School Visit

White’s Cross GAA Club recently rounded off the year with a visit to their local national school in Upper Glanmire with the three Cups they had won in 2008.  The very close link between Scoil Naomh Michéal and White’s Cross GAA is illustrated by the fact that sixteen members of the victorious 2008 teams had attended the school.  Players from the town-lands of Ballincrokig, Ballyphilip, Ballinahina, Templeisque,  Piercetown, Rathcooney, Lisnahorna had all got their primary school education at Upper Glanmire N.S.

In 2008 White’s Cross won the Seandún Junior A Football Championship and the McSwiney Cup, while the second side of their amalgamated partners Whitechurch, won the Seandún Junior B Hurling Championship.  Winning the A-grade football championship was a proud moment for the Club, as it saw them get the occasion to bring the Joe O’ Callaghan trophy home to White’s Cross.  Indeed on the night of their final victory the Cup took pride of place in the O’ Callaghan home at Coole East, White’s Cross.  Joe O’ Callaghan had been the heart-and-soul of White’s Cross GAA for much of its history and in 2007 the Club was honoured to present this trophy, in memory of Joe, to the Seandún Division.  Joe’s daughter, Margaret O’ Mahony is a teacher at the Upper Glanmire school and his great-grandson is in junior-infants.

Of the sixteen past-pupils of Upper Glanmire N.S. on the winning teams, John and Mike Meade, Eoin and Brendáin Murnane, Paul Noonan, Richie Sherlock and Conor Kelleher attended the school for the visit.  They were accompanied by Club President Dermot Whooley, Chairperson Pat Reid and his son Seamus, Secretary Martin Kelleher and Fr. Ted Sheehan C.C.  Eoin Murnane, who was captain of the winning Junior A Championship and McSwiney Cup teams, was a little late for the engagement, but it was commented that it was hardly the first time he had been late for school…!

The school principal Mr. Michéal Cremin welcomed the winning players back to their former school.  He thanked the Club for the support it continues to provide the national school in terms of the use of the Club’s facilities and coaching assistance.  He said that the current coach the Club sends into the school a day each week, Finbarr Kiely was a tremendous benefit.  Given that Finbarr was trainer and coach of the victorious Junior Footballers in 2008, his contribution to the Club is greatly appreciated by all!

White’s Cross PRO Conor Kelleher thanked Mr. Cremin, the staff and students for their very warm welcome back to the school.  He acknowledged the vital role the national school provides in terms of the learning and development of football and hurling skills.  He encouraged the students to engage in some form of regular sporting exercise, not just for the health benefits but also for the friendships it brings.  

The exploits of past-pupil John Meade were singled out for special praise.  Along with operating at wing-back on the victorious football sides, John also set a new world record in 2008 for the three-legged marathon, along with his running-mate Colin Carroll.  This well documented achievement was completed at the Cork Marathon last summer.

With Christmas holidays imminent the young pupils were keen to clarify if the occasion warranted home-work off on the particular day.  Better than that, the Club awarded the children with home-work off, and no uniform days, between the dates of December 24th and January 6th inclusive!

Christmas Draw 2008 Results

1st Therese Daly Hazelwood Drive €600 Stirrup Bar
2nd Greg Nason c/o Eoin O’Mahony €250 Sydney McEllhinney
3rd Alan Crotty Carrignavar €100 Tom Harte
4th Ger McAuliffe Hazelwood Way Gardening Tools Truetemper Ltd
5th Sean Kelleher c/o Sean C Burke €100 Buckley Containers
6th Vincent Rohan Cloyne €100 John Buckley Plant
7th Billy Coleman Ardagh Heights €100 Crowley Engineering
8th Fiona Kerins Ballyphehane €100 Vincy Barry Construction
9th Michael Murphy Rathpeacon €100 Quality Plastics
10th Kitty Lynch c/o Jo Buckley €100 Goulding Fertilisers
11th Denise Moynihan White’s Cross €100 Parmac Sprinkler (Pat O’Connell)
12th Michael Carey c/o Millipore €50 John O’Donovan Dairy Services
13th Mary Rose O’Sullivan Glanmire €50 Roy Clarke
14th Edmond Linehan Ballinahina Christmas Cake Ann Reid
15th Donie McGrath c/o Padraig Murnane Bottle of Brandy Pat McNally
16th Jim Collins c/o Cork Prison Voucher Super Valu
17th William O’Hehir Copper Valley Flower Arrangement Buds & Blossom Carrignavar
18th Emma Collins Glenheights Special Prize Hafele
19th Dave Buckley White’s Cross Special Prize O’Reilly’s Garage
20th Sean O’Riordan Coole East Lady’s Jumper Club Friend
21st Tony Keohane White’s Cross Rechargeable Lamp Glanbia
22nd Carmel O’Brien Macroom Tracksuit Ted Kiely
23rd Lillie Shields Midleton Voucher Liam Coffey Garage
24th John O’Mahony c/o Irish Rail €50 Stephen Crowley
25th D Ring Blarney €100 K.K. Traders
26th Billy Twomey White’s Cross Wine Liam O’Keeffe
27th Elaine Harte White’s Cross Special Prize Dave Buckley
28th Donie McGrath c/o Dave Buckley Bottle of Brandy Pat O’Callaghan
29th Sarah O’Mahony c/o Murt Kelleher Voucher McCarthy Sports


30th Con Delaney White’s Cross Bottle of Whiskey Billy Meade
31st Dinny Noonan White’s Cross Bottle of Whiskey Hennessy Filling Station
32nd Cormac O’Flynn Kilcully Bottle of Whiskey Keating Fitted Furniture
33rd Ciaran Allen White’s Cross Voucher Goodfellas Barber Shop
34th Catherine Noonan Rathcooney Bottle of Brandy Boothouse Bar
35th Joan Gubbins Glanmire Bottle of Whiskey Martin Collins
36th R O’Donovan Dublin Pike Bottle of Whiskey Willie Twomey
37th Dermot O’Sullivan c/o Pat Reid Bottle of Whiskey Dominic Cahill
38th James McCarthy Fermoy Bottle of Whiskey Sean Delaney & Sons Ltd
39th Jim O’Callaghan Watergrasshill Bottle of Whiskey Paddy Reynolds
40th Chris & John Kelleher Glanmire €50 Dermot Whooley
41st David Keohane c/o Cork Prison Wine Billy Kelleher TD
42nd Eithne O’Callaghan Coole East Bottle of Brandy Seamus Ferguson Plant Hire
43rd R O’Regan Ballyphilip Bottle of Whiskey Joe Bowen
44th Eileen Sheffron c/o Pat Reid Bottle of Whiskey Tom Kelleher
45th Eithne O’Callaghan Coole East Special Prize Tadhg O’Riordan
46th Eileen Delaney White’s Cross 2 Bags of Spuds Club Friend
47th Mairead c/o Carmel Donohoe Voucher Luciano’s Pizza
48th Aine O’Sullivan Ballygarvan Bottle of Whiskey Club Friend
49th Donal Buckley White’s Cross Bottle of Whiskey Tony Keohane

White’s Cross GAA thanks you for your Support and wishes you all a Happy Christmas.

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