TURASCÁIL AN RUNAÍ
A Chairde Gael,
There is no doubt we are living in the era of greatest change and uncertainty. We are bombarded on the airways and by the print media on a daily basis about the state of the economy, the recession and impending doom and gloom. The depressing uncertainty of the future is weighing heavy on everyone's shoulders. How it all pans out remains to be seen. What we need most at this moment in time are people who can instil hope in our lives. Those who are prepared to roll up their sleeves, get on with the job in hand. It is time for people with vision and initiative to come to the fore, and start thinking outside the box to get this country moving again. Cumman Luath Cleas Gael has always been a unifying force for the Irish people in good times and in bad, and epitomises the spirit that is needed to take us out of this sorry mess. Job creation should be a priority for C.L.C.G. to insure that our young people are not forced to emigrate in search of employment. Failure to act will result in the decimation of rural clubs in particular. It is worth remembering that the time of greatest challenge also presents us with the greatest opportunities.
Mar a deireann an seán - fhocal
Ar Scáth a chaéile a mhaireann na daoine.
In recent times C.L.C.G. has launched its Strategic Vision and Action Plan 2010-2015. A comprehensive document that proposes to make sweeping changes right across the board. Some of which has met with opposition in certain quarters. Everyone is in agreement that to develop and improve one has to change. Change is inevitable but we are all slow to embrace it. The only one who seems to like change is a baby and that is where its nappy is concerned. Officers of Roinn Bheara have met with the executive of the Cork County Board and sought assurances from them that the Beara Division as an entity would not be tampered with and that our underage games in Beara would continue as before. These assurances have been granted, as a result of which Roinn Bheara have given the Strategic Plan its full backing.
Tom Creedon Cup
It was an early start to the year for the Intermediate teams with the Tom Creedon Cup being run over a four week period starting on the last day of January. This year the Tom Creedon Cup was played on a knockout basis between teams from the Premier Intermediate and Intermediate grade. It was a good start to the year for Castletownbere who went on to win the competition. It was their third time winning the cup which puts them top of the Roll of Honour. In the opening round Adrigole had a 1-16 to 0-5 win over St. Vincents while Castletownbere recorded 1-8 to 0-9 win over Canovee. The two Beara representatives met in the next round. A late goal by Dean Murphy snatched victory from Adrigole, as Castletownbere advanced on a score of 1-8 to 0-9. In the Semi-Final Castletownbere came up against Nemo Rangers. The city side had looked home and dry as they led by eight points early in the second half. Little by little the Town reeled them in and sealed victory with a point in injury time. The final score was Castletownbere 1-9 Nemo Rangers 2-5. Ballingeary, who had come through the other side of the draw, provided the opposition in the Final. Castletownbere got off to a whirlwind start and looked like running away with the game at one stage. The Ballingeary lads dug deep and were level with five minutes remaining. It looked curtains for Castletownbere when the Gaeltach side edged in front with time almost up, but Castletownbere held their nerve and Sean Regan came with two late points to claim victory on a score of Castletownbere 1-9 Ballingeary 0-11. Full marks to the County Board and especially PRO Ger Lane for the efficient manner in which they ran both the Tom Creedon and Tadgh Crowley competitions.
For the third consecutive year Beara failed to make it past the First Round, which is a source of disappointment. With no back door system for divisional teams it meant that Beara were out of the Cork County Senior Championship by April 5th. Being out of the Championship so early in the season does little to foster football in Division. It is hoped in the coming year to operate a Round Robin system for divisional teams which would ensure at least three games in the Championship, which is an improvement on the present system.
There was little to choose between Muskerry and Beara in the opening round encounter. At the interval Muskerry led 0-6 to 0-5, and were 0-10 to 0-6 at the final whistle. Beara competed in Division 2 of the County Football League. Beara played three games before exiting the championship and had to rely on Castletownbere and Adrigole to fulfil the remaining fixtures in the league. Beara finished with a respectable eleven points in a mid table position with five wins, five losses and one draw.
