Lee Valley Outlook Dec. 18 2014 v11e26

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Nollaig Shona agus 2015 fé mhaise

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Wesolych Swiat; Buon Natale;

Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas;

Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; Westotych OEWiab;

Felix Naridad; Suba Nathtalak Wewa; Speslevova Rozdestva. CУACTηИBORO

POЖДECTBA. Blywyddyn newydd dda. Sheng dan Kual le. Nodolig Uawen.

Linksmų Kalėdų.

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Christmas in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Oíche rásaíochta: i dTigh Seartan, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar an 20ú lá de Nollag.
Simon Benefit Concert with Greenshine, Conal Ó Gráda, Nell Ní Chróinín etc. on Sun. 21 Dec 9pm at the Mills, Ballyvourney
Crookstown Céilí Sat. December 29 and Thurs. Jan. 1, 9.30 pm to 1 am.
Christmas Carols at Drishane Castle Sun. 21st Dec. 5pm-6pm
Donoughmore Vintage Tractor & Car Run on Dec. 28th, from The Old Mill Bar, New Tipperary, registration 10.30am
Macroom Ploughing Match on Sun. Jan. 4 at Lee View, Macroom.

Macroom Library:
Library closed for Christmas Wed. 24 – Mon. 29 incl. and New Year's day. Gramophone Circle: Mon. Jan. 12. 11a.m.
Briery Gap:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st Dec. at 3pm. Fri.19th, Sat 20 and Sun 21st Dec. at 8pm
Frozen Sing-A-Long on Tues. 23rd Dec. at 1.30pm and 4p.m. Admission €3
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Sat 27th Dec at 8.00pm.
Brian Kennedy 7th February @ 8.30pm Tickets €18/€15

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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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.)

Still Cutting: The news that Macroom Library will be closed on Mondays from the beginning of 2015 came as unwelcome news to its many members. Social events such as the monthly Gramophone Circle and fortnightly Ciorcal Cainte were held on Monday. These will now be transferred to other days, apart from the January 12 gramophone session which goes ahead as planned. Many locals use the library on a daily basis, to read the papers, to browse the internet, to do research or simply sit and read in a warm, friendly environment. All libraries in the county are now open on a five day basis, Tuesday to Saturday.

Simon Benefit Concert with Greenshine, Conal Ó Gráda, Nell Ní Chróinín etc. on Sun. 21 Dec 9pm at An Musaeum at the Mills, Ballyvourney

The Lighthouse, The Square, Millstreet, will be open on Thursday mornings and each Saturday on the run up to Christmas for a drop in and look around at our selection of Christmas gifts, books and CD's. Saturday 6th December a Children's craft workshop will take place between 11am-3pm Drop in anytime and have a coffee and mince pie while the children get creative with an assortment of Christmas crafts.
Sunday 21st December Christmas Carol service at Drishane Castle 5pm-6pm All welcome, followed by Advent service at The Lighthouse 6.30pm
Tuesday 23rd December Christmas service 7pm. All are welcome to attend any of the above Methodist services. For more information contact Clare Newell on 086 3795764.

Crookstown Céilí Club: Céilí on Saturday 20th December 9.30 pm to 1 am. Music by Mountain Road. Céilí Thursday 1st January 2015 9.30 pm to 1 am. Music Timjoe and Anne. All are welcome to both.

Muskerry Local History Society: Barry Keane will give a fascinating talk entitled Massacre in West Cork at Ballincollig Rugby Club on the night of Monday 19th January at 20:00. He will detail what happened in Ballygroman, Ovens and in and around Dunmanway in 1922.

Red Cross training for Macroom Branch members on Tuesday nights at 8p.m. in the Scout Hall in Macroom. They will break for Christmas and will return to normal schedule on the 18th of January 2015. New members welcome.

Dripsey GAA Club held a fashion show in the Oriel House Hotel recently. It was a great success, with 400 people in attendance and, as well as fashion, included music, song, fun and celebrities go leor as well as the All Ireland Camogie and Ladies Football cups. More details after Christmas.

Macroom Credit Union is delighted to announce its sponsorship of another local club this year. Having sponsored St Val's Senior Ladies in 2013, it is supplying a set of jerseys for Crookstown Soccer Club, who participate in the West Cork Premier Division. The club and credit union embraced the commitment to the local area by sourcing the gear from a local supplier, D.O.R. Teamwear, who provided a super set of jerseys. Best wishes to the team in the coming season.

Macroom trout fly anglers association wish to thank everyone who supported the club draw and wish them a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2015. Winners: 1st. Timothy O'Connor, Ballaugh. 2nd Lar Dinneen, Macroom 3rd Joanne Twohig, Inchisine, Toames 4th Ann Quinlan, Umera. 5th Liam O'Leary, Peake, Coachford 6th Damien Twohig, Kilbarry 7th Nina O'Mahony, Bandon. 8th Michael Twohig, Super Valu, Kanturk. 9th Tadgh Creed, Ballingeary 10th Geraldine Kiely, Cork St.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Dec. 9. Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn 5, 29, 34. No Winner. €70 Joan Chapman, Oakwood. €20 Olan Buckley, Kilnagurteen. Con O'Keeffe, Dooniskey. Pat Crowley, The Hermitage. Alan and Darren Quinn, Coolyhane. Shane O'Leary, Peake, Coachford.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Dec. 14. Jackpot: €1,450.Numbers Drawn: 2 - 33 – 36 No Winner, €50 Jerry Casey, Lombardstown. €20 Patsy Walsh, c/o Laine Bar. Jenny Kelleher, Annagannihy, Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Sean Mac and Seamus, c/o Laine. Bar. Christmas Prizes: Hamper, Patrick Twomey, Lyroe. Voucher for Michael Twomey, Regina Kelleher, Rahalisk. Whiskey, Martin Hubbard, Inchilea. Sean and Ingrid Cotter, Horsemount.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Dec. 14. Jackpot: €11,100, Numbers Drawn: 3, 6, 18, 26. No Winner. Hamper: Niamh McNabola. €50 Michael Murphy, Coolnasoon. €25 Jack Kelleher, c/o Spreading Chestnut. Teddy Lordan, c/o Castlemore Arms.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 15/12/2014, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn: 18 – 21 – 22, Winner: Syl & Kathleen Sheehan, €40 Dylan, Rebecca & Chantelle. €20 Molly O'Connell, Abigail O'Shea, Michael Buckley, Tim Hallissey (Yearly Ticket).

Updates

Macroom Library

We regret to inform patrons that the County Library network will no longer operate on Mondays, effective from the beginning of January 2015, due to county wide staff shortages. As an exception, we have been allowed to go ahead with the Gramophone morning on Monday 12th January. But, in future, this event will take place on a Friday. We regret any inconvenience this change to our opening hours will cause.
Library staff, Lorraine, Christine, Paula, Nora, Gillian and Claire would like to wish all our patrons a very happy and peaceful Christmas and to thank them for their support during 2014.
Our arrangements for Christmas are:
Closed from Wednesday 24th to Monday 29th inclusive.
Open Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st
Closed Thursday January 1st
Normal opening resumes on Friday January 2nd 2015 at 10.00 am but with no Monday service. 

Briery Gap Programme

Theatre:

Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 3pm. Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 8pm. Tickets €15/ €10. Most of the remaining shows are SOLD OUT. Please CHECK before you come.
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Saturday at 27th December at 8.00pm €20
Coming in 2015: River Runner, a film about the Gearagh, coming in January.
French film for schools – Populaire - 13th January @ 10:30am. Admission €4.
German film for schools - Life's No Piece of Cake - 27th January at 10:30am. Admission €4.
Brian Kennedy will be performing in the Briery Gap on 7th February @ 8.30pm Tickets €18/€15
Patrick O'Sullivan Friday 13th February at 8pm .
Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st. Tickets €12/€10
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015 February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015 February 28th.
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd. Tickets €15/€10
Ross Browne – Professional Idiot 15th May. Tickets €12/€10

Cinema:

Frozen Sing-A-Long on Tuesday 23rd December at 1.30pm and 4p.m.Admission €3

Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Dec. 21: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Interview with De la Salle missionary, Brother Charles and friends from Borneo.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Variety Show from St. Mary's Secondary School 1989. Christmas in the Lee Valley.
Wed. Dec. 24: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Looking at Christmas Past in the Lee Valley.
Christmas Day: 5p.m. 2014 Mass from St. Abina's Church, Clondrohid.
6.30p.m. St. Joseph's Christmas Concert 2014. Looking back at 1987. Hunting the Wren Celebrations 1993 with Jack Roche.
New Year's Eve. Wed. Dec. 31. 9.30p.m. News and Sport. Review of 2014 – events and entertainment.
Sun. Jan. 4. 5p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from St. Colman's, Macroom.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wednesday Programme.
Wed. Jan. 7. 9.30p.m. News and Sport. Centenary celebrations from Rylane N.S. 2014

N.B. Anyone having difficulty in receiving LTV may contact Denis Murphy on 087/4194781 and he will give them help in tuning sets or whatever is required to receive the service.

Christmas Ceremonies in the Lee Valley 2014

Macroom

Reconciliation Ceremony: Tuesday, December 16th at 7.30 pm.

Masses: Christmas Eve: Wednesday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choir; Midnight Mass 12.00 with Parish Choir
Christmas Day, Thursday : 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon, and Caum: 10.00 am.
St. Stephen's Day , : Mass at 10.00 am.
Confessions: Wednesday. 24th: 12 noon - 3 p.m. ------Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.

Aghabullogue

Masses: Christmas Eve: Aghabullogue: 7.00 p.m.; Coachford, 9.00 p.m.; Rylane, 9.00 p.m.
Christmas Day: Aghabullogue 8.30 a.m; Coachford 10am; Rylane 11.30 am.

Cill na Martra

Penitential Rite - Cill na Martra – Monday, Dec. 22, 8.00 pm.

