Tuesday 16 July 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner, Kilbrin

Banteer: Macra review a busy year - Banteer Macra na Feirme got the ball rolling for the 2019/20 year with their AGM in Lyre hall on May 27th with a very encouraging level of attendance. All outgoing committee members are wholeheartedly thanked by all club members for their dedication and hard work over the last year.

Over the last 12 months Banteer Macra has seen a great deal of success, winning Avondhu regional Club of the Year as well as prestigious set dancing and comedy act victories in the Macra National Talent Competitions. Club member Caroline O'Keeffe won 1st place in the under 23 regional round of beef stock judging with Martin O'Regan and Robert Forrest claiming the honours in under 23 and senior grade dairy stock judging respectively. Club stalwart David Murphy triumphantly claimed the top spot in the National Ploughing Championships, Macra 2 furrow conventional ploughing class in Ratheniska, September last. John Cashman won the Stag of Avondhu competition and proceeded to do both himself and club very proud at the national Mr Personality competition in Kilkenny. Banteer Macra was represented in the Queen Of The Land competition , Avondhu round, by Caroline O'Keeffe who will go on to represent both her club and region in the national final of Queen Of The Land in Tullamore on October 10th, Best of luck Caroline.

Banteer Macra were also busy raising money for charity over the last year, hosting a "Bingo with a Twist" night raising €250 for Cork Penny Dinners and also €250 for the "Friends of Kieran" fund. Several club members were also heavily involved in the Ned Tarrant Memorial Tractor Run organising committee. Many more were helping with stewarding the event which went on to raise €10,000 that was divided between Pieta House and Disaster Response Team Ireland (DRT)

More recently, Banteer Macra turned out in great numbers to help out Banteer Tidy Towns. Bernie O'Connor, Banteer Tidy Towns chairperson said "it was fantastic to see such an amount of young faces around the village helping out!" The group meet every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7p.m. in The Square, Banteer, for the month of June.

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.

IRD Duhallow news

On Saturday June 15th IRD Duhallow will re-launch their Grow It Yourself Group by hosting an Open Day and Plant Sale along with Cookery demonstrations. At 12noon, there will also be a talk by Kitty Scully who is a well-known RTE TV Gardener. This event is free and will take place on the grounds of the James O' Keeffe Institute from 11a.m. to 3p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served on the day and the cookery demonstration will take place at 11.15a.m. For more information, please contact Mary on 029 60633.

The Women and Childcare Working Group presents Lucy Wolfe, Paediatric Sleep Consultant who will give a talk on Sleep What every Parent Needs to Know (birth 6years). This presentation will take place in the James O' Keeffe Institute Newmarket on Saturday 29th of June 12noon. Admission is €5 and to book your place please contact Mary on 029 60633.

In order to celebrate National Bike Week, IRD Duhallow is hosting two workshops on the grounds of the James O' Keeffe Institute on Thursday 27th of June. Cycle Skills and Road Safety for young children aged 7 to 11 years of age from 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Bike Maintenance and Repair will take place from 7.00p.m. to 8.30p.m. This workshop will introduce bicycle maintenance and repair and is for young and old. For more information, please contact Mary on 029 60633

Banteer Tidy Towns

Many thanks to all the volunteers who answered the call for help last Wednesday. On a glorious evening more than 30 people brushed kerbs, pulled weeds, picked litter, cut overgrown hedges and cleaned road signs all in an effort to maintain the village's neat appearance. Thanks in particular to the Macra members who turned out in force. It is fantastic to see the younger generation taking pride in their village. Welcome refreshments were had by all afterwards. As weeds and hedges are vigorously growing at the moment it will take one or two more nights to get these under control. Tidy town's members meet on Monday and Wednesday outside the Post Office at 7pm if you would like to contribute to keeping Banteer tidy. Banteer got 91% in the first round of Cork Co Council Litter Challenge. Well done.

Silver surfer awards

Congrats to Paddy Buckley, Paddy McAuliffe and Paddy Tobin who won 'Hobbies on the Net' Category Silver Surfer Awards. Paddy McAuliffe, Paddy Tobin and Paddy Buckley 'The 3 Paddy's' from Banteer and Castlemagner have learned how to shoot and edit short films, a skill they are now using to preserve a legacy of memories for peoples' families to be passed on to future generations. They are documenting the memories of older people in their community, editing in photos or the person's life and locality, to produce a film. The film covers the person's life story which can then be shared digitally with the wider community and family members.

