September Rebel Og Award goes to Cork Minor Hurlers

Rebel Og Award for September 2017

August Rebel Og Award goes to Cork U17 hurlers 

The winner of the August Rebel Og Award is the Cork U17 hurlers following their success in winning Munster and All-Ireland titles. 
AUGUST 2017 WINNERS

CORK U17 HURLERS

Winners of the Munster and All-Ireland Titles

The Cork U17 Hurling Squad under coach John Considine, a former Sars and Cork Hurling Star, lifted the U17 All-Ireland Title recently with a two point victory over Dublin on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-17, are the August 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners).  

Winning Campaign Synopsis 

 Cork 0-16 v Limerick 0-06

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 11th April 2017

Cork dominated this Munster Championship quarter-final from start to finish.  Limerick started short a couple of their u18 side and struggled to match Cork.  From the start Cork generated ample scoring opportunities but poor shoot selection and a lack of composure meant Cork only led 0-07 to 0-02 at half-time.  Any chance of a Limerick revival was finished when they were reduced to 14 men immediately after the break.  Daire Connery and the remainder of the defence kept Limerick to six points for the hour.  If Cork had not shot 17 wides then the margin of victory would have been greater.
Cork 2-22 v Tipperary 2-09

Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork, 18th April 2017

Cork and Tipperary served up an exciting and high quality Munster semi-final.  Every time Cork opened a gap on the scoreboard, a combination of lapses in concentration by Cork and Tipperary resilience resulted in Tipperary closing the gap.  However, a storming finish by Cork resulted in a 13 point victory margin.
Cork 3-13 v Waterford 1-12

Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 25th April 2017

Cork won the u17 Munster hurling final after a tense battle with Waterford in Fraher Field.  The quality of hurling was not helped by the condition and, as a result, the game never hit the heights that might have been expected.  Cork started the game strongly playing into the cold wind and opened up a 1-04 to 0-01 gap.  However, they allowed Waterford to steadily get back into the game.  At the break Waterford led 1-09 to 1-08.  Cork regrouped and, playing with the wind, took the game to Waterford.  Two gaols by Owen McCarthy proved crucial.  Cork missed a penalty and a number of other chances, however, these misses did not prove crucial as Cork kept Waterford to 3 points in the second half.
Cork 1-19 v Galway 1-17

Semple Stadium, Thurles, 26th July 2017

Cork advanced to the All-Ireland final after a narrow victory over Galway.  Despite playing into a strong breeze Cork started well and were three points to one up after six minutes.  Galway worked their way into the game and were leading by 0-09 to 0-06 as halftime approached.  However, a goal and a point by Colin O’Brien sent Cork in ahead at halftime.  Galway hit four points in the first eight minutes of the second half to open up a three point lead.  Cork steadily reduced the Galway lead and went ahead with 10 minutes remaining.  A Galway goal on 26 minutes tied up the game.  However, Cork kept their composure and three late Colin O’Brien points saw them over the line.
Cork 1-19 v Dublin 1-17

Croke Park, Dublin, 6th August 2017

Cork’s All-Ireland final victory followed a similar pattern to their All-Ireland final victory over Galway.  After a good start, Cork fell behind but a goal before halftime put Cork a point up at the break.  Cork were the dominant team in the second half but struggled to shake off a Dublin team that was reduced to 14 men after 12 minutes of the second half.  Dublin’s excellent use of the ball meant that they hit only two wides over the hour.  As in the semi-final Cork triumphed on a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-17.
The Munster campaign was run off over three successive Tuesdays in April.  A long delay followed from then until the 26th July for the All Ireland Semi Final v Galway.  Seven of the panel were involved during that period in a thrilling Munster Minor campaign defeating Waterford, had a draw following extra time in Thurles v Tipperary before winning the replay 4 days later in front of over 8,000 supporters in Páirc Uí Rinn and 6 days later defeating Clare in the Munster Final.
Interesting that in the All Ireland Semi Final and Final both winning and defeated sides scores were identical.
During the Munster and All Ireland series, team management used a different captain for each of the five games, Jack Hallahan (Cloyne) captained the side against Limerick, but injury ruled him out of the remaining games in the campaign.  Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh) was captain for the Páirc Uí Rinn encounter v Tipperary.  In Dungarvan for the Munster Final, Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe) had the honour of lifting the Munster trophy.  Carrigtwohill’s Aaron Walsh Barry was captain for the All-Ireland semi-final v Galway at Thurles which the Bride Rovers twins, Eoin and Brian Roche captained the side on All Ireland Final day at Croke Park.  Five different match day venues, five successful captains and a campaign that ended with the inaugural Under 17 All Ireland finding its home in Cork.  
Team that lined out in Final

