Cloyne GAA Club Notes

25 April, 2016

Cloyne GAA Notes;

Lotto;

We had no winner of last week’s lotto draw for a €5,600 jackpot or no winner of the €1000 prize for matching 3 numbers plus the bonus.

The winning numbers drawn were 2,5,25,28 bonus 10.

Congratulations to Mary Shanahan of Berkley Court the only match 3 winner who receives €150.

Next week’s draw for a €5,800 jackpot will take place in Auntie Biddies Bar with tickets available from all local outlets and committee members.

Pitch Opening;

Last weekend was a wonderful day in the history of the Club with the official opening of our new field and complex at River Street.Pairc Cluain Uamha was officially opened by Munster Council Chairman and Cloyne man Jerry O’Sullivan.

The day began with lunch in Garryvoe Hotel for invited guests instrumental in the building of the complex, members of both the County and East Cork Boards, local TD’s, PP Father Linehan and committee members.

Speakers on the day were Club Chairman John O’Lomasney, Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan, County Board Chairman Ger Lane, County Board Secretary and Munster Council President Frank Murphy, East Cork Board Chairman Dick Fitzgerald and local politicians David Stanton and Kevin O’Keeffe.

On completion of the wonderful meal served up by the staff of Garryvoe Hotel we moved back to Cloyne where the building was blessed by PP Father Linehan and a plaque unveiled by Jerry O’Sullivan.

We were very fortunate to have been able to secure the services of both Cork and Clare senior hurlers to play a game, which was the centerpiece of the day’s celebrations. We are grateful to Davy Fitzgerald and the Clare County Board for facilitating us and hope that the weekend they spent in East Cork will be of benefit to them as they prepare for the upcoming National League Final against Waterford and for the Munster Championship game against the same opposition.

Having Donal Og and Diarmuid in opposition camps helped in both the organization of the game and also supplied a subplot to the evening’s entertainment. Cork were victorious on the night against a weakened Clare team who no doubt had one eye on the aforementioned league final.

We would like to thank all our committee members and community volunteers that helped us out as stewards on the day and ensured the smooth running of the event and also to the people of Cloyne and the wider East Cork area for coming out and supporting us on the night.

Junior Football Championship;

When reporting on the Junior Football championship game v Erins Own on Sunday evening last I’m reminded of the old adage that goes “I’d rather win a bad one than lose a good one”.

A game that never took off until the last 10 minutes and for long periods was a stop start affair not for the purists.

We started very well and but for some poor shooting and decision making could and should have been 2 goals to the good. Erin’s Own getting inspiration from our missed chances took the game to us and after 15 minutes we were 1.03 to no score behind.

Slowly but surely we worked our way into the game driven on by the excellent Killian Cronin at midfield and when the hardworking Ciaran Mullins finished a Paudie O’Sullivan pass to the net we were only the minimum in arrears. Erin’s Own finished the half with a pointed free to leave us 2 behind at the short whistle.

Positional changes at half time didn’t have an immediate effect and a certain amount of ill discipline in our play saw us fall 4 points in arrears 1.07 to 1.03.

Driven on by the excellent Jordan Sherlock and Keith Dennehy in defense we hit a purple patch to level the game with 4 points, 2 from the dangerous Ian Cahill and one each from Colm and Paudie O’Sullivan.

Erin’s Own went a point ahead again with a pointed free and when we missed a few point scoring chances with time almost up we looked like leaving disappointed but an excellent move culminated in the impressive Ciaran Mullins forcing the ball over the line to put us ahead for the first time in the game.

Erin’s Own scored their 6th point from a free to leave just one between the teams deep in injury time and when a long range free to bring the game to extra time was taken down under the cross bar referee Cathal McAllister brought proceedings to an end.

As I mentioned at the outset it wasn’t a game that will live long in the memory but great credit is due to the team for their never say die attitude and it was a day that the younger members of the team stood up to be counted with solid performances from the aforementioned Jordan Sherlock and Keith Dennehy as well as Eoin Motherway, Stevie Beausang, Ciaran Mullins and Ian Cahill.

Next up is a quarterfinal tie with Dungourney.

Team, P Considine,J Sherlock,E Motherway,K Dennehy,A Walsh,S Beausang,E O’Sullivan,K Cronin,P O’Sullivan,C Mullins,I Cahill,D Cahill,C O’Sullivan(Capt),D O’Sullivan,P O’Sullivan. Sub Used B O’Shea.

Ref Cathal McAllister Aghada.

Condolences;

The joy and pride associated with the official opening on Saturday was put into sharp perspective when we learned on Sunday morning of the untimely passing of Billy Dunne. Billy was an active member of the club working mainly in the field of fundraising where he served as Chairman for many years as well as being one of the founders and mainstays of the weekly lotto operation.

Our sympathies go to his wife Bridie, son Eamonn, and daughter Eimear and to his wider family and legion of friends and colleague within the GAA and wider community.

Ar dheis De Go Raibh A Ainm.