Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner and Kilshannig
Banteer - Eddie claims biggest victory of his career: A rising star for many years, Eddie Dunbar put in the ride of his life in an attempt to take the biggest victory of his career at the Tour de Yorkshire. He just came up short; placing third on the stage and moving up to third overall. But he very nearly won both the stage and the race outright.
Only that his team mate and race leader Chris Lawless got across to him with Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team) in the closing kilometres, Dunbar would have won both the stage and 2019 title. But, make no mistake, while Dunbar rode fantastically on this race last year, he truly announced his arrival into the big time.
He lit up the stage and looked by far the strongest. Had he even had a minimum amount of help from some of the early escapees he caught on his own before dropping them, he very likely would have made it all the way. He attacked on the final 175km stage today into Leeds and at one point had gained more than enough time to take the overall title. The 22-year-old Irishman started the day in ninth place; among a group of riders 10 seconds off race leader Chris Lawless, also of Team Ineos. As the race flew up the short sharp climb at Otley with about 20km to go three men from the early breakaway were still just about clear.
Chris Froome attacked off the front of what was left of the peloton and pulled a group of about 10 riders clear. And as Froome eased off after a prolonged effort, Dunbar pulled the trigger. And his attack was absolutely huge. He immediately pulled well clear of the group he had been in and very quickly caught those ahead. As Dunbar pressed on very hard, with the riders he was with sitting on him, there was a regrouping behind.
One of those who got back to the select group that formed was race leader, was Dunbar's team mate, Chris Lawless. And that put Team Ineos in a perfect position. If Dunbar was caught, Lawless would probably win overall. And if not, then the Irish rider would win overall.
At the front of the large select group, it was CCC Team, who led the chase after Dunbar as he dropped those three early escapees he was with. The CCC Team effort began to reduce the 30-second gap that Dunbar enjoyed, but the young Irish cyclist still looked so strong leading the race solo. With just over 5km to go, Van Avermaet attacked the select group and blasted across to Dunbar with race leader Lawless on his wheel. Van Avermaet and Lawless caught Dunbar, making for a three-man lead group being chased down by the select group.
The tactics then changed up front because once Lawless finished second on the stage he was guaranteed overall victory. And so having been given his chance to possibly win the stage and the overall, Dunbar went on the front of the leading trio to work for his team mate Lawless. They were being chased down by a four-rider group that included yesterday's stage winner Alexander Kamp, who was equal on time with Lawless.
With just under 2km to go, Lawless appeared to tell Van Avermaet if he rode with him and Dunbar he, Van Avermaet, could have the stage and Lawless himself would win the overall.
And that's exactly what happened; Van Avermaet won the stage, Lawless was second and ran out the overall winner while Dunbar was third on the stage and third overall. Next up for Eddie is the Giro de Italia starting on Saturday next.
Sportsfield wins Award
Well done to Banteer Community Sportsfield/Park, who this past week were winners of the National Lottery Good cause awards 2019 Cork County section. The group now progress to the Regional finals which will be announced during the week commencing May 20. If the group make it through the Regional Finals and secure a place in the national finals the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on Saturday, November 2, with category winner prizes of €10,000 and overall winner prize of €35,000.
The awards were created to honour and showcase the inspiring work being carried out by thousands of projects, clubs and individuals in their local communities across Ireland thanks to National Lottery Good Causes funding. This is another welcome award for the group who have received the National Tidy Towns Wildlife award in 2001 and AIB Better Ireland and Limerick Civic Trust awards in the past. Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games or over €620,000 per day goes back to Good Causes all over the country in the areas of Sports, arts, Culture, Heritage, community, health, Youth and the Irish Language. Last year alone more than €226 million in funds for Good Causes was raised by participants of the National Lottery.
The Banteer Sports history DVD can be ordered from Denis Withers cost €20. The major grant of €1.128m towards the development project is 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. Banteer Sportsfield annual draw is planned for soon and please support same via €25 per quarter or €100 per annum. Also if anyone wishes to help sell tickets to any relations, friends or work colleagues please contact Denis Withers.
Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council welcome an allocation of €6,000 allocated towards speed cushions in Banteer village-this will help make it safer for road users and pedestrians in the village area.
Banteer Tidy Towns
Cork County Council Litter Challenge starts on May 13 We would encourage parishioners to assist by ensuring that the verges at either side of their homes were kept litter-free. We are also being reminded every day of the demise of the honey bee. Please do not mow the roadside grass verges as they are a home and a source of food (ie dandelions) to a host of insects.
Sunday, May 19, John B Keane play 'Sive' by Banteer Drama Group in aid of Sportsfield and Park-Tickets €10 each from officers
Sunday, June 2, Seán Keane
Ring Glen Theatre 087 7558752.
Banteer Bingo jackpot €2,800 with bingo on Tuesday 8.30.
A massive congratulations to our set dancers on their win in the National Talent Competition in Mullingar on Sunday. Well done also to our Novelty Act on a fantastic performance on the night.
The second annual Ned Tarrant Memorial Tractor Run took place on Sunday the 28th with close to 200 tractors descending on Kilcorney for the day in support of Pieta House and the Disaster Response Team Ireland. It was a very successful day thanks to the fantastic weather, the community spirit and the organising committee made up of members of the Kilcorney community and Banteer Macra, who put in massive hours to make the day the success it was. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way on the day and to all the sponsors for the support. Thanks to Healy's Bar for the barbecue and entertainment after the Tractor Run. Thanks to everyone who supported this year's Tractor Run.
Sports night continues in Banteer Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m., €2 per person. New members are always welcome.
Banteer five miler race
Mount Hillary athletic club held a fantastic well organised five mile road race in Banteer on Sunday last, April 28. The race attracted a large crowd with great times recorded and the race was won by Anthony Mannix a local man from Gortmore. Mt Hillary AC was formed about 12 months ago and with over 80 members it was the clubs first race. Refreshments were provided in the community hall afterwards along with plenty of parking, showers and changing at the astroturf. Well done to all involved.
Castlemagner now has a walking club. At the moment we meet every Tuesday morning at 10am outside the hall but we're hoping to arrange an evening meet shortly. If you would like to join us for a walk, a cuppa and chat please contact Lisa at 0861237421 or just come along to Castlemagner hall on Tuesday morning. Everyone is welcome.
There will be an open meeting with a member of the Foroige team in Castlemagner hall on Thursday May 16th at 7pm. This is to inform people from the area about this particular clubs benefits, how it works and who can volunteer. If you are a parent whose child is interested in joining or you are someone who would like to get involved with the setting up and running of this club please come along on the night to get information and sign up. We look forward to meeting you. For further information please contact Lisa on 0861237421.
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't forget gumshields. Minors, U21 and Juniors - tbc by weekly texts. U8 & U10 - Saturday-11am-12noon gumshields, €2 , runners .
RESULTS U12 League: Well done to our U-12 girls who played against St. Peters last Wednesday evening in Glantane. A superb game of football by both sides. Our girls came out on top with a 3 pt win in the end. Thanks to St Peters for a great game
FIXTURES: U14 League: Kilshannig v Banteer on Thursday 9th May in Banteer at 7pm. Junior League: Kilshannig V Naomh Fionnbarra,on Friday 10th May in Glantane at 8pm. 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.
TESCO COMMUNITY FUND: Kilshannig LGFC were delighted to accept a cheque from Declan representing TESCO which was part of the recent Community Fund initiative in the Mallow store. This will be put to good use and to the benefit of our members. Many thanks to all those who placed their Tesco Tokens in our collection point.
Cork U16 MUNSTER FINAL: Well done to Cork U-16 team and management who were victorious today in the Munster Final against Kerry played in Castletownroche. We are delighted our own Alana Gould was part of the winning team. Congratulations to Alana and teammates and also the North Cork Ladies Football players on the panel.
CORK PRIMARY GAMES: Well done from all at Kilshannig LGFC to Julie Guiney Laharn playing with the Mallow U12 Camogie team on being picked for the Cork Primary Games panel that will take play at half time of the Cork V Tipp game in May, enjoy the day Julie.