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Redmonds G.A.A. of Cork: Club Profile @ Cork Hall Of Fame

Written by Derry JF Doody

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Céad Míle Fáilte............. Chairman’s Introduction.......

 ** This historic synopsis of Redmonds is designated to all current and past members of Redmonds at home in Cork and to former players, mentors and supporters in exile around the world. And don’t forget to spread the REDMONDS GOOD NEWS...........

Redmonds ARE FIGHTING BACK IN 2019 to restore pride in our historic club and welcome back old friends to the fold and we welcome new friends also.

Redmonds G.A.A. of Cork is a unique club set in the inner southside districts of Cork city in Tower Street, just off Barrack Street, and in the realms of Cork G.A.A. it is renowned for its pioneering and historic achievements in the latter years of the 20th century.

It is highly unlikely that no club in the history of the G.A.A. since 1884, established such a glorious reputation and record in its very first year of foundation.

Now read on and enjoy the Redmond’s ups and downs from 1892 to 2019........


A NEW DAWN::: In the fall of 2018 our club endured a calamity that shook our club and also G.A.A. people, not only in Cork, but around Ireland

also. Past and present players, mentors and supporters, and Ireland at large read and saw on national TV and national newspapers, the

unbelievable statement.... “That Redmonds, such a famous Cork G.A.A. club, was going out of existence”.

The public reaction was sheer disbelief but these stories had a foundation. Redmonds had fallen down the cliff. They were unable to pay their extensive financial liabilities and consequently, the very first casualty was the closure of the long established Tower Street clubhouse and function room and bar, on the 29th September 2018. This club facility, complete with bar license, had been in operation for several decades.

In brief, a SAVE REDMONDS campaign was launched and that will be a work in progress over the next few years. Ideally the club needs a financial rescue angel to rectify the immediate situation. Out of the crisis and in real terms, a brand new committee was established and are now managing our famous Cork club. It’s a rescue plan that needs understanding and patience by all those involved with Redmonds in matters of financial liability.

 On the field of play for 2019 we have a realistic plan. The heritage of the club, as you will understand after you have read our history on these online pages, is a major objective. Side by side with our heritage is our ability to field, initially one Redmonds team, and follow up with developing more teams.

We are now obliged to start our club all over again in 2019 and we intend fielding a junior football team in the Cork City Division competitions.

Full details of current club officers are stated here and we welcome any proposals for fundraising projects. Thank you for reading this Redmonds article and enjoy your stroll through our proud history.

Michael O’Shea

Club Chairman



Appreciation of our forebears since 1892 and a synopsis of Times Past

Compiled by Cork historian, Plunket Carter & Derry JF Doody, Editor/Promoter @ All Ireland Hall of Fame:


FOUNDATION: Prior to the foundation of Redmonds, hurling was played in the local districts and a club called 'Tower Street', (club base since foundation) was the forerunner to the current Redmonds.

In relation to the founding of Redmonds club, Ireland in 1891 was in political turmoil and in Cork a new club was founded in 1892, destined to bring the highest honour and distinction. Redmonds was formed in honour of the famous Parnellite, John Redmond, and of course Parnell himself. However a split in the John Redmond camp created many divisions in several political establishments and the G.A.A. and its clubs was not excluded. Shortly after Parnell’s death his supporters left clubs all over Ireland to form new clubs or join other nearby clubs.

In Cork, senior club Tower Street (our predecessors) folded at that time. The pro Parnellites of St. Finbarr’s G.A.A. club, Cork, left the Barrs club, joined the new 1892 Redmonds club and became aptly named, as the 12 Apostles.

The new club they joined in 1892 was - the John Redmond Independent Hurling ClubThe colours adopted for the new club were GREEN/WHITE.

It was a sad year for near neighbours, the famous St. Finbarrs club, in existence since 1876 (eight years before the G.A.A. was founded) as another eight anti-Parnell members, seeing no prospect of St. Finbarrs fielding a team, also departed to link up with Wm. O’Briens, an existing Cork senior club.

