Killeagh GAA Club

11 May, 2020


This week, we one of our current Senior Hurlers tells us his favourite days playing for Killeagh throughout his short career so far. Kieran Lane tells us about his special and most cherished memories wearing the green and white and representing his club...

I have had many proud days wearing the green of Killeagh but I suppose one of my proudest moments being involved with Killeagh GAA was in 2006, when I got to captain our minors to win the County Championship. We knew we had a good team after winning the Under 16 two years previously, with Markeen (Landers) in charge, we were going to get the best preparation. We started with a win over Youghal in a tough enough encounter in Ahavine. Next up was Carrigtwohill in Castlemartyr. After being well clear at one stage we just about survived, needing Paudie O Brien to save a late Rob White penalty to win by a point. St Brigids (Catherine’s and Castlelyons amalgamation) were opposition in the final, a fairly complete performance and we won pulling up. Great to captain an East Cork winning team.

Our county campaign started in Fermoy against Kanturk. How both teams finished with 15 men each on the field that day, I'll never know. Particularly remember about 15/20 lads in a bit of a shemozzle in the goals. Not even a yellow card given, we must have had a good referee that day or else we left his cards at home!! A late goal made it look like a comfortable win but was far from it. The county semi-final was most definitely the toughest game of the year, we played Ballymartle down in Carrigaline. Ballymartle had Brian Corry and Darren McCarthy that day and were a very balanced team. We got a bad start after I missed a penalty early on and game was nip and tuck all the way. Andy Walsh’s goal proved decisive when he punched the sliotar in from a long free. We survived late pressure and got out with a one point win, we were into the county final.

Minor county final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, stuff of dreams. Any nerves on the day were put to the side on arrival into the ‘Páirc’. Andy Walsh drowned some poor fella out for a walk when he drove through a puddle of water at speed passing him. All of us were in stitches. We played Cloughduv in the final and played very well on the day. The perfect start as Ruaidhrí Crowley had 1-2 got in first 10 mins. We restricted Cloughduv to 2points in the first half. Again, second half started well and when Joe Budds buried our second goal after a set piece move, we were well on our way. 14 years later, I can still remember the final whistle. Unfortunately for me, I was at the bottom of the pile on. Looking back, we had a savage team with eight or nine playing Senior Hurling in the next few years. On county final day, Tigger (Tadhg O’Connor) and Yank (Philip O’Neill) were outstanding in the full back line. Brian Collins & myself saw plenty ball at half back. Martin Barry and Alan Frahill-O'Connor hurled well in midfield. The half forward line was 15-year-old Pob (Patrick O’Brien), Andy Walsh and Sean Long. They were well on top all day and inside we got 2-8 from Ruaidhrí and Buddsy (Joe).

At 18, to collect a trophy up the steps of Páirc Uí Chaoimh was an unbelievable feeling. There was a big crowd at the match was more nervous about doing a speech than playing the actual match. I got it over

and done with nice and quick and we had a great night celebrating in Killeagh, which included a parade through the village on the back of Timmy O’Connor’s truck. Some brilliant memories of that year we went on to win the league later in the year to complete the double and go through the whole year undefeated. Special mention of a Martin Barry wonder goal in the East Cork League final with time up to win by a point against Cloyne. That was an absolutely brilliant win.

I made my Senior debut earlier that year and am lucky enough to be still playing (just about) and have had some brilliant days playing Senior hurling. My favourite game of my Senior career with Killeagh was definitely our win over Avondhu in Castlelyons in 2013. We had a poor start to the year beaten by Blackrock and Courcey Rovers. We just about beat Ballinhassig in the 3rd round. We faced Avondhu in the 4th round. Many experts including the press & some bookies had us no chance of winning, pricing us @ 8/1. Yes, they had three or four Cork panelists, but we knew we could do it and had some belief in ourselves. It was the best performance I’ve been involved in when we beat them by 7 points, 3-15 to 1-14. I had one of my best games that day so I definitely remember it well. There was an 18-year-old Eoghan Keniry who got 1-5 I think if memory serves me correct. I loved every minute of that game. It will live long in my memory because I lost my father not long after and when final whistle went, he was first onto the field to me. The only way to top those victories is will be when we win the County next year!

We also had big wins UCC (2016) and Douglas (2017), those victories won’t be forgotten for all the hard work and dedication that was put in rewarding us with some wins. But that famous Summer & Autumn of 2006 was unbelievable for me with that particular team. Those are days that I will never forget.

Thanks to Kieran for wonderful piece on that famous Minor team of 2006 and his famous memories as an adult player. 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 week, 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 this Sunday May 17th, with the exception of the Over 70’s may leave their home and everyone can travel up to 5km for exercise.

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 with the relevant social distancing. Phase 3 will see certain Sports open behind closed doors. But it is Phase 4 (July 20th) 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. All of the above with the implementation of Social Distancing.

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.

