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Thursday 24 April 2014

Kanturk celebrate dual All Stars at AGM

Cork footballer Aidan Walsh and Cork hurler Anthony Nash, right, with their 2012 GAA GPA All-Star awards, at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2012 both players hail from Kanturk Credit: Photo: Sportsfile

KANTURK GAA reviewed an action packed past year, the highlight under review was reaching the county Intermediate hurling final, coupled with two club members gaining All-Star selection on hurling and football teams.

Their return to the Intermediate Football championship came at Ballingeary on defeating 2011 defeated finalist and eventual 2012 winners Castletownbere. From a close and tense encounter, Kanturk won 1-7 to 0-7 and claimed a place in round 4 of the championship. 17 weeks elapsed before they entered the championship arena again, travelling to Buttevant with genuine hopes of progressing.

County Junior champions of 2009, Glanworth were the opponents and on a night of missed chances, and a below par performance, Kanturk made a championship exit 2-11 to 2-9.. At Intermediate Hurling, Kanturk delivered a disappointing performance losing to Argideen Rangers first time out. A month later they faced Éire Óg at Mallow in round two and from a high scoring goal feast In round 4, Kanturk turned in another high score, defeating Dromina.

On successive weeks, they defeated Fr O' Neill's and Charleville to qualify for our first final since elevation to the Intermediate grade in 2003.

"With Kilworth providing the opposition, we got off to a dream start racing into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead and still seemed in a good position at the interval, but the concession of a goal on a resumption seemed to knock us off our tracks and even though a late goal brought us back into the game we never found the impetus to drive on for victory and lost by 2-13 to 215," said Secretary Francis Kenneally.

The highlight at juvenile level saw an u16 team take the Rebel Og North 'A' league title, making up for championship final defeat, and land the Cork county league title from Clonakilty. October 26 2012 was a special day in the history of Kanturk GAA. At the football and hurling 2012 GAA/GPA All Stars, two Kanturk players were honoured, one on each team.

"The achievement of Aidan Walsh (football) and Anthony Nash (hurling) in gaining selection puts Kanturk in the company of two Cork clubs who previously had members selected on All Star teams in hurling and football on the same night and only the fourth club country wide," said the Club Secretary.

During the past year new railings, gates and dug outs were installed. Planning permission for a weights/medical room has been secured. A Munster GAA Council grant of over €5,500 is approved. Much work was done at the field on a voluntary basis during the season.

The death of Johnny O' Mahony took a club stalwart and a man of great renown. Johnny gave great service to his beloved Kanturk as a player, trainer, selector, officer, Duhallow board delegate and Cork county convention delegate.

"With Duhallow and County Championships won in recent years, players honoured with All Star awards and making a prominent contribution to county and divisional teams, one could be forgiven for saying we are living in a golden era of Kanturk GAA," said the Club Secretary.

Looking ahead, Mr. Kenneally added it would be tempting to sit back and enjoy the continued success that came their way.

"We would be failing in our duty if we don't plan for the future prosperity of our club, the time has surely come for us to have a ''Strategic Review'' of our club and set the plans in place for the future of our club from 2014 to 2020. "

Officers elected for 2013 are Chairman; Joe Kearns, Vice Chairman; Tom Walsh, Secretary; Francis Kenneally, Development; Eoghan O'Connor, PRO ; Timmy Burke, Cultural Officer; Colette Vaughan, Youth Officer; Pat Bradley.

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