Nearby districts: Bantier, Castlemagner and Kilcorny-Dromteriffe


Support GAA Club Draw

Banteer Lyre GAA is now promoting the Rebels’ Bounty Draw initiative. This gives your local clubs an important opportunity to raise funds at a time when traditional fundraising has been hit by restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Tickets for the draw cost €100 each, and tickets will be sold directly by your club or online. There will be one draw every month with two draws taking place on February 2022. There are 30 cash prizes in each draw, ranging from €100 to €20,000. Bumper prizes have been added in April and August where the top prize will increase to €25,000. In December, a grand prize of €100,000 will be awarded.

Each club has a bid for tickets to sell and 100% of the price of each ticket thereafter will remain with the club. Tickets are now on sale only until the end of February, you cannot buy tickets outside this window. An incentive scheme has also been introduced where 2 people can buy a ticket with the names of both parties on the ticket, paying €50 each. If you are currently a member paying by direct debit you will automatically be taken to the Rebels Bounty Draw through your club. Please contact any Banteer Lyre GAA official to join the draw in January

community sports field draw

Winners at December Sportsfield € 400 Timmy Donoghue 200e Nellius Buckley Galway 100e Each PJ Murphy, Josh / Joan Kelleher, Eugene Philpott, Siv Von Blydesmond, Hamper Liam Murphy Auctioneer, Paddy Orla O’Shea, 50e Voucher Linda Kelleher, Shanil Dennehy, Dara McHugh, Gere Eileen Lane, Brandi Tony McAuliffe, Joan Enright Millstreet Thanks to all who supported the draw. The 2022 draw will begin in April.

The second phase of the €1.7M project includes a regulation size astroturf pitch for all sports and a new community building with new changing rooms, toilets, handicap facilities, spectator stand area, museum and cafe/tea room facility at Bantier Sportsfield. I am progressing. ,

Glen Theater Buntyre

Note that the 22 January Sean Keane concert has been canceled due to COVID. For more information tel 029 56239 or 087 7558752


Annual Charity Walk/Run

The annual CastleManager GAA 5KM charity walk/run took place on St. Stephen’s Day. There was huge support, with over 120 contestants and several family groups joining in the fun. The top three finishers were one. Then give it O’Sullivan. Alan Lynch Three. Ian Buckley. A total of €1,385 was raised which will be split between Kantark Hospital and St. Joseph’s Foundation, Charleville. Thanks to all who contributed. A heartfelt thank you to the organizers of the event and all the volunteers who helped make the day a huge success. As always your support is really appreciated.

CCDA/Clean City Update

Both CCDA and Tidy Town are working behind the scenes on grant applications and project submissions for the new year. It is beneficial to see that some of the bulbs planted by volunteers in the autumn/early winter of 2019 have started to shoot. Some brave snow has also started on Abraham’s Cross. Their lovely heads are shaking in the strong wind. Keep an eye around the parish in the villages of Castlemagner and Cecilstown and the old part of the cemetery to see if you can see more spring bulb shoots. Hopefully there will be a splash of color in the coming months as the bulbs become more established in their second year. Thanks again to the many volunteers who helped with this project and hopefully the bulbs will continue to grow and show a sign of hope with each passing year.

Tidy Town Committee would like to express its appreciation to all the local individuals and family groups who are picking up garbage on their local street. It is really impressive to see people taking pride in caring for their locality and the environment, with reports of this waste being recycled and sorted into landfills. Thanks.

A new year gives us time to pause and look back on the year gone by, as well as look forward. It is a time to remember those who are no longer with us and a time to celebrate the arrival of children born during the year.

While 2021 was a difficult year for many individuals, families, communities and businesses, there was also much to be positive. A quick look through the Castlemagner Updates written through 2021 has yielded a long list of highlights for Castlemagner Parish. The list was so long that it needed to be divided into quarters. All of the following happened in the first three months of 2020.

In February 2020, scriptwriter Will Collins was nominated for the 78th Golden Globe Awards for his animated film Wolf Walkers, marking the start of several awards. His neighbor show jumper Shane Sweetnam (also from the townland of Kilwalig) won the Douglas Elliman Real Estate Five Star Grand Prix Festival on his horse Alejandro, which gave him the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Olympics. Throughout the year, Will, Shane and Michelle Finn both created a lot of pride and a positive uplift in the community as they moved from achievement to achievement.

Despite the covid restrictions CCDA and clean city with safety measures and with the help of many volunteers managed to accomplish a lot of work in the community. A native hedge was planted in February to provide a backdrop for shrubbery and biodiversity habitat. In March a spring clean of the parish was held which was helped by over 100 volunteers and families. A few weeks later, Contark was done in a joint venture with Tidy Town, and the road from Biddy’s Green to the Grotto in Contark was cleared by an army of volunteers.

The community was pleased to receive funding from Cork County Council in March 2020. Tidy Town received €1,500 for the shrub biodiversity project, CCDA received €1,500 for signage and improvements to local historic sites, and the Hall Committee received €1,500 for painting and repairs to the heating system. Also in March the Kantark/Mallow Roads Municipal Restoration Grant announced funding for the L1043 Ballintuber and L1044 Abraham’s Cross/Lisdugan Roads, which were in poor condition of repair. In March the community also celebrated Sechten na Gelge, encouraging the community to use the ‘Capla Focal’. The CastleManager Residents Association held its AGM on Zoom. Overall, the community showed resilience despite the restrictions and achieved a lot in the first three months of 2020.

