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Skibbereen golf report

Skibbereen golf report

skibb-golf1Jack Lynch Golf Classic 2015

Thanks were expressed by the Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Jack Lynch Committee Chair Hilda Hegarty at Sunday’s prizegiving night to the Jack Lynch 2015 committee, club captains Frank Ryan and Una Murray, competition secretaries Nuala Lupton & Liam Weadick, vice captains Liam Ennis & Maureen O’Regan, Bernie Ryan, Mary Crowley, Maura Dwyer, John McNamara, Charles McCarthy, John Field and all club volunteers for their hard work and participation. The Jack Lynch committee expressed thanks especially to all the Jack Lynch 2015 prize, tee box and team sponsors whose generosity and support made this year’s event an outstanding success as well as all the players in the open events throughout the week.

The Jack Lynch Men’s Fourball sponsored by O‘Regan Stone Quarry on Sunday 12th July was won by Andrew Whelton and Paul Corcoran of Lisselan with 49pts, 2nd Tim Joe O’Regan, James Hicks 44pts, 3rd Jerome O’Driscoll, Brian Fitzsimons 43pts. Tim Joe O’Regan had hole-in-one on 2nd hole! On Monday 13th July, the Jack Lynch Juveniles Singles sponsored by Hourihane Sports was won by Darren Hayes (28) with 46pts, 2nd Diarmuid Kerr (21) 44pts and 3rd Aidan Pearce (6) 40pts.

The Jack Lynch Seniors 3-Man Team sponsored by Kevin O’Flynn held on Tuesday 14th July winners were Harry Jones, James De Courcey & Geoffrey Wycherley with 51pts, 2nd Tom Ryan, Dan McCarthy & John McDonnell 49pts and 3rd Frank O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Mahony & Bernard O’Mahony 49pts.

On Wednesday 15th July, the Ladies’ Champagne Scramble sponsored by Western Beverages & Drinagh Pharmacy had a huge turnout with over 90 ladies taking part. First were the visiting team of Catherine Bird, Anna O’Donoghue & Denise Murray with 53pts, 2nd Annette Lombard, Carmel O’Driscoll & Maria Kennedy 52pts, 3rd Jill Fitzgerald, Marie O’Raghallaigh & Helen Burke 49pts and 4th Marie Kerr, Brenda O’Driscoll & Pauline O’Sullivan 48pts.

The weather took a turn for the worse on Thursday so the Jack Lynch Men’s Singles sponsored by Designs was postponed due to heavy rain. This competition will be played on Thursday 6th August. Timesheet online at www.skibbgolf.com.

Sponsors Peter & Diney Costello’s coveted golf prizes were on offer during the Jack Lynch Scotch Mixed Foursomes on Friday 17th July. The winners were visiting pair Declan Canavan & Claire Caffrey with 29&3/4 nett, 2nd Darren O’Brien & Catherine Werner 30 nett, 3rd Jerome O’Driscoll & Teresa O’Sullivan 30&1/4 nett, 4th Frank & Dolores O’Sullivan 30&1/2 nett and 5th David Quirke & Catherine Moloney 30&3/4 nett.

The weekend competition was the Jack Lynch Classic held over two days in glorious weather on Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th July. The Ladies’ 3 Ball Better Ball winning team was Mary Crowley (14), Helen Quirke (20) & June Ring (21) with 50 Points, 2nd Bernie Ryan (14), June Ring (21) & Teresa O’Sullivan 49 Pts on the count back, 3rd Marie Kerr (20), Bernie O’Sullivan (34) & Margaret O’Donovan 49 Pts and 4th Catherine Connolly (11), Ester Walsh (20) & Ger Touhy (30) 48 Pts. The longest drive on the 18th was won by Marie Kerr. The winning Men’s 3 Ball Better Ball team were Joseph Joe O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Reilly & Edmund Ring with 53pts, 2nd Sean Conmy, John Sheehan & Tim Coakley 51pts, 3rd Michael Sweeney, Pat Dwyer & Denis O’Donovan 51pts, 4th Frank Ryan, Fergal Morgan & Joe Geoghegan 50pts and Non-handicap Alan Foley, Tom Foley & Colin Johnson 50pts. The longest drive on the 5th was won by Timmy O’Donoghue and nearest the pin on the 14th by Tim Collins 24’’, with thanks to sponsor Jason Field of Blackwater Motors Skibbereen.

A special mention was given to the Paragon Bar who sponsored the BBQ and West Cork Distillers who provided Drombeg whiskey to participants on the 17th tee.

