2012 News

Doon CBS - pull off the impossible!
Congratulations to Kev, Eanna, Davey and David who were part of the Doon CBS panel who defeated St. Flannans in the Dr. Harty Cup final group stage match on Wednesday 28th November. Going into the match, Doon knew that anything less than an 11 point victory would mean they would be knocked out and fail to progress. However, following a storming match against the fancied Clare side, Doon pulled off a memorable victory at the Gaelic Grounds, with the final score being 3-19 to 0-14. Kev had told us that his form wasn't great leading up to the match and we did warn you that he also was saying that earlier in the year when he was banging in the goals!....St Flannans mustn't have been reading! Kevin notching 1-1 in an impressive performance, mainly like those he produced for our senior team throughout the year. Congratulations to all 4 on the win and we look forward to supporting ye in the quarter final. The Dr Harty Cup gives our young players in the club a chance to prove themselves at the highest level at secondary school level and we look forward to hearing more about Kevin, Eanna, Davey and Daithi as they begin their winter training for the quarter final after Christmas.
Well done to all - you can read about the match on the Limerick leader below:
 Kev and his "magic wand" - ready to score 1-1 in Dr. Harty cup match
The boys in their Doon jerseys - preparing for their day out in Gaelic Grounds.
Tipperary Star Alternative Tipp 15
A Tipperary Star initiative ran over the past few weeks, whereby the paper asked its readers for suggestions for a team based on those players who did not represent Tipperary in the 2012 season. The club has two nominations on the listings. Ross Dunne is nominated at right corner back with Tom Treacy being nominated for both centre half back and left half back. A mention must go to Tom Treacy, who in particular, has shown great example in hurling for the senior team over the past year or two, showing great leadership and attitude to training and has been one of the club's best performers during that period. On learning of the nomination listings on the paper, committee member Noel Buckley commented "It must have been a VERY ALTERNATIVE Tipp team if Ross is on the nominations!!" The nominations listings are on page 14 of the Sports section in the this week's edition of the Tipperary Star  and we encourage club players and members to submit their team on the section provided. Tom is seen below with fellow adult player Cian Creedon modelling off the recent new jerseys purchased by the club.
Tipperary GAA players forum
Cappawhite GAA were represented in the Dome in Thurles on Thurs night 22nd November by both Franny Quinn and Ross Dunne. Tipperary GAA asked for two players from each club to attend and take part in a discussion regarding players welfare and the structure of the club championships. The discussion on the car on the way into Thurles ranged from hurling to soccer with Franny and Ross both agruing who was the better team - Arsenal or Liverpool! The discussion almost came to blows when Ross asked Franny about Annacarthy's winning goal in this year's championship! (whereby, an uncharacteristic mistake from Franny allowed Annacarthy to score a goal!)
Franny and Ross both took their seats at the "West" table to see familar faces in Damien O'Brien and Kevin Fox (can't remember what club they are from). Each table was asked to discuss two topics. The discussion was open with Franny cutting loose about almost everything - in particular the structure of the u21 championship and it's schedule so late in the year. Franny put his concerns to the organisers who outlined that due to the u21 teams not competing in a Munster championship that unfortunately other grades, such as senior, intermediate and junior took preference as the Tipperary County board have to take a directive from the Munster Council to have their representatives for those grades ready by a certain date. Tim Floyd outlined that fixture dates are set out at the start of the year and that over 90% of those set at the start of the year took place as scheduled.
The forum then had guest speakers in the form of inter county referees - giving their perspective and a very interesting speech from Fr. Tom Fogarty of Thurles who spoke passionately about his love for the game. His words included the fact that no matter how bad things are in the economy and in people's lives, that the GAA has the ability to bring a smile to the faces of so many. He also spoke about the importance of the club jersey and what it should stand for - that you should be grateful to receive it and represent your parish on any occasion. This is something that we as a club will look to instil in our all our players - particularly our younger players. The manager of the u14s this year, Willie Meagher, outlined to me recently that he has asked his panel of players to respect the club jersey and that players now hand him and his selectors the jersey after matches rather than throw it into the bag - this is something all teams should look to implement and shows respect for the club crest and jersey. Others to attend the forum from the West included Paul O'Dwyer and Michael Shanahan (KK), Tom Butler and Declan O'Dwyer (Clonoulty Rossmore) and Daithi Bargary (Golden).
U 21 West Semi Final - Cappawhite defeated.
