THE Heineken Kinsale 7s takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 30th April & 1st May and is always a popular festival for players and supporters with thousands of visitors expected in the seaside town. Now in its 28th year, the Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of competitive men
COUNTY Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea recently held a Civic Reception for the Irish Road Bowling Association (Bol Chumann na hÉireann) in recognition of their work over their 62 year history.
Great numbers turned out for the first regatta of the 2016 Coastal Rowing season to the Kilmacsimon Head of the River. Rowers from both East Cork and West Cork Clubs competed in the event which was held on a sunny Sunday, the 17th of April.
by John Bohane BANDON ladies senior hockey team made history recently when they captured the Irish Hockey title for the first time in their proud history. This historic capturing of the national championship title represented the first time a national title was brought back to the Bandon Hockey Club.
by John Bohane BANDON Grammar secondary school student James French enjoyed an exceptional year representing his province in U18 rugby, and representing his country with great distinction in shot put. James, who is in fifth year in the prestigious West Cork secondary school, won the All-Ireland intermediate title in shot put, while he represented the Munster U18 side in the Inter-Pro’s last season.
by John Bohane Ronan McCarthy Skibbereen native Ronan McCarthy recently became the first West Cork youth to capture Munster and All-Ireland honours in darts. Ronan, who is a pupil in the St Fachtna’s De La Salle, Skibbereen, played a key role on the Cork U18 team which won the All-Ireland Youth Inter-counties Cup and Shield double in Ennis recently. Their heroic achievements represented a proud moment for the talented teenager,
by John Bohane Talented Skibbereen rugby star Liam Coombes recently helped Christian Brothers College win their 29th Munster Schools Senior Cup following their dramatic one point win achieved against Crescent Comprehensive in Irish Independent Park.
by John Bohane CASTLETOWNBERE forward Liam Hanley is thrilled to have been appointed as their captain this season. The Magpies begin their PIFC campaign with a first round game against Naomh Aban, scheduled to be played in Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry, on Saturday, May 14th (6.45pm throw-in).
by John Bohane Adrigole selector Darragh Carey will begin life on the sideline this Saturday, May 14th, when his beloved side play Ballydesmond in a first round intermediate football county championship clash. Darragh, who enjoyed a brilliant and distinguished playing career with Adrigole, was forced to retire at the end of last year following a catalogue of injuries sustained in recent years. How is he finding his new role on
by John Bohane DOHENYS preparations for their forthcoming first round senior football championship tie against Douglas, have been besieged by a plethora of injuries, retirements and emigration issues affecting nine members of their panel who played Aghada in a first round tie last year. Five players (Tom Collins, David Collins, Johnny Kelly, Pat Collins and Niall Hurley) have moved away through work or are currently travelling. Long serving stalwarts Timmy
Junior hurlers record narrow victory over Newcestown! On Friday evening, the junior hurlers took on Newcestown in a league fixture in Rossmore. This was a very exciting, well matched affair. The Kilbree lads were lucky to record a one point victory.
ROSSCARBERY Ladies Football club were recently presented with four new sets of jerseys from four different businesses. This has been an on-going adventure, organised by the club themselves and would not have been possible without the support and generosity from all local enterprises within the parish.
U14 hurlers unlucky to lose out to Western Gaels Kilbree U14’s welcomed Western Gaels to Rossmore, on Wednesday last. The visitors had much of the play in the first half. However Kilbree did not give up.
Easter Camp 2016 is a huge success! Over seventy children took part in the club’s annual Easter Camp in Rossmore. They enjoyed three days of hurling and football fun, under the expert guidance of coaches James Desmond, Paudie Crowley and Shane O’Donovan. Our own assistant coaches Fionan McCarthy, Kevin Keohane, Rory Brimble and Cathal Daly provided invaluable assistance during the camp. The camp is organised by Deirdre O’Leary and Marie
Junior hurlers open league campaign with a win! Kilbree junior A hurlers opened their county league campaign with a win. The opposition on the day was Courcey Rovers, the match was played in Ballinspittle. The final score was Kilbree 1-12 to Courcey Rovers 0-13.
ON the 27th of February, family and friends of the Beara Ladies Football Club joined together in the newly refurbished Beara Coast Hotel to celebrate the success of the club in 2015. Many players attended this social event which was a great opportunity for all of our members and their families to come together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our teams from the past year.
