir. Of Rugby (youths ) Ray Clarke . Assistant Dir. Of Rugby (juveniles) Des Murphy.
h. Chair of Management. Michael Daly. Proposed by Brian Humphries. Seconded by Jim Murphy.
Item 10. Election of
i. Hon. Auditor . Eileen Keyes. Proposed by Jim Murphy. Seconded by Finian O’Driscoll.
j. Hon. Solicitor . Ray Shanahan. Proposed by John O’Mahony. Seconded by Stephen Murphy.
Item 11. Presidents Acceptance.
I am so proud to be addressing you tonight, as President of this great club.
Having spent the last two seasons travelling around the country to clubs competing in the AIL, you come to appreciate how high a standing Cork Con is held.
The name Cork Con, Constitution or simply “The Cons” - wherever we go is associated with notable matches, historic occasions or legendary players.
In Cork Constitution, the future of the game and the club is not left to chance. A dedicated youth and juvenile section which undertake an enormous ongoing commitment in coaching for over 500 kids from 7 to 18 years.
Such commitment is considered to be vital in the development of the clubs future players. Thank you to all involved in the youth and juvenile sections and good luck for the coming season.
My first involvement in Cork Con was at the age of 6 years – my nextdoor neighbour, Dickie McGrath, walked me through the quarry to Con on a Saturday morning. Outside the gate he stopped me and said “If a baldy man asks you your age – tell him you’re 8 years old” – That bald man was Ned O’Connor. I then progressed to under12 with Fred and was lucky to travel to Wales. A notable game at under 13 against Whitechurch on 30th October 1977. A curtain raiser for Cliff Morgan 15 V’s Cork Con 15. The Con senior captain that day was Bertie Smith, who is coming in next week as Munster Branch President and we wish him well with that. Also playing that day was Greg Barrett, Stan Waldron and of course Jerry Murray, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
My next involvement with the club was with the U20/Minor section in 1982. At my first training session, I got a message that Trevor Barry was looking for me. He wanted to know what position I played in the front row – when I told him hooker or tighthead – he seemed relieved... We went on to become great friends and team mates a few years later ....
To the adult section of the club, senior, senior seconds, J2 and U20 – I wish you all the best for the coming year – it’s important that every team in this club is competitive and that every player enjoys his time playing rugby at Cork Con.
To all the committees, thank you for your help so far and I look forward to working with you in the future. Finally I would like to thank Noel Walsh for nominating me as a Vice-President and to Peter O’Leary for the Junior Deputy nomination.
I would be delighted if you would join me at the bar for a drink afterwards.
Item 12. Election of:
k. Coach to the first XV. Brian Hickey assisted by Paul McCarthy and Paul Barr.
l. Manager of first XV. Kenny Murphy.
m.Selector to first XV. Ralph Keyes.
n. Coach to u/20’s. Tom Mulcahy assisted by Owen Mullowney and John O’Neill.
o. Selector for the u/20’s. Colin Kilbride.
p. J1 coach and Management. Senior structures to oversee.
q. J2 Coach and Management. Eoin Quinlan.
Item 13. Election of two Vice-Presidents.
- Ian Doyle. Proposed by Peter O’Leary. Seconded by Wally Morrissey.
- Jerry Murray. Proposed by Brian Humphries. Seconded by Ian O’Leary.
Election of 2 further v.p.’s with approval of Trustees and Executive.
- Tony Roche. Proposed by Noel Walsh. Seconded by Stan Waldron.
- Ian Murray. Proposed by Peter Good. Seconded by Jerry Holland.
Item 14. Election of 2 members to the Executive.
Item 15 . Subscriptions for the 15/16 Season.
Subscriptions for the coming season will be announced as soon as possible.
Item 16. AOB
- Wally Morrissey said the club ought to acknowledge the participation of its representative players at all levels and the contribution to the public awareness this creates.
- Der O’Riordan said that there is an issue with the J2 level within the club. He said that he’s aware that the AGM is not the forum for this debate but that he is optimistic that the new structures put in place will be of great benefit to resolving the problems and wished the Coaches at all levels well for the forthcoming season well .
Der also wished to acknowledge the longevity of the service to the club given by Padraig Higgins. Selfless and remarkable said Der. The meeting were unanimous in their agreement.
Fred Casey wished to have his concerns re. the U13/14 mix . A dangerous precedent thought Fred. Aidan McNamara did his best to alleviate Freddies concerns and promised stringent monitoring of all training sessions.
The meeting closed with an invitation from the President to join him for a drink.
16/05/2016 - Munster Club of the Year season 2015/16
Cork Constitution FC would like to advise members that the club has received the award of 'Munster Club of the Year' for the season 2015/2016. The club would like to thank all the members for the help in achieving the award.
28/04/2016 - Bateman Cup Final & Munster Junior Cup Final 2016
Bateman Cup Final
Galwegians v Cork Constitution
12.45pm Saturday 25th April 2016 Live on RTE2
Cork Constitution travel to Glenina on Saturday next to contest the final of this season’s Bateman Cup. For Constitution, it is the first of three finals in the next three weeks, with the All-Ireland League and Munster Senior Cup finals to follow.
In the Bateman Cup semi-final, Constitution defeated University College Dublin 24-0 at Belfield on 24th January; while Galwegians defeated Ballnahinch 35-31 at Glenina on the same date.
In the AIL this season Galwegians defeated Constitution 11-10 in the opening game of the season at Glenina in September; while Constitution turned the tables with a recent 26-16 victory at Templehill in April.
Constitution are hoping for a fourth Bateman Cup in successive seasons:
2013: St Mary’s College 24-19 at Templeville Road.
2014: University College Dublin 19-6 at Templehill.
2015: Clonatrf 24-9 at Templehill.
Munster Junior Cup Final
Young Munster v Cork Constitution
3.30pm Sunday 26th April 2016.
And on Sunday, the scene changes to Thomond Park for the Munster Junior Cup Final.
Constitution’s route to the final:
Jan.10 Mallow 36-8 Templehill
Jan.31 UL-Bohemian 54-8 Templehill
Mar.13 Old Christians 27-7 Rathcooney
Mar.27 Galbally 11-8 Galbally
Apr.24 Richmond 30-24 Templehill
Constitution are seeking a Munster Junior season double, having already won the Munster Seconds League. Best wishes to Sonny Dwyer and his team.
23/04/2016 - Cork Con FC V Young Munster - Pre-match luncheon
PRE MATCH LUNCHEON
AIL Semi Final
Cork Constitution F.C. V Young Munster
Sat 23rd April, 2016 @ 2.30pm
Please book early as limited spaces available
For Bookings: Please contact
Jack O’ Sullivan: (087)2577225
Terry Ward: (087)2486497
Brian Fitzgerald: (087) 2545972
15/04/2016 - Supervalue are joining the Cork Con FC
20/03/2016 - Dennehy Cup Final 2015 - 2016
Highfield v Cork Constitution Model Farm Road Sunday 12.00pm
The Junior 2 XV meet Highfield in the Dennehy Cup Final on Sunday, which has been deferred since September.
Constitution reached the final with big wins over Ballincollig (away) and Midleton; and received a concession from Bandon; while Highfield defeated Dolphin, Kinsale and Cobh Pirates.
Constitution have won the trophy on twenty occasions since its inception in 1975, when they were also the first winners. The last win was in 2014
20/03/2016 - Munster Seconds League Final 2015 - 2016
Cork Constitution v Shannon Templehill Sunday 20th March 2.30pm
Constitution last won the Seconds League in 2012, and so will be keen recapture this trophy, and also keep their unbeaten J1 season going. After good Munster Junior Cup wins over Mallow, UL-Bohs and Old Christians, and an away tie with Galbally to come, it will be important to keep up the momentum. And, what better opponents than Shannon for such a test.
Shannon lost their Junior Cup game last week at Cashel, going down 10-13; prior to that they had beaten St Mary’s 33-25 in the first round.
18/03/2016 - Ulster Bank Club international 18 March 2016 Ireland Clubs V Scotland Club
The Ulster Bank Club international returns to Temple Hill on the 18 March 2016 when Ireland Clubs play Scotland Club. Klick Off 19.30
Tickets can be purchased at the following outlets:-
Cork Constitution F.C. Office (Mornings Only) Cork Constitution Shop
Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park.
Ticketmaster , Merchants Quay , Cork
Finns Corner On the corner of Grand Parade & Washington Street.
Credit Cards not accepted.
If anyone wishes to purchase Stand Tickets @ €15.00 please contact Pat Twomey.
Juveniles & Students: €5
Family ticket: €20
27/02/2016 - University College Dublin v Cork Constitution
Cork Constitution return to the Belfield Bowl on Saturday afternoon, scene of their recent Bateman Cup semi-final triumph over the Students in January. On that occasion they ‘surprised’ the home side in winning a clear-cut 24-0 victory. However, that was a rare ‘blip’ on College’s season, as they have won nine of their fourteen AIL matches, and lead the table by a point from Clontarf, and by thirteen points over Constitution, who are just outside the Top Four places.
In the first AIL match at Templehill in October, the teams played a nineteen points each draw. A late penalty try snatched a share of the points for the Students, but they did outscore the home side by three tries to one.
In their game last Saturday at Templehill, Constitution gained a consolation bonus point in losing to second-placed Clontarf by 12-18, and cannot afford to slip further, if they are to contend for the Top Four places in the final run-in. However, Constitution do have a game in-hand over the other contenders, away to Terenure College, and now re-fixed for 26th March.
Also this weekend, title contenders Clontarf and Young Munster meet at Castle Avenue.
18/03/2016 - Ireland Clubs V Scotland Clubs
20/02/2016 - Cork Constitution F.C. V Clontarf - PRE MATCH LUNCHEON
2.30pm Sat 20th February, 2016
Guest Speaker Derek Mc Grath
Former CEO European Rugby Cup,
Former Irish International and capped while playing for Cork Con
Cost €25.00 For Bookings: Email:
Jack O’ Sullivan (087)2577225
Terry Ward: (087) 2486497
09/02/2016 - Ireland Club Internationals 2016
Players from ten different Ulster Bank League clubs have been named in
the Ireland Club International side by Head Coach Paul Cunningham for
Friday's fixture against French Federale, in Stade Jules Ladoumègue
Lansdowne and Clontarf, last season's Ulster Bank League Division 1A
finalists, have four representatives each in the side, which will be
again be captained by Clontarf centre Matt D'Arcy.
Old Belvedere, Garryowen, UCD, Cork Con and Ballynahinch are the other
teams from Division 1A supplying players. Division 1B sides Ballymena,
St.Mary's and Dublin University will have six representatives between
Head Coach Paul Cunningham (Old Belvedere) is joined by assistant
coach Mark McHugh (Lansdowne) and team manager Seamus McDermott
The Ireland Club International side takes on French Federale at
19.00hrs (local time) this Friday before facing a Scotland Clubs XV in
Cork Constitution on 18th March.
Ireland Club Team (v France Federale, Stade Jules Ladoumègue, Friday,
February 12th, 7pm)
15. Danny Riordan (Old Belvedere)
14. James McInerney (Garryowen)
13. Stephen Murphy (UCD)
12. Matt D'Arcy (Clontarf) Captain
11. Mark Roche (Lansdowne)
10. Scott Deasy (Lansdowne)
9. Angus Lloyd (Dublin University)
1. Ian Prendiville (Lansdowne)
2. Eddie Rossiter (Old Belvedere)
3. Declan Lavery (Old Belvedere)
4. Ciaran Ruddock (St.Mary's)
5. David Whann (Ballymena)
6. Charlie Butterworth (Lansdowne)
7. Paul Pritchard (Ballynahinch)
8. Tony Ryan (Clontarf)
16. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution)
17. Ger Sweeney (Cork Constitution)
18. Ivan Soroka (Clontarf)
19. Connor Smyth (Ballymena)
20. Adrian D'Arcy (Clontarf)
21. Neil Cronin (Garryowen)
22. Jack McDermott (Dublin University)
23. Rodger McBurney (Ballymena)
2016 Ulster Bank Club Internationals:
French Federale v Ireland Club International Team
Stade Jules Ladoumègue, Paris: 20:00 (LT) Friday 12st February, 2016
Ireland Club International Team v Scotland Clubs
Cork Constitution RFC, Temple Hill,19:30 Friday 18th March, 2016
04/02/2016 - Bernard O’Shaughnessy RIP
The death has occurred on 4th February 2016 of Bernard O’Shaughnessy, former Cork Constitution President 1984/85.
Bernie was a most popular Club Officer and President, and during his period of Presidency the Club had very successful Munster Cup campaigns at both Senior and Junior levels, winning the Senior Cup under the captaincy of Anthony O’Leary in 1985.
And while the Munster Junior Cup final was lost in that season, it was still a glorious period of success for the club, that included five successive Cork Charity Cup successes, and also five Munster Junior Cup during the decade of the 1980’s. And those successful years laid the foundations for the All-Ireland League success that followed in the following decade.
His sons Jim and Bernard shared in many of those successes, and the club wishes to express its sympathy to his wife Teresa and family members on their loss.
25/01/2016 - Cork Constitution players selected for Ireland U20 XV
Centre Shane Daly and scrum half John Poland of Cork Constitution and Munster have been selected for Ireland’s opening Under 20 Six Nations International against Wales at Donnybrook on Friday 5th February. Kick off: 19.35.
Read the RBS report http://www.rbs6nations.com/mobile/en/news/28945.php#AmeIkvMfegJJ45Li.97
09/01/2016 - Cork Constitution v Old Belvedere preview
Cork Constitution play their first home game of 2016 at Templehill on Saturday, after their very successful trip to Dublin last Saturday when they eclipsed Terenure College and earning a bonus point in the process.
In the meeting at Anglesea Road in November, Old Belvedere won a narrow victory in a well-contested game 19-17. Constitution won the try count 3-2 on the day, and could have drawn level in the final minutes, but the conversion of Darren Sweetnam’s last minute try was just wide.
Over the years, there have been 16 League matches with Belvo, including the final in 2011 that Belvedere won 20-17 at Donnybrook. In the other 15 matches, Constitution have won 9, to Belvo’s 5, with one drawn in 2013.
Currently, Constitution are 7th in the table, two points behind Belvedere on 23 points, but with the postponed home game with Terenure College in hand – that match is now re-fixed for Templehill on Saturday 13th February, with a 1.00pm kick-off, before the televised France v Ireland Six Nations match in Paris at 3.30pm.
On this weekend also, the Munster Junior Cup gets under way with Constitution plaing Mallow in Templehill on Sunday. And a reminder that the Bateman Cup semi-final against UCD at Belfield, is scheduled for next Saturday week, 16th January.
09/01/2016 - Cork Constitution F.C. V Old Belvedere Pre-match luncheon
Cost €25.00 For Bookings: Email:
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26/12/2015 - Cork Constitution v UCC at Templehill
The annual Crowley Cup fixture between Cork Constitution and University College Cork will take place at Templehill on St Stephen’s Day.
This annual fixture dates back to the 1960’s and has been dedicated to the memory of Dermot ‘Starry’ Crowley since 1980, to honour his memory and his contribution to both clubs. The Cup was presented for the competition by the Crowley family, and John Crowley will be on hand to present the Cup on Saturday.
Starry, and his brother Jack, played for Cork Constitution between 1946 and 1957, during which Starry captained the club twice in 1950 & 1955 seasons.
He also played regularly for Munster in those years, most notably against South Africa 1952, and New Zealand 1954. He missed out on a full Irish cap, but was a member of the first Ireland team to go on a ‘Summer Tour’ to Chile and Argentina in 1952, alongside club colleagues, Archie O’Leary and Jack Horgan.
17/12/2015 - Ballynahinch retain Ulster Cup title
Ballynahinch defeated Ballymena 19-10 in the Ulster Senior Cup final at Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium on Thursday last.
