Lee Valley Outlook. Feb. 6 2014 v11e3

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 Looking north from Toames East © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014

It's hard to believe that St Patrick's Day is just around the corner. The committee is putting the final touches to Macroom's biggest annual event. This year's Parade theme is "Marine goes Wild", celebrating the long-standing tradition that Ireland has with the sea. We would like to encourage all Clubs, Associations & Businesses to participate in the Parade. Entry is FREE and what better way to promote your club or business, with up to 10,000 people lining the streets on March 17th.

A full program of events will be included in an upcoming edition of the Outlook. However, a few notes for your diary in the meantime. We're delighted to welcome back the World Champion Male Voice Choir, "Cor Godre'r Aran" from Wales, who will be performing in the Briery Gap on March 16th. Their last performance in 2006 is still remembered fondly and over half the tickets are already sold, so it would be advisable to book early. Tickets @ €18 from the Briery Gap box office. The Donal Ring Ceílí Band is also making a welcome return. Donal and his band will be playing at the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday evening March 15th from 10 p.m. Admission €10 and a great night is assured. On St Patrick's Night itself, Pot Belly Folk will play in the Castle Hotel and admission is FREE.

For more information on the Parade, please ring 087 2322505.

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Feb. 10 at 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed., Feb. 12 , 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Feb. 17 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 20 at 11a.m.

Briery Gap:
Sound of Music auditions in the Briery Gap on Sun. Feb. 9 from 4pm.
Shun Li and the Poets Mon. 10th Feb. at 8.30p.m.
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Sat. 15th Feb. @ 8.00 pm
The Lord's Burning Rain on Mon. Feb. 17th at 8.30 pm.
Cara O'Sullivan, Sat. 22nd Feb. at 8.00pm.
Renoir 24th Feb. at 8.30 pm
Light Entertainment Festival on Fri. 28th February.
Transition Year Drama Festival Sat. 1st March.
Ahakeera Drama Group on Fri., 14th March at 8.00 pm.
Cor Godre'r Aran on Sun. 16th March at 8.00 pm.

Trí Mo Shúil Féin Art Exhibition opening by Bernadette Ní Choitir in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne ar an Déardaoin 6ú Feabhra ag 7.30.
Julie Feeney in concert in the IonadCultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Fri. 7th Feb. @ 8.30.
Imbolc san Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Satharn, 8 Feabhra, 10a.m.
Coachford/Aghabullogue Macra meet on Fri. 7th Feb. at Hogan's Inn, Coachford @ 8.30p.m.
Kilmurry N.S. meeting for parents of incoming Infants on Mon. Feb. 10th @ 8pm.
Canovee I.C.A. talks, Health and Wealth, in Canovee hall Mon. Feb. 10 at 7.30
Valentine's Day Red and White event at The Ploughman Bar, Ballinagree on Fri.14th Feb. at 9.30pm.
Crookstown Céilí on Sat. 15th Feb. in Crookstown Hall at 9.30p.m.
Kilmichael Historical Society will screen "The Lord's Burning Rain" at the club rooms, Annahala, on Fri. Feb. 21 at 7.30 pm.
Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Table Quiz Sat. 22 Feb. at 9pm
"Cowpat Challenge" at Kilmurry N.S. on Sun. Feb. 23rd @ 11:00am.
Muskerry Vintage Club buses to Classic Car Show 2014 at R.D.S. on March 1 and 2.
Donoughmore Macra 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance Sat. March 1 in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion, Fri. March 7 at 8p.m.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Macroom Jobseekers Resource Centre every Wed. & Thurs. 10am - 12.30pm at The Pitch & Putt Clubhouse.
Clondrohid Choral Group every Friday night in Clondrohid Hall, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Get Fit, Get Healthy walk every Tues. and Thurs. night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive.
Bingo every Saturday in the community hall, Stuake, Donoughmore at 8pm.

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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Some of the staff of the Castle Hotel, Macroom, which voted 5th in the 'Top 25 Hotels in Ireland' category by Trip Advisor © Lee Valley Outlook

Castle in Top Five Nationwide

The boutique 4 * Castle Hotel in Macroom beat off stiff competition and was voted No 5 within the 'Top 25 Hotels in Ireland' by Trip Advisor this week, in its annual Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Awards. The top ten - with the Castle in a very creditable fourth place - is a dream list of hotel accommodation. They are, in finishing order: Harvey's Point, Donegal; Killarney Park Hotel; Hotel Europe, Killarney; Hayfield Manor, Cork; The Castle Hotel, Macroom; The Merrion, Dublin; Ballygarry House, Tralee; Inchydoney Island, Cork; Ashford Castle, Mayo and Aghadoe Heights, Killarney. The Castle, celebrating 63 years in business, is no stranger to awards. Last year it earned 'The Best Hotel Carvery in Munster', 'Best Customer Service' by The Restaurant Association of Ireland and received two 2013 Trip Advisor Awards. The prestigious awards are run on an annual basis by Trip Advisor, which is the world's largest travel community, where millions of travellers seek information on all items travel related.
Castle Hotel owner, Don Buckley said "It is refreshing to be rewarded by Trip Advisor and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at The Castle Hotel for their continued hard work in achieving best practices. We are delighted to be ranked so highly and keeping company with such well established hotels is a fantastic boost for management and staff and will spur us on to exceed our guest requirements".

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No strangers to awards. Castle Hotel staff members with the late Mrs. Maureen Buckley, Margaret and Gerard in 1989. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Water Works

The water system in parts of the eastern end of Macroom town is currently being upgraded. Work has commenced at Dan Corkery Place and the exit road from the Car Park, going eastwards from Dunne's, is currently blocked off. The pipe laying will continue through the Car Park. The water works will then go along FitzGerald Street and proceed along Railway View as far as the entrance to Oakwood. The work is being financed by Macroom Town Council. It will take at least 10 weeks and will inevitably involve some traffic disruption.

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An aerial view of east end, Macroom in 1995. Spot the changes. ©

Tidy Towns

The AGM of Macroom Tidy Towns will take place in the Castle Hotel on Tuesday, February 18th at 8.00 pm. Everybody is invited to attend and hear what is going on and what plans there are for the year. Last year's AGM was very well attended and some new volunteers registered their interest in helping out. This was a great boost to the long standing committee and the amount of work carried out in 2013 exceeded all other years to date.
Work continues through the year and never ceases. The latest addition to the infrastructure and amenities of the town is the erection of the outdoor gym equipment in two locations in the town park. This is free for the public to use and has been provided by the Tidy Towns, with funding support from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Other works are planned for 2014, so come along to the AGM and hear all about it.

Fluoride Free

Macroom Town Council, at their latest meeting on Tuesday 28th January 2014, added their support to the increasing number of Town Councils across the country that have called for an end to public water fluoridation in Ireland. This latest development comes only two weeks after Bantry Town Council passed a similar motion and builds on the public stance taken by Skibbereen and Clonakilty Town Councils last year. The motion proposed, called for the immediate cessation of water fluoridation in Ireland.

Race Night

In the run up to Cheltenham, Macroom Golf Club is holding a fundraising Race Night in the club house on Friday March 7th at 8 pm. The success of the night will greatly depend on the support of members, sponsors and supporters. Thank you to all of you who have already contributed by buying horses, sponsoring races and taking out advertisements in the Race Night Programme. Horses can be purchased for €15 from any committee member or from the clubhouse staff. We are also looking for race sponsors, advertisements and help with selling horses. If you can assist in any way, please contact Tim Keating on 087 2339096. This promises to be a great social occasion, with a Cheltenham preview by renowned racing pundit, Liam Nash, and live music by the acclaimed Albert Groarke and The Swagmen. So we look forward to meeting you and your friends for a bit of craic at the races in Macroom on March 7th.