 

Golf

Una Murray’s Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men will be held on Thursday 23rd July and the men’s weekend competition is kindly sponsored by Peter Neumann. Looking ahead, the late Dr. Bernard McNicholas’ Patron’s Prize will be held on Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd August. The men’s Hi-Lo competition continues on Monday evenings and Mixed Foursomes on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm. For ladies, Una Murray’s Lady Captain’s day will take place this Sunday 26th July with a draw for partners Friday evening. Please add your name to the list in the ladies’ locker room. Next week’s sponsored competition is the Blue Shop on Wednesday 29th July and the late Dr. Bernard McNicholas’ Patron’s Prize to the Ladies will be held on Friday 31st July. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com or call the clubhouse on 028 21227.

Do Run Run on Sherkin this August

Do Run Run on Sherkin this August

The 2014 Do Run Run. Pic: Robbie Murphy

The 2014 Do Run Run. Pic: Robbie Murphy

Due to the success of last years “ Do Run Run” on Sherkin Island the organisers have set Saturday August 8th for this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better.

This is a fun, non competitive run, walk, with two options open to participants – a 4 k which is buggy friendly and an 8 k which takes in off road route.

The proceeds of this year’s event will go towards Cancer Connect, Sherkin Island First Responder Group and Baltimore Community Swimming Pool.

The event begins at 2.30 p.m., and your registration fee includes return ferry from Baltimore. There will be open air music at The Islanders Rest after the event.

Registration opens on Monday next at 9 am. To register log on to www.active.com or log on to our face book page and click on the link. Numbers are limited and registration will close automatically once our quota is full. Further information from Garry Minihane (086) 8328394 or Cian O’Mahony  (086) 3992562.

Fastnet Trails launched at Kilcoe

Fastnet Trails launched at Kilcoe

Jim O'Keeffee presents the Kilcoe Mapboard with Fastnet Trails committee members Ian Hardy, Theresa Hickey, Eugene McSweeney, Brigid O'Brien and Fachtna Wholley.

Jim O’Keeffee presents the Kilcoe Mapboard with Fastnet Trails committee members Ian Hardy, Theresa Hickey, Eugene McSweeney, Brigid O’Brien and Fachtna Wholley.

“The future of communities, rural communities in particular, is communal effort… This (project) is a benefit to your community, to West Cork and to the country . . . to whom you are an example.’

These true words were spoken by former TD Jim O’Keeffe during the recent launch of the Fastnet Trails, a system of way-marked walking (and cycling) routes aimed to promote the local natural and historical heritage.

“We wanted to emulate, in some way, what had been done successfully in our two neighbouring Peninsulas,” said Eugene McSweeney of the Fastnet Trail organising committee referring to Sheep’s Head and Beara.

After three long years of strategizing the Fastnet Trails, with full support and approval from the National Trails Office, was officially launched with an unveiling ceremony of the Kilcoe Trail Head map board near Kilcoe Church.

The eight designated walks (6 looped and 2 linear) start from four different Trail Heads at Lisheen, Kilcoe, Ballydehob and Schull and cover a total of 80 km. There are map boards at each trail head and an overview map located on the Hollyhill layby on the N71 approaching Kilcoe Church, as well as information plates along the trails and brochures available at local shops.

“What we are trying to do here is to increase awareness of our natural heritage, of our built heritage, and of our history, by packaging what the area offers into a pleasing, easily accessible, recreational activity,” said McSweeney at the launch.

The event was well attended by walking enthusiasts and local dignitaries including local Counsellor Michael Collins and Mr Jim O’Keeffe who officially unveiled the Kilcoe map board. Fr. Paddy Hickey, originally from Skeaghnore and author of the book “Famine in West Cork,” regaled the crowd with historic tales of the area’s dalliance with smugglers as they strolled from Kilcoe Church to Roaring Water Pier.

The group then visited the ivy laden ruins and immaculately manicured lawn of the Old Kilcoe Church where Fr. Hickey explained how the architecture of such churches often reflected the times in which they were built and the growing nationalism of the region.

Important community projects like these are never done alone.  Many people donated time and effort and many organisations donated funds and manpower to get to this point.

The groundwork was lay by Eugene McSweeney of Ballydehob and Brigid O’Brien of Lisheen and the small earnest team of local residents Deidre Hardy, Ian Hardy, Theresa Hickey and Fachtna Wholley. They worked, with assistance from several local organisations, for three years to plan routes, gain accesses, deal with applications and regulation issues and raise the funds required to implement the walking trails system aimed at drawing tourists and locals into the outlying spaces of West Cork.

