Killeagh GAA Club

17 October, 2017

Killeagh GAA Club Weekly News

NEWSLETTER FOR W/C October 16th 2017


Our last lotto draw took place on Tuesday October 10th where there was no winner of the €4400 jackpot. Next week's jackpot will be €4600! It will take place in our clubhouse on Tuesday night October 17th. You can now purchase your lotto ticket on-line; just follow the lotto link on the homepage of our webpage – Thanks to everyone who supports our weekly lotto draw [RN]

Off-The-Field-Killeagh GAA

Golden Jubilee of the 1967 East Cork Hurling Champions

On Saturday last our club hosted a celebration to commemorate the team that won the first East Cork Hurling title in Killeagh. The event was held in the Old Thatch. The evening was attended by the members and mentors of the ’67 team, their families and along with current members of the club. The panel was small, only 19 in all with five members now deceased, however they were represented by a family member, one man travelling from Tyrone to attend in his father’s behalf. Damien Irwin did an excellent job of gathered information on each player and relaying the stories as the players or family were presented with a personally inscribed glass plaque by our club president, Junior Scully. The evening gave everyone involved an opportunity to meet and reminisce their playing days. Those of us who attended were fortunate to get a small insight into a time in our club that is so different to now. It was also the beginning of a winning era in our club's history.

Our thanks to Damien Irwin for all his work in making the celebration a fantastic success; to the Old Thatch for hosting the event and supplying a great variety of very appetizing canapes. The evening was a unique occasion which was enjoyed by all those who attended.


The East Cork Board presented Sean Murphy with a trophy at the last meeting of the year to commemorate his 54 years of unbroken service as the Killeagh delegate. It is a tremendous record and the chairman, Risteard MacGearailt, commended him on his loyalty and dedication to both the board and his club. Sean first attended the Board in 1963 and has seen many people come and go in the intervening years. On receiving the trophy Sean stated that he was delighted to receive it but it didn’t signal his retirement and assured the board he would see them all next year. Congratulations Sean from all of us in Killeagh GAA.

Fixtures/Results Senior and Junior Hurling/Football

Fixtures: We have no fixtures to hand at time of this week's notes but please check Cork and East Cork GAA websites regularly for updates as we do have teams still in contention in several competitions. Your support is greatly appreciated by everyone connected with all of our teams, so please try to come to the games to support the lads. Results: Cork Jun 'B' Hurling League Final Killavullen 4-12 Killeagh 4-10 played in Fermoy on Sunday Oct 15th @12pm

Red FM League for 2017:


Hurling and Football

Killeagh/Ita’s Fe9's

Killeagh Under 9’s travelled to Mount Sion in Waterford City on September 30th to compete in the Dick Roche hurling tournament. Four teams competed in the event – Mount Sion, Killeagh, Carrick Swans and Abbeyside. Each squad had two nine a side teams playing off simultaneously for ten minutes a side

against another club. The aggregate score from the two games produced the overall result. Each team had to play the other three with the top two playing in the final and the bottom two playing off in a plate final. Killeagh played Mount Sion in their first group game. We got off to a slow start and Mount Sion raced into an early lead. The lads slowly found their feet and clawed their way back into the game. We found our scoring touch and tightened up defensively to leave 1 goal between the sides with a couple of minutes left. Try as they might the lads could not get the equalising goal. In the other game Killeagh started well and were well on top in midfield and got some very good scores, however two goals just before half time by Mount Sion meant we trailed by 2-2 to 1-4 at half time. We hit the ground running after half time and two great team goals saw us take control. We led by 3-6 to 3-2 deep into injury time. We were ahead by a point on aggregate but Mount Sion launched a final attack from which they scored a great goal to claim victory overall by 2 points. In our second group games we played really well in both matches v Carrick Swans. A feature of these matches was some great goalkeeping and defending. We ran out convincing winners in both games. Our last group game was against Abbeyside. This was basically a shootout for place in the final. In the first game Killeagh started well and took an early lead which was never relinquished. The score was 0-3 to 0-0 at half time with our lads very strong in the deteriorating conditions. We should have had a few more scores to make it more comfortable. In the second half we got a great goal and were always in control. We won 1-3 to 0-0 in this game. In the second game it was a closer affair. Killeagh took some great scores but these were matched by Abbeyside. At half time it was 2-2 to 2-2 and all to play for. The lads dug deep and eventually got on top to win by a goal. We advanced by a 9 point margin on aggregate to meet Mount Sion in the final. Killeagh started well in the first game of the final. Some trojan work by our keeper and defence allied to good shooting by midfield and forwards saw us carry a slender lead at half time. A few contentious refereeing decisions in both final matches cost us scores at both ends but credit to all the lads they battled well in trying circumstances but finished a couple of points behind in the first match. The second match was quite similar in that we played well and worked some very good scores. However, Mount Sion had some very good players who were equally adept in front of goal. It was all in the melting pot going into the last five minutes and we led briefly before Mount Sion struck the winning goal at the end. Overall the lads can be very proud of themselves. It was a great learning curve for all and the high quality games and opposition can only lead to improvement. Thanks to all the parents who travelled and supported vociferously throughout.

