Kilworth Handball Club - History

The historic information available is that the original handball alley was built some 150 years ago (opposite Flynns shop in the village) by local labour with support from the British army which was a strong presence in Kilworth at the time. The layout of the court was similar to the ones which were still inexistence in the old army barracks in barrack hill, fermoy.

In the 1940s and 50s there was a generation of very talented players with a great administrative structure. The old court was revamped, with the walls being raised by some 8 feet. A back wall was also added with a wooden gallery to provide viewing. Wire netting was stretched overhead to ensure that the ball in play remained within. All of this was a fine improvement providing a great sporting facility for the community. As a consequence there was a tremendous interest in the game with a high membership of young school goers and of adult level were securing county and national honours. This was the national 60x30 indigneous game and those excelling usually also did very well with the local hurling team. In the mid 1960s the alley was closed to the public and the game ceased to be played in Kilworth until 1984. This was the year when a new sports complex was constructed. This had a handball alley which was the international 40x20 size with a maple floor and lights on a timer.

A new club was established with both adult and juvenile sections. Because this is a winter game for the most part it provided the GAA players with an opportunity to keep fit during the closed season. The club has gone from strength to strength with a membership of 70 juveniles. These are iorganised to attend for play and coaching at times suitable for the different age groups from 8 to 17. Numerous awards have been claimed at county and All Ireland level and the club is very proud of the joy that handball has brought to an enthusiastic and dedicated group of young boys and girls.

At adult level we have had some notable successes, achieving quote a few All Ireland successes. We look to at the very least continuing at this level. The one wall installed in the GAA ground will provide a further opportunity, especially for the school children next door. The GAAs support for Kilworth Handball is both appreciated and necessary.

All Ireland Winners

Niall Cotter – Under 17 Doubles

John Horgan/James Moakley – Under 17 Doubles

Bríd Horgan – Under 17 ladies singles

Michael Dunne/ Timmy Dunne – Under 17 doubles

Dion Cahill – Junior Doubles

John Kiersey – Masters Singles

Training Contacts

Dion Cahill – 087 6398958

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