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Lee Valley Outlook Feb 2 2017 v14e3

v14e3 February 2 2017

 

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Preparing for 'Shandy Hall' - Sullane Haven fundraiser at Cork Opera House, February 21 and 22. ©  Lee Valley Outlook
 

Lee Valley Diary

The Fieldin An Halla, Baile Mhúirne on Sat Feb 4 at 8p.m.
Kilbonane N.S. Aherla enrolment/ information evening on Tues 7th Feb at 7p.m.
KHAA February Lecture at 8:30pm Tues 7th Feb in Kilmurry Museum.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Meeting Tues 7th Feb in Museum 7.30.
Kilbonane N.S. 75th Anniversary Mass in the school on Wed 8th Feb at 11am.
Lá 'le Ghobnatan Masses in Baile Mhúirne, Sat, Feb. 11, 11a.m,, 4p.m and 6.30p.m.
The Field in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thurs and Fri, Feb 16 and 17 at 8p.m.
Murder at Shandy Hall, the Musical in Cork Opera House at 8p.m. Tues. and Wed. Feb. 21 and 22.
Dripsey Ambush memorial parade Sun Feb 26th from Dripsey Cross at 3.00 p.m.
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes Thursday nights 7.30 in the Museum.
Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
Lisa McHugh 5th Marchat 8:00pm – Tickets €18.
The Field Thurs and Fri. Feb 16 and 17 at 8p.m.
Successful T.Dby John B. Keaneon Thurs9th March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom
Flower of Macroom 2017 at Riverside Park Hotel on March 11th.
Macroom Library
Storytime.Each Saturday at 12 noon for 3-8year olds.
Environmental Group Tues 7th Feb 5.30 to 7.15 p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Wed. Feb. 8 at 11.30a.m.
Gramophone on Fri Feb. 10th at 11 a.m
Creative Writing Group Tues 14th at 5.30 p.m.
Purlies Thurs Feb. 16that 11 a.m.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

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Cormac Larkin, Macroom, 2nd in the individual category in this year's Young Scientist of the Year Exhibition, with his parents, Seamas and Monica and sister, Alannah. ©Con Kelleher.

Cormac Larkin: Macroom's Hidden Science Star.

At the recent BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Cormac Larkin won the Institute of Physics special award; the Intel Student Award and was the overall individual runner-up. He will represent Ireland in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles later this year. Cormac's field is Astrophysics (the study of space) and he worked on a new method of identifying massive stars in a different way. The title of his project was "Case study of Data Mining in Observational Astronomy: The search for new OB stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud".
Cormac lives in The Hermitage, Macroom, with his parents Seamus and Monica and his younger sister, Alannah. His family moved to Macroom from Cork City in 2004. He attended Clondrohid National School and was a member of the school quiz team that finished 3rdnationally in the 2010 Irish League of Credit Unions quiz competition. He attended Coláiste Ghobnatan in Báile Mhuirne for 2 years and then transferred to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh in Bishopstown to avail of a broader range of science and language subjects. He is now a 6th year Leaving Certificate student. His Science teacher and project co-supervisor at Spiorad Naomh is Tim Kerins, who also has Macroom roots. Tim is son of Jackie Kerins, who had Kerins Pharmacy in Main Street. .
For as long as he remembers, Cormac has always been interested in science and particularly in astrophysics. For a young man, he has been involved in much. He is a Visiting Research Student in the Armagh Observatory's Stellar Astrophysics research group and Executive Research Editor of the Young Scientists Journal. In 2015 he was a summer intern in the Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics, UCC, under Professor Callanan. He presented a research poster at a conference that year and gave a talk at the same conference a year later. He also spent a week's work experience in the Macroom local engineering office learning about road engineering and local government, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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Cormac Larkin, Macroom and Coláiste an Spioraid Naomh, runner up in BT Young Scientist 2017, with his teacher, Tim Kerins ©Niall Brett

Outside of his science interest, Cormac is very keen on debating, which is taken very seriously by his school. His most recent win was with his school's team in the National Model United Nations, 2016, a national debating competition. In this format, teams are given a brief for a country and must argue on its behalf and defend its policies and actions. Representing 'Iran', they went on to win the competition. Last year, Cormac also represented Ireland as a member of the national delegation to the 2016 European Student Parliament held in the UK. He holds an Advanced Open Water diving licence, has an interest in robotics and has played American football. He also played rugby for Ballincollig RFC and Highfield RFC.
Because he attends school in Cork, Cormac is up at 6.30 a.m., travels by bus and is home again at about 6. He finds research enjoyable and relaxing.Next year Cormac hopes to study Astrophysics at third level, and, all going well, to then pursue post graduate education. His accomplishments to date should open many doors.Seamus, Monica and his sister Alannah are hugely supportive of Cormac and his interests and extremely proud of his achievements. His school has also been very staunch in backing his endeavours. Cormac is very aware and appreciative of his family and school support.
It was a pleasure to meet such a pleasant, intelligent, able and industrious young man and it seems very likely that he will enjoy a stellar future in science.
Tim Hickey, Clonfadda, Macroom, under the supervision of his teacher, Kevin Corcoran, was a Young Scientist winner in 1983 and his project was 'An Ecological Study to save The Gearagh'. He recalled how difficult and daunting it was to achieve success. Tim represented Ireland in Albuquerque, U.S. and his project came second in its category. By Con Kelleher.

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At the launch of Cork 20 International Car Rally 2017 at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©

Cork 20 for Macroom

The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom will be home to the International Cork 20 Car Rally for the next three years, starting September 29 to October 1 2017. The Cork 20, which was based in Cork city hotels in recent years, has now decided to locate at the centre of some iconic stages. The area west of Macroom has attracted many rallies over the decades, with stages of the Circuit of Ireland run on roads at Mullaghanish, Cill na Martra and Inchigeela in times past. The rally attracts huge public following as well as competitors and service crews. Rally headquarters, scrutiny and service areas and parc ferme, where the cars are impounded overnight, will all be based in Macroom, bringing a huge spin off to the area. As an extra bonus, the event will be shown in up to 52 countries via satellite television in On the Limit Sports and the beautiful scenery in and around the Lee Valley in autumn should attract many tourists to the area.
Present at the signing of a three-year contract basing the Acesigns Cork 20 International Rally in Macroom were Colman Hegarty, Chairman, Munster Car Club; Paul Browne, Munster Car Club and Clerk of the Course; Brian McCarthy, Munster Car Club; Neil Phelan, Acesigns, sponsors; Catherine Cronin, Riverside Park Hotel; Pat O'Connell, Chairman, Lee Valley Enterprise Board; Minister Michael Creed T.D. and Aindrias Moynihan T.D.
The Cork 20 Rally is one of the oldest events in Europe, having been initially a 20-hour endurance rally. It became an International Rally in 1977 and over the years has seen some of the best drivers in the world compete in it. Drivers such as Sebastian Loeb and Ari Vatanen won the event, while Mikko Hirvonen, Dani Sordo and Markko Martin also competed here. Top Irish drivers such as Billy Coleman, Frank Meagher, Bertie Fisher, Austin McHale and Andrew Nesbitt are just some of the top Irish names to have had their names inscribed on the winner's trophy. Whoever wins this year's rally will be adding their name to a very prestigious list.
The event is a counting round of the Clonakilty Black Pudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship and the Southern 4 Rally Championship and will attract up to 20,000 visitors to Macroom and the Lee Valley area and will utilise up to 1,500 bed nights over the duration of the event which will be a major boost to local tourism and the local economy. More information can be found on the rally website www.munstercarclub.com and on social media accounts.


Macroom's First Professional Boxer.

Noel Murphy, a former Grand Marshal at Macroom's St. Patrick's Day Parade, left his home town to go to America to further his career in boxing in 2014 and will be back in Ireland on February 25th when he will fight at the National Stadium in Dublin. Noel, 22, will be coming with a proud record to defend. In his professional career to date, he has had eight fights and has won them all, with two knockouts among the results. His latest win was two weeks ago when the Macroom man had a big points win in the non-televised undercard of a big bill at the Barclays Centre in New York. Noel, based in Woodlawn New York, fights in the super welter weight class and he easily dispatched a local prospect, the previously unbeaten Maxito Sainvil, with a score of 60:54 in his favour from two of the judges, while the third favoured Murphy by 59:55.

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Macroom's first professional boxer – Noel Murphy, Masseytown ©

Former world champion and now major TV boxing promoter, Floyd Mayweather, was joint promoter of the event with Loud Dibella. Fellow exile, the former Olympic champion Katie Taylor, was also at ringside watching potential opponents in women's boxing.
Noel's parents are Anthony and Linda Murphy and he has a brother, Eric. His paternal grandparents are Ina and the late John Noel Murphy, Sleaveen East and his maternal grandparents are Carmel and the late Jim Kirby. There is tremendous interest in Macroom in his boxing career as he is extremely popular in the town. As well as starting out with Macroom Boxing Club, he played football with Macroom GAA and soccer with Macroom FC. There will be a big exodus from the town on February 25th as family, friends, former school mates and team mates head for Dublin  to lend their vocal support.


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St. Mary's Michelle O'Riordan and Rosa Simmonds with their Young Scientist project. ©An Scoil.

