Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner and Kilshannig
Banteer - Sportsfield project/sports history launch: The launch of the new development project is on this Fri 12th April 8pm at the Glen Theatre combined with the launch of 100 years of Banteer Sports history. All are welcome.
The community development project includes a regulation sized astroturf pitch for all sports, new changing rooms, spectator stand, showers, museum area, tea room, car park etc.Jerry Sheehan Millstreet/Avonmore Electrical who is a former long-time secretary of the once famous Banteer Sports Committee and was involved when All Ireland Sports were held in Banteer many times in the 1960 and 1970s has compiled a special DVD recording of the once famous sports.
The Banteer Community Sportsfield group have recently been approved via IRD Duhallow for a major grant of €1.128M towards the development project from the Governments Rural Regeneration and Development fund. The grant aid is up to 80% funding and the community will still need to raise about €285,000 of matching funds to complete the full €1.41M project.
The Banteer Tidy Towns annual litter pick of Banteer village and approach roads, in conjunction with Banteer Youth Club, takes place on Good Friday April 19th. Meet outside Post Office at 10am. Please come along and help keep Banteer litter free.
Church gate collection is this weekend 13th/14th April.
Banteer 5 miler race
Mount Hillary athletic club will host a 5 mile road race in Banteer on the 28th April. The race will start at 10 o'clock and registration is at the community hall from 8:30 Mt Hillary AC was formed about 12 months ago and with over 80 members it will be the clubs first race. Refreshments in the community hall afterwards. Parking, showers and changing at the Astro turf. If there are local people that would like to help out on the day we would be great full as we would like to get as many of our own members running
Best of luck to John Cashman as he heads to Kilkenny this weekend to represent Avondhu and Banteer in the Mr Personality competition. Safe travels to all club members heading up to support him.
Only 2 weeks to go til the tractors descend on Kilcorney for what will hopefully be another fantastic day for the Ned Tarrant Memorial Tractor Run. All funds raised are in aid of Pieta House & the DRTI, two very worthy charities. Registration will be in the Kilcorney Social Centre at 12am with the tractors departing at 1pm! €20 per tractor There will be a BBQ held afterwards at Healy's Bar.
A big thank you to everyone who attended our 'Bingo with a twist' night recently. €500 was raised for Cork Penny Dinners and the Kieran O Connor fund
Lyre & Boherbue played out a tense but entertaining opening Duhallow Junior A Football round 1 match at Castlemagner on Friday evening April 5th last. Played on a Round Robin League format this year, every team playing each other, Lyre faced a tough opening Championship assignment against a side aiming for their third Duhallow title in a row.
The game was played with a very a hard intensity & lively pace to it throughout. The sides were level 0-2 a piece with Jamie Sexton & Denis Roche pointing by the 3rd minute. The latter then saw his opportunist goal bound effort spectacularly saved from Boher net minder Kevin Murphy before the men in green & yellow retook the lead 0-3 0-2 after 5 mins. Sexton then saw a point blank effort saved by Murphy again on 8 mins before a pointed free from Barry Murphy & two more frees from Boherbue saw them lead again 0-5 to 0-3 after 20 mins.
With scores now having dried up dramatically at either end & both defences more than holding their own Roche & David Murphy did hit two more points for our lads wearing all black in between a pair of points in the 28th & 29th mins from Boherbue to see them ahead 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
The changeover saw the holders extend their advantage 0-9 to 0-5 on 33 mins. However 1-1 in the 34 minute, Damien Kearney pointing & Barry Murphy excellent goal, both scores having been cleverly set up by David Pallas, the teams all square for the third time, 1-6 to 0-9. Boher responded with a point to retake the lead before Barry Murphy powerfully blasted a penalty past his namesake Kevin after another Murphy, Barrys' brother Timmy, was fouled inside the Boherbue rectangle while bearing down on goal.
Though the Boher boys didn't panic, notching a couple of points with the teams level again by the three quarter mark, 0-12 to 2-6. Martin Kearney then gave Lyre back the lead three mins later, slotting over the bar just after his introduction. However a trio of points in the 53rd, 54th & 55th mins allowed Boher level & retake the lead 0-15 to 2-7 with darkness now descending. A Timmy Murphy pointed free narrowed the margin to the minimum, however try as they might though the attacking efforts of this Lyre side couldn't manufacture an equaliser & Boherbue just about held out for a hard earned victory.
All in all a wholly encouraging effort from the Lyre lads, with major encouragement taken from a resolute defensive effort along with a battling performance from the players throughout the field from start to finish. Plus it must be said an improvement in our points conversion rate can all together offer major hope for a positive campaign this season. Final Score: Boherbue 0-15 to Lyre 2-8.
