Killavullen club members gathered last Friday evening in Magners Bar in the Village to mark the end of 2012 and to present medals to the Junior hurlers, winners of The Avondhu divisional championship. A large attendance enjoyed the video of the game against Buttevant and the fantastic atmosphere on the night.
The outgoing chairman, John Magner, thanked the team for the great achievment in winning the championship, last won by Killavullen 31 years ago. He said the achievment was all the more special given the large number of young people both players and otherwise who have left the Parish to find employment abroad. They would have no difficulty in fielding a full team in Australia at the moment! However he felt that the future of the club is very bright as our juvenile club is currently very strong and young players are once again starting to come through.
He then presented the hurling championship medals to the players, Ml. Cronin, Ed. O'Connor, Patk. Cronin, Richard Dorgan, Pa Egan, Billy Norris, Kevin Finnegan, Liam Cronin, Alan O'Driscoll, Eoin Sheehan, Declan Dorgan, John O'Regan, Tom Lane(capt), Bartley Hayes, Barry Murphy, Joe Howard, Tom O'Regan, Adrian Browne, Ross Fuller, John Coakley, Sean O'Regan, Sean Magner, Paddy Nagle, Patrick Howard, Stephen Rice and Ciaran Fitzgibbon.
A presentation was then made to the management team of the hurlers led by John O'Donovan who had put a tremendous amount of work into all aspects of the team and this was acknowledged by all present, and he was ably assisted by John O'Riordan, Mark Linehan, and Kennedy Roche.
As this was his last official function as club chairman, John thanked his fellow officers of 2012, Jerome Coakley and Ml. Rea for all their work during the year and wished John O'Donovan, the incoming chairman, all the best for 2013 and also to Tim O'Neill and Ann Walsh, chairman and treasurer of the juvenile club.
Howard Farm Feeds are the club's main sponsors and John thanked them on the club's behalf.
Tom Lane, the team captain, replied on behalf of the players and thanked them for the effort they put in during the year, the management team for all their work and he thanked particularly the chairman for his trojan work in 2012. John O'Donovan addressed the players and said that if as much effort and commitment was put into the coming year he had no doubt that silverware would again come the club's way.
He told the players that training will commence on Jan 13th with a new coach and that he was looking for a big turn out for the first session. John thanked Magners Bar for hosting the event and wished everyone the best for 2013.
2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Cumann Luith Cleas Ghael Cill an Mhuilinn and the club intends to mark this in many ways. John O'Donovan who has a special interest in local history is putting together a DVD featuring the history of the club. He has interviewed countless people from the Parish of Killavullen and Annakisha and outside in his quest for new material, the stories and reminiscences are legion.He has put a tremendous amount of time and effort into recording for posterity folklore, history and facts in the parish which if not recorded by this generaion may be lost for ever. They hope to launch the DVD early in the new year.
As part of The Gathering the club will be getting involved in local and county events and hope to organise something special in the community during August in which the local community and our immigants will be actively involved.
NEW YEAR GREETINGS
I wish all our readers and the staff of this newspaper and especially those who have helped me in any way with news items a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
The January meeting will be held on Tuesday next at 9pm. Everyone welcome, especially all area representatives.
COURSES AT THE NANO NAGLE CENTRE
Yoga - beginners Mon 7-8.30pm from Jan 14th for 8 weeks; advanced Tues 78.30pm from Jan 15th for 10 weeks.
Global Action Plan - sustainable living in everyday life - Jan 31st, Feb 14th & 28th Mar 14th, Apr 4th & 18th.
Mindfulness for Beginners led by Caterine Sutton-full residential weekend Friday Feb 1st-3rd.
Starting an Orchard –Wed Feb 6th 10am-4.30pm.
Allotments available from Feb 2013, €100 for 400 sqft, 11 month lease.
Bookings and enquiries at 022-26411/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cork County County's mobile van will visit Killavullen Village on Friday morning at 10.30am.
The monthly Mass and prayer meeting will be held on Monday next Jan 7th at 8pm in The Nano Nagle Centre. All are welcome to attend.
Last Sunday's results: 1st Elizabeth O'Gorman and Ann Hanrahan, Ballyhooly; 2nd Phyllis Carroll & Patsy Roche, SBM; the best of the last five games Ann Drinan & Dan Browne, CTR; draw on last game Mrs. Burke, SBM & Con O'Gorman, Ballyhooly; raffle winners Mrs. Burke, Phyllis Carroll and Pat McCarthy, Doneraile.
Cards in Killavullen on Sunday at 8.30pm.