Lee Valley Outlook v15e2 January 25 2018


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Water everywhere at Tom Creedon Park, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Kilmurry GAA Mass for deceased members in Clubhouse on Fri 26th Jan. @ 8pm
Carriganima N.S. Open Week Mon 29th Jan to Fri. 2nd Feb 9.20am – 3.00pm.
All Ireland Light Entertainment and Drama Festivals Riverside Park Hotel. Jan. 31. Feb. 1, 2, 23 and 24.
Kilmurry Active Retirement AGM Tues 6th Feb 7.30 in Kilmurry Museum.
Osteoarthritis talk in Kilmurry Museum Tues 6th Feb 7.30.
Lee Valley Speakers Tues Feb 6 and 20 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom.
KHAA Talk on Brexit in Independence Museum Kilmurry, Feb 7th at 8pm.
Aghinagh Comhaltas Table Quiz in the Auld Triangle, Macroom on Fri 9th Feb at 8p.m.
Book Launch An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire biography at Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Sun. Feb. 11 at 6p.m.
‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House, Tues 13th Feb at 8:00pm.
KHAA presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests at Éire Óg Ovens on Sat Feb 17th at 8pm.
Concert in Rylane Church on Sat 24 Feb at 8pm.
KHAA lecture on "The Irish Gunpowder Story in Ballincollig " 14th March @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry
Over 60s talent heat on Sun. March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall at 3pm.
Aghinah Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
Macroom Library
Story time; Sat. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at 12 noon.
Purlies Thurs. Feb. 1 at 11.30 a.m.
Children’s Bookclub Sat. Feb. 3 at 3p.m.
Adult Bookclub Wed. Feb. 7 at 11.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Feb. 8 at 11.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Feb. 9 at 11a.m.
Creative writing group Tues. Feb. 13 at 5.30p.m.

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

Macroom Updates

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Orla Lynch, Macroom, racing in Clonroche ©

 Órla Makes History.

Órla Lynch, Sleaveen West, Macroom had a very successful year in 2017. She contested 2 Motocross championships, the Southern Centre which covers the 26 counties and the Irish which covers the 32 counties. It was a very busy year, with a lot of travelling. The Southern Centre consisted of 6 rounds which took place in Dundalk, Birdhill, Castlelyons, Doon, Derryarkin and Clonroche. The Irish Championship also had 6 rounds which were held at Vernon Mount, Tandagree, Dessertmartin, Kilcurry, Letterkenny, and Gormanstown. It was Orla’s first time racing at some of these tracks as she had not contested all rounds of these Championships previously.
There was some very close racing in a lot of these rounds, and conditions varied vastly from track to track and from weekend to weekend. There were days of blood, sweat and tears, but also plenty of fun times. All of this hard work and travelling really paid off when Órla made history by becoming the first girl to ever win a Southern Centre Championship. She also finished 5th in the Irish Championship. She was presented with 3 cups at the Motor Cycling Union of Ireland prize giving in Birr, Co. Offaly recently, which included the perpetual Daniel Sheridan Memorial Cup. This is a major achievement in such a male dominated sport. Órla had now moved up to the next grade which is the Big Wheel 85cc class and hopes to contest both championships again in 2018. She would like to thank the following for their help financially and other wise in 2017: D&E Autos, The Bedlinen Company, Graeme Vigors, Jimmy Duggan, Emma Lynch Photography. If anyone would like to come onboard as a sponsor for the 2018 season, Órla would be delighted to promote your business on her facebook page, and also on her bike. You can follow Órla’s progress for 2018 on her facebook page Órla Lynch racing.

Flower of Macroom 2018

Applications are now invited for the Flower of Macroom selection which is due to be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, March 10 2018. Clubs, associations, parishes and businesses throughout the Lee Valley are invited to nominate a representative. Last year’s selection event was a hilarious night of banter, talent and entertainment, presented by Kevin Moynihan. Twelve beautiful Flowers came from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Cill na Martra, Dripsey, Donoughmore, Coachford, Clondrohid and Carriganima. It is hoped that there will be an even bigger selection this year. Applications to Lee Valley Enterprise Board This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services (CDYS) graduates 2016 – ’17 receive their FETAC Certificates in Macroom ©

 Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service

The Good Lives Project held a Graduation Evening recently, where the students of 2016/17 received their FETAC Certificates. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the hard work and achievement of the students and families, as well as members of the community, joined in the event. Guest speakers included Brian Williams, Chief Executive of the CDYS; Des Holton from The Linkage Programme; Liz Stack from CETB; Aindrias Moynihan TD and Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who also presented the certificates. Jamie Crowley, a past learner and Nikki Fleming, kindly spoke about their experiences of the course and the general consensus was that the course has given participants a boost of confidence as well as new skills, knowledge and expertise which they can apply to the workplace, learning and social environments.
‘The Good Lives Project’ is a local training initiative at CDYS Macroom and is a partnership between the Cork Education Training Board (CETB) and CDYS. The aim of the project is to provide opportunities to engage in a range of activities that enable participants to take advantage of further training, education or employment options. The course is based around FETAC Level 5 Full Award in Community Development, with the option of Health Related Fitness or Horticulture.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped make the evening so special, including the students and their families, members of the local community, guest speakers and volunteers who worked so hard to make this a unique and special occasion. If you would like further information about the course, please contact Sue or Karen on 0831609007/0831699095 or visit or Facebook page “CDYS Macroom Good Lives”.

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McEgan Transition Years with Briege Corkery, who interviewd the pupils for the school bank (Bank of Ireland) ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

School Bank. Briege Corkery of Bank of Ireland conducted interviews for the School Bank on Thursday the 18th of January to determine who will be involved in the running of the Bank for 2018. Briege was very impressed with the calibre of applicant and a short list has been drawn up for the commencement of same. The main focus of the project is to encourage students to save and the Bank will be launched on Thursday 1st of February with Briege and Rena Buckely. To boost applications, Bank of Ireland will sponsor a €30 One for all Voucher for all those who sign up at the Launch. We would like to thank Briege and the Bank of Ireland for their ongoing involvement with McEgan College in this very worthwhile project.

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St. Mary’s athletes for GOLD ©An Scoil

 St. Mary’s Updates.

Young Scientists. Congratulations to the 18 students from 2nd and 4th year that represented the school so well at this year’s BT Young Scientist competition. Three of our projects received highly commended recognition from the judges. Great thanks are due to their teachers for all the effort that was involved in preparing and guiding the students over the past few months.
Basketball. Congratulations are also extended to the U16 Basketball team who won all 3 of their games in the All-Ireland playoff series in Tramore. They have now qualified for the All-Ireland Semi-final on 31st January against Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone Co Sligo. St. Mary's Abú! !
Public Speaking. First year students attended a very enjoyable Public Speaking workshop given by Mr. Alan Devine (a former actor of Fair City) on January 18th and 19th. Students were taught skills on how to increase their confidence when making presentations etc.
I WISH Programme. Transition Year students will be attending the I WISH Conference in City Hall, Cork on January 25th. I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) features a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women (including past pupils of the school) and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.
Ultimate Frisbee - Silver for St. Mary’s in Murray Cup. On Thursday 18th of January, two teams of fifth year girls from St. Mary’s travelled to UCC to compete in the annual Murray Cup. This is an ultimate Frisbee tournament that welcomes teams from all over Ireland. Our teams played against teams from Skibbereen Community School, St. Angela’s College, Coláiste Choilm , John Scottus and Muckross College. After a busy and exciting day of frisbee, our teams were placed 2nd & 5th out of the 10 teams that were taking part. The girls that played in the final were beaten by a very tough and successful Muckross College from Dublin. Muckross were the reigning Murray Cup champions and they boasted an Irish team member as well as two Dublin county players. Our girls were thrilled to get so far in the tournament and the organisers commended them on their fair play (an integral element of the game) and their ability. Well done girls!
Work Placement. Transition Year Students are in Work Placement this week. Four students have got an opportunity to do their placement in the Science and Engineering Departments in CIT. They are Aimee O’Herlihy, Lorraine Desmond, Ruth Purcell and Eileen Condon. Many thanks to all the organizations and businesses in the town who so generously agreed to give our students an opportunity to gain an insight into many and varied careers.
Football. St. Mary’s Senior Football team had a great win over St. Anne’s Tipperary Town recently and have qualified for a Munster Semi Final against Ennis. Unfortunately our Junior football team was were knocked out at the Munster quarter final stage by a very strong Mercy Mounthawk Tralee team in appalling weather conditions in Cill na Martra. The girls put in a very brave performance but succumbed to a more seasoned outfit. Scoil Mhuire Abú!

Schools Drama is Back

The All Ireland finals of the Briery Gap Schools’ Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama Festivals, lost to Mullingar last year due to the non-availability of the Briery Gap, are due to return to Macroom in 2018. They will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel on February 23 and 24. Qualifying heats will be run off in Mullingar Jan. 23, 24 and 25 and in Macroom on January 31and February 1, 2.
Organiser, Ann Dunne, is pleased to report that numbers of participating schools are up on previous years and it is confidently expected that the standard of productions will continue to rise.
Applicants for the long running drama festival come from Bandon, Ennis, Blarney, Tramore, Tralee Macroom, Doneraile, Malahide, Castletownbere, Bantry, Limerick, Charleville, Buttevant , Mitchelstown, Palmerstown, Templeogue, Scariff, Longford, Kilkenny, Westport , Celbridge . Ballyshannon, Castlepollard, Donaghmede and Portlaoise.
Schools from Bandon, Tramore, Doon, Blarney, Macroom, Westport and Lismore will contest the preliminary rounds of the 15-minute Light Entertainment Festival.
As well as contributing hugely to the promotion of creative writing, drama, music, dance, stagecraft etc in schools throughout Ireland, the annual schools’ festivals are of considerable economic benefit to Macroom and the Lee Valley.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

All Ireland Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama Festival 2018. Heats on Wednesday January 31st, Thursday Feb 1st and Friday February 2nd in Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. All Ireland Finals - Light Entertainment Friday February 23rd. Transition Year Drama Saturday February 24th.
‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, 13th February at 8:00pm. Tickets: €22 & €25. Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings.

