Lee Valley Outlook Nov. 14 2013 v10e23

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Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

CHRISTMAS IN MACROOM

The switch on of this year's Christmas Lights will be performed on Friday the 6th of December @ 7 p.m. by Mayor Ted Lucey. The event has been a tremendous success over the past few years, with Lee Valley Enterprise Board's "Macroom Christmas Night" drawing the crowds. With over 25 market stalls already secured, it promises to be a bigger and better celebration this year. The highlight will be the illumination of the 18ft Christmas Tree in the Square and the many new light feature which will be appearing for the first time. There will be Christmas music, a carousel and many more attractions, plus all the shops will remain open until 9 that evening and look out for "in store" promotions that will be on offer in all the Enterprise Board members' premises.
More details in our next edition, so keep December the 6th in your diary for the kick off to Christmas 2013 in Macroom.

Remember: KEEP YOUR BUSINESS IN MACROOM – KEEP MACROOM IN BUSINESS

LeeValley Diary

Macroom Library:
Tots Time on Fridays at 12 noon.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Nov. 18 at 11.30a.m.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Nov. 21, 11 am -1p.m.
Bridge: Wed., Nov. 27, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Primary School Quiz: McEgan College; Wed. Nov. 27; 3.45p.m.
November Exhibition: Work of Jane Cooney.
National Science week Nov. 10 – 17.

Briery Gap:
Donal Skehan Kitchen Hero Sun. Nov.17 at 8p.m.
In the House film Mon. Nov. 18 at 8.30 pm
Pretty Woman film Wed. 20th Nov. at 8.00 pm
Django Unchained Film. Wed. 27th Nov.at 8.00pm
ABBA Forever Sunday 1st Dec. at 8.00 pm.
Come as You Are film. Mon. Dec. 2 @ 8.30 pm
Skyfall Film. Wed. 4th Dec. at 8.00 pm.
Grease on Mon., Tues and Wed., Dec. 9 – 11at 8.00pm.

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Macroom Flower and Garden Club: Gala Floral Demonstration at Coolcower House on Thurs., Nov.14 at 8p.m.
Macroom G.A.A. A.G.M. in G.A.A. Pavilion, Castle Grounds, Fri. Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Oíche Chócaireachta i Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh le Katy Lucey ar an Luan, 18ú Samhain ag 8i.n.
Macroom Country Market Tea and Coffee Morning Fundraiser in the G.A.A. Hall, Castle Grounds on Tues. Nov.19th (11.15 am. - 1.00 pm).
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, 'Finding Jamie', in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Tues., Nov.19 at 8p.m.
Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens Nov. 21 - 24, Nov. 28 to Dec.1.
November Mass: on Fri., Nov. 22 at 7.30pm in St. Colman's Church, Macroom
Macroom Juvenile G.A.A. A.G.M. in G.A.A. Pavilion, Castle Grounds, Fri., Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.
Fashion Show at Macroom Golf Club, Fri. Nov. 22 at 8p.m.
Ballinagree Mayor's Ball: on Fri. Nov. 22 at 9.30pm in The Laine Bar
Ultimate Fight Night: in the Sports Complex, Stuake, Donoughmore on Fri. Nov. 22nd.
Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: on Fri. 22nd Nov. @ 8.30.
Céilí Mór: Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig on Fri., Nov. 22, 9.30pm to 1am.
Sister Lucia –film on Fatima in the Fr. Ryan Hall at 8p.m. on Tues., Nov. 26
Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association A.G.M. Wed. Nov. 27th at 8pm in Kilmurry School
Wintertime Cookery Demo in Annahala on Wed., 27th Nov. at 8 pm.
Auction for Macroom Hospital: Nov. 29th
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh G.A.A A.G.M. ar Dé hAoine 29/11/2013 @ 7.30 san Áras.
Terelton Macra na Feirme Dinner Dance in the Castle Hotel, Macroom, Nov. 30.
Christmas Lights switch-on at Carrigadrohid Sun. Dec. 1st at 6pm.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, 'A Forgotten Patriot', in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Tues., Dec. 3 at 8p.m.
Christmas Lights Switch On in Macroom on Fri. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Race Night for Muinefliugh N.S. in Murray's Bar, Macroom on Sat. Dec. 7 at 9pm.

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

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Macroom's newest bridge is tested by its first flood © Francis Kiely

Macroom Updates

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Part of the crowd who attended a meeting in the Castle Hotel, Macroom to hear of the implications of the proposed changes in Local Government. © Lee Valley Outlook

Local Government

A large crowd attended a recent meeting, convened by Macroom Town Council and Lee Valley Enterprise Board, in the Castle Hotel, Macroom, to consider the implications of the Putting People First initiative announced by the Government, which would see the demise of Town Councils and the setting up of Municipal Districts. Dr. Quinlivan U.C.C. was keynote speaker and he derided the Putting People First act, deeming it deform, not reform of Local Government. In his opinion, the proposed changes will happen and meetings and protests are now too little, too late. He said that the Senate, an elitist body, has constitutional protection but local government has no such protection. Supporting local government, he said its main advantage is that it is local, with local representation, knowledge and understanding. The new bodies, created at the behest of the Civil Service, will have administrative, not governing powers. Money is power and local taxes, including Property Tax, will now accrue to the Exchequer. Municipal Districts will have no money, no power and will be fall guys for County Councils and a narrow Government caucus. Dr. Quinlivan said that the changes for Macroom will include the disbandment of the Town Council, with staff retired or subsumed. There are no plans for the building. Town rates will inevitably increase.
Macroom Mayor, Cllr. Ted Lucey, listed some of the projects which the Town Councils has supported – Tidy Towns, Sports Complex, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, water mains, CCTV, Astro Turf Pitch, bridge in Castle Grounds and the 20 clubs that get Council support annually. Cllr. Pat O'Connell expressed fears for the future, stating that the strong bond between the Council and LVEB facilitated the Briery Gap Cultural Centre, the re-roofing of the Church of Ireland, Christmas lighting, the St. Patrick's Day Festival, Twinning and the Food Festival.
Defending the reform measure, Michael Creed T.D. said that it was a step towards getting structures right. Gerry Gray, former LVEB Chairman, said that party politics had no part in the Council: the good of the town always came first for the members. His opinion was that towns with Councils did better and Macroom, with its many advantages, including the E Park and town website bore this out. Representatives from Bandon, Clonakilty and Bantry all expressed their fears for their towns when local councils are abolished. The importance of a Mayor, as a public figure for ceremonial occasions, was also expressed.

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Officials at Local Government information meeting in Macroom. From left: Pat O'Connell, Macroom TC and Chairman LVEB; Gillian Coughlan, Bandon TC.; Aidan McCarthy, Mayor Bantry TC; Phil O'Regan, Mayor Clonakilty TC; Dr. Aodh Quinlivan, Dept Of Government, UCC.; Ted Lucey, Mayor Macroom TC; Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, Clonakilty TC. © Lee Valley Outlook

Chief Scout Award

A very enjoyable evening was held at Macroom Scout Hall when five Beavers achieved the Chief Scout Award and were presented with their National awards and certificates by Joe Willis, Group Leader 28th Cork Macroom Scouts. This was a wonderful achievement for the boys, their leaders - Barry Crowley, Maureen O'Riordan and Alan O'Riordan and their parents. Congratulations to Fionn Crowley, Daragh Fitzgibbon, Dylan Wenger, Jack Fagan and Darren Sweeney. Special guests at the awards night were Macroom Mayor, Cllr. Ted Lucey; County Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Martin Coughlan; Assistant County Commissioner of Scouts, Pat Spillane; Macroom Parish Priest, Fr Donal Roberts; District Commissioner Macroom Girl Guides, Josephine Cronin and Leaders of Guide, Brownie and Ladybird units of Irish Girl Guides, Macroom. The Scout Hall was filled with Beavers, Cubs, parents, grandparents family and friends. The Chief Scout Award for Beavers is the highest award attainable in the Beaver programme. The boys were required to achieve seven badges from the four areas of skill, physical, community and environment, as well as Scout skills for two adventure skills. They undertook an expedition of 10 km over a six-hour day. They camped for two days and their task for this event was to find out about different cultures. The five boys' achievement was hard earned and their success will encourage more boys to follow in their footsteps. Fionn, Daragh, Dylan, Jack & Darren have now moved up to Cubs. New boys invested into Scouting on the night were Beavers: James Lucey, Adam O'Shea, Kian Crowley, Mark Condon, Gavin O'Riordan, Thomas Dolan and Conor McCarthy. Boys invested in Cubs were Finn Stevenson, Nathan Byrne and Aidan Cotter. Congratulations to all the boys and to their leaders Chris Fitzgibbon, Marie Crowley, Catherine Coleman, Barry Crowley, Maureen O'Riordan and Alan O'Riordan. National Scouting Service awards were presented to Leaders with more than 10 yrs service to Scouting. Recipients were Marie Crowley, Deirdre Henley and Michael Lillis.
Mountain Event: Lee Valley County Cub Scouts held a mountain skills training day on November 9th on Muisire Mór, outside Macroom. 76 cubs from Cloghroe, Ballincollig, Togher, Bishopstown and Macroom took part in the mountain challenge. They developed their navigation skills and dealt with some mock casualty and first aid situations. The day was bright and clear during the ascent of the mountain but as often happens, the weather suddenly changed during the descent and wet weather gear was severely tested. All Cubs did very well, in the testing conditions, to reach the summit at 644 meters, especially as the age profile of the boys is 8-10 years. Well done to all the mountaineers of the Lee Valley Cub Scouts.

