Killeagh GAA Club

05 May, 2020


This week, we rewind the tapes back a massive 35 years to 1985 as we take a look at a famous Under 12 team who wore the green of Killeagh on a Saturday and on the Sunday, donned the Blue & White of Laois who were playing in the Leinster Final. With the details of this famous weekend reminiscing of some loved memories, it is the former Laois Minor Hurler now turned Killeagh Gael, Ray Rochford telling us the story...

We take a look back at our Under 12 hurling campaign in 1985. We had a very good Willie Ryan campaign but failed to defend our title which we had won for our first time in 1984. The Willie Ryan tournament was a very prestigious tournament in those days as there were no under 12 leagues. In the east cork championships, we as defending champions got to the East Cork final where we met a Brian Corcoran inspired Erin's Own. Brian Corcoran played for Erin's Own that year in the under 12, 14 and under 16 finals and went on to play in the Munster minor final for Cork three years later in 1988. He was a man among boys. Our fullback was heard to instruct Ray Rochford "tell that big f***r to stop hitting rockets in to my square as they could hurt someone". Erin's Own duly won. In July of that year, we decided to take the boys on a trip to Dublin via Mountmellick, Co. Laois.

At 1pm on Saturday July 20th, a hyper excited panel of boys left Killeagh on the trip of a life time (that was at the time). A convoy of four cars (from memory we think it was four) driven by John Fitzgerald RIP, Finbarr Motherway, Margaret Rochford RIP and Tommy Seward's car driven by Yours Truly as Team Manager. Tommy had been unable to travel but generously donated his car for the trip. They arrived safely at Mountmellick town hall, home of Mountmellick Urban Council for a 4pm reception in the council office. They were met there by Urban Council Chairman Paddy Dowling RIP, Liam Lane RIP, grandfather of Philip Lane currently of the European Central Bank and formerly Governor of the Central Bank, Chairman of Mountmellick GAA Bernard Rochford RIP and James Rochford, Killeagh Under 12 player who had suggested the trip.

With their civic duty done, they proceeded to the newly opened Mountmellick GAA field for an Under 12 Hurling match before a surprisingly large crowd against the locals. The game was billed as Cork v Laois. The area was in the grip of hurling fever as Laois would contest their first Leinster final the following day, July 21st since their last victory in 1949. The immortal team of ‘49 had been captained by Mountmellick’s own Paddy Ruschitzko, but conveniently known as Paddy Rusty. Paddy's gran-father was a Polish refugee who had married a Kilkenny woman. Paddy's father had also married a Kilkenny woman. In the faithful year of 1985, Laois had lost the league semi-final by one point and the feeling in the area was that tomorrow July 21st that the Bob O'Keeffe Cup would come home after 36 long years. Bob O'Keeffe was a Laois stalwart and a former President of the GAA. For the record, Laois are still waiting and Kilkenny have won Leinster 75 times and are still hungry for more.

To come back to our match, Cork v Laois refereed by Thomas O'Regan (who would play centre back for the Cork Minors in the 1986 Munster final), a couple of late goals saw a Cork victory to the delight of our boys. They played better than they ever played for Killeagh. Big displays from Rory o Connor RIP, Liam Fitzgerald, Liam Kelly, John Treacy and James Rochford, the five survivors from the brilliant Under 12 team of ‘84 saw out a comfortable victory in the end after a great game. The ‘keeper was Barry Motherway RIP and also among the panel were Liam O’Donovan RIP & Martin Budds RIP.

With the match won, a happy team enjoyed treats before been collected by Mountmellick club members and brought to houses around the parish for their overnight stay. They all attended 8:30am mass on the Sunday morning with their hosts, they then returned to the houses for a good breakfast. In those days you did not eat on a Sunday morning until after Mass and Communion!!

