Castlelyons GAA Notes WE 12.8.19 2019-08-13 11:15:00

Castlelyons GAA Hurling and Camogie Skills Camp going well.

Our Hurling and Camogie Skills Camp started with roll call at 10am on Monday. We had over 80 juveniles of various ages from local clubs as well as Castlelyons registered.  The excitement hit fever pitch as our own club and county stars Niall O Leary and Colm Spillane took up their coaching positions.  Colm Barry and Anthony Spillane have done some work and provided drive and leadership by preparing an excellent booklet on the coaching activity with time, detail and personnel set out for the three days.  While many of the coaches are involved are in the teaching profession, they all have coaching experience. They also include Jack Barry, Alan O’Regan, Tom Carroll, Colm McCarthy, Darragh Spillane and Cáit McCarthy, Jessie O leary, Michelle Hartnett, Zoe Power of our Camogie club. Cork star Sheamie Harnedy is visiting on Wednesday.  They say the best motivation always comes from within and our coaches are certainly doing their bit for the club.  We welcome juveniles from neighbouring clubs of Rathcormac, St Catherines, Fermoy, Kilworth and Ballyduff also. All in all, there is a contagious positive attitude about the camp, and I have no doubt all the students will catch on to it mar deirtear trian den obair tús a chur.

Castlelyons 0-13 Castlemartyr 1-13

Our intermediate team travelled. to Castlemartyr last Thursday evening to play the local side.  The game was played in atrocious conditions, but the pitch held up well and referee Pa Beausang did a good job.  Castlemartyr were strong and set up very well especially in the middle third where Brian Lawton at midfield, Michael Kelly and Adrian Bowes in the half forward line put in a lot of work as they picked off a few early points.  Former Midleton CBS and county minor star Joe Stack was strong in their full line and they banged home a goal that put a bit of daylight between us that they held on to throughout the game. 

However, a lot of our lads are now back from injury and doing well as we good some good scores too.  Niall O Leary is back in the team and done well.  The placing of the team will be interesting especially regarding Niall a man who can command the D but may be needed to add a bit of power further up the field.  We will have Barry Murphy back in time when Cork close off their U20 season shortly against Tipperary in the final and we wish them the best.  Gradually the team is taking shape and no doubt our coach and management outfit will have them in good order come the quarter final on the 14/15th September.  Our opponents will be the winners of Inniscarra/Mallow, and it will take some effort to topple either of them.  We will have another game this weekend as we play Ballysaggart at a venue to be decided.

Team: - J Barry, C O'Neill, C Barry, B Carroll, S Fenton, S Moroney, D Varner, R O Regan, E Maye, D Morrison, R Fenton, A Fenton, K O Leary, A Spillane, I O Riordan and M Spillane. Subs: Darren Tobin, Ciarán McGann, Eoin O'Neill, Bran O Donovan (game time),

East Cork Junior B Hurling League. 

Castlelyons 3-28 St Catherines 0-9

Our Junior B Hurlers went to Ballynoe on Monday evening where they recorded a facile victory over the home side St Catherines.  Referee Andrew Dorgan was on the whistle and kept it hot on a fine evening for hurling as Darren Tobin hit 0-9 (0-6 frees) and Ian O Riordan tagged on 1-4 for us from play for us.  We were up 1-13 to 0-4 at half time. Eoin O'Neill really showed a turn of pace of class when he came on in the second half and banged in 2-0 on an evening when all our lads showed up very well.  St Catherines are out on Sunday morning versus Carrigtwohill in the championship while we play Aghada on a date to be fixed to see who tops the other group.  Training with the intermediate team is imperative to toughen up and improve our touch.

Team:  John Paul Murphy, Conor McCarthy, Liam Moroney, Redmond Walsh, Andrew O 'Neill, Ciarán McGann, Shane Fenton, , Robert Feeney, Brian Carroll, Jamie O Leary Brian O Donovan, Ronan Fenton, Darren Tobin, Ian Riordan Darren Tobin, Chris Cotter, , Ronan Fenton, ,  Subs: - Mark Murphy, Eoin O 'Neill, Seamus Moroney, Mark Spillane, Michael John Dorgan,

No Winner of this Week’s Club Lotto as the Jackpot of €20,000 is still to be won. 

