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).
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.