Welcome to IMAGES OF BALLINCOLLIG PAST
The idea for this page is to create a collection of images of times past for everyone to enjoy. Pictures that will awaken memories and start conversations. Also, those that will highlight the many changes that have occurred in Ballincollig through the decades. If you have photographs of people, shops, buildings, streets, clubs, groups, occasions etc. through the years, it doesn’t matter whether the photographs are black and white or colour, email them all to us at –
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An Ariel photo of Ballincollig in the1960’ s shows a very different Ballincollig
The left side of the photo shows the expanse of Murphy Army Barracks
Bottom right is the Church of St Mary and St John, the Parochial House and Scoil Eoin. In the centre of the picture on the right is the Cork Farmers Union Factory which was opened in 1955. It is now the Commercial Park on The Link Road. On the top right of the picture is the Rainbow Ballroom which operated until 1967. That is where Moremiles Tyres were and now Red Balloon. At Eastgate. where Aldi is now situated was Hennessys of Cork where they assembled cars bikes and lorries. DW cars was the brand associated with this factory. John A Woods then moved in there. In the photo Muskerry Estate and Rosewood Estate have not been built. Fr Sexton Park, O’Donovan Crescent and Leo Murphy Terrace were being developed.
This picture of the launch of the 1983 Belle of Ballincollig Festival which took place in Beamish and Crawford, South Main Street, Cork on 28th June was recently sent to us. So many faces, some sadly no longer with us. Who do you recognize? Perhaps you are there yourself.
Ballincollig enjoyed considerable success on the GAA Fields in the 1940’s. In 1941,1942 and 1943 the Club featured in the County Senior Hurling Final athough they failed to win the Championship.
Two great players for Ballincollig featured in these teams Paddy ‘Hitler’ Healy and Billy ‘Long Puck’ Murphy
The Ballincollig Hurling Team of 1909 who were winners of the Mid-Cork Championship
Billy Murphy was born in Ballincollig in 1915. He rose to fame playing with the Ballincollig Hurling Team where he struck the ball probably
further than any other player has ever done. He will always be known as ‘Long Puck Murphy’.
He won All Ireland Medals for Cork at right corner back. For 10 years he was picked to play for Munster at full-back and corner back, winning
8 Railway Cup Medals.
Noted both as a hurler and a footballer, Paddy Healy (better known as ‘Hitler’) won All-Ireland Medals in both Sports. He won All-Ireland medals in the 1940’s. He won medals in hurling (sub) in 1943 and 1944 and in his playing wing back in 1946.
Although he played most of his career with Ballincollig, he also played for Clonakilty during his time stationed there as a member of the 31st Army Battalion. Between 1944 and 1952 he won 4 Cork County Football titles with Clonakilty and he won an All-Ireland Football Medal in 1945.
He got his nickname during the war years due to the fact he was game for anything and he also had a similar hairstyle to the real Hitler
Ballincollig Soccer Club was founded in 1973 and has produced some great players over those 47 years. Photo shows the 1976 Ballincollig Soccer Team
Rosewood Residents Association Committee at an Annual Dinner Dance in the 1980’s. The dance was more than likely held in The Blarney Park Hotel
Back row L-R: Dermot Murphy, Jack White, Michael Murphy RIP, Frank Holland, Michael Dineen.
Front row L-R: Con O’Sullivan, Hannah O’Sullivan RIP, Tony Whelan, Joan Healy.
BCS Student Ann Piggott was awarded the Individual Winner in the 1985 Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Debating Competition
Ballincollig Community School Students Anna Cotter and Pamela Byrne National Winners in the 1988 Bank Of Ireland All-Ireland Project Competition.
Ballincollig Community School – Ger Hickey Memorial Cup 1991 BCS First Year Football Team with coaches Ted Kennelly and Fr M Keohane who won the Annual Football Tournament held in honour of Gerard Hickey a member of the Staff of Ballincollig Community School who sadly passed away in 1986
Cormac McCarthy BCS was awarded first place in the UDT National Tourism Competition in 1985 with Teacher I Ní She
Ballincollig Community School Student Andrew Nixon who won and award for being the best Engineering Student in County Cork in the leaving Certificate in 1984 with his proud parents
Sara O’Dwyer and Gretta Costello were winners of the ITGWU/FWUI 75th Anniversary Competition on the 1913 Lockout Included in photo is Dan Murray Principal and Dermot Lucey Teacher
In the Irish Times Young Historians Competition in 1990 Ballincollig Community School Students Gerard O’Sullivan and Eoin McCarthy were winners in the Senior Category
Ballincollig GAA Club Members celebrating the winning of the Mid Cork Minor Hurling Championship in 1956. The celebrations took place in the boys school which is now part of the Community Centre on Station Road
A lot of names of streets, road and estates around Ballincollig have a Military background and Cleburne Mews is no exception. Patrick Cleburne was born in Grange Ovens, became a Confederate General in the American Civil War after emigrating to the U.S. in 1849. An aggressive, tenacious fighter, he was compared to “a meteor shooting from the sky”.