In the County Under 21 Football Championship Beara were pitted against Glanmire in the opening round. Beara put in an impressive display and ran out comfortable winners on a score of 1-14 to 1-4. Ballincollig were Beara's opponents in the Semi Final. The Muskerry Champions having played with a strong wind led 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval. A massive point from Trevor Collins looked to have won the day for Beara until Ballincollig snatched victory with a goal three minutes into injury time. It was heart break for Beara to lose in such fashion. The final score was Ballincollig 2-10 Beara 0-14
Having won the Premier Minor 2 Football Championship in 2009 Beara were promoted to the Premier Division in 2010. Beara were drawn against Nemo Rangers in the opening round but despite a spirited display Nemo Rangers proved victorious on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-9. Carrigtwohill provided the opposition in the back door. An impressive display saw Beara advance on a score of 4-16 to 1-12. Next up were Douglas, in a close and exciting contest victory went to the city side 2-12 to 1-11
In the Premier Minor Football League Beara recorded victories over Carbery Rangers, Na Piarsaig, Fermoy and Bishopstown and lost narrowly to Ballincollig and Douglas. The net result means Beara have qualified for the play offs where they will meet Carrigaline.
Adrigole got their Intermediate football Championship campaign off to a good start with a 0-8 to 0-4 win over Courcey Rovers. Castletownbere were less fortunate. Glanworth who won the County Junior 1 Football title the previous year who were aided by a strong wind in the opening half opened up a 9 point gap. Despite a gallant effort by Castletownbere to retrieve the situation they came up agonisingly short on a score of 0-11 to 0-10. Another tough encounter awaited them via the backdoor where they came up against Youghal. In an absorbing contest which could have gone either way the rub of the green favoured Castletownbere on this occasion as Alan O'Regan kicked a massive point from an acute angle in injury time to seal victory on a score of 1-12 to 1-11.
In the knockout stage of the competition Adrigole were drawn against Glanworth. In a close and exciting contest Adrigole emerged with a one point victory. Adrigole 1-10 Glanworth 1-9.
Ballyclough were Castletownbere's opponents. With little to choose between the sides goals from Alan O'Regan and Dean Murphy proved decisive, at the end of which it was Castletownbere 2-8 Ballyclough 0-8
Ever since the draw for the knockout stage of the Championship was made there was a distinct possibility that the Beara local derby was on the card, now it had come to pass, and we headed for Cahermore once again. Two years previous when the sides last met in the Championship it was Adrigole who emerged victorious after a replay. On this occasion a James Murphy goal towards the end of the first half put Castletownbere in the driving seat. Dean Murphy added a second goal in the second half before Adrigole responded with a goal late on from Jamie Batt O'Sullivan. At the final whistle the scoreboard read Castletownbere 2-12 Adrigole 1-9.
In the Semi Final Castletownbere never showed the same flare they had shown all year. A goal just before half time gave Macroom 1-5 to 0-3 interval lead. Castletownbere kept plugging away and cut the deficit to two points with ten minutes to spare, but Macroom finished strongly to advance to the County Final on a score of 1-11 to 0-9. Macroom went on to win the Final.
Adrigole played in Division 3 of the County Football League, winning 4 matches, losing 6 and drawing 1 which left them with nine points in a mid table position.
Castletownbere played in Division 4 of the County Football League and topped the table winning all their matches and have gained promotion to Division 3 for the coming year. In the League Final Eire Og defeated Castletownbere 2-10 to 0-6
Junior 1 Championship
In the Semi Finals of the Beara Junior 1 Football Championship Glengarriff the holders had a 0-12 to 0-10 victory over Castletownbere while Urhan were easy winners over Garnish on a score of 0-15 to 0-6. In the Final, played in Cahermore, there was little to separate the sides in the opening half. In the second half Urhan came more into their game. The crucial score which was the only goal came from Vinney Lehane with ten minutes remaining which effectively sealed victory for Urhan on a score of 1-11 to 0-9.
