Club News 7th May 2023

Castlemartyr GAA NewsFeed

By Club PRO John Cashman

Ballygiblin Next Up For Intermediate Hurlers

All Ireland junior champions Ballygiblin are next up for our junior hurlers as they travel to the Avondhu division for Sunday’s division 5 league encounter (11.30am). Ballygiblin have a rescheduled mid week trip to Mayfield on Wednesday, which is the game they have on hand over us at the moment. Currently before that city fixture, Ballygiblin sit , like ourselves, on two points at the wrong end of the table.
Argideen Rangers on nine points and Russell Rovers on eight points are the pace setters at the moment. However It’s a big few days of action with all teams involved in key games.
Aghada host Midleton, Dungourney travel to Mayfield, Russell Rovers welcome Cloughduv and leaders Argideen are in Watergrasshill in the other weekend games.

Junior Hurlers – JBHL

St Catherine’s 0-13 Castlemartyr 1-19

A very solid showing by our second string in Ballynoe this evening yielded a merited comfortable victory in a game that saw minors Warren Broerick, Ewan Wimpenny and Charlie O’Neill all making starts. A real purple patch in the second which yielded a string of excellent points was instrumental in this nine points success.

Castlemartryr led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the interval – Niall Morgan registering the goal as his long range effort from the right wing found its way all to the net. Conor Whyte in a new centre forward role posted some well taken points, whilst the outstanding Darragh Joyce shot over three monster long range efforts.

After a series wides at the start of the second half, suddenly the radar was adjusted and Castlemartyr rifled over a succession of points from all 6 forwards. Billy McGann, Ewan Wimpenny, Eoin Cashman, Niall Morgan, Darragh Cashman, Conor Whyte and midfielder Mike Cosgrave who charged into the game all raised white flags. At the other end, Derek Bowens again had a very solid outing between the posts whilst Eoin Ronayne marshalled the defence.

Next up it’s a trip to Watergrasshill in the next seven days – date and time to be confirmed.
Team – Derek Bowens, Warren Broderick, Eoin Ronayne, Oisin Cantwell, Eoin Cashman, Darragh Joyce, Tom Fleming, Mike Cosgrave, Niall O’Donovan, Charlie O’Neill, Conor Whyte, Niall Morgan, Billy McGann, Darragh Cashman and Ewan Wimpenny.

Junior Football League

Castlemartyr 0-8 Carrigtwohill 0-16

Castlemartyr’s most recent outing in JFL1 ended in a 0-16 to 0-8 defeat against a strong Carrigtwohill team at Paddy Walsh Memorial Park last week.

The reds settled quickly into their stride and playing some attractive open football were good value for their 0-3 to 0-0 lead early on. Jack McGann (who scored 0-5), Darragh Joyce and Mike Cosgrave all hit excellent points from play after some excellent approach play. Jack and Conor Ronayne added further points by the 15th minute, but at this point it was evident that Carrig’ had found their rhythm. Nevertheless, the 0-5 each scoreline was probably a harsh reflection on our opening quarter. The visitors had pushed forward in greater numbers and had applied a higher press than in the opening minutes, which made life more difficult for Castlemartyr to find a route to goal.

At the break it was 0-8 to 0-6 in favour of Carrigtwohill, a lead that extended to 0-11 to 0-6 before our next score arrived courtesy of Jack McGann on 41 minutes. A solid effort was put in by our team in the closing twenty minutes, but unfortunately the gap remained relatively comfortable for Carrig’ and they closed out the game with some close range frees.

Despite the eight points defeat, there were positives from the performance and the hope is that Castlemartyr can finish the group campaign with a good performance and a win against Lisgoold on Thursday week May 18th – 7.30pm.
Currently we are in a mid table position with seven points from six games – sharing the same formline as our immediate opponents – so effectively this is a shout out to see who finishes in third place as both Carraig na bhFear and Carrigtwohill look set to contest the decider, despite Carriag na bhFear losing out by one point to Lisgoold last weekend.

Team v Carrigtwohill
Conor Whyte, Oisin Cantwell, Eoin Ronayne, Niall O’Donovan, Cathal Martin, James Lawton, Barra O’Tuama, Mike Cosgrave, Darragh Joyce, Eoin Cashman, Jack McGann, Eoghan Martin, Tom Fleming, Darragh Cashman, Conor Ronayne.
Subs – Cormac Lynch.

Brendan Walsh R.I.P

The thoughts and prayers of all of us in Castlemartyr GAA Club are currently with the Walsh and Barry families following the recent passing of Brendan. Sincere sympathy is extended to Brendan’s wife Olivia and sons Pádraig, Seán and Barry and daughters Chloe and Andrea, along with Brendan’s brother in law – our own Castlemartyr clubman Dan Barry. Brendan was an outstanding hurler in the green of Killeagh, candy stripes of Imokilly and the red of Cork.
We all share the sadness experienced by Brendan’s family and friends and that of all at Killeagh GAA Club,
May Brendan rest in peace.

Best of Luck Seanie

Word broke this week that a great club stalwart Seanie Hennessy has decided to hang up the boots and put the hurleys into the corner. A highly dedicated clubman Seanie produced many a great hour in the red jersey and savoured the joys of what is the greatest era in the club’s history. Four East Cork junior ‘A’ titles, a county junior medal and two county intermediate medals are symbols of a great success story. Congrats Seanie on all those wins and a superb contribution to Castlemartyr GAA on the playing fields – no doubt you and your family will be regulars inside the gates of Paddy Walsh Park in the years ahead – Happy Retirement!

Ciarán and Chloe Keep Flag FlyingCork Camogie - Chloe Lane

Ciarán Joyce and Chloe Lane certainly kept the Castlemartyr name up in lights over the weekend. As Cork and Tipp produced another epic encounter Ciarán again showed his exceptional qualities particularly in the first half when he was looking into the glaring sun and Cork came under a lot of pressure.


In Kilkenny on Sunday Chloe Lane wore the number one jersey as Cork were crowned All Ireland minor camogie champions with an exciting win over Waterford. Congrats Chloe on a great win and a great season between the posts.

Kiltha Og

It’s been a great few weeks for Kiltha Og – congrats again to the Feile team on their great win on Bank Holiday Monday and the under 18 footballers on their league win over Aghada a few days later.

On this Wednesday the Under 18 hurlers meet Sarsfield’s in Castlemartyr at 7pm in the League Final – best of luck lads!

Kiltha Og U18

By Assistant Pro Tue 9th May