Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Kilbrin, Kilshannig and Lismire

Banteer - Juvenile GAA Club award: Juvenile Club chairman James Kearney, along with his son Alan, were in Pairc Ui Rinn this past Sun to collect the Banteer Lyre Juv GAA Club Silver Award in the Rebel Óg Benchmarking process. Rebel Óg Coaching Benchmarking 2020 was successfully launched in early 2015 and provides a template for best practice in coaching, promoting maximum participation and optimal playing standards in juvenile clubs throughout Cork city and county.

This is great recognition of the good work that is being done in the club and all the 2019 Club Officers, both in the Juvenile Club but also in the adult club, will be endeavouring to build on this. The planning for this has been taking place with Coaching Officer Niall Looney holding a series of coaching workshops in January and through this process the club is formulating a Coaching Framework that will further enhance all the good work taking place in the club.

GAA Club membership

GAA Club membership is due now - Membership for Full Members is €50. Juvenile Members is €30 and Social Members is €30.


Some disgraceful dumping occurred in Banteer on Friday night last with three bags of rubbish dumped there, with rubbish all over the area.

It has been reported to Cork County Council anti-litter group, and the Litter warden has kindly visited the location and is investigating same.

Cork County Council welcome any info on same and are checking CCTV cameras and other info in the area. Any info, please report to any officer or Cork County Council.

Community Alert meeting

For all interested on Tuesday, February 12, at 7.30 p.m. in Edel Quinn Kanturk-verey important that local people attend to hear updates re crime prevention in the area coffee morning Thank you.

Deirdre Leahy would like to thank all those who despite snow and ice generously supported her recent coffee morning in Lyre in aid of the HOPE Foundation.

Congratulations Kate

Banteer Lyre Foróige would like to congratulate Kate Foley on being elected as a Cork North and West Representative on the Foróige Members National Panel and also congratulations to Gerard Leahy on being elected to the Foróige National Council as a County Cork representative.

Banteer Macra

Sports night continues on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. in the community centre in Banteer, €2 per person. New people are always welcome to come along, join in and find out what else the club gets up to.

Mount Hillary AC

Registration fee is €30 for the year you can drop it at the post office/shop in Banteer, put €30 in an envelope with your name on it, new members will also need date of birth and phone number.


Banteer Bingo jackpot is now €6,800 with bingo on Tuesday 8.30.


Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council have submitted a grant application for traffic-calming measures and for speed controls in Banteer village to include speed cushions, speed flashing signs and the local community have made a contribution towards the costs. Garda speed checks will also continue in the meantime. Serious concerns were expressed at a public meeting last March that, unless we install traffic speed controls, then the risk of serious injury or a fatality is high.


Table Quiz

Kilbrin GAA hosted a very successful table quiz on Saturday 2 Feb in Kilbrin Social Club. Many thanks to the organisers, sponsors and all of those who turned out in great numbers to support the night all of which is greatly appreciated. Congratulations to the winning team, runners up and raffle winners on the night.


The next lotto draw will take place on Monday 11th February at 10.30 in the Social Club for a jackpot of €7,500. The Club Lotto can now be played on-line making it accessible to all near and far. You can use the link to play or even better download the "My Club Finances" App. Tickets can also be bought outside Spar or from club members as usual.Please Support and Best of Luck.

Club Gear

All the latest club gear is available for purchase for the coming year ahead. Check it out on the the O'Neills website and search for Kilbrin GAA.Stewarding for Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Páirc Uí Rinn. Anyone over 18 interested in stewarding please contact club secretary.

45 Drive

45 drive continues every Wednesday night at 9pm. Please come along and enjoy the evening. Just turn up on the night and you we will make sure everyone is sorted with a playing partner.


Bingo every Monday night from 8.30. Jackpot is EUR 1,850 on 48 calls. Bonus ball is EUR 60. Please come along and enjoy a night of Bingo in a great atmosphere.

Poker night

The social club host a poker night every Friday night at 9pm. A league table is also starting which adds another element. Very enjoyable evening to be had and the local bus is running so call Anthony Ahern if you are interested.

