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Lee Valley Outlook May 11 2017 v14e10

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Cooper’s Rock and valley from Dromree © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Clondrohid Horse Fair:at the Bell Inn on Sun. May 14.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club meeting in Coachford N.S. on Wed May 17th.
Women in Business 11am – 1.00pm Thurs 18th May, Castle Hotel, Macroom.
West Muskerry A.C. Open Sports and Family Fun Day on Sat May 27th at 2pm in Macroom GAA pitch
Éire Óg Camogie Club 50th anniversary celebration on Sat May 27 in Éire Óg GAA Club at 8pm.
Rusheen NS Parents Ass. 5km Fun Run/ Walk on Sun. May 28th 12 noon from Aghinagh GAA Hall
Kilmichael Cemetery Mass in Terelton graveyard at 8pm on Mon. May 29.
IHF Fundraiser in memory of Shane Murphy, at Tavern, Clondrohid on Sun 4th June at 8pm
Valley Wheelers 150km One Day Cycle, June 10th from Cill na Martra.
Kilmurry Fun 5Km Run /walk June 15th @7:30 pm in Kilmurry Village.
Poulanargid Dog Show in Kilmurry on Fri, June 23
West Muskerry A.C Athletics Summer Camp 24th - 27th July 10am to 2pm at Clondrohid Track
Bealtaine at Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom
Afternoon Sing Along on Wed May 17th at 3.00pm
Group Holiday to Castle Court Hotel Westport May 21st - 26th.

Events at the Riverside Park Hotel
Paddy O’ Brien in Concert Thurs. 25th May at 8:00pm –
Summer Nights’. Weekly Dance Nights 9.30 – 12 midnight. Friday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June.

Macroom Library
Positive Mental Health talk Fri May 12 at 11a.m.
Storytime. Sat May 13 at 12 noon
Spanish Lesson Sat. May 13 at 2p.m.
Purlies Thurs May 18 at 11 a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30a.m. on Thurs. May 25.

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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Mary McSweeney receiving the Papal Bene Merenti Certificate and gold medal from Bishop William Crean for her outstanding service as Church Organist in Macroom Parish for over 60 years. Also included, Fr Donal Roberts PP and Monsignor James O 'Donnell ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Well Earned Honour for Mary

Mary McSweeney, Chapel Cross, has been playing the organ at liturgical celebrations at St. Colman’s Church, Macroom for more than 60 years. In recognition of her extraordinary services, His Holiness Pope Francis honoured Mary by awarding her a Benemerenti certificate and gold medal. These were presented to Mary by Bishop William Crean at a ceremony in St Colman's recently.
The Benemerenti Medal is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. Originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army, the medal was later extended to the clergy and the laity for service to the church.
Mary received warm applause as she was afforded the pleasure of playing on the new church organ, in use in St Colman’s for the first time this Easter.

Bealtaine in Macroom

 Bealtaine Afternoon Sing Along on Wednesday May 17th in Fr Ryan Hall at 3.00pm with Kevin O'Brien and Peggy Lynch. Group Holiday to Castle Court Hotel Wesport from Sunday May 21st to Friday May 26th.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club hosted a Floral Demonstration at Coolcower House recently. Vice-Chairperson Mary O Brien welcomed all in attendance. A minute’s silence was observed on the recent passing of John O Sullivan (Toames) husband of esteemed member, Mary O’Sullivan. Angela Heffron AOIFA (Cobh) was guest for the evening. An experienced Demonstrator, Judge and Teacher, Angela brought style and simplicity to her exhibits. The many Contemporary Designs which are popular, were complimented by her very good choice of plant material and foliage. The final exhibit, a traditional triangle, was elegant and well executed . Members and visitors were entertained with both a demonstration and detailed account of visits to the many gardens around Ireland including her recent visit to Mt Congreve in Waterford. The meeting concluded with a raffle of all exhibits Date for Diary: Club Members Annual Outing scheduled for June, bus departing Macroom at 9.00a.m further information contact 087-9821708.

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Science Buddies Initiative with McEgan College first years and St Colman’s students. ©An Scoil .

McEgan College Updates

Science Buddies. McEgan College, in partnership with CIT Access Programme and St. Colman’s BNS, held an informative and fun science workshop under the careful eye of Dr. Sharon Lawton from CIT. Fifth and sixth class boys came to the science lab in McEgan College on Tuesday 2nd May to explore various science experiments including finger printing analyses, use of non-Newtonian fluids, creating planets from Play-Doh to scale, testing household products for acid and bases. First year students acted as teachers and facilitators on the day. A great fun day filled with science learning was had by the first years of McEgan and the pupils of St. Colman’s. Many thanks to our science department, the teachers from St Colman’s and to Dr. Lawton

Young Filmmaker. Transition Year and LCA students, accompanied by Ms Murphy and Ms. Creedon, travelled to The Mall Arts Centre in Youghal to attend the screening of their films “Double Trouble " and "The Hostage". The films were made as part of the Cork Young Filmmakers scheme, in association with SECAD. Over twenty schools took part in the event. Along with these two films, McEgan College was proud to have their music film, "Coldwater", screened on both Thursday and Friday as part of the film festival. Schools from all over Cork city and county were in attendance. Jackie Lucey, Stephen McCarty and Cathal Healy Ring were also invited to be speakers in a panel discussing the film making process. The Transition Year pupils film "Double Trouble" was named the Cork Young Filmmakers Best School Film on the day.

Boots. Staff members from Boots were presented with flowers as a thank you for the Boots Business Partnership between McEgan College and Boots Pharmacy by Transition Year students and McEgan Business teachers, Ms Angland and Ms McGrath. The College is very grateful to Boots for this wonderful initiative in which TY Pupils learned many new skills and were faced with a number of challenges throughoutthe year as part of the TY curriculum, overseen by the staff of Boots.

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McEgan College Transition Year Students at Cappanalea Activity Centre in Co Kerry ©An Scoil

Cappanlea. Transition Year students from McEgan College enjoyed three days and two nights of outdoor fun and activities in Cappanlea Outdoor Education Centre with their teachers, Ms. O'Mahony, Mr. Dennehy and Mr. Devane. In glorious Kerry sunshine, the students all participated in rock-climbing and abseiling at the Gap of Dunloe, and walked the Killarney National park later that evening to see a deer herd and to hear about Inishfallon island. On day two, students donned wetsuits for a morning of kayaking on the lake, and experienced the rugged landscape in detail while orienteering in the afternoon. On day three, they engaged in team building exercises such as a Human Chain and more orienteering. Staff and leaders from Cappanlea commented on how well behaved, enthusiastic and bonded the group were. All in all, it was a fantastic few days and a pleasure for all.

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5th and 6th class girls from Dromleigh N.S. and their mentor Eilish, who took part in the recent football blitz organised by St. Mary's ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates

Transition years. A group of transition Year students completed a LGFA coaching course in November 2016, where they took part in a Go Games Refereeing and Coaching Module. As part of this, they organised a football blitz on the 3rd May in Macroom GAA Grounds. The blitz was held for students in 5th and 6th classes of the surrounding primary schools. Five schools participated in our event; St.Joseph’s Macroom, Dromleigh NS, Inchigeela NS, Clondrohid NS and Canovee NS. All TY students were given a specific role on the day; be it refereeing, coaching, event manager or being in charge of refreshments. Each team played 3 matches. At the end of the day, Briege Corkery presented each team with a plaque to acknowledge their participation in the event. Overall, the day was a huge success. Transition year students are on Work Experience placement this week. They had a very successful fundraiser for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust on Friday, 28th April in St. Colman’s National School, where they raised €3000 from a master Make-Up class with Lucy Fitz. They also had an enjoyable TY Social where the TY class from St. Mary’s socialized with the TY class from De la Salle in the Riverside Hotel.

2nd year basketball. Our gallant basketball team played in the All-Ireland semi-final in the National Arena in Tallaght May 2nd.. After a fantastic performance and with extra time being played, they lost by a solitary point to Causeway in Kerry. Very hard luck but congratulations on getting to the top 4 out of 146 teams that entered the competition!

3rd years. Two teams from third year attended the History Teachers’ Quiz in Mount Mercy. They came 16th and 24th out of 40. A 3rd year team also participated in the π Maths Quiz in Wilton and came 5th out of thirty teams.

5th year students, together with the Religion Dept., co-ordinated a very successful 5Km run in the Castle Grounds recently. The proceeds of €800 will go towards supporting two fifth year girls who will be helping out in Lourdes in June.

Junior & Leaving Cert. Some of the requirements for Art for State Exams were completed last week. Deadlines for Science course work were also completed. Junior Cert students had their English Assignment on Thursday last.

Lee Valley Enterprise Events at Riverside Park Hotel

Paddy O’ Brien in Concert 25th May at 8:00pm – Tickets €20. This year Country legend Paddy O’ Brien celebrates 30 years in Country Music. For a great night’s entertainment make sure you join Paddy and his guests to hear him sing many of his hit songs.

‘Summer Nights’. Weekly Dance Nights this June at Riverside Park Hotel featuring your favourite Local Acts.
Friday 9th June -Colum Cronin and his Band
Friday 16th June - Finbarr Dennehy and his Band
Friday 23rd June -Colum Cronin and his Band
Friday 30th June -Lee Sound
Tickets €10 will be available on the door each night from 9:15pm.Dances will run from 9.30 to 12 midnight!
Tickets for all the above events can be booked from Box Office No 026/21174. 087 1663395 or online through www.macroom.ie or the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Facebook page. If you have any specific seating requirements, please let us know!
Our Box Office at South Square Macroom is also open on Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

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Aerial view over Masseytown from Patrick Murphy's plane c 1995. © Tim Looney

Macroom Library

There is a lot more to libraries these days than lending books. For example, we can assist citizens who do not have internet to access the Council’s Choice Based Letting website. We also print off forms from various government departments to facilitate members.
We have recently received the first publication of results from Census 2016 entitled ‘Census 2016 summary Results Part 1’. It makes very interesting reading, and includes national stats on religion, population change, ethnicity, age and sex composition and much more. It is not available for loan but can be looked at here, just ask for it at the desk.
We have seen renewed interest in the route of the Macroom bypass now that the surveyors are in the area. The NRA has sent us a copy of the map of the route. The scale is 1:50000. Again just ask at the desk should you wish to consult it.
On Friday 12th Riana Vermaak , Clinical Psychologist with the HSE, will give a free public talk here on ‘Positive Mental Health for Older People’ at 11am. All are welcome.
Saturday 13th : Storytime with a member of staff at 12 noon. All 3-8 year olds welcome.
Conversational Spanish with Elena at 2pm. Beginners welcome.
The Purlies Knitting group meets on Thursday 18th from 11.am. All welcome to this free and friendly event.
Ciorcal Cainte, conversational Irish with Nora Levis takes place on Thursday 25th at 11.30. Membership of Cork County Library is free for everyone. With over 1 million books, magazines, newspapers, journals, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines, there’s something for all!
Call into your local library with proof of identity and address and join today. Further information at www.corkcoco.ie/library

The final Gramophone Morning of the season was presented by librarian, Christine, on May 5. In the first half of the programme she took the listeners on a world musical tour, including a tango from Argentina, a traditional Chinese folk song and twon Fado songs from Portugal. In the second half, the songs came from musicals, Carousel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Book of Mormon etc. Library music sessions will return in September, with the presenter still to be decided.

Snippets

Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication)

Coachford Flower and Garden Club are hosting a talk on Summer Colour and Container Gardening with Olive Ryan in Coachford National School on Wednesday May 17th. Non Members are very welcome.

Women in Business – How to Stand Out Online. 11am – 1.00pm Thursday 18th May in theArdilaun Suite, Castle Hotel, Macroom. A collaboration between Macroom E Enterprise Centre and AIB Macroom.

Éire Óg Camogie Club will host their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, the 27th May, in Éire Óg GAA Club at 8pm. If you played or were involved with the club, then we would be delighted to see you at the event. Please text 087 950 6853, if you are interested in joining the celebration.

Rusheen NS Parents Ass. 5km Fun Run/ Walk on Sun. May 28th 12 noon. Registration at Aghinagh GAA Hall from 11 am.

Cemetery Mass. Kilmichael Historical Society will hold their annual Mass for the dead of Kilmichael on Monday 29th May. This year it is to be held in the parish's newest cemetery, Terelton. The time is 8pm and all are welcome to attend.
Age Action are planning Getting Started beginners' computer, smartphone and tablet classes for over 55s at New Street, Macroom. One to one tuition for 5 weeks, 2 hours a week on Saturday mornings 10-12 a.m. To find out more or to register for you or a friend or neighbour, please text “Macroom” to 087 1956026 and if anyone has just a few basic skills in computers, phones, tablets, etc., please text Volunteer Macroom to 0871956026. We provide the induction training, the material and the support.
Dennis Dinneen Photography. An exhibition of the work of the late, great photographer from Main Street, Macroom, entitled ‘Small Town Portraits’ shows at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin until May 27.

