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Around the Districts: Killavullen and Mourneabbey


The Avondhu team of 1996 that was introduced to the crowd at half time last Sunday in the Cork County Senior Hurling Final in front of a very large crowd.

The Avondhu team of 1996 that was introduced to the crowd at half time last Sunday in the Cork County Senior Hurling Final in front of a very large crowd.

Michael Daly, Kiskeam, Pat Bradley, Kiskeam, Ned O' Keeffe, Mitchelstown, Dermot Casey, Mallow and the Holmes family from Bweeng were at the 64th Seán Moylan commemoration in Kiskeam.

Michael Daly, Kiskeam, Pat Bradley, Kiskeam, Ned O' Keeffe, Mitchelstown, Dermot Casey, Mallow and the Holmes family from Bweeng were at the 64th Seán Moylan commemoration in Kiskeam.


The Avondhu team of 1996 that was introduced to the crowd at half time last Sunday in the Cork County Senior Hurling Final in front of a very large crowd.



Christmas lights are going up

The mild weather last Saturday was ideal for the determined volunteers who started to put up the Christmas lights along the street in Killavullen. Donning their hi-vis jackets and a sense of humour and community spirit the lights were hung. However, it does not stop there.

Santa Claus is coming to town

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The man in the red suit has picked Killavullen as one of his green light destinations for Christmas 2021. It is going to be a little different this year, but once you put on your festive hat and fill your heart with the spirit of Christmas, it promises to be a lovely start to end of an epic year. The message is to save the date, air your Christmas Jumper, decorate your car and join the Santa parade.

THE PLAN: on Saturday, December 4, Santa will drive through Killavullen and switch on the lights which have been a most enjoyed vision in our village over the last number of years. Respecting all Covid Guidelines families are asked to follow Santa on a short magical trail in their cars (the route is to be finalised shortly) Santa has kindly gifted us his time and will stop along the route and wait for each car to pass him by. Cars will have the chance to drive by, stop, and have a quick word with him from the window and then head home again, via the village once again to see Killavullen lit up. Along the way you can also post your Christmas letter and your unique Killavullen magical reply will be with you before Christmas. It is up to each car to make the make the experience more magical for yourselves and your family. Wrap up in blankets, bring travel mugs of hot chocolate, crank up the wireless and sing Christmas songs, decorate your car.

The small print: This event is not just for families with children. We extend a warm welcome toeverybody, particularly this year when Santa knows we have all done our very best to stay apart. He will have a minute to spare for all. Remember, you are never too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve, there is no expiry age for the magic of Santa. With this in mind, an extra special invitation is being extended to all those who have been isolating and cocooning, please feel free to join in the car parade. It would in fact bring much joy to the organisers this year to see you come along. It will be safe. All those attending are requested to stay in their cars at all times before, during and after the Santa Trail, for the health and safety of one and all. To book in your car please contact our car valet elf, Marie at 086 8071807 and if you will have children as passengers it would be great to let the elves know how many will be in attendance. Please note booking in your car does not reserve your place in any numerical order in the drive by. It will be a queue system so your patience will be appreciated. We don’t want anybody going on the naughty list because they are.

pouting. There will be a raffle of all the cars booked in and one lucky car will be selected to be the very first car to have the drive by visit.

Fundraising for lights

This year is another one which will undoubtedly go down in history, possibly even knocking Rudolph off his pedestal. Bringing Santa to Killavullen, lighting up the streets, bringing the magic home to our village does incur a cost and we depend on the generosity of all to help make sure we can do it year after year. This year we are making a big appeal to you all for your support.

We will have donation buckets on the evening and all contributions would be appreciated. Any person, family, organisation or business who would like to contribute in any way can contact any of the committee members named above. Already we have been overwhelmed by individuals and groups who have made contact regarding a donation. Your support is appreciated, especially this year when as face our biggest challenge to date to light up the village. It is great to see that a pandemic cannot stop the community spirit in our little community.

Buy Local, Think Green

It’s a good idea to be mindful of our local businesses as we face another lockdown and the prospect of Christmas shopping. If we all could try to keep our spending more locally it could help make the next few weeks less worrisome for the people who own and work such places. Remember these are often the businesses who we turn to for spot prizes and vouchers for our local events. It is time to express our gratitude by our support.

Farmer’s Market

Killavullen Farmer’s Market will take place every second Saturday as it is deemed an essential service. Social distance guidelines are taking place at every market and all attending are being compliant and adhering to all safety measures which makes the market a wonderful and safe place to be. The stallholders are looking forward to seeing you all at their next market.

Nano Nagle Porch

Last Sunday a rededication of the Nano Nagle Porch took place, in the presence of the Presentation Sisters. November 21 (the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is associated with the Presentation Congregation.

Gratitude is extended to Killavullen Art Group for donating the tiling of the porch. In making the new floor, the ceramic hallway tiles that were popular in the Victorian Era, when Killavullen Church was built.