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning was held in the community centre on Sunday last 3rd February, in aid of, Aoidhe Sheill, Siobhan O'Flynn, Katie O'Connor & Isabelle Taylor, who will be travelling to Belarus, to help people in the Burren Chernobyl Project. The girls along with their Parents sincerely thank everybody that came in large numbers, Businesses that sponsored prizes, and people who baked the beautiful buns & cakes. A big thank you.

Tír na Nóg

The Tír na nÓg group will meet again on Monday 11th February. They have many activities lined up again for this year. Anyone interested please contact the secretary, chairperson or indeed any member for further details. All welcome.

Dr Croke house

In mid-February there will be a history night in Dr Croke house where there will be a special guest speaker. Once details are finalised we will let you know in this column. We have interest from some schools in visiting Dr Croke House in the coming months. We are looking for volunteers to act as tour guides for these visits which will take place on weekdays. Information on the facility will be provided as well as a DVD that is in place at the house.

If anyone is interested in this , and has some spare time please contact a member of the community council committee or leave your name in the social club. This should only take an hour a month so no big commitment is required. We would also like to thank the Corkery family and Niall O'Sullivan for the furniture they provided for Dr Croke house. If anyone has old pictures that they feel would enhance the house and are willing to donate them please contact the Kilbrin Community Council PRO on the below contact details.

Traffic-calming measures

In the coming weeks work will commence on the traffic calming measures through the village. We would ask that everyone show due care and patience while this work is ongoing. This will be of great benefit to the village once complete and make it much safer for residents and especially the school children.

Renovations in the community centre

Work is continuing on the roof of the social club. When this is finished the centre will have been totally refurbished from start to finish. A huge thanks to everyone that contributed to this and the general support from the whole community is greatly appreciated.

Grotto Cross

As you may have noticed the wall has been erected and we are looking to put features on it. As usual we are looking to the public for ideas so if anyone has ideas for features please contact the Kilbrin Community Council PRO on the below details.

Spring clean-up

In the coming weeks we will be organising spring clean-up days in the locality. We would ask that people start whenever they can. You can leave bags at the roadside. For anyone going on a family walk this is a great way to educate children on the problem of litter. More details will follow on this column when the dates for the pickup trucks are organised.

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


Prayers at St Abbeyswell Graveyard

The annual prayers at St. Abbeyswell Graveyard will take place at 3.30pm on the 'Well Day' - Monday 11th February. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

HISTORY OF ST. ABBEYSWELL - St. Abbey, Abigail, Gobnait was born in the Aran Island of Inisheer. Her father was a chieftain named O' Conaire Mór.

In the sixth century, she left Inisheer and travelled 'deiseal' (southwards) or clockwise to Munster. She rested at several places on her way where she saw white deer grazing at wells, One such place is Abbeyswell, in the parish of Kilshannig in North Cork where the traditional rounds are still made on February 11th each year, which is her feast day.

Many of these places associated with her have Gobnait in their placenames, for example, Kilgobnet or Kilgobban. The most famous of these is Ballyvourney where she finally settled and founded a convent. She is also buried in Ballyvourney where her grave is easily identified today.

There are many stories and legends associated with St. Abbey such as expelling plagues and putting curses on robbers. She was also highly regarded by farmers for curing diseases in animals such as ringworm, lameness, infertility and other such diseases. People always retained water from Abbeyswell in their houses after the pattern day.

A graveyard 'evolved' around the holy well as people wanted to be buried in this holy ground. Abbeyswell or Kilgobnet graveyard is one of the oldest in the country and contains some of the most decorative headstones as well as the traditional stone slabs of earlier times. Many of these are now legible, thanks to the voluntary work done by the members of the Laharn Community Action Group.

The well was covered with a beehive like masonry construction in 1874 by a local pious man, John O' Callaghan of Lackandarra who was better known as "Johnny The Prayers". He did this in thanksgiving to St. Abbey for expelling the plague. Over the well is a carving in stone of St. Abigail expelling the plague which reads: St, Abigal, Expelling The Plague A.D. 1872. "Johnny The Prayers" is buried near the well.

At the left inside the gate is an uneven mound of earth "The Famine Mound". During the famine of 1845, '46 & '47, victims of the famine were buried without a coffin and corpses were covered with earth.

In olden times, the feast day or the "well day" as it is locally known was a three day event comprising of porter tents and hawker's stalls which lined the roads around the well. Pedlars, beggars, cake women and music makers came to celebrate the feast day which was also regarded as a local holiday for the then local Laharn National School.