Three penalties by former Cork Constitution player, Chris Quinn, helped Ballynahinch to a 9-7 lead by half time. Ballymena led 10-9 in the second period, but a try by Richard Rainey and a fourth penalty by Quinn in the 72nd minute ensured Ballynahinch’s victory.
Chris Quinn was awarded Man of the Match.
19/12/2015 - Cork Constitution FC v Garryowen, Munster Senior Cup QF 2015/16
The two oldest Munster Cup adversaries re-engage next Saturday in a Christmas Cracker at Templehill. It is the quarter-final of the provinces oldest competition between the two most successful clubs.
Garryowen have won the Cup on 38 occasions, most recently in 2012; while Constitution are next on the list with 26 Cup wins, and are the current holders. Garryowen famously won the Cup for eight years in succession way back in the early years of the competition between1889-1896. Meanwhile, Constitution are this season seeking a unique four-in-a-row having won for the last three seasons.
20/11/2015 - Business of Sport Lunch 2015 with Joe schmidt
01/12/2015 - Ian Nagle(Ex Cork Con FC) is selected to play for Cambridge University v Oxford
Ian Nagle an Ex Cork Con FC player is selected to play for Cambridge University v Oxford in the Varsity Match at Twickenham on Thurs 10th December.
Ian played 32 AIL games for Constitution between 2010-14,
05/12/2015 - Christmas pre match luncheon
Cork Constitution F.C. V Terenure College RFC Saturday 5th December, 2015
Guest speaker: Barrie O Connell
President Cork Chamber of Commerce
Cost €25.00 For Bookings: Email:
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14/11/2015 - Cork Con FC U9s V Terenure College RFC
The 2015/16 Cork Con FC U9s embarked on their first tour on Sat 14th Nov. It was an early start on Saturday morning when 38 players and 10 coaches met up in the club at 7:30am. As we travelled up the country to Dublin by bus, the players fueled up on sugar and began to focus on the upcoming game. The process of getting psched up was started with an impressive rendition of the haka on the bus.
We arrived in Terenure RFC and the team was led to the dressing room where players were sorted into 4 very strong teams. After team bibs, boots and gum shields were organised, the mighty Cork Con U9 players took to the pitch. After warming up, each Con team began the 1st of 3 games. Terenure provided tough opposition and we were treated to some very competitive and skillful games. The players put on a superb display of running rugby, passing, tackling, rucking and mauling. There were some great tries scored and all players contributed to an excellent exhibition of first class rugby.
After the games, the coaches led the players in the Con victory song 'Here here, the Cons are here!'.
Terenure provided a delicious lunch before we set off on our return trip to Temple hill. We visited McDonald's in Cashel where all the boys braved the elements once more to eat their happy meals in the outside seating area while some of the parents retreated to the warmth of the indoor area. After a long day we got back to Cork Con FC at 6:15pm.
Thanks to all players, coaches and parents for making this squads first tour a success.
24/09/2015 - Champions U12 win Eric O’Connor memorial tournament
Back Row (L to R): Steven O’Shaughnessy (injured), Samuel Johnson, James Wixted , Reuben Skuse, Johnny O’Hara, Michael McCarthy, Johnny O’Shea, Alex Davenport
Front Row: Neil O’Leary , Luke McGinn, Jaime Barry, Ross Kenny, Tristan Corkery, Aidan O’Flynn
Missing from photo: Finn Cowhig
It wasn’t just Kerry Football supporters that were on the road early last Sunday. The Cork Con under 12’s took a team to Blackrock College RFC to participate in the Eric O’Connor Memorial tournament. 24 teams travelled, including teams from Belfast , Limerick, Galway, England and of course , Cork.
Initially, we found ourselves drawn in a tough group with Terenure, Marys and Old Belvedere. Con got off to a slow start and lost the first match to Terenure by 3 tries to 1. However, the lads bounced back straight away with a 2 -1 win against Marys. The final group match was against a big Belvedere team. After Belvedere scored straight from the kick-off, Con rolled up their shelves and produced a near flawless performance, winning in the end 5-1.
Following a short and much needed break for liquid and refreshments (for the parents and coaches), we moved onto the main pitch with the rest of the other group winners. At this stage, the heavens decided to open. First up was the home team, Blackrock. After another slow start, Con found themselves 2-0 down at half-time. Con got on top in the 2nd half and were only 2-1 down and pressing the Blackrock line when the (hometown) ref blew up for full-time somewhat early. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, Con took it out on another Marys team and blew them away 6 tries to 0, including one try that had some of the coaches getting too excited altogether. The final match was against a strong Shannon team, hell-bent on beating their Munster rivals. After an early Con try, Shannon threw everything at Con but the boys in white would not be beaten and held out to win a memorable match.
After a rousing rendition of ‘Here, Here, the Con’s are here’ , we made our way to the clubhouse for the presentation and hoped for the best . After every game, points were given by the ref and an independent observer in addition the actual result. These points were given for overall approach, sportsmanship, conduct and respect for the opposition and ref.
What followed will stay long in the memory for all those Con players .....
‘And the winners are .......CORK CON!!!!!!!!!’
At least one trophy was heading south that Sunday (sorry Kerry) ..
A big thank-you to all the parents who travelled and gave us some much needed support ...
19/09/2015 - Cork Constitution F.C. V Lansdowne pre match luncheon
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2.30PM- IRELAND V CANADA LIVE ON T.V’S
4.30PM- CORK CONSTITUTION V LANSDOWNE
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24/08/2015 - Season Opener at Temple Hill
There was a low key opening to the rugby season at Temple Hill on Saturday as Constitution accounted for Sunday’s Well in a senior friendly game. Both clubs fielded youthful experimental sides as Constitution ran out winners on a 24-0 score line.
The J1 friendly fixture scheduled with Monkstown did not happen, while four Constitution players were in action with the Munster 7’s team in the International tournament at Thomond Park on Saturday. Niall Kenneally, Ryan Foley, Tomas Quinlan and Sonny Dwyer all had game time, as Munster finished 6th overall in the tournament won by Buenos Aires.
Next Saturday, the Cork Charity Cup will take place at Temple Hill in the format of a full 15-a-side one-day tournament.
Eight sides will take part: the seven Senior clubs in South Munster and Munster Junior League winners Clonmel.The teams will be divided into two groups with the winners from each group meeting in the final.
The teams will play 15 minute a-side matches over the course of the day. There will be no penalty kicks at goal and all conversions will be taken by a drop kick with the two top points scorers qualifying for the final.
Entry fee for the event is €5 for adults with free admission for school pupils and OAP's . A BBQ and children's entertainment will be provided on the day.
The action starts at 1.00pm with the final scheduled for 6.00pm.
All proceeds will be donated to the Marymount Hospice, Cork.
The Junior 2 XV also open their season with a Dennehy Cup first round tie against Ballincollig on Sunday next. The game is scheduled for 11.45am at Ballincolling.
29/08/2015 - Cork Charity Cup 2015/16
Eight sides will take part: the seven Senior clubs in South Munster and Munster Junior League winners Clonmel.The teams will be divided into two groups with the winners from each group meeting in the final.
The teams will play 15 minute a-side matches over the course of the day. There will be no penalty kicks at goal and all conversions will be taken by a drop kick with the two top points scorers qualifying for the final.
Entry fee for the event is €5 for adults with free admission for school pupils and OAP's . A BBQ and children's entertainment will be provided on the day.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SOUTH MUNSTER BRANCH FIXTURE AND THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE GROUND.
Timetable of matches
13:00 Midleton V Cork Con - & UCC V Highfield
13:45 Clonmel V Dolphin - & Cashel V Sundays Well
14:30 Cork Con V UCC- & Highfield V Midleton
15:15 Dolphin V Cashel- & Sundays Well V Clonmel
16:00 Highfield V Cork Con - & Midleton V UCC
16:45 Sundays Well V Dolphin - & Clonmel V Cashel Final
18:00 Winner Group 1 V Winner Group
All proceeds will be donated to the Marymount Hospice, Cork.
12/08/2015 - Fred Casey gets IRFU award for his contribution to under age rugby
The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Tom Rooney Award was awarded to Fred Casey at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards. He was honoured at the awards dinner in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin for his exceptional contribution to the development of players for Cork Con, Munster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions in Ireland.
Many congratulations to Fred from all in Cork Constitution F.C.
23/07/2015 - Cork Charity Cup 2015
The Cork Charity Cup competititon will be run off on a single day in Temple Hill on Saturday, 29th August.
Eight clubs will participate: the seven South Munster Senior clubs, and Clonmel - the Munster Junior League winners from last season. The teams will be divided into two groups, with the winner from each group meeting in the final.
Each side will play each other in the group stage in games of thirty minutes duration. The competition will start at 1pm and the final is scheduled for 6pm.
The draw for the groups -
Group 1: Cork Constitution, Highfield, Midleton, UCC.
Group 2: Cashel, Clonmel, Dolphin, Sunday's Well.
- Commence at 1.00pm
- Two Pitches, each game15 minutes per half (allowing 45 minutes per game)
- Half Time will be 3 minutes duration.
- Final to be played at 6pm
- Squad of up to 30 Players.
- Draw for Cork Charity Cup will be on E-Sports System immediately.
- All games will be listed and each Club to fill out e-team sheet for each game and duplicate one of the team sheets to cover for Final. Any changes to e-team sheet made prior to playing of game to be adjusted on E-Sports System within 24 hours of Competition. Changes to be noted by Referee
- Rolling Subs may be used, maximum 7 changes in game from squad of 22.
- Dual Status (Guest) Players Permitted (with permission from Junior Club and letter on Headed Paper sent to Hon Sec, South Munster Branch)
- Academy Players only, no Development or Contracted Players.
- Each Club to supply list of 30 Players no later than 28th August (Day before Competition)
- Only kicking allowed with be Drop Kick Conversions with 20 seconds to take kick
Points System as per AIL
- 4pts for Win
- 2pts for Draw
- 0 for Loss
- Losing Bonus Point
- 4 Tries Bonus Point
In event of a tie the following will apply:
- Points first
- Most Wins
- Most Tries
- Points Difference
- Points For
- Toss of Coin
Dressing Rooms will be available for all teams on Day. Cork Constitution will have BBQ food on sale for duration of Competition.
21/06/2015 - U20 World Cup and emerging Ireland
Cork Constitution players have been representing Ireland teams during the off-season.
Billy Holland captained the Emerging Ireland team to victory in the Tblisi Cup tournament in Georgia in June.
The tournament was hosted by World Rugby, and Ireland was joined by Emerging Italy, Uruguay and the hosts Georgia.
June 13: Em.Ireland 25 Em.Italy 0
June 17: Em.Ireland 33 Uruguay 7
June 21: Em. Ireland 45 Georgia 12
Tomas Quinlan and Liam O’Connor represented Ireland in the World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Viadana, Italy during June.
Tomas Quinlan came off the bench to kick a last minute penalty that gave Ireland an 18-16 victory over Argentina in the opening game. He also kicked a penalty in the second game in which Ireland defeated Scotland 24-20.
Liam O’Connor came off the bench in the win over Scotland, and against New Zealand, but Ireland lost that game 3-25. Ireland lost to Wales 12-22, before claiming seventh place with a 17-9 victory over Scotland in the final game.
New Zealand won the Championship with a 21-16 victory over England; while South Africa outplayed France for third place, and Australia beat Wales for 5th place.
Ireland will be grouped with New Zealand, Wales and Georgia for next year’s tournament to be held in Manchester.
June 2: Ireland 18 Argentina 16
June 6: Ireland 24 Scotland 20
June 10: Ireland 3 New Zealand 25
June 15: Ireland 12 Wales 22
June 20: Ireland 17 Scotland 9
06/06/2015 - Jeremy Teehan visits Templehill
Jeremy Teehan, a son of the legendary Charlie Teehan, visited Templehill recently, and as luck would have it, his visit coincided with the Club’s AGM. Jeremy is a retired school teacher from Guernsey, and was tracing his late father’s roots, including his rugby exploits during the War years in Cork.
Charlie won three Ireland caps in 1939, playing against England, Scotland and Wales. But when the Second World War broke out in September 1939, it put an end to International rugby for the next six years.
Charlie had attended Presentation Brothers College Cork, and had won a Munster Senior Schools Cup medal in 1935, and then went on to win a Munster Junior Cup medal with Highfield in 1937.
He entered the Medical Faculty in University College Cork to study Dentistry, and was a member of the UCC team that won the Munster Senior Cup in 1939. He missed another College Cup win in 1941, but won further Cup medals with Cork Constitution in 1942 and 1946.
He had taken a sabbatical from his Dentistry studies, joining the Irish Armies’ Local Defence Force during the War years. However, he returned to finish his studies after the War and, though retired from playing, coached College to win another Cup in 1950, when Jack Horgan was Captain.
When Charlie graduated he went to England, and with his wife, also a dentist, settled in Burnley.
It was a welcome visit by Jeremy to his father’s old haunts, and he was fascinated to find plenty of reminders of his father’s fame.
06/06/2015 - Jack Crowley RIP
The death has occurred on 6th June 2015 of Jack Crowley, former Cork Constitution player and well-known Cork publican.
Jack, and his late brother Dermot, were of the Western Star, the famous ‘College’ hostelry on the Western Road, so fondly remembered by generations of students, and sportsmen of all creeds, who frequented the Mardyke and the Greyhound track, during their halcyon sporting days.
Jack, like his brother Dermot, joined Constitution from school, and was a member of the first Constitution team to win the Munster Junior Cup, captained by Peter Fitzgerald in 1949. And he added a Munster Senior Cup medal in 1957 under the captaincy of Jim Kiernan, when Dolphin were defeated in the final. Jack was fine wing forward, and won a Munster cap in 1952, when he played alongside his brother against Leinster.
He was, of course, together with his wife Lilian, proprietor of the Tory Top Bar for many years, where soccer and rugby matches at nearby Turner’s Cross and Musgrave Park, were celebrated, and ‘replayed’, over the years.
The club wishes to express its sympathy to his wife Lilian, and daughter Noreen.
03/06/2015 - Bertie Smith, President of the Munster Branch 2015/16
The Annual General Meeting of the Munster Branch was held at Cork Constitution's clubhouse in Temple Hill on Tuesday 2nd June before a large attendance.
The out-going President Mick Goggin in his address thanked everyone for their help and cooperation over the season and proposed Bertie Smith, Cork Constitution FC, as the new President of the Munster Branch for season 2015/16, which was seconded by Peter Good - Cork Constitution President.
A native of Timoleague in Co. Cork, in his playing days Smith excelled at a number of sporting pursuits, namely rugby, athletics, hockey and Gaelic football.
Competing for Bandon AC, as a triple-jumper his accolades included the Irish U16 title in 1967 and the Inter Schools triple jump record of 13.38 metres in 1969. Winning representation with Munster Schools in hockey, he was also a member of the Carbery team that won the 1971 Cork Senior Football Championship.
Smith was first introduced to rugby while attending Bandon Grammar School, later joining Bandon RFC and playing in the 1973 Junior Cup Final against what would be his next club - Cork Constitution.
Following his move to Con, Smith won representation on the Munster Junior team and by 1975 was a member of the Munster Senior side, playing in the province's 13-15 loss to Australia in 1976 having also represented the first Ireland B team (now Ireland Wolfhounds) against France the previous year.
Following retirement as a player Smith joined the Munster Association of Referees in 1982, taking charge of his first Senior interprovincial - Ulster v Leinster - in 1986 and running the lines as a touch judge in the first Heineken Cup Final in 1996 before refereeing his first International - Scotland v Wales - a number of months later.
Upon his retirement from refereeing in 2002, Smith was invited to join the Irish Referee Committee, part of a new coaching structure for referee development and was later appointed to the performance review panel for those officiating in International and Heineken Cup games.
Joining the Munster Branch as Junior Vice President in 2013 and as the outgoing Senior Vice President, Smith last night became the 117th Senior President of the Munster Branch.