Kilmurry Fun 5Km Run /walk will take place this June 15th @7:30 pm in Kilmurry Village. Registration in Museum from 6pm.

Heritage The month of May will see National Biodiversity Week running from the 19th to the 27th and it is also the time to start planning Heritage Week events for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Programme undertaken by the Heritage Council (see www.heritageweek.ie) for more information.

Kilmurry Active Retirement Fitwalking progrmme will show you how to improve strength and flexibility through walking; teach you the techniques of stride walking, power walking and Nordic Walk; improve you overall walking techniques. It's a fun and social programme, open to all abilities. Monday night Kilmurry Museums 7.30

Poulanargid Dog Show in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, will be held by Poulanargid Harrier Club at Kilmurry on Friday, June 23.

Lee Valley Speakers meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 8pm, Castle Hotel. Net meeting May 16th.

Moonraker Rally. Tony Brunnock wishes to thank most sincerely Údarás na Gaeltachta, Firebird Boilers, Scoil Ghobnatan and the wonderful local supporters who attended the recent Moonraker Forest Rally. It was a great success.

Inchigeela Scór. Ellen Lucey, Seán Cronin, Sheána Murphy and Odhrann O' Sullivan, pupils of Inchigeela National School, entered Scór na b Páistí 2017, representing Uíbh Laoire GAA club. Ellen played the accordion; Seán played the Kohone; Sheána played the concertina and Odhrann played the tin-whistle. They came first in the first round at Inchigeela Hall and got straight through to the Mid Cork Final in Ovens, where they came second in their category and also won the Niall Casey Perpetual Cup for the GAA club. They did exceptionally well for their first year together.

Sports Award. Macrompian, Serena Pierce, world champion power lifter at 18years, received a Cork Indoor Sports Star Award recently at the Metropole Hotel, Cork. Serena has been lifting since she was 14 years old and her next goal is the world championships in Boston this November. She is trained by her father, Tony Pierce.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto 30/4/2017 Jackpot €2,500. Numbers drawn: 2, 11 and 29. No Winner. €50 Mary O Leary Knock €20 each Emma Barrett c/o MCP, Anne O Sullivan Rusheen, James Murphy Coachford, Norma Cotter Doneens.
7/05/2017 Jackpot €2,650. Numbers drawn: 2, 40 and 41. €50 Florence O'Driscoll Lacknahacknee, €20 each Jackie Doherty C/O Carrig Pub, Dominic Twomey C/O Laine Bar, Dan Creedon Bawnmore, Dermot O'Callaghan Rusheen.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 26.. Jackpot €3,400. No winner. €70 -Mary Ann Healy, Gortnalicka €20 each: Jerh Roche c/o Danone Stephanie Connell, Tower Ned Hubbard, Inchlea, Coachford Michael Lordan c/o Danone
May 3.. Jackpot €3,600. No winner. €70 Mairead & Jimmy Bryant, c/o Margaret Coakley €20 each: Mary Cooney, c/o The Greyhound Bar Peggy Moriarty, Carriganima Paula O’ Shea, c/o Bingo Mary Cooney, c/o The Greyhound Bar

Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto 24/04/17 Jackpot €1,000 Numbers 2,11,14. Winner 15,200 Enda Ryan Farrenduff,. €50 Eoin Barrett €20 each Ed O Callaghan, Robbie Mc, Kevin Browne, Ellen Buckley, Padraig Healy
02/05/17 Jackpot €1,200. Numbers 2,9,10. No winner. €50euro Ger McCarthy €20 each. Fr Michael Kelleher, Margaret Burke, Jack Clifford, Dan &Maureen O Halloran, Diarmuid Flahavan.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 25/04/2017. Jackpot €3.800. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 2-29-34. €70 Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar. €20 each. Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Shelia Walsh, Carriginima. Martin Coughlan, St. Colman's Park. Denis Dinneen, Kilnagurteen. Eileen Oldham, Oakwood Court.
2/05/2017. Jackpot €4,000. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 27-33-35. €70. Paul Kingston, New Street €20 each. Hugh Twomey, Middle Square,. Clare Cronin, New Street, Mgt, Cronin, Coolavokig, Abbey O'Connell, Kilberrihert, Rusheen, Colman Corrigan, Glen Park
Macroom F.C. Lotto 2/05/17 Jackpot €4,000. Numbers drawn 11,18,27. No Winner €80 Cathy Dunton c/o Evelyn. €20 each. Jena c/o Joan O' R Michael Vaughan c/o Lars John Casey c/o Golden's Barney McCarthy c/o Swanky.
8/05/17 Jackpot €4,200. Numbers drawn 4,21,35.. No Winner. €80 C, C + T O' Connor c/o Cash. €20 each. Ml Mungovan c/o Evelyn. J.J. Murphy. Paddy Murphy c/o Noel. Eileen Deasy c/o Mary Anne’s.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results, 2/5/2017. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 21 – 27 – 33. No Winner. €40 Donal Lynch, €20 Isabelle Leahy, Declan Casey, David Reilly, Norma Delaney (Yearly Ticket).
8/5/2017. Jackpot: €1,200. Numbers Drawn: 6 – 27 – 28. No Winner. €40 Frank Buckley, €20 Dan Joe Finnegan (Yearly Ticket), Derry O’Connell (Yearly Ticket), Loretta O’Riordan, Kieran O’Connell (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Running for Shane

Neilus Murphy brother of the late Shane, is running the Cork City Marathon on 4th June to raise money to save hearts and lives. About 10,000 people die from cardiovascular disease in Ireland every year. That's 27 people dying here every day. We need your help to support, help, advise, inform all those who avail of the IHF services.
Shane will always be in our memory because of the amount of people he touched in his short life. Shane’s untimely death occurred on the 10th December, 2012, while playing a football match with Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne. Neilus was at the match when the tragedy occurred and it’s a moment that will never leave him. Your support will be greatly appreciated in the Tavern, Clondrohid on Sunday 4th June at 8pmWaxathon, Shave or Dye, raffle and an auction not to be missed.

Clondrohid Updates

First Holy Communion: The 2nd class children of Muinefliuch and Carriganima schools will receive their first Holy Communion in Carriganima church at 10.30am Saturday May 13. Best wishes to the children, their families and teachers on this momentous occasion in the Parish.

Confirmation: The children of the parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, May 23, a very special day for these children , their families and teachers.

Tidy Towns: Clondrohid Development Group continues improvements in the village for the First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and of course, the Tidy Towns. Anyone willing to give a hand is most welcome. The appearance of the village and its surrounds should be of interest to everyone in the parish but especially, to those living in the village. . Thanks to the hard working committee, to Johnny for lawn mowing, strimming and his exceptional stone building, to Eugene for his painting, brushing etc. A special word of thanks to the volunteers, Margaret, Denis, Marian, Teresa, Terri, Gobnait, Marguerite, Kathleen for their help in weeding setting and watering.

Horse Fair: The annual horse fair takes place at the Bell Inn on this Sunday May 14. Everyone welcome

Clondrohid N.S. : Congrats to the girls football team who recently won the mini 7’s competition in Newcestown. They looked very glamorous wearing their new red jerseys, kindly sponsored by Jerry Kelleher Coaches.

Fatima Rosary . There will be a rosary and prayers at the grotto in Macroom, organised by the local prayer group, on Saturday May 13 at 4pm..This is in honour of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. A time for reflection and public prayer.

G.A.A. Well done to club player, Sean Desmond, on being part of Cork u/17 squad which qualified for Munster Final with a big win over Limerick. Munster Final : Cork v. Kerry on Tues. May 16 at a Kerry venue.
Fixture: U16 Thurs May 11 at 7.30 pm St. Malachys v Clondrohid at Lee Gaels.

Irish Heart Foundation fundraiser in memory of Shane Murphy. will take place in the Tavern Clondrohid on Sunday June 4 at 8pm. Waxathon, Shave or Dye. Raffle and auction. Keep the night free in your diary.

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1916 Commemoration in Inchigeela ©Connie Cronin Photographer

Inchigeela Updates

Graveyard Talk.Joe Creedon leads many groups on walking tours through the historic Inchigeela graveyard and delivers a most unusual and interesting insight to the past. Joe, who is a store of historical knowledge, describes the importance of the plot in terms of local and national history. The ancient site was mentioned in Roman documents of 700 years ago and interments have been taking place there for over 500 years. Mairín Óg, ”The Inchigeela Lass” rests here. And here, too, sleeps famous poet, Maire Bhuí Ní Laoire, who wrote the well known rousing “Cath Chéim an Fhia” Not far away lies John Smith, killed at this famous battle. An impressive tomb contains the remains of his commander, dreaded landlord, James Barry, who led the Yeomen. The tombs of other wealthy landlord families cluster nearby. A lonely grave holds Lt Cecil Guthrie, killed escaping from the Kilmichael Ambush, one of but a few English soldiers buried in Ireland. Many of the O Leary clan, who rest here have connections with European History and the development of North and South America. Joe points out an O Leary chieftain’s grave, a rare, old yew tree, and nearby, a school for Protestant children, a minister’s residence, an ancient funeral route and much more. His presentation makes listeners aware of local history, ancestors and those. who long ago came to conquer a good, simple, Iveleary people and forgot that graveyard clay is the all-conquering leveller.

Good Eating Award. We are delighted to see that Inchigeela man, Finbarr O Shea and his wife, Dolly, were presented with the coveted Best Tourist Venue Award for the excellent standards provided by his premises in Sober Lane, Cork City. Both have been supporters of many projects and fundraising ventures for our parish and more than deserve this accolade.

Auld Triangle Sports Award. Recently we congratulated the U21Winners and now we are delighted to see that their star forward in the final, Chris Óg Jones, has received the Auld Triangle Sports Star of the month award. Well done again to Chris Óg and to all the panel.

Lee Valley Taste Trail. Inchigeela is one of the stops on a new tour created by local lady, Dorothy Ui Thuama, primarily for visitors to mid Cork. Dorothy is an experienced chef and tour guide and has worked very hard for some time now in compiling two exciting tours per week for small groups. The stops include John Lynch’s buffalo farm and cheese production business at Toonsbridge, the craft brewery in Ballyvourney, Macroom Oatmeal, Guagan Barra, The Store of Memories in Inchigeela and more. The tours will be accompanied by Dorothy, and will incorporate a nice relaxed mix of culture heritage and fun. The groups will be driven by local man Patrick Creedon of Creedon’s Taxis in a luxury Mercedes bus. More information to be found on Lee Valley Taste Trails website We wish Dorothy and the venture every success.

Anti Litter Challenge. Round 1 of the Challenge starts this week and Inchigeela hopes to improve on last year’s good results. Three intrepid pickers, Nora B O Riordan, Billy Cotter and Fin Cronin were out at dawn on Monday to give the village a good start. So come on everyone . We can do it.

Lotto win. Congratulations to Michael O Leary, who won the big GAA lotto prize.

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Some of the 500 strong crowd at Jim Murray/ Seamus Begley/ Liam Ó Maonlaoi concert in aid of Independence Museum Kilmurry ©

Berrings Updates

The local Community Association /Berrings Tidy Towns committee members are busy preparing to participate in the Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge, which begins on Monday 8th May and continues until 14th June. Berrings is once again participating in the competition, so please keep the village and approach roads litter free and tidy as judging will take place three times in that period.. The help and co-operation of the community would be greatly appreciated.
Berrings village will again participate in The Tidy Towns competition and the volunteers are busy cleaning, painting, planting, in and around the village and approach roads. Work nights Thursday 7 pm. Meet in car park.

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Danu Feachem, Aaron Ó Críodáin agus Máistir Ó Duinneacha ó Choláiste Ghobnatan sa tSín le chuid den grúpa a tháinig leo. ©An Scoil

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Turas go dtí An tSín. Chuaigh beirt dhalta, Danu Feachem agus Aaron Ó Críodáin, go dtí An tSín ón 6ú go dtí an 20ú Aibreáin leis an gConfucius Institute ó Choláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh. Bhí 108 daoine ar an turas, Aaron agus Danu ina measc. Bhí ranganna Sínise acu gach lá, agus bhí 7 gceachtanna i bpeannaireacht Sínis comh maith. Chuadar ar thuras ar bháid timpeall aibhneacha Shanghai, agus chonaiceadar Hong zhong, nó baile a bhí suite ar uisce. D’imríodar spórt gach lá agus chuadar timpeall na margaí áitiúlá. Chuaigh Máistir Ó Duinneacha leo.

