UCC Win Sigerson Cup!
Congratulations to UCC, who won their twenty-first Sigerson Cup title in dramatic fashion last Saturday night at Queen’s University, Belfast. Having dominated for most of the game, UCC came under heavy pressure from Jordanstown in the last quarter, and it took Conor Dorman’s late point to clinch the title for the Cork side, 0-10 to 0-9. Well done to all involved, especially Billy Morgan, who was first involved in this competition as a player all of fifty years ago.
The UCC team was as follows: Brian Kelly (Kerry); David Culhane (Kerry), Eoin O’Mahony (Cork), Fergal McNamara (Kerry); Tom Clancy (Cork), Conor Dorman (Cork), Brian Shanahan (Cork); David Nation (Cork), Ian Maguire (Cork); Luke Connolly (Cork), Sean Keane (Kerry), Brian O’Driscoll (Cork); Conor Cox (Kerry), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary), Paul Geaney (Kerry). Subs: Seán Kiely (Cork), Eoin Healy (Cork).
UCC Celebrate their Sigerson Cup win. Pic: Sportsfile
UCC and CIT Reach Fitzgibbon Cup Weekend
Both CIT and UCC make the trip to Queen's University, Belfast, this weekend, where they meet in the Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final.
Defending champions UCC, who defeated CIT in the 2012 Final, are bidding for three-in-a-row, and also for a 2014 double, having won the Sigerson Cup last weekend.
Whatever happens on Friday, when they meet at 4.30pm, there will be at least one Cork college in the Final!
LIT play WIT in the other semi-final at 2.30pm, with the final scheduled for 4.15pm on Saturday, March 1
st (live on TG4).
Best of luck to all players and to both management teams, and well done on an outstanding campaign to date.
Nuachtlitir Coiste Chontae Chorcaí: Vol. 6 No. 2, February 2014
McNamee Award for Cork GAA Website
We are honoured to have received the McNamee Award for Best GAA Website 2013, which was presented recently by GAA President Liam O’Neill at a function in Croke Park. We would like to thank all who have contributed to the development of the website, and we hope it will continue to grow from strength to strength in the future. Other winners on the night included well-known broadcaster, Brian Carthy, who won the Hall of Fame Award, and journalist Michael Foley, a native of Cork.
Lorraine O’Sullivan (Best Photo), Liam O’Neill and Tracey Kennedy, PRO. Pic: George Hatchell
Conor Lane Wins 96FM C103 Sports Award
Congratulations to top referee Conor Lane (Banteer/Lyre), winner of the 96FM C103 Rochestown Park Hotel Sports Award for January.
The award, in honour of Conor's achievements in 2013, when he refereed the Connacht Senior Football Final, the All-Ireland Minor Football Final, the County Senior Football Final and the Munster Senior Club Football Final, was presented at a special function at Rochestown Park Hotel on February 17th.
L to R., Ellen Coughlan, Cork 96FM, Maria and Conor Lane and Karen Barber. Pic: Tony O'Connell Photography.
Allianz Leagues Double-Header
There’s a big day in the Allianz Leagues on March 9
th, with Cork playing Derry in football at 12.45pm and Offaly in hurling at 2.30pm at Páirc Uí Rinn. Tickets are priced at just €10 if bought in advance online or at Centra/SuperValu stores, or €15 on the day, while U16s are FREE so it’s an ideal family day out! Concessions are €10. Watch out for more information and a chance to win tickets on www.gaacork.ie.
Coaching & Games Update
Cork Coaching & Games have undertaken a programme of club visits over the past month in the form of Coaching Workshops for club coaches. These workshops cover the basic fundamental movement skills and fun games for children as well as some skill development models. Coaching Officers meetings have been held in Avondhu, Duhallow, Imokilly and Carbery/Beara, Carrigdhoun and Muskerry (next week). For more, see http://url.ie/mluq.
DLS Macroom in Corn Uí Mhuirí Final
Best of luck to DLS Macroom who play PS Chorca Dhuibhne in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Final on Saturday March 8
th at 2pm in Dr. Croke’s grounds, Killarney.
Clubs are reminded that
the closing date for registration of players and members for 2014 is March 31st. Clubs register their players and their members for the 2014 season on the GAA's online registration system (people.gaa.ie/admin). When logged on, go to the 'Register Members' page and complete the necessary steps.
This page will contain the details of all of those people who have been registered with the Club in previous years. To add new members to the Club, go to 'Add and View Members', click on the 'Add' button, select 'Member' and complete the necessary steps.
Please note that anyone whose name is in red on either the 'register' page or the 'add and view member page', is unregistered for the current year.
Please ensure that all members, including all players, are registered. The deadline for registration to allow voting rights is March 31st.
RedFM to Continue Sponsorship of SHL
The RedFM Senior Hurling League was launched on Monday, February 24
th at Rochestown Park Hotel, with all sixteen participating clubs in attendance, along with RedFM CEO Diarmuid O’Leary, who re-affirmed the station’s commitment to supporting GAA in Cork. The League commences this weekend, as do all County Hurling Leagues, and you can find the fixtures at www.gaacork.ie.
