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Macroom Hunt on a wet New Year's Day 2015. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Aghabullogue Point to Point on Sun. Jan. 11th from 12 noon in Aghabullogue.
Presentation of Jeep for Jason in Ballinascarthy Hall on Sat. Jan. 17th from 7pm - 9pm,
Clondrohid Christmas / New Year Party in the Community Hall on Sun. Jan. 18.
Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abáin: cruinniú oiche De Luain 19/1/2015 8p.m. in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne Cúil, Aodha
Oíche Cheoil ag Club Cispheile Gleann na Laoi ar 21ú lá d'Eanair in Ostán Riverside, Maighchromtha ar 7.30p.m .
Kilgarvan Ag Rith charity 5km/ 10km race in Kilgarvan on the 8th of Feb. at 12 noon.
Benefit Night At Dogs Friday Feb 13th for Cork Camogie All Ireland Champions
Macroom Library:

Gramophone Circle: Mon. Jan. 12. 11a.m.
Bridge on Wed. 14th Jan. at 10.30.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Jan. 15 at 11.30a.m
The Purlies Thurs. 22nd Jan. at 11a.m. .

Briery Gap:
The Fault in our Stars Mon. Jan. 12 at 8.30p.m..
French film for schools – Populaire - 13th January @ 10:30am.
Pride Wed. Jan. 14 at 8.30p.m.
River Runner, a film about the Gearagh, Mon. Jan. 19 at 8.30p.m.
Begin Again Mon. Jan. 26 at 8.30p.m.
German film for schools - Life's No Piece of Cake - 27th January at 10:30am..
Human Capital Wed. Jan. 28 at 8.30p.m.
Brian Kennedy Sat. 7th February @ 8.30pm
Patrick O'Sullivan Friday 13th February at 8pm .
Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st.

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

Greenshoots 5

Applications from budding entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups committed to making their mark in 2015 are now invited for Greenshoots 5, due to begin in early February. If you have a business or a business concept, the Greenshoots programme could help you get your idea from conceptual stage to launch, or your existing business to firmer footing. To find out more about the programme and decide if it's the kick start you and your business needs right now please click on our website greenshootscork.ie
Macroom E is delighted to be the new project manager for the South Cork Schools Enterprise Awards Programme. This is an enterprise education programme that aims to provide support to second level schools wishing to embrace entrepreneurial projects and stimulate business skills within the school's curriculum. At the recent Christmas Trade Fair at Cork Airport, over 370 students took part, showcasing over 100 student start-ups. The programme is supported by the Local Enterprise Office South Cork. See www.studententerprise.ie for more.

McEgan College Updates

Bóthar Sponsored Walk. The 4A2 class took part in a sponsored walk in aid of Bóthar, each student raising €5 and €100 went towards buying a share of a dairy cow which will be a lifesaving gift for one family in Africa. 4A1 are hoping to do the same in the New Year for Marymount Hospice.
Advent Reconciliation Service. School chaplain, Fr O'Mahony was joined by Fr. Roberts, Fr. Manning and Fr. McCarthy as all students attended a group prayer service and were then invited to take part in the sacrament of reconciliation. Many students took advantage of the opportunity to prepare for Christmas in a meaningful way.
SVP Christmas Food Appeal. During December students and staff brought in non-perishable food items which were distributed to needy families in the local area by the SVP. Thanks to the LCA2 class who looked after organising this year's appeal.
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. 'Team Hope Christmas Shoebox appeal', whereby participants fill shoeboxes which are sent to needy children in developing countries, was again a great success.
Crib Visit / Religion Room During the final weeks of term, every religion group in the school was brought to pray at the crib in St. Colman's Church Macroom.
November Remembrance Mass 1st and 3rd year students participated in a special Mass to mark the month of November. Fr. Joe said a lovely mass and Ms. O'Regan's music students sang and played beautifully. It was a special occasion where students and staff remembered their deceased family and friends in a special way.

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Alan Coleman, County Mayor, with staff and students at Macroom Youthreach Open Day ©John Dullea

Youthreach Macroom Open Day

Youthreach Macroom, Centre for Education, under the auspices of Cork Education and Training Board, hosted an Open Day on December 11 to celebrate their achievements for the year to date. The event was well supported by parents, local employers and local school principals. Cork County Mayor, Councillor Alan Coleman officially opened the event and Ger Canning, Adult Education Officer with Cork ETB, also attended. The Open day showcased the student's achievements in the realm of Community Projects, Outdoor Education, IT, Spanish and Graphics and Construction. Ciara O'Connor, an LCA 1 student, showcased her art work which was commended by all in attendance and students under the direction of Home-Economics teacher, Nesta Bonner, cooked and catered for the guests. The County Mayor officially launched a website created by a final year student, Jack Dineen i.e. www.irishbarnfinds.com. Jack successfully identified a niche for sourcing vintage car parts around Ireland and set up the website to enable users to upload images of old cars they find in a forgotten state in yards and ditches all over Ireland. Jack was supported in developing his website by his IT teacher Guy and Assistant Co-ordinator Jon Hynes.
In the realm of drama, following on from their win of a National award for their video 'Nicotine Nation' which promoted an anti-smoking message, the drama group in Youthreach Macroom, under the direction of Drama teacher Angela Doherty, also showcased their latest work, 'Blank Cheque'. This short movie will focus on issues of inequality in the workplace and the students hope they can reach similar levels of success with this project in 2015. Career Guidance Teacher Alayne Hynes delivered a presentation on Progression of Youthreach students and the links which have been established with local colleges of further education, employers and SOLAS. Centre Co-ordinator, Ann O' Riordan commented that Youthreach Macroom is especially grateful to parents, local schools, community agencies, employers and local businesses for their on-going support and goodwill. The vision for the Centre will continue to focus on offering young people a second chance in education and progression on to better life chances.

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Braving the elements at Macroom Hunt on New Year's Day are Jack and Karol Lynch © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Christmas Draw

Members of the LVEB gave customers free draw tickets in the run up to Christmas and the following are the winners of the two draws for €50 vouchers and the outlets from which they got the tickets. .
1st Draw December 5: Mary Garrett, 12 Ard na Greine, Macroom. Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre.
Anna O'Connor, Mullinroe, Macroom. Mary's Toymaster.
Don Creedon, No 8 Sally Gardens,Macroom. Connections.
Priscilla Cunningham, 23 Glen Park, Macroom. A. Browne's.
Maria Doyle, 29 Glen Park, Macroom. Mc Carthy's Newsagents.
Doireann Healy, Terelton. Dan Twomey's.
Rory Carberry, 13 Waterpark Grove, Carrigaline. Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre.
Patsi Geasley, 2 Glen Park. Dan Twomey's.
Mary O'Callaghan, Ballinhassig, Dan Twomey's
Liam Lonergan, Kilmichael. Kelleher of Macroom
2nd Draw - 19th Dec. Con Lynch, 5 O'Brien Place, Dripsey. Kerins.
Siobhan Henley, No 3 Glenview, Gurteenroe, Macroom. Fitz- Geralds Bookshop.
Marian O'Leary, Carrigaphooka. M & J Kelleher
Aine Golden, Kilnamartyra. Glenview Motors.
Marian Coughlan, St Colman's Park. North Square Pharmacy.
Ciara O'Riordan, Macroom. Richaldine House B & B
Con Lucey, Doireach, Renanaree. Ml O'Leary Hardware.
Mairead Twohig, Ballinagree. Costcutters, Masseytown.
Joan Reilly, Aglish, Coachford.
Dan Daly, Coachford. Kerins..

River Runner Film

'River Runner' will show in the Briery Gap in January. The following is the account of the film given in the mp2films website:
'RIVER RUNNER is a feature length documentary of a river system in southern Ireland that holds many secrets. This is the true story of the plight of the wild Atlantic salmon and the near catastrophic clear felling of a unique river forest. The dilemma is lucidly explained by a world class salmon angler, Alan Nolan, who is at home on the lower reaches of the river Lee. Further upstream beyond two dams, constructed in the 1950's, another secret cloaked for a half a century is explained by environmental & ecology expert Kevin Corcoran. The Gearagh is an inland river forest delta, one of only four on our blue planet. Several hundred acres of this ancient forest, especially age old oaks and yew trees, were cut down to enable the efficient production of electricity. A unique community of Irish speaking forest dwellers, 39 homes and farmsteads, were issued compulsory purchase orders. These houses were dynamited out of existence. The question has never been answered whether this was truly necessary for the sake of progress? The plight of the magnificent wild Atlantic salmon in what was once known as the Silver Lee, due to the abundance of fish, continues to remain critical.'

Flower Club 2014

Macroom Flower & Garden Club enjoyed a busy schedule throughout 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.

