16 June, 2015

 Super Hurling Weekend.

It promises to be an action packed weekend coming up with hurling championship action and a trip down memory lane plus a huge range of activities in the Parish. It's midsummer at last and Sunday is the longest day of the year and it is great to have so much going on. Our first round win against Bishopstown in the Senior Hurling Championship has really changed our summer. With the last seven years around this time we'd be either getting ready for a 'back-door' game in the championship or awaiting the draw to see who we could be meeting next. The win has given us breathing space with the pressure  of former years absent.  The Club and indeed the whole community have got massively involved in the 'Help Sinead Shine in spite of Lyme' campaign and this weekend is jam packed full of events. It is just fantastic to see the response to the fund raising campaign as thirty different events go ahead. On Sunday evening next Pairc na Bride will be a hive of activity with a range of different fun things  to do. Highlight of the evening will be a hurling game between our 1993  and 2003 Hurling teams. These were the two teams that changed the history of the club along with the 1998 side. In 1993 we won the East Cork Junior B grade double with the hurlers led by Tom Mulcahy. Ten years later Sean Ryan led the Intermediate team to County glory.  Earlier in the day on Sunday we face St. Catherines in the first round of the East Cork Junior Hurling Championship so it will be a hectic day.





It will be like a return to the 60's and 70's on Sunday afternoon in Castlelyons when we face St. Catherines in the first round of the East Cork JHC. Back then a Rovers v Saints meeting always drew a huge crowd whether the game was played in Carrigtwohill, Midleton or Castlelyons. That rivalry was legendary and next Sundays game should draw a fine crowd to Pairc Peadar Ui Laoighaire at 3.30. Fort and fifty years ago both clubs were in the same grade -we were B grade together and participated at A grade together also. The scenario has changed now as this will be our second team whereas St Catherines having been relegated from Intermediate last year will field their first team. On all known form a Club's first team should nearly always beat a 'second string'  but anything can happen in hurling. In our first round Senior win over Bishopstown we used twenty players so this will make our task on Sunday even more difficult. The team has prepared well with some good League wins but we are in Division 2 of the League. Last week the team had two games.

Our first outing  was  on Sunday 7th, having returned from the Cork and Waterford game in Thurles, the Junior Hurlers took to the field to take on the Senior Team and following an extremely tough and hard hours hurling our Junior went down on a scoreline of 3.14 to 3.12, this was a great work out for the team. Two days later we travelled to Midleton for a league game with a slightly depleted team but we still showed well in the first-half were just 2 points behind on a score of 0.8 to 0.6. Tired legs after the second game in forty eight hours  showed in the second half and were well beaten by 1.16 to 0.11.

Panel on the night:  Alan O'Keeffe, Tadgh O'Sullivan, Jacab Makau, Podge Noonan, Barry Collins, James Murphy, Jim O'Connor, Damien Buckley, Stephen Pratt, William Finnegan, Shane O'Connor, Jason Mannix, Gavin Quill, Liam Forde, Colm Power, Barry Murphy, Brian Collins, Sean Cotter.

No doubt the team will give everything on Sunday in search of a win , go for it lads.


Our third XV  travelled to Watergrasshill on the 11th for their first outing of the season. Our opposition was the 'Hills second  string who were having their third outing and this showed in the first 20 minutes as we were definitely ring-rusty. However with some good play we found ourselves behind by just seven points, 1.11 to 1.4 at half-time. A very spirited display in the 2nd half saw us run out losers by 2.20 to 3.11. This team will do well going forward if they decide to turn up for training in the weeks ahead and put in plenty hours practise

Panel on the night:  Dan Lane, Sean Cotter, Tomas Kearney, Jack Connor, Pa O'Driscoll, Pat Walsh, Sean O'Brien, Gavin O'Flynn, Stephen Boyce, Dave Burke, Terry Broderick Richie Cahill, Colm Howard, Donal Ryan, Cian Howard, James Buckley, Dylan Browne.

FIXTURE Junior A Grade Hurling Championship Bride Rovers v St. Catherines in Castlelyons on Sunday June 21st at 3.30.



RED FM County Senior Hurling League.

On last Friday night we travelled to Togher to take on the Barrs in a Senior League game. We were short a few regulars but even allowing for this we were well beaten by the home side. They were far sharper and scored a goal and 24 points to our tally of 14 points. Team panel;

DJ Cahill, Donncha Carr, Fergus Collins, Michael Collins, Daniel Dooley, William Finnegan, Liam Forde, Frank Hogan, Mike Kearney, Shane Kearney, Mike Liddane, Jason Mannix, Brian Murphy, Shane O' Connor, Brendan O' Driscoll, Jerome O' Driscoll, Jason Pratt, Ryan Prendergast, Sean Ryan, Shane Walsh. 


1993 v 2003.

