(by John Cashman)
Road Race Meeting
The Ballintotis Road Race Committee will host a meeting on this Thursday evening at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. There is lots to be done in the countdown to our race which will take place on Wednesday April 16th. So if you are willing to help in any way please come along on this Thursday. All race enquiries should be directed to 086-8778182.
All roads lead to Ballycotton on Sunday for the 37th annual ‘10’ miler. This year for the first time ever, the name of Ballintotis Fit4Life Club appears on the race day programme as over 30 runners from the club are set to take part. There are also a number of other locals who are affiliated to either Midleton or Youghal AC that are also part of the local Ballintotis training group. We wish all involved every success on the big day. Remember to arrive early and with uncertainty regarding parking arrangements due to the recent bad weather, the message is to please follow the advice of gardai and stewards who will be on duty.
Meantime, additional help is required in relation to stewarding on the day. Please consider lending a hand if you are not taking part. Contact Tom Hartnett on 086-2386390 if you can assist.
Well done to all the Ballintotis crew who took part in last Sunday’s Cork County Road Championships which were hosted by Midleton AC. Michelle Forest was the leading Ballintotis Fit4Life Club member home in the ladies race, whilst Tom O’Neill was the first clubman home.
Variety Concert on March 28th
All roads lead to Ballintotis Community Centre on March 28th where a fantastic evening of quality entertainment is guaranteed for all the family. An impressive array of bands, choirs, musicians, vocalists and performers from the region are expected on stage for this unique event. This concert was held at the centre for the first time in March 2013 and was highly acclaimed by those in attendance. BACC are delighted to host this concert once again in 2014. More information will be provided closer to the date. Your support will be much appreciated. Tickets for the concert will be on sale from later this week.
World Book Celebrated
World Book Day will be celebrated in style at Ballintotis School this Thursday as pupils will dress up in a character costume from one of their favourite books. This ha something of an ongoingr tradition in the school and always generates plenty of fun amongst the children.
Meantime pupils from Sixth Class continued their preparation programme for Confirmation on Monday evening last. The class will meet for the next few weeks at 7.30pm at St Colman’s Church as they continue to countdown to Confirmation Day on Thursday May 1st.
Road Race Meeting
The Ballintotis Road Race Committee host a meeting on this Thursday evening at 8.30pm in Ballintotis Community Centre. It’s just two months away from this year’s race which goes ahead on Wednesday April 16th at 8pm. A lot of work is to be done in the meantime, so all of last year’s committee are asked to come along with newcomers are also urged to attend. All comments, suggestions etc are also most welcomed by the race committee.
The search for sponsorship is already underway so if you anybody who would like to help out in any way, the committee would be delighted to hear from you.
Of course, the majority of the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club hope to be on the start line for the big race and it’s great to see many new members joining the club in recent weeks with the ambition to take part in the race. Membership for the year is just 20 euro per person and 1 euro per person thereafter at Club Nights attended.
The local training group plan to run the Ballycotton course on next Sunday morning, whilst some more members may be taking part in the Carrigaline ‘5’ Mile Race.
Annual General Meeting
It’s now just a year since the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club was first officially formed and thus the Annual General Meeting is on the immediate horizon. The meeting will be held on Tuesday next February 18th, commencing at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. All members and intending members are urged to attend. At this stage we say well done to officers, Sean Leahy, Trish Daly, Susan Fitzgerald, Noreen Cashman and Diane Broderick and the committee for their great work over the past twelve months. Of course, hoping to see all of them involved again this year!
Fleet Feet Walkers
The second Fleet Feet Walking Group term of classes begins on Wednesday evenings later this month. Now is the time to book your place on the course which has proved such a great success to date. Please contact Deirdre Carr on 085-1418485. These classes are supported by both the HSE and Cork Sports Partnership.
Community Games activity continues this week with SpikeBall being held in the Community Centre from 2.45pm to 3.45pm on Thursday. Please note, as with all Ballintotis Community Games activities, it’s by pre registration only.
There were plenty of GAA celebrations locally as the Kiltha Og GAA Social took place on Friday night at Castlemartyr Resort and Midleton G.A.A feted their county winning teams at Midleton Park Hotel on Saturday night. There was a strong Ballintotis representation at both functions.
Matt Chojan Certified Pilates Instructor returns to Ballintotis Community Centre next Tuesday evening February 11th to begin a new 6 week course. Matt who is also a physiotherapist and personal trainer will host his classes between 7.30pm and 8.30pm each Tuesday. To book your place, please call him on 087-2150946. See also www.mattpilates.com.
The Fleet Feet Walking Group has proved a huge success since it was introduced last month each Wednesday evening from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. In fact the class was overly subscribed and thus a follow up has been confirmed to commence later this month. To secure you place please contact Deirdre Carr, the local co-ordinator.
The Fit4Life Club members who are participating in the Ballycotton ‘10’ brought their preparation further up to speed on Sunday morning last when they had a trial run around the famous course. Almost 20 members abandoned their Sunday morning “lie in” plans to assemble at the start line at 8.30pm. The race takes place on Sunday March 9th.
Meantime next Sunday the Janssen ‘4’ Mile Race will be held at 11am in Little Island. The entry desks will be open from 9.30am at Little Island Community Centre.
The Carrigaline 5 Miler takes place at 11am on Sunday week 16th, with a new 5K in Ballygiblin, near Mitchelstown on the following Sunday February 23rd. Entries for the Mallow 10 Miler in Mid March are now closed having reached the 1,200 limit.
Just a reminder that membership of Ballintotis Fit4Life Club for 2014 is just 20 euro and is payable on this Thursday at training.
St Patrick’s Day
Finally, St Patrick’s Day is coming on the distant horizon. Organisers of the Midleton Parade have approached groups in the Ballintotis area to see if they wish to enter a float in the parade. Food for thought maybe, if anybody is interested in organising it.
Tuesday Club Returns Next Week
Members of the Ballintotis Tuesday Club should note that activities resume following the winter break on next Tuesday 28th of January from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. It’s the usual format with plenty to look forward to over the next few months, with guests aplenty and lots of activities. The club has grown considerably in numbers over the past year or so and now boasts a regular attendance of over 30 members at the fortnightly get-togethers. New members are welcome to join. Remember the club is open to all Over 50’s.
Table Tennis is the latest sport to be added to the Community Games diary with the first get together scheduled for Monday next January 27th. All those who signed up at Registration Night are welcome to attend and will be contacted in advance by the co-ordinators. Meantime the next Art Group gathering takes place immediately after school on Thursday February 6th with the next Spikeball group assembling on the following Thursday at the same time.
Before that the very important matter of the Community Games A.G.M is scheduled for next Tuesday January 28th at 8pm in the Community Centre. All parents whose children are taking part are asked to attend and urged to get involved to ensure the continuation of Community Games in Ballintotis.
In preparation for Confirmation all 6th class pupils and their parents attended an Enrolment Ceremony on Saturday last, January 18th at the 7.30pm Mass in Holy Rosary Church. A follow up Commitment Ceremony will take place at 7.30pm Mass on March 29th.
Meantime, the next "Do this in Memory" Mass is on the Sunday next 26th January in St. Colman’s Church Ballintotis at 10.00am. This programme is for pupils preparing for First Holy Communion and their parents.The first Confessions for second class will be held in St. Colman’s Church, on Wednesday 19th February 2014 at 7pm.
Sr. Claire Fox, Cloyne Diocesan Religious Adviser will visit the school on Friday 31st January.
Fit4Life Club News
Sunday morning was busy for many of the club who assembled for their usual 9am run as the countdown begins to gather momentum ahead the big 10 milers in Dungarvan and Ballycotton. Meantime a few more of the local crew opted to take part in the FMC ‘4’ Mile Race in Little Island.
Training takes place again on this Thursday evening. Remember annual membership of Ballintotis Fit4Life Club is now due and can be paid to Diane Broderick at training – it’s 20 euro membership and 1 euro per club night thereafter.
The BHAA Road Races for 2014 began with the aforementioned FMC 4 Miler in Little Island. Just to confirm you can enter these races individually at a cost of 8 euro per event. However if you are a member of a BHAA team, you pay 10 euro at the start and then 5 euro thereafter. A BHAA team is a team representing a company – as Ballintotis Area Community Council is a limited company, last year we entered a Ballintotis CC team (which can have any amount of members) Membership is now due at a cost of 10 euro. Only registered runners can win individual or team prize sin these BHAA races.
Please contact Susan Fitzgerald (team secretary) by if you wish join. The next race is also in Little Island on Sunday week. Please note this is totally optional and not to be confused with the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club membership.
The voting is also open again for the best races of 2013 – please log onto the running in Cork blog and cast your vote.
On a nostalgic note, 2 years ago last Thursday the local running group gathered for the very first time in the Community Centre, 3 months ahead of the Ballintotis ‘4’ of 2012. Less than a year ago, the club was officially formed. It’s worth noting that in the stats produced ahead of the Ballycotton ‘10’ we have 32 participants, the 12th largest club representation.
Lap of the Lake Cancelled
The Lap of the Lake event scheduled for 27/12/13 has been cancelled due to Met Eireann's Red Weather Alert.
It will now be held on the Sunday 5th January 2014, after mass, at 11am.
