Club Notes... - 2023-03-18 06:39:00

Camera Lights Action, Hurling & Football & Oskars,..

It might be only the middle of March but never  before in the 95 year history of the Bride Rovers Club has such a feverish level of activity been seen on all fronts. Playing our National Games of hurling, football, camogie and ladies football are the core and primary activities of the Club. However to cater for ever-growing numbers we are constantly upgrading our facilities for our players, supporters and parishioners in general.  So in the coming weeks it’s just go, go, go with games at all levels filling most Dates on the Diary and now we are in the middle of a huge new adventure ‘Bride Rovers Goes to The Oskars’. As they say, never a dull moment and that’s certainly true for the next few months. With film-making, Club games, so many players involved with Cork teams, fundraising, Ladies Club events and training for close on 50 teams it promises to be really hectic.


Early in 2023, following negotiations with Pat Pyne and family of Ballybrowney, our former and current club chairpersons Gerard Lane and Pa O’Driscoll reported that we have finalised the acquisition of 13 acres of land. This land is positioned close to our existing playing fields. The development will  be a huge asset to the club and community as the playing population continues to grow. The club executive has appointed agronomist James Healy and Hourihans Sports Field Developments to oversee the development of three high quality playing fields to completion. The initial development of the site over the coming 24 months will see the laying-out of three playing fields, one of which will be sand based. A community walking/exercise track is also planned also be installed along the perimeter of the site.

Funding the project

We have been awarded financial support via the Sports Capital Grants as well as a generous contribution from the Tomar Fund. We will also look to utilise Cork County Council and Munster GAA Council Grants over the course of the project.

Our club members and the local community support fundraising through

Club Lotto – The weekly club lotto, which brings in much needed funds, covering the day-to-day running costs of the club and also contributes significantly to our future developments

Club 100 Membership Scheme – 200 families and individuals in Rathcormac, Bartlemy and Kildinan and beyond  have joined the Club 100 membership scheme, with gold, silver and bronze packages available.

Parish Development Fund – The committee which oversee the monthly Car Boot Sale in Rathcormac and it’s associated Development Fund have agreed to support our project over the coming years also. The monthly sale is supported significantly by Club members who take an active part each month with the organising of the Car Bot Sales-the next one is on Sunday week, march 26th

No Oscars for the Banshees, but there will be plenty Oskars for the Rovers in late May.

While we have been able to raise substantial funding for our exciting new Development from within the club, we are now planning a once-off fundraiser to be in a position to complete the project over the next two years. A ‘Night at the Oskars’ is being held on Friday, May 26th, in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork City. Seven short films will be shown on the night, with nine awards being presented for categories such as Best Film, Best Actor etc. All participants in the films will be drawn from the local community. We are seeking support from the business community to make this event a success and allow us to develop facilities for the community.

If you wish to get involved in acting or through sponsorship of the glamorous Red Carpet event, please contact one for the event organisers - Evelyn Murphy 086-3143054, Bridgee Forde 087-9802151, Pa O'Driscoll 086-8113109 or Aiden Dorgan 085-7124312.

The timeline for The Oskars is as follows; The Casting night is on Monday night next March 20th from 6.30 to 9.30 in the Old School in Rathcormac. We are looking for as many as possible to take part and no previous acting experience is needed. There will be roles with a few spoken lines, some with only a line or two, others will have no lines to speak. We also need ‘extras’ for crowd scenes. We need people to help in the background, n  the ‘studio’, with make-up, hairdressing, costumes, props, transport, catering – well have a job for everyone and it will be great fun!  There will be a Launch h Night in Barry’s Bar on Friday March 24th. The schedule for Rehearsals is  March 27th, April 3rd,  April 10th April 17th -Rehearsals will take approximately 30 minutes each night and the  ‘cast’ members for each Film can rehearse together on other nights as required.  The actual Filming will take place over two weekends the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd and the weekend of May 6th and 7th, it is estimated that the actual Filming will take  four to five hours.  The Gala Oskars night  will be on Friday May 26th in The Rochestown park Hotel in Cork. It’s an exciting venture but in reality it will bring back many nostalgic memories for people in the Rathcormac area. In the 1970’sand 1980’s The Rathcormac Film Unit  under Director the late Frank Morgan produced several brilliant films including ‘La Aoife’ , ‘Old Grumpy and Mary B’ and ‘Laura’s Theme’. These were award-winning  productions and are still fondly remembered by all those who took part and by locals who took great pride in the success of Frank and his colleagues. SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE.

We play our second game in the Red FM County SHL on tonight Thursday March 16th when we are away to Ballincollig under lights with a 7.30pm throw in. We had a good win over Fermoy in our first game so keep it going lads.


We were fixed to play Youghal in a Division 1 game in the East Cork JFL last Sunday. Unfortunately on Saturday we were informed that Youghal were unable to field a team and they conceded a walkover. Our next game in the Football League is a night game, under lights, away to Carrigtwohill on Wednesday night March 22nd at 7.30pm


In the East Cork JHL Division 1 we are away to Cobh on St Patrick’s Day at 12 noon. Our third team, in Division 4 of the JHL, also have a noon throw in on Sunday next March 19th away in Caherlag to Erins Own.


The Cork Senior Hurlers travel to Ennis on Sunday next for the last ‘Round’ game I the National Hurling League safe in the knowledge that, regardless of the result, they are through to the League Semi Final. T home in the park last Sunday Cork looked in trouble at half time and into the second half. However the Rebels finished strongly to defeat Wexford. It’s an immense source of pride and joy for us in this parish to see the Roche twins Eoin and Brian doing so well with Cork. Playing at Senior level for the County  is a mighty achievement for these two great young hurlers, well done lads.