Masses :- Christmas Eve - Cill na Martra 7.00 pm. Réidh na nDoirí 9.00 pm. Christmas Day: - Réidh na nDoirí 9.30 am. Cill na Martra 11.30 am.

Clondrohid

Masses :- Clondrohid: 8.00 p.m. with Youth Choir on Christmas Eve and 8.30 a.m. and 11a.m. on Christmas Day. Carriganima: 6p.m. Christmas Eve and 10a.m. Christmas Day.

Kilmichael

Masses: Christmas Eve Toames Carol Service 7 pm followed by Vigil Mass 7.30pm; Cooldorrihy 10.00 pm.
Christmas Day: Johnstown 10 a.m., Toames 11.30 a.m.
St. Stephen's Day Cooldorrihy 10a.m.

Confessions Sun. 21 after Masses in Johnstown and Cooldorrihy. Mon. 22. Dunmanway 7.30p.m. Tues. 23. Inchigeela 7.30p.m.

Uíbh Laoire
Penitential Service.Tuesday 23rd Dec at 7.00pm Inchigeela Church.

MassesChristmas Eve: 7.00.p.m.Inchigeela; 9.00.p.m Ballingeary; 11p.m. Gougane Barra.
Christmas Day: 10.00.a.m. Ballingeary; 11.30.a.m Inchigeela.
St Stephen's Day: 10.00.a.m. Inchigeela; 11.30a.m. Ballingeary

Millstreet Methodists

Christmas Carol service at Drishane Castle Sunday 21st December 5pm-6pm, followed by Advent service at The Lighthouse 6.30pm
Christmas service 7pm Tuesday 23rd December

Christmas Greetings

LVEB Chairman's Message 2014.

With Christmas fast approaching, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and its members have made an all-out effort to encourage people to shop local this Christmas in all areas of the Lee Valley. On Friday, December 5th Christmas really started in Macroom with the switching on of the Christmas lights and a very impressive outdoor Christmas market in the town square. This event drew a large crowd into Macroom and shops stayed opened late, with special offers and 20% discounts also available and most of these offers will continue right up to Christmas Eve. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board would also like to acknowledge the fact that several businesses have this year erected some very attractive Christmas lighting at their premises and all of this is adding to the Christmas spirit in Macroom.
2014 was also a sad year for Macroom when, on the 31st May, Macroom lost its Local Authority status with the Town Council being abolished. What effect this will have on the town one can only wait and see but Macroom has some very strong community groups in place who, hopefully, will continue to promote and develop Macroom as a place to work and live. On a positive note, the Lee Valley Enterprise Board again organised a very successful St. Patrick's Week Festival, attracting visitors from USA and Wales to Macroom. In association with Cork County Council the Board introduced the very successful Beacon Business Initiative to our members. It is due to finish in 2015. The food festival is now well established and has put Macroom on the map as a place to stop and eat.
The Lee Valley Outlook is a very successful magazine, bringing you all the news and events that are taking place around the Lee Valley. I would like to take this opportunity to say a special word of thanks to our editors, Sean and Máire Mac Suibhne and Brendan Kenneally for their time and dedication in making sure that each edition is out on time. I would also like to thank all those who submit photos and articles to the Outlook and shops and offices who give space for the magazine to be distributed. To all the advertisers I say thank you because only for your support it would not be possible to publish the Outlook and I would encourage everyone to support all of the advertisers.
The Lee Valley Enterprise Board and its members would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Looking forward to 2015, we, as a board, will continue to work with Cork County Council and other State Agencies in order to promote and develop Macroom.

Pat O'Connell,
Chairman Lee Valley Enterprise Board

A Thought for Christmas

Dear Readers,

It's that time of year again when we, your priests, wish to send you greetings for Christmas and the New Year. We hope this greeting finds you well and looking forward to Christmas.

Let me tell you a lovely short Christmas story and hope you will be ready to welcome Christ into your home and lives this Christmas. One Christmas day a father was helping his children to build a snowman. A plane was passing overhead and the smallest child gazing at it said, "Daddy how do people climb up into the sky to get into planes?" "They don't", replied the father, "the planes come down out of the sky to collect the people". This little story captures the message and meaning of Christmas. Because of Christmas, we don't have to go up into the sky to find God; he came done on earth to meet us. I hope Christ will be a welcome visitor into your home this Christmas and that Christmas will be a happy time for you and for your families celebrating away from home this year.

May your last few days in Advent be rich and may your Christmas be a wonderful, holy, happy and peaceful one. We'll remember and pray for you and please think of us at your Christmas Masses and celebrations.

Donal Roberts, P.P. Macroom and the priests in your parish.

Editors' Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2014. News, reports, photographs from schools, clubs, services, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, first published as a 20 page advertiser in November 2003, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2015 will appear on January 8.
Please tell absent friends and family that they may access edited back numbers of the Lee Valley Outlook on the Internet by going to www.macroom.ie and searching under News. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.

Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Reeling in the Year 2014

January

A small deputation from Macroom visited Philadelphia for the New Year Mummers Parade, at which the Woodland String Band came 4th. Pat Shortt played a sell-out show in the Briery Gap. Thunderstorms took their toll, leaving some areas without telephones and internet for weeks and LTV transmission interrupted. Macroom Ploughing Match was postponed. Building started on the Aldi store at Cork Street. Macroom's Castle Hotel was placed 5th in Trip Advisors Top 25 Hotels Two students from Coláiste Ghobnatan visited China while their football team won the County for a second year. The Auld Triangle and Muskerry Board announce details of Muskerry Sports Awards.

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The launch of the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Stars. © Lee Valley Outlook

February

. De la Salle College produced five short films on The 1913 Lockout and these were shortlisted for a national ICTU competition. Christina Desmond was named Cork's Youth Star. Cara O'Sullivan drew the crowds to the Briery Gap and Canovee organised a hilarious 'wedding' in the Riverside Park.

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Swan Song for the Woodland String Band at Macroom St. Patrick's Day Parade © Lee Valley Outlook

March

Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama Finals brought hundreds of students, teachers and directors to the Briery Gap from all over Ireland. With the imminent disbandment of the Town Council, fears are expressed for the future of the festivals and also for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The Woodland String Band made its last visit for the foreseeable future and the Welsh Cor Godrer Aran delighted during the 2014 festivities. The first sod was turned for Kilmurry's custom built museum, Geata Bán. A Care and Repair service was launched at Macroom Senior Citizens. A revamped Supervalu Store reopened. Macroom Ploughing Match was held on March 30 at a 3rd attempt.

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The Von Trapp family in the Sound of Music in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

April

The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir from Wales performed in St. Colman's Church. The Sound of Music delighted audiences in the Briery Gap and later went on to take the Everyman by storm. In a series of anniversaries, Donoughmore Basketball celebrated 25 years; Canovee ICA 50 years; Rylane N.S. 100 years and Bealach Leachta and Clontarf 1,000 years. John Lyons represented Macroom in the Over 60s Talent Show in the City Hall. Iarla Ó Lionaird performed The Gloaming in the Albert Hall during the Presidential visit to Britain. Coláiste Ghobnatan won the 2014 All Ireland Post Primary Senior C Football Championship and Coláiste Choilm won the B Championship.

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Outgoing Macroom U.D.C. councillors 1994 ©SMcS

May 

Twenty five years of Perpetual Adoration were celebrated in Macroom Parish. Twelve candidates fought for seats in the Blarney Macroom Electoral Area of Cork County Council and Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Creed, Des O'Grady, Bob Ryan, Kevin Conway and Ted Lucey were successful. The Wild Geese Tornier fun day raised funds for local charities and the Cycle Against Suicide made a pit stop at St. Mary's. Strictly Come Dancing came to Donoughmore. Canovee G.A.A. History was launched by Jimmy Barry Murphy. Toonsbridge Mozzarella earned an Euro Toques Food Award.

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Staff and elected members at the last sitting of Macroom Town Council © Lee Valley Outlook

June.

The Lost Village of Annahala and the Flooding of the Lee Valley were recalled in a 3 part radio programme. The Sound of Music transferred from the Briery Gap to the Everyman to critical acclaim. Members of Macroom Flower and Garden Club attended the World Flower Show in the RDS. 12 year old, Fiona Buckley, Bealnamorrive, launched her first book, Better Than Gold, with the help of John Spillane. Ten new businesses were launched at Greenshoots 2014 graduations. Muinefliuch N.S. celebrated 80 years and launched its history.

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The World Feeder Fishing Championships in Coachford © Lee Valley Outlook

July

Here and Now, the work of local artists, went on display in the Town Hall Gallery. Five former Mayors of Macroom were among a twinning group to visit Bubry. In glorious weather, the World Feeder Fishing Championships brought competitors from 25 nations to Inniscarra Lakes, Coachford and the Lee Valley – a major tourist boost. Donoughmore Carnival, and Daniel Corkery Summer School all benefited from the sun. Nine White Deer Brewery and Stag Bán craft beer were launched in Baile Mhúirne. Cork ladies beat Kerry definitively in the Munster final.

August

The sun kept shining for festivals in Inchigeela, Coachford, Ballinagree, Crookstown and Macroom Senior Citizen BBQ but Ballingeary Show got a very wet day for its 50th anniversary. Cork footballers lost to Mayo in the All Ireland quarter final and the hurlers went down to Tipp in the semi-final. Macroom Rangers earned the Chief Commissioners Award. Beacon Initiative Retail Programme set up to help retailers in the area review their businesses. Cill na Martra Comhaltas members did very well in the All Ireland Fleadh. Fr. Manning was transferred to Newmarket as parish priest. Aldi opened to coincide with back to school. National Heritage week saw a wide variety of very interesting events in the Lee Valley.

