News & Events

Blarney Castle renew partnership for 3 more years

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Cork County Cricket Club and Blarney Castle are delighted to announce the extension of our existing partnership.

For the past three years, Blarney Castle have provided invaluable support to cricketing activities at the Mardyke, supporting players of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. This agreement sees that partnership continue for a further three years, with the famous Blarney Castle logo continuing to take pride of place on the front of the club playing shirts.

Welcoming the extension of the current agreement, Cork County Cricket Club President Kieran Aherne thanked Blarney Castle for their ongoing support and highlighted the link between two of Cork’s most picturesque settings, the Mardyke and Blarney Castle.

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Commemoration for Ann O’Connell

Monday, January 21st, 2019

There will be a special gathering in commemoration of Ann O’Connell on Saturday, 26th January, which will take place in the Pavilion on the Mardyke.

The gathering will commence at around 1 p.m. and will probably continue until around 4 p.m. with all members and friends welcome to attend to honour her memory. Light refreshments are being provided by the club courtesy of Cafe Velo, many thanks to John Power for arranging this.

Ann’s daughters, Ciara and Orla, will be on hand to present a photo of Ann which will be framed placed in the club in her memory.

Ann will also be remembered at the 10.30 a.m. Mass in Military Hill Church next Sunday, 27th January.

Kit Donation to Cork Direct Provision Centre

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Following a recent appeal on Twitter from Roos Demol (@vlnierland) and Deirdre O’Shaughnessy (@deshocks) looking for cricket equipment for residents at the Direct Provision Centre on the Kinsale Road, a number of members got together to gather up old equipment to donate. 

A big thanks for Andy Wootton, in particular, who donated a significant amount of old bats, pads & cricketing accessories. Also a special mention to Abdul Jabbar Younus, Scot McNamara, Sean Cawley and Robert Duggan for donating other bits and pieces.  

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There was great interest through social media with the guys from the Direct Provision Centre putting the new equipment to use immediately once they returned to their residence on the Kinsale Road. It is hoped to continue to liaise with the group with coaching to be organised over the coming months in the lead up to the season. #WeAreCounty

Former Irish Independent journalist Sean Power dies after short illness (Irish Independent)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

sean-powerTRIBUTES have been paid to former journalist and public relations guru Sean Power who has died after a short illness.

Mr Power, who was in his 80s, was a former southern correspondent with The Irish Independent and political correspondent with The Irish Press.

A native of Waterford, he was a hugely talented sportsman and won an All Ireland senior hurling medal with Wexford in 1960.

He hurled with Wexford as he was based in the county at the time as a local journalist.

A friend said today: “He was a great guy, a great journalist and part of Cork’s social and sporting life for decades.”

Uniquely, his brother, Seamas, won an All Ireland senior hurling medal with Waterford the previous year, in 1959.

He moved to Dublin from Wexford to work as political correspondent with The Irish Press, later becoming Chairman of the Oireachtas Press Association.

Mr Power relocated from Dublin to Cork in the late 1960s where he married his wife, Mary.

He worked for a time as the southern correspondent with The Irish Independent.

Mr Power then left to found his own firm, Power Communications, which became very successful.

At its peak in the 1990s, his firm boasted some of Cork’s leading companies and organisations as clients.

Mr Power was a close friend of Dr Garret Fitzgerald and, famously, when the then-Taoiseach would visit Cork in the 1980s he would insist on staying at the Power home in Montenotte rather than in a hotel.

Former Tanaiste Peter Barry also became a close friend of Mr Power who was an advisor to the Fine Gael organisation in Cork for many years.

A lifelong sportsman, Mr Power was a very accomplished golfer.

He was immensely proud of his two children – John, who became an Irish cricket international, and Michelle, who manages the Quercus Scholarship Programme at University College Cork (UCC).

Mr Power is survived by his wife, Mary, children and extended family.

Ar dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.

