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Death and funeral arrangements for Peter Bell

It is with deep sadness we hear of the sudden passing of our colleague and dear friend Peter Bell.   Peter founded and served in our club shop every Saturday and always made himself available whatever time of the day or week to accommodate people who wanted to buy gear for the kids.    He also looked after our u5s/u6s in our Academy every Friday night, he helped at Bingo on Thursday and organised all underage fixtures/training times on a weekly  basis for our Juvenile Section.   Peter was a thorough gent and was loved and well respected by all within our club.    He will be sadly missed.    To his wife Sandra, son Alan, daughter Shauna and his extended family was pass on our sincere condolences.

Funeral arrangements:  Reposing at O Connors Funeral Home North Gate Bridge.  Rosary tonight Tuesday at 6pm, removal tomorrow Wednesday at 6pm to Church of the Resurrection, requiem mass Thursday 13th Dec at 11am to St.Catherines Cemetery, Kilcully.   Ar dheis do go raibh a anam.

All activities in the club are cancelled this week.

Long Puc December 2018

Well lads and lassies the annual long puc takes place this year on Friday 28th December so you have plenty of time to get your teams together for this big event of the year, where everyone is welcome past and present players, members etc., for a very enjoyable family day out.    Complimentary soup and sandwiches after the long puc and a very enjoyable night of craic, chat and music in the bar afterwards.   So why not book your team and we hope to see a very big crowd on the day.  

Table Quiz Fundraiser

Our second fundraiser coming up is the Mouse Race on Friday 30th November next .   We are looking for sponsors for this, either to sponsor a full page for 100e, a half page for 50e or sponsor a mouse for 10e.  Again this is expected to be a great laugh.  This is big fundraiser so we would therefore ask for all your support.

Our Christmas Draw tickets are now on sale behind the Bar and the draw takes place on Saturday 22nd December in the Bar and we are asking for your help again in making the draw a success as all proceeds are for the Underage/Juvenile Sections of the club.

Christmas Draw Tickets

Shortly all members and players will be getting xmas draw tickets in their papers for our AGM and we would ask you to please make a big effort and sell your 4 books of tickets and return the stubs and 20e to the Bar.  We need to make a big push in selling the tickets so that we can continue to finance the Underage/Juvenile/Senior Sections of the club.

AGM 2018

Our annual AGM for 2018 takes place on Sunday 9th December next at 2.30pm sharp.   We are asking all members to attend to discuss some very serious topics and how to find a solution to resolving them.    Full attendance would be much appreciated by both members, players etc.

Mouse Race Night

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club are holding a Mouse Race Night Fundraiser on Friday 30th November 2018 in the club bar.   The fundraiser is an appeal to raise much needed funds which will benefit both the underage and adult teams in our club and from the surrounding areas.

There are three ways in which you can support this event:
1. A full Race sponsor page @ cost of 100e
2. A half Race sponsor page @ cost of 50e
3. Sponsor a mouse @ cost of 10e per mouse

Hopefully you could look favourably on our appeal and support the fundraising in any way you can.   We are asking all members, players, families, supporters and friends of na Piarsaigh H&F Club to take part in this event.

You may contact the following persons to sponsor this event.
                            John O Leary 0862626714
                            Paddy Bourke 0862531583
                            Mick McGrath 0866015336
                            Catherine Allen 0863120574

Ó hAilpín admits 2018 was a huge kick in the teeth for Na Piarsaigh hurling

Ó hAilpín admits 2018 was a huge kick in the teeth for Na Piarsaigh hurling

IT wasn’t the summer Na Piarsaigh were expecting. 

Getting to the penultimate round of the Cork SHC in 2017 gave them great hope. 

Blackrock had stopped them in their tracks by a single point but there was genuine belief they could improve and maybe go a step further.

Bandon and Bride Rovers had other ideas this year. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is a selector with Na Piarsaigh and following their one-point Cork SHC relegation victory over Carrigtwohill on Saturday, the All Ireland medallist reflected on the season gone by.

“2018 was a huge kick in the teeth for us. 

"I won’t beat around the bush, we had big ambitions. Especially when you get to a semi-final with a young enough team bar one or two that are over 30. 

"This crop of players was at the right age. It was a multitude of reasons why we didn’t progress. 

"It just didn’t happen for us.The only saving grace is a lot of these fellas have years ahead of them. 

"It is a year lost, but thankfully they have more years. If you are 31/32 it is a year closer to retire but these fellas are 20/21 and a few minors as well.

“Hopefully it is a learning curve. We didn’t achieve what we wanted. No two years are the same. 

"Just because you do X amount last year doesn’t guarantee that you will get back there the next year. 

"You forget at the start of the year all the teams are in the same boat. No team wants to be involved in relegation and it is very hard to motivate fellas. 

"When we were knocked out by Bride Rovers trying to get fellas back in training for the last few weeks has been very hard to do. 

"As the weeks wore on, we got fellas out training. You don’t want a black mark against you at the end of the year. 

"Because whatever happens next year you are already on the back foot. Psychologically that will play on players’ minds – that it is a pressure year instead of going into the new year with a clean slate.”

They had to toil extremely hard to get the better of Carrigtwohill with Evan Sheehan’s injury-time point the winner.

“I thought a draw would be a fair result. I wouldn’t have argued if we had to come and play again. I thought Carrigtwohill fought tremendously. After we went up 1-2 to no score, they got several points in a row. 

"They rallied very strong. Even with the wind behind our backs in the second half, they fought hard. 

"Carrigtwohill have huge heart. For us to get a one-point victory, we will take it.”

 Carrigtwohill's Jay Horgan breaks out of defence past Na Piarsaigh's Shane Forde and Daire Connery, during their Cork SHC relegation play-off clash in Cobh. Picture: David Keane.
Carrigtwohill's Jay Horgan breaks out of defence past Na Piarsaigh's Shane Forde and Daire Connery, during their Cork SHC relegation play-off clash in Cobh. Picture: David Keane.


Austin Stacks 2018 Plate Winners

We wish to congratulate Graham Casey and our fe13 footballs who attended the Annual Austin Stacks Football Tournament on the 8th September last.    By all accounts it was a great weekend enjoyed by all and especially the fe13's as they won the Plate by defeating the host team Austin Stacks in the final.   Well done to the lads in bringing home our first football tournament Plate.  Look in the photo gallery for photos of the team.

Thomas Gardiner Annual Perpetual Golf 2018

Reminder The Thomas Gardiner Annual Perpetual Golf Tournament takes place on Sunday next 30th September at Mahon Golf Club.   Tee off times between 11am and 1pm.  Three ball scramble. 60e per team.  Contact Brian Gardiner on 0868457871 for tee off time.  All welcome. Tee times are running out so contact Brian this week.

The Young Offenders

The Extras Coordinator for the TV Series The Young Offenders are currently looking for extras to be a part of this amazing show and if any members would be interested in taking part, they are filming in Cork on the 27th Sept., to the 5th October.   However on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th October they are filming a particular exciting scene which would require strong and physically fit men and women between the ages of 18 to 50years.  Each background artist would be paid a rate of 80e per day for 12 hour shoot day, catering would be provided.   For anyone who would like to take part or know anyone that would like to take part please email extrastyo@gmail.com and include the following information:
Full name - Date of Birth - Full length photo - Contact details.

Junior C Football Championship 2018

A huge congratulations to our Junior C's who won the football championship final against a very fancied Nemo Rangers side on Sunday last the 2nd September in Ballinlough.  It was all square at full time and then went to extra time where the final score was Na Piarsaigh 1.12 Nemo Rangers 1.8, a great display by the lads who never gave up and this was a sweet win especially for a team mate Matthew Broderick who had a terrible accident the week before.    We all hope that Matt will get better soon and look forward to seeing him back. Congrats to Alan O Sullivan, Dean Buckley, Martin McCarthy, Donncha O Connell and all who were involved in this team.   

Its championship time again for our Intermediate hurlers who play on Sunday 9th September against Eire Og in Ballygarvan at 2pm in the quarter final also our minors hurlers are playing the semi final of the minor premier 1 hurling championship against Midleton on Wednesday 12th September next no venue yet, check the fixtures page for details of the venue.

We also wish our fe13 footballers who are going to the Annual Austin Stacks Football Tournament on the 8th & 9th September next the best of luck.  

Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament

The Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament takes place on Saturday 18th August next in the club.    Teams attending are Ballygunner Waterford, Toomevarra Tipperary, Midleton and St.Finbarrs Cork.   We would hope that you would turn out and support this long standing tournament on the day.   All Committee are asked to turn up to help.

SHC Round 2

Our Senior Hurling Championship Round 2 takes place on Sunday 12th August in Midleton at 4pm against Bride Rovers.   We are asking all our members and supporters to turn out and give Stephen and the lads your support in this very important game as it doubles up championship and league games in which we have to win to retain our senior status, its that important.    So please turn out on the day and support.

Diploma in Youth & Community Work

Joyce is a fan of the New Munster Format
Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Joyce is a fan of the new Munster format

THE smile on his face said it all as Christopher Joyce, who had an outstanding second-half against Clare, tried to sum up what this meant to Cork to retain the Munster title.

“It really has been a brilliant Munster championship, to get to play five games like we did was massive and to retain the title is almost impossible to put into words.

“I think the crowd really got behind this new format and they really got behind us out there today.

“Going out there for the second-half we knew we had a lot of work to do and we knew had the fitness to get it done. We looked after ourselves all week with the weather and knew that we have to be careful with the heat.

“If we didn’t then it was going to be very easy to run out of energy, but in fairness, to all the lads they looked after themselves well and I think it really told in the second-half when we needed it to,

“It was very hot out there and we tapered the warm up to that as well. Declan O’Sullivan has been looking after us all week in that regard and has been telling us what to do every day.

“We tapered down our training during the week to make sure we had the legs for the 70 minutes and, as I said, even the warm-up was tapered today to make sure we were ready to go all the way.

“I think in the second-half there Clare might have struggled with the sun and we managed to push on to thankfully get over the line.

“But the goal and point we got just before half-time were huge scores and the difference of going in just four, rather than seven or eight points down, was huge.

“But there was no panic at half-time, we came in and sat down and gathered our thoughts before anyone said anything. 

"The thoughts were that we haven’t played well at all and we are still right in it and, knowing full well we can do a lot better.

“Clare are also probably saying how are we only four points up and maybe should have been more up, so that was probably been on their minds as well.

“There was no panic and we just said, lads, we are only four points down and we are not going to let this pass us by. 

"We knew there was more in us and again, we never panicked and kept doing the same things and it worked out for us.

“You have people like Danny (Kearney) and Luke (Meade) and the work they put in up and down the pitch is unbelievable for the team. 

"We will enjoy ourselves tonight and then start looking to the All-Ireland semi-final then,” concluded Christopher.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Cul Camp 2018

Na Piarsaigh Cul Camp 2018 takes place on Tuesday 10th July, Wednesday 11th July and Friday 13th July next from 10am - 2pm.

Boys and Girls aged between 6-13 years.
40e for 1st child - 35e for 2nd child - 30e for 3rd child.

Registration is Saturday 23rd June at 2pm.
If you wish your child to participate in our Cul Camp, please come down and join us on the 23rd June.   Cul Camp Registration is now closed as of Monday 2nd July as all orders for gear had to be in by then.


Na Piarsaigh Golf Classic 2018

On the 1st June last our annual Golf Classic took place at Monkstown Golf Club.   Again we had a record number of teams participating, the weather also was a factor as it was a great day to play a round of golf.    This is a very worthy cause as the finance raised goes towards the upkeep of our club and facilities, and we were delighted with the turn out of businesses and individuals.    Our main sponsor this year was Compu b and we are very grateful to them for sponsoring us and taking part in the fundraiser.   We wish to thank Monkstown Golf Club again this year for the use of the golf course and the wonderful food provided to the teams.

The results of the Golf Classic are as follows:
First: Fr.O Neills GAA Team (3 in a row now)
Second: Murphys Rock Team
Third: Paddy Bourke Team
Fourth: Coughlans Funeral Home
Fifth: Tony Fitzgerald Team
Sixth: Compu b Team

Longest Drive: John Goggins - O Connors Funeral Home Team
Nearest to the Pin: Stephen Wall - Martin O Donovan Team.

If there are monies still outstanding by teams we would ask that you make a big effort to pay these as soon as possible.

And finally, we wish to thank the Fundraising Committee namely Donnacha O Leary, Bill Kelleher, Paddy Bourke, James O Connor, Tony O Sullivan, Roy Cooke, Seanie O Connell, John O Leary, Noel Quinn and all who helped on the day.   

We are pleased again to announce that because the day went so well, that we will be holding the next Golf Classic in 2019 so pencil into your diary!

Clubs 75th Anniversary

A very important day is approaching in our history, we are 75 years formed and we intend to hold celebrations on Saturday 23rd June next.    We would ask members, players, mentors, supporters, past players,  in fact everyone connected with the club in some way or other to come out and support and be involved in this historic occasion.

Firstly we will be starting our celebrations at the plaque on Redemption Road where a few words will be said on the history of our club.   Our older underage players and the schools will march with their banners behind a pipe band to the Church of the Resurrection where we will meet with the smaller kids and march down to the club.

In the club we will be running the Annual Farranree Credit Union Fe11 Hurling Tournament where teams are invited to part take.   St.Catherines, Ballygiblin, Na Piarsaigh and Grenagh will participate and the final will take place at approximately 2.30pm.

We will have a stage with bands and singers, food vans, ice cream vans and face painting and bunting and the bar will be open where we will be able to sit down outside and listen to the music and enjoy the events that are happening.

We are asking people to spread the word and we would hope to see a lot of members, players etc., on the day.

Leaving Cert & Junior Cert.

We wish all our lads and lassies the very best in their Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams which are about to start.   Stay calm and you will be fine.  Best of luck.

Coaching Foundation Course

A Coaching Foundation Course is taking place on Saturday 9th June at Erins Own GAA Club at 9.30am.   Any underage selector wishing to attend this course and improve their coaching skills please ring the office as soon as possible as places are limited.   This is a very good opportunity for new members who are over 18.

Fas Scheme Vacancy

There is a fas scheme vacancy has arisen in the Club at the moment, so if anybody is interested in doing the scheme or if they know someone who would be interested in working in Na Piarsaigh H&F Club under the Fas Scheme please ring Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161.

Senior Hurling Championship 1st Round

Mike Cahalane and Mark Sugrue make it a blissful day for Bandon

In yesterday’s re-match at Brinny, goals again played a pivotal part in determining the outcome, but this time it was the Lilywhites who found the net, with second-half strikes from Mike Cahalane and Mark Sugrue.  Having led by four points at half-time, 0-9 to 0-5, Bandon had seen the lead reduced to two, 0-12 to 0-10, as Pádraig Guest and Evan Sheehan had Piarsaigh points coming up to the three-quarter mark, before Cahalane struck.  Carrying a hamstring injury, he had been well bottled up by county colleague Chris Joyce for much of the game, but when a good Darren Crowley delivery landed near the endline on the right, Cahalane collected possession and turned Joyce before kicking across Alan Keating and into the net.

On a day of low scoring and challenging weather conditions, a five-point lead was huge, though Dayne Lee was close with a Piarsaigh chance in the immediate aftermath and, while the city side had three points in a row, from Kelvin Forde (two) and sub Gordon Joyce, Bandon never panicked.  They were three ahead in injury time when Cahalane found Sugrue, who was able to run at the Piarsaigh defence, before firing home what proved to be the final puck. With just three league games played and football to contend with, Bandon coach Seámus Lawton admitted that the outcome was better than expected.

“I’m surprised, because our preparation was poor,” he admitted. “The football championship was put off for a week and that caught us, we only had two weeks to prepare. Then, with the weather, I know it cost everyone but we couldn’t get matches played. “We would have been worried coming into it, but they’ve done it in the last few years. They won a great a county two years ago, they’ve won football counties. They’re a good bunch of lads and that was some test. I couldn’t give them enough praise.”

Bandon never trailed and were 0-4 to 0-1 in front inside 10 minutes, despite early wides. Eoghan O’Donovan and Joe Harrington got on top at midfield, with Donough Lucey impressing in the half-back line and, while Daire Connery was effective as a spare man for Piarsaigh, Philip Crowley was soon detailed to follow him.  Ronan Crowley’s second point had Bandon 0-6 to 0-2 in front after 20 minutes, but Na Piarsaigh got a foothold with two Pádraig Guest frees and might have forced a goal chance, but Keith Buckley couldn’t get Shane Forde’s pass under control.  Having been let off, Bandon set about pushing on again, with Pa Barry on target following a nice turn, while Ronan Crowley converted a free he had won himself after it was brought forward for dissent.

Another from Guest was answered by a super Darren Crowley score in injury time and they were five in front when Sugrue got his second within five seconds of the second half starting.   When Shane Forde replied for Piarsaigh, Eoghan O’Donovan might have goaled for Bandon after his tenacity forced a chance, but he opted to take his point.  Connery’s third had brought Na Piarsaigh back to four, 0-11 to 0-7, when both sides were reduced to 14 men, Lucey and Paul Cunningham being dismissed following a melee after a challenge on Ronan Crowley, which Bandon felt had warranted a free.

After order was enforced, Na Piarsaigh had three of the next four — with Sheehan wide with a half-chance of a goal — to cut the gap to two, but Cahalane’s goal for Bandon was a momentum-killer.  Piarsaigh released Chris Joyce to the half-back line and then to the half-forwards, but two points was the closest they came and Sugrue’s goal secured it for Bandon.  They march on to round three, while Na Piarsaigh face Bride Rovers in round two.

Scorers for Bandon: M Sugrue 1-3, R Crowley 0-4 (three frees), D Crowley (one free) 0-3 each, M Cahalane 1-0, E O’Donovan 0-2, P Barry, A Murphy, J Hickey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: P Guest 0-5 (frees), D Connery 0-4 (one free), E Sheehan (one free), K Forde 0-2, S Forde, G Joyce 0-1 each.
BANDON:P Prendergast; P Murphy, J Walsh, J O’Donovan, D Lucey, J Hickey, P Crowley; E O’Donovan, J Harrington; D Crowley, P Barry, R Crowley; M Sugrue, M Cahalane, A Murphy.Sub:C O’Mahony for A Murphy (54).
NA PIARSAIGH: A Keating; E Gunning, C Joyce, A Dennehy; E Moynihan, P Cunningham, P O’Rourke; J Morrissey, K Forde; D Lee, S Forde, K Buckley; E Sheehan, P Guest, D Connery. Subs: G Joyce for Buckley (41), P Gould for Lee (55).
Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).

Feile Semi finals & Finals 27th April 2018.

Cracking games in store in Féile hurling as Na Piarsaigh, Bride, Ballincollig and Barrs battle for the premier title


AFTER one of the best days of the year weather-wise the group stages of the Féile hurling are now completed.

The Féile, be it hurling or football, always attracts the crowds and last weekend was no different.
But you can expect those numbers to swell on Friday night and Saturday morning at the various venues as sides vie for the right to represent Cork at the national finals, being hosted by Connacht this year.
At Na Piarsaigh the host club, along with Cobh and Sarsfields battled it out in one group, with Douglas, Courcey Rovers, and Glen Rovers in the other. 

After some great games, the host club and Douglas met in the deciding game and it was Na Piarsaigh who came through to qualify for the semi-final tomorrow night.  Again there were lots of close games along the way and just like at Na Piarsaigh, it was the host club who came to the fore to go forward to the semi-finals.

There have been a variety of winners of the premier tier recently, Sars were victorious last season, with Glen Rovers the 2016 champions and the Barrs lifting the trophy the year before. In 2014 Midleton captured the crown with Na Piarsiagh landing the silverware a year earlier.
The semi-final draws were made during the week and it sees Na Piarsaigh up against Bride Rovers and St Finbarr’s taking on Ballincollig in the premier grade. Both games are at 6.45pm in Togher, with the final scheduled for 7.45pm.


Sean Og O hAilpin: GAA Coaching

Seán Óg: GAA coaching is about finding a balance between the old school and a modern approach by Éamonn Murphy
ANYONE with an interest in coaching and player development would appreciate the approach Seán Óg Ó hAilpín takes.
Finding a middle ground between driving players hard and putting an arm around the shoulder, and embracing the current fad for 'games-based coaching' alongside more structured drills, are challenges faced by coaches at all levels.
Ó hAilpín has seen it all across all ages, from his underage days in Na Piarsaigh and the North Morth, through Cork teams from U14 up in both codes. These days he's putting it back in with his club, entering his third year with Piarsaighs' senior hurlers and eager to kick on from last year's semi-final appearance.
Seán Óg races for possession with Newtown's Declan Murphy in an U21 final. Picture: Des Barry
Seán Óg races for possession with Newtown's Declan Murphy in an U21 final. Picture: Des Barry
In a recent podcast for Newstalk's Off the Ball, the legendary Rebel detailed his move into management with the northsiders.
“It's about a balance between old-school stuff and new school. The good things that developed me were old school. When I think back to my coaches underage, a lot of them didn't play inter-county but they were very passionate guys about hurling and gaelic football. Their love of the game filtered down and that's what I try and do with my coaching.
“Yes, you try and show them technical skills or when you're facing certain situations what options you do, but at the end of the day it's trying to instill that enjoyment and passion for the game. It goes beyond that 60 minutes when you're playing the game.
“I'm very indebted to the great underage coaches in the club. Very few are involved still. When you're a young teenager you're looking at your coaches and they're ancient but sure when you look back they were in their early 40s, which is my age now.” 
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and John Gardiner with members of the Piarsaigh Féile team in 2012, including current seniors Padraig Guest and Eddie Gunning. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and John Gardiner with members of the Piarsaigh Féile team in 2012, including current seniors Padraig Guest and Eddie Gunning. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ó hAilpín is 41 next month by which time he hopes Na Piarsaigh will have negotiated this Sunday's SHC opening round against Bandon. They were too slick for the West Cork outfit in last season's quarter-final, though this weekend will hardly be as straightforward.
If they do progress into the knockout stages, the club must wait until the summer to play again. That type of uncertainty doesn't make it easy for talented young players to commit to dedicating themselves to senior club hurling.
“Sadly, Cork becomes your club team more than Na Piarsaigh for the guts of 10 years. It's only when you go outside of that you see the neglect when you're dealing with club players. They've jobs and they've families and they're told to put their life on hold depending on how Cork do.
“Coaches are trying to keep club players interested.
“Between the ages of 18 and 21 are the critical years. If a young player isn't good enough to make the club senior team it's seen as a comedown to be involved in the second or third team with the club. If they're coming off a successful underage career that dents the ego.” 
While there will always be wristy hurlers lost to soccer, rugby and so on, Ó hAilpín concedes the biggest problem is how GAA is organised.
“Competition from other sports is a threat but I think some now don't want to put in two or three days a week or training and the game at the weekend. When I was that age I did nothing else but play and train, you'd thumb everywhere, and that was my enjoyment. You'd explain that to a teenager and they'd laugh at you. That's not fun for them. They don't want to give that time.
“You've guys doing part-time work and they'd put that in preference to trying to be involved with a team. It's a different culture.
“Everything is so up in the air, there's no certainty about fixtures where they know they'll have a game in July. I'd imagine they're saying they can't put their life on hold for something they don't know is going to happen.”
Seán Óg in action for his club in 2011. Picture. Jim Coughlan.
Seán Óg in action for his club in 2011. Picture. Jim Coughlan.
With the club-county divide wider than ever, professionalism at the elite level would seem the next step. For Ó hAilpín, as dedicated as he was to his craft, having a life outside of the GAA shouldn't be underestimated.
“The last time I pucked a ball for Cork was the semi-final against Galway in 2012 and the following morning I was in work. I wasn't on the train back thinking 'how am I going to put bread on the table?' I'd a balance.
“If you asked me as an 18-year-old I'd have loved to see myself as a professional hurler but after going through my career – and after talking to my two brothers who experienced professional sport in Australia – I'd take what I had.
“It's great to be doing something you love but my brother tells me he went from playing sport as a hobby to trying to sustain himself week in, week out. You've a three-year contract and in the last year of it, you're not sleeping properly because everything hinges on your performance.
“He wasn't a regular on the team so there was no room for bad performances, you were on Broadway every time you went out. You couldn't afford to get injured. If you're lucky your lifespan as an Aussie Rules player could be four years.
Seán Óg working in Ulster Bank. Picture: Des Barry
Seán Óg working in Ulster Bank. Picture: Des Barry
“If you were a professional GAA player you'd be doing well to get 10 years out of it. The demands would be very high.
“I always found work was a good way to get away from the pressures of sport. They work you hard in Ulster Bank, don't worry, but your workmates knew not to be talking about sport. If you didn't have that you'd be thinking too much.
“When I look back on my 16 years (with Cork) it just flew. I wish I'd enjoyed it more.”
Johnny Pilkington of Offaly stands behind Seán Óg in 2000. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland
Johnny Pilkington of Offaly stands behind Seán Óg in 2000. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland


Warning Issued after punch-ups mar underage matches in Cork

Warning issued after punch-ups and threats mar underage matches in Cork

THE head of Go Games GAA in Cork has called on coaches and parents of clubs to “act responsibly” at matches involving the county's youngest hurlers and footballers.

Colm Crowley, a Games Development Administrator on Leeside, is in charge of organising games for the U8 to U11 and explained in an email to all clubs that recent “unsavoury incidents” are undermining what are supposed to be fun and non-competitive events to promote a grá for GAA.

“We have some very unsavoury incidents so far,” wrote Crowley this week. “We have had a parent so enraged by a mentor's behaviour refereeing an U8 game, that he felt the need to confront the opposing mentor after the match.

“We have had a punch up on the sideline between parents and mentors. We have had a parent threatening a young referee.

"It is wholly inappropriate.” Underage GAA is Cork is centred on a Go Games model, which is non-competitive with clubs paired off based on squad size to maximise game-time for kids. There are one-, two- and three-team groupings, with young referees appointed to take charge.

While the scores are kept in a view towards grading from U12 up, there are no trophies or proper finals from U8 to U11. 

Games are scheduled for every Saturday for nine- to 11-year-olds, apart from Bank Holiday weekends, while U8s are facilitated in blitzes.

“Rebel Óg Coaching and Games aim to provide a meaningful games program for all children. 

"99% of issues ever raised to me, involve adults," warned Crowley.

“I also want it noted that some of the language and demeanour of some mentors and parents on the sideline is at best described as distasteful. 

"Children just want to play and have fun. We grown-ups should put development and fun first, results should be a lower priority.” 

Crowley, a Killeagh native who previously worked as a GDA in Dublin and coached their successful minor teams, has been in the role covering Go Games for three years.

“95% of this has been a success and the other 5% has been negativity. 

"With each horror story received regarding referee abuse, uncooperative mentors, sideline behaviour of parents and mentors etc, it negates any desire to continue coordinating the Go Games program.

“I want to ask you all, one last time in 2018, respect the referee, respect your players, respect the opposition and finally respect yourself. Children look to you for guidance. Give them something positive to imitate.”

Na Piarsaigh H&F Golf Classic 2018

As our golf classic was a great hit both last year and the year before, we have decided to run it again this year and it takes place on the 1st June at Monkstown Golf Club.   Again its a 3 person team costing 200e which includes a meal, also you can sponsor a tee box or green sign for 50e.   Our main sponsors are Compu b, Heineken and Singletons SuperValu Hollyhill for which we are very grateful.   As places are filling up fast you can ring any one of the Fundraising Committee to book your time either Bill Kelleher, Donnacha O Leary, Paddy Bourke, John O Leary, Roy Cooke, Seanie O Connell, Noel Quinn, Tony O Sullivan or James O Connor. 

Feile na nGael 2018 (Hurling)

Feile na nGael will be hosted by the club on Saturday 21st April next.   Teams taking part are Cobh, Sarsfield, Douglas, Coursey Rovers and Glen Rovers.   Feile starts at 11am and finals are down for 2pm we expect to see a big crowd on the day to support Mick and the lads.  If we win on the day then we go on to play the semi finals on Friday 27th April.

Well lads we qualified for the semi final of the Feile which takes place on Friday 27th April out in Togher and we are drawn against Bride Rovers at 6.45pm.    We expect to see a big crowd attending.

Championships 2018

Our Senior Hurlers are out on Sunday 26th April in Brinny against Bandon at 2.15pm we wish Stephen and the lads the best of luck! and your support for this very important game.

Our Premier 1 Minor hurling team are playing their championship against Glen Rovers on Thursday 26th April next at 6.45 in the Mardyke so your support for the Noel and the lads please.

Our Fe15s are playing the semi final of the hurling championship on Wednesday 25th April next against Douglas in Douglas at 6.45pm having won the toss.   Douglas are well fancied in this on nonetheless we would hope to see a big crowd there to support the lads.

Over 60's Talent Competition Winner

At the recent Over 60s Talent Competition held in Na Piarsaigh H&F Club recently we wish to congratulate our own John O Sullivan who won the competition.   John now goes on to sing in the semi-finals in the near future.    We wish to thank MC Paddy O Brien and the sponsors Farranree Credit Union we must also thank all the singers on the night, as anyone of them could have won.

Cork GAA Draw - March

The Cork GAA Draw for March will take place in the Bar on Thursday 29th March next at 9pm, all members are welcome to attend.   Good luck to everybody in the draw.


Members and Patrons please be aware that Bingo this Thursday 1st March is cancelled due to the impending bad weather.    It will resume as normal on Thursday 8th March.   Please pass on this information to family and friends.

Fundraising Quiz

A fundraising quiz will take place Friday the 16th February at 9.15pm in the Bar, all are welcome to take part.   Tables of 4 at 20e per table, the usual rules apply, we expect to see a big crowd at this fundraiser a good craic is expected and there will be a few spots, so get your team ready and we hope to see you tomorrow night.

Over 60's Talent Competition.

A heat of the Over 60's Talent Competition will take place at Na Piarsaigh H&F Club on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 8pm.    So if you can sing, dance, play an instrument or tell a funny story, why not enter on the night.    If you wish to take part please contact Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161.   Past winners from the Over 60's will attend on the night.   MC on the night will be Paddy O Brien.   Enjoy a great night of singing and dancing.


Club Membership 2018

Club Membership for 2018 is now due and the following are the rates:

Players                         125e (inc gym)
Non Playing Adults     100e
3rd Level                       75e
2nd Level                       30e
OAP's                             50e
All players and selectors must pay their membership before the 31st March 2018.

Liam Martin

Annual Dinny Cooke Hurling Alley Tournament

This year will be the first Annual Dinny Cooke Hurling Alley Tournament, a cup that has been presented by the Cooke Family.   This tournament started a couple of weeks ago and we would hope that it will grow and grow in the next couple of years.    The final of the hurling alleys tournament takes place tonight at 7.30pm and the finalists for this year are:

           Eoin Moynihan/Micheal O Sullivan -v- Paul Cunningham/Jamie Curtin
why not come up tonight and see the final.   A presentation will take place in the Bar at 8.30pm with refreshments.   All are welcome.  Well the final took place and the winners of this annual trophy were Paul Cunningham and Jamie Curtin.   We hope that next year there will be a lot more teams enter as this was a great success this year.    See Gallery for photos of the night and the presentation.

Christmas Draw Winners

On Sunday last our annual christmas draw for the Juvenile Section took place in the Bar and the winners are as follows all prizes can be collected in the club.

1. Hamper + 200e - Fionn McCarthy c/o Eoin McCarthy
2. Hamper + 75e - Tommy Gunning c/o Club
3. Hamper + 50e - Chris Murphy c/o Donnacha O Leary
4. 100e - Liz O Driscoll Mulgrave Road.
5.  Drinks Hamper - Jennifer McCarthy, Knocknaheeney.
6.  Special Prize, The Loft - Mary Murray Pophams Road.
7.  Panto Tickets - Louise Roche, Shanakiel
8.  50e - Ann Cooke c/o Club
9.  50e - Louise Roche, Shanakiel
10. 6 bottles of Wine - Chris Murphy c/o Donnacha O Leary.

We wish to thank everybody all committees, members, supporters who bought and sold tickets for us, sponsors who donated prizes to make this draw a success.   We also wish to thank John Hartnett, Jackie Myers & Blackpool Shopping Centre for allowing us to sell our tickets.  

Championship Draw for 2018

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round
Douglas v Dungourney

Round 1
(A) Winners of Douglas/Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan v Aghabullogue
(C) Eire Og v Sarsfields
(D) Ballincollig v Meelin
(E) Kildorrery v Dripsey
(F) Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr
(G) Inniscarra v Ballymartle
(H) Tracton v Kilbrittain
(I) Midleton v Blackrock
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Barryroe
(K) Ballinhassig v Glen Rovers
(L) St Finbarr's v Mayfield
(M) Grenagh v St Catherines

Round 2  (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1)
losers of Douglas/Dungourney v G
B v H
D v A
E v J
M v L
K v I
C v F

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 1
(A) St Vincents v Castletownbere
(B) Nemo Rangers v Kanturk
(C) Bandon v Naomh Aban
(D) Eire Og v Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh
(E) Na Piarsaigh v Newmarket
(F) Bantry Blues v Fermoy
(G) Macroom v St Michaels

Round 2
F v E
C a bye

Senior Hurling Championship (Clubs Section)
Round 1
(A) Killeagh v Douglas
(B) Midleton v Bishopstown
(C) Sarsfields v Ballyhea
(D) Erins Own v Bride Rovers
(E) Carrigtwohill v Blackrock
(F) Ballymartle v Glen Rovers
(G) Na Piarsaigh v Bandon
(H) Newtownshandrum v Kanturk
(I) Newcestown v St Finbarr's

Round 2
F v C
D v G
H v B
A v I
losers of E a bye

Reardens Hurling All Stars 2017

THE Reardens Hurling All-Star team were honoured  on the 5th December last in Reardens Bar on Washington Street, and contains six of this year’s SHC champions, Imokilly.

However, there is a decent spread, with five teams represented, while every one of the winners are first-time recipients of Rearden’s All-Stars, even though this is the sixth year of the popular scheme. The new-look All-Star side is a reflection of the fact four teams reached the county semi-finals this year who hadn’t featured in 2016.

Interestingly, eight of the All-Stars were U21 this season, while Colm Barry and Stephen Murphy are also in their early 20s. Sars’ Jack O’Connor and Eoghan Murphy and Killeagh’s Eoghan Keniry have one more game to play in 2017, Friday’s U21 county final.

Na Piarsaigh keeper Paul O’Sullivan is the veteran of the All-Star team, while Brian Lawton, Paudie O’Sullivan and Seamus Harnedy are in the late 20s and Imokilly wing-back John Cronin is only 25, though hurled in the 2011 county final for CIT in a defeat to Carrigtwohill.   A Hurler of the Year will be announced tomorrow from the 15 talented stick-men who made the cut here.   Other leading contenders for an All-Star award were Gavin Connolly, Niall Cashman, Colm Spillane, Ciarán O’Brien, Paul Leopold, Dayne Lee, Daniel Kearney, Shane O’Keeffe, Will Leahy, Alan O’Callaghan.

New Cork manager John Meyler presented the All-Star awards to the 15 winners. Congratulations to our 3 boys who were awarded an all star.   Well done lads.


1. Paul O’Sullivan, Na Piarsaigh:  In the most high-profile game of the earlier rounds of the championship, the northsider pulled off match-winning saves against the Glen. Very solid throughout the summer in between the posts and on puck-outs.

4. Eddie Gunning, Piarsaigh:  This 21-year-old has been highly rated for some time and came of age this season. He defended from the front, usually on the edge of the square, and his reading of the play was excellent.

15. Padraig Guest, Piarsaigh:   Before a sliotar was pucked this year, few outside of Farranree had heard of Guest, largely due to recent injuries after a promising underage career.   The 21-year-old had a breakout summer, with his clinical free-taking and eye for goal as he blasted 3-30 to send Piarsaighs to the last four.

The club breakdown of the winners is as follows: Imokilly 6, Blackrock 3, Na Piarsaigh 3, Sarsfields 2, Killeagh 1.




Cork GAA Draw Winner

Our congratulations to Christy Kidney on winning 1st Prize in the Cork GAA Draw for the month of November.   Two 10 year premium tickets for Pairc Ui Chaoimh and 5000e cash.     Anybody interested in joining the Cork GAA Draw should contact Brian Gardiner Draw Co-Ordinator on 0868457871.

Christmas Draw Tickets

Our annual christmas draw this year takes place in the bar on Sunday 17th December next at 9.30pm, tickets are available in the bar or from Peter Bell or Jack Dorgan.   Members are asked to generously support the draw as all proceeds go towards the Underage & Juvenile Sections.   The Juvenile Committee wish to thank everybody who has contributed a prize to our draw and a special thanks to Patricia Moynihan who again this year has put together 3 magnificant hampers.    Managers in the Juvenile Section are asked to send out a text to their players to return their tickets and money to the Arena.   We will be selling tickets in Blackpool Shopping Centre on the 14th, 15th and 16th December next so anybody willing to give 2 hours please contact the above we would love to have your help on the dates outlined.

Long Puc 2017

Well lads and lassies that time of the year is fast approaching again, our Annual Long Puc will take place on Thursday 28th December next at 12 o clock.    Please tell all your friends, family, other clubs far and wide of this event.    Food provided by the Ladies Committee after you finish the long puc, and a great night is guaranteed with music and spot prizes, so come one come all and put this date in your diary Thursday 28th December 2017.

Senior AGM - 3rd December 2017.

Just to let members know that our annual Senior AGM will be held on Sunday 3rd December next in the function hall at 2.30pm.   Members are asked to note this date and a full attendance is required to discuss matters regarding hurling & football in the club and financial matters.   Also please note that our Juvenile AGM will take place on Monday 8th January 2018 at 7.30pm.