Following breakfast all assembled at Rochford's yard on Emmet Street. This is where Ray Rochford was born and where his mother still lives, aged 98. From there, the convoy headed to Dublin Zoo for a 12 o'clock appointment. In Finbarr Motherway's car, a big discussion took place about a "contraption" in the bathroom of the house they stayed in. Many theories were put forward as to what it might be used for. Some thought it was for washing feet, one young lad said “I washed my hair in it and it was good.” From their descriptions, Finbarr diagnosed that it was a " BIDET". (For you that do not know, a Bidet is a low oval basin used for washing one's private parts). On checking the information this past week, it is still there and still unused in the same farmhouse in rural Laois.

The gates of Dublin Zoo were reached at 11:55am and to the shock of all standing at gate were Junior Scully and John Clifford. "We just called to see were ye doing everything right " says Junior. After a memorable trip around the Zoo, a beautiful lunch was enjoyed by all in the Zoo restaurant. The convoy arrived at Croke Park at 3pm for the 3:45 pm Leinster Senior Hurling final between Laois and Offaly. The Under 21 final was played at 12:45 and the minor at 2:15 in an unusual triple header. Our lads bought hats, flags, strings etc. of Laois colours and proudly marched in as adopted sons of Laois. They looked like lads that would die for Laois.

Sadly, Offaly were in no mood to surrender their All Ireland or Leinster titles and built up a big second half lead. With 10 mins to go our lads could all be seen discarding the lovely blue colours, throwing them on the ground and standing on them and Ray Rochford with tears in his eyes. Laois have never got been back to a Leinster final. For the record Offaly won 6 senior and 3 minor Leinster titles in the 80s, they not Kilkenny ruled Leinster in that decade.

From Croke Park, the convoy travelled to Durrow in county Laois for a party at Ann Marie O'Loughlin-Murphy's restaurant where they drank copious jugs of orange squash and had loads of chips & burgers. A mighty spread for young lads had been laid on. Ann Marie RIP was a cousin and also best friend of Ray Rochford. The lads were invited back by Ann Marie for the next Leinster final Laois reached. Sadly, Laois have never got back, Ann Marie died in Feb 1988 just five months after Margaret Rochford.

Later the Sunday night, a group of very tired but very happy boys arrived back in Killeagh to conclude one mighty weekend. It is a regret that we don't have a list of all the boys on the panel, approximately 18 travelled, but memories that I will savour for the rest of my days.

Thanks to Ray for sharing some wonderful memories with of the famous Under 12 team of 1985 that travelled to Laois & Dublin. It sounded like an enjoyable trip, with undoubtedly some great tales to be told.

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.


Last Friday evening, we watched An Taoiseach Leo Vardakar tell us how the plan to reopen the economy will happen over the coming months. The current restrictions will continue up to May 17th, with the exception of the Over 70’s may leave their home and everyone can travel up to 5km for exercise. As one club member said to me over the weekend, “Oh thank god for that, I’ll be travelling to the beach for walking as my feet are sore from the roads!!”

With everything going according to plan, the five-phase road map plan will be played out from May 18th. Phase 1 will see a gradual opening with the Construction & Garden Centre workers heading back. Phase 2 will see exercise measures relaxed more, this time up to 20km. A Small number of retail shops may open and small group team sports training may resume with the relevant social distancing. More details will be required on the training issue. Phase 3 will see certain Sports open behind closed doors. But it is Phase 4 where we will see the restart of GAA games where limited spectators may attend. Again, we will require more information on the matches from the Government. And Phase 5 should see the rest of the economy reopening in full.

This is all with the caution of the virus remaining suppressed and hospitals figures decreasing all the while. We know the GAA have committed to running the club championships first but we await the details of timings etc. from the Management Committee later this week. But for the next fortnight, again we ask that you restrict all unnecessary travel, stay home, stay safe & we will be back sooner than you think.

As the Irish proverb goes, “Ní neart go cur le chéile” (There is no strength without unity).


Our Online Lotto provider, Smart Lotto will be rolling out an improved service to all our players in the coming weeks.

This will give our online players easier & additional Payment options, improved control of your own personal data, easy playing options and better updates on results etc.

