Saturday 7 December 2019

Around the districts: Killavullen

Killavullen driver James Deane behind the wheel of his Nissan S15 drift car
Killavullen driver James Deane behind the wheel of his Nissan S15 drift car

Killavullen: Santa Claus is coming to town - Christmas in Killavullen will begin this Sunday evening, December 1.

The plan is (weather permitting) that all will gather at the top of Ross Street to await the arrival of Santa, meeting up with family, friends and neighbours while singing along to the street music which will be playing. Once Santa has his reindeer tethered in a top secret undisclosed farm in the parish he will be ready to turn on the lights at approximately 545 p.m.

After the lights are lit, all are invited to Killavullen Community Centre where some festive treats will be available to one and all, have a cup of festive cheer and take some time to catch up with your friends and neighbours. Tickets will be on sale for a raffle for some wonderful hampers and spot prizes.

The children can have fun with Christmas art and crafts while waiting for their turn to take their photo with Santa. As Santa is extremely busy this time of year he will only have time for a very quick chat and photo with the children and to avoid disappointment listing off their orders he is bringing along a post box so all the children can post their own letters on the night and he will read them back at the North Pole, and he has guaranteed that they will all be duly noted.

Photos will be delivered to families in the lead up to Christmas.

The very popular Killavullen Christmas Decoration will be on sale on the night as a way of fundraising for the lights which needed updating. The decorations cost €3 or you can buy two for €5.

The Remembrance Ribbons will be available free of charge on the night and a Mass for those we miss, especially at Christmas will be held on December 28.

The Killavullen Christmas Committee would like to acknowledge and express their gratitude to all who work with them behind the scenes to make this night possible, to those who give up their time to put the lights up, allow us to plug in the lights to their homes, to those who help on the night in every single way. We would also like to thank the businesses and individuals who have offered donations to the event, without your sense of Community Spirit this night would not be possible. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.

Killavullen Community Council will hold a church gate collection at all Masses this weekend in aid of the senior citizen social which will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020. This collection, together with the annual table quiz is an important fundraiser for this much loved event and your support is appreciated.

Killavullen Cards

Winners for Sunday, November 17: First Josie o Driscoll and Christine McCormack. Second place was played off between Pat Dinan and Maureen O'Donovan, Eileen o Grady and Ann Drinan and Elizabeth O'Gorman with the winner's being Elizabeth and Ann. Best of last five went to Maura Murphy and Kathleen Ryan and the last game was won Anthony Kenneally and Timmy Buckley. Raffle winners on the night were Josie, Maureen and Anthony.

Winners for Sunday, November 24: First Ann Drinan and Eileen O'Grady second divided by John Stafford and Maureen Donovan, Jamsie Magner and Con O'Gorman. The last five winners were Maura Murphy and Sr. Kathleen. Raffle first Maureen Donovan second John Stafford third Billy Feore.

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. As Killavullen is being lit up this Sunday night coming cards will not be held till Sunday, December 8, church news.

Memorial Mass for Deceased Parishioners: Twenty-two funerals have been recorded in the parish's necrology (register of those who have died) since November 2018. Next Friday, November 29, a Mass will be held in St Nicholas' Church Killavullen at 730 p.m., following the proclamation of the Gospel, members of the Pastoral Council will read from the necrology and a candle for each person will be brought to the sanctuary. Those, who wish to include the photo of a deceased family member can place it on the baptismal font before Mass.

Children's Liturgy of the Word - will begin next Sunday, December 1, at the 11.30 a.m. Mass (First Sunday of Advent) and will take place at that Mass for the first three Sundays of each month. At the beginning of Mass children aged between 5 and nine (junior infants to Third Class) will be invited to join the two adult leaders in the Meeting Room, behind the gallery. They will hear the Mass readings explained in a child-friendly way and then re-join their families for the Our Father.

