Local Notes

Opening of Astro Turf/Hurling Wall

A great evening was had at Kilbrin GAA club last Friday night with the official opening of our new Astro Turf and Hurling Wall with our guest of honour Cork County Board Chairperson Tracey Kennedy performing the official opening. The celebrations continued with presentations made to the successful 1968 Croke Rovers and 1978 Kilbrin teams. The Hall of fame was also presented to deserving winner Neily O Sullivan on the night for his outstanding contribution to Kilbrin GAA throughout the years. A huge congratulations to all recipients. A big thank you to everyone who helped in the successful running of the event including the following: Club officers and volunteers, Claire and all the staff at Kilbrin Social Club for the beautiful meal and venue, Fr.Leader, Duhallow board and public representatives and all those who turned out in great numbers to support the evening and a special word of thanks to Tracey for attending and for her kind words on the night. Finally a big thank you for the great work by Donal Sheahan, Tom & Sheila O Reilly and the many volunteers, too many to mention, for their dedication and hard work to make the project such a success.


The lotto results for Sunday 6th of January for a jackpot of €7,200 are as follows. Numbers drawn were: 7, 10, 19 and 33. There was no jackpot winner. Lucky dip winners are Liz Crawford Kanturk, Tom O Reilly Kilbrin, Richard King Castlecor, Karlton O Leary Ballybane and Michael O Driscoll Kanturk. Jackpot for next draw on January 14th is €7,300. Please support.

45 Drive

45 Drive continues every Wednesday night at 9pm. Please come along and enjoy the evening.


Bingo every Monday night from 8.30. Jackpot is EUR 1,850 on 48 calls. Bonus ball is EUR 60. Please come along and enjoy a night of Bingo in a great atmosphere.

Poker night

The social club host a poker night every Friday night at 9pm. A league table is also starting which adds another element. Very enjoyable evening to be had and the local bus is running so call Anthony Ahern if you are interested.

St Stephen's Day walk

One of the biggest crowds that ever attended the historical St Stephen's day walk on a beautiful day on 26th December. The walk went to Curraghs, Ballybahalow, Garrison, Cloghboola and surrounding areas. It began at Curraghs school with the local historians Niall O'Sullivan, Tim Linehan & Dan Brennan sharing their insight and knowledge of each area visited. Tim Linehan also produced a very professional map of the area's. The Curraghs campaign was explained with the battles and also ambush at Fields house. The walk also visited the site of the ambush that occurred during the O Sullivan Beara march in January 1603. The walk finished up at John Mullane's forge site who's family served the community of Kilbrin for many years. The community council plan to mark this site in the near future. We would like to thank everyone that attended the walk. The age profiles were between 3 & 95 and it was great to see such an attendance. We would also like to thank the landowners for allowing everyone through their lands. We also want to thank the historians on the day. And especially to the Linehan family for the hospitality and refreshments. Also thanks to John Field and Niall O Sullivan for building the bridges. Plenty of historical research goes into this and again we need to thank the historians for this. We would also like to thank the people that contributed on the day and proceeds raised will go to the maintenance of Dr Croke House.

Tír Na Nóg

Tír na nÓg finished off the Christmas with some brilliant art which they were able to decorate their homes with. The course and other projects will be continued in 2019. We would like to thank them for their thoughtful contribution and wish them every success in 2019.

Dr Croke birthplace house

On 6th January 1823 Dr Croke was baptized in Kilbrin parish. Exactly 196 years later on 6th January 2019 a great night was had at the birthplace house with music song dance and poetry. The Dr Croke House committee was presented with a marvellous ancient piece of Ewe wood with superb carvings. We would really like to thank Noel Linehan, Churchtown for this unique gift which will be treasured by the community for years to come. We would also like to thank Father Pat Corkery who presented other furnishings for the house.

School Market

The Kilbrin National School Market was held before Christmas and it proved to be a great night attended by a crowd that well exceeded expectations. It was great to see children and parents all come together to support our school. There were contributions from many people and far too many to name individually but a big thanks to one and all that helped in any way to make this a hugely successful and enjoyable evening. We do have to mention the teachers whose dedication to our children is relentless and whose energy is only matched by the children themselves. The quality of their produce and their welcome on the night showed the pride they have in their school and indeed themselves. We do hope this becomes an annual event and one not to be missed.

Kilbrin GAA awards

Congratulations to all of the award winners on the night and a special congratulations to Neily O'Sullivan on his very deserved hall of fame award. Very well done to the GAA for organising a great night in the social club.


Many thanks for the contributions received to date. You can donate by: Returning your donation in the envelope provided to the social club in person with your name on it or Bank transfer with your name as a reference to AIB, Newmarket BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE09AIBK93617002943024 Alternatively you can contact the playground refurbishment committee members: Paulina Breen or Audrey Dennehy on 0864097267 / 0868922164 or Community Council members: Tom O'Riordan Chairperson, Pat O'Leary Treasurer or John Corkery Vice Chair to organise your donation or if you have any questions. We would like to send our regards to everyone unwell at the moment and wish them a speedy recovery and wish everyone a happy and prosperous New year.

Contact details

The community council can be contacted at kilbrincc@gmail.com if you have any queries. Also the PRO can be contacted directly at Bennymick1968@gmail.com if you have anything of interest for this column. Whether you are at home or abroad we would be delighted to hear from you if you have anything that you would like to share.

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