1Eoin Davis St. Catherines

2 Eoin Roche Bride Rovers

3 Ciaran Nyhan Ballinascarthy 

4 Ronan Sheehan Mallow

 5 Cormac O’Brien Newtownshandrum

6 Conor O’CallaghanDromtarriffe    

7 Aaron Barry Walsh Carrigtwohill

8 Daire Connery Na Piarsaigh

9 Sean Twomey Courcey Rovers

10 Tommy O’Connell Midleton

11 Declan Hanlon Blarney    

12 Brian Roche Bride Rovers

13 Blake Murphy Na Piarsaigh

14 Joe Stack Castlemartyr                        

15 Colin O’Brien Liscarroll Churchtown Gaels

Subs: (16)  Luke Donovan (Na Piarsaigh),  (17) Jamie Copps (Ballyhea),  

(18) Sean O’Sullivan (Midleton), (19) Ronan McCarthy (St. Oliver Plunketts), (20) Liam Ryan (Iniscarra), (21) Killian Murphy (Sarsfields), (22) Shane O’Regan (Watergrasshill), 

(23) Owen McCarthy (Inniscarra), (24) Shane Barrett (Blarney). 
Extra Panel Members;

Darragh Moran (Castlemartyr) Cian Farmer (Midleton)

Con O’Leary (Inniscarra) Eoin McCarthy (Kilworth)

Sean McCarthy (Fermoy) Cian Crowley (Newmarket)
The following 4 either played or were part of the Munster Campaign

Kevin Finn (Midleton) Denis McBarron (Carrigaline)

Anthony Cronin (Glen Rovers) Ben O’Brien (St. Catherine’s)

Rebel Og Award for July to Ballinora U14s

Rebel Og Awards for July is going to Ballinora U14s following their success in Cork and National U14 Feile Football competition.

Rebel Og Awards committee have confirmed that Ballinora will receive the 2017 July Rebel Og Sports Award for their success in Feile Peile 2017.

JULY 2017 WINNERS

BALLINORA JUVENILE GAA CLUB

Division II Féile na nÓg Cork Champions

All-Ireland Semi-Finalists Féile na nÓg 2017

The July 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are Ballinora Juvenile GAA Club. They follow the quartet of June Winners, Féile na nGael Champions Sarsfields, Na Piarsaigh, Cuchullains and St. Kevin’s. January 2017 winners were Kiltha Óg, February Winners St. Colman’s College Fermoy, March winners Stephen O’Rourke and Niall Delany from Mallow, winners of the All-Ireland U17 Handball Championship, April Winners, Carbery Scór and the May 2017 Winners St. Francis College Rochestown, winners of the Simcox Cup. 2016 winners were Na Piarsaigh Minor Hurlers, Cork Ladies Minor Football Team, Sarsfield U14 Camogie Team, Glen Rovers U14 Hurlers, Mizen Rovers, Mitchelstown CBS, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney, Kilmurry Footballers, Buttevant Underage GAA Club and Mitchelstown Footballers and Ballygiblin Hurlers, Kilshannig Hurling Teams and Mallow Juvenile GAA Club. 2015 winners were Ahán Gaels, Midleton U15 Footballers, Cork’s Eimear Scally, Aghabullogue U16 Hurlers, Cork U15 Development Squad, Douglas U14 Footballers, St. Finbarrs U14 Hurlers, Christian Brothers Cork, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh (Camogie) Sacred Heart Clonakilty (Camogie) and Ilen Rovers.

BALLINORA GAA CLUB

The club was formally established in 1924 but the origins of the GAA in the parish go back to before the official formation of the Association. The first official recorded game was a hurling match versus Kinsale in 1864. The club has a proud history with a recent highlight being victory in the Mid Cork Junior hurling championship in 2016 after a 19 year gap.

Ballinora GAA club has experienced significant recent growth & currently caters for approx 200 juvenile members with an energetic and committed group of c.45 coaches playing an active part in developing these young players. The club currently has two playing facilities. Significant investment in capital facilities has occurred in recent years with more planned. This will cater for all playing & non playing members in the community, both male and female, for many years to come.

History was made on April 17th 2017 in Ballincollig, when the U14 footballers won the Cork Division 2 in Féile Peil for the first time. Ballinora beat Ibane Gaels in a great Cork final having won 5 games to reach that stage. Ballinora represented Cork at the National finals in Cavan/Monaghan on the weekend of June 23-25 and were beaten after extra Time by Maynooth in the Division 2 Quarter Final after winning all 3 group games. These group matches were against teams from Derry, Monaghan and Cavan. It was a memorable Féile weekend on and off the pitch with particular mention to our fantastic hosts from Ballyhaise Co. Cavan.

