Effin has always had great pride in its hurling teams and often songs where written about their feats on the playing pitch. One of the first songs is about the 1937 South Winning Team right up to the last winning team in 2011.
1937 South Winning Team
(Composed by Dan O’Brien, Ballymack and remembered by Bertie O’Brien, Tobernea)
You may boast about your hurling teams,
Kilkenney, Cork & Clare
But wind your way to Effin
Better hurlers you’ll find there,
You will see young John Fitzgibbon a fine athletic youth
With Paddy Ryan & Johnny & Tommy Francis Bluett.
You’ll se Gilbert, Hayes & earthy,
on them you may depend,
No flying ball will pass them
For their gap they will defend
You’ll se Gallant Michael Carroll
With Fitz from Maiden Hall,
And Willy Jack Fitzgerald to forward out the ball,
They crossed hurleys with the Stakers
and played with fourteen men,
In the fair field of Kilmallock
and sight gloriously did win.
They were drawn against Kilmallock
Old Friendships to renew
And they played against that sturdy team
In the place they call Glenroe
They marched into the hurling field
and stood there in a line
And there they waited orders
From their captain Paddy Ryan
The cheers rang out and echoes far
and pierced the blue hill thro;
We got a great reception
That day in famed Glenroe
The next song I’ve come accross is this one written about the Minor Hurlers from 1959 by unknown author.
The Effin Minor Hurlers 1959
The South Championship of Limerick, the Minor Hurling Grade,
When Effin beat the Croom boys as the evening sun did fade.
We have Christy Conway in the gap, as good as canbe seen,
With Carroll John outside him, a giant of seventeen.