St. Mary's Updates

Sizzling Science This year, St. Mary's had great success at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition with Ms. Butler receiving the BT Educator of Excellence award, a very prestigious accolade, with only four science teachers nationwide receiving this recognition. It reflects the opportunities made available to the students at St. Mary's by a very dedicated science department.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Week."Positive Mental Health Week" was launched on Jan 23rd by Fiona Brennan, Neuro Linguistic Programme practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist from Dublin. Fiona addressed senior cycle as well as third year students on ways of coping with stress and anxiety, using her programme entitled " The Positive Habit". Dr Sinead Devine from MGMS Training delivered a very informative talk to junior students and their parents on online safety. Sinead works with the very well-known advocate of safety in technology and cyber bullying, Dr. Maureen Griffin.
Garda Orla Doyle, Community Liaison Garda made a presentation to second years on Personal Safety, while Transition Year students had a talk from a team of young people from "Pure in Heart", advocating that they focus on developing loving respectful relationships, before engaging in a physical relationship. The founder of Lisheens House, Noreen Murphy and her colleagues came to the school on Thursday to make senior students aware of their free counselling service for those who may be depressed or suicidal in the West Cork area. They have drop- in centres in both Skibbereen and Bantry. Then we heard from the parents of a young girl, Leanne Wolfe from Carrigtwohill, who took her own life ten years ago, as a result of being bullied. Although it was difficult to hear their story, both the junior and senior students who attended their talks were very appreciative of her parents' courage to share their experiences and felt that it gave them a great insight into the adverse effects of not treating people properly. The series of talks ended on Thursday evening with second and third years getting exposure to two young girlswho are in recovery, having being addicted to alcohol and illegal drugs. An Addiction Counsellor from Cuan Mhuire, Farnanes accompanied them and spoke about how easy it is to fall into addiction, if one chooses to depend on drink or illegal drugs to cope with life's difficulties.
As well as the speakers, each year group worked on one aspect of "Building Resilience" with their Year Head/Class Teacher. Those aspects included: "Making Connections", "Nourishing Yourself", "Knowing Your Strengths", "Taking a Break", "Realistic Goals" and "Perspective". The entire student body, as well as the teachers, became very enthusiastic and competitive about this initiative, resulting in some very creative and powerful symbols on how to bounce back from life's difficulties. Congratulations to the third year students who won first prize for their winning display. Their topic focused on "Knowing your Strengths". Religion classes also incorporated a prayer service linked to Positive Mental Health, where the motto was "Let Go and Let God". The week finished with free fruit for everybody on Friday morning, as well as fun activities for some year groups.
Gaeilge 24.On Friday the 20th of January, the transition year students organised Gaeilge 24 with the help of the Irish Department in the school. The aim of Gaeilge 24 is to promote the use of spoken Irish. The first year students enjoyed a range of activities such as Twister, Bingo, Cup Song and a Quiz, all of which had been organised and prepared by the TY students. The day concluded with a céilí, where all of the students from both year groups came together to participate. All of the activities throughout the day were conducted through the medium of Irish. Gaeilge 24 is organised and supported by Conradh na Gaeilge. The main aim of the organisation is to promote and encourage the use of the Irish language. Students also received wristbands and t-shirts as part of the event which were all supported and supplied by Conradh na Gaeilge.Beatha teangaí a labhairt!
Basketball.A second year Basketball match against Coláiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, was held on Monday 30th January. A great display by the girls, especially Erika O'Shea and Caoimhe Donovan, gave them a fantastic win of 37-15. It is the first game of their competition. The very best of luck to them in their next round which will see them play Ballincollig Community School.

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Niamh McSweeney and Cathal Healy Ring, Transition Year Students, who will represent McEgan College in the upcoming Apprentice Chef Competition at Tralee IT. ©An Scoil.

McEgan College Updates

In-House Apprentice Chef Competition 2017.Congratulations to Niamh McSweeney and Cathal Healy Ring who have won the in-house competition Apprentice Chef competition at McEgan College. Niamh and Cathal were selected by the judging panel to represent McEganCollege in the prestigious first round of The Apprentice Chef competition to be held in IT Tralee, at the end of February. The judges had a difficult decision to make, as all competitors performed to high standards, displaying excellent culinary skills and food knowledge. Thanks to our team of judges, - Ashling Twomey, Edel Shorten and Katie Nynan for their expertise and advice. Well done to all involved.
Lourdes Pilgrimage.McEgan College is delighted to announce 2017's successful candidates for our annual excursion to Lourdes in June as part of the Cloyne Diocesan pilgrimage. Transition Year students; Mary O' Leary and Jackie Lucey have been nominated to go to Lourdes this year. Every year McEgan encourages students to invest time incompeting for this wonderful opportunity. All applicants are asked to write a letter stating why they hope to go and how they could help the less well able while in Lourdes. Many of the students were worthy candidates and we, the staff only wish that all who applied could go. No doubt, like every other year, it will prove to be an unforgettable, life changing and rewarding experience. Well done!
TY Mini-Enterprise Hoodies Project.Mary O'Leary and Shauna O'Dea, two girls from TY, came up with the idea of school hoodies as part their mini-enterprise initiative. The girls surveyed the school student population and school staff and decided they had sufficient numbers to proceed with the project. The hoodies were designed by the girls and they went about creating an account with O'Neill's sportswear. Linda in the office helped them with creating a purchase order number. The girls took full responsibility for money and banked it, with guidance from Linda, in the Cork ETB account. They entered the world of business and it has been a very successful project. The hoodies are so popular that a second order has now been placed with O'Neill's. Well done to the girls and their teacher, Ms. Creedon.

De la Salle Updates

Students and teachers from De La Salle College recently travelled to the University of Limerick to attend the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders' Congress. The Congress focused on raising awareness of the message 'It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help', and promoting help-seeking behaviour in young people. This year's Congress was the biggest to date, with over 6,000 students and teachers attending over two days in UL.
The Congress brings together young adults and teachers from all over the island of Ireland in an inspiring and energetic forum comprising live entertainment, discussion, celebrity guests, and much more. This year's guests included former Connaught rugby coach, Pat Lam, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, with entertainment provided by The Strypes and Orla Gartland.
"We're thrilled with reaction to our biggest Congress yet", said broadcaster and Cycle Against Suicide CEO, Colm Hayes. "It is our aim to let each and every student on the island of Ireland know that 'It's OK not to feel OK; and its absolutely OK to ask for help', and then, to empower these students to spread this message within their own homes and families. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. We're extremely grateful to our primary sponsors, the University of Limerick, for their support in making our biggest Congress yet such a success", Hayes continued.
Very much a student-led event, a large portion of the day actively involves students and the students actively engaged in all activities.

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De la Salle Macroom Transition Year students and teachers at the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders' Congress at UL. ©An Scoil.

Murder at Shandy Hall – The Musical / Sullane Haven.

Macroom Senior Citizens Sullane Haven Project would like to say a sincere thank you to all the cast and crew involved with the production of the hit musical, "The Murder at Shandy Hall", which is being staged at Cork Opera House on Tuesday February 21stbut due to popular demand, anextra night, Wednesday February 22nd, has been added.
Sullane Haven is a Residential Centre which caters for 13 elderly people, along with Sullane Place which consists of 7 sheltered houses, all based at Lucey's Lane, Macroom. It is our belief that all people, and in particular the elderly, should have the right to live independent, active and full lives and we strive to provide the following services in order to enhance this quality of life – Daily Lunch, Meals on Wheels, Chiropody, Art and Craft, Weekly Bingo, Group Holiday's and Care and Repair Service.
Patrick Bergin who play's Dr. Cross in the hit musical, recently paid a visit to Sullane Haven where he met with residents and staff and was blown away with the level of services and the independence the residents still enjoy and his departing comment was, 'Put my name on the waiting list; this place would suit me fine'. He said he was delighted that the centre would receive funding from the shows being staged at Cork Opera House in February.

Bus it to Cork Opera House

Booking is already very heavy for the two night staging of 'Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical' on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21 and 22. You can travel to the Opera House at leisure, with no parking headaches, by taking a special bus from Macroom.The shows are a fundraiser for the Sullane Haven Project and Macroom Senior Citizens will organise a bus to the show if enough people are interested. Please contact Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Telephone 026/41070 as soon as possible.

'The Field' with Sullane Players

Sullane Players, Macroom will celebrate their 10thAnniversary in 2017, kicking off with their production of John B. Keane's much acclaimed masterpiece, "The Field". Established in 2007 by Pat Melia, the group performed their first production, "Barndance" by John Fraher and have been packing the Briery Gap Theatre year after year. They have performed all aspects of drama from comedy to more serious productions. Big Maggie, Playboy of the Western World, Sive and Wake in the West are among the many great successes the group has experienced. This year's production will take place in two different venues, with the group opening in Ballyvourney on Saturday, 4th February and continuing at The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th Februar.
Pat says that Sullane Players have had a variety of actors over the years, with some of the original cast returning on a regular basis. This year sees the return of Robert O'Riordan after a break of a few years. Robert will play the part of the Bird O'Donnell and is relishing the part. Great stalwarts like Treasa O'Riordan, Adriana Dineen, Stephen Collins and Jim Leahy are joined on stage by Pat Brady, Gerard Collins, Conor O'Leary and regular actor and singer, Connie Foley. Each year the group tries to introduce a few new faces and this year they welcome Louise Leahy from Crookstown, Pat Twomey from Ballinagree and Derry Dinneen from Baile Mhúirne to the stage. Pat says that the group could not have existed or had so much success if it was not for the great support from the general public but would emphasise that the local traders in Macroom have been fantastic to them over the past 10 years. "Jack Cotter of T.P. Cotters has housed our sets and equipment for the past ten years free of charge and that is something for which we are truly grateful". As a group we have donated in excess of €28k to local charities over the past 9 years and it is all thanks to the really talented cast members, backstage crews and local support we get from Macroom and the surrounding areas.
Cast of 'The Field'. Leamy Flanagan (Eldest Son) - Gerard Collins. Bird O'Donnell - Robert O'Riordan.Mick Flanagan (Publican) - Pat Brady.Maggie Butler (Widow) - Adriana Dineen. Maimie Flanagan - Treasa O'Riordan. The Bull McCabe - Jim Leahy. Tadhg - Conor O'Leary. Sergeant - Connie Foley.Fr. Murphy - Derry Dinneen. William Dee (American) - Stephen Collins. Dandy McCabe - Pat Twomey.Mrs. McCabe - Louise Leahy. Children: Sean McSweeney, Farrah Deasy, Clodagh Healy & Brooke Murphy, Fionn O'Reilly, Conrad Melia & Natalia Melia.
Performances:Saturday4th February in the Halla, Baile Mhúirne.
Thursday & Friday 16th & 17th Feb. In the RiversidePark Hotel, Macroom.
Performances start at 8pm sharp.Bookings at Mulcahy's Insurances, Macroom 026 41424 or Pat Melia @ Lee Valley Communications 087 3520351

Political Satire

Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents John B Keane's Successful T.D on Thursday 9th March at 8:00pm at the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom. Starring Jon Kenny & Mary McEvoy – Directed by Michael Scott. Tickets €20 from 086 1663395. The Successful T.D. follows the trials, tribulations, misadventures and hilarious antics of Tull McAdoo as he seeks re-election to the Dáil in the "October Elections". Written by John B Keane in 1967, he displays his edge for humour and satire that are uncomfortably close to the politics of today ... Peppered with Keane's gallery of madcap characters, this show will have you laughing at politics (in a good way) from the start.