Sportsfield draw

Winners as follows €400 Kanturk Credit Union,€200 to Sinead Duggan Gurteen,€100 each to Pat Lyons, John Fuller, Jerry Twomey Dromore,Aidan Mc Caul Millstreet. Thanks to all supporters and sellers and next draw is in July- 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 Bingo jackpot €3800 with bingo on Tues 8.30

Sundays Well mass

Mass will take place at Sundays Well, Fermoyle, on June 20th @ 8pm everyone welcome to attend!

Underage Soccer camp

There will be an Underage Soccer camp 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. Let the children play-John Sheehan, Coach

Astro pitch

Banteer Community Sportsfield Astro pitch contract has been awarded to Kellys Ballydesmond and cconstruction work has started and will take approx 16 weeks.

Note the astro construction site will be fenced off to ensure safety of all users /visitors and a section of the ring road will not be available or accessible during the construction period

There will be some disruption to users and user groups but we will try and minimise this with the co-operation of all.

The main elements include: Fenced astro construction site area with a separate contractor access to the site; A separate contractor access will be provided onto the roadway below the existing main entrance gate

Any games must be booked as per the current system with minimum number of games during the week.

The site across the road from the park area will be used for parking for all park/sportsfield users during the week

All user clubs officers, trainers and managers please ensure your groups observe the safety rules as a lot of traffic and machinery will be in the area during the construction period

Safety is paramount at all times and we will need the co-operation of all and car drivers are asked to observe the speed limit of 10 kph when entering and leaving the facility.


Victory night

A Victory night is being organised in honour of the three Paddy's as they are locally known, Paddy Tobin, Paddy Buckley, and Paddy McAuliffe for their camera work and videographing. Short listed to five in their category in the Silver Surfer Awards they came out the overall winners in the Hobbies section in the Helix in DCU Dublin recently.

The Sinsir Club are recognising them for their contribution to the community over the years and are hosting a presentation to them on Friday night June 21st at 8pm in the community centre. If you are interested in supporting this celebration you are more than welcome.

It is advised to please book in advance for the smooth running of the night. Please book by ringing 086 / 8521808 before Monday June 17th.

Countdown to Summer

Castlemagner hall committee and the CCDA (Castlemagner Community Development Association) would like to invite you to "Countdown to Summer". An evening event on Sat June 15th @ 8pm. Tables of 8 to 10, €10 a head. Each table organises it's own food and beverages. Teas, coffee, sugar, milk, butter and entertainment provided. Great raffle and spot prizes. Contact Lisa on 0861237421for further info or to book your table. Come along for a great night and meet new neighbours and old friends.


Table quiz

Kilbrin parents association are hosting a table quiz on Friday 14th June in the social club. A guaranteed night of fun and entertainment . €20 for table of 4. Please come along and support.


The next lotto draw will take place on 17th June at 10.30pm in the Social Club for a jackpot of €8400. Tickets can be bought from club officers, outside spar and from our new online system on Please support.

Best wishes

Best wishes to clubman Shane Crowley who will line out with Sligo senior hurlers in the final of the Nicky Rackard Cup. Sligo faced Warwickshire at the weekend winning on a scoreline of 2-21 to 2-17 with Shane contributing 2 points to the win. Sligo will now go on to face Armagh in the final in Croke Park on 22nd of June.

Kilbrin GAA

Results-JBF County: Kilbrin: 5-15-Glengarriff: 2-4

Féile-Well done to all players, mentors, families, clubs and our own juvenile team of Croke Rovers who were part of the John West U 14 Féile na nGael at the weekend. A great weekend was had by all.

Cúl Camp

This year's Cúl Camp for children from 6 years old upwards will take place between July 22nd and 26th in Kilbrin. Bookings can be made online at Cúl Camp Cork.

Alzheimers Ireland Association

Proceeds from the recent tea party held in kilbrin Social Club, on the 27th May raised E610 which has been donated to Alzheimers Ireland, St. Mary's day care centre Mallow. Thanks to all who contributed to this very worthy cause. A very special thanks to Anthony Buttimer, for donating all the cakes and tarts.

Church Gate Collection

Thanks to everyone who supported so kindly to the collection held on Sunday 9th June, for Suicide Awareness, amount raised was E195.


