Castlelyons GAA Notes week ended 2.12.19. 2019-12-03 21:17:00

Castlelyons Players a big hit in Boston USA.

Our own intermediate hurlers worked hard in preseason and while defeating Youghal.  However, we exited the championship tamely as Inniscarra hit us hard in the second half to knock off our five points half time lead. They went on to lead us by three at the long whistle.  I was thinking could we have done any better and sure then it hit me we were down two good lads who followed their dream Stateside earlier in the year and while continuing to play the games. Aidan O Sullivan and Darragh Lawlor two of our stalwarts were in Boston, USA.  They are both outstanding players as Aidan won two county SHC medals with Imokilly in ’17 and ’18 and Darragh after making a fierce impression during the 2018 season with us.  We certainly missed the lads, but they had a great season in Boston and here is how it went.

Aidan O Sullivan concentrated in football and lined out with Boston Donegal.  It is a thirteen a side game over there and he made the senior team in the full back line.  They got to the Boston final against McAnespies. There have been some brilliant finals over the years on the main field, and this will be up there the best of them. Two fantastic teams, some superb scores, and a finish that nobody could have expected. It ended up as stunned disbelief for Aidan McAnespies and their supporters and sheer jubilation for Donegal. When Barry John Keane’s (Kerry player) shot flew inside the post in injury time, there was a great emotion on the Donegal side of the field and total disbelief on the side of the Macs.  The final score was Donegal 3-15 Aidan McAnespies 2-17.

There was a lot of footballers on both teams. Boston had lost the service of Diarmuid Connolly who returned to Dublin and picked up an All-Ireland medal. However, speaking with a friend in Boston he informed me that our own Aidan O Sullivan really compensated for Diarmuid Connolly as he was outstanding in the backs and well able to come into attack.  Congrats and well-done Aidan.

Donegal Boston Footballers: - Hugh Boyle, Jason Noctor, Aidan O’Sullivan, Aaron Deeney, Jack O’Brien, John Bingham, Ray Connellan, Shane Carthy, Sean Donnelly, Mark Bradley, Ciaran Murtagh, Gary Walsh, Barry John Keane.

Darragh Lawlor while playing some football with Boston Donegal concentrated on the hurling with Galway Boston and played midfield and he had some season also.  Galway made the Boston senior final against Fr Tom Burke’s on Sunday the 18th August. Again, this was game was the proverbial cracker with Galway in control of affairs for much of the game.  They were finding it hard to break down Fr Tom’s backline but were able to maintain a four-point lead until late moving towards the end of the game. John Moylan from Beagh on the Clare border was on form for Galway as he planted some great scores from frees. Lorcan McLaughlin from Kanturk was playing well at center forward Galway and fair play our own Castlelyons man Darragh Lawlor he was having a mighty game too.  Galway seemed destined to take the cup. Fr Tom’s stuck with it.  They introduced Cormac Joyce-Power in the second half and the Limerick man set up what was the winning goal for Ali Dooey and Tom’s late in the game so leave the final score Fr. Tom Burke’s 2-18 Galway 0-21. So that famous Boston SHC medal eluded Darragh this year. However, Darragh he won a JFC medal with Boston Donegal as they took that great grade too and was on the sub on the SFC winning team so well done Darragh.

Galway Boston Hurlers: - John Coleman, Mark Birmingham, Tom Davey, Corcoran Bergin, Brian Kennedy, Ronan Burke, Danny Burke, Darragh Lawlor, Andrew Casey, Lorcan McLaughlin, Niall Walsh, John Moylan, Adam Kenny.

Patrons here think because it’s America it wouldn’t be as competitive as home but talk with any player that has sampled it and they will say the opposite.  In fact, it is hugely competitive, twelve of the thirteen Irish guys on the team played intercounty. Back home you would never have that amount in a club scenario. There is such a large Irish community in Boston that huge crowds attend the matches and are very vocal when supporting their teams. Of course, it’s the same in New York or San Francisco so medals won over there are treasured.

Jack and Niall on the winning podium with UCC.

Back in February our men Jack Barry and Niall O Leary won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with a star studded UCC Team.   UCC had a facile victory in the final over Mary Immaculate on a score 2-20 to 0-13.  Jack manned the goals with a few years for UCC and kept a clean sheet in this final while Niall was on his first year with them and played corner back. So, both first but treasured Fitzgibbon cup medals for the lads.

Colm Barry receives third Reardans All Star award.

Congrats to our own man Colm Barry who received a third Reardans Annual All-Star award for his displays with Imokilly.  Colm has had some outstanding displays over the last three years with Imokilly but this season was his best as only 0-4 was scored off him in the entire campaign and two of those by Corks only All-Star Pat Horgan of Glen Rovers in the county final.  The other Imokilly Stars this year were John Cronin, Ger Mellerick Shane Hegarty, Bill Cooper, Shamie Harnedy and Declan Dalton.

Robin Hood the Pantomine.

Robin Hood the Pantomine directed by Ellen Quirke will be held at Castlelyons Community Centre on Friday 13th and 14th December both at 8.00pm and again on Sunday 15th December at 3.00pm.  Tickets will be on sale from the Castlelyons Pipe Band Hall next Saturday 7th December from 10am-1pm. Please spread the word! Don't forget tickets available online at Book early as this will be one mighty and enjoyable Panto.

Leah Hallihan makes both Cork U16A Panels.

Congratulations to Leah Hallihan who has been selected for Cork U16A Camogie Panel for 2020.  We mentioned last week Leah was selected for Cork U16A Football Panel and now she is one of only a handful of girls in the county who has made both panels for 2020. Well done Leah. Congratulations also to Ciara Morrison who was also selected for Cork U16A football team.

Big Grant for Castlelyons Community Centre.

A few projects in North Cork have recently received Leader Grants and great to see that the Castlelyons Community Centre have earned a grant of €179,481.10. This substantial grant will go a long way in helping with major renovations to the centre due to be carried out now in February 2020.  These grants are not easily attained and demand detail in the application so well done to the Community Centre Committee and especially Matt Hegarty who did so much work in this regard.  Looking forward to the new set up.

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 3, 10, 26 and 28. There was no winner. There were eight Lucky Dip winners were as follows: - Stephanie Barrett, Denis Granville, Pat O Neill, Chris Cotter, Clare & Lucy, Mark Henley, Sinead Healy and Pedlars Rock.

Next week’s draw will be held on Monday 9th December at 9.30pm at Pedlars Rock. The Jackpot is still €20,000 and could be yours for just €2.  In addition, we will have the special Christmas raffle next week.  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.

New PRO for East Cork GAA.

Congratulations to Ms Avril Geary, St Ita’s who was recently elected as the new public relations officer for East Cork GAA.  She is due to replace Shane Supple at the East Cork Convention this week also of St Ita’s who has served his five years.  Shane has taken up as the new secretary of Rebel Óg and we wish him the best.  He will also act as manager of Imokilly football team.

Coolagown Development Group.

Coolagown Development Group after another award-winning year are holding their annual Christmas Fund raising draw shortly.  There are some lovely prizes and tickets are on sale all about the place.  So please ensure support.   

Vote of Sympathy

Castlelyons GAA wish to express sincere condolences to the O Leary family, Fermoy and Coleman family Castlelyons on the recent passing of Richie O Leary “Palm Rise”, Barry’s Boreen, Duntahane, Fermoy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilis.                                   Club Main Sponsor: ZEUS Packaging Group.

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