Christmas Message From Paul Kelly
Chairperson Ballintotis Area Community Council
“2013 has been another eventful year in the life of our Council. Important external and internal works have been completed at the Community Centre during the year. We now have a functional versatile resource to call “our own” which stands as a testament to the wonderful spirit, hard work, generosity and dedication of so many people in the local community who have collectively brought the entire project to near completion at this stage. The centre has facilitated the creation of three new local groups during the year : Ballintotis Community Games, Ballintotis Handball Club and Ballintotis Fit4Life Club. I look forward to additional amenities and groups developing in Ballintotis which will further enhance the lives of all who reside in our community in the years ahead. I would encourage you all to become involved in the various clubs, projects, community events and activities that take place here. My thanks to everybody who volunteered their time and effort to BACC & its sub-committees during the past year. Without your valuable contributions very little could be achieved.
Christmas blessings & peace to you and yours”
The Annual General Meeting of BACC Ltd will be held on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. We urge every household in our community to have a representative in attendance as this is an important forum for views and opinions to be aired and incorporated into community council plans and activities. It is hoped to have a representative from An Gárda Siochána in attendance also to discuss how we might improve overall security in the community following a recent spate of burglaries in both our local area and the broader district.
Community Council Matters
2013 saw the completion of Phase 2 of the development of the Community Centre, this work consisted of the installation of CCTV, Alarm system, security lighting, public address system and an Oak ‘Junckers’ floor which was the final piece of the jig saw and allows the hall to be used for many purposes including dancing, pilates, indoor handball, community games, Zumba, Fit4Life, Sewing Club to mention just a few. A new stage was also purchased to further enhance the facilities provided. BACC have recently received a funding grant of almost €20,000 from SECAD towards the costs of the internal works. We would like to publicly acknowledge the contribution that SECAD have made to the local community through the provision of various funding grants. This assistance is very much appreciated. We would also like to thank SECAD for providing the Tús workers who are an invaluable resource to the community in helping with the upkeep of the Centre and the local area.
Ballintotis Looped Trails (Walking/Cycling)
During the past year a Trails Group which forms part of the Environmental sub-committee of BACC has successfully pursued grant funding to establish a series of looped trails along existing roadways in the locality. Three loops are proposed: (a) The Lake Loop -2km (b) The Castle Loop -3.8km (c) The Woodbine Loop -6.2km (the road race route). All loops will begin & end by the lakeshore at the Church Carpark. Signage and information boards will be provided for trail users with each loop colour coded. A series of waymarkers will be provided along each route indicating distances etc and and warning signs for motorists will also be provided. A new length of pathway will be created through an improved picnic area along the N25 and the path will continue through the grass verge from the lakeside parking area to the church cross junction for the safety of all trail users. The trails project has been approved for development by the Irish Trails Office, Cork Co.Council & the NRA and will be created in collaboration with County Council Roads and Amenities departments. The project has been developed under the guidance of SECAD as part of the Rural Development Programme and has been approved for a SECAD funding grant when work is completed. BACC has also applied for an Amenity Grant from Cork Co. Co. for this project & are awaiting approval presently. Provided adequate grant funding is secured, it is expected that work on the trails will commence in early spring and should be completed swiftly thereafter. Our thanks to Deirdre Carr, Josie Knowles and Paul Kelly for their efforts in progressing the road Trails project to its present stage. We look forward with interest to the completion of this attractive amenity in our area.
Variety Concert on March 28th
All roads lead to Ballintotis Community Centre on March 28th where a fantastic evening of quality entertainment is guaranteed for all the family. An impressive array of bands, choirs, musicians, vocalists and performers from the region are expected on stage for this unique event. This concert was held at the centre for the first time in March 2013 and was highly acclaimed by those in attendance. BACC are delighted to host this concert once again in 2014. More information will be provided closer to the date. Your support will be much appreciated.
Community Alert Message
Ballintotis Community Alert Committee appeal to residents to be extra vigilant over the coming weeks following a number of “break-ins” locally and throughout East Cork. Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area to the Midleton Gárdaí without delay on 021-4631324.
Friday December 6th saw the Cork East Male Voice Choir make their inaugural appearance in the Ballintotis Community Centre. Their Christmas concert featured the Ballintotis N.S Choir amongst their special guests. It was most enjoyable evening of music and song and many thanks to all who took part.
The Ballintotis Fit4Life Club which was officially formed only last February now has in excess of 100 members. Many have been busy during the year, taking part in a wide variety of races across the county and even further a field. Some outstanding performances were recorded with a number of our runners winning individual prizes. On Saturday week last club members and partners enjoyed a great night at their Christmas Party which was held at East Cork Golf Club. The Club Fun Relay Run (entries now closed) which will be held on St Stephen’s Day (11am) is another great occasion on the agenda. Meantime the Shanagarry 5K on Saturday next 21st and the Togher 5K on the 28th are amongst upcoming local races.
Fleet Feet, a new walking group with the backing of the HSE is set to launch in Ballintotis in early January. More details locally from Deirdre Carr.
Castlemartyr / Ballintotis Youth Club.
The former Castlemartyr Youth Club has recently incorporated Ballintotis into its title reflecting the large number of members who hail from the Ballintotis area. The club meet each Friday night, alternating between the Castlemartyr and Ballintotis hall venues on consecutive weeks. The club are making great use of the recently purchased table tennis tables in the Ballintotis Community centre and have great plans for the year ahead.
Table Tennis Tables
Many thanks to the Ballintotis Community Alert group who kindly sponsored the recent purchase of four table tennis tables for the Community Centre. It is envisaged that these will provide the basis for a table tennis club at the centre in future as well as providing a resource for the Youth Club and indeed some active members of the Over 50’s Tuesday Club.
The 2013 Ballintotis 4 was held on the 18th of April. A record 835 runners the largest ever recorded at a mid-week 4 Mile race in Cork completed the course with former World Champion Sonia O’Sullivan the star attraction. For the fourth year in-a-row James McCarthy a Lisgoold native representing East Cork Athletic Club was first past the tape. Rhona Lynch from the Eagle Club in Cork was the first lady home in 2013. Thanks to all who supported the event and helped in any way to make the Ballintotis 4 such a tremendous success. It has evolved into an event that embraces the co-operative spirit of the entire Ballintotis Community. Plans for the 2014 race next April are already well in hand - mark Wednesday April 16th in the diary!.
Incidentally the Tuesday Club has enjoyed a very busy year, including a number of outings and a full programme of organised events at the Community Centre with special guests aplenty. The Club has now over 30 people regularly attending its fortnightly activities. Eileen Wall from the Village Florist was the popular gust recently whilst this week, the group will bring the curtain down on their 2013 activities with their Christmas Lunch at The Two Mile Inn.
This year’s School Concert was scheduled to be held at St Colman’s Church on this Tuesday evening, with all pupils playing their part.
Lap Of The Lake
Another regular happening at this time of the year is the annual “Lap Of The lake” which will go ahead on Friday 27th December. Please assemble at the Community Centre at 2pm. Afterward,s light refreshments will be served. This is a great community occasion which is sure to be enjoyed by people of all ages.
A visit to Pat Quinlan’s house in Carragrine is again well worth a visit this Christmas season as Pat has her usual fantastic display of Christmas lights and decorations on view. It’s all for a very good cause as there is a donation box on hand in aid of Marymount Hospice.
Just a reminder that Mass times in Ballintotis are the same as previous years – 8pm on Christmas Eve and 10am on Christmas Day.
Finally, a brief word to all our readers – Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Joyous and Peaceful New Year. This column goes into hibernation until mid January, although our first issue of 2014 will be published on Wednesday January 8th.
Community Alert Message
The local Community Alert Committee in Ballintotis appeal to people to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks. Following a number of “break ins” in the East Cork area, the committee have asked all residents to report any suspicious activity or any suspicious vehicles to their local Garda Station in Midleton without delay.
A great occasion was enjoyed by in the region of 100 people at the Ballintotis Community Centre on Sunday evening last. In what was something of a historic night, the annual Pre Christmas Social organised by the Ballintotis Community Alert Committee was held on home ground for the first time. Food, music, song and dance all made it a night to remember. A sincere word of thanks is extended to the various musicians and singers who enhanced the night with their wonderful talents.
The new Community Centre was home to dancing for the first time and this brings into mind some nostalgia recollections from days of old.
During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Bourkes thatched barn in Ballintotis with an earthen floor was the setting for many a musical night and a packed audience waltzed the hours away to tunes supplied by a gramophone.
Next records of dancing are of a stage in Ballynona old mill in the 1930’s
Then in the late 1950’s - 1961 an open air dance stage was erected outside Hennessy’s farm in Ballinascartha by Jim Hennessy & Con Moran. Dances were held here every Sunday & Wednesday night.
In 1962 the stage was erected at Ballintotis Cross and dances were organised by Mick Guilefoyle. That is the last record of dancing in Ballintotis.
Table Quiz On Thursday
Another enjoyable night with plenty of craic and banter is guaranteed this week as Dominic Knowles and his committee are promoting their annul Table Quiz. It’s on at The Two Mile Inn on this Thursday December 5th at 8.30pm. All proceeds will go to the Community Centre Development Fund. Please support this venture by organising a team of three or four people. As always there are loads of prizes to be won and not just by the teams that finish at the head of affairs.