Smith is also currently chairman of Munster Branch Age Grade Competitions Committee and speaking last night said, "I am indeed honoured to be President of Munster for the coming season 2015/16. My congratulations are due to Mick Goggin who held the position with distinction during the past season. One never seeks these accolades but it is more of being in the right place at the right time and I must thank Cork Constitution for the confidence they have bestowed in me in nominating me for this position. I am most conscious of the role I am holding over the next 12 months. I will try my best to ensure that participation and standards at all levels will grow under my watch and I will endeavour to ensure that the blazer will be in safe keeping to pass on to Gerry O'Shea of Young Munster next year."
02/06/2015 - Cork Cons Tomas Quinlan kicks the winner for Ireland
World Rugby Under 20 Championship Parma, Italy
Ireland 16 - 15 Argentina
Cork Constitution out-half, Tomas Quinlan, came off the bench as a second half replacement, and kicked the winning penalty, as Ireland opened their campaign with a 18-16 victory over Argentina at Parma today, in Pool C of the World Rugby Under 20 Championship.
Out half Joey Carberry had kicked five penalties for Ireland, but they trailed 15-16 as the game entered the final minutes. Ireland got a late reprieve, as replacement out-half Tomas Quinlan kicked the match-winner from the touch-line. Two minutes earlier Argentina had taken the lead with the game’s only try through Emiliano Boffelli, but Quinlan gave Ireland the victory with the last kick of the game.
26/05/2015 - Cork Constitution AGM held at Clubhouse 26 May 2015
|Deputy President||Jerry Holland|
|Junior Deputy President||Anthony O'Leary|
|Hon Treasurer||Jim Murphy|
|Hon Secretary||John O'Mahony|
28/05/2015 - Tomas Quinlan selected for the Ireland U20 squad for the World Cup
Tomas Quinlan has been drafted into the Ireland U20 squad for the World Cup tournament in Parma, Italy, as a replacement for Ross Byrne of UCD, who has withdrawn.
Ireland are in a tough pool with games:
|June 10th||New Zealand|
21/05/2015 - Stephen Archer, Billy Holland represent Ireland in Tbilisi Cup
29/04/2015 - Minutes of the annual general meeting 2014/2015
Ian O’Leary – PRESIDENT chaired the meeting which was attended by 54 members all of whom signed the register of attendees which is appended to these minutes
ITEM 1. Apologies :
Don O’Riordan , Landy Hill , Mark O’Sullivan , Garry Duffy , Ralph Keyes , Hugh Foley , Colm Murphy , Michael O’Gorman , Kenny Murphy , Dan O’Connell and Niall Murray .
ITEM 2. Deceased members :
A minutes silence was observed in honour of those members who passed away since the last AGM .
ITEM 3. Minutes :
The minutes of the AGM of last year , having been online for the last two weeks as is now the custom , were approved by the meeting and signed by the President .
ITEM 4. Honorary Secretary’s Report :
In the 11 and a half months since the last AGM , the Executive has met on 20 occasions which comfortably exceeds the one per month as stipulated by the club rules . Without exception , each and every committee Chairman and the constituent members have been of courteous assistance in every way at the Executive or in subsequent dealings . I would like to acknowledge the absolutely invaluable assistance that our club Secretary has been . Fiona Burke is unfailingly helpful and a veritable mine of information in relation to the club or the Branch . Many thanks .
As you all know , Brian Humphries is stepping down from his role as Chairman of the Management committee . Under Brians stewardship and in difficult times , the club has flourished and thrived in the face of economic hardship . It is in no small way , that due to the hard work of his committee and his enthusiasm that the obstacles were overcome and we are so well placed looking to the future . My thanks to Brian for his guidance , in particular , in my early days as Hon. Sec..
To Ian O’Leary , (1) my thanks for his kind invitation to be club secretary . I hope his trust in me was well founded and (2) my gratitude for a thoroughly enjoyable year . Throughout the year Ian proved a resourceful and insightful President through items such as the Bateman cup and the club International and was always willing to take calls or offer advice . Now Ian will have time to relax and play golf and wind down after a tough three year stint .
Finally , to Colin Kilbride , an absolute gentleman and true friend – I will be forever grateful for your unstinting courtesy and willingness to divulge the vast repertoire of rugby administration you have accumulated . Enjoy your retirement – for the present . I wish the club all the best for the coming season ,I look forward to working with my other club Officers and wish Peter O’Leary and Michael Daly well .
ITEM 5. Club Captains Report :
Gerry told the meeting that we had a great start to the season by beating Bohs . Ballinahinch and Lansdowne and continued this into the Munster cup which we retained by beating Garryowen in the final .Tough inconsistent through the year , we finished strongly with the retention of he Bateman cup against UCD and showed that , on our day , we can beat any side .
This will allow the confidence to bring a consistency to next setason for players which will please Tom Mulcahy , Mick O’Driscoll and Terry Dillon who did such a wonderful job this season . Also to Jerry Murray , Tom Kiernan , Anthony Horgan and Ian Mitchell my gratitude for the support you all gave the Senior squad even in difficult times . To Jerry Holland , Ian Doyle and Matt Kearney , Kenny Murphy , Dr. Tom Cahill , Brian fox and Alan Keane , my thanks also , for administration , logistics and keeping us all in one piece medically on the field . Ian O’Leary was hugely supportive and e ngaged with the team at all opportunities . Best of luck to Peter O’Leary as incoming . Good luck too, to Brian Walsh and Micko on their appointment to the senior Munster coaching ticket – well deserved . Congratulations to the u/20 team on winning the Fraser McMullen trophy and to Max Abbott , Rory Burke , Daragh Moloney and Ryan Foley on their participation in the u/20 World cup.
Thank you to all in CCFC for the appointment to Captain such a prestigious club . I have enjoyed it immensely .
ITEM 6. Statement of accounts and Hon. Treasurers report :
The Hon. Treasurer , Jim Murphy , presented his accounts for the year to the meeting . Afterwards , he took questions from the floor regarding same . The accounts are not available online but , on appointment with the Hon. Treasurer , any member who has a fully paid up subscription may view same. A full financial statement is attached to the hard copy of the minutes .
ITEM 7. Presidents Address :
The President , Ian O’Leary began by thanking Finian O’Driscoll for the opportunity to be President of such a prestigious club and acknowledged that the support and structures in CCFC made the job that bit easier . It was a challenge but a wonderful experience . Apologies for no trophies . Financially , the club received income from gate monies , sponsorship , AIL assistance , and the club programme in difficult economic times . We also garnered income from the hire of our facilities , parties , etc. which are available in a beautiful premises , good location and with good food and service .
In the current climate , there are huge issues with the game divided between the amateur and professional games . Within our orbit , the obvious benefit accruing to Dublin clubs in 1A are the Friday night derby games and resultant financial windfalls . This is in some way due to the IRFU/Leinster getting their own way and keeping the clubs at heel with no professional involvement . The recently published sustainability report ensures that there are no real costs to the game ie. IRFU .
We are well positioned too in terms of our people – with Greg Barrett at the IRFU , Bertie Smith as incoming Munster President , Brian Humphries as Chairman of the Senior clubs group , Padraig Higgins in finance at the South Munster branch and the senior Munster coaching ticket of Mick O’Driscoll , Brian Walsh , Garrett FitzGerald . John Kelly is Chairman of the professional game committee .
Our current sponsors , Kearys , are staying with us for another year but we will lose Euromedic after the generous 3 years . Our thanks and appreciation for their contribution . Into the future , we are currently exploring new option which may become open to the club .
My thanks to Jerry Holland (Rugby), Ray Clarke (financial projects) , Peter and Dermot O’Leary and Peter O’Sullivan (bar) , Michaels Daly and Boland (H+G) , Don O’Riordan and Rose Dunne (membership) , Frank O’Connor , Don O’Riordan and Ross O’Dowling (lunches) , our Toastmaster Tony Roche , Pat Twomey (ezine) , Clodagh and Erica O’Sullivan (shop) , Der O’Riordan and Pat Moynihan ( website ) Finian O’Driscoll (sponsorship) , Kevin Fielding (juveniles) , Aidan McNamara , Hugh Foley and Kevin Flanagan (youths) , Jim Murphy and Pat Twomey (finance and ticketmaster) , John O’Mahony (secretary) our office manager Fiona Burke and our trustees Gary Horgan , Landy Hill , Tom Kiernan and Noel Murphy .
A special mention for Brian Humphries . It was a second term for Brian . First as President, then as chairman of the Management committee . A quick thinker and a massive support - as a successful businessman his contribution was immeasurable . In his role of chairman of the Senior clubs, CCFC are the envy of many others . Joanne , will now get to spend some time with him !
Brian is to be replaced by Michael Daly . A proven quantity and a remarkably efficient operator , Michael was the project manager on the new club house so his value is evident . An astute doer , I wish him well .
Highs and lows : Bruce Springsteen-BBQ – volunteerism : Saturday morning coffee-now a social event : Viber- the value of the ladies in the club and a new departure : Der- Sunday night debriefings : Valentines night- Gerald Kean and Lisa : Dolphinx2 : President and Captains dinner –with the Munster senior cup : the tornado – blew the roof off the dressing rooms : u/20’s- Fraser McMullen win : Rory , Max , Daragh , Ryan , Mossy and Tomas – represented their country : Pat “Crash” – Miracle recovery : Rea Kennedy – leaving Mothercare .
Tom Cahill – loss of Fiona : Brian Wayne – RIP : Kenny Murphy – a “special one” : Jack Kyle and the 16 year old lady on the boat : Sean Kelly – opening Croke park : the Bateman cup – Gerry Hurley and all the players .
Finally , to Peter my best wishes for the year . With Peter Good and Jerry Holland to follow , that will take us to our 125th . The club is in a good place and I am proud to be on the board in such august company .
My thanks to my wife Jane and my family and to all members for a wonderful year .
ITEM 8. Club Appointments :
|Position||Candidate||Proposed by||Seconded by|
|President||Peter O’Leary||Ian O’Leary||Greg Barrett|
|Senior Deputy||Peter Good||Peter O’Leary||Finian O’Driscoll|
|Junior Deputy||Jerry Holland||Peter Good||Pat O’Keeffe|
|Hon. Treasurer||Jim Murphy||Ian O’Leary||Peter O’Leary|
|Hon. Secretary||John O’Mahony||Jim Murphy||Paul Derham|
|Chair.of Manag||Michael Daly||Brian Humphries||Brian Ludgate|
|Vice President||Kevin Fielding||Peter Good||Pat Twomey|
|Hugh Foley||Ian O’Leary||Peter O’Leary|
|Rea Kennedy||Peter O’Leary||Brian Humphries|
|Ken FitzGerald||Brian Humphries||Peter O’Leary|
|Executive Member||Clo. O’Sullivan||Ian O’Leary|
|Don Mullins||Jerry Holland||Pat O’Keeffe|
|Tony Roche||Noel Walsh||Stan Waldron|
|Hon. Auditor||Eileen Keyes||Jim Murphy||Finian O’Driscoll|
|Hon. Solicitor||Ray Shanahan||John O’Mahony||Jim Murphy|
ITEM 9. Elections :
On the night , the Director of Rugby , Jerry Holland recommended to the Executive that the following should be the Senior XV coaching ticket .
(1.) Coach : Tom Tierney and David Corkery,
(2.) Manager : Kenny Murphy ,
(3.) Selector : Ralph Keyes .
The DOR also recommended that Tom Mulcahy coach the u/20’s , assisted by Paul McCarthy and don Mullins .
Both recommendations were endorsed by the Executive .
ITEM 10. The Presidents Acceptance :
My thanks to Ian for inviting me to be President of this prestigious club following my Dad , uncle Archie and my brother . To my wife Gillian , daughter Jenny and son Robert too , for embracing the year with me .
Well done to Ian for the fantastic job he did throughout the year . The support Ian got from all members made this possible .
Since the scouts approached me to join Con., I have been involved in all areas of the club and loved it all . We have an awesome juvenile system and must continue to nurture it . As a Senior selector for 8 years , I was lucky to have been with wonderful coaches and players and I’m immensely proud of that …..even if I was away for a few weekends .
New players and committees have been put in place . Thank you to all who helped . We are so lucky in having so many willing to help the club .Your time is greatly appreciated .
I have 3 goals for the season .
I will do everything I can to support our teams to achieve success ,
I will do my best to hand over to peter Good , a financially secure club and
I will promote Con. as the premier club to ensure the talented young players want to join.
To all who are retiring , thank you and congratulations . The club is a better place for your time and contributions . I hope next season is as successful from u/6 to our Seniors .
I have always been proud to be a member of CCFC and hope at the end of the season , you will feel that I carried out my role as President in the manner which does honour to our club .
ITEM 11. Subscriptions and Budget :
Jerry Holland proposed the adoption of the annual accounts . This was seconded by Peter O’Leary .
The subscription levies were proposed by Finian O’Driscoll and seconded by Jim Murphy .
ITEM 12. AOB:
Jim Murphy wished to have his admiration for the club’s volunteers recorded . He said that without these people , and there are so many he did not wish to begin using names , we could not survive . Bertie Smith wished to be associated with those remarks .
Stan Waldron wished to congratulate Michael Boland on the excellent job he did in providing the club with its own water – via the well . A worthy exercise , said the Treasurer, given the relatively modest cost to the club .
There being no further business, the President closed the meeting.
23/03/2015 - Jerry Murray RIP
The death occurred on 23rd March 2015 of Jerry Murray, former Cork Constitution President and Captain.
Before joining Constitution, Jerry was an outstanding Schools player, winning Munster Junior and Senior Schools Cup medals with Presentation College Cork in 1957 and 1958.
Joining Constitution from school, he was a mainstay of the most successful teams through the 1960’s and 1970’s. He won a record seven Munster Senior Cup medals, and an astonishing thirteen Munster League titles, during a remarkable playing career that finally ended with the Munster Cup campaign in 1980.
There were many memorable games, not least the Munster Cup final wins over Garryowen at Thomond Park in 1961 and Musgrave Park in 1972; and a League final victory, also against Garryowen at Thomond Park in 1975. In each game Constitution were deemed underdogs, but against the odds won notable victories.
His pre-match team-talks were legendary, and it is said that on one occasion, the opposition sat spellbound in their dressing room, listening to his motivational speech next door. On another occasion in a Limerick hotel, as a band marched down the street with a solemn roll of drums, he remarked that it was the funeral march for the opposition!
He played for Munster also in some memorable games: at Thomond Park in 1963 when New Zealand escaped with a 6-3 victory; and at Musgrave Park in 1967 when Munster defeated Australia 11-8. Unlucky not to wear the green jersey, he was honoured in 1977 by the famous Barbarian club when selected against Leicester.
An able administrator, he served Cork Constitution as Club Captain 1967 & 1972, and as President 1995. He served as Munster selector 1986-90; and Ireland selector 1989-92; and as Munster Branch President 2000-01
The club wishes to express its sympathy to his wife Lulu, sons Niall and Jerry, and daughters Ann Louise and Jean.
07/02/2015 - Ulster Bank Club International Templehill
|Ireland XV||Scotland XV|
15. Danny Riordan OldBelvedere
15 Nyle Godsmark Edinburgh Accies
03/01/2015 - Ulster Bank League Division 1A Terenure College v Cork Constitution
Cork Constitution travel to Dublin on Saturday for game eleven in the Ulster Bank League.
Constitution won their last outing against Dolphin at Templehill on 19th December, when they scored a 17-6 win to move to third in the UBL table on 27 points.
However, Constitution trail Terenure College, who are second in the table on 33 points. Terenure have won seven of their ten games. They recorded big wins over Young Munster 47-0 at home; and 42-0 against Dolphin on their visit to Cork. Their losses were against Lansdowne, Ballynahinch and UCD – the latter being their last two games.
Over the years in the AIL, Constitution hold the upper hand with nine wins from ten games played since 1996-97. Last season Terenure were promoted from Division 1B having spent four seasons in that division.