Na Piarsaigh Camogie Junior County Champions

On Sunday 29th October our Junior Camogie Girls played their County Final in Castle Road against a very fancied and very physical Watergrasshill side.   The girls found it hard to put scores on the board and at half time they were behind by 6pt to 1pt.   The second half started off with a bit more aggression and belief by us as we were not going to lose a second year in a row, a life line came ten minutes into the second half when Erin McElhinney was fouled in an off the ball incident inside in the square by the Watergrasshill goalkeeper, the referee had no choice but to send the goalkeeper off and award a penalty to us, Amy Lee, goalkeeper was called up to take the penalty but it was saved.   We kept plugging away and put over another 2 pts from frees.    Then in a very strange turn of events, with about 10 minutes to go we were awarded a free and the ball just dropped under the crossbar into the goal score then 6pt to 1.3 we were awarded another free which again resulted in a goal score being 6pt to 2.3.    Time was nearly up and again a scramble in the Watergrasshill goalmouth resulted in another goal score Watergrasshill 6pt Na Piarsaigh 3.3, with time up Watergrasshill got a consulation point making the final score Watergrasshill 7pt Na Piarsaigh 3.3.   Junior County Champions at last, the last time we won this event was in 1979.   Next step Intermediate.   We wish to congratulate all the girls and the mentors on this fabulous win, and to celebrate this win the girls Victory Dinner will be held on Friday 19th January 2018 in the Imperial Hotel, so if your interested in going to this event, then you should make contact with either Trisha Coleman, or Catherine Allen and book your tickets early as they are being bought up pretty quick.

Sports Predictor Winners 2017

The Sports Predictor which started at the start of the year and was greatly supported by members and supporters and businesses has finally come to an end, and we are very pleased to announce the winners for this year.

Joint 1st Place: Ann McCormack and Jonathan Sexton - 160pts each
Joint 3rd Place: John Power and Alan Craughwell - 156pts each.

Everybody can see their result on the Sports Predictor Final Results Column.   A great effort was put into this by the Fundraising Committee and was a great success again second year running.   Our thanks to everyone who took place and congratulations to the winners.

Cork GAA Club Draw 2017/2018

The Cork GAA Club Draw 2017/2018 beings tonight.   Fabulous prizes to be won including cash prizes of 20,000e each month, with premium seat tickets for Pairc Ui Chaoimh and many more cash prizes.    All for 100e.  Log onto www.corkgaadraw.ie to register online or contact Na Piarsaigh Draw Co-Ordinator Brian Gardiner on 0868457871.   The Club receives 45% of entrance fee to fund future developments and projects within the club, so please your support please for the Cork GAA Draw, after all its helping your club

Report of SHC -v- Blackrock (Evening Echo Eamonn Murphy 10/10/17)


Blackrock 0-21       Na Piarsaigh 2-14

THE ROCKIES are back in a county final for the first time in 14 years thanks to Michael O’Halloran’s 58th minute point in the closing stages of an entertaining county semi-final yesterday afternoon.

Blackrock absorbed the blow of a pair of amazing goals in the two minutes after the break by Cork minor Evan Sheehan on his introduction. Both were taken at full tilt on the run, one from his right-hand side and the other his left, and gave Na Piarsaigh a 2-11 to 0-12 lead and significant momentum.

However the southsiders kept their cool and responded with three points from Shane O’Keeffe, sub Liam O’Sullivan, and an O’Halloran free. Though Na Piarsaigh then grabbed two scores from Keith Buckley, his third from play, and a gem from Sheehan after he caught a long delivery, their attack completely misfired in the fourth quarter.

Blackrock shot five in a row from the 44th to the 53rd minute to go one up, 0-20 to 2-13, with the experienced Dave Cashman very influential off the bench, their defence extremely tight as a unit and David O’Farrell the standout performer in midfield. Keeper Gavin Connolly made a smart save from Gordon Joyce after 55 minutes and while Eoin Moynihan converted the subsequent 65, Cashman set up O’Halloran to retake the lead two minutes later.

It turned out to be the winner. Blackrock outscored Piarsaighs 0-9 to 0-3 from the 32nd to the 64th minute.

Both teams squandered opportunities during the tense finale, with Christopher Joyce going closest to an equaliser. However the Rockies’ work-rate and ability to squeeze their opponents in packs ensured they made the turnovers to get them over the line.

They were the slightly better team, despite being underdogs on the back of Na Piarsaigh’s form in beating the Glen and Bandon. They made the early running, Alan O’Callaghan with two neat points. Stephen Murphy and O’Farrell were hoovering up possession, while wing-forwards O’Keeffe and Ger O’Regan – who finished with 0-3 apiece – disrupted the Piarsaighs’ half-back line.

The northsiders were left aggrieved by a few marginal calls from referee Joe Larkin, and perhaps with reason. Yet they’ll know themselves they weren’t able to run at pace in attack like they did in previous games. The loss of Pádraig Gould to injury was keenly felt, while Pádraig Guest, Dayne Lee and Shane Forde only threatened in patches.

Eddie Gunning and Adam Dennehy drove them on from defence, but Blackrock were teak-tough at the other end, with the Cashmans, John and Niall, Gary Norberg and Dylan Stokes all settling after Evan Sheehan’s instant impact in the second half.

Blackrock have room to improve and will need to in the county final on October 23. Their preparation may be slightly hindered by the dual crossover with the St Michael’s contingent that face Mallow in the PIFC decider next Sunday, but they appear to heading in the right direction. 

They’ve gone quietly about their business since winning the RedFM Senior Hurling League last winter under this management team led by Fergal Ryan, having been the dominant force at minor and U21 in the modern era. Can their young players now complete the set of medals?  


Scorers for Blackrock: M O’Halloran 0-8 (0-6 f), G O’Regan, S O’Keeffe 0-3 each, A O’Callaghan 0-2, L O’Sullivan, D Cashman, D O’Farrell, S Murphy, N Cashman 0-1 each.

Na Piarsaigh: E Sheehan 2-1, P Guest 0-5 (0-4 f), K Buckley 0-4 (0-1 f), E Moynihan 0-2 65s, C Joyce, S Forde 0-1 each.

NA PIARSAIGH: P O’Sullivan; Adam Dennehy, E Gunning, E Moynihan (c); Anthony Dennehy, C Joyce, C Buckley; A Brady, K Forde; A Hogan, S Forde, P O’Rourke; K Buckley, D Lee, P Guest. Subs: E Sheehan for K Forde (h-t), G Joyce for A Hogan (38), E Hanifin for Guest (51), K Forde for Brady (56).

BLACKROCK: G Connolly; J Cashman, D Stokes, G Norberg; A Murphy, E Smith, N Cashman; S Murphy (c), D O’Farrell; S O’Keeffe, A O’Callaghan, G Regan; M O’Halloran, C Cormack, J O’Sullivan.  Subs:L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (38), D Cashman for Cormack (42), D Meaney for Murphy (43), T Deasy for L O’Sullivan (61).

Referee: Joe Larkin (Ballinora).

Blackrock reveal cutting edge to bridge 14-year final gap (Irish Examiner 9/10/17)

Blackrock 0-21 Na Piarsaigh 2-14: While the spotlight was focused elsewhere, Blackrock went about their business in a most diligent and thorough fashion. Having moved within an hour of the county final without too much fuss or attention, yesterday was the afternoon where they forced all-and-sundry to sit up and take notice.

When the draws were made for the quarter-finals of the Cork SHC, most observers, this reporter included, identified this side of the draw as the weaker half. Na Piarsaigh had just knocked out three-in-a-row chasing Glen Rovers and, so, were rightly looked upon as favourites to come through and reach the final. Their quarter-final performance against Bandon reaffirmed this view.   That suited the Rockies fine, Fergal Ryan’s charges more than content to wear the tag of underdogs. They did their homework on Na Piarsaigh and it showed in almost every line of the pitch.

Padraig Guest, so influential for Na Piarsaigh all season, was held to a point from play, while Dayne Lee was rendered scoreless. Both midfielders were hauled ashore, while Blackrock’s persistence in playing the flanks at every opportunity limited the influence centre-back Christopher Joyce could exact on proceedings. Hindsight, of course, is a mighty tool, but perhaps the losing management ought to have shoved Joyce up to midfield in the second period, as there was simply no ball coming into his area.

Blackrock, and they’ll be the first to admit this, are a team without any marquee figures. Michael O’Halloran is the most recognisable name on their team-sheet; he wore the No 26 shirt on the afternoon Cork went down to Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final. They don’t depend on any one individual and pride themselves on their collective work ethic. This, and the fairly savage hunger tabled yesterday, is what squeezed them into a first county final since 2003.  With the Rockies in front by the minimum and the clock in the red, Na Piarsaigh were time and again bullied off possession. Dayne Lee got onto the ball around midfield only to be swallowed up by three green-and-gold hooped jerseys. Anthony Dennehy was outnumbered two to one at the Blackrock End and was twice blocked down.

Aside from Christopher Joyce’s injury-time wide, Na Piarsaigh weren’t able — or rather weren’t allowed — to create a half decent equalising opportunity. The final quarter belonged to the winners. Indeed, save for two goals from Evan Sheehan in the opening two minutes, the second half was owned by the Rockies.

Ahead by 0-12 to 0-11 at the break, Fergal Ryan’s troops were left stunned, as Cork minor Sheehan, a half-time substitute, rattled the top left corner of Gavin Connolly’s goal 25 seconds after the restart. Two minutes later, the teenager cut in from the North Stand side, shipping two heavy tackles, before burying the sliotar.  Now five to the good, you expected Stephen O’Sullivan’s side to finally spark to life after being reliant on the dead-ball accuracy of Guest, Eoin Moynihan and Keith Buckley in the opening period, with trio converting six placed-ball efforts between them. They were unable to kick on, however.

Shane O’Keeffe, sub Liam O’Sullivan and a Michael O’Halloran free cut the margin and, though Buckley and Sheehan pushed their lead back out to four, they’d not score from play in the closing 16 minutes of action and managed just one point during the period.  Two O’Halloran frees either side of points from Ger Regan and David Cashman squared matters at 2-13 to 0-19 on 50 minutes. O’Halloran landed a difficult free to make it five-in-a-row and nudge them back in front.

Eoin Moynihan’s second 65 of the day tied proceedings for the seventh occasion. Stalemate was brief, though, as Cashman teed up O’Halloran and he threw over his eighth of the semi-final two minutes from time.  The following will make difficult reading for the vanquished this morning; outscored by 0-6 to 0-1 in the final quarter and by 0-9 to 0-3 after Sheehan’s brace of goals. A balanced effort this was from the winners; one defender, both midfielders, four starting forwards and two subs writing their names onto the scoresheet.

You can’t ask for much more. Well, a first county title since 2002 wouldn’t go astray.

Scorers for Blackrock: M O’Halloran (0-8, 0-6 frees); G Regan, S O’Keeffe (0-3 each); A O’Callaghan (0-2 each); N Cashman, D O’Farrell, S Murphy, D Cashman, L O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: E Sheehan (2-1); P Guest (0-5, 0-4 frees); K Buckley (0-4, 0-1 free); E Moynihan (0-2, 0-2 ‘65s); S Forde, C Joyce (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH:P O’Sullivan; Adam Dennehy, E Gunning, E Moynihan; Anthony Dennehy, C Joyce, C Buckley; A Brady, K Forde; A Hogan, S Forde, P Rourke; K Buckley, D Lee, P Guest.

Subs:E Sheehan for K Forde (HT); G Joyce for Hogan (38); E Hanifin for Guest (51); K Forde for Brady (56).

BLACKROCK:G Connolly; J Cashman, D Stokes, G Norberg; A Murphy, E Smith, N Cashman; S Murphy, D O’Farrell; S O’Keeffe, A O’Callaghan, G Regan; M O’Halloran, C Cormack, J Sullivan.

Subs:L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (37); D Cashman for Cormack (42); D Meaney for A Murphy (43); T Deasy for L O’Sullivan (61).         Referee:J Larkin (Douglas).

On a personal note there were some terrible decisions given against us in relation to handpassing etc,. and tripping.    Also we wish Padraig Guest a speedy recovery after he had to go to the hospital after the game.   He suffered ligament damage to his shoulder and had to have stitches in his head.     We wish Blackrock all the best in their County Final on the 22nd October.

Joyce: I've never seen lads work as hard as these Na Piarsaigh young guns(Éamonn Murphy)

 Dayne Lee, Na Piarsaigh, is chased by Eoghan O'Donovan, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Dayne Lee, Na Piarsaigh, is chased by Eoghan O'Donovan, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

NA Piarsaigh have been the dark horses of this year’s senior hurling championship.

From a relegation playoff last September to only their second county semi-final since lifting the cup back in 2004. This is a new team, though ’04 veterans Stephen O’Sullivan, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Darren Mannix are the management team, with Christopher Joyce at the heart of their efforts.

He’s loving every minute of this club campaign, with Blackrock next up on Sunday week, but insists their young guns deserve all the plaudits. U21s Pádraig Guest and Shane Forde were their goalscorers on Saturday night in a 3-15 to 1-10 dismissal of Bandon.  “Padraig Guest, Kelvin Forde, Shane Forde, all the younger lads… they’ve pace and they’ve no fear. They just go out and play. They’ve plenty of hurling and they get the ball and want to break the tackle.   “I’ve never seen lads work harder, even at training. You’re under so much pressure on the ball when you’re training, they’re hungry for work and that’s the intensity you need."

 Anthony Dennehy, Na Piarsaigh, gets above Jason Hickey and Adam Murphy, Bandon, watched by Christopher Joyce. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Anthony Dennehy, Na Piarsaigh, gets above Jason Hickey and Adam Murphy, Bandon, watched by Christopher Joyce. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Piarsaigh boss Stephen O’Sullivan also feels 21-year-old Guest, who missed last year through injury, deserves the headlines, having nailed the pressure free to beat the Glen in the previous round.

“He spent six months in the gym bulking himself up, now you’d still be worried about a gust of wind blowing him away, but he’s put in an awful amount of work.  “He stood up the last day and put that free over against the Glen. Guest’s family are Na Piarsaigh through and through. He told me back in January that we’d get to a semi-final. Now of course I’ve told him that’s not good enough anymore! But look he’s very dedicated.”

Building on what has already been a sizzling season is very much Joyce’s aim.  “A lot of people were saying beating the Glen was our county final. We knew we’d a great chance. You could actually take it that all four teams knew the whole thing was open.”  The Cork powerhouse had to sacrifice his own game last weekend, switched over on Michael Cahalane.  "I know Mikey, he’s a great player, but man-marking probably isn’t my game. I found myself in around full-back at the start of the second half but I don’t need to be the one on the ball. We’ve plenty of great players so I’ll do my job and once we’re winning that’s grand.

“When you’ve a job to do for your club that’s exactly what you do. The other 14 were the same and that’s why we got out with the win.”  The last few weeks have picked Joyce up after the disappointment of the All-Ireland semi-final.  “Obviously I was very low after the Waterford game. The lads let me alone the Tuesday night but on the Thursday I went up and played a bit of football, first time in about five years, and it was something different.   “We’d the Glen then. I’m good friends with Brossie (Dean Brosnan) and them, so I was buzzing for that and with winning you’re right in the thick of it.”  When he does return to Rebel red, it’ll be under a new manager after Kieran Kingston’s shock decision to walk away.  “It was a surprise, disappointing. It’s his decision so we’ll just have to see what happens now.”


Report on SHC Q/F -v- Bandon (Evening Echo 25/9/17)

HANDS up if you can tell us who will lift the Seán Óg Murphy Cup on October 22.

There are six teams now left in contention in what is a wide open battle for the Cork Senior Hurling Championship, with two quarter-final replays on the horizon next weekend. All of the sides involved will feel they could pick up enough momentum to climb the steps of the revamped Páirc on county final day, especially as holders Glen Rovers and perennial contenders Midleton are out.

Na Piarsaigh and Blackrock will clash in an appealing all-city hurling semi-final, but Imokilly and Erin's Own, and Sars and UCC, must meet again in a double-header on Saturday at Páirc Uí Rinn from 5.30pm. We could yet see rivals Erin's Own and Sars colliding, or a unique Imoilly-UCC semi. 

 Padraig Gould, Na Piarsaigh, challenges James Walsh, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Padraig Gould, Na Piarsaigh, challenges James Walsh, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The performance of the weekend came from Piarsaighs, with the northsiders proving their win over Glen Rovers was no fluke, with an emphatic 3-16 to 1-10 dismissal of a fancied Bandon. Goals from Padraig Guest and Shane Forde, who threatened throughout up front along with Padraig Gould and Dayne Lee, saw them put up a serious total given the wild weather and the heavy pitch.

Christopher Joyce did a good job when switched onto Michael Cahalane, while Eddie Gunning, Eoin Moynihan and Cian Buckley offered a solid base from the base. Ronan Crowley was Bandon's main threat and goalscorer, but apart from a brief period in a first half, they were outhurled.
The semi-finals are pencilled in for Sunday week, possibly at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

 Cian Buckley, Na Piarsaigh, gets away from Adam Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Cian Buckley, Na Piarsaigh, gets away from Adam Murphy, Bandon. Picture: Jim Coughlan.


Rd4 Senior Hurling Championship (Evening Echo 11/9/17)

 Dayne Lee and Padraig Guest, Na Piarsaigh, celebrate their win against Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Dayne Lee and Padraig Guest, Na Piarsaigh, celebrate their win against Glen Rovers.

Na Piarsaigh stun rivals the Glen to open up the Senior Hurling Championship race

NA Piarsaigh blew open the Senior Hurling Championship after knocking out arch-rivals Glen Rovers in dramatic fashion on Saturday night. 

A free from young gun Padraig Guest when he was hauled back deep into injury time saw the northsiders over the line, but just as important was keeper Paul O'Sullivan denying Glen attacker Mark Dooley a goal a minute earlier. Dooley had another shot that whizzed over the bar in the latter stages, before Patrick Horgan tied matters with a trademark long-range free from his own half.

A draw looked likely at that stage, but referee Nathan Wall played beyond the six minutes of additional time announced, and Piarsaigh snatched the opportunity to reach a quarter-final against Bandon, with the winners of Blackrock-Newcestown awaiting in the semi-final. 

With the Glen's three in a row dream over, a new team will be in this year's decider on October 22. Na Piarsaigh haven't been in a final since winning the county in 2004, the Rockies' last appearance was a loss to Newtown in 2003.

Saturday's derby was a gripping if low-scoring game, with Shane Forde's first-half goal crucial in a 1-12 to 0-14 victory, in front of a large crowd at floodlit Páirc Uí Rinn. The victors made all the early running, with Glen goalie Cathal Hickey denying Alan Hogan and another Forde effort.

Anthony Dennehy, Eoin Moynihan, the Buckleys, Cian and Keith, and Dayne Lee were all on fire in the opening exchanges, though the Glen did what champions do and clawed their way back into contention. Horgan came out to centre-forward and had a great tussle with Cork comrade Chris Joyce, landing two gems from play, though Joyce did force him to shoot from difficult angles after the break.

 Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, chases Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, chases Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Brian Moylan, Conor Dorris and Graham Callanan struck mighty points as the Glen chipped away at the 1-5 to 0-1 deficit, with Dorris eventually levelling. That Na Piarsaigh still found a way to win will give them great heart going into the last eight, but they won't underestimate Bandon.


Senior Hurling Championship Quarter final

Our senior hurlers are out in the quarter final of their championship on Saturday 23rd Sept., next against Bandon in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.15pm.     We expect a big crowd to attend and your support for the lads and the mentors would be very much appreciated.   


Championship Draws & Dates

Friday September 8th

@ Caherlag, IHC R4, Midleton v Na Piarsaigh, 6.45pm Prov.

Saturday September 9th
@ Pairc Uí Rinn, SHC R 4, Glen Rovers v Na Piarsaigh Alt Sept. 10th 

September 12/13/14

@ Mourneabbey, Fé 21 PHC, Mallow v Na Piarsaigh, 7.30pm ET Prov.

Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament

On Saturday 26th August next the annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament takes place in the club at 11am.    Teams taking part are Ballygunner Waterford, Toomevarra Tipperary, Na Piarsaigh Limerick, Valley Rovers Cork and ouselves in what should be a great day of hurling, we would hope to see a lot of support for this tournament.

Pitch 1                                                                               Pitch 2
11am - Na Piarsaigh V Na Piarsaigh (L)                       Valley Rov V Ballygunner
11.45am- Na Piarsaigh V Valley Rovers                     Toomevarra V Ballygunner
12.30pm- Na Piarsaigh V Ballygunner                       Toomevarra V Na Piarsaigh (L)
2pm - Ballygunner V Na Piarsaigh (L)                       Toomevarra V Valley Rovers
2.45pm- Na Piarsaigh V Toomevarra                         Na Piarsaigh (L) V Valley Rovers

We would like to thank all clubs for agreeing to take part in this annual competition which has a long history in our club and the Na Piarsaigh team this year will be captained by Scott Kelleher, Grandson of the late Pat Kelleher.

Congratulations to all who took part in the Pat Kelleher Tournament, to the travelling teams, supporters a big thank you.    To the Kelleher Family we thank you and hope you enjoyed the day especially as Na Piarsaigh won the cup and Scott Kelleher grandson of Pat Kelleher was captain and accepted the cup.    Welll done to everyone who helped out in the kitchen the Ladies Committee, our own committee and Brian and all those who helped around the place,
to make this tournament a great success as usual.


Seán Óg: I haven't seen any hurler as committed as Joyce (Éamonn Murphy 9/8/17)

Christopher Joyce is hugely dedicated. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

I HAVEN’T come across anyone as committed. If you told him to run up Everest 50 times, he’d do it 100 times.” 

For any former Cork hurler to describe Chris Joyce in those terms is serious praise indeed but coming from one of the most dedicated of all time, makes it particularly special.

Granted Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is a club comrade and current coach of his with Piarsaigh, but he believes Joyce is a prime example of a hurler getting back what he’s put in.

“I haven’t seen anyone as professional as him,” said Seán Óg. “Whenever we see him the standard and intensity lifts. He’s the trailblazer and role model in our club now.

“When he did his cruciate two years ago he was living in the club gym and on the pitch doing his rehab. He had a bit of a lull last year when he came back first in terms of the pace and tempo, but he’s better than ever now.” 

Ó hAilpín feels the Cork management deserve credit for refining Joyce’s power game in the half-back line, where he’s formed a solid unit with Mark Ellis and Mark Coleman.

“Christopher is so consistent. To survive at that level you must get the balance right. They’ve tweaked his game to deliver ball to the advantage of the forwards. He’s composed, his head is up.”

The former Rebel number seven says Joyce was flagged up from his teens as a future Cork player.

“Seán Guiheen coached his team to the national Féile and he always said Christopher was the best of the new breed. He was drafted into our senior team at 17 and didn’t look out of place. He is from good pedigree with the boxing and it shows.”

Current Piarsaigh minor boss Gearóid Daly was also involved with Joyce and that U14 Féile crop.

“He knows where he came from,” said Daly. “You could see Joycie on his own in the hall over the winter even at that age. He’d go for a puck with anyone around the club now. Everyone looks up to him.” 

Club icon Tony O’Sullivan feels Joyce has set the tone for the trio involved with the Cork minors – Daire Connery, Evan Sheehan and Craig Hanafin.

“Chris Joyce is flying and it shows all our young players what you can achieve,” said O’Sullivan.  “It’s the same everywhere in Cork though, because it’s all talk about the Cork hurlers at the moment.

“Thurles was amazing for the Munster finals. How the crowd got behind both teams, the amount of them in for the minors, it’s something I’d never seen before and it’s going across all the clubs.

“The style of hurling is getting a reaction from the supporters and then there’s the blend of young and older players. It’s been an incredible summer and I just hope they can all keep it going.”

Na Piarsaigh skill and steel has helped backbone Cork's hurling revival (Eamonn Murphy 10/8/17)

 Evan Sheehan, Na Piarsaigh, takes on Emmet Ahern, Paul Sexton and Jamie Fenton, Ballygarvan. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

WHEN the Cork faithful wax lyrical about northside hurlers it’s their combination of skill and hardness that inspires: the velvet glove and the steel fist.

In the modern era, the Na Piarsaigh crew with Cork have certainly married those two traits.

Tony O’Sullivan was an electric half-forward in the 1980s and early ‘90s, whose style yielded five All-Stars and the Hurler of the Year award and who could mix it when required. His lineage can be traced onwards through Ben O’Connor and now Conor Lehane. 

Wing-backs Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and John Gardiner were immovable pillars of a great Cork team but their neat distribution was often under-rated. Setanta and Aisake Ó hAilpín offered goals, glamour and glory in their all-too brief stints in Rebel red.

Now Chris Joyce is hurling up a storm. There are shades of Seán Óg and Gardiner in his current incarnation. He’s built like a tank but measuring his deliveries when bursting up the flank.

Joyce is in the form of his life but he has three rivals for the accolade of the most acclaimed hurler in the club at the moment. Daire Connery, Evan Sheehan and Craig Hanafin lit up Páirc Uí Rinn and Semple Stadium for Cork at various stages of the county’s first minor championship success since 2008.

Daire Connery of Cork celebrates as he scores a late point. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daire Connery of Cork celebrates as he scores a late point. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Connery was majestic in midfield in all four of their games, Sheehan stitched a goal with a last-gasp free to draw with Tipp, Hanifin struck 1-4 in the replay against the Premier, and then Sheehan was MVP after his two goals in the Munster final. 

For good measure Connery was on song with the Cork U17s as well, collecting a second provincial medal in one season, when Na Piarsaigh’s Luke Donovan was in goal.

Those who follow the local scene weren’t surprised to see them backbone the Cork team as Na Piarsaigh were outstanding in winning last year’s Premier 1 minor crown. Up in the club this trio were flagged up as rising stars from a young age.

Roy O’Meara recalls Evan Sheehan “cutting sidelines over the bar from the halfway line on the juvenile pitch when he was 11 or 12.” 

“Evan always loved taking fellas on,” said O’Meara, who is currently involved with the club’s minor B side. “He’d always go at the backs, he’d straighten up take a belt if he had to and he’d goals on his mind.” 

Current minor manager Gearóid Daly reckons Connery “always had a bag of sliotars with him. He was always practising his frees. You see him now putting frees over from inside his own half in Thurles, but he’d a fierce strike of the ball from when he was a young fella. Hours and years of practise.” 

Craig Hanafin was also a very fine hurler as a youngster, before taking off in his mid-teens. He evolved from a midfielder, partnering Sheehan at U14 level, to a puck-out option and playmaker on the wing.

“He’s 6’ 3” but he’s starting to fill out as well,” explained Seán Óg hAilpín, who is currently coaching the Na Piarsaigh seniors. “Lanky fellas need that because I remember Setanta at 15 and he couldn’t move at all, he hadn’t got comfortable with his size.

Liam O'Shea, Midleton CBS and Craig Hanafin, North Mon AG chase possession. Picture: Larry Cummins
Liam O'Shea, Midleton CBS and Craig Hanafin, North Mon AG chase possession. Picture: Larry Cummins

Craig stood out because he used to be spraying balls from midfield and his passing is still a big part of his game. He’s John Gardiner’s first cousin and I remember Gah going to all of his games, he was a mentor I suppose. He’s been well tutored and knowing the family he won’t get too big for his boots.

“Jim Hanafin was full-back on the 1990 Na Piarsaigh team that won a county, so there’s plenty of pedigree there like.” 

In the eyes of another Na Piarsaigh and Cork legend, Tony O’Sullivan, “these lads all stood out when they were young. They’re decent fellas off the field too, just like Joycie. They carry themselves the right way and they give 100% for Na Piarsaigh and for Cork.”

 The Connery name is especially storied on the northside.

“Liam senior was a founder member in 1943. He was a butcher and his son Liam still runs the family business. Liam and Christy, Daire’s father, were there for the 1990 county win.

“I’ve a special grá for the Connerys, because Liam bought me my first All-Ireland hurleys when I was 16,” revealed O’Sullivan. “Before we played the minor in 1979 against Kilkenny.” 

“I played with Christy when I started out,” recalled Seán Óg. “Daire was like an extension to him. He was always holding a hurley when he was two or three years of age.

Na Piarsaigh youngsters Daire Connery, Dean Stanton, Evan Sheehan and Kevin Hendrick. Picture: Larry Cummins
Na Piarsaigh youngsters Daire Connery, Dean Stanton, Evan Sheehan and Kevin Hendrick. Picture: Larry Cummins

He used to drive the caretaker up in Na Piarsaigh bonkers as he got older, because he’d be closing up at 11pm and Daire would still be there, taking frees and sidelines.” 

His father was a teak-tough corner-back, a Cork minor in 1985, U21 captain in ’88 and on the 1990 panel when Galway were defeated in Croker.

“Daire was destined to go one way,” agreed Seán Óg who coached that group at U15 and U16. “He’s a product of his environment. If you want to play ball, he’ll play ball, if you want to go belting, that’s grand too.

“Christy was a corner-back, but he’d silken skills like. Pound for pound he was up with Tony Sull as the best stickmen I played with in Na Piarsaigh.” 

As Roy O’Meara puts it: “Daire is a natural. He oozes class but he’s no one’s fool. Christy was very stylish but a corner-back, Daire is the same that way. He can mix it.” 

Evan Sheehan’s father Noel has been involved with underage teams for some time, including the Connery crop alongside Kevin Butterworth among others, while his older brother Eoin is a key member of the Na Piarsaigh senior set-up.

“Evan was the same as Daire,” said Seán Óg, “he might as well have pitched a tent in the club. He was always working away and he’d his dad and his brother with that hurling passion as well. He won the Féile Skills and that meant everyone was keeping an extra eye on him.

“Decent forwards are rare. You can’t manufacture an innate forward. 

"He’s the killer instinct. Any half chance and he’ll go for it. I played back all my life but I’ll admit forwards win games.” 

Now the Na Piarsaigh crew head to Croke Park, where the minors will open for the seniors this Sunday in an All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. The minors are favourites to make it September for the first time since 2007, but whatever happens Tony O’Sullivan believes the club and Cork hurling has got a kick from the summer so far.

“Everything helps and there’s a buzz across the board at the moment,” said O’Sullivan. “Whether you’re playing or a supporter or on a committee what matters the most is on the field. We’ve done a lot of fundraising lately. Our new hurling wall is a great achievement and we’re grateful to the Tomar Family Trust and others for the support they’re given us.” 

That’s another trademark of the hurlers in the shadow of the Shandon Bells. They’re always there for each other. 

Expect more of the same this Sunday.

Cheque Presentation to Raynauds Scleroderma Assoc.

Last Friday night saw a cheque presentation made by Alan Daly Club Chairman to Dr.Catherine Norton UCD School of Psychology and Kate Arnold Cork Branch of Raynauds Scleroderma Association  in which over 200 members and followers and supporters took part in the relay teams in the Cork City Marathon on the 4th June last.   The cheque presentation was for a staggering amount of 26,239.00 and according to Dr.Norton they never had so much awareness or such a successful marathon in the history of the Scleroderma Charity.   The Fundraising Committee of Gary Sheehan, John O Leary, Kieran Coleman, Mark O Sullivan and Paddy Bourke would sincerely like to thank everybody who took part in the marathon and who helped out on the day and night and as a club we are very proud to have made people aware of this illness. We had to mention Gary Sheehan who was the driving power on the committee to promote this illness and to his wife Karen who was in the background, and we would like to wish them all the best for the future.  Photographs can be seen on our Photo Gallery

Premier Intermediate Football & Intermediate Hurling Championship Draws

The draw was made last evening for the next rounds of the premier intermediate football and intermediate hurling championships times and dates will follow

Premier Intermediate Football Championship Draw

Round 3

(A) Macroom v St Vincent

(B) Eire Og v Na Piarsaigh

(C) Castletownbere v Bandon

(D) Fermoy v Ballingeary


Mallow v D

Bantry Blues v C

St Michaels v B

Newmarket v A

Intermediate Hurling Championship Draw

Round 4

(A) Midleton v Na Piarsaigh

(B) Sarsfield v Winners of Barryroe/Meelin

(C) Blackrock v Douglas

(D) Kildorrery v Aghada

(E) Eire Og v Glen Rovers


Kilbrittain v Ballincollig

E v B

Mayfield v C

D v A

No half measures for Na Piarsaigh powerhouse Joyce

No half measures for Na Piarsaigh powerhouse Joyce

Éamonn Murphy

WHEN Chris Joyce was growing up on the northside there was no position he wanted to play more than wing-back.

As a Na Piarsaigh tyro that was more than understandable. He was an impressionable 12-year-old in 2004 when Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and John Gardiner were the best in the business on the flanks, winning an All-Ireland and a senior county that season. A year later the Rebels retained Liam McCarthy with Seán Óg as captain, and in ’06 when Cork pursued three in a row, Joyce was a wing-back in Na Piarsaigh’s U14 crop that captured the Féile.

Na Piarsaigh's Christopher Joyce clashing with Midleton's Brian O'Sullivan during the Evening Echo U16 hurling game in Ballinlough. Picture: Richard Mills.

Na Piarsaigh's Christopher Joyce clashing with Midleton's Brian O'Sullivan during the Evening Echo U16 hurling game in Ballinlough. Picture: Richard Mills.

“Seán Óg and John. That's been a problem with Piarsaigh. Every player growing up, besides this year's minors, have been defenders. And that is because they were watching the boys growing up. It is great to see the lads on the minor team this year are forwards. Seán Óg and John were everybody's heroes growing up.” 

The exceptions this year that Joyce refers to are Na Piarsaigh trio Evan Sheehan and Craig Hanifin, both forwards, and Dáire Connery, a dynamic scoring midfielder, who have been top-class for the Cork minors who also face Clare in tomorrow’s Munster final.

“When I was U14, we won the Féile All-Ireland. Our whole half-back line played on the Cork team at U14, U15 and U16. We were there at minor too. Pa O'Rourke, the year before us, was centre-back for the Cork minors. You had Eoin Moynihan. Everyone wanted to be a defender. My half-back line was Keith Buckley and Adam Dennehy.” 

 Seán Óg and Setanta Ó hAilpín with Christopher Joyce and Ciaran O'Sullivan, when they were U12 captains. Picture: Richard Mills.

Seán Óg and Setanta Ó hAilpín with Christopher Joyce and Ciaran O'Sullivan, when they were U12 captains. Picture: Richard Mills.

For Joyce it was a case of watching and learning from the best, and while Gardiner is now based in the States, Seán Óg is his coach with a Na Piarsaigh team that has looked pretty dangerous in the Cork SHC to date.

“We went to the Cork games and our two clubmen would be wing-back. They were the ones we were watching. You have around 100 wing-backs running around Piarsaigh, all different ages, and they trying to get into the senior panel.

“Growing up, I was always wing-back. I was never centre-back (where he’s played on occasion for Cork, as well as runs at midfield, full-back and in the corner). I went at centre-back once and it stuck from there. I went in and out of there. Once I'm in the half-back line, I'm confident in myself. At the end of the day, I want to play. You are playing wing-back and you know exactly what that role is. You've more confidence in it. It's good to have that consistency of playing in the same position.” 

It’s that consistency Cork have tried to bring to the table this summer above all else. No one has ever doubted the Rebels’ raw materials, even if underage success has been lacking.

“We are just trying to put a bit of consistency into the performance. We're trying to play our game, whereas, in the past, we would have focused on other teams. We are solely focused on ourselves. That is the best thing possible for us and for Cork hurling. We are just trying to get belief in our game-plan and after two wins, you do start to get a bit of belief.” 

Cork, perhaps with the injection of youth, have appeared fitter and faster than in 2015 and 2016, but Joyce feels their touch and tactical approach has improved too.

“Our hurling has improved this year. Our belief to give that 20 or 30-yard pass, in the past we would have just milled it down the pitch. That's the easy option. To have the confidence to give that shorter pass, that's the way we have trained. I don't think any player is going to get given out to this year for making a mistake if they are trying to do the right thing.” 

Remarkably this is Joyce’s seventh year in the panel, even if 2015 was ruined by a cruciate injury. For the first time there is genuine stability in the defence, which have stayed the same since the start of the league when Killian Burke and David Griffin filled in for the injured Damian Cahalane and Stephen McDonnell.

“From day one, we set a game-plan. In the past, we would have changed game plans for different teams. Since the Munster league, we've tried to stick to our system. The more you play it, the more confident you get. I think every player knows what their role is in any individual position. It just gives you belief going into that position you know what you are expected to do.”

Piarsaigh's Chris Joyce bursting past Carbery's Michael P Keohane.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Piarsaigh's Chris Joyce bursting past Carbery's Michael P Keohane.

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling title for Cork since 2008


ork celebrate after beating Clare in yesterday's Electric Ireland Munster MHC final at Semple Stadium. Picture: Brendan Moran

Munster MHC final

CORK.................. 4-21        CLARE................ 0-16

The young Rebels, 12 years ago, had 11 points to spare against Limerick but were caught cold by Galway at the All-Ireland semi-final.    Ring doesn’t want history repeating itself and he’ll be conscious of the break between now and August 13.

Cork minor hurlers celebrating their victory over Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster MHC final in Thurles. Video by Denis Minihane.

This might have been Cork’s third game in 11 days but they looked fresh and hungry. Momentum’s a great thing and Ring will hope that it doesn’t stall over the next five weeks. Cork were excellent as they dismissed Clare by 17 points, claiming a 33rd title in this grade. And it was clear that two titanic semi-final clashes with Tipperary had stood to his young stars.

