Weekly Notes 11.06.19   13/06/2019

Watergrasshill are Féile na nGael National Winners 2019

Last weekend was a historical and memorable occasion for our club as Watergrasshill emerged as Féile Division 3 Shield winners. They played in Group B at the group stages, a group that included Castleknock (Dublin), Cois Fharraige (Galway) and Glen Rovers. Castleknock and Glen Rovers both went on to play in the D3 Cup Final, with Castleknock beating their host club Glen Rovers on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-03. Watergrasshill opened their campaign on Friday night in Glen Rovers with a draw to Castleknock, Watergrasshill 0-09 to Castleknock’s 1-06, despite having a six-point lead at half-time. The second game against Glen Rovers went a similar way with Watergrasshill up five points at half-time, but with a very impressive Glen Rovers second-half, the Hill lost 3-07 to 0-07. Saturday morning saw Watergrasshill at home to their guests, Cois Fharraige and won on as scoreline of 2-06 to 1-03.  The action moved to Killeagh for the quarter-final with Watergrasshill beating Kilara Óg on a scoreline of 2-05 to 2-01. The semi-final on Sunday in Ballincollig saw Watergrasshill beat Cobh 6-01 to 0-02 to book their place in the Shield Final. Played in very heavy rain, our lads got stuck in and got rewarded by some fabulous goals, setting us up for the Shield Final. The Final saw us taking on St James’s (New Ross, Co Wexford). This was a tight game with Watergrasshill leading 1-03 to 0-03 at half-time. A very intense second half followed with St James’s scoring a goal to level the game all square. Under severe pressure, Watergrasshill dug deep and produced the point to clinch the title on a scoreline 1-04 to 1-06 and see out the game. Watergrasshill Bainisteoir, Martin O’Riordan paid tribute to his players, his fellow coaches of Mike Moore, Ger O’Brien and Derek Casey as well as the parents and huge support received from the club and the parish. Hurling is thriving in Watergrasshill with huge numbers coming through our hurling nursery. This is a big achievement for our club and is a benchmark for our other underage teams to match and beat. We recently celebrated our 90th anniversary and we have big development plans for the club. The commitment from the coaches and players has been phenomenal. The Féile was not won by 15 players, but the full squad of players. We were host club to Cois Fharraige from Co Galway. The visiting lads were a credit to their club and families. We wish to acknowledge the Féile parents from Watergrasshill and Glenville who provided accommodation and hospitality to the travelling players.  We held a Club BBQ on Saturday evening at our Club Grounds for Cois Fharraige players and supporters, our Feile players and families and club supporters. The turnout was excellent and the support we received from businesses and the community was enormous. On the evening Presentations were made by both clubs in recognition of the friendship and cooperation over the past weeks and particularly over the Feile weekend. I particularly want to acknowledge the role of Juvenile Secretary, Áine O’Leary who did an exceptional job in planning and logistics for the weekend, John O’Regan who did an enormous of work in preparing the clubhouse as well as being our DJ on the evening of the BBQ and to the enigmatic Dan Linehan who did a pile of work both visible and not known to others, around ensuring the weekend was one to remember for all involved and all following it through social media. I encourage you to go to the club Facebook page or website to see great pictures from the weekend culminating in this historic win for our hurling club and parish.

Picture: Watergrasshill D3 Shield Winners

Back (l to r): Liam Casey, Ethan Bowman, Darragh Collins, Conor O’Mahony, Cian Cronin-O’Neill, Sam Dennehy, Shane O’Callaghan, Conor Hurley, Rory Leahy, Mike O’Riordan, Ciarán Linehan, David Moore and Dean Field.
Front (I to r): Donnacha Forde, Cathal O’Brien, Conor Krol, Bobby Kelleher, Darragh Ó Bric, Fionn Fitzgerald, Michael O’Driscoll, Liam Foley, Ryan Loftus, Ciarán O’Leary, Ciarán O’Riordan and Coran O’Neill

Pictures: The Watergrasshill winning coaches, Mike Moore, Ger O’Brien, Martin O’Riordan, Derek Casey.

