Killeagh GAA Club

27 April, 2020


This week, we look back to 2001 when our club famously played eight games over the 2001 season to win the Intermediate Championship and gain Senior status for the first ever time. Captain of that team Ger Scully, Vice-Chairperson of the club gives us his memories of that year wearing the Green of Killeagh...

2001 – The Year of The Double

The year 2001 will be remembered for our ascension to the Senior ranks by means of landing our first ever Intermediate title by defeating Mallow in the decider. Our victory was a triumph for inner belief, courage and an almost fanatical desire to climb where we had never gone before. You see our full back from last year, Rory O’Connor died tragically on the first day of this year. Rory played for the team from 1994 on and was a fearless competitor and loyal friend. He was with us every time we took to the field.

We began our campaign with the opening of the new Paddy Walsh Park in Castlemartyr with a meeting against Carrigtwohill. We won 3-11 to 1-16 and then beat Newcestown and Ballymartle to progress to meet Blarney. We were fortunate to survive for a second meeting as they struck the crossbar when well on top. The second day we brushed them aside to set up a local derby against Youghal. Youghal had beaten us in ‘97 after three epic encounters so this was our chance and in a tense dour struggle we prevailed and in the end we did by four points to reach our second county final in four years.

Again, as in the Blarney game, we were not as good as maybe we could have been and after surrendering a six point lead, at the end we were without doubt delighted to get a second crack of the whip after Mallow squandered a great chance at the death. We had two weeks to get it right and no stone was left unturned to make up for the defeat by Castlelyons in ‘98. A special word must go to the selectors (Manager Kevin Galvin, Richard Landers, Coach Willie Kearney and Trainer Liam O’Reilly) who got it exactly right all year. Their switches worked beautifully and fair play for having the bottle to make tough decisions and thankfully for them and us they worked a treat.

We regrouped on the Tuesday night and the enthusiasm and attitude that night led me to believe that we would not be beaten in the replay. Liam ran us into the ground and to a man we responded. In the dressing room it was pointed out if we produce that effort again Mallow will be beaten. Seldom do replays live up to the drawn game but what happened on Sunday 4th of November was the exception. For the second time in as many weeks ourselves and Mallow served up another enthralling contest. We were only three points down at half time thanks in no same way to a fantastic goal by Michael Byrne.

Out early for the second half not even a row in which players and officials became embroiled could dampen out commitment and two goals in a four minute spell, one from Johnny Brenner (our acquisition of the Waterford star has been a major part of our success) and Joe put us on the road to victory. We won on a score line of 3-9 to 2-8.

Definitely the biggest crowd ever seen in Killeagh was in September ‘99 when Captain Mark, Bernard and Joe returned with the Liam McCarthy but when our president Tom Fitzgibbon along with May Galvin and my Dad Junior led the team parade through the street in 2001, this was the most exciting night of celebration in the history of the place.

From the moment we set out on this great voyage last May on a Friday night in Castlemartyr against Carrigtwohill, we have had to answer many questions. Eight times we put our reputation on the line and the best of the rest had to be seen off before the land of hope and glory was reached. Killeagh, the small village with the big heart, has produced icons on and off the field. Great family names like the Landers, Barry's, Fitzgibbons, Scully’s, Foleys, Treacy's, Fitzgerald’s, Clifford’s, O’Brien’s, Walsh’s to name but a few and Danno Kennedy, in whose name our complex is called after, have all made major contributions down the corridors of time. Tommy Seward would have trained most of this team from a young age and others like Ray Rochford, Dick Doocey, Sean O’Brien (Midleton), Niall Crowley (played and trained) would have an imprint on this team.

Being retired now for a few years looking back to that time brings a lot of happy memories. What sticks out the most is the banter and craic we had in the dressing room before and after training and the friendships forged that last to this day. The atmosphere around the two games was electric and on a personal note walking behind the band with my daughter Isabella is a memory I will never forget. The celebrations that went on for a week, crowd surfing in the Thatch, meeting the Mallow lads for a night out in Cork, the list is endless. This was a year about a group of men who gave every ounce of strength in their bodies in order to help each other to achieve their glorious goal. To tog out with my brothers Kieran and Shane and represent our family and Dad fills me with pride. To have soldiered with Damien Irwin and Mark Landers from the day I picked up a hurley will live with me forever.

