Lee Valley Outlook v15e1 January 11 2018


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Grand Finale at ‘Cinderella’, January 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Sponsored Walk of the Céim Daunt and River Island Loop on Sun 14th Jan at 2pm from Inchigeela Parish Hall.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture on Flora Sandes in Ballincollig Rugby Club at 8 pm on Mon, 15 Jan.
KHAA AGM Tues. 16th January @ 8pm in Museum
Coachford College Dance Off for Marymount on Fri Jan 19th at 7.30pm.
Inchigeela Bingo every Sat. night at 8.30pm in the Hall.
Concert in Rylane Church on Sat 24 Feb at 8pm.
KHAA presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests at Éire Óg Ovens on Sat Feb 17th at 8pm.
Aghinah Comhaltas will host Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Macroom on May 11th, 12th & 13th 2018.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Event

Schools' Festivals. Light Entertainment and Drama Festivals will return to Macroom, to the Riverside Park Hotel, in 2018. Qualification rounds on Jan. 31, Feb 1 and 2 and Finals on Feb. 23 and 24.

‘Sir Henry – The Musical’ at Cork Opera House on Tuesday, 13th February at 8:00pm. Tickets: €22 & €25. Booking fees apply to telephone and online bookings.

Macroom Library
Story time; every Sat. at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte Thurs. Jan. 11 and 25 at 11.30a.m.
Gramophone Circle; Fri. Jan. 12 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Jan. 18 at 11 a.m.
Creative writing group Tues. Feb. 13 at 5.30p.m.

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

Macroom Updates

OBE for Macroom Man

Professor Martin Tangney, a Macroom man who received his early education at St. Colman's and De la Salle Macroom and U.C.C., has just been notified that he is to receive an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth, in recognition of his contribution to the engineering and energy industries. Professor Tagney, who works in Scotland but has strong family roots in Macroom, has developed a system by which a car can be fuelled by biobutanol, a whiskey powered biofuel. He successfully test-drove a standard Ford Focus, powered by biobutanol recently. No modifications were required. This infers that biobutanol may be an option for the replacement of current car and aircraft fuels. Driving under the influence will take on a whole new meaning.

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If the Shoe Fits at ‘Cinderella’ at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook


The 2017 – 18 Panto, presented by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board in the Riverside Park Hotel. Macroom on January 5, 6 and 7, was an unqualified success. How the Director and her crew manage 55 children aged 3years and upwards, as well as a teenage and adult cast, in a hotel ballroom, is an ongoing mystery and may, perhaps, be attributed to Panto Magic.
The four shows – two matinees and two evening performances over three days – were all sold out and left those involved both exhausted and exhilarated. Kelly Ann Healy was a beautiful and accomplished Cinderella, who remained the star of the show despite the hilarious antics of the very strong comics – the Dame, the King, the Ugly Sisters, the Prince (who seemed to have traits in common with the next British royal bridegroom) and Dandini. Buttons was perfect for his role and, as an added bonus, his miming of ‘A Model of a Modern Major General’ was superb.
As always, the children’s contribution was huge. Beautifully costumed, they performed numbers such as The Bright Side of Life, If my Friends Could See me Now, Enjoy Yourself, and, in the Sleepover scene, Me and My Teddy Bear, Christopher Robin and the very talented Aimee Twomey Prendeville sang Tomorrow from Annie. A bonus for parents at the night shows was that their performing children were already in their night attire after the show!
Macroom Youth Theatre Group, fresh from their success with Grease Lightning, made a great contribution to Cinderella. Beautifully choreographed and costumed, they added significantly to the Elvis and Joe Dolan segments, as well as helping with stage management. Soloists, Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne and Con Foley, excelled with Elvis songs, illustrated by projected images of the King.
Director, Ann Dunne, said that the use of projected settings contributed hugely to this year’s panto, enabling the audience to enjoy the children’s bedroom setting, Cinderella’s kitchen, the woodland, the exterior and interior of the royal palace and the ballroom, without physical props.
There was great audience reaction throughout to the local comedy, slapstick antics, singing and dancing, particularly with the tiny tots. The enthusiasm of the children is so encouraging and the excitement of make-up and getting to meet Cinderella everyday leading up to the performances certainly added to their enjoyment. Parents who willingly bring their children to rehearsal as well as supervising during performances are to be commended.
Hopefully, Macroom will have a proper theatre again in the not too distant future. But, judging from the projections for the restoration of the Briery Gap, this won’t happen in 2018. Perhaps with encouragement (and nagging) 2019 might be a possibility.

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Off to the Ball at ‘Cinderella’ at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cinderella Cast

Macroom’s 2017 – 2018 Panto was ‘Cinderella’, with Kelly Ann Healy in the title role and the Fairy Queen played by Lorraine Casey. Prince Charming was Donal Ó Ceallaigh and Dandini was played by Gerard Collins. The King was Pat Kelleher and his secretary was Mary Lynch. Jim Leahy was Dame Daisy and the Ugly Sisters were played by Pádraig O’Driscoll & Kevin Moynihan. Darragh Murphy was Buttons. David Leahy was postman and Con Foley, the palace guard.
Children’s Chorus: Amy Brown, Jane Brown, Alisha Callaghan, Julia Collins, Tadhg Crowley, John Crowley, Una Cummins, John Dunlea, Sophia Dunlea, Katie Hourihan, Emma Kelleher, Lauryn Kelleher, Cara Kelleher, Lia Kenny, Tess Kenny, Lilly Lambrou, Chloe Lambrou, Lanah Leavy, Sarah Lyons, Grace Lyons, Tara Lyons, Amy McCullagh, Lilly McCullagh, Molly McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Aoife McCarthy, Oisin McCarthy, Emily Mehigan, Grace Mehigan, Daniel Mulcahy, Siún Nì Dhuinnín, Éabha Ní Laoire. Cara O’Brien, Orla O’Brien, John O’Brien, Madeline O’Callaghan, Dorothy O’Callaghan, Isabelle O’Callaghan, Brid O’Driscoll, Máire O’Donovan, Laoise O’Flynn, Patrick O’Grady, Sophie O’Grady, Sean O’Mahony, Mary Jo O’Mahony, Mollie O’Mahoney, Liadan O’Regan, Kate O’Sullivan, Ted O’Sullivan, Anna O’Sullivan, Aimee Twomey Prendeville, Saoirse Twomey, Fionán Twomey, Doireann Vaughan.
Teenage Chorus: Clodagh O’Riordan, Ciara O’Riordan, Lara O’Sullivan, Anna Kyprianou, Rachel Dineen, Ciara Moynihan, Chantell Mason, Mary Sheehan, Evan Gallagher, Jane Kyrianou, Niamh White.
Child Soloists: Aimee Twomey Prendeville, Molly McCarthy, David Mulcahy.
Adult Soloists: Martin McCarthy, Julie Dunne, Con Foley.
Back Stage. Marketing; Aidan Vaughan. Children’s Registration Co-Ordinator: Alisheen O’Connell. Lighting —Jon Mathers. Sound – Mark McMillan. Projection - Denis Collins. Choreographer- Margot Carlisle. Costumes Rita O’Brien, Jennifer O’Sullivan, Eimear Nash, Yvonne Twomey, Clare O’Brien, Carmel McCarthy, Ted Cronin’s Drapery, Ali Browne Drapery, Nomac Productions, Waterford. Make Up—Eleanor Healy. Stage Manager – Denis Noonan. Stage Set and Props—Martin Coughlan, Pat O’Connell, and Tony Ring.
Orchestra: Piano – Anne Egan. Guitar – Liam Kent. Violin- Orla Dineen. Percussion – Padraig Dineen, Cello- Caoibhe Moynihan
Director and Script Writer—Ann Dunne

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Photographer par excellence, Dennis Dinneen © Dennis Dinneen Collection

Award for Dennis Dinneen Exhibition.

‘Ticket’ is The Irish Times Arts supplement on Saturdays and in the December 16th edition, it published its 2017 award winners. Readers select the best films, books, TV shows etc. Included is a section for exhibitions.
Small Town Portraits was an exhibition of Dennis Dinneen’s photographs held in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 2017. It was placed 3rd, behind Beyond Caravaggio; Caravaggio and his Followers and Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, both held in The National Gallery of Ireland. The critic, Aidan Dunne, wrote, ‘Small Town Portraits, featuring the work of Macroom photographer Dennis Dinneen (1927-1985), enjoyed exceptional word-of-mouth. Not only did Dinneen’s photography recall a bygone era in Irish small town life, it was richly informative of the spirit of the times and not in a cosy, nostalgic way’.
Fortunately, Dennis Dinneen’s photos survive and many can be seen in Seán Mac Suibhne’s book, Muskerry Through the Lens of Dennis Dinneen. Dennis’s family and particularly his son, Lawrence, continue to preserve the wonderful legacy of the photos. By Con Kelleher

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Macroom Flower Club members Mary O'Brien, Nuala O'Connell, Mary Murray,Eileen Kelly, Nora Gallagher and Winifred Lynch present a cheque of €1,500 to Dr. Jason van De Velde to support the West Cork Rapid Response service. ©Con Kelleher

St. Mary’s Updates.

Athletics - St. Mary’s win Gold. On December 8th, seven first years and one second year travelled to Riverstick to compete in the Post Primary Schools Cross Country Challenge races. The St. Mary’s girls ran a super race in trying conditions and were awarded Team Gold medals. Four of the athletes, Rachel Kelleher (3rd), Lisa Kingston (7th), Aoife Downey (9th) and Brigin Kelleher (10th) were placed in the top ten individual medal winners. Other members of this very talented team were Laura Meaney, Siobhan O’Leary and Patrycia Wyka. Ciara Bradley (Second Year) ran a superb race in the very harsh conditions to finish in the top 20.
Football. Our senior footballers had an impressive win over St. Ann’s Tipperary in Charleville and are now into the Munster semi-final. The team showed great enthusiasm and very high levels of fitness and endurance on a wet and cold afternoon, to come out on top against a very good St. Anne’s team. Well done girls.
Young Scientists St. Mary’s had a bumper year, with a whopping seven projects accepted for the BT Young Scientist Competition. Eighteen of our brightest students will represent the school in January in the RDS. We wish them every success in the competition!
Christmas Dinner St. Mary’s celebrated Christmas early December 7, when all the students and staff were treated to a beautiful turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. All the hard work involved in the food preparation was done by our Canteen Manager, Trish Long. We owe Trish a huge debt of gratitude for this annual event which all the students thoroughly enjoyed. The lunch was followed by a festive sing-song which showcased the fantastic talent we have in our school, along with a table quiz which was organized by the Student Council.

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St. Mary's students enjoy the Christmas Party with Santa. ©An Scoil

 Carol Service St. Mary’s, together with St. Joseph’s Primary School, had a prayerful Carol Service on December 7th in St. Colman’s Church, where their lovely renditions of carols and Christmas songs was excellent and gave us an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Díospóireacht Comhghairdeachas le Eilís Ní Ghealbháin, Aoibhe Ní Mhurchú agus Cáit Ní Mhurchú ón gcúigiú bliain a ghlac páirt i gComórtas leath-chraobh, Díospóireacht Ghael-Linn ar an 12ú Nollag. S’é an rún a bhí á phlé acu ná ‘Ba cheart deireadh a chur le cuntas Twitter Donald Trump’. Bhí siad ag labhairt i bhfábhar an rúin. D’éirigh go hiontach leo sa chomórtas ach is trua nár éirigh leo dul ar aghaidh go dtí an Craobh Réigiúnach. Tá gach éinne sa scoil ana-bhródúil as iarrachtaí ár gcailíní. Scoil Mhuire Abú!
Religion Department. Students of St. Mary’s contributed letters and poems to the annual Diocesan Magazine ‘Searching’. Leaving Cert students, Kate Brady and Rachel McCarthy, had articles printed, as did many other second and fifth year students. This writing endeavour allows students to present their opinions on church life in a formal way. St. Mary’s school contributed the most articles in the diocese, with Carolyn O’Donovan, fifth year, receiving a prize from Fr. Gerard Condon, the Diocesan Advisor. Well done to all who contributed.
Apprentice Chef. A group of Transition year students recently attended The Apprentice Chef Presentation in Waterford IT. Students from all over the country attended. The competition is run in the food and culinary arts Dept of the ITs in Waterford and Tralee. Students are asked to design and create an award winning dish using fresh local ingredients. Two students will be representing St Marys in a cook off in Tralee IT in February.

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Macroom Youthreach Choir singing carols and collecting for Simon before Christmas. ©Con Kelleher

 Macroom Library

2018 Resolutions. If any of you have made New Year’s resolutions we may have books that could help you with them. How to give up smoking for example, books on keeping fit, eating healthier, whipping your garden into shape, learning to play an instrument? There are books for every idea. But perhaps your resolution is just to read more books, full stop! The new national loan system means library members have access to the resources of all the public libraries in the country, so no shortage of choice and all for free.
Opening Hours. Macroom library is open Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 to 5.30 and Tuesday 10.00 to 7.30. Photo I.D and proof of address is required to join.
Fixtures. January music morning will be presented by Connie Foley on Friday 12th January at 11.am until 12.30. We invite new members to the Creative writing group which meets in the library second Tuesday of every month at 5.30. If you want to write in a supportive environment this might be your thing. It’s too late for January but February’s date is Tuesday the 13th. Ciorcal Cainte will be on 11th and 25th January at 11.30 for an hour with Nora Levis. This is a friendly and informal get together of people who like Irish and enjoy an opportunity to practice it over a cup of tea or coffee. You don’t need to be a fluent speaker by any means. The Purlies meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month so the next scheduled meeting is Thursday 18th January at 11.am. Again you don’t need to be a brilliant knitter/crocheter to participate, anyone who wants to knit and natter is welcome. Tea and coffee served. Children’s storytime every Saturday at 12 noon for interested 3-8 year olds.

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Festive fun at Macroom Parkrun. ©

Local Television

Wed. Jan. 10. 9.30pm. The Holy Show 1982 at the Palace Cinema Macroom. .
Sun. Jan. 14. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from St Gobnait’s Ballyvourney, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 17. 9.30pm. Holy Show 1984 at Palace Cinema Macroom. .
Sun. Jan. 21. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special Talk by Fr McCarthy, Macroom, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 24. 9.30pm. Éigse 1993 and 1995 from the Abbey and Mills, Ballyvourney. .
Sun. Jan. 28. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass at Carrigastyra Famine Graveyeard 1997, followed by repeat of Wednesday programme.
Wed. Jan. 31. 9.30pm. Scoraíocht from Castle Hotel Macroom, November 2017, presented by Maurice Healy Part 1.

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Lee Valley Enterprise Board’s 2nd Christmas Draw at Deasy’s Pharmacy, from left, Eileen McSweeney, Deasy’s; Laura Creedon, Flower of Macroom; Miriam Heals, Deasy’s; Pat O’Connell and Jo Lovell, LVEB. ©Lee Valley Outlook


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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 Walk on Sunday, 14th January. A short 4K - Ceim Daunt / Island Loop. Free raffle for all who take part - for spot prizes not given out on St. Stephen’s Day due to adverse weather! Thanks to our sponsors- Joe Creedon, Molly Slater, Tom Creedon and Bernie Kelleher. Please return sponsorship cards/ money for the Tidy Towns fundraiser to any member. Meet for walk at Hall at 2pm - cuppa afterwards and raffle draw. All welcome.
Lee Valley Speakers will meet on Tuesday, 16th of January and February 6 2018 at 8pm in the Castle Hotel Macroom. Anyone interested in learning about public speaking is welcome.
Kilmurry Historical KHAA proudly presents Peadar Ó Riada, Seán Ó Sé and Guests in Concert in Éire Óg Ovens on Saturday February 17th at 8pm. Tickets €20 from Mary (087) 6568110 or Eventbrite www.kilmurrymuseum.ie
Canovee Win Canovee girls were victorious over Glenville in Páirc Uí Rinn. At half time Glenville were up by 3 points to no score. During the second half, Canovee came out fighting, with scores from Emer McCarthy, captain Grace Kiernan and Roisín Coughlan put 3 points on the score board. At that point Glenville were feeling the pressure. Vice-captain Laoise Burns found space in the box and finished to the back of the net. Glenville scored the final point of the game but it was not enough as the final whistle blew. The final score was 1-3 to 0-4.
LVEB 2nd Christmas Draw on Wednesday 20th December. Maureen O’Grady, Mountmassey. Mary Garrett, Ard na Greine-Murphy’s Costcutters. Evelyn Murphy, Dripsey -Cotter’s Printers. Killian Lynch, Ballyverane -Golden’s. Killian Lynch, Ballyverane -Golden’s. Cecilia Lynch, New Street. Cotter’s Printers. Kathleen Galvin, Inchigeela -T.M. Cronin’s. Ony Hallissey, Castlecourt- Macroom-e Park. Mary Curtin, Carechoice- Carechoice. John F Murphy, Ballymichael, Lissarda -Cork Co-Op Marts, Macroom
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto; Dec. 23. Jackpot €4,300. Numbers drawn 21, 40, 41. No winner. €50 Judy Kenneally Ballinagree €20 Claire Ambrose Cahirbaroule, Con & Noreen Healy Leades Cross, Jason McCarthy Bealnamorrive, Patrick Roche Curraghanerla.
30th Dec. Jackpot €4,450. Numbers drawn 1, 3, 33. No winner. €50 Hugh Kelleher Kilberrihert €20 each: Ellen Coakley Derryroe, Mick Regan Àrd na Grèine Macroom, Ann & JP Lane, Annefield, Old Kerry Rd., Rylane, Nora & Bina O'Sullivan Knockglas.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Results. 20/12/2017. Jackpot €4400. One winner. Rebecca & Gary O'Brien. Seller: Helen O'Brien. €150 Hamper - Cian Creedon, Bawnmore. Brandy - Paddy Lynch Jnr., Carrigaphooka. Brandy - Anthony Kelleher, The Lawn, Macroom. Brandy - Chris Crowley, The Village. Whiskey - Pat O’Brien, Curraleigh Whiskey - Paul Burke, 11 O’Mahony Place Whiskey - Gerard Murphy, Berrings
3/1/2018. Jackpot: €1,200. No Winner. €70 Michael McSweeney, Barrett’s Place, Macroom. €20 Jenny Kelleher, Ard na Gréine, Macroom. Jim Good, c/o The Pub, Carriganima. Christy Ring, Carriganima. Declan Barrett, c/o MCP.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 19/12/2017. Jackpot €5,400. No Winner, Numbers drawn: 8-18-33. No Winner. €70 Margaret Kelly, Barrett’s Place. €20 each: Pauline Harrington, Toames. Dan Griffin C/O T.P. Cotters. Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe. P.O'Connor & Denis Moloney, c/o Murray's Bar. Paddy Murphy, Dromree.
02/1/2018. Jackpot €5.600. No Winner. Numbers drawn: 5-13-15. €70 Kathleen Lyons, c/o McCarthy's Newsagents €20 each: Diarmuid & Breda Mc Carthy, The Square. Mary Lehane, Glen Park. Denise Moloney, Main Street. Adam Murnane, 18 The Lawn. Gene McSweeney, c/o Evelyn Mc Sweeney.
Macroom Golf Club Lotto 26th Dec: Jackpot €2200. Numbers Drawn: 5, 6, 11. No winner. €40-Flor McCarthy, Crookstown €20-Tim O'Callaghan c/o SuperValu €20- Aidan Kelleher Dromree
Coachford AFC Lotto: 23/12/2017. Jackpot: €6,000. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 25 – 34. No Winner. €40 Timmy Griffin. €20 Siobhán Hogan, Geraldine Daly, Patrick O’Callaghan, Sophie O’Shea.
2/1/2018. Jackpot: €6,200. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 6 – 12. No Winner. €40 Pat Griffin. €20 Colm, Vicky & Jack, Kate Murphy, Lisa Murphy, James Bergin.
8/1/2018. Jackpot: €6,400. Numbers Drawn: 10 – 24 – 36. Winner: Dan O’Mahony. €40 Patsy Murphy. €20 Colm, Vicky & Jack, Cian & Alex Cotter, Gillian Sewell, Barry Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Macroom ploughing match 2018 at Teergay, Kilbarry Drone photo © Richard Cotter

Sun Shines on Macroom Ploughing

 Macroom Ploughing Association held their annual Ploughing Match as planned, on Sunday January 7 on the lands of Angela Leonard, Teergay. Having had many disappointing matches - weather wise - over the last few years, the organisers couldn’t help but feel a buzz with an excellent site complete with parking facilities, and the sun shining as the competitors, 58 in all, arrived in force. It was all hands on deck as the committee set about their duties, ably assisted by volunteers, who gave up their day off to assist at parking and stewarding. Proceedings got underway at 12 and spectators poured on to the site for the rest of the afternoon.
Competitors and their helpers were all treated to dinner in Coolcower House, compliments of Macroom Ploughing, and later, the results were announced. The Club would like to thank the Landowner, Angela Leonard, and the Buckley Family for all their assistance and co operation on the day. They would also like to thank all those who helped, including the Gardai, to make it a great success story. A big ‘Thank You’ to Sponsors, without whom there would not be a successful Ploughing Group in Macroom and to all the spectators who give so generously at the gate.
Thanks to Coolcower House for their facilities and good food; to the photographers, especially Sean McSweeney who readily makes himself available at all times and to Richard Cotter, who took some excellent photos with his Drone.
Last but not least, thanks to all the young male and female competitors who take part in the Local Classes. This is a big factor in keeping the organisation ticking over.

