Monday 22 July 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner

Bob Keane, pictured with Trevor Kelleher, did the Millstreet Vintage Run in his 1972 Mark 1 Escort. The event was in aid of Bumbleance. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald
Bob Keane, pictured with Trevor Kelleher, did the Millstreet Vintage Run in his 1972 Mark 1 Escort. The event was in aid of Bumbleance. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald

Banteer: Open Sports 2019 - North Cork AC and local athletics supporters in Banteer hosted the Banteer Open Sports at Banteer Sportsfield last Saturday evening 22nd of June for the first time in a number of years.

There were a number of the adults, parents and grandparents who reminisced about sports days which took place at the track over 40 to 50 years ago when they competed themselves, so the resurrection of the sports brought back many happy memories. Hopefully these will be the first of many sports days held in the current century and that it will continue to grow in the coming years.

A number of the younger athletes from North Cork AC and other Cork athletics clubs who are preparing for the All-Ireland Juvenile championships this Saturday in Tullamore starred on the night and performed to a very high level. In the under 9, 10 and 11 Girls races the Bateman sisters from Belgooly AC gave the Flynn sisters from North Cork AC strong competition on their home ground. No doubt the rivalry will be renewed when it comes to the pair's competitions this Saturday at the All-Ireland. Similarly in the younger age groups on the boy's side, Fanahan McSweeney AC had their strong under 10 boys relay team competing. These boys who are in preparation for the All-Ireland next week dominated the sprints and distance races in their age group. Local boy Tomas Kiely showed an excellent range of ability when winning trophies in all three of the running events, the sprint, middle distance and 1500m. Sean O'Callaghan also representing North Cork AC also showed similar range in the under 12 boy's races.

The sports day was well supported from clubs around Cork with clubs from as far afield as Carrigaline, Tracton and Carraig na bhFear attending as well as fellow North Cork clubs such as Fanahan MacSweeney AC from Mitchelstown, Grange Fermoy AC, Millstreet AC and a small contingent of local runners from Liscarroll AC. No doubt the attendance would have been affected by clashes with county finals for Community Games and the big Cork v Kerry football match on the same night but the size of the attendance was probably just right for the clubs first run out organising this event. The club would like to thank all those who helped organise the event and those who attended to support and participate in the events on the night. All went very smoothly on the night and the rain held off until all the tidying had been completed at 9pm that night. The following are the results of the competitions held on the night. Any queries can be emailed to Michael Herlihy at

Eddie lands another major performance

Eddie Dunbar returned to action last Thursday after the Giro d Italia and took part in La Route d'Occitanie in France, a race previously known as the Route du Sud. He took a superb second place on the opening stage on Thursday finishing second and being the only rider able to stay with world champion Alejandro Valverde on the uphill finish. He finished fifth overall and was second in the best young rider classification in the 4 days race and was challenging each day with the main contenders. Later this week he will target the Irish national time-trial and road race championships, which are important targets for him. Well done Eddie

Ladies Football

Congratulations to the U12 Ladies Football team and mentors who won their North Cork Final last week. The game was played in Ballydesmond with Knocknagree providing the opposition. The teams had met in the league last month and Knocknagree came out on top in that encounter.

This match started off in a similar fashion with scores being hard to come by and it seemed to be every second score up and down the pitch. The teams went in at half time with Banteer leading on a score line of 2-5 to 1-4. There was very little between both teams with all to play for in the second half. The Banteer girls came out with all guns blazing and scored 3 goals in the first 5 mins.

From that point on the game was evenly match again but the Knocknagree girls just couldn't close the gap thanks to some great defending by the Banteer back line. The Banteer girls defended this lead to the end and won out on a score line of 6-8 to 2-6. The following is a list of girls involved in the panel.

Emer Barrett, Orlagh Brennan, Edel O'Donoghue, Louise O'Mahony, Leah O'Donoghue, Gemma Buckley, Grainne O'Neill, Lucy Lane, Caitlin Sweeney, Eve O'Connor, Lucy O'Connell, Roisin Murphy, Shauna Casey, Anna O'Sullivan, Aoife Casey, Rachel Leszek, Marelle McSweeney, Rachel Cremin, Aimee O'Connor.

Also, special mention for trainers, Karen Casey, Brian Dugdale and Jack Cremin who put in a huge amount of work with the girls during the year.

The U-14 girls also played their North Cork final the previous week in Cullen with Araglen Desmonds providing the opposition. The Banteer girls proved too strong on the night and brought home another North Cork title to the club.. Also thanks to Caroline O'Sullivan and Denise O'Connor who trained the girls all year. Well done to all involved.

All Ireland U14 Winners-Congratulation to Cork U-14's on winning the All Ireland Platinum U-14 Final against Galway last Saturday in Banagher, Co. Offaly. Also a special mention for our own Saoirse Foley who was part of the winning panel. This is only the second time in the club's history that an underage player has won an All-Ireland medal which is an fantastic achievement. Congratulations to Saoirse from everyone in the club and hopefully this is the first of many successes for her in the Cork Jersey.

Junior Hurling League Final

Banteer Junior hurlers play the League Final with near neighbours Dromtariffe in Kilbrin on this Fri at 8pm.

