Castlelyons GAA Notes

14 January, 2021

Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended Monday 11th January 2021.

by Kieran McGann PRO

Castlelyons Team Managements appointed for 2021.

Hurling Management.

Well, there was a quiet post season with socialising and travel curtailed over the Christmas and New Year.  So now for the preseason we are in our own bubble again with no ‘gatherings’ so please you can’t go down to the sea today or wander too far away.  The Club are working away in the background and have appointed a management outfit for the Intermediate team for 2021.  Ciarán McGann is Bainisteoir, Johnny Crowley, Coach, Peter Murphy and Sean Kenny Selectors, John Healy, Physio and Brendan Hoare, Stats. The team and same management had a great season last year just failing at the final hurdle.  However, second year can be tough and there are so many teams trying to make the breakthrough in the PIHC.  Also, it is impossible to make plans in present pandemic only to hope and pray for good health and wellbeing.  There are no plans for any training to date and remember we can only beat the current pandemic by working together and trusting the guidelines.  However, when normality returns hopefully in the second half of the year the lads will give it holly, or is it ash, and we wish them luck.

Football Management.

The footballers and hurlers are basically the same panel, so the hurling management have taken up this task for the coming year.  The Club did not participate in rescheduled junior football championship in East Cork last season as it was too close to the hurling championship.  However, we have a potentially strong panel and should be well up for the task.  Also. Mick Spillane who has taken up as club treasurer was a stalwart in both codes in his day and midfielder on the last Imokilly football team to land the senior county back in 1986.  That was a star-studded outfit and I see Conor Counihan, the current Cork football coordinator was on that team too so no doubt he will be linking in with Mick to kick more big ball in Castlelyons.

Other Teams Managements

Colm Barry is doing the U21 teams and will announce his selectors later. We are thankful to Colm to give his time as he is one of our star players and a holder of three county senior medals at full back with Imokilly.  John McCarthy and Michael O Donovan are taking care of Junior B hurling.  The Club may enter a junior C hurling team for the first time.  This is to facilitate a number of young players in transition from minor level to adult as the minor age has change down to under 17 this year. So, trusting that we can resume play later in the year there will be game time for all.

Coolagown Development Group hit the Jackpot.

The enhancement of Coolagown is continous and so effective.  This time Coolagown Development Group have been awarded €165,000 under the 2020 Standard Town & Village Renewal Scheme.  They are extremely grateful to Fermoy Municipal Authority, Pauline Moriarty, Brendan O’Gorman, and Cork County Council for their extensive support in achieving such financial support. Coolagown's Project seeks to rebalance the traffic functions of the village, enhance the public realm by improving local pedestrian accessibility, lower vehicular speeds and to create a village centre. The details of the Project will be available to residents at a later date.  Other villages in Cork to benefit from this financial assistance were Liscarroll €160,000, Killeagh €54,000, Kanturk €162,000 and Leap €85,000.  Congratulations to the Coolagown Development Group. They certainly deserve their financial assistance as they strive to continually enhance the village and surrounding areas for their residents and visitors.  Of course, there could in time be a major spin off here for our Club as more people may come to live about the lovely village of Coolagown and this could eventually boost our numbers.  Keep up the good work all. 

Castlelyons Juvenile Club AGM will take place this Tuesday Jan 19th at 8.30pm

The Juvenile Club AGM will take place this Tuesday Jan 19th at 8.30pm by Zoom. All club members, officers, managers, coaches, players, non-playing members and parents are encouraged to attend.  We, have the election of officers, will review 2020 make plans for 2021 in arranging managers, coaches, etc. You are asked to show you support for the Club by attending this meeting as it is vital for the future of our young players.  We are also embarking on major developments so all in all despite the current pandemic there are some exciting times ahead.  Just to note that in the current environment the Club will be hosting the meeting online the medium of Zoom and further details will follow closer to the meeting.

ZEUS Packaging Group extend Club Sponsorship.

Thanks to Mr Anthony O Regan for liaising with Brian O Sullivan of ZEUS Packaging Group as there was an extension of sponsorship by the company of our Club again this year. Securing a main sponsor can be difficult and we are really thankful to Brian for his most generous assistance and we are proud to wear the logo. The company is a world leader with it comes to the manufacture of paper and plastic packaging.  They supply eco-friendly products all over the world and employ over 275 in Ireland, with interests in England, Spain, Poland, and China it lists the likes of Greencore, Harrods, and Cadbury among its clients. We must strive to make Zeus Packaging Group and Castlelyons GAA a good fit.  Of course, Brian who is a Castlelyons man we wish him, his wife, Margaret Ann, family the the ZEUS Group the best for 2021.

Castlelyons Camogie Club to hold their AGM shortly.

Castlelyons GAA Camogie are review last year’s activities shortly as they are holding their AGM on Thursday 14th January at 8pm via ‘Zoom’. The Club had a great season in 2020 winning the county Junior title and now moving up to Junior A this year.  The minors beat Youghal in the semi-final, but the final was not played due to the pandemic.  The Club is now competing at all age levels so exciting times ahead.  Well done to all involved.  Hopefully, there will be a big turnout for the meeting and smooth appointments of officers, managers, coaches, and selectors for the various teams. The link for the meeting will be sent out via the managers groups and on Facebook.  All members welcome.  Any difficulty please contact the Secretary Margaret Doran.

Weekly Lotto Draw Results – Monday 11.1.21.

Our Weekly Lotto Draw was held on Monday 11.1.21.  The Jackpot of €20,000. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 6, and 25 and there was no winner. The eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - Sophie Wells, Declan Spillane, Colleen O Sullivan, A L Kouenberg, Jave Shanahan, Eoin O Donovan, Mary Kate O Dowd, and the Burke Family. The next draw is Monday the 18th January at 8pm. Thanks so much to our promoters and those who supporter us each week, please encourage your friends to play.  You can get your ticket from the usual outlets and sellers or, of course, play Online. 

Congratulations to Leo Sexton and Seona Rossi on their recent engagement.

This week we would like to congratulate our stalwart player Leo Sexton and his girlfriend Seona Rossi, Dublin, who recently announced their engagement. Best wishes to you both and congratulations on this exciting time in your lives.

Rebels’ Bounty Draw Tickets selling well.

The Club are presently selling tickets for the Rebels' Bounty Draw 2021. There are 30 cash prizes each month with the first prize €20,000.  On two of the months the first prize is €25,000 and the December prize is €100,000.  As all are funded by Cork GAA there no risk to our Club. The draw is great value and tickets are selling well. They are available from Club members and cost just €100. We can also put two names on the ticket so if you feel like joining with your friend it is just €50 apiece. Your support is appreciated.

Votes of Sympathy.

Castlelyons GAA Club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to the Cronin family Ballyard, Castlelyons on their recent bereavement.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

Castlelyons Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group.