The eagerly awaited launch of Tom Lyons' book "The Quest for the Little Norah" went ahead in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen on Friday, January 23rd and was a great success, with a very large crowd present.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies retained their 6th West Cork title with a comfortable win over near neighbours Rosscarbery in the final played at Ahamilla on Sunday 16/11/2014. Rosscarbery started the better and led 1-03 to 0-01 after 15 minutes with Clon struggling to break down a stubborn Ross defence. However goals from Juanita Brennan and Rosemarie Dullea left Clon leading at half time 2-03 to 1-04. The second half saw Clon take control in most sectors with the defence magnificent, none more so than the tigerish Rebecca McAree at corner back. With the defence on top Clon’s link up play was excellent with the middle diamond of Sinead O’Neill, Louise Collins, Claire and Aine O’Leary creating opportunities for the forward line who were not found wanting. Two goals from Ciara Ryan and another from the outstanding Rosemarie Dullea along with points from Ailbhe Dowling and Anna O’Hea left Clon comfortable winners on a final score of 5-11 to 2-05. Afterwards Clon captain Carol-Anne O’Donovan accepted the West Cork trophy to the delight of the home following. All the club officers, committee members, players and mentors would like to take this opportunity to wish Carol-Anne every good luck for her upcoming wedding. She is a great club person, a fantastic leader on the pitch and everyone wishes herself and Bernard a great day on December 5th and a wonderful life together. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Susie Forristal, Carol-Anne O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Jenny Quinn, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Aine O’Leary, Beulah McManus (0-01), Louise Collins, Juanita Brennan (1-02) 0-2 frees, Rosemarie Dullea (2-00), Maura O’Brien (0-02) 0-01 free, Ciara Ryan (2-01), Ailbhe Dowling (0-02) 0-01 free, Anna O’Hea (0-02), Sue Downey, Caroline Dullea, Aoife Barry, Lydia Kenny, Grace McManus, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Leanne Calnan, Hollie O’Sullivan.
Pride of place goes to the Clonakilty U-13 girls footballers who won the West Cork U13b final in great style defeating a valiant St Colums team by 5-4 to 3-5. Both teams had met in an earlier round of the competition finishing in a draw on that occasion. Clonakilty knew they were in for a challenge and the game turned out exactly that. While there were many brilliant individual displays from Clonakilty players, this victory was based on a solid team performance encompassing all that is good in Ladies Gaelic football – skill, commitment and confidence in the players own ability. A huge effort was made by the girls in the lead up to this final and it was evident from this display that the girls embraced the style of play the mentors had wished them to play. From the very start, the game ebbed and flowed being played at a ferocious pace by both sides. Clonakilty went in at half time 2 points down. The girls decided that they were not going to go home empty handed and from the restart set down a marker to St Colums and turned the 2 point deficit to a lead that they would not relinquish. The Clonakilty backs put their bodies on the line and some vital saves by goalie Eve Murphy kept a brave St Colums team to just 2 scores in the second half. When the final whistle blew the Clonakilty girls celebrated but showed respect to the St Colums players who were likewise gracious in defeat. On return to Clonakilty, the girls paraded the cup through the town. These girls are the future of the Clonakilty Ladies Football Club and it was only right and proper that the girls were treated to food and refreshments for their efforts on the day and throughout the year. This was greatly appreciated by the girls who are now on a well deserved break, having brought the first piece of silverware to the Clonakilty Ladies Club this year. Team: Eve Murphy, Aoife Moloney, Ellen Lawlor, Eimear Walsh, Ciara Deasy, Tess Kelly, Laura O’Donovan, Abby Wycherley, Meabh O’Donovan, Chloe Allman, Kiya O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunlea, Sinead O’Grady, Kelsey O’Mahony, Leah McAree (Capt). Sophie Sheehan, Grace Lawlor, Aine Downey,Aeisha Hurley. Team Mentors: John O’Grady, John Minihan, Mary Collins, Margo Harte, Finbar O’Mahony, Claire Hurley
The Club will hold a Halloween Disco on Friday the 24th October at 8.00pm in the Imperial Hotel. Admission to the Disco is €5.00, age is restricted from 8 to 14 year olds and it will be fully supervised. A shop will be open on the night selling sweets, crisps, soft drinks etc. Fancy Dress optional.