Farmers' Market

Killavullen Farmer's Market will be hosting a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 14, from 10.30 a.m. till 1 p.m. The annual Festive Evening Market which is incredibly atmospheric and well worth experiencing will be held on Saturday, December 21, from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m.

Coffee Morning

Thank you to all who supported the coffee morning in Killavullen Community Hall last Sunday the 24th. This event was being organised by three local boys (Seán Murphy, Seán Palmer and Michael Cagney) as part of their fundraising campaign for the Street Children of Kolkata (Hope Foundation). O'Regans shop is also selling Hot Chocolate and Reindeer food on behalf of the local lads. A great treat for Toy Show night which is on this Friday. Get yours early to avoid disappointment.

Art Club 2020 calendar

Killavullen Art Club have once again created a most beautiful 2020 calendar which features their work. This year the calendar is being sold in aid of the Nano Nagle Porch in Killavullen Church. Please contact Anne Hartnett or any member of the art club if you wish to buy one. An ideal Christmas gift and a good cause too.

Community Council Lotto

The lucky winners for the last week's have been Marie Lane in Griffin's Bar and in the Haven it was Tom Luddy. Thank you all for your support to this fundraiser.

Blackwater Carers

This group meets on a monthly basis at the Resource Centre in Fermoy (beside post office) for carers to support one another and learn about their entitlements. The next meeting will take place in December Contact Pádraig 087 2271153.

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:

CPR course

Last Saturday and Sunday were days that were a testament to all that was good about a small tight knit community like Killavullen. The village and environs was alive with people doing extra ordinary things for their community.

Seventy Six individuals did the CPR course. Killavullen GAA Club together with the Irish Heart Foundation organised the one hour free CPR training session in Killavullen community hall for Saturday, ran three different sessions at 9.30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Let us hope that all that training is never needed, but it was fantastic that for now, a lot more people know what to do, if they come across a person in distress.

The club is very grateful to Ann Kenny Ryan, from the Irish Heart foundation who delivered the course in a very organised, yet fun way, and brought a good deal of joviality to the proceedings.

Loads of kudos and praise must go to Helen Cagney, who was the chief organiser in our community.

Festive lights in the village

Also going on Saturday and again on Sunday was an army of volunteers who were putting up the festive lights in the village.

This group lead by Tommy Cremin, Nicky Roche, Paul Stafford, Paddy Looney, Mick Taylor, Alan Brennan and junior helpers, Charlie Cremin, Ella Looney, Seán Taylor and Ryan Roche braved the cold and damp days and hope to lift the spirits of the entire community when the lights are tuned on, which is scheduled for December 1 at 5.30 PM.

These new lights for 2019, crisscross the main street eight times, and every 50 metres, contain 70 bulbs, so the area will be festooned with a warm and pleasant glow hopefully.

Dave's 50th birthday

On Saturday night, Dave O'Donovan had reason to celebrate his 50th birthday, and he was joined in the Haven bar by his daughter Jessica celebrating her 30th birthday, making it a special occasion. Dave is a huge motorcycle fan, and the motor sport theme was also evident in the other bar in the village.

James Deane celebrates

James Deane was celebrating his third world drifting championship win, in Magners Bar where the Monster World Championship cup was on display.

His fantastic car, a Nissan S15 drift car which produces around 1,000bhp from its turbo 2JZ engine and a healthy dose of Nitrous Oxide =97 so it makes short work of destroying a set of Falken RT615K+ tyres was on display in the car park.

James, this season, claimed six top-three finishes, including victory in St Louis, Missouri, and culminated in a series win in Irwindale Speedway in California.

The Worthouse Drift Team driver returned for the 2019 season, which would prove to be Deane's toughest Formula D season since his return to the series in 2017. On October 19 Deane was crowned 2019 Formula Drift Champion for the third year in a row, making him the first driver in the sport's history to pull off this feat. Deane is now tied with Chris Forsberg for most Formula Drift championship titles.

