Monday 22 July 2019

Around the districts: Castlemagner, Killavullen

The Killavullen Junior hurling side who have made it to the Junior A Hurling quarter final
The Killavullen Junior hurling side who have made it to the Junior A Hurling quarter final

Castlemagner: 5k/10k walk - Castle Striders, Castlemagner walking club, in association with the Cork Sports Partnership, will be holding a walk, 5k or 10km, in Doneraile park on Sunday July 14th at 11am.

Meeting on the grass by the notice board opposite the playground. Bring a picnic and rug for afterwards. Please drag along everyone you know.. See you all there. This event is free of charge. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Lisa on 0861237421.

Tidy towns

Castlemagner Community Development Association/CCDA and tidy towns would like to notify the parish and invite you all to take part in their evening clean ups. They will take place on July 16th and 30th. Meet up outside the hall for details. Activities include litter pick, weeding, planting, tidying, painting etc - keep an ear to the ground or an eye on Facebook or posters in Castlemagner village for further information. All welcome.


Conor Harnett treatment fund

There are two upcoming fundraisers for this local cause. On Saturday, July 6, a coffee morning will be held at the Raffery School of Drama between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Killura Gun Club will host a table quiz in Magner's Bar Killavullen on July 29 at 9 p.m. with music afterwards by Ian O'Gorman. A table of four is €40. First prize is €150, second prize €100 and third prize €50. Please support.

Red Bull Athlete

Congratulations goes to Conor Shanahan, who has been made a RED BULL ATHLETE for his sport of Drifting. This is a great honour for such a young person and we wish him every good fortune as he continues on his motorsport journey,

The annual but final Haulie Murphy Memorial Tractor Run is taking place on August 25. This final year is a very special one as it's Haulie's 21st birthday. As this is the final one and a very special occasion this year we would like a phenomenal turn out to honour Haulie. So please please start spreading the word and get the word out there and save the date to support this fabulous day.

GAA News

JUNIOR A HURLING - Killavullen overcame the concession of three goals in the first half to win against Buttevant by four points in the third round of the Junior A Hurling championship, in a game played in the excellent Castletownroche venue, earlier tonight, June 30.

Buttevant were first to score in the fourth minute, and doubled their advantage with another point in the sixth minute, and pushed further ahead with a pointed free in the eighth minute. Killavullen were playing the ball through the lines but you need every ball to stick playing that way, and it was not till the ninth minute that we opened our account through Barry Murphy. Buttevant replied immediately in the same minute but Pádraig Looney sent over a lovely point on the run, to half the deficit. Buttevant extended their lead in the 15th minute only for Liam Cronin, who was very influential in the middle of the field, to score a free that he had earned himself. Mark Linehan and Kevin O'Keeffe in the Buttevant forward lines were proving hard to contain, with their physical strength and no little hurling ability important for their own team. Mark scored a fine point in the 17th minute and got a good goal, when he out muscled the Killavullen rear guard in the 18th minute. Buttevant' s rear guard twice had come to their teams rescue with last ditch defending that pushed goal ward shots out for 65 Metre shot, one of which we converted in the 16th minute after Charlie Lillis's goal bound effort had struck a Buttevant defender.

Killavullen dallied in possession in their back line, and Buttevant dispossessed us, and got in for another goal in the 20th minute, again from Mark Linehan. Liam Cronin shipped a heavy challenge in the 22nd minute in catching a high ball, and from the resultant free, Mickey O'Connor stepped up and fired it over the bar. Buttevant were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute when Kevin O'Keeffe was bundled over in the square and the penalty was duly converted to open up a sizeable lead, 3-06 to 0-05 but importantly, Killavullen rallied strongly before half time with Eoghan Buckley, Seán O'Regan, Billy Norris and Charlie Lillis prominent. Pádraig Looney got another fine point for us in the 26th minute, followed by a goal scored by the ace poacher that is Mr Murphy to begin our revival. Ian O'Gorman was strong and scored for us in the 27th minute followed by a lovely point from Liam Cronin in the 28th. Buttevant got a point back before Barry got the last score of the half to leave us trailing at the break by 1-09 to 3-07.