Flower Club Ruby Anniversary

Macrooom Flower & Garden Club celebrated its Ruby Anniversary Dinner at the Castle Hotel on December 5. Guests included founding members Claire Quill and Betsy O'Riordan. The occasion was marked with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Donal Roberts. Macroom Church Choir was present and included Brendan O'Brien and Michael Bradley, with music accompaniment by Mary McSweeney. Honorary Members and Committee Members participated in the Mass. A sumptuous 4 course dinner followed and was served by the excellent staff of the Castle Hotel. The cutting of the Anniversary cake by founding members was a wonderful milestone for the club. Following the meal, Chairperson Ann Quinlan and President Eileen Kelly addressed all present and thanked everyone for attending such a special occasion. Cards of congratulations were read by Secretary Nora Gallagher The evening was rounded off with Mini Floral Demonstrations by Betsy O'Riordan of Betsy's Flowers, who created a festive wreath and by Mary O'Keeffe (AOIFA) Ballincollig, former President of the Association of Irish Floral Artists, who demonstrated a traditional Hogarth Curve using seasonal foliage, orchids and Rosa (blueberry). The Officers and Committee would like to thank all who attended and helped in any way to make it a memorable occasion.

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The grand finale at Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Panto 2014

The 2014 Panto in the Briery Gap was again a resounding success, playing to full houses for all seven performances. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a rollicking romp, with comedy and slapstick galore. The credo that 'the show must go on' was tested to the last, with bereavements besetting some principals, but, in true stage fashion, these problems were overcome. Particular credit must go to Stephanie Shine who stepped in at very short notice to take on the role of the Wicked Stepmother. With flawless timing and impeccable delivery of lines, she was the essence fe evil and earned the ultimate tribute to a 'baddie' – booing and hissing from the young in the audience at the grand finale!
The Dwarfs were excellent - irrepressible, funny and very distinctive, while the Housekeeper was everything required of a Panto Dame.
Special congratulations to the Costume department for getting 100 children dressed in beautiful outfits and on and off stage for the various routines. They were spectacular and colourful and the seriously focussed, tiny tots were most endearing.
The management of the Briery Gap is very appreciative of all who contributed to the success of the show. The annual panto contributes hugely to the finances of the theatre and depends very much on voluntary help and support. Sincere thanks to the cast, orchestra and backstage team and particular credit to Anne Dunne, scriptwriter, musical director and woman of all work.
Cast: Snow-white – Kelly Ann Healy. Stepmother – Maureen O'Brien. Dame- Jim .Leahy. King George- Pat O'Connell. Nanny- Treasa O'Riordan. Shifty- Pat Kelleher. Nifty- Con Foley. Nurse- Róisín Crowley. Fairy Queen- Carmel McCarthy. Prince- Eugene Lee. Mirror Mirror - Pat Brady. 7 dwarfs- Bobby Wolfe, Darren Faul, David Leahy, Richard O'Sullivan, Brian de Róiste, James Farrell, Stephen Coleman.

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Visitors from Bantry and Kilkenny meet some of the Dwarfs at the Briery Gap panto ©Cathal Nolan

Adult Chorus—Martin McCarthy (soloist), Anita Gallagher, Elaine Dunne, Theresa Dineen, Sarah O'Riordan, Caoimbhe Moynihan, Emma Fleming (soloist), Mary Lynch, Eimear Farrell, Heloise O'Sullivan, Ellen Sheehan
Children's Chorus—Molly McCarthy, Lia Kenny, Tess Kenny, Abbie McSweeney, Ailbe O'Sullivan, Finn Brady, Colin Finn, Saoirse Twomey, Lisa Dowling, Alison Dowling, Hannah O'Connell, Grace Kelleher, Julia Collins, Lorraine Casey, Sinead O'Connell, Mark O'Connell, Alex Healy, Kayla Healy, Cara O'Brien, Orla O'Brien, Sara Lyons, Shauna Cronin, Katie Cronin, Amy Cronin, Kate Buckley, Leah Buckley, Eoin McCarthy, Aoife McCarthy, Niamh Harte, Emma Kelleher, Beatrice Lehrell, Orna Mahony, Molly Browne, Kelly Scullane, Jack Scullane, Lisa Scullane, Anna Scullane, Daniel Mulcahy, Luke Mulcahy, Eoin Moynihan, Tadhg Carter, Joe Carter, Elma McCarthy, Meabh McCarthy, Emer McCarthy, Jamie Blavin, Nicola Kiernan, Grace Kiernan, Jessica Kiernan, Frankie Kiernan, Lorna Hodman, Mary Sheehan, Ellen Sheehan, Lisa Kingston, Ava Rose Gallagher, Evan Gallagher,Eadaoin Ni Riordain, Amy Browne, Katie Browne, Aibhea O'Shea, Caoibhe Foley, Niamh Foley, Aoibhean Foley, Kate O'Sullivan Kierea Moynihan, Liadh Hurley, Sophie Moynihan, Ellie Buckley, Lucy Duggan, Tori Kelleher, Madeline O'Callaghan, Dorothy O'Callaghan, Isabelle O'Callaghan, Aoife Downey, Kate Downey, Sean O'Leary, Brendan O'Leary, Laoise O'Flynn, Abbie Sweeney, Hannah Sweeney, Liadain O'Regan, Emily O'Regan, Laura Hallissey, Conor Mueller, Shauna Young, Ciara O'Riordan, Doireann Vaughan, Cliona Vaughan, Aisling Geany, Chantelle Mason, Alisha O'Driscoll
Child Soloists—Ava Rose Gallagher, Finn Brady, Liadh Hurley, Lorraine Casey and Kayla Healy
Children's Registration Co-Ordinator—Alisheen O'Connell. Rehearsal Co-Ordinator—Theresa Dineen. Choreography—Kelly Ann Healy and Maureen O'Brien. Lighting & Sound—Jon Mathers and Kevin Moynihan. Costumes—Rita O'Brien with special assistants from Eimer Blavin, Ann Marie McMahon, Jennifer O'Sullivan, Carmel McCarthy, Clare O'Brien, Siobhan O'Brien, Fiona Tobin, Make Up—Eleanor Healy and Anita Gallagher. Stage Set and Props—Denis Coleman. Back Stage Assistant—P J Leonard. Stage Managers—Denis Noonan and Denis Coleman. Orchestra Ann Egan—Piano, Liam Kent—Guitar, Padraig Dineen—Percussion, Elaine McCarthy - Cello. Laura McCarthy—Violin. Script and Direction—Ann Dunne.
Special thanks to all our raffle sponsors and John and Teresa McKevitt, Carlingford; Showstoppers Clondrohid, Clare O'Brien, Frankie Twomey Hardware, Murray's Furniture, Costumes supplied by Nomac. A special thank you to all the parents.

Macroom Library

Hopefully, news of our closure on Mondays from here on has percolated down to all our service users. It was not a local decision and indeed none of the Cork County library branches will be open on Mondays from now until the staff embargo is lifted. There has been no recruitment since 2007 and what with retirements etc., staffing levels can no longer sustain 6 day opening. We have been given a special dispensation to hold the Gramophone Circle on Monday 12th January as we had already informed patrons that would be the date before we were notified about the Monday closure. Therefore, our doors will be open that morning from 10.00 until 1.00 but we will not be in a position to issue books, provide internet service or the daily papers. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this will cause. Connie Foley will present and it will be his first show.

Bookclub will take place on Wednesday 7th January at 11.am until 12.30. The Purlies will not be here until Thursday 22nd January. They are taking a well-earned break. Their Advent calendar and Christmas tree decorations were much admired even featuring on Dan Joe Kelleher's local television.

Bridge returns on Wednesday 14th January at 10.30. We look forward to seeing all our regulars. Ciorcal Cainte will have to be rescheduled from Monday to Thursday and provisionally, we will be having it on Thursdays at 11.30, the first one being on Thursday 15th. Nora Levis will continue to host it.

Briery Gap Programme

Oliver: Auditions for April show, Sun. Feb. 8 in Briery Gap. Children 3p.m. Adults 6.30p.m. 
Cinema:
 The Fault in our Stars Mon. Jan. 12 at 8.30p.m. . Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient, is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters. Starring . Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe
French film for schools – Populaire - 13th January @ 10:30am.
Sullane Film Group presents Pride Wed. Jan. 14 at 8.30p.m. Realizing that they share common foes in Margaret Thatcher, the police and the conservative press, London-based gays and lesbians lend their support to striking coal miners in 1984 Wales
River Runner, a film about the Gearagh, Mon. Jan. 19 at 8.30p.m.
Begin Again Mon. Jan. 26 at 8.30p.m.
German film for schools - Life's No Piece of Cake - 27th January at 10:30am..
Sullane Film Group presents Human Capital Wed. Jan. 28 at 8.30p.m.
Theatre:
Brian Kennedy will perform 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
Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Jan. 11: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. 150th anniversary Famine Mass from Carrigastyra 1997.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Scoraíocht from Ard na Laoi, Ballingeary 1995. Macroom Hunt 2015.
Wed. Jan. 14: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. An tAthair Peadar Concert in Ballyvourney 1989. Macroom Ploughing 2015.
Sun. Jan. 18: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass from St. Gobnait's, Ballyvourney 2014.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Jan. 21: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Murt Kelleher Show in Fr. Ryan Hall 1986.

