All committe members who are available to help, on a rota basis, for the hosting of games in Ahamilla are asked to contact one of the five group leaders, Seamus O Brien, Sean Whelton, Sinead Crowley, Liam O Brien or Fachtna Mc Carthy, to confirm which group they will help with for the hosting of games in 2013'
Clon Ladies Football Club would like to wish Ciara Ryan and her Cork team mates the very best of luck in their Munster Final when they take on near rivals Kerry, on Saturday 11th @ 6.30pm in CIT. Let's hope they make it three in a row with the Minors and U16s having already defeated Kerry in their respective Munster Finals with the help of local heroes, Jenny Quinn & Ailbhe Dowling. Up Cork
Legendery Cork hurler and footballer, Ray Cummins, will be the guest of honour at the big Gathering event in Ahamilla on Saturday, May 4th All are welcome to come along from 9-30pm
Ray Cummins is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Cummins' status as one of the all-time hurling greats is self-evident. In a senior inter-county career that lasted for thirteen years he won four All-Ireland titles, nine Munster titles, three National Hurling League titles and three Railway Cup titles with Munster. As a Gaelic footballer Cummins also enjoyed the ultimate in success. In a senior inter-county football career that lasted for ten years Cummins won one All-Ireland title, three Munster titles and one Railway Cup title with Munster
Throughout 2013 Clonakilty GAA Club is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its establishment The focus of those celebrations will be a number of events in the sports complex at Ahamilla on the weekend of 3/4 May, the same weekend that will see Clonakilty people everywhere celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the granting of the Charter to establish the town.
On the Friday night there will be a photographic exhibition and this is sure to generate great interest, and quite a lot of nostalgia.
On the Saturday, immediately after the senior football championship game involving Clonakilty and Aghada, the complex should be a hive of activity as a re-union will be held of all teams that contested county senior football and West Cork junior hurling finals. All are welcome
The ever popular Summer Camps will go ahead as usual in 2013. Enquire at Ahamilla at any time
Gaelic for Mums training has recommenced and takes place every friday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in Ahamilla. This is a total "fun" sport and new members together with all existing members are more than welcome. For further information please contact Eileen Collins on 0877706005.
Clonakilty Junior Ladies opened their league campaign on Saturday last (Mar 16th) with a good victory over Tadgh McCarthaighs. Clon found the net three times in the first 10 minutes courtesy of Jamie O’Regan, Lydia Kenny and Niamh O’Donovan. This great start plus a couple of fine points from Hollie Hayes enabled the team to play some very good football and with all the backs playing well as a defensive unit, Clon led 3-04 to 0-01 at half time. Fine displays by Aoife O’Neill, Jennifer White and the tenacious Faye Langley was the launch pad for further scores in the second half. Clon added 2 more goals from the accurate Ellen Hall and Caroline Dullea who also popped up with an excellent point from an acute angle. With Rosemary Dullea and Grace McManus working hard at midfield Clon ran out winners on a scoreline of 5-05 to 0-01. This was a good display to start the season and it was particularly encouraging to see the younger players showing up so well. Panel: Anna O’Hea, Sue Downey, Aoife O’Neill, Faye Langley, Lydia Kenny (1-0), Niamh Desmond Collins, Jennifer White (Capt), Rosemary Dullea, Grace McManus, Caroline Dullea (1-1), Ellen Hall (1-1), Hollie Hayes (0-2), Niamh O’Donovan (1-0), Jamie O’Regan (1-1), Mary Jo Williams, Alice O’Donoghue, Erin Ryan.
The Club would also like to congratulate Ciara Ryan who played centre back on the Cork U14 team on Monday when they took on and convincingly beat old rivals Kerry and Ailbhe Dowling who played at wing forward for the Cork U16s, who again took on and beat Kerry-well done girls from all in the Club
Championship draws for 2013 see Clonakilty junior hurlers taking on St. James of Ardfield in round one. Losers play Ballinascarthy or St. Colums. In Junior A football Clon play Barryroe. Losers play either Mathunas or Ilen Rovers. In under 21 football Clon play Newcestown. The junior B footballers received a bye while the junior C hurlers play Kilbree.
