Hurling Championship Games
It was a good weekend for the Midleton Senior hurling team and the Castlemartyr Intermediate team who both won their respective Championship encounters. Both teams had a number of players involved from the Ballintotis area and we wish all concerned the very best of luck in their exploits going forward this summer.
Remmber the Ballintotis Fit4Life Club continue to meet throughout the summer months each Tuesday at Ballintotis Community Centre at 7.15pm. Other training sessions are also arranged at various times during the week. Already a number of club members are setting their sights on the Dingle Half Marathon later this year.
At present there are a host of local races taking place on a weekly basis. This week members will be in action in the Mount Uniacke 5K on this evening (Wednesday). Next week it's the Corkbeg 4 MIle Race on Thursday with Youghal AC hosting their annual 5K on Thursday July 13th - all races begin at 8pm.
A great turn out of locals was present last week at the second leg of the Ballycotton Summer Road Race Series which saw an overall entry of almost 600 for the 40th running of the Shanagarry 5 Miler.
Well done to all took part, to the club. Leading Ballintotis Fit4Life finisher was Cyril Garde, who is in flying form at the moment and clocked 32;54. He was followed by Brendan McGrath in 33:51 and TJ Carew just behind. A number of athletes also managed to make decisive inroads into their time recorded in the Ballyandreen 5 Miler, amongst these was Tim Troy who enjoyed a superb run in Shanagarry.
Again Kevin O'Leary of East Cork AC was in splendid form. The local Stumphil man, who runs with East Cork AC finished averaged 5 minutes 26 seconds per mile, to finish in fifth place overall in 27:15.
A Glance Towards Autumn/Winter
We have a wealth of talented singers, musicians and even actors in the locality - so why not get the show on the road with a Ballintotis Music and Drama Group?. The Community Centre is the ideal base and by forming a new group in September - surely a Christmas production would be a realistic target?
Secondly - how about the Ballintotis Flower and Garden Club - again we have many people in the area with a great interest in gardening. Monthly meetings and guest demonstrations at the Community Centre along with trips to various gardens are within the bounds of reality.
The rebirth of the Foroige Club is needed to cater for the younger generation. Foroige gives great support to the local leaders, all is required are a few people to take up the mantle of responsibility. again we have the Community Centre as an ideal base.
Finally, the Community Centre also has a handball wall and lined court. Do we have a few people that can give an hour or two a week to reform this group?
Food for thought during the summer months - but let's aim to get all these groups up and running by the end of September. Notice is here given that a meeting for all interested parties will take place in the Community Centre. Please spread the word about these new ventures. In the meantime, give a call to John on 086-8778182 if you are interested in becoming involved in assisting in any of the above.
This column is taking a break for the summer months, but remember any individual news items from the Ballintotis area are always welcome for publication . Please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.