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North Kildare await in 2022 Irish Senior Cup

Monday, February 28th, 2022

The draw for the 1st Round of the Clear Currency Irish Senior Cup took place over the weekend and sees Cork County drawn at home to fellow Championship side North Kildare Cricket Club.
 
The Irish Senior Cup makes a welcome return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50-over competition sees the top-ranked clubs from the various provincial unions contest the knockout competition.
 
The first round tie will take place on 21st May with a reserve date of 29th May. Looking forward to having cup action back on Leeside! #WeAreCounty
 
2022 Irish Senior Cup - First Round Draw v North Kildare

Hassett to return for 2022 season

Sunday, February 13th, 2022

It’s the Return of the Mak(ka) with the news that Cormac Hassett will be returning to the Mardyke for the 2022 season. The club is delighted to have the extremely popular Victorian and Irish passport holder back on Leeside after a two year break due to Covid.

Cormac first represented the club with the 4th XI at 15 years of age back in 2011 while his family were spending a few months in Ireland. He later returned in 2015 for the first of a 5 season spell during which time he won a Leinster Championship title in 2016, five Munster Premier Division titles, three Senior Cups and four Senior T20 titles. He succeeded Stephan Grobler as Club Captain in 2018.

Cormac Hassett representing Cork County against Malahide in the 2019 All-Ireland T20 Semi-Final

Hassett has also been capped by the Munster Reds on six occasions making his debut against the Knights at Carrickfergus in 2017 in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy. A fantastic innings of 49 against the Leinster Lightning at Sydney Parade in 2019 was certainly the highlight and he has scored 102 runs at a Strike Rate of 99.02 for the provincial franchise. 

Since leaving The Mardyke, Cormac has coached the Stratford Cricket Club to a premiership title and have also played a season in the Northern Territory for Pints Cricket Club. He is currently playing sub-district cricket in Melbourne for Ormond Cricket Club.

With the confirmation of the news, Hassett expressed his excitement at the planned return:

“The time has finally come! I can’t wait to get back down to the Mardyke for the season. I feel like I’m coming home after two long years away.”

“Leah and I are really looking forward to our summer in Cork and we can’t wait to see all of our friends in the Cork County community.”

“Good luck with the pre-season lads and I’ll see you all in April.”

 
 

Former Cork County and Munster player Tom Kiernan passes away

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former Cork County, Bohemians and Munster batsman and all-round Cork sporting great Tom Kiernan. Brother of Jim, Tom represented both club and Munster with distinction and also was a product of Presentation Brothers College alongside another club legend Dermot Giltinan.

In his book ‘Long Shadows By De Banks’, Colm Murphy noted that “Tom Kiernan was highly regarded and was of international standard. However, it was rugby that he truly excelled. He was a regular at the Mardyke and on one occasion, immediately on returning back to Cork from a Lions’ Tour, he was to be seen at the nets giving advice to aspiring cricketers.”

“Besides cricket, there was always the refreshing swim at the weir!”

Bohemians Cricket Club at the Mardyke in Cork

Tom Kiernan is pictured above in the Bohemians side (far left back row) that graced the Mardyke for many years.

 

As a Life Member of the club, Tom continued to be a familiar face at the Mardyke down through the years and was often spotted at key fixtures and the clubs annual end of season dinners.

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Jim Fitzgerald and Tom Kiernan pictured at the 2014 Annual Awards Dinner at the River Lee Hotel.

 
Kiernan was also a legendary figure in Irish rugby and kicked the winning score the first time Ireland beat South Africa, in 1965, and captained the first Irish team to win a Test in Australia two years later.

He was capped 59 times for Ireland at full-back; 5 times for the Lions and captained the Lions in South Africa 1968.

At club level, he represented Cork Constitution, Munster and University College Cork with distinction.

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Tom Kiernan in 1983. Picture: SPORTSFILE

 
After hanging up his boots, he was in charge of the Munster team which recorded a victory over New Zealand in 1978 and went on to coach Ireland between 1980 and 1983, including winning the Five Nations title in 1982.

Munster representative matches:

  • 1959: Munster Cricket Union XI v Australian Old Collegians at the Mardyke

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  • 7th August 1966: Munster v South Leinster at the Mardyke
  • 13th August 1966: North West v Munster at Holm Field, Sion Mills
  • 19th August 1967: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 31st May 1969: Munster v North West at the Mardyke
  • 5th July 1969: Munster v North Leinster at the Mardyke

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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis.
 
