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Covid19 Update for Clubs

In the coming weeks activity will return to GAA pitches all over the county they are but the first tentative steps in easing of restrictions north and south and they are dependant on virus numbers being manageable, but for the first time in a long time, there is hope again.
In the 26 counties juvenile training in non-contact pods will be allowed from April 26th.  There is no fixed date on when adult club training can resume but it is hoped that this might follow soon after some time in May if Government permits.  However, viligance remains absolutely vital, so too, does compliance with public health guidelines.

2020 Injury Fund extension to 31st May.  This means that the GAA Injury Benefit Fund cover remains in place based on existing 2020 team registrations.  It is a condition of the extended 2020 Injury Fund cover to 31st May 2021 that in advance of any permitted return to train or play in either April or May  "All players will still be required to be individually registered for the 2021 season on the "Foireann" membership system".  2020 player registrations will "NOT" carry over into 2021 and cover will be declined if a player is not fully registered for the 2021 season in advance of any return to train or play in 2021. 

Northside Club Support Programme 2021

Cork Sports Partnership through the Northside Sports Hub are delighted to offer all sports clubs in the Northside free access to the new Club Support Training Programme.

By signing up your club coaches, each participant will receive free places on the following courses (note: max 6 places from each club):

  1. Tues, 23rd March: 7-9pm (Certified) Sport Ireland Coaching - Physical Literacy (Course Info Click Here)

  2. Tues, 30th March: 6.30-8.30pm Creating & Adapting Club Roles (Course Info Click Here)

  3. Tues, 13th April: 7-9pm (Certified) Sports First Aid (Course Info Click Here)

  4. Tues, 20th April: 6.30-9.30pm (Certified) Safeguarding 1 Child Protection in Sport (Course Info Click Here)

We would appreciate if you could please circulate this information to your volunteers, coaches etc.

To register: https://eventmaster.ie/event/yKOxtPOSVy

Update on Rebel Bounty Draw

The last few days are left to join Rebel Bounty Draw and support your club.   If you wish to join please contact Brian Gardiner on 0868457871.  

Further to our article regarding Rebel Bounty Draw we would now ask members old and new to get involved in the draw to help raise much needed funds for our club.  We are appealing to new members to get involved in the draw which will help with the maintenance and upkeep of our club and to improve on the facilities we have for our players so that we can give them the best to help us compete with the best.

For as little as 2e a week you can join the draw.   We are hoping to set up a direct debit for 10e per month for 10 months, or if you wish to pay in 2 instalments of 50e or a once off payment of 100e.  The more people we can get to join the draw the greater reward for the club.   We think this is a way to alleviate some of the problems we have and everyone can play a part in supporting the club.

We appeal to you all to join this draw and help us make Na Piarsaigh vibrant and competitive again.

People can contact the following:
Billy Daly 0872656832
Denis O Neill 0868183188
Billy Kelleher 0862469674
Brian Gardiner 0868457871

Membership for 2021

We wish to advise members that membership for 2021 is now due hereunder are the categories.

  • All players 125e
  • Non playing adults 100e
  • 3rd Level students 75e
  • 2nd Level students 50e
  • OAP's 50e

Closing date is the 31st March 2021, all players and selectors must pay their membership.

Membership can now be paid through Clubforce and we would ask all members where possible to pay through this app.

Eamonn Ryan RIP

Eamonn Ryan: A lifetime of service as player, coach, manager.

Eamonn Ryan was at the helm when Na Piarsaigh won the club's maiden Cork SHC title in 1990 before his storied tenure as Cork ladies football manager.

Eamonn Ryan played senior football for Cork between 1963 and 1968 and later returned as Cork manager from 1980-84.  As a player, Eamonn lined out at corner and centre forward on Cork's back-to-back Munster winning teams in 1966 and 1967.  The latter campaign saw the county come up three points short to Meath in the All Ireland decider.   He'd win two Sigerson Cups with UCC during this period and was captain of the college team that unsuccessfully contested the 1967 county final against Beara.   It was to prove one of the few occasions success would elude him on county final day.

The ability to connect with people was commented on last year by Na Piarsaigh's Bill Kelleher when recalling the club's maiden Cork SHC title in 1990, a campaign for which Eamonn was the Na Piarsaigh coach.  "Eamonn was first class.  He had a great attitude with the players and got the best out of them" said Kelleher.    He was there again as coach when Na Piarsaigh won a second county championship in 1995 and lent a hand during our all conquering 2004 campaign too.
"What he did for Na Piarsaigh will never be forgotten.   A gentleman "tweeted former Na Piarsaigh and Cork hurler John Gardiner.

Eamonn Ryan will never be forgotten in Na Piarsaigh H&F Club.  Our thoughts are with his wife Pat and family.  Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.  

To members, supporters and friends

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club would like to take this time to wish all their members, supporters and friends a very happy christmas and to be safe during these times, and we hope to see you all in 2021 when it is safe and feasible to open up our premises again.  

Na Piarsaigh & Zartis Training Programme

Regarding the scholarship program with our sponsor Zartis application are now kicking off on Friday 5th February next so if you are interested in a place on this course please contact Adnan Tuccar on adnan@zartis.com before Friday next.   Zartis will be paying the costs of this course for whoever decides to take them up on their offer.  So if you are interested in doing IT now is your chance.

are a digital service provider with a talented team of professional with offices across Ireland, Spain, Poland, Germany and the UK.  They started as a SaaS company in 2009 developing HR software.  From here they evolved into a consultancy business for the tech sector, helping customers to build software and software teams in a better way.  Today they partner with firms across financial services, healthcare, media, logistics technology and renewable energy among many others and work with a broad array of technologies.   Na Piarsaigh H&F Club are proud to have ZARTIS now on board as our Sponsor for 2021 and we would hope that some members will take up this training programme.

Na Piarsaigh & Zartis Training Programme
Zartis wishes to provide focused training and support to connect club members with job opportunities in the IT sector. Zartis will cover all costs associated with this training. We will offer training in two different areas; software development and digital marketing.
Some club members will be more suited to software development, and others will have abilities more suited to marketing. Round 1 will focus on software development, which we want to launch in early February, and we will aim to launch the digital marketing round later that month. Details regarding the software development training are included below, and details about the marketing training will follow early in the new year. 

Full-Stack Software Development Diploma:
This course gives participants hands-on experience creating web technologies.
Content is industry-validated & University accredited. The course is 100% online. It is
suitable for beginners or those with an existing skill-set.

Who Should Apply for Software Development Training
Apply for this if you found subjects like maths and science enjoyable in school and if you are good at problem solving.  You can complete the course at your own pace, but you will need to be able to invest some time consistently.  You don’t need any formal qualifications to take on the course.

Who Should Apply for Marketing Training
Apply for this if you were good at writing and languages at school, and you are good at communicating.  You don’t need any formal qualifications to take on the course.

Technical Mentor: Each participant in software development training is paired with an
experienced Zartis software developer and will get continuous support throughout the
course. We will provide similar support on the marketing side.
Business Mentor: Each participant is paired with a Zartis business team member who will help them gain the necessary soft skills to excel in the job market, from CV preparation and job applications to communication and interview skills.

1. Complete an online coding challenge.
2. Upon successful completion of the coding challenge, you will be invited to meet with a Zartis team member, and we will make an individual plan for you

Our Goal
The IT sector has more job openings than any other industry in Ireland right now. Our aim is to support Na Piarsaigh club members who want to change careers, develop new skills and improve their standard of living.

This opportunity is open to all club members - for more details, contact our
Project Lead, Adnan Tuccar. You can reach him via email - adnan@zartis.com

Here are some questions and answers which may be helpful:
Is the training open to school going members or do they need to be in
third level education ?
. We can make training available to whoever wants it, and has the time and
interest to finish it out. It would be tough to balance the training along with
the leaving cert at the same time, but it could be done. If someone left school
early without the leaving cert, that's not a problem from our perspective.

Some people struggle with school but do well in these training programmes.
Is there a minimum age ?
. Not really, but 17 is probably the youngest age worth considering, as you will
need to have a lot of self-motivation to finish things out.

Is there a limit to the number of entrants, is there only one position on
each course available ?
. We have 10 x courses Code Institute available, and we can acquire more if
needed. The Code Institute courses sell for around €6,000 each, so we would
just ask that whoever takes one is prepared to take it seriously and put in the
time needed. Not everyone who starts the training will finish it, but we want
people who will give it a real shot.

What is the duration of the course, how many hours per week would be
. For the software course, they would need more commitment than for the
marketing course. Daily 3 hours at least so that they can finish in around 6
months. For marketing daily 1-2 hours should be enough.

Can you give us more detail on the University Credit Rating and how it
might be applied to further education courses in Ireland?
. The Code Institute course is a Level 5 Diploma on the European Qualification
Framework, accredited by Edinburgh Napier University and recognized by the
Higher Education Authority in Ireland. It's also recognised in the US, Canada
and many parts of Europe. There is more information available here:

Here are the links to start the application process:
Software: https://codeinstitute.net/5-step-challenge-zartis-level-up/
Digital Marketing: https://my.digitalmarketinginstitute.com/diagnostic/register/ie-lup/zarlup12kspaie

Rebels Bounty

Rebels Bounty Draw:
At present in the Cork GAA Draw 47% commission goes to clubs and half of all sales went to club regardless.
With Rebel Bounty a base number of tickets per club ie.100 from us as we are a senior club will go directly to the Cork County Board, anything after that will come back to the club.  For example a senior club selling 350 tickets will receive a total of 25k  and an opportunity to sell extra tickets at 100% return to your club.

The first draw will take place on the weekend of February 27th/28th (January & February Draws). 
Entries will close on March 24th, ahead of the March draw and there will be no further ticket sales after this date. The draw will run from January to December.
The prize fund has been increased to over half a million euros with a top jackpot prize of €100,000 for our end-of-year draw in December 2021. There will be 30 prizes each month and a breakdown of all prizes is attached.

Club Payments
Club payment will be due across 2 equal instalments, before close of business on Tuesday, February 16th and Tuesday, May 18th, based on full commission payable on the minimum quotas below, regardless of sales: 
  • Senior Club (100 x €100)
  • Intermediate Club (70 x €100)
  • Junior A Club (55 x €100)
  • Junior B / C Club (35 x €100)
  • Colleges (25 x €100)
Draw Office / Promotion
The Rebels' Bounty office will be located in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, with the existing draw staff partnering with the County Board / Pàirc Uí Chaoimh office team. Brochures will be circulated to Clubs soon.

The existing online portal and coordinator login details will continue as before and we will be working with all clubs not currently using the portal to activate their accounts as an increased focus on online sales/management will follow.

We will also be steadily migrating to a paperless system but will continue to facilitate any coordinators who may need assistance.

A new website will be launched and will be incorporated on the existing Cork GAA main website, while online sales will continue with funds directed back to clubs as outlined above.
Terms & Conditions

Minimum price of €100. Clubs may incorporate the ticket in membership bundles, but €100 must be lodged either locally or centrally for each ticket.
Maximum of number of entries per member is 5. Maximum of two names per ticket.
It is the responsibility of each club to ensure that each person in the draw is fully paid and up to date monthly and each new member is authorised to enter the draw by the Club chairperson / Draw coordinator each month.

Club financial accounts showing all ticket sales to be presented to the County Board at the end of each year as per existing rule.

Only Clubs affiliated to Cork County Committee may enter the draw. Any local arrangements with sales by other units can only function under the parent Club and the overall coordinator.

 Direct Debits / Credit Cards

 The Cork GAA Clubs Draw is currently being phased out. All draws have been completed and creditors / debtors will be closed.

A significant number of monthly direct debits are already in place for the Clubs Draw which will now migrate to Rebels' Bounty


Referee Recruitment 2021

Due to the increased games programs across all ages from U12 to Senior, in Hurling, football, Camogie and ladies' football, referees are always in demand.
  • How many referees in your Club?
  • How many games does your club play each year?
  • Does your club have the required number of referees to cope?
Are there members of your club who are starting out or have recently finished playing games and would like to remain involved in the GAA?.
This is an ideal opportunity for them to help their club in an active and healthy way.
Cork GAA are running out a new referee pathway for 2021. This new pathway will contain a monitoring and mentoring program for all new referees. With top GAA referees involved in this new program - Referee Recruitment Officer Colm Lyons, Referees Administrator Rebel Og Diarmuid Kirwan, Referee Administrator Cork GAA Niall Barrett and the many referees in your region, all there to provide support and assistance now is a good time to start on your pathway to refereeing.  
Full training will be provided followed up with a Monitoring and Mentoring program for all new referees. Referees Kits are provided.
For those in your club who may wish to take part simply follow the link below and fill in the expression
of interest form.

