Lee Valley Outlook v15e4a February 22 2018


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Flower of Macroom Saturday, February 10 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Clondrohid Carnival football reunion in the Pub, Carriganima, Fri. Feb 23.
Éire Óg Camogie Club Registration Fri 23rd Feb, 6:30 - 8:30pm; GAA Pavilion.
Inchigeela Variety Concert in Parish Hall Fri 23rd Feb at 8pm,
Concert in Rylane Church on Sat 24 Feb at 8pm.
Bingo for Hope in Inchigeela Hall Feb 24th 8.30pm
Dripsey Ambush Commemoration Sun Feb 25th at 3p.m.
Kilmurry Active Retirement presentation, Thurs 1st March, Kilmurry Museum 7.30.
Croí na Laoi AGM Fri 2nd March, 8pm in Inchigeela Parish hall.
An Evening of Art Fri March 2nd at 8pm in Kilmurry Museum
Inchigeela Walk Sun 4th March. 10 k Skeheenaradharc Linear. 2pm at village hall
Lee Valley Speakers Tues March 6 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom.
Ballincollig Gunpowder Story lecture at Kilmurry Museum Wed 14th March at 8pm.
Over 60s talent heat Sun. March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall at 3pm.
Holy Hour on Wed, Feb 28, 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive church.
Rosary for Lent every Wed at 8p.m. in Bealnamorrive church.
Aghinagh Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.
Darkness into light walk: 12th May @4:15am from Independence Museum, Kilmurry.
LVEB Events in Riverside Park Hotel
Light Entertainment Schools Final Fri. Feb. 23, 6.30p.m.
Cupid Wore Skirts on Sun Feb 25th at 8:00pm.
Second Honeymoon with Sullane Players, Thurs and Fri March 8 and 9 at 8.00pm.
Flower of Macroom selection Sat 10th of March at 8:00pm.
St. Patrick's Eve Concert Fri 16th of March at 8.00pm.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí Fund Raising Concert Fri. April 6th at 8:00pm.
Macroom Library
Storytime 12 midday Sat. Feb. 24 and March 3
Purlies Thurs. March 1 at 11.30 a.m.
Watercolour painting Fri. March 2 11.30a.m.
Tree Week Talk Tues. March 6, 12 midday.
Adult Book Club Wed. March 7 11.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte 11.30a.m. Thurs. March 8.
Mindful Walking talk 2.30pm Thurs. March 8.
Music Morning Fri. March 9, 11a.m.
Jobseekers Clinic Friday 9th 2-4pm.
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

Flower of Macroom 2018

Due to the success of last year’s Flower of Macroom, Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to announce that entries are now being taken for the 2018 Flower of Macroom. Each club, business or society in the Lee Valley Region may enter one candidate to represent them at a special function to be held at Riverside Park Hotel on March 10th where the 2018 “Flower of Macroom” will be crowned and receive a cash prize of €500. The selected Flower of Macroom will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. Now in its fourth year this event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015. There are numerous benefits in entering this event whilst also promoting your business, club or society throughout the Lee Valley region and further afield. Compere – Kevin Moynihan. Tickets €10.00 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395 or see www.macroom.ie

St. Patrick’s Festival

With over 150 American visitors arriving on the 11th of March, it promises to be a bumper week for the Macroom St. Patricks Festival. We are delighted to welcome back the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia, who have entertained Macroom & the Lee Valley for close on 20 years. It’s hard to believe that a simple email to the Band in 1999 resulted in what is now one of the biggest Parades in the region. The next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook will have a full programme of events. However, one should highlight two important dates in your diary:-
1) The Flower of Macroom – Riverside Park Hotel – Saturday March 10th @ 8.p.m. This event has gone from strength to strength and a great night’s entertainment is assured. The winner will receive a €500 cheque and have the honour of being the St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal in Macroom for 2018
2) St Patricks Eve Concert – Riverside Park Hotel – Friday March 16th @ 8.p.m featuring local artists, Traditional Music with the Irish Group KAL; Country & Western from Nashville’s Payton Taylor; Top Class Irish Dancing from the Kiely Walsh Academy of Irish Dance; Music of the Mummers with The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. Compere - Seán Óg Ó Duinnín. Not to be missed ! Tickets €10.00 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395 or see www.macroom.ie
Please note that the Macroom Parade will commence at the usual time of 3.30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
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The grand finale of Sir Henry at Cork Opera House on February 13 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sir Henry in the Opera House

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board presented ‘Sir Henry - the Musical’ at Cork Opera House on February 13, 2018. The highly entertaining historical show, composed by Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, was directed by Cathal Mac Cabe of R.T.E. and Ann Dunne and Anne Egan were musical directors . The show, tracing the exploits of the 18th century rake, was very well received when it premiered in Macroom in November. It transferred seamlessly to Sir Henry's old stomping ground and the wider stage of the Opera House and was highly acclaimed by the city audience.
The cast of Sir Henry, most of them veterans of many Briery Gap productions, have developed hugely and, under the direction of the multi-talented Cathal Mac Cabe, have attained polish, confidence and stagecraft. All sectors involved in this amateur production - actors, lighting and sound crews, costumes, stage management, music arrangement - appreciate how they have developed under Mac Cabe’s direction .

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Sir Henry prepares to depart for Botany Bay at the Opera House ©Lee Valley Outlook

Hollywood actor, Patrick Bergin, who starred in the Briery Gap’s production, Murder at Shandy Hall, the Musical, in 2017, was in the audience at the Opera House and enjoyed the show and the opportunity to meet up with friends and fellow actors.

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Daniel O’Regan visits his grandfather, Dan, at Macroom Hospital with Munster and All-Ireland Snooker Cups. Also included, his parents, Donal and Pauline. ©Con Kelleher

Snookered at Macroom Hospital

Daniel O’Regan (25) won All-Ireland and Munster Club snooker medals in January 2018 and brought the trophies to his grandfather, the well known Dan O’Regan, former Town Foreman and G.A.A. activist, who is currently an inpatient in Macroom Community Hospital.
Young Daniel was a member of the city-based 'Crucible' team that won both competitions - the Munster title for the 4th time and the very 1st occasion the club won the All-Ireland. He was part of a 5-man team that consisted of David Cassidy, Greg Casey, Ryan Cronin – all Cork city and Aaron Tobin (Clonakilty). The Gleneagle, Killarney was the venue for both events and took place on the 1st and 2nd week-ends of January from Friday to Sunday for the Munsters and Thursday to Saturday for the all-Ireland, finishing at 2.00 a.m. Sunday morning. The Crucible won 3-2 in a close and tense final. Daniel won all his Munster matches.
Playing snooker for more than ten years and with a table at home, Daniel has won many national titles and has represented Ireland at U-14, U-16, U-19 and U-21 grades, and was well able to compete at those exalted levels. His next competition is in Gibraltar and includes amateurs and professionals. The dream is to turn professional but the standard is extraordinarily high. Practice, practice and more practice is the key ingredient and he is not lacking in that regard. The recent wins will give him a fillip and we wish him well in Gibraltar. Dan was delighted to receive him in the Hospital. Brilliantly treated during his stay, Dan is very grateful for all the wonderful care and attention from Matron Bernie Buckley and her staff, including Maggie O'Mahony, Marie O'Sullivan, Tracey Lehane, Gobnait Kissane, Kathleen Murphy and Aoife Sheehan. By Con Kelleher

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Ms Clifford with Second Year Pupils, who got their hair done by McEgan College Hairdressing Students. ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

IWISH was a fun and educational experience. Accompanied by numerous schools, it showed us girls how strong we can be if we try our best to achieve our goals in life. IWISH was hosted by the well-known Sinead Kennedy, who works alongside Marty Whelan presenting the Irish Lotto on TV. It was interesting to see her in person. We learnt a lot about other companies who were sponsoring IWISH 2018 such as Dell & EMC. After our talks and presentation, we were brought through to a room filled with different companies’ stalls where they explained why women are so important in the workplace and their influence on the companies. We were handed goodies and leaflets at each of the stalls. Kirsty Hickey
Hairdressing Treat Second year girls from Ms. Clifford’s science class were afforded a lovely treat from McEgan College of Further Education Hairdressing department on Tuesday 6th February. This was in conjunction with our annual Mental Health Week and to promote positive self-esteem and confidence with our young girls. Accompanied by Ms. Clifford and Fiona O`Driscoll SNA, they walked to the Macroom E Enterprise Centre and were treated to wash and blow dry by the hairdressing students, under the careful eye of Ms. Deirdre O`Sullivan, Hairdressing teacher. Every Tuesday, the hairdressing students offer a free blow dry bar from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Special Classroom Fundraiser. McEgan College is pleased to announce that we will shortly open a new state of the art extension which includes a specialised classroom including kitchen area, sensory room, shower and toilet facilities to cater for students in our community who have Moderate General Learning Disabilities. The Department of Education provided the necessary funding for such a valuable unit to be developed and Cork ETB facilitated the project. However, to furnish the room with specialised appropriate equipment, we are fundraising and looking for local support. We are holding “A concert with Patrick O`Sullivan and special guest Kathy Durkin” on March 2nd in the Riverside Hotel Macroom. Tickets are €20 each and available to purchase from the school.

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St. Mary’s Macroom Supersaver School Bank who have qualified for the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. ©An Scoil

St. Mary’s Updates.

Supersavers for All Ireland. Six Transition Year students from St Mary’s Secondary School – Caoimhe Moynihan, Hanna Donovan, Miriam Murnane, Katie Sheehan, Jessica Buckley and Savannah Hickey, with their teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue and Student Officer, Eleanor Hickey, will travel to the RDS in Dublin on the 21st of March to compete in the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. The girls took part in The Regional Final of the competition in Cork on the 5th of February where they delivered their 4 minute winning presentation on stage to all of the students, bank officials and teachers present and to a team of 3 judges from the AIB. The girls fought off very strong competition, were successful and have secured a place in the National Final.
The AIB Build a Bank Challenge sees a team of six students - selected to set up and manage a bank in the school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB Phone & Internet Banking. St Mary’s Bank this year is based around a Galaxy theme, with their Slogan – “Taking your Savings out of this World!”The Build a Bank programme links directly to the Business Curriculum and is an excellent, practical preparation for learning about running a business. Business Teacher, Arlene O’Donoghue, feels that “taking part in this competition is extremely beneficial to the students as they learn : Presentation Skills, Business Plan Development, Marketing Techniques, Leadership and Teamwork, Digital Innovation, Customer Relationship Management, Interview Experience and Finance education. Having a saving facility in the school is a huge benefit to the entire student body as having a bank on site will introduce students to the world of banking and encourage them to plan for their future by developing sound money management skills.” Now in its 16th year, this competition has gone from strength to strength. Congratulations and best of luck to all involved.
Bar Council of Ireland. Anna O’Leary, a 4th year student at St. Mary’s, spent a week in the Four Courts Dublin, shadowing barristers with the Bar Council of Ireland.
PsychSlam. Sarah Wynroe, Hanna O‘Donovan, Nicole O ‘Connor, Erin Leahy, MaryAnn O’Shea and Kate Murray presented their project entitled “Are schools killing creativity?” for a competition in the Psychology Dept. in UCC on February 5. They delivered their presentation using the Pecha Kucha model and won the “Audience Choice 2018” trophy. Well done to all of them.
Drive for Life. Pat McNeely of Bayside Services provided a one day 4th year programme on Road Safety. He spoke to them on the impact of different speeds and also showed video clips of serious road accidents to make them aware of road safety. He went through the Driver Theory Tests with them and we hope they will benefit greatly from this programme when they take to the roads themselves.