The last game between the clubs was the opening league game of the season in October 2008, when Constitution won 43-19 at Templehill. The Constitution team for that game was: D.Hurley; R.Lane, T.Kenneally, E.Ryan, C.Healy; J.Manning, D.Lyons; D.Hurley, L.Gabriel, Tim Ryan; J.Maloney, D.Kelly; B.Cuttriss Capt., E.Leamy, B.Holland.
On Saturday, Daragh Lyons, the sole survivor from that team, will play his 166th AIL game, in his twelfth season for the Club.
Kick-off for the game at Lakelands Park, Terenure is 2.00pm
Meanwhile, the Munster Senior Cup Final against Garryowen remains to be rescheduled, with the likely date in mid-January, after next week’s away game to Ballynahinch.
24/11/2014 - Strictly Con dancing: new and exciting fundraising event
To whom it may concern- Cork Con F.C. was founded in 1892 and continues to grow and develop both on and off the pitch.Our success is based on the community spirit in the area, characterized by the wealth of volunteers who assist in the running of our club, at all levels. The lifeblood of the club is the growing number of young people in the area
who want to be involved in team sports.
We have undertaken a fundraising campaign to support the running of the club and to this end the club will host a "Strictly Con Dancing" extravaganza on Friday 13th March 2015 in the Rochestown Park Hotel. The event on the night will be supported by 500 people and will receive local media coverage and will be managed by "Kevin Rowe Events" in conjunction with the club. Participants will be from our Club and from the Cork Area and we will have a celebrity judging panel.
* Individual Dancer option:-
We are looking for dancers - both male and female. Each dancer must raise 500.00 Euro Sponsorship and we would love their family, friends and work colleagues to come along on the night to support them. A seven week Choreography course and Costumes will be provided. We are enclosing a Dancer Information Poster. Applications must be in before 5th Jan 2015. As the number of dancers is limited, please get your application in early.
* Company Sponsorship Option:-
Advertising support for your business will include Your name appearing on all marketing material associated with the event. Your name appearing on the programme for the night. Formal recognition on the night of the event by MC. On screen promotion which sets out the background of the dance couple you have sponsored. Social media advertising by the Club.
The club greatly appreciates the support of all its sponsors and patrons. Your contribution to our event will help to ensure the success of this evening which promises to be a great social event for all.
Declan Mc Ginn- 087 2615885 Chairman Organising Committee.
Gillian O'Leary 086 6065748, Brendan Hyde 087 2599767, Fiona Burke 086 6076273
Paula Good 087 7972565, Mick Boland 086 7350355, Tony O Connor 087 2224644
01/11/2014 - Brian Begley RIP
It is with regret that we learned of the death of former Cork Constitution player Brian Begley on 1st November 2014 in Dublin.
After his introduction to rugby at PBC Cork, Brian joined Cork Constitution and quickly made a senior team centre position his own.
He was a member of the very successful teams that won successive Munster Senior League titles between 1965 and 1969. And during this time also, the Munster Senior Cup was won in 1965 and 1967, and Cork Charity Cup in 1967, ‘68 and ‘69.
The Club members sympathise with his wife and family members.
21/11/2014 - Cork Constitution F.C. - Minor night - Friday 21st November, 2014
CORK CONSTITUTION F.C. - MINOR NIGHT- FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER, 2014.
TIME 7.30PM IN CLUB HOUSE
GUEST SPEAKER ROSS O'DOWLING
ALL WELCOME : COST 50.00pp
FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE SEE ATTACHED BROCHURE.
29/09/2014 - Mater Private are U20 Sponsors 2014 - 2015
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17/09/2014 - Zurich are new Juvenile Sponsors for 2014/2015
"Zurich is delighted to come on board as main sponsor for the Cork Constitution FC Juvenile teams. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Cork Con and support their vibrant Juvenile section over the next three years. We wish all the Juvenile players and the very many coaches & volunteers the very best for this exciting season ahead."
Cork Constitution FC:
On behalf of Cork Constitution FC we would like to welcome Zurich as or main sponsor for our juveniles.
We look forward to partner with your company going forward.
13/09/2014 - 2014 - 2015 Season is underway
Cork Constitution will go into their opening Ulster Bank League tie on Saturday next boosted by wins in their Cork Charity Cup games over Cashel and Highfield. Though the margins of victory were tight, the team and management will be satisfied that those games, together with the season-opener against London-Irish, has given the squad valuable match-day experience before heading for Dublin on Saturday.
Old Belvedere will provide a stern test at this early stage of the team’s development. Last season this Dublin tie ended in a 3-3 draw, but Old Belvedere prevailed at Templehill in the return. In the end, those lost points, two instead of four in the drawn game, proved costly for Old Belvedere, as they finished second to Clontarf for the title, pipped by just one point - 64 to 63.
The Constitution Management team comprising: Coaches Tom Tierney and David Corkery; Kenny Murphy (team manager); Ralph Keyes (selector); Ian Doyle (Kit) and Brian Fox (Physio) have had a good pre-season assimilating the personnel changes from last season.
Missing from last season are: Joe McSwiney (Wpk), Willie Ryan (UK), James Rochford (SWell) and Yasin Browne (UL) from the forwards; Luke Duffy and Conor Desmond (US) from the back line.
New recruits include centre Ned Hodson (UCC), flanker James Murphy (Shannon) and wing Joe Uprichard (Brisbane). And another significant signing is Darren Sweetnam (UCC), who also has a Munster contract. It is hoped that Darren, and many of last season’s successful Under 21 squad, will feature as the season progresses.
A Supporter’s Coach will depart Templehill at 9.30am on Saturday for Old Belvedere. Contact Fiona at Club Office for seat reservation.
The Junior 2 XV will hopefully have their first game on Sunday when they travel to Mitchelstown to take on the local side in the Dennehy Cup. Last Sunday they received a walk-over from Cork Transport. The game is fixed for Mitchelstown at 12 noon on Sunday.
28/05/2014 - Annual General Meeting: 2013- 2014
President Ian O’Leary reported on a satisfactory year at the Club AGM in the Clubhouse on Wednesday evening. He thanked his fellow officers, and the members, for affording him their support in a most enjoyable year.
On the playing side, retaining the Munster Senior Cup and Bateman Cup was the highlight, and the management and players were congratulated for their great achievement. The winning of the Fraser McMullen Cup by the U20 squad for the first time was a real bonus. The four members of the team who are in New Zealand with Ireland for the FIRA World Cup tournament, namely Rory Burke, Max Abbott, Ryan Foley and Darragh Moloney, were congratulated. They had been sent off with best wishes at a previous function before they departed. And Tomas Quinlan, also a member of the U20 winning team, was congratulated for his selection for the Ireland U19 XV. The J2 XV players and management were congratulated on winning the Dennehy Cup.
Jim Murphy, Hon.Treasurer, reported on a difficult year financially, that ended with a small deficit. Sponsorship income streams were down due to the difficult economic climate, but spend was controlled to budget and overall the financial results were very satisfactory, with membership, bar and fund raising holding up well. Looking forward, the club is well positioned, the new clubhouse facility has performed very well, and we can be confident of the future.
The incoming President, Peter O’Leary, thanked his brother for the unique honour of keeping it in the family, and looked forward to the challenge of the new season.
The Officers for season 2014-15 were elected as follows:
President: Peter O’Leary
Senior Deputy President: Peter Good
Junior Deputy President: Jerry Holland
Hon Treasurer: Jim Murphy
Hon Secretary John O’Mahony
Director of Rugby: Jerry Holland
Kevin Fielding, Hugh Foley, Rea Kennedy and Ken Fitzgerald were elected as Vice-Presidents.
1st XV Management: Kenny Murphy, Team Manager; Tom Tierney & David Corkery, Coaches; Ralph Keyes, Selector.
U20 XV Management: Don Mullins, Manager; Tom Mulcahy & Paul McCarthy, Coaches.
28/05/2014 - Annual General Meeting: Wednesday 28th May @ 8.00pm
The Cork Constitution FC Annual General Meeting will be held in the Club’s Pavilion on Wednesday 28th May, @ 8.00pm
- Remembering deceased members
- Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 13th June 2013
- Honorary Secretary’s Report
- Club Captain’s Report
- Director of Rugby’s Report
- Statement of Accounts and Honorary Treasurer’s Report for financial year to 30th April 2014.
- President’s Address
- Election of Officers for Season 2014/2015
- Senior Deputy President
- Junior Deputy President
- Captain of the First XV
- Honorary Treasurer
- Honorary Secretary
- Director of Rugby
- Chairman of Management Committee
- Election of:
- Honorary Auditor
- Honorary Solicitor
- President’s Acceptance
- Election of :
- Coach 1st XV
- Manager 1st XV
- 2 selectors 1st XV
- Coach Under 20 XV
- Selection committee of Under 20 XV
- J1 Coaches and Management
- J2 Coaches and Management
- Election of two Vice Presidents:
- Election of 2 additional Vice-Presidents ‘on the recommendation of both the club trustees and club officers and with the approval of the executive committee’
- Election of two members to the Executive Committee.
- Subscriptions for 2014/15 and Budget 2014/15
- Any Other Business
29/04/2014 - FOUR CORK CONSTITUTION PLAYERS NAMED IN IRELAND U20 SQUAD FOR WORLD C
The Ireland Under-20 squad, sponsored by PwC, has been named today for this year's IRB Junior World Championship which will take place in New Zealand in June.
Four members of the victorious Cork Constitution Fraser McMullen Cup team have been named on the Ireland U20 squad for the forthcoming World U20 Cup in New Zealand. Max Abbott, Rory Burke, Ryan Foley and Darragh Moloney have been named in the 28 man squad.
Connacht's Sean O'Brien will captain the Ireland U-20s for the June tournament. He was skipper during the recent Six Nations in the absence of Dan Leavy, who misses the Junior World Championship through injury as does his UCD and Leinster colleague Adam Byrne.
Ireland share Pool B with Six Nations winners France, Fiji and Wales. Mike Ruddock's youngsters open their campaign against the French at QBE Stadium in Auckland on Monday, June 2.
2014 IRB Junior World Championship New Zealand June 2-20:
Max Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Rory Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster)
David Busby (Queen's University/Ulster)
Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
Denis Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster) *
Diarmaid Dee (Young Munster/Munster) *
Dylan Donnellan (UCD/Leinster) *
Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Ryan Foley (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht) *
Stephen Gardiner (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Dan Goggin (Young Munster/Munster)
Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)
John Madigan (Dolphin/Munster) *
Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)
Conor McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Darragh Moloney (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster)
Sean O'Brien (Galwegians/Connacht) (capt)
Jack O'Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)
Peter Robb (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster)
Craig Trenier (Terenure College/Leinster) *
Alex Wootton (Garryowen/Munster)
* Denotes uncapped player at international Under-20 level
IRELAND - POOL B FIXTURES:
Monday, June 2: France v IRELAND, QBE Stadium, Auckland, 5.35pm local time/6.35am Irish time
Friday, June 6: Wales v IRELAND, ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe, 5.35pm local time/6.35am Irish time
Tuesday, June 10: IRELAND v Fiji, QBE Stadium, Auckland, 1.35pm local time/2.35am Irish time
03/05/2014 - Ulster Bank Bateman Cup Final, Cork Constitution v University Colleg
Cork Constitution will be hoping to retain the Bateman Cup in the Final against University College Dublin at Temple Hill next Saturday.
The Bateman Cup was originally played between 1922 – 1932, before being re-inaugurated, for competition between the four Provincial Cup winners, in 2011.
Bruff and Garryowen won in the first two years, and Constitution maintained the Munster domination last season when they defeated St Mary’s College at Templeville Road.
Bateman Cup Finals:
2011 Bruff 24 Dungannon 11
2012 Garryowen 24 Ballymena 6
2013 Cork Constitution 29 St Mary’s College 14
Prior to the Bateman Cup re-introduction in 2011, the All Ireland Cup series, sponsored by AIB, was played between 2006 & 2010. Cork Constitution reached three of the five finals, winning two - against St Mary’s College and Garryowen , and losing one to Ballynahinch in 2009.
This season, Cork Constitution won their 25th Munster Senior Cup defeating Garryowen 9-6 after extra time in a dramatic final at Thomond Park before Christmas. In the Bateman semi-final they defeated the Ulster champions Queen’s University 41-14 at Temple Hill in January.
UCD defeated Terenure College 23-18 to annex the Leinster Senior Cup in November, and then went on to defeat Galwegians 21-20 in the Bateman semi-final at Belfield. It was the student’s 9th success in Leinster, since their first Cup win in 1924. And they have contested one Bateman Cup successfully, when they defeated Young Munster 16-6 in the in 1938 final.
In this season’s Ulster Bank League games between the clubs, UCD won the first encounter 23-17 at Belfield in November, while Constitution won the return fixture14-6 at Temple Hill in January.
The Final will be televised live from Temple Hill on RTE2 with the programme commencing at 2.15pm.
24/04/2014 - Dennehy Cup Final: Cork Constitution v Mallowat Highfield RFC, 12.00
Cork Constitution J2 XV meet Mallow in the much delayed Final of the Dennehy Cup on Sunday next at Woodleigh Park, the home of Highfield RFC.
Constitution won their way to the final last September with wins over Ballincollig, Bandon and Sunday’s Well; while Mallow defeated Mitchelstown, Kinsale and Old Christians on their route to the final.
In the League Constitution gained a third place finish in the preliminary stage; and then finished on top of the next phase ahead of Highfield, Clonmel and Mallow.
In the J2 Cup, after a walk-over from Tralee, they reversed the previous result over Corca Dhuibne, but lost in the next round against Bandon.
Thus, Sunday is last chance saloon for some silverware for the season. Constitution have won the trophy on eighteen occasions sine it was first played in 1975; the last success came in 2011, when Balllincollig were defeated 13-7 under the captaincy of John O’Donovan.
29/03/2014 - Captain & Presidents Dinner 2014
21/02/2014 - Ireland Club XV V England Club XV
The Ireland Club team, captained by Cork Constitution's Gerry Hurley, secured their first ever away win over England Counties yesterday with a 23-22 scoreline at Darlington Mowden Park RFC.
Initially it looked like England Counties would take the verdict, having shot into a 12-6 half-time thanks to a penalty try and winger Jim Wigglesworth's late effort in the corner. Counties, who had the greater share of possession in the opening half, went on to outscore the visitors by three tries to one.Their first came after Scottish referee Graeme Wells adjudged that Ireland had kicked the ball out of a five-metre scrum. Wigglesworth, who had previously been ruled offside from a Chris Johnson cross-field kick, got the try he had been threatening just before the break.
But Clontarf out-half David Joyce made sure to bring his kicking boots with him to bitterly cold Darlington - his third successful penalty made it a three-point game in the 49th minute. Even better followed as Lansdowne's Mark Roche brilliantly tore through the home defence to round off a fine counter attack. Joyce was unable to convert the centre's try, but Tom Tierney's men had nipped ahead at 14-12.
Centre Jack Adams' converted try under the posts saw the lead change hands again, as he followed up on a break by replacement Gavin Jones. But two penalties in a three-minute period from the reliable right boot of Joyce - the second a superb kick from upwards of 50 metres - edged the visitors in front again. The Irish number 10 then dropped a long range penalty short with 10 minutes remaining, as this closely-fought game went right down to the wire.
Luke Myring swung it back in Counties' favour at 22-20 with three minutes to go and just when it looked like the Irish challenge was over, their persistence and sheer will to win paid off with a last-gasp penalty. The industrious Irish pack forced a turnover and England's discipline let them down when it mattered most, with referee Wells continually picking up on penalties at the breakdown.
Joyce coolly stepped up to slot the match-winning kick from 30 metres out, completing a very successful two-match series for the Ulster Bank League's leading lights. Joyce's Clontarf club-mate Michael McGrath also deserves credit for his strong running throughout, particularly during the closing stages as the powerful winger clawed back some crucial territory.
