Tuesday 20 March 2018

Around the districts: Banteer

Jack and Gavin McCarthy, Lombardstown, met Irish Rugby legends Denis Leamy and Luke Fitzgerald during their visit to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, as part of the RBS Six Nations Trophy Tour
Jack and Gavin McCarthy, Lombardstown, met Irish Rugby legends Denis Leamy and Luke Fitzgerald during their visit to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, as part of the RBS Six Nations Trophy Tour

Banteer Sportsfield draw - The 2016 Community Sportsfield and park draw thanks to the kind support of the many users raised over €25,000.

In 2016 the committee spent €90,000 on development projects including pitch maintenance and over seeding works, additional dug out in main pitch, purchase of tractor and aeration machine, new electronic scoreboard, heavy duty shed doors, new park seating and the purchase of the adjacent property.

Thanks to the fundraising draw, EPS Mallow sponsorship for scoreboard and grants, all of this work is complete and paid for with no outstanding debt.

In 2017 the plans are subject to funds to do pitch maintenance works, new litter bins, ball stop netting, fencing upgrades, trees pruning, new mower for park, stocking of lake and progress planning permission for further development works at the facility with a total estimated expenditure of up to €50,000.

Banteer Community Sportsfield Ltd. kindly request that all community members continue to support the annual supporters/users fundraising draw costing €100 p.a. This can be paid in €25, €50 or €100 instalments in cash, cheque or by direct debit whichever suits. All contributors will be entered into a draw for cash prizes with a total prize fund of €4,000 per annum plus additional vouchers etc.

First draw takes place in April 2017 after 11.30 a.m. Mass.

Business award

EPS has been named as one of Ireland's 'Best Managed' companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the third year running, was recognised at an awards gala dinner in Dublin on March 3.

The awards event in Dublin's Convention Centre marked the ninth year of the Deloitte Best Managed Companies awards programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland. The awards were attended by over 900 people from the Irish business community. The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

The network of 127 Best Managed Companies now employs over 60,000 people around the country and has a combined turnover of almost €11bn. Recognising the importance of overseas markets for Irish companies, the Best Managed Companies also recorded an average growth in sales of 44% over the last three years.

Banteer Lyre GAA

CLUB SPONSORS SHOW SUPPORT FOR CLUBS - Friday night last the club hosted our sponsors for 2017 and presented our player of the year awards for both hurling and football for 2015 and 2016 in the White Country Inn, Banteer. The event was well attended by club members to show our appreciation for those who support us and who without, the club could not function.

Kevin Roche, Banteer chairman opened the event welcoming the sponsors, players and club members. He congratulated EPS on winning the Deloitte Best managed company of the year for the third year in a row. He thanked the club's sponsors for 2017; Patrick Buckley, EPS; Connie Tarrant; Tarrant's, Banteer; Finbarr Courtney, White Country Inn; Cathal McHugh; Envirobead/McHugh Insulation. Each sponsor presented their contributions to the officers of the clubs. The sponsors spoke briefly wishing the club the best of luck in both codes for the year. Tommy Mannix spoke, paying a mark of respect to former Lyre chairman Pat Murphy RIP, remembering him fondly.

Player of the year awards for 2015 and 2016 were presented in both codes; for 2015 the Kevin Mannix memorial shield for footballer of the year was awarded to David Murphy. The Teddy Fitzgerald memorial shield for hurler of the year 2015 was awarded to Tadhgh Sexton. For 2016 the award for footballer of the year went to Damian Kearney. The 2016 hurler of the year was awarded to Kevin Tarrant. Once again, the club wishes to thank the sponsors for their help both in the past, and for the year to come.

UNDER 21 FOOTBALLERS GRIND OUT GREAT WIN - Lyre 0-12 St Peter's 1-07-Lyre began their under-21BFC yesterday with a fantastic team performance earning them a hard fought win in Rockchapel against St Peter's, refereed by Denis Hickey. Conditions were perfect for football. A well drilled Lyre handled the ball intelligently through the middle eight, with some fantastic scores to clinch a victory against what was a tough St Peter's team.

The game started slowly, but once Darren Murphy opened the Lyre scoring with a crafty point the team gained confidence and led three points to one after 20 minutes. Lyre continued strongly for the rest of the first half ending it on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-3 in favor of Lyre. Standout performances through the middle of the field from Barry Murphy and Cathal O'Donoghue setting up scores for Luke Philpott and Evan O'Brien as well as knocking over scores themselves.

Rockchapel came out the sharper for the second half and scored a goal from the thrown in, followed by two points in two minutes to lead 1-05 to six points. Brave goalkeeping from Aaron Shine kept Lyre in the game, making a number of point blank saves in the second half. Lyre regathered their composure holding possession well through Colm Coughlan, Cormac Cotter and Billy Murphy in the half back line. Points from O'Donoghue and Murphy and meant Lyre did not let St Peter's get out of reach at any stage, but Lyre found themselves down 1-07 to 0-8 with just eight minutes remaining.

From this point Lyre's defence kept their discipline and didn't allow St Peter's in for any more scores. Lyre's older players showed their experience and held their nerve for the closing stages, scoring four unanswered points deservedly taking the win on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-12.

