Canon O’Brien Cup in the Mardyke

On Tuesday January 7th the senior hurling teams of UCC and Cork will play in the Mardyke GAA Grounds in honour of Canon Michael O’Brien.

Michael O’Brien, along with Dan Beechinor and Prof Willie J Smyth looked after the Fitzgibbon Cup hurlers of the college during a period when that trophy was won in 1981, ’82, ’83, ’84, ’85, 86, ’87, ’88, ’90 and ’91.

Some of the iconic names of Third Level hurling played during this time including, Nicky English, Pat Hartnett, Ian Conroy, Paul O’Connor, Tomas Fitzgibbon, Mark Foley, Tadhg Coakley, John O’Connor and John Considine.

O’Brien, during his tenure in charge, lifted the profile of the competition to make it one of the most sought after prizes in GAA. He left a  legacy to UCC GAA that has seen many of his student players still involved with the club and contributing to our recent Fitzgibbon victory last February when the cup was won again for the 43rd time.

The Canon, who passed away in 2014, was one of the most influential figures in the development of that generation of students both on and off the pitch and it is only right that he is remembered.

The GAA club are grateful to the O’Brien family, who donated a trophy (first played in 2013) for this game in his memory.

Throw in is at 7pm and the venue is the Dyke. If you can please come along and support this event.

As usual there will not be an admission charge but those attending are asked to support those collecting for St Columba’s GNS with facility for deaf children, who are based in Douglas.