The year 2000 commenced with a 21st anniversary function in The Premier Hall where a special presentation was made to Pat Stakelum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his captaincy of the Tipperary All Ireland team of 1949. County under 14 and under 16 hurling doubles were won in 2005 and 2006 with our under 16’s dominating at both Mid and County winning seven Mid and five county hurling titles Our first county football title since 1993 was won by the under 14’s in 2003. The under 12’s bridged a fourteen year gap when they won the Mid football title in 2007.
The under 12’s won two Mid hurling titles in 2001 and 2008 but we will have to wait a little longer for our first county title since 1989. We went very close to county honours in 2001 when we lost by one point to Nenagh Eire Óg after defeating Loughmore-Castleiney in the Mid final. Loughmore were also defeated in the 2008 Mid final but we lost by three points to Roscrea in the county semi final. Our ‘B’ team won Mid ‘C’ hurling titles in 2006 and 2008 defeating Clonakenny in both finals. We came very close to our first county ‘C’ title in 2006 losing out narrowly to Fr. Sheehys in the final. On the football front we won back to back Mid titles in 2007 and 2008. The 2007 victory over J.K. Brackens after a replay was our first Mid under 12 title since 1993. The team lined out as follows: Patrick Brennan; David Russell, Brian Hanrahan, John Fogarty; Jack O’Connell, Ronan Maher, Jack Lineen; Kevin Dunne, Billy McCarthy; Tom Meehan, Conor Lanigan , Caley Maher; Tom Tierney, Graham Maher, Sean Butler. We retained the title last year following a one point win over Moycarkey-Borris.
Durlas Og Mid Tipperary Under 12 ‘A’ Hurling Champions 2008
Back Row (L to R): Darragh Coffey ,Tom Skehan, Mark Conway, Paul Sammon, Jack Derby, Billy McCarthy, Ronan Kennedy, Jack Carroll, Faolain Linnane, Sean Fitzgibbon, Luke Kelly, Matthew Fogarty. Front Row (L to R): Robbie Hanrahan, Glen Kerrigan, Adam Garrett, Sean Butler, Dean Bourke, Seamie Hanafin, Rory Purcell,
Aaron McCormack, Colm Doyle.
We qualified for three (2003, 2005 and 2006) All Ireland Feile na nGael finals. The 2003 team reached the All Ireland final for only the second time in our history. After a pulsating match in Mullingar we lost by 3-7 to 1-3 to the famed James Stephens. Our Feile panel that was hosted by the Celbridge club was Bill McCormack, John Shortt, Kevin O’Gorman, Patrick Leahy, Jonathan Shannon, Stephen Dorney, Shane Maher, John Joe Bourke, Laurence Burke, Michael Keane, Michael Cahill, Rodney Mason, Kieran Morris, Padraic Maher (Capt), Damien Grimes, Liam Cullen, Barry McCormack, Darren O’Neill, Sean Smith, Brian Stakelum, Sean Moloney, Darragh Stakelum, Conor Ryan, Philip Cullen, Bobby Stakelum, Cillian McNally. We failed to qualify from our group in 2005 (Glen Rovers) and 2006 (Blackrock). Both the 2005 and 2006 teams returned from Feile to win county titles. We scored a comprehensive 4-12 to 0-4 win over Clonmel Óg in the 2005 final played at Semple Stadium. The weekend of 16th/17th September 2006 will be long remembered in the history of Dúrlas Óg as the weekend where the under 14's recorded a historic and unique county final double winning the 'A' and 'C' titles. Saturday morning we headed for Dolla to take on Kilruane MacDonaghs in the 'A' final and after a hard fought game we won by 2-10 to 0-6. Sunday we regrouped and headed to New Inn with our 'B' team to clash with South champions, Newcastle in the under 14 'C' final. We held on in a nailbiting finish to win by 3-6 to 1-10. We won our first county football title since 1993 when we scored a memorable win over Nenagh Eire Óg in the 2003 final at Semple Stadium. Eire Óg dominated the first half and led by 0-5 to nil at the interval. The second half was a different story and we took control. A goal from our captain Stephen Dorney with five minutes remaining was the decisive score and we went on to win by 1-4 to 0-5. We also won Mid football titles in 2002 and 2006 and Mid hurling titles in 2002 and 2003. Our ‘B’ team won Mid ‘C’ hurling titles in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Durlas Og County Under 14 'A' Football Champions 2003.
Back Row (L. to R.): Pardaic Maher, John Joe Bourke, Rodney Mason, Laurence Bourke, Sean Moloney, Kevin O'Gorman, Stephen Dorney (Captain), Shane Maher, Brian Stakelum. Front Row (L. to R.): Michael McGrath, Brian Callanan, Patrick Leahy, Damien Grimes, Liam Cullen, Jonathan Shannon, Ciaran O'Shea, Kieran Morris, Sean Smith.
Our 16’s dominated the Mid and County hurling scene. A county final defeat to Burgess in 2000 was followed by victories in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. We lost the 2003 final to Carrick Swan. Like the under 14’s in 2006 the weekend of 12th/13th October 2002 will be recalled for a very long time as Dúrlas Óg recorded an historic under 16 double by winning both the 'A' and 'C' county hurling titles. It was also the first time in our history that a Dúrlas Óg 'B' team won a county title. We defeated a fancied Carrick Swan side by 5-10 to 2-9 in the ‘A’ final at Cashel and twenty four hours later we went to New Inn and defeated Clonmel Óg by 2-6 to 0-10 in the ‘C’ final. Tom King and Muiris O’Sullivan were the victorious captains. We completed a magnificent four in a row of county title between 2004 and 2007. We scored a convincing 4-16 to 1-5 win over Kilruane MacDonaghs in the 2004 final at The Ragg. Pa Bourke was top scorer with 2-7 and David Morris was captain. The following year Michael Cahill captained his team to a 1-17 to 1-6 win over Moyle Rovers at Cashel. Patrick Leahy scored 1-4 and Padraic Maher 0-6. Damien Grimes led us to a 1-13 to 0-13 win over Kildangan in 2006 at Dolla. Aidan McCormack was top scorer with 0-8. We defeated Knockavilla Kickhams in the 2007 final at New Inn with David Maher as captain. The final score was 1-18 to 1-10 with Aidan McCormack scoring 0-10. During the 2000’s seven Mid ‘A’ hurling titles including six in a row (2002 to 2007), two Mid ‘C’ hurling titles (2001 and 2002) and Mid ‘A’ football titles in 2004, 2005 and 2007 were also won.
Durlas Og County Under 16 ‘C’ Hurling Champions 2002
Back Row (L. to R.): Shane Dorney, Declan Ryan, Paul Kennedy, Morgan Gleeson, Muiris O’Sullivan (Capt), Garret Foxton, Ian Maher, Ronan Walsh, David Morris, Pa Bourke. Front Row (L. to R.): John Joe Bourke, Shane Meagher, David Shannon, Joseph O’Mahoney, Justin Cleary, Stephen Fewer, Michael Gleeson.
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