Canon O’Brien Trophy up for grabs this Saturday in the Mardyke.

On this coming Saturday January 9th the annual challenge game between the Cork Senior hurlers and the UCC Fitzgibbon team will be held in the Mardyke GAA Grounds for the Canon Michael O’Brien Cup.


Michael O’Brien is a name that has a special place in the history and tradition of the College GAA Club. Along with Dan Beechinor and Professor Willie J Smyth, he was to play a significant role in the winning of

ten Fitzgibbon Cups between 1981 and 1991 including the famous eighth in a row of ’81 to ’88.


In his capacity as a hurling coach, O’Brien left a lasting legacy that touched a whole generation of students in their sporting, academic and personal lives.


The O’Brien family have presented a replica of the Fitzgibbon Cup in his honour and Saturday marks the 4th occasion that this competition will be played and the 2nd time since the Canon’s passing in November 2014.


The game will throw in at 2.15pm and there will not be an admission fee. Instead the Cork branch of the Irish Alzheimer’s Society appeal to the generosity of those attending and ask that they make a donation to their volunteer collectors on the day.