A Fond Farewell to Sonny Boyle

The late Edward 'Sonny' Boyle (back second from right) helping out Br. Tom Walsh (front) at an Ethopian Project collection in Castleisland in 2005. Br. Walsh's team of collectors also included: Noreen Flaherty (left) and Martina O'Donoghue. Back from left: PJ Walsh, Mike Kearney, Richard O'Donoghue, John Flaherty, Mr. Boyle and Mossie Dore. ©Photograph: John Reidy  15-5-2005
The late Edward ‘Sonny’ Boyle (back second from right) helping out Br. Tom Walsh (front) at an Ethopian Project collection in Castleisland in 2005. Br. Walsh’s team of collectors also included: Noreen Flaherty (left) and Martina O’Donoghue. Back from left: PJ Walsh, Mike Kearney, Richard O’Donoghue, John Flaherty, Mr. Boyle and Mossie Dore. ©Photograph: John Reidy 15-5-2005

We said our farewells to Sonny Boyle along serving supporter of Cordal football. Sonny was, throughout his life, an upstanding and devoted citizen in our parish and the village of Cordal.

By Paddy Flynn

He played a crucial role in the running of Cordal GAA Club for many years. He was always there to help out when needed – be it fundraising or for anything that was going on in the club.

At the time of his passing, Sonny was one of the club’s vice-presidents. Sonny had various other roles within the club through the years and was chairman in the early 70’s.

He was always a huge community man and helped out with whatever was going on in Cordal at the time. In his 21-year term as Parish Clerk, up until 2000, he played a major role in the running of Cordal church another important part of the community. We would like to offer our sympathies to his son Eddie Boyle and to all of Sonny’s extended family, relatives and friends.

May he Rest in Peace and watch over the village of Cordal which he loved so dearly all his life.

Cordal Hopes Dashed by Sneem/Derrynane

Cordal seniors faced a tantalising game against Sneem/Derrynane in Round 10 of the Credit Union Division 5 County League.

They were trying to maintain their place in the top three of the league so as to go up to Division 4 in the new season. Cordal needed to win after an unlucky defeat by only four points to Tousist on the 24th of July and the boys were determined.

Spirits were high having travelled all the way to Sneem to try and clinch the win but Sneem/Derrynane were equally determined and the hunger to win by both sides added to an exciting match.

The ref blew the whistle at seven o’clock commencing the game. Sneem/Derrynane was first to the post when Ian Galvin scoring a point in the opening minute. Donal McCarthy was on the ball for Cordal moments later booting a point over the bar.

Valuable Forward

Philip O’Connor would do the same for Cordal in the third minute but Sneem/Derrynane kept the pace and Ian Galvin scored another point in the fifth.

Ronan Hussey proved another valuable forward for Sneem/Derrynane and he began his list of scores in the seventh minute with a point. Philip O’Connor was busy again and got the ball quickly to the other side scoring a point moments later. Sneem/Derrynane scored three crucial points in the next few minutes.

Ronan Hussey was first with a point in the eight minute. Ian Galvin increased their score again with a point in the eleventh minute and Ronan Hussey scored again in the twelfth minute from a free. Jason Cronin reduced Sneem/Derrynane’s three-point lead with a point scored in the thirteenth minute but Sneem/Derrynane were able to push on again with another point scored by Ronan Hussey from a free in the fifteenth minute.

Four Point Lead

They built up a four-point lead in the 16th minute when Ian Galvin scored again from play. Cordal went on the offensive next to close the gap. Kieran O’Donoghue put the ball over the bar in the 19th minute and things were looking up when Niall Ó Ciardubháin scored a point from a free three minutes later.

Ronan Hussey was on again in the 23rd minute scoring another point from play. Cordal missed a crucial free a minute later but Brian Reidy scored a point in the 25th minute closing the score divide once again.

Sneem/Derrynane’s Brendan Teahan finished up their array of scores when he secured a free scoring a point. Cordal’s Brian Reidy scored the last point of the half in the final minute just before the ref blew the whistle.

Half-time left Cordal two points down with 0-08 to Sneem/Derrynane’s 0-10. Cordal had to face the music in the second half or take a loss and stay in Division 5.

Philip O’Connor started the half well for Cordal scoring the first point from a free but Sneem/Derrynane would quickly take over.


Ian Galvin steamrolled through the opposition scoring a point in the sixth minute and a goal a minute later. Cordal were now in trouble and a crucial missed opportunity to score a goal in the ninth minute led to the team losing their cool even further against Sneem/Derrynane. Sneem/Derrynane charged on with Ian Galvin scoring a point in the tenth minute.

Cordal were under further pressure when a black card sent Micheál Cahill off, leaving Cordal one man down against their tough opponents.

Brendan Teahan would widen the gap some more scoring a point from a free giving them an eight-point lead. Ronan Hussey scored another point in the 21st minute and if not for some excellent defending by the backs and some important saves by Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin the opposition’s lead could have been larger.

Brian Reidy scored the final point of the game. Cordal had their hopes of moving up a division dashed. The ref blew the whistle leaving scores Cordal 0-12, Sneem/Derrynane 1-16.

Well done to Sneem/Derrynane on their valiant performance and hard luck to the Cordal boys who fought a strong County League campaign this year.

It is a tough loss for the Cordal team but it has to be said we have a really strong unified team and there are great hopes for the next season.

The Cordal Team

Cordal team: 1. Sean Óg Ó Ciardubháin; 2. Flor Griffin; 3. John Brosnan; 4. Billy Cronin; 5. Jack McAuliffe; 6. Micheál Cahill; 7. Padraig Brosnan; 8. Brian Reidy, 0-04;   9. Donal McCarthy, 0-01; 10. Kieran O’Donoghue, 0-01; 11. Philip O’Connor, 0-4; 12. Niall Ó Ciardubháin, 0-1;
13. Jason Cronin, 0-01; 14. Gearóid O’Leary; 15. Michael Flynn. Subs: T.J O’Connor for Jason Cronin; Padraig O’Connell for Gearóid O’Leary; John Mannix.

Fixture: Cordal V Firies in Fr. Galvin Cup
Cordal v Firies in Fr. Galvin Cup – East Kerry Intermediate at 4:15pm next Saturday, August 20th in Cordal.

August Lotto Now at €7,400

The August Lotto has a massive jackpot of €7,400. This is now the largest Lotto jackpot Cordal has had to date. This next Lotto draw will take place at the end of the month in Browne’s Bar.

Cordal Coiste na nÓg are in charge of this month’s Lotto. Like always you can get Lotto tickets from our sellers or you can buy tickets at Kearney’s Post Office or at Jackie Reidy’s Menswear. If you want to buy online go to www.cordalgaa.com. Best of Luck from Cordal GAA!

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