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Newtownshandrum

(Irish:  Baile Nua Sheandroma)  is a small village in  County Cork, Ireland  located 6.5 km west of Charleville on the R515 road. Historic maps from 1829-1841 and 1897-1913 identify the village as Newtown

Four years after graduating from the intermediate grade, Newtownshandrum took the senior grade by storm and reached the championship decider in the top tier of Cork hurling. It was far from a traditional final as one-time champions Erin’s Own provided the opposition. It was east Cork versus north Cork, however, the club from the tiny parish of 800 triumphed on their first attempt in a county final, albeit in controversial circumstances as a late Erin’s Own goal was disallowed. A 0-14 to 0-11 victory gave Newtownshandrum a coveted county championship title in the senior grade. The county final victory was the highlight of the year as Newtown failed to make any impact in the subsequent Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship.

2009: the Cork team of the decade

At the start of the 2009 county championship few pundits gave Newtownshandrum a chance of claiming back the Seán Óg Murphy Cup. The team that had burst on the scene a decade earlier was now an ageing one, however, some younger players freshened things up somewhat. After some convincing victories the north Cork club reached their sixth county final of the decade. It was a clash of the past masters and the reigning champions as Sarsfield’s attempted to retain their title for a second year in succession. While a poor opening half saw little separating the sides Newtown went on the rampage in the second-half. The final score of 3-22 to 1-12 was a complete surprise as the 10,000 spectators at Pairc Ui Chaoimh saw the tiny club battle back to the big-time. Newtownshandrum’s fourth county championship triumph from six county final appearances inside ten years cemented their reputation as the Cork team of the decade.

Graveyard

The Shandrum graveyard contains 478 memorials, all of these were digitally surveyed by Ballyhoura and the community of Newtownshandrum in 2012. These records are freely available to view: http://historicgraves.com/graveyard/shandrum/co-shan