Imokilly Notes

05 January, 2022

Imokilly GAA Notes.

By Kieran McGann East Cork GAA Division.

Good debate and successful Annual Convention.

The Imokilly Board held the Annual Convention at the Carrigtwohill GAA Pavilion in mid-December. Attendance was limited from the Clubs to one but there was a great turnout. Peter Hogan from the host club welcomed all and the meeting commenced under the chairmanship of Donal O'Keeffe. Runaí Daniel Lane produced an excellent report covering all the Divisional activities during the year while outgoing treasurer Michael O'Brien outlined the finances. We had the PRO report from Kieran McGann.  The referee’s administrator Jerome O’Brien then gave his report in which he thanked all the referees for their great work during the year and asked that all clubs supply men for the whistle. Some clubs had three to four referees and others have no referee.  All referees are in heavy demand in East Cork as they do games in the Division, Rebel Óg, Camogie, Ladies Gaelic Football and of course county games so he had a special plea for all clubs to supply referees.  Bhí an tuarascáil of Oifigeach Cultúr agus Gaeilge againn freisin ach ní raibh Liam O Laochdha abalta bheith ann.

Our Chairman Donal O'Keeffe then addressed the gathering and foremost was his expression of condolences to the O'Leary family on the sad passing of Sean O'Leary one of Cork's greatest hurlers. Many of the club representatives including Mr Pat Horgan, Vice Chairman Cork County Board, paid tributes also, and especially Mick Walshe, Youghal, who played for many years with the late Sean O'Leary and almost brought us back on the pitch with great memories. Mr Pat Horgan, Vice Chairman, of the Cork County Board gave a very comprehensive report on county matters to our meeting congratulating Midleton, Castlemartyr and Lisgoold who won counties and commiserating Fr O'Neills, Castlelyons and Sarsfields beaten narrowly in the finals. He asked for support for the Rebel Bounty Draw and outlined the great benefit it was to Clubs in the county.

Presentations were made to outgoing officers of many years standing, Michael O’Brien, and Jerome O'Brien who both gave sterling service to the Board.  Their replacements Ms Avril Geary, new vice chairperson and Oliver O'Loughlin new treasurer were welcomed onto the Board. The meeting concluded with a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann from Don Hegarty of the Carrignabhfear Club. A special thanks to Carrigtwohill GAA for hosting the meeting. Also, to Peter Hogan and Caroline Dixey of the Club for all the arrangements and refreshments on the night.

Imokilly Clubs in county hurling finals

Midleton were outstanding this year in defeating Glen Rovers in the final of the Cork SHC as the divisional Imokilly outfit were defeated by UCC early on.  Fr O'Neills had a good year too but were defeated in the SAHC final by Kanturk.  Castlelyons failed in a second final bid falling to Coursey Rovers this year in the Premier Intermediate hurling final.  Castlemartyr had a cracking year as they started the year in the lower intermediate hurling grade and now hit the Premier intermediate hurling grade for 2022.  Along the way they defeated Russell Rovers in the delayed LIHC final of 2020, and three months later defeated Sarsfields in IHC final. An up an coming Lisgoold team went all the way to defeat Kilbrittain in the LIHC championship.  Of course, two Imokilly minor teams contested the Rebel Óg Premier and Premier One Finals as Bride Rovers were edged out by Glen Rovers. Kiltha Óg a combination of Castlemartyr and Dungourney had better luck as they defeated Shandrum from North Cork in the final. Overall, with seven clubs from Imokilly in the top echelons of county hurling finals and four winning titles it was a great year.

Football in Imokilly.

In football, our Imokilly divisional side has fallen dramatically from the heights of the 1980s when two senior counties were won, and we did not compete in the senior football championship at all this year. However, all our championships were a resounding success as already mentioned Bride Rovers defeated Cobh in the JAFC, St Catherines defeated Glenville in the JBFC and Ballinacurra defeated Aghada in the JCFC.  The three intermediate teams in the division Aghada, Glanmire and Glenville did not make the final but had strong teams.  However, the U21 championships were not played, and this is a matter that is up for discussion the coming year.  Arising out of the discussion on football at the Convention a special meeting was held on football and all clubs were represented and some good suggestions were made.  Every effort will be made to have an Imokilly side in the senior football championship for 2022. A new football competition, the Oliver Brennan Cup was not played to date due to the pandemic but hopefully will be played this year. This will feature the three intermediate teams from East Cork, Glanmire, Aghada and Glenville, along with the winners of our junior football championship.  There will be a further review of the possibility of playing U21 football in the division again.  However, suitable time to play our championships will depend on the how divisional fixtures can fit in with the county fixtures calendar.  There is a special meeting between the Divisions and the County Board on the fixtures calendar shortly and hopefully there will be a suitable outcome.

Imokilly Officers elected – for 2022.

President: - William Ring, Cloyne.

Vice Presidents: - Jerry O'Sullivan (Cloyne), Gerard Lane (Bride Rovers), Michael O’Brien (Aghada), Denis Hurley (Sarsfields) Dick Fitzgerald (Russell Rovers)

Chairperson: - Donal O’Keeffe, Lisgoold.

Vice Chairperson: - Avril Geary, St Ita’s.

Secretary: - Daniel Lane’ Bride Rovers.

Treasurer: - Oliver O’Loughlin, St Ita’s.

PRO: - Kieran McGann, Castlelyons.

Development Officer: - Dick Fitzgerald, Russell Rovers.

Oifigeach Cultúr agus Gaeilge: - Liam O Laochdha.

County Board Reps: - William Ring and Daniel Lane.

St Ita’s make history in 2021.

St Ita’s are the smallest club in the Imokilly Division surrounded by Youghal, the Atlantic Ocean and Killeagh but their never say die attitude paid dividends as they won their first East Cork JAHC and brought the famous Jamesy Kelleher Cup to Gortroe for the winter. They defeated a game Erins Own side in a well prepared Dungourney pitch on a wet day at the end of October. County star Seamus Harnedy, their captain, put over six pints on the day as they won 1-14 to 1-5.  They were later defeated by Drumtariffe in the county.

Special Commemorative Medal for Football Final.

Bride Rovers and Cobh contested the Junior Football final in an immaculate Carrignabhfear pitch in October.  The Rovers won Jim Ryan Cup and their third Junior A football title as they won the day 2-9 to 0-10. The late Jim Ryan was the father of Eamon Ryan sadly passed away in January 2021. Eamon trained played with his club and county for many years and had resounding success as a coach of club and county teams especially the Cork ladies football team who he coached to a record eleven All Ireland titles.  He was described as a managerial genius in the recent TG4 programme ‘An Maister’. It was a great honour for the East Cork Division that his brother Jim, his brother, and the Ryan family proposed a ‘Man of the Match’ medal for this year’s final.  This commemorative medal is, indeed, a fitting recognition for Eamons contribution to an Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and will be continued. Cian Hogan of Bride Rovers was first recipient of this medal for his great display in the final.

East Cork Board Main Sponsors.

East Cork Oil - Hurling

Michael O'Connor Motor Factors - Football.

Imokilly GAA Board Executive for 2022

Front left to right: - Avril Geary, Vice Chairperson, Donal O'Keeffe, Chairperson, Daniel Lane Secretary, Willie Ring, President. Back left to right, Oliver O Loughlin, Treasurer, Kieran McGann, PRO and Dick Fitzgerald. Development Officer  (missing from Photo Liam O'Laochdha, Cultural Officer)