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Midleton Hurling and Football, Ladies Football and Camogie Club News

05 May, 2019

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Our Intermediate team travelled to Coachford today to take on Meelin in the round 1of the  Intermediate Championship. Final Score Midleton 2-15 Meelin 2-18

Team: Alan Power, Cathal Gunning, Adam Daly, Sean O Sullivan, Padraig O Keeffe, James Nagle, Ryan Mcconville, Sean O Farrell, Shane Finn, Kian Farmer, Padraig O Brien, Pa White, Aaron Mulcahy, Peter Dowling, Paul Haughney. Subs used Eoin Mitchell and Cian Crowley.


Mon 6th Fé 10 Ladies Football League v St Nicks (home) at 2.30pm

Mon 6th Fé 16 Football League v Glanmire (home) at 7pm

Mon 6th Fé12 Eastern Football v Fr O’Neills (away) at 5pm

Munster Hurling Championship

Next Weekend see’s Cork Senior and Minors start their Munster Hurling Championship Campaign with a home fixture in Pairc Uí Chaoimh v Tipperary. The Minor throw in is at 2pm while the Senior throw in is 4pm. Best of luck to Conor Lehane - Senior and Bríon Saunderson – Minor who are both involved in the panels.


Our Club Lotto was €2,400 and there was No Winner. Lucky Dip winners were Ingrid Connaughton, Kay Barry, Frank Murphy, David O Leary, Dee Geary.

Next Week’s Jackpot is €2,600.

Tickets are available at the Club Bar, O’Neill’s Bar, Linehans Bar, Maple Leaf Bar, Niall Mac’s Bar, Wallis Bar, An Teach Beag, Frank Murphy Butchers, Pat Walsh Paints, Chadwick’s and O’Farrell’s Butchers. Why not play from the convenience of your home or workplace. Play your Lotto on –line for just €2. Log onto the Club Homepage - to purchase your ticket. Receive a weekly reminder to your phone to play.


Congratulations to T. Savage another big winner last Friday. Next session on Friday at 8pm, everybody welcome. Usual jackpot plus sheets, Green €880, Blue €500 and Pink €390.    T &C apply.


Fé 6

Hurling training continues for the Fé6 boys every Saturday morning 10-11am. We had nearly 30 boys on the main pitch this bank holiday weekend so thanks to parents and coaches for attending. Remember to keep practicing at home!! Thanks also to those helping out with complimentary tea & coffee at the GAA club for parents each Saturday morning. 

Fé 7

Our Lads had Gaelic Football Training again on Saturday Morning to prepare for a Football Blitz in Pairc Ui Chaoimh next Saturday the 11th of May.

The lads are really coming on with the skill of Gaelic Football and most importantly are having lots of fun as well.We have spent the last few weeks doing Gaelic Football Training  so hopefully the lads will do well at the Blitz next week.

Fé 8

On Saturday morning last, on what was a very cold and showery morning, 30 young Magpies braved the conditions and made the short trip to Carrigtwohill for the latest Rebel Og organised football blitz. We had 4 teams of 7 a side entered, playing 3 matches each over the hour against opposition such as Carrigtwohill, Douglas, Fr O’Neills, St Coleman’s, Mayfield and The Barr’s. Even taking account of the conditions the skills and commitment of our lads was a joy to watch. We will pick back up the camán’s now for the month of May as we have 2 hurling blitz’s lined up for the month ahead.

Fe 13

P1 Football: We played our first home match in the football league on Monday last, St Finbarr’s were the opposition. We began the game very brightly and after some early pressure Conor Morley had the ball in the back of the Barrs. This was quickly followed by an excellent point from play from Sean McSharry. The Barrs responded by introducing a number of substitutes and their response was emphatic. They rattled off 6 points from play on the trot before rattling the back of our net. As half time approached we were awarded a penalty and Odhran Rabbitte’s bullet like shot struck the crossbar and went over for a point. Immediately the Barrs goaled again on the stroke of half time. This was a hammer blow as we had played reasonably well with impressive performances performances from Paddy Walsh at full forward , Daragh Egan (playing against his cousins) Thomas Dunlea, Cathraigh Cronin Eoghan Fraser. The second half saw the Barrs score a point from play early on Daragh Egan and Odhran Dennigen scored a point each from frees. Odhran Rabbitte then got a great goal after good work from Paddy and Darragh. Another free from Odhran Dennigen was followed by points from Carthaigh and Thomas. Our supporters were urging our lads forward. A fine team move ended with Sean McSharry scoring a brilliant goal. Then the ever willing Eoghan Frasier surged into the 20 m line and cracked in another goal. Excitement was mounting as the clock ticked down. The Barrs responded with a goal to leave us level. Our lads kept on the attack but unfortunately our concentration left us down and we were caught in possession. The Barrs bundled the ball and goalie over the line as the full time whistle sounded. This was a cruel blow as the lads had put in a tremendous effort and deserved a draw at least but it wasn’t to be. A very brave and gutsy performance lads. Well done to all involved.  Final score Midleton 4-07 St. Finbarrs 5-07.


