The Dúrlas Óg success story continued during the 1990’s with the under 14’s and under16’s winning most of the honours. The highlight was the All Ireland Feile na nGael title in 1990. Our dominance at under 12 level in Mid Tipp ceased and during the ’90’s five titles, three in hurling and two in football, were won with a county under 12 football victory in 1993.
1990: History was made in 1990 when Dúrlas Óg became the first Tipperary club to win the Feile na nGael Division 1 title. The Feile returned to Tipperary after a nineteen year absence and pride of place went to our under 14’s who defeated Kilruane MacDonaghs in the final in Semple Stadium. The under 14’s also defeated Kilruane in the county hurling decider and they completed an exceptional year by winning the county football final at the expense of Ardfinnan. The under 12’s won Mid football and hurling titles and the Under 14 ‘B’ team won the Mid ‘B’ football title. Another highlight during the year was the official opening of Pairc na nÓg.
Durlas Og All Ireland Feile na nGael Division 1 Champions 1990
Back Row (L. to R.): Seamus Maher, John Dunphy, Michael Kennedy, Br. Hickey, Colin Coppinger, Mark King, Barry Long, Raymond O’Riordan, Pat Hackett, Pat Lawlor, Pat McEvoy, Gary Mernagh, Matty Dowd, Bill D’Arcy, Johnny Enright, Gerry Spain, Jimmy Coppinger. Front Rown (L. to R.): Ollie Geoghegan, John O’Dwyer, David Dunne, Mark Wade, Jimmy D’Arcy, Darren Molumby, Liam Scully, David O’Riordan, Mark Ryan, John Bowe.
1991: Gerry Spain who had been Chairman since 1984 stepped down and was replaced by Pat Murray. Jimmy Coppinger and Phil O’Mara continued as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Both the under 14’s and under 16’s recorded notable football and hurling doubles. The under 14’s won the county double for a remarkable third year in a row. Arravale Rovers were defeated in both the football and hurling deciders. The under 16’s won our first and only county football title. It took two hard fought games against Arravale Rovers to decide the destination of the championship. We won the replay by 4-7 to 0-8. We lined out as follows: Benny Maher, Jimmy D’Arcy, Liam O’Dwyer (Capt.), Matthew Dowd, Philip Butler, Peter Broderick, Pat Hackett, Bill Fitzgerald, Pat Murray, Darren Molumby, David Dunne, Gerry Spain, Michael Cleary, Raymond O’Dowd, Matt Ryan. We defeated Kilruane MacDonaghs by 0-10 to 1-5 in the under 16 hurling final. Our Under 16 ‘B’ team won the Mid ‘B’ hurling title and they lost to Borris-Ileigh in a thrilling county final. The 1991 under 16 squad was the most successful group of players in the history of Dúrlas Óg. They won five county titles – under12 hurling, under 14 football and hurling, under 16 football and hurling. They were defeated by Clonmel Commercials in the county under 12 football final.
1992: We retained the Mid and county under16 hurling titles. We defeated Boherlahan-Dualla in the Mid final and St. Mary’s by 5-8 to 0-6 in the county final. The victorious panel was Patrick Hackett (Capt.), Ollie Geoghegan, Jimmy D’Arcy, John Enright, Liam Scully, Michael Hackett, Mark Ryan, Matthew O’Dowd, Raymond O’Riordan, Damien Harris, John O’Dwyer, Michael Kennedy, Damien Daly, Pat Lawlor, David Dunne, Darren Molunby, Mark Wade, Ned Cornally, David O’Riordan, Brian O’Grady, Colm Coppinger, Vincent Kennedy, Gary Mernagh, Paul Maher. The under 16’s also won the Mid football title. The under 14’s completed five in a row of Mid hurling titles defeating Drom-Inch in the final.
1993: We recorded a county double scoring one point victories over Fethard and Roscrea in under 12 football and under 16 hurling finals respectively. This was our third under 16 title in a row. Our under 16 ‘B’ team defeated Drom-Inch to win the Mid ‘C’ football title. We lost Mid finals in under 12 hurling, under 14 football and hurling and under 16 football.