Na Piarsaigh Last Man Standing Competition

Na Piarsaigh Last Man Standing - Prize 500e
Rules & Regulations
1. Entries and fee of 10e to be returned to contacts below by Friday 20th November 6pm.  Payments can be made via the seller/contacts below/Revolut/Paypal.

2. Select a team to win in the Premier league for the 4 rounds above.

3. If your team loses or draws you are out.

4. You can only selecct each team once.

5. In the event of a cancelled match, your pick is deemed a win and you advance to the next round.  Team selected cannot be picked again as it was deemed a win.

6. If you are still in the competition after week 4, it is your responsibility to notify the committee of your pick.

7. If entry is not received the day before commencement of the gameweek, your pick will be made for you (Selected Alphabetically, ie Arsenal (if already picked, next Aston Villa and so on).

8. Last Man continues until only one person remains and wins the pot. If all remaining players lose in the previous round, they all go through to the next round until there is one clear winner.

9. *** Dates and times of games subject to Premier League.

10. Gameweeks for further rounds will be posted on Social Media pages.

11. Spreadsheet of picks and entrants will be shared on Social Media pages once finalised.
Contact for further picks after week 4:
Na Piarsaigh Social Media Pages 
Gordon Joyce 0877592490
Brian Gardiner 0864857871
Lorraine Buckley 0872101778
Brian Buckley 0857275777
Carol Casey 0868917088

Forms can also be obtained from the Office.  

Last Man Standing has now been completed and our congratulations go to John O Connell who was the outright winner.  Well done John.   And well done to Gordon Joyce the instigator of Last Man Standing.   Well done to everyone who took part it was greatly appreciated.  Watch out for the next one.

Senior Hurling Cship .v. Glen Rovers (Echo)

 Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers, turns away from Christopher Joyce and Anthony Dennehy, Na Piarsaigh, in the Premier SHC game at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Glen Rovers blast past Na Piarsaigh into a county semi-final as top seed - Denis Hurley

Glen Rovers 2-21 Na Piarsaigh 0-12

GLEN Rovers secured a semi-final spot in the Co-op SuperStores Cork Premier SHC as they powered past Na Piarsaigh in Group C at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

Going into the game, the Glen and city rivals Blackrock each had scoring differences of 16 points but a 15-point victory for the Glen ensured they finished with the best record and top seeding. 

However, despite the loss for Na Piarsaigh, St Finbarr’s win over Carrigtwohill ensured that the Fairhill side progressed to the quarter-finals, where they will play UCC, who have emerged from the divisions/colleges section.

Beaten by Imokilly in last year’s final, the Glen are now favourites in many people’s eyes and they achieved a third group win in impressive fashion, with Patrick Horgan scoring 13 points while Simon Kennefick contributed 1-4. In defence, Robert Downey was imperious.

 Simon Kennefick, Glen Rovers, takes on Kyle Power, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Simon Kennefick, Glen Rovers, takes on Kyle Power, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The Glen began well with points from Horgan and Dean Brosnan while Piarsaigh struggled in front of the posts, firing three early wides and seeing a free come back off the post.

While Craig Hanifin got them of the mark, Horgan and Simon Kennefick replied. The latter’s point came after a searching crossfield ball from Downey and it was the right half-back who was responsible for their goal on 13 minutes as a delivery from him travelled all the way to the net.

They were 1-5 to 0-2 in front at the water-break and they should have added more goals on the resumption but Kennefick was denied by a good Anthony Dennehy hook and Conor Dorris’s ground-shot was just wide.

With Evan Sheehan beginning to make his present felt in attack, Na Piarsaigh did finish the half strongly, scoring four of the last six points, while the Glen needed a great David Dooling block to deny Dan Gunning.

Even so, last year’s runners-up retired with a 1-11 to 0-8 advantage and they dominated the third quarter, with Simon Kennefick impressing as they moved 1-15 to 0-10 clear. Horgan’s 11th point of the night put them nine clear after the resumption and, though, Sheehan replied with his eighth for Piarsaigh, Kennefick nabbed another Glen goal on 54, benefiting after a great catch and run by Mark Dooley.

Kennefick, Dooley and Horgan augmented the advantage even further and they could even afford a Horgan penalty miss – the ball hitting the post and going wide – after Brosnan was fouled. They had done enough, with Horgan’s 13th point of the night franking the win and an overall scoring-difference of 31.

They now have a wait before playing Sarsfields or Erin’s Own in the semi-finals.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: P Horgan 0-13 (0-10 f), S Kennefick 1-4, R Downey 1-1, D Brosnan, L Coughlan, M Dooley 0-1 each.    Na Piarsaigh: E Sheehan 0-9 (0-4 f), S Forde, C Hanifin, G Joyce 0-1 each.

GLEN ROVERS: C Hickey; S McDonnell, D Dooling, A Lynch; R Downey, B Moylan, D Noonan; D Cronin, A O’Donovan; D Brosnan, P Horgan, M Dooley; C Dorris, S Kennefick, L Coughlan.    Subs: D Tynan for Dooley (42-47, blood), L Horgan for Coughlan (47).

NA PIARSAIGH: L Donovan; A Dennehy, K Power, C Buckley; G Joyce, C Joyce, D Connery; K Forde, K Buckley; C Hanifin, E Sheehan, K Moynihan; D Gunnin, P Guest, S Forde.    Subs: E Hanifin for Gunning (43), G Healy for Buckley (46), D Lee for Moynihan (51), D Maguire for C Hanifin (60).

Referee: C Lane (Banteer).

Club Shop

As we now head into Level 5 lockdown the shop will remain closed until the 1st December next due to Covid19 restrictions.   We apologise to everyone but hope to see you back on the 1st December.

Senior Hurling Cship .v. UCC (Examiner)

UCC 2-20
Na Piarsaigh 3-11

THE STUDENTS COMPLETED the last four line-up tonight in the Cork senior hurling title race, UCC claiming a grip on this clash in the second half and successfully holding off Na Piarsaigh.

Cork All-Ireland winner Tom Kenny watched his side pull clear by six at the final whistle and that was a merited position. The outcome propels them into a semi-final meeting with Blackrock. It’s 21 years since the pair met in a decider with Blackrock running out convincing victors, a 2020 final spot is now the prize on offer.

A compressed schedule is customary for UCC players when they journey deep into the championship. Between Limerick hurling, Kerry football and Cork club games, six of their starting side had been in combat yesterday. Those players adapted though, Padraig Power shooting 1-4 after helping his club Blarney win a county quarter-final last night. Paddy O’Loughlin stood tall at the heart of defence after tasting disappointment in Limerick with Kilmallock.

The first half of this one was a wild and frantic affair with five goals registered as the momentum shifted regularly between the teams. UCC at times looked capable of accelerating clear, Power picking a spot in the bottom corner of the net after only 14 seconds. He shot 1-3 in the opening period while Kerry’s Shane Conway chipped in with 0-5 in that time frame.

Brian Kelleher smashed home a second UCC goal in the 10th minute, a rebound after a terrific block by Na Piarsaigh goalkeeper Luke Donovan to first deny Owen McCarthy.

Those scores may have rocked Na Piarsaigh but it did not deflate as they kept recovering in that opening period, sustained by a trio of goals that they notched. Shane Forde, a strong and forceful presence in their half-forward line, cut through the UCC defence for one while Padraig Guest showed his opportunism to score a brace.

One of those arrived after a mix-up in the UCC rearguard but netminder Dylan Desmond atoned for that with a brilliant reflex save to late deny Kevin Moynihan.

It was 2-11 to 3-7 in favour of UCC at the break but the highly enjoyable early fare was not replicated thereafter. Na Piarsaigh, who had only four scorers throughout, battled away with Christopher Joyce and Daire Connery prominent but UCC had a wider spread of influential figures.

Mark Coleman, O’Loughlin and David Lowney mopped up possession at the back, Conway was unerring from frees as he finished top scorer with 0-9 and they brought on Tipperary All-Ireland winner Mark Kehoe to good effect as he landed a brace of scores.

After knocking out the champions Imokilly, this was another productive Sunday evening display. A second semi-final appearance in three seasons awaits.

Scorers for UCC: Shane Conway 0-9 (0-7f), Padraig Power 1-4, Brian Kelleher 1-0, Mark Kehoe 0-2, Brian Verling, Mark Coleman (0-1f), James Keating, Shane Barrett, Eanna Desmond 0-1 each.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: Evan Sheehan 0-6 (0-4f), Padraig Guest 2-0, Shane Forde 1-1, Daire Connery 0-4 (0-2 ’65, 0-1f).

Covid Advisory Group advise for Clubs

The additional implications of the above for Gaelic Games are as follows:

Games behind closed doors As games must now be played "behind closed doors", this means only essential personnel should be in attendance. No more than 40 persons per team should be allowed access to games for the moment. This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and officials.

The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media, Streaming personnel and required event officials (stewards etc.)

The restrictions on the playing of games in Kildare remain in place until Government clarify the situation.

Underage games Consistent with our advice of Wednesday, August 19th, the Government have now confirmed Parents/Guardians attending training or games in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as spectators; however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary.

Any person wishing to attend our underage training or games including coaches, parents, players and spectators shall be subject to the provisions of the Code of Behaviour (Underage).

For the purpose of clarification, it is the coaches and other responsible adults, trained and vetted to oversee our games at underage level, who are responsible, on behalf of our Clubs, for the organising of our games at this level.

The Government have undertaken to provide further protocols in this context which will be issued in the coming days.

Meetings Indoor club or committee meetings should be avoided where possible but when they must take place, should involve no more than 6 people and should adhere to the guidelines outlined previously by the GAA’s Health and Safety Committee, including the need for 2m social distancing

Control Measures All Clubs are reminded of the need to adhere to the following control measures in the interest of the health and safety of our members and broader society:

· Continue to follow general Public Health guidelines

· Practice good hygiene by washing hands and using sneezing and coughing etiquette

· Observe 2 metre physical distancing off the field, before and after events, during breaks in play and on the sidelines

· Follow GAA protocols by not using changing rooms or other enclosed spaces

· Gyms on GAA property must remain closed

· Travel to training / matches with members of own household only

· Continue to submit Health Questionnaires ahead of training and games

· Do not attend training or games if feeling unwell

· Continue to record attendances at training to facilitate contact tracing

· Members who arrive back in Ireland from a country not on the government's green travel list should follow Government advice in this context (i.e. restrict their movements for 14 days) and are not permitted to present for Gaelic games activities until the 14 days has elapsed.


Club Draw

To all who contributed to the Club Draw in the last three months we are very grateful for your support, unfortunately the draw has now run its course and as and from the 15th August last we will not longer be doing the draw, but we would hope at some stage down the line to revisit it if we have another big project to complete.  Again we thank everybody who took time out to come up every week. 

Report of PIFC .v. Castletownbere (Examiner)

Gary Murphy inspires four-goal Castletownbere to victory over Na Piarsaigh

A win against unbeaten Newmarket is a must for Castletown in their final group game
Gary Murphy inspires four-goal Castletownbere to victory over Na Piarsaigh
Castletownbere's Andrew O'Sullivan sends Na Piarsaigh goalkeeper Alan O'Sullivan the wrong way with his penalty at Inchgeelagh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Cork PIFC: Castletownbere 4-9 Na Piarsaigh 2-11 

Inspired by classy full-forward Gary Murphy, Castletownbere resurrected their hopes of qualification following this hard-fought win over gallant Na Piarsaigh at Inchigeelagh yesterday.

When Keith Buckley levelled the game for the sixth time in second-half injury-time and Na Piarsaigh seemingly growing in confidence having come from six points in arrears, Castletown somehow found a way to mine 1-1 in the remaining four minutes to secure a dramatic victory.  Murphy’s class was evident throughout but he gave the vital last pass to James Harrington for the latter’s splendidly-executed goal before adding a coolly-struck free to hand the Beara men victory.

Castletown selector Seamus Harrington expressed relief with the win and praised Murphy for his contribution. “This win is a huge relief for us. You could see it in our play where the lads were nervous at times. We made hard work of it. We gave away a lot of cheap scores but got there in the end. “Gary was a real danger all day for Piarsaigh. When he gets the ball, he does the right thing, got some great scores. He’s a super footballer.” A win against unbeaten Newmarket is a must for Castletown in their final group game, but their hopes of qualification may come down to points difference as Aghada, too, are still very much in contention in the final group games.While Murphy was very much the star of this occasion, he was ably assisted by the hard-working Andrew O’Sullivan. The former Cork senior was a key cog in many of his side’s attacks, slotted a brilliant penalty, and floated an inch-perfect long-range kick-pass from midfield.  Castletown started brightly with James Harrington, Jason Walsh, and Murphy responding to a first-minute Shane Forde point. Na Piarsaigh levelled matters through Buckley and Alan Keating by the end of the first quarter.