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Celebrating St. Joseph's first Green Flag. © An Scoil

Green Flag for St. Joseph's

There was a wonderful celebration in St Joseph's recently as the school celebrated its first Green flag. Mr Ted Lucey, the Lord Mayor, praised the pupils for their efforts in Reducing waste, Re-using and Recycling . Mr Pat Halloran , Chairperson Board of Management and members of the Board, the Parents' Association, Sr Mary Fleming, Mr Clancy and past pupils who were on the Green Schools Committee also attended. Members of the Green Schools Committee, Eva Slattery and Kate Condon acted as MCs while Kitty Clancy introduced our guests and Eileen Condon thanked everyone for helping to make the occasion so special. All the children wore green, and the school hall was decorated with art work which had a recycling theme. Everyone brought a waste free lunch that day. Ms Gerardine Browne unveiled our Green Schools plaque; the oldest and the youngest pupils cut our special cake, donated for our celebration. Each class won a prize. All of the Green School Committee were presented with a special certificate to thank them for their work in achieving the Green Flag.

'Grease' at St. Mary's

St Mary's Secondary School transition year students will be performing 'Grease' this December in the newly refurbished Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom. The show will take place on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, and Wednesday 11th December. The main characters, Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, will be played by Deirdre Galvin and Aisling Kelleher. The students have been preparing, practicing and planning the show with the help of the new creative team since the start of the school year and are eager to put on an outstanding show for the public. To offer affordable prices, a student ticket will cost €8 and an adult ticket will cost €10. Be sure to purchase yours before they sell out. All are very welcome to attend what will be a truly spectacular performance!

McEganCollege Updates

Religious Updates: During the month of November, the students and staff of McEganCollege place a special emphasis on praying for, and remembering their deceased family members and friends. Each class group will participate in a November remembrance service, during which students will listen to readings and intercessions and light a candle for their deceased relatives and friends. The RE board is decorated especially for this special month and students across all year groups were involved in putting it together. Well done to them on creating such a beautiful display.

Garda Youth Awards: Conor Corkery, a Transition Year Student at McEgan College, won one of the five top prizes at the West Cork Garda Youth Awards which was held at the Riverside Hotel in Macroom on the 8th November. Conor was praised for his help of others, in particular for being a carer to his older brother, John, who has autism. His involvement with the community was also mentioned as he is very involved with his local GAA club in Millstreet as well as representing his school in football and rugby. He was nominated by two of his teachers, Ms Cáit Clifford and Mr Daniel Twomey, who described Conor as having displayed outstanding characteristics for such a young man and selflessly thinking of others rather than himself.

Aisling Gheal for Macroom

Aisling Gheal, a new film by Dónal Ó Céilleachair, with music by Seán agus Peadar Ó Riada, will be screened in the Briery Gap, Macroom on Monday, November 11th, a fundraiser for the Theatre, in association with the Sullane Film Society. Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) is one of the most revered songs from the Munster Sean-nós singing tradition and is also the name of a local scheme – run by the women in the film - responsible for passing the tradition on to the younger generations. The film follows the weekly workings of the scheme over a year-long period and in particular, the relationship between renowned singer and teacher Máire Ní Chéilleachair and one of her students, 11-year old Shahira Apraku. Máire and Shahira's journey together, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel, intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this very precious part of our culture in the course of its unfolding, and challenging some of our key contemporary notions of Irishness in the process.

Macroom Library

Tots Time in the Library is going very well. A mixture of action rhymes and songs, it is aimed at preschoolers and their parents/ carers. Come along on Friday at noon for half an hour or thereabouts. Regular Storytime for older children continues on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Monday 18th : Ciorcal Cainte at 11.30 a.m with Nora Levis. An hour of conversation 'as Gaeilge agus cupán tae' for all levels of Irish speaker. On Wednesday 27th The Bridge group will meet at 11.am for 2 hours of ACOL Bridge. Any one who can play is welcome to take part. Thursday 21st: The Purlies meet at 11 for 2 hours. Preparations for their Christmas display in the library are well under way. Macroom Library's Annual Primary School quiz takes place on Wednesday 27th November at 3.45in McEgan College. Our thanks to McEgan for the use of the halla and to Paul Lynch for setting up the P.A system and setting out the tables and chairs for us. 1 team of 4 pupils from each primary school in the Macroom area is invited by letter in early November. Last year 17 school schools took part, the most ever! Dromleigh N.S came first; Clondrohid N.S came second and Muine Fliuch N.S came third. Parents are welcome to stay during the quiz, which usually takes about an hour and is sure to be finished by 5.15.
Our Exhibition space hosts works of Jane Cooney this month, a collection of eclectic textile and collage art at affordable prices. Our space is available for some months in 2014 so contact us at 026 42483 if you would like to showcase between 10 and 20 of your pieces.
Adult membership: €2.50 for a year. Children €0.50 cents. Senior citizens: Free. Opening hours 10.00am to 5.30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Late Opening on Tuesday until 7.30.

Monday Music

The November Gramophone Recital was a game of two halves, each diverse and entertaining. Theresa Tangney presented the opening selection, starting off with Libiamo, the delightful drinking song from La Traviata. This was followed by Joan Sutherland singing Barcarolle from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman and, in a change of mood, Seamus Begley and Jim Murray with An Cailín Bán. Nigel Kennedy's unusual arrangement of Winter, from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, preceded the sentimental Country and Western number, El Paso, with Marty Robbins and the sing-along Tennessee Waltz. A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One, from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, was followed by the beautiful voice of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly with Me and My Gal. Pavarotti singing Come back to Sorrento and the Strauss waltz, The Blue Danube brought us to the short whistle. After refreshments, Mary McSweeney presented her selections from some favourite CDs. From the RTE Concert Orchestra CD she chose Binge's Elizabethan Serenade, conducted by Robert Houlihan; a number from Ciarán Farrell's PerfectState, conducted by David Brophy and Rondino (On a theme by Beethoven) by Kreisler. The Macroom song, Rory Óg MacRory was sung by Kathleen Dineen and White Raven and this was followed by The Rose in the Heather, a jig arranged by Gerry O'Connor. Grupo Folk Classico Monteripoli performed E Lucevan le Stelle from Puccini's Tosca; Cosi mi Disse and the rollicking Funiculi Funicula. Sounsphere, a delightful musical quartet who visited Macroom during last year's Cork Choral Festival, made the CD from which Mary chose two pieces, Bheir Mé Ó and the Swedish Krakan. The next Gramophone Recital will be on Monday, December 9 and will be Listeners' Choice so do bring along your favourite piece of music to lead us into Christmas.

Briery Gap Programme

Sullane Film Society will present In the House Nov. 18 and Come as You Are Dec. 2 at 8.30 pm Admission €7
Donal Skehan Kitchen Hero The Home Cooked Tour is on Sunday, November 17 at 8p.m. Tickets €20.
Upcoming at Briery Gap: ABBA Forever, Rudolph the Musical, Louise Morrissey, Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime, Babes in the Wood, Patt Shortt, Cara O'Sullivan.
Pretty Woman Cert 15A Wednesday 20th November at 8.00 pm
Django Unchained Cert 18. Wednesday 27th November at 8.00pm
Skyfall Cert 12A. Wednesday 4th December at 8.00 pm. Admission €5. Movie Offer: Ticket/Popcorn/Drink €7.50
ABBA Forever Sunday 1st December at 8.00 pm. Tickets €20 Concessions €15 for groups of 5 or more.
St Mary's Secondary School presents Grease on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9 – 11at 8.00pm.
Briery Gap presents Christmas Panto 2013 Babes in the Wood Matinees at 3.00pm - Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Evening performances 8.00pm – Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Tickets €15 Concessions €10.
Louise Morrissey All Star Country Show on Sunday 29th December 8.00 pm. Tickets €20
Also Upcoming at the Briery Gap: Pat Shortt, Cara O'Sullivan, All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival, All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Nov. 17: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: 2013 Mass from St. Gobnait's Shrine, Baile Mhúirne.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Macroom Town and Countryside programme 1994 Part 1. Clondrohid G.A.A. Gathering at the Bell Inn Part 1.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Nov. 20: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Macroom Town and Countryside programme 1994 Part 2. Clondrohid G.A.A. Gathering at the Bell Inn Part 2.
Sun. Nov. 24: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from St. John's Well, Mushera with Fr. Jackie Corkery, June 24 2013.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Nov. 27: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Michael Collins Commemoration at Béal na mBláth 2013.

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Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

Christmas is Coming: We are already thinking ahead to the Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. In that, we look back 50 years, 20 years and over the past year. We also include reports from sports groups, clubs, associations etc. across the Lee Valley and a 2013 programme of Christmas ceremonies in churches and schools in the area. Should you wish to have your area included, please forward details to above contacts by early December.

Muskerry Autism Support Group, which is a registered charity run by parents of children with autism, will be holding regular "coffee and chat" support meeting on the first Thursday of every month in the Riverside Park Hotel , Macroom at 10 am . All parents welcome. Www.peekaboo.ie

Macroom Flower and Garden Club: Gala Floral Demonstration by Brid Coonan, AOIFA, entitled 'The Joys of Christmas', will be held at Coolcower House on Thursday, November 14 at 8p.m. Presented by Brid Coonan, AOIFA, it is a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens, Macroom COPE and the Floral Odyssey World Show 2014. Admission €10.

