Saturday 7 December 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Castlemagner, Kilbrin, Kilshannig

Banteer: Sergeant Dan Murphy retirement night - Cancer Connect Fundraiser Night with Liam O'Connor Show in association with the retirement of Sgt Dan Murphy in the Highland Newmarket on Friday December 6th at 8:30pm.

Dancing afterwards Shaun O'Dowd Cancer Connect is a free, flexible and confidential transport service to Cork hospitals from for people receiving cancer treatments (radiotherapy, chemotherapy etc.). The service runs from to various Cork hospitals every day (Monday to Friday) at times to suit passengers. It is provided totally as a voluntary service by a team of Volunteer Drivers and is administered by West Cork Rural Transport.Tickets €20 from 087 2820001

Musicians wanted for 'The Wran'

Pádraig Ó Ruairc will be leading a group of Wren-boys on 'The Wran' around Banteer on Stephen's Day as a fundraising effort for Banteer Community Childcare. For anyone unfamiliar with the 'The Wran'-it is an old Irish custom where musicians disguised in traditional costumes call at houses the day after Christmas playing music and collecting money for a good cause. Any musicians or singers who would like to participate should contact Pádraig in advance on 086-3148496 or email

Award winner

Congratulations to Waterpower Engineering Winner of the North Cork Business and Tourism Awards Special Recognition Award. Congratulations to Dan Twomey and all his team who scooped this award at the North Cork Business & Tourism Awards night held in the Charleville Park Hotel last Friday.

Ploughing match

Banteer Ploughing Association will hold their annual ploughing match on next Sunday 1st of December. The match will be held by kind permission of the Philpott Family, Knocknacolon, and Kanturk. The event will be signposted on the day, it is located on the Kilbrin road out of Kanturk. The postcode for the event is P51 HWO1.

The ploughing match will see plough people from all over Munster compete to qualify for next years All Ireland Ploughing Championships in Fenagh, Co. Carlow.

The local competitors competing on the day are from the clubs of Banteer, Kilbrin and Twopothouse.

Banteer Ploughing have 3 competitors battling it out against each other in the senior conventional class; Billy Tarrant, Dave Murphy and Joe Twomey.

Billy Tarrant placed within the top 10 at this year's All-Ireland, while Dave Murphy placed Joint 1st in his class. This is the last ploughing match for these ploughmen to qualify for the All-Ireland in 2020. The competition is expected to be fierce on the day.

There will be horse, vintage, conventional and reversible ploughing competitions. The event will start at approximately 11am until 3pm.There will be catering onsite on the day. Young and old are most welcome to come support and watch the skill of turning the sod. For any enquiries please contact Secretary Joe Twomey 087 926 0852 and follow us on facebook

Banteer Sportsfield

Last draw for 2019 in mid Dec. Thanks to all supporters and sellers- 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 as we must raise up to €300,000 of matching funding to complete the project.

Banteer Community Sportsfield welcome Sports Capital grant of €71,547 announced by Minister Michael Creed and Councillor John Paul O Shea last week.

Banteer Macra

Weekly sports night will continue this coming Wednesday in Banteer community hall with time updates available on our Facebook page. As always, new members are always welcome.

Banteer Lyre GAA

Banteer Lyre GAA Annual General Meeting Banteer & Lyre GAA Adult Clubs AGM will take place on Sunday 1st of December at 6.30pm in Lyre Community Hall.

Community Childcare

Banteer Community Childcare are now hiring a Part-Time Cook, 2pm to 6pm Mon to Fri. Come and join our established team and share our passion and enthusiasm for delivering a high-quality service to our early year's clientele. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated individual with a positive attitude and a love for creating good food. We are committed to providing an excellent standard of care and education to the children and families who use our services every day. Providing healthy nutritious meals is a key element of this.

We are also seeking applications for a Part-Time Cleaner, up to 20 hours per week. Key skills required: enthusiastic, motivated, and hardworking. Candidates must be able to work effectively on their own initiative and commit to executing an excellent standard of hygiene throughout a busy service. Job Descriptions available on request. Apply with CV to The Chairperson, Banteer Community Childcare, Clonmeen Road, Banteer, Co. Cork.

Social alarms available

Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council-Social alarms available from IRD Duhallow. If you are interested or require further information please contact Mary O'Keeffe on 0860667822


Banteer Bingo jackpot is now €2500 with bingo on Tuesdays at 8.30pm


Adult Badminton in Banteer -8.30pm each Mon

Glen Theatre

Sun Dec 1st Sharons Grave

Sat 7th Dec Eleanor Shanley

Sun 15th Dec Declan Nerney and Band

Contact 087 7558752/029 56239.


Players Present 'Mother Knows Best'

This year Castlemagner Players are staging Mother Knows Best by Jimmy Keary. This 3 act play centres around Nick Cassidy who, while doing a painting job in the McDermott's house, renews a friendship with their youngest daughter Suzy. The two begin dating, much to the disapproval of Suzy's mother, Tess, who is hoping to make a match for her daughter with stuffy financial consultant, Adrian Bird. Tess resolves to break up the young couple by whatever means she can. However, such is Tess' preoccupation with her daughter's love-life, she fails to notice that her own husband, Harry is falling under the spell of her man-hungry golfing partner, Dulcie Cotter. Matters come to a head when Nick's workmate, Joe Galligan breaks into McDermott's, looking for money to pay off his gambling debts. During the theft, Tess's plotting is exposed and Harry comes to a fateful decision.

The play is again directed by Neil Moylan and the final performance will be staged in Castlemagner Community Centre this Friday 29th, Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December at 8pm nightly, admission €10. Please support.

Cookery Demonstration

The Annual Cookery Demonstration with Hazel Bourke, Assolas, will be held Wednesday night December 11th in Castlemagner Community Centre at 8pm. Mulled wine and Mince Pies will be served on arrival.

Tickets for this event are €10.00 and are available at the door on the night.

Christmas party

The Annual Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December the 15th in Springfort Hall at 1:30pm.

Movie time

Come and join us, in Castlemagner hall, for a lovely family movie - ARTHUR CHRISTMAS, on a big screen, on Nov 30th at 2pm. €5 per child plus family concession, refreshments included. With an aim to being environmentally aware please bring your own keep cup or reusable bottle. There will also be a raffle with lovely prizes. It'll be a lovely start to the Christmas season. Contact Castlemagner Community Development Association Facebook page for more info.



Bingo continues every Monday night from 8.30. The Jackpot next week is EUR 1,800 on 48 calls. Bonus ball is €460. 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 like to thank Tintean Firewood for sponsoring the Bingo for November and our sponsor for December, Karlton O'Leary.

45 Drive

The regular Wednesday night 45 drive is back at 9pm. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and indeed if there are any new players we would love to welcome them too. This is a great way to spend a winters evening so please come along.


Poker night has returned to the Social Club from this Friday night. This is regular poker with €10 entry and no buy backs. The bus will be running to and from the club so if you want to get a lift call Anthony on 086 7858525. For a fiver this service will collect you at your door and return you home after the cards.

Music in the Social Club

The Joe Dolan tribute band will be coming to the social club on Sunday 8th December at 6pm. He played last year and it proved to be one of the best nights ever at the club so please mark the date in your diary as this is one not to be missed.


The Nolan family will be making a presentation to the Irish Motor Neuron Association in on Thursday 12th December in the Community Centre. This will be held in conjunction with a culture night at the centre so please keep it in your diary.

St Stephen's Day walk

The St Stephens day walk has been a fixture on the local calendar for the last 15 years. This is enjoyed by all that participate and is a great way to spend the day. The route has been organised for this year and we are just finalising the last details. What we can confirm is that it will start in the community centre at 12 noon. We are also looking for suggestions for a charity to support this year so if someone has ideas you can let anyone from the committee know or use the details below.

Midleton Choir

As some of you may know our friends in Midleton choir are celebrating their 40th anniversary. They have been very good to the Kilbrin community over the last fourteen years and they really add to the celebration at Father Campbells anniversary mass. This choir do much charity work throughout the year and raise in excess of €20K for many charities. They have released a CD to mark the anniversary and we have secured 30 copies. This is a beautifully arranged CD and is definitely worth having in any collection.