On Friday afternoon our lads travelled to a much fancied Na Piarsaigh side for football. It was perfect conditions for football on a fine evening in the north side. It was a disappointing first half from our lads as Na Piarsaigh dominated from throw in. The halftime score was the Na Piarsaigh ahead by 3-6 to a Cormac Macaongasa goal for the magpies. Our wayward shooting wasn’t helping us either as we missed a couple of very score able frees.
However a stern talking to at halftime saw Midleton completely dominate the second half with points from Darragh Fitzgerald Niall Lang and 1-01 from Zach Smith saw the lads lift their heads and brought a bit of life and belief into the team. Another goal from the hard working Niall Lang saw the lads chip away at the Na Piarsaigh lead. Unfortunately luck was not on our side Thomas O Connor hit the post and Cormac Ryan had a narrow miss saw the home side win on a score line of 3-10 to 3-4. Overall a game of two halves the lads worked really hard in the second half. The mentors would like to thank all parents and supporters on the night next up are a home game against Youghal.

Panel : Alex Howard, Darragh Aherne ,Adam Collins ,Darragh Scanlon, Cian Lambe, Rory Lester, Evan Mcgrath, Eoin Higgins, Niall Lang, Zach Smith, Tadhg o Leary, Darragh Fitzgerald, Cormac Macaongasa, Tiernan O Connell, Oscar Brennan, Sean Cronin ,Darragh Higgins, Cormac Ryan, Thomas O Connor, Samuel  Morrisey.

Davy Hogan Street Leagues 2019

Our annual Davy Hogan Street leagues will commence next week. The group stages – round 1 and 2 will begin on Wednesday May 8th at 7pm. For teams details please go to the Juvenile section of the website.

Ladies Football


We were away to Rockbán A on Tuesday the 30th of April. From the off we knew we were pitted against a formidable side. It was a great game and some fantastic competitive football was played. It wasn’t our day and we succumbed 2-3 to 5-8. As with all games we took away a lot of learning from this match. Experience’s both good and bad help build our team’s resolve. As always the girls played their hearts out to the final whistle. Well done ladies. As always you did your club proud.


No training this Bank Holiday Monday. Our Fé10 begin their league campaign with a home fixture against St Nicks at 2pm. Good Luck girls.

U16’s, Minors and Juniors will train on Thursday at the side pitch of the Gaa Club 7.30pm

Congratulations to Orlagh Farmer and the Cork Senior Ladies Football team who defeated Galway in the National League Final today in Parnell Park. A cracker of a game which saw the final score Cork 1-12 Galway 2-07



Disappointing result for our U16s last Monday night. The girls put in a great effort but came up against an exceptional side in The Barr’s. It’s important we continue to train consistently hard and close the gap with the top teams. Training as normal at 6.30pm in Ballinacurra every Tuesday evening


Midleton commenced the competitive season on Tuesday evening 30th April with an away fixture to our close neighbours Carrigtwohill in round 1 of the U14 league campaign. We travelled with a large squad of 22 girls and got off to a poor start by conceding a goal right from the throw in and had to withstand the early onslaught from very determined and strong Carrigtwohill team. Midleton began to find their range and eventually got up to speed and took some outstanding goal scores to take a half-time lead of 4 goals. Carrigtwohill came out battling at the start of the second half and again Midleton had withstand some fine play from the home team.All of the 22 girls who travelled were given some pitch time and contributed to the overall squad performance on the night. Some fine scores and particularly point taking from the Midleton forwards enabled Midleton to come away with the victory at the end. Next up for Midleton will be another away fixture to play the top seeded team Sarsfield, in our group in Glanmire.