This achievement continues a strong heritage in Féile for the Ballinora club over the past number of years and a huge boost to the Ballinora underage section.

Rebel Og Award for June to Feile All-Ireland Winners

JUNE 2017 WINNERS

ALL IRELAND FÉILE NA NGAEL CHAMPIONS

Sarsfields – Division 1 Camogie Champions

Na Piarsaigh – Division 3 Hurling Champions

Cuchullains – Division 6 Hurling Champions

St. Kevin’s – Division 11 Hurling Champions

 The June 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are Sarsfields – Division 1 Camogie Champions, Na Piarsaigh – Division 3 Hurling Champions, Cuchullains – Division 6 Hurling Champions and St. Kevin’s – Division 11 Hurling Champions – all Féile na nGael Champions. 

 

 

Four Cork clubs competed in the finals of the All-Ireland Féile and proved worthy winners of the All-Irelands, culminating in four All-Ireland Titles.  The Victorious four sides, Sarsfield Camogie Club Glanmire, Na Piarsaigh, Cuchullains from Kanturk and Milford side St. Kevin’s formed a victorious Rebel County Quartet of All-Irelands.  A remarkable achievement and those four teams are recognised today for their endeavours with the richly deserved Rebel Og Award for June.

 

 

 

May Award for ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE ROCHESTOWN

MAY 2017 WINNERS ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE ROCHESTOWN Winners of the Simcox Cup 2017

The May 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are the ST. FRANCIS COLLGE ROCHESTOWN. They follow January 2017 winners Kiltha Óg, February Winners St. Colman’s College Fermoy, March winners Stephen O’Rourke and Niall Delany from Mallow, winners of the All-Ireland U17 Handball Championship and April Winners, Carbery Scór. 2016 winners were Na Piarsaigh Minor Hurlers, Cork Ladies Minor Football Team, Sarsfield U14 Camogie Team, Glen Rovers U14 Hurlers, Mizen Rovers, Mitchelstown CBS, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney, Kilmurry Footballers, Buttevant Underage GAA Club and Mitchelstown Footballers and Ballygiblin Hurlers, Kilshannig Hurling Teams and Mallow Juvenile GAA Club. 2015 winners were Ahán Gaels, Midleton U15 Footballers, Cork’s Eimear Scally, Aghabullogue U16 Hurlers, Cork U15 Development Squad, Douglas U14 Footballers, St. Finbarrs U14 Hurlers, Christian Brothers Cork, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh (Camogie) Sacred Heart Clonakilty (Camogie) and Ilen Rovers.

It was a case of third time lucky as ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN won their first Simcox Cup since the 1949-50 season with a brilliant performance over a gallant Cholaiste Choilm team on a score line on 1.11 to 0.12. Recent seasons brought much heartache as the school lost out narrowly to Macroom DLS in 2012 and Colaiste Chriost Ri in 2015 after a replay. Recent successes in the Dr. O’Callaghan Cup over the last few years buoyed the school as Roco won the famed competition for the first time against the Mon AG in 2014 and retained the trophy the following year with a comprehensive victory over Blarney.

The Simcox Cup campaign began with a victory over MSM Rosscarbery on a score line of 6.12 to 2.9. Kanturk were defeated on a score line of 2.15 to 1.9 in the quarter-final. Hamilton High were accounted for in the semi-final 5.11 to 0.10 and St. Francis qualified to play Colaiste Choilm in the final. Ironically, St. Francis’ first game of the year was also against the same opposition played in the Corn Uí Mhuirí, which was a tight encounter with Roco winning by two points in the end. The final promised to be a tight encounter with either school capable of winning if they played to their potential.

St. Francis had a number of injury worries to contend with for the final, including top scorer James Holland and Cork minor defender Dylan Ward. Perhaps that helped Ballincollig to control the early stages of the game as they raced into an early lead with a 0.9 to 0.3 advantage after 25 minutes in the first half. The Roco boys rallied however, with a couple of late points leaving them trailing by four at the short whistle.

St. Francis had to dig deep in the second period and stayed within striking distance of Colaiste Choilm. The only major of the game and a key score was registered by David Andrews who followed in an Adam Hennessy shot to finish to the net and bring the game level by the 47th minute. Roco drove on from there and were the better team in the closing stages as strikes from Adam Hennessy and fittingly captain Liam Grainger, ensured the trophy came back to Rochestown for the ninth occasion. It was a fantastic, committed team performance with every man on the team and in the panel making telling contributions throughout the year, which was the main factor in returning the Simcox Cup to Rochestown after a long hiatus.

St. Francis College would also like to acknowledge the steadfast support that Terry Murphy and Centra Rochestown have offered to school GAA teams over the last five years helping them to perform at the highest level in Hurling and football in both Cork and Munster competitions.