Blitz Peile. D’eagraigh Bliain a 4 blitz peile idir Bhliana 1 agus 2 ó Choláiste Ghobnatan agus Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha 'n Ghaorthaidh. Bhí 9 bhfoireann ó Choláiste Ghobnatan agus 6 fhoireann ó Scoil Mhuire ag glacadh páirt agus bhuaigh Foireann 6 ó Scoil Mhuire an blitz, le Danu Feachem mar bhainisteoir orthu.

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Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí Teoranta is the community development co-operative functioning in the interest of the local community within the MúscraíGaeltacht. The Comharchumann was established in 2008, with funding support from ÚdarásnaGaeltachta, and the co-operative is actively functioning in the local community since then.
Mission statement:Tradition, Language, Future – To provide a community development service to the entire community in the MúscraíGaeltacht in the interest of the local area, with the continuance and preservation of the Irish language, and promotion of tradition central to all aspects of our work.
Aim:The Comharchumann is there with regards community development, to provide assistance and support where possible to the voluntary committees and community groups active in the local area. In particular, the Comharchumann provides support with regards the Irish language, but also provides assistance in relation to information on and access to funding sources, courses/training, help with application forms, publicity, etc.
Language Planning: The Comharchumann is the lead organisation responsible for preparing an Irish Language Plan for the Múscraí Language Planning Area. as a subcommittee of the Comharchumann the working group MeitealPleanálaTeanga Mhúscraí are working diligently in conjunction with RosaíNicChárthaigh as Language Planning Coordinatoto prepare our Language Plan, to submit to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural &Gaeltacht Affairs later this year.
Upcoming Events:
The Comharchumann will hold a Bilingual Quizin Cois Cille day centre, Cil lna Martra on Thursday, 18th May @ 9:30am. A social event suitable for fluent Irish speakers and those with only the cúpla focal. Everyone welcome!
The Comharchumann, in conjunction with Glór na nGael, will hold Picnic naBealtaine 2017 in the playground in BaileMhúirne on Sunday, 21st May @ 12:00 noon. A fun-filled opportunity to use your cúpla focal in a social setting. Families of all ages are welcome to attend, just bring your own little picnic!
More info on the Comharchumann online at www.cfmteo.com. Keep up to date with us on social media: Facebook – ccfmteo, Twitter - @CFM_Teoranta.

History

Remembering the Famine

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Commemorative Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard in 1997 © SMcS

Twenty years ago, in 1997, Ireland looked back 150 years to 1847, when hunger, fever and death stalked the land. The people of Macroom Poor Law Union, which stretched from Ballyvourney to Ovens and Matehy; from Iveleary to Donoughmore and from Kilmichael and Kilmurry to Kilcorney, commemorated the Great Famine during the May Bank Holiday weekend. U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, came to the town on Friday May 2 to perform the official opening of the commemoration. She unveiled a plaque at Macroom Workhouse, now Macroom and District Hospital, after which she attended concelebrated Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard. This is the last resting place of hundreds of Famine victims, among them the tragic Buckley family from Derryleigh, immortalised in An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire’s ‘Mo Scéal Féin’. The Ambassador was accorded a Civic Reception by Macroom U.D.C., led by Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Martin Coughlan. At a ceremony in the Town Hall, she declared the Muskerry Famine Commemoration officially open. U.C.C. History Professor, Joe Lee, launched a book, ‘Famine in Muskerry – An Drochshaol’ and local musicians and choirs provided entertainment. Cork Archives Exhibition, Dark Legacy, went on show as well as Famine projects from schools in Macroom Poor Law Union.

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Civic reception for American Ambassador, Jean Kennedy Smith by Macroom U.D.C. at Famine Commemoration in 1997. © SMcS

On Saturday, prizes were presented to schoolchildren for Art, Poetry and Storytelling projects and Professor Lee delivered a lecture on the effects of Famine in the area. A special Mass was celebrated in St. Colman’s Church on Sunday, after which walkers from the 16 parishes of the Poor Law Union converged on the Poor House.

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Walkers from outlying parishes to the Workhouse in Macroom in 1997 © SMcS

Walkers from the Gaeltacht areas came in costume and all followed the route from their distant parishes which the starving had taken 150 years previously. At the Workhouse, a representative from each parish gave a short account of conditions there – harrowing tales. Afterwards, in terrible weather conditions, students from five second-level schools in the area, under the direction of Trish Edelstein of Boomerang Theatre Company, performed heart-rending street theatre to specially commissioned music. Responding to words of commiseration on the bad weather, one actor replied, ‘But it was far worse for them back then’. Coachford Players, under the direction of Anthony Greene, performed ‘The Black Man’ in St. Catherine’s Hall on Sunday night. On Bank Holiday Monday, Famine Commemoration ceremonies were held in many parishes throughout the Union.

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Pupils from St. Joseph’s, Macroom performing at 1997 Famine Commemoration in Macroom. © SMcS

The Muskerry Famine Commemoration Committee had nine members: Anne Bradley, D.C. Ó Mathúna, Dáithí and Máiréad McSweeney, Sean and Máire McSweeney and the late Denis O’Connell, John Browne and Denis Lucey. They received backing and support from Leader, Cork Co. V.E.C., the Famine Commemoration Office, Macroom U.D.C., Cork Co. Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mid Cork Pallets, McEgan College, St. Mary’s, Coachford Players, Macroom Hospital, local clergy, choirs and musicians and a host of businesses and individuals throughout the area. Schools did excellent projects on Famine conditions in their parishes and these were displayed in a Famine Exhibition at Bealick Mill which was officially opened by the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern in 1998.

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At the launch of “Kilmurry 1932-1935” Economic War and Blueshirts, Michael Galvin, author; Ann Dunne (Junior) and Ann Dunne; Deirdre Bourke Chairperson Kilmurry Historical Society; Fr Tim O’Sullivan and Gerard O’Rourke who launched the book © Peter Scanlan Photography

1917 Remembered

The oration delivered by historian, Michael Galvin at the Easter Rising Commemoration in Macroom, in which he describes the political and social climate in the area one hundred years ago. Part 2 .
In the background in 1917 was the carnage of the Great War. Many young men from town and country had gone to the Front, some for adventure, others for patriotism and more driven by poverty. As well as the Victoria Cross-decorated Michael O'Leary of Kilbarry, there was from Macroom: Stephen Lehane, Sleaveen, who was honoured for bravery at the battle of Struma, July 1917 as well as John Lyons, Masseytown at the Somme. Both fought with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Following his commendation, Private Lehane wrote home a terse letter thus: I am sending you my parchment certificate which I got for the attack on Guinchey. I don't like to keep it any longer as I don't know the minute I may be sent across the Jordan. There's a fierce bombardment going on at present and we are under it, but I am hoping to pull through alright. But sad news reached the district too in November 1917: Daniel Cremin, Royal Munster Fusiliers, was killed at Ypres and Charles Hill, Coolnidane, severely injured. Their noble efforts would not only be unsung in the new dispensation but rather despised and they themselves shunned as traitors. Their form of nationalism would not be part of the future patriotic narrative. This monumental omission represents one of the greatest scandals of modern Irish history and their demonization, as well as John Redmond’s, a grave wrong that has only quite recently been put to rights to some extent. But then, of course, the old maxim tells us that most history is written by the winners.
1917 saw a severe food crisis in the country due to the demands of war and a squeeze on imports due to Germany’s submarine warfare. So serious was this crisis that rumours of likely famine abounded and the Great Famine and the near famine conditions of 1879 and the 1890s were still a vivid memory. Accordingly, the government introduced a compulsory tillage order which caused a modicum of prosperity and increased employment in the countryside but was of little benefit to towns and cities. Parallel to this was the notable expansion of the cooperative movement during 1917 and the opening of Ford’s factory in Cork. Notwithstanding, severe unemployment and immiseration stalked the land, alleviated in spots by income from the soldiers at the Front. Conditions were not helped by the dreadfully cold winter of early 1917, lingering till the end of February and again in December with an acute shortage of potatoes and soaring prices causing great distress. Poverty and immiseration was rife, with nearly 10, 000 deaths from TB in 1917, the highest since 1910. The icy grip affected much of Europe, with thousands of soldiers freezing to death in the trenches; rail transport disrupted and snow drifts 10feet deep.
Compounding the effects of cold and damp houses and rampant T.B. during this freeze were other scourges such as bronchitis, influenza, pneumonia, malnutrition, scarlet fever, diphtheria and whooping cough. And contrary to modern popular perceptions, the death rate from suicide, cancer and heart disease was quite high. A global influenza would follow in 1918, killing 40,000 in Ireland. Overarching all was the continuing curse of emigration, with over 2000 leaving the country in 1917.
Women made gallant attempts to assert themselves during 1917 but with limited success and their status in society would worsen if anything in the coming years, excepting upcoming restricted franchise legislation. 1917 was the year of the Fatima apparitions. It also marked the rapid development of cinema and a proliferation of nationalist songs. The film ‘Ireland a Nation’ was banned under the Defence of the Realm act and many newspapers were suppressed, including the Southern Star.
1917 was a year of calmer reflection following 1916; of political organisation; the beginning of the hunger strike cult as a political weapon; the year of increasing political kudos for Sinn Fein and the emergence of a new and younger set of leaders like Michael Collins and Éamonn de Valera; the increasing decline of John Redmond and the stepping forth from the shadows of the father of Sinn Fein, Arthur Griffith.
Finally, perhaps, it is only fitting to finish with the following quasi religious Pearsesque poem by Thomas Ashe
‘Let me carry your cross for Ireland, Lord
The hour of her trial draws near
And the pangs and the pains of the sacrifice
May be borne by comrades dear.
But Lord, take me from the offering throng
There are many far less prepared
Though anxious and all as they are to die
That Ireland might be spared.
Let me carry your cross for Ireland, Lord,
My cares in this world are few
And few are the tears that for me will fall
When I go on my way to you.
Spare, o spare to their loved ones dear
The brother and son and sire
That the cause we love will never die
In the land of our heart’s desire.

A Day to Remember

Sacraments, important mile-stones in Christian families’ lives, still retain their importance, even in this most secular, materialistic climate. In recent weeks, we have seen countless children decked out in all their finery for the reception of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
First Holy Communion days are nostalgic occasions for parents and grandparents. Older generations remember when First Confession was a vital part of the whole procedure. One confessed one’s many, scarlet sins on Friday and the strain of making sure one didn’t commit even a ‘venial’ before the next morning was immense, particularly since the holy ones were subjected to an unprecedented scrubbing, in pre-bathroom days, so that the body could rival the soul in cleanliness.
Girls suffered the added indignity of having their hair done in ringlets for the important day. This entailed tightly winding long wisps of hair around strips of rag and leaving them in overnight. This really tested the patience and submission of those who didn’t indulge in vanity as well as ensuring a sleepless night.
Apparel for the day was the mandatory white dress, veil and wreath for the little girls. The dresses might be a trifle big or small, long or short, tight or loose, depending on their original owner. The veils might be off-white even before that became a designer colour. But all the girls were beautiful on the day, particularly in their parents’ and their own eyes.
Boys wore suits. This was a non-negotiable fact. The suits were usually made by the local tailor. The serge was bought in a draper’s shop and the lining was a well-washed flour bag. Jackets were single-breasted or double-breasted, depending on the tailor’s fancy but pants were short, coming to just above the knee. Even for Confirmation, when many of the boys could be thirteen years old, they still wore short pants. Their battle-scarred, knobbly knees were well scrubbed and they wore knee-length woollen socks, held aloft with the aid of elastic garters or the more privileged wore white ankle-socks.
At First Holy Communion, all the children carried candles bedecked with flowers. Many had bluebells, buttercups and foxgloves in their bouquets but the aroma of lily-of-the-valley is an integral part of many people’s memories of First Holy Communion Day.
Up to the time of the Vatican Council, one had to fast from the previous midnight when receiving Holy Communion. This meant that the ceremony was held early in the day but there was still a fair number of ‘fainters’. The children were all together at the front of the church and well apart from their parents. Girls were separated from boys and the teachers were in charge. They would administer water to the weak but this was considered the ultimate indignity.
The children who had got First Holy Communion were often served breakfast in the local convent or teacher’s house after the ceremony. This practice occasioned both delight and terror since most children were unsophisticated and unused to ‘dining out’. Sticky buns and red lemonade were considered delicious and they enjoyed themselves every bit as much as the present-day crop, who frequent four-star hotels and demand Mexican, Italian and French cuisine.
‘Collecting’ was as prevalent then as it is now though inflation has taken its toll. A tanner or a bob was the usual ‘stand’ in bygone days, but a favourite uncle, aunt or godparent might contribute a florin or a half-crown. Medals and holy pictures were the usual gifts from the many nuns, priests and brothers in the extended family and were much prized and displayed by their recipients. Children loved to visit relations in convents on these special days as they got tea in the nuns’ parlour and were the centre of attention.
Whilst town children were guaranteed to have their ‘Communion’ photograph taken, their country cousins had to wait until the school photographer turned up and then they dressed up again for the snap for the family album. The more upwardly-mobile had their very own box camera to record the occasion for posterity.
With the noticeable decline in church attendance, the pessimistic might wonder what the future holds for the children and grandchildren of the present First Communicants. But the optimistic will see the delightful participation of the present-day children in their First Holy Communion Mass; bringing the gifts, reading the lessons and prayers of the faithful and singing throughout. Perhaps quality will replace quantity in the decades ahead.

