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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News - October 20

20 October, 2022


Many eyebrows were raised at the playing of our County U-19 P1 Hurling Championship Final against Valley Rovers in Ballygarvan (this team's third visit to the home of Liam MacCarthy this season) as opposed to Pairc Uí Chaoimh or various other grounds. But after 80 odd minutes of hurling and a dramatic penalty shootout we created history by becoming the first club to ever win this Fé19 hurling title. And what a final it was. 

To say this was the battle of Ballygarvan doesn't even do this game justice. This was epic from start to finish and while it was a hard defeat to take for Valley Rovers, losing out on penalties, after contributing hugely to a magnificent encounter, we were delighted to come out on top, a great reward for the huge amount of work that this group of players and management had put in all year.

Played in tough underfoot conditions with a strong breeze blowing down the pitch it wasn't really surprising that the sides were level at 0-1 point apiece after a low scoring opening quarter. Shortly after Valleys struck for the opening goal of the game and they added a point to lead by 1-2 to 0-1. 

Things then went from bad to worse when we lost our centre-back and captain, Ciarmhac Smyth through injury after already losing centre-forward, Rory Hartnett, inside the opening minute.  
But this team has bags of character and back they came. Two mighty Mikey Finn frees saw us go in at half-time trailing by two, 1-2 to 0-3.

Mikey also added our opening two points of the second-half and with 41 minutes on the clock we were within one. We then struck three points without replay through Mikey Finn, David Cremin and Evan Kelly to put us 0-8 to 1-3 up with 15 minutes to play. Back came Valleys and with three minutes to play we were level (0-8 to 1-5). 
Mikey Finn edged us one clear with two to play but Valley Rovers struck for a late leveller to ensure that extra-time was needed. Full-time score: 0-9 Valley Rovers 1-6.

Playing with the breeze in the first-half of extra-time we set sail for victory with a Mikey Finn free and two fabulous points from Tadgh O'Leary Hayes to put us three clear in injury-time at the end of the first period but right on the stroke of the half-time whistle Valleys struck for their second goal to ensure it was all square (0-12 to 2-6) at half-time in extra-time. 

If the bookies were pricing it up at this stage the men from Innishannon would have been hot favourites but these Magpies never know when to lie down. 
With a minute to go in extra-time we trailed on a score of 2-8 to 0-12 but then Stuart O'Connor found the Valley Rovers net to put us one up but Valley Rovers struck late on to send the game to penalties. Full-time after extra-time: Midleton 1-12 Valley Rovers 2-9.

Brion Saunderson was definitely the hero of the penalty shootout, scoring one and saving four and with David Cremin also finding the back of the net......we did it....County Champions after an incredible battle. 2-1 on penalties. 
Fair play to both teams and especially to all the Midleton lads who were magnificent all year. 
Well done also to manager Pat Walsh and his management team of Davy O'Brien, Davy Hogan, Jerry Smyth, Diarmuid Geary and Sean Corcoran (pictured above) for a brilliant effort all year (they also got to the football final) and a big thank you to Helen Cronin O'Brien for her first aid work (a very busy lady on the day) and Donie Keohane for logistics.
The future of this grade may be up in the air but we will always be the first-ever Cork County P1 Fé19 Hurling Champions.....sounds good, doesn't it?
A third P1 County title of the season following the wins of the Fé13s and Fé15s...... 

Scorers for Midleton: M Finn (0-8, 0-7 frees), S O'Connor 1-0, T O’Leary Hayes (0-2), D Cremin & E Kelly (0-1 each).

MIDLETON: Brion Saunderson; Colin Sunderland, Adam Faye, Neil Fitzgerald; Liam McGrath, Ciarmhac Smith (Capt), Evan McCarthy; Mikey Finn, Niall Corcoran; Tadhg O’Leary Hayes, Rory Hartnett, Dara McCarthy; Evan Kelly, David Cremin, Phelim McGann. Subs: Tiarnán Roche for R Hartnett (2 inj), Alex Moloney for N Fitzgerald (15-19 bs), Alex Moloney for C Smith (23 inj), Cathal Beausang for P McGann (47), Stuart O’Connor for E Kelly (ET 4).


