Killeagh GAA Club

29 October, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS October 28th 2018

By Colman Motherway, Killeagh GAA PRO



Our on-pitch activities are almost at an end, with just a handful of teams left in competitive action. Our minor hurlers play a league semi-final on Bank Holiday Monday at 3.00 p.m. in Killeagh against Eire Og, our Under 12 footballers await either Courcey Rovers or Mayfield in the county league final, and our Division 3 Junior hurling team are due to play a league semi-final on November 10th. Apart from these games, our club activities are mostly concentrated away from the playing pitches, and yet, there is plenty happening. Among other events covered this week are our annual primary schools quiz, our Golf Society President’s Prize, our Healthy Clubs Project / Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others Pre-Christmas Operation Transformation walking plan, and our upcoming AGM. 



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 this week. 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.




Our Under 10 panel have had a most exciting year, clocking up the air miles on the Learjet (not!) as they ventured three times deep into Cúige Laighin with trips to Carlow (Ballinkillen), Kildare (Naas) and Dublin (Kilmacud Crokes). A short trip across the county bounds to Lismore held no fears of jet lag then on Sunday morning last, a beautiful crisp morning to be clashing the ash. The event? The annual Pat O’Gorman Memorial Tournament, where we played Kilmacow from Kilkenny, Ballyduff Upper and our hosts Lismore. This was a well-organised 12-a-side tournament, which meant our panel of 17 players each got plenty of game time in our three games. We defeated Kilmacow in our first game and then Ballyduff, before we once again came up against Lismore (we had met them in our own tournament in early September in Killeagh). In a brilliant game of hurling, our hosts just got the better of us, winning by 5-2 to 5-0. This was a great team performance once again, and a fitting way to end our playing season. Well done boys and management (Ger, Joe, Brinsley, Aidan and Sean) on a great year!

Panel: Rian O’Connor, Ben Geary, Cormac Deane, Billy Guerin, Seanan McDonnell, Rian Lane, Cormac Delaney, Alex Howey, Alex Fogarty, Tom Power, Daniel Geary, Patrick Dineen, John Farquhar, Andrew Brenner, Cathal Brennan, Callum Power, Sean O’Leary.


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.


Our fifth annual Primary Schools’ Quiz, for pupils from 3rd to 6th class in the local primary schools, took place in Killeagh Hall on Thursday evening last, October 25th. 29 teams participated from eight schools – our four parish schools as well as Castlemartyr, Kilcredan, Clonpriest and Gaelscoil Chóráin, Eochaill. The standard of answering was very high, with five teams scoring 71 or more out of 80. Kyle, Inch and Scoil Chóráin each had teams finish level on 73 points, and in the tie-break round, Scoil Chóráin finished second, Inch third and Kyle fourth. Ahead of them on a brilliant 76 points, Castlemartyr NS were deserving winners on the night, and reclaimed the School Shield for their school after it had resided in Kilcredan for the past two years. Well done to all 29 teams and many thanks to all who helped on the night. A total of €500 was raised, with this being split evenly between Killeagh-Ita's GAA Club and our designated local charity, which for 2018 is the Killeagh Hall Upgrade Fund. Here’s just a few of the questions asked on the night:

Which island can be seen from Knockadoon and Redbarn?
Which team did France defeat in the 2018 World Cup Soccer Final?
What kind of creature is a John Dory?
Which singer released a single called “Shotgun” in May 2018?

Easy? If you think you could do well at quizzes, come along to Hickey’s Bar (Long’s) in Mount Uniacke on Friday November 9th at 9.00 p.m. where a Fundraising Table Quiz will be held in aid of HOPE Foundation. David Collins, our Under 16 player, is one of four Pobalscoil na Tríonóide TY students heading off to Kolkata with HOPE in March 2019, and he is organising this quiz as part of his fundraising efforts for HOPE. A great night is assured. See you there?


The Lotto jackpot continues to rise. Last week’s draw, held on Tuesday October 23rd, was for a jackpot of €9200 and the numbers drawn, 4, 21, 25 and 27, were not matched by any of our players. €30 winners drawn were Paul Meade, Mary Bernard, Colin Coady, while Paul Fitzgerald won a €30 voucher for Tom Kelly Butchers. So we roll over to €9,400 for the coming week and the car possibilities get better with every passing week – you'll have 3 of the 4 wheels on a 191 at this rate! Or maybe you are more interested in sorting your Christmas shopping and a holiday – a chance of this for just €2??  If you’re not in …


There was a great turnout of 42 golfers at Water Rock Golf Club on Saturday last October 27th for one of the highlights of the Golf Society year – the President’s Prize.  Padraig McGrath, as club chairman, once again had the honour of being Club President for this year and presenting his prizes in Power’s Bar on Saturday evening. The weather was a little Baltic on Saturday with the wind chill particularly severe, but it was dry at least. Ag deireadh an lae, we had another first-time winner, continuing the 2018 trend of first-time winners, with Stephen Byrne on 43 points. The Carlow native has made a great contribution to Killeagh GAA since his move to our parish, contributing in playing and non-playing roles. The Carlow rising continues apace! Second place went to Deirdre Fitzgibbon on 39 points, who was earning her first ever prize in the society, while other winners included Tadhg O’Connor (35), Ger Ahern (best gross), Kieran Scully (34), Alan Crotty (33), Tim Crotty (33) and Colin Fogarty (2nd gross). Ann Rochford won the past Captain prize, while Alan Crotty was named Golfer of the Year, thereby winning the Tommy Galvin Trophy. Sean Treacy won the Matchplay Event, winning the Fr. Glavin trophy, while our guest on Saturday (a fine 37 putting him in the prizes) had the distinction of shooting the first ever hole-in-one on a society event. Well done John Corbett!





Wednesday last October 24th was one of the most spectacular Autumn days one could wish for on this island. The sun shone brilliantly, with warm temperatures and barely a puff of breeze. A huge contrast to just one year ago, when we were still staggering around reflecting on the havoc caused by Storm Ophelia. A perfect day, then, for our annual Primary Schools’ Forest Walk in Glenbower, as part of our Healthy Clubs Project and in conjunction with the Active Schools Project. Over 140 eager children, aged between 4 and 13, from each of our four primary schools (Killeagh, Inch, Park and Kyle), attended with their teachers and assistants, where they walked, talked and learned much about their free fantastic local amenity. Local historians George Fogarty and Sean McCarthy were on hand to give some background information about the mill and the mill race at the edge of the wood, and the demise of Glenbower Lake in 1987 / 1988. Well done to all who walked – our second term event (poster / story competition) and third term beach walk will follow in due course. Keep healthy, keep happy!



With less than two months to Christmas, our very active Inch Rovers Gaelic For Mothers And Others group are once again ahead of the curve in getting people active and together! Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next eight weeks, they are looking for men, women, children and pets of all ages and sizes to get Winter Walking. The venue is Tesco Car Park in Youghal at 7.30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. All you need is a Hi-Vis Vest, some layers of clothes (keep an eye on weather), a pair of runners, and maybe (or maybe not!) some thoughts on the burning issues of the day to be discussed as you’re walking. Come along, you will be glad you did! Further information from Helen on 087-2414279.



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!



Our sympathies this week go to the family of the late Bridie Landers of Carhue, who passed away on Tuesday last. Bridie’s children and grandchildren are all very involved in GAA circles, and Bridie was extremely proud of them all, including her daughter Cathy’s many All-Ireland medals with Cork and her grandson Seamie (Harnedy)’s exploits with Cork and Imokilly. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.


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! Let’s help make it better for everyone!