Team: L Philpott, J McAuliffe, K Sexton, C Coughlan, B Weathers, D Kearney, Brian O' Keeffe, T Murphy, K Tarrant, B Murphy, C O' Donoghue, J Sexton, D Roche, C O' Keeffe & David Murphy. Subs used: F Murphy, M Kearney, L O' Brien & E O' Brien. Subs not used: A Coughlan, D Barrett, N Twomey, K Barry, P Lyons, D Barrett, E Doherty, T O' Callaghan, D Murphy, C McHugh, H O' Connor & S Murphy
The annual rosary at Sunday's Well will take place on Good Friday at 5pm. Sunday's Well is located in the townland of Fermoyle, Banteer, and is situated on a height across from the quarry on the Ball Alley road. All welcome to attend.
Sat 27th April-Tommy Fleming. Bookings to 087 7558752
Community Council elections
Nomination forms for the Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council elections are now being checked and those nominated will be contacted.
GAA Club membership
Banteer & Lyre GAA Club membership is due now -Membership for Full Members is €50. Juvenile Members is €30 & Social Members is €30
Banteer Bingo jackpot is €4000 with bingo on Tues 8.30pm.
Ballyhass NS May Fair
Ballyhass National School is already preparing for its biggest ever fundraising event, the annual May Fair. It will be held in the school and surrounding grounds on Sunday May 12th from 1pm to 4 pm.
Your support this year will be appreciated more than ever, as this year, the focus for fundraising is for a safe collection and drop off zone which is of vital safety importance to both children and parents. This project could not go ahead without the support of the people of the parish and surrounding parishes, and your support as in the past was always greatly recognised.
Some of the stalls on the day will include: BBQ, Bouncy Castles, Bric-a-brac, Designer boutique, Lucky Dip, Teas/Coffees, Chocolicious, Cake, bread and home produce stall, Silent Auction, Childrens Cupcake Competition, Toys, Lego, Kangoo, Caricatures, Sweet shop, Guess sweets in jar and Name Teddy, Pony Rides, Football, Archery, Connect 4, Face and Nail Painting, Dance Display, Music and Entertainment and many more attractions. Please support this worthy cause.
Hope to see you all on Sunday 12 May for a Great Day where you can enjoy a nice cup of tea/coffee with your friends or partake of our delicious BBQ and browse around our various stalls. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Your help would be appreciated by donating items to our Bric-a-brac or Lucky Dip stalls - books, gift sets, jewellery, household items, electrical items, furniture etc. Anything of value you no longer need, you can bring any donations with you on your Sinsir morning and leave them with Kathleen, we will arrange collection.
Village clean up
The newly elected Community Development Committee, in line with National Spring Clean Up Week are organising a clean up of the village on Saturday 13th of April at 10 am. Refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards. Your support in the clean up would be greatly appreciated. Everyone is welcome to help out.
An Easter Disco for national school children will be held in the community centre this Friday night April 12th, from 7.30 pm until 9pm.
Dates for your diary
Saturday April 27th at 5am - Dawn Chorus walk.
Easter Ceremonies and times will be announced in this column next week.
Ladies football club notes
CURRENT TRAINING SCHEDULE U12 - Friday 6 - 7pm indoors, bring €2, runners and gum shields. U14 - Wednesday - 6- 7pm indoors, bring €2 runners and gum shields. U16 - Tuesday - 6.30 - 7.30pm outdoors, don=92t forget gumshields. Minors, U21 and Juniors - tbc by weekly texts. U8 & U10 - Saturday-11am-12noon gumshields, €2 , runners .
CLOTHES COLLECTION and COFFEE MORNING: Thanks to all who donated to our clothes collection and supported our coffee morning on Saturday 6th April it was another great success raising funds for our club it is greatly appreciated.
RESULTS: U21 County Quarter Final: Kilshannig 4-6 Passage West 2-6 Well done to our U21 team who had a fantastic win in the County Quarter Final against Passage West on Monday 8th April in Glantane. Thanks to Passage West for an exciting sporting game of football.
Outstanding performance by all the girls. They now progress to the County Semi Final in the coming weeks
FIXTURES: Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date fixtures.
REGISTRATIONS are now overdue. All Players, Trainers and Mentors must complete and return their registration forms with the appropriate fee as soon as possible. Registration Forms are available from all team trainers.
SCOR SINSIR FINALS: Best of luck to Kilshannig GAA Clubs Instumental team in the All Ireland Scor Sinsir Finals in Castlebar on the 13th April.
CORK U14: Best of luck to our own Ava Healy and the Cork U14 panel and management in the Munster U14 final against Kerry in Mallow on Saturday 13th of April at 3pm.
The following is a list of Easter ceremonies for Holy Week. Thursday 18th. Evening Mass-Drommahane at 7.30 pm. Friday 19th. Passion Ceremonies- Bweeng " 3.00 pm. Stations of the Cross in all churches at 7.30 pm. Saturday20th. Vigil Mass-Glantane " 9.00 pm. Sunday 21st. Masses-Drommahane " 9.30 am. Bweeng 11.00am. Please note there will be no mass on Easter Sunday evening in Drommahane. Also note that this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday.