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Rathpeacon’s Rebel Bounty

Good Morning all. Hope ye are inside or at least have your jackets on if you’re outside!

It is no surprise that last year was a tough year for the G.A.A. club. Sure it was a tough year for everyone as we know. Rathpeacon G.A.A. was not able to hold any of its usual fundraising events that would have kept us ticking over last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the various lockdowns and restrictions.

Our golfers had to leave their clubs gather dust and our horse-racing experts weren’t able to tell us who was on form. The club missed out on a lot of funds this way but we also missed the craic and sense of community involved. We also can’t hold our Christmas Draw this year which is another blow.

One way in which we can try and keep the club going while possibly giving something back to you, the members of the club, is to enter the Rebels’ Bounty Draw. Once we meet our minimum return to Cork G.A.A., all the money raised from tickets goes straight to Rathpeacon G.A.A.

How it Works

Each ticket costs €100. Not only do you get entered into a prize draw with 30 prizes every month during 2021 (where you can win between €150 and €100’000 depending on the month), you also get free membership to Rathpeacon G.A.A. for the year.

Prizes

You can check out the monthly prizes for yourself on the website but here’s a brief breakdown.

  • Possibility of winning between €20’000 and €25’000 as top prize between January and November.
  • Lower prizes ranging from €150 – €3000 every month.
  • I hope you are sitting down or holding onto a sturdy piece of furniture, because €100’000 is the grand prize next December!
  • The best prize of all: become a member of Rathpeacon G.A.A.

What to do

If you feel like having 360 chances to at least win your money back then please get in touch with the page, or a club member that you know to purchase your membership/ticket. We can facilitate bank transfers or direct debits. A few of us younger members in the club even have Revolut so that’s another option. If you purchase your ticket through the club then the money goes directly to us and helps us out in a tough year.

You can contact us here, on Twitter, Instagram and my own phone number is 085-1246230. You can contact me on WhatsApp to get this great offer.

We know that next year may be just as tough as these last 12 months but it is important that we stick together. Bringing the community and the G.A.A. even closer together is one of our main objectives at the club this year.

Have a great Friday everyone and a good weekend.

Cian Dalton, P.R.O.

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Rathpeacon lights up for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rathpeacon as the Christmas tree lights were turned on last night.

The event was livestreamed on the Rathpeacon GAA Facebook page and Rathpeacon Community Facebook page as members of the local community organisations came together to light the tree and bring some Christmas cheer to the area.

Rathpeacon G.A.A. Chairman Éamon Hawe was delighted with the wider Rathpeacon community coming together during the COVID crisis.

“We are hopeful that the end of the pandemic is in sight and on behalf of Rathpeacon G.A.A., I would like to wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas.” he said.

Caretaker Con, Ruby and Principal O’Neill under the tree 🎄

The tree, on display in front of the National School, was decorated by some of the residents on Saturday evening.

Due to Covid restrictions, not everybody in Rathpeacon could go but the event was livestreamed so that the kids and parents at home could watch the lights go on and hear from some members of the organisations present.

Rathpeacon Community Association Spokesperson Irene Farrell opened proceedings, thanking local councillors for their help with all the improvements to the area over the last year, including the new footpath from the school down to Farm Power.

She said, “We’ve missed the business and activities in the hall with it having to close but we look forward to bright things in the area in 2021.”

Rathpeacon G.A.A. Secretary and star midfielder Cormac O’Neill praised the club volunteers, spoke about the challenging year ahead and implored the boys and girls of Rathpeacon to be nice to their parents this Christmas!

He said, “This has been a challenging year as everybody knows but week after week our volunteers and members show up to help with training and everything to do with the pitch.

“2021 is not going to get any easier. The numbers that we have at training, young kids coming from the school here continue to grow. As our numbers grow we will need more volunteers so please, if you’re interested reach out.

“Christmas is also for the grownups, so be nice to your Mum, your Dad, your Granny, your Grandad, your brother, your sister. They’ve had a tough year too.”

He added, “Hopefully next year we’ll all be here in person underneath this tree.”

Community Asscoiation representatives Irene Farrell (left) and Bethan O’Riordan (right) with Ruby (again!)