Hard luck to the U21 panel who were beaten by Golden in the west semi final in Sean Treacy Park on Sunday, 25th November. The management team of Franny Quinn, Johnny Grey and Dan Ryan (P) would like to thank the panel for their efforts during the year. Also thanks to those who came on the day to support. See u21 section for score and match report.
Cappawhite GAA history book
The club would like to remind all our members as well as our followers that the Cappawhite GAA history book is still available to buy. At just €10, it could be a great Christmas present for those older members who want a trip down memory lane. Contact any committee member for further details. The book can be purchased in all good book stores including: Martin Mac's attic, Liam Treacy's front room or the boot of Paul O'Neill's car. Copies can also be found in Hanna's shop where book sales are noted now and again. We would encourage everyone to purchase one to read about the great teams of 1962 and 1987 but to name two.
Wedding bells
The wedding of Marissa Ryan (P) and Ger O'Connor took place on Saturday last, 17th November in the church in Cappawhite, with celebrations continuing to the Carlton hotel in Castletroy, Limerick. Marissa has been a member of our club down through the years. Her father, Dan Ryan (P) is well known within our club. Dan was a member of the panel who brought home the Dan Breen cup in 1987 and has served on the club committee since - taking up officer roles for many years. Dan's favourite past time now includes tutoring his grandson, Daniel on how to play in the full back line - Daniel is not yet 3! Dan's work is appreciated by all. The wedding was a great day and night with many club members, past and present officers enjoying the celebrations. The highlight of the night was the Fiji rugby team doing the famous "Haka"! Video's and photo can be seen on Facebook on Ger Ryan (P) and Claire Ryan (P) accounts. We will post in our photos and videos section in due course.
 The wedding of Joanne Kennedy and Billy Fanning also took place last Saturday, 17th November. Celebrations continued to Ballykisteen resort hotel in Monard, where a great day and night was had by all. Again, many club members, along with past officers, were present and celebrated long into the night. Joanne is a sister of one of our adult players - Matthew. GAA is strong in their family with Matthew's sister Helen representing the Cappawhite ladies football team and has held officer roles in that club down through the years. Matthew regularly gets slagged about how his sister is much better than he is at football! It's hard to make an argument against it.
Best wishes to both happy couples in the future.
Club's AGM
The Cappawhite GAA annual convention was held two weeks ago on the 11th November. The meeting was held in the Multimedia room in the Resource Centre and well attended. All support was greatly appreciated and views on our club are welcomed. Committee members and management were elected. For specific details on those appointed, please contact any officer of the club. It was encouraging to see younger members and players attend to find out about how the club was ran during the year.
Lighter version of our AGM
Another year, another AGM! We had Liam Treacy trying to dodge the bullet of secretary/treasurer for the 30th year running, fellas dodging jobs left, right and centre as well as Cecelia giving out to all the players for not buying her draws! Johnny Grey and one or two others gave out to anyone in sight and Franny was brought down a peg or two - a successful AGM! Some things never change. It was great to see that the meeting was better attended by some of our younger players. Rumours are unconfirmed of whether Michael R Buckley fell asleep during the Finance report - we're looking for photographic evidence. Our twitter account pictures are the closest we came to catching him asleep. After a less than successful year on the playing field, we hope for better results in all codes for the coming year. We will all put in an increased effort to ensure that that happens. The inclusion of younger members on the committee will hopefully bring about new fresh ideas.
Maintenance to the dressing rooms
The club would like to acknowledge the recent work carried out by John O'Dwyer in painting the dressing rooms. Thanks John for your work. Also a word of thanks to all others who contribuated to maintaining the field and dressing rooms during 2012. Some plumbing and tiling will take place in the coming weeks. (We could however be waiting knowing the two involved!)
Wedding bells - Congratulations
Congratulations to John "Baba" Ryan (L) on his wedding at the weekend. John married Sharon Chester from Cashel. John has served as masseur for our senior team down through the years. John is well known for rubbing the "knots" in our players legs and if there's one man who may get rid of them (, it's John! The club would like to thank him for his contribution. Hurling and Cappawhite GAA is big in John's family with plenty of family members involved in the club in the past number of years. The reception was held in Dundrum House Hotel and many players, past players and club members attended and celebrated long into the night.
Congratulations to both and best wishes for the future from all at Cappawhite GAA.