They got out of jail in Thurles last Thursday week but were deserving winners four days later, in front of more than 8,000 spectators at Páirc Uí Rinn. The energy and confidence derived from that victory spilled over into Thurles six days on, as Evan Sheehan poached 2-2 and walked away with the man-of-the-match award. Sheehan was the player who took the first Tipp game to a replay, with a goal deep in stoppage time at the end of extra-time, and while the Na Piarsaigh starlet was taken off in both games against the Premier County (he was brought back on in the drawn game), Ring had a feeling he’d deliver a big final. The manager said: “We know the calibre of player he is — we were just waiting for it to happen. “If you were privy to our conversation during the week, that’s what we kept reckoning — that he was the man who was going to do it.”

Cork’s imperious minor display set the tone for a day of double-delight, as the seniors followed suit against Clare. Sheehan grabbed the headlines with his scoring haul, and he netted in the 17th and 21st minutes to help propel Cork into a 2-11 to 0-7 interval lead. His first goal was knocked home on the rebound, after Clare goalkeeper Eamon Foudy had pulled off an excellent save, but his second was a picture-book effort. Sheehan danced across the 20m line, flicking the ball impudently over the head of a Clare defender before collecting it on the way down. He flashed a low drive past Foudy into the goalkeeper’s bottom left-hand corner, and Cork had a 2-6 to 0-4 lead.

Clare struggled to cope and while Tiarnán Agnew kept them ticking over with placed balls in the first half, the Banner boys were overrun. Killian McDermott scored three points for Clare after coming off the bench but Cork had big displays from Sheehan, dynamic midfielder Daire Connery, and skipper Sean O’Leary Hayes. Cork’s third goal arrived 19 minutes from time, as sub Barry Murphy latched onto Liam O’Shea’s cross-field ball before finishing well. Robert Downey put the icing on the cake in stoppage time, profiting from Murphy’s long ball to collect Cork’s fourth goal.

Cork march on to an All- Ireland semi-final on August 13, as Clare lick their wounds ahead of the quarter-finals.

Scorers for Cork: E Sheehan 2-2, D Connery 0-6 (5f), R Downey 1-2, B Murphy 1-1, B Turnbull 0-4 (2f), L O’Shea 0-2, S O’Leary Hayes, C Hanafin, B Roche, B Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare:T Agnew 0-7 (6f), K McDermott 0-3, C Minogue 0-2 (1f), D Ryan, A McCarthy (f), K White, R Considine 0-1 each.

CORK: G Collins; C O’Callaghan, S O’Leary Hayes, E Roche; A Walsh Barry, J Keating, G Millerick; B Roche, D Connery; D Lenihan, C Hanafin, E Sheehan; B Turnbull, R Downey, L O’Shea. Subs: B Murphy for Lenihan (h.t.), D Hanlon for Hanafin (48), R Howell for Walsh Barry (48), B Buckley for O’Shea (52), D Jones for B Roche (57).

CLARE:E Foudy; B Higgins, R Hayes, C McInerney; C Minogue, D Ryan, A McCarthy; K White, L Brack; T Agnew, R Considine, E Fitzgerald; G Cooney, C Tierney, B Horner. Subs:K McDermott for Brack (h.t.), C Haugh for Considine (35), G Cahill for Fitzgerald (39), P Corry for Horner (46).

Referee:  Jonny Murphy (Limerick)

Cork's Minor Hurlers -v- Tipperary Munster S/F

Craig Hanafin of Cork celebrates at the final whistle
Craig Hanifin

Cork show steel to finally battle past Tipperary

A SKILLFUL, driven, gutsy effort from Cork’s minor hurlers thrilled the Rebel faithful in a pulsating 2-22 to 2-19 Munster semi-final win over Tipp at Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday night.

Seán O’Leary-Hayes, Daire Connery, Brian Turnbull and Craig Hanifin were the inspirational figures but make no mistake this was a terrific team display. 

The margin of victory was three points after a breathless finale during which the Premier died with their boots on, but Cork had enough to push through to this weekend’s provincial final against Clare in Thurles.

They deserved to, but as we’ve learned time and again recently in this grade, deserve has nothing to do with it. You need the steel to go with the silky touches and that was crucial with the win up for grabs.

In doing so Denis Ring’s gifted young squad bridged a nine-year gap to the last appearance in a Munster final. It will be the first time since 2006 that Cork’s seniors and minors shared the big stage.

Certainly this is a group of young guns with the ability, self-belief and team-work to deliver. The quality of their point-taking, low deliveries to Turnbull and Liam O’Shea in a two-man full-forward, and support play was a joy to watch.

Their excellence in that regard is a testament to the coaching work of John Dwyer, alongside selectors John Mortell, Liam Martin, Fergus Ryan and Stephen Casey (strength and conditioning). There was always talent available, as the on-the-age hurlers won All-Ireland tournaments at U14, U15 and U16, but minor is a significant step up.

When Tipp trimmed the margin to just a point in injury time extra time was looming, but Conor O’Callaghan and the Roches twins, Eoin and Brian, ensured Cork cleared their lines. Livewire Turnbull – scorer of 0-4 from play and fouled for numerous frees which eventually saw his marker Jerome Cahill red-carded – arrowed over a critical score, and Connery’s late free franked the result before the final whistle.

The two first-half goals were brilliantly worked, towering wing-forward Hanifin scoring one and assisting the other, with Evan Sheehan also contributing.

Hanifin was out of sorts in the drawn encounter but chipped in with 1-4 here, while his Na Piarsaigh comrade Connery, still U17, was simply majestic in midfield, clipping over 0-3 from play.

Cork came from 0-4 to 0-1 behind early to lead 1-4 to 0-4, all the scores from the hurleys of northsiders Sheehan, Hanifin and Connery.

The management shrewdly rejigged the line-up from last week, with Diarmuid Linehan as an auxiliary wing-forward and Ger Millerick now at midfield, snapping up a pile of breaks. James Keating used his bulk tellingly at the edge of the square and Ger Collins went more direct with his puck-outs, targeting Hanifin and Robert Downey.

If we felt Cork hurling was back after Tipp and Waterford were seen off, then this confirmed it. Leesiders can now look forward to a Munster final double header from 2pm on Sunday, while the U17s already landed provincial honours and the U21s face Waterford away in the semi-final on Thursday week.

The official attendance was 8,142 but it felt like more as the crowd filtered in from well before the 7.30pm throw-in and eventually packed the covered stand.

They were treated to another gripper – on the back of last Thursday’s extra time epic in Thurles when Cork twice battled back from the brink – even if the Rebels were guilty of taking the foot off the gas in the last quarter when 11 points ahead.

In the end it didn’t matter and the buzz on the pitch afterwards was further confirmation that Cork are poised to regain their status as a hurling powerhouse.

Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-8, 0-4 frees); C Hanafin (1-4); D Connery (0-6, 0-2 frees, 0-1 sc); L O’Shea (1-0); R Downey (0-2); E Sheehan, S O’Leary Hayes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: D Woods (0-6, 0-5 frees); J Morris (0-5); A McKelvey (0-4, 0-4 frees) C Bourke, K McCarthy (1-0 each); C Bowe (0-3); N Hoctor (0-1).

Underage Championships

On Wednesday night last the draw for the minor, fe16 and fe14 championships were made.
Minor Premier 1 hurling championship: Round 1 -v- Blarney (July 11th tbc)
Minor C3 hurling tournament: Round 1 -v- Inniscarra (date tbc)
Fe16P2 hurling championship: Quarter final -v- Winners A (Newcestown/Fr.O Neills) (5th August tbc)
Fe14P1 football championship: Round 1 -v- St.Michaels (17th September tbc)
Further dates will be available as the teams progress.

Electric Ireland Munster MHC Semi-Final Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21 (AET)

Evan Sheehan’s goal from a 20m free, in the 83rd minute, salvaged a dramatic draw for a fancied Cork outfit from a gripping Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final in Thurles.

Provincial and All-Ireland champions Tipperary looked set for victory as they held a three-point lead deep in stoppage time – before Sheehan struck.

Both sides will do it all over again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Monday 3rd July at 7.30pm throw in

In the second half of normal time, Cork came from six points down to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Robert Downey on target.

Tipp then looked to have won it when Jake Morris pointed, but that man Downey responded again as the sides finished level at 0-16 to 1-13, Ray McCormack on target with the first half goal for the hosts.

Darragh Woods hit 1-4 in extra-time for Tipp, the reigning provincial and All-Ireland champions, but Cork had a late kick in them.

It was a quite enthralling encounter and while Sheehan had so much to do as he faced five Tipp players on the line, it was perhaps inevitable that he would find the net at the Killinan End.

Cork had excellent contributions on the night from Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery, as the pair contributed 0-16 between them.

Cork had played some good stuff in that first half, Turnbull particularly dangerous and causing problems for more than one marker.With less than ten minutes on the watch, Cork led by 0-4 to 0-2, before Tipp full forward McKelvey flashed a goal chance across the face of goal and wide.

But with Turnbull threatening almost every time the ball came his way, Cork had the edge and were three points up, 0-7 to 0-4, by the 18th minute.

The visitors would not score again until stoppage time, however, and Tipp hit 1-3 without reply.

Cadell popped over his second point but Cork had a chance to open up the Tipp defence in the 21st minute, the ball going through Liam O’Shea and Craig Hanafin, but fumbled by Sheehan at a critical moment.

Cadell added a point and Tipp had turned the game around, leading by 1-7 to 0-7, but Daire Connery added a point for Cork to keep them in touch at the interval.

The second half promised much and really delivered – but there was even better to come later.

Scorers for Tipperary: Anthony McKelvey 0-8 (7fs), Darragh Woods 1-4 (2fs), Ray McCormack 1-0, Paddy Cadell 0-3, Jake Morris 0-2, Willie Barry 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-9 (5fs), Daire Connery 0-7 (5fs), Evan Sheehan 1-0 (f), Robert Downey 0-2, Diarmuid Linehan, Liam O’Shea and Declan Hanlon 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Eoin Collins; Kieran Breen, Michael Feehan, Michael Purcell; Robbie Quirke, Craig Morgan, Bryan O’Mara; Jerome Cahill, Paddy Cadell; Conor Bowe, Jake Morris, Ray McCormack; Niall Hoctor, Anthony McKelvey, Cathal Bourke.

Subs: Andrew Ormonde for Bourke (37), Kevin McCarthy for Hoctor (58), Billy Seymour for O'Mara (60+1), Darragh Woods for Ormonde (60+3), O'Mara for Bowe (60), Eoghan Connolly for Quirke (60), Bowe for McKelvey (69), Willie Barry for McCormack (74).

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary-Hayes, Eoin Roche; James Keating, Ger Millerick, Ross Howell; Daire Connery, Diarmuid Lenihan; Craig Hanafin, Liam O’Shea, Brian Roche; Evan Sheehan, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull.

Subs: Aaron Walsh Barry for Howell (30), Barry Murphy for O'Shea (38), Colin O'Brien for Hanafin (47), Declan Hanlon for Sheehan (50), O'Shea for Murphy (64), David Jones for O'Brien (70), Sheehan for Roche (77).

REFEREE: Rory McGann (Clare

Cul Camp 2017

Well its that time of the year again when our Cul Camp 2017 takes place.   This year its on, on the 11th, 12th and 14th July from 10am-2pm.   Registration takes place this Friday 30th June between 6pm-8pm in the back hall.

There is a new format this year, the gear MUST be paid up front in full before the order goes in on Tuesday 4th July, gear will then be given out on Friday 7th July.

Prices are as follows: For 1st child 40e - 2nd child 35e - 3rd child 30e.
Ages are Boys: 5-14yrs - Girls 6-14yrs.
For more information contact Catherine Allen on 0863120574 or Thomas Gardiner on 0860645183.


Division 3 Feile All Ireland Champions.

On Friday 16th June our fe14 team and mentors started their journey to Kilkenny for the All Ireland Series of the Feile na nGael.   All the lads parents went by cars.   Our first stop was Danesfort in Kilkenny where we had 2 games to play, the first against Danesfort the score being 4.3 to 1pt, our second game was against Westport Co.Mayo and this team were a different kettle of fish, very physical and hard hitters but came out on top with a score of 1.4 to 2pt.    We then went on to our host club Piltown GAA where the lads were put up in their houses.   Some of our supporters then went camping in Piltown, some ended up in Waterford City.   Saturday 17th June our third group game was against the host club Piltown where the final score there was 3.6 to 4pt.    We now found ourselves in the quarter final of the Cup and had to travel all the way to Ferns in Wexford for this game to the Wexford GAA School of Excellence and what a set up.   We played Rathnure and easily disposed of them on a score of 4.9 to 2pt.
We then all travelled back to Piltown GAA where the club put on a spectacular night for us by giving a bbq and music and a presentation, we returned a presentation to them for looking after our lads.   We couldnt say enough about Piltown they were so good to us and looked after everyone.  Very, very nice people. 
On the Sunday the 18th we had to travel back down to Ferns to play a semi final against Eire Og of Clare the games from hereon in started to get more intense and we had to play out of our skins, but in fair to the lads they picked up the pace, heat and all, and beat Eire Og on a score of 1.5 to 3pt.  Next up was the final against a very fancied St.Vincents side we found ourselves down by 4 points at one stage, but battled away and took our points then we got a goal and it was all level with about 4 minutes left, we got a penalty and it was blasted to the back of the net thus we were leading 2.3 to 1.3 a barrage of shots to our backs followed but they were just awesome it was the longest 4 minutes ever then the final whistle went, we were Division 3 All Ireland Champions.  And the icing on the cake was Cork and Christopher Joyce beating Waterford in the Munster Semi Final.     Well done to all the lads and a special thanks to the mentors involved, Tommy Gunning, Paul Farmer, Kieran Hegarty & Edward Kenny, they got it right on the day.   We would like to thank all the parents who played their part not only for the weekend, but also for the spots they gave for the quiz fundraiser they were absolutely outstanding, thank you.   
For their win we are one of four teams who have been honoured with the monthly awards for June with Rebel Og on Monday.   Photos of the weekend are up on our Gallery for everyone to look at.

Cork City Marathon 2017

On Sunday 4th June last over 49 teams from Na Piarsaigh H&F Club in conjunction with Raynaud's & Scleroderma Ireland took part in the Cork City Marathon Relay Race.   Well done to everybody who took part, great credit is due to you all.   A great day and a great night took place back in the club where food was provided for runners, members and customers followed by music and spot prizes.   Runners are now asked to return their cards as soon as possible.  
Photos of our runners can be seen on our Photo Gallery column.

The Fundraising Committee will be in the club on Sunday 2nd July 12.30pm-1.30pm to collect marathon cards and funds.   At any other time cards can be given to bar staff member with your name and amount raised.

Senior Hurling Championship 1st Round (Evening Echo 30/5/2017)


The Na Piarsaigh senior hurlers supporting the battle against the disease Scleroderma in the warm-up before the Newtown win. Over 200 club members will run the marathon to raise funds this Sunday.
The Na Piarsaigh senior hurlers supporting the battle against the disease Scleroderma in the warm-up before the Newtown win. Over 200 club members will run the marathon to raise funds this Sunday.

Piarsaigh delighted as young guns show maturity in defeating Newtown

NA Piarsaigh manager Stephen O'Sullivan was understandably delighted with Sunday's opening round Cork SHC win over Newtownshandrum. 

There was a lot of disappointment after last year, losing their first two fixtures. They ended up defeating, Newcestown in a relegation play-off. They got nothing easy from Newtownshandrum, but they pulled away in stoppage time to record an important two-point victory.

"It means a lot. Last year we gave youth a chance and we let ourselves down. We didn't let ourselves down too much, we only lost by a puck of a ball. But that is the difference this year. The young lads have matured a bit. Last year we lost to Douglas by a goal, it was a draw with a few minutes to go. It was the same against Ballymartle, we got caught at the end. Today we are the ones pulling away. It fells an awful lot better being on the other side of it.

"This was a great game, we needed the win after our results last year. We needed a tough game. That is exactly what you get off Newtownshandrum. They are a great club, and have good players. But our fellas dug deep there at the end, especially our captain Eoin Moynihan. 

"He was under pressure with three long-range frees. Some of our young fellas stood up - Dayne Lee, Padraig Guest, they are U21s. They took the belts and they took the punishment. They got some excellent scores. Even some of our older fellas like Padraig Gould at the end putting one over the bar."

Of all the senior hurling games last weekend, this one was hard to call as both were capable of victory. As it turned out, the teams were level 12 times.

"They were two evenly matched teams. Nobody could pick a winner. It is good for Cork hurling. Last week created a bit of a buzz (Cork defeating Tipperary). We have a lot of people here today, more than maybe both of our matches combined last year. If a game is that open, people will come out and watch it and to see fellas giving it their all for their clubs.

"We struggled at the start, in the league, so to score 1-20 and Newtownshandrum to get 1-18 is tremendous scoring. We played Midleton a few weeks ago and we scored 1-21. So we would be happy about that."

Next up for Na Piarsaigh is Carbery. The divisional side caused a surprise against Avondhu.

"Any team that put Avondhu to the sword, we know we will be up against it. They scored 2-23. But what we needed today was the win, and a bit of momentum. If we can win the next day, it sets us up for a good year, but we are under no illusions. We would also be hoping to have Craig Hanifin and Evan Sheehan coming back into the panel. They are both Cork minors but we didn't include them today as they are preparing to do their Leaving Cert."

Sports Predictor Table Final Results

Card No. Name PTS
630 Deirdre Allen 110
400 Fiachra MacAogan 115
137 Shane Ahern 80
362 Edmond Aherne 110
464 Ailish Allen 115
335 Ciaran Allen 126
74 Ryan Bowen 50
42 Shauna Bell 95
132 Peter Bell 135
110 Craig Bowen 75
304 Kieran Brett 136
312 Gavin Brett 105
303 Joe Byrne 100
430 Paddy Bourke 140
318 Paul Burke 125
353 Brian Buckley 125
344 Stephen Brady 115
345 Patrick Buckley 130
497 Ciaran Black 116
368 Kevin Butterworth 110
405 Aoife Bourke 95
305 Jonathon Boyd 125
186 Conor Bowen 115
349 Shane Barrett 145
210 Cian Buckley 120
222 Keith Buckley 141
232 Alan Brady 120
371 Tommy Buckley 110
546 Marian Buckley 15
501 Niamh Barrett 25
617 JP Carty 105
428 Diarmuid Cotter 120
436 Denis Church 126
143 James Coughlan 120
346 Joe Cummins 100
230 Paul Cunningham 65
614 Trisha Coleman 75
315 Kieran Casey 101
402 Anthony Connolly 90
650 Paul Costello 90
502A Alan Craughwell 156
709 James Corcoran 125
307 Tony Cummins 140
185 Ciaran Cooke 105
38 Graham Casey 105
126 Ceila Casey 125
39 Raymond Casey 100
375 Joe Conway 90
216 Eddie Gunning 145
281 Liam Galvin 125
443 Noel Gould 135
374 Stephen Gleeson 105
310 Chris Gould 125
439 Sean Gould 110
227 Padraig Gould 110
689 Brian Gardiner 150
213 Dan Gunning 125
199 Jack Foley 145
114 Pat Foley 115
628 Anthony Horgan 105
675 Noel Harris 105
403 Liam Hewitt 115
337 Greg Healy 100
654 Keith Harris 75
655 Mick Harris 96
653 Garry Harris 100
710 Gary Hackett 125
205 Alan Hogan 105
621 Eoghan Hanifin 125
604 Tomas Harrington 95
220 Gordon Joyce 135
418 Brendan Keating 125
317 Darren Kenny 115
297 Edward Kenny 125
174 Rosarie Kenny 100
167 Eoin Kenny 111
386 Alan Keating 120
354 Dominick Keohane 135
713 Darragh Kiely 131
457 Ger Keeley 135
658 Con Keane 135
647 Bill Kelleher 90
44 Peter Lehane 145
397 Brian Lee 115
508A Cian Lougheed 120
29 John Lynch 100
651 Tony Linehan 95
521 Ann McCormack 160
235 Cian McElhinney 130
487 Aine Martin 125
238 Darren Mannix 110
342 Luke Murphy 105
265 Jamie Morrissey 130
226 Patrick Murphy 125
269 Gerard McCarthy 126
695 Cian McSweeney 95
384 Arthur Moynihan 135
692 Fergal Manley 145
395 Martin Moroney 115

Sports Predictor Table Final Result

398 Denis Murphy            75
401 Paul Murphy 140
451 Jim McCarthy 140
218 Eoin Moynihan 120
450 Eric McCarthy 115
452 Jack Mannix 105
263 Tim Murray 111
341 Flor McCarthy 125
89 Mick McGrath 125
311 Denis Murphy 110
306 Liam Martin 106
644 Brenda McDonnell 95
221 Ian McDonnell 95
392 Paudie Martin 150
6387 Ca Martin 105
373 Mick Murphy Menswear 95
632 Bernard McNamara 120
645 Noel Murphy 110
40 Jason Moloney 135
663 Denis McBarron 80
433 John Murray 120
711 Colin O Sullivan 136
707 Denis O Leary 140
456 Donnacha O Sullivan        131
214 Darragh O Connell 105
648 O Connell Bros Cork 140
656 Jim O Connell 95
190 Ross O Sullivan 130
714 Cathal O Callaghan 141
592 Caroline O Connor 100
501A David O Flynn 130
482 Hollie O Driscoll 105
549 Lauryn & Hollie O Connor 95
505 Clodagh O Callaghan 145
507 Megan O Connor 130
194 Padraig O Donovan 70
514 Emma O Mahony 75
200 Conor O Sullivan 135
448 Trevor O Regan 141
431 William O Connor 105
503A Liam O Callaghan 120
404 Mary Kate O Keeffe 120
446 Billy O Sullivan 100
237 Sean Og O hAilpin 130
168 Neilus O Leary 135
556 Kevin O Sullivan 125
85 Charles O Sullivan 135
164 Shane O Mahony 115
343 Sean O Meara 130
240 Paul O Sullivan 136
239 Stephen O Sullivan 105
208 Shauna O Connell 110
207 Alan O Sullivan (Fairfield Square) 135
211 Cian O Mahony 120
363 Shane O Sullivan 75
360 Gerard O Callaghan 100
355 Alan O Sullivan (Onslow) 120
357 Trevor O Callaghan 110
359 Robert O Donovan 120
636 John O Callaghan 135
444 Alan O Flynn 135
680 Kieran O Connell 65
631 Micheal O Sullivan 135
142 Craig O Sullivan 135
331 Neil O Connor 95
330 Jonathan Ormond 105
629 Neilus O Sullivan 115
429 John O Leary 115
370 Darragh O Sullivan 110
282 Denis O Neill 125
657 Finbarr O Driscoll 125
229 Patrick Rourke 125
394 Liam Power 95
225 Kyle Power 85
712 John Power 156
633 Brian Parsons 125
150 Ruairi Quinlan 115
432 Noel Quinn 111
460 Steven Robinson 110
459 Shane Robinson 120
489 Donal Ring 110
356 N.Ryan c/o Alan O Sullivan 95
531 Jason Scanlon 115
708 Fionan Sheehan 105
441 Gary Sheehan 135
308 Joe Stack 101
Jonathan Sexton
141 Ben Sheehan 115
32 Evan Sheehan 115
434 Ivan Swann 140
693 Colm Twohig 95
638 Paul Twohig 45
635 Patrick Thornhill 125
329 Michael Twohig 110
449 Tony Twomey 140
533 Niamh Walsh 85
716 Liam Walley 120
704 Mark Walsh 146
646 Billy Walsh 130
372 Robert White 111

Sports Predictor Table Final Result

376 Robert White 121
274 Jack White 125
438 Gary Wade 130
278 Olivia White 115
579 Sinead Warren 110
437 Gary Dowling 126
702 Gearoid Daly 95
188 Malcolm Dollery 121
458 Anthony Dennehy 110
399 Tony Duff 100
202 Adam Dennehy 130
715 Keith Dorney 95

Cork City Marathon

The Cork City Marathon is getting close now Sunday 4th June next.  Captains are to collect the gear in the City Hall on Thursday 1st June between 4pm and 7.30pm.

All runners/walkers are to meet at Na Piarsaigh H&F Club on Saturday 3rd June at 2pm sharp to collect their gear and photographs will be taking of the group.

Feile Hurling 2017

The qualifying rounds of the Feile Hurling this year will be hosted by the club on Saturday 20th May next at 11am.    Teams participating will be Na Piarsaigh, Erins Own, Blarney and Shandrum.   Yours support please would be appreciate.

Well lads we have qualified for the semi finals of the Feile Hurling which take place on Wednesday 24th May in Mayfield at 7pm.   Our opponents are Carrigtwohill, your support please for the kids.

On Wednesday night the 24th in Mayfield, our feile hurlers played a very tight game against a very good Carrigtwohill side, these sides were evenly matched the final score being Na Piarsaigh 1.7 Carrigtwohill 1.6.   We then went on to play Sliabh Rua in the final, we having been beaten a couple of weeks ago by them in the league.   The lads were well up for this game and it could have gone either way but for some great saves by Conor Hennessy and some finish shooting by Sean O Connell.   We were eventual winners on a score of 7pt to 3pt, we now go to Kilkenny on the 16th/18th June for the All Ireland series where we are in Division 3 Group A and our opponents will be Danesfort, Piltown from Kilkenny, Westport from Co.Mayo.   Our host club is Piltown and we would love to see a great following of support.   The matches start on Friday 16th June at 5pm and our second one at 6pm in Danesfort.   We then play on Saturday 17th at 11.15am in Piltown, where the results of these games will determin whether whether we go to a Cup or Shield Quarter Finals.

The Juvenile Section are holding a fundraising quiz on Friday 9th June at 9pm to raise the much needed funds for the fe14 team to travel to Kilkenny on the 16th June, all members and parents are asked to support this quiz and to bring a spot prize if you can.   There is a lot of travelling this year, in that we have to hire a bus for the weekend.  So your support please.

Munster U17 FC s/f & Munster Minor HC Playoff 1

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club wish all the best to Blake Murphy who Captains the Cork Ud17 FC s/f .v. Limerick tonight in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7pm and also to Daire Connery, Craig Hanifin,Evan Sheehan and Cormac Murphy who play for Cork in their Munster Minor HC Playoff 1 at Pairc Ui Rinn tomorrow Wednesday 3rd at Pairc Ui Rinn at 7pm.

The best of luck boys and your support for the lads would be great.

Well everything went right for the lads on last Tuesday and Wednesday night.   Blake Murphy scored an impressive 2.3 in his semi final against Limerick.   Daire Connery scored 3pts from frees, Craig Hanifin scored 3pt and Evan Sheehan scored 2pts all from play.   Well done to everyone.

Annual Golf Classic 2017

Annual Golf Classic 2017

Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football Club are holding a Corporate Golf Classic at Monkstown Golf Club on Friday 2nd June 2017.  The Golf Classic is for the development of club facilities which will benefit both the underage and adult teams in our club.

There are three ways in which you can support this event:

1.    Sponsor a team at a cost of €200 (three-man team including meal)
2.    Sponsor a tee box/green sign at €50
3.  Or you may be in a position to sponsor a team prize

We hope you can look favourably on this event and support us in any way you can.

You may contact any of the following people to sponsor this event:

 Paddy Bourke 0862531583
Donnacha O’Leary 0868557199
Tony O’Sullivan 0862455982
Bill Kelleher 0862468674
John O’Leary 0862626714
James O’Connor 0872327368
Sean O Connell 0872199504
Roy Cooke 0872575116

Please book early to avoid disappointment as a big number of teams are expected.


Concussion in underage players 5yrs-18yrs

A concussion is a brain injury that is associated with a temporary loss of brain function. The injury must be taken seriously to protect the long term welfare of all players. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

Most concussion injuries occur without a loss of consciousness and so it is important to recognise the other signs and symptoms of concussion. Some symptoms develop immediately while other symptoms may appear gradually over time.

 Loss of consciousness  Headache
 Seizure or convulsion
 Dizziness  Balance problems  Confusion
 Nausea or vomiting
 Feeling slowed down  Drowsiness  “Pressure in head”
 More emotional
 Blurred vision  Irritability  Sensitivity to light
 Sadness
 Amnesia  Fatigue or low energy  Feeling like “in a fog“
 Nervous or anxious
 Neck Pain  “Don’t feel right”  Sensitivity to noise
 Difficulty remembering
 Difficulty concentrating
“Presence of any one or more of the above signs and symptoms may suggest a concussion”

Recognise – The signs and symptoms
Report – Don’t hide any symptoms
Rehab – Rest / Take time to recover fully / Seek medical advice
Return – Follow a step-wise GRTP and don’t return without your doctor’s clearance

A player’s brain needs time to heal after a concussion. When a player’s brain is still healing, it is more likely to receive another concussion. Repeat concussions can increase the time it takes to recover and in rare cases, repeat concussions in young players can result in brain swelling or permanent damage to their brain. They can even be fatal.

The following are some tips for coping with a concussion:
The best medical management for concussion is rest (Cognitive and Physical). Players often feel tired and may experience difficulties at work or school when carrying at task which require concentration. You may also encounter mood difficulties and feel depressed, anxious or irritable with family or team mates. Support should be provided to players during this recovery period.



Avoid Alcohol
Alcohol should be avoided as it may delay recovery and put you at increased risk for further injury.
Prescribed Medications
When dealing with persistent symptoms, it is essential that you only take medications prescribed by your doctor.
Recovery form concussion should not be rushed nor pressure applied to players to resume playing until recovery is complete. The risk of re injury is high and may lead to recurrent concussion injuries which can cause long term damage.

If diagnosed with concussion you should NEVER return to play on the day of injury. Return to play must follow a medically supervised stepwise approach and you MUST NEVER return to play whilst symptoms persist.
1. There should be an initial period of two weeks rest for players aged 5 to 18 after a concussion.
2. RTP Protocols following concussion follow a stepwise approach. You should continue to proceed to the next level if no symptoms persist at the current level.
3. Generally each step should take 24 hours so you would take approximately one week to proceed to full rehabilitation once you have no symptoms at rest.
4. If any post-concussion symptoms occur while in the RTP program, you should drop back to the previous asymptomatic level and try to
progress again after a further 24 hours period of rest has passed.
5. Clearance from a medical doctor is required prior to return to full contact sports.
Table 1 Gradual Return to Play Protocol Rehabilitation Stage Functional exercise at stage Objective of stage
1. No Activity
Physical and Cognitive Rest
2. Light Activity
Walking, swimming, cycling, keeping intensity <70% maximum permitted heart rate
Increase HR
3. Sports Specific Exercise
Running drills,
Add Movement
4. No Contact Training Drills
Progress to more complex training drills - passing drills, progressive resistance training
5. Full Contact Practice
Following medical clearance, participate in normal training activities.
Exercise, coordination and cognitive load
6. Return to play
Normal game play
Restore confidence and assess functional skills by coaching staff
To access these resources, please visit – learning.gaa.ie/player
For more information on concussions visit www.concussion.ie or www.gaa.ie/returntoplay

Feile Peil Division 1 Premier 2017

Our Feile Peil group stages takes place on Saturday 1st April in St.Finbarrs Grounds, Togher.   Teams in our group consist on St.Finbarrs, Carbery Rangers, Eire Og and Mallow.   Our first game is at 11am against the host team St.Finbarrs on Pitch 1.   We have a bye in second game, third game is against Carbery Rangers at 12.30pm on Pitch 2, fourth game is against Eire Og at 1.15pm on Pitch 1 and finally our last game is against Mallow at 2pm on Pitch 2.    Your support please for the mentors and the lads.   Good luck to everyone.

Sponsor Farranree Credit Union Presentation

Farranree Credit Union who are the sponsors of the Juvenile Section presented their annual sponsorship cheque today to Mick McGrath Chairman of the Juvenile Section by Declan O Leary Manager at their premises.    They sponsor all underage tournaments within the Juvenile Section of the club, and the Annual Farranree Credit Union Fe11 Hurling Tournament will take place either June/July this year.     We are very grateful to them for their continued support to the Juvenile Section and we would encourage all our underage players to open credit union accounts, if they have not already done so to save for their future.

Kevin O Leary Sponsor of Na Piarsaigh H&F Club

Here's a message for all our members and supporters from our sponsors.   The GREEN TAG EVENT is NOW ON at club sponsor Kevin O Leary Silversprings.   GUARANTEED 15% OFF selected Opel Models until the 25th March.    If you are interested and want a good deal, why not call on 021 4503397 and give them your support.

Launch of Redfm SHL 2017

The 2017 Red FM Senior Hurling League was launched on Monday March 13th in the Red FM Studios. 

In attendance were players and representatives of all eighteen clubs who are participating in the 2017 Senior Hurling League, County Board Officers Gerard Lane, Tracey Kennedy, Donal Leahy, RED FM CEO Diarmuid O Leary, Lisa Lawlor, Ruairi O Hagan and Officers of the Senior Hurling League Committee.

Gerard Lane thanked Red FM for their continued sponsorship and said the Board were very happy to continue their very successful association with RedFM, a partnership that had helped to grow the status of the league and at the same time promote a very successful radio station that has continued to increase its market share in the cork area. Billy Murray of the League Committee thanked the Officers of the Board, RED FM and the clubs for their continued support of the league with the majority of games being played. Diarmuid O Leary of REF FM replied that they were very happy with the alliance and felt it was benefiting their business and that they were looking forward to another successful League in 2017.

Cork City Marathon/Raynauds & Scleroderma Assoc.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017

Éamonn Murphy

IF we don’t support our own then no one will.

That’s always been the northside way, on and off the playing fields.  Hurling, football, soccer, basketball and beyond sporting circles, northsiders are never afraid of a challenge.

The fundraiser launch at Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football Club. Picture: Larry Cummins

Recent months have been busy up in Na Piarsaigh GAA club. Aside from the usual preseason work, under the guidance of Cork legend Tony O’Sullivan they have developed an indoor alley that will be the envy of every hurling stronghold on Leeside. The official opening of that facility will take place shortly and it won’t be long either before Na Piarsaigh teams are back in championship action. Yet the club are also counting down to the Cork City Marathon on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Na Piarsaigh have rallied behind club talisman Gary Sheehan – one of their greatest ever footballers and a midfield powerhouse in the mid noughties when they could compete with the best – and his wife Karen in a fundraising drive for scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease which affects just 300 in Ireland.

Scleroderma develops from Raynaud’s, a more common yet painful condition which flares up in cold weather and generally affects people’s fingers.
Karen Sheehan was diagnosed with scleroderma three years ago, but, as Gary explains, their primary aim in the coming months is to raise awareness and money to help research the ailment, for which there is no known cure.
“My wife didn’t want to be the centre of any piece,” said Gary. “That’s why she didn’t want to be in photos or anything. Our aim is to raise awareness and funds to help research for the disease.
“It’s such a rare condition that they’re really lacking there.”
Piarsaighs’ PRO Paddy Bourke was on hand for the launch, and is a driving force behind the marathon plan with Gary, along with John O’Leary, Trevor and Kieran Coleman, William O’Connor and Mark O’Sullivan.  The club’s senior hurler Chris Joyce took time out ahead of the trip to Nowlan Park to lend his backing.
While the disease is rare there is a support network in Cork, as the presence of Irene O’Keeffe and Kate attested too.
“Today was my first time meeting Irene, even though we’d been on the phone and emailing.
“It was through an article in the Echo (in August 2016) that I found out more about scleroderma, and other people who were suffering from it, even though my wife was dignosed three years ago now.
“Na Piarsaigh are great for supporting worthy causes. There was huge backing for Jamie Wall a few years ago and we also ran in Cobh for Suicide Awareness.
“I moved to Carrigtwohill and had kids so obviously I was out of the club a bit, when my son Aaron came up playing last year, Paddy got me involved in the fundraising committee.
“There’s no better club to get behind their own.”
Dublin-based Dr Catherine Norton is a consultant neuropsychologist and highly motivated to spread the word on the disease and help suffers in any way she can. Dr Norton visited Na Piarsaigh last month.

“The big thing for me was the response from the players when we got Catherine Norton down,” explained Tipp native but now Piarsaighs stalwart Paddy Bourke.  “It showed the heart that is among the playing fraternity in our club. You wouldn’t get them down for a training session! But they’ve been fantastic.”
“I couldn’t get over it,” said Gary. “I broke down inside at that meeting because every part of the club came out, lads I trained minor, the camogie, junior, senior, everyone.
“As a player you’re caught up in your own thing, that’s normal, but it was unreal. My own friends have been incredible too.
“There are about 50 of my old friends all behind it. Everyone got straight back onto me when I sent out the text.  We might not see each other from one end of the year to the other because we’re leaving all over the county and we’ve families, but it was overwhelming.
“We’d a few 40ths over the last few weeks and everyone just wanted to know how they could help.  Now when I said ‘marathon’ they all said ‘you must be joking!’ It’s the relay though, so anyone can manage that.”
While the motivation behind it is a serious one, Bourke makes the point the fundraising initiative will be hugely enjoyable too for all the club members. The hope is that over 300 will run in relay teams, and already Gary has been contacted by a number of those who were already running the full marathon who have decided to take sponsorship cards the Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association.
“It’s great that the marathon has been switched to the Sunday, because with the Bank Holiday the next day, people can enjoy it,” said Paddy Bourke. “Coming back here to the club afterwards is going to be special.
“Those type of days mean a lot to everyone so it’ll be fantastic for the club and the cause. It also brings a connection to the club, all the committees, the young and the older members. That’s vital for every club.”
Which isn’t to trivialise the condition.
It might be rare but it has a devastating impact on the lives of sufferers.  Very little is known about scleroderma, which is believed to be stress related though possibly linked into the genes.  More cases are being diagnosed annually, with the World Health Organisation taking on increasing interest.
Kate Arnott-Flynn, with razor-sharp self-deprecating wit, summed up how it has affected her.
“It came in like the March wind and I ended up like marble. The body produces too much collagen. It can affect your organs but for some it’s just the tissue.
“Everything hardens. My arms were like two sticks. I ended up shuffling, my husband had to do everything for me.
“To even come downstairs in the morning, have a shower, it would take two and a half hours. It was horrific. For me chemotherapy got me going again. It’s a horrible disease because it affects everyone differently.”

