Following on from recent meetings in Goatenbridge, Newcastle and Clogheen, which were organised with the view to expanding the potential of our beautiful countryside at the foothills of the Knockmealdowns from Ballyporeen to Newcastle, a steering group was formed under the expertise of Philip Ryan, Muintir na Tire, and Con Ryan of the South Tipp development company (Leader). A representative group was elected to represent each of the five areas. Topics discussed at our first meeting include developing mountain walks, cycle paths, pony trekking, angling, orienteering. The following are the elected members of the steering committee ; Seamus Butler, Ardfinnian, P.J.English, Clogheen, Billy Hale, Ballyporeen, Catriona Murphy, Ardfinnan, Helen Nugent, Ardfinnan, Jim O’Brien, Ballyporeen, Kevin O’Donnell Newcastle, Marian O’Dwyer, Newcastle, Mark Rylans, Goatenbridge, David Slattery, Clogheen and Philip Walsh, Goatenbridge.


Congratulations to the senior quiz team on finishing 14th out of 100 teams in the National Credit Union Final which was held in the RDS last Sunday. The team was made up of Eoghan Heffernan, Davet Jeffries, Jack Murphy and James Condon. This was a fantastic achievement by the boys. The team members and their families had a great day in Dublin. Quizmaster on the day was Brian Dowling.

The school hurling team had a great win over Newcastle in the first round of their championship last Friday. The scoreline was 6-17 to 1-5. They now go on to play Cloneen in their next game. The team panel is as follows; Ben Hyland, Jack Murphy, Davet Jeffries, Nathan O’Brien, Dylan Murphy, David Hyland, Dion Morrissey, Eoghan Heffernan, Patrick Griffin, Conor Walsh and David Murphy.

Would any parents who wish to enrol their child next September please contact the school for an enrolment form.


An afternoon of fun, food, fashion and flair will take place in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel on Sunday, April 17, from 12noon to 5pm. Champagne reception, lunch, guest speakers, fashion show and entertainment, all this for €35. This is a fundraiser in aid of Barnardos. For further information (086)6189944 or call to the hotel.


An Easter Hamper is being raffled at the moment to defray expenses incurred during the year. Tickets are available in Shops in Clogheen and from committee members.


Well done to local rally team of Colm Browne and Lawrence McGrath who were second in their class at the recent West Cork Rally, keeping up a long tradition of motor sport enthusiasts from the area.


Training continues every Sunday morning at 11am for all age groups from under 8 to under twelve. There will be a committee meeting on Friday, April 8, at 8pm in Ballylooby.


Congratulations to the Junior Ladies Football team from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh who defeated the Connacht champions on Saturday last in the All-Ireland semi final. Their win was comprehensive with the final score 6-17 to 0-2. Best of luck to the team in the All-Ireland final which will be played on Saturday week. Brian Borus is well represented on the panel with the following players; Claire Walsh, Maureen Murphy, Marie-Claire Murphy, Laura Keating, Caoimhe Condon, Rebecca English, Jackie Doyle, Aoife Murray, Megan Heffernan and Claire Doyle.

Registration is now due. None of this money goes to the club. The entire fee is sent to the County Board for registration and insurance. Anyone not registered is not allowed to train or play for the club. All players, mentors and members of the committee must pay this fee. The price is as follows; Under 10 €18, Under 18 €32, Over 18 €50 and non-playing members €22. Please pay this money to Nora as soon as possible please.

Under 16 training will take place on Wednesday at 8pm in Clogheen. Under 12 training will continue on Thursday evening at 6.30pm in Ballylooby. Please make sure that all players are mentors pay their registration fee for insurance purposes


Under-10s played their final home game of the season on Sunday morning against Peake Villa. Two goals from Conor Walsh gave us an early lead but Peake pulled one back before half-time. Despite dominating possession we were failing to put away our chances as we held on to a slender lead. A penalty decision which was converted by Christy English, seemed to knock the heart out of Peake Villa and further goals from Alex Spens and Rian Hennessy saw the game swing in our favour. Peake Villa pulled a goal back at the death and we now await other results to determine the final destination of the league.

Community Games: The under 11 and a half team had an excellent away win at Cullin Lattin during the week. Two goals from Cian Murphy saw us through in game where some excellent football was played by both sides.

Under 14: The under 14s were away to Clonmel Celtic on Saturday. The old problem of not being able to convert our chances came back to plague us once more and were eventually beaten 2-0, having accounted for the same opposition in a recent cup match.

Juniors: The juniors were at home to Burncourt Celtic in their final league game of the season. With three points and bragging rights at stake Burncourt started the brighter and took the lead after 15 minutes. Vee Rovers found it difficult to gain a foot hold and Darren O’Brien had their first chance after 24 minutes. Soon afterwards Darren Hannigan saw his cross skim the post. On 30 minutes, a knock down by Ray Allen from a Rovers corner was finished to the net by Darren O Brien to put us on level terms. Both teams created chances in the remaining minutes of the first half, with Burncourt unlucky not to stretch their lead right on the stroke of half time.

Rovers began the second half with purpose and Ray Allen forced the Burncourt keeper into a good save, with Ray shooting over the top from the resultant corner. On 55 minutes Ray was brought down in the box and Darren Hannigan coolly converted the spot kick. Rovers were now on top and five minutes later when Darren O’Brien was fouled on the edge of the area Kevin Murray found the net with an excellent free kick. Burncourt gradually played their way back into the game and were rewarded with a goal on 75 minutes after some sloppy defending by the home defence. A tense last ten minutes saw Rovers hold on for a home victory to end their league campaign.

Pontoon: Winner this time Sibby Flynn

Vee Rovers Ladies Soccer.

Any ladies interested in joining the Vee Rovers Ladies Soccer Team, contact Eimear Flynn on (086)3635744. Training starts this Friday in Scart Park at 7pm.


Under 16. Fr. Sheehy’s u16 footballers played their opening game in the championship away to Clerihan last Friday night running out comfortable winners with a five goal haul by Colin English being the highlight. Panel; Ben Hyland, Steven O’ Driscoll, Mike Hyland, Kieran King, Shane O’ Brien, Adrian O’Brien, John Ferguson, Anthony Mullins, Henry McFarlane, Chris English, Jack English, Colin English, Conor Lowry.

Under 12. The u12 footballers travelled to Ardfinnan last Friday to play the home side in the new Premier Games 11-a-side format. Fr. Sheehy’s got a great start with early goals from Robert Maher and the outstanding David Hyland. Fr. Sheehy’s led 2-2 to 0-1 at the break and in the second half added seven points in very windy conditions with some fine scores from Dylan O’ Brien. Ardfinnan played some good football too but found Sheehy’s keeper Shane Connolly in top form. Panel; Shane Connolly, Dylan Flynn, David Murphy, Conor Walsh (0-1), Dion Morrissey, Dylan O’Brien (0-4), David Hyland (1-0), Richard Maher (0-2), Jane Hyland, Robert Maher (1-1), Shane O’Gorman (0-1).

Under 10. Fr. Sheehy’s are hosting an under 10 football blitz on this Saturday, April 9, in Fr. Sheehy Park starting at 11am with teams from Ballylooby, Newcastle and Ballyporeen also taking part.

Under 8. Training for u8 football continues every Saturday morning at 11am.

Please forward your news items to P.J. English 087-7984929 or email to or drop them in to Moroneys Shop before 6pm Sunday.