Recovering a Debt

The recovery of monies due and owing is vital to the survival of a farming enterprise in modern economic times, and it is an unfortunate fact of life that recourse to the courts is often a necessary step to be taken in order to achieve this. Given the nature of day to day modern farming and the volatility of current dairy and beef markets, quite often farmers find themselves either with debts of their own or find it difficult in some instances to recover a debt. In these scenarios, farmers may need guidance in order to protect themselves and their farm from any undesired consequences. Cash flow is of significant importance to the financial wellbeing of every business, and if a customer does not pay on time, or refuses to pay at all, it can place any business under immense pressure. No business can survive indefinitely without sufficient cash to meet its costs and debts.
It is advisable that a farming enterprise should put in place a comprehensive system for debt recovery. The first essential element of this is good record-keeping. Ideally, where produce is sold to a third party, an invoice should be issued. This may seem unrealistic to Irish farmers but a comprehensive paper trail will always make debt recovery easier.
Adequate book-keeping and record maintenance will also prove invaluable, should amicable normal means of debt recovery fail. They protect the creditor and, more importantly, facilitate a more simplified and comprehensive recovery process.
Before engaging legal representation, one should consider the other available options, such as attempting to engage with the debtor by telephone, or by some other amicable means of communication, in an attempt to agree a method of payment. The debt recovery process will be significantly easier if both parties are willing to communicate effectively. One should never use unlawful means, such as harassment, threats, or intimidation, to force a debtor to discharge a debt. If a telephone call does not resolve matters, then it is advisable to make a request in writing, whether by email or by letter. Having the request for payment in writing will place matters on record. This may be very important at a later stage, should the debtor attempt to deny the existence, or the extent, of the debt. Most importantly, it will also provide a record of the efforts made to resolve the matter before resorting to the courts. In mitigation, the courts will always look to the efforts made by the parties to resolve the problem and whether there was any compromise shown.
Recovering a debt through the courts can often prove time consuming and expensive. It is always best practice to determine, at the outset, whether or not pursuing legal proceedings is cost-efficient. If the debtor does not have funds to repay the debt, or if the debtor does not have any assets against which a judgment may be registered, then the process may well prove inefficient, and usually amounts to ‘throwing good money after bad’. However, the creditor will be in a better position to make a well-informed decision about the wisdom of taking proceedings against a debtor if he has information about the debtor’s financial circumstances, such as his or her farm’s solvency. We often see, where a contractor finds it difficult to get payment from a customer, they look to the legal system for recovery. Good financial records will make the process a lot smoother.
There are important factors to remember when looking to the courts such as the thresholds of debt for each court. For example, for the Circuit Court the debt must be between €15000 - €75000. Any claim above or below this must be brought in the District Court or the High Court.
There are also strict time limits on bringing debt claims as set out in the Statute of Limitations Act, 1957. Usually, a debt must be recovered within six years of the debt accruing. Difficulty in securing payment of a lawful debt will always be a problem for farming enterprises. Despite this, it is advisable to avoid going to court, if at all possible. A creditor should exhaust all amicable means in an attempt to obtain payment. If seeking to recover a debt, ensure all avenues of communication remain open.

Karen Walsh, from a farming background at Grenagh, Co Cork, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors and Commissioners for Oaths, 17, South Mall, Cork.
Telephone: 021-4270200 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

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Women in Business – How to Stand Out Online

11am – 1.00pm | Thursday 18th May 2017 | TheArdilaun Suite, Castle Hotel, Macroom

A collaboration between Macroom E Enterprise Centre and AIB Macroom

Macroom E Enterprise Centre and AIB Bank Macroom are delighted to collaborate once more on an event aimed specifically at women in business, this time focusing on How to Stand Out Online.

Taking place at the Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre, Main Street, Macroom on Thursday 18th May from 11.00am – 1.00pm, this event will comprise a morning for women in business in Macroom and surrounding areas, on developing your online brand, improving your pitch and optimising social media for results. Some delicious light refreshments will be served.

Guest speakers include: Roisin Glynn, Head of Social Media, AIB Marketing; Moira O’Brien LIPF, MOB Media and Orla Kelly, Orla Kelly Publishing. Roisin will talk about how a large organisation like AIB is using social media to communicate with their clients. Moira will give a masterclass in delivering an impactful and memorable pitch and Orla will tell the story of her small business Orla Kelly Publishing and how she successfully used social media to market herself and reach potential clients.

This is the second such event – in November over fifty women attended an event entitled Can we be Happier at Work?, a collaborative attempt by Macroom E Enterprise Centre and AIB Macroom to bring the business women of Macroom together for a morning to learn how to up their happiness levels and achieve better work/life balance.

All are welcome to attend this event. More details and registration can be found on www.macroom-e.com

For more information, please contact Catherine Costello Macroom E Enterprise Centre (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Anne Marie McMahon AIB Macroom
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Alzheimer Sufferers’ Prayers

Please Visit. Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion, forgiveness for my irrationality and the strength to walk with me into the mist of memory my world has become. Please let them take my hand and stay a while even though I seem unaware of their presence. Help them to know how their strength and loving care will drift slowly into the days to come, just when I need them most. Let them know when I don’t recognise them that I will …… I will. Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me, for my sorrow, when it comes, only lasts a moment – then it’s gone. And finally, please let them know how very much their visits mean, how, even through this relentless mystery, I can still feel the love. Amen

I was once like you. Pray for me. I was once like you. Be kind and loving to me; that’s how I would have treated you. Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse. I had a life and dreams for the future. Speak to me. I can hear you even if I don’t understand what you are saying. Speak to me of things in my past, to which I can still relate. Be considerate of me; my days are such a struggle. Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain. Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way. Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer’s. I was full of life. I had a life, laughed and loved you. Think of how I am now. My disease distorts my thinking; my feelings and my ability to respond. But I still love you even if I can’t tell you. Think about my future because I used to. Remember I was full of hope for the future, just like you are now. Think how it would be to have things locked in your mind and can’t let them out. I need you to understand and blame not me, but Alzheimer’s. I still need the compassion and the touching and, most of all, I still need you to love me. Keep me in your prayers because I am between life and death. The love you give will be a blessing from God an d both of us will live forever. How you live and what you do today will always be remembered in the heart of the Alzheimer’s Patient.

Sports Mad

Another League Win for Cork Ladies

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Lee Valley input in Cork’s 9th National Football League win: Pat O Leary, Sinead Cotter, Mairead Corkery, Louise Coholan, Marie Ambrose and Frankie Honohan. ©Michael Corkery

Cork 2-15 Donegal 2-14
Over the past decade, Cork Ladies have made a habit of winning finals by a single point, while breaking the hearts of opponents from Donegal to Dublin to Kerry, en route to the narrowest of victories. And old habits die hard. Even with a relatively new squad in the 2017 Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Final against first time finalists, Donegal, the Rebels again prevailed on a scoreline of 2-15 to 2-14 at a roasting Parnell Park, to pick up their ninth league title in 10 seasons and the coveted 5 in a row. Donegal had beaten Cork in Mallow during the group stages of the League and their sharp shooters, Yvonne McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin had made names for themselves, scoring 12 goals and 36 points during the campaign. While they proved a formidable duo in the first half of the final, they were held scoreless in the second half. Meanwhile, Cork’s All Star, Orla Finn, notched up 1-10 of her side’s total.
Cork trainer, Ephie Fitzgerald, himself a new boy last year, is overseeing a changing of the guard in Cork. Only 7 of last year’s starting All Ireland team were among the starters in the 2017 League final. Nevertheless, the new kids on the block maintained the Cork supremacy. Ephie was very pleased with the performance of his squad, saying they had played brilliant football and he now looks forward to the Munster Championship campaign. Considering Cork were without captain Ciara O’Sullivan (travelling) and Player of the Year, Brid Stack, ruled out through injury, this was a notable victory for the champions. It’s been a campaign of transition for Cork, who lost Deirdre O’Reilly to retirement while doubts surround the futures of the iconic Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley, and yet silverware was still secured.
Within 19 seconds, Cork had the ball in the net as Finn profited from the throw-in with a smashing finish. And yet Donegal, who lost Kate Keeney to an early injury, rallied to level at 1-1 to 0-4 by the tenth minute. McLaughlin fired home an unstoppable goal in the 16th minute to level matters again at 1-5 each and when Guthrie converted a free ten minutes before half-time, Donegal were ahead for the first time in the game. Cork responded with an Eimear Scally levelling point before the Éire Óg star netted in the 23rd minute, rewarding the approach work of Shauna Kelly, Bríd O’Sullivan and captain for the day, Doireann O’Sullivan. Donegal remained competitive approaching the break and an impressive opening to the second half saw Donegal back in front. Two points clear, 2-10 to 2-8, Donegal had a platform but Cork, who have been in worse situations before, refused to panic and were quickly level, 2-13 each. Orla Finn scored from two frees as Donegal lost two players in a hard fought match. Karen Guthrie reduced the deficit to just a point but Cork held out for another great victory and more silverware. .
Scorers for Cork: Orla Finn 1-10 (0-9f), Eimear Scally 1-1, Brid O’Sullivan 0-2, Niamh Cotter & Libby Coppinger 0-1 each.
Scorers for Donegal:
G McLaughlin 1-4 (0-1f), N Hegarty 1-1, K Guthrie 0-4 (3f), Y McMonagle 0-3, K Herron & E Ward 0-1.

Cork. Martina O’Brien, Marie Ambrose, Roisin Phelan, Emma Spillane; Melissa Duggan, Eimear Meaney, Shauna Kelly; Niamh Cotter, Jess O’Shea; Libby Coppinger, Brid O’Sullivan, Orlagh Farmer; Eimear Scally, Doireann O’Sullivan, Orla Finn.
Subs: Ashling Hutchings for Coppinger (53), Áisling O’Sullivan for Farmer (56).

Fifth Division 2 Camogie Title for Cork

Cork 2-16 Derry 1-5

Cork produced a power-packed second half performance to win the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 2 title for a fifth time. It was a disappointing capitulation by Derry, after competing well in the first half and only going in at the break trailing by 0-9 to 1-3.
Cork had caused Derry plenty of trouble in that initial period though despite playing into a strong wind and with their own defence restricting the Ulster side to just two points after the restart, the result was never really in doubt. Rachel O’Shea scored six points. Defenders Lauren Callanan and Sarah Buckley were excellent also. It was a good boost for Leeside camogie, with the seniors having lost the Division 1 final to Kilkenny. Cork were able to call upon three of the players who started that game – Jennifer Barry, Niamh McCarthy and Linda Collins – and possessed an all-round depth that proved too much for Derry. The persistent rain made it difficult for both sides but Cork laid the foundations for their victory in that opening half, as they used a sweeper between the two traditional defensive lines to cut off the avenue of supply to the Derry inside forwards. Collins and Karen Kielt exchanged early points, followed by a Derry goal. Niamh McCarthy pointed for Cork but two from Derry gave them a four point lead inside eight minutes of the throw in. A brace of points from Maeve McCarthy, four from O’Shea and one more from Katelyn Hickey gave Cork a three-point lead at the interval. Finola Neville and O’Shea stretched the advantage early in the second half but Derry got two, to keep them in touch. They wouldn’t score again though, while Cork always looked dangerous. Caroline Sugrue was introduced by Paudie Murray and she had an instant impact, grabbing a goal and a point. The excellent Maeve McCarthy and O’Shea added to the tally before another sub, Sarah Fahy put the icing on the cake with an excellent goal.
Scorers for Cork: R O’Shea 0-6(3fs); M McCarthy 0-4; C Sugrue, S Fahy 1-1 each; N McCarthy, K Hickey, F Neville, L Homan 0-1 each

Cork: A Lee, R Killeen, S Harrington, N Ní Chaoimh, L Lynch, S Buckley, L Callanan, F Neville, J Barry, K Hickey, K McCarthy, M McCarthy, N McCarthy, L Collins. Subs: C Sugrue for Collins (36), L Homan for K McCarthy (49), S Fahy for M McCarthy (49), M Buckley for Hickey (50), J Crowley for Barry (54), H Ryan for O’Shea (58), A Kelleher for Killeen (58), N O’Callaghan for Neville (59)

GAA - Cork County Championships 2017

Senior Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams; Muskerry and Ballincollig
Preliminary Round
Newcestown 0-9 Douglas 0-14
Dohenys 1-8 Aghada 0-13

Round 1
(A) Avondhu 3-20 Kiskeam 2-11
(B) Carrigaline 0-8 Bishopstown 1-10
(C) CIT 0-12 Castlehaven 1-14
(D) Clyda Rovers 2-12 Douglas 1-16 aet.
(E) O Donovan Rossa 0-13 Nemo Rangers 2-18
(F) Seandun 3-11 St Nicks 2-11
(G) Carbery Rangers 2-15 Clonakilty 1-4
(H) Duhallow 3-20 MUSKERRY 0-9
(I) UCC 2-16 Aghada 1-16
(J) Beara 0-7 Valley Rovers 1-14
(K) St Finbarrs 1-10 BALLINCOLLIG 3-17
(L) Ilen Rovers 1-13 Carbery 0-16 - a draw - aet.

