Hollyford Handball club was formed around 1950/1951 by the local people of Hollyford. The land for the Handball Alley was donated by the late Martin Ryan (TH) of Piperhill, Hollyford. The work was carried out by the local people, who mixed the concrete by hand and dug out the hill with picks and shovels - a real sign of the hardship of the 1950's but also the dedication of the local people at that time.
Hollyford Alley is a place of fond memories from the sixties to the ninties. Many great games were played by Michael O'Brien and Pat Ryan(C) who have since won many All Irelands at all levels. Other great players of that era were Paddy Ryan (S), Raymie Shanahan, Canice Ryan, Jim Quirke, Dinny Fahey (RIP), Tony Hurley (RIP). Many others were known to play their hearts out there on many a Sunday afternoon during the sixties, seventies and eighties.
A committee of nine was formed in the late eighties with a view to putting a roof, toilets, car park, etc on the original alley. This idea was hugely supported locally and fundraising began. This project was completed in 1991 and is a tribute to the people of Hollyford and surrounding areas for their huge financial support and help in so many ways. No money was owed on the alley on official opening evening.
Michael O'Brien and Pat Ryan (C) and some friends from Dublin arrived to play exhibition games on opening evening and were an absolute joy to watch. A revival of handball was evident locally in the nineties with Donal Quinn, Seán Allis, John Ryan, Seamus Ryan (D) joining the ranks and the return of Canice Ryan and Dinny Fahey (RIP) also.
Other players of note to emerge during that period were Jimmy and Frank Ryan(TH), Joe O'Connell, Donal O'Connell, Pat Hickey, Paul Shanahan, Danielle O'Connell abd Denis Fahey (Jr). John Ryan (R), Paul Shanahan and Pat Hickey going on to win County and Munster titles and Danielle O'Connell winning County, Munster and All-Ireland titles at the under age level for the club.
Now new plans are at advanced stages to upgrade the facility and bring it into the 21st Century!
Present Chairperson: Joe O'Connell