Church Of Ireland Hockey Club
Church of Ireland Hockey Club, Garryduff is an open mixed hockey club based in Garryduff, Rochestown in the suburbs of Cork City. The club has over two hundred regular adult playing members of all ages and abilities in Men’s and Ladies’ sections, and fields five mens teams and five Ladies teams every weekend throughout the season.
The Club has a state of the art waterbased pitch with an all seated covered stand. We also have a sandbased pitch.
The Club owes its success to its thriving award winning youth section which is led by a former Olympian player. Children are coached weekly in various age groups from 7 years old and upwards.
Our Men’s team compete in the All Ireland League and both the men’s and ladies teams compete in every division in Munster hockey and both our 1st and 2nd teams compete in the Irish Senior and Junior Cups. The club has a long established sand based pitch, and also installed a state of the art water based pitch in 2005 along with an all seated viewing area. This stadium has successfully hosted senior international matches featuring national senior sides like Canada, Italy and Egypt.
The club currently has two senior male Internationals who represent Ireland on a regular basis. We also have many more former internationals currently playing at all levels. 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 level. Winning is not just confined to the men’s section with our Our Ladies Team having just won the 2019 IHA Irish Hockey Trophy Final with a very convincing score of 4 : 2 against Greenfields.
|Tuesday||6.45 – 8.15pm||Mens 1st|
|Thursday||8.00 – 9.30pm||All Mens Teams|
|Tuesday||7.30 – 8.15pm||(fitness) All welcome|
|Tuesday||8.15 – 9.00pm||Ladies Div 1 & 2.|
|Wednesday||7.30 – 9.00pm –||Ladies Div 4|
|Thursday||6.30 – 8.00pm||Ladies Div 1 & 2|
|Wednesday||6.30 – 8.00pm||U16 (Girls in Third Year)|
|Friday||6.30pm – 8.00pm||Boys Hockey|
|Sunday||9.30am||U14(1st & 2nd Year)|
|Sunday||4.00 – 5 pm||1st & 2nd Class|
|Sunday||5.00 – 6.00 pm||3rd & 4th Class|
|Sunday||4.00 – 5.15pm||5th class girls|
|Sunday||5.00 – 6.30pm||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.