Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner and Kilbrin

Josephine and Ray Brosnan from Meelin pictured with some of their delicious home baking at the Christmas Market
Josephine and Ray Brosnan from Meelin pictured with some of their delicious home baking at the Christmas Market

Banteer - New sensory room: A multi-sensory room in Banteer Community Childcare was officially opened on Tues last by Cherie Tyner of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland in the company of Directors James Murphy, Denis Withers and Una Quealey, Manager Mary Murphy, staff, parents and other locals.

The sensory room is an environment specially designed to give a holistic sensory experience for children with various abilities. The room creates a stimulating yet calming atmosphere with fun and enjoyment at the core. It caters for children presenting with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome and much more.

There are many benefits to spending time in this tranquil environment, including: sensory stimulation, increased learning and play opportunities, improved concentration and calmness, enhanced social and emotional skills, it also assists in the management of challenging behaviour, reduces tension, provides comfort and calm for overactive or distressed children improving focus and preventing outbursts. Children of all abilities may also use this space for story time, yoga, relaxation and much more!

E-fibre rollout

Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council have sought an explanation for the delay in completion of EFibre rollout to the village and sought an explanation from both Eir and KN Network Services (KNNS). This project which started many months ago was to finish last June and was to provide 100mb Broadband speeds to all houses in and around the village area.

A reply received from Pat Cheshire Eir this week says "We have four projects (roads) in Banteer, three of which completed last week. The premises on these routes will be given over to retail service providers on Wednesday 5th Dec. Based on the regulatory rules that pertain the retail service providers can sell services from January 2nd, 28 days after they are given over. We are still following up on the 4th project (road)."

The problem exists with the Railway/Millstreet road EFibre rollout. From previous correspondence and a reply received from George Drage of KNNS stated the following

"Re the Fibre in Banteer there is a problem at the railway level crossing. There is an existing Eircom duct that is blocked 2 places under the train track. Eircom are getting quotes for directional drilling company to install new duct under the train tracks and in contact with Irish Rail."

The local community council says that the delays in completing this work are not caused by this, as Iarnróid Éireann claim it is waiting for a number of months for a plan of action from Eir and their contractors and are ready to facilitate the necessary work at the railway crossing.

The Community Council are waiting on a reply as to when all the work will be complete from both KNNS and Eir and willl keep you updated.

Christmas Market

Christmas Market at Banteer Childcare on Wednesday 12th December 6-9pm. Visit Santa in his new grotto. Carol Singing. Browse through a variety of different crafts and baking stands. Face Painting. Santa Super Raffle & Reindeer Regular Raffle excellent prizes to be won. Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Mulled Wine and light refreshments will be available on the night

Sportsfield AGM

The Banteer Community Sportsfield AGM is on on Thurs 13th Dec at 8.30pm


Adult badminton Mondays in Banteer hall from 8:30-9:30...All welcome

Glen Theatre

Autumn/Winter programme 029 56239 087 7558752. Fri 7th and Sun 9th Dec-Drama with John B. Keane's most popular play with "Sive"

Sportsfield draw

Money due now for last draw for 2018 on 9th Dec


Banteer Bingo jackpot is now €5800

Text alert system

Urgent-payments of €10 due now overdue to cover service for next couple years-to ensure you continue to receive the service all payments must be made asap to Denis Withers John Buckley or Mary Cahill

Rural bus service

A Local Rural door to door bus service runs each Sunday. The service will arrive in Banteer for 7pm Sunday evening mass. Service will go via Nadd Lyre Moll Carthys Bridge Rathcoole Sandpit House Dromagh and Banteer and will also go off the main roads and will collect /drop people at their homes. Glen Theatre is also on the route for people to go to Music or Drama nights from September onwards. For any queries, contact Local Link Cork on 02551454. To make a booking, contact operator Anthony Ahern, GKW Coaches on 086-7858525 giving as much notice as possible.

Lehanes Coaches

9th December-Trip to the Kildare shopping village. 16th December-Trip to Waterford to celebrate the Christmas festival. Early booking is required as seats are limited. Contact 087/2833696


Annual Christmas Party

The Annual Christmas Party will be held in Springfort Hall on Sunday 9th December at 1:30pm. A four course meal will be served along with Christmas cake in the evening with tea. If you know of anyone in your area wishing to join the Christmas festivities you might be so kind as to bring them along. This is the biggest event of the year in the Sinsir calendar, so come along and join in.

Following a lengthy string of letters and after much hearsay, speculation, fighting and arguing, it has been confirmed during this past week by Mrs Claws that Santa Claus himself will now be in a position to take a quick break from his hectic schedule, and make an exclusive flying visit to the Castlemagner Christmas Party, in person, on the day. This is all subject to strict terms and conditions threshed out over the phone between Mrs Walsh, and Mrs Claus at the North Pole.

