Killeagh GAA Club

10 December, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS December 9th 2018

By Patrick Mulcahy, Killeagh GAA PRO


Our inaugural Sean Lavery Memorial Football Tournament, aka “Friday Night Lights” finished up after four weeks in Páirc Uí Chinnéide on Friday 30th November (what a pleasure to be still playing football on the last evening of November) for our U16 and minor footballers. Thankfully, it was a mild and dry evening, and a nice crowd, some having their first look, gathered to watch proceedings. The format for the finals was different from the league games, and it was two straight finals, albeit with a little tweak once again to the scoring format. For the first half of each final (20 minutes), teams were only able to score goals, while full scoring rules applied for the second half.

The ‘B’ Final was an extremely close affair, with the Reds and Blues engaged in a ding-dong battle throughout. The Reds were strengthened by Richie Landers’ ‘guest appearance’ as substitute for the injured Adrian Galvin, and he played extremely well throughout, banging in plenty of goals. At half time, the Blues held a slender advantage (5 goals to 4), with Barry Motherway, Jamie Fogarty and Ciaran Leahy very prominent. Tony McCarthy and Cian McDonald were very impressive for the Reds, and the second half continued to be very close, with little between the teams at any stage. With the final whistle looming, the Reds had nudged in front, but the Blues got the final score to win a thrilling match by 11-2 to 11-0.

The ‘A’ Final, played for the Sean Lavery Shield, saw end-to-end action from first whistle to last. In the first half, the Greens had five different scorers (Eoin Brenner, Olin Hennessy, Paul Delaney, Oisin McCarthy and Paudie Mackey) and this gave them a 5-2 half-time lead, although the main difference between the two teams was the profligacy of the Yellows in the shooting zone, as they had many shots either well saved by the rotating goalkeeper (Dylan Hogan and Paul Delaney most effective in defence) or ending up inches wide of the target. The Greens started very quickly in the second half and led by 8-5 to 3-0 after eight minutes, and the game looked to be up for the Yellows. However, they battled on, led by captain Kieran Daly, and four quick goals from Kieran and Robert Sinclair brought them right back into contention. At 10-5 to 8-0 with four minutes left, it looked like the Greens had stemmed the tide, but the Yellows put in one last effort and rattled in three more goals to trail by just two points (10-5 to 11-0) with just a minute left.

Could they complete an improbable comeback? Not quite, as a George Walsh point and a Paul Delaney goal closed it out for the Greens – winners by 11-6 to 11-0. Great excitement and a fitting end to a thrilling four weeks of action! At this point, everyone returned to our indoor hall where refreshments were provided to all present. Sean Lavery’s family, Mary, Ross and Aisling, had been present from the beginning of the evening to watch the matches, and they presented prizes to all players – gumshields to the runner-up teams and kit bags to the winning teams – as well as the Shield to winning Greens captain Olin Hennessy. Many thanks to all who helped to make this innovative tournament a success – particularly the players, without whose interest it could not have gone ahead. Thanks also to referees Colman Motherway & Johnny Brenner, to Haulie Collins who prepared the pitches in advance each evening, and to Mary Collins for setting up the hall on the final night. Thanks to everyone who brought

food and assisted with catering on the final evening, which overall, was a fitting tribute to Sean both on and off the pitch!


REDS: Adrian Galvin, Andrew Foley, Cathal Fitzgibbon, Cian McDonald, David Collins, Tommy Noonan, Tony McCarthy, Richie Landers.

GREENS: Dylan Hogan, Olin Hennessy, Paul Delaney, Danny Cunningham, Oisin McCarthy, George Walsh Wallace, Paudie Mackey, Eoin Brenner.

BLUES: Barry Motherway, Darragh O’Connor, Dara Motherway, Owen Cosgrove, Jamie Fogarty, Ciaran Leahy, Remy Bernard, Aaron Fitzgibbon.

YELLOWS: Kieran Daly, Rob Sinclair, Dan Lucey, George Sinclair, Ciaran O’Rourke, Brian Murphy, Daniel Doherty, Evan Lane.


Your support for our Fence Upgrade Project has been FANTASTIC to date. Your contributions & pledges have us well on the way for having the project awarded & into construction early in the new year.

Remember, 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.

For those who have yet pledged their €100 for ‘sponsor a section’ & are yet to meet someone to give their sponsorship to, please contact Padraig McGrath on 087-8575678 or any club committee member to sponsor YOUR section of Fencing on around YOUR CLUB GROUNDS.

Thank you again for your generosity towards this much needed safety improvement of YOUR CLUB Facilities.