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Sir Henry (Seán Óg Ó Duinnín) and Coughlan of the Friendly Club (Peter O’Riordan) plot and plan. ‘Sir Henry’ will be staged at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, February 13 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sir Henry Struts Again

Music, drama and history lovers from Macroom, the Lee Valley, Cork city and further afield will have another opportunity to enjoy an unusual treat when the historical musical, ‘Sir Henry’, will be staged at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, February 13. ‘Sir Henry’ is the story of a Regency buck, Sir Henry Browne Hayes (1762 – 1832). An inveterate gambler and womaniser, he lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city and created uproar and scandal, while, at the same time, being made Sheriff of Cork City and awarded a knighthood.
Talented Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, have put the story of the outrageous libertine to music and Cathal Mac Cabe, former head of music at RTE, has applied classical arrangements to the score and is Director of the show. Ann Dunne and Anne Egan will act as Musical Directors at the Opera House, as they did when ‘Sir Henry’ had a very successful launch in Macroom last autumn.
Based on documented fact and Cork legend, the story traces the abduction in 1797 of heiress, Mary Pike (21), who came from a wealthy family of brewers, millers and glassmakers. She was kidnapped by the35 year old roué and his friend, Coughlan, as she left the home of her uncle, Cooper Penrose, in the Vienna Woods area. She was imprisoned at Vernon Mount before being rescued. The hunt for her kidnapper and how he was able to ride roughshod over the laws of the time seem incomprehensible in the 21st century. His eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales are the stuff of legend.
The time setting is in the final years of Grattan’s Parliament, when revolution had changed things utterly in America and France and the Unite Irishmen were about to embark on the 1798 rebellion.
The show will resonate with Cork audiences, with references to Coughlan of Coughlan’s Buildings, Fenn, the Marsh. Penrose etc.
Sir Henry and friends were Masons, members of the Friendly Club, which still exists. The Pikes were a Quaker family of bankers, who lived at Bessborough House. Later, in Famine times, Ebenezer Pike had a shipyard adjacent to a Quaker Soup Kitchen at Adelaide Street and he arranged that piped steam from the shipyard would be used to cook more efficiently the soup for the starving.
Cast. Sir Henry Browne-Hayes Sean Óg Ó Duinnín; Attiwell Hayes - Pat Brady; Ann Charlotte Hayes - Rachel O’Riordan; Charles Coughlan - Peter O’Riordan; Mary Pike – Geraldine Barry Murphy; Cooper Penrose - Dan Creedon; Elizabeth Penrose - Stephanie Shine; James Penrose – Martin McCarthy; Grenville- Concubhar Lucey; Blackley - Con Foley; Smithson- Pat Kelleher; Harrington- Derry Dineen; Reverend- Robert O’Riordan; Dr. Gurmunzer- Donal Ó Ceallaigh; Quinn- Kevin Moynihan; Curran - Jim Leahy; Judge – Robert O’Riordan; Forsythe - Kieran McCarthy; News Boy - Gerard Collins; other roles played by : Anita Blake Gallagher, Carmel McCarthy, Elaine Lombard and Eleanor Lucey.
Chorus: Ann O’Sullivan, Theresa Dineen, Margaret Creed, Mary Connolly, Mary O’Callaghan, Teresa Downey, Eleanor Lucey, Anita Blake Gallagher, Carmel McCarthy, Elaine Lombard, Dónal Ó Ceallaigh, Michael Murphy, Gerard Collins, Kieran McCarthy.

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Extensive January flooding at Tom Creedon Park, Macroom ©Con Kelleher.

Macroom Library

'If you cannot say what you mean you will never mean what you say'
Macroom writers group meet in a relaxed atmosphere with tea and coffee at Macroom Library on the second Tuesday of each month from 5.30 to 7p.m. At the group you can enjoy learning about writing , do writing exercises, experience constructive criticism from the group and share information about competitions to enter and publication opportunities. Our group recently joined with groups from other libraries in County Cork at the Library HQ for discussion and readings with the author Denyse Woods. During last year Denyse facilitated our group each month, giving us help with our writing, individual tutorials and much good advice on how to have a well run group. We felt inspire and encouraged and sincerely thank her. Story telling and poetry are common to all cultures. We are all born storytellers. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement and are ready to write this could be the group for you. New members are always welcome.
Thursday 25th and February 8 Ciorcal Cainte with Nora Levis at 11.30 for one hour. Saturday 27th and Feb. 3rd Storytime at 12 noon with a member of staff. All 3-8 year olds welcome. Thursday 1st February The Purlies knitting group meets at 11.30 to knit and chat over a cuppa. Saturday 3rd At 3pm the Children’s Bookclub will meet to discuss the current title 'Pax' by Sara Pennypacker. On Wednesday 7th the Adult book club members will convene at 11.30 to discuss 'The Glorious Heresies' by Lisa McInerney. In between all these activities we have schools visits from both St Colman's and St Joseph’s, both of whom are very committed to fostering a love of reading in their charges. We welcome new ideas as to how we could improve and add to the services we provide to the public. Should you need to access the Choice Based Letting scheme of Cork County Council and do not have internet access or skills yourself, a member of staff will help you log on. We also have all the latest Council development plans and proposals for your perusal. Libray access is free but subject to provision of photo I.D and proof of address.
Music Morning. Our presenter on January 13th was Connie Foley. His first piece was the very relaxing and well loved ‘On the Street where you Live’. Next came 'Strangers in Paradise ' sung by Vic Damone in the original film version. Dean Martin serenaded us with 'Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime'. This was followed by a seldom heard Josef Locke song, 'How can you Buy Killarney'. The last song before the break for refreshments was 'Under the Bridges of Paris' by Eartha Kitt. Connie's next choice was 'South of the Border' an old favourite of his father, Charlie. This was followed by a Dolly Parton /Willie Nelson duet and then we heard Finbarr Wright's version of ‘Deep is the Night'. There was time for several more songs very well received by the audience, finishing up with a Marty Robbins song. Connie could have gone on playing all day he said as we could have gone on listening but alas time was up and the presentation finished at 12.35. Thank you to Connie for his time and efforts and to Eddie Hogan who did the tracking. February's date is Friday 9th at 11 a.m and John Lynch will present. All are welcome to this free and friendly event.

Local Television

Wed. Jan. 24. 9.30pm. Éigse 1993 and 1995 from the Abbey and Mills, Ballyvourney. .
Sun. Jan. 28. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyard 1997, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 31. 9.30pm. Scoraíocht from Castle Hotel Macroom, November 2017, presented by Maurice Healy Part 1.
Sun. Feb. 4. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Radio Maria with Fr. McCarthy, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 7th. 9.30pm. Scoraíocht from Castle Hotel Macroom, November 2017, presented by Maurice Healy Part 2.
Sun. Feb. 11. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Interview on St. Gobnait with Donal and Diarmuid McSweeney, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 14th. 9.30pm. Good Old Days 2002 at Briery Gap, Macroom.
Sun. Feb. 18. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: 1988 Programme on An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, presented by John Ahern and Diarmuid Roche, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 21st 9.30pm. A 2003 tribute to the late Roger Healy at the Briery Gap
Sun. Feb. 25. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: 1986 BBC programme on Padre Pio, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Feb. 28th . 9.30pm. Murt Kelleher Music Show at Fr. Ryan Hall, 1986.