Clonakilty Junior A footballers took on Barryroe in the first round of the 2013 West Cork championship in Timoleague on Sunday, May 12th. Following the excellent win of the senior side the previous night Clon supporters were in positive mood before the game and the players were also also in confident mood. Unfortunately, there was a gale force wind blowing towards the dressingroom end. Clon had the benefit of this in the first half but did not make as much use of it as they might have hoped. Ian Falvey had the opening score of the game with a good point from play and despite missing many chances, other points followed from Alan Murphy, one from play and one from a free, Graham Murray, Scott Sheehan and Jack Cowhig (free) before the Barryroe men finally got off the mark with a point from a close-in free in front of the goal in the 26th minute. During the first half the Barryroe side struggled to get the ball beyond mid-field as the wind played havoc with their efforts to make progress. The margin was only five points at the break, 0-06 to 0-1 and the feeling was that the physically stronger and older Barryroe players would get the better of a very young Clon side in the second half. However, it was not to be. Clon actually opened the scoring after just two minutes when Sheehan pointed from play. Barryroe were making little use of the ball, still playing a short passing game that made no progress against a hard tackling and tough Clon defence, where veteran, Timmy O Sullivan was excellent. Cork minor, Sean White, was also very effective in carrying the ball against the wind. The mid-field pairing of Stephen Sheehy and Liam Cahill did very well and won more than their share of possession. As a result, Barryroe were starved of possession and it took all of fourteen minutes before they finally opened their second half account when one of their defenders pointed from play. They now started to use the long ball and were more dangerous, without ever really threatning to take over. Three minutes later they got their third point but the game ended as a contest soon afterwards when an incisive Clon attack that saw the ball moved with real speed and purpose ended with impressive sub, J.P. Maughan being unceremoniously grounded by the Barryroe goalie. The resultant penalty was expertly converted by Ian Falvey. Barryroe did score two late points buit they were only consolation scores as Clon held on to win on a score of 1-07 to 0-05. The win capped a great weekend for Clon footballers following on the victory of the seniors over Aghada the previous night and the outstanding display of the under 16 footballers in the Walsh Supermarket Invitation Tournament in Ahamilla on Saturday. Team; Conor O Callaghan, Cian O Donovan, Patrick O Sullivan, Timmy O Sullivan, Sean White, Mark Sheehy, Danny Walker, Liam Cahill, Stephen Sheehy, Scott Sheehan, Graham Murray, Michael Finn, Ian Falvey, Alan Murphy, Jack Cowhig. Sub used was J.P. Maughan
Clonakilty senior footballers scored a surprise but well deserved win over Aghada in the first round of the 2013 county championship in a game played in Ballygarvan on Saturday evening, May 11th. There was strong wind favouring the team playing away from the dressingroom goal but otherwise conditions were fine as it was bright sunny evening, with the pitch in good order. The large band of Clonakilty followers were generally pessimistic about their team's chances in the build up to the game as a result of very indifferent league form. Unusually, Clon lined out in white jerseys, having lost the toss for choice of colours, the board having deemed that there was a clash between the clubs' first choice jersys. This problem had never arisen in the many previous clashes between the clubs and left many supporters bemused! Clon played against the wind in the opening half and almost had a dream start when the Aghada goalie, in a moment of panic, advanced away out from his goal. One of his defenders lost possession and when the ball fell to Johnny Leahy he did well to create space to give himself a a shot at the empty net from about thirty yards out. Unfortunately, his shot went just over for the opening point. In the third and fifth minutes Aghada scored points from play. Their forwards were looking very lively and were creating numerous scoring chances. The pressure told when, in the eight minute, an Aghada forward was pulled down in the square and the resultant penalty was expertly converted, low to the left corner. Two mintes later, Johnny Leahy, who looked very dangerous in possession scored a free from just inside the twenty metre line, slightly to the right. The East Cork side responed immediately with a pointed free of their own and after a six minute gap during which they missed many chances to punish Clon the Aghada men added another point, this time from play. After further missed chances from their wasteful opponents, Clon added a much needed point from Leahy, this time from a free straight in front of goal and around twenty five metres out. In the 23rd minute the lively Barry O Mahony scored a really good point from play. However, the Aghada men added two further points, from a free and play before the short whistle. It was 1-06 to 0-04 as the teams retired at half-time and the general view was that the advantage rested with the East Cork men, who seemd stronger and livelier than Clon. However, as often happens, the momentum of the game changed completely on the resumption. Clon made some astute switches. Timmy Anglin went to full-forward where he used his height and strength to great effect. Fine play from Sean Nagle and Thomas Clancy saw Clon take over