Lee Valley Outlook Oct. 3 2013 v10e20

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Macroom Food Festival 2013 © Noel Twomey

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Oct. 7 at 11.30a.m.
Bridge: Wed., Oct. 9, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Gramophone Recital: With Peter O'Regan,Mon. Oct. 14 at 11a.m.. Macroom Purlies Oct. 17 11 am -1p.m.
October Exhibition: Work of John Flynn

Briery Gap:
Review on Oct. 4th and 5th at 8p.m.
Kuma at 8.30p.m. on Mon. Oct. 8.
Sullane Junior Players with "Sive" on Oct.10th, 11th and 12th.
Jack L in concert on Fri. 18th Oct.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs on Sun. 20th Oct. at 3pm
Brendan Grace on Sun. 20th Oct. at 8pm

Senior Citizens Events in Fr. Ryan Hall
Coffee Morning on Fri., Oct. 4th, at 10.30am.
Social Evening on Tues. Oct. 8th.
American Tea Party and Annual Raffle on Wed., Oct. 23rd at 8.30pm.

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstán Gúgán Barra 3 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair.
Fuaim Concert with Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney at The Aula Max. U.C.C. at lunchtime on Fri., Oct. 4.
Family Fun Evening at Church Lane Restaurant, Castle Street onFri., Oct. 4 for Crumlin.
Trasna na nGleannta fundraising cycle from Cill na Martra G.A.A. Hall on Sun. Oct. 5.
Famine Atlas Presentation at St. Mary's, Macroom Tues, Oct. 8 at 7.30p.m.
Macroom Flower Club meeting, Coolcower House, Thurs. Oct. 11, 8p.m.
Aghinagh Macra table quiz, Oct. 11, 9p.m. at Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive
Ionad Cultúrtha Trad Concert Fri. Oct. 11, 8.30p.m.
Kilmurry Historical Association fundraiser, Kilmurry churchyard, Sun, Oct. 12.
Macroom Community Hospital fundraiser from Mills, Ballyvourney, Sat., Oct. 26th.
Focus Ireland at Macroom Family Resource Centre Wed. Oct. 30. Phone 021 4273646 for an appointment.
Card Drive , for SVP in Aghabullogue G.A.A. Hall on Thurs., Nov. 7 at 8.30p.m..

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

Macroom Updates

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Cork Circus Street Theatre entertains the crowds at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Food Fair Launch

Cllr. Martin Coughlan, Deputy Mayor of the County; Macroom Mayor Ted Lucey and Don Buckley, Chairperson of Macroom Food and Family Festival spoke at the official opening of Macroom's second, very successful, Food Festival in the Castle Hotel. They thanked the generous sponsors who made the Festival possible. It is a very expensive undertaking, costing in the region of €25,000, but well worth while as a showcase of the top class food to be found in and near Macroom. Chief sponsor of the festival was Cork County Council and the Economic Development Fund, followed by Macroom Town Council, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, South Cork Enterprise Board, Macroom E, Michael Twomey Butchers, ABP Bandon, Pallas Foods, Bullseye Food Marketing; The Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre, Calor Gas; Cork's 103fm; Munster Garden Sheds; Macroom Credit Union; AIB Macroom; Musgraves; Nutricia; Bank of Ireland and North Square Pharmacy. Tributes were paid to Paul Sutton, Sean O'Sullivan and Noel O'Driscoll and to Catherine Costello and the staff at Macroom E for their professionalism and efficiency. The fact that young people have got involved, particularly with the organisation of the Schools Cook Off and Busking is very heartening and a good omen for Macroom and the Festival going forward.

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Food Galore at Macroom Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Fabulous Food and Fun at Festival

Despite some damp weather at times, the second ever Macroom Food Festival was a roaring success. From the festival kick-off event on Friday 27th to the last crumbs of the monster outdoor market on Sunday 29th September, Macroom Food Festival 2013 was a feast for all the senses and a delight for the very many people who turned out to participate. Week-long festival menus at various restaurants and bars around town set the tone for the delicious artisan food weekend that was to come. Friday's demonstrations showed how to make your own jams and chutneys with Folláin, how to cook fish at home by Clancy's Fresh Fish and a beginner's guide to cake decorating from Ellen at No. 57 Gourmet Kitchen. Saturday began early with the parkrun through the Castle Demesne, followed by a talk by Gerald Culhane of Cornucopia Health Food shop on Healthy Diet, Healthy Body, which discussed how to get the best from your food when you're exercising.
Musicians, dancers and entertainers took to the streets all afternoon to compete in the Macroom Busking Competition. This year there were two categories: traditional and contemporary. Last year's winners, Verona Riots, once more took top prize of €500 in the contemporary category while French trio, Tocan from Lille, won the traditional category. Runners up were: Jereon Blanke; Jerry O'Shea; JP & Fitzy Live and local man Eoghan Murphy.

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Colourful Macroom at the 2013 Food Festival ©Lee Valley Outlook

Taste Trail in Macroom

From midday on Saturday both gourmands and gourmets indulged themselves as they followed the Taste Trail to a dozen restaurants, cafés, food outlets and pubs. For a mere €2 a time, one could sample delicious chowder, tasty chicken wings, vegetarian quiche, coffee and calorie filled cakes, wraps, sandwiches, oysters, prosciutto crudo, buffalo mozzarella, curry, smoked trout, smoked mackerel paté, pastries, sausages, sundried tomatoes, corned beef and a host of other mouth-watering dishes. Stops along the trail, some of them after dark, included Church Lane, Vaughan's Café, Granville's, Golden's, The Castle Hotel, Clancy's Fish, Kieran Hartnett Butchers, No 57, Dinneen's Bar, Papa Martino's, Mike the Butchers and Murray's Bar. Tasters were able to sample local artisan foods served up by the producers. And on Friday and again on Saturday, Mrs. Doyle, aka Phil, served up delicious Victorian Afternoon Tea to the discerning hordes at the Auld Triangle! Those hungry for food knowledge learned about chocolate with Milseán, healthy lunchboxes with Lucy Hyland and how to bake your own bread at ChurchLaneRestaurant.

Young Palates

The rising generation was well catered for at the Food Festival. A fruit and vegetable fancy dress added colour to the streets of Macroom on Saturday as the young participants paraded to the Briery Gap for a puppet show. This year's Calor Schools Cook-Off attracted competitors from as far east as Youghal and west to Bantry. They battled it out on gas in the open air for a place in Sunday's final. Semi-finalists were: St. Aloysius School, Cork City; Regina Mundi, Douglas; Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal and St. Mary's Secondary School, Mallow. Overall winners of the final were St. Mary's, Mallow with their individual layered raspberry and white chocolate cheesecakes with Jammie Dodgers by Sinead Murphy and Davina Dorney, under the watchful eye of their teacher, Colette Carr. There was plenty to entertain the young at heart and to keep the rain clouds away on Sunday. They could indulge in face painting, enjoy the merry go round, stilt walkers, jugglers, puppets, carousel and kiddie rides, magic with Sylvano, Cork Circus Street Theatre Extravaganza and participate in the Children's Disco or enjoy the music of Aghinagh Comhaltas.
Music reigned in the town throughout the weekend, with some very talented buskers performing on street and then being invited to continue performing in Macroom's many hostelries. The Riverside Park was a very attractive venue on Saturday night with live lounge music, complimentary wine and nibbles and a shuttle bus service to and from the town centre.

Food Market

Macroom Food Festival culminated in the monster artisan food market on the square, where up to seventy food producers showcased their fine foods. Buffalo burgers from Toons Bridge, spit roasted pork from Hogalicious, Lissarda; the freshest of fish from Clancy's of Main Street Macroom; homemade ice cream from West Cork and tasty homemade baking from Vaughan's Café were some of the highlights, not to mention the high quality coffees, hot chocolates, mulled apple juice and locally produced artisan cheeses. This market really was a celebration of the very best of Ireland's and particularly Munster's food heritage.
During Food Festival 2013 a plaque was unveiled at Macroom Town Hall to commemorate 300 years of Market Rights in the town, from when Queen Anne granted them to Francis Bernard in 1713.
Don Buckley of the Castle Hotel and chairperson of Macroom Food and Family Festival said: "We are thrilled with the turnout over the course of the festival – it's even better than last year. All the hard work over the past months really pays off when you see the crowds of people out to support the festival. Not even the threatening rain has dampened spirits at Festival 2013. We are already looking forward to discussing the feedback so we can make 2014 an even better festival!"

