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We are one of the oldest clubs, in Wexford, with hurling games traced back from 1798.
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1798-1884
HURLING BEFORE 1798

George Sparks, a local protestant landlord leader of the Blackwater men in 1798 was known for hunting and also playing ball (hurling). In the 1840’s, 2 games were described both with a team from Ballyvalloo 21 a side played in Killurin. Also in the 1860's, a game was described between Ballyvalloo and Castlebridge as being very rough, Ballyvalloo winning the day.

However, hurling lived on despite its haphazard organisation. It came as no surprise that with the advent of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, Blackwater was one of the first clubs to be established in County Wexford.

1889 - 1891
SENIOR TITLE WINNING YEARS

Ballyvaldon GFC were affiliated with Wexford GAA in December 1886 as a gaelic football team but it was the Blackwater hurlers who established the area as a powerhouse of hurling around that era, affiliating in 1887. This was no more evident than in the first organised tournament in Wexford on the 27th January 1889. At Crosstown, they defeated neighbours Oulart to win the Wexford County tournament. Later that year (15th September 1889) they once again accounted for Oulart in the County Tournament Final at Ferns (1890 Tournament). They defeated their neighbours Ballyvaldon, Oulart and Castlebridge en-route to the final. In 1891 Blackwater were invited to play the 1887 All Ireland Champions – Thurles Sarsfields at Clonturk Park, Dublin in March 1891 with the match being anbondoned before the end with Blackwater leading,
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Denis Whelan in 1939 discussing Thurlas game from 1891 ”Describing 1891 game v Thurlas  got up at 4 in the morning to train for the match and looked across the fields in Ballinagore and Crosshue to see the Murphy’s already running around the fields”

Up until 1903, we wore just our shirts and black and amber caps, often playing in our bare feet.

1899-1903
All IRELAND FINALISTS

Blackwater won Leinster and reached the All Ireland Final losing to a Horse & Jockey selection from Tipperary

Injury problems beset the Blackwater men and with the injury of a third player; they did not have a substitute to finish the match. The final score was Tipperary 3-12 to Blackwater’s 1-4.

In 1903, a Leinster title was annexed again against Offaly and this time we made it to the 1901 All Ireland Home Final. TOn the 14th June 1903 in the ‘Home’ Final, these brave men were defeated by Redmonds of Cork on a scoreline of 2-08 to 0-6 in Carrick-an-Suir. Blackwater had to play the second half with only 16 men as one of their players was sent off. Redmonds went on to lose the final to London, who captured the All-Ireland Hurling title for their first and only time.
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OUR BEGINNIGS

Winning the first ever Wexford Hurling Championship.

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2 LEINSTER FINAL VICTORYS

We won two Leinster Finals, 1899 (played in 1901) and 1901 (played in 1903)

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All IRELAND TEAM 1903

Unfortunately we lost in 2 All Ireland Finals in 1899 to Tipperary and in 1901 to Cork

1936-1957
JUNIOR RANKS

In 1936 we defeated Killinck in Wexford Park to capture the long overdue County Junior Hurling championship. Twenty one years (1957) Blackwater were once again County Junior Hurling Champions. The final, played on 4th May 1958 at Bellefield, saw Blackwater defeat St. Brennan’s Davidstown 5-3 to 0-5.
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1975 -1981
A NEW GENERATION,
1ST FOOTBALL TITLE

It wasn’t until 1975 that the golden days returned. Once again Blackwater annexed the Junior Hurling Championship by defeating St. Patrick’s Ballyoughter at Bellefield.

1981 was the year when Blackwater won its first adult county title in football. This time the County Junior Football Title was secured by accounting for Kilrush in Wexford Park.
U14 Footballers 1975

1975 U14 CHAMPIONS

One of our early underage titles

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1975 JUNIOR HURLING WINNING TEAM

Blackwater back winning titles after a Barron spell

1981 Junior Football Champions

JUNIOR FOOTBALL WINNING TEAM

The first ever Blackwater team to win a mens football title.

Jim Byrne Cup Team 1975

JIM BYRNE CUP TEAM 1975

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2001-TODAY
JUNIOR & INTERMEDIATE HURLING TITLE
2ND FOOTBALL TITLE

The twenty-first century began a new era and in 2001 Blackwater brought home the first Junior Hurling Title of the new century and then in 2008 returned to the senior ranks defeating Rathnure after a replay. With this title, the footballers followed suit in 2009 winning a Junior title.
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