Macroom Library

Is Spring here yet do you think? We did our best to welcome it here in Macroom Library on Friday 31st January with a St. Brigid's Cross making session hosted by students of Scoil Stiofáin Naofa, Kerrie, Cathy, and Rebecca. They did a terrific job as you can see from the photo elsewhere in this issue and we are very grateful to them for their efforts. Several members of the general public also participated and went home with a St Brigid's Cross.
Monday 10th is the next music morning. It will be an occasion where the audience brings in a CD of their choice. Given the proximity of Valentine's Day, we would like that it be of a romantic nature, but it doesn't have to be! Join us for an 11a.m start with a break for light refreshments at 11.45 and a projected finish time of 12.30. We had over 40 in attendance at the January session so let's see if we can keep this trend up!
Our Purlies knitting group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month; therefore, the next session will be on the 20th February. Anyone who has any interest in knitting is welcome to come along at 11a.m on the day and join in the knitting and nattering.
There will be Storytime for 3 to 7 year olds every Saturday at 12 noon (excepting Bank Holiday Weekends). A member of staff will lead the storytime.
Ciorcal Cainte next takes place on Monday 17th February. Join Nora Levis for a relaxed hour long session of chat in Irish over a cup of tea. You'd be surprised how quickly it comes back to you.
Bridge takes place on Wednesday 12th with a prompt 11a.m start. All who have some knowledge of how to play ACOL bridge are welcome. The Bridge finishes at 1p.m
Friday 14th February is the closing date for the Cork County Library and Arts Service Short Story Competition 2014. Further details and entry forms are available at the library desk.

McEgan College Updates

McEgan College Adult Students got the opportunity to enjoy a day away from their studies when they went on a trip to UCC, where they were taken on a very interesting guided tour of the campus. McEgan Tutors Bernie Angland and Helena Creedon accompanied the adult group on this very educational and enjoyable trip.
Best Design Award: McEgan College school robotics team won the Best Design award on Friday 24th January at the 2nd annual Vex Robotics competition in CIT. EMC are partners in this prestigious competition in which students must design and build a robot to perform in a game. This year the game was called "toss up", which involved scoring points with" buckeye" balls and larger inflatable balls. The students worked very hard after school on the project and received guidance from Engineering Teacher, Shane O'Riordan and Science Teacher, Maureen McAdam. EMC staff acted as mentors to each school involved. Prior to the competition, the students had to fundraise and receive sponsorship from several businesses in Macroom. The team would to like to thank the Parents Association for their support in this competition. It's been a fantastic experience for these students, who learn not only about product design and building, but also the importance of teamwork and project management skills which are invaluable skills in their future workplace

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De la Salle Transition Year students take part in the filming of a drama at Bealick Mill about the 1913 Lockout © An Scoil

De La Salle Drama

The drama department of De La Salle College is once again setting its sights high. This year the project is a film competition run by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to mark the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. The Transition Year group, directed and produced by their teacher Jean O'Donovan, have devised five short films which have been shot at various locations around the town of Macroom. Each scene depicts a different aspect of the lockout, from a 'strike' at Bealick Mill to a 'Prime Time' head-to-head debate between Jim Larkin, William Martin Murphy and W.B. Yeats, filmed in the sumptuous surroundings of the resident's lounge of the Castle Hotel. The people of Macroom were treated to the sight of twenty-four students in costume performing at Bealick Mill, while another group were bemoaning the state of the tenements, recreated in the lane beside the St Vincent de Paul shop. A bedroom in the Castle hotel played host to another scene as Jim Larkin prepared to address the crowds on the original Bloody Sunday and the legacy of those early activists to modern working conditions was explored in Number 57 café. It was with the kind co-operation of these locations that the films were possible and the school would like to express their sincere gratitude to the managements concerned. The films, created by schools nationwide, will form part of a film festival celebrating the achievements of those first trade unionists and will be shown at a special screening in Dublin. The overall prize for the winning entry is a trip to New York as well as several other prizes in various categories.

De La Salle has a long history of success at drama competitions, winning the Cork Shakespearean Drama Competition seven times, as well as victories in UCC Drama Fest and the All-Ireland Transition Year Drama Competitions down through the years. The drama department has also produced many Christmas pantos and musicals. This year's students have had big boots to fill and they measured up admirably, with some truly talented performers emerging.

Briery Gap Programme

Sound of Music auditions with Kevin Hough in the Briery Gap on Sunday, February 9 from 4pm. Auditions are for adults and children's cast and for the adult chorus.
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Saturday 15th February @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €20.
The Lord's Burning Rain on Monday, February 17th at 8.30 pm. Admission €7. Directed by Maurice O'Callaghan. Set in the1960s, Donnchadh Diarmuid, a 16-year-old, sets out for the day with his father and uncles to buy a horse. The bargain struck, the adults drive home, leaving the boy to ride the horse. On his journey, Donnchadh Diarmuid has a series of encounters, each one in their own way nudge him closer to adult- and selfhood. But, even more so in The Lord's Burning Rain, it is the past and how we reconcile ourselves to it that truly defines who we are.
Cara O'Sullivan, Ireland's Top Soprano, will be welcomed to the Briery Gap for the first time on Saturday 22nd February at 8.00pm Tickets €23. Cara has risen to prominence as one of the county's leading sopranos. She is an instinctive performer with a remarkable, full, exciting and dramatic voice.
All Ireland Second Level Schools 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival on Friday 28th February.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Saturday 1st March.
Starmakers present Little Genius - Mathilda on Saturday 8th March at 8.00pm and Sunday 9th March at 3.00pm. Tickets €13. Concessions €8.
Ahakeera Drama Group present The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary on Friday, 14th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €12; €10. Gertie O'Grady, a retired schoolteacher, has been in hospital for some time but is now coming to stay with Dan and Mary Murphy and their son John Paul. Mary is Gertie's niece and she quickly sets about convincing her to make a will but Gertie is a formidable woman and is having none of it. After a series of unforeseen events, the Murphys turn to much more drastic means of getting their hands on Gertie's money. Needless to say if their plan goes wrong it will have dramatic consequences for the Murphys. However, there are many twists and turns before this must see play comes to an end.
Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents a return visit from Wales of Cor Godre'r Aran Male Voice Choir on Sunday 16th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €18. Limited availability. Côr Godre'r Aran is based in the village of Llanuwchllyn (Church above the lake) at the western end of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) in the old county of Merioneth, North Wales. Since its inception, the Choir has regularly entertained audiences all over Wales and at many principal venues in England including The Royal Albert Hall, The Globe Theatre, The Sage and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Concert tours have taken them to Scotland, Ireland and Portugal and extended international tours. Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Cor Godre'r Aran back to Macroom this St. Patrick's weekend!
Cinema at Briery Gap
Sulan Film Society presents Shun Li and the Poet 10th February and Renoir 24th February. All screenings at 8.30 pm. Admission €7.

Shun Li and the Poet

Shun Li and the Poet (1 hr. 40 min) is a 2011 Italian drama film directed by Andrea Segre. It won the European Parliament Lux Prize in 2012. Set in Chioggia, a town near Venice, Chinese star, Zhao Tao plays Shun Li, a single mother who has been transported to Italy by a gangster employment agency and works in a bar to pay off her debts. There she meets Bepi, an old fisherman and exile from Eastern Europe who is nicknamed "the poet" for his way with words. These two kindred spirits find comfort in each other and what develops is a gentle affair of the heart, but the relationship triggers tribal suspicion among the Chinese and Italians.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Feb 9: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass from Cnoc a Tobair, Kilmurry 2007.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Welcome back to Christy Cronin's, Gneeveguilla after 25 years Part 2..
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Feb. 12: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Aghinagh Heritage Group Open Air Concert 1994 Part 1.
Sun. Feb. 16: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Confirmation from Clondrohid parish 2013.
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Feb. 19: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Aghinagh Heritage Group Open Air Concert 1994 Part 2.