The Simcox Cup winning Panel

Panel for the Simcox Cup Final v Colaiste Choilm

1. David O’Keeffe Douglas

2. Eoghan Riordan, Carrigaline

3. Dylan Corkery, St. Michaels

4. Adam Murphy, Passage

5. Diarmuid Cormack, St Michaels

6. Nathan Walsh, Douglas

7. Jack Lyons Nemo Rangers

8. Liam Grainger St. Michaels (Captain)

9. Joe Golden St. Michaels

10. Adam Hennessy St. Michaels

11. Rossa O Colmain St. Michaels

12. David Andrews Shamrocks

13. Brendan Powter Douglas

14. Matthew McAuliffe Douglas

15. Cian Denn St. Michaels

16.

17. Sean Hillard Cobh

18. Cian O’Mahony Passage

19. Cameron Whyte Douglas

20. Brian O’Neill Douglas

21. Cian Kelliher Carrigaline

22. David Malone Douglas

23. Cian Cashman St. Michaels

James Holland (Douglas), Conor Russell (Douglas), Colin O’Mahony (Douglas), Dylan Ward (Douglas), Shane Downey (Douglas) (all injured)

Scorers:

David Andrews 1.1, Jack Lyons 0.4 (0.3f), Matthew McAuliffe 0.2, Nathan Walsh 0.1, Cian Denn 0.1, Adam Hennessy 0.1, Liam Grainger 0.1

Left to Right: Liam Grainger (Captain), Rossa O Colmain, Team Sponsor Terry Murphy (Murphys’ Centra, Rochetown Auto Centre) John O’Sullivan and Jack Lyons

Rebel Og Award goes to Carbery Scor

APRIL 2017 WINNERS

CARBERY SCÓR

All-Ireland Finalists

 Tadhg MacCarthaigh

Sam Maguires

Clann na nGael

Carbery Rangers

The April 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are the CARBERY SCÓR GROUP featuring 4 clubs.  They follow January 2017 winners Kiltha Óg, February Winners St. Colman’s College Fermoy and March winners Stephen O’Rourke and Niall Delany from Mallow, winners of the All-Ireland U17 Handball Championship.  2016 winners were Na Piarsaigh Minor Hurlers, Cork Ladies Minor Football Team, Sarsfield U14 Camogie Team, Glen Rovers U14 Hurlers, Mizen Rovers, Mitchelstown CBS, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney, Kilmurry Footballers, Buttevant Underage GAA Club and Mitchelstown Footballers and Ballygiblin Hurlers, Kilshannig Hurling Teams and Mallow Juvenile GAA Club.  2015 winners were Ahán Gaels, Midleton U15 Footballers, Cork’s Eimear Scally, Aghabullogue U16 Hurlers, Cork U15 Development Squad, Douglas U14 Footballers, St. Finbarrs U14 Hurlers, Christian Brothers Cork, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh (Camogie) Sacred Heart Clonakilty (Camogie) and Ilen Rovers.

 


 

What an extraordinary year it’s been for Carbery Scor! Having not one, but four participating clubs at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the All Ireland Scór na nÓg final ensured that there was applause aplenty for the West Cork contingent for the competitors from Carbery Rangers, Clann na nGael, Sam Maguires and Tadhg MacCarthaigh.

 


Scór in West Cork, had its inaugural meeting at Ballinascarthy Hall in 1969 with Bill Hart, Danny Warren, the late Michael McCarthy and the officers of the Carbery Board. Bill Hart, a proud Carbery Rangers man, has remained steadfastly at the helm of Scor and is an encouraging voice to all Clubs and participants at local and regional competitions. How fitting it was that Bill recently received the Presidential medal from an t-Uachtarán Aoghan Ó Fearghaill for his distinguished service to the GAA and in particular to Scór.

 


Scór is a celebration of our living culture, our music, our song, our dance, our drama and storytelling, found alive and flourishing in every parish in the 32 counties of Ireland and especially so in the Carbery division. This year, 17 out of the 26 Clubs in Carbery participated in Scór na nÓg. This is first and foremost a tribute to the hard working Scór committees in each of our Clubs, to the parents, mentors and coaches and also to the support and encouragement we get from the Carbery Divisional Board who are always eager to promote all aspects of Scór. In 2016 the Carbery Scór committee along with the divisional Carbery Board held a very successful 1916 commemorative night at St. Mary’s Theatre, Rossmore, in which the representatives from each of the Clubs performed on the night.