Congraulations go to our U13 girls and management on their recent success on winning the West Cork League Final on Sunday 12th last, when they defeated St. Colums in Kealkil. Well done to all involved. The Club will hold a Halloween Disco on Friday the 24th October at 8.00pm in the Imperial Hotel. Admission to the Disco is €5.00, age is restricted from 8 to 14 year olds and it will be fully supervised. A shop will be open on the night selling sweets, crisps, soft drinks etc. Fancy Dress optional.
On Saturday, 29th November 2014 Clonakilty GAA Club, in conjunction with Clonakilty Ladies Football Club and Clonakilty Camogie Club will hold a night of celebration to mark the fifth anniversary of the winning on the county senior football championship, county intermediate camogie championship and county junior ladies football championship (as well as Munster and All-Ireland junior ladies football championship) in the never-to-be-forgotten year of 2009. Players from all three teams, club members and all others are urged to attend what promises to be a wonderful night of recollection and memories. There will be an exhibition of photographs and newspaper cuttings from 2009 on display on the night. Food will be served and tickets are priced at just ten Euro each, available from all club members. Come along and support this Clonakilty GAA club initiative
Ladies Football Update 29/09.
Everyone at Clonakilty Ladies Gaelic Football Club would like to congratulate the Cork Senior Ladies and management whose incredible record continued yesterday at Croke Park when they snatched victory from a great Dublin team in the dying minutes. Special congratulations go to our own Martina O’Brien who played in goal and did herself, her county and her club proud on the day. It was an incredible game of football and just when we all thought it was not going to be their day, the Rebelettes dug deep and went from 10 points down with 15 minutes to go, to scoring 2-7 and winning by the narrowest of margins. It was an incredible comeback and made us all proud to be part of ladies football and especially Cork. Well done again to all concerned and especially to Martina, you are a great ambassador for our club and we all wish you continued success.
The Clonakilty Ladies Football Club & Ahamilla are proud to host the Cork Senior Ladies Football panel, led by our own Martina O'Brien who will train on Sunday morning at 11.00am in Ahamilla. Come along and support and meet these amazing ladies who are contesting their 9th All-Ireland Final in a row on Sunday 27th in Croke Park. Good luck to all involved.
The Club would like to wish the U16 girls, trainers and mentors the very best of luck in the County Semi-Final on Friday 19th @ 6.30pm in Redmonds Pitch when they take on Kanturk. Best of luck girls
The U16 girls played Na Piarsaigh on September 13 in Ahamilla in the county quarter final winning on a scoreline 3-14 to 0-04. This was by far Clon’s best performance of the year with every player from 1 to 20 giving their all on the day. There were excellent displays all round beginning with Eabha Walsh in goal giving an exhibition of kicking to set up many of our attacks. Our defence was well marshalled by Captain Aoife Barry with great assistance from Anna McCarthy, Sue Downey, Katie O`Connor, Lauren A. O`Sullivan & Meabh Deasy. The towering figures of Hollie O`Sullivan & Ciara Ryan dominated midfield & as the score suggests our forwards were on fire with Leanne Calnan giving a wonderful display of goal scoring and point taking, ably assisted by Orla Lowney, Lauren S.O`Sullivan and the impressive Madelyn Hughes on the wing. All roads lead to a county semi final on September 20th against Kanturk. Time and venue to be confirmed when knows. The U8s and U10s went to Passage West on Saturday to compete in a blitz and had a very successful day. These girls have had a great year, huge numbers of girls training and everyone having lots of fun which is the main objective at this age. . Date for the Diary: Halloween Disco on Friday 28th November
Clonakilty Senior Ladies bowed out of the County Senior B championship on Sunday evening (Sept 7th) in Kilmurry when they were beaten in the semi final by Donoughmore. A Donoughmore goal after 12 minutes proved decisive in the first half and Clon were unable to bridge the gap and went in at half time trailing 1-05 to 0-04. The second half took on a similar pattern with Clon having an equal amount of possession but always seemed to be faced by a black wall of Donoughmore defenders. Donoughmore found their scores a bit easier to come by and ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-08. Martina O’Brien gave her usual solid performance in goal and all 6 backs defended stoutly with Rebecca McAree having one of her best outings yet in a Clon jersey. The O’Leary sisters worked hard in midfield and the forwards with Beulah McManus giving a wholehearted effort, toiled hard without always having success. Clon still have to defend their West Cork Senior title which should be coming up shortly. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Aileen McCarthy, Carol-Anne O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill (0-01), Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Aine O’Leary (0-01), Beulah McManus (0-01), Jenny Quinn, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Louise Collins, Ciara McCarthy, Maura O’Brien (0-03) 0-01 free, Rosemary Dullea, Caroline Dullea, Aoife Barry, Hollie O’Sullivan, Ellen Hayes, Lydia Kenny, Ailbhe Dowling, Juanita Brennan, Rebecca O’Sullivan, Orla Deasy Dunne, Leanne Calnan.