Baby news - Congratulations
Congratulations to Pat and Anne-Marie O'Neill on the birth of their second child this week. Baby Ruth is said to be doing well along with her mother. Weighing in at 7lbs and 15oz, Ruth is a new sister to her brother Cathal. Pat has hurled for the club for many years and we're currently "in negotiations" to get him involved on the committee of the club! It might take us another year or two but he'll end up on it in the end! Ruth's uncle Paddy has also hurled for our club for many years. We look forward to both Paddy and Pat's contribution in the following year while also awaiting the appearance of cousins Rocco, Jesse and Cathal on the hurling fields of Cappawhite. We're likely to see Ruth represent the Cappawhite ladies football in years to come!
Fellow committee member Noel Buckley has contacted Pat, to congratulate him but also to outline that it's more baby boys he wants - to look after the future senior team in 20 years!
Congratulations to Pat and Anne Marie and best wishes for the future.
Doon CBS - hard luck
Hard luck to club member Mikey Leahy who was part of the Doon CBS panel that lost out to Youghal in the Kinane Cup final (u16 1/2 B competition) on Friday 7th December. The score finished 3-8 to 1-8. Mikey, who is recovering from a bad shoulder injury, filled us in on the game played in Cahir - saying Doon were beaten by the better team on the day. We look forward to seeing Mikey in Harty Cup action in the coming years.
See link below for further details on the school matches results
First Aid Course being run in January
For anyone interested, the club will be running a First Aid Course in January. A member from Sinnott Training and Certification, Limerick will come to the club on either the 12th January or the 26th January (to be decided) to give a course in basic first aid. The course will conclude with presentation of certificates to those who complete the course and also a CPR certificate from the Irish Heart Foundation. The course will be funded for by the club and we would like to encourage those involved with teams to complete the course, in particular those involved with Bord na nOg. There are 10 places available on the course and if there is enough interest, we will run a second day to accommodate for everyone. We are making this course available to members of the club, so if you weren't a member last year, why not join this year! See our membership section for further details.
This initative was brought to the attention to the club by first aider John Paul Liddy. We would like to thank John Paul for his services as first aider with our teams down through the years. Please contact Ross or John Paul if you are interested in completing the course and we will outline what day is available.
See link below for further details and information on the training.
Johnny 'Grey' Breen is honoured by Bord na nOg
On Saturday Dec 1st the bord na nOg club honoured Johnny Breen for his tremendous and outstanding dedication to Cappawhite GAA. Affectionately known to all as 'The Grey' John has been involved in Cappawhite since long before this writer was born. In a recent Programme article Martin McDermott stated that Johnny Breen was one of the biggest influences on his career. I can't think of a more glowing tribute considering the success Martin achieved with us. Johnny has finally decided to hang up his coaching manual. Johnny is a stalwart of the Cappawhite club. Johnny will be sadly missed by all involved in the club but I'm sure he'll be around with some helpful advice if called upon.

Above - Johnny receives a token of the clubs appreciation for his service from Chairman John Barry

Above - Johnny with the token of a appreciation received from the West Bord na nOg. also pictured Tom Fox & Donal O'Dwyer who were on hand to present medals to the underage teams.

Bord na nOg medal presentation

On Saturday night December 1st Cappawhite Bord na nOg had their medal presentation. 2012 was very successful one for us winning 4 titles. Tom Fox & Donal O'Dwyer from the Eire Og club and who were members of the victorious Tipperary All-Ireland minor winning team were on hand to present the medals to the winning teams. The U12's had 2 teams competing in both Hurling & Football. In the E competition which was for clubs 2nd team all members of our U12 team were 11yrs or younger and they won both the Hurling & football West titles. This was a tremendous achievement and bodes well for the future. See their pictures here
The U12 A team were beaten in the West A semi Final this year but then went onto qualify for final of the A shield where they beat Clonoulty in the final. See their pictures here
The U14's won the West Final beating Arravale Rovers. See their pictures here
Chairman of Bord na nOg, Owen Doody, thanked and congratulated all the players for their efforts during the year and also the management & selectors of all the teams. Lets hope 2013 will be even more successful.

Fun run fundraiser - 2nd December - great success!
The Cappawhite GAA 6km fun run/walk took place on Sunday December 2nd at 1pm from the Resource Centre.
The bookies favourites before the run started -
Ger Ryan (P). Also included in the photo is George Kelly!