We would like to wish everyone in the community good health and good health as the restrictions continue. Please check the elderly or those living alone, it remains an isolated and stressful time. A friendly hello or offer of help can brighten someone’s day.

Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo aris.

Please text/call Hazel on 087 6913660 if you have news or updates you want to share with the community.

True Legend Let’s Rest

I am writing these few touching lines with a heavy heart. On the winter solstice, December 21, after a short illness, Jimmy Healy of Ballintuber was called upon for his eternal reward.

Jimmy, as we all knew him, was a gentleman, a sportsman, but above all a great family man to his wife Sheila, children and grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

Of great stature, with a big heart and a great sense of humour, in his early days he spent two and a half years working on productions in England. While there every week, he would send money home to his mother, and upon his return home he began employment with O’Keeffe of Newmarket. He also drove a lorry for Contourk’s DC Daily. The last 39 years of his working life were spent driving an artistic lorry for the Kantark Co-op Creamery, where he was highly respected by his fellow workers.

Jimmy was an outgoing person. He loved hunting and shooting a bit and also kept some Greyhounds. I have coached some good winemakers while in business. Jimmy would also do strange flapping at the horses. His great friend Anthony Cronin and St. Mary’s himself ran several races outside the door of the Church of Castlemagner, a church very near and dear to his heart.

With his wife Sheila, who has been Sacristan for 32 years, he was very involved, helping her as much as he could. He also helped pick up church doors and other collections each year. Jimmy and Sheila were a very united couple and went everywhere together.

A backbone player, he was an accomplished bowling player who won several tournaments. In 1973, Jimmy defeated Jerry Murray of McRoom in Kilcorny to win the North Cork Junior Bowling Championship. One of his many claims to fame was at Ballinadi Sports where he defeated the County Championship, throwing a 56lb weight to rugby player Moss Keane.

At his funeral, Father Toby Bluit pays Jimmy and Sheila a fitting tribute for their work in the church. As he was being taken to his final resting place in St. Brigitte’s cemetery, his coffin was draped in the flag of Bol Chuman na Hiren. May the children of St. Brigitte rest his tender soul in peace. To Sheila and the extended family, deepest condolences. Jimmy you will be greatly missed.

CastleMagner Sincerity Club

We would like to wish all our members a very Happy New Year 2022, our best days are yet to come. We look forward to vacations, vacations, getting together and enjoying each other’s company in many new and exciting settings. 2022 has brought a new hope and a new beginning. New adventures are just around the corner. Here’s to a year filled with joy, laughter and unforgettable memories with unforgettable friends. As the club pursues new hopes and dreams, may this year bring much success and may our journey together be one to remember.


Dennis Horgan Bowling Club

Winter Competitions: Ned Kelleher 20 points. Maurice Cashman 24 points. Danny Murphy 20 points. Sam Ahern 16 points. Eugene or Sullivan 9 points. John Breen 17 points. Joan Murphy 2 points. Kieran Duggan 1 point. Dean Sexton 8 points. Mickey McAuliffe 1 point. Mickey Murphy 2 points. Scott McNulty 1 point. Keven Flynn 10 points. Dennis or Sullivan 2 points

Sympathy Carignavar’s Eamon Bowen passed away recently for his eternal prize. One of the greats of bowling, he will be remembered for a long time for his great ability. He had a skill base second to none. Could play with both hands, bowled spin around corners and was one of the great lofters of his time. I have excelled in hurling, handball, ring, darts, golf and many other sports. The 1969 All Ireland u16 champion, he was promoted to senior, the youngest ever, playing through the years until the vintage. I’ve played Dennis Scully, Bill Daly, Seamus Sexton, Donnie Coveney, Michael Buckley, Michael O’Driscoll, Christy Mullins, Dan O’Halloran, Pat Butler, Andrew O’Leary and many more.

On the international scene, I captured the silver medal for the road held in Cork in 1977. Seamus Sexton took the bronze with Jerry O’Driscoll taking the gold. In 1985 at Bandon Via Duct, Eamon Bowen, Bill Daly and Dan O’Hallornan each elevated Via Duct with 16 oz bowls. Germany’s Hans Bohlken raised the viaduct with the help of a 28 oz bowl’s ramp.

A keen mind, he could combine facts and figures at will. Having a word for young and old, he was very popular among all who came in contact. He will be saddened by his family, neighbors and many friends. may he rest in peace.

Dennis Horgan Bowling Club – Winter Competitions: Ned Kelleher 22 points. Maurice Cashman 26 points. Danny Murphy 20 points. Sam Ahern 17 points. Eugene O’Sullivan 9 points. John Breen 18 points. Joan Murphy 2 points. Kieran Duggan 1 point. Dean Sexton 8 points. Mickey McAuliffe 1 point. Mickey Murphy 2 points. Scott McNulty 1 point. Keven Flynn 11 points. Dennis O’Sullivan 2 points.