Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12 - (Page 20)

Action from the Laois v Dublin Walsh Cup hurling competition. GAME ON OVER-ENTHUSIASTIC UMPIRES, LATE CHALLENGES AND DISPUTED SCORES WERE ALL PART OF THE FUN IN BORD NA MÓNA'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE GAA, WHICH CONTINUES TO THIS DAY B ord na Móna is once again the title sponsor of the Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup and Shield, Bord na Móna Walsh Cup and Shield, and the Bord na Móna Kehoe Cup and Shield, which together are known as the Bord na Móna Leinster GAA Series. This sponsorship began in 2012 and saw Bord na Móna as the first title sponsor in the competition's 60-year history and continues the company's strong association with the GAA. It also helps to finance the Leinster GAA Hardship Fund which has been instrumental down through the years in helping players, players' families, and local communities in times of great need and financial difficulty. Bord na Móna has a long-standing presence and involvement with the people of Leinster in every county through its workers and customers. Sponsorship of these competitions is a natural and engaging relationship that has continued right through to 2014. Our shared history with the GAA dates back to the Wexford four-in-a-row football team of 1915 to 1918. John Wall, a member of that team, worked for the Turf Board and Bord na Móna in the 1940s in Kildare. Since then, employees have won All-Ireland senior hurling medals with 20 | Source Winter 2013 Wexford, Offaly, Kilkenny and Tipperary, and All-Ireland senior football medals with Dublin, Meath, Galway, Offaly, and Wexford. EARLY DAYS In 1945, the Turf Board decided to affiliate to the Leinster Council so that the company could run hurling and football competitions under GAA rules. They set up their own version of a county board with a chairman, officers, and delegates from each camp. There was a committee to deal with fixtures and a panel of referees for football and hurling. At the time, An Slean magazine warned certain employees that they would be unable to take part unless they ceased involvement in all foreign sports as the games were now being played under GAA rules. William Stapleton, who was chief camp superintendant and a veteran of the War of Independence and the Civil War, organised the Turf Board's GAA Board. The Bord na Móna interworks football competitions began in 1959 because the works were banned from the factories competition as they were not regarded as factories in the normal sense. Mountdillon is the most successful team in the history of the company, having won the competition ten times. In the early days, the teams travelled to the interworks games in canvas-topped lorries. Players loved to celebrate and 'enjoy' their victories. Indeed, there was a case in Blackwater where a man turned up for work the next day looking for his false teeth and luckily found them on the floor of the lorry. In an early match between Blackwater and Mountdillon, a Blackwater umpire got excited when he saw a Mountdillon forward about to kick the ball into an empty net so he ran out and 'clocked' him! This did not go down well with the Mountdillon players. The last inter-works final took place in 1992 between Mountdillon and Oweninny. It was a 'tough' encounter, with disputed points, umpire rows, and late challenges (whether you had the ball or not). When the ball was thrown in, it got even worse. The game ended in a draw, there was a disagreement about extra-time, both teams thought that a replay would be arranged, but it never was. Almost 15 years later, after a dispute resolution process, both teams agreed to share the title. So the last-ever competition produced joint winners and, at a function, both teams mingled without a single off-the-ball tackle thrown in.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12

Bord Na MóNa - Source Issue 12
Brown Gold
A Bright Future Beckons
Clean Energy Hub
A Good Year
Game On!
Sales Force
Project Update
Heritage Corner

Bord na Móna - Source Issue 12