Killeagh GAA Club

18 May, 2020


This week, we walk back down memory lane as we rewind the clock back to 1988 when your Club won the East Cork Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship on what was a turning point in our club’s history. To tell us his side of the story is Damien Irwin who featured on that team among many other ‘characters’. Damien, take it away...

’88 - Champions of East Cork

By Damien Irwin

If some of the stuff that comes next is not exactly what happened it’s because a lot of years have passed -32 in fact- so this is how I remember it anyway!

On St. Patrick’s Day 1988, a bus left Killeagh heading east. Pointed towards the Moorefield Hurling Club in Kildare-hardly the home of hurling at the time. But we had to start somewhere.

When our new manager Ray Rochford announced that we would be starting the season in February (following a players meeting on January 16th), it was an unusual step to say the least. Remember at that time the Junior ‘A’ championship first round wouldn’t be played until July. Winter training was unheard of in that era. To some of the older players, this Patrick’s Day jaunt seemed unnecessarily early. But Ray by hurricane force of personality persuaded everyone onto that bus, leaving from the Thatch Car Park at 8am and off we went. It was a motley crew to say the least and the journey would be a major eye opener for the handful of teenagers on the bus.

I was 18 and had been on the team for a few years at that stage but we had never gone on a road trip before with Killeagh Juniors. But there was a definite buzz on the bus that morning. The term ‘bonding trip’ hadn’t been coined yet. Ray decided it was a good thing to do and to be fair who were we to argue!

We were the Killeagh Junior ‘A’ team; forever losing matches but keeping the east Cork title -the Jamesy Kelleher -as the Holy Grail. Ray was in sole charge. He had two ‘advisors’ who he discussed team selection with and these were our centre back, captain and best player, Matty Treacy and one of our longest serving players, corner back Pat Galvin who himself had been captain in our losing final of ’86 against Cloyne.

And we lost the first round in ’87 too so we were going nowhere really but we needed to go somewhere. So, Kildare it was-maybe to try and ‘find ourselves’.

Given that his two ‘advisors’ were starters on the team Ray assumed full control on match days and had the whirlwind personality to carry this off-it was the first time one single person had ever been more or less in sole charge in Killeagh. Even Dick Doocey, another remarkable import from the east had a few selectors with him in his time.

So our crew on the bus that morning consisted of just one survivor, Mick Walsh, from the previous East Cork win in ’71, lads like Pat Galvin and Tommy Seward who had soldiered for about 15 years with no medals to show for it, Garda Eddie Hayes (an excellent import from Limerick), some of the Tony O’ Neill winning U12 team of 1975 such as Paudie Power, Brendan Galvin, Andy Leahy, Matty Treacy and Donie Treacy, Ger and Tomas Fitzgibbon and Eddie Landers all of whom who had been around the Junior scene for a far few years at that stage and then some up and coming teenagers who were part of Tommy Seward’s county winning underage teams of the early 80s like James Walsh, Thomas O’ Regan, Ger Scully, Colie Galvin and Adrian Budds.

So, the trip east was meant to bond all of these lads together!

We played the match against Moorefield who weren’t bad actually. It was tight enough. We didn’t fancy going home saying we had been beaten by a Kildare hurling team so won by a last minute point.

It was Junior Hurling -no frills and very physical. Ray put me in in the half forward line that day and early in the game I thought running down the wing with the ball was a really good idea. So, I tried it once too often and got clocked. And as I was hitting the deck, the aggressor -a grizzly old defender- was himself decked by our corner forward Paudie Power, who though only a few years older than us, had already been coaching us underage players himself. So Paud ensured that there would be no more bullying of the younger players!

We got a piece of crystal for winning that tournament (that I think Ray got sponsored) and it was presented to the players in the Moorefield clubhouse at about 2 O’ clock. The bus was in the car park but the driver was in no hurry home. Just as well really as the lads were just settling down for the Bank Holiday in the Moorefield clubhouse.

It was 10 hours later at just after midnight we pulled out of the club house. Ray a very physically strong man, well used to heavy veterinary work had to wrestle some of the lads onto the bus and as I remember it team captain Matty, also a powerful man, joined in with the ‘bouncing’ of the lads onto the bus. This ‘dance’ took nearly an hour as some of the lads felt that the day out shouldn’t end quite so soon!

Eventually Ray and Matty managed to scrummage everyone on to the bus as Junior Scully looked on and tried to keep everyone on board. As ever ‘the Gos’ knew what to say!

