Whose ball is it anyway

October 2nd, 2015 8:43 PM

By Kieran McCarthy

This is the football that was used when Clonakilty beat Aghada in the Cork SFC relegation final last week. But look at the two names on the ball...

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It's the biggest mystery in West Cork GAA right now ... (tongue firmly in cheek)

SO, forget Castlehaven and O'Donovan Rossa's huge Cork SFC semi-final this Sunday, the big question in West Cork GAA right now has to be, whose ball is it anyway?

Prior to last Sunday’s Cork SFC relegation final in Brinny that saw Clonakilty defeat Aghada (3-13 to 0-9) to maintain their 84-year unbroken record as a senior football club, our eagle-eyed photographer took the above photo of the match ball.

The ball is clearly marked ‘Clon’ in blue, but when it was rolled over ‘Skibb’ was also inscribed so we have to ask: whose ball is it anyway?

Did a Skibbereen football – and, as a result, O’Donovan Rossa – play a huge role in securing Clonakilty’s senior football status?

Or was it a Clonakilty ball first day out that went on its own adventure around West Cork before returning home to save its club? (We feel a movie is in the making)

The mystery deepens as Clonakilty and Rossas met in a Cork SFC round two game in May so maybe this is where the ball crossed from one camp to the other?

Where is this football’s true home? Where does it belong? Let's reunite this ball with its real owner.

So, whose ball is it anyway?


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