Club Notes... - 2023-02-05 11:43:00

Early Start on 2023 improvements..

The month of January has only just passed but already there’s been a spate of activity within the Club as the 2023 Season gets underway. The Monday night Healthy Club Walking Initiative has been a huge success with numbers heading towards 300. In Pairc na Bride itself major development work is ongoing with a few weeks.  As we head into February thoughts turn towards team training and matches. Before all this becomes a reality we will have two Special events to recall great teams, players and those who have given so much to the Club over the years.  From a Fundraising point of view the Weekly Lotto, every Tuesday night, continues to be a vital source of income. Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Rebels Bounty Cork GAA Members Monthly Draw. We are also encouraging as many as possible to join up our Club 100 Fundraiser -never a dull moment! 


The dry weather in the last few weeks have helped with the work on the car park extension which is progressing very well. As well as this progress  the completion of the playing pitch fencing  and the final section of the walkway at the lower side of the pitch are now well underway. Initial development in Pynes Field will also commence shortly  - the sale details for this land were completed in early January.

Increased accessibility at the main Pitch entrance/meeting rooms and the Astros is also scheduled in the coming weeks. Another development on the agenda is the installation of advertising boards in the Main Pitch so if you know of any Firm or Company that wants top quality advertising space just put them in contact with any Club Officer. Thanks to our Grounds Committee, in particular Denis Ahern, John Murphy and Aiden Dorgan for planning these improvements and enhancements  and for Dave Quirke and Donal Ryan for carrying out these works. 


Over the last 50 years the Scor Talent competition has been a huge part of the GAA ‘Winter’ Calendar. In recent years and especially after the Covid disruption, interest in the Competition has lessened somewhat. Nevertheless in the Bride Rovers Club we still try to promote our language and Culture and keep them to the forefront. At present the Scor na nOg (under 17) and Scorn a bPaisti (for National School pupils) are being promoted. We are constantly looking for Club members, parents and anyone living in the parish to take part -just contact any Club Officer for details. 

DAVE RYAN 1910-1973. 

We hope to honour the memory of the late Dave Ryan in Mid February. Kilworth native, Dave came to live in Bartlemy in the late 1950’s. In 1964 he married Eily Hankard  of Bartlemy Village. In December of that same year the Bride Rovers Club was reorganised. Dave was elected on the Cub Committee. From then until his unexpected death in February 1973 Dave Ryan played a huge part in the Club. He is especially remembered for his untiring work taking Juvenile players to matches all over East Cork. His ‘transport’ was often dodgy but we always got there safe and sound! Dave is buried in Macroney cemetery near Kilworth and the Club plan to unveil a plaque there in his memory.. 


After the first East Cork Board meeting of the year in Midleton last week the Gradings and League Groupings have been announced. In the Hurling Championships we have entered teams at A Grade (( teams) and  C Grade(11 teams) and there are 12 teams entered in the JAFC and we’ve also entered a team in the Junior C FC – 11 teams.  We’re in Divs 1 and 4 of the JHL. We are worried about a Board proposal to split the JHL Division 4 into 2 Groups. If this goes ahead our Junior c team would only have 3 league games for the season. We have written to the Board voicing our concern. 


Motions for Annual GAA Congress will be discussed on next Tuesday night Feb 14th at the Co. Board meeting in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Congress takes place in Croke Park on Friday and Saturday February 17th and 18th.  The GAA president for 2024 -2027 will also be elected at Congress. 


The Fit Ups Finale comes to Bartlemy Hall on this coming Friday night at pm. Jon Kenny will take to the stage with his one-man show ‘Words, Lies & Stories of the D’unexpected’. It promises to be a mighty night of fun and  craziness. Back in 1980 Jon Kenny was part of a  crazy, zany band called ‘Gimick’ who played at the Rathcormac Festival. I remember Jon shinning up the pole of the Marquee with a knife between his teeth and he saying he’d slash the ropes and drop the canvas! He was crazy then and still is! LATE NEWS; JON KENNY SHOW CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS


At the  East Cork Board’s first meeting of 2023 an appeal was made to get new referees for the Division. Our Club has supplied several top class whistlers in recent years but more are needed. Referees Training Courses are available for those interested. Please contact the Board or our Club Runai. 

CLUB 100. 

Membership of our ongoing Fundraiser, Club 100 is open for 2023. With three options Bronze, Silver and Gold there is a suitable option for all. 


After a bad NFL start v Meath last Sunday John Cleary’s side face a tough away tie in ‘Newbridge or Nowhere’ next Sunday. On Saturday evening the Cork hurlers welcome the All Ireland Champions Limerick to Pairc Ui Chaoimh for an attractive NHL opening tie. 


All in the Club extend very best wishes to outstanding Bride Rovers players Grace Kearney and Liam Forde who are getting married on Saturday next. They have been role models in our Cub and parish over the years and we wish them every blessing and happiness. 


‘Twill be a great Quiz Question in 20 years time no doubt!  “What Bride Rovers player scored five points against Waterford in a match in Kilkenny?” The answer of course is outstanding Katie Quirke who did just that last Sunday in the Ladies NFL game played in Pilltown in Co.Kilkenny, well done Katie. 


