Sunday 18 March 2018

Mourneabbey -- year in review

The All-Ireland winning O'Sullivan sisters - Ciara, Doireann and Roisin.
The All-Ireland winning O'Sullivan sisters - Ciara, Doireann and Roisin.

MOURNEABBEY Community Council had its AGM in February and unveiled a busy schedule for the year.

The following month the executive were re-elected un opposed. The new website was launched in February.

The walkway proved to be a major success over the winter and the collection which took place in March was supported brilliantly in the parish. The annual rubbish collection also took place in March and the need to hold this each year became apparent as the amount collected means we need to keep the pressure on.

Scrap Saturday took place in April and It again proved to be a big advantage as we collect funds to run the complex.

The schools sports took place in June and the community council hope to build on this next year.

In October a very successful quiz was held in Conway's, Burnfort to collect money for a new hedge in the complex.

In December the Senior Citizens Party took place and was a major success.

Complex improvements during the year included the installation of a wheelchair accessible toilet at the dressing rooms and further improvements are in the plans for 2013.


AFTER all the drama over the past three years the intermediate footballers had a quieter year.

Despite a first round loss to Bantry Blues they defeated Mayfield and Kinsale to make the quarter-final of the championship where they were defeated by eventual beaten finalists St Michaels.

The Junior A Hurlers lost all three championship matches against Newtown, Churchtown and Harbour Rovers, all by narrow margins.

The U21 hurlers caused the greatest pleasure when they bridged an eight year gap to win the U21 B north Cork hurling final against Kilshannig when very little was expected of this team. The performance of Chris Buckley in the final was crucial in bringing home the title.

The Minor football and hurlers also gave great entertainment during the year when they won the Northern Region C Football Championship & League as well as the Northern Region Hurling League.

Paudie Kissane and Ray Carey both collected National Football League medals as well as a Munster Championship. Ray was man of the match in the League Final.

Conor Sullivan also won an U21 Munster Football Medal when Cork defeated Kerry.

Off the field the Club held a very successful Golf Classic with john and Catherine Roche the driving force. Some minor pitch works were completed such as The extension of the nets.

The juvenile club had a very busy and rewarding year and even though a number of finals were lost the achievement of making them should not be underestimated.

The success of the U12 hurlers was the highlight of the year and all signs are the Juvenile club will continue to thrive.


IT has been a busy year for both schools - the highlight for Analeentha NS being the completion of the five in a row Father Burns Shield, a great achievement.

For Burnfort school the play that was held in the community centre was a tribute to all who worked on it.

Some works to upkeep and upgrade parts of both churches were also undertaken.


Mourneabbey ladies Football won their first ever Senior A League title, a great achievement for the club.

The championship proved disappointing but they hope to come back and be competitive in 2013.

The Ladies Juvenile club continues to put in massive work and a number of Mourneabbey players were on the successful Cork u14 All Ireland winning team.

However, pride of place in 2012 must go to the three O'Sullivan sisters Doireann, Ciara and Roisin who were part of the Senior All Ireland Football Champions panel of 2012. A great team and well done to the other Mourneabbey Club player who was on the panel also, Brid O'Sullivan from Killavullen.


THE Community Alert and Parish Council continue to do great work for the parish of Mourneabbey and with all the talk about the find in the Abbey the formation of the Mourneabbey Historical Society by John F O'Sullivan in 2012 has been most welcome.

The society held a number of events during national heritage week and this was deemed a massive success, with more to follow in 2013.