Clubs - Garnish

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Garnish GAA is a club located on Garnish Island in County Cork, Ireland. The club, situated in the heart of the Beara Peninsula is exclusively concerned with football


Beara Junior Football Championship (17): 1928, 1932, 1940, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1978, 1979, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017


In 1927, when Beara became affiliated to the Cork County Board, there were two Clubs in the Parish, Garnish and Allihies. In 1942 the two Clubs amalgamated and became one Club called Garnish.

Garnish have been Beara Champions in the following years:  1928, 1932, 1935 (Allihies), 1940, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1978, 1979, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2013, 2014 and 2017.

In the Beara teams that won County Titles in 1932, 1933 and 1940  Denny O’Shea, Jimmy Cummins and many more represented Garnish. In 1967 John L.OSullivan, Cormac O’Sullivan and Tony Dudley played for Beara when the won the County Final. In 1997 Ollie O’Sullivan from Garnish Captained Beara when they won the County Final and was joined by two Garnish team mates Sean Walsh and Paudie B. O’Sullivan.

Garnish men have worn the Cork jersey in all grades since the1930s.


For the Cork Seniors to mention a few:  Jimmy Cummins and Pete Lowney, in the 1930s. Bernie O Sullivan and Pete Murphy in the 1950s.  John L.O’Sullivan and Cormac O’Sullivan in the 1960s. Ollie O’Sullivan Captained the Cork Seniors in the 1990s.  For the Cork Minors to mention a few: Bernie O’Sullivan, John L.O’Sullivan, Tadhg O’Sullivan and Kevin Kelly in the 1950s. Dick Kelly played in a Minor All-Ireland in 1964. Ollie O’Sullivan Captained the Cork Minors in the 1990s. Sean T. O’Sullivan was a Cork Minor in the 2000s. For the Cork Under 21s to mention a few; Ray Lowney, Paudie B.O’Sullivan and Ollie O’Sullivan.

The most successful player ever for Garnish is of course, Aine O’Sullivan who has won an All-Ireland Under 21 medal for Cork in 2014.  She has also won Senior All-Ireland medals with Cork in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

 On June 15th, 1997 Pairc Gairinis was officially opened.  A splendid new pitch and Clubhouse was an outstanding achievement for Ireland's most remote Club.

 A mention must also be made for the volunteers who have kept the Club going, often in hard times. Also of course the loyal big-hearted supporters who are always there when needed.