Thanks to Ger for sharing his memories of the 2001 season which is a famous part of history for our club. We thank everyone for bringing us such joy to the club in those wonderful times and hopefully we will more days like those in the months and years to come.

If you want to share some great memories you have enjoyed being a player, mentor or supporter of Killeagh GAA Club, why not share them with our fellow members. Please send your favourite memories to the PRO at before next Sunday evening to be included in next week’s notes.


Schools, College & Childcare facilities were closed down on March 12th for a fortnight, then a further shutdown of everything except essentials kicked in on March 24th for three weeks to last until Easter Sunday was also extended until May 4th. Unfortunately, people have died, many more have tested positive and affected people’s lives but the virus is not fully suppressed yet. We have one week left to stay indoors and mind your loved ones, your neighbours and your friends. Remember, the more we stay indoors this week, the more the economy can be opened quicker in the next few weeks. We are getting there, stay positive and we will be back sooner rather than later.

Here is a quote from Formula 1 Supremo & former Ferrari boss Ross Brawn when launching the Ferrari 2003 car in Italy, he said “The Enemy of Stability can be Complacency.” Stay Safe.


With the shutdown continuing until May 4th at earliest, we at Páirc Uí Chinnéide remain closed as do Headquarters in Croke Park still remain closed which means that no GAA, Camogie or LGFA activities shall take place for the foreseeable future. We ask all members of the public to respect this instruction. Through these times, please take note of the following points that should be noted by all members;

1. All training, matches and team gatherings remain suspended until May 5th at earliest.

2. A directive from Croke Park states that "Club gyms are to be closed and access suspended". Therefore, our Gym will be closed until further notice. Please respect this directive.

3. To minimise the risk of the Coronavirus spreading, our club shop will remain closed until May.

4. Please follow all guidelines issued to the public by Government and HSE and especially those on hand washing, hygiene and social distancing both indoors and outdoors.

5. Our walkway & all facilities at Páirc Uí Chinnéide are currently closed, we would ask members to adhere to this directive from GAA HQ.

6. Please offer appropriate support to your neighbours, elderly people & those at risk in our community - checking in with a regular phone call is a good way to do this or helping them by purchasing their shopping during the week.

For more information on HSE Guidelines, please check out the posters below. For more local information, please keep in touch with our Social Media or contact any club member.

Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Go raibh milé maith agaibh!


Rebel Óg Coaching last week were hosting online camps on YouTube for both our younger players as well as our Adult players. Log onto the Rebel Óg YouTube channel and subscribe or follow the link below.

Coaching sessions have been recorded for later viewing. Parents should encourage their children to keep practicing both Hurling & Football skills which will be vital for years to come.

For the children to keep them entertained, the GAA have added a number of activities to their website that can keep children entertained at home. They are available here;


Cork County Board released a statement on their meeting on March 17th;

“The Executive of Cork County Board met via video-conference on March 17th and, primarily with regard to the safety of our members and of the wider community, has decided to postpone the all first round games in the Premier Senior, Senior A, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate A and Lower Intermediate Championships in both football and hurling, as well as the County stages of the U21 football competitions and the County Junior B & C competitions.

These first round club championship games had been scheduled across the four weekends in April and the first two weekends in May, but are now postponed en bloc.

All other games and activities, including those under the jurisdiction of Rebel Óg, remain suspended as per GAA directive and advice from the HSE / Department of Health. This will continue until we are directed otherwise.

The scheduling and format of the County Championships for 2020 is now subject to review with a Special Congress taking place this Friday and further consultation to take place with Munster Council, the National Competitions Control Committee and our Clubs.

Club league regulations and completion dates will also be reviewed once a resumption of activities is confirmed.

The offices at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be closed until such time as current restrictions are lifted. County Board staff will work remotely and are contactable by email or via the office phone as normal. The office phone (021-4963311) has been diverted to a staff member’s phone and will be answered during office hours.

We can also confirm that Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been made available to the HSE, who are considering possible uses for the stadium and we hereby wish to acknowledge the efforts that our club units have already undertaken in assisting local health services and in assisting vulnerable people in our communities at this difficult time.

The County Board meeting scheduled for April 7th has been cancelled. The Executive and CCC will continue to meet regularly via video-conference and will provide a report to clubs by email after all meetings.

Once again, we urge all our members to adhere to directives from the GAA, the HSE and the Department of Health during the current pandemic.

