History

Cloughduv is one of the oldest Hurling Clubs in the County. With the first recorded match in the parish dating back to 1863. At the end of that Century, Cloughduv were hosting one of the major competitions within t he County called the Ryecourt Tournament, in which all the leading teams in the County participated. Ryecourt provided the Club with an early home and although the club moved to other locations down through the years, it is ironic that we are now back once again in Ryecourt with our modern sports complex.
The 1950's saw the emergence of an underage phenomenon, when an unprecedented three School Shield Counties came to Cloughduv. Three Mid Cork Minor Titles followed in the 1960's with a Minor County in 1967.


The Club today is playing in its 18th County Final between Junior and Intermediate stretching back to the victory of the 1911 Intermediate team up to the defeat of our Junior A team in 2009.


Without doubt the greatest years on the field of play for Cloughduv were between 1970 and 1986, with victory in Junior A 1970, Intermediate Victories in 1973, 1983 and 1986 and runner up in 1981 and 1984 at Intermediate level. Couple that with 7 Intermediate League Titles and 2 years at Senior Level.


For Cloughduv Hurling Club the challenges of the future will be faced with the same resolve that our first chairman William Walsh and his fellow officers and members endures back in 1884 and that in years to come we will continue that victorious refrain......

So hand me down my hurley
And Jersey Green and Gold
The cry has come
Come on Cloughduv
Think of the days of old.

Peadar MacMacDomhnaill
Cathaorlach
Cumann Iománaíochta Cloch Dubh

OUR PRIDE RESTORED
CLOUGHDUV V COURCEY ROVERS
JUNIOR COUNTY FINAL NOVEMBER 1970


The Cork Examiner wrote...........


"Cloughduv finished a sequence of defeats in the Junior Hurling Championship with a flattering victory over Courcey Rovers at Ballinhassig yesterday and ended a wait of 29 years for a County title. Cloughduv, in fact, last celebrated success in the grade in 1940, won the Intermediate title a year later and suffered their more recent defeat three years ago, but their determination to win this final was complimented by their superior hurling skills. Had Courcey Rovers, the standard bearers of the South West Division, a hurler of the calibre of Connie Kelly, then the result might have been a different one. They scored their goals in a period of seven minutes in the last quarter when Cloughduv were already assured of the championship and even if these scores made the scoreboard look more respectable for them, it hardly represented their efforts over the hour to take their first title.


A key man in both Muskerry Senior teams and a star on the cork under 21 team, burly Connie Kelly was the player who sunk Courcey Rovers hope with a polished display and spear-headed Cloughduv's challenge with an impressive total of 2-9. He began at the left half-forward and alternated between the corner and the half-line, and even if Courcey's Tadg O'Mahony - who began at full-forward - did succeed in holding him for a while in the second half, there was nobody capable of curbing his obvious scoring ability.


Courcey's began this game badly when they conceded a soft goal from full forward Michael Walsh inside the first minute. They promised a strong challenge with a lively opening five minutes but after centre back John O'Donovan pointed a seventy, they showed up their weakness in attack with feeble efforts at scoring. And it was this almost total lack of penetration which made Cloughduvs task so much easier in the long run. After eight minutes Connie Kelly - of the three brothers in the forward line - crashed a 21 yards free to the net after the very capable referee Frank Murphy had penalised the Courceys full back. Courceys made changes to get into the game at centre field but even if Ted O'Mahony was again troubled by the knee injury which forced his early retirement from last Sunday's County senior final, Noel Dunne did enough to keep Cloughduv on top. And he got great support from a half back line, where his brother Ted was a star.


Cloughduv dominated the second quarter and even if they did not maintain their rate of scoring, they were very much on top in defence and were nine points in front at the interval 2-7 to 0-4.


In the second half Courceys rearranged their team so much that is seemed that they had been badly played before the game. In any case, while Ted Harrington was just as impressive at left half forward as he was at left back and Liam Hurley made a successful change from centre forward to centre back, the other changes did not allow the players enough time to settle down.


Courceys kept Cloughduv scoreless for the first nine minutes after the resumption until Jerry Kelly pointed from 60 yards. In between they showed tremendous improvement in defence and with left corner back PJ Minihane the dominant player in this half of the field, Courceys should have had at least two goals. Again their lack of power around the goal frustrated their followers even if Sean O'Mahony in goal was almost unbeatable without having too much pressure on him. Cloughduv had added on four more points - one from Ted O'Mahony from the half-way line - before Liam Hurleys goal from 50 yards out in the 48th minute, left the score 2-12 to 1-4. But before Courceys had time to settle Connie Kelly had scored Cloughduv's thirs goal, after the referee had rightly allowed him the advantage to complete a great fun with a good goal. The last ten minutes did not promise anything but a win for Cloughduv, even if Courceys gamely fought to the bitter end and they were rewarded with a goal from Gerry Collins five minutes from time. But this was the last score of the match and Cloughduv coasted to an easy and deserved win".


Scorers: Cloughduv, C. Kelly 2-9 (1-4 from frees), M. Walsh 1-0, J, Kelly 0-2, N. Dunne 0-2, T.O'Mahony and T. Kelly 0-1 each.
Courcey Rovers, L.Hurley 1-0, G. Collings 1-0,J.O'Donovan, A. Hannon, O.Crowley and T. Harrington 0-1 each.
A report of the game would not be complete without reference to the excellent refereeing of Frank Murphy, whose firmness kept the game free-flowing from start to finish. Ballinhassig Club also deserve congratulations for their splendid arrangements for the game.
Cloughduv
S. O'Mahony, M. Keane, D. O'Brien, J. Dunlea, D.J. O'Riordan, T. Dunne, J. Cronin, N. Dunne, T. O'Mahony, P. Lucey, T. Kelly, C. Kelly, S. Cunningham, M. Walsh, J. Kelly
Courcey Rovers
J. McCarthy, A. Crowely, P. Twomey, P.J. Minihane, M. Murphy, J. O'Donovan, T. Harrington, A. Hannon, G. Collins, O. Crowley, L. Hurley, D. O'Donovan, V. O'Conovan, T.O'Mahony, B. Nyhan.


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