Wednesday 20 March 2019

Community news: Kanturk Calling

Culture Night is on Friday, September 21st throughout Ireland and in Kanturk on that night, in The Daily Grind coffee shop, O'Brien Street, at 8pm the third and final part of Aidan O'Keeffe's trio of plays, 'The Ceann Toirc Trilogy', will be performed.

Part one of the trilogy, 'The Mill Road Letters', was performed on Culture Night 2016, Part two, 'The Railway Tavern', was performed on Culture Night 2017.

Both of these plays were given standing ovations in front of packed houses each night so there is great excitement about this year's final part of 'The Ceann Toirc Trilogy' entitled 'Inchwell'. 'Inchwell' is the story of an enormous hotel on Church Street, Kanturk that became a victim of its own success.

Tim Lynch Jnr, Philip Linehan, Maureen Sheehan and John O'Sullivan play the chef, the owner, his wife and the manager respectively of the hotel.

'Inchwell' is an 80 minute play that will entertain and enthral those people lucky enough to get a seat in the Daily Grind on Culture Night.

Tidy Towns results

Kanturk Tidy Towns are anxiously awaiting the adjudicator's marks for the results of the 2018 Tidy Towns competition.

A lot of work has been put in to the preparations for the adjudicator's visits to Kanturk. It is hoped they were impressed by the efforts of the local committee.

The committee wish to thank everyone who helped in any way by painting their houses or shop fronts or by displaying flowers.

A special thank you to the loyal volunteers who help out on Tuesday evenings with litter picking, hedge-trimming etc. They will continue with the work for a few more evenings before the nights close in.

Remember, new faces are always welcome.

Mixed luck for Kanturk soccer teams

On Wednesday 29th August Kanturk AFC U15's played Watergrasshill in Gurteenard.

Kanturk got off to a great start with a goal from Darragh Bourke. Watergrasshill equalised after 15mins and scored again just before half time.

The Kanturk lads came out strong in the second half and were unlucky to lose in the end. Final score Kanturk 1 Watergrasshill 3. Best for Kanturk were Darragh Bourke, Dylan O'Connor and Ryan Carroll.

On Sunday 2nd September Kanturk AFC U12's came out on top in their first game of the season against Strand Utd. Kanturk started strong with a goal from Charlie Hanover followed by great header from Naglis Valvada from a corner kick to make it 2 goals to nil.

Kanturk went on to get a penalty which Donnacha O'Leary scored. Strand Utd scored then to make it 3-1 at half time.

Strand Utd came out strong in the second half but Kanturk held them off and when Donnacha O'Leary scored another making it 4-1, it was full points for Kanturk at full time.

Best for Kanturk were Marc Watson and Danny Cronin.

Month’s Mind Mass for ‘Superhero’ dad Declan

A family was left heart-broken and a community shocked and deeply-saddened at the recent passing of popular 40 year-old father of three, Declan O'Flynn.

Declan, a native of Gurteen, Kanturk, was a past-pupil of Dromagh N.S. and Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk, and achieved a third-level qualification in Computing & Business from St. John's Central College in Cork.

Declan, who was a son of Anne and the late Neily O'Flynn, was a keen sportsman and played football with Dromtarriffe G.A.A. Club at underage level. He also was a member of Dromtarriffe Basketball Club from an early age and later went on to form the Banteer Dragons Club with his brother, Neilus, and other close friends.

Declan met his future wife, Bridget (nee Costello) when he had just turned 16. He married his teenage sweetheart in December 2006 and made the move to Dromcollogher to set up home with her. Declan went on to become a devoted husband and father to his three sons; Seán (9), Tiernan (8) and Josh (6).

He took up the position of Quality Control Manager in a local manufacturing company in 2014 - his talents having been quickly recognised by his employers - and was making successful progress in his job, undergoing training courses abroad to enable him to train his colleagues back at home, when he was tragically struck down with a diagnosis of terminal cancer in June 2015.

He began what was to be a courageous three-year battle during which he endured over 30 sessions of chemotherapy, laser treatment and major surgery to try to defy the impossible odds with which he was faced, with steely determination, unshakable mental strength and his familiar good-humour and quick-wit!

His strength never faltered even when seven months after his own devastating diagnosis, he was faced with the terminal diagnosis of his father, Neily, and father and son were both attending the same consultant at the same hospital for palliative chemotherapy at the same time.

When Neily sadly passed six months later on August 16th 2016 Declan had to face into the same hospital where his father had passed six days previously for chemotherapy for himself.

Declan was passionate about sport and ensured that he passed on this passion to his sons by undertaking the role of coaching the underage teams in Broadford A.F.C. and Dromcollogher G.A.A. clubs. His dedication to his boys and the other children under his guidance was inspirational as he continued in his role as coach throughout and despite his regime of treatment, and medication and never allowed his illness to inhibit his schedule of training and games, even postponing a hospital stay on one occasion to attend his eldest son Seán's team's Championship Final.

His colleagues, friends and the children he trained gave him a fitting tribute by forming a poignant guard of honour as his funeral cortege did its traditional lap of the square in Dromcollogher as Declan took his final journey.

His great passion for cars, working with his hands, tending to his mother's and his own gardens, to music and dancing and above all his dedication to his family were very evident in his funeral ceremonies both in the church and at his burial afterwards.

Declan was a shining example of how the human spirit can never be broken even when faced with the ultimate challenge - of facing one's own mortality - and will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him: his devoted wife Bridget, his beloved sons Seán, Tiernan and Josh, to whom he was a Superhero, his heart-broken mother Anne, sister Helena, brother Neilus, nieces Angelina and Jacqueline, nephew Callum and the extended O' Flynn, Heffernan and Costello families.