North Cork U14 D1 Hurling League Plate Semi-final.
Watergrasshill 4-15 (27) Blarney 2-06 (12). A great win by our U14s last week in Whitechurch saw them book their place in the Plate Final of the North Cork League.Played in very cold weather and a strong wind that had a huge influence on the game, the Hill played against the wind in the first half. In a tough opening half, the sides were level on five occasions before Watergrasshill pulled ahead with a goal and two points. Half-time Watergrasshill led by five points, 2-7 to Blarney’s 1-5.
With the advantage of the strong wind, Watergrasshill moved to an attacking formation and built on the five point-advantage with all second half scores coming from Sam Dennehy (1-2) and Michael O’Driscoll (1-6), both having scored 3 points each in the first half. Despite a late fightback from Blarney, the task was too great and the Hill ran out comfortable winners. Coming on the back of the U13 win the night previous, it was a great psychological and physical preparation for the Féile weekend. Scorers: Michael O’Driscoll 1-9, Sam Dennehy 1-5, Ciarán O’Leary 1-1, Shane O’Callaghan 1-0. Thanks to Colman O’Driscoll, Anthony Forde and Dave Kelleher for their help on the night. Thanks to Glenville GAA club for the jerseys which sorted out a colour clash with Blarney. The date of the final against Whitechurch has not been fixed yet.

U13 Central League
Watergrasshill 5-09 (24) Cobh 1-06 (09). A great performance by our U13s saw the lads produce some lovely hurling in Watergrasshill last week. Some great free taking (1-04, all scored by Shane O’Callaghan) and excellent scores from play (4-05).  Scorers: Bobby Kelleher 2-1; Shane O’Callaghan 1-4; Cathal O’Brien 1-3; Ethan Bowman 1-0; Mike O’Riordan 0-1.
Squad: Donnacha Forde, Darragh Collins, Mike O’Riordan, Coran O’Neill, Ciarán Linehan, Donnacha O’Leary, Ryan Loftus, Cathal O’Brien, Shane O’Callaghan, Darragh O’Neill, Ethan Bowman, Liam Casey, Luke Doran-Good, Billy Ryan, Eoin Forde, Fionn Fitzgerald, Darragh Ó Bric, Bobby Kelleher, Shane O’Callaghan. Coaches: Ger O’Brien, Martin O’Riordan, Derek Casey.


There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 14 & 29. €30 lucky dip winners are Mike Kennedy, Pam Murphy, Aine O Leary & Sean Maxwell. Congrats to you all. Next week's jackpot is €14,950 and draw will take place in The Hut Bar. Tickets (€2) available to purchase locally at The Hut Bar, O'Mahonys Bar, The Fir Tree, Johnny's Shop and Restaurant and Ross’s Centra. You can also play on-line via our website at The club lotto is an important revenue stream for the club and all monies collected get put straight back into the club. Please support if you can and remember, if you’re not in you can’t win.

Le Cheile Africa

Watergrasshill GAA is proud to be a Support Partner of Le Cheile Africa. This is an non-profit organisation set up by local man Derry Desmond, whos mission is to Encourage community participation, build healthier lives by enhancing the dignity and quality of life, identify projects, resources and assist in their coordination and enable self sustainability to all they assist. Our club were delighted to work with Watergrasshill Utd on the football boots appeal over the past few weeks and last weekend we handed over six full sets of jerseys no longer being used by the club to Derry Desmond for the Le Cheilè Sports Development programme in Kenya. Wishing Derry and all at Le Cheilé many happy days with these jerseys just as we had with them.
Photographed at the handover were Derry Desmond of Le Cheilé with Sam Dennehy, Kitty Dennehy and Adrienne McCarthy of Watergrasshill GAA.

Good Luck

Best of luck to the Glenville GAA U10 boys who qualified for the cup competition in the Brian Cronin Memorial Tournament last weekend. This is being played this coming weekend. Last year the current U11 team won this outright so Glenville are out for more silverware this weekend. Best of luck boys.

To all the students in our parish currently sitting the State Examinations, the best of luck in the exams and for the future. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh.

Unwanted Clothes Collection

Watergrasshill Ladies Football & Camogie Club are holding a clothes collection on Saturday June 15th. Drop off points are 09.30 – 12pm at Glenville pitch and 10am – 12.30pm in Watergrasshill pitch. A great way to clear out that closet once and for all.

Summer Competition:

This summer as you go on your travels around Ireland, Europe or far flung corners of the globe, we would love you to bring some club gear and take a picture of you wearing the Watergrasshill GAA gear on location. Be creative & have fun. Send your pictures in through Facebook Messenger or e-mail them to You can enter as many times as you like from as many places as you like, the more times you enter the more chance you have of winning. We will pick the best three and have a prize for each. Winners to be announced on Sunday September 1st. So whether it’s the summer holidays, a weekend away or a day trip to Kerry pack your gear and a camera and have fun! Please spread the word, open to all young and old!


Club Lotto