Lee Valley Outlook - Oct 25 v9e22

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Autumn in Gougane    ©Neil Lucey

Lee Valley Diary 

Briery Gap:

Sunday 28th Oct Puss in Boots 3p.m.
Sun. 28th Oct. Christmas Pantomime rehearsals from 5p.m.
Wed. 31st Oct. 8:00 pm : The Cabin in the Woods; 10.00 pm : Paranormal Activity
Mon. Nov. 5 A Royal Affair; 8.30p.m.
Wed. Nov. 7 The Five-Year Engagement;8.30p.m.
Fri. Nov. 9 @ 8.00 pm; The Kilkennys;
Thurs. 15, Fri. 16, Sat. Nov. 17 @ 8.00 pm  Titanic: Message in a Bottle.
Mon. 19th Nov; Even the Rain; 8.30p.m.
Fri. 30th Nov. @ 8.00 pm Cooley Women.

Macroom Library: Adult Book Club: Wed. Nov. 7 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Nov. 8 at 11a.m -12.30. 
Penn Bookclub: Fri. Nov. 9, 4 p.m.
Gramophone Recital: with David McInerney, Mon. Nov. 12 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.
Saturday Storytime 12 until 12.45

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall:
Every Wed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.
Every Thurs. Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.
Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.
Shopeen open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10a.m. - 3p.m.

Tirelton N.S. 125th anniversary Mass in the school, Oct. 25th at 7.30 p.m.
Coin Collection: at Dromleigh N.S. (old Irish currency, foreign notes and coins etc) before Oct. 26th
Monster Halloween Night Disco, 7-9 pm in Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael on October 26th.
'Ó Thobar Mhúscraí' with Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri., 26th Oct.  @ 8.30pm.
Fundraiser for Dripsey N.S.: Table Quiz on Fri. Oct. 26 at The Weigh Inn, Dripsey 9 p.m.
Crookstown Céilí Club:  Céilí on Sat. 27th Oct.; 9.30pm - 1 am
Coffee Morning in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Fri., Nov. 2 at 10.30am.
Information Day: Macroom Adult Learning Centre New Street Tues Nov 6 2-4pm.
Canovee Historical Society meeting in Canovee Hall on Tues. Nov. 6 at 8 pm.
Cookery Demonstration in Kilmurry N.S. Hall on Fri. Nov. 9, 7.30.m.
Cairde String Quartet in the Ionad Cultúrtha  on Fri. 9th Nov. 
Gramophone Recital: David McInerney, Macroom Library, Mon. Nov. 12 11a.m..
Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 15 and 16, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 17 and Sun. 18. 12 noon to 8 pm. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 22 and 23, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 24 and Sun. 25. 12 noon to 8 pm.
Broomhill Vintage Club Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run on Sun. Nov. 18th from Coachford GAA grounds at 11.00am.
Used Clothing Collection at Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael up to Mon. 26th Nov.
Season's Eatings: Cookery demonstration with Frank Moynihan in Clondrohid Community Hall on Thurs. Dec. 6 at 8pm.

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Macroom Updates

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Last Town Council?

Macroom has enjoyed local government since the century before last but it seems likely that there will be great changes in the 'corridors of power' in the near future. Local Government Minister, Phil Hogan's plan to reform local government would have the effect, if implemented, of ending Macroom Town Council, which provides the town with a locally elected council of nine, with administrative staff and a workforce for matters such as road repairs, water services, town maintenance etc. Under the Minister's proposals, Macroom council and its staff would cease to exist, with decision making being transferred to a council representative of a much larger regional area under Cork County Council.
Local councillors are likely to resist the move, claiming that it is more democratic that locally elected members be responsible for raising finance locally to be spent locally.  It is argued that local councillors know their own area and ensure best value for money spent. The counter claim is that the council should have its role extended in matters such as education, tourism, public lighting and house construction.
The monthly meeting of Macroom Town Council on Tuesday, October 23 heard a report from the October 20 A.M.A.I. meeting in Naas and discussed issues raised. Macroom members unanimously opposed the Minister's proposal. While recognising the need for change in the running of Town Councils, they felt they are the least expensive layer in the Local Government system. They also feel that their abolition could well be in contravention of European law. The meeting resolved to invite the 3 local T.D.s to a meeting to request them to oppose Minister Hogan's proposal, as any changes to legislation regarding the abolition of Town Councils must pass both houses of the Oireachtas. It was also decided that the Mayor should invite other Mayors in the county to meet as a body to plan the future of Local Government. 

First Town Councils

Macroom was slow to take advantage of the Town Improvement Act 1854, which was welcomed and adopted promptly by Bandon, Clonakilty, Kinsale, Mallow, Midleton and Youghal. Town Commissioners were first appointed to Macroom on December 6, 1897. The elected commissioners took responsibility for 'lighting of streets; appointing of watchmen; naming, cleaning, sweeping and watering the streets; and making provision for firefighting'. Not less than 9 and not more than 21 commissioners could be elected annually. Restrictions ensured that power would rest in the hands of the wealthy. Elected commissioners had to have property with at least £20 rateable valuation and only those with property rated at £5 or more might vote. Plural voting was allowed to those with extensive property. There was supposed to have been a 6 vote limit per person, but, with a combination of qualifications, a voter might have as many as 36 votes in a single electoral division. Macroom's first nine Commissioners were Jeremiah J. Cronin, Auctioneer; E. A. Browne, Hardware Merchant, who lived at Sean's Corner, South Square; John Kelleher, Ballyverane, landowner; P.C. Kelleher, Main Street; John Neville, Tanner, Masseytown; Tim T. Twomey, Timber, seed and manure merchant and Insurance Agent, South Square; Timothy J. Twomey, Draper, Vintner and Insurance agent, Main Street; James Murphy, Cosey Hall, Vintner (Henry Curley's); Richard C. Williams, Insurance Agent, William's Hotel, now the Castle Hotel). John Neville was unanimously appointed the Commission's first Chairman. A letter to the "Cork Examiner" from "Resident" in November 1901, at the inception of Macroom Urban District Council (U.D.C.) in response to the Local Government Act (Ireland) 1898, praised the Commissioners for what they had done during their less than four-year tenure in office. They had provided electricity from a generator at Bealick Mill. They were untiring in their efforts to have a Town Hall built "to provide the young men of the town with indoor entertainment". They had got a 'fire escape' and had secured the tolls of the fairs and markets from Lady Ardilaun and had undertaken their management for the benefit of the town. "Resident" went on to encourage the incoming Urban District Council (which, according to Maurice Healy M.P. would effectively enjoy Home Rule) to undertake a building programme and the improvement of labourers' houses; to take control of the town water supply, the sanitary services which needed immediate attention and the urban roads. The need for a town park was also stressed as the "young men need a venue for their annual athletic re-union" and for football games.
Successful in the 1899 local elections were John Shea, Main Street, 303; Timothy J. Twomey, Main Street, 283; Richard C Williams, William's Hotel, now Castle Hotel, 248; James Cullinane, Main Street, 243, (grandfather to Joe O'Brien); Edward Browne, Sandy Hill 242. (He owned a hardware business in the Square). Samuel W. Baldwin, Codrum House 241; Timothy T. Twomey, South Square, 231; Dr. Patrick O'Donoghue, Main St. 228; Jerh. J. Cronin, Main Street, 226, (auctioneer, known as 'Jerry God Bless Us'. He had a shoe shop where T. M. Cronin's now are (no relations).

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Macroom Cub Scouts and friends enjoy National Tree Day at Gougane Barra   ©

Road Works in and near Macroom  

Travelling in and near Macroom needs careful planning in the month ahead. The principal concern will be the main road west of Macroom as far as the Mons Bar.  This will be closed to all but local traffic for major resurfacing October 30 – November 23. Macroom Bridge will be closed to traffic nightly from October 31. Work on the laying of gas pipelines in Macroom town continues and will be particularly active during school closures at mid term. Below are the details:

Closure of N22 West from Macroom: The N22 National Primary Road from the junction of the N22 with the R582 at the Millstreet junction in Macroom, to the junction of the L3409 (Clondrohid road) with the N22 in Ballymakeera i.e. from Millstreet Cross in Macroom to Ballyvourney, will be closed to traffic from 8a.m. on Tuesday, 30th October until 2p.m. on Friday 23rd November so as to facilitate road surface improvement works on a section of the N22 from Macroom to Lynch's Cross.
Traffic travelling West from Macroom should turn right at Millstreet Cross on to the R582 and then take the L3409 through Clondrohid Village, to rejoin the N22 at Ballymakeera village.  
Eastbound traffic: should leave the N22 east of Ballymakeera, turning left on to the L3409 and proceeding through Clondrohid village; turning right at the junction with the R582 and heading towards Macroom, rejoining the N22 at Millstreet Cross and  turning left into the town. 
The diversion route will be fully signposted. Local access will be maintained.
Traffic coming from Macroom wishing to use the L3402 to travel to Renaniree, Kilnamartyra and on will need to use the diversion route advertised (or alternative local roads if they wish), i.e. through traffic is not allowed as far as the junction at the Mons bar, they need to access from the western side of the road closure.

Nightly Bridge Closure: The N22 – Cork to Killarney Road through Macroom town will be closed to through traffic for 8 nights, starting from October 31st, to allow for installation of sections of the proposed footbridge. The Bridge closure will start each evening at 7pm and the road will reopen at 7am each morning. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic at all times. The Coolehane road will act as a diversion route for all Light Goods Vehicles (LGVs). All Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) travelling between Cork and Killarney during those hours will have to divert via Mallow.