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Ploughing a straight furrow at Macroom Ploughing Match ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing Results 2018

Senior Barry O’Sullivan, Kieran Coakley, Jim Grace, John A O’Donovan, John Murphy
Intermediate Jimmy Nyhan, Jackie O’Driscoll
Ladies Rachel O’Driscoll
U28 Ger Kirby, Aidan O’Donovan, David Walsh
U21 Ian O’Farrell, James O’Sullivan, Andrew O’Donovan
3 Furrow Conventional John Keohane, Matthew Coakley, Kevin O’Riordan
2 Furrow U 28 Reversible Conor O’Farrell
Senior Reversible Jer Coakley, Liam O’ Driscoll, Michael Wycherley
3Furrow Reversible Dan Hurley, Tim Lawlor, Padraig Walsh ,
Vintage hydraulic John O’Neill, Cian Ryan, Maurice Sheehy
Confined hydraulic James Keohane, Ita Wisersema. Sean McCarthy
Vintage trailer Michael Bennett, John Wolfe.
Single furrow Gordon Jennings
Horse J.J. Delaney
Local beginners Con Buckley, Brendan Lehane, Denis Coakley
Local 3 furrow reversible Gerard Coakley, Donnacha Buttimer, Michael McCarthy
Local 3 furrow Gerard Kelleher, Billy Wiseman, Dan F.O’Riordan, Johnny White, James Downey
Macra Jerh Buckley
LOY Adrian Grace

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Bricfeasta na Nollag á céiliúradh sa Mhuileann le Raidió na Gaeltachta agus An Saol ó Dheas. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

 Development Group: will be hosting their annual Adult Christmas /New Year party on Sunday, January 14 at 2pm. Food, entertainment, dancing , raffle, all that is required to make it a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon in the middle of winter.
Married v Singles: The renowned Married v Singles match took place again this year despite the dreadful weather on St. Stephen’s Day. Well done to all who took part and to those who organised it. The amount of €1,062 was raised for Epilepsy Ireland in memory of James O’Callaghan.
Drive Time in Carriganima: Graham Clifford of Radio 1 Drive Time rolled into the pub in Carriganima on January 4 to see how they celebrate Women’s Christmas.. He interviewed a few local ladies and the craic was mighty. The women rounded off his interview with a rendering of ‘Bold Thady Quill’. Moment of fame for Carriganima. Anyone who would like to hear that interview can check it out on the Millstreet website.

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Angels at Inchigeela N.S. Nativity play. ©An Scoil

Inchigeela Updates

Returned Exiles. Many Iveleary people returned for a short holiday to their families and old homes at Christmas time, as they have done for many years in the past. A noticeable difference in recent times is the many countries in which they now live. We had visitors from Canada, Australia, the USA, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and of course, England, where so many went, in past times. They were all made very welcome and we hope that they had a pleasant break.
Christmas Celebrations. The choirs in both Inchigeela and Ballingeary churches must be praised for the beautiful rendering of the hymns and festive songs at Christmas time. Ballingeary Pipe Band played at both churches and it certainly was a novel and inspiring experience when about twenty pipers and drummers strike up tunes connected with the season. It is heartening to see so many new band members and to see that the band is going from strength to strength recently. Long may it continue.
Christmas Snippets. All three parish villages looked beautiful for Christmas, with outdoor Christmas trees and the festive, traditional candle in the window. Well done to the Tidy Towns volunteers who sourced and set up lovely trees and twinkling lights. Your effort was well worth it. The bumper games of cards and bingo in Inchigeela hall were a great success, with a donation in each case going to charity. Congrats to those who ran the events.
The Cooleen Walk was completed on New Year’s Day and was a good cure for the cabin fever and over indulgence connected with Christmas.
Bridge Repairs. We are told by our public reps that plans to repair the Derrivane river bridge are at an advanced stage. It appears that the cause for delay in dealing with it was the complexity of the engineering challenge to widen the Derrivane Road, while at the same time not narrowing the river.
Tidy Towns Notice. As horrible weather marred the fundraising walk planned for St Stephens’s day, it is proposed to do the sponsored walk of the Céim Daunt and River Island Loop on Sunday next, 14th January. Meet at 2pm at Parish Hall. The walk is a short 5Km. Valuable donated spot prizes which were not given out on St Stephen’s Day will be raffled on Sunday. Please return sponsorship cards and money to any member. Donations gratefully received. Please support the efforts of the Tidy Towns Committee.

