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The Ninties & Noughties

A lot was expected again in 1990, but Kilbrin were not to get any trophy that year. In the J.H.L., Kilbrin were beaten in the quarter-final by Lismire 4-11 to 4-8. In the championship, Kilbrin beat Newmarket 3-10 to 3-4 in the first round, but on a very warm day in Newmarket, Kilbrin surrendered its title to Meelin 2-15 to 0-9. The J.(B)H. team kept the flag flying, only to lose in the final to Tullylease, 4-16 to 1-7. Kilbrin’s best performance in 1990, came in the football field. In the first round, Kilbrin were complete outsiders against Kiskeam, but against all odds, Kilbrin won 0-11 to 0-6. Kilbrin were to go out in the quarter-final when they were beaten by Dromtariffe 2-9 to 0-10.

In 1991, Kilbrin were again back on the winning ways and reached the league semi-final only to lose to Banteer 5-9 to 2-12. In the Championship, Kilbrin again had an easy victory over Newmarket 5-19 to 1-9, only to find Banteer their bogey in the semi-final, where Kilbrin lost 1-10 to 2-5. In the J.F.C., Kanturk were to prove too good for Kilbrin, on the score 4-12 to 0-12. Later in the year Kilbrin were to get some consolation, when they won the Singleton Cup for the fourth time with victories over Castlemagner, 4-17 to 2-8, and Freemount, 1-11 to 0-5, in the final.

In 1992, Kilbrin started very poorly, but as the year went on, the team improved, and by the end of the year Kilbrin would have got its second league and championship double in hurling. In the league, Kilbrin just qualified for the semi-final, claiming the last qualifying place. In the semi-final, Kilbrin beat Banteer 4-10 to 2-11 and in the final played in Banteer Kilbrin beat Meelin 1-13 to 0-13.

In the championship Kilbrin easily beat Castlemagner in the first round 6-10 to 3-6 before they beat Freemount in the semi final 2-16 to 3-6. In the final Kilbrin’s opponents would be Banteer in a repeat of 1989 final. This was a game in which Kilbrin got off to a great start and led at half time by 14 points. Banteer fought back gamely in the second half but by the final whistle Kilbrin lead by 2-14 to 2-11. Team:- J.Aherne, P.O’Reilly, S.O’Reilly, B.Barrett, M.O’Donoghue, D.Sheahan, T.Cronin, S.Butler, J .O’Reilly, P.Field, J .Sheahan, J .J .O’Donoghue, D.O’Sullivan, M.Sheahan, J .O’Callaghan. Subs:- I.O’Sullivan, B.Cashman, V.Hayes, D.Breen, J .O’Sullivan, Dermot O’Sullivan, N.Corkery, T. McMahon, E.Casey, F.Casey, B. Aherne. Selectors:- Ml.Dennehy, D.Kearney, Ml.Duggan. Coach:- Johnny Keane (Liscarroll). In the county, Kilbrin faced Glen Rovers. The first game ended in a draw, Glen Rovers 0-10 Kilbrin 1-7, but in the replay Kilbrin lost 2-11 to 0-10.

In 1992 Kilbrin had regraded to J(B) Football and reached the league semi-final only to lose to Freemount after a replay 1-9 to 0-11. In the J(B) F.C Kilbrin had wins over Cullen, 1-16 to 0-5, Glenlara 1-6 to 1-4, and Millstreet, 1-10 to 0-5, before losing finally to Lyre, 1-9 to 0-8.

Since the arrival of Fr.Kelleher in 1974, and up to the present day, great attention has been devoted to under age level. Many successes have been achieved, the most notable being the reaching of the County final at under-14 level in 1992. The amalgamation of Kilbrin and Castlemagner as Croke Rovers at under age level has been a great success. This was the only alternative, as either club on their own would not have been able to field an underage team. If the young players of the parish can be nurtured, the prospects for the future of Kilbrin G.A.A. club look very bright indeed. Great credit is due to the people who train and look after these under age teams. This parish is very fortunate to have as its schoolmaster, Mr.Sean O’Gorman outstanding Cork player at the moment, a man who has won every honour with his County. It must surely be an inspiration to his pupils to have such a man not only as their Master in the classroom but also in the playing field.

Kilbrin’s successes were not only on the playing fields. In the G.A.A. talent competition, which is called Scór, Kilbrin were also successful. Since the beginning of this competition, Kilbrin took part at both Juvenile and Adult Level. The successes at both Juvenile and Adult in the local Duhallow competition were numerous. At Scor, Kilbrin were also to win County Honours. In 1989 the Juvenile quiz team of Michael O’Riordan, Denis Duggan and Bob O'Donoghue would win the County and reach the Munster Final. At adult level the club would also get County Honours in set dancing and solo singing. The set dancers were crowned champions on two occasions, in 1989 and in 1993. Those who took part in these years were Liam Buckley, John Buckley, John Lynch, Jim Buckley, Dermot O’Sullivan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Julia Buckley, Catherine O’Sullivan and Kathleen Buckley, under the watchful eye of Mary "Niall” O’Sullivan. In solo singing, Nora Mary O’Riordan won the County final in 1992.