Around the districts: Banteer and Killavullen
Banteer - Minister presents cheque to Sportsfield amenity project: This past Friday Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Minister Heather Humphreys, came to Banteer Community Sportsfield to present a cheque for €1.128 million following the announcement last month of the Rural Regeneration and Development Funding for new facilities at the venue.
Councillor John Paul O'Shea, Minister Michael Creed, councillor Gerard Murphy, IRD Duhallow chairperson Mary Wallace, Annemarie Bourke and Louise Bourke were in attendance with members of Banteer Community.
Dermot McCarthy welcomed all to the venue and outlined the special history of community development in Banteer over the last 20 to 30 years and the benefits it gave to the whole area.
He outlined the work complete at the Sportsfield/Park area which caters for all sports and all users.
The latest project he said will greatly enhance the facilities in the area.
Minister Humphreys was impressed by the facilities at the centre and outlined that the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund aim is to revitalise rural Ireland by supporting self-sustaining projects such as this in towns and villages.
This type of project in Banteer is what the fund was designed for and the project was shovel ready with planning permission and all keys parts in place. The fact that the local community had a proven track record in delivering major projects was also a very important factor.
Patrick Buckley outlined the importance of investment like this in rural communities to support jobs and families' working in the region and which is critical for rural communities to thrive.
If people are to live and work in rural Ireland we must have the job opportunities which Minister Humphreys and her Department are very active in providing along with Government agencies such as IDA, Enterprise Ireland.
To improve the quality of life for families and communities you must also have this type of development in the communities where people will want to live.
Investment like this and all the other investments over the years in the Banteer area will ensure a sustainable/self-sufficient community in the long term.
Patrick also outlined the importance of the Engineering cluster work which industries in North Cork and Limerick areas are doing at present with various colleges in Limerick and Cork to promote engineering and jobs in the areas.
Cllr John Paul O'Shea said he was delighted to welcome Minister Humphreys to Banteer to view the existing sportsfield facilities, meet with locals involved in the plans and officially present the €1.128 million cheque.
Cllr O'Shea said: 'It was clear that Minister Humphreys was impressed by the existing facilities and by the group's plans to add to that, which will be possible given the significant funding through the Government's Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.
'Listening to the club's members speak of their ambitions, not just with this planned project, but with future projects which are being hatched all the time, was very heartening.'.
'Rural communities like Banteer can grow and thrive when the community itself comes together and proactively works to take the plans they have on paper and make them a reality. Banteer can stand up as an example of what can be achieved when communities come together,' he said.
Cllr O'Shea also highlighted to the Minister that the Banteer Community has also always been very supportive to other communities in sharing lessons learned and offering advice for others to develop projects. He said he had no doubt that other groups would learn from Banteers experience of the Rural Development Fund and that he was working to ensure other projects would soon apply for the fund in the region.
Minister Michael Creed congratulated the whole Banteer Community for developing such a project that will benefit the whole region of Cork and wider areas and outlined his support for such funding from the Rural Development fund.
He looked forward to the work starting on the astro pitch project in May/June this year and wished the group well in their project.
Banteer Community will use the grant towards a regulation sized astroturf pitch, spectator stand, new changing rooms, showers, museum area for 100 years of Banteer Sports and local history, café, car park etc. This is for all sports and all community users.
The effort and assistance received from IRD Duhallow Manager Maura Walsh, Helen O'Sullivan and Louise Bourke in making the grant application via IRD as the main applicant was also acknowledged and greatly appreciated. The grant aid is up to 80% funding and the community will still need to raise about €280k of matching funds to complete the full project.
Target is to raise €50k p.a via the annual €100 user's ticket draw and company support and the group is on target with the continued support of the community to raise this amount of matching funding with over 55k raised in 2018.
Banteer has a proud sporting tradition and Banteer Sports was one of the main sports in the Country up to late 1970s.
It is hoped to launch the new development project end March combined with the launch of 100 years of Banteer Sports history.
Jerry Sheehan Millstreet/Avonmore Electrical, who is a former long-time secretary of the famous Banteer Sports Committee and was involved when all-Ireland Sports were staged in Banteer many times in the 1960 and 1970s has compiled a special five-hour long recording of Banteer sports from 1886 to 1986.This professionally completed project is an invaluable historical record of Banteer Sports.
The official launch will take place along with a display of all the old posters and cuttings from each annual sports meeting which Jerry has collected over the years.
The Banteer and Lyre Combined Juvenile Social which includes the Juvenile GAA club, the camogie club and the Ladies' Football Club will take place on Sunday, March 17, in Springfort Hall at 7.30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale on Thursday and Thursday, March 7, and 14, between 8 and 9 p.m. in the Sportsfield dressing rooms. Numbers will be limited so tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis. Prices are as follows. Adults €25, Juveniles €10. Free Raffle on the night and there will be a DJ playing after medal presentations.
Upcoming shows - 087 7558752. Friday, March 9: The Cork Artists Variety show starring Joe Mac, Terry McCarthy, Dan Twomey, Lorainne Manley, Donal Ring. Saturday, April 27: Tommy Fleming. Glen Theatre Drama Group play starts in March-more details soon.
