PLANS are coming together for a public celebration of Cork’s unique 1990 All-Ireland hurling and football double, according to Conor Cahalane.
The Cork hurler is heavily involved in the Go Red for the day next Wednesday, 30 years on from the footballers’ win over Meath to complete the second leg of the historic achievement.
“We’re progressing along nicely. We’ve been in contact with a local of schools, businesses and GAA clubs to turn Cork red for the day.
“We’ll have young kids going to school wearing their Cork jerseys, players going to training wearing the Cork colours and people going into work with red shirts and the like.
“In addition, we’ve been in touch with a few people about draping buildings red and in fairness, the response has been great,” Cahalane said.
There is also a more important aspect in that donations are coming in to support Marymount Hospice, which needs to raise €3.5m annually, and the great work being performed there.
The St Finbarr’s club hurler was one of those who helped raise over €74,000 earlier in the summer for Marymount, when the Cork hurlers came together to lend their support.
Donations can be made to www.idonate.ie/goredforCork.
“It’s a great cause and in fairness to Robbie O’Flynn, he did great work around the lockdown to make people aware.
“Now, this is the idea of James O’Connor from Cost Plus Tyres and Derek McCarthy from McCarthy Meats.
“James asked me to get on board and lend a hand. Both he and Des drove it from day one.
“It’s coming along nicely and I’m looking forward to see how it will all pan out on Wednesday.”
The financial angle is very important to Marymount as Paula McGovern, the Head of Fundraising and Communications outlined at the launch.
“The 30th anniversary of winning the double is something that needs to be celebrated and we hope we will bring some lightness to what has been and continues to be a tough year for many.
“While we cannot run any of our standard events this year this is a great way for people to bring some colour into their day, mark their county’s achievements and donate to Marymount all the while.
“We would like to call on schools, businesses and individuals get on board remotely. And don’t forget to share your Go Red images on the day,” she said.
Cahalane knows all about the famous day because his father Niall was a stalwart in a side that played in All-Ireland finals four years running, winning twice in '89 and '90.
“Growing up, we were aware of the achievement, but as we got older I began to realise and appreciate what it takes to win an All-Ireland.
“It’s amazing to think you had Teddy McCarthy and Denis Walsh on both panels and winning All-Irelands the same season.
“It was certainly a very special achievement, particularly now that there are hardly any dual players at all in the country.
“In fairness, dad’s been a great help. Even the other day we had a photoshoot in Marymount and he dropped his tools to help us out.
“It’s unique in that Cork are the only county to have both senior All-Irelands in the same year.
“I know the ladies footballers and camogie teams have won All-Irelands, but I think it’s very important to mark this occasion, especially in the current climate. People need a distraction.
“It’s even great for the players who were involved back then and the supporters who were there on the day to reminisce.”
The younger Cahalane, like brothers Damien and Jack, hurl with the Barrs and play football with Castlehaven, who await a county semi-final.
“I don’t mind it to be honest. The two clubs have good relations and work it well between them.
“There’s never that much of a clash either and if there is both clubs are very understanding,” he said.
Some 75 percent of the proceeds of the campaign will go to Marymount Hospice, with 25 percent going to Cork GAA.
Due to Covid-19, Marymount has had to cancel all of its busy schedule of fundraising events for 2020, which marks its 150th year.