The prayer to St. Abbey/Gobnait/Abigail: "Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait naofa/Go mbeannaí a Mhuire duit, is beannaim feín duit/Is chughat a thánag ag gearán mo scéala/Is ag iarraidh leighis ar

Ladies Football

REGISTRATION NIGHT: Registration for 2019 will take place on Thursday 28th February from 7pm-8.30pm in the complex. Please ensure all registrations are renewed on the night. New players welcome.

TESCO COMMUNITY FUND: Kilshannig Ladies Football club has been selected for the Tesco Community Fund. This commenced on Monday 7th January and will run for 8 weeks. Be sure to pick up your blue token in store and support Kilshannig Ladies to be in with a chance to get €1000 donated to our club by Tesco.

CURRENT TRAINING SCHEDULE: U12 FRIDAY - 6-7pm INDOORS, Bring €2, Runners & GUMSHIELDS; U14 WEDNESDAY- 6-7pm -INDOORS . Bring €2, Runners & GUMSHIELDSU16 Tuesday's- 6.30-7.30pm OUTDOORS Don't forget GUMSHIELDS Minors, U21 & Juniors TBC by weekly texts.U8's and U10's- Date and Time to be confirmed.

CLOTHES COLLECTION & COFFEE MORNING: Kilshannig Ladies Football club will hold their annual clothes collection and coffee morning fundraiser on Saturday 6th April from 10am-1pm. More details to follow.



The Annual General Meeting of Lismire GAA Club was held in the Community Centre recently. In his opening address, Chairman Tony McAuliffe congratulated the footballers on their victory in the Junior C Football Championship and thanked all the members who gave up their free time to do work for the club.

He paid tribute to one of the founder members of the club, Donal Kearney, who passed away during the year. Donal, affectionately known as Roger was appointed joint Treasurer with Paul Kelly at the inaugural meeting of the club in 1972. Since then Donal has served the club in many notable capacities none more so than as Selector on the 3 in a row Junior A Hurling Championship team in 1983 1985. He was instrumental in many of the development projects of the club from the purchase and development of the field to the building of the Community Centre which is widely used through various local clubs and organisations. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

In her annual report outgoing Club Secretary, Dympna O'Neill gave a detailed account of the club's activities during the year and thanked the officers and members who helped her during her term of office. Treasurer, Tom Stritch presented a comprehensive account of the club finances and emphasised the importance of fundraising in the face of spiralling club running costs.

Following a discussion on various club topics the following officers were elected: Life Presidents Charlie O'Reilly, Con Ahern and Denis Jones; Chairman Tony McAuliffe; Vice-Chairman Maurice Field; Secretary Karen Field; Assistant Secretary Colm Noonan; Treasurer Tom Stritch; Registrar & Membership Officer Sean Duggan; PRO Oliver Kearney; ASAP Officer James O'Neill; Cultural Officer James Moynihan; Children's Officer Dympna O'Neill; Players Rep Mark Field and Padraig Denn; Duhallow Board Delegates Maurice Field & Joe Aherne; County Board Delegates Tony McAuliffe & Oliver Kearney; Youth Officers: Maurice Hayes, Joe Noonan, James O'Neill, Edmund Hayes and Gerdy McSweeney; Committee: Club officers plus Colman Jones, Jeremiah O'Neill, Michael Kearney, Joanne Kiely, John Field, Pat Bourke and Tim Aherne.

Membership is now open at €30 for Adults and €45 for Family membership. New members welcome.

County Board Draw Winner

Congratulations to Patricia Field winner of a €150 voucher in the January County Board Draw. Club officers are very grateful for the large number of members who joined the draw as this is the main source of income for the day to day costs in running the club as well as financing the club's various development projects.

There are fantastic prizes on offer throughout the year like monthly first prize of €20,000 cash, weekends away, vouchers and generous cash prizes. There are over 650 prizes in total in the draw. The monthly draw takes place on the last Thursday of each month with results published in the Irish Examiner on Saturday. Full details of draw results and all prizes available each month are available on


GAA club membership is now being finalised at €30 for Adults and €45 for Family membership. New members are welcome and membership is available from Membership Officer Sean Duggan or any of the Club Officers.