Redmonds, based in Tower Street, inherited a team of outstanding hurlers from St. Finbarrs and in their very first year of foundation, the team swept aside every obstacle from their path, to win the Cork county senior hurling championship from Blackrock, who were reigning county champions. The Cork county final was played on the 17th July 1892 at Cork Park, formerly Cork Racecourse, on Centre Park Road, Cork, and the venue also became the Cork home of Henry Ford & Son.

The Cork senior hurling teams who competed in the 1892 Hurling Firsts championship were; Bride Valley; Aghada; Redmonds; Aughabullogue; Kilmurry; Blarney; Blackrock; Carrigtwohill; Dungourney and William O'Briens.

In the Hurling Seconds grade the competing teams were; Blackrock2; Bride Valley2; William O'Briens2 and Redmonds2.

A new championship format was agreed, whereby clubs first and second teams were put into different sections in the early rounds of the championship, and some surprising results arose.

The number of senior teams who affiliated for the 1892 Cork senior hurling championship, as a consequence of the Parnell split, was greatly reduced from previous years. Officially the G.A.A. supported Parnell, but many clubs were bitterly divided and several disbanded. 

In the county semi finals Blackrock defeated William O'Briens and Redmonds1 team received a walk over from Redmonds2. Next up was the county senior hurling final featuring Blackrock and Redmonds.

The Sporting Reds emerged with the title on a score of 2-04 to 0-05. In an extract from Cork G.A.A. ..... A History 1886 - 1986... by author Jim Cronin.... Jim wrote...... Redmonds reached the top of the tree in their first year when they defeated the holders, Blackrock, in the final after a great game. Included in their line-out were a number of players who had formerly assisted St. Finbarrs and Tower Street. One of their younger players, Tom Irwin, was to give great service to Cork hurling and football teams. He was later to become secretary of the County Board for a twenty one year period.

The historic Redmonds team that graced Cork Park on that auspicious county final day of 1892 was as follows:

Wm. O'Callaghan, Captain; John Kenneally; Michael Casserly; James Keegan; William O'Connor; John Leahy; John O'Connor; Denis O'Halloran; James Lyons; Tom Irwin; Michael Sheehan; Jerh. Meade; Con O'Callaghan; Jas. Murphy; Eugene O'Connor; Ml. Hegarty; Jas. Conway. 

Blackrock team as follows: Denis Scannell; Jerh. Norberg; C. O'Keeffe; Stephen Hayes; David Hayes; James Delea; John Murphy; Pat Murphy; Pat Flaherty; John Cashman; Jerh. Cremin; Denis Lane; Michael Cronin; Sylvester O'Callaghan; Pat Coughlan; Maurice Carey; Dan Leary.  

next up after the county final came the Munster title, which they captured from Kilmoyley of Kerry on a scoreline of 5-03 to 2-05, before going on to defeat Faughs/Davitts of Dublin in the All-Ireland final on a scoreline of 2-04 to 1-01. The All Ireland final attracted 5,000 spectators at Clonturk, Dublin on 26th March 1893 and a goal equalled five points. Also of historic interest, team numbers for the1892 final, were reduced from 21 aside to 17 aside.

The clubs predecessors, Tower Street, remarkably also set their own slice of Cork G.A.A. history by winning the first ever contested Cork senior hurling championship in 1888. The Cork G.A.A. records state Cork Nationals were the first ever winners in 1887, but the Blackrock club (Cork Nationals) were awarded the title without winning on the field of play.

Records state, “Passage West were Cork Nationals official opponents” and records further state, the boat ferrying the Passage hurlers upriver to Cork Park on the Marina, allegedly could not get past a blockade of boats around Blackrock Castle. The Passage hurlers were therefore obliged to retreat for their own safety and forfeit, not just the match, but also the honour of striving to become Cork’s official first ever senior county hurling champions.

Those statistics were recorded in the formative years of the G.A.A. when the county champions went on to represent their county in the All Ireland championship, much the same as the current All Ireland club championships.

Tradition of success established by forbears:

The Redmonds senior hurling team of 1892 brought honour and glory to all of Co. Cork by successfully representing their native county in the provincial and All Ireland championships. And this was achieved by a noble group of Redmonds hurlers and mentors who were the pioneers and first ever team, to represent the John Redmond Independent Hurling Club.

