Glanmire Ladies was formed in 2000 by a number of people including Barbara Buckley, Genievieve Garde, Angela Fitzgerald, Linda McElhiney ,Roseann O Callaghan and Brian Lotty our club president. The club started from humble beginnings with only a few teams competing. This however has grown massively over the years and we can now boast almost 400 members. Our first success at A level came with a very strong U12 team in 2011 when we were crowned Cork champions, this was followed by success at the All-Ireland community games level and from that point the club grew from strength to strength. Great credit must be given to the coaches at this time that had a vision to look forward with a 10 year plan. People such as Tim Murphy, Dave Carey, John McAllen, John Cashman and many others worked hard in the early years to build a sustainable club. This was shown in the last number of years when we went to the All-Ireland Feile finals on 3 occasions winning the competition in 2017 in Cavan . We have now become the strongest juvenile club in Cork regularly winning at ‘A’ county level and supplying many players to various Cork teams including 2 captains this year. Last year, 2017 was an extra special year annexing 17 trophies.
Most recently we traveled to Coventry, England, to compete in the All Ireland junior quarter final V Roger Casements, traveling with a playing panel of 30 and a team of 30 supporters, thankfully the trip was a success and Glanmire came out winners on a score line of 1-01 to 5-21.
Before taking to England much needed funds were to be raised, and we have had lots of people to thank for giving time and money for these funds including and not limited to, all the junior panel and team management, Paul Dinan of usedcarfinance.ie, Sean and Linda Murphy of SLM decorators and especially SUPERVALU Glanmire.
Their were also unsung heros of the junior campaign more so on the Coventry trip, thanks to Winifred Hannon who fed, watered and looked after the girls and management, Michael Hannon for organizing hotel and travel arrangements and Brian Lotty for organizing club gear, Dave Marah for traveling to help with the social media, well done and thanks to supporters including our boys Matthew, Conor, Cillian, Andrew and Chulainn, and a massive thanks to our committee who worked day and night to insure the trip was a success.
Both Brian and chairman Michael spoke about how proud they are of all the girls creating history once again this year by reaching the all Ireland stages. They also thanked the management for their efforts and successes so far and wished the team well for their trip to their all Ireland semi-final.
We now progress to the all Ireland semi-final taking on Trillick of Tyrone in mid November.