Snippets

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

Ionad Cultúrtha and IMBOLC present Julie Feeney in Baile Mhúirne. Julie will be in concert on Friday 7th February @ 8.30. Tickets €20 – pre-booking advised – 026.45733/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As part of Imbolc, she will give a 20-minute talk on Saturday, 8th February. Julie Feeney's third album Clocks went straight to No. 1 in the Independent Irish Album Charts on its Irish release.

Coachford/Aghabullogue Macra will be having their first club meeting on Friday 7th February at Hogan's Inn, Coachford @ 8.30PM. Macra na Feirme is a youth organisation for 17-35 year olds. Its main areas are sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts, community involvement and agriculture. If you're interested in getting involved in any of these or just want to meet new people and have some fun, then Macra is for you! For further information contact Jerry on 087-9315783 or Margaret 086-3497934, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check us out on facebook.com/muskerrymacra or www.macra.ie

Kilmurry N.S. will hold a meeting for parents of Junior Infants starting September 2014, in school on Monday February 10th @ 8pm.

Canovee I.C.A. present a double bill entitled "Health and wealth" with a talk on healthy eating on a budget and making the most of tax and pensions, in Canovee hall on Monday, February 10 at 7.30 sharp. Admission €10. Everyone welcome

Macroom Flower & Garden Club A.G.M. on Thursday 13th of February at 7p.m. at Coolcower House, followed by presentation by well known Milliner, Celestine McCoy from Hattitude, Kinsale. Hats, fascinators and bridal creations. Raffle on the night. All are welcome. World Flower Show at RDS Dublin: Limited places available for trip on Thursday June 19th. Please contact 087-9821708 or 086-3046608 re bookings and details.

Valentine's Day: The Lord Mayor of Ballinagree, Siobhan Kelleher, is holding a Red and White Themed Valentine's night at The Ploughman Bar, Ballinagree on Friday 14th February at 9.30pm. A raffle will take place in aid of Ballinagree Grotto Fund to help keep our Grotto Lighting. Lines can be pre bought from The Ploughman Bar, The Laine Bar, Noreen's Shop and Committee members for €2 each. Music will be by Kieran and Jim. For further information contact 087-7647248.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 15th February in Crookstown Hall. Music by Donie Nolan and Taylors Cross Céilí Band from 9.30p.m. to 1a.m. All are welcome.

Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council will hold its annual Table Quiz in each of the three Villages on Saturday, 22 February 2014 commencing 9pm sharp. The venues are Cremin's, Aghabullogue - O'Callaghan's, Coachford - The Anvil Bar (O'Brien's), Rylane. We hope to link the three venues by internet on the night and have the winning table in each venue enter into a three way playoff, to secure an overall winner. Tables of four are at a reasonable cost of €20 and proceeds will be used to fund the Community Council in its many ventures on behalf of our community. Please do consider attending and supporting this worthwhile cause and a great night is guaranteed!

"Cowpat Challenge" at Kilmurry N.S. on Sunday, February 23rd 2014 @ 11:00am. Daisy, the cow, is coming to the grassy area in Kilmurry N.S. playground which will be marked out into numbered squares. Whoever owns the square that Daisy decides to deposit her first cowpat into wins a whopping €1,000. Tickets available from the school and members of Parents' Association at a cost of €10 per square.

Muskerry Vintage Club will run buses to the R.D.S. in Dublin to the R.I.A.C. National Classic Car Show 2014 on March 1 and 2. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Lar Cummins at 087 2268752.

Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion on Friday, March 7 at 8p.m. All welcome.

Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting enrolments for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Application forms are available from the school. Phone: 026 46212 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Fit, Get Healthy: join us for a walk every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive. Open to all ages and fitness levels. Complimentary tea and coffee served afterwards.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto January 21. Jackpot of €9,000 was won by Kathleen Curtin, Annville, Macroom. The numbers drawn were 5, 22 and 30. Congratulations to Kathleen. Bain taithneamh as. €20 Bernie Kelleher, Kiel. Eileen Kenny, c/o Pat Crowley. Kevin Feeney, Dripsey. Margaret Lucey, South Square. G. O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.
January 28. Jackpot of €1,000. No winner. The numbers drawn were 10, 27 and 30. €70 Hugh Twomey, Middle Square. €20 Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen. Serena O'Shea, Castle Court. Anthony O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen. Con Kelleher, Ballinagree. Mark O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto January 26th Jackpot €6,100 Numbers Drawn: 10, 14, 22. No winner. €50 William Ambrose, Caherbaroule c/o Ger Coakley. €20 Dominic Corkery Carrigadrohid c/o Jason McCarthy; Trisha Long Rylane c/o Anvil; Nora Coakley Rahalisk c/o Shop Ballinagree; Dermot and Sheila Buckley Deelish c/o Donal O'Callaghan.
02/02/2014 - Numbers drawn 4, 18, 38. Jackpot €6250. No winner. €50 Tom O'Sullivan, C/O Mid Cork Pallets.€20 each to Matthew Coakley, Rahalisk; Martin O'Mahony, C/O, Mid Cork Pallets; Louise O'Regan, Kilnagurteen and Ann Cotter, Leades.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Lotto: January 22. Jackpot €1,600. €70 Matty McDonagh, Carriganima. €20 Margaret O'Leary, Rossmore; Donal O'Leary, Lissarda; Peter Lane, The Village; Teresa Cullen Coachford
January 29. Jackpot €1,800. €70 Fergal Kelleher, Moulnahorna. €20 Marie Good, Carriganima; Nellie Dineen, c/o Bingo; Peter Cronin, c/o Firebird; Kate & Sheila c/o Bingo.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 20/1/2014, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 8 - 18, No Winner, €40 Lisa Murphy, €20 Wyn O' Connor, Denis O' Flynn, Pat Murphy, Jerry Hubbard (Yearly Ticket).
27/1/2014, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 11 - 35, No Winner, €40 Tony Dineen, €20 Noel O' Callaghan, Danny Herlo, Eileen & Ciara Barry Murphy, Catherine Barry Murphy (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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The organising committee at Clondrohid Development Group annual party From left, Derry Murphy, Margaret and Peter Twomey, Marie Murphy, Maura Murphy, Eileen Buckley, Ted Kelleher and Breda Kelleher. © Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