Oíche Chócaireachta i Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh le Katy Lucey ó Óstán Gugán Barra ar an Luan, 18ú Samhain ag 8i.n. Ticéid ar fáil ón scoil 026 47050, Siopa Ui Dhuinnín agus ag an doras ar an Oíche. Ticéid/ Cead Isteach: €20—Includes raffle & refreshments. Bí linn (Comhairle na dTuismitheoirí) breá luath ar an oíche agus tabhair leat cara nó dhó. Oíche comhluadar, craic agus cócaireachta cinnte!

Macroom Country Market Tea and Coffee Morning, fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens, will be held in the G.A.A. Hall, Castle Grounds on Tuesday, November 19th (11.15 am. - 1.00 pm). Tasters of some of our produce will be available. Come in great numbers.

Muskerry Local History Society: Aideen Johnston will deliver a lecture entitled 'Finding Jamie', the story of one woman's search for a family war grave dating from World War 1. It will be held in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Tuesday, November 19 at 8p.m. Admission for non members: €3. On December 3 Eileen McGough will tell the Story of Diarmuid Lynch – A Forgotten Patriot, his involvement in the 1916 Rising and subsequent events.

Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22, 6 – 10p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24, 12 noon to 8p.m.; Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 6 – 10p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, 12 noon to 8p.m. Proceeds to Marymount Hospice and Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Ballincollig. Admission €10. Refreshments served.

November Mass for all locals who died during the past year will be held in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Friday, November 22 at 7.30p.m. Please submit names of family members or friends to the sacristy. Bereavement Support Group members will hand out candles to be lit during the ceremony.

Ballinagree Ball: The 9th annual Lord Mayors Fancy Dress Ball will take place on Friday November 22nd at 9.30pm in The Laine Bar, Ballinagree. Lord Mayor, Siobhán Kelleher, would like to invite everyone to join her in a night of celebration. Music will be provided by Pacific Blue. There will be a free draw for everyone that attends in Fancy Dress on the night. Hope to see you all there.

Golf in Fashion: Show at Macroom Golf Club on Friday, November 22 at 8p.m. Enjoy a glass of bubbly as you admire clothes from Webb Boutique, jewellery from Murphy's, Main Street; bags and accessories from l'Occassion and beauty products from Muckross Hotel and Spa. Tickets €10. Raffle. Night of fun guaranteed.
Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: with ace fiddle player , John Carty, his son, James, and guitarist Shane McGown, on Friday 22nd November @ 8.30.

Céilí Mór: Ballincollig Comhaltas will hold a Céilí Mór in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig on Friday, November 22nd, 9.30pm to 1am. Music by Tim Joe and Anne. Cead isteach €10 and tea will be served. A great night is guaranteed. Enquiries to Helen at 086 876 7054.

Sister Lucia – Our Lady's Messenger, a film on the life and 2005 funeral of one of the visionaries at Fatima, will be shown in the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom at 8p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. The film is 40 minutes long.

Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association A.G.M. takes place on Wednesday, 27th November at 8pm in Kilmurry School. There have been many developments in 2013: full planning permission for new museum; the awarding of €410,873 grant from West Cork Development Partnership; the re-launch of website www.kilmurrymuseum.webs.com; successful fundraising event; obtaining charitable status; becoming a company limited by guarantee and the completion of a most interesting and varied series of lectures and field-trips. 2014 will bring the commencement of building of new museum/ cultural centre. It is an exciting time in the KHAA and new members are very welcome.

Wintertime Cookery Demonstration with lots of tips for easy living, by Dorothy Ó Tuama, in Kilmichael GAA Clubrooms, Annahala on Wednesday, 27th November at 8 pm sharp. Admission €10. A great night assured.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh G.A.A. Cruinniú Cinn Bliana A.G.M. ar Dé hAoine 29/11/2013 @ 7.30 san Áras. Baill agus tuismitheóirí a bheith i láthair. All members and parents of under-age, please attend.

Auction for Macroom Hospital: Two years ago, a fund raising auction organised by Anna Sheehan, raised €6,000 for Macroom Hospital. She plans to hold another auction on November 29th and asks for generous donations and support. Any item, no matter what the value /size, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact MacroomCommunityHospital on 026 41002 for further information on this fundraising event.

Terelton Macra na Feirme, as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations, is holding a Dinner Dance in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on November 30 @ 7:30, music by the Michael Kennedy Band. Tickets €30 per person or €55 per couple. For further information contact 0861242847 or 0868930486.

Christmas Lights: The switch-on of the Killinardrish Carrigadrohid Christmas lights will take place on Sunday December 1st at 6pm. The Christmas tree and village lighting will take place in Carrigadrohid. This seasonal event will include the blessing of the Nativity Crib, with carols sung by CanoveeNS children's choir, followed by Santa's arrival with his bag of gifts. Refreshments, including hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies will be served. All are welcome, so do come along.

Bingo will be held in Stuake Community Centre every Saturday night from now till Christmas, at 8pm - Jackpot €160.

Starcamp Song for Childline: Congratulations to Mia Foskett, a 5th class student at St. Joseph's, Macroom, who, with other children from Starcamp, has recorded 'Solitaire', with proceeds going to Childline. The single can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased from Tesco.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: October 29. Jackpot €7,000. Numbers drawn 6, 12 and 25. No winner. €70 Sylvester Bradley, O'Connor Park; €20 Mary Mullins, Clonfadda; Jelen Feeney, Dripsey; Sheila O'Riordan, Teerbeg; Betty O'Mahony, Toon Road; Caoimhe Creedon, Inchigeela.
November 5. Jackpot €7,200. Numbers drawn 21, 28 and 30. No winner. €70 Kitty O'Donoghue, O'Connor Park. €20 Mickie O'Leary, The Orchard; Tim O'Sullivan, The Glenties; Kate Lynch, Knockrour; Derek Griffin, Heron's Wood, Carrigaline; Anna Mehigan, Coolyhane.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results: Sunday, November 10th. Numbers drawn 6, 27, 31. No jackpot winner. Consolation Prizes - €50 Patrick Spillane Snr., Rahalisk, €20 Tommy Kelleher, Ballinagree; Humphrey Sullivan, Annagannihy; Claire & Jack Manning, C/O, The Làine Bar; Olan Noonan, Aghabullogue.
Last draw of current year's lotto for €4,600 will take place in "The Làine Bar" on Sunday 17th of November

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 29/10/2013, Jackpot: €3,800, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 6 - 15, Winner: David Cullinane. €40 Michael Riordan. €20 Olive O'Sullivan, Jim Bob, Eamon Murphy, Raymond Dineen (Yearly Ticket).
4/11/2011, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 3 - 18 - 29, Winner: Molly O'Connell. €40 John Healy, €20 Madge Martin, Gillian Murphy, Noreen Lucey, Martin O'Connell.

LeeValley Updates

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Top winners at Muintir na Tíre Pride in Our Community Awards, representing Donoughmore were Mick Forde, Nell Crowley, Art O'Leary and Noreen O'Regan ©

Pride in Donoughmore

Donoughmore will represent Cork in the All Ireland final of the Muintir na Tíre Pride of Place Awards in Derry on Saturday 16th November. Biddy Barrett, Noreen O'Regan, Mary & Marie Wallace will represent the parish at the Awards. A 2014 calendar, with splendid photographs of the 2013 Pride of Place presentation in the parish, will go on sale at the end of November, price €10. This is an essential for every local home and a most suitable gift for Donoughmore people who have left the parish.
Meanwhile, Donoughmore was again to the fore at the 9th annual Muintir na Tíre 'Pride in Our Community' awards. It won the Social Inclusion Award and, for the second consecutive year, got the overall Pride of the County award. Carrigaline scooped the Best Large Town Award. Rostellan got first place in The Best Maintained Project award. Tracton, Minane Bridge scooped 1st place for Best Creative Project. Carrigadrohid received a highly Commended Award. This competition recognises and rewards community groups who develop new or existing locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community'. The competition also seeks to make people conscious of their environment and promotes litter free communities. The projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. Beautiful scenery lifts spirits and hearts. These projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
Bingo will be held in Stuake Community Centre every Saturday night from now till Christmas, at 8pm - Jackpot €160.

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Cork footballers, Eoin Cadogan, Rena Buckley and Daniel Goulding squaring up for the Ultimate Fight Night for Donoughmore G.A.A. on November 22 at Stuake Sports Complex © Mike English.