Durlas Og County Under 12 Football Champions 1993
Back Row (L. to R.): Bro. Hickey (Selector), Sean Costelloe (Selector), Colm O’Rourke, Eoin Costelloe, Declan Curtis, Aidan Burke, Stephen Mason, Aidan Dundon, Kevin Ralph, Lar Corbett, Ken Corbett, Mark Butler, James Murphy, Sean McLoughlin (Selector). Front Row (L. to R.): John Hussey, Willie Kelly, James O’Riordan, David Horan, Tony Ruth, Brian O’Loughlin, Donal Duggan, Alan O’Dowd, Barry McLoughlin, Ted O’Connor, Mark Dwyer, John Lillis, Declan Ryan.
1994: The under 12’s defeated Moycarkey-Borris in the Mid hurling final and the under 16’s won the Mid football title. Evan Long won the Mid Long Puck final.
1995: Ger “Redser” O’Grady captained the under 16’s to Mid and county titles. We scored a 3-10 to 2-7 win over Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid final. We overcame Toomevara after a replay in the county semi final and defeated Mullinahone by 2-11 to 1-9 in the county final at Cashel.
1996: Our under 12’s won the inaugural All Ireland Towns Cup (Nessan Tournament) defeating Navan in the final at Claughaun (Limerick). The winning panel was Lee Shanahan (Capt.), Brendan O’Sullivan, Barry Delahunt, Richard Ruth, Peter Maher, Mark Walshe, Jonathan Gleeson, Patrick McCormack, Shane Ryan, Adrian Quinlan, Brendan Duggan, Stiofan Ryan, Kieran O’Connor, Patrick Ruddy, Willie Collins, Thomas Ryan, Patrick Kenny, J.J. Gleeson, Lorcan Burke, John Ryan, Wayne Cully, Shane McKenna, David Kennedy, David O’Callaghan, Matthew Murphy. Mid titles were won in both under 12 and under 14 hurling. The under 12’s defeated Loughmore-Castleiney in the final and we defeated Gortnahoe-Glengoole in the under 14 decider. The under14’s also won the Mid Feile na nGael title.
1997: The A.G.M. on the 11th January saw a change of officers. Dick Callanan replaced Pat Murray as Chairman and Jimmy Coppinger who had served as Secretary since 1985 was replaced by Jim Dwyer. We retained the Mid under 14 hurling title defeating Moyne-Templetuohy in the final. Moyne reversed this result in both the Mid Feile na nGael and Peil na nÓg finals. We lost to Drom-Inch in the Mid under 16 hurling final.
1998: Our second county under 14 and under 16 hurling double of the 90’s was recorded. We met our old rivals Toomevara in the county under 14 final at Templemore. Two late goals gave us the title on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-7. The under 16’s after losing their first three matches in the league rounds in the Mid went on to stage a remarkable recovery to win both Mid and county titles. Cashel were the opponents for the county decider in Semple Stadium and in one of the most exciting games of the year we held on for a 2-5 to 1-6 victory.
Durlas Og County Under 14 ‘A’ Hurling Champions 1998
Back Row (L. to R.): Jimmy Coppinger (Selector), Declan Ryan, Richard O’Gorman, Willie Collins, Derek Cullen, Pat Callaghan (Selector), Stiofan Ryan, Adrian Quinlan, Brian Graydon, Shane McKenna, T.J. Gleeson, David Kennedy, Wayne Cully, Lee Shanahan, Patrick Kenny, Paddy Moore (Coach), Jonathan Gleeson, T.J. Lyons (Selector), Patrick Ruddy. Front Row (L. to R.): Barry Delahunt, Kieran O’Connor, Barry Maher, David Callaghan, Lorcan Burke, Brendan O’Sullivan, Patrick McCormack (Capt), Aidan Brennan, Shane Ryan, Richard Ruth, Brendan Duggan, Eoin Russell, Stephen Lillis, Greg Bowe.
1999: Phil O’Mara who served as Treasurer since our foundation in 1979 retired from the position at the A.G.M. and was replaced by Phyllis Kennedy. We had little success on the playing fields with a Mid Feile na nGael victory being our only title. After defeating Gortnahoe-Glengoole in the final we lost after extra time to Burgess in the county semi final.
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