Gas Pipeline Within Town
N22 Killarney Road, (From the Toyota Garage towards the town) from 07.00 to 23.00, a Stop and Go system will be in place until early November. Delays expected. No works on Friday 26th October.
Cooleyhane Road from 07.00 to 23.00. Temporary Road Closure on section of road will be in place until Friday 26th October. Local access only via Main Street. No access for HGVs. Remaining section of road towards the Coachford Road and N22 Junction will have Stop and Go system until Friday 26th October.
Masseytown Road from 07.00 to 23.00, a stop and go system will be in place until Friday 26th October.
The Square & Barrack Lane from 07.00 to 19.00 from 30th Oct – 2nd Nov (School Mid-Term), a Stop and Go system will be in place until Friday 2nd Nov. The entrance to the Castle Grounds through the arch will close for 1 day from 7am to 7pm on the 31-10-2012. Access to the golf course will be accessible from the back entrance. 1 or 2 parking spaces in the square may be required while working at the entrance into the Castle.
N22 Killarney Road, from 19.00 to 07.00  from Wed 31st Oct – 8th Nov, Nightworks. Craddocks, the contractor building a pedestrian bridge over the river, has applied for a road closure on the bridge for the above dates. Our contractor will avail of the road closure to also carry out night works along that part of the N22.

St. Mary's News

Accountancy package for Transition Year students: Transition Year students will, this year, be taking part in the 'SAGE @ School Programme' which was designed to give students who have an interest in accounting and business some experience in using accounts software and an insight into the accounting operations of Irish companies. It also helps young entrepreneurs who may require an accounts system to keep track of all their invoices.

School Choir: The school choir performed at the Cork School of Music on October 8th in the Regional Final of the All Island School Choir. They were one of five schools competing and they found the evening both entertaining and educational as they were given an insight into the production side of the programme. Although they didn't reach the final, they performed exceptionally well and did the school proud. We are indebted to the choir director, Ms Aoife Donovan, for all her work in preparing the girls for the competition.

Fundraising for Hope Foundation: Fourth Year students at St Mary's have undertaken the first of several fundraising events to send two students to Kolkatta (Calcutta). As part of the Development Education Immersion Programme, students from Transition Year are given the opportunity to travel to Kolkatta and experience first-hand the work of Hope projects in the slums of Kolkatta. The first fundraising event was an 'Oreo' themed bake sale held by sisters Ciara and Máire Hurley and Orlaith McDonagh. They sold a large variety of scrumptious treats and raised €250 for Hope.  The students will need to raise €3000 in total. 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: As Christmas approaches the Fourth Year students at St. Mary's are busy organising the shoe box appeal for the organisation Team Hope.  Shoe boxes are prepared by the whole school community and collected by a dedicated team of students in Reception each morning. Ballyvongane N.S. also collect shoeboxes and bring them to St. Mary's. These shoe boxes are then sent off to children ranging from 2 to 14 years of age who are victims of war and disease, or who live in poverty in countries such as Romania, Kenya and Rwanda. The participants are asked to include the 4 W's - Write, Wash, Wear, Wow! - in their boxes and bring a moment of joy in some young child's life.

Macroom Library

The Referendum on Children's Rights takes place on Saturday 10th November. If you want to be sure your name is on the Register of Electors, our paper copy can be consulted in the library. Unfortunately Tuesday 23rd October is the last day for submitting changes to the Register so the forms we have for amendments would. not make it in to the current supplement.
Bank Holiday: We will be closed on Saturday 27th of October and also  Monday 29th .  The loan period on books has been amended to take account of this but it can also be extended by ringing us, calling in with your card or if you have set up a PIN number on your account, you can renew them twice online through the Cork County Council website.  Ask any member of staff for more details about this service.
Penn Book Club meets on Friday 9th November at 4pm. We will attempt some artwork based on the last book we reviewed, '19 Railway Street ' by Morgan Llewellyn.  Our current title is 'Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna.  As part of Children's Book Festival she visited Macroom library on Wednesday 10th October and fascinated the 140 girls who were in attendance. Our thanks to the Briery Gap who facilitated us with the use of the theatre at short notice.
Adult Book Club meets on Wednesday 7th November at 11.30, and The Purlies knitting group next meets on Thursday 8th November at 11.am. Ann Hartnett's Exhibition of  images entitled  'Monument' continues to the 31st October.
Remember its just €2.50 for adult membership for a year and 50 cents for children.

Sulan Film Society Autumn Programme 2012

Sulán Film Society is back in action. Their fortnightly Monday night offerings continue through the autumn, winter and spring at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Monday 5th November @ 8.30 pm – A Royal Affair. Dir: Nikolaj Arcel; Denmark; 2012; 128 minutes; Cert: 15A; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Alicia Vikander; Language : Danish. Johann Struensee, physician to the poor of Altona—governed by the King of Denmark, Christian VII—accompanies his monarch in 1768 on a trip around Europe.  On the journey, he gains the trust of the psychologically unstable king and is made his personal physician.  But Struensee falls in love with Queen Caroline Mathilde and increasingly takes over state affairs.  He implements freedom of the press and of expression, abolishes torture and serfdom, reforms the school system and curtails the privileges of the aristocracy, who fearing for their wealth and power, refuse to take this lying down and the reformer ends up on trial.  A Royal Affair creates a mixture of historical-political thriller, and forbidden romance.
Monday 19th November @ 8.30 pm – Even the Rain
Monday 3rd December @ 8.30 pm – Breathing

Message in a Bottle

Briery Gap Players present Message in a Bottle: Titanic in the Briery Gap, Macroom, November 15 – 17. Devised by Helen Hallissey. Message in a Bottle: Titanic! is designed to capture Macroom audiences through story, mime, song and drama.  The script is based on the story of Jeremiah Burke from Glanmire, a passenger on board the Titanic.  Jeremiah threw a bottle containing a message into the freezing waters.  He perished in the tragedy.  The message in a bottle is now an exhibit in Cobh Heritage Centre. There are five sections to the performance.  Some are set in modern times, some in 1912.  Scenes are set mainly 'in-doors' - on board the Titanic, outside Cobh Heritage Centre and in Heaven itself.  The cast of Message in a Bottle: Titanic! are local  to Macroom.  This is community theatre at its best.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Wednesday Cinema Presentations at 8.30 pm; admission just €5
Nov. 7 The Five-Year Engagement; Cert 15A; Duration 124 mins
Nov. 14 The Descendants
Nov. 21 Prometheus; Cert 15A; Duration 124 mins
Sunday Matinees 3 p.m. Admission €4
Sunday 28th Oct Puss in Boots
Sulan Film Society. 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Monday Nov. 5 A Royal Affair; Cert 15A; 15A
Monday 19th Nov; Even the Rain; Cert 15A
Monday 3rd December; Breathing
Halloween Movie Marathon: Wed. 31st October 8:00 pm : The Cabin in the Woods (cert 15), Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. 15 minute Interval. 10.00 pm : Paranormal Activity: After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban "starter" tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night!
€5.00 for one movie; €8.00 for two movies; €2.00 popcorn special
Theatre: Friday 9th November @ 8.00 pm; The Kilkennys; Tickets €15
Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November @ 8.00 pm, Briery Gap Players present Titanic: Message in a Bottle. Tickets €15 Concessions €12
Friday 30th November @ 8.00 pm London Irish Theatre/Borderline Theatre present Cooley Women. Tickets €12 Concessions €10
Christmas Pantomime 2012: Cinderella. Children's rehearsals will take place in Briery Gap on Sunday, 28th October @ 5.00 pm. Teenage and Adult Chorus Rehearsals will take place on Sunday 28th October @ 6.00 pm. New Cast and Chorus members welcome.

Snippets  

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Tirelton National School will celebrate its 125th anniversary this November. To commemorate this historic event there will be a Mass in the school on the 25th of October at 7.30 p.m. All past pupils, past parents and anyone connected to the school down through the years is more than welcome to come along on the night. The school is also looking for old class photos and old photos of the actual building that people may have. These will be copied and returned safely to their owners. It is a great milestone to reach and we look forward to an enjoyable evening.

Monster Halloween Night Disco, 7-9 pm in Dromleigh NS, Kilmichael on October 26th. All families of ghosts, ghouls and goblins welcome. Bump the night away at our disco; listen to spooky stories; play games; gobble our teeth-rotting sweeties and take part in the fancy dress competitions for children and adults! Only €5 per family.

Fundraiser for Dripsey N.S.: A Table Quiz will be held on Friday, October 26 at The Weigh Inn, Dripsey Cross at 9.00 p.m. €40.00 per table of four. Winners' prizes and raffle on night.

Crookstown Céilí Club:  Céilí on Saturday 27th October from 9.30pm - 1 am. Music by Mountain Road Céilí Band.  Set and Céilí classes every Tuesday at 9pm. Everyone is welcome.

Coffee Morning for the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on Friday, November 2 at 10.30am, organised by Colman and Brid O'Riordan, whose son, Cathal had successful corrective surgery for a 90 degree curve in his spine last Christmas. The family wish to show their appreciation and give something back to the hospital. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more details contact Brid O'Riordan at 087 2114313.

Information Day: County Cork VEC Community Education Taster Courses: Singing/Music and Creative Writing at Macroom Adult learning Centre, New Street on Tuesday 6th November 2-4pm. Contact : 021 – 4665006 or 087- 1771683 for further information

Canovee Historical Society next meeting in Canovee Hall on Tuesday 6th of November at 8 pm. Guest Speaker, Liam Quinlan, will give a talk on "The History of Macroom Engineering Works" and the people who worked there.

Cookery Demonstration organised by Kilmurry N.S. Parents' Association and presented by Margaret Smith of www.umnumnum.ie, will be held in Kilmurry N.S. Hall on Friday, November 9, 7.30 – 9.30p.m. Tickets €10 each (including food tasting), are available from the school 2 – 3p.m. this week and from Sheila's Shop, Kilmurry. 

