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Cork County reach two All-Ireland Youth Semi-finals

Thursday, September 1st, 2022

On a balmy August evening last year, the Cork County Colts team, 4th year schools and below, were presented with their trophy and medals, having won the Leinster Colts league. It’s all about developing youth cricket. Given that cricket has been played in The Mardyke since the 1850’s, you might ask what more needs to be developed, and such are the travails of sport.

Dermot Giltinan, ‘The Galt’, championed cricket for decades, and his recent star-studded Memorial match testified to the esteem in which he was held. But like the Olympics, the torch needs to be carried by many. Brenda Kennedy, Veena O’Sullivan, John Simon and others have all championed the cause for several years, and on that evening last August, the current Senior Youth Coach, Steve Ross, looked at the trophy and the happy smiling faces and vowed to replicate that success.

Cork County U15 team

True to his steely word, the U13s and U15s won the Munster Super League campaigns at their age grade.

On Sunday 4th, and Saturday 10th September the U13s and U15s, respectively, will travel to Dublin to play Pembroke and Phoenix in the All-Ireland semi-final of their competitions.

Over the past four years, Steve Ross with his trademark quiet, direct style has coached, mentored and developed a squad of novices into committed and dedicated players. His coaching style is unrelenting and determined. Tough training, high standards and total commitment are his watchwords – and you reap what you sow. As with all good teams, the leader is only as good as the team around them, and Mick Hull (U15 Coach), Bruce Newton and former Munster U15 Coach, Abdul Jabbar Younus, have been instrumental in developing the U15 squad of players. 1st team captain Ross Durity and 2nd team captain Rob Duggan have also been generous with their time to support coaches when needed.

Cork_County_CC_U13_Team

Qualification came via wins against Limerick City, Limerick Blasters, Cork Harlequins and Galway CC in both leagues. All of which were tough games but an All-Ireland semi-final is another level again. Cricket in Dublin is so good that it has produced Eoin Morgan, Kevin and Niall O’Brien and Ed Joyce – world-class cricket players. Harry Terctor leads the charge for the next generation.

It’s a tough ask to travel to Dublin to play away fixtures against the strong Leinster champions, but to borrow a phrase from Declan Kidney, “pressure is a privilege”.

Regardless of results in Dublin, the Cork County U13s and U15s are Munster Champions in their respective Munster Super Leagues.

A possible Schools League, played in September, is further testament to the growth of cricket in Cork – and it’s no surprise that there’s lots of cricket on The Mardyke, after all, “its’ where we sported and played…!”

Fixtures:

Sunday 04 September, U13 All-Ireland Semi-final
Pembroke CC v Cork County CC

Saturday 10 September, U15 All-Ireland Semi-final
Phoenix CC v Cork County CC

Dermot J. Gilitinan Memorial Match

Monday, July 11th, 2022

As President of Cork County Cricket Club for the 2022 season, I would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Memorial Match for our late esteemed member Dermot J. Giltinan between a Cork County XI and an Ed Joyce XI on Wednesday, 27th July, starting at 2 p.m.

However, it is not merely another match. It will be a further celebration of Dermot’s life and his immense contribution to Cork, Munster and Irish cricket over the years. It will counterpoint the Memorial Service held for Dermot at the club on Saturday afternoon, 9th April, which was so wonderfully organised by our very own Ali Khan.

It will be an opportunity for you to renew acquaintances with old friends and meet new ones. The match will be augmented by a Q & A session conducted by our old friend Alan Lewis and the man answering the questions will, of course, be Ed Joyce, another old friend of Dermot and the club.

In conclusion, I look forwards to seeing you and your family on the day if you can make it.

With warmest personal regards.

Yours sincerely,

Mortimer Kelleher
President

 

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Match

Give It A Bash – 8th May

Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Cork County Cricket Club are pleased to announce the return of ‘Give It A Bash’ on Sunday, 8th May 2022, which provides a great way for youngsters who want to try the game of cricket and learn some of the basics of the game.

Some of the activities will include:

  • Batting, bowling and catching skills
  • Supervised by fully qualified coaches
  • Fun games and competitions 
  • Meet new friends!

It will also be an opportunity for youngsters and parents alike to learn more about the club and find out how to get more involved.

The session is absolutely FREE and open to boys and girls (both members and non-members) aged 8-16 to come along and give cricket a bash!

Give It A Bash - 8th May 2022

Registration

Registration is absolutely FREE so to secure your spot then please fill in your details by clicking here or emailing youth@corkcountycricketclub.com

Register Now

 
 
 
 

Memorial Service for Dermot Giltinan

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

The club will be hosting a memorial service for the late, great Dermot Giltinan which will take place at the cricket grounds at Mardyke on Saturday, 9th April 2022.

The service, which will be led by Brother Martin of the Presentation Brothers, will allow many of his cricketing friends and clubmates to remember the great man and pay tribute to his lasting legacy at the Mardyke which was his second home.

Proceedings will commence at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 9th April, so we very much look forward to seeing you from 2 p.m. on the day.