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)
Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.
Kilmurry GAA Mass for deceased members on Fri 26th Jan. @8pm in Kilmurry GAA Clubhouse
Carriganima N.S. Open Week Monday 29th January to Friday 2nd February. Drop in anytime during the week between 9.20am – 3.00pm. We aim to make visits as informative as possible and to answer any questions you may have. All enquiries welcome. For more information, visit our website which will give you an insight to life in our school. www.carriganima-ns.ie
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday, February 6 and 20 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Upcoming Lectures A public talk by UCCs Dr Emmanuelle Schon Quinlivan on "What does Brexit mean for Ireland and small rural communities" in Independence Museum Kilmurry on February 7th at 8pm. Pat Flynn will give a lecture on "The Irish Gunpowder Story in Ballincollig and link to Fort Camden" 14th March @ 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry
Carriganima N.S. invites you to the opening of their 2 new Special Education rooms on Friday 9th February at 7pm. Minister Michael Creed will officiate. All welcome to attend.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will hold a Table Quiz in the Auld Triangle, Killarney Road, Macroom, on Friday 9th February. This is a fundraiser for Fleadh 2018 which is being held in Macroom in May. Tables of 4 for €40 and it starts at 8 pm. Your support is welcome. Bí linn, beidh fáilte roimh cách.
Kilmurry Historical KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests in Concert in Éire Óg Ovens on Saturday February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087) 6568110 or Eventbrite www.kilmurrymuseum.ie.
Lift Fest Denis Finbarr Cronin of the Dinnycro Show presented €1.000 cheque, proceeds of recent Cork Lift Fest at Oriel House, Ballincollig, to Cork Branch of the Samaritans. Lift Fest 2 will be held at Oriel House on February 24th with proceeds going to Marymount Hospice. Tickets €15 at door or from Eventbrite.
Handball and Racquetball. Following some weeks of restoration, the Macroom Handball and Racquetball Court has been restored and is now ‘open for business’. Anybody interested in any of these games should contact a club member or call in to the sports complex and have a look. These games are suited to all ages, men and women, juveniles to pensioners and are an excellent means of keeping fit and healthy. Coaching can be provided for beginners. Please contact John (086/8175859), Joe (087/2105002 or Pat 087/9683974).
Cill na Martra Gun Club members Christy O’Riordan, Jimmy O’Connell, Martin O’Regan, Donal O’Leary, Michael Murphy, Eddie Phelan, Johnny Lynch, Finian Phelan, and Donal Murphy recently presented a cheque to Breda Dyland of Kerry Cancer Support Group. The gun club raised €1,603 on St Stephen’s Day by hosting a wild game barbecue at Ó Murchú’s bar in Cill na Martra. The money raised will go towards the Kerry-Cork Health Link bus and the gun club would like to thank all who supported this important service.
Rugby Stars. Dara Caulfield, Carriganima and Cian Healy, Ballymakeera play under 11 Rugby with Ballincollig, Recently, they had the privilege of playing at half time during the Munster v Leicester match in Thomond Park.
Rainbows Ireland provides group support for children and young people who are experiencing grief and loss following a bereavement or parental separation. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Macroom Family Resource Centre for application form. Completed forms to be returned to Macroom Family Resource Centre on or before Mon 19th Feb for program to commence Wed 7th March 2018
Photographs We still have a considerable backlog of photographs from before Christmas and will include some of these in forthcoming issues. Please note that photographs should be submitted by the Friday before publication if at all possible and we would appreciate precise caption with each picture.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Jan. 7. Jackpot €4,600. Numbers drawn 7, 22, 28. No winner. €50 Tim & Sheila Hartnett Inchaleagh, €20 each: Ned Hubbard Inchaleagh, Kathleen MacSullivan Berrings, Nick Cummins C/O Anthony Hubbard, Gearoid & Eoghan O'Brien C/O Anvil Bar.
Jan. 14. Jackpot €4,750. Numbers drawn 12, 16, 22. No winner. €50 Christine O'Brien Rylane €20 each: Pat O'Sullivan Glashagarrive, Denis & Abina Murphy Carrigulla, Hugh & Carmel O'Brien Rahalisk, Ger Healy Kilnamartyra.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 10/1/2018. Jackpot €1200. No winner €70 Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna €20 each: Jenny Kelleher, Ard an Greine, Macroom; Pat & Nora Hogan, c/o Helen; George Kelleher, 36 Oakwood; John McDonagh, Droumree.
17/1/2018. Jackpot €1400. No winner €70 Catherine Cotter, Kilavoultra €20 each: Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna Mary O’ Brien, Coachford Denise Ahern, Aherla Derry Crowley, c/o MCP
Kilmurry GAA Lotto 08Jan 2018 Jackpot €5,600 Numbers 5,23,35 No winner €50 O Brien Family Currabeha €20 each Roy Cummins, Paddy Crowley, Brian Harte, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Jimmie
15 Jan 2018 Jackpot €5,800 Numbers 7,9,39 No Winner €50 Stephanie Howard €20 each James Burke, John O’Mahony, Ann Marie Mulcahy, Natasha Howard, Finbarr & Yvonne
Macroom FC Lotto 02/01/18: Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn: 16, 27, 30. No Winner. €80: Lelia Murphy c/o Brian. €20 each: D and M Shine c/o Janet, Stephen Crowley c/o Murray's, I Winters c/o Connie, JJ Murphy c/o Janet.
08/01/18: Jackpot €2,400. Numbers drawn: 6, 31, 36. No Winner. €80: John Corkery c/o Swanky. €20 each: Darragh Vaughan c/o P o' R, James MCsweeny c/o Darrin, Frank Cronin c/o Noel, Elsie O' Riordan c/o Willie.
15/01/18: Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn: 11, 27, 36. No Winner. €80: Janet Shine. €20 each: Angy c/o Evelyn, Tony O' Connell c/o Hotel, Jim O' Riordan c/o Noel, Aine Ring c/o Darrin.
22/01/18: Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn: 12, 24, 36. No Winner. €80: Kay and Rachel c/o Hound. €20 each: PJ Herlihy c/o Murray's, Breda and Diarmuid McCarthy, Emma, Sarah and Billy c/o Murray's, Katie Dineen c/o Evelyn.
Macroom Golf Club Lotto results 16th Jan. Jackpot €2600. Numbers drawn: 4 14 28. No winner. €40 - Michelle Cotter c/o Golden’s. €20 - Mike Shine, Chapel Hill and Margaret Buckley Kilnagurteen
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 09/01/2018. Jackpot €5,800. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 2-10-22. No Winner. €70 Eileen Horgan, St. Colman's Park. €20 each: Nora O'Leary, Codrum. Michelle M & BarryO B, 22 St Colman's Park. Pat Cosgrove, 12 Masseytown. Stephen O'Leary, Auld Triangle. Ann Corkery, Lisscreasig.
16/1/2018. Jackpot €6.000. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 2-22-29. €70 David Murnane, 18 The Lawn €20 each: Denis & Jennifer Buckley, 8 An Gleann, Agnes /Breda/ Mary, C/o Mary Lynch. Don Lynch, Codrum. Denise Moloney, Main Sreeet. Emma & Orla Lynch, Sleaveen West.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 15/1/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 11 – 19 – 21. Winners: Yvonne & Mags. €40 Janina Alexandra Daly. €20 Ben O’Riordan, Dan Joe Finnegan (Yearly Ticket), J. O’Driscoll, Paddy Foley (Yearly Ticket).
22/1/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 10 – 35. No Winner. €40 Liah Casey. €20 Cathy Dunton, Molly O’Connell, Patrick O’Callaghan, Donal Lane (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Cór Chill na Martra ar stáitse le linn Gig na Gaelainne i Halla na Cathrach. ©John Allen

Cór Chill na Martra

Cór Chill na Martra, a community choir that spans all ages, is a model of ordinary people working together towards a common goal. Consistent with its base in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí, the choir sings in Irish and is at heart a church choir whose primary function is to provide music for weekend Masses, funeral Masses and other liturgical services. But with its rapidly growing fame, it has recently performed at Gig na Gaelainne in Cork City Hall and has staged concerts that have raised funds for worthy causes.
Local schoolteacher, Gobnait Ní Chonchúir, is the power behind the choir. She has been church organist in Cill na Martra since 1993 and choir director since 2007. She believes that commitment and regular attendance at practice sessions is crucial to the choir’s progress. The schedule of practice is determined in advance and all signing up promise full attendance and co-operation. There’s an open invitation to everyone who is prepared to commit. Choir members range in age from seven to 70+ and three generations of one family are in the choir.
Cór Chill na Martra has appeared for the last two years as part of a massed Cór Gaelach at Oireachtas na Samhna in Cill Áirne. They also recorded a charity Christmas CD in 2010 with new music for Mass in three-part harmony, composed by Gobnait, with Irish lyrics by local schoolteachers. The choir’s latest charity performance saw Séipéal Naomh Lachtaín packed to the rafters for ‘Céiliúradh na Nollag’, in which Cór Chill na Martra was joined by national school pupils from Scoil Lachtaín Naofa and musicians Leah Ní Mhurchú, Katie Ní Shíocháin, Liadh Anne Ní Chéilleachair, Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Laura Ní Dhrisceoil. A total of €3,301.09 was raised for Friends of Marymount by Ceiliúradh na Nollag. A further €2,000 was presented to Cork Simon as a result of Gig na Gaelainne, in which Cór Chill na Martra joined with Irish language choirs from Cork city and county, Óró, schoolchildren, musicians, singers John Spillane, Ger Wolfe, Seán Ó Sé agus Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh for a concert at City Hall. DVDs of Ceiliúradh na Nollag 2017 are available, priced €10, by ringing 026 40000 or texting 086 3730808.

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Valley Wheelers cyclists at their sponsors, Folláin H.Q. in Ballyvourney ©

 Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

With winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, the VWCC committee would like to encourage all club members to get back on their bikes and get active for the coming year. To help them do this, the committee has arranged a number of flat, relatively easy spins for the next number of weeks, which will be known as Flat February. This should help people who have lapsed over the winter to regain their fitness level.
The 2018 cycling calendar looks like being a busy but enjoyable one for club members, with regular club spins, charity events, The Tour de Munster, which the club strongly supports, and a weekend away trip later in the year. A fun time trial is also planned for early March, with a second one in the Autumn. This will give members the opportunity to see how much they have improved during the year.
In 2017, local food company Folláin, came on board with the club as their sponsors and a new club kit was launched. The club, which was founded in 2009, has raised funds for a number of different charities and its members continue to support charity events each year. If you are new to the area and are an active cyclist or if you're interested in taking up the activity of group cycling, Valley Wheelers would love to hear from you. Check out our website, www.valleywheelers.com or Valley Wheelers Facebook page.

Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada 2017

Sincere thanks to everyone who took part or helped and contributed in any way at the annual Poc Fada held by Inniscarra GAA/ Inniscarra Camogie Clubs on St. Stephen’s Day, 26th December, 2017. It was once again a great success, despite the weather conditions, with over 50 teams taking part. Whilst a bit of organizing goes into its staging, it has grown in status now on a yearly basis. There was a large attendance in Áras Tadhg Ó Muirí for presentation of prizes and light refreshments and the mulled wine and hot whiskeys helped to warm those who braved the elements! Winning Team: Claudia Keane (Capt), Daire Holland, Douwe Van Sinderen. Second: Tommy Buckley, Eddie O’Connor, Sean Leisk Third: David Coleman, Shane O’Mahony, Anne Marie Coleman.
On January 16, a presentation of the proceeds were made at the Wayside Inn. Sean O’Mahony, on behalf of the Poc Fada Committee, thanked everyone who took part and outlined its success, which is now running for over 21 years. He said they were delighted to donate the proceeds to Marymount Hospice as everyone in some way or another has been touched by the wonderful work and services provided by Marymount. Dympna O’Connor presented the cheque to Anne Ellard, Marymount. Anne thanked the Poc Fada Committee and acknowledged the support it has given Marymount over the years, saying that all donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated as a lot of funds are required for the successful running of the Hospice. Mary Noonan presented the “Seamus Noonan Memorial Cup” to Daire Holland on behalf of the winning team. The Poc Fada Committee would also like to thank The Wayside Inn for their hospitality on the night.

Clondrohid Updates

Adult Party. The Development Group held its annual adult party in the Community Hall and it was a great success with a large crowd. Everyone was treated to a cold plate excellently prepared by Margaret and Peter Twomey, followed by some lovely apple tart and cream. Tim Joe and Ann had everyone on the floor with their excellent variety of music. The Group would like to thank all those who help them each year to keep this lovely tradition continue at its best.. A special word of thanks to all those who brought along prizes for the raffle and those who donated and were not in attendance. Thanks to Hall Committee for use of hall and to Healy’s Shop for their continuous support. They would also like to remember lovingly all those who have supported this special occasion down over the years but sadly are no longer with us. Ar dheis Dégo raibh a nanamacha dilis.
Set Dancing: With all the Christmas parties and celebrations, over, it is time to get back to reality and get those set dancing shoes on. The one and only Teddy is resuming his classes in the Community Hall on Saturday, January 27 at 7.30pm for the young folk and they have commenced on Tuesday nights at 8pm for the adults. All are welcome.
Muinefliuch N.S. News The pupils from fifth and sixth class have been learning how to do computer programming using Scratch. Three pupils designed an interactive Santa. He has a programmable BBC Micro bit chip in his arm which was programmed to play a tune when his arm was shaken. All pupils participated in a beautiful seasonal choral performance in Carriganima Church just before Christmas. Pupils from third to sixth class have been learning to play chess. Here are just some of the benefits to playing chess for fun: Chess helps you Concentrate, Develops Problems Solving Skills and Improves Your Memory. Playing Chess Uses both sides of Your Brain. Chess Teaches Planning and Fore Sight. Chess Helps with Strategy Thinking. Chess Helps you develop Social Skills such as introducing yourself, turn-taking, self-control and making and keeping friends.
Carriganima N.S.: Open week Monday Jan 29 to Friday Feb 2. From 9. 20 to 3pm. Call anytime. Small class sizes, for more info ring 026 44107 or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Carriganima N.S. invites you to the opening of their 2 new Special Education rooms on Friday 9th February 2018 at 7pm. Minister Michael Creed will officiate. All welcome to attend.
CCM( Clondrohid, Carriganima, Muinfliuch ) Active Retired. The meeting scheduled for Thursday night Jan 25 has been postponed for the moment but will be rescheduled to a later date. Please take note. The February coffee morning will be held in Community Hall on Wednesday Feb 7 at 10 am. Everyone welcome.
G.A.A. News: Well done to the Clondrohid boys, Sean Desmond, Tiernan Quinn, Stephen Ryan, who were on the De La Salle team who put up a great performance against St. Brendan’s Killarney.