Cairde String Quartet in Concert in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday, 9th November with Máiréad Hickey: violin; Caoilfhionn Ní Choileáin: violin; Martha Campbell: viola; William Lehane: cello. Concert Programme: Haydn: String Quartet in G major, Opus 54, No. 1 Webern: Lansamer Satz Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major KV 465 Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor D. 703 Piazzola: Four for Tango

Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens, in aid of Friends of St. Patrick's Hospital, Marymount Hospice and Simon Community. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 15 and 16, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 17 and Sun. 18. 12 noon to 8 pm. Thurs. and Fri. Nov. 22 and 23, 6 to 10pm; Sat. 24 and Sun. 25. 12 noon to 8 pm. Refreshments served. Admission €10.

Coin Collection: Dromleigh N.S. is organising a coin collection in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and school funds. Old Irish currency, foreign notes and coins and euro are accepted. Please give to students or drop in to school before October 26th or contact 026-46212 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael has organised a collection of used clothing for Monday 26th November. We will accept clean new and used clothes, shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles, stuffed toys and mobile phones. They can be in any condition as long as they are clean.  Put in polythene bags and return to the school. Please bag mobile phones separately. Bags will be accepted from Monday 19th November from 9- 9.30 and 3 - 3.30 or contact the school at 026 46212. All money raised will go towards school funds. 

Rusheen N.S. Well done to pupils who competed in the West Muskerry Cross Country in Macroom.  Special congratulations to Sarah Kelleher who won the Under 11 Girls' race in fine style.  Also, congratulations to other medal winners including Aoife Twomey, Moira Twomey, Shona White, Gràinne Twomey, Katelyn Kelleher, Moira Leahy, Rachel Kelleher, Ròisìn O'Riordan, Liam McSweeney, Dylan O'Riordan, Thomas Morgans, David Kelleher, Seàn O'Riordan and Con Buckley.
Rainbows Peer support Programme assists children who have suffered a bereavement, either through the separation or death of a parent, sibling, friend or other painful transition in their family. It helps them to find healing and growth through the pain. It doesn't need to hurt forever. The programme will be starting shortly. Contact Macroom Family Resource Centre ph 026 20561.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 15/10/2012, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 9 - 26, Winner: Mick & Denise Roche (Yearly Ticket), €20 Winners: Mary O' Sullivan, Matt O' Brien, Mark O' Mahony, Richard Martin, Con Dineen.

Lee Valley Updates

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Clondrohid Updates  

Development Group Walk: The weather couldn't have been kinder to the walkers as they headed off from the Community Hall car park on the annual fundraising walk. Clondrohid Development Group would like to thank all those who took part in the walk, those who contributed, those who collected sponsorship and those who donated prizes for the raffle, including Dairygold, Kelleher Oils, The Tavern and more. A special word of thanks to Healy's Spar for sponsoring the refreshments which the walkers enjoyed midway through the walk.. They would also like to thank sincerely Teresa, Paudie and staff at the Tavern for their help, organising and selling tickets for the raffle, providing sandwiches and hot food. With Bríd on the guitar, the evening rounded off with a sing song. Well done to all who helped in any way. N.B. Anyone with a sponsorship card, please return it with any money to Healy's Post Office or to any committee member as soon as possible.
Self Help Africa: This annual collection will take place at all masses in Clondrohid on November 3 and 4. Your contribution will be appreciated.
Season's Eatings: Tickets are available locally at Healy's Post Office, and from Development Group committee members for this celebration of Christmas Day cooking by Author, Broadcaster and Chef Instructor, Frank Moynihan. This guaranteed enjoyable night will take place in the Community Hall on Thursday December 6 at 8pm. Donation will be made to Macroom Hospital. Buy early as tickets at €10 are limited.
Welcome to Vincent's : It's to great to see St. Vincent De Paul opening a new shop at the top of Castle Street, formerly McGregors. The new shop replaces their other premises at Railway View. All donations of top quality clothing, unwanted gifts, books, furniture etc would be much appreciated. All proceeds from the shop help to provide assistance to families and individuals who may be experiencing difficulty. Open times 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and will be staffed by mainly volunteers, with two part time staff.
G.A.A. Thursday October 18 U15  football championship final between Clondrohid and Grenagh took place in Cloughduv. Grenagh won. Saturday October 20 U21 hurling semi-final between  Clondrohid and Kilmichael took place in Cloughduv and Kilmichael won well. Clondrohid N.S. took part in the Sciath na Scol competition. They defeated Muinefliuch N.S. and are through to the final to meet  Rusheen N.S. Well done to all involved.
Lotto: Results October 10. Jackpot of €7,600; €70 Jessica McSweeney, Carrigaphooka. €20 Sinead McAuliffe, Macroom; Leo Hughes, Masseytown; Sean 7; Gobnait Lynch, Gortavranner; John McDonagh, Dromree.
October 17 Jackpot €7,800; No winner; €70 Jan Oleksy c/o Mid Cork Pallets; €20 Betty Desmond, Bridgemount, John Hickey, Carriganimma, Annette O'Mahony, Clondrohid; Johnny Lehane, Dunmanway.
Bingo: In Community Hall every Wednesday night jackpot of €2,800

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Ready for road at Cill na Martra Trasna na nGleannta Charity Cycle, L-R Trevor Healy, Stephen Shorten, Chris Maher, Jack Healy, Colm McLoughlin & Anthony Lynch.   ©Joan McLoughlin

Drámaíocht san Ionad Cultúrtha

'Ó Thobar Mhúscraí'/ 'From the Múscraí Well (of Creativity)' by Conchubhar Ó Deasmhumhna, will be performed by Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Friday, 26th October  @ 8.30pm. Conchubhar Ó Deasmhumhna (1871 – 1928) from Bhaile Mhic Íre, was a very gifted writer who created characters that were alive and feisty and events that happened in real life. But above all else, he used a natural, witty and poetic language which works extremely well with the Irish language theatre art form.  "Bhí castaíochta cainte aige ná raibh ar ró-eolas ag mórán, agus bhí tréithe an mhagaidh agus an tsuilt agus an tsearbhais ann ar fheabhas." Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha will present theatrical gems, such as  Bean na Bó Riabhaiche, Fear na mBataí Croise and Spidiú Cháit na Troda, as well as his sharper theatrical pieces,  Mangaire an Té and Tadhg an Deócáin. Some of Conchubhar Ó Deasmhumhna's prose and poetry will be presented on the night and there will also be a screening of his Fenian scéaldráma Cúrnán Mhac Cimilide agus a Thriúr Iníon Foiritheanta Fíorghránna, which was performed on stage in 2000 by Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha. As part of the evening's celebration of this great local playwright, Dr Seán Ua Súilleabháin from UCC will give a talk on Chonchubhar Ó Deasmhumhna, on his ancestors and his heritage. Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha theatre group includes:  Áine Uí Chuill, Eibhlín Ní Lionáird, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, Conn Ó Cróinín, Fiontán Ó Meachair, Nollaig Ó Ceallaigh, Diarmuid and Colm Ó Meachair. Seán Ó Morónaigh is the director of the plays being performed at 'From the Muscraí Well (of Creativity).

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Jeanette Champion, Coachford St. Vincent de Paul, accepting a cheque of €1,000 from Coachford Autumn Festival Queen, Kellie Browne. ©

Coachford Updates   

What is the future of your village? A new project led by the ACR Community Council, hopes to provide some answers. A Village Design Statement is being prepared for the villages of Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane. It will describe what is special about a place and what should be done to make it a better place in which to live, work and play. The Statement will emerge from the ideas and knowledge of the community and will be supported by expert input from landscape architects, road engineers, architects, planners, recreation and heritage consultants from URS. The plans will strive to highlight potential opportunities for business creation and enhancement, recreation, tourism, improving basic rural services and upgrading the rural heritage. The statements will identify a range of projects and proposals which can be initiated within the short term, medium term and long term and will include details of possible funding opportunities. Following an initial walkabout in each village, the next stage of the project will be a workshop open to all. The community and consultants from URS will work together to develop a vision for each village. Workshops for each village will be held on the following dates:
Coachford GAA Community Hall, Tuesday 6th November, 7pm
Aghabullogue Community Hall, Wednesday 7th November, 7pm
Rylane School Hall, Thursday 8th November, 7pm.
To get the ideas rolling, a questionnaire has been prepared for each village, which is available from the shops in each village and in the porch of each church or can be filled in online before October 31st. Please return completed questionnaires by October 31st to Post office or Kathleen's Shop, Cremin's Shop or Crowley's Shop.

Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run: Broomhill Vintage Club is organizing an end of year Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run (Classic, Veteran & Vintage) on Sunday November 18th.  Participants should register at the GAA grounds Coachford from 11.00am. Entry €10.  Tea and coffee will be available on registration. Insurance for all vehicles must be produced and for further information contact Tim at 086 866 3729 or Peter on 086 844 7105. Broomhill Vintage club recently donated over €5,000 to local charities from the proceeds of the Coachford Autumn Festival.

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Enjoying Aghinagh Macra social in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. ©

Young Rally Champions

Bernard Foley and Paul Twomey, Donoughmore are the 2012 Junior National Rally Champions. The lads would like to thank everybody who helped them during the year, including sponsors, family and friends. Bernard has been nominated for the prestigious Billy Coleman Award, where he will battle with seven other young drivers to claim the €50,000 prize fund. Bernard and Paul intend to contest The Irish Tarmac Championship next year, with selected rounds of the British Rally Championship. The Crew are sponsored by MJK Oils, Coolmona Agri, O'Callaghan's Garage Donoughmore, Looney Rally prep, De Moose Designs, Just drive Rallying and John Cullinane.

