But as they say, the longer the wait, the sweeter the success and when Kieran ‘Fraggie’ Murphy lifted the trophy on that October Sunday 12 years ago now, the joy had no boundaries.
“We started the campaign with a win over Ballinhassig in a replay and that was followed with wins over Na Piarsaigh, Newtownshandrum, who were very strong at the time, and Bride Rovers in the final.
“Michael Cussen got a goal for us that day, it was a huge score as it turned out and we managed to stay ahead of them.
“When we went back to Riverstown that night there was such an outpouring of emotion, 51 years all rolled into one. That victory that day was the beginning of a golden era in the club, three more titles followed in a very short space of time and we were very well supported by O’Connell Transport, our sponsors.
“But that day in 2008 will always be special because it ended a long wait. We were very unlucky to lose to Mount Sion in Munster that year but the county was the one that we wanted most of all."
Subs: John Murphy, Daniel Roche.