 


Although Scór is alive and well in the Carbery division, it still needs a catalyst to give it the promotion and driving force it needs each year and that sums up the very vibrant Carbery Scór committee, comprising of Bill Hart, Gabrielle Crowley, Michael Kearns, Geraldine Keohane, Liam Hodnett, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and Helen Collins. Meeting regularly in The Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, the committee are presently organising a celebratory night on May 12th to promote and encourage participation in Scór and also to thank the hard working Scór committees at local level. Carbery has enjoyed unprecedented success in 2017 so its important to celebrate this success and also to thank the people who made it possible.

 


To have four Clubs from the Carbery division in an All-Ireland final in the illustrious Waterfront Theatre in Belfast is phenomenal and we are so proud of our competitors. Sam Maguires Club was represented by Shannon Buttimer in Recitation with her rendition of ‘Mary Ann McGee’. Carbery Rangers competed in the ballad group with Joan O’Donovan, Aoife MacSweeney, Kate Creedon, Orlagh O’Gorman and Rachel Hodnett singing ‘Through the eyes of an Irish Man’ and Níl ‘na Lá’. Tadhg MacCarthaigh performed ‘A Dream of Skibbereen’ in the drama/léiriú competition, the same discipline that Tadhg MacCarthaigh won an All Ireland back in 1988. Taking part for Tadhg MacCarthaigh were: Oisín Daly, Rory Kingston, Eugene Daly, Catríona Keohane, Katie Daly, Timothy Farrell, Maeve Kingston and Louise Keohane. Clann na nGael all flew the Carbery colours when they competed in the music section with a selection of reels and jigs entitled ‘The Monaghan Jig’ and ‘Johnny Cronin’s Reel. Taking part for Clann na nGael were: Davina Connolly, Saoirse Connolly, Molly McQueen and Andrew Collins.

 


There is an onus on every member of Cumann Luthchleas Gael to promote and support our language and culture. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Carbery Division and we are so proud, as the Carbery Scór committee to play a part in this. Go n-éirí go deo le Scór!

Carbery Scor win March Rebel Og Award

APRIL 2017 WINNERS

CARBERY SCÓR

All-Ireland Finalists

 Tadhg MacCarthaigh

Sam Maguires

Clann na nGael

Carbery Rangers


The April 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are the CARBERY SCÓR GROUP featuring 4 clubs.  They follow January 2017 winners Kiltha Óg, February Winners St. Colman’s College Fermoy and March winners Stephen O’Rourke and Niall Delany from Mallow, winners of the All-Ireland U17 Handball Championship.  2016 winners were Na Piarsaigh Minor Hurlers, Cork Ladies Minor Football Team, Sarsfield U14 Camogie Team, Glen Rovers U14 Hurlers, Mizen Rovers, Mitchelstown CBS, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney, Kilmurry Footballers, Buttevant Underage GAA Club and Mitchelstown Footballers and Ballygiblin Hurlers, Kilshannig Hurling Teams and Mallow Juvenile GAA Club.  2015 winners were Ahán Gaels, Midleton U15 Footballers, Cork’s Eimear Scally, Aghabullogue U16 Hurlers, Cork U15 Development Squad, Douglas U14 Footballers, St. Finbarrs U14 Hurlers, Christian Brothers Cork, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh (Camogie) Sacred Heart Clonakilty (Camogie) and Ilen Rovers.


What an extraordinary year it's been for Carbery Scor! Having not one, but four participating clubs at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast for the All Ireland Scór na nÓg final ensured that there was applause aplenty for the West Cork contingent for the competitors from Carbery Rangers, Clann na nGael, Sam Maguires and Tadhg MacCarthaigh.


Scór in West Cork, had its inaugural meeting at Ballinascarthy Hall in 1969 with Bill Hart, Danny Warren, the late Michael McCarthy and the officers of the Carbery Board. Bill Hart, a proud Carbery Rangers man, has remained steadfastly at the helm of Scor and is an encouraging voice to all Clubs and participants at local and regional competitions. How fitting it was that Bill recently received the Presidential medal from an t-Uachtarán Aoghan Ó Fearghaill for his distinguished service to the GAA and in particular to Scór.


Scór is a celebration of our living culture, our music, our song, our dance, our drama and storytelling, found alive and flourishing in every parish in the 32 counties of Ireland and especially so in the Carbery division. This year, 17 out of the 26 Clubs in Carbery participated in Scór na nÓg. This is first and foremost a tribute to the hard working Scór committees in each of our Clubs, to the parents, mentors and coaches and also to the support and encouragement we get from the Carbery Divisional Board who are always eager to promote all aspects of Scór. In 2016 the Carbery Scór committee along with the divisional Carbery Board held a very successful 1916 commemorative night at St. Mary's Theatre, Rossmore, in which the representatives from each of the Clubs performed on the night.