Flower of Macroom 2017.

Cailíní from all over Cork are invited to enter for the 2017 Flower of Macroom of Macroom. Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to announce that entries are now being taken, in preparation for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year's St Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Each club, business or society in the Lee Valley region may nominate one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at Riverside Park Hotel on March 11thwhere the 2017 "Flower of Macroom" will be crowned.

Macroom Library

NB Closure.. The library will be closed all day on Thursday February 9th. This is in connection with the incoming Sierra library management system of which more in the near future! We regret any inconvenience caused.
Gardening.With spring on the way, people may be thinking of getting their gardens, polytunnels etc back under control and the library is the place to come for a variety of books on the subject. We have titles on everything from allotments to container gardening.
Holidays.But if a spring break is what you crave, we have a wide selection of books on destinations for you to browse through to help you make up your mind. Day dreaming and planning the holiday is half the fun of the experience. From Donegal to Darwin, the world is your oyster!
Important Dates.Here is a list of activities taking place in the library between now and the 16th February.
Thursday 2nd and 16th The Purlies meet to knit at 11.30a.m. Saturday 4th and 11th Storytime at 12 noon until 12.45 approx. All 3-8 year olds welcome.Tuesday 7th The Macroom and District Environment Group meets at 5.30.Wednesday 8th Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30 with staff member Christine Cronin for a change! This is normally a Thursday event but we will be CLOSED on Thursday morning for staff training. All levels of Irish speaker welcome to this free and friendly event.Friday 10th Gramophone presentation by Graham Boote at 11a.m Refreshments served during the interval around 11.45. Everybody is welcome.Tuesday 14th At 5.30 anyone interested in writing fiction is invited to attend our Creative Writing group. Usually finishes at 7.15. We close at 7.30

Local TV Programmes

Thurs. Feb. 2. . 9.30p.m. Star Trax music centre, Knocknagree concert 2016 Part 1. .
Sun. Feb. 5. 5.30 p.m. Berrings First Holy Communion May 2016. 6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes - Making St. Brigid's Crosses with Betsy McSweeney in the Library 2012.Music, Song and Dance at the home of Con and Joan Walsh, Glandave 2016.
Wed. Feb 8 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Special interview on St. Gobnait with Donal and Diarmuid McSweeney 2012. 1995 Mid Cork Junior A Football final, Aghinagh v Clondrohid.
Thurs. Feb. 9. Star Trax music centre, Knocknagree concert 2016 Part 2..
Sun. Feb. 12: 5.30 p.m. 1998 Programme from Knock.6.30p.m. Repeats of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Feb. 15. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. 9.50. Music, song and dance from Healy's Bar, Kilcorney.
Thurs. Feb. 16. 9.30p.m. Music and Song at the Sandpit House Bar.
Sun. Feb. 19 : 5.30 p.m. Programme on St. Padre Pio with Donal Enright and DD O'Mahony. 6.30p.m. Repeats.

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The Field, John B. Keane's masterpiece, will be presented by Sullane Players in An Halla, Baile Mhúirne on Saturday, February 4 and in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17. All performances are at 8p.m. and admission is €12 and concession, €10.

Míle Murder .Murder at Shandy Hall – the Musical, will be back at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, February 21 at 8p.m., with an added show on Wednesday February 22 due to popular demand. This is a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens Sullane Haven Project. If there is enough interest, Macroom Senior Citizens will organise a Bus to this Show. Please contact Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Telephone 026/41070 as soon as possible.Tickets €25/22 from the Opera House, at www.corkoperahouse.ieor by calling 021 4270022.
Kilbonane N.S. Aherla enrolment/ information evening for new parents of prospective pupils will be held on Tuesday 7th February at 7p.m. for the school years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.Tel: 021-7331730, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
KHAA February Lecture Colman Ó Clabaigh, OSB Glenstal Abbey, will give a talk on Our Daily Bread - Monks and Food in Medieval Ireland at 8:30pm Tues 7th Feb in Kilmurry Museum. Brother Ó Clabaigh won the NUI Irish Historical Research prize for the best work of original Irish Research.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Meeting Tuesday 7thFebruary in Museum 7.30. All Welcome
Kilbonane N.S. is celebrating its 75thAnniversary. To mark this occasion a Mass will be held in the school on Wednesday 8th February at 11am. Refreshment will be served after Mass. This event is open to everyone, past pupils, teachers and anyone who was involved in the school. If anyone has old photographs or any information about past times, please let the school know.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club.A.G.M. Thursday 9th February at Coolcower House 7.00p.m., followed by Guest Speaker, Mary O Keeffe AOIFA speaking on "Victorian Glimpses". New members most welcome. Annual Membership for 2017 now accepted.Further details contact 087-9821708
Macroom Twinning Association is organising a trip to Bubry from June 30thto July 3rd. Anyone interested should contact Mireille at 0879241260. Cost around €200.A full week-end of French food, local visits, music and dance!
Dripsey Ambush memorial parade is on Sunday February 26th 2017, starting at Dripsey Cross at 3.00 p.m.
Kilmurry Irish Dancing Classes Thursday nights with Kate O'Donovan 7.30 in the Museum All welcome
Cork Ladies Celebrate. There was strongLee Valley representation as players and mentors celebrated Cork Ladies Football victories at Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday, January 14th. Included were John Cleary, Tom Scally, Jenny Brew Dinan, Aisling Barrett, Louise Coughlan, Marie Ambrose, Vera Foley, Rena Buckley, Pat O' Leary, Frankie Honohan, Marian Crowley, Laura Cleary, Ciara McCarthy, Sinead Cotter, Ciara Hughes and Mairéad Corkery.
Doctors for the Cup. Macroom doctors recently got their hands on the FAI Cup, courtesy of Dr. Gerard Murphy, Cloughduv who is doctor for Cork City, the current holders of the Cup. The Cup was a centre of interest at a recent CME(Continuing Medical Education) meeting at which doctors meet once a month from September to April to update their knowledge.
Keep the Lee Valley Beautiful. Local residents did a recent litter pick up on the L6212, Lissarda,Inchirahilly, Kilcondy Shandangan areas. A special thanks to the children. They were fantastic. Anyone seen dumping or fly tipping will be reported and prosecuted. Keep the Lee valley beautiful.
Bowls Winner. Abby Collins from Coachford Bowls Club was on the winning cup team in Killarney recently. Coachford Bowling Club is going from strength to strength and new members are always welcome For furtherdetails,contact 0217334284.
Macroom U-14 Ladies Football Awards Night was held in the Castle Hotel on January 20th. Medals were presentedby Cork All Star, Briege Corkery and were for winning the Mid-Cork U-14 summer and autumn leagues and for participation to those cub members who took part in the Mid-Cork U-14 Ladies Football Development Camps. The U-14 Ladies Football coaches were Ted Kelleher, Michael Cahill and Martin O'Brien.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 22/1/2017 Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn: 05, 17 and 36. No Winner. €50 Denis Lynch Knockrour €20 each Paul O'Sullivan Rusheen, Connie Healy C/O Anthony Kelleher, Sheila Walsh Clondrohid, Maurice O'Connor Leades.
29/1/2017Jackpot €5,350. Numbers drawn: 14, 16 and 36. No Winner. €50 Vincent Coakley Derryroe, €20 each Con & Jean Lehane Ballinagree, Paudie Twohig Horsemount, Noel O'Brien Ballinagree, Ger Burke Mid Cork Pallets..
Canovee GAA Lotto January 22nd; Numbers drawn: 19,14,21,23. Jackpot €10,400. No winner. €50 Neille Casey; €25 each: Gearard o Sullivan Aherla. Marie o Sullivan Larchill.25 on line James Hurley.
29/1/17; Jackpot €10,550. Numbers drawn: 6,11,13,20; No winner. €50 John o Sullivan Ballincollig. €25 each: Jim Deasy Cloughduv Declan Kelleher Cloughduv.. €25 on line Michael Deasy Aherla.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: 18/1/ 17. €70 Shane Moriarty, Carriganima €20 each: Kay Healy, c/o The Greyhound Bar. Karen Cullinane, Coachford Maura O'Brien, Curraleigh. Hazel Shannon, Rusheen
25/1/ 17. Heartiest congrats to winners of Jackpot, Martin & Yvonne O'Mahony, 45 The Glenties. Seller: Denny Dineen, Clondrohid. €70 Siobhan & Declan Walsh, Carriganima €20 each Brendan Lehane, 55 Castle St., Dunmanway Maura Horgan, Ballymakeera Eileen Cooney, Coachford, M. Scanlan, 8 Sullane Weirs, Macroom
Kilmurry GAA lotto 16/01/17 Jackpot €12,600. Numbers 15,22,39.. No winner. €50 MJ Leahy,€20 each: Pat&Paula, Tadhg O Neill, Donny O Sullivan, G Kelleher, Bandon Boys
23/01/17 Jackpot €12,800. Numbers 5,24,40. No winner. €50 Nicole Kelleher. €20 each: Andy O Mahony, Noreen Healy, Pat Lucey, Mary Healy.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 17/01/2017. Jackpot €1,000.Winning Numbers 9-16-20. No Winner. €70. Daniel Buckley, Kilnagurteen. €20 each: Mia Conlon, Railway View. Eamon Geran, C/O Corner Store, Cork Street.A &T Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Janette Kearney, C/O T.P.Cotters, Paul Long, Rylane
24/01/2017. Jackpot €1,200.Winning Numbers 5-15-32. No winner. €50 Celia Lynch, New Street €20 each: Denis Murray, Railway View. Dawn & Brooke Murphy, 9 Lr, Cork Street. Nora O'Callaghan, Dripsey, Gerard Quinn, An Gleann, Codrum Maureen O' Riordan, Castle Street
Macroom FC. Lotto.16/01/17. Jackpot €1,000.Numbers drawn7, 10, 25. No winner. €80 Sean and Lilly c/o Willie €20 each Angela O' Connor c/o Evelyn. Carmel Kirby c/o Lar's.Catherine O' Connor c/o Murray's.Veg and Baby Den c/o Lars.
23/01/17. Jackpot €1,200.Numbers drawn 9, 14, 32. No Winner €80 Mary Cooney c/o Hound €20 each Laura O' Mahony c/o Murray's. Marian Coughlan c/o Joan.Denis Moloney c/o Murray's. Michael Vaughan c/o Lar's
30/01/17. Jackpot €1,400.Numbers drawn 2, 5, 29. No winner. €80 Norah Deasy c/o Murray's €20 each Marian Pyper c/o Lar's. Nuala Goulding c/o June.Denis O' Leary c/o Corner Store.Katie Browne c/o Noel.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 23/1/2017. Jackpot: €5,000. Numbers Drawn: 22 – 32 – 33. No Winner. €40 Anne Vaughan, €20 Margaret O'Riordan, David Murphy, John Hogan, Molly O'Connell.
30/1/2017. Jackpot: €5,200. Numbers Drawn: 4 – 11 – 19. No Winner. €40 Eoghan Maher, €20 Tom Cremin, Marie & Terri, John O'Shea, Peadar Murphy.