As an even contest progressed, the West Cork side seemed to be gaining the upper hand when Murphy curled over two majestic scores off his cultured left foot but Na Piarsaigh then hit a golden spell when Kelvin Forde goaled following an inch-perfect pass from Keating. Alan Hogan followed up with a point and Na Piarsaigh might have been further ahead only for Chris O’Donoghue pulling off a brave save from a close-range Aaron Higgins shot.  Castletown, however, goaled from an O’Sullivan penalty in first-half injury-time after Luke Murphy was black-carded for hauling down Gary Murphy. Hogan tied matters up at 1-5 apiece as the sides retired at half-time.

They stayed score-for-score early in the second half before Castletown struck for their second goal. Declan Dunne and Gary Murphy were central in the build-up creating space for Walsh to score a fine 43rd-minute goal. Piarsaigh did stay in touch with Shane Forde hitting the crossbar before Gary Murphy got on the end of a long O’Sullivan kick pass to finish soccer-style to the net. That made it 3-8 to 1-8 in the 55th minute before Piarsaigh fought back superbly, reeling in their opponents with a fine individual goal from Kelvin Forde and three successive points from Buckley (2) and Keating.

It made for a dramatic finish but Castletown showed the greater composure in injury time.  Scorers for Castletownbere: G Murphy (1-5, 0-1 free), J Walsh, James Harrington (1-1 each), A O’Sullivan (1-0 pen), D Dunne and R Murphy (free) (0-1 each).

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: K Forde (2-0), K Buckley (0-5, 1 free, 1 ‘45’), A Hogan (0-3 frees), A Keating (0-2), S Forde (0-1).


C O’Donoghue; C Murphy, L Harrington, O Byrne; S McCarthy, D Dunne, D Hanley; A O’Sullivan, D Fenton; J Harrington, D Hegarty, J Harrington-Morales; O Murphy, G Murphy (capt.), R Murphy. Subs: J Walsh for Hegarty (3, inj.); J O’Neill for C Murphy (35, inj.); A O’Shea for Hanley, James Murphy for Fenton (both 59).

NA PIARSAIGH: A O’Sullivan; E Moynihan, E Hanifin, L Murphy; A Higgins, K Power, D Maguire; S Forde, D Lehane; G Joyce, K Forde, K Buckley (capt.); C O’Mahony, A Hogan, A Keating. Subs: C Bowen for Lehane (29); P Guest for O’Mahony (44); T Lawton for Joyce (53); D Gunning for Hanifin (60 +3).  Referee: C Vaughan (Cill na Martra)

Senior Hurling Cship .v. Barrs Report (Examiner)

St Finbarr's knocked out as Na Piarsaigh pile on the pain

2019 county semi-finalists St Finbarr’s are out of this season’s Cork Premier SHC
St Finbarr's knocked out as Na Piarsaigh pile on the pain
Na Piarsaigh keeper Luke Donovan winning the ball from Brian Hayes, St Finbarr’s, at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Dan Linehan

Cork Premier SHC: Na Piarsaigh 2-23 St Finbarr’s 0-17 

Out go the Barrs, their second double-digit defeat in the space of eight days means last year’s county semi-finalists cannot now progress to the knockout stages.  No more than their 14-point hammering at the hands of Glen Rovers the weekend before last, the Barrs were oh so flat on Sunday afternoon. The verve, fire, and intent which Na Piarsaigh brought to proceedings right from the off were desperately lacking from a somewhat disjointed Barrs effort.  They never once led and beyond the opening two minutes, they never again stood level with their opponents.  Behind by eight after 24 minutes, the Barrs did succeed in halving this deficit by the time the interval whistle sounded. But in a carbon copy of the Glen game, they failed to maintain this momentum into the second period and instead fell further and further adrift as the half wore on.  A scoring difference of minus 26 sums up the horrid opening fortnight the Barrs have endured in the Cork Premier SHC and Aidan Fitzpatrick’s charges shouldn’t need telling how critical it is that they take something from their final Group C outing against Carrigtwohill if they’re to avoid getting dragged into the relegation final.

For Na Piarsaigh, a knockout place is within reach.The only way they can be overtaken by Carrigtwohill is if they lose to the Glen next time out, Carrigtwohill beat the Barrs, and there is a score-difference swing of 15 points in favour of Carrigtwohill. The latter’s scoring difference currently stands at -2, Na Piarsaigh’s is +12.

Manager Colin O’Sullivan was understandably delighted with his team’s 12-point victory. They finished the first half with seven different scores and kicked on again in the second period, with substitute Craig Hanifin - a member of last year’s Cork U20 side - hitting three points from play upon his introduction.  “Our club needed a win today. We absolutely needed a win. We needed something to kick us on. Today was a good launching pad for us,” said O’Sullivan. “The team has taken a couple of knocks this year, we have lost a number of key players [through injury]. We are down probably five of the starting 15 from last year, including our captain and vice-captain, Cian Buckley, Eddie Gunning, and Pa O’Rourke. They were huge losses during the year.  “I have to give full credit to the players. Our club is lucky to have these guys, they are a fantastic bunch. There were some incredible performances out there. Kelvin Forde at midfield, Daire Connery was immense, Christopher Joyce too. Luke [Donovan], he made a slight error last week, but he battled back this week and made some great saves. I am delighted for them.”

Donovan denied Eoghan Finn, Ethan Twomey, and Brian Hayes late on. Christopher Joyce got himself in the way of a separate Hayes effort, while Adam Dennehy was brave in blocking Jack O’Kelly’s goal drive on 50 minutes. The Na Piarsaigh defence would not allow itself to be breached.  But the winning and losing of the game did not play out in the final quarter, rather it was Na Piarsaigh’s forceful opening to either half which took them clear of their southside opponents.They led 1-6 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter, Shane Forde finding the net as early as the second minute. He was desperately unlucky not to register a second goal shortly after, corner-back Olan Murphy clearing the sliotar off the line.  Evan Sheehan’s dead-ball accuracy, added to fine scores from Christopher Joyce, Kevin Moynihan, and a Padraig Guest brace, propelled the northsiders 1-10 to 0-5 clear six minutes from half-time.  And while the Barrs struck six of the half’s final eight points to halve the deficit come the break, 1-12 to 0-11, a second Shane Forde goal at the beginning of the second period swung the pendulum back in Na Piarsaigh’s favour. And there it remained to the finish.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: E Sheehan (0-9, 0-7 frees); S Forde (2-2); D Connery (0-1 ‘65, 0-1 free), C Hanifin (0-3 each); P Guest (0-2); K Moynihan, C Joyce, C Hanifin, D Gunning (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: B Hayes (0-6); C Cahalane (0-5, 0-5 frees); C Barrett, J Cahalane (0-2 each); D Cahlane (0-1 free), E Twomey (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: L Donovan; Anthony Dennehy, Adam Dennehy, K Power; G Joyce, C Joyce, D Connery; K Forde, K Buckley; S Forde, Eoin Sheehan, K Moynihan; Evan Sheehan, D Gunning, P Guest.  Subs: C Hanifin for Eoin Sheehan (23 mins, inj); G Healy for Buckley (50); E Hanifin for Gunning (60, inj).

ST FINBARR’S: S Hurley; C Walsh, J Burns, O Murphy; G O’Connor, E Keane, C Barrett; B Hennessy, E Twomey; E Finn, D Cahalane, C Cahalane; S Sherlock, B Hayes, J Cahalane.  Subs: R O’Mahony for Walsh (36 mins); J O’Kelly for Sherlock (41).

Referee: D Copps.

 Kyle Power, Na Piarsaigh, is first to react to this breaking ball ahead of Steven Sherlock, St Finbarr’s, during their Premier SHC match at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Dan Linehan
Kyle Power, Na Piarsaigh, is first to react to this breaking ball ahead of Steven Sherlock, St Finbarr’s, during their Premier SHC match at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Dan Linehan
 Billy Hennessy, St Finbarr’s, fighting for this breaking ball with Keith Buckley, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Dan Linehan
Billy Hennessy, St Finbarr’s, fighting for this breaking ball with Keith Buckley, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Dan Linehan



Senior Hurling Cship .v. Carrigtwohill Report (Examiner)

At Caherlag, a point six minutes into added time from Shane Forde rescued Na Piarsaigh from defeat against Carrigtwohill in group C. Liam Gosnell and James Mulcahy top-scored for Carrig but they got a two-point return from impact sub Niall McCarthy. The former Cork senior star still has the hurling and fitness for the top level and it looked like that would drive them to an upset.

 Kevin Moynihan, Na Piarsaigh, chases Aaron Walsh Barry, Carrigtwohill. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Kevin Moynihan, Na Piarsaigh, chases Aaron Walsh Barry, Carrigtwohill. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

However with former Cork underage stars Evan Sheehan, who clipped over 0-4 from play, and Daire Connery hurling well the northsiders grabbed a draw.
The remaining spot is up for grabs now after Carrigtwohill’s draw with Na Piarsaigh. Barrs face Piarsaigh next Sunday at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Shane Forde rescues share of spoils for Na Piarsaigh

Earlier, the biggest cheer was for the introduction of Carrigtwohill stalwart Niall McCarthy with 20 minutes remaining
Shane Forde rescues share of spoils for Na Piarsaigh
Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, catches a high Carrigtwohill ball with Liam Donovan as back up. Picture: Jim Coughlan


Cork PSHC Group C: Na Piarsaigh 1-17 Carrigtwohill 1-17 

A pulsating final 10 minutes in this Co-Op Superstores Cork Premier SHC clash, which produced the best hurling, ended with Shane Forde grabbing a last gasp equaliser six minutes into injury time for Na Piarsaigh.

Before this, the contest had been rather mundane though the biggest cheer was for the introduction of Carrigtwohill stalwart Niall McCarthy with 20 minutes remaining. And he didn't disappoint, scoring two fine points, his second looking like a winner deep in injury time until Forde’s leveller.

For Carrig coach Mick Da Fitzgerald it was a bit of a disappointment. “We were close, but it is all about the win. We blooded in a few youngsters today but it is always a tough ask against a team like Na Piarsaigh. At least we didn’t lose, we will take heart from the point and go again against the Glen next week and see where we are.” 

Na Piarsaigh boss Colin O’ Sullivan was also disappointed. “We only hurled for about seven or eight minutes in each half and that’s just not good enough. The one plus is we got some great late scores which brought us back into the game. We’ll knuckle down now in training on Tuesday and prepare for the Barrs, but we’ll be looking for a far better performance.” 

Certainly Carrigtwohill had the bit between their teeth in the opening quarter with young Sean Walsh giving Piarsaigh full back Eddie Gunning plenty to think about. Points from Liam Gosnell and Tomás Hogan gave them a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 10 minutes. Indeed they should have been well clear but for some poor shooting.

Instead, it was Na Piarsaigh who led after the opening quarter 0-4 to 0-3 thanks to points from Padraig Guest, Kevin Moynihan, and Evan Sheehan rather against the run of play.  The water break did not bring much improvement as neither side were able to pull away. Na Piarsaigh wing back Daire Connery hit a superb 23rd minute pointed free from inside his own 65 and into the wind but it was no surprise when the sides went in at the break on level terms at 0-8 apiece with Gosnell hitting four of Carrig’s points.earn morGosnell continued to tack on the points for Carrig from frees in the second half despite playing against the breeze and with wing back David Rooney having a fine match last year's beaten semi-finalists were up for it. Tomás Hogan hurled a lot of ball around midfield and then came a Carrig goal in the 43rd minute when Na Piarsaigh keeper Liam Donovan parried another Gosnell free down against the crossbar and big Liam O’Sullivan was in like a shot to fire the ball home.

Leading 1-11 to 0-9 Carrig we’re looking good. Then we saw the arrival of Niall McCarthy and the former Cork star did not disappoint as his side led 1-12 to 0-10 entering the final water break. In at full-forward McCarthy stretched that lead to six points but then came a terrific Na Piarsaigh fight back with four points in a row from Connery, Eagan Sheehan, Christopher Joyce, who had a quiet match, and Shane Forde.

And for good measure, Forde was in for a goal in the 57th minute and Na Piarsaigh were ahead. In fairness, Carrigtwohill never wilted in six hectic minutes of injury time and thought they had it won with McCarthy’s late late point. But up stepped Shane Forde for the equaliser they just about deserved.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: E. Sheehan (0-7, 4 frees): S. Forde (1-2); D. Connery (0-3, 1 free): K. Moynihan (0-2): P. Guest, K. Forde, C. Joyce (0-1 each).Scorers for Carrigtwohill: L. Gosnell (0-8, 7 frees): J. Mulcahy (0-3); L. O’Sullivan (1-0); N. McCarthy (0-2); T. Hogan, D. Rooney, S. Walsh, P. Hogan (0-1 each).

