"Oh! Ballyhea,'tis well I knew thy hurlers of renown
 Who bore the "Black and White" to fame on many a Munster town
When dashing style and skill and speed won many a glorious day
And thousands cheered, but no man feared, for peerless Ballyhea."

Con O' Brien of Ballynagearagh, The Bard Of Ballyhea, penned these lines more than fifty years ago about the hurlers of Ballyhea.

He was referring to the great Ballyhea team of 1895-1903. The same lines could have been written about the great men of 1926-31, the doughty warriors of the fifties or the modern day heroes of the new millennium. More than a century is encompassed between these dates. Yet, during the greater part of that space of time the name of Ballyhea has been synonymous with hurling teams of dashing style and skill and speed

A stranger would be forgiven for thinking that Ballyhea must be a place of fairly large area. Yet it is one of the smallest parishes in the diocese of Cloyne. It has a population of a little over a thousand people who are distributed over about two hundred and sixty houses scattered throughout the parish. It is bounded by the Co. Limerick Border on the east and north-east. The Ballyhoura Mountains, so beautiful in Summer and early Autumn, look down on it. The land, as far as the eye can see, is rich and fertile and ideal for the dairying industry. But, yet, Ballyhea lacks the focal point of any rural parish - a village.

Con O' Brien described it in one of his poems, thus:

 "There's neither town nor village here,
Not even half a street,
But we have hills and valleys green,
You'll find it hard to beat."


Ballyhea is located in North Cork situated between Buttevant and Charleville. The parish of Ballyhea is one of the smallest in the county with a population of around 1000 people. The GAA club in Ballyhea has been in existence for over 126 years, being formed in 1884.

During its history the club has won County Championships in Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Juvenile Hurling. In recent years a Camogie Club has been set up and 2 County Titles have already been won by this fledgling club. All-Ireland Hurling medals have come to the parish at most grades with the two Senior medals , in 1986 Johnny O Callaghan and 1999 Neil Ronan.


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