It was a bitterly disappointing finish for the Counties players who gave their all in what was a cracking contest. Unfortunately for them, they were left to reflect on a second successive one-point defeat - they were also pipped by a France Federale team last month.
The Ireland Club side had beaten England Counties three times before at home, but this was the first time to taste victory on English soil. It was something that Tierney's talented squad had targeted this season, especially after they swept past Scotland (28-3) so convincingly in Cork. They are the second Ireland Club team to complete a clean sweep of victories over their English and Scottish counterparts, following on from David O'Mahony's side back in 2011.
Referee: Graeme Wells (Scotland)
Ireland Club XV: Daniel Riordan (Old Belvedere RFC); Michael McGrath (Clontarf FC), Stuart Morrow (Ballynahinch RFC), Mark Roche (Lansdowne FC), Cian Aherne (Lansdowne FC); David Joyce (Clontarf FC), Gerry Hurley (Cork Constitution FC) (capt); Colm McMahon (St. Mary's College RFC), Tyrone Moran (Lansdowne FC), Declan Lavery (Old Belvedere RFC), Dean Moore (Old Belvedere RFC), Fergal Walsh (Terenure College RFC), Willie Earle (Lansdowne FC), Charlie Butterworth (Lansdowne FC), William Ryan (Cork Constitution FC). Replacements used: Ian Hirst (Clontarf FC) for McMahon, Andrew O'Driscoll (Cork Constitution FC) for Moran (both 51 mins), Barry Daly (UCD RFC) for Morrow, Sean Walsh (Cashel RFC) for Moore (both 62), Neil Cronin (Garryowen FC) for Hurley (78). Not used: Hugh McGrath (Young Munster RFC), James Ryan (Cork Constitution FC), Ritchie McMaster (Queen's University RFC).
04/01/2014 - Cork Constitution v Young Munster
Ulster Bank League – Division 1A
Cork Constitution v Young Munster
2.30pm Saturday 4th January 2014
The Ulster Bank League resumes on Saturday after a four week break. Young Munster are visitors to Temple Hill for the ninth game of the series – and the final game of the first round.
Constitution won their last outing against St Mary’s College in Dublin on a 22-18 score-line. It was an important win for Constitution ending a run of three successive defeats. And since then, they have won the Munster Senior Cup with a hard-earned 9-6 extra-time win over Garryowen at Thomond Park, which will give the team renewed confidence as they now also have the challenge of the Bateman Cup series ahead.
Constitution are sixth in the UBL table on 21 points after eight games, while Young Munster are one place better on 23 points. With Clontarf setting the pace on 31 points, and the other three Leinster clubs hot on their heels, it is vital for Constitution and Young Munster to keep the Munster club’s challenge on track.
The game also doubles-up for the annual Danaher Sheahan Memorial Cup which will be presented to the winning captain in the Clubhouse.
The guest speaker at the Pre-match Lunch is Press Ombudsman and former Senator and TD, John Horgan.
25/05/2013 - Peter OMahony to Captain Ireland
Interim Ireland head coach Les Kiss has confirmed that back rower Peter O'Mahony will captain the squad for the summer tour to North America, following Rory Best's call-up to the British & Irish Lions squad. Peter O'Mahony's selection as summer tour captain was confirmed this evening, with the 23-year-old Munster flanker set to lead Ireland for the first time against the USA in Houston on Saturday, June 8. The Les Kiss-coached Irish side, which includes 28 players in the touring party, will also face Canada in Toronto the following Saturday (June 15). It has been a rapid rise for O'Mahony who has experience of captaining teams at schools, club, provincial and international level, including stints at the helm of a number of Ireland underage teams and both the Munster senior and 'A' sides. He made his Ireland senior debut against Italy in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations and now has 14 caps to his name, including 10 starts. His versatility has seen him line out in all three positions in the back row for Ireland, and he even spent time on the wing during their last game of the 2013 Championship against Italy. His tender years make him the youngest Ireland captain since Brian O'Driscoll - also 23 back then - skippered the team to victory over Australia in November 2002. O'Mahony will also be the first Cork native to captain Ireland since the recently retired Ronan O'Gara did so against England in March 2008.
24/08/2012 - Cork Charity Cup
The domestic rugby season opens at Templehill on Saturday afternoon with a Cork Charity Cup match between local Ulster Bank League Division 1 rivals Cork Constitution and Dolphin. It will be the first of four meetings between the sides this season. They will meet again on 15th September in the Munster Senior Cup, also at Templehill, before the home and away series in the Ulster Bank League later in the season.
Cork Constitution will have some debutant players, amongst them two French signings, threequarters Segere Renaud and Paul Perez. Also Jayde Cruickshank and Graeme Lawson from Zimbabwe will get game time in the first game of the season, in a side captained by Ireland Club International, Gerry Hurley.
The occasion will also be significant for the first game with the new Clubhouse at Templehill. The magnificent building has been completed on schedule for the opening of the new season, and there will be huge interest in seeing how the new facility integrates with the familiar surroundings.
01/08/2012 - Moving Day at Temple Hill
Wednesday, 1st August 2012, was Moving Day at Temple Hill, when a large core of volunteers assisted in the Big Move into the new Clubhouse. With the basic building work completed, and fitting of fixtures well progressed, it was time to move all the trappings of 120 years of club history to their new home.
Club memorabilia including the club Presidents & Captain’s board, club team photographs, the 100 year Centenary presentation cabinet, and not forgetting the Cups. Tom Kiernan’s International jersey display, International player photographs and a myriad of other memorabilia that has been gathered over the years. All were lovingly wrapped and transported, and in the coming weeks will find their way to their new resting places.
Club President, Finian O’Driscoll, thanked everybody for their assistance on the day, and all who have helped to bring the dream of the new clubhouse to a reality. The Clubhouse will become operational slowly but surely from Thursday 2nd August, when training resumes for the new season, and all should be in readiness for the first home game of the season on Saturday 25th August when Dolphin will be visitors for the first round Cork Charity Cup game.
19/07/2012 - Training Resumes at Cork Constitution
Training for the new season for all players will resume at Temple Hill on Thursday 2nd August at 7.00pm.
There will be training on Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week at 7.00pm each evening.
The first game of the season is against Dolphin at Temple Hill in the Cork Charity Cup on Saturday 25th August.
New players welcome.
For further information please contact any of the following:
|1st XV Coaches:||Brian Walsh||086-1712765|
|J1 XV Coaches:||Niall Murray||086-8259113|
|J2 XV Coaches:||Eric Treacy||087-2532122|
|U21 Coaches:||Terry Dillon||086-2529036|
18/07/2012 - Munster Senior Cup 2012/13
The draw has been made for the Munster Senior Cup 2012 - 2013.
The losers of the first round will play in a Plate competition.
Round 1 – W/E 15th September
Quarter Finals – W/E 22nd September
Semi Finals – 13th October
Final – 24th November
30/06/2012 - Munster Contract Players 2012/13 Season
Munster Rugby have updated their playing panel for next season.
The following Cork Constitution players have full contracts with Munster for next season: Ronan O’Gara, Scott Deasy, Ivan Dineen, Simon Zebo, Duncan Williams, Stephen Archer, John Ryan, Donncha O’Callaghan, Ian Nagle, Billy Holland and Peter O’Mahony.
Sean Scanlon has joined Garryowen.
The following players have Academy Contracts for next season:
Brian Hayes (3rd year), Philip Donnelan (2nd year), Cathal O’Flaherty (2nd year),
Jonathan Holland (1st year).
Denis Fogarty has joined French club Aurillac. Tom Gleeson has been released by Munster and will play with Cork Constitution. Brian O’Hara has completed his Academy contract and will play with Cork Constitution.
Mick O’Driscoll, Denis Leamy and Darragh Hurley have retired.
30/06/2012 - New Clubhouse Project Update
Cork Constitution signed the contract with MMD Construction Cork Ltd for a new Clubhouse and associated works at their grounds at Temple Hill on 20th February 2012.
The project includes the demolition of the original Clubhouse and Dance Hall, a conversion of the existing Member’s Bar area to provide two additional dressing rooms, toilets, showers and player’s gym. A new single storey Clubhouse providing meeting room, function room, member’s bar and club bar, kitchen, office, club shop, storage areas, plant & ESB switch room. Relocation of the entrance off Churchyard Lane (R852) to the Telecom boundary and all associated site development works, including resurfacing of car parking to provide 32 no. car spaces & new club signage.
The project work got underway on 1st March and is scheduled to be completed for the start of the new season in September.
The members attending the Annual General Meeting on 19th June were able to view the considerable progress of the new Clubhouse. As the attached photos show, external walls, roof and floors were all completed at that stage. Conduits for all internal services have been completed also, while plastering work was in progress, preparatory to installation of windows and doorways.
The old tennis court area is being redeveloped also at this time. A new soak away pit has been established to take rain water from the clubhouse area, and the top surface will be dressed to take heavy duty scrummaging activity, thus saving the training pitches during the rugby season.
The Club Development Fund has been very well supported and stands at €119,000.
19/06/2012 - Annual General Meeting 2012
The Annual General Meeting for season 2011/12 was held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 19th June 2012.
Outgoing President, Brian Humphries, reported on a very busy season and thanked his fellow officers for the support throughout. He paid tribute to the excellent work of the 1st XV management led by coaches Brian Walsh and Brian Hickey, team manager Kenny Murphy and captain Gareth Murray on a fine season that saw the club finish fourth in the Ulster Bank League. He congratulated Junior 1 captain, Peter O’Sullivan, on winning the double of Munster Junior Cup and League. He thanked the Directors of Juvenile and Youth Rugby, Peter Good and Kevin Flanagan, for another outstanding season. He complemented Michael Boland for the continues good state of the house and grounds in a difficult season, and Fiona Burke for her exemplary office work.
Commenting on the progress of the Clubhouse Building project, which the members had inspected prior to the meeting, he thanked the Development Committee for their superb work on behalf of the club, and looked forward to its completion for the new season. He thanked the members for their great support of the Development Fund. He also acknowledged the welcome initiative of the IRFU in meeting the clubs during the season to address issues of concern.
Jerry Holland, Director of Rugby, reported on a transitional season for the senior team, who had to replace a number of experienced players and still contested well throughout the year. He expressed concern with the Union’s approach to the limitation on Munster Squad and Academy players in playing with the clubs. He congratulated Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo who won International caps during the season, and also Gerry Hurley, Philip Donnellan and Cathal Quinn who played for the Club International team.
Hon.Treasurer Stephen Murphy reported a satisfactory financial outcome, despite the difficult economic climate and the needs of the building project. He thanked main sponsor Rochestown Park Hotel in particular for their support over the past three years, Juvenile/Youth sponsor Euromedic, and all the ground and programme sponsors. He proposed a slightly reduced budget for the forthcoming season and urged that every effort be made to ensure a smooth transition to the new Clubhouse.
Finian O’Driscoll was elected President for season 2012/13. In his address he paid tribute to the outgoing President and fellow officers. He thanked Walton Morrissey, Peter Good and Jack O’Sullivan who are stepping down from their postitions after many years of fruitful work. Noting, also, that it was the last AGM in the present Hall, he looked forward to getting the new clubhouse into action and urged the membership to support club functions in the new season.
Colin Kilbride and Stephen Murphy continue in the offices of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer respectively. Ian O’Leary has moved up to Senior Deputy President, with his brother Peter O’Leary replacing him as Junior Deputy President. Padraig Higgins, Mark O’Sullivan, Ross O’Dowling and Anthony O’Connor were elected as Vice Presidents.
President Finian O’Driscoll
Hon Secretary Colin Kilbride
Senior Deputy President Ian O’Leary
Hon Treasurer Stephen Murphy
Junior Deputy President Peter O’Leary
Chairman of Management Brian Humphries
Captain 1st XV Gerry Hurley
07/06/2012 - Simon Zebo selected to play against All Blacks
Ireland coach Declan Kidney has named two new caps for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick.
Winger Simon Zebo, the youngest member of the Irish squad at 22, will make his debut along with prop Declan Fitzpatrick, who replaces the injured Mike Ross.
Ireland XV for first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday, 9 June at 8.35am:
R Kearney; F McFadden, B O'Driscoll (captain), K Earls, S Zebo; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, D Fitzpatrick, D Tuohy, D Ryan, P O'Mahony, S O'Brien, J Heaslip.
Replacements: S Cronin, R Loughney, D O'Callaghan, K McLaughlin, E Reddan, R O'Gara, D Cave.
Of Zebo's promotion to the starting side, Kidney added: "Simon has been going well and he took his opportunity in the Barbarians match 10 days ago. He has been playing consistently, and well, on the left wing and I see that as an advantage."
27/04/2012 - British & Irish Cup Final
Munster 31 Cross Keys 12
The Munster A team defeated Cross Keys from Wales to win the B&I Cup for the second time at Musgrave Park on Friday evening. Captained by Billy Holland, and containing a further eleven Cork Constitution players, they led 16-12 at half time.
Duncan Williams scored a 12th minute try and Scott Deasy kicked the conversion and two penalties in the first period.
Munster stretched away in a very entertaining second half with tries by Luke O’Dea and Ivan Dineen, the latter a superb team effort. Deasy added a penalty and conversion.
Munster: S.Scanlan; L.O’Dea, I.Dineen, D.Barnes, D.Hurley; S.Deasy, D.Williams; L.Kilcoyne, S.Henry, S.Archer; B.Hayes, I.Nagle; B.Holland Capt., D.O’Callaghan, P.Butler.
Replacements: J.Ryan, D.Fogarty, B.O’Mahony, B.O’Hara, G.Hurley, D.Cusack, J.J.Hanrahan
15/04/2012 - Cork Constitution v Skibbereen Munster Junior Cup Final
At 4.00pm on Sunday 15th April 2012 Cork Constitution meet Skibbereen seeking the club’s 18th Munster Junior Cup title. It will be Skibbereen’s first MJC final appearance, though they have had plenty of success in South Munster competitions since their foundation in 1950/51.
Skibbereen have produced some outstanding players and personalities, not least their first Captain, John Wolfe, who went on to become a renowned and popular Munster referee. Other former players that come to mind include Finbarr Kearney, Denis Cotter, Joe Burns, brothers Ivan and Eric Coombes, Declan Coppinger. And of course Alan Byrne and Kevin Dinan who have strong ‘Con-nections’.
Skibbereen are currently in 3rd place in Division 1 Munster Junior League with 8 wins and 5 losses. In the Cup they defeated Thurles (w/o), Mallow (13-10), Old Christians (45-17), and Clonmel (9-6) to reach the final. In the County Cup quarter final they lost to Crosshaven 5-17 recently and also lost to Crosshaven in the Munster Clubs Challenge Cup earlier in the season.
Constitution defeated Galbally 6-5 in a torrid opening tie at the Limerick venue. In the next round they overcame a strong Young Munster side 17-6 at Temple Hill. MJL Div.1 side, Kilfeacle were despatched 40-8 in the quarter final at Temple Hill, and in the semi final they defeated Garrowen 22-18 at Dooradoyle. That, together with 13 straight wins in the Munster Seconds League, suggests that Constitution are in good form as they prepare for the club’s 32nd MJC final.
Best wishes to Peter O’Sullivan and his team for another success.
The following panel of players have played in this year’s competition:
Peter O’Sullivan Captain; Danny O’Shea, Eoin O’Donnell, Conor Desmond, Shane Kelly, Sean Og Murphy, Alex Ryan, Andy Kelleher, Cian McGovern, Graham Murray, Michael Keyes; Gareth Murray, Kieran Stokes, Ryan Hassan, Bryan Cagney, Chris Corkery, Dave O’Brien, Yasin Browne, Brian Vaughan, Andy White, Alan Ross, Matt Ross, Paul Dooley, Rogan Gee, Shane Desmond, Barry Fitzgerald.
