Bantry- Kealkill—Glengarriff—Durrus

Established 1990

Bay Rovers AFC is associated to the WCSL and the FA Ireland


Bantry Bay Rovers AFC was established in 1990 to cater for the needs of soccer enthusiast in the general area of Bantry, Durrus, Glengarriff and Kealkill..

The founders were Michael Mc Carthy [Secretary], Colm Mc Carthy [Chairman] ,both from Glengarriff and Michael O’Driscoll  Treasurer since 1991 and the first President of the club. Brian O’Connor was the club’s first PRO and set up the club’s first U18 team. The clubs first jerseys were sponsored by Sheila Murphy who has been the Club Secretary for the last 11 years.

Our home games were played on the community fields in Durrus and Glengarriff while the underage teams had the use of the pitch at St Gobans College Bantry.

The underage section of the club didn’t play for a number of seasons when the West Cork League objected to the use of St Gobans pitch. Despite various pleas to the people of Bantry a new pitch could not be found.

Then during the summer in 2002 , just when it looked that Bay Rovers would be history, local Businessman Donal Casey  of Bantry Tyre centre, offered the club the use of his land at Lisheen,  Kealkill. A lot of hard work and time was put in by Michael O’ Driscoll, Danny Peters and Tony Drummey and more members to get the pitch ready for the 02-03 season. We now have 3 full size pitches and dressing rooms .We field 8 teams this season ,Junior, U18-U16-U14-U12-U10-U9-U8.