Midleton GAA Club

14 November, 2017

Midleton Gaa, Ladies Football & Camogie Club News

Rebel Og Premier 1 Minor Hurling Last Saturday morning our hurlers had a fine victory over Na Piarsaigh in the League Play off in Carrigaline by 5-17 to 3-12, they now play Sars in the final on Saturday the 25th. Team: Alan Power, Cathal Gunning, Sean O’Sullivan, Cormac O’Brien, David Scanlon, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Moloney, Shane Finn (0-02), Tommy O’Connll (0-04), Kian Farmer (0-04), Aaron Mulcahy (1-02), Kevin Finn (1-02), Ross O’Regan (1-02), Harry Wall (1-01 & Garry Carroll (1-00). Subs Ronan Lynch & Griffin Hurley.

Post Primary Schools Hurling Midleton CBS were defeated in the Dean Ryan final by red hot favourites Thurles CBS last Wednesday in Clonmel by 3-15 to 2-15. This was definitely one which was left behind, having conceded a goal in the early moments of the game Midleton battled back in to the game and led at the break by 0-10 to 0-08. Entering the final quarter of the game Midleton led by 2-13 to 1-09 and when Thurles lost a man they looked set for victory. However Thurles got a huge break when a ball came back off the upright and their corner forward buried the rebound. This seemed to turn the tide hugely in their favour and they went on to outscore Midleton by 1-06 to 0-02 in the last ten minutes to secure their 13th title. We were represented by club players Alex Quirke, Leo Hennessy, Jack Fitzgerald, Samuel Quirke, Ethan Daly Harkin and Paul Connaughton. In the O’Callaghan Cup Midleton CBS defeated St Colmans in the semi final at Ballincollig recently by 3-13 to 1-14. They now face North Monastery in the final that’s after they face Ard Scoil Rís next Wednesday in the 3rd round of the Harty Cup.

Annual General Meetings Camogie Monday 13th November @ 7.30pm Juvenile Wednesday 29th November @ 8pm Hurling & Football Wednesday 6th December @ 8pm

Ladies Football On Thursday last Midleton Ladies Football Club held their Annual AGM. Whilst attendance was low we appreciate those that did attend and those who sent apologies. Our outgoing Chairman Paddy Corcoran went through the year and highlighted the achievements that the Club had on the playing field. He thanked the Gaa Club for their help and support throughout the year especially for allowing us the use of the Tech Field and both the Side and Main Pitch at the Club. Our Club Secretary Mairead Beausang followed up on this and thanked everyone who helped in any way in the running of the club. A big thank you to all the coaches for their dedication with training and matches. Various items were discussed on the night and recruitment of new players will be a big focus for us next year and with the help of our Junior girls we are hoping to increase the number of girls playing in the Club. Our Election of Officers are as follows: Chairperson: Carol O Leary, Vice-Chairman: Ger Collins, Secretary: Mairead Beausang, PRO: Tracy Saunderson, Treasurer: Carol Franklin, Child Welfare Officer: Ber Kelly, Registrar: Carol O Leary, County Board Delegates: Mairead Beausang and Tracy Saunderson

East Cork Board Delegate: Paddy Corcoran. Training for all ages is now at the Hockey Pitch at Midleton College. Groups from U10 upwards will train from 7-8pm. For this Monday Only our U8 group will train at the Hockey Pitch from 7-8pm as we are receiving new Footballs from Super Valu Midleton. A text message will be sent confirming this.