14/04/2012 - Donncha O’Callaghan wins 200th Munster Cap
Congratulations to Donnca O’Callaghan who played his 200th game for Munster on Saturday 14th April 2012 against Newport Dragons at Musgrave Park. He thus became the third Cork Constitution player, after Ronan O’Gara and Mick O’Driscoll, to pass the ‘200’ mark.
Donncha started his rugby with Highfield underage before playing with CBC. He joined Cork Constitution from school and played 62 All Ireland League games; his first against Terenure Collgee in 1997 and his last against County Carlow in 2003. He was a member of the All Ireland League winning team in 1999, when Constitution defeated Garryowen in the final at Lansdowne Road. And he was also a member of the Ireland U19 team that won the FIRA World Championship in 1999 in France captained by Brian O’Driscoll.
Donncha made his Munster debut in August 1998, in the pre season friendly against Edinburgh Reivers in Musgrave Park. With Munster he has 82 Heineken Cup caps; his first off the bench in October 1998 against Perpignan, and since the 2002/03 season he has established himself alongside Paul O'Connell and Mick O’Driscoll as a regular in the Munster second row. He has won two Heineken European Cup medals in 2005 and 2008; Celtic (Magners/Rabo) Leagues 2008 & 2011; and Celtic Cups in 2003 & 2005.
He was on the Ireland U21 team for the Championship series in 2000 and also played for Ireland A in 2002, before winning his first cap as a relacement against Wales at Cardiff in 2003. He has played 85 times for Ireland, winning Triple Crowns 2003 & 2006, and the Grand Slam in 2009, the first since 1948.
He has been on two British & Irish Lion tours: New Zealand in 2005 & South Africa 2009; he captained the Lions against the Southern Kings in Por Elizabeth and played in three Tests.
27/01/2012 - Annual President & Captain’s Dinner
The annual President & Captain’s dinner was held at the clubhouse on Friday 27thJanuary. Special guests included Denis Kelleher, President Munster Branch IRFU and Paddy Boylan, President Lansdowne FC, who were the opponents in the following day’s Ulster Bank League game. In addition, the Presidents of the Cork senior clubs attended, and a special welcome was extended to Kay Bowen, President Dublin University Football Club, whose husband Jim was, of course, a Cork Constitution stalwart in his playing days before ‘emigrating’ to Dublin.
In the time honoured tradition of the event, the immediate past President Der O’Riordan paid tribute to the incumbent President and Captain, and as always did not spare their blushes.
However, President Brian Humphreys graciously replied, and took the opportunity to outline the Clubhouse Development project that is about to begin, and noted that next year’s event will be in the new clubhouse. Captain Gareth Murray thanked the members for their support of the players and looked forward to a strong second half of the season.
Tom Kiernan spoke of the tradition that the club has developed at the Temple Hill venue since moving from the Mardyke in 1953, and complemented the prudent management of the club as they embark on the forthcoming development.
Stan Waldron became the 15thinductee to the club’s Hall of Fame, and the President outlined his long record of varied service to the club over some 40 years, that included captaincy twice and presidency in 1989/90 season. In acceptance, Stan noted that the award is somewhat presumptuous, since the many stalwart members who established the club and built it to its present eminent position, were never formally honoured in their time. He went on to draw attention to many of the most prominent members from the past, including the life and times of David Kilroy, the first captain and the early guiding spirit.
Once again it was an outstanding evening with a full house in attendance, and thanks were expressed to John O’Mahony who acted as MC, and once again headed the organising committee. As the night later drew to a close, some notable voices aired their favourite melodies, before a few ‘night owls’ withdrew to an embedded lounge at another favoured venue.
21/01/2012 - Simon Zebo stars for Munster
Munsterqualified for a Heineken Cup quarter final date with Ulster with a superb 51-35 victory over Northampton at Milton Keynes stadium on Saturday. Star of the show was Simon Zebo whose three second half tries earned him the Man of the Match award.
Munster won all six of their pool games to qualify as top seeds and thus have home advantage against Ulster on the weekend of 6/7 April. And, if successful, they will also have a home venue for the semi final against either Edinburgh or Toulouse.
Edinburgh, under Coach Michael Bradley, qualified for the quarter finals for the first time with a 34-11 victory over London-Irish to claim top place in Pool 2.
The draw for the quarter finals to be played on w/e 6/7 April
A Munster v Ulster
B Leinster v Cardiff Blues
C Saracens v Clermont
D Edinbugh v Toulouse
Semi finals: 28/29 April
A v D C v B
Final: 19 May at Twickenham
20/01/2012 - British & Irish Cup quarter final
Munsterqualified for the semi final of the British & Irish Cup with a comprehensive win over Ulster at Ravenhill.
Cork Constitution players were to the fore scoring all Munster’s points. Scott Deasy kicked an early penalty for Munster, before converting a try by Sean Scanlon. Just before half time Deasy scored Munster’s second try and converted for a 17-3 interval lead, and Deasy added a second half penalty to complete Munster’s tally
Scorers: S.Scanlon 1T; S.Deasy 1T2C1P.
Team:Sean Scanlon (Cork Constitution); Luke O’Dea (Shannon), Will Chambers ,
J.J. Hanrahan (Garryown), Ronan O’Mahony (Garryowen);
Scott Deasy (Cork Constitution), Duncan Williams (Cork Constitution);
David Kilcoyne (UL-Bohemian), Sean Henry (UL-Bohemian ), Christy Condon (Dolphin); Dave Foley (UL-Bohemian), Ian Nagle (Cork Constitution); Billy Holland Capt. (Cork Constitution), Brian O’Hara (Cork Constitution), Paddy Butler (Shannon).
Replacements: Mike Sherry (Garryowen), John Ryan (Cork Constitution), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution), Shane Buckley (Shannon), Cathal Sheridan (UL-Bohemian ), Declan Cusack (Garryowen), Ivan Dineen (Cork Constitution).
29/10/2011 - Successful Ulster Bank League day at Temple Hill
The recent Ulster Bank League day at Temple Hill was a success everywhere except on the pitch where the Constitution team were narrowly defeated by Garryowen on a 14-10 score line. Nevertheless the day’s activities were well supported, a favourable impression was created and the day’s events were enjoyed by all.
The day began at 9.30ma when the Juvenile U7s, 8s and 9s groups had their regular training runs, while parents enjoyed their coffee morning and caught up with the news. Photos were taken by Martin O’Brien for later publication and treats were handed out for the Halloween festivities.
At 12.30pm the pre-match luncheon attendees arrived and filled into the hall in great numbers for the sit-down meal and talk show, where Moss Finn was the guest speaker.
Meanwhile the U10s, 11s and 12s commenced their Club Blitz tournament at 1.00pm. and were in position as a guard of honour as the teams took the field for the main game.
There was a full house seated for the luncheon at which IRFU committee men Stephen Hillditch and Scott Walker were special guests. They heard the respective Presidents, Brian Humphries and Eoghan Prendergast address the main club concerns of the day.
Brian Humphries also paid tribute to the late Trevor Barry, his former playing colleague. He presented young James with a momento to mark the occasion and James replied on behalf of his family. Brian also made a presentation to Rohestown Park Hotel’s departing general manager Shay Livingstone, who is transferring to Galway.
When Moss Finn rose to speak, there was an expectant hush, as the former Munster & Ireland star was not likely to let the moment go without recalling some gems from his store of tales. And a few in the audience probably got ready to cringe if his recall should involve their recent past. Of course, because of his great friendship with Trevor he naturally regaled the audience with a few anecdotes of their great days together, but he also had a pop at one or two others! Our sincere thanks to all who attended the luncheon, and special thanks to Moss Finn, and Wendy and James, for making it a memorable occasion.
The match was a pressure game from start to finish and it was unfortunate that Con made the fatal error that allowed Garryowen to sneak the decisive try, but it’s a long season and there will be another day to even the score. The Man of the Match award sponsored by the Serge Blanco Shop went to Niall O’Driscoll, who had a fine game and was most unfortunate not to score what might have been the winning try. After the game the Trevor Barry Memorial Cup was presented by Wendy to Garryowen captain Conal Doyle.
Finally an U13 tournament was held under the floodlights on the main pitch at with Constitution entertaining teams from Killarney and Kinsale clubs.
05/10/2011 - Death of Bela Kos
The President and members of Cork Constitution FC were saddened to learn of the death of Bela Kos this week, and wish to sympathise with his wife Ann and family on their loss.
Bela played with Cork Constitution and Munster when he came to Cork in the late 1960’s and has been a valued club member ever since. He played with Constitution teams that were very successful in Munster rugby at that time winning Senior Cups and Leagues. Bela had played with St Mary’s College in Dublin and London-Irish before coming to Cork.
17/09/2011 - Ireland V Australia World Cup 2011
Supporters gather in the Clubhouse to watch the Ireland V Australia World Cup match on Saturday Morning before Juvenile training.
23/08/2011 - World Cup Squad News
Congratulations and Best wishes to the Cork Constitution representatives selected for the forthcoming World Cup duties with Ireland:
For Ronan O’Gara it will be his third World Cup experience having been at the previous tournaments: 2007 in France and 2003 Australia & New Zealand. With 110 caps and 1022 points to his credit, only captain Brian O’Driscoll (113) has more appearances for his country.
Donncha O’Callaghanwill also be making his third World Cup appearance. First capped against Wales in 2003 he made the party for the tournament in Australia & New Zealand in 2003, but only got a couple of bench opportunities; by 2007 he was an established international and has now won 74 caps. His long-time partnership with Paul O’Connell (77 caps) will be a vital aspect of Ireland’s campaign.
Denis Leamywill be making his second World Cup having been first capped in 2004/05 season. Now with 52 caps to his credit he is also one of the more experienced players in the squad.
Mike Rossmoved on from Cork Constitution to Wasps in 2006, after four seasons and 54 All Ireland League games, when he wanted to prove that he had the quality to play at the highest level. Not favoured by Munster, he went on to win a Heineken Cup medal with Wasps before being snapped up by Leinster and securing a second European medal. His emergence onto the Ireland team has been much delayed, but we wish Mike every success now that he has reached the pinnacle of the game.
15/06/2011 - AGM 2011
The Annual General Meeting was held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 14th June 2011.
Outgoing President, Der O’Riordan, reflected on a very full and enjoyable year, albeit without the trophy haul of the previous season. He paid tribute to the excellent work of the 1st XV management led by coaches Brian Walsh and Brian Hickey and captain Frank Cogan on a fine season that saw the club win the AIL league series for the 5th season in succession, but fail at the final hurdle to Old Belvedere in Dublin.Despite that setback all sections of the club have prospered and the response to all ativities was superb, for which he thanked all committees and members. Highlights included a very successful Charity Day in which $8,000 was raised for Marymount Hospice. Also there was a very enjoyable Family Day, a wonderful President & Captain’s Dinner and, close to his own heart, a memorable Minor Night. Meanwhile activity continues in the club throughout the summer with the Con Tag Rugby competititons that are very well supported.
Frank Cogan, Captain, said that the senior team were disappointed with the final outcome but played good rugby through the year. Losing to Old Belvedere in the final was particularly disappointing after beating them twice during the league series. But winning the League series for the fifth season running was a significant achievement and he thanks the players and management for another great experience as captain.
Jerry Holland, Director of rugby, acknowledged the disappointment at losing the final but also stressed the importance of winning the league campaign once again. Also the junior side had a good rugby season but also lost in the Munster Junior Cup final to a very good Cashel side who had gained AIL promotion, the J2 team won the Dennehy Cup but lost their Cup final to Tralee, while the Under 20 team qualified for the All Ireland knock-out series for the second year in succession only to lose to Lansdowne. A feature of the season was the strong showing by our teams in each of the league competititons and that ensured plenty of competitive rugby for all players. He said that there is plenty of reason for optimism with good structures in place for all players and teams.
Hon.Treasurer Stephen Murphy reported a very satisfactory financial outcome in the most diuffcult economic climate. He reported a surplus on the year’s activities and also on recovering some outstanding issues from previous seasons. Sponsorship budgets had been achieved, and the arrangement with Rochestown Park Hotel was most satisfactory. The outgoings were on budget and he proposed a similar budget for the forthcoming season.
Brian Humphries assumed the President’s chair for the coming season. In his address he paid tribute to the outgoing President for his total commitment to the office and the welcoming spirit he generated throughout the club. He looked forward to continuing the work. Colin Kilbride and Stephen Murphy continue in the offices of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer respectively. Finian O’Driscoll has moved up to Deputy President with Ian O’Leary replacing him as Junior Deputy President. Kenny Muphy and Rose Dunne were elected as Vice Presidents, the latter becoming the first lady to be elected.
03/05/2011 - Bradley Appointed Head Coach At Edinburgh
Former Connacht coach Michael Bradley has today been announced as the Head Coach at Edinburgh Rugby for next season.
The 48-year-old will take the reins following Edinburgh’s final Magners League match of the season away to Benetton Treviso on Friday night, and brings with him a record of success in both a playing and coaching capacity.
As an international scrum-half, Bradley helped Ireland win the Triple Crown in 1985, and went on to feature in the 1987 and 1995 Rugby World Cups. In all, he won 40 caps for his country, captaining them 13 times. At club level Bradley won three leagues, three cups, and one All-Ireland title with Cork Constitution, his home-town club.
His first coaching role was with the Temple Hill outfit, from where he progressed to the role of head coach of the Ireland under-21 team, contributing to the progress of players such as Tommy Bowe.
Bradley then spent seven years as director of rugby at Connacht, and helped establish the province as one of the best developers of young talent in European rugby as well as guiding the team to three Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals.
His achievements at Connacht saw him receive the inaugural Magners League Chairman’s Award for excellence in coaching in August 2010, where his outstanding contribution to the development of the Magners League brand and profile were honoured.
Bradley subsequently took on the role of technical adviser to the Georgia national team, working alongside former Scotland head coach Richie Dixon to see the side remain unbeaten in their 2010/11 European Nations Cup fixtures ahead of a Rugby World Cup meeting with Scotland in September.
Bradley previously spent five years as head coach of the Ireland A team, led the full side to New Zealand and Australia as head coach in 2008, and was an assistant coach on their 2006 trip to Japan.
Edinburgh chief executive Craig Docherty today welcomed him to the club, saying: “Securing Michael’s services as head coach is great news and a real boost ahead of the new campaign.
“His experience of building successful teams and bringing through young talent will stand us in very good stead as we seek to continue to build the club. He is a proven leader, with pedigree in both the international and European arenas.”
Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie confirmed: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Michael Bradley to Edinburgh. This appointment marks the culmination of an extensive recruitment process which saw an extremely pleasing level of interest in the post from a number of excellent candidates.
“Michael impressed everyone involved in the interview process with his passion for the sport and for taking Edinburgh forward. He has a track record of inspiring players to achieve, and offers vast experience gained in a number of different environments.
“I’d like to thank interim head coach Nick Scrivener for his efforts since Rob Moffat’s departure, and wish Nick every success in his next role when he returns to Australia.”
Bradley said he was “thrilled” to have been given a “massive opportunity”, continuing: “I’m honoured and delighted to have been offered the chance to become the head coach at Edinburgh Rugby.
“I’m excited by the challenge of helping the club fulfil its potential, and I can’t wait to start working with what is a talented squad. I know a lot of the players from my years in the Magners League with Connacht, and I’m well aware of their capabilities.
“I’m looking forward to spending the summer getting to know the club and the job, so that we’re in a position to hit the ground running when the new campaign rolls round.”
Commenting on the news, Andy Robinson, Scotland head coach, said: “This is a great appointment for Edinburgh and Scottish Rugby. I am certain Michael will bring great drive and determination to the role of head coach of Edinburgh. I very much look forward to working with him and wish him every success.”
12/04/2011 - U13s V Touring side Northern Today
Photos from a recent game
04/03/2011 - Constitution make it five in a row
Cork Constitution have finished first in the Ulster League Division 1A after their 33-16 win over Blackrock College in the final game of the league series. It is the fifth successive year for the club to top the premier division.
