On the first Sunday in May, Sliabh gCua played Stradbally in the first round on a very wet day. When Sliabh gCua arrived to the Fraher field for the game, Stradbally had no players at the venue. A few Stradbally supporters decided to return back and get the players. It was reported that the conditions were so bad they assumed the game would not go ahead.
The players returned and Stradbally hammered the Sliabh gCua men.
The Nire overcame Sliabh gCua in the first round of the Junior football championship. This was a very big game as Sliabh gCua objected in the Western board meeting and won regarding the illegal players on the Nire team. However, at the county convention the decision was overturned and the Nire were awarded the game. Sliabh gCua did not give up the fight as it went to the Munster council meeting and the objecting was over ruled because an objecting was not allowed to go to a third meeting.
A new curate arrived in the parish of Touraneena, Fr. McDonald. He set about forming a hurling club which was know as Touraneena Hurling Club.
The officers were:
Fr. McDonald – Chairman,
Danny Kiely – Secretary,
Monnie Barron – Treasurer,
and Pierce Butler on the committee.
The club was affiliated at a Western board meeting in Cappoquin. Touraneena HC were drawn against Modeligo in the first round of the Junior Hurling championship. The match ended in a draw. On the team that day were Jim McGrath, John Power, (Eamonn Powers father), Tom Power and Pierce Butler.
In preparation for the replay, the club ran a four team tournament in Ballinamult, opposite Hanrahan’s public house.
The teams were Fourmilewater, Modeligo, Newcastle and Touraneena. Pierce Butler guarded the net (which was an understatement in the 40’s) and Fr. McDonald refereed the final.The club reached the final against Fourmilewater which ended in a draw. It was reported that there was only three minutes left on the clock when a high ball came in to the Tournaneena goal and trickled wide with Piery looking on. At this stage, Touraneena were three points up and Fr. McDonald made a draw of it for peace terms. The replay didn’t take place until 1947.
The championship replay was played in a field at the top of Knockmeal and Modeligo won on that day. After the game, the players were told to call to Hanrahans and there would be a drink there for them. The total cost was £1.
On the Wednesday after, the committee received notice of a very important meeting to be held in the school. They were all present the chairman, Fr. McDonald arrived in and took his place at the top of the table. He handed a letter to the secretary to be read. In the letter, he stated that he didn’t set up a hurling club to make alcoholics out of all the young men of the parish and he resigned as chairman. So ended the Touraneena hurling club.
The Nire and Sliabh gCua joined together and formed a senior team – Mountain Rovers Football Club. They fielded a very good team but were beaten in the first round by a Stradbally team who were then going for a five in a row.
Sliabh gCua football club again reached the Junior Western final only to be beaten by Kilgobinet at the last kick of the game.
In the same year, Sliabh gCua football club agreed to take the reformed hurling club under their wing and ran the two clubs together.
Touraneena hurling club lost to Abbeyside in the first round in Cappoquin. Johnny O’ Connor who played senior for Waterford was a star for Abbeyside and Danny O’ Connor beat them almost on their own that day.
Sliabh gCua again affiliated a hurling team and they were drawn against Modeligo. On the Sunday before the game, the club secretary Billy Cotter was informed that the hurler’s needed six hurleys at a cost of 6/6 each (39 shillings – just short of £2).
The following Tuesday night there was a meeting held. The business of the meeting was to withdraw the hurling team – one member stated that “if the people of Touraneena saw a hurley they wouldn’t know what it was”. Despite opposition, the players got the hurleys and the game went ahead but Sliabh gCua were defeated by a better Modeligo team.
Later in the year the hurler’s defeated Fourmilewater in the replay of the final of the hurling tournament that had started in 1944. The tournament was started with the Touraneena Hurling club and finished with the name of Sliabh gCua hurling and football club.
The players on the team were Pierce Butler, Jimmy McGrath, Paddy Hearn, Ned Butler, Mick Power, Tom Power, John Walsh, Jackie Callinan, Tom Tobin, Bernie Callinan, Paddy Tobin, Sean Tobin (both Colligan), Richie Tobin, Padraig O’ Fionnuse, Danny Kiely and Mick Hearn.
The team showed alot of changes from the ’45 team on which Touraneena had Paddy Tyres, John Power(Glenanane), Monnie Barron and Sonny Condon, all of whom had left the area in ’47. That was the end of the hurling club for a few years.
Back Row: Paddy Hearn, Ned Butler, Sean Tobin, Tom Power, John Walsh, Paddy Tobin, Bernie Callanan, Mick Hearn, Richie Tobin.
Front Row: Danny Kiely, Pierce Butler, Tom Tobin, Jackie Callanan, Jimmy McGrath. Missing in Picture is ‘Mick Power’.
This is the original document which shows the struggle they had in picking the team for that game! They even had to borrow a bit of paper from the Knockmeal Creamery!
The team line out: Maurice Dalton, Ned McCarthy, B. Sullivan, Pat Morrissey, Jimmy Lonergan, Jimmy McGrath, Sean Whelan, Tom Quann, Austin Barron, T. Tobin, Ned Burke. Subs: Martin Fitzpatrick, John Power, Pascal Power, Danny Kiely, Monnie Morrissey, Jack Dalton, Jimmy Walsh, Johnny Kiely, Johnny Walsh, John Power, P. Hallinan.