Castlemartyr GAA Notes

10 May, 2010


The sun shone kindly on the Gaels of Castlemartyr as they celebrated La nag Club 2010 at Paddy Walsh Memorial Park on Sunday last the 9th of May. A fine crowd gathered again to see all age groups in the club coming together, and enjoying the day of sport.

John Whyte got proceedings underway with a game of rounder’s for all the lads from u-9 up. This seemed to be a hugely enjoyable affair and provided great entertainment for the boys.

The u-8’s left the hurleys aside for the day and concentrated for once on the big ball. “What’s seldom is wonderful” as the saying goes, and the lads showed no sign of having neglected their football skills, putting on an exhibition of point and goal scoring in a high octane game which ebbed and flowed throughout.

John Whyte’s smallies rounded off the juvenile section of the day with a game of hurling that was hard, honest and fair. The large crowd looking on were impressed by the commitment on display and gave them a rousing reception at the end.

But the main event



The villages of Castlemartyr and Mogeely normally united on the field of play were split down the middle this year for La na nGclub. Controversy surrounded this fixture all the week with the high profile defection of Brian Lawton to the Northsiders causing ructions, but this was more than compensated for on the Southside by the call up of Seanie Bowens to the squad who answered his villages cry for help in their hour of need.

As the teams entered the cauldron to the strains of “The Sunday Game” echoing around the ground, the first thing of note was how bright and cheerful the Mogeely Men looked in their bright yellow strip. Plenty of veterans were on display from both sides and if anything, the bellies had got a little more rounded since last year’s event.

The man in black was “poacher turned gamekeeper” Pa Beausang, who tormented refs all his life, and has now decided to torment players instead. Interestingly he sported the Canary Yellow strip just prior to throw in, and really the way he reffed the game thereafter, he may as well have left it on.

After the pre match dignitaries the game finally got underway and almost immediately big Rob Donavan had the Castlemartyr men a goal in front. Mogeely replied with two Pa Beausang assisted points(which was to become a major feature in the game), but MJ Cremin operating thankfully for this game at corner forward, showed his class with a well taken screamer of a goal. Of course this was his cue to indulge in some serious showboating, which would have even made Robbie Keane blush.

Seanie Bowens was enjoying a good tussle with Chris Motelebbi, on the edge of the square and Mossie Duggan was revelling in the wide open spaces he was able to find on the left wing. Brendan Cantwell was his usual clever self and always alert to danger. Bonny Crowley, Donal Burke and Adrian Bowens formed a formidable half back line, while youngsters Killian Abernethy and Cian Roynayne were full of running in the middle of the field. Dagger Walsh was his usual energetic self in a half forward berth, and the two O Donavan brothers Rob and Shane kept the umpires busy with a hatful of goals.Micheal John Cremin free from the shackles of stopping goals proved to be quiet adept at scoring them, finishing the day with an impressive hat trick. Tony Baa directed operations from full forward, and Barry Lawton was full of running in the roving role in which he played. David Fleming handled a lot of ball as did Eddie Clifford, while Liam Barry, Ultan Murphy Kieran Lynch and Carey Joyce tried hard for the Castlemartyr men.

For the Mogeely men Fong Martin was cool under immense pressure. Gary Sweetnam, Dan Barry and Brian Smiddy were on the ball a lot, as was the speedy Sean Leahy operating on the left flank. Lanzorotte bound Ollie Smiddy worked the midfield area well with Brian “The Turncoat” Lawton, but they missed the stranded man in Lanzototte Jimmy Smiddy further up the field. Brian Smiddy did his best to make up for his absent brother, while it was good to see the Horgan brothers Dave and Peter together on the Gaa field once again. Chris Moran, Damien McAuliffe, Brian O Tuama and Kevin O Leary injected some serious pace into the Mogeely attack, which had to be countered eventually by a mass Castlemartyr defence. Stag Collins, Chris Motellibi and Cha O Neill provided the main scoring threat up front, and tried hard to the bitter end.

Controversial referee Pa Beausang kept a tight rein on proceedings, and his use of gestures and what not, proved that he has got what it takes to become a top class referee. Unfortunately his inability to count properly may come against him, and if Seanie Bowens catches him any time soon as well. The most quoted phrase throughout the day from the men in Red was “Ah Pa, you’re riding us” which only added twenty yards to the free kick.

Roll on the replay in 2011.


The footballers of Castlemartyr and Cobh will collide in Ballinacurra, next Saturday night at 7pm the 15th of May, in the quarter final of the JAFC. A good hour’s football is in prospect as both teams will be keen to advance to the last four of the championship.

A few years ago the teams served up a classic when they met in the first round, with Cobh edging it by a single point, in a welter of excitement. But the Reds have matured a bit since and hopefully this will show on the day.

Caastlemartyr have had an easy trip to the quarter finals having had to play only one match against an uninterested Castlelyons in the first round. They have focused on the hurling league since and will be going into the Cobh match cold, after St Catherine pulled out of a recent league fixture, but if they can play with the same level of passion and skill that they displayed in last year’s championship, hopefully they will give a good account of themselves.

Castlemartyr, like most club teams are back boned by sets of brothers namely the O Tuamas, Smiddys, Bowens and Lawton clans. If all these players can click and the Reds defence clamp down on the lively Cobh forwards we should be in for another cliff hanger. Too close to call therefore. Roll on Saturday night.


It’s that time of year again, when the members of Castlemartyr GAA club swop their hurley sticks for their golf clubs and try to hack around East Cork Golf Club in Midleton for the Annual Bord Gais Castlemartyr GAA Golf Classic. Of course the event is not confined just to Castlemartyr GAA members but is thrown open to anyone who wants to join them and support them on the day.

This year the event will be held on Thursday the 27th of May and will again be a 3 team event. There will be prizes for GUI and non GUI teams and also for longest drive and nearest the pin competitions. If you are interested in competing, please contact Mick Carroll on 021 4667516 or 0862577214.

Due to the present economic climate the entry fee has been reduced to a very attractive 150 euro per team (50 euro per head) and bear in mind this also includes a hot meal afterwards. We would also be keen to hear from people or businesses interested in sponsoring Tee Boxes which are available for 50 euro. Contact Mick for these also.