Fe 12 Girls Football East Cork Final: Midleton 2-10 v Bride Rovers 2-11 The Fe 12 girls football panel were in action again this week. Their match versus Bride Rovers was a home fixture in Clonmult Memorial Park in the East Cork Final. A misty wintery Saturday afternoon but perfect pitch conditions greeted the players. The two teams served up a cracking game of Gaelic Football. From the start our forwards were into their stride: Jill Connaughton, Saoirse Ni-Theangana, Aoife Fitzgerald, , Clara Collins, Aisling McCarthy, Grainne Finn, Ellen O’Neill, Katie Smith, Kelly Quirke, Cara Foley contributed to our three point half time lead. Our girls second half performance was as spirited as their first half one. Sadhbh Hartnett, Rachel Ryan, Isabelle Nestor, Ava McAuliffe, Selena O’Riordan-Hernandez, Amy Murray, Sheila O’Leary-Hayes, Lily Kelly and Eva McSweeney all helped propel the Midleton side to a performance to be proud of. Unfortunately Bride Rovers pipped us on the day by a single solitary point. Matches have now finished for the year and already we are all looking forward to the new season. Final Score: Midleton 2-10 v Bride Rovers 2-11 Panel: Jill Connaughton, Clara Collins, Isabelle Nestor, Ellen O’Neill, Saoirse Ni-Theangana, Ava McAuliffe, Selena O’Riordan-Hernandez, Sheila O’Leary-Hayes Grainne Finn, Amy Murray, Aisling McCarthy, Aoife Fitzgerald, Cara Foley, Kelly Quirke, Katie Smith, Rachel Ryan, Lily Kelly, Eva McSweeney & Sadhbh Hartnett. Camogie Our AGM takes place tomorrow Monday evening in the Gaa Club @ 7.30pm, all welcome.

Lotto Our Lotto Jackpot was €3,000, the numbers were 3,4,17 & 21, there was no winner, the Lucky Dip winners were Lily &Fiachra Ryan, Catherine Obersby, Johnny O’Sullivan, John Colbert & Phyllis Desmond, next week’s Jackpot will be €3,200. Tickets are on sale at the Club Bar, O‘Neills Bar, Linehan’s Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, O’ Farrell’s Butchers, Frank Murphy Butchers, Pat Walsh Paints, Chadwicks, Teach Beag, Niall Mac’s Bar & Wallis’s Bar. Our Online Lotto is now available, logon to the Club homepage www.midletongaa.com to purchase your ticket.

BINGO takes place each Friday evening @ 8pm in the GAA Pavilion with a weekly guaranteed Jackpot of €1,000.


Fe 14 Rebel Og Fe 14 Premier 1 Hurling League Semi-final: Our penultimate match of the year took us to Blackpool in Cork City to take on Glen Rovers in what was an eagerly anticipated game. The Glen have twice this year been our opponents and both games have been tense close affairs. There has never been more than a point between these two teams. Our lads were really looking forward to this game. The pitch conditions were a little heavy but the blue sky overhead more than compensated for this. We were first to score with two points from play, one each from Alex Quirke & Kelvin Barry. Alex then hit the next three scores, two points followed by a goal from a stunning sideline cut. Our back-line were playing their part; Brion Saunderson was solid in goal, James O’Sullivan, Liam Ma Grath and Evan McCarthy were always confident and accomplished in defence. Going into half time Darragh McCarthy shot over a brace of points, Ronan Gies slotted another and Alex added a further three points, two coming from frees. Special mention must go to an outstanding block by Ciarmhac Smyth on a Glen forward on what looked like a certain goal on the stroke of half time. Half Time Score: Midleton 1-10 v Gen Rovers 0-03 Alex had another cracking goal shortly after the resumption, when after a short solo run he fired an unstoppable shot to the top left corner of the Glen net. Further points from Darragh McCarthy, Evan Kelly, Alex and Kelvin Barry consolidated our lead. Ciarmhac, Darragh Codd, Adam Fay and Niall Corcoran were rock solid in defence. Cian Murray, Rory Hartnett, Rowan Spillane, Ben O’Neill, Phelim Magann, Neil Fitzgerald, Tiarnan Roche & Craig Collins were all sprung from the bench to finish out the game. The final scores for us came from David Cremin (2), Kelvin Barry (1), Mickey Finn (1), Darragh McCarthy (1) and Alex Quirke had the last score of the game with a point from play. Final Score: Midleton 2-20 v Glen Rovers 2-08. Panel: Brion Saunderson, James O’Sullivan, Ciarmhac Smyth, Evan McCarthy, Liam McGrath, Adam Fay, Darragh Codd, Alex Quirke (2-08), David Cremin (0-02), Evan Kelly (0-01), Darragh McCarthy (0-04), Kelvin Barry (0-03), James Condon, Ronan Gies (0-01), Mickey Finn (0-01), Niall Corcoran, Cian Murray, Ben O’Neill, Rowan Spillane, Neil Fitzgerald, Rory Hartnett, Phelim Magann, John Spellman, Craig Collins, Shay Bohan, Tiarnan Roche & Michael Roe.

