Cork and Tipp in the Mardyke this Sunday

A 1916-era exhibition hurling match will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday April 10th at the Mardyke. The fixture will involve two teams, representing Cork and Tipperary, both of whom will don 1916-vintage jerseys while playing with 1916 replica hurleys. The fixture is free to all who wish to attend.

It should be noted that the Cork jersey of this time (pictured below, along with the-then Tipperary jersey, and Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Liam Sheedy) was not the modern ‘blood and bandages’ style, but rather was ‘Fontenoy blue’ in colour. This was a shade then worn by the Belgian army, and had been selected to be the dominant colour for Cork inter-county teams by J.J. Walsh the-then Chairman of Cork County Board (and a prominent figure in the War of Independence in the county), after having seen the army’s involvement at one of the annual commemorations of the battle of Fontenoy that took place in the years prior to the First World War. The modern red-and-white colours date from the War of Independence, when a set of club jerseys had to be used at short notice following the loss of the older jerseys, on foot of a raid by Crown forces of the County Board offices. The jersey was worn by the Cork hurlers in the league fixture against Kilkenny earlier this year, as part of the County Board’s 1916 commemorative programme.

After the game a special memorial function will take place in Reardon’s bar, hosted by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh (who will also be present at the Mardyke), in memory of the late John Egan, of Kerry football fame, who passed away in April 2012. A number of his teammates on the legendary Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s will be present at the match and the function.