2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund at CUH

On January 21st last a group of 42 members and friends of White’s Cross GAA took on Ireland’s tallest mountain Carrántuohill, in a sponsored climb to raise funds for the leukaemia unit at the CUH – 2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund.  Thirty-nine members of the party were expertly guided all the way to a cloudy peak by John Meade and his assistants Tim Cronin and Brian Boland.  That night 24 of the group, dominantly made up of our junior players, reflected back on a most enjoyable and rewarding event at the Climber’s Inn, Glencar – indeed the Club would like to thank them for their hospitality and contribution to our charity fundraising.  We will report on the amount raised for this most worthwhile charity, one that has a special grá for White’s Cross GAA members, in the coming weeks.  Check out the Club’s Facebook page for lots of great photographs and other updates.

Nine in a Row

The Seandún division board officer Derry Murphy had a joke to share with the fine crowd attending  MacSwiney Cup Final, as he handed over the cup to winning captain Eoin Murnane.   Noting from the cup that this was the ninth consecutive win for White’s Cross in finals of this competition, he quipped that the club will be allowed to hold onto the cup if they win it for the next two years!
Early on in this encounter at Lough Rover’s grounds, it looked as though they would be under pressure to hold onto this crown, as a physically strong Barr’s outfit had the White’s Cross defence under serious pressure.  However at the other end of the field the Cross forwards also looked lively, with full forward Edwin Buckley proving a real handful for the Barr’s defence.  It was nip-and-tuck, and point for point, for most of this half, but the Cross did manage to get the two big breaks – goals from Buckley and Donnacha Murnane.  The Barr’s did try shoring up their defence, making a number of positional changes, but they still had no answer to these two well worked scores.  Buckey’s goal came from a pinpoint 40 yard pass from midfielder Conor Buckley on 18 minutes, while Murnane finished in style as he reacted well to a breaking ball five minutes later.  When the Barr’s tried to open up the Cross defence in a similar fashion they found full backs John O Connell and Sean Murnane difficult to breakdown, while outside them Cian Smith and Dylan Burke were breaking up an amount of play.  This all meant the Cross had the comfort of a 2-5 to 0-5 half time lead.
White’s Cross knew they could not afford to sit back on this lead against the divisional champions, and thus were out of the blocks right away at the start of the second half.  The switch of Kevin Buckley and Murt Kelleher certainly worked as both players exerted huge pressure during this period.  Sean Keane and Paul O Sullivan also proved able to take their scores while Edwin Buckley continued his exhibition of fine finishing.  When the Barr’s did break upfield they found Sean Gorman and Paddy O Brien were mopping up time and again, meaning Billy Sheahan had a particularly quiet second thirty minutes.  The Barr’s did continue to try to get their game going but they found this Cross side in particularly determined frame of mind.
In his captain’s speech Eoin Murnane praised the White’s Cross selectors Michael O Callaghan, TC Buckley and manager Finbarr Kiely.  Since returning to manage White’s Cross in 2006, a team he previously managed in the early 1990’s, Kiely has led this team to fifteen junior A finals in the six year period – of these they have won thirteen, drawn one and lost one.  It need not be pointed out to any member of this squad that the one failure was the biggest prize of the lot, a one point defeat to Cloyne in the 2010 County Final.  Still they are eager it seems, to continue to hold their grasp of the MacSwiney Cup for another while yet and doing their very best to find a permanent home for this trophy!
Team: Billy Sheahan, Sean Murnane, John O Connell, Sean Gorman, Paddy O Brien, Eoin Murnane (captain), Cian Smith, Murt Kelleher, Conor Buckley, Dylan Burke, Kevin Buckley, Paul O Sullivan, Donnacha Murnane, Edwin Buckley, Sean Keane. Subs: Stuart Kiely, Brian Murphy & Conor Kelleher for D Murnane, S Murnane & P O Sullivan (all 45 mins), Breandan Murnane for C Buckley (48 mins), Michael Osborne for J O Connell (50 mins), Cormac Manning, George Osborne

White’s Cross GAA Club AGM

White’s Cross GAA Club recently held its 53rd Annual General Meeting at the Upper Glanmire Community Centre.  In his chairperson’s address Pat Reid, labelled the year 2009 as the greatest year in the Club’s history.  This he said was symbolised by the three cups on display at the meeting, and the hopeful expectation that they will be joined in the trophy cabinet by two further cups.  Pat noted how our two junior football teams would have entered six competitions in the division is 2009 and that we managed to qualify for the finals in five of those, a notable achievement indeed!  Our Under 21 footballers lost out in the semi-final to eventual winners St Vincents, while ‘a young minor side’ also reached their divisional final only to lose out to Delaneys, in a fine game of football played in terrible weather.

