Mizen AFC Reach Finals

Mizen AFC 3 Bunratty United 2 (Aet)

Gerald O’Callaghan and Darren O’Donovan were the hero’s last Sunday week, firing Mizen to an extra time victory over local rivals Bunratty in the semi final of the Parkway Cup. As always, Pat Moynihan had the pitch at the Goleen Community Centre looking better then Croke Park. David Farrell, David O’Leary, Sean Sheehan and Peter Sheehan excelled in midfield.

Ronan Kennedy’s safe hands at the high ball and the defensive quartet of Paudie Reidy, James Scully, Daniel O’Callaghan and Andy McCarthy denied Bunratty’s impressive forward line to very few clear cut chances but despite this, twice Mizen found themselves behind, but Darren equalized on both occasions after being assisted by Gerald and Captain Patrick Scully! And, roles reversed, in the second half of extra time, Darren assisted Gerald and deservedly sent Mizen through.

Thanks to all our sponsors, especially The Lobster Pot Bar who sponsored the fixture.

Mizen Reach Soccer Semi Finals

Semi Final vs Bunratty United on Sunday May 27th in Goleen at 2pm.

Mizen AFC who defeated Dunmanway Town to advance to the semi-final of the Parkway Hotel/Maybury Coaches Cup

Dunmanway Town ‘A’   0   Mizen AFC  1

Ger O’Callaghan had a few near misses before he hit the target but when he did, the only goal of the game in the 62ndminute, not alone produced a knockout blow but also a surprise result.  In this Parkway Hotel/Maybury Coaches Cup quarterfinal the First Division side showed scant respect for their Premier opponents who may have played some excellent football but for all that might well have suffered an even bigger defeat. With sheer persistence allied to no little skill Mizen once again raised their game when the occasion demanded but wasting a few clear cut scoring opportunities they had to wait for a while before delivering the mortal blow.

The goal when it came was simply executed in a move where a throw in from Drinagh Rangers import Andy McCarthy was flicked on by Patrick Scully to where Ger O’Callaghan lurked and this time the finish was clinical.  They had to rebuff periods of prolonged pressure from the losers thereafter but all the while showed that they had the ability to create an opening just as they did in the very early stages of an excellent contest. Ger O’Callaghan was again the player involved as he ghosted in from the left flank only to be denied by agile Town ‘keeper David Mawe.  The play anywhere losers’ veteran was once more to display his versatility in a position that’s inbred in his DNA and one save in the closing half produced one of the highlights of the game.

Long before that we had seen most of the play flow in the direction of the Mizen goal but surprisingly capable ‘keeper Ronan Kennedy hadn’t a whole lot to do.  In fact his first real save of note came in the opening attack of the resumption when a Jamie Carroll free-kick tested him, (a little).  Try as they might Town failed to adorn excellent approach play with a goal earlier on when aided by the cold breeze.  The Mizen defence was resolute with Daniel O’Callaghan making sure they kept their ‘shape’ while James Scully was the first to pass his defenders test with an early goal saving tackle.  One by one the rest all did their bit while together they formed an impenetrable bond to keep their citadel from being breached. During a protracted period of Town pressure Barry O’Donovan headed over while the losers’ also served up a plethora of corners and Stephen Collins almost got in on the end of a splendid Tim Healy delivery.

All that and more when David Farrell was at his best for the besieged winners who had the combative David O’Leary, Andy McCarthy and Patrick Scully also to the fore.  Neither were the Sheehan’s, Peter, on the left wing and Sean on the right flank shirking their responsibilities during this time of need.  Paudie Scully was solid rather than spectacular as he played his role in a team effort that was praiseworthy. Town’s attempt to stay in the reckoning was just as laudable with Pa McCarthy partnering Stephen O’Donovan in the spine of a defence where John Healy mixed up his codes at one stage. Nearing the end of the half a Mizen break, from a Ronan Kennedy clearance sent Ger O’Callaghan clear only for the striker’s lobbed effort to carry just over. In the final piece of the opening half action a strong Tim Healy surge had Daniel O’Callaghan on his toes to keep it scoreless at the break.