Ní neart go chur le chéile.

Le meas,

Kevin O'Donovan, Secretary / CEO, Cork GAA,

Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson, Cork GAA.


Last Friday week, the remote Congress took place online over a two hour period. It was called for by the Ard Chomhairle to re-jig the competitions for 2020. The motion which was about giving power to the Management Committee to re-organise the GAA calendar for the 2020 season was passed unanimously. We should be hearing what could be happening for the season over the next few weeks. We will keep you up to speed. More importantly, let us stay safe for the next few weeks.


The 'Club Together' initiative in association with Centra and Super Valu continues this week. A freephone 1800 number for people to use from Cork County Council 1800 805 819 with the lines open from 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. In the absence of the number, and even when it is in use, people in our community can make direct contact from today with Ray Rochford on 087-2330054 to request help with shopping or other necessary support.

Ray will link volunteers with those requiring help in their own local area to limit travel & to keep a personal connection with people you know. Please don't hesitate to ask for help, we have many volunteers ready to assist. Please spread the word which is supported by the Killeagh-Inch COVID-19 Action Group.


We are a voluntary support group that have come together to help in the Killeagh/Inch area. Our purpose is to help any individual/ family in the area who can’t leave their home for any reason to access things like shops, pharmacies or even to walk your dog.

It doesn’t matter to us if you are: self-isolating, have the virus or are just afraid to go out under these circumstances – it is none of our business! We will be taking our own precautions to protect ourselves and you.

Once your shopping is done, if you know anyone on the list and would prefer them to deliver your shopping that can be requested too and we will do our best to accommodate that where possible.

Items will be dropped off at a point outside your home as agreed by you and the contact person. AT NO POINT WILL ANYONE ENTER YOUR HOME AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL APPLY AT ALL TIMES (2 METRES). RING TOO IF YOU SIMPLY WANT TO CHAT TO SOMEONE.


PARISH PHONE (087) 7088601 Fr. Tim (087)1337164 Colman Motherway (085)7540973

Mary Smiddy (087) 2561133

List of volunteers at time of print (new volunteers always welcome, contact (087) 2561133

Siobhán Aherne; Ger Collins; Mary Collins (Burgess); Mary Collins (Drishane); Monica Daly; Fidelma Delaney; Mike Fitzgerald; Mary Fitzgibbon; Kevin Galvin; Noreen Ingamells; Lorraine McCarthy; Mary McCarthy; Denis Mc. Donald; Pádraig McGrath; James Maunsell; J.P. Murphy; Orla Morrison; Colman Motherway; Sinéad O’Donovan;Kevin O’ Driscoll; Philip O’ Neill; Rita Scannell; Liz Sinclair; Ger Scully; Kieran Scully; Mary Smiddy; Tricia Treacy

Emergency Numbers to keep close to hand:

Doctor’s number: (fill in your own GP)

Youghal Gardaí: (024) 92200

Killeagh Gardaí: (024) 95112

HSE National Covid-19 helpline number: 1850- 24 -1850

Senior Line: 1800-80- 45-91

Alone also offer Covid 19 Advice 0818-222-024

Samaritans: 116123

St. Vincent de Paul Confidential line: (086) 2113588

Emergency Numbers: 112 or 999

Your Eircode number (if you don’t know this number contact us with your address and we will get it for you)



The Killeagh GAA Lotto Jackpot is one thing that can continue...

The latest club draw took place on Tuesday 21st of April. This week’s Lotto Jackpot was €6,000. The numbers drawn on the night were 1, 7, 15 & 29. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Dolores McCarthy & Mossie Quirke, while the €30 voucher for Joe’s Farm Crisps was won by Helen Fitzgibbon & the €30 voucher for Barry’s Nurseries, Killeagh was won by Shane Scully. Well done to all!

Please note, for the foreseeable future the Killeagh GAA Lotto will be an ONLINE LOTTO ONLY until further notice. If you do wish to enter the draw, you can buy tickets online today at Next week's Jackpot is a massive €6,200 which could be handy for post Covid-19 special treatment on you!

We appreciate that many regular supporters may not be able to continue their weekly support given the changed economic climate, but we also know many people would like to continue to support, even €2 per week, while we also have about 200 Yearly & Supporters Club members to consider who have paid

in advance for a Weekly Draw. If there are any queries regarding the Lotto, please contact your regular Lotto seller or Colman on 085-7540973 or Michael on 086-2202493. Thanks again for your support.