The Lotto Result for Tuesday the 7th of March 2023 were as follows; The Numbers drawn  were 14, 18, 23 & 26  and there was No Winner. Congrats to our lucky dip €30 cash winners: Tadhg Kelleher, Rathcormac, Bill Fitzgerald, Fermoy, Brendan Walsh, Shanowen, Kieran Fitzgerald, Lisnagar and Shane O’Connor, Scartbarry. This week's jackpot on Tuesday March 14th was €6,000. If your ticket has expired we would appreciate if you would enter again via


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 coming up soon so remember ‘if you’re not in you can’t win’. The January, February and March draws will be held towards the end of March.  

 Further detail at or contact Aiden Dorgan at 085 7124312 . 


The under 6 boys are back in action for 2023. Training is from 10 until 10.45 on Saturday mornings in e big Astro. All boys born in 2017 are very welcome.


On tomorrow Friday, our National Holiday, our Camogie and ladies Football Club are holding a Long Puc Completion as a ‘fun’ fundraiser in our Juvenile Pitch. With so many camogie and ladies Football teams now being fielded it costs a lot to keep the show on the road so all funds raised at this event will help finance the Club for the year ahead.


We are glad to welcome on board a New Club Sponsor in Gerard Gubbins Construction. Gerard is a former player with the Club and his family have always been involved in Community activities in the parish with generations. His company gives great local employment and we thank him sincerely for his ongoing support.


It was with a sense of shock and sadness that we heard the awful news on Sunday of the death of Liam Kearns. A Proud Kerry man Liam has been one of the most inspirational Football Coaches of the last twenty years. He brought a new attitude to Gaelic Football in Limerick, Laois and Tipperary and just last September took over as Offaly Senior football Manager. We extend sympathy to his family and friends.


We extend belated 90th birthday greetings to Tommy Dunne of Kildorrery. A marvellous man Tommy worked in the Forestry Service in the 1950’s and early 60’s. During that time he worked in the East Cork area. Whilst in Lisgoold he  ’lodged’ with Jack Madden. When he was working in the Bartlemy area Tommy stayed with the Mannix family in Bartlemy village. He fell in playing with the local Hurling Club here and has vivid memories of Carnival games against Watergrasshill and Castlelyons. Congratulations Tommy from all in Bride overs.

FIXTURES. The  following link shows all Bride Rovers fixtures from Rebel Og, Cork Co. Board and East Cork Board and is constantly updated as Fixtures are made an/or changed

CAR BOOT SALE. Sunday week March 26th is the date for the next Car Boot Sale in Rathcormac.


Castlelyons Drama Group will stage John B. Keane’s ‘The Field’ in Rathcormac Hall on Saturday March 25th at 8pm. This show is a Fundraiser for the newly established Rathcormac Men’s Shed.

UNDER 10 BOYS busy.

Training will continue this Saturday morning at 10am on the juvenile pitch. It will be hurling first for 30 mins and then football for 30 mins. If you have someone in your family that is thinking of sport and was born in 2013, well he is very welcome to come along on any Saturday morning


The under 13boys were away to Youghal on Saturday afternoon in football.  It was the lads first game of the season.  After a tough hours football we came up short to a good Youghal team. The fact that it was most of our lads second game on the day didn't help but they put in a great effort. Attention turns to hurling this weekend with a game against Valley Rovers in Pynes at 3 on Saturday.

UNDER 14 PREMIER 2 Football v St. Michaels.

Our Under14 team played St. Michaels on Saturday afternoon last in Mahon. Conditions were damp and windy but once the rustiness wore off we played some good football. With injuries and illness we were short some players but we still had 17 tog out. First half scoreline was 2-5 to 1-2 but this did not do our lads justice as we got into some good scoring positions but that rustiness still showed! Scores came from Dazzler, Finn and Seb with the goal.

In the second half we took the game to St. Michaels and kept the scoreboard ticking over with some good points from Finn and 2 from Shane acCarthy.  Unfortunately we got caught on the counter attack on a few occasions which left us open to some lucky goals.

Final score was 6-5 to 1-9. Team and scorers: Eoin Morey, Nathan Cahill, Donagh Hurley, Daniel Gubbins, Dylan Keating, Cathal Barry, Tadhg Cronin, Finn O'Driscoll (0-6), Mark Hynes, Evan Quaine, Micahel Walsh, Matthew Swalbe O'Sullivan, Darren Kearney (0-1), Sebastian Byrd (1-0), Darragh Costigan. Subs: Cian Cashman, Shane MacCarthy (0-2)

Premier 1 under 14 Hurlers are down to play St. Finbarrs on Friday morning at 11am at home. Division 4 underfootballers are away to Kilshannig on Saturday at 2:30. 


Under 7  hurling/football training continues Saturday morning 10-11 in the small Astro. If you are thinking of sending your son down to try it out please do so. He will enjoy the fun and learn great skills and most importantly make new friends.


Our under 18  football game against Cobh went off last weekend due to Cobh being  unable to field a team. 
We have a Hurling game v Aghada in the Main pitch  on Friday, St. Patrick’s Day  at 1-00.


A subsidised Scholarship Scheme to the Gaeltacht is available through GAA Clubs in East Cork. A  subsidy of €100 towards the cost of gong to stay in the Gaeltacht for under 16’s is available. Details from Mike, our Club Runai at  087 9808973.

 Healthy Club Walking Initiative

Well done to all who took part in our successful walking initiative across eight Monday's since January 16th. Thanks to Orla Dorgan, Brenda Ryan and Catherine Hegarty for coordinating, and all those who helped in the social event last Monday. If you have taken part in the initiative, please take time to  provide some feedback at

 BRIDE ROVERS CLUB SPONSORS are; Rathcormac Tyres             

                                                                    Fermoy Print & Design             

                                                                    Gerard Gubbins Construction and  Veolia 




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