Killeagh GAA Club

08 October, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS October 7th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO


When we talk about developments on the pitch, it’s usually to the games we refer. Well this week, we have some big ‘on-pitch’ developments to talk about, but not involving games. Rather, the on-pitch development is the announcement that after many years of keeping some people in and others out, the fencing around our main pitch in Páirc Uí Chinnéide (a credit to those who worked tirelessly to install it many years ago) is now old and battered and needs to be replaced, while we also need to install some safe fencing along the perimeter of our Glenbower pitch (to the right of the driveway / car park) which will keep users safe in that pitch. This is a major undertaking for our club, but when it is finished, we shall have safe, modern and spectator-friendly fencing throughout our grounds, (we also trust that there will be no MMA-type octagon-jumping lunatics lurking around to cause trouble either inside or outside)!

How can you help? To assist with our funding of this new 21st century fencing, we are asking individuals and families to SPONSOR A SECTION (FUND OUR FENCE, PAY FOR THE PERIMETER!). If you can give €100, we will have your name engraved on a nameplate which will be permanently attached to your section of fence as a ‘Thank You’ and recognition of your support. To support this initiative, please contact Padraig McGrath on 087-8575678 or any club committee member.

Cork GAA Clubs Draw 2018-2019 season is just beginning. Would you like to win up to €20,000 – there are 12 monthly draws and our record in Killeagh is very good with cars and cash coming our way quite regularly. Once again, we are encouraging all in our community to please support this vital club fundraiser (the club gets €45 of every €100 draw entry. Contact any committee member or Dave Barry 087-8123352 to renew or to join.



Parish Leagues Week 3 took place on Tuesday evening last and for the third evening we were blessed with glorious autumn weather. The Red Team, depleted in Week 2, had almost a full squad and were much more competitive. In the hurling matches, the Green Team beat the Reds by 7-5 to 4-3, while, the Yellows got their first win, beating the Blues by 4-3 to 3-0 . In the football, the Greens and Reds played out an exciting draw (7-0 to 6-3), while the Yellows also beat the Blues here, by 9-4 to 5-2. After three weeks, the state of play is as follows:

Hurling: Blues 4 points, Greens 4 points, Reds 2 points, Yellows 2 points.

Football: Yellows 6 points, Blues 3 points, Greens 2 point, Reds 1 points.

So it’s all systems go for our A and B finals on Tuesday evening October 9th at 6.30 p.m. Please come along to see the skills, excitement and endeavour – you won’t be disappointed! In the hurling Blues play Greens and Reds play Yellows, while in the Football Yellows play Blues while Greens play Reds.


Greens: Ben Walsh, Michael O’Donovan, Michael Doherty, Cathal Landers, Jack Coleman, Conor Murphy, Thomas Kelly, Fionn Mulcahy, Kealan Fitzgerald, Joshua Gregory, Cormac Deane, Callum Power, Cormac Delaney, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Seanan McDonnell.

Blues: Sean Meade, Harry Connon, Jamie Hyde, Colm Cowhig, Cian O’Riordan, Tadhg Considine, Eoin Spillane, Michael Griffin, Kieran Murphy, Ben Geary, Alex Fogarty, Ryan Murphy, Patrick Dineen, Cayden Hyde, Darragh Sheehan.

Yellows: Fionn Murphy (Killeagh), Conor Burns, Ethan O’Driscoll, Liam Óg Power, Fionn Brennan, John Ogbebor, Eoin Roche, Andrew Hogan, Sean Fitzgerald, Liam Manning, Andrew Brenner, Rian Lane, Cathal Brennan, Sean O’Leary, Alex Howey.

Reds: Barry Walsh, Sean Lynch, Fionn Murphy (Inch), Max Harty, Oran Cunningham, Jacob Dignam, Aaron Dignam, Callum Harte, Aidan McNamee, Dara McDonald, Billy Guerin, John Farquhar, Rian O’Connor, Tom Power, Daniel Geary.


Our Under 12 hurlers made the long trek to Newtownshandrum (the Under 10s were in UCD nearly as quickly the previous week!) on Saturday last to play Shandrum in the Fé 12 Group 2 league semi-final. We got off to a good start with an early goal, and Sean Meade in flying form up front. However, Sean sustained a shoulder injury a short time into the game and had to be replaced. Already minus Barry Walsh through injury, we struggled to contain the home team from this point on, while Fionn Murphy was also injured later on in the game. Eventually, Shandrum ran out comfortable winners by 3-12 to 2-4. Focus turns to football now as we travel to Kilmurry in a couple of weeks for the Group 3 semi-final.


