Day 4 of Cúl Camp

In what should have been the dead of night on the eve of Day 4 of the White´s Cross GAA Cúl Camp 2012, the Camp Co-ordinator lay awake listening to the ferocious rain pounding off the roof at home.  He contemplated how Plan B would be operationalised and the challenge posed of ‘housing’ 127 children in the one hall for four and a half hours!  The following morning and the local news reported of major flooding around many parts of Cork city and its surrounds.  The Camp Co-ordinator found himself having to turn back on his normal route to the White’s Cross venue, with the road impassable after the night’s rain.  However the rain itself had eased off and the two camp venues were deemed playable.  As it transpired the hall was not used at all for any of the groups on the day, as the weather swung right around – indeed that afternoon a ‘sos beag’ had to be taken to allow the children apply some sun-block!  Indeed in the ten years of running the camp, White’s Cross GAA has never cancelled or postponed a day – long may this continue.

Highlight of the day was the visit of Cork Senior Hurler Lorcán McLoughlin.  Having played at midfield for Cork in their narrow defeat to Tipperary on Sunday, Lorcán had lined out with his club Kanturk on the Tuesday in the Intermediate Hurling Championship, and with CIT in the Senior Hurling Championship on Wednesday, and still was good enough to come visit our camp on Thursday morning.  Lorcán conducted a Q&A session with each of the groups before taking the pen out and signing his autographs on the new kits!

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Day 3 at Cúl Camp

Day 3 of the White’s Cross Cúl Camp, the first Cúl Camp to run in Ireland this summer, proved another busy day for all the participants.  With the weather taking a slight turn for the worse, we are fortunate to be able to avail of the outstanding new sports hall at Upper Glanmire Community Centre, to run indoor activities –  the 5 to 9 year olds were coached in the hall, with the older children remaining outdoors.  Eddie O Hare, a photographer with the Evening Echo, paid us a visit today – be sure to keep an eye on the Echo over the coming week for lots of Cúl pics

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Under 12 Update

Match 10 – Hurling, Away to Grenagh, Friday June 15th  
We made the trip to Grenagh on a wet and windy Friday evening, but it was well worth it as we came away with a good win. There was a fine turnout of players for Whites Cross, 17 in all, and it’s great to see so many getting involved. The game started well with an early goal from Sean Kelly and points from Daniel O’Hara and Jordan Bransfield. Cathal O’Flynn and Jack Stuart showed some great touches in the lead-up to a second goal from Sean Kelly midway through the first half. Gavin Cronin at half back took the game by the scruff of the neck and worked his socks off to cover the pitch. However Grenagh soon got into the game and it took some great clearing work from Adam Kent who was very assured under pressure. Conor Docherty made a great save late in the half and the danger was cleared by Harry Fitzgerald to keep our lead intact at half time. In the second half Patrick O’Hara and Peter Twomey took over at midfield and continued the good work in keeping the ball moving forward at every chance. Cian O’Brien and Luke Murphy set up some great scores from Fionn Hickey. Jack O’Callaghan showed a great touch in setting up Patrick O’Hara who took a fine point on the run. We were solid at the back, where Alex O’Keeffe and Jack Burke were outstanding in snuffing out any danger. Sean Kelly, who had taken over in goal made two fine saves to keep our net intact. The work-rate from the players was very impressive right throughout and as a result we were able to continue to pick off some good scores. In the end we ran out winners on a 4-7 to 1-4 scoreline, great credit to everyone for a mighty team and squad performance!

Upper Glanmire and White’s Cross Clean up

On Saturday last White’s Cross GAA Club mobilised the troops in a different fashion, with a clean-up of the roads in our locality.  Fourteen teams were sent walking the high roads and by-roads of Upper Glanmire and White’s Cross with the end result being over 50 large bags of rubbish being gathered in a great morning’s work, with visible improvements evident for all users of these roads.  After each group had completed their civic duty it was back to the Community Centre for a very welcomed cup of tea and sandwich, kindly laid on by Marion Delaney.  Well done to all involved.