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.

Snippets

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Oliver for Briery Gap: It has just been announced that the 2015 Spring Musical in Macroom is to be the very popular 'Oliver', based on Dickens classic. Directed by Kevin Hough, it will be staged at the end of April, dates to be confirmed. Auditions on Sunday, February 8 at the Briery Gap. Children – boys and girls aged 7 years upwards - from 3pm. Adult Cast and Chorus from 6.30pm. Audition requirements available from Box Office -026 42421.

Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abáin: Beidh an chéad cruinniú eile chun tógáil Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abáin ar siubhal oiche De Luain 19/1/2015 ar a 8:00 in Árus Eamon Mac Suibhne Cúil, Aodha, agus míle fáilte roimh éinne is cách go bhfuil suim acu cabhrú. Táimíd ag tabhairt faoi suíomh idirlíne agus ag leanúint leis an idirghabháil maidir le suíomh. Tá ofráiltí talaimh againn cheana féin.

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. Next meeting, January 13 2015. New members welcome.

Kilgarvan Ag Rith running club will hold a charity 5km/ 10km race in Kilgarvan on the 8th of February 2015 at 12 noon. Entry fee €20. All funds raised will go to Féileacáin ( Stillbirth and neonatal association of Ireland). This charity is a non-profit organisation. The run will start and finish at the Top of Coom pub, Kilgarvan and will go from Kerry into Cork.

Ballingeary Pipe Band departed from their traditional marching format when they performed at parish masses over Christmas, much to the delight of the congregation. Their repertoire included Adeste Fideles, Little Drummer Boy & Jingle Bells.

Art Success. St. Joseph's Primary School had great success in Macroom Credit Union Art Competition. In the 8-10 age group – 1st Clodagh 3rd Class. In the 11-13 age group, Caoimhe 5th Class came 2nd and in 7 and under, Leah in 1st Class came 3rd. The winning entries will now go on to the regional finals and hopefully on to the National finals from there.

Laochra Óg Hurling Club would like to thank the people of Macroom, Caum, Clondrohid and Carriganimma for their support at the recent church gate collections. It was greatly appreciated. Collections in Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Reinaree and Coolea next weekend.

Canovee G.A.A. AGM was held on December 15th in the clubrooms. This turned out to be a low key affair with the item receiving most discussion being the plan to upgrade the club's facilities . There was one change at the top table with John Barry Murphy stepping down as treasurer after eight years and Pat Harrington taking his place. John has given a life time of service to the club through a number of roles and his prudent bookeeping leaves the club in a healthy state while also showing a small surplus for the year. We are very grateful for his huge contribution to the club.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Dec. 16. Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn 4, 19, 35. No Winner. €70 Micke Buckley, 14 Sullane Weirs €20 Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe. Michael Murphy, Cork Street. Anita Murphy, Cork Street. Paul Long, New Street. Barra O'Driscoll, Sleaveen West
Dec. 23. Jackpot €3,400. Numbers drawn 24, 29, 31. No Winner. €70 Sheila O'Riordan, Teerbeg. €20 Kay Kelleher, South Square. Marcelle O'Neill, Coughduv. Emer Lynch, Sleaveen West. Ella Goold, Gurteenroe. Anita Murphy, 9 Cork Street.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Dec. 24. Jackpot €1.600 Numbers 5, 16, 34. No Winner. €70 - Marita Fitzgearld, Carrigapooka. €20 - K. O'Donoghue, Ballyvourney. John O'Riordan, The Terrace, Clondrohid. Sheila O'Riordan, Teerbeg. Eddie McDonagh, Sleaveen West, Macroom.
Dec. 31. Jackpot €1.800 Numbers 9, 23, 28. No Winner. €70 - Marion McSweeny, c/o Laine Bar. €20 - Donnach Spillane Dennehy, Moulnahorna. Jessica McSweeney, Carrigaphooka. Margaret O'Shea, Bridgemount. Maureen Beth, c/o Pat O'Brien

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Dec. 21. Jackpot: €1,600.Numbers Drawn: 4 - 8 – 40 No Winner, €50 Helane and John McSweeney, c/o Laine Bar. €20 Conchur Lucey, Carrigadrohid Shop. Jason McCarthy, Tigh Uí Laoghaire. Fionn Lehane, Ballinagree. Anna O'Driscoll. Lacknahacknee.
€100 Hamper.Rose & Dan O'Connor, Lyroe, Ballinagree. €60 Voucher for Michael Twomey .Peggy Lynch, Horsemount, Ballinagree. Bottle of Whiskey.James & Mary Ambrose, Caherbarolue. Noel Healy, Horsemount
Dec. 28. Jackpot: €1,750.Numbers Drawn: 23- 24 – 26 No Winner, €50 Seanie and Kay McSullivan, Carrigulla. €20 Denis O'Driscoll, Horsemount. Alan and Bill O'Sullivan, Knockrour. Michael Twomey and Seamus, The Ploughman. Mary Cotter, Leades.
Jan.4. Jackpot: €1,900.Numbers Drawn: 5 - 9 – 30 No Winner, €50 Anna Casey, Rusheen. €20 Julia and Erica Kelleher, Leades. Jerry Hubbard, Inchilea. David O'Leary, Knock, Bealnamorrive. Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Callaghan, Ballinagree.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Dec. 28. Jackpot: €11,400, Numbers Drawn: 2, 6, 15, 28. No Winner. €50 DAD c/o Don Carroll.. €25 Eily O'Connor, Aherla. Eamonn Lyons, Caum
Jan. 4. Jackpot: €11,550, Numbers Drawn: 8, 23, 24, 28. No Winner. €50 Samantha Crean, Cloughduv. €25 Emily Lyons, Carrigadrohid. Ger Ahern, Forrest.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 22/12/2014, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 2 – 11 – 33, No Winner, €40 Jim Sullivan, €20 Paddy Lehane, Mary Duggan, Margaret O' Shea, Joe O' Riordan (Yearly Ticket), Ger O' Connell (Yearly Ticket).
29/12/2014, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 – 20 – 27, No Winner, €40 Mary Sull & Maria, €20 Molly O' Connell, Liah Casey, Denis O' Callaghan, Mary Buckley.
5/1/2015, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 12 – 33, No Winner, €40 C/O Declan Casey, €20 Gillian Murphy, Sarah Buckley, Michael Sexton (Yearly Ticket), Diarmuid O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Macroom Ploughing Match 2015

This eagerly awaited match took place on January 3 on the lands of Denis Murphy Lee View. Though the morning started with some mist, the committee breathed a sigh of relief when the sun peeped out. Having been plagued with bad weather for the past few years, everyone was hoping for success this year. The committee was not to be disappointed, and with 52 competitors on site and a large crowd in attendance, it was smiles all round. The Committee would like to thank the landowner, all those who competed, and all who came to look on, but especially all the sponsors without whose constant contributions there would be no ploughing. Thank you to Sean McSweeney, John O'Sullivan, and all photographers who attended and of course to the local T.V. man, Dan Joe. Ploughing 2015 may be seen on Local Television on Wednesday, January 14 on the 9.30p.m. bulletin.
A big thank you to all who worked to make it a success, and to Evelyn and her staff at Coolcower House for their excellent meals and assistance. A large and crowd attended Coolcower later that night for results and enjoyed music by Autumn Gold and songs late into the night compliments of the Ploughing Committee.

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Paddy Sullivan, Billy O'Connell, Jackie Spillane, J.J. and Donncha Delaney at Macroom Ploughing Match 2015 © Lee Valley Outlook

Results: Senior Tractor: 1st John A. O' Donovan 2nd Jim Grace 3rd Barry O'Sullivan 4th Jackie O'Driscoll 5th Stanley Deane 6th D.J. Keohane
U 21 1st David Walsh 2nd Aidan O'Donovan 3rd Andrew O'Donovan
U 28 1st Kieran Coakley 2nd Gerard Kirby 3rd Joe Twomey
Intermediate 1st Kevin O'Driscoll 2nd John Murphy and Geoff Wycherley
Reversible Ploughing 2 Furrow 1st Jer Coakley 2nd Michael Wycherley
3 Furrow 1st Niall Twomey 2nd Dan Hurley 3rd Padraig Walsh 4th Jerry Creedon
Horse 1st J.J. Delaney
Vintage Class Single Furrow 1st Gordon Jennings
Vintage Trailer 1st John Wolfe
Vintage Open Hydraulic 1st Sean Ryan 2nd John O'Neill 3rd Maurice Sheehy and Denis Cummins
Vintage Confined 1st Cian Harrington 2nd Ita Wisersema
Standard 3 Furrow 1st Kevin O'Riordan 2nd Jason McCarthy 3rd Matthew Coakley
Ladies 1st Siobhan Hennessey
Local Classes: Reversible Ploughing 1st Alan Lynch 2nd Gerard Coakley 3rd Willie Lyons 4th Sean Buttimer
Local 3 Furrow Standard 1st Paul Creedon 2nd Dan F. O'Riordan 3rd Gerard Kelleher 4th David Wiseman 5th Fr. Pat O'Donovan
Local Beginners 1st Caroline Creedon 2nd Celine Casey
Macra Class 1st Patrick Buckley
Loy Digging Class 1st Adrian Grace

