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.
by John Bohane TALENTED Bandon soccer star Peter Callanan has signed for the Cobh Rangers U17 side ahead of the domestic underage league which is due to resume in early March. The West Cork soccer ace represented their local rivals Cork City in the Youths League last season. Peter, however made the decision to switch to their near neighbours after being impressed by their ambitious plans for the future.
Sneem Derrynane provide the opposition in the Munster Final! Sneem Derrynane (Kerry) recorded a comprehensive victory over Ballinacourty (Waterford) in the second semi-final of the Munster junior b football championship, last Sunday in Knockaderry(Limerick). The final score was Sneem Derrynane 1-16 to Ballinacourty’s 0-00. Kilmeen now face Sneem Derrynane in the Munster final. This final is scheduled to take place on Sunday 28th February, weather permitting. Please check locally for
THE two-day National Life Saving Championships took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool on February 13th and 14th and gave 310 of the best Life Savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations. The sport of Life Saving promotes fitness and teaches participants the key skills necessary to rescue people in distress in water.
by John Bohane KILMEEN qualified for the Munster junior B football championship final following their seven point win achieved against Limerick outfit Fedamore at Knockaderry on Sunday, February 14th. Shane Scannell netted the solitary goal mid-way through the second half which propelled the Super Blues to a deserved victory on a final scoreline of 1-12 to 1-5.
Junior Footballers Qualify for Munster Final! Kilmeen’s Junior B footballers qualified for a historic Munster football final on Sunday. It has been a long season for this cohort of players. They won the county title last July. They won the Munster quarter-final in mid-November and had to wait till mid-February for the next round. The Munster semi-final was played against Fedamore (Limerick) in Knockaderry.
by John Bohane IT was with a very heavy heart when Kevin Harrington made the tough decision to transfer from his beloved Bantry Blues GAA Club to renowned Clare outfit Doora Barefield recently. The former Blues defensive star who works for the ESB in Moneypoint Power Station in Kilrush, West Clare, which prompted Kevin and his wife Mary Kate to make the full-time move to Ennis. It was a very
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY native Maurice Shanley completed a gruelling Ironman challenge in Kalmar, Sweden last year. His preparations for this physically arduous challenge were immense as he and his colleagues physically pushed their bodies to the ultimate limit in a punishing training regime as they pursued a lifelong ambition to accomplish their objective of completing the challenge.
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY GAA star Mark White joined a very distinguished list in Carbery GAA circles when he played a starring role on the the Clonakilty hurling team which captured the South West junior A hurling championship last season. The successful capture of the Flyer Nyhan Cup ensured the talented goalkeeper joined a select few of local sporting GAA stars who have captured South West championship medals in both
by John Bohane FORMER Clonakilty rugby star Michael O’Hea has carved out a new life working as a quantity surveyor in Sydney, Australia, but the towering second row still retains a firm love and deep affection for his native town and rugby club as he recalls with great nostalgia. Michael continues to play club rugby to a very high standard in Sydney, but the memories and friendships he formed with
by John Bohane Scoil Phobail Bheara captured the Munster Boys Championship Football Final for the first time in their history recently after they defeated their Limerick opponents Newcastle West by four points following their Munster final clash played in Killarney. The Beara secondary school now progress to a semi-final showdown against the Leinster champions which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, March 5th. Their team manager Alan Sheehy was
Kilbree Camogie AGM A hugely positive Kilbree camogie club AGM was held on Friday night last. Deirdre O’Leary (secretary) welcomed everyone to the meeting. Everyone at the club wishes to thank outgoing chairperson, Claire Collins, for all of her hard work and dedication over the past number of years. Deirdre outlined the activities of the club for the year. Deirdre thanked all coaches, mentors and those that helped in any
THE Route for the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season which will take place over the four days of Easter weekend 2016 has been announced. Stage details announced will see the climbs of the Healy Pass and Coom an Easpaig retained for the 2016 edition of the race. The format of the race will remain the same with four road stages.
Club victory dinner dance a great success! The club’s victory dance took place in Fernhill House Hotel on last Friday evening. A huge crowd welcomed Sean Kelly (MEP) and Paudie Palmer (MC) to the function. This proved to be a great night of celebration for the club. In 2015 the club won the following:
by Cleo Murphy BEARA-based rider Cleo Murphy send this report from thre recent Woodlands dressage league held in Killarney I took part in a four week dressage league taking place in Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Killarney, Co Kerry. It began on January 10th and finished on January 31st.
The Annual General Meeting of GalleyFlash Rowing Club was held on Sunday, January 17th in Rathbarry Hall where a large crowd was in attendance. The committee for the forthcoming year was elected as follows:
21st December 2015 U13 Carbery Stars graduate! The graduation of the U13 Carbery hurling/football panels took place in the West Cork Hotel on Sunday evening. The U13 Academy has been organised by James McCarthy, who was ably assisted by a number of coaches on a weekly basis.
Dinner Dance The club’s dinner dance will take place on Friday 29th January in Fernhill House Hotel. The occasion will celebrate the county success of the junior footballers, the success of the U21 footballers and the U14 hurlers. Tickets are available from Ray Collins, Gavin Twohig, Micheal McCarthy, Noel O’Donovan, Ger Collins and Jason Collins. A great night is assured.
Vincent Dullea appointed Carbery Irish and Cultural Officer Congratulations to Vincent Dullea, who was appointed Carbery Irish and Cultural Officer, last Friday night. The convention took place in the Celtic Ross Hotel, on Friday evening last. We wish Vincent the best of luck in his new post.