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Liz Barry, Cork Co. Council, presents a bouquet to Fiona O'Keeffe, Project Manager and Interior Designer, at the reopening of the Briery Gap. Also included, Noel O'Driscoll, Chairman of the Board; Deputy Mayor of Macroom Pat O'Connell, Deputy Mayor of the County, Martin Coughlan and Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap ©Lee Valley Outlook

Briery Gap Reopens

Macroom's Cultural Centre, the Briery Gap, reopened with a flourish after major refurbishment on September 20, National Culture Day, and launched a wonderful programme of entertainment, starting with a full house for Jimmy MacCarthy on September 22. On the opening night, the audience was entertained by Donal Lenihan, All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Champion Melodeon player and his family, a group of top class traditional musicians. Non professional painters, Kevin and Pádraig, also made an appearance and did little to promote their chances of being retained for interior or even exterior decorating! Officiating at the reopening was Noel O'Driscoll, Chairman of the Briery Gap Board; Martin Coughlan, Deputy Mayor of the County and Pat O'Connell, Deputy Mayor Macroom Town Council. They spoke of the wonderful cultural and commercial benefits accruing from the Briery Gap.
With encouragement from local promoters of the arts, Cork County Council bought the old, disused Palace Cinema at the end of the last century. They proceeded to draw up plans for a complex that would house a modern library as well as a state of the art theatre and cinema. Over the years, more than €1m of public money has been expended on the complex and there have also been huge local contributions, starting with the proceeds from the national radio competition won by Lee Valley Entertainment Group, under the direction of Anne Dunne, way back in 1994. And since the Briery Gap first opened its doors, it has entertained more than 150,000 patrons, presented 13 Pantomimes, 4 full Musicals, many in-house productions of Drama and Variety Entertainment, 13 Transition Year Drama festivals and a host of celebrity entertainers. There have been close on 1,500 live performances during the past 14 years, not including films. Performers and audience alike have been very appreciative of the intimate ambiance of the theatre and its superb acoustics, all of which have now been upgraded.
The challenge going forward is to make the Briery Gap a bright star of hope, entertainment and quality in these recessionary times. The community is urged to support the top class events staged at very competitive prices in their own locality. Volunteers are also sought to help with the myriad of tasks involved with the maintenance of the theatre. Such commitment can also reap a great sense of achievement and camaraderie for the volunteer.
The new autumn / winter brochure is now available at the theatre box office and ensures a wide variety of entertainment for all the family. You can access it on line at www.brierygap.com

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Freeman of Macroom, Jimmy MacCarthy, with Anne Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap, at reopening concert in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Jimmy MacCarthy on Song

Freeman of Macroom, Jimmy MacCarthy, played to a full house in the newly refurbished Briery Gap on Sunday, September 21. It was a magical night, and the concert went well beyond the usual time limits. Jimmy charmed the audience, made up of people from his hometown of Macroom and much further afield. The diminutive, effervescent MacCarthy, who has been song writing since the 1970s, has created songs for artists such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Finbar Wright, Maura O'Connell, The Corrs and Westlife. The extent of his work was showcased as he performed new creations as well as world wide favourites such as The Contender, Ride On, Mystic Lipstick, No Frontiers, Katie, Lorraine, As I Leave Behind Neidín, The Wonder of You, Diamond Days, The People of West Cork and Kerry. The recurring problem of emigration was visited in song with Missing You and Harlem and more recent compositions included Andalucian Grey, Hey Ho Believe, Over Waves, The Children of Míle, Sky Road, Hardest Point and Song of Life
Folk singer, Jimmy Crowley, was in the audience and the other Jimmy prevailed on him to come on stage and he added his own touch to a wonderful night's entertainment with My Love is a Tall Ship, The Boys of Fair Hill and the Poet Ahern's Bank of Sullane.
It is to be hoped that the first successful show in the new look Briery Gap is an omen of things to come, with great entertainment and numerous patrons.

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Margaret Buckley, Dan Buckley's Bar at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, winners of the Best Hotel Carvery in Munster, receives the trophy from Jim Reeves, Unilever Food Solutions and rugby player, Sean O'Brien ©

Castle Carvery is Tops

Dan Buckley's Bar at The Castle Hotel Macroom recently scooped the award for Best Hotel Carvery in Munster. The Castle Hotel was declared provincial winner in the fourth annual Great Carvery of the Year competition. The winners of the competition were unveiled by rugby ace, Sean O'Brien, at a packed house at the Great Carvery of the Year Grand Final at the Herbert Park Hotel in Dublin. The Castle Carvery made it through a six-week long public vote, before a team of mystery shoppers selected them as one of just 24 finalists. They then beat off stiff competition to be crowned Munster Great Carvery Hotel of the Year 2013. It was a timely win as Macroom prepared to host the second Macroom Food Festival under the Chairmanship of Don Buckley of the Castle Hotel
The carvery is an institution in Ireland and truly unique. It is one of the foodservice industry's unique selling points. All the finalists demonstrated exceptionally high standards in food quality and service and the provincial and overall winners impressed with their vast array of carvery dishes and with providing excellent value for money in what is an increasingly competitive space. This year saw a record number of entries from all over Ireland.

 McEganCollege Updates

Graduation: McEganCollege of Further Education celebrated the success of its Fetac Level 5 and 6 students on Thursday 19th September in recognition of their achievements in the area of Art Craft and Design, Childcare (Level 5 & 6), Community Care, Nursing, Information Processing, Business Studies, Administration Studies and Advanced ICT (Level 6). Present on the night were Pat O'Connell (acting Town Mayor), Connie Foley (Town Councillor), Michael Creed (Fine Gael TD), Trish Lynam (Principal), Margaret Corkery (Deputy Principal) and FETAC tutors Bernie Angland, Catherine Kelleher, Miriam Brew and Helena Creedon who congratulated the students on completing their accreditation. Many of the students have gone on to use their qualifications in attaining employment, graduating to Higher Education and in their personal lives. It is now more than ever, that these courses are needed and that is reflected in the growing numbers attending the college. These Fetac accredited courses provide people in the local community with the opportunity to enhance or refresh their skills in a friendly environment.

Geograph Field Trip: 21 Senior Cycle students from McEgan College recently visited Manch, Co. Cork to conduct their Leaving Certificate Geography Field study, a river study on transportation and deposition. Overall the day was a great success and thankfully the sun shone for the duration of the day! A very enjoyable and informative day was had by all. The budding Geographers of McEgan were accompanied by their teachers, Mr. Twomey and Ms. Noonan.

Awards Evening: The awards ceremony for student achievement in the 2012/2013 academic year took place in McEgan College on Friday 27th of September. It was attended by students, parents and staff of McEgan College with School Chaplain Fr. Joe O'Mahony, Mr Ted Owens Chief Executive Officer of the Cork Education and Training Board, Councillor Connie Foley Chairman of the Board of Management, Joanne O Riordan Chairperson of Parents' Association along with Mr. David Gould and Mr. Seán Shannon. Students were presented with academic and sport achievement awards and with recognition awards from the N.E.W.B. Mr Ted Owens presented the awards for academic achievement to students who received class merits and who achieved awards in specific subject areas. Amongst the awards presented in this section were the Seán Shannon Perpetual Trophy and the Paul McDonnell Memorial Trophy. Sports achievement awards were presented by David Gould to students who excelled in Gaelic Football, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball and Athletics. David also presented awards to the County Senior Footballers and the Under 16 Footballers as well as to students who took part in the 5km Park run as part of the McEgan College Health Week.
Refreshments for the occasion were prepared and served by The LCA1 Class under the guidance of Ms Hazel Burke. Students of the College enhanced the ceremonies throughout with wonderful musical performances under the direction of their music teacher, Joanne O'Regan. Chaplain Fr. Joe O Mahony opened the ceremony and Deputy Principal, Mrs. Margaret Corkery acted as M.C. Mrs. Patricia Lynam, in the Principal's address, welcomed and congratulated those about to receive awards but put special emphasis in her address on her pride in the wonderful achievements of all of the students of McEganCollege.

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Macroom's newest bridge acrowss the Sullane from Tom Creedon Park to the Castle Demesne

UCC Famine Atlas Presentation

A special talk is taking place on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30p.m. at St. Mary's Secondary School, Chapel Hill, Macroom, highlighting the effects of the Great Irish Famine on the people of Macroom and the local area. The talk will be given by Mr Gearóid McCarthy of University College Cork's Geography Department, and is part of a special series of talks organized by University College Cork to mark the publication of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Atlas of the Great Irish Famine. The organizers are keen to make contact with members of the local community who might wish to attend and who might have an interest in contributing to the evening. Gearóid McCarthy is a PhD candidate with the Department of Geography in University College Cork. He may be contacted at 087 7788573 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church Lane Fundraiser for Crumlin

Celebrity chef, Derry Clarke, will be in Macroom on Friday, October 4 to help management of ChurchLaneRestaurant, Castle Street, fundraise for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. A Family Fun Evening, with special emphasis on children, will run from 5p.m. and will feature music and a feast of local produce. Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a fun evening in the aftermath of Macroom Food Festival, which will already have whetted appetites for good, local food.

Senior Citizens Fund Raising

Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall on Friday, October 4th, at 10.30am.
Social Evening in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday October 8th. Music by Tim Joe Riordan. Admission €5.
American Tea Party and Annual Raffle in Fr Ryan Hall on Wednesday October 23rd. at 8.30pm. Admission €10.
Tickets for Raffle are available from Committee members.

Macroom Youthreach

Macroom Youthreach Centre for Education is an education and training programme for young people aged between 15 and 20 years of age who have left mainstream education. It offers a comprehensive range of services to early school leavers in the Macroom Community and surrounding hinterland. The continuous development of the Centre is supported by the Board of Management which comprises of local employers, educationalists, parents and representatives from Macroom Town Council. The Centre employs 8 staff members, made up of qualified teachers, a career guidance worker, centre counsellor and Co-ordinator. Each student is supported by a mentor in progressing on to further education. The Centre has established excellent links with Colleges of further education and students who successfully completed their Leaving Certificate Applied examinations this year progressed on to St John's College and Cork School of Commerce to study Cloud Computing and Catering. The centre enables students follow the Leaving Cert Applied Programme and FETAC Major Awards at level 3 and 4. Subjects include English, Maths, Information Technology, Spanish, Web Design, Entrepreneurial skills, Career preparation, Outdoor Pursuits, Business Studies, Hotel Catering and Tourism and Horticulture. At present there are vacancies for young people who are no longer engaged in mainstream education. Contact Ann or Courtney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel@ 02643733

Hospital Fundraiser

Friends of MacroomCommunityHospital, in association with Muskerry Vintage Club, are holding a Monster Fundraising Event on Saturday, October 26th. Included will be a Vintage/ Classic Car Run, Honda 50 Run, Tractor Run, a Hill Walk/ Hike, and a Family Walk, all starting and finishing at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. The Hill Walk starts punctually at 10.30a.m.; the vehicle events at 11.30a.m.; the and the Family Walk at 12 noon. Registration is from 10a.m. Donations on Registration. Music, Craic and a Draw will take place in the Museum 10pm till late, no cover charge.
Macroom Hospital is an institution dear to the hearts of everyone in the Lee Valley. It provides great care and service within the community. We should all support it.