Late Late Win: Clondrohid Bingo Players have luck on their side. Congratulations to regular Bingo player, Margaret O'Leary, on her recent big win. Margaret spoke to Ryan Tubridy live at the end of The Late Late Show on Saturday, January 24, when he informed her that she had just won a car and €10,000.
G.A.A. Presentations: A very pleasant function was held in the Mills Inn recently to celebrate the U13 team's success. . Cork footballer, Paddy Kelly, attended and presented the medals. He gave the lads great advice on their sporting careers. He also reminded them to learn from their coaches and stressed the importance of enjoying their sport; healthy eating and the bonus of friendships formed for life. Brian Corcoran and Niamh Duggan were also honoured for their successes over the past year.
Development Group: This organisation held their annual New Year party on Sunday Jan 26. A bumper crowd attended and, with Jer Donoghue's music, the floor was full to capacity for every dance. The young set dancers, under the guidance of Teddy Kelleher, out performed themselves in dancing and behaviour. Well done to all singers and musicians, including Clondrohid's new band - Simple Complication, who all helped to make it a great occasion.. All adults were treated to a cold plate and apple tart. The group would like to thank those who assisted them in the kitchen and without whose help the event could not be run Special mention to Margaret Twomey and Peter and family who prepared the cold plates, Mile Buíochas.
An air of sadness descended on the crowd when chairman, Teddy Kelleher, called for a minute's silence and a prayer for the Group's colleagues, John Lynch and Dave Pretty. John was a founder member of the organisation, who ably held the position of Treasurer and delighted the committee members with his witty comments re his journeys through the countryside in his taxi gathering new ideas for the group. John will be sadly missed as the Organisation face into the sowing season. Dave Pretty was also sadly remembered. Dave was a gentleman, a talented musician who used to join all the musicians on stage for the Adult Party. Dave was a gifted singer, guitar and keyboard player, and always added his own touch to any event. He moved to Clondrohid from Bournemouth about 8 years ago, renovated a cottage and became a native. The organisation would like to extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Barbara and family. As Dave played on stage, Barbara rolled up her sleeves and helped out in the kitchen.
Bingo: Every Wednesday night in Community Hall.
Cards : continue every Sunday night in the Community Hall.
Bootcamp: Don't forget its time to put those New Year resolutions into action, come along on Monday and Thursday nights in the Astro from 8 to 9pm.
G.A.A.Fixtures: Junior A Football League Sunday Feb 16 at 3pm Canovee v Clondrohid also on Sunday February 23 Rebel Óg East U 18 C Football League at 12 pm Clondrohid v Crosshaven.
German Classes: have resumed after the Christmas break in Clann Aire Community Creche - a series of 5 lessons commencing on Wednesday, February 5 from 4 to 5pm. Introduction to German through games and song. Well worth considering. Full cost €50. Open to National School children only. Remember Clann Aire have their own website now and you can visit them on www.clannaire.com
Coffee Morning for Aware: It was hard to get a parking space around the Community Hall as the crowds poured in for a cup of coffee/ tea, a cake or just a chat with friends, while making a donation to Aware. Well done to all who helped. More on this later.
Carriganima Entertainment: Having run a full entertainment programme over the Christmas, the pub in Carriganima has decided its time to get into the swing of things again. On Friday, February 7, Cork Music Station, which is an Internet Country music Station, will be performing. There will be a D.J. and lots of musicians. Michelle Cotter, one of the finalists of TG 4 Ceol Tire, will be there as will Barry O'Halloran and Pat Daly. For variety on the night, local hairdresser Caroline Forde has decided to put her talents to the test and do a complete makeover on local man, Michael Piggott. Come along and see for yourself: it could be a long night. On Saturday February 22, well known group 'Back on Track ' will be providing the music.
Mymacroom.ie: All Ireland winner Niamh Duggan is a finalist in the Senior Sports section of the Macroom Person of the Year and if you wish to vote for her log onto mymacroom.ie and follow the instructions, register and then you can vote. Richard Balfe has also been nominated in the Macroom person of the year for raising funds for Cancer Research. Winners will be announced at a function in the Riverside Park Hotel on February 22.
Macroom Ploughing: Unfortunately this outdoor event had to be cancelled again due to atrocious weather. No date as yet for the re run.

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Young and old enjoy the fun at Clondrohid Development Group annual party © Lee Valley Outlook

Kilmichael Historical Society

The movie, "The Lord's Burning Rain", will be shown at the club rooms, Annahala, on Friday 21st February at 7.30 pm. This is a new film by Maurice O'Callaghan. It is set in the 1960s and during the War of Independence of the 1920s and was filmed on location in Kilmichael, Inchigeela and Dunmanway. Jon Kenny is narrator and the cast includes Caroline Morahan and Jonathan Ryan. "The Lord's Burning Rain" has already been shown at Cork Film Festival and received very good reviews. This is an opportunity not to be missed. There will also be a raffle and first prize is a €120 voucher from the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. This is a fundraising drive for the work being done at the site of Kilmichael Ambush. Tickets are €8 and are available from society members and local shops.

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Rang Bosca Ceoil ag seinnt ag ceolchoirm "Mol an Óige" sa Halla i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ©

Through her own Eyes

Hannie Corkery, Toonlane, Ballymakeera will exhibit her paintings in a collection entitled 'Trí Mo Shúil Féin', in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne from February 6 - 24. Is bean áitiúil í Hannie, a chaith cuid maith dá saol ag tabhairt aire do dhaoine eile. Mar sin, is mór an rud é go bhfuil sí taréis am a aimsiú di féin agus dá cuid ealaíona. Osclóidh Bernadette Ní Choitir an taispeántas ar an Déardaoin 6ú Feabhra ag 7.30.
Hannie has had a life long interest in Art and Photography. She studied for 2 years in the Crawford School of Art in Cork in the 80s, after which she went to work as a care assistant at St Patrick's /Marymount hospital. In recent years she joined the Tacaois Art group in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne and Art and Photography came to the fore again. Her own photographs - of which she has thousands, are an inspiration for her paintings. Her first solo exhibition gives her personal view on family, religion, sport, Ballyvourney and its people.

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St Joseph' Choir, Cloughduv who raised €1050 for the Simon Community at their recital in Cloughduv Church recently © Peter Scanlan

Macra Matters

Muskerry Macra is planning on setting up a new club in the Coachford/ Aghabullogue area. Coachford/Aghabullogue Macra will hold their first club meeting on Friday 7th February in Hogan's Inn, Coachford @ 8.30p.m. Macra na Feirme is a youth organisation for 17-35 year olds. Its main areas are sport, travel, public speaking, performing arts, community involvement and agriculture. If you're interested in getting involved in any of these or just want to meet new people and have some fun, then Macra is for you! For further information contact Jerry on 087-9315783 or Margaret 086-3497934, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check us out on facebook.com/muskerrymacra or www.macra.ie
Berrings Macra na Feirme members recently visited Marymount Hospice and presented them with cheque for €1,500. Berrings raised these funds over the Christmas period by carol singing in Centra in Tower, Blarney. Marymount is a very worthy cause and Berrings are always proud to support them.
Donoughmore Macra would like to invite you to come celebrate our 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Saturday the 1st of March in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. There will be a champagne reception at 7.30pm followed by a four course meal. Music on the night by 'The Rogues' and music til late. Tickets are €35 and can be purchased from any club member. For further info please contact our Macra phone on 0892059115.

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3rd class from St Joseph's N.S with St. Brigid's Crosses they made at library workshop with facilitators Cathy and Kerry and staff member, Christine Cronin.

Spring in Your Step

'If winter comes, can spring be far behind'.

St. Brigid's Day, February 1, is regarded as the first day of spring in Ireland. But this year it came with its own meteorological hazard, Storm Brigid, which brought flooding and misery to many parts of the country. The feast of Brigid is the Christianised form of Imbolc, the Celtic celebration of lambing and lactation. Scholars link Brigid with Brigantia, an ancient deity. Her feast is one of the Celtic calendar's quarterly markers along with Bealtaine, Lúnasa and Samhain. St. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland along with Patrick and Colmcille, is one of a minority of recognised women saints. She is Leinster's chief saint, coming from Kildare, where she had her convent and church in an oak wood – Cill Dara – in the 6th century. St. Brigid's Cross is a well-known emblem linked with the feast. When RTE began broadcasting in 1961, it was the station's logo. The cross is usually made from 12 rushes, interwoven to make a central square and with four arms of equal length. The legend is that Brigid was attending the death-bed of a pagan chieftain. She picked some rushes from the floor and began to weave a cross. The sick man questioned its significance and became a Christian before death. The St. Brigid's Cross is hung in houses and farm buildings to ward off illness in man and beast. Brat Bhríde is a white cloth or handkerchief left outside on the night of January 31. It is said to have curative powers and is also a symbol of purity and reputed to be effective at childbirth and to cure barrenness. St. Brigid's mantle is a fragment of woollen material listed among the treasures of Bruges Cathedral.

