Club History

"Sport is often the great elixir when it comes to forgetting about the problems of everyday life. How the local team will do in the championship, what will the County team be like this year, was the right team picked for the day, why weren't the changes made on the sideline" (Francis Farragher - 1991)

Hurling, having being played for the better part of the 20th Century in the parish of Abbeyknockmoy by local teams in townlands of Monivea, Newtown, Crumlin, Belville where hurling was very much village orientated, with challenge matches being much of the local fare with annual matches against the local priest training college in Moyne park.

It was not until 1953 when Ted Dolly along with some local hurlers founded the club and a proper structure was put in place. A junior team was affiliated in 1954 and in the same year the club won its first title and were crowned North Board Junior champions. In the intervening years the club achieved remarkable success in amassing a total of 26 titles with senior status attained for the 2nd time in 1985 when they won the Intermediate championship to be followed in 1988 when we won the first county senior title. (see list of titles in appendix) Many things have been written about Abbeyknockmoy in that year regarding their spirit, resolve and their never say die attitude, but it is best summarised by one of our best known scribes as follows:

"If at the beginning of the year God has asked to decide on the appropriateness of bestowing one of the three great virtues on the hurlers of Abbeyknockmoy, then charity would surely have been his choice. Abbeyknockmoy had one important point to prove-- that when it comes to senior hurling in the county, there were no divine rights to county titles.
Abbeyknockmoy had one guiding principal sustaining them through the championship --"If you want to win something badly enough, you will win it".
All in all, Abbeyknockmoy's journey into the history books will not be quickly forgotten. For a club that has gone through more than its fair share of bad times, the moments of charity are over, hope has served its purpose, and faith has had its day".
(Francis Farragher - Connacht Tribune 1988).

In the intervening years the club maintained senior status despite the ebbs and flows of championship hurling. Although not hitting the heights of 1988 we had successes with our U-16's in 1999 and more recent out junior victory in 2001 eventually losing senior status in 2006. On the 24th of October 2015 Abbeyknockmoy regained it's status as a senior club defeating Kinvara in their semi-final and went up as champions when they defeated Moycullen in the final on October 31st 2015.

A major initiative was launched by the club in 2005 ago targeting the underage structure which has remarkable success where we have now up to 150 young players participating in our underage skills development.

It was the vision of our founding members and with the help of the late Fr. Morley a site was procured in the '70's kindly donated by the church, now known as Fr. Morley Park. In 1980, the development of the pitch began which was followed by the erection of dressing rooms. Further improvements were carried out in 1990 culminating in the building of our gymnasium dedicated to the memory of the late Johnny Blade who passed away on the sporting field in 1989 in Athenry playing for his beloved Abbey. In 2004 the club embarked on an ambitious project to enhance the existing premises. We are indebted to Fr. Joe O'Brien, our P.P. who has helped enormously in acquiring the additional ground which has provided us the space to expand our pitch, dressing rooms and gymnasium, handball alley together with training pitch which is fully flood lit with running track, Astro turf pitch and other ancillary facilities. Over the years many members & players have taken on the role of club officers and mentors with all the same vision in mind of promoting and developing the club despite experiencing the ravages of emigration and lack of funding but as the club faces into the 21st Century it is envisaged we continue to achieve the aims of one of our founders:

"Games and the healthy use of leisure time is more important than ever and essential for all round development of responsible citizens". (Ted Dolly)