NA PIARSAIGH: L. Donovan; A. Dennehy, E,. Gunning, A. Dennehy; G. Joyce, C. Joyce, D. Connery; C. Buckley, K. Buckley; S. Forde, E. Sheehan, K. Moynihan; E. Sheehan, K. Forde, P. Guest.  Subs: C. Hannifin for C. Buckley (40m), G. Healy for K. Buckley (55m), K. Power for K. Forde (56m).

CARRIGTWOHILL: S. Devlin; B. Twomey, P. O’Sullivan, J. Horgan; D. Rooney, R. Power, A. Walsh Barry; P. Hogan, T. Hogan; S. Roche, L. O’Sullivan, J. McCarthy; J. Mulcahy, L. Gosnell, S.Walsh.



Reopening of Club Bar.

Our Club Bar is opening back this Thursday 30th July with plenty of smiling faces both behind and outside the counter.

Our revised Bar layout has restricted seating aligned to Social Distancing complying with Government and HSE Guidelines.

Opening Hours:
Thursday - 5pm to 10pm
Friday - 5pm to 11pm
Saturday - 2pm to 11pm
Sunday - 12 o clock to 10pm

All patrons entering the Bar must purchase food with their first drink.  No exceptions. Food can be bought in the Bar upto 8.30pm on a Thursday/Sunday and 9pm on a Friday/Saturday. 


Pizza (choice of three toppings)     10e.
Pies/Goujons                                      10e.


Report on Premier Intermediate Football Championship (Echo 26/7/20)

Newmarkets' Conor O'Keeffe gathers the ball from Na Piarsaigh's Gordan Joyce during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at BanteerPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Newmarkets' Conor O'Keeffe gathers the ball from Na Piarsaigh's Gordan Joyce during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at BanteerPicture: Eddie O'Hare

Slicker Newmarket ease past Na Piarsaigh in PIFC

Newmarket 2-14

Na Piarsaigh 1-6 

A sharper Newmarket got their Bons Secour Cork County Premier IFC campaign off to the best of starts by turning on the power during the second half to surge past Na Piarsaigh at a damp Banteer on Saturday.

The Deirdre O’Reilly managed side tackled their task with enthusiasm and emerged clearly the better of the two teams on duty. They controlled the game from the opening throw in and never really were tested.

At times, Na Piarsaigh toiled bravery with honest and committed effort yet poor defending led to the concession of two goals at a crucial junction during the second half.

Newmarket had made the early running to avail of lead points to Barry O’Connor, Donal Hannon, Conor O’Keeffe and Michael Cottrell. Credit Na Piarsaigh for pulling their game together, rewarded in the ninth min. the scheming Alan Keating pounced for a well taken goal.

Na Piarsaigh's Keith Buckley is tackled by Newmarkets' Paudie Allen during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at BanteerPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh's Keith Buckley is tackled by Newmarkets' Paudie Allen during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at Banteer
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Though Newmarket remained that bit sharper with O’Keeffe adding a pair of points, Na Piarsaigh more than held their own with Shane Forde, Aaron Higgins and Hogan showing industry and cohesion. Points from Hogan, Gordon Joyce and Keith Buckley allowed Na Piarsaigh hang in as injuries to Cathal and Aidan Browne appeared to disrupt Newmarket’s fluency.  However, coming up to the break, Newmarket summoned up a burst for O’Keeffe and Hannon to find the range for a 0-9 to 1-3 advantage. 

On the restart, Newmarket discovered a new urgency , owning much to the dominance of Bart Daly, Paudie Allen, Michael Cottrell, O’Keeffe and Kevin O’Sullivan.

And as the contest aged, Na Piarsaigh’s game became more lethargic, clearly evident from the concession of two goals in quick succession. Newmarket’s sharpness saw Daly intercept a kick out to set up O’Keeffe for a goal in the 38th min.  And matters worsened further for Na Piarsaigh five minutes later, another defensive lapse allowed O’Keeffe perform the spadework for substitute Ryan O’Keeffe to oblige. Na Piarsaigh attempted to stem the tide with Buckley and Keating pointing to cut the arrears.

Na Piarsaigh's Alan Keating scores a goal past Newmarkets' Mikey Browne, Paudie allen and goalkeeper Josh O'Keeffe during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at BanteerPicture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh's Alan Keating scores a goal past Newmarkets' Mikey Browne, Paudie allen and goalkeeper Josh O'Keeffe during the Bon Secours Cork PIFC at Banteer

However, Newmarket calmed the situation, Hannon adding to his tally with a pair of late points.

Scorers for Newmarket: C O’Keeffe 1-6(0-3f), D Hannon 0-5(0-3f), R O’Keeffe (1-1), B O’Connor, M Cottrell 0-1 each.
Na Piarsaigh: A Keating (1-1), K Buckley 0-2f, A Hogan, S Forde, G Joyce(f) 0-1 each.

NEWMARKET: J O’Keeffe; A Browne, A Ryan, M Browne; B Daly, TJ Brosnan, P Allen; M Cottrell, C Browne; D O’Keeffe, C O’Keeffe, K O’Sullivan; J Ryan, D Hannon, B O’Connor.   Subs: T O’Keeffe for C Browne (16 inj), R O’Keeffe for A Browne (20inj), D Culloty for J Ryan (45), T Murphy for D O’Keeffe (50), D Cottrell for T J Brosnan (55).

NA PIARSAIGH: J McGrath; P Murphy, E Hannifin, L Murphy; D Maguire, K Power, A Higgins; E Sheehan, S Forde; G Joyce, K Forde, K Buckley; C O’Mahony, A Hogan, A Keating.   Subs: A Dennehy for P Murphy (ht), C Bowen for L Murphy (40), D Gunning for E Sheehan (41), P Guest for C O’Mahony (51).

Referee: J Murphy (Castletownroche).



Limited Allocation of Tickets

There are a limited allocation of tickets available for our PIFC .v. Newmarket on Saturday the 25th July next at Banteer at a cost of 8e.   Please contact Brenda on 0857259653 if you wish to buy a ticket.   Closing time Thursday 3pm. Your support please for our championship game.

Senior All Ireland Winning Medal Holders

Please note that there has been a very low uptake of the complementary Club season tickets now available to Senior All Ireland winning medal holders.

Members are asked to email administrator cork with the following details and to return their old pass to our offices at their earliest convenience:

Name, Address, Club, Mobile, Email.

The old pass will not be accepted at venues and entry will not be permitted without a match-day ticket from this weekend onwards.


Championship Match Tickets

With Covid-19 we are in unprecedented times and of government restrictions around attendances our Premier Intemediate Football Championship on Saturday 25th July and our Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday 2nd August are restricted to attendances of 80 tickets that are available for both clubs.


Returning Trips from Abroad

A chara, we would ask members returning from trips abroad over the coming weeks, of all ages, not to attend training or matches for a period of 14 days after their return as per public health guidelines.   We would ask all our members to download the HSE Covid Tracker App and maintain the social distancing guidelines.   Thank you, if you have any questions or concerns please email: secretary.napiarsaigh.cork@gaa.ie

Championship Dates

The dated have now been made for our football and hurling championships.   Our Premier Intermediate Football Championship has a date of Saturday 25th July .v. Newmarket in Banteer at 5pm kick off.   Then our Senior Hurlers are out on Sunday 2nd August against Carrigtwoill in Caherlag at 3pm.    Also our Minor Hurlers play their championship on Wednesday 22nd July at home against Kanturk at 7pm.   So keep the dates handy.

Returning to Training/Games


Before returning to training/matches

· EVERYBODY: - Players/Mentors/Trainor’s, etc must complete an on-line Education tutorial. https://courses.gaa.ie/Covid19ClubEd/#/

· EVERYBODY: - must collect and complete their Health Questionnaires (see page 2) from team manager. Soft copies can be provided by email for printing at home.

· Parent/Guardians of underage players (18 or under) are responsible for completing the above tasks on behalf of underage players and to ensure the below rules are followed.


Before EVERY subcequent training session/match

· EVERYBODY: - must take their own temperatures.

· EVERYBODY: - must confirm NO changes to details in Health Questionnaire.

· If any changes then you should not attend training and consult your GP.

· Players must sanitise their own equipment.

· Group Trainer must sanitise any group training equipment.

Arriving to training

· All female training sessions will be on Pitch 3. Boys underage Pitch 2. Adult male Pitch 1.

· Designated drop off areas at Pitch 2 car park will be allocated for access to Pitches 2 and 3. No Parking allowed at these spots. 2M space to be kept between cars in main car parks.

· Parents/Guardians dropping off underage players will operate on a drop (5 minutes before session start time) and go system. Arrive to collect 5 minutes before end of session.

· Scheduled intervals between training sessions will occur to control traffic flow. Boys sessions will start on the hour for one hour. Girls will start on the half hour.


· The payers/mentors will be operating on an Get In, Train, Get Out basis. No gathering in groups before or after training.

· Dressing Rooms will not be available.

· Toilet facilities will be available, but we recommend to ONLY USE IN AN EMERGENCY


· From June 29th pitch training will resume

· Panel will be broken into groups -MAX 15 per group.

· You will be notified of your group prior to training

· You will be notified of you section of pitch prior to training

· For the first 3 weeks you can ONLY train with this group of players

· If some or even most of a group are unable to attend, then only the rest of that group will train together.

· Everybody is required to bring their own water bottle, clearly labelled, no sharing of water bottles.


Revised Cork County Championship 2020

Championship games will begin on the weekend of July 24th-26th July with a planned conclusion weemend on October 2nd-4th.  Group stages will take place across six weekends from July 24th to September 6th.  Play off stages will begin on the weekend of Sept. 11th-13th.  All games will take place at neutral venues and there will be no double-headers during the group stages and for as long as the limit on public gatherings of 500 people persists.  See fixtures.

Weekly Draw Commences

Welcome back everyone and we hope this keeps you safe and well in these strange times.  As everyone is now aware we began a weekly draw to provide income to our club in the shutdown and every Saturday until further notice which will be done live on facebook.   We would hope that more people will become friends of Na Piarsaigh H&F Club on facebook where you will see whats happening around the place and take part in fun quizes as well. 

In the draw so far we have 278 numbers and if anyone wishes to get involved now going forward ring Brenda in the club on 021-4306549 Monday to Friday from 9.30am-12.30pm.  


Weekly Draw in Shutdown

To all members first and foremost we hope ye are all well and staying safe.  At present our club is in total shutdown, so the Senior Committee has decided to run a weekly draw commencing on Sunday 31st May 2020 and every Sunday thereafter during these troubled times.  Price of draw is 5e per week, each Sunday night two money prizes will be drawn on a 60-40 basis, the committee is hoping members can bring in 5 persons each which would comprise of family and friends.   It is very important that this draw is supported so as the continued running costs of our club can be met. For further details contact any of the following.  Brenda McDonnell 0857259653 - Neilus O Sullivan 0862291161 and Denis O Neill 0868183188.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Na Piarsaigh Abu....

Just an update on the draw, the draw date is getting close, so anybody who has names please hand them in now as they need to be allocated a number.  Could we ask you to make a big effort now to help out your club.

Latest Updated Covid 19

I wish to draw your attention again to our previously issued guidance document of March 20th.   We advised you that, until March 29th, games and training were suspended, club gyms were to close, and Player Injury Fund cover was suspended.  

We subsequently instructed that club bars should also close for the period.

 Club Operations

Please be advised that, in line with recent government announcements, these measures and closures are now extended to Sunday April 19 inclusive, at which stage arrangements will be reviewed.   In addition, we are now instructing GAA Clubs to close their facilities completely.

This is to include the use of all pitches and property for recreational purposes, including walking, casual games or gatherings.

Where it is not possible to restrict access please erect signage to the effect that all GAA facilities are closed and all activity suspended.

In order to facilitate an orderly resumption of activities when circumstances permit, Clubs are encouraged to proceed as normal with their membership registration process where practical. Clubs of course should be mindful of the possible changed financial circumstances of members.

Similarly, club lottos may proceed if they are run on an online basis and do not involve wholesale engagement with the public.

Clubs are also advised to refrain from undertaking new capital projects while support funding for this type of work is suspended.

Community Support

As a national / international organisation, we have a part to play in emphasising the need to practice social distancing, as outlined by the authorities.

It is imperative that we exercise extreme caution keeping two metres between people when taking physical exercise while encouraging people to consider using off-peak times when they are less likely to meet others.

Attached is the latest messaging from the HSE covering guidelines around volunteering which we advise our clubs to consider as they involve themselves in community-based volunteer efforts.

