Monday 22 July 2019

Around the districts: Banteer, Kilcorney Dromtariffe

Patrick Buckley from Banteer taking part in the Ironman event in Youghal recently
Patrick Buckley from Banteer taking part in the Ironman event in Youghal recently

Banteer: Eddie lands silver at Nationals - Eddie Dunbar has described Sam Bennett as a worthy national champion and a rider who would do the Irish champion's jersey proud over the next 12 months.

The Team Ineos man finished 2nd in Bennett in the men's race at the National Road Race Championships yesterday. They arrived at the finish in Derry City for a two-up sprint, with Dunbar leading it out but Bennett coming passed him.

While Dunbar is a former junior champion on the road and in the TT discipline, he is still chasing an elite gold. However, still aged just 22 years time is very much on his side. He adds his silver medal of yesterday to the silver he won back in 2015 when Damien Shaw beat him into 2nd place.

Dunbar was magnanimous in defeat yesterday and even though Bennett had said he sat on his rival a little bit in the final couple of laps, the eventual runner-up didn't see it that way. He suggested that as the faster sprinter of the two, and because they had a decent gap, it was only natural Bennett would ease of the gas a little.

Both riders combined to dominate the race and the only shame of it was that one of them had to finish in 2nd place. Dunbar and Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) had been with Mark Dowling (Unattached) and Darragh O'Mahony (CC Nogent-sur-Oise).However, that four-man breakaway was trimmed to two when O'Mahony and then Dowling lost contact.

From that point on the two biggest names in the race were in a head to head to see which one of them would take their first elite title. And though Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) hunted them down on his own on the last lap, he ran out of road and had to settle for bronze.

Dunbar led out the sprint on the uphill finish only for Bennett to come around him and consign him to silver again. "It's bitter sweet really," Dunbar said at the finish before going on to talk more about Bennett than himself. Eddie Dunbar continued: "It would always be nice if I was the national champion, but Sam's a worthy winner of the national stripes. "And he's going to do the jersey proud over the next year. I always say, I've got more years to win this race."

Dunbar said the race was a tough one with action throughout the contest over the hilly circuit. "It was really aggressive racing. Me and Sam; we rode really hard. And we have plenty of racing in our legs this year. "We knew the guys behind; once we got a gap it was going to be difficult for anyone to close a gap on that course because you couldn't see us. "We rode well together. None of us really missed turns. Obviously coming in the road, it's natural, Sam eased off a bit. But he's a worthy champion and I wish him all the best."

Tidy Towns News

Banteer scored 82.8 in the second round of the Cork County Litter Challenge. This is an anti-litter campaign. Each town/village starts with a score of 100 and points are deducted for each piece of litter found (inside the 50km speed signs) on judging day. Despite the best efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee to keep Banteer litter free unfortunately a small amount of litter is still being dropped. Cigarette butt are considered a piece of litter. Please dispose of them properly.

Banteer Macra

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.

Sportsfield draw

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 is €4300 with bingo on Tues 8.30pm.

Banteer 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

Banteer Open Sports 2019

North Cork AC and local athletics supporters in Banteer hosted the Banteer Open Sports at Banteer Sportsfield on Saturday evening 22nd of June for the first time in a number of years.

The following are the results of the competitions held on the night. Any queries can be emailed to Michael Herlihy at

Girls U8 60m 1: Mairead O Sullivan (North Cork Ac) 2: Grace Healy (North Cork Ac) 3: Alison Bowens (Carrigaline Ac) Girls U8 200M 1: Grace Healy (North Cork Ac) 2: Mairead O Sullivan (North Cork Ac) 3: Alison Bowens (Carrigaline Ac) 3: Zara Buckley (North Cork Ac) Boys U8 60M 1: Mason Walsh (North Cork Ac) 2: Mark Kelly (Carrigaline Ac) 3: Riley Thompson (North Cork Ac) Boys U8 200M 1: Mason Walsh (North Cork Ac) 2: Riley Thompson (North Cork Ac) 3: Mark Kelly (Carrigaline Ac) Girls U9 60M 1: Nellie Bateman (Belgooly Ac) 2: Ava Thornton (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 3: Michaela Flynn (North Cork Ac)

Girls U9 300M 1: Nellie Bateman (Belgooly Ac) 2: Michaela Flynn (North Cork Ac) 3: Ciara Kiely (North Cork Ac) Girls U9 Nerf Throw 1: Michaela Flynn (North Cork Ac) 2: Ellie Buckley 3: Nellie Bateman (Belgooly Ac) Boys U9 60M 1: Patrick Burke (Millstreet Ac) 2: Daniel Shorten (North Cork Ac) 3: Joseph Lennon-Cielen (North Cork Ac) Boys U9 300M 1: Joseph Lennon-Cielen (North Cork Ac) 2: Joe Lewis (North Cork Ac) 3: Gavin Buckley (North Cork Ac) Boys U9 Nerf Throw 1: Joe Lewis (North Cork Ac) 2: Gavin Buckley (North Cork Ac) 3: Michael McCarthy

