Community news: Kanturk Calling
Speakeasy Toastmasters returned last week with a strong selection of speeches, including Newmarket native Theresa O'Reilly, who provided a very clear wake up call to her audience, and one that is very relevant as we start a New Year.
Theresa presented a well-researched and motivational talk called - "Dreamers". She spoke of the untapped potential we all posess - sleep! She highlighted the enormous problems of sleep deprivation by posing a stark question - "Would you ask a surgeon, about to perform life-saving surgery, about the number of hours he slept last night"?
It is quite a staggering reality that drowsiness is the cause of more road traffic accidents than alcohol.
Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were renowned for functioning on a few hours sleep during their time of leadership. Ironically, both succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in later life. Modern research indicates a connection between lack of sleep and Alzheimer's.
The production of melatonin, essential for sleep, is diminished by modern living. Smartphone screens emit "blue light" which tricks the brain to thinking it needs to stay awake. The result is people finding themselves drowning in a sea of insomnia.
Other speakers included Claire O'Connell, Doneraile; Michael Buckley, Grenagh and a wonderful Ice-Breaker from Susan Hegarty of Burnfort.
A highly productive programme of speeches was greeted by comprehensive and constructive evaluations. Awards were presented to Susan Hegarty - Best Speaker and Deirdre Linehan - Best Evaluator and Best Topic went to Gordon Sharp-Bolster of Castlemagnier.
The next Speakeasy Toastmasters meeting takes place in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Thursday, 24th January at 8pm.
For more information about Speakeasy, please check out our website speakeasytoastmasters.com or on Facebook. Alternatively, please contact Sean Corcoran - 086-6054784.
Results from the Denis Horgan Social Bowling Club's Winter competition: Dean Sexton and Eugene O'Sullivan beat Mikie Murphy and Aaron Mackey by a bowl of odds.
Kevin Flynn, Maurice Cashman and John Breen beat Aaron Mackey Murphy, Danny O'Brien and Joanne Murphy for the last shot. Dean Sexton and Eugene O'Sullivan beat Mickie Murphy and Aaron Mackey for the last shot.
Aaron Mackey, John Breen and Joanne Murphy beat Kevin Flynn, Maurice Cashman and Danny O'Brien by a bowl of odds.
Kanturk’s unbeaten run continues
Premier A, Lakewood 2-2 Kanturk: Kanturk continued unbeaten in the league with a hard fought draw in a tense and physical game away to Lakewood on Saturday last.
Kanturk got off to a terrible start conceding a goal in the first minute. But they responded well scoring the equaliser 10 minutes later after great work from Jordan Fullerton to force an own goal.
A game of few chances, Lakewood scored a goal from nothing with a deflected effort to make it 2-1. Again Kanturk responded well with a super strike from the in-form Nathan Healy.
Kanturk could have grabbed a winner late on but for a great save from the Lakewood keeper but overall a draw was the fair result. Best for Kanturk on the day were Damien Finn, Mark O’Dea and Nathan Healy.
Next up for Kanturk is Greenwood at home on Saturday next, in another huge league game.
Kanturk U13s V Bweeng, Gurteenard: A very good game played in damp conditions with both sides having chances.
Kanturk struck first with a Shane O’Leary goal and shortly after Szymon Gejzak got Kanturk’s 2nd and that’s how it’s stood at half-time.
Kanturk pressed hard in the second half with Szymon getting his second and Stephen Sheehan finding the net as well. It was not all Kanturk’s way with Bweeng Celtic coming close on more than one occasion.
Well done to Bweeng Celtic keeper, he pulled off some great saves.
Kanturk AFC u13 victory was a great team effort. Best for Kanturk were Ryan O’Connell, Eoin O’Riordan, Cathal O’Riordan and Adam Lynch.
Kanturk 4, Ringmahon Rangers 1: Kanturk’s U17’s played host to second place Ringmahon at Gurteenard in good condition.
The home side started well and went ahead 15 minutes in after good work down the left and well finished by Josh O’Connor. Ringmahon showed their quality by going level straight from the restart.
Kanturk regained their composure and on the half hour mark and went ahead again with a great finish from Jamie Finn. With the match heading for half time the home side made it 3-1 with a brilliant shot from an in form Cathal Broderick.
Into the second half, Kanturk played with real confidence and went further in front with a well worked goal from Broderick.
The visitors now upped the tempo and won a penalty after some good counter attacking play
The penalty was well struck to the right hand corner but was brilliantly saved by Ronan Cashman.
Kanturk managed the remainder of the game well and were good value for their win. Best for Kanturk: Cathal Broderick, Erin McAuliffe and Brandon Murphy.
Upcoming fixtures: Cork Schoolboys League, Saturday 19th, Kanturk U12 v Kinsale B, KO 10am at Ballyhass Lakes. Cork AUL Fixtures: Saturday 19th, Kanturk Premier A v Greenwood, KO 2pm at Gurteenard.
Cork Youth League; Sunday 20th, Kanturk U17 V Kilreen Celtic, KO 2pm at Ballyphelane.