St. Mary's Badminton Club's success is driven by the commitment of its hardworking committee. The Club boasts of its high membership and having the most competitive team entries annually in Cork County. They warmly welcome new members each year and provide a free coaching service . Many of the club members are level one coaches, who are always willing to support players to enchance their badminton skills and technique.
The Club has been recognised twice by Badminton Ireland as Club of the Year. This prestigious award is given to a club that has endeavoured to promote and support the growth of badminton both socially and competitively throughout the year.
Photo of the Award:-
A little bit of history of the Club:
St. Mary's Badminton Club is the oldest running club in Fanlobbus Union and in Cork County. It commenced in the old Dunmanway parish Hall on Main Street and then moved to the newly built Cox's Hall on Sackville Street in October 1950. Cox's Hall is the best hall in Cork County in which to play badminton. The atmosphere experienced when a closely fought match is being played, supported by its followers, cannot be replicated in any other hall in the county.
Some photos of our achievements:-
2010 All Ireland Secondary Schools badminton competition - runners up for Bandon Grammar School - Ivor Sweetnam, Conor Pullin, Darren Sweetnam and Nigel Salter. Darren Sweetnam made it to the Irish under 13 Badminton team.
All Ireland Winners:
2015 Cork County Team - includes Anne Sweetnam (Captain) and Alan Deane
2014 Div 3 Mens League Winners
Stephen Driscoll, Gavin Beamish, Betty Thompson, Willie Bartley (Captain), Brian O'Mahony and Melvin Beamish.
2016 Div 2 Mens League Winners
2016 Div 6 Mixed League and Championship cup runners up - includes John Sweetnam (Captain), Eunice and Olive Jeffers.
The Towns Cup
The Towns Cup is the Dunmanway Handicap Cub, presented to Cork County Badminton by Dunmanway parishioner Richard Whitley back in 1961. This cup is played for annually by town clubs and the final is always held back in Dunmanway.
Heather and Hilary Whitley with photo of Dick Whitley in the background:
2014 Town Cup Winners:-
Paul Kingston, David Hourihan, David Driscoll, Brian O'Mahony, Catriona Moloney, Anne Sweetnam (Captain), Martina Deane and Susan Kingston.
Model School Badminton Awards:
The Sweetnam Badminton Boys and Girls Award Trophies are played for annually at the Model School, Dunmanway:
here are photos of some of the winners: ( Ray Jennings; Maeve Kingston; Brian Arnopp; Fiona Beamish and Alanna Driscoll).
Irish Badminton Player
2016 - Brian O'Mahony plays on the Irish Under 17 Irish Badminton Team - seen here with his doubles partner Adam McAllister, having won the Ulster doubles open and John Feeney, Munster President and CCBA Secretary.
Juvenile Cork County Winners - 2015
Under 13 Juvenile girls, boys and mixed county league winners.
Grade 6 Badminton Winner: St. Mary's Division 6 Team who won the Munster Finals and who went on to represent their Club in the All Ireland Finals on the 8th May
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Club Contact: Anne Sweetnam (087) 9002142
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