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Celebrating Cork's All Ireland win in Bealnamorrive © Lee Valley Outlook

September

Culture Night was celebrated on September 19. Baile Bhúirne named the Ionad Cultúrtha for An Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, medic, soldier, gold miner, scholar and entrepreneur. As the fine weather continued, Bengour Harvest Festival celebrated 25 years of fundraising and Con O'Callaghan, Inchisine brought a 60 year old combined harvester back into use. Macroom again ran a very successful Food Festival during the last weekend in September as Cork Ladies won their 9th All Ireland Football Championship in dramatic fashion, having already won the Camogie final.

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Macroom Food Festival 2014. © Lee Valley Outlook

October

Even at this early stage in the school year, Open Nights were held for prospective students for 2015. Daonscoil an Fhómahir and Trasna na nGleannta Cycle brought the summer events to a conclusion. Macroom Bookshop won the Patterson Award. The Briery Gap featured Jimmy McCarthy, Tommy Fleming, Unforgiven, directed by Michael Twomey and John B Keane's Matchmaker in well attended shows, while Coachford staged Music from the Musicals.

November

As beautiful Autumn weather continues into winter, Anú films - Tadhg the Artist and Ó Chúil Aodha go hOileán Í - featured at Cork Film Festival, the former winning the prize for Best Short Film and the latter earning great praise when screened on RTE1. Local Television came back on air for the winter season. Shows in the Briery Gap included Paddy Casey, Eilís O'Carroll, Donal Skehan, celebrity chef and Shrek Hits Macroom with De la Salle Transition Year students. Lee Valley G.A.A. players won All Stars galore – Briege Corkery, Joanne O'Callaghan, Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray getting Camogie All Stars and Briege and Vera Foley receiving Football Awards. Nell Ní Chróinín, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh won Corn Uí Riada at the Oireachtas.

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Christmas colour at Macroom Christmas Market, December 5 © Lee Valley Outlook

December

St. Mary's presented Hairspray in the Briery Gap. Christmas in Macroom got off to a great start with a monster market, carols and fun and All Star, Briege Corkery lighting up the town. Great crowds turned out for the wonderful pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Macroom Flower Club celebrated its Ruby Anniversary.

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Four of the Seven Dwarfs in the Briery Gap Panto  © Lee Valley Outlook

1964

Macroom

U.D.C. members were Daniel Drinan, (Chairman), Jim Collins, Con O'Leary, John Browne, Cal Burke, Michael Healy, Sean Twomey, Dan Vaughan and John O'Connor. The Town Surveyor was Dan Crowley and Seamus Dooley was Town Clerk. There was a request for all night street lighting during Quarant Ore and a proposal to set up a Tidy Towns Committee. Public water pumps were requested for Tinkers Hill, Ballyverane and Coolyhane and a diviner was to be employed. Four traders, Mrs. Golden, Mrs. McSweeney, Mrs. Shine and Mrs. Pyper, objected to the erecting of a dance hall at Coolcower but there was no action on the matter as it was outside town limits. The debate about providing a public toilet was on-going. Rubbish collection was changed to Monday and Friday instead of Tuesday and Friday. The piano from the Town Clerk's office was offered for sale and Messers Gallagher, Kelleher and McSweeney bought it for £7 10s. A proposal was made to the effect that more Irish should be used in Council business. The rate was set at 46s in the £1. Jim Collins was elected Chairman and John Browne Vice Chairman. There was protest at the closing of Macroom Engineering Works and the transfer of 35 workers to Cork. Causing concern were hitchhikers on roads, public water, taps, appointment of cemetery caretaker and the acquisition of Bridge House. A road safety committee was set up and permission was granted to erect coloured street lighting during the Christmas period.

Ireland 1964

Éamon de Valera was President of Ireland and Seán Lemass was Taoiseach. The U.S. Embassy opened in Dublin. Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon visited from Britain. The new Garda training centre opened in Templemore. The death penalty was abolished for all but the murder of gardaí, diplomats, and prison officers. Brian Friel's play Philadelphia, Here I Come! opened at the Gaiety Theatre. Val Doonican released "Walk Tall". Deaths included Brendan Behan, poet, novelist and playwright; Seán O'Casey, dramatist and Daniel Corkery, writer, teacher and author of The Hidden Ireland. Galway beat Kerry 0-15 to 0-10 in the All Ireland Football final and Tipperary beat Kilkenny 5 – 13 to 2 - 8 in the Hurling final.

World News 1964

Race played a large role in world politics. American President, Lyndon Johnson, signed the Civil Rights act of 1964 but violence continued in many U.S. cities. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa. The summer Olympics were held in Tokyo but South Africa was banned from competing. Lyndon Johnson was returned to power after a landslide victory. The Labour Party, with Harold Wilson as Prime Minister, got into power in Britain. Events in North Vietnam sparked an U.S. reaction that ignited the Vietnam War. Civil war broke out in Cyprus and Ireland sent 1,000 soldiers to join the UN peacekeeping force. Malta gained independence. Khrushchev was deposed; Kosygin became premier and Brezhnev first secretary of the Communist Party in Russia. China detonated its first atomic bomb. An earthquake measuring 9.2 occurred in Alaska. The Warren Report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the murder of President Kennedy and Jack Ruby was convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald. There were warnings about global warming and the melting of the Polar icecap before the end of the century. Beatlemania went into overdrive as the group released songs such as "I want to hold your hand" and "All my Loving". Other top acts included The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Supremes and Bob Dylan. Cassius Clay won the Boxing World heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Mods and Rockers created havoc in Britain.

Showbiz 1964

Top of the Pops and the number of weeks at No 1 were Glad All Over/ Dave Clark Five 2; Needles and Pins/ The Searchers 4; Bits and Pieces/ Dave Clark Five 1; Anyone Who had a Heart / Cilla Black 1; I Love You because/ Jim Reeves 3; Can't Buy me Love / The Beatles 3; A World Without Love/ Peter and Gordon 2; Don't Throw Your love Away/ The Searchers 1; Fallen Star/ The Cadets and Eileen Reid 1; I'm Yours/ Dickie Rock and the Miami 1; My Boy Lollipop/ Millie 2; It's Over/ Roy Orbison 3; Bless You/ Royal Showband 2; I Won't Forget You / Jim Reeves 8; A Hard Day's Night/ The Beatles 3; ; I wouldn't trade you for the World/ The Bachelors 1; I'm into Something Good/ Herman and the Hermits 1; Pretty Woman/ Roy Orbison 1; From the Candy Store on the Corner/ Dickie Rock 6; Down Came the Rain/ Butch Moore and the Capitol 1; I Feel Fine / The Beatles 5.
The Irish Top 10. 1. I won't forget you Jim Reeves. 2. I Love you because Jim Reeves. 3. From the Candy Store Dickie Rock. 4. I wouldn't trade you for the world The Bachelors. 5. Bless You Brendan Bowyer. 6. Pretty Woman Roy Orbison. 7. I Believe Bachelors. 8. A Hard Day's Night Beatles. 9. It's Over Roy Orbison. 10. Needles and Pins Searchers.

1964 films included Becket, Dr. Strangelove, Goldfinger, A Hard Day's Night, Marnie, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Pawnbroker, Zorba the Greek, A Fistful of Dollars.

Musicals included Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Anyone Can Whistle, Maggie May.

Showbands were at the height of their popularity and they played in huge, new ballrooms around Ireland and abroad. They included The Royal Showband, The Drifters, The Miami Showband, The Dixies, The Capitol, Clipper Carlton, Michael O'Callaghan, The Freshmen, The Mainliners, Maurice Mulcahy.

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McEgan College Football team 1994 ©SMcS

1994

Macroom

The big news of 1994 was the success of Anne Dunne and the Lee Valley Choral Group in the RTE Gay Byrne Show's Quinnsworth Crazy Prices National Competition. The £10.000 prize went to the development of a theatre at the Old Palace Cinema. Improving the water supply for Sleaveen East and West, Gurteenroe, Kilnagurteen and Lackaduff was a great concern in 1994 and plans to change the source of the town water supply from the Laney to the Sullane and costs involved, were of concern. Noel O'Driscoll was in his last year as Town Clerk and he was succeeded for a short time by Joe McCarthy. Stephen O'Connor was Chairman of the U.D.C. for the first half of the year and was succeeded by Denis Kelleher after the Local Government Elections. The newly elected council also included John Browne, Martin Coughlan, Con Kelleher, Jerry Lane, Billy Leahy, Evelyn McSweeney, Nora Murray and Pat O'Connell. Tim Cooper Kelleher and Stephen O'Connor retired from politics. There was a bit of a boom in 1994 and projects under consideration included a Caravan Park for Macroom; Person of the Year Award; the restoration of Bealick Mill and Church of Ireland. Cow and Gate bought the Dairygold facility at Castleview and news of a huge expansion of GI at Hartnett's Cross sparked a request for an extension of public lighting. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board was congratulated on the success of the St. Patrick's Day parade. Civic Receptions were accorded to St. Mary's athletes in recognition of their success in the National Team Championships; Macroom Youth Club's John Hughes, Peter Healy and John Holden for winning the All Ireland Table Tennis Championship and also to a group of students and members of the Fire Service from Bubry, France. Traffic congestion and control were serious concerns. The proposed By Pass led to demands that a link road to the town centre be a vital element. There was opposition to the provision of full traffic lights as opposed to pedestrian crossings in the town. Macroom earned 10 extra marks in the Tidy Towns competition and there was an application for Macroom to be accorded heritage status. The Soccer Club applied to the Council to buy land for pitches at Dan Corkery Place. Dermot Gleeson was appointed Attorney General.