Tidy Towns News

Banteer scored 82.8 in the second round of the Cork County Litter Challenge. This is an anti-litter campaign. Each town/village starts with a score of 100 and points are deducted for each piece of litter found (inside the 50km speed signs) on judging day. Despite the best efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee to keep Banteer litter free unfortunately a small amount of litter is still being dropped. Cigarette butt are considered a piece of litter. Please dispose of them properly.

Banteer Macra

Following on from a hugely successful year and having seen membership swell in numbers. Banteer Macra Na Feirme are always open for new members to join. For anyone with any queries, you can contact Banteer Macra on Facebook.


Banteer Bingo jackpot €4150 with bingo on Tues 8.30

Underage Soccer camp

The Banteer Underage Soccer camp is on Weds 17th, Thurs 18th and Fri 19th July- Banteer under age soccer club coaching camp 2019 for boys & girls from 6 to 17 years approx. Time: 11am to 3pm.registration starts at 10.30am on first day. Venue is Banteer sports field. Fee: €30 per person. Mini world cup, penalties, skills, goalkeeping, take part, enjoy, fair play, respect. Everyone should bring a packed lunch. No mobile phones to be used while camp is in progress.


Night honouring 3 paddys

A Night of honouring local heroes and champion historians, Paddy Buckley, Paddy McAuliffe and Paddy Tobin, known as The Three Paddy's was held last Friday night in Castlemagner Community Centre, where the community, families, friends and classmates of the course they completed "Memory through Media" which they undertook in I R D Newmarket some few years ago, and nominated by the S A O I networking group in I R D, came together in full strength to show their support for our national winners on the Silver Surfer Awards held recently in the Helix DCU.

One of the special guests on the night representing Age Action Ireland was Sr Margaret Kiely, retired from Mercy Hospital Cork who was also a winner in the I T community section, Sr Mary Gregory accompanied her.

TheThree Paddy's, Paddy Buckley Banteer, Paddy Tobin and Paddy McAuliffe, Castlemagner were accompanied by their wives Anne, Marie and Noreen.

They each received in the Helix an Ipad, an Iphone and certificates and engraved glass trophies. They were awarded this special presentations for their involvement in camera work, recording, videographing, editing, and interviewing senior people about their upbringing and biographies of how they lived their lives in times gone by.

On the night, a synopsis of their work was shown on a big screen. One of the samples shown was The River Blackwater, a documentary they filmed about the 24 Bridges of the Black Water from its source in Muinganine to its mouth at Youghal Bay.

In speaking of their experiences in filming, one of the Paddy's, Paddy McAuliffe mentioned the following. "Another was In our Memory Through Media course, we made a group DVD "Sisters called to Serve". It told the story of the nuns "Sisters of St. Joseph" who resided in a Convent, now The James O'Keeffe Institute before IRD, and who went in as young girls, as novitiates and went to places like Australia and New Zealand never to come home again. One of these girls who joined was followed by her sister four years later and it broke their parents' hearts.

He said this changed after Vatican II. They were allowed home. When they were the age of retirement, they were also allowed to go back to their own country. We had 4 of these nuns actively involved in the making of the film. They told of the journey and how if anyone died they would be buried at sea. Making the film brought back all the memories to them, where they slept, studied and walked around the grounds. These four nuns are now based one in Newmarket and three in Charleville and they are assisting in their locality."

The work the Three Paddy's have done, in documenting the lives of over 30 senior citizens is something which goes far far beyond cameras or equipment or editing. The very essence of this work goes far deeper. Documenting the life stories of people has a spiritual element because it's entangled with the very nature of time and memory. From the very instant the rolling of the camera stops everything in that film belongs in the past. these interviews really are life experiences captured, as seen through the eyes of the interviewee. If you write something about a person or if you draw or paint you simply get an indication of what the person was like, but documentaries like these a little Miniatures of reality in a way. And now, history, and stories, and memories which would otherwise have been lost, are archived into immortality. The three Paddy's are in fact three distinguished historians.

Watching the documentaries will bring back memories that you never even knew you had. For some, it will be like opening a door that has been shut for years and years. Memories will come flooding back. Stories recorded will mean different things to different people. There are some beautiful pictures towards the end of the DVD shown that really capture sentiment in faces. Behind every face is a vast life story. It strikes us these people somehow made do without Tommy Hilfiger or a 24 hour Tesco or mobile phones, not to mention internet or landlines.

These documentaries represents far more than just a bundle of pictures. Remember that those people who were interviewed, were and are as real as your own life is today. It reminds us that we are passing through this place The documentaries contain our very heritage and are a precious milestone in the evolution of the parishes and communities of our local area.

If you are interested in buying a DVD produced by the award winning Three Paddy's or indeed a Castlemagner Pictorial Memories Book, ring 086 8521808. DVD's €10.

Sinsir Club holiday

On Monday next July the 1st, 54 of our Sinsir Club will embark on a holiday for four days, based in Yeats County Hotel, Rosses Point in County Sligo and will explore Roscommon and Leitrim, also taking in the Curlew Mountains, Lough Arrow, the Arigna Mining Experience, Strokestown House and Gardens and much more. Hail or shine, we will take what comes. The holiday is looked forward to by everyone each year.

Community Development Association

Castlemagner Community Development Association are holding a meeting on Thursday night, June 27th, at 8pm. Anyone interested in tidy towns or any other community projects should attend. All welcome.Anyone interested in holding a party (birthday), event or an activity (arts n crafts camp, basketball, dancing etc) over the next few months should contact Lisa on 0861237422 for further information or to book hall - competitive prices and great venue.