For 2020, if you are looking to book the pitch or indoor hall for ANY training sessions or matches, please contact the Chairperson or PRO this week regarding such to be booked onto the online system. There is no diary in for the hall bookings. Pitches can be block booked for various reasons and need to be checked with committee before being trained on. No match or training may take place without the essential booking! You can also check bookings on the screen monitor in the clubhouse.


In keeping with GUI & ILGU guidelines, all golf clubs have been recommended to close to coincide with the Government recommendations.

Therefore, our Tuesday outing to Castlemartyr Golf Club has been moved back to October 20th.

Our rescheduled day out to West Waterford Golf Club for the Margaret Rochford & Tom Fitzgibbon Charity Day is to be rescheduled for later in the year & our first Golfer of the Year outing to Youghal Golf Club has also been postponed until further notice.

Our 2nd round of the Golfer of the Year competition was due to be held in Lismore last Saturday, unfortunately, this event has been cancelled for 2020.

Our latest Tuesday outing was due to be at Cork Club last Tuesday April 21st has been postponed until next year, Tuesday April 21st 2021, certainly a date for the diary!!

However, with some positive news, our weekend away to Druids Glen will take place at the end of July. Please book now if you are interested in attending. For more information, please contact Society Captain Pádraig McGrath or Treasurer Tim Crotty.

If you are interested in joining the Killeagh GAA Golf Society for their variety of trips away for 2020, give Ray Rochford a call on 087-2330054.


The 2019/20 Cork Clubs draw for March & April have been postponed until further notice due to the Government guidelines. They will be rescheduled in the near future.

If you missed your chance in joining the opening draws, do not worry, you can join at any time. Don’t forget, approximately 45% of your ticket comes back to Killeagh GAA. If you are interested in joining the draw, please contact our Cork GAA Clubs Co-ordinator Dave Barry on 087-8123352 or any committee member.


One of the aspects of the Healthy Clubs Initiative in Killeagh is our walking group. The walks vary hugely and are suitable for all fitness levels. We have had some great family outings including walking the Atlantic Pond (Mahon, Cork), Glenbower Woods, Beach walks and more recently Spike Island. Lots of the walks are local and we have had very pleasant trips to Lismore, Knockadoon Cliff Walk and a historic walk of Cork City followed by breakfast.

The following are the planned walks for the year;

Killeagh-Ita's Healthy Clubs Project Monthly Walks 2020 Schedule:

No. 52/53 Saturday May 16th & Sunday May 17th West Cork Walks

No. 54 Sunday June 14th Galtybeg & Galtymore

No. 55 Sunday July 19th Gougane Barra

No. 56 Sunday August 23rd Inch, Rath Fort, Ardagh, Park

No. 57 Saturday September 26th Carruntoohill

No. 58 Sunday October 18th Comeragh Trail, Co. Waterford

No. 59 Sunday November 15th Cobh Town Walk

No. 60 Sunday December 13th Youghal Estuary Walk.

Details for all walks to follow but we hope these dates won't change. Hope to see you for some or all of these walks. So, if you have any new ideas, or know someone who might be interested in joining us, new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, please contact Liz Sinclair 087-6137393! Spread the Word!


Remember, stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook ‘Killeagh GAA’ or Twitter @KilleaghGAA for further up to date information on club on-goings. For live scoring, download the Whats The Scór app and ‘like’ the Killeagh GAA page.


1. Killeagh GAA Online Only Lotto every Tuesday @ 8:30pm

2. Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic, West Waterford Golf Club - July 9th, 10th & 11th

3. Killeagh GAA Summer Cúl Camp for boys and girls aged 6-13 - July 13th – 17th

4. Killeagh GAA Golf Society Weekend away to Druids Glen - July 24th - 26th

Stress Control online

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world. You can find out more here:

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you and live stream the sessions. Each session will play twice a day (at 2pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on the 13th April (Session 1 will also repeat on Tuesday 14th). The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes across the country.

To take part: 1) Go to where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness - can be found in the ‘Free zone’. If you can, please read, and start working on, the booklets in the ‘Preparing for the course’ section before Session 1.

2) On the homepage, click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available. You can also follow this link:

3) The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle.

4) Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your Stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, and the big picture can emerge, making you better able to handle your stress. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.