Killeagh GAA Club

29 November, 2017

KILLEAGH GAA WEEKLY REPORT

November 27th 2017

Senior Hurlers just miss out in League Final

Red FM Senior Hurling League Final Sarsfields 3-13, Killeagh 2-14

More than a year after 2017 pre-season training began, Killeagh senior hurlers finally reached the end of a long and ultimately very successful season when they narrowly lost out in an exciting Red FM Senior Hurling League final to Sarsfields in Cobh in a high noon shootout on Sunday November 26th in Cobh. Killeagh were the better team in the opening thirty minutes, and led by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break. John O’Connor was the goalscorer on 9 minutes, burying his shot after a perfect handpass from Andy Walsh. Brendan Delaney, Pat O’Brien and Kevin Murphy were very effective in the half-back line, while Eoghan Keniry was very accurate from frees. Sarsfields were a different outfit after half-time, with Luke Hackett doing damage, bagging his first goal on 33 minutes to level the game. It was nip and tuck before Sarsfields edged ahead with ten to go, courtesy of goals from Gavin O’Loughlin and a second from Hackett. Killeagh refused to give up, with Dan Landers goaling after several close-range attempts were cleared or saved. The pressure was maintained, but Sars held on for a two-point victory, with disappointment for our gallant players, who showed great heart and commitment throughout.

Team: Colin Walsh, Cian Fogarty, Brendan Barry, Sean Long, Kevin Murphy, Pat O’Brien, Brendan Delaney, Mikey Fitzgerald, Philip O’Neill, Andy Walsh, Allen Keniry, Kieran Lane, John O’Connor, Gary Leahy, Eoghan Keniry. Subs used: Killian Treacy, Dan Landers.

Hurling is not quite finished yet for 2017, however, with our Under 21 team out next Sunday December 3rd in the Premier Semi-Final v Shandrum in Fermoy at 2.00 p.m., while our minor hurlers await either Fr. O’Neill’s or Fermoy in the Premier 2A League Final, probably on December 9th or 10th.

Success at Scór na nÓg East Cork Finals

Back in the day – before the Celtic Tiger, multi-channel, mobile phones and d’Internet – Scór na nÓg was big in these parts. It was not uncommon in the 1980’s and 1990’s to have quarter-finals and semi-finals playing to packed houses all through East Cork, with very high standards in all competitions, and many of the Imokilly teams going on to county, provincial and even All-Ireland success in set dancing, recitation, instrumental music and ballad group events. There were the hilarious forays into slapstick comedy in the ‘Nuachleas’, while the famed ‘Tráth na gCeist’ was always hotly contested. Sadly, those days are long gone, and while Scór na bPáistí retains its coveted status through its links with the primary schools (four quarter-finals in East Cork alone are slated in for January), its elder sibling Scór na nÓg appears to be in terminal and irreversible decline.

Last Saturday evening the East Cork finals took place in front of a sparse attendance in Lisgoold. No dancers stepped up for either the figure dancing or set dancing competition, and neither had we any entries for the ballad group or novelty act (‘Nuachleas’), so immediately we were reduced to four from a possible eight competitions. Three teams (Glanmire, Youghal and Killeagh) entered the Instrumental Music (‘Ceol Uirlise’) with Glanmire emerging victorious in a high-standard contest. Only one competitor entered the Recitiation (‘Léiriú’), so Therese Keniry was declared winner for her excellent rendition of Alice Taylor’s “The Stations”. Three singers entered the Solo Singing (‘Amhránaíocht Aonair’), with Ava Hennessy, representing Killeagh Camogie, taking the honours in singing “Spancil Hill”. So very quickly we were into the final competition of the evening, the Question Time (‘Tráth na gCeist’) where five teams battled it out in a table-quiz format. Ag deireadh an chomórtais, bhí an bua ag foireann Chilliath – Daniel Lucey, Danny Cunningham, Cathal Fitzgibbon and Dara Motherway, to make it three wins out of four for Killeagh entries on the night. Thus, for the first time ever, Killeagh were crowned as overall winners of the Dan Kenneally Memorial Perpetual Cup for best team in Scór na nÓg. One wonders how Dan would feel if he saw the sad state of Scór na nÓg in Imokilly in 2017. Nevertheless, credit is due to all competitors, and for Killeagh great credit is due to the aforementioned winners, as well as Miriam Keniry, Anna Sheehan and Gráinne Ahern who participated in a strongly contested instrumental music contest.

Killeagh GAA AGM Report

The Annual General Meeting of Killeagh GAA Club was held in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Monday evening last, with a reasonable attendance. A bit like Scór na nÓg, these gatherings have changed quite radically in the past thirty or so years. The marathon, often bitterly contested (sometimes alcohol-fuelled!) debates over choice of selectors, captains and the like have, thankfully, been replaced by a much more business-like approach to reviewing all aspects of a GAA club’s yearly activity. Thankfully, the event was not without its humour, never more apparent than in the opening election of the night, for the position of Club President. Our esteemed elder, the legendary David ‘Junior’ Scully, took extreme delight in reminding all present that he was the first to hold the title of Uachtarán CLCG Cilliath not to die in office, and after three years he gladly relinquished the honour, being replaced in that honorary position by Denis Barry. Elsewhere, the top table remained unchanged, with Padraig McGrath, Mary Fitzgibbon and Ray Dwyer all continuing as chairperson, secretary and treasurer respectively. Colman Motherway succeeds Paul Delaney as PRO while Kieran Scully (Registrar), Susan Barry (Children’s Officer) and Liz Sinclair (Healthy Club Officer) all retain their posts.

Healthy Clubs Project Update

It’s official! We have been granted Healthy Club status (one of only 58 in the country) for the next three years (2018-2020) and the plaque is now on the wall to prove it! Our work doesn’t stop here, though, with plenty of plans for 2018 to continue our work in many areas such as healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, maintaining our no-smoking policy and continuing our very successful monthly walks. Speaking of which, next Sunday December 3rd we will join our friends and neighbours from Kyle NS at 2.00 p.m. on their “Jingle Bell Jog” – a leisurely stroll, brisk walk or energetic run around Kyle – which

will be our 23rd Monthly Walk. Just turn up – wear your Christmas costume or Santa hat if you wish – and give your contribution (€5 per person, €10 per family) towards Kyle NS.

Golf Society News

Our final Golf Society outing for 2017 – our Christmas Scramble – takes place next Saturday December 2nd in West Waterford, starting at 10.00 a.m.. This will be our 25th Christmas event in West Waterford and is very suitable for beginners or anyone considering joining the Golf Society for 2018. Contact Ray 087-2330054 for further details.

Lotto Update

We had no winner of the €5600 jackpot for our last draw on Tuesday November 21st. Numbers drawn were 8, 12, 15 and 18. Four consolation prizes of €30 each were won by Bernie Irwin, Tara O'Shea, Colette O'Brien and Ann Treacy. This week the jackpot will be €5800 - now wouldn't that be a nice Christmas bonus to win! Tickets are just €2 - play in local shops, with GAA sellers, or online at www.killeaghgaa.org where three tickets for €5 gives you a 17% discount!