Bantry Blues v Garnish 03.04.22

The first game of the league was always going to be a good indicator for how well players minded themselves over the winter. A sun-drenched Wolfe Tone Park provided the setting for an encounter against Bantry, which would see Garnish loosing out narrowly.

All-Ireland schools winner, Tuan Millem, and Cormac McNally were named at wing-forward indicating management intent to freshen things .  Garnish got off to a great start, converting 4 unanswered points, with John O’Driscoll feeding ball to the on-running forwards.

Bantry came back-into it with an excellently taken goal after 20 minutes. And this was to be the story of the game. Garnish played some good football in attack  but ultimately Bantry’s scores came way too easily . Seth Thornton and Stephen Coughlan were very effective at mid-field for Bantry, fustrating Ross Murphy’s kickout and kicking long and direct up the middle into the forwards.

Jack Andy’s half-time intro had an immediate impact as he got on the end of a nice move, bringing Garnish back to within three. But as Brian and Sean Terry tacked on the points, Bantry responded with goals.

Ronan Sheehan’s debut almost yielded dividends. Twice he lost his marker, only to hit narrowly wide. After a long lay-off from injury, Gary O’Sullivan returned to wing-back. He was the catalyst for a Garnish goal, which came from Brian Terry, winning dirty ball on the square and toe-poking it to the corner.  Cathraigh O’Driscoll,  Traelach O’Connor and Jamie O’Driscoll replaced tired  legs in the last 15 minutes.

Although there were some positives to be taken from the game, still some dusting-off of the cobwebs ahead if Garnish are to come up to speed for championship in five weeks time.

Ross Murphy, Matthew O’Leary,  Rory O’Driscoll, Tommy O’Sullivan, Darragh Henshaw, Paul O’Neill, Gary O’Sullivan, Brian Terry (1-3), Éanna Murphy, Cormac McNally, Sean Terry (0-6), Tuan Millem (0-1), Jerome Dwyer (0-1), John O’Driscoll, Dylan Henshaw (0-1), Subs: Ronan Sheehan, Danny Harrington, Jamie O’Driscoll, Traelach O’Connor, Jack Andy (0-1),  Cathraigh O’Driscoll.



Spring is here!

With an early Spring-like fell to the weather, the lads held their first on-field training session in Cahermore, immediately following the longest walk  fundraiser. A  short, sharp session with plenty of ball touches under the watchful eye of Darren Deery and Cormac MacMahon. 

Great to be be back training! Regular sessions both in Allihies Hall and in Cork too for anyone looking to get back in shape. 

Longest Walk Update

A fantastic effort across the community to support our  #LongestWalk fundraiser on Sat 26th February for Irish Community Air Ambulance 

To date, we have had 131 donations totalling €4500. Our iDonate page will remain open for another week.  A big crowd turned up in Cahermore from the early hours of Saturday morning with pictures of walks coming in from Poland, Cork, Dublin, and Australia. 

Garnish GAA club on the run for Air Ambulance (

A big thanks to everyone who participated. Buíochas mór le – Rory O’Driscoll, Sean Terry, Rúairí Mensink and Níamh Terry. 

The Longest Walk is Back! 26th Feb’22

After last year’s success, this year’s longest walk is planned for Saturday 26th February and is being run in conjunction with the Irish Community Air Ambulance Service.


In line with last year, club members and supporters are being asked to walk one hour at Pairc Garinis. With easing restrictions it is a great way to catchup with people.  Please encourage family and friends to donate here

More to follow! Particular thanks to Sean Terry, Ruairi Mensink and Rory O’Driscoll who are sharing the organising for this fundraiser.

Big Win for Scoil Phobail Bhéara

Congratulations to Scoil Phobail Bhéara who beat Salesian College, Pallaskenry, in the Muster U19 Schools football final in Limerick.

The Beara team started brightly and were up 4 points inside the first 10 minutes despite playing against the breeze. With, Pallaskenry scoring a goal against the run of play, the team dug in for a long battle and by half time the teams were level. .

With less that  10 minutes remaining, Pallaskenry led b y 3-7 to 2-8 under every worsening weather conditions. With the game in the melting pot, this group of resilient players outscored the Limerick team by 1-5 to 1 point in the time remaining to win the the Corn Sheáin Uí Mhaolomhnaigh.
Well done to all the team & mentors – particularly our own Tuan Millem and Ronan Sheehan.  Beara CS won out by five points on a scoreline of 3.13 to Pallaskenry’s 3.8

Outgoing Committee – 2021

Garnish GAA wishes to acknowledge the outstanding dedication and commitment of the outgoing committee who guided the club’s renaissance over the past two years.  Despite the challenges of operating during COVID’19, 40+ players donned green and gold jerseys last year. Two big fundraisers yielded valuable financial contributions towards the development of facilities at Cahermore and for Castletownbere Community Hospital. Most importantly, underage coaching resumed with training in Allihies Hall.

Particular thanks to outgoing committee members, Eric O’Neill (chair) , Cáthraigh O’Driscoll, (secretary), Ruairi Mensink. (treasurer), Gary O’Sullivan (Cultural Officer) and Éanna Murphy (Development Officer) Go raibh míle maith agaibh! 

League Final – Garnish v Goleen

Garnish’ final game of 2021 was the Carberry league final against Goleen on 4th December under torrential conditions.

A depleted Garish squad held Goleen for most of the match but a Goleen goal in the third quarter gave them a decisive lead. With Paul O’Neill switching to full-forward, for the last 10 minutes, Garnish clawed their way back to level terms on 60 mins.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. A soft free conceded in injury time, gave Goleen the win by the slenderist of margins. Some noteable performances from Danny Harrington, Brian Walsh and great to see Cáthraigh O’Driscoll return to play after a long battle against injury.

The club would like to acknowledge the commitment of players and management over the year. Garnish played 20 games in 2021, including 7 championship games, an extraordinary feat for our small club.

Ar aghaidh linn go 2022!

Béara Minors win Premier Football Championship

Congratulations to the Béara minor football team who defeated Ballincollig in tough conditions at Dunmanway.  After two difficult years of Covid’19, particular acknowledgment to the management team for moulding this group of footballers into a formidable outfit. 

The game began with Béara looking the stronger side with the wind.  A foul on Ben O’Sullivan inside the square yielded a penalty, which Fintan Fenner duly converted . Ballincollig replied with a brace of points before Lee Kelly and 16-year old Ben O’Sullivan, restored advantage.

Pete Kelly kept Ballincollig in touch in the second quarter but points from Sean O’Shea, Tom O’Connor and O’Sullivan gave Béara a 1-7 to 0-5 half-time lead . However, Ballincollig grabbed control from the restart, with Liam O’Connell winning the mid-field battle.  Although Dylan Henshaw made a strong impact on 43 minutes, Ballincollig struck then net, levelling the match going into the final quarter.

In a dramatic finish, Ballincollig were one in front before a late point from McElhinney levelled the match. In the 64th minute, Béara snatched the title with one last effort!  

Beara: K Murphy (CTB); Darren Harrington, (Glengarriff), Darragh Harrington (Urhan), S Power (Glengariff); D O’Sullivan (Adrigole), S O’Shea, D Crowley (Urhan); F Fenner (CTB), A O’Sullivan (Urhan); T O’Sullivan (Adrigole), L Harrington (Glengarriff), G O’Shea (Adrigole); T O’Connor (Adrigole), L Kelly (CTB), B O’Sullivan (Adrigole),  D Henshaw (Garnish), S. Power (CTB), C McElhinney (CTB)