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Opening of new 9 holes at Macroom Golf Club 1994 ©SMcS

Ireland 1994

Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third year in a row with Rock 'n' Roll Kids but the interval entertainment, Riverdance, featuring Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, went on to be a far greater hit. Ireland, under Jack Charlton, began its World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Italy, Ray Houghton scoring the winning goal. They qualified for the next stage with a goalless draw against Norway but were knocked out by Holland in Orlando. The Provisional IRA announced a complete cessation of military operations and Loyalist paramilitary groups announced a ceasefire six weeks later. Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, John Hume and Gerry Adams held an historic meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. Transition Year was introduced to secondary schools. Russian President Boris Yeltsin failed to show at Shannon Airport. The Fianna Fáil- Labour coalition collapsed in November as a result of mismanagement of the Fr. Brendan Smyth child abuse scandal. Albert Reynolds resigned. Bertie Ahern was elected leader of Fianna Fáil. John Bruton became Taoiseach of the Rainbow government, a coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and the Democratic Left parties. Mad Cow Disease impacted on dairy farmers and beef sales. Catherina McKiernan won Senior Women's gold in the 1994 European Cross Country Championships Down beat Dublin 1-12 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final and Offaly beat Limerick 3-16 to 2-13 in hurling. Among 1994 deaths were Alfred Lane Beit, art collector and philanthropist; Éilis Dillon, author and Martin Cahill, Dublin criminal.

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Coachford Community College Camogie team 1994 ©SMcS

World News 1994

War continued in Yugoslavia as Serbs' heavy weapons pounded Sarajevo. Thousands died in Rwanda civil war. South Africa held its first interracial national election and Nelson Mandela was elected President. Israel signed an accord with Palestine. The US sent forces to the Persian Gulf. Russians attacked the secessionist Republic of Chechnya. Yasir Arafat (Palestine), Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin (both Israel) were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel and the Vatican began diplomatic relations. The existence of black holes was proved. The Chunnel opened, May 1994, bridging England and France. Los Angeles suffered a massive earthquake. Jackie Kennedy Onassis died. The oldest known human ancestor was found in Kenya, East Africa, estimated at 4.4 million years old. Bushfires burned more than 3 million acres in Sydney. Nixon died. Michael Jackson married Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie. Tiger Woods won The Masters, the youngest (18) and first minority to win U.S. Amateur. Brazil won the 1994 World Cup

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Macroom Junior B Hurling Champions 1993 celebrate their victory at club social in 1994 ©SMcS

Showbiz 1994

Songs: Boyz 11 Men - I'll Make Love To You. All 4 One - I Swear. Ace of Base - The Sign. Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee. R. Kelly - Bump N' Grind. Celine Dion - The Power of Love. Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do. Mariah Carey - Without You. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories – Stay. Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper . Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia. Madonna – Secret. Cranberries – Linger. Other top entertainers were Meatloaf, Prince, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Bon Jovi.

Films: Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, The Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura, Interview with a Vampire, Natural Born Killers, The Little Rascals, Speed, Miracle on 34th Street, Frankenstein, The Flintstones.

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Macroom Community Talent Group, winners of Quinnsworth Crazy Prices Competition in conjunction with RTE 1994    S.McS

Clubs and Associations 2014

Clondrohid 2014

Clondrohid Development Group ran the traditional and very enjoyable Christmas/ New Year party in January. A minute's silence was observed in remembrance of John Lynch and Dave Pretty. The Sponsored Walk in April raised €2,400 and a very successful American Tea Party in October and raised over €3,500. Thanks to all who sponsored, donated and gave prizes for raffle. The newly erected crib in the village adds to the lights put up last year at the Community Hall. Thanks to Ashleigh for all his hard work in constructing it.
In February over €2,000 was raised at a coffee morning for Aware and another coffee morning for St. Vincent de Paul was a great success. Carriganima pub provided entertainment in January and at Easter and had a very successful St. Patrick's Day Parade. Carriganima's annual Run/ Jog/ Walk raised €2,000 for Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals.
The All Ireland winning Coláiste Ghobnatan team visited Clondrohid N.S. to honour Shane Murphy R.I.P, a former team player. Clondrohid Community Recreational Facilities Ltd won the County Mayor's Community Awards 2014 Southern division. Muinefliuch N.S. celebrated its 80th anniversary in June when the sun shone and the crowds poured in, with music supplied by Jim Snr and Jnr Murray, Tim Joe and Ger Wolfe. The school took part in the Science Teachers Association quiz and came 3rd from over 40 teams participating. The annual famine graveyard mass at Carraig a'Staighre took place in June. A lovely extract from a winning project on Famine times was recited by Katie and Anne Sheehan and Lucy O'Connor. Weightlifter, Laura O'Riordan, celebrated gold and silver and a new record at the Bell Inn in June. Rev Fr. Batty Desmond, curate in Carriganimma for 14 years, died in July. Set dancing continued twice weekly. Felicity Kelleher, Clondrohid had a very successful exhibition in the Briery Gap. She teaches art in Clondrohid Hall after school. Catherine Long continues her Stage Craft in the hall every Thursday evening. The local Crèche, preschool and after school had a very successful fundraiser with the Celtic Steps Show, raising €3,200 for outdoor clothes for the children. Healy's Spar got a new look and were visited by Donal Skehan. Glen View Restaurant wished all their patrons and locals a very happy Christmas by providing, refreshment, entertainment by Natural Gas and a host of local talent. Laochra Óg Hurling Club was formed in January, providing hurling in Macroom Ballyvourney, Clondrohid, and Kilnamartyra.

Kilmurry Museum

It has been one of a most successful years for Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA). During 2014 a new museum/ community centre has been built in the heart of Kilmurry village. The KHAA was awarded €410,000 by Cork Development Partnership 2007-2013(LEADER). Sincere thanks to everyone who supported our door to door collection to make up the local contribution. It far exceeded our most optimistic expectations.
On February 2nd, KHAA president and founding member Dan Holland, turned the sod for the new museum. The ceremony was followed by a party in Kilmurry GAA complex where guest speakers included Ian Dempsey CEO West Cork Development Partnership; Conor Nelligan, Heritage Officer Cork County Council and Noel Howard Chairman KHAA. Following on from the death of our esteemed inaugural patron, Máire McSwiney- Brugha (Patron 1965-2012). Dr John O'Mahony S.C., a native of Crookstown, was appointed patron. Dr. O'Mahony is Chairman of the National Museum of Ireland.
There were many lectures and field trips in 2014 including a visit to Collins Barracks and Kinsale Museums and to other local historical sites. Lectures included "Art Ó Laoire" and "Massacre in West Cork –the Dunmanway and Ballygroman killings". Fundraising events included Women's Little Christmas, Table quiz, Annual KHAA Gathering, High Nelly run, Car boot sale and finally, on a most magical night in St Mary's Church, Kilmurry, 5 choirs with 100 singers from Kilmurry preschool, Kilmurry parish choirs, Castletownkinneigh, Glasslinn and the Chorus of Opera Cork performed on what was one of the highlights of year at the Christmas Choral concert.
The artefacts are now being moved to the new museum, a process that will take a few months, since they must be archived and documented. We envisage the opening of the new museum and cultural centre before mid-summer. Work on marketing the new museum will begin in early 2015 and we encourage people locally to become involved. The KHAA would like to thank everyone who supported the association in 2014 and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 1994 in Macroom ©SMcS

Macroom Girl Guides

Macroom Girl Guides, now 35 years old, cater for girls aged 5 -20. Units include Ardilaun Ladybirds, Brownies, Guides, MacEgan Rangers and St. Olan's Brownies, with c. 100 members. They attend meetings, trainings, camps, hikes, outings, cottage weekends, outdoor activities etc. In 2014 Guides, Rangers and their Leaders attended Go Global Day and three of them were selected to take part in the 2015 Service Project to Sangam, India. 2014 marked the centenary of Brownies and they travelled to Dublin Zoo for the Big Birthday Celebrations. Guides and Scouts joined for Thinking Day – the joint birthdays of the founders of Guiding and Scouting. Hey Jinks was well attended by Brownies and Guides took part in SQUELCH, both wet and mucky, activity filled, fun days. MacEgan Rangers, Vera O'Riordan, Laura O'Sullivan and Eimhear Smith achieved the Chief Commissioner's Award. Guides and Rangers attended six camps: in Caum, Kenmare and the Centenary Brownie Camp. Congratulations to Emma Barry and Claire Kelleher who achieved the Junior and Senior Campcraft Licences respectively.
Ladybirds enjoyed meetings and indoor and outdoor fun activities, including entertaining at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights in Masseytown. They achieved many badges including Safety in the Home, Road Safety, International Guiding and Service. Ladybirds and Brownies also attended the pantomime in the Everyman. Guides, Emma Barry, Aishling O'Connor and Orna Sexton, achieved the Gold Award and attended the national presentation in Dublin. Brownies held their Pack holiday in Leigh-Dale Cottage and Guides enjoyed spooky fun and activities at Halloween. Guides and Rangers took part in the Innocent Big Knit. Thanks to Martin and Jackie Fitzgerald for their kind sponsorship and to Eileen Murphy who gave knitting lessons. Rangers undertook the many challenges for this year's Senior Branch. Vera O'Riordan was awarded the West Cork Garda Youth Award for Macroom District. Laura O'Sullivan was presented with her Silver Gaisce Award in U.C.C by Orla Cotter. The three newest members of the unit were invested as Rangers during their kayaking session in Kenmare. Guides and Rangers took part in kayaking, astronomy, floral arrangements and decorations, a weekly keep fit regime, film nights, ballet classes, woodwork and maintaining the garden in Caum. The biggest project was the refurbishment of Caum school building, which is on-going and will be completed in 2015. Guiding, as well as being important to the development of its members, plays an integral part in the life of the local community. We would welcome former members or interested adults who wish to become involved in local Guiding.