Over the next few weeks there will be vacancies on local Community Employment Schemes in the area. CE Scheme participants must be over 20 and in receipt of a DSP (Dept of Soc. Welfare) payment. All enquiries please phone 087 9538077 or the local CE Supervisor at  086 3009107. 

Huge Crowd take to the streets on the third night of the Healthy Club Walking Initiative 

Last Monday night, we had a mighty crowd of   250 plus walkers of all ages, abilities and fitness levels who met at the large Astro at 7.30pm, and completed a route involving three laps of the village, approx. 5km in total. It was a sight to behold so many pedestrians walking and talking on a cold, but windless night. Thanks to Shelly Mac (aka Michelle McAteer!) who led the warm-up without a megaphone, and to the Healthy Club sub-committee – Orla Dorgan, Catherine Hegarty and Brenda Ryan – on leading this wider initiative. We hope to have even more join us on Monday next February 6th, and hope to top the  300 mark between here and the end of February. 

 Just a few key reminders;  

1 If you (and your family) took part last week without registering or if you plan to join in Week 4, please take the time to register at

Please wear reflective gear for your safety. Please always stay on the footpath. 'The only day you regret going for a walk is the day you get knocked down'.  

If you are walking with children, please keep them close to you for safety. The walk takes place on public roads, and children can be less responsible when not in company of their parents/guardians (or venture into Spar!). Also, in the case of a trip/fall, it is important to have parent/guardian on hand.  

Please encourage your further circle of family and friends to join. 

Week 4 is at 7.30pm , Main Pitch, on next Monday night February 6th, even if you haven’t taken part to date doo come along, it’s never too late to start and you can walk as much or as little as you wish on the night. 


Our Children’s Officer and Club Safeguarding Committee are at present upgrading the status of all Team and Club Mentors to comply with national Legislation. All new Mentors/Trainers and Coaches  need to be compliant. Vetting, Safeguarding and Foundation Coaching Courses which are coming up shortly. The club are  ensuring all our current members are re-vetted as per Rules and are refreshing their Safeguarding status to stay compliant.

The Lotto Results for  Tuesday 24th of January 2023 were as follows. The four numbers drawn  were 4, 8, 29 & 30  and there was no winner of the €6,400 jackpot. Congrats  to our lucky dip €30 cash winners, Kevin O’Doherty, RathcormacEmer Quigley, c/o Online LottoLouisa Murphy, KilworthOonagh Hartnett, Ballyreidy and Olivia Hegarty, Killamurrin. This week's Jackpot on Tuesday night- the last day of January, was an incredible €6,600. If your ticket has expired, we would appreciate if you would enter again via Tickets which cost just €2 each can also be bought in local businesses and from Club Members. Please spread the news far and near. With a massive financial expenditure coming up for our new Pitch Developments every ticket sold is greatly appreciated. 


Back in 1976 the Bride Rovers Club decided to get some sort of a dressing-room. Back then the Club had the field behind Heskin’s Café rented from the Gettings family. A ‘Budget’ of £100 was agreed upon. In January 1977 a deal was done with CIE in Cork city whereby an old bus cost was purchased at a cost of £80 plus a fee £15 to bring it to the pitch.  Work began straight away on the vehicle with chipboard being used to board up the windows etc. The bus served as our ‘home’ dressing-room  for the next  6 years. After we bought Pairc na Bride Getting’s field was vacated.  It  actually cost the Club  more to get rid of it for scrap than we had paid for it! 


Rebels’ Bounty is the monthly draw for GAA Members run by the county board, and is an important fundraising initiative within our club, as much of the ticket sales is returned to our club to support activities and developments. Across the 12 monthly draws, there are €500,000 in prizes and 360 chances to win. The cost of  join the draw for 12 months is €100 with a closing date for the year of mid-February. 

 Further detail at or contact Aiden Dorgan at 085 7124312 


A celebration of victorious Bride Rovers teams of the present and the past will take place on Sat 25th February at 8.15pm in the Rathcormac Inn. Our recent title-winning teams include the County winning junior camogie team 2022, the County  under19  winning hurlers of 2022, the East Cork minor ladies football teams (2022 and 2021) and of course the East Cork Junior B  hurlers  of 2022 

A special 30 year anniversary celebration will also be held on the night for our club's unforgettable 'B' grade double in 1993 - a win which set the foundation stone as we progressed steadily through the ranks to senior level just 10 years later. All player and mentors will be invited to attend in four weeks' time. It promises to be a great night. 


Friday Feb 3rd Jon Kenny in Bartlemy Hall CANCELLED

Ladies Club First Friday Collection of old clothes, shoes, and bags at Rathcormac Hall ;7.30 – 8pm 

Monday Feb Healthy Walking Club at 7.30pm 

Tuesday Feb 7th Lotto; Jackpot €5,000. 

Sunday Feb 12th Rathcormac Vintage Club Sale Day at Corrin Mart.

Sat Feb 25th Club Celebration Event, Rathcormac Inn. 




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