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Around the districts: Killavullen, Killavullen GAA

Killavullen: With the good news that restrictions have been lifted a little bit and more of us can now move further from our homes it is worth reminding ourselves to wear hi-vis vests when out and about exercising. Please take home your waste with you and leave nothing but your footprints in our lovely part of the world.

Meals on wheels

Mallow Meals on Wheels can provide a hot meal with either soup or a dessert Monday to Saturday for €5 per day to anybody in our Parish who may wish to continue to avail of this service or for new people who may wish to get a hot meal delivered daily. A cooled meal can also be delivered on Saturday which can be put straight into the fridge to be heated up on Sunday. During this pandemic the meals will be delivered to Killavullen and our Willing Hands Group are only too happy to help deliver them to those who have signed up. All our volunteers are discreet and do not want people to let pride get in the way of this amazing service. Please pass this information onto those you have contact with who may benefit from it. If you would like more information please contact Sheila at 085 2414879.

Feeling unwell

What to Do If You Are Feeling Unwell during Covid-19: if you are having symptoms of illness or health concerns it is as important as ever to make sure you look after your health. Please ring your GP surgery and you will be advised on what to do. There is a concern that people are not attending GP's as they are worried about contracting Covid 19. The best thing to do is ring your surgery and you will be looked after in the safest way.


Fundraiser by local man John Morrissey: The people of Ireland are currently going to great lengths to protect each other, so we are running the length of Ireland in aid of those on the frontline. We will run the relay continuously day and night for 50-55hrs to complete the 486km run which is the length of Ireland. We are looking for volunteers to join us. Each person who signs up gets a 30min slot to complete as many kms as possible. You can do as many 30 min slots as you want. Please specify a day or night as a preference and tell us what time slot would suit you best. Relay starts Friday 15th May, 8am and finishes Sunday 17th May at 8pm. This is a continuous relay so we will be running day and night within the 2km radius as per covid-19 guidelines. You need to post your map and distance to the event page as you go so we can tally the km's at the end. All funds raised will go directly to the frontline, local distributor will be announced shortly. Please PM myself or or text 083 1053 666 if you would like to take part. If you would like to support us please feel free to sponsor us below.

history of Monanimy

A history of Monanimy by Fiachra Ó Súilleabháin can now be downloaded. It is an interesting document telling the history and stories of The Loop Walk. There is a link to it on the Killavullen Facebook page and is worth reading. This would also be a lovely piece of reading to print off and give to those in the Community who may not have access to online reading. If you would like a copy of it please ask those who are checking in on you, or ask the helping hands group.


In Killavullen 2 groups have been set up in response to cocooning and self-isolation requests by the government. One group is a telephone group. A group of willing volunteers have offered to ring locals as they isolate and cocoon. They will be a friendly voice in the day to break up the monotony and the loneliness than can sometimes occur. This group will also ask if anything is needed or required, shopping, prescriptions, milk, newspapers, stamps etc. They will then pass this information onto the second group.

The second group is a WILLING HANDS GROUP. This group is one which is made up of people will get what is needed and are willing to deliver the items to those cocooning or isolating.

If you are cocooning or isolating and this service would be of benefit to you please contact Gillian Forde at 086/3845655 to be included and tell your friends. If you have a relative or neighbour who you think would benefit please let them know. To make this service work we need to have contact numbers from those cocooning or isolating.

An Garda Siochana in our districts of Fermoy and Mallow have dedicated Gardai whose priority will be looking after the needs of those who are most vulnerable. If you or someone you know is vulnerable due to their age, health or ability please contact the Gardai and they will assist in any way they can. It may be to deliver a prescription or something requiring attention in your home, they will not be able to assist with giving drives to people.

Fermoy Garda Station 025/82100

Mitchelstown 025/84833

Mallow 022/31450

Cork County Council is working with a range of statutory and voluntary organisations including An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the IFA and An Post to ensure that the needs of older and vulnerable people are met across the towns, villages and communities of County Cork during this COVID-19 crisis. The Council's Community Support Programme is available and ready to help you or someone you know - whether that is by collecting medication, collecting groceries, providing social support or advice, or simply by making a friendly phone call. To access this support, Cork County Council has established a dedicated FREE contact number 1800 805 819 with lines open from 8.00am to 8.00PM seven days a week. You can also email or text (085) 8709010.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People: ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.


At this time of the Covid-19 pandemic Catholics are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass. One of the ways to remain connected to our Catholic faith community is through livestreaming. The website is the go-to place for many of the larger churches and cathedrals around the country, including St. Mary's Church, Mallow Masses are Live-streamed from larger churches around the country, especially at, St. Mary's Church, Mallow: livestreams weekday Masses at 10.00am. There is a Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30pm. Sunday Masses are broadcast from St. Mary's at 8.30am and 11.30am. Mass and other programs are also broadcast through Radio Maria which is available on Saorview Channel 210. This station is led Fr. Eamonn McCarthy, a priest of Cloyne.

The parish office at Ballygriffin is open. The weekly newsletter, together with other ideas for prayer and spirituality are emailed to parishioners each week. If you know of someone who would like to be added to the email database please contact: it may also be an act of kindness to a neighbour or family member who isn't online to print this off weekly and deliver it safely to those cocooning or isolating.

GAA grounds

Killavullen GAA Club, Killavullen Juvenile GAA Club and Killavullen Ladies Football Club Notice:

The GAA grounds will also be closed to everybody until further notice. The gym will also be closed at this time.