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The official opening of Bengour Harvest Festival, from left, Neil O'Brien, Rod Davidson representing ACT, Fr Pat O'Donovan PP Kilmichael, Kevin O'Dwyer, Marymount,  Eamon Galvin Chairperson, Colum Cronin MC, Declan Sodam Cork Cancer Research ©Peter Scanlan

Macra Matters

Congratulations to Terelton Ladies who won the National Dairy Council 7-a-side GAA National Final in Roscommon. They defeated Kilcloon Macra, Meath in a closely contested final. With their sporting record & having won the regional round of bowling, no doubt they will be feared by other clubs at the National Bowling Finals!
One of the recent highlights was the 1st Anniversary Dinner Dance held by Aghinagh Macra. This took place at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney where food & craic was plentiful. Well done to everyone in Aghinagh on a hugely successful first year!

Muskerry Macra is running a Photo Competition throughout the year. This is open to any member of Muskerry Macra & will run until the end of the 2012-2013 Macra year so everyone has plenty of time to capture that moment! The three categories are: The Spirit of Macra; Where in the World and Pick 'n' Mix. Further information from Siobhán @ 087-2026981 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Fixture: Fri 26th-Sun 28th October: The Rally, Tower Hotel, Waterford, with a huge variety of activities and competitions over the weekend. Aghinagh Macra would like to wish the best of luck to Flor O'Driscoll who is competing for the best Macra member award and to Jeremy Kelleher who is competing in the silage competition and to Anthony Kelleher who is competing in the sheep stock judging competition. The best of luck to Aghinagh Macra which is nominated for best emerging club award which will also take place in Waterford during the bank holiday weekend.

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Canovee Under 10 and Under 9 teams, winners of the 2012 Neily Twomey U 10 Football Tournament   ©Peter Scanlan

Bookworms

Everybody Matters - A Memoir by Mary Robinson

 Mary Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world; here she reveals what lies behind the vision, strength and determination that have helped her achiever so much for human rights around the globe. She describes the upbringing which gave her a strong sense of values, to becoming the first woman president of Ireland and accepting the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Now leading her own climate justice foundation, she works on behalf of the millions of poor around the world. This book will inspire everyone who reads it with the belief that each of us can, in our own way, help to change the world for better.

Available now in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €23.99.

GIY   by Michael Kelly

October Recipe  – Autumn Vegetable Slaw
Serves 4.
Ingredients: 1 celeriac, peeled and coarsely grated; 3 apples, peeled and coarsely grated; ½ red onion, finely sliced; 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley; 100g mayonnaise; 1 tbsp white wine vinegar.
Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.  You can add a handful of raisins if you like.  Don't scrimp on the parsley.

Tip of the Month – Take care of Brassicas

A bit of care on over-wintering brassicas (cabbages, Brussels sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli etc) now will ensure healthy, thriving plants – give a good weed around the plants and remove any yellowing leaves, which are no use to the plant and can encourage botrytis.  Earth up around the base of the plants - this will help them survive nasty winter winds.  Bear in mind that most of these plants are supporting a very heavy head! Caterpillars are still a problem – check the leaves regularly for them and remove any that you see.

Food From Home: 10% of People in Ireland live in Food Poverty. Home-grown food could help lift people out of this trap. An average sized vegetable patch can yield €500 worth of food each year. Grow your own healthy, tasty food. GIY is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food.  We inspire and support people to grow food more successfully by bringing them together to share advice, tips and ideas.  There are approximately 30,000 people involved in the GIY movement in Ireland.  For more information check out www.giyireland.com.

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Gougane Barra Hotel prizewinning team - Natalia Zelazko, Natasha Collart,  Sergejs Koutans, Marcin Zbylut, Rebecca Horgan, Rudy Parsooramen, Rachel T. Moynihan, Ali Lucey,  Conor Lucey, Jane Lucey, Patricia Twomey, Mary Agnes O'Sullivan, Camille Bulot, Cornelia McCarthy, Gobnait Twomey, Katy Lucey, Neil Lucey, Ewelina Zbylut. Absent from photo: Siobhan Murphy, Dónal Ó Laoire, Rachel Moynihan and Noreen Moynihan.  ©Valerie O'Sullivan

Gougane Barra Hotel for Courtesy and Care

Gougane Barra Hotel, Ballingeary, situated beside Lake Gougane Barra, at the foot of the Derrynasaggart Mountains has been declared winner of the 'AA Courtesy and Care Award 2012/2013'.  The Award, linked to the AA's motto of Courtesy and Care, is awarded annually to the AA hotel which stands apart in its delivery of superb Irish hospitality. Owned and run by the Cronin/Lucey Family for five generations, the 26 bedroom Gougane Barra Hotel, situated in the Muscraí Gaeltacht area, is no stranger to honours.  They have been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence annually since 2006 and were also awarded the "AA Tourism Innovation Award" in 2008 for their highly successful "Theatre by the Lake" programme which is housed in a marquee on the stunning lake shore.

Fifth generation hoteliers, Katy and Neil Lucey, who took up the helm from Neil's parents in 2005, are described by customers as the perfect hosts.  Mirroring this, many online reviews written by customers about Gougane Barra Hotel relay that every effort was made to welcome them and take care of them during their stay. Neil says: "Courtesy and care is a family passion of that has spanned five generations.  We are very lucky to have a great family and team who enjoy their work and have pride in continuing the tradition of welcome in Gougane Barra." Keeping it in the family, Neil's mother, Breda, runs the Gift and coffee shop next door, while their teenage children are also becoming increasingly involved.  Recipes such as their delicious seafood chowder and freshly baked walnut and treacle bread  originate from within the family, having been passed down to Katy by her parents who ran Mr Eamon's restaurant in Lahinch. AA Hotel Inspectors noted: "Good traditional Irish hospitality is what makes a trip to Ireland so unique and it's so important that we hold on to that.    Both Katy and Neil and their children in turn have learnt the importance of this from a very young age and it's fantastic to see the energy and life they bring to customer service in their hotel. 
In addition to the spectacular location, comfortable accommodation, excellent food and warm hospitality, guests at Gougane Barra Hotel can also enjoy a wealth of different activities - hill walking, boating, drama and a locally run photography workshop. Gougane Barra Hotel also plays host to a small number of intimate wedding receptions every year and is just a short walk from the world famous monastic wedding chapel, St Finbarr's Oratory, which sits atop a small island on the lake.  

Ballygarry - Best Country House Venue

Champagne corks were popping at Ballygarry House at the news from Wedding Dates.ie that they have again scooped the coveted Best Country House Venue in Ireland award. Padraig McGillicuddy, Proprietor said, ' We are delighted to have yet again won this award. What makes it so special is that it is voted on by the reviews received from past Brides and Grooms who know too well what the whole experience with us has been like. With the time and special touches which we give, it is great to receive recognition like this. No two wedding days are the same and what we pride ourselves on are the things that can't be bought - service and attention to detail.' With over 54 years of wedding know how, Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa offers a tranquil setting for your wedding reception with luxurious facilities and six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.  Having received numerous accolades to date, Ballygarry House has firmly established itself as one of the leading Irish wedding venues. Having been featured on Dragons Den, WeddingDates is one of the most recognizable web sites in the wedding market, allowing engaged couples to select their chosen wedding date and the region where they want to get married, and get back an interactive listing of wedding venues with civil ceremony or reception availability on that date.

Blank TV?

The Digital Switchover took place on October 24 when the old TV signal was switched off. Anyone who was dependent on their Aerial for their Irish Television channels will have a blank screen now and needs to do ONE of the following:
1. Get a set top box OR a new Television in order to be able to receive the New Saorview Signal
2. Get a Pay for view television services, like Sky or Chorus / UPC.
Queries: 1890 940 980 or www.goingdigital.ie or 1890222012 or www.saorview.ie

Sports Mad

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GAA - Evening Echo County Championships

Senior Hurling Championship:

Champions: Sarsfield's   Runners Up: Bishopstown

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Champions: Ballinhassig   Runners Up: Bandon

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final: Kilworth  2 – 15   Kanturk  2 - 13   

Senior Football Championship

Quarter Finals: Carbery Rangers  1 – 11     Bishopstown  1 - 10

Semi Finals: Castlehaven   2 – 9     Carbery Rangers  0 - 9

Duhallow   0 – 13   O'Donovan Rossa   0 - 7

Final: Duhallow  v  Castlehaven  

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Final: St Vincent's  v  St Michael's