In the County Junior Football Championship Urhan came up against the East Cork Champions Cloyne. Urhan never got going in this game and trailed by four points at the interval. With ten minutes remaining Urhan were still in with a shout as they trailed by only two points. Cloyne added two further points to win by 1-8 to 1-4 and later went on to win the County. Urhan also made it a double by winning the Beara Junior 1 Football League.
In the Beara Junior 2 Football Championship Semi Final Bere Island defeated Urhan 1-8 to 1-6 in Bere Island while Adrigole had a 1-9 to 1-7 victory over Castletownbere. The Final played in Castletownbere produced an amazing contest with the sides ending all square after extra time. Adrigole 2-12 Bere Island 3-9.
The replay produced an equally exciting contest with five minutes remaining it looked as if the Island would hang on to win, but Adrigole came with late goals to win on a score of Adrigole 2-9 Bere Island 1-8
Castletownbere won the Beara Junior 2 Football League by a single point over Urhan in a game which needed extra time to decide the issue. The final score was Castletownbere 0-13 Urhan 0-12
Donal Harrington Trophy
Castletownbere retained the Donal Harrington Trophy with a hard earned win over Urhan on a score of 1-7 to 0-6.
It was a particularly good year for the Beara Communuity School winning the County,Munster,and All Ireland Vocational Senior B Football Championships and the County and Munster Vocational Under 16 Football Championship.
In the County Senior Vocational Football Final Beara Community School defeated Boherbui 3-11 to 1-9. Three goals in the second quarter, two from Tom Joe O’Sullivan and another from Brian Terry O’Sullivan proved crucial. The Beara Community School added the Munster title to their tally with a 2-10 to 1-4 win over Scoil Mhuire Askeaton, two first half goals proving decisive. In the All Ireland Semi Final the Beara lads were put to the pin of their collar by Maynooth Post Primary. A Dean Henshaw goal in the first half and another by Tom Joe O’Sullivan saw the Beara Community School advance to the All Ireland Final on a score of 2-11 to 0-12. Colaiste na Coiribe the Galway champions had come through the other side of the draw. The Beara Community School who were wind assisted in the opening half led at the interval 2-5 to 0-3 with goals from David Murphy and Tom Joe O’Sullivan. The Beara Community School scored just one single point in the second as Colaiste na Coribe whittled back the lead to the bare minimum. A stout rearguard served the Beara Community School well as they held out to win on a Score Beara Community School 2-6 Colaiste na Coiribe 1-8 as Sean O’Shea lifted the cup. The Beara Community School ended a wonderful year for them capturing the Munster Vocational Under 16 B Football Championship with a 2-11 to 0-11 win over Abbeyfeal Vocational School. The Beara Community School had five representatives on the Cork team which won the Munster and All Ireland Senior Football Championship. They included Dean Murphy, Sean O’Shea, Brian Terry O’Sullivan, Tom Joe O’Sullivan and Finbarr Sheehan.
County Minor 12 a Side
In the County Minor 12 a side Football Championship Garnish recorded a 4-14 to 4-7 win over Muintir Bhaire while Adrigole defeated Caheragh 2-12 to 2-10. In the Semi Finals Clondroichead had a 1-7 to 0-6 victory over Garnish, while two late goals saw Kilmichael snatch victory from Adrigole on a score of 5-8 to 2-12.
In the held over 2009 Minor 12 a side Championship Adrigole defeated Gabriel Rangers 6-15 to 0-3 in the Semi Final on 12-12-2009. In the Final which was played on 19-12-2009 Adrigole defeated Iveleary 4-11 to 4-7.
In the 12 a side Minor Football League (2009) Adrigole defeated St James 5-17 to 2-2. The Final against Iveleary was never played.
Beara Minor Football Championship
Garnish won the Beara Minor Football Championship after a lapse of twenty one years with a 2-10 to 0-8 victory over Urhan in the Final, to complete a unique double of league and championship.