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Sir Henry prepares to depart for Botany Bay at the Opera House ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Events

Briery Gap All Ireland Light Entertainment Finals Friday February 23rd at 6:30pm in Riverside Park Hotel. Tickets available at the door.
Ahakeera Drama Group presents Cupid Wore Skirts by Sam Cree in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday February 25th at 8:00pm. This hilarious three act play is set in the living room at the rear of an antique shop in Belfast. When a widower advertises for a wife, he finds the respondents are not quite what he imagined! Tickets €12/10 from 087 1663395 or 026 41174.
Sullane Players present Second Honeymoon by Sam Cree in the Riverside Park Hotel - Thurs March 8th and Fri March 9th at 8.00pm. A hilarious play set in a seaside boarding house, featuring amongst others the landlady, her put-upon husband, their flighty servant girl, some newlyweds and a couple celebrating their silver wedding. Tickets €15/12 available from Booking Office, South Square, Macroom Tel 026/41174 or 087 1663395.
Flower of Macroom Selection in the Riverside Park Hotel- Sat 10th of March at 8:00pm. Now in its fourth year, The Flower of Macroom event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015! The lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and will also receive a €500 cheque. For info on how to enter, please contact Jo by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 026 20544! Tickets available from 026 41174 or 087 1663395.
St. Patrick's Eve Festival Musical Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel - Friday 16th of March at 8.00pm. Kick off your St Patrick’s celebration with a night of Traditional Music with the Irish Group KAL, Country & Western from Payton Taylor all the way from Nashville, Irish Dancing with Kiely Walsh Academy (Irish Dance All Ireland Champions) and Music of the Mummers with The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. This event is not to be missed. Tickets just €10 from 026 41174 or 087 1663395.
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí 2018 Aghinagh Comhaltas Fund Raising Concert in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Friday April 6th at 8:00pm. Tickets €10.
All Ireland Light Entertainment and Transition Year Drama Festival 2018. All Ireland Finals - Light Entertainment Friday February 23rd at 6.30p.m. at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Transition Year Drama final will be in Mullingar on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3.
The standard of productions in the qualifying rounds was exceedingly high. Shows going forward to the Light Entertainment final in Macroom on February 23 are Sacred Heart Westport (2 entries), St Brogan’s Bandon; Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore; Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney; Blackwater Community College, Lismore; Beara Community School, Castletownbere.
Finalists in T.Y. Drama 2018 are Castlepollard, Co Westmeath; Coláiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon (2 plays); St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise; St Wolstan’s , Celbridge, Co Kildare; Kings Hospital, Palmerstown Dublin; Meán Scoil Mhuire, Convent Road, Longford; CBS Kilkenny; Sacread Heart School,. Westport Co Mayo (B and C); Coláiste Mhuire , Buttevant; Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis(2 plays); Ardscoil Rís, Limerick; Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney, Thomond College, Limerick, Nagle Rice, Doneraile, Presentation College, Mitchelstown; St Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville. 

Macroom Library

March opens with a busy programme in the library - we mark National Tree Week & the Healthy Ireland initiative with talks & events. All are welcome to take part in these free events & there is something to suit all interests – Walking, Music & Art & the opportunity to meet likeminded people who share similar interests.
Saturday 24th February – Children's story time at 12 midday. Thursday 1st March 11.30am – Macroom Purlies – knitting group meet up @ Macroom Library. New members welcome. Friday 2nd March 11.30am – Watercolour painting with Amanda – relaxing workshop for adults – no experience needed. Book ahead - 026/42483. Tuesday 6th March – 12 midday – a talk by Ted Cook 'Ascendancy Landscape – veteran trees – A case Study.' for National Tree Week. All welcome. Wednesday 7th 11.30am - Macroom adult book club. Thursday 8th Ciorcal Cainte 11a.m. with Nora Levis. – Mindful Walking 2.30pm – talk by Hugh O'Donovan. All welcome. Friday 9th Music Morning - 11.00am – refreshments at interval. All welcome. Friday 9th Jobseekers Clinic with Síle – 2-4pm. Drop in – no appointment necessary.
Internet in the library: Free internet access for members of the library. Please bring photo ID and proof of address if you wish to join up. The national library system now enables members to use their card in any other public library in the country and to request books/ material online too.
Healthy Ireland at your Library - Healthy Ireland, is a Government-led initiative, is the national strategy to improve health and wellbeing, placing a focus on prevention, individual awareness and keeping people healthy for longer. Public libraries are currently delivering the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.
February Music Morning. John Lynch presented a delightful music morning at Macroom library on February 8. He showed his interest in Irish music and singers in a programme that included Anthony Kearns, one of the Irish Tenors, performing Bantry Bay, She Moved Through the Fair and Phil the Fluter’s Ball. John McDermott sang Tom Moore’s Last Rose of Summer; John McNally gave us Galway Bay, Percy French's West Clare Railway, Boolavogue and When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Daniel O’Donnell (perhaps in preparation for his Room to Improve appearance with Dermot Bannon!) gave us The Old House. James Last’s Orchestra played The Rose of Tralee and a delightful dance medley, including An Ríl Mór. The Irish Tenors sang Ireland, Mother Ireland .
Other numbers that brought back memories were When I'm Cleaning Windows with George Formby; Louis Armstrong performing What a Wonderful World; O Soave Fanciulla (Lovely Maid in the Moonlight) from Puccini’s La Boheme; Franz Lehar’s You are my Hearts Delight and the Merry Widow Waltz; Perry Como singing Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific and Judy Garland with Over the Rainbow.
Jill Vahey will present te March Music a morning on March 9.

Local Television

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.
Sun. March 4. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Rosary from Clondrohid Grotto, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 7 9.30pm. Céilí House at Farran Well 2005 with Kieran Hanrahan.
Sun. March 11. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Glenstal Abbey – a Guide, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 14 9.30pm. Macroom St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1993. Interviews with Denis Lucey, Park View and the Creedons, Pound Lane.
Sun. March 18. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Little Nellie of Holy God. 1985 interview from Good Shepherd Convent, Sundays Well, presented by Helen Hallissey, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 21 9.30pm. Muinefliuch N.S. Concert 1987 presented by the late Jim Murray.
Sun. March 25. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: The story of the Miraculous Medal, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. March 28 9.30pm. Murt Kelleher Music Show from Fr. Ryan Hall 1986.
Sun. April 1. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at St. John’s Well, celebrant, Fr. Jackie Corkery, 2013, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.


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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.
Inchigeela Concert Come along to a concert of local musical talent in Inchigeela Parish Hall where Richard Lucey, who has travelled the world playing the accordion, joins many local musicians and singers to celebrate the talent we have in our community. The concert will take place on Friday 23rd of February at 8pm, doors open 7:30pm. Tickets €10; family ticket €20 and proceeds will go to support Inchigeela Parish Hall and events organised on Easter Sunday by the1916 Commemorative Committee.
Éire Óg Camogie Club will hold their 2018 Registration on Friday, 23rd Feb from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the GAA Pavilion.
Bingo in Inchigeela Hall to support Hope Foundation volunteers Sophia Burke and Rosa Simmons on their way to work with The Street children of India Feb 24th 8.30pm Please support.
Dripsey Ambush Commemoration Parade takes place on Sunday February 25th; starting at Dripsey Cross at 3.00 p.m. Liam Breathnach will deliver the Oration.
Holy Hour. Peaceful, reflective holy hour in candlelight, led by Fr. John Keane, diocesan co-ordinator for Eucharistic adoration, on Wednesday, February 28, 8 – 9p.m. in St. John the Baptish Church, Bealnamorrive. Everyone most welcome. Light refreshments.
Kilmurry Active Retirement Presentation Fused, Glass art, Stained glass, by Michael Ray, Thursday 1st March, Kilmurry Museum 7.30. All welcome.
An Evening of Art presented by Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association Ltd on Friday March 2nd at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. Theme: Irish Landscape Paintings of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Richard Wood Collection at Fota House. Music and refreshments. €10 per person including punch and canapés. Fundraising event for Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA).
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday, March 6 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Upcoming Lectures 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
Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting applications for enrolment for September 2018 and following years. Enrolment forms are available from the school at 026 46212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Catch up with activities at the school on our website www.dromleighns.ie
Coachford A.R.A. Creative writing in GAA Hall, Thursdays 2 -3.30p.m.
Rosary for Lent every Wednesday at 8p.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Bealnamorrive. Everybody most welcome.
Éire Óg Camogie Club’s Medal Presentation Night was held on 27th January to celebrate the great success of the club in 2017. Captains of the various teams were pictured with Rena Buckley, Cork Senior Camogie Captain - Leah Sheahan - U10’s Declan Crowley Cup Champions; Meabh McGoldrich - U11’s O’Callaghan Cup Champions; Ciara O’Brien - U12A County Champions; Patrice Holmes - U14A County Champions; Siobhán Hutchinson - Senior Summer Cup Champions.
Heritage at St. Joseph’s Mrs. O’ Callaghan’s 4th and 5th class from St. Joseph’s Primary School, Macroom completed the ‘Discover Cork Schools’ Heritage Project’ on Macroom Castle. We visited the castle to take some photographs and to have a closer look. We wrote all about its history and even built a model of the castle. We really enjoyed presenting our project to the other classes in the school. It was a great opportunity for us to work together, learn more about Macroom Castle, use our creativity and have fun!
Silver Gaisce Emma Barry, a Leader with Ardilaun Girl Guides and a member of MacEgan Rangers in Macroom was recently awarded the Silver Gaisce. She was accompanied by Deirdre Henley, Gaisce Co-Ordinator for Irish Girl Guides, and her mother Anna. For her challenges, Emma undertook a five day hike in the Iveragh Peninsula, helped an elderly neighbour with her cooking, improved her swimming skills and learned yoga.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: Feb. 4. Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn 7, 16, and 28. No winner. €50 Mick Fitzsimmons and I, Ballinagree €20 each: Seamus Crowley and Kay MacSullivan, Ballinagree; Aimee and Niamh O Driscoll, Bawnmore; James O Connell, Bealnamorrive; Nora Coakley, C/O Laine Bar Ballinagree.
Feb. 11. Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn 11, 15, and 27. €50 Dick Dineen, New Street, Macroom €20 each: Noreen Spillane, St. John's Drive, Ballinagree, Michael Horgan, Horsemount, Ballinagree, Conor Spillane, Moulnahourna, Con & Anthony O'Sullivan, Valley View, Rylane.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 7/2/2018. Jackpot €2000. No winner €70 Noreen Eileen O’Shea, Derryleigh. €20 each: Matthew McDonagh, Carriganima - Kathleen Twomey, Carriganima - Shane Creed, Carrigaphooka - Ann Carey, Derrynasaggart, Ballyvourney.
14/2/2018. Jackpot €2200. No winner €70 Catherine Cotter, Kilavoultra €20 each: Gerard Kelleher, Moulnahorna - Tim McCarthy, Slieveragh - Anne Casey, Rusheen - Martin Corkery, Coachford.
Kilmurry GAA lotto 05/2/18 Jackpot €6,200 Winning numbers 7,11,32. Winner David O'Halloran €50 Noreen and Pat c/o Centra €20 each Michael O' Brien Pat McSwiney Pat Leahy Michael White Kevin O Sullivan
12/2/18 Jackpot €1,000. Winning numbers 1,22,33 Winners none. €50 Derek and Denis c/o Cornerstone €20 each Mary Grainger J Moloney John O Mahony Sheila O Connor John Buckley
Kilmurry GAA lotto tickets can be obtained from Michael Ahern, Tin Hartnett, Richard Hichion, Willam Murphy, Pat O' Leary(PO), Donal O' Leary (PO), Flor MCcarthy
Macroom FC Lotto 12/02/18: Jackpot €3,400. Numbers drawn: 3, 11, 27. No Winner. €80: Sean Murphy c/o Mary Annes. €20 each: Finbarr Kelly c/o Fudge, Stephanie Dunton c/o Hound, Paul, Deirdre and Helen c/o T.P.'s, Noreen Twomey c/o Fudge.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 06/02/2018. Jackpot €6,600. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 17-32-33. No Winner. €70 C. Corrigan, Glen Park €20 each: Helen Linehan, Barrett Place. Mary Kate O'Keeffe, Cork Street. Kate Murray, C/O Murray's Bar. David Cotter, C/O T. P.Cotters. Nora O'Shea, Mashanaglass.
13/02/2018. Jackpot €6.800. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 5-12-24. €70 Cathy Dunton, Masseytown €20 each: Mary Lehane, Glen Park. Catherine Hennigan, Codrum. Dee Martin, Rathalisk. Richie O'Connor, Oakwood. Michelle Long, O'Connor Park.
Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 12/2/2018. Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 17 – 18. No Winner. €40 Helen Barrett. €20 Sheila O’Sullivan, Donal Herlihy, Ben O’Riordan, Nicola Doherty (Online Ticket).
19/2/2018. Jackpot: €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 8 – 24 – 32. Winner: Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket). €40 Seán Delaney. €20 Jackie O’Donovan, J. McElroy, John T. Roche, Vera Herlihy.