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Nativity play at Inchigeela N.S. ©An Scoil

Inchigeela Updates

Christmas Pageant. The boys and girls of Inchigeela National School presented a beautiful Nativity play on the 19th of December in Inchigeela church. The performance was well choreographed, well prepared and excellently presented. For a short time we were given an insight into the Bethlehem of peasants and kings, of shepherds and angels in the first chapter of “The Greatest Story ever told”. All in all, it was a credit to the children and their teachers.
Run The Wran - Second attempt! The Céim Daunt walk that replaced the Wran walk washout was a great success, with everyone enjoying the challenge and sitting down afterwards to Billy’s tea cakes and biscuits. The spot prizes were sponsored by Tom Creedon, of Creedon Transport, Denis Hurley of Lee Valley Clothing Outlet, Bernie Kelleher, Molly Slater, Joe Creedon of Creedon’s Hotel and Teresa Cotter. A big Thank You to all. The winners were..Norma Galvin, Christy Cotter, Nora O’Riordan ,Bridget Mc Eoin, Gussie O’Riordan, Aoife O’Leary, Mary Murphy and Con O’Leary. The sponsorship cards should be returned now to any committee member. And the committee are most appreciative of the effort made by all.
A list of phone number contacts was compiled after the walk for anyone who wished to be notified of the next walks or cancelled walk should it arise. If you wish to add your number, please give it to Nora B O’Riordan. It was suggested also, that a walking club might be formed and that walks outside our area might be tackled in future days and other walking clubs might be invited to walks in Inchigeela.
Derrivane River Bridge. It has been confirmed to Croí na Laoi that, all going well, the damaged bridge in the village will be attended to by Cork Co Council in February.
Inchigeela walk- 8km Dereen Loop, Sunday 28th January. Suitable for all abilities. Meet at parish hall at 2pm.

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Cormac Lordan, Marymount Hospice, receiving a €4,000 cheque from Jerh O'Sullivan & Nicola Doherty on behalf of Broomhill Vintage Club & Coachford Family Festival ©.

 Coachford Updates

Great Dance Off 2018. A great night of dancing and entertainment was laid on by the students of Coachford College recently. The second ever dancing competition was tremendous fun. Well done to the transition year students who put the show together. The dancers were brilliant and it was easy to see how much practice and effort they put in to get ready for their dances. The show was a mixture of pupils and teachers (and parents) strutting their stuff. The Sports Hall was transformed into a dance hall for the night. Congratulations to Ms Heaphy, Mr Lotty and Mr Fitzpatrick who took on the roles of Judges for the night. They were kind and encouraging to the young dancers and directed their hilarious criticism towards their colleagues. Miss Hourihan, as usual, was an excellent MC and kept the show moving at a great pace. The winners, Jack O’Mahony, Brian Dineen, Gavin Crean and Dylan Brennan, with assistance from Julie Tarrant & Julie Crowley, were outstanding. Superbly coached by Jenny Burke, they stole the show with their energetic and excellently executed dance routines. It left everyone in the audience breathless and they fully deserved the standing ovation and the win. In second place was Caroline Barrett and Leah Cooney with their great dance performance to the Dirty Dancing classic, ‘The time of my Life’. In third place, four first years: Molly Mangan, Courtney O’Connell, Anna O’Leary and Leah Murphy, took the honours with a great routine which was full of energy and perfect coordination. This fundraising show in aid of Marymount Hospice was a great night out. The enthusiastic involvement of the teaching staff made it all the more special and once again, showed the wonderful partnership and mutual respect that exists between the staff, parents and pupils at Coachford College. Video of the winning dance is available to view on www.coachfordnews.com
Over 60s talent heat. A heat of the very popular Paddy O’Brien’s Over 60s Talent Competition will be held on Sunday March 25th in the GAA Hall at 3pm. The talent competition, now in its 42nd year, is open to anyone over 60 who’d like to sing, dance, tell a story or play an instrument. The day is going to be a very relaxed affair, with talk and chat, a cup of tea and a bit of craic, with the contestants taking to the stage in between to do their bit. The county and city competition is run in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. If you would like to get involved and take part in the Coachford heat, ring Karolyne on 086 8678207.
Science teacher. Congratulations to Coachford resident, Karina Lyne, science teacher in Coláiste Choilm, whose pupil, Simon Meehan, won the BT Young Scientist of the Year award recently.. Karina lives in Fergus Coachford and travels to Ballincollig every day to instil in her pupils her love and passion for science.
50/50 raffle. Tickets are on sale for the first Coachford Community Association raffle of 2018. The draw will take place on January 31st. Do something positive for the community this week - buy a ticket for the 50/50 raffle. You can get them in Cooney’s, Kathleen’s Shop, the Post Office, the Pharmacy, the two chippers, the two hairdressing salons and the two pubs.

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Foireann Idirmheánach agus bainisteoirí Cill na Martra a bhuaidh Sraith Peile Roinn 2 Chorcaí 2017 ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Cumann Peile Cill na Martra

Bhí ana oíche ag Cumann Peile Cill na Martra in Óstán Ghobnatan ar an Satharn 13ú Eanáir. Bronnadh boinn ar fhoirne Fé18 (Craobh B an Réigiúin Thoir), Fé21 (Craobh A Mhúscraí), Sóisear B (Craobh Mhúscraí) agus Idirmheánach (Sraith Roinn 2) 2017. Bhí tábhacht fé leith ag baint leis an mbronnadh ar an bhfoireann fé21 ós rud é gurb é seo an chéad uair riamh a bhuamar Craobh Fé21 A Mhúscraí. Bhíomar buíoch deSheán Ó Finneadha ó Choiste Cheantar Mhúscraí a bhí inár dteannta ar an oíche. Bhí an-áthas orainn leis go raibh cuid mhaith de fhoireann fé14 na bliana 1967 linn ar an oíche. B’iad an chéad fhoireann a bhuaigh comórtas fé aois ar son an chumainn. Deineadh bronnadh chomh maith ar cheathrar mar aitheantas ar a saothar i gcaitheamh na mblianta ar mhaithe leis an gcumann – Dónal Ó Cróinín, Conchúr Ó Murchú, Seán Ó Loingsigh agus Caoimhín Ó Buachalla. Míle buíochas le gach éinne a chabhraigh linn agus a bhí i láthair ar an oíche.

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Rena Buckley with Prof Andrew Deeks, President of UCD, after she was conferred with an M. Sc. (Sports Physiotherapy ©

 Rena, the Star of the South

By Con Kelleher
Rena Buckley is a busy physiotherapist and works at Cork St., Macroom, just off the main road. But she is also the holder of 18 All-Ireland senior medals, 10 All-Stars and captained both the Cork Ladies football and camogie teams to All-Ireland victories. In 2017 alone, she captained the Cork camogie team to their win, was selected for the All-Stars, was picked as Player of the Year and assisted Inniscarra to win the Cork senior camogie title. Off the field, she completed her Master’s in Sports Physiotherapy. She is also one of the most grounded, gracious and unpretentious persons you could ever wish to meet.

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Rena pictured on her first day in school in Berrings with her twin sister, Mary, 2/9/1991

Born in 1987, Rena’s family is extremely important to her. Her father, Tim, is from Rylane and her mother Helen (née Buckley also) hailed from Kilmichael. Tim is a sales manager and is related to the Lynches, Castle St. Helen is a retired teacher from St Al’s in Cork. Mary is Rena’s twin sister and they have one older brother, Jerry. Her parents, brother and sister have travelled the length and breadth of the country to support her in almost every match she has played. Mary plays with Inniscarra and it was Jerry who introduced the footballs, hurleys and sliothars to their home. They live in Berrings and Rena counts this as being most fortunate. Some of Rena’s forebears from both sides were athletes.
Berrings National School was Rena’s first alma mater and she thrived academically and sportingly. She came under the influence, guidance and encouragement of Paul Olden and he emphasised the importance of participating, doing your best and enjoying it. Some of the 6-a-side games were fiercely contested. She first met the equally gifted Briege Corkery, her great friend and colleague, in 1999, when representing her school; she was selected to play for Cork at half-time before some adult match. Later she joined the Inniscara Camogie club and she was blessed to have been coached by Emma Dineen and Irene O’Keeffe, and the club is reaping the rewards of their great work – Inniscarra retained their senior crown this year. Dan O’Mahony, Donoughmore, saw her playing football in a Sciath na Scol match and invited her to play for them. Not long after, in 2001, Mossie Barrett drafted her into the senior set-up where she won her first senior county with Donoughmore, and they then added the Munster and All-Ireland club championship, to give Rena her first All-Ireland medal. She was still just 14.

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Rena competing in U14 County Athletics in CIT 2000 ©

At a young age Rena was involved in athletics and won an All-Ireland 1500 metres title and was disappointed not to win a cross-country title. She ran the All Ireland cross-country three times, and third was her best finish. She competed with the Inniscarra-Blarney Athletics club and found John Meagher’s interval training excellent, and much harder than anything she had done on G.A.A. fields prior to that. This reservoir of fitness was particularly useful when she joined the Cork panels as she found the G.A.A. training relatively easy. She felt that she had an edge, fitness-wise, on her colleagues. At St. Al’s, where her mother taught, she continued to play camogie. James Hurley (RIP) (Valley Rovers) had a very positive influence on her development as a player while she was there. St. Al’s teams were modest, but she enjoyed playing with them.
Rena first played competitively for Cork in camogie at minor (U-16 for girls) level in 2001 and for the Cork footballers (u18 in football) in 2002. John Cronin (Cloughduv) was manager of her first senior camogie All Ireland winning team and Rena found him knowledgeable, clever, and affirmative and he was especially good at keeping players grounded and focused. John’s wife, Norma, is a sister of the late and great Tom Creedon.

