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Junior B hurlers and Fe11s end the year with some silverware, success with club grant application, AGM details and lots more!

An Bhlarna Abu!

B Hurlers Win League

 

Our Junior B Hurlers won the Muskerry JBHL yesterday in Ovens, Blarney 2-14 Ballincollig 3-6.

It was a hard fought win that will give plenty of encouragement for the 2016 season.

Well done to all involved this year.

Click here for match report

 

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd of November at 15:00 in the clubhouse. 

All members are strongly encouraged to attend.


U11s Win League 

Congratulations to our Fe11 hurlers who defeated Ballinora in the league final on the 15th of October last in Ballincollig.

A great win to finish off a fantastic year of hurling and football for the team.

Well done lads & to all who helped out in the background this year. The future looks bright.

Many thanks to all who subscribed to this years draw. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

The September and October draws took place on Friday last, unfortunately no Blarney winners.
 
You can still enter online www.corkgaadraw.ie and view the prizes on offer for the coming months.
We were delighted to hear Blarney GAA have been allocated a grant of €110,000 in Sports Capital Programme announced last month. The Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country.

Blarney GAA submitted an application for the construction of an astro turf facility on club grounds. As a progressive club, we have up to 500 members of all ages to cater for. An Astro turf is one of our strategic goals and we are delighted with this funding. 
Huge thanks to all who contributed in putting our application together.

This funding will enable the club to continue to build on the other strategic goals. Other goals that have already been achieved over recent years include;

The upgrading of our main pitch, which is now one of the top pitches in Cork. A top class second pitch, a ball wall, a gym which is up and running for nearly 12 months now and a gym instructor who is available to all teams within the club.

 

Representatives from our club attended the first Cork GAA Health & Wellbeing forum last month in St Finbarrs Club.
 

Key points:

- GAA is a community based organisation, there is a role for clubs to promote Health & Wellbeing to all members and the wider community. There is more to the GAA than just on field activities.

- Some Partner associations were present with stands - Irish Cancer Society, Samaritans, Biabetes Ireland, Cork Mental Foundation, White Ribbon Ireland

- The Health & Wellbeing club officer does NOT have to be an expert

- Health & Wellbeing Staff in Croke Park, committee at provincial level and a committee at county level

- Main objective of Health & Wellbeing in the GAA is to communicate, facilitate and sign post

- Midleton GAA Club and St Finbarrs were the two cork clubs who took on the Healty Club Project in 2013 - an initiative from Croke park where 18 clubs became a hub for promoting positive health to all members and the wider community. They ran several initiatives over the last few years (walking club, inviting guest speakers in, etc).

 

The Dónal Ahern Memorial 5km Run/Walk is on Saturday the 28th of November in aid of Build4Life/Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Online registration will open in the coming days and people can also register on the morning of the run at the Blarney GAA Clubhouse from 9.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Race numbers will be distributed here on the morning of the race.

The proceeds of this year’s event will go towards the development of a much needed inpatient unit for children with CF in Cork University Hospital.

Facebook Event Details.

 

Cian O'Mahony - What the club means to me

"My earliest GAA memory is from when I was about 4 years old and my grandfather took me to get my first hurley. My grandfather was a proud Limerick hurling man and he had convinced me that I had the greatest hurley that was ever made. The hurley lasted a good couple of years and it was with this stick that I made my first forays with Blarney GAA.

Ann Holland and Pauline Hegarty used to train the under 8’s on a Saturday morning at the time. I suppose that they were the precursor to the club beag that we have today. They taught us  the basics and did a great job given that a lot of the team that won the minor county in 1997 would have started under their tutelage. The club has given me many happy memories from the under 8’s right up to playing with the adult teams. I never quite made it to Intermediate level but have had plenty of great days soldiering on with the Junior A’s and Junior B’s. I have made some great friendships through playing with Blarney.

There are many people that I would never have met had it not been for the club.  I didn't play for a couple of years when I was living up in Dublin but I started again when I returned to Cork. I would really encourage anyone who used to play when they were younger, but for whatever reason stopped playing, to return to the club and start again. It is a decision that I am very happy that I made. It is hard to beat the feeling of satisfaction you get be it from a training session or a match.
 
The underlying strength of the club comes down to the people that give their time and effort in all the different aspects of what makes a successful club. Training and mentoring teams are the bread and butter of the club and Blarney has a lot of great people driving it on - from Niall Hayes and co. in the Club Beag all the way through to Mick O’Mahony and his team with the Intermediate hurlers. There is also all the "behind the scenes" work that isn't seen - from our club delegates through to the organisation and running of car boot sales. Every effort comes together to make the club work as well as it does and I have huge respect for everyone involved.
 
My time playing with the club is nearly at an end but i’m looking forward to getting involved in coaching and seeing my own children wear the red and white of Blarney in the future."

Know Your Club


Question: How many times have Blarney won the Junior B Hurling League?

Answer: 
Four times. 1982, 2008, 2012 and 2015

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