For Gary, Dr Catherine Norton’s zeal has inspired them all.
“Catherine is a powerful person. She is so passionate you get an extra drive yourself. She’s printed t-shirts and sponsorship cards for everyone taking part.”
World Schleroderma Day is being hosted with the backing of The Commons Inn on June 29, in Cork for the first time.
On March 25 in Na Piarsaigh, the club are hosting all those who will take to the roads of Cork for the marathon.
Even though she was absent for this photoshoot, Karen Sheehan has an army supporting her.
“With Karen she has arthritis, fibrosis of the lungs, scleroderma and Addison’s disease, which the Down footballer Marty Clarke retired from recently,” revealed Gary. “It’s tough, there’s no doubt about that, but I know Karen and she doesn’t want to make it all about her.  She doesn’t want everyone worrying about her.”
Her humility is a touch of class, but with her husband, Na Piarsaigh club, and the wider community behind her, she’s on the right track.

Sports Predictor 2017

As the Sports Predictor 2016 was such a great success last year the Fundraising Committee have decided to run it again this year.   Simply predict who you think will win the 36 sporting events chosen by them.   The closing date for your replies is the 10th March as the first event is happening on the 14th March.    All proceeds will go towards the Hurling Alley Development Fund.   1st Prize is 500e - 2nd Prize is 200e - 3rd Prize is 100e.   Members, supporters, players are asked to make another big effort for this cause.

Members of the Fundraising Committee will be in the club to facilitate the return of the predictor cards this weekend.  Friday 10th 7.30pm-9pm, Saturday 11th 4.30pm-6pm, and Sunday 12th 12.30pm-2pm.   Please make a big effort to push for the return of the predictor cards from players etc..

Result of Over 60's Talent Competition

On Wednesday night last the 8th February Na Piarsaigh H&F Club held the Over 60s which was proudly sponsored by Farranree Credit Union for the second year running.   The contest had 10 singers on the night and the MC was Paddy O Brien.   The eventual winner was won by Noreen Thompson Buckley who will now go to represent Farranree Credit Union/Na Piarsaigh H&F Club.   We would like to thank Farranree Credit Union for their sponsorship and to all the singers who took part on the night and we wish Noreen all the best of luck in the semi finals in May.  (for photographs of the night see our Photo Gallery)

Victory Dinner & City Hall Events

Our Victory Dinner was held on the 20th January last in Clayton Silversprings Hotel in a beautiful room.    We could  not have asked for a more suitable venue, the staff, the food the band and dj were excellent and enjoyed by everyone.   We wish to thank the hotel, Rebel Og, the Senior Committee, the players and mentors and the parents for making this event very memorable and enjoyable.   For photos of this event have a look at our photo gallery.

Also on the 1st February last our Minors and Mentors were invited to the City Hall to meet the Lord Mayor and were brought around the Lord Mayors Chambers.   Everybody enjoyed themselves, now its down to brass tacks and try and get to another county final this year!
A photograph of the team can be seen on our photo gallery.

Applicant CE Fas Scheme

Applicants wanted for CE Fas Scheme for Na Piarsaigh H&F Club.   If anybody is interested please contact either Alan Daly or Jim Hanifin

Over 60's Talent Competition 2017

Its that time of the year again, the Fairhill/Farranree Over 60's Talent Competition will take place at Na Piarsaigh H&F Club on Wednesday 8th February next at 8pm, so if you would like to take part either singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, why not come along on the 8th and we would only be too glad to have your company and see you perform.  This year the Competition is sponsored by Farranree Credit Union and prizes will be made on the night.   For further information please contact Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161.

Membership for 2017

Membership now for 2017 is due and there is a change to last year as follows.   The closing date for same is the 31st March 2017 and all players must have their membership paid before that date for insurance purposes,  and before their respective championships start.

Players                       125e (includes gym)
Non Playing                 100e (adult)
3rd Level                      75e
OAP's                            50e
Student 2nd Level           30e

Membership can be handed into the office to Brenda or handed to Registrar Liam Martin, or can be handed in behind the Bar in an envelope.


Victory Dinner Tickets

Tickets are now being sold for our Victory Dinner on the 20th January next at Silversprings Hotel.    Contact either Alan Daly on 0879972249 or Brenda on 0857259653 to book same.
Alan will be in the club on Friday next the 6th from 7.30pm to 8.30pm to sell the tickets.

Womans Little Christmas

Celebrate Womans Little Christmas in the Bar on friday night with a dj playing all your favourite songs.

Championship Draw 2017

   Intermediate Hurling Championship 

(A) Meelin v Winners of Eire Og/Kildorrery

(B) Carrigaline v Barryroe
(C) Aghabullogue v St Finbarrs
(D) Kilbrittain v Castlemaytra
(E) Ballinhassig v Douglas
(F) Ballincollig v Inniscarra

(G) Milford v Winners of Midleton/Grenagh
(H) Winners of Sarsfields/Dungourney v Ballymartle
(I) Glen Rovers v Dripsey
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock
(K) Ballygarvan v Aghada
(L) Argideen Rangers v Mayfield

Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
B v D
C v L
H v K
J v A
G v I
E v F

Round 2B (Losers of Round 1 & Preliminary Round)
Losers of Eire Og/Kildorrery v C
Losers of Sarsfields/Dungourney v F
Losers of Midleton/Grenagh v D
G v H
L v I
J v K
E v B
A a bye

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
(A) St Michaels v Na Piarsaigh
(B) Castletownbere v Ballinora
C) Newmarket v Fermoy
(D) Nemo Rangers v Mallow
(E) Ballingeary v Bandon
(F) Eire Og v Grenagh
(G) St Vincents v Bantry Blues
(H) Naomh Aban v Macroom

Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
E v D
H v C
A v F
B v G

Round 2B (Losers of Round 1)
E v D
H v C
A v F
B v G

Senior Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round
Glen Rovers v Bride Rovers
Bandon v Muskerry

Round 1
(A) Avondhu v Carbery
(B) Na Piarsaigh v Newtownshandrum
(C) Killeagh v Erins Own
(D) Bishopstown v Imokilly
(E) Ballymartle v St Finbarrs
(F) Winners of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v Sarsfields
(G) CIT v Douglas
(H) Duhallow v Youghal
(I) Blackrock v Winners of Bandon/Muskerry
(J) UCC v Carrigdhoun
(K) Ballyhea v Newcestown
(L) Carrigtwohill v Midleton

Round 2 (Winners from Round 1)
L v C
A v B
D v J
I v E
G v K
H v F

Round 2B (Losers from Round 1& Preliminary Round)
Losers of Glen Rovers/Bride Rovers v A
Losers of Bandon/Muskerry v J
L v I
D v K
B v H
C v G
F v E



Results Christmas Draw 2016

On behalf of the Juvenile Committee we wish to thank sincerely all the members, players supporters who bought and sold christmas tickets, we would like to thank all of our sponsors who donated prizes without them the draw would not have been a huge success.   We would like to thank Dunnes Stores for allowing us to sell our tickets over the weekend.  And lastly we would like to thank Trisha Moynihan for preparing all of our christmas hampers.  The following are the winners and all prizes, if not already collected can be collected on Wednesday night in the Bar.

1st  No.5608 - Kate Delea c/o N.Delea
2nd No.2641 - Alan O Sullivan Hillview Drive.
3rd No.4938 - Blake & Ajay Murphy c/o Ajay
4th No.5685 - Yvonne Nolan Limerick
5th No.1705 - Caroline O Connor
6th No.1057 - Luke Dorney Churchfield Avenue
7th No.0410 - Linda O Brien
8th No.7765 - Danny Long
9th No.4078 - Liam Cotter Monastery Way
10th No.0448 - Jimmy Buckley Fairhill

We wish everyone a very merry christmas and a happy new year.  Be safe! Just a reminder that our Long Puc takes place on Wednesday 28th December (weather permitting).

Brenda McDonnell
Juvenile Section

Results of Sports Predictor Competition 2016

The results of the Sports Predictor Competition 2016 are now in and all results are up on the notice board, so if you want to see where you came in the list look at the notice board.

The first three winners were in 1st place Eoghan Hanifin, joint 2nd place Alan Daly and Christine O Driscoll.    Our congratulations to the winners.    Prizes will be given out on Sunday 18th December at 9pm in the Bar.

We wish to sincerely thank everybody who took part in this competition, and hopefully the Fundraising Committee will run another Sports Predictor for 2017.  Watch this space.  Again well done to everybody involved.  You can see the winners accepting their prizes in our Photo Gallery.

Minor AGM 2016

Our minor agm now takes place on Monday 9th January 2017 at 7.30pm.   Please note the change of date.

Long Puc 2016

Well lads we're getting close to the date, Wednesday 28th December "Long Puc Day".   Get your teams ready hopefully the weather will be kinder to us than last year.   A great day and night is guaranteed with soup and sandwiches after the long puc and dj in the evening and spot prizes.   Rules the same as previous years. Hope to see ye all

Club Shop Opening Hours

                                  Shop Pricelist

The club shop opens every Saturday from 12 o clock to 2pm.     If you can't make it on Saturday then contact Peter Bell on 0879533986 for enquiries and orders.
Half Zip Trainiing Tops:  7/8yrs to 10/11yrs 30e - 13/14yrs 35e - SMLXL 35e
Skinny Pants: 7/8yrs to 10/11yrs 32e - 13/14yrs 35e - SMLXL 38e
Track Suits: 7/8yrs to 10/11yrs 45e - 13/14yrs 55e - SMLXL 65e
Track Suit Tops: 7/8yrs to 10/11yrs 30e - 13/14yrs 35e - SMLXL 38e
Club Jackets (full zip): 10/11yrs 35e - 13/14yrs 36e - SMLXL 40e
Club Jerseys: 0/6mth to 3/4 yrs - 5/6yrs,7/8yrs,10/11yrs 27e - 13/14yrs 34e - SMLXL 38e
Club Shorts: 16e
Club Socks: 7e
Hoodies: 5/6yrs to 10/11yrs 35e - 13/14yrs 38e - SMLXL 43e
Hurleys: 26" 13e - 28" 13e - 30" 15e - 32" 19e
Gear Bag: 26e
Micro Helmet: small & medium 45e (large if required 55e)
Body Warmers: 25e
O Neills Mouthguards: 7e
Beanie Hats: 10e
Hurling Grips: 3.35e
Sliotars: 6e
Opening times every Saturday from 12 to 2pm.   Enquiries from Peter Bell 087-9533986

Club Lotto

Our club lotto has now reached a staggering 15,800e for Thursday 5th January.    So for just 2e you could be in with a chance to win it, just play online on locallotto.ie or call to the Bar and buy a ticket for 2e.  

Victory Dinner Dance 20th January 2017

                                                  Victory Dinner Dance 2017.

Our Victory Dinner will take place on the 20th January 2017 at Clayton Silver Springs Hotel to celebrate our minor double in both championship and league and also our win in the division 4 football league final. Numbers are now being taken for tickets.  Closer to the date Tickets can be bought from Alan Daly or from the Office (Brenda), they are 35e each and a great night is guaranteed.    We have a band and a dj booked, so get booking your tickets.  

Division 4 Intermediate Football Final & Minor Premier Hurling League Final 2016

The last couple of weeks have been very good to us on the playing field.   On the 5th November last our intermediate footballers played the Division 4 football league final against a very fancied Bandon side in Kilmurray on a bitter evening.   After hanging around in the cold for at least 25 minutes  waiting for a referee only to be told that he had gone to Ballinhassig, as he was never notified that the match had been changed to Kilmurray.    It was agreed with both teams that Sean Og O hAilpin would referee the game.  You might well say "Sean Og!! referee a football game, a final at that" but he did and he made a good job of it, maybe this is his new occupation? we'll see.   Back to the game this was point for point and very close at that with an amount of goals, Na Piarsaigh coming out the best with regard to the goals.   The final score Na Piarsaigh 5.4 Bandon 2.14.   Well done lads some silverware to finish the year.

Then on Sunday last the 13th November our Premier Minors played the final of the league against old rivals Sars in a repeat of the minor semi-final of the championship, this was always going to be a tough game and could have gone either way in the end, but great credit to our lads who went all out to try and win the double, and we did, on a score of 2.14 to 15pt.  Again well done to the lads and the mentors.

Just a note, in case anybody didnt hear, Barry O Mahony Journalist ran a twitter on the most outstanding minor player in hurling for 2016, and who won it? our own Evan Sheehan, well done Evan.

Also we have a Victory Dinner to celebrate our wins on the 20th January 2017 at Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, tickets are in the process of being printed cost is 35E and can be ordered from either Alan Daly or the Office (Brenda) so get in early with your order as there are a limited number.

Cork GAA Draw 2016

The Cork GAA Draw is commencing this Friday 28th Oct and there is a double draw for September and October.   The 1st Prize for September is 25,000e.   The 1st Prize for October is an Octavia Car worth 22,500.    There are 12 monthly draws including 2 free draws and if you want to join the draw please log onto www.corkgaadraw.ie or ring Brian Gardiner on 0868457871.   Your support please for the draw because every member that joins a contribution comes back to support the Club.

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club Juvenile Section Christmas Draw

The annual christmas draw is up and running.   A big effort is going to be made this year to help finance the underage & juvenile sections of the club to buy all the necessary equipment needed to give the kids the best coaching possible.   Members will be posted 4 books of tickets totalling 20e and we would ask members to please try and sell all 4 books and return the stubs and money to the Committee.   All our teams will also get books of tickets to sell and our prizes this year are looking good.   Tickets cost 2e each or a book of 3 for 5e and same can be bought in the bar, arena or from any committeee member.  Herewith are a list of the prizes on offer.

1. Hamper plus 200e
2. Hamper plus 75e
3. Hamper plus 50e
4. Prize of 100e
5. Drinks Hamper
6. Special Prize (The Loft)
7. Pantomime Tickets (Cork Opera House)
8. Prize of 50e member
9. Prize of 50e member
10. Six bottles of wine member
Plus a load of spots on the night of the draw which will be Sunday 18th December at 9.30pm.

Senior AGM

Note to all members the Annual AGM of Na Piarsaigh H&F Club will take place on Sunday 4th December 2016 at 2.30pm sharp.   All members are asked to attend.

Na Piarsaigh revel in brilliant breakthrough season (Irish Examiner 28/9/16)

Coming up through the Rebel Óg age grades, this year’s Na Piarsaigh team always found that, while they were a good team, Sarsfields were a better one.

There was no disgrace in losing multiple finals to the Riverstown outfit, of course, but that wasn’t much consolation to the Northsiders. In this year’s Premierr 1 MHC, wins over Carbery and Bishopstown brought Na Piarsaigh to the semi-final stage, where they found their old blue-and-white foes waiting.

This time, though, history would not be repeated, as a 4-19 to 1-13 victory was achieved. With Killeagh/Ita’s seen off 5-9 to 0-10 in the county final, it meant a first top-level minor title for the club in 20 years as well as the September Rebel Óg award.

Na Piarsaigh captain Kyle Power makes no bones about the significance of beating Sars. “It was our first time beating them in the championship,” he says, “and, after that, whatever team you put in front of us, they weren’t going to stop us.

“All the defeats from U12 up to U16, we lost county finals and the Féile final, I don’t think anyone could take it much more, we said, ‘Enough is enough now, this is our time to win it.’ To win a first minor county in 20 years was huge boost for the club and it’s a great achievement.”

Having suffered from slowish starts in earlier games, in the final they led 1-3 to 0-0 inside six minutes, but found Killeagh/Ita’s dogged opponents until a final-quarter surge.

“The way first 10 minutes went, we thought that we were flying,” Power says, but then they had their spell and the crowd got behind them.

“Thankfully, we got a good talking-to at half-time to settle ourselves down and kicked on from there. It’s all due really to the lads on the sideline. They knew what they were doing from the start and it all went to plan.”

And, with 10 of the team minor again next year, the 2017 plan could be largely the same. Power’s only regret is that he’s overage.  “If I was playing them next year anyway, I’d be very, very scared!” he laughs.

Note to Patrons: If you look at the Evening Echo of 29th September you will see the interview with Kyle Power.

Minor County Champions 2016 (Evening Echo 13/9/16 - Eamonn Murphy)

Minor Hurling
ON A dirty night for hurling, goals swung two entertaining Rebel Óg Premier Minor Hurling finals in Na Piarsaigh and Blarney’s favour at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The city side struck for five against underdogs Killeagh/Ita’s, which was in keeping with their semi-final against a highly-rated Sarsfields when they blasted four goals. The heavy pitch and driving rain, as well as the threat of a Piarsaighs forward unit spearheaded by Evan Sheehan, left the Imokilly side exposed, though it must be said two of the five goals could be attributed somewhat to the weather.

Luke Fogarty, Killeagh/Ita's, is surrounded by Na Piarsaigh players Greg Healy, Ciaran O'Flynn and Dessie Roche. Picture: Dan Linehan

Luke Fogarty, Killeagh/Ita’s, is surrounded by Na Piarsaigh players Greg Healy, Ciaran O’Flynn and Dessie Roche. Picture: Dan Linehan

Still, the chances were there to be taken, with Daniel McGuire and Sheehan rattling in two apiece, and Patrick Buckley pouncing for the other. Killeagh/Ita’s did come close to goaling themselves, but Dave Ogbebor and Luke Fogarty couldn’t get past keeper Sean O’Meara, and a steely defence in which Kyle Power, Greg Healy and Dessie Roche stood out.  Roche was selected as Carrigaline Court Hotel Man of the Match afterwards, which might appear odd given the potency of the new champions’ attack, but Killeagh/Ita’s were held to just four points from play. Roche hurled the world of ball in the number two geansaí, particularly in the second half when he was out towards the wing.

The goals were still critical of course. Piarsaigh made a lightning start, 1-3 to no score ahead after six minutes, with Sheehan threatening to run riot and McGuire gambling for a neat goal. The East Cork team settled though, Kevin Murphy a powerhouse in the half-back line, while Keane Kelly-Budds, Cathal Deane, Killian Treacy and Ogbebor clicked into gear from midfield up.  They hit six points to Na Piarsaigh’s one before half-time, and then levelled through Kelly-Budds immediately on the restart. It was anyone’s game at that juncture, but the next two scores were Na Piarsaigh’s and both were goals, Sheehan’s rocket from a class Craig Hanifin pass to make it 3-4 to 0-7 the magic moment.

Hanifin put in a great shift at wing-forward, finishing with 0-3 and assists for two goals, and his aerial ability is a real plus. Expect him and Sheehan to lead the line for the Cork minors in 2017, and both would have been worthy of the Man of the Match accolade here.  Sheehan finished out what was still a decent encounter with the last 1-2, and like his first, the goal was arrowed in with uncanny power and accuracy, on the run.

Killeagh/Ita’s will of course be gutted not to have pulled off a shock in the Premier 1 final, given it was their second loss in three years, but their underage section is thriving with smaller numbers than most.


Na Piarsaigh are in a good place right now, Premier 1 U16 champs last year and minor kingpins this time out.

Minor County Champions (Irish Examiner 13/9/16 Denis Hurley)

Na Piarsaigh turn on the power

That the final winning margin was 14 points doesn’t really do justice to what was an at-times thrilling Carrigaline Court Hotel Rebel Óg Premier 1 MHC decider at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

Pic: Dan Linehan

Ultimately, two second-half goals from Piarsaigh were the catalyst for the city side to pull clear of what had been a stiff challenge, with a fifth added at the death as they posted the all-but-one point of their output from play.

Corner-forwards Evan Sheehan and Daniel McGuire each helped themselves to two goals, while wing-forward Craig Hanifin scored three points and was involved in countless others.

Having led by 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time, Piarsaigh won the second half on a scorelin of 4-3 to 0-4, but Killeagh/Ita’s deserve credit, not least for the way they bounced back from a start which suggested that the game would be a After early points from Daniel Gunning and Sheehan (two), McGuire struck for a goal in the sixth minute when he gambled on Hanifin’s delivery and was rewarded. They were really in the groove but Killeagh settled, with Kevin Murphy immense at centre-back.

Andrew Leahy, Killian Treacy and Aaron Walsh had points for Killeagh/Ita’s, though when Hanifin responded for Piarsaigh, there was a fear that Killeagh/Ita’s had had their purple patch and not made enough of it.  That theory was rubbished though as Treacy and two long-range dead balls from Murphy had the gap down to one, while goalkeeper Shane Kearney made a great save from McGuire.   A great Keane Kelly-Budds point had the East Cork side level a minute into the second half, but Na Piarsaigh pushed on once more, just when they needed to find something special.

Na Piarsaigh took the Premier 1 County minor hurling title last night after they defeated Killeagh/Itas at Pairc Ui Rinn. Captain Kyle Power was presented with the trophy. video by Dan Linehan

There was a large element of fortune to their second goal as McGuire’s low effort from distance wasn’t gathered by Kearney in the slippery conditions and Patrick Buckley was on hand to help the ball over the line.

Three minutes later, that lead was doubled as Hanifin’s pass placed the ball into Sheehan’s hand and the finish was clinical.

Having worked so hard to get back on level terms, Killeagh/Ita’s found themselves with a massive task again but points by Murphy and Treacy suggested that it wasn’t beyond them.

However, Na Piarsaigh weren’t to be denied, with two Hanifin points followed by McGuire’s second goal as he kicked home after Cormac Murphy’s delivery yielded a scramble.  That made it 4-6 to 0-9 and from there the black-and-amber ship wouldn’t be deviated from its harbour of glory. After Luke Fogarty’s point from Killeagh/Ita’s, Na Piarsaigh and Kearney finished with a flourish.  He got his second goal from McGuire’s pass and then added two late points, with the penultimate of those their only score from a placed ball all night.

Scorers for Na Piarsiagh: E Sheehan (2-4, 1 free), D McGuire (2-0), C Hanifin (0-3), D Gunning, C Murphy (0-1 each).  Scorers for Killeagh/Ita’s: K Treacy (0-3, frees), K Murphy (0-3, 2 frees, 1 65), A Walsh, K Kelly-Budds, A Leahy, L Fogarty (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: S O’Meara; D Roche, K Power, C Bowen; C O’Flynn, G Healy, D Connery; J Morrissey, P Buckley; D Gunning, A Lehane, C Hanifin; E Sheehan, C O’Connell D McGuire.  Subs: C Murphy for O’Connell (30, inured), B Murphy for Buckley (41), K Forde for Lehane (50).

KILLEAGH/ITA’S: S Kearney; D Hogan, J O’Rourke, E Barron; J Landers, K Murphy, E Fitzgibbon; K Kelly-Budds, C Deane; K Treacy, D Ogbebor, S Walsh; A Leahy, L Fogarty, A Walsh.  Subs: P Leahy for Walsh (50).

Referee: N Wall (Carrigaline).

Minor County Final 2016

Our Minor are playing their County Final on Monday 12th Sept., next at Pairc Ui Rinn at 8.15pm against Killeagh/St.Itas.   It has been 20 years since we won a minor county title so hopefully, fingers crossed, we can bridge that gap and bring a minor title back to the club.    If ever we needed support, it is now so we expect to see a big crowd in the Pairc.   Car flags are on sale for 5e in the office if anybody is looking for them.   We wish the players and Neil, Gearoid, William, Brian and Colin all the best.  Na Piarsaigh Abu!

Minor Hurling Championship S/F 2016 (John Coughlan)


                                         Na Piarsaigh           4-19

                                        Sarsfields                1-13

Na Piarsaigh produced champagne hurling that stunned championship favourites Sarsfields into submission in an absorbing Carrigaline Court Premier 1 Minor hurling championship semi final at the Mardyke last night.The huge attendance expected Sars to prevail but on the night they were outfought, outplayed and outscored by a rampant Na Piarsaigh side.

Sars went into this game with the favourities tag but Na Piarsaigh who had a horrible eight days prior to this game as they exited from the Senior hurling and Premier Intermediate football championships. The Farranree showed early energy but both teams shared four points in the opening six minutes.No doubt the biggest problem for Sars in the opening quarter was their shooting as they accumulated six wides.Credit to Na Piarsaigh they won the majority of dirty ball as Sars couldn’t match their intensity for long periods.

The performance of Na Piarsaigh’s Evan Sheehan deserves special mention and after striking over three points up to the 18thminute he scored a crucial goal with nine minutes remaining in the half.The pace of Dan Gunning saw him assist a perfect pass to Sheehan who billowed the back of the net with a ferocious shot.

Sars players looked out of sorts as Cork Minor panelists Jack O’Connor and Liam Healy were simply not in the game but in the last minute of the half they got two opportunities to raise a green flag. Consecutive shots from Patrick O’Driscoll and O’Connor were taken off the line as Na Piarsaigh went in at the break commanding a five-point lead 1-10 to 0-8.

Sars after accumulating 11 wides in the first half increased the tempo on the restart and with Na Piarsaigh dropping their intensity they allowed their opponents a lifeline in the 47th minute.A high ball towards Na Piarsaigh’s keeper wasn’t dealt with as Dylan Walsh followed through to force the ball over the line that reduced the deficit to two points 1-14 to 1-12.That’s as good as it got for Sars as their out of sorts team could only add one more point and their final tally of 17 wides tells its won story.

Dan Gunning is a joy to watch and his hard work was rewarded in the 51st minute when he drilled a low shot to the corner of the net following good work by Daniel McGuire.Na Piarsaigh moved up a gear and it was ironic McGuire would add two more goals in the closing three minutes that saw them totally demolish the Riverstown outfit.

Naturally Na Piarsaigh players and management were elated at the final whistle as manager Gearoid Daly reflected on his team’s heroic performance.

“We certainly didn’t expect to win by that margin but we never doubted the work rate of this squad and although many pundits in Cork would have written us off I think we proved this evening we are a decent side,” Gearoid said.

“We weren’t going well about three weeks ago and suddenly it all turned around as after a couple of challenge games the tempo was increasing within the squad.

“Our aim tonight was to win all second ball and the game panned out nicely for us against a very good Sars side.”    

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: E Sheehan 1-8 (0-6f), D McGuire 2-1, D Gunning 1-0, K Forde 0-3, C O’Connell 0-2, J Morrissey 0-2, B Murphy 0-2 C Hannifin 0-1.

Sarsfields: J O’Connor 0-4 (0-3f), D Walsh 1-1, T O’ Leary 0-3 (0-2f), P O’Driscoll 0-2, S O’Driscoll 0-2, C Murphy 0-1.

Na Piarsaigh: S O’Meara; D Roche, K Power, C Bowen; C O’Flynn; A Lehane; D Connery; J Morrissey, K Forde; D Gunning, P Buckley, C Hanniffin; E Sheehan, C O’Connell, D McGuire.Subs: B Murphy for P Buckley (46), L O’Donovan for S O’Meara (inj 48).

Sarsfields: C Looney; S Higgins, K Walsh, S Garvey; C Roche, K Crowley, S O’Driscoll; J O’Leary, R Hogan; S Dolan, D Walsh, L Healy; T O’Leary, J O’Connor, P O’Driscoll.Subs: C Murphy for R Hogan (22), S Higgins for L Healy (50).

Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).

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Championships 2016

Our under 16s were beaten by a very good Midleton team in their county final on Monday 8th August in Delaneys on a score of 3.19 to 2.9.    This was an excellent game of hurling but on the day we were just beaten by an all round good Midleton team. 

Our footballers played Kiskeam in the quarter final of the premier intermediate football championship in Banteer last Saturday night.   Things started well with goals coming from Alan Keating and Shaun Warren and points from Padraig Gould and Keith Buckley.   But then Kiskeam rattled off a comeback by scoring 2 goals in the space of a couple of minutes and a brace of points to lead at the interval on a score of 2.9 to 2.2.    Unfortunately we failed to create an impact with the assistance of the breeze in the second half and eventhough we battled gamely right to the end, it wasnt meant to be and lost to Kiskeam on a score of 2.13 to 2.7 who now progress to the semi-final.

Our minor hurlers were out in their semi-final game against a very fancied Sars side on Monday last in the Mardyke and anyone who was at that match were in for a real treat, a great game of hurling by both sides the final score was 4.19 to 1.13 and now we wait the winners of the second semi final between Midleton/Killeagh.   The Co.Final takes place on Monday 12th September next. (awaiting further report).

Thomas Gardiner Memorial Golf Trophy 2016

The annual Thomas Gardiner Memorial Golf Trophy 2016 will take place on Sunday 21st August next at Mahon Golf Club from 11am to 1pm.  Its a three ball scramble and its 60e per team.    For tee times contact Brian Gardiner on 0868457871 or the office on 4306549.  All times are now full and hope they all have a great day.

Fe16 Hurling Championship 2016

Our fe16s played the semi final of the county against Inniscarra at the Mardyke.   We were eventual winners on a scoreline of 2.17 to 2.13 a great display by everyone.    We now play the County Final against the very fancied Midleton side who demolished Douglas in the game before us on a score of 1.24 to 2.9.  The final now takes place on Monday 8th in Delaneys at 7.15pm and we hope to see a big crowd there.    Can we make it 2 in a row? turn out on the night to see.


Hurling Championship 2016

Find below the draw for Round 3 and 4 of the County Senior Hurling Championship which were made tonight in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Senior Hurling Championship Round 3

A: Na Piarsaigh v Ballymartle
B: Carrigdhoun v St. Finbarr's
C: Killeagh v Losers Douglas/Imokilly
D: Ballyhea v Newtownshandrum
E: CIT v Avondhu
F: Winners Youghal/Bishopstown v Duhallow

Sarsfields bye


Round 4

Sarsfields v Midleton
CIT/Avondhu v Douglas/Imokilly Winners
Erin's Own v Killeagh/Douglas/Imokilly
St. Finbarr's/Carrigdhoun v Na Piarsaigh/Ballymartle
Ballyhea/Newtownshandrum v Youghal/Bishopstown/Duhallow
Glen Rovers Bye
Bride Rovers Bye
Blackrock Bye

The draw for the Quarter-Finals will made at a later date.

The format of the draws was as follows:

Senior Hurling Championship

Round 3. 13 teams (6 Losers from R2A + 6 Winners from R2B + Bye team from R2B). (6 Games & 1 bye) winners & bye team into Round 4. 

The team who got the bye in Round 2B must play in this Round. In the event the team, which received a Bye in Round 2B, loses in Round 3 and thereby has lost its first two games in the Championship, that team must take part in the play-offs to decide the two lowest teams in the championship. Winners to R4. Losers eliminated.

Bye team from R2B v Winner 2B

Winner R2B v Loser R2A
Winner R2B v Loser R2A
Winner R2B v Loser R2A
Winner R2B v Loser R2A
Winner R2B v Loser R2A
Loser R2A a bye

Round 4. 13 teams (6 winners from R2A + 6 winners from R3 + bye team from R3. (5 games & 3 byes) winners & byes into quarter finals.

Bye team from R3 v Winner R2A 
Winner R2A v Winner R3
Winner R2A v Winner R3 
Winner R3 v Winner R3
Winner R3 v Winner R3 
Winner R2A a bye
Winner R2A a bye
Winner R2A a bye

Vetting in the GAA

 Vetting in the GAA

The GAA has a long established principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and has become part of the overall recruitment and selection process for those who wish to work with us in the GAA, in a voluntary or paid role.

Vetting services for the Association are currently overseen by the National Childrens Office in Croke Park while Comhairle Uladh acts on our behalf in coordinating Access NI services.

Our international units adhere to the legislative vetting and police background checks that are required in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 - 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook ‘relevant work’ with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.

The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

The Act also established the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to oversee the e-vetting services previously administered by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

Who needs to be vetted?
In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.  Thereafter, each club shall decide if other roles merit a person being vetted.

Any person who was working with children in the GAA prior to the commencement of the Act and was not previously vetted for that role may continue in that capacity but must apply as a matter of priority to be vetted by the GAA under what is termed ‘retrospective vetting’.  This term and these conditions are allowed for in the Act.

What if the applicant is under 18 yrs. of age?
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 yrs. of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form (
NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 yrs. of age  

Is it an offence if you are not vetted?
It is now a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for the GAA as an Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.  It is also a breach of GAA rule if you are working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Association and have not been vetted.

When the Vetting Act came into being on 29 April 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or E –Vetting system.

E-Vetting replaces all previous paper vetting systems which also brings us in line with similar e-vetting services as coordinated by Ulster GAA for AccessNI.

How can you be vetted through the GAA?
Vetting for a member of the GAA involves 3 easy to follow steps as follows:

Step 1 The initial application vetting process at Club level
You must in the first instance complete the 
GAA E-Vetting ID Form. This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer, who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required.  The ID verification may be retained by the Club Children’s Officer for the duration of the e-vetting process or it may be attached by you at Step 2 to the On Line Vetting application Form. 

The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here
Click here for the GAA E-Vetting ID Form

Step 2 Completing the Vetting Application form
Following completion of the initial process you will then be directed to www.gaa.ie where the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form is available to download.  

Once you complete the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete.

The details entered will be emailed back to you, for your own records.  Your Club Secretary will also receive an email informing him/her that you have applied as a member of the club, to be issued with the NVB Vetting Application Form.
Click here for GAA on-line E-Vetting application form

Step 3 NVB Vetting Application form 
The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form.  This will be issued to the email address you provided in Step 2.

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB.  All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.


Upcoming Underage Championships.

Our 16 hurlers have progressed to the semi final of the county with a meeting against Inniscarra hopefully on Thursday 4th August next time and venue to be confirmed.

On Wednesday 3rd August our fe21s play against Ballinhassig in Pairc Ui Rinn at 6.15pm.  This is the last chance for the lads, so your support please.

Our minors played Bishopstown in the quarter final of the hurling championship on Thursday last when they narrowly won by a point.   A lot of work still needs to be done and Im sure the mentors have ideas in mind, as our best team will be needed if we want to beat Sars in the semi-final of the county and this takes place on the 24th August next time and venue to be fixed.

1916 Celebrations

On the 2nd July last at Redemption Road in Cork, we unveiled our commemoration plaque celebrating the 1916 celebrations and the spot where the first meeting on the formation of our club took place way back in 1943.    It was attended by a fairly large crowd also Cllr.Michael Nugent attended.   The plaque was unveiled by the President of the Club Kathleen Martin.   Chairman Jim O Sullivan made a short speech and a lot of photographs were taken, these can be seen up on the Gallery.     We then made our way to the Fairfield where both the girls and boys in the camogie and underage marched behind a lone piper and banners down to the club where the final of the street leagues took place and an inter club ud8/ud10 camogie game.   Every child got either a trophy or a certificate of the days participation.

Then on Sunday 3rd July we held a senior hurling league game against Glen Rovers which was attended by a very large crowd in beautiful sunshine.   It was a good game and Na Piarsaigh were the eventual winners on a score of 1.17 to 17pt.   Then a DJ played in the clubhouse until 9pm.   A great weekend was had by all, and we wish to thank everybody who took part and helped out to make the weekend a great success.

Na Piarsaigh 1916 Celebrations

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club will commence their 1916 Celebrations on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July next.  The Schedule is as follows and all members and their families are asked to support this great occasion.

Saturday 2nd July 2016.
12.15pm - Meet at Redemption Road to unveil Club Memorial Plaque.
1pm        - Meeting up with Underage Academy & Camogie Underage players at the Fairfield.
1.15pm   - Walk to the club behind club banners
1.30pm   - Commencement of Street League Finals
2.30pm   - Presentation and Summer Cul Camp registration.

Sunday 3rd July 2016.
4pm        - SHL .v. Glen Rovers

All members are requested to attend in club gear.

Summer Cul Camp 2016

Its time for our Summer Camp again!  An action packed 3 days of activities for children aged 5-12 boys and 6-13 years girls in July.   They'll get to learn GAA games from qualified coaches in a safe and fun environment in their local GAA Club.   The Summer Camp takes place on the 12th, 13th and 15th July from 10am to 2pm.   The camps are structured so that different aspects of GAA games are worked on each day.   The programme involves coaching specific skills of the GAA games and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.   On the last day of the camp a "blitz" will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.

Price is 35e for first child, 30e for second child and 25e for third child.

What to Bring:
. packed lunch and a drink (not fizzy)
.hurley & helmet (provided for younger kids)
. every child MUST have their own gumshield
. suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots
. rain jacked and change of clother on wet days (knowing our weather anyway)
. sun cream for those far and few sunny days that we might have

Registration Day will be on Saturday 2nd July from 2.30pm to 4pm where application forms will then be available.   No registration will be entertained after the 2nd July.   Also there is no registration on line.

Contract Catherine Allen 0863120574 or Mick McGrath 0866015336

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Dual mandate paying off nicely for Na Piarsaigh

Na Piarsaigh 0-13 Naomh Abán 0-3: Na Piarsaigh were on top of their game in Carrigadrohid on Saturday, producing a fine display of football to book a quarter-final place in the Cork Premier IFC. On a wet evening, they emerged easy victors in this round 2A clash against a Naomh Abán side that never got going.

It was quality football all the way from a Na Piarsaigh outfit that battled through a relegation play-off last year. The management team of Stephen O’Sullivan, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín, Robert Coughlan and Darren Mannix are also the backroom staff for the club’s senior hurlers. O’Sullivan says the dual role is paying off.