In the secretary’s report Martin Kelleher, spoke of other highlights from the year to include a visit of the President of the GAA to our grounds on June 27th last, and the success of our Lá na gClub activities on May 10th, a day marked to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the GAA.  The latter occasion also proved a fitting time to have a task done that had been long overdue – to have our grounds at Ballinvriskig blessed.  Thus after a Club Mass in St. Michael’s Church, Upper Glanmire, Fr. Ted Sheehan CC blessed our pitch for the first time.  However in the fun activities that followed Fr. Ted saw each of his 3 kicks in the penalty shoot-out competition stopped by local lass Elaine Harte.  Indeed some might argue that the practice stood to Elaine because she saved a penalty for Cork against Dublin in the Ladies All Ireland Senior Final last September in Croke Park!   

In the treasurer’s report Pat O Callaghan presented a set of accounts that illustrates that running a GAA Club is an expensive affair today, with team registrations, affiliations and insurance costs all proving very costly, ever before a ball is kicked.  Pat noted a significant increase in membership revenue in 2009 and paid tribute to the Registrar Sean C Burke for his excellent work in that area. 

In the PRO report Conor Kelleher commented how our on-field successes had created the best form of publicity we could hope for.  He spoke of the subsequent extensive coverage our Club had attained in varying publications from The Examiner and Evening Echo to the Cork GAA 2010 Yearbook.  Conor had special praise for Jonathan Kenneally who manages the club web-site, which is now proving a valuable archive of our club’s evolution through the years.  Conor also noted that the Glanmire Area News proves to be an invaluable means of communicating with the people of the greater Glanmire area each month, and complimented the consistently high quality of this free publication.

In a report on the Club’s Under-Age matters Ciarán Allen also spoke of Lá na gClub as being a very worthwhile initiative in 2009 and expressed the wish that it would become an annual event in the Club’s calendar.  Ciarán also identified a further nugget of history for the Club in 2009 – playing a match at Under 6.  The game played away to Carraig na bhFear proved to be the first time our club played a game at this level.  For the record the game ended in a draw!  Ciaran’s report logged an extensive array of activities undertaken by the underage club, both on and off the field: development leagues; invitational blitzes; day-trips; table quizzes; cúl camp; street leagues; strategic planning workshop; medal presentations and visits of inter-county stars; jersey sponsorship, etc.

Weekend Schedule for White’s Cross GAA Climb of Carrántuohill

White’s Cross GAA Climb Carrántuohill


Sponsorship cards for this climb have been in circulation since the end of December.  If you have not yet received a card you can pick one up from Michael Hennessy at the Stirrup Bar.  Alternatively you can contact Conor Kelleher.

Please note when considering undertaking this climb, it is a serious undertaking, not a casual walk and requires a high level of physical fitness. John Meade, who will be leading the group, asked that the following be emphasised:

  • Each person will be responsible for themselves and their own safety
  • We will do the climb as a team and will thus move at the rate of the slowest person(s).  Note the route we will ascend is different to what we will descend – this rules out the possibility of any person(s) stopping and waiting for the group on their return. Equally there is no turning back as an inexperienced climber cannot do that without a guide.
  • Carrántuohill is a demanding hike, and is made more difficult without the correct gear, especially if you get wet and cold. Chances are Saturday 21 January will be cold and windy for a good portion of the climb, and there’s always the risk of rain/snow. We’ll be out for 5 hours plus, which can turn into lots of hardship if you get wet and cold early on. If you haven’t got appropriate gear yourself, get a loan of it for the day. Plenty of food and liquids will be vital. (Click here to see what you will need)
  • We are a team and we will all succeed!

Provisional Itinerary for Saturday January 21st

Depart Hennessy’s Petrol Station, White’s Cross 7:45am SHARP.

  • We will car-pool so it would be a good idea to sort this as best you can in advance
  • It is vital that we do not lose time at this end of the day, as darkness will be on us soon enough at the other end of the climb.

Arrive Daly’s Service Station Killarney (adjacent to first roundabout on Cork side of town), circa 9:05 am

  • From here we will travel in convoy to ensure no car gets lost to our climb start point – Leislebane carpark.
  • Here people will ‘tog out’ in the carpark (no other facilities)
  • It cannot be stressed enough the need for appropriate attire – details on this have been in circulation since before Christmas – appropriate layers of clothing and footwear are crucial. (Click here to see what you will need)

Commence climb from Leislebane 9:45am

  • Please note we will be out on the climb for 5 and a half hours or more – thus it is necessary that time is not wasted.

Arrive top of Carrántuohill

  • Here Brian Murphy will kindly provide his special hot brew for all creeps; sorry edit should read climbers…
  • And we are half way there!

Descend and reconvene in Leislebane circa 4.00pm

  • At this stage there will not be much daylight so this is why we cannot be slack with our time-keeping at the start of the day
  • The risk of accident / injury etc to party member(s) must also be factored in for timing.
  • Besides, post climb activities will also be eaten into otherwise!

From here things will be less formal but suggestion is we then head to Kate Kearney’s in Gap of Dunloe (circa 15 minute spin) for food.

Afterwards those staying in Glencar will travel approximately 25 minutes to the hostel for shower, change of clothes and power nap at the Climber’s Inn (http://www.climbersinn.com/)  … Then it’s a case of descend the stairs and take your seat at the bar…!

