Community news: Kanturk Calling
Kanturk travel to Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday next for the Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship final of 2017 with Mallow providing the opposition with a 7.30pm start.
Kanturk have come through a season of promise, defeating Castlelyons in the opening round on 30th April and followed with victory over Charleville in round 2A on 20th August before confirming their superiority over their north Cork rivals three weeks later at Milford by 1-19 to 0-14.
The semi-final was played in Pairc Ui Rinn on 16th September and Kanturk were made to work hard for a 2-14 to 1-14 victory over Ballinhassig to qualify for the final.
Mallow, for their part, have defeated Courcey Rovers, Blarney, Valley Rovers and Cloyne on their way to the final, and banish the disappointments of losing at the semi-final stage in the past two years. While Mallow, who are championship favourites throughout the year, must be respected, finals don't come around every year, and Kanturk will be hoping to take advantage of the opportunity that arises and make a determined bid for victory.
Kanturk Intermediate footballers created their own bit of history by qualifying for their championship final by defeating Kildorrery in the semi final, played at Charleville on Saturday last 30th September.
Kanturk made the early running but were rocked by two Kildorrery goals in quick succession before recomposing themselves and from there to the finish Kanturk were always in command as they ran out winners on a 0-19 to 2-06 score line and qualify for a final meeting with Mitchestown later this month.
Two Rebel Og boards saw fit to arrange Kanturk U14's in championship semi-finals on successive days over the weekend. On Saturday 30th September, Ballincollig housed the Rebel Og Cork U14 'A' Hurling championship semi-final between Cucullains (Kanturk) and Ibane Gaels, and our side, who were short a number of regulars, lost out 1-09 to 4-07 to exit the competition.
On Sunday, 1st October, Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) U14 footballers travelled to Doneraile to face Mitchestown in the Rebel Og North U14 'A' FC semi-final and recovering from their hurling exploits 24 hours earlier our lads recorded a 3-15 to 1-6 victory and face the winners of Clyda Rovers V Killavullen in the final on Saturday 7th October at 3pm, at a venue to be arranged.
Rebel Og Cork U14 'A' HC Semi Final; Cucullains (Kanturk) 1-09 Ibane Gaels 4-07
Rebel Og North U14 'A' FC Semi Final; Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) 3-15 Mitchestown 1-06
Cork IFC Semi Final; Kanturk 0-19 Kildorrery 2-06
Saturday 7th October at TBA; Rebel Og North U14'A'FC Final; Wolfe Tones (Kanturk) v Clyda Rvs/Killavullen 3pm
Saturday 7th October at Pairc Ui Rinn; Cork PIHC Final; Kanturk v Mallow 7.30pm.
Choral society is going to the dogs - with an eye on Chicago
A night at the dogs with Duhallow Choral Society is coming up later this month.
Curraheen Park have got on board to help with the choir's fund raising for their upcoming trip to Chicago. For every entrance ticket sold for Friday 13th October Curraheen Park will give a contribution to the fund-raising. So if you intend to go to Curraheen Park on that night can you please buy your entrance ticket from Eddie Thornton or any choir member and support this fund raising event. If you just want to support us and buy a ticket your ticket will be entered into a draw. So it's a win win for everyone and a good night of fun in Curraheen Park.
Don't forget to check out our website duhallowchoralsociety.com and Facebook Page duhallowchoralsociety for upcoming concerts and events.
Col Treasa extension boosts strong science focus in school
Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Michael Creed TD officially opened the new extension at Coláiste Treasa Secondary School, Kanturk in the presence of the Board of Management, fellow staff, students, dignitaries and friends of the school last Friday.
The school's new addition, the creation of which was supported by patrons Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB), cost almost €1-million to construct and includes two state-of-the-art Science laboratories, as well as a Home Economics room.
The extension is yet another stepping stone in Coláiste Treasa's journey and marks how far the school has come since its humble beginnings in 1938, when four classrooms played host to approximately 60 students. In more recent years, there has been a much stronger demand on the schools' services with well over 500 students now enrolled.
This eagerly-anticipated new extension will comfortably accommodate the significant growth in the student population at Coláiste Treasa.
Science is one of the core subjects at the school, with the suite of science subjects - Chemistry, Biology and Physics - among the most popular and chosen subjects by students. This strong link to the sciences was highlighted in 2015 with the fantastic win by Transition Year students Eimear Murphy and Ian O' Sullivan, who beat 1,200 students to be crowned the overall winners at the 51st BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition that year with their Social and Behavioural Sciences project, entitled 'Alcohol consumption: Does the apple fall from the tree.'