Individual volunteers are asked to register with Volunteer Ireland (26 Counties) and Volunteer Now (Six Counties).

We would like to thank everyone who has helped the GAA adhere to government guidelines up to this point.

We would also like to assure you that we, and the wider GAA team across our counties and provinces, are working hard to ensure that we are in the best possible position to return to our games when that time comes.

In the meantime, please stay safe, look out for one another and continue to adhere to the instructions of the Government and the Health Authorities at this most challenging time.

Go raibh maith agaibh,

Tomás Ó Riain      Seán Ó hÓráin
Ard Stiúrthóir         Uachtarán

Further to correspondence from Croke Park regarding Covid-19 restrictions.


Clubs are closed for public health reasons to limit gatherings and not because they are unsafe places in their own right.

Essential maintenance doesn't compromise public safety. And it can't be done at home. So we think it is fine. The same argument applies to collecting the post, turning off the burglar alarm if it goes off, popping in to see everything is ok any other incidental visit etc etc.

The club as a workplace is governed by the same measures as all workplaces. And on that basis essential maintenance is fine. 

Just keep visits to a minimum, only somebody authorised by the Club Executive is permitted, should be alone, observe the HSE guidance, and so on.

Thanks to all Clubs for your continued good work.



Fas Vacancy

Vacancies exist for groundpersons, caretakers, maintenance at Na Piarsaigh H&F Club in conjunction with Fas C.E. Scheme, so if your are interested or know somebody who is interested please contact Seamus Murphy on 021-4395018 or Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161 in the strictest confidence.

Over 60s Talent Competition 2020

The Over 60s Talent Competition Heat will take place in the Bar on Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 8pm.   If you can sign, dance, play an instrument or tell a joke then we want you here on the night.   The event will be sponsored by Farranree Credit Union and the winner will go on to represent Na Piarsaigh H&F Club in the semi final.   So why not give it a go.   Past winners will be present on the night and a great sing song is expected.   For further enquiries please contact Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161.    We would like to see entrants from the local area take part in the competition and also club members.

Membership 2020

Members are now advised that 2020 membership is due closing date for same is 31st March 2020.    Players should be aware that membership needs to be paid before the start of our hurling & football games so as to be covered for GAA Injury Claim.  Membership is the same as last year ie.

Players 125e to include the gym
Non playing 100e
3rd level 75e
2nd level 50e
OAPs 50e 
Members can now also apply for their membership on line by logging onto the following link.

http://member.clubforce.com/memberships cart m.asp?LL ID=261&clb=1

Members are also asked to do the club lotto on line as this is a major part of fundraising to raise much needed money for repairs and maintenace to the club.

Christmas Draw Winners



1st Prize:    Kieran Casey 

2nd Prize:   Andrea Moynihan 

3rd Prize:   Donal Mackey 

4th Prize:    Kieran Batt 

5th Prize:    Paul Burke 

6th Prize:    Long Family Fairfield Green 

7th Prize:    Donie & Ann, Garveys Bridge 

8th Prize:    Summer Gally

9th Prize:    Pat O Sullivan c/o Damien O Sullivan

10th Prize: Pauline O Neill, School Place 

11th Prize: Brian Buckley c/o Club 

12th Prize: Cormac O Brien

 All prizes can be collected in the club. 


We wish to thank all members, supporters, sponsors, helpers in Blackpool who made this draw a success, it is very much appreciated.    Happy christmas to all.     



Juvenile AGM

Juvenile AGM takes place tonight Monday 16th December at 7.30pm sharp.

Womens Little Christmas

Womans Little Christmas on Monday 6th January 2020 join us in the Bar at 9pm for a George Michael Tribute free finger food together with free glass of prosecco and free pink gin also spot prizes on the night.   So why not come on down and have a great night.

                        George Michael Tribute 6th January 2020

Important Meeting 6th November 2019.

There is an information night for all northside clubs on Wednesday 6th November at Terence McSweeney Secondary School, Knocknaheeney,Cork at 7pm to discuss the topic of the dangers of drugs etc., it is geared towards 16 to 19 year olds and all selectors, managers and committee members are asked to attend.   Dublin footballer Philly McMahon 6 times All Ireland Winner will be guest speaker, also there is a famous female boxer attending to name but a few, please advise Brian Gardiner if you can make it.

Report on Ud21 Hurling Championship (Echo)

 Glen Rovers' Robert Downey wins the ball from Na Piarsaigh's David Burke during the Cork U21 HC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Glen U21 hurlers grab their chance against great rivals Na Piarsaigh

Glen Rovers 2-16 Na Piarsaigh 2-13

GLEN Rovers are through to the next stage of the Premier 1 U21 Hurling Championship as they defeated Na Piarsaigh by a goal in their second-round clash on the Pairc Ui Chaoimh astro turf on Saturday evening.

An excellent display from Evan Murphy – both from play and frees – helped his side defeat their great rivals.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Rovers started brightly and they raced into a two-point lead inside the opening three minutes with Murphy needing no time at all to find his range from open play and from a dead ball situation.

Na Piarsaigh soon settled into the contest and after a brace of scores from their own full forward Evan Sheehan levelled terms, they edged in front in the eight-minute thanks to a free from the accurate Greg Healy.

But the Glen soon regained control of proceedings and inspired by Murphy and midfielder Dale Tynan, they grabbed five overs without reply to make it 0-7 to 0-3 by the beginning of the second quarter.

Healy raised a white flag from another set-piece shortly before Na Piarsaigh levelled the scores when Kevin Moynihan fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle following good work from Luke Murphy and Dan Gunning.

But Rovers mustered the perfect response as they got their first goal just one minute later when Shane Busteed slotted the sliotar past the keeper after being picked out by a clever hand pass from Murphy.

They scored four without reply but their North Cork rivals – led by the clinical Greg Healy – notched five points in a row either side of the half time break to ensure they only trailed by two in the 40th minute, 1-11 to 1-9.

Murphy fired over another free but Healy did likewise moments later before a superb solo point from Eoin Galvin and a goal on the half volley from Kelvin Forde put Na Piarsaigh in front, 2-11 to 1-12.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

But the Glen showed their class in the final 10 minutes as they outscored their feisty opponents 1-4 to 0-2 – the goal coming from the recently introduced substitute Josh Galvin – as they held on to win by a goal.

Scorers for Glen Rovers: E Murphy 0-6 (0-3 f), L Horgan 0-4, D Tynan 0-3, S Busteed and J Galvin 1-0 each, S Kennefick 0-2, D Kennefick 0-1.
Na Piarsaigh: G Healy 0-7 (0-5 f), K Moynihan 1-2, K Forde 1-0, E Sheehan 0-3 (0-1 f), E Galvin 0-1.

GLEN ROVERS: C Long; G Marshall, D Morris, A Lordan; C O’Sullivan, R Downey, G Mulcahy; S Kennefick, D Tynan; D Kennefick, L Quilligan, L Horgan; N Goulding, E Murphy, S Busteed.  Subs: D Milner for G Mulcahy (46), J Galvin for N Goulding (55), R Byrne for S Busteed (61).

NA PIARSAIGH: L Donovan; A Higgins, K Power, L Murphy; C Flynn, J Morrissey, C Bowen; C Hanifin, G Healy; E Galvin, D Gunning, K Moynihan; K Forde, E Sheehan, D Maguire.  Sub: D Kenny for C Flynn (19).

Referee: Ciaran O’Regan (Ballyhea).

Long Puc 2019

The long puc takes place this year on Saturday 28th December 2019, so make sure you have your teams ready for a great day and an even greater night full of craic and fun and music. Tell your friends and family. Registration takes place at 12 o clock sharp in the function hall.

Annual Abie Allen Ud12 Hurling Tournament

The annual Abie Allen Ud12 Hurling Tournament will be played tomorrow Saturday in the club.   Teams attending are Carrignavar, Aghabullogue, and Ballygiblin.    We would hope to see a good crowd at Abie's Tournament it would be nice to also see some of the senior players who Abie coached in the Feile when they were 14 years old.  Tournament starts at 10.30am weather permitting.

Report on Premier Intermediate Football Championship

 St Michael’s Eric Hegarty tries to get away from Na Piarsaigh's Eoin Moynihan. Picture: David Keane.
St Michael’s Eric Hegarty tries to get away from Na Piarsaigh's Eoin Moynihan. Picture: David Keane.

Cremin goal is crucial as St Michael’s get past Piarsaigh at the death

St Michael’s 1-14 Na Piarsaigh 2-9

St Michael’s had to dig deep in Páirc Uí Rinn last night before securing their place in the semi-final of the PIFC.

They trailed by two points at the break but a second-half goal from Domhnall Cremin helped them on their way.

With the wind at their backs, they started the brighter, racing into a three-point lead with points from Shane O’Keeffe, Andrew Murphy, and Cremin.

Na Piarsaigh found their groove eight minutes in when Alan Hogan converted from a placed ball, and they almost found the net but Patrick Rourke’s shot was saved by Martin Burke.

It wasn’t long before they did get the better of Burke when captain Shane Forde raced through the middle and planted low for the northside city team to take the lead, 1-2 to 0-4.

 St Michael’s Keith Hegarty shoots as Na Piarsaigh's Eoin Sheehan closes in. Picture: David Keane.
St Michael’s Keith Hegarty shoots as Na Piarsaigh's Eoin Sheehan closes in. Picture: David Keane.

Points from Tadhg Deasy and Keith Hegarty edged St Michael’s to the front but a second goal from Na Piarsaigh put them in the ascendancy. It came after Rourke found Padraig Guest with a long delivery out of defence and the corner-forward made no mistake. They took a 2-3 to 0-7 lead to the dressing-room.

St Michael’s drew level three times during the fourth quarter, but Na Piarsaigh were relentless not allowing them get in front. However, St Michael’s made the breakthrough when a free from Tadhg Deasy was kept in play by Cremin and he buried past Kieran Waters, 1-12 to 2-6.

In the remaining quarter, Na Piarsaigh cut the gap to one but a fine score from substitute Eoghan Buckley in stoppage time got St Michael’s over the line. They await the winners of today’s quarter-final between Cill na Martra and Kanturk.

Scorers for St Michael’s: D Cremin 1-2, T Deasy 0-4 (0-2 f, 0-2 45), E Hegarty (0-1 f), A Murphy 0-2 each, K Hegarty, E Buckley, B Cain, S O’Keeffe 0-1 each.

Na Piarsaigh: A Hogan 0-4 f, P Guest, S Forde 1-0 each, K Buckley 0-2 (0-1 f), E Sheehan, C O’Mahony, G Joyce 0-1 each.

St MICHAEL’S: M Burke; S Keating, R Dineen, O O’Sullivan; T Lenihan, A O’Callaghan, D Meaney; E Hickey, A Murphy; D Lenihan, E Hegarty (c), K Hegarty; T Deasy, D Cremin, S O’Keeffe.  Subs: D Cormack for S Keating (ht), B Cain for O O’Sullivan (ht), E Buckley for E Hickey (53), A Hennessy for D Lenihan (62).

NA PIARSAIGH: K Waters; D Bowen, E Moynihan, E Gunning; D Maguire, P Rourke, A Higgins; E Sheehan, S Forde (c); K Buckley, C O’Mahony, D Gunning; P Guest, A Hogan, G Joyce.  Subs: G Healy for D Bowen (35), K Forde for D Gunning, E Hanifin for G Joyce (both 46), E Sheehan for P Guest (50), A Keating for D Maguire (55).

Referee: Eamonn Sheehy (Newcestown).