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Rena with Yvonne and Jerh Twomey after winning the U14 All Ireland Ladies Football Championship with Cork. ©

Modest to a fault, Rena asserts that she was ‘lucky’ to have attended Berrings National School and ‘lucky’ to have had 3 top-class clubs nearby-Inniscarra (camogie), Donoughmore (football), Blarney (athletics). Furthermore, she insists that she was very ‘fortunate’ to have been around for the very good Cork football and camogie teams of the past 15 years. While that is true, Rena’s wonderful athleticism and skill, her application and dedication over 15 years, and perhaps most importantly, her attitude and temperament, contributed hugely to the successes of ‘her’ teams and to her personal achievements.
10% inspiration, 90% perspiration and a pinch of good fortune is an often quoted recipe for success. Rena’s usual in-season week consisted of camogie training on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; football on Wednesday and Sunday, with matches interspersed. This year was ‘easy’ as she did not play football. She sometimes wonders how she kept going and thinks the answer lies in the enormous enjoyment she got, making great friends, always looking forward to the next match, the next challenge, and the tremendous support she has had from her family. Rena would have liked to travel but is happy with the decisions and sacrifices she has made in pursuit of her sporting activity.
The Cork Lady footballers won 11 All-Irelands in 12 years and captured the sporting imagination of the country. Rena was a central figure in that series of wins. Éamonn Ryan was manager and he was outstanding. His training was interesting, thoughtful and challenging and his preparation was meticulous. Blessed with an eloquent tongue, he was an excellent motivator and was very good at getting players ‘right’ on the day and getting the best out of people. His approach to games was interesting in that he mostly made his points through stories. Against ‘vaunted’ opponents, he emphasised that they had only 2 legs and 2 arms, and might not be at their best on that day, and thus beatable. One of his phrases was ‘Níl teora ins an gaisce atá ionat’ – roughly translated as ‘there is no limit to the heroism within you’.
Teams that Rena played with were sprinkled with leaders. She mentioned Briege, Juliet Murphy, Gemma O’Connor, Valerie Mulcahy, Nollaig Cleary, Bríd Stack, Órla Cotter, Aisling Thompson among many. Her best direct opponents were Eimear McDonnell (Tipperary) in camogie and Cora Staunton (Mayo) in football. Eimear was small, skilful, quick, elusive and accurate. Cora was big, powerful, skilful and very direct and always a threat on goal. Rena is delighted to see Cora going to play professionally in Australia, wishes her well and is keen to know how she will do.

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Rena in front of her clinic in Cork St. ©Con Kelleher

 Traditionally, ladies’ sport in Ireland has had a low profile, with a few notable exceptions such as Sonia O’Sullivan, Katie Taylor and Anna-Lise Murphy. Thankfully, this is changing, but even this year, name recognition of our best lady footballers and camogie players is still weak. Briege, Cora Staunton and Rena have featured more prominently in the newspapers and television in the past while. Rena especially likes the greater exposure to games but was happy to play out much of her career away from the glare of publicity. Greater access to better grounds and better facilities for ladies’ teams still needs to be improved substantially, and the associations are working hard on this. Locally St Val’s and Macroom Ladies Football clubs are doing well.
When speaking to younger players, Rena advises that players should attend all training sessions if at all possible, do your best at training, eat well, sleep well, have a proper training regime and practice good technique. Over her career, training has considerably improved and is now more varied, balanced and interesting. Rena has been fortunate that she has escaped serious injury.

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Captain, Rena, claims back the All Ireland Camogie trophy in 2017 ©Neans McSweeney

 2017 has been a great year for Rena. Cork won an All-Ireland as underdogs; she was captain and delivered her acceptance speech from the Hogan Stand ‘as Gaeilge’ and was nominated for Sportsperson of the Year. That was complemented when she was conferred with a Master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy – wonderful success and achievement on and off the field.
It couldn’t happen to a more modest person.
Sports, Ladies Football and Camogie
Position, Backs and Midfield
Born , 1987
Clubs, Donoughmore(F) and Inniscarra(C)
Years, 2003-2017
All-Irelands, 18 - Football, 11 and Camogie, 7
All-Stars, 10 – Football, 5 and Camogie, 5
Player-of-the Year, Camogie, 2017.

KHAA Concert (Two Stars of Irish Music on one stage).

KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada and Sean Ó Sé in concert on Saturday 17th February at 8pm in Eire Óg Pavillion,Ovens. Peadar and Sean will be joined by Castletownkinneigh Choir and Newcestown Comhaltas. Tickets €20 are available from Mary 0876568110 and also on Eventbrite. This promises to be a very entertaining night. It is a very rare occasion when Cork Music fans will be able to see Peadar Ó Riada and Sean Ó Sé perform on stage together. The gig is on Saturday February 17th and promises to be a lively night of tunes, songs and stories from two of the country’s most outstanding and versatile musicians. Proceeds to Independence Museum Kilmurry , Mid Cork community run heritage facility.


KHAA held their AGM on 16th January in Independence Museum Kilmurry. A large crowd gathered despite the freezing cold weather. Deirdre Bourke Chairperson made the introductions and welcomed the members and delivered her report on 2017 and the events and happenings of KHAA. Aileen O’Sullivan gave the Secretary’s report and Mary O’Mahony gave a detailed account of the financial status. The below were elected to the various committees of KHAA. If would like you join any of the committees, feel free to make contact. People can join anytime throughout the year. It is a very vibrant and interesting organisation. You don’t have to have an interest in history as a lot of different areas are incorporated in the KHAA like Marketing, Fundraising and organising events and lectures and museum guiding.
Board of directors: Noel Howard, Deirdre Bourke, Mary O’Mahony, Aidan O' Sullivan, Tony Murphy, Siobhan Murphy , Damien O’Sullivan
Vice-presidents: Con Long, Terence McSwiney ,Colm Galvin, Bridget Goulding , Kathleen Sheehan Noel Howard, Tony Murphy
Chairperson: Deirdre Bourke. Vice-chairperson: Anthony O’Sullivan. Secretary: Aileen O’Sullivan. Assistant secretary: Aidan O’Sullivan. Treasurer: Mary O’Mahony. Assistant treasurer: Louise Daly. PRO Michael John O’Mahony. Website administrator:Aidan O’Sullivan.
Management committee: Deirdre Bourke, Damien O’Sullivan , Mary O’Sullivan , Anthony O’Sullivan, Siobhan Murphy ,Noel Howard , Mary O’Mahony, Anna O’Halloran
Michael John O’Mahony , Aidan O’Sullivan Phillip Murphy , George Lehane, Denis O’Donoughue , Mary Mullins Aileen O’Sullivan (as secretary), Louise Daly
Curating committee: Noel Howard ( Chair) ,Aidan O’Sullivan, Niall Murray, Kieran Fitzpatrick, Ger Long , John Lee
Marketing committee: Deirdre Bourke (Chair), Michael John O’Mahony, Aidan O’Sullivan, Diarmuid Cohalan, Niall Murray, Sandra Looney, Phillip Murphy
Fundraising committee: Anna O’Halloran (Chair), Siobhan Murphy, Mary O’Sullivan ,Mary Mullins , Brian O' Mahony (Grant applications)
Organising committee: Louise Daly (Chair), Louise Daly, Michael John O’Mahony, Sile Hunt, Karen Lally, Ellen McSullivan


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Breachadh an lae ag Féile na Laoch i gCúil Aodha, Lá Lúnasa 2011 agus Christy Moore ar staitse ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Féile na Laoch

Who, of all those who attended, will ever forget Féile na Laoch in Cúil Aodha, to celebrate Sean Ó Riada’s 80th birthday in August 2011? On the opening night, a Céilí was held in the churchyard to the music of Seamus Ó Beaglaoich and friends. The following day films and television programmes by local movie makers were shown agus bhí teacht le chéile in Ostán Ghobnatan de chairde an Riadaigh. In the afternoon, the Chapel Choir from St Patrick’s College Maynooth performed alongside Cór Chúil Aodha in Séipéal Chúil Aodha, for which Seán Ó Riada had composed Céad Aifreann Uí Riada. The climax of the festival was the aeraíocht, the dusk to dawn exposition of some of Ireland’s most celebrated talents in different fields. It’s a tribute to Peadar Ó Riada, mac Sheáin and the inspiration of the Féile, that he could coax people such as Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Martin Hayes, Michael D. Higgins (before he was President), Steve Wickham of the Waterboys, Barry McGovern, Cara O’Sullivan, ballet dancer Monica Loughman who performed the ‘Dying Swan’ from Swan Lake and Pulitizer Prize winning poet, Paul Muldoon, to the remote Gaeltacht village of Cúil Aodha for a dawn concert.
The following is what we wrote in the Lee Valley Outlook in August 2011:
Imagine walking into a boggy field, in a remote glen in Gaeltacht Mhúscraí at 4.30a.m. on the morning of Lughnasa and hearing the glorious voice of Cara O’Sullivan drifting to the stars. And to have Phil Coulter follow soon after with numbers such as ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and Christy Moore, in inimitable form despite the late/early hour. Christy proclaimed, in his gentle voice, that he and many others ‘learned to sail on the river of Seán Ó Riada’s music’. He later joined Glen Hansard for a rousing rendition of ‘The Auld Triangle’. The wonderful music of Martin Hayes, pipers from Scotland, sean-nós singers from the Aran Islands, poets, ballerinas, storytellers, enthralled the audience, many of whom had spent the whole night in the open air at this presentation that was free of charge to the audience and freely provided by the artistes. Then, as the morning star brightened the sky and a rare sunrise painted the eastern horizon, the massed orchestra of some of Ireland’s finest musicians, under the baton of John O’Brien, Cork School of Music, combined to play the wonderful score of the film, ‘Mise Éire’. It was a spiritual experience that raised thoughts of ‘tír ghrá’ and ‘is féidir linn’ in many of the audience. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh directed our attention to Laochra an Spóirt, emulating the feats of the Fianna, for whom Lughnasa was of particular significance. Briege Corkery, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Anthony Lynch were among those to display the ancient skills. And, as the day brightened, we were invited by Peadar Ó Riada, to reconvene in seven years time, 2018, for the next Féile na Laoch. Go mbeirimid beo agus sláintiúl agus rathúil ag an am sin arís.
2018. Féile na Laoch (Festival of Heroes) is very big international, multifaceted Festival of all arts which is organized for over a six-month period every seven years across Ireland and internationally. It is dedicated to the memory of the Irish composer and creator Seán Ó Riada and is the only official commemoration of this Irish hero. This period is to help and facilitate all Irish and Gael, at home and abroad, to renew their identity and self-knowledge. Each and every community is encouraged to organize a Féile na Laoch of their own, for their own people, during this time of self-renewal and affirmation of self and community. Each community has its own culture. Each is different and recognizes itself in the heroes its people chooses as their exemplars. For the Festival, a community names 100 heroes. Some will be common to many communities in Ireland, Scotland and abroad and more will by unique to the locale itself. This difference in choice reflects the individuality of communities. With Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) we demonstrate what we think is good example, what is good advice to our youth and our people generally. A Féile na Laoch flag will be presented to any group wishing to participate and it is hoped that as many groups as possible, both at home and abroad, really embrace the very meaning of the festival. For more information, see the attached PDF (click here) and/or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
More about Féile na Laoch 2018 in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.

