Church Of Ireland Hockey Club
Church of Ireland Hockey Club is an open mixed hockey club based at Garryduff Sports Centre, Rochestown, Cork. The club has more than two hundred regular adult playing members of all ages and abilities in our Men’s and Ladies’ sections.
We have three men’s teams and four ladies teams playing every weekend throughout the season as well as a huge youth section. Our Club has a state of the art water based pitch with an all seated covered stand. This stadium has successfully hosted senior international matches. We have also hosted many interprovincial tournaments in our Club.
We also have an AstroTurf sand based pitch.
The club has a proud history of having its players represent Ireland with distinction not just at senior level but right up from school boy’s and girl’s level. We have many current and past players who have played for Munster and Ireland at all levels. We have a very large youth section and children are coached weekly in various age groups from 7 years old and upwards.
Both our Men’s and Ladies first teams compete in the EYHL 2 leagues (All Ireland Hockey League) together with competing in the Munster senior leagues. Our 1st and 2nd teams also compete in the Irish Senior and Irish Junior Cups. Our other teams all compete in Munster leagues & cups.
Our most recent achievement is our Ladies first team won the Irish Hockey Trophy final in April 2019. This is our ladies third time winning the Trophy in the last five seasons.
|Hockey training times for 2019/2020||Mens|
|Tuesday||7.15 – 9.00 (fitness)||Mens 1st|
|Thursday||6..30 – 9.30pm||All Mens Teams|
|Tuesday||7.30 – 8.15pm||(fitness) All welcome
|Tuesday||6.30 to 7.15pm (fitness – everyone welcome)
7.15 to 8.00pm (hockey for 1st & 2nd team squads)
|Ladies Div 1 & 2.|
Girls U16s – 6.30 to 8pm(for girls in 3rd year)
Ladies Div 3 – 7.30 to 9.00pm
|Ladies Div 4|
||Ladies 8 to 9.30pm – (hockey for 1st & 2nd team squads)||Ladies Div 1 & 2|
||6.30 – 8.00pm||U16 (Girls in Third Year)|
|Friday||6.30pm – 8.00pm||Boys Hockey|
|Sunday||9.30am||Girls U14(1st & 2nd Year)|
|Sunday||4.00 – 5 pm||Girls 1st & 2nd Class|
|Sunday||5.00 – 6.00 pm||Girls 3rd & 4th Class|
|Sunday||4.00 – 5.15pm||Girls 5th class girls|
|Sunday||5.00 – 6.30pm||Girls 6th class girls|
ICICYMA was founded in 1870. Activities then included outings, chess and badminton. The men’s hockey club was formed as a section of ICICYMA in 1911, and the ladies hockey in 1940’s .
In 1969 the Club purchased 20 acres at Garryduff, Rochestown which meant selling the Greg Hall, South Mall and the grounds at Glasheen Road. The transfer of all club activities to Garryduff was completed in 1972.
The hockey club wasn’t a leading force in Munster or Irish hockey until the 1960’s. Over the years the men’s and ladies hockey teams have won many cups and leagues, most notably with the men winning the Irish Men’s Senior Cup for a record breaking 3 in a row in 1967, 68 and 69.
In 1972 the club had 1 grit pitch and 3 grass pitches; In 1992 the grit pitch was upgraded to a sand based synthetic surface which was renewed in 2011. In 2005 an International standard water based pitch with covered seating was added. The club has consistently provided players to both underage and full International teams.
In 1962 the Club formed the first Indoor Bowls club in Cork, which flourished with the move to the new sports hall in Garryduff.
Outdoor Bowls started with the move to Garryduff and the provision of a new bowling green. The green is now considered to be one of the best in the country due to the hard work of the members and grounds men.
The 3 grass tennis courts were replaced with floodlit sand based courts in 1992.
Badminton, which had been played in the Greg Hall, flourished with the move to Garryduff and the new sports hall incorporating 2 full sized courts and a viewing balcony. Badminton is still a major sport in the Club.
Hockey Ireland is aware that there can be serious sequela for players suffering from concussion. This is not limited to the immediate consequences of acute head injury. The long term effects of head injury and concussion are well recognised and can be minimised with appropriate immediate and longer term care.
Most of the hockey played in Ireland, indeed throughout the world, takes place without formal pitch side medical or first aid cover and it is hoped that these guidelines will help both players and those in charge of players.