Killeagh GAA Club

22 October, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS October 21st 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO


You know by now that we have been talking about our new pitch fencing for a few weeks. 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. So how are you fixed? A suggestion – this would be a lovely Christmas present to give to your loved one, godchild, grandchildren …. To support this initiative, please contact Padraig McGrath on 087-8575678 or any club committee member. Pledges and money is coming in, so join the movement and commit your name (and your €100!) to permanent recognition in Páirc Uí Chinnéíde!

Cork GAA Clubs Draw 2018-2019 season is just beginning with the first draw in early November. 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.


Rebel Óg Eastern B Minor Football League Semi-Final

Killeagh-Ita's 3-2, Blarney 2-10

Our minor footballers completed their 2018 Rebel Óg campaign with a very promising performance against a strong Blarney side in windy conditions in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Sunday October 21st. With only three eighteen year olds in our starting 15 (Blarney had eight), this was always going to be a challenge, as Blarney included all bar one of their hurling squad who had recently reached the Premier 1 minor hurling final. Included in Blarney's ranks were Declan O’Hanlon, scorer of 2-2 in Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship against Youghal earlier in the week, and Shane Barrett, Cork minor hurling captain of 2018. The wind was a factor in this game, although it didn’t appear so for the first ten minutes. Blarney, playing against the wind, controlled the ball in the early stages, getting in for a goal after just three minutes and adding a point on eight. Gradually, however, our team began to regain and retain possession, and attacked with purpose. We were rewarded with a goal from Christian Coughlan (outstanding in the first half) after 14 minutes, his levelling point on 17, and a great right-footed finish to the net from Robert Sinclair (also excellent in that first half, as were his brother George and cousin Jamie Fogarty) to lead by 2-1 to 1-1 at half time. Two other goal opportunities almost came off, but the three point lead was a good reward for excellent link play throughout the field, with Cathal Fitzgibbon, Barry Motherway and David Collins very effective in setting up attacks. Blarney took control of the second half from the throw in with a quick point, and with the rising wind, had established parity (2-1 to 1-4) by 35 minutes, and a two-point lead by 42 minutes. Nevertheless, our team showed great spirit to mount

further quick attacks which yielded a point from a Robert Sinclair free and then a great team goal finished by Adrian Galvin on 48 minutes gave us a two-point lead – 3-2 to 1-6. Luck turned against us around this time, however, with Paul Delaney forced off through injury, Blarney scoring 1-2 in a four minute spell, and then a serious injury to Christian Coughlan (broken collar bone – get well soon Christian!), which diluted our fervour for one final push to victory. The game finished with two points from frees for Blarney, giving them a somewhat flattering five point victory. Great credit to our young team for an excellent effort in playing against a team who had been County Under 15 A champions in 2015. As an aside, three minor league play offs (between teams who had finished first or second in their respective leagues during the year) were conceded on Sunday, including the other semi-final in this competition. A poor reflection on the attitude of clubs to giving games to players throughout the season!

Team: Andrew Foley, George Sinclair, Daniel Lucey, Brian Murphy, Jamie Fogarty, Cathal Fitzgibbon, David Collins, Barry Motherway, Dara Motherway, Christian Coughlan (1-1), Adrian Galvin (Captain) (1-0), Owen Cosgrove, Paul Delaney, Darragh O’Connor, Robert Sinclair (1-1). Subs. Dylan Hogan, Kieran Daly, Ciaran O’Rourke, George Walsh, Ciaran Leahy, Tommy Noonan, Remy Bernard, Tony McCarthy.

