The 1970s was a decade of almost uninterrupted success for Cork hurling and football teams. Three goals against Wexford in the 1970 final courtesy of Eddie O’Brien secured the Rebel county’s 21st All-Ireland hurling title. In 1973 Billy Morgan captained the footballers to All-Ireland success before the hurlers resumed normal service by capturing titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978. The All-Ireland club championships were dominated by Cork teams during the decade with Blackrock, Glen Rovers and St. Finbarr’s sharing seven hurling titles. Meanwhile, Nemo Rangers enjoyed football successes in 1973 and 1979.
However, the acquisition of the Dr. Harty Cup and Corn uí Mhuirí double by Cork school Coláiste Iognáid Rís (now known as Deerpark CBS) in 1975 remains a high point in the proud history of Cork GAA. Both Munster Colleges’ competitions are notoriously difficult to win and no school has replicated Deerpark’s achievement since.
On Saturday 16th May players, mentors and supporters of that golden era will reunite to celebrate the 1975 double and enjoy a night of music, nostalgia and reminiscence at Rochestown Park Hotel. This promises to be very entertaining evening for anyone with a passion for local GAA history. Tickets are available for €45 each and can be purchased at Deerpark CBS on St. Patrick’s Road. For queries contact the school office on 021 – 4962025.