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Douglas v Carbery Rangers
Castlehaven v Ilen or Carbery
Nemo Rangers v Bishopstown,
Avondhu v UCC
BALLINCOLLIG v Valley Rovers
Duhallow v Seandun

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round 1)
Newcestown v St Finbarrs
Dohenys v CIT
O’Donovan Rossa v Clyda Rovers
Clonakilty v MUSKERRY
Kiskeam v Aghada
Ilen or Carbery v St Nicks
Carrigaline v Beara

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Macroom, Naomh Abán.
Round 1
(A) St Michaels 1-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-7
(B) Castletownbere 2-11 BALLINORA 0-14
(C) Newmarket 2-10 Fermoy 0-15
(D) Nemo Rangers 0-12 Mallow 2-18
(E) BÉAL ÁTHA’n GHAORTHAIDH 2-15 Bandon 1-10
(F) ÉIRE ÓG 2-20 GRENAGH 3-6
(G) St Vincents 0-7 Bantry Blues 0-7
(H) NAOMH ABÁN 0-14 MACROOM 0-15 aet.

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
BEÁL ÁTHA’n GhAORTHAIDH v Mallow
MACROOM v Newmarket
ÉIRE ÓG v St Michaels
Castletownbere v Bantry

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
Bandon v Nemo Rangers
NAOMH ABÁN v Fermoy
GRENAGH v Na Piarsaigh
BALLINORA v St Vincents

Premier I F C

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Macroom Premier Intermediates who beat Naomh Abán in 1st round of the Championship. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom 0 – 15 Naomh Abán 0 – 14 aet.
Macroom selector Colman Corrigan was delighted but realistic after his side’s narrow victory after extra time over near neighbours Naomh Abán in the opening round of the Premier intermediate football championship at Cill na Martra. ‘It was a local derby and Macroom have traditionally been sluggish in such contests. It was a first round game and we have struggled in recent times at this stage of the competition. Overall therefore we are delighted to have those monkeys off our backs and to be guaranteed at least two more games and summer football’. The former All Star remarked that neither of the two teams played particularly well but felt ‘that Macroom just about shaded it’. ‘Our fitness levels stood out at the finish and we were delighted that the young players introduced during the game played so well despite the inevitable tension generated by a local derby. With injured players coming back now, we will try to build on this victory and get ready for the challenge from Newmarket in the next round.’
What this game lacked in quality was compensated for in excitement. A strong wind blew up the field towards the village goal but its influence on the result was negligible. Naomh Abán played against the elements in the first half and only an outstanding save by Macroom goalkeeper Declan Kiely, who deflected Colm Ó Murchú’s point blank shot over the bar, denied the Gaeltacht side of a major early boost. Ó Murchú had added a further point before Macroom had their opening score in the 16th minute, a point from defender David Cotter, after a largely ineffective attack had already shot six wides. Naomh Abán, who had to start without injured Muskerry defender Colm de hÍde, now lost county U21 Mícheál Ó Duinnín to a recurring leg injury and Macroom dominated the second quarter mainly through the influence of Fintan Goold, who kicked over four points, and midfielder Seán Kiely. Naomh Abán stayed in touch all the time however and with points from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Micheál Ó Cróinín they were only two points adrift at the break when Macroom led by 0-7 to 0-5, the winners having registered nine wides at that stage.
It was all square at the end of the third quarter at 0-10 each. Naomh Abán had wiped out the interval deficit with point from Mícheál Ó Croinín and Donncadh Ó Ceocháin; very effective substitute Alan Quinn had kicked a brace to restore the Macroom advantage but back came the Gaeltacht men with points from Micheál Ó Laoire and Ó Cróinín to be level once again. Patrick Lucey pointed a Macroom free, Seamus Ó Laoire equalised and in the 51st minute Macroom’s inspirational leader Fintan Goold and N Abán’s Muiris Ó Donnchú were red carded after an off-the-ball tangle. Five minutes later Naomh Abán appeared to have seized the initiative when Donncadh Ó Ceocháin kicked over a lead point but Macroom reacted by introducing two young substitutes, Don Creedon and Mark Corrigan, and Seán Kiely had them level at 0-11 each with three minutes of normal time remaining.
The minutes ticked away and both sides wasted scoring opportunities but in the 53rdminute Micheál Ó Liatháin was forward to kick over what looked likely to be the winner for Naomh Abán. Two minutes later Macroom were awarded a free 45metres from goal and Patrick Lucey was their saviour as his strong kick off the ground and into the breeze sailed straight and true over the bar to send the contest into extra time.
In extra time, once again Naomh Abán looked to have victory secured as they led by two early points, from an O’Cróinín free and Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, despite again facing the wind. Alan Quinn rescued Macroom with a point just before the break and an equaliser just after the restart. The winning point came six minutes from time from the boot of David Horgan and each side subsequently had numerous attacks which failed to yield further scores, leaving Macroom mightily relieved at the final whistle to have survived this hurdle.
Scorers: Macroom: F Goold 0-4 (0-1f), A Quinn 0-4, S Kiely and P Lucey (frees) 0-2 each, D Cotter, D Goold and D Horgan 0-1 each. Naomh Abán: M Ó Cróinín 0-4 (0-3f), D Ó Ceallaigh 0-3 (0-1f), C Ó Murchu and D Ó Ceocháin 0-2 each, M Ó Laoire, S Ó Laoire and M Ó Liatháin 0-1 each.
Macroom: Declan Kiely: Michael Cahill, Rory Buckley, Martin O’Donnell: Michael Cronin, Fintan Goold, David Cotter: Seán Kiely, David Horgan: Gerard Angland, David Goold, Ethan O’Gorman: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Olan Murphy. Subs: Alan Quinn for J Murphy h/t, Kevin O’Dwyer for Cronin bc 38, Mark Corrigan and Don Creedon for D Goold and O’Gorman, both57. Extra time: M Cronin for Angland and D Goold to restore 15, Olan O’Mahony for M O’Donnell inj 64, J Murphy for O Murphy 68, O Murphy for Cotter bc 80.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Seamus Ó Mathúna, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Muiris Ó Donnchú: Micheál Ó Liatháin, Micheál Ó Duinnín, Ronán de hÍde: Micheál Ó Laoire, Séamus Ó Laoire: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Colm Ó Murchú, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Micheál Ó Croinín, Donncadh Ó Ceocháin. Subs: Tadhg Ó Riordáin for M Ó Duinnín inj. 18, Conchuir Ó Murchú for Colm Ó Murchu 58, Diarmuid Ó Scanaill for A Ó Loinsuigh(blood) 60, Colm Ó Murchú for Con Ó Murchú bc 60. Extra time: Conchuir Ó Murchu to restore 15, Deaglán Ó hAileamhain for N Ó Ceallaigh inj. 68.
Referee: Joe Larkin, Ballinora.

Intermediate Football Championship

2 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue and Cill na Martra
Round 1
(A) Rockchapel 0-13 Adrigole 0-11
(B) Youghal 1-10 AGHABULLOGUE 1-15
(C) Kildorrery 3-13 Glanmire 1-13
(D) Kinsale 2-8 Glenville 2-12
(E) Douglas 1-5 Glanworth 2-11
(F) Mayfield 1-10 Millstreet 1-15
(G) Kanturk 2-15 Mitchelstown 1-13
(H) Ballydesmond 0-10 St Finbarr’s 3-19
(I) Carrigaline V Clonakilty
(J) Gabriel Rangers 1-11 CILL na MARTRA 3-13

Round 2A (Winners of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v CILL na MARTRA
St Finbarrs v AGHABULLOGUE
Rockchapel v Kanturk
Glenville v Kildorrery,
Glanworth v Millstreet

Round 2B (Losers of Round 1)
Carrigaline/Clonakilty v Gabriel Rangers
Ballydesmond v Youghal
Adrigole v Mitchelstown
Kinsale v Glanmire
Douglas v Mayfield

County U21A Football Championship Draw

Round 1
(A) Carrigaline v Mallow
(B) St Michael's v Clonakilty
(C) Dohenys v Newcestown
(D) CILL na MARTRA v Nemo Rangers
(E) Beara v Bishopstown
(F) St Finbarr's v Douglas
(G) Castlehaven v Valley Rovers
(H) Aghada v KILMURRY
Quarter-Finals: A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

U21B Football Championship Draw

Quarter-Finals
(A) Robert Emmetts v Kilmacabea
(B) Glanmire/Glenville v Na Piarsaigh/St Nicks
(C) Kilshannig v Shamrocks
(D) NAOMH ABÁN - a bye
Semi-Finals: A v B, C v D

Cork County Hurling Championship 2017

Senior Hurling Championship

One Mid Cork team: Muskerry
Preliminary Round
Glen Rovers 2-30 Bride Rovers 2-14 aet
Bandon 3-18 MUSKERRY 4-13
Round 1
(A) Avondhu 0-17 Carbery 2-23
(B) Na Piarsaigh v Newtownshandrum
(C) Killeagh v Erins Own
(D) Bishopstown 0-12 Imokilly 2-26
(E) Ballymartle 1-17 St Finbarrs 0-11
(F) Glen Rovers v Sarsfields
(G) CIT 0-22 Douglas 0-20
(H) Duhallow 0-22 Youghal 2-10
(I) Blackrock v Bandon
(J) UCC 4 -22 Carrigdhoun 0-11
(K) Ballyhea 3-14 Newcestown 1-20 draw aet
(L) Carrigtwohill v Midleton
Round 2A (WINNERS from Round 1)
L v C; Carbery v B; Imokilly v UCC; I v Ballymartle; CIT v K; Duhallow v F

Round 2B (LOSERS from Round 1& Preliminary Round)
Bride Rovers v Avondhu; MUSKERRY v Carrigdhoun; L v I,; Bishopstown v K; B v Youghal;
C v Douglas; F v St Finbarrs

Pic 13

Muskerry who were defeated by Bandon in the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Muskerry 4 – 13 (25) Bandon 3 – 18 (27)
Muskerry senior hurlers were very unlucky to lose to Bandon at Brinny in the county championship by a two point margin after putting up a heart warming, battling performance. Muskerry were trailing by seven points at half time, 0-7 to 1-11, after playing with the strong wind but in the second half they staged a terrific fight back and hit the front at 4-11 to 1-15 in the 50th minute. When Bandon drew level with a goal and a point with three minutes to go it was Muskerry who hit the front again with points from Kevin Hallissey and Seán Bourke and as the game went into injury time Bandon were forced to try for a goal to save the day. The goal came from a 25 metre free which was struck very low and went flying through the legs of backs and forwards with the goalkeeper unsighted and from the puck out Bandon added a point to break Muskerry hearts. Muskerry now face Carrigdhoun game in the 2B round.
Bandon controlled the first half but Muskerry missed out on two gilt edged chances of goals which were not availed of. The accuracy of Seán Bourke from frees gave them some lifeline, and Dan O’Connell, John Corkery and David Bowen contributed a point apiece to keep Bandon from running away with matters half way through.
A goal from Seán Bourke five minutes into the second half got Muskerry motoring at last and goalkeeper John O’Keeffe then made an outstanding save to really fire them up. Kevin Hallissey lashed home a free on 39 and added a point and points from John Corkery and from a Bourke ‘65’ had them only a point in arrears on 46. Bandon pointed, Hallissey replied, and Bowen did likewise after another Bandon point. Bourke now set up Bowen for a goal and roles were reversed in the 51st minute when Bourke lashed in his second goal after a super pass from Bowen. The loss of Dan O’Connell with a leg injury was felt subsequently with attacks petering out and Bandon came back to level. It seemed that Muskerry would prevail after again hitting the front but the concession of the late goal and a point was a disappointing end to the game for the divisional side.
Goalkeeper John O’Keeffe, Seán O’Donoghue and Joe Jordan were outstanding in defence, Conor Hayes was forceful at midfield and when Muskerry got going in the second half, the attacking sextet, powerfully led by Seán Bourke, gave the Bandon defence a torrid time.
Muskerry will have a second chance against Carrigdhoun and will advance if they display the same spirit and skill as was shown here. Pride has been restored!
Muskerry scorers: Seán Bourke 2-5 (0-4f, 0-1’65’), Kevin Hallissey 1-3 (1-0f), David Bowen 1-1, Dan O’Connell 0-2, John Corkery 0-2.
Muskerry: John O’Keeffe (Inniscarra): Nial BarryMurphy (Aghabullogue), Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra),l Kevin O’Neill (Grenagh): Niall O’Doherty (Grenagh), Joe Jordan (Blarney), Michael Dennehy (Aghabullogue): Peter Philpott (Blarney), Conor Hayes (Dripsey): Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg), Seán Bourke (Grenagh), Michael O’Riordan (Dripsey): John Corkery (Aghabullogue), Dan O’Connell (Inniscarra), David Bowen (Ballincollig). Subs: Stephen Lohan (Blarney) ht., Darren Kelly (Iveleary) 52.