Lee Valley Updates

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Artist's impression of Clondrohid's new school. Building is set to commence this year. ©An Scoil

New School for Clondrohid 

The Board of Management of Clondrohid National School has recently received approval from the Department of Education and Skills to proceed to the tendering stage with the major building project at the school.The €3.8 million project will entail the construction of an eight-classroom, new school building, with an attached three-classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder unit. Construction of the new building is scheduled to commence later in 2017.
The project is the culmination of many years' commitment by successive Boards of Management to ensure that a much-needed new school building is provided for the school-going children of the area.The new school building will be constructed in the current "school field" and will provide state-of-art educational facilities for pupils and staff. Combined with the adjacent on-site facilities of the Clann Aire crèche/pre-school, Astro Pitch, Running Track, G.A.A facilities and Community Hall, it will form a vibrant "campus" worthy of note.The existing main school building, which is over 120 years old, will, by Department of Education and Skills agreement, remainto be used for the benefit of the local community.

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Musicians, Anne and Tim Joe O'Riordan at Clondrohid Adult Party © Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group Party: Another great day out, great party, great dancingand good food, all were provided by this group at their annual Christmas /New Year Party in Clondrohid Hall recently. Thanks to all who helped out on the day, especially Margaret and Peter Twomey, who cooked and prepared all the cold plates. Thanks to the Hall Committee for use of hall, and to all those who donated gifts for the raffle. Thank you to Dan Joe Kelleher and Sean McSweeney; toHealy's Shop for their continued sponsorship; to Tim Joe and Ann and family whose music and song kept the floor full of dancers all day long; to the young set dancers who perform each year under the watchful eye of Teddy. Teddy continues with his classes for adults every Tuesday night at 8 pm in the Hall. Most families in Clondrohid and surrounding area have had someone taught by Teddy down through the years, be it their mother, father, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter. What a record, well done!
Knock Shrine pilgrimage to New York: A special pilgrimage to New York from Knock will take place from May 8 to 14 . Flying directly from Ireland West Airport to JFK with Aer Lingus, private charter, the pilgrimage offers the chance to be a part of a memorable and historic trip. For more information, contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01 2410800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Candlemas: Candles for home or church use will be blessed on Thursday February 2, at the 9.30am Mass in Clondrohid, and on Friday February 3, the feast of St. Blaise, throats will be blessed after 9.30amMass.
G.A.A Registration night Tuesday Feb 7 from 7pm to 8.30pm in the Club Dressing rooms. All players must be registered in advance of any games or training sessions.,for more details contact Marion Flanagan on 087-2114320

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Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club presentation in Cill Eanna Bar of €19,000 to 21 beneficiaries. ©

Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage

Johnstown / Kilmichael Vintage Club held a presentation night recently in Cill Eanna Bar, Johnstown. In total, €19,000was shared between 21 beneficiaries.These funds were raised from our Vintage & Harvest Festival. It was divided as follows; €4,000- to Marymount Hospice, €4,000 to Co-Action, €1,000to Mount Carmel Community Hospital,Clonakilty, €1,000 to Dunmanway Community Hospital,€1,000 to Macroom Community Hospital, €600to each of the 10 local National Schools, €350to Shanacashel Community Centre, €250 to each of the following four; Kilmichael Grotto Fund, Hospital Visits Fund c/o Margaret McCarthy, Inchigeelagh / Ballingeary Senior Citizens Fund and Terelton Community Centre, €650towards the purchase and instalment of a Defibrillator around the Shanacashel area. Thanks to all who supported our day and bought raffle tickets. Looking forward to your support in 2017.

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Snow in Renaniree ©Eileen Lynch

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association

Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association held its AGM on Tuesday 24th January in Independence Museum. A large crowd attended. Anna O ' Halloran was appointed Volunteer Coordinator, a new position whose role is to encourage more people to join KHAA. Also a motion was passed requesting more people to join Fundraising, Organising, Marketing and Curating committees. If you would like to join and help KHAA, please get in contact with one of the officers. We require museum guides and full training will be given. We are also looking for people to help in our events during the year. The following are the officers and committees that were elected in on the night;
Board of Directors;Noel Howard,Deirdre Bourke , Mary O'Mahony, Michael Garvey , Bridget Goulding, Siobhan Murphy , Damien O'Sullivan.
Officers.Life President David O'Mahony. Vice-presidents: Con Long,Terence McSwiney, Rita Galvin,Nora O'Leary , Kathleen Sheehan. Noel Howard,Tony Murphy. Chairperson Deirdre Bourke. Vice-chairperson Anthony O'Sullivan. Secretary Aileen O'Sullivan. Assistant secretary Aidan O'Sullivan.Treasurer Mary O'Mahony. Assistant treasurer Jim Murphy.PROMichael John O'Mahony. Website administrator Aidan O'Sullivan.
Management Committee:Deirdre BourkeDamien O'SullivanMary O'SullivanAnthony O'SullivanSiobhan MurphyNoel HowardMary O'MahonyAnna O'HalloranMichael John O'MahonyMichael GarveyAidan O'SullivanBridget GouldingGeorge LehaneDenis O'DonoughueMary MullinsAileen O'Sullivan (as secretary)
Curating committee:Noel HowardAidan O'SullivanNiall MurrayKieran FitzpatrickGer LongJohn Lee
Marketing Committee:Deirdre Bourke (Chair)Michael John O'MahonyAidan O'SullivanDiarmuid CohalanTony MurphyNiall MurraySandra Looney
Fundraising Committee:Anna O'Halloran (Chair)Siobhan MurphyMichael John O'MahonyMary O'SullivanMary MullinsAidan O'SullivanAileen O'Sullivan,Mary O'Mahony (Grant applications)
Organising Committee:Bridget Goulding (Chair),Paul Tassie,Michael John O'Mahony
Volunteer Co-ordinator: Anna O'Halloran

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Century old image from Inchigeela. ©Patrick Dromey

Inchigeela Updates

Flood Relief Funds. Residents in areas liable to flooding were glad to hear of €25,000 allocated for flood relief works. The main works are thought to be the clearing of trees and bushes which have grown by the river side or fallen into the water in recent years.
AGM.The annual general meeting of the development group Croí naLaoi will be held in the hall next Friday at 8pm.All are very welcome. Join the group to improve the appearance of the area and to make it an even better place in which to live.
"Wran Run" FundraisingThe run raised a figure of €1,250 and the funds will be used for improvement works in the area.

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Bronnann Ted Owens, príomhfheidhmeannach Bhord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Chorcaí, teastais moladh speisialta ar Danielle Ní Chéilleachair, Seán Ó Foirreidh, Liam Ó Muiris agus Hannah Coombs, iar-dhaltaí Choláiste Ghobnatan, faoi shiúil phríomhoide Breandán Ó Lionáird, ag searmanas gradaim na hArdteistiméireachta, in Óstán an Rochestown Park, Corcaigh. © Jim Coughlan

Coláiste Ghobnatan

Turas Bliain a 5.Chuaigh Bliain a 5 ar thuras thar oíche go Baile Átha Cliath le déanaí. Chuaigh Máistir Ó Súilleabháin, Máistir Ó Duinneacha gus Iníon Ní Chuáin leo. Bhuaigh an rang an turas mar duais anuraidh, mar chuid den comórtas i gcómhphairt le Sky Sports. D'fhreastail an rang ar searmanas bronnta agus bhailigh siad duais. Chomh maith le sin, chuaigh siad chun an scannán 'La La Land' a fheiscint.
Comhar na gCrann. D'oscail Comhar na gCrann, comhar creidmheasa na scoile, an tseachtain seo caite. Bhí bosca misleáin agus dearbhán €20 One4All le buachaint ag na daoine a d'oscail cuntas leis an gcomhar creidmheasa. Bhí comórtas logo ar siúl chun íomhá oifigiúl an comhar creidmheasa a dhearadh, agus bhuaigh Chloe Ní Chiardha, dalta Bliain a 1, an comórtas.
Duaiseanna d'iarscoláirí,Bronnadh teastais éachta speisialta ar iarscoláirí Choláiste Ghobnatan le déanaí ag searmanas gradam de chuid Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Chorcaí. Bronnadh na teastais ar Seán Ó Foirreidh, Liam Ó Muiris, Hannah Coombs agus Danielle Ní Chéilleachair toisc na torthaí iontacha a fuair siad san Ardteist anuraidh. Chomh maith le sin, bronnadh teastas Dalta na Bliana ar Arran Bradstock agus é roghnaithe ag an scoil don onóir seo.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra na Feirme proudly celebrated its 60thAnniversary in "The Blarney Hotel" on January 21st 2017. Since its foundation in 1957, Berrings Macra has been a hugely successful club and has never once been dormant. The dinnerdance was attended by founding club members, Eileen Hennessy and Donal Murphy; Munster Macra Vice President Gerard Griffin, along with many past and current club members. Guests danced the night away and a fantastic night was had by all.
History

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A section of the huge crowd at Cork County 2016 Centenary Reflection Night at Cork County Hall © Lee Valley Outlook

Remembering 1916.

