Club Notes... - 2023-03-05 15:17:00

Wonderful Night..

In the history of every GAA Club there are highs and lows, games we nearly won and games we nearly lost, it’s the same all over the country. What makes the victories so good is often the memories of defeats. Thirty years ago, in March 1993, as Bride Rovers faced int the playing season we were hopeful of success yet wary after the low point of 1992. From 1967 until 1990 we always competed at Junior A Grade hurling in East Cork. For the 1991 season a decision was taken to regrade to Junior B/ With a young team it was felt that if we could win the B championship we might get back to being a competitive A grade team once more. !991 and 1992 brought no joy but 1993 turned out to be a historic and really great year for the Club. In football after winning our first B grade title in 1981 wee spent a term in A grade with no real success and came back down to B.  So three decades ago our teams set forth with hope and a steely determination to win. 

By years end John Joe Barry and Tom Mulcahy had both captained their respective teams to Championship glory with Final wins over Glanmire and Midleton. Last Saturday night most of the players from that double gathered in the Rathcormac Inn to recall that year of success.  It was great occasion for the Club as the winning under 19 County Champions and the East Cork Junior B Champions of 2022 were also honoured. The Ladies Football and camogie team who won titles last year were also feted.  Batt O Connell, Mark O Connell, Pat Cullotty, Mike Carey , Pa O Driscoll and John Arnold took turns with the various presentations on the night. Beautiful Commemorative Booklets on the 1993 teams and the 2002 winners were presented to each player. Thanks to Club Runai Mike Carey for the massive volume of work he put into these publications along with Club Chairman Pa O Driscoll and Liam Barry of Fermoy Print and Design. Thanks to Paddy Croke and TVM for the sound and video facilities on the night. Thanks to the management and Staff of the Rathcormac Inn for their help with the food. Thanks to all those who sponsored raffle prizes and all who supported the raffle. It was a great night of chat and reminiscing. Tom Mulcahy, winning Hurling captain of 1993, spoke on behalf of all the players. He said no one could have envisaged thirty years ago what lay ahead in 1998, 2003 and 2008. He spoke of the growth of the club and the attaining of Senior Status. He mentioned the present players ad praised them for their efforts and wished all the best of luck for 2023 and the years ahead. 


Not many GAA Clubs in Cork had eight  of their players wearing the Red and White of Cork last weekend. That amazing statistic refers to Bride Rovers as the Club was represented on four different Cork sides. Clodagh O Flaherty was with the Cork under Ladies Football tam, Eoin and Brian Roche with the Senior Hurlers, Ava Barry, Lily Murry and  Ciara Morrisson with the Cork Ladies  under 18 Football team and Katie Quirke and Sarah Murphy were with the Ladies Senior side. Well done to ye all. 


Yes it’s true ! Bride Rovers GAA Club are organising an Oskars fundraising event on the 26th of May. All funds raised will be going towards the development of our new playing fields in the Pynes Development. The event will see Club members and neighbours get the opportunity to become a star of the big screen. The event will see 7 short adaptions of some of Hollywood's most famous movies ever filmed.  

The movie casts and club members will be invited to attend the Red-Carpet event on May 26th where the 7 movies will premiere on the night. After the movie premieres our panel of Celebrity Judges will be awarding the Oskars to the winning performers & movies.  

Your first step to becoming a Movie Star is attendance at an information evening on Wednesday the 8th of March where the process will be explained. All levels of acting and performing skills are encouraged to attend with suitable roles available for everyone.   

All our Movie stars must be at least 18 years of age at the time of filming so must be born before 22nd of April 2005.  Tickets for the gala Night at the end of May will go on sale in advance of the Awards night. So don’t forget march 8th is information night. The films will need huge casts and no acting or stage experience is needed. In the GAA we say there’s a place for everyone and everyone can have a role to play and it will be the same with this once-in-a-lifetime Event. 


At present there are several vacancies locally for positions on Community Employment (CE) Schemes. These jobs entail working for 22 hours per week. Those over 21 and on a Department of Social Welfare payment are generally eligible for CE placement. For full details please contact 086 30009107.  


Rebels’ Bounty is the monthly draw for Cork GAA Members run by the Cork Bounty Board, and is an important fundraising initiative within the Bride Rovers club, as much of the ticket sale revenue  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 to join the draw for 12 months is €100 with a closing date for this year of mid-February. The January, February and March draws will be held towards the end of March.   

 Further detail at or contact Aiden Dorgan at 085 7124312 .  


With five Hurling games a scheduled for the coming weekend it promises to be a hectic few days. With Minor hurling, Senor Hulling, two Junior Hurling League games ou our own we also host a game in Pairc na Bride. Details;Our minor hurlers are in league action against Carrigtwohill on Sat 4th March at 1.00pm in Carrigtwohill. Bride Rovers host the JHL Div 1 Final 2022 between Cobh and Carrignavar on Sun 5th March at 11.30am in Páirc na Bríde. Our senior hurlers are in action against Fermoy on Sun 5th March at 12.00pm in Fermoy. Our second junior hurling team are in Div.4 JHL action against Midleton on Sun 5th March at 4.30pm in Pynes Field. Our junior hurlers are in Di 1 JHL action against Sarsfields on Mon 6th March at 7.30pm in Riverstown under lights. 