The third quarter was possibly Mizens’ best as they strode forward confidently in pursuit of a goal.  This almost came early on when a powerful Patrick Scully surge ended with a delivery that Seán Sheehan very nearly connected withat the far post.  Then a Town defensive mix-up allowed the winners through for a goal only for it to be disallowed for offside while a John Healy intervention was followed by a fantastic David Mawe save that denied Ger O’Callaghan an almost certain goal.  As events transpired these were but stays of execution given that the Mizen winner arrived soon after.  When it did it was enthusiastically greeted by the underdogsbut time was still on the loser’s side in their efforts to get an equaliser.  Try as they did Town failed to get on terms and in fact Mizen was the team who continued to threaten on the break.  Ten minutes from the end Peter Sheehan did have to clear a Town corner off the line at one end while Seán Sheehan fired over at the other.  That and lots more as the contest drew to a close with a reshuffled losers giving it everything in a bid to force extra time, but it was not to be.

Dunmanway Town; D Mawe, R Coakley, J Healy, S O’Donovan, P McCarthy, T Healy, J Carroll, C O’Donovan, C Daly, S Collins, B O’Donovan.  Sub D Ring.

Mizen AFC; R Kennedy, J Scully, D O’Callaghan, P Downey, D Farrell, S Sheehan, P Scully, A McCarthy, D O’Leary, P Sheehan, G O’Callaghan.

Subs Andrew O’Connor, John Supple, Brian Clarke, Chris Kennedy.

Referee; A McDermott, WCL.

Liam’s Tales: A Trip Up The Mountain

6:05pm Got up here on what was beautiful evening after fab day bit of cool breeze but at same time twas pleasant evening up here.

June 23rd Saint John’s Eve people long ago would climb up here on that evening as sun was setting and kneel besides cross and say their prayers often heard my Father on about this twas still big thing when he was young God bless ‘em all now.

There is Holy Well at foot hill about 150 yards down and tradition back then you said decade Rosary as you climbed from Well to Cross and repeated this till all 5 decades said hill very steep here but they had path made winding sideways from all use still parts this visible to this day.

Years ago circle stones here around cross many them have fallen down but amazing thing cross has never moved Saint Ciaran’s Mother supposed be buried here not sure but think he was around at time Saint Patrick that’s going back long way.

6:21pm Have moved west further on hill get better view sunset its been long time since up here better make most of it God only knows when we here again

That’s Dunlough Bay in distance where sun disappears being when day here is done.

6:26pm such a beautiful clear sky would give us hope that another fine day on way in morning well suppose time will tell but it looks that way from here right now.

Have to say view from here on an evening like this makes all climbing worthwhile it’s just shame tidal stream not in full twud only add picture anyway we get that another time.

6:38pm Last peep of sun up here this evening as another day ends it’s been great day here and we now looks forwards to what next day brings us.

Bang in centre of Dunlough Bay sun sets this time years besides Stone Circle what wonderful view no doubt its great place be buried if only access was easier.

7:05pm As we make our way back via Ardsolough this view of Crookhaven with Fastnet Rock Light Beam getting stronger by minute as night air falls over place real chill about place as we move along.

Nearly 1am on what’s fine clear starry night outside not puff wind but cold air temp only 1c reckon they be lots frost before morning hope not.

That’s all so its bye for now and goodnite from here

Liam’s Tales: The Big Freezey

Bitter cold outside with stiff breeze from East temp -3c its so cold was going fry rashers but the gas pipe after freezing now that is cold… Hope everyone heeds warnings and stay off roads from 4pm onwards as this time Storm Emma is due its dangerous storm so heed warnings and stay safe above all don’t risk life some innocent person if you get in trouble

Woke this morning at 7:10am had peep out window did not see much snow on Letter Hill so did not get out see sunrise stayed where we were suppose its safest place be in weather like this…

On our way east Goleen this evening around 6pm temp only -1c twas not much higher any part day while out for walk in beach lots frozen snow about place….

6:35pm Snowing well here for past 45 minutes or so few snow showers early morning but twas good for rest day…

Denny’s Pub looking well in snow love yellow colour really stands out in this kind weather and moon shines brightly also….

