Last Updated: 22-Jan-2013
(by John Cashman)
Year Of Faith Ceremony
A special ceremony to celebrate The Year of Faith will be held in St Colman’s Church Ballintotis on Sunday 19th May at 4.00pm.
In advance of this ceremony a local committee was set up to prepare the church for the event. Different themes of our faith will be demonstrated through floral arrangements and artistic work showing how our faith was passed on to us and how it will continue to be passed on to future generation.
An invitation goes out to all to come to the church for the special ceremony conducted by Rev. Monsignor Goold at 4.00pm next Sunday.
The displays will remain at the church until Wednesday 22nd May.
Tuesday Club’s Unique Project
Community Games Update
Taking you from Killary Fjord across the foothills of the Maam Turks, along the Western Way to the Inagh Valley and finally back to the Fjord. Three disciplines are involved – trail/mountain running or walking, kayaking and cycling – over a 31km course of spectacular beauty and natural challenge.
Competing the course is no mean achievement so we say congratulations to Michelle, Miah and Brian on their weekend success.
The adventures continue this weekend as we have a number of members undertaking a similar challenge in Waterford on Saturday. Best of luck to those involved. .
Meantime back on the roads some of our members took part in last week’s Clonpriest 5K Run, which was a superbly organised venture. Well done to Michelle Cullinane, Christine Fitzgerald, Valerie Nagle and Susan Nagle all of whom are in the very early days of tasting the race scene. Veronica O’Farrell had a good outing over the 5K distance, whist Andrea Murphy succeeded in beaking her target time in fine style. Meantime, Noreen Cashman continues to knock the seconds off the clock whilst Tom O’Neill, Sylvie O’Mahony (Youghal A.C) and our first runner home Sean Murphy produced their usual very solid performances.
Looking ahead a number of our runners are registered to take part in this Thursday’s Cheetah 4 Mile Race in Fota, whilst some are also planning to take part in Friday’s 10K in Passage and/or the Emer Casey 10K in Youghal on Sunday afternoon (1.30pm) Next week sees the start of the Ballycotton Summer Series with the Ballyandreen 5 Miler on Thursday evening.
Remember our weekly club nights are held each Tuesday. Please assemble at the Community Centre at 7pm as the group will depart from now on at 7.15pm sharp. The membership of the club is now heading in the direction of 70 and some of the newest recruits are planning to make their race debut in the Kilcredan 5K on Friday May 31st
Ballintotis Community Centre Bookings
Ballintotis Claim Hurling Win After Cracking Contest
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 half)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
Pictured during a break in rehearsals are The Elders:
Garda Youth Awards
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
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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,
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
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.
Kiltha Og Panel –
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.
Congrats to all !.