Wednesday 17 July 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Boherbue and Western Duhallow

Banteer - Banteer Community Sportsfield welcome grant of €1.128m: Banteer Community welcomed the brilliant news this week with the announcement of a grant of €1.128M for a regulation sized astroturf pitch, new changing rooms, showers, museum area for 100 years of Banteer Sports and local history, café ,car park etc. This funding is from the Rural Regeneration and Development fund.

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund aims to revitalise rural Ireland by supporting self-sustaining projects in towns and villages with a population of less than 10,000.This Fund is a clear demonstration of Project Ireland 2040 in action. These investments will have a transformative effect on many rural towns, villages and outlying areas. The Rural Fund encourages joined-up thinking involving collaboration between Government Departments, Local Authorities, public bodies, and rural stakeholders.

A lot of work was completed in 2018 in progressing the Astro development project which will be the first full sized community owned facility catering for all sports in Cork County and the committee have been working closely with Councillor John Paul O Shea ,Minister Michael Creed, and Mary Hayes Manager Cork County Council. Sincere thanks are expressed to these people for their effort, advice and support in obtaining this funding.

The effort and assistance received from IRD Duhallow Manager Maura Walsh, Helen O Sullivan and Louise Bourke in making the grant application is also particularly acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

Sincere thanks also to Pat O Neill, Patrick Buckley, Patrick D Buckley and Paddy Buckley for their help in compiling a video of the proposed astro project. A special fundraising committee was set up in 2018 to help fundraise for the project and this group have made great strides with the annual €100 draw and company support.

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.

In 2018 approx. €72,000 was spent on development works at the facility including

-pitch aeration work on main pitch and top pitch

-some new litter bins

-trees and hedge works

-New fencing on main pitch

-New ball stop netting on main pitch

-Additional fencing at hurling wall/playground

-Wild flowers area planted by Tidy Towns

-Entrance lighting improvements

-Goalposts extended in height

-New scoreboard installed

The original playground installed in 2001 has recently had a €50,000 upgrade last month.

It is hoped to launch the new development project in 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 5 hour long recording of Banteer sports from 1886 to 1986.This professionally completed project is an invaluable historical record of Banteer Sports and records the following

Detailed reports on Banteer sports for each year Recordings with many past athletes who competed at Banteer RTE recordings of the various sports at Banteer Details re the many famous athletes who competed in Banteer including Denis Horgan and Dr Pat O Callaghan 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.

Eddie Dunbar just 15 seconds off winning Tour de la Provenance

He may be an U23 Tour of Flanders winner and ridden so well in many races in recent years, but Eddie Dunbar has truly announced his arrival in the top tier of pro cycling today.

Just as he had ridden during the last three days of action in the Tour de la Provence, getting clear on the final climb, the young Irishman did it once more on the final stage today.

But this time only one man could go with him. And had David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) shared the workload earlier with the Irish rider, they would have made it all the way.

Instead, they spent 13km clear of the chasing peloton only to be caught with 1km remaining.

And the stage came down to a sprint from a reduced bunch won by John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).

But it was a terrific ride by Dunbar and arguably the best of his fledgling career.

When he made his move on the final climb, his legs looked far superior to anyone else in the field.

And despite being caught so close to the finish, he still managed to take 12th place after 162.2km from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence.

Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) was also in the front group, which numbered just 45 riders. Gaudu had kept Dunbar out of the young rider classification leader's jersey for the whole race. And though he marked the Irish rider today; Dunbar did all the work.

He never wavered the whole way to the red kite with the bunch, including some of cycling's biggest names, lined out after him and initially unable to close him down.

In the end he was absorbed into the reduced bunch and had to watch on as the stage went elsewhere.

But it was a really impressive bid by Dunbar to go for victory on the day and move up overall having begun the stage just 15 seconds off the race leader's jersey.

In the end there was no change in the overall; Gorka Izagirre (Astana) winning the race outright with Dunbar keeping his 7th.

But the manner in which Dunbar has raced over the last three days with controlled aggression and such impressive strength very strongly suggests he will not have to wait long to land a very big victory.

Glen Theatre

087 7558752-Fri 9th March The Cork Artists Variety show starring Joe Mac, Terry McCarthy, Dan Twomey, Lorainne Manley, Donal Ring

Glen Theatre Drama Group play starts in March-more details soon.

Sat 27th April Tommy Fleming

Banteer Community Childcare

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 2 years' experience.

Must be available to work between 7am and 7pm

Job Description available on request

Apply with CV to The Chairperson, Banteer Community Childcare, Clonmeen Road, Banteer, Co. Cork by 28th February 2019.

Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council elections 2019

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 are available now in Banteer PO, Banteer Church, Lyre Church and Lyre Hall from 13th Feb until 1st March -please nominate who you wish and please return the forms to the boxes at these locations before Fri 1st March. Candidates will be elected from the Banteer /Lyre/Nadd area and townlands of Banteer West, Banteer Village, Gortmore, Derry, Gurrane, Knockbrack, Knocktouder, Fortgrady, Dromcommer, Clonmeen, Gouganes, Inchdaly, Shronebeha, Duinch, Fermoyle, Curraghrougher, Coolroebeg, Glen North and Kilavoy,Charlesfield, Curraigue, Kilmacrane, Muiygrogeen, Tooreen, Glensouth, Coolroemore, Nadd, Inchamay, Glentaneatnach, Knock, Lyre, Nadd Beg, Derrygowna, Monaveel, Esk, Glenaharee, Glenaknockane and Caheraveelane.Nominators and nominees must be over 18 years of age.