Fe 16 We travelled to Cobh for the Premier 1 Hurling League play off on Friday night last. What looked to be a fine surface on first viewing soon proved very heavy underfoot and cou-pled with the rain on the night we knew early on that this game would be a slog and a physi-cal game. We were expecting a backlash after beating Cobh in the semi final of the football and we weren't disappointed. Although Cobh were strong and committed we still hit the front early on and showed the steel that we have come to expect from them. By half time we were well ahead thanks in no small part to a fine goal and another fortuitous one from a free. The second half saw Cobh come back into the game on the back of several frees and our lead looked in some danger. The heavy ground conditions took their toll and with cramp setting in some changes were required. However a fine burst of energy towards the end saw the Mag-pies solidify their lead and finish the game those important two goals in front.

Final score Midleton 2-12 v Cobh 0-12. Thanks again to the Midleton support and to the Fe 15 players who stepped up. Team: Alex Quirke, Leo Hennessy, David Scanlon, Gavin Reddy, Jack Fitzgerald, Christian Murphy, Patrick Kane, Samuel Quirke, Ethan Daly Harkin, Dan O'Sullivan, Aaron Mulcahy, Gary Carroll, Tim O'Sullivan, Adam Meade, Cian Crowley, Ryan Cahill, Darragh Crowley, Rory Donegan & Will O'Sullivan.

Juvenile Events We wish to extend a very warm welcome to our new Junior Infants who commenced training on Saturday in Midleton Community Centre from 12-1. Indoor Training also commenced on Saturday the 11th of November for our Fe 8’s from 10-11 and our Fe 7’s from 11-12. New members at all age groups are always welcome. If interested in joining please come along to the Community Centre on Saturday mornings to find out details about registering .

Our Christmas Parties for our Junior Junior Infants, Fe6 – Fe9 Players and their families will take place in Midleton GAA Club on Saturday December 2nd, from 4 – 6pm and for our Fe10 – Fe16 Players and their families on Saturday Decmeber 9th at 7pm followed by the Juvenile Christmas Raffle Draw in the Club Lounge at 9pm. The Juvenile Christmas Draw tickets are now available and will be handed out to players at training by the team managers. Tickets can also be purchased at the Club Bar. We would ask all members for their support as this is a very important fundraiser for the Juvenile Club. Following on from the success of our Food Appeal last Christmas the Midleton Hurling & Football Club, Juvenile, Ladies Football & Camogie are once again running a food appeal in aid of St. Vincent De Paul. Donations of food items can be dropped to the Club Shop on Saturday the 2nd and 9th of December or alternatiely players and parents can bring along donations to the Juvenile Christmas parties.

Club Shop The Club Shop is open this Saturday from 10 to 11.30am, please note that the Shop is now taking orders for Christmas, call in as soon as possible to place your orders to avoid dissapointment



Press Release

Four Cork GAA clubs amongst the first official GAA Healthy Clubs to receive national recognition

· The award winning Healthy Clubs Project (HCP) aims to turn clubs into hubs for health in their communities

· With almost the same number of GAA clubs as GPs across Ireland, the project offers a new setting in which to deliver health promotion and interventionsi

· Leading GAA ambassador Seán Cavanagh strongly commends the club for their leadership

A special ceremony with governmental representation in Croke Park today saw 58 GAA clubs recognised as the first official ‘Healthy Clubs’ on the island of Ireland.

