We are very proud and delighted that our club chairperson Amanda O’Sullivan was crowned International Miss Macra last weekend.
Amanda began her weekend at a charity event on Friday night, ended the day with an onstage interview on Saturday night, and finally on Sunday Amanda was announced as the winner of the gala. International Miss Macra 2022 was crowned at the Banquet Ball. , Amanda was flawless all weekend and made our region and our county’s Bunty Macra proud.
Amanda has been highly involved in the running of our club since joining our club a few years ago. Previous Club Pro and now Club Chairperson. That wasn’t Amanda’s first time on stage—Amanda has run into capers, debates twice, and she’s pretty good at dancing. Congratulations Amanda, great achievement.
Save the date: Buntyr Macra Field Evening is back at Heilis Bar Kilcornie on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 3 p.m. with the assistance of Marymount Hospice. tug of war, bouncy castles, pony rides and much more!! Chip Vans, live music and DJs by night. Be sure to follow our social media pages for more updates.
Buntier and Lear GAA
Junior Hurling Championship Round 1 – Buntyr posted a deserved victory over rivals Millstreet in Contourk on the Friday evening of last 29 July. The red and white men, played in ideal conditions, started on a nervous trade points with the green men and both were level 0–3 after 7 minutes, with two Dennis Roche freed and one Luke Philpott. Points were out of play. After 8 minutes Bunty made a crucial breakthrough when a pass from Richard O’Connor was found by Kevin Tarrant, who made no mistake finding the back of the net from close range.
The Village side would never be left behind after that and for the rest of the half, the two sides exchanged points with a goal from David Murphy Pallas, aided by Alan Coughlan in 33 minutes and Buntyr 2–8 on the short whistle. Looked ahead from 0-7. With Colm Coughlan, Martin Kearney and James McAuliffe leading the entire back line, Banteer had the perfect platform to excel and so did he.
Again in the second half the two sides exchanged scores, pointing to Alan Coughlan, Cal Shine, Roche (2) and Murphy, leading Buntyr 2-13 to 0-12. Another clutch moment was soon followed by Philpott putting Roche in the goal for Dennis to end with aplomb at the three-quarter mark.
Two more Roche points extended Bantiers’ lead from 3-15 to 0-14 at fifty minutes. Worryingly, the village was awarded five points without an answer for failing to score in the closing ten plus minutes. Yet Buntyr advances to the next round against Konturk this Sunday at 12 noon in Castlemagner. Full Time Scores: Buntyr 3-15 Millstreet 0-19.
Team: K Roche, C Coughlan, M Kearney, J McAuliffe, A Coughlan, Richard O’Connor, Rory O’Connell, D Kearney, C Shine, T Sexton, D McAuliffe, K Tarrant, D Murphy, L Philpott and D Roche . Members Used: Kay Sexton, E O’Brien and B O’ Keefe. Subscriptions not used: C O’ Keefe, Ann Twomey, L O’Brien, Darren Murphy, A Kearney and C O’ Donoghue.
Junior Football Championship Round 1 – Lyre enjoyed an easy win over Newmarket at Castlemaigner last July 24. Boys in white and black saw the ability to score in the crucial stages, with the Village side excelling against Newmarket’s second 15.
Solid performances from Neil Tomé, Thomas McAuliffe and Conor O’Keeffe saw Lear top the midfield with O’Keeffe (0–1) and Kevin Tarrant (0–2) and a consistent front with Alan Coughlan (0–4). Looked at ft. The line of attack on the city’s organization was finding it difficult to make any infiltration.
Goals from Liam O’Brien (2), Martin Kearney and Paudie Ryan saw the village on their way and from the start it looked like there was going to be only one winner. Lyre will now face a more difficult challenge against neighboring Konturk in the second round at the weekend after next.
Team: L Philpott, Colm O’Keefe, Ann Tomei, T McAuliffe, R O’Connell, C Coughlan, J McAuliffe, K Tarrant, Conor O’Keefe, E O’Brien, M Kearney, A Coughlan, L O’Brien , P Ryan and B O’Keefe. Members used: D Murphy, A Kearney, E Wilson, C O’Neill, J Fogarty and D O Donoghue.
Ukraine search and rescue operations
Padraig O’Keeffe continues his Ukraine search and recovery mission down from Padraig in last week’s update
“Last Wednesday evening we found our second successful body. We are yet to finish the site where the helmet was found and we have also received a request to check another site. We are taking a few days off and we will check back with you guys on Monday/Tuesday, thanks a million for your continued support.’
Any further contributions to Padraig’s fundraiser can be made through the Gofundme page or please contact Eamon Tarrant or Denis Withers
School Health Ireland Summer Camp
A multi activity sports camp will be organized daily from Mon 8th to Friday 12th August 2022 from 9.30am to 2pm at Buntyr Community Sports Ground.
Activities will include: gymnastics, box aerobics, dance, fun sports and running and more. Conducted by instructors who teach PE programs in schools throughout the year!
For children aged 5-12 years. Cost: €95 (10% discount for siblings). To book, click
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The project to build a regulation-sized astroturf pitch for all sports and a new community building with new changing rooms, toilets, handicap facilities, spectator stand area, museum, digital hub and cafe facility is nearing completion and will open in August.