 
 

2022 Leinster Senior League Cup Draw

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

The season isn’t far once you see competition draws being made with the first being the group stages of the Sports Hub Leinster Senior League Cup which sees our 1st XI in Group A alongside some familiar faces and high-quality Premier League opposition.

The group includes the 2021 finalists Merrion and YMCA along with fellow Premier League sides Clontarf and Balbriggan. Leinster, North Kildare, Rush and Cork County join them from the Championship in what looks like a formidable looking pool.

We’re looking forward to getting started!

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Don’t miss the action

Renew your membership ahead of the 2022 season or if you’re new to Cork or simply want to get involved at the Mardyke then simply fill out our membership form:

New Members  Existing Members

 
 

New Youth Committee for 2022 season

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Following the club AGM last December, the process of selecting a new Youth Committee for the upcoming 2022 season began. Sukhi Byrne was duly elected as the new Vice-Chairperson and will be the acting Chair until one is appointed.

Pat Donnelly who held the role of YC Chairperson indicated that he wished to step down and so a new committee was formed to carry on the excellent work that Pat had been undertaking in his role for the previous two years. Pat had overseen significant growth in the youth section and the establishment of regular events and camps to increase engagement and access to coaching for your members. 2021 saw the first ‘Give It A Bash For Girls’ event and also the Colts side winning their Leinster Boys Colts B League, a first Leinster title for the club at youth level. 

The new Youth Committee will be as follows:

  • Sukhi Byrne (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Robbie Mason (Coaching Coordinator)
  • Simon Blake (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Nick Tulloch (Internal League Coordinator)
  • Tom Spalding (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Steve Ross (Munster Liasion Officer)
  • Susan O’Connell (Parents Liason & Child Liaison Officer)
  • Stephen Byrne (Parents Liason Officer)
  • Beth Brint (Welfare Officer)

If you have any queries regarding Youth cricket then please contact us at youth@corkcountycricketclub.com.
 
Sukhi Byrne
 
 

A few words from 2022 Club President – Mortimer Kelleher

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

As a Mardyke man born and bred it is a great honour for me to be elected President of Cork County Cricket Club for the forthcoming 2022 Season. One way or another I have had an association with the Club going back to 1973 when the world was a completely different place to what it is now. It is my earnest intention to do my very best for the Club in the coming year. It is my great hope that the Club will go from strength to strength in the coming years particularly with our 150th Anniversary in 2024 on the horizon.

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While I attended the Annual General Meeting on Zoom last December I was manifestly unable to unmute myself. Henceforth I will bear the epithet Mortimer the Silent!. That is a turn up for the books!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing President, Mr. Kieran Aherne for his sterling service to the Club over a period of some 16 years. Kieran was and will continue to be, a great ambassador for our sport.

Exactly the same can be said for our outgoing Honorary Treasurer Mr. David Griffin who has served our great Club in this capacity, largely unsung, since 1985. It is a great honour for me to be President of the Club the same year that David assumes the mantle of President of Cricket Ireland.

I look forward to seeing both Kieran and David at the Club and elsewhere throughout the year.

It would be remiss of me not to congratulate Peter Dineen on his election as Chairman of the Club. He very ably filled this role at provincial level just a few years ago and has also been involved at Cricket Ireland level. On a personal note, Peter is the first person that I remember meeting when I passed through the gates for the first time almost 50 years ago.

I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late, great Dermot Giltinan who departed this life on the 14th of October last. Since I can remember he has epitomised the Cricket Club for me. His sister Deirdre has indicated to me that the family would like to hold a Memorial Service in the Club sometime in the Spring.

Finally, I wish all our members, patrons and supporters a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and Cricket-filled New Year.

Mortimer Kelleher

President – Cork County Cricket Club
2022 Season

14th December 2021

Mort Kelleher succeeds Kieran Aherne as Club President

Monday, December 13th, 2021

Congratulations to Mortimer Kelleher who succeeds Kieran Aherne as 2022 Club President at the clubs Annual General Meeting.

Mort is a familiar face at the Mardyke and has made significant contributions as a captain and committee member over the years. We wish him every success in the role.

