Cul Camp 2016 .

Cul Camps. The gloomy weather proved to have no effect on the high spirits of all who attended Ballinora Cúl Camp on the 15th August of this year. As always, the camp took off from day 1 despite the few drops of rain which proved no obstacle!   The number of kids attending Ballinora Cúl Camp is growing at a steady rate each year which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the coaches and co-ordinators who do such fantastic work behind the scenes to ensure each year is better than the last. This year, 148 kids attended for the week, comparing to 124 of last years camp, with ages ranging  from 5 years to 13 years of age. The camp was run and co ordinated by Jerry McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy and Ciara Twomey who give up their time each year to ensure the smooth running of the camp. Of course, all coaches did a tremendous job and it is a source of pride to the club that the most of these were locals sports people, Colm Walsh, Mike Lordan, James Lordan, Colin Mc Carthy, Conor Larkin, Cathal McCarthy, Judy Murphy, Gary Linehan, Aoife Nic Abhaird, Jennifer Murphy, Stephen O’ Keefe and for a bit of variety we drafted in Brendan O Driscoll from St.Finbarrs, the well known Cork County GAA coach. As in previous years we are fortunate to have a large number of local teenagers willing to help out for the week drawn mainly from the underage section of the club and their input was very positive and these young people received much praise from parents. This a valuable learning for these kids going forward. Again the ever-present Club President Tony O Mahony is to be complimented for the time he puts in over the week as he keeps a watching brief as well as keeping the kettle boiled ! We were also very thankful to the hall caretaker who ensured we had fresh clean premises every day. The presence of the local Red Cross people has become a crucial part of the process, two people were made available every day and one cannot put a value on this when dealing with this number of kids. Overall it was a resounding success measured by the amount of positive feedback received from parents and indeed from the coaches with regard to the exemplary behaviour of the children. The highlight of the week was the arrival on Friday of Cork Footballer and Nemo star Stephen Cronin. Stephen was extremely giving of his time and engaged with all the kids with great enthusiasm.   cul-camp-1cul-camp-2cul-camp-3cul-camp-5cul-camp-7cul-camp-8cul-camp-10cul-camp4cul-camp6
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