The Junior A Championships

At its outset in 1958 it was known as just 'Junior' but now its distinguished as the Junior A championship, with 'A' standing as the most prestigious of competitions, within the junior grade for those emerging from regional ranks 

Part 1: O' Donovan set the ball rolling with his county junior victory 

Re-live the first county junior A final and the story behind the competitions foundation 

As featured in The Southern Star on 24.10.20

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Pictured: Brendan O' Donovan, Courtmacsherry, was the winner of the first county Junior A final, which was played at Enniskeane in 1958

Part 2: Jack Dan O' Donovan ended West's wait for junior glory 

This series details the junior championships West Cork's first county winner along with the winners up to 1974 

As featured in The Southern Star on 31.10.20

Pictured: Pat Murphy, Junior Champion in 1970, celebrates in Armagh with supporters 

Part 3: Dunmanway man Hurley flew the London flag in All-Ireland win 

Part 3 details Bill Hurley's winning of the junior 1975 All-Ireland title and other title winners up to the eighties 

As featured in The Southern Star 07.11.20

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Pictured: Noel O Brien (right), from The Miles in Clonakilty, was the All-Ireland junior winner in 1978 and 1989 with Aiderman Pearse Wyse, Lord Mayor of Cork, and Flor Crowley, Ból Chumann

Part 4: Move to city saw O' Driscoll emerge as one of the greats

The 1980's brought expansion to the championship with new grades, added in both  youths and adult sectors along with the introduction of women's bowling to much acclaim 

As featured in The Southern Star on 14.11.20

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Pictured: Mick o' Driscoll (left), formerly of Reenascreena, who won the 1981 Junior A Championship representing the city region, pictured with Brendan Roche, who succeeded Flor Crowley as Ból Chumann Chairman, and Jerry Desmond, then treasurer 

Part 5: Terrific 1989 duel at Derrinasafa

Features the first Carbery junior A county winner in 1991 and the scores that followed up to '96 

As featured in The Southern Star on 21.11.20

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Pictured (clockwise): John O Brien, All-Ireland Junior A Champion 1993; Denis O Brien, The Miles, Clonakilty; Cornie Bohane, the first Carbery region Junior A county champion in 1991; John Hegarty, Skibbereen 1989 Junior A runner-up  

Part 6: Twohig was the millennium man

The review of the Junior championship continues into the late nighties and early noughties 

As featured in The Southern Star on 28.11.20

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Pictured: (Top) James O' Driscoll, presented the Fr. Michael O' Driscoll Cup to Gavin Twohig, 2000 Junior A county champion 

(Bottom) Seamus O' Tuama, Ból Chumann Chairman, presented the Fr. Micheal O' Driscoll Cup to 1998 county champion Denis Cooney 

Part 7: Home hero Callanan powered to glory in All-Ireland final on the Marsh Road 

Part 7 focuses on the exciting battles between 2003 and 2011 

As featured in The Southern Star on 05.12.20

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Pictured: 2007 Bowling Champions at The West Cork Hotel, from left; Mick Young, Bantry; Jerry O' Driscoll, Ballinspittle; Tim Looney, West Cork Hotel; Bill Daly, Glanmire; Ian Callanan, Ardfield 

Part 8: O' Sullivan ended Carbery's wait for third All-Ireland with 2012 success

The review of the Junior championship continues into the late nighties and early noughties 

As featured in The Southern Star on 12.12.20

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Pictured: Carbery's Liam O' Sullivan, with the Denis O' Brien Cup, celebrating after winning the 2012 All-Ireland Junior A championship