Bride Rovers GAA Club News

24 April, 2013



Great news from Rome.

There was an outpouring of joy and pride last Saturday when news came through from Rome that Fr. Fachtna O Driscoll had been elected as worldwide leader of the SMA Mission Society. A native of Main St. Rathcormac, Fachtna attended the local National School and then St. Colmans College in Fermoy. From a very early age Fachtna and his brothers Gus and Brendan were leading players with the Club. The 1970's were however a lean period for the Club in terms of winning titles and winning the East Cork Junior B Grade Hurling title in 1975 was the highlight of Fachtnas career. That side was captained by our current Club President Pat O Connor.  Fachtna joined the SMA order in Wilton in Cork in 1971 and was ordained in 1979. During his time in Maynooth Facthna and Gus won two Fitzgibbon Medals. After his ordination Fachtna served in Nigeria and then went for further studies in Boston.  Anytime Fachtna was home on holidays he always lined out with the Rovers. He has been so proud of the Club's progress in recent years and with Fr. Gus and Fr. Seanie Barry was on the sideline in Pairc Ui Rinn last autumn for our thriller against Cloyne.  Since 2001 he has been Irish Provincial Leader of the SMA order. In his new role Fr. Fachtna will lead the SMA order which has more than 800 priests and brothers serving all over the world. It is a huge task but one for which Fachtna is well prepared. On behalf of everyone involved with Bride Rovers we congratulate Fachtna and his family and wish him all the very best in the years ahead.


It was a very busy weekend on the playing fields despite the un-spring like weather conditions.

On Thursday night our Minor Hurlers travelled to the Holy Ground of Cobh for a League game which resulted in a very easy win. Our Senior hurlers collected their first Red FM SHL points on Friday night with a good win at home over Glen Rovers. On Monday night we had Carrignavar as visitors in Div 3 of the East Cork JFL and we had our first win in this competition.


Minor Co. League.

We were to have a home game against Cobh on Thursday night last but Pairc na Bride was unplayable after very heavy overnight rain. The game was transferred to the Top Field in Cobh and we had a comprehensive win on a scoreline of;   Bride Rovers 4-19 Cobh 0-7

Team panel;  S O'Connor C O'Connor S Walsh W Finnegan P Noonan J Buckley S Cotter R Prendergast DJ Cahill T O'Sullivan D Moore C Howard Subs Colm Howard C O'Grady J Barry

Our game against Brian Dillons was due to be played on Wed night last April 24th but was postponed. At the time of writing this game has not been definitely refixed but may be on next Monday night April 29th

Our fixture at home to St. Vincents for Thursday May 2nd still stands.


Senior Hurling League.

On Friday night last we had Glen Rovers as visitors in the Red FM SHL. After two defeats to Douglas and Midleton we got a boost with a two point victory. There ia always a buzz playing Senior games against some of the old established City clubs like the Barrs, Rockies and the Glen and 'twas no different Friday night. This was a close tit for tat game with never more than two points separating the sides. The Glen led at half time by a point. The accuracy of Barry Johnson and some great defensive work gave us a deserved victory on a final scoreline of;


Bride Rovers 0-16 Glen Rovers 0-14
Team;  D Fitzgerald A Collins Barry Murphy S Kearney P Walsh B Murphy K Collins S Boyce J Pratt T Broderick M Kearney J O Driscoll S Ryan B Johnson D Dooley. Subs Used J Mannix Eoin Murphy B O Driscoll

Our postponed game against Ballymartle is now rescheduled for next Tuesday April 30th in Kilworth at 7pm. After that we are down to play Blackrock on May the 9th.


East Cork Junior Football League.

Bride Rovers Junior footballers collected their first brace of points at the expense of Carrig na bhFear in Division 3 of the East Cork football league at Rathcormac on Monday night where they had four points to spare in an evenly contested match. The Rovers played their best football in the opening half turned over 8 points to the good.  Sean O'Brien kicked the Rovers first point in the 3rd minute with two points each  from Barry Johnson & Stephen Hackett, before Stephen found the net with a great goal.  The same player set up Barry Johnson for goal number 2 just before the interval.  Gavin O'Flynn added a point to put the Rovers 2-6 to 0-4 at half time.  The second half was a tight affair with Carrig playing their best football but the Rovers defence stood firm with some great displays.  The Rovers added two points in the second half, courtesy of Jason Pratt and Sean O'Brien.  It s great to get a win and this sets them up nicely for their opening round of the County Junior B Football Championship when they take on Lough Rovers in Carrigtwohill on this Saturday evening April 27th with a 7.30 throw in. 

