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Camross GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association hurling and gaelic football club in County Laois, Ireland.

Camros
Camros
Founded:1903
County:Laois
Nickname:The Cameroon’s
Colours:Black and amber
Grounds:Derrynaseera/Clonin
Coordinates:52°59′49.17″N 7°33′39.42″W / 52.9969917°N 7.5609500°W / 52.9969917; -7.5609500Coordinates: 52°59′49.17″N 7°33′39.42″W / 52.9969917°N 7.5609500°W / 52.9969917; -7.5609500
Playing kits
Standard colours
Senior Club Championships
All Ireland Leinster
champions
Laois
champions
Hurling: - 2 26

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1903, the club is the most successful hurling club in County Laois and club amalgamation colours are black and amber.

In 1957 Camross amalgamated with Killanure their parish counterparts and with amalgamation came great success. In 1957 they won Junior Championship beating St Fintans, Colt, followed with Intermediate title in 1958.

The Camross club did not win the Laois Senior Hurling Championship until 1959 but since then they have added a record 24 more senior hurling titles to their roll of honour (25 titles in total). They last won the Laois Senior Hurling Championship in 2017 defeating Clough/Ballacolla by 3–14 to 1–19.

A previous chairman Michael Lalor also held the chair of office of Laois County Council in 2006. Michael and his brother was captain of the 1959 winning team.Other former chairmen of the club have been Tommy Delaney, Sean Mortimer, Mattie Collier, Kieran Delaney and Michael Scully. Current chairman is Jack Cuddy and is secretary Ursula Dunphy.

Camross has also won the Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship twice. First they beat James Stephens of Kilkenny in 1976/77 and won against O'Tooles of Dublin in 1996/97. They were beaten in the 1977 club final by Glen Rovers at a game played in Thurles. They defeated Down side Ballycran in the semi-final, Camross lost the 1997 All Ireland semi-final to St. Mary's, Athenry again at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

Camross club man Michael Delaney held the full-time position as secretary of the Leinster Council of the GAA for well over a quarter of a century and was one of the top administrators in the sport.

Football is very much a secondary sport in the club but Camross have won the Laois Junior Football Championship in 1980, the Laois Junior "B" Football Championship in 2005 and 2016 and the Laois Junior "C" Football Championship in 2014.

Many famous Camross players have represented Laois at senior hurling over the years including Tim and Frank Keenan, P.J Cuddy, Joe Dollard, Martin Cuddy, Tim Cuddy, Sean Cuddy, John Carroll, and Joe Doran. Current Laois players are Joe Phelan, Mark Dowling and Oisin Bennet.

Camross winning Senior Hurling Captains. 1959 Fint Lalor 1963 Fint Lalor 1965 Tim Cuddy 1966 Tim Cuddy 1967 Tim Cuddy 1968 Ger Cuddy 1969 Ger Cuddy 1971 Jimmy Lyons 1973 John Carroll 1974 Christy Donovan 1976 Martin Cuddy 1977 Paddy Dowling 1978 Sean Cuddy 1979 Michael Cuddy 1980 Richard Maloney 1985 P.J Cuddy 1986 Joe Doran 1988 Alo Delaney 1990 Patsy Carroll 1993 Fint Lalor 1994 Tommy Delaney 1996 Mattie Collier 2007 Fran Hogan 2013 Tomas Burke 2017 Zane Keenan and Joe Phelan 2018 Niall Holmes

AchievementsEdit

  • All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championships: 0
    • 1976–77 (runner up)
  • Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championships: O Neill Cup; 2
    • 1976, 1996
  • Laois Senior Hurling Championship: Bob O' Keefe Cup; 26
    • 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2013, 2017, 2018[1]
  • Laois Senior Hurling Championship Runners-up;9
    • 1945,1964, 1981, 1983, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015
  • Laois Intermediate Hurling Championships Hetherington Cup; 5
    • 1939, 1958, 1983, 2000, 2010 Runners Up 2018
  • Laois Junior 'A' Hurling Championships Fr. Phelan Cup; 11
    • 1914, 1921, 1928, 1957, 1964, 1972, 1981, 1988, 2003, 2008, 2014
  • Laois Junior 'A' Hurling Championships Runners-up 5
    • 1945, 1964, 1965, 1995, 2006
  • Laois Junior B Hurling Championships: Eamon MacCluskey Cup; 5
    • 1988, 1989,1994, 2001, 2011;
  • Laois Junior B Hurling Championships Runners-up; 3
    • 2001, 2008, 2012, 2017, 2018
  • Laois Junior C Hurling Championships; 2
    • 2006, 2016
  • Laois Junior 'A' Football Championships Shaw Cup; 1
    • 1980
  • Laois Junior 'B' Football Championships Chris Lalor Cup ; 2
    • 2005, 2016
  • Laois Junior 'C' Football Championship Runners-up 1
    • 2012,
  • Laois Division 5 Football League; 4
    • 1999, 2001, 2002, 2017 Runners-up 2018
  • Laois Under 21 Hurling Championships Thomas Culliton Cup;18
    • 1965,1966,1967,1969,1970,1977,1987,1993,1994,1996,1997,1999,2005,2007,2008,2009,2010, 2018
  • Laois Minor Hurling Championships Harry Grey Cup; 2
    • 2005,2017
  • Laois Minor Hurling Runners-up;10
    • 1955,1962,1973,1985,1993 1996,2006,2007,2008,2010
  • Laois Minor Hurling 'B' Championships Michael Lalor Cup;3
    • 1992,2014,2015
  • Laois Division 1 Hurling League O' Bradaigh Cup; 13
    • 1975,1982,1983,1984,1987,1993,1994,1995,1998,1999,2000,2001, 2006, 2017, 2018
  • Laois Division 1 Hurling League Runners-up;11
    • 1974,1988,1989,1991,1992,1996,1997,2002,2005,2007, 2015
  • Laois Division 2 Hurling League Freedom Fighters Cup; 4
    • 1995,1997,2002,2008
  • Laois Division 3 Hurling League Phil Shanahan Cup; 7
    • 1980,1981,1988,1995,1997,2003, 2018
  • Palmer Cup; 4
    • 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017

Notable playersEdit

  • Zane Keenan Joe Phelan Eoin "The GOAT" Gaughan McCloud Dowling


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laois SHC final: Hyland's efforts all in vain as Camross reign supreme". Hogan Stand. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.