With 10 wins and 2 draws from their 14 games, they finished with 47 points, four points ahead of nearest rivals Old Belvedere. And one point better than last year’s top finish in the first season of the two-round 16 team Division 1A.
Gerry Hurley was top scorer with 80 points from 34 penalties and 10 conversions. Gerry took over the kicking duties from Richard Lane in game six against Garryowen. But in the first five games Richard Lane had scored 65 points from 3 tries, 14 penalties and 5 conversions and last Saturday added a fourth try for a total of 72 points.
The semi final against Young Munster on 17th April will be Constitution’s 10th semi final appearance in the 14 years of the play off competition.
Constitution Junior 1 XV have reached the Munster Junior Cup final with a 17-10 win over Kilfeacle at Musgrave Park. They will play Munster Junior League winners Cashel at Musgrave Park on 24th April. On their way to the final, Constitution had away wins over Youghal 21-15 and Richmond 21-17, and a home win over Garryowen 45-23 in the quarter final.
It will be Constitution’s 32nd final appearance since contesting the first final in 1909. They lost that final to Crescent College and went on to lose the next eight finals also before winning their first title in 1949. Since then the record stands at 17 wins from 22 finals.
28/03/2011 - Munster, Leinster theme to Cork Cons last AIL League before Semi Final
This weekend Cork Constitution FC welcome Blackrock College RFC, Lansdowne RFC and newly promoted to the senior ranks Boyne RFC to Temple Hill on the same day Munster play Leinster in Thomond Park. In addition the new seasons Tag Rugby will be launched in Temple Hill after the Ulster Bank AIL fixture.
Cork Constitution got back to winning ways with a 22-0 win at Templeville Road last Saturday, a result which has guaranteed them a home draw in next month's Division 1 semi-finals, but before that they welcome Blackrock College RFC in the final Ulster Bank AIL Div. 1A fixture to finish off the league before the semi final play offs in Temple Hill on the 16th of April.
As has been the case with Ulster AIL League Match Days in Temple Hill the club has put an emphasis on bringing as much to the day as is possible. On this occasion there is a real Munster and Lenister theme running through the day which again promises to be an entertaining day for all family members. The day commences with the pre match buffet lunch which has become an integral part of match days.
In addition to the pre match activities an underage Blitz’s will run up to kick off and the match day Barbeque is making a return now that the weather is improving.
The under 21 semi final of the Fraser McMullan Cup between Cork Con and Lansdowne kicks off after the main event at 4.30pm. At the same time the under 11’s and 12’s from Cork Con and Boyne will play each other and finally there will be a TAG exhibition as Cork Constitution prepare for the coming season of Tag Rugby in Temple Hill.
When the busy schedule of the day is over supporters of Munster and Leinster can adjourn to both bars to watch one of the highlights of the Magners League, Munster vs. Leinster live from Thomond Park.
Itinerary for the Day
1pm: Club Fun Blitz
1pm: Match Day Lunch incorporating guest speaker.
2.30pm: AIL Match Cork Constitution FC vs. Blackrock College RFC
4.30pm:Cork Constitution FC vs. Lansdowne RFC in
4.30pm:Launch of new TAG Season exhibition matches
4.30pm:Cork Constitution FC vs. Boyne RFC U11’s and U12’s
6.30pm:Bites in the bar
7.30pm:Munster vs. Leinster live from Thomond Park on TV in bar.
It promises to be another great day in Temple Hill and Cork Constitution look forward to welcoming Leinster to Temple Hill on Saturday and look forward to closing the Ulster Bank AIL home matches prior to the semi finals.
19/02/2011 - Fred Casey is inducted into the Hall of Fame
12/01/2011 - Cork Con FC V Shannon RFC matchZine
07/02/2011 - Cork Con planning the busiest month of the season
The next three weeks of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League have Cork Constitution playing all three matches in Cork and as a consequence the club are planning a hectic February.
Next Saturday Con host their old rivals Shannon in Temple Hill, a week later they will make a trip across the South Link to Musgrave Park to play local rivals Dolphin and finish the month with another of its Munster rivals Garryowen, again in Temple Hill. On the rugby front it going to be busy February with the business end of the Ulster Bank AIL building up to a great finish and still much to play for all clubs in 1A.
Cork Con dropped points in Limerick on week 9 of the league against Young Munster’s, in a tight and hard fought 6 – 3 game in terrible weather conditions in Greenfields. Old Belvedere bounced back after their defeat to Cork Con against Blackrock and St. Marys also dropped points at the weekend so things at the top of the league have Con and Belvedere swopping 1 & 2 spots.
This year Cork Con has repeatedly talked about Community Engagement and Family Attraction reinforcing the message that Cork Constitution is a community club. The month of February will see another month of activities off the pitch to compliment the three matches on the pitch and echo the sentiments of the clubs message for the season.
The busy schedule kicks off in Temple Hill this Saturday with internal blitz’s and training for the underage followed by the annual coaches lunch which isthe way the club show their appreciation to the 50 coaches involved in the underage section. The coaches are invited to lunch as an appreciation for their effort, commitment and dedication involved in coaching and developing the 500 underage players in the club.
The match day lunch has been gathering momentum during the season and this Saturday promises to be no different. A buffet lunch format that was changed earlier in the season to encourage a relaxed atmosphere prior to the match is now again an integral part of Temple Hill on AIL match days and great value at €20, which includes entry to game.
After the pre match lunch the main event Con vs. Shannon getsunderway at 2.30pm which promises to be another epic between these two great clubs.
The match is followed by the Six Nations Rugby live on TV with hot bites in both bars.
The day finishes up with the Annual Valentines Night Disco, which this year is an 80’s night, with a 96FM DJ playing all the 80’s music, spot prizes, food and much more, a night that is organised by the parents committee and a great night is promised.
After the Shannon match the club then focuses on the annual Presidents and Captains Dinner on the 18thFebruary, the eve prior to Con v Dolphin in Musgrave Park. This night is an annual event at which the club honours its President and Captain and guests include the President of the IRFU, the Munster Branch and Presidents of local clubs. It is a night where a member of the club is inducted into the Hall of Fame and this year’s inductee is a famous Cork Con member with links to all levels within the club and has been involved with 16 Irish Internationals (more to follow next week).
After the Friday night the club will make the short trip to Musgrave Park to watch Con vs. Dolphin with Con hoping to avenge the defeat earlier in the season. It’s a big weekend in Corks local rugby scene and it will be the sixth time these clubs will have played in competition in ten months.
The following week Con welcome Garryowen and as has been the case in all home Ulster Bank AIL it’s going to be action packed, with the 90/91 squad, inaugural winners of the AIL been welcomed back to the club and an invitation the Garryowen team from the famous day in January 1991 when Con defeated Garryowen in Dooradoyle to take the league. In addition the club will be inviting the Canadian tour side from 1990 for a day in Temple Hill. As always the underage will play a big part in the day and day will conclude with a Race Night in the Hall.
February is going to be a busy month in Cork Constitution and another sign that the club is committed to the community and participation at all levels, it is another example of how active membership is an important part of Cork Constitution this season.
On the field with the International season in full swing and with Munster playing Magners it will allow the clubs to showcase strength in depth and display the quality of array of talent that exists in all these clubs. It will be an ideal opportunity for players to step up during the busiest month in both domestic and international rugby and once again show the quality of the Ulster Bank All Ireland League.
Con are stepping up to the challenge on all fronts and look forward to the most eventful month so far in the 2010/11 season, why not join them!
12/01/2011 - Ulster Bank are new IRFU Community and Club Sponsor
Irish Rugby Club of the Year Cork Constitutions President Der O’Riordan has welcomed John Hussey Vice President of the IRFU announcement that Ulster Bank is the new sponsor of the Club and Community game in Ireland. He believes it is the boost the club game needs in Irish Rugby. The mindset of the club has to change if it is survive in a game that now focuses so much of its time and effort to the provinces and this announcement comes just at the right time.
Der agrees with John that it is an extremely positive step for the domestic game and was delighted to hear Philip Browne state that the club game is the foundation of our game in Ireland. Der believes the domestic club game is absolutely crucial to the future of rugby in Ireland and the announcement can only help the development of the clubs over the coming years.
Listening to Ulster Bank's Ellvena Graham at the launch to announce that Ulster Bank will become the Official Community Rugby Partner to the IRFU, a partnership which includes title sponsorship of the All-Ireland League and of the Ireland Club International team until 2014 Constitution were delighted with the news considering community engagement and active membership is the cornerstone of Constitutions three year plan.
We are measured by the success of our teams and the AIL is our barometer but so much more can happen before and after 2.30pm to 4pm on a Saturday which Constitution are proving.
We are a club proud of our past and focused on our future and the only way be believe we will achieve additional success is through active participation, working with other clubs, joined up thinking and being aligned to initiatives like the RBS (Ulster Bank) RugbyForce Clubs have to help themselves is the message coming out of Temple Hill this year and it’s working.
We looked into the RBS(Ulster Bank) RugbyForce, which is part of the sponsorship deal and being a community volunteer programme which helps local rugby clubs to improve their facilities it will allow us in Constitution to expand on our objectives for the season.
Constitution this year is all about self help and it is music in our ears to hear the IRFU having the foresight to bring in a sponsor that is so focused on the community game at grass roots. We agree with Jerry Flannery who stated at the launch that thenew initiative emphasises 'the ethos of community and of volunteering which is vital in keeping grassroots rugby alive.
We in of Cork Constitution believe in volunteering we call it active membership
08/01/2011 - St. Mary’s come to Temple Hill for First AIL match of 2011
This Saturday 8th January Cork Constitution play St Mary’s College in the rescheduled AIL Div. 1A fixture which was due to be played on the 4th of December but was postponed due to the bad weather. Cork Constitution had planned a full schedule for that day and has now returned to the planned activities in so far is possible with Christmas past.
As has been the case with AIL League Match Days in Temple Hill the club have put an emphasis on bringing as much to the day as is possible. On this occasion we have put in place a match day lunch incorporating the presentation of a cheque to Marymount Hospice and presentation of Dennehy Cup Medals to a J2’s the first Cup winners of the season in Cork Constitution. Post match there is a four team blitz under floodlights and a J1 friendly. Munster play Glasgow in the Magners league and there will be food in the bar running into match which will be shown live in the Club House
The match on Saturday is a repeat of the last year’s league final which was a cracker and a great advertisement for club rugby with the drama of extra time adding to the occasion. Of more importance the message that was there for all to see is that the club game still has a massive role to play in the fabric of the sport in this country.
Going into game 6 of the AIL in Temple Hill both clubs find themselves in 2nd and 3rd position in the top half of 1A and it promises to be another great day between these two great clubs.
Itinerary for the Day
1pm: Club Fun Blitz
1pm: Match Day Lunch incorporating presentation of cheque to Marymount Hospice and Dennehy Cup Medals to Cork Constitutions J2’s. For traveling supporters it should be noted that match entrance, lunch is incorporated in a €20 charge.
2.30pm: AIL Match Cork Con vs. St. Mary’s College
4.30pm: Floodlit Blitz between Cork Constitution, St. Mary’s, Corinthians and UL Boh’s under 12 teams on main and second pitches.
6.30pm: Bites in the bar
7.30pm: Munster vs. Glasgow live from Musgrave Park on TV in bar.
All of the above are in conjunction with Underage Director of Rugby, Events Committee, Family Committee and Communications Group.
Cork Constitution look forward to St. Mary’s visit to Temple Hill and look forward to renewing old acquaintances and friends on the weekend before the Budget
01/12/2010 - St. Mary’s come to Temple Hill
On the 4th December Cork Constitution play St Mary’s College in the AIL Div. 1A in a repeat of the last year’s league final which was a cracker and a great advertisement for club rugby with the drama of extra time adding to the occasion. Of more importance the message that was there for all to see is that the club game still has a massive role to play in the fabric of the sport in this country.
Going into game 6 of the AIL in Temple Hill both clubs find themselves in 2nd and 3rd position in the top half of 1A and it promises to be another great day between these two great clubs, two clubs that believe a vibrant club structure underpin the professional game necessary to support the continued growth in the popularity of rugby in Ireland. This was plain to see when Munster defeated Australia in Thomond Park on 16th of November, as on that day nine Cork Con players representing Munster having worn the Cork Con jersey in the recent past.. a testament to the commitment of the Club in providing players to representative rugby.
Itinerary for the Day
12 noon: Under 12 Blitz with St. Mary’s
1pm: Club Fun Blitz
1pm: Match Day Lunch incorporating a Christmas Charity Theme and welcoming the teams of 1990/91 season. For traveling supporters it should be noted that match entrance, lunch and a €5 donation to St. Vincent de Paul is incorporated in a €25 charge.
1pm to kick off: Mulled wine, mince pies, hot whiskeys
2.30pm: AIL Match Cork Con vs. St. Mary’s College
2.45pm: Christmas Party for Kids and we are asking the kids to bring a gift to Santa for St. Vincent De Paul.
4.30pm: Floodlit Blitz.
6.30pm: Bites in the bar
7.30pm: Munster vs. Cardiff live from Thomond Park on TV in bar.
All of the above are in conjunction with Underage Director of Rugby, Events Committee, Family Committee and Communications Group.
Cork Constitution look forward to St. Mary’s visit to Temple Hill and look forward to renewing old acquaintances and friends on the weekend before the Budget. It will be a day to enjoy the start of the festive season and forget about the pending Budget.
12/01/2010 - Cork Con Plan Charity Day For St. Marys Clash - from irfu website
Cork Constitution are pulling out all the stops again for this repeat of last season's All-Ireland League Division 1 final. The club is designating each home game with a theme and Saturday's one is community and charity, with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul the key beneficiary.
The club game is alive and well and clubs have a huge role to play in the local fabric. Cork Constitution have made this a cornerstone of their ethos and their home games this season have seen large crowds, themed weekends and great rugby.
This Saturday, the Temple Hill outfit is joining up with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul for the occasion.
The matchday lunch, bring a gift to Santa for the kids party and a collection at half-time are some of the activities they are organising for the afternoon.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the All-Ireland League and Cork Con are inviting the teams of the 1990/91 season to return to the club this Saturday.
December 4 is a special day as St. Mary's College played Cork Con on the opening day of the All-Ireland League back on October 6, 1990 and this is an opportunity to invite players back to remember the start of the AIL.
On the rugby front, Cork Con welcome St. Mary's to Temple Hill with the clubs currently in second and third respectively in the top half of Division 1A, and it promises to be another great battle between these two top flight regulars.
So pull on the winter gear this weekend and get down to Temple Hill to check out some top class rugby and a club that is truly engaged with the local community.
17/11/2010 - Munster Defeat Australia
Class of 2010 Excel
James Coughlan and his class of 2010 wrote another chapter in the glorious book of Munster Rugby tales with the 15-6 win over Australia in a wind 'n rain swept Thomond Park Stadium on Tuesday night.
It was a victory that invoked every ounce of passion synonymous with anything the province has delivered in the past and heralded the arrival of a new generation of Munster player in the form of Peter O'Mahony, Billy Holland, Duncan Williams and Man of the Match, Ian Nagle.
It might seem churlish to single out individuals because in truth this was a team perforamnce, with every one of those used on a night, totally unsuited to any form of football, giving of themselves an effort that was in the best spirits of anything that the side of' '92 or indeed '78 had produced.
It would also be churlish if the visitors were to put their defeat down to the inclement elements because in their heart of hearts they must know they were beaten by a side who, on the night were simply the best.
All the scores fell to two players, Berrick Barnes (two penalties) and Paul Warwick. All the opportunities fell to one team Munster who were denied a try only by the sort of defending that made the soaked onlookers gasp.
They won the toss but opted to play into the teeth of the gale and that didn't look the wisest option when Barnes booted Australia into the lead after just three minutes. But Munster rolled up their sleeves and soon found themselves going through the phases in the Aussie end of the field.