Staff at Springfort Hall Hotel are already nervously preparing the front lawn for his landing as a complaint was lodged by Rudolf after last year's embarrassing landing mishap on the Hotel roof resulting in his nose turning black and blue just before the party. It is hoped the preparations will spare Rudolph and Santa a repeat of the embarrassment of last year's fiasco at the party. Keep watch on this column for Christmas Celebrations in St Mary's Church.

Choir practice

There will be a choir practice for the church choir for Christmas upstairs in the community centre next Tuesday night at 7:30pm as part of the community singing initiative. New members are very welcome.



On last weeks notes there was incorrect information regarding a death notice. The notice should have read as follows.

Our deepest sympathies to Kathleen Corkery and family Kilbrin, and the Murphy family, Dromineen, on the death of Kathleen's brother Denis Murphy, Newcastle, Co. Down. May he rest in peace.

Refurbishment of Playground

We are currently working on the refurbishment of our local playground in Kilbrin which has been in place for over 10 years and has served the community and surrounding areas very well.However it is now time to upgrade the facilities in keeping with recommended standards with the help of a grant from Clár funding.

We have reached out to all households/business people in the district to support this project and anticipate no shyness from our community in supporting this. Please remember to have your donation returned by the extended deadline of Friday 14th December.

You can donate by: Returning your donation in the envelope provided to the social club in person with your name on it or Bank transfer with your name as a reference to AIB, Newmarket BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE09AIBK93617002943024

Alternatively you can contact the playground refurbishment committee members: Paulina Breen or Audrey Dennehy on 0864097267 / 0868922164 or Community Council members: Tom O'Riordan Chairperson, Pat O'Leary Treasurer or John Corkery Vice Chair to organise your donation or if you have any questions.

We would like to thank Michael and Noreen Twohig of Supervalu Kanturk for kicking off our fundraiser with the first generous donation. Cheque was presented by Ger Healy of Supervalu Kanturk to Audrey Dennehy (son Michael) and Paulina Breen


The AGM of Kilbrin GAA takes place on this Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm in the GAA Club House. This is the most important meeting of the year where all members are encouraged to take an active part. Club officers, selectors for 2019 will be selected on the night. Members and non members are welcome to attend. LottoOur lotto draw took place on Monday night last for a jackpot of €7,000, numbers drawn were 11, 14, 31 and 34. There was no jackpot winner, lucky dip winners were Donal Heffernan Castlecor, Margaret Kearney Garrison, Ellen O Leary Ballybane, Tony McMahon Clash and Sinead Lynch Gurranemacgarrett. Next draw is on Monday 17th December for €7,100. Wouldn't it be lovely for Christmas. Tickets on sale from club officers, in the Social Club or outside Spar.

Astro Turf/Hurling Wall

The official opening of the Astra Turf and Hurling Wall will take place on Friday 4th January 2019 when Cork County Board Chairperson Tracey Kennedy will perform the opening.

Presentations will be made to the successful 1968 Crokes Rovers and 1978 Kilbrin teams also with the Hall of Fame award being made on the night. The team of '68 won the Duhallow U21 Hurling Championship with players from Castlemagner involved, the 1978 team was the first Duhallow Junior Hurling Championship won by Kilbrin.

County Board Draw

Congratulations to Ben and Marie Kiely who won €1,000 in the Cork County Board Clubs draw.


Jackpot is EUR 1,700 on 48 calls. Bonus ball is EUR 200. Please come along and enjoy the evening amongst friends.


45 continues every Wednesday night at 9pm in the Social Club. Just turn up on the night and you we will make sure everyone is sorted with a playing partner.

Poker evening

Poker continues every Friday evening from 9pm. Everyone welcome. This is proving to be very successful and great fun. EUR 10 entry with no buy backs.

Kilbrin NS Market

Save the date 20th December. The children of Kilbrin National School will be holding a Christmas Market this year. This promises to be a great event and we would plead with everyone to support it. We can be assured that the children will put in a big effort preparing for the market so we would love to see a big turnout.

Tír Na Nóg

This group continues to flourish. At the moment they are continuing their art and they are organising their Christmas outing. Anyone needing further information can contact the chairperson or secretary.

St Stephen's day walk

This year's St Stephen's day walk will be going to Curraghs. This will include field walking for the children. The Lenihen family are organising the trip and we will give further details on this in the coming weeks.

Contact details

The community council can be contacted at if you have any queries. Also the PRO can be contacted directly at if you have anything of interest for this column. Whether you are at home or abroad we would be delighted to hear from you if you have anything that you would like to share.