Sunday 19 January 2020

Around the districts: Killavullen

Winners of the Killavullen GAA Club poc fada competition: Liam Fox, Eddie Cotter and Padraig Looney
Winners of the Killavullen GAA Club poc fada competition: Liam Fox, Eddie Cotter and Padraig Looney

Killavullen: Happy New Year - Happy New Year to all who live in and have connections to Killavullen Parish. We wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.

Senior citizen party

The Killavullen senior citizen Party will be held this coming Friday at 8 p.m. in Killavullen Community Centre. As always a great night is assured with a lovely meal being served to the esteemed members of our community. Our thanks goes to all who support this cause during the year by contributing to our church gate collection and to those who participate in our table quiz held each November.

Christmas Lights

Killavullen Christmas Lights will be coming down over the coming days and we would ask you all to drive with caution through the village and obey the stewards as they are working. There is huge credit to be given to the team for organising this task and for giving up their time to light up the village. We also would like to express our gratitude to the home owners who allow us to plug the lights in. Community Spirit in action.

Community Council Lotto

The lucky winners for the last week's have been Rosie Daly, Theresa Meaney and Sarah Aherne in Skanakilla and in the Haven Fergal Larkin won two weeks in a row, followed by Rita Broderick. Thank you all for your support to this fundraiser and to those who organise it on a weekly basis.

Card results

Killavullen Card results for January 5. First and Second prize was divided by Liz o'Gorman and Ann Hanrahan and Patsy O'Gorman and Josie O'Driscoll. The winners of the best of the last five were.

John Stafford and Seán Curtin. The last game was won by Anthony Kenneally and Tim Buckley. Raffle winners on the night were first Denis Cronin second Liz O'Gorman third Seán Curtin. 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.

Church rotas

New Rotas for Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist will be introduced from February. Please consider these or other opportunities (e.g., as choir-member, usher, cleaner, floral decorator) for serving your Christian community. The registration forms at church entrances can be completed and returned to volunteer for a role in the parish.

Killavullen Pioneers

A meeting of the local association will take place at the Nano Nagle Centre on Tuesday, January 14, at 8 p.m.

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 notes

DRAMATIC PUC FÁDA ENDS IN A SHOOT-OUT - Twenty five teams took part in our third instalment of the St Stephen's Day Puck Fáda competition held down the Bridgetown road and concluded in a dramatic shoot out, to settle for first prize.

The course is a very daunting one, which this year, we started from Seán Sheedy's piers, below O'Connell's sheds. The course was wet after heavy overnight rain, so the sliotar stopped instantly if he hit a roadside puddle. After starting and the teams loosening out, the first major challenge was getting round the bends at Clifford House. You could be brave and try to loft the bends, or play safe around them. Next, try crossing across the old Mallow to Fermoy railway line, without putting the sliotar into the field like Séamus Fox did, and this, his home area.

If you manage to get a good lie, you have a decent chance of getting the sliotar as far as John Notter's with your next shot and Jamie Manger did just that. We paused at Niall and Denise Hanrahan's for refreshments, tea and coffee's and a touch of alcohol if you so desired, and that gave the proud Tipperary man, that is Niall time to tell us all again about the great Séamus Callahan and Tipp's great year. Also gave us time to look at what Santa bought for Daithi Murphy, a rebounder contraption, which must have tested the patience of Santa to get that, down the chimney. Meant to aid your responses to a sliotar pucked left or right against it, I am told but will have to see in another day in action. As the sliotar ran along the road, Gary Lane gathered a group of his friends together, and posed for a photo of them all together, to point out to their friend, Alex Notter of what he was missing, while his is over in Queenstown in New Zealand.

From Hanrahan's, pausing to say hello to Jim O'Kelly, then past Bartley's, and up to the cross at Top Shop, the deep puddles here made it more daunting than here to now. Jack O'Regan dissected the cross, Kevin Fox went over the cottage, and got a magical bounce on the road. Cian Lankford put the ball in the entrance of Julia Sheahan's. Turning now, down past Dorgan's, how Declan in Abu Dhabi would love to be taking part, but his brother Liam, did him proud. The crowd pushed on toward Monaimy castle, and Willie Fox here got an almighty shot that ran with the gradients of the road, half way down the hill. Alas some scuppered their chances with cruel bounces of Fiachra's entrance wall. As the sliotars trundled down the steep Monaimy hill, Tommy Cremin at the bottom, stopped the sliotars running into the Tiddane River. Further care had to be taken now, as we were on a busier road, but all oncoming cars passed without incident and only good will. John Stafford in his van and hazard warning lights flashing made sure no car ever came up on the groups on the road in an unsuspecting way.