St. Gobnait's Day follows on the heels of Brigid and is much celebrated in the Lee Valley on February 11, with Rounds at her shrine in Baile Mhúirne. The abbey of Naomh Gobnait (Muire Mhúscraí) at Baile Mhúirne, dates from the 6th or 7th century. She is a favourite in times of need and her supplicants pray:
"Go mbeannaí Dia dhuit, a Ghobnait Naofa,
Go mbeannaí Muire dhuit agus beannaím fein duit.
Is chugat a thánas ag gearán mo scéil leat,
Is ag iarraidh mo leighis ar son Dé ort".
On St. Gobnait's Day and Whitsunday the ancient statue of the saint is exposed and venerated in the parish church. It is customary to measure the length and the breadth of the statue with a piece of woollen thread, and this, known as Tomhas Ghobnatan, is kept to cure illness and ward off evil, aided by the prayer: "A Ghobnait mhúinte ó Bhaile Mhúirne, tarse chugam led' chabhair is led' chúnamh".

The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is also celebrated on February 11 and this is closely followed by St. Valentine's Day on February 14. St. Valentine is said to have lived in the second or third century. His feast day was set by Pope Gelasius in 500A.D. (according to Wikipedia!) but it was deleted from the Roman calendar of Saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Relics of St. Valentine are venerated at Whitefriar Street Carmelite church in Dublin. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their Valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling. St. Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy.

In Poland, January 21 is Grandmothers' Day and January 22 is Grandfathers' Day. W Dniu Swieta Babci! Dziadka Duzo Zdrowia I Radosci!

GIY

by Michael Kelly

Things to Do in February

Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it's too early for digging! Keep off the soil to prevent soil compaction - use timber planks to stand on for access. If you have not already done so order/buy your seeds, spuds and onion sets. Sprout seed potatoes – put them in a container (e.g. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright warm place. Check the pH of your soil – you can buy a soil pH testing kit in any garden centre. Lime your soil now if required (to reduce acidity in very acid soils), particularly important in your brassica bed.

Sow some seeds. On a sunny windowsill indoors, in a heated greenhouse or on a heating mat: sow celery, globe artichokes, celeriac, leeks, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, peas, aubergines, peppers/chilli-peppers. In polytunnel or greenhouse: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, summer and autumn cabbage, carrots, leeks, lettuce, radish. Outside: Weather permitting you can try planting out broadbeans, spinach, kohlrabi, onion and shallot sets, Jerusalem artichokes, parsnip and early pea varieties.

Harvest Winter cabbage and cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, spinach, kale and leeks.

Saving Seeds: Many amateur food growers delight in saving seed from their own produce –sunflowers, tomatoes, runner beans, squashes, pumpkins etc. Irish Seed Savers do this on a more professional basis and help preserve our food heritage. Since 1991 they have created a native apple collection containing over 140 distinct varieties as well as a seed bank containing more than 600 rare and endangered vegetable varieties. To save seeds, you have to use them. You have to sow them, grow a plant to maturity and then save the seed from that plant again. It is ongoing, relentless and laborious work. We can support Seed Savers work by either donating or buying seed from them. Incidentally, we can also do our bit by saving our own seed and showing our children how to do it.

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At the launch of the Muintir na Tire Schools Garden Competition in Dripsey © Mike English

Get Gardening in School

Cork County Senior football manager Brian Cuthbert has urged pupils and teachers in County Cork to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/ grounds. Speaking at the launch of the Muintir na Tíre School Garden Competition at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Mr. Cuthbert said his own experience has been that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and provide an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards science and nature at an early age. He urged all primary schools that have a garden or are planning one to enter the competition. He said that gardening is great fun and that teachers and pupils will also learn from other schools that have already developed their gardens. School gardens feed into the biodiversity module of the Green Flag Programme through conserving and enhancing biodiversity in our daily lives. The competition is open to all primary schools in County Cork. Further information at Muintircork.com. Schools can also contact The School Garden Team. Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre 8 Sidney Place Wellington Road Cork Tel 0214500688. Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Search For Entrepreneurs

Nominations for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ are now being sought. The nationwide search for Ireland's leading entrepreneurs is on. The programme has transformed over the past 16 years into an intensive development programme for the best entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland. This year's 24 finalists will join a group of 150 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™, for a week-long CEO Retreat taking place between Seattle and Vancouver. The intensive week will include world-class executive education sessions as well as master classes with renowned entrepreneurs and CEOs of some of the world's biggest multinationals.
The awards programme is divided into three categories - Emerging, Industry and International - with 8 finalists chosen in each category by the independent panel of judges. Chaired by Padraig Ó Céidigh, the panel includes Denis O'Brien, Anne Heraty, Liam Casey, Jerry Kennelly, Terry Clune, Brian Long, Ed Harty, Michael Carey, Pat McDonagh etc. The programme accepts submissions from entrepreneurs of different growth stages as well as nominations from the general public.
Cork-based entrepreneurs are encouraged to put themselves forward as potential nominees. Every finalist is inducted into the influential community of over 350 previous finalists. This close-knit network of entrepreneurs provides unrivalled support and mentorship from the very best as well as access to a worldwide network that is indispensable to any entrepreneur with global ambitions. Individuals who wish to put themselves forward or nominate an entrepreneur with their consent, can fill out the online nomination form at www.eoy.ie or call the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ team for further information on 01 221 2250. The deadline for nominations is Monday 17 March 2014.

Sports Mad

Allianz Football League Division 1

Cork 0-18 Westmeath 0-10

Cork pulled away in the second half to record a win in their Allianz Football League Division 1 opener against Westmeath at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Having begun the first half strongly, Brian Cuthbert's side found themselves pegged back as half-time approached. When Kieran Martin's free put the visitors 0-6 to 0-5 ahead within a minute of the restart, a close encounter looked to be in store but from there on Cork took control. With Aidan Walsh excellent at midfield, the Rebels reeled off nine unanswered scores to put themselves in a commanding position and leave the destination of the two points in no doubt.

Cuthbert, in charge of the county for the first time in the league, will know that there is ample room for improvement but the second-half rejuvenation will have pleased him.

It should probably have been easier as with Walsh and Daniel Goulding prominent an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead was constructed. Cork could not push on from that though and Westmeath got back in contention and briefly led 0-5 to 0-4 before Fintan Goold responded to leave it tied at half-time.

Westmeath seized the advantage again upon the resumption but that was as good as it got for them. Cork had found their range, with Mark Collins, Brian Hurley, James Loughrey and Walsh all on target.

Cork can now look forward to another home clash with Kildare next Sunday as they bid to make it two wins from two.

Scorers for Cork: DANIEL GOULDING 0-7 (0-3 frees), Aidan Walsh 0-3, Mark Collins 0-2, FINTAN GOOLD, James Loughrey, Donal Óg Hodnett, John O'Rourke, Brian O'Driscoll, Brian Hurley 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O'Halloran; John McLoughlin, Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields; James Loughrey, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Aidan Walsh, Aidan O'Sullivan; Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan, FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom); DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg), Brian Hurley, Donal Óg Hodnett.

Subs: Donncha O'Connor(45), Conor Dorman(49), Brian O'Driscoll (54), Ruairí Deane and John O'Rourke (both 60), John Hayes (64).