Lee Valley Updates

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Ceathrar leanbh a baisteadh ag an tAthair Ó Briain i Séipéal Chúil Aodha le déanaí in éineacht lena dtuismitheóirí: Paudie, Michelle agus Donagh Ó Luasa, Cnoc an Iuír; Cathal, Katie agus Lucy Ní Chúill, Baile Mhic Íre; David, Déirdre agus David Byrne, Cúil-Aodha agus Helen, Chris agus Grace Googan, Corcaigh. ©Nóra Ní Luasa

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D'eagraigh Cumann Bheachairí Mhúscraí agus ceannairí Bunchlub Chúil Aodha oíche eolais agus ceardlann le baill Bunchlub Chúil Aodha le déanaí. D'fhreastal beagnach 25 daoine óga ar an teacht le chéile. Labhraíomar faoi pailineoirí, go háirithe beacha, bumbóga agus an bheach ghabhair agus an ról atá acu sa nádúr. Míníodh faoin slí go mbíonn na pailineoirí agus na bláthanna/ plandaí/ glasraí ag braith ar a chéile. Taispeánadh feistis beacha, coirceog agus frámaí dóibh agus phléamar saol na mbeach, na séasúir agus mil. (d'aontaíomar go léir go dtaithníonn mil go mór linn!)
Ina dhiaidh an cur i láthair, reachtáileadh ceardlann spreagúil chun bees wax wraps a dhéanamh ionas go mbeidh na páistí ábalta clúdach bhia inbhuanaithe (sustainable) a úsáid in ionad scannán cumhdaithe (cling film). Déantar na bees wax wraps seo le éadach cadáis agus céirbheach. Táid solúbtha agus tá sé éasca iad a ghlanadh. Tá a fhios againn go léir go bhfuil an iomarca plaisteach á úsáid againn sa lá atá inniu ann agus tá sé go maith dúinn céimeanna beaga a thógaint chun an timpeallacht agus pailineoirí a chaomhnú.
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Johnny Kelleher who designed and constructed the new shrine with Fr.Wickham at the blessing of the Grotto on the feast day of St Gobnait. ©

Clondrohid Updates

St Gobnait’s Grotto: A large crowd turned out on Sunday February 11 ( St. Gobnait’s Feast Day) for the blessing of the new St. Gobnait’s Grotto at Church Cross. Despite heavy snow showers all morning, the sun came out as Fr. Wickham blessed the statue and surrounds. Two decades of the Rosary were recited and relevant prayers. The local choir was in full voice with their hymns. A special word of thanks and appreciation goes to Johnny Kelleher who, on his own initiative, erected the stonework surrounding the statue and the deer. Johnny is well handed when it comes to stone building, but it is safe to say that he has excelled himself in this venture. Thanks to all who helped in any way and to those who came on the day. Hopefully, people will stop and say a prayer there in the future.

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Minister Creed who performed the official opening of an extension to Carriganima N.S. with Fr. Wickham, staff and Councillors ©An Scoil

Carriganima N.S. celebrated the opening of their 2 special education rooms and a great night was had by all. Minister Michael Creed cut the ribbon and he was joined by Fr. Wickham, Chairman of Board of Management; Staff members, Patsy Dineen, Seán Newman, Lavinia Lynch, Kay McDonagh and Aindrias Moynihan T. D., Councillors Michael Creed, Ted Lucey, and Gobnait Moynihan. Parents and pupils, past, present and future, neighbours and friends, Parents Association, Board of Management members were out in force. Minister Creed congratulated the school on the addition of the 2 purpose built rooms. He was delighted all the stakeholders associated with the school came together to make this project come through. Aindrias Moynihan notes the ambition and drive of small schools to undertake such projects. Fr. Wickham blessed the 2 rooms and he wished staff and pupils continued success in their school. Seán Newman thanked all the invited guests for attending and also gave a big thank you to the builder Tim McSweeney for finishing off the rooms to such a high standard. He thanked the Board of Management and Parents Association for all their support. Principal Patsy Dineen commented on the use of old school footage taken in Carriganima National School used in the recent RTE Micko documentary. She talked about the differences and similarities to the school since then, the building additions to the school, the car park, playing field, the increase in staff to 3 full time teachers, 1 full time SNA and 1 part time SNA. Pupils with special educational needs are valued in the school and have a new, comfortable learning environment. The greatest similarity being the happy excited children playing in the school yard. The children in the school then entertained all present with music and drama, while the Parents Association provided refreshments to finish the night.
Macroom Prolife (Protecting the Life of the unborn) Rally for Life in Dublin on Saturday Mar 10. Bus Departing: Ballyvourney Church 7.30 am; Clondrohid Church at 7.45 am and Macroom (near Dunnes Stores) at 8 am. For bookings: contact Rosarie O’Leary (086) 8154288 or Mary Twomey (086) 3299375
Muinefliuch NS: Open day on Wednesday Feb 28 from 9.30am to 3.30pm and from 7pm to 8.30pm.You are warmly invited to the school to meet the teachers and see the facilities the school has to offer. Everyone welcome.
Flower of Macroom: Anyone interested in entering the Flower of Macroom on behalf of Clondrohid G.A.A. contact Aidan O’Brien on 0872622897
G.A.A NEWS: Clondrohid juvenile committee is delighted to announce that they will receive the GOLD standard in the Rebel Óg benchmarking for 2017 . To think that 2 years ago they received a bronze and 2016 a silver award and now a gold and to reach this standard at their first attempt is a testament to all the coaches in the club, from all those in the Saturday morning nursery from U6 / 8 / 10 who do great work in encouraging and fostering a love for Gaelic football. Then our youth section where teams at U 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 18 are fielded, all of whom play in the East division of Rebel Óg and compete and challenge for honours year on year. To get this award, one has to fulfil many criteria including Summer camp, Easter camp ( coming up soon and free to all children ), attending blitzes, completing all league and championship programmes, organising workshops and training courses for coaches, supplying players for county development squads, supplying young referees etc . All this and more ensures that you are achieving best practice, which gives teams the best chance for enjoyment and success and so, well done to everyone involved and keep up the good work for 2018. .
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Rusheen N.S. Figure Dancers who came first in the Muskerry Final of Scór na bPáistí held in Ovens recently. ©An Scoil.

Scór Success for Rusheen

Rusheen N.S. had a most successful day at Scór na bPáistí held in Ovens recently. They won the Rince Foirne, dancing “Trip to the Cottage” and the Grùpa Bailèad, singing “On The Banks of The Foyle” & “Orò Sè do Bheatha Bhaile” . They also won the Lèiriù (Novelty Act), performing “The Famine”. They came second in the Sean Nòs and Rince Seit and third in the Scèalaìocht and Tràth na gCeist. Rusheen also performed very well in the Solo Figure Dancing, Solo Instrumental and Solo Singing. Aghinagh Football Quiz Team and Set and Figure Dancers also performed admirably on the day. In addition to that, Rusheen N.S. won the “Denis O’Donovan Memorial Trophy” in recognition of the fact that they were the best primary school in the competition. Considering the large volume of entries and the high standard of competition, this was a fantastic achievement. Great credit is due to all the competitors but especially to all the coaches who helped them in any way.
Rusheen N.S. have since qualified for the County Final in the Rince Foirne, Bailèad Ghrùpa and Lèiriù. The County Final will be held in Eire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens on March 3rd at 1.30p.m.

Inchigeela Updates

GAA Jackpot Won. Congrats to Mary O Riordan, Inchigeela, who won the GAA lotto jackpot, of €2,650 recently.
Variety Concert will take place in the hall on 23rd of February. Richard Lucey will head the list of local talent and guest performers. Proceeds go to the upkeep of Inchigeela Hall and the Easter Commemoration Ceremony in Inchigeela. A great night assured, starting 8.00pm.
Bingo for Hope. Don’t Forget Saturday night, February 24th when the Bingo Night will be held to support two young volunteers on their way to Kolkata, (formerly Calcutta) India, to work with the Hope Foundation Immersion Programme. Local girls, Sophia Burke and Rosa Simmonds, will work with the underprivileged children and young adults, who are often abandoned to the streets. They will have experience of orphanages and care homes, as well as life in the slums in the poorest area of the city. They tell me that they have been inspired to travel as a result of listening to the accounts given by older pupil volunteers from their school, St Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom, where they are 5th year students. A large portion of the cost of their journey must be funded by themselves which is why I ask for your support. They will be present in the hall on the night to meet you and to answer any of your questions. Bingo starts in the hall at 8.30 pm Saturday 24th. Please support.
Employment Vacancies exist at present in the Community Employment Schemes. Contact any member of Croí na Laoi for information.
Croí na Laoi 2018 AGM will be held in the Hall on Friday 2nd of March. The voluntary group need your support to continue the work of developing our area and creating a more pleasant place in which to live. Among the projects in the past year was, organising computer classes and mapping and placing signage on walks of different distances. They gained 14 extra marks in the Tidy towns competition and a prize in the Muintir na Tíre Heritage competition. In midsummer, the Co Council rated Inchigeela among the top 6 most litter-free villages in the county. They planted and maintained flowers and shrubs and provided Christmas lights and a tree. There are many more projects to be undertaken but more volunteers are required.
Bingo Gift. As a result of the generosity of the Bingo Fraternity, the Hall committee were able to present €250 each to The Friends of Macroom Hospital and the friends of Dunmanway Hospital. Well done everybody.
Ciorcal Cainte, an hour of conversation in Irish, continues at Creedon’s Hotel every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. There is no cost on the evening and everyone is welcome.
Retirement After dedicating over 27 years to tending the altar in Inchigeela Church, Bridie Galvin, Gortaneadin, has taken well earned retirement. This record of voluntary service to the parish must be difficult to equal anywhere in Ireland. The lovely flower arrangements were always a credit to her and to her colleagues. What many people may not know is that Bridie is also an accomplished needle-worker and is skilled in Arts and crafts as well. A huge Thank You, Bridie and I hope your art and skills will continue to bloom and blossom for many years to come.
Sunday walk Note that the walk will be to Skeheenaradharc, on the old road to Cork on 4th of March. Meet at the Hall at 2pm.
Presentation to Canon Martin O’Driscoll, former PP of our parish, takes place on the 11th March in Creedon’s Hotel. Donations can still be handed in and the presentation committee would appreciate donations of baking on the day.
Coming Shortly Put it in your diary! March 9th 8.00pm. “Cupid Wore Skirts” a hilarious 3 act play by the famous playwright, Sam Cree presented on stage in Inchigeela Hall by the renowned Ahakeera Drama Group. The night is a fundraiser for Inchigeela National school.

