Thursday 23 November 2017

Around the districts: Banteer and Kilshannig

Water outage: As you know the Banteer area had water outages over last weekend and hopefully by the time you read this the service is restored. The Poulgorm water supply system was shut down on Sunday night due to cloudy water in the supply well source. The water supply from the Poulgorm source is a pumped source with no water storage system as plans for a reservoir on Mount Hillary were shelved a number of years ago.

Cork County Council local man Billy Murphy and Pat Walsh Senior Engineer and other Cork County Council personnel on behalf of Irish Water organised tankers and pallets of bottled water to the area on Monday and for that we sincerely thank them. EPS Mallow also worked round the clock to provide and install a pump system for an alternative source of water at Poulgorm. At present there is no other back up system to supply Banteer with water.

Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council has requested an urgent follow up meeting with Irish Water to ensure that Irish Waters Capital programme includes a project to avoid this ever happening again. The Community Council with the help of all public representatives and Cork County Council will hopefully ensure the project moves ahead asap.

Eileen receives award

On Friday, September 29, Eileen, family and friends of Pat attended the Mercy Star Awards night at the Clayton Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. Eileen had been nominated for a Volunteer Fundraiser of the year award for her work with the Mercy Hospital Foundation in 2017.

This was in recognition of the outstanding funds raised for the Mercy ICU at the Banteer Family Fun Walk held at Banteer Sportsfield on January 2, in association with the Banteer/Lyre GAA Club, to mark the occasion of Pat's birthday. The walk raised over €18,700 for the Mercy ICU and a cheque was presented to the Mercy ICU back in February 2017. The Mercy Stars is an event to recognise those individuals, teams and fundraising volunteers who go the extra mile for patients and colleagues at the Mercy University Hospital.

The awards are a celebration of all that is great about fundraising volunteers and staff behind the Mercy University Hospitals exceptional care for patients and their families. Eileen was presented with the Mercy Star Award by Dr Donal O'Cronín of the Mercy ICU.

A special thanks again to all who made the fundraiser such a major success. The money raised was used to purchase two much needed Laryngoscopes and five bedside care trolleys for the Intensive Care Unit.

Tidy Towns results

Well done to all for marks increase from 300 to 305 marks in 2017. The following is the detailed report.

Community Involvement and Planning/Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail and Pleanáil: Banteer is very welcome to the 2017 Tidy Towns competition. You have a very impressive community involvement and despite Banteer being in the village category having 26 volunteers to call on is very impressive. All this hard work was very evident on the adjudication visit day with everywhere looking very well maintained and tended. You also clearly have lots of local support which must be very encouraging. Well done. We always encourage committees to make a three to five-year plan for their area so that they can both focus on specific projects and see all that they have achieved. Perhaps this might be something Banteer Tidy Towns might consider in the future.

Built Environment and Streetscape/An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha: Banteer is a very attractive village in a beautiful natural setting with several lovely buildings including the beautiful church, the railway station, the White Country Inn and the Glen Theatre building all great examples of Irish vernacular buildings. The Screen Fence decorated with old hub caps painted as flowers is terrific. We could find no mention of it in your entry form although it's marked on the map it's a brilliant example of re-using items and beautifying a place that maybe was not so interesting previously. Brilliant imaginations at work well done.

Landscaping and Open Spaces/Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte: The National School garden was an absolute delight again more wonderful imagination shown in re-using items not to mention all the gorgeous colours that must be so appealing to the pupils. The Muintir na Tíre Best Garden prize is well deserved congratulations. You've done a lot of work in this category over the past year with several new shrub and flower beds. It's great to see you are taking cognisance of the importance of growing plants for biodiversity. Make sure to get your free copy of the all-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the National Biodiversity Data Centre ( as it has lots of advice and guidelines for community groups in relation to various projects including the right sort of plants to use etc.

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities/Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha: You have a wonderful natural amenity in the Pondfield area and it was being well-used on the day it was visited. The use of weedkiller all along the Banteer Bridge over the Glen River at Seán Abha is a shame as this is detrimental to the biodiversity of wildflowers and pollinator species. Unless the stonework is being damaged by Ivy or shrub roots, the use of herbicide is unnecessary, especially as many wall-growing plants such as toadflax, forgetmenot and small ferns are pretty additions to the character of such places. However, much pollinator-friendly work has been done in Banteer NS garden with some great plants listed as well as the pollinator-friendly planting in beds at St Fursey's Terrace, Nadd Road and the Sportsfield.

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management/Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe: The re-use of lots of different things from Cable Reels to hub caps in the school garden and the Screen fence are very commendable and a great example to others to see what can be done with some paint and brilliant imaginations. It's also great to hear that the pupils of Banteer NS are working on their Water Green Flag they'll have lots of useful tips to pass on to the rest of the community after their hard work.

Tidiness and Litter Control/Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair: Banteer was looking spick and span during the adjudication visit reflecting all your hard work between Litter picks and Litter Challenges in this area. It's clear that you have the support of all the community in getting this work done.

Residential Streets and Housing Areas/Sráideanna Cónaithe and Ceantair Tithíochta: The housing estates were all visited and all were well maintained with plenty of trees planted although there was unnecessary use of herbicide along grass edges and under trees in Ard na Sí. There is scope in some of the estates for the planting of some climbing plants along some of the concrete block boundary walls of some of the green areas. Climbers such as Ivy and Honeysuckle are of huge biodiversity value as well as making a grey space more attractive.

Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes/Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna and Lánaí: The trees and hedges that line the approach roads to Banteer all give a lovely impression as you enter the village. All the roadsigns were clean and clear.

