Around the districts: Banteer, Kilbrin, Kilcorney-Dromtariffe
Banteer: Macra news - Banteer Macra will be taking part in the all-Ireland semi-final of Capers this coming Saturday (11th).
This round of the competition will take part in Riverstick Community Hall on this coming Saturday, January 11, at 8 p.m. A fantastic night of craic and entertainment is sure to be had and all support would be massively appreciated by all involved. Sports night will continue as normal next Wednesday night in Banteer Hall, times to be confirmed on our club Facebook page. As always, new members welcome.
Call for action on Ballymaquirke cross
Another serious accident on Christmas eve at one of Cork's most notorious blackspots has left locals asking when will action finally be taken on improving Ballymaquirke cross. This was the latest in a string of accidents at the crossroads which has become known as one of the worst junctions for collisions in county Cork. Earlier this year two trucks collided at the cross leaving one man seriously injured and another with minor injuries and it was only luck that no other cars were in the area at the time as it would have been carnage.
A reply to the Community Council from Cork County Council was received this past week and reads as follows 'Further to your recent email requesting an update on Ballymaquirke Cross, I wish to advise that Cork County Council acknowledges the urgent need for improvements at this Cross and is actively working with Transport Infrastructure Ireland to deliver the required improvements. It is proposed to construct a roundabout at the crossroads, design details relating to which are currently being finalised. It is expected that an application for planning permission will be lodged with An Bord Pleanála early in the New Year, with construction starting in late 2020, subject to planning consent. If you have any further queries on the matter, please contact Eoin McCarthy, Senior Executive Engineer, National Roads Office.
The local community council held a public meeting on this subject in March 2018 and are still waiting for action on the ground. The community also have asked for drawings and updates but to date no information is forthcoming.
Local Community Council PRO Denis Withers asks 'why does it takes years and years to get some action to avoid fatalities at this most dangerous junction. We have had a few very narrow escapes at the junction and have had up to eight or nine serious accidents there in 2019 alone. In 2018 we were promised some action in 2018/2019 but now it's gone to the end of 2020 which is not acceptable to the local community' .The Community Council plan to hold another public meeting on the Ballymaquirke cross issue.
Glen Theatre welcomed a grant of €8,500 towards towards patron seating improvements at the centre announced by IRD Duhallow this week. The grant is from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Small Capital Grants Scheme for Social Enterprises. The scheme, which is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund, provides grants of between €2,000 and €15,000 for equipment, repairs or refurbishments which will enable local centres to improve their service delivery.
Winners in the last draw for 2019: €400 Mike Reidy €200 Dermot Scanlon €100 each to Noel Kearney John McSweeeny Fergus Murphy Denis Buckley Duinch Vicky Withers Ger Fleming Kathryn Canty Nadd. 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 Lyre and Districts Community Council-Social alarms available from IRD Duhallow. If you are interested or require further information please contact Mary O'Keeffe at 086 0667822.
Banteer Bingo jackpot €3,000 with bingo on Tuesdays at 8.30 p.m.
Adult Badminton is played in Banteer 8.30 p.m. each Monday.
Membership fees are due. A text will be sent out in the coming days with a break down for players, non players, students, gym membership etc.
Coaching Course: Kilbrin GAA are hoping to run a coaching course at foundation level this year. If anyone wishes to take part in the coaching course or needs further information please contact Margaret 0872741624 or Stephen 0864537740.
Club Phone: For anyone wishing to receive updates on fixtures, events etc. for the coming year please contact the club phone on 089-9740093 and we will include you on the text alerts.
Bingo continues every Monday night from 8.30. The Jackpot next week is €1,900 on 49 calls. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Monday night Bingo and you have attended in great numbers. We would like to thank Ronan O'Sullivan for sponsoring the Bingo for January 2020.
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.
Tir na Nog
The Tir na Nog group Welcoming everyone back next Monday beginning arts and crafts. Anyone wishing to come along is very welcome from 11am to 12.30. They had a great Christmas outing in Killarney which was enjoyed by all. We wish them the very best for the year ahead.
Dr Croke House
The first cultural night of 2020 will take place in Dr Croke birthplace house on Sunday 19th January. There will be the usual songs, poems and music plus we will be having special guests so keep this date in your diary.
Back to school
Al the children are back to school this week and we would like to wish them well in their new term. We would also ask that drivers be extra vigilant going through the village given the location of the school. Please adhere to the speed limits and keep the village safe.
Golf outing to Dooks
Congratulations to Ronald Hartnett for winning the first golf event of the year at Dooks Golf club last Saturday. Big year ahead for Ron and he has been installed as the early favourite for major honours in the Golf Society 2020.
There are a lot of people sick in the community at the moment and we would like to wish them all a speedy recovery.
Kilbrin Community would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the following people who recently passed away.
Geoff O'Donoghue, Castlemagner. Timmy Barry, Banteer. Nora Mary Sheahan, Doneraile. Jacqueline Creed, Mallow. Brendan Lynch, Kanturk. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
The community council can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries. Also the PRO can be contacted directly at Bennymick1968@gmail.com 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 wider community.
Senior citizens party
Dromtariffe Senior Citizens Party; Open invitation to all senior people of Dromtariffe parish to the annual gathering on Sunday January 12th at 1pm in the Dromtariffe Parish Hall. We annually celebrate the senior people of the parish with a Mass, blessing of the sick, a hot meal, drinks, entertainment and lots of chat.
Centenary of the Clonbanin Ambush
A meeting will be held in Dromtariffe Parish Hall on Tuesday the 14th of January at 8pm, to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Clonbanin Ambush. All welcome.
BOWLING NOTES: Denis Horgan Bowling Club~Winter Competitions-Mikie Murphy and Danny Murphy and Donal Cashman had a double win over Ned Kelleher and Mikie McAuliffe and Maurice Cashman. In the opening score, for the last shot and in the return by a bowl of odds. Mikie Murphy and Danny Murphy teamed up together to record a last shot win over Ned Kelleher and Mikie McAuliife. Ned Kelleher and Mikie McAuliffe beat Mikie Murphy and Maurice Cashman in a last shot play off.
Dromtarriffe GAA presentation of the Duhallow U21HC and JAHL medals took place last Friday evening in The Sandpit. Congrats again to all involved with both teams.
James McAuliffe spoke on the continued advancement that the footballers enjoyed in their first year in the County Intermediate grade including promotion to Division 4 of the league and narrowly beaten in the championship semi final. He thanked his fellow management of 2019 for their time with the footballers. He then presented Evan Murphy with the footballer of the year award.
John Howard spoke on the pride he had with the development of our young players winning both the U21 HC again in 2018 and adding the league title for the first time, however spoke on the disappointment of losing the championship to Newmarket. He also congratulated Conor O Callaghan, Sean Howard and Kevin Cremin who played on County panels in 2019. He also particurally thanked Ritchie Cullinane and Neily Galvin for their many years of service with the hurling backroom managements He then asked club secretary to present the 2019 hurler of the year which was won by Tomas Howard.
The Dromtarriffe GAA Club AGM takes place on Friday January 17 at 8pm in the clubrooms All welcome.