Fr. O'Neill's GAA Club News

09 January, 2012

The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Members,Players and Supporters a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2012 and the best of luck to everybody on the playing fields for the year ahead.

Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Council
The club would like to take this oppertunity to wish the Community Council the very best of luck with their 2012 Panto Treasure Island and we are delighted to be of assistance by providing them with the Club’s video camera to help them with their production of same

Long Puck 2011
Our long puck was held on St. Stephens starting from the Car park in Ladysbridge at 12 Noon, 36 teams took part on a cold and windy day never the less all participants enjoyed the day getting rid of some of the excesses of the previous couple of days, when all teams had returned we proceeded to the Thatched Inn for much needed hot food and drinks, many thanks to Nina for providing same and to her staff for a most enjoyable evening,we then announced our winners and presented them with their prizes.

1st  Adult                      2nd Adult                    3rd Adult                       1st Juvenile

James Ryan                   William Joyce            Alan Brett                      Billy Dunne
Daniel Ryan                  Mark Hayes                Kieran O Regan            Adam Harrington
Alexis Cronin                Sean Donnelly           Damian Healy               Conor Parker                               
Proceeds of  €510.00 from the day are being donated to Youghal Community Hospital.

Players Meeting
A meeting of all Adult players for 2012 Hurling + Football with all the relevent Management committees is being held on next Sat.14th Jan. at 7:00pm sharp in Aghavine to discuss the year ahead and put plans in place for same.

Mr.Seán O Dowd R.I.P.
The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of the late Seán O Dowd,Cloghane,Co.Kerry on their recent sad loss,Seán came to our parish in Sept.1961 when he started teaching in the old Kilcredan National school. His love of our national games became evident soon after his arrival and within a few short years he was instrumental in the forming of the Fr.O’Neills Juvenile GAA Club,our first title at Juvenile level was won in 1972 when we won the U14 hurling league and more titles were to follow as a result of Seáns work and enthusiasm, Sean was involved in the setting up of the first Schools Shields Board with Jack Cotter from Midleton and Peader Seymour from Carrigtwohill and he was a member of the original Field Committee in the parish. Seán was to spend close on 15 years as a valuable and highly respected member of our community before heading back to his native County of Kerry with his wife and young family,he never forgot or lost contact with the numerous people he had become friends with in his time in our parish and was to return to visit them on many an occasion there after. On the proudest day in the history of our Club on the 12th February 2006 Seán was present in Croke Park as one of our own to witness the All Ireland Jnr.Hurling title being won.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.