GAA club AGM

The Banteer Lyre GAA Club AGM takes place on Sunday, November 26, at 6 p.m.

Collection thanks

Banteer camogie club would like to thank everyone who supported their recent church gate collection.

Eir Rural Broadband

Please see the interactive map on which allows people to see all additional homes and businesses that have been included in the rural Efibre rollout. The current provisional delivery dates is Banteer by end of June 2018 and Lyre/Nadd by end of December 2018.

Mud run

E Tarrants and Sons are doing a fundraiser for the Mercy Hospital Cork on October 21 in Mitchelstown and are looking for teams or individuals to take part and sign up. Contact Connie Tarrant for details.

Cork GAA draw

The last draw for 2016/2017 was in August next draw for 2017/2018 is at end Oct please ensure all money paid by then.

Glen Theatre Banteer

Autumn/winter programme: Saturday, October 21, Tommy Fleming; Saturday, November 11, Louise Morrisey; Saturday, November 25, Eleanor Shanley; Nov/Dec Banteer Drama group plays.


Banteer Bingo jackpot is now €4,300

Badminton Club

Banteer Badminton Club are currently trying to put together photos of club members/teams down through the years. If anyone finds any photos please send them to to share your memories..

Ladies' Football

CODE OF ETHICS COURSE NUMBERS max 20 people. TIME 7.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Usual charge is €20 per person. The first course will be held in Banteer on Monday, October 16. Please contact Catherine Ring at 083 3498778 as soon as possible to book your place. Payment is required on booking please to secure your place. This course is compulsory for anyone who is hoping to coach in their clubs.

Macra news

It's been a busy few weeks for Banteer Macra. David Murphy represented Banteer and Avondhu Macra in the Macra class at the National Ploughing Chanpionships in Screggan, Co. Offaly on Wednesday the 20th. David did extremely well on the day finishing fourth despite the terrible weather.

Next up was the Avondhu Macra Ball held in Springfort Hall Hotel on the 23rd. We had 15 members attending who all had a brilliant night being entertained by the Waxies.

Congratulations to Aidan O'Donoghue on winning the under-23 class in the Avondhu round of Beef Stock Judging. Aidan will now compete in the national final on October 29.

Many thanks also to Norbrook and Michael O'Connor for the sponsorship we have received over the last few years. Michael O'Connor of Norbrook presented the club with our brand new half zips this week.

Banteer Macra always welcomes new members, just contacting any club member or message us on Facebook. Best of luck to our Capers cast heading to Rome this weekend on the Macra National Prize Winners trip.

Careers Exhibition

The annual IRD Duhallow Careers Exhibition will take place on Wednesday, October 4, in the Edel Quinn Hall Kanturk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to young people, parents and teachers, to provide an opportunity to meet with representatives from local and national universities, Institutes of Technology, PLC Training Colleges etc, to discuss further training and education opportunities and to get an insight into the requirements and what each course entails.

Roisín Kelleher, Career Guidance Counsellor will be in attendance on the day to offer invaluable advice to students on filling out their CAO and on their further education choices. For more information on this event contact Jacinta at 029 60633.


Bweeng Celtic FC

Our 17/18 season is under way. Under-6s (born 12) Saturdays 5 p.m. under-8s (born 10 and 11) Thursdays 7 p.m. under-10s (born 08 and 09) Wednesdays 7 p.m. under-12s (born 06 and 07) Fridays 6 p.m. All training is now indoors in Glantane (€2).

Come on and try out your local soccer club and bring a friend. Please spread the word. Telephone Ed at 085 8402176 or PM on Facebook with any questions.

Ladies' football

Well done to the Kilshannig Ladies Juniors, who have played their way to a County Final this weekend. Best of luck to the team. This was an historic day for our club, as our juniors have reached a County Final, beating Carrigtwohill at home. This is a massive achievement for this very young team. They take on Knocknagree Ladies at 3 p.m. this weekend (watch Twitter and Facebook for venue when confirmed). Support greatly appreciated. Best of luck to the team and management.

Anyone for Chess?

Chess club for kids aged 11-14 in Kilshannig Community Centre on Thursday, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All levels welcome. No charge. Bring a chess set if you have it.

Fundraising Dance

Laharn Community Action Ltd is holding a fundraising dance in Kades Kounty, Glenville on Saturday, October 7, next. Music will be provided by Pat Daly and dancing will commence at 10 p.m. till 12.30 a.m. Admission is €8 and all moneys raised will go towards funding the Open Air Crossroads Dancing at Laharn Cross for the current season. Further information from Sheila at 087 9187222.

Scór Na NÓg

Anyone intetested in participating in this year's Scór na nÓg under-17 competitions please contact Scór Officer Michael O'Sulllivan (021 7333040) before October 8.

Table quiz

Lombardstown Community Council will be holding a table quiz in aid of Cliona's Foundation in remembrance of Conor Harrington. It will be held in Gortroe Inn on October 14 at 8.30 p.m. If you can't make the table quiz on the 14th and would like to help out/contribute, there will be a donation box in Lombardstown post office and Gortroe Inn.100% of all money will go to the Cliona's Foundation. All welcome, your support would be greatly appreciated.

Lombardstown Creamery

Donie O'Sullivan is compiling a history of Lombardstown Creamery and would welcome any memorabilia, notes, articles or indeed details of any unusual events, amusing incidents etc. associated with the creamery.A lot of material has been collected over the past five years and once copied, returned to the owners. This is a final roundup so please contact Donie at 086 2579106 or email It is hoped to publish this history next year.


Kilshannig notes are compiled by Eithne Foley for the month of October. Please send notes by 11 a.m. on Tuesday to


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