Although Scór is alive and well in the Carbery division, it still needs a catalyst to give it the promotion and driving force it needs each year and that sums up the very vibrant Carbery Scór committee, comprising of Bill Hart, Gabrielle Crowley, Michael Kearns, Geraldine Keohane, Liam Hodnett, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and Helen Collins. Meeting regularly in The Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, the committee are presently organising a celebratory night on May 12th to promote and encourage participation in Scór and also to thank the hard working Scór committees at local level. Carbery has enjoyed unprecedented success in 2017 so its important to celebrate this success and also to thank the people who made it possible.


To have four Clubs from the Carbery division in an All-Ireland final in the illustrious Waterfront Theatre in Belfast is phenomenal and we are so proud of our competitors. Sam Maguires Club was represented by Shannon Buttimer in Recitation with her rendition of 'Mary Ann McGee'. Carbery Rangers competed in the ballad group with Joan O'Donovan, Aoife MacSweeney, Kate Creedon, Orlagh O'Gorman and Rachel Hodnett singing 'Through the eyes of an Irish Man' and Níl 'na Lá'. Tadhg MacCarthaigh performed 'A Dream of Skibbereen' in the drama/léiriú competition, the same discipline that Tadhg MacCarthaigh won an All Ireland back in 1988. Taking part for Tadhg MacCarthaigh were: Oisín Daly, Rory Kingston, Eugene Daly, Catríona Keohane, Katie Daly, Timothy Farrell, Maeve Kingston and Louise Keohane. Clann na nGael all flew the Carbery colours when they competed in the music section with a selection of reels and jigs entitled 'The Monaghan Jig' and 'Johnny Cronin's Reel. Taking part for Clann na nGael were: Davina Connolly, Saoirse Connolly, Molly McQueen and Andrew Collins.


There is an onus on every member of Cumann Luthchleas Gael to promote and support our language and culture. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Carbery Division and we are so proud, as the Carbery Scór committee to play a part in this. Go n-éirí go deo le Scór!

February Award to St.Colemans College Fermoy

The February 2017 winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards sponsored by the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cummins Sports (Award Sponsors) with RedFM and The Evening Echo (Media Partners) are ST. COLMAN’S COLLEGE, FERMOY HURLERS.  They follow January 2017 winners Kiltha Óg


St. Colman’s College, Fermoy, Winners of The Dean Ryan Cup for the 12th Time


St. Colman's Dean Ryan panel began the year on the back of winning the Cork Colleges u16 competition last year. As a group most of the players have been working hard over the past 4 years with the goal of improving as hurlers and the hope of winning the Dean Ryan competition. Each week of the school year the boys train twice a week on either the field or in the ball alleys. The emphasis is on skills, discipline and hard work.

This year’s panel was comprised of 47 players representing 11 different local clubs. The group were captained by brothers Brian and Eoin Roche from Bride Rovers and coached by Jimmy Condon, Garvan Queeny and Anthony Spillane with additional help from Denis Walsh. Liam Barry of B&H tree services has been a great support to the team over the past 4 years, helping to provide the extras that have helped the boys to be successful.

This year’s training began back in August and a series of successful challenge matches followed against the likes of Our Lady's Templemore, St Kierans, Kilkenny and Nenagh CBS in September. There proved to be fierce competition for places on the starting 15 and match day 20 and this helped to increase the intensity of training sessions.

Colman's were drawn against De La Salle, Waterford in the quarter final of the Dean Ryan competition. The game was played on the 5th of October in Clonmel and refereed by Noel Cosgrave. It was a very close affair with De la Salle employing a sweeper system, which proved difficult to break down. Despite the mild weather conditions a strong breeze into the town end made it a game of two half's. At the end of 60 minutes both sides could not be separated. In extra time Colman's proved to be the fitter and hungrier side and ended up victorious by 3 points on a score of 0-21 to 1-15 at the end of extra time. A brilliant display from James Kearny in the half forward line and David Morisson in the full forward line proved crucial for Colman's as did a fine save from Goalkeeper Ben Hogan at the death.

In the semi-final on the 19th of October Colman's faced a side from John the Baptist Hospital who had beaten St Flannan's in the previous round by 19 points. Again the game was a tight affair. It was played on a lovely surface in Golden and the weather was favourable for hurling. The match was well refereed by Tipperary referee Fergal Horgan. Despite a powerful start Colman's left the Limerick side back into the game in the middle of the first half. However a goal just before half time from Castlelyons' James Kearny gave the Fermoy side a crucial cushion for the remainder of the game. Despite sustained pressure the St. Colman's full backline of Luke Aherne, Jack Scannell and Jordan Mannix stood up to the pressure put on them in the last 10 minutes of the game. At full time Colman's were victorious by a score of 3-12 to 1-12 and had reached their first Dean Ryan final for 14 years.

