Killeagh GAA Club

11 December, 2017


HISTORY MADE AS TRACEY KENNEDY BECOMES CORK COUNTY BOARD CHAIRPERSON Sunday December 10th saw history being made as our own Tracey Kennedy assumed the office of Cathaoirleach, Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Chorcaí, succeeding Bride Rovers’ man Ger Lane after his successful three year term came to an end. For many, Tracey’s gender is the story, as she becomes the first female to hold this prestigious title, and it is certainly worth acknowledging the shattering of this particular glass ceiling. For us in Killeagh, however, it is Tracey’s heritage and roots that is the story – we have proudly watched her rise from her early involvement with the Juvenile Club in Killeagh to becoming secretary of our adult club and subsequent officerships at both East Cork Board and Cork County Board. For the past six years she has served as PRO and Vice-Chairperson, making her very experienced in understanding the inner workings of “The Board”. All in Killeagh wish Tracey the very best in her new position, and we are certain she will fulfil her responsibilities to the highest standards. Her family and supporters, including mother Helen and our seasoned delegates Sean Murphy and Junior Scully, are rightly thrilled at Tracey’s remarkable journey, and this particular leg of it just starting now. What would Danno and Paddy make of it all?

Convention also saw the draws made for the Intermediate and Senior Hurling and Football Championships 2018. Killeagh senior hurlers will reprise their gargantuan struggle of 2017 against Douglas, we’ll be hoping for a sweet one-point victory once again!

Premier U21 Hurling Championship Final

Sarsfields 0-20 Killeagh-Ita’s 1-9

Another final, another runner-up! 2017 has seen us reach many finals, in both hurling and football, at adult and at juvenile level, but we have unfortunately been at the wrong end of the results each time. Sarsfields finished stronger in the closing quarter on a bitterly cold and sometimes wet Páirc Ui Rinn on Friday evening last to clinch the title. For the first 48 minutes it was a very even game, with both teams having spells of dominance. The first five minutes saw Sars start quickly, as Jack O’Connor fired over two points and Colin Walsh made an astonishing save from an Aaron Myers piledriver. Killian Treacy got our first point on 8 minutes, and in this quarter Sars struck some poor wides. On 14 minutes, a fantastic catch, solo and lay-off from Eoghan Keniry set up Dan Landers and he hit an unstoppable shot to the Sars net, giving us a 1-1 to 0-2 lead. Crucially, Sars equalised within two minutes, from O’Connor and a Myers free. Eoghan almost repeated Dan’s feat within three minutes but his shot after another blistering run fizzed wide with the ‘keeper beaten. Aaron Myers added two frees for Sars while Eoghan pointed a free on 18 minutes and Dan caught and pointed on 22. This, however, was to be our final score of the half as the profligacy in front of goals became our problem, levelling off the wide count at 6 each at half-time. Crucially, Luke Hackett pointed on the half-time whistle to give Sars a 0-7 to 1-3 lead. He struck immediately after the restart and by 40 minutes Sars led by 0-12 to 1-5. Our scores had come from an excellent Gary Leahy catch and point and a second free from Eoghan. We then dominated the next few minutes with points from Killian Treacy and two from Dan Landers (assist again from Eoghan and then Kevin Murphy who had an excellent game throughout). With 48 minutes on the clock, it

appeared as if we were headed for a grandstand finish. An injury to Eoghan Keniry restricted his impact for the remainder of the game as he moved to full-forward, and Sars began to dominate in all lines. Between the 49th and 57th minute Sars scored six unanswered points, five from play, with Luke Hackett’s fourth and Jack O’Connor’s triple whammy on 51, 52 and 53 minutes putting paid to our efforts. The quality of the shooting in this period (no wides) was remarkable given the conditions and temperature at the time. Aaron Myers finished off the job with three further points, two from frees and one from play. In the end Sarsfields finished deserving winners – we had given our all but it was not quite good enough.

Team: Colin Walsh, Dylan Hogan, Jack O’Rourke, Eoin O’Connor, Bobby McCarthy, Kevin Murphy, Darragh O’Brien, Brendan Delaney, Killian Treacy (0-2), Keane Kelly-Budds, Eoghan Keniry (Captain) (0-10, 0-9f), Shane Smiddy (1-2), Dan Landers (0-1), Gary Leahy (0-1), David Ogbebor (0-1). Subs used: Cathal Deane, Aaron Walsh, Eoin FItzgibbon.

LOTTO UPDATE €6200 is the prize on offer in the Killeagh GAA Lotto this week. For just €2 per stake, you have a chance to take the €6200 home with you if you can match the four numbers drawn this Tuesday night. If you’re not in you can’t win! Last week’s draw didn’t have anyone matching the chosen numbers of 18, 20, 25 and 28 with €30 consolation prizes to Colin Brennan, Joh Kent, Ann Marie O’Neill and Dave Barry.


Premier 2A Hurling League Final Fr. O’Neill’s 4-8, Killeagh-Ita’s 0-3

We don’t like bad weather! Our minor hurlers were blown away by a physically stronger, fitter and more combative O’Neill’s side in awful conditions in the Premier 2A Minor Hurling League Final played on Sunday December 10th in Páirc Uí Chinnéide. For supporters, mentors and players, the biting cold, sleet and rain made this a bit of a torture. Credit to the O’Neill’s team, however, who were clinical in front of goal, in particular the ‘fathach’ Jason Hankard who bagged three goals on 9, 22 and 31 minutes to put the game out of reach. We had chances to score but it was a day when very little worked out right for us. Our final game of the season is not one we will remember well.


The aforementioned Eoghan Keniry was honoured during the week when he was selected at left-half forward on the Rearden’s Cork Senior Hurling Championship All-Star Team of the Year. This honour is well deserved as Eoghan bounced back from an injury-restricted 2016 season to produce consistently high-level performances in both league and championship.


The on-field activity is over now for a few weeks, so attention turns to two social events after Christmas. First up we have our Annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, which will take its usual course from Mount Uniacke to Killeagh. Throw in is from 11.30 a.m., and we are encouraging any walkers to head off in the first wave, with the juveniles, on our monthly Healthy Clubs Project Walk (No. 23). The adults will head off from 12.00 on, with a little business to be conducted on the card tables for some before the hurleys are swung.

Our second social event of Christmas week is our Annual Table Quiz in aid of Killeagh-Ita’s Juvenile GAA Club, which takes place on Thursday December 28th in The Old Thatch at 8.30 p.m. This promises to be a night of fun, debate and head-scratching. To give you a head-start, here’s two questions that will be asked on the night – you just need to find the answers:

· Who was recently elected as President of Killeagh GAA Club? and

· Which Cork team won the St. Jude’s 7-a-side Junior Hurling Tournament in September?

Teams of 4 cost €40, with refreshments, great raffle prizes and a chance to meet old and new friends. What’s a better way of spending a post-Christmas evening? Book your table with Olivia 087-4111549, Ursula 087-6292646 or just come along.

Photograph attached:

Eoghan Keniry, Killeagh-Ita's captain and Eoghan Murphy, Sarsfields captain, with referee Simon Stokes at the toss for the Premier U21 County Hurling Final in Pairc Uí Rinn, Friday December 8th.