LOTTO UPDATE The Lotto jackpot is climbing steadily......

The latest club draw took place on Tuesday 4th December, the jackpot was €10,400 and the numbers drawn were 3,11,31 & 36. Jackpot was not won on this occasion. The €30 winners drawn were Annette O’Donovan, Maura Irwin & Emily Desmond while the €30 voucher for Vibes Salon was won by the Ann Motherway. Next week’s jackpot will be a rollover of €10,600 on Tuesday 11th of December. Buy your lotto tickets in the local businesses around the village or buy online @

And for all players entering the draw on Tuesday 11th December, there will be some Christmas prizes for up grabs. So how do you play, you buy a ticket.... (or two).

Just a note on future dates, the draw on Tuesday 18th will be the last club lotto for 2018 (ah noooo....) therefore NO LOTTO on Christmas Day, but the Lotto will return after its two-week holiday break on WEDNESDAY 2nd January (please note Online Sales will close on January 1st for this draw).


The annual draw for the clubs DCS fundraising scheme will be held after the Lotto on Tuesday 18th December at 9pm. The annual draw is made up of ten prizes as follows: 1st prize worth €2000, 2nd prize worth €1000 and there are eight further prizes of €250 each making a grand total of €5000 on offer.


Our club shop located at Páirc Uí Chinnéide is open on Saturday 15th & 22nd December from 10:30am for one hour each morning. Plan a visit to your club shop where you can choose from a wide selection of sports accessories in your club colours. Replica jerseys, shorts, club socks, training clothing, Jackets, Hoodies etc. are available for all ages. Please support your club by purchasing from the club shop. (Christmas presents ideas....)


Don’t forget if you are interested in joining the Golf Society for their variety of trips away golfing throughout the year for 2019, give Ray Rochford a call on 087-2330054.


That time of the year as the regional and County Conventions take place. Last Wednesday, the East Cork Convention took place in Ballynoe. With the same board members re-elected for 2019, and a few motions passed, the great news came of Imokilly re-entering a football team back into the Senior County Football Championship for 2019. This topic of conversation will raise a few eyebrows across the county, I am sure. (If the quality was anything to go by our Friday Night Lights during November, Glenbower Rovers could have a few stars raise hands in a few years time.....)

While the County Convention will take place next Saturday the 15th of December, led by Killeagh Woman and County Chairperson of Cork GAA Tracey Kennedy who will be entering her second year in charge. There are some interesting motions up for debate next week including the exclusions of the Colleges & Divisions from the respective Cork Senior Championships.

But, undoubtedly, the biggest moment of Convention next weekend is when Runaí Frank Murphy, who has served Cork GAA 46 years, will be stepping aside after his final duties at the top table. We wish Frank the very best in his retirement and wish his successor Kevin O’Donovan (Kilmeen-Kilbree) the very best moving forward.


We learned with sadness during the week of the passing of the great Jim Griffin, a man who lived all of his ninety-six years in beautiful Pilmore. A self-taught weatherman, naturalist, philosopher, raconteur and dancer, he was a giant of a man in his own community, always available to help his neighbours and visitors to Pilmore, hugely involved in all events in Gortroe, and a dedicated and much-loved husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jim’s first love was GAA and as President of St. Ita’s GAA Club, he derived huge satisfaction from seeing Seamus Harnedy captain Cork to Munster success this year, and captain Imokilly to two county titles in 2017 and 2018. He was especially proud to be in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 2017 to witness the winning of the first of those titles.

Jim took huge pride in looking after the St. Ita’s grounds in Pilmore since their development in the 1980s, a job he continued to do well into his nineties. Jim was also Life President of Killeagh-Ita’s Juvenile GAA Club and took a keen interest in all GAA matters, from juvenile to adult, from local to county to national games, both male and female. He also had a great interest in the cultural side of the GAA and trained many set dancing teams to East Cork and County success throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Our sympathies go to Jim’s seven children and their families, his relatives and a large circle of friends, who came together during the past week to remember this great Gael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.



Our 35th monthly Healthy Clubs Project took place on Sunday December 9th in Youghal with a different kind of focus – no stressful climbs or millions of steps on the pedometers, but rather a leisurely stroll around the key historical sites of this remarkable town. Features on the walk were the old town walls (including a fascinating insight into the story of ‘witch’ Florence Newton), Myrtle Grove, the Almshouses, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, the College Gardens, Tynte’s Castle, the Magazine, the Priory, the Clock Gate and Watergate. There is as much history in Youghal to compare with that of a small country, and remarkably, in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, neither a day nor a week would suffice to glean all that can be learned in this wonderful treasure trove. For example, did you know that the last duel to be recorded in Youghal in the 1780s, where one man (Lieutenant Watters) killed another (Lieutenant Langrishe), arose over a dispute about sugar at breakfast time? Incidentally, the ‘victor’ Watters outlived the ‘defeated and dead’ Langrishe by 34 years after the duel! So next time someone asks you to pass the sugar, remember the unfortunate Langrishe and do the right thing!