May he rest in peace.

A Month's Mind Mass will be offered for Declan in St. Bartholomew's Church, Dromcollogher on Saturday 8th September at 7.30pm.

St Theresa’s Place tea party on the green basks in sunshine

The St Theresa's Place Residents Association held their first Tea Party last Saturday on the Green at St. Theresa's Place, Kanturk.

Wonderful sunshine, great company and good food ensured the get together was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Past Residents attended the tea party and nostalgic chats took place about times long ago. Locals remarked that the event enabled current residents get to know their neighbours and enjoy a chat.

The residents' association thank the Red Cross, Scouts, Kanturk Community Council, Edel Quinn Hall Committee and Kanturk Tidy Towns for their assistance leading up to the tea party.

They also paid tribute to everyone who helped publicise the event and are extremely grateful to those who donated cakes and home baking.

Funds raised will be used for the enhancement of St. Theresa's Place and the residents' association also thank everyone who contributed funds on the day.

"Many thanks also to our wonderful committee members who helped organise this event and to everyone who helped on the day," said Noreen Courtney.

Meals on Wheels are back

Meals on Wheels resumed this week so any senior citizens or housebound who wish to avail of the service should please contact the Mercy House Centre at (02951161).

Or if anybody would like to come to Mercy House meals are also available there.

Coach to Knock

A coach will travel to Knock Shrine on September 16th for the Padre Pio Ceremony. For further details and booking contact Darren Kealy on 029-79016 or 087-7994045.

Day coach tours

Jerry Lehane Coach Tours will be going on the following day tours:

Sunday 9th September to Lisdoonvarna. Early booking would be recommended. Call Jerry for more details on 087-2833696.

Soccer club lotto

There was no winner of the Jackpot of €11,300 in Kanturk Soccer Club's Lotto Draw for Saturday 1st September.

The numbers drawn were 7, 27, 15, 29 and the Bonus Number was 33. Winner of the bonus number draw for €40 was Johnny O'Brien, Kanturk c/o Rebecca. Lucky Dip winners of €15 each were Regina Harrington, Curragh Court, Kanturk, Cornelia and Anthony Vicaire, Aisling Gheal, Mary Browne, Freemount, Dan O'Donoghue, Bluepool, Kanturk and Teresa Carroll, Greenane, Kanturk. The venue for next week's draw will be Kelly's Bar, The Square, Kanturk.

Mart prices

Mart sale of 04/09/2018: Calves, 1 HE Bull - €490, 1 BB Bull - €450, 1 LM Bull - €440, 2 FR Bulls - €365,1 HE Heifer - €400, 1 AA Heifer - €310, 1 CH Heifer - €270, 1 FR Heifer €200.

Weanlings, 1 PT Bull - 480kgs - €1,060 (€3 a kg), 1 CH Bull - 405kgs - €1,000, 1 LM Bull - 415kgs - €955, 1 BB Bull - 425kgs - €890 (€2 a kg), 1 CH Heifer - 285kgs - €900 (€4 a kg), 1 LM Heifer - 350kgs - €825, 1 RWX Heifer - 385kgs - €720, 1 BB Heifer - 335kgs - €670.

Dry Cows, 1 FR - 690kgs - €1,200, 1 LM - 750kgs - €1,100, 1 CH - 760kgs - €1,100, 1 FR - 715kgs - €1,050, 1 LM - 670kgs - €1,020, 1 HE - 620kgs - €1,205 (€2 a kg), 1 LM - 505kgs - €1,080 (€3 a kg), 3 LM - 485kgs - €1,000, 1 AA - 495kgs - €930, 1 FR - 525kgs - €900.

Bullocks, 1 BB - 485kgs - €1,210 (€3 a kg), 1 SIM - 575kgs - €1,175, 1 CH - 585kgs - €1,155, 1 HE - 600kgs - €1,110 (€2 a kg), 1 LM - 510kgs - €1,035 (€3 a kg).

Cemetery service

On September 29th a service will be held at Lackeel Cross CofI cemetery at 6.30pm. Prayers will be said by Canon Lynch, Mallow and Father Leader.

Kanturk footballers exit championship

Kanturk made their exit from the Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship over the weekend going under to Fermoy at Kildorrery on Saturday last, 1st September.

This third round clash was made all the more impossible for Kanturk when the loss of Ryan Walsh through injury after five minutes was followed by the dismissal of defender Lorcan O'Neill for an off the ball incident a few minutes later, thus forcing the side to face into the remaining 52 minutes a man short.

To their credit, Kanturk battled to the end and two goals in the closing five minutes embellished the score line for Fermoy and we made our exit on a 0-05 to 3-08 score line.

Senior Hurling:

The draws for the Cork Senior Hurling championship saw Killeagh face Ballyhea with the losers facing Kanturk.

It will be a difficult assignment for Kanturk and they will need to prepare diligently for the test in the coming weeks, and try to finish the season on a high.

Juvenile Affairs:

Kanturk U16 hurlers renewed rivalry with Fermoy in the Rebel Og Central U16P2HC quarter final replay at Castletownroche on Sunday last, 2nd September and after another close contest Kanturk went under on a 0-17 to 1-16 score line.

Kanturk U12 hurlers overcame Banteer in the Rebel Og North U12HL semi-final played at Kanturk on Monday last 3rd September and now meet Kilara Og in the final on Monday 10th September 6.45pm with a venue yet to be finalised.