Castlemartyr GAA Club News

07 October, 2013

East Cork Hurling Final
A date has finally been set for the East Cork Junior A Hurling Final with Castlemartyr set to face either Midleton or Sarsfields on Saturday 19th of October at 3.30pm. That semi final is due to be played this weekend and the venue for the final is dependant on who we will be playing. If it is to be Midleton than all roads lead to Youghal but if it is to be Sarsfields that we will all be heading off to Rathcormack for the big match. Either way the team are eagerly looking forward to the game after such a long wait since our victory over Carrigtwohill in the semi final. 

Paddy Whyte RIP
On Saturday 28th September one of the Gentlemen of Castlemartyr passed on to his eternal reward.  Paddy was one of the great characters of Castlemartyr village with a love for life, his family, his village and his sport.  The Whyte name will always be in the annals of Castlemartyr GAA with Paddy, Jackie and Dermot all wearing their beloved Red Jersey with distinction.  His sister Kathleen married Liam Dowling who was one of the finest Full-forwards to ever wear the number 14 for Cork. Another of paddy's sisters, Olive is mother to all the Quirke lads who are involved in Midleton GAA.
Paddy was part of the winning East Cork Junior Hurling teams in 1946 and 1950. The final of ‘46 was famous as Castlemartyr were losing 5-1 to no score after 20 mins to O'Brien's (Ladysbridge) but came back to draw the game 6-2 to 5-5 and win the replay.
Paddy Whyte was also the East Cork Board Rep for Mogeely minor hurling team who won 2 minor East Cork titles in 1946 an 1947 but lost both County finals to the Glen and the Barrs respectively.
Paddy went on to serve on the Committee of the club and was a Selector in the early 60’s when there was a Golden period in Castlemartyr hurling.
In later years due to health issues Paddy was unable to travel to matches. In those days before mobile phones, twitter, facebook and blogs, Paddy would be waiting for the first car back from the matches for a full and detailed report on the match. Such was his interest, this often took longer than the game itself. No matter was too trivial or nothing was left unquestioned. He was a great source of wisdom and one of the most positive characters you could ever meet. Anything could be done with the right attitude.
To his wife Nora, Michael, John, Pat and Mary who have all been involved in the community at various levels, we extend our deepest sympathy on your loss. Castlemartyr is a poorer place now that Paddy is no longer among us.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.