The Lee Valley was well represented at a recent function in County Hall to mark Cork County's award-winning Ireland 2016 programme. More than 200 groups staged 500+ events throughout the county last year, many of them receiving support from the Council. These voluntary groups, as well as Council officials and politicians, were praised at the sociable gathering that included music, song, poetry and, of course, speeches. A commemorative book, '1916 – 2016 Remembering the Centenary in County Cork', was presented to delegates. It contains short reports and photographs from many of the centenary celebrations throughout the county. Guests again attended a function on Spike Island on February 25 for the official launch of the permanent exhibition in memory of the crew of the Aud and their efforts on behalf of Ireland's Cause in 1916. Spike Island was the only Irish Soil on which the crew of the Aud set foot in 1916 and it is therefore seen as most fitting that an exhibition be launched on the island in honour of this part of our shared collective history.

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St. Gobnait's, Ballyvourney, centre of rounds on February 11. © Lee Valley Outlook

St. Gobnait's Feast.

St. Gobnait's Day, February 11th, has since time immemorial, been a local holiday devoted to religious ceremonies and Rounds, as opposed to the fair and secular celebrations on Whit Sunday. Precise knowledge of St. Gobnait is unavailable, but from 'bealoideas' and the 1951 archaeological excavations in Gort na Tiobratan, it may be deduced that she had a convent there on the hill in the 6th or 7th century. St. Abán, who had a monastery in the valley of the Sullane about a ¼ of a mile away from St. Gobnait's, is considered by some to have been her brother. But it is more widely believed that he gave her the land for her convent and church when she arrived in the district. Many legends are told of her trip to West Cork. She is alleged to have been a native of the Aran Islands. In a vision, she was told to build her church and convent where she found nine white deer grazing. She travelled through Connacht and Munster in her quest. Many places in which she stayed are called Cill Ghobnaitor Kilgobnet. In Clondrohid, near Macroom, she saw some white deer, but not until she got to Gort na Tiobratan did she find exactly what she sought.
Gobnait is reputed to have been very kind to the poor and oppressed and is also shown as a woman of action when required. An invader of the area planned to build his castle on the hill near where Coláiste Íosagáin now stands. St. Gobnait's hill commanded a view of that hill and she threw an iron ball or bowl at it. The bowl flattened the edifice and returned to Gobnait's hand, boomerang style. Several attempts were made to build the residence but each effort was demolished by Gobnait's bowl and eventually the unwelcome visitor departed. This sounds like the beginning of the bowling tradition in West Cork! Gobnait is also renowned as a bee-keeper. In fact, the bees may be considered her army. Rustlers were creating havoc in the district, stealing cattle and sheep, and the locals asked for Gobnait's help. She dispatched her bees on the trail and they quickly routed the rustlers. One of the ancient carvings still visible on the ruins of the mediaeval church at Gort na Tiobratan is known as the Gadaí Dubh or Gadaí Ghobnatan. Its presence is explained in another legend. Manx tradesmen were employed in the building of St. Gobnait's convent. She had a white horse which was used to transport stones. One of the workers stole the others' tools during the night and planned to abscond on horse-back. However, when day dawned, he found he had made no progress as the horse was still circling the church. His effigy was carved and included in the stonework to publicise his guilt. But at least he is remembered centuries later, when his more honest companions are long since forgotten. Over one of the windows of the church is a carving known as Síle na Gig, an ancient fertility god. Many people performing the round pay homage here also, praying for fertility for the land and those who dwell thereon.

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Pilgrim at St. Gobnait's © Lee Valley Outlook

People came from far and near to pray and do the rounds at St. Gobnait's. Among the famous historical characters who visited were Cardinal Rinuccini, the Papal Legate and Monsignor Massari, on their way to the Synod in Kilkenny in 1645. O'Sullivan Bere, on his way to Leitrim after the Battle of Kinsale, also made a stop at Ballyvourney. The shrine had received official recognition from the Pope at the beginning of the 17th century, with special indulgences for those who performed the Rounds. These rounds are still done on St. Gobnait's Day, February 11, on Whitsunday and throughout the year. Since the excavation in the 1950s, a local committee has looked after the area and the installation of lighting has made night rounds possible and popular. In bygone days, supplicants did the rounds fasting on 21 consecutive mornings. They slept in the ruined church during the night, completed the rounds at daybreak and returned home for the day's work, only to return again at nightfall. On the final day, the pilgrim emptiedTobar Ghobnatan and, if he saw a trout, it was taken as a good omen for the granting of his petition. People not being made of the same stuff now, they limit themselves to nine rounds for very special requests. Sometimes these are done consecutively, with one round completed before midnight and the other immediately afterwards, thus fulfilling the requirement for two days. Pilgrims come from all over the south to pray at Ballyvourney, and large groups frequently make public rounds at night. The format can vary considerably but recommended prayers and rites are now listed on notice boards at each station. The round always begins at St. Gobnait's statue, sculpted by Seamus Murphy A.R.H.A., and erected in the mid-fifties when the site was renovated. It is richly symbolic, with Gobnait's bees immortalised in stone around the base. Also inscribed is the opening prayer of the round :
"Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait Naofa,
Go mbeannaí Muire dhuit agus beannaím fein duit.
Is chugat a thánas ag gearán mo scéil leat,
Is ag iarraidh mo leighis ar son Dé ort".
On St. Gobnait's Day and Whitsunday the ancient statue of the saint is exposed and venerated in the parish church. It was customary to measure the length and the breadth of the statue with a piece of woollen thread, and this, known as Tomhas Ghobnatan, was kept to cure illness and ward off evil. The Rounds in Ballyvourney have by now been stripped of some of their ritual but it still gives an awesome feeling to see groups of people completing the demanding devotion in a show of solidarity with an ailing neighbour and praying :"A Ghobnait mhúinte ó Bhaile Mhúirne, tarse chugam led' chabhair is led' chúnamh". But, to feel the wonderful, peaceful atmosphere of St. Gobnait's, one should go there alone, early on a summer's morning. Then one can experience untainted nature combined with a strong awareness of the divine. One can visualise the spirits of the many poets, patriots and musicians who chose St. Gobnait's as a last resting place, adding their voices to the dawn chorus of joy.

St. Valentine's Day February 14

At least two St. Valentines, said to have lived in the second and third centuries, were venerated in early Christian times. February 14 was appointed as their feast day by Pope Gelasius in 500A.D. (according to Wikipedia!) but it was deleted from the Roman calendar of Saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Relics of St. Valentine are still venerated at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite church in Dublin. Legend has it that Valentine continued to solemnise marriages when this was forbidden by the Roman Emperor Claudius 11, who felt that married men made bad soldiers. He was executed for his disobedience by being beaten to death with clubs and having his head cut off on the 14th day of February, c.270 A.D. At that time it was the custom in Rome to celebrate Lupercalia, in honour of a heathen god, in mid-February. One of the Lupercalian ceremonies involved placing the names of young women in a box, from which they were drawn by the men. The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
St. Valentine's Day is a hugely commercial event now, with cards, flowers, chocolates, lingerie, candlelit dinners and romantic holidays featuring prominently and being backed up by text messages, emails and tweets among e geeks. But there is still nothing more romantic than a song or a sonnet in praise of the beloved.
If I could catch a rainbow, I would do it just for you
And share with you its beauty on the days you're feeling blue.
If I could build a mountain you could call your very own,
A place to find serenity, a place to be alone.
If I could take your troubles, I would toss them in the sea;
But all these things, I'm finding, are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain or catch a rainbow fair;
But let me be what I know best: a friend that's always there.
St. Valentine, patron saint of epilepsy, may be remembered on European Epilepsy Day, February 14 by more than 37,000 people in Ireland who suffer from the condition. Exactly why St Valentine is so closely associated with epilepsy is not known for sure. He may have had the condition himself or the gift of helpingsufferers from seizures andepilepsy. In parts of Europe, epilepsy is called "Saint Valentine's illness". There are also hundreds of iconic representations from the 15th century onwards of St. Valentine healing people with epilepsy, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

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Enjoying the January snow at Rusheen N.S. ©An Scoil.

Sports Mad

GAA -
Tom Creedon Cup

The 2017 Tom Creedon Cup competition, sponsored by Macroom Bookshop, has reached the semi-final stage and is notable for the fine form of two Múscraí Gaeltacht sides, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh and Cill na Martra, in their outings to date. Premier Intermediate side, Béal Átha got a stiff test at home from Mitchelstown in the opening round, had to travel to Naomh Abán for the quarter final and after a smashing game of football, emerged victors by a single point. Cill na Martra, had a big win over Premier side Mallow in the opening round at Páirc Uí Chuana and followed on with an impressive win over fellow Intermediate side, Ballydesmond, at the Duhallow venue. The two Gaeltacht sides will now meet one another in the semi-final.
City premier side, St Michaels, had an easy win over Millstreet and now await the winners of the Newmarket –Kinsale quarter final fixture. Newmarket were worthy winners of a challenging encounter at Macroom but a sad bereavement in the club caused the postponement of their quarter final game against the South East side.
First Round:
Cill na Martra 0-14Mallow 0-12
St Finbarr's 0 –10Naomh Aban 1-12
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3 - 17 Mitchelstown 2-17
Macroom 1 – 10Newmarket 1 – 13
Quarter Finals:
Ballydesmond 1-8Cill na Martra 1-10
Naomh Abán 1-12Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2- 10
Newmarket v Kinsale
St Michaels3-21Millstreet 0-2
Semi-finals:Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán
St Michaelsv Newmarket/Kinsale

