How it all began
The first playing pitch at Ardarositig close to the location of the current Dunnes Stores roundabout. Initially, the focus of the fledgling club was on hurling but, in time, a Junior football team was also participating in the city division league. The 1960s marked a period of rapid development for our club with a move to the current location at Ballinaspig. The current No.3 pitch was the club's main pitch with the legendary railway wagons acting as the club's first dressing rooms. At adult level, the club made progress in the Seandún(Cork city) division Junior leagues and also fielded a range of underage teams in Bord na nOg competitions.
One of the club's founding members, Wille O'Shea, recalls the formation of the first club committee and team
" Just a few notes to let you know how the club was founded in 1957. In the 1950’s there was no club in any sport in Bishopstown. Bishopstown was then in the Lough Parish. The Barrs had a big membership all around Bandon Road and Togher. We were at the end of the parish and there was no interest in us. So all of us who were interested in G.A.A. went up to the Ballinora club. We really enjoyed our time there but we wanted a club in Bishopstown. So three of us got together, Pat Horgan, Derry Casey and Willie O’Shea, and said we would do something about it. We went around to people who would help us. They were Billy Murphy Ballincollig who lived in Rossa Avenue, Con Murphy who was Secretary of the County Board at the time and Pat O’Leary of Sars who lived in the Glasheen Road. They all gave us great advice and encouragement. So our next task was to get people to form a Committee and act as Officers. We went from door to door and got great help. The African Missions Fathers allowed us to use their hall for a general meeting. We asked Con Murphy to chair the meeting and Willie O’Shea was acting secretary. We had a very good meeting with a nice crowd attending. The following were elected: Chairman: Bernie Coughlan Vice Chairman: Jackie Horgan Treasurer: Bill Cahill Secretary: Derry Casey Board Rep: (Jr) Willie O’Shea Committee: J. Finnegan, Pat Horgan, John Casey, Dan McDonnell, Denis Riordan, Liam Herlihy, Mr Hanley. We then had to decide on the club colours. We looked around at all the teams in the division and as no one had maroon and white we decided to adopt the Galway colours. They were doing very well at the time and we hoped we would do the same. The members of the first team were: John Riordan, Bob Lynch, Pat Horgan, Barry Crowley, John O’Shea, Mick Horgan, John Coomey, Willie O’Shea, John Coveney, Fr. Gubbins, Sean Dobbyn (Cap), Derry Casey, Fr. Horgan, Jimmy Keating, Donnie Coveney Subs : Mick English, Con Roche."
The club began to achieve success in the 1970s with promotion to Intermediate grade in football following the winning of the Seandún championship early in the decade and culminating in the historic winning of the Cork county Intermediate football championship in September 1974 under captain Richard Murphy. This was a just reward for the trojan work of players and club officers in the preceeding two decades and must surely have been the pinnacle of Richard's career as a footballer, as there is no greater honour than to captain your club to county honours. The team also included players like Mick Fleming, Mick O'Loughlin, Denis Healy, and Johnny Crowley and was trained by the legendary Con O'Sullivan
Hurling also grew from strength to strength during the decade beginning with the McCurtin cup win in 1970. This team was the first adult team to win a hurling competition and it paved the way for the achievements which were to follow culminating in county Intermediate titles and the current senior staus enjoyed by the club hurling side.
The 1970s also saw great honour being brought to the club when Johnny Crowley became the first Bishopstown player to play for Cork senior hurlers and he figured in the three in a row All-Ireland winning teams of 1976,77 and 78.
He had the distinction of winning minor All-Ireland medals in both hurling and football in 1974 and was a member of the Bishopstown team which won the county Intermediate football title that year. An under 21 hurling All-Ireland came his way in 76 when Cork defeated Kilkenny. Johnny also starred for Cork in the 1984 Centenary All-Ireland hurling final which finished in a memorable win for Cork against Offaly at Thurles . Johnny was the recipient of an All-star award that year to mark a wonderful season.
He also played in two finals against Kilkenny in the early 80s which Cork lost to Kilkenny. Johnny won his 5th All-Ireland senior medal in 1986 when Cork defeated Galway in the final. The following year Cork were defeated by Tipperary in an epic replayed Munster final (Johnny's ninth) in Killarney and he retired from the county scene. Johnny went on to act as a player and selector with Bishopstown and as a selector with Cork hurlers in latter years culminating in Cork's winning of the senior title in 2000 defeating Kilkenny in the process. Denis, Johnny's son, has carried on the tradition and is a current member of the senior hurling and football teams in the club. Johnny's brother, Denis, is the current club chairman for 2012
The 70s also saw the construction of the present club building and the further development of the pitches. There was also an active ladies' committee during these years and they carried major fundraising work on a regular basis. The club owe a debt of gratitude to Maud O'Brien and her committee members for this great work. Maud's sons Denis and Finbarr played for the club and her grandson Shane is a regular on the current hurling sides.