Beara Under 21
Castletownbere defeated Glengarriff 2-18 to 1-12 in the Semi Final and now go on to meet Urhan in the Final. This is the only outstanding game in Beara to be played.
Congratulations to Glengarriff who won the South West Under 21 C Football Championship defeating Goleen 1-10 to 1-5 in the Final.
This year Bere Island hosted the All Ireland Islands Competition in September which proved a wonderful success. Innis Sheer won the Men’s Competition with a 1-13 to 0-10 victory over Innis Mor. Bere Island won the Ladies Final with a 2-6 to 1-4 win over Cape Clear.
Success is failure turned inside out and sometimes in tight situations it comes down to mind over matter. With this in mind operation “Boot Camp” was born. During the Easter holiday the Cork Senior Football panel were all asked to assemble at Cork Airport with their passports to embark on a week’s training. No doubt the players’ thoughts strayed to sun sea and sand. The harsh reality was totally different. They were asked to surrender their passports and mobile phones, and to aboard a bus. They were going over seas alright but it was to Bere Island for a week of boot camp with severe military exercises. The disappointment and sheer exhaustion would stand to them later in the year. In the closing stages of the All Ireland Final, Daniel Goulding was seen pointing several times to his head. No doubt he was encouraging his team mates to concentrate and remember Bere Island. Noel O’Leary, when he spoke in the Beara Community School on the occasion of the visit of “Sam “ to Beara said “At half time in the All Ireland Final we knew no matter what Down threw at us in the Second Half it would be nothing to what we went through in Bere Island. Beara didn’t a player on the panel but Terry O’Neill who was born and bred in Castletownbere, and now resides in Bantry, was a selector, and Garda Peadar Healy of Glengarriff was responsible for the physical fitness of the team. Congratulations to them and everyone involved in Cork’s success.
This year saw the completion of the renovation of the Bere Island Pitch and its new dressing rooms. Glengarriff were Munster’s representative in the Kelloggs Field of Dreams competition. Although they didn’t win the overall prize of €100,000 they still received €10,000 which will go a long way towards the cost of their new dressing rooms which are under construction. The Adrigole club are also at a final stage of building extra dressing rooms and a gym.
Played for Cork
Congratulations to Mathew O’Shea,Glengarriff, who was on the Cork Minor Football team which won the Munster title and was narrowly beaten by Tyrone in the All Ireland Final. Sean Shea of Adrigole also played in the first round. Donal O’Sullivan, Castletownbere was a Minor Selector and we wish him the best of luck as he continues the role in 2011
This year we had joint sponsorship of the Beara Senior, Under 21 and Minor Football teams. They were Hawthorn Bar, Glengarriff, Hartnett’s Transport, Ardgroom, Maple Leaf Bar, Glengarriff, McGurn Construction, Castletownbere and Ouvane Falls, Ballylickey. . We would like to sincerely thank them for their support. Likewise the sponsors of our competitions. Nathan’s Accountants, Cork, AIB, Harrington’s Hardware, Castletownbere, Erinova, Twomey’s , Castletownbere, JJ O’Sullivan, Castletownbere Construction and Hole in the Wall, Castletownbere.
A sincere thank you to the South West Board for allowing Beara clubs to participate in the South West League.
Best wishes to Pierce Murphy who tenure as Treasurer of the Cork County Board continues as he heads into his thirteenth year in office..
A special thank you to our County Board delegates Mick Reynolds and Seamus Murphy who represent us at County Board meetings and to Brian Blake who represents us at the County Monitor Board meetings.
To all our referees and officials who took charge of our games during the year I would like to express the sincere thank you of the Board.
To all who suffered a bereavement during the year, especially all those associated with C.L.C.G.I offer the sincere sympathy of Roinn Bheara.
