Castlelyons GAA Notes.

  • Nov 18,2022

Another Successful Thomas Kent Memorial 10K

A huge number of runners and enthusiastic supporters turned out on a fierce wet day for the annual Thomas Kent memorial10K organised and hosted by the local St Nicholas Athletic AC. It is a credit to the organisers, stewards, those who helped provided refreshments n the Centre. While long time runner and a man who helped found St Nicholas AC, namely Dick O'Brien did not run the race he was helping as commentator on the day. John Meade from Cork City was the winner in a good time and it is fair to say that everyone was a winner as it was most enjoyable, despite the rain. The medal for this year is designed as an acknowledgement of the time spent in America by Thomas Kent, where in May 1899 his publishing company - Thomas Rice Kent & Co - took over publication of The Irish Echo in Boston. However, we are told that publication of this paper ceased in Sept 1890. The current Irish Echo in circulation in New York commenced trading in 1928 and has no connection with Thomas Kent.  Caisleán Uí Liathán Abú.

Thanks to Sanmina Fermoy from the Friends of Dean and Padraig Group

Well, the warm summer breeze that we all enjoyed so well this year certainly turned into a crisp chill mixed with wind and rain and the onset of winter last week. However, the boys and girls of the Friends of Dean and Padraig Group returned from their outdoor experiences in Páirc an tAthair Peadar to the comforts of the beautiful Community Centre. This group of children with special needs, their parents and friends come from many areas to participate in some fun with an emphasis on support and inclusion for each individual child. It is intended to have some fun on suitable days in the Centre over the winter.

All certainly enjoyed themselves last Tuesday celebrating D J’s birthday with a cake and a cuppa, plus loads of fun and games. Then we had a presentation of a special donation from Trevor Duffin representing Sanmina Fermoy to the Group which was appreciated by all and especially the officers Carol Shanahan Chairperson, Catriona Barry, Secretary, Rebecca Burke, and Andrea Quirke Treasurers. The officers would like to thank Trevor and Sanmina Fermoy for such great generosity and support. Sanmina are in Fermoy for many years and manufacture for the medical industry. The company is giving great employment in the town and are known for their outstanding operational performance and customer service backed by a highly experienced workforce.

The Group have gathered numerous, games, pieces of playground equipment, small, goals, footballs, hurleys and especially playground equipment to assist with therapeutic play activities which is so important for the children. However, all this equipment requires storage and care. The equipment is presently stored in a horse box, but this is unsuitable as it tends to get very damp, and some is now unusable. The Group have applied for a grant for a shed and will require matching funding so hopefully this badly needed facility will become a reality in 2023. Meanwhile there will be a Social Day in the Community Centre shortly which will include a Sensory Room, Art Room, other playing facilities, music, dance, and refreshments. There will be swimming days in Fermoy Swimming Pool, Cinema Days out and Santa will visit the Centre shortly too. Plenty entertainment to shorten the winter. Caisleán Uí Liathán Abú.

Date for AGM Fixed

The AGM will be held on Friday 25th November at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. All members are encouraged to attend. 2023 will be another busy year for the club so make sure to have your say by attending the AGM.


There was no winner of this week’s lotto Jackpot of €20,000. Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 12 and 20. The lucky dip winners were Margaret Carroll, Bryan Carroll, Michael O’Donovan, Catherine Murphy, Ned Fitzgerald, Breda McCarthy, MJ Dorgan and Anne & Gal. Next week’s draw will take place on Monday 21st November at 8pm in the Community Centre.


Our main sponsor is Zeus Packaging. We would like to thank them for their continued support.