Calling all Cork GAA fans to share their favourite stories about the Rebels

Calling all Cork GAA fans to share their favourite stories about the Rebels
When the Rebels roared back... Cork keeper Donal Óg Cusack celebrates with the fans after beating Clare in 2003. Picture: Dan Linehan

WITH GAA action on hold as the country copes with the Covid-19 crisis, supporters across Leeside are left to reminisce about the high and lows of following the Rebels.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Across the noughties, there were fewer trophies than Cork were used to, but no shortage of excitement, while there’s no denying the county’s status as one of the powerhouses of Gaelic games in both codes.

The Cork County Board are using the temporary suspension of matches to compile an oral history of the Rebels.

Brian Corcoran is surrounded by fans after beating Clare in 1999. Picture: Kieran Clancy
Brian Corcoran is surrounded by fans after beating Clare in 1999. Picture: Kieran Clancy

The call has gone out for supporters, players, mentors and anyone with an affinity for the Blood and Bandage to share their stories about being part of Cork’s GAA journey.

As Cork Children’s Officer and well-known Glen Rovers and St Nick’s club man Des Cullinane explained, “it’s an opportunity to weave together the various strands of being a Rebel, on the pitch and in the dressing room, in the terraces and stands and the way everyone comes together before and after games.”

An email address has been created to compile the anecdotes: corkgaastories2020@gmail.com.

Cork fans celebrate after Luke Meade scores in the Munster final. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork fans celebrate after Luke Meade scores in the Munster final. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The Echo will also publish a selection of the stories over the coming weeks.

The board press release is “calling all Cork supporters, current, and former players, coaches, selectors, members of backroom teams. We want your memories, stories, match reports, funny incidents...

“We are looking for people to recall and record their memories of Cork GAA down through the years. Tell us about your favourite matches, your favourite players, traditions you followed when going to games.

“Share memories of incidents you remember or anecdotes about any aspects of Cork GAA life.

“Get stories and memories from your grandparents, parents, relatives, and friends. Tell us how you got to matches, how you got tickets, where you went before or after games or how you travelled.

Cork fans from Bishopstown on the terrace in Thurles. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Cork fans from Bishopstown on the terrace in Thurles. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“Share all your memories. We want all these stories.”

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