Clondrohid Updates

Prayers at Graveyard: The wet weather did not deter the crowds that turned up at Clondrohid graveyard on Sunday, November 3 for the annual November remembrance prayers. Rev Fr. Wickham recited the rosary and prayers for all who are buried in this cemetery and all other cemeteries. The choir provided hymns.
Home Security: Clondrohid Development Group has invited Garda Orla Doyle to the Community Hall on Thursday November 21at 6pm to discuss home security and ways and means to combat local crime. It is open to everyone to attend, but a special welcome is extended to the elderly and to those who live alone. It will be a social occasion with a cuppa and a biscuit.
Bring a Sod: In a novel Fuel the Pub or Bartering: Carriganima Style, the pub in Carriganima is encouraging people to give them a call on Friday November 15, to bring a bag of turf /coal / blocks and in return you will get a free drink to the value of approximately €4, so you are guaranteed a warm house, a chat, and a drink and some craic to shorten the long winter nights. It will also be a night of traditional music, so instead of the turf/coal/blocks, you can sing a song/ play a tune/ dance and the same reward awaits you. The pub is celebrating its 3rd birthday on Saturday, November 30. Music is by 'Back on Track'. No doubt there will be some surprises.
Race Night: The Parents Association of Muinefliugh N.S. are holding a ''Race Night '' in Murray's Bar, Macroom on Saturday, December 7 at 9pm.This is a most worthy fundraising event. A great night's entertainment is assured. Guaranteed cash prizes, so come out on the night and enjoy the fun. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Lotto: Joan O'Riordan of Millstreet came to Bingo on Wednesday October 30 in Clondrohid and went away with the Lotto Jackpot of €6,600. Congratulations and enjoy. €70 Margaret O' Leary Inchigeela, €20 Sheila Good Lissarda; Yvonne O'Callaghan, Glenties; Chloe Buckley, c/o Teresa Buckley; Sean Lehane, Kilnamartyra. Results for November 6 €70 S. O'Connell, Tower. €20 Katie Dineen, Macroom; Larry Flanagan, Carrigapooka; Catherine Hennigan, Clonfadda; Brid O'Leary, Bandon.
Self Help: Despite the rain and the cold, €335 was collected on the weekend of November 2/3 in Clondrohid. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thanks to collectors, Denis, Mary, Margaret, Lizzie, Eileen and Breda.
Boot Camp: New 7 week (twice weekly) programme started on Monday Nov 4 from 8 to 9pm. €5 per night or €60 up front and you get two nights free. All fitness levels catered for, male and female. You can still come.
Gaelic Start: up to 31 children turned up in Clondrohid Community Hall for the fun introduction to Gaelic Football and Hurling. It is open to children in Junior and Senior Infants and 1st Class who are attending schools in the parish. Give it a try on Saturday 10 to 11.15 am. Parental assistance is greatly appreciated.

Crookstown Variety Show

Crookstown Hall recently witnessed the rebirth of the variety show when, after an absence of 25 years, a night of fun, frolics and entertainment was held at the venue. The variety show, hosted by members of the Kilmurry Novelty Group, saw a full house entertained with a two hour concert which highlighted many of the groups and organisations that use the hall on a weekly basis. And adding a little bit of Las Vegas glamour to the mid-Cork venue was Elvis Presley, who made a special appearance on the night. Great fun was had by all and proceeds from the night were donated to Kilmurry Parish Hall and to KilmurryNationalSchool.

Grant for KilmurryMuseum

The recent announcement that €410,873 West Cork Development Partnership 'Leader' funding has been granted for providing a purpose built Museum / Community Centre in Kilmurry brought joy to the area and particularly to the members of Kilmurry Historical & Archaeological Association Ltd., (KHAA), who have spent more than four years campaigning for the project. KHAA was formed in1963 to preserve and display the rich heritage of the area and the 'Terence MacSwiney Museum' was opened in a renovated farm building in Kilmurry village, generously donated by the Galvin family and which had been previously occupied by the family of the late Terence McSwiney, martyred Lord Mayor of Cork. Among its artefacts are items relating to Terence MacSwiney; equipment, uniforms, literature, etc. from The War of Independence; Kilmichael Ambush layout; items relating to the General Michael Collins / Bealnablath ambush; items relating to An tAthair Peadair Ó Laoghaire and Bishop Galvin; GAA-related memorabilia ; a re-created smithy; various pre-Christian artefacts; archaeological and ecclesiastical artefacts; farm tools and equipment, etc., dating back to pre-history.
In recent decades, it became obvious that the building did not meet modern requirements so the Building Committee set about the development of a purpose-built facility at a site generously donated in 1978 by the Ó Buachalla family. Financial Studies confirmed the economic viability of the ambitious project. The new museum and cultural facility was designed by Owen McSwiney, Architectural Designer; Ger Roche, Civil Engineer and Hilliard Tanner, Structural Engineer. Kilmurry Museum will be one of a handful of purpose-built museums in Ireland such as the Glucksman Art Gallery in UCC and the extension to Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald Park. A dedicated Audio Visual space has a capacity for 25 people and will allow the telling of stories of major importance, both local and national. Kilmurry is ideally placed geographically to tell these stories, just 1 mile off the N22, in the centre of the Lee Valley.
The village of Kilmurry does not have a community centre for its 4,301 people and 19 local groups. The new facility should serve to accommodate book launches s; presentations to the farming community; meetings for youth and senior citizens; musical, art and cultural presentations; night classes and lectures; a trail head for the development of Lee Valley walking and cycling routes. Situated next door to the Church, the community centre will incorporate a kitchenette for functions such as christenings and funerals. Additionally, a busy casual use can be anticipated with local people calling in to read a paper, have a cup of coffee in the museum café or rendezvous with community members and leaders. KHAA has the positive support of organisations and companies, including Kilmurry Village Renewal; Kilmurry GAA; General Michael Collins Commemoration Society; Beal na mBláth Commemoration Committee; Kilmurry parish, all denominations; Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, (Newcestown Branch); Poulanargid Harrier Club, etc.
After overcoming legal and procedural issues, KHAA now have planning permission for their new development and will shortly announce details of the successful tender. They expect the construction of their exciting new development to commence shortly. KHAA acknowledges the huge voluntary contribution of the Building Committee, (Tony Murphy, Bridget Goulding, Ger Roche, Terence McSwiney, Michael Garvey, Noel Howard and Tim Hartnett) and the freely-given, professional input, including legal, financial, etc., of our many friends. Sincere thanks to Ian Dempsey and his enthusiastic team at West Cork Development Board. Our new Museum / Community Centre will provide a vital component in the expansion of the beautiful LeeValley heritage & tourism programme.

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Foireann cailiní cispeile sinsear ó Choláiste Ghobnatan a bhuaigh ar Scoil Mhuire © An Scoil

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Comórtas Beaver: Tá Coláiste Ghobnatan thar a bheith bródúil as ár scoláire, Hannah Coombs, as na tórtha iontacha a fuair sí sa Teastais Sóisearach i Matamaitic, na torthaí is airde sa tír. Dá bharr, beidh sí ag glacadh páirte i gcomórtas ar line, Beaver, le scoláirí eile san Eoraip, ag réitiú fadhbanna matamaitice agus rúdaí atá bainteach le ríomhairí. Comhghairdeas le Hannah agus go n-éirí leí sa chomórtas!
Self Build: Chuaigh lucht na hIdirbhliana go táispeántas Self Build i Sráid an Mhuilinn agus d'fhoghlaim siad faoina dtithe, mar shampla, conas fuinneamh a shábháil le insliú; conas seomra a athchóiriú; cur lena dteach agus araile. Bhí saineolaithe Déan Féin, Mark O'Carroll agus Amber Maguire ag taispeáint conas péinteáil, tíleáil etc. Bhí lá iontach oideachasúil ag an rang.
Cispheil Cailiní fé 19: Bhí cluiche sa chomórtas cispheile sinsear ag na caiíní i gCorcaigh i gcoinne Scoil Mhuire agus bhi bua iontach ag Coláiste Ghobnatan, chun cur leis an mbua ag na cailiní fé 16 le déanaí. Foireann: Áine Ní Shúilleabháin, Róisín Ní Chéilleachair, Sineád Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Sineád Ní hÚigín, Colleen Ní Chéilleachair, Lisa Ní Chonaill, Josie Nic Carthaigh, Niamh Ní Loingsigh, Labhaoise Ní Liatháin, Madge Nic Suibhne.
Peil buachaillí fé 14: Coláiste Ghobnatan 9-13, Coláiste Phobail Naomh Peadar 4-5. Bhí bua iontach maith ag buachaillí fé 14 na scoile in aghaidh Coláiste Phobail Naomh Peadar. Do thosnaigh Coláiste Naomh Peadar le dhá chúl ach tháining buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan ar ais go láidir le scóranna iontacha ó lán tosaí Trevor Ó hÉalaithe chomh maith le leath tosaithe, Fionn Ó hEithir Dochartaigh, Dara Ó Loingsigh agus Aodha Ó Catháin. Cuireadh leis na scóranna seo le sár cosaint ag Jack Ó hÉalaithe, Fionn Ó Loingsigh, Ciarán Ó Forréidh agus Colm MacLochlainn. Chuaigh Coláiste Ghobnatan isteach ag leath ám 4-11 go 2-1 chun tosaigh. Bhí imirt den scoth ó imreoirí lár páirce, Criostóir Ó Meachair agus Conor Ó Críodáin. Ní raibh aon fhreagra ag Naomh Peadar don imirt tapaidh a d'imir buachaillí an Choláiste agus chríochaídear an chluiche an-láidir ar fad. Foireann: Eoin Ó Conaill, Jack Ó hÉalaithe, Fionn Ó Loingsigh, Séamus Ó Muineacháin, Ciarán Ó Forréidh, Colm MacLochlann, Seosamh Ó Buachalla, Criostóir Ó Meachair, Conor Ó Críodáin, Aodha Ó Catháin, Fionn Ó hEithir-Dochartaigh, Dara Ó Loingsigh, Brian Ó Murchú, Trevor Ó hÉalaithe, Lorcán Ó hEithir Wyatt, Danu Feachem.
Peil buachaillí sinsear: Bhí foireann sinsear Colaiste Ghobnatan ag imirt in aghaidh Inis Díomáin i gComórtas na Mumhan i Ballygran agus, cé go raibh an foireann pointe amháin síos ag leath ama tar éis imirt in aghaidh gaoth láidir, sheas scileanna peile buachaillí Coláiste Ghobnatan amach sa dara leath. Bhuadar an chluiche go héasca ag deireadh 3-15 in aghaidh 1-5. Táid tríd go dtí an cheád babhta eile anois.
Snámh bl 4: Le déanaí, thosnaigh daltaí Bl 4 le ranganna snámh seachtainiúil san Óstán Ros i gCill Áirne. D'fhoglaim siad a lán rudaí nua ar nós snorkelling a dhéanamh i gceart. Bhí an lá acu ann.
Comhairle na nÓg: D'fhreastail TJ Bowles, Roibeard de Bhulbh, Liam Ó Morris agus Ciara Griffin ar Chomhairle na nÓg i gcathar Chorcaí. Bhí oráidí ar siúl ar maidin agus bhí Méara Chorcaí ann in aonacht le roinnt Comhairleoir eile. Scaireadh na daltaí amach i ngrúpaí agus thosnaídear Dáil béag. Fuair gach éinne Aireacht de shaghas éigin. Ag deireadh an lae, tháinig na grúpaí le chéile arís chun taispéaint cad a rinneadar le phlean. Bhí lá iontach acu agus fuaireadar lón saor in aisce.
Séanfhocal na seachtaine: 'Is minic cuma aingeal ar an Diabhal féin' (There is often the look of an angel on the Devil himself)
Eachtraí ag teacht suas sa scoil: 20ú Samhain: Cuairt ó rang a sé na bunscoile. 21ú Samhain: Cluiche peile buachaillí sinsear (Mumhan) in aghaidh Liosduinbhearna.
(Na giotaí scríte ag Seamus Ó Gallachóir, Dan Ó Duinnín, Caitríona Ní Chríodáin, Amhlaoibh MacSuibhne daltaí na hidirbhliana).