Cill Na Martra 0 –14Mallow 0 – 12
Mallow are a team with serious ambitions of winning the Premier intermediate title this year after finished last season winning promotion to the top division in the county leagues. Their visit to Cill na Martra for the opening round of the Tom Creedon Cup presented therefore a stiff challenge for the home side but after a game of high quality between two determined teams it was the Cill na Martra men who emerged victorious and no one disputed the merit of their win.
After a lively opening ten minutes, the teams were level at 0-2 each, Shane Ó Duinnín and Danny O'Conaill scoring for the home side. Mallow took the lead, Mike Ó Deasúna kicked over a free in reply in the 14th minute and Shane Ó Duinnín gave Cill na Martra the lead a minute later. Mallow lost a defender to a black card (hand trip) but equalised at 0-4 each in the 19th minute and then went two points clear. Only an outstanding save by the Mallow goalkeeper Kenny Doyle denied Maidhchí Ó Duinnín of a goal in the 25th minute but Shane Ó Duinnín kept them in touch with a point a minute later. Mallow sharp shooter Cian O'Riordan pointed a free to re-open the two point gap but Mike Ó Deasúna made no mistake from a free in the dying seconds of the half to leave Cill na Martra trailing by a single point, 0-6 to 0-7 at the break. The standard of the play had been excellent, the two teams playing fast competitive football with sweeping movements from both sides breaking fast out of defence.
Mallow went two points clear again on the resumption from a free, Cill na Martra responded with a point from Daire MacLochlainn and another from a Mike Ó Deasúna free to be level after seven minute. In-form Mike Ó Deasúna then edged his side in front from a free but Mallow quickly drew level again at 0-9 each. Dan Ó Duinnín was introduced for the home side but it was Mallow who hit the front with a point in the 42nd minute. Cill na Martra responded with an equalising point from Donal Óg Ó Laoire and after a foul of Dan Ó Duinnín, Mike Ó Deasúna sent the free kick sailing over the bar to restore the lead for the home side at 0-11 to 0-10. Mallow replied with a point in the 49th minute but four minutes later, Mike Ó Deasúna pointed a free from the '45' metre line and Shane Ó Duinnín added a point from play a minute later. When Dan Ó Duinnín had a point to open up a three point gap in the 57th minute Cill na Martra were in a strong position and despite intense pressure, all Mallow could manage in the remaining time was a point from a free as the Cill na Martra defence stood firm.
Cill na Martra scorers: Mike Ó Deasúna 0-6 (all frees), Shane Ó Duinnín 0-4, Danny Ó Conaill, Daire MacLochlainn, Donal Óg Ó Laoire and Dan Ó Duinnín 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Marc Ó Goili: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Colm Ó Laoire, Antóin Ó Cuana: Fionnbarra Ó hÉaluithe, Micheál Ó Deasúna: Daire MacLochlainn, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Danny Ó Conaill: Shane Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Liam Ó Loinsuigh. Subs: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh and Donal Óg Ó Laoire 40, Dan Ó Duinnín 42, Damian Ó hUrdail 52, Gearóid Ó Goilí 58.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
Macroom1 – 10 Newmarket 1 – 13
Macroom were favoured with a home draw in the opening round of the Tom Creedon Cup but failed to avail of their advantage, losing out to Newmarket in extra time, the winning goal coming in the last minutes of the extra period. Newmarket showed early on that they were prepared for this game and had two points on the board before Macroom had a goal from a David Goold penalty after Ethan O'Gorman was fouled under a dropping ball. This goal gave Macroom a brief lead and thereafter kept Macroom in touch all through the first half when Newmarket dominated. Two points for Newmarket were followed by a Macroom point from a Patrick Lucey free in the 21st minute and when the visitors added two more points, David Horgan replied with a fine point from play. Late points were exchanged, Patrick Lucey pointing from play for the home side who trailed by 1-3 to 0-7 at the break.
On the resumption, Newmarket went three points clear within ten minutes before Lucey had his third point in the 42nd minute and when the Duhallow men restored their three point lead, Lucey brought Macroom back into contention with three points in a row, two from frees, to level the score at 1-7 to 0-10 in the 50th minute. Sean Kiely, who had a fine outing for Macroom, put Macroom in front four minutes from time with a superb point but Newmarket replied from play and the game finished level at 1-8 to 0-11.
In extra time, Patrick Lucey put Macroom in front with a point, Newmarket replied. John Murphy had a super point from the sideline to give Macroom a one point interval lead. In the second half of the extra time Newmarket levelled from a free and three minutes from time got a winning goal from close range.
Macroom scorers: David Goold 1-0 (pen.), Patrick Lucey 0-6 (0-2f), David Horgan, Seán Kiely and John Murphy 0-1 each.
Macroom team: Declan Kiely: Alan Quinn, Olan O'Mahony, John Angland: Robbie O'Dwyer, Michael Cahill, David Cotter: Seán Kiely, David Horgan: Brendan O'Sullivan, David Goold, Don Creedon: John Murphy, Ethan O'Gorman, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Ciarán Murphy and Caleb Dinneen.
Ballydesmond1 – 8 Cill na Martra1 – 10
Cill na Martra travelled to Ballydesmond for their quarter final encounter and maintained their fine form with a deserved win over the home side in heavy underfoot conditions. Ballydesmond started this game very well and led by 1-2 to nil after the first quarter. Shane Ó Duinnín had an opening point for Cill na Martra in the 16th minute, Daire MacLochlainn had another two minutes later, Mike Ó Deasúna kicked over another and then Maidhchí point in the 23rd minute left the score at 1-3 to 0-4 with the Gaeltacht men improving all the time.
The second half resumed with Cill na Martra in flying form and Mike Ó Deasúna kicked over three points in a row to put them in front and a point from defender Marc Ó Goilí gave them a two point advantage. In the 45th minute, Cill na Martra got in for a goal, Maidhchi Ó Duinnín scoring from close range but were Ballydesmond finished? Not a bit of it! Back came the home side with point after point to narrow the gap down to a single score, 1-8 to 1-7 but in the closing stages, Cill na Martra steadied the ship and Mike Ó Deasúna had a relieving point and after Ballydesmond again cut the gap back to a single point, Mike Ó Deasúna showed that his eye was in, as he confidently kicked over another free to leave Cill na Martra leading by two points at the final whistle.
Next Up: A home semi final against neighbours Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Cill na Martra scorers: Maidhchí Ó Duinnín 1-1, Mike Ó Deasúna 0-7 (frees), Shane Ó Duinnín and Marc Ó Goili 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Graham Ó Mocháin, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Marc Ó Goili: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Colm Ó Laoire, Danny Ó Conaill: Fionnbarra Ó hÉaluithe, Micheál Ó Deasúna: Daire MacLochlainn, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Donal Óg Ó Laoire: Shane Ó Duinnín, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Damian Ó hUrdail. Subs: James Ó Conaill, Antóin Ó Cuana, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Seánie Ó Fórréidh.
Naomh Abán 1– 12 Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 10
This Tom Creedon Cup quarter final at Páirc Íosagáin, Baile Mhuirne produced another game of high quality and top class entertainment at the magnificent new HQ of Naomh Abán. Béal Átha are probably the best team in the Muskerry division (outside of senior side Ballincoillig) at present and there was a good crowd present to see how the young home side would fare. Béal Átha won and deservedly so but they got a right good fright in the closing quarter from the Naomh Abán men who could have forced extra time with a little luck in the dying minutes.
Conditions were excellent for late January and both sides played some fine football. Béal Átha got off to a perfect start when Ben Seartan found his brother Donagh with a peach of a pass in the fifth minute and the latter made no mistake and shook the N Abán net from close quarters. Naomh Abán recovered well and Maidhchi Ó Liatháin had their opening point after 9 minutes and Colm Ó Murchu pointed a free a minute later. Leonáird Ó Conchubhair's shot was deflected over the bar in the 15th minute and it was 1-2 to 0-2 when Andy Ó Coinceannain fired over a point for Béal Átha a minute later. Béal Átha were looking very composed at this stage with Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh superb at full back with fine support, and up front the Shorten brothers, Ben and Donagh, were causing major problems for the N Abán defenders. Miceál Ó Laoire had a welcome point for the home side but Béal Átha replied with points from Colman Ó Tuama and the Seartan brother to go into a five point lead, 1-5 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. Colm Ó Murchu pointed a '45' for N Abán and when Andy Ó Coinceannain pointed a free in reply, Ó Murchu did likewise for N Abán to leave the interval score at 1-6 to 0-5 in favour of the visitors.
The lively Donncadh Ó Ceocháin had a point for the N Abán on the resumption but Donagh Seartan took a sweet point in reply and Béal Átha stretched their lead to six points, 1-9 to 0-6, with scores from Liam Seartan and brother Ben. Dopnncadh Ó Ceocháin pointed a free from way out near the sideline before Béal Átha struck for a decisive second goal, a high ball in from Andy Ó Coinceannain falling kindly for Donagh Seartan who promptly booted to the net in the 41st minute.
The game looked all over as a contest at this stage but after an exchange of points between Colm Ó Murchú and Ben Seartan, Naomh Abán got a major boost when Conchuir Ó Murchu sent a high ball into the Béal Átha goalmouth and Miceál Ó Laoire rose highest to fist the ball to the net and cut the gap back to five points, 2-10 to 1-8 with twelve minutes still to play. Béal Átha were not to score again as the home side upped the tempo and attacked in waves. Colm Ó Murchu pointed a free, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin did likewise to cut the lead to a goal in the 56th minute. Colm Ó Murchú pointed another free and when Colm pointed from play in the 30th minute from a distance only the minimum separated the sides. A late '45' for N Abán just dropped short of the target and so Béal Átha survived but they were a relieved outfit at the final whistle.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Darren Ó Coill: Seán Ó Donnchú, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Cian Ó Duinnín, Liam Seartan, Dara Seartan: Eoin Ó Coill, Leonáird Ó Conchubhair: Colmán Ó Tuama, Pól Ó Buachalla, Seamus Ó Tuama: Ben Seartan, Ainrdrias Ó Coinceannain, Donagh Seartan. Ionaidí: Tadgh Ó Laoire 42, Ciarán Ó Nunáin 43, Dara Ó Ceallacháin 46.
Naomh Abán: Daire Ó hEaluithe: Seamus Ó Mathúna, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Tadhg Ó Riordáin: Ronán de hÍde, Colm de hÍde, Diarmuid Ó Scannaill: Micheál Ó Laoire, Seamus Ó Laoire: Maidhchi Ó Liatháin, Colm Ó Murchu, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Conchúr Ó Murchu, Donncha Ó Ceocháin. Fir Ionaid: Muiiris Ó Donnchu 26, Piarais Ó Loinsuigh 45, Deaglán Ó hAllmhúin 55, Eoin Ó Scanaill 58.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Maighchromtha.

