We had a recent  article on Dolphin Hurlers, this led to a discussion on other sports so we are extending the scope to all sports and notable achievements, if you have some more information let us know and we will include it. (pro@dolphinrfc.com)


  • Michael Kiernan

Mick held the title of  Irish 200 metre champion and won silver in the 100m. He took part in a triangular international v Denmark & Scotland. He completed in the 4 x 100m relay against Alan Wells the Olympic Champion.

  • Jim Crotty

Jim first came to prominance in winning the Irish U14 100m, 200m titles and Shot put titles in 1973. He won the Irish 100m Schools title in 1977 and was on the winning  CBC 4 x 100m relay team. In 1979 his brother Owen won the 100m & 200m double while another brother Tom won U15 & U16 Shot Put titles in 75/76.

  • Dick Hodgins

Dick was Minor A captain in 1961/62 and he then went out to concentrate on a very successful running career. He was the first schoolboy in Cork to break the 5 minute mile. Between 1963 -75  he won 13 National Titles at various distances- 2 x 1.5k, 2 x 1 mile, 3 x 2 mile, 1 x 3 mile, 1 x 10 mile, 3 x 15 mile and 1 Marathon. He was fastest in the world in 1969 over 15 miles on the Cork to Cobh course- he was 20 secs faster that season than Ron Hill who was then the World’s No 1 marathon runner.

His international career lasted 16 years, from 1965- 1981 and became a successful coach on his retirement.

  • Michael Lane   – Irish Junior Sprint Champion
  • Bertie O’Hanlon – 100  & 220 yards & Long Jump – South of Ireland Sprint Championship.



While not their main sport George Carpenter & Darren Sweetnam were both successful Badminton players- Darren represented Ireland at U15 while George won a Munster Title.


  • Vince Giltinan was an Irish University Boxing Champion.
  •  Squadron Leader Billy Igoe represented the RAF


Irish Internationals

  • 1948- 53   Noel Mahony
  • 1957 –        Jim Kiernan
  • 1962-73    P J Dineen

President Irish Cricket Union

  •  1979    Noel Mahony
  •  1987    P J Dineen

Ireland U 23  Peter Dineen – former Chairman Munster Cricket


  • John Rolf
  • Olann Kelleher (President Cork County Cricket Club 2000/2001 & 2003
  • Johnny Walsh

Munster U 19  

  • Trevor Levis

Trevor captained Midleton College at Rugby, Cricket and Hockey and he played for Munster at each of the sports at underage level.

Noel Cameron Mahony

In July 1937, Noel played for Leinster v Ulster, the following month he played for Munster v Leinster. If that was unusual, the 1948 fixture in Belfast between Ulster & Munster was even more so. They flew up up in two light aircraft but one was delayed and the fixture commenced with just half the team. Noel was sent in to bat and to hold the fort, he made a long drawn out 70 before the cavalry arrived. He became the first National Cricket Association coach in Ireland and was coach of the Irish Women in their first ever World Cup in 1985.

He was President of Clontaf Cricket Club and Hermitage & Greystones Golf Clubs, playing off a handicap of 25 in his 90’s, getting his first ever hole in one at the age of 86. 


  • George Carpenter represented Ireland at Fencing at both the 1952 & 1960 Olympic Games.

Gaelic Football

  • Colin Corkery

Club  –  5   Cork   4 Munster   2 All Ireland Medals

Cork – 1993-2004   4 Munster Medals 1 All Star

  • Jimmy Kerrigan

Club  –  7   Cork   6 Munster   5 All Ireland Medals

Cork – 1978-90   4 Munster Medals  2 All Ireland 2  NFL  1 All Star

  • Eoin O’Mahony

Club  –  1  County  Medal

Cork – 1981-89   1 Munster Medal  1 NFL

  • Sean McKeown

Club – 1 County Medal

  • Ian McFarlane – Cork Minor
  • Pat Cronin        – Cork Minor
  • Barry Cooney    – Cork
  • Alex Corduff      – Mayo
  • Gary Conway  – Wexford Minor


Darren Sweetnam Ireland U16’s

Trevor Levis  Munster U 18

Two former Dolphin players were President of Harlequins for a number of years.

  • R S (Sidney) Mahony     1938-40
  • John Rolf                          1993-96

Darren Sweetnam has a unique claim, scoring a goal for Ireland v England and a point for Cork in the same week.



  • Barry O’Neill – Cork Senior County medal winner. Current Senior Hurling Manager of Erins Own.
  • Tomás O’Leary – 2 All Ireland Minor medals
  • DarrenSweetnam – Cork Senior Hurler
  • John Fitzgerald – Cork Minor Hurler
  • Gerald Aherne won a Munster Hurling medal when at school in Rockwell College.
  • Mick Quaid – Limerick Hurler


  • Jack Clarke represented Ireland at Javelin.


  • Scott Holden

A 3rd Dan Black Belt, Scott represented New Zealand at Judo at the Common Wealth Games, World Junior Championship & Oceanic Games.


  •  Colin O’Shaughnessy has won a considerable number of National Titles and World Titles.
  •  His sons Craig and Dalton & Cameron have all won World Titles.
  •   Still not to late for Derry, to add to his Munster Minor soccer medal with Tower Rowers and his runners up medal in the Harty Cup with Sullivans Quay.

Rugby League

  • Des Healy represented Halifax in the Rugby League Final in front of a world record crowd of 95k in 1949.

Shot Put

Liam Lannon  

Irish Underage Champion

1977 – U16

1978- U17


A number of Dolphin players also played League of Ireland soccer.

Gerald Aherne – Cork Athletic

George Carpenter – Cork City

Gerry McAnaney – Cork Alberts, Cobh Ramblers  Gerry, presently FAI President, played for Ireland U15.

PJ Dineen          – Cork United


  •  Jimmy Lannin – Irish Breaststroke Champion

Table Tennis

  • Noel Mahony  – Munster

Tag Rugby Internationals

  • David Ahern
  • Kevin Cooke


  • Michael Hickey

Michael combined his interest in Tennis & Rugby to play Senior with Dolphin, Lansdowne and Blackrock College but it was in Tennis that he really made his mark. He played in Wimbleton in 1958,1966 & 1969 and played against well known players like Rod Laver & Bjorn Borg. He won many titles including the South of Ireland in 1975 and played 40 competitive games in 21 competitions for Ireland over 16 years.

He was non playing captain of the Irish Davis Cup Team, including for the famous fixture in 1973 against a USA side which included John McEnroe and Arthur Ashe.


Records indicate that Dolphin’s first two rugby internationals also played Waterpolo for Ireland.

  •  Jack Mahony
  • Michael J Bradley  (4 Caps)

Waterski International

  • Donnchadha Murphy