Clonakilty will play Carbery Rangers in the quarter final of the Co Senior Footall C/ship on Sunday Sept 21st at Enniskeane @ 6pm
Congratulations to our U21 hurlers who beat Dohenys in the final on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-07 in a game which we trailed at half-time.However in the second half we upped the intensity, held our opponents to just one point and went on to win convincingly at the end.Well done to the team and management. 1 David Walsh 2 Colm Sheehy 3 Ciaran Crowley 4 Eoin Deasy 5 Martin Scally 6 Sean White 7 Eamonn Downey 8 Cian O Donovan 9 Duncan Lehane 10 Eoin Ryan 11 Kevin Cormican 12 David Lowney 13 Eoin O Neill 14 Jack O Mahony 15 Sean McAvoy Subs Ian Falvey,Ross Mannix, Emmet O Gorman, Tiarnan O Connell Selectors David O Leary, Mike Harrington, Charlie Vaughan, Seamus O Brien
Junior A hurling c'ship q/final, Clonakilty v Newcestown in Ballinascarthy, August 3rd at 7 pm
The recent death of Flor Hayes in London at the age of 70 has evoked considerable sadness and nostalgia among GAA followers everywhere, and especially in his native Clonakilty. Long before the word "superstar" came into common usage Flor Hayes was truly a superstar on the playing fields.
All teams are now up and running and training very hard for what will hopefully be a very successful season for the Club. The Senior Ladies have completed their league campaign and are awaiting Championship Fixtures for the season ahead. The U14 girls are the only other team in competitive action so far this year. Most other competitive action is on hold due to exams both at Secondary School and University Level. The May Bank Holiday disco was a big success and was enjoyed by all who attended. Our congratulations and best wishes go to Martina O’Brien, Aine O’Leary, Beulah McManus and Ciara Ryan who are again playing their part both at County and University level. Ciara Ryan played with the Cork U16’s recently when they defeated Waterford in the Munster Final on a scoreline of 1.15 to 1.14 and best of luck to Martina O’Brien, Aine O’Leary and their team mates in the forthcoming National League Final against Dublin on May 10th.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies collected their first win of the season with a comfortable victory against a young Donoughmore side on Friday April 11th in Ahamilla. Clon started brightly and a goal from Maura O’Brien gave Clon an early lead and despite a number of wides they tacked on points from Claire O’Leary, Ciara Ryan and Lydia Kenny to lead at half time 1-08 to 0-03. Clon’s backs were well on top epitomised by outstanding performances by Niamh Deasy and Rebecca McAree. A goal from Aine O’Leary early in the second half killed the game as a contest. With Louise Collins being the focal point of the attack Clon added on points from Jenny Quinn and a cracker from Ellen Hayes which left the final score Clon 2-13 Donoughmore 0-05. Team: Anna O’Hea, Aoife O’Neill, Carol Ann O’Donovan (Capt), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Aileen McCarthy, Claire O’Leary (0-01), Lydia Kenny (0-02), Jenny Quinn (0-02), Aine O’Leary (1-05) 0-02 frees, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Maura O’Brien (1-01), Louise Collins, Ellen Hayes (0-01).
