Thursday 14 November 2019

Around the districts: Killavullen

The Killavullen team who are the Cork County Hurling Division 2 champions 2019, after defeating Kilara Og on Sunday last
The Killavullen team who are the Cork County Hurling Division 2 champions 2019, after defeating Kilara Og on Sunday last

Killavullen: James Deane - It was with huge delight the word spread around Killavullen in the early hours of Sunday morning that local man James Deane claimed the unique title of being hailed and crowned Formula Drift World Champion for the third time in a row, an honour which has not be held by any other person in the Drifting World.

Representing Worthouse and Falken a championship isn't won in a single race meeting, it is the culmination of a season of drifting which James has mastered yet again this year.

We look forward to the return of the World Champion and getting the chance to see the magnificent trophy 'one more time'. Congratulations, James.

Dates for your diary

The Community Council will be holding the annual table quiz in aid of the much loved senior citizen social on Friday Night, November 15, in the Haven Bar. This is our main fundraiser for the night and is traditionally a night of high jinks mixed with the competitive edge. Save the date and get your team together.

Killavullen Christmas Lights will be turned on Sunday, December 1, This is traditionally a wonderfully atmospheric evening with a few surprises along the way. Keep the date free and kick off the Festive Month with family, neighbours and friends.

Cloyne Diocese Pioneer Association

an open meeting will be held in Castletownroche Hall on Tuesday, October 29, at 3 p.m.

ISPCC Childline

A coffee and cake morning will take place on Saturday, October 26, from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Notter Home, Monanimy Lower. There will be a raffle with many great prizes, including a night away in Dublin.

Nano Nagle birthplace

Wednesday, November 6, Afternoon Tea- booked prepaid event for adults. Gather your Afternoon Tea Party Group and book your place at the table. €25 per person.

Saturday, November 9, Meditation in Movement - Sacred Circle Dance with Mary Hoare pbvm 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration 9.30 a.m. €20 incl. tea or coffee; No previous dance experience required. Comfortable clothing and shoes. Booking essential.

Saturday, November 23, 'Awakening to our Children's Future', Workshop led by Environmentalist Lorna Gold. As an activist and as a mother Lorna has come to understand what climate change means for our world and for our children's future. Lorna is an organiser with #Fridays

ForFuture - the global protest movement highlighting the urgent need for action on climate change. She is also a member of the Irish Government's advisory group on the national climate dialogue. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration 9.30 a.m. €65 incl. morning coffee/tea and a light lunch. Booking essential.

To make a booking phone 022 26411; email

Young Christian workers

Congratulations to Leah McCarthy on being presented the Papal Cross Award at a ceremony in Mallow last Thursday. The award is given to a person who has taken an original initiative in support of the church, as Leah did in with beginning YCW and producing the concert 'Anthems from Annakisha'. Full time students who have completed the Junior Certificate can enrol for the John Paul II Award (Bronze, Silver or Gold levels, depending on the amount of service), and play a role in assisting the church and the community. A meeting will take place in the parish office next Saturday, October 26, at 11 a.m. All young adults welcome. Forms are available from the sacristy to enrol for the John Paul II Award.

Card results

Cards October 20. First Ann Drinan and Eileen O'Grady. Second shared Con O'Gorman and John Stafford and Elizabeth O'Gorman and Ann Hanrahan. Best of last five Anthony Kenneally and Timmy Buckley. Last game Margaret O'Connor and Maureen O'Donovan. Raffle winners Margaret McSweeney, Josie O'Driscoll and Ann Drinan.

Cards start at 8 p.m. every Sunday evening in Killavullen Community Centre, all are welcome and you do not need a partner to participate. It is only €5 to play and a great way to pass a winter's evening in pleasant company.

Community Council Lotto

The lucky winners for the last week's have been Patsy O'Callaghan in Griffin's Bar and in the Haven it was Brendan Canavan. Thank you all for your support to this fundraiser.

Clubs and organisations

If you run or host a club in the parish and wish to promote your events or meetings please email

There are two very informative websites now active in our parish and worth checking out on a regular basis:

GAA Club news

COUNTY SUCCESS FOR MINOR HURLING TEAM - Killavullen avenged a significant losing margin in the Rebel Óg league and a slender one point loss in the Rebel Óg North decider to blitz Kilara Óg in the Cork County Division 2 Hurling championship final, in the game that was played in Castletownroche, on Sunday.

In front of a huge attendance, Killavullen played outstanding hurling in the second half to win by six points and turn form from previous encounters upside down.

Kilara were first to score in the fourth minute from a free and scored a great goal in the very same minute from their talented corner forward. It looked ominous for Killavullen when Kilara scored another point from a conceded 65 metre free in the sixth minute to leave us trailing 1-02 to no score at that stage.

We needed a response, and when a shot from Jamie Magner was half blocked down, and did not reach the goals area, Colm Looney pounced and fired a ground shot to the back of the hit to register our opening score and it was a significant one. Kilara hit back with a pointed free in the eighth minute but Mikey O'Connor replied with a converted free for us in the next minute.

