the sea of red facing a breathless Juliet Murphy on the
Hogan stand on October 2, young eyes blinked at new found
heroines and their elders shed tears of joy.
The feeling was overwhelming when Murphy’s eyes fixed on
the heavens above as Brendan Martin was hoisted above her
head. What a moment. What a year.
Two All-Ireland titles (senior and U16), one division 1
national league title, winning back to back Munster titles
at every level (senior, junior, minor, U16 and U14), 10
All-Star nominations, 5 All-Star
recipients, Munster player of the year (Sinead O’Reilly),
Munster young player of the year (Amanda Murphy), Vodafone
player of the year and Texeco sports award (Valerie Mulcahy).
A dazzling curriculum vitae to say the least.
Galway were tipped by the pundits to retain their All-Ireland
crown. Experience on the big stage, they said, would stand
in their favour. Cork prepared as they would any other game,
apart from a trip to Croaker two weeks beforehand to watch
the camogie girls do the business.
The idea was to extinguish any anxieties and it worked.
It was a dream start. With 25seconds gone the Rebels’ were
on the scoreboard but the Tribeswomen settled and led at
the half 0-4 0-3. An incredible second half, team performance
paved the way for victory
and Cork ladies football changed forever.Valerie Mulcahy
earned player of the match with a total of 1-5 (1-0pen,
0-3frees) while dual players Mary O’Connor, Angela Walsh,
CatrionaFoley, Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley made history.
Had it not being for the captain’s point on the 19 second
against Mayo in the semi-final, the Rebels’ dream would
have ceased to be. Despite trailing 0-5 1-5 at half time,
it was their worst performance in the championship.
Midfielder Norita Kelly was exceptional but the player of
the match went to Mayo’s Claire Egan and Cork progressed
on a score-line of 0-13 1-9.
But it was the quarter-final against Meath that became the
rock that Cork stood on for what was to come.
With two goals in the opening five minutes for the Royals
– it was a rude awakening.
Regina Curtain (0-5) and Briege Corkery (0-3) were the driving
force for Cork’s come back, winning 2-19 3-10 and the latter
deservedly receiving player of the match.
The Munster final was disappointing from an entertainment
point of view with the Kingdom lacking fire in their bellies
and it was a day Nollaig Cleary came on as a substitute
and notched 1-4 to secure a place in the
starting fifteen.
The cup returned to the Banks for the second time (2-15
1-8) and midfielder Juliet Murphy received the player of
the match accolade. The Suzuki national league final tie
against Galway was set for Roscommon in late April and understandably
so the supporters from the south were enraged at the venue
On the day however a waterlogged pitch gave rise to a replay
in the Gaelic Grounds,Limerick and it was this victory that
instilled the belief, the ultimate was achievable.
Leading, 1-6 0-4 at the half, Cork exploded in the second
and lifted their first division 1 national league trophy
(2-13 0-6) with player of the match going to Valerie Mulcahy
The junior side competed well all season and retained their
Munster crown in a thrilling Munster final showdown against
Tipperary in Killarney.
Trailing by as much as seven points in the second following
a hat-trick from the Banner captain, in as many minutes
into the second half, Cork looked dead and buried.
However substitute Emma Harrington defied all odds and notched
two ten minutes remaining. Captain Annie Walsh was inspirational
in the drive and was awarded player of the match for her
The quarter final was agonising however, losing by a solitary
point to Fermanagh in Portlaoise.
Despite the best efforts of Niamh Hickey (0-5), Susan Power
and Tara Galvin, the Leesiders had the chances to secure
an equaliser with six minutes remaining on the clock but
failed to do so.
The juniors were again unlucky not to remain in the division
2A league, losing out on the tightest of margins with three
losses and two wins – victory over Clare and Sligo but defeats
to Wexford, Limerick and Cavan.
The minor side recorded their third successive provincial
victory over neighbours Kerry in Killorglin (2-13 0-6) having
denied Clare and Waterford a final spot.
With captain Emma Coomey at the helm and player of the match
Ciara Walsh, the Kingdom had no answers.
And so to the All-Ireland semi final against Donegal in
Tuam. A day the minors will want to forget.
The northerners had their homework done and deserved their
half-time lead (0-5 0-6). The turning point was the sending
off of Amanda Murphy on the 35minute and Donegal capitalised,
notching 2-2 without response.
The Rebels’ battled to redeem themselves but it was too
little too late (0-15 2-11).
The U16s were superb all season and were worthy winners
the All-Ireland crown against Dublin.
Having overcome Waterford, Kerry and Monaghan it was the
Leinster champions who posed the toughest opposition. Again
it was a crunching tie with Cork trailing 0-5 2-5 at the
midway mark.
Deirdre Cotter (2-4) and Amanda Murphy (2-3) led the way
in the second while skipper Vicki Power was dynamite at
full back.
With five minutes on the clock, Dublin were three points
in tow but the Rebels’ hung on to win their fifth All-Ireland
title (4-13 2-11). The player of the match going to Dublin’s
Lyndsy Davey.
The U14s won an impressive sixth successive Munster title
over neighbours Kerry in Charleville (4-9 2-7).
The Kingdom couldn’t deal with the Cork forward-line and
trailed 2-4 1-5 at the interval.
Captain and player of the match Niamh O’Keeffe was sublime
at full back, rallying the troops to glory.
It was Donegal next in the All-Ireland semi-final and it
was a cruel day.
The northerners led 1-7 1-4 midway through but the Munster
champions weren’t going out without at fight.
In what was one of the best underage games in a number of
years, the sides were level 3-10 on the stroke of full time.
But with injury time remaining, Donegal kicked over a free
on the 63 minute to progress.
On the club front, Donoughmore won their tenth successive
county title over Rockchapel and sixth successive provincial
title over Ballymacarbery (Waterford).
Following a sensational draw at home to reigning All-Ireland
champions, Ballybodens/St Endas 1-10 2-7), the mid Cork
side travelled to Dublin, only to lose out (0-7 0-9).
Ballybodens went on to retain their All-Ireland crown and
in doing so former Cork junior captain, Susan White became
the first ladies footballer in the country to hold senior,
intermediate and junior All-Ireland club medals.
Mourneabbey won their first ever Munster junior trophy,
defeating Laune Rangers (Kerry), 5-11 1-11 before denying
Oran (Roscommon) and Tara (London) to meet Athgarvan (Kildare)
in the final. Mourneabbey becoming
first time junior champions (2-11 2-7) with midfielder Sile
O’Callaghan securing MVP.
While on the intermediate front Gabriel Rangers lost out
to last years junior champions, Abbeydorney (Kerry) in the
Munster semi-final stage who progessed to win the championship
out right.
All in all it was a hugely successful year for Cork ladies
football and one that will be remembered in years to come
for the inaugural welcoming of Brendan Martin.
Roll on 2006.