Four Cork GAA clubs, including, Midleton, Castlehaven, Killeagh and St Finbarrs can now proudly fly a flag above their grounds (endorsed by both Healthy Ireland and the Public Health Agency in NI), letting their members and communities know that they value health and wellbeing as much as leagues and championships.

In January 2016, almost 100 clubs applied to participate in Phase 2 of the project (just 16 participated in Phase 1 between 2013-2015). Many cited the dearth of services in their communities that are tackling issues such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles, mental health and suicide. They wanted to be part of the solution.

Clubs engage with their members and community before identifying health themes upon which to focus on. Most common include healthy eating; physical activity for non-playing members; emotional wellbeing; engaging older members of the community; youth development; smoke free clubs; gambling, drug, and alcohol education; and inclusion and integration.

These four progressive GAA clubs are the first in Cork to receive national recognition. Their various health and wellbeing initiatives have had a tremendous impact on their clubs and wider communities. The “Cork Beats Stress” programme in Midleton GAA and St Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club benefited over 300 people during the initial six week programme. Facilitated by a qualified HSE psychologist the programme equipped participants with the skills needed to cope with stress and provided participants with take home booklets on stress management. The programme resulted in a significant reduction in stress and anxiety levels amongst participants, and inspired St. Finbarr’s to continue running SafeTALK, ‘'suicide alertness for everyone’ workshops in the community. The stress control programme has also been replicated in other Cork GAA clubs, including Castlehaven and Yoghal.

Castlehaven GAA hosts the weekly Park Run in Rineen Forest Recreation Area in partnership with Coillte and Parkrun Ireland. It is a free 5km timed run open to all members of the community. The Castlehaven GAA parkrun club is one of the biggest clubs in Ireland with over 80 members and average attendance of 46 people. To date over 2,500 5km runs have been recorded.

Killeagh GAA club is the picture of health every Saturday morning at the Monster Blitzes where children (under 8s and under 10s) are given fruit and water, much to their delight. Last year the club decided to replace the biscuits and usual rubbish with healthier options and surprisingly the children bought in on the idea and begun requesting the fruit first. The club wanted to educate teenagers and parents about the importance of health eating, as well as the younger children. The Recipes for Success programme, a practical and educational nutritional workshop aimed at enhancing performance, was carried out in the local secondary school and facilitated by the Home Economics teacher. Twelve teenagers attended and learned how to make easy performance enhancing meals and snacks. The participants really enjoyed the session and arranged subsequent workshops since in partnership with the school. Healthy food demonstrations have also been hosted in the club with over 80 people attending from the community.

Former Tyrone football captain Seán Cavanagh is a big supporter of the GAA’s Healthy Club Project (HCP) and presented the clubs with their official flag and plaque in Croke Park on Saturday, November 4th. He said “I’ve seen myself how the GAA brings communities together in so many different ways so it’s fantastic to see the association taking a leadership role in developing healthier communities. The Healthy Clubs around the country are having a positive impact on so many children and young people and as a parent I think it is fantastic. Through this project I think people will start to appreciate the role of the GAA in our communities even more.”

The innovative Healthy Club model was developed in partnership with Healthy Ireland, the HSE’s health promotion division, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, and is supported by Irish Life through a CSR investment. In an era of unprecedented societal health challenges, the Healthy Club Project aims to harness the potential of the GAA club setting to deliver evidence-based health promotion information and interventions, backed up by appropriate policies and partnerships. Its potential to be replicated by other sports is currently being explored by a working group involving the FAI, IRFU, and Athletics Ireland.

Similar work is being undertaken across European sports associations, and for the past three years the GAA has contributed its learnings to the EU-wide Sports Clubs for Health project. This culminated with the GAA’s Community & Health manager, Colin Regan, presenting on the Healthy Club project to a sub-committee of the EU Parliament in Brussels in April.

