Superstars set to shine at Union Hall
UNION HALL Superstars promises to be a fun filled sports extravaganza when it is held for the first time in the picturesque village on August Bank Holiday Weekend.
A plethora of well known sports personalities and sporting clubs throughout Cork are scheduled to take part in a variety of sporting events designed to provide a great occasion for young and old.
Committee member Pamela Deasy is delighted the much anticipated event is taking shape.
“We have come along way since our first meeting was held on January 31st.
“We hope it will be a great family weekend with lots to do for all ages,” said the dedicated committee member.
The festival gets underway on Saturday, August 5th with a plethora of sporting events to be held revealed Pamela.
“On Saturday we have the Joe O’Regan Memorial Cup which is played out between local underage football teams.
“This is always a very competitive tournament which always ensures a very good standard of football.
“This is followed by a fun afternoon with bouncy castles, games, face painting, sports afternoon and music.
“We will also have coaching sessions for an hour with footballers, hurlers, golfers and rugby stars giving expert tutelage to the young players.
“On the Sunday, we have our Superstars day with various clubs competing throughout the day for an attractive cash prize.
“We also have a golden superstars competition featuring sporting greats such as Niall Cahalane, Pat Spillane, Mick Galwey as well as Dr Pixie McKenna and more.
“It should be a great weekend.” Pamela was lavish in his praise for her fellow committee members, the local community and the various sponsors who have contributed immensely in ensuring the festival will prove a great success.
“We have a great committee under the leadership of Martin Crowley.
“There are about ten of us on the committee and we have had lots of meetings since January to get us to where we are today.
“The response from the local community has been fantastic.
“Union Hall has a festival most years, there is always something on.
“This year we have something new which will hopefully draw big crowds over the two days.
“Union Hall has always been known to possess great community spirit so hopefully once again our determination and drive will impress both our local community and tourists alike.
“All of our community and wider hinterland are wiling to help out over the weekend.
“We have had a great response from our sponsors also, without whom it would not be possible to proceed.
“We are grateful to all for their help.”
The Union Hall Superstars held their official launch recently where a large number of sports stars gathered to highlight the upcoming festival.
Former Castlehaven and Cork football ace Niall Cahalane played a key role in gathering the sports personalities as Pamela revealed.
“We have to thank Niall Cahalane as he gathered a lot of sports stars to support our event.
“We had Jimmy Barry Murphy, Dave Barry, Ken O’Halloran, Niall, Damien and Meabh Cahalane, John Cleary and many more.
“Throughout the last few weeks a lot more sporting heroes have donned the Union Hall Superstars jersey and lent their support to our event which is greatly appreciated.
“Depending on club and county commitments we hope to have a good few familiar faces mingling throughout the crowd over the course of the weekend.
“You can also guarantee that the various sports people involved will be very competitive.”
Two very deserving and appropriate charities will benefit greatly from the Union Hall Superstars with Cork Arc Cancer Support House and the RNLI the named beneficiaries.
Pamela is delighted these two worthy organisations will gain from the festival. “The charities we have chosen as beneficiaries are Cork Arc Cancer Support House, and the RNLI.
“Unfortunately, most of us have been affected by the loss of loved ones through cancer, but a few are lucky to survive treatment and come out the other side fighting.
“It is great to have places like Arc House where you can go for information, support and just a listening ear over a cup of tea.
“I suppose as we are a small coastal fishing community, the RNLI seemed a good choice.
“We are very fortunate here in Union Hall to have such a lifesaving asset in our community.”
The Union Hall Superstars committee have received a very strong response from interested clubs and individuals wishing to take part in this unique festival.
The generous prize money on offer and the status of being crowned the winner of the inaugural Union Hall Superstars winner is proving a big attraction revealed Pamela.
“€5,000 is an lot of money for any club to win and will go a long way in helping clubs improve their finances.
“There is also an added bonus as the individual winner will also walk away with €1,000.
“The events on the day will include a 100m sprint, 800m middle distance run, penalty shoot out, obstacle course, cycling, rowing, time trial and a strength and conditioning test.
“We have had a lot of interest with a good few clubs signed up so far including football, rugby, cycling and hurling clubs.
“By taking part you are supporting two great charities and having an enjoyable time.
“If anyone or any club would like any further information they can contact Martin Crowley at 086-1923225.
“The closing date for entries is Monday, July 30th.”
“Two very deserving and appropriate charities will benefit greatly from the Union Hall Superstars with Cork Arc Cancer Support House and the RNLI the named beneficiaries
Cork senior hurling stars Patrick Horgan, Damien Cahalane and Seamus Harnedy, who are all supporting the forthcoming Union Hall Superstars festival which will take place on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.
Meabh Cahalane and Stephen Hurley at the launch of the Union Hall Superstars at the Imperial Hotel.