Our U12 team played Cloughduv on Saturday afternoon in what was the first competitive game for this group the girls were excellent throughout the game with some great performances from the team. The attitude of the girls was outstanding they never stopped chasing every ball throughout the whole game. Thanks to Cloughduv for an excellent game and to Marie Kenneally from Newcestown for doing a fine job as referee. Also thank you to all the parents in supporting our girls


The U10’s hosted a blitz in Midleton on Sunday afternoon last with Killeagh, Sars, the Barr’s & Douglas the visitors. A great afternoon’s camogie was had by all with some very well matched contests. Thanks to the visiting teams for travelling and to the parents for bringing along goodies for afterwards and for helping with the tea’s and coffee’s! Finally, a big thank you to our three referee’s on the day Rayanna Power, Vivienne Gleeson & Laura Goulding who did a great job officiating!

Healthy Club – Midleton GAA for All

On Friday Evening Midleton Gaa Club welcomed our first members for the Gaa For All initiative. It was a huge success and we are delighted to welcome our new members. Training will commence on Sunday May 19th from 12-1pm at the Gaa Club. This programme aims to invite children with disabilities to take part in Gaa based activitites in their local club. ---

Darkness Into Light will take place on Saturday 11th of May at 4.15am.  This is the third year that Midleton GAA are asking members from across the clubs to walk together for Pieta House. Registration on-line at Adult €25, Student €20, Senior 65+ €20, Child 6-17 €5 and Child 0-5 Free.  We will meet on Saturday 11th at 4am outside Sam McCauley's please get up early and join us as we walk from darkness into light to support Pieta House who in turn supports members in our community. 

Nealey Horgan May 2019

This week Midleton GAA club lost one of its Vice Presidents and greatest ever members when Nealey Horgan was laid to rest in Midleton Holy Rosary cemetery. Nealey was a lifelong supporter of the GAA and nothing excited him more than the clash of the ash on Munster final day. His passion for Cork and Midleton hurling ran very deep and he was described as ‘A Magpie at heart and Cork to the core’. Charlie Mc Alister’s rendition of The Banks of My Own Lovely Lee and Up the Magpies at his graveside was a most fitting send off. One of the most appropriate items brought to the altar at the funeral was a radio and this was very apt as one of his earliest memories was listening to the 1947 All Ireland football final at the home of his uncle Tommy Horgan who also resided in Knockgriffin. From here his interest was ignited and if he could not attend a game he loved to listen in to commentaries on the radio particularly by Micheal O Hehir.

There are very many stories of his travels and association with Ballinacurra Coursing club, Cork Ladies Football of whom he was a founding member of their County board and Midleton Male Voice Choir and many of these were recalled at his removal and funeral. Along with Esther he travelled all over the country to horse racing and coursing meetings where they met and made countless friends. He was also very well known at all the major GAA venues around Munster where he worked on the turnstiles and many of the people who worked with him at these venues, including Cork hurling legend Jimmy Brohan, were in attendance to show their respect for their former colleague.

His modesty and ease of communication with all he came into contact with made him great company whatever the occasion. One example of this occurred on the 10th Oct 1983 the morning after Midleton’s victory over the Barrs in the County final in what was one of the greatest days in his life. He was one of the last to leave the club that night (following morning) and was offered a lift home by two local Gardai on patrol, Joe Stack and the late Kieran Clancy. No sooner had he got into the Garda car that he started to sing a verse of Up the Magpies and would not leave the car outside his home in the Cork road until the two Gardai joined in the singing with him.

Nealey Horgan was a man apart and his love of Midleton GAA and all things Irish were the hallmarks of his life. His grandson Shane summed up his personality and characteristics in a wonderful tribute to his beloved grandfather after the Mass which was beautifully celebrated by his friend Father Eamon Barry. To his wife Esther, his daughters Marie, Majella, Martina and their extended families we offer our deep and heartfelt sympathy. This brief tribute is but the tip of the iceberg of what we could say about Nealey Horgan and his contribution to all things Midleton over his lifetime. He was the personification of the true spirit volunteerism and though he may be gone he will never be forgotten. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. May he Rest in Peace.



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