The Healthy Clubs project is being independently evaluated by a team from Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research. While the final report into Phase 2 won’t be available until December, the research team have already noted significant successes (see editor’s notes for examples of successful interventions).

Aogán Ó Fearghail, An Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael said, “The 58 Healthy Clubs recognised today have gone above and beyond what is normally expected of a sports club. Health and wellbeing is core to what the GAA is all about and these clubs help bring that to life. I’d like to thank our partners, Healthy Ireland, the HSE, National Office for Suicide Prevention,

the Public Health Agency, and Irish Life, for helping to make the Healthy Club project the success it is. We look forward to growing it from strength to strength.”

Recognising the achievements of the clubs in Croke Park at the Healthy Club Recognition Event is Catherine Byrne, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Department of Health (ROI). She said, "Today is all about recognition for the clubs and the volunteers who make this happen at club level. I would like to congratulate all of the clubs and volunteers involved and acknowledge the contribution that they are all making to bring the vision for Healthy Ireland to life: where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential"

David Harney, CEO, Irish Life said, “Irish Life are delighted to work with the GAA on the Healthy Club initiative. The GAA, reaches into every community on the island of Ireland, and has a significant role to play in the health of the nation through its promotion of Gaelic Games. The association’s Healthy Club initiative brings a new dimension to this work. It enables people to access health in an exciting new way. We believe this work has the potential to improve the future health of communities across the country.”

There are numerous benefits to clubs that take part in the GAA HCP including exclusive access to Healthy Club resources and support. The independent evaluation by Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behaviour Research of Phase 1 of the HCP revealed its potential to increase membership, improvements in health promoting activities, better opportunity to link the local community with club activities and opening up new funding avenues all the while enhancing the health of the nation and ensuring a healthier future for everyone.

The GAA hope to extend the project to 150 clubs in Phase 3 (with expressions of interest to open in early 2018) before opening the project to all interested clubs in 2020. There are 1,600 clubs in Ireland and over 400 abroad. For more information, visit: www.gaa.ie/community Follow: @officialgaa or Like: www.facebook.com/officialgaa/ #gaahealth

For more information or to request an interview please contact:

Wilson Hartnell: Emma Walsh, Tel: 0873170897 or E: emma.walsh@ogilvy.com Amber Brown, Tel: 087 779 9719 or E: amber.brown@ogilvy.com

Notes to the Editor

Killeagh GAA Club, Co Cork Case Study

‘Raising Awareness about Healthy Eating’

Killeagh GAA club adopted the GAA’s Healthy Eating Guidelines last year and continue to make great progress raising awareness and promoting healthy living through a range of healthy eating demonstrations, workshops and talks. The initiative has impacted on the entire club and beyond from juveniles, to minor squads and the wider community.

The Monster Blitzes (Under 8s and Under 10s) on a Saturday morning, where up to 40 teams can participate, were targeted first. The biscuits and usual rubbish were replaced with fruit and water and surprisingly the children bought in on the idea and begun requesting the fruit first. In addition, 220 boys and girls (Under 6 to Under 13) enjoyed the healthier options at the club’s Cúl Camp in the summer.

The Healthy Club project team wanted to reach teenage players as they felt this age group would benefit from education on healthy eating, especially at such a crucial time in their lives, when they are leaving home and starting out in college. The club signed up to the GAA’s Recipes for Success programme, a practical and educational nutritional workshop aimed at enhancing performance. This was carried out in the local secondary school and facilitated by the Home Economics teacher. Twelve teenagers attended the initial practical workshop and learned how to make easy performance enhancing meals and snacks. The participants really enjoyed the session and were delighted to receive the Recipes for Success booklet which contains several delicious recipes with pre/post match day meal plans. Due to the success of the programme the club have arranged subsequent sessions in partnership with the school.