Guides Go International

A group of Guides, Rangers and Leaders from Macroom, Boherbue and Schull, plus a Brownie, Beavers and Leader from Sheffield, represented the Irish Girl Guides at WS 2013, an international camp for Guides and Scouts held in Ardingly, West Sussex, this summer. For most of the Irish group, it was their first international event. They camped with the 1st Findon Guides, with whom there has been a link for the past twenty years. The theme of the camp was Ancient Civilizations and our sub-camp was the land of Xanadu, with all the necessary Mongol costumes, games, customs and a yurt for relaxation. The opening ceremony was a blaze of colour and excitement as over three thousand gathered in Camelot to be addressed by the special guests. One of the Macroom guides was chosen to abseil with David Walliams and Bear Grylls. The whole week was action packed with fun, challenging, and daring activities and plenty of entertainment, whether it was a DJ, live band, Talent show or International Night, when the Irish food was a huge hit and our entertainment included Irish dancing, poetry, the tin whistle, a display of GAA football and The Siege of Ennis.
All groups had stalls at the mid week fair and proceeds went to the "West Sussex Search and Rescue". Many friendships were made and we look forward to hosting the 1st Findon Guides and other friends in the not too distant future. A day trip to London brought the adventure to an end. Plans for the next WS in 2017 are already being hatched.

Macroom Library Notes

The Purlies Knitting Group created an absolutely beautiful display of items with a sea theme for the Macroom Food Festival. We will be leaving them in place for the month of October. Too much work has gone into them to take them down after just one weekend and they are such a pleasure to see! Do drop in and take a look at them. Most of the display is visible from the foyer of the Briery Gap in the event that the library is closed. The knitters meet on the first and third Thursday of the month so the next date for them is October 17th at 11.am. Tea and coffee will be served. The fortnightly Ciorcal Cainte resumes on Monday, October 7 at 11.30a.m. Bí ann don caint, comhrá agus cupán tae. The ACOL Bridgeplayers next gather on Wednesday 9th at 11a.m until 1. Contact the library at 026 42483 for further details. Gramophone Monday this month is on the 14th. Our presenter will be Peter O'Regan. All are welcome to this free and friendly event between 11 am and 1pm. Refreshments will be served during the interval. Congratulations to all the winners of the Fancy Dress Competition! The prizes of National Book Tokens and gift vouchers for Mary's Toystore were sponsored by the Library. Evelyn McSweeney's shop provided the lovely sweet goodie bags that all competitors received. A great effort was made by all the participants, and their parents too, of course! Our monthly adult book club meeting took place on Wednesday 3rd. A lively discussion of 'Before I go to Sleep' took place among the large membership. So large is the group in fact that we are unable to accept new members for the moment. Our exhibition space hosts a display of the work of John Flynn for the month of October. Further details on this will be in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

Briery Gap Programme

Musical Groups' Review- Fundraising events on October 4 and 5 at 8p.m. If you enjoyed our Musicals and Pantos over the past 14 years, you will love this show. You will be entertained with highlights from South Pacific, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane and Showboat. Also great songs from other musicals, some laughter and a trip down memory lane with The Good Auld Days.
Tickets for all shows now available at Box Office 026 41793
Sullane Film Society will present Kuma at 8.30p.m. on October 8. Admission €7. Kuma: Director: Umut Dag. Running Time: 93 min. A drama set in Austria, featuring Turkish customs, Muslim practices, arranged marriage and female subservience. The family's Viennese surroundings and the outmoded Muslim practise at the heart of the story are deftly and subtly handled in a screenplay co-written by the director and Petra Ladinigg. The results are as intriguing as the subject is vexing.
Forthcoming Film Society screenings include I Wish Oct. 21; A Hijacking Nov. 4; In the House Nov. 18 and Come as You Are Dec. 2.
Sullane Junior Players present John B. Keane's "Sive" on October 10th, 11th and 12th. Tickets €10; Concessions €8.
Jack L is in concert in the Briery Gap on Friday 18th October, tickets €22. Concessions €20.
The Lambeth Puppet Theatre presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs on Sunday 20th October at 3pm Tickets €10
Brendan Grace on Sunday 20th October at 8pm; tickets €25
Jim Murray and Seamus Begley in concert on October 25. Tickets €15 and €12.
Children's Fun Educational Puppet Show, Dorothy Dolittle's Magical Adventure is on Monday, October 28 at 3p.m. and is suitable for children up to 10 years. Admisson €7; Family of 4 €25.

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Bealick Mill is now open to visitors 9.30 am – 5 pm Monday – Wednesday.

Senior Citizens Fund Raising : Coffee Morning in Fr. Ryan Hall on Friday, October 4th, at 10.30am. Social Evening in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday October 8th. Music by Tim Joe Riordan. Admission €5.
American Tea Party and Annual Rafflein Fr Ryan Hall on Wednesday October 23rd. at 8.30pm. Admission €10.
Tickets for Raffle are available from Committee members.

Fuaim Concert. The Aula Maxima at U.C.C. will host a lunchtime concert featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney on Friday, October 4. This is the second in a series of lunchtime concerts that will run until December 6. The first, on September 27, featured Seán Ó Sé, of Ceoltóirí Cualann and An Poc ar Buille fame. . Ó Lionáird, from Cúil Aodha, is the first artist to be appointed to the position of Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork.

Vicarstown N.S. building fundraisers are hosting a night with celebrity chef, Clodagh McKenna, in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Wednesday night, 9th October at 7 30 pm. The event begins with a cheese and wine reception. A number of stands will also feature on the night. Tickets priced at €20 are available from Marys Toymaster, Macroom and Ballincollig or by contacting 087 3953570

Macroom Flower Club will hold the October meeting in Coolcower House on Thursday, October 11 at 8p.m. John White, Dip. Hort., will talk on Autumn Gardening and deal with landscaping, garden design, vegetable growing and weed control.

Ionad Cultúrtha Traditional Music Concert in Baile Mhúirne, with Dan Brouder, Accordion; Angelina Carberry, banjo and Brian Mooney, bouzouki, on Friday, October 11, 8.30p.m.

Aghinagh Macra are holding a table quiz on the 11th of October to celebrate their 2nd birthday in the Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive @ 9pm. €40 for a table of 4. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes on the night!

Focus Ireland, a charity advice and information service,will attend at Macroom Family Resource Centre on the morning of Wednesday, October 30. People needing advice on housing, homelessness and related issues should telephone 021 4273646 for an appointment.

St. Olan's Conference, St. Vincent de Paul will hold a Card Drive in Aghabullogue G.A.A. Hall on Thursday, November 7 at 8.30p.m.to raise much needed funds to help in assisting local families this winter. We would be grateful of unwanted gifts and sponsorship of spot prizes for this event. Please contact the SVP mobile on 087 1728280 before 1st October. All contributions are very much appreciated.

Dromleigh N.S. is holding a used clothing collection in late November, accepting clothes, shoes, household linen etc. Items should be clean and bagged and may be delivered to the school before or after school times.

Fundraising for Briery Gap: The online fundraising campaign for the theatre is ongoing. Seat sponsorship costs €100 and each sponsor may choose the name to be inscribed on a plaque on the back of the newly refurbished theatre seat. A designated Briery Gap Thank You Wall will bear the names of all who make €50 donations. Full details of online fundraising can be found on www.brierygap.com or offline donations can be made at The Briery Gap box office or Macroom library. For enquiries please call us on: 026 41764.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results 22/9/2013. Jackpot €3.400. Numbers Drawn 14, 28, 38. No winner. €50 Dan O'Connor, Lyroe. €20 Jackie McCarthy, Dromacullen; Aisling Rea, Ballinagree East; Pat Lucey, Knockeenacutting; Tom Carroll, Dromduve.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: September 17. Jackpot €5,800. Numbers drawn 5, 20 and 21. No winner. €70 Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe House; Billy Murphy, Codrum; Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey, Lissarda; Michael O'Leary, Sleaveen West; Con O'Leary, Bawnmore and Kitty Browne, Dooniskey.
September 24. Jackpot €6,000. Numbers drawn 5, 7 and 14. No winner. €70 Betty Somers, New Jersey, U.S.A.. €20 Con O'Keeffe, Lissarda, Bernie Kelleher, Kiel; Billy Murphy, The Hermitage; Kate Kelleher, c/o Vaughan's Café; Pat Crowley, The Hermitage. .

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 23/9/2013, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 7 - 23, No Winner, €40 John Dineen, €20 Dan O' Connell, Martha Nolan, Aidan & Ian Barry Murphy, Sean Delaney.