Bingo continues every Monday night from 8.30. Jackpot next week is EUR 1,500. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Monday night Bingo and you have attended in great numbers this year. We would also like to thank our Bonus Ball sponsor for this month who is Ned English, Castlecor potatoes. We would also like to thank the sponsors for the year so far, Ronan Sullivan Construction, Karlton O'Leary Electrician, Peader Aspell Spar Kanturk, John Corkery Alu-Fit, Alan Shiel Electircian & Nicholas Corkerys Bar Dromohane. These sponsors are essential to the running of our Bingo and we are very grateful.

Dr Croke House

Please note that the remembrance night for Bishop Boetius MacEgan has changed to the first Sunday in July which is the 7th.

Village renewal

The community council is in the process of setting up a dedicated group to oversee village renewal. In this regard we are looking for ideas for places that can be improved, please keep in mind that all the work here is voluntary so we will try to start small. If you have any ideas please contact Deirdre Crowley or Pat O'Leary or indeed any member of the community council. We would also ask that people try to tidy their own areas and have the village looking its best for the summer months. Given that the school has now earned Green Flag status we should encourage the children to keep up the good work around the village.

Kilbrin Golf Society

Kilbrin Golf Society are playing at Fermoy Golf Club this Saturday. We wish them all the very best of luck and hope the weather holds up.

Feile na NGael

Croke Rovers hosted the John West Feile na nGeal hurling festival on 7th and 8th of June in Kilbrin and Castlemagner. The opening ceremony was held in Kilbrin pitch at 5,30pm where the lads played their first game against Longford Slashers GAA. The pitch was in immaculate condition all lined out, flags flying and the Thomas Davis Pipe band ready and waiting to parade the lads around the pitch prior to the game. Amhran na bhFiann was belted out and we were ready to start proceedings.

It was a tough start for the lads against a fancied Slashers team but they managed a draw which was considered a great result. They then changed at high speed and travelled to Freemount to play St Marks in the second game at 7.00pm.

This was another great game of hurling which took huge commitment from the lads which resulted in another draw. We then travelled back to Kilbrin Social club to meet the team we were hosting 'Myshall Gaa' from Carlow. After refreshments everyone got to know each other and host families were introduced to the kids. To compete in Feile, players from travelling teams must stay with host families and a huge thank you must go to the people from Kilbrin and Castlemagner for opening up their homes to the Myshall players and families. Thanks also to Claire Buttimer in Kilbrin Social club for her refreshments over the weekend.

On Saturday morning we played Myshall in Castlemagner pitch at 10.00am. Again the pitch and organisation was top class, scoreboards going , parking stewards on duty and refreshments at the ready. Myshall were disappointed to lose their two games on Friday and were really up for this game beating Croke Rovers by 2 points.

We then travelled to Kerry Centre of Excellence in Currans to play Causeway in the quarter final of the Shield Competition. Conditions were tough with a driving wind assisting in the first half. Despite keeping Causeway scoreless in the 1st half they pulled away with 5 mins to go which ended our participation.

These U14 players can be very proud of themselves. They have huge potential and their behaviour and performances over the weekend were an absolute credit to themselves and their families. Special thanks to Finbar Taylor , Damien McCarthaigh and Shane O Riordan for mentoring this team.

On Saturday evening we all met up again in Kilbrin Social club for pizza and refreshments. Myshall sincerely thanked Croke Rovers for our hospitality and presented the club with a beautiful plaque acknowledging the whole weekend. The Myshall parents and mentors were great company and the players definitely will be remembered by all for their unique personalities. Special thanks must go to Margaret O Callaghan (Kilbrin GAA Chairperson) , Alan Morrissey (Castlemagner GAA Chairperson) and their teams of helpers for organising refreshments and having both pitches in tip top condition for the weekend.

U12 Football On Monday 4th June our U12 Footballers played BK Plunketts in Newmarket. We were treated to a fantastic game of football in the worst of conditions. Unfortunately our lads came out on the wrong side of the result but they played unbelievably well and no doubt they will be back in finals again before the end of the year. Thank to mentors Karl Jones, John Rahilly and John Hourigan for their huge efforts with this team.


Kilbrin Community Council would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family Timothy Nyhan, Bandon, Cork. May he Rest In Peace.

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 with the community at large. Thanks to everyone that has contributed to date.