The 1892 All Ireland final was played on 26th March 1893 at Clonturk, Dublin, and in the early days of the G.A.A. disputes on and off the field were frequent. And so it was on final day at Clonturk. The final was unfinished. Cork (Redmonds) were leading the Dubs 2-04 to 1-01 when a major dispute arose and Dublin walked off the field with ten minutes remaining. Cork (Redmonds) were officially declared as the All Ireland champions of 1892.

In the follow on years after the 1892 All Ireland title came to Tower Street, the men wearing Redmonds jersies had a great responsibility on their shoulders and as true warriors, they bore that mantle with further acclaim, by winning another four Cork senior hurling titles.

When the club faced up to doomsday in September 2018, G.A.A. fans all over Ireland questioned how such a famous club could consider final closure. Negative factors came into play over several years that successive committees were unable to address and these negative matters will be addressed in our historic trawl over the clubs history further down these pages.



Redmond’s players became legendary with Cork senior hurling teams from 1892 through to the late 1920’s, a period when the Tower Street based club were sitting at the top table of Cork senior club hurling.

These special players are the major reason that Redmonds are so proud of their heritage and lest these famous names be forgotten, the following is a list of some of the former Redmonds players of bygone days, who wore the Cork and Redmonds jersey with pride and distinction.

Paddy Cantillon; Tom Irwin; James Keegan; Bill O’Callaghan; Michael Casserly; James Conway;

Con O’Callaghan; Bill Fitzgibbon; John Kenneally (Little John); Morgan Madden; Dave ‘Daw’ McGrath; Bertie Mullins; Denis O’Keeffe; Connie Sheehan. Mickey Sheehan, Sonny Jim McCarthy, Daw McGrath, Rooker O’Keeffe, Jack Anderson, Jack McCarthy; Jack Leonard; Connie Sheehan, Billy Mullins and William Gorman.

15,000 spectators at Rathanker, Passage West, for historic match

The sporting popularity of Redmonds and the enormous respect for their greatness in Cork G.A.A. during the latter years of the 19th century, can be appreciated by the following story.

‘The Redmonds proud tradition,now currently under lock and key in preservation and promotion, can be truly understood from an 1896 event at Passage West, Co. Cork, over seven miles from Redmond’s Tower Street base.

In that historic Passage match in 1896, Redmonds beat Blackrock in a senior county championship match which was forever after, called “The Match of the Century”. It was a county quarter final tie, which took on massive importance, as a result of great animosity between the famous Cork rival teams, Redmonds and Blackrock, following a dispute which dominated newspaper coverage for months before the game.

On the afternoon of the match, by order of the R.I.C. police, all pubs in the Passage West districts were ordered to close. The appointed venue, Rathanker, in the Passage West countryside, is located near Monkstown Golf Club, a good hilly distance of more than two miles from the town centre.

Spectators thronged into Passage town from early Sunday morning using every means of conveyance - pony and trap, wagonettes, jaunting cars and on bicycles and foot. An army of R.I.C. men, deployed from Cork City barracks, were detailed for match day duty, and a special cordon of mounted police was placed around the pitch.

Then came a bombshell as the game was called off by order of the Chief of Police, who rode on to the pitch to read the riot act. Michael Deering, CSecretary of the Cork Board, intervened and accepted responsibility for the conduct of the crowd.

With that, weapons (“shillelleighs”) were taken from their hiding places down the legs of trousers and thrown away. The game was fast and spirited, and though very rough at times, it was played without incident’.

Redmonds were convincing winners on the day at Passage West, but were later defeated by Ballinhassig in the semi-final.

Prior to 1896 Redmonds had already won their maiden senior title and the heritage of Redmonds states, the club added another four glorious Cork senior hurling titles to their honours record.

Those titles were won in 1900; 1901; 1915 and 1917 to compliment their 1892 title win. And now in the 21st century, and Redmonds striving for survival, the golden memories of their illustrious forebears weighs heavily on the conscience of the current incumbents of the great Redmonds name. In summary Redmonds competed in ten Cork senior hurling finals and in 1927 they contested their very last senior hurling final, but were beaten by a magnificent Blackrock team.


