Múscraí spreads Christmas spirit

A CAST OF HUNDREDS IN FESTIVE EVENTS

SEÁN Ó LOINGSIGH

Published 03/01/2013 | 09:28

THE Christmas spirit was to the fore in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí as the local community took part and supported various events last week.

An annual marathon darts tournament was held in An Chrois bar in Cill na Martra in aid of Marymount Hospice from lunchtime on Friday last.

125 players competed in the event as 25 teams of five from pubs and clubs in the Muskerry area and beyond battled it out throughout the day and late into the night.

€6,100 was raised for Marymount Hospice from the tournament, which was won by Dineens bar team from Macroom.

This was the third consecutive year of the annual tournament organised and established by Kerry Way pub manager, Damien Burns from Ballinagree.

The Marymount fund was added to as €1,700 was raised for the hospice from a very challenging run by Cathal McSweeney and his uncle Brendan at the football pitch in Cill na Martra on St Stephen's Day. The younger man braving the elements in a thong got the better of his uncle who was sporting a pair of long johns for the dual run.

The Brían Ó Tuama 7s annual football tournament was held by Cumann Peile Naomh Abán for the third year running on St Stephen's Day at Páirc Íosagáin in Baile Bhúirne.

Over 100 players took part in the football tournament in which eight mixed teams were formed from various divisions within the club.

Team A managed by former Naomh Abán players Dan Healy and Mickey Lynch won the seven aside competition which was watched by up to 200 local people throughout the day.

Skill levels were high as Cork minor prospect, 16year-old Mike Ó Duinnín displayed his sharp shooting ability, as did one of the older players, Seán Ó hIarlaithe. And they were on the losing side in the final.

A nice bit of history was made at the presentation ceremony in the Abbey Hotel as one of the tournament organisers, Justin Ó Tuama, presented the Corn Bhriain Uí Thuama cup to Team A captain Colmán Óg Ó Tuama in memory of their younger brother Brían who lost his life tragically in a drowning accident in Cork in 2009. Special commemorative jerseys were also presented to the winning team and management.

A Roinn na nÓg youth division managed by Freddie Lynch, Mickey Lynch, Gary Lynch and Kevin Lynch, was added to the football tournament event this year, as 30 young Naomh Abán players took part in under 8 and under 12 games before the final.

It was a very special day for the Naomh Abán kids as they were all presented on the pitch with medals by their local football hero, former Cork footballer Anthony Lynch.

Brían Ó Tuama 7s subcommittee member - former Cork player Micheál Creedon of the Abbey Hotel - and Naomh Abán chairman, Cathal Ó Riada, thanked everybody who took part and supported the event, with a special mention for the two referees, Finbar Murphy and David Murnane.

The late Coláiste Ghobnatan and Clondrohid footballer, 16-year-old Shane Murphy who collapsed and died recently, was also remembered this Christmas, as Baile Bhúirne church organist Aileen Flanagan, and the pupils of Scoil Abán Naofa and of the Coláiste dedicated their Christmas Pageant in the church in memory of Shane.

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