20 November, 2019

Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 18.11.19

Historic time for Castlelyons GAA as lands are purchased adjacent to current facilities.

Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Caisleán Uí Liathán are presently in the process of closing a deal in the purchase of lands adjoining the present club property. This land is in two lots and amounts to 9.5 acres approx. with Mr Jeremiah Healy of Healy Crowley & Company Solicitors acting on behalf of our Club. The lands are being purchased from two separate Vendors namely the Personal Representative in the Estate of Eileen Doherty, Deceased and Mr Edmund Kent, Castlelyons. We are eternally grateful to these Vendors as they are providing a legacy for future generations at the heart of Castlelyons village. It is a historic time for our Club as we very fortunate to have secured such valuable lands which will provide further sporting amenities in the years ahead for our club, parish and the wider community.

As many members are aware, the purchase of this land is a slow process and we wish to acknowledge the great contributions made by many especially some benefactors. It’s important, we believe, for as many as possible to have an appreciation of what has been achieved, but equally the challenges that lie ahead in raising finance, designing and developing the facility. In doing so we must live up to the hard work and strong culture built up by powerful parishioners who developed the Community Centre, amenities and pitch initially in tough times, and we owe them so much.

Castlelyons defeated by Newcestown in U21 hurling county quarter final.

Newcestown 1-16 Castlelyons 0-16.

We headed for Cloughduv with confidence on Sunday as our lads had shown up well in East Cork with a great win over a fancied Aghada side in the Final. Newcestown too had a great win over Kilbrittan in the West Cork final and several of their lads had senior experience over the last few years. Conditions were good with a slight breeze hitting down from Fernanes towards the village. Pat Lyons the referee had a full set of linesmen and umpires with him but unusually the game commenced nine and a half minutes after the scheduled time. Playing against the breeze Barry Murphy put over a very good point but Newcestown replied with a point from their own midfielder Gearóid O Donovan one of the U20 County football stars and a handy hurler too. The game developed with some skilful hurling and scores as Newcestown edged in front with some good free taking from Edmund Kenneally, but Keith O Leary put over 0-2 for us from frees.

They were 0-6 to 0-3 up after fifteen minutes but we really got into the game as Shane Cotter who was doing very well was fouled off the ball and Keith O Leary put over the free. Peter Roche and James Kearney had 0-1 apiece. We were on top and Newcestown were feeding off scraps. Their centre back Colm Dineen dominated and cleared a power of ball

and we were over eager in some of our tackling as we gave away some handy frees to a deadly accurate Edmund Kenneally and went in at half time down 0-8 to 0-10. However, all the lads were going well, and the standard of hurling was high.

We started the second half well again as Barry Murphy was fouled and Keith planted the free. Dave Morrison had a point and looked dangerous but the feed into him was slow. At the other end Newcestown continued to get the scores from Kenneally. Dave Morrison was fouled, and Keith 0-1 pointed again. Newcestown broke through for what seemed a certain goal, but Leon Doocey got in a vital shoulder to prevent the shot. Niall O Leary set up Shane Cotter for a fine point and with fifteen minutes on the clock the game was really in the melting pot as it was 0-12 to 0-14. At this stage our lads were hurling well all over the field and young Leon Doocey having a massive game at half back as had Shane Cotter at midfield and our marksman Keith O Leary who finished the day with 0-11.

There is always some disruption, and this came in the sending off of our leader Niall O Leary for a somewhat innocuous foul, but it was a second yellow. However, it was antagonising to all present that a very serious off the ball foul was missed by the officials and another of our stalwarts Jamie O Leary had to retire with a head injury. This had a very disruptive effect on our side as the loss of Niall and Jamie was incalculable. With just two points in it and two minutes normal time Dave Morrison was fouled and the referee awarded a penalty to Castlelyons. Keith O Leary put this one over to leave 0-1 in it but on the puckout Newcestown worked it upfield for Gearóid O Donovan to goal for Newcestown and although we got a consolation point it ended 1-16 to 0-6.