Reference

Riegel, R. (2019, January 11). Former Irish Independent journalist Sean Power dies after short illness. Irish Independent. Retrieved from https://www.independent.ie/

Sean K. Power RIP

Friday, January 11th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of another club stalwart, Sean Power, overnight. Sean was a familiar face at the Mardyke down through the years having served as President during the successful period 1997-99, and has always been acknowledged as an extremely valued member of the club. Our sympathies go to Mary, John, Michelle and all of his family. #RIP

Funeral arrangements available on rip.ie 

Sean Power & Pat Twomey attending a Cork County Awards Dinner

January Update

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Hello All,

We hope you have enjoyed the festive period and are looking forward to the upcoming season. The Committee would like to take this opportunity to update you all on a number of matters:

Indoor Training

Following a review of potential venues, the indoor hall at Bandon Grammar School has been selected as the venue for pre-season indoor training. Bandon is suitable as a bowling machine will be available and hard balls can be used for all elements of training. Dates are being finalised but it is likely that training will begin in the final week of January and will take place on Sunday afternoons.

Fixtures

The MCU Cricket Committee will release the fixtures for the season in mid-February. All leagues and cups remain largely the same in terms of structure, however as Cork County 3 finished in second place in Division 3 last year, we have been promoted to Division 2 for the coming year. The first matches in Munster competitions for our first and second teams take place on 27/28 April while the third team will commence on 20/21 April.

The Cricket Leinster OCC will release a provisional fixture list in late January however this will only contain the dates of our fixtures and not the opposition. Our opponents in the newly branded Cricket Leinster ‘Championship’ will be decided by an early season ‘league cup’ competition but are likely to contain teams from both Division 1 and Division 2.

Infrastructure

Members who have been at the club recently will have noticed the installation of a CCTV system. This was deemed an essential by the committee following recent break-ins. The cost of this system was in excess of €1,300 and has made it even more important for members to pay their subscriptions as soon as possible this year.

A grant application has also been submitted for the development of a twin net-bay facility on the far side of the ground which will run from the Rochestown Park sign toward the Beamish sign. This will have minimal impact on the existing playing boundary. The result of the application is expected in March/April and if successful, construction would start in the early part of the summer.

Subscriptions & Membership

All members are requested to pay their membership fee as soon as possible. Subs can be paid online, in person to David Griffin or at the bar which is open every night from 7pm. Full details available at www.corkcountycricketclub.com

On-Field Update

We are delighted to welcome Harvey Wootton to the club for 2019. Harvey as most of you know is the son of a certain Andy Wootton and is currently in NZ, playing alongside Jeremy Benton. Harvey is a left arm seam-bowling all-rounder and will have a fantastic impact in our first team.

Cormac Hassett & Jeremy Benton are both enjoying the NZ summer presently and will return to our shores in April. We’re also looking forward to welcoming Brandon and Steve Kruger back to the Mardyke for a portion of the summer.

Finally, we would invite all members to join us in congratulating Ramesh Neppalli on his recent marriage in India.

Thanks for the memories 2018

Monday, December 31st, 2018

2018 was such a busy year both on and off the field with many highs and lows and little success sprinkled along the way so here’s a little look back on the season just gone as we look forward to 2019 with plenty of optimism. Not forgetting the friends we have lost over the past 12 months including Ann O’Connell, Ollie Barriscale & Philip Short.

2019 Munster Cup Draws

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

The 2019 All Rounder Cricket Munster Senior, Junior & Minor Cup draws have been released by the Unions Cricket Committee with some interesting draws for Cork County.

The 1st XI have received a bye to the Semi-Finals of the Senior Cup and will face either Cork Harlequins or Limerick at the Mardyke. The 2’s & 3’s face trips to Castle Farm in County Waterford to take on Lismore and Clonmel in both Junior and Minor Cups, respectively. Best of luck to all sides! 🤞🏼 #WeAreCounty

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Ann O’Connell RIP

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

It is with great sadness that we learned of the unexpected passing of Ann O’Connell over the weekend.

Ann was a familiar and friendly face behind the bar to members, supporters & visitors for almost 30 years at the Mardyke. A true club stalwart through good and bad times down through the years and will be sorely missed at the club. May she rest in peace. #RIP

Christmas Party 2018

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

The annual Cork County CC festive get together is taking place at the Mardyke on Sunday, 23rd December 2018. It’s a great opportunity for all members, supporters, past players, friends & family to enjoy a night of reminiscing, fun and a little banter to kick off the Christmas holiday season.

Doors open at 7 p.m. so all welcome to come along and soak up the Christmas music, mulled wine and fantastic company! #WeAreCounty

Cork County Cricket Club - Christmas Party 2018

Scan the QR code with your mobile device to see the event on Facebook.

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