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An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire with his friend, Osborn ©

 An tAthair Peadar Book

Saint Gobnait’s Day, Sunday, February 11, sees the launch of a new book on an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire at 6p.m. in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. A bilingual book, ‘Mise an Mac San: remembering an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire’, is written by Éilís and Pat O’Brien and takes a fresh look at the once famous, now half-forgotten author of Séadhna and Mo Scéal Féin. A tale of two parishes on opposite ends of Cloyne diocese—Clondrohid, where an tAthair Peadar was born and raised and Castlelyons, the east Cork village where he was parish priest for thirty years—‘Mise an Mac San’ offers a timely reminder of a fascinating character.
A man of many firsts, an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire wrote the first ever play and novel in Irish. He was a proponent of the spoken tongue, as distinct from classical, literary Irish and his books are in simple, colloquial language. His critics are many, faulting the theme of Séadhna and inaccuracies in his autobiography, but his contribution to spoken Irish is not to be underestimated.
In anticipation of the centenary of his death in 2020, this book offers a timely reminder of a fascinating character. In seeking to balance the once popular romanticised view with the jaundiced view that has since taken hold, it asks whether we can commemorate an tAthair Peadar in a way that is fair both to the man and his critics?
This book, in bilingual format, makes no pretensions to be the definitive account on an tAthair Peadar, but those who know little or nothing about him should come away with a good knowledge of his life and legacy. Our hope is that this may help restart a general conversation about him that has lapsed largely into silence.



To Mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) in 2018, the Heritage Council is focusing the Community Heritage Grant Scheme on the theme Make a Connection, to encourage communities throughout Ireland to build heritage connections that will last long beyond the year. The scheme aims to:
• promote appreciation and enjoyment of heritage, to make a lasting difference to heritage, people and communities,
• promote a bottom up approach to heritage management, and
• reach out to new audiences by telling heritage stories in innovative ways to stimulate public interest and engagement
€750,000 has been allocated by the Heritage Council for this scheme in 2018. For details about the types of project considered, to see the information booklet and indeed to apply for the grant visit http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/eych-community-heritage-grant-scheme-2018. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018.


In recent years Ireland's historic towns have experienced increased vacancy and dereliction particularly within the historic core. The internationally recognised practice of heritage-led regeneration demonstrates that the cultural heritage of historic towns can be used to create a desirable place in which people can live, visit and do business in. With leadership, vision and investment, heritage-led regeneration can bring economic benefits that will enable our historic towns to prosper, through increased visitor numbers and decreased numbers of vacant buildings and commercial premises.
The 2013-14 Historic Towns Initiative (HTI) was a joint pilot undertaking by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland and the Heritage Council which promoted the heritage-led regeneration of Ireland’s historic towns. Lessons learned from this pilot have been used to develop a dedicated grants programme for 2018 – the Historic Towns Initiative (HTI). This will allocate a sum of €1 million to historic towns who are engaged in heritage-led urban regeneration (envisaged that about 10 towns will benefit from the scheme).
Closing date for applications is 22nd February 2018. For full details of the scheme visit http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/news/news-features/historic-towns-grant-scheme-preliminary-notice


Recipe of the Month – Winter Root Veg Frittata
If I am not feeling too adventurous in the kitchen, or am feeling a little rushed then this is a go-to recipe, particularly at this time of year when root crops are still abundant. You can throw pretty much any combination of veg at this recipe and it will stand up to the abuse quite happily.. Couldn’t be simpler or more delicious – served hot or cold. Serves 4.
Ingredients: 500g mix of 4 or 5 different vegetables such as onions, carrots, squash, parsnip, beetroot and potatoes; 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 7 large eggs; A handful of mixed herbs (e.g. parsley, rosemary and thyme), finely chopped; About 20g well-flavoured hard cheese, grated (cheddar or parmesan will do fine); Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions: Preheat the oven to 190°C. Prep the veg: peel onions and thickly slice; peel carrots, parsnips, beetroot, spuds and squash and cut in to roughly equal chunks (about 2cm on average). Put in an ovenproof dish, add the garlic, oil and plenty of seasoning and bake for about 40 minutes until the veg is tender. Beat the eggs together with the chopped herbs and some more salt and pepper. Take the dish from the oven, pour the egg evenly over the veg and scatter over the grated cheese. Return to the oven for 10–15 minutes until the egg is all set and the top is starting to colour. Leave to cool slightly, then slide the frittata out on to a plate or board.

Sports Mad

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Round 1
Ballydesmond v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Naomh Abán 1-14 Macroom 0-13
(1) Naomh Abán v Bally desmond/ Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
(2) St Michael's 3-17 Rockchapel 1-10
(3) Cill na Martra 0-8 St Vincent’s 0-5
(4) Nemo Rangers v Newmarket
Winners of 1 v St Michaels: Cill na Martra v 4(Nemo or Newmarket)

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Naomh Abán who defeated Macroom in the first round of the Tom Creedon Cup competition ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Naomh Abán 1-14 Macroom 0-13
In the opening game of the 2018 Tom Creedon Cup, Macroom were forced to concede venue to Naomh Abán and at the picturesque Páirc Íosagáin venue, the home side were full value for their four point win over the visitors. Macroom had led early on but Naomh Abán took a 1-1 to 0-2 lead with Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh’s 17th minute goal and they were mainly in the driving seat from there to the finish even though Macroom did draw level at 1-8 to 0-11 at the three quarter stage. Naomh Abán finished out the game strongly however, scoring six of the eight points sent over in the final quarter.
Maidhc Ó Duinnín had an opening point from a free for the home side but Macroom hit back with points from David Horgan and Patrick Lucey, to lead by 0-2 to 0-1 after 11 minutes. Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh’s goal gave Naomh Abán a major boost and they matched two points from Macroom’s Pa Lucey with points from Colm Ó Murchu and Maidhc Ó Duinnin, before translating outfield superiority into scores, with Darragh Ó Laoire, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh and Mícheál Ó Laoire all on target. Naomh Abán led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break, a fair reflection of the play.
Macroom had a good third quarter. Early points from Olan Murphy, David Goold and David Horgan brought them quickly back into contention, and when Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh had 34th minute point to steady Naomh Abán, Macroom responded with two further points, Lucey and Fintan Goold the scorers. Naomh Abán stretched their lead back to two points through Maidhc Ó Duinnín but Macroom were on top temporarily and points from David Goold and Tony Dineen had the sides level in the 42nd minute. The game was there for the taking now for either side but it was Naomh Abán who rose to the challenge. A Niall Ó Ceallaigh free kick yielded a lead point. Maidhc Ó Duinnín pointed another free to double the advantage and another converted free made it 1-11 to 0-11in the 47th minute. A second point from Mícheál Ó Laoire opened up a four point gap and when Fintan Goold pointed a free for Macroom, Naomh Abán replied with a point from Piarais Ó Liatháin to maintain a four point advantage, 1-13 to 0-12 with ten minutes remaining. Naomh Abán were in control and when Fintan Goold had a Macroom point, the winners quickly replied with a similar score from Conor Creedon to maintain that situation.
Scorers: Naomh Abán: D Ó Ceallaigh 1-2, M Ó Duinnín 0-5 (0-3f), M Ó Laoire 0-2, C Ó Murchú, D Ó Laoire, N Ó Ceallaigh (f), P Ó Liatháin, C Ó Críodain 0-1 each. Macroom: P Lucey 0-5 (0-1f), F Goold 0-2 (0-1f), D Horgan and D Goold 0-2 each, O Murphy and Tony Dineen 0-1each.
Naomh Abán: Mícheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Micheál Ó Liatháin: Micheál Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Murchú: Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Seán A MacCárthaigh: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Deaglán Ó hAileamhain, Darragh Ó Laoire. Fir Ionaid: Piarais Ó Liatháin, Pádraig Ó hAilíosa, Darragh Ó Loinsuigh, Conor Ó Críodáin, Seamus Ó Riada.
Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: Michael Cronin, Patrick O’Farrell, Martin O’Donnell: David Cotter, Fintan Goold, Brendan O’Sullivan: Blake O’Gorman, David Horgan: Tony Dineen, Patrick Lucey, Don Creedon: Johnny Murphy, David Goold, Ethan O’Gorman. Subs: Olan Murphy, Michael Cahill, John Angland, Gerard Angland, Ciarán Murphy. Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

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Cill na Martra who defeated St. Vincent’s in the Tom Creedon Cup ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra 0-8 St Vincent’s 0-5
Intermediate side Cill na Martra finished the past year by earning promotion to the senior division of the county leagues, accounting for numerous senior and premier intermediate scalps in their league campaign. Another higher grade team were their victims in the opening game of the new season, premier intermediate side St Vincent’s not able to contain the home challenge in the Tom Creedon Cup at Páirc Uí Chuana. Cill na Martra were on top in the first half and led by 0-5 to 0-1 at the break. During the course of the second half they introduced no fewer than nine substitutes and even though they were under severe pressure at times from the battling city men, they never lost the lead and were fully deserving of their victory at the finish.
Ground conditions were good even though there had been a game played the previous day and there was overnight rain, but the pitch was demanding nonetheless on early season fitness levels. Cill na Martra hit the front in the second minute through Shane Ó Duinnín and Daire MacLochlainn added a point in the ninth minute. Vincent’s only score of the first half came two minutes later and scores were hard to come by for both sides. Ten scoreless minutes had elapsed before Alan Ó Mocháin had the next score for Cill na Martra and it was followed by two further points from the lively Shane Dineen, one from a free, and Cill na Martra would have been happy at the break with a four point lead and a reasonable level of control.
Ten minutes elapsed before the first score of the second half, a fine effort from Anthony Ó Cuana. Vincent’s got a point back two minutes later and before the three quarter mark was reached, the city side had added two further points, 0-6 to 0-4 now the score and the earlier Cill na Martra dominance no longer prevailed. In the 54th minute Vincent’s had another point and a home victory was now no longer assured but Cill na Martra fought hard to retain their lead and their courage was rewarded. Seánie Ó Foirréidh scored a badly needed and well taken point, in the 57thminute and after Vincent’s had a few attacks repulsed, Antóin Ó Cuana had his second point of the hour to guarantee his side would advance to the semi final stage.
Scorers for Cill na Martra: Shane Ó Duinnín 0-3 (0-1f), Antóin Ó Cuana 0-2, D MacLochlainn, Alan Ó Mocháin and Séan Ó Foirréidh 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Finín Ó Faoláin, Graham Ó Mocháin, Marc Ó Goilí: Daire MacLochlainn, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Alan Ó Mocháin: Seán Ó Ceilleachair, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Danny Ó Conaill: Colm Ó Laoire, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Shane Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Antóin Ó Cuana 15, Seán Ó Foirréidh 32, Ciarán Ó Duinnín 37, Eoin Ó Céilleachair, Caoimhín Ó hUidhir agus Damien Ó hUrdail, triúr ar 43, Pádraig Ó Críodáin, James Ó Conaill agus Dean MacCarthaigh, triúr ar 50. Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.

 Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Awards Dinner

The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in the Oriel Court Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday February 17th next when theMuskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year 2017 will be named along with the Muskerry Junior Hurling andMuskerry Junior Football teams of the year.
The Auld Triangle and Muskerry GAA Sports Star Awards Monthly Winners for 2017were: March – Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary); April – Daniel (Dano) Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra); May – Mark Coleman (Blarney); June – Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael); July – Joe Ryan (Kilmurry); August – Aoife Murray (Cloughduv); September – Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg); October – Niamh McCarthy (Inniscarra)
The Sports Star of the Year will be chosen by the panel of judges from the monthly awards winners list.

Allianz National Leagues

Saturday 27th January Allianz Leagues Double Header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 1 - Cork v Tipperary at 5pm
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 1 - Cork v Kilkenny at 7pm
Ticket Information South Stand Level 1 and North Stand: Pre-Purchase Price: Adult: €12/11 Match-Day Price: Adult: €15/14 Student / Senior Citizen: €12 / €11 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.) Juveniles: €5

McGrath Cup Football

Cork 3-13 - Clare 3-12
Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary was having a fine game in attack for Cork when forced to retire injured just before half time. The McGrath Cup final ended in a welter of excitement and it went the home side’s way. Cork’s two-goal scoring burst early in the first half laid the foundations for victory, but they needed a 73rd minute goal from ‘Barrs Stephen Sherlock to win it. It was deep in injury time when Sherlock struck after Cork had been second best for the entire second half. Clare looked sure to win, but at the death, Cork snatched the win.
In the fifth minute, a good Kevin Crowley run ended with the centre-forward placing Mark Collins for a calmly-taken Cork goal and within a minute Stephen Sherlock had rounded his man and finished well to the net to make it 2-2 to 0-1 after seven minutes. Cork with Cathal Vaughan and Michael Hurley prominent in attack, were leading 2-8 to 0-4 late in the first half, when Clare had a fine goal, leaving the score 2-8 to 1-4 at the break. Clare stormed into the second half, hitting 1-4 without reply, and were level at the three-quarter stage when a long ball from Eimhin Courtney squirted past the Cork ‘keeper for a crucial score. Sherlock pointed a free to make it a two-point game and then hit that dramatic late winner.
Scorers for Cork: S. Sherlock 2-3, (0-3f), M. Collins 1-1, M. Hurley 0-4, C. Vaughan 0-3 (0-1f), C. Kiely, D. O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
Cork: Mark White (Clonakilty): Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown), Michael McSweeney (Newcestown): Pádraig Clancy (Fermoy), Kevin Flahive (Douglas), CIAN KIELY (Ballincollig): Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown) Capt, Daniel O Callaghan (Clyda Rovers): Seán White (Clonakilty), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven): CATHAL VAUGHAN (Iveleary), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Stephen Sherlock (St. Finbarr’s).
Subs: CIAN DORGAN (Ballincollig) for Vaughan (inj, 33); Ian Maguire and Sean Powter 52, Ruairi Deane 53, S Wilson 54, Dylan Quinn

Cork Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League

Kerry 1-23 Cork 1-13
It might have been a third string team but Cork’s performance in the final outing in the Munster League was still disappointing. Kerry haven’t beaten Cork too often at any level of hurling and the last occurrence in the senior grade was back all of 126 years ago in 1891 but they were fully deserving winners here. Cork boss John Meyler might have expected a bit more of a showing from the players he had at his disposal but Kerry in fact had far better individuals and the Cork attackers could make no headway against the Kerry defence. Deccie Dalton converted seven points from the placed ball and John Looney took his goal well, but there was no real assertiveness in this performance.
The game was even enough for the opening 20 minutes when it was 0-4 each but Kerry raised their game and it was 1-13 to 0-6 at the break for the Kingdom. Cork did reduce the gap to seven points and as Kerry were tiring, another Cork goal might have set the alarm bells ringing, but it was not forthcoming.
Scorers for Cork: D Dalton 0-8 (0-7 f), J Looney 1-0, E Keniry 0-3, L Meade, A Myers 0-1 each.
Cork: P Collins; S Smyth, C Barry, G Murphy; R Cahalane, N O’Leary, JOHN COOPER (Éire Óg); C Cahalane, L Meade; E Keniry, D Dalton, J Looney; B Mulcahy, I Cahill, M Sugrue.
Subs: A Myers, EOGHAN CLIFFORD (Cloughduv) and S Condon, all ht; E Healy 45, P Lyons 55.

Munster Colleges Senior A Football

St Brendan’s, Killarney 0-17 De La Salle, Macroom 0-13
St Brendan’s, in pursuit of three-in-a-row Corn Uí Mhuirí titles, had a deserved four-point quarter-final win over De La Salle Macroom at Baile Mhúirne. The reigning Munster and All-Ireland champions looked to be in trouble during the opening quarter and fell 0-5 to 0-3 behind. Jack Kelleher, outstanding at corner forward in the first half, had an early point for DLS, St Brendan’s led with two points from rather easily earned frees but Kelleher levelled matters at 0-2 each in the 5th minute. Seán Desmond then pointed a ‘45’ to put DLS in front, Jack Kelleher added a point from a free and when ‘The Sem’ got a point back, Tomás Collins came up in the 12th minute to point and restore the two point lead for DLS who had been playing well. There were no further scores for a period and then St Brendan’s turned up the heat and rattled off five points in a row without reply in the ten minutes before the break with De La Salle struggling to get the ball out of their own half of the field and the Kerry boys held a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage at the break.
A Jack Kelleher free two minutes into the second-half was Macroom’s first score since the 12th minute, James O’Mullane added a point and points were exchanged from frees, Kelleher doing the needed for Macroom to reduce the Macroom deficit to a single point, 0-9 to 0-8 in the 38th minute. In minutes points were again exchanged, Liam Twohig’s for DLS as really fine score but it was followed by a brace for St Brendans to make it 0-12 to 0-9 on 41. A foul on Twohig, now threatening danger at corner forward for DLS, resulted in a Jack Kelleher point from the free but the Kerry college got a quick reply from a break up field to stay three points clear at the three quarter stage. Again De La Salle cut the deficit to two points with a point from wing forward Conor O’Leary and if the Mid Cork side could have upped their game a notch one felt that they could still prevail. Instead St Brendan’s eased into an unassailable lead with three points in a row by the 57th minute. Jack Kelleher pointed a free, Brendan’s replied from play and Seán Desmond had the final point in injury time but the DLS cause was lost at that stage. St Brendan’s now meet Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the semi-final. They clashed in the group stages earlier where the game ended all square.
Scorers for De La Salle: J Kelleher 0-7, (0-6 f), S Desmond 0-2, (0-1 ‘45), C O’Leary, T Collins, L Twohig, J O’Mullane (0-1 each).
De La Salle Macroom: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid); Cian Twomey (Macroom), Seán O’Riordan (Iveleary), Aaron O’Donovan (Iveleary); Josh Pickering (Iveleary), James O’Mullane (Kilmurry), Leo Healy (Kilmurry); Luke O’Leary (Aghinagh), Seán Desmond (Clondrohid); Conor O’Leary (Iveleary), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry), Liam Twohig (Aghinagh); Jack Kelleher (Canovee), Josh De Lacey (Kilmichael), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry). Subs: Seán McMahon (Macroom), Liam O’Sullivan (Kilmurry), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), all on 54 mins.
Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 2-12 Hamilton HS Bandon 2-08
Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig are through to the semi-final of Corn Uí Mhuirí following their hard-fought four-point victory at Brinny. They were trailing by one point entering the final 10 minutes but they finished with 1-3 to Hamilton High’s solitary point to ensure they advance to the last four.
The Bandon side contributed to a very good game of football and deservedly led 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval after Fionn Herlihy’s 20th minute goal. They were impressive throughout the field, particularly at midfield where they made use of their share of the possession.
However, Coláiste Choilm were a much-improved team in the second-half. When Cian Rickard dispossessed a defender and found the net, the Ballincollig school reached parity, 1-6 apiece and with Jack Murphy on target from placed balls and open play, they stretched their advantage to three points. Hammies responded with a 51st minute goal from Sean Barry and they were now two points in front, 2-7 to 1-9. Coláiste Choilm had the final say though. Jack Murphy landed a free before Éire Óg team mate Colm O’Callaghan raced through the middle and kicked an unstoppable goal four minutes from time and the duo closed the game with injury time points. Col Choilm now meet Tralee CBS in the championship semi final.
Scorers for Coláiste Choilm: J Murphy 0-6, (0-4f), C O’Callaghan 1-1, C Rickard 1-0, D Scott 0-2, E Cooke, H Murphy and J O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Coláiste Choilm: A O’Riordan (Éire Óg): S Dwane (St Finbarr’s), S Walsh (Ballincollig), B Sorensen (Ballincollig): C Sheehan (Éire Óg), F Denny (Ballincollig), E Dodd (Canovee): C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), E Cooke (Ballincollig): H Murphy (Éire Óg), J O’Sullivan (Éire Óg), R Donovan (Ballincollig): D Scott (Inniscarra), J Murphy (Éire Óg) capt., C Rickard (Éire Óg). Subs: K Walsh (Canovee) 41.
Hamilton HS: C O’Sullivan (Valley Rovers); P Lang (Bandon), C Mangan (Ahán Gaels), C Barry (Sam Maguires); S Barry (Valley Rovers), R Maguire (Castlehaven), A Kenneally (Valley Rovers); G O’Donovan (Newcestown) capt., T Sheehan (Kilbrittain); C Calnan (Bandon), P Wall (Kilbrittain), D O’Shea (Valley Rovers); C Manning (Valley Rovers), F Herlihy (Sam Maguires), B Butler (Kilbrittain). Subs: A O’Leary (Valley Rovers) 48, E Collins (Newcestown) 53, T Twohig (Bandon) 58.