Clondrohid Updates

Winning Streak: Heartiest congratulations to Mary Twomey of The Terrace, Clondrohid for her outstanding performance in Winning Streak. Mary came away with €44,000, but will be remembered for her smiling face during the whole show. Well done Mary and enjoy your winnings.
Married v Single: Married men emerged victorious after a heroic defensive display and clinical finishing in front of goal, with a final score of 4-2 to 2-6. A fantastic turnout and generous donations led to €1000 being raised for suicide prevention. Sincere thanks to everyone who supported, contributed and played their part in a great day. Happy New Year to all and married men abú. Last year the singles took the honours, so this year's win by the marrieds leaves it all to play for next year.
Development Group: The annual Christmas / New Year Party will take place in the Community Hall on Sunday, January 18. A great day out for adults, food, drink, music, dancing, raffle, and a lot of entertainment provided by our young folk.
Christmas Entertainment: A very entertaining night was held in the hall the Saturday before Christmas when the local children displayed their talents in storytelling, nativity stories, music and singing. Well done to teachers, Parents Association , and all those involved. €1,900 was raised and divided between the Parents Association and the Hall Committee. The raffle raised over €600 and this was donated to the Simon Community.
Macroom Ploughing: A very successful Ploughing Match was held on the lands of Denis Murphy Lee View on Sunday, January 3 with over 52 competitors. The weather was kind and large crowds attended. The Committee would like to thank all those who helped to make it such a success. Large crowds attended Coolcower House that night for results and enjoyed music by Autumn Gold and a sing song, compliments of the Ploughing Committee.
Set Dancing: To help you lose the few pounds you may have put on over the festive season, Teddy Kelleher is resuming his Set Dancing classes on Tuesday night Jan 13 at 8pm..Everyone welcome.,

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Jack Murphy, Chairperson Aghabullogue Point to Point Committee, presenting a defibrillator to Willie Dennehy, Chairperson ACR Community Council ©

Coachford Updates

Christmas: The village of Coachford was buzzing with activity this Christmas. The church ceremonies were beautiful, the shops were busy, the pubs were packed and the atmosphere was electric. Many of the young people who emigrated over the last few years returned home for the festivities and for Christmas weddings. The new Christmas lights added hugely to the whole atmosphere of the place and brought many more people into the village and there was music almost every night in local pubs.
Defibrillator: Aghabullogue Point to Point Committee presented a Defibrillator to the local community. This means that each of the three villages in the parish now has a defibrillator should they ever need it. The purchase of the unit by the racing committee also comes with training in its use for eight members of the community. Jack Murphy, Chairperson Aghabullogue Point to Point Committee, said "We are delighted to be in a position to donate this life saving equipment to the community. We are all very aware that a quick response to heart attacks is vital in keeping people alive and although we hope that the need will never arise, we are very happy to have the equipment located in the village in case of necessity. The AED defibrillator will be located in a prominent place in Aghabullogue Village and training in its use will be undertaken early in the New Year.
Aghabullogue Point to Point races take place on Sunday, January 11th from 12 noon in Aghabullogue. This is always well organised, has wonderful racing and is a fun day out. The whole community turns out each year to meet up with neighbours and friends and to enjoy the sport of Kings.

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra is delighted to have recently been involved in two National Public Speaking Finals. The Public Speaking team of Emily O'Donovan, Tom Caroll and Meig Collins travelled to Claremorris, Mayo to compete to in National Final. While they gave another great performance, Glanmire Macra won first prize. Tom Caroll participated in the National Final of Impromptu Public Speaking in which he gave another fantastic performance. Members also travelled to Killarney for the Muskerry Macra Christmas Party, a thoroughly enjoyable event. Members attended the official opening and blessing of the newly developed community grounds in Stuake, Donoughmore. The opening was performed by Camogie and Gaelic Football star, Rena Buckley. Carol Singing, the switching on of the Christmas lights, refreshments and festive fun were enjoyed by all. Members attended the Cork County Round of Capers in Carrigtwohill, with entries from Terelton, Glanmire, Banteer and Carrigaline. It was a great nights entertainment and well done to all those who took part.
Berrings Macra went Carol singing in aid of Marymount Hospice in Centra Tower on 23rd and 24th of December. This is an annual fundraiser which always puts customers in the festive mood while doing their shopping.

Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abáin.

Táimíd ag tógaint Mainisitir i gCúil Aodha. Is tógra pobail é agus tá fáilte roim cách chun a dhéanta. Is iad Órd an Clann Bheithile ár gcéad rogha le cuireadh do chur chuchu teacht chuin cónaithe inár measc. Tá coiste ar bun. Táimíd ag leanúint ar aghaidh le cruinnithe poiblí agus ionta pléadhfar is glacfaighmíd comhairle is suim. Tá fáilte roim cách chuchu seo. Treoróighfeam an pléadh seo chun bailiú airigid agus roghnú suíomh. Leanfaidh an tógáil é seo agus críochnóigh an feachtas le insealbhú an Úird agus bronntfar seilbh orthu. Is mian linn an cinneadh bunúsach i dtaoibh suíomh a bheith déannta againn roim deire 2014. Tá ofráil uasal tailimh, tamal ón séipéal, bronnta orainn cheanna féin agus táimid ag deineamh taighde ar féidireachtaí eile faoi láthair.
Le teacht an Earraigh agus cinneadh i dtaoibh an tsuíomh, tabharfam faoi dearadh an Mainistir agus céad iarrtas cead pleanála. Tá Ailtire ar bord againn cheanna féin ach tá fáilte mór againn roim aon ailtire eile gur suim leo cabhrú. Le dearadh ar bórd, beidh orainn innealtoirí agus quantity surveyors a fháil chun na liostaí abh-abhair a dheineamh dúinn. Is obair Pro Bono ar fada atá i gceist. Beidh riachtainsí ar leith ag an Órd. Ní bheidh an mainisitr féin ró mhór – tógáil le 12 cilín ar dtúis agus ag súil go mbeidh timpeal cúigear sa chéad bhuíon. Foilseoighmíd na liostaí abh abhar agus scaipfear imeasc gnóthluchtaí crua earraí is tógála iad, le súil go mbeidh ar chumas daoine píosa ansa is ansúd a bhronnadh orainn. Beidh na liostaí leis ar súiomh idirlinne ionas gur féidir le daoine ar fuaid na cruinne bloc nó scláta 7rl do cheannach.
Eagróighmíd campaí agus meithil oibre chun an tógála ansan. Táimid ag súil le campaí samhraigh do chur suas agus beidh cisitin, is cothabháil ar fáil d'oibreathóirí deonacha maraon le taobh shóisialta des na campaí ar nós céilí istoiche is ranganna gaeilge doíbh siúd gur mian leo é. Mar sin beidh obair de gach shaghas ann do aon duine gur mian leo cabhrú - tógáil, cócaireacht, múineadh, seinnt ceoil, eagrú, rúnaíocht 7rl. Is é an pobal forleathan atá chun é seo a thógaint agus beidh gaol láidir acu leis an obair críochnaithe. Tá súil againn le tacaíocht ó dhaoine ó gach ceard don domhan gur mhaith leo an tógra seo a fhesicint curtha i gcrích.
Leis an gcuireadh, tá suil againn le dhá rud ón Órd – Go dtuigfear gur pobal gaeltachta an pobal ina mairimíd agus mar sin gurb Gaoluinn gnáth teanga na mainistrach a bheidh ann taréis roinnt bliannta. Is mian linn leis go gcuirfeadh an Mainistir sagart ar fáil don séipéal áitiúil más rud é go mbíonn mí ádh orainn agus nách bhfuil ar chumas an Deoise an ní seo a chomhlíonadh ins na toghachaí. Tá súil againn go mbeidh ar a gcumas spás ciúin suaimhneach do chur ar fáil do shagairt leis ó am go chéile, má bhíonn a leithéid ag cuardach athnuachtaint ar a gcuid spriodáltacht. Seachas sin, fáilteoighmíd rompu inár measc agus tacóighmíd leo sna glúinnteabh inár ndiaidh má coimeadtar an maragadh.
Gúimís go n'eireoigh linn leis an tógra seo agus gur coiscéim bheag amháin é i dtreo athnuachtaint spriodáltacht is creidimh imeasc pobal an náisiúin. Táimíd ag súil leis an céad chloch bunaigh do leagadh síos samhradh 2015 agus an eochair, foirgneamh is taillte do thabhairt ar láimh i searmanas speisialta 1/8/2018.
Beidh an chéad cruinniú eile chun tógáil Mainistir Ghobnatan is Abáin ar siubhal oiche De Luain 19/1/2015 ar a 8:00 in Árus Eamon Mac Suibhne Cúil, Aodha, agus míle fáilte roimh éinne is cách go bhfuil suim acu cabhrú. Táimíd ag tabhairt faoi suíomh idirlíne agus ag leanúint leis an idirghabháil maidir le suíomh. Tá ofráiltí talaimh againn cheana féin.