Award for Coachford Greenway

The National Coarse Fishing Federation, representing Ireland’s coarse and predator anglers, and Inniscarra Tourism Development Ltd are proud to announce that Coachford Greenway has been awarded National Waymarked Trails status from Sport Ireland. This achievement wholly supports our objectives to develop fisheries with facilities that can be used by other outdoor recreational users, whilst supporting the environment and our bio-diversity.
In 2016 the NCFFI consulted Sport Ireland for their recommendations on the facility and working with Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd, the works required have been implemented to achieve this status. The venue, already an internationally recognised world class angling facility, now has its place on the map as a linear trail. Already used heavily by the local community, the Greenway, situated in the beautiful Lee Valley, enhances the offering of the local area to the visiting outdoor enthusiast.
The 2.8km Linear Park is a purpose built off-road trail developed to provide a safe recreational facility for walkers, cyclists and anglers. The walkway has been graded as Easy and provides for a 1hr 30-minute leisurely walk or 30 min cycle ride. En route, visitors can enjoy beautiful flora and fauna; animals and birdlife that live on or near the water, including Herons, Kingfishers, Geese and the occasional sea eagle. At the trailhead, there is free parking for over 20 cars with vehicular access to the walkway itself limited. Anglers can access the trail by signing for a key at O’Callaghan’s Bar in Coachford. There is a 15kph speed limit and plenty of lay-by areas to keep the route safe for walkers and cyclists. The venue also presents perfect viewing opportunities for rowing activities on the lake, being situated directly opposite the Rowing Ireland Headquarters.
The trail is clearly signposted and just 2km from all the facilities of the village of Coachford. This, along with easy access to a number of towns and villages in the Lee Valley, provides a further boost for domestic and overseas tourism in the area.
Tommy Lawton, speaking on behalf of the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd says: - "This recognition rewards the efforts of those members of the NCFFI executive, the directors of Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd and our partners, and is very proudly received by all involved. The key to its success is the local community working with sponsors and partners to promote the venue and with support from property owners, ESB. Funding awarded from Cork County Council, Rob Allen Engineering, Martin O’Mahony QS , National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd via the REDZ scheme enabled us to enhance the Greenway, with the addition of signage, way markers, increased parking bays and most recently, with seating to be enjoyed by all.
The Coachford Greenway is a direct source of benefit to the local economy which will now be enhanced with additional promotion available from www.irishtrails.ie. To extend the Greenway to commence in Coachford Village and continue around the lake would make for an attractive addition for the future. Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited, who are responsible for the day to day management of the facility are a voluntary organisation and welcome donations from users to help with the upkeep." By Peter Dineen

Coachford Updates

Over 60’s Talent Show. The young join with the young at heart to bring the Over 60’s Talent Competition to Coachford. Coachford Foróige Youth Group are hosting a heat of the very popular talent show on Sunday March 25th. The talent show, which is run all over Cork, is in its 42nd year and is open to everyone from Cork who is over 60 or will turn 60 in 2018. “We are so excited about being asked to host this event. We were thrilled when talent show organiser, Paddy O’Brien approached us to host the Coachford Heat. We see it as a great opportunity for us to get more involved with those older than us and to learn from them and to share our experiences ” said Emer Barry Murphy, Club PRO. The show will take place in Coachford GAA Hall on Sunday March 25th at 3pm. The man behind the whole concept, Paddy O Brien, visited the teenagers at Coachford Foróige last week to speak to the members about the talent show and how important it is to interact with the older generation and to get involved in their lives. “Older people have so much to offer the young in every community. This talent show is a unique opportunity for the over 60’s to have a bit of fun, show what they can do and share with their friends, family and the young people how talented they are. We are looking for singers, musicians, story tellers or comedians to come and join us in Coachford on March 25th” For more information. contact Karolyne on 086 8678207 or Deirdre on 086 2235901.
Coachford win Epic 14 – 13 Shoot Out. The Coachford Junior Soccer team emerged victorious after an epic encounter against Pearse Celtic in the fourth round of the AOH Cup. The tie was all square after 90 minutes, with each side scoring a goal. Billy Casey was the hero for Coachford as he banged in the equaliser in the 57th minute. The game went into extra time but neither side could break the deadlock so penalties were the next step to see who would go forward to the quarter final. Player after player from both sides stepped up to handle the pressure and try to score from the spot and shot after shot found the back of the net. Some came close to being saved; others gave the keepers no chance at all. After each team took 5 penalties, the shoot-out went to sudden death. This was expected to sort out the men from the boys but every player that stepped up, scored. Players who wouldn’t normally hit a barn door found the back of the net. The score kept climbing, 6-6, 10-10, 13-13, and when Coachford had scored 14, up stepped the Pearse Celtic player to level it again but Coachford keeper, Peter O’Riordan had enough of it and was anxious to go home, so he pulled off a terrific save to deny Pearse Celtic and was swamped by his team mates. Coachford emerged 14-13 winners after this epic struggle and will now meet their opponents again this week in the League on Sunday morning in Coachford.
50/50 Raffle. The February Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle will take place on Wednesday, February 28th. Tickets are only €2 each or 3 for €5 and are available in shops and businesses all over the village. It’s important to support the draw and your community. The winner collects half of the jackpot and the Community Association gets the other half. It’s a win –win for everyone.
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Remembering the 1967 team at Naomh Abán celebrations at Áras Abán ©Nóra Ní Luasa .

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

The Library hosts a Knitting and Craft Group every Tuesday Morning at 11am. New members are always welcome and all levels of ability are catered for. Existing members are always happy to share patterns and helpful hints etc. The Library Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30am. At present we are reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and next month we hope to try A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. We like to vary genre from month to month and the members enjoy discussing the books over a cup of tea or coffee. Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann is a gathering of people who just want a comfortable, friendly chat using whatever level of spoken Irish they have. It happens at the Library every second Friday. It is entirely casual and no matter what your level of spoken Irish, you are more than welcome. The next gathering is on Friday 23rd February at 11am – tá fáilte roimh cách!
As part of the Health Ireland at your Library initiative there will be a talk on Thursday 22nd February at 2.30pm, entitled Mindful Walking given by Hugh O’Donovan, author of the book of the same name. The event is free but booking is required (see contact details below). The next Children’s Story-Time (4+ age group) will be on Saturday 10th March at 10.30am, again booking is required. Membership of the Library is free and provides access to a range of services for adults and children, including book lending, audio books, film DVDs & CDs. E-magazines and an extensive e-audio and e-book service. The Irish Examiner, The Corkman, Woman's Way and some seasonal publications are available to read at the library.
Internet Access Public internet access is available on public access PCs at the library. Advance booking for this is advisable. There is also free WI-FI for all library members.
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Opening Hours: Dé Máirt 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00 - 6.00pm Deardaoin: 2.00 - 7.00pm. Dé hAoine 10.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00 - 6.00pml Dé Sathairn 10.00am - 1.00pm.


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A lorry that failed to take a wind near Poll na Bró in the late 50s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

The Road West

The tortuous section of road from the Halfway House to Coolavokig school has several interesting features. The place names reflect the rugged terrain. It goes through Lackaneen (Leac Fhinín) to the the townland of Coolavokig. Nothing is known of Finín but Cúl a'Bhuachaigh has many interpretations. It may have been 'the nook of the bleachers' as flax was commonly grown in the district at one time. But language purists aren't completely happy with this as 'buachachán' is the Irish word for a bleacher, not 'buacach'. 'Buachach' means a prominence and this may have been applied to the district. Another plausible explanation is the ‘recess of the family of Uí Bhuaigh’. They were an ancient tribe, pre-dating the Ó Floinn family, for whom Múscraí Uí Fhloinn is named.
PoIl Carraige is just within the townland of Coolavokig. A stream there is known as the Red Water because of the visual effect of iron ore. An overhanging rock nearby is remembered by many scholars for the shelter it provided from sudden showers. Near the school are two rocks known as the Shelf and the Slippery Rock, down which loitering children loved to slide on their bottoms. The Shelf had a sheltered nook in which the newspaper and letters were left for a local farmer.
"The turn below the school" was well known to all pupils. Coolavokig had a school from 1870 to 1983. Past pupils, John Kelleher and Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, themselves teachers, recalled some
of the dangerous pranks they got up to during their schooldays. The school yard had another sliding rock on which they tested the seats of their pants. When overheated, they went to the School Well to drink. What should have been an innocuous activity was rendered hazardous by the depth and position of the well. To get a drink, they had to lean downwards, head f first, at an angle which was nearly perpendicular. Despite duckings, the School Well claimed no victims.
Water seemed to have had a fascination for the Coolavokig children At lunchtime during the summer, some of the more adventurous took off for a swim in the Sullane and were back again for the resumption of classes. Of course, bathing suits were completely superf luous!
Before tarring, about 1930, scores were played all along the road. Old people spoke of the mighty distances bowlers covered "when they got on the track" - when the bowl carried along the wheel rut. West of the school is Geata Bán, the scene of an ambush during the War of Independence. Then one comes to Scairtín an tSolais and Cnapóg. There was a well known watering hole for horses at Scairtín. The butter convoys travelling to and from Cork early in the morning and late at night watered their horses there. They were all equipped with lanterns or carriage lamps and that is how Scairtín became Scairtín an tSolais. The hump on the road, west of Scairtín, earned itself the name Cnapóg.

