Well, it’s been a magnificent summer. Fields are still growing grass, sheds and yards are full and ready for the winter. Also, the football journey of the summer, that is the All Ireland Championship was very successful, let celebrate the achievements of Kerry Football in bringing both the Sam Maguire and Tom Markham Cup for the Minors to reside in the county for the winter by entering if you have a Tractor, vintage or otherwise or vintage motor car and supporting this year’s very worthy cause
This year’s Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor and Vintage Run will benefit a very deserving charity, St Francis Special School attached to St Mary of the Angels Beaufort. St Francis Special School provides educational services to Pupils with a moderate and/or severe to profound learning disability aged between 4 and 18 years. The school is in the process of constructing four extra classrooms with toilet and changing facilities to provide extra care and service to the children who attend there on a daily basis. They hope to have this work completed by June 2015.
On visiting the school recently to launch the Tractor Run, members of the Ad-Hoc Committee commented among themselves about the fantastic work clearly to be seen being done on a daily basis and the laughter and joy exhibited by the children throughout the facility.
It has been three years since the untimely passing of Paudie. It is fitting that this year’s Run begins back where it started in 2012 at Brosna GAA field. The sight of the large car park at the GAA field filling up with Tractors driven by men and women from all the parishes of the area is one that will live long in the memory.
The years Run will depart Brosna GAA Field at 12.30pm sharp. The Tractors and other Vintage vehicles will travel over The Black Banks towards Castleisland, turning left at Kearney’s Cross heading for Cordal. The route will continue through Kilmurry, turning right at Cordal Church and onto Castleisland, travelling down the town and onto Mart Lane to park at Castleisland Mart. Refreshments will be had at Kearney’s Bar for the drivers afterwards. As quite a number of vehicles, both tractor and motor cars are expected to take part in this year’s run, the Ad Hoc Committee wish to apologies in advance for any delay that may occur, we also wish to thank the Gardai and the Communities of Brosna and Castleisland for their Support and Cooperation on the day. Please turn out on the day to cheer on and support the drivers as they show their support for this year’s charity and for the Family and Friends of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice.
Under new regulations covering events using the Public road, a permit is granted each year by An Garda Siochana to allow the Tractor Run to take place. Part of this requirements re granting the Permit is that all vehicles participating in the Run are insured to be on the Public Road and that the Drivers taking part take responsibility for their vehicles in this regard and in the use of their vehicle on the Public Road as they would at any other time. Vehicle Drivers will be required to sign a declaration before entering the Run stating that their vehicle is insured. This practice is now common with the participants of other events using the Public road such as Cycle Runs etc. in regard to these regulations.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who is a tractor or a vintage enthusiast to get up close to view and compare the modern powerful tractors and also the tractors and motor cars of bygone era still often in everyday use which were the engineering marvels of their time. The Run also gives a great excuse to the local farming community to spend a pleasant afternoon in each other’s company reflecting on the fantastic summer past as well as making a contribution to two very deserving charities. The Ad-Hoc and the family of the late Paudie Fitzmaurice would ask all participants and spectators to enjoy the day, be safe and to work together to ensure that we run a safe event and all return home safely.
Entry fee is 20 Euro per vehicle, sponsorship cards can be had from any member of the organising committee.
Cordal made the trip north to face off against the renowned tough competitors that are Ballyduff last Saturday evening. Glorious sunshine poured down on the GAA grounds allowing for perfect conditions but it took sometime for both teams to find their stride in this tie. Cordal had the better of the opening passages kicking a couple early points but would go through a barren patch mid-way through the first half where nothing seemed to go their way. This allowed Ballyduff the lions-share of possession but ,due to possibly their focus on hurling of late, lacked the composure in front of goal with the football, kicking a few wides. The majority of the first half wasn’t easy on the eyes for the supporters which saw a lot of sloppy passing and poor shooting which left the scores 7 points to 6 in favour of the home side at half time. The Cordal management got their points across during the break as it was a transformed Cordal side in the second half. The started winning the breaks around the middle of the park and making good use of it up front chipping in some early points before their best passage of play would see them knock up 2-4 in a ten minute spell giving them a 6 point lead with ten minutes remaining, the goals coming from Jamie Cahill and Phillip O Connor. A nervy finish ensued as Ballyduff put up a battle to try to earn something out of the game but it was to be Cordal’s day as they ran out two point winners on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-12.