County Intermediate Football Championship Final

Castletownbere   1 – 12     ÉIRE ÓG   0 - 13     

Éire Óg were strong favourites to lift their first ever County Intermediate Football title when they met Castletownbere in the final at Páirc Uí Rinn but the Beara men, appearing in their second successive final, atoned for last year's disappointment and deservedly took the title, their first success after five final defeats over the past 22 years.  Éire Óg have been playing well all year and were impressive in their wins over Cloyne and Kildorrery before turning in a super performance against Ballydesmond in the quarter final.  The Ovens men struggled at times against Cill na Martra in the semi final but no team would get an easy passage against the Boys from the Cross so the pundits and the bookies made Éire Óg strong favourites for the title.  Castletownbere had lost their opening two rounds and only a third round win over Glanmire saved their championship campaign.  They then defeated Grenagh with only 14 men and had a good win over Glanworth in the quarter final before defeating Adrigole in the semi final, thereby reversing a second round result against the same opposition.  They came into the final unheralded, with the spotlight on the Mid Cork men who had Cork All Ireland medal winners Ciarán Sheehan and Daniel Goulding in their attack along with Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen, two others who have made their mark with Cork teams in the past two years.  It was the ideal scenario for Castletown, underdogs, underrated and determined to atone for the previous year's final defeat when they were the odds-on favourites to beat Kinsale out the gate but who themselves came a cropper on that occasion.
Early points from Ciarán Sheehan, Daniel Goulding and John Dineen had Éire Óg in a three point lead in the opening ten minutes.  Back came Castletown with five points in quick succession, to lead by 0-5 to 0-3 by the end of the first quarter but two points from Daniel Goulding, one a free, the other from a '45', had the sides level in the 17th minute.  Castletown captain Alan O'Regan then punched a point but Alan O'Mahony had a point for Éire Óg to level matters in the 29th minute and in injury time Daniel Goulding pointed a free to put his side 0-7 to 0-6 in front at half time.
Alan O'Regan had a 'Town point to level on the restart and was then a central figure in the game's defining moment in the 4th minute.  Castletown midfielder Dave Fenton sent a long ball into the Éire Óg goalmouth; O'Regan got possession and was fouled and a penalty was awarded. Andrew O'Sullivan, the Castletown midfielder and a former Cork senior panellist, lashed the spot kick to the net and when he followed on with a point from a '45' in the 38th minute, the Beara men were four point clear, 1-8 to 0-7 and a surprise began to appear possible. Back came Éire Óg with a point from Daniel Goulding, his fifth, and Castletown were reduced to 14 men when they had a forward red carded after receiving two earlier yellows.  Daniel Goulding had a superb point from a long range free and at the three quarter mark pointed from play to leave only a point between the teams and it was now anybody's game.  In the 48th minute the teams were level when Ciarán Sheehan won possession at midfield and parted to Kevin Hallissey who kicked over and Éire Óg hopes soared once again.
Castletown dug deep however and Alan O'Regan put them back in front from a 53rd minute free and they followed up with two further points to lead by three with five minutes remaining.  Aidan O'Connor had a point for Éire Óg in the 57th minute, and two minutes later Kevin Hallissey cut the deficit to a single point after taking a pass from Dineen.   As the game went into two minutes of injury time Éire Óg kicked a wide and then Castletown broke up field and their wing back kicked over a point to ease their situation.  The final whistle brought joy to the Beara men and major disappointment for Éire Óg.  Éire Óg: Joseph Kelleher: Ronan Dennehy, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy: Mike O'Shea, Alan O'Mahony, Eanna Lowney: Liam Murphy, Ciaran Sheehan: Aidan O'Connor, Paul McDonagh, Kevin Hallissey: Daniel Goulding, Dermot O'Herlihy, John Dineen. Subs; Dan O'Connor (half time), Philip O'Sullivan (50 mins), Brian Darcy O'Sullivan (57 mins.) 

County Junior Football Championship

Semi final: Rockchapel   2 – 11     Glenbower Rovers   0 - 11

Final:

KILMURRY   0 – 7     Rockchapel   1 – 4

Mid Cork Junior Football champions, Kilmurry are still on track to take the county title after two late points earned them a deserved draw in the final at Páirc Uí Rinn.  Rockchapel were the bookies' favourites to take the crown and they had a perfect start with a point, followed by a goal inside the opening four minutes.  Kilmurry then battled their way back into contention and they led by a point at half time, having denied 'the Rock' any further scores in the that first half.  It was the Duhallow champions who dominated the second half however and Kilmurry went scoreless until the 53rd minute, by which stage they had fallen two points in arrears.  James White's point cut the deficit to the minimum and a point from a William Buckley free in the 57th minute levelled the scores and ensured that the teams would have to meet again to decide where the 2012 title goes and who plays in the intermediate championship next year.
Kilmurry had a dreadful start to this game.  An early free yielded a point for the Duhallow men and then in the 4th minute after Pat O'Callaghan had made a fine save from the first shot, the rebound was booted to the net, to leave Kilmurry 1-1 to nil in arrears.  Amazingly, Rockchapel were not to be allowed score again in this half.  Ten minutes had elapsed before William Buckley opened their account with a point, finishing off a James White/ James Kelleher movement.  Jonathan Buckley then scored almost immediately after and the Kilmurry revival was underway.  A 15th minute free yielded a point from the boot of William Buckley and with Eoin Creedon and James White doing well at midfield, the Kilmurry attack was beginning to get plenty of possession.  The sides were level in the 21st minute when Liam Long worked his way up the wing out of defence and Eoin Creedon and Dave O'Halloran then combined to set up a score for Dominic Creedon.  Kilmurry hit the front for the first time in the 26th minute when James Kelleher was fouled and Dave O'Halloran sent the resultant free over 'the Rock' crossbar to put Kilmurry 0-5 to 1-1 in front.  The Rockchapel goalkeeper saved well subsequently from Greg Barrett and the Duhallow men missed a simple enough close range free in injury time to leave the score line unchanged at half time.
Kilmurry had a near miss after the break when James Kelleher's ground shot went inches wide of the post and Rockchapel drew level in the 36th minute with a point, their first score since the 4th minute. The Rock' now got on top and only poor finish kept them from drawing clear.  They did hit the front with a point from a free and another free in the 47th minute left Kilmurry 0-5 to 1-4 in arrears and with the wind favouring the Rock things did not look great for Kilmurry at this stage.  In addition they had lost James Kelleher and goalkeeper Pat O'Callaghan to injury.  The will to win was still there however and the Kilmurry men dug deep and remained in contention.  In the 53rd minute, Pat O'Sullivan and William Buckley combined to give James White a shot at the posts and the midfielders aim was true and only a point now separated the teams.  In the 57th minute as the excitement mounted and the tension became almost unbearable, Dave O'Leary sent a long ball goalward, Greg Barrett got possession and was fouled and William Buckley stepped up to take the vital free kick.  Buckley did not lose his concentration and drove the ball over the bar  for what was to be the final score of the game and the one that gave Kilmurry a second shot at taking the title.   Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Greg Barrett, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Subs: Alan O'Sullivan (34th min), Jason McDonnell(42), Finbarr Crowley (45) and Pat O'Sullivan (50).   

County Junior Hurling Championship

Semi Final: Kilbrin   2 – 14     Kildorrery   3 - 14

Final: Brian Dillon's   1 – 18     Kildorrery   2 - 15  

County U 21 Hurling Championship Final:

Blackrock   4 – 16     Duhallow   2 - 10  

Oriel House Mid Cork Junior B Hurling Championship

Final: Gleann na Laoi   1 – 13     Blarney   0 - 16 

Gleann na Laoi fought back from a seemingly impossible position to earn a draw with favourites Blarney in the Mid Cork B Hurling final at Coachford.  Blarney led by 0-5 to nil before Gleann got heir first score, a point in the 18th minute and at half time Blarney led by 0-12 to 1-2 and appeared to be well in control.  The Gleann na Laoi goal in the 27th minute was vital as it gave the Clogheen side hope coming up to the break.  Gleann na Laoi improved in the second half and with five minutes to go had the gap between the teams down to a single point.  Blarney then doubled their advantage but Gleann battled on and two late points from frees, one each from Colm Horgan and Jamie Luby, earned them a draw and a second chance of taking the title.

MJK Oils Junior 'C' Football Championship (13 a side)

Semi Finals: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   3 – 14     Ballincollig   0 - 9

Éire Óg   1 – 12     Kilmurry   1 – 8

Final: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   v  Éire Óg

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh   3 – 14     Ballincollig   0 – 9

The scoreline above tells the story of this Mid Cork Junior 'C' Football championship semi final at Carrigadrohid.  Béal Átha were the better team, were always in control and moved confidently on to the final and a meeting with Éire Óg.  Béal Átha had a sensible mix of young fast footballers and experienced, battle hardened veterans (including All Ireland medal winner, the great Béal Átha clubman Seán Ó Drisceoil) and the combo was too much entirely for the  Ballincollig club's fourth team, which in fairness, does not ever include any minors as a matter of club policy. Béal Átha started well with a first minute goal from Frank Riordan and another great, long serving clubman, Tadg Dineen, had added two more goals to the tally before the first quarter was over.  It was 3-6 to 0-5 by half time as Ballincollig recovered somewhat in the second quarter and Ballincollig continued to provide strong resistance in the second half, without ever looking like winners, merely containing the Béal Átha threat as best they could.  Béal Átha scorers: Tadg Ó Duinnín 2-0, Pronnsias Ó Riordáin 1-1, Ciarán Ó Núnáin 0-3, Donncadh Mac Coitir 0-2, Ciárán Ó Ceallacháin 0-2, Dara Seartan 0-2. 
Foireann Béal Átha: Caoimhín Ó Buachalla: Ciarán Ó Flatharta, Cathal Ó hEaluithe: Pól Ó Ceallacháin, Darren Ó Coill, Dara Seartan: Tadg Ó Duinnín, Barra Ó Sé: Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Gearóid Ó Críodáin, Pronnsias Ó Riordáin: Sean Ó Drisceoil, Ciarán Ó Ceallacháin. Fir Ionaid: Brian MacCoitir, Donnchadh A MacCoitir, Mártín De Burca, Antóin Ó Cremín. Referee: Mr J J Murphy, Kilmurry.