“When we came on board we were only going to do the hurling. But we said we need access to players 24/7. A few people were asking us were we mad but you can see the fruits of it. If the players don’t turn up for football, they don’t play the hurling. It is as simple as that. It is a blanket rule. We don’t care who you are.

“We asked the lads to buy in to what we were trying to do. We have given football the respect it deserves. We lost the first round of the hurling, but it was probably one of our better performances. We won’t have football now for another couple of months, we can go away and get ready for the hurling.”

Na Piarsaigh went about their business from the off, scoring three points inside the first four minutes from Alan Keating, Keith Buckley and Dayne Lee. By the end of the hour, all six forwards had played their part with Padraig Gould, Cian O’Mahony and Shaun Warren on the scoresheet too. After 30 minutes, the city north-siders led 0-7 to 0-1.

The Naomh Abán point was from a Micheál Ó Cróinín free in the ninth minute. However, the former Cork player was troubled by injury and went off late in the match. As well, midfielder Séamus Ó Laoghaire was forced off injured after 10 minutes, while centre-back Micheál Ó Liatháin didn’t start because of injury. All is not lost though for the Ballyvourney men as they go through to the next round versus one of the winners from 2B.

Naomh Abán began the second-half with a Colm de hÍde point. But they didn’t score again from play. To add to their woes, defender Muiris Ó Donnchú received a black card, while Liam MacSuibhne was sent off after getting a yellow and black around the three-quarter mark.

Meanwhile, Na Piarsaigh motored on. Defensively they were rock-solid, particularly Eddie Gunning, Adam Dennehy and Alan Brady. Midfield linked up well, providing plenty of scoring opportunities for the forwards.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:  K Buckley, A Keating (2 frees) and C O’Mahony (0-3 each), S Warren (0-2), P Gould and D Lee (0-1 each).

Scorers for Naomh Abán:  M Ó Cróinín (free), S MacCárthaigh (free) and C de hÍde (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: K Waters; E Gunning, A Dennehy, E Moynihan; C Buckley, A Brady, E Hanifin; P Rourke, S Forde; P Gould, K Buckley, D Lee; S Warren, C O’Mahony, A Keating.

Subs: J Gardiner for D Lee (33 inj), G Joyce for P Gould (50).

NAOMH ABÁN: S Ó hUidhir; M Ó Donn chú, S Ó Mathúna, T Ó hAilíosa; R de hÍde, S Ó Riada, L MacSuibhne; C de hÍde, S Ó Laoghaire; D Ó Ceallaigh, M Ó Cróinín, N Ó Ceallaigh; S MacCárthaigh, M Ó Duinnín, D Ó Ceocháin.

Subs: É Ó Críodáin for S Ó Laoghaire (10 inj), D Ó Scanaill for M Ó Donnchú (BC 34), A Ó Loingsigh for S MacCárthaigh (47), D Ó Donnchú for M Ó Cróinín (56 inj).

Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).

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Alan Cadogan gives a masterclass during Douglas (Monday 30th May - Jim O Sullivan)

Douglas 2-18 Na Piarsaigh 1-18: An outstanding contest, highlighted by the skill and class of Alan Cadogan, presented a much more positive image of Cork hurling after the flop in Semple Stadium the previous Sunday and fittingly Douglas were the winners in this first-round game in Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

They had the confidence and specifically the ability to recover from a slow start and had the consistency to survive a challenge from Na Piarsaigh that was only weakened by some poor finishing.

It delighted winning manager Willie Coveney who commented that they could look forward to another two games, winning was ‘even more important’ because of the boost it has given the squad. “The win is vital and the way we did it, the fight (we showed). Obviously we would have preferred a better start.  They caused us a bit of trouble the way they were organising their puck-outs, but once our fellows tightened up and got on top, even though their goal knocked us back a bit. At times Cadogan was unplayable, especially with the space he was running into. From our point of view we are always a bit biased but he’s probably the form forward in the county.”

Na Piarsaigh selector Séan Óg Ó hAilpín was philosophical, accepting that they missed scores after drawing level ‘coming down the straight,’ but acknowledging that they were up against ‘a seasoned’ Douglas team. “I harp back to the Donal O’Grady days, when you look at the scoreboard and at the final whistle if you are not ahead, well you don’t deserve to win.”  The first half was notable for the impressive manner in which Na Piarsaigh opened their challenge with three points in as many minutes and, in turn, the way Douglas responded once they had found their form. While named at midfield, Cork defender Christophe Joyce lined out at centre-back and he was quick to settle, as was Alan Hogan who moved to midfield to partner Dayne Lee. Up front, John Gardiner was showing the value of his experience at centre-forward.  Not unexpectedly, the first Douglas score came from Cadodgan and showing speed, great vision and terrific ball control, he was to be heavily involved all through. And after Philip Shine began to make his mark at wing-back, Mark Harrington came more into the game at midfield, Steven Moylan contributing after he settled and Mark Collins also to the forefront as Douglas fought back to be level at 0-6 each by the 15th minute.  Shortly afterwards came the Na Piarsaigh goal, Pádraig Gould the scorer after he had the strength to ride a heavy tackle, but Douglas jumped in front for the first time in the 25th minute when Finbarr Desmond goaled, immediately after Gardiner hit a low ball into the goalkeeper’s hands at the other end. And at the break they led 1-9 to 1-7.

The second half was seriously competitive, with the issue in doubt right up to the closing minutes. And, while they were handicapped by some poor wides (13 by the final whistle), Na Piarsaigh remained strongly in contention even as Douglas stayed in front, with Mark O’Connor enhancing their forward unit with strong play and valuable scores.  Then, with ten minutes remaining, Douglas produced a second goal, the result of a splendid move involving Cadogan and the impressive Mark Collins.  Undaunted, Na Piarsaigh fought back with a point from play from Dayne Lee and two pointed frees from Keith Buckley and another from play to be level with only a minute of normal time remaining.

To quote Ó hAilpín, the game was in the ‘melting pot’ and it was Douglas who had the overall strength to get over the line with Cadogan and Conor Kingston scoring before Joyce got one back and the same two Douglas players countering with two late inspirational points.

Scorers for Douglas:  A. Cadogan 0-6; F. Desmond 1-1; M. O’Connor 0-4 (1 ‘65); M. Dolan 1-0; M. Collins 0-3; M. Harrington and C. Kingston 0-2 each.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K. Buckley 0-6 (4 frees); P. Gould 1-1; D. Lee 0-4; E. Moynihan (2 frees) and A. Hogan 0-2 each; I. McDonnell, C. Joyce and S. Forde 0-1 each.

DOUGLAS: T. Delaney; K. Hayes Curtin, R. Keating, P. Clarke; C. Sheehan, S. Fogarty, P. Shine; S. Moylan, M. Harrington; M. Collins, M. O’Connor, C. Kingston; A. Cadogan, F. Desmond, M. Dolan.

Subs:L. McGrath for Hayes Curtin (ht); J. Collins for Shine (42); A. Barry for Sheehan (inj. 47); E. Cadogan for Dolan (58).

NA PIARSAIGH: A. Keating; A. Brady, E. Gunning, E. Moynihan; R. McGregor, C. Joyce, C. Buckley (capt.); D. Lee, A. Hogan; S. Forde, J. Gardiner, P. Rourke; P. Gould, I. McDonnell, K. Buckley.

Subs: A. Dennehy for McGregor (38); D. Gunning for McDonnell (52); EW. Hanifin for Gardiner (60).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).

Golf Classic Fundraiser 2016

Our second fundraiser took place on Friday 13th May last, our Golf Classic 2016 at Monkstown Golf Club on a day which was perfect for a round of golf.  We had 47 teams taking part and we had 62 tee boxes sponsored by local businesses, and we wish to thanks all those businesses who took part in the golf and who sponsored tee boxes, we sincerely appreciate your contribution to our fundraising to build our hurling alleys.    Also a big big thank you to the Fundraising & Golf Classic Committee for all their hard work in making this event a success and going on this we hope to make to make it an annual event.

We would like to thank Monkstown Golf Club for a great day and with the food served that night and especially to Deborah Field who was extremely helpful.    We thank Carl Toal, Golf Club Captain who has roots in Na Piarsaigh H&F Club and was a great help on the day and went out of his way to help make this event a big success.

The 1st Prize was won by Fr.O Neills GAA Club and captained by Robbie Dalton.   A great night was had by all back in the Club where we had music and where the prizes were presented to the winners.

For all photos of the day see our "Gallery".

Cork/Tipperary Munster Hurling Championships

The start of the Munster Hurling Championship takes place on Sunday 22nd May next in Thurles.   First up will be the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship at 2pm and we wish Cian Buckley, Patrick Rourke all the best from everyone.

Then it is the turn of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship at 4pm and we again wish Christopher Joyce all the best in his game.    Hopefull it will be success for Cork in both grades.

Club Senior Hurling Championship

After the great win by our Premier Intermediate Footballers against Kiskeam on the 8th May last on a score of 2.13 to 12 pts and the following night our Junior A Football Championship who won against Douglas on a score of 3.10 to 7pt.   Our Minor Hurlers winning against Carbery on the 29th April 2.16 to 5pt and our Minor C3 win against Douglas on the 9th May 11pt to 5pt, on Sunday 29th May next it will be the turn of our Senior Hurlers who play Douglas in Pairc Ui Rinn at 2.15pm.  Training is going well and hopefully we can be successful here also.     Your support is a must for this game so we look forward to seeing everyone in the Pairc to support the lads on the day.   Na Piarsaigh Abu

Cork/Tipperary Hurling Championship

Cork/Tipperary Munster Hurling Championship

Game fixed for Thurles on Sunday 22nd May next.  Juvenile Groups are available for this fixture. €3 per juvenile with one adult free with every 10. 

Orders for this package must be with Munster Council before the 16th May. 

Public Sale through tickets.ie Centra/Supervalu are going on sale this Friday 22nd April at 10am. 

Prices are as follows: 

Adult Covered Stand: €25

Adult Uncovered Stand: €20 

Terrace: €15

Juveniles in all Areas: €5

Concession on full price Adult Tickets at the designated stile with valid id: €5

Club Championships 2016

Championships are now fast approaching and the first of these is the Minor Premier 1 hurling championship against Carbery which will take place on Friday 29th April next at the Mardyke at 8pm.   Then on Saturday 7th May our MC3HC -v- Douglas takes place again website will be updated with date and time.

Our Premier Intermediate Football Championship against Kilkeam has been pushed out to Sunday 8th May in Mallow at 7pm and last for that week is the Junior A Football Championship against Douglas will be in Ballinlough on Wednesday 11th May at 7pm.

Please these dates in your diary and good support from members and supporters is expected on these dates.

"Your Own Song" Night

A new venture will commence shortly in the Bar on Wednesday 4th May next at 9pm and every Wednesday night thereafter.   Its called "Your Own Song" a night of music, singing, and the odd waltz.    Your MC is John O Reilly and music will be by Donal Ring.   So tell your friends and bring them along for a great night of entertainment.

Fundraising 1st Event

Due to the lack of support for the "Sports Predictor 2016" the closing date has been extended to the 7th April so the fundraising committee are asking everyone to get behind this event and return all their cards with their 10e as soon as possible and mentors of all the teams are reminded to chase up on getting all the cards returned before the 7th April next.  

Result of Over 60's Talent Competition

The Over 60's Talent Competition was held recently in the Bar in front of a large crowd.   There were 8 singers in the contest and they all sang great songs.  There were also guest artists including the winners from 2015,2014 and 2013 and a great sing song ensued.   Paddy O Brien was the MC for the night.  But it had to come down to one winner and we are very happy that John O Reilly of Parklands won with his rendition of "Caledonia".   John now goes onto represent Na Piarsaigh in the semi finals which take place on the 24th April next in the City Hall, and we wish him the best of luck.   We wish to thank the organisers and everyone who took part in the competition and we hope to run it again next year and for a very long time.

Membership 2016

The closing date is fast approaching for membership, all players and mentors must have their membership paid before the 31st March next same can be handed in behind the bar or left in the Office with Brenda.

Over 60's Talent Competition

The Over 60's talent competition for the Farranree/Fairhill heat will take place at the Club on Tuesday 8th March next at 8pm in the Bar.   So if you would like to take part either, singing, dancing or playing an instrument we would lover for you to attend on the night.   Your MC for the night will be Paddy O Brien and all are welcome.   If you are interested in taking part and for more information please contact Neilus O Sullivan 0862291161 or Frank O Shea 0879922896 so for a very enjoyable night of entertainment we hope to see you there.

Fundraising Meeting & 1st Event

A meeting will be held tonight at 8pm in the club.    All teams are to be represented right down from ud5/6 to senior, all are welcome.   The Fundaising Committee will go through what they have planned for the year in respect of fundraising so that we can get our hurling alleys developed.    The alleys have been cleared out so we must now fundraise ourselves to come up with the balance needed.    The alleys are very important in developing the skills needed by both our underage, camogie and senior teams to be a successful club, so your attendance and support would be very much appreciated. 

The first of these Fundraising events is the "Sports Predictor 2016"  this is a list of 36 sporting events throughout the year starting with the Aintree Grand National on the 9th April and finishing with Formula One Drivers Championship on the 27th November, and in between will be GAA questions, soccer questions, rugby questions etc.   Right across the board all underage, camogie and adult teams will be given a card and will be asked to test their knowledge on receipt of 10e.   All cards and entry fees must be returned before the 13th March.   A leaderboard will be updated quarterly on the club website.   Points will be awarded for correct answers that are clearly indicated beside the question, the person with the highest points when the event has finished will be the winner.  1st Prize is 500e, 2nd Prize is 200e and 3rd Prize is 100e and maybe some spot prizes in between.   All proceeds raised will go towards the Hurling Alley Development Fund

Quiz Night (fundraiser)

We are holding a table quiz in aid of the club and will be held in the back bar on Saturday 30th January next at 8pm sharp, 20e for a table of 4.    Music afterwards, and all are welcome.  Great craic. 

Our thanks to everybody who took part in the Quiz Fundraising.    Congratulations to the winners.   Also our thanks to everyone who donated a spot prize.   A great night was had by all and it was great to see young and not so young taking part.

Membership 2016

Membership for 2016 is now due and has to be paid before the 31st March 2016.  All players, and mentors are to have their membership paid.   Details are as follows:

  • Full Membership                                    100.00

  • Student/full time education no earnings    30.00

  • Student/part time work                           70.00

  • Pensioners - 65 years and over               20.00

  • Unemployed-in receipt of state payment   50.00

Winners of Xmas Draw 2015

Christmas Draw Winners 2015

1st.     Kelly Casey c/o Graham Casey
2nd.    Edel Desmond
3rd.    Jilly O Connor
4th.    Garry Harris c/o Bill Kelleher
5th.    Blake Cambridge
6th.    Ita Desmond
7th.    Brian Daly c/o Pat Daly
8th.    Louise O Callaghan
9th.    Helen O Donoghue
10.    Angela Lombard

On behalf of the Juvenile Committee we wish to sincerely thank everyone who sold and bought tickets, to all our sponsors and members who gave prizes, if it wasnt for your generosity our Underage and Juvenile Sections would struggle financially.    Again many thanks, and we wish you all a very merry christmas.

Championship 2016

The draw for the 2016 championship was made lately and the following are the pairings:

Senior Hurling: Round 1 (B) Douglas .v. Na Piarsaigh -
Round 2A (winners from Round 1) B .v. L (Imokilly/UCC).
Round 2B (losers from Round 1) B a bye.

Premier Intermediate Football: Round 1 (H) Kiskeam .v. Na Piarsaigh -
Round 2A (winners from Round 1)  H .v. C (Castletownbere/Naomh Aban)
Round 2B (losers from Round 1) H .v. C

Intermediate Hurling Championship: (A) Na Piarsaigh .v. Argideen Rangers -
Round 2A (winners from Preliminary Round & Round 1) A .v. J (Kilbrittain/Ballymartle/Grenagh)
Round 2B (losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1) K (Kildorrery/Ballygarvan) .v. A

Membership Cards 2015

Membership Cards for 2015 can be collected behind the Bar by members.    They will also be given out at the AGM for those who haven't collected them.   The remainder will be posted out after the AGM.

Long Puc 2015

Members and supporters should note that the Annual Long Puc takes place this year on Monday 28th December.    Get ready, organise your teams, and we hope to see a big turn out on the day.    Great day guaranteed.  New teams always welcome!

Club Shop - Christmas Orders

Orders for Santa for the Club Shop are now being taken, dont leave it to the last minute and be disappointed, ring Peter Bell on 0879533986 for your orders.

Annual Dee O Leary & Barry O Leary Fe11 Football Tournament

The annual Dee O Leary and Barry O Leary Fe11 Football Tournament takes place this Saturday 31st October.    Teams taking part are Austin Stacks Tralee, Kilshannig, Glanmire, Valley Rovers and ourselves.    Games begin at 10.30am and we expect to see a big crowd for support.

AGM Sunday 6th December 2015

Members please note that the hurling & football AGM will be held on Sunday 6th December next at 2.30pm.    Members will be served with their nomination papers in due course.    Please note the date in your diary.    

Underage & Juvenile Christmas Draw 2015

Our christmas draw this year has been taken over by the Underage & Juvenile Committee and tickets are at present being given out to all our teams.    Members will also be given tickets to sell to help fund the underage and juvenile sections for kids aged between 5years to 18years to buy training equipment, gear, hurleys, sliotars and to fund tournaments and buses.   Members are asked to make a big effort to buy the tickets book of 3 for 5e.   The prizes money this year has been increased and are well worth 5e.  Draw takes place on Sunday 20th December in the Bar.   Tickets can also be bought behind the Bar.

1.  Hamper + 200e voucher
2.  Hamper + 75e voucher
3.  Hamper + 50e voucher
4.  100e Cash - Peig Twomey
5.  Drinks Hamper - Member
6.  Special Prize - Square Deal
7.  Pantomime Tickets - Cork Opera House
8.  50e cash - Member
9. 50e cash - Member
10. 6 bottles of wine - Member
Plus spot prizes on the night.


Annual Pat Kelleher Fe14 Hurling Tournament

The annual Pat Kelleher Fe14 Hurling Tournament takes place on Saturda 24th October next at 10.30am.    Teams attending are Valley Rovers, Inniscarra, Naomh Barrog (Dublin) and ourselves.   Matches start at 10.30am.     Anyone who wishes to give a hand in the tournament are more than welcome.

25 Years On - Cork SHC Winners 1990

On the 11th October next our lads who played in the 1990 Cork County Senior Hurling Championship Final against the Barrs will be honoured at half time at the Co.Final.     The lads will also be honoured at a reception in the club on Friday 10th October and we hope to see them all there and have a great night.   Music will be provided by "Damien".    Photos of that historic win can be seen in the Photo Gallery under 1990 Archives.

Relegation Final Premier Intermediate Football

Well here we are fighting relegation in football, we play Ballinure on Friday 25th September in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.30pm we ask that we all support our footballers on this day.   It is very important that we retain our premier intermediate football status within the club.   Good luck to the lads.

Also coming up on Saturday is the annual Austin Stacks fe13 Football Tournament which takes place in Tralee.    Our first game is at 12 o clock and again we are asking the parents to support the lads.      Good luck to all the lads.

Junior A Hurling Championship Semi-Final

On Saturday 22nd August sees our Junior A Hurlers play the semi final of their championship against a very fancied Nemo Rangers team in Ballinlough at 6.45pm.    Your support please for the lads.

Report on fe21 Hurling Final (Irish Examiner 10th August 2015)

Blackrock's second-half goal blitz proves decisive (10th August 2015)

Blackrock 3-18 Na Piarsaigh 1-12: Blackrock completed a five-in- a-row in the Seandun Sportsturf Solutions U21 A hurling championship following a 12-point win over Na Piarsaigh at Ballinlough on Saturday.

Na Piarsaigh will feel gutted with the final scoreline as Blackrock keeper Gavin Connolly produced four top class saves that earned him man of the match accolade.

The Rockies paved the way for their win with a three goal blitz in the second-half during a 10 minute period that eventually put this game to bed. In the opening half the hurling was crisp with both sides displaying superb skills in the art of hooking and blocking and with Blackrock leading 0-5 to 0-3 in the 13th minute Piarsaigh responded with a splendid goal.   A inch perfect through ball from Dayne Lee found Paul Cunningham who drilled a low shot to the corner of the net.

Na Piarsaigh played by far the better hurling in the half but after playing with the wind they only went in at the break with a three-point lead 1-7 to 0-7.   On the restart Na Piarsaigh were denied what looked a golden goal opportunity but somehow Connolly parried Dayne Lee’s tremendous effort to safety.

In the 38th minute the Rockies goal-fest began when Cathal Cormack billowed the back of the net with a fabulous strike.   Two more goals in the 46th and 47th minutes from Michael O’Halloran and Cathal Cormack put the icing on the cake for Blackrock as Na Piarsaigh’s challenge petered out.

No doubt the loss of Na Piarsaigh’s full back Eddie Gunning at half time was a huge blow to the northside club who posed the champions numerous problems over the hour.

Blackrock greeted the sound of the final whistle with elation as manager Fergal Ryan praised his troops.  “We knew coming here that Na Piarsaigh would be stiff opposition for us.   “However, I think we demonstrated in the second-half our scoring power when the opportunities arose.  “We must now regroup and concentrate on winning the county championship where I am sure tougher hurdles await us.”

Scorers for Blackrock:
Cathal Cormack 2-2, M O’Halloran 1-5 (0-1f), S Murphy 0-3 (f), I O’Keeffe 0-3, Ciaran Cormack 0-2, L O’Sullivan 0-2, D O’Brien 0-1.

Na Piarsaigh:
D Lee 0-5, P Cunningham 1-1, D Gunning 0-3, P Guest 0-2 (0-1f), E Sheehan 0-1.

G Connolly; J Ryan, J Cashman, D O’Callaghan; A O’Callaghan, N Cashman, C O’Brien; S Murphy, D Meaney; C Cormack, I O’Keeffe, Ciaran Cormack; J O’Sullivan, M O’Halloran, P Lynch.
Subs:  A Nolan for P Lynch (42), L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (42), D O’Brien for Ciaran Cormack (55), B O’Leary for Cathal Cormack (57).

Na Piarsaigh:
D O’Connell; E O’Keeffe, E Gunning, D Bowen; P O’Sullivan, S Curtin, G Joyce; P Cunningham, S Warren; D Gunning, E Sheehan, D Lee; E Hannifin, S Forde, P Guest.
Subs: J O’Connor for E Gunning (inj h-t), S Galgey for E Sheehan (48), C O’Connor for E Hannifin (54).

Referee:  Teddy O’Donovan (Douglas).
(see photographs in Gallery)

Report on fe16 Hurling Championship Final (Irish Examiner 10th August 2015)

Craig Hanafin inspires Na Piarsaigh to title (Irish Examiner 10th August 2015)

Na Piarsaigh 4-16 Glen Rovers 2-15: A final quarter surge, inspired by captain Craig Hanafin, saw Na Piarsaigh claim the Cork Premier 1 U16 HC title on Saturday in Páirc Uí Rinn.
A goal by Evan Sheehan after 90 seconds settled Na Piarsaigh and they added a second courtesy of Alex Cummins in the 10th minute to lead by five points.

However, the Glen were rallied by the skillful Jamie Corkery at full-forward and with eight first-half points - six from frees - they stayed in touch.  Defensively they were ragged however and on 23 minutes, Sheehan raised a second green flag when Dessie Roche was fouled inside the square.

The Glen continued to create chances, however, and in fact outscored Roy O’Meara’s side in the first half thanks to good work by Corkery, Robert Downey and Owen O’Neill, to trail by just two at the turnaround (0-10 to 3-3).

With Hanafin coming more into the game, Na Piarsaigh went in front by five, but when Dale Tynan (44) and Corkery (45) both netted within a minute of each other, the Glen had moved into the lead.   But captain Hanafin began to lord it in midfield when it mattered most, scoring his side’s next five points as his defence finally got to grips with Corkery, who finished with 1-12.     A fourth goal by substitute Kevin Moynihan on the 54th minute sealed the deal for Na Piarsaigh.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:
C Hanafin 0-10 (0-4 frees; 0-1 65), E Sheehan 2-3 (1-0 pen), A Cummins 1-2, K Moynihan 1-0 and P Buckley 0-1.

Scorers for Glen Rovers:
J Corkery 1-12 (0-8 frees), D Tynan 1-0, R Duggan and S Busteed 0-1 each, O O’Neill 0-1 (free).

L O’Donovan; S Barrett, J Morrissey, M Walsh; S O’Meara, D Connery, C O’Flynn; C Hanafin (C), J Meaney; E Sheehan, C Allen, G Healy; C Brown, A Cummins, D Roche. Sub: K Moynihan for C Brown (36), A Higgins for S O’Meara (55) and P Buckley for D Roche (61).

R Byrne; D Morrissey, A Murphy (C), D Marshall; C Cullinane, A Cronin, C Horgan; J Higgins, O O’Neill; S Busteed, S Kennefick, R Downey; D Tynan, J Corkery, R Duggan.


D Kirwan (Éire Óg)

(see photographs in photo gallery)

Senior Hurling Championship (Irish Examiner 1/8/15)

Erin’s Own do damage to Na Piarsaigh early

Erin’s Own 3-19 Na Piarsaigh 2-18: What might have appeared to be a stroll in the park for favourites Erin’s Own when they turned over at half-time with a 14 points advantage ultimately proved to be a struggle to gain their quarter-final place in the Cork SHC at Pairc Uí Rinn last evening.
A storming second-half recovery from Na Piarsaigh brought them to within a goal in injury time and the East Cork side were relieved to see top scorer Eoghan Murphy win a close-in free before a final act of drama with Na Piarsaigh free-taker Keith Buckley hitting a 30 yards free against the upright.
Winning manager Martin Bowen conceded they were ‘lucky’ to win, commenting: “there was a strong wind out there....stronger than you’d think. It was a game of two halves and we would consider we were lucky to get out of it.”
In the final analysis what proved decisive was the goal scored by corner-forward Maurice Carroll in the 40th minute and impressive goalkeeping from Shay Bowen, whose brother Alan was one of their stars in attack.
The foundation for the Erin’s Own victory was laid early in the game, once they had begun to impose their will on the game after an opening ten minutes noteworthy for three Na Piarsaigh wides before Stephen O’Sullivan got their opening point. That came in the eighth minute, by which time Erin’s Own had four points on the board.
In general play, Erin’s Own were winning more ball around the middle of the field and more forceful in attack – where Bowen and Maurice Carroll in the corners were to play major roles, along with expert free-taking from Eoghan Murphy. The city side did promise for a while, with Ronan McGregor getting in some good work in the half-back line and Keith Buckley probing on the right flank in attack, but, in comparative terms, the return from their overall efforts was minimal.
The difference in standards was highlighted when Alan Bowen got the first goal for Erin’s Own after 18 minutes and Maurice Carroll – son of former Limerick star Mossie Carroll – followed suit with a terrific solo effort. Followed quickly by a point from Stephen Cronin it put them 10 points clear and Na Piarsaigh’s only real attempt at a goal was foiled when corner-back Cian O’Connor made a vital interception. At the break it was 2-14 to 0-6.

With a few positional switches and a much more determined approach, Na Piarsaigh were encouraged by an Ian McDonnell goal within four minutes and, after Carroll’s goal, Erin’s Own were to be restricted to four points after Carroll’s goal. And they were grateful when Shay Bowen made the first of two crucial saves at the three-quarters stage. The city side were winning much more possession all over and were boosted by the introduction of subs Padraig Guest and 16 year-old Eoin Ó hAinfin, who was to get their second goal in the 62nd minute. Keith Buckley was unerring in his free-taking and they steadily narrowed the deficit to the stage when only a goal separated the sides. After that, anything could have happened but Eoghan Murphy’s late, late free settled the issue.

Scorers for Erin’s Own:
E. Murphy (0-10, 5 frees, 1 65); M. Carroll (2-2); A. Bowen (1-5); S. Cronin and Kieran Murphy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:
K. Buckley (0-7, 5 frees, 2 65’s); E. Moynihan (0-4); I. McDonnell (1-1); E. Ó hAinfin (1-0); P. Rourke (0-2); C. Buckley, D. Lee, S. O’Sullivan and P. Guest (0-1 each).

S. Bowen; C. O’Connor, C. Dooley, D. Dennehy; S. Cronin, S. Murphy (capt.), C. O’Mahony; Killian Murphy, S. Kelly; Kieran Murphy, J. Sheehan, M. Collins; M. Carroll, E. Murphy, A. Bowen.
Subs: C. O’Callaghan for O’Mahony (44); A. Power for Kelly (56); R. O’Flynn for Dennehy (58);

D. O’Connell; A. Brady (capt.), S. Curtin, A. Dennehy; R. McGregor, J. Gardiner, C. Buckley; E. Moynihan, P. Gould; K. Buckley, P. Rourke, D. Lee; S. O’Sullivan, I. McDonnell, C. O’Mahony.
Subs: P. Guest for O’Sullivan (inj. 10); E. Gunning for O’Mahony (22); D. Gunning for Dennehy (43); E. Ó hAinfin for Gould (56).

Referee:  Diarmuid Kirwan (Eire Óg).

Senior, Junior & Fe16 Hurling Championships

This weekend sees players involved in senior, junior a and fe16 hurling championships.  The first of these is the fe16s who again play Douglas (who beat them in the first round) on Friday 31st July in Church Road at 5.45pm in their semi final.   Our senior hurlers play their championship against Erins Own on the same night in Pairc Ui Rinn at 8pm.    Then on Sunday 2nd August our junior a hurlers are out against Passage in the quarter final in Ballinlough at 11.30am.    So a good week and weekend of matches, keep your weekend free and support the lads.

Senior Hurling Championship Draw 2015

At Cork County Board meeting held 19th July in Páirc Uí Rinn the following Round 4 Senior Hurling Championship draws were made.     

County Senior Hurling Championship Round 4
A. Douglas v Duhallow
B. Bishopstown/St Finbarrs v Midleton
C. Glen Rovers v Bride Rovers
D. Blackrock v Newtownshandrum
E. Na Piarsaigh v Erins Own
F. Ballymartle v Carrigtwohill
G. Sarsfields v Youghal
H. Imokilly v Ballyhea

Quarter Finals
A v B
C v D
E v F
G v H

Minor Football & Hurling Championship

Our minor footballers played their football championship against Glenville in Blarney last Wednesday.   Things were going well for us in the first 20 minutes we missed a couple of chances at goal, but on hindsight if they had been put over the bar the result might have been different.    The half time score was Glenville 7pt Na Piarsaigh 5pt. 

Started the second half and it took us nearly 15 minutes to get the ball into the Glenville back line while they were picking off points at ease.    In the last 15 minutes again we tried to go for goals and were very unlucky not to score at least 2 or 3 and we missed a penalty, the final score was Glenville 11pt Na Piarsaigh 6pt.

Now its the turn of the minor hurlers and this is happening on Wednesday 22nd July at the Mardyke at 8pm we play Killeagh/St.Itas to stay in the championship.   We have our hands full in Killeagh who must fancy themselves to win this one but our lads have different ideas and they could be in for a surprise.   Good luck to the players and the mentors.

Not to forget our Junior Footballers they play their championship on Sunday 19th against St.Michaels in Ballinlough at 12.15pm.    Struggling a little bit here but anything can happen in championship, again good luck to the players and mentors.

Nemo Rangers put Na Piarsaigh in dread of drop (Irish Examiner 27/6/15)

Nemo Rangers put Na Piarsaigh in dread of drop

Nemo Rangers 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 3-6: Na Piarsaigh are a game from possibly falling through the trapdoor of Premier Intermediate football after succumbing to city rivals, Nemo Rangers last night.   During the course of an entertaining PIFC third round game at the excellently appointed Mayfield GAA grounds, last year’s runners-up were second best to a well-drilled, more disciplined Nemo side, one inspired by 19-year-old tyro Jack Donovan Donovan looks to have a bright future, and, although wearing the No 5 shirt, the half back directed some lovely kick-passes to his forwards while also showing no fear in front of goal (he notched 1-2), his major coming at a crucial point in the second half.

Up front the Nemo full forward triumvirate of Ryan Kennedy, Conor O’Donovan and Conor Horgan between them scored 1-11, while veterans Brian Twomey and Seán O’Brien called on all their experience to bear in an impressive team display by the Trabeg men.

Na Piarsaigh now must prepare for a relegation final against Ballinora, and face that game without influential veteran, Steven Glasgow, who was red-carded just before half time.    With so much at stake there was bound to be an edge to this cross-city derby. A hard-hitting, sometimes uncompromising, contest had its flashpoints with referee John Bermingham forced to show three black cards(Patrick Rourke, 26mins, Shane Martin 30 mins, Keith Buckley 44mins) and one red card (Glasgow 30mins) in a game that threatened to boil over.   And Glasgow had been Na Piarsaigh’s most influential player in a first half that appeared to be slipping from the Fairhill boys. One barnstorming run by the midfielder just before the interval saw him cynically by Shane Martin. They scuffled, Martin saw black and Glasgow red for apparent retaliation.

Na Piarsaigh started promisingly and, after even minutes, led 1-1 to 0-2, the goal finished on a rebound by John Gardiner from a Seán Warren penalty while the delightfully skilful pair of Conor O’Donovan and Conor Horgan shot Nemo’s openers.

Then it all clicked for Nemo as they attacked in waves. Driven on impressively from the back by Brian Twomey and Shane Martin and up front by Kennedy, O’Donovan and Horgan, they did severe damage to a porous Na Piarsaigh defence in which Seán Óg Ó hAilpín cut a subdued figure at centre back.

Nemo rattled off eight successive points, the pick of which was Martin’s on 22 minutes, who took two heavy hits before nonchalantly arcing the ball between the posts.

Na Piarsaigh did get one back on 28 minutes through Alan Hogan before Glasgow’s promising run ended in personal disaster.   After the break Nemo management moved their extra man, Seán O’Brien, in behind their half back line in a sweeper role but Na PIarsaigh started brightly notching three in a row from Warren, Keith Buckley and Cian O’Mahony to make it 0-10 to 1-5 by the 38th minute.

Nemo were struggling to find their range but suddenly they rediscovered their groove led by Jack Donovan. Given his tender years, Donovan showed remarkable leadership. First he pointed off his instep in the 39th minute before finishing convincingly to the net in a move that involved Twomey and Kevin O’Donovan.

Conor O’Donovan(2) and Jack Donovan moved Nemo nine clear before Warren’s side-line effort in the 47th minute floated fortuitously to the top corner. Seven minutes later Teu Ó hAilpín got a hand to an outfield ball from Eoin Moynihan, and, when Gardiner added a point with three minutes remaining, there were just two between the sides.   However, a combination of ill-discipline and poor option-taking contrived to undo a complete Na Piarsaigh comeback, their low-point coming in injury time when Conor O’Donovan forced the ball to the net after a mix-up from a sideline ball played to Jordan O’Conor.

Scorers for Nemo:  C O’Donovan 1-5; J Donovan 1-2; C Horgan 0-4 (0-1f); R Kennedy 0-2 (fs); S Martin 0-1.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:  J Gardiner and S Warren 1-1 each; T Ó hAilpín 1-0; C O’Mahony 0-2; A Hogan and K Buckley 0-1 each.

D Farry; D Barrett, E Weldon, B Twomey; J Donovan, S Martin, K Weldon; M Dorgan, C Kearin; D Kearney, C Dalton, D Kerins; R Kennedy, C Donovan, C Horgan.
Subs: S O’Brien for Kearney (20); K O’Donovan for Kerins (30); G Irwin for Martin (bc, ht); E McCarthy for Horgan (60).

J O’Connor; A Dennehy, E Moynihan, S O’Sullivan; J McDonnell, S Óg Ó hAilpín, T Lawton; S Glasgow, P Rourke; K Buckley, A Hogan, C O’Mahony; S Warren, T Ó hAilpín, J Gardiner.
Subs: P Murphy for Rourke (27), C Buckley for Hogan (43); P Lynch for Buckley (44); E Gunning.

Referee – J Bermingham (Bride Rovers)

Championship Games Coming Up

Friday night sees our intermediate footballers in the 3rd round of the championship against a very fancied Nemo team in Mayfield at 7.30pm.    This game is very important to us all and we would encourage all members past and present and supporters to get behind the footballers as this is a must win game to stay in the championship.

Also on Saturday in Delaneys sees our fe16 play their hurling championship against old rivals Douglas at 4pm.    This should be a very contested game by both teams and the very best of underage hurling will be a treat to watch, so again make it your business to support the lads.

The Annual Farranree Credit Union Fe11 Hurling Tournament

The annual Farranree Credit Union Fe11 Hurling Tournament takes place on Saturday next the 27th June at 10.30am.     Teams competing are Valley Rovers, Cobh, Ballygarvan, Bishopstown, Sarsfield, Blarney.    The finals are expected to be played at 2.30pm (all going well).   Support from  members and parents are expected for this Tournament as Farranree Credit Union sponsor the Juvenile Section of the club financially and with all other tournaments.    Members of the Credit Union will also be in attendance.   All the Juvenile Committee will be expected to help out on the day, and parents who wish to help out are very welcome.

Summer Camp 2016

Its time for our Summer Camp again!  An action packed 3 days of activities for children aged 5-12 throughout July.   They'll get to learn GAA games from qualified coaches in a safe and fun environment in their local GAA Club.  The Summer Camp takes place on the 12th, 13th and 15th July from 10am to 2pm.   The camps are structured so that different aspects of GAA games are worked on each day.    The programme involves coaching specific skills of the GAA games and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.   On the last day of the camp a "blitz" will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.   

Price is 35e for first child, 30e for second child and 25e for third child. 