Christmas Concert This Friday
On the following evening, Friday December 6th the Cork East Male Voice Choir make their inaugural appearance in the Ballintotis Community Centre. Their Christmas concert will feature the Ballintotis N.S Choir amongst their special guests. Tickets are just 8 euro and represent great value. They be purchased from Ina McCarthy For Flowers in Midleton or locally in Ballintotis from John Cashman.
Book Fair In Ballintotis This Week
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ballintotis this week. Children will get a chance to see the books during school hours on Wednesday and the Fair will be open in the Community Centre from 1pm to 4pm and again from 6pm to 8pm on this Thursday.
Children’s recent titles will be available or can be ordered on the day. There will also be a full stock of posters, stationery, pens and pencils. The good news is that 40% of the sales will be given back to the school in books to replenish the school library. So please come along and support the venture. As an extra option the Book Fair will also be open in the Community Centre after 10am Mass on Sunday next December 8th.
Kerri McCarthy Dance School Concert
This event takes place in Ballintotis Community Centre on Saturday week, December 14th and is another event which is expected to attract a large attendance.
Ballintotis Fit4Life Club members are looking forward to their Christmas Party Night this weekend, with the function taking place at East Cork Golf Club. On the road scene we say well done to Susan Nagle who ran a personal best time for the 5K distance in the recent RNLI Reindeer Run at Fota and to Jane O’Sullivan who had another fine outing in last Sunday’s Waterford Half Marathon. Next on the running list is the Charity ‘5’ Mile Race in aid of Youghal Hospice which will be held on Sunday next 12 noon. The race HQ is the Marine Bar, which is located between Youghal and Dungravan. On Sunday week the Cork Simon 4 Mile Charity Race takes place in Cork City with the Shanagarry Christmas 5K being held at 12noon on Saturday December 21st.
Congrat’s to the Ballintotis N.S Mini Sevens ladies football team who put up a fantastic performance in last week’s County Finals. The girls whoa re coached by teacher Emer O’Dwyer won three of their four matche son Final days at Nemo Rangers G.A. A. Club and in the process collected county runner’s up medals. Well done to all concerned.
The hurling success for local players continued recently with some more notable achievements. Local members of the victorious Midleton Senior and Under 21 County winning teams brought the cups to Ballintotis NS on Friday last where they received a rousing reception. Earlier that week three local players had been named in the Cork GAA “Team of the Championship” for 2013. Congrats to Patrick O’Mahony, Finbarr O’Mahony and Aidan Ryan.
Meantime last Sunday, the Kiltha Og team captained by James Lawton won the County ‘A’ Grade Hurling League title with victory over Ballyhea. Jack Murphy, Adam McAuliffe, Declan Kelly and Conor Whyte were other local links with the winning team.
Finally, the Cork senior hurling team are holding a fund raising “Night At The Dogs” at Curraheen Park on this Friday evening, with family admission tickets available at 20 euro. Tickets locally can be purchased from Patrick O’Mahony.
Details have been confirmed of a full line up of Christmas events which have been organised by various groups in our locality. Now that we are nearing the end of November, here is the full list of what awaits during busy month of December.
Sunday Is Social Night
It will be a first in the new Community Centre, the annual Pre Christmas function which in previous years has taken place in Midleton but now has been revamped. Next Sunday the occasion will take on a slightly new look. Food will be different and entertainment will be different and overall the Community Alert committee promises a great night with admission tickets priced at just 10 euro. There are no less than five musical acts lined up to entertain on the new stage in Ballintotis Community Centre with plenty of variety in store. Events get under way at 7pm and will run until 11pm. Please note tickets must be purchased in advance for this function, so come along and share in a great pre Christmas occasion which also includes the switch on of the Christmas tree lights. Tickets from 086-8778182 or by contacting Veronica O’Farrell, Kevin Cronin, Mary Molloy, Josie Knowles , Paul Kelly or John Cashman.
Eileen Wall from the Village Florsit in Castlemartyr will be on hand on Tuesday next as special guest in the Community Centre. Flowers and Christmas go hand in hand and Eileen will be delighted to demonstrate, display and advise. All Tuesday Club members are welcome from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Incidentally club members enjoyed a great day out recently, dining at the The Rising Tide, Glounthaune before heading for an afternoon in Ballincollig’s Shopping Centre.
Well done to the guys who were so much part and parcel of the Ballintotis Soccer Committee for many years, who again this year are promoting their annul Table Quiz. It’s on at The Two Mile Inn on Thursday week December 5th at 8.30pm. Al proceeds will go to the Community Centre Development Fund. A great night of craic is ensured at what is always a great social occasion. Please support this venture by organising a team of three or four people.
On the following evening, Friday December 6th the Cork East Male Voice Choir make their inaugural appearance in the Ballintotis Community Centre. Their Christmas concert will feature the Ballintotis N.S Choir amongst their special guests. Tickets are just 8 euro and represent great value. They be purchased from Ina McCarthy For Flowers in Midleton or locally in Ballintotis from John Cashman.
A reminder to all Fit4Life Club members that their Christmas Party Night is at East Cork Golf Club on Saturday December 7th from 8.30pm. Pre booking for this event which is open to club members and partners is essential. Please contact Sean Murphy by November 30th.
A trip to Market Green at lunchtime on Friday December 13th should be a real threat as the Ballintotis NS CarolRecital will take place. This popular venture attracts plenty of attention each year and is a great experience for those who take part.
The Tuesday Club are back in the spotlight on December 17th as they convene at The Two Mile Inn for their annual Christmas Lunch. Name sand money please to the committee at next week’s get together.
Later on Tuesday 17th, Ballintotis National School will host their annul Christmas Pageant at St Colman’s Church – it begins at 7pm sharp.
Relay Fun Run
The Ballintotis Fit4Life Club Christmas Relay Run which is confined to members goes ahead on St Stephen’s Dat at 11am. Please note this is by pre entry only to either Shane Ruddle, Michelle Cott, Susan Fitzgerald or Trish Daly by this Saturday November 30th. The team draw will be made at the Christmas party, so plenty of craic ensured in advance of what is strictly a fun event.
Lap Of The Lake
On the following Day the Lap of the Lake, is again pencilled in for 2pm. Participants are advised to assemble at the Community Centre, where light refreshments will be served on their return.
We will have full details of the Church Ceremonies in the weeks ahead.
Finally in other news, following a recent meeting of Ballintotis Community Games committee, details have been confirmed of a number of regular events.
Art continues on the first Thursday of each month from 2.45pm to 3.45pm (contact person Susan Fitzgerald), Spikeball will be held on the second Thursday of each month also at 2.45pm to 3.45pm, commencing on Thursday 12th December (contact is John Cashman). Athletics take place on the third Wednesday of each month commencing on December 18th with Michelle McGrath as co-ordinator. Table Tennis will be held on the fourth Monday of each month with start up date to follow (contact is Ray Fitzgerald. Tennis will again go ahead on the fourth Thursday of each month with more info to follow shortly from Eamonn Butler. Pitch and Putt which is being co-ordinated by Jane Murphy will begin in the New Year, whilst at present the committee are seeking volunteers to oversee both rounders and skittles.
Only registered children will be allowed to participate. If you wish to register your child for additional activities please contact the coordinators above directly. Note the registration fee was per child/ family and not per activity, so it is possible to register for more than one activity..
Well done to the Ballintotis contingent who took part in last week’s “Run In The Dark” around the streets of Cork city. The Fit4Life Club was well represented with the majority of the runners taking part in the event for the first time.
Locally training is as usual in Ballintotis on this Thursday evening. We send a reminder to all members regarding the Christmas Party on December 7th and the St Stephen’s Day Relay Fun Run – please put your name on the appropriate list by November 30th if you wish to attend either or both.
In relation to the new Ballintotis range of leisurewear, orders required before Christmas must be placed with Sean Leahy by next week.
Meantime looking further ahead the date for next year’s Ballintotis “4” Mile Road Race has been confirmed as Wednesday April 16th. A bit nearer on hand entries are now closed for the Dungarvan ‘10’ Mile Race which takes place in late January whilst entry forms will be soon available for the 2014 Ballycotton ‘10’ Mile Race.
Ballintotis runners pictured at last week's Run In The Dark in Cork City
Christmas Social Events
Two big social events in Ballintotis Community Centre to look forward to over the next weeks are the Pre Christmas Social on Sunday December 1st and the Cork East Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert on Friday December 6th. There are a number of special guests on both occasions with plenty of local involvement. Tickets for the Social on December 1st, priced 10 euro are available from the Community Alert committee, whilst tickets may be purchased from Ina McCarthy For Flowers, Main Street Midleton or at the Community Centre for the Concert.
