Castlemartyr GAA Notes

03 May, 2009




Although it was only a couple of league points were at stake in this Div. 1 JHL match in Castlemartyr on Friday night last the 1st of May, both teams went at it with a ferocious intensity, and kept the handy crowd present hugely entertained throughout. The lead changed several times during the game and the game could have gone any way, but when the final whistle blew, the home side were fortunate that it was they that had their noses in front, and thereby bagged their first brace of league points of the campaign.

Both teams settled quickly into the pace of the game which was played at a quick tempo and at the end of the first quarter the sides were level a 5 points apiece. Young Barry Lawton was showing well and notched a couple of points while his older brother Brian chipped in with a minor too. The evergreen Jimmy Smiddy was also on hand with a brace of frees during this period also. From here till half time the Reds added another three points through the eager Ruairi McGovern and another couple of frees from Jimmy. Midleton added another just before the break to leave it 8 points to 6 at half time.

The ante was upped even further throughout the second period with further full blooded exchanges. At the end of the third quarter the sides were level again at 12 points each and the game was delicately poised. Further scores were swopped over the next few minutes and with 7 minutes left to play there was still no daylight between the teams as they were deadlocked at 15 points each.. Castlemartyr finished with a spurt though and got into an 18 points to 15 lead but with time almost up the Magpies narrowed the gap to just 2. A goal now would have sealed the points for the visitors and they did almost that, but the razor sharp Adrian Bowens saved the day with a vital block just as it looked as if David Fleming’s line was to be breached. Following the rousing clearance there was time for no more and the Reds had just done enough to garner the spoils.



All roads lead to the GAA field on next Sunday May the 10th when Castlemartyr host their La nag Club at 3pm.. Various activities are planned for the whole family on the day, including bouncy castles, clowns and Rounders for the Juvenile players. There will be Penalty Competitions as well where young and old alike can pit their wits against the renowned shot stopper Michael John Cremin.

Highlight of the day should be the reappearance of many hairy legs that would last have seen the light of day when Charlie Haughey ruled the roost. A Castlemartyr under 30 selection are throwing down the gauntlet to the mainly well decorated over 30 crew whom will be managed by the wily Dagger Walsh and Cha O Neill.It promises to be an absorbing encounter and even though the older crew may be lacking in speed these days I’m sure their management team will come up with a ploy to counteract this.

Half time in this game will see the Kiltha Kids display their skills and I assure you there will be nothing spared in this battle either.

All in all it should be a great day out for all the family and a great chance for the community to get together.

Hope to see you all there and remember admission is free


It’s that time of year again, when the members of Castlemartyr GAA club swop their hurley sticks for their golf clubs and try to hack around East Cork Golf Club in Midleton for an enjoyable and relaxing game of golf. Of course the event is not confined just to Castlemartyr GAA members but is thrown open to anyone who wants to join them and support them on the day. Indeed it was the Killeagh GAA club who scooped top honours in the 2008 Bord Gais sponsored event and I presume they will be keen to hang on to their title.

This year the event will be held on Thursday the 21st of May and will again be a 3 team event. There will be prizes for GUI and non GUI teams and also for Longest drive and nearest the pin competitions. If you are interested in competing, please contact Mick Carroll on 021 4667516 or 0862577214. Due to the present economic climate the entry fee has been reduced to a very attractive 150 euro per team (50 euro per head) and bear in mind this also includes a hot meal afterwards. We would also be keen to hear from people or businesses interested in sponsoring Tee Boxes which are available for 50 euro. Contact Mick for these also.

Barry Lawton who played his part in Castlemartyr's recent win over Midleton in the Div 1 JHL