What to bring:
. packed lunch and a drink (not fizzy)
. hurley & helmet (provided for younger kids)
. every child MUST have their own gumshield
. suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots
. rain jacket and change of clothes on wet days
. sun cream for sunny days. 

Registration Day will be on Saturday 2nd July from 2pm to 4pm where application forms will then be available.    No registration will be entertained after the 2nd July.   Also there is no registration on line.

Contract Catherine Allen 086-3120574 or Mick McGrath 0866015336

Championship Games Coming Up


  Name  Total 
1 Ciaran Cooke                             117
2 Pat Foley                                    116
3   Christine O'Driscoll  115
4    Mary Fitzpatrick  111
5    Thomas Harrington  111
6    Donna Gould  110
7    Mick Brennan  110
8    Trevor Walsh  110
9     Martin Hourihan  109
10     Vincent O Mahony  107
11     James O Leary  106
12     Michael O Leary  106
13     David Sheedy  105
14     Lucy Cambridge  105
15     Evan Sheehan  104
16     Frank Cunningham  104
17     Gerry Willis  103
18     Jean Howard  103
19     Gavin Quinlan  102
20     Padraig Hosford  102
21     Paul O Sullivan  102
22     Colin O Connell  101
23     Eryka Buckley O Mahony  101
24     Ger O Brien  101
25     Michael O Sullivan  101
26     Alan Daly  100
27     Billy Daly  100
28     Jamie McGrath  100
29     Raymond Casey  100
30     Carrie O Sullivan   99
31     Darragh McNally   99
32     Darren Collins   99
33     Denis Lyne   99
34     Gavin Brett   99
35      Ken Murphy   99
36      Luke O Brien   99
37      Tony Keane   99
38      Alan Casey   98
39      Christine Mannix   98
40      Ciaran O Sullivan       98
41      David Burke   98
42      Frank Nodwell   98
43      Gloria Casey   98
44      Peter Lehane   98
45      Alan O Sullivan   97  
46      Jake O Connell   97  
47      John & Eoin   97
48      John O Sullivan   97
49      Leona Crowley   97
50      Liam Martin   97
51      Lynda Dilloughery   97
52      Patrick McGrath   97
53      Eoghan Hanifin   96
54      Eoin Moynihan   96
55      Finbarr O Neill   96
56      Harry Lynch   96
57      Neilus O Sullivan   96
58      Pa O Mahony   96
59      William O Connor   96
60      Alannah Hosford   95
61      Bryan Hogan   95
62      Cian O Mahony   95
63      Craig Bowen   95
64      David Doyle   95
65      Denis Quilligan   95
66      Joe Byrne   95
67      Kelly Casey   95
68      Cathal O Connell   94
69      Darragh Geaney   94
70      Dave McCarthy   94
71      Kevin O Callaghan   94
72      Patrick Murphy   94
73      Paula Bourke   94
74      Trisha Coleman   94
75      Eimear Guest   93
76      Fiachra MacAogan   93
77      Jason O Connor   93
78      Padraig Martin   93
79      Rebecca Rourke   93
80      Ailish Allen   92
81      Ellie Walsh   92
82      Jack Kelleher       92
83      Jackie O Sullivan   92
84      Paul Murphy   92
85      Ronan McGregor   92
86      Tony Leahy   92
87      Anthony Connolly   91
88      Caroline O Connor   91
89      Daniel Gunning   91
90      Dermot Kearney   91
91      Finbarr O Sullivan   91
92      Frank Murphy   91
93      Ian McDonnell   91
94      John Murray   91
95      Michael Murphy   91
96      Pat Gould   91
97      Scott Kelleher   91
98      T Twomey   91
99      Breanna Walsh   90
100      Colin Farmer   90
101      David Lynch   90
102      Frank Nodwell   90
103      Kieran Fitzgerald   90
104      Kieran Waters   90
105      Leo Mullins   90
106      Olan Finnegan   90
107      Paul Cunningham   90
108      Sarah O Regan   90
109      Stephen O Sullivan   90
110      Ajay & Blake Murphy   89
111      Alan Keating   89
112      Brian Lee   89
113      Dan Connors   89
114      David Regan   89
115      Denis Daly   89
116      Derek Walsh   89
117      Eoin Kenny   89
118      Gus O Brien   89
119      James Tobin   89
120      Jim Walsh   89
121      Mrs.Martin   89
122      Pat Kenneally   89
123      Paul Murphy   89
124      Sophie Burns   89
125      Stephen Funchion   89
126      Tony Hegarty   89
127      Darragh Casey   88
128      Fin Lyons   88
129      Ian Stack   88
130      J Stack   88
131      Jack O Flynn   88
132      John Fitzpatrick   88
133      Karyn Buckley   88
134      Liam Hourihan   88
135      Mary O Connell   88
136      Padraig Guest   88
137      Ross Herlihy   88
138      Anna O Connor   87
139      Aobha Lynch   87
140      Barry O Leary   87
141      Brian Kelly   87
142      Brian O Connell   87
143      David Lehane   87
144      Edward Kenny   87
145      Mark/Ross O Sullivan   87
146      Mary Brady   87
147      Michael Kieran   87
148      Michael O Leary   87
149      Shane Barrett   87
150      Alan Bell   86
151      Andrew Newman   86
152      Carlyn McCarthy   86
153      Colin O Sullivan   86
154      Ger Keogh   86
155      Gerard Quinlan   86
156      Ian Fitzgerald   86
157      John O Leary   86
6   Eryka Buckley O Mahony  50
7   Kieran Fitzgerald  50
8   Martin Hourihan  50
9   Vincent O'Mahony  50
10   Dave McCarthy  48
11   Gavin Quinlan  48
12   Donna Gould  47
13   John Murray  46
14   John O'Sullivan  46
15   Pat Foley  46
16   Alan Casey  45
17   Billy Daly  45
18   Evan Sheehan  45
19   Liam Martin  45
20   Lucy Cambridge  45
21   Thomas Harrington  45
22   Trevor Walsh  45
23   Denis Quilligan  44
24   Darragh Casey  43
25   Kelly Casey  43
26   Natalia Golka  43
27   Olan Finnegan  43
28   Raymond Casey  43
29   Ciaran O'Sullivan  42
30   Darragh McNally  42
31   David Cunningham  42
32   Fiachra MacAogan  42
33   Fin Lyons  42
34   Finbarr O'Neill  42
35   Jack O'Flynn  42
36   Jim Lehane  42
37   Karyn Buckley  42
38   Leo Mullins  42
39   Michael O'Sullivan  42
40   Padraig Guest  42
41   Cian O Mahony  41
42   Jason O Connor  41
43   Lynda Dilloughery  41
44   Michael O'Leary  41
45   Ailish Allen  40
46   Alannah Hosford  40
47   Anthony Hourihan  40
48   Ciaran Cooke  40
49   Colin Buckley  40
50   Colm O'Connell  40
51   Darren Collins  40
52   Edward Daly  40
53   Eoin Moynihan  40
54   Finbarr O Sullivan  40
55   Frank Cunningham  40
56   Frank Nodwell  40
57   Frank Nodwell  40
58   Jean Howard  40
59   Luke O'Brien  40
60   Mary Fitzpatrick  40
61   Mary O'Connell  40
62   Michael Crowley  40
63   Michael O'Leary  40
64   Noel Ryan  40
65   Noirin O'Leary  40
66   Pa O'Mahony  40
67   Padraig Hosford  40
68   Padraig Martin  40
69   Padraig O Donovan  40
70   Roisin Ryan  40
71   Sophie Burns  40
72   T Twomey  40
73   Alan Daly  38
74   Alan O Sullivan  38
75   Bryan Hogan  38
76   Michael Murphy  38
77   Patrick Rourke  38
78   Caroline O Connor  37
79   Carrie O'Sullivan  37
80   Ger O Brien  37
81   John Fitzpatrick  37
82   Neilus Sullivan  37
83   Paul Murply  37
84   Scott Kelleher  37
85   Shane Barrett  37
86   Tim Hourihan  37
87   Alan Craughwell  36
88   Alan Keating  36
89   Barry O'Leary  36
90   c/0 Brian Buckley  36
91   David Lynch  36
92   Denis Murphy  36
93   Gloria Casey  36
94   Jack Kelleher  36
95   Leona Crowley  36
96   Patrick Mc Grath  36
97   Shane O'Sullivan  36
98   Stephen O'Sulivan  36
99   Tony Leahy  36
100   Abbey Murphy  35
101   Adrian Brady  35
102   Aidan McGrath  35
103   Alan Brady  35
104   Andrew Newman  35
105   Anthony Connolly  35
106   Brian Kelly  35
107   Brian O'Connell  35
108   Carlyn Mc Carthy  35
109   Cathal O'Connell  35
110   Craig Bowen  35
111   Dan Connors  35
112   Denis Daly  35
113   Denis Lyne  35
114   Edward Lynch  35
115   Ellie Walsh  35
116   Gavin Brett  35
117   Harry Lynch  35
118   Ian Mc Donnell  35
119   Jason Kelleher  35
120   Jim Walsh  35
121   John O'Connor  35
122   Jonathon Ormond  35
123   Kevin O'Callaghan  35
124   Kieran Waters  35
125   Pat Gould  35
126   Peter Lehane  35
127   Robert O'Meara  35
128   Sarah Slaughter  35
129   Shauna O'Connell  35
130   Tony Keane  35
131   Tracey Twohig  35
132   Trisha Coleman  35
133   Eoghan Hanifin  34
134   Cillian O'Leary  33
135   John Lynch  33
136   Neil O'Connor  33
137   Noel Sheehan  33
138   Robert O'Mahony  33
139   Adrian Greene  32
140   Alan Bell  32
141   Aoife Moynihan  32
142   Caroline O Connor  32
143   Conor O'Donovan  32
144   Donal Hourihan  32
145   Eoin Cronin  32
146   James Barrett  32
147   Ken Murphy  32
148   Kian Kiniry  32
149   Michael Kiernan  32
150   Mick Brennan  32
151   Morgan McCarthy  32
151   Patrick Buckley  32
153   Paul Foley  32
154   Paula Bourke  32
155   Rachel O'Reilly  32
156   Ross Herlihy  32
157   Shane O Mahony  32
158   Wayne Heffernan  32
159   Wiliam Ahern  32
160   Breanna Walsh  31
161   Caroline O Connor  31
162   Christine Mannix  31
163   Denis Cosgrave  31
164   Diarmuid Kearney  31
165   Eamonn Butler  31
166   Emma Buckley  31
167   Michael Murphy  31
168   Alan Sheedy  30
169   Christian Nason  30
170   Colin O'Sullivan  30
171   Colm O'Connell  30
172   Conor Forde  30
173   Darragh Geaney  30
174   David Regan  30
175   Derek Walsh  30
176   Dominic Keohane  30
177   Eimear Guest  30
178   Emma Clare  30
179   Emma O'Mahony  30
180   Gearoid Daly  30
181   Gerard Quinlan  30
182   Gus O'Brien  30
183   Ian Fitzgerald  30
184   Ian Stack  30
185   Jackie O'Sullivan  30
186   Jake O Connell  30
187   Jason Mannix - Leona  30
188   Jenny Keane  30
189   Joe Byrne  30
190   Joe Cummins  30
191   John & Eoin  30
192   John O'Leary  30
193   Kenny O' Leary  30
194   Liam Hourihan  30
195   Martin Caulifeld  30
196   Martin Mooney  30
197   Michael O'Neill  30
198   Michael Twohig  30
199   Mick McGrath  30
200   Nikita Hayes  30
201   Noel Brady  30
202   Paddy Bourke  30
203   Pat Kenneally  30
204   Patrick Dorgan  30
205   Patrick Murphy  30
206   Paul Murphy  30
207   Paul O'Sullivan  30
208   Rebecca Rourke  30
209   Rita O Connor  30
210   Robert O'Meara  30
211   Salim Daly  30
212   Sam Hewitt  30
213   Sarah O'Regan  30
214   Shauna Bell  30
215   Siobhan Irwing  30
216   Stephen Funchion  30
217   Thomas Murray  30
218   Tony Guest  30
219   Tony Hegarty  30
220   Trevor Hawkins  30
221   William Daly  30
222   Eoin Mc Carthy  28
223   Pa O'Mahony  28
224   Frank Murphy  27
225   Helen Crowley  27
226   J Curtin  27
227   Jim Hanifin  27
228   Pat Drummond  27
229   Shelley O'Donovan  27
230   Tony Cooney  27
231   Tony Duff  27
232   Tracey Drummond  27
233   Amy/Trevor Coleman  26
234   Anna O'Connor  26
235   Anna O'Connor  26
236   Brendan O Donoghue  26
237   Caroline O Connor  26
238   Colin Quinn  26
239   Craig O'Sullivan  26
240   Gillian Morrissey  26
241   Ian Saville  26
242   J Stack  26
243   James Collins  26
244   Jamie Mc Grath  26
245   Jerry Walsh  26
246   John Middleton  26
247   John O Leary  26
248   Keith Dorney  26
249   Lauren Twohig  26
250   Mrs Martin  26
251   Niall Lane  26
252   Niall O'Driscoll  26
253   Wiliam Ahern  26
254   Wiliam O Connor  26
255   William O Connor  26
256   Aaron Higgins  25
257   Alan O Sullivan  25
258   Brian Lee  25
259   Cian O Mahony  25
260   Con Keane  25
261   Daniel Gunning  25
262   Denis Mulcahy  25
263   Emily O'Sullivan  25
264   Eoin Moynihan  25
265   Ger Keogh  25
266   Gerry Wills  25
267   Gordon Joyce  25
268   Hilary McCarthy  25
269   James Tobin  25
270   Jamie Coughlan  25
271   Karen Mc Carthy  25
272   Kevin Butterworth  25
273   Lauren Kent  25
274   Mark O Driscoll  25
275   Molly Murphy  25
276   Pat Lynch  25
277   Paul Cunningham  25
278   Robbie Dalton  25
279   Ronan Mc Gregor  25
280   Ryan Lyons  25
281   Trevor Harrington  25
282   Willie Hill  25
283   Ajay & Blake Murphy  22
284   Chris Meade  22
285   Daire Connery  22
286   Dean Brosnan  22
287   Denis Buckley  22
288   Diarmuid Shuel  22

This weekend sees us playing 2 important championship games.    The first of these is our fe14 premier two county final against a fancied Blarney side this takes place on Saturday 30th May in Ballinlough at 1.30pm.    The second of our championships also take place on Saturday this time its the turn of our Premier Intermediate Footballers who play Bantry Blues in the second round in Enniskeane at 6.15pm, again this is a very important game for us and always produces some goo football,  and your full support is needed for these games.

FE14HC Semi-Final

Our fe14 team are playing the semi final of their championship tonight Friday at 7.30pm at Rostellan against Killeagh/St.Itas.     Members are asked to support the lads.

SHC -v- Youghal (Irish Examiner 18/5/15)

Ian McDonnell leads Na Piarsaigh blitz with goal hat-trick

Na Piarsaigh 5-13 Youghal 0-12: Ian McDonnell scored a hat-trick of goals as Na Piarsaigh ensured that their passage to round four of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship was relatively straightforward at Cloyne on Saturday evening.

Last year, the city side were beaten by Blackrock in the first round and then fell to Youghal in their second game before regrouping and reaching the semi-finals.

Manager Leonard Forde was delighted to have cleared the opening hurdle in such convincing fashion.

“We’re delighted to be over the first round,” he said. “We were worried after last year’s performances in the early rounds but we really stepped up and I’m delighted for the players.  “Losing to Youghal last year did spur us on a little bit, but I think the players themselves realised that they didn’t play up to their potential then. They stood up on Saturday.”

It wasn’t one-way traffic throughout – Youghal led 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes despite playing against the considerable breeze – but once McDonnell struck his first goal, a super finish after winning Eoin Moynihan’s delivery, Piarsaigh wouldn’t trail again. By half-time the lead was 2-7 to 0-6 and less than five minutes of the second half had elapsed before McDonnell and Pádraig Gould added further goals to secure the outcome.   “We felt that there were goals in this team and today it worked out,” Forde said. “We took a while to settle, but once we did there was only one team in it.”

Two Brendan Ring frees and a point by the lively Andrew Joyce gave Youghal an early boost while the wind at Piarsaigh’s backs wasn’t helping them as they shot five wides before the goal.   Ring, who scored seven of Youghal’s total, did level things at 1-1 to 0-4 on 14 minutes with a free after Brett Moloney was fouled, but Na Piarsaigh would score another 1-4 before Youghal had a score.

The second goal on 18 minutes again came from McDonnell. When Youghal full-back John Grace had been unlucky not to make an interception, the break fell to Keith Buckley, who fed McDonnell for a fine finish.

Immediately after that, Moloney might have had a Youghal goal but Adam Dennehy took his effort off the line and points from Cian O’Mahony and Stephen O’Sullivan pushed Piarsaigh 2-5 to 0-4 in front.

Two Ring frees gave the East Cork men hope but too often their short passing was leading to nothing. Moloney did have another half-chance of a goal but once more Dennehy was alert and points at the other end from Gould and Buckley ensured that Na Piarsaigh’s seven-point advantage was restored by the break.

An early Youghal goal was required on the resumption if they were to make a game of it, but instead Na Piarsaigh got it. Having pointed within 15 seconds of the restart, McDonnell got his hat-trick after good work from O’Sullivan. That made it 3-8 to 0-6 and, while Joyce set up Moloney for a Youghal point, Gould struck a fourth goal on 35 minutes, racing in along the endline, selling a dummy before firing home.

That was pretty much that. Youghal brought Brendan Ring to centre-forward with Bill Cooper moving to the edge of the square but the ploy failed to return much. Twice they won 20m frees, but Cooper and then Ring had their efforts kept out by Na Piarsaigh goalkeeper Alan Keating.

Even with the loss of John Gardiner after a knock, the Piarsaigh defence remained resolute, with Rónán McGregor slotting seamlessly into centre-back.

The fifth goal arrived on the three-quarter mark as O’Sullivan claimed a Cian Buckley sideline cut and turned and shot with vigour.   Keith Buckley added further points as they saw out time, leaving 16 in it at the end and putting them safely into the fourth round.

A derby with Killeagh beckons for Youghal in round two.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:  I McDonnell 3-1, S O’Sullivan 1-2, K Buckley 0-5 (three frees, one 65), P Gould 1-1, C O’Mahony 0-2, J Gardiner, P Rourke 0-1 each.

Scorers for Youghal:  Brendan Ring 0-7 (four frees), A Joyce, C O’Mahony, B Cooper, B Moloney, N Roche 0-1 each.

NA PIARSAIGH:  A Keating; A Brady, S Curtin, A Dennehy; R McGregor, J Gardiner, C Buckley; E Moynihan, P Gould; D Lee, P Rourke, K Buckley; I McDonnell, S O’Sullivan, C O’Mahony.  Subs:  E Gunning for Gardiner (44, injured), E Hanifin for McDonnell (54).

YOUGHAL:  R Cunningham; J Ormonde, J Grace, Barry Ring; K Walsh, C Spillane, O Dempsey; A Joyce, A Frahill-O’Connor; C O’Mahony, B Cooper, D Ring; B Moloney, Brendan Ring, A Curtin.  Subs:  N Roche for Spillane (29-half-time, blood), Roche for Curtin (half-time), C O’Sullivan for Brendan Ring (37-38, blood), B O’Sullivan for Barry Ring (37), C O’Sullivan for Moloney (44).

Referee:  D Copps (Ballyhea).

Thomas Gardiner Annual Golf Trophy 2015

The Thomas Gardiner Annual Golf Trophy 2015 took place recently at Mahon Golf Club.  This event is organised each year by Thomas Gardiners family and has been very successful and is a great day out.   This year the trophy was won by John Gardiner Sen, John Gardiner Jnr and Darragh Hanifin second place went to Gearoid Daly, William Daly and John Daly and third place went to Matthew Broderick, Maurice Scanlon and Paul Gardiner.

The longest drive was won by Darragh Hanifin and the nearest to the pin was won by Kevin Cunningham.    The Gardiner family wish to thank everybody who took place in the tournament.

Championships 2015

Our 2015 championships are now fast approaching and the first of these was our Premier Intermediate Football Championship which was held on Friday 1st May last in Brian Dillons pitch on a very damp wet windy night against our local rivals St.Vincents.   Unfortunately we didnt get the result we needed and we lost to St.Vincents on a score of 1.9 to 8pt, we now play Bantry Blues (yet again) in the 2nd round of the championship and hopefully we can produce a win to progress into the third round.    The following day Saturday 2nd May our Junior Footballers went into their championship again against a St.Vincents team for the second time but on this occasion we won on a score of 3.7 to 1.8

Now its the turn of the hurlers and our Senior Hurling Championship is down for Saturday 16th May next at 7pm in Cloyne against Youghal, for the second year running in the first round of the championship.    Then the following day Sunday 17th May our Junior A Hurlers are out in their championship against Whitescross in Ballinlough at 11.30am, so your support will be needed for these championships make it your business to be there.   Not forgetting about our Juvenile Section our Fe14s are also out in round 2 of their championship on Saturday 16th against Ballygarvan watch this space for further details regarding venue and time.

New Sponsors

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club are proud to announce that we have new sponsors for the next 3 years, namely Kevin O'Leary I Opel, Silversprings Cork and wish both ourselves and Kevin O Leary Opel all the best for the future.

Kevin O Leary Group - Open Kit for Clubs

What is Opel Kit for Clubs?
Opel Kit for Clubs is Opel's way of giving something back to GAA clubs whose membes support opel.   For every test drive, service or purchase you make from the Opel range through dealer network, your club is awarded poionts which can be built up and redeemed against high quality kit for your club.   It's that simple!   How does it work?

5 simple steps:
1.  Register your club
2.  Print off your voucher with 7 digit ID number
3.  Visit your local dealer
4.  Take a test drive/service/purchase a new Opel
5.  Order your kit.

What points can my club get?
Every time a member of your club test drives or purchases an Opel vehicle through our dealer network, you get the following points:
1 service = 10 points
1 test drive = 10 points
1 purchase = 200 points
The more engagement your club has with Opel Kit for Clubs, the more kit your club can get!

What Kit can my club get?
Any of the kit on the website www.opelkitforclubs.com can be redeemed against the points your club builds up.

Example of items:
.   Full set of team jerseys                                                    800 points
.   Sliotar                                                                                   5 points
.   Footballs                                                                             10 points
.   Training cones                                                                     20 points
.   Set of 8 water bottles provided with plastic carrier             50 points
.   Training ladder in poly bag                                                  30 points
.   Set of 6 hurdles                                                                   50 points
.   Lightweight portable posts                                                100 points
.   Lightweight training tops                                                     50 points
.   Large gear bag with dry pocket for boots/shower gear      30 points
.   Tackle bags                                                                        100 points
.   Light mesh breathable training bibs (15 bibs per set)         75 points


Friends of Jamie Wall

Cork .v. Kilkenny Senior Hurling Challenge Saturday 25th April at 7pm. Cork senior hurlers will play Kilkenny in a challenge game in Páirc Uí Rinn in aid of the 'Friends of Jamie Wall' fund. This is an all ticket promotion.

The Cork Senior Hurling team v Kilkenny will line out as follows:
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Aiden Ryan (Midleton)
4. William Kearney (Midleton)
5. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Killian Burke (Midleton)
8. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
9. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)
10. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
11. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
12. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
13. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
14. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
15. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarrs)
18. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
19. Lorcáin MacLoughlin (Kanturk)
20. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
21. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
22. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
23. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita's)
24. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
25. Anthony Spillane (Castlelyons)
26. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
27. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
28. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
29. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
Team Management: Jimmy Barry-Murphy (St. Finbarr’s) - Manager, Mark Landers (Killeagh) - Coach, Johnny Crowley (Bishopstown), Seánie McGrath (Glen Rovers).
Medical Officer: Dr. Con Murphy. Chartered Physiotherapist: Declan O’Sullivan.

Tickets available online through tickets.ie and participating Supervalu & Centra stores.
Admission: Tickets €10.00 adults and €5.00 U16’s.
Proceeds from all ticket sales goes directly to Friends of Jamie Wall Fund.
Further information from - http://www.friendsofjamiewall.ie 

Jamie Wall – ‘I can’t force my legs to start working, the only thing I can control is my attitude’
Last June, Cork GAA player Jamie Wall lined out for his county but a freak incident has left him facing a big battle since.

Cork City Marathon 2015

                      Cork City Marathon/Friends of Jamie Wall Trust

Every year Na Piarsaigh Hurling and Football organise relay teams for the Cork City Marathon. They select a charity/ fundraising group every year. This year they have selected the Friends of Jamie Wall Trust for the Marathon on 1st June 2015 . Each entrant pays €20 registration to enter the marathon relay teams. Walkers , joggers and runners are all welcome. Teams of 5 are then organised by the club. Each team will have a captain who will liaise with the club for gear pick up etc. Each participant will then receive a sponsorship card for the marathon. The proceeds of this sponsorship card will be divided evenly between the club and The Friends of Jamie.
You may enter individually and we will organise you in a team or you may enter as a team. A registration night will be held in the club on 1st April at 8 pm. Friends of Jamie Trust will be in attendance as will all of the Na Piarsaigh Fundraising committee.
On the day of the marathon a bag drop facility , transport to Cork City and changing / shower facilities can be arranged if there is a demand.
For more information on the marathon feel free to contact the organisers:
Dommie 086 3205493
Denis 086 8183188.
William @ wdoconnor@hotmail.com
For any further information on Jamie Wall Trust feel free to contact : Tommy @ 087 7612894 or tommy_gunning@hotmail.com
William O Connor will be in the Bar on Sunday 26th April between 1pm/1.30pm for registration.

Slimming World

Ladies and Gents Slimming World is coming to Na Piarsaigh H&F Club.     Slimming World starts in the function hall on Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm.    Your consultant is Carolyn and she can be contacted on 086-8776701.    So come on and give it a try.

Thomas Gardiner Memorial Golf Trophy

The annual Thomas Gardiner Memorial Golf Trophy takes place this year on Sunday 10th May at Mahon Golf Club from 11am to 1pm.   Its a three ball scramble, 120e per team with meal included.    Anyone interested contact either Brian Gardiner on 0868457871 or Brenda on 4306549 during office hours.    Hurry and book your places as they are very limited lads!

Garda Vetting Forms

There are new garda vetting forms available and everybody who is coaching or as a selector with kids etc., must be garda vetted, forms are available on line or can be got from the office.   Those of you who have not yet filled in your forms please arrange to do so as soon as possible.

Last call for Membership 2015

Lads! the closing date for membership is fast approaching ie. 31st March 2015.    All mentors from underage, juvenile and senior and all adult players must paid their membership before that date.    We thank everyone who has already paid.

Topaz - Cash for Clubs

                       Topaz are proud to be launch  ‘Cash for Clubs’.

Topaz Cash for Clubs gives you the chance to win thousands of Euro for your local club. The great thing about Cash for Clubs is that it is open to all clubs and all communities. All club types and sizes can enter our draw and every club that meets the threshold will be rewarded.

Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to get behind your club’s effort and start collecting for your local club today.

The Cash for Clubs initiative runs until Sunday 10th May 2015 after which date all complete entries will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win Thousands of Euro!

Collect a stamp when you spend 40e or over on fuel at Topaz Garage Mallow Road, Cork.

Here’s the registration code which you will need to place on your Cash for Club Stamp Cards: 10631.

 Thank You and get collecting.


Referee Recruitment Programme 2015 - Foundation Course

A Foundation Course for new referees is planned for February 16th in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Interested candidates can confirm their details with Referees Recruitment Officer Colm Lyons on email: refereerecruitment.cork@gaa.ie or with Mairead in the office at Páirc Uí Chaoimh Tel: 021 496 3311

Applications for this course close 9th February 2015

Senior & Intermediate Championship Draws 2015

Senior Hurling Championship
Round 1
A: Douglas v St. Finbarr's
B: Ballyhea v Blackrock
C: Na Piarsaigh v Youghal
D: Midleton v Killeagh
E: Glen Rovers v Ballymartle
F: Carrigtwohill v Erin's Own
G: Sarsfields v Newtownshandrum
H: Bride Rovers v Bishopstown
Round 2 : A v B  C v D  E v F  Gv H


Premier Intermediate Football

Round 1
A: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom
B: Ballinora v Mallow
C: Castletownbere v Carrigaline
D: Naomh Abán v Grenagh
E: Bantry Blues v Éire Og
F: Newmarket v Kiskeam
G: St. Vincent's v Na Piarsaigh
H: Nemo Rangers v St. Michael's
Round 2: H v A  G v E   D v F  C v B

Membership 2015

Happy New Year to all our members, players and supporters.    Membership is now due and the closing date is the 31st March 2015.     All players playing in adult teams will have to pay membership before their leagues commence as otherwise you are not eligible to play and will not be covered under the GAA insurance.    So it is imperative that all adult players from minor to senior pay their membership on time.    It is up to the Managers of the teams to push all players to pay.  Membership can be paid to either Jim Hanifin or Neil O Connor or can be left in the office with Brenda.  

Membership is as follows:
Full membership                                                100.00
Student/full time education no earnings             30.00
Student/part time worker                                   70.00
Pensioners - 65 years and overs                        20.00
Unemployed - in receipt of state payment only  50.00

Anyone whose membership is paid will be added to the texting list which will give details of all matches and any events that are happening in the club.  You can add your mobile telephone number to the list when membership is paid by contacting Brenda in the office.


Christmas Draw Results

The christmas draw was drawn in the Bar on Sunday 21st December last and herewith is a list of the winners.

1.   Caoimhe Martin c/o Paudie Martin
2.   Sean Fitzgerald
3.   Sophie O Keeffe
4.   Tony Nagle
5.   Michelle O Sullivan
6.   Alan O Sullivan
7.   Jerry Connolly
8.   Emily O Rourke

The Committee wish to thank everybody who supported the draw and bought tickets and wish all members and supporters a very merry christmas and a happy new year.

Selectors for 2015/Juvenile AGM

Anybody interested in doing an adult team including senior, intermediate, junior and 21 for 2015 contact Alan Daly on 0879972249.    Also members are informed that the Juvenile AGM takes place on Monday 15th December at 7.30pm sharp.

Fundraising Quiz Night

A major fundraising quiz night is taking place in the Bar on Friday 12th December next at 9pm.  Table of 4 at 5euro a person.   Vouchers for the winners, and loads of spots on the night.  No mobile phone allowed.   Your support please for this fundraising event.   Good christmas crack on the night.

Christmas Draw Tickets

To all members and players christmas draw tickets and monies can be left behind the Bar or paid every Sunday morning from 12 to 2pm to Dommie Keohane.    Members are asked to make a big effort.

Long Puc Christmas 2014

Members and patrons should be aware that the Na Piarsaigh H&F Club Annual Long Puc takes place this year on Sunday 28th December check in at 12 o clock.   Please tell your friends and other clubs.

Bingo is Back

We are very happy to inform members that on Thursday 20th November next at the new time of 8pm our Bingo is Back in the club.     We would hope to see all our patrons who supported us back and we welcome any new patrons to join us.    It will be great to see the old crowd again and have a joke and a laugh and more importantly to win prizes.    Please tell your family and friends.   See you then!

Annual Christmas Draw 2014

Our annual christmas draw is upon us and tickets will be posted out to members to sell and we would hope they make a big effort to help ease the financial burden on the club.  Tickets aer 2e each or a book of 3 for 5e.   The draw takes place on Sunday 21st December in the bar, teams will also get their quota and Managers are asked to ensure all tickets are returned sold.   Additional tickets can be bought behind the bar.

Annual General Meeting 2014

Members should be made aware the our AGM 2014 takes place on Sunday 7th December next at 2.30pm sharp in the club.    Letters will be posted to members next week.  Please note this date in your diary.

Premier Intermediate Football Final -v- Valley Rovers (Irish Examiner 20/10/14)

Valley Rovers 0-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-8

Three years after their relegation, Valley Rovers are back in Cork senior footballing ranks after a good first half laid the foundations for victory over Na Piarsaigh at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. Leading by 0-11 to 0-2 at the break after being helped by the elements, the Innishannon side only added a single second-half point to that tally but did enough to ensure that a full-blown Na Piarsaigh comeback couldn’t become a reality.   For manager Gerard Slyne, it was a case of dealing with what was thrown at them: “Not pretty, we struggled for a while but we knew that it was always going to be tough today,” he said.   “Finals are a different animal to any other game, regardless of their league form Piarsaigh were going to be difficult, they didn’t want to lose any final.  “We had a cushion at half-time but we knew that they’d be at us in the second half. The turning point was when the sub Ben Murphy came on and got a point, our heads lifted a bit there and we were glad to get over the line.”   Being limited to just a point in the second half may not have been something that Slyne would have foreseen, but he was expecting a backlash. “There was a gale of wind there, we knew that Piarsaigh would push on,” he said. “The cushion was nice but we knew that if we could go nine points ahead they could do the same to us in the second half.”
Despite having the utility of the strong breeze blowing towards Blackrock and the open sea, Valleys took a while to get going. Once they did, they took near-complete control and with a nine-point half-time lead it was always difficult to foresee a turnaround in the second period. While Kevin Canty had two points in as many minutes from the restart and Hughie O’Donovan added a free, it didn’t signal an immediate procession.  There was an element of prudence in the Innishannon side’s set-up, O’Donovan operating deeper to allow Fiachra Lynch and John Cottrell the benefits of a two-man full-forward line, but Na Piarsaigh opted to allow Eoin Moynihan remain spare and that initially dented the supply.

At the other end, a close-range Stephen Glasgow free was followed by Alan Hogan’s pass and with 10 minutes on the clock it was 0-3 to 0-2. Game on? That was the sign, but it looked as if it wouldn’t materialise given how the rest of the half transpired.
Na Piarsaigh wouldn’t score again until the second half, but Valleys were sloppy and it wasn’t until the key five-minute spell before the interval that they really asserted themselves.

The lead had extended to 0-6 to 0-2 before they turned on the turbo. First, the excellent Jack Murphy got on the end of a move involving David Lynch and Aidan Walsh, then John Cottrell converted a free and Hughie O’Donovan did likewise after Fiachra Lynch drew a foul.  With all of the play now close to the Piarsaigh goal, Jack Murphy got another and then Fiachra Lynch ensured a nine-point lead at the break with a brilliantly-taken score from the left. The notion that they wouldn’t add to their tally until the 52nd minute was hard to believe at the time, but after the restart it was their turn to be penned back in the face of extreme pressure.

Piarsaigh’s shooting wasn’t as clinical, however. Though Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was influencing proceedings more after his moved from full- to centre-back, it took until the 38th minute for them to get a score, though half-time sub Shane Duggan.
That did at least pave the way for more to follow, with Stephen Glasgow kicking an excellent long-range effort while John Gardiner brought them to within six after linking with Pádraig Gould.

When Cian O’Mahony added a pair of points around the three-quarter mark, the questions were getting louder, but at the same time the wastage of other efforts, coupled with the failure to fashion goalscoring opportunities, meant that Valleys’ nerves never got near the shredder.  Sub Ben Murphy gave them a bit of breathing space again with his first touch after Cottrell and Hughie O’Donovan had done well, and the breaking of Na Piarsaigh’s stranglehold upset their rhythm.  By the closing stages, Cottrell was the only Valley Rovers player in the opposition half and the massed ranks were doing enough to frustrate their opponents. Gearóid Fitzgerald did get a late Piarsaigh point but that was as good as it got. Manager Diarmuid McDonnell was pleased with the fightback but accepted that the first half had built too much of an obstacle.  “It gave us a huge mountain to climb but at the same time we knew that we weren’t out of it at half-time,” he said. “The wind was quite strong but we kicked a lot of wides in the second half, that was the difference. You have to take your chances when you get them and unfortunately we didn’t do that today. You can’t fault the workrate and the effort though, the lads were outstanding.”
The five points scored by Valleys between the 26th minute and half-time were crucial as it meant that they led by nine points at the break.

Scorers for Valley Rovers: H O’Donovan (two frees, one 45), J Murphy 0-3 each, J Cottrell (frees), K Canty 0-2 each, F Lynch, B Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: C O’Mahony, S Glasgow (free) 0-2 each, G Fitzgerald, J Gardiner, A Hogan, S Duggan 0-1 each.

VALLEY ROVERS: A Quirke; N O’Donovan, J Lynch, J Lyons; T Cummins, D Lynch, A Walsh; K Canty, G Farrell; D Murphy, J Murphy, S Manning; F Lynch, J Cottrell, H O’Donovan.
Subs: E Delaney for S Manning (42), E Fallon for Farrell (45), B Murphy for Cummins (51), M Murphy for Cottrell (54), D Crowley for F Lynch (59), E Manning for Walsh (60, injured).

NA PIARSAIGH: J O’Connor; E Moynihan, S Óg Ó hAilpín, A Dennehy; G Fitzgerald, S O’Sullivan, A Brady; P Rourke, J Gardiner; K Buckley, S Glasgow, P Gould; S Warren, A Hogan, C O’Mahony.
Subs: S Duggan for Warren (half-time), A Keating for Buckley (38), J O’Rourke for Glasgow (52), E Hanifin for Hogan (56).

Referee: D Murnane (Macroom).

Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final (Irish Examiner 29/9/14)

                            Sarsfields 1-18 Na Piarsaigh 0-14
The final scoreline gives a more comfortable look than the reality, but, at the same time, Sarsfields never looked like being denied in this Cork SHC semi-final at Pairc Ui ­ Chaoimh yesterday.

