Canon Michael O’Brien Cup

On Friday January 6th in the Mardyke GAA Grounds at 7pm, the College senior hurling team play the Cork senior hurlers for the Canon O’Brien Cup. Played for the first time in 2013 the cup remembers Canon Michael O’Brien and his contribution to GAA in Cork , UCC and Farranferris College.

Michael O’ Brien’s legacy to UCC GAA Club is legendary as along with Dan Beechinor and Professor Willie J Smyth, he coached what was arguably the finest College team ever in any sport to 10 Fitzgibbon Cups in 11 years. The Canon who passed away in 2014 was one of the most important figures in the development of that generation of students both on and off the field and it is hugely important therefore that he is remembered .

Dr William O’Brien of the UCC Archaeology Department, a nephew of the Canon, along with the O’Brien family have donated a replica of the Fitzgibbon Cup for this tournament and it will be played for again on Friday.

As per usual there will not be an admission fee but those attending are asked to donate to the Cara Junior School for children with autism in Mayfield. Cara Junior School caters for about 60 children, ranging in age from 4 to 12 with a dual diagnosis of autism and intellectual disability, most of whom are non-verbal. Last June, following an act of vandalism, a shed of equipment was burned and the school are trying to replace what was lost. If you are at the game please give what you can to the collectors at the gate.