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra are AIB Club of the Year. This was announced on Saturday the 26th of October in the Mount Wolesley Hotel in Tullow, Carlow. Berrings Macra would like to thank all the people who have supported them throughout the year. It is a great honour to hold this title and it would not have been possible without all the members.

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Walkers to Gougane on St. Finbarr's Day ©

Gougane Pattern Day

The 2013 Pattern Day took place on September 29th, when participants gathered at Clohina, Kilnamatryra to begin the yearly pilgrimage to Gougane Barra. For centuries, people have undertaken this ancient walk to pay homage to Saint Finbarr, Patron Saint of Cork. In 1815 Thomas Crofton Croker described scenes of large crowds gathered by the shore of Lake Gougane, many of them blind, infirm and crippled. Tents would have been set up by the lake, with merchants selling whiskey, porter, bread and salmon, as well as polluted well water, sold in small glass bottles, which was renowned for its healing properties. Pipers would play music, and young men and women would dance jigs for the entertainment of the assembled crowds. The Pattern was outlawed in 1818 due to concerns that it would attract violence between fighting factions. Over the years, routes were established to Gougane Barra, many of them rough and challenging. Modern-day pilgrims who walk the 14 mile route from Kilnamartyra to Gougane Barra are engaging in an ancient practice. The 2013 60 strong group left Sean Cronin's yard at Clohina at 08.30a.m., having been blessed by Father Browne P.P. Going by Reaniree and Gortrarahilly, they travelled on the route taken by O'Sullivan, Beara in 1603 en route to Leitrim. They passed the Mouth of the Glen and on to Cahir, Ballingeary, where they enjoyed refreshments at Kelleher's, Gurteenakilla. Eventually they arrived at the lake shore in time for Rosary at the Oratory, followed by open air concelebrated Mass with Bishop Buckley and Bishop Clifford and the local school choir The clergy were led to and from Oratory by Ballingeary Pipe Band.

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Twins, Christina and Mícheál Desmond, Coláiste Ghobnatan, Macroom and District joint winners at West Cork Garda Youth Awards, with from left, Gearóid Desmond, Sgt. Brendan O'Sullivan, Rachel and Louise Desmond, Coolavokig © Lee Valley Outlook

Garda Awards

An Garda Síochána held the 18th annual West Cork Garda Youth Awards, in association with SuperValu, in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom recently. The Awards not only acknowledge the positives in relation to the youth of West Cork, but they also provide An Garda Síochána with great community spirit and good will. The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 14 and 21 years who make their communities a better place in which to live. There are 12 awards; 5 Overall awards, 5 District awards, 1 Group award and 1 Special Achievement award. The Group Award category applies to groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition.
This year, a total of 141 young people were nominated for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards. Inspector Brendan Fogarty, Bandon Garda Station, Chairman of the Judging Committee, remarked " Each year we are consistently impressed and humbled by the sacrifices made by these young people, as they contribute to their community, both at a local level, and also in wider areas. The Award winners are truly worthy, but the standard of nominations in general was at a very high level. An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to SuperValu for their continued sponsorship of the Youth Awards."
Award winners from the Lee Valley included Tracey Cronin, Coolroe West, Inchigeela, Macroom. Tracey is an active member of the Liz Lucey Memorial Committee who fundraise for Marymount Hospice and they have raised over €60,000 over the past few years. She is very involved in her local Church and uses her musical talent to entertain young and old. At school, she is Chairperson of the Students Council and has been involved in fundraising for Trócaire and the Hope Foundation.
Conor Corkery, Liscahane, Millstreet, is very involved with GAA at home and at school. He has been involved in fundraising, in particular for the COPE Foundation and is very caring of his older brother, John, who is autistic.
Twins, Michael & Christina Desmond, Coolavokig, Macroom were both honoured for their sporting achievements. Michael excels in a variety of sports - boxing at local, national and international levels; County and Munster Championships in underage GAA; West Cork Schoolboys Leagues in soccer; 2 County titles in hurling and is an All Ireland finalist in road bowling. Christina, now an international boxing star, has won multiple County, Munster and National titles and now boasts an European Championship Bronze from Hungary and a Silver Medal from the World Championships in Bulgaria, one of only three Irish women to have achieved World Championship level , Katie Taylor being one of the other two. Christina has also tasted G.A.A. success with Sciath na Scol, Gael Linn, Naomh Abán senior ladies football and Coláiste Ghobnatan.
Orlaith McDonagh, Sleaveen West, Macroom has been involved in fundraising for a wide variety of worthwhile causes. She is a regular visitor to the local Nursing Home and also volunteered with this year's summer camp for autistic children. Orlaith is an accomplished pianist and a member of the Irish Youth Russian Ballet and teaches local students in a voluntary capacity. A member of an Irish Youth Club, she promotes the Irish language amongst young people.
Mary Cronin, Amy Ryan and Ciara Corkery from Coachford brought Positive Mental Health to the forefront of people's attention, organising school talks for all classes. The girls set up a Foróige Club in Coachford. They have organised a Gala Charity Ball, proceeds of which will go towards employing a counsellor as a further support in the community. The Coachford Positive Mental Health Group has been inspirational since its inception.

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Anne and Mary O'Connell present €12,400 cheque, proceeds of Cill na Martra cycle to Dublin, to Christy Collins, Cork Children's Leukaemia Association © Lee Valley Outlook

Éigse Dhiarmuidín Samhain 29 – Nollaig 1

Tá an Éigse ar lic an dorais againn arís. Is í seo an dara hÉigse is fiche ó thángamar le chéile i 1992 chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar Dhiarmuidín a cailleadh go tubaisteach bliain roimhe sin. Fé mar a bhí an uair sin, tá scoth an cheoil, an rince agus na h-amhránaíochta á chur os comhair an phobail againn arís i mbliana. Is í Helen Ní Shé, ó Raidio na Gaeltachta a dhéanfaidh an Éigse a oscailt i mbliana, agus ina diaidh siúd beidh Seó na nÓg á chur i láthair ag daoine óga ó cheantair Gaeltachta na Mumhan. Do lucht rince seiteanna, tá dhá chéilí, Dé hAoine agus Dé Sathairn le ceol ó Johnny Reidy agus Banna an Abbey. Tosnaíonn an Satharn leis na ceardlanna, 10 gcinn acu, á múineadh ag deichniúr des na ceoltóiri is cáiliúla sa tír : Dermot Byrne - Bosca ceoil, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Fidil, Caitlín Nic Gabhann – Consairtín, Angelina Carberry – Bainseo, Gary Hastings – Feadóg Mhór, John Murphy – Orgán Béil, Stiofán Ó Cuanaigh – giotár, Jimmy Crowley - bailéidí Béarla, Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin – amhránaíocht ar an sean – nós, agus Marian Ni Chonghaile – rince ar an sean nós. Eolas ón Ionad Cultúrtha 026 45733.
Tá léacht fíor- shuimiúil sa Mhusaem, An Muileann, ag a 2.00, 'An traidisiún Amhránaíochta in Iorras Aithneach'. Tá sé seo á chur i láthair ag Róisín Nic Dhonnchadh, agus beidh amhránaithe ó Iorras Aithneach léi chun an traidisiún a léiriú. Tar éis na léachta beidh sport is scléip sa Mhusaem le Jimmy Crowley agus a chairde. Beidh coirm ceoil na hÉigse ag an gnáth am – 8.00, agus cloisfear múinteoirí na gceardlanna ar an ardán i dteannta breis amhránaithe agus a thuilleadh ceoltóirí, agus an rud ar fad á chur i láthair ag Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin. Bí ann go luath! Mír go mbíonn an-éileamh air isea Cruinniú na n-Amhránaithe i mBialann an Mhuilinn tar éis na coirme. Is í Máire Ni Chéilleachair Bean a' Tí i mbliana. Beidh go leor seisiún ar siúl ins na hOstáin i rith na deireadh seachtaine, agus Club na Féile sa Mhuileann istoíche Dé Sathairn.
Maidin Dé Domhnaigh tar éis Aifreann Uí Riada i Séipéal Chúil Aodha, is féidir aghaidh a thabhairt ar an sean-shéipéal i Reilig Ghobnatan, mar a mbeidh ceol le h-Angelina Carberry agus Dan Brouder. Má thaithneann ceol Shliabh Luachra leat, ná déan dearmad go bhfuil Jimmy Doyle agus a chairde ag seinm ar feadh an tráthnóna in Ostán Ghobnatan. Rud eile nach féidir a chailliúint isea an Amhránathon, amhránaíocht gan stad a bhíonn ar siúl óna haon go dtína sé sa Mhusaem chun airgid a bhailiú do Scéim Aisling Gheal, a mhúineann na hamhráin traidisiúnta do dhaoine óga i Múscrai. Chun breis eolais a fháil ar imeachtaí na hÉigse, feic www.eigse.ie, nó cuir glaoch ar Eilís Ní Shúileabháin ag 087 2841220 nó Rachel Ni Riada ag 026 45366.

