THE senior footballers of Beara will have the honour of taking part in the first Cork county championship game of 2018 as they take on Avondhu on Sunday, March 18th.
With the divisions and colleges sections restored to senior football and hurling, the game in Macroom at 3.30pm is followed by three more the following Tuesday, March 20th, with Carbery’s clash with UCC also set for Macroom (7.45pm).
That Thursday, March22nd, Carbery and Carrigdhoun are in hurling action, against CIT and UCC respectively. Carbery play in Cloughduv with the south-east side in action in Páirc Uí Rinn, both with 7.45pm starts. Second-round ties take place the following week.
Saturday, April 7th sees the first clubs into battle, with Valley Rovers meeting Mallow in the SFC in Páirc Uí Rinn (6.15pm), while the following day is very busy.
In senior football, O’Donovan Rossa take on Aghada in Ballygarvan at 3.30pm, while Bandon and Bantry Blues are PIFC action in Carrigadrohid. The Lilywhites meet Naomh Abán at 2pm with Fermoy the opponents for Bantry at 3.45pm.
Carrigaline do battle with St Finbarr’s on Friday the 13th at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn and the following evening sees the derby tie of Castlehaven and Dohenys in Clonakilty at 6.15pm. Gabriel Rangers also make their bow on the same evening at the same time, up against the Barrs’ second team in Dunmanway.
Newcestown will face Valleys or Mallow in Bandon or Blarney at 3pm on Sunday 15th, the same days as Carbery Rangers and Clonakilty clash in Moneyvollahane at 4pm. Also that day at 4pm, Ilen Rovers are up aginst Ballincollig in Macroom.
In the IFC, Kinsale play Mitchelstown at 3pm in Watergrasshill while Carrigaline meet Youghal at 6.15pm in Carrigtwohill. The following Saturday, April 21st, Clonakilty play Millstreet in Kilmurry at 6.15pm.
Hurling action kicks into gear on April 22nd, when Courcey Rovers meet Inniscarra in the PIHC at 2pm in Ballygarvan, while Ovens is the venue for Argideen Rangers-Castlemartyr game at 3pm.
The Valley Rovers hurlers get going at 6.15pm on Saturday, April 28th, playing Blarney in Páirc Uí Rinn at 6.15pm, the curtain-raiser for the Ballymartle-Glen Rovers senior game at 8pm.
Carrigaline’s preimer intermediate hurlers also play that day, against Fermoy in Ballincollig at 3.45pm, while Ballincollig themselves are in IHC action against Meelin in Banteer at 6.30pm.
Bandon’s senior hurlers play Na Piarsaigh in Brinny on Sunday, April 29th at 2.15pm, part of a double-header which sees Newcestown play St Finbarr’s at 4pm. Also at 4pmthat day, Ballinhassig play Watergrasshill in Caherlag in the PIHC.
The second teams of Inniscarra and Ballymartle play in the IHC first round in Ballygarvan at 7pm on Saturday, May 12th, with Ballinhassig playing Glen Rovers at the same time in Ballincollig.
Then on Sunday, May 13th, Ballinspittle hosts the meeting of Tracton and Kilbrittain at 2.30pm, with Barryroe facing Na Piarsaigh at the same time in Ovens.