Deane's victory follows the successful defence of his Drift Masters European Championship title that he's now won seven times. He also became the 2019 Oman Oil International Drift Champion back in March.

GAA celebration

Also in Magners bar on the night was the culmination of the GAA coaches 2019 sessions, and they had a much needed night out to celebrate. Killavullen GAA juvenile group have 44 qualified coaches at the moment, displaying the huge work going into the juvenile club at present.

Coffee morning

On Sunday, there was a coffee morning and cake sale in aid of local youngsters, Seán Murphy, Seán Palmer and Michael Cagney, who will partake in the HOPE Overseas Volunteer Programme and where they will be working to change the lives of the poorest street and slum children in Kolkata (Calcutta).

This will be a reality shock about what to expect in a culture that will be very different to their own in Killavullen but this initiative is a major fundraiser for the HOPE foundation, as each person has to contribute a set amount of money, and organise their own travel arrangements, including: Flight, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations and Visa (with assistance from HOPE)

Led by teachers, volunteers and HOPE staff, Transition Year and fifth year students travel to Kolkata for one week for a cultural and educational tour of Kolkata and the HOPE projects.

To participate, students fundraise a substantial, yet achievable sum, which will be donated to the HOPE Projects. In Kolkata, students witness how their local fundraising efforts are helping to contribute to global change.

A week-long programme is prepared for students, who spend time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects, and immersing themselves in Indian culture.

Supported throughout their time in India, students are introduced to the realities of poverty, street children and the joy of HOPE.

The coffee and cake sale on Sunday was very well supported, and was aided by the sale of the History of Monanimy booklet, that was put together expertly by Fiachra Ó Suilleabháin.

We wish the lads well in their fundraising and travels, and will be seeking further updates of the progress of the group in time.

GAA news

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES - under-21 Division 2 Cork County Hurling Final - Provisionally fixed for December 7, but subject to change.

LOTTO - Numbers drawn - 3, 13 and 18 - One Winner, John O'Connell, Annakissa, who is a weekly lotto player with John Magner. Congratulations to John on his nice tidy winning sum of €1,300. The lucky-dip winners were as follows: €50 John Hartnett - Seller Mary Mellerick; €30 Kate O'Connor - Seller Eileen O'Gorman; €20 Liam Carroll - Seller Michael Linehan. The next draw will be in the Magners Bar, on Tuesday night, the 16th, and will be for €1,000.

CLUB MERCHANDISING COMPETITION - Killavullen GAA Club to highlight their new website and to increase awareness of our club is continuing to run its club merchandising competition.

The club seeks photographs of Killavullen merchandise or persons wearing Killavullen GAA apparel in front of a recognisable land mark or statue, anywhere around the world. All entries to be sent to;

MOURNE ABBEY WINS ANOTHER ALL IRELAND - Congratulations to Mourne Abbey ladies' team, when they won the all-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football crown last weekend against Kilkerrin/Clonbernen from county Galway. The game was played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

This is a remarkable achievement for a very talented and committed bunch of players to win out the all-Ireland for the second year in a row. Mourne Abbey are captained by our very own Brid O'Sullivan, and also features Kathryn Coakley in the normal starting 15. Also in the panel are Rebecca Larkin and Ava Lankford.

It was a brilliant game of football, with Mourne Abbey snatching victory, right at the end, with a great point from Laura Fitzgerald.

COLLECTION OF REBEL ÓG MEDALS - Killavullen GAA Juvenile group had a very good reason to travel to Mallow last Thursday night when they were presented with their group medals for their successes in 2019 by Rebel Óg officials.

In 2019, Killavullen have won; Cork County Minor Division 2 Hurling Championship. Rebel Óg North - Minor Football championship - Division 2. Rebel Óg North - under-16 Division 2 Hurling Championship. Rebel Óg North - under-16 Division 2 Hurling League Champions. Rebel Óg North - under-14 Division 2 Football Plate Winners. Rebel Óg North two - under-14 Division 2 Football League.