Club News 5th March 2023

Castlemartyr GAA News Feed

by Club PRO – John Cashman

JHL Castlemartyr 0-13 Cloyne 1-16

No joy for the reds in the JHL3 2022 Final, which also saw the opening points of the new league season go Cloyne’s way in Rostellan on Saturday.

The winners raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead inside eight minutes and extended the advantage to lead 0-14 to 0-7 by the short whistle. However, a gutsy second half show saw our team trim the margin back to 3 points entering the closing five minutes, but then a Cloyne goal put paid to any hopes of completing the comeback.

Niall Morgan and Niall O’Donovan both looked very lively in the opening half and helped Castlemartyr reduce the early deficit to three points by the 20th minute. Cloyne got a grip though late on in the half and looked in a good place when seven clear at the break.

Conor Whyte, who had a very good hour, scored a superb opening point on the resumption, before Cloyne then stretched their advantage to lead 0-16 to 0-8 on 33 minutes. Credit to our guys who battled on and then scored five in a row through Nial Morgan (2 x 65m frees|), NIall O’Donovan, Conor Whyte (long range free) and Conor Ronayne to leave the game very much in the mix coming down the home straight.

That aforementioned Cloyne goal, their first score in twenty five minutes, ultimately gave them that reassurance late on to see the game out.

Next up for our team is a home match against Killeagh on St Patrick’s Day at 11.30am.

Scorers for Castlemartyr – Niall Morgan 0-6 (2f and 2 x 65’s) Niall O’Donovan 0-2, Mike O’Dwyer , Conor Whyte (f), Conor Ronayne , Daire Coughlan 0-1 each

Team – Derek Bowens, Oisin Cantwell, Eoin Ronayne, Tom Fleming, David Lynch, Conor Whyte, Odhran Cantwell, Adam McAuliffe, Liam Martin, Niall MOrgan, Daire Coughlan, Niall O’Donovan, Conor Ronayne, Sean Hennessy, Mike O’Dwyer.
Subs – Zak McAuliffe for David Lynch, Rob O’Donovan for Derek Bowens and Eoin Cashman for Niall Morgan..

Intermediate League – Castlemartyr 0-20 Dungourney 2-16

So to last Sunday’s intermediate tie at Paddy Walsh Memorial Park. Both sides were minus a few key players for various reasons and it was our visitors who edged the game by two points. Cork senior star Ciaran Joyce contributed six points from play in a virtuoso performance from the half forward line, whilst Barry Lawton landed no less than twelve points from placed balls. Peter Fleming and Jack McGann raised the other white flags.

John Aherne registered two first half goals for Dungourney, who led by 2-6 to 0-10 at the break with Mike Cosgrave and Peter Fleming producing industrious displays for the reds. With both sides adding ten points in the second half, the balance of power remained the same at the end of the hour. Ryan Denny, Mike Leahy and Naill Motherway were on target with well taken points for Dungourney.

The game was the first of a nine match programme in the Division 5 league that presents plenty of interesting challenges mostly against regular opposition. Matches are timed for 11.30am on Sunday mornings, but these may change based on prior agreement between participating teams. The advice is to check locally before each game, with the clubs social platform and whatsapp groups keeping you updated on a regular basis. Next on the list is a trip to Watergrasshill on Sunday week March 19th, before a home game with Mayfield two weeks later.

Team – Daire Coughlan, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Barra O’Tuama, Darragh Joyce, Daragh Moran, Jamie Stack, Ciaran Sice, Mike Cosgrave, Peter Fleming, Ciaran Joyce, Barry Lawton, Eoghan Martin, Jack McGann, Andrew Kelly.
Subs used – Darragh Leahy and Billy McGann

Congrats Ciara

Many congratulations to Ciara Walsh who was the lucky winner in our club draw which took place in connection with our members’ bundles for 2023. Ciara has scooped a smashing prize of 1 nights B&B at the splendid Castlemartyr Resort.

Soccer Connection

Following on from rugby player Mack Hansen much publicised Castlemartyr connections, another local link on the sporting headlines last week, Our eagle eyed historian John Whyte was fast off the mark to remind us that Gavan Holohan who was the two goal hero as Grimbsy shocked Southampton in the FA Cup at St Mary’s last week is a former Castlemartyr resident. Holohan’s double strike both from the spot has set his team up for a trip to Brighton in the last eight of the Cup.

For the record Gavin began his career with Hull City before returning to play for Cork City, Drogheda Utd and Galway United and Waterford here at home. The 31 year old midfielder then returned to England to play with Hartlepool for 3 seasons, before joining Grimsby last year where he had made almost 40 appearances since. Gavan was part of Cork City’s winning FAI Cup team in 2016.


A reminder that the next lotto draw is on Monday evening and the jackpot now stands at €9,250. Last Monday’s €25 euro winners were James Moore, Maurice McCarthy, Mary Holland, Tommy Horgan and Kay Ansbro.