Rathpeacon National School Principal Susanna O’Neill spoke about the lift she and the schoolchildren got from seeing the Christmas tree being put into the garden at the front of the school.

She said, “To the children, when we see you tomorrow coming in, the lights will be on and we know that already Christmas is on the way.”

Mrs. O’Neill gave school caretaker Con O’Sullivan the final word before the Christmas lights were turned on. Con is adored by all the kids and is also a selector on the Rathpeacon Junior B teams.

Con paid tribute to the late Abi Mcgeough, who tragically passed away earlier this year. Abi was a student at the school and was an inspiration to all who met her.

“I would ask everybody to remember her particularly at this time of year.

“I’m sure she’s up in Heaven with the angels keeping an eye out for all of us.

“I wish Abi’s mother and Grnadparents a joyful and peaceful Christmas.”

Con also praised the kids of Rathpeacon National School.

“The kids here are the most important part of the school.

“I’m really thrilled that I got this job a few years ago. It gave me 360-odd little friends who are brilliant little friends to have and put a smile on my face every minute of the day.

“There is no doubt that every child in Rathpeacon is on Santa’s good list.”

Well, if the Late Late Toy Show didn’t make you cry on Friday night then Con’s lovely words will probably do the job.

Rathpeacon GAA representatives Cormac O’Neill (Secretary), Terence McCarthy (Treasurer) and Cian Dalton (PRO) on security for the night!

If you’d like to see the small speeches made by Irene, Cormac, Susanna and Con and see the magic moment the tree lit up then head over to the Facebook pages mentioned above.

Special mention must go to Terence McCarthy who ensured that all went smoothly on the night. Also to Ruby O’Riordan who minded my camera tripod that I couldn’t get to work after a lot of fuss!

I think we all need Christmas cheer this year so here’s to a great month and a magical Christmas.

Rathpeacon Abú!

CITY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to Rathpeacon junior footballers on winning the City Divison Junior football championship last evening in Ballinlough against Ballinure. In a close fought tussle, the first half ended in a 0-02 to 0-02 draw at half time. The second half saw Rathpeacon make some excellent tactical switches and strong substitutes that ultimately won the game. A Ballinure goal half way through the second half put them ahead by 1-04 to 0-06 but Rathpeacon kept fighting until the bitter end and pushed through with a strong finish to kick on and win by 0-10 to 1-06. Thanks for the large turnout from the supporters! 
Congratulations to man of the match Evan Murphy for an outstanding u performance.

City championship semi final win

On a blustery night in Ballinlough last evening, Rathpeacon Junior footballers came from behind and showed some great character to beat Nemo in the semi final of the city championship, on a scoreline of 2-08 to 0-13. In a fiercely contested game, a first half goal by Sean Ahern, and a bullet of a goal & point by Evan Murphy marauding from midfield kept the scoreline ticking against the wind with a half time score of 2-02 to 0-10. Paul O’ Neill was a big loss to inury in first half, but a strong bench of subs (notably John Anderson, John Galvin & Matthew Cotter) helped the cause greatly. An excellent defensive display from the likes of Brendan Ahern, Richie O’ Riordan, Dermot Hurley, Donal O’ Neill & Eoin O’ Leidhin kept Nemo to only three points in the second half. Cormac O’ Neill was majestic in the air with excellent pin point accurate kick outs from Gary Aherne on goal. The rest of the forward line of Martin O’ Sullivan, Colin Bevan, Conor Dalton and John Wiseman kicked some marvellous points in the second half & were a constant thorn in Nemo’s defence with intelligent movement and running off the ball.

Rathpeacon now march on to the final next Monday evening, 26th August, against Ballinure @ 7pm in Ballinlough.
All support from Rathpeacon greatly appreciated as always.

Flor McCarthy cup win

Well done to our Junior Footballers in the Semi-Final of the Flor McCarthy Cup last evening in a hard fought win over a sprited Ballyphehane Team.
In a tight first half, the scores were level at halftime 6 pts a piece. A late goal from Super sub Terence Mc Carthy gave rathpeacon the win on a final scoreline of 1-09 to 0-11