FORMER GAA President Christy Cooney performed the official launch of "A History of Cork GAA" (1987-2011) at a ceremony in Blackrock GAA Club on Tuesday night.
Meticulously researched, the publication is a record of life from an exciting 25 years in Cork GAA detailing glorious achievements on the field, massive developments and controversary thrown in.
"This publication is a splendid production representing Cork GAA , the vision and energy of all units recognised through 25 years of triumph, upgrading of facilities and some troubled times too", said Mr. Cooney.
Chairman of the History Committee Ger Lane said the book was a fitting tribute to the work of former County Board Chairman and PRO Jim Cronin who had compiled 100 years of Cork GAA from 1886 to 1986.
"That proved a valuable source, tracing the history of the Association in Cork from the beginning and provided a statistical record of competitions at all levels from the officers, teams and players that brought such honour and glory to the county", he said.
The second installment is a fascinating chronicle highlighting Cork hurlers and footballers magical double from 1990, a feat they previously achieved in 1890. Teddy McCarthy's remarkable double participation is accounted for too from an assortment of photographs and reports.
Elsewhere the purchase of the former Flower Lodge and its redevelopment under Páirc Uí Rinn in 1993; the first National League game played under lights; the establishment of a new County Minor Board, the initiating of the Cork GAA Clubs Draw and the election of Youghal native Christy Cooney as Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael is recorded.
Controversary reigned with accounts of the events leading to players unrest and withdrawing their services on strikes in 2002 and 2008 documented.
History Chairman Ger Lane said many hours of work went into the publication which marked the culmination of the combined efforts of all involved.
"The history of Cork GAA has such significance for so many people at home and abroad that it must never be neglected", he said.
County Board Chairman Bob Ryan spoke of an outstanding reference book for years to come.
"The publication will form an important part of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael's heritage for future generations to enjoy", he said.
Lord Mayor Cllr. John Buttimer and Deputy County Mayor Cllr. Derry Canty addressed the large gathering, congratulating the Cork County Board on their latest inititative. Co. PRO Tracey Kennedy acted as MC.
The book was compiled by a committee comprising Peter Devine, Aubert Twomey, Frank Long, Jim O'Sullivan, Brendan Larkin, Mick Dolan, Gerard Lane, Frank Murphy, Tom Lyons and Matt Aherne.
"A History of Cork GAA 1987-2011" is on sale for €15 per copy through all GAA clubs in Cork with limited availability also at Liam Ruiséal bookshop, Cork.