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Canovee GAA Club is based in the village of Carrigadrohid, five miles east of Macroom in County Cork. The club came into existence at the time of the foundation of the GAA itself in 1884. In those early years, Canovee competed in the senior and junior championships organised by the newly formed Cork County Board. Even though the club went out of existence briefly in the 1920s, it was reformed in 1932 and joined the Mid Cork Divisional Board (Bord Muscrai).

In 1939, Canovee won its first championship trophy when its junior footballers captured the Mid Cork title.

Since then, Canovee has played in 16 Mid-Cork junior football finals, winning 15, a record which means that the club sits proudly on top of the roll of honour in the Muscrai division with 16 titles. Notably, five of those victories were recorded in a row by the team of 1946 to 1950, one of the greatest to wear the famed black-and-amber hoops. This distinctive achievement was further enhanced when the 1950 County junior championship was also claimed by Canovee in what was a golden period for the club.

This victory meant that the club assumed senior status between 1951 and 1956 before returning to junior ranks in 1957. It was also during this era that a number of Canovee players wore the red of Cork with distinction, most notably J.J. Hinchion and Dan O'Sullivan. Later, in 1968, a second county junior championship was garnered to add to the 1950 title and this was followed by victory in the county intermediate championship in 1973.

Canovee returned once more to junior status in 1979 and was to remain there until 2007, when the Mid-Cork and county junior football titles were once more claimed. But this was just the beginning of the club's remarkable achievements in that year. Canovee went on to represent Cork in the Munster championship and defeated Keel of Kerry and O'Callaghan's Mills of Clare to clinch the provincial title. John Mitchell's of Liverpool and Gort from Galway were also conquered as the club went on to contest the All-Ireland Junior Football Final against The Rock from Tyrone.

Former players and club members from various parts of the world, as well as the entire local community descended on Croke Park to witness the proudest moment in the club's noble history as the All-Ireland title was won in convincing fashion. The following year, Canovee returned once more to intermediate ranks where it still competes and hope to emulate the achievements of the 1973 team. The club also fields a second adult team as well as a range of teams at underage levels from U-8 to U-21. Membership of the club is open to every member of the community and people who are newly resident in the area are especially welcome to join. We welcome all visitors to our website and hope that you will join us as we bid to see our proud club continue to grow and prosper.


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