Ballintotis NS Lose Final Narrowly
Hard luck to the Ballintotis NS team who battled gallantly before going down by 2 points in last week’s Sciath na Scol; decider against Rushbrooke NS. After a rather slow start, Ballintotis thundered into the game with some excellent play right around the field. However despite goals by Christopher O’Connor, Andrew Kelly and Darragh McCarthy, the locals just could not overturn the early deficit and in the end lost out by that slender 2 point margin. Overall, the players acquitted themselves tremendously well throughout the testing campaign and can feel very proud of their efforts. The team panel for the competition was as follows:- Zara Bowles, Molly Kearne, Aoife O’Neill, James Butler, Darragh Cashman, Dáire Coughlan, Brendan Jalil, Seán Duggan,Claude Mahony, Matthew O’Connor, Elena Kelleher, Alan John Butler, Conor Fitzgerald, Andrew Kelly, Kevin Knowles, Zak McAuliffe, Ben Napier, Kevin O’Brien, Kian Bowles, Darragh McCarthy, Christopher O’Connor &Ciarmhac Smyth.
Simon Community Appeal
Simon Community Santa Stamped envelopes are available at €1 each from Ballintotis School.. Once the children have written their letter to Santa, the Santa stamped envelope can be posted without a postage stamp, and they should receive a letter from Santa in return. All proceeds go to support Cork Simon services for those who are homeless in Cork.
Ballintotis National School will host a Cake Sale on Sunday next at the Community Centre after 10am Mass, to raise funds for the school. They would be delighted to receive any baking donations. Your support is greatly appreciated.
“Do This In Memory Mass”
The next "Do this in Memory" Mass is on this Sunday 24th November in St. Colman’s Church Ballintotas at 10.00am. This programme is for pupils preparing for First Holy Communion and their parents.
Following this week’s planned Half Day Outing to Ballincollig, the next activity for the busy Ballintotis Tuesday Club is their Christmas Floral Demonstration on Tuesday week December 3rd.
Sciath Na Scol Final
Best wishes are sent to the Ballintotis Sciath Na Scol team who take on Rushbrooke in next week’s Final. The decider has been fixed for Wednesday next November 13th at 12noon in Pairc Ui Rinn. The team have played really well throughout the campaign and are now hoping to being home silverware!
Congrats to all at Midleton G.A.A Club on their superb triumph in last Sunday’s County Final. Well done to Patrick and Finbarr O’Mahony, Seamus O’Farrell and the Ryan brothers Aidan and Declan all of whom were part of the starting 15.
The Ballintotis Community Alert Committee advise that tickets are now on sale for their forthcoming Social evening which takes place on Sunday December 1st. A variety of musical guests has been lined up whilst food will also be served. Events will run from 7pm to 11pm. Please note this is not fund raising event. There will not be door to door sale of tickets, so if you wish to attend contact should be made with one of the following members of the organising committee - Veronica O’Farrell, Kevin Cronin, Josie Knowles, Paul Kelly, Mary Molloy or John Cashman. Tickets cost 10 euro each and must be booked in advance. Incidentally committee members are reminded that the next meeting takes on Tuesday next 12th November in the Community Centre (8.30pm).
Further details have also been announced of the Christmas Concert which is being hosted by the East Cork Male Voice Choir at Ballintotis Community Centre on the following Friday, December 6th (8pm) Apart from enjoying the tones of the hosts, the Arianne Singers, violinist David McElroy and the highly talented Ballintotis School Choir will also be performing for the expected large gathering. Admission tickets will be available later this week from Ina McCarthy For Flowers – Main Street Midleton, East Cork Male Voice Choir Committee and from Ballintotis Community Centre. Enquiries locally regarding tickets should be directed to John Cashman.
To round off a busy few days of activity at the Community Centre, the inaugural Craft Fayre, organised by a sub committee of Ballintotis Community Council will take place from 2pm onwards on Sunday December 8th. Here visitors will have the opportunity to browse and view plenty of Christmas gift ideas. Enquiries re stand space etc should be directed to Jean O'Gorman 086 3319101.
Community Games Registration Day – Tomorrow!
Tomorrow Thursday between 3pm and 8pm is Registration Day for all Ballintotis Community Games activities. It is important to note that all children involved in Community Games for the season ahead must be registered tomorrow. Table tennis is the latest sport to be added to the list of options available.
Here is a reminder of the contact details for the various events.
Art: Co-ordinators Susan Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kara Reilly (email@example.com)
Tennis: Co-ordinator Eamon Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Athletics: Co-ordinator Michelle Mc Grath (email@example.com)
Spikeball: Co-ordinator John Cashman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pitch & Putt: Co-ordinator Jane Murphy (email@example.com)
Table Tennis: Co-ordinator Ray Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) :
A Club (singles) League tournament will commence shortly; hopefully within the next week. There will be 2 Competitions for the Boys and 1 for the Girls. Tournament A is for Boys born in 1997 & 1998. Tournament B is for Boys born in 1999 & 2000. Tournament C is for Teen Girls born 1997 / 98.
No Entry Fee. A fee of €2 per League session will apply to cover hall rental. Each competitor will play at least 2 League Games per league session. League matches will be held outside of Club coaching/ playing sessions where possible but may be held immediately prior to or after our regular Sunday session by arrangement between the players involved.
Fit4Life Club News
Members should note that our usual weekly run will take place in Midleton on this Thursday evening. Again we ask our group to assemble from 7pm onwards and we will commence at 7.15pm. Please keep an eye to your email for details of starting point. As usual there will be a variety of options for runners. It is anticipated to maintain a “once a month” run in Midleton town during the winter months. Next week it’s back again to Ballintotis.
Don’t forget to put your name on the list for the club’s Christmas Social Night at East Cork Golf Club on Saturday December 7th. This function is open to all members and partners and remember there is no cover charge. If you cannot make training, please contact any committee member.
Ballintotis On TV
Remember to tune into Setanta Ireland on this Thursday evening at 10am to view the second part of the “Get Off The Couch” series which features MaryAnne Treacy from Ballintotis Fit4Life Club. This week’s programme gives prominence to the Ballintotis ‘4’ Mile Race which took place in April.
Fit4Life A reminder is sent to all our members that the HSE 4 Mile Race will take place on Sunday morning next, November 3rd on the Marina Road Circuit in Cork City. Race time is 11am. Our Christmas Party Night is taking place at East Cork Golf Club on Saturday night December 7th from 8.30pm ‘till late.
Meantime, due to Halloween, this week’s training will be held on this evening Wednesday and not on Thursday. Please assemble from 7pm at Ballintotis Community Centre.
Congratulations Kara and Eucharia Congratulations to Kara Reilly and Eucharia Cashman who ran in Monday’s Dublin City Marathon.
December Diary Some important dates for the December diary in Ballintotis include the Community Social on Sunday 1st at the Community Centre, the East Cork Male Voice Choir Concert on Friday 6th and the Community Council Craft Fayre on Sunday 8th. Tickets for the December 1st social are on sale costing 10 euro from Josie Knowles, Kevin Cronin, Veronica O’Farrell, Mary Molloy, Paul Kelly or John Cashman.
Community Games Registration Night
The Community Games Registration Night will be held at the Community Centre on THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 7TH 3- 8PM. All children involved in the following activities for the coming year must be registered on this night.
Art : Co-ordinators Susan Fitzgerald (email@example.com) and Kara Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tennis : Co-ordinator Eamon Butler (email@example.com)
Athletics : Co-ordinator Michelle Mc Grath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spikeball : Co-ordinator John Cashman (email@example.com)
Pitch & Putt : Co-ordinator Jane Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are accepting registration from 3 to 8pm to allow everyone a chance to register.
We would also like to begin Rounders, Table Tennis and Skittles and are looking for Co-ordinators so please contact any of the committee if you can help.
Parents of children who register to take part will be included on a supervision rota for the activities.
Cost: € 2 per child (regardless of number activities)
Maximum: € 5 per family
(This contribution helps cover insurance, cost of equipment, hall hire etc.)
A small charge will still apply for each activity on the day.
Community Games is about providing opportunities for children and young people to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way while experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. While there are competitions at local, regional and All-Ireland level it is not necessary to take part in these competitions. Participation is the key and hopefully FUN too !
Please pass on this information to anyone else you think might be interested in joining our Community Games activities.
Sciath Na Scol Final
Congratulations to Ballintotis N.S Sciath Na Scol team who won their semi final last week, playing away to Watergrasshill and are now looking forward to a Final appearance after the mid term break. Ballintotis will play Rushbrooke N.S in the Final, after the Cobh based side produced a good second half show to defeat Aghada N.S in the second Semi Final.
Congratulations are sent to Castlemartyr Junior Hurlers and Midleton Senior Hurlers who both have a number of players from Ballintotis involved in their team panels. Castlemartyr won the East Cork J.A.H.C title on Saturday whilst Midleton qualified for the County Senior Final on Sunday. Well done to both clubs and best of luck for the remainder of the season. Castlemartyr play Kilbrin on Saturday next in the County Semi Final, with Midleton back in action on Sunday week in the County Final against Sarsfields.
The Parent’s Association of Ballintotis N.S held their Annual General Meeting at the local Community Centre last week. Officers elected were as follows –
Chairperson - Donal Kelleher, Treasurer - Noreen Cashman, Secretary - Trish Daly
Assistant Secretary - Kara Reilly.
Harvest Thanksgiving Mass
The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Mass takes place at St Colman’s Church in Ballintotis on this Thursday evening October 24th, beginning at 7.30pm. A large range of local produce will be on display in the Church, whilst pupils from the local school have also been busy producing a wide range of art.