The Fastnet Trail Committee wishes to thank sincerely the many financial and practical supporters who helped make the project happen. Included are the Cork County Council, the Gwendoline Harold-Barry Trust, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the community councils of Aughadown, Ballydehob and Schull, the West Cork Development Partnership and Mr David Hayward who designed their brochures. Special thanks for support and guidance go to James O’Mahony of the Sheep’s Head Way and David Ross of Drimoleague Heritage Walks.

Tara Brandell Retrospective at West Cork Arts Centre

Tara Brandell Retrospective at West Cork Arts Centre

tara-brandelAn exhibition of images, videos and text from 25 years of Tara Brandel’s choreography, takes place at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen from July 18th to August 8th this year.

With reoccurring themes of gender, sexuality and strong female archetypes, Tara’s dance is influenced by her time spent in Berlin, London, San Francisco and West Cork. With an underlying thread of feminism and more than a passing nod to gay culture, this exhibition encapsulates Dancer In Residence Tara Brandel’s ongoing interest in creating non-normative and diverse images of the body and especially the female body on stage.

A feminist lesbian artist living in a rural setting, Tara has an audacious, bold, overtly political, genderqueer, questioning, sensibility. A native of West Cork, growing up with the influences of a strong artistic lesbian presence of West Cork in the 1960’s and 70’s, Tara’s early work has the radicalism of embodying the lesbian body in a rural setting. It is this type of backstory – of artists audaciously making visibly lesbian work in a rural setting – that has been part of the cultural shift that has led to a yes vote for marriage equality.

Her local and international experiences of working in West Cork, London, Berlin and San Francisco come together in this exhibition showing her bodily experience of celebrating and exploring bodies that are not usually seen on stage – with themes around disability, gender, and visability.

See www.croiglan.com www.facebook.com/uillinnwestcorkartscentre.tarabrandel www.youtube.com/user/croiglan/videos

Skibbereen golf report

Skibbereen golf report

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Lady Captain Una Murray, Liam O'Brien - first "Pay as you Golf" member 2015 and Club Captain Frank Ryan.

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Lady Captain Una Murray, Liam O’Brien – first “Pay as you Golf” member 2015 and Club Captain Frank Ryan.

The Jack Lynch Open Week timesheets are now open for 12th-19th July: men’s fourball, juvenile singles, senior men’s team event, men’s singles and 3BBB team classic. There are great prizes to be won. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com.?In mixed foursomes results, 9 Hole Mixed Foursomes Tuesday 30th July: 1st Maura Dwyer (11) & Donald McCarthy (14) 29.75, 2nd Mary Crowley (14) & Tom Foley (9) 31.25, 3rd Eileen O’Regan (22) & Darren O’Brien (5) 32.25 nett. Interested in playing mixed foursomes? Please arrange your partner and book your tee times online now at www.skibbgolf.com for Tuesdays 6-7pm.

Drinagh FC Liverpool Legends Golf Classic will be held on Friday 24th July. This unique event invites a star-studded Liverpool soccer legends line-up including John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Phil Babb, Jason McAteer, Don Hutchison and Ronnie Whelan to Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club. Ladies, men and mixed 3 person teams – €40 per person; max handicap 24 men, 30 ladies. Book your teams now – call 087 7592735 or email drinaghlegends@gmail.com.?Golf gear to sell or swap? Unwanted golf prizes? Post a free ad in our members’ forum. Shopping for golf equipment, clothing or accessories? Browse member posts for free. Visit www.skibbgolf.com and click on Members.

Men’s Golf

Liam Quirke retains his top spot in Golfer of the Year 2015 sponsored by Baby Hannah’s. As of 5 July, the leaderboard runs 1st Liam Quirke (8) 188pts, 2nd Denis O’Donovan 148pts, 3rd Jerome O’Driscoll (9) 141pts, 4th Brendan O’Rourke (14) 133pts, 5th Seamus O’Reilly (7) 117pts. See more at www.skibbgolf.com.?Men’s Open Singles on Thursday 2nd July sponsored by Sean O’Driscoll Carpets was won by David Ring (8) who brought in 44pts, 2nd Darren O’Brien (5) 41pts, 3rd Martin Walsh (14) 40pts. The weekend competition on Sunday 5th July sponsored by Kearney’s Well was won by Denis O’Donovan (19) with 48pts, 2nd Diarmuid Hayes (18) 42pts, 3rd Alan Byrne (8) 41pts. Gentlemen, please book your tee times now for the Jack Lynch Men’s Open Fourball Sunday 12th July at www.skibbgolf.com sponsored by O’Regan Stone and your 3BBB team classic entry Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th July at www.skibbgolf.com.

