Castlelyons GAA Club

30 July, 2019

Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 29.7.19

Sad weekend for the Hegarty Family and Castlelyons on the tragic death of Christopher Hegarty.

It was with great sadness that the Castlelyons and the surrounding communities heard of the tragic death and unimaginable loss of Christopher Hegarty who was killed while working on the roadway in Glenmore, Co. Kilkenny on Wednesday afternoon last. We wish to express our sincere condolences to his Mike and Ann, sisters Joanne, Aoife, brother Mike. To his devoted Fiancée and partner Joanne (Lee). Also, his brother-in-law Ted, sister-in-law Sarah, nieces Mia and Ella, nephew Archie, aunts, uncles, and extended family. There were huge crowds during his reposal at Ronayne’s Funeral Home, Fermoy on Saturday evening and again at the Funeral Mass at 11.30.am on Sunday and burial in the local cemetery.

Christopher was involved with us in both hurling and football from his juvenile days and played with the local soccer team, Castlebridge Celtic as well. Christopher since his childhood was always pleasant, cheerful and popular with all. He was an outstanding goalie and starred in many of our club’s juvenile and minor successes. Later, in business, he was a good sponsor and supporter of our club.

Memories last forever and one of Christopher and, indeed, our club, always in the mind is an East Cork Under 12 football final when we played a fancied Fr O Neills team in Midleton’s main pitch before a huge crowd. We had a one-point lead with minutes left and the referee, the late Dan Kenneally, awarded a penalty to Fr O Neills. Phillip O Connell, the Fr O Neills star, stepped forwarded and blasted towards for goal. Our goalie on the day, Christopher, small in stature at the time, mighty in heart and with another year left in the U12 ranks made a mighty save and we won our first title at that grade. There were great celebrations and one of the players still remembers heading into school on the Monday and greeted by the teachers as if they were All Ireland champions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hegarty family as they endeavour to deal with such a tragic loss of their beloved Christopher, and we wish to offer our sincere condolences. He will be missed by so many but never forgotten. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm uasal.

East Cork Junior B Hurling championship.

The Junior B championship versus Erins Own down last Friday evening was postponed as a mark of respect to the Hegarty family but will now be played on Wednesday 31st July at 7.45pm in Rathcormac. Erins Own club with senior, intermediate teams and junior teams are going very well this year. The won the East Cork Junior A football title on Sunday defeating Cobh. However, we have played our games this year in the league and had a few challenges as well so we should be well up for the game. Best of luck lads and a bit of support would be appreciated please.

Club Lotto Jackpot now a whopping €20,000.

Our weekly club lotto draw was postponed this Monday to Tuesday night as a mark of respect to the Hegarty family and will be the Peddlers on the Tuesday night, but the results will be too late for publication on the Avondhu this week. They will be on social media

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 29th July at 9.30pm in the Peddlers. The Jackpot is now €20,000. We would ask all our patrons to support us and especially those in the Adult, Juvenile and Camogie Clubs. The results of the Club Lotto are published on both the Avondhu and social media.

Tough luck on Cork U20 hurlers but they live to fight another day.

Well Tipperary took a fancied Cork side in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U20 Hurling Final last week on a score 3-15 to 2-17. This was a game that Cork hurled mighty in the first half but dropped the momentum for much of the second as Tipp roared on by a strong home crowd looked to have one hand on the trophy and despite a late goal Cork they held their focus for Jake Morris to bang in a winner on the long whistle. On an evening when many bodies were tired our own Barry Murphy made a cameo appearance on the 56th minute. One would have thought that his speed could be used a bit earlier. Nevertheless, all is not lost as both Cork and Tipp now meet Kilkenny and Wexford respectively and could yet meet in the final.

Castlelyons GAA Hurling Skills Camp.

Castlelyons GAA are holding a hurling and Camogie Skills Camp commencing Monday the 11th August for three days. We will have all our stars including Niall O Leary and Colm Spillane and Camogie Stars. Sheamie Harnedy will be our special guest. The camp will be available to juveniles (boys & girls) between the ages 6 and 14 years of age, who are active members of their clubs on a first come first served basis as the numbers are limited. Application must be to our Club Secretary. The student must be registered with his/her GAA/Camogie club. The Fee is €40, and a special jersey is supplied. You can complete the Application Form by download it from our website or availing of a hard copy. Send the Form with the fee €40 to our Club Secretary: - Michael Barrett, Coolagown, Castlelyons, Co. Cork. Please note numbers are limited.

Abernethy Cup.

Our Intermediate team who continue championship preparations play Dungourney in the East Cork IHC (Abernethy Cup) in Lisgoold next Saturday evening at 7.00pm.

Uí Mac Coille in training.

The management of the Uí Mac Coille Senior hurling team are in action again and the team had recent outings against Tallow and Glen Rovers. Colm Barry of our club is our only player on the panel at present and he continues to do well in the backline. Barry Murphy has also played in one of the games. Niall O Leary switches to UCC this year as he won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with them and will line out in the championship as well. Colm Spillane and Tom Carroll are on long term injuries. Aidan O Sullivan who was also on the panel for the last two years is in the States.

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"Castlelyons Under 12 Team, 1990/91.  Front Row: B O Connell, S Cronin, M Daly, J O Leary, C McGann, E Fitzgerald, Christopher Hegarty (RIP), B Fitzgerald, JP Dorgan, S O Brien, J Carroll, S Murphy. Back Row: S Cummins, Ml O Donovan, D Corcoran, G Dorgan, T Hickey, B Sheehan, T McCarthy, E Joyce, M O Sullivan, D Martin, C McCarthy and B Ronayne: Mentors: P Coughlan(RIP), C McCarthy, K McGann, M Dorgan and D Hegarty.