Due to the aforementioned Harvest Mass, Ballintotis Fit4Life have rescheduled their Club Night to this Wednesday for one week only. Please meet from 7pm at Community Centre – training begins at 7.15pm. The Ballintotis Club gear has also arrived and may be collected from 6.15pm onwards at the Community Centre on this Wednesday evening. No training on Thursday this week.
Looking ahead it has been confirmed that the club will host a Team Relay Run on St Stephen’s Day, beginning at 11am. This is for members only and all those interested will need to enter in advance. More details to follow. On the social scene the local committee have organised the club’s Christmas Party. It will be held for members and partners on Saturday December 7th from 8.30pm ‘till late at East Cork Golf Club. There will be food and music provided. No cover charge. Great night assured. So for one night only swap the running shoes for the dancing shoes! Finally we extend a warm word of congratulations to one of the club’s newest members Colin Lochoden who recently ran in the Cork to Cobh 15 Mile Race. It was Colin’s first race over this longer distance.
The Ballintotis Club gear has also arrived but the club singlets will arrive at a later date.
Maryanne Treacy and Ballintotis On TV
Maryanne Treacy from the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club features on a 6 week Setanta Sports programme which begins on this Thursday evening at 10pm on Setanta Ireland.
Maryanne was part of the Get Off The Couch programme which saw contestants undetake a number of challenges during the springtime and early summer.
The first show features footage from Ballintotis with the second programme on Thursday week, concentrating on the Ballintotis 4 Mile Race. Well done to Maryanne from all her colleagues in the Fit4Life Club.
Tickets for the Ballintotis Community Social, organised by Ballintotis Community Alert to be held at Ballintotis Community Centre on Sunday December 1st will go on sale next week. This historic occasion will feature musical entertainment from a variety of guests whilst food will also be served. Overall it promises to be a great community occasion. Numbers are limited so the advice is to purchase your tickets shortly from committee members Veronica O’Farrell, Kevin Cronin, Mary Molloy, Josie Knowles, Paul Kelly or John Cashman.
Table Tennis will become the latest sport to be introduced to the Community Centre. Plans are in motion to purchase a number of tables and this should ensure an opportunity for people in all age brackets to try their hand at mastering this very popular sport.
Finally, the existing Castelmartyr/Ballintotis Youth Club is set to be up and running shortly for the new season. Activities will be alternated between Castlemartyr School Hall and Ballintotis Community Centre.
Ballintotis Handball Club
Secondary School Teens: One-wall Handball activity has resumed over the past fortnight with the Secondary School Teens showing great interest & a very good turn-out on Sunday evenings from 6- 7.30 pm. A club league will commence shortly for each of the Teen year groups (born) 1997 – 2000 for boys & girls. The league will run throughout November & early December with the finals planned as part of a Christmas Party to celebrate the Clubs 1st Birthday. Entries to Paul Kelly by October 31st please. A rota of parents to supervise the group each week is being set up. Garda vetting is necessary -Forms from Paul Kelly.
Primary School Coaching & Playing times. There was a very disappointing attendance at the meeting called for parents to organise the Primary school players. The Primary school players will now be divided into 2 Groups -3rd & 4th class boys & girls in one and 5th & 6th boys & girls in the other to get things rolling initially. Garda vetting is required for all supervisors.
The 5th & 6th Players will be coached on Fridays from 6- 7.15 pm beginning on Friday next October 25th at 6pm. Volunteers from the Parents required urgently . A club league is planned for November – details to follow.
The 3rd & 4th class group have not yet decided on a day or time for training. Parents rota urgently required to help supervise this group during training.
Conna One-Wall Blitz Final. Congratulations to Andrew Kelly our first Club member to play in an organised handball competition in Cork County. Andrew played in the Conna Blitz on Saturday last October 19th and reached the final of his section. He won his quarter final game 12 -6 and his semi final 18-14 both against Fermoy opposition. In the final Andrew played Gearoid Healy from the Liscarroll Club in a thrilling 10 minute game. Andrew was just pipped as the clock ran down on a scoreline of 25 pts to 23. He did the club proud & we hope this is the first of many competitions our players will contest in the near future.
The Handball Club would also like to congratulate two of our Teen members Michael Kelly & Dylan Murphy who played eachother in the final of the East Cork Golf Club Juvenile Matchplay Competition recently. Well done to both Ballintotis players on contesting the final of this prestigious competition.
A big hurling weekend is in store with several local players from the Ballintotis area involved in big matches. We say “all the best” to the Ballintotis brigade who are part of the Castlemartyr panel in the Saturday’s East Cork Junior Hurling Final against Sarsfield’s in Rathcormac. Then on Sunday all roads lead to Pairc Ui Chaoimh and our good wishes go to the local crew on the Midleton panel for the County Senior Semi Final against Na Piarsaigh.
A very enjoyable evening was had by all who attended last Friday’s Greyhound Benefit Meeting in aid of the Ballintotis N.S All Weather Pitch. Curraheen Park proved to be a splendid setting for what was a great sporting and social occasion. All proceeds from advance ticket sales and the raffle go directly towards the funding for the new pitch, which should prove a magnificent addition to the facilities at our local school. Congratulations are extended to Sheila Hennessy who won the 1,000 euro prize in the featured Ballintotis Buster Race.
The Tuesday Club is a busy place these days with large a gatherings attending each get together. Last week John Murphy proprietor of Murphy’s Pharmacy, Riversdale Shopping Centre proved an extremely popular visitor. His informative talk was very well received by all who attended. John kindly brought a hamper to raffle on the day and we say “well done” to Bernie Lawton who won this attractive prize.
Susan Herlihy from Crafty Hands Studio returns next week for her second visit of the autumn season. Tuesday Club members have been active creating their designs in recent weeks, thanks to Susan.
In November the group have a mystery destination somewhere on the radar for their traditional half day seasonal outing, which also includes lunch. December brings the usual Christmas Flower Arranging Day and also the grand finale, Christmas Lunch on December 17th.
Members are also advised that the Community Alert Annual Social Night which is geared for people of all ages will take place on Sunday evening, December 1st from 7pm to 11pm at Ballintotis Community Centre. Tickets costing 10 euro will be on sale from November 1st.
Christmas Concert Confirmed In Ballintotis
Ballintotis folk are delighted to welcome the Cork East Male Voice Choir and Guests who have chosen our local Community Centre as the venue for their Christmas Concert. A great night of entertainment is in store from 8pm onwards on Friday December 6th. Details of ticket availability will follow in the next few weeks. In the meantime book the date in your social diary.
Christmas Craft Fayre
Later that weekend Ballintotis will host it’s very own Christmas Craft Fayre on Sunday December 8th in the Community Centre. Jean O’Gorman, Josie Knowles or Deirdre Carr are the people to contact locally if you would like to lend assistance in any way. Anybody wishing to acquire stand space is asked to contact 086-3319101 for further information.
Sciath Na Scol
A late late goal by Matthew O’Connor saw Ballintotis N.S defeat Scoil Iosagain, Aghada by 2 points in last week’s concluding Sciath Na Scol group game. It means that our local team secured top spot in the group and thus advanced to meet Watergrasshill in the semi final. The match was scheduled to be played early this week.
Well done to all our members who were in race action recently over a variety of distances. A special word is extended to two of our locals Kara O’ Reilly (of Midleton A.C) and Vicki Murphy who ran in the recent Cork to Cobh 15 Miler.
The Rebel Run takes place on Sunday next, beginning at C.I.T. Remember this race is by pr entry only. See www.rebelrun.ie for more information.
All Roads Lead To Curraheen Park
The dogs are almost ready to go to traps for Friday night’s Gala Sponsored Meeting at Curraheen Park in aid of Ballintotis School All Weather Pitch. Some tickets are still available, so don’t delay get yours today from committee members Noreen Cashman 086-2461090 or Kara Reilly 087-9177674. If you or somebody you know has an association with the School, it’s great means of helping the current committee achieve their aim of raising sufficient funds to make the proposed new facility become reality. A family ticket costing 20 euro admits 2 children and 2 adults and of course, you do then have the chance of winning the featured Buster Race, which would net the lucky ticket holder 1,000 euro. First race on the card is at 7.45pm.
Dare we mention it but Christmas is already starting to appear on the pages of many people’s diaries. Here in Ballintotis plans are already in motion for a number of events which are scheduled to take place in early December.
The inaugural pre Christmas Social, organised by Ballintotois Community Alert Committee is scheduled to kick start a busy few months on the very first day of the month, Sunday December 1st. This event will replace the annual Dinner which was previously held at Midleton Park Hotel.
The function will run from 7pm to 11pm on will feature a variety of musical guests with food also being served. It’s the first such venture being hosted at Ballintotis Community Centre and thereby promises to be something of a landmark occasion. Tickets are limited and will be available from early November at a cost o f10 euro each. In the meantime further information is available from committee members Veronica O’Farrell, Mary Molloy, Josie Knowles, Kevin Cronin, Paul Kelly or John Cashman.