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The site of Coolnacaheragh Ambush, along the winding road ©Lee Valley Outlook

Onwards towards Ballyvourney, one comes to Geata Gorm, though, in living memory, there has never been a blue gate in the locality. Crois na Cathrach is a crossroads in the vicinity of a fort, near the site of the ambush at Culnacahera. Poll na Bró is commonly held to mean the hole of the quern, where corn was ground. But another interesting explanation from one who should know, is related to the fact that it, was a great place for poaching salmon. "Bró éisc" means a shoal of fish and all the poachers recognised that the biggest fish were to be caught at Poll na Bró. Tonn Lán (the great wave), brings us to Goirtín a Phláigh near Baile Mhúirne (the beloved town). St. Gobnait, the local saint, protected the area from a raging plague. She came as far as Goirtín a'Phláigh and forbade the illness to pass that spot.
Jerry Mike Mór’s hall, at the cross east of Ballymakeera, is now the Quilt Centre. But for decades, it was a famous dance hall. It was the only place that had a dance on Christmas night. People, particularly emigrants home on holiday, travelled miles for an annual reunion. Ballymakeera,. Baile Mhic Íre, may have been named for a wolf but more probably, it is so called for the tribe of Uí Mhic Tíre, an old family in East Cork, of whom the Hoares may be descendants.
The area where the hall now stands was famous at the turn of the century because "Ceithre Máistrí Baile Mhúirne” lived there, within a stone's throw of one another. They were experts on the language and had a rich store of béaloideas. They were Maidhc Mór Ó Loingsigh, whose son Jerry built the hall in 1935; Tadhg Ó Ríordáin, Conchúr Ó Deasúna and a local teacher, Micheal Ó Briain.Their knowledge attracted scholars from all over to the area at the time of Aithbheochain na Gaeilge. They didn’t achieve the same fame as Dáimhscoil Chúil Aodha but they enriched the cultural life of the district. M. Mac S.
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Old warriors reminisce at the unveiling of the monument at the site of Coolnacaheragh Ambush: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, author of ‘Where Mountainy Men have Sown’; Con Seán Jerh, father of John Kelleher and Dr. Pat O’Sullivan, Commandant of the 8th Battalion of the old I.R.A. ©

The Rebel Road

The four-mile stretch of road from the Halfway House to Ballyvourney saw more than its share of action during the War of Independence. This was due to the fact that the I.R.A. was very strong in the area, with active Flying Columns which had the sympathy and cooperation of the populace. A strong force of British soldiers occupied Macroom Castle and regularly patrolled the locality in an effort to subdue the natives. This acted like a red rag to a bull where the 1ocal companies were concerned. With 'all the delirium of the brave’ they eagerly sought opportunities to attack the military. If such action resulted in acquiring much-needed guns and ammunition , so much the better.
July 15th 1920 saw action at Geata Bán, west of Coolavokig school. Volunteers from Cill na Martra and Ballyvourney ambushed a Crossley Tender, but Murphy’s Law, whereby something will go wrong given the slightest opportunity, was in operation. Very few civilian vehicles used the road but precisely as the army lorry drove -into the ambush, the Kilgarvan Ford approached from the west. This had to be allowed pass safely so the timing went askew. In the ensuing skirmish, one soldier was killed and many-wounded and no weapons fell to the attackers.
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Volunteers from the Ballyvourney- Cúil Aodha area ready for action. ©

The following September, on the first Sunday of the month, two military lorries left Ballyvourney. One was covered and the soldiers on the other saluted the people who were going home from Mass. About 400 yards from the village, the covered truck seemed to develop engine trouble and its crew joined the other soldiers and departed for Macroom. Word was passed to local members of the IRA. Though unarmed, they came to investigate, with a view to burning the abandoned truck. But when Liam Hegarty, the Section Commander, went to open the covering, he was met with a hail of fire. A local youth, Michael Lynch, came out on the road when he heard the gunfire and he too was shot dead.
The third incident was at Coolnacahera in late February 1921. By then, the Auxiliaries had arrived in Macroom and increased tension in the area. An ambush was planned and sixty volunteers from Macroom, Cork, Ballingeary, Ballyvourney, Coolea and Cill na Martra ambushed a cavalcade of up to ten lorries and a car, containing about 100 soldiers. But the Auxiliaries seemed to have had advance warning. Civilian hostages were forced to walk ahead of the convoy, which proceeded at a snail’s pace into the ambush. Fourteen Auxiliaries were killed and more than a score wounded, while there were no casualties among the attackers. But the ambush was not considered a military success. Communication and discipline were remarkable by their absence. M. Mac S.
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Clondrohid u21 team of 1968. ©

Clondrohid Carnival

60 years ago, in 1958, the annual Carnival at Clondrohid commenced. It usually took place in the month of July, and ran for 8 days and nights, from Sunday to Sunday. Highlight of the week was the 7 a/side football tournament, with its final on the closing night.
At that time there was no GAA club in Clondrohid but in 1958, a local team called Carriganima, was unlucky to lose out in the semi-final (but that's another story). Later on, the local lads would play with Kilnamartyra or Aghinagh who both had excellent teams. However, in 1967, Clondrohid fielded a Junior B team for the first time, and a second tournament for that grade was added to the Carnival programme. The following teams took part: Clondrohid, Ballydaly, Aubane and Slanan Rovers. Ballydaly were successful in 1967, beating Clondrohid in the semi-final 4- 3 to 3 - 4, and Aubane in the final 1-7 to 2- 2. Clondrohid were much improved in 1968, when they also fielded an Under 21 side in the championship. In the Carnival tournament they defeated Slanan Rovers in the semi-final and Aubane in the final, after a replay, which was played on Sunday, November 10th. A get-together of players, mentors and supporters of all those four teams, is planned for the Pub, Carriganima on Friday next, February 23rd. It should be an occasion of nostalgia, stories, songs and good fun. Paddy Corkery


The Black Prism

Adrienne Acton, a Kinsale native now living between Macroom and Ballyvourney, has launched a new book,‘The Black Prism and Other Stories’. Her first two books - ‘Road Frontage’ and ‘Liam’s Legacy’ - were novels. This new book is a collection of short stories about us, our quirky side, our nosy side our funny side and the qualities that make us uniquely Irish. There are dark stories about child abuse, the dangers of social media, and retribution, and, as a counter balance, stories about the afterlife, love, bake off rivalries and karma. The book is available at An Gadaí Dubh books Ballyvourney, Enchanted Flowers Macroom, The Bigger Picture Macroom, Cork and Clonakilty.
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Pat O’Brien, Cllr. Gobnait Moynihan and Eilís Uí Bhriain listen to Cathal Mac Coille speak at the launch of ‘Mise an Mac San’ in Ballyvourney ©

Mise an Mac San

Despite the bad weather, a great crowd attended the launch of ‘Mise an Mac San: remembering an tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire’, in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney on Lá ‘le Ghobnatan. Co-authors, Eilís Uí Bhriain and Pat O'Brien spoke in Irish and English to an audience of near-200 people. Pat then introduced Cllr Gobnait Moynihan who explained that Mise an Mac San was part-funded by the Cork County Council's Éire 1916 scheme. She then introduced long-time RTE Morning Ireland presenter and an tAthair Peadar's descendant, Cathal Mac Coille, whose great-great-great grandfather, Michael O'Leary of Kilgobnait, was an tAthair Peadar's brother and is buried in Ballyvourney cemetery. Among other things, Cathal said that an tAthair Peadar's enduring legacy was that he taught the people of the Gaeltacht that they had something special, something not to be easily tossed aside, at a time when speaking Irish was often taken as a sign that you were poor and ignorant. Eilís Uí Bhriain made presentations to Sara Twomey of Lissarda and Dan Joe Kelleher of Carriganima for their help with the book. The audience watched a 1988 documentary on an tAthair Peadar made by LTV founder, Dan Joe Kelleher. Copies of the book will go on sale in bookshops nationwide next month.

Can Amhrán

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has announced a competition for Seachtain na Gaeilge open to all national schools, with a prize fund of €1000. To enter, all they need to do is to record a short song as Gaeilge and send it in to the station. The competition, Amhráinín i Nóiméidín, is being run by Dónall Mac Ruairí on his weekday music show Cóisir Cheoil, and he is accepting entries from now until 2 March. The entries will be played on the show, broadcast Monday to Thursday 3 pm – 5 pm, and the winners will be announced on 15 March. To enter, schools should record a song in Irish, no longer than 1 minute, and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The song can have instrumental music with it, or be a mashup of instrumental and lyrics, the more creative the better! New or traditional songs are fine, but no English lyrics. The recordings can be done on a smartphone or tablet, but should be no longer than 1 minute. The winner will receive €750, and there will be a prize of €250 for the runner up. Entries should be sent by wetransfer (www.wetransfer.com) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 2 March with the name of the school, students who participated, and contact details. Further information can be found at rte.ie/rnag


Recipe of the Month – Celeriac, Kale and Apple Broth. Serves 4-6
Ingredients: 50g pearl barley or pearled spelt; 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil; 1 onion, chopped; 2 garlic cloves, chopped; ½ small celeriac (about 250g), peeled and cut into roughly 1cm cubes; 1 litre hot veg stock (see page 190 for home-made); 150g curly kale or cavolo nero, leaves stripped off the stalks and roughly shredded; 5–6 sage leaves, sliced into fine ribbons; 2 medium eating apples, quartered, cored and chopped into roughly 1cm cubes; Sea salt and black pepper; Extra virgin olive or rapeseed oil, to finish.
Directions. Put the pearl barley or spelt to soak in cold water while you prepare the vegetables. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or small stockpot over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic with some salt and pepper. When everything is sizzling, turn the heat down low, cover the pan and let the veg sweat, stirring once or twice, for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the barley or spelt well. Add the barley or spelt to the pan with the celeriac. Sauté, stirring, for 2–3 minutes, then pour in the hot stock. Bring to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the grain is almost tender (about 15 minutes for spelt, 25 minutes for barley). Stir in the shredded kale and sage and bring back to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the cubed apple and cook for a further 2 minutes only. Remove from the heat, taste the soup and add more seasoning if needed. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and finish with a trickle of extra virgin oil and a grinding of black pepper, then serve. Michael Kelly

Sports Mad

Mid Cork GAA Championship Draws

The draws for the 2018 Mid Cork Championships were made at Coachford. In the premier grade in hurling and in football, first round losers will receive a second chance of advancing.
Junior A Football Championship
1st round: A Ballincollig v Blarney
B Kilmurry v Cill na Martra
C Clondrohid v Dripsey
D Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Canovee
E Kilmichael v Aghinagh
F Inniscarra v Iveleary
G Éire Óg v Donoughmore
2nd Round Loser A v Loser B, Loser c v Loser D, Loser E v Loser F, Loser G – a bye

Junior B Football Championship
Round 1 A Naomh Abán v Ballincollig
B Iveleary v Inniscarra
C Aghabullogue v Canovee
D Grenagh v Donoughmore
E Macroom v Kilmurry
F Ballinora v Aghinagh
Quarter Final. 1 Winner A v Winner F, 2 Winner E v Winner D
Semi Final. 3 Winner C v Winner B, 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2

Junior C Football Championship
Round 1 A Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Gleann na Laoi
B Kilmichael v Éire Óg
C Dripsey v Clondrohid
D Macroom v Ballincollig
Semi Final Winner A v Winner B, Winner C v Winner D

Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1 A Ballincollig v Iveleary
B Cloughduv v Éire Óg
C Donoughmore v Ballinora
D Blarney v Kilmichael
Round 2 Loser A v Loser D, Loser C v Loser B

Junior B Hurling Championship
Preliminary Round Gleann na Laoi v Laochra Óg
Round 1 A Loser of Preliminary v Blarney
B Grenagh v Ballinora
C Ballincollig v Éire Óg
Round 2 1 Winner A v Winner B
2 Winner C v Preliminary winner
3 Cloughduv v Donoughmore
4 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra
Semi Final Winner 1 v Winner 2, Winner 3 v Winner 4
Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championship