In conclusion I would like to thank a number of people. My fellow officers for their work and commitment during the past year. The fixtures committee of Michael Joe O’Sullivan, Seamus Spencer and James Shea. All club Secretaries and Delegates to the Beara Board. Members of the Press which includes ‘Irish Examiner’, ‘Southern Star’, ‘C 103’ Radio,. All of whom gave excellent coverage of our games. John Eagle who updated the beara GAA website, also www.bearatourism.com
All our players, Selectors, Mentors, and Supporters, The Referees and Officials who gave so freely of their time.
Our delegates to the County Minor Board:- Brian Blake (Adrigole), Our Delegates to the County Senior Board:- Seamus Murphy and Mick Reynolds.
The Runai of the County Minor Board:- Seamus O’hEalluaithe. The Runai Choiste Chontae Corcái Prionnsias Ó’Murchú and his staff at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
All those who gave me assistance during the year.
Go raibh maith agaibh go leir
Seán Ó Murchú-Runái
Beara Ladies GAA
Chairperson - Brian Murphy
Vice Chairperson - Mary O'Sullivan
Secretary - Mary Power
Assistant Secretary - Helen Murphy
Treasurer - Michael Dunne
Assistant Treasurer - Anne Marie Cronin
Registrar - Anne Murphy
PRO's - Maureen O'Sullivan, Patricia Dunne
It was another busy year for Ladies Football in Beara,. A year in which we experienced the joy of winning and the disappointment of losing.
The Senior team took part in both the league and the Championship. In the Championship Beara reached the Semi Final before going out to Clonakilty. In the League Beara won all their games and have qualified for the Semi Final against Liscarroll.
The Minors began the year on a high note when they accounted for Douglas in the held over Final from 2009. It was the first time Beara had won a Minor title. This year they competed in the West Cork Championship but failed to make it through to the County Section.
Commitment at Under 16 level was very disappointing and as a result we had to withdraw from the competition.
Beara took part in the West cork League and Championship with varying degrees of success
Beara played several games in the West Cork League and qualified for the County Championships. In the Quarter Final Beara defeated Liscarroll 4-11 to 4-4. At the Semi Final stage Beara and near neighbours Bantry were pitted against each other. It ended all square Beara 2-7 Bantry 1-10. The replay produced another up roaring game with victory going to Beara by a single point on a score Beara 4-8 Bantry 2-13. Despite a determined effort from beara victory went to Glanmire in the Final Glanmire 4-5 Beara 1-6
Beara Board na nOg
Chairman - Richard Murphy
Vice Chairman - Kevin green
Secretary - Terance O'Shea
Assistant Secretary - John Flor O'Sullivan
Treasurer - Rose Hegarty, John Gerard Lowney
Development Officer - Michael O'Sullivan
PRO - Tadhg O'Sullivan
The Beara Board na nÓg completed a full program of league and championship games in all grades during 2010 and also added a new dimension to it’s program by introducing a series of U-8 PLAY & STAY days, which was run over three separate Saturdays with more than eighty children turning out each day. Beara/Carbery Games Development Officer Kevin O’Donovan worked in conjunction with the Board to organise coaching sessions for all age groups in the Division.
In the U-10 competition the early rounds were all played the GO GAMES principle with the knock-out stages reverting to a more competitive type of game. In the Eamonn Jer O’Sullivan Cup final, Adrigole defeated Urhan, in the Shield Final, Tuosist defeated Castletownbere, while in the Plate final, Glengarriff defeated Garnish.
At U-12 level, Castletownbere were championship winners with Urhan taking the league title and the County Qualifying 13-a-side competition. Glengarriff were winners of the John Power Cup 11-a-side County Qualifying Competition.
At U-14 level, Castletownbere were championship winners and Urhan were winners of the John Joe McCarthy Cup 11-a-side competition. At U-16 level Urhan were league and championship winners.
The Beara teams were not successful at any grade in County Championship, however the U-16 team have qualified for the County League Final v St. Finbarr’s.
In a year of change at County level the Board is glad to report that the structures within the Division and Beara’s position within the County will remain unchaged unlike many other Divisions.