Cleburne served as a regimental,brigade, division and acting corps commander in the army of Tennessee and saw action in some of the most important engagements of the war, Shiloh, Perryville, Missionary Ridge. His great bravery and fearless leadership earned him the nickname the ” Stonewall Jackson of the West” after the other famous
Confederate Leader. Patrick Cleburne was killed in the Battle of Franklin on 30th November 1864 Cleburne City in Texas was named in his honour
A large group of people attending the Ballincollig Pitch and Putt Club Annual dinner in 1963. A lot of men proudly wearing their Pioneer Pins
Oriel House Ballincollig was the former home of Thomas Tobin Managing Director of the Royal Gunpowder Mills. The picture was taken in the 1970’s before being renovated into a hotel. It went through huge renovations in latter years and is now owed by the The Talbot Group. One of the function rooms was named after Thomas Tobin when the hotel opened.
The Flying Circus – In the 1930’s a number of flying circuses came to Ballincollig and used the ‘Landing Field’ behind the ruined barracks for their displays. The public enjoyed the thrill of air flights, parachute drops, giro copters and the exploits of Britain’s youngest pilots, Miss Winnifred Drinkwater and Mr Alan Cobham At this time Ballincollig was being considered as a possible location for Cork Airport but was found to be unsuitable because of the nearby hills. The Landing Field name lives on today as that is the name of Ballincollig AFC pitches.
Ballincollig Rugby Club was founded in 1978 and their first match was played against Highfield RFC in March of that year. The club has gone
from strength to strength. Picture is of the Senior Team in September 1982
Ballincollig Community School were winners of the 1988 Cork Schools One Act Drama Competition .
Noreen Ni Luasaigh who received an award for being the best student in Cork in Leaving Cert Biology in 1984 with her teacher L Hegarty and other members of staff
Ballincollig boys and girls from 4th 5th and 6th Classes at a liturgical festival in Bandon in 1962 or 1963
Ballincollig has a very strong tradition in Pitch & Putt going back many years. The Picture shows the members of the Ballincollig Pitch & Putt Team who were Senior League Winners in 1966
In Ballincollig Community School a notable feature of the life in the school is the annual prize giving ceremony. The Eacht Awards honour students who enrich the life of the school through their participation in class and extracurricular activities and their example to others. This is a photo taken at the 1987 Eacht Award Ceremony with award winners, sponsors, Principal Mr Dan Murray Chairman of the Board of Management Dr Carthach McCarthy and Guest Speaker Mr Batt O’Keeffe TD
Jack Harrington was in charge of the Village Team who were the first winners of the P Twomey Memorial Cup in 1955. Harrington Street where
Ballincollig Credit Union is located is named after Jack Harrington
Ballincollig Community Students Greta Costello, Carol O’Hea and Lisa Horgan runners up in the 1989 Chartered Accountants Awards
In 1986 on the 10th Anniversary of the Founding of Ballincollig Community School the Board of Management hosted a Staff Dinner. Included in this picture are the Board Of Management members, with staff and Principal Mr Dan Murray.
How many people do you recognise?
On 28th September 1998 the Tri Colour was lowered for the last time in Murphy Barracks Ballincollig as the Barracks Officially Closed
This project on the road to the Powdermills and the GAA club was so overgrown that it took 4 nights and approximately 150 Volunteer Hours to clean it up.
Left to right Mrs Flynn. Mrs Murphy, Mrs Fitton, MrsMcNulty, Mrs Kavanagh, Kitty O’Callaghan, Mrs Fitton
All from Fr Sexton Park
Sgt Flor Kelly and Sgt Ger Hogan with the bullet that missed them during an ambush in the Congo in 1960
Did you guess who she is? It’s our very own Volunteer Kitty O’Callaghan and the Class of 1954
Donal O’Sullivan Michael O’Leary Paul Harrington prior to modelling at Scoil Barra’s Fashion Show
2009 Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Derry Canty being congratulated by Tom Butler BTT Chairman
Main Street…..a sight we don’t see anymore in Ballincollig
CCC Workers reclaiming footpaths on the Link Road in 2005. Wow! see how much footpath was reclaimed. MD O’Shea & Sons under construction in the background
An Caislean under construction in 2005
Ballincollig Community School Transition Year Students on their Ski Trip
Mc Dermott’s Shell Service Station at Eastgate. Across the road is the vacant site before ALDI was developed
The Corner House which was previously The West End and was then developed into a Branch of the Ulster Bank. This building is now vacant
Beech Road Residents:
Beech Road won the Lena Down Memorial Trophy in 2007 for the Best Kept Estate. Residents from Beech Road with the Trophy and County Mayor Cllr Derry Canty and Minister Batt O’Keeffe T.D
BTT Volunteers 2008
A group of Ballincollig Tidy Towns Volunteers. Eleven years on, Many of these people are still volunteers today
Public Building Winner 2007
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Derry Canty presenting Fr George O’Mahony PP with the prize for Best Public Building in 2007 with Geraldine Drohan Ballincollig Tidy Towns
Pub Front Winner 2007
Mary O’Mahony (RIP) Ballincollig Business Association presenting Joan Stevenson of Mary O’Connell’s Bar with the Best Pub Front Prize for 2007 with Kieran O’Shea Ballincollig Tidy Towns
Front Garden Winner 2007.
