Vhi Cúl Camp 08

White’s Cross GAA again ran their Vhi Cúl Camp at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre, White’s Cross.  A sell out crowd of one hundred and twenty-five boys and girls, between the ages of five and thirteen years of age, attended the week long course.

The success of this camp over the years, according to camp-coordinator Conor Kelleher, is dominantly down to the team of Coaches and Assistants who work diligently and enthusiastically to ensure all participants benefit from the week’s activities.  Thanks to Sile Burns, Paul O’ Donovan, Eoin Murnane, Colleen Foley, Brendáin Murnane, Paul O’ Sullivan, Elaine Harte, Hanora Mulcahy, Paul Harte, Edel Barry, Laura Barry, Mary Barry, Caitríona Harte, Joe Leahy, Alan Ramsay, John Ramsay, Ruari Murnane, Seamus Reid, Martin Reid, Lillian Whooley and Aidan Harte for their work this year.  Thanks also to Ann Reid, Ger O Driscoll and Jennifer Thomas who made themselves available to do all sorts of errands during the week.

As always, White’s Cross GAA is very grateful to the Upper Glanmire Community Association for the use of its facilities for the week.  This year a special word of thanks also goes to Old Cristians RFC, and in particular the O’ Connell family, for the use of their sports hall, on a wet Tuesday morning, when there was an equally bleak forecast for that particular day!  A special word of praise also to the parents who helped transport children to and from this location that day.

Over the years a key highlight of the White’s Cross camps has always been the visits of inter-county GAA stars.  In past years inter-county hurlers including Joe Deane, Tom Kenny, and even Clare captain Frank Lohan have visited the White’s Cross venue, while Graham Canty, Nicholas Murphy and James Masters represented the Cork footballers.  This year was no different and was again a great place to be for the autograph hunters!  As stated above, Síle Burns, vice-captain of the Cork senior Camogie side and Elaine Harte, goalkeeper of the Cork senior Ladies Football side were part of the coaching staff.  

The final day of the Camp saw a host of visitors with Daniel Goulding, one of the heroes on the Cork side to beat Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Final, visiting in the morning.  Daniel spoke to each of the groups and made comparisons between his own relatively-small club, Eire Og, and White’s Cross. That afternoon, a second member of the Cork football squad, Patrick Kelly, assisted presenting the medals and certificates to each of the participants.  He was accompanied in making the presentations by another young Cork star, but this time one of the senior hurlers – Cathal Naughton.  Thus on that final Friday afternoon there was a right frenzy for autographs on the new Vhi Cúl Camp kits the kids received at the start of the week!

Junior Action Round-Up

Having won their opening round of the championship on April 13th last, the White’s Cross Junior A footballers are billed to re-enter championship fray once more, with a third round clash versus St. Michaels, fixed for Saturday, July 12th in Ballinlough at 7:30.  The second side, who were also successful in their opening championship encounter, on April 27th last against St. Finbarrs, are now pitted against Lough Rovers in a quarter-final tie.  Meantime the Under 21 footballers, who last tasted championship action with a convincing victory over St. Michaels, on March 30th, still await a date for their semi final clash with Passage.  While some might consider such lay-offs excessive, White’s Cross GAA will be happy that all adult teams are still involved in their respective championships, heading into the month of July!  We know well that can change all too quickly!

While third-level and second-level exams disrupted the Under 21 grade championship, it has been hurling action that has dominated proceedings in the Seandún barony for the last 10 weeks.  Our Junior A hurlers, had to avail of the back-door route having lost to Brian Dillons in their opening championship encounter, to re-enter championship 2008.  This they did with a convincing victory over St. Finbarrs, although the concession of two late goals, took some gloss off the 1-20 to 2-10 victory. They now face Blackrock in a third round clash.

Meantime the second hurling side have also progressed through the Junior B championship.  Unlike the A championship, the B championship does not allow the luxuries of back-doors, as it is run on a straight knock-out basis.  This team, captained by Dave Buckley, have qualified for a semi-final clash with Mayfield, with victories over Ballinure and Brian Dillons.

Three-legged heroes stride to marathon record

WHITE’S CROSS GAA salutes their club-member John Meade on his great achievement at the recent Cork City Marathon.  John, along with his father Billy, and each of his brothers have been very actively involved in White’s Cross GAA for many years.  However his most recent sporting exploit has been of a somewhat stranger variety!


“Tethered together for more than 26 miles, matching stride for stride, two men became unlikely heroes yesterday after smashing the world record for the three-legged marathon”,  was how The Irish Examiner described the feat one day later.  Tied at ankles and wrists John and running partner Colin Carroll shaved 15 minutes off the previous record set by identical twins Nick and Alastair Benbow in London in 1998.

Journalist Sean O’ Riordan noted that after 20 miles of the Cork City Marathon, Fermoy-based solicitor Colin Carroll hit the infamous “wall” and that it took the determination and will-power of his running partner, John Meade, to pull him through.

John himself remarked on the motivation given by the crowd “Over the last 100 metres the crowd were absolutely incredible. It must have been up there with the Munster team’s homecoming!” he quipped.

John, a civil engineer, had only ever competed in one full marathon before and only met his running partner for the first time six weeks previous.  Colin’s original running partner, Carl Williams, pulled out two months ago with a torn hamstring. He appealed for a replacement and found John’s stride was a perfect match.

Former Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan,  who was the official starter of the marathon, stated:   “This was a fantastic event to be part of  — it always means so much to run at home — and the to be joined in the Guinness Book of Records by two more Corkonians — it’s a proud day for Cork”.

Later on in the day, as he reflected back on his fine achievement, John considered how it was time to start focusing the mind on an up-coming junior A hurling championship clash with St. Finbarrs and following that, a junior A football championship duel with St. Michaels.  Let there be no let-up!