Su­per­stars set to shine at Union Hall

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - John Bo­hane

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.

Photo: Billy MacGilll

Me­abh Ca­ha­lane and Stephen Hur­ley at the launch of the Union Hall Su­per­stars at the Im­pe­rial Ho­tel.

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