Strong words at half time worked the oracle as immediately from the throw in for the second half, Killavullen sought to play the game on the front foot. However, our shooting was wayward and we had four clear point scoring chances off target before Buttevant extended their lead in the eighth minute. Barry scored a point for us in the ninth before he repeated the same dose in the 10th minute, and again in the 15th - all from frees where our forwards were working extremely hard. The Killavullen crowd in the stand were getting more and more vocal and Pádraig Looney got rapturous applause for a lovely point in the 20th minute, to bring our tally to 1-13, against 3-08 to leave us only a point behind and momentum in our favour. Our full backs were clearing their lines unceremoniously at this stage and when Barry equalised for us in the 21st minute; it sent the large Killavullen following into paroxysms of delight.

Buttevant had a player dismissed for a in discretion in front of the stands, never a good idea when the opposing team are more numerous in the crowd. Barry got another point for us in the 22nd minute and another a minute later when the substitutes that we had introduced into the forward line worked hard to block some clearances. We stretched our lead out to two points when a lovely diagonal ball from Eoghan Buckley left Barry in acres of space and he duly capitalised. Jack O'Connor added a nice point after a sharp spin in the 24th minute and Ian O'Gorman got the final score of the game in the 25th minute.

Buttevant tried valiantly to preserve their junior hurling championship action for 2019, but our defence stayed focused and one ball that got through the packed defence was dealt with, by Mick in goals. The concern would be the wayward shooting over the hour when we shot 15 wides in total, but that can be sharpened up by our management team, ahead of the quarter final against our neighbouring parish of Doneraile, on the week end of July 21.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - Adult: Avondhu under-21 Hurling Championship - Killavullen V Buttevant in Shanballymore on Sunday, July 7, at 19.30.

Juvenile: Rebel Óg North Minor Hurling Championship - Killavullen V St Kevin's, in Milford on Thursday, July 4, at 7.30 p.m.; Rebel Óg North under-12 Hurling - Phase two - Killavullen V Charleville, in Killavullen on Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m.

Rebel Óg North under-16 Hurling Championship - Killavullen V Ballyhea, in Ballyhea on Monday, July 8, at 7.30 p.m. ; Rebel Óg North under-14 Hurling Championship - Killavullen V Buttevant, in Killavulllen on Wednesday, July 10, at 19.30.

All adult and juvenile fixtures are now on the new Killavullen GAA website, and are updated centrally, rather than by club members, so when Avondhu GAA or Rebel Óg update their own website, Killavullen's website picks up the revised fixture details automatically.

LOTTO - Numbers drawn were 6, 19 and 33. No jackpot winner. The lucky-dip winners were as follows: €50 Patsy O'Mahony - Seller John Angland. €30 Rose Maria Taylor - Seller Herself. €20 Chloe and Lucy Linehan - Seller Michael Linehan. The next draw will be in the Haven Bar and will be for €2,000.

CELTIC CHALLENGE - As people may be aware of by now, Brian Cotter and Darragh O'Grady from the Killavullen club were an integral part of the Cork North team that reached the final of the Celtic challenge, the Corn Michael Hogan, last Saturday. Though ultimately, coming up short on the day, against a very talented Galway Maroon selection, we in Killavullen are very proud of our local involvement with the team.

The Cork North Team was drawn in a group with Clare Saffrons, Kerry, Limerick Sarsfields and Cork Mid-West. The opening game in the campaign was against Cork Mid-West, played in Donoughmore where we (North Cork) were victorious on a score line of 1-17 to 1-14.

The second game in the group saw the visit of Clare Saffrons to Ballyhea, in another great game it was our ability to score goals which was the difference on the night winning 5-12 to 1-12.