Ladies’ Golf

In ladies’ results, Margaret O’Donovan’s 9 Hole Stroke was won by Annette Lombard (25) with 31.5 nett, 2nd Margaret O’Donovan (35) 34.5 nett, 3rd Mary O’Mahony (29) 35.5 nett. Clodagh Byrne (27) won Judy Burke’s 18 Hole Stableford prize with 35pts, 2nd Maura Dwyer (11) 33pts, 3rd Margaret Foley (25) 32pts. Essential Beauty 18 Hole Stableford was won by Margaret Foley (25) 37 Points, 2nd Rhona O’Donoghue (20), 3rd Catherine Moloney (26), 4th Marie Kerr (20) and 5th Hilda Hegarty (14) all with 36pts.

Ladies’ fixtures this week: this Friday Mairin Lynch Trophy 18 Hole Stableford, Catherine Moloney’s 18 Hole Stableford re-entry, Mary O’Mahony’s 9 Hole Stroke re-entry. Ladies, please book your tee times now for the Jack Lynch Champagne Scramble on Wednesday 15th July sponsored by Western Beverages and your 3BBB team classic entry Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th July at www.skibbgolf.com.

Skibbereen’s Jack Lynch Open Week 2015 supports Irish Cancer Society

Skibbereen’s Jack Lynch Open Week 2015 supports Irish Cancer Society

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Lady Captain Una Murray, Liam O'Brien - first "Pay as you Golf" member 2015 and Club Captain Frank Ryan.

Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Lady Captain Una Murray, Liam O’Brien – first “Pay as you Golf” member 2015 and Club Captain Frank Ryan.

Skibbereen, 6 July 2015 – The Jack Lynch Open Week committee is proud to announce that Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club will be supporting the Irish Cancer Society again this year. West Cork’s biggest open golf event, the Jack Lynch Open Week takes place from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th July 2015 with open golf competitions throughout the week for men, seniors, juniors, mixed teams and ladies. Visitors are very welcome.

Jack Lynch Committee Chair, Hilda Hegarty, is proud to support the Irish Cancer Society. “Cancer has touched so many of our lives and we will do all we can to promote the work carried out by the Irish Cancer Society throughout the week. The Jack Lynch Open Week is our flagship event and, with fantastic prizes to be won, we’re anticipating our largest numbers of visitors to date,” she said.

The programme of open events is:

·         Sunday 12th July: O’Regan Stone Men’s Open Fourball

·         Monday 13th July: Hourihane Sports (under 18) Open Singles; Hi-Lo fun scramble draw 6pm sponsored by Ian Stafford

·         Tuesday 14th July: Kevin O’Flynn Seniors Open 3BBB team

·         Wednesday 15th July: Western Beverages Ladies’ Open Champagne Scramble

·         Thursday 16th July: Designs Men’s Open Singles

·         Friday 17th July: P & D Costello Open Mixed Foursomes 9-hole re-entry

·        Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th July: Men’s or Ladies’ 3BBB team (non-handicap team entry welcome).

There are fantastic prizes on offer as well as the coveted Jack Lynch Classic trophy which will be played for over two days on 18th-19th July. Plus, you could win your choice of VW car for a week fully insured and ready to go, courtesy of Blackwater Motors, Skibbereen.

There’s a complimentary BBQ party night for participants on Friday 17th July kindly supported by The Paragon Bar, Skibbereen and the whole week is rounded off by gala prizegiving night attended by players and sponsors on Sunday 19th July.?  ?Bookings are now been taken. Book tee times at www.skibbgolf.com or contact the clubhouse on 028 21227.

Skibbereen Arts Festival the “place to be” this July

Skibbereen Arts Festival the “place to be” this July

 

Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny

Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny

AT every turn there are incredible vistas and on every corner you are likely to bump into a practitioner of the arts. The seventh Skibbereen Arts Festival, which takes place on the 24th July – 2nd August, pays homage to this fabric of their community with a programme that is simply astonishing.

