Castlemartyr set out to regain the East Cork Hurling Title

In 1950, Castlemartyr set out to regain the East Cork Hurling title last won in 1946 under captain Paddy Abernethy.

The campaign began with a 4-1 to 3-3 victory over Youghal played in Castlemartyr on the 21st May under ref Paddy Hartnett.

On August 6th in Midleton, under ref Christy Duggan, they beat Cloyne 8-4 to 3-2 in the semi final.

In the East Cork Final, Sunday 27th August

Played in Midleton under ref C Conway (Blarney) Castlemaryr beat O’Briens to win their third title.

Castlemartyr 4-4 – O’Briens 3-6

Paddy Abernethy 1950-1951 Castlemartyr GAA Hurling Captain

Paddy Abernethy – Captain 1950

By the narrow margin of one point, Castlemartyr defeated O”Briens in the final of Grade A Junior hurling championship at Midleton yesterday. Several thousand spectators were treated to as thrilling an hours hurling as was ever witnessed for a Divisional final in which the issue was in doubt up to the long whistle.

Castlemartyr had the best of the first quarter but O’Briens drew level within the period, and it was in the extra time that Castlemartyr took the lead to have a two-point advantage at half time (1-4 to 1-2).

In the first quarter of the second half the teams were again level at 2-4 each and entering the final quarter O’Briens took a substantial lead of 1-1 after 20 minutes of gruelling play. Then came two fast goals by Castlemartyr and with less than five minutes to go the issue was narrowed to a single point in favour of Castlemartyr. In a terrific finish O’Briens had the ill-luck of the ball striking the upright and going the wrong way, in what seemed to be a certain equaliser. A draw would certainly have met with general favour from winners and losers alike.

Mr C Conway (Blarney) and at the end of the game the cup was presented to the Captain of the winning team, Paddy Abernethy, by Rev J Fitzgerald CC Chairman of the East Cork Board.

Panel: Paddy Abernethy (capt.), John Burke, Pakie Dwyer, Pakie Lawton, Raymond Nugent, Val Dowling, Liam Dowling, Billy Joyce, Michael Lawton, Paddy Cooney, Alfie Smyth, Billy Abernethy, Garry Fleming, Dominic Barry, Jackie Whyte, John O’Shea, John Garde, Dave O’Donnell, Michael Abernethy, Patrick Morgan, Willie Forrest. Paddy Whtye.

1950 County Quarter Final Ballyhea 5-7 to Castlemartyr 2-3 in Fermoy 24/9/50

After a few great years in minor hurling, Runaí Mogeeely Minor Club, Sean Dowling wrote a letter stating that Mogeely would not be fielding a minor team for 1950.

Castlemartyr did not field a football team or a junior B hurling team that year as it seems that Mogeely began to field a team of their own, that while they did not enter championships they played some local tournament games. They then sought permission to field a Mogeely team for the 1951B Grade championship.

Joseph Walsh and Willie Lawton were the Castlemartyr East Cork Board representatives.

1950 Castlemartyr GAA Hurling team

1950 Team Picture: Back Row: Mick Power, P.J. Campbell, Fr. John Finn, Billy Joyce, Willie Wade, Patrick Morgan, Dick Barry. Third Row: Willie Lawton, Gary Fleming, Fr. Billy Abernethy, John O’Shea, Liam Dowling, Patrick O’Dwyer, Michael Abernethy, Raymond Nugent, Jackie Whyte. Middle Row: Joseph Walsh, Pakie Lawton, John Burke, Michael Lawton, Paddy Abernethy, Paddy Cooney, Val Dowling, John Garde, Davy Lawton. Front Row: Dominic Barry, Willie Forrest, Dave O’Donnell.