U21 A Football (Five teams)
First Round:A Éire Óg 3-16 Cill na Martra 1-13
B Ballincollig 1-11 Naomh Abán 1-9
C Kilmurry a bye
2nd round: Cill na Martra v Kilmurry: IF Kilmurry lose this game then they play losers of B, Naomh Abán, who will otherwise advance to the semi final.
Semi finalists: Éire Óg, Ballincollig, Kilmurry or Losers A, Naomh Abán or Kilmurry – repeat pairings to be avoided until the final.
Éire Óg 3 - 16 Cill na Martra 1 – 13
Éire Óg were impressive in their defeat of reigning champions Cill na Martra in the opening round of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 A football championship at Ovens. The winners now advance to the semi final stage while Cill na Martra meet Kilmurry, the team they defeated in last year’s divisional final, in the second round, a last chance for the champions to stay in the competition.
Both sides had an early point before Éire Óg struck for the first goal of the match, John Cooper played in Keith O’ Riordan who smartly finished the ball to the net. The teams again exchanged points, and then Cill na Martra had three points in a row, from Daniel Ó Duinnín, Seán Ó Foirréidh and Damien Ó hUrdail, to level the game at 1-2 to 0-5 after 17 minutes.
Éire Óg hit back in decisive fashion with three points in as many minutes and added four more without reply in the run up to half time at which stage they led by a comfortable margin, 1-9 to 0-5.
Cill na Martra had a superb start to the second half. Dan Ó Duinnin had a point and Ciarán Ó Duinnín followed with a goal from close range, all within two minutes of the restart. Again, the Éire Óg response was immediate and decisive! A goal, from David Kirwan, and a point restored the half time difference between the sides and after Cill na Martra had a point, the home side shot over four more to lead by 2-14 to 1-7 at the three quarter stage.
Cill na Martra battled on but were very reliant Dan Ó Duinnín for scores and they were hit by a second goal from David Kirwan to put Éire Óg ahead by 3-16 to 1-10 after 55 minutes.
Daniel Ó Duinnin (2) and Antoin Ó Cuana added late points for the Gaeltacht boys..
Scorers: Éire Óg: J Murphy 0-6 (0-4f), D Kirwan 2-0, K O’ Riordan 1-0, B Hurley 0-3, J Cooper 0-2, M Brady 0-2, C O’ Callaghan 0-2, J Twomey 0-1. Cill na Martra: D Ó Duinnín 0-9 (0-7f), C Ó Duinnín 1-0, D Ó hUrdail 0-1, C Ó Foirréidh 0-1, S Ó Foirréidh 0-1, A Ó Cuana 0-1.
Éire Óg: Christopher Kelly, Shane Quigley, David Twomey, Patrick Twomey, Ross McCarthy, Colm O’ Callaghan, Paul Kirwan, Jack Murphy, Mark Brady, Jer Kelleher, Jason Twomey, John Cooper, Keith O’ Riordan, David Kirwan, Brian Hurley. Subs: Cillian Sheehan.
Cill na Martra: Maidhcí Aynsley, Jack Ó hEalaithe, Antóin Ó Cuana, Evan Ó Cathsaigh, Donagh Ó Riordáin, Eoin Ó Céilleachair, Colm Mac Lochlainn, Tadgh Ó Corcora, Seánie Ó Foirréidh, Ciarán Ó Foirréidh, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Damian Ó hUrdail, Trevor Ó hEaluithe, Dan Ó Duinnín, Dean Mac Cárthaigh. Subs: Eoin Ó Conaill, Ciarán Ó Loinsuigh.
Referee: Mr Pat O’ Leary (Kilmurry)

Ballincollig 1 – 11 Naomh Abán 1 - 9
Ballincollig just got the better of last year’s B champions Naomh Abán in a very entertaining Macroom Motors U21 A championship game at Ballincollig. The home side were under pressure right to the end and can thank Kevin Browne who kicked a couple of excellent late points which proved crucial to the result as a young Naomh Abán outfit played some fine football and were unlucky with a couple of goal chances in the thrilling closing quarter.
Ballincollig raced into an early lead with two points (1f) from Eoin O’Reilly. Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh replied with two smashing points but then a long delivery from Ballincollig’s excellent wingback Luke Fahy was tipped to the Naomh Abán net by Olan Dorgan. Undaunted, Naomh Abán responded in great style when Conchuir Ó Murchú coolly lobbed goalkeeper Shane Hogan. Ballincollig finished the half well with three points, two from Eoin O’Reilly frees and one from Fintan Denny to lead by 1-8 to 1-6 at the break.
In a low scoring second half an outstanding point from Conor Ó Criodáin reduced the gap to the minimum after Kevin Browne had edged the winners a couple clear with a long range point. Eoin O’Reilly registered his sixth of the afternoon before Jordan Murray was denied a goal by a superb save from Caoimhín Ó Donnchú.
It certainly inspired his side as Naomh Abán pressed really hard in the final quarter and Conchúr Ó Murchú was denied a certain goal with a goal line clearance from Sean Walsh. Ballincollig lifted the siege and another searing run from Fahy resulted in a terrific point from Kevin Browne to seal victory.
Scorers for Ballincollig: E O’Reilly 0-6 (1f), O Dorgan 1-0, K Browne 0-3, R Burke, F Denny 0-1 each.
Scorers for Naomh Abán: D Ó Ceallaigh 0-4 (2f), C Ó Murchú 1-0, P Ó liatháin 0-2 (2f), A Ó Luasa, C Ó Criodain, D Ó Laoire 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: S Hogan; S Walsh, S O’Neill, G O’Donoghue; L Fahy, K Crowley, F Denny; J Murray, J O’Connor; R Burke, K Browne, F O’Donovan; A O’Donovan, E O’Reilly, O Dorgan. Subs: D Murphy for F O’Donovan.
Naomh Abán: C Ó Donnchú; D Ó Tuchama, M Ó Ceallacháin,, A Ó Catháin; S Ó Murchú, T Ó Riordáin, D Ó Loingsigh; C Ó Criodán, C Ó Murchú; C Ó Meachair, D Ó Ceallaigh, D Ó Laoire; A Ó Luasa, P Ó Liatháin, D Ó Meahair. Subs: C Ó Riordán for D Ó Meachair, B Ó Riordán for C Ó Meachair, F Ó Loingsigh for S Ó Murchú, E Ó Scanaill for D Ó Ceallaigh.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
U21 B Football (Nine teams)
A Macroom a bye
B Blarney v Ballinora
C Canovee 3-7 Aghabullogue 0-8
D Aghinagh 2 -9 Iveleary 1-9
E Grenagh v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
2nd Round Macroom v Losers B, Aghabullogue v Iveleary, Losers E a bye unless Macroom lose, then Losers E v Macroom
Quarter Finals: Four 1st round winners, and three others from 2nd round games. Repeat pairings to be avoided in draw.
Aghinagh 2 – 9 Iveleary 1 – 9
The Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football championship 2018 got off to a fine start at Kilmichael when the despite the bitter cold and occasional snow showers, last year’s beaten finalists Aghinagh and last year’s ‘C’ champions Iveleary, served up a very entertaining contest in the opening round of what promises to be a very hard fought ‘B’ championship. Iveleary were on top for large portions of this game but in the vital last ten minutes Aghinagh dominated the mid field area and their forwards revelled in the improved supply and got the scores to see them safely through to the next round. Iveleary will have a second chance of remaining in the competition when they meet Aghabullogue in a losers round game and they can take encouragement from their performance here.
The sun shone from a clear blue sky for the first half and full forward Diarmuid Crowley finished off an Aghinagh attack initiated by his two corner forwards Liam Twohig and Alex Murphy with a blistering shot to the Iveleary net after only two minutes. Liam Twohig immediately added a point and Conor O’Leary had the opening score for Iveleary, a point from a free, in the 7th minute. A minute later the sides were level when Chris Óg Jones fired in a superb shot from all of 20 metres which scorched to the corner of the Aghinagh net. Iveleary had tightened in defence at this stage with Ciarán O’Riordan excellent at centre back and they began to force the pace. Chris Óg Jones put them in front from a free in the 13th minute and then pointed from play and when Ciarán O’Riordan came forward to point in the 18th minute, it was 1-4 to 1-1 in favour of Iveleary. Micheál Horgan had a point for Aghinagh and Liam Twohig another but in the 23rd minute Iveleary’s dangerous full forward Aaron O‘Donovan took a fine point despite being under pressure, added another soon after, and Chris Óg Jones then pointed two frees, each from 40 metres range to leave Iveleary deservedly in front at the break on a 1-8 to 1-3 scoreline.
The snow fell during the interval but had cleared for the restart and Iveleary added a point from a Jones free immediately, this was to be their last score of the game. Their goalkeeper Ian Jones made a fine save from a Buckley penalty shot in the 35th minute and the game was meandering along at this stage but it was becoming clear that Iveleary were no longer exerting pressure on the Aghinagh rearguard as before and were beginning to come under pressure themselves. Liam Twohig pointed a free for Aghinagh in the 45th minute to cut the gap to five points and Ted O’Leary punched over another four minutes later to give his side increased momentum. A minute later Aghinagh had a further point from Twohig and this was followed immediately by another from Con Buckley to reduce the deficit to a mere two points. The Aghinagh goal now followed when Liam Twohig’s shot was blocked down and the ball fell kindly for Con Buckley who lashed a fierce shot to the net from close range to give Aghinagh the lead, 2-7 to 1-9, eight minutes from time. Both sides went all out for scores now and chances were missed before Liam Twohig doubled the Aghinagh advantage in the 59th minute and left Iveleary needing a goal to save the day. Aghinagh were defending well with Cathal Crowley, Eoin McCarthy and Luke O’Leary prominent and Micheál Horgan made their position secure with another point. Iveleary lost a forward to a black card in injury time but Aghinagh were in control at that stage.
Scorers: Aghinagh: C Buckley 1-1, D Crowley 1-0, L Twohig 0-5 (0-1f), M Horgan 0-2, T O’Leary 0-1. Iveleary: C Óg Jones 1-5 (0-4f), A O’Donovan 0-2, C O’Leary and C O’Riordan 0-1 each.
Aghinagh: Kevin Cotter: Miceál O’Connell, Luke O’Leary, Olan Cummins: Eoin McCarthy, Cathal Crowley, Richard Cotter: Aodh Twomey, Shane Corkery: Ted O’Leary, Miceál Horgan, Con Buckley: Liam Twohig, Diarmuid Crowley, Alex Murphy. Sub: Gordon Burns.
Iveleary: Ian Jones: Chris O’Donovan, Seán O’Riordan, Seán Horgan; James O’Donovan, Ciarán O’Riordan, Tim O’Dea: Ciarán Galvin, Conor O’Leary: Micheál O’Herlihy, Chris Óg Jones, Daniel O’Donovan: Max Murphy, Aaron O’Donovan, Olan Clancy. Sub: Shane Hurley.
Referee: Mr Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

Canovee 3 – 7 Aghabullogue 0 – 8
Canovee gave an impressive display against neighbours Aghabullogue at Carraigadrohid in the Muskerry U21 B football championship. Exchanges were very even until late in the game between two well matched teams and there were some fine individual performances.
In the first half Mark Healy and Conor Hughes were impressive in the Canovee attack, Mathew Bradley and David Thompson outstanding for Aghabullogue but defences on both sides were not making it easy for them in the sticky conditions and after being level on three occasions in the first half, it took a late goal from Brian Verling after a goalmouth scramble to separate the teams at the break when Canovee led by 1-4 to 0-4.
On the restart, Aghabullogue goalkeeper Daniel Lane denied Mark Healy with a fine save, points were exchanged and the goal still separated the 1-6 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. The game took a decisive turn in the 49th minute when Dara Cronin belted a Canovee penalty, awarded for a foul on Conor Hughes, to the net and from the kick out Cronin set up Mark Healy for another goal, 3-7 to 0-6 now the score in favour of the home side who were not going to get caught in the time remaining despite the best efforts of their opponents who finished with two Mathew Bradley points.
Scorers: Canovee: M Healy 1-4 (0-2f), D Cronin 1-0 pen., B Verling 1-0, P Buckley, C Hughes, K Walsh 0-1 each. Aghabullogue: M Bradley 0-5 (0-3f), D Thompson 0-3 (0-2f)
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: David Carroll, Eoghan O’Connell, Eoghan Lehane: Evan Dodd, Kieran Moynihan, David O’Keeffe: Jack Murphy, Patrick Buckley: Conor Hughes, Mark Walsh, Shane O’Riordan: Brian Verling, Mark Healy, Dara Cronin. Subs: Patrick O’Neill, Paudie O’Leary, Billy Kingston
Aghabullogue: Daniel Lane: Denis Desmond, Shane Tarrant, Killian BarryMurphy: Jack Murphy, Paul Ring, Seán Lane: Seán O’Connell, Conor Smyth: Tom Long, Mathew Bradley, Paul Dilworth: Conor Drew, David Thompson, Tadgh Bradley. Subs: Luke Casey, Jack Oldham, Paul Dineen.
Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Éire Óg.