Girls U10 80M 1: Emma Flynn (North Cork Ac) 2: Faye Osborn (Tracton Ac) 3: Maeve Riordan (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) Girls U10 500M 1: Emma Flynn (North Cork Ac) 2: Grace O Callaghan (North Cork Ac) 3: Christine Bowens (Carrigaline Ac) Girls U10 Turbo Javelin 1: Kim Lynch (Tracton Ac) 2: Kaye Osborn (Tracton Ac) 3: Ava Buckley (North Cork Ac) Girls U10 Relay 1: North Cork Ac 2: Carrigaline Ac/ Tracton Ac 3: North Cork Ac Boys U10 80M 1: Sean Riordan (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 2: Eoin Tholand (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) =3:Sean Flynn (Grange Fermoy Ac) =3:David Towey(Fanahan McSweeney Ac) Boys U10 500M 1: Sean Riordan (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 2: David Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 3: Eoin Tholand (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) Boys U10 Turbo Javelin 1: Cody Scanlan (Grange Fermoy Ac) 2: David Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 3: Eoin Tholand (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) Boys U10 Relay 1: Fanahan McSweeney Ac 2: Carrigaline Ac 3: North Cork Ac

Girls U11 80M 1: Freya Bateman (Belgooly Ac) 2: Kate Healy (North Cork Ac) 3: Leah Ryan (North Cork Ac) Girls U11 600M 1: Freya Bateman (Belgooly Ac) 2: Leah Ryan (North Cork Ac) 3: Kate Healy (North Cork Ac) Girls U11 1500M 1: Freya Bateman (Belgooly Ac) 2: Emma Flynn (North Cork Ac) 3: Meaghan Withers (North Cork Ac) Girls U11 Turbo Javelin 1: Lucy Dennehy (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 2: Lily Buckley 3: Orla Byrne (Togher Ac) Boys U11 80M 1: Michael Leamy (Grange Fermoy Ac) 2: Lewis O Dea (Carrigaline Ac) 3: Tomás Kiely (North Cork Ac) Boys U11 600M 1: Tomás Kiely (North Cork Ac) 2: Michael Leamy (Grange Fermoy Ac) 3: Eddie Bowens (Carrigaline Ac) Boys U11 1500M 1: Tomás Kiely (North Cork Ac) 2: David Lynch (Tracton Ac) 3: Eddie Bowens (Carrigaline Ac) Boys U11 Turbo Javelin 1: Michael Leamy (Grange Fermoy Ac) 2: Patrick O Donoghue (North Cork Ac) 3: Conor O Leary

Girls U12 80M 1: Anna O Sullivan (North Cork Ac) 2: Ella Healy 3: Gráinne O Neill Girls U12 600M 1: Anna O Sullivan (North Cork Ac) 2: Gráinne O Neill 3: Ella Healy Girls U12 1500M 1: Anna O Sullivan (North Cork Ac) Girls U12 Turbo Javelin 1: Abbie Walsh (North Cork Ac) Girls U12 Relay 1: North Cork Ac 2: North Cork Ac 3: Carrigaline/Togher/Tracton Ac Boys U12 80M 1: Eoin Looney (North Cork Ac) 2: Liam Allen (Liscarroll Ac) 3: Sean O Callaghan (North Cork Ac) Boys U12 600m 1: Sean O Callaghan (North Cork Ac) 2: Paul Kelly (Carrigaline Ac) 3: Eoin Looney (North Cork Ac) Boys U12 1500M 1: Sean O Callaghan (North Cork Ac) 2: Paul Kelly (Carrigaline Ac) 3: Ian Buckley (North Cork Ac) Boys U12 Turbo Javelin 1: Eoin Looney (North Cork Ac) 2: Darrin Dugdale (North Cork Ac) 3: Liam Allen (Liscarroll Ac) Boys U12 Relays 1: Carrigaline Ac 2: North Cork Ac 3: North Cork Ac

Girls U13 100M 1: Kaitlynn Cogan 2: Eadaoin O Connell (Carrigaline Ac) Girls U13 600M 1: Eadaoin O Connell (Carrigaline Ac) 2: Kaitlynn Cogan Girls U13 1500M 1: Eadaoin O Connell (Carrigaline Ac) Boys U13 100M 1: Diarmuid Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 2: Shane Byrne (Togher Ac) Boys U13 600M 1: Shane Byrne (Togher Ac) 2: Diarmuid Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) Boys U13 1500M 1: Shane Byrne (Togher Ac) 2: Diarmuid Towey ( Fanahan McSweeney Ac)

Girls U14 100M 1: Eadaoin Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) 2: Blaithin O Connor (North Cork Ac) =3:Laura Buckley =3:Muireann Quinlan Girls U14 800M 1: Blaithin O Connor (North Cork Ac) 2: Eadaoin Towey (Fanahan McSweeney Ac) =3:Laura Buckley =3:Muireann Quinlan Boys U14 100M 1: Aidan Meagher (Carraig na BhFear Ac) 2: Sean Walsh (North Cork Ac) Boys U14 800M 1: Aidan Meagher (Carraig na bhFear Ac) 2: Sean Walsh (North Cork Ac) Boys U14 3000M 1: Aidan Meagher (Carraig na bhFear Ac)