Jeep for Jason

A huge thank you to everyone for their efforts and generosity in getting the "Jeep for Jason" on the road. Dr. Jason van der Velde now has a top class emergency vehicle for saving lives in the West Cork community. The Ballinascarthy Community Association, who spearheaded the fundraising campaign, wishes everyone a very happy and safe 2015 and would like to take this opportunity to invite you all to the official presentation of the jeep to Dr. Jason in Ballinascarthy Hall on Saturday January 17th from 7pm - 9pm, where an interdenominational blessing of the jeep will take place. The jeep may be viewed from 5pm on that evening for any individuals, couples or groups who would like photographs taken with Dr. Jason. Please contact Betty Hennessy (087) 2414787 or Kate Crowley (086) 4540981 if you have any queries. Light refreshments will be served on this historic night for the people of West Cork and everyone associated with the West Cork Rapid Response. The launch of the new jeep is the most positive, good news story any community could wish for at the start of a New Year.

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Ballingeary Pipe Band who performed at parish Masses during Christmas ©Tracey Farrell

New Year Resolutions

Consider your diet and eating habits. Commit to making time for breakfast each morning. If healthy food choices are not convenient during the working day, bring along a healthy packed lunch. For dinner, ensure fresh and healthy options are available by making a list before going shopping. As part of a balanced diet, we should have three servings from the 'milk, yogurt and cheese' food group per day, with this recommendation increasing to five daily servings for those aged 9-18 years. Low-fat options are advised.
Weight loss and weight maintenance are popular New Year's resolutions. A nutritionally adequate diet is still important, however, even when trying to lose or control weight. A healthy, balanced diet and a physically active lifestyle remain the cornerstone for effective weight management. Physical activity is central to a healthy lifestyle - at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity on 5 days a week. Gradual and effective changes, which can become new habits, are recommended for long-term success.

New Council Body

Cork County Council is now inviting registrations for the establishment of a proposed Cork County PPN structure. The Public Participation Network will replace the current Community & Voluntary Forum. It will be of interest to the following groups: Community & Voluntary – e.g. local/community development groups, tidy towns, sports groups/clubs/associations; Social Inclusion – bodies tacking poverty, disadvantage, and the marginalised; Environmental organisations – environmental / ecological protection and sustainability. Further information is available on the Council's website via the following link: http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Cork%20County%20Council/Departments/Community%20%26%20Enterprise/Cork%20County%20Public%20Participation%20Network%20(PPN)
The closing date for receipt of initial registrations is 4th February 2015. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date, but such applicants will not have voting rights for the initial setup of the PPN. Any queries from applicants should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Seeking 2015 Entrepreneurs

Aspiring Cork entrepreneurs and start-ups hoping to make their mark in 2015 have been invited to apply to participate in the next Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme, commencing in February at Macroom E Enterprise Centre. In the first four years since its inception, the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme has worked with dozens of individuals in Cork, helping them develop their new business ideas from conceptual stages through to launching new companies, with most establishing themselves as successful Cork-based companies in a renewed economy. The Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme is a support, training and guidance programme for early stage start-ups, delivered at Macroom E Enterprise Centre and funded by the Economic Development Section of Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Office South Cork.
During each programme, Greenshoots participants avail of free shared office space, weekly training workshops on key areas of business development, individual mentorship, business coaching, links with local and national support agencies, guidance from excellent established entrepreneurs and lots of peer to peer support. Over the course of four years since it began, many success stories have emerged from the alumni group, such as: Ed Donovan, Advanced Medical Screening (formerly HeartAid); Derek Binchy, Winner Kayak; Attila Magyar, Mamukko; David O'Brien, The Workshop ; Kathy O'Connor, Sherkin North Shore.
Application details: A simple application form is available from www.greenshootscork.ie. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21st January 2015, after which applicants will be shortlisted for an interview presentation and selected based on the viability of their business idea. The programme is due to start in early February. The project website is www.greenshootscork.ie or call Catherine Costello on 026 20520 for more information.
Greenshoots is a nine month start-up support programme based at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Macroom, Co. Cork. The aim is to assist small business owners get through the initial tough stage of starting out by providing key training, expert mentoring, guidance, peer support, office space and facilities within the creative and enterprising environment of the Macroom E centre. For any further details, please contact Catherine Costello on 026 20520.

Sports Mad

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Cork All Ireland Football Champions, RTE Team of the Year 2014, represented by captain, Briege Corkery, Angela Walsh, Nollaig Cleary, Éamonn Ryan and Geraldine O'Flynn, with Paul McGinley and Brian O'Driscoll at the awards ceremony ©

RTE Sports Stars

There was great Lee Valley interest in the RTE Sports Awards 2014, run in association with the Irish Sports Council and presented very professionally by Darragh Moloney on December 21.
Cork Ladies Football captain, Briege Corkery, was among 12 contestants for Sports Person of the Year. Other nominees included the eventual winner, Rory McIlroy, Seamus Coleman and Katie Taylor. Cork's Éamonn Ryan was among the nominees for Manager of the Year that also included the winner, Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt, along with Kilkenny hurling boss, Brian Cody; horse trainers Jim Culloty and Aidan O'Brien and Ryder Cup captain, Paul McGinley.
Making up the shortlist of six nominees for the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year Award, which celebrates outstanding collaborative achievement by Irish sportspeople, were All Ireland champions, Cork Ladies Footballers, Cork Camogie team, Kilkenny hurlers and Kerry Gaelic footballers as well as Dundalk FC and the Irish Rugby squad. Decided by a public vote on the night, the runaway winners were Cork Ladies Football team who brought the game to a new level of public appreciation with their 'Never Say Die' fairy-tale win over Dublin in the final. Recently retired Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll was honoured with the RTÉ/ Irish Sports Council Hall of Fame Award.
Cork ladies never expected to be in the winner's enclosure at the Awards and only a small number of football and camogie representatives travelled to Dublin for the occasion. These included footballers Briege Corkery, Angela Walsh, Nollaig Cleary, Geraldine O'Flynn and coach, Éamonn Ryan and Camogie players, Anna Geary, Orla Cotter, Briege Corkery, Angela Walsh and coach, Paudie Murray. Positive media exposure arising from the achievements of Cork women in football and hurling has helped focus attention on the heroic efforts of women in sport, particularly the dual players. They are indeed role models for young girls throughout the country, creating a very positive image of the work ethic, companionship and sheer fun to be had from participating in team sports.

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Pictured at Cork Ladies Gaelic Football Golf Classic at Castlemartyr Golf Resort are Colman Corrigan, Denis Hurley, Barra Concannon, Diarmuid Scannell, Diarmuid McCarthy, Michael Bateman, Mike Concannon and Dinny Allen ©

Cork Ladies Fundraiser

Cork Ladies Gaelic footballers organized a very successful golf competition at Castlemartyr golf resort in November. A total of seventy eight teams took part over the three day event, in ideal golfing conditions. The success of the competition was helped by the determination exhibited by the players in winning the All Ireland final in September and the effort put in by each player in organizing the event, which covered the whole county.
Special thanks to Jim Ryan who controlled the organising of the event over the three days. The Cork Players Fund sincerely thanks Castlemartyr Golf Resort for putting their facilities at the disposal of Cork Ladies and the 78 teams that took part, many of them sponsored by companies and the others paying their own way. Thanks also to all the companies, clubs and individuals who sponsored the competition and raffle prizes. Well done to all.

