History


Cois Bhride Juvenile GAA Club was formed in December 2000, and is an amalgamation of the Juvenile Clubs of Tallow and Shamrocks. The first AGM was held in Knockanore, in the far west of the county, on the 12th of December, 2000, and the official launch was held on the 30th of March, 2001 in 'The Shamrock Inn', also in Knockanore. Present on the night to help launch the club were Waterford hurling star, Ken McGrath, and Mike Frank Russell, All-Ireland football winner with Kerry the previous year, and a holder of an All-Star award also. In his address to the huge crowd assembled, Chairman Finn McCarthy had this to say; "During the last couple of years there has been a falling In numbers in the Tallow and Knockanore areas. On account of this the members of both Tallow and Shamrocks GM clubs found they were having difficulty fielding competitive teams. As both clubs had already competed very successfully together at u-18 and U-21 levels, It was decided to amaigamate the Juvenile clubs, The name decided on was Cois Bhride - which means' by the Bride', (the river that runs through both parishes), and is the name of the Barony in which both clubs reside. A lot of work from clubs went into this amalgamation, and in this regard I would like to thank in particular the chairmen of both clubs, Liam Moroney, and James Tobin." For the record, the officers elected on the first committee are Chairman, Finn McCarthy, Vice-Chairman. Kieran Ahearne, Secretary, Maureen Roche, Joint Treasurers, Eamonn Lonergan and Loretta Kearney, PRO Frank Roche, Assistant PRO Lena McCarthy.


List of the Attendance of the first ever meeting.
 
Choosing the name was one task, choosing the new club colours and logo was quite another. So with this in mind the club decided to run a competition among the pupils of the Primary Schools of Tallow and Knockanore to come up with the best club banner and colours, and this was won by Marita Kelly, Killeenagh, Knockanore, and indeed it is her creation that remains the club logo to this day. As for the jersey, it was decided to go with a combination of blue and gold (Tallow), and Green and white (Shamrocks).  

Co-operation between Tallow and Shamrocks at under-age level is nothing new, As far back as 1967, when Tallow won a Minor county title, the did so with the help of a few lads from the Knockanore area, and when a minor double of hurling and football county titles was achieved in 1971 this was also the case, The arrangement was formalised in the early nineties, and a county title at U-21 Football (A) was annexed in the Shamrock colours in the mid nineties, followed by a Minor (A) success over Mount Sion In the Tallow jersies in 1997. We contested three under-age county finals in 1999, U 21 hurling, plus Minor hurling and football unfortunately without success, The disappointment was somewhat alleviated by victory in the Intermediate grade for the Shamrocks in the same year. 

And so it was that we arrived at 2001 with a newly formed juvenile club, and in only our first year of existence our minor hurling team made an immediate impact by winning the first title for the fledgling club when they defeated Abbeyside in a thriller in Cappoquin to win the Western A minor hurling title. This meant we were now in a county final against a very promising Clonea team from the east. The final was a very close affair with never more than a puck of the ball between the sides. An injury to one of our brighter stars Paul O' Brien did not help our cause, and alas the fairytale ending for our first year of existence never materialised as Clonea took the title.

As far as I am aware, the first county title that Cois Bhride won was the U-11 Ground Hurling title in 2003, and this was repeated in 2004 with that year's U-11 team. 2004 was also the year that the first football county title was won by the club when the U-12 footballers beat Sacred Heart from Waterford city by 0-8 points to nil in Dungarvan on a very wet day. Coincidently this team won Western and County hurling titles in 2006 at U-14 level beating Ferrybank in the final in Dungarvan. 



Finally, for the last word on the subject of Cols Bhride, I refer to the words penned by a man who coached successive generations of under-age players, not alone in Tallow, but also in the Shamrocks, Ned Power, in a piece he wrote for the launch of the club in March 2001 ... " My wish for this new Millennium is that it bear witness to the fruitful coming together of two neighbours whom demographic considerations have brought closer together. The forces that bind us are greater than the factors that separate us. May we confidently stride forward together as we enter a new era in the history of our clubs. Go gcuire Dia rath is sean ar ár niarrachtai."

Committee members over the years:

1: 12th December 2000

CHAIRMAN: Finn McCarthy
V. CHAIRMAN: Kieran Ahearne
SECRETARY: Maureen Roche
JOINT TREASURERS: Eamonn Lonergan and Lorretta Kearney
P.R.O: Frank Roche
ASS P.R.O: Lena McCarthy


2: 5th December 2001


CHAIRMAN: Frank Roche
V. CHAIRMAN: Brendan Hartigan
SECRETARY: Finn McCarthy
TREASURER: Eamonn Lonergan
P.R.O: Brendan Hartigan


3: December 2002

CHAIRMAN: 
Liam Mulcahy
V. CHAIRMAN: 
Frank Roche
SECRETARY: 
Maureen Roche
TREASURER: 
Eamonn Lonergan
P.R.O: 
Brendan Hartigan


4: 4th December 2003

CHAIRMAN: 
Liam Mulcahy
V. CHAIRMAN: 
To be confirmed.
SECRETARY: 
Raymond McCarthy
TREASURER: 
Mike Leahy
P.R.O: 
To be confirmed.


5: 7th December 2004

CHAIRMAN: 
Liam Moroney
V. CHAIRMAN:
 Eamonn Lonergan
SECRETARY: 
Raymond McCarthy
ASS. SECRETARY: Kieran O'Donoghue
TREASURER: 
Mike Leahy
P.R.O: 
Frank Roche



6: 7th December 2005

CHAIRMAN: 
Eamonn Lonergan
V. CHAIRMAN: 
Terence McSweeney
SECRETARY: 
Brian Mulcahy
ASS. SECRETARY: Marie Geary
TREASURER: 
Aidan Ryan
P.R.O: 
Frank Roche


7: 7th December 2006

CHAIRMAN: 
Eamonn Lonergan
V. CHAIRMAN: 
Terence McSweeney
SECRETARY:
 Brian Mulcahy
ASS. SECRETARY: Kate Ryan
TREASURER:
 Aidan Ryan
P.R.O:
 Frank Roche

8: 7th January 2008

CHAIRMAN: Eamonn Lonergan
V. CHAIRMAN: Johnny Geary
SECRETARY: Brian Mulcahy
ASS. SECRETARY: Kate Ryan
TREASURER: Aidan Ryan
P.R.O: Frank Ryan


9: 24th January 2009

CHAIRMAN: Johnny Geary
V. CHAIRMAN: Gabriel Hynes
SECRETARY: Elaine Ahearne
TREASURER: Aidan Ryan
P.R.O: Sinead Barry