Peter Bell Ud11 Hurling Tournament 2019

A note to members and supporters that the annual Peter Bell Ud11 Hurling Tournament will be held on Saturday 14th Sept next at 11am.   We would hope to see a big crowd at this tournament in support of Peter and his family.    Peter was a proud member of this club and he held the position of Fixture Secretary in the Juvenile Section he also ran the shop every Saturday so that the young kids and indeed older kids could buy their gear so that they could play with the club.  He was also a coach every Friday night in our academy training the young kids.   He is sadly missed in the club, and to honour his memory we will be running the Ud11 Hurling Tournament on Saturday 14th Sept next at 11am and this tournament will be run annually.  Details are as follows:

 PITCH 1                                                                              PITCH 2

11am     NA PIARSAIGH vs VALLEY RVRS                            KILLEAGH vs KINSALE

11.45     NA PIARSAIGH vs KINSALE                                  KILLEAGH vs VALLEY RVRS

12.30     NA PIARSAIGH vs KILLEAGH                                 KINSALE vs VALLEY RVRS



Cork GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships to Coláiste na Mumhan 2020

Cork GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships to Coláiste na Mumhan 2020

Scholarships to the Gaeltacht at Coláiste na Mumhan are available to students between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age, who are active members of their clubs. The Scholarship reduces the price of the fees by €110. Please be advised that there is a limited amount of these scholarships and that they are provided on a first come first served basis.
Cúrsa A - 31/5/2020 - 21/6/2020 (3 Week Course)
Cúrsa B - 28/6/2020 - 13/7/2020 (2 Week Course)
( Course prices are available on www.colaistenamumhan.ie )
To avail of the scholarship, please follow the steps outlined below. 1. Complete this scholarship application form (also available from your local club secretary, the Cork GAA website or by download from www.colaistenamumhan.ie) and forward with the college application form together with a deposit of €200 to Coláiste na Mumhan. This will confirm your place. N.B. Please note that both forms are required and the Gaa scholarship form alone does not suffice 2. Later, prior to the commencement of their chosen course a bill for the outstanding amount and associated information about the course will be sent to you. 3. Members of clubs from the following divisions should make sure the student’s name is also lodged with your divisional representative as the following divisional boards grant an additional amount towards the scholarship. For further information, please contact an bainisteoir, Dónal Ó Laoire, at (026) 47071 085 1709327 eolas@colaistenamumhan.ie
Muskerry John Feeney 087 2261511 secretary.muskerry.cork@gaa.ie
Carbery Derry McCarthy 086 2758388 irishculturalofficer.carbery.cork@gaa.ie
Duhallow Stephen Lynch 0872795558 secretary.duhallow.cork@gaa.ie
Avondhu John Roche 0868098642 rocheja@eircom.net
Seandun Michael Buckley 085 1369751 secretary.seandun.cork@gaa.ie
Imokilly Liam Ó Laochdha 0863258271 olaochdha.i@gmail.com
Avondhu Michael Sheehan 0861929056 Mikealpha1@hotmail.com
Beara Shirley Murphy 0863147032 Secretary.beara.cork@gaa.ie

                           FOIRM IARRATAIS Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta Chontae Chorcaí

Ainm / Name ________________________________________ Buachaill Cailín Dáta Breithe / Date of Birth ________________ Seoladh /Address________________________________________ ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Name of Parents/Guardians ________________________________________________ Parents/Guardians e-mail address _________________________________________ Fón / Phone - Home: ___________________ Mobile: ________________________ Scoil / School _____________________________________ Choice of Course in Coláiste na Mumhan Cúrsa A Cúrsa B Ainm do Chlub___________________________ Roinn /Division___________________ (Name of Club) Síniú Rúnaí an Chlub __________________________________Fón___________ (Signature and phone number of G.A.A. club secretary for verification purposes) Uimhir Ballraíochta C.L.G. ___________________________ (Membership number of applicant or parent/guardian if available – this can be forwarded by email later) Síniú Tuismitheora__________________________________Dáta/Date__________ (Signature of parent/guardian) N.B. Any applicant from the following divisions should additionally be registered with the appropriate divisional representative (below) prior to submitting this form along with the deposit and college application form to: An Bainisteoir, Coláiste na Mumhan, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcaí. Please tick with whom you have registered. *Scholarship funding is subject to approval and funding from the Munster Council , Coiste Chontae Chorcaí & Coláiste na Mumhan
Muskerry John Feeney 087 2261511 secretary.muskerry.cork@gaa.ie
Carbery Derry McCarthy 086 2758388 irishculturalofficer.carbery.cork@gaa.ie
Duhallow Stephen Lynch 087 2795558 secretary.duhallow.cork@gaa.ie
Avondhu John Roche 086 8098642 rocheja@eircom.net
Seandun Michael Buckley 085 1369751 secretary.seandun.cork@gaa.ie
Imokilly Liam Ó Laochdha 0863258271 olaochdha.i@gmail.com
Avondhu Michael Sheehan 0861929056 Mikealpha1@hotmail.com
Beara Shirley Murphy 0863147032 Secretary.beara.cork@gaa.ie

Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament

The Annual Pat Kelleher Fe13 Hurling Tournament takes place tomorrow Saturday 24th August starting at 10.30am.    Teams participating are St.Jude's Dublin, Eire Og, Blarney and ourselves.   The Plate Final will be at 1.30pm and the Cup Final at 2.15pm.   Hot lunches will be served to players and mentors.    Tea/Coffee/Sandwiches for all parents and supporters will also be served.    Your support would be greatly appreciated and members and parents are asked to support this annual tournament.

Pitch 1 - 10.30am - Na Piarsaigh -v- St.Judges
11.15am - Na Piarsaigh -v- Eire Og
12.00pm - Na Piarsaigh -v- Blarney.

Pitch 2 - 10.30am - Eire Og -v- Blarney
11.15am - St.Judes -v- Blarney
12.00pm - St.Judes -v- Eire Og.

Lunch at 12.45pm - Plate Final 1.30pm - Cup Final 2.15pm.

Report on Intermediate Hurling Championship

Dripsey shake off Piarsaigh for four point win
Dripsey shake off Piarsaigh for four point win

Dripsey are through to the next round of the Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship as they deservedly defeated Na Piarsaigh 1-15 to 1-11 in Ballincollig last night. 
Na Piarsaigh started brightly as Cormac Murphy split the uprights after three minutes. But Dripsey soon settled and levelled the scores through Michael O’Riordan. They were in front by the midway point in the first period as Eoghan Maher grabbed the game’s first goal. After Killian Kelleher’s initial shot was well saved by keeper Sean Fitzgerald, Maher was alert to the rebound and drilled it into the net from a difficult angle.
Piarsaigh responded to that setback and shortly after they tallied a brace of unanswered overs before scoring a goal of their own in the 21st minute. Dripsey goalkeeper Diarmuid O’Riordan stopped Gordan Joyce’s long-range shot from dropping over his crossbar but the sliotar fell for Kieran Waters to hammer home.Dripsey, led by Maher, scored six points on the bounce to lead 1-10 to 1-4 at the beginning of the second half.   Their rivals from Fairhill closed the gap by scoring six of the next seven points to make it 1-11 to 1-10 heading into the final 10 minutes.

An off the ball incident saw Conor Bowen and Stephen Murray sent off for either team. And late Dripsey scores from James Cotter, Eoghan Maher and Michael O’Riordan (2) proved to be the difference.

Scorers for Dripsey: E Maher 1-5, M O’Riordan 0-8 (3f, 1 65), J Carey (1f) and J Cotter 0-1.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh:
 K Moynihan 0-5 (3f), K Waters 1-0, E Dorgan, C Murphy, A Dennehy, G Joyce, E Hanifin and P Murphy 0-1 each.

DRIPSEY:  D O’Riordan; B Kelleher, S O’Riordan, D Buckley; S Murray, J O’Riordan, J Carey; A Murray, D O’Sullivan; M O’Connell, M O’Riordan, J Cotter; E Maher, M O’Sullivan, K Kelleher  Subs: D O’Sullivan for B Kelleher (6), E O’Connell for K Kelleher (24), J Buckley for A Murray (32).

NA PIARSAIGH:  S Fitzgerald; L Murphy, E Sheehan, D Bowen; A Bell, G Healy, C Flynn; E Hanifin, G Joyce; E Galvin, A Dennehy, C Murphy; K Moynihan, K Waters, E Dorgan.  Subs: P Murphy for C Murphy (38), C Bowen for E Galvin (46).

Referee: Michael O’Mahony (Kilbrittain).

Report on SHC

 Damien Cahalane, St Finbarr's, battles Eoin Sheehan, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Finn proves crucial for St Finbarr’s hurlers in defeating Na Piarsaigh

St Finbarr’s 1-16 Na Piarsaigh 0-16

A CITY derby that never really ignited, but the victory deservedly went to the Barrs who extended their stay in this season’s hurling championship.

For Na Piarsaigh, who were without the injured Chris Joyce, the opposite was the case and it will be 2020 before they embark on the competitive trail again.

St Finbarr’s were the better-balanced unit in this third-round encounter at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday, even if they made life difficult for themselves at times with some wayward shooting. At the end of the hour their wides tally was well into double figures.  The platform for their victory was firmly laid in a solid defensive unit that had Eoin Keane marshalling the forces superbly at centre-back.  John Neville and Glenn O’Connor contributed well too, but no great fault could be found with any of the six who provided plenty of protection for goalkeeper Shane Hurley all through.  Damien Cahalane, lining out at midfield, played a significant role too, growing into the game and scoring a few tasty points while his younger brother Conor posted some fine points as well.

Eoghan Finn shot a few wides in the number 12 jersey but his contribution was vast at the same time and he fired home a sublime penalty attempt in the second-half which was definitely a game-changer after Philip Kelleher had been upended.

There was little or nothing dividing the sides in the opening half, but Na Piarsaigh finished the stronger and had good points from Evan Sheehan, Padraig Guest, Cian Buckley, Dayne Lee, Eoin Moynihan, Craig Hanifin, and Daire Connery in that opening 30 minutes.

It was 0-9 to 0-6 going to the dressing rooms for the northside team and they maintained that advantage for the opening sequences of the second half.

The Barrs continued to miss the target, but four unanswered points from Conor Cahalane, Keane, O’Connor and Damien Cahalane had them in front on 47 minutes.

 Hanifin tied it up shortly afterwards but then arrived the Barrs penalty, expertly executed by the impressive Finn. It was certainly a turning point, but Na Piarsaigh refused to wilt and points from Evan Sheehan and Dayne Lee made it a one-point game entering the final minutes of regulation time.

But the Barrs riposte was hugely encouraging and three points on the trot from Finn, Billy Hennessy and Finn again had them four points to the good.

Into stoppage time we went and a point from Pa O’Rourke made it a one-score game, but it was a goal or nothing now for the Farranree outfit to try and salvage the tie.  It didn’t arrive and time just ran out for them and with it their hurling for the year.  While the league was run off very efficiently, defeat at this juncture in the championship leaves a team on the outside looking in for a very protracted period.

But it was the Barrs night, a much more challenging assignment than they had been given by Carrigtwohill in the opening round.  Of course, the east Cork side are back in the equation again after their fine win over Killeagh.  Barrs boss Ronan Curran will have been happy with a lot of aspects of their play but there is work to be done too in other matters, their final delivery being one of them.  But it must be taken into account too that they were championship inactive for three months and there’s always going to be some ring rust in that situation.

Scorers for St Finbarr’s: E Finn 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3 f), C Cahalane 0-3, D Cahalane 0-2, P Kelleher, R O’Mahony, G O’Connor, E Keane, B Hennessy 0-1 each.

Na Piarsaigh: C Hanifin 0-5 (0-3 f), E Sheehan 0-3 (0-1 f), E Moynihan 0-2f, D Lee 0-2, P Guest, P O’Rourke, C Buckley, D Connery 0-1 each.

ST FINBARR’S: S Hurley, O Murphy, J Burns, J Neville, G O’Connor, E Keane, C Walsh, B Hennessy, D Cahalane, C Cahalane, C Keane, E Finn, R O’Mahony, P Kelleher, B O’Connell.  Subs: C Buckley for C Keane (42), C Barrett for Kelleher (53), S Callanan for O’Connell (60).

NA PIARSAIGH: L O’Donovan, C Buckley, E Gunning, E Moynihan, A Hogan, P O’Rourke, D Connery, D Gunning, D Lee, E Sheehan, C Hanifin, S Forde, P Guest, Evan Sheehan, E Hanifin. Subs: K Buckley for E Hanafin (40), K Moynihan for Guest (50).

Referee: C McAllister (Aghada).

League Play Off & League Final

Tomorrow night Thursday 18th sees our Senior Hurlers take on Bride Rovers in a league play off in Riverstown at 8pm if they win this then they go on to play Sars in a league semi final.

Also we are down to play a league final in premier intermediate football against Dromtarrife and this is due to take place on Sunday 28th July next, but all of this depends on how we perform against Bride Rovers on Thursday night.   So your support please for these games would be appreciated.

Cork Feile na nGael 2019

On behalf of the Feile Committee we would like to thank all mentors and volunteers who gave a hand to make the feile weekend something special.    To all the boys and girls who took part in the feile and played the best hurling and camogie ever seen in the club you were all a credit to yourself, your family and to your club.    Many thanks to all the hosting parents and mentors for putting up the boys and girls in the home for the weekend.   To all the members who worked behind the scenes to make this feile a success.    We all did our club proud and keep up the good work.  Nap Abu!   Photographs of the weekend can be seen in our photo gallery.

Farranree Credit Union Fe12 Hurling Tournament

Here we go again! never finished here in the club in promoting one of our sponsors hurling tournament.   This Saturday sees the start of our annual tournaments starting with the Farranree Credit Union Fe12 Hurling Tournament.   Teams participating are Blarney, Erins Own, Clonakilty and ourselves.   Again this tournament will bring out the best in the lads and we would ask that all parents and members support our tournaments as they haven't been supported very well in the past.   We need to make a big push on promoting the club.  Everyone welcome and we could do with the help around the place on Saturday next.