Outgoing President Kieran Aherne greets his successor Mortimer Kelleher at the Mardyke

Outgoing President Kieran Aherne greets his successor Mortimer Kelleher at the Mardyke

Two stalwarts step aside

Kieran Aherne is stepping down after 16 years as President and has done an immense job representing the club with great distinction during his tenure. As an ever-present at games both home & away, he has also overseen an extremely successful period for the club with 36 titles since he took office in 2005. No doubt he’ll remain a familiar figure at the Mardyke and will all still be referred to him as “Pres”! #ThanksPres

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards 2016, Thomas Prior Hall, Dublin 11/11/2016 Tildenet Club of The Year winners Cork County with George Bassett, Sales Executive at Tildenet Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards 2016, Tildenet Club of The Year winners Cork County with George Bassett, Sales Executive at Tildenet ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

David Griffin is also stepping aside as Honorary Treasurer having fulfiled the role in a thoroughly professional & diligent manner for the best part of three decades. David becomes Cricket Ireland President from April 2022 and we all wish him every success in the role. David will be succeeded by Talha Kayani who will assist in fulfiling the duties of Treasurer along with the other members of the committee.

New Chairperson role

At the AGM, the members unanimously endorsed the creation of the role of Chairperson with an amendment to Rule 8 of Club Consitution. The new role will see the Club President freed of the administrative duties as Chair of the Executive Committee and the new Chairperson will be in place for a 3-year term and will be the principal officer on the Club Executive Committee with responsibility for planning, organising and managing affairs of cricket in the Club. The chairperson will also have responsibility for the overall long-term direction of the club and would lead special projects such as planning the development (or redevelopment) of club infrastructure and facilities.

Cork County Cricket Club Chairman, Peter Dineen

Incoming Cork County Cricket Club Chairman, Peter Dineen

Peter Dineen was duly elected as the club’s first Chairman on a 3-year term until 2024. Peter is a former club captain and represented Munster at all levels as a top-order batsman. As a former Munster Cricket Chairman, Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role and will play an instrumental role in developing the club as it approaches its 150th anniversary.

List of 2022 Officers:

  • President: Mortimer Kelleher
  • Chairman: Peter Dineen
  • Secretary: Kevin O’Sullivan
  • Treasurer: Talha Kayani
  • Club Captain: Ross Durity

Team Captains

Ross Durity was re-elected as Club Captain for the 2022 season with Benji Marris as his vice. Both will act as the key figures of a leadership group to lead the 1st XI through both Munster, Leinster and All-Ireland competitions.

Other team captains also remain in situ for 2022:

  • 2nd XI: Robert Duggan
  • 3rd XI: Peter Barlow
  • 4th XI: Bilal Ashan

Great Black Friday discounts at Rebel Cricket

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Our friends at Rebel Cricket are running a Black Friday sale with up to 30% selected items until midnight on Monday.

From Friday morning through to midnight on Monday night, the following voucher codes can be used against purchases on www.rebelcricket.ie:

    • SM30 – 30% discount on all SM Cricket bats, bags, gloves and pads
    • BAT25 – 25% discount on any bats valued €500+
    • BAT20 – 20% discount on any bats valued €400+
    • BAT15 – 15% discount on any bats valued €200+
    • BAT10 – 10% discount against any other bats on the website.

SHOP NOW

If anyone would like any further information or would like to arrange to see any bats before buying, they can get in touch with our club member Bruce Newton at:

Rebel Cricket also have gift cards available on the website which could be a great Christmas gift idea.

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2021 Season Review

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

1st XI

Leinster Senior League Cup

Cork County commenced their season in the Leinster Senior League Cup when they welcomed Clontarf to the Mardyke. It was a significant moment with the club missing out on Cricket Leinster action in 2020 due to the Covid public health emergency. The highlights of the campaign were certainly the 5 run victory away at Malahide and 25 run victory at home against Railway Union.

Victorious Cork County side at Malahide

 

Premier Division T20 League

The Senior T20 competition changed in structure for 2021 and reverted to a round robin format due to the condensed nature of the season. Cork County were pipped at the post in their persuit of the sixth consecutive Premier T20 title, missing out on run rate to eventual winners Cork Harlequins.

 

Leinster Championship

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Munster Premier Division

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2nd XI

Division 1 T20 League

Cork County ended their trophy drought at 2nd XI level when they pipped Limerick Blasters to the Division 1 T20 League title. Finishing the season with an excellent Net Run Rate of +2.14, the Mardyke men clinched the title with a comprehensive victory in their final game away to Cork Harlequins 2.

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Dermot ‘Galty’ Giltinan RIP

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

The club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dermot Giltinan overnight.

Our deepest condolences to his sister Deirdre, brother Noel, extended family, and friends at this time. Galty will be sorely missed at the Mardyke. 

To say we have lost a ‘Legend’ today does not do justice to Dermot’s legacy at the Mardyke and for Munster cricket as a whole throughout his life.

He was a mentor, teammate, friend, volunteer, supporter and above all a genuine and loyal cricket lover. You will be greatly missed!

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam dílis. #RIP #ThanksGalt