World War 2....... The club continued in senior ranks until 1937, but in 1938 Redmonds were unwillingly demoted by county board officers to intermediate ranks. The advent of World War 2 curtailed G.A.A. progress all over Ireland and the Redmonds club ceased operations for a few years. After the enforced temporary absence, they reorganised again in 1948, competing in City Division junior and minor grades.

Re-establishing Redmonds after the war was a major task and a great debt of gratitude is due to former mentors such as Arthur Walker, a gael renowned all over Cork and immediately identified with Redmonds. We must also make mention of several Redmonds gaels charged with guiding the famous Tower Street club down all the years. These names roll off the tongue with ease. Stalwarts like Sean O'Leary and Tommy O'Sullivan, were there for decades after their re-establishment, following World War 2.

In the first two decades after the 1948 revival, they brought 16 trophies from under 14 to junior grades back to their headquarters. Problems, which were to have devastating effects, arose in the late 1960s, with depopulation of Redmonds catchment areas, after Cork city had expanded beyond the suburbs, resulting in hundreds of families moving out from the inner city.


MAJOR TRIUMPHS: Following the 1948 relaunch, Redmonds Street Leagues were started in an effort to recruit boys to participate in the under 15 City Board and Juvenile competitions, which resulted in their debut in 1951 for Tower Street. At that time Cork under 15 Club teams did not adopt the names of their senior club teams.

From their demise as a senior team, Redmonds location meant living in the shadows of bigger clubs, and this was always problematic trying to register young players. However Redmonds enthusiastic committee was rewarded for their hard work, when their teams recorded some significant victories. In their first year in minor ranks, the club achieved some major victories on the way to winning the City Division Championship.

Another significant milestone for Redmonds, was their first win in ‘A’ grade underage, when Tower Street were the surprise, but deserving winners of the hurling league in 1956. This was bettered in 1962 and ‘63 when, despite stiff competition from representatives of the bigger clubs; Barrs (Greenmount), Na Piaraigh (EoghanRuadhs), Capwell (Nemo) and Glen (Cuchulains), Redmonds won under 15A hurling and football titles.

Three years later in 1966 an outstanding minor side (many of them products of the Street Leagues) brought the City Division Minor Football Championship home to Tower Street for the second time.

Redmonds People of Distinction........

In the follow on years of the 1950’s/60’s, local residents were to the fore also during the productive mid 20th century. Stalwarts such as Peadar Beecher commenced a lifetime service; his neighbours, the Coughlan's, Peter, Liam and Robert, were more than just members, they were beavers. Dinny O'Brien of Industry Place, and his sons Tim, Donncha and Gerard, were synonymous with the club, and where would the Sporting Reds have been without the indefatigable recruiting officer, TadghieDrinan.

The well known coal merchants, the O'Shea’s boys of Rutland Street, contributed enormously to the club, and fittingly Redmonds have the name of that family business emblazoned on their shirts. The current chairman is Michael O’Shea, who recently celebrated his 60th consecutive year with Redmonds, and Michael was inducted into the All Ireland Hall of Fame Online Gallery, as a Champion G.A.A. Volunteer with

Eamonn Fitzgibbon wore the Redmonds jersey in the early 1950’s and he was a very young chairman in the sixties. After a long period away, he returned once more, and now 65 years later, Eamon is one of the principle mentors striving to keep the club alive. Dan O'Mahony, a teak tough defender, became a magnificent administrator and was in the chair when the Langfords, among other prominent club families, showed their versatility on and off the field. Mention of Dan’s name automatically refers his wife, Ita, into the equation. Ita, for many years, along with those other treasures on the ladies committee, did more for the club than many of the menfolk. Pat O'Leary, an excellent hurling keeper, could have played senior elsewhere, as could the blonde dynamo, Leo  McSweeney.

Liam Bennett, a Redmonds giant, came across from Lough Road and stayed for the rest of his life, which tragically ended prematurely. Mick McCarthy, formerly of St. Vincent's, became the life and soul of the club, when he transferred to the neighbourhood from the northside of Cork city, to join forces with the super Reds.

