Community news: Around Mallow
Over two gruelling days, contested through 12 fast and furious stages and full of all manner of bumps, jumps and high-speed sections, it was New York based Barry McKenna and co-driver Leon Jordan who showed some scintillating pace to bring his Ford Fiesta R5 home in first place in the 2018 CFF Group Jim Walsh Cork Forest Rally, ahead of one of the strongest fields ever seen on an Irish Forestry Event.
A double round of the Valvoline Forest Rally Championship, the field of near 90 cars left Mallow on Saturday morning destined for a string of stages to the east of the town. Straight away, it was a trio of Fiestas setting the pace at the front, with Andrew Purcell/Mark Wiley and Josh Moffett/Stephen Thornton both hot on McKenna's heels.
The level of competition was obvious on the time sheets, with only 1.7 seconds separating the leading duo of Purcell and McKenna at the overnight halt.
In the 2WD section, early leader David Crossen hit trouble, leaving the door open for the Ford Escort of Shane McGirr/Liam McIntyre to take control, although they were challenged all the way. The father-and-son pairing of Jordan Hone, co-driven by father Paul, had their Opel Adam R2 sitting second in the 2WD race overnight, but Mickey Conlon/Ciaran McPhillips put the afterburners on over Sundays six stages and overtook the Hone's to grab second.
It was not all doom and gloom for the Hone's though, as Jordan's impressive performance grabbed the Junior Rally victory, ahead of the Peugeot 208's of James Wilson/Gavin Doherty and Marty Gallagher/Dean O'Sullivan.
There were battles raging all through the field, with many of the Class honours being decided by the tightest of margins. In Class 4, Niall Devine/Kieran McGrath steered their Mitsubishi Evo 9 home with only three seconds to spare from Eoighan Rodgers/PaddyMcCrudden.
Things were even tighter again in Class 10, with Tom Murphy/Liam Dennehy having 1.2sec to spare over rival Mike Garahy/Iarla McCarthy in a similar Ford Escort MK2.
One of the most unique battles in the Forest Championship is the M.O'Brien Plant Hire Junior 1000 Championship. Open to some of the youngest competitors in Irish Rallying, the series is a huge stepping stone for the future of the Rallying world. Contesting the complete 12 stages of the rally, it was a dominant start-to-finish victory for Scottish visitors Peter Beaton/Connor Boylan in his Peugeot 107, ahead of a similar Peugeot of Rory Byrne/John Burke and the Chevrolet Spark of Aoife Gahan/Michelle Walsh.
With the stages closer to Mallow on Sunday, it was time for the movers to really do their thing. Purcell, first on the road, blitzed the first Loop but hit trouble on the second. Josh Moffett finished Stage 7 with a puncture on the front of the Fiesta but had lost little to any time. One man though played it to perfection.
In a display of cool and calm, Barry McKenna clocked down the mileage in a display of ruthless efficiency. Keeping the hard charging Moffett at bay, McKenna rolled back into Mallow to claim his first ever event victory by 12 seconds and cemented his place at the top of the Valvoline Irish Forest Rally Championship standings.
Speaking at the conclusion of the event, Event COC Paul Casey paid huge thanks to the massive volunteer team, sponsors, local supporters and competitors that were all pivotal in making this the finest gravel rally in the country, a true testament to the levels of organisation involved in running something of this scale.
It's time to relax and unwind now, but you can be sure that it will not be long until planning starts again to make the 2019 Jim Walsh Cork Forest even bigger and better.
Gerard ‘Rocky’ Roche memorial Mass
The Roche family from Mallow wish to announce that a first anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church at 10am on Saturday, August 4 for Gerard 'Rocky' Roche who sadly passed away unexpectedly in Wales in July 2017.
From the popular family from Sean Moylan Park, Gerard was home just one week earlier to attend his niece' wedding in Mallow and sadly died suddenly on his return home to Wales.
Mallow Utd Schoolgirls
Mallow United Schoolgirls registration nights will be held on Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at St Gobnait's Park.
Mallow United Schoolgirls attended the Cork City match against Derry City last week to watch a 5-0 win for City. On this particular night they also acted as ballgirls. Well done to City and the girls.
Mallow GAA lotto
Wheelspinners John O'Leary (July 17) c/o Club and Gretta Lucey (July 24) c/o John O'Connell both won €100 in the Mallow GAA Members Weekly Lotto draw which was held at Carrigoon on Tuesday, July 24. The numbers drawn were 10 - 17 - 23 -31. The €30 lucky dip winners were Bernie Barrett, Duhallow Park, Mary O'Callaghan c.o Eugene and Sean Glynn c/o Ray.
The jackpot is currently at €3,400. Spinning the wheel on Tuesday, July 31 was Noel O'Halloran c/o Willie O'Connor.
Mallow United Premiership forecast game now online
Mallow United's weekly fundraiser returns with the start of the Premiership season on August 11 with a jackpot of €1,300.
All proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Mallow United Development Fund, the purpose of which is to improve facilities of grassroots soccer in Mallow. The weekly prize for the highest score is €120, with the jackpot going to the person with the 11 correct results and two lucky dips of €20.
This coming season the club is pleased to announce that the game is now available to play online as well as the traditional paper format. To sign up to play online users need to purchase credit of €10 for five weeks, €20 for 11 weeks or €50 for the entire season of 30 weeks. Credit can be purchased from the club shop at www.mallowunited.com or alternatively by cash payment to Dave Lyons (086 6082848).
Online users will receive an email each week with a link to submit their card. They can also keep track of how they and other online users are doing each week as the goals go in with live score updates.
Cards for week one of the competition are now available both online and in paper format from the clubs regular sellers.
Plans are well underway at Mallow United for the club's second Football For All Blitz which this year will be one of the events in the week long FAI Festival of Football. The blitz will take place on Sunday, August 12 at St. Gobnaits Park and will include participants from Mallow United Football For All, Mallow United Special Olympics, Killarney FC Football For All and Kerry Allstars Special Olympics in an event that focuses on inclusion in sport.
In attendance at the event will be FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and FAI CEO John Delaney and a number of other special guests from the Irish soccer ranks. Further details will be available closer to the event.