Summer has been a hectic period for Ballinora clubs. While we enjoyed the lovely weather, we have also enjoyed the entertainment provided by our glorious games.
Towards the end of the school term many of our club players were involved in school competitions with wins for Colaiste Spioraid Naoimh and Colaiste Choilm.
Our teams competed admirably in the Feile competitions for both Hurling and Football on what were great weekends.
Well done to all players from the club who were part of Cork teams and squads this year. Ben Hegarty was on the Cork Primary Schools team, Jack Drinan and Rian Murphy u14, Jack Trench, Jack Hegarty, Adam Shaw and Adam Kennedy u15, Mark O’Brien, Sean Lyons, Ben Mayer and Darragh Byrne u16.
Well done to Robert Quirke who was part of the U17 Cork Football Panel that won the Munster Final.
Well done to Julia Mehigan who won an All-Ireland medal with Cork u14s, to Ellie McCaulliffe, Amy O’Riordan and Louise O’Neill who were on the Cork Camogie Panel that won the U16 All Ireland Final. Well done to Amy O’Riordan who was on the U16 Football team and to Meabh and Rose Murphy and Cliona Dooley who were on the Cork Senior Camogie teams that narrowly lost in their respective All Ireland Finals.
Well done to Alan O’Shea, Kevin Murphy and Mike Lordan who were part of the Muskerry teams that took part in the Senior Championships.
The coaching sessions in Ballinora School continued right to the end of the school term and ended with the Tony O’Mahony tournament. Both the Camogie and Hurling teams got to the Sciath na Scoil finals which is testament to the great work being done with the school coaching.
The lotto jackpot continued to rise and is climbing steadily. The number of €25 spot prize winners continues to grow. We have already seen the benefit of this with the addition of the new score board in Ballymaw. Remember- It could be you! Well done to club winners of the Rebel Bounty draw with James Lordan, Tracey Kilgallon and Sean Brennan recently winning.
We had a great turn out of stewards for the Cork Summer show in June which helped ensure the parking arrangements flowed smoothly. This was a welcome return of an event that’s one of the biggest in the county calendar and was sorely missed during covid. We were ably supported by the Retired Men’s group who helped in the setting up. This helped raise much needed funds for the club.
The club launched the Healthy Clubs initiative with a “Healthy”coffee morning in Ballymaw and a survey to capture ideas and views on how we can make our Club healthier.
This year’s Cul camp was once again a huge success with over 180 kids taking part. A huge thanks to Colm Walsh and all who ably assisted to make this a great success. Cork Hurler, Ger Mellerick made an appearance and imparted his knowledge to budding young stars.
Our annual Golf Classic took place on the 26th of August where almost 50 teams took part on a wonderful day. Thanks to all our sponsors, players and our organising committee. Thanks also to the Lee Valley for hosting the event and ensuring the course was in great condition.
We are delighted to welcome Impresso Espresso coffee station to Ballymah this September. All are welcome to join for a cuppa and snacks from 10am to 11.30am each Saturday.
Our teams are all progressing well at all age levels. We got off to a great start to the summer by winning the U14 P2 Hurling Championship with a great win over Blackrock.
Our U13s recently won the U13P2 Hurling with a great win over Charleville.
Our Intermediate Footballers retained their Intermediate status for 2023 and our Junior Hurlers have progressed to the Semi Final of the Mid Cork Championship. Keep an eye out on our social media channels for the latest updates from all teams.
Non player Club membership is now open, so if you wish to renew your membership or become a member, please log on to www.foireann.ie or contact any club officer. All club members who are registeed by Sept. 30th will be entered into an exclusive club members draw for a €50 voucher sponsored by O’Sheas bar.
Wishing all teams, players, mentors, committees, volunteers every success.
Baile Nóra Abu!