Castlemartyr GAA Notes

13 December, 2009



The Castlemartyr GAA Long puck takes place as usual on St Stephens Day at 1.45 pucking off as usual from Kilmountain Cross. This event is always the highlight of the clubs social calendar and will no doubt be hugely enjoyed by all.

With the year that’s in it, competition will be keen to capture the Joseph Walsh Memorial Trophy, but as always the emphasis will be on having fun and getting out in the fresh air after the Christmas Day excess.

So calling on everybody of all ages and sizes now is your chance to pit your wits against some of the players that captured the Jamsey Kelleher. Its only €10, and some strong refreshments will be served at the finishing line. Names to Johnny Walsh, M.J Cremin or Donal McCarthy, or just turn up on the day.


The Castlemartyr GAA Victory Dinner Dance will take place in Garryvoe Hotel on Saturday 30th of January. This promises to be the best night out in at least 45 years so don’t miss it.

Tickets are already going fast and are on sale in The Village Greengrocers, Clifford’s and Shortts Bars, The Sportsman’s Inn or from Dave Fleming 0872265560, Mick Carroll 0862577214, William Martin 086 1607029, Mick Leahy 4667509, MJ Cremin 0876499262, Charlotte Carroll 0862225342 and Carey Joyce 0863681382.

Music is by the popular West End Boys and tickets are only €35.


Castlemartyr GAA has recently published a Yearbook comemerating the marvellous year they have just had. Having spent 45 long years, looking on, as club after club around them went on and achieved much success on the hurling fields, they must often have wondered would their turn ever come.

But come at last it did, and in a nail biting year, with several narrow victories on the way to East Cork Final, all the disappointment of those 45 barren years was washed away in that magical second half in Rostellen.

This Yearbook captures the sheer joy of the occasion, and explains what it meant to several different type of Castlemartyr supporter. From the veterans who had laboured in anguish for far too long, to the recent “blow-ins” who hopped on the bandwagon and got carried away by the whole thing is recorded in a humorous and heart warming style.

Jimmy Smiddy gives an account of his career to date, and Dan Barry who soldiered with Jimmy for much of his career gives his view from the bench. Dagger Walsh answers many of the hard questions about “what happened to Castlemartyr hurling in the 80’s” and there is also an in-depth interview with An Bainnisteoir Seamus Lawton.

Captain Ollie Smiddy gives his slant on things, and there is also a word from the Chairman David Fleming. With a colour poster of the heroes in the middle and a blow by blow account of all of Castle martyr’s Championship matches throughout the year and much more besides, this Yearbook makes a great read for any Castlemartyr or GAA supporter.

So go on, relive the excitement that gripped a village. And in years to come if you may stumble across it in your attic, you will be transported all the way back to 2009and that wonderful evening in September.

And the best of it’s only a fiver.

On sale now in all local shops in Castlemartyr and Mogeely, or from Carey Joyce at 086 3681382.