Existing & new users will be asked to update & enter their personal & payment details the first time they play on the updated system.

Existing users will receive a SMS message from Smart Lotto about this update also in the coming weeks once the system goes live for our club.

The club is hugely grateful to all our lotto players especially at this time when the club has no other income. Your contributions, gives your club the vital funds we need monthly to meet our ongoing financial commitments.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks for Online Lotto updates as the new updated system is rolled out.

Go Raibh Milé Maith Agaibh!


With the shutdown continuing until May 18th 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, team gatherings remain suspended until June 8th at earliest. Any contact & Matches remain suspended until July 20th.

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 further notice.

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;


Recently, the remote Special 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 later this week. We know that the Club Championships will be played before the County Championships, it is just how much time can be allowed. But we know that Cork being the biggest county for Club games need much longer time than anyone else. 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 still rumbles on week on week...

The latest club draw took place on Tuesday 28th of April. This week’s Lotto Jackpot was €6,200. The numbers drawn on the night were 9, 19, 30 & 31. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Bríd Fitzgerald & Mary & Tim Crotty, while the €30 voucher forEast Cork Oil, Burgess Killeagh was won by Dermot Sheehan & the €30 voucher for Old Thatch Restaurant, Killeagh was won by Caroline Hickey. 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 €6,400 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.


With all golf activities still suspended this week, we take a stroll down memory lane. Killeagh GAA Golf Society was founded in March 1992 and the first outing took place in Youghal on a Friday in April of that year. The winner was Kevin Mythen having one point to spare over Sean Treacy and Ray Rochford. The presentation took place in Tattans and not in the Golf Club later that evening. At the time in golf, this was a revolutionary development. This was Sean Treacy's idea and it has proved to be a winner and has been copied by many other golf societies.

Sean Treacy was our first Captain and our first Captains Prize was played for in Fermoy and was won by Dick Hennessy. The full roll of honour reads;


Year Captain Captains Prize Winner

1992 Sean Treacy Dick Hennessy

1993 Pat Lynch Mark Landers

1994 Ml. Keniry Tom Fitzgibbon

1995 Dominic Tattan Ger Ahern

1996 Martin A. Keniry Mark Landers (2nd win)

1997 Malachy McCarthy Donal Harnedy

1998 Pat O’Keeffe Declan Galvin

1999 Dr. Matt Morehan Declan Galvin (2nd win)

2000 James Fogarty Marion Sweeney

2001 Ger Ahern Ml. Keniry

2002 Dominic Fogarty Pat Lynch

2003 Alan McCarthy Brian Barry

2004 Adrian Budds Barthy Harrington

2005 Patsy Collins Noel Foley

2006 Tom Fitzgibbon Bernard Keniry

2007 Eileen Cashman Peter Gleeson

2008 Ann Rochford John Walsh

2009 Maurette Fogarty Dominic Tattan

2010 Paul Delaney Conor Cronin

2011 Peter Gleeson John Walsh (2nd win)

2012 Ger Fitzgibbon Ray Rochford

2013 Ray Rochford Ml. Keniry (2nd win)

2014 Sean Treacy Ann Rochford

2015 Trish Landers Declan Galvin (3rd win)

2016 Tim Crotty Colin McMahon

2017 Ml. Collins Ger Fitzgibbon

2018 Colin Fogarty Alan Crotty

2019 Conor Cronin Wm. Murphy

2020 Padraig McGrath (It could be You!!!)

In keeping with GUI & ILGU guidelines, all golf clubs have been closed to coincide with the Government recommendations. But later this week, we will find out the regulations for reopening courses on May 18th. We will hopefully have more details in next week’s notes.

Therefore, our latest 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 week, 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 20th 2021, certainly a date for the diary!!

Our next fixtures are scheduled to be at Douglas Golf Club on May 21st and to Fermoy Golf Club on May 26th, these fixtures are subject to confirmation later this week.

However, with some positive news, our weekend away to Druids Glen hopefully 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