John Horan, Uachtarán of the GAA stated on The Sunday Game last Sunday night that there would be “no games will there is Social Distancing in place.” Also, the Dubliner said “GAA Pitches remain closed until July 20th, but that is reviewable at any stage as is the Government Roadmap. We can bring that date forward if necessary, but also it can go back later in the year.” Some wise decisions taken by the GAA in last few weeks & months. But we will get through this pandemic together as one. Let us wear the Irish jersey, finish the job off like good teams do and suppress this virus down to nil. But for the next week, 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 club has now transferred onto the new Smart Lotto system.

If you had tickets for upcoming draws on the old system, don’t worry, they are being automatically transferred to the new system for you.

The new system is different in that you can now add money to your ‘Smart Lotto account wallet’ and use this money to play Lotto over the following weeks whenever you wish.

This reduces banking charges & fees for you due to fewer card transactions & makes it easier for you to play the club lotto.

Current online registered players will need to activate their new account by:

1. You should now have received an email (check Junk/Spam) from Smart Lotto with a link to the new Lotto system. This link will guide you to ‘create a new password’ & enter your payment details etc.

2. If you haven’t received an email, no problem, you can still use the link below. Click ‘Menu’ (Top Right lines on mobile device), click ‘login’, and click ‘Forgot password’, follow instructions to enter new password & follow instructions to add payment details etc.

3. Play our Club Lotto & be in with a chance to win the jackpot while supporting your club. At this time when we have no other income, our lotto is more vital than ever in helping us meet our ongoing financial commitments.


For anyone who is new to our online Lotto simply click the link below, click ‘First Time Playing’ & follow the instructions.

Smart Lotto host the online Lotto system and any technical or payment queries should be addressed directly to them via their website.

If anyone has other general queries relating to the online system & needs some guidance please contact Padraig McGrath 087-8575678 who is the Killeagh GAA club administrator of the online system. (New Link for Lotto)

Go Raibh Milé Maith Agaibh!

GAA RETURN TO PLAY PROTOCOL (released 6th May 2020)

The GAA notes and welcomes the plans published by the government last Friday and some of the dates included relating to the possible return of sporting activity, including Gaelic games.

The Association will attempt to seek clarity around some of the issues that have arisen in internal discussions since last Friday including the challenge of social distancing in contact sport.

GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions.

We are instructing our clubs and counties to continue to adhere to the restrictions and to refrain from organising on-field activity. These measures are expected to remain in place until July 20.

We will continue to monitor the dates and timelines as revealed by the Government and our arrangements will remain under constant review.

Our units are reminded that the Player Injury scheme is suspended and will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed.

The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.

Counties are asked, in the interest of players, to suspend all inter-county training until further notice. There will be a phased resumption of training at both club and county level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.

While not categorically ruling out the possible staging of games behind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetite for this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the wider Association.

The GAA can also confirm the appointment of a dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group which will advise the Association on matters relating to return to play protocols and other similar issues.

The members of this group are as follows:

Shay Bannon (Chairman) - existing Chairman of Health and Safety group

Dick Clerkin (existing Chairman of Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee)

Dr Pat O’Neill (Dublin)

Dr Kevin Moran (Donegal)

Dr Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)

Dr Seán Moffatt (Chair of Gaelic Medical Association and Mayo team doctor)

Paul Flynn (CEO, Gaelic Players Association)

Stephen Mc Geehan (Head of Operations, Ulster GAA)

Tony Mc Guinness (Events and Safety Manager, Croke Park)

Sinéad McNulty (CEO, An Cumann Camógaíochta)

Helen O’Rourke (CEO, Ladies Gaelic Football Association)

John Horan (Uachtarán CLG)

Tom Ryan (Ard Stiúrthóir CLG)

Feargal Mc Gill (Director of Player, Club and Games Administration)

The outcome of this group’s work will be a graduated approach, informed and guided by the recently published Government Roadmap and by Government policy from Stormont.

Our units have played an important role in the community effort against the pandemic and we thank all of our members for their role in this to date.

We also underline the importance of continuing to adhere to the guidelines to ensure that the country as a whole meets its targets in the coming weeks allowing us to make progress and facilitate a return to games when it is safe to do so.


A Chairde,

We hope you and your families are well during these unusual and challenging times for the country.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of so many of our clubs and members in community assistance projects with as many as 90% confirming in our Club Survey that they have been active in one way or another over the last eight weeks in helping those who need it most.

On the games front, the GAA has confirmed that no official on-field activity will resume before July 20 and our facilities will remain closed until that date. We do not expect any inter-county championship games before October 1.

The GAA will issue detailed advice before any return to play, outlining the steps we have to take to facilitate the re-commencement of our training and games, both in terms of physical engagement and around the use of our facilities.

As previously stated, the GAA Player Injury Scheme will remain closed until an official return to activity is confirmed.

In the weeks ahead, our County Committees will be devising revised competition schedules for each county for games and activities at all levels and grades and that information will be shared when those arrangements are finalised and we have clarity around the government timelines.

Clubs are reminded that membership and public liability will need to be in place for the return of our activities and are advised to process same in the weeks ahead.

Allowing for the complexities associated with the current situation, the GAA continues to plan for the staging of this year’s Kellogg’s Cúl Camps and will communicate any changes to this approach with our clubs if they arise.

The maintenance of facilities can continue while adhering to the guidelines and as of May 18th, construction work on our grounds is also permitted and clubs should liaise with their County Committees on this issue.

