15 July, 2015

The Clash of The Ash.

It's high summer though the weather might not fit in with what we were expecting but on the playing fields its all systems go. With championship fixtures coming up in Junior and Senior we've League games on all fronts. The Juvenile and ladies Clubs are also extremely busy. It's great to see so much activity going on in the fields practically every night from under 6 up to Senior Level. With both Cork Senior teams progressing in their respective competitions it's a hectic time for all followers of Gaelic Games. Well done to Cork on their win over Clare -Galway are next up on Sunday week.


RED FM senior Hurling League.

On Tuesday July 7th our Senior Hurlers travelled to Riverstown to take on Sarsfields, the county Champions in a League Tie. Both teams had tight numbers, due to the upcoming Minor Championship none of the minor players were involved in the game. It was an open game of hurling played on a perfect sod. Goals from Sean Ryan and Ml Collins kept us in contention but Sars were victorious in the end on a scoreline of 3 19 to 2 16.

  Team; D Carr, F Collins, M Collins, D Dooley, S Glasgow, B Johnson, M Kearney, S Kearney, M Liddane, J Murphy, C O’ Connor, B O’ Driscoll, J Pratt, S Ryan, B Walsh.  On Saturday next July 18th we play Newtownshandrum in a league game. This is in Rathcormac at 3 o clock.  The Draw for the next round of the 2015 Cork Senior HurlingChampionship will be made in Pairc Ui inn at 7pm on Sunday night next July 19th. The Round 4 games are scheduled for the weekend of August 1st, 2nd and 3rd. for

EAST CORK JHL Division 2

We conceded venue and travelled to Castlelyons on Tuesday of last week to play the League Fixture against the home side. We travelled with a reasonable panel despite the fact that the Senior's were also fulfilling a league fixture that evening and no minor players were available for selection.

We started brightly and had four points on the board through Jason Mannix, William Finnegan and Liam Forde.

We dominated the first half, playing some good combination play and ran up an excellent score and conceded very little thanks to some excellent defending, we lead at half time by 1.12 to 0.1.

At half time we brought on four subs, to give all players a run out. We continued the second half in the same manner as the first getting some great points and added a goal and ten points to our interval tally to win by 2-22 to 0-4. This was a good display but no one need be carried away as we are aware that our championship opponents Killeagh are an excellent team.

Panel and scorers: Jerome O'Driscoll, Tadgh O'Sullivan, Jacob Macak, Brian Collins, Barry Collins, Barry Murphy, Jim O'Connor, James Murphy, Damien Buckley, William Finnegan, Liam Forde, Stephen Pratt, Colm Power, Jason Mannix, Gavin Quill, Sean Cotter, Adrian Buckley, Pat Walsh, Stephen Boyce.

Scorers:  William Finnegan 1-8, Stephen Pratt 1-2, Jason Mannix 0-4, Colm Power 0-3, Gavin Quill 0-1, Damien Buckley 0-1, Liam Forde 0-1, Pat Walsh o-1, Stephen Boyce o-1.

 The next outing for the junior team is on tonight Thursday July the 16th when we play a Challenge game v Castletownroche in Castletown at 7.30pm. The Championship date is not yet finalised but possibly on July 24th or 25th V Killeagh.




Last week’s draw took place on Tuesday July 7th for a jackpot of €4,800.
The numbers drawn were 04, 08, 22 & 24.
There was no jackpot winner.

The winners of the five €30 'Lucky Dips’ were;
. Sophia Fitzgerald, Scatbarry
. Kevin Cahill, Shanowen
. Bill Fitzgerald, Fermoy
. J&A Keating, Mullintoura
. E&P Healy.

This week’s draw took place on Tuesday July 14th for a jackpot of €5,000.

Tickets for the weekly Draw are just €2 each. They can be purchased in local business outlets and from Club Members.

Tickets for the Lotto can also be published online from We would urge club followers who have family members away from home to let them know about the online facility.


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 horseshoes to horseboxes, from a needle to an anchor - nothing is too big or too small. If you have scrap just ring 087 9538077. Apologies to those who have contacted the Club and are still awaiting collection. The last few weeks have been hectic with so many events on in the parish but the backlog will be cleared this week.