This was a cracking game of hurling and while we could have taken it must take stock as many of our lads are young while I noted the whole spine of the opposition had a lot of senior hurling played and that bit more experience. When one mixes that with the traditional ingredient endeavour these Newcestown men always have they are a tough outfit. Therefore, our lads deserve great credit for such effort in matching the opposition and taking the game to the wire. I was coming out of the pitch and an old friend from Newcestown remarked of the quality of our hurling and observed we could have taken it with a bit more discipline as their marksman Edmund Kenneally is deadly accurate and he nailed a pile of frees.

Well done lads you took the East Cork and no doubt you will learn as defeat always brings a lesson and a chance to rebuild. Thanks to Colm Barry, Anthony Spillane and Eoin Maye who have worked hard with the team and, one thing for sure, there are a lot of them boys who will do well with Castlelyons in time.

Panel: JP Murphy, J O Leary, C McCarthy, S Casey, S Flynn, N O Leary, L Doocey, P Roche, S Cotter, K O Leary, B Murphy, M Spillane, I O Riordan, D Morrison, J Kearney, Gavin O Neill, Andrew O Neill, Eoin O Neill, Jack Kenny, Shane Bargery, Declan Geary, Alex Henley, and Richard Morrison and R Walsh (injured)

Castlelyons GAA AGM this Friday 22nd November 2019 at 8pm.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on this Friday 22nd November 2019 at 8pm in the Club Bar. Our Officers will give an account of their stewardship for the past year. There will be a review of our playing activities with a discussion of our progress in both hurling and football. Tentative plans for 2020 will be discussed and set down. A new executive will be elected. Motions and resolutions will be discussed and voted upon if necessary. While there are positions to be filled in administration, finance, public relations, team managements there are no nominations to date.

We are in a most exciting era for the Club as it is presently completing the purchase of lands adjacent to Páirc an tAthair Peadar Uí Laoighaire and planning major developments. So, a chairde this is the single most important meeting of the year and as it says in the add every little helps agus is fearr obair ná caint and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Caisleán Uí Liatháin need your support so now is the time. See you there.

Castlelyons do well in Sports Capital Grants.

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Brendan Griffin, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, today announced the final set of allocations for local capital projects under the 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP). A total of €37m has been allocated. Sporting groups in Castlelyons are set to share out €74441.00 in grants under the Sports Capital Programme. This includes: -

§ Fr Ferris Community Park, Castlelyons €54248.00

§ Castlelyons GAA €34052.00

§ Castlelyons Pitch and Putt €2315.00

The Sports Capital Programme is the primary means of providing Government funding to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level throughout the country. A review of all aspects of the 2018 round of the programme will now be undertaken and it is expected that a new round will open for applications in the coming months.

Congratulations and well done to all who prepared and processed all these applications. A special congrats to our own men Con Lawlor, Michael Barrett and Donal Barry who did this job with the Castlelyons GAA application. This will assist with works to the present playing pitch and facilities. Congrats and well done also to Sheamie Geary who prepared the application for the Fr Ferris Community Park and to Ms Lorna Murphy who prepared the Pitch and Putt Club application.

Results of Weekly Lotto Draw on Monday 18.11.19.

Our weekly club lotto draw was held in the Peddlers on Monday 18.11.19 and the numbers drawn were 10, 12, 22 and 32. There was no winner. There were eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - Letricia Kiely, Carmel Cotter, Kevin Cotter, Larry Murphy Jnr, LNAP Hegarty, Mary Dorgan, Mark Henley and Cian O Leary.

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 25.11.19 at 9.30pm in the Peddlers. The Jackpot is still a massive €20,000 and is there to be won. So, have a cut and buy your ticket for next week either online or from any of the normal outlets and sellers. The results of the Club Lotto are published on both the Avondhu and social media. Thanks to all our Lotto players who support us each week as without you we would not be able to invest in the future of our club.

Vote of Sympathy

Castlelyons GAA wish to express sincere condolences to the O Flynn family, Corrin on their recent bereavement in the death of Ms Virginia (Virgie) O Flynn. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam uasal.

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"Castlelyons Under 21A hurlers defeated by Newcestown in the county quarter final last Sunday".

Leon Doocey No 7 who had a massive game for Castlelyons on Sunday seen here closing in on Newcestown's David Buckley.