The Association has also been asked to urge our club units to promote best practice when it comes to social distancing at funerals while the current restrictions are in place.

In keeping with our approach to date, the Association will continue to liaise with government officials and experts, both north and south, and study their guidelines and advice regarding the resumption of sport.

Finally, our clubs and counties have played an important role in the effort against the pandemic and we thank all of our members for their work in this regard.

We also underline the importance of continuing to adhere to the guidelines to ensure that the country as a whole meets its targets in the coming weeks allowing us to make progress and facilitate a return to games when it is safe to do so.

Your role in this process, and that of your members, is as important as ever.

Go raibh maith agaibh.

Seán Ó hÓráin, Uachtarán

Tomás Ó Riain, Ard Stiúrthóir


With the GAA announcing that all GAA units are shutdown until July 20th, 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 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!


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 5th of May. This week’s Lotto Jackpot was €6,400. The numbers drawn on the night were 5, 12, 18 & 28. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Brenda Histon & Breda Fitzgerald, while the €30 voucher for O'Neills Londis, Killeagh was won by Michelle Geary & the €30 voucher for Killeagh Pharmacy was won by John & Teresa Mulcahy. Well done to all!

Please note, for the foreseeable future the Killeagh GAA Lotto will be an ONLINE LOTTO ONLY until further notice as per GAA instruction. If you do wish to enter the draw, you can buy tickets online today at (take note of the new link) Next week's Jackpot is a massive €6,600 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.


With the Government Roadmap in place, this week with consultation of West Waterford Golf Club, we have decided to postpone of Annual Golf Classic until September 3rd, 4th & 5th 2020. Please take note of this and spread the word! This is a tough decision for us all but the right one especially with the current conditions we are in. One thing for sure, we playing time slightly more limited than our annual fixture in July, it is important for teams to book themselves onto the timesheet early. Please contact Ray for further details on 087-2330054. Or if you want to sponsor one of the biggest three-day amateur golf events around, you can book a Classic Sponsorship or a Tee Box Sponsorship through Ray also.

With all golf activities still suspended this week, we take another stroll down memory lane. Killeagh GAA Golf Society was founded at an inaugural meeting in Killeagh Hall in March 1992. The ground work for this meeting had been laid in a number of meetings in Tattans Pub earlier that Spring under the leadership of Club Chairman Tom Fitzgibbon RIP. Prominent at those meetings were Sean Treacy, Ray Rochford, Pat Lynch & Paudie Power among others. The first officers of the Society were as follows;

President: Tom Fitzgibbon

Captain: Sean Treacy

Vice-Captain: Pat Lynch

Secretary: Paudie Power

Treasurer: Martin A. Keniry

Our 1st Presidents Prize was won by Dominic Tattan.

The full roll of honour reads;


Year President Presidents Prize Winner

1992 Tom Fitzgibbon Dominic Tattan

1993 Tom Fitzgibbon Marion Sweeney

1994 Tommy Seward Malachy McCarthy

1995 Tommy Seward Noel Foley

1996 Tom Fitzgibbon Sean Treacy

1997 Ray Rochford Sean Treacy (2nd win)

1998 Ray Rochford Angela Allen

1999 Colman Motherway Malachy McCarthy (2nd win)

2000 Niall Crowley Paul Fitzgerald

2001 Niall Crowley Alan McCarthy

2002 Pat McCarthy Sean Treacy (3rd win)

2003 Pat McCarthy Breda O’Farrell

2004 Pat McCarthy Sean Treacy (4th win)

2005 James Fogarty Ml. Keniry

2006 James Fogarty Ger Scully

2007 Pat McCarthy Breda O’Farrell (2nd win)

2008 Pat McCarthy Sean Treacy (5th win)

2009 Pat McCarthy John Walsh

2010 Tim Crotty Sean Treacy (6th win)

2011 Tim Crotty Ger Fitzgibbon

2012 Tim Crotty Joe Deane

2013 Kieran Scully John Walsh (2nd win)

2014 Kieran Scully Trish Treacy

2015 Kieran Scully Ger Fitzgibbon (2nd win)

2016 Padraig McGrath Tim Fitzgibbon

2017 Padraig McGrath Tim Crotty

2018 Padraig McGrath Stephen Byrne

2019 Colman Motherway Colin Fogarty

2020 Colman Motherway (would you like to s

ee your name here?)

confirmed this week the essential procedures for both clubs and players for playing Golf over the coming week and months. So, please if you are playing your local Golf Club over weeks, please take all precautions possible to protect you and the people who use the facility around you also. We have attached the document in full below.

Unfortunately, Society Golf will not return until June 29th at earliest. Therefore, we have been forced into re-fixing some outings for the year ahead.

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. 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 were scheduled to be at Douglas Golf Club on May 21st and to Fermoy Golf Club on May 26th, but both of these have been postponed.

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. 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 Summer Cúl Camp for boys and girls aged 6-13 - POSTPONED

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

4. Killeagh GAA Annual Golf Classic, West Waterford Golf Club – September 3rd, 4th & 5th

(please note date change)