The Community Council is an important community group within the area and elected members will be involved in various community improvement projects.

Banteer & Lyre GAA Club

GAA Club membership due now -Membership for Full Members is €50. Juvenile Members is €30 & Social Members is €30

Banteer Macra

Sports night continues on Wednesday nights at 8pm in the Community Centre in Banteer, €2pp. New people are always welcome to come along, join in and find out what else the club gets up to.

Mt Hillary AC

Reg fee is €30 for the year you can drop it at the Post office/shop in Banteer, put €30 in an envelope with your name on it, new members will also need date of birth and phone number.

Banteer Bingo

Jackpot €2800 with bingo on Tues 8.30



There was a big attendance at Billy Murphy's Bar recently for a fundraising table quiz organised by the local young dancers. It was a night for all age groups, lots of fun, a host of raffle prizes plus the tension normally associated with an event like this.

The quizmistress was Margaret Kiely, assisted by Eileen Murphy, Rosie Daly and Tara Daly.

1st Gerard Lenihan, Stevie and Helen Walsh, Richard Dennehy.

2nd Fr Michael Moynihan, Kathleen and Hannah O'Sullivan, Niall Murphy.

3rd Ailish O'Hanlon, Dan Sheehanm Lean O'Sullivan and Donal Murphy.


Full details of the St Patrick's Day parade will be announced shortly and will be starting at the Church entrance at 11.40am. It will be led by the Cullen Pipe Band and it will proceed to the Square where each participant will be introduced to the crowd.

Prior to the 11am Mass, shamrock will be distributed free of charge to all entering the Church.

After the parade, young and old will assemble at the Pearse Memorial Hall for some refreshments and entertainment.

This is the 35th annual parade -- lets all join in to make it a memorable one -- Monday 18th is a bank holiday.


The numbers were 3, 5, 11, 20. Lucky dip €50 Eoin O'Riordan, Islandbrack. €20 each the Breen family, Main St; Roger Casey, Gneeves; Nollaig Lucey, Boherbue.

Sellers prize Fiona Scannell.


First: Denis Hickey and Paddy Hartnett.

Ladies: Gertie Casey and Noreen O'Connell.

Gents: Hugh Murphy and Patsy Breen.

Mixed: Ellen Murphy and Dan McLoughlin, Kathleen Guiney and Denis Fitzpatrick.


Congratulations to the Boherbue Scor na nOg quiz team who won silver on Saturday last a the All-Ireland finals in Castlebar. The quartet were Ailish O'Hanlon, Leah O'Sullivan, Donal Murphy and Dan Sheehan.

Western Duhallow

The Park

Having followed the progress in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh closely, its very disappointing for the faithful Cork followers to have to try and defend what we've witnessed and continue to witness.

It's painful enough along the border areas to have to listen to jibes about the weakness of Cork football, especially from folk west of the river Blackwater.

But on top of that, we now have people joking about a stadium that was supposed to be, and probably will be in a few more years, a state of the art project.

What really happened, why all the secrecy? There are price differences mentioned and issues over exactly who is in control.

Cork GAA has the knack of drawing unnecessary attention to itself and this has been ongoing for decades.

The club delegates who attend County Board meetings are often criticised for not being more powerful from the floor.

But how can they with their hands tied by procedures and a host of well worded obstacles? Or maybe its just that I'm not aware of how the system works.

Do any of you readers remember comedians Laurel and Hardy. In my opinion what the delegates should say to the top table and to all those who govern there is similar to what Laurel said to Hardy many moons ago as he slapped him on the forehead: 'what another fine mess you've gotten us in to'.

Kiskeam lotto

The numbers were 1 8 16 29. Lucky dip €50 Mary O'Keeffe, Glounreagh. €20 each Sheila O'Keeffe, Knockeenacurrig; Donal Lehane, Macroom; Gerdy Cronin, Tureenamult.

Sellers prize Christy O'Keeffe.

Irish school

The Irish summer school in Cullen will again be held this year with full details announced in these notes shortly.

Kiskeam cards

First: Nellie Mai Foley and John O'Keeffe.

Ladies: Dora Stack and Maureen Murphy. Gents: Patrick Murphy and Mick Aherne, Tim McAuliffe and Jack Sheahan.

Mixed: Sheila Mulcahy and Jack Lane. Spots: Mary O'Keeffe and Hugh Murphy, Peg O'Keeffe and Dan McAuliffe.

Art classes

Art classes 'Water colours with Bertie Buckley' continue in Kiskeam Community Centre on Mondays 3.20 to 5.30pm.

Enquiries to Sheila 087 2624572 or Mary 087 8 19 25 26.


Lucky dip €50 Jerry O'Connor, Knockdubh.

€20 each Dan O'Riordan, Cullen. Davie Tarrant, Derrinagree; Danny O'Donoghue, Kanturk; Martin Collins c/o Martin's Bar; Patrick O'Keeffe, Glantane.

This Saturday's jackpot is €12,900.