Cork Lady Footballers

Cork Ladies, with Briege Corkery as captain, have just embarked on the demanding trek to retain the TESCO Homegrown National Football League title in 2014. In the first round, champions, Cork met a strong and determined Mayo in Mallow, in a replay of last year's Division 1 final. Lethal forward, Valerie Mulcahy of Rockbán, finished with a 1-5 total. Cork opened up a 0-10 to 0-3 half-time lead. Mayo, with Cora Staunton to the fore, took over in the second half and kept Cork scoreless until Mulcahy scored the crucial goal with seven minutes left on the clock. Cork led 1 – 10 to 0 – 8 until the final minute, when Staunton got a consolation goal for Mayo. Cork is going through a period of change, reflected in the panel. Inimitable Manager, Eamonn Ryan, is still in command and his line up was Martina O'Brien, Róisín Phelan, Angela Walsh, Aisling Barrett, Vera Foley, Anne Marie Walsh, Briege Corkery, Geraldine O'Flynn, Shauna Kelly, Ciara O'Sullivan, Annie Walsh, Valerie Mulcahy, Grace Kearney, Orla Finn. Subs. Sarah Harrington, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, Jennifer Barry.
Munster champions Kerry beat Tyrone by 1-16 to 1-6 in Killarney.

Macroom Bookshop Tom Creedon Cup 2014 – Intermediate Football

First Round Results:

Glenville 0-7 Castletownbere 0-8

Cloyne 0-8 Newmarket 3-9

Glanmire 1-10 Kinsale 0-12

2nd Round Results:

Carrigaline 2-11 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-8

Mallow 5-10 Ballinora 1-12

Mayfield 0-4 Ballydesmond 0-10

Glanmire 2-7 Castletownbere 1-11

Macroom 1-9 Nemo Rangers 0-8

Newmarket 2-7 Valley Rovers 1-9

Cill Na Martra 2-13 Fermoy 2-9

Quarter Finals:

Ballydesmond 2-7 Mallow 2-14

Castletownbere 1-4 Newmarket 1-2

MACROOM 0-8 Carrigaline 0-10 aet.

St Michael's 1-9 CILL Na MARTRA 2-9

Semi Finals:

Carrigaline 0-10 Mallow 0-4

Castletownbere v CILL Na MARTRA

Final:

Carrigaline v Castletownbere or Cill na Martra

Cill na Martra 2-13 Fermoy 2-9

Cill na Martra 2-9 St Michael's 1-9

Cill na Martra advanced to the semi final stage of the Tom Creedon Cup with two wins in two successive days, both achieved away from home. Forced by weather conditions to postpone the game when first scheduled, a week later Cill na Martra travelled to Fermoy to take on the home side on a Saturday afternoon. With the help of a goal from Kevin O'Sullivan in the first half and one from Maidhchí Ó Duinnín in the second half they had four points to spare over the home side at the finish. Martin Connors finished with 0-6, Sean Kelleher had 0-3, Daire MacLochlainn 0-2 and Kevin O'Sullivan and Alan Vaughan finished with a point apiece. Foireann Cill na Martra: Antoin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne: Alan Ó Mocháin, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Graham Ó Mocháin: Seán Ó Ceilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Martín Ó Conchuir, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Danní Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainnm, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir agus Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh.

The following day, Cill na Martra travelled to Cork to play St Michael's in the quarter final and Kevin O'Sullivan helped himself to another goal and Sean Kelleher had the second one. Martin Connors 0-4, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Kevin O'Sullivan, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Daire MacLochlainn and Sean Kelleher scored the points. Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Miceál Ó Deasúna, Gearóid de hÍde, Liam Ó Loinsugh agus Nolliag Ó Loinsuigh saw action in this game.

Macroom 0-8 Carrigaline 0-10 aet.

Extra time was needed to separate these two teams after an entertaining game at the Castle Grounds. The pitch was in good condition but the weather was wicked with a strong cold wind blowing into the town goal. Macroom led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the break having played into the wind. Tony Dineen had scored two of the Macroom points with Patrick Lucey and Andrew Hegarty adding one apiece. Conor O'Sullivan increased the Macroom lead at the three quarter mark but only after a disastrous period when Macroom kicked six wides in six minutes of total dominance. Carrig drew level, Patrick Lucey kicked a pressure free over to put Macroom back in front. Carrig levelled again at 0-6 each and so the game went into extra time which was dominated by the visitors with a late rally by Macroom yielding points from Lucey and Brian Lynch and almost forcing another draw but a very late point sealed the victory for the South East men.
Macroom: James O'Connell: John Angland, Eoin O'Mahony, Martin O'Donnell: Robbie O'Dwyer, Michael Cahill, David Cotter: Frank O'Leary, Brian Lynch: Andrew Hegarty, Conor O'Sullivan, Patrick Lucey: Tony Dineen, David Horgan, John Ryan . Sub: Denis Quinlan. David Goold and Emmett Quinlan.

Tadhg Crowley Cup – Senior Football

Quarter-finals

1. Ilen Rovers 1-12 St Finbarrs 0-5

2. Carbery Rangers 2-10 Dohenys 1-6

3. Ballincollig 1-13 Castlehaven 0-14

4. Newcestown - bye

Semi-finals -

Ilen Rovers 2-9 Carbery Rangers 1-15

Ballincollig 1-9 Newcestown 0-5

Final:

BALLINCOLLIG v Carbery Rangers at Clonakilty on Saturday 8th Feb, 3pm.

Ballincollig 1-9 Newcestown 0-5

Ballincollig followed up their win over Castlehaven with a home semi final victory over Newcestown in a game played under lights. Points from John Kelly and Alan Donovan gave the home side a 0-2 to 0-1 lead after the slow first quarter but a penalty for Ballincollig in the 20th minute, won by Ciarán O'Sullivan and converted by Cian Dorgan opened the flood gates and four more points quickly followed to give the home side a 1-6 to 0-2 interval lead. Defences were on top in the second half and Ballincollig were quite content to retain their comfortable lead to the finish.

Mid Cork GAA Cumnor Construction Junior A Hurling League Final 2013

Grenagh 1-11 Cloughduv 1-10 aet.

County junior hurling champions Grenagh bid farewell to Mid Cork with a one point win over arch rivals Cloughduv at the latter's venue in the final of the 2013 Junior A hurling league. The teams were level at 0-9 each at the end of 60 minutes and Grenagh had to come from behind in extra time to gain their victory. These two teams have dominated Mid Cork hurling for the past four years and there is little between them: Grenagh now go up to play in intermediate ranks this season while Cloughduv will be hoping that they can win Mid Cork and go on to do as well as Grenagh I nth4 county.

On a weekend when four football games in Mid Cork were cancelled due to weather and pitch conditions, Cloughduv deserve to be commended on the condition of the their second pitch at their magnificent complex.

Grenagh were on top early on in play but with Kevin BarryMurphy excellent in the Cloughduv goal it was the home side who scored first with a point from Brian Ahern. Colm O'Neill equalised for Grenagh and they would have gone well in front only for very faulty shooting. As it was they had to rely on points from Tom Kenny and Martin Barry to maintain equality with the challengers as Cloughduv had points from Sean O'Connor and Brian Ahern , 0-3 each then after the opening quarter. Grenagh regained the lead through a Tom Kenny point but Darragh Ring then struck over three points in a row for Cloughduv and Darren Kelly added another and the home side led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.

On the restart, Grenagh got into their stride quickly, inspired by the outstanding Gerry Russell at centre back. Tadg Walsh, Seamus Cronin and Martin Barry hit over points to edge them in front but in the 47th minute Sean O'Connor equalised for Cloughduv, 0-8 each. Martin Barry pointed to put Grenagh in front but Darragh Ring, after being denied a goal by the excellence of Mark Kenny, had an equaliser for Cloughduv and so extra time was needed.

Six minutes into the first half of the new period, Grenagh had a goal when Tom Kenny set up Seamus Coleman for a vital score and they led by 1-9 to 0-9 at the break. On the restart Cloughduv hit back with a Con Dunne goal from a ground shot and Dunne added a point to ease his side in front with four minutes remaining to the finish. Colm O'Neill then hit over an equaliser for Grenagh and O'Neill ensured that Grenagh would finish their 2013 season with further glory when he struck over the winning point.