Currently all final construction work is in progress and is expected to be finished in the next few weeks, with new routes also opening in August
Irish Water Works in the Dunach/Gortmore area
Irish Water is working in partnership with Cork County Council to replace 2800m problematic watermen in Dunach, Bantier Company Cork that will improve water quality for the community. The project will start in mid-July and will form part of the Irish Waters’ National Leakage Reduction Programme.
The works being carried out by Ward & Burke Ltd on the Irish Water side are expected to be completed by the end of September. The section of works for approximately 2.8 km westward in the direction of Mount Hillary Loop will be from its junction with the R579 at Father Murphy Bridge to Gortmore Road (L5252) at Father Murphy Bridge.
For the works to be completed in a safe and efficient manner, a road closure from Father Murphy Bridge to Gortmore Road (L5252) would be required from mid-July to the end of September. Before Mount Hillary Loop Carpark, the road will remain closed from its junction with the R579 at Fr Murphy Bridge to its junction with the L5332. The suggested diversion route for westbound traffic is via the R579 to Buntier Village and continues eastbound from the intersection, via the L1121, to its junction with the L5332 road. Follow the road leading south to Mount Hillary.
Irish Water’s customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Irish Water website or set your location on our website
new vodafone communication tower
Buntyr’s new Vodafone Mobile Phone/Mobile Broadband Mast was recently commissioned and is expected to provide better coverage in all areas in and out of the village. Vodafone users are asked to check their coverage and data downloads in their area and provide any feedback to the Community Council, same note coverage is currently limited to Vodafone users and within a 3.5 to 4 km range of the tower.
Cecilstown and Castlemagner Playground Group were pleased to receive information during this week that their most recent planning application was granted for a playground at the GAA pitch in Castlemagner. Thanks to the hard working committee who have worked tirelessly to take the project to this point. The next stage will be the tender process and grant application. Also thanks to CastleMagner GAA, who have generously provided a suitable site so that both locals and visiting children can enjoy this wonderful facility in the middle of the village.
A large number of volunteers worked in large numbers last Tuesday in Cecilstown. The traffic island was weeded and cleaned, weeds and moss were removed from sidewalks and litter was picked up from all roads. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers especially our young members who did a wonderful job. Congratulations to Kolam, the winner of the draw. Also, thanks to the many people who maintain Cecilstown on a weekly basis, watering the flowers, mowing, picking up litter and keeping weeds under control.
Tidy Towns will be spending the next few weeks in Castlemagner to keep everything tidy before the official unveiling of the historic information board on Saturday 20 August to mark National Heritage Week. More details to follow.
Tidy Towns is always happy to welcome new members. Please contact Hazel on 087 6913660 to find out the meeting place every Tuesday evening or alternatively if you wish to receive messages via Whats App group.
Work continues on the walls of the village pump by Dennis Lehne (stone mason). The stonework compliments the existing beautiful traditional stone walls around the church and carpark. The next phase will be the repair and refurbishment of the pump which is part of both the social and built heritage of the community. The group also hopes to plant pollinator-friendly plants around the pampa as part of a biodiversity plan for the community.
reeling in the big catch
Congratulations to our local hero and businessman Michael Twohigg for taking second place (Silver Medalist) by Brett Bishop of the United States of America at the recent World Masters Fly Fishing Competition in Italy.
In 2019 Michael won the bronze title in South Africa which was also a big achievement. Michael has been an avid player in many different sports with several other titles under his belt over the years.
We are proud of our original son, from where his roots originate, and where the original Toohig Homestead stands, currently occupied by his brother James and his wife Eilish. Michael, along with his wife Noreen and family run the Supervalu supermarket business in Konturk, Abefil and Esketon.
Michael has long been a generous contributor to the local community in the region. At Castlemagner, their generous sponsorship and support to the clubs over the years is greatly appreciated. Michael has supported various community stakeholders in many ways such as the Castlemagner Sincerity Club, concerts, drama, cookery performances, senior citizen Christmas parties, and to mention many more. Michael has never forgotten his own people. We are very grateful for this.
It is a proud moment for any community to see one of its own in green for Ireland unfurling the national flag at a world-class victory ceremony. The entire community of Castlemagner extends warm congratulations to Michael and shares in the festive spirit.
The Castlemagner Sincerity Club annual pilgrimage took place on Sunday 24 July, Grandparents Day. It is a very important day in the temple as this day is celebrated all over the world. There is no doubt that it is uplifting to see so many people put in the time and effort, because really that alone is a sacrifice in itself. Pilgrims prayed not only for themselves, but for all those who prayed, as if undergoing trials and awaiting results, for seriously ill and terminally ill children. It was truly humbling to see so many people waiting for the anointing of the sick.
Just a reminder that a parish mission, celebrated by the Redemptorist Order, will take place from September 17 to 23 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kantoor. Everyone is welcome.
Sincerity Club Trip
Castlemagner Sinsir Club will travel to Bundoran, Co Donegal on 5 September for 3 nights and 4 days, with two seats available for anyone interested in traveling. Contact us on 086 8521808.