Club Notes.. - 2023-03-31 21:28:00

Oskars Action !

It’s not that all hurleys and footballs have been put into storage for two months. It’s not that all serious team training has been suspended until June -no Club playing activities on all fronts, Juvenile, Ladies and men’s is still underway full swing. With the change intime last weekend it’s truly ‘all systems go’ from under 6 to Senior but despite all the on-field activity the midnight oil is being burned. All over the parish of Bartlemy Rathcormac and Kildinan groups are meeting almost nightly. From Mullentoura to Ballyogoha and from Ballyready to Knockaunduff -it’s the same everywhere as over one hundred wannabe actors earn lines, grow beards,  sew costumes, dye hair and proposition props – everything from wheelbarrows, golf buggys and cross cut saws to swords, skirts and shawls. Yes indeed the covid is gone, thankfully but a new fever grips the parish as the plans for Bride Rovers Night At The Oskars swing into action. On Monday week last we had the Casting Night which was really ‘auditions evening’. Close on eighty came forward to take part in this huge fund-raising effort. Then on Saturday night last a Barry’s bar the excitement was ninety when the list of films we are ‘producing’ was announced. The productions which will vie for all the major Awards in May are ‘The Snapper’, ‘The Field’, ‘Sister Act’, ‘Fr. Ted -Speed’, ‘Michael Collins’, ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Bridesmaids’ -what a super selection for the Silver Screen! Rehearsals started on last Monday night 27th March and are also scheduled for the 3rd of April, 10th April and 17th April. Rehearsals will be in  30 minute slots, beginning at 6.30pm.  Each group would be recommended and encouraged to rehearse on their own for an extra 30 minutes either before or after their drama coaching slot. Already we have heard of one group rehearsing at 7 am before the cast members go to work.  We will have spaces organised for the groups to rehearse.  Rehearsals will take place in the Old School, Rathcormac and in the GAA Clubrooms also. The FILMING of the movies will take place on two weekend at the end of April and early May, this will take place locally and will take approximately 5 hours per movie. One of our fundraising elements is each  movie groups collectively raising money, we have set a target of €3,000 on this, but I'm sure  all will raise a lot more than this amount!!  Get thinking about ideas and different little events that you can bring to your group, to help raise your funds!!  This will also raise the profile of the event and generate a great buzz and community interest in the fundraiser.

Anyone with any queries or offers of Sponsorship please feel free to contact one for the event organisers - Evelyn Murphy 086-3143054 / Bridgee Forde 087-9802151 / Pa O'Driscoll 086-8113109 / Aiden Dorgan 085-7124312.

AND NOW FOR THE WINNERS- in all fairness everyone who has volunteered to take part is truly a winner. The cast lineouts for the Films are as followsThe Snapper;

 Dessie: Terry Broderick Sharon: Rebecca Walsh Kay: Martina Somers, Lester: Pat Barry, Georgie: Shane O’Connor, Jackie: Ciara Baldwin, Doris: Orla Dorgan, Mrs O’Leary: Teresa Mannix,  Siobhan: Jen Cahill,  Mary: Emma Barry,  Yvonne: Jen Barry Neighbour 1: Kate O’Driscoll Neighbour 2: Michelle Barry Neighbour 3: Claire Scanlon Neighbour 4: Lorraine O’Keefe, Nurse: Linda Ahern

The Field;  Bull: Jim Sheehan Bird: Jason Pratt Tadgh: Edmond Cashman Flannigan: Aiden Dorgan Tinkers Daughter: Jamie Fenton,  McGeraghty girl: Aoife O’Regan, Priest: Pat Culloty Yank: Mossy Dooley 2x ceili women: Valerie Culloty & Eileen Finn Widow: Gill Kenny

Sister Act. Delores: Arlene O’Callaghan Rev Mother: Kathleen O’Regan, Monsignour: Kieran Cahill Mary Patrick: Michelle O’Brien M. Austen: Maria Barry M. Paul: Kelly Kearney M. Roberts: Michelle McCormack M. Lazarus: Catherine Hegarty Alma: Eleanor Carey Vince: Daniel Dooley Joey: Willie O’Leary Detective: Vincent Hollestelle Choir Nuns: Brenda Ryan & Annemarie O’Donovan

Fr. Ted – Speed; Fr Ted Pa O’Driscoll, Fr Dougal John O’Sullivan, Mrs. Doyle Betty Cahill, Pat Mustard John Arnold, Mr.  Fox Tom Mulcahy Fr. Beechy Billy Finnegan Fr Clarke Tomas Kearney, Fr. Jack James Ahern, Mrs. O Reilly Mary Ryan Vera Elaine Burke Bridget  Catherine Guinan

Michael Collins; Michael Collins: Paddy Croke Kitty: Stephanie Jones Smith: DJ Cahill Liam Tobin: Michael Carey, Rory O Connor: Adam Walsh, Harry: Stephen Hackett, Joe: David Burke, De Valera: Jerome O’Driscoll

Braveheart; William Wallace John Baldwin, Princess Isabela Caroline Broderick, Nicollette Nollaig Murphy Prince Edward David Barry King Longshanks Tyrone Horne Cheltham James Birmingham Talmedge Brendan Walsh Veteran Colm Barry, Mornay Mark O’Connell

Bridesmaids; Annie Johann Scollard, Lillian Josephine O’Shea, Becca Corina, Broderick Megan Marie Gubbins Rita Malu Laurito, Helen Niamh Healy, Whitney  Annmarie Knox, Shop Lady 1 –Katie Ryan, Shop Lady 2  Imelda Dorgan, Waitress – Diane Murphy. Each cast hast two Team Leaders helping to coordinate rehearsals, sponsorship, fundraising, costumes, props, make-up, set design, transport, catering, logistics, contracts and dealing with Film Industry Agents. It’s a massive undertaking for the Bride Rovers Club and we really do appreciate the commitment from all involved and from their families also.