LeeValley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

Bootcamp: is up and running on Monday and Thursday nights from 8pm to 9p.m. at the Astro Pitch, so weather makes no difference. All fitness levels welcome, male and female. €5 per session. For more info call or text 0870531722.
Set Dancing: Join Teddy and friends in Clondrohid Community Hall on a Tuesday night commencing October 8 at 8pm.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Club : is currently celebrating 125 years. Please email any ideas for events/activities to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact any officer..Muinfliuch N.S. played Kilbonane N. S. in Sciath na Scol at Clondrohid last week in their first home game in this competition. Munifliuch, a very young side, 8 of the starting 11 from 3rd and 4th classes, won the match by 3 points in a very exciting game. Jack Martin scored a hat trick of goals in the first half. Luke Duggan was as ever watchful in goals, with everyone else playing superbly. Clondrohid had around 50 players taking part in U6 and U8 Blitz in Macroom in wet conditions. It was a great turn out and great fun. Hard luck for Clondrohid Minors who were defeated by just one point in Crosshaven on on a scoreline of 3 10 to 18 pts. Well done to the U 13 Footballers on a fantastic performance v Whitechurch 6 9 to 2 6. They now await Carrignavar in a League final. U. 21 Hurling Championship v Blarney is on Sunday October 6 in Blarney.
Beware of Thieves: While you train or play a match at your local club, beware of leaving any belongings in your car as thieves are now targeting club car parks.
Tidy Towns: Clondrohid increased its mark by two points this year. Praise was given for the control of litter in the village. Both estates and private dwellings were neatly presented, with some very good gardens. The hanging baskets, and all the flowers and shrubs in that area were praised, as were the three flower beds on the approach roads. The Creche, Spar, Church, Community Hall, Tavern Dairygold, were all praised for their appearance. The flower containers through the village were all admired. The Development Group would like to thank all those who helped during the year. The general impression was that the Development Group was working tirelessly to improve Clondrohid and its surrounds, but felt it could do with some more help from the residents. So anybody who would like to give a hand but may not be keen to attend meetings, should contact a committee member. New ideas are always welcome. If interested call 0868831206.
Lotto: 18/9/2013. €70 Jerry McCarthy c/o Tavern. €20 Jenny Kelleher Macroom; John J Buckley, Cloghduv; Denis McCarthy, Ballinagree; Gerard Buckley, c/o the Mons.
25/9/2013. Jackpot €5,800. €70 Karen Brennan, Masseytown. €20 Phil Lynch, Dripsey; Kathleen Hayes, Aherla; Eleanor Kelleher, Moulnahorna; Ml. McSweeney, Kilbarry.

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Cyclists prepare to leave Cill na Martra on a sponsored cycle to Dublin to raise funds for the Leukaemia Centre at the Mercy Hospital ©Lee Valley Outlook

Toy Soldiers Top Trip

The Toy Soldier Factory Visitor Centre in Kilnamartyra recently received a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
Lars Edman, director of The Toy Soldier Factory (Prince August) is thrilled to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence on behalf of his staff and said. "This certificate is testament to all our hard work, first class customer service and continual investment to ensure all our visitors have a truly memorable experience when they visit the working factory. We have seen visitor numbers increase hugely over the last few years due to the introduction to our Kids and Adults Casting and Painting workshop which offers great value for money". This shows that to stay alive in the current market you have to re-invent yourself and come up with new ideas all the time. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for visiting us at The Toy Soldier Factory and for taking the time to write their reviews. We do hope they will have the opportunity to visit us again in the future."
The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. Check out our painting workshops on www.toysoldierfactory.ie or contact us on 026 40342.

Going to the Dogs in Kilmurry

Members and supporters of Kilmurry GAA Club are delighted to announce their Buster Fundraising Night at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium on Friday, October 4. The Kilmurry club has a long and proud tradition dating back to 1875, which makes it one of the oldest clubs in the country. Speaking on behalf of Kilmurry GAA, Peter Lyons, club secretary, said "We are delighted to be holding a benefit night at CurraheenPark. We would like to thank all our sponsors especially our main sponsor, Pat O' Leary-Spar, Lissarda, for all their help and generosity. It is very much appreciated. We hope everyone enjoys themselves and that they have a great night at the dogs." Tickets are €10 and are on sale from all local businesses and club members. Children can enter for free on the night when accompanied by two adults. The GAA club will also be holding a draw on the night for all those that purchase tickets for entry, with lots of fantastic prizes. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Peter Lyons on 087-2059801.

Daonscoil an Fhómhair

Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair 2013 in Óstán Gúgán Barra 3 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair. 'Scaipeadh na nGael' is ea ábhar na scoile agus tabharfaidh Paula Kehoe as Melbourne léacht ar 'Scéal na nAstráile agus labharfaidh Tadhg Ó Súillleabháin faoi 'Muintir Bhéara a chuaigh go Montana'. Breis eolais ó 025 40130 nó This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra na Feirme are proud to announce they have been shortlisted for AIB club of the year. This is a great achievement and we would like to thank all our club members. Also we would like to wish our Bowling team the very best of luck in the regional round in The Planet Blackpool. Club members have had a busy few weeks. Their four officers received training in their individual posts at the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin. As well as being trained, Berrings Macra performed their All-Ireland winning Capers show and received a standing ovation to begin the night's entertainment. The club has also been honoured with a place in the top 12 for AIB Club of the Year competition, a great achievement, as it is their 2nd year in a row to achieve this position. Berrings would like to thank all concerned and we are always looking for new members.
Congratulations to Aghinagh Macra's men's and ladies' teams who won the Muskerry title in the 7 aside football on the 22nd of September. They will represent Muskerry at the National Final in Athlone on the 6th of October. Aghinagh Macra members, Mort Ambrose, Siobhan Kelleher and Alan Hourihan, won the Muskerry title in the Know Your Ag Quiz on September 12. They will represent Muskerry in the National Final of the Know Your Ag Quiz at the Carlow Rally during the October Bank Holiday Weekend. Weare holding a table quiz on the 11th of October to celebrate our 2nd birthday at Tigh Uí Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive @ 9pm. €40 for a table of 4. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes on the night!
It's been a busy few weeks for Donoughmore Macra. Members attended club P.R.O. Heather's 21st in Blarney. Well done to our teams who took part in the Muskerry round of 'Know Your Ag' after the regional meeting in Coppeen. Club officers attended officer training in the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin. A lot was learned by the officers and a super weekend was had by all. Best of luck to Elaine in the next round of Impromptu Public Speaking. Well done to Munster V.P James Healy on his recent weight loss in the Macra Feirme Bodies challenge and best of luck in the last few weeks to the final weigh in on the October bank holiday weekend. We had our first official capers meeting and ten year anniversary dinner dance meeting. Well done to the lads who took part in the Muskerry round of the seven a side football in Ballyvourney. Club members attended Millstreet Macra's quiz with a twist. Upcoming events include Muskerry round of bowling in the Leisure plex, Aghinagh Macra's fundraiser, new members' night in Knocknagree and the rally in Carlow. Donoughmore Macra would like to wish the best of luck to club members who are representing UCC Macra in the NDC seven-a-side football finals in Athlone.

Harvest Festival

Johnstown/ Kilmichael Vintage Club are holding the annual Vintage and Harvest Festival on Sunday, 6th October in Johnstown. John O'Riordan, Captain of Kilmichael Junior A Mid Cork Football Champions, will perform the official opening at 2.15p.m. He will be accompanied by other members of the Kilmichael team and they will bring along the Mick Dunne Cup. There will be umerous events for young and old and a monster Dog Show and cake sale, Children's sports and Donkey Derby ,Sheaf Tossing and Digger skills are other attractions. Vintage vehicles trades from olden times will be on display . The club would be very grateful if people would kindly donate baking for the sale. Proceeds of the event will go to Marymount Hospice, Co-Action Dunmanway , Cork Cancer Research Centre, 9 local NationalSchools and Local charities. Thanking you for your support,looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Trasna na nGleannta

The fifth annual Trasna na nGleannta fundraising cycle, organised by the Valley Wheelers Cycling Club, will be held on October 6th next, starting from the GAA hall in Kilnamartyra. The fundraising, this year, is for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, a voluntary organisation that caters for young people with a wide variety of special needs from all over the country. The routes this year are 25km, 65km and 110km, covering the beautiful and challenging hills of Cork and Kerry. We hope you can join us for what promises to be the best and biggest Trasna na nGleannta cycle yet. Refreshments will be provided along each route and at the finish in the GAA hall in Kilnamartyra.
"Early bird" registration will save you 20% by registering online through the Valley Wheelers CC web page at valleywheelerscc.com

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Meán Fómhair 9 - 13 bhí lucht na hIdirbhliana i gCeapach Na Laoi. D'fhág siad an scoil ar an Luan ag tnúth leis an seachtain, ach go háirithe oíche a chaitheamh amuigh ag campáil. Bhí an rang roinnte i dtrí grúpa difriúla agus an céad gníomhaíocht a dheineadar ná an kayaking. Ar an dara lá chuadar ag loingseoireacht agus d'fhoghlaim siad conas compas a úsáid. Tar éis an lóin fuaireadar amach conas puball a chur suas. Maidin Céadaoine bhí gach duine neirbhíseach mar bhí torthaí an Teastas Sóisearach ag teacht amach ach ar dtús bhí orthu abseiling a dhéanamh agus dreapadóireacht carraige. Tar éis sin chuadar abhaile i gcoir tréimhse ag ceiliúradh na torthaí iontacha. Nuair a thángadar ar ais bhí orthu pacáil don lá fada. Bhí sceitimíní ar gach éinne nuair a chonaiceadar an aill a bhi 92 troig ach d'eirigh leo é a shárú. Ansan bhí kayaking ar feadh 20 nóiméad roimh díriú ar an áit campála don oíche. Bhí ocras agus tuirse ar chách tar éis an lae fada agus chuadar a chodladh go luath. D'éirigh gach éinne go luath ar maidin chun filleadh agus bhaineadar taithneamh as cith breá fada. Bhí caint ag gach grúpa lena gceannairí agus tar éis an teastas a fháil, chuaigh gach éinne abhaile. Bhain 'chuile dhuine taitneamh as an seachtain iontach a bhí acu.