Éire Óg 1 – 12     Kilmurry   1 – 8

County Intermediate football championship finalists, Mid Cork Junior 'B' football championship winners and now the Éire Óg third team  is through to the Mid Cork Junior 'C' football final to demonstrate the overall healthy state of football in what was traditionally a bastion of hurling.  Éire Óg has been producing fine under age football teams now for many years and the club is flush with players who have played at high levels of football and on this occasion they had an overall strenght of quality players that Kilmurry could not match.  Kilmurry, to their credit, gave the winners a right good challenge and made better use of more limited opportunities to stay in contention to the finish.  Despite the fact that Éire Óg had the bulk of possession in the first half, it was Kilmurry who led at he break, 0-6 to 0-4, but the winners got on top in the second half.  Barry O'Neill, their scorer in chief, pointed a free on the resumptyion and in the 34th minute Éire Óg got an all important goal from Kevin Ryan and they were never led subsequently.  They increased their advantage as the half progressed and enjoyed a comfortable 1-12 to 0-7 lead when Tim Irwin had a goal for  Kilmurry in the 53rd minute to re ignite the losers' challenge.  Éire Óg though had enough of a lead to remain in control to the finish.
Scorers: Éire Óg: Barry O'Neill 0-6, (0-3 frees), Kevin Ryan 1-1, Mark Purcell 0-2, Edward Long, Noel Brennan and Fintan O'Toole, 0-1 each. Kilmurry: Tim Irwin 1-4, Dermot Desmond 0-2, Oisín McSweeney  and Pádraig Berhanu 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: John McCarthy: Ger Lynch, James O'Brien: Diarmuid Foley, Fionán Sheehan, Paul Murphy: Edward Long, Daniel O'Sullivan: Kevin Ryan, Vincent Fahy, Noel Brennan: Mark Purcell, Barry O'Neill. Subs: Donal Keane, Fintan O'Toole, Ronan O'Toole, Cian Murphy and Paul O'Shea. 
Kilmurry: Dean Knight: Martin Culhinane, JJ Murphy: Donal O'Leary, Tobias Thomen, Stephen Hartnett: Sean Long, Oisín McSweeney: Patrick Grainger, Fred O'Callaghan, Pádraig Berhanu: Tim Irwin, Dermot Desmond. Subs: Neil Murphy.  Referee: Mr  Dave Murnane, Macroom.    

Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship

Semi Finals: Kilmichael   2 – 20     Clondrohid   2 - 9
Grenagh   0 – 13     Ballinora   1 - 10

Kilmichael   2 – 20    Clondrohid   2 – 9

Kilmichael had too much power for a gallant Clondrohid side in the Mid Cork U21 'C' hurling semi final at Cloughduv.  Despite an early goal for Clondrohid from Stephen Murphy after five minutes, it was Kilmichael who led at the break by seven points.  Stephen Kelleher and Peter Kelleher (from a free) got the winners' goals and Daragh Foley was very accurate, scoring 0-13 in all, 0-7 from frees.
Scorers for Kilmichael: D Foley 0-13 (0-7 frees), P Kelleher 1-4 (1-0 free), S Kelleher 1-0, F Buckley 0-2, S Foley 0-1.  Clondrohid: S Murphy 2-4, (1-3 frees), S O'Callaghan 0-2, N Murphy 0-2, K Healy 0-1.
Kilmichael: Denis O'Donoghue: Edward Burgoyne, Shane Masters: Paul O'Sullivan, Finbarr Buckley, Stephen Kelleher: Peter Kelleher, Brendan Cotter: Donagh McCarthy, Darragh Foley, Shane Foley: Shane Cotter, Fintan Collins. Sub: Donal Kelly. 
Clondrohid: David Lynch: Jack Corcoran, Christopher Flanagan: Desmond Lynch, Neilus Murphy, Sean O'Connor: Neil O'Shea, Stephen Murphy: Mark Creed, Darragh Healy, Kevin Healy: Jerome Ring, Sean O'Callaghan.  

Quish Super Valu Intermediate Hurling Cup

Quarter Finals: Cloughduv   0 – 17   Aghabullogue   0 - 12
Ballincollig   0 – 16     Inniscarra   1 – 12
Éire Óg v   Grenagh
Dripsey   v   Blarney 

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football Leagues

Division One: Winners: Kilmurry  Runners Up: Iveleary
Division Two Final:  Aghinagh  v  Éire Óg
Division Three: Winners: Iveleary  Runners Up: Grenagh
Division Four: Kilmurry  v  Éire Óg

Iveleary   1 – 13     Grenagh   2 – 7

The Division Three league final was played at Carrigadrohid and for a long period it looked as if Grenagh would take the title.  Two first half goals had Grenagh leading by 2-4 to 0-3 at the break and Iveleary were under pressure.  However, on the restart, Iveleary showed much improved form, particularly up front and they gradually hauled themselves back into contention.  A goal from Denis O'Leary gave Iveleary the lead and they held on to the finish despite Grenagh's best efforts.
Iveleary: Cathal O'Riordan; Martin Cotter, John McNulty, Alan O'Brien: David Murphy, Cal McCarthy, Don Murphy: John O'Callaghan, Eamon Creedon: Liam Kearney, Robert Oldham, Denis O'Leary: Barry Oldham, Dan Kelleher, David Dineen. Subs: Miceál Ó Lionáird, John Vincent Murphy, Kevin Jones and Eoin O'Riordan. 

Mid Cork Junior Hurling League Finals:

'A': Grenagh  v  Cloughduv
 'B': Ballincollig  v  Blarney

County Junior A Hurling League Quarter Final:

Cloughduv   1 – 17     Banteer   0 – 11

Although the Mid Cork league final has not yet been played, it was agreed that Cloughduv would represent the division in the county league and they met and defeated Banteer at Coachford.    Cloughduv had the perfect start with Daragh Ring scoring the only goal of the game in the 3rd minute and even though Banteer replied quickly with two points, Cloughduv managed to maintain an edge throughout the half and led by 1-9 to 0-7 at the break.  On the restart, Cloughduv added two further points but Banteer again strongly replied and at the three quarter stage it was 1-11 to 0-10 in Cloughduv's favour.  The winners' defence was magnificent with a very steady goalkeeper, Kevin Barry Murphy, getting great cover from Ger Ahern, Dónal and Andrew Cronin and in the last ten minutes Cloughduv returned to the offensive and added to the score to give them a comfortable winning margin.
Scorers: Darragh Ring 1-4 (0-3 frees), Colm Ryan 0-5, Donal Corkery and Con Dunne 0-3 each, Denis O'Sullivan 0-2.  
Cloughduv: Kevin BarryMurphy: Donal Cronin, Ger Aherne, Paul O'Sullivan: B Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Tony Dineen: William Aherne, Con Dunne: Mark Verling, Colm Ryan, Donal Murphy: Brian Ahern, Daragh Ring, Donal Corkery. Subs; Denis O'Sullivan and L McCarthy.

Munster Colleges Senior Football – Corn Uí Mhuirí 

De La Salle, Macroom   1 – 10   St Francis, Rochestown   1 – 8

De La Salle Macroom got their Munster Colleges campaign off to a fine start with a deserved win over Rochestown at Cloughduv.  In the early stages Rochestown had the Mid Cork side under severe pressure and after going two points clear, only a superb save by goalkeeper Dylan Dineen saved DLS from falling further behind.  DLS hung in and defended tenaciously with Kevin O'Dwyer, Adam Healy, Dermot O'Callaghan to the fore and gradually they settled and began to reverse the tide. Patrick Lucey had a point in the 5th minute and when Rochestown replied, Lucey pointed a free to narrow the deficit.  Another Rochestown point left them 0-4 to 0-2 in front at the end of the opening quarter but on the run of play things could have been a lot worse from a DLS point of view at this stage.  In the 23rd minute Patrick Lucey pointed a '45' for DLS and three minutes later the Mid Cork boys got a major boost when Padraic Berhanu shot a great goal after a movement started by goalkeeper Dineen and which saw the ball go through Kevin O'Dwyer, Sean Kelleher, William Coakley and on to Berhanu, who advanced in from the left wing and found the net from fifteen meters out with a smashing shot.  James Moynihan added a point in the 27th minute and DLS led at half time by 1-4 to 0-4 after playing second fiddle for much of the opening half.
From the throw in for the restart, Peter Kelleher got possession, advanced and then parted to James Moynihan, who kicked over his second point to increase the DLS advantage to four points.  Rochestown replied strongly with a brace of points from frees but De La Salle then hit a purple patch with four points in a row coming from Patrick Lucey, two from play, one from a free and another from a '45', and they led by 1-9 to 0-6 in the 48th minute.  Any ideas that this contest was over were dispelled a minute later when Rochestown got through for a goal and when they followed on with two more points, only a point separated the teams with seven minutes remaining and DLS seemingly on the slide.  To their credit the Mid Cork boys held firm and turned the tide once again and a point from John Murphy in the 56th minute gave them breathing space and they held on to the finish.
DLS play Killorglin (who beat West Clare Colleges in their opening round) in the second game in their group on 7th November and play West Clare two weeks later. Two teams qualify from the group for the quarter final stage after Christmas
De La Salle Macroom: Dylan Dineen (Macroom): Adam Healy (Kilmurry), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom): Ciaran Noonan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Shane Creedon (Macroom); Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Sean O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue): Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), James Moynihan (Canovee), Padraic Berhanu (Kilmurry): John Murphy (Macroom). Patrick Lucey (Macroom), William Coakley (Aghinagh).   

Cork Colleges Senior Football

McEgan College, Macroom 3 – 18 St. Fanahan's Mitchelstown 1 – 4

McEgan College Senior Gaelic Football team picked up this year where they left off last season and that is with an impressive victory. This particular encounter was held on a brisk October morning in Mallow's fantastic new GAA grounds. The opponents were St Fanahan's of Mitchelstown and on the day McEgan College came away as comfortable victors. The score was 3.18 (27 points) to 1.04 (7 points), with many players impressing. John O'Sullivan (3rd year) and Darren Dineen (4th Year) dominated in midfield, with 6th year Max Darby doing well at full forward. David Lynch (5th year) and Brian Corcoran (3rd year) marshalled the McEgan defense with noteworthy authority.
Team: David Moynihan, Tadhg Scannell, Brian Corcoran, Ian O'Neill, Jerome Ring, David Lynch, Alan O'Sullivan, John O'Sullivan, Darren Dineen, Micheál O'Driscoll, Philip Looney, Christy McCarthy, Jack O'Donovan, Max Darby, Steven Spillane Substitutes: Conor Corkery, Aaron Shanahan, Cian O'Leary, Davin Forde, Donncha Lynch.