Next up we made the trip to Tralee to play the only Kerry team entered in the competition. A great game saw both teams share the points on a score line of 3-20 to 2-23

The final game in the group saw us face Limerick Sarsfields, knowing a win would put us into the Division 1 of the all-Ireland series, the players again showed their threat in front of goals winning on a score line of 4-15 to 12 points. This win qualified us for an all-Ireland quarter final where we would face a very strong Tipperary Gold team. This was a cracking game of hurling played in Golden Co. Tipperary. The teams couldn't be separated in normal time and two periods of extra time were called, at the end of this our lads just came out on top on a score line of 5-15 to 1-25.

This set up an all Cork all-Ireland semi-final between ourselves and Cork East played in Ballinlough, again it was our ability to find the net and keep them out at the other end which was the difference between the two teams on the day and we won on a score line of 3-13 to 1-17.

Reaching the Division 1 final was a fantastic achievement for these local players and management and the support of the parish of Killavullen was greatly appreciated by the players. The club took the entire Killavullen minor team to Tullamore by bus, along with four mentors of the team, to support Darragh and Brian. A novelty pit stop was arranged on the way, with a game of 'Foot Golf' in Cashel, Co. Tipperary. It does not really matter what sport is played, as ace free taker on the team, Mikey O'Connor won out this novelity tournament as well, with a fine score of 63 kicks to get around the 18 holes.

However, in the Celtic challenge game itself, sport is cruel, and despite being ahead at half time, the Galway selection overpowered the North cork selection in the end, on a final score of Galway Maroons 4-24 as against 2-12 for North Cork.

Both Darragh and Brian can be immensely proud of the contribution in the final, and in the path to the final.

KILLAVULLEN V KILARA GAELS - The inside forwards of Jack Kearney and Michael Sheahan from Kilara Gaels possess blistering speed, and no little hurling ability and they were the architects in chief in the defeat of Killavullen in the minor hurling league final, played last night, July 1 in Ballyhooley. However, the Kilworth/Araglen combination have other strings to their bow as well, and overall are a fine team.

We opened the scoring with a Mikey O'Connor free, before our opponents equalised and then Colm Looney and a score from a very tight angle by Séamus O'Mahony pushed up ahead again. Kilara got a point from a free, before a long delivery into the square, bounced on the hard surface, and eluded everybody, and found its way to our net. Kilara tacked over another free and then a point from play, before Mikey got us back in the scoring groove again, with another pointed free. Kilara placed two further efforts over the bar to race into a 1-06 to 0-04 lead. Brian Cotter sent a booming free over the bar from an incredible distance but Kilara scored again to keep their noses in front. Killavullen though, staged a revival with a beautiful point from Liam Fox, followed by a Mark Nagle score, a converted 65 by Mikey O'Connor, and then a free from Mikey after Darragh O'Grady was upended. Kilara got another pointed free to restore their two point lead, but Liam Fox reduced that lead again but not before Kilara got the final point of a very even and fine half of hurling, 1-09 to 0-10 at the interval.

After the interval, Kilara were first to score, but then, we got a real life line when Killavullen scored a bizarre goal. A Mikey O'Connor free hit the post, and came down into the crowded goal mouth area, and appeared to strike Colm Looney on the helmet, but either way, it trickled over the line for a goal for us. Now, with scarcely eight minutes gone in the second half, the sides were level. Kilara got another score from a free, before Mikey did the same at the other end. Kilara though, were dominating the space in the middle of the field, and got two points from play before Mikey again, split the posts with another free. Kilara got two further points but Mikey again replied. Kilara got another point to bring their tally to 1-18 but Brian Cotter struck for another long range point to bring the deficit back to 1-14.

The decisive score of the second period was scored next by Kilara, and it was a real beauty, Jack Kearney took off on a mazy run, and his staggering pace drew him clear of his pursuers, and he finished with aplomb to the roof of the net. Mikey O'Connor replied with a free, Kilara scored another point, and Mikey had the last score of a very entertaining game to bring our tally to 1-16 but Kilara were full value for their win, over the hour as they possessed key assets throughout the nucleus of their team, and had those afore mentioned individuals, Kearney and Sheahan to do the scoring, and cause consternations.

CÚL CAMP - The annual Cúl Camp this year will take place between first to July 5 and is always a fun week in the pitch.