Torthaí an Teastas Shóisearach: Tar éis an dhá lá a chaitheamh i gCeapach na Laoi, tháinig an idirbhliain abhaile ar an 11ú mí Méan Fomhair chun torthaí an Teastas Sóisearach a bhailiú. Bhí sceitiminí ar gach éinne ach, ag deireadh, bhí na daltaí lán sastá leis na torthaí. Comhghairdeas do chách.
Siulóid suas Sliabh Torc: Ar an 23ú Méan Fhomhair chuaigh lucht na hIdirbhliana agus bliain a 1 go dtí Sliabh Torc, Cill Áirne i gcoir siulóid breá fada ar feadh an lae. Bhain gach éinne taitneamh as an lá iontach agus bhí athás orthu nuair a shroicheadar Eas Toirc ag bun an chnoic arís ag deireadh! Bhí seans ag gach éinne caint lena chéile agus cairde nua a dhéanamh, go háirithe muintir bhliain a hAon.
Éacht Christina Ní Dheasúna  Ba mhaith leis na múinteoirí agus na daltaí go léir comhghairdeacas a ghabháil le Christina Ní Dheasúna a bhuaidh bonn airgid sa Bhulgáir ag dornalaíocht sna craobh domhanda. Maith thú Christina. .
Bonn Craobh na hÉireann: Ar an 7ú Méan Fhómhair bhuaigh Aaron Ó Murchú, dalta sa 6ú bhlian, craobh na hÉireann mionúr le Ciarraí san iomáint. Bhí Aaron ag imirt sna leath tosaithe agus fuair sé dhá phointe. Comhghairdeas Aaron.
Bonn Chontae: An deireadh seachtaine seo caite, bhuaigh Dan Ó Donnchú bonn chontae le mionúirí Ciarraí Thoir. Bhuadar in aghaigh an Ghaeltacht 1-16 le 0-16, agus bhí an-chluiche ag Dan. Comhghairdeacas leat a Dan.
Scríte ag Seán Ó Forréidh, Clodagh Ní Laoire, Sorcha Ní Laighin, Caoimhín Ó Riordáin

Donoughmore Doings

The Children's Playground at Stuake was officially opened on September 14 in glorious sunshine. Cork Rose, local girl, Edel Buckley, performed the opening. Fr. O'Riordan PP blessed the playground and prayed "Bless the people of this community and teach us to live together in harmony. Help us to use this playground for the benefit of our children and their recreation. Bless the people who made this happen, who had the vision to see the completed job even before they began. May it be a happy place, bringing happiness to all.
Maurice Brew MC (Chairperson of Playground Committee) thanked IRD Duhallow who were represented by Board member, Sheila Crowley. IRD Duhallow funded the €92,000 project with a 75% grant and the balance was raised locally by means of a draw and sponsorship from local business. We are very proud of this fantastic amenity, which we hope will be a source of enjoyment for years to come. Batt from 5 Star Catering very kindly sponsored all the hot food on the day There was a huge crowd and it was a case of 'the miracle of the loaves and fishes' before the end. Sincere thanks to everyone from start to finish.
Bingo starts on Saturday 12th October at 8pm in the community hall, Stuake. Transport can be provided
Amenity Walk Family Membership cards €15 now available. Text Monica @ 086 8751786. Monies raised go towards lights and maintenance costs. During the winter months lights on from dark till 10pm. The amenity walk provides you with a safe, clean and well lit walking circuit. Please support and sign up for your membership.

In and Around Coachford

Triple all Ireland: Congratulations to the Broomhill Tractor Builders who have won the All Ireland Ferguson 20 Tractor Building title for the third time. The competition, held at the national Ploughing Championships, saw the team of John Joe Dennehy, Greg Cronin, Danny Martin and Bobby Roche beat off strong opposition from Donegal , Galway, Cavan and Sligo to win the title for the third time in five years. The lads built the tractor from scratch in a time of 7 minutes and 37 seconds. Team manager, Tadhg Murphy said it was great building in front of such a huge crowd and with great Cork support. The team will be presented with their trophies at a function in Coachford in the coming weeks.
League win: Well done to the Under 13 footballers who were victorious in the East Region League Final when they defeated Passage on a score line of 4-10 to 1.07. The Aghabullogue boys played some lovely football to earn the victory and were well on top throughout the game.
New Youth Club: A meeting will take place in the Community House, Coachford on Friday October 11th at 8.00pm to explore the possibility of starting a new youth club in the area. Representatives from Fóróige will be present to outline what the steps are to start one of their clubs in the village. Those who would like to help out as Leaders and those who want to find out more about Fóróige are very welcome to attend.
Walk This Way: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Centra Coachford is organising a fundraising charity walk on Sunday October 6th at 11.30am. This is a fun walk and everyone is welcome to take part and support a great cause. Further details on the route and the entry fee can be obtained from Murphy's Centra Coachford. To find out more about Action Breast Cancer log on to www.cancer.ie or ring the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700.
Camogie Club: Aghabullogue camogie club are holding a fundraising coffee morning/cake sale on Sunday the 6th of October at 10.45am in Coachford. This will be run in conjunction with an underage camogie blitz which will be going on in the pitches at the same time. Come along have a cuppa and view the up coming stars of the future.

Flu Vaccine in Pharmacies

At risk members of the public who hold a medical card can now receive this year's seasonal flu vaccination service free from pharmacists. Flu is an extremely contagious respiratory illness and can be serious, even fatal. Flu Vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances that a patient will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. The Flu Season lasts from October to April. At-risk patients include:- persons aged 65 years and older; persons with a chronic illness requiring regular follow up, e.g. chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, haemoglobinopathies, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system, etc.;those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non-functioning spleens; those with morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index over 40; all pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy); healthcare workers; residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions; carers; and people with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.

GIY

By Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month – Cucumber Pickle.

Ingredients: 4 large cucumbers; 3 medium onions; 2 oz/50g of salt; For the syrup: 1pt/570ml of white wine vinegar; 1lb/454g of soft brown sugar; ½ level tsp of ground turmeric; ½ level tsp of ground cloves; 1 tbsp of mustard seed (we used black);
Directions: Wash cucumber and peel onions and slice very thinly. Layer cucumbers and onions with a sprinkling of salt in between the layers in a large bowl. Weigh down with a plate. Stand for three hours. Then pour away the liquid and rinse the cucumbers and onions under running water twice. Put your jars in the oven to sterilise them. Put vinegar, sugar and spices in a stainless steel or non stick saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cucumber and onions to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil syrup and vegetables for a couple of minutes. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce remaining syrup for 15-20 min. After ten minutes or so, gently fill warm, sterilised jars with vegetables. Don't press down. When syrup has reduced, pour over vegetables in jars. Cover immediately with plastic lined, sterilised, metal lids. When cold, label and store in a cool, dark place, away from damp.

Tip of the Month: Get Vegetables into Storage.
Be like a squirrel and stock up the larder for the winter. Crops for storage should be harvested when they are young, in prime condition and full of flavour. Vegetables and fruit are best gathered early in the day. Store root crops like carrots and beetroot in boxes in a ventilated shed or outhouse. Place the roots in layers with slightly dampened peat or sand around them. You can store potatoes in paper or hessian sacks in a dark, frost-free, ventilated store, ensuring first that the skins are completely dry. Onions and garlic also need frost-free storage, but in order to prevent them from sprouting they must not be kept in a dark place. Once dried and ripened, hang them in nylon or string netting bags, or string them up by twisting their stems around a length of thick string.

Bookworms

Maeve's Times

A collection of Maeve Binchy's Irish Times journalism.

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Available in Fitz-Gerald's bookshop €18.99.

Sports Mad

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World silver medallist, Christina Desmond, Coolavokig, is welcomed home to Macroom Boxing Club by Mayor Ted Lucey. With her are Macroom coaches, John Casey and Tom Power and right, her father, Criostóir . ©Lee Valley Outlook

World Silver for Christina

Christina Desmond of Coolavokig, who has strong links with Cill na Martra, Baile Mhúirne and Macroom, won Silver for Ireland at the Amateur World Youth and Junior Championships in Albena, Bulgaria at the weekend. But the mighty southpaw controversially lost out in her bid for gold despite a fine performance. She was adjudged by many to have been the most impressive in the Youth welterweight final against Gauhar Yermekbay of Kazakhstan but lost out in a split decision. Christina decisively won three bouts in the lead up to the 69kg decider. "You win some and you lose some," said the philosophical 17-year-old after the final. But watch this space. The LeeValley's Christina will be underage again next year and we're rooting for Gold! Christina will be welcomed home to Cill na Martra on Saturday night, October 7. Bígí ann.
Macroom Boxing Club, where Christina does her training, has been phenomenally successful during the past year, having won 5 Gold medals at National level. Christina has 2 Irish All Ireland Gold Medals; a European Bronze and now a World Silver. Her brother and twin, Mícheál has an Irish Gold and Noel Murphy has 2 National firsts to his credit. The coaches at Macroom Boxing Club are Tom Power and John Casey. Christina goes to Dublin at weekends to train for the national squad.

Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling

Quarter-Finals:

1. Ballymartle v Douglas

2. Sars or UCC v Killeagh

3. Bishopstown or Carrigtwohill v Midleton

4. Na Piarsaigh v Glen Rovers

Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Relegation Play-off: St. Finbarr's 1-13 Ballinhassig 0-15. Relegated: Ballinhassig.

Senior Football

Final: Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers, Oct. 13th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh 3.45 pm.

Relegation Play-off: St. Nick's 2-12 Newmarket 1-9. Relegated: Newmarket.

Premier Intermediate Football

Semi-Finals:

Clyda Rovers 0-9 Nemo Rangers 0-4

Valley Rovers 0-6 MACROOM 0-10 (Replay)

Final: Macroom v Clyda Rovers, 13th October at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 2 pm/2.30pm

Relegated: Kinsale

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Macroom Intermediate footballers who defeated Valley Rovers in the Premier County Championship semi-final replay and meet Clyda Rovers in the final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on October 13. ©

Premier Football Semi Final Replay

Macroom 0 – 10 Valley Rovers 0 – 06

Macroom, Intermediate county champions in 2010 and promoted to Premier status for 2011, are through to the final of the higher grade after this deserved win over Valley Rovers in the semi final replay at Páirc Uí Rinn. Macroom led the Valleys from start to finish, stood up to the physical challenge once again and played the better football all through. This win was their first over the Innishannon side in adult football and the result was greeted with delight by the Macroom supporters.
Patrick Lucey pointed a 3rd minute free to put Macroom in front and took a pass from Eoin O'Mahony in the 8th minute to double the advantage with a super kick. Valleys lost their centre back to a knee injury and there was no further score until the 16th minute when Patrick Lucey was at the end of a great Macroom move that saw the ball moved swiftly from Philip Corrigan to David Goold to David Horgan to the scorer. Despite Valleys doing well at centre field for this period, the Macroom backs were superb and Macroom were 0-4 to nil in the lead in the 24th minute when Fintan Goold pointed a free from over 45metres after a foul on Tony Dineen. Valleys had a point in the 28th minute but Fintan Goold answered with an awesome free kick over the bar from all of 65metres out as the game went into injury time. Two late Valley's points left the score at half time at 0-5 to 0-3 in Macroom's favour and they had being playing well. For the second half Macroom readjusted their line out with Fintan Goold coming to midfield and Seán Kiely going to centre back and both e players were to shine throughout the second half. David Goold finished a Seán Kiely run out of defence with a punched point in the 31st minute and Philip Corrigan kicked a smashing point five minutes later to put Macroom firmly in the driving seat. A Valleys point from a free was followed by a fine point for Macroom from the in-form David Horgan in the 48th minute and when Patrick Lucey (chance set up by substitutes Andrew Hegarty and Barry O'Donnell) added another three minutes later it was clear that Macroom were going to prevail this time against their old adversaries. David Goold had another point five minutes from the finish and Valleys had the final point a couple of minutes later but it was a mere consolation score.
It was a great team performance by Macroom with Peter Lynch and Martin O'Donnell excelling in the full back line ,flanking the outstanding Rory Buckley. Ciarán Murphy did well in the first half and helped form a solid half back line: Philip Corrigan again gave a great hour at midfield and in attack Tony Dineen, David Horgan, Patrick Lucey, Brendan Lynch (until he tired), all held their end up on the wings with Ivan Casey and David Goold always a threat in the centre. Andrew Hegarty, Barry O'Donnell and Ger Angland all performed well when introduced in the final quarter.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Seán Kiely, Fintan Goold, Ciarán Murphy: Philip Corrigan, Eoin O'Mahony: Brendan Lynch, Ivan Casey, Tony Dineen: Patrick Lucey, David Goold, David Horgan. Subs: Andrew Hegarty, Barry O'Donnell, Gerard Angland.

Clyda 0-9 Nemo 0-4

A typical Clyda performance earned the Mourne Abbey side their passage to another county final at Cloughduv. Their win was comprehensive and was built on the usual Clyda features – get into a lead and defend totally with possession the main objective. Clyda led by 0-6 to 0-3 at the break, were 0-8 to 0-4 in front by the three quarter stage and held possession in a most non entertaining final quarter which yielded only one point. Nemo gave a most uninspired display and were unrecognisable from the team which had defeated Béal Átha in the quarter final only two weeks earlier.

CountyFinal

Macroom have met Clyda four times in Premier Intermediate championship in the past fifteen years and have yet to beat the North Cork men. The most recent meeting was two years ago, at the quarter final stage in a windy Donoughmore when Clyda won by three points.

2011 Quarter final report from the Lee Valley Outlook, September 2011:

'Clyda Rovers 0 – 8 Macroom 0 – 5

A gale was blowing from goal to goal when Macroom faced Clyda at Donoughmore in the county quarter final. Macroom faced the elements in the opening thirty minutes and were in a difficult position at half time. Clyda had been on top in the opening period and had established a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the interval. Macroom were not out of it by any means at that stage but it was obvious that they would have to improve in attack to succeed. This they never did and even though there were only three points between the teams at the finish and even though Clyda scored only one point in the second half, the Mourne Abbey side were in control and were deserving winners. Eight second half wides were disastrous for the Macroom cause, and two opportunities from scorable frees were not availed of, so that when Macroom had another late free, they had to go for a goal, an outcome which was never likely with a massed defence in place.
Clyda started the game well with two early points and had the Macroom defence under pressure in that early spell. James O'Connell saved well for Macroom and Clyda added two further points before David Goold had a point for Macroom from a free. Clyda continued to dominate and had added a further three points before David Goold pointed a late free for Macroom to leave them five points adrift at half. In a game where every score counted, Macroom could feel hard done by with the free which yielded a certain point for Clyda and they had also presented the opposition with another point. On the restart Clyda had their final score to go six points clear and they then soaked up any pressure that Macroom applied, though the loser's attack did not function well despite trying different combinations of attackers. Macroom were doing well at midfield through the performance of Fintan Goold and they had points from David Goold and Andrew Hegarty to leave four points between the teams at the three quarter stage. Philip Corrigan's point ten minutes from time broke a sequence of four Macroom wides but Clyda were well able to absorb the pressure and remained steady to the finish. Macroom: James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Eoin O'Mahony, Rory Buckley: Gerard Angland, Fintan Goold, Ciaran Murphy: Philip Corrigan, Sean Kiely: Brian Lynch, John Goold, Sean Dara Quinlan: Olan Murphy, David Goold, Brendan Lynch. Subs: Andre
Clyda will be contesting their fourth County Premier Intermediate final in five seasons and have yet to win the title. Their county stars, Ray Carey and Paudie Kissane have a huge influence on the team and Macroom have not mastered them in the past. With the win over Valley Rovers to give them a major confidence boost, Macroom should now go into the final in good spirits, knowing that it is their own performance on the day which will bring them victory. Physical and mental toughness were required to get to the final, these qualities will be absolutely essential in the clash with Clyda and in a tight dour game, discipline is the other indispensable requirement.

Go for it Macroom, Seize the day!
'There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.' (Shakespeare –Brutus in Julius Caesar)

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Semi-Finals:

INNISCARRA 1-7 Youghal 3-16

Watergrasshill 1-10 Castlelyons 1-19

Final: Youghal v Castlelyons

Relegation Play-off: BALLINCOLLIG v Carrigaline at Brinny on Sat. 5th Oct. 4 pm.

Premier Hurling Semi Final

Youghal 3 - 16 Inniscarra 1 – 7

Youghal got off to a great start against Inniscarra in the CountyPremier semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn and never left the Mid Cork men get into contention from there to the finish. Youghal settled very quickly and an early goal from former Cork panellist Leigh Desmond and a string of points had them leading by 1-4 after only twelve minutes. The seasiders continued to force the pace to half time at which time Inniscarra were clearly in big trouble, trailing by 1-11 to 0-4. Youghal were on top at midfield and their attack was troubling the Scarra defenders, John O'Callaghan being outstanding leading the Inniscarra resistance. The Inniscarra attack was finding progress difficult against an in-form defence but still Colm Casey and Tomás O'Connor did have fine efforts for goals just denied. On the restart, Innscarra still found it difficult to make inroads on the deficit but a goal from Colm Casey in the 47th minute gave a brief flutter of hope. The loss of a defender soon after to a second yellow card was the final blow and Youghal were in command in the final stages and added further scores as they eased home.
Inniscarra: Jack O'Keeffe: Tyrone O'Regan, Kevin Burke, John O'Brien: Frank Olden, Stephen Olden, John O'Callaghan: Timmy Murphy, Sean O'Donoghue: Daniel O'Connell, Jonathan Olden, Alan Sheehan: Tomás O'Connor, Colm Casey, Liam O Riain. Subs: Conor Buckley, B O'Keeffe, Sean O'Callaghan, Paul Kavanagh, David O'Keeffe.

Intermediate Football

Semi-Finals:

Rockchapel v Ballydesmond or GRENAGH

Glanmire/Kanturk/Glanworth v AGHABULLOGUE

Relegation Play-off: CANOVEE v Mayfield Thurs, 3rd Oct. at P Ui Rinn 7.30pm.

Intermediate Hurling

Quarter Final: Meelin v Kanturk

Semi-Finals: Fermoy v Meelin or Kanturk

EIRE ÓG v St. Catherine's, Sat. 5th October, P. Uí Chaoimh 2.30pm

Relegated: Dromina

MID CORK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ballincollig Credit Union Ltd. Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship

Semi Final: Eire Óg v Grenagh, Wednesday October 2nd

Final: Donoughmore v Grenagh or Eire Óg at Coachford, Sunday 6th October 3.30 pm.

