On June 29th 2013, the club was plunged in to shock and deep sadness with the sudden and untimely passing of one of its stalwarts, Michael Bammel Malone. In his memory the Bammel Malone International tournament for U12 boys was born
June 2014 saw the first tournament take place in Fr Mc Evoy Park to huge success with 16 teams attending.
So successful was the inaugural tournament that soon we were accommodating a staggering 32 teams, more than 600 kids, from across Ireland and the UK.
Teams from England, Scotland and Wales attend annually and look forward eagerly to their trip to the Emerald Isle each year.
Teams from all 4 of our provinces also grace the green fields of Fr Mc Evoy Park each year to compete in what has become a most prestigious showcase tournament.
Michael (Bammel) Malone
Bammel played left wing (No. 12) with the legendary Kickhams team that dominated Louth GAA in the 1970’s, winning five senior championship titles including the three-in-a-row from 1976-1978. His greatest moment of glory came when he captained the winning side in 1977 to lift the Joe Ward Cup.
When he hung up his boots, he continued to be a familiar figure at the club and remained an ardent supporter. Bammel returned to line out with the Junior Team to win the Junior Championship with the club and he often said that win gave him the most enjoyment.
He became involved in coaching with Naomh Mhuire as part of Cumman Peile Na nÓg and took great pride in coaching the children of the peninsula.
His sense of humour and his ability to see the strengths and qualities in each person with whom he had contact will be remembered by all involved with Cooley Kickhams