NOTE: The Climber’s Inn can only cater for 30 overnight guests – thus it’s a case of first in are in the inn!  Remember there could also be other parties booking their B&B there, decreasing the number of places available to our party.  This is why we want to be able to firm up numbers by this Friday and make the booking for the club.  So if you are sure you do not want to miss out on the overnight session, make sure to state this when emailing Conor – conorjkelleher@gmail.com

Note also evening food is not served at the Climber’s Inn at this time of year, or anywhere else in Glencar, that is why we are suggesting we take in a meal at Kate Kearney’s on route.  Finger food may be provided if we are good …!
Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT)
2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund
White’s Cross GAA Climb Carrántuohill

Planning on Climbing Carrántuohill with the Club?

Climbing Carrántuohill in the middle of winter is a demanding task at the best of times and is made all the more tasking if the weather is bad on the day. And towards that end, below is a suggested gear list that will be useful to people planning on heading up the mountain on Saturday 21st January. It might seem excessive to people not used to hillwalking, but with the hills, it’s better to have too much than too little, as we’ll be out in the elements for 4 plus hours.

Hillwalking boots or good walking boots, preferably waterproof
Waterproof jacket with hood
Baselayer – tee shirt or thermal top. Cotton T-shirts get saturated with sweat, especially when carrying a bag on your back, which quickly gets cold when you stop. Wicking (e.g. Nike Dri-fit material evaporates off the sweat ) materials are recommended.
Mid weight top
Walking trousers /leggings /tracksuit bottoms/ combat pants (don’t wear jeans)
Light or mid weight hiking socks
Spare top or fleece in the bag.
Waterproof Over trousers
Neck Buff (handier than a scarf)

Food – chocolate bars, sandwiches, bananas, Jaffa cakes, granola bars, nutri grains, etc. Sweets to have in the pocket to keep energy levels topped up. Spare food in case of emergency. A good bowl of porridge with honey before you hit the road is always an excellent start. Get plenty of hydration in on the journey to the hills so you’re starting well fuelled and well watered.
Lots of fluids. Water (1 litre minimum) or lucozade, etc. Camel backs are a very convenient way to carry and consume fluids when you’re walking.
Basic First Aid kit for blisters and cuts, especially if using new or borrowed boots.
A towel and a change of clothes for the trip home.

Other Useful Items
Mobile Phone (in waterproof ziploc bag)
Flask with hot drink

Note on Clothing
All clothes should be of wool or synthetic material. Cotton is not recommended as it does not retain its thermal insulating properties when wet and takes a long time to dry out.
A layering system should be used to control body temperature as weather in the mountains is very changeable and your level of activity/exertion can be anything from idle to very strenuous. Ideally not any one layer should be very heavy or bulky, this will minimise the chance of being too warm with the heavy layer on and being too cold without the heavy layer on, without having an alternative. Layered clothing with zips is the best way to regulate your temperature.

On January 21st, the weather will be colder and generally worse (wetter and windier) as you get higher up. Pleasant weather when parking the car can be replaced by very cold, wet / snowy, windy weather a few hundred meters higher up. On 21 January of this year, there was plenty of snow on the mountain. Just as a safety reminder, here’s the Kerry Mountain Rescue call-out scroll: http://kerrymountainrescue.ie/scroll/scroll00s-2.html, they’re busy people.

White’s Cross GAA Climb Carrántuohill

On Saturday January 21st next White’s Cross GAA members will climb Ireland’s highest mountain Carrántuohill, to raise funds for Aid Cancer Treatment (ACT) – 2D Ward Patient Comfort Fund.  The work being done by this unit at the Cork University Hospital is absolutely fantastic, and White’s Cross GAA are delighted to row in and show their support for this great cause.

Indeed it is not the first time that members of White’s Cross GAA have supported ACT.  Former club chairperson, and great club stalwart, John Hickey (Rest in Peace) and his colleagues of the time used to do an annual sponsored cycle from Cork to Castletownbere/Allihies to raise funds for this charity.  The annual cycle was the brainchild of the late Martin O’Driscoll, another former White’s Cross player, in whose memory it is named. Martin developed cancer in 1990 and after witnessing at first hand the care at the Radiotherapy Department of the Cork University Hospital he decided to raise funds for ACT.  He called upon his great friend, club-mate and work colleague, John Hickey – they both worked at the time in Bus Eireann, Cork. John was a keen cyclist and together they decided on a fund raising cycle; with Martin’s great love of his native West Cork they planned the first cycle to Castletownbere. Despite the fact that these two men have gone onto their eternal reward the annual cycle has continued for over 20 years.
The challenge now being set for club members is to take on Ireland’s highest mountain in the winter season.  With club member John Meade, also a running athlete, leading us out it will without doubt be the ideal type of bootcamp to kick off the last of the Christmas excesses!  Please be generous towards this worthy cause when club members produce the sponsorship card over the coming weeks.