Girls U16 100M 1: Leah Bradley (North Cork Ac) 2: Catherine Walsh (North Cork Ac) 3: Saoirse Thompkins (Gneeveguilla Ac) Girls U16 800M 1: Saoirse Thompkins (Gneeveguilla Ac) 2: Catherine Walsh (North Cork Ac) 3: Leah Bradley (North Cork Ac) Boys U16 100M 1: David Meagher (Carraig na BhFear Ac) 2: Sean O Connor (North Cork Ac) Boys U16 800M 1: Dylan Moynihan 2: David Meagher (Carraig na BhFear Ac) 3: Sean Feehan (Ballincollig Ac) Boys U16 3000M 1: David Meagher (Carraig na BhFear Ac) 2: Sean Feehan (Ballincollig Ac)


Junior A Hurling league title win

Another historic title was secured by our junior hurlers last Friday night in Kilbrin when Dromtarriffe defeated Kilbrin by three points on a final scoreline of Dromtarriffe 2-20 Banteer 3-14, after withstanding a second half come back from their opponents before a good attendance.

The opening seven minutes registered five points for Dromtarriffe to Banteer's three through Evan Murphy, Tomas Howard, Daniel O'Keeffe, Jack Murphy and Kevin Cremin, before Banteer took the lead through an eighth minute Denis Roche goal, equalized a minute later from a Howard free. An O'Keeffe and Conor Cremin combination was finished to the net by O'Keeffe in the 10th minute followed by three points one each for the Howard brothers, Seán and Tomas and a second one for Evan Murphy before Banteer through David Murphy reacted first from a batted out ball to goal.

After the first quarter, there was just three points between the sides two Tomas Howard's points, one from a free, followed by a Darren O'Connor point, were followed by a Conor Cremin goal, to leave Dromtarriffe well in a commanding position in the 25th minute. Another Tomas Howard point shortly followed, however David Murphy again rewarded his Banteer teammates for their determined play by raising his second green flag shortly followed with a Roche point. Entering stoppage time points were exchanged between Murphy for Dromtarriffe and Banteers Denis Roche to leave the interval scoreboard read Dromtarriffe 2-15 Banteer 3-6.

Dromtarriffe started the second half well with points by Evan and Tomas either side of two Banteer frees but quickly it seemed as though Banteer had formulated a determined second half fightback plan of action during their half time deliberations, through imposing pressure in ever sector of the pitch. In the sixth minute Banteer were awarded awarded another free before a ball that wasn't coming out of the competing players, which maybe should have been thrown in by the official a minute before hand, but instead resulted with Dromtarriffe down to 14 as a result of a player receiving his second yellow.

With nineteen minutes remaining on the clock, Dromtarriffe were going to earn this title if they were to hold out for the victory and ever reliable Tomas kept his sides scores ticking over with a free in the 12th minute keeping Dromtarriffe seven ahead, 2-18 to 3-8. With a solid defense required, Dromtarriffe were well served, in particular by, the ever dependable and hard working Kevin Cremin, along with Michael O'Brien and Captain Mikie O'Gorman. Banteer were to add a point from play before a number of frees that were correctly awarded were deemed by the match official, as vocal player protests, which warranted these being brought into a more score-able position, thus resulting in the gap being closed between the 13th and 21st minutes of the second half, to just two points.

A brace of Tomas Howard points eased the Dromtarriffe supporters worries with the final white flag being raised by Banteer from play in the 32nd minute of the second half, to leave the final whistle register Dromtarriffe winning their first league title on the 2-20 to 3-14 scoreline. A delighted Mikie O'Gorman accepted the cup on behalf of the Dromtarriffe Hurling squad. The Duhallow Championship semi-final will be the next major challenge for this squad.

Good turnout at annual Duck Race

Thank you to all who supported Dromtarriffe Juvenile Club Duck Race held at Mol Carthys Bridge last Sunday. Fun was enjoyed on the bouncing castle and super slide with food provided through Face-cook chipper and the Ice cream van in the adjoining amenities by the Curraraigue river. A special thanks to Matthew and Noreen for their hospitality in hosting the event and all who helped out in any way with stewarding/parking/selling and collecting ducks.

Inter-County action

It wasn't to be last Wednesday for Gerry O'Sullivan's Cork Junior charges with our own Seán Howard a panelist in the junior final against Kerry but we hope that his team will stay together as they look towards preparation for the 2020 challenge. Disappointment also for Cork North and Brandon Murphy in the Celtic Challenge all-Ireland final on Saturday but I am sure the experience will stand to this talented hurler.

Cúl Camps

Get ready for a week of fantastic GAA activity for our young members in Rathcoole from July 8 to July 12.