To circumnavigate the Blackwater bridge and its awkward entrance and exit takes a lot of science, do you lay up, and simply work out the angles like Eddie Cotter did, and then ricochet the sliotar off the walls of the bridge twice, on entry and exit to nearly make it to the finish line with an audacious shot, one that brought his team right into contention.

To the finish line, and Rory Lankford checking each of the score cards. There was no doubt about the juvenile winners, as Owen Magner, Eoin O'Hanlon and their friend Declan Copps from Mallow were well ahead of the others, but bizarrely, there was a four way tie for the adult competition. Rory checked again, and he is good at that stuff as an accountant, and so, we ended up with a puck off.

Tommy Cremin took the four captains of the teams across the bridge again, into Nicky's field, put down his jacket as a marker, and then, they had to cross the Blackwater again, to land the ball in the sand based training area where all the crowd was now looking on from.

Tommy had it judged to perfection, Mick Cronin got across the river, but only just to lay down the marker. Podge Cronin was short with his effort which landed in the raging torrents of the River, so we can get that sliotar back when it is washed up on Willie Fox's inch field. Tadgh Moakley was also short, which was a travesty for his young team. Last up was Eddie Cotter, the new Christmas jacket came off, and he opened up his shoulders, and beat Mick's shot buy some 10 - 12 feet to win.

Results: First - Eddie Cotter, Liam Fox and Pádraig Looney. Second - The Cronin brothers - Michael, Pa and Liam. Joint third Tadgh Moakley, Ronan Barry and Seán Bartley. Joint third Pádraig Cronin, Mikey O'Connor and Colm Looney. Juvenile: first - Owen Magner, Eoin O'Hanlon and Declan Copps.

Sincere thanks to all that organised the event, took part, helped out and adjudicated at the event.

JUVENILE TABLE QUIZ RESULTS - The juvenile table quiz in Magners bar, was held on Saturday, December 28, at 9.30 PM. 19 tables were present, and the questions posed by Niall Hanrahan were deemed by all to be tough, but fair. The winning team was captained by John Beechinor.

VICTORY SOCIAL - After an extremely fruitful 2019, in which Killavullen GAA Club made significant progress, in both junior codes, advancing to the semi-final of both, and also the club is tremendously proud of, that in 2019, Killavullen Juveniles 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 Champion; Rebel Óg North - under-14 Division 2 Football Plate Winners; Rebel Óg North two - under-14 Division 2 Football League.

Winning the Avondhu Division under-21 title against Clyda Rovers was the significant achievement in the adult ranks. This was our first under-21 Divisional success since 2006 when we won a grade lower, and all the way back to 1995 for us to have won the under-21 B Grade Divisional championship.

To celebrate all those successes, and to present the medals to the players, the club have organised a victory social in the Hibernian Hotel on January 25. If you intend to be present on the night, and we sincerely hope that all parents and players attend, please book your tickets from any of the team managers or club committee members.

BACK TRAINING AND RESUMPTION OF GAELIC GAMES - The Avondhu football leagues are due to resume this year on the weekend starting February 7. Killavullen will be playing in Division 1 football this year, but will also enter team in Division 3. It is intended to start the under-21 Football championship, on February 1. The minor football leagues are scheduled to start on February 16.

As the weather at this time of the year can play havoc with fixtures, it is always wise to consult with our website, closer to the date for confirmation. Visit

MEMBERSHIP 2020 - Membership for all aspects of the club is now due for 2020, and the club would be gracious if persons will pay the appropriate fee to any committee member, or make arrangement to pay directly, to the club treasurer Seán Turner at 086 6015779membership officer John O'Donovan, at 086 3934232.

Juvenile membership is collected through the juvenile registration process, which is scheduled for Tuesday, the seventh in the community centre and the players pay their membership to the team managers.

For the general public, the rates for 2020 are as follows: Full Adult membership - Working - €50. Student/OAP - €30.

In order to entice more members for 2020, the club has purchased two Premium level tickets for Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Pay before March 2 to avail of chance to use club Premium Tickets for games in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Paid up members will be entered in a draw for free tickets to league and championship games in this venue.

A person must send an email to before 1.00 PM on each Friday, preceding a game to be eligible.