Cul Camp 2019

Note for everyone Na Piarsaigh Cul Camp 2019 is starting on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th July next from 10am-2pm.    Boys and girls aged from 6-13 years and all welcome.  Registration takes place on Friday 21st June next from 7-9pm and Saturday 29th June from 11-1pm in the club.

The price for this years Cul Camp is 45e for 1st child, 40e for 2nd child and 35e for 3rd child.    So make sure you come down on the above dates in June to registrar your child/children so that they don't miss out.


Sars hunt a Senior Hurling League treble but the Barrs and Na Piarsaigh are also impressing

WITH no club championship activity until August, the Red FM Senior Hurling League takes on that bit more significance for the clubs.

The competition this season has changed quite a lot in so far as there is a cut-off point in mid July for the group stage and the County Board plan to have it concluded in its entirety before the championship resumes.

That will mean, of course, if Cork continue to progress in the championship arena the clubs will have to continue to line out without their inter-county players. Some clubs don’t have any representation on the Cork squad while others have quite a few players involved.

That situation gives the various team management groups the opportunity to give all their players a chance to put their hand up for inclusion when the championship gets up and running again.

Sars are the holders of the title and on the trail of three titles on the trot and going quite well in that quest. They were clear leaders in the Division 1 table, having played 10 games, winning seven, drawing one and losing two.

Next best were the Barrs, playing eight games, winning six, drawing one and losing two putting them on 34 points.

Na Piarsaigh are going quite well too, playing eight, winning six and drawing two and on 32 points.

Na Piarsaigh's Craig Hanifin and Killeagh's Killian Treacy go for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh's Craig Hanifin and Killeagh's Killian Treacy go for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

They are followed by Bride Rovers, Bishopstown, Midleton, Newtown and the Rockies.

At the basement, Ballinhassig had just two draws from seven games, putting them on 12 points with Douglas just above them with one win and two draws from six outings and on 12 points.

Both, obviously, will need to step it up a bit if they are not to be involved in a relegation battle.

There’s an added incentive for the clubs this season in so far as they get one point for turning up and four points for the win.

Na Piarsaigh selector Bill Kelleher believes that the secondary competition is more structured this time and believes the County Board must take credit for that.

“To be fair, we now have a start time and a proper cut-off time with the top two teams making it through to the final.

“I believe that all the clubs have bought into the new structure and the games are running along nice and smoothly.

“From our perspective, it’s giving us an opportunity to try out the younger members of the squad and here in Piarsaigh there is far more interest this year.

“Obviously, clubs are playing without their inter-county players but everybody is in the same boat.

“We have four games to play, I think, against Douglas, Bishopstown, Sars and the Barrs and, of course, it’s all leading up to our championship game with the Barrs in August.

“That’s going to be big city derby and I am sure no effort will be spared by either of us in trying to get a result in that game.

“But it’s so far, so good where we are concerned and the important thing is that the players are getting regular games.”

Sarsfields club secretary Jim Murphy was in full agreement, telling the Echo that the Riverstown club have always put great store into the league.

“We have, we have won it for the past two years and we are going well again this time.

“There’s a nice financial reward for the winners of 4,000 euros and that is money put back into the club.

“Here in Riverstown we have an awful lot of players participating now and the SHL certainly provides them with the opportunity of getting meaningful game time.

“We don’t have our Cork players but others are now getting their chance to stake a claim, players on the fringes etc.

“We’d be a strong supporter of the SHL and we try our best in it all the time.’’ And, of course, it’s all a building exercise towards their big championship showdown with Douglas in August.

“That’s the big game for us and Douglas will say the same. This league is perfect preparation towards that because we know that we will face a huge challenge from Douglas.

“It would be nice to be going into that game with another league title behind us but we will see how it goes and take every game as it comes along.”

Na Piarsaigh came up short but can be proud of reaching Division 1 Féile final

Ryan Rabbitte, Turloughmore, is closed down by Padraig Hosford, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ryan Rabbitte, Turloughmore, is closed down by Padraig Hosford, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Turloughmore 3-6 Na Piarsaigh 1-1 

TURLOUGHMORE successfully retained the John West Féile na nGael Division 1 Hurling title following a comprehensive victory over Na Piarsaigh on Sunday.

The Leesiders can be very proud of their efforts all weekend though, carrying on the club's proud tradition in the Féile. With Seán Óg Ó hAilpín involved as a coach they were the most impressive Cork team in the competition and defeated Midleton in the semi-final.

However, the men from Galway were a well-drilled outfit and some of their hurling was at times of very high quality. They got off to a great start and made an early statement of intent.

Turloughmore scores 2-5 without replay during what was a rip-roaring start.

Early points were put on the board from Sean Duggan and Ryan Rabbitte. That was before Éanna Monaghan showed great hurling skills to bury the ball into the back of the net.

Scores by Duggan and Monaghan followed before Turloughmore got their second goal of the game through a clinical close-range finish by Monaghan after an initial effort had hit the crossbar.

Na Piarsaigh got a point back through Ryan Lyons and a goal from the impressive Ross O’Sullivan, which was a bullet of a strike from a free.

The second half saw fewer scores on the board compared to the opening half, as Turloughmore did a very professional job in seeing the game out to a successful conclusion.

Monaghan converted once again to complete his hat trick and put the icing on the cake for a memorable day for the men from Galway.

Ciaran White, Turloughmore, clearing from Alex Lynch, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Ciaran White, Turloughmore, clearing from Alex Lynch, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Scorers for Turloughmore: E Monaghan 3-1, S Duggan 0-4, R Rabbitte 0-1.

Na Piarsaigh: R O’Sullivan 1-0, R Lyons 0-1.

TURLOUGHMORE: Ciaran Wilde: Jamie Burke, Evan Gill, Tom McNicholas, Evan Forde, Jack Lonergan, Marc Cummins, Owen Morgan, Cillian Trayers, Ryan Rabbitte, Eanna Monaghan, Sean Duggan, Ronan Flaherty, Rory Casserly, Cian O’Callaghan, Oisin Fahy, Shane Commins, Daniel Fitzmaurice, Luke Williams, Matthew Collins, Gary Gill, Cillian Walsh, Aaron Burke, Oisin McGilloway, Aaron Walsh, Ronan Duggan, Owen Long, Harry Kelly, Conor Dooley, Darragh McEntee.

NA PIARSAIGH: Baruch Dwyer Harrington: Eoin Cronin, Cian Higgins, Jacob Hutchinson, Andrew O’Driscoll, Padraig Hosford, Jack O’Sullivan, Sean Paul Cooke, Peter Lehane, Ryan Lyons, Ross O’Sullivan, Charlie Cronin, Dylan Phillpott, Alex Lynch, Dylan O’Sullivan, Patrick McGrath, Jonathan McSweeney, Kian Galvin, Adam Heffernan, DJ Coffey.

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).



Scoil Iosagain B.N.S. are now taking applications for enrolment.   A vibrant, energetic atmosphere is guaranteed from the moment you walk through the gate.  If you are interested in your child beginning their education in Scoil Iosagain please do not hesitate to contact the office for further assistance.

Draw for Championships

On Tuesday last the next round of the SHC, PIFC and IHC took place.   In relation to our SHC 3rd round NAP .v. St.Finbarrs.   In our PIFC we got a bye and play St.Michaels in the quarter final.   In IHC 2nd round we play Dripsey with the winners of that playing either Douglas or Ballinhassig in the 3rd round.   Dates for these games will be posted on the website.

Scoil Iosagain-Na Piarsaigh H&F Club-Gaa Cul Camps

Parents /Guardians,

Over the next 6 weeks we will be providing hurling and football coaching for 1st,2nd,3rd and 4th classes. We hope all the boys will enjoy these sessions. If your son enjoys his time playing hurling & football and would like to join our local club, please see all the training times and contact coach details below on reverse of this page.

We will be organising running class leagues in conjunction with the school where we will play the finals in Na Piarsaigh Club. All parents will be welcome on the day. This would a great day for parents to see the facilities we have on offer.

Na Piarsaigh will also be running Cúl Camp on the 15th,17th,19th of July. 

Check out the link below for details. All registration will be done by club. www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

All boys and girls are welcome to this camp. You do not need to be playing with Na Piarsaigh to avail of this great fun camp. This could a great way to introduce your children to Gaa games in a fun atmosphere


Our club ethos is FUN. By joining our club, he will meet new friends, play and learn in a team environment and most of all have loads of fun.

Also, you can check out Club Website and Facebook page http://www.napiarsaigh.com/

Na Piarsaigh Underage Training Times



Year Born

Training Times


Under 5/6s

Boys Born 2013/2004

Fri 6.15pm in the Arena

Tom Gardiner @ 0860645183

Under 7s

Boys Born 2012

Tue 6pm & Sat @ 10am

Colin O’Reilly @ 0864117000

Under 8s

Boys Born 2011

Wed 6pm &

Fri @ 7.15

Mark Sheehan @ 0858444076

Under 9s

Boys Born 2010

Wed 6pm

Alan Bell @ 0851616740

Under 10s

Boys Born 2009

Tue & Thur @6pm

Mark O’Sullivan @ 0860771302


If you need any more information, please feel free to call one of the Committee below.

Brian Buckley @ 085-7275777,

Neil O Connor @ 086-8166171

Thomas Gardiner @ 0860645183


Go Raibh Maith Agat,

Na Piarsaigh Underage Committee

New Club Sponsor

Na Piarsaigh H&F Club are very happy to welcome on board a new sponsor for the next 2 years.   Robert Kennehy Managing Director of Sky Windows, Little Island, Co.Cork has agreed to sponsor us.   The official launch of our new sponsor takes place on Friday 31st May in the Bar and 9.30pm and can we ask you our members and friends of Na Piarsaigh to give support to Robert and Sky Windows. 

Win a First Aid Sports Bag for your Club

Hickeys Pharmacy Bakers Road are holding a competition for a club to win a first aid sports bag the closing date for this is the 7th June next.  All you have to do is buy your medicines, health products or accessories in the pharmacy, right your club on the back of the receipt and hand it in over the counter.    The club with the most receipts handed over will win the first aid bag.    This would be great for the upcoming Feile, so get over to Hickeys Pharmacy in Bakers Road and help us out.

Trip to Cork

On Saturday 8th June next we are entertaining a hurling team from Fulham Irish GAA Club London to play an intermediate/junior hurling challenge game on Pitch 3.   Throw in is at 1pm and will be followed by the quarter finals of the Feile Hurling & Camogie.
Former player of the club James O Rourke who now lives in London will be bringing over his team for the weekend to take in the Cork/Waterford Game as well.   We would hope to see a big crowd for the weekend as there is a lot going on in the club at that time.

John West Feile na nGael 2019

The 7th, 8th & 9th June is going to be a very busy weekend in the club in that we are hosting Feile na nGael in both hurling and camogie.  

Our fe14 hurlers are hosting Dicksboro of Kilkenny, Na Piarsaigh Limerick and Erins Own of Cork and all games will be played in the club starting on Friday 7th June with group games x 4, on Saturday 8th there will be 2 group games played in the morning and in the afternoon the quarter finals x 4 will be played which include the camogie.

In the middle of all this an intermediate hurling team from Fulham Irish London will be playing a challenge game against our intermediates/junior at 1pm.

On Sunday 9th there will be 4 semi-finals (hurling & camogie) and the finals in the evening.  

Our fe14 players will be putting up 2 boys from Kilkenny in their homes and a great weekend of hurling, socialising, dancing, eating, music is expected so everyone will be welcome.

Underneath are the date and times for your diary.