There will be a video conferencing link available for anyone who wishes to dial in and say a few words so please contact info@corkcountycricketclub.com to indicate if you wish to do so.

Dermot Giltinan Memorial Service

Please confirm your attendance by email to either:

 
 
 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022

Friday, March 18th, 2022

A huge thanks to Nick Tulloch and all of his assistants on the Youth Committee who represented the club with aplomb during the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few weeks ago.

After a two year break due to Covid, the club were once again participating and joined almost 2,500 others with plenty of colour, music and pageantry on show. The cricketers joined other Cork sporting clubs such as the hurlers and footballers from St Finbarrs and Nemo Rangers.

From the main stand, they received a standing ovation from the City’s councillors and management led by Lord Mayor Colm Kelleher and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

Great to see a big turnout and added exposure for the club and the game of cricket in Cork.

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.

gift vouchers

 

Give It A Bash For Girls – 30th May

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Cork County Cricket Club is offering a “Give it a Bash” session for Girls from 7 – 16yrs who have never played the game before. The session is open to non-members and will be run by our club coaches, in groups according to age.

In line with the ongoing Covid-19 guidelines, all attendees must register in advance to attend this event via the link below:

Give It A Bash Registration

Girls will have a chance to learn some of the basics of cricket including batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping as well as play some cricket!

Give It A Bash For Girls
 
We would ask all attendees to complete our ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ when they book and join the club for the day – the cost of this is €1 and we will ask you to sign a form on arrival. We will have a Covid-19 Officer on-site and we follow all government and Cricket Ireland guidelines.

Please arrive 15 mins before the session and note that the Pedestrian gate is closed – use the gate beside the Tennis club.

  • Each child should have a separate submission!
  • You also need to complete the ‘Covid Self Assessment Form‘ health questionnaire.

More Information

If you have any questions about the session and want to learn more then contact us at:

Pollard takes top prize at 2020 Virtual Awards

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Cork County’s first and hopefully last virtual Awards Night take place on Friday, 30th April, as the club looked back on an eventful and challenging 2020 season that has been condensed due to the Covid health emergency resulting in a T20 only format across all levels of the game.

As the club was unable to celebrate the achievements and impact of members under more normal circumstances at an end of season dinner due to government restrictions, it was better late than never to have a look back as we prepare to look forward to the 2021 season.

  • Emerging Player of the Year – Danny Higgins
  • Noel Cantwell Young Player of the Year – Eshan O’Sullivan
  • 4th XI Batsman & Bowler of the Year – Bilal Ashan
  • 3rd XI Bowler of the Year – Shams Safi
  • 3rd XI Batsman of the Year – Abdul Jabbar Younus
  • 2nd XI Bowler of the Year – Kevin O’Sullivan
  • 2nd XI Batsman of the Year – Zuhair Shah
  • O’Donnell Senior Bowler of the Year – Rudolph Pollard
  • Senior Batsman of the Year – Abubakar Saddique
  • Club Person of the Year – Steve Ross
  • Noel Malloy Club Player of the Year – Rudolph Pollard

A big thanks to Abdul Younus who helped organise the event and to all the contributors – Steve Ross, Len Browne, Rob Duggan, Kevin O’Sullivan and Club President Kieran Aherne.

View the full presentation by clicking here.

2020 Christmas Raffle Results

Monday, December 21st, 2020

The draw for the 2020 Christmas Raffle took place in the surroundings of the old Pavilion at the Mardyke on Sunday, 20th December, at 8 p.m. 

There was an overwhelming response to this year’s raffle with members and supporters getting involved in the organisation and purchase of tickets which was great to see. With the proceeds going towards a worthwhile cause and some fantastic prizes up for grabs, then anticipation was high ahead of the big draw.

MC on the night Andy Wootton was ably assisted by Talha Kayani, Kevin O’Sullivan and Abdul Jabbar Younus who took care of proceedings to announce the various winners of the raffle. The winners were selected by using an online number randomizer to void any suggestions of impropriety or Russian interference! 🙂 

The winners were drawn in reverse order starting with the 10th prize and working its way up to the main prize of a 2 night B&B stay at The River Lee Hotel.

The winners were as follows:

  1. 2-night stay at The River Lee Hotel – Bilal Ahsan
  2. Complimentary Club Membership – Veena O’Sullivan
  3. €150 Meadows & Byrne Voucher – Abubakar Saddique
  4. €150 Vanilla Boutique Voucher – Tara Rahman
  5. Sunglasses from Kennedy’s Opticians – Matt Reed
  6. 12-month Pass for Blarney Castle & Gardens – Michael Stout
  7. Pirahna Cricket equipment – Steve Ross
  8. Selection of wines – Ross Durity
  9. Afternoon Tea at The Metropole Hotel – Matt Reed
  10. Uni Salon hair products – Desmond Lucey

The winners will be contacted individually to arrange delivery of the various prizes.

A huge thanks to all involved in organising and taking part in the quiz. Our original target of €1,500 was smashed with the club raising € 2,705 towards the construction of two permanent net bays in the southeastern corner of the grounds with work due to start in the spring once the ground dries up.