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Ballyvourney Scout Group 1994 ©SMcS

Kilmichael Historical Society

It's been a very busy year for Kilmichael History Society. The biggest project to date was the restoration and enhancement of the Kilmichael Ambush Site and this was completed in 2014 when a large crowd turned out for the official opening in October. Over the years the site of Kilmichael Ambush, which took place on 28th November 1920, had become overgrown and inaccessible. It was not fitting, with the Decade of Commemoration and the Centenary of the War of Independence coming up, that the area should be in such a state. Planning began in 2012 when Kilmichael Historical Society Ltd met with Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee. Coillte, who owns the land surrounding the monument, was most helpful and agreed to work being carried out on the site. West Cork Development Partnership provided the services of Landscape Architect, Mike Voldvogel. His inspired plan was accepted. Planning Permission was granted by Cork County Council. We accessed a grant from WCDP and both committees helped raise money to match WCDP funding. This was achieved by running events and seeking sponsorship from local businesses and individuals. The response was excellent but further contributions are always welcome. Mike Voldvogel oversaw the work, which was completed in less than a year, beginning on the day after the annual commemoration in November 2013. Michael Crowley was the chosen contractor and he carried out an efficient and sensitive job. The plans did not always go smoothly. From the start both committees had to endure opposition from certain sources. However, by and large, people supported what was going on. We thank all those who lent their support in every way and we are proud of our achievements.
In 2015, Kilmichael Historical Society intends to continue with its work of recording and promoting the history of the area. This includes preparation for a second publication on the history of Kilmichael.

Flower Club

Macroom Flower & Garden Club enjoyed a busy schedulethroughout the year, beginning with the A.G.M. in February, followed by March Gardening Talk by D.J. Murphy (Bandon Garden Centre). Spring was welcomed with a floral demonstration by Carmel O'Driscoll AOIFA. The Social evening in May was to Glenview Garden Enniskeane. Meanwhile the Committee was busy organising an overnight trip to the 11th Flower Show at RDS Dublin in June. 44 members attended this once in a lifetime opportunity to view the very best in Floral Art. A visit to the splendid Gardens of Enda Thompson-Phelan in Coolrain Co. Laois was incorporated in this trip. In September, the Club hosted a Floral Demonstration by Sandra Jackson AOIFA (Conna) entitled "Autumnal Delights". There were Members Competitions and Sales table on Club nights. Participation at the Floral Festival in Cobh in September was another challenge and the exhibit entitled "From Bard to Bishop", the story of St Colman, was much admired at the 3 day Festival which was a fundraiser for the Cathedral Organ. In October, there was a Gardening talk by Sarah Evans from The Secret Garden Newmarket. During this time the Officers and Committee were busy planning for the Club's 40th Anniversary celebrations. The Gala Charity Fundraiser in November supporting Irish Motor Neurone Association and Macroom Meals on Wheels was packed to capacity. The Floral Demonstration entitled "Christmas is coming" by Theresa Collins (AOIFA) Tipperary was both creative and inspiring.

Sport 2014

Mid Cork GAA

Roll of Honour

Hurling

Championship Winners     Runners Up

Junior A         Cloughduv  Kilmichael
Junior B         Blarney      Cloughduv
U21 A        Aghabullogue  Blarney
U21B         Ballinora        Laochra Óg
U21 C        Kilmichael      Blarney

Leagues    Winners        Runners Up

Junior A   Cloughduv      Ballinora
Junior B Donoughmore    Cloughduv

Football

Championship   Winners Runners Up

Junior A        Kilmurry     Aghinagh
Junior B    Naomh Abán   Kilmurry
Junior C    Macroom      Aghinagh
U21 A    Ballincollig       Traolach MacSuibhne
U21 B     Macroom       Inniscarra
U21 C   Cill na Martra    Ballinora
U21D    Dripsey           Aghinagh
Muskerry Cup Canovee     Iveleary

Leagues     Winners    Runners Up

Div One    Aghinagh     Canovee
Div Two   Inniscarra     Éire Óg
Div Three  Ballincollig   Ballinora
Div Four   Macroom     Dripsey

Review

2014 was a good year for the GAA in Mid Cork. The Junior 'A' football championship was once again a great competition with no shortage of quality teams, quality matches and the final at Macroom was a wonderful occasion with a very big crowd present in glorious weather. Kilmurry regained the crown after losing the previous final to Kilmichael and did well in the county championship before losing to Millstreet, the eventual champions, giving Kilmurry hope for the future with this team. They will have plenty of competition in Mid Cork however next season and for the foreseeable future on the evidence of this year's championship. Aghinagh had a great run to the final and later won the league, Canovee won the Muskerry Cup and were league runners up and are a constant threat in junior ranks. Iveleary will be disappointed with their form in 2013 and resolved to do better and Dripsey showed once again that they can produce top class performances regularly.
In Junior 'A' hurling, Cloughduv, as expected, won the title but there was widespread delight at the feat of Kilmichael in getting to the final and being competitive in their very first final appearance. Cloughduv got a good run in the county before losing to eventual champions Castlemartyr.
Ballincollig were crowned U 21 A football champions and reached the county final: Aghabullogue were the surprise winners of the U21 A hurling crown. Naomh Abán won the Junior B Football title and so will be back in the top flight next year; the Blarney third team won the B hurling title - a fine achievement. In U21 hurling, Ballinora won the B title, defeating new club Laochra Óg after the latter gave a fine display in their first final at Macroom and Kilmichael won the C title. Macroom Junior C team won the C football championship and their U21's took the B title; Cill na Martra were U21 C champions, with Dripsey winning the D title.
Ballincollig won their first ever County Senior Football Championship and defeated the Muskerry footballers on their way to the title. Muskerry footballers did however have a good season, defeating UCC, Duhalllow and St Nick's and the panel showed great commitment and no little skill. Éire Óg took the County Intermediate football title.
Board Cathaoirleach, JJ Long, was back at the helm at board meetings and the board, in conjunction with Michael O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle Restaurant and Bar, Macroom, inaugurated the Muskerry GAA Awards scheme with a panel of judges, under its chairman, John Feeney, selecting the outstanding Muskerry GAA performer for each of eight months during 2014. At a Gala Awards Dinner on 17 January next, a Muskerry GAA Sports Person of the Year will be selected from the eight outstanding monthly awards winners and as well, the judges will name their Muskerry Junior Hurling team of the Year and their Muskerry Junior Football team of the year, based on performances in the respective Junior A Mid Cork championships in 2014.

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Kilmurry, Muskerry Junior A Football Champions © Lee Valley Outlook

2014 Junior A Football Championship

Canovee and Iveleary were reckoned to be the two best teams in Mid Cork at the start of this year's championship but neither made the final. In the opening round, Canovee had an easy win over Blarney; Iveleary impressed against Éire Óg; Aghinagh and Kilmurry disposed efficiently of the Donoughmore and Macroom challenges respectively; Ballincollig had two great tussles with Clondrohid before prevailing. In Round Two, Macroom beat Blarney; Clondrohid showed fine form in defeating Kilmichael after a replay and Éire Óg scraped home over Cill na Martra. In the only Round Three game, Kilmurry got over a tricky assignment in Inniscarra, Dripsey made everybody sit up and take notice by defeating Clondrohid, and Donoughmore turned in their best performance of the year in defeating Ballincollig.
The quarter final stage produced patchy performances: Canovee did not have much bother in defeating Éire Óg; Kilmurry impressed in disposing of Donoughmore; Dripsey surprised the pundits by defeating Iveleary (2-12 to 3-7) and Macroom made Aghinagh battle all the way before eventually going under. In the semi-finals Aghinagh defeated Canovee 1-10 to 0-9 and Kilmurry needed a replay before getting through against Dripsey on a 2-12 to 3-8 scoreline, all excellent contests. Thus the scene was set for the final with Kilmurry fancied to regain the crown won last won in 2012 but Aghinagh not without hope of taking their first title.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship Final:

Kilmurry 3-7 Aghinagh 2-4

Kilmurry regained the Ross Oil JAFC Final with a strong late rally against Aghinagh before a huge crowd at the Castle Grounds, Macroom. The first half was very even and the sides were locked together before Aghinagh struck in dramatic circumstances for two goals to gain a seven point advantage. However Kilmurry got in for a vital goal before half time and had cut the gap to two points by the time the half time whistle sounded. The second half saw Aghinagh largely outplayed but they hung in there until almost the very end before Kilmurry got in for two late goals to take their 8th title.
Scorers: Kilmurry: D Cahalane 2-0, J Buckley 1-2 (2f), D O'Halloran 0-2 (2f), G Barrett (f), J Ryan (f), A O'Sullivan 0-1 each. Aghinagh: W Coakley 1-1, S O'Leary 1-0, D Corkery 0-3 (3f's).
Kilmurry: Jason McDonald; Liam Long, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett: Dave O'Halloran, David O'Leary, Adam Healy; James White, Greg Barrett: Jonathan Buckley, Finbarr Crowley, David McCarthy; Jonathan Buckley, Joe Ryan, Pádraig Berhanu. Subs: Alan O'Sullivan (21), Eoin Barrett (h/t), Michael Kelleher (55), Liam Buckley.
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan; Paudie O'Sullivan, Alan Hourihan, Jeremiah Kelleher; Dermot O'Callaghan, Dave Barry, Miceál Corkery; Mikey O'Brien, William Ambrose; Sean Kelleher, Seamus O'Leary, Trevor Burns; William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Declan Ambrose. Subs: Kieran Lehane (38), James Ambrose (48), Donagh McCarthy (52), Sean Horgan (57), Con Lehane (59).
Referee: Mr. Jerry Masters (Kilmichael).
Man of the Match Award: Daniel Cahalane, Kilmurry.
Mr Tim Holland, Ross Oil Ltd., represented the sponsors.