Lee ValleyIreland Mid Cork Junior C Football Championship

Round 1: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3-11 Kilmurry 0-7

Round Two:

Inniscarra 4-13 Dripsey 1-3

Macroom 1-13 Kilmichael 1-7

Béal Átha v Aghinagh

Naomh Abán 1-11 Cill na Martra 0-3

Semi Finals:

Inniscarra v Macroom

Naomh Aban v Béal Átha or Aghinagh.

Oriel House Junior B Hurling Championship

Round One

Gleann na Laoi 2-11 Blarney 1-12

Round Two

Ballincollig 0-13 Ballinora 1-6 (result void, replay ordered)

Cloughduv 2-14 Donoughmore 0-8

Aghabullogue 2-9 Grenagh 1-6

Iveleary 0-7 Gleann na Laoi 0-10

Semi Finals:

Ballincollig or Ballinora v Cloughduv

Aghabullogue 0-13 Gleann na Laoi 1-15

Final: Gleann na Laoi v B'Collig/Ballinora or Cloughduv.

U 21 C Hurling Championship

Kilmichael 4-18 Clondrohid 1-10

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Football Leagues

The competitive GAA season in Mid Cork is fast coming to a close, the two top football league finals have been played off and Kilmurry and Blarney, the respective winners of Div One and Div Two, now go out into the county.

Division One Final

Kilmurry 4-12 Clondrohid 1-8

When these two teams met in the championship semi final in August, Kilmurry had victory wrapped up after the first quarter when they had held a ten point lead after a blistering start. In this Division One league final under lights at Cloughduv Kilmurry again struck early and their lead of 1-4 to 0-1 after the first quarter was a perfect start. Clondrohid had opened the scoring with a David Lynch point in the very first minute but a soft goal in the 5th minute, Jonathan Buckley the scorer, gave Kilmurry an early confidence boost and they proceeded to put severe pressure on the Clondrohid defence. Three points followed from William Buckley and another from Jonathan Buckley before Clondrohid had a second point from Fergal Kelleher in the 17th minute and after Jason McDonald had saved superbly from Danny O'Riordan, Clondrohid did get in for a goal in the 22nd minute when David O'Leary sent a blistering shot to the net. Kilmurry responded quickly with a fine goal from David O'Halloran to which he added a point and as they finished the half in control, William Buckley, James Kelleher and Buckley added points to leave Kilmurry leading by 2-8 to 1-2 at the interval.
The second half brought no relief to Clondrohid. After points from William and Jonathan Buckley, Denis Sheehan slammed in goal no. 3 for Kilmurry in the 38th minute. Clondrohid, again hindered by a disadvantage in physique, were battling hard and had three points from Darren Dineen but Kilmurry responded with points from Jonathan Buckley and James Kelleher. The loss of a forward to a second yellow card was no great hindrance to Kilmurry who were in such a commanding position and William Buckley shot home a fourth goal for them. Clondrohid finished strongly with points from Paddy Lynch, Darren Dineen, David O'Leary and Fergal Kelleher.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonald: Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: Adam Healy, Eoin Creedon, Pat O'Sullivan: James White, Greg Barrett: Dave McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: Denis Sheehan, James Kelleher, William Buckley. Subs: Michael Linehan, Michael Kelleher, Daniel Cahalane, Liam White, Ian Murphy.
Clondrohid: John Corkery: Oliver Kelleher, Denis Desmond, James Kelleher: Conor Desmond, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Conor O'Leary: Fergal Kelleher, Trevor O'Brien: Danny Riordan, Paddy Lynch, David O'Leary: Darren Dineen, Aidan Kelleher, David Lynch. Subs: Mark Creed, Sean Lynch, Declan Kelleher and Declan O'Leary.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Division Two Final

Blarney 4-8 Macroom 1-5

A glance at the score line tells the story. Macroom had shocked Blarney in the championship early in Summer but had lost five players subsequently to their Premier Intermediate team and were no match for a focussed team from the tourist village in the Div. Two league final at Cloughduv. Blarney led by 1-3 to nil after the opening quarter, the goal coming from Ciarán Buckley and had added a further point to their tally before half time with Macroom still scoreless, though the latter had squandered some very good chances of scores. On the restart, Blarney had added three points to their tally before Keith Costelloe got in for their second goal in the 40th minute. Macroom had points from Chris Foskett and Kieran O'Shea but Blarney replied with a goal from Paul Hallissey and when Darren Creed had a goal for Macroom, Blarney hit back with a fourth goal, this one from Mark Cremin. David Cotter and Darren Kelly had late points for Macroom who finished the game well.
Macroom: Thomas Creedon: Colm Casey, John Angland, Shane Creedon: Robert Downey, Darren McKenna, David Cotter: Kieran O'Shea, Brian Tiernan: Michael Cronin, Chris Foskett, Patrick Kelleher: Darren Creed, Darren Kelly, Denis Quinlan. Subs: James O'Connor, Michael Browne, Richard McSweeney, Mark O'Sullivan.
Referee: Mr Jason Murphy, Kilmurry.

Mid Cork Football League - Div. Three (6 games)

Cill Na Martra 5 5 0 0 10

Ballincollig 4 2 0 2 4

Grenagh 4 2 0 2 4

Eire Og 2 1 0 1 2

Kilmichael 1 0 1 0 2

Gleann na Laoi 2 0 0 2 0

Clondrohid 3 0 0 3 0

Mid Cork Football League - Div. Four (8 games)

Macroom 8 7 0 1 14

Iniscarra 6 5 1 0 11

Beal Atha 7 5 0 2 10

Ballincollig 6 3 1 2 7

Aghinagh 7 2 0 5 4

Naomh Aban 6 2 0 4 4

Cill Na Martra 5 2 0 3 4

Kilmurry 5 1 0 4 2

Dripsey 8 1 0 7 2

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Cork Ladies await the arrival of the President before winning their 8th All Ireland title ©Lee Valley Outlook

All Ireland Hurling Final Replay

The demand for tickets for the replay was unprecedented and the fans got it right as Clare and Cork served up another epic encounter before Clare triumphed in a pulsating finish. Cork gave it everything and there can be no criticism about lack of effort and with a little bit of luck, they could now be All Ireland champions. Tom Kenny of Grenagh came on as a sub for the second half and hurled his heart out. Team Manager, Jimmy Barry Murphy, was gracious in defeat and one could not but be proud that such a marvellous sportsman is in charge of the Cork team and is doing so well with them. It has been a marvellous season for Cork hurling and the fans have been treated to some epic victories as Cork played Clare and Limerick in Munster; Kilkenny, Dublin and Clare twice in the All Ireland series and every game was outstanding. Well done to the players, the management and the supporters who conducted themselves with great dignity in victory and in defeat. Roll on 2014!

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Thumbs up from Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley for the Lee Valley Outlook as they go to collect their All Ireland Peil na mBan medals in Croke Park ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cork Ladies All Ireland Football Champions

Cork 1-10 Monaghan 1-9

The wonderful Cork Ladies football team are All Ireland champions again after victory over Monaghan in the final at CrokePark. What can one say about such a great group of players who once again produced such a fantastic performance in Croke Park. Juliet Murphy of Donoughmore was outstanding at midfield and got the vital equalising point four minutes from time when it seemed Cork would never draw level. Valerie Mulcahy of Rockbán was again scorer in chief and got the vital goal and the winning point from a free. Briege Corkery (Val's), Rena Buckley (Donoughmore), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (Naomh Fionnbarra), all played their part in a great victory and Aisling Barrett (Donoughmore) came on in the dying moments. Vera Foley (Val's) was on the substitute panel. For all the ladies and for team manager, Eamonn Ryan, management team members Justin McCarthy and Frank Honohan it was day to remember and well done to all.

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Heroic Juliet Murphy smiles for the Lee Valley Outlook in Croke Park . ©Lee Valley Outlook

Evening Echo Senior A Camogie Championship

Quarter Finals

Killeagh 4-11 Ballinhassig 4-10

CLOUGHDUV 0-5 BALLINCOLLIG 1-7

Douglas 2-15 St Catherine's 0-8

Semi Finals:

Milford v Killeagh and Ballincollig v Douglas.

Final Oct 13th

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Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Minor team, winners of the dual Championship/ League Western division Finals ©

Evening Echo Senior B Championship 2013

Section A: 5 Teams: Kilbrittan / Timoleague, Mallow, Fr. O'Neill's, Clonakilty, Valley Rovers.

Section B: 4 Teams: Ballygarvan, Glen Rovers, Eire Óg, Aghabullogue.

Eire Óg 2-10 Aghabullogue 1-7

Glen Rovers 4-9 Eire Óg 2-9

Ballygarvan 1-12 Aghabullogue 2-4

Semi Finals

Glen Rovers 3-8 Valley Rovers 0-5

Eire Óg 2-6 Kilbrittan / Timoleague 0-12

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Cill na Martra U16 team who won the East Region B Championship final against Aghabullogue © Joan McLoughlin

Sciath na Scol

St Colman's BoysNationalSchool, Macroom football team are doing well in the Sciath na Scol competition and have won their opening three games against Gaelscoil Uí Teaghlaigh , Christians NS and Passage NS. Their last three games are against Farran NS, Ballinora NS and Bandon and all three games will be difficult to win. Team and panel: Tadhg O'Leary, Cormac Buckley, Darren Quinn, James Cahill, Shane Meaney, James Galvin, Christopher O'Connell, Kuba Bradley O'Shea, Dylan Twomey, Dylan Faller O'Sullivan, Liam Linehan, Reece Twomey, Eoin Twomey, David Hunt, Jamie Relihan, Daragh Vaughan, Michael Kelleher, Adam McCarthy, Robert O'Donovan, Ethan Ward.