Five times since 2008, the Glanmire club have been victorious at this stage and their start here leading 1-5 to 0-1 inside 13 minutes indicated they were in the mood to wrap things up quickly and without fuss. To Na Piarsaigh to their credit, they managed to build up a head of steam and twice in the second-half clawed their way back to within a point.    When the game was there to be won, Sars finished with five unanswered points to ensure victory, calling on all their experience at the business end of the championship.

Cian McCarthy was the Sars talisman, scoring 1-10, winning good ball and displaying a deadly accuracy from placed balls. In defence, William Kearney and Ray Ryan were heroic as time and again Piarsaigh half-chances of goals were smothered. Early on, it was all Sars, with a 0-4 to 0-1 lead augmented as McCarthys sideline pucked sailed serenely to the Piarsaigh net and then Gavin O Loughlin put seven in it.

Points from Keith Buckley and Patrick Rourke helped the city side to get going though and, by half-time, the margin was down to four points, 1-8 to 0-7.    On the resumption, Chris Joyce who had an engaging tussle with Cork colleague Daniel Kearney at midfield was the Piarsaigh driving force, scoring a point and assisting others for Buckley and Anthony Dennehy, with just a point between the teams after 39 minutes.

Buckley missed a chance to level with a free though, and then at the other end McCarthy gave Sars more breathing space after Daniel Kearneys driving run was illegally halted.

Adam Dennehy responded for Piarsaigh after Rourkes good lay-off but Sars had weathered the worst of the storm and McCarthy got his eighth and ninth points. Rourke might have goaled immediately after, but his shot from a narrow angle flashed over and that was Na Piarsaighs final score. As they have so often done in the past, Sars showed the necessary temperament to book their place in the decider. While sub Robert O Driscoll was denied a goal as Alan Keating came off his line quickly, the impressive Cormac Duggan and then Daniel Kearney pushed them four ahead again.

The Sars defending was resolute as Na Piarsaighs efforts to find a goal were repelled. McCarthy, Eoin O Sullivan and Duggan all helped themselves to points as they finished seven ahead. Perhaps a shade flattering, but definitely not unearned.

Scorers for Sarsfields: C McCarthy 1-10 (1-0 sideline, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65), C Duggan 0-3, G O Loughlin 0-2, E O Sullivan, T Og Murphy, D Kearney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Buckley 0-4 (0-2 frees), P Rourke 0-3, C Joyce, I McDonnell 0-2 each, Adam Dennehy, C Buckley, Anthony Dennehy 0-1 each.

SARSFIELDS: A Kennedy; W Kearney, C Leahy, C O Sullivan; D Roche, R Ryan, A Martin; D Kearney, E Quigley; E O Sullivan, G O Loughlin, C McCarthy; K Murphy, C Duggan, T Og Murphy.   Subs: R O Driscoll for K Murphy (49), R Murphy for O Loughlin (57).

NA PIARSAIGH: A Keating; A Brady, E Gunning, E Moynihan; Adam Dennehy, J Gardiner, S Og O hAilpÃin; C Joyce, C Buckley; K Buckley, P Gould, P Rourke; D Lee, I McDonnell, Anthony Dennehy.   Subs: E Hanafin for Lee (43), S Duggan for McDonnell, S O Sullivan for Gould (both 52), C O Mahony for K Buckley (60), A Kenneally for Joyce (60, injured).

Referee: N Wall (Carrigaline).

Piarsaigh goals crucial as Newtown collapse(Irish Examiner 15/9/14)

Na Piarsaigh 3-15 Newtownshandrum 0-14

Oh how quickly it all unravelled for Newtownshandrum.

Ahead on two occasions early in the second-half, the north Cork outfit had recovered from a Keith Buckley goal to restore parity (1-9 to 0-12) entering the final quarter. Indeed, with Jamie Coughlan razor sharp from placed balls and forward colleagues Ryan Clifford and James Bowles proving more than capable in their supporting roles, Liam Ryan’s side held pole position turning the bend for home.

Alas, when Cathal McAllister sounded the final whistle shortly before 4pm, the Newtownshandrum players found themselves 10-points adrift, and few complaints can they have with the margin of defeat.

In a soulless and error-ridden affair, it was a most intriguing final quarter – Newtownshandrum inexplicably collapsing, Na Piarsaigh pouncing for two hugely opportunistic goals.

Keith Buckley and Padraig Gould swatted points to re-establish Na Piarsaigh’s two-point advantage and although James Bowles cut the deficit to the minimum, by the time Newtownshandrum again added to their tally they would trail by eight-points.

On 50 minutes, Buckley attempted to find Anthony Dennehy from a close range free. The pass didn’t find its intended target, but Newtownshandrum struggled to clear their lines. Possession was returned to Buckley who rounded corner-back Dermot Gleeson and dispatched clinically beyond ’keeper Willie Biggane. Buckley split the posts in the ensuing passage of play and from a contest which had ebbed and flowed all through, here were Na Piarsaigh with a 2-12 to 0-13 lead.

The city club rubberstamped their semi-final berth in the subsequent action, Padraig Gould batting to the net after Biggane had produced a smart save to deny Dwayne Lee.

Anthony Dennehy, his fourth of the afternoon, and a Padraig Gould brace rounded off a remarkable closing spurt from the winners – 2-4 to 0-2 they outscored Newtownshandrum in the final 15 minutes of action.

“Goals win games and that was very much the case here,” reflected Na Piarsaigh coach Sean Guiheen.

“The first goal was crucial in that if gives you a lift. We thrived on it. We kicked on and it gave us confidence. We weren’t as nervy as we had been up to that point. The goals certainly came at the right times for us.

“Keith’s second goal was the one that saw us home. There was only 10 minutes to go at that stage. ”

Newtownshandrum operated a two-man full-forward line during the opening half, with Patrick Rourke plying his trade behind the half-back line. From the perspective of limiting Na Piarsaigh’s forward openings, it had the desired effect. At the other end of the field, however, they struggled to make any real headway close to goal. With James and Michael Bowles outnumbered, and in truth out-hurled, inside, Newtownshandrum were forced to shoot from distance. The collective radar, though, was far from in perfect working order. Seven first-half wides they clocked, added to four efforts dropped into the hand of Na Piarsaigh keeper Darragh O’Connell.

The losers finished the half with six different scorers – Ryan Clifford, Cathal Naughton, Conor Twomey, Jerry Lane, Mattie Ryan and Coughlan on target; the latter saw his penalty drive deflected over the crossbar at the end of the first quarter.

Na Piarsaigh, meanwhile, were heavily reliant on Anthony Dennehy and Keith Buckley – the pair contributing all but two of their first-half tally, the sides deadlocked 0-7 apiece at the break.

And so Na Piarsaigh march on to a second successive semi-final appearance, Sars providing the opposition on this occasion.

“We certainly will not fear Sars,” continued Guiheen. “We know we will have to perform the next day. Sars will be raging hot favourites, but on our day if we perform we know we can beat anyone in the competition. ”

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Buckley (2-5, 0-4 frees); P Gould (1-4, 0-1 pen); Anthony Dennehy (0-4); S O’Sullivan, P Rourke (0-1 each).

Scorers for Newtownshandrum: J Coughlan (0-6, 0-3 frees, 0-1 pen, 0-1 ’65); J Bowles (0-2); M Thompson, C Twomey, M Ryan, C Naughton, J Lane, R Clifford (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: D O’Connell; A Brady, D Mannix, E Moynihan; Adam Dennehy, J Gardiner, S Óg Ó hAilpín; C Joyce, C Buckley; K Buckley, P Rourke, P Gould; D Lee, Anthony Dennehy, A Kenneally.  Subs: A Keating for O’Connell (HT), S O’Sullivan for Kenneally (HT).

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: W Biggane; G O’Mahony, R Fallon, D Gleeson; J Herlihy, C Twomey, M Ryan; PJ Copse, C Naughton; R Clifford, J Coughlan, J Lane; M Bowles, J Bowles, JP King.   Subs: T O’Mahony for Lane (28 mins), J O’Mahony for G O’Mahony (38 mins), M Thompson for M Bowles (51), D Stack for Naughton (55).

Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).

Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football Academy

A reminder to members, parents, supporters that Na Piarsaigh Hurling & Football Academy continues against this Friday the 12th September at 6.30pm, so anybody interested in becoming involved either at coaching or playing are more than welcome and they should turn up this friday night.

New Dates for championship

Members and supporters should note the following changes to our senior hurling championship and premier intermediate football championship:

Senior Hurling Championship -  Sunday 14th September Pairc Ui Chaoimh 2.30pm .v. Newtownshandrum.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship (Replay) - Sunday 20th September Blarney 5pm .v. Mallow.

Schools Development Coach

Notice: A Schools Development Coach for approximately 20 hours per week is required, any person interested can apply to Tony O Sullivan on 0862455982 by Monday midday 1st September next.

Fe16 Hurling Championship Final (Irish Examiner 21/8/14)

Sarsfields 1-20 Na Piarsaigh 1-17

A historic night for Sarsfields in Páirc Uí Rinn as they were crowned Carrigaline Court Hotel Rebel Óg Premier 1 U16 hurling champions for the first time.

This was an amazing match, the East Cork side snatching the win courtesy of three injury-time points in one of the finest games of hurling to be seen at this level.

The opening 30 minutes had the sides locked together on five occasions. The scores were top-drawer. Sarsfields recorded some fine points, in particular from Shane O’Driscoll, Liam Healy and Sean Higgins. The Na Piarsaigh reply was swift, with duo Evan Sheehan and Dan Gunning standing out as the teams turned around at 0-9 apiece.

Na Piarsaigh drew first blood in the second half through a Jamie McGrath goal but Sarsfields raised their game and when Tristan O’Leary netted in the 50th minute, it was game on.

The teams were tied three more times before Sarsfields eventually got their noses in front. Jack O’Connor pointed twice and O’Driscoll also scored as the Imokilly outfit finished at their brilliant best.

Scorers for Sarsfields: J O’Connor 0-5, T O’Leary 1-1, S O’Driscoll 0-4 (1f), S Higgins (1f) and L Healy 0-3 each, D Lonergan 0-2 (2f), J O’Leary and D Walsh 0-1 each.
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: D Gunning 0-8 (4f, 1 65), E Sheehan 0-5, J McGrath 1-1, C Hannafin 0-2, C Allen 0-1.
SARSFIELDS: C Looney; S Higgins, K Crowley, S Garvey; C Roche, D Lonergan, Z Walsh; J O’Leary, S O’Driscoll; S Higgins, L Healy, J O’Connor; D Walsh, T O’Leary, P O’Driscoll.
Sub: A Hackett for P O’Driscoll (36).
NA PIARSAIGH: S O’Meara; A Lehane, K Power (Capt), M McCarthy; D Roche, G Healy, D Morrissey; K Ahern, C Hanafin; J Morrissey, D Gunning, C Allen; J McGrath, E Sheehan, K Forde.
Subs: C Bowen for A Lehane (60), D Maguire for C Allen (62, inj).

Referee: Brian Coniry (Crosshaven).

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Just to let members and supporters know that our Intermediate footballers play their quarter final of the County on Saturday 30th August against Mallow in Blarney at 6pm, and again all your support please for this very important match.

Leaving Certificate

Congratulations to all our boys and girls who sat their Leaving Cert and who have now received their results.   We hope that they got the points they wanted, and just remember one thing boys and girls, ye are both playing championship this week so go easy, very easy on the celebrations.


Our club lotto has now reached 4,400e this week, so come on members buy an envelope for 2e at the Bar.   Be in with a chance to win.  We need all your support as our lotto has lapsed somewhat in the last couple of months, we need to build on this.

Tickets - Ud21 Final - Cork -v- Clare

Buy your tickets in advance for Munster U21 Final online or at Centra/SuperValu and save €5! See www.gaacork.ie​ for info

Bórd Gáis Energy Munster U21 Hurling Final
Wednesday July 30th- Clare v Cork - 7.15pm @ Cusack Park, Ennis

Tickets are now sale online at gaa.tickets.ie and at Centra/SuperValu stores. Admission is €15 for adults, with usual concessions, and U16s are FREE. Buy your tickets in advance save €5 on adult tickets - just €10 if purchased up to 3 hours before throw-in!

Senior Hurling Championship (Irish Examiner 28/7/14)

Piarsaigh battle bravely for priceless victory
Cork SHC: Na Piarsaigh 1-22 Killeagh 2-15

Na Piarsaigh scored a crucial four-point win over Killeagh in the Cork SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday, setting up a fourth round meeting with Bride Rovers following this epic do-or-die third round battle.   For long periods in the second half the northsiders looked to be exiting the championship but seven unanswered points in the closing 10 minutes proved crucial.

Relief was the primary emotion of coach Sean Guiheen. “For the future of the club and the future of the young fellas, we just couldn’t go down the road of relegation,” he said.
“We had a meeting last Monday night after the Youghal game (second round) to clear the air. And thankfully we did, and the manner in which we won is very pleasing.
“We played Killeagh already twice this year and they beat us both times. We knew coming down here we were going to have to play. And as soon as we got fast quality ball into our forward line we got the scores. The boys in there are young and very talented and very skilful.”

This will be a difficult one for Killeagh to stomach, as they dominated for long periods. Having played against the wind in the opening 30 minutes they led by a point, and with 50 minutes gone they were in front by a goal but they fell away and failed to score again.

Na Piarsaigh utilised the wind to open up a 0-6 to 0-2 advantage, Keith Buckley was responsible for four points. However, Killeagh were right back in contention when Gary Leahy broke through to shoot a wonderful goal after 14 minutes. The sides were level three more times and with the Killeagh defence in excellent form, they went ahead through well-taken points from Leahy and the superb Andrew Walsh.
At the break, they led 1-8 to 0-10 and turning to play with the elements were in a favourable position.

This prompted change from Na Piarsaigh with Anthony Dennehy and Alan Kenneally coming in to join Dayne Lee who was introduced earlier in the half. However, it was Killeagh who continued to enjoy good fortune. Joe Deane pointed from play and a free, as their whole forward unit looked sharp. Approaching the end of the third quarter they enjoyed a 1-13 to 0-13 lead.
By contrast, there wasn’t a whole lot of quality ball going into the Na Piarsaigh attack. Still, what possession they did get, they converted. Keith Buckley bagged three vital points and when Christopher Joyce set up Kenneally for a point, the margin was reduced to the minimum. Patrick O’Rourke then drove a long ball forward and when Shane Duggan got a flick to it, referee Diarmuid Kirwan consulted with his umpires to confirm it was a goal – and the lead for Na Piarsaigh 1-15 to 1-13.

Killeagh’s response was impressive with Walsh goaling from the puck-out. They launched over another two points to remain in the driving seat. Na Piarsaigh never panicked though. Lee, Padraig Gould, Cian Buckley and Keith Buckley struck four quick-fire points to regain the lead, 1-19 to 2-15. Well into their stride now, they closed out with another trio of points, Gould (2) and Lee.
Killeagh now meet Courcey Rovers in the relegation final.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Buckley (0-10, six frees), P Gould (0-4), S Duggan (1-0), D Lee (0-3), S Curtin, E Moynihan, A Kenneally, C Joyce and C Buckley (0-1 each).
Scorers for Killeagh: A Walsh (1-4), J Deane (0-7, three frees, one 65), G Leahy (1-1), J Budds, M Murphy and D Walsh (0-1 each).
NA PIARSAIGH: D O’Connell; A Brady, D Mannix, Adam Dennehy; C Joyce, J Gardiner (Capt), S Óg Ó hAilpín; E Moynihan, C Buckley; P Gould, S O’Sullivan, P O’Rourke; C O’Mahony, S Curtin, K Buckley.
Subs: D Lee for C O’Mahony (12), Anthony Dennehy for E Moynihan, A Kenneally for S O’Sullivan (both half-time), S Duggan for S Curtin (39).
KILLEAGH: B Rochford; A Keniry, P O’Brien (Capt), C Fogarty; D Cahill, B Barry, D Walsh; B Collins, J Deane; P Carroll, A Walsh, J Budds; S Long, G Leahy, M Murphy.

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).

Senior Hurling Championship (Irish Examiner 21/7/14)

                          Youghal 2-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-15
It was a night for Youghal to celebrate a significant victory after the bitter disappointment of losing in the first round following their return to senior ranks in the Cork SHC.

And their supporters acknowledged it in kind by applauding them off the field in Carrigtwohill on Saturday.

Conversely, it was another setback for a confident Na Piarsaigh who made the early running only for their challenge to be undermined by two goals in the second quarter and weakened by inefficient forward play in the second half.

Notably, rising Cork star Bill Cooper played a key role in the Youghal victory, having a bigger impact than Christopher Joyce for Na Piarsaigh. John Gardiner never really settled, was yellow-carded in the 19th minute, cautioned after giving away a penalty and didn’t appear for the second half.

The city side’s unhappiness with the outcome was reflected in a polite refusal to publicly comment. In sharp contrast, winning manager Christy Cooney was in high spirits after the final whistle, describing it as “a great night for the Youghal club”.

“It’s always hard when you come from intermediate up to senior,” he said, adding that they were “in better shape” for this test.

“We played very few matches — just a lot of hurling on the field — and our lads were well up for it. I know Na Piarsaigh got a goal in the last minute but we were always that bit better. It’s upwards and onwards for us now. We’re thrilled. It takes enormous pressure off us to be in a position to stay up senior.”

Named at centre-back but lining up at the edge of the square, Gardiner had little involvement in the early stages and the best of Na Piarsaigh’s play came from the forwards. Padraig Gould and Cian O’Mahony were quick to make an impression on the two wings and good approach play generally saw them lead 0-6 to 0-2 after 11 minutes.

The two Youghal points had come from Brendan Ring, the first from a free won by Bill Cooper and – praised by Cooney for his “class” – he was to finish top scorer with 1-8. His goal, the result of good work by full-forward Brett Moloney, came in the 14th minute and, followed quickly by a point from Moloney, it had them level and in a position which didn’t appear likely earlier on.

Opposed by Ó hAilpín, Cooper covered a lot of ground on the right wing and his inspired play enabled the seasiders to become more competitive. And, he was the player fouled by Gardiner for the 23rd minute penalty from which Leigh Desmond scored to complement his general play around midfield.

Almost immediately afterwards, Na Piarsaigh had an opportunity to get the ball in the net, from an opening made by Alan Kenneally, but as he attempted to strike on the turn, wing-back Michéal Ó Cróinín blocked his shot. Half-time saw Youghal lead 2-6 to 0-11, with all of Na Piarsaigh’s scores coming from play and all six forwards contributing. Resuming with Joyce at full-back (before moving outfield later), Na Piarsaigh paid the penalty for some early missed chances. Cooper showed the way for Youghal with a well-worked point and while they added four more up to the threequarters stage, the city side were confined to a single score from O’Mahony in the same period.

The last ten minutes saw Na Piarsaigh penetrate more, except that they found it increasingly difficult to get sores against a defence in which John Grace and Conor Spillane were commanding in the centre. Indiscipline at the other end also proved costly, meaning that the game was as good as decided before Gould goaled from an angled free in injury time.

Scorers for Youghal: B Ring (1-8, 0-4fs), L Desmond (1-0 pen), B Cooper and B Moloney (0-2 each), AF O’Connor and C O’Mahony (0-1 each).
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: P Gould (1-3, 1-0f), C O’Mahony (0-4), K Buckley (1 65), S O’Sullivan and E Moynihan (0-2 each), P Bourke and A Kenneally (0-1 each).

YOUGHAL: R Cunningham (capt); B O’Sullivan, J Grace, Barry Ring; M Ó Cróinín, C Spillane, K Walsh; L Desmond, O Dempsey; B Cooper, AF O’Connor, D Ring; N Roche, B Moloney, Brendan Ring.
Sub: C O’Mahony for Dempsey (29).

NA PIARSAIGH: D O’Connell; D Mannix, J Gardiner, C Buckley; A Dennehy, C Joyce, S Óg Ó hAilpín; E Moynihan, R McGregor; P Gould, P Rourke, C O’Mahony; A Kenneally, S O’Sullivan, K Buckley.
Subs: A Dennehy for Gardiner (ht), S Warren for O’Mahony (39), S Curtin for McGregor (42), S Duggan for Kenneally (44).

Referee: Nathan Wall (Carrigaline).


Eye Spy News - Journey's On Us.

Eye Spy News

If you have any news on births, weddings, birthdays celebrations etc or any other stories you would like included in the next issue of Rail Brief, please email them to: railbrief@irishrail.ie.


Again this year we are running the initiative “The Journey’s on Us”, to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector. Let all your family and friends involved in such organisations know about this great offer:-

“The Journey’s On Us”, will provide up to 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014. The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel. Over the last three years we have had applications from organisations such as Choirs, Family Support Groups, School Groups, Men’s Sheds, Scout Groups, Social Action Groups, Community Groups, Ladies Groups, Sporting Groups and many, many more!

When filling in the application, don’t forget to tell us why you think your organisation should be one of our lucky winners, as the more information we get the stronger your application will be!

Applications can be made on our website www.irishrail.ie/journeys or by email to journeys@irishrail.ie . The closing date is next Monday, 14th July.

If you’re not in – your Club cannot Win!!

Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament 2014

The annual Pat Kelleher fe13 Hurling Tournament takes place on Saturday the 5th July next.    Teams participating will be Cobh Cork, Blackrock Cork, ourselves and Inagh/Kilnamona from Co.Clare.     Games start at 11am and we expect our tournaments to be supported by parents and members.    Also we require help on the day to make sure the day runs smoothly so anyone who can give 2 or 3 hours on Saturday are very very welcome.

Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp 2014 - 28th July to 1st August (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Time 10am to 2pm
(for boys and girls aged 5years to 12 years).

Application Forms can now be obtained by either contacting team Managers or collecting a form in the Arena.     Cost is the same as last year 1st child 25e - 2nd child 40e - 3rd child 50e.    Closing date is Sunday 13th July.   There is a 15e deposit to be paid on signing.   So come on parents and get your children to join our Summer Camp for 2014 where they will enjoy themselves, have fun and also learn the skills of hurling and football with our qualified coaches.  

Senior Hurling Championship

                         Blackrock 3-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-16 (Irish Examiner 21/6/14)
Cork SHC: In the end, Blackrock did enough to ensure they held off Na Piarsaigh in the opening round of the Cork SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn last night.

Leading 3-8 to 1-3 at half-time, the Rockies had to play the second-half with 14 men after Ger Regan, who scored 1-4, had been sent off in first-half injury time. A Na Piarsaigh side which had laboured badly began to find its rhythm and the gap was two goals, 3-14 to 1-14, when Keith Buckley bundled the ball to the Blackrock net after John Gardiner’s delivery.

Referee Cathal McAllister ruled the goal out, however, and though Na Piarsaigh did get a pair of late points, the margin proved too much to overhaul.
A relieved Blackrock manager John Browne was pleased with that adjudication.
“We got lucky in the end, I think,” he said.
“The ref called a square ball, if that goal had gone in then we’d have been under a lot of pressure for the last minute or so. I think we played well in the first-half and playing 35 minutes on a hot night with 14 men was tough, so credit to the lads. The sending-off was the turning point, really, but we won and that’s the main thing.”
The former Cork defender is well aware of the double-edged sword presented by a first-round win, however. Last year, the Rockies overcame Killeagh first time out but then lost to Ballymartle in the fourth round more than three months later, the south-east side having played two more games.
“The difficulty now is when we’ll play again,” Browne said.
“Last year, you’d wonder if it was better to win the first round or not. It all depends on Cork but the situation is a bit of a disaster.

“We were prepared for two weeks ago and it was postponed four or five days beforehand. The clubs have to be looked after better than that, ourselves and Piarsaigh were both missing players who would have been around for the original date.”

Regardless of who they were missing, much of Blackrock’s play for the opening 30 minutes was sparkling, even allowing for the wastage in the form of seven wides. Regan was in unplayable form, winning balls with ease, and his goal in the 19th minute, when he flicked to the net from Kevin O’Keeffe free from deep, made it 2-5 to 0-1.
Patrick Deasy had already breached the Piarsaigh rearguard two minutes previously after nice play involving Shane O’Keeffe and David Cashman, and though Chris Joyce responded to Regan’s strike with a Piarsaigh goal, Blackrock responded emphatically.
Cashman and Regan had fine points before Eoin O’Farrell fed Deasy, who showed great pace before firing across Darragh O’Connell and in for a 3-7 to 1-2 lead.
Each side had another point before the interval but the main incident was Regan’s dismissal for an off-the-ball occurrence, with little dissent from those in green and gold.
The numerical disadvantage didn’t seem to be of great effect as Shane O’Keeffe extended the lead on the resumption and Na Piarsaigh’s Pádraig Gould had a tame 20m free saved, but then the northsiders began to find their groove.
More direct play yielded a greater return, even if the wides tally was building, but Keith Buckley was in great form, scoring seven points between the 35th and 52nd minutes, Eoin Moynihan and Gardiner also weighing in.

Though Blackrock sub Olann Kelleher did steady things somewhat with two scores, it was 3-13 to 1-13 with six minutes left. Deasy could have put the issue beyond doubt when he was played through and his shot did beat O’Connell but full-back Darren Mannix managed to get a brilliant flick to divert the ball to safety.

At the other end, Joyce kicked a goal effort wide and then as the pressure mounted, Buckley had his non-goal. In the end, it was a case of restored pride after the first half but they must now await the losers of tomorrow’s Newtownshandrum-Youghal clash.

Scorers for Blackrock: P Deasy 2-0, G Regan 1-4, D Cashman 0-5 (one free, one 65), S O’Keeffe, O Kelleher (one free) 0-2 each, K O’Keeffe 0-1 (free).
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Buckley 0-8 (three frees, two 65s), P Gould 0-3 (one free), C Joyce 1-0, E Moynihan 0-2, J Gardiner, P O’Rourke, C Buckley 0-1 each.

BLACKROCK: A Long; S Murphy, B Aherne, R Laide; A Murphy, E Smith, G Norberg; D O’Farrell, K O’Keeffe; C O’Leary, S O’Keeffe, E O’Farrell; G Regan, D Cashman, P Deasy.
Subs: O Kelleher for Cashman (44), A O’Callaghan for O’Leary (45), R Dineen for Smith (50), M Ryan for E O’Farrell (59).

NA PIARSAIGH: D O’Connell; A Brady, D Mannix, E Moynihan; R McGregor, S Óg Ó hAilpín, J Gardiner; Anthony Dennehy, C Joyce; P O’Rourke, C O’Mahony, K Buckley; A Kenneally, P Gould, C Buckley.
Subs: Adam Dennehy for Brady, D Lee for O’Mahony, S O’Sullivan for Kenneally (all half-time), S Duggan for C Buckley (43).

Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).

Cork City Marathon 2014

The club wish all the participants in the Cork City Marathon the very best for the bank holiday Monday.   The proceeds will be going to a very good cause The Childrens Leukaemia Association.  Do yourself proud!!

Reminder the Captains of the marathon teams must be in the City Hall tomorrow to collect the numbers for their teams.    Also all participants must call to the club on Sunday 1st June at 12.30pm where they will receive their tee shirts and to register.   You must attend.

Junior & Leaving Certificate

The club wish all the lads and lassies the best of luck for their upcoming exams, do your best and make us all proud (no pressure of course) Enjoy!!!!

Change of dates for Championships

Members are asked to note that dates and times are changed for our championships.   Our SH championship against Blackrock now takes place on Friday 20th June in Pairc Ui Rinn at 7.30pm (ET) and our Premier Intermediate football championship against Naomh Aban takes place on Saturday 28th June in Kilmurray at 7.30pm (ET).

SHC Tickets Cork -v- Waterford Replay

Ticket Information

Munster GAA can confirm that all pre-purchased adult tickets for the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Quarter-Final Replay between Cork and Waterford will be reduced by €5. Tickets will go on sale via tickets.ie, Centra & Supervalu from Tuesday May 27th.

Pre-purchase Price
Adults Covered Stand – €20
Adults Uncovered Stand – €15
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €10

Venue Price on the day
Adults Covered Stand – €25
Adults Uncovered Stand – €20
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15​

Munster Senior Hurling Q/F - Cork -v- Waterford - Tickets

Tickets for the Munster Senior Hurling Quarter-Final, Cork v Waterford (Sunday, 4pm in Thurles) will be on sale at Páirc Uí Rinn today 1pm-3.30pm.

Adults Covered Stand – €25
Adults Uncovered Stand – €20
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15

Tickets are also available online at http://gaa.tickets.ie/ and at Centra/SuperValu stores.​

Suggested tweet: Tickets for Cork v Waterford will be on sale at P. Uí Rinn today 1pm-3.30pm - for prices etc see gaacork.ie


Underage Street Leagues

Our underage street leagues begin on Sunday next 18th May from 11am to 1pm for boys aged between 5yrs - 9 years.     So if your son is interested in competing in the Street Leagues you should contact Thomas Gardiner on 0860645183 as soon as possible.

Tony O Sullivan Underage Street Leagues 2014

Farranree - Mentors Tony Guest, Kieran Coleman
Blarney/Hollyhill/Knocknaheeney/Wilton - Mentors John Kearney, Aidan McGrath
Gurranabraher/Carrigtwohill/Bweeng - Mentors John Sullivan, Alan Daly
Fairhill - Mentors Jim Lehane, Donal Hourihan
Killeens/Rathpeacon/Whitescross - Mentors Jason Moloney, Ger Fitzgerald
Parklands/Onslow Gardens - Mentors Mark Sullivan, Michael Lyons
Larchfield/Ballyvolane/Dublin Hill/Donoughamore - Mentors Neilus Sullivan, Damien O Sullivan

Table                    P          W            D             L              Pts
Parklands             10          6             3             1              15
Killeens                 10          6             1             3              13
Blarney                 10          5             2             3              12
Fairhill                   10          3             3             4               9
Gurranabraher      10          1             4             5               6
Farranree              10          1             4             5               6


11.30am               Plate Final                      Fairhill .v. Killeens

11.30am               Shield Final                     Blarney .v. Gurranabraher


12.15PM                                  PARKLANDS .V. FARRANREE

All parents are asked to come out and support all the kids who took part in the Street Leagues.




Junior A Football Championship

Our Junior Footballers play their championship tonight against Mayfield in Ballinlough at 6.45pm.     All your support please for the Liam Martin and the lads.


The lotto has now reached 2,700e next week and the draw takes place in the Bar on Sunday night.   So come on and buy your tickets 2e each or 5e for three.

Cian Durkin Memorial Hurling Tournament

On Monday 5th May our fe15 hurlers went to Ballyboden St.Endas GAA to play in a tournament to remember young Cian Durkin who passed away at a tragically young age on December 1st 2006 while playing in a feile game in Mallow.  In 2007 the inaugural tournament began and has been very successful since then.   

Our lads had 2 games, one against Ballyboden St.Endas (2) and the second against Kilmacud Crokes, they won their group and went on to play Ballyboden St.Endas (1) in the final which was a thriller.   We were all fed in their clubhouse and looked after very well, our Camogie girls who were beaten in their final joined the lads for their final and we all had a great day.    We wish sincerely to thank Tom O Donoghue of Ballyboden who went out of his way to look after us (him being a Corkman!!! of course).

Congratulations to the fe15 team and their mentors for bring the Cian Durkin Cup back to the Club and no doubt we will be invited back next year to defend our title.

You can see photographs of this tournament in our Gallery.

Inter County Open Nights

                       Inter-County Open Nights

It's that time of year again... As part of the national promotion of the Senior Hurling and Football Championships, the inter-county Open Nights will run again this year! 


The Cork Senior Hurlers invite all their fans to come along to training at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday, May 6th from 6.45pm approximately. After training, you'll be able to meet the players for photos, autographs etc, and we might have a few little surprises too!!

On Friday, May 9th, it's the turn of the Senior Footballers to welcome supporters to Páirc Ui Chaoimh, and we hope that as many of you as possible will join us at either or both of these events.

Come along and meet your heroes! 


Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Well lads, its that time again when our premier intermediate footballers are playing their championship on Saturday 3rd May next against Bantry Blues in Dunmanway at 6.45pm.  All your support please for this very important match.

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Cork v Waterford
Sunday May 25th
4pm @ Thurles 
*Preceded by IHC Q-Final at 2pm

Good quality tickets, including central stand tickets, for this game are now available for sale online at gaa.tickets.ie and via Centra & Supervalu stores (subject to availability). Prices are as follows:
Adults Covered Stand – €25
Adults Uncovered Stand – €20
Juveniles (Under 16s) for both stands & terrace – €5
Adults Killinan End Terrace – €15

For more information, see munster.gaa.ie.

Centra/Supervalu Ticket Outlets
SuperValu Hollyhill Cork
SuperValu Blarney Cork

SuperValu Blackrock Cork
SuperValu Glanmire Cork

SuperValu Ballincollig - Quish's Cork

SuperValu Togher Cork
SuperValu Merchants Quay Cork
Centra Bishopstown Cork
Centra Tower Cork
Centra Togher Cork

The Pavilion Cafe Bar Cork

Pluggd Records Cork​

Club Juvenile Discount Package

Attention Clubs:  Purchase Juvenile (under16) Stand tickets for 3euro each and get one mentor free entry for every 10 juveniles.
Contact Mary O Mahoney at Munster GAA 061-338593 or mary.omahoney.munster@gaa.ie


Minor Hurling Championship

Our minor premier hurlers are playing their hurling championship on Sunday the 20th April next against Douglas in Pairc Ui Rinna t 11.30am.     We expect to see everyone there supporting the lads and mentors

Etihad GAA Hurling

What will your club do to win the biggest prize in the game?

This 12-month package will include:
€10,000 cash… Special guest coaches… Etihad flights…
All-Ireland tickets and more…

As one of our four finalists, your club has a fantastic chance to win, and your vote can help make that happen.    

Go to etihadgaa.ie to find out more and make your vote count!

Etihad Airways - Official Sponsor of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship

Etihad Airways has a proud tradition of supporting and sponsoring sporting competitions and clubs, all over the world.   Because we understand the crucial role that GAA clubs play in communities throughout Ireland,  and appreciate the issues which many of them are currently facing, we want to help one deserving Irish hurling club, by giving them a year’s worth of Etihad sponsorship www.etihadgaa.ie

We are asking all members to inform their families and workmates to log on and vote for us.  We are one of 4 clubs across Ireland the only one from Cork who are in with a chance of winning fabulous prizes.

Feile Hurling & Minor Premier Football Championship

Our feile hurlers play their qualifying rounds on Saturday 12th April in Bishopstown.   They will play Bishopstown, Nemo Rangers, Ahan Gaels & Fermoy.   Matches start at 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm and 1.45pm.   

Also our Minor Premier Footballers play their losers round of the championship against Clonakilty on Saturday in Ballinaspittle at 2.30pm.    Your support please for these important matches.

Cork City Online Foundation Course

                            Cork City Online Foundation Courses

We will be running a Foundation course in the coming weeks for Hurling and Football in the City.  It is an online course, with a 1 hour practical session for each code at the end.
To register, contact shane.supple@gmail.com for details on registration and enrollment key codes.

​Participants have until 6pm on Wednesday 9th April, to complete the online segment of the course. It should take 3 hours approx to complete in total. There are 7 different modules to complete in each code, with some overlapping of content. It does not have to be completed in one go and people usually do it over a few days with a different module every day.

After doing the online content, to finish the course, you must complete the Hurling and Football practical at the end, which will take place in the Indoor Hall, Nemo Rangers from 8-10pm on Wednesday 9th April. (Registration starts at 7.45pm)

​The cost of the course is €20, which is to be paid on the night of the practical workshop. If people only wish to do Hurling or Football separately, the cost will still be €20. I would advise participants to do both, as it will open up areas for future Coach Education progression, to Award 1 level and beyond.
If you do not complete all the online modules or attend the workshop, then you will not gain any accreditation.

Colm Crowley
GDA Seandun

Minor Football Championship

Our Minor Premier 1's begin their football championship on Sunday 30th March next at UCC Mardyke at 2.30pm where they take on a very fancied Douglas team.   Your support please for this game.

Membership 2014

This is the last call for committees, selectors, players and members to pay their membership, 4 days left.    Also underage and juvenile membership is due.

Thomas Gardiner Golf Memorial Trophy

The annual Thomas Gardiner Golf Memorial Trophy takes place this year on  Sunday 6th April at Blarney Golf Club.   It will be a 3 ball scramble cost 120euro and this includes a meal.   Tee times from 11.30am to 2pm.   One Na Piarsaigh member required on team to win the cup, and three non members can only win the visitors prize.   Contact number for tee off is the office on 4306549 (Brenda).   Senior Committee decision is final in all matters.

Fe21 Football Championship

The start of our championships this year is the fe21 which takes place on Saturday 22nd March against Douglas in Ballinlough at 4pm.    Your support please.

Membershp 2014

The closing date for membership is fast approaching ie. 31st March.    All members including players are to have their membership paid.   Avoid the rush and pay now.

Championship Draws

Senior Hurling Championship
Round 1 - A. Na Piarsaigh .v. Blackrock
Round 2 (Losers Round) A. Na Piarsaigh/Blackrock .v. Newtown/Youghal

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 1 - E. Bantry Blues .v. Na Piarsaigh
Round 2 - E. Bantry Blues/Na Piarsaigh .v. Naomh Aban/Nemo Rangers

Minor Premier 1 Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round - C. Na Piarsaigh .v. Douglas
Round 1 H. Losers C .v. Fr.O Neills
Loser Round - I. Loser E (St.Finbarrs/Duhallow/Glen) .v. Loser H

Premier 1 fe16 Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round - C. Na Piarsaigh .v. Ballincollig
Round 1 - E. Loser C .v. Midleton
Loser Round - I. Loser E (Na Piarsaigh/Ballincollig/Midleton) .v. Loser F. Bishopstown/Aghabullogue/Aghada)

Premier 1 fe15 Hurling Championship
Round 1 - C.Shandrum .v. Na Piarsaigh
Semi Final - Winner B (Glen/Douglas) .v. Winner C (Shandrum/Na Piarsaigh)

Premier 1 fe14 Hurling Championship
Round 2 - G. Na Piarsaigh .v. Winner D (Ballincollig/Douglas)
Semi Final - Winner G (Na Piarsiagh/Ballincollig/Douglas) .v. Winner H (Blackrock/Duhallow/Mallow)

Minor Premier 1 Football Championship
Preliminary Round - A. Douglas .v. Na Piarsiagh
Round 1 - D. Clonakilty .v. Loser A (Douglas/Na Piarsaigh)
Loser Round - H. Loser D (Clonakilty/Douglas/Na Piarsaigh) .v. Loser F (Nemo/St.Finbarrs).