Christmas Craft Fayre
Ballintotis Community Council will host it’s inaugural Christmas Craft Fair in Ballintotis Community Centre on Sunday December 8th. Again, it’s a new venture, being run by a sub committee and hopefully will become an annual date on the local diary. Stand space is now available and anybody connected with arts and crafts are encouraged to participate. Al enquiries should be directed to 086-3319101. Help is also requireddin organising the event. The same contact number applies if you feel you can lend assistance in any way. More details to follow in the weeks ahead.
All right - time to divert slightly away from the yuletide season. The Ballintotis Fit4Life who are looking forward to sporting the club’s new training wear in the near future and many of them crossed the county bounds last Saturday to take part in the grueling Killarney Adventure Race. A variety of very tough challenges were awaiting but all the crew returned in good spirits with plenty of tales to tell. We say well to done to all who took part and who survived what is very much a stamina testing event.
Away from the lands of adventure, there are a few road races coming up in the not too distant future for those less ambitious amongst us. On Sunday next there is 5K Fun Run/Race in aid of the Nathan Kirwan Trust taking place at Shanbally near Ringaskiddy, beginning at 11am. More information on this race is available by calling 087-2479194.
On Sunday week October 20th, the Leisure World Rebel 10K Race begins from the C.I.T Campus in Bishopstown at 9.45am. Pre entry at www.rebelrun.ie is required for this race. The H.S.E 4 Mile Race is listed for Sunday November 3rd on the Marina Road Circuit (similar to John Buckley 5K route). This race also has an 11am start. Then on Sunday November 17th, the Mount Oval 10K (11am) will see action take place in the Rochestown area of Cork.
Locally, remember the weekly club training in Ballintotis is held each Thursday from the Community Centre. Please wear the compulsory high-viz clothing.
Sciath Na Scol
In school news, Ballintotis NS face a tough away test to Aghada N.S in Rostellan on this Thursday afternoon. It’s their final group game of the campaign with the top two teams from the section then advancing to the semi finals.
Finally some key dates have been confirmed for 2014 – First Confession will be held on Wednesday February 19th, First Communion is scheduled for Saturday May 3rd whilst Confirmation Day in the parish is on Thursday May 1st.
Martin Is World Champion
Martin Enright hit the headlines on the world stage last week, when winning the Mr Universe Body Building Final in the United States. The Ballinascartha man had put in some tremendous training for the event and got his just rewards when capturing the gold medal in the process defeating the competition favourite, who had 6 major ttiles to his credit. A night of celebration took place on Friday last at O’Neill’s Bar in Midleton to welcome home Martin. Congrats Martin from all in Ballintotis!
Declan Wins All Ireland In Croke Park
Ballintotis was represented in Croke Park on All Ireland Sunday in the shape of Declan Kelly whose superb hurling skills saw him crowned All Ireland Freestyle Hurling Skills Champion 2013. Declan entered the nationwide competition earlier this summer and his you tube video soon captured the imagination of the judging panel. Eventually hurling superstars Ollie Canning and Lar Corbett were called in to narrow the field down to the last 6, from which the 3 top performers were brought to Croke Park on All Ireland Sunday. Declan looked to be one of the coolest guys on the hallowed turf as he demonstrated his skills in front of 82,000 fans. Eventually a massive Cork roar went up when Declan’ name and video flashed up in lights on the giant screen as overall winner. So he left Croke Park as All Ireland champion and the prize of a trip to China with the All Stars to follow. This is a massive success story for Declan, for Kiltha Og and for Ballintotis. Let’s hope he gives us the first interview! Well done again Declan.
Preparations are continuing in advance of the Ballintotis N.S Gala Fundraising Night at Cork Greyhound Stadium on Friday October 11th. All proceeds from the event will go directly towards the new All Weather Pitch in the school. Family tickets are now on sale at a cost of 20 euro and will admit 2 adults and 2 children. The big prize up for grabs is 1,000 euro for the selected Buster Race. Here it’s a case of matching up the correct finishing position of all 6 greyhounds.
The Tuesday Club is back in action following their summer break, with the first gathering having taken place this week. The group will meet again on Tuesday week September 24th from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. New members are most welcome.
Classes In Centre
A number of classes are due to commence in the Community Centre in the next few weeks. Matt Chojan will return with his Pilates classes for all runners and joggers on Tuesdays evenings, Deirdre Sisk begins her Zumba classes next week whilst Orla McGovern’s morning Pilates classes will begin on Thursday of next week from 9.15am.
Enquiries regarding the hire of hall and meeting room should be made to 086-3319101.
Fit4Life Club Reaches Landmark
Our Fit4Life Club reached a landmark last week when the number of registered members topped the 100 mark.
Meantime new Ballintotis Fit4Life singlets and training gear is also now available to purchase. Sean Murphy, the club’s clothing officer is the man to contact if you wish purchase singlets, hoodies, t shirts or jackets.
Training Nights Move To Thursday
Next week,(following the completion of the evening races with the Coolagown 5K on this Thursday evening) Ballintotis Fit4Life Club Nights will revert to Thursday from 19th September. However, there is a get together outdoors at Glenbower Wood next Tuesday evening. A run in the woods is a great alternative to running on the roads. Please meet at 6.45pm sharp – training run for all groups begins at 7pm sharp.
Well done to all our runners who were in action both in the Dingle Half Marathon on Saturday and the Cork Half marathon on Sunday. Some great times were recorded at both venues.
Last week’s Carrigtwohill 5K saw a good representation from Ballintotis. Cyril Garde, Sylvie O’Mahony and newcomer Tom O’Brien led our crew home with some fine running with the ever consistent Tom O’Neill also putting in a fine performance. Well done to Mary O’Mahony who was our leading lady followed by Helen Fitzgibbon, Mary Kennedy, Susan Nagle and Kate Ruddle who all can be happy with their performances over what was a tough course.
Zumba Dance Classes
Zumba Dance Classes which proved so popular before the summer are set to return to Ballintotis Community Centre in September. Deirdre Sisk will again host weekly classes each Monday evening between 7.30pm and 8.30pm. To book your place please call Deirdre on 086-3565527.
As we mentioned in last week’s column the Thursday Pilates Classes which run in the morning from 9.15am will also be returning in mid September. - Just a reminder that booking should be made directly with Orla on 086-3133096.
Community Centre Fully Equipped
Of course, many more activities will also recommence next month and keep an eye to this column for full details. Remember both the main hall and meeting room are now available for hire by clubs, groups, organisations and business groups. Please call 086-3319101 or drop an email to email@example.com for futher information or arrange a viewing. The Community Centre is now fully equipped with a stage, public address system and of course has full internet access. Catering facilities are also available.
School Is Back!
Pupils return to Ballintotis National School this Thursday morning, but for one group of young children it will be of course be a very much a new experience. The Junior Infants begin their primary school years this week and we extend best wishes to all in this new class.
Runners In Ballycotton
Our Fit4Life Running Club were out in force in last week’s Ballycotton ‘5’ Mile Road Race. Including four members who are part of either Midleton A.C or Youghal A.C we had over 20 from our group in action. Many were actually completing the full Race Series and thus received a well deserved plaque to acknowledge their efforts in all 4 venues.
Of those who fall into this category, we say congrat's to Trish Daly (Midleton A.C) who was our leading lady in an impressive 37th overall. Next home was Bridget Ryan 49th overall and Michelle Cott whose superb run last Thursday saw her jump to 56th overall. The ever consistent Tom O’Neill was our leading man followed by club chairman Sean Leahy. Well done again to all our runners.
Next on the agenda is the Leisureworld ‘5’ Mile Race in Ballincollig on this Wednesday followed by the Carrigtwohill 5K on Wednesday next September 4th. This is over a different course than was used for the race in Carrig’ over the same distance last month with all proceeds this time going to the Irish Association for Autism.
Finally, it was interesting to note that after just 6 months in existence, the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club has made it into Cork’s Top 10 in terms of adult membership. Our membership which is close to 100 leaves us in 10th place overall.
School Fund Raiser
Ballintotis National School Parents Association have announced details of a major fund raising event which will take place in October. In order to generate funds for the proposed new All Weather Pitch, a “Night At The Dogs” will be held at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium on Friday 11th October. The occasion is being billed as a great fun filled night for all the family. The format of the night will centre on a ‘buster’ type meeting, whereby tickets costing 20 euro will be sold in advance with one winner set to carry off the major jackpot prize.
Once school re-opens later this month, details of ticket sales etc will be announced shortly afterwards. But, in the meantime keep the date in diary – Friday October 11th.
Orla McGovern will recommence Pilates Classes in the Ballintotis Community Centre, from mid September. These popular morning classes will begin at 9.15am each Thursday. Please call Orla 086-3133096 for more information and bookings.
The pilates classes are just one of a number of activities due to take place from September onwards in the Community Centre.
Our Fit4Life members were again in action last week with the club represented in both the Army/Navy 5 Mile Race on Wednesday and the Inch 5K on Friday. Gemma Kelleher and Kevin Cronin both had good runs over the testing revamped course in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday whilst on Friday, Kevin and Gemma again were in action over the 5K distance at Inch, where there was a good turn out of runners from Ballintotis. In total we had three prize winners including inform ladies Mary O’Mahony and Kay Murphy who collected first and second prizes respectively in the Over 45 category. Brian Cott had a fine run on a testing course finishing in 19th place overall, whilst good performances were also enjoyed by amongst others Michelle Cott, Louise Knowles, Diane Broderick and Noreen Cashman.