Despite the weather conditions on the day, a sizable crowd showed up - both runners and walkers. After registeration took place in the Multimedia room, all particiapants took their places outside the tennis courts in anticipation of Ger O'Neills whistle.
The bookies had installed Ger Ryan (P) as early favourite! - Ger in training for long distance running and marthons at the moment. To both Matthew's and Georgie's delight, Ger was not to take the no.1 spot on this occasion. The runners and walkers set off at 1.05pm in the direction of Butlers Cross where the first water station was located - by the talk of Dan Ryan (P), the participants nearly snapped the hand off him looking for the water! On past Franny's house in the direction of Toem, the runners led the way with Paddy Julian and Lenny Fitz setting the early pace.
On into Toem, past Johnnies bar (where we still have suspicions that some of our walkers called in!) and up towards the Four Cross roads, a fierce pace was maintened by the top 5 runners. Taking a left at the Four Cross roads, the participants were on their last stretch towards the Community Centre. The final sprint saw Paddy Julian make it home in a great time of 23.10 mins in first place. Rumour has it Paddy then went into the gym to start his real work out! Others to finish with great times were Denis Kelly (23.20), Lenny Fitz (23.29), Ger Ryan (24.45) and Tom Treacy (25.15). Special mention also to Aisling Ryan (T) who came in at 25.45 - continuing in her recent good running times as her sister Mary Claire told us!
Thanks to all who participated, all who sponsored, all who contribuated in any way to the success of the day. Also thanks to all our helpers on the day - those who drove in front and behind the runners, the water distributors and those who made tea and biscuits. (Cecilia - who else!) The funds raised from the day will be used in the running of the club.
A special mention to the families who all ran/walk together - the families of Cappawhite are important in our GAA club and will always be part of what makes the club - bringing a family spirit to the day:
  • Anne O'Meara and her son Eimhin
  • Philip and Catherine Dunne and their son Ross (inj)
  • Dympna Ryan (T) along with her daughters Mary Claire and Aisling
  • Mike and Anna Ryan (P) and their son Ger.
  • Kevin and Teresa Stapleton and their son Kevin
  • Brothers Denis and Daniel Kelly
  • Matthew, Michael and Seanie (inj.) Ryan (W)
  • Betty Buckley and her sons Breandan and Eanna
  • Ger and Una O'Neill with their daughter Marie and son Jerry
  • Eileen Armshaw and her daughter Maggie
  • Liam Treacy and his daughter Kathleen (who is older than her sister Mary - just incase anyone thought otherwise from reading other parts of the website!
See below for a selection of photos - all other photos will be included in our photo section in the coming week
Paddy crossing the finish line at ease at a time of 23.10!
The top three!
Philip Dunne crossing the finish line. Luckily, his day skills were not needed on the day and Mick Wall or Michael Richard didn't collapse as anticipated!
A family affair - Mary Claire Ryan (T) and Dympna Ryan (T) - Mary Claire's sister Aisling also completed the fun run.
Group photo - L:R Cathal McCarthy, Eimhin O'Meara, Niall Hayes, Donal O'Neill, Teresa and Kevin Stapleton and Ann Costello
Michael Buckley - who was the only man to be disqualified having taking a 1km break in the back of a car! I was only adding the "fun", to ye're "fun run" he said after!
Adult players Breandan Buckley and Jerry O'Neill. Both have recently joined the committee of the club - Breandan as Assistant Secretary and Jerry as committee member.
They don't call him the marathon man for nothing - Michael Ryan (W)
An Bainisteoir - John "Fox" O'Neill completing his walk to support his club
Our youngest participant - u14 full back Eanna Buckley. (filling in for his father who had a phantom "ankle injury")
Adult players Stevie Griswood and Niall Hayes, along with Kevin Stapleton (father of u21 and senior hurler Kev Stapleton)
Vice chairman - Ger O'Neill jogged home - he was happy to see the finish line!
Betty and Anne chatting as they cross the finish line!
Ger thinks he has won it! - some one inform Ger that Paddy, Denis and Lenny finished 15mins before him!
Group photo - L:R Feargal Ryan, Aisling Ryan, Paddy Julian, Ger Ryan, Denis Kelly, Tom Treacy and Lenny Fitz after the finishing line
John Barry (chairman), Mike Ryan (P) (former officer) and Franny Quinn (a nobody) cross the finish line!
u21 and Adult hurler Kevin Stapleton happy to cross the line! Read about Kevin and his Harty cup teammates from Doon CBS in our November weekly notes