Club History 1990-2000

The following is from an article by Frank Martin, former chairman of the Civil Service Hurling Club, on the occasion to mark the 75-year anniversary of the club in 2001.

“Between 1985 and 1990 the club had experienced and come through major change in that a lot of the ‘backbone’ members of the club had ended their playing careers and joined the Civil Service Hurling Club Golf society!

During the early nineties we rebuilt and re-emerged by winning the Millar Shield in 1992 and the treble of Junior B championship, league and Millar Shield in 1993. Almost immediately after these successes we faced a number of setbacks losing about 10 key players through injury retirement and migration.

During 1994 we were back to ‘keeping the show on the road’. In the course of 1994 Frank Martin as Chairman with the help of Michael Walsh as Secretary and Gerry Butler as Treasurer, set about a recruitment drive by trying to focus in on a category of people whom we noticed were emerging as ‘ideal members’ These were in a lot of cases people who had come to Dublin to take up jobs after being at University and who could no longer play hurling with their home club or parish due to work or Family commitments

1994 and 1995 were consolidation years, when we got back to a position of being able to field a team without difficulty. The following season brought some success again when we won the Corn Fag a Bealach. The aim in 1997 was to build on the cup success of 1996 and win the Junior A Championship. Unfortunately we lost a to Setanta in a cracking final in O’Toole Park, however we managed to retain the cup. We have managed to play and hold or own at intermediate league level for the last couple of years , which reflects our relative strength at present.

I cannot let an occasion such as this pass without mentioning some of the people who have contributed most significantly during the last decade. I think Gerry Butler has to be mentioned in the context of his contributions on and off the field.
Liam Myles has made a huge contribution to the club not only on the field but also in terms of training, coaching and sports medicine. Both Gerry and Liam along with Martin Ryan have also had the honour of representing Dublin at inter county level during the decade.

Tom Maxwell and Declan Fitzpatrick deserve praise for their loyalty to the club during these years and while they are not as involved as now in the day to day activities of the club as they were in the beginning of the decade, they have always been available when called upon. We must also remember at this time Charlie Carroll who was a loyal servant of the club for more years that I can recall and was a friend of the club right up to his death. We also thank the Junior Hurling Board, particularly Con Ryan and John Leonard for the effort they have put in to arranging the games for us to play and enjoy. We are about to enter a new era in Dublin GAA in terms of the arranging of matches and competitions and let’s hope that we will have as many games to enjoy as we have had in the past.

In overall terms, the nineties have been incredibly enjoyable for the members of the club even though we have failed to win the Junior A championship, as yet. I think an ethos pervades the club that winning is not everything. Even so, we have managed to take a significant number of trophies during this period most notably the Junior B Championship, Millar Shield and Corn Fag A Bealach while holding our Intermediate League Status

Civil Service is a unique hurling club, a meeting place for hurlers from every county in the country. Ideally its success should not be judged on its trophy cabinet but on the many lifelong friendships formed while beating a sliothar around Islandbridge.”