Our Junior Football team opened their League campaign with a 10 points to 9 defeat against Carrignavar last Sunday – match report next week. We have a home JFL game v Youghal on Sunday week.  

Under 18 FOOTBALL. 

St Vincent’s 3-9 Bride Rovers 4-7
Our first under 18 match of the year saw us travel to the North side of the city to St Vincent’s GAA grounds to meet the home side in a Football league tie.  
Due to injuries and work commitments we had only 15 players to call on. 
Johnny O Connell from the Hill was the referee on the day. After falling behind early on the lads scored 2 goals a couple of points to put us in a strong position. Again Vincent’s came at us but we got another brace of goals putting us 4-3 to 1-4 up at half time.  Vincent’s got a run on us after the break scoring 1-3 on the bounce.  We got a good point from a free to settle us down again. When Vincent’s got a goal with 5 minutes left to put them a point up. It didn’t look good for us as we were finding it hard to get scores. But in fairness to the lads they dug deep to get the last two score, two great points to win the game by a single score.
Panel on the day
Cillian Barry, Cillian O Sullivan,  Darragh Kielty, Oran Kielty,  Luke Harrington, Cormac O Sullivan, Ben Knox,  Denis Cashman, Adam Hynes,  Ryan O Callaghan, Colin Hogan,  Gearoid O Connell, Gearoid Gubbins, Ronan O Riordan, Ciaran O Dowd.
Fixtures; we have our first Hurling game v Carrigtwohill Away on this coming Sat. at 1 o clock. 


Oran Kielty had to quickly change from his Rovers jersey into his CBS school outfit last Saturday after the Vincent’s game. A Project completed by Oran on ‘The History of Cork Hurling’ was amongst the prize-winners in a County wide Competition. At a ceremony in the Old Cork City Waterworks near Shanakiel Oran received his prize from the Deputy Lord Mayor  Cllr. Damien Boylan. Well done Oran. 


For Tuesday 21st of February 2023 the numbers drawn were 03, 08, 16 and 28 

And there was No Winner. Congrats to our lucky dip €30 cash winners: 

John Donovan, Nigel Murphy, Castlemagner -Nigel’ name was drawn out twice for two cash prizes-well done Nigel, Oisin & Gillian Kenny, Riversdale and James O’Donovan, Ballyreidy. This week's jackpot on the last day of February was an incredible €5,600. 

 If your ticket has expired we would appreciate if you would enter again via 



Last Saturday the Bride Rovers Juvenile academy returned. Although our competitive age groups have been training already our under 6’s to under 11’s11s  headed back to the pitch for the first time since October on Saturday. The buzz of excitement and anticipation was mighty! New players always welcome – please contact the Club Juvenile Secretary Emma  on 0852503100 with any enquiries.
Also letting everyone know to save the date 17/03/22 (St Patrick’s Day)as the Ladies club run a puc fada in the Bride Rovers. Grounds that day This will be a great occasion and an opportunity for the ladies Club to help with finances for the year. 


 On Friday last the club sent in a promotional brochure to the schools in Bartlemy and Rathcormac which has led to some boys and girls making connections with the club for the first time. Many thanks to both schools for their assistance. It’s never too late to start playing Gaelic Games and we offer a great variety of games and guaranteed fun. 

Please contact the manager of your child’s team if you have not received any communication regarding a start date! All the contact numbers for the different age-groups are on the Brochure sent through the schools. 



The Under14 boys have restarted with training on Saturdays. With our lads in full action with all sports in the secondary schools we are only doing the one session a week at present. Fixtures and groupings have come out which have made it a tough year ahead. With fixtures initially set for the same day in clubs 50 miles apart with our u13s also scheduled for the same days it'll make things extremely difficult. 

Fixtures for the next few weeks: 

Premier2 football v St. Michaels Saturday March 11th at 4:30 in Mahon 

Premier1 Hurling v St. Finbarrs in Rathcormac on Friday March 17th at 11am. 

Premier2 Football v Nemo Ranger s in Rathcormac...probably scheduled for March 18th in Rathcormac. 



On a fine dry and crisp February Sunday there was a fine crowd resent last Sunday for the Monthly Car Boot sale. Thanks to all Club Members who helped out on the day. The next Boot Sale is on the last Sunday in March the 26th. Many hands make light work so if you can give even an hour or two Pease contact Mossy or Billy beforehand to let them know when you are available. 

 Sympathy. The Club extends sympathy to the Hanrahan family, Rathcormac and the Linehan family, Bartlemy on their recent bereavements. 

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