2015 Cork County G.A.A. Championship Draws

Senior Hurling Championship

There is no club senior hurling team in Muskerry so the divisional team is the only Muskerry team in this competition. Competing in the Divisions/Colleges section where there is no second chance for losing teams, the Muskerry hurlers must keep winning to advance. Muskerry must beat Carrigdhoun or get eliminated from the championship. If they win this first round game then they face either Duhallow or Carbery in the second round, with the winner of this game qualifying for the championship proper. The losers of the second round games are eliminated from the championship. Muskerry are therefore facing a difficult assignment. To qualify for the last sixteen open draw, they MUST beat Carrigdhoun and THEN either Duhallow or Carbery, with defeat spelling the end of their championship aspirations for the year under the present format for the competition as applying to divisions and colleges – knockout in the first two rounds with the last two teams standing in the section qualifying for the 4th round proper, along with 14 club teams, 8 from Rd. One, 4 from Rd. 2, 2 from Rd. 3 – giving16 teams in all in the open draw for the 4th round knockout stages.
Last year, Muskerry lost their first round game to CIT: Carrigdhoun won their way through to Round 4 with wins over Duhallow and Carbery and lost to eventual county champions Sarsfields at that stage, but only by three points.
Round 1 A: Douglas v St. Finbarr's. B: Ballyhea v Blackrock C: Na Piarsaigh v Youghal D: Midleton v Killeagh E: Glen Rovers v Ballymartle F: Carrigtwohill v Erin's Own G: Sarsfields v Newtownshandrum H: Bride Rovers v Bishopstown
Round 2 – First Round Losers. A v B. C v D. E v F. G v H
Round 3 – 2nd Round losers

Senior Hurling (Divisions/Colleges)

Round 1 A: Duhallow v Carbery B: MUSKERRY v Carrigdhoun C: UCC v CIT D: Imokilly v Avondhu
Round 2 – First Round Winners A v B (Muskerry or Carrigdhoun). C v D

Premier Intermediate Hurling

Inniscarra and Blarney are the Muskerry standard bearers in this championship and both have difficult first round games. Inniscarra meet Mallow, with the losers meeting either Cloyne or Watergrasshill: Blarney meet Kilworth with the losers clashing with either Tracton or Newcestown. There is no such thing as an easy match in this whole championship, but teams do have three chances of advancing in the respective championships, the third round draws being made when the second rounds are completed. Last year, Inniscarra lost their opening game to Bandon, they then beat Watergrasshill but lost to Kilworth at Round 4 stage. Blarney lost to Kanturk, then beat Tracton before losing to Balllinhassig.
Round 1. A: Cloyne v Watergrasshill B: Mallow v INNISCARRA C: Castlelyons v Kanturk D: Carrigaline v Ballinhassig E: Fermoy v Valley Rovers F: BLARNEY v Kilworth G: Courcey Rovers v Bandon H: Tracton v Newcestown
Round 2 C v G. H v F (BLARNEY/Kilworth). D v E. B (Mallow/INNISCARRA) v A.

Intermediate Hurling

Five clubs from the Muskerry division compete in the intermediate hurling grade. Grenagh, having been promoted from junior, did well last year, beating Dripsey, Argideen, drawing with and then defeating Kildorrery before losing their semi-final to Fermoy. They will be favoured to beat Aghabullogue.
Ballincollig, down from the premier grade, defeated Ballygarvan before losing to Charleville last year. They should have a battle royal with Kilbrittain. Aghabullogue lost to Meelin but then beat neighbours Dripsey, beat Ballygarvan before losing to Charleville last year in what was a satisfactory season for them. Grenagh will be difficult opponents for them.
Eire Óg defeated St Catherine's and later Barryroe, drew with Fermoy before losing the quarter final replay to the North Cork men in 2014. They are capable of beating Ballygarvan. Dripsey had a trying season last year, losing to Grenagh, Aghabullogue and Fr. O'Neill's before rescuing their status with a relegation final win over St Catherine's. Meelin will be favoured to come out on top.

Round 1 A: Barryroe v Aghada B: Ballygarvan v ÉIRE ÓG C: Milford v Fr. O'Neill's D: DRIPSEY v Meelin E: Argideen Rangers v Charleville F: Kildorrery v Castlemartyr G: BALLINCOLLIG v Kilbrittain H: GRENAGH v AGHABULLOGUE
Round 2 F v H (Grenagh/Aghabullogue). B (Ballygarvan/ Eire Óg) v E. G (Ballincollig/Kilbrittain) v A. (Dripsey/Meelin) v C.

Senior Football

County champions Ballincollig are the only club team from Muskerry in the competition: they meet St Finbarr's in Round 1 for the second year in a row, with the losers meeting either Doheny's or Aghada in Round 2 and the losers of this game still having a third and final chance of advancement. The divisional team, Muskerry, had a fine season last year, defeating UCC, Duhallow, St Nicks before going down to Ballincollig at the quarter final stage. CIT could be a difficult first match, but with the same level of preparation as last year, Muskerry can advance. If they win here, Beara or Seandun would be up next and Muskerry need not fear either of these teams either. The winner of this latter game go into the draw for the last 16 of the competition.
Round 1 A: Carbery Rangers v Valley Rovers B: Clyda Rovers v Castlehaven C: Bishopstown v O'Donovan Rossa D: Newcestown v Clonakilty E: Nemo Rangers v Ilen Rovers F: St. Nick's v Douglas G: Ballincollig v St. Finbarr's H: Doheny's v Aghada
Round 2 A v B; C v D; E v F; G v H

Senior Football (Divisions/Colleges)

Round 1 A: Duhallow v Avondhu B: CIT v Muskerry C: UCC v Carbery D: Beara v Seandún
Round 2 A v B; C v D

Premier Intermediate Football

Six club teams from the Muskerry division compete in Premier Intermediate football this year after the success of Eire Óg in 2014 gained them promotion from intermediate. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom will provide massive local interest in Round One. An understrength Macroom won the corresponding game last year with a superb performance when Béal Átha were expected to win, but the result may be reversed this year. Macroom subsequently disappointed against Carrigaline, while Béal Átha easily disposed of Glenville before losing a thriller to a strong Nemo Rangers side. Nemo or St Michaels await the loser in Round Two - a difficult game.
Ballinora have a tough opening round game in Mallow, but Ballinora proved last year that they can be difficult opponents. Having lost to Valley Rovers, Ballinora surprised Kiskeam and it took two games for Naomh Abán to get the better of them and then only by a single point. Either Castletownbere or Carrigaline await the losers. Naomh Abán meet Grenagh and their young team will find them gritty opponents. Last year N Abán lost to Nemo Rangers before beating Na Piarsaigh and they then drew with Ballinora before advancing after the replay. They lost to Bantry Blues in the quarter final. Grenagh beat Mallow last year but lost their quarter final to ultimate champions, Valley Rovers.
Éire Óg won the intermediate title last year and will be oozing confidence this year. Bantry though, are a team that longs to be back in senior ranks and will make the opening round a tough assignment for the Ovens men. St. Vincent's or Na Piarsaigh await the losers. There will be a third round game for all clubs, with the winners going into the last 14 along with the winners of the opening two rounds.
Round 1 A: BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v MACROOM B: BALLINORA v Mallow C: Castletownbere v Carrigaline D: NAOMH ABÁN v GRENAGH E: Bantry Blues v ÉIRE OG F: Newmarket v Kiskeam G: St. Vincent's v Na Piarsaigh H: Nemo Rangers v St. Michael's
Round 2 H v A; G v E; D v F; C v B

Intermediate Football

The intermediate grade has only two teams from Muskerry with the departure upwards of Eire Óg. Cill na Martra have been enjoying tremendous success at under age level and are on the up and up. They have drawn difficult opponents in Fermoy however even though the North Cork side disappointed against Eire Óg in last year's county final. Cill na Martra lost last year to Éire Óg and Ballydesmond before defeating Glanworth, Youghal and Glanmire as they found form. They lost to Rockchapel in the semi-final on a day when little went right for them.
Aghabullogue, beaten in the final in 2013, defeated Glanmire in the opening round last year but lost to Mitchelstown in their next game in round four. They now have a chance to avenge that defeat and could. Glanmire or Adrigole await the losers.
Round 1 A: Glanworth v Adrigole B: Mayfield v Glanmire C: Kildorrery v Kinsale D: Ballydesmond v Kanturk E: AGHABULLOGUE v Mitchelstown F: Millstreet v Glenville G: Rockchapel v Youghal H: CILL na MARTRA v Fermoy
Round 2 C v H; A v E; D v F; G v B

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Macroom G.A.A. Tom Creedon Cup 2015 draw, sponsored by Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop. From left, Pat O'Connell, Edmund Forrerst, PRO Cork County Board, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Catherine Creedon Vaughan, John O'Mahony, Martin Fitz-Gerald and Marian Creedon Hegarty © Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup 2015

The launch of the Tom Creedon Cup 2015 took place at FitzGerald's Bookshop Macroom, competition sponsors. The launch was followed by the draws for the Tom Creedon and Tadhg Crowley Cup competitions. The Tom Creedon Cup first round pairings are: A Fermoy v Mallow, B. Cill na Martra v Mayfield. C. Ballinora v Carrigaline. D.St. Michael's v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. E. Glenville v Glanmire. F. Kiskeam v Newmarket. G. Rockchapel v Nemo Rangers. H. Kinsale v Macroom. Quarter Finals A v B. C v D. E v F. G v H. First games will take place on Sunday January 18th. 2015.

Tadhg Crowley Cup Draw

A. St Finbarr's v. Ilen Rovers. B. Aghada v. Douglas. C. St. Nick's v. Clonakilty. D. Newcestown v. Valley Rovers. E. Bishopstown v. Ballincollig. F. O'Donovan Rossa A bye.
First games to be played on Sunday Jan 18th. First team's out play at home.

Division 1 Hurling League 2015

Rounds 1-6 to be played on or before scheduled dates. Two more of the remaining rounds to be played by August 9th. All games to be completed by October 4th.

