Killeagh GAA Club News

07 January, 2014

NEWSLETTER FOR W/C January 6th 2014 .


On Monday evening last our esteemed and much-loved Club President John Prendergast, aka Johnny Pender, passed from this world, two days before the new year. It was fitting that his great friend and neighbour Kieran Meade was accompanying John to hospital when he passed away, as Kieran and John were truly the best of friends. John was a man of many qualities, as alluded to by his friend and neighbour Mark Landers in his moving tribute to John during his Funeral Mass in Killeagh last Saturday. John, said Mark, with the universal agreement of all those present, practiced every day the virtues of kindness, selflessness, generosity, honour, loyalty, diligence and hard work. John was the man that kept on giving, in every way. Listening to Mark talk about “the young fella”, as John was known by his parents, or John Francis, as many of his great neighbours knew him, I thought of that other Francis, the one who lives in The Vatican, who came to the world’s attention in 2013, and the great similarity in the lifestyles and beliefs of these two septuagenarians. Pope Francis eschews grandeur and pomposity and asks us all to live a good life, a simple life, a life devoted to helping others and making this a better world. He had the model disciple in John Francis Prendergast, of that there is no doubt.

John’s great passions were Killeagh GAA and Cork GAA. He was very proud to be given the greatest honour a club can give when he was chosen as Killeagh GAA Club President in 2010 following the death of another great GAA man, Tom Fitzgibbon. He practiced, as Tom before him, an active Presidency. This was no title that placed John above his fellow club members. John continued to do all those jobs that he had always done, whether selling the club Lotto tickets around Kyle, Knockmonlea and Woodview Estate (John’s trojan efforts in this weekly adventure raised over €5000 per annum for the club) or helping with the preparation of pitches and looking after visitors before, during and after matches in Páirc Uí Chinnéide. Whenever or wherever work was to be done, John would be one of the first there, and almost invariably the last to leave, having put in an effort as great as if it was work he was doing on his own farm, for his own personal gain.

John will be fondly remembered by all his friends in Killeagh GAA and by his close friends in Kyle and Knockmonlea, especially the Meade, Egan, Scully and Kelly families. John’s two first cousins, Catherine McArdle from Gortroe, and John Joe Prendergast from Virginia, USA, will also remember John very fondly, as will his other relatives around the Killeagh, Youghal and Gortroe area. The close bond of friendship between John and Martin Kelly is particularly noteworthy. Martin’s emigration to New Zealand in recent years increased the physical distance between the two, but their bond of friendship was strengthened through many long phone calls. It was a tribute to John, and a sign of great love for him, that Martin, his wife Hazel, and their three young children, returned from probably the farthest distance possible on this planet, New Zealand, to Kyle and Killeagh for John’s final days.

John got a unique send-off on Saturday last, with a beautiful ceremony performed by Fr. Tim Hazelwood (who has his own celebrity New Zealand connections) and Fr. Pat Corkery. Mark spoke eloquently about John, his colleagues in Killeagh GAA gave John a guard of honour and marched with him through the village as his coffin was shouldered all the way to St. Fergal’s cemetery, while John’s cousin Art Supple fittingly sang “The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee” to conclude the formalities. How John would have loved that. What he would have been really chuffed with, though, was the reception provided by his friends in Killeagh GAA Club in our Indoor Hall in Páirc Uí Chinnéide after the funeral. This was a first for our club, and the great efforts of many, spearheaded by club chairman Kieran Scully, paid off as a great spread of food and a never-ending supply of tea was provided to all who came. It was, as Fr. Tim had so fittingly put it in his homily, what community is all about, and a great way to remember John. Sincere thanks to all those who helped in any way to make this happen. When Mark Landers brought the McCarthy Cup to Killeagh on Tuesday evening September 14th 1999, no-one was prouder than John. What made that evening so memorable was that it could never be repeated again, it really was a first. Saturday’s reception in Killeagh GAA Club was a little like that, a first that will long be remembered by all those who were there.

Rest in peace, John. Your legacy will live long in the memory.

Club Lotto Results;
The Lotto draws will resume on Tuesday January 7th.
The jackpot for next draw will be €4800.
The Club Lotto Draw takes place each Tuesday night and many thanks to all for supporting our club lotto.
Club Shop;
The Club shop is open on most Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. Plan a visit to your club shop where you can choose from a wide selection of sports accessories in your club colours. Replica jerseys (all sizes), shorts, training clothing, etc. are available for all ages Please support your club by purchasing from the club shop.


A New Year, and, after a spell parked in neutral, all thoughts turn now to moving slowly into gear for the coming year of action. Our minors will shortly return to training while our Under 13s, 14s and 15s will have 5 sessions with Cork Ladies Football star Juliet Murphy to work on their fitness, flexibility and conditioning over the next five Monday evenings. Meanwhile our Under 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s will head for the all-new Inch All-Weather AstroTurf for a six-week Floodlight League commencing next Tuesday January 14th. Check with Donie, Johnny or Adrian for further details, and wrap up warm!

Sunday February 9th @ 2.30 p.m. is the likely date and time for our Annual Registration Day and 2013 Review Ceremony. More details to follow.

With all that’s going on, Twitter is one way of keeping in touch, so check out @killeaghitas on It’s the place to find out all your Killeagh-Ita’s news and much more besides!

Killeagh GAA Club would like to wish all its members, supporters and sponsors a Happy and Prosperous New Year.