Panel against Carrig na bhFear:

Frank Hogan, Tomas Kearney, Brendan O'Driscoll, Jacob Macak,  Gavin O’Flynn, Pa O’Driscoll, Jim O'Connor, Mike Kearney, Stephen Boyce, Sean O'Brien, Sean Ryan, Jason Pratt, Barry Johnson, Stephen Hackett, Daniel Dooley, Damien Buckley, Liam O'Leary, Cian Howard, David Quinn, Jamie Buckley, Darren Moore, Padraig Noonan.


Last week’s draw took place in Barry’s Bar on Tuesday April 16th for a jackpot of €3,400. The four numbers drawn were 6,14, 22  25 and there was no jackpot winner.

The winners of the five €30 'Lucky Dips’ were;

.Pat Mannix, Bartlemy
.Clodagh Fitzgerald, Crosshaven
.Bill Kelleher, Grange
.Majella Duffy c/o Laya Healthcare
.Colin Campbell, Rathcormac.

This week’s draw took  place in The Rathcormac Inn on Tuesday April 23rd for a jackpot of €3,600

Tickets for the Bride Rovers weekly Lotto are just €2 each. The Lotto provides valuable finance for the ongoing future of the Club. With further major development planned for Pairc na Bride raising finance is always a big issue. We urge everyone in the parish and further afield to continue to support the Lotto- each €2 is really appreciated by the Club.  If you wish to join the Lotto for a year an annual Ticket can be purchased at the reduced price of €90. Full details from Club members. The weekly tickets are on sale in local business outlets. If you wish to join the Lotto and have any problem getting tickets just contact any Club member.

Avondhu/Imokilly Junior Hurling League Fixtures.

We three game fixed in the Cavanaghs of Fermoy Junior Hurling League Division 1 in the coming weeks, as follows;

Tuesday May 7th v Clyda Rovers, away.

Sunday May 5th v Ballyhooley, away.

Saturday May 11th v Carrignavar, home.

Sunday May 19th v Kilshannig, home.


The next Club Executive meeting is on Monday night next April 29th at 9pm.


The next Car Boot Sale in aid of the Parish Development Fund is on this  Sunday April the 28th. If you can spare an hour or two on the day to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Club Officers if you are free on the day. A reminder also that items for the Parish Stall will be accepted on  Saturday morning April 27th.

RATHCORMAC NS REUNION.     Plans for a Rathcormac National School are underway. September the 13th and 14th are the days planned for the event. Regular organisational meetings are now being held so all past pupils try and help out especially with information on those left the parish. This year 2013 is the Year of the Gathering when visitors are being welcomed home from abroad to events all over the country.

Astro-Turf available to Hire;    The Astro-turf pitch at Bride Rovers is available for hire by contacting James Bermingham on 086 8350741. Pitch is suitable for 5 a side teams and costs €50 per hour with lights. A reminder to all those who have pre-booked the facility, if for some reason your group cannot take up their allocated time slot please let Club Officers know immediately.

Set Dancing.;       Set Dancing Classes are held at 8.30 each Wed night in the Rathcormac Inn.

  Club Website.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club website is proving popular at home and abroad. If you have any ideas for improving the website or suggestions for additions please contact us. Please let family members abroad know about the site.



Well the 2013 playing season is in full swing and the value is as good as ever at the Bride Rovers Club Shop. We have a huge range of Stock just in. Jerseys, togs, Socks, Hoodies, Training Shorts, Track Suits, Training Tops, Gear Bags, Polo Shirts, Bottle Green Wind-Sheeters, Green Half Zip Hoodies, Rain Jackets, Beanie Hats and Medal Boards  are all available. Be seen to support your club with the club colours and club gear. If you want to place an order just ring  086 3807784 or 086 1540902 to purchase all the above items.


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The Bride Rovers GAA Club main sponsor is The Rathcormac Inn/Conversation Piece.