The club organised a Healthy Food Demonstration and Workshop on October 7th which was open to all in the community and approximately 80 people attended. It consisted of 5 different food stations manned by volunteers from the club, providing samples of food from the Recipes for Success booklet, as well as porridge, fruit, smoothies, tray bakes, hummus, etc. Organisers of ongoing activities in the club (club meetings, Féile days, Parish Leagues, AGMs, etc.) are also encouraged to introduce fruit and water either as the exclusive food source or an alternative to the usual tea / coffee / cakes / snacks throughout the year with little objection.

Due to Killeagh’s emphasis on healthy eating and the provision of healthier options for players and visitors, more people are using Páirc Uí Chinnéide. Visiting parents have commented at the underage blitzes that all clubs should be doing this (providing fruit) and they would be returning to their own club asking them to do the same for their events. Club Health and Wellbeing Officer, Coleman Motherway says that “it is difficult to measure the impact as it may take years to change the culture around healthy eating. However, the first seeds are being sown and there has been a very positive response”

Midleton GAA and St Finbarr’s National Hurling & Football Club, Co Cork Case Study

‘Cork Beats Stress’

Midleton GAA club partnered up with the HSE south and St. Finbarr’s GAA club, another participating Healthy Club in Cork, to deliver a programme called ‘Cork Beats Stress’. The programme consisted of a workshop one night a week for six weeks. Facilitated by a qualified HSE psychologist the programme equipped participants with the skills needed to cope with stress and provided participants with take home booklets on stress management. It was open to all members of the public over 18 years of age and was free. Over the six weeks attendance fluctuated from week to week, however, on average 161 people attended in Midleton GAA and 167 in St. Finbarr’s National Hurling and Football club; 25% of programme participants were male.

Findings from the HSE’s evaluation of the programme clearly show that participation in this initiative resulted in a clinically significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. Gains were made regardless of the severity of symptoms.

Running this public health service through the GAA contributed to a reduction in stigma and a normalisation of mental health problems and of help seeking behaviour. This helped reduce barriers which might prevent someone from availing of assistance. The delivery of this mental health initiative through the GAA was associated with more positive connotations, a greater perception that it was local, community based and a service which involved people from all walks of life and which led to great male participation.

This initiative was recently awarded the prestigious HMI award which is given to recognise outstanding achievements of individuals and teams which exemplify innovation, creativity and commitment of people delivering health services. The Cork Beats Stress was selected as joint overall National winner out of 149 others.

Following on from this success St Finbarrs Healthy Club Team have co-ordinated two SafeTALK training workshops in the club. SafeTALK, which stands for 'suicide alertness for everyone' is a training programme that helps people to identity those who may be having thoughts of suicide and teaches ways of helping those people by connecting them with suicide first aid resources. This programme is run by the National Office for Suicide Prevention in line with LivingWorks and the HSE. It involves a 3 hour course which was open to anyone in the club and the wider community over the age of 16. Between the two courses the club had over 40 people take part. The participants were made up of club members including players and coaches, parents and members of the wider community.

Castlehaven GAA, Co. Cork Case study:

Park Run

Castlehaven GAA coordinate Parkrun every Saturday morning, which is a free 5km timed run open to all members of the community. Parkrun is a free 5km timed run open to all members of the community. Castlehaven GAA have hosted almost 100 parkrun’s in Rineen Forest Recreation Area thanks to the clubs partnership with Coillte and parkrun Ireland. The Castlehaven GAA Parkrun club is one of the biggest clubs in Ireland with over 80 members and average attendance of 46 people. To date over 2,500 5km runs have been recorded, over 450 people have registered the Castlehaven parkrun as their home run and 513 different runners have completed the course. It wouldn’t be possible without the 68 different volunteers who have volunteered over 500 times. Due to popular demand Castlehaven GAA now to have an additional weekly running/walking session at Moneyvollahane pitch every Wednesday evening.

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