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Friday 31 October 2014

Final chapter of Knockscovane G.A.A. Club

Published 02/04/2009 | 09:22

KNOCKSCOVANE GAA: Having been founded in 1970, Knockscovane Football Club survived almost 40 years, until it became St. Joseph's Meelin Football Club in 2008.

On Friday night, March 20, what was probably the final chapter was written when a mass was celebrated at St. Josephs Church, Meelin, dedicated to the memory of the loyal, hardworking men and women who founded the club, deceased members, team officials, players & supporters over almost 40 years. Thank you to Fr. Denis Stritch for this special mass and support.

This was followed by a social evening in the Community Hall, which was attended by a large crowd.

MC for the night, Ted Linehan, who happened to be the first man to captain a Knockscovane football team, did trojan work in preparing this lovely event, introduced the attendance to some of the memories of the years. The first chairman, Johnny Cronin, made a presentation of a crystal plate in the blue & white of the club colours, to Eugene O'Sullivan, who was the sole secretary over the 37 years that Knockscovane GAA existed. His wife Kay also received a presentation.

Amongst other presentations was one to Mrs. Mary Ita Linehan, in who's kitchen the Club was founded all those years ago, by Sean Linehan, who was the club's last chairman.

The original committee consisted of: President Sonny Quinlan, VicePresident Dan Linehan, Chairman Johnny Cronin, Vice Chairman John Ward, Treasurer Dan Noonan, Secretary Eugene O'Sullivan, Board Delegates Ted Linehan, DJ Curtin and Eugene O'Sullivan.

Mary Collins spoke on behalf of the very successful crop at Knockscovane Ladies Football Club, who's high point was the winning of the Duhallow Championship in 1971, along with many carnivals and tournaments over what was a glorious period for Duhallow Ladies football.

Bridie Brosnan spoke of how the light eventually faded in the Ladies section after nearly a decade of success, as emigration & movement to more urban areas for work took its toll.

The Knockscovane Junior Club won the Novice League in 1973, the league and championship in 1974, after which followed a spell in the Junior 'A' ranks. The novice championship arrived back in Knockscovane again, with victories in 1978 and 1979. Success did not finish there, as the Junior 'B' league was won in 1980 and 1987, whilst the championship was won in 1986 & 1987.

A huge debt of gratitude is due to anyone that had an involvement in the years of activities of Knockscovane Football Club, the efforts to promote our gaelic football, our games & our heritage for the betterment of rural life.

MEELIN NATIONAL SCHOOL EASTER EGG HUNT: This Thursday sees the return of the excitement of our annual Easter egg hunt. All the children will be joined by our friends at the Anchor Playschool in the search for the eggs which are hidden all over the school grounds.

FIRST CONFESSION: Last Monday night at our National School, 2nd class children-, Anthony Buckley, Pádraig Dineen, Michael McAuliffe, Seán O'SullivanCollins, Cathal Shine, Chloe Curtin, Ciara Culhane, Emma Roche & Katelyn Walsh received their first confession. They will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 2.

SCHOOL FOOTBALL BLITZ: Last Wednesday, Meelin National School's boys football team participated in the '7-a side' schools blitz which was held in Knocknagree. On the day we played Rockchapel, Lyre and Lismire. Our panel was T.J. Twomey, James Forrest, Maurice O'Keeffe, Myles Roche, Joseph O'Sullivan, Conan Walsh, Jason Kelly, Jack Browne, Eoghan Browne and Joey Mullane.

DUHALLOW ENTERPRISE NETWORK: The next meeting of the Duhallow Enterprise Network takes place at the James O'Keeffe Institute Newmarket, on Thursday, April 2, from 7 to 9pm.

This is an initiave facilitated by IRD for the businesses in Duhallow & the Network meets once per month. All local businesses both large & small are welcome to attend, where you are invited to promote your business to a wider audience in this region.

If you require further information, contact Catherine Crowley at IRD Duhallow on 029 60633.

MEELIN GAA NEWS: Win and spin results Friday, March 27: Connie Curtin, Meelin €30; Liam Brosnan, Meelin €55; Noreen O'Connor, Meelin €30; John O'Sullivan, Meelin €40; Tom Cronin, Meelin €45

Junior B Football: The Junior 'B' football team had a further victory in the Duhallow League with a hard fought victory over Glenlara. After a very competitive first half Meelin were ahead on the score of 1-6 to 0-3.

The goal was scored by Stephen Martin O'Sullivan after a great passing movement involving a number of players. Glenlara continued to mount the pressure in the second half but two late goals from DJ O'Sullivan and William Buckley ensured a comfortable victory for Meelin. The final score was Meelin 3-8 to Glenlara 0-7.

Well done also to the St. Mark's minor hurlers who had a good victory over Mill Rovers in the North Cork League. The Junior Hurling League commences this weekend with a home fixture against Kilbrin.

CONRRATULATIONS: Congratulations to Conor Collins and Marian Keane of the Line, Meelin on the birth of their baby son Dan. NEW CONTACT DETAILS: Please note the change in email address to 'meelinnotes@eircom.net', whilst you can also contact 029 68394 if you wish to submit information for next week's The Corkman.

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