Killavullen is a very progressive, family orientated GAA club, situated, six miles from Mallow, 12 Miles from Fermoy, and only 20 miles from Cork, thus it well within the commuter belt area for all of these major population centres. With the recent changes in population demographics, many new families have moved into the general village and parish environs.
The club grounds are nestled in the foothills of the Nagle Mountains, adjacent to the village and on the banks on the Blackwater River. We currently have two full sized playing pitches, and a very well equipped gymnasium, which has undergone major investment in recent years.
New members are always welcome, and the club prides itself on the commitment that it holds to strangers, to help them integrate into the community. We have a very active underage structure, with fully qualified trainers for all teams starting at Under 6's that cater for both boys and girls.
The Juvenile club looks after the following teams:
- Under 6
- Under 8
- Under 10
- Under 12
- Under 14
- Under 16
The senior club, fields hurling and football teams at Under 21, Junior hurling and junior Football standards, and in 2007, we were narrowly defeated in the final of the Premier Intermediate Football Final by our near neighbours Mallow.
Our hurlers have won their way up from the Junior B ranks, winning the County hurling title in 2017 after two previous failed attempts in 2006 and 2016.
New members and players are always welcome, and we extend the hand of friendship to all.
Players get free gym membership on joining the club, while ordinary membership is only €50 per annum, and allows users to avail of the full Gym facilities, and there is reduced rate for juveniles.
If you wish to join, please contact any of the committee members as indicated in the "Club Officers" page on this web site - www.killavullengaa.com
Killavullen GAA club is one of the oldest official clubs in North Cork, with the club being founded on the 15th of February 1888 under the auspices of the then newly formed Gaelic Athletic Association, and with the exception of a North Cork Junior hurling championship that they annexed in 1929, the club toiled away without much success. However they had a proud tradition of promoting our Gaelic games, and the club is grateful to neighbouring parishes, particularly Shanballymore for inviting them to participate in hurling tournaments which sometimes brought success, but more importantly provided competitive games in preparation of championship fixtures. The prize for winning such tournaments was often the "Cut" of a suit, or gold watches, which in poorer times, were great incentives to do well. Persistence paid off and in 1962, the club contested the final of the Avondhu Novice hurling Championship, and won out this competition in 1968. In between, with the immense help of Johnny Beechinor, a native of Newmarket, who had come to settle in the parish Killavullen made a breakthrough in Football in 1963, which was the clubs first football title, and went out to further glory in 1979, when they were crowned North Cork Junior (B) Hurling League Champions.
Since the revival of the juvenile club in 1978, organised by Michael Linehan Ballygriffin and Tim Nagle, Ballymacmoy, more success has been recorded in football rather than hurling, and with the growth in population of the parish, and trojan work been done within the juvenile structure of the club, the basis for the success at the adult level of the club has been laid.
The club won North Cork Under-12 championships in 1980 and 1981 and won Avondhu championships at all age levels, including minor titles in 1986 and 1992. Indeed in 1992, we won North Cork Championships in Under 14 B hurling; minor football and we were league champions in minor hurling and junior football, which really was a historic year.
In 1993 Killavullen won the North Cork Junior (B) Football Championship, won the divisional league title and contested, albeit unsuccessfully, the county Junior (B) Football Championship.
In 1994 Killavullen won the minor B Grade County hurling championship, defeating Milstreet in the final and the panel for County Junior B final of 2017 had a link to that team, with the affable Mr. Hayes, or the Barth as he is affectionately known. Bartly also played in the 2000 team that won the Junior A Football championship, and his service to Killavullen GAA Club is unparalleled, in terms of dedication, and service. Those poor cows of his must be getting used to the various time swings depending on training or the schedule of matches. Bartly may be late or “tight” (his words) for a fixture schedule, but never absent.
The underage success of the club in the middle years on the 1980's came to fruition when the club contested the Junior Football ranks in North Cork, and won the league championship in 1997, before annexing their first North Cork Junior football championship in 1998. That same year, Killavullen were defeated in the county final by Newmarket. The team again won the North Cork junior Football Championship in 1999, before winning that same title again in the year 2000, and landing the County title, defeating Kiskeam in the final. This gained the club promotion to the intermediate grade.
The Tadgh Crowley Cup was won in the year 2002, in our second year at the intermediate ranks, before the Tom Creedon cup was won in 2003, and again claimed in 2005. In the intervening year, Killavullen won the Munster Intermediate Football League in 2004. The club came within the width of a post of winning the Premier Intermediate Football title in 2007, being defeated by Mallow in a very closely fought final.
It has taken us a while to win out the Cork County Junior B Hurling Championship. Killavullen were defeated by Doheny’s in the final of the Cork County Junior B Hurling championship in 2006, on a score line of 0-09 to 0-07, where the physical strength of Doheny’s came to the fore in the final.
With the hugely successfully football team retiring and moving on, success had been sparse in recent years, and we were demoted back to junior ranks in Football again. Carefully managing the young and the old resulted in Killavullen picking up a surprise league title in Division 1 football league in 2014.
In hurling, while the emphasis was on football for a number of years, the pendulum is in an even kilter at the moment, and possibly leaning in favour of hurling possibly of late, and the Cork County final win in 2017 is further evidence of that. We did win the North Cork Junior B title in 2012 and again in 2016 and 2017 but in that period, we have seesawed in the league between Division 2 and 3. We have since worked out way up to be playing in Division 1.
The hurling team of 2019 is intermingled with players that contested their 3rd County final in this rank, having been defeated previously in 2006 (Doheny’s) and 2016 (Whitechurch). The team is also interspersed with players that have come through the juvenile ranks within Killavullen club, and that won a county U16 hurling title in C grade (12 a side) in 2014, plus two strays that we picked up from County Clare. Both were ever so lucky that Cork girls took a shine to them, found love locally, and threw their lot in with our team. Perhaps, we were lucky equally to acquire them.
Killavullen have also seen the invaluable assistance that coaching within the juvenile club provides, and the benefits of capital spend on the club facilities. Killavullen also supports coaches going into both schools in our parish, Killavullen National Scholl, and Ballygown National School, to hone the skills of the children. We would be adamant that spending on our astro turf area, in front of a hurling wall, has encouraged a lot of our younger players to go into that space, and improve their touch and response speed. That has manifested itself in a crisp fast hurling style that is a joy to watch. The club is ever so lucky also, that both principals in the local schools, Killavullen and Ballygown, Damien Fallon and John Hannon respectively have a fondness for Gaelic games, and do their utmost to promote sport, and particularly Gaelic games. Sciath ná Scoil competition successes are winging their way to both schools of late, and that translates into a winning attitude from the outset within the club.
The club are indebted to all those that toil in their name, and particularly happy, that Howard Farm Feeds are the clubs sponsor. A successful local business backing a successful local club is at the very ethos of the GAA, and hopefully, that sponsorship will transcend the generations from Denis and Ann, through Patrick and Joe, to the next lines in that lineage.
Win or lose, Come on the Blue’s