A series of drives inside the 22 ended with a neat Warwick drop-goal but Barnes restored the visitors slender advantage with another penalty on 29 minutes which Warwick replied to with a strike of his own four minutes later.
Wind the wind at their backs in the second half and with a solid set piece platform Munster were the dominant force. They looked certain to score on several occasions as their packbattered the Australian line but in the end it was the boot of Warwick that settled this in their favour.
Munster's Tony McGahan after Munster's win against his home nation "I'm really delighted for the players more than anything, it was all about the 22 that played here this evening, their display, and the performance and the effort that they put in was a real refection of the group."
"You have to look at the players, the effort they put in and the game management on the night, both sides had the elements with them and against them and game management wise we played well. I thought our lineout was superb and more than anything I thought it was our breakdown work so full credit to Laurie for the work he has done there."
"For the young players tonight it was another step forward in their development, there's opportunities here for them and they've taken them as they always have, and they certainly showed that again tonight."
On Munster's newest arrive Peter Borlase "It was a really tough night to come into, to arrive here on Thursday, turn around and train and put in a performance like that was fantastic. He's still getting used to the calls and to his teammates and to come out and do that tonight was certainly a bright start here for him."
Munster: J Murphy (S Deasy 75); D Howlett, K Earls (B Murphy 78), S Tuitupou, D Hurley; P Warwick, D Williams (C Murray 78); W Du Preez, D Varley (M Sherry 70), P Borlase (S Archer 78), B Holland, I Nagle (B Hayes 78), P O'Mahony (T O'Donnell 63), N Ronan, J Coughlan (capt).
Australia: L Turner (P Hynes 58); L Morahan, P McCabe, A Faingaa, R Davies; B Barnes (captain), L Burgess (N Phipps 58); B Daley (J Slipper 53), S Faingaa (T Polota-Nau 46), S Ma'afu, D Mumm, R Simmons, S Higginbotham (P McCutcheon HT), M Hodgson, R Brown (V Humphries 52). Ref: Bryce Lawrence (NZRU).
17/11/2010 - Munster defeat Australia
Skipper hails hero Nagle:by barry Coughlan
A YOUNG man with a development contract was hailed for setting the scene for Munster’s successful assault on the Wallabies. Ian Nagle’s first-half lineout display was right out of the Paul O’Connell school of second-row forward play and helped spearhead his side to an amazingly easy victory over the tourists.
Munster won 10 line-outs in the crucial first half as they played into the teeth of a gale, Nagle was the main target from the accurate hands of Damian Varley, with Billy Holland an occasional ally and always a threatening presence on the Australian lineout.
And, in the aftermath of the battle, Munster captain James Coughlan paid tribute to the trio and particularly to man of the match Nagle.
“This is a starting point for a lot of guys, a night when they proved they can stand up and match up against the best,” said Coughlan.
But, on a night when weather intervened, Coughlan sized up the situation and opted for territory rather than fancy tactics. It was a masterstroke having won the toss to play into the wind.
“We knew at half-time we were in a good position,” said Coughlan of the 6-6 scoreline at the break. “It was a question of playing the game in their half, we hadn’t in mind anything fancy, just to keep them penned in because we knew from our first-half experience how difficult it was to kick for distance out of defence.
“This was a chance to show how good we can be and the youngsters were immense but Tony (McGahan), Laurie (Fisher) et al played a huge part in the build up.
“I really am proud of the young guys; a few of us were involved in the All Blacks game and it was suggested we use it as a springboard. The younger lads know now that they’re of a standard and it’s their chance now to stand up and show they’re good enough to put on the jersey on a week by week basis.”
Paul Warwick kicked all of Munster’s points against a team he might well have lined out with had he decided to stay in Australia several seasons ago. “It was a memorable night, delighted with that performance, it was horrible (weather), miserable and something we’re brought up on — me being a Munster man now, of course — and the Australians wouldn’t know much about those conditions.
“I felt we could control the ball and we did, but I’d have to pay tribute to the forwards for the huge amount of work they did. To compete like they did against a big physical pack and come out on top was, I reckon, a huge bonus for Munster going forward.
“People go on about players potentially coming to the end of their careers and some say there is nobody to replace them — well it didn’t look like that tonight, did it?”
“Tonight the young lads took it to a different level. The confidence that the young guys can take out of this win should be amazing and hopefully it will be reflected in what happens at the back end of the year.”
Three Munster players to shine
IAN NAGLE: The former Glenstal student and Mallow native is only 22 and many feared that he would run out of steam having turned in a massive first-half performance, during which he and hooker Damien Varley struck up an inspired relationship. But he kept going like a man inspired and if this game is any indication, Munster have a readymade replacement for legends like Paul O’Connell, Donncha O’Callaghan and Mick O’Driscoll.
PAUL WARWICK: The man from Queensland turned the screw on his fellow Aussies with an absolutely inspired performance at out-half. He hardly put a foot wrong and if his three penalty goals and two drop goals were the difference between the sides on the scoreboard, his leadership in the number 10 shirt was nothing short of majestic. Munster are indeed fortunate to have both Warwick and Ronan O’Gara available to them.
DUNCAN WILLIAMS: The Cork Constitution man is third in line in Munster’s scrum-half pecking order but after this latest highly impressive display, Tomás O’Leary and Peter Stringer will be looking over their shoulders. It was no night for a number nine who likes to attack and pass in equal measure but Williams adapted himself to the requirements of the game like a veteran while his passing was assured and accurate throughout.
This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Wednesday, November 17, 2010
10/09/2009 - South African team
08/11/2010 - Cork Con Plan Big Day For Dolphin Derby
07/10/2010 - Club of the year 2010 - Cork Constitution
The Rugby Writers of Ireland named Cork Constitution Club of the Year at the annual awards ceremony at the Aviva Stadium on Monday 7thNovember.
Pat O’Keeffe President 2009/10 accepted the award on behalf of the club and acknowledged the wonderful performance of the team in winning the All Ireland League and Cup double.
Ronan O’Gara was presented also honoured for gaining his 100thcap against South Africa and joined John Hayes and Brian O’Driscoll in the select group who have attained that milestone.
CLUB OF THE YEAR – 2010 CORK CONSTITUTION
Cork Constitution enjoyed an exceptional campaign in the 2009/10 season, scooping a famous All-Ireland League and Cup double.
Rugby was a different game when they won Club of the Year award for the first time back in 1991, but they have adapted along the way and bring to the league a level of professionalism that is a model for the club game in Ireland.
Their senior side currently sit top of the table in All-Ireland League Division 1A, and this evening they are honoured as Club of the Year for the fourth time.
07/11/2011 - Club Rugby is alive and well in Cork
Next Saturday 13th November Cork Constitution play Dolphin in the AIL Div. 1A in the first Cork AIL Derby of the season. Cork Con go into this match undefeated in the AIL and it promises to be another great day in Temple Hill following on from the two epic Cork Con/Dolphin fixtures in April earlier this year.
It’s been a great start to the season for Cork Con, winning last year’s deferred Charity Cup and followed up by retained it again for this season and on both occasion defeating Dolphin. Secured two wins in the AIL against Dublin’s Blackrock and Old Belvedere, two wins against Limerick rivals Young Munster and Shannon and next Saturday the focus is closer to home with two great Cork rivals fronting up against each other in Temple Hill at 2.30pm.
2010/11 is all about family engagement in Cork Con and we are encouraging families to come along on Saturday and enjoy what Cork Con have to offer on AIL Match Day. It’s been a great start to the season, and our intention is to keep it going. Much activity has been going on in the background with different committees within the club working to ensure it’s another great day in Temple Hill.
Next Saturday adds another dimension as a ladies committees have been organising a fundraising event for Marymount Hospice, a Specialist Palliative Care Unit based at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Cork. The hospice provides skilled medical, nursing and spiritual care for patients with serious and advanced illness and their families, in addition to a 24-bed in-patient unit. The hospice also offers care and support to those patients who choose to be cared for in their own homes. Working in close liaison with community based medical and nursing services, hospice based nurses visit patients in their own home. The committee from both clubs has been working with local businesses to fund raise around this upcoming fixture.
Cork Con had a great day when we played Young Munster at the Jazz Weekend and now we are following up with another itinerary to match our first AIL home fixture, which includes match day buffet lunch in the Cork Con bar from 1pm with guest speaker, a ladies lunch (as mentioned above) and guest speaker Regina Donnelly, with all proceeds will go to Marymount Hospice, underage blitz’s running up to kick off, activities for all family members and our match day barbeque will also be taken out once again as the weather always seems to be kind on match day.
On the rugby front Cork Con has always advocated the honesty of effort displayed by teams in the league and it was rewarded with over 1500 at the Cork Con/ Young Munster AIL fixture on the Jazz Weekend and with recent events regarding the IRFU and tickets Cork Con believe we have to maintain our own momentum with our own resources, supported by the Union to continue maintaining these crowds.
Yet again supporters of Con and Dolphin can expect to see some of the talent that will include some of the Munster players that defeated Ulster recently in the Managers League with the calibre of Con’s Peter O’Mahony, Billy Holland, Ian Nagle, Stephen Archer, Simon Zebo, and the new talent Ivan Dineen who score that amazing intercept to secure the win for Munster and deny Ulster the bonus point. All these players are regular starters for Cork Con this season and we hope to see them again this Saturday.
With recent activities regarding the Irish Rugby Football Union and its reconciliation over the international ticketing policy and ticket sales, Cork Con are delighted to work with the Union regarding ticket allocation and although this Saturday the Irish /Samoa match kick off at the same time as the Cork Con/ Dolphin match, Con were left with no option on this occasion.
The IRFU had requested clubs to consider changing the fixtures as timing of kick off was out of their hands, the IRB had decided times as per TV schedules etc.The request was considered but due to the efforts of the ladies committee in both clubs and the work of the underage, family and events committee in Cork Constitution it was decided to continue plans with the upcoming fixture.
The clubs have to trust in their endeavours to keep the grass roots of Irish Rugby the lifeline to the provinces and ultimately the national sides. In Cork, club rugby is still alive and well and what better way by enjoying a local Cork Derby between Cork Con and Dolphin.
23/10/2010 - Cork Constitution vs. Young Munster – Cork Jazz Saturday 2011
On the 23rd October Cork Constitution and Young Munster played each other in the top of a table clashin the AIL Div. 1A doubling as both teams played for the Danaher Sheehan Cup.
The events committee organised another great club day around the match, it being Cork Cons first home AIL fixture of the 2010/11 season in Temple Hill and Cork Jazz Weekend Saturday.
The President in his address at the start of the year talked about active membership and participation and this was the clubs first opportunity this season to put into operation his intensions.
The match day lunch format has changed for the start of this season and it was great to see some old faces attending the more informal format. The new format is been trialled between now and Christmas and all the indications so far are it’s more enjoyable allowing members to mingle and chat prior to the match while having lunch. It’s also a great way of catching up with old players and members that we only see on an infrequent basis.
Both Presidents Der O’Riordan and Derek Tobin spoke about the intentions of both clubs and the overriding messages is that clubs need to work together to ensure the success of the league. The league is the basis of the success of Irish provinces and this needed to be protected. This was extremely evident as Con had Peter O’Mahony, Billy Holland, Ian Nagle, Stephen Archer, Ivan Dineen and Simon Zebo on view Saturday, an inspiration to many and further evidence of the role the AIL has to play.
Guest speaker Paul (Pakie) Derham, a Cork Con stalwart, a member of the inaugural All-Ireland League winning side and past Cork Con director of rugby entertained with his match day lunch speech recounting old stories and antidotes of days gone by and as always Pakie was entertaining with his stories and light hearted humour.
He also spoke about previous battles between Cork Con and Young Munster and stressed the importance of having Young Munster playing in the highest levels of the AIL. He stressed the importance of their style of rugby and their club ethos been key to all those involved in the AIL.
The message is clear the club game still has a massive role to play in the fabric of the sport in this country. A vibrant club structure to underpin the professional game is necessary to support the continued growth in the popularity of rugby and Cork Con continue to ensure this is one of the club objectives for 2010/11. Saturday was another opportunity to showcase the best of what the AIL can offer.
It would be great to think that the honesty of effort displayed by teams in the league might attract even a small percentage of the people who have been smitten by the efforts of the provinces over the last few years and entice them to attend club matches, after all the AIL set the tone for all those fantastic Munster days in Thomond and Musgrave Parks.
Peter Good (Director of Juvenile Rugby) and his team organised an underage blitz running up to kick off which created a great buzz and thereafter the Senior Team took care of the business part of the day making itthree wins on the trot, courtesy of another typically strong finish at Temple Hill.
Cork Con ended Young Munster's unbeaten start to the season. Con fell behind to a tenth minute penalty from the visitors' by in-form place-kicker Alan Kingsley before Brian Hayes responded with a try in the corner for Con, but Munster’s doubled their tally through the boot of Kingsley after a sustained bout of forward pressure.
A second try from Hayes, converted by winger Richie Lane, helped Con to a 12-6 half-time lead and we were quick out of the traps in the second half.
Simon Zebo skipped past two tacklers to score an excellent individual try in the 46th minute and Con soon had the bonus point secured, with flanker Peter O'Mahony finishing off a back row move.
Mike Prendergast's charges rallied superbly, forcing the issue through the forwards before centre Matthew Costelloe was put through a gap for a Kingsley-converted try.
Kingsley kicked a penalty and a 20-metre drop goal, sandwiched a lone penalty from Lane, as Munster’s cut the gap to 25-19.
But the Limerick side were denied a losing bonus point when an intercepted pass allowed Richie Lane to scoot in under the posts for a final seven-pointer.
Well done to the Events and Family Committee. Roll on Dolphin on the 13th November and St. Marys on the 5th December.
07/10/2009 - New Club EPOS System
The New Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) system in the Cork Constitution Bar and New Club Shop went live on 7th October 2009.
A feature of the system is that each member will be issued with a swipe card which can be used from the 7th October onwards. Most members will perhaps be familiar with similar systems in other sports clubs around the city.
To enjoy the benefits of discounted prices in the club, members need only load up their cards with €20 (minimum) or multiples of same if desired and present the card either in the bar or shop when making purchases or paying for pre-match lunches. Also with the card you get free entry to all Home AIL Matches and can avail of discounted prices in selected city stores. (See Membership Booklet for details)
Receipts will be issued for all transactions. Discounts will be noted on all receipts. Balances on cards can be accessed as required. Patrons of the club will also be able to pay cash for purchases but not at the discounted prices the club card affords. It should be noted that you pay for purchases either with the card or in cash. It cannot be a combination of both for any one transaction.
For members and staff the system is user friendly. Notwithstanding the normal getting to know you aspects of anything new and remembering to bring your card, this system will streamline bar and shop activities and deliver value to our members. To facilitate uploading credit onto member's cards, top ups can be made at the bar.
Here's to the first swipe !!!!
12/12/2009 - Rochestown Park Hotel are New Club Sponsors 2009 - 2011
Cork Constitution is delighted to announce that Rochestown Park Hotel is to be the Main Club Sponsor for the current season 2009/10.
The Rochestown Park Hotel logo and name will appear on the Club Jersey, and on all Cork Constitution FC printed material and ground advertising at Temple Hill.
Pat O'Keeffe, President, in welcoming Rochestown Park Hotel as Main Sponsor, has stressed the vital importance of the special relationship that exists between the sporting club and the commercial interests of the Hotel. 'For many years we have held all our functions at Rochestown Park Hotel and the cooperation of management and staff has been outstanding. We have had Victory Dinners and functions as well as all our pre-match team preparations at the Hotel and the courtesy and service we receive has always been first class. We look forward to this new venture, and will do everything possible to keep the name of Rochestown Park Hotel and Cork Constitution Football Club to the forefront of Irish Club Rugby'.
The Cork Constitution Cheltenham Gold Cup Day at Rochestown Park Hotel each year has proved very popular and will take place this season on March 19. Tables of ten, or individual places, can be reserved through the Club office and early booking is advised.