U 21C Football (13 a side-five teams)
A Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13
B Lee Gaels v Kilmichael
Éire Óg (2nds) –a bye
Round 2: Clondrohid v Éire Óg 2 and if Éire Óg 2 lose then they play loser of B, who will otherwise have a bye.
Clondrohid 2-11 Donoughmore 2-13 aet.
In a very close affair at Clondrohid, Donoughmore needed extra time to emerge winners. Clondrohid were boosted by an early goal from Eddy Duggan but then lost a forward to a red card. The sides were level at 1-1 to 0-4 at half time but then Clondrohid, despite their numerical disadvantage, gained the upper hand and a Dean Burke goal gave them a 2-5 to 0-5 lead. They looked to be in control until the closing stages when goals in quick succession from Martin O’Sullivan and Darren Lucey brought Donoughmore level. Brian Corcoran kicked over two points to edge plucky Clondrohid back in front but a last second point from Ben Honohan left the sides level at 2-7 each.
In extra time, the teams kicked over two points each in the opening period but in the final ten minute period, points from Martin O’Sullivan, Jeremy Kennedy, Darren Lucey and Ben Honohan were enough to see Donoughmore through to the semi final stage by a two point margin.
Donoughmore; Michael Buckley: David Looney, Adrian Looney: Niall O’Callaghan, Brendan O’Callaghan, Daren Lucey: Martin O’Sulllivan, St John Forde: Dara O’Shea, Ben Honohan, Alan Jones: Jeremy Kennedy, Billy Barrett. Subs: Eoin Buckley, Cian Murphy, Colm Looney.
Clondrohid: Tiernan Quinn: Fionn Heffernan, John Stephen O’Riordan: Stephen Ryan, Conor Flanagan, Stephen O’Riordan: Seán Desmond, Brian Corcoran: Dean Burke, Killian Lynch, Eddy Duggan; Cathal Creedon, Michael Buckley. Subs; Seán Kelleher, Con Buckley.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

County Championship First Rounds:

Senior Hurling: Muskerry v Imokilly
Premier Intermediate Hurling: Blarney v Valley Rovers; Inniscarra v Courceys
Intermediate Hurling: Aghabullogue v Ballygarvan, Éire Óg v Sarsfields; Ballincollig v Meelin; Dripsey v Kildorrery; Inniscarra 2 v Ballymartle2: Grenagh v St Catherines
Senior Football: Muskerry v CIT: Ballincollig v Ilen Rovers
Premier Intermediate Football: Naomh Abán v Bandon: Éire Óg v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Macroom v St Michaels
Intermediate Football: Aghabullogue v Ballydesmond: Ballinora v Cill na Martra: Grenagh v Glanworth.

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

Semi-Finals Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v St Michaels; Cill na Martra v Newmarket

2018 Cork County Football Leagues

Recent Results: Division 1
Carbery Rangers 0-13 Cill na Martra 1-10
St Finbarrs 3-8 Macroom 0-3
Valley Rovers 1-13 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-10
O’Donovan Rossa 1-5 Ballincollig 0-8
Valley Rovers 5-13 Cill na Martra 0-8
O’Donovan Rossa 4-17 Macroom 1-8
Mallow 0-16 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-12
Clonakilty 0-9 Ballincollig 1-10
Division 2 Aghabullogue 3-10 Douglas 1-14; Éire Óg 1-7 Newmarket 0-9
Division 3 Naomh Abán 2-15 Glanworth 2-13
Division 4 Ballinora 1-8 Kinsale 2-11; Kildorrery 0-7 Ballinora 2-8; Grenagh 1-8 Aghada 2-5
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Eileen O'Flynn, Auld Triangle, presenting the Muskerry GAA Supreme Sports Star of the Year 2017 Award to Mark Coleman, Blarney at the Gala Awards Night at Oriel Hotel. © © Mike English

Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Awards Dinner

The Muskerry GAA Gala Awards Dinner were held in the Oriel Court Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday February 17th when Cork Camogie and Ladies Football star Rena Buckley, Inniscarra and Donoughmore, was honoured for her outstanding achievement in winning 18 senior All Ireland medals. Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed TD Macroom, presented Rena with her award, a hand painted portrait of All Ireland day 2017.
Cork senior hurler, Mark Coleman of Blarney, was named The Muskerry GAA Sports Star of the Year 2017 and received his award from Ms Eileen O’Flynn, Auld Triangle Bar and Restaurant, Macroom, sponsors of the award scheme. Mark was chosen from the distinguished list of monthly winners, each of whom received a presentation from Mr Ronan Fahy, manager Oriel Court Hotel, who were co-sponsors of the awards ceremony. The monthly winners in 2017 were Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Daniel Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra), Mark Coleman (Blarney), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Aoife Murray (Cloughduv), Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg), Niamh McCarthy (Inniscarra).
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The Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of the Year 2017 at the Gala Awards Ceremony at Oriel Hotel. Included are Frank Walsh of O'Mahony, Walsh Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers, sponsors and Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry Division GAA. © Mike English

Muskerry Junior Hurling and Muskerry Junior Football teams of 2017 were also announced and honoured at the dinner. The Muskerry Junior Hurling All Stars team of 2017 (Sponsors: O’Mahony Walsh, Auctioneers and Insurance Brokers, Ballincollig) is;
Stephen O’Leary (Kilmichael): James Moynihan (Cloughduv), Brendan Hourihan (Ballinora), Brian Cotter (Ballincollig): Aidan Murphy (Cloughduv), Aidan Ahern (Cloughduv), Shane Sexton (Donoughmore): Alan O’Shea (Ballinora), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Darragh Holmes (Ballinora), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Mark Verling (Cloughduv): Eoghan Clifford (Cloughduv), Joe Ryan (Cloughduv), Shane Healy (Donoughmore).
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The Muskerry Junior Football Team of the Year 2017 at the Gala Sports awards Night at Oriel Hotel. Included are Cormac Quish, SuperValu, Ballincollig, sponsors and Pat Malone, Chairman Muskerry Division. © Mike English

The Muskerry Junior Football All Stars team of 2017 (Sponsors: Quish’s SuperValu, Ballincollig) is:
Jason McDonnell (Kilmurry): Gearóid O’Donoghue (Ballincollig), Barry Murphy (Iveleary), Dermot O’Callaghan (Aghinagh): John O’Mullane (Kilmurry), Ciarán O’Riordan (Iveleary), Liam Wall (Kilmurry): Dave McCarthy (Kilmurry), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael); James Moynihan (Canovee), Joe Ryan (Kilmurry), Mark Healy (Canovee): Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary), Kevin Kearney (Donoughmore), Eoghan Clifford (Kilmurry).

Cork Colleges Senior A Football

Simcox Cup Final

Col. Chríost Rí, Cork 3 – 15 De La Salle, Macroom 2 – 13
De La Salle Macroom lost to Col Chriost Ri in the final of the Simcox Cup (Cork Colleges Senior A football championship) at CIT on a score of 3-15 to 2-13. DLS deservedly led at half time on a 1-9 to 1-7 scoreline, CCR lost a man to a red card on the resumption and the Mid Cork boys led by 2-10 to 1-8 after 40 minutes, 2-12 to 2-8 five minutes later, and had looked to be the better team. In the final quarter however DLS allowed the Capwell side to come at them and when the city team got a momentum going there was no stopping them. They outscored DLS by 1-7 to 0-1 in that closing period which will be a matter for much agonizing for the DLS boys.
Scorers for DLS: Jack Kelleher 1-6 (0-2f), L Twohig 1-3 (0-1f), J O’Mullane, D Foley, G Fitton and S Desmond (‘45’) 0-1 each.
The DLS team was: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Cian Twomey (Macroom), Seán O’Riordan (Iveleary), Aaron O’Donovan (Iveleary): Luke O’Leary (Aghinagh), James O’Mullane (Kilmurry), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry): Josh Pickering (Iveleary), Seán Desmond (Clondrohid): Conor O’Leary (Iveleary), Liam O’Sullivan (Kilmurry), Greg Fitton (Kilmurry): Jack Kelleher (Canovee), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), Liam Twohig (Aghinagh). Subs: Chris O’Connell (Kilmichael) and Seán McMahon (Macroom).

Cork Camogie Win

In the 4th round of the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Group 1, Cork beat Tipperary by 3-15 to 0-13. A first-half goal from Linda Collins helped Cork into a 1-10 to 0-8 lead at halftime. Cork had a great spread of scorers and goals in the final quarter from Amy O’Connor and Lauren Homan cemented the Rebels’ position at the top of the table. Galway will play Wexford in a winner-takes-all battle next weekend after their 3-11 to 0-11 success over Offaly at Pearse Stadium.
Limerick had a surprise win over champions, Kilkenny in Group 2’s fourth round, winning 1-14 to 1-9. But Kilkenny are almost certain to be in the last four, while Limerick, Clare and Waterford battle it out for the second qualification place. Waterford were impressive in dispensing with Dublin by 1-14 to 1-7. Clare had 0-12 to 0-1 triumph over Meath, to put them level with Limerick and Waterford on seven points, but in fourth on score difference, while also consigning Meath to a relegation play-off against the bottom side in Group 1 – most likely Offaly, though it could be Tipperary if the Faithful women achieved the unlikely feat of defeating Cork by 15 points next week.
Round 5 – Sunday February 25th Group 1 Offaly v Cork; Wexford v Galway. Group 2 Dublin v Clare; Limerick v Waterford; Meath v Kilkenny. The semi-finals are on March 11 and the final on March 24.

Cork Ladies Lose by a Point

Dublin 3-9 Cork 1-14
Cork got a taste of the medicine they had been dishing out to many a team, particularly Dublin, over the years, when they were defeated by a single point by the All Ireland champions in their third match in the Lidl Ladies National Football League. Cork, 2017 League winners, were successful in their first two matches, as were Dublin. In a fiercely competitive contest at Croke Park, Dublin edged past Cork, recording their first-ever win over the five in-a-row Rebels.
Cork had a good start, with Eimear Scally scoring a penalty goal after two minutes, but Dublin got going and led 2-5 to 1-6 at halftime. They continued to press ahead in the second half and, with 40 minutes played, led by eight points. Cork staged a comeback as Katie Murray and Lucy Collins were sent off for Dublin and Doireann O’Sullivan for Cork. While Cork had the upper hand in the final minutes, Dublin held on by the narrowest of margins. Orla Finn scored a total of seven points for Cork. Scally closed the scoring with a point but her side's late rally fell just short as Dublin's bid for a first-ever league title rolls on.
Scorers for Cork: Orla Finn (0-7, 4f), Eimear Scally (1-1, 1-0 pen), Ciara O'Sullivan (0-3), Doireann O'Sullivan (0-1), Orlagh Farmer (0-1), Melissa Duggan (0-1).
Cork: 1. Martina O'Brien (Clonakilty) 2. Aisling Kelleher (St. Val's) 3. Marie Ambrose (St. Val's) 4. Emma Spillane (Bantry Blues) 5. Maire O'Callaghan (Mourneabbey) 18. Eimear Meaney (Mourneabbey) 7. Shauna Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Bui) 8. Melissa Duggan (Doheny’s) 9. Aishling Hutchings (Fermoy) 10. Bríd O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 11. Doireann O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 12. Orlagh Farmer (Midleton) 17. Ciara O'Sullivan (Mourneabbey) 14. Eimear Scally (Éire Óg) 15. Orla Finn (Kinsale) Subs: 25. Nicole Quinn for Aisling Kelleher (24) 13. Áine O'Sullivan for Aisling Hutchings (35) 19. Aisling Barrett for Emma Spillane (57)
Round 4 of the League will be played next weekend. Mayo will play Dublin on Saturday 24. On Sunday 25, Monaghan v Donegal; Cork v Westmeath in Mallow at 2p.m and Kerry v Galway.