GIY

By Michael Kelly

It's a great time of the year to consider planting an apple tree (while the trees are dormant). Get a tree size to suit your needs. Varieties to consider are the Coronet - which can be grown in a 25l pot and has two varieties on one tree - Katy, Elstar and Jonagold. Katy is an incredibly easy apple to grow and it's very productive, so a great variety to buy if you're just starting out. The apples will ripen even in the worst of summers, as it was bred for the cold northern climate of Sweden.
To Do: Do not leave beds bare for the winter – sow a green manure, or cover with a thick layer of manure/compost and then black plastic or straw. This will return nutrients to the soil, keep the worst of the weather off it, suppress weeds and prevent leaching of nutrients. 'Earth up' or tie up vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Divide up your rhubarb if you want to propagate, and cover it with a thick mulch of manure. Prune apple trees. Mulch fruit bushes. Take cuttings of currant bushes from current season's wood.
Sow broad beans outside now for an early crop next spring. To avoid rotting before germination, make small newspaper cups and germinate them indoors first. Next summer's garlic does best if it's planted before Christmas – plant outdoors in well prepared soil in a sunny spot.
Harvest perpetual spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, swede, parsnips, apples, pears. Start harvesting leeks, winter cabbage, kale, artichokes, Brussels sprouts. Time to lift carrots and turnips or at least cover them with a good layer of straw to protect them from frost damage.

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Sports Mad

Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling

County Final: Midleton 2-15 Sarsfield's 2-13

Champions: Midleton (Sarsfield's)

Relegated: Ballinhassig

Munster Championship: Midleton v Clare Champions, Sixmilebridge

Senior Football

CountyChampions: Castlehaven (Nemo Rangers)

Relegated: Newmarket

Munster Championship: Castlehaven 0-8 Dr Crokes 1-11

Premier Intermediate Hurling

CountyChampions: Youghal (Castlelyons)

Relegated: Ballincollig

Munster Championship Final: Youghal v Ballina (Tipperary)

Premier Intermediate Football

CountyChampions: Clyda Rovers (Macroom)

Relegated: Kinsale

Munster Championship: Clyda v Ballyporeen

Intermediate Football

Kanturk 1-11 Glanmire 1-6

Semi-Finals:

Rockchapel v GRENAGH at Banteer, 17th November.

Kanturk or Glanworth v AGHABULLOGUE

Relegated: Canovee

Intermediate Hurling

County Final: Eire Óg 1-12 Kanturk 2-22

Relegated: Dromina

Kanturk 2 – 22 Eire Óg 1 – 12

Beaten in the final last year, Kanturk were strongly fancied to take the title this year and they justified their favourites tag with a comprehensive win over Eire Óg at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Kanturk hit the ground running and were firing over points and their opening goal helped them to a lead of 1-5 to nil before John Dineen had an opening point for Eire Óg in the tenth minute. In truth it could have been worse for Eire Óg as twice the Duhallow men, with two Cork seniors in their ranks in the form of Anthony Nash and Lorcan McLoughlin, had twice been denied goals only by great defending by John Kelleher and Tim O'Leary. Eire Óg improved as the half progressed but Kanturk still dominated and they led by 1-12 to 0-7 at the break.
On the restart only a fine save from Nash denied Kevin Hallissey of a goal, the ball being deflected over the bar for an Eire Óg point by the 2013 All Star. This point was negative by a fantastic effort from Cork star Lorcán McLoughlin and when Hallissey had another point, Kanturk responded with three points in a row. It was clear that Kanturk were the better side and just before the three quarter mark, any uncertainty about the outcome was fully removed when McLoughlin struck goalwards and Cork All Ireland footballer Aidan Walsh took possession and lashed the sliotar home in spectacular style. The score was now 2-15 to 0-10 and there was no way back for Eire Óg but the Farran men battled on and Kevin Hallissey had a goal from a free to give them some reward for their brave efforts.
Scorers for Eire Óg: Kevin Hallissey 1-8 (I-4 frees), John Dineen 0-2, Daniel Goulding and Cillian McCarthy 0-1 each.
Eire Óg: Paul Ryan: Eanna Lowney, Tim O'Leary, John Kelleher: Fionn O'Rourke, Alan O'Mahony, Dermot Herlihy: Cian O'Mahony, Paul McDonagh: Daniel O'Connor, Liam Murphy, Daniel Goulding: Kevin Hallissey, Ciarán Sheehan, John Dineen. Subs: Mike O'Shea, Cillian Murphy, S McCarthy.
This is the second year in a row Eire Óg have lost in a county final, their footballers losing to Castletownbere in the Intermediate decider last year. Within days of this latest defeat the club had to deal with the announcement that Ciarán Sheehan, their rising young star, is to depart for Australia and Rules football on a two-year contract in January next. Ciarán will be a loss to the GAA, to Cork hurlers and footballers and to his club but will carry the good wishes of all with him as he embarks on an exciting journey Down Under. He has been a model athlete who has achieved much and brought great enjoyment to all over the past years.

Junior Hurling

Championship County Final: Grenagh 1-10 Kilbrin 2-5

Champions: Grenagh

Grenagh 1 – 10 Kilbrin 2 – 5

Grenagh won their first ever Cork County Junior Hurling title with a two point win over Kilbrin at a very wet Pairc Uí Rinn. The Mid Cork champions got off to a dream start when Dean Dalton's low shot from far out found the net in a very muddy goalmouth in the third minute and it gave Grenagh a lead they never lost. Grenagh led by 1-2 to 0-1 after ten minutes, Tom Kenny and Sean Burke the point scorers, and with late points from Tom Kenny's free and one from play by Ultan Duggan, Grenagh led by five points at half time, 1-5 to 0-3.
On the restart, Colm O'Neill had another Grenagh point but then in the 40th minute Kilbrin got in for a goal to leave only three points between the sides, 1-6 to 1-3 at this stage. It was Grenagh who responded best to this situation with points following from Colm O'Neill, Ultan Duggan and Tom Kenny and by the 55th minute Grenagh led by 1-9 to 1-4. A point for Kilbrin from county man William Egan was answered by a superb Grenagh point from Colm O'Neill, who cut a line ball over the crossbar. This score restored the five point advantage and only in the last minute did Kilbrin finally get in for a goad to leave two points between the teams at the final whistle.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummings: Niall Doherty, Colm O'Neill (0-3): Dean Dalton (1-0), Tom Kenny (0-4, 0-3 frees), Conor Fitzgerald: Ultan Duggan (0-2), Seamus Coleman, Sean Bourke (0-1). Subs: John Russell, Tadgh Walsh, Liam Walsh(blood sub), Martin Barry.
For All Ireland medal winner Tom Kenny, this win ranks as high as anything he has ever won with Cork. 'Your club is where it all begins and where it ends' he said. 'It is a fantastic feeling to at last win the county title and go up Intermediate after years of trying'.
Looking Ahead: Grenagh's promotion to Intermediate grade for 2014 will leave the Mid Cork championship in a very poor state. Cloughduv and Grenagh have dominated this competition for the past ten years and now Cloughduv are left all alone on top with Donoughmore their nearest challengers, but still a little off the standard. Blarney, Inniscarra, Ballincollig, Aghabullogue and Eire Óg all compete at the higher grades at county level.

County Junior Football Final

Mitchelstown 0-12 St Colums 2-4

Mitchelstown defeated Kilmichael on the 6th September, six days after Kilmichael had won the Mid Cork championship. They did not play again until the 2nd November, eight weeks later, when they defeated Glenbower in the semi final. It would seem that the Mid Cork champions were treated rather unfairly in having to play so soon after their divisional final when it was so unnecessary.
Munster Championship: Mitchelstown v Keel (Kerry)

County Junior Football League (Semi Final)

Kilmurry v Mitchelstown

Winners will meet Bandon in the League Final.