Colleges Hurling

De La Salle Senior hurlers have recorded two good wins in the Munster and CorkColleges championships opening rounds, defeating Hazelwood College Dromcollogher in Munster, and Sacred Heart, Carraig na bhFear in Cork. The team panel is: Ciarán O Donoghue (Western Gaels/ Kilmichael), Cathal Foley (WG/Kilmichael), David Murphy (WG/Iveleary), Finbarr McSweeney (WG/Iveleary), Shane Foley (WG/Kilmichael), Sean Kelleher (Aghabullogue/Aghinagh), Cian O'Riordan (Clondrohid), Peter Kelleher (WG/Kilmichael), Barry O'Leary (WG/Iveleary), Cillian Cooney (Aghabullogue), William Coakley (Aghabullogue/Aghinagh), Trevor Tobin (WG/Kilmichael), Cian Healy (Newcestown), James Moynihan (Cloughduv/Canovee), Joseph Ryan (Cloughduv/Kilmurry), Cillian O'Mahony (Newcestown/Macroom).

Kilmurry Juvenile GAA

U6 and U8s: are back training every Sunday morning at 11.00 in Kilmurry GAA Hall and pitch. The U8s won most of their matches at a blitz in Kilmichael.
U10s played an away match against Rathmore and Knocknagree in August and then travelled to Killarney for a visit to the cinema and McDonalds. In September they played challenge games against Aghinagh and Newcestown. Heavily beaten by Aghinagh, they inflicted a heavy defeat on Newcestown. They fielded two teams in the Neilie Twomey Tournament. The older team only managed a draw against Millstreet but went on to defeat Canovee and Dromtarriffe. Due to the points system, they narrowly missed out playing in the cup final and had to settle for the shield final against Naomh Abán. This turned out to be an enthralling game, with Kilmurry behind by two goals at half time. A series of goals in the second half brought them back into it but Naomh Abán responded and at the final whistle only the referee knew who the victors were. Thankfully, Kilmurry emerged victorious by one point, making them the only team on the day who left the venue undefeated. Kilmurry's younger team did not fare as well but the majority of these players are underage again next year. The Kilmurry were Laurence Aisling and Dylan Kelleher.
The U12 team took part in a blitz in Carrigtowhill against stiff opposition.
The U13 team are in the semi final of the Eastern Division League against Aghinagh, due to be played on September 27th.
The u14s has had mixed fortunes, winning four and losing four of their last eight league games. The team are competing at high level in the Premier 2 league and face Douglas in the Championship on Friday, October 4th
The u15s have won four of their last five games and are in the playoff of the league. They are due to play championship in October and are awaiting the winners of Eire Óg and Passage.
The U16 team also had a good run in the league and are due to play Kilnamartyra in a playoff for second place.
The Minors have reached the Eastern Division final against Éire Óg.

Kilmurry Fun Day was enjoyed by all who attended in Kilmurry GAA ground on September 15th. The day began with exhibition matches from the U6, 8, 10 and 12 panels, followed by races for all concerned, with first, second or third receiving medals and all participants getting lollypops. In the parents' races, Denis Murphy easily won the fathers' race while Phil Duggan just got there ahead of Deirdre Fitton in the mothers' race. Bouncy castles and bucking bronco kept children occupied before a very competitive tug of war. Refreshments were available in the GAA hall. A great afternoon was had by all at this free event. Kilmurry Juvenile Club would like to thank its sponsors, Paul Barratt of Paul Barratt Construction, Larry Buckley of Mai Fitz's Bar and Restaurant, Lissarda and Dan Clifford of Clifford's Bar Crookstown.

St. Val's Updates

Congratulations to our senior team on defeating near neighbours, Éire Óg, 4-16 to 0-6 in the Senior County semi final at CIT grounds. They will meet Inch Rover from East Cork in the final in October. We hope there will be great support for our girls on a great day out for our club. The u10 team played in the Danielle Forde blitz and were narrowly defeated in the semi final by Éire Óg. They continue to train every Thursday evening in Carrigadrohid at 6.30pm. The under 12 team played Skibbereen in the A county semi final recently . Skibbereen played with a very strong breeze in the first half and built up a commanding lead 2-9 to 1-0 at the break. In the second half our girls reduced the deficit but could not break down a very strong Skibbereen team who won by 3 points - 2-10 to 4-1. St. Val's will soon contest the final of the Mid Cork with Nemo Rangers. We wish the under 16 team the best of luck as they continue to train ahead of their match against Éire Óg in the A county semi final. Finally, a special thanks to all who helped and supported our fund raising tea party in Crookstown Hall, which was a huge success. With all roads heading to Dublin next weekend for the hurling and football finals, the club would like to wish Vera Foley and Briege Corkery who are on the Cork ladies Senior panel the best of luck against Monaghan in the All Ireland Final.

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Éire Óg Ladies U10 team, winners of the Danielle Forde Memorial Blitz, pictured with their trophy and medals. Also included Donie, Anne and Shane Forde. ©

Danielle Forde Memorial Blitz

The U10 Blitz was held in Donoughmore on 14th September. Éire Óg girls played St. Val's, Donoughmore, Ballincollig, Naomh Abán, Nemo Rangers & Carrigaline in the qualifying games. After losing only to Nemo Rangers, Éire Óg ended up in the semi-finals against St. Val's and won this game with ease. This was their 8th year in the final and they met Naomh Abán in the final, a replay of last year's final. After 8 years of waiting & 20 minutes of nail biting football, Éire Óg finally got to bring the Danielle Forde Perpetual Cup back to home. Final score Éire Óg 1-4, Naomh Abán 0-4. Well done to all the girls who gave 110% on the day. They played great as a team and gave their parents & supporters a great day of football. Many thanks also to Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird and Leighann O'Shea for helping out with the refereeing on the day.
Éire Óg Panel: Aisling Desmond, Aoibhinn Goulding, Clodagh O'Connor, Edel Sheehan, Eimear Murphy, Eimear O'Donovan, Emil Barry-Murphy, Emily Coffey, Emma O'Regan, Gráinne O'Mahony, Indie Sheehan, Maeve O'Callaghan (Capt.) , Megan Sheehan, Muire Sweeney, Niamh O'Shea, Olivia Lynch, Orlaith Cahalane & Sadbh McGoldrick.

Macroom F.C.

U11 League Fermoy 5 Macroom 3

Scorers were T.J. Buckley, Lee Andrews and Kieran Doody with Doody and Shane Hannon best for Macroom.

U12 Cup Carrigaline Utd 3 Macroom 0

Macroom put up a great fight against the Premier league leaders. Best on the day were Peter Murphy, Cormac Buckley and James Galvin.

U13 League Mayfield 4 Macroom 5

Macroom had a commanding 4 nil lead at half time in this encounter but Mayfield stormed back in the second half. However, the visitors survived and gained a well deserved win. Denis Dullea (2), Dylan Twomey (2) and Caelum Lynch provided the goals in what was a fine team performance.

U14 Leonard Gould Cup Macroom 9 Blarney Utd 0

A big win for the Under 14s with James Mullane, Syzmon Sanetra, Conor McKirgan Alex Osnowski and Marcel Szulhan making up Macrooms' tally of 9.

U15 League. Macroom 5 Kilreen Celtic 4.

A cracking game with Eolan O'Leary (2), Daniel O'Riordan, Jack Casey and John Martin Lehane on target. Man of the Match was Liam O' Sullivan.

U16 FAI Cup. Corinthians 2 Macroom 0

Premier league opposition came out on top but an excellent away performance by Macroom.

Youths FAI Cup. Macroom 5 Ringmahon Rangers 4.

A fantastic game in Murrayfield with Macroom outstanding all over the field. A big performance was required against the Premier league outfit and Macroom did not disappoint. Well done to all!

Macroom A FAI Junior Cup. Macroom 3 Donoghmore Athletic 0.

Macroom progressed to the second round with a comfortable home win. Goals came courtesy of Stephen Crowley (2) and a cracking 25 yard effort from David O'Halloran.

Macroom B. Saxone Cup, Macroom B 3 City Wanderers 4

Macroom B made their exit at the TownPark, losing out by the narrowest of margins.

Macroom F.C. would like to wish the best of luck to Macroom G.A.A. in the Premier Intermediate County Final on Oct 13th.

Bowling News

Murray's Social Bowling Club started the competitions in June and the finals were played on September 21. More than 70 competitors took part and the charities to benefit are the local Autism and Special Olympics groups. Presentation of the trophies, by successful bowler and Mayor of Macroom, Ted Lucey. Finalists were A William O'Driscoll – Winner; John O'Sullivan - Runner up. B Brian Crowley – Winner; Dan O'Riordan - Runner up. C Emma Nott – Winner; Peter Healy - Runner Up.
The competition has been running for 13 years and new bowlers have been practicing each year, with the club acting as a nursery for the local bowling clubs. This year 18 year old David Crowley got to the final of the Gaeltacht Novice D and several more participated. For the first time we had a woman competing - Emma Nott. Our eldest competitor was Leo Hughes and the youngest was Ben Herlihy. On October 6 we will be throwing the Ballinagree Social Club in Ballinagree for the Jerry Murray Cup and there is always a great night there. The scores will commence at 3pm.