Grenagh: Mark Kenny; Tim Buckley, Paul McCarthy, Paul O'Mahony; Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kevin O'Neill; Tadg Walsh, Colm O'Neill; Shane Dorgan, Tom Kenny, Adrian Buckley; Martin Barry, Seamus Coleman (capt.), Padraig Sexton. Subs: Seamus Cronin.

Cloughduv: Kevin Barry Murphy; Sean Twomey, Donal Cronin, James McCarthy; Barry Walsh, David O'Leary, Ger Ahern; Donal Corkery, Sean O'Connor; Darragh Ring, Brian Ahern, Sean Curzon; Darren Kelly, Con Dunne, Stephen Down. Subs: Liam Kelleher, Liam Ryan. Peter Kelleher, Billy Creedon, Liam Murphy.

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Éire Óg).

Muskerry Cup

The first competition of the year in Mid Cork is traditionally the Muskerry Cup junior football competition and the draws for this year's cup were made at the recent Board meeting at Coachford and are as follows:

First Round:

Iveleary v Dripsey

Quarter Finals:

Kilmichael v Winners of first round

Inniscarra v Donoughmore

Clondrohid v Aghinagh

Kilmurry v Canovee

Semi Finals: 1 v 2: 3 v 4.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championships

The 2014 Macroom Motors Under 21 Football League/Championship is about to commence. There are five groups of teams and each team in a group will play the others (2 or 3) in that group. When the group stage is concluded, the group winners will be graded A for the championship knockout stage, the second team in each group will be graded B and the third team will be graded C, with the last team graded D.

The Board executive has decided to reserve the right to upgrade teams for the knock out stages irrespective of final group placings, if they deem such action necessary.

U 21 Fixtures:

Saturday 8th February, 2014

Group 2: Ballinora v Dripsey @ Ballinora

Group 3: Éire Óg v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh @ Ovens

Group 4: Aghabullogue v Blarney @ Coachford

Sunday 9th February, 2014

Group 1: Ballincollig v Naomh Aban @Ballincollig

Group 2: Canovee v Donoughmore @Carrigadrohid

Group 5: Iveleary v Aghinagh @ Inchigeela

Kilmurry v Cill Na Martra @ Kilmurry

Tuesday 11th February, 2014

Group 3: Ballincollig 2 v Kilmichael @ Ballincollig

Saturday 15th February, 2014

Group 1: Naomh Abán v Macroom @ Baile Mhuirne

Group 2: Donoughmore v Ballinora @ Donoughmore

Dripsey v Canovee @ Dripsey

Group 3: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig 2 @ Béal Átha

Kilmichael v Éire Óg @ Kilmichael

Group 4: Blarney v Inniscarra @ Blarney

Group 5: Aghinagh v Kilmurry @ Rusheen

Cill Na Martra v Iveleary @ Cill Na Martra

Saturday 22nd February, 2014 (To be confirmed)

Group 1: Macroom v Ballincollig @ Macroom

Group 2: Canovee v Ballinora @ Carrigadrohid

Donoughmore v Dripsey @ Donoughmore

Group 3: Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh v Kilmichael @ Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

Eire Og v Ballincollig 2 @ Ovens

Group 4: Inniscarra v Aghabullogue @ Ballyanly

Group 5: Cill Na Martra v Aghinagh @ Cill Na Martra

Kilmurry v Iveleary @ Kilmurry

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football League – Division One

There are eleven teams in Division One league this year. The re-grading of Canovee from Intermediate ranks and the promotion of Blarney from Div. Two will give this year's Div. One league a new look.

The Div. One teams are :

Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Blarney, Canovee, Clondrohid, Dripsey, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Donoughmore and Iveleary.

Div. One Fixtures:

Thursday 13th February, 2014

Aghinagh v Ballincollig @ Ballincollig

Sunday 16th February, 2014

Canovee v Clondrohid @ Carrigadrohid

Donoughmore v Dripsey @ Donoughmore

Iveleary v Kilmichael @ Inchigeela

Kilmurry v Blarney @ Kilmurry

Division Two League

There are ten teams in Division Two. Blarney have been promoted to the higher league, Inniscarra have replaced them and Cill na Martra have been promoted from Div. Three. Aghabullogue, Iveleary B, Macroom, Naomh Abán, Éire Óg, Canovee B, Donoughmore B and Kilmurry B are the other teams in this division. The Div Two league will start in late March.

23 March 2014 (Provisional)

Aghabullogue v Canovee B

Donoughmore B v Kilmurry B

Éire Óg v Inniscarra

Iveleary B v Macroom

Naomh Abán v Cill Na Martra

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Kilmichael GAA Junior Football team at the victory social at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig ©

Munster Colleges Football Championships

Lee Valley Colleges are to the fore at all levels in the final stages of Munster Colleges games i.e. De la Salle Macroom (semi-final), Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (final) and Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne (final).

Corn Ui Mhuirí - Munster Senior A

Semi final: De La Salle Macroom v St Fachtna's, Skibbereen at Ballineen on Saturday 8th February, 1.30 pm

Winners play either St Brendan's Killarney, P.S. An Daingean,Dingle or Col. Chríost Ri, Cork in the final.

De La Salle, Macroom 1-13 Intermediate School, Killorglin 1-7

De La Salle Macroom are through to their third semi final in a row after this deserved win over Killorglin at a wet and windy Rathmore. Points from Peter Kelleher and Joseph Ryan had DLS level with the Kerry boys after the opening quarter and Joe Ryan then put DLS in front and further points from Ryan and Kelleher had increased the lead to 0-5 to 0-2 by the 27th minute. In a DLS attack just before half time Barry O'Leary was flattened in the Killorglin goalmouth, a penalty was awarded and Joe Ryan tucked the ball away, added a poiint and DLS were in a comfortable place at the breeak leading by 1-6 to 0-2 and in command.

Three points in a row on the restart increased the DLS lead further, James Moynihan, Peter Kelleher and Cian Healy the scorers. A Killorglin point was answered by one from Cian Healy but then the Kerry boys struck for a point, followed by a good goal to leave six points between the teams with twelve minutes remaining. James Moynihan pointed for DLS and Barry O'Leary added another and when Killorglin had a point Peter Kelleher answered with a fisted effort over the bar. A late Killorglin point was of little consequence as the contest was decided at that stage.

De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Brian McMahon (Macroom): David Murphy (Iveleary), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), William Coakley (Aghinagh):Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry): John Murphy (Macroom), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), James Moynihan (Canovee): Cian Healy (Newcestown), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary). Subs: Shane Foley (Kilmichael), Don Creedon (Macroom), Marco Healy (Kilmurry) used and Brendan O'Sullivan (Macroom), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), Mark Healy (Canovee). Cillian O'Mahony (Macroom), Declan Kiely (Macroom), Sean Cronin (Cill na Martra), Andrew Murphy (Aghinagh), Michael John Grainger (Kilmurry), Olan O'Mahony (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Ronan O'Callaghan (Kilmichael), Robert Downey (Macroom), James Dullea (Kilmurry), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Padraig Hinchion (Kilmurry), Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Denis Coakley (Aghinagh).

Munster Senior B

Semi Final Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 2-14 P.S.Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare 2-12

Co Choilm now play either Hamilton High School Bandon or Templemore in the final.

Munster Senior C

Semi final: Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhuirne 2-13 Rice College, Ennis 1-9

Col Ghobnatan now play St Augustine's, Dungarvan in the final.

Soccer

The Cork AUL fixture schedule has been badly affected by weather in January and so it is an opportune time at look at the league tables.