The Abbeystrewry Church will be the home of many concerts held by various talented musicians for the week including; a rare Irish appearance by Scottish troubadors James Yorkston and Alasdair Roberts for a double concert, The ‘Canon Goodman Concert’ hosted by folk legends Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, a unique reprisal of ‘The Bird Song Project’, also featuring ‘The Starling Song Project’ developed by Liz Clark, and a very special tribute to song collector Alan Lomax, featuring amongst others, David Kitt, Cian Nugent and Eibhlís Cronin.

Also welcome to the festival is Congolese singer Niwel Tsimbu for his latest project entitled ‘RiZA’. ‘RiZA’ is also set to be the first ever concert hosted in the Skibbereen Courthouse.

The unique ‘4 Plays in A Day’ returns with productions including Donal O’ Kelly’s ‘Catalpa’,and an exceptional play about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ‘Bassam’. The art of poetry and spoken word features heavily with appearances by Gabriel Rosenstock, Liz Nugent, Tom French and Clara Rose Thornton and highlighted by the third annual 12-hour ‘Poetry Marathon’.

An incredible Film Festival will show a series of beautiful and thought-provoking films from around the world; including the 1930 Russian masterpiece ‘Earth’ with live musical accompaniment of the original soundtrack, by Dublin based group 3Epkano, an outdoor screening of Italian favourite ‘Cinema Paradiso’, 2015 Oscar-winning Irish animated film ‘Song of the Sea’, which stars the voices of well-known Irish actors such as Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Patt Short and many more, and documentaries on two of the giants of Irish history Padraig Pearce and W.B. Yeats.

An amazing array of visual art exhibitions are happening throughout the town as Skibbereen becomes a gallery for the week, with the work of over 50 artists on display. Highlights include ‘Umha Aois’, an international archeology and sculpture symposium that will produce bronze sculptures in the walled garden of Liss Ard Estate, a gathering of some of the world’s leading practitioners of ‘Artists’ Books’ for an exciting focus on Book Art, and an ‘Art Trail’ following the path of the lIen River that will be launched by Ireland’s best known living artist Robert Ballagh.

The Skibbereen Arts Festival is perfect for families as the programme also features some stunning nature and history walks, talks and discussions, and a plethora of interesting and educational workshops for all ages. There is also an opportunity to see a brand new show, Café by integrated dance company, Croi Glann.

The festival opens with a very special event to mark the centenary of the death of Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa. On Friday 24th July Skibbereen will go back in time to the 19th century with a spectacular street parade to commemorate the life and times of one of the town’s most famous sons.

The ethos of this remarkable festival is ‘inclusion and accessibility’ and everything is very reasonably priced with many free events and many opportunities to view or to take part. Undoubtedly the place to be for the last week of July is at Skibbereen Arts Festival 2015!

For more information on event listings and tickets please check out our website http://www.skibbereenartsfestival.com/ or catch us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SkibbereenArts?Tickets go on sale 17th July.

The Skibb man who’s an integral part of Kerry’s football setup

The Skibb man who’s an integral part of Kerry’s football setup

brian-dwyerby John Bohane

ONE West Cork man has unique behind the scenes access to the Kerry senior football camp during thoer All Ireland football campaign.

O’Donovan Rossa clubman Brian Dwyer, who struck 2-8 for the Skibbereen junior team in a county league tie played against Boherbue recently, is the Cork based physio for the Kerry senior team, a role he has relished since his appointment earlier this season as he explains. “I started working in Eddie Hartnett’s physio clinic in Ballincollig about nine months ago. Eddie is the head physio for the Kerry senior footballers so I joined the backroom team there.”

Brian began treating the Kingdom stars following their return from their team holiday in January, as they began preparations for the defence of their All-Ireland crown. Since he commenced his work with the reigning All-Ireland champions, Brian has been amazed by the players intense preparations and professionalism.

“Everything the players do is impressive. Their attention to detail, their focus, their preparation to detail is unreal. The quality of their training sessions and their quest for perfection have been real eye-openers.The amount of work put in by the backroom team and by the players is unreal. It is hard work and can be time consuming. Everyone puts in a enormous effort but there is a great unity within the camp which makes it even more enjoyable.”

Brian has slotted in seamlessly to his new role with the Kerry footballers. He freely admits however as the solitary Corkman in the Kerry camp the good natured jibes gradually increase in his direction in the run up to a clash with Cork.

“There are a fair few comments and jokes from the players and the rest of the backroom staff which increased considerably in recent weeks. It was all good natured though!”