01/03/2015 Round 1 Blarney v Meelin Fermoy v Ballinhassig Cloyne v Bandon Inniscarra v Courcey Rovers Newcestown v Kilworth Tracton Bye

08/03/2015 Round 2 Tracton v Inniscarra Kilworth v Blarney

22/03/2015 Round 3 Blarney v Newcestown Inniscarra Bye

Division 2 Hurling League 2015

Rounds 1-6 to be played on or before scheduled dates.

01/03/2015 Round 1 Éire Óg v Kildorrery Fr. O'Neill's v Valley Rovers Carrigaline v Castlelyons Ballincollig v Kilbrittain Charleville v Watergrasshill Mallow bye

08/03/2015 Round 2 Mallow v Ballincollig Watergrasshill v Éire Óg

22/03/2015 Round 3 Éire Óg v Charleville Ballincollig bye

Division 3 Hurling League 2015

Rounds 1-6 to be played on or before scheduled dates.

01/03/2015 Round 1 Ballygarvan v Dripsey Aghabullogue v Milford Barryroe v Grenagh Blackrock v Castlemartyr Argideen Rangers v Aghada Kanturk bye

08/03/2015 Round 2 Milford v Grenagh Dripsey v Aghabullogue
22/03/2015 Round 3 Aghabullogue v Aghada Grenagh v Dripsey

Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 Football (Kelleher Shield) 2015

08/02/2015 Round 1 Valley Rovers v Ilen Rovers Clyda Rovers v O Donovan Rossa Douglas v Newcestown Nemo Rangers v Bishopstown St Finbarr's v Carbery Rangers Castlehaven v Clonakilty

Division 2 Football League 2015

08/02/2015 Round 1 Ballincollig v Bantry Blues ; Éire Óg v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh ;Kiskeam v Newmarket ;Aghada v Nemo Rangers; Naomh Abán v Doheny's; Fermoy v Macroom
15/02/2015 Round 2 Kiskeam v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh; Éire Óg v Bantry Blues; Naomh Abán v Fermoy; Macroom v Ballincollig
22/02/2015 Round 3 Éire Óg v Ballincollig; Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Aghada ; Macroom v Naomh Abán
15/03/2015 Round 4 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Doheny's; Kiskeam v Ballincollig; Nemo Rangers v Naomh Abán; Macroom v Éire Óg
29/03/2015 Round 5 Kiskeam v Éire Óg; Ballincollig v Aghada ; Fermoy v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh; Naomh Abán v Newmarket ; Nemo Rangers v Macroom
12/04/2015 Round 6 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Naomh Abán; Ballincollig v Doheny's; Éire Óg v Aghada ; Macroom v Kiskeam
19/04/2015 Round 7 Doheny's v Éire Óg Fermoy v Ballincollig; Naomh Abán v Bantry Blues ; Nemo Rangers v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh; Macroom v Newmarket
Round 8 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Newmarket. Ballincollig v Naomh Abán. Éire Óg v Fermoy. Aghada v Macroom
Round 9 Naomh Abán v Éire Óg. Nemo Rangers v Ballincollig. Macroom v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh .
Round 10 Bantry Blues v Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh. Ballincollig v Newmarket . Nemo Rangers v Éire Óg. Kiskeam v Naomh Abán. Doheny's v Macroom
Round 11 Newmarket v Éire Óg. Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig. Naomh Abán v Aghada. Bantry Blues v Macroom

Division 3 Football League 2015

08/02/2015 Round 1 Carrigaline v Kinsale. St. Vincent's v Mallow. St Nicks v St. Michael's. Ballinora v Mitchelstown. Castletownbere v Cill na Martra. Glenville v Glanworth.
15/02/2015 Round 2 Castletownbere v Ballinora. Cill na Martra v St. Vincent's
22/02/2015 Round 3 Ballinora v St Nicks. Cill na Martra v Kinsale
15/03/2015 Round 4 Ballinora v Mallow. Cill na Martra v
29/03/2015 Round 5 Carrigaline v Cill na Martra. Ballinora v Glanworth
12/04/2015 Round 6 Carrigaline v Ballinora. Cill na Martra v St. Michael's
19/04/2015 Round 7 Kinsale v Ballinora. Mitchelstown v Cill na Martra
Round 8 Ballinora v St. Vincent's. Mallow v Cill na Martra
Round 9 Cill na Martra v Glenville. St. Michael's v Ballinora
Round 10 St Nicks v Cill na Martra. Glanworth v Castletownbere
Round 11 Cill na Martra v Ballinora

Division 4 Football League

08/02/2015 Round 1 Glanmire v Millstreet. Ballydesmond v Youghal. Kildorrery v Rockchapel. Aghabullogue v Adrigole. Kanturk v Mayfield. Na Piarsaigh v Grenagh.
15/02/2015 Round 2 Mayfield v Aghabullogue. Grenagh v Millstreet.
22/02/2015 Round 3 Grenagh v Aghabullogue.
15/03/2015 Round 4 Kanturk v Aghabullogue. Youghal v Grenagh
29/03/2015 Round 5 Aghabullogue v Na Piarsaigh. Grenagh v Kanturk
12/04/2015 Round 6 Aghabullogue v Kildorrery. Rockchapel v Grenagh.
19/04/2015 Round 7 Rockchapel v Aghabullogue. Grenagh v Glanmire
Round 8 Aghabullogue v Youghal. Mayfield v Grenagh
Round 9 Aghabullogue v Glanmire. Adrigole v Grenagh
Round 10 Ballydesmond v Aghabullogue. Grenagh v Kildorrery
Round 11 Millstreet v Aghabullogue. Grenagh v Ballydesmond.

Soccer

The position of local teams in the AUL Murphy's Stout Leagues (9 divisions) at Christmas was:
Premier League – ten teams. Grattan on top with 4 wins and 1 draw from 5 games: 13 points. Coachford A in third place with two wins from 5games: 6 pts. Kilumney Utd. 5th with 2 wins from 6 games: 6 pts.
Premier A league – 8 teams. Village Utd on top with 4 wins and 1 draw from 5 games: 13 pts. Macroom A in fourth place with 2 wins from 6 games: 6 pts.
League 1 – 9 teams. Rylane Celtic on top- 7 wins and 1 draw from 8 games: 22 pts. Strand Utd. –4 wins and 1 draw from 8 games: 13 pts. Lakewood Ath. 2 wins from 8 games: 6 pts.
League 2 – 10 teams. Crescent Ath on top - 7 wins from 9 games: 21 pts. Ballincollig in 3rd place – 6 wins from 9: 18 pts. Cloughduv Celtic – 3 wins from 6 games: 9 pts.
League 2A – 10 teams. Glenthorn Celtic B on top - 6 wins, 1 draw from 10 games: 19 pts. Donoughmore Ath. 1 win and 1 draw from 5 games: 4 pts
League 3 – 9 teams. Waterloo C on top with 6 wins from 6 games: 18 pts. Macroom B 2nd with 5 wins and 1 draw from 6: 16 pts. Ard na Laoi 2 wins and 2 draws from 8 games: 8 pts.
League 3B – 8 teams. Coachford B on toip with 7 wins and 1 draw from 11 games: 22 pts. Tower have 3 wins from 3 games: 9 pts. Kilumney B 1 with 1 win and 1 draw from 8 games: 4 pts. Strand Utd B have 1 win from 10 games: 3 pts.

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West Muskerry A.C. group at presidential reception in Áras an Uachtarain. From left, Siobhan Twomey, Aaron Ryan, President and Mrs. Higgins, Joan Murphy, Collette O'Riordan and Jack Curtin ©

Cross Country

The year finished on a high for West Muskerry AC athletes with the All Ireland Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships at Santry in Dublin at which 12 athletes from the club competed with the best in the country and all did themselves, their families and the club proud. In Boys U 11 1,500m James O'Neill, running up an age, had an outstanding run in his first All Ireland. James battled his way from the start to the finish and came home very strongly. James won a Gold medal with Cork and a Gold medal with Munster and his run helped both teams to secure the honours. In Boys U 13 3,000m Connor O'Neill and his team mates, Brian McNabola, Eoin Moynihan, Tadgh Manning, Tom Downey, Conor Lucey and Conor O'Leary all ran superbly well. Connor sat in comfortably in the leading group from among the 130 starters, got into the top ten on lap 2 and come home in 7th place overall. Connor helped Cork win the Gold medals and also Munster win Gold. Brian McNabola finished just outside the individual medals but help win the gold for Cork. The team were placed 6th in the team category, with very few points separating the top six teams.
In Girls U13 3,000m Shannon Cotter, running up an age, got boxed in early on but held her composure and worked her way up the field. Shannon finished strongly and secured a Gold medal with the Cork team and also with the Munster team. In Girls U15 3,500m Cailtin Hurley and Sarah Kelleher ran fantastic races. Both got off to a fine start and ploughed through the sticky mud to finish well up and help Cork to secure the Bronze medals. Caitlin also helped Munster to take the Bronze medals.
In Boys U19 6,000m Billy Cronin and Seamus Gallagher were both running up an age but put in great performances. Billy despite getting a stich in the 2nd lap made up ground again on the last lap and was well deserving of his Gold medal with Munster. Both boys have improved unbelievably over the last year and should be very happy with their performances here.
West Muskerry AC closed for the Christmas Holidays and returned to training in the field on Monday 5th January. Training in the Hall recommenced on Thursday 8th January. The club officers and coaches wish everybody a Very Happy New Year.