Murphy's Irish Stout Premier League

P W D L Pts

COACHFORD 6 2 2 2 8

KILLUMNEY 3 2 1 0 7

Pearse Cel A 3 2 1 0 7

Glen Cel A 4 2 1 1 7

Blarney St Ath 2 2 0 0 6

Park Utd A 4 2 0 2 6

Kilreen Cel 2 0 2 0 2

Springfield 3 0 2 1 2

Greenwood A 3 0 1 2 1

Innishvilla A 4 0 0 4 0

Murphy's Irish Stout Premier A League

Pld W D L Pts

Douglas Hall 8 4 2 2 14

MACROOM 5 3 0 2 9

Castleview 6 3 0 3 9

Grattan Utd 3 2 1 0 7

Village Utd 3 2 0 1 6

Glenthorn Cel A 4 1 3 0 6

Blackstone Rvrs 4 2 0 2 6

Glenvale 4 0 1 3 1

Carrigtohill Utd 5 0 1 4 1

Murphy's Irish Stout League 1

P W D L Pts

Knockraha 9 8 0 1 21

Dillons Cross Ath 8 7 0 1 21

Cathedral Cel 7 5 0 2 15

Bohemians 6 3 1 2 10

Fairview 3 2 1 0 7

Kanturk 8 2 1 5 7

LAKEWOOD A 8 1 2 5 5

Watergrasshill Utd 9 2 0 7 3

Ballinhassig 8 0 1 7 1

Murphy's Irish Stout League 1A

P W D L Pts

Hibernians 9 8 1 0 25

Buttevant 9 5 1 3 16

Richmond A 5 4 1 0 13

Millstreet Cel 10 3 2 5 11

Waterloo 5 3 1 1 10

Rathcoole 12 3 1 8 10

UCC A 6 3 0 3 9

Greenmount 8 4 0 4 9

Dunbar Cel 4 2 0 2 6

DONOUGHMORE 12 1 1 10 4

Murphy's Irish Stout League 2

P Pts

Blackpool Cel 12 21

RYLANE Cel 9 18

De Courcy Albion 9 16

Afton Villa 11 15

Newmarket 13 15

STRAND Utd 8 13

CFC Banteer 13 13

MACROOM B 11 5

Murphy's Irish Stout League 3B

P Pts

Glanworth Utd 9 18

Waterloo B 10 17

COACHFORD B 10 16

LAKEWOOD B 10 15

Bweening Cel 6 12

Los Zarcos 10 12

BALLINCOLLIG 7 10

STRAND Utd B 10 6

Ballinhassig B 8 1

Macroom Soccer

Under 14 Local Cup: Macroom 2 St. Mary's 1

Macroom booked their passage to the next round of the local cup with a fantastic win over visitors, St. Mary's. This was an excellent game with nothing to choose between the sides. It was James O'Mullane who came up trumps for the home side with both goals to ensure continued interest in this competition.

Premier A League: Village Utd 2 Macroom 1.

The first team made the trip to Mayfield to play only their second game since the beginning of December. It was a disappointing result as there was little to choose between sides. Village took the lead in the 40th minute and Macroom equalised a minute later. Darryl Holden's superb free kick from all of thirty yards gave the home keeper no chance. In the 55th minute, Macroom failed to deal with an in swinging free kick and the home side had the goal which proved to be the winner.

Munster Youths Cup.

Macroom Youths (U18) will host Tramore F.C. of Waterford in the quarter final of the Munster Youths Cup on Sunday, February 9. The game has a 2pm kick off and will take place at Murrayfield. This is the first time in the history of the club that any team has reached this stage of a provincial or national cup competition and it promises to be an afternoon of great entertainment. All support from the local public would be greatly appreciated

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Members of the U15 Kilmurry panel, winners of the Premier 2 League, at medal presentation ©

Kilmurry Juvenile Club

The AGM of Roinn na Óg Cill Mhuire took place in Kilmurry GAA Club on Thursday January 23rd last. Outgoing Chairman Donagh Wall thanked the various groups who had assisted the club and congratulated players, mentors and parents for the many successes the club had experienced throughout the year. In particular, he congratulated the U15 and 16 teams and selectors who had won the Premier 2 League final and the Eastern Division League and County league respectively. He complimented the U10 team who had reached the final of the cup in Dromtarriffe and who won the Neilie Twomey Shield. He also congratulated the Minor team on their success this year.
Another significant and successful event organised throughout the year was the Easter training camp. The club utilised the skills and knowledge of some of its minor players who trained and entertained over sixty young, enthusiastic players on the day. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event which has become a regular feature on the club's calendar.
This past year also saw the juvenile club organise a family fun day which was a hugely successful event. It was good family day and was entirely free, which is an important consideration in the current climate. Other activities which were organised included a table quiz and a bag pack. The time and effort and support for all these events were acknowledged on the evening.
Particular mention was given to the role of the parents and it was acknowledged that the club simply could not function without the support of the dedicated parents who help throughout the year, ferrying players back and forth to training and matches and supporting the many fundraising events which take place.
The newly elected officers of Kilmurry Roinn na nÓg for 2014 are: Chairperson: Donagh Wall, Vice Chair: DD O'Mahony, Secretary: Denis O'Mullane, Assistant Secretary: Mary O'Sullivan, Treasurer: Tim Irwin, Assistant Treasurer: Anthony Dineen, PRO: Stephen Gilbert.

New Hurling Club

Laochra Óg Hurling Club has just been established as an independent hurling club. The club has been formed because there is a demand for hurling in the area. Laochra Óg Hurling Club is the only hurling club in the area entering teams, and, it welcomes adults and boys and girls from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Clondrohid and surrounding areas. We will be entering teams for Juveniles, Under 21 and Junior B.
Laochra Óg Hurling Club is an independent hurling club . The level of support and interest has really been amazing and we will work closely with the other clubs to ensure that Gaelic games have a really strong and successful future. We would encourage anyone that has an interest in sport to get involved with the club. We guarantee fun and enjoyment to be had by all.

Information and registration evenings:
Mon 10th February: Kilnamartyra 7.30 - 9.00 Parish Hall.
Wed 12th February: Ballyvourney 7.30 - 9.00 Abbey Hotel
Thurs 13th February: Clondrohid 7.30 - 9.00 Community Hall
Fri 14th February: Macroom 6.00 - 7.30 Sports Complex.

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Muskerry U16 squad following their quarter final win over Sunday's Well. ©

Muskerry Rugby Club

Matt Murphy Pharmacy sponsorship of Muskerry Rugby Club: Muskerry Rugby Club recently welcomed their main jersey sponsor for the 2013 -2015 seasons to their clubhouse in Ellis Park, Ballyanly, Inniscarra. Officers from the club welcomed Henry Murphy of Matt Murphy's Pharmacy, to the newly developed upstairs section of Muskerry RFC's clubhouse, where he presented jerseys to Muskerry RFC president, Raymond Sheehan.
Adult update: Our first team, who play in Division 1 of the Munster Junior league, secured a vital 15-0 win over Galbally on January 19th. This result gave the team a great boost in their quest to avoid a relegation dogfight. The second team is still in contention in the second phase of their league, following a great series of results pre –Christmas.
Youths update: Muskerry U18s have qualified for the semi-finals of their league where they will face Dunmanway, while the U16s have qualified to meet Dolphin in the U16 league semi-final following a great win over Sunday's Well.
Mini rugby: Mini rugby continues every Saturday for U7 – u12 and new players are still welcome to join. For more information on Muskerry rugby Club please go to our website www.muskerryrugby.com

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Henry Murphy of Matt Murphy Pharmacy, Macroom, right, presents one of a new set of jerseys to Raymond Sheehan, president Muskerry RFC © M Casey