10 February, 2015

Development Progressing.

In recent weeks a huge amount of work has been completed on our new All Weather Astro Turf Development in Pairc na Bride. Now nearing completion it is very impressive and looks absolutely magnificent. It will be a major boost to all teams and players in the Club especially for hurling when weather conditions don’t permit use of the pitch. Costing well over €200,000 this development will be another step forward as we continuously strive to improve and upgrade our facilities to keep pace with demands and with increasing numbers now playing our National Games. The structural work, 'carpet' laying and fencing are nearly finished. After that there are paths and some holding walls to be completed. All going well the project should be finished by mid April.

How times have changed! In February 1976 a discussion took place about getting an old railway carriage to act as a dressingroom in the old hurling field- Gettings' Field behind the then Heskins Cafe. After a deliberation of a year an old bus was bought in January 1977 for £80. By May of that year the sides were sheeted with chipboard and the roof made fairly waterproof. The bus acted as a 'dressingroom' until we moved to Pairc na Bride in 1983. In the end the bus went for scrap -we had no Club Scrap Collection back in the 80's so it actually cost us more to get rid of the bus than to initially purchase it! Speaking of facilities and the like I recall many years ago speaking to some members of the Rovers County winning Minor team of 1932. The County Final v Glen Rovers was played on Nov. 6th and the weather in the lead up to the game was cold and frosty. They recalled while training leaving their clothes by the side of the ditch and when they were finished the clothes being covered with frost!  Getting back to dressingrooms a special word of thanks to all the crew who have been doing a mighty job in recent weeks in revamping the four dressingrooms. New ceilings have been put in and a total painting job nearly completed. It's a wonderful job, well done to all concerned.




The Jackpot for Tuesday February the 3rd was €3200  and there was no winning ticket with the numbers 11 17 22 & 26. The Jackpot for Tuesday February the 10th was  €3400.

€30 each won by M&R Cotter Mondaniel,

 Tom Walsh Fermoy,

 Tom Mulcahy,

 Julianne Barry Rathcormac,

 Mike Carey Monanig.

Tickets for the Lotto are just €2 each and can be bought locally in shops and business premises and from Club Members. Tickets can also be purchased online at



The East Cork Final of the Scor Sinnsear -adult competition will be held on February the 22nd. The Club hope to have representation  in at least some of the categories on the night. The competitions are Set and Figure Dancing, Solo Singing , Recitation, Ballad Group, Leiriu ( Historical Sketch) and Instrumental Music. Details from Club Officers.


Hurling Tournament.

The Hurling Tournament is just over a week away. The opening game on Saturday week February 21st is timed for 12.30 when we will face Lorrha/Dorrha of Tipperary -the club of former great Tipperary keepers Tony Reddin and Ken Hogan. At 1.30 the second semi final will be played between Tallow of Waterford and Limerick's Murroe/Boher. The winners of the two semi finals will meet in the Cup Final whole the two losers will play in the Shield Final. The Club is producing a special Souvenir Programme for the day. We are asking that anyone who could help out with catering, car parking etc to please contact any Executive Member. It should be a great 'season opener' for the hurling year. Interestingly the first Tournament promoted by the Bride Rovers Club was an 8 team tournament which commenced in February 1930. The Draw for the competition was Commons Road v Lisgoold, Ballyhooley v St. Mary's, Bride Rovers v Mogeely and GPO V Sarsfields. 


We are still accepting all types of scrap metal as part of our ongoing fundraising campaign. If you have any unwanted scrap iron, bicycles, cars, tractors, cookers, farm implements, engines, lawnmowers, tin-cans, cutlery or anything metal we can arrange to have it collected and disposed of. Just ring 087 9538077.




With the 2015 season only weeks away training is well underway again. The Bride Rovers Club is always looking for new players so if you are living in the area and playing with some other club or not playing at all do consider joining Bride Rovers. We cater for everyone from under 6 upwards- hurling and football, ladies football and camogie.



A reminder that Club membership fees for 2015 are now due. Players cannot play with the Club until membership Fee is paid. As in previous years anyone who wants to arrange staged payments over a few months can do so. The Membership fees for this year are; Players €100

Ordinary adult membership €50

OAP's €20

Students €40.


Bride Rovers Abu;

Copies of our Club History 'Bride Rovers Abu' are still available from the Club PRO, just phone 087 9538077. Anyone who comes across any old photos pertaining to Bride Rovers or the former Rathcormac, Bartlemy or St. Bartholomew's Clubs please contact the Club PRO. We will copy the photographs and return them on the same day.



Twitter and Tweet. And Website.
The Tweets and Twitters have been going well now with well over a year. So many people at home and abroad are  very hi-tech when it comes to keeping in touch with the activities of the Bride Rovers Club. The online editions of newspapers are growing in popularity. Meanwhile you can follow the Club on twitter at twitter@ Bride RoversGAA or on our own website at  Any news items or general items of interest are very welcome for inclusion and should be sent to Gerard Lane. Please inform family members, relations and friends of Bride Rovers about the ways and means of keeping in contact with the Club. Christmas time is when we all think of those away abroad in a special way so tell them all about how to keep in touch with the Club at home and how they can still support the Club lotto online.



We are always seeking new players from four years and upwards and of course older players who may have played with other clubs and are now living in the parish are more than welcome to join the Bride Rovers Club. People who never played the games are encouraged to join too as we have a role for everyone. Maybe your talent is in gardening or landscaping, in IT or fundraising, in catering, cleaning, flag-making or any other of the many tasks that have to be undertaken in a busy GAA Club. Some people are afraid if they 'join up' they will be overburdened but don’t worry on that score. If you want to give an hour a week or an hour a month to the Bride Rovers Club that contribution will be very much appreciated and respected. They say 'many hands make light work' and in the case of a GAA Club it is really the truth. In the next few weeks the playing season on all fronts will be in full swing -why not get involved with your local GAA Club? If you want further information on what you could do ring 087 9538077.


Club Sponsors.

We are delighted to have Rathcormac Tyres, O Coileains Bar and Veolia Environmental Services as our valued Club Sponsors.