This week, all roads lead to Ballycotton for what is traditionally the end of the busy summer schedule. It’s the final fixture of 4 in the Ballycotton Series and Ballintotis Fit4Life has certainly been well represented in the previous 3 races. A reminder is sent to all taking part that this week’s race has a 7.30pm start. Participants are asked to arrive as early as possible and to follow the advice of stewards in relation to parking.
There are a few races over varying distances yet to take place as evening fixtures this year. These events have been recently added to the busy schedule. Next week’s action sees the Leisureworld 5 Mile being staged in Ballincollig.
Castlemartyr’s win over Carrigtwohill in the recent East Cork Oil Junior ‘A’ Grade hurling Championship has ensured plenty of local involvement in the showpiece occasion of the hurling season. A number of players from the Ballintotis area are involved with the team in what is so far a very impressive campaign. Meantime, there is also local involvement on the Midleton team who will play St Ita’s in the Quarter Final of the competition. However, with Seamie Harnedy lining out, this fixture has now been deferred until after the All Ireland Final. So, plenty to look to forward in autumn of the season, with some big prizes up for grabs
A big influx of motor activity took place in our area on Saturday last as over 131 crews took part in the Imokilly Motor Club 1 Day Rally which was centred in the Ballintotis, Ladysbridge and Cloyne areas. It seems all went off without a hitch, as the roads reopened again just after 5pm. Well done to the locals who took part including Wesley Daly, Derek Hennessy and Patsy Cashman.
Our Fit4Life Club members turned out in force last week for the Churchtown South ‘5’ Mile Road Race. In total between our registered members and a few in the Midleton A.C colours we had close on twenty runners. Some of our competitors have now completed all 3 races so far and are looking forward to the final fixture in Ballycotton in three weeks time.
With races in Carrigtwohill, Ringaskiddy, Conna and Kinsale all taking place over the 5K distance this week there is plenty of opportunity to take to the roads for our local runners. Next week the big event is in the Cloyne 5K on Wednesday evening at 8pm. Headquarters for the event is the local National School. Then on the following evening, the annual 5K in Shanagarry takes palce also with an 8pm start.
Last Saturday Helen O’Brien, Kara Reilly and Susan Fitzgerald fly the Ballintotis Fit4Life flag in the Kilkenny Triathlon. Congrats to all 3 on their respective performances.
A reminder to all Fit4Life members that in advance of the BBQ on Friday August 16th, names and payment (10 euro) must be given to either Diane Broderick or Noreen Cashman by Tuesday next August 6th.
Bank Holiday Weekend
A busy Bank Holiday Weekend is planned in the East Cork and for locals in the Ballintotis area there is plenty of happening in close proximity. On Sunday there is a big Family Fun Day in Ballycotton in aid of the RNLI whilst on Monday we have the John Saul Family Picnic at Castlemartyr Resort and music in the Glenbower Wood. Of course, throughout the course of the weekdn the Kiltha Trad’ Festival promises plenty of entertainment in Castlemartyr.
Pat Quinlan Wins Again
Congrats to Pat Quinlan who was voted “Best Dressed Lady” at the Ballinrostiog Vintage Festival on Sunday last.
Castlemartyr with the three O’Tuama brothers, Jimmy Smiddy and Sean Hennessy included in their starting fifteen recorded an impressive Quarter final win over Carrignavar on Saturday last in the East Cork Junior ‘A’ Championship. Brian O’Tuama lined out at left corner back, Donnacha was at wing back with Barra wearing the number 9 jersey. James Barry, Colin Barry and James Lawton were also part of the panel. The winners will Carrigtwohill in the semi final of the East Cork Oil Sponsored Competition.
Finally, well done to Michael Cosgrave, Conor Whyte and Eoin Cashman who were the overall winners of the Castlemartyr GAA Golf Classic held at East Cork GC. The three teenagers carded an impressive score of 67 points. Over 50 teams took part.
Road Closures For Car Rally
A big sporting weekend in prospect locally as the Imokilly Motor Club host a 1 Day Car Rally on Saturday. A number of roads in the Ballintotis area will be closed from early morning to facilitate an event that will also have stages in the Cloyne and Ladysbridge districts. Residents and visitors to the area are asked to please follow the advice of the stewards who will be on duty throughout the day.
Friday August 16th has been confirmed as the date for the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club Summer BBQ which will take place at the Community Centre in Ballintotis. Advanced booking is required. Bookings and payment should be made to either Diane Broderick or Noreen Cashman at training on Tuesdays. The cost per person is 10 euro. This event is open to members of the Fit4Life Club and partners. At present the new Ballintotis Club has close on 90 members registered with the Athletics Association of Ireland.
Meantime on the race scene, many of our members will be in Churchtown South on this Thursday evening for the third leg of the Ballycotton Summer Series. The ‘5’ Mile route takes in a two lap course. Those who participate in all 4 races of the series will receive a souvenir plaque following the final in Ballycotton on August 22nd.
On Monday next July 29th the rescheduled Carrigtwohill 5K Race will be held with an 8pm start. Later in the week there is also the Novartis 5K in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (31st) and the inaugural Conna 5K on Thursday (1st). Both races begin at 8pm. Many of our local club members are also looking forward to taking part in the Cloyne 5K on Wednesday August 7th.
As always our members have been busy competing in various activities. Well doneto Susan Fitzgerald and Trish Daly who completed an Adventure race in Limerick recently and to Dave Treacy who completed a seven hour charity cycle on Saturday last from Cork City to Allihies in the extreme west of the county. Congrats to Sylvie O’Mahony who won third prize in his category in last Friday’s Donoughmore 7 Mile Race. All the aforementioned events were made extremely difficult due to the soaring temperatures.
Best Wishes Martin
Best wishes are extended to Martin Enright from Ballinascartha who is looking forward to competing in the Mr Universe Body Building Championships in America next month. Martin took the top prize in his category in last year’s World Championships. We will have further coverage in future issues in advance of Martin’s departure for the U.S
New members of the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club pictured at last week’s IPS/Garda 5K Race in Cork city. Many of the group were running in their first ever race.
Just a reminder regarding the Imokilly Motor Club Rally which is taking place in Ballintotis on Saturday week. The one day event will also have stages in both Cloyne and Ladysbridge areas and will feature some of the top names in the sport. Anybody willing to assist in stewarding for this big sporting occasion is asked to contact Wesley Daly in Ballintotis.
The Ballintotis Fit4Life committee are palnning to host a summer Barbecue for members and partners early next month. Full details will be confirmed following this week’s committee meeting.
Members of the club have been busy in recent weeks competing in a number of races at various venues. Last Wednesday was a special evening for some of the club’s newest members who travelled to take part in the IPS/Garda 5K race in Cork city. Congratulations are sent to all our crew on their respective debut runs. No doubt the race is the first of many for the crew who are now part of a club that has over 80 members.
In Youghal on Thursday evening, our club was also well supported in the new 4 Mile race, with several good performances being recorded over the lively 3 lap course. This Wednesday evening it is anticipated that a large number of runners from the group will take part in the Carrigtwohill 5K race which has an 8pm start. Race entries will be taken from early evening in the grounds of Barryscourt Castle.
Next week all roads lead to Churchtown South for the third leg of the Ballycotton Summer Series.
Finally, a reminder that the our training group depart from Ballintotis Community Centre each Tuesday evening at 7.15pm sharp.
Congratulations Lisa and James
Congrats to Lisa and James Cooney who travelled to Wimbledon for the Men’s Singles Final having won a photo competition. Full coverage of this story is featured on the home page.
Community Centre Bookings
Finally a reminder that both the Main Hall and Meeting Room in the Community Centre are available to book by clubs, groups and organisations for the autumn winter season.
It’s certainly all happening at Ballintotis Community Centre in recent months with more new activities to follow. Regular weekly activities include Teen and Adult Handaball on Sunday, Seams Apart Sewing Group and Zumba Dancing with Deirdre Sisk on Monday, Junior Tennis Classes and the Fit4Life Group on Tuesday, Primary Schools Handball on Wednesday, Pilates with Orla McGovern on Thursday and the Bumble Bee Drama Group on Saturday. There are also a number of groups holding meetings and workshops at the venue on a regular basis. The Community Centre is in it’s short life span is proving an extremely popular location for both regular and one off events. Remember with full internet access, the centre now is an ideal venue for meetings and business gatherings.
Enquiries with regard to booking the hall and/or meeting room should be made to 086-3319101 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballintotis Claim Hurling Win After Cracking Contest
maintained their excellent recent record in Sciath Na Scoil Competition when winning the 'Hurling 8 Final' after a cracking contest at Pairc Ui Rinn, which saw Dylan Murphy score two outstanding late points to clinch victory.
The final score line of 3-5 to 3-3 indicates the nature of a contest which produced some fine passages of hurling and excellent play by both teams. On a blustery day, wind advantage was always going to be a key factor and Ballintotis had to battle back from a 5 points interval deficit to fashion a merited victory in the second half with the aid of the wind.