Bride Rovers under 16 Boys played their first football league match away to St Michaels on Sunday morning 19th March in Mahon. It was a wet and windy morning which made poor playing conditions. They say games win goals and the Blackrock side got two. For the most of the contest the two sides traded white flags.  The home side got on top and it  ended up with  Michaels getting two fortuitous goals in  the remaining minutes winning on a scoreline St Michaels 2:6 to Bride Rovers 6 points. Many thanks to our Jersey sponsor Fitzy fast food . Our first under 16 hurling league match is on next Sunday 2nd April at home to St Catherines at  11.00 in Pairc Na Bride .


 Round d 3 Div 2 Hurling League v Newtownshandrum (Away) on Sunday next2nd April at 12noon
Round 4 v Mallow on Sunday 16th April at 11.30am in Rathcormac.


On Sunday next April 2nd we have St Itas as visitors to Pairc na Bride for a 6 o clock game in the East Cork JHL Division 1.


The under 13 boys were at home to Midleton on Friday in Pynes Field . The boys came out on the wrong side of the result after a hard fought hours football in soft conditions.  Our next game is hurling away to Nemo Rangers on Saturday next at 4 in Trabeg.

Bride Rovers under 10 Boys

Our u10 boys travelled the short distance to Glenville for our first match of the year. Played in great conditions our boys did us very proud in a total of 4 competitive and evenly matched football games against our hosts. Our stars on the day were Killian Donegan, Eoin Burke, Joey Allen, Oisin Barry-Sheehan, Luke Buckley, Niamh Finn, Daniel Fitzgerald, Elliot Fitzgerald, Dara Murphy, John Keating, Tiarnan Lyons, Theo Skillington, Fionn Purcell, Kayden Freeman, Jack Roddis, Harry Fitzpatrick and David Fitzpatrick. Compliments to the young whistler from Glenville who did a great job refereeing 2 of the matches. It was fantastic to see how much each of our lads have improved and every player made a big contribution on the day. Fixtures are coming thick and fast now as we are hosting Aghada on Saturday morning on the main pitch at 11am in our first hurling match of the year.


For a Jackpot of €6200 on Tuesday March 21st the four numbers drawn were 2,7, 16 and 17 and there was  no winner. The Lucky Dip winners of €30 each were Claire Lynch, Dungourney, Shane O Connor The Rock, Bartlemy, Geraldine Tobin c/o Online Lotto, Aine O Grady Mondaniel and Richie O Regan Terramount. Tickets for each weekly draw are just €2 each and can be bought from Club Members, in local business outlets and online. Every €2 helps with the day to day running of the Club.


We weren’t ‘batin out the gate’ or anything like that but Cork hurlers were still licking their wounds after the trip to Nowlan Park for last Sunday’s NHL semi final. After going unbeaten in the ordinary ‘Rounds’ of the League it was a very frustrating loss on Sunday. Despite having a man sent off Cork finished well but realistically never looked like caching Kilkenny. Brian Roche played well but unfortunately Eoin was out injured, an injury that’ll keep him on the sideline for a few weeks. For Pat Ryan’s side now it’s back to basics in advance of the Munster championship round-robin series.


Last week saw the commencement of out new Pitch Development  venture at Ballybrowney. The central ditch between the fields was removed in the first major piece of work. . Hopefully by April’s end a virtual transformation will be seen here. The Plan is that the first new playing pitch will be laid out by then.  It’s the beginning of a hugely exciting project for the Club. Truly the wheel has come the full circle as in both the 1950’s and the 1960’s this ground was the main raining and playing area for the Club- very much ‘going back home’ Go n-eiri an t-adh leis an obair iontach seo.


The death occurred recently of John O Brien, formerly of Sunnyside, Rathcormac. For generations the O Brien family have been linked with the Bride Rovers Club. Jackie, jimmy and Michael O Brien all played with the Club in the early years. Jackie was married to Sheila Hoskins- another great GAA family, and their sons John, Tony, Jimmy and Eddie(Georgie) were all involved with the Club. John O Brien was a superb hurler at a time when the fortunes of the Team were low. He went to live in Cork City where he reared hi family his wife Joyce predeceased him. John got to be a fine indoor bowls player over the years. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of John’s relatives. May he rest in peace.


Well done to Sarah Murphy who gave a ‘Player of The Match’ performance in goal with the Cork Ladies Football team v Meath last weekend.


I met Billy (Bob) O Regan from Ballyglissane last weekend. He was in Fermoy for the obsequies of his brother in law Sonny Murphy – we extend our sympathy to all the relations of Sonny. Billy is 94 years of age and going strong with a memory as sharp as a button. He was a superb hurler in the 1940’s and 1950’s After many years in Australia he lives in  Monasterevin nowadays with his wife.


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 on March 30th .   Further detail at or contact Aiden Dorgan at 085 7124312 .  


An bhfuil aon mac leinn ata ‘gra’ acu don Gaeilge? A subsidised Scholarship Scheme to the Gaeltacht is available through GAA Clubs in East Cork. A  subsidy of €100 towards the cost of a student going to stay in the Gaeltacht for under 16’s is available. Details from Mike, our Club Runai at 087 9808973.

BRIDE ROVERS CLUB SPONSORS are; Rathcormac Tyres             

Fermoy Print & Design, Gerard Gubbins Construction and Veoila.



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