Killeagh GAA Club

21 February, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS February 18th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO



We begin this week with good news – thankfully – with success at the East Cork Scór Sinsir finals in Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. In front of a – sadly – paltry attendance, Ann Marie Joyce took first place in the Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing) competition, with her beautiful rendition of Patrick Kavanagh’s “Raglan Road”. Ann Marie was truly delighted with her win, and with runners-up in the Aithriseoireacht (Recitiation) for Eddie Leahy and Tráth na gCeist (Question Time) competitors Ray Dwyer, Eddie Leahy, Denis Barry and Colman Motherway, Killeagh also retained the Overall Best Club Award, 25 years after first winning this honour. Unfortunately, in the intervening quarter century, Scór has lost its lustre, with only 5 clubs now participating, and a few die-hards – Junior, Liam O Laodhcha, John Arnold and others – keeping it on life support in the East Cork region. The times they are a-changing!



Killeagh GAA hold our third Annual Killeagh Healthy Clubs 4 mile Road Race / Walk on Sunday week, March 4th. Niall Guerin Construction are our main race sponsors for 2018. Registration is at Páirc Uí Chinnéide from 9.00 a.m., with walkers first off at 10.00 a.m., followed by the runners at 11.00 a.m. With changing facilities, hot showers and post-race refreshments, as well as a fast, flat course, this race promises to be great value for runners.  All cub members are asked to either participate in the event (running or walking) and if you are not in a position to take part in the race/walk, your help on the day would be greatly appreciated, as this is a great chance for us to showcase our fantastic facilities and our East Cork hospitality to the wider public. You can see a preview of the race on Hope to see you all on the 4th.



Pre-season training commenced over the last few weeks, and all players have been training well. With the same management team in place for 2018, there have been a few retirements along with some new player brought into the Senior Hurling Panel. In recent weeks, we had challenge games against both Abbeyside & Lismore. Both teams proved good tough challenges for our lads, but we came through with some fantastic performances from a variety of players including Eoghan Keniry, Kevin Murphy, Darren Cusack, Kevin Fennelly, Aaron Walsh, Pádraig Leahy, Brendan Delaney & Killian Treacy. It is great to see new players stepping up and looking for their name to be on the league team sheet next week. 

Speaking of next week, after a 12-week competitive break, our Senior Hurlers are back to the limelight as they will launch the 2018 RedFM Senior Hurling League against last year's winners Sarsfields. The match takes place this Wednesday, 21st February at 7:30pm in the 4G pitch (or Astro-Turf) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. We ask for your support at this fantastic facility. Further confirmed fixtures to hand include an away fixture against Na Piarsaigh on March 3rd, while on St Patrick Day, we will play last year's County Finalists Blackrock at Pairc Ui Chinneide. Under the new league format, the Boys In Green will have 12 matches in the league, with the 13th game being the opening round of championship versus Douglas in April. The top eight teams will qualify for knockout stages. Players, Management and Backroom team all appreciate your support for the upcoming season.



A new-look Junior Football team, and a new management triumvirate of Padraig McGrath, Sean McCarthy and Conor Cronin, got their 2018 campaign off to a winning start in Páirc Uí Ghrifín, Pilmore, on Sunday morning last, with a 3-10 to 1-06 victory over Ballinacurra, with Jim Daly of Youghal on the whistle. Sean Long, Ciaran O’Brien, Cian Fogarty and Kieran Lane were among those to impress, and some younger players got a little preparation for the upcoming U21 football championship against Castlelyons, currently fixed for March 3rd. Unfortunately, Eoin Fitzgibbon sustained a serious knee injury, so we extend our best wishes to him on a quick recuperation.

Team: Bryan McCarthy, Aidan Morrison, Damien Matthews, Jack O’Rourke, Allen Keniry, Darragh O’Brien, Eoin Fitzgibbon, Cian Fogarty, Ciaran O’Brien, Stephen Murphy, Philip O’Neill, Cathal Deane, Sean Long, Kieran Lane, Matthew Murphy. Subs: Richie Long, Ger Collins, Keane Kelly Budds, Stephen Byrne.


 Our seventh Lotto draw of 2018 was held on Tuesday last, February 13th. The €2000 jackpot was not won this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 10, 28 and 35. Joanne Landers, Damien Irwin, Mark and Catherine Foley won €30 each, while Noel Linehan won a €30 voucher for O’Neill’s Londis. Next week we will have a jackpot of €2200 – if you’re not in…..




Our Annual Christmas Quiz, which was deferred twice due to bereavements over the festive season, will take place on Friday March 16th in The Old Thatch, Killeagh. Time to be getting your team organized for this fun night, with plenty of opportunity for fun and challenge!