Local websites

There are 2 very informative websites now active in our Parish and worth checking out on a regular basis:   

It is also worth keeping an eye on the Parish Facebook page, the newly formed group Look after the Elderly in Killavullen and the Killavullen GAA Facebook.

Thank you

Go raibh maith agaibh go leir: Every day we are proud of all those in our families and neighbourhoods who go to work to work in frontline and essential services. A sincere thank you to all doing their best each day to ensure we all get through this crisis safely. We are grateful for what you do, inspired by your bravery and courage as well as being very proud of you all. Those of us who are asked to stay at home within our 2km range should just do that to ensure you all return to a more regular and less stressful way of living, sooner rather than later. We may not be there yet, but we're one day closer to the end of isolation and cocooning than we were yesterday. When this is all over and life resumes consider supporting all the various businesses and trades that you have asked for support over the years for fundraisers and events. It would be a great way to support them as they restart and rebuild.

May is the Month of Mary.

It is a tradition to make a May altar and decorate it with flowers. Often a white cloth was placed beneath. The flowers gathered for Mary were often the ones to be found growing along paths and walkways.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest Hymn

Refrain: O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today! Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May. O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May. Bring flowers of the rarest bring blossoms the fairest, from garden and woodland and hillside and dale; our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale! Refrain Their lady they name thee, Their mistress proclaim thee, Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true as long as the bowers are radiant with flowers, as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue Refrain Sing gaily in chorus; the bright angels o'er us re-echo the strains we begin upon earth; their harps are repeating the notes of our greeting, for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth Refrain.

Killavullen GAA

Mill Field - Killavullen history

The club members are very grateful to the farmers who gave their fields down through the years, particularly the Lucey family, Ballymacmoy who provided the club with a playing pitch for over 30 years. Prior to that venue, games were played in the Inch Field of the property that is now part of the Nano Nagle Centre in Ballygriffin, and also in the Inch Field, belonging to Nicholas Roche. We were migrants into other properties also, playing in fields, which are now owned by Jerry Owens, adjacent to the N72 Mallow to Fermoy road in olden times. We also trained and played games on land belonging to the The Foott family who were then owners of Carrigacunna Castle, and landlords in the area, and the Barry family of Monanimy, just beyond Rea's Cross.

The club, to commemorate the centenary of the founding of the GAA, in 1984 the club were very grateful to the Browne Family from Killavullen from whom they purchased land near the village and since then have developed then into a magnificent playing field. It took time, with a lot of earth moving and landscaping to facilitate the playing surfaces necessary for a playing pitch, and a broad ditch had to be removed, that went tight through the property. A small segment of land had to be purchased from Mr. Michael Linehan, to facilitate the size and the shape of the main field.

The field was officially opened on the Bank Holiday Monday, the 6th June 1988 when John Dowling, then president of the GAA did the honours, before Cork played Offaly in a senior Hurling Tournament game, and the referee was Frank Murphy, who later became the long serving Secretary of Cork GAA.

Two Dressing Rooms and a meeting room / Gym facilities area were added in time, and these are in heavy demand now.  The playing pitch must surely be one of the most picturesque in all of Cork with it being on the banks of the Blackwater River, though it is subject to the vagaries of flooding. However careful siting of the dressing rooms means that these do not flood.

Recently, a second playing pitch has been leased from the adjoining property owner, Mr. Denis Linehan for which the club is very grateful to have this facility available to it.

Killavullen GAA Club lends its premises to various sporting, educational and cultural groups in the parish of Killavullen, and beyond. These include the two schools in the parish, Killavullen and Ballygown National Schools, as well as Mallow Search and Rescue group occasionally, for its annual River Raft race. Also, utilising the changing rooms, would be the Torc motor cycle club for Endura Motor Bike racing in the Nagle Mountains, in August, Enduro Grass works group for Cycle Cross racing in March and a run in the Nagle mountains in September organised by the Cork Sports partnership.

The GAA premises of Killavullen would have a buoyant young population utilising their facilities as well, and we would be anxious that we can be as inclusive of all members of the community as possible. The proximity of the existing facilities to the village of Killavullen is an additional bonus that is not lost on us, and to this end, we actively encourage both Killavullen and Ballygown National Schools to avail of the facilities and to promote our games there on. This is a huge benefit to present and future children. We want to maximise the use of the facilities and any investment in the club will benefit the pupils.

The growth in numbers has led us to examine the facilities that the club has at our disposal, and what is required going into the immediate future. It was felt within the club that the existing hurling wall which was constructed under the dynamic chairmanship of John Magner, was under-utilised, so we have laid an Astro turf area of 23 Metres x 22 Metres in front of the existing hurling wall, complete with fencing, lighting and access footpath from the existing dressing room to the astro turf area. This area is very popular, with family groups outside of scheduled training sessions, when you would see very small children kicking a football, or swinging a hurley on the enclosed Astro turf area, while their parents either participate, or sit down, on the adjoining bench, under the cherry tree.

Killavullen GAA Club was aware that their astro turf area was not completely wheelchair accessible and very much regretted this fact To enable the Astro Turf area, and the second playing field to be wheelchair accessible, Killavullen GAA removed the embankment between the existing club house and the adjoining property, and lay a concrete footpath in that area.

The electricity supply for the clubhouse had to be rerouted to take account of that change, as did the electricity supply from the clubhouse to the electric scoreboard and astro turf area.

During works to model the property in 1884, the old mill wheel, was discovered. It was put to one side for a number of years, but was it was mounted on a plinth, towards the entrance to the astro turf area, in 2016, so as to become a focal point, given its historic importance to the village of Killavullen, and the fact that our present GAA Grounds are called the Mill field.