The Dean Ryan final was played in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday 12th of November in front of a large crowd. It was referred by Damien Fox from Clare, and proved to be a titanic battle between two powerful sides. Despite some excellent free taking form Conleith Ryan and 1-1 from David Morisson the game was level at full time. Exceptional performances from Eoin Roche and Eoin Carey in extra time ensured Colman's would live to fight another day. The sides couldn't be separated and the game ended in a draw on a score line of Colman's 1-19, Thurles CBS 3-13.

The replay was played the following Saturday 19th of November at the same venue. Refereed by Donncha O' Callaghan from Limerick it proved to be a tense but entertaining affair. Colman's seemed capable of soaking up everything that Thurles threw at them. Brian Roche and Jack Kenny were in inspiring form on the day. Towards the end of the game a Dylan O Connor goal proved to be a decisive score for the Fermoy side as they went on to secure their first Dean Ryan trophy in 14 years and go joint top of the roll of honour with Flannans and Thurles with 12 victories. Captains Brian and Eoin Roche accepted the cup on behalf of the panel on the steps of the Mick Mackey stand in front of a large jubilant Colman's following.

The adventure continued with an All-Ireland semi-final the following weekend with a meeting against Connacht champions Gort CS. The game was refereed by Tipperary's Fergal Horgan in very cold conditions. It was a tense and cagey affair between two incredibly hard working sides. In a game where scores proved hard to come by Dylan O'Connor with 1-1, Conleith Ryan with 0-5 and David Morisson with 0-3, Brian Roche with 0-2 and James Molloy and Eoin Carey with 0-1 accounted for all of Colman's total of 1-13. The Fermoy school ended up victorious by 4 points and were aided by a strong performance from goalkeeper and full back line on the day.

This victory set up an appetising All Ireland final against reigning champions St. Kieran's of Kilkenny. Having beaten the Kilkenny side earlier in the year in a practice match the Colman's lads were well aware that a greater challenge would await come championship. And so unfortunately it proved to be.

The final was played in front of a crowd of over 2500 in Clonmel and was referred by Carlow native Patrick Murphy. On a lovely sunny day conditions were as good as could be expected at this time of the year. Colman's started the game well with two early scores but then allowed Kieran's take a foothold in the middle of the half. Despite this a goal from Padraig O'Leary and battling performances around the field ensured that Colman's reached half time with a 2 point lead. This lead would be extended to 4 early in the second half. However the Kilkenny school would take advantage of a second wind that the Colman's boys struggled to find on their fourth weekend of action in a row. The game was always in the balance as Colman's dug deep to find an equalising score but it never came and Kieran's retained the All Ireland trophy by 3 points on a score of 2-12 to 1-12. Interestingly on the day 2 players from Kieran's Eoin Cody and Ciaran Brennan accounted for all but 2 points of the St. Kieran's total, proving to ultimately be the difference between both sides on the day.

Despite losing narrowly in the All Ireland final to a very strong St. Kieran's side the story of this St. Colman's team is one of improvement and achievement. Progress has been made. Colman's now sit joint top of the Dean Ryan Roll of Honour with 12 titles. This group of players bridged a 14 year gap in winning the colleges first Dean Ryan in that period. It is the first Dean Ryan won by the college since boarding ended and was achieved by a group of players from exclusively the local feeder clubs. Importantly though there is unfinished business and hopefully this group of players will continue to build and improve with a view towards earning the right to not only compete for future Harty Cups, but also to get another shot at beating St. Kieran's in the All Ireland series.


The St. Colman’s College, Fermoy Hurling Team

Winners of the 2016 Dean Ryan Cup

 


Quote from Jimmy Condon, Coach

 "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen".  Our mantra was simply "Make it Happen." In other words we spoke about taking responsibility ourselves to ensure we would do everything within our control to achieve our aims for the year. It has been a pleasure working with such a hard-working, disciplined and dedicated group of players. Along with that the coaching team worked really well together and the support from the college from management and pupils was second to none. Finally I would like to acknowledge the tremendous help that our sponsor Liam of B&H tree services have given us over the years and thank him sincerely for that."

 


Quote from Veronica O Donoghue – College Principal

 "Winning the Dean Ryan is a tremendous honour for St. Colman’s and a testament to the skill and ability of the players and the huge commitment of their coaches as well as demonstrating the schools ongoing commitment to the game of hurling."

 


Quote from Captain Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)

“This success meant so much to myself and my team mates as we have been together for 3-4 years and we have worked so hard for this. It was great to win it as Colmans’ with such a hurling tradition and we had not won it since 2003.”

 


Quote from Captain Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)

“It was great to bring the Dean Ryan cup back to Colman’s as it brought a huge lift to the school. This was seen with our success of the Harty cup later in the year.”