If you didn’t manage to make our Registration Day last Sunday, please make sure to pay up to your team manager or to our Rúnaí Olivia as soon as possible before the games begin – no pay, no play!



Midleton CBS fell at the final hurdle in their efforts to become the first Cork school since their previous win in 2006 to win the coveted Dr. Harty Cup when they were comprehensively beaten by a brilliant Ard Scoil Rís side in Mallow last Saturday. The Limerick school had stars throughout the pitch whose aerial prowess, physical strength and composure with the sliotar were a joy to behold for the 3000+ in attendance, even if the result did not go the way of the majority who were wishing for a Midleton victory. Scoring 3-18 (to Midleton’s 2-10), with only four points from frees and just six wides, this was an outstanding display from Ard Scoil, who surely have future inter-county stars in their ranks. Midleton CBS progress to the All-Ireland quarter-final, so perhaps they may yet get a chance to make amends.




Monday last, February 12th, saw the lights on again for over 2 hours for our fifth Monday of the “Ireland Lights Up Operation Transformation” walking campaign. The cold weather, along with a school event in Inch, meant our numbers dipped slightly to 85, although we still welcomed some new walkers who were joining us for the first time. We have two more Mondays – 19th and 26th, so please come along for the final weeks. If you’ve been with us already, or if you’re intending to join in, remember that 3 laps equates to a mile, 9 laps equals 5K, and if you’re targeting our 4 mile road race / walk on March 4th, then you need to do 12 laps to reach that target. Keep up the good work, get your friends to join you, and make sure to join us upstairs when you’re done with the walking for some healthy refreshments and plenty more chat!



Sunday February 18th was the date for Healthy Clubs Project Monthly Walk No. 25, with Inchiquin Castle on the banks of the river Woomanagh our walk highlight. Leaving from Woodview Estate at 10.00 a.m., the pace was quick for the 5 km brisk walk towards the castle, where we arrived just before our ETA of 1100 hrs. There we were met by local man Ted O’Brien, born and reared under the shadow of the castle, which is believed to be the oldest castle in County Cork, and the only round tower castle in this part of Ireland. Ted gave us a rundown on the history of the castle from its beginnings in the middle of the 13th century, referring to its strategic importance on the tidal Woomanagh. The castle’s location allowing access upriver and out to sea made this a very important site in past times. Our walking group had now swelled to 26 in size, with some joining ‘en route’, and we were treated to some ‘fact or fiction’ tales from our surprise visiting guest, the legendary John Arnold from Bartlemy, who had travelled down to do his own research on Inchiquin and its sister castle on the Woomanagh, Castle Richard. John could easily have spent the day regaling us with his brilliant yarns, each one of which of course was reputed to be absolutely true! John, you made our day, go raibh maith agat! A big thank you also to Ted and Rosarii O’Brien for welcoming us to their local area of interest and for their sharing of their own local lore.



Our Golf Society AGM will be held this week in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Thursday February 22nd at 8.30 p.m. As always, we would love to have new members. Our next Golf Society outing will take place on Tuesday February 27th with the Margaret Rochford / Tom Fitzgibbon Charity Day in West Waterford Golf Club. It’s a shotgun start at 1.30 p.m. with dinner at 6.00 p.m. Cost is just €40 (€25 for West Waterford members). As usual, book your place with Ray Rochford at 087-2330054.



Weekend Away in Enniscorthy Saturday Mar 2nd and Sunday Mar 3rd
Sunday Mar 18th Youghal Golf Club 11.30 am
Saturday Apr 21st  Gold Coast 10.30 am
Thursday May 24th Cobh GC 2.00 pm
Saturday Jun 16th Tramore Golf Club Captain’s Prize  11.00 am
Thursday – Saturday July 12th, 13th, 14th Killeagh GAA Golf Classic, West Waterford GC
Thursday Jul 26th Mount Juliet  Time TBC
Thursday Aug 16th Castlemartyr 2.00 pm
Saturday Sep 29th  Lee Valley 12.00 noon
Saturday Oct 27h   Presidents Prize, Water Rock GC Time TBC
Saturday Dec 1st  Christmas outing, West Waterford GC Time TBC



Photographs attached:

Inchiquin Castle
Walking Group with Ted O’Brien at Inchiquin Castle last Sunday.
Ann Marie Joyce, Amhránaíocht Aonair Winner at East Cork Scór Sinsir in Lisgoold last Saturday, with Junior Scully, Club Cultural Officer.
Eddie Leahy, who represented Killeagh in the Aithriseoireacht at Scór in Lisgoold last Saturday