Friday 7th Group Games

Fri. 7th


5.30 pm

Na Piarsaigh



Limerick 1


Na Piarsaigh

Fri. 7th


5.30 pm

Erins Own



Kilkenny 1


Na Piarsaigh

Fri. 7th


6.30 pm

Na Piarsaigh 



Erins Own


Na Piarsaigh

Fri. 7th 


6.30 pm

Kilkenny 1



Limerick 1


Na Piarsaigh

 Saturday 8th Group Games

Sat. 8th  


10.00 am

Na Piarsaigh 



Kilkenny 1


Na Piarsaigh

Sat. 8th


10.00 am

Na Piarsaigh



Dublin 2


Na Piarsaigh

Saturday 8th Qtr Finals Camogie

Sat. 8th

Q/F 3

3.00 pm

1st Gr C



2nd Gr D


Na Piarsaigh

Sat. 8th

Q/F 4

3.00 pm

1st Gr D



2nd Gr C


Na Piarsaigh

Sat 8th

Q/F 3

2.00 pm

3rd Gr C



4th Gr D


Na Piarsaigh

Sat 8th

Q/F 4

2.00 pm

3rd Gr D



4th Gr C


Na Piarsaigh

 Sunday 9th Semi & Finals Camogie

Sun 9th

S/F 1

1.00 pm

Winner Q/F 1



Winner Q/F 3


Na Piarsaigh

Sun 9th

S/F 2

1.00 pm

Winner Q/F 2



Winner Q/F 4


Na Piarsaigh

Sun 9th

S/F 1

12 Noon

Winner Q/F 1



Winner Q/F 3


Na Piarsaigh

Sun 9th

S/F 2

12 Noon

Winner Q/F 2



Winner Q/F 4


Na Piarsaigh


Sun 9th


3.00 pm

Winner S/F 1 



Winner S/F 2


Na Piarsaigh

Sun 9th


2.00 pm

Winners S/F 1



Winner S/F 2


Na Piarsaigh

Senior Hurling Championship Report

Na Piarsaigh's Craig Hanifin and Killeagh's Killian Treacy go for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh's Craig Hanifin and Killeagh's Killian Treacy go for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Har

Na Piarsaigh selector believes the board were right to pick Option A

NA PIARSAIGH senior hurling selector Bill Kelleher believes that the correct decision was arrived at in the recent proposals put forward by the Cork County Board to change the complexion of its county championship schedule.
Kelleher was speaking in the aftermath of his side’s hard-earned win over Killeagh in the opening round of this season’s campaign at Pairc Ui Rinn last Sunday.
“We were happy at the decision. That’s the one we went for, Option A. We looked for a bit more information from the board which we got and we were quite happy with that.  “Clubs are suffering, majorly suffering because intercounty managers dictate now what is happening.
“Cork needs to get the championship up and running the way it was. The Cork SHC is one of the best.
“If you look at the way it was, you were playing again next week if Cork lose, that was your fixture so you prepare for a championship game.  “If Cork win and your match goes off for six weeks so what do you do, you have to try and balance it up.
“We play now and we don’t play again until July. We have a bit of certainty now. Is it acceptable, I don’t know, we all like to be playing on days like this but we have to accept what they are throwing at us.  “Of the options that were there, I think it’s the best one for a club player.’’
On the win over Killeagh, he was happy enough with how things had panned out for his players.  “Fair dues to Killeagh, they put us to the pin of our collar but here’s a couple of stats that people might not realise.
“We had five minors starting there today that played in the 2017 county final. The bottom line here is, they are a very young team but we know that they can hurl and we were happy with the determination that they showed.  “Killeagh put us to the pin of our collar but we’ll take the win as it comes after last year.
“But going forward there’s a lot of work to be done. People might say that the real championship does not start until July but you want to get over the first round in April and have your few months now that you can relax and play your league games.
“I can’t stress enough how young this team is and of our six forwards, the eldest is Padraig Guest who is 23.’’  Kelleher was delighted too with the response to the Killeagh goal which made it a one-point game.
“Our full-backs is very experienced and they actually kept us in the game to be fair to them “We had wides but to be fair, they had too but I am just very happy at the end of this to have got over the first round.
“The footballers won their first round too and as I said, the wheels came off the cart last year.  “We put a new management team in place, John Gardiner senior came in, Liam Martin and others too.  “We are up and running but there’s a lot of work to be done yet.’’

Na Piarsaigh's Chris Joyce and Killeagh's Brian Collins tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh's Chris Joyce and Killeagh's Brian Collins tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Na Piarsaigh had a terrible 2018 and everything seemed to go pear-shaped in
Farranree. But the tide appears to be turning again and their win over a decent Killeagh
will be viewed very positively.

There’s an experienced management team in place, too, and with the footballers winning their opening-round game, as well, there’s light coming through the darkness again.

There’s some real quality in the ranks, too: Eddie Gunning is one of the best club defenders around, Daire Connery is a player of immense potential (who will play senior for Cork, just like his father, Christy did); and Evan Sheehan and Craig Hanafin are big prospects, too, and, after the win over Killeagh, there will be a spring back in the step.

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

 Na Piarsiagh's Aaron Higgins in action against Aghada's Pearse O'Neill in the PIFC clash at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Gavin Browne

Na Piarsiagh's Aaron Higgins in action against Aghada's Pearse O'Neill in the PIFC clash at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Gavin Browne

A blend of youth and experience got Na Piarsaigh off to a flying start

THEY might come from a hurling stronghold, but when Na Piarsaigh put their minds to it, they’re capable of making an impact on the football front.

Having struggled in both codes last season, they got off to a flier last Sunday by upsetting Aghada after extra-time in the first round of the PIFC. Shane Forde fisted-over what turned out to be the winning point, while the northsiders got a significant return from Alan Hogan and Cian O’Mahony, as well, in attack.

Na Piarsiagh's Shane Forde passes off the ball against Aghada's Jordan Tynan on Sunday. Picture: Gavin Browne
Na Piarsiagh's Shane Forde passes off the ball against Aghada's Jordan Tynan on Sunday. Picture: Gavin Browne

Pa Rourke thundered into the game in the latter stages, Pádraig Guest was a magnet for ball up-top, and Aaron Higgins, Keith Buckley, Gordon Joyce, and Eoin Moynihan left it all out there.

“After the year we had in 2018, we needed a positive start,” said Alan Daly, who is the club chairman and on the football management team with Ted Moynihan and Paul Farmer. “There are new people involved in all the teams in the club, through to adult level, and that’s made a difference.

“We’ve just freshened-up across the board. We’re training as a collective, instead of two separate panels, but then we focus on Thursday on football.

“We don’t have the same population to draw on that we had before. It’s a mature area now. To be fair, our Féile team qualified for the semi-final, so that was a boost. We don’t have the numbers, but we have to mind them.

“We had five players playing in Páirc Uí Rinn for the first time and that was a great way to experience it for them.”

After going four points down early on and trailing 0-12 to 0-8 after 48 minutes, Na Piarsaigh showed grit and composure.

“We’ve actually had bad starts in all our league matches, so we didn’t let that throw us. We played Millstreet on the Tuesday night before and we picked up three injuries, unfortunately: Evan Sheehan, Kelvin Forde and Greg Healy, we all ruled out.

“We won all bar one of the league games and we set up a pattern of play that suits the players we have. Don’t give away the football: that’s the most important thing for us. We have players with a lot of variation in what they can do: we’ve 19-year-olds, we’ve 35-year-olds, so if we think about what we do in possession, support each other, we can do well.

“We have a few dual players alright, but maybe not as many in the starting 15 as we’d have had before. They are still seven or eight of them who’ll be playing senior hurling, but that’s not too hard.”

Alan Hogan lines up a shot from Aghada's Conor O'Driscoll. Picture: Gavin Browne
Alan Hogan lines up a shot from Aghada's Conor O'Driscoll. Picture: Gavin Browne

Daly was delighted with the young guns, but also the veterans.

“You need your leaders. Mahony is 35, but he’s as good a footballer as we’ve put through the club. He’s a smashing player.

“Pa is moving very well this year. He really came into that, as the game went on.

“A lot of it is about attitude. We’ve always had good players, but you need to have a bit of focus. Hopefully, the lads can make that last.

“We’ve Killeagh in the hurling in two weeks and they can push away now.”

Na Piarsaigh Golf Classic 2019

Our Annual Golf Classic will be played on Friday 31st May next at Monkstown Golf Club again we would hope to have a big turnout for this event as the proceeds are towards the development and maintance of our club which will benefit both the underage, our adult teams and the surrounding areas so we would ask members to contribute and take part in this fundraising event.

Championships 2019

On Sunday next the 7th April our Premier Intermediate Footballers play the 1st Round of the championship against Aghada in Pairc Ui Rinn at 2pm and we would hope to see a big crowd of support there.

Then on Tuesday 9th April our Fe21 playing their football championship against St.Nicks in Delaneys at 7pm, again your support please.

On Friday 12th April our Junior Footballers play their championship against Nemo in Ballinlough at 7pm.

On Sunday 21st April our Senior Hurlers play Killeagh in the 1st Round again in Pairc Ui Rinn at 2pm.

Your support please for all of these games.


Championship Proposals were presented to the clubs at tonight's County Board meeting ahead of a vote next Tuesday night 

Members are asked to go to the Cork County Board Website under Cork GAA Championship Proposals 2020 click on the link and we would ask members to read the proposals.   These proposals could have a devasting effect on our club if they are voted in.     These proposals will be discussed at club level when a meeting is called before the end of the week.

Feile/Camogie Fundraising Quiz Night

A Feile/Camogie Fundraising Quiz Night in support of our teams will take place on Friday 26th April next at 8pm.   3 people per table 5e per person.   Come along for the craic, lots of spot prizes on the night.   This event is to finance our under 14 boys and girls who are taking part in the Feile na nGael which takes place in the club on the 7th/8th/9th June and Na Piarsaigh H&F Club are hosting the games and will be putting up teams from up the country.   So your support is very much needed for this event.

Young Referees Course

See following dates & venues for Young Referees Courses. There is no cost and clubs do not have to pre register participants.

Please note, this course is only Stage 1 and is for new referees that clubs may have. Those who completed the course last year do not need to come again, but are welcome to attend as a refresher.

We were hoping to have a Level 2 course complete but unfortunately, we are not in a position to roll that out yet for Coaches who attended Level 1 last year. 

Mallow GAA, Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm.

Eire Óg GAA, Thursday 21st March at 7pm.

Clonakilty GAA, Saturday 30th March at 11am.

Pairc ui Rinn, Wednesday 27th March, 6.30pm

Over 60s Winner

On Wednesday last the Over 60s Talent Competition took place in the Bar where a number of singers competed in front of a large crowd.   The MC on the night was Paddy O Brien and the event was sponsored by Farranree Credit Union.    We couldn't actually get any club member to represent the Club, but nonetheless the event went off very well with some great singers.   After a long discussion by the Judges the eventual winner was Fred Lotty from Blarney Street who will now go on to represent Na Piarsaigh H&F Club in the semi finals which will be held in the City Hall on the 7th May next.   Our thanks to everybody involved in making this event a great success.   Photographs of the event can be found on Farranree Credit Union website/facebook.

Championship Dates

For members attention the following are the dates for our championship first round:

PIFC .v. Aghada - Sunday 7th April 2019 in Pairc Ui Rinn 2pm
JAFC .v. Nemo Rangers - Friday 12th April Ballinlough 7pm
SHC .v. Killeagh - Sunday 21st April in Pairc Ui Rinn 2pm
IHC .v. Grenagh - Saturday 4th May in Blarney 6.45pm

Please note these dates and your support please on the day.

Over 60s Talent Competition Heat

The Over 60s Talent Competition Heat will take place in the Bar on Wednesday 13th March next at 8pm.   So if you can sing, dance, play an instrument or tell a joke then we want you on the night.   The event will be sponsored by Farranree Credit Union and the winner will go on to represent Na Piarsaigh H&F Club in the semi finals.    So why not give it a go.    Past winners will be present on the night.   A great sing song is expected.  For further enquiries please contact Neilus O Sullivan on 0862291161.

Championship Draw 2019

Here are the first round draws for 2019 for Senior Hurling, Premier Intermediate Football and Intermediate Hurling that the club will be involved in.  Dates will be available shortly.

Senior Hurling 1st Round: Killeagh .v. Na Piarsaigh
Premier Intermediate Football 1st Round: Aghada .v. Na Piarsaigh
Intermediate Hurling 1st Round: Grenagh .v. Na Piarsaigh.

Reconvened Senior AGM

Our Senior AGM will now reconvene on Monday night the 14th January next at 7pm sharp.    Club text has gone out to members so please note this new date in your diary.

Christmas Draw Winners

Winners of the Christmas Draw for 2018 are as follows:
1. Breda Lynch
2. Ann Barry
3. Damien Scannell
4. Caroline O Connor
5. Des Cullinane
6. Michael O Connor
7. Bernie Kenefick
8. Kevin Jones
9. Michael O Keeffe
10. Merdette O Sullivan.

We wish to thank all winners and thank all the people who bought tickets, thank all the people who sold tickets for us especially the teams and also thank the members who attended at Blackpool Shopping Centre to help sell tickets to make this draw a success.  A special thanks to Blackpool Shopping Centre especially Jacqueline and also to Trisha for making up the hampers for us.   To all our sponsors a special thanks.

Club Shop

The club shop will open this Wednesday 19th December from 7pm -7.30pm only and will be open as normal on Saturday 22nd from 12 o clock to 2pm.  Anyone that has gear ordered or put away are asked to collect them on Saturday the latest.

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