It’s amazing this picture taken without flash on even though it was snowing well you cannot see it but snowing well it was trust me…

This view with flash on this shows perfectly what conditions were like pure winter and Storm Emma arrives about 4pm tomorrow up from Bay Biscay well somewhere around there anyway let’s hope she don’t stay long with us…

This place where we shop everyday sure you be surprised when you enter how much stuff inside as all shelves stocked neat and tidy and its open all hours that’s beauty of having place like this..

Night air begins fall over place and as you can see most people at home little traffic on road sure with temp at -2.5c its at home we all should be

Roads around here in perfect condition all day around Goleen but very bad from Skibbereen east sure Goleen – Cork bus which leav’es at 7:50am could only get as far as Clonakilty he had return back Goleen got back around just after 12pm he said things real bad from Clon onwards… Fair play to driver for making effort to travel he could do no more and all CIE Bus routes cancelled till Friday at least…

Often calls in here great place pass some spare time lots interesting things see and lots good reading about local history also here you can rent room for Wi-Fi its handy for doing important stuff while on holidays…

Temp when taking these pictures were only -2.5c it did not feel that cold but at same time when we going home at 6::45pm the snow had frozen on windscreen had put on heater before we could travel…

7:05pm Nearly home and lucky get there as road by Jimmy Downey’s getting dangerous car was slipping bit going uphill no doubt but if this continues till morning things be real bad…

That’s it another day ends and happy we are get inside besides fire put car into shed for night in case we wake early for view sunrise this way no delay as car be frost free well that’s plan anyway..

9:45pm Stopped snowing at moment but yard outside looks real pretty with moonshine on all snow about place its nearly bright as day anyway enough that so its bye for now and goodnite from here

Being At The Centre Of Europe

Opening address at Your Future Your Europe Conference

Local youth activist Mair Kelly was invited to attend the Cork Citizen’s Dialogue on the Future of Europe at Cork County Hall on Thursday. Mair is well known locally as a community volunteer working with Comhairle na nÓg and the YMCA and a number of other voluntary organisations outside our area she is also a past winner of the West Cork Garda Youth Award.

The Dialogue brought citizens from all walks of life around the table to discuss how Europe should approach issues as broad as training for jobs of the future to rural development and examining how the EU needs to evolve to bring all its citizens together. Mair is in her last year at Schull Community College and as the youngest there was able to bring her unique perspective both as a representative of the future of Europe as well as a member of our local rural community.

Minister Helen McEntee T.D & Mair

For one so young Mair has built up tremendous experience as she has travelled as an Irish delegate to the European Parliament in Strasbourg as well as to a number of conferences in Cork and Dublin as well as Dáil Éireann.

Mair & Noelle O Connell

As expected the evening at Cork County Hall was lively with debate from all sides giving everyone the chance to express their opinions and concerns during the workshops. Mair was delighted to have the opportunity to raise various issues concerning education and the environment, both areas that she is very involved with and had her chance to meet with the Minister of State for European Affairs, Ms Helen McEntee T.D. and Noelle O Connell the Executive Director of European Movement Ireland. She was quick to note that it was good to see strong women at the forefront of European development, who knows one day she might be joining them!

Local Hero

Our own local hero Tommy Jermyn was at the awards last night organised by The Southern Star and The Celtic Ross Hotel, were set up to honour those people in West Cork who go above and beyond the call of duty to help and improve the lives of others.Tommy received the February award and it is worth another mention as Tommy is a fantastic community man who gives so much of his time to Goleen and the surrounding communities. He co-ordinates Meals on Wheels, delivers gas and supplies to the elderly during the winter and drives the community bus. Tommy is also very involved with the Mizen Community Safety Project. This group is very active in the areas of farm safety and crime prevention, and has provided iPads and the relevant training for older members of the community, providing these people with a valuable link to family members who have moved away from the area or indeed the country.

I am not sure how he managed to get to the event as he was back with the community bus at the Community Centre at 9pm to take the kids from the Table Tennis Club back to Schull and Ballydehob!

Well deserved!