St. Colums Hurling and Football Club was formed towards the end of 1970. One of the main founders was Rev. Fr. John McCarthy RIP, who had been appointed curate of Kealkill / Coomhola parish twelve months earlier. There had always been a strong Gaelic Games tradition in the area with players mostly involved in football with neighbouring clubs, Bantry Blues, Ballingeary, and Dohenys. The first AGM was held in Coomhola school in December 8 1970. Teams of all age groups from under age to junior in football and hurling were fielded in 1971.

Over the years the club has had a lot of success, winning several competitions in both codes. The highlights of the hurling success were West Cork Junior B Championship victories in 1982, 1994 and 2003. The team of 2003 went on to win the county that year by beating Lisgoold in the final. Other victories were the Centenary Cup in 1984, the Millennium Cup in 2001 and the Minor A Hurling Championship in 1980

In football, highlights included Junior B West Cork victories in 1985 and back to back victories in 1996 and 1997. We went on to win the County in 1997. Since then the footballers have been playing in grade A with final appearances in 2001 when defeated by Ilen Rovers and this year 2006 when defeated by Tadgh McCarthaig.

Ballylickey V Kealkill 1953 Match Report

Song - St Colums on the Shores of Bantry Bay - 1976

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