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Beara ladies football club celebrate a really outstanding Year

By Fr. Liam Kelleher

When Beara recently won the under 16 Co title they were collecting their 5th Co title for 2002 , a truly phenomenal achievement. Who is to say they cannot make it a half dozen because they have the Minor crown of 2002 to aspire to as well. They won the Co under 12 for the 5th year in a row, the under 13 blitz for the 3rd year in a row, the under 16 title for the 2nd year in a row and their first title at adult level the Junior Crown. That’s 5 out of the 8 trophies available at Co level at the highest level, with a possible 6th to come. Throw in the All-Ireland Feile title under 13 and the achievement of Amada Murphy in winning the National Feile skills title for the 3rd year in a row and that is really something special for one year While they were disappointed to be knocked out by 2 points in the Munster Junior Semi-final by Cappawhite, no doubt, with a very young squad they will be all out to make an assault on the Intermediate title in 2003 All these titles gave them ample reason to have a great celebration a their annual social at Castletownbere. The social and presentations was preceded by mass celebrated by Fr. Liam Kelleher.

Chairperson, Dymphna Daly co-ordinated the rest of a most enjoyable night and was loud in her praise of the players and their mentors. Presentations of medals were made to all the wining teams and the under 10’s were not forgotten as well when they all received certificates, for their participation during the year.

What makes Beara such a so successful one might ask? Well it has to be a combination of factors. The Beara peninsula is steeped in football tradition and the ladies have shown huge commitment to the cause.It is not easy, because of their geographical location, every game is an away game for the club and they must have played more than 60 games during the past year. They also posses a bunch of incredibly dedicated officials and mentors from the Chairperson down to the youngest in the club, who help out. They have the good fortune of possessing one of the most passionate football coaches in the country in Mike Murphy. For Mike it is a labour of love that sees him involved for virtually 52 weeks in the year. Apart from being involved with every tea for many years he also gives huge amount of time to Cork having been coach to Cork’s last 2 under 14 All-Ireland winning teams. He handed over the coaching reins of the Junior, team in 2002 to Ollie O’Sullivan, that barely lightened the work load, because he was still deeply involved and there was no prouder man when the club lifted their first Co Junior title. The Powers Sean and Mary, Mary Shea Power Mary Lehane,. Ann Hanley, to mention a few have also given a huge commitment and despite the huge numbers involved it is still very much a family club. The club players also give their full commitment to the various Cork teams and they are represented on every Cork team from Senior, down to fewer than 14.


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