Juvenile GAA

Banteer/Lyre Juvenile GAA under-six and under-eight coaching for both hurling and football will commenced on Saturdays from 9: 30 to 10.30 a.m. in the Astro Turf Banteer. Registration of new and existing players will also take place from 09: 30. Any parents wishing to get involved as coaches or just want to help out in any capacity may do so by contacting anyone of the mentors on the day or club secretary at 085 8625994.

Our academy program is documented facilitating coach rotation and coaching programs are also available for mentors who want to qualify as a GAA coach. These short programs take place annually at local north Cork GAA venues along with various GAA workshops through the year.

Helmets and Hurley's Any old hurley's or helmets not in use as always are welcome so we can recycle through the club. The club will also look to avail of the helmet scheme run by the county board which facilitates the purchase of new helmets; again you can contact club secretary at 085 8625994 for more information.

Camogie Club news

registration for all ages takes place on Tuesday, March 21, in the Sportsfield dressing rooms from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. annual cake sale on Mother's day March 26 after 9.30 a.m. mass in Lyre and 11.30 a.m. mass in Banteer - please support

Juvenile Social

The juvenile clubs in Banteer held their annual social last weekend in the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow. The clubs came together and organised what has now become one of the main community nights out in the year. It was very well attended with finals numbers reaching 140. Geraldine O'Flynn, former player of the year and member of the Cork Senior Ladies' Football team, once again attended and presented medals to the victorious teams on the night.

The camogie club presented medals to under-11 and under-13 teams that won Avondhu Blitz and championship respectively. The Ladies' football club presented medals to the under-12 team who won the Andy Davies Memorial Blitz in Knocknagree and the under-16s who won a North Cork league title. The under-16 boys were also presented medals for winning the Rebel Og North under-16 Hurling Championship. The Kieran Foley perpetual shield for under-16 player of the year was shared by Cal Shine and Cathal O'Donoghue for their contributions to the under-16 teams campaign in 2016.The presentations were followed by a disco for everyone.

Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the social and helped make it a great success again this year and best of luck to teams in all the clubs for 2017.

Ladies' Football

The Banteer Ladies Junior football team continued their good start to the Div 4B league campaign with another win against Carraigaline in Banteer last Sunday. The girls have been training hard since the beginning of February and all the effort showed yesterday in what was a very competitive match. The team had met towards the end of last year's campaign where the Banteer girls came out winners by the narrowest of margins in the semi-final of the county championship so another close encounter was expected.

The first half was evenly contested with the scores at half time favouring Banteer 2-6 to 1-5. The turning point in the game was the beginning of the second half where Banteer scored three goals within five minutes of the restart. The wind picked up in the second half and favoured the Carraigaline, who pressed hard to get back in contention. The Banteer defence was outstanding in this second half period and they forced the Carraigaline girls to shoot from distance which they did with great accuracy. They weren't able to get the goals they needed though and Banteer ran out winners on a score line of 5-8 to 2-12.

Well done to the entire panel yesterday, Aisling O'Keeffe in goals, Kate O'Donoghue, Anna Foley and Lauren McGeough in the full back line. Sinéad Forde, Una Twohig and Aoife O'Connor in the half back line Shelly and Rosie Twohig in midfield. Sarah Twomey, Eimear Murphy and Ciara O'Flynn in the half forward line and Ellen Roche, Eleanor Twohig and Olivia Roche in the full forward line.

Well done also to Rachel O'Shaughnessy, Edel Shine, Nichola Long and Rachel Buckley, who were introduced in the second half. Well done also to the management team of Brian Fitzgerald, John Keane and Adrian Buckley. Next match is fixed for next weekend against Erin's Own away so best of luck to the team and mentors.

Banteer Macra

Congratulations to Banteer Macra members who won the Disco Dance and Novelty Act categories in the Cork county NTC on Friday night. They will compete in the all-Ireland semi-final in Thurles on March 26. Banteer Macra has presented two out of five presentations from the money raised at the successful Variety Show.

The presentations were made to the Banteer and Lyre Community Defibrillator group in which they received €2,500 and Banteer National School, who received €500. It was an honour donating this money knowing it will be put to good use.

Glen Theatre

Upcoming events - Drama comedy - Second Honeymoon is on this Saturday the 18th and Sunday, March 19; Wednesday, March 29 - Aidan Dooley will present Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer; Saturday, April 22 - Don Stiff; Friday, May 5 - George Murphy; Saturday, May 20 - Elmarie O'Dwyer; Saturday, May 27 - Letters of a Successful TD; Sunday, June 4 - Seán Keane.

Community Childcare

Banteer Community Childcare required a Childcare Practitioner =to cover maternity leave. Candidates must be reliable, flexible, enthusiastic, dedicated and possess good communication skills. Must be available to work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Minimum of Fetac Level five with two years' experience. Apply with CV to the chairperson, Banteer Community Childcare, Clonmeen Road, Banteer, Co. Cork.


Banteer Bingo jackpot is now €3,300.

Thank you

Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council would like to sincerely thank Banteer Macra for the cheque of €1,200 towards the community CCTV project. Community Council Church gate collection on March 18/19.