Our compliments to Midleton and Fr. O’Neills Under 21 teams on producing the game of the year in the Premier 1 hurling final in Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday last – what an amazing game, even for the neutral. Congratulations to our neighbours in Fr. O’Neill’s who showed remarkable resilience and heart to win the Dick Barrett Cup – a brilliant achievement for a rural club.

Congratulations also to Bride Rovers on their victory in the County A Under 21 Final and to John Arnold, a man sharing many of the traits of the aforementioned Jim Griffin, for his novel composition which he sang to a captive audience at the conclusion of their final. Sure to be a YouTube sensation, John - John Arnold Abú!

We also send our heartiest congratulations to both Seamus Harnedy & Ciaran O’Brien, two men who spent many a day in their childhood around Páirc Uí Chinnéide, now spending some time with Senior County Medals in their back pockets & both men both made it onto the 2018 Reardens Bar Hurling Team of the Year – well deserved by both of ye! And to Bill Cooper of Imokilly & Youghal who picked up the Hurler of the Year in the championship!

Also, well done to Seamus also who over the weekend picked up another accolade, the Munster GAA Hurler of the Year. Comhghairdeas libh!


Our final meetings of the year take place this Wednesday 12th December. First, the Killeagh-Itas Juvenile meeting is at 7.45pm. Open to all, especially parents who have kids involved in teams next year.

Our final committee meeting of the year takes place at 8.30pm.


On behalf of all at Killeagh GAA, we wish you (the reader of these column inches weekly) and yours a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and hopefully will see you all down at Páirc Uí Chinnéide early in the New Year.


We have two great annual social events taking place over the Christmas Period.

Firstly, for some physical activity, Our Annual Long Puck takes place on St. Stephens Day, 26th of December. An annual club day out for members to work off the Turkey dinners from the day previous. There are plenty of prizes for the various categories. More details regarding this event will be issued here in this section next week.

Secondly, for some brain-teasing, The Table Quiz in aid of Killeagh-Itas Juvenile Club will take place on Friday 28th of December at the Old Thatch in Killeagh starting at 9.30pm. Tables of 4 cost €40. There will be refreshments and a raffle on the night. Time to start swotting off some answers (clue: some questions on night could be in these notes from last few weeks, be careful while reading!!)


1. Presentation being made of the Sean Lavery Shield to Greens Captain Olin Hennessy by the Lavery Family following the Friday Night Lights Sevens Tournament.

2. The Green Team before the “A” Final of the Friday Night Lights Tournament

3. Mary, Ross & Aisling Lavery make the present the winning Green team with the Sean Lavery Shield after defeating the Yellows in a thrilling ‘A’ Final at Páirc Uí Chinnéide last Friday evening. In photo, Left to Right, Back; Dylan Hogan, Mary Lavery, Olin Hennessy (captain), Aisling Lavery, Ross Lavery, Oisin McCarthy & George Walsh Wallace. Front; Paul Delaney, Danny Cunningham, Paudie Mackey & Eoin Brenner.

4. The Blue Team lining out prior to the ‘B’ Final.

5. ‘Clearing their lines’ Greens defender Paul Delaney trying to clear his lines, defying pressure from Yellows player Brian Murphy

6. An interested spectator on Friday night was next year’s Junior ‘A’ football manager John O’Connor watching out for talent coming through the Juvenile ranks.

7. Referee Colman Motherway throws in the ball to start the ‘A’ Final between the Greens and Yellows.

8. (L-R) Colman Motherway, Chairman of Killeagh GAA, Ross, Mary & Aisling Lavery.

9. The Red Team lining out prior to the start of the finals last Friday night.

10. The Yellow team togged our prior to the ‘A’ Final versus the Green team.

11. Referees Colman Motherway & Johnny Brenner comparing scores (& notes) at Half Time of the two finals.

12. The ‘Sponsor A Section’ poster which the club are pushing in order to raise money to build new fencing around Páirc Uí Chinnéide.

13. Jim Griffin (who died recently) pictured on a recent Healthy Club walk with friends and fellow club members.