around the middle and suddenly Aghada looked a less convincing outfit. Within a minute, Denis Murphy found himself at the end of a dangerous attack and knocked the ball over from close range. Though Clon were very much in control of play now they missed a number of scoring chances and the next score did not arrive until the 14th minute of the half. It was worth the wait. Attacking wing back, David O Regan kicked a mighty point from play from around fifty metres out and to the left. The score lifted the team. The margin was down to a goal now and within a minute Leahy had scored a great free from around thirty metres out and to the right. Clon supporters were in full voice now and sensed that the game was within their team's grasp. After almost incessant pressure it was O'Regan again who scored a great point from play in the 18th minute from around twenty metres out. A few minutes later Barry O Mahony, who was to emerge as man of the match scored a fine point from a free. With their large support firmly behind them, the Clon players upped their game again and the scores followed. O'Mahony added a magnificent point from distance though under tremendous pressure. Clon were ahead now by the minimum but Aghada finally lifted the siege to score a point from play in the 23rd minute, their only score of the second half. After some end to end play during which scores were missed and possession was regularly turned over by both teams as they fought frantically for the lead it was Clon who clinched the game. Three points from the rampant O' Mahony, one a delightful effort with his left foot from play, sealed the win for Clon. The victory was well deserved as the team had raised its game to tremendous heights during the second half. While Barry O Mahony, and to a lesser extent, Johnny Leahy and David O 'Regan, took the plaudits for their scoring exploits, the win was built around the mid-field dominance in the second half. Here, Thomas Clancy, and even more so, Sean Nagle, were the heroes, totally blotting out the formidable Aghada pairing. The half back line of David O Regan, Finbarr Coughlan and Denis Murphy were also hugely influential as they picked up most of the breaking ball around the middle. Overall, it was great result for Clon. The pressure of possible relegation is gone and the win will do morale and confidence the world of good. The management team will have a few months to develop the team. Improvememnt is needed but the potential is there. Team; James O Brien, Liam Lyons, Tony Anglin, Gearoid Barry, Denis Murphy, Finbarr Coughlan, David O Regan, Sean Nagle, Thomas Clancy, Donal Lyons, Timmy Anglin (c), Eugene Mc Carthy,
Johnny Leahy, Colin O Donovan and Barry O Mahony. Sub used was Jack O Mahony, who did well on his championsghip debut at the tended age of 17.
Other subs were, Conor O Callaghan, Sean White, Mark Sheehy, Patrick O Sullivan, Liam Cahill, Stephen Sheehy, Graham Murray, Conor Mc Manus, Ian Falvey and Alan Murphy
Cloonakilty Junior A footballers defeated Barryroe by 1-07 to 0-05 in the 1st round chammpionship game in Timoleague on Sunday, May 12th.
Clonakilty defeated Aghada by 0-13 to 1-07 after a great second half comeback in the first round county championship game in Ballygarvan.
Senior football championship v Aghada now on May 11th. Junior football v Barryroe now on May 12th and Junior A hurling v Ardfield now on May 18th
Well done to Thomas Clancy and Cork under 21 footballers on reaching the All-Ireland final, and Sean White on playing with Cork minor footballers in the draw with Kerry
Clonakilty defeated St. Vincents in Ahamilla on 21st April by 1-15 to 3-06 to get their league campaign back on track following a defeat to Naomh Abhan earlier in the week
Clonakilty under 21 footballers captured the 2013 West Cork championship in tremendous style on Sunday, April 14th in Enniskeane as a result of a 0-12 to 0-03 win over a fancied Castlehaven side. In the build up to the game the general feeling was that it would be a very close encounter, with little likely to divide the sides. As the large crowd gathered in Enniskeane it was clear that the weather conditions would be most unpleasant. A gale force wind blew from the South-West, favouring the team playing into the dressing-room goal. In addition, the pitch was naturally very heavy following substantial rainfall in the preceeding week. In fact, the game had been scheduled to be played in Leap but was moved to the excellent Enniskeane venue on the previous Friday when it became clear that the Leap venue would be unplayable. The biting cold and strong wind made life uncomfortable for players and spectators alike but there was a real buzz in the air as everyone expected a great game.
Clonakilty were impressive winners of the 2013 West Cork under 21 football final in Enniskeane on Sunday April 14th. Final score was 0-12 to 0-03
Clonakilty under 21 footballers advanced to the 2013 West Cork final as a result of a comfortable win over near-neighbours, Carbery Rangers in dreadful conditions at a wet and wind-swept Aughaville on Saturday, March 23rd. The game was originally scheduled to have been part of an attractive double-header in Dunmanway involving the second semi-final between Castlehaven and Bandon. The dreadful weather conditions in the days leading up to the game made it necessary to move one fixture and it was the derby clash between Clon and Ross that was switched to Aughaville.
Clonakilty Community College senior football team suffered a heartbreaking one point defeat in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday, March 30th. Final score was; St. Marys, Granard 1-07. Clon CC 0-09.