Rebel Óg Fé 12 Football League Semi-Final

Kilmurry 1-9, Killeagh-Ita's 5-5

Our Under 12 footballers became the first team to reach a Rebel Óg final in 2018 when they defeated Kilmurry in Kilmurry on Sunday afternoon last in a cracking game, thereby qualifying to play either Courcey Rovers or Mayfield who meet in the other semi-final. This was an exciting game with the scoreline being kinder to Killeagh-Ita's than the actual difference on the pitch. Our boys found it difficult to get scores early on and mid way through the first half led by just one point – 0-2 to 0-1. A Barry Walsh goal just before half-time gave us a slight cushion at half-time – 2-2 to 0-4 – but this was whittled away very quickly when Kilmurry kicked four points to level the game just after half time. With home advantage, it was beginning to look like a Kilmurry victory, but our boys showed character to rattle in three more goals (Sean Meade destroyer-in-chief) and claim the spoils. Chief among the heroes on the day was Fionn Brennan as cúl báire whose kick outs were as accurate as Stephen Cluxton and whose penalty save mid-way through the second half was the game’s turning point, as we galloped downfield and raised our own green flag – a six point swing in one play! Others to shine today were Ben Walsh, Ethan O’Driscoll and Michael O’Donovan. Well done to the whole panel who have made steady progress throughout 2018, as they have done in previous years. Roll on the final!!

Team: Fionn Brennan, Darragh Prenter, Colm Cowhig, Ben Walsh, Fionn Murphy, Sean Lynch, Ethan O Driscoll (Captain) Harry Connon, Michael Doherty, Michael O Donovan, Barry Walsh, Sean Meade, Conor Burns. Subs: Cathal Landers, Max Harty, Jamie Hyde, Aidan McNamee, Jack Coleman, Tadhg Considine

Rebel Óg Fé 11 Football Blitz

Killeagh hosted the final Under 11 activity of 2018 – a six team football blitz – in Páirc Uí Chinnéide in beautiful weather conditions on Saturday morning last. Glanmire brought two 11-a-side teams, as did Killeagh-Ita's, while Carrigtwhoill and Kiltha Óg also had teams present. Glanmire won both sections, beating Killeagh-Ita's in the final games on both pitches, with one match having a 6-12 to 4-12 scoreline over the full hour-long game. Excellent performances on the day from both panels, with particular mention to Jacob Dignam, Liam Manning, Oran Cunningham, Kieran Murphy, Conor Murphy and Michael Griffin. Many thanks to all visiting teams who made sure this was an enjoyable end to the season.

FIXTURES Rebel Óg Premier 2A Minor Hurling League Semi-Final Killeagh-Ita's v Éire Óg in Killeagh on Bank Holiday Monday October 29th at 3.00 p.m.

LOTTO UPDATE The Lotto jackpot continues to rise. Last week’s draw, held on Tuesday October 16th, was for a jackpot of €9000 and the numbers drawn, 1, 7, 24 and 33, were not matched by any of our players. So we roll over to €9,200 for the coming week and the excitement is building. Could you get your Christmas shopping and a holiday all sorted for just €2?? €30 winners drawn were Mary Cronin, John Anthony Fitzgerald, Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others, while Isabel McCarthy won a €30 voucher for Londis. If you’re not in …



We stay local for the next five months with our monthly walks, although we are crossing the county bounds in November. On Armistice Day (we will mark the centenary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month en route), we will meet in picturesque Knockanore village and explore the byways towards Strancally Castle, overlooking Ireland’s Rhine – the Munster Blackwater - and possibly on to Camphire Bridge over the river Bride. A more beautiful location you won’t find anywhere. As usual, text 085-7540973 if interested in coming along, and especially if you would like to join us for the first time!

Also we begin a new venture on Wednesday this week, October 24th with our initial WEDNESDAY WALKING group – meet in The Old Thatch Car Park at 11.00 a.m. for a stroll up beautiful Glenbower. For this walk, the time and venue coincide with our annual Primary Schools Term 1 walk in Glenbower, so if it’s tranquility you want, then maybe that’s not going to be readily available at that particular time and venue! Contact Teresa on 083-0621986 for further details.


Two Killeagh expatriates are flying the GAA and Killeagh flags out in foreign parts with great success. Niamh Daly and Brendan Delaney (living only a mile apart at home) are teaching in Dubai and Al Ain respectively, way out there where it’s very hot and you won’t be picking blackberries any time soon! The “Sharjah Hurling and Camogie Tournament” was held last weekend and Niamh’s team, Dubai Celts, won the senior camogie final, while Brendan, our erstwhile minor coach, was on the Al Ain team which won the intermediate hurling final. At last some silverware for Killeagh! Well done Niamh and Brendan, Christmas is not too far away!

FINALLY A date for your diary – Killeagh GAA AGM on Monday November 19th at 7.30 p.m. Pencil it in and come and have your say. This is your club!