Founded 1884

Co. Cork

Club History

Dromtarriffe GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the Duhallow in the North West of County Cork. The club is affiliated to the Duhallow division of Cork GAA and is almost exclusively concerned with the game of Gaelic football although the interest in Hurling has escalated in recent years.
Dromtarriffe is a small townland (as well as being the name of the parish in the same area) and it is not a village, but the parish is centred on the very small village of Dromagh, which is around half a mile from the townland of Dromtarriffe. The parish of Dromtarriffe also is made up of two villages, Rathcoole and Derringree and many other townlands. 
The current GAA grounds is based just on the outskirts of Rathcoole village.

Dromtarriffe GAA was established in 1885 twelve months after the founding of the GAA. Under its first Chairman/ President Fr Pat Brennan, young men flocked to join the club culminating in the Clubs appearance representing Cork in the All Ireland Final of 1893.


Dromtarriffe Club Colours

The Club colours are predominately Red with a White trim. However the original colours were Green with a Gold sash running over the left shoulder. These adopted colours no doubt reflected at the time the ancient Irish colours regularly seen on banners at political gatherings, sporting occassions and religious feasts. On re-opening the club in Mid 1920's the club decided to change to the county colours and it has remained ever since. 

Dromtarriffe Crest

The Dromtarriffe Crest worn with pride on the clubs jersey gives a snippet of the Clubs history, geography and culture.

Red and White dominate - reflecting the club colours with a bull predominant in the fore front deriving from the name Dromtarriffe - i.e. Drom Tairbh - the ridge of the bull.

The river Blackwater is seen meandering midway reflecting its journey as it strides through the parish .

Hills in the background symbolise the higher parish uplands that bounds the parish to the south.

The Castle represents the former glories of the parish, Chief clan the O Keeffes who at one time had 3 Castles within it confines in Dromsicane , Drominagh & Dromagh, Incredabily the outer walls and towers on the latter still remain as a living memory of its former greatness.

1893 Medal

The recent discovery of a 1893 Dromtarriffe County Championship Football medal, recalled what was generally agreed as the Clubs first " Golden Era". Having won the 1893 County championship, Dromtarriffe went on to contest the All Ireland final in the Pheonix  Park (Dublin) against a Wexford Town side " Young Irelanders " .The game failed to finish with the championship awarded to the Wexford side.

In 1962 , a young man, John Travers, who was a playing member of Nemo Rangers Club in Cork, picked up on Patricks Street , near Mangans Clock, the Dromtarriffe medal appeared to have slipped from a chain, perhaps that of a pocket watch.
While recently going through medals won during his playing days with Nemo Rangers, John came accross this long lost medal. Feeling that it should return to the club of its origin, John through the "Dromtarriffe GAA Website" contacted the Club secretary at the time Noel O Sullivan.

On a recent visit to his native city John presented the medal in pristine condition to members of the club. The reappearance of this medal beggers the question of whom of the victorious team was the proud recipient from a chapter of Dromtarriffes Glorious past.

For the record - Dromtarriffe easily saw off all competition to win the North Cork Championship of 1893. Having received a walkover from Clondrohid in the semi final they faced Castlematryr in the County final and after extra time Dromtarriffe won on a score line of 2-4 to 2-2. This match was played in Fermoy. Kerry failed to field a team and Dromtarriffes Cork selection went straight to the All Ireland final.

The Dromtarriffe team was : John O Keeffe , Capt, Pat Forde, Tim Burton, Paddy Quinlan, Danny Daly, John Forrest, Den Murphy, Con Murphy, Mick Murphy, Timmy Daly, Jerry Kenneally, Jim Murphy, Pat ( Gardiner) O Sullivan , Mick Buckley, Danny O Hanlon , Tom Donegan


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