Everyone in Clonakilty GAA club sends congratulations to Sean White, centre-back on the Cork team that captured the Munster U 21 football title on April 9th 2014
Clonakilty Senior Ladies travelled to Eire Og on Sunday March 30th to take on the locals in the Senior League. Clon played against the breeze in the first half and got off to a great start with a goal from Ciara Ryan. However as the half wore on Clon found themselves under increasing pressure from a lively Eire Og outfit. At half time Eire Og led 2-07 to 1-01. Clon battled well in the second half and took some fine scores from Carol Ann O’Donovan, Sinead O’Neill and a good goal from Jenny Quinn narrowed the gap but they were unable to get close enough. Final score: Eire Og 2-12 Clon 2-06. This was a decent performance considering that Clon had 16 players 3 of whom were carrying injuries. Special mention also to Martina O’Brien, Aileen McCarthy, Aine O’Leary and Maura O’Brien in a brave team performance. Panel: Team: Martina O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Carol Ann O’Donovan (Capt) (0-02, 0-01 free), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill (0-01), Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary, Beulah McManus (0-01), Aileen McCrathy, Aine O’Leary, Ciara Ryan (1-00), Maura O’Brien, Jenny Quinn (1-02, 0-1 free), Ellen Hayes, Louise Collins.
Clon Senior Ladies continued their league campaign when they entertained reigning county champions St Val’s in Ahamilla on Saturday 22ndMarch. Clon played with the strong wind in the first half and more than held their own against a very useful Val’s outfit. Again Martina O’Brien showed her class in goal while the backs as a unit were outstanding, epitomised by captain Carol Ann O’Donovan and Jenny Quinn who caused a lot of problems for the St Val’s defence when moved to the forward line in the second half. A fine goal taken with aplomb by Anna O’Hea and a nice point by young Ciara Ryan left the half time score... Val’s 1-06 Clon 1-03. Clon were under pressure for a lot of the second half but never left the heads drop. This was an encouraging performance by Clon and bodes well for the future. Final Score: St Val’s 1-15 Clon 1-04. Panel: Martina O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Jenny Quinn (0-01), Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary, Lydia Kenny (0-01), Louise Collins, Juanita Brennan (0-01, free), Rosemary Dullea, Maura O’Brien, Anna O’Hea (1-00), Caroline Dullea, Aileen McCarthy, Ciara Ryan (0-01), Carol Ann O’Donovan, Aine O’Leary, Ellen Hayes.
Clonakilty Senior Ladies travelled to Mourneabbey on Friday March 14th to take on the locals in the first league game of the season. Clon played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and despite a lack of serious pre season training put in a fine performance on the night. Some fine free taking by Juanita Brennan and a cracking goal from Jenny Quinn had Clon 2 points ahead coming up to half time. But a Mourneabbey goal just before the break had Clon trailing 1-06 to 1-05 at the short whistle. Special mention to the 6 Clon backs who formed a very tight unit especially in the first half and of course Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien who pulled off some fine saves throughout the match. Clon battled very well in the second half thanks to the hard working Beulah McManus and Aine O’Leary. Points from Beulah McManus, Maura O’Brien and Grace McManus meant Clon trailed by only 5 points 2-11 to 1-09 with 9 minutes remaining. But they tired late on and with no substitutes to bring on, eventually lost on a scoreline of 2-16 to 1-09. Team: Martina O’Brien, Aoife O’Neill, Carol Ann O’Donovan, Rebecca McAree, Niamh Deasy, Sinead O’Neill, Susie Forristal, Claire O’Leary, Beulah McManus (0-01), Louise Collins, Aine O’Leary, Juanita Brennan (0-04) 0-02 frees, Maura O’Brien (0-01), Jenny Quinn (1-02), Grace McManus (0-01). Next Senior Fixture: Clon V St Val’s in Ahamilla on (Saturday 22nd March) @ 5.00 p.m.
Clonakilty GAA Club wishes to advise all its players/members and supporters to prioritise their health and well being by not in any way, directly or indirectly, participating in the "Necknomination" Craze that has claimed the lives of a number of young people in recent days. We urge you all to protect yourselves, your families and friends from the serious risks involved by not, under any circumstances nominating them to participate in this "game".
Clonakilty were awarded the prestigious "Buckley Financial Club of The Year" for 2013 at a Gala Dinner in Dunmanway on Friday, January 17th. Well done to all involved