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Cloughduv, Muskerry Junior A Hurling Champions © Lee Valley Outlook

2014 Junior A Hurling Championship

With the promotion of Grenagh to County Intermediate status, there were fears that the Mid Cork Championship would prove to be a one horse race, with Cloughduv way out in front of everybody else. Cloughduv did win the competition as expected but nonetheless, there were some good games of hurling along the way and the achievement of Kilmichael in reaching their first A final brought interest to the latter stages.
Donoughmore defeated Gleann na Laoi; Éire Óg beat Kilmichael; Blarney beat Inniscarra and Ballinora got the better of Ballincollig in the opening round. In Round Two, Kilmichael registered their first A grade championship win by defeating Gleann na Laoi, and Ballincollig got over Inniscarra challenge. In the quarter final stage, Ballinora defeated Blarney; Ballincollig beat Éire Óg; Cloughduv defeated Donoughmore impressively and Kilmichael got a bye to the semi final. Kilmichael then defeated Ballinora 2-15 to 1-12 to reach the final and Cloughduv got it tough enough for a long while against Ballincollig before winning on a 3-10 to 0-15 scoreline. The final produced a novel pairing therefore - a real David v Goliath event.

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship Final:
Cloughduv 1-16 Kilmichael 1-9

Strong favourites Cloughduv duly won their 21st Mid Cork crown when they defeated Kilmichael, appearing in their first ever A final, at Coachford. It was not a great game of hurling but interest was maintained by the doggedness of Kilmichael who never gave up on a day when things did not go their way. Kilmichael did not play well enough to win and Cloughduv are deserving champions but will need to improve for their county campaign.
The Cloughduv goal had a vital bearing on the outcome and was rather fortuitous in that it came in the 28th minute when the sides were level at 0-5 each and was an opportunistic effort from Brian Ahern who was on hand to whip to the net when the sliotar came down off the upright from a Dave McCarthy attempt at a point. Up to that point Kilmichael had been holding their own and the goal was a set back as Kilmichael had missed a good opportunity of a goal early in the game. Cloughduv led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break but on the restart did surge ahead and looked the better hurlers at this stage. They could not break through for a goal however as Stephen O'Leary was outstanding for Kilmichael in goal and outside him James O'Leary gave a superb exhibition of full back play. Kilmichael did suffer up front due to the subdued performance from their inspirational player, Peter Kelleher but the latter had been fouled rather heavily twice in the first half and was under a handicap as a result.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley; William Ahern, Aidan Ahern, Paul O'Sullivan; Andrew Cronin, David O'Leary, Aidan Murphy; Ger Ahern, Darragh Ring: James McCarthy; Brian Ahern, Sean O'Connor: Dave McCarthy, Joseph Ryan, Donal Corkery. Subs: Michael Deasy (42), Liam Long (55)and Sean Curzon (58).

Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary; John O'Riordan, James O'Leary, Dermot O'Riordan; Donal O'Brien, Finbarr Buckley, Luke Hennigan; Simon Foley, Conor Cotter; Colm Dromey, Peter Kelleher, Miceál Masters; Darragh Foley, Kieran O'Leary, Brendan Cotter. Sub: Trevor Tobin(33), Finbarr Dromey (50), Cian Dromey (50), John O'Mahony (52).
Referee: Mr. Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.
Man of Match Award: Andrew Cronin, Cloughduv.

Rebel Óg County Honours 2014

Premier Grades
Premier 2 Minor Hurling Championship Final: Carbery beat AGHABULLOGUE.
Premier 1 U 16 Hurling C'ship Semifinal: Na Piarsaigh beat BALLINCOLLIG.
Premier 2 U 16 Hurling C'ship Final: Killeagh/ St Ita's beat ÉIRE ÓG.
Premier 2 U 15 Hurling C'ship Final: INNISCARRA beat Carrigtwohill (replay)
Premier 2 U 14 Hurling semi-final: Bride Rovers beat INNISCARRA.
Premier 2 Minor 2 Football C'ship Final: Aghada beat INNISCARRA.
Premier 1 U 16 Football C'ship Final: BALLINCOLLIG beat Carrigaline.
Premier 1 U 15 Football C'ship semi-final: Douglas beat ÉIRÉ ÓG.
Premier 1 U 14 Football C'ship Final: Beara beat ÉIRE ÓG (replay).
Premier 1 U 16 Football League Final: BALLINCOLLIG 1 beat ;Nemo Rangers.
Premier 2 U 16 Football League Final: KILMURRY beat ÉIRE ÓG.
Central 3 U 18 Football C'ship semi-final: Douglas 2 beat INNISCARRA 2.
Central 3 U 16 Football C'ship semi-final: Carrigaline 2 beat BALLINCOLLIG 2.

A, B and C GRADES

Minor A Hurling C'ship Final: ÉIRÉ Óg beat Cúchullains (Kanturk).
U 16 A Hurling C'ship final: CLOUGHDUV beat St. Catherine's.
Minor A Football C'ship Final: Ilen Rovers beat CILL na MARTRA.
Minor B Football C'ship Final: NAOMH ABÁN beat AGHABULLOGUE.
Minor C Football C'ship Final: CLONDROHID beat BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH.
U 16 A Football C'ship Final: Valley Rovers beat MACROOM.
U 16 C Football C'ship Final: GRENAGH beat Shamrocks.
U 15 A Football C'ship Final: Passage West beat CANOVEE.
U 14 A Football C'ship semi-finals: Blarney bt Wolfe Tones; Ilen Rovers bt. Aghabullogue. Final: Ilen Rovers beat BLARNEY.
U 14 B Football C'ship Final: AGHINAGH beat Ballinascarthy.
U 14 C Football C'ship semi final: Boherbue beat CILL na MARTRA.
U 14 Féile Peil B Final: CILL na MARTRA beat Boherbue.

Leagues:

Minor A Hurling Final: Ballygiblin beat ÉIRE ÓG.
U 16 A Hurling Final: CLOUGHDUV beat CHARLEVILLE.
Minor A Football S/f: Ilen Rovers beat CILL na MARTRA.
Minor B Football Final: AGHABULLOGUE beat NAOMH ABÁN.
Minor C Football Final: BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH beat CLONDROHID.
U 16 A Football semi-final: Urhan beat MACROOM.
U 16 C Football Final: GRENAGH beat Clann na Gael.

Macroom GAA 2014

Macroom GAA had its share of ups and downs this past season on the field of play but overall, there were enough encouraging performances to give a sense of satisfaction and achievement after a lot of hard work by a whole lot of people over the course of the year. Off the field, the acquisition of the new floodlights at the Castle Grounds was, without doubt, the major event of the year and this completed the 'must do' list promised by committee some years ago and now completed with the outstanding support of the club members and general public.
In Premier Intermediate grade Macroom had a year which was affected by the absence through injury and other unavoidable causes of many players. In championship, Macroom had a great 1st round victory with a weakened but spirited team but then, with a nominally better team, lost to Carrigaline in very disappointing fashion. The team finished mid table in the Division Two County League and lost to Carrigaline in the Tom Creedon Cup.
The Junior A team lost to Kilmurry in the opening round of the championship but then played well to defeat Blarney in the second round. They were defeated by a good Aghinagh side at the quarter final stage. In league, the team finished comfortably in mid table in Div. Two. The Junior C team had an outstanding season and won league and championship honours. They had a stirring championship win in the final against Aghinagh and defeated Dripsey in the Div. Four league final. The panel was very settled and was a nice blend of young emerging and older experienced players, all of whom have given Macroom outstanding service down the years.
The U 21 team won the very competitive Mid Cork B championship and were very committed. The Minor team were quite unlucky to lose to Cill na Martra in the Rebel Óg East A championship final. The U 16 footballer won the East 'A' championship but lost the county final by a point to Valley Rovers, again after a very encouraging campaign.
Macroom referees, David Murnane and John Ryan, officiated at many important games at divisional, county and provincial level and both are very dedicated and appreciated, and they enjoy the support of a loyal team of officials.
Off the playing fields, the club's new floodlighting system came into use in the Autumn and has already drawn much favourable comment from all who have seen matches and importantly, played under the lights. The Co. Minor A Hurling final and replay were both played in Macroom and passed those tests with flying colours. The Castle Grounds hosted another memorable Mid Cork Junior A football final and later under lights, the semi-final of the County Junior Championship, when the meeting of Millstreet and Kilmurry was hugely enjoyable. Fintan Goold received the Muskerry Sports Star of the Month Award in recognition of his outstanding display with Muskerry footballers in their championship win over UCC and in the November County Board Club Draw, U 21 manager Francis Horgan won the 1st prize of a Ford Fiesta, a great way to finish the year and hopefully, an omen of good things to come in 2015.

Clondrohid GAA 2014

The Junior A football team played 5 championship games including two draws. The Junior C Team reached the championship semi-final. At under 21 level, Clondrohid and Inchigeeela amalgamated, with the team reaching the 'A' Championship final. Clondrohid Minor football team had a marvellous year, winning an Eastern region championship and league double and also winning the county championship final. A successful Cúl Camp was held in July with 85 children taking part. 30 younger club players travelled to Croke Park for the All Ireland quarter-final. As bingo is an important social outlet for some older people, the new organising committee has ensured its continuation. Following the completion of the floodlighting for the running track, superb sporting facilities are now available in Clondrohid. At the recent club A.G.M, outgoing chairman Noel McDonagh was thanked for his outstanding contribution to the club during the past six years. Clondrohid GAA club would like to thank everyone who contributed to the betterment of the club during 2014.

Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Bhí bliain iontach ag Béal Átha i mbliana agus tá siúl againn go mbeidh ceann níos fearr le teacht. Thosnaigh an bhliain amach le Oíche Rásaíochta in Árd na Laoí chomh maith le Seó Faisin iontach san Áras. D'eagraíodh Campa Samhraidh do pháistí óga na háite agus ghlac an-chuid páirt. Táimíd an bhuíoch do gach éinne a thug cabhair agus tacaíocht dúinn. The club would like to thank all those who catered for and sponsored all fundraising events during the year including Árd na Laoí, Siopa Uí Dhuinnín, Scoth Stíle le Caitríona and Martina and Emma Thomas, Tigh Seartan who were proud sponsors of the successful minor team.
Rinneadh ball óinig do Tadhg Ó Gealbháin de bharr na blianta a chaith sé mar bhall lárnach den gCumann. Ba mhaith linn buíochas ó chroí a ghabháil leis.
The Minors, this year under the management of Liam Seartan, Ciarán Ó Ceallacháin, Peadar ó Críodáin, Frank Ó Duinnín and Diarmuid Ó Tuama, were the club's most successful team. They played five league games and won all five comprehensively. They came up against Kilbrittain, Clonakilty, Gabriel Óg, Tadhg MacCarthaigh's and St James. The success continued through to their championship campaign which brought them to a county championship final, ultimately being narrowly beaten by a neighbouring Clondrohid team. This loss however, fuelled the boys to face the same team two weeks later in Baile Mhúirne and this time the result was in Ballingeary's favour. A fantastic way to finish off the year!
Fé 21. Bhí Damien Ó Lionaigh, Padraig Ó Criodáin agus Bill Scanlon i gceannas ar an bhfoireann. The Fé 21s played three leagues games. They won two and lost one. They also took part in the Glenville Cup where they beat Gabriel Ranger sand were finally beaten by Newcestown.
Junior B/C entered Lena Downs competition in Ballincollig, run as a blitz, where they played five games and were winners! Chomhgairdeas leo go léir.
Idirmhéanach. In round 1 of the Premier Intermediate Championship we faced Macroom where we lost 0-7 to Macroom 1-08. In round 2 we were drawn against Glenville and won 3-13 to 1-08. In round 4 we lost to Nemo Rangers by a point, a bitterly disappointing result after such a fantastic display of football.
Nollaig Shona faoí mhaise daoibh go léir!!

Aghinagh G.A.A.

2014 will be remembered as a historic year for the juveniles of Aghinagh and the addition of several new coaches/ trainers for all teams. The minors won three of their League fixtures, to finish third. They had championship victories over Valley Rovers & St. Catherine's and reached a semi-final with Carrig na bhFear which they lost by a point.
The U16s won through to contest a league final with St Vincent's who proved stronger. Hard earned victories over St Catherine's & St Nicks saw them reach the semi-final in Championship but lost to Glenville.
In the U12 league Aghinagh had a narrow loss against Grenagh.
There is training/ coaching for the U6, U8 & U10s every Tuesday, with sometimes as many as 70 attending..
The U14's achievements in 2014 will be remembered for a historic county final win, and also remaining undefeated throughout the league and championship. The victory over Ballinascarty in the county final was all the sweeter as they were the only club to defeat them in the final of the Féile Peile in April. Off the field the U14s were awarded the Rebel Óg award for November and now look forward to when the overall Rebel Óg winner will be announced.
The club has run a number of fundraising events during the year. Aghinagh Juvenile GAA would like to acknowledge and thank all the coaches, trainers and in particular parents without whom 2014 would not have been the historically wonderful year it was. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir agus tá súil againn go mbeimid ar ais le chéile arís i 2015 agus chomh rathúil.

Kilmurry G.A.A.

2014 was very successful year for the club, the highlight being winning back the Mid Cork Junior A football championship. The team improved throughout the season, with victories against Macroom, Inniscarra, Donoughmore and Dripsey after a replay. In the final against Aghinagh, after an anxious first 20 twenty minutes, the team's experience showed and resulted in a 6 point victory. The cup was presented to captain Greg Barrett by the Mid Cork Board Chairman JJ Long, amid scenes of jubilation. In the county championship the team had a very hard earned three point victory over St Mary's in the quarter final. The team will have regrets about their semi-final loss to a more economical Millstreet team who went on to win the county.
The Junior B team won three of their eight league games and in the championship, had impressive victories over Ballinora, Ballincollig and Iveleary, before losing the final to a stronger Naomh Aban team.
The Junior C team had a good turnout all year and won 2 of 6 league games but lost in the championship to a very strong Macroom team.
Under 21s had a disappointing campaign . The team won one of its two league games and lost to Aghabullogue in the championship in a very competitive game.
The Minor team had a mixed campaign. With a very young panel, they had one win and one draw out of six games but improved in championship and had a very good win against Donoughmore but lost the next round to Macroom.
The AGM in December had a good attendance. Officers: Chairman Jim Murphy, Vice Chairman Donagh Wall, Secretary Peter Lyons, Treasurer Noel O'Dowd, Assistant Treasurer JJ Murphy, PRO Michael John O'Mahony, Development Officer Denis O' Donoghue, Cultural Officer Michael White, Muskerry Board Delegate Pat O' Leary. County Board Delegate Richard Hinchion, Club Registrar Sean Murray, Coaching officer Michael Linehan, Children's Officer Ed Warren, ASAP Officer Michael Garvey. Special thanks outgoing officers Dave McCarthy, Teddy Hartnett, Albert Murphy and Michael Linehan.
We would like to wish all our players supporters, and everyone in Kilmurry club a happy Christmas and happy new year for 2015.

Macroom Ladies

Macroom Ladies Football Club had a busy year, with teams involved in lots of games. It culminated on the last day of training for U14, U12, U10, and U8 girls on September 17 when medals were presented to the U14 Ladies. An enjoyable day was had by players and coaches alike.
Macroom U14s contested the U14B League against Douglas and started well but lost out eventually 4-8 to 6-6. A very talented group of girls, with great potential. Thanks to coach Paul Kingston, mentors and all supporters and parents.
U12 girls reached the U12 league semi-final against Donoughmore. They are a committed group and have several new coaches for which the club is very grateful. U10s and U8s also received their medals.
The AGM took place on November 20. Officers elected: Chairperson Margaret Buckley, Secretary Eileen O'Mahony, Assistant Annette Munro, Treasurer Una Horgan, PRO Emer O'Leary. More support and help is needed to ensure the future of the club.
Macroom Ladies football would like to say well done to all the players for their commitment and achievements throughout the year. Much appreciation also to coaches, mentors and parents who helped out in any way. Don't forget to get your Macroom Juvenile GAA and Ladies Football 2015 calendar on sale at €10 each around Macroom town with proceeds going towards both clubs for activities in 2015. Macroom Ladies Football has training tops available, starting at €20. These were kindly subsidised by Macroom Credit Union. Contact: Emer O'Leary on 086 3792924 or Margaret Buckley on 0868304237.
Thanks to all and wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

West Muskerry A.C.

What a year West Muskerry A.C. has had. The coaches are delighted to see so many athletes taking up the sport of athletics with the club, be it to keep fit or for fun or to compete. There is a place for all. The number increased to full capacity this season for our club, with over 230 members. Those who just wanted to keep fit and have fun really enjoyed the training and those who wanted to compete worked hard and it was great to see them cross the finish line, proving to be a true athlete and those who were lucky to win medals were well deserving for the hard work they put in. We had success at West Cork, County, Munster and All Ireland levels in both Track and Field and Cross Country. There were also a record number of athletes competing in the Schools Cross Country hosted by the athletics club. It was also a great honour for the club to host the Even Age County Cross Country Championships and the West Cork Cross Country Championships and we would like to thank Mr. Gus Murphy for the use of the field for both these events. A big thank you goes to Eric Moynihan who designed our new Website www.westmuskerryac.com, which is proving to be very popular. There was also a senior section for over 18s set up every Wednesday night at the Tom Creedon Park. This proved very successful, with all who joined achieving personal bests in every race they ran. All info can be found on their blog Westmuskerryrunners.wordpress.com. On behalf of all the club officers and coaches we would like to thank all those who supported us during the year, those who helped with setting up the course for events and those who helped run the events. Without your support our club would not be the success it is today. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to 2015.

Muskerry Special Olympics

2014 was a great year for Muskerry Special Olympics Club. With almost 20 athletes now joined the club, its success continues. Most of the athletes competed in the Munster Games in CIT in May this year and came home with a huge haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and also 4th place ribbons, a huge achievement for all the athletes and the club. On the night of the selection for athletes to compete in the Ireland Games we were lucky to have two of our athletes selected - Jack Curtin for the 100m and the Relay and Aaron Ryan for the 100m, 400m and the relay. It was also a great honour for the club to have Joan Murphy selected as a track time keeper for the games; Siobhan Twomey as Coach Chaperone and Collette O'Riordan as Head Coach for athletics. The boys came home with two gold, two silver and a 4th place ribbon between them. The club has some fantastic volunteers who give of their time every week to help out with training as well as two dedicated coaches, Gerard Moynihan and Collette O'Riordan, who are delighted to give these athletes every opportunity to compete at the highest level. The year will finish on a high for Jack, Aaron, Collette, Siobhan and Joan as the President of Ireland and his wife have invited the 5 of them to Aras an Uachtaráin to enjoy a Christmas reception with them on the 20th of December, a great honour for all 5 members.