The design features the Jerusalem Cross. It is associated with the kingdom of Jerusalem which was founded in the crusades of the thirteenth century. The symbolism of the five crosses has been interpreted as representing: =95 the five wounds of Christ crucified (his hands, feet and side). =95 Christ with the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. =95 the four corners of the world, to which Jesus sent his disciples Three centuries ago, Nano Nagle took the Word of God to heart as she grew up in this parish. She accepted the self-sacrifices involved in following Christ with a generous and noble heart. The Presentation Sisters have continued her example to this day and share the Good News to the furthest reaches of the earth.

GAA club notes

Introduction on the Avondhu Team of 1996 – The Avondhu team of 1996 was introduced to the crowd at half time last Sunday in the Cork County Senior Hurling Final in front of a very large crowd of officially 13 thousand, but that was stretched considerably when you consider that under-16s had free entry into the game.

Those players that last brought back the Seán Óg Murphy cup to the Avondhu Divisional team were treated to a meal, a seat in the Premier level on the day, and some drink vouchers. They had their families, friends and club mates with them, and it was a fine occasion.

Throw in an enthralling Premier Senior Final of this year, that Midleton won out in, and a very competitive Senior A final, between Kanturk and Fr O’Neill’s and you had the makings of a great day viewing. It certainly was a full program.

The Na Piarsaigh team from 1995 was similarly introduced to the crowd, deprived of the occasion by the Covid Pandemic of 2020 Boxer Steve Collins with his World Boxing Belt Cork under-17 all-Ireland Winning Team, paraded around the pitch Ditto for the winning under-20 all-Ireland Winning Team

The Seán Óg Murphy Cup commemorates John Francis ‘Seán Óg’ Murphy, who was born in Merchant Street in Cork in 1892. He was a renowned full back, who won three all-Ireland medals with Cork, and Six Munster medals. Murphy also captained the team to all-Ireland victory in 1926 and 1928.

Murphy represented the Munster inter-provincial team at various times throughout his career, winning two Railway Cup medals in 1928 and 1928. At club level he won five championship medals with Blackrock, after beginning his career with St Vincent’s. He played football with the now defunct Nils Club, winning junior titles in 1913 and 1914, and played senior football with this club the club stepped up to senior level after the latter win, with Murphy winning further titles in 1915,1917 (as captain), 1924 and 1925.

After playing his final game in 1929, he was a selector with Cork, being involved with six all-Ireland winning teams. He was very involved in the administration of GAA affairs in Cork, and was county secretary for close on 30 years. He was succeeded in the role of secretary of Cork GAA affairs by Pádraig O’Caoimh, after which Pairc Ui Chaoimh is named.

Lotto – There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last Tuesday night, when the numbers drawn, were 7, 15, and 27. The jackpot on the night was, at €3,300. The next jackpot, will be drawn on November 23 will be for €3,400 the winners of the lucky dips on last Tuesday night were as follows: €50 – John O’Flynn, Ross Street (seller John Magner); – €30 – Jamie Hickey (seller Mary Deady); €20 – Dara, Conor and Ava O’Neill (seller Mary Mellerick). Tickets can be purchased from any committee member or from our website – Thank you for your anticipated and ongoing support.

Forthcoming Fixtures – Killavullen play Charleville in under-21 B Football championship, next Saturday, the 27th at 15.00 AM in Buttevant. Check our website for details, as fixtures cane be quite fluid at the moment.

County Finals Wins for fellow Avondhu Teams – Killavullen GAA Club congratulate Ballygiblin for the epic win in the County Junior A Hurling final, where they played against Dromtariffe. In typical Ballygiblin form, they were behind for most of the game, but finished very strongly. Similarly, we wish Mallow the best after they are back in another Cork GAA County final in football, in the Senior A Football decider after their impressive semi-final win against Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh. Mallow will play against St Michael’s in the final, next Sunday.

Exercise for Over-60s

The exercise classes that the GAA Club organised in the community hall, and were scheduled to cease will now continue due to popular demand. These classes occur every Monday at 10.00 AM, and please contact John Morrissey at 083 1053666 for any further details.


Clyda Rovers GAA

Under-21 Footballers kick off with a win  – Well done to our under-21 footballers who had a great win versus last year’s champions Buttevant in the under-21 championship in Glantane last weekend. We won this on a score line of 1-21 to 0-4 and our goal was scored by Kevin Graham.

All-Ireland Medal comes to MourneAbbey – Well done to Ben Nyhan, who received his all-Ireland medal last weekend. It’s a great achievement, and you did fabulous job in a representing Clyda Rovers with Cork.

Lotto – Results 19-Nov-21 jackpot €8,500 numbers 1-6-11-15. No Winner. Lucky Dips €30 Dave O’Sullivan c/o Donie Mull €20 Lucy and Andrew O’Sullivan, Kilquane €10 Noel O’Halloran, Mallow €10 Darragh Lawlee, Castlebarrett €10 Mairead and Muirrean Quinlan, Fiddane.

Well Done to the ladies – Well done to our ladies who had a great win versus the Banner from Clare last weekend in the Munster championship.