Community Information meeting
IRD will be having a Community Information meeting on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. at the Glen Theatre for the Banteer/Lyre/Nadd/Kilcorney areas.
Banteer Community Childcare require a Childcare Practitioner Part-time (30 hours approx) required to work as part of a dedicated team in the provision of enriching early learning experiences for children while ensuring a consistent high quality childcare service.
Requirements: Candidates must be reliable, flexible, enthusiastic, dedicated and possess good communication skills. Qualifications: Minimum of QQI Level 5 with two years' experience. Must be available to work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Job Description available on request. Apply with CV to the chairperson, Banteer Community Childcare, Clonmeen Road, Banteer, Co. Cork.
Community Council elections
Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council Elections will take place during April. The Community Council is a locally elected body and is involved in items such as public lighting improvements, Road improvements, council plans, social alarms, Broadband, defibrillators and issues of local concern etc. Nomination forms will now be checked and those nominated will be contacted.
The Community Council is an important community group within the area and elected members will be involved in various community improvement projects.
Banteer Bingo is played on Tuesday at 8.30 p.m.; jackpot is now €3150.
Results for Sunday, March 3, were as follows: First and second shared by Dan and Rene O'Sullivan and Elizabeth O'Gorman and Ann Hanrahan. Best of last five Con O'Gorman and Frank Barrett. Last game won by Con Lucey and Maureen O'Donovan. Raffle winners Ann Drinan, Con O'Gorman and Mick Mahony. Cards will be held this Sunday evening at 8 p.m. in Killavullen Community Centre.
Community Counil lotto winners for last week have been: Marie Lane in Griffin's Bar and in the Haven Bar the lucky winner was Seán Linehan. Thank you for your continous support to this fundraiser. It is appreciated.
Rafferty School of Drama is proud to present its annual youth concert in Castletownroche Hall on this Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
Nano Nagle Birthplace
Nano Nagle Birthplace in Ballygriffin host a number of workshops, training events and courses on a regular basis. It is well worth checking out their website nanonaglebirthplace.ie/to keep up to date with what they have to offer.
Killavullen Farmer's Market is hosted on a regular basis at the Nano Nagle Birthplace. The 2019 season is under way with locally produced fare and welcoming faces. If you've not been recently, it certainly is worth a visit. Keep up to date with future dates by following their faceboook page.
Killavullen National School parents' association in conjuction with Blackwater Cycling Club are hosting a Cycle Sportive of three routes: 20km, 50km and 100km on Sunday, April 28, with funds raised being donated to Marymount Hospice and Killavullen National School. Earlybird registration is €20 for the first 100 entrants and €25 for all entries thereafter. There will be food stops en route and in Killavullen at the end of this much anticipated event.
Turbine Aware group
Nagle View Turbine Aware group held an open meeting in Killavullen Community Centre last Tuesday night to discuss the current plans to develop a 27 turbine wind farm in our parish and surrounding areas. Further information on this group and details of future meetings can be found on their website nvta.ie.
RESUMPTION OF FOOTBALL LEAGUES - under-14 Football competitions are due to start on March 9, our opening game is against Kanturk, in Kanturk at 2.00 PM.
Under-18 - Division 1 Football League - Killavullen v Ballycastle, in Castletownroche at 11.00 AM.
Neither the refixed under-21 game or the proposed Division 1 Junior Hurling game have been confirmed at the time of the submission of this report.
It is always wise to consult with our website, closer to the date for confirmation, as with last weekend, when the scheduled under-21 game had to be postponed from Friday to Sunday, and underwent three different venues, before the appointed referee declared on Sunday, that the chosen pitch in Grange was deemed unplayable.
TOUGH CONDITIONS BUT OPENING WIN FOR UNDER 16S - Last Saturday evening in Buttevant, Killavullen made a winning debut in this year's under-16 football league when they defeated our hosts on a final score of 3-13 to 3-05.
The conditions were not conductive to open attacking football, but Killavullen would have reason to be pleased with their overall performances and especially in the second half when they scored 1-09 against a strong wind. A feature of that second period was the ability of the Killavullen backs, in particular to offer themselves up as an attacking option going forward, and that speaks volumes to the training that they have done in advance of this game.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PATRICIAN ACEDEMY - Killavullen GAA Club would like to extend their congratulations to the Patrician Academy Mallow on their recent Corn Sheáinmhic Mhurchidh (under-19 C Football) Final win. The final score was Patrician Academy (Mallow) 4-13, St Augustine's (Dungarvan) 2-8
Local participating Killavullen Players in the squad were Liam Fox and Pádraig Cronin.
This strong Academy team will face the Leinster champions in the all-Ireland semi-final on March 9
LOTTO - The lotto of €1,900 last Tuesday night was not won, and rolls on. Numbers drawn - 11, 16, and 31 - No Winner. The lucky-dip winners were as follows: €50 Carmel McGuire - Seller Magner's Bar; €30 Catherine Hickey - Seller - Griffin's Bar; €30 Jamie Fenton - Seller Magner's Bar. The next draw will be in Griffin's and will be for €2,000