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Congratulations to the Sweeney Family on Cheltenham Win

Castlelyons Parish would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the Rodger, Joan, Colman and all the Sweeny Family on their fantastic and well deserved win at the Cheltenham Racing Festival last week. Their horse “Salsify” which is owned and trained by Joan and Rodger respectively and was superbly ridden on the day by Colman, had a fantastic win in the Christies Foxhunter Chase.

Commented Colman: “The first win was special, but this tops it because it is for my parents…”
Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/strong-and-stylish-sweeney-takes-foxhunters-on-salsify-187525.html#ixzz1pkhIEbFH

Salsify and Colman Sweeney /pic form orange.co.uk/

Congratulations to Castlelyons Camogie Club

Congratulations to Castlelyons Camogie Club who participated in the St Patricks Day parade in Fermoy and won the Youth Award at the parade. Well done to the girls, their trainers, mentors, parents and all involved. They all looked fab today.




Superdraw February Winners!

Well another exciting night was had at February’s Super Draw which was held at the Farriers Bar, Coolagown on Saturday night. The following were the lucky winners:

€1,000.00 – Pats Moore, Ballyhampshire


€500.00 – Aileen MC Murtry, Berry Hill


€100.00 – Anne & Paul Flynn, Kilawillin


€100.00 – Tom Counihan, Kilawillin


€100.00 – Ann Murphy, Kill-St-Anne


€100.00 – Saoirse Healy, Coolagown


€100.00 – Donna Shanahan, Hillside View


Congratulations to all the winners in the  February Draw and a big thank to everyone for your continued support. Next draw takes place on Saturday 31st March.


Castlelyons Community Super Draw

Castlelyons Community Council – February Meeting

Castlelyons Grand Avenue


A major revamp and makeover is planned by our Tidy Towns group of the Grand Avenue from Stables Cross to Kearney Bros. garage. It is proposed to plant a single line of trees along the western side of the avenue thus making a beautiful visual impact when entering or leaving the village. Some of the existing trees will need to be removed and it is also hoped to lay down cable ducting to cater for future street lighting needs. The project going ahead will depend on funding available from Avondhu Blackwater and other sources.




Youth Club


The formation of a youth club came up again for discussion with a small turnout at a previous meeting. It was felt that notification about the meeting was short and should also have been put up on Facebook. The meeting felt that an outing to Cork/Mahon Point etc should be arranged for the teenagers of the parish before the evenings get longer and it was agreed that the Community Council would pay for a bus to Cork on a Sat eve. if there was enough of a take up on the trip. The bus would leave in the afternoon and return to Castlelyons at 8pm. Anyone interested should contact any member of the Community Council.


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Super Draw – March 3rd in Coolagown

The Community Council Super Draw takes place in the Farriers Bar, Coolagown on Saturday next March 3rd.


To ensure a “safe trip” to Coolagown a Bus will leave the Community Centre @ 9.30pm (sharp)

Unsung Hero of Castlelyons GAA is Honoured

In front of a very large crowd of local well wishers, the role Dave Hegarty (or Dave, as he is known far and wide) played in the promotion of Gaelic games in the parish was very much acknowledged at a special presentation at the local Community Centre last night (Fri 3rd Feb). Included in the crowd were several dignitaries from the GAA including none other than Christy Cooney, Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael and many officers from the Cork County Board. The presentation was organised by the local Juvenile GAA Club to coincide with Dave retiring as secretary and having devoted over 40 years of service to the club in Castlelyons.


The night began with Neil Spillane, chairman of the juvenile club and MC for the night, welcoming all present. He then introduced several speakers including Anthony O Regan (Castlelyons GAA,) Ger Lane, Gerry O Sullivan,mWillie Ring, all Cork Co. Board and of course the main speaker Christy Cooney. Christy spoke of the importance of recognising and appreciating the work done by the “Dave’s” of the world and remarked on the huge turnout of local people showing their appreciation for the time and effort put in by Dave over the years. Parents in their 30’s up to parents in their 80’s were present and this was testament to the trust they put in Dave and the juvenile club in looking after the youth of the parish over the years. Several presentations were then made from the school and camaoige club before Dave was presented with a beautifully commissioned painting of the pitch and castle in the background, painted by our own Catherine Gunther Quinn. Catherine was presented with a bouquet of flowers and Gerry Healy was also given a presentation for his time as juvenile chairman.


All the speakers spoke of Dave’s sense of fairness and treating all players equally and how despite several requests he never left the juvenile ranks of Castlelyons. Coaching juveniles is the coalface of the GAA and he stuck at his job diligently when it might have been more rewarding and higher profile to join the adult club. Dave stuck to his task down through the years and he was rewarded not only last night but also with the success the club has achieved over the last number of years and the position it holds today, some 40 years on from when Dave started.


The night finished with tea and sandwiches served by the hard-working organising committee who are to be credited for a great night.


Dave Hegarty being presented with a painting of Castlelyons Pitch by GAA President Christy Cooney. Members of Dave family were also present Matt, Pete, Angela and Henry.




January Superdraw Winners!

Another great turnout for this months Superdraw which took place at the Abbey Bar. The results for Januarys Draw are as follows:


€1000 – Cal Moroney, Conna


€500– Seán Cotter, Coolnakilla


€100 – Mossie Barry, Killawillin

– Mary O’Sullivan, Barrack Street

– Winnie Hallihan, Kill-St-Ann

– Pat Hayes, Kent Tce.

– Liam Martin, Main Street

Februarys Draw
will take place at the Farriers Bar, Coolagown on Feb 25th


Winnie Hallihan accepting her cheque from card seller James Ronayne


Mary O'Sullivan - €100 Winner!

╰☆╮ ╰☆╮Castlelyons Operation Transformation╰☆╮╰☆╮

The first meeting of Castlelyons’ Operation Transformation kicked off last night. With a meet up and weigh in taking place at the Community Centre, this was followed by indoor excercise and a walk. There was a fantastic turn with almost 30 people of all ages joining in, and it looks like this number will increase next week as the interest is growing.
So if you want to be part of C.O.T. be at the Community Centre next Thursday at 7.45pm and join in the fun and fitness!!

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