Home anyway and I met my dad who was still up and said that I thought that Ray would pack us in now as he would see that the squad simply weren’t disciplined enough to win anything.

Totally wrong on that-Ray didn’t bat an eyelid!

[End of Part 1]

Thanks to Damien for an enjoyable Part one. Stay tuned though to find out how the championship season went in 1988 and what other mischief could that team 32 years ago could get up to. Part 2 of this story will be continued next week!

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 (9pm) to be included in next week’s notes.


Last Friday, An Taoiseach Leo Vardakar confirmed to the nation that Phase 1 of the Roadmap will commence. So, we will see a few more shops open than what we have seen since March 24th.

With everything going according to plan, the five-phase road map plan will continue from June 8th as 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 & the GAA. And Phase 5 should see the rest of the economy reopening in full. All of the above with the implementation of Social Distancing all the while.

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 shortly.

John Horan, Uachtarán of the GAA stated on The Sunday Game last Sunday week 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 shut down 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. While we have no members on the premises, we are carrying out essential work around the grounds to improve our facilities. Through these times, please take note of the following points that should be noted by all members;

1. All training, team gatherings & meetings 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!


Our senior Hurling panel will be doing a fundraiser over the June Bank Holiday weekend (May 31st & June 1st) to raise money for a worthy local Charity. The details are being finalized at the moment but when we have the full details, we will scribe them here next week for you to maybe even take part in. We will have a GoFundMe page setup to send the money to. Senior Team Manager Niall Crowley & Chairman are the co-organisers of this event.


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 12th of May. Last week’s Lotto Jackpot was €6,600. The numbers drawn on the night were 10, 11, 23 & 29. We had no winner of this week’s jackpot. The €30 Lucky Dip winners drawn were Nicola Flynn & Jacinta McCarthy, while the €30 voucher for Fitzgibbons Garage, Killeagh was won by Tomas & Michelle Sheehan & the €30 voucher for Centra, Killeagh was won by Declan Galvin. 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 HQ instruction. If you do wish to enter the draw, you can buy tickets online up to Tuesday evening at 8:15pm on (take note of the new link!). This week's Jackpot is a massive €6,800 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, as our playing time will be slightly more limited than our annual fixture in July, it is important for teams to book themselves onto the timesheet early.

We are seeking Major Sponsors to help us proceed with the Annual Golf Classic for 2020! Remember we had 147 teams last year which saw over 400 people play throughout the event and the advertise prior to the event also! Or if you want to sponsor one of the biggest three-day amateur Golf Classics around, you can book a Classic Sponsorship or a Tee Box Sponsorship through Ray for further details on 087-2330054.

With the golf courses reopening this week, we ask all our members to adhere to their relevant club guidelines & protocols regarding Social Distancing, Hand Sanitizers, Local Club rules etc. These are important times to support the clubs in their return to action. Be safe and sensible and enjoy the next few weeks.

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

Therefore, 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 now been cancelled.

Our latest Tuesday outing was due to be at Cork Golf 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.

But we hope to have a quick start from June 29th with a number of fixtures which we hope to confirm this coming week and will be published in next week’s notes.

We take another stroll down memory lane, where this week we look at our Golfer of the Year winners who collect the Tommy Galvin Perpetual Cup, which has been run since 1992. There are plenty of names you can recognize throughout the list. Maybe you can add yourself to the list for 2020!!

The full roll of honour reads;



1992 Ml. Keniry

1993 Sean Treacy

1994 Martin A. Keniry

1995 Ann Rochford

1996 Noel Foley

1997 Sean Treacy (2nd time)

1998 Ann Rochford (2nd time)

1999 Alan McCarthy

2000 Declan Galvin

2001 Declan Galvin (2nd time)

2002 Sean Treacy (3rd time)

2003 Betty Joyce

2004 Eileen Cashman

2005 Tim McCarthy

2006 John Walsh

2007 Brian Barry

2008 Trish Treacy

2009 John Walsh (2nd time)

2010 Sean Treacy (4th time)

2011 Ann Rochford (3rd time)

2012 Ray Rochford

2013 Ray Rochford (2nd time)

2014 Ann Rochford (4th time)

2015 Sean Treacy (5th time)

2016 Sean Treacy (6th time)

2017 Ger Fitzgibbon

2018 Alan Crotty

2019 Colin Fogarty

2020 Could you be the Golfer of the Year??

Finally, 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)