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Gerard Dromey presenting proceeds of BBQ  held at Dromey's Bar, Dromcarra to Teddy Kelly, Treasurer Kilmichael G.A.A. Also included are Karen Dromey, Nora Buckley, Fiona O'Shea, Angela McCarthy, Richard Ring, Sinéad O'Callaghan and Cian Dromey. ©

Cork County Football Leagues

In the Cork County Football leagues the finalists are now known.  In Division Two Bantry Blues defeated Aghada in the final. In Division Three Newmarket play Éire Óg in the final on Bank Holiday Monday and in Division Four Cill na Martra meet Glanworth in the final at Ballincollig on Saturday 27th October. All six teams progress to a higher division for next season. Kilavullen drop out of Division four to be replaced by the county Junior champions, Kildorrery and Glanmire drop down from Div Three. Glenville and Na Piarsaigh drop from Div Two and Doheny's and Kiskeam drop from Division One. 

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Cill na Martra U16 team and trainers, winners of the B County Final, defeating  Western Gaels ©Joan McLoughlin

Ladies Football Tesco Homegrown Senior County Final

Donoughmore   0 – 9     Inch Rovers  0 – 14

Reigning Cork and Munster champions, Donoughmore lost their titles in the county final played under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn.  The East Cork side were well worth their victory even though Donoughmore put up a terrific battle to retain their crown.  Inch led at half time by 0-5 to 0-3 but Donoughmore had fought back to be on level terms at 0-8 each with just over ten minutes to go.  The new champions got on top again however and five points in a row put them in a strong position and they took their fourth county title in style.  Donoughmore scorers: A O'Connor 0-3, Juliet Murphy 0-3 (frees), O Healy, R O'Mahony and R Curtin 0-1 each. 
Donoughmore: Caitriona O'Connell: Emer Walsh, Aisling Barrett, Anne Marie O'Sullivan: Linda Barrett, Rena Buckley, Michelle Dilworth: Rachel Barrett, Juliet Murphy: Orla Healy, Aisling O'Connor, Regina Curtin: Rose Cogan, Rosie O'Mahony, Aileen Buckley. Subs: Yvonne Twomey. Eileen Lyons, Deirdre Dinneen, Orla McSweeney, Frances O'Brien, Aisling Greene, Louise Murphy, Gemma O'Connor, Amanda Greene. 

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Michael O'Mahony, Captain Macroom Golf Club, at his prize giving  to the ladies. ©

Munster Final Awaits

Éire Óg 3 – 10   St Ailbe's (Limerick) 2-11
Éire Óg Intermediate girls have qualified for the clubs first ever Munster Final after beating the Limerick Champions in a heart stopping Semi Final played in ideal conditions in Mallow. To say the Éire Óg girls played their "get out of jail" card would be an understatement, but when it mattered most in the last quarter and trailing by 4 points, the girls from Ovens dug deep and with the introduction of 5 subs they can now look forward to a Munster Final on October 27th against Cahir, the Tipperary Champions. Playing against a slight breeze in the 1st half, Éire Óg settled well and had 4 points on the board after 7 minutes as well as hitting the post twice. St Ailbe's scored a goal on their first attack and equalised shortly afterwards. From there till half time Ailbe's were in control and Éire Óg were lucky to go in on level terms at the short whistle -  1– 4 to  07 points. St Ailbe's continued in the 2nd half as they had ended the 1st and with 15 minutes left on the clock had raced into a 4 point lead. A brilliant goal by Alanna Murphy got Éire Óg back to within one point and everything was there to play for. Ailbe's did respond to go 2 up but by now Elaine Scally and Maebh Cahalane were getting to grips in the middle of the field; Margaret O'Herlihy was prominent at Centre back and her sister, Ellen, and Siobhan Hutchinson were in control in the full back line. At the other end Aishling Dennehy profited with the switch from corner to full forward and lifted a brilliant 2nd goal to put Éire Óg up by 1 with 10 minutes remaining. Shortly afterwards Éire Óg had a 3rd goal from a penalty, scored by Eimear Scally, and from there to the finish it was just a matter of running down the clock. Éire Óg must improve if they are to capture the Munster Title and a lot of work must be done on the training fields.
Team: E. O'Brien, E. Herlihy, S. Hutchinson, D. Nica Bhaird, M. Cahalane, M. Herlihy, J.A. Martin, C. Meaney, J. Martin, Elaine Scally, A. Scally, A. Nic a Bhaird, A. Dennehy, Eimear Scally, B. Wiseman.  

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St. Val's  under 16 team, Premier County Champions 2012 ©

St. Val's Updates   

St. Val's 2.20   Éire Óg 1.2

After winning the premier A County in September our under 12 team added the Mid Cork title to their collection when they defeated Éire Óg in Donoughmore. From start to finish the girls were well on top and kicked some great scores. Well done to all the players and management for the great work and commitment throughout the year. The under 13 team also won their respective Mid Cork without even playing the final when Éire Óg conceded. Congratulations to our senior team who won the quarter final of the Munster senior plate by defeating Newmarket-on-Fergus on a 3.18 to 2.4 score line. Well done to everyone from 14 years up to the senior girls, who helped out in our annual bag-packing in Dunne's Stores Macroom. The club would also like to thank the staff and management for giving us the opportunity to raise funds for the club and to also thank everyone who donated generously in these difficult economic times. Our under 14 team travelled to Dublin on the weekend of the ladies All Ireland final for a sevens competition in the Kilmacud Crokes GAA grounds in Stillorgan. In the opening games they lost to Lurgan from Cavan and Shannon Gaels from Roscommon before defeating a team from Leitrim in their final match which qualified them for the plate competition. They beat Moate in the semi final but lost narrowly to Dungarvan in the final. That night we stayed in Bewley's in Leopardstown and the following day we all headed to Croke Park to support the Cork ladies in their quest for All Ireland glory against Kerry, before arriving home to Kilmurry tired at 11pm that night. A special thanks to Tony Hughes, the manager of  Macroom Credit Union who sponsored the match tickets for the day and well done to all girls and parents who travelled and made it a weekend to remember. Finally congratulations to our senior players Vera Foley and Briege Corkery on being part of the winning Cork team that defeated Kerry. This was Briege's 11th All Ireland senior medal,  7 football and 4 camogie, which is some achievement. Finally our annual Christmas draw will be taking place in December and the club would like to thank all our sponsors who continue to support our draw every year.

St Val's 9.13   Boherbue 2.10

St Val's recorded their third under 16 County title in a row after a comprehensive win over Boherbue in Donoughmore.  From the first whistle Val's settled and had 1.2 on the scoreboard inside the first five minutes with the goal coming from full forward Claire Murphy. Points from Ciara Nevin and Sarah Beth Mullane increased the lead before Boherbue opened their account with a well taken goal from their dangerous full forward, Julie Dennehy. Both team exchanged points before Val's added their second goal from wing forward Ciara Nevin. Just before the break Boherbue scored another goal, to leave two points between the teams at the short whistle 2.6 to2.4. Boherbue started the second half with three points inside the first two minutes to take the lead for the first time, but Val's responded with a goal from captain, Máiréad Corkery and proceeded to open up the Boherbue defence with a brace of goals from Dearbla Aherne and Máiréad Corkery increasing their lead to nine points. They finished the game off as a contest with two great  points from Ciara Nevin and the impressive Claire Murphy. Sub Nicola Dennehy added another two goals before Aisling Buckley kicked the final point of the game. This was a great team performance with the backs excellent all through, conceding only six points in the second half and our midfield and forward line were a joy to watch as the linked well and kicked some great scores all through the match so well done to the players and management on a great victory. .St Val's Máiréad Corkery accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates amid great celebrations.

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Kilmurry U10s who won the plaque at the Neilie Twomey Memorial tournament  ©

Éire Óg Ladies Football Club -

Éire Óg Ladies Football Club took part in the Danielle Forde U10 Memorial Football Blitz at Nemo Rangers on October 21. We played Shamrocks, Passage, Nemo B, Donoughmore and Douglas and having won all our matches in that group, we qualified for the final where we met Naomh Abán. Our girls played extremely well but on this occasion Naomb Abán were victorious. Well done to all the Éire Óg girls on a wonderful performance.

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St. Val's supporters with Cork All Ireland Champions in Croke Park  ©

Canovee G.A.A.

On October 20th Canovee played Whitechurch in the under 14 B league semi final in Whitechurch. Canovee played with the strong wind in the first half and were in a strong position at half time, leading by 3.07 to 1.01 with goals coming from Mark Walsh, Daniel O'Driscoll and Darragh Cronin. Whitechurch with wind advantage in the second half slowly whittled down the Canovee lead. With time running out Whitechurch were ahead by 3.10 to 3.08 with Canovee finding it hard to get the ball up the field. They needed a goal to stay in contention and inspirational mid fielder, Jack Murphy, provided it with a superb long range effort. Canovee repelled a Whitechurch attack from the kick out with Cormac O'Driscoll and Neil Kirk outstanding in defence. Mark Walsh sealed a Canovee victory with a well worked late goal and they now playSliabh Rua in the final.
Team: Cathal Moynihan, Dean Lynch, Cormac O'Driscoll, John O'Riordan, Sean Browne, Neil Kirk, Odhran Mullaney, Jack Murphy, Denis Murphy, Daniel Akinbolla, Mark Walsh, David O'Keeffe, Daragh Cronin, Eoin Cullen, Daniel O'Driscoll.
U11 League Final. On October 20th, in Whitechurch GAA Grounds the Canovee under 11 squad took to the field along with Bride Rovers to contest the Rebel Óg East League Final. Conditions on this sunny afternoon were almost perfect except for a slight cross wind. Canovee chose to play against the wind in the first half and after an evenly matched and tough first half Canovee led by 1-4 to 3 points. Canovee started the second half strongly by adding 2 goals but Bride Rovers made a brave comeback to level the match at 3-5 each with about 5 minutes to go. Canovee dug deep and scored another goal and a couple of points and along with some great saves in the backline in the dying minutes of the game, won out 4-7 to 3-5. A great victory for all the lads.
Fixture; October 29th under 13B league final; Canovee v Aghinagh in Carrigadrohid at 2.30pm
Lotto:  October 21: Number Drawn: 21,29,30,32. No winner. As the Jackpot had gone over €15,000, there was a second draw with numbers 3,7,9,19 and there was one lucky winner and €15,050 went to Josh, Luke, Lexi, Hog care of Teresa Lynch, Aherla. Congratulations Teresa from all in Canovee GAA. €50  Conor O'Neill, Carrigadrohid. €25  Noreen O'Sullivan, Aherla; Thomas Collins, Carrigadrohid. Jack the Joker, Chrissie O'Donoghue. Next lotto draw on October 28 in The Spreading Chestnut, Cloughduv for jackpot of €4,000.