On October 7th we travelled to Erins Own for the hurling league finals day. The other competing clubs were Glen Rovers, Youghal and Erins Own. The format was similar to the previous league fixtures, with two 9 a side games played simultaneously for fifteen minutes each half. A draw was made prior to the games to see who we would play in the semi-final. We drew our near neighbours Youghal. In the first game we got off to a really poor start and were three goals behind after five minutes. We gradually settled and got back into the game but still trailed at half time. It was a good, physical contest and we had a period of dominance early in the second half but the Youghal keeper made a few excellent saves to deny us a badly needed goal. Youghal then struck for two late goals to run out deserving winners. In the second game Killeagh played very well. We led at half time and were the better side throughout. Some poor shooting meant it was much closer on the scoreboard than it should have been. Good goalkeeping and defence saw us run out winners at the end. Overall we won one and lost one but Youghal advanced to the final on aggregate scores. In the other semi-final Erins Own and Glen Rovers won one and lost one each, they also had the same aggregate score, so a coin toss was required to separate them. Erins Own won the coin toss, which meant we had to play Glen Rovers in the plate final. In the first game against the Glen we started really well at midfield. A few good early scores settled us and our defence was much tighter. We went in at half time leading by a couple of goals. In the second we cut loose upfront and got some great goals and points from play, to run out convincing winners. This was a great display by all. In the second game Glen Rovers were on top early. We tried hard and pick off some nice scores but the Glen were sharp upfront and we trailed at the break. The lads put in a big effort in the second half but Glen Rovers proved too strong in the end. Overall we won one and lost one but were deemed the winners at the end by virtue of a better aggregate score. It was a good, tough days hurling and we have plenty to work on going forward.

The U9 squad is as follows: Alex Fogarty, Alex Howey, Andrew Brenner, Ben Geary, Billy Guerin, Callum Power, Cathal Brennan, Cormac Deane, Cormac Delaney, Daniel Geary, Darragh Sheehan, Diarmuid Fitzpatrick, Eoin Sheehan, John Farquhar, Patrick Dineen, Rian Lane, Rian O'Connor, Ryan Murphy, Sean O'Leary, Seanan McDonnell, and Tom Power.

The parish leagues for all U9's will continue this coming week. Hurling and football games will be played each Tuesday night and after these preliminary games the semi-finals will be played to decide the final pairings. Please do your best to attend each of the games as you don't want to let your fellow player's down and best of luck to everybody taking part.

Killeagh/Ita’s Fe12's

The U12 football team headed west for a league quarter final game against Clondrohid on Saturday September 23rd. It was an early start for everybody leaving Killeagh as the game had an 11.30am throw-in. Many thanks and well done to all the boys and their parents who travelled to complete this fixture. At half time the boys were well on top and with fifteen minutes to go this game was in the bag. This was a great team performance with mighty football through out. We had some good scores from Sean Meade, Barry Walsh, Sean o Riordan and Fionn Murphy. We came away with a fine win to set up a semi-final with St. Vincents on Friday September 29th. This was a game we should have won, but we lost out by a point. The boys played their hearts out with great football. But St Vincents got a couple of late goals which broke the hearts of our young warriors. It was a very disappointing night because we were playing the better football game, but that is competitive sport where it can be sometimes great and sometimes cruel. We will no doubt learn from this for the future. We were so proud of the effort the boys put in all year. Well done boys and keep up the great work. Also to the parents whose support for the boys and the mentors is great, so thank you for everything. Next up was the U12 parish leagues which started on Monday August 28th and finished on Sunday October 1st with the finals. There was a mix of U10, U11 and U12s on each team for football and hurling. Over those couple of weeks we watched some great games and there was some great talent on display. On Sunday 1st of October our finals were played in good weather. The teams were led out on to the pitch parading behind a lone piper. Yet again the boys played great football and hurling and throughout the parish leagues which is great to see for the future of the club. Also on display at the pitch was the U17 All Ireland hurling cup with Cork team member Tom O'Connell. We owe a huge debt of thanks to a lot of people who helped out on this special day for all our young footballers and hurlers. Thanks to our referees who took on the games and also helped with games during the year, our referees were Ger Scully, Arthur Murphy, Paudie Kearney, Declan Long and Kean Kelly Budds. Thanks to all the U16 players who came on board for the parish leagues by taking a team and coaching the boys through the tournament. Thanks to our 'Piper' Christy McCarthy from Youghal for giving the boys the privilege of marching out onto the fields, it was truly an enjoyable moment for everybody. Thanks to Sean Crowley for getting the All-Ireland U17 to Pairc Ui Chinneide and to Tommy for presenting the trophies to the winning captains. Thanks to Ursula and Tommy for a lot of work organising the pitches and teas and refreshments for the day. A special thanks to the parents of these young lads who are great support to us each time we get together for training and games and also for all the nice goodies for the cuppa afterwards. It was a great day so keep encouraging the boys to continue at the hurling and football

Golf Society:

Our next outing will be to Castlemartyr Resort Golf Club. It is Padraig McGrath's Presidents' Prize outing and will take place on Saturday October 28th.

Healthy Clubs Project News Bulletin:

CORK BEATS STRESS: Free Stress Control 6-week course continues this coming Thursday October 19th in The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal from 10.30-12.00. Killeagh Healthy Clubs Project is partnering with HSE to promote this highly recommended course. Book by email or ring 086-7871016. It will continue every Thursday for the next three weeks from 10.30 - 12.00.

attached are photographs from a recent presentation to our delegate Mr Sean Murphy by the East Cork Board in recognition of his long(and continuing) service to both Killeagh GAA Club and the East Cork Board of the GAA.