Kilara scored another 65 metre free in the 12th minute and while no team scored for over 10 minutes, this was a crucial period for Killavullen to repel the Kilara challenge and them playing with the aid of a considerable wind. In this period, our back line was good and tight and Brian Cotter was immense. He ran across the half back line on several occasions, and picked up a spate of loose ball. Mikey scored a converted free for us in the 22nd minute after Jamie had been fouled. Kilara replied in the 27th minute with another free to bring their tally in this half to 1-05 but again, we answered that score with another pointed free of our own in the 29th minute after Darragh had been fouled.

We reduced the deficit to a single point in the 30th minute after Jamie was fouled again, and Mikey made no mistake with the dead ball. Right before the interval short whistle sounded, we gained parity in the game, when a relieving clearance from Brian Cotter was superbly gathered by Mark Nagle, who turned inside his man, and split the posts to leave both teams on the same score at 1-05 a piece at the break.

At half time, the very sizeable crowd was enthralled to see the skills and endeavours of the under-nines and under-10s from both sides play two mini matches on the pitch, and the future is looking very bright for both clubs when Killavullen can muster 26 talented players, and copious amounts of enthusiastic helpers with this age group. Kilara must have equal numbers.

At the restart of the game itself, Kilara scored a converted free in the first minute to regain the lead but Darragh O'Grady equalised for us with a lovely point in the fourth minute. We took a significant step towards the title when Darragh, after receiving a ball from Chris O'Callaghan sent his shot goal wards. Jamie Magner, belied his size and age (15), and caught it from the sky, and buried it to the net to give us a three point lead. Jamie received a hefty challenge for his endeavours that earned a caution for the Kilara player from the referee, Michael Sheehan, who was really on top of his brief, on the day. From the resultant puck out, Noah Butler, who worked tirelessly and in an unselfish manner for the team gathered the ball, ran at the defence, and dispatched it over the bar to open up a significant lead in a tight game.

The next few minutes were crucial but Killavullen came coming up with the ball, with Michael Cagney and Liam Fox exceptional in this half. They worked so very hard to limit Kilara to few chances and Mikey punished another free conceded against Jamie in the 12th minute. Colm Looney gathered a high centre from Mark, who was tormenting his man to score another point, and the same player was desperately unlucky that his improvised one handed strike when crowded up, flashed narrowly wide. Kilara tried valiantly to get into the game, but could only get white flags from frees in the 14th and 16th minutes. That brought their tally to 1-08 at this stage, as against 2-09 for us.

Ronan Barry and Fionn Magner and the other backs repelled any Kilara forward efforts and one clearance found Liam Fox out on his wings, who centred to Michael Cagney, who then pointed from distance. Mark Nagle gathered another clearance, and evaded his tight marker to put our scoring tally to 2-11 by the 18th minute. Mikey fired us further head after he was fouled himself in the 22nd minute, and Noah capped a brilliant display, a display when he ran his legs off, with another point in the 25th minute, this time after Liam had again unselfishly set him up. Kilara stayed in touch with a goal that was scrambled over the line when it should have been kicked clear but Mikey got another score for us in the 30th minute. Jamie scored a mesmerising point in the 31st minute but Kilara kept fighting right to the end, and got two further points from frees to bring their tally to 2-10.

We were out of sight at this stage though with our tally of 2-16 to win in a comprehensive manner. Afterwards the cup of joy, last won by Killavullen in 1994, was presented to a slightly bemused but gracious captain in Mickey O'Connor. From a team that did not win a lot underage to county champions at minor level, it just gives everyone in the club a necessary flippant to push on, and do more.

David Brosnan, Kevin O'Regan, Kevin Rice and Finny Magner deserves the accolades as coaches to this fine team, whose discipline and mind set on the day was brilliant. Castletownroche was in splendid condition as always and the referee dealt very competently with the game, in front of him, he was firm, and clear which was necessary for two teams who have met each other a lot, before 2019 and in 2019.

It was a pity that the Kilara captain, Brian Casey could only be introduced as a substitute due to injury, and then with a heavily strapped leg, only to be withdrawn again before the final whistle. We wish him well in his recovery.

In a link to the 1994 team, Tom Lane, Killavullen under-nine team manager and instrumental in the refereeing of the mini game at half time, played in the 1994 county final against Milstreet.

Incidentally, this was Killavullen's 14th final in 2019 and we are not finished up yet for what is proving to be a stellar year in the club.

JUVENILE BLITZ WRAP UP - Killavullen under-eights entered two teams for the final hurling blitz last Saturday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The players contested well against teams from Bride Rovers, Lisgoold, Killeagh and Na Piarsaigh. A big thanks to the players and their parents for their commitment during the year and achieving a very high attendance at training and blitzes. Looking forward to kicking off again in the new year'.

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - Rebel Óg Minor Football County final - Division 2 - Killavullen V Kiltha Óg in a venue and time to be decided on Friday, October 25, All adult and juvenile fixtures are now on the new Killavullen GAA website

LOTTO - Numbers drawn were 6, 8 and 12 - No Winner. The lucky-dip winners were as follows: €50 Brian Magner - Seller Mary Mellerick ; €30 Joe Tylor Snr - Seller Joe Taylor; €20 Ciaran Nagle - Seller O'Regan's shop. The next draw will be in Hannah Griffin's and will be for €3,600.