Premier 1 fe16 Football Championship
Round 1 - C. Nemo .v. Na Piarsaigh
Loser Round - F. Loser B (St.Michaels/Douglas/Beara) .v. Loser C (Nemo/Na Piarsaigh)

Premier 1 fe15 Football Championship
Round 1 - D. Douglas .v. Na Piarsaigh
Semi Final - Winner C (Barrs/Fermoy/Eire Og) .v. Winner D

Premier 1 fe14 Football Championship
Preliminary Round - A. St.Michaels .v. Na Piarsaigh
Round 1 - H. Winner A .v. Mallow

Summer Hurling & Football Tournaments 2014

Na Piarsaigh Summer Hurling & Football tournaments Programme 2014

This coming summer we are holding tournaments for age groups

11-16 years old.

·         These tournaments are run off in one day

·         Hot Lunch is provided for team and selectors

·         Tea/coffee/sandwiches provided for supporters/parents

·         4 Teams per tournament. This could change depending on interest in each age group.

·         Guaranteed 3 group games (15 mins a side)

·         Teams will play in Plate or Main Final (15 mins a side)

·         Medals for all Players (11-14 Years Only)

·         Teams invited from all over the country so players can experience different syles of   hurling/Football

·         Official referees for all games.

·         Dates for each tournament will be confirmed once all entries are received.

                  Tournament Fee is €150 (€50 returned on day of tournament)
      fee cannot be returned if a club cancels 4 weeks prior to tournament

Clubs with fee/Form returned will be given priority

If you have a team that is interested please fill in form and return with the fee to :

Brian Buckley ,

Tournament Committee,

Na Piarsaigh ,The Commons ,Fair Hill, Cork


Club Name: _________________________


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Fe 15



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As most clubs are busy with their own domestic competitions within their Counties please let us know when would best suit your club to play



If  you need anymore Information please ring Brian Buckley @ 085-7275777.

Club Lotto

Club Lotto has now reached 1600.00 and we would ask all members to support the club as all monies raised are going to our Underage and Juvenile Sections.    Envelopes are available in the Bar.  The normal cost is 2euro for one envelope, 5euro for 3 envelopes or the lotto can now be supported by taking out a direct debit at a cost of 12euro per month for 3 envelopes.  Contact Brenda about the direct debit.

Cork City Marathon 2014

A registration list for the forthcoming Cork City Marathon is posted up in the Bar for anyone who wishes to take part in a worthy fundraising event.   You can also ring Denis O Neill on 0868183188 - Tony O Sullivan on 0862455982 or William O Connor on 0876782103.

Presentation Night

The Juvenile Section had their presentation night on last Saturday where our last years fe12s won the fe13c hurling league, our fe13s won the County Championship and our fe14s won the hurling league.    Christopher Joyce presented all the medals together with our Club President Kathleen Martin and a special presentation was made to Evan Sheehan for being the All Ireland Feile Skills Winner.   A great night was had by all.   The lads were fed and then a DJ played in the Bar for the parents.    We wish to thank everyone who helped out.   You can view all the photgraphs taken on the night in our Photo Gallery.  We apologise for photographs not uploaded but they were very blurred.

Cork/Limerick Game

Cork .v. Limerick Allianz Hurling League game on Saturday 15th 7pm.
If you buy adult tickets in advance of the 15th there is a €5 discount, and will cost you 10e,  and of course to highlight the fact that U16s are free - as we anticipate a very large crowd that night, we really want to push the pre-sales to help avoid queues at the stiles on the night.   Tickets can be got at Singletons SuperValu Hollyhill, Cork.

Arena Phone

Anybody wishing to book the all weather or the arena, should contact the Arena on a new mobile phone the number is 0858643077

Referees Foundation Course

A four night Foundation Course for new referees commences in Pairc Ui Rinn on March 10th continuing on March 13th, 18th anad 20th, commencing at 7.30pm each night with registration at 7.15pm on March 10th.    To apply for a place on the course and for further details, please contact County Referees Administrator Michael Keane on 0833450456.
NB: Referees must be membes of a GAA Club.   Note change of date for referees course now commences in Pairc Ui Rinn on 13th March continuing on 18th, 20th and 24th.

Presentation Night 18/1/2014

Last Saturday the 18th January we held our presentation night in which our senior hurlers who won the Redfm Senior Hurling League, our Fe21s who won their hurling championship and our Minor B’s again who won their hurling championship were presented with their medals.    A great night was had by all.   We have a fabulous trad night music being provided by Christy O Donovan and friends and the lads were well fed.    We thank Brian O Sullivan and the Ladies Committee for looking after everyone on the night.   Roll on 2014.    Photographs of the night can be seen in our Gallery.

Membership 2014

A note to all members and mentors, membership is now due and is the same as last year.  Full membership 100euro (employed) 50euro (unemployed/in receipt of state payment) 30euro (student in full time education) 70e (student/part time worker) 20e (pensioner).    Note closing date to have a vote is 31st March 2014.

Welcome to 2014

Welcome back to 2014 time to get ready for a busy year ahead and to start off our Juvenile AGM takes place on Monday 20th at 7.30pm in the club.    We wish all new committees the best of luck for the coming year both on and off the field.    We wish all outgoing officers the best and hope they will stay involved in one way or another.   Hopefully by working together we can make Na Piarsaigh H&F Club be proud on the field for 2014 and win a couple of extra trophies to add to our trophy cabinet.    Members would have received a text about selectors for 2014, and anyone who is interested in taking a team, names to be received before Saturday to Jim O Sullivan on 0873328639.  

Christmas Draw Results

On behalf of Na Piarsaigh H&F Club we wish to sincerely thank everybody who supported our christmas draw, it was with the support from all committees, the underage/juvenile and camogie sections Blackpool Shopping Centre and Ballyvolane Shopping Centre.   Herewith a list of the winners and those who have not yet collected their prizes can do so by calling to the club any night after 8pm.

  • 1st prize Grahame Coolthorne, Dyke Parade,Cork ticket 02810
    2nd prize Jessica O Neill c/o Roy Cooke ticket 02951
    3rd prize Shirley Higgins ticket 08428
    4th prize Lafayettes Ladies c/o Imperial Hotel ticket 00311
    5th prize Chris Jones c/o Dominic Keohane ticket 16357
    6th prize Kevin Bell ticket 01987
    7th prize Emma Gardiner ticket 09605
    8th prize Olivia Morrissey Fairfield Square ticket 04142


Christmas Well Wishes

On behalf of Na Piarsaigh H&F Club I wish all our members, players, mentors, committees, staff and customers a very merry christmas and a prosperous new year both on and off the field from the Senior Committee

Seamus O Suilleabhain

Long Puc

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club annual long puc takes place on Saturday 28th December next.   Registration is at 12 noon.   Three players per team.  Entry fee 30euro per adult team and 15euro per juvenile team (12-14).   So why not get a team together and join us on the 28th.     Hot soup and sandwiches served afterwards.   Music in the Bar with DJ Brendan from 6pm - 9pm and then music with Tony Manning till late.     We hope to see a big crowd there as a great nights entertainment is guaranteed.


Christmas Draw

Our christmas draw takes place on Friday night in the Bar at 9pm.   We are disappointed that some members have still not returned their tickets, everyone is asked to do their bit and support their club.  Tickets are to be returned tonight and Friday night.    There will be some of the committee in the club tonight at 8pm to collect these.  

Redfm Senior Hurling League Final

Battling Piarsaigh bounce back

Na Piarsaigh 0-20 Sarsfields 2-09
Na Piarsaigh coach Sean Guiheen was full of praise for his team after they turned around a six-point half-time deficit to claim victory in the RedFM Cork SHL final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

It is 16 years since they won the Conroy Cup and after their heavy defeat by Midleton in the county championship semi-final, Guiheen was delighted to end the season on a high.    “I’m very proud of the lads. We didn’t play well against Midleton in the championship,” he said.   “We were very poor that day. But the lads have worked very hard. They are an honest bunch and they are very committed.   “This team needs a bit of silverware, something to build on. And I am delighted with the manner in which we won. We never panicked. At half-time we looked dead and buried. They proved a point, that there is a lot of bottle in them.”

Defeated county finalists Sarsfields were looking to regain the trophy they last held in 2011. Missing a number of first-choice players, and Michael Cussen who was listed on the programme but withdrew due to injury, while former county skipper Kieran Murphy, who was involved in both Sars goals, didn’t return for the second-half, also injured. However, this should not detract from the Na Piarsaigh performance.

Sarsfields were on top for the opening 30 minutes after which they led 2-7 to 0-7 thanks to a brace of Cormac Duggan majors in the 17th and 22nd minute, but the second half was one-way traffic as a superior Na Piarsaigh outscored Sarsfields 13 points to two.

“We told them they would get chances. The scoreboard was ticking over and we had missed a few goal chances. We told them not to panic, to keep plugging away. We fought for everything in the second-half.    “We tightened up considerably. There is great credit due to them, especially after what happened against Midleton,” added Guiheen.

Midfielder Eoin Moynihan (0-12) was in tremendous form, particularly from placed balls, punishing any indiscretion from Sarsfields. Their resolute defence headed up by Sean Óg Ó hAilpín and Christopher Joyce grew in stature only allowing Sars two points after the changeover (one from play).

A point from full-forward John Gardiner around the three-quarter mark saw Na Piarsaigh draw level for the first time, 0-14 to 2-8. Daniel Roche pegged one back for Sars after linking with Cian McCarthy. However, they failed to score again as Na Piarsaigh closed out with six unanswered points – four wonderfully converted Moynihan frees, and a point each from Padraig Gould and Cian O’Mahony.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: EMoynihan (0-12, 8fs, 2 65s), P Gould (0-3, 1f), C O’Mahony (0-2), S Óg Ó hAilpín, K Buckley and J Gardiner (0-1 each).
Scorers for Sarsfields: C Duggan (2-0), C McCarthy (0-4, 3fs), D Roche and G O’Loughlin (0-2 each), T Óg Murphy (0-1).

NA PIARSAIGH: A Keating; A Brady, D Mannix, A Bell; R McGregor, C Joyce, S Óg Ó hAilpín; C O’Mahony, E Moynihan; C Buckley, P O’Rourke, K Buckley; P Gould, J Gardiner, S O’Sullivan. Subs: I McDonnell for S O’Sullivan (43).

SARSFIELDS: A Kennedy; R Ryan, J Barry, C English; W Kearney, C Leahy, T Crowley; D Kearney, R Duggan; D Roche, C McCarthy, G O’Loughlin; C Duggan, K Murphy, T Óg Murphy.
Subs: E O’Sullivan for K Murphy (ht, inj), G Grey for C English (49), J Flannery for R Duggan (53), I Burke for J Barry (55, inj).

Referee: D Kirwan (Éire Óg).

Sean Og O hAilpin Autobiography

Book signing - Sean Og will be at the club on Sunday December 22nd from 12 noon to 4pm for book signing and photographs.   Books will be available to buy on the day.   Why not make a christmas present of his book to a GAA supporter for family and friends home and away.

Reardens Annual SHC All Star Awards

Congratulations to Darren Mannix who got the nod at corner-back in Reardens Annual SHC All Star Awards last Monday night after hurling efficiently as we got to the semi-final against Midleton.


Members should be aware that our AGM has been rescheduled for Sunday 5th January 2014.


From January 1st 2014 all Gaelic footballers in all age grades including all adult grades must wear mouthguards.

.  Gaelic footballers in all age grades must wear a mouthguard from January 1st 2014
.  It is the responsibility of each individual player to use a mouthguard
.  A properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries 
.  Players can be sent-off in a game for not wearing a mouthguard 
.  Players will not be covered under the GAA player injury scheme if they don’t comply with the mouthguard rule 
.  No Mouthguard? No Game!

New Football Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations



GAA Rules and Regulations Section Image

The Gaelic Football Rule Changes which become operative on 1 January 2014 are as follows:
1. Introduction of a Black Card for Cynical Behaviour Fouls.
2. Change in the number of substitutes allowed.
3. Distinction between Deliberate and Accidental Fouls.
4. Definition of the Tackle.
5. Introduction of a clearer Advantage Rule.
6. A player in possession may score a point with an open-handed hand-pass.

Cynical Behaviour Fouls
1. Deliberately pull down an opponent.
2. Deliberately trip an opponent with the hand(s), arm, leg or foot.
3. Deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of a movement of play.
4. Threaten or to use abusive or provocative language or gestures to an opponent or a teammate.
5. Remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a Match Official.

The penalty for the above fouls are:
i. Free Kick from where the foul occurred.
ii. Order Off offender by showing him a Black Card*.
iii. Allow a replacement from within the substitutions permitted*.
• Increased to SIX per team.
• Maximum of THREE permitted for Black Card Offenders.

Immediate Ordering Off Infractions (Red Cards)
1. Striking or attempting to strike with arm, elbow, hand, knee or head.
2. Kicking or attempting to kick with minimal force or with force or causing injury.
3. Behaving in any way which is dangerous to an opponent.
4. Spitting at an opponent.
5. Contributing to a melee.
6. Stamping.
7. Inflicting injury recklessly.
8. Abusive language towards a Referee, Umpire, Linesman or Sideline Official.
These are unchanged.

Cautionable Infractions (Yellow Cards)
1. To block or attempt to block with the boot when an opponent is kicking the ball from the hand(s).
2. To prevent or attempt to prevent an opponent from lifting or kicking the ball off the ground by striking an opponent’s hand, arm, foot or leg with the boot.
3. To engage in any other form of rough play.
4. To attempt to achieve an advantage by feigning a foul or injury.
The above are all currently existing Yellow Card Infractions.

Noting Infractions
1. To hold an opponent with the hand(s).
2. To use the fist on or around the body of an opponent for the purpose of dispossessing him of the ball.
3. To charge an opponent in the back or to the front.
4. To charge an opponent:
i. Who is not in possession of the ball, or
ii. Is in the act of kicking the ball, or
iii. If both players are not moving in the direction of the ball to play it.
5. To charge an opponent for the purpose of giving an advantage to a team-mate.
Noting Infractions remain unchanged – Two Notings result in a Caution (Yellow Card) with a third resulting in an Order Off (second Yellow, followed by Red).

Summary of Disciplinary System

At all levels a Black Card results in a player missing the remainder of the game.

Additionally at Senior Inter County Level:

3 x Black Cards = 1 Game suspension

3 x Double Yellow Cards = 1 Game suspension


A Combination of both (totaling 3) = 1 Game suspension

Only in senior inter-county league and championship games within the same year.

At All Other Levels:

2 x Double Yellows within 48 weeks = 2 week suspension

2 x Yellow followed by a Black Card within 48 weeks = 2 week suspension


A combination of both = 2 week suspension

At all levels except senior inter-county league and championship.

Deliberate v Accidental Fouls

A Card shall be issued only where the Infraction is deemed by the Referee to have been deliberate and not accidental.

The Tackle
The Tackle is re-defined as:
“The Tackle is a skill by which a player may dispossess an opponent or frustrate his objective within the Rules of Fair Play. The tackle is aimed at the ball, not the player. The tackler may use his body to confront the opponent but deliberate bodily contact (such as punching, slapping, arm holding, pushing, tripping, jersey pulling or a full frontal charge) is forbidden. The only deliberate physical contact can be a Fair Charge i.e. Shoulder-to-shoulder with at least one foot on the ground. More than one player can tackle the player in possession.”

Advantage Rule is defined as:
“When a foul is committed the referee may allow the play to continue if he considers it to be to the advantage of the offended team. He shall signal that advantage by raising an arm upright. If he deems no advantage to have occurred, he may subsequently award a free for that foul from where it occurred*. The referee shall allow the advantage to run by maintaining his arm in the upright position for up to five seconds after the initial foul or for less time if it becomes clear that no advantage has accrued. He shall apply any relevant disciplinary action.”

Point with Open Hand
A player in possession may score a Point with the open hand or fist.




Reardens GAA All Stars 2014

THE cream of Cork GAA will gather in Reardens Bar and Complex on Monday night November 25 at 7.30pm for the announcement of the Reardens GAA All-Stars for senior club hurling and football for the championships just ended.  Also on the night a player of the year presentation will be made to the senior footballer, hurler, camogie and ladies footballer of the year.  “Last year was a huge success,” Reardens owner Paul Montgomery said.  “The interest and debate over the team selections raged on for weeks and for those picked on the team of the year it was a great honour.  We had some great games, some great performances this year and we look forward to welcoming all the nominees and their clubmates to the event on Monday night.”


Goalkeepers: Tommy Wallis (Midleton), Deccie McCarthy (Ballymartle) 

Full-backs: Killian Burke, Patrick O’Mahony, Alywin Kearney (Midleton), Darren Mannix (Na Piarsaigh), Conor O’Sullivan (Sars), Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown) 

Half-backs: Eanna Martin, Eoin Quigley (Sars),  Finbarr O’Mahony, James Nagle (Midleton),  Seamus Corry, Patrick Dwyer (Ballymartle)  

Midfielders: Daniel Kearney (Sars), Peter Dowling, Paul Haughney (Midleton), Brian Murray (Bishopstown)

Half-forwards: Conor Lehane, Padraig O’Shea, Aidan Ryan (Midleton), Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle),  Cian McCarthy (Sars), Jamie Coughlan (Newtown)  

 Full-forwards:  Michael Cussen (Sars), Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Paul Virgo (Glen Rovers), Ian Lordan (St Finbarr’s), Ian McDonnell (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Harnedy (UCC).

 Good luck to Darren and Ian.


Our senior AGM has now been fixed for Sunday 1st December next at 2pm.   All paid up members are asked to attend.  New members are welcome.

Senior Hurling Championship .v. Midleton (Irish Examiner)

Monday, October 21, 2013
By Jim O’Sullivan

Midleton 2-21 Na Piarsaigh 1-06
IT may have taken them a while to find their form and settle into a winning rhythm in Pairc Uí Chaoimh yesterday, but once they succeeded in restraining Na Piarsaigh after a promising start, Midleton’s young lions were on course for an appearance in the Cork SHC final after a lapse of 19 years.
Conor Lehane, again their leading scorer, inspired them with a vital goal in the 28th minute and they virtually owned the second-half with a powerful all-round display.
Team coach Peter Smith agreed they could have done with a sterner test, saying: “you could only play what was in front of you. Sars had a similar path. But, for the first half it was in the balance. The guys that are there won’t even remember the great years. They are making their own history and hopefully this will be the time they get over the line.”

Selector Bill Kelleher accepted Na Piarsaigh could have ‘no excuses.’ He admitted: “We had a good start, but for the first goal Midleton got, we lost the ball in the forward line. It kind of settled them and they came into the game and picked off their scores at will after that. We are disappointed, but they were superb on the day.”
With John Gardiner passing a fitness test, the city side got the perfect start when Cian Buckley followed the opening point with a 10th minute goal awarded by the umpire when goalkeeper Tommy Wallace was adjudged to have caught the ball behind the line. It reflected much better play, particularly in defence where Sean Óg Ó hAilpín bettered Lehane in early exchanges, while Gardiner was to the fore at midfield.
Notably, however, Midleton were quick to respond, with Luke O’Farrell opening their scoring and the second of two points from Brian Hartnett bringing them level in the 15th minute. The other score had come from Aidan Ryan and these three were to play major roles, along with Lehane who put them in front two minutes later (after switching to full-forward).
Additionally, the backs quickly grew in confidence and once more Paul Haughey and Peter Dowling formed a capable midfield pairing.
Na Piarsaigh remained in contention, but under mounting pressure, and went 10 minutes before Keith Buckley got their third score. However, by then it was clear Midleton were in the ascendancy, much more forceful in attack – with captain Padraig O’Shea also very prominent in the half-forward line .

In contrast, it was a struggle for the city side to get scores despite the work of the former Cork stars and current county man Christopher Joyce. Midleton went four points clear with their opening goal in the 26th minute — created by Hartnett’s industry in the corner — with Aidan Ryan kicking the ball over the line after ’keeper Alan Keating had stopped a powerful shot from him. In another two minutes, they had the ball in the net again, Lehane the scorer this time (O’Farrell the provider) with another demonstration of his brilliance and it saw them turn over at half-time leading 2-8 to 1-4.
Na Piarsaigh resumed with a third pointed free from Ian McDonnell and the fact they were confined to just one more point for the rest of the game (from sub Stephen O’Sullivan in the 41st minute) amply illustrated the grip Midleon were to exert on the play. Lehane, starting again on the wing on Ó hAilpín before again moving inside, put over a free and then scored from play and (having earlier pointed from a sideline), demonstrated his accuracy by putting over a ’65. That was in the 42nd minute, after Keating had denied O’Farrell a goal.
From there to the finish, it was virtually one-way traffic and Midleton could afford the luxury of replacing Lehane, Haughney and O’Farrell in the closing minutes.

Scorers for Midleton: C. Lehane 1-8 (0-3f, 0-1 ’65, 0-1 sideline); A. Ryan 1-2; B. Hartnett 0-4; L. O’Farrell, P. O’Shea and C. Walsh 0-2 each; P. O’Keeffe 0-1.
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: C. Buckley 1-1; K. McDonnell 0-3 frees; K. Buckley and S. O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
MIDLETON: T. Wallace; K. Burke, P. O’Mahony, A. Kearney; S. O’Farrell, F. O’Mahony, J. Nagle; P. Haughney, P. Dowling; P. O’Shea (capt..), A. Ryan, C. Lehane; D. Ryan, L. O’Farrell, B. Hartnett.
Subs: C. Walsh for D. Ryan (35); P. O’Keeffe for Lehane (54); E. Walsh for Haughney (55); K. Mulcahy for O’Farrell (57); E. Mulcahy for P. O’Mahony (59).

Na PIARSAIGH: A. Keating; A. Brady, D. Mannix, E. Moynihan; S. Óg Ó hAilpín, C. Joyce, A. Dennehy; C. O’Mahony, J. Gardiner; K. Buckley, P. O’Rourke, I. McDonnell; S. Duggan, P. Gould, C. Buckley. Subs: A. Hogan for Gould (ht); S. O’Sullivan for Duggan (38); R. McGregor for Mannix (inj. 41); P. Cumming for K. Buckley (44); S. Glasgow for McDonnell (49).
Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Eire Óg).
© Irish Examiner Ltd

Rebel Og Academy 2013/2014

The Rebel Og Academy is currently seeking applications for coaches interested in becoming mentors with Cork Development Squads for the coming year 2013 / 2014.
Interested parties are asked to read the outline of possible roles below and the application process outlined underneath.
Appointments will be made to the following teams in both football and hurling. All age groups are based on 2014 competitions.
The full Rebel Og Academy programme for the next twelve months will be published in the coming weeks.

It is proposed to run the U17 programme along the same lines as the Cork Minor programme (to a limited degree), a proposal which has been agreed in principle with the Cork Minor Football mentors. This age group would not then be part of the camp programme.

As the Cork Minor hurling management is not yet in place, the calendar of dates for this group has yet to be agreed. However, the U17 squads are still the responsibility of the Rebel Og Academy and appointments will be made by Coiste na nOg as with the younger age groups.

3-5 mentors to be appointed.

U15 / U16 - Regional Teams

These teams will be our second tier and will replace last year's Rebel or B squads. They are currently under the supervision of the GDAs in each area.

Period: Oct 2013 - April 2014
No. of mentors in brackets.
U15 Regional Football Cork West (5) Cork Mid-West (5) Cork North (5) Cork City (5)
U16 Regional Football Cork West (5) Cork Mid-West (5) Cork North (5) Cork City (5)

U15 Regional Hurling Cork East (5) Cork City (5) Cork North (5) Cork West (5)
U16 Regional Hurling Cork East (5) Cork City (5) Cork North (5) Cork West (5)

The teams listed above will play train regionally and play one official inter-regional game each on the Tuesday (hurling) and Thursday (football) of each of the four camps (Halloween, Xmas, Feb mid-term and Easter).

Then on May 1st, the best of these players will mainly form the Cork B squads for the summer programme. The mentors for the Cork B tournament teams will be drawn from the pool of regional mentors.

Mardyke Panels: Period Oct 2013 - Oct 2014
Cork U15 A football - 30 players - 5 mentors to be appointed
Cork U15 A hurling - 30 players - 5 mentors to be appointed

Cork U16 A football - 30 players - 5 mentors to be appointed
Cork U16 A hurling - 30 players - 5 mentors to be appointed

The teams listed will complete the camp programme from October to April and then mainly form the Cork A panel for tournaments for the summer programme.

Camps will take place during school holidays running from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The U14s will not go to camp at the Mardyke, but will instead play at regional level from Oct to April, before then forming county squads for the summer programme.
They are currently under the supervision of the GDAs in each area.
No. of mentors in brackets.

U14 A & B Regional Football Cork West (5) Cork Mid-West (5) Cork North (5) Cork City (5)
U14 A & B Regional Hurling Cork East (5) Cork City (5) Cork North (5) Cork West (5)

The teams listed above will play train regionally and play one official inter-regional game each on the Tuesday (hurling) and Thursday (football) of each of the four camps (Halloween, Xmas, Feb mid-term and Easter).

Then on May 1st, the best of these players will form the Cork A & B squads for the summer programme. The mentors for the Cork U14 tournament teams will be drawn from the GDAs and the pool of regional mentors.
Please note that the calendar of dates has been agreed with Coiste na nOg officers, but further consultation with regional committees must follow, before it becomes official.

Coaches are asked to reply to this email, if interested in putting their name forward.

In your reply, please indicate the following:

Name & Club
Whether you are interested in coaching football / hurling or both.
The age group you are most interested in i.e. U14, U15, U16 or U17.
The level i.e. Regional or County which would suit you best in terms of time
The qualifications, capabilities and experience you feel you would bring to the position.

All replies by email only to Kevin O'Donovan at the following email address, before next Wednesday, October 16th.


All applications will be assessed by the appointments committee and based on their subsequent recommendations, all appointments will be made by Coiste na nOg.

Feel free to ring me if you have any queries, but applications must be forwarded by email.

Mise le meas,
Kevin O'Donovan,
Cork Development Squads Administrator

Semi final Championship

Well lads time is fast approaching for the semi final of the County.   Sunday 20th October Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 3.45pm is where we want all our support.    The lads are ready and fit and we expect a big crowd there.   

Also car flags are available in the Office 5euro for 2.    Call in the mornings 10am to 1pm and buy them.

End of Championships

Well lads our juvenile championships are coming to an end and on Sunday next our fe13c's will be playing the semi final of their hurling championship against Bishopstown at home at 11.30.    Followed by our fe14's playing the quarter final of their football championship against the Barrs at home at 2.30pm.    Your support for these games please.

Also outstanding is the final of our Minor B's no date yet for this.

Our fe16c's are playing the semi final of their hurling championship on the 20th October against Blackrock 2 in Church Road at 12 noon.

After our fe13c's finishing out their hurling championship they will be playing their football championship quarter final against Eire Og 2 on the 19th October at home, no time yet for this one.

Our fe15's have yet to play their football championship again no date for this.

Also and more important for the club our Senior Hurlers are out in their semi final of the County on the 20th October at 3.45pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh against the winners of Bishopstown/Midleton.   We are waiting patiently for this very important game to happen.   Watch this space.

Aussie Football Game 2013.

Well lads its that time of the year again our Aussie friends, the Victoria Amateur Fooball Association of Melbourne are back in town and are out to avenge their loss when we played them back in 2011.  They play us on Friday 4th October next under lights on Pitch 2 kick off at 7.30pm.    Enjoy a game of football with our Aussie neighbours.   There is also entertainment in the Bar afterwards, so why not join us on Friday, your support would be grately appreciated.

Senior Hurling Championship

D Day is fast approaching lads!  we play our quarter final of the hurling championship on Saturday 5th October against Glen Rovers in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 4.15pm throw in.    Your support please for this very important game we expect a big crowd to attend.  

A supporters bus for our underage will be run from fe10 upwards and will cost 2 euro. Any team going must have at least 1 or 2 mentors with them on the bus.    Meeting in club at 3pm leaving at 3.15pm sharp.   Contact Mick McGrath on 0866015336 and let him know whose travelling. 

Good luck to everyone involved.

fe21 and Senior Hurling Championship

Our fe21s will be playing their championship soon and a date will be put up on the website.    Our senior hurlers will be playing Glen Rovers in the quarter final of the county on Saturday 5th October next at 4.15pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, keep this date in your diary and we will advise you all of the fe21 championship.

All Ireland Final (Replay)

We have to do it all again on Saturday 28th September 5pm in GAA headquarters.    This time they have reduced the stand tickets to 45e and the terrace tickets to 25e.    Wont get as big a crowd as they got in the first game I think, cost a lot of bobs to go to the second game.     Nonetheless we will be with them in spirit and looking at the television.    Again good luck to Chris and the Cork Team we should do it this time, Clare had their chance!!


We have two tournaments taking place on Saturday 14th the Christy Coughlan Annual fe14 Hurling Tournament and on Sunday 15th the Micky Coade Annual fe15 Hurling Tournament.    Please note these dates in your diary as we will be looking for helpers anad volunteers to give a hand for an hour just to get things up and running.

Senior Hurling Championship

Its getting very close now our senior team are playing the 1st round of the Senior Hurling Championship on Saturday 1st June at 6pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.    Support is vital for this game and we are asking members and supporters to attend in Pairc Ui Rinn.     We wish Sean and the lads all the best - Na Piarsaigh Abu -

The Underage will be running a bus to the match for the kids so anyone from aged 11 to 16 that want to go in the bus please ring Mick McGrath on 0866015336 to book your seat.

Coffee Morning 96fm Radiothon/Mercy Hospital

The Juvenile Section wish to thank everybody who took part in the Coffee Morning last Saturday.    The day went off very well and we raised a total of 1000e for 96fm.    We wish to thank all those who contributed money to this event give yourself a pat on the back!.
We thank the Ladies Committee and all other committees who helped out. 

Coffee Morning - 96fm Radiothon

Again we are running a coffee morning in aid of the 96fm Radiothon in the club.  Everybody is invited to this coffee morning so why not make a day of it and join us for a coffee and scone also we have the Cashman Cup fe10s playing on the pitch in the morning

Presentation Night

Our presentation night will take place on Saturday 25th May in the function hall to present medals to last years winners ie. fe13s, fe16a, fe16b and Minor B on winning their championships and league titles.   All players and mentors are asked to attend with club gear on them as pictures will be taken by the Evening Echo.    Parents are also invited to attend we hope to see a big crowd there.   Food will be provided to the players and tea and sandwiches to the parents.

Camogie Feile Final

Good luck to our ladies tonight who play the final of the Feile B in Castle Road, Mahon at 6.15pm against Clonakilty.    Our girls also play the semi final of the Junior A League against Enniskeane on Saturday 18th May again in Castle Road at 3.30pm.    So come on and support our girls.

I gCuimhne Pol O Concubhair R.I.P.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Paul O'Connor

 THE MEMORY of former Na Piarsaigh and UCC hurling legend Paul O’Connor will be honoured at a new primary school hurling tournament which takes place tomorrow.

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG will host the Paul O’Connor Memorial Blitz for fourth and fifth class pupils at their grounds from 9.30am. Fittingly, the final of the competition will be held in Na Piarsaigh’s main pitch at 2pm.

O’Connor, who died tragically last September, had strong links to the North Mon, and won a Harty Cup and Croke Cup in 1980 as part of a highly-talented team that included Tony O’Sullivan and Tomás Mulcahy, and was coached by Donal O’Grady.

He was best known for his involvement with UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup, landing a remarkable five titles as a player and five as a manager, and was named in the Centenary Fitzgibbon team at midfield. UCC’s John Grainger and the Fitzgibbon trophy, which the College won in his honour this year, will be present tomorrow.

The blitz was organised by Gaelcholáiste Mhuire principal Donal Ó Buachalla in conjunction with Na Piarsaigh and eight schools will take part: Scoil Íosagáin, Scoil Mhuire Fatima – which is the North Mon’s primary school, Sunday’s Well NS, Blarney NS, Rathpeacon NS, Cloghroe NS, Watergrasshill NS, Carrig na bhFear NS and Gaelscoil Peig Seyers.

Paul O’Connor had a grá for the Irish language as well as a passion for hurling and his family were delighted to see him remembered in the tournament, which will become an annual event.

Na Piarsaigh and the North Mon have always been closely connected, and that bond has been maintained in the Gaelcholáiste arm of the Mon.

They reached the Dean Ryan final last year, losing to De La Salle, and the starting 15 in the decider featured 10 Na Piarsaigh players and five from Glen Rovers. This year’s Na Piarsaigh Féile team, coached by Paul’s nephew and namesake, included 12 players who attend Gaelcholáiste Mhuire.

The expectation is the school’s Harty Cup team will be highly competitive over the next two seasons, and they have access to top-class facilities, including an astroturf hurling wall and a large indoor PE hall.

Intermediate Football Championship

Piarsaigh’s powerful rally proves decisive

By Barry Coughlan

Na Piarsaigh 2-17 Kiskeam 2-10 (AET)
Fourteen-man Na Piarsaigh came good in the latter stages of yesterday’s intense battle for supremacy with Kiskeam to snatch a deserved Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship victory against the odds.Na Piarsaigh looked destined to have to go through the backdoor route as they trailed by five points with just four minutes of normal time remaining.
Suddenly, they found new reserves of energy and a couple of quick-fire points and a brilliant 58th minute goal from Steve Glasgow, with the all important perfect cross from Niall Cronin, put them back on level terms.
Even then, Kiskeam struck back to take the lead with a Billy Dennehy point and it took an injury-time score from Alan Hogan to push this delicately balanced game into extra-time.
For much of the opening 60 minutes there was little between the sides, even if Na Piarsaigh had fallen away to allow the west Cork side power into a five point lead, 2-9 to 0-10 after a nip and tuck first-half that left the city team a point to the good at the break, 1-3 to 0-7.
There were significant scoring contributions from Kiskeam’s Billy Dennehy and from both Steve Glasgow and John Gardiner for Na Piarsaigh.
It all added up to a great battle but Kiskeam generally played the more constructive football for a good period of the second half with Michael Casey the standout player on view.
Many teams might have thrown in the towel as the minutes ticked away, but it was Kiskeam who panicked instead and they allowed Na Piarsaigh come with that late rally by falling back in defence. It was to cost them dearly.
The extra 20 minutes proved to be a bridge too far for Kiskeam, although Na Piarsaigh could still only muster one point in the first half of extra-time, the score coming from Glasgow courtesy of a free.
The dismissal of Hogan for a second yellow card offence could have been costly for Na Piarsaigh, but if anything they rallied as a result.
Gardiner and Gould each pointed to put a goal between the sides and with three minutes remaining, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín sent Cian O’Mahony away to crash home a goal that settled the issue. Gardiner had the last say with a pointed free and Kiskeam were left to rue their inability to protect that normal time lead.
Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: S Glasgow 1-4 (0-3 from frees), C O’Mahony 1-2, J Gardiner 0-7 (0-3 from frees), A Hogan 0-3, P Gould 0-1.
Scorers for Kiskeam: B Dennehy 1-6 (0-4 from frees), N Cronin 1-1, M Herlihy, A J O’Connor, G Casey 0-1 each.
NA PIARSAIGH: J O’Connor, C Hourigan, E McCarthy, E Moynihan, T Lawton, P Rourke, A Brady, S Óg Ó hAilpín, J Gardiner, G Joyce, S Glasgow, C O’Mahony, P. Cumming, A Keating, A Hogan,.
Subs: K Buckley for Joyce (55), P Gould for Keating (70), C Lynch for Glasgow (73).
KISKEAM: B Daly, S Linehan, J Dennehy, D J Casey, AJ O’Connor, D Linehan, P Cronin, M Casey, E O’Mahony, D Fitzgerald, M Herlihy, R Carroll, G Casey, B Dennehy, N Cronin.
Subs: J McAuliffe for Linehan, T O’Sullivan for Carroll (both 63).
Referee: J O’Leary (Mallow).

Non Exam Groups

The non exam groupings have now been made and are as follows:-

Hurling - Group 1 (B): Bishopstown, Inniscarra, Na Piarsaigh, Sliabh Rua, Blarney
Football - Group 1 (A): Bishopstown, Douglas, Macroom, Na Piarsaigh, St.Finbarrs, St.Nicholas.

1st Round Games:  Hurling - Na Piarsaigh .v. Sliabh Rua
1st Round Games: Football - Macroom .v. Na Piarsaigh

Air Fresheners & Key Rings

Air Fresheners and Key Rings in our club colours are now being sold behind the Bar the price of each is 2e why not support your club and buy one.

Club Lotto

Hey lads the Lotto is now at 12,300e highest it has ever been.   Get your envelopes for 2e behind the Bar or in the Arena.    For 2e you could be in with a chance to win.   Lotto can also be played online at locallotto.ie.   If your not in you cant win.

Cork City Marathon

You can still register for the Cork City Marathon.  The date