January Rebel Og Award to Kiltha Og

Rebel Og are delighted to announce that the winner of the Clayton Hotel Sliversprings January Rebel Og Awards is Kiltha Óg Hurlers.


Kiltha Og were the winners of U14 Premier 2 Hurling Championship and League doublewhile also capturing the U16 ‘A’ Hurling and U12 Premier 2 Autumn Hurling League honours.



January Award goes to Kiltha Og U14 Hurlers


On Monday last at a packed dinner in Clayton Hotel Sliversprings, members of Kiltha Og, players, club officer and members attended the ceremony.


Officers of Rebel Og, and Rebel Og Central along with the company of our Award Sponsors Cummins Sports and our media partners Red FM and Irish Examiners.


Joe Kennedy GM of the hotel welcomed all present to the Watermark Restaurant for the function to honour Kiltha Og. Joe also acknowledged Rebel Og for the wonderful Awards Banquet that took place in the newly refurbished Conference centre.


 Kiltha Óg Juvenile Hurling and Football Club was formed in 2003, fielding young players from the Imogeela parish of Castlemartyr and Dungourney. This club has grown from strength to strength over the years and now has close on 300 boys ranging in age from 6 up to minor level

The U14 squad definitely made 2016 a year to remember for Kiltha Og. Winning both the Premier 2 hurling championship and hurling league was an achievement that was not previously attained by the club. This was the first time the club won a hurling championship at Premier level. The champion final turned out to be a local derby between Kiltha Óg and their nearest neighbours Killeagh. Having met Killeagh in numerous occasions before, Kiltha Óg knew that the task on hand was to be no small one. The tension among the teams and supporters on the night was palpable and the game certainly lived up to expectations. Kiltha took an early lead and continued to have the edge right up till the final whistle. The passion and commitment shown by this team throughout the championship and league campaign is a credit to them and to their mentors.



At U16 level, Kiltha Óg won the ‘A’ hurling league after a hard fought battle against a strong Youghal side. This is an age group where the East Cork club have always struggled to field a team of boys that are on the age. However this has never been a deterrent for the team and with the help of the boys from the U15 age group this team has always something special to show us on the field of play. Both the U12 & U13 teams had an impressive campaign throughout 2016 both reaching the Premier 2 hurling league final at their age group.


The U12’s returned for the Autumn League and came out victorious over a very strong Newtownshandrum team.




January Rebel Og Awards is Kiltha Og

Rebel Og are delighted to announce that the winner of the Clayton Hotel Sliversprings January Rebel Og Awards is Kiltha Óg Hurlers.

Kiltha Og were the winners of U14 Premier 2 Hurling Championship and League doublewhile also capturing the U16 ‘A’ Hurling and U12 Premier 2 Autumn Hurling League honours.

January Award goes to Kiltha Og U14 Hurlers

On Monday last at a packed dinner in Clayton Hotel Sliversprings, members of Kiltha Og, players, club officer and members attended the ceremony.

Officers of Rebel Og, and Rebel Og Central along with the company of our Award Sponsors Cummins Sports and our media partners Red FM and Irish Examiners.

Joe Kennedy GM of the hotel welcomed all present to the Watermark Restaurant for the function to honour Kiltha Og. Joe also acknowledged Rebel Og for the wonderful Awards Banquet that took place in the newly refurbished Conference centre.

Kiltha Óg Juvenile Hurling and Football Club was formed in 2003, fielding young players from the Imogeela parish of Castlemartyr and Dungourney. This club has grown from strength to strength over the years and now has close on 300 boys ranging in age from 6 up to minor level

The U14 squad definitely made 2016 a year to remember for Kiltha Og. Winning both the Premier 2 hurling championship and hurling league was an achievement that was not previously attained by the club. This was the first time the club won a hurling championship at Premier level. The champion final turned out to be a local derby between Kiltha Óg and their nearest neighbours Killeagh. Having met Killeagh in numerous occasions before, Kiltha Óg knew that the task on hand was to be no small one. The tension among the teams and supporters on the night was palpable and the game certainly lived up to expectations. Kiltha took an early lead and continued to have the edge right up till the final whistle. The passion and commitment shown by this team throughout the championship and league campaign is a credit to them and to their mentors.

At U16 level, Kiltha Óg won the ‘A’ hurling league after a hard fought battle against a strong Youghal side. This is an age group where the East Cork club have always struggled to field a team of boys that are on the age. However this has never been a deterrent for the team and with the help of the boys from the U15 age group this team has always something special to show us on the field of play. Both the U12 & U13 teams had an impressive campaign throughout 2016 both reaching the Premier 2 hurling league final at their age group.

The U12’s returned for the Autumn League and came out victorious over a very strong Newtownshandrum team.