On Sunday we hosted Cobh in Park South in the first round of the junior C football championship group games. 
Having had to wait several months to play this game when we had such great weather earlier in the year was disappointing but we were determined to make the most of our opportunity when the game was finally played. Despite the torrential rain we played a great game and showed fierce determination to reel in a seven-point half-time deficit to just one point nearing full time. Then Cobh struck for what seemed the winning score. Showing great composure, we worked the ball down the field and were awarded a free which Kieran duly put over the bar. Overall, this was a super performance full of determination, grit and no little skill. We were short a few players who will strengthen the squad further when they return and we look forward to our next game versus our near neighbours Carrigtwohill next weekend. 
This is a winner takes all fixture where a win will see us advance to the semi-final. Well done to everyone involved and a special congratulations to our victorious Fé 19 hurlers many of whom are part of the junior C football squad.

MIDLETON: Padraig Dunlea, Jack McKay, Sean Corcoran, Daniel Wathen, Fergus Wade, Barry Fitzgerald, Brendan Ferriter, Dan Cagney (captain), Seanaidh Smith, Dan O'Sullivan, Kieran Denihan, Tom Scanlon, Kieran Lambert, Micheal Keohane and Ben O'Neill. Substitutes; Colin Sunderland, Coleman Quinn, Ryan Cahill and Jerome Curtin.
We are back in action on this coming Sunday, October 23, away to Carrigtwohill at 12 noon. 



The very best of luck, from all at Midleton GAA, to two fomer County winning Midleton stars, Tommy Wallace and Killian Burke who are playing for Robert Emmetts in the London Senior Hurling Championship Final this weekend against St. Gabriels. Hopefully they'll be adding another medal to their collections. 




Our U16 girls got their Championship campaign off to a great start last weekend with a win over Carrigaline in Park South. Well done to you all.



Our 12 girls travelled to Watergrasshill on Monday evening. It was a cold evening and the conditions were extremely soft but it didn’t stop the girls putting in a great team effort. We will play Rockbán next Monday evening. 



All roads lead to Rostellan this Sunday where our Junior Ladies will play Carrigaline in the B County final at 1.30pm. The players and management have put in a tremendous effort all year so your support on the day would be greatly appreciated. 



Best of luck to the U-14 girls who play Rockbán in their league final on Sunday at 3pm in Rockbán.



Our Minor ladies final was postponed last Sunday due to the extreme weather conditions. We are now waiting on a new date.




Our brand new Fé6 Magpies will begin their Midleton careers on this coming Saturday, October 22, at 9.30am in the Community Centre. Remember new players and coaches are always welcome.



Our Fé8s travelled to Aghada on Saturday for an excellent blitz against the home side and St. Colmans. Well done to all our players on a tremendous effort and to all who helped out with the lads on the day.



Our lads travelled to Blackrock on Saturday last to play the Rockies in a Hurling Challenge game.
We mixed the lads into three groups of nine for this and each of our teams played very well on day by getting some great scores throughout each of the games.
We would like to thank Blackrock GAA for hosting us and we would also like to thank all the parents in our group for their great support.


On Sunday last 34 Fé12 Magpies (and seven brave coaches) boarded a Stephen Butler coach to Dublin for the annual Kilmacud Crokes Festival of Hurling at University College Dublin.
Despite the early start the boys were in great form all day and played some excellent hurling against quality opposition. Two mixed teams was the ask from the organisers with each team playing four games and game time was allotted to all 34 young Magpies that travelled and with no trophy to play for "Hurling was the winner" on the day.
Thanks to Kilmacud Crokes for the invite and to Micheal at OCB for the kind donation towards the bus, making the trip possible. 
Teams in attendance: Midleton - Cork; Kilmacud Crokes - Dublin; Craughwell -Galway; Clarinbridge - Galway; Naomh Olaf - Dublin; Bray Emmets - Wicklow; Wild Geese - Dublin; Naas - Kildare; Ballinteer St Johns - Dublin.