The game began at a lively pace as both teams showed their quality, sharing four points. A super reaction save by Ballintotis goalkeeper Eoin Cashman denied Ballynoe their opening goal, but their first green flag arrived in the fifth minute courtesy of Thomas O’Donnell. Unfortunately for Ballintotis two more Ballynoe goals followed before the break to help establish that five points advantage.
Meantime, at the other end of the field Ballintotis produced plenty of scoring chances as regular goal getters Liam Franklin and Cleeva Motherway in the inside forward line tried their utmost to find the target. When their only goal of the half arrived it was from the stick of inspiring team captain Michael Kelly who ghosted into the full forward line, following some fine approach play on the right wing. It meant the sides changed ends with Ballynoe 3-2 to 1-3 ahead.
Team boss Jerry Smyth and right hand man Sean Murphy had Ballintotis fired up for a big second half performance. Although they shot 3 wides soon after the resumption, the signs were there that their constant pressure might eventually pay dividends.
Driven on by their excellent half back duo of David Lawton and Conor Whyte and visibly lifted by Eoin Mitchell’s excellence at midfield the scores eventually flowed.
Ciara Barry’s splendidly taken goal began the comeback and although she had to retire through injury soon after, substitute Philip Kelleher also proved very effective.
With Ballynoe keeping their noses in front through a single second half point, as time ticked on it appeared as if another Ballintotis goal would be required to swing the match. Appropriately it came courtesy of the silken skills of Michael Kelly who made the most of his opportunity following another weaving run.
Level pegging at this point (3-3 each) and certainly ‘heart in the mouth’ stuff by both sets of vociferous fans. With the ever consistent Michael Cosgrave producing another big defensive display ably assisted by newcomer Jack Bowles, Ballintotis were in no mood to concede. Enter Dylan Murphy at the other end, the towering half forward who has had a great campaign held his nerve twice in quick succession to win the day for Ballintotis.
A famous win against a gallant Ballynoe outfit and a fitting finale for the entire Ballintotis squad and coaches who put a huge effort into both this season’s hurling and football campaigns.
Team – Eoin Cashman, Jack Bowles, Michael Cosgrave, David Lawton, Conor Whyte, Michael Kelly, Eoin Mitchell, Ciara Barry, Dylan Murphy, Cleeva Motherway and Liam Franklin.
Sub used: Philip Kelleher for Ciara Barry (injured 2nd
Subs – Shane O’Brien, Eoin Hennessy, Nicholas Kelleher, Ciaran Newlands, Jack Knowles, Luke Hayes Nally, Carrie McEvoy and Megan Murphy.
The Life of St. Paul
On Sunday 24th May a pageant depicting - the major events of St. Paul's life was re-enacted at Ballintotis Church grounds. The natural scenic setting of the Church and Lough Aderra lake enhanced this unique presentation. The idyllic weather conditions afforded the cast of 56, Midleton Brass & Reed Band, Ballintotis Church Choir, Midleton Parish Choir, IMP Choir, St. Mary's High School Choir, St. Briget's N.S. Choir, Ballintotis N.S. and a large congregation the ultimate enjoyment.
The event marked the current year of dedication to St. Paul and depicted such scenes as - the introduction of Paul as a student of Gamaliel in Jerusalem, - Stephens's Trial before the Jeruslem Sanhedrin, - Paul's remarkable conversion on the road to Damascus, his baptism by Ananias on the lakeshore, - Paul's preaching in Jerusalem in the company of Barnabas, and the dramatic curing of the cripple in Lystra, - the Proclamation of the Council of Jerusalem in 50 A.D., Paul's subsequent missionary journey by boat (on Loughaderra lake) to spread the good news, - ending with his letter to Timothy while a prisoner in Rome.
The colourful and exotic costumes reflected the era, created an atmosphere, defined character and enhanced the performance. The musical arrangements and the narrator's deliverance delicately balanced the linkage and continuity.
The rehearsals of a dedicated and committed cast, the amplification and sound effects by Austin Brosnan and the direction, guidance and finesse of Séan Aherne guaranteed a successful and truly magnificent and entertaining performance.
Pictured during a break in rehearsals are The Elders:
Garda Youth Awards
Vincent McCarthy, Ger Cott, Flan O'Meara and Dominic Knowles
Fergal Duffy, Stumphill was a worthy winner of a Garda Youth Award at a reception in the Midleton Park Hotel on 8/12/2008 last. Fergal was nominated by Ballintotis Community Council for his courage and determination in overcoming physical disability, his outstanding sporting success and for his contribution the community in his sports coaching and helping others with
disabilities. There were nine other winners from as far apart as Mallow, Fermoy and Cobh. One of those was a group of young people from the Midleton-based East Cork Friends of the Mentally handicapped who selflessly give of their time to aid the
running of the summer school in Midleton every year. John Barker accepted the award on behalf of the group. See photos of the awards ceremony on this site. The awards ceremony was temporarily halted by the surprise arrival of a special guest,
actor Paschal Scott (aka Sergeant Dick O'Toole from Killinascully).
The rural transport scheme came into operation in Ballintotis this recently, thanks principally to the great efforts of some of our community activists along with the governing body from ECAD.
The bus made it’s inaugural journey from Churchtown South, with pick ups on the way to Ballintotis en route to Midleton town. The scheme is in operation already in many parts of the country and nearby in the Avondhu area which covers other parts of East Cork it has proved a great success.
Well Done Jack
Congratulations to Jack Knowles who was the winning captain of the Kiltha Og Under 8 team that recently won the Russell Rovers Under 8 hurling Blitz in Shanagarry. Jack has been in great form all season scoring a number of crucial goals from his corner forward berth. He was joined on the winning team by other locals Stephen Forde, Liam Rabbittee, Philip Kelleher, Nicholas Kelleher and Darragh Cashman.
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Outstanding Win In Russell Rovers Under 8 Blitz
Kiltha Og players in celebratory mood following their win in the Russell Rovers Under 8 hurling blitz on Saturday last in Shanagarry.
Congratulations are extended to all involved in Kiltha Og’s Under 8 success in last weekend’s Russell Rovers GAA Blitz.
This superbly well organised event featured teams from Aghada, Cloyne, Erin
’s Own, Fr O’Neill’s, hosts Russell Rovers and eventual winners Kiltha Og.
Each team played one other in a round robin competition which a saw a high standard of play produced by all teams. In total 39 nine goals were scored during the course of a hectic few hours of action, co-ordinated superbly by the industrious Russell Rovers club.
Kiltha Og began with a stiff test against a determined Cloyne side and only got on top late on when top marksman Joseph Stack scored an excellent goal.
Another soon followed before Jack Knowles’ opportunism ensured the win.
Next up it was Fr O’Neill’s where again our tight defence, superbly marshalled by new full back Dylan Healy and pivot Darragh Moran, ensured the opposition had to work hard for scores.
Despite O’Neill’s registering a superb long range point, our forwards with Philip Kelleher in inspirational form tallied with the vital scores to make it two wins in a row.
- A good start against Russell Rovers helped build up a half time advantage. Here Joseph Stack again began the scoring before Nicholas Kelleher struck from close range for a second goal. Cormac Griffin and Shane O’Riordan had again to display their outstanding work rate at midfield as Rovers came back strongly in the second period. A smashing goal from a close range free closed the gap but crucial defensive interventions from Darragh Cashman, ultra reliable goalkeeper Shane Dunleavey and the outstanding Darragh Moran ensured Kiltha Og maintained their one hundred per cent record.
Scores were very scarce early in match four against Aghada with both teams very evenly matched. Another Joseph Stack goal gave the Kiltha Og side a slender interval lead, whilst Robert Cahill and Ronan Hayes who both worked extremely hard also came close to raising green flags from close range. Good defensive blocks by Odhrann Cantwell, Dion Twomey and Liam Rabbittee helped Kiltha Og maintain their advantage in a closely contested second period which was illuminated by a fantastic point from the stick of Darragh Moran.
In the final match against Erin’s Own, Kiltha Og needed to maintain their winning sequence to ensure out right victory. Peter Nestor, Niall Morgan and Stephen Forde played impressively at various points of this concluding fixture which saw again saw the outstanding Joseph Stack play a staring role in building up a winning advantage. With Darragh Moran supreme at centre back, Shane O’Riordan and Cormac Griffin continuing their high work rate Kiltha Og went on to complete a five game winning sequence and thereby completed a famous win for this very dedicated group of players.
Afterwards Jack Knowles was the lucky player to be called out of the draw to be captain for the day. The proud Ballintotis native lifted the cup to great scenes of delight amongst the Kiltha Og supporters and players. All the Kiltha Og players will now have the opportunity to look after the cup for a few weeks during the next year.
In the meantime, it’s back to training on this Friday at Castlemartyr GAA Pitch between 6pm and 7pm.
Proud captain Jack Knowles lifts the cup following Kiltha Og’s win in the Russell Rovers Under 8 Blitz.
Shane Dunleavey, Dylan Healy, Dion Twomey, Stephen Forde, Darragh Moran, Dion Twomey, Cormac Griffin, Shane O’Riordan, Philip Kelleher, Joseph Stack, Jack Knowles, Nicholas Kelleher, Odhrann Cantwell, Darragh Cashman, Robert Cahill, Ronan Hayes, Peter Nestor and Niall Morgan.
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