Mick Morrissey, a Carrigaline native, Eddie Lingane, Christy and Timmy Murphy, the O’Sullivans, Kenneallys, Hollands, Donoghues and many more, like all true Reds, were passionate and committed “heart on your sleeve” Redmonds gaels, a necessity in any club.

Redmonds Gifts to the famous Barrs club........................

Conscious of the fact that the twelve apostles who arrived from the Barrs club at foundation in 1892, were key to their success, the Reds also gifted the Blues a few of their own treasures who moved out to Togher, including the imperious Charlie McCarthy, Jerry O'Shea, John O'Brien, Eddie Harrington, and of course, Tadghie Drinan.

Those mentioned are all people who cut their teeth in Redmonds colours. It is hoped that many more real Reds with true knowledge of the club, will add plenty more meaningful contribution by taking out membership of the famous Tower Street club.  

1970’s Through to 21st Century......... Social Club and New Grounds Became Major Developments.........

Redmonds still remained competitive from the 1970’s onwards and were labelled the Cinderella team. They became the proverbial bridesmaids, having lost nine of the ten finals contested in the seventies. The highlight of that decade was their great victory in the MacCurtain Cup, defeating Douglas in the final, and also defeating St. Finbarrs in the semi final.

With recruitment of schoolboys the priority, Cork G.A.A. launched go-games and coaching sessions for kids in the Redmonds catchment area in 2011. The novel setting in Deer Park Green Estate, created a buzz, but despite the committees best efforts, there was no rush by children to take up the camán.


A Place to Play Hurling and Football and Call It Your Own.........

For several decades Redmonds were leasing pitches in close proximity to their Tower Street base, but as the city expanded outwards, green field sites were sacrificed by City Hall administrators and designated as commercial, industrial and residential lands. Very little consideration was applied to minnow clubs such as Redmonds, who needed a solid base nearby their clubhouse in Tower Street. Securing a playing pitch of your own is one of the basic prerequisites of any ambitious club, and it was a day of great ceremony, when proud Redmonds officially opened their new playing fields in Leghanamore, near Cork Airport in August 1984.

The rural location of the splendid grounds was later claimed to be a hindrance to putting Redmonds teams on the pitch in recent years, as the location was four miles from their Tower Street clubhouse and base.

THE SOCIAL CLUB: In 1959 a prominent Cork property businessman was approached by Eamon Fitzgibbon and some colleagues and what the Redmonds delegation had in mind was the acquisition of a large vacant site in Tower Street to build a Redmonds clubhouse. However what the Redmonds boys didn’t have, was a bag of money to carry out the purchase, no small matter when negotiations begin to acquire a property.

Undaunted at the challenge, the Redmonds entrepreneurial delegation were fortunate the prosperous Cork property entrepreneur was a kind hearted soul. The gentleman owned many properties around the city and he told the Redmonds boys, yes; you can have that Tower Street site, but it’s going to cost your club the mighty capital sum of a one pound note.

In the words of Eamon Fitzgibbon, upon hearing this unbelievable news, the Reds delegation landed back in Tower Street, in a matter of minutes, hoping the vendor would not change his mind. Once the deal was signed and the deeds transferred, a small army of Redmonds volunteers cleared the large site and almost overnight, the Redmonds club had a magnificent clubhouse site to build a complex, with a full bar club license. Those were heady days in the history of the club off the field.

Through their social club, Redmonds were responsible for many Cork marriages and their splendid function room was a much sought after venue for family functions, and the dancing nights were also very popular. Dancers travelled to Redmonds from far and near for their Friday night dances and top bands performed at the venue. Although the clubhouse was a hive of social activity for many years, lurking in the dark shadows, was the clubs inability to recruit players for their hurling and football teams. Depopulation of their base area and the inability to recruit at under age levels, had devastating effects. Large families in places like Barrack Street, Friars Walk, Tower Street, Evergreen Street and Greenmount, all contributed to Redmonds playing population for many decades but the spring of the well ran dry.

A huge demise in new players from the native areas, became a huge obstacle for club officers. This matter was not just a Redmonds problem. Many rural clubs around Ireland were also in turmoil, with shifts in populations to urban districts. These factors finally dismantled the famous club.

