Roy Keane at Cobh Ramblers - front row, 2nd from the right.

100 years but still not Cobh-er the hill

The Cork football club that nurtured talents like Roy Keane and David Meyler will celebrate 100 years of rambling this month.

In 1922, Cobh Ramblers FC was founded on the steps of St Colman’s Hall (better known as Pillars Bar).

The club was originally set up by British soldiers who were located in the town and who used to play competitive games against local people in Cobh.

The clubs colours were inspired by Burnley, the winners of the 1920/21 English First Division, the year before Ramblers' establishment.

Over the years, many well-known players have worn the famous claret and blue of Cobh Ramblers and gone on to receive full senior international honours.

Singer and media personality Nicky Byrne of Westlife also played competitively with the club.

Commenting on the 100 year milestone, Cobh Ramblers Chairman Bill O’Leary paid tribute to all of those who were instrumental to the achievement both past and present.

“We are delighted to come together as one big team to celebrate the momentous achievement of reaching 100 years in existence,” said O’Leary.

“The beauty of this club is that everyone is equally as important and that is the essence of what this celebration of our time in football is about.

“100 years later, the faces may be different, but the club and the goals that were set out that day in 1922, remain very much the same.”

The 100 year achievement will be celebrated in style on 25 November at the Raddison Hotel in Little Island where the Cobh Ramblers Team of the Century will be revealed. 3 players will also be inducted into the Cobh Ramblers Hall of Fame at the event.

“The event is not just a celebration of 100 years of Cobh Ramblers but is a celebration of the club’s great community spirit, the success the club has had, and is also an opportunity to recall some wonderful memories from the Cobh Ramblers past,” O’Leary.