Colleges Teams:

Tomás O’Connor, Inniscarra, assisted CIT to their win over Douglas, contributing 0-4 from play. Mathew Bradley, Aghabullogue, came on as a substitute.
Darragh Holmes, Ballinora, was a substitute on the UCC team which defeated Carrigdhoun and got a point for the students.

Premier Intermediate Hurling

2 Mid Cork teams: Blarney and Inniscarra
Round 1 (A) Ballinhassig v INNISCARRA
(B) Watergrasshill 0-9 BLARNEY 1-11
(C) Kilworth 3-15 Fermoy 1-14
(D) Kanturk 3-12 Castlelyons 1-13
(E) Cloyne v Tracton
(F) Courcey Rovers 1-9 Mallow 1-12
(G) Charleville 1-16 Fr O’ Neill 2-12
(H) Valley Rovers 1-17 Carrigaline 2-15
Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
Ballinhassig/INNISCARRA v Carrigaline
BLARNEY v Mallow
Charleville v Kanturk
Kilworth v E
Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1)
B’hassig/INNISCARRA v Valley Rovers
Watergrasshill v Courceys
Fr O’Neills v Castlelyons
Fermoy v E
Blarney 1 - 11 Watergrasshill 0 - 9
Blarney hurlers triumphed over Watergrasshill at Páirc Uí Rinn in a game that was in the balance until the closing stages. Blarney had to work really hard to earn their win but it was deserved.
Conditions were perfect and Blarney, without their Cork defender Mark Coleman due to injury, were quick to settle and led by two points after five minutes with points from David Cremen and Shane Mulcahy. Watergrasshill responded well and were level by the 7th minute. Thereafter points proved hard to come by for both teams, due to some good defending and poor shooting. Ray Murphy edged Blarney ahead on 16, the ‘Hill hit two points in reply. Murphy levelled for Blarney but it was 0-5 to 0-4 at the break when the ‘Hill hit over another point in reply.
Watergrasshill on the restart had three of the first four points to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 after ten minutes of play, Brian Hurley the Blarney scorer. Blarney responded well and introduced Sean Crowley, Mark Cremin and Colin Murphy who all had a big impact on the outcome. Shane Mulcahy's point from play in the 46th minute cut the deficit to two points and they were to dominate from here until the finish. Mark Cremin’s point reduced cut the gap to the minimum, but Watergrasshill had their final score of the game in the 50th minute to again lead by two. Blarney were back on level terms by the 53rd minute thanks to two beautifully-taken points from play by Mark Cremin and David Cremen and these scores were quickly followed by another point from Mulcahy and a brilliant goal by David Cremen with six minutes remaining which extended the lead to four points. Watergrasshill could find no way through the Blarney defence and Peter Philpott had the last point of the game in the 58th minute.

Blarney: Conor Murphy: David Walsh, Paul O'Leary, Paul O'Connor: Peter Philpott (0-1), Joe Jordan, Alan McEvoy: Cormac O'Mahony, Brian Hurley (0-1): Mark O'Leary, Stephen Sheedy, Stephen Lohan: Shane Mulcahy (0-3), David Cremen (1-2), Ray Murphy (0-2f). Subs: Barra O'Connell 26, Sean Crowley ht, Mark Cremin (0-2; 0-1f) 42, Colin Murphy 50, Keith Costello 59.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

6 Mid Cork teams: Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Dripsey, Éire Óg, Grenagh, Inniscarra 2nds.
Preliminary Round. EIRE ÓG 3-15 Kildorrery 0-12
Sarsfield 0-19 Dungourney 1-9
Midleton 2-16 GRENAGH 2-14

Round 1
(A) Meelin v ÉIRE ÓG
(B) Carrigaline v Barryroe
(C) AGHABULLOGUE v St Finbarrs
(D) Kilbrittain 2-11 Castlemartyr 0-14
(E) Ballinhassig v Douglas
(F) BALLINCOLLIG v INNISCARRA
(G) Milford v Midleton
(H) Sarsfields v Ballymartle
(I) Glen Rovers v DRIPSEY
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock
(K) Ballygarvan v Aghada
(L) Argideen R’ngers v Mayfield

Round 2A (WINNERS of Round 1)
B v Kilbrittain
AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarrs v Argideen/Mayfield
Sars/Ballymartle v Ballygarvan/Aghada
Na Piarsaigh/Blackrock v Meelin/ÉIRE ÓG
Milford/Midleton v Glen/DRIPSEY
B’hassig/Douglas v BALLINCOLLIG/INNISCARRA

Round 2B (LOSERS of Round 1 & Preliminary Round)
Kildorrery v AGHABULLOGUE/St Finbarrs
Dungourney v BALLINCOLLIG/INNISCARRA
GRENAGH v Castlemartyr
Milford/Midleton v Sars/Ballymartle
Argideen/Mayfield v Glen/DRIPSEY
Na Piarsaigh/Rockies v B’garvan/Aghada
B’hassig/Douglas v C a Line/Barryroe
Meelin/ÉIRE ÓG - a bye

Éire Óg 3 - 15 Kildorrery 0 - 12

Éire Óg were full value for their win over Kildorrery at Rathcormac, their first over the Avondhu side in three recent championship outings. Three goals from that wonderful club man Daniel Goulding in the last ten minutes were the icing on the cake, helping the scoreboard to at last reflected the dominance that the Ovens men had on the play. Fourteen wides did not help the winners to establish their position earlier but all in all it was a satisfactory outing for and shortcomings can now be worked on for the games to come.
Éire Óg led by 0-5 to 0-1 after the first quarter, Kildorrery in trouble even at this early stage. It was 0-9 to 0-6 at the break and there were four points between the teams at the three quarter stage. Kildorrery, beaten in last year’s final, kept hanging in but ten minutes from time Goulding, set up by Ronan O’Toole, lashed the sliotar to the Kildorrery net and minutes later took a pass from John Dineen to repeat the exercise and end any faint Kildorrery hope of a win. Goulding completed his hat trick to give Éire Óg a fully deserved 12 point winning margin.
Éire Óg scorers: Daniel Goulding 3-0, Kevin Hallissey 0-4 (0-2f), Brian Hurley and John Cooper 0-3 each, Paul McDonagh, John Dineen 0-2 each, Ronan O’Toole 0-1.
Éire Óg: D Desmond: A O’Connor, J Kelleher, P Kirwan: D McCarthy, D O’Herlihy, F O’Rourke: J Cooper, J Dineen: K Hallissey, P O’Toole, P McDonagh: E Kelleher, D Goulding, B Hurley.

Midleton 2-16 GRENAGH 2-14
The concession of two goals to the Midleton second string in the first ten minutes were vital factors in this disappointing defeat for Grenagh at Caherlag. Grenagh scored first through a Seán Bourke free but then conceded the goals and also lost goalkeeper Martin Barry to a leg injury. Seán Bourke’s free taking kept Grenagh in touch through the first half but coming up to the break there was a flurry of scores with Midleton hitting over five points in a row from play and Grenagh responding with a goal from Bourke and a point from Peter McSweeney to make it 2-8 to 1-7 at half time.
On the restart Grenagh pounded the Midleton defence without much success in their efforts for a goal but eventually succeeded in getting the lead down to a single point after Paul BarryMurphy found the net. Midleton however finished out the game strongly and emerged with a two point victory.
Grenagh scorers: S Bourke 1-10(0-8f, 0-2’65’), P BarryMurphy 1-0, T Kenny 0-3, P McSweeney 0-1.
Grenagh: M Barry: P McCarthy, G Russell, T Buckley: DD Dorgan, N Doherty, A Buckley: L Walsh, K O’Neill: A McCarthy, S Bourke, C O’Sullivan: P BarryMurphy, T Kenny, P McSweeney. Subs: C Buckley 6, A Kiely 26, E O’Donovan ht.

Munster U17 Football

Cork 5-18 Limerick 1-6
Cork qualified for the final of the Munster U17 Football Championship following a twenty four points victory over Limerick at Páirc Ui Rinn. They will now play Kerry, who had eleven point to spare over Tipperary in their semi-final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park, in the Munster Final on the 16th Mayat a Kerry venue. A hat-trick of Mark Cronin goals was the highlight of Cork’s comfortable win, the Nemo Rangers star scored twice from the penalty spot. By the 10th minute the lead was 1-4 without reply, 3-8 to 0-4 at half time. There was little respite for the visitors on the resumption either with Cork claiming their fourth goal after 34 minutes.
Scorers for Cork: M Cronin 3-2 (2-0 pen, 0-1 f), B Murphy 2-3 (0-1 f), R Dalton 0-3 (0-1 f), M Keane, C McMahon and J Murphy 0-2 each, F Herlihy, N O’Sullivan, K Murphy, L Twohig 0-1 each.
CORK: C Lankford (Kilavullen); J Corcoran (Nemo Rangers), D O’Mahony (Knocknagree), E Murray (Dohenys); D Lardner (Fermoy), G Lardner (do), A Coleman (Nemo Rangers); M Keane (Mitchelstown), N O’Sullivan (Adrigole); F Herlihy (Dohenys), B Murphy (Na Piarsaigh), captain, JACK MURPHY (ÉIRE ÓG); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C McMahon (Kilshannig), R Dalton (Nemo Rangers). Subs: K Murphy (Glanmire) 33, A Hennessy (St Michael’s)and Crowley (Glanmire) 44, SEAN DESMOND (CLONDROHID) 49, LIAM TWOHIG (AGHINAGH) 53, J Kelleher (Glanmire) 54.

Munster Minor Hurling

Cork 1-24, Waterford 0-8:
Cork eased into the semi-finals of the Munster Minor HC with this 19-point rout of Waterford, who entered the contest off the back of a heavy defeat to Clare. The Deise, were aided by a slight breeze in the opening period and yet found themselves seven in arrears at the break, 0-11 to 0-4. The visitors only managed one point from play in that first half. Cork enjoyed no such difficulties at the other end, with corner-forward Brian Turnbull leading the way with five points. Daire Connery, Craig Hanifin and Liam O’Shea also chipped in with two apiece and the interval gap could have been greater but for two fine saves from Déise ‘keeper Eoghan Browne. There was no change in the overall trend in the second half.
Waterford play Limerick next week with the winners advancing to the semi-finals.
Scorers for Cork: B Turnbull (0-10, 0-3 frees); B Roche (1-0); D Connery (0-3, 0-3 frees), C Hanifin, L O’Shea (0-3 each); E Sheehan (0-2); C O’Callaghan, B Murphy, J Geary (0-1 each).
Cork: G Collins (Ballinhassig); S O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton), C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), E Roche (Bride Rovers); R Howell (Douglas), J Keating (Kildorrery), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), D Lenihan (Ballyhooly); C Hanifin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas Subs: B Murphy (Castlelyons) (48); J Geary (Newtownshandrum) (48); B Buckley (Dromina) (51); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill) (52); J O’Callaghan (Charleville) (52).
The Cork manager is Denis Paul Ring, formerly of Cloughduv and Canovee, with John Dwyer, Ballincollig, amongst the selectors.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

The Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship has started and the five first round ties played were all very close affairs, giving promise of another very competitive championship to follow. Last year’s champions Kilmurry had to score the last five points to earn a draw with Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh and the 2016 runners up Iveleary needed a late surge to get over the strong Canovee challenge. Aghinagh did well to defeat fancied Inniscarra and a strong Ballincollig were fortunate to earn a narrow victory over Kilmichael. Éire Óg overcame the challenge of Dripsey, a significant win for the club’s second team.

