Killeagh GAA Club

17 December, 2018

KILLEAGH GAA NEWS December 16th 2018

By Patrick Mulcahy, Killeagh GAA PRO


Last Saturday night, the 15th December saw our fellow Club member Tracey Kennedy chair a very historic County Board Convention. This Convention was different than a lot of others for many reasons, most notable was the retirement after 46 years of service of the Runaí Frank Murphy & secondly the publicity regarding the budget over run on Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Our club were well represented on the night with delegates Tim Crotty and Damien Irwin accompanied by our Runaí Mary Fitzgibbon, club stalwarts Junior Scully and Sean Murphy as well as Kieran Scully and our PRO Patrick Mulcahy.

From the outset, the Chairperson read out a statement reassuring all present that as far as the Executive were concerned the figure shown in the audited accounts for the year of just over €86 million is the current cost of the stadium; however, there is still work to be completed. On Monday the 17th, the Board of Directors will be meeting with the Croke Park representatives, who are taking over the running the stadium for the next three years. A statement will follow explaining all and it is hoped to confirm or deny the recent reports of overruns. The Chairperson also reassured all delegates that the board has no intention of introducing a levy on clubs to assist in paying for the stadium.

It was then onto the Secretary’s report, it must be said things moved along quickly at this point with no great discussion causing any undue delays. Once the report was proposed and seconded the outgoing Runaí spoke at length about his 46 years in the position with some great anecdotes that kept all entertained to a point. This was followed by tributes being paid by many delegates to the Runaí.

All other reports were proposed and seconded in block to try and speed things up. The Treasurer’s report then followed. This was the first report given by Fermoy man, Diarmuid Gowan, having completed his first term as Treasurer. It must be said, he was given a torrid time with John O’Flynn, the Freemount delegate asking very awkward questions regarding some of the figures, however between the Treasurer and the very able Chairperson this report was also proposed and seconded.

We then had the Chairperson’s address. Tracey gave a very professional, efficient and informative address with great emphasis on the great work and unbelievable achievements of outgoing Runaí Frank Murphy at all levels within the association. Tracey also welcomed Kevin O’Donovan and all new officers to the executive.

There followed the election of officers with some new faces being elected to the top table, most notable Kevin O’Donovan as Runaí, Marc Sheehan as Vice-Chairman and Joseph Blake as PRO. Each in turn spoke well and showed great enthusiasm for what lies ahead. In particular Kevin O’Donovan, gave a great acceptance speech that went in no small way to convincing all present that Cork County Board is in good hands.

At this stage time was pushing on, it was 10.30pm when we eventually got to the motions before the convention. The first two motions were put forward by Glen Rovers. The first motion looking for the withdrawal of divisional teams from the County championship, the speaker spoke at length on their feelings, some strong points were made but the motion was heavily defeated. It was felt within our own

club that the Glen’s second motion deserved our club’s support, calling for players from outside the county who play senior for their own club should be ineligible to play for UCC or CIT. Once again, there was lively discussion with a lot of good points being made but unfortunately to our disappointment this motion was also defeated. How players from other counties playing in our senior championships keeping local players on the bench can benefit Cork hurling and football is still quite mystifying.

Other motions of note included one from our neighbouring club St Ita’s, requesting a change to the rule concerning replays, basically wanting All Ireland semi-finals and finals should go to a reply in the event of a draw after normal time. Presently it is only finals are affected by this rule. This was presented by St Ita’s delegate Avril Geary who spoke very well and was adamant this was not brought about by the Limerick victory over Cork in this year’s All Ireland series when Cork had key players who were suffering from injuries preventing them from playing a full part in extra time. The motion was carried but it will have to be put to congress, the outgoing Runaí pointed out that this will be a slow process and could take two years before it would appear as a motion on the Congress Clár.

Motion 6 was to do with transfers and was put forward by the County board, there were 4 sections to this motion, and all were voted on individually, three sections were passed with only the second section in relation to reducing the current 96 week period for a player wishing to transfer to another club to be reduced to 48 weeks being defeated.

Some other changes that could affect our club in relation to the transfer rule that won through were, as in the city division at present a player from senior, premier intermediate or intermediate club may transfer to a junior club within the same division when permission from his home club is given.

The other section is concerning a player who is applying for transfer to the “First” club of his Father. This was also passed after a brief discussion.

That concluded the marathon 2018 Convention at 11.50pm. Congratulations to Tracey who did our club proud and ably managed what was a very difficult convention at times.

LOTTO UPDATE The Lotto jackpot is on the rise......

The latest club draw took place on Tuesday 11th December, when the jackpot was €10,600 and the numbers drawn were 8, 11, 19 & 32. The Jackpot was not won. The €30 winners drawn were Aoife Parsons, Jack Farrelly & Helena O’Keeffe while the €30 voucher for O’Neills Londis, Killeagh was won by the Eileen Dwyer.

As we mentioned last week, there were Christmas prizes on offer and the following lucky tickets were drawn out of the drum; JJ Fennelly, the Killeagh Race Committee, Ruth & Abby Collins, James Fogarty, Linda Crowley, Theresa O’Shea, Liam O’Brien, Joan Lee, Tomás Treacy Charlie & Audrey O’Mahony, Dermot O’Connor & Simon Browne. Congrats to one & all.

Next week’s jackpot will be the last draw of 2018 with a rollover of €10,800 on Tuesday 18th of December. Buy your lotto tickets in the local businesses around the village or buy online @ if you are not in, you cannot win... so let’s play & buy a ticket...

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 draw 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 8.30pm. €5,000 in CASH prizes will be distributed in the Annual Draw and the ten prizes are made up as follows: 1st prize worth €2000, 2nd prize worth €1000 and there are eight further prizes of €250 each. The results will follow here....