Well done to our Fé17 hurlers who qualified for the C3 league final on Saturday when they had an excellent win over Inniscarra in Clonmult Memorial Park. The final score was: Midleton 4-11 Inniscarra 0-13. We will play Kiltha Óg or Ballincolling in the final, most likely on Sunday week.



If your daughter is interested in joining our club for 2023 Season is in Junior Infants please contact
our Secretary Claire on 087 9495807.


Our Fé6 girls welcomed Lisgoold and Castlemartyr Camogie Clubs to Clonmult Memorial Park on Saturday for a blitz. Great fun was had by all despite the weather! Thanks to our coaches for organising, our young refs Jill, Rachel, Vivienne and Laura and to all who gave up their time to volunteer!


Our Fé14 girls were in action in the U-14B2 championship final in Castle Road on Saturday afternoon. The girls were absolutely outstanding for the hour but unfortunately came up short losing by a single point to a strong Douglas team. These girls are a phenomenal outfit and we could not be more proud of them. Yesterday was tough to take but great things await these girls. Congratulations to Amy who captained the U-14B2 team on the day. Well done to all!

Midleton v Tracton Minor A Championship in Park South

 It had been 2 weeks since the Midleton Minor girls had played the first round robin with an away win in Brinny against Valley Rovers. The visitors to Park South were a stylish Tracton team who had a very impressive first round win over Castlemartyr.
The forecast for the day was wet and wild, with winds and rain expected, thankfully conditions weren’t as bad as predicted however underfoot conditions and ball handling were difficult for both teams.
Tracton won the toss and elected to play with a slight wind in the opening half and opened up the encounter by applying severe pressure on the Midleton defence. Tracton forwards found their shooting ranges more effectively than Midleton and put on an impressive first-half display to lead Midleton by five points at the interval, 1-8 to 1-3.
The opening blows of the second-half saw teams swap scores in a fiercely competitive battle and Tracton maintained their five point advantage heading into the final quarter of the action.
However, Midleton took control of proceedings and dominated the remainder of the match and outscored Tracton by 2-2 coming down the home stretch and managed to come out on top by 3-7 to 1-10 in a finely balanced encounter.
Next up will be the final round robin encounter with a visit to Castlemartyr scheduled for Sunday 23rd October all details to follow.

MIDLETON: Jill Connaughton, Elle McManus, Kate Saunderson, Ruthi Hennessy, Laura Goulding, Yvonne Abernethy, Aoife Fitzgerald, Isabelle Nestor, Emma O’Sullivan, Abbie Foley, Kelly Quirke, Saoirse Ni Theangana, Rachel Ryan, Kate O’Sullivan, Beth Ryan, Kate Griffin, Jade Fitzgerald, Rionnach Finn, Pippa Hennessy, Cara Foley, Muireann Ni Chonchubhair. 



The numbers drawn this week were 16, 18 and 30. The bonus was 3.
There was no Jackpot winner of match 3 Jackpot winner.
The €25 cash Lucky Dip Prize Winners were: 
Dr. Mike Thompson, Louise Geaney, Martina O’Callaghan and Rose O’Connell. 
Next Week’s Jackpot - €20,000 or VW Golf 1.0 TSI 90HPPlay 24/7 at:
In total Midleton GAA will give out local business vouchers to the value of €3,800 every year as part of our “Shop Local, Buy Local” campaign.
How to play: tickets are on sale at Pat Walsh Paints, Chadwicks, Frank Murphy Butchers, Murphy’s Pharmacy, Crowley Butchers, or buy online (see above).

The Lotto yearly renewal has come around again. You could win our Jackpot of €20k or drive away in a Blackwater Motors VW Golf. Last year we’ve had over 200 Lucky Dip Winners and 6 x €400 Match 3 Winners. 
Support the Club by playing online at
Place the number of draws at 50 and pay €100 and be signed up for every draw for the next year
Play, Win & Support this important fundraiser for your Club. Thanks to those who already paid their annual Lotto renewal for the year ahead.