Cork Hurlers and Footballers

The Cork teams return to Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Sunday February 25th for their 2nd Allianz Leagues double header of the season.
Allianz Football League Div-2 Round 1
Cork v Cavan @ 1pm
Allianz Hurling League Div-1A Round 1
Cork v Waterford @ 3pm
Pre-Purchase Price: Adult: €12.00 (Pre-Purchase discount ends midnight on the day before the fixture)
Match-Day Price: Adult: €15.00 Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.) Juvenile's/U 16's: €5.00

Allianz Football League Division 2
Cork 2-11 Louth 0-10
Cork took the points in this NFL Division 2 clash at Páirc Ui Rinn despite finishing with 13 men after two sendings-off. Cork were on top early on, leading 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, and were 0-6 to 0-2 ahead on 20 minutes when the home side then struck for goal, Mark Collins placing Sean White for a calm finish. With Cork dominant the home side led 1-8 to 0-3 on the half-hour, but Cork keeper Ryan Price had to make two good saves before half-time when the score was 1-9 to 0-4.
A low-scoring second half didn’t lack incident. Cork lost Kevin O’Driscoll to a second yellow card and two quick Louth points made the score 1-10 to 0-6. Louth pointed three frees in a row to cut the deficit to four when Cork substitute Peter Kelleher got a straight red with five minutes left. Cork defended well, however, and deep in injury time Cian Kiely rounded off a sweeping move with a good goal.
Cork: Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa): Sam Ryan (St Finbarrs), Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown), Sean Wilson (Douglas): Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown), Cian Kiely (Ballincollig); Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs) Captain, Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues): Sean White (Clonakilty), John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers), Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh): Stephen Sherlock, Colm O Neill (Ballyclough), Mark Collins (Castlehaven). Subs: Matthew Taylor (Mallow), Daniel O Callaghan (Clyda Rovers), Dylan Quinn (St Finbarrs),Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig), Padraig Clancy (Fermoy).
Cian Kiely of Ballincollig started and Peter Kelleher ( Kilmichael) and Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig) came on as second half substitutes on the Cork team.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Clare 0 – 23 Cork 0 - 19
A dominant first-half display maintained Clare’s unbeaten start to the Allianz hurling league but for Cork, a second defeat in a row has them in the bottom half of the table. The first-half was a disaster from their point of view, they trailed by 0-16 to 0-5 at the break. Cork went scoreless from the 12th to the 30th minute and failed to find the target from open play for a period of 28 minutes. They finished the half with two scorers, Patrick Horgan accounting for four of their 0-5 total, the other from Luke Meade.
Cork’s most productive spell of the game arrived early in the second-half, Patrick Horgan (two frees), Tim O’Mahony and Robbie O’Flynn registering four unanswered points. They still trailed by double scores at this juncture, 0-18 to 0-9, and while the Rebels continued to eat into the Clare advantage as the second-half progressed, the closest they came was the final margin of four points.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-12, 0-9 frees, 0-2 ‘65s); D Browne, T O’Mahony, M Ellis, L Meade, R O’Flynn, S Harnedy, B Cooper (0-1 each).
Cork: A Nash; Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), E Cadogan, C Spillane; C Joyce, T O’Mahony, D Browne; M Ellis, D Kearney; R O’Flynn, S Harnedy, B Cooper; L Meade, P Horgan, S Kingston.
Subs: L McLoughlin HT: R O’Shea 45, J O’Connor51; B Lawton 61.
Mark Coleman of Blarney, was included in the substitutes but was not played as he returns after injury. Seán O’Donoghue has been playing well in the corner back position.

Macroom G.A.A. Club

Adult Section: Kelleher Shield Game: Macroom v. O’Donovan Rossa February 18th . Macroom travelled to Skibbereen to play O’Donovan Rossa’s, and hoped for an improved performance for their 2nd round league game. The weather was reasonable. The home side set the pace from the start and had three points on the board in 6 minutes. Macroom’s first scored with a point from David Horgan. O’Donovan Rossa were on top in most positions and were rewarded with a goal in the 9 minute; Macroom replied with a pointed free by David Goold. Rossa had the Macroom backline under pressure and converted a penalty to put seven points between the sides. Macroom improved and added two points by Andrew Hegarty from play, one pointed a free by Fintan Goold and another point from play by John Murphy. Rossa also tacked on some points to leave the half time score O’Donovan Rossa 2-07, Macroom 0-06. In the second O’Donovan Rossa’s pace and fitness prove too much for Macroom and they added a further 2-10 to Macroom’s 1-02 and ran out convincing winners.
Macroom:. Brendan O’Connell, James O’Connor, Michael Cronin, John Angland, Kevin O’Dwyer, Sean Kiely, David Cotter, Fintan Goold (2pts), Tony Dineen, Celebh Dinneen, Andrew Hegarty (3pts), Don Creedon, David Horgan (1-1pt), David Goold (1pt), Blake O’Gorman. Subs Used: Gerald Angland, John Murphy (1pt), Brendan O’Sullivan, Conor Hurley and Richard Mc Sweeney.
Healthy Club Project: The club had progressed to Phase 3 – one of 92 clubs from 200. The club must have an ad hoc committee and attend at least 5 national and provincial meetings, and the 1st of these is in Croke Park on March 3rd.
On-line Shop: The club has an on-line shop on its website, thanks to the efforts of John Ryan. There is a wide range of adult and juvenile club gear available and includes jerseys, togs, jackets, fleeces, hoodies and hats - all in the club colours.
Juvenile Section. U-16s: They had their opening match of 2018 – a challenge - against the Dohenys/ Sam Maguire’s. Dohenys won 4-7 to 3-4. U-14s: Training will start next week. U-12s/U-11s: They commenced training this Sunday morning at 10.30 in the TCP. James McCarthy, GDA, held a session for the underage coaches with attendance of 17. John Ryan organized the event. The U-10s, U-8s and U-6s will start training soon. U-8 Selectors are Shane Dunne (manager) and Órla Deasy, James Duggan, Brendan Cregan and Ninidh O Tuama. The U-14s, U-16s and Minors will play in the Eastern Region – see Dropbox.
The Benefits of Benchmarking; Benchmarked club will enjoy the following: Entered clubs will have priority access to Go Games, entry to Go Games summer leagues, Monster Blitzes etc.; they will be eligible to apply for U-12 Croke Park Day participation, get additional Cúl Camp Gear, have improved access to Munster Stadiums, will have application rights for half-time games at county level, entry to Munster U-15 Super 10s competition, better access to Rebel Óg coaching for club and Primary schools, workshops and many more advantages.
Training will take place as per texts. A Benchmarking Workshop will be held on Sat. 24th February in Páirc Uí Chaoimh from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The Coaching Officer and 3 coaches from each qualified club may attend.
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Impact Volleyball team and supporters celebrate their victory ©

Impact Volleyball

Impact is a Macroom volleyball club with two teams, Impact A and Impact B. Impact A is the more advanced team with older team members, who play in Cup tournaments. Impact B includes the younger generation and members contest Shield tournaments. New members are most welcome to join the club.
2018 has started off very well for Impact A as they won the South Mixed Recreational CUP Tournament which began on the 14th of October and ended on the 13th of January. The final CUP match was fiercely intense, with both teams - Impact V.C. and Netforce - giving their all. However, Impact won decisively 2:0 (25-19 and 26-24). This win has qualified them for the All Ireland Mixed Tournament final in April, a contest they won last year and are aiming for the double this year. .
Impact B contested the Shield and, even though they progressed very well in the tournament, they failed to qualify for the final. They have made huge advances and improvement in the course of the contest and one of the team members won the MVP award on the day of the finals - huge congratulations to Jan Bandalewicz! We are very proud of both teams, all of whom put a lot of work into the game, learning from success and failure.
Impact Volleyball Club will soon be competing in three tournaments in Dublin and Meath. The ladies team, the men’s team and the mixed team will contest the events. We wish them every success and also wish Impact A another great victory and yet another All Ireland Championship win in April. Impact A: Robert Byrdziak, Paweł Smolen, Adam Kasjanowicz, Jan Bandalewicz, Mateusz Moc, Wiktoria Morawiec, Magdalena Smolen, Maria Costa & Raquel Arribas Rivero.
Impact B: Wiesław Moc, Zuzanna Moc, Daria Byrdziak, Martyna Byrdziak, Jakub Byrdziak, Matuesz Florek, Aga Zamka, Natalia Zamorska, Johanna Gunther & Leszek Pokojski.
Impact Volleyball Club meets at St. Colman's BNS every Thursday from 7:30pm - 10pm. Come along or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The club is on Facebook as Impact Volleyball Club Macroom.

Macroom FC
ixture Backlog and Calendar Year Football: As we approach the end of February 2018, hundreds of fixtures have been lost at schoolboy, schoolgirl, youth and adult level throughout Cork. A very wet winter is the main reason for this. Many of the Macroom FC teams have seen little or no action over the last few months. As teams continue to train, it is hoped that the weather will soon improve and the large backlog of fixtures can be addressed.
At underage level this will be one of the last years that Macroom FC will suffer through the winter months. In 2020 the Cork Schoolboys league season will officially be run over the course of the calendar year. This FAI initiative has already been rolled out around the country, with the Dublin District Schoolboys league already entering their second season. The West Cork Schoolboys league are about to begin their first calendar year soccer season in the coming weeks. The season will run from March to Oct/ Nov, with a two week break during the summer. It is hoped that many cancellations due to weather can now be avoided. Also, better pitch surfaces and playing conditions will surely improve standards on the field. And it should entice more supporters and families to follow the fixtures as weather conditions will be much more favourable and games more entertaining. Without doubt this is a positive and proactive step from the FAI and will hugely benefit grassroots soccer.
Fundraising Race Night: Macroom FC will hold a fundraising Race Night at Murray's Bar on Sunday April 1st (Easter Sunday). An outstanding night is assured and the event kicks off with the first race at 9pm. Horses (costing €10) are now on sale around the town from club and committee members along with team managers. Murray's will also have horse on sale at the bar so please get your horse and support your local club.
FAI Soccer Sisters: The FAI will run a soccer sisters 2 day Easter camp on the 5th/ 6th April at Murrayfield from 10am to 2pm both days. This camp is open to girls aged from 6- 14 and will cost €30, which will include a kit and football. This camp can only be booked by visiting www.soccer sisters.ie.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors Scramble 6th Feb: F Mc Carthy(14) P Mc Swiney(14) T Bullen(21) 40.1
Club Singles 10/11 Feb: 1st V Twomey (15) 36pts; 2nd: G O' Flynn(18) 36pts
17/18 Feb-'18. Club Singles. First Conor O'Leary 15 34pts. Second Albert Groarke 15 33pts. Senior: Edmund Neville 12 32pts
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors Sat & Sun - Club Singles & Spring League.