A Winning Night for Cordal GAA

On Saturday 11th October with perfect weather conditions, Cordal GAA hosted a night at the dogs at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee. This turned out to be not alone a great fundraising event for the Club, but a fantastic community night with larger numbers attending  the event.All profit raised on the night will benefit the Clubs  facilities. It was also a special treat to have the Sam Maguire on show and it gave some of our members an opportunity to have their photo taken with it. The success of the night wouldn’t be possible without the financial help of the local community and businesses in Castleisland and surrounding areas and we would like to thanks them for their continuous support and we would urge all our members to support the local businesses.A credit too has to be given to our eleven main sponsors who got behind and supported us all the way. It was honorable too to see two of our  main sponsors dedicated their races to  deceased family members.

Our thanks to the main sponsors on the night was as follows:

Race 1: Garvey’s SuperValu Supermarkets

Race 2: Michael Murphy Memorial

Race 3:Country Market Restaurant / Cordal Community Centre

Race 4: Hughes Bar Cordal Final

Race 5: Den Joes  Fast food Restaurant,Castleisland

Race 6:  Aherns Garage, Castleisland Final

Race 7:Gerard and Tom O’Connor Final

Race 8:Netwatch Sweepstakes Final (David and Beatrice Walsh

Race 9:Walsh Colour Print

Race 10: Thadie Rob O’Donoghue Memorial

Race 10: Castleisland Co-op Mart

Cordal GAA wish to thanks everyone who sponsored a race, advertised in our program, donated raffle prizes, bought tickets and attended on the night, all those who help out both before and on the race night itself. Thanks to the management and staff of the  Kingdom Greyhound Stadium for all their help.

A night at the dogs takes organizing and a little bit of work behind the scenes and great credit is due to the Officers, Executive and members of Cordal GAA and especially to the Finance Committee consisting of Charlie Farrelly, Richard O’Donoghue, Mike Flynn and Nora Fealey.

Some members of the community have already been asking will this become a annual event for the Club, well we will just have to wait and see….

Night at the Dogs

The ‘Night at the Dogs’ was a huge success for the Club, our Club, your Club. So here is a Special & Sincere word of THANKS and APPRECIATION to each & everyone of you who supported the Cordal Club’s 2014 big fundraiser in any way what so ever.To everybody who bought or sold a ticket;sponsored a race,gave money towards ads in the programme,gave us a donation; To all the helpers on the night and on the lead up to it,and great turn out of support on the night made it extra special;To the Finance Committee members & other Club people who helped us. I think everyone involved over the past 4 months will agree that we owe a Special Thanks to our Finance Committee Chairman Charlie.His endless energy kept all the rest of going through thick and thin – thanks Cha from the Cordal people.

Cordal Coiste Na nÓg Notes


The Under 16’s will play Rathmore at home in East Kerry Division 2 Semi-Final this evening Saturday 11th of October at 5 o’clock. Come on down to field to support the lads before we all go to the Dogs for the evening to see Sam Maguire etc.


Also in a very busy day of matches, Cordal/Scartaglen Under14 played Desmonds in Currow on Sunday 5th of October in the Castleisland District ‘A’ final. In very difficult playing conditions, Cordal/Scartaglen had a comfortable win. Congratulations to the team and mentors on their success.


Cordal Under 12’s played Listry on Sunday 5th of October. In a spirted performance, the lads lost by 5 points, Cordal 4-12 to Listry 5-14. Next up for the team is a trip to Templenoe to play Templenoe in the East Kerry Regional competition on Sunday 12th of October. Best of luck to the team and mentors.


Thanks to Currow Under 8 team and mentors to came to Cordal on Sunday 5th of October to play a match. It was the first game at home for this team since the pitch was opened for action.


Night at the Dogs

Thanks to everybody who returned the Dog Track Tickets & Money to last nights meeting. Thanks to people that dropped off ticket/money with fellow members as well. And Thanks to the all the people who rang or text us and will give it to us over this weekend. If you haven’t made contact or sent in yours – you can drop it to the following.Charlie, Nora, Mike Flynn, Richard, Brid / Tom Wrenn, Domo, any of the Coiste na nOg Trainers, Jackie Reidy’s shop, or the Lotto Box in Kearney’s shop. Anybody needs extra tickets they can contact me. A special word of Thanks too to all the local families & the business people who have either sponsored a Race, Advertised in the programme, given us Spot Prizes or put up any sort of Prize money.So with 1 wk left to the Big Night we are asking everybody who hasn’t made contact to get tickets/money to those named above over the weekend.

Cordal GAA go to the Dogs

On Saturday 11th October Cordal GAA will host a Night At the Dogs at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium,Tralee. The popular GAA Club was due to hold a Greyhound Rag Meeting early this year, but had to cancel due to lack of entries,so in early August planning got under way to organised a Night at the Dogs. It has been fourteen years since  the Club  held a night at the greyhound track and with the juvenile football winding down for the season, what a better way to finish up the year then in the company of neighbours and friends.
The first race is due to start at 7.50 pm.
 The support the Club has received over the last numbers years from the Community and surrounding areas has been both inspiring and encouraging,and a sincere thanks is bestowed to all our members,supporters and our very generous sponsors and all who has helped the Club in any way..There will be ten main sponsors of a race on the night,and Cordal GAA want to reassure all businesses and companies who place an advertisement with us over the last few months, that all adverts will be honored in our racing program on the night.
Over the last two years the Club has spent €180,800 in the redevelopment of the pitch and surroundings,but there’s still more work to be carried out before the completions of this impressive project.We would encourage all our members,families and friends to come on out and show your support in what is expected to be a great night at the dogs. Tickets are €10.00 each and are available from all Club Officers or by contacting  087 2056150 ,there will also chance to win a vouchers up to €500.00 from Super Valu as a gate  prize on the night.Children under 16 yrs are free when accompanied by an adult.

Paudie Fitzmaurice Tractor and Vintage Run 2014

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 v Ballyduff Match Report

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.

Cordal GAA Notes

Cordal GAA  Greyhound Rag Meeting Cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond  our control and with the lack of entries  for our Greyhound Rag Meeting it was decided to cancel our meeting for this year. Cordal GAA wish to apologies for any inconvenience caused,instead we will now run a night at the dogs at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium,Tralee on Saturday 11th October 2014. We would like to thank all businesses for their support and we want to reassure all businesses that all sponsorship and advertisements will be honored in a special program on the night. More details to follow over the coming weeks.
Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor Run
 A meeting will take place on Monday 8th September at 8.00 pm at the Cordal Community Centre to organise the third annual Paudie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tractor Run. The charity to benefit from the run this year is St. Francis Special School adjacent to St. Mary’s of the Angels,Beaufort. The run will take place on Sunday 28th September starting at the Brosna GAA grounds and travel to Castleisland via the Black Banks and Cordal village.Anyone wish to be involved are encouraged and are welcome to attend this meeting.