Kilmurry 1-6 Knocknagree 0-6

Kilmurry defeated Knocknagree in the county league quarter final at the Duhallow venue in a game played in a a continuous downpour. Knocknagree led early on but William Buckley replied with a Kilmurry point and a further point from Buckley and one from Part O'Sullivan had the teams level at 0-3 each at half time. Greg Barrett put Kilmurry into the lead on the restart but Knocknagree hit back with three points in a row to look in a strong position. William Buckley pointed twice to bring Kilmurry level and just when it seemed that a draw was likely, Kilmurry struck for the only goal of the game. William Buckley was the lethal finisher with the approach work done by Kevin and Greg Barrett and the final pass came from James Kelleher. The Kilmurry defence held firm in the time remaining to set up a semi final meeting for Kilmurry with Mitchelstown, the newly crowned county champions.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Liam Long: Adam Healy, Michael Kelleher, Pat O'Sullvan: James White, Greg Barrett: Jonathan Buckley, Dave O'Halloran, David McCarthy: Michael Linehan, James Kelleher, William Buckley.

2013 Cork County Leagues

HURLING

RedFM Senior Hurling League

Semi Finalists: Sarsfield's, Midleton, Courcey Rovers and Na Piarsaigh

Relegated: Ballinhassig

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Hurling League

Winners: Youghal (Bandon)

Relegated: tbc

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 2 Hurling League

Winners: Castlelyons (Fermoy)

Relegated: AGHABULLOGUE, Ballygarvan

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 3 Hurling League

Final: Charleville v Kildorrery

Relegated: Dromina

FOOTBALL

Division 1 Football League (Kelleher Shield)

Winners: Nemo Rangers (Carbery Rangers)

Relegated: BALLINCOLLIG, Bantry Blues

Division 2 Football League

Winners: Clonakilty (Naomh Abán)

Both promoted to Div One

Relegated: to be decided

Division 3 Football League

Winners: Glanworth (Macroom)

Both promoted to Div Two

Relegation: not decided

Division 4 Football League

Winners: Fermoy (Ballinora)

Both promoted to Div. Three.

Relegated: CANOVEE

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Inniscarra who defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in the Muskerry Junior C Football Championship final © Lee Valley Outlook

MID CORK

Lee ValleyIreland Mid Cork Junior C Football Championship

Final: Inniscarra 2-15 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-5

Division Four League Final:

Inniscarra 6-12 Macroom 2-2

Inniscarra 2-15 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-5

Inniscarra with goals from John O'Keeffe and Podge Murphy were pre match favourites and came good on the day. Peter Murphy, Padraig O'Callaghan, Aaron O'Raw, Jim Nelligan and John O'Keeffe turned in impressive performances.

The team was (13 a side): Lorcan Geaney: Peter Murphy, Brian Gould: John Healy, Podge O Callaghan, John O Brien (0-1): Aaron O'Raw (0-1), Jim Nelligan (0-3): Shane Buckley (0-3), Joe Newman (0-4, 0-2 frees), Liam Collins (0-1): John O Keeffe (1-1), Conor McCarthy (0-1). Subs: Podge Murphy (1-0), Jack Galvin, Kieran Casey, Jerry Roche, Eoin O Keeffe.
Inniscarra 6-12 Macroom 2-2
Inniscarra completed the Mid Cork double by defeating Macroom at Carrigadrohid in difficult conditions. Inniscarra: Chris O Connor: Brian Gould, John Healy (0-2): Liam Collins (0-1), Podge O Callaghan, John O Brien: Aaron O'Raw (1-2), Jim Nelligan (0-1 free): Shane Buckley (0-1), Conor Cronin (1-3, 0-1 free), Dave O'Keeffe (1-1): John O'Keeffe (3-0), Conor McCarthy. Subs: Dylan O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Herlihy, Jack Galvin, Kieran Casey, Eoin O Keeffe.

Junior B Hurling

Champions: Gleann na Laoi (Cloughduv)

Under 21 C Hurling (Round Robin – 3 teams)

Kilmichael 4-18 Clondrohid 1-10

Clondrohid 2-11 Blarney 2-7

Blarney 4-11 Kilmichael 2-15

The outcome of this round robin is interesting as each team has one victory now to its credit. The finalists are being decided on scoring difference and so, Kilmichael and Blarney must meet again, with Clondrohid losing out. In the final game of the series, Blarney travelled to Annahala and beat the home side who had previously defeated Clondrohid. Blarney had a good start, scoring two early goals and led at half time by 2-4 to 0-7. A third goal for Blarney on the resumption left the visitors in a strong position and Blarney still enjoyed a six point lead ten minutes from time. Peter Kelleher then crashed a Kilmichael free to the net and then pointed a free to cut the deficit to two points. Further points from Peter Kelleher had Kilmichael in the lead but just when it seemed that the home side would take the spoils, Blarney were awarded a free which was lashed to the net.
Kilmichael: Daniel Crowley: Donal Kelly, Edward Burgoyne: Brendan Cotter, Finbarr Buckley, Donal McCarthy: Peter Kelleher, John Kelleher: Stephen O'Leary, Darragh Foley, Shane Cotter: Shane Foley, Ronan O'Callaghan. Sub: Damien Tobin.

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Cill na Martra Minor Team with their trainers, Martin O'Connor & Pat O'Connell, who won the East Region C Championship final against Crosshaven © Joan McLoughlin

Junior League Division Three football Final

Cill na Martra 1-11 Ballincollig 0-6

Cill na Martra, Mid Cork Junior B champions, completed the Mid Cork championship-league double by taking the Div Three league title with a fine victory over Ballincollig at Ballincollig. Cill na Martra started well and Declan Vaughan, Michael Desmond and Shane Dineen all sent over points. Ballincollig opened their scoring with a point in the 13th minute but the winners replied immediately with points from Gerard Healy and Ger McSweeney. A late Ballincollig point left Cill na Martra leading by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break.
On the restart Ballincollig had two points to narrow the gap to a single point but back came Cill na Martra with a point from Michael Desmond and two from Shane Dineen, 0-8 to 0-4 now. The issue was more or less settled in the 44th minute when Ger McSweeney finished a Liam Lynch centre to the Ballincollig net.
Cill na Martra: Daithí Ó hUidhir: Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh, Gearóid de hIde, Pádraig de Brún: Caoimín Ó hEaluithe, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Criostóir Ó Loinsuigh, Deaglán Ó Mocháin: Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Gearóid MacSuibhne, Gearóid Ó Faoláin: Sean Ó Cronín, Miceál Ó Deasúna, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Concuir Ó Cronín, Concujir Ó hEaluithe, Niall Ó Cronín agus C Ó Riordáin.

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St Val's under 13 team who defeated Douglas in the mid Cork final ©

Ladies Football

2013 TG4 Senior Ladies All Ireland finalists, Cork and Monaghan, claimed nine All Stars between them, with Cork accumulating five awards and Monaghan collecting four.
Deirdre O'Reilly and Briege Corkery earned their selection in defence, with Juliet Murphy capping off a fine year, returning from her retirement with an All Star in midfield. All Ireland goal-scoring hero, Valerie Mulcahy, was selected at corner forward for her 4th All Star. Geraldine O'Flynn was rewarded on the double as the Portlaoise based secondary school teacher was selected at left half back but also claimed the Player's Player of the Year Award after having a vintage year.

2013 TG4 All Star Team

4.Deirdre O'Reilly (Cork), 5.Briege Corkery (Cork), 7.Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork), 9.Juliet Murphy (Cork) and 13.Valerie Mulcahy (Cork)

2013 TG4 Player's Player of the Year: Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork)

2013 TG4 Munster Young Player of the Year: Kate Lenehan (Cork)

Colleges Football

McEgan College Macroom 4-12 Coláiste Dáibhéid 1-08

McEgan College Senior Footballers maintain their 100% record in the 2013/2014 campaign with an emphatic victory over Coláiste Dáibhéid recently. The first half was open and competitive, with both teams fighting for every ball and scrapping for every inch. The major difference was that the boys from Macroom were far more clinical in front of goal with Coláiste Dáibhéid wasting opportunities that they had worked so hard to create. Two goals from the goal machine that is full forward, Cian O'Leary, gave the boys from Macroom a cushion over the Gaeilgeoirs of the city going into half time - McEgan College 2-8 Coláiste Dáibhéid 1-3. The second half was more of the same with Michel O'Sullivan and Steven Spillane contributing to the score line with a goal each. Brian Corcoran and Alan O'Sullivans were excellent in defence; Jerome Lynch was his dominant self at midfield and Cian O'Leary and Jack O'Donovan caused havoc for the defenders from Coláiste Dáibhéid in the forwards. Man of the match would have to go to third year David Forde who was tenacious and dogged in defence and attacked with great intent when the opportunity arose. Overall another great performance from McEgan College who now march on to the next round of the Cork County under 18.5 D Football Championship.
Team: Conor Corkery, Ian O'Neill, Brian Corcoran, John Stephen O'Riordan, Davin Forde, Alan O'Sullivan, Jordan Burns, Jerome Ring, Darren Dinneen, Jack O'Donovan, Micheál O'Driscoll © , Gavin Coughlan, Donncha Lynch, Cian O'Leary, Stephen Spillane. Coach: Mr D. Twomey.

