Castlelyons Notes (25th Mar)

  • Mar 25,2024

Seniors Come Up Short In Tight Game

We travelled to Riverstick last Thursday evening to play Ballymartle in our 2nd league game under floodlights. We defeated the South-East side in both league and championship last year so we knew they would target this game to try and get a result. Castlelyons were still missing a few key players for various availability issues so this was a great opportunity for many players to gain experience at a high level. The home side opened the scoring with a free before Brian O’Donovan opened our account from a place ball as well. Colm Barry was brought into action soon after and had to give away a 21 yard free to stop the Ballymartle attacker from bearing down on goal. The first half was a tight affair with both defences being on top. Colm McCarthy in a new role of centre back was impressive throughout along with Matthew Rosner and Shane Flynn who flanked him in the half-back line. Brian O’Donovan remained accurate on the frees with Shane Cotter being fouled after some good work. Oscar Hallihan scored our first point form play after 15 mins with a great shot from his left hand side to level the game 0-03 to 0-03. Another free from Brian O’Donovan was followed by a fine score from corner back Jamie O’Leary who drove forward from defence and after making an adept sidestep to avoid the oncoming Ballymartle defender, fired the ball through the posts for the score of the game up the that point. Brian Spillane had a half chance of a goal after a shot rebounded off the post. Brian’s effort just went wide. Ballymartle started to get more into the game as the half went on. They finished much stronger and scored 4 points in the closing 5 minutes of the half to leave us disappointlingly 0-08 to 0-05 down at the break. On the restart Brian O’Donovan converted another free to close the gap. Scores from play were hard got with a breeze swirling. Rob Feeney got onto the scoresheet with a nice point from 45 yards out but the home side were looking the stronger. Ballymartle kept their noses in front and converted another couple of frees. The home side began to pull away as the half progressed and they opened up a 5 point lead in the end to win on a scoreline of 0-15 to 0-10.

Team: Gavin O’Neill, Jamie O’Leary (0-01), Colm Barry, Conor McCarthy, Matthew Rosner, Colm McCarthy, Shane Flynn, Rob Feeney (0-01), James Kearney, Brian O’Donovan (0-06f), Ronan Fenton, Shane Cotter, Brian Spillane, Oscar Hallihan (0-01), Peter Roche (0-01)

Subs: Ciaran McGann for J O’Leary 40 mins, Liam Moroney for O Hallihan, 45 mins, Eoin Barry for Shane Cotter 55 mins.

Brian O’Donovan firing over a free against Ballymartle


Last Chance Soon for Rebel’s Bounty

The first draws of the 2024 Rebel’s Bounty will take place at the end of the month which means time is running out for you to buy your ticket for this year. Thursday 28th March at 2.00pm is the cut off point for to buy tickets so make sure to get yours to be in with a chance to win some big prizes.  The Rebel Bounty Draw is becoming a key fundraiser for clubs like ourselves. The funding from this draw has contributed to the overall running costs of the club along with helping to fund the kitting out of the club gym. The money that has been raised also has been placed into the development fund. The Rebel Bounty draw has over €500,000 in prize money, 12 draws in the year and with over 30 prizes within each draw. There have been some sizeable Castlelyons winners over the last few years so the only way of being in with a chance to win is to buy a ticket. If you wish to buy a ticket you can contact any member of the GAA committee or visit and make sure to put Castlelyons as your club!

Up-Coming fixtures

Div 3 Hurling League v Bishopstown fixed for Tuesday 2nd April at 8.00pm in Bishopstown


Well done and congratulations to Liam Moroney who recently got engaged to his girlfriend Hannah. We wish you both all the best for the future.


Numbers drawn on 25th March were 4, 6, 13 and 17. There was no winner of the Jackpot. Lucky dip winners were Sinead Healy, Paul O’Sullivan, Sean O’Dowd, Noreen Clancy, Thomas Murphy, Patrick Hogan, John Dineen and Paul Hickey. Next week’s Jackpot is €19,200. Make sure to buy your ticket to be in with a chance to win. Next draw will take place Tuesday 2nd April at 8.00pm in the Community Centre.


Thanks to our sponsors East Cork Oil for their continued support.