Clubs - Bere Island

Club Details

Eircode: P75K827

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The club is known to have played its first game around the start of the 20th century. The population of the island was much stronger at this time and the facilities were as good as any club in the county at the time. Bere Island's home pitch the 'Rec' was a man made pitch constructed by the British Army. During the 1930s and 1940s, Bere Island had their most successful period. They reached a county final in 1944. The team disbanded and started again a number of times in the following decades. The current era the team reformed in 1995, winning the Beara Junior B title in 1996 and 2008. They have represented Beara a number of times in the Cork County Championship in recent years.


Cork Junior Football Championship Runners-Up: 1941, 1946

Beara Junior Football Championship Winners: (7) 1930, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1981, 1985

History of Bere Island GAA

Bere Island has a long and proud Gaelic Football History.  There are records of Gaelic Football being played in Bere Island as early as 1901, some time before the establishment of the Beara Board and its affiliation with the Cork County Board in 1927.  The club’s most successful period was undoubtedly the 1930s and 1940s.  This team won many Beara Junior Championships as well as one Cork Junior County Championship.  Many of this Bere Island team also formed the backbone of the Beara Senior Football team of that time. Indeed Donal O’Sullivan captained the Beara team to four Cork Senior Football Championship titles.

When the history of the GAA in County Cork came to be written in its centenary year of 1984, it was decided to name as a team the best 15 players who ever played football for Cork.  Bere Island was the only club named twice in the selection, with Weesh Murphy at full back and Donal O’Sullivan at wing forward.

In the early eighties the club again prospered winning two Beara Junior Championships in 1981 and 1985. However, like many rural and island clubs around the country, the emigration of the late 1980’s depleted the panel of players to the point where a team could no longer be fielded and the club duly folded.

The club was reformed in 1995 and has won the Beara Junior B championship in 1995 and 2008. The club also won the mens Comortas na hOileáin in 2004 and the ladies Comortas na hOileáin in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2010.

After being compulsory purchased by the army our club grounds were developed as a sports field. This was part of a wider complex of sporting facilities known as The Recreational Grounds. Today our grounds are still known by the abbreviated term “The Rec”. In 2008 we carried out a substantial redevelopment of our facilities including the redevelopment of the pitch and the construction of a new clubhouse.

D O’Sullivan
Cork Junior1931
Denis O’Sullivan
Cork Junior1940
Cork Senior1931
Donal O’Sullivan
Cork Senior1931, 1933, 1934 (capt), 1935 (capt), 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941.
Munster Railway Cup1934
John O’Sullivan
Cork Senior1932, 1935
Mick Newton
Cork Junior1932
Cork Senior1933, 1934, 1935
Peter C O’Sullivan
Cork Senior1934
Batt Dennehy (Garnish)
Cork Senior1934, 1938
Played for Garnish but married Bridgie O’Sullivan and settled on Bere Island.
Fr Bob Murphy
Cork Senior1935
Louis O’Sullivan
Cork Junior1932, 1939, 1940, 1941 (capt)
Cork Senior1940
John C O’Sullivan (London)
London Junior19,371,938.00
Paddy Mullen
Cork Junior1940, 1942
Cork Senior1940, 1941, 1943
Munster Railway Cup1941
Tom Coughlan
Cork Senior1940
PA “Weesh” Murphy
Cork Junior1940
Cork Senior1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954.
Munster Railway Cup1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952.
Weesh played with Bere Island until 1947 and thereafter played with St Finbarrs and Lees.
Brendan Murphy
Cork Junior1946, 1948
Cork Senior1945, 1946
Christie O’Sullivan
Tipperary Junior1946
Tipperary Senior1946
John Downey
Cork Junior1946, 1952
Cork Senior1946
Paul Sidley
Cork Minor1953
Donal Hunt (Bantry)
Cork Minor1965, 1966, 1967
Cork U211967, 1968, 1969, 1970
Cork Senior1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978
Donal grew up on Bere Island and moved to Bantry in his early teens.
Barry Hanley
Cork Minor1966
Christy M O’Sullivan
Cork Minor1967
Cork U211969
Joe O’Sullivan (Douglas)
Cork Minor1969
Derry M O’Sullivan
Cork Minor1970