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Macroom Soccer team 1994 ©SMcS

Macroom Soccer

Munster Youths Cup. Macroom contested this 4th round tie for the first time ever and got through to the quarter finals. Great credit to all players along with coaches Shane O' Sullivan and Willie O' Riordan Snr.
Schoolboys. Macroom Under 13 striker Dylan Twomey and Mateusz Juszczak helped Cork Schoolboys League Under 13 side to Munster and All Ireland titles. Much credit is due to Cathal Prendeville, manager of the Macroom U13 side.
Race Night: at Murray's Bar in April was a great success.
At Under 12 level, Macroom striker Patrick Barry played for the Cork under 12 side. Macroom u12s are managed by Brian Bradley and John Francis Lee.
At under 14 level Tomas Collins was presented with the Cork Schoolboys league U14 Player of the Year award, the first player from the club to receive this award.
Amber Flag Initiative. Declan Adams, who works as a Mental Health Practitioner with the Suicide Aware Charity, stressed the importance of people talking about their problems as well as encouraging club members to look out for each other as the Amber Flag initiative was rolled out.
A.G.M. Chairman Denis Murray said it is vital to encourage more people, especially parents, to get involved with the club which now caters for in excess of 300 players, both girls and boys, from Under 7 up to Under 16. Officers elected: Honorary President: Willie O' Riordan Snr.. Chairman: Denis Murray. Vice Chairman: J.J. Murphy. Treasurer: Janet Shine. Assistant Treasurer: Connie Foley. Secretary: Pat Melia. P.R.O: Darragh Deasy. Underage Secretary: Willie O'Riordan Jnr. Committee: Noel O' Riordan, Kevin Lucey, Darren Kelly, John Corcoran, Brian Murphy, Declan Kelly, Mick Goold, Barry Fitzgerald, Paul Barrett, Deirdre Buckley, Angela O' Leary, Dave Andrews. Groundsman: Shane O'Sullivan. Insurance Officer: Denis Murray. Medical Officer: J.J. Murphy. Membership Officer: Angela O' Leary.
Schoolboys Awards Night at the Riverside Park Hotel in July. Guest of Honour was then Cork City F.C. and Republic of Ireland Under 21 defender, Brian Linehan. Medals were presented to the Under 12, 13, 14, 16 sides. Each schoolboy team also had individual award winners.
FAI Summer Schools Camp returned to Macroom in mid-July, with six fully qualified FAI coaches. The theme of the week was to listen, to show respect and to display fair play at all times.
7 a Side festival of football featured fourteen teams, with a cup and plate up for grabs after 26 games before a great crowd The plate was won by the Bell Inn and in the cup final Team James came out on top, defeating Bealnamorrive 4-2.
Schoolgirls. Macroom Soccer Club schoolgirls' team played their first ever competitive game at Under 12 level and won 3-2 away to Leeside.
Current Standing: Macroom FC Academy continues with training sessions on a weekly basis, catering for children ages 7 to 10. There are two Under 11 teams, one of which is top of their division with fifteen points from five games. The U12 side have seven points from five games. At U13 level, Macroom has eight points from five games. The U14s are in third place, with seven wins from ten starts. In the U15 grade its two wins from four for third place and three wins from six for the u16 team who are in fourth spot. Macroom Youths are in second position, only two points behind the leaders Park Utd and with a game less played. At junior level Macroom A lie mid table with six points from five league games. Macroom B are in second spot.
Macroom FC wishes to thank all of our sponsors, those businesses who facilitate the selling of lotto tickets and all those who helped and supported the club in any way during a busy 2014. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a sporting New Year.

Crookstown Karate Club

2014 has been a great year for Crookstown Karate Club, which continues to grow, with new members joining throughout the year. There were a number of gradings (examinations) conducted, with members showing great skill and karate spirit to move to the next level. We had the privilege to train with a number of Japanese Senseis on two occasions - Kancho Nobuaki Kanazawa (6th Dan), Shinji Tanaka Sensei (6th Dan) and Ryusho Suzuki Sensei (6th Dan). These were fantastic opportunities to refine current skills and learn new skills at sessions in Mayfield and Bandon. Five members of Crookstown club successfully passed their grading in Mayfield. The club now has a consistent group of dedicated members at various levels that compete at competitions. During 2014 the club was represented at competitions in Piltown (Kilkenny), Clonmel, Fermoy, Kildorrery and Ballyangley. Sensei Garrett O'Donovan (club instructor) and members put in much hard work in preparation for these competitions, all of which paid off, with many cherished medals won. These successes could not happen without the support of the parents who provide transportation and support.
Happy Christmas everyone and may 2015 bring you much joy and happiness.

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

The 2014 calendar of events started with a nutrition talk from Herbalife to get everyone back on track for the season ahead. With weekly Sunday spins continuing throughout the winter months, a series of spinning classes were put in place to keep the legs going during the week. Many thanks to everyone in Macroom leisure club for keeping us all motivated. An open club meeting was held in early March for members to express views on all aspects of the club and cycles. It was decided to split the group into two to cater for all levels of cyclists and this proved a great success. Our first "summer" club prior was well attended with over 25 members cycling and numbers continued very strong through the season. The club had a strong presence in many events and sportives during the summer, including The Pilgrimage Trust cycle to Lourdes, the Cycle Against Suicide, Wicklow 200, Muskerry tour, Ring of Kerry, The Tour de Munster and many more. VWCC also organised its own sportives and charity events such as The Sheep's Head, The Beara Spin, Mick Dineen and Trasna na nGleannta charity cycle which raised €3100 for D.S.I and CUH Stroke Unit. The club and committee would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and talent to help make these events the great success that they were. We look forward to your continued support in 2015 which promises to be an exciting year with a packed schedule of events.
Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year from Valley Wheelers Cycling Club.

Bookworms

Christmas books for everyone.

Biography/ Autobiography. History. Sport. Fiction. Children. Cooking.

Down the Crooked Road by Mary Black €23.99. T.K. Whitaker by Anne Chambers €28.99. Dalo by Anthony Daly €20.99. History of Loneliness by John Boyne €14,99. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult €16.99. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle €11.99. Simply Delicious Christmas by Darina Allen €26.99. Do You Remember by Alice Taylor €16.99.

Truly something for everyone

At Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom

All I Don't Want for Christmas!

Clothes are officially the worst Christmas gift to receive according to a new poll. Fashion items that don't fit or just don't suit were the most likely gifts to spur heartfelt comments such as "You REALLY shouldn't have", with 18% of 1017 adults surveyed by Promocodes.ie saying they would really rather choose their own gifts. Perfumes, bath and shower items came in a close second on the Christmas gifts blacklist, with 14% of those polled saying they would be disappointed if a loved one placed these under the tree for them on Christmas morning. The traditional gift of handkerchiefs was deemed most unacceptable by 8% of respondents. One in ten surveyed said tacky underwear and novelty gifts were unwelcome. While most will turn over a new leaf in the new year, fitness equipment packed little punch, with 7% saying they just didn't want it for Christmas, followed by 6% turning their nose up at the prospect of unwrapping a scented candle. A plant bought at the petrol station came next at 5%, along with cheap and tacky jewellery. Finally, ornaments are the most likely Christmas gift to be sent straight to the attic or off to a jumble sale. Other disappointing gifts included socks, kitchen gadgets, cheap chocolates and DVDs. Spending more doesn't necessarily help the situation. Personal gifts can be a wonderful and cheap idea.

Tips to Avoid Colds and Flu

Get the Flu Vaccine, particularly if aged 65 years and over and anyone with a chronic medical condition.
Wash your Hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs.
Stay Hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day
Help Fight Infection by getting adequate sleep, eating well and taking regular exercise.
Control Stress as it can result in a weakened immune system, making you more prone to colds and flu.
Limit contact with infected peopleuntil their symptoms have disappeared.
If you have a cold, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands as soon as possible. Catch it, bin it, kill it.
Get the right Treatment – Ask your pharmacist about the best medicines to take to relieve your symptoms.

Christmas Grief

Look out for those grieving this Christmas. Many people suffer in silence. Christmas is difficult for many as they feel lonely after losing a loved one during the year. Christmas is seen as a family time, a time of reunions and there is an expectation that people will be cheerful but for someone who is still grieving, their loss is emphasised. There are tell-tale signs that someone is suffering at Christmas: outgoing people avoiding parties; changes in eating and sleeping habits; mood swings; letting personal appearance go.
Encourage people to talk and listen to them. If they don't feel comfortable talking to you suggest they talk to someone else - a friend, their doctor or a counsellor. Don't be afraid to name the person who is no longer with them. Ask them what they think might help or invite them to plan ahead to get through the holiday.

Tips for those grieving over Christmas

Take time to plan for the holiday, if possible, do something very different;

Surround yourself with whatever brings you comfort and a sense of wellbeing e.g. listening to music;

Watch comedies on TV;

Exercise, wrap up and brave the elements, fresh air is healthy and invigorating;

Avoid alcohol ;

Talk to someone about how you are feeling.

Thoughts for the day

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks.

Don't burden yourself with anger for your enemies. Forgive them. That'll make them really angry.

It's not how far you fall but how high you bounce

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

When you judge others you are revealing your own fears and prejudices.

The display of status symbols is usually a result of low self - esteem.

The secret is to become wise before you get old.

To teach is to learn again

Think before you ink (or tweet)

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Macroom and District Gardaí 1994, when most lived locally and were well known. 1994 ©SMcS

Crime Prevention

Crime can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Therefore it is very important that you and your property are protected at all times. Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won't bother. The following is a check list to ensure your home is burglar proof:

Ensure all windows and doors are properly fitted and equipped with secure locking systems. Glass panelled doors should be reinforced and shatter resistant.

Lock all doors and secure all windows when away from home, even when you are out in the yard or garage. This also applies for outhouses and garages.

Do not leave spare keys under mat, flowerpots etc. They will be found by burglars and used to gain entry.

Avoid leaving large amounts of cash at home.

Sensor lights are great deterrents and illuminate visitors and the outside of the house during the hours of darkness. External lighting should be placed outside every door and dark spot around the home.

Ensure hedging and trees are trimmed so as burglars cannot hide behind them and they can be seen from the road by other road users.

Ensure tools, machines and other high value items are stored in garages or sheds that are securely padlocked to prevent removal.

Ensure your home always looks like someone is at home.

Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars.

Some burglars will try to trick their way into your home on a pretext or create a diversion so that an accomplice can sneak in separately. You should always be wary of strangers calling to your home. Take precautions:

Do not open the door to anyone before you've checked who it is and what they want. Use your door viewer and chain/limiter.

Check identification.

Do not leave strangers unattended at your door step.

Ensure your back door is locked when you answer a call at the front door.