Our club shop located at Páirc Uí Chinnéide will be open on Thursday next, the 20th December from 7pm until 8pm & Saturday 22nd December from 10:30am until 11.30am. 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. Don’t miss out on your last minute Killeagh GAA stocking fillers!!


A big congratulations to the Killeagh GAA Golf Society who last Thursday night in Shanballymore, were the first pulled out of the draw drum in the December draw of the Cork GAA Clubs Draw and won €5k in cash and a pair of Premium Tickets for Páirc Uí Chaoimh. (Incase, for anyone of you querying, it was a neutral hand who pulled the winning ticket!!) Well done to all involved, especially to Ray Rochford. Yours truly received a text late Thursday night from a West Cork man, “The retired Vet will be a happy man tonight!!!’ By God, he sure was.....

Ray puts in trojan work into the Annual Golf Classic, which will be in its 23rd year in 2019. The Big Event will take place from July 11th until the 13th at West Waterford Golf Club and we look forward in seeing you all there.

And as always, if you want to enter the Cork Clubs Draw at any stage through Killeagh GAA, please contact our club co-ordinator Dave Barry or any committee member for more information.


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.


Our compliments to the Midleton CBS Fé 16 squad who picked up the Cork Colleges Under 16 ‘A’ Championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s 4G Pitch on Tuesday. They defeated the ‘Mon’ 3-20 to 2-12 in tricky conditions. A special word of congratulations to Jamie Fogarty, Evan Lane, Colm Treacy & George Walsh-Wallace who were all a part of the squad. They were trained by their teacher, Mr. Harnedy. Well done to one and all!

Harty Cup Quarter Final action coming up on January 9th vs Our Ladys, Templemore. Best of luck to the Killeagh/Itas players involved in the latter stages of the Premier Munster Schools Hurling Competition.

ALSO... A huge congratulations to our new multiple All-Ireland winner in the parish. Emma Landers (niece of 1999 All Ireland Hurling winning captain, Mark) won the Gold Medal at the All Ireland Under 15 Cross Country Championships at Navan Racecourse last Saturday. From reports, she was 30 metres behind the leader with 200 metres to go but a late burst of speed saw her finish home like a train up the severe climb to the finish line. It was a red-letter day for the Killeagh athlete (wearing the Youghal AC singlet) when she led her club team to a Gold Medal, she led her county to another Gold Medal and unluckily she was part of the Munster team that picked up silver.

Well done to all concerned including her parents Brian & Martina (both keen & regular race runners). Here’s to more success in the future for you Emma.


"Ireland Lights Up" Operation Transformation nationwide project restarts in Killeagh GAA Grounds this January. The event for 2019 will take place on Thursdays evenings. Therefore, the opening event will take place on Thursday January 17th at 7.00 p.m. As you will know by now, Operation Transformation begins its 12th season on RTÉ television in the New Year. GAA clubs are already becoming hubs for health through the Healthy Clubs Project.

The floodlights will be turned on from 7pm to 9pm so come along at any time in that two-hour window and walk and/or run as much as you feel able to do, and perhaps have time to talk with friends and neighbours as well. This will run until March 7th as we host our Killeagh 4 Mile Road Race on Sunday 10th March. A perfect way to practice ahead of the race whether you’re a walker or a runner.

We will have time for a cuppa once the walking is done. We would love to see as many people as possible join us, so get up from the table/couch and get yourself down to Páirc Uí Chinnéide!


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

Firstly, to work off some of the Turkey & Ham after Christmas Day, Our Annual Poc Fada (Long Puck) takes place on St. Stephens Day, 26th of December. It starts in Mount Uniacke with Juveniles starting at 11:30am while the minors/adult teams throwing-in at 12pm. Everyone participating to be started en route by 2pm the very latest or else you are not in the competition. Teams of 3, €5 per child, €10 per adult.

This year, all proceeds are in aid of Marymount Hospice. It is open to all, including non-hurlers and long-retired hurlers (maybe we might see some new golfers out too))!! Join us on the 26th of December for a fun day out! There are plenty of prizes for the various categories. Any U14 teams must have an adult travel with them en route to Killeagh. Please bring your own Hurleys & Sliotars and a Hi-Viz (if possible).

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 at 9.15pm. Tables of 4 cost €40. There will be refreshments, a raffle and some fun on the night. Time to get knowledge around the club for questions that may appear on the night (example: name the Vet involved in the Golf Classic??).

We hope to see a big crowd on the night for our final event of 2018 to raise funds for equipment for our underage teams next year.


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

Photos attached:

1. Killeagh GAA delegation at 2018 Cork County GAA Convention (L-R) Damien Irwin (Killeagh GAA Delegate), Sean Murphy, Mary Fitzgibbon, Runaí Killeagh GAA, Cork GAA Chairperson Tracey Kennedy, Junior Scully, Kieran Scully, Tim Crotty (Killeagh GAA Delegate).

2. Tracey Kennedy, Cork GAA Chairperson during her Chairperson’s Address to Convention at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Saturday night.

3. The contingent from Killeagh-Itas Juvenile who were part of the Midleton CBS Fé16 winning team that won the Cork Colleges Under 16 ‘A’ competition last Tuesday at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Pictured with the cup are (L-R); Players George Walsh Wallace, Jamie Fogarty, Evan Lane, Colm Treacy along with their teacher, Mr. Harnedy (Cork Senior Hurling Captain)

4. The Midleton CBS Panel pictured at Páirc Uí Chaoimh after winning the Cork Colleges Under 16 ‘A’ competition against Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, North Monastery at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.