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Foireann Naomh Abán who defeated Pobal Uí Chaoimh in the Minor County Final    © Nóra Ní Luasa  

Under 25 Hurling Tournament

On Saturday October 13th 4 teams, Dripsey, Kilmichael, Ballinora and Shamrocks played in an Under 25 hurling Tournament hosted by Dripsey, with the key focus of the day being development and preparation for the 2013 season. Over 60 players from the 4 clubs participated in an enjoyable occasion on a lovely sunny day. The tournament final was between Kilmichael and Ballinora, which Kilmichael won in an entertaining game of hurling. In the Shield final Dripsey and Shamrocks played in an outstanding game of hurling, with Shamrocks winning by one point, which was scored late in injury time. A large crowd gathered in the Weigh Inn Dripsey after the Tournament for the presentation of prizes, which were as follows:
Tournament winners: Kilmichael;  Shield Winners: Shamrocks. Kilmichael player of the tournament: Peter Kelleher. Ballinora player of the tournament: Pat Fitton. Dripsey player of the tournament: Pat Fitzgibbon. Shamrocks player of the tournament: Stephen O'Reilly. A sincere thanks to all the players and officials from all clubs who played on the day who helped in making the tournament a tremendous success.

Macroom Soccer

AUL Premier League

Macroom 1 Blarney Street 0

Macroom battled well to secure a 1-0 home victory over Blarney Street at Murray Field, Macroom. It was a very tight game with few chances for either team and Blarney Street controlled possession for long periods. Macroom took the lead on 20 minutes, when an excellent Keegan Drohan cross was finished well by James O'Connor.  The second half was dominated by Blarney Street possession wise, but the Macroom rearguard coped well. Macroom were dangerous on the counter attack and Sean Kiely and Darren Kelly went close. 
Macroom: Mark Twohig, Barry Healy, Trevor O Brien, Dara Deasy, Mark O Callaghan, Keegan Drohan, William O Riordan, Sean Kiely, Dara Crowley, James O Connor, Darren Kelly. Subs: John James Healy, Rory Buckley, Conor O Sullivan.

Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round

Ballincollig 0 Macroom A 4
Macroom A are safely through to the 3rd round of the Munster Junior Cup after a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ballincollig away. Macroom dominated the early exchanges and hit the front mid way through the first half, when Kelly crossed for Darragh Crowley to superbly slot past the keeper. The home side battled back, but Mark Twohig in goals was equal to two long range efforts just before the break. The second half was one sided, and Macroom extended their lead on 55, when Conor O'Sullivan collected a long ball before rifling in an unstoppable effort. The away side were in full flow now and Michael Browne crossed for Barry Healy to finish at the near post on 72. In the closing stages, Ballincollig pushed for a consolation, but it never came and Macroom got their fourth on 88, when in a counter attacking move Conor O'Sullivan found Rory Buckley at the back post and he did well to volley home. Best for Macroom were Trevor O'Brien, John James Healy and Darragh Crowley.
Meanwhile, in AUL 2, Macroom B slipped to a surprising 3-0 home defeat. Two early goals were conceded, the first a goalkeeping error, the second an excellent header from a corner. The home side battled their way back from the early set back, but conceded a third late on.

Lee Valley Basketball Club  

U16B Lee Valley defeated Midleton in Macroom in a lovely game of basketball. For Lee Valley,Sarah Beth O'Mullane and Orla Hannon played very well together and Siofra Burgoyne and Suzanne Barry did great rebounding and sending it down the court.  Lauren Buckley and Aine Barry did great defending. Team:  Suzanne Bary, Lauren Buckley, Síofra Burgoyne, Gráinne Masters, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Aine Barry, Orla Hannon, Brionagh Healy, Julie O'Sullivan, Molly Brady, Michaela O'Keefe.

U14B Lee Valley defeated Midleton in a very one-sided game, maintaining a strong lead all the way through.  All Lee Valley players played well and there was an even spread of scores among all players.  Team:  Meadhbh Barry, Saoirse McCarthy, Caoimhe O'Driscoll, Miriam Murnane, Aoife Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Joanne Kelly, Brid Óg McSweeney, Brionna Grimaldi, Eileen Condon.
U12B. Midleton defeated Lee Valley    in Lee Valley's first competitive game in the Cork League and Championship.  These were 2 evenly matched teams, Midleton outscoring Lee Valley in each of the first 3 quarters by a single basket and Lee Valley outscoring Midleton by a single score in the final quarter.  The game was played in a very sporting manner.  Miriam Murnane was top scorer for Lee Valley.  Rachel O'Gorman was top scorer for Midleton. Team: Miriam Murnane, Michaela Shorten, Catriona Moynihan, Sophie Shanahan, Eileen Condon, Hanna O'Donovan, Molly McKirgan, Erika O'Shea, Jane Tuper O'Flaherty, Holly Kierans.
New members always welcome, any enquiries to Lee Valley Basketball Club (085) 751 6908 after 6 pm. Training Times for club as follows: Kilmurry GAA Hall:   Wed.U10 & 12 @ 6p.m; Macroom Sports Centre: Wed. U14 @ 6p.m  . U16 &18 at 7p.m.; Macroom Sports Centre : Thurs. U10 & 12 girls @4p.m.  U10 & 12 boys @ 5p.m. Girls teams play in Cork League & Championship. Beginners welcome. Enquiries:085/7516908 after 6p.m

A basketball day for Primary school children in  the Lee Valley area was held in Macroom Sports Centre on Monday 24th Sept. It was organised by Ian McLaughlin, Basketball Development officer with Cork Sports Partnership. It was attended by primary  school children from Ballyvourney, Canovee, Cloughduv, Kilbonane, Dromleigh, Ballinagree ,Carriganima and Macroom G.N.S. Ian went through some basic skills  and rules with the children and their teachers. Each school received a starting-up kit comprising of basketballs, bibs and teachers manual. Any school in the area who wishes to take part in the next Open Day to be held shortly should contact Ian @ 087-9654479. The  children and their teachers  thoroughly enjoyed the day  and were helped by transition year students from St. Mary's Secondary school, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Sìofra Burgoyne, Grainne Masters, Elizabeth Wall & Elaine O'Brien. The girls are members of the local Lee Valley Basketball Club.

Gold for West Muskerry Athletics

West Muskerry A.C. won a pot of gold at the Munster Even Age Cross Country Championships at Beaufort, Co. Kerry.  They came home with a total of 19 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals, medals being awarded to the first 12 across the line, the first three counties and the first three clubs. Sophie Harrington competed in the Girls U 12 2000m and her sister Caoimhe Harrington competed in the Girls U 14 3000m. The course was very fast but both came storming home to win the Gold medals and they both deserved to be crowned Munster 2012 Champions in their age groups.  They also helped the Cork team to win gold and Sophie captained her club team to win gold also. In the girls U 10 1000m Rebecca Harrington has shown real promise to be an up and coming athlete like her sisters.  She was well deserving of her 7th place medal.  Rebecca captained her club team to the gold medals.  Her teammate, Gráinne Twomey won the individual 10th place medal and the girls helped Cork to secure the gold medals.  The club team who all ran very well were Rebecca Harrington, Gráinne Twomey, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O' Neill, and Shannon Cotter. Éireann O'Shea also ran but unfortunately went over hard on her ankle but she will be back again to fight another day. The girls U 12 team had an unbelievable race. Sophie Harrington won the individual gold and was closely followed by her team mates Caitlin Hurley in 5th place, and Jennifer Cotter in 9th place.  All three girls secured the gold medals for Cork and also won gold in the club team competition.  The team were Sophie Harrington, Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher, Aoife Twomey and Katie Dineen. All 6 girls have now qualified for the All Ireland Cross Country final on the 25th of November in Co. Meath.
In the girls U 14 3000m Caoimhe Harrington won the individual gold medal and she was followed home by Stephanie Cotter in 4th place. In the girls U 18 4000m Rachael O'Shea had another unbelievable race.  She kept with the lead group for most of the race and in the final 300m sprinted down the hill to the finish and was well deserving of the individual silver medal.  She also has qualified for the All Ireland. All the athletes who ran should be very proud of themselves as there were over 100 athletes in every race.  They were out of the medals on this occasion but they are all true athletes for fighting to the finish line.  They were Conor Lucey, Aaron Hoare, Jack Sexton, Sam Kelleher, Jack Kearney, Barry Galvin, Adam Ring, Muiris Foley, Padraig Moynihan, Darragh Walsh, Eric Moynihan, James Cronin, Stephanie O'Sullivan, Sharon O'Sullivan, Billy Cronin, Seamus Gallagher, and Dean Lynch. Michael Harrington had another fantastic race in the Novice Men 6000m.  Michael fought well throughout the race.  He improved on his time by 13 seconds and was the seventh Cork man across the line.  He is looking forward to the Novice B in Conna.
Many thanks to all those who helped out on the day and made it such a success, to Sean Ó Lionaird, Marie Hurley, Gill Kelleher, Nora Neville Gallagher and all the parents who supported the athletes around the field.