The link was highlighted even further when Coláiste Treasa was awarded Best School in the Republic of Ireland in recognition of their numerous student winners across various categories at the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Leading the posse were Michael Sheehan and Jack Murphy, both 4th year students of Coláiste Treasa, who won the Best Group award, and were overall runners-up for their project entitled 'Prey availability for hen harriers in managed farmland'.
The latest additions to the school's Science Department will enable students to continue to learn and flourish in an environment that promotes education to the highest level.
The current Home Economics room at Coláiste Treasa was also part of the school's original four classrooms dating back to 1938 and now offers existing and upcoming students a new and upgraded facility.
Speaking at the official opening of the school's new extension, Cork Education and Training Board chief executive Ted Owens commented: "It gives us great pleasure to witness the opening of this fantastic extension, following months of hard work and collaboration with Coláiste Treasa. This school of talented students and inspiring teaching staff deserve facilities to enable them to continue to reach their full potential and strive academically, so we were delighted to be a part of this important project and we look forward to following the achievements of all who will now benefit from it."
Also commending the new building, along with the successful collaboration between Cork ETB and Coláiste Treasa, Minister Creed said: "I believe that this new impressive and important extension will allow the students of Coláiste Treasa to continue to thrive in such a modern and enlightening environment, while the staff here will no doubt also benefit hugely from such improved amenities.
"The finished product that we see here today is as a result of team work - between Coláiste Treasa and Cork Education and Training Board. Congratulations to all involved and I know that those who will benefit from the school's new facilities will see that its construction was extremely worthwhile."
Talk by Ballymaloe head gardener
Kanturk Flower and Garden Club will meet on Wednesday 11th October in The Temperance Hall, Strand Street (next to Alley Bar) at 8pm with guest speaker Susan Turner, head gardener at Ballymaloe. Susan will give a talk / demonstration on 'Autumn Garden Interest and Activities at Ballymaloe'. Everyone Welcome, it's only €5 with refreshments served. Note: Details of outing to D.J. Murphy's "Charity Christmas Night" in Bandon will also be announced on the night.
Call to get in gear for Colour Me Friday for spinal injuries
Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is gearing up to hold its national campaign day, called Colour Me Friday, on October 6th this year. The campaign day will take place across Ireland and will raise much needed funds for people living with spinal cord injuries.
Volunteers taking part in Colour Me Friday this year will wear the colour green and host fundraising events and collections throughout Ireland on October 6th and 7th in aid of SII. SII is also asking people to donate on October 6 via their mobile phones by texting 'CORD' to 50300 to donate €4.
On the day of Colour Me Friday, there will be events happening all around Ireland, including Cork. Currently, there are 167 people living in Co. Cork with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and this number is increasing every year.
Philippa O'Leary, Outreach Officer at SII, regularly visits and provides ongoing support to SII service users around Cork and she explains that there is still a lot more to be done for people living with SCIs.
She said: "The funds raised from Colour Me Friday will go towards SII's Community Out-reach Programme which provides support and information to people living with a spinal cord injury and their families.
"We would like everyone from the county to get behind our collec-tion and support people living with a spinal cord injury in Co. Cork."
SII will hold two collection points in Cork for Colour Me Friday. They will take place at Merchants Quay Shopping Centre, Cork on Tuesday October 3rd from 9am to 6pm, and also at Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork on Friday October 6th from 9.30am to 6pm.
SII is also looking for additional volunteers to host collections in towns and workplaces across Cork on October 6th and 7th.
To get involved or to organise a collection in your town or workplace simply email email@example.com or call (01) 6532180.
AIB home insurance plan is a banker for GAA clubs
AIB has partnered with the GAA for in excess of 25 years and has now launched an initiative that could be hugely beneficial to local GAA clubs.
As part of this, AIB Kanturk hosted an information evening for local GAA clubs during which staff outlined the benefits of this new initiative. Simply put, when a person switches or purchases a new home insurance policy, the GAA club they nominate receives a €50 cash reward. There is no money limit per club so the more €50 nominations the club receives the better.
Mary Tattan, branch manager of AIB in Kanturk, said: "AIB and the GAA have always enjoyed an excellent relationship and this initiative is an great way for club members and customers to help support their local clubs. We, in AIB Kanturk, are extremely proud of our local Duhallow clubs and we wish them the very best of luck in their upcoming county finals and semi-finals".
Readers can contact AIB Kanturk directly for further information on this initiative.