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Jerh O'Sullivan and Conor O'Riordan of Broomhill Vintage Club presenting a cheque of €4,000 to Norma O’Callaghan of CUH Children's Unit at O'Riordan's Bar, Coachford ©

Coachford Updates

Illegal dumping. Cork County Council has come in for some heavy criticism from Coachford Tidy Towns. The recyclable bottle banks in Coachford were once again overflowing over the Christmas holiday period. "There is an ongoing issue with the bottle banks in Coachford. They always seem to get full very quickly and it takes some time before the County Council gets around to emptying them. When they are full, it leads to a major litter problem at the bins. Instead of taking their recyclables to another centre or taking them home, some people leave their bottles and cans at the bins and this makes the place untidy and dirty. We contacted the Council before Christmas, asking them to empty the bins, but for some reason it wasn't done and we were left cleaning the whole place up between Christmas and New Year" said Peter Dineen of the Coachford Tidy Towns. Coachford Recyclable bins are one of the busiest in the county.
Medal Presentation. Aghabullogue Camogie Club had another successful year in 2017. The U13s, U15s and U18s all brought trophies home to the parish. The girls played some terrific games against very strong opponents but thankfully, always came out on top. Their skill level and pure determination were just two of the factors that allowed them to have such a successful year in 2017. Many clubs would be thrilled to get their hands on one trophy a year. Aghabullogue are over the moon to capture three. The Medal Presentation and Victory Dinner Dance for the winning teams took place in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on December 30th. The medals were presented by the legendary dual star, holder of 18 All Ireland medals and victorious Cork Senior Camogie Captain, Rena Buckley. Muskerry Board Chairperson, Rose Malone was also present to honour the teams and the club.

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Starshine at Coachford N.S Christmas Show © An Scoil

Coachford College Dance Off is taking place again this year. The students (and some teachers) from Coachford College will be dancing their hearts out in aid of Marymount Hospice on Friday January 19th. This was a great night’s entertainment last year and promises to be just as good this year. Don’t miss it! Admission for adults is only €10 and students and children only have to cough up €5. The first dancers will take to the floor at 7.30pm.
50/50 Winner. Congrats to Aodhagán Ó Buachalla, Lyons Tce. Coachford who was the winner in the December 50/50 raffle. Aodhagán won a cool €190. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to all the businesses that support it every month. It all starts again for the January draw. Get your tickets now.
Great day’s racing. The organisers of the Aghabullogue Point to Point racing enjoyed a very successful event. The weather was dry but cold. The racing was good and a large crowd from all over the county and the community turned up to enjoy a great day out. The Parents Association from Aghabullogue N.S. ran the catering tent and their hot delicious soup was in great demand. The bookies, as usual did well but at times they had to pay out to some canny punters.
Over 60’s Talent Competition. The great Paddy O’Brien is bringing his Over 60s Talent Competition to Coachford in March. This is a fabulous evening full of song and music, stories and craic. Contestants can take to the stage and perform almost anything. The only rule is that you are over 60. For more information contact 086 8678207.
Concert in the Church. Rylane Community Park Association will host a Choral Evening in St. Olan’s Church, Rylane on Saturday 24 February at 8pm. This gorgeous concert will feature the Cork Garda Choir, the Wilcollane Singers , the Bravura Strings and a very special guest. Tickets at €20 are available in Crowley’s Post Office, Rylane and from committee members.
Lotto Winner. Huge Congratulations to Dan O’Mahony Coachford who won the Jackpot in the Coachford AFC lotto. Dan won a massive €6,400 when his numbers;10, 24 & 36 were pulled out. Next week’s jackpot is a well worth winning €1,000. Get your tickets early.

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Members of Bengour Harvest Festival Committee presenting € 40,200 cheque to Marymount Hospice, ACT, C. U.H. and Cork Cancer Research (Break Through Cancer) ©Peter Scanlan

Wax Night in Ballyvourney

A second annual wax night in The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, raised just under €1,600 for Cork Mental Health Foundation/ Housing Association, a remarkable charity which promotes positive mental health throughout Cork City and County. They support many awareness raising projects such as running information seminars and offer a range of services to schools, such as a public speaking project, mental health awareness workshops, and presentations to both students and teachers. The charity is also a housing organisation which actively supports and empowers people who experience mental health difficulties in the community through the building and management of high quality social housing. Especially around this time of year, it is important for people going through any mental health difficulties to know what resources are available. Although Cork Mental Health Foundation is not a crisis service, support can be provided by calling Samaritans on 116123


Ruby Anniversary for Macroom FC. Part 4

By Darragh Deasy.