Our weekly club lotto draw was held in the Peddlers on Monday 12th August and the numbers drawn were 21, 22, 27 and 28. There was no winner. There were eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - Sinead Healy, Nora Connelly, Griffin Family, Camogie Club, Ned Fitzgerald, Camogie Club, Emily Roche and Seamus Sexton.

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 19th August at 9.30pm in the Peddlers. The Jackpot is now €20,000.  We would ask all our patrons to support us and especially those in the Adult, Juvenile and Camogie Clubs.  The results of the Club Lotto are published on both the Avondhu and social media.  Thanks to all.

All Ireland Senior Hurling Final on Sunday.

We are all looking forward to Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final as Tipperary and Kilkenny battle it out in what should be a one hell of a game.  For years it was Kilkenny for the hurlers and Tipperary for the men.  However, under the legendary Brian Cody in recent times the Cats have a hard-physical edge to their hurling and can put it up to any team.  The two captains on Sunday Seamus Callanan of Tipperary and T J Reid of Kilkenny are strong in stature, hard men and bestowed with massive skills.  While we are in the times of high performance, strength and condition, etc, these men, both over six feet, are strong farmers and perhaps the only farmers on either team.  Reid has 5 Leinster and four All-Ireland medals while Callanan has six Munster and two All-Ireland medals.  These boys can be game changers.  Of course, our own Timmy McCarthy a strong farmer too is the holder of five Munster and three All Ireland senior medals with Cork. So maybe there is a strong hurling farmer out there that could push Cork back to the edge again for 2020.  Anyway, in soccer parlance sit back and enjoy an old-firm final on Sunday.   

Cork in line for three All -Ireland titles for 2019. 

Having already bagged the Eirgrid All Ireland U20 Football final by defeating Dublin the minor footballers showed excellence in a clinical 4-12 to 1-13 dispatch of Mayo.  They now play Galway in the final and must be in with a right chance of lifting the All-Ireland trophy. Then it’s on to Saturday 25th August at 6pm in Limerick Cork U20 hurlers have an outstanding opportunity of redemption and take the Bord Gáis Energy All Ireland U20 Hurling title when they play Tipperary again. An important few weeks for Cork and with a bit of luck three All-Ireland trophies for 2019.

Hosting the East Cork JAHC Quarter Final.

Many great teams and great men have won and laid hands on the Jamesy Kelleher Cup over the years. It is probable one of the most famous in hurling and no doubt this year’s East Cork semi-finals and finals should be hectic affairs.  Castlelyons hosted the quarter final of the East Cork Junior Hurling Championship on Saturday evening last as Carraig na bhFear and Cobh battled with hope to get hands on the Jamesy Kelleher Cup.  The evening turned wet, but the pitch was in good condition.  Carrignabhfear came out on top after a good game on the score 2-14 to 1-8.  Defending champions Russell Rovers defeated a fancied Lisgoold side 1-16 to 1-14 in a cracker to stay in the race and the ‘Hills second outfit defeated Sarsfields 1-17 to 1-16.  St Ita’s are already through to the semi-final but a serious injury to their star player Ciarán O Brien is a setback.  We wish Ciarán O Brien a speedy recovery.  he has held down the wing back spot for Imokilly in the last two campaigns is friendly with many of the Castlelyons lads.

Castlelyons GAA cries foul over Dog Poo.

It was most disappointing to have to go about Páirc An tAthair Peadar O Laoighaire before a recent championship game removing dog poo with a shovel and doing the same again before children’s training. There is a potential for our players (adults and juveniles), grounds workers and other pitch users to pick up a host of dangerous infections from dog poo.  This includes toxocariasis that can lead to serious illness and blindness in humans. Toxocariasis is caused by the parasite known as roundworm.

Back in 2015 the Castlelyons community said no to dog poo with the launching of Green Dog Walkers and it is so unfortunate that this great initiative is now honoured in the breach rather than the observance.   So please heed this advice and do not allow your dog’s wander around our pitches pooing about the place as it is dangerous and disgusting.


Congratulations and best wishes to one of great supporters Ms Sinead O Connell and Kevin Cronin where married recently at St Nicholas’s Church, Castlelyons.  May you have a lifetime of love and happiness together from all in Castlelyons GAA.

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