recipients: Angela Walsh, Briege Corkery, Juliet Murphy,
Deirdre O’Reilly and Valerie Mulcahy.
All-Star nominees: Elaine Harte, Rena Buckley, Angela Walsh,
Walsh, Briege Corkery, Juliet Murphy, Norita Kelly, Amanda
Deirdre O’Reilly and Valerie Mulcahy.
Munster Player of the Year: Sinead O’Reilly Munster Young
Player of the
Year: Amanda Murphy Vodafone Player of the Year: Valerie
Mulcahy Texeco
Sports Award: Valerie Mulcahy All-Ireland final MVP: Valerie
All-Ireland QF MVP: Briege Corkery
Munster Final MVP: Juliet Murphy
National League Final MVP: Valerie Mulcahy Munster Senior
Champions: Donoughmore Munster Junior Club Champions: Mourneabbey








Cork 2-14 Kerry 2-7, Killorglin
Cork 0-16 Waterford 1-8, Pairc Ui Rinn
Cork 5-28 Clare 1-3, Donoughmore
Munster Final:
Cork 2-15 Kerry 1-8, Killarney
All-Ireland QF:
Cork 2-19 Meath 3-10, Portlaoise
All-Ireland SF:
Cork 0-13 Mayo 1-9, Portlaoise
All-Ireland Final:
Cork 1-11 Galway 0-8, Croke Park

Cork 5-9 Kerry 2-5, Rathcool
Cork 3-14 Kildare 1-3, Glanworth
Cork 2-18 Monaghan 2-3, Mountmellick
Cork 0-8 Galway 0-11, Donoughmore
Cork 2-10 Mayo 2-9, Rosnevin
Cork 5-13 Roscommon 0-7, Mountmellick
Cork 6-11 Waterford 2-6, Dungarvan
Cork 2-13 Galway 0-6, Gaelic Grounds

Cork 2-24 Kerry B 1-5, Killorglin
Cork 2-10 Limerick 2-9, Ballincollig
Cork 2-13 Waterford 1-8, Pairc Ui Rinn
Cork 3-10 Tipperary 3-10, Ardfinnan
Munster Final:
Cork 2-13 Tipperary 3-7, Killarney
All-Ireland Quarter Final:
Cork 1-9 Fermanagh 2-7, Portlaoise

Cork Wexford
Cork 0-14 Clare 0-3, Milltown-Malbay
Cork 1-8 Cavan 1-12, Kilcaven
Cork 1-4 Limerick 2-6, Kildimo
Cork 2-10 Sligo 1-4, Crusheen

Cork 6-19 Clare 0-1, Rathkeale
Cork 4-15 Waterford 0-2, Rathcormac
Munster Final:
Cork 2-24 Kerry 3-8, Killorglin
All-Ireland Minor SF:
Cork 0-15 Donegal 2-11, Tuam

Cork 5-16 Waterford 1-3
Munster Final:
Cork 3-16 Kerry 3-3, Ballincollig
All-Ireland SF:
Cork 3-11 Monaghan 1-8, Portarlington
All-Ireland Final
Cork 4-13 Dublin 1-11, Cashel

Cork 7-19 Tipperary 3-0, Cahir
Cork 6-11 Waterford 1-3, Glanworth
Cork 2-12 Clare 2-2, Dromina
Cork 4-9 Kerry 2-7, Charleville
Cork 3-10 Donegal 3-11, Mullingar

Munster SF:
Donoughmore (Cork) 2-19 St Pats (Kerry) 4-10, Ballydesmond
Donoughmore (Cork) 5-8 Ballymacarbery (Waterford) 1-8, Ardfinnan
Senior All-Ireland club championship SF:
Donoughmore (Cork) 1-10 Ballybodens 2-7, Donoughmore AIB
All-Ireland club championship SF replay:
Donoughore (Cork) 0-7 Ballybodens 0-9, Ballybodens

Munster Junior Club Final:
Mourneabbey (Cork) 5-11 Laune Rangers (Kerry) 1-11, Rathmore
Mourneabbey (Cork) 6-15 Oran (Roscommon) 1-3, Oran All-Ireland
Mourneabbey (Cork) 4-23 Taras (London) 1-3, Charleville
Mourneabbey (Cork) 2-11 Athgarvan (Kildare) 2-7, Cashel


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