Brian recently travelled with the Kerry senior footballers to the Algarve where they significantly increased their preparations ahead of the Munster championship campaign. It was a surreal trip according to Brian.

“It was a great experience. I got a great feel of what working with a professional team for a few days feels like. We were very busy in the physio room but we enjoyed some down time in the pool also. It was a fantastic week. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am very lucky through my work to be involved with some of the best sports stars in the country.”

Brian’s primary functions are dealing with niggles and injuries that accrue with strapping and prevention of injuries a key role for Brian.

“I am down in Killarney twice a week for training sessions. I get the lads ready for training with strapping and treat any niggles they might have. We also maintain a presence during training so we can quickly act on any injuries which might happen.”

Ever the professional Brian admits he had no mixed feelings regarding the outcome of the games played against Cork.

“There’s no chance of divided loyalties on the day. Having worked so closely with the Kerry squad over the past few months has ensured I have got to know all the players very well so Im always hoping for a Kerry win.”

Caheragh’s Brain all set for the Rose of Tralee

Caheragh’s Brain all set for the Rose of Tralee

Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

by John Bohane

CAHERAGH native Brian McCarthy has been selected to serve as an escort at the forthcoming Rose of Tralee Festival.

Brian, who currently works as an auctioneer with Bohan, Hyland and Associates in Dublin, has expressed his delighted at being picked for this most auspicious of occasions. “It is great to be selected for such a household event. It is very much part of who we are as Irish people. I am delighted and honoured to be associated with this long running and successful festival. I am really looking forward to it. It will be a great occasion.”

Brian came through a rigorous selection process to secure his much coveted place as an escort at this year’s festival.

“I applied earlier in the year to be a Rose of Tralee escort. Out of the 200 plus applicants who applied initially, 130 were chosen for the interview; 29 men were then selected to serve as an escort this year with three escorts returning from last year’s event. I was delighted when I received confirmation I had been selected. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my sponsors Simply Suits Cork, Marquee Company and Sober Lane, whose help has been invaluable.”

The Tadhg MacCarthaigh clubman is eagerly looking forward to the popular festival. Brian has already met up with the other 31 escorts when they took part in the annual boot-camp held in Kenmare recently.

“I can’t wait for the festival now. I met all the other escorts at the boot-camp held recently. They are a great bunch of lads. I am really looking forward to meeting up with them again in August.”

The Rose of Tralee Festival will be held from Friday, August 14th to Wednesday, August 19th.

Beara looking forward to Skibb clash

Beara looking forward to Skibb clash

gaa-buttonby John Bohane

BEARA selector Finbarr Harrington has wecomed the draw for the fourth round of the Cork SFC which pairs the divisional side with O’Donovan Rossa.

The last time the two sides met in 2000, O’Donovan Rossa emerged victorious following a replay in the quarter-final stages of the championship. Finbarr is anticipating another tight affair when the two sides meet in the imminent future.

“I love derby games myself because they usually take on a life of their own and the outcome is unpredictable. Skibb are a very good side. We would have played them a bit in the last few years in U21 challenge games. As a club they’ve always been very good to Beara teams making their facilities available to Beara teams for training and for that we’re always grateful.

“This is going to be a tough task for us but if we can perform like we did against UCC we’ll be there or there abouts. This is where all teams want to be in the knock-out stages of the championship. We set ourselves a goal at the start of the year to get into the last 16 so anything can happen from here on in,” he said.

Beara secured their passage into the fourth round of the championship for the first time in ten years following their thrilling four point win achieved against a much vaunted UCC side, a vital win for the divisional side according to Harrington.

“It was a massive win for us. It was the first time since 2005 we made the last 16 and to do it after extra- time was great. It was a huge boost for Beara football. It has created a good buzz here on the peninsula. It hasn’t been easy to train on a regular basis as clubs are struggling with numbers which makes it a little difficult for us to get together. Aiden McGurn took over this year as manager and he has bought new idea’s to table, Johnny Galvin and myself are selectors with him and so far we’ve worked well together.”

Finbarr is confident that the strong underage programmes being currently implemented in the Beara division will reap their rewards in the imminent future for this traditionally strong football division.

“We are a very proud GAA division here in Beara.We have produced some great footballers in the past and will do so again in the future. A number of Beara players are involved with Cork under-age teams again this year which is a good sign. There is a lot of work being done at club level. We’re lucky here in the division to have a very active Coiste na nOg. In recent years we had a number of under age teams winning county finals which is good for the future,” he added.