Killeagh's Under 10 panel were recently invited into the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin county senior hurling champions today) Under 10 hurling tournament. This was held in the UCD Sports campus on Sunday, 30th September. There were 32 teams from 10 different counties competing on the day. We entered two 9-a-side teams. Killeagh 1 were drawn in Group 1 with Newport 1 (Tipperary), Kilmacud Crokes 1 (Dublin), Buffers Alley 1 (Wexford) and Clane 1 (Kildare). Killeagh 2 were drawn in Group 6 with Clane 2, Ferns 1 (Wexford), Kilmacud Crokes 3 and Roanmore 2 (Waterford). Killeagh 1 started with a match against Newport. We got off to the better start and we scored two early goals to settle us which ultimately proved decisive and we won by 4 points. Next up we faced Kilmacud Crokes first team. This was another tough struggle. We struck for an all-important goal just before half time and emerged victorious by 2 points. Our third group game saw us play Buffers Alley who also had two wins on the board when they played us. Buffers Alley led by a point at the short whistle and scored

a great goal and a point on the resumption. But credit to our lads they dug in and we got a few great scores, but still trailed by a point with time almost up. We created one last chance and after a great passing move we scored a brilliant goal to win a great game. Our last group game saw us win comfortably against Clane. These results saw us top the group to qualify for the A Final. We faced a physically strong Craughwell side from Galway. We were a point behind at half time. The Craughwell keeper was in great form and after the restart their forwards struck for two well worked goals to leave us trailing by seven points. Credit to the lads they kept at it and a brilliant goal gave hope of a comeback. The lads threw everything at it but three more superb saves by their excellent keeper saw Craughwell win by 4 points.

Killeagh 2 started with a game against Kilmacud Crokes. The lads started really well and were comfortable winners taking some great scores. In the second group game we were unlucky with a few chances and we lost to Clane by two points. The third group game was a great contest with Roanmore. We were behind by 9 points at the break but came storming back with great play at midfield and upfront to trail by a point with time almost up. Try as they might the lads could not get the equaliser. Our last group game was against Ferns from Wexford. The lads displayed great skill and played some lovely hurling to run out easy winners in the end.

Killeagh 2 results meant they played a final match against Castletown Liam Mellows (Wexford). This game was really close all through with Killeagh leading for a lot of it through a great opportunist goal from one of our younger players. Castletown responded well and just edged the result by a point. Overall this was a fabulous experience for our lads. All the lads who travelled tried really hard and the great effort and attendance at training is showing on match days. It was a great achievement to finish runners-up in Division 1 of such a highly regarded tournament with 32 teams competing on the day. Our Killeagh 2 team were competitive throughout all their games also and the coaches were delighted with the skill and commitment displayed by all. Special thanks to all the parents and supporters who made the long trip on the day but most of all thanks to the lads who did themselves proud on the day. Squad: Adam Barry, Alex Fogarty, Alex Howey, Andrew Brenner, Ben Geary, Billy Guerin, Callum Power, Cormac Deane, Cormac Delaney, Darragh Sheehan, Eoin Sheehan, John Farquhar, Patrick Dineen, Rian Lane, Rian O'Connor, Ryan Murphy, Sean O'Leary, Seanan McDonnell.


Rebel Óg Premier 2 Fé 16 Hurling League Semi-Final Ballincollig 5-12, Killeagh-Ita's 1-10

Our Under 16 boys finished off their 2018 campaign with a defeat at home by Ballincollig on Saturday last in the Premier 2 league semi-final. Ballincollig were crowned county champions in this grade on the previous weekend when they defeated St. Colman’s, and they were the better team here, although the scoreline probably flatters them. They led by 2-6 to 0-4 at half time but both goals might have been prevented, while in the second half our boys battled well throughout and reduced the deficit to three points, but excellent saves from the Ballincollig ‘keeper and two late goals meant the gap was at its greatest by the end. Highlight for us was an ‘Anthony Nash’ type bullet free from Ciaran O’Rourke which flew past about eight on the Ballincollig line into the top right-hand corner of the net. Well done to all the panel for their efforts throughout the year, and to mentors Donie, Johnny and others.

Team: Ryan Farquhar, Colm Treacy, Brian Murphy, Padraig Landers, Robbie Treacy, Jamie Fogarty, David Collins, George Walsh, Ciaran Leahy, Daniel Doherty, Christian Coughlan, Remy Bernard, Paudie Mackey, Ciaran O’Rourke, Eoin Brenner, Tony McCarthy, Paul Kent, Evan Lane, Ben Budds, Aaron Fitzgibbon.

LOTTO UPDATE The Lotto jackpot continues to rise. Last week’s draw, held on Tuesday October 2nd, was for a jackpot of €8600 and the numbers drawn, 2, 12, 24 and 36, were not matched by any of our players. So we roll over to €8,800 for the coming week and the excitement is building. €30 winners drawn were Kieran Scully, Sean McCarthy, Joshua Gregory and Fionn Mulcahy. If you’re not in …


Monthly Walk No. 33 Sunday October 14th 2018: CURRABINNY WOODS, CORK HARBOUR

Our 33rd monthly walk will take place on Sunday next October 14th 2018. We had planned to go to Ballyhoura for this month’s walk but we are unable to do so. Instead, we will head to Currabinny Woods, outside Carrigaline, where there is a pleasant 5K loop walk which overlooks Cork Harbour, similar in distance and terrain to Glenbower Woods. Co-ordinates for the woods are 51.8122° N, 8.3040° W, the entrance is about 1km past the GSK factory entrance. This time and date will enable people to attend the Cork Senior Hurling County Final between Midleton and Imokilly on the same day if they so wish. Meet at the woods car park at 10.00 a.m., text if coming to 085-7540973.

Finally, we have a Healthy Clubs Project Open Meeting for all in our community in Páirc Uí Chinnéide at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday next, October 11th. Come along and help us plan healthy activities for the coming months.