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Cork Constitution is a rugby union club based in Cork, playing in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. It was founded by staff of the Cork Constitution newspaper. Since the paper did not publish on Sundays, the staff were looking for activities to pursue on Saturday afternoons. In the summer, cricket was played, while in the winter, rugby was the designated activity. The team currently plays in Temple Hill, Ballintemple. Cork Con won the All Ireland League and the AIB Cup in their inaugural years 1991 & 2006.
|Full name||Cork Constitution Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Cork Con Tigers|
|Ground(s)||Temple Hill, Ballintemple, Cork (Capacity: ~5000)|
|Coach(es)||Brian Hickey, Paul Barr, Paul McCartney, Jonny Holland|
|League(s)||All-Ireland League, 1A|
Due to the introduction of professional rugby union, and its success at producing players who go on to obtain Munster contracts Con, like many other senior rugby clubs in Ireland, has been unable to field a full strength side for a number of years.[original research?] In this period[when?] though Con has always been competitive, reaching the final of the All-Ireland League on six occasions since 2001 inclusive; losing in 2001 to Dungannon, losing in 2002 to Shannon, again losing in 2004 to Shannon and losing in 2007 to Garryowen, winning the elusive third title in 2008 on beating Garryowen in Musgrave Park and capturing a fourth title when beating St. Mary's by 17 points to 10 after extra time in Dubarry Park in May 2010. This 2010 League victory led by Evan Ryan completed an AIL double as Con had already won the AIL cup earlier in the season. The All-Ireland Bateman Cup, played between the Provincial Cup winners, was re-inaugurated in 2005-06, and Constitution have now won six times.
According to Frank Coughlan, writing for the Irish Independent, the city of Cork "certainly helped perfect" what he terms "provincial snobbery", doing so via Cork Constitution and the Royal Cork Yacht Club. He regards rugby as "traditionally the game of choice for the upwardly mobile as well as those clinging to old respectability".
- All-Ireland League: 6
- All-Ireland Cup: 7
- 2005–06, 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Munster Senior Cup: 29
- Munster Senior League
- 1912 (shared), 1914 (shared), 1922, 1923, 1927, 1939, 1953, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1998.
Notable former playersEdit
- Coughlan, Frank (5 October 2019). "Great expectations: a family divided by rugby". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
- "Cork Con put crowning touch to their season". Irish Examiner. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
- "Cork Con seal second AIL title in three years with Aviva victory over Clontarf". The42. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- "Brian Hickey hails heroic defence as Cork Con claim 28th cup win". Irish Examiner. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- "So close as mighty Quinn kicks Con to 25th crown". Irish Examiner. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- "Brian Hickey hails Cork Con's trophy double after Munster Senior Cup win". Irish Examiner. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
- "Cork Constitution 26 Garryowen 23". Irish Examiner. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.