Mid Cork U21 Football Gradings

The grading for the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 football championships were announced at the first board meeting of the year at Coachford and are as follows:
A grade: 6 teams – Cill na Martra, Kilmurry, Éire Óg, Ballincollig, Inniscarra, Naomh Abán.
B Grade: 9 teams – Aghabullogue, Aghinagh, Ballinora, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Blarney, Canovee, Grenagh, Iveleary, Macroom.
C grade: 5 teams – Clondrohid, Donoughmore, Éire Óg 2nds, Kilmichael, Lee Gaels.
The draws will be made on Monday January 29th and it is proposed to start all three championships on Saturday February 17th. It has been decided to have open draws for all first round games with a second chance, losers round, for all first round losers. Every team gets at least two games before possible elimination.
Leagues. The format for the 2018 Junior Hurling and Football leagues in Mid Cork will be decided at the next board meeting. There have been some requests from clubs for a change in the format of the past few years and consequently, the situation is being reviewed.

2018 Cork County Football Leagues

Round 1 Sun Feb 4th (First named at home), Rd 2 Feb 11th, Rd 3 Feb 18th
Division 1 – Feb 4th
BALLINCOLLIG v Valley Rovers, BÉAL ÁTHA’n GhAORTHAIDH v St. Finbarr's, MACROOM v Carbery Rangers, Clonakilty v Mallow, Nemo Rangers v O'Donovan Rossa, CILL na MARTRA a bye
Sun Feb 11th
Carbery Rangers v Cill na Martra, St Finbarrs v Macroom, Valley Rovers v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, O’Donovan Rossa v Ballincollig
Sun Feb 18th
Valley Rovers v Cill na Martra, O’Donovan Rossa v Macroom, Mallow v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Clonakilty v Ballincollig
Division 2 – Feb 4th
Castlehaven v Kanturk, Newcestown v Douglas, St. Michael's v Ilen Rovers, AGHABULLOGUE v Newmarket, Kiskeam v Clyda Rovers, ÉIRE ÓG a bye
Feb 11th
Ilen Rovers v Aghabullogue, Clyda Rovers v Éire Óg
Feb 18th
Aghabullogue v Douglas, Éire Óg v Newmarket
Division 3 – Feb 4th Carrigaline v Bandon, NAOMH ABÁN v Fermoy, Nemo Rangers v Bantry Blues, Rockchapel v Dohenys, Castletownbere v Glanworth, Bye Bishopstown
Feb 11th Naomh Abán v Nemo Rangers
Feb 18th Naomh Abán v Glanworth
Division 4 – Feb 4th GRENAGH v Kildorrery, Na Piarsaigh v St. Vincent's, Gabriel Rangers v Ballydesmond, Mitchelstown v BALLINORA, Kinsale v Aghada, Bye Glenville
Feb 11th Ballinora v Kinsale, Grenagh a bye
Feb 18th Kildorrery v Ballinora, Grenagh v Aghada
Division 5 No Mid Cork team

Littlewoods Camogie League

By Daragh Ó Conchúir
Cork 0 – 13 Galway 1 – 3
In the first round of the 2018 League, All-Ireland champions Cork registered a comprehensive 0-13 to 1-3 win over Galway at the Cork Camogie Grounds as the Littlewoods Camogie League Division 1 got off to an early start. Despite some high-profile absentees in new captain Aoife Murray, Gemma O’Connor and 2017 winning captain, Rena Buckley, Cork fielded a very experienced line-up, whereas Galway were without their large Sarsfields contingent and the talismanic Niamh Kilkenny. Orla Cotter scored seven points and Amy O’Connor provided four from play for the hosts but it was the visitors that got off to the better start under new manager, Tony O’Donovan, Ailish O’Reilly goaling after Rebecca Hennelly and Cotter had exchanged early frees. Cork remained undeterred however and four consecutive points – scores from O’Connor, Hannah Looney and a brace of Cotter frees - put them in front at the break by 0-5 to 1-1.
It was all Cork in the second half, Cotter slotting three points on the trot, including one from play. O’Connor found the target twice more too and though Aoife Donohue kept Galway in touch with two points of her own, Cotter, O’Connor and Orla Cronin eased Paudie Murray’s team to the honours.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny, defeated All Ireland finalists but pursuing a third League title in a row and fourth in five seasons, also produced a strong second-half display to earn a 1-13 to 1-3 win over Clare in Clonlara. A Linda Bolger goal in the game’s final act snatched a 3-10 to 2-12 victory for Wexford over Tipperary and Limerick launched a late fightback to overturn a six-point deficit and secure a 2-12 to 2-12 draw against Dublin in Rathkeale. Waterford’s experience of Senior camogie propelled them to a 1-12 to 0-6 success over Meath.
In the 2nd round of the League, most matches fell victim to flooding on January 21 but Kilkenny defeated Dublin 3 – 17 to 3 – 5 in the only match played. Postponed matches were Cork v Wexford, Tipperary v Offaly, Clare v Waterford and Meath v Limerick. .

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Macroom GAA U13s/U14s before Strength and Conditioning session under Stephen Quinn (ex Tyrone footballer). ©Con Kelleher

 Macroom G.A.A. Club

Intermediates: Training continues; last week-end they ‘took to the gallops’ when they trained at Kelleher’s Racing track.
Glenville Tournament. Macroom played Ilen in the opening game of the Glenville U- 21 Football Tournament on January 19th in the Castle Grounds under lights. Despite the heavy ground, both teams served up an entertaining game with some fine scores taken. Macroom ran out winners by3- 14 to 2-09. Team; Kevin Condon, Cian Twomey, Kieran Condon, Kuba Byrdziak, Niko Wyskinski, Kevin O’Dwyer, Cillian Donovan, Caleb Dinneen, Seán McMahon, Cathal O’Riordan, Don Creedon (0-2), Daniel O’Riordan, Olan O’Leary (2-4), Robert Healy (0-1), Ethan O Gorman (0-2). Subs:- Creg Ronan (0-3), Symon Senatra (1-0), Frank Clark, Conor McKirgen, Alan O’Farrell, Daren Quinn (0-1), Dylan Twomey (0-1), Shane Meaney, Jack Cronin.
Macroom v Béal Átha ‘n Ghaorthaidh. The U-21s were in action in the 2nd round of the Glenville Tournament on Jan. 21st and played Béal Átha in the Tom Creedon Park. The pitch was quite soft but Macroom put in a good first half performance and led at the interval by 1-08 to 0-4. The second half proved to be a lively affair with Béal Átha coming back into the game and scoring 2-04 to Macroom’s 4 points. Macroom held out to win the game by one point on a score line 1-12 to 2-08. Macroom have four points from two games in this competition. They next play Kilmacabea on Fri. Jan. 26th in Macroom at 8 p.m. Team: Kevin Condon, Cian Twomey, Kieran Condon, Kuba Byrdiak, Niko Wyskinski, Paul O’Farrell, Cillian Donovan, Caleb Dinneen, Seán McMahon (0-3), Cathal O’Riordan, Don Creedon (1-3), Daniel O’Riordan, Symon Senatra, Robert Healy (0-2), Creg Ronan (0-3): Subs:- Frank Clark (0-1), Shane Meaney, Conor McKirgen, Alan O’Farrell, Jack O’Riordan, Darren Quinn and Jack Cronin.
Juveniles: The U-13s to U-16s continue their ‘Strength and Conditioning’ on Mondays and Thursdays in the pavilion from 7.30 to 9.00 p.m. under Stephen Quinn.
Munster Club Forum: A club delegation attended this meeting and learnt much that will be useful for the years ahead. John Ryan will present a summary at the next juvenile committee meeting.
Healthy Club Project: The juvenile committee is very interested in this project and hopes to appoint a Health and Well-Being Officer in the near future.
Quiz: With a fantastic entry of 33 teams in a perfect venue, and backed by very generous sponsorship, the juvenile committees (boys and girls) held a very successful and enjoyable event. Concubhar Murray gave a tour de force performance as quiz master and MC. Much needed cash was raised in a very entertaining night. The winning team was John Neville, Richard Neville, Brendan O’Regan and Niall Burke.
Diary: Thurs. 25th: ‘Strength & Conditioning’ at 7.30. Fri. 26th: U-21s Macroom v Kilmacabea in Castle Grounds at 7.30.

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Macroom AFC U-14s who beat Midleton 4-1 in the 'Local Cup', played in Murrayfield on 3/12/2018. ©Con Kelleher

Macroom FC

U14A League: Carrigaline 1 Macroom A 5.
The U14A team travelled away and picked up 3 valuable points. The opening exchanges were evenly balanced but Macroom broke the deadlock just before half time, Liam Holland with a smart finish. This goal opened up the game and Macroom gave a much improved performance after the break. Further goals from Rory Duggan, Ben Lyons and a Ben Herlihy free kick made the game safe. Duggan then got his second to round off the victory while Carrigaline got a late consolation. Another excellent result, to which all 14 players contributed.
U16 Premier: Blarney Utd 0 Macroom 3.
Macroom took the spoils with another outstanding win at a cold and wet O'Shea Park. The visitors were 0-1 ahead at half time through Daniel Cotter, after Bradley O' Shea and Eoin Guiney had combined well. The second goal arrived soon after half time when JK Long struck an unstoppable volley from long range. Macroom now had their tails up and the points were made safe when Patrick Barry blasted to the roof of the net. The U16s are now sitting mid table with 3 wins and 1 draw from 6 Premier league games.
National Cup Weekend: Another historic achievement for Macroom FC as our U14 and U16 teams qualified out of Cork and into the 'open' National draw for the first time ever. Both sides are now in the last 32 teams in Ireland. The draw was made recently for the next round and the U14s will travel to Co Meath to take on Kells/ Blackwater FC. Other notable sides still involved at U14 level include Shamrock Rovers, Cherry Orchard and Castlebar Celtic. The U16 team will have home advantage against Quigley's Point Swifts FC from the Inishowen league in Donegal. Traditional schoolboy powerhouses like Tolka Rovers, Salthill Devon and Crumlin Utd remain in this competition and this underlines the high standard. These fixtures are due to be played on this coming weekend, January 27th/28th. The whole club cannot wait for these games and the players and management from both squads have done brilliantly so far. Hopefully the teams can continue their National Cup adventure. Please come out and support!
Shechers National Cup Fixtures (Last 32)
U14: Kells Blackwater (Meath) v Macroom, Sat Jan 27th, The Grange, Kells @ 12 noon.
U16: Macroom v Quigley Point Swifts (Donegal), Sun Jan 28th, Murrayfield @ 11.30am.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Club Singles 14/1 /18 1st: Gerard Ahern(19) 35pts
Jan. 20 /21 Two-man Team. 1st Michael Dwyer 22 and Jim O’Connell 20 39pts.
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors. Sat & Sun - Club singles