As the Bride Rovers contribution to the  Sinead Kearney Lyme Treatment Fund an evening of activities has been organised from 5  o clock next Sunday evening in the Pitch.   There will be a huge range of different sideshows from face painting, obstacle course, penalty kicks, juvenile games, fancy dress and a barbeque. The centre piece will be the 1993 v 2003 team match. The Club gym has been in use morning, noon and night with the last two weeks as the veterans have been toning up for the game.


 The Team Panels all those years ago were as follows;


Martin Flynn, Barry Murphy, Liam Barry, Tom Kearney.,Batt O Connell, Anthony Cahill, Michael Walsh, James Murphy, Kieran Fitzgerald,Tom Mulcahy (C) Mike Hogan, Pat Walsh, Dermot Johnson, John A Murphy, Pat Barry. Subs Alan Broderick Cormac Howard Other Panelists:

Maurice Kearney, Denis Mulcahy, Denis Ahern, John Joe Barry, Joe Murphy, Andrew O Flynn, Joe Barry, Barry O Riordan, John O Dowd, Edmond Hoskins, Terry Broderick  Selectors: Pat Heskin, Tony Walsh RIP & Tommy Barry

2003 Dinny Fitzgerald, Aidan Collins, Niall Fitzgerald, Pat Barry, Brendan Walsh, Barry Murphy, James Murphy, Padraig Murphy, Brian Murphy, Donal Ryan, Terry Broderick, Pat Walsh, Jerome O'Driscoll, Sean Ryan,(C) Barry Hazelwood, Mike Hogan, Pat Cotter, Barry Johnson, Patrick O'Driscoll, Colm O'Keeffe, Brendan O'Driscoll, Cormac Collins, Tomas Kearney, Shane Murphy, John O'Dowd, Batt O'Connell, Nevin O'Regan, Mark O'Connell, Michael Carey, James Bermingham, Hugh Kelleher, Alan Fitzgerald, Trevor Maloney, Declan Quinlan  Selectors: Liam Barry, George Johnson & Anthony Cahill Coach: Jack Russell.

There will be on admission charge on Sunday evening but donations to the Fund will be greatly appreciated.

Events coming up in the next week for the fundraising campaign include;
45 Card Drive (19th June)

Progressive 45 cards, will be played in Rathcormac Hall on the evening of the 19th. tarts at 8.30, all card-players experienced and starters are very welcome.


Orienteering Corrin Wood (20th June)


In conjunction with the local Scouts an Orienteering Event will take place in Corrin wood outside Fermoy at 10 am on Saturday June 20th, a fun event for everyone.

Margaret & Kay Cremin Coffee Morning (20th June)


Margaret and Kay Cremin have kindly opened their home, inviting guests to a coffee morning on Saturday the 20th of June from 10:30am - 1:30pm.


Rings (20th June)

Rings, a game of skill and patience, played for generations by the generations, will be played in Barry's Bar on Saturday night of the 20th of June! Be there or be....circular :-)



6k Run/Walk (21st June)

This event will take place in Bartlemy and  is sponsored by Max Fitness & Sports Therapy. Walkers @ 11am and Runners @ 12 noon. Off-road parking. Entry €10. Prizes 1st m & f.

Jimbob O Donovan in crutches

Jimbob will take off in his crutches with the walkers @ 11 in Bartlemy.


Challenge Match(21st June)

The '93 and '03 Giants of Bride Rovers Hurling will play at 7pm, after the junior game, in Rathcormac. Face Painting, BBQ, Obstacle Course, Live Music, Fancy Dress and more!! Lots of fun for the family! Every thing kicks off at 5pm.



Bumper Table Quiz (26th June)

The Rathcormac Inn will host a Table Quiz with prizes and goodies galore.

Teams of four are invited and the questions wont be too hard, questions like ''Who was the father of the sons of Zebidee?' and  'Which is heavier - a ton of feathers or a ton of coal?'


Full details of all events on



Scrap Metal collection.

The Club is still accepting all types of scrap metal. The Scrap collection is part of our ongoing fundraising campaign. We have more projects in the pipeline all the time so finance is always vital. Any items of scrap metal are acceptable from horse shoes to horse boxes, from a needle to an anchor - nothing is too big or too small. If you have scrap just ring 087 9538077.



Twitter and Tweet. And Website.

The Tweets and Twitters have been going well all year. So many people at home and abroad are now 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 Rovers  GAA 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.



The Jackpot for Tuesday June 9th was €4000. The four numbers drawn were 2,16,23 and 28 and there was no Jackpot winner. The winners of €30 each were Eoin Crowley, Dylan Browne, Anne Marie Carey - all Bartlemy, Ml O Donovan Rathcormac and Mgt. Deady Cork. The Jackpot for Tuesday June 16th was €4200. Tickets are on sale in local businesses and from club members at just €2 each. Tickets can also be purchased online at


Club Sponsors.

The Bride Rovers GAA Club are proud to have Rathcormac Tyres, O Coileáns Bar and Veolia Environmental Services as our valued Club Sponsors.