During the launch last weekend Charlie McAllister, addressing a packed GAA centre, mentioned the great welcome and hospitality the choir receive on their trips to Kilbrin. He also promised that as long as the choir can sing they will continue to make the trip for Father Campbells anniversary mass. Of course this is great news for all in Kilbrin. The CD's cost €10 each and the proceeds go to charity. If you want a CD please let me know on the below details or contact any member of the community council committee.

Culture and heritage night in Wale's

Thanks sister Bernadette of Charleville for organizing the recent culture trip to Wales. Great time had from Charleville to Wexford to St David's city in western wales which Smallest city in the British isles with a population of 2500. This city is full of 12th century architecture. Highlight of the event was the concert in the cathedral where the Welsh male choir and the Goodwick brass band entertained 600 people. Irish group Offbeat played traditional group also entertained and were outstanding in a concert that lasted over two hours. The male choir joined everyone in the hotel afterwards and kept the singing going. Thanks to everyone for the hospitality especially Sr Bernadette for organizing this.

Tir na Nog

The Tir an Nog group are running an arts and crochet classes at the moment and this is going very well. The Christmas outing will be organized in the coming weeks, they are heading to Killarney and we do wish them the very best for this trip.

Bring and buy sale

The village renewal committee will hold a bring and buy sale in the community centre on this Sunday 1st December at 11am. This is your last chance to bring some items you would like to donate, they will be accepted at the community centre until Saturday evening or you can contact Deirdre Crowley or Pat O Leary for further information. This is the first fundraiser that the village renewal committee have held and we would ask that everyone support it. It will be a great day and you never know what you could bring home with you.


Last Sunday saw a ploughing event held in Kilbrin. This was very well attended and even after all the bad weather the land held up very well. It was very enjoyable day and thanks to all involved for making it a success.


Lackeel graveyard is still being beautifully maintained and we would like to thanks the Cussen family for their efforts with this. Thanks especially for the Daffodils around the tomb which are a great addition. Special thanks also to Dan O'Connor and John Sheahan for all their work.

Community Centre clean up

Over the last two weeks work has started cleaning up the grounds of the community centre. There was lots done and we will keep progressing throughout the winter. While we know none of them will want their names mentioned we still want to thank Brendan, Tom, Martin and the ever supportive John.

Well wishes

Kilbrin community would like to send best wishes and a speedy recovery to our treasurer Catherine O'Sullivan.

Village clean up

The village clean up committee are organising a Christmas clean up on Saturday 7th December at 11am. We will be meeting in the community centre and bags etc will be supplied. We would like as many people as possible to attend as this is the last chance to do some village clean up before Christmas.


Kilbrin Community would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mona Bradley, Kanturk. May she 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.


Ladies Football

FIXTURES:JUNIOR NORTH CORK FINAL: Kilshannig V St Peters on Monday 2nd December in Glantane at 7pm. Please Support

TABLE QUIZ: Kilshannig LGFC will hold their annual fundraising Table Quiz on Saturday 30th November in the Gortroe Inn at 9pm. Table of 4 for €40 and DJ after quiz. Great night guaranteed. Support would be greatly appreciated.

AGM: Kilshannig LGFC will hold their AGM on Thursday 28th November in Kilshannig GAA complex at 8pm. All welcome to attend.

Dromahane Community Park

Over the coming weeks the Dromahane Community Park Group will be going door to door selling tickets. First prize is a Kia Picanto car to the value of €15,000, both 2nd and 3rd prize is €500 each. Tickets are €20 each. This is by far our biggest fundraising activity to date. The monies raised will go towards a walkway and lighting in the park.

To date, we have secured a grant of €104K from the National Lottery leaving a deficit of approximately €60K. We are keen to start this project as soon as possible and aim have it completed for next summer for all to enjoy. Should we miss you when we call, the tickets are also on sale in LJ's takeaway, Hickeys Bar, Kelly's Shop or from any committee member.

Please support us in as far as possible, remember without your help and generosity we would not have a playground, pitch or seating area that our village is and can be very proud of. As always a big thank you for your support.