After defeating Wexford the previous week the Cork hurlers made the journey to Semple Stadium on last Saturday to take on Clare. With the prize of an All Ireland Quarter Final at stake a close game was expected. The rivalry between the Rebel and banner teams in recent years has been razor sharp with little between the teams whenever they have met. It was the same on Saturday night with the lead changing hands so often. We got nearly forty wides and nearly forty scores. When Clare wiped out a two point deficit and went two ahead late in the second half it didn't look good for Cork. However the Cork team showed commendable skill, heart and courage to go on and win by three points on a scoreline of 0 20 to 0 17.  What can we say about Brian Murphy? Playing corner back is a tough task and the No 2 and 4 seldom  get much praise except when the name B. Murphy is wearing the jersey. Over the last decade Brian has been given the task of minding and marking some of the greats of modern day hurling and he has always cone up trumps. On Saturday night he had a brilliant game. Cork knew the way the Clare forwards come in waves but the defence ensured that scores would be hard earned. Well-done Brian and all the Cork panel and management on a great win. Cork will now face Galway in the quarter final again in Semple Stadium on Sunday week July 26th. Dublin will play Waterford at 2 with the Cork game at 4.


Bon Voyage Fr. Seanie.

This week Fr Seanie Barry returns to his Mission work in Kenya after a short holiday at home. He was delighted to see Cork win against Wexford and Clare. What gave him most joy of course was to see his beloved Bride Rovers teams in action. He took particular joy and pride in watching the under age teams in action. We wish him Bon Voyage on his return to Africa. Please God he will be back next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bride Roves winning the East Cork Junior B Grade Hurling Championship in 1966 and also the Senior and u 21 All Ireland Double with Cork.



Well Done to u 16's.

Well done to the Club's under 16 hurlers on their great displays in the Championship. Victories over Watergrasshill and passage have earned them a place in the Rebel Óg East u 16 Final The opposition will be either Aghada or Whitechurch. Monday week July the 27th is a possible date for the Final.


Sinead Shines Fund.

The fundraising activities for the Sinead Shines Lyme Disease Treatment Fund continue this week. On today and tomorrow Thursday and Friday July 16th and 17th the Riordans Supervalu Golf Classic is being held in Fermoy Golf Club. Full details from Kathleen at 086 8407164.

On Sunday evening next July 19th a Seisiún Mór is being held at Benskins Bar, starting at 7pm. It will be a feast of Music, Song and craic and everyone is welcome.


Cork v Kerry.

On Saturday evening in Killarney Cork and Kerry renew their great football rivalry when they meet in the Provincial Final replay. Safe travelling to all who are heading to the Kingdom. Unfortunately one man who attended the drawn Final just two weeks ago won't be there for the replay. I write of the late Tom Fitzgerald of Bridestown, Kildinan. Tom died last Sunday after short illness. He was a great Gael, a great farmer, a proud community man but above all a loving husband and father. Tom's late father Jerome played with Jim Murphy's Kildinan Shamrocks Hurling team in the 1930's.  Jerome was involved in everything good and positive about rural Ireland. Tom followed in that vein serving so many local organizations in his native parish and all over North East Cork. Tom gave sterling service to Glenville and Watergrasshill GAA Clubs over many years and was a proud member of the Hill team that won East Cork and County titles in 1974 - he played in the East Cork Final against Cloyne.  He loved his native place and was a top class dairy farmer, a great neighbour and a friend to so many. He had a great cheery outlook and if you met Tom Fitz for a chat you always felt the better for it. He loved Gaelic game and travelled to games all over the country following Cork. He was in Killarney for the drawn game between Cork and Kerry. Every one that knew Tom will miss him but his loss to Helen and the family is immeasurable. He was a grand man and 'twas great to have known him. May he rest in peace.


FIXTURES; Thursday July 16th JH challenge v Castletownroche in Castletown at 7.30pm

Saturday July 19th Senior Hurling League v Newtownshandrum, Pairc na Bride at 3pm.

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.