Fancy a good night which also benefits Midleton GAA club...what about bingo on Friday nights?
It kicks off at 7.30pn every Friday night and is over by 9pm. A single book is €6. A double book is €12. The numbers were excellent last Friday and it would be brilliant to keep it going as it really benefits the club. 



Oiche Ghaelach agus Cultúir,  Irish and Trad Night in club this Friday night (October 21) at 9. 15pm.                          Fáilte roimh chách.


Dancing in the Midleton GAA pavilion this Saturday night (October 22) from 9.15pm to Dermot Lyons. A great night of dancing is assured. 



Want to learn to jive? Here's your chance, starting this November at Midleton GAA.

The Midleton GAA club shop is back up and running for the 2022 season but please note that it’s still online with collection only at the club on a Saturday morning.
All you have to do is go to the Klubfunder website ( and you will see the full range of what’s available to buy. You can shop away to your heart’s content, pay for it online and then collect your purchases at the club shop on Saturday morning between 9.30am and 10am. Thank you.

There will be a club shop clearance sale of selected items on Saturday, October 29th in the Club Hall from 10am to 12noon.



1st: Mick Crotty; 2nd: Liam Williams. 
1st 9: Tom Mintern; 2nd 9: Tim Crotty. Visitor: Alan Crotty.
The Christmas Hamper competition will take place on Saturday, November 12 at East Cork GC. Tee: 12 noon to 1.30pm. Followed by prizegiving for three outings. As well as our AGM.
Treasurer Jim O'Sullivan and secretary Pat Hayes are stepping down this year so we are asking all members to give serious thought to filling these positions. If interested or know anyone interested, please let us know. Looking forward to seeing you on the November, 12. 



It's time to get your tickets now for our Halloween UV Disco! 
Venue: Midleton GAA Club. Date: October 30th. For first and second years.
Tickets can be bought at the link below:
A spectacular Haloween Disco with UV lights and UV face painters to make your night extra spooky!


On the 30th of October I am running the Dublin Marathon in memory of our baby Fiadh and to fundraise for Crumlin (Children's Health Foundation). Fiadh was hospitalised and lived for five days there. The care and treatment that Fiadh received was absolutely outstanding. Every staff member was better than the next. The support that Mary and I got was also exceptional. The services that they provide for families in times of need make their task more manageable. Any donation provided would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way to ensuring this quality service continues.
The link to fundraising page is
Thanking you in advance,
Cian McCarthy.



Croke Park have designated that Saturday and Sunday are Respect The Refs days. See image above.

We are asking all players, mentors, parents, supporters and neighbours to please play their part by playing ball on the following.....
Please slow down entering and leaving Park South.
No dogs, except assistance dogs, are allowed at Park South or Clonmult Memorial Park.
Please do not bring single-use plastic bottles to either Park South or Clonmult Memorial Park.
Please put your rubbish in a bin or bag and please bring your gear home with you.
And always be aware of the open water surrounding the pitches in Park South.
If you are a coach, please pass on these simple messages to players and parents.
Also if you are a coach, last person out locks the gate, toilet and container.


Jamie O'Mahony, first with a Midleton jersey in the front row on the left, when Midleton won the County Senior Hurling Legue title in 2010.

There was a deep sense of shock and devastation around Midleton GAA Club this past week when we heard the terrible news of the sudden death of Jamie O'Mahony of Ballintotas in Spain. Jamie played for Midleton all the way up through the ranks to adult level and was always a very talented, committed and popular player in the Black and White. During his juvenile days with the club he won an U-16 county medal in 2006 and in his adult days he won a Co. Senior Hurling League medal in 2010.

We extend our fullest and deepest sympathies to the all the O'Mahony families and all Jamie's freinds at this awfully difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Funeral arrangements: Jamie will repose on Friday 21st in Hyde’s Funeral Home, Drury’s Avenue, Midleton from 5pm until 7pm. Reception into St. Colman’s Church, Ballintotas on Saturday for 11am Requiem Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

We would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of our former player and supporter, Noelie Lee of Tim Daly's terrace who died this week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

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