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At RTE Sports Stars Awards, Cork Camogie champions Anna Geary, Orla Cotter, Paudie Murray, Briege Corkery and Angela Walsh ©

Camogie Players Fundraiser

Following on their success on the playing fields in 2014, the Cork Camogie Team and their back room team and officials are hoping to take a well-deserved and hard earned holiday. The Cork squad and management have put in a huge effort in a voluntary capacity over the past twelve months to ensure they were successful in their All-Ireland winning campaign. 2009 was when the O' Duffy Cup last rested Leeside and several of the side have sacrificed a lot, including family holidays, events and functions, as they worked towards achieving their dream and brining the title home again. 2014 finally saw the dream become a reality when the Cork girls won what will go down as one of their greatest ever title successes when they turned around a half time deficit to run out comprehensive winners as they over powered Kilkenny with a superb second half display. Who will forget the sheer excitement that greeted the final whistle? Or the feeling of euphoria as Anna Geary sprinted up the steps of the Hogan Stand to finally get her hands on the O'Duffy Cup. The result capped off a brilliant year that saw the Cork girls defeat 2013 champions Galway and 2012 champions Wexford and all time role of honour leaders Dublin en route to the final. They were also crowned Munster Champions, defeating Limerick earlier in the season. Cork is renowned for supporting our sporting heroes but very often our sporting heroines are lost in the crowd and to this end the call is going out to everybody to get behind the team and show that Cork is proud of its women. In order to raise funds towards their trip they are holding a Benefit Night At Dogs on Friday Feb 13th. Eight races in total must be sponsored and the call is going out to business people to Show Your Support. Sponsorship of a race will ensure a business will be associated with one of the races. A full page advertisement on the race programme can be included for €100. When all the races are sponsored thoughts will turn to getting each dog sponsored. €50 will secure sponsorship of a dog and with just eight races and six dogs in each these are sure to be snapped up quickly. Come on everybody and show your support to this superb group of ladies and get behind their "Night At the Dogs".

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Crookstown Karate Club members with Ryusho Suzuki Sensei, ©

Crookstown Karate

Crookstown karate club had great success in both grading and competition under the excellent guidance of Sensei Garrett O'Donovan. Ryusho Suzuki Sensei (6th Dan SKIF) travelled to Ireland for the SKIF Ireland Grading and Training Seminar 11th-16th November 2014. A number of the senior grades in the club travelled to Mayfield Sports Centre and Bandon Community Hall to train under Ryusho Suzuki Sensei. Five of the club's brown belts graded under the watchful eye of Ryusho Suzuki Sensei and a number of Ireland's senior Senseis. All were successful on the day moving up to the next level. The SKIF National Championships (Shotokan Karate Federation of Ireland) biggest competition, took place in November. The club was represented by 9 members – blue purple, brown and black belts. The standard was very high, with the team coming up against stiff competition from other clubs around Ireland. The competitors were well up for the challenge, with each member successful in at least one of their categories – Kata (structured display), Kumite (Sparring) and team kata (3 members displaying in unison). The club came home with 18 medals in total – 4 gold, 6 silver & 8 Bronze. Everyone showed spirit while competing as well as having a great sense of camaraderie in supporting each other throughout the day.

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Jim Morris, sponsor, presenting the Spa Cup to winners of Macroom Golf Club Mixed Foursomes, Michael and Anne Kelleher. Also included, from left, Tim O'Callaghan President; Maura Forde, lady captain and Jim Nolan, captain. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Basketball

Cork County League u16.
Lee Valley 35 Carraig na bhFear
This was a very evenly matched game with never more than a few scores separating the sides. Meadhbh Barry opened the scoring for Lee Valley, followed by scores from Caoimhe O'Driscoll. Lee Valley showed some very good team work and put some lovely passes together that nearly always led to scores that were well taken by Sarah Doyle, Bríd Óg McSwiney and Saoirse McCarthy. Joanne Kelly also added a 3 pointer for Lee Valley. Aideen Buckley helped greatly to hold Lee Walley ahead by catching rebounds and constantly driving to the basket. Best for Carraig na bhFear were Ciara Sheehan, Myra O'Sullivan and Aisling O'Leary. Team :Meadhbh Barry Bríd óg McSwiney Caoimhe O Driscoll Aideen Buckley Saoirse Mc Carthy Sarah Doyle Grace Kiernan Joann Kelly Kate Wall Nicole Quinn Niamh McGrath.

Cork County Basketball League Div 1
Lee Valley 61 Carraig na bhFear 35
Lee Valley continued their unbeaten run, an outstanding achievement given that it is their first year playing Divison 1. Evenly matched up to half time but once Lee Valley settled they continued to pile on the scores. The unstoppable Yvonne Burgoyne led the way and was assisted by Sarah Beth O'Mullane,Síofra Burgoyne, and Orla Hannon . There were also scores from Aine Barry and Lauren Buckley. Lee Valley were also helped by the fact that Bríonna Healy drove forward at great speed and Josephine Kelleher scored many rebounds. Comhgháirdeas libh a chailíní. Team:Yvonne Burgoyne,Josephine Kelleher, Bríonagh Healy, Ciara Dwyer Orla Hannon,Sarah Beth O Mullane, Síofra Burgoyne Aine Barry , Lauren Buckley.

Macroom Soccer

AOH Cup Round 3, Tower FC 4 Macroom A 6.
One of only a handful of games to survive the opening fixture list of 2015, this was a worthwhile visit to Killowen as Macroom progressed to the last sixteen in an incident packed encounter. Tower took the lead inside five minutes but Macroom responded immediately when Dec O'Riordan's free kick was lashed home by Sean Quinn. Soon after the home side were awarded a penalty and Dylan Dineen was unlucky to see his excellent save knocked in at the second attempt. The visitors levelled on fifteen minutes when Tommy Condon rose highest to nod in Darragh Deasy's cross. Macroom took the lead shortly after when O'Riordan found space on the edge of the box and placed a fantastic lob over the stranded keeper. And it was 4-2 inside thirty minutes when Barry O' Donnell was on target following good work from Sean O' Riordan. On the hour mark Macroom increased their lead courtesy of James O'Connor. The home side were given a lifeline when a corner found its way to the Macroom net but the three goal advantage was restored when O'Connor notched his second after more good work from Sean O'Riordan. Tower again reduced the arrears to 6-4 after slack Macroom defending. Next up, Tower were awarded a penalty for hand ball but Dineen made a fine save, diving to his right to divert the shot over the bar. Macroom saw out the remaining minutes for a morale boosting victory. A great team performance with Danny Kelleher, Dec O'Riordan, Tommy Condon, Sean O'Riordan and Sean Quinn all in sparkling form.
Macroom A entertain Castleview in league action on Sunday morning, January 11 (Murrayfield @10.45). Macroom B travel to Whitechurch to take on Waterloo in the league Saturday afternoon (2pm). And the Youths will host Carrigaline Utd in a league game at the Town Park on Saturday (2pm). Schoolboys fixtures for the coming weekend can be found at corkschoolboysleague.ie
Macroom FC Schoolgirls
The popularity of this section of the club continues to increase and the under 12 side will compete in the Kay McGrath Cup against Midleton FC at Murrayfield at 11am on Saturday, January 10. The Under 9 schoolgirls took part in a highly successful blitz in Glanmire and played very well, winning one and drawing two of their four games. Afterwards, the team were presented with jerseys from the Cork Women's and Schoolgirls' Soccer league (CWSS by Evelyn Daly, vice-captain of the Republic of Ireland U17s and plays for Lakewood Athletic. Training takes place every Wednesday evening at Macroom Community Leisure Centre (all weather pitch). Under 9 girls (born 2006, 2007, 2008) 5.30pm-6.30pm and under 12 (born 2003, 2004, 2005) 6.30pm-7.30pm. New members welcome. So far this season there has been a great turnout in all sorts of weather. Well done to all players and especially to the coaches and helpers which include Brian Murphy, Mick Goold, Anne O'Riordan, John Ronan, Deirdre Buckley, Martin Twomey and Roy Desmond. Also a big thanks to all parents for making themselves available to travel to the away matches.
During February, coaches from Macroom FC will attend a 'child protection in sport' awareness course. This important course is being run by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). A number of the blitz competitions that Macroom FC Schoolgirls (and schoolboys academy teams) have been involved in are being run by Coerver Coaching Munster Small Sided Games and take place at the Carrigtwohill all-weather facility. There is strictly no coaching, only encouragement for both teams is allowed. All parents, coaches & players are brought together at the start and informed of this. The response from everyone so far has been fantastic, as this environment allows players to just enjoy themselves without any added pressure from the side-lines.