INNISCARRA CAMOGIE CLUB
THE FORMATIVE YEARS

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BACKGROUND:
In his book, ”Sweet Inniscarra”, the late Tim Sheehan records the existence of two Camogie clubs within the districts of Inniscarra and Aghabullogue in the early 1940’s.
The Lee Valley Club was an Aghabullogue based club, with which a number of Inniscarra girls played, the most notable of whom were Mary O’Callaghan of Dripsey and Sheila O’Leary of Springmount, Carrigrohane. The late Sheila (O’Leary) Hourihan won an All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Medal with Cork in 1941.
The Shournagh United Club was wholly within the parish of Inniscarra with its headquarters in Tower. Local family names such as O’Sullivan, Lenihan and McSweeney figured prominently as players with this club.

THE PRESENT CLUB:
The Inniscarra Club as it is known today came into existence under the stewardship of Fr. Michael Twohig in Berrings Hall in April 1967.
Officers elected were as follows:

President - Fr. M Twohig CC, Berrings
Chairperson - Maire Ni Cheallachain, Dripsey
Secretary - Mary O’Connell, Cloghroe
Treasurer - Ann Buckley, Ballyshonin
Captain - Pat O’Sullivan, Dripsey
Vice Captain - Nora O’Brien, Cloghroe
Selection Committee - Mary O’Callaghan, Ann Buckley, Mary O’Connell and Pat O’Sullivan.

There was a large attendance present at this inaugural meeting and it was unanimously agreed that the club colours would be blue and white. Mr. Tim Lane made his field available for training. That year the new club took part in the County Junior Championship and League with considerable success. In the Championship, Inniscarra beat Munster Institute, got a walk over from Bandon reaching the County Semi-Final against Blarney. This game, which was played in Coachford, resulted in Inniscarra being upgraded to Intermediate level for the coming year. This did not favour Inniscarra’s fortunes

FIRST CAPTAIN:
At the first meeting of the newly formed Inniscarra Camogie Club, held in Berrings Hall in April 1967, Patricia O’Sullivan (McDonnell) was elected team captain. It was also agreed at the meeting that the captain would be a member of the selection committee. Pat proved to be an excellent choice as club captain and was selected to play on the Seandun team.
At that time Seandun teams were selected from the junior clubs of the county. Pat won two intermediate County Championship medals with Seandun, in 1967 and 1968, defeating Fermoy in 1967 and Blarney in 1968. She caught the attention of Cork selectors and was selected to play for the Cork junior team in 1968. Cork defeated Limerick and Kerry to win the Munster Championship and Galway in the All Ireland Semi-Final but were defeated by Down in Croke Park in the final. Pat was the first player from the Inniscarra Club to play in an All-Ireland final in Croke Park.
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Cork Junior Camogie Team, Munster Champions and All-Ireland finalists 1968. Pat O’Sullivan is 2nd from right in the front row.
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Inniscarra Camogie Team 1967
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Inniscarra Junior Camogie Team 1968
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Members of Inniscarra Camogie Club attend a Convention in Cork
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Dinner Dance 1970