“Kilmeen Kubs 2016” Graduate in Style! The junior classes (junior infants-second class) of Kilmeen National School graduated from the school nursery programme on Monday last. Each child had seven weeks of hurling and football coaching. This programme would not be possible without the support of Kenneth McCarthy and all the staff at Kilmeen National School. This initiative was organised by Marie Dorgan and Deirdre O’Leary.
by John Bohane CORK senior star Brian Hurley is hoping the Cork senior footballers can build on their impressive national league win achieved against Monaghan recently. The Rebels produced an assured performance which enabled them to secure a seven point win against the Farney county. “It was a very good win. We defended very well on the day while we also attacked very well as a team also. It was
by John Bohane World kickboxing champion Lily de la Cour was crowned the Bantry Sports Person of the Year following a gala celebration night held at the Westlodge Hotel last Friday evening. The world champion held off stiff competition from other local sporting stars to capture the much coveted Bantry Sports Person of the Year. Lily was deservedly recognised for her dedication and expertise in her craft which has inspired
Juniors lose Munster Final to Sneen-Derrynane! Kilmeen were hoping to be the second Cork team in ten years to capture the Munster Junior B football crown. On Sunday last, in Knockaderry they played a very strong Kerry side. Kilmeen opened the scoring with a Darren Santry point. It was difficult for both sides in the early stages to gain possession in front of goal. However after the first quarter, Sneem-Derrynane
by John Bohane CARBERY Rangers clubman Ronan Milner managed the CIT Fresher 2 footballers to All-Ireland final success recently following their four-point win achieved against DUC at their home grounds in Bishopstown.
by John Bohane CARBERY Rangers ace forward John Hayes recently brought the curtain down on his inter-county career with the Cork senior footballers. The star corner forward represented the Rebels with great distinction at minor, U21 and senior level. John also appeared as a substitute on the Cork football team which captured the All-Ireland senior football title in 2010, following their narrow one point win against Down. It was a
by John Bohane TALENTED Schull soccer ace Ronan Hurley is hopeful he can enjoy a successful season operating at left back with the Cork City U17 youth team. The Transition Year student in Schull Community College, who played his underage soccer with local club Bunratty United trained hard in preparation for the resumption of the league last Saturday afternoon. The talented young star is hoping for a good season with
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY soccer star Rueben Henry recently completed his move from the Cork City youth team to the Cobh Ramblers U17 team ahead of the SSE Airtricity U17 League which resumed last Sunday, March 20th. Rueben who is a fifth year student in Clonakilty Community College, normally operates in a central midfield position. Cobh Ramblers began their domestic season with a home game against Bray Wanderers in St
Munster Football Final The Munster junior football final against Sneem/Derrynane (Kerry) has been scheduled for Sunday 13th March. The fixture will take place in Knockaderry (Co Limerick) at 1.45pm. Admission to the final will be €10 per adult (children are free). This admission fee will include the match programme and teas/light refreshments in the local hall, after the match. A large attendance is expected for this final, all supporters are
by John Bohane ROSSCARBERY native Ronan Milner will lead his CIT Fresher 2 charges into All-Ireland final action this Thursday afternoon March 10th, when the Cork based college play host to DCU in a much anticipated football final. The Carbery Rangers ace has enjoyed a dream debut season coaching the CIT Fresher 1 and 2 teams. The Fresher 1 team which contained a plethora of Carbery stars which included (Martin
by John Bohane A TALENTED young soccer player with very strong West Cork connections recently signed a one year contract with SSE Airtricity Premier Division outfit Longford Town who began their League of Ireland campaign last weekend.
by John Bohane Cork U21 football coach Gene O’Driscoll is anticipating a tough assignment on Wednesday, March 9th, when the Cork footballers travel to Ennis to play the home side in a Munster championship quarter-final tie. The inclement weather conditions have hampered the young Rebel footballers preparations in recent weeks. Cork have also have a lot of injuries to content with ahead of the championship tie against the Banner County
Easter Camp runs from 29th – 31st March The ever-successful Easter Camp will run at the club grounds from Tuesday 29th March to Thursday 31st March (inclusive). The camp will run from 10am – 1pm each day and will cost €30 per child. This week promises to be a great week of hurling and football fun. Children may be registered by ringing (087) 9645831. The “Kilmeen Kubs” nursery programme will
by John Bohane A Boston teenager with very strong West Cork connections has been drafted by acclaimed NHL outfit Chicago Blackhawks, once he concludes his third level studies at Northeastern University.