1st Round fixtures:

May 11th: Kilmurry v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh (replay) at Annahala,7.15pm
May 12th: Blarney v Donoughmore at Grenagh 7.30pm
In Round Two (knock out), Clondrohid play the losers of the Blarney/Donoughmore game, Kilmichael play Inniscarra, Canovee meet Dripsey. If Clondrohid (1st round bye) lose their game then they will play losers of Kilmurry/Béal Átha game to determine which side advances to round three.

Iveleary 4 – 11 Canovee 1 – 12
It is a joy to watch a class player in form and spectators at Macroom were treated to a last quarter exhibition from Cathal Vaughan as he rescued Iveleary from the jaws of defeat in the opening round of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship. Outsiders Canovee had put Iveleary, last year’s defeated finalists, on the run in the first half and deservedly led by 1-7 to 1-3 at the interval. They had maintained their lead of four points when Iveleary introduced Cathal Vaughan, out of action through injury since last year’s Mid Cork final in September, in the 38th minute and indeed had increased it to five shortly afterwards. The Iveleary star, plagued by recurring injury in recent seasons, now made his presence felt with two superb points intersected by a goal created by the quick wit of Vaughan and finished to the net by Brian Cronin, 2-7 to 1-10 now the score. Battling Canovee went back in front with a brace of points to lead again with six minutes remaining but in that short concluding period Iveleary hit them with 2-4 without reply, with Cathal Vaughan contributing a further 1-2, all magnificent scores. It was a triumphant return to action by the Iveleary man and he has time on side now to complete his recovery.
Canovee were a revelation in the first half and Iveleary had no answer to their enterprising play. Brian O’Donoghue’s goal from a fisted connection with a Mark Verling cross helped them to a 1-3 to nil lead after the opening ten minutes and Iveleary needed rescuing by a fine Chris Óg Jones goal shortly after. Canovee again dominated the second quarter and led at the break by 1-7 to 1-3, Darragh Ring and James Moynihan with two points apiece.
Points were twice exchanged on the restart before a Darragh Ring free edged Canovee five points clear in the 42nd minute. The Cathal Vaughan influence brought Iveleary level only for Canovee to go two points up again through Moynihan and Verling. Canovee goalkeeper Cormac O’Driscoll denied Chris Óg Jones with a super save in the 24th minute but there was no stopping Iveleary in the closing stages. Vaughan and Pa Riordan points brought them level with four minutes remaining and after Vaughan kicked over a ‘45’, Finbarr McSweeney set up Barry O’Leary for a terrific goal. McSweeney again was the provider of the pass for Vaughan to fire home a goal in the dying minute, after he outwitted two defenders, and a fine Chris Óg Jones point finished the scoring.
Scorers: Iveleary; C Vaughan 1-4 (0-2f, 0-1’45’), C Óg Jones 1-3, B O’Leary 1-2, B Cronin 1-0, B Murphy, and P O’Riordan 0-1 each. Canovee: B O’Donoghue 1-0, D Ring 0-4 (0-3f), Js Moynihan 0-3, S O’Connor 0-2, M Healy, A Murphy and M Verling (f) 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Ger O’Riordan, Kevin Manning, Barry Murphy: Seán O’Leary, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr., Ciarán O’Riordan: Daniel O’Riordan, Patrick O’Riordan; Barry O’Leary, Seán Lehane, Finbarr McSweeney; Chris Óg Jones, Darren Kelly, Brian Cronin. Subs: Cathal Vaughan and Ciarán Galvin for Lehane inj. and Kelly, both 38th minute.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: Liam Kelleher, Michael Dunne, Conor Hughes: John O’Brien, Aidan Murphy, Mark Healy: Eamonn Lyons, Eoin O’Connell: Seán O’Connor, Brian O’Donoghue, Con Dunne: Mark Verling, James Moynihan, Darragh Ring. Sub: Brian Ahern for A Murphy (blood sub.) 16.
Referee: Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

Kilmurry 1 – 10 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-13
Reigning champions Kilmurry played Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh at Kilmichael and they were expected to overcome the second team from the Gaeltacht club. The title holders had a very strong panel and withheld all of their under 21 team from the starting line-out.
Kilmurry were quickly into the attack but they were twice wide of the posts and points from Ian Ó Coinceannín and Seán Ó Coill were a big boost for the challenger’s morale. David O’Halloran raised a white flag for Kilmurry in 8th minute and a minute later their best forward William Buckley billowed the Béal Atha net. Kilmurry were very much in the driver’s seat when Pádraig Berhanu added a point to increase their advantage. The well prepared Béal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh side now responded with a great spell of dominance. Points from play from Darren Ó Duinnín, Séamus O Tuáma, Micheál Ó Tuáma and Daire Ó Ceallachaín saw them regained the lead by the 22ndminute, and three pointed frees by Seán Ó Coill put them in a good position as the first half drew close. Pádraig Berhanu got a point back for Kilmurry, the half time score read 0-9 to 1-3 in Béal Atha’s favour and the reigning championship clearly had a fight on their hands.
Kilmurry made changes in their line out for the second period with two U 21 players Joe Ryan and Liam Wall being introduced despite some doubts about the fitness of both. Joe Ryan pointed a free in the 33rd minute and then William Buckley’s point reduced the arrears to the minimum. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh worked hard to improve their situation, put on the pressure and won a number of frees. Sharpshooter Seán Ó Coill converted three so there was daylight between the sides once again and Kilmurry appeared to be out of luck, when, for the second time a powerful drive by William Buckley struck the cross-bar and the ball was promptly cleared.
When Béal Átha increased their lead to five points through Ian Ó Coinceannain in the 53rd minute a surprise result was very much on the cards. Kilmurry dug deep however with their captain and star performer William Buckley leading the fight back with a point. Substitute John O’Mullane was on target in the 55th minute to reduce the gap to three and as Kilmurry stayed on the offensive Jonathan Buckley scored a point, two now the gap. The closing exchanges were hectic as William Buckley cut the arrears to the minimum and there was still time for an equaliser from Jonathan Buckley.
Kilmurry scorers were; Wm Buckley 1-3, P Berhanu and J Buckley 0-2 each, D O’Halloran, J Mullane and J Ryan 0-1each. Béal Átha: SÓ Coill 0-7 (0-6f), I Ó Coinceannain 0-2, Darren Ó Duinnín, D Ó Ceallacháin, MÓ Tuama and S Ó Tuama 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Daniel Cahalane, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, Dave O’Leary, William Barrett: James White, Greg Barrett: Dave O’Halloran, James Kelleher, Jonathan Buckley: Pádraig Berhanu, Dave McCarthy, William Buckley. Subs: Liam Wall and Joe Ryan both h.t., John O’Mullane 46, Seán Curzon 57.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Shane Ó Duinnín, Darren Ó Coill, Caoimhín Ó Loinsuigh: Dara Seartan, Miceál Ó Tuama, Seán Ó Duinnín: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Donal MacCárthaigh: Darren Ó Duinnín, Ian Ó Coinceannain, Daire Ó Coinceannain: Sean Ó Coill, Barra Ó Tuama, Seamus Ó Tuama. Sub: Gearóid Ó Cremín.
Referee: Mr Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

Ballincollig 1 – 14 Kilmichael 2 - 10
A storming finish from Ballincollig ensured they edged out Kilmichael in an exciting JAFC game at Kilmurry. Three late points snatched an unlikely victory after the victors trailed by five points with 12 minutes remaining.
Kilmichael’s Peter Kelleher pointed two frees after this game was delayed for almost 10 minutes following an accidental clash between Ballincollig’s Noel O’Toole and Kilmichael’s Colm Dromey. Further points from the lively Daniel Twomey and Conor Cotter consolidated Kilmichael’s advantage. After a slow start, Ballincollig got moving at last and three points from the hard working Gearoid O’Donoghue, Stephen Coughlan and Peter O’Neill reduced the gap to the minimum. Peter O’Neill found Coughlan with a beautiful pass before he blasted to the net after 26 minutes. Kilmichael’s county star forward Peter Kelleher clipped over another free to keep his side touch and Kilmichael were back on level terms after sharp shooter Daniel Twomey brilliantly blasted to the net after great work from Colm Dromey to make it 1-5 each at the interval.
Kilmichael went three points clear on the restart with two points from Kelleher and another from Daniel Twomey before Ballincollig responded through Conor Kinsella and David Bowen. Against the run of play, Kilmichael’s Darragh Foley finished to the net after a smashing combined move involving Peter Kelleher, Colm Dromey and Daniel Twomey.
Ballincollig wasted some good chances but eventually found their range with well worked scores converted by Conor Kinsella (2) and David Bowen. Ballincollig’s experienced attacker Niall Allen reduced the gap to the minimum with a terrific score before Stephan Coughlan clipped over the equaliser with time almost up. In a welter of excitement the victors launched one final attack and Dylan Kirstein fisted over the winner.
Scorers for Ballincollig: S Coughlan 1-3, N Allen, C Kinsella 0-3 each, D Bowen 0-2, R Burke, D Kirstein, G O’Donoghue 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kilmichael: P Kelleher 0-6 (3f), D Twomey 1-3 (1f), D Foley 1-0, C Cotter 0-1.
Ballincollig: Ciarán Noonan; Chris Collins, Noel O’Toole, Gearóid O’Donoghue; David Bowen, Dylan Kirstein, Kevin Crowley; Peter O’Neill, Niall Allen; Brian Cotter, John Kelly, Conor Kinsella; Robbie Burke, Stephen Coughlan, Jordan O’Connor. Subs: David Collins 33, Colin O’Donovan 40, Conor Sexton 50.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters; Stephen Kelleher, Adrian Kelly, Kevin Murphy; Darragh Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Barry Kelleher; Finbarr Dromey, Conor Cotter; Brendan Cotter, Colm Dromey, Damien Crowley; Simon Foley, Peter Kelleher, Daniel Twomey.
Referee: Mr Pat O’Leary (Kilmurry).

Aghinagh 1 – 13 Inniscarra 0 - 14

A closely fought affair at Kilmurry produced a surprise result. Inniscarra were the favoured side and early on appeared likely to come out on top. They failed however to put enough scores on the board when they were assisted by the breeze so they left themselves vulnerable.
Early points from Tomás O Connor and Seán O’Donoghue were a boost to Inniscarra but the effort was not sustained and Aghinagh matched their opponents well for the remainder of the half, each scoring five points to leave Inniscarra in front at the interval on a 0-7 to 0-5 score line.
Two points from Seán O’Donohue on the restart improved Inniscarra’s position further but those scores were promptly matched by Aghinagh points from a Michael Horgan free and Sean Horgan from play. A determined Inniscarra attack in the 40th minute won them a penalty but William Ambrose in the Aghinagh goal did well to save Dan O’Connell’s effort and this was a huge boost for Aghinagh who went on the offensive. A Michael Horgan point reduced the arrears to the minimum and Inniscarra then suffered a fatal set back when a mix up in defence enabled Declan Ambrose through for a goal for Aghinagh who were now in front for the first time. Declan Ambrose had a point in the 46th minute to increase their lead but back came ‘Scarra and they got on level with a point from Tomás O Connor, followed by another from Seán O Donoghue. Declan Ambrose had three points for Aghinagh in the final ten minutes and Mikey O’Brien pointed a ‘45’ to further improve their chances. Adam O Connell got a point back for Inniscarra entering the time added on period and an attack yielded a close in free but Seán O’Donoghues shot went over the crossbar so Inniscarra must face a second round encounter with Kilmichael.
Scorers: Aghinagh: D Ambrose 1-5, M Horgan 0-5 (0-5f), M O’Brien 0-2 (0-2f), S Horgan 0-1. Inniscarra: S O’Donoghue 0-9 (0-5f, 0-1 ‘45’), T Ó Connor 0-3 (0-1f), D O’Connell, A O’Connell 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: William Ambrose; Jeremiah Kelleher, Dermot O’Callaghan, Paudie O’Sullivan; Donagh McCarthy, Sean Kelleher, Trevor Burns; Dave Barry, Mathew McCarthy; Mikey O’Brien, Miceál Corkery, Sean Horgan; Micheál Horgan, Declan Ambrose, Donagh O’Riordan. Subs: J McCarthy 15, John Lynch 40, Alan Hourihan 45, Seán Horgan 60.
Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Cathal Griffin, Kevin Burke, Declan Hyland; Jack O’Dwyer, Seán O’Donoghue, John O’Callaghan; Eric Baxter, Alan Sheehan; Conor Buckley, Liam Collins, Aaron O’Raw; Tomás O’Connor, Dan O’Connell, Stephen Dornan. Subs: Adam O’Connell 45, Jack Hayes 55, Shane Buckley 58, Lorcan Geaney 60.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Éire Óg 1-13 Dripsey 0 – 10