Cork Colleges Hurling

De La Salle, Macroom 1-14 MICC Dunmanway: 2-8
DeLaSalle Macroom were crowned Cork Post-Primary Schools U16 C hurling champions after seeing off the gallant challenge of MICC Dunmanway in the final at Newcestown. A dominant first-half performance built the foundation for the Macroom victory as DLS stood firm against a reinvigorated Dunmanway in the second half. The scoring was lead by Chris O'Connell (Western Gaels), who was joined on the scoresheet by Jack Kelleher (Cloughduv), Ronan Murphy (Western Gaels), Fionn Heffernan (Cloughduv) and Brian Lynch (Laochra Óg). As is often the case, it would be unfair to single out any one player as this was a collective effort where everyone in a DLS jersey demonstrated commitment to his team mates and a ruthless determination to succeed.
DeLaSalle team: Andrew Kelleher (Western Gaels): Micheál O'Herlihy (Western Gaels), Daniel O'Donovan (Western Gaels), Alex Wood (Western Gaels): Aidan Murray (Western Gaels), Seán O'Riordan (Western Gaels), Maurice Galvin (Western Gaels): Fionn Heffernan (Cloughduv), Eoin Moynihan (Cloughduv): Cathan Creedon (Laochra Óg), Jack Kelleher (Cloughduv), Denis Dullea (Cloughduv): Ronan Murphy (Western Gaels), Christopher O'Connell (Western Gaels), Brian Lynch (Laochra Óg). Sub used: Brian Healy (Laochra Óg) and Brandan Long, Reece Lee, Gearóid O'Brien, Gavin O'Leary, Shane Hodman, Aaron Ryan, Darren Quinn, Cormac Buckley, Tom Downey, Brian O'Riordan and John O'Shea.
DLS staff members Diarmuid Bolger and Eva Dunne formed the management team and the team captain was Denis Dullea (Cloughduv).

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A quarter of a century later, Aghabullogue GAA remembers the Junior A Hurling County Championship win in 1991 ©

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The Aghabullogue Junior Hurling team who won the County in 1991. ©SMcS

Munster Hurling League

Cork 1-21 Limerick 1-20
Cork senior hurlers took the first trophy of the season when they defeated Limerick in the Co-op Superstores Munster League final at a very wet Limerick. Cork were two points behind as the game neared its conclusion but their star forward Alan Cadogan struck for a goal to give them a welcome trophy and a morale boost.Limerick were in front by 1-5 to 0-7 at the end of the opening quarter and it was Limerick two ahead at the break, 1-11 to 0-12.
On the resumption Limerick went three ahead and held a four-point lead turning into the final quarter but Patrick Horgan (two), Kingston and sub. Seamus Harnedy and Daniel Kearney put Cork ahead with five points in a row. Limerick rallied, however, and three points in a row seemed to make it safe - until Cadogan's late strike.Young Blarney hurler, Mark Coleman, a winner of a Muskerry monthly sports star award last year, was at half back for Cork.
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-9, 0-7 frees); A. Cadogan (1-2) C. Lehane, S. Kingston (0-3); D. Brosnan, M. Coleman, D. Kearney, S. Harnedy (0-1 each).
Cork: A. Nash: S. McDonnell, C. Spillane, D. Cahalane: M. Ellis, C. Joyce, Mark Coleman (Blarney): L. McLoughlin, D. Kearney: C. Lehane, L. Meade, S. Kingston: A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, D. Fitzgibbon.Subs: D. Griffin for Cahalane and K. Burke for Spillane, D. Brosnan for McLoughlin (all HT); S. Harnedy for Fitzgibbon (60); C. O'Sullivan for McDonnell (72).

Cork County Football League Fixtures

The county football leagues start on February 12th with games in all five divisions. Seven teams in all from Muskerry are competing in the various divisions with the meeting of Ballincollig and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh on opening day a particularly attractive fixture.
Sunday 12th February, 2017
Rochestown Park Hotel Div 1 Football League
Ballincollig v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh @ Ballincollig
Carbery Rangers v Castlehaven @ Rosscarbery
Clonakilty v Ilen Rovers @ Clonakilty
Mallowv Nemo Rangers @ Mallow
O Donovan Rossa v St Finbarrs @ O Donovan Rossa

Division 2 Football League
Clyda Rovers v Douglas @ Clyda Rovers
Éire Ógv Kanturk @ Ovens
Kiskeamv Macroom @ Kiskeam
Naomh Aban vNewcestown @ Ballyvourney
Bishopstownv Cill Na Martra @ Bishopstown

Division 3 Football League
Carrigalinev Aghabullogue @ Carrigaline
Fermoyv Bantry Blues @ Fermoy
Nemo Rangers v Dohenys @ Nemo Rangers
Rockchapelv Glanworth @ Rockchapel
St Vincent's v Newmarket @ St Vincents

Division 4 Football League
Castletownbere v Ballinora @ Castletownbere
Kildorreryv Bandon @ Kildorrery
Mayfield v Glenville @ Mayfield
Na Piarsaighv Kinsale @ Na Piarsaigh
St Nicksv Mitchelstown @ St Nicks

Division 5 Football League
Adrigolev Grenagh @ Adrigole
Carrigalinev Gabriel Rangers @ Carrigaline
Douglasv Clonakilty @ Douglas
Glanmirev Millstreet @ Glanmire
St Finbarrsv Youghal @ Togher

County Junior Leagues

Entries for the County Junior A and B Football Leagues are closed and arrangements are that the leagues will have three groups in 'A' Hurling, one in 'B' Hurling, two in 'A' Football and two in 'B' Football. Groups will be arranged with a view to minimising travel distance where possible.
Mid Cork teams entered include Ballinora, Blarney, Cloughduv, Gleann na Laoi and Kilmichael in 'A' hurling; Blarney, Cloughduv and Inniscarra in 'B' hurling.Aghinagh, Canovee, Dripsey, Iveleary and Kilmurry are entered in 'A' football: Ballinora, Cill na Martra, Inniscarra, Macroom are entered in 'B' football.
Cloughduv won the 'A' hurling league last year with Iveleary taking the 'A' football title and Macroom winning the 'B' football league.

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Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, Macroom, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Supreme Sports Star of the Year Award to David Howard, Ballinora GAA, at the Muskerry Division Gala Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel, Ballincollig. Included are Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry Division, Aidan Fahy, Manager Oriel House Hotel and Jerry Walsh, Cork County Board. ©Mike English.

Auld Triangle & Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards

The Muskerry GAA and Auld Triangle Sports Star Awards Gala Evening was held at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, in association with the hotel. This is the third year of the awards scheme and the awards committee had been busy all year in organising the eight monthly awards presentations at the Auld Triangle and then, lately, in preparing for the annual Gala Awards Dinner. This awards committee is chaired by William Buckley (Dripsey), Anne O'Riordan (Cloughduv) is Secretary and the other members are and John Feeney (Dripsey), Eileen O'Flynn (Auld Triangle – sponsors), Dave Lee (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Brendan Kenneally (Macroom), Aubert Twomey (Ballincollig) and , Kevin Murphy (Ballincollig).
Eight monthly winners were selected in 2016 and from this list the overall Muskerry Sports Star of the Year was selected and announced by outstanding Master of Ceremonies Paudie Palmer at the dinner. The committee nominated Ballinora hurler David Howard as their choice for Sports Star of the Year in recognition of his contribution to the success of Ballinora hurlers in winning the Mid Cork Junior championship in 2016 after a lapse of almost twenty years. The announcement of the decision of the committee was warmly received by the huge gathering at the dinner and the other monthly winners were very generous in their congratulations to the winner. The award was presented by Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, Macroom who had earlier praised all the nominees for all awards for providing such entertainment all season long for patrons of the games.
The other monthly award winner for 2016 were Mark Coleman (Blarney), Seán O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg), Tom Kenny (Grenagh), Aoife Murray (Cloughduv camogie), Rhona Ni Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionnbarra Ladies football), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig). Four of this group are holders of Senior All Ireland medals in their respective sports and the others are young with bright futures ahead of them.

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Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of the Year at the Muskerry GAA Gala Sport Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel. Included are Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry GAA and Frank Walsh, O'Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers, Ballincollig, sponsors. ©Mike English

The Muskerry Junior Hurling team of the Year, sponsored by O'Mahony Walsh Auctioneers, was announced and was:
Stephen O'Leary (Kilmichael): Stephen O'Brien (Blarney), Daniel Cronin (Blarney), Tomás McGrath (Ballinora): James Lordan (Ballinora), Conor Brosnan (Ballinora), Mark Verling (Cloughduv): Michael Murphy (Ballinora), Donal Corkery (Cloughduv): David Howard (Ballinora), Brian Ahern (Cloughduv), Darren Lucey (Donoughmore): Darragh Holmes (Ballinora), Mark Cremin (Blarney), Shane Healy (Donoughmore).