RedFM CEO Diarmuid O’Leary with Ian Kenefick of County Champions Midleton and Pádraig Gould of 2013 League Winners Na Piarsaigh. Pic: Jim Coughlan
Rochestown Park Hotel Kelleher Shield Launch
Cork County Board is delighted to announce that Rochestown Park Hotel will sponsor the Kelleher Shield (Division 1 Football League) for 2014.
The sponsorship was announced at a launch at the hotel on February 17th, attended by all twelve participating clubs, officers of Cork County Board, Diarmuid Vaughan and Tom Tobin of Rochestown Park Hotel and Cork Senior Football manager, Brian Cuthbert. All fixtures and results can be found at
Club representatives with Diarmuid Vaughan at the launch. Pic: Jim Coughlan
Insurance Information Evening
A large crowd attended at Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Thusday, February 20th. for the presentations on Club & Property liability, Health & Safety statements and match day stewarding by Sinead Quinn, Croke Park, Aisling McLoughlin, Willis Risk Management & Kieran McGann, Munster Ground Safety Committee. Details of new online Player Injury Claim notification scheme were outlined and this will be rolled out to clubs in coming weeks. For further information, contact Development Officer Michael Byrne at email@example.com.
Lá Gaeilge I gColáiste na Rinne
Beidh Lá Gaeilge CLG ag Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan i gColáiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge ar an Sathairn 8ú Marta, 2014. Seo í an 3ú bliain as a chéile don ócáid seo agus tá súil againn go mealladh sí daoine gur suim leo CLG and an Ghaeilge, go háirithe daoine as Cúige Mumhan agus Cúige Laighin. Eolas: http://url.ie/mluy
Presentation of Munster Council Grants
37 Cork Clubs were presented with Munster Council development grants for 2013 totalling €342,000 by Chairman Robert Frost at Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday, February 17
th. Application forms for 2014 grants will be available in the summer.
Newcestown collect their cheque from Munster Chairman, Robert Frost. Also included are County Chairman, Bob Ryan, Munster Vice-Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan and former Development Officer, Diarmuid Gowen. Pic: George Hatchell.
Fermoy Win Seán Ó Murchú Cup Final
Congratulations to Fermoy, who won the first County title of the 2014 season on Sunday, defeating Fr. O'Neill's in a competitive Seán Ó Murchú Cup (Intermediate Hurling) Final, 1-11 to 0-11.
From the St. Vincent's club, Sean Ó Murchu served as their delegate to the County Board for many years. He enjoyed a long career as a player with the club, and was one of their most esteemed members. He was Chairman of their Field Development Committee and President of the club at the time of his death. A lecturer in UCC and Director of Adult Education at the College, he was regarded as a true gentleman by everyone who knew him. The cup was presented to the County Board by his wife Joan following his death in 2002.
Fermoy’s Brian O’Sullivan accepts the Seán Ó Murchú Cup from County Coaching Officer, Brendan Driscoll. Pic: Denis O’Flynn
The next issue of County Board News will be published in March
Please forward this newsletter to all your contacts.
Best of Luck to Milford!
Best of luck to Milford, who take on Ardrahan in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Club Final at 3.15pm on Sunday in Croke Park!
A four-night Foundation Course for new referees commences in P. Uí Rinn on March 13th, continuing on March 18th, 20th and 24th, commencing at 7.30pm each night. To apply for a place on the course, and for further details, please contact County Referees' Administrator, Michael Keane, at 083-3450456.
A similar course will take place in The Maritime Hotel Bantry on Thursday 27th March, Monday 31st March, Thursday 3rd April and Monday 7th April commencing at 7.30pm each night, intended for clubs at the Western end of the Carbery Division and the clubs of the Beara Division. To apply for a place, please contact Carbery Board Referees’ Administrator Donal McCarthy at 085 1742414. NB: Referees must be members of a GAA club.
New Uachtaráin-Tofa Elected at Congress
There was a momentous evening at Croke Park on Friday, when Aogán Ó Fearghail was elected to the role of Uachtaráin-Tofa Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, becoming the first man from Cavan to ever be elected to the position.
Congress continued on the Saturday with consideration of the motions, along with the President’s address. Of the 64 motions down for discussion on Saturday, 49 were passed, two were approved by Central Council prior to Saturday, 9 were rejected and four were withdrawn from the clár, including the so-called ‘Anthony Nash’ motion.
The Cork delegation consisted of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, Senior Administrator, representatives of the Seandún (Niall Keane) and Carrigdhoun (Myles Barry) divisions, and Willie Ring and PatJoe Connolly representing the County Board, along with Central Council delegate, Des Cullinane. While Motion 46, preventing players eligible for the U16 grade from playing inter-county Minor, was passed, its introduction has since been deferred until January 2015. Most other motions come into effect one month from Congress.
For a full report on proceedings, see
http://url.ie/mluj or www.gaacork.ie.
Pat Joe Connolly, Gerard Lane and Tracey Kennedy with Munster Council Vice-Chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan at Congress. Pic: Ray McManus, Sportsfile
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