The deferred County League game between Cordal and Ballyduff will take place this evening at 6.45 pm in Ballyduff. Please come along and support the lads in this very important game which could make or break the season, see you there!
Well done to the Cordal /Scart U14 team who had a massive victory over Legion in East Kerry Championship Semi Final tonight. Final Score on the night Cordal/Scart 5-16 Legion 1-11 Final next Monday against Rathmore.
Cordal paired off against Beaufort in the County League played in Currow last Sunday. The home side dominated the early exchanges racking up a few early scores from the boots of Phillip O Connor and Padraig Dignan before Beaufort had their first real attack which finished up in the back of the Cordal net with a finish from close range. The game then exploded into life with some excellent passages of play and scores from both sides while also seeing a black card each. It was tit for tat for the rest of the first half with both teams knocking over impressive scores leaving it tied at 0-9 to 1-06.
The second half started at the same intensity as the first with Beaufort taking the game to Cordal putting them into an early lead as the home sides early attacks proved fruitless by kicking a couple wides before they found their groove again. The entire game was evenly balanced, and with it tied with only moments left up stepped Cordal’s Kerry Junior duo, Seán Óg O Ciardubháin first to drive over a free from 60 plus yards to give Cordal the lead with Phillip O Connor then pointing wonderfully from play. Beaufort mounted a late challenge but through solid grit and determination the home side held out for a great win. Final score Cordal 0-15 Beaufort 1-10
Cordal Team: Seán Óg O Ciardubháin (0-3) Daniel O Connor, Paudie Walsh, Tomás Brosnan, John Brosnan(0-1), Micheal Cahill, Niall O Ciardubháin, Donal McCarthy, Johnny O Connor, Dean Poolman(0-1), Philip Griffin(0-2), Padraig Dignan(0-2) Philip O Connor(0-5) Cian Fitzgerald(0-1) Mike Flynn
The photos from Cordal’s recent trip to Croke Park can now to viewed here. Thanks to Nora for making sure every aspect of the day was captured for all to see, enjoy! ( Allow the page a little time to load as there are quite a few photo’s)
Our Under 12’s wore their Cordal Jerseys with pride and displayed their footballing skills at the Munster GAA Activity Day held at Croke Park on Tuesday 8th July. An experience of a lifetime was how it was described by some of the team. A great day was had by all the players, mentors and families, who made the bus trip to headquarters. Thanks to the mentors and families members who took time off work to make the trip possible
The team also enjoyed a guided trip of the GAA Museum. Hopefully, some of the team might make another appearance at headquarters in the years to come sporting the Green & Gold.
Cordal/Scartaglen played Glenflesk in Division 1 of the East Kerry, Unfortunately Glenflesk proved too strong on the night, and the final score was Cordal/Scartaglen 3-07 to Glenflesk 5-12.
This means that the team are now out of the East Kerry Region Competition and take a well-earned rest after the successes of the season so far.
In 2014, Cordal GAA might not be able to repeat the off-field achievements of 2013 where among other occasions; the President of the GAA attended a Gala Dinner at our Club and where we also made a major contribution to a television program of the importance of GAA to Ireland.
This year, it is the achievements of our under-age players playing in the Cordal and the Cordal/Scartaglen jersey that are really doing the Club proud. Under 12’s playing at Croke Park, Under 14’s winning the County League Division 3 and U16’s narrowly beaten in the final of Division 3 of the East Kerry Championship and winning Division 3 of the East Kerry League.
It is a timely reminder to the people working so hard in the administration of the Club and to the Community that as grass not weeds now grow at the Cordal GAA field that the footballing future is indeed in safe hands. It is also a timely reminder to the rest of us of the requirement that players of all ages have a facility where they can play their games in and be proud of; this requirement is becoming a reality. Please continue to support the Club Lotto
Church Gate Collection
Cordal Coiste Na nÓg will be holding a church gate collection at Cordal Mass on Sunday 13th of July. Please support as generously as possible.