The situation culminated in 2018, when the clubs officership made an overdue decision, to call a halt and seek a resolution to the clubs future. Aside from a lack of player numbers, finances of the club had reached an all time low. An Extraordinary General Meeting was announced to decide the clubs fate and grave fears were expressed, that the famous Redmonds club was in danger of capitulation and going out of existence.

The September 2018 closure of the clubhouse was greeted with dismay but the premises is now awaiting a complete makeover and current plans incorporate renewing the club license and taking on a new lease of life for the clubhouse as a fundraising venture for the club.



The EGM sent alarm bells sounding at local and national levels, but most importantly, former players, supporters and club officials, came back to lend a helping hand and in the latter weeks of 2018, following the election of a brand new committee, sixteen members, consisting of many former and current players and mentors, laid down a prospective plan, entitled ‘Save Redmonds’.

A club that won the Cork County and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in their very first year of 1892, and claimed four further Cork senior hurling titles in 1900, 1901, 1915 and 1917, were in danger of oblivion.

2018/19 committee elected comprising of:

President: Paddy O'Shea

Chairman... Michael O’Shea;

Vice Chairman... Francis Holland

Hon. Secretary...... Ryan Corcoran

Assistant Secretary:.... Eamon Fitzgibbon

Treasurer: .....Ed O’Sullivan

Assistant Treasurer.... Christopher Dinneen

P.R.O. ...... Terry O'Sullivan

General Committee: ...... John O'Mahony; Con Duncliffe; Tim Dennehy; Dane Holland; David Delea..


Club Update: REDMONDS MEMBERSHIP........................................

As a new year (2019) has already kicked in, the new committee are appealing for a resurgence in club membership. Former club associates are requested to consider becoming valued club members again and a Special Membership Plan for all residential neighbours around Greenmount is currently a work in progress.

The clubhouse, currently without a bar license, is a major facility and suitable for many social projects in the local areas. It has the potential to serve as a Community Centre and foster a new and prosperous community relationship.


Club Lotto: A vital financial lifeline for all clubs, Redmonds Club Lotto, will be relaunched as soon as possible.


GO FUND ME PAGE @ Redmonds of Cork on Facebook seeks national and local considerations:

In the formative weeks and months of 2019, a new star has emerged with a purpose of fielding a team in junior football and progressing the club on and off the field. Acknowledging their perilous position and also the inheritance of a crippling debt, the club must now find the means to tackling this burden. It is currently occupying a lot of attention with the new committee.

The liability is over €60,000 and without a regular stream of income from clubhouse social activities, as in previous years, the club are reaching out to G.A.A. fans in Cork and around Ireland, who might consider donations, large or small, all appreciated, to preserve this historic Cork club.

Meantime the club will be active all through 2019 in setting up a number of fundraising ventures and most importantly, also recruiting a new group of players to bolster playing numbers. The club are also appealing to Cork’s generous corporate companies, to consider tendering a helping hand with a major makeover of the famous Redmonds club. The makeover will facilitate the club to offer the premises for weekly rental to groups in the local community, thereby producing a weekly stream of income.

Survival is assured through the new committee and for a club proudly standing since 1892, the way forward will be complimented with assistance from inside and outside the club.



The 12 Barrs Apostles of 1892 was repaid by Redmonds in the 1960’s :

Conscious of the fact that the twelve apostles who arrived from the Barrs club at foundation in 1892, were key to their success, the Reds also gifted the Blues a few treasures who moved out to Togher, including the imperious Charlie McCarthy, Jerry O'Shea, John O'Brien, Eddie Harrington and of course Tadghie Drinan.

Those mentioned are all people who cut their teeth in Redmonds colours. It is hoped that many more real Reds with true knowledge of the club, will add plenty more meaningful contribution by taking out membership of the famous Tower Street club.  

Redmonds Honours....................

This synopsis of Redmonds of Cork G.A.A. history was composed for a Club & County Hall of Fame incorporation at

The article was initially composed by Cork historian, Plunkett Carter, and certain amendments were inserted by Derry JF Doody, Editor/Promoter @ to reflect on the past glorious history and promote the current ambitions of Redmonds 2019 committee.

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