A strong Éire Óg team, with intermediate regulars John Dineen, Liam Murphy and Ronan O’Toole available, gained a notable victory over Dripsey at Ballincollig. Dripsey are a team in transition and many of the outstanding stalwarts of recent years were missing on this occasion but they will be happy that the new emerging players did well.
Éire Óg started the game well with three points, two from John Dineen and an excellent Brian Hurley score, to lead by 0-3 to nil after ten minutes. Dripsey eventually settled and by the 20th minute they were level at 0-4 each, Aidan Buckley securing three of the Dripsey points. Éire Óg then got in for a vital goal, the ball falling to Paul McDonagh after coming back off a post and the Ovens man made no mistake with a blast to the corner of the net. Two points from James Cotter and David O’ Sullivan for Dripsey kept them in touch, Éire Óg 1-6 to 0-6 ahead at the break.
At the three quarter stage the outcome was still undecided with a goal still separating the teams, 1-8 to 0-8, but three outstanding scores in a row from John Dineen eased the Ovens side five points clear with Eoghan Maher’s point a lone reply from Dripsey. Dripsey lost a man to a red card five minutes from time and Éire Óg finished the game with two further points,from Paul McDonagh and Aidan O’ Connor to move on to round 3 , while Dripsey will face Canovee in round 2, a difficult meeting for both clubs in ‘the last chance saloon’.
Scorers: Éire Óg: J Dineen 0-8 (0-5f), P McDonagh 1-1, A O’ Connor 0-2, B Hurley 0-2. Dripsey: A Buckley 0-5 (0-4f), David O’ Sullivan 0-2, J Cotter 0-1, G Murphy 0-1, E Maher 0-1.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher: Sean O’ Connor, Kieran O’ Sullivan, Sean Desmond: Dave Sheahan, John Kelleher, Tim O’ Leary: Paul McDonagh, Liam Murphy: Ronan O’ Toole, Aidan O’ Connor, Kevin Kidney: Brian Hurley, Andrew O’ Herlihy, John Dineen. Subs: Vinny Coffey 45, Keith O’ Riordan 51, Denis O’ Keeffe 59, Philip O’ Sullivan 60.
Dripsey: Pat O’ Riordan: Barry Kelleher, Dean O’ Sullivan, Sean Murphy: Jack Casey, John O’ Riordan, Daniel Buckley: Aidan Desmond-Murray, Conor Hayes: Michael O’ Riordan, Shane Burke, Martin O’ Sullivan: David O’ Sullivan, Aidan Buckley, James Cotter.
Subs: Gary Murphy 37, Stephen Desmond-Murray 37, Eoghan Maher 37.
Referee: Mr John Ryan (Macroom)

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Getting set for the U-8 game between Macroom and Naomh Abán in Cill na Martra ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Juvenile G.A.A. Update

U-14s, B1 League; Macroom played a very good Crosshaven team away on May 1st and were beaten 6-10 to 2-4. Macroom held its own for the first ten minutes. Crosshaven capitalised on its chances and quickly piled on the scores to lead 4-6 to 0-2 at half-time, Dylan Molyneux and Dean Granville scoring a point each. Macroom showed a more competitive spirit in the second half and notched 2-2 to 2-4 for their rivals. Seán De Lacey found the net with an unstoppable shot. For the second goal, Kieran Doody crossed from the right and Conor Seery contested the ball, distracted the goalie and the ball found the net. Jack Sexton converted a free and Darren Sweeney completed the Macroom tally with a well taken point. Macroom have 2 more league matches, against Canovee and Passage. The team has much ability, and with a full commitment, it should do well in the remaining fixtures. The record to date is P9 W4 D0 L5.
Because of First Communions for the younger lads, the U-8s, U-9 and U-10s did not have games last week and the U-16s and Minors will resume after the completion of the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
Fixtures; The U-8s and U-11s are scheduled to play on Sat, 13th May. The U-9s play Na Piarsaigh on Thurs. in the CG at 7.00 p.m. and the U-10s play Aghabullogue on Fri. night at 7.00 p.m., also in the CG. Training continues for all teams at their usual times.
Congratulations/Best Wishes; The Juvenile Club would like to congratulate all those who had their First Communions and give Best Wishes to those facing the state examinations.

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Laochra Óg u14 Camogie team. ©

Laochra Óg

Under 14 Camogie Team played St. Colum’s and displayed great skill throughout the game, with only a point separating the teams at half time. Laochra Óg slowly pulled away in the second half, with great scores from Lucy O Leary and Roisin Murphy. Thanks to St. Colum’s for being great hosts and for a welcome cup of tea afterwards.
Laochra Óg u14 Camogie team played a very strong Millstreet team with Cork players on their side. Laochra Óg girls rarely got out of their own half but showed great heart throughout. Two great goals from Eimear Ní Luasa and Eilísh O Connell was as good as it got. This concludes the U14 league with two wins and two losses at our very first attempt. Thanks to parents for your support and transporting the girls. Thanks to team Sponsors Macroom Tidy Towns.

U12 Camogie team played in Macroom Town Park against Cloughduv. A great game of Camogie, with Cloughduv coming out on top on a scoreline of Cloughduv 3 - 02 to Laochra Óg 1 - 02. Thanks to our u10 players Maisey, Aoife, Ellie Jane and Darcy, not one bit afraid to get stuck in. History made as well tonight with the first juvenile club Camogie match played in the town. Thanks to team sponsors, Colm O’Sullivan and Macroom Tidy Towns.
Laochra Óg under 12 hurlers went to O'Donovan Rossa GAA Club in Skibbereen and played St. Patrick's Hurling Club. The first half was a very close contest with just a point separating the sides at half time. Against the breeze in the second half, Laochra Óg played brilliantly, going into an eight point lead. But as the game went on St. Patrick's fought back to within a point before Laochra Óg got a goal at the end to finish 5-05 to St. Patrick's 4-04. Well done to all the players, to team Sponsors Astra Systems, CART bus for transport, Driver Peter Sweeney and St. Patrick’s hurling club, the welcoming hosts.
Laochra Óg Camogie U12/11s played Inniscarra with girls from the U10s making up the numbers. The girls had Four 15 minutes aside games against a very competitive Inniscarra team. The game was played with great skills by both teams. Thanks to Inniscarra for being great hosts and to all those parents/ Guardians that transported kids to the game.
50/50 Club Development Draw The winner was Gary O'Brien, Coolnadane who won €380 and the sellers prize of €25 went to Suzann O'Brien. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. The next draw takes place on May 21st.
Féile U14 Camogie fundraising tea party was held at Clondrohid Community hall. A great crowd turned up to support the girls before they head off to Carlow in June and enjoyed good food, spot prizes and entertainment. Laochra Óg would like to thank all those that donated generously, the organisers who helped out preparing the hall and looking after the guests, Clondrohid Community hall Committee for the use of the hall and the girls who performed brilliantly on stage. Well done all.

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West Muskerry athletes in happy mood at West Cork Track and Field Championships at CIT ©Collette O’Riordan

New Track for West Muskerry A.C.

West Muskerry A.C. was established in 1984 and is still going strong. It started with just 15 athletes and now, there are 220 registered to date. The club's philosophy has always been to compete and do the best you can, have fun and be part of a team no matter what the outcome and this has been instilled in our athletes right through the years.
By kind permission of the GAA, the club uses the Tom Creedon Park for training during the winter months and we are very grateful for same. During 2016/2017 the club grew in size and continues to grow, thus posing problems with parking and also training space for such large numbers. The proximity of the Sullane also posed safety concerns. The club decided they would look for their own training grounds and sourced a field which is very suitable to facilitate the clubs needs. A major fundraising drive is now underway to purchase said field which will benefit the athletes of all ages and also give them a chance to try different events such as Long Jump, Shot, Discus and Javelin in a safe environment.
On Saturday May 27th at 2pm in Macroom GAA pitch, Castle Grounds we are holding an Open Sports and Family Fun Day. There will be something for all. We are also having an art competition on the day, with the theme being "Summer Holidays" and a baking competition (best queen cakes /cup cakes). Schools in the area are welcome to try out the relay teams that they have competing in Cork City Sports as there is a special relay race for them.
On the 24th to the 27th of July the club is holding an Athletics Summer Camp. This camp is for 5 to 13 year olds and will be held in Clondrohid Track and astro turf from 10am to 2pm. Information for the summer camp is available by contacting the club phone on 087 7874554 or Collette’s phone on 086 3517204.
On the 13th of August the club is holding a Fundraising Duathalon in The Lee Valley Harbour, Coachford with the help of Outdoor Discovery Adventure Company. This is the first one to be done in Cork that involves a run and a Kayak. You can enter as part of a team of 2 or as individuals and there are different categories. Contact Collette on 086 3517204 for more information.
On the 21st of October the club is holding "Who wants to be a Thousandaire" in the Riverside Park Hotel at 7pm. A fantastic night is guaranteed for all.
Anyone who wishes to donate or support the club the fundraising account details are as follows:
Name: West Muskerry Iban: IE74AIBK93613839520721 BIC: AIBKIED

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Muinefliuch N.S. girls’ soccer team, Cork County Champions and Munster finalists in SPAR/FAI schools soccer tournament. ©An Scoil

Macroom FC

Schoolgirls Section. U10 girls played a friendly against Watergrasshill Utd. The large squad all played their part in a fine morning’s entertainment that was also enjoyed by parents and supporters.
The U14 team have secured promotion following two excellent victories. The first of these was a 6-0 drubbing of Riverstown. Goals came courtesy of Hannah Maguire, Ava Ronan, Emma Kelly (2) and Rachel O' Riordan (2). Next up was a trip to Carrigaline Hibs and an excellent away performance garnered the 3 points. Ava Ronan and Rachel O' Riordan were again on target in another fantastic squad outing. The U12 league playoff against Kinsale has a provisional date for Sat 13th May at Lakewood with a 5pm kick off.( Watch the club Facebook page for confirmation). The cup final v Passage will be played on Sat 20th May at Turner's Cross with a 2pm kick off.
Academy. The Under 7 team welcomed Glounthaune Utd to Murrayfield and all had a great experience. The U8 team played host to Ballinhassig on a brilliant morning.
Schoolboys Section. The U-13 A boys were defeated 3-0 by Kanturk. Best performers on the day were Dylan Wenger and Michael O'Connell. In the U16 Cup, Macroom hosted Mallow and won 3-2 AET. After a scoreless first half, Mallow went ahead with 2 quick goals in 3 minutes. The home side responded with an outstanding Aaron O'Donovan strike. The tie was level when Eoin Guiney and Dylan Twomey combined for O'Donovan to score his second. Macroom were the better side in extra time and Denis Dullea found Jack Kelleher who notched the winner. This win propelled Macroom to the semi-final of the competition where they travelled to take on Premier League leaders, Greenwood. The first half was closely fought but the higher ranked city side were much too strong in the second period. Macroom battled bravely but will have no complaints with the eventual defeat. Great credit is due to the team who once again defied the odds to make the last four.

Ballincollig Basketball

Men's Basketball. Ballincollig Division 2 Team, having won the Championship earlier in the year, clinched the CCBB Division 2 League title also, with a 10 points victory over Blue Demons in their final league game. Flo Okalla was the captain. It is the 1st time that Ballincollig have won the Division 2 League.
Our U13 Boys team won their league decider against Neptune and added the league title to the championship won recently. The U12 Boys team beat Limerick Celtics to qualify for the Top 4 Final against Blue Demons.
Ladies Basketball. Cork Ladies Basketball Board recently announced that the recipient of the Cork Indoor Sport Award for this year is Nora Meade of Ballincollig Basketball Club. Congratulations to Nora and her family on the receipt of this award which recognises her dedication to the promotion of Ladies Basketball in Cork.
The Ballincollig Under 18 team met Midleton in a playoff to decide the League title. With both teams tied at the top of the table, we expected a close match and were not disappointed. Midleton got the game’s last score and ended winners on a 44-39 scoreline. Training continues as we are still in contention in the Top 4 playoffs.
Annual General Meeting of Ballincollig Basketball Club will be held in the Oriel House Hotel on Wednesday 17th May at 8:30 pm.
Top 4 Playoffs will be ongoing and coaches will inform players when these are taking place.

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Donal Ahern, President Macroom Golf Club, driving in ©Tim Keating

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Week 1. Seniors: 1st - Ted Murphy(9), Anthony Hartnett(18), Christy Healy(22) 45.1
HpG Open singles: 1st- Diarmuid Flavahan(19) 42pts, 2nd- Damien O'Mahony(26) 39pts
Club Singles:1st - Pat Crowley(19) 66 nett
Intermediate Scratch Cup: 1st - Martin O'Mahony(13) 80, 2nd - Dan Hegarty(14) 81, 3rd - John O'Keeffe(15) 81, Best Nett - Liam O'Callaghan(17) 68 nett, Best Saturday - Garry Moloney(16) 86

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