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.
Ray Collins wins Carbery All-Star Ray Collins won a football Carbery All-Star award on Friday night in the West Lodge Hotel in Bantry. Ray captained the Kilmeen juniors to win the County Final V Grange in July. Ray is an outstanding captain and leads by example both on and off the field of play. This is a well-deserved accolade for a truly superb footballer and captain.
Kilmeen Qualify for Munster Semi-Final Kilmeen played the Junior B football Munster Quarter final against Clare Champions, Killimer on Sunday afternoon 22nd November in Knockaderry, Co. Limerick. Kilmeen won the toss and played with the breeze during the first half on an immaculate grass surface.
Munster Football Quarter Final Action for Junior Footballers Following on from winning the County football title in July, the junior footballers play Killimer in the Munster football quarter-final on Sunday. Please check locally for further details. Best of luck to all involved.
LAST Saturday evening, November 8th, GalleyFlash Rowing Club were delighted to be joint recipients with COPE Clonakilty of a presentation from Rathbarry and District Vintage Club. Both groups received cheques for €2,500 from the Vintage Club, proceeds from their recent Vintage Run and Family Fun Day. The rowing club would again like to extend sincere thanks to the Vintage club for picking them as their beneficiaries.
AGM to be held on Friday 27th November! AGM The AGM of Kilmeen and Kilbree GAA club will be held on Friday 27th November at 8pm, in St Mary’s Hall Rossmore. Nomination forms are available now from the chairman and secretary and must be returned on or before Friday 13th November.
Junior Footballers lose out in league final! The Junior D footballers played a league final against Ilen Rovers on Saturday, in Leap. This was a very close encounter, the sides were level with twelve points each at full time. Extra time was played, Ilen Rovers proved that bit too strong in extra time. The score after extra time was Ilen Rovers 1-15 to Kilmeen’s 0-16.
Kilbree U12 Camogie team unlucky in County Final! U12 Camogie County Final The replay of the U12 camogie county final took place in Ballinlough last Saturday. Sarsfields provided the opposition. Kilbree got off to a great start with great frees taken by Emma O’Driscoll. A goal by Caoimhe Murphy after twenty minutes set gave Kilbree a good lead. In the dying moments of the first half, Sars clinched a
IT was Saint vs Saint recently as St Fachtnas U12s took on St Patricks in the Replay of the U12 Autumn League Cup Final in their grouping. Having fought back to draw the match in the Final, St Fachtnas travelled to Aughaville pitch for the replay.
THE first annual Castlefreke Dressage Festival was held on Sunday, October 11th on the grounds of Castlefreke in Rathbarry. Organised by South Munster Dressage, the first annual Castlefreke Dressage Festival featured a new perpetual Leading Rider Cup and €1,000 in prize money sponsored by Stephen Evans-Freke of Castlefreke in memory of his late mother Joyzelle Lady Carberry, herself a dressage enthusiast. The show was oversubscribed, attracting nearly 40 entries from
A NUMBER of sports clubs across West Cork are set to benefit from funding from the Sports Capital Programme 2015 announced by Minister of State Michael Ring. The clubs to benefit locally are:
Great fun at U8 & U10 Monster blitz! On Saturday last, over thirty of Kilmeen’s youngest players took part in a Monster U8 and U10 football blitz. This huge event was well organised. All of the children were delighted to meet Brian Hurley at the end of the blitz and receive medals. Kilmeen fielded three teams. The U10’s had three great performances against Muintir Bhaire, Clann na Gael and Gabriel
On Saturday last, September 26th, GalleyFlash Rowing Club held its annual RunForestRun. With a new 5 mile multi terrain course making its debut for runners and the traditional 5km road route making a comeback for walkers, the course was in pristine condition in the glorious autumn sunshine.