Ms Peg Bolton being presented with her prize for the Overall Best Front Garden by Minister Batt O’Keeffe T.D. Also included is Angela O’Rourke (RIP) from Ballincollig Credit Union(Sponsor of the Gardens Competitions) and Brendan Murphy Ballincollig Tidy Towns
Commercial Industrial Property Winner 2007
Mary O’Mahony (RIP) Ballincollig Business Association presenting the Overall Winner of the Commercial /Industrial Category to O’Flynn Construction for Barrack Square
Poulavone Roundabout in 2007. Very different to how it looks today
Gary O’Brien was with members of Ballincollig Youth Club doing a Litter pick in Castlepark as part of National Spring Clean in 2007
26th June 1965 Ballincollig Tidy Towns was officially started by a fantastic team of people . The minutes book written in magnificent handwriting recorded all of the meetings and decisions taken and a glimpse of times past
We got together to celebrate 50 years of Ballincollig Tidy Towns
Main Street in 2004. The construction site is where McCarthy and McCarthy Solictor’s office are now located
Heading west from the centre of Ballincollig In 2003. You can see there’s lot of rubbish- a sight we don’t see today
Awards Night 2000. Young helpers. The Collins Brothers (Paul, Stephen, Ronan and Jason) and David and Kara Butler.
Train ride home after Tom Butler and Tadgh Murphy of Ballincollig Tidy Towns, collected a Landscape Award for Poulavone Roundabout from the National Tidy Towns Awards in The Mansion House Dublin.
Seems like the excitement was too much for one 😉
Ballincollig Tidy Towns Volunteers 2012
Ger McSweeney meeting Mickey Harte at the Oriel House Hotel
White Horse Golf Society Outing to Blarney Golf Resort
Ballincollig by pass under construction 2002
A young Mags and John McKenna enjoying one of the many Open Days in Murphy Barracks Ballincollig. This photo was taken on 9th September 1994. It was Artillery Day. The 50th Anniversary of Murphy Barracks.
These Open Days were great for Bringing the community together
Picture courtesy of Mags McKenna
Tom Butler presenting Joe Sheehan with his Prize in The Garden Competitions at Ballincollig Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Ballincollig Rugby Club in 2001
Gunpowder Mills. Aerial View
In 2000 Ballincollig Tidy Towns Committee consisted of 5 people namely Tadg Murphy, Con O’Sullivan, Tom Butler, Brendan Murphy and Brian Hughes. Also included in picture are Minister Michael Martin and Cllr. Derry Canty.
For many years these five kept things moving forward
Ballincollig Barracks Royal Artillery Group 1912
11th Hussars Ballincollig Barracks 1885
Ballincollig Around 2000 – Finbarr O’Connell
Ballincollig 1960’s – Examiner Photos
Ballincollig Barracks 1930’s – Examiner Photos
A selection of photos at Ballincollig Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Ballincollig Rugby Club in 2001. Sadly some of those pictured are no longer with us.
2001 Tidy Towns Awards Night in Ballincollig Rugby Club Selection of social and prizewinners.
Selection of Photos from The White Horse Golf Society outing to Waterrock Golf Club in 2006
Photos from The White Horse Golf Society Presidents Prize in 2007. President that year was Derry Canty.
In 2007 we started doing Work Days on Saturday afternoons because some of the projects were so big. These were taken cleaning up what is now home to Sonas and the Mens Shed
Awards Ceremony 2008
Bronze Medal Winner 2007
Beech Road Winners 2007
Murphy Barracks from behind the wall looking at Pike Corner
Murphy Barracks Main Entrance from Main Street
The last day the public were allowed into the Barracks before it became a construction site
Looking from inside the Barracks to Main Street
Barrack Square as it was
Ballincollig Schools Hurling Team Winners Of Schools Shield on 7th March 1933
Names like Murphy, O’Mahony, Harrington and McCarthy appear on the list of players. Perhaps one is a relative……let us know
THE BELLE OF BALLINCOLLIG
What a wonderful picture. The Belle of Ballincollig festivities were held in the area where Aldi is now. Great times.
The Ranges Pitch & Putt Prize Giving (Not sure of the year) at least 5 years ago
Launching the Ballincollig Tidy Towns 2013 calendar at their 14th annual awards ceremony in Oriel House Hotel on Friday night last were, from left to right, Tom Butler, Chairperson; Con O’Sullivan, Secretary; Tadhg Murphy, Treasurer, and Kieran O’Shea, Public Relations Officer.
Father and son John and Sean Buckley on the morning of Ballincollig’s St Patrick’s Day Parade 2013
Entente Florale 2013 Nieuwpoort Belgium
Scoil Barra First Communion Class Of 1990 Ms Mairead O’Brien was the teacher