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 De la Salle, Macroom who were defeated by Carrignavar in the Colleges Senior Hurling Championship. © Lee Valley Outlook

Munster Colleges Senior 'C' Hurling

Carraig na bhFear 3-8 De La Salle Macroom 1-13

A very disappointing quarter final defeat for DLS hurlers at Ballincollig, losing out on a semi final spot by a narrow margin. DLS led early on through a Cian Healy goal from a '21' but were rocked by two late Carraig goals just before half time which gave the winners a two point lead they hardly deserved at that stage. The Mid Cork boys fought back well in the second half and led by a point coming into the home stretch but Carraig drew level and after DLS squandered three good scoring chances, Carraig struck for a late winner.
De La Salle: Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael): Cathal Foley (Kilmichael), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Killian Cooney (Aghabullogue): Shane Foley (Kilmichael), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh/Aghabullogue), Cian O'Riordan (Clondrohid): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), David Murphy (Iveleary): Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), William Coakley (Aghinagh/Aghabullogue), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh/Aghabullogue): Cian Healy (Newcestown), James Moynihan (Canovee/Cloughduv), Joe Ryan (Cloughduv/ Kilmurry). Sub: Cillian O'Mahony (Newcestown/Macroom)

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St. Colman's B.N.S. football team who have reached the Sciath na Scol final © An Scoil

St. Colman's in Final

St. Colman's Boys' National School Macroom will play BallinoraNationalSchool in the F4 Sciath na Scol final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday November 20th at 11 a.m. The boys from St. Colman's were the only team in the F4 group to win all of their matches but will face stiff opposition from Ballinora, who on their last meeting Macroom beat by just 3 points. The school team is coached by teachers Mr. Kieran Cronin and Mr. Michael Lynch, assisted by Mr. Tadhg Sheehan, Macroom panel: Tadhg O' Leary, Darren Quinn, Cormac Buckley, James Cahill, Shane Meaney, James Galvin, Jakub Byrdziak, Christopher O'Connell, David Hunt, Dylan Twomey, Bradley O'Shea, Dylan Faller O'Sullivan, Liam Linehan, Eoin Twomey, Reece Lee, Jamie Relihan, Michael Kelleher, Adam McCarthy, Ethan Ward, Daragh Kiernan, Robert O'Donovan, Barry Galvin, Darragh Vaughan, Shane Sweeney, Ricky Cronin, Dean Granville, Jack Granville, Barry Murphy, Luke Kelleher, John O'Shea, Mikolay Chyla, Scott Moore. The school is most grateful to Macroom G.A.A. who provided transport for the team during the group matches.

Munster Champions

West Muskerry A.C. had a fantastic day in Limerick Race Course in wet, cold and windy conditions on October 27. Medals were awarded to the first 12 athletes across the finish line in each race and to the first three teams. There was also an inter County section. West Muskerry won 9 gold and 5 bronze Munster medals. In the Boys U 12 2000m Connor O'Neill was in top form. He had a great start and, with 5 others, made a break in the 2nd lap. Conor was well deserving of the 4th place medal. His team mate, Tom Downey, sprinted the last 200m and won an 8th place medal. The duo helped Cork secure the gold medals in the Inter County competition. Connor also captained his team to the Gold medals in the team competition. This was a great achievement for all 6 boys, who are Munster U 12 Champions for 2013 and have qualified for the All Ireland in Santry on the 17th of November. The Munster Champions are Connor O'Neill, Tom Downey, Eoin Moynihan, Tadhg Manning, Conor Lucey and Conor O'Leary.
In the Girls u 16 4000m Caoimhe Harrington and Stephanie Cotter ran up an age to get some race practice for their own age Munster. Caoimhe is returning after an injury but nevertheless had enough to secure the victory and was crowned U 16 Munster Champion. Stephanie Cotter also had a fantastic race, finishing with a 7th place medal over a tough and demanding course. In the girls U 10 1000m all four girls - Danielle Twomey, Beibhinn Moynihan Aoife Lucey, and Ciara Bradley - ran extremely well and are showing great promise for the future. In the boys u 10 1000m Darren Moynihan ran very well. In the Boys U 14 3000 John Downey also was the 12th Cork person home and will have to wait for a while to see if he will be selected for the Cork team going to the All Ireland.
In the Novice Men 6000m Michael Harrington had another fine run. After injuring his calf in the final lap he kept going and is looking forward to the All Ireland Novice in a few weeks time.

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The new astro turf pitch in Macroom Castle Grounds gets its first test © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Soccer

Premier A League:

Macroom 4 Village Utd 3.

Two wins from two in the league for the first team in a game played in awful conditions at Murrayfield. Macroom started brightly and went ahead on fifteen minutes when Stephen Crowley got on the end of a long delivery from Darragh Deasy to finish well. Village equalised five minutes later after referee Tom Tully awarded a penalty, which was expertly converted. The home side continued to press and on the half hour Darryl Holden's corner was finished to the net from close range by David O'Halloran. Just before half time the visitors were level again after a free kick took a wicked deflection to leave Mark Twohig with no chance in the Macroom goal. In the second period the home side regained the lead with an excellent goal. After fine work from Dec O'Riordan and James O'Connor, Holden's pinpoint cross was met at the far post by the inrushing Crowley to make it 3-2. Macroom went further ahead in the 77th minute when O'Halloran got his second after a swift counter attack. The Mayfield based outfit replied once more, and the game was in the balance after a dangerous right wing cross found its way to the Macroom net. Further chances presented themselves to Macroom to finish the tie, with O'Halloran and Rory Buckley going close. But it was the home keeper Twohig who had the final say, making a great save to grab a precious three points.
Macroom Panel: Mark Twohig, Robert Downey, Danny Kelleher, Darrin Kelly, Mark O' Callaghan, Darragh Deasy, Pat Kelleher, Barry O'Donnell, Micheal Browne, Shane Creedon, Dec O'Riordan, Stephen Crowley, Anthony O'Donoghue, Darryl Holden, James O'Connor, David O'Halloran, Rory Buckley, Ian Moynihan. The team is managed by John Ronan and JJ Murphy.

Division 2 League: Banteer 0 Macroom B 0.

Macroom travelled to the Banteer Sportsfield and came away with a well deserved point. This game was another to be played in terrible conditions and was a battle from start to finish. A good away point for Declan Kelly's' side who had fine performances from John Corkery, John Breen, Padraig Harrington and Gordon O'Sullivan.
AOH Cup Round 2:

Macroom A 2 Kanturk 1.

Macroom A booked their passage to round three of the AOH Cup in what was a close encounter at Murrayfield. The visitors took a twenty minute lead and held it until the seventy fifth when Mark O'Callaghan equalised with a fine header from a Dec O'Riordan cross. The winner came with time almost up. Davy O'Halloran was taken down in the box after a great solo run up the right wing. O'Riordan made no mistake from the penalty spot to give Macroom the spoils.

AUL Division 2:Blackpool Celtic 2 Macroom B 0.

This was a game Macroom dominated for large parts but were unable to make it count on the score board. Best players on the day were Barry Fitzgerald, Jose Pinto, Stephen Murphy and Jason McCarthy.

Under 13 League:

Crosshaven 3 Macroom 5

The summit of the league has been reached after another entertaining game played in Camden. Quick starts and early goals have been a feature of the U13 performances this season and this was no different. In the first minute, Denis Dullea played in Dylan Twomey to finish well and it was 2-0 soon after when Twomey fired his second with a fine volley from twenty yards. The lead was extended before the short whistle and it was Twomey once more who made no mistake from the penalty spot to secure his hat trick. Macroom continued to press in the second half and had their fourth through an excellent free kick from Jack Kelleher. It appeared that the points were safe but Crosshaven, to their credit, battled back and scored three unanswered goals to leave it 4-3 entering the final stages. The visitors responded, with Caelum Lynch surging upfield and striking a great shot across the Crosshaven keeper and into the bottom corner, thus ensuring three valuable away points.

Munster Youths Cup:

Macroom 1 College Corinthians 1 aet (Macroom won 5-3 on pens).

The Youths team have qualified for round three with a penalty shootout victory over visitors Corinthians at the TownPark. Macroom took the lead midway through the second half when Sean Quinn scored direct from a corner. The visitors' keeper then made a number of excellent saves from Joe Ryan, Darren Dineen and Quinn. An equaliser arrived in the final minute of normal time. With no further goals during the extra twenty minutes, the dreaded penalty shootout was required. This was quite straightforward for the hosts, as all five Macroom takers were successful and so ensured a 5-3 shootout win. Eoin Walsh was the scorer of the decisive fifth penalty.

Under 14 National Cup:

Macroom 1 Ringmahon Rangers 4.

The Under 14 team lost out to a stronger outfit in terrible weather conditions. Macrooms' goal came from James O'Mullane after he was put through on goal by an excellent Kevin Barrett pass.

Under 13 Con Elliot Cup:

Strand Utd 1 Macroom 4.

As has been the case in recent weeks, shocking weather prevailed at Ballyanley. There was no problem however, as this was another fine performance from the Under 13 side who had Darren Quinn, Chris O'Connell, Caelum Lynch and Dylan Twomey in sparkling form. It was ace marksman Twomey who weighed in with two goals, along with Kuba Byrdziak and Lynch who scored one each, to allow Macroom to safely take their place in the next round.