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Muskerry Junior Football Team of the Year at Muskerry GAA Gala Sport Awards Evening at Oriel Hotel. Included are Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry Division and Sean Quish, Quish's SuperValu, Ballincollig, sponsors. ©Mike English

The Muskerry Junior Football Team of the Year, sponsored by Quish SuperValu Ballincollig, was:
Jason McDonnell (Kilmurry): Noel O'Toole (Ballincollig), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Barry Murphy (Iveleary) : Marco Healy (Kilmurry), Kevin Manning (Iveleary), Gearóid Cremin (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Eamonn Lyons (Canovee), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary): Brian Cotter (Ballincollig), Conor Hughes (Canovee), Dave McCarthy (Kilmurry): William Buckley (Kilmurry), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra).
Formal Dinner: Cathaoirleach of the Muskerry Board, Pat Malone , welcomed the guests who included Co Board Development officer Gerry Walsh, and representatives of the other divisional boards; sponsors of the various competitions and Muskerry referees and senior team selectors: and there was a special welcome for World walk champion Olive Loughane, and her husband, Martin Corkery.Presentations were made to Olive Loughnane on being upgraded to World Walk champion during 2016 and to Austin Cremin, outgoing President of the Muskerry Board and who had given outstanding service to the board in his long association with it.
William Buckley, Chairman of the Awards Committee, congratulated all the nominees for the various categories and praised the association of the Auld Triangle with the awards scheme since its inception and with the Muskerry Board for past 25 years. O'Mahony Walsh and Quish SuperValu were thanked for their generous sponsorship of the Teams of the Year and Oriel House Hotel, General manager Ronan Fahy and Janice McConnell Sales Manager, for their sponsorship of the awards evening.William paid tribute to the work of awards committee secretary, Anne O'Riordan and thanked MC Paulie Palmer and Michael Scannell and 103FM County Sound for their support for the Muskerry divisions activities.Gerry Walsh, Development Officer, Cork Co board added his congratulations to all the award winners and thanked the Mid Cork Board for all the fine work being done in the division for Gaelic Games

Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2017

The Mid Cork U21 Football championship will commence on the weekend of February 10/11/12 with a full round of games in all three grades. Twenty teams in all have entered and there will be competition in three grades, A, B and C. First named team has home advantage in all group games.
Mid Cork U21 ATwo groups, one of four teams and the other of three teams. Top two teams in each group qualify for the semi-final stage.
Group 1 - 4 teams
Round 1: Éire Óg v Ballincollig, Aghabullogue v Macroom
Round 2: Macroom v Éire Óg, Ballincollig v Aghabullogue
Round 3: Ballincollig v Macroom, Aghabullogue v Éire Óg
Group 2 – 3 teams
Round 1: Inniscarra v Kilmurry
Round 2: Kilmurry v Cill na Martra
Round 3: Cill na Martra v Inniscarra
Mid Cork U21 B Three groups of three teams each. Top team in each group and the best runner up qualifies for semi-final stage.
Group 1: Rd 1: Canovee v Grenagh Rd 2: Ballinora v Canovee Rd 3: Grenagh v Ballinora
Group 2: Rd 1: Kilmichael v N Abán Rd 2: Blarney v Kilmichael Rd 3: N Abán v Blarney
Group 3: Rd 1: Aghinagh v Donoughmore Rd 2: Inniscarra B v Aghinagh
Rd 3: Donoughmore v Inniscarra B
Mid Cork U21 C One group of four teams. Top two teams to qualify for semi-final stage.
Round 1: Clondrohid v Lee Gaels Iveleary v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Round 2: Lee Gaels v Iveleary Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Clondrohid
Round 3: Clondrohid v Iveleary Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Lee Gaels.

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Mid Cork players and mentors at the Cork Ladies Football Victory Social, Minor andSenior at Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday January 14th. .©Michael Corkery

Bronnadh na mBonn I mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Reachtáladh oíche bronnadh na mbonn i gCumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh le déanaí. Is dos na fóirne Fé 16 agus Sóisearacha C a eagraíodh an oíche. Thainig captaen peileadóirí Chorcaí Pól Ó Ciarragáin, a bhí mar aoí speisialta na hoíche, go dtí an Ghaeltacht chun na boinn a bhronnadh. Bhí slua iontach i lathair agus bhí oíche den scoth ag gach éinne.
Ba mhaith le Cumann Peile Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh buíochas ó chroí a ghabhail le gach éinne a thug cabhair agus tacaíocht ar an óiche agus go háirithe, le Pól Ó Ciarragáin as ucht an dea oráid a thug se dúinn go léir.

Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada

Sincere thanks to everyone who took part or helped and contributed in any way at the annual Poc Fada held by Inniscarra GAA/Inniscarra Camogie Clubs on St. Stephen's Day, .It was a great success, with over 70 teams taking part. There was a large attendance afterwards in Áras Tadgh Ó Muirí where light refreshments were served – including Dympna's now famous mulled wine. Winning Team:Dan O'Connell (Capt), Tom O'Sullivan and Sean Aherne. Second:Rob O'Mahony, Colm Holland and Caitlin Looney. Third:Daire Holland, Mary Buckley and Daniel Buckley.
The proceeds from the Poc Fada were donated to Marymount Hospice and Inniscarra Blue BOCCE Club at a pleasant function at the Wayside Inn in January.Anne O'Mahony accepted a cheque on behalf of Marymount and thanked the Clubs for their continued support of Marymount. Tim Foley accepted a cheque on behalf of Inniscarra Blue BOCCE Club. The BOCCE Club was set up by local man, Pat Burton, to cater for sporting requirement of special needs athletes within the local community, both teenagers and young adults.Bocce is a form of bowling. The members practice every Tuesday night in the Community Centre in Ballyanly.Mary Noonan presented the "Seamus Noonan Memorial Cup" to Tom O'Sullivan and Sean Ahern on behalf of the winning team.

Laochra Óg Updates

Our 50/50 Club Development Draw took place on Sunday 29th in Clondrohid Community Hall. This week's winner was Lauren Healy, who won €443. The seller's prize of €25 went to Healy's Spar Shop Clondrohid.
Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Easter Camp this year will be on Monday the 10th and Tuesday 11th of April. Further details to follow in coming weeks.

Kilmurry GAA

Kilmurry GAA AGM took place in Kilmurry GAA complex on 6th December.It was a very successful year, with the club winning the Mid Cork Junior A Championship,Muskerry Cup and Junior B League.The following officers were elected at the AGM.: President Jack Lynch,Vice Presidents Tim Kelleher,Donal O Riordain,Donie O Leary,Pete O Callaghan,Richard Hinchion,Albert Murphy,Teddy Hartnett,Dave MCcarthy, Chairman Jim Murphy,Vice Chairman Sean Long,Secretary Donagh Wall,Ass Secretary Peter Lyons,Treasurer Noel O Dowd,Ass Treasurer Tim Irwin,PRO Michael John O Mahony,Development officer Denis O Donoghue,Cultural Officer Ed Warren,Muskerry Delegate Ted Hartnett proxy Jim Murphy,County Board delegate Richard Hinchion,Registrar Sean Murray,Coaching officer Jason Murphy,ASAP officer Michael Garvey.
Membership is now due Adults €50,Students €25.This can be given to Club Registrar Sean Murray or any officer of Kilmurry GAA

Canovee G.A.A.

On January 16th, Canovee underage AGM was held in the clubrooms before a nice attendance, A wide ranging discussion was held regarding player numbers , coaching and the pressure on players trying to play a number of different age groups. Chairman, Timmy Joe Lyons, stepped down after 4 years at the helm . Timmy Joe was a constant supporter of all age groups and made coaching his number one priority of both players and mentors across his four years, of which the club are extremely grateful. Officers elected for the coming year were Chairman Paudie Lyons , vice chairman Noel Moynhian, secretary Mark Healy , Children's Officer Tom McCarty and School Liasion Officer Liam Kelleher.

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Recent big winners of Macroom FC weekly Lotto Jackpot, Sharon Noonan and Mark Coleman, receive their €8,000 cheques from President Willie O' Riordan and Treasurer JJ Murphy. ©

Macroom AFC

Adult Teams. Macroom A continued their recent improved form, following a hard earned 0-0 draw away to Knocknaheeny Celtic. The visitors were short a number of key players and in the end could even have snatched the win. However the point gained keeps momentum as it's now 10 points from their last 4 games.
Macroom B travelled to Leemount and lost out 1-0 to hosts Ard na Laoi. Macroom dominated the majority of this game but could not find a breakthrough. Matt O' Leary, Mark Corrigan, Mark O'Callaghan and Jack Cronin all had chances. The home side scored on the break on the hour mark. Macroom continued on the offensive but Ard Na Laoi, now having something to defend, were intent on protecting their goal and Macroom ran out of time. A disappointing result but a good performance nonetheless.
Youths.Macroom entertained Tramore Athletic at the Town Park and ran out winners on a 4-2 scoreline. This was another fine victory considering that Tramore led 2-1 with just twenty minutes remaining. A great finish from Macroom keeps them fighting for league honours. Goalscorers were Eolan O' Leary (2), Lloyd Aisling and Jordan O' Riordan and there were top performances from Kevin Barrett, Tom O' Donovan, Greg Fitton and Aodh Twomey.
Schoolgirls Blitz. Macroom schoolgirls organised a blitz in Clondrohid Astro last weekend. The blitz featured over eighty players between the ages of seven and ten. Teams from Watergrasshill Utd, Lakewood Athletic and Blarney Utd along with host club Macroom took part. All the girls had a great time and some fantastic soccer was played. A big thank you is due to Mick Goold and Martin Twomey who organised the Macroom team and also to all parents for the excellent support.
U15 National Success.The Cork Schoolboys League team travelled to Cahir Park FC grounds in Tipperary to contest the SFAI Inter League Final recently. Connacht champions Galway provided the opposition and, in what was a fantastic game, Cork emerged victorious on a 2-0 scoreline. Macroom U15 player Eoin Guiney was part of the winning Cork team and this is a magnificent achievement. The whole of Macroom FC are delighted with Eoin's success and all the credit he is getting is fully deserved. Furthermore, this is a ringing endorsement of the coaching standards at Macroom FC and will also give great encouragement to all underage players in the club.

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Macroom doctors at a CME (Continuing Medical Education) meeting with the FAI Cup. Back row, Dr. John O'Riordan, Dr. Shane Hurley, Dr. Peter Cronin, Dr. Jeremy Cotter (Glengarriff) and Dr. John Burke. Front Row, Dr. Con Kelleher, Dr Maeve Bradley, Dr. Gerard Murphy and Dr Colette Neville Faul. ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Golf Club

Results 1:Seniors-Flor McCarthy(13), Liam Nash(19), Tony Duggan(26), 44.2.
Open singles: 1st-Pascal McSwiney(12) 37pts
Club singles: 1st-Stephen Duggan(17) 36pts, 2nd-Ted Murphy(11) 35pts, 3rd-Dinnie Hegarty(22) 34pts, Senior-Liam Nash(19) 34pts, Best Gross-Leo Gould(10) 58.
Week 2.Seniors1st David O'Connell, Ml O'Dwyer, John Smyth 44.8
Club Singles 1st John O'Donovan(18) 37 pts, 2nd Leo Goold(10) 35 pts, 3rd Alan Duggan(13) 33 pts
Fixtures: Tues-Seniors Thurs-14 hole open singles, Sat v& Sun Club singles & winter league

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