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Macroom Under 12 Girls’ Soccer team ©

Underage Growth
Looking back to the latter part of the last century and to the turn of the Millenium, more and more underage sides were entered into competition. Initially, the schoolboy teams played in the West Cork league but after a few years the club reverted to the Cork Schoolboys league. Schoolboy teams from U12 to U16 were now able to pit themselves against the top traditional clubs from Cork City. Beginning in the lower grades, the teams gradually have made their way to the higher levels as league and cup wins as well as promotions have become a regular feature. As things stand in 2017, there are 17 underage teams who represent Macroom FC in both competitive and non competitive football. These range from U7 all the way up to U16 and every age group at schoolboys level has at least one team. There are huge numbers of boys and girls playing soccer. Last season, the U12 and U14 girls were promoted. In May 2017, the U12 girls played in the CWSSL Cup final in Turner's Cross. Although defeated, it was amazing to see the huge support they had and the enthusiasm from the players and supporters was surely never envisaged way back in 1977. This season, such is the interest that a second U12 girls team has been entered. Brian Murphy, Mick Goold, Tim Murphy and many parents are carrying out superb work at schoolgirl level.

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Macroom FC officials, coaches and players with Paul Cronin of Innovation Gym. ©

 The very same commitment from coaches and parents is evident across the many schoolboy teams, with Rhys Hopkins, Gearoid Griffin, PJ Herlihy, Kevin Lucey, James Neville, Noel Leahy, Noel Lyons, Gerry Moss, Chris Brown and Stephen Buckley just some of many volunteers. There are three U12 boys’ teams, two U14 teams playing competitively and our U16 boys compete brilliantly in the Premier league. All in all, underage soccer is in a fantastic place at the club. The safety of all children is the top priority for Macroom FC. Child welfare officer, Lelia Murphy, does great work ensuring Garda Vetting and that all other safety guidelines from the FAI are in place. The creation of an environment where all children can feel safe to enjoy and express themselves, regardless of ability, is of paramount importance. The outstanding work of all coaches and volunteers in the underage sections must be pointed out. Many have been involved for a good few years and many are relatively new to the club. New members are always welcome as Macroom FC is constantly looking for ways to improve and move forward. The arrival of new members with different skills and ideas helps greatly to keep a freshness throughout the club.

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Macroom AFC U-13s who beat Kinsale 3-2 in a cup match in Murrayfield, with manager, Paul Coleman. ©Con Kelleher

With Thanks
Over the decades, the business community and general public have given massive support to the many fundraising activities that have been undertaken. Examples of such fundraisers are first scorer cards (during the 80s), Race Nights, Bag Packing and International ticket draws. Also, the sponsorship of jerseys and club gear is vital and most welcome. Furthermore, the many businesses and private individuals throughout the town who facilitate the selling of lotto tickets and all those who purchase them, have made a positive contribution. This is very much appreciated and has been critical in helping the club reach the 40 year milestone. Such support is coupled with the time given by each and every club member, both past and present, who contribute or have contributed their free time to help run the club. Without this, Macroom FC simply would not exist. There have been many great players and members who have each played their part over four decades. All of this has combined to leave the club in a healthy, thriving position with a superb history and an even brighter future ahead. Darragh Deasy P.R.O.

 Looking Back on Main St. Macroom

By Con Kelleher
John O’Farrell has lived all his life in Macroom’s Main Street. Son of Paddy (Victualler and dealer) and Ellen (Nell) Neville, he was born in Macroom in the ‘30s. Paddy’s father, a cattle dealer, came from Youghal. Paddy opened the butcher shop in the early ‘40s and continued to deal in animals. Recently, John celebrated a significant birthday and around that time, he showed me some old photos and spoke of times past.
John’s older brothers, Michael, Dick and Neville, have passed away, and John lives with his sister, Anne. Michael and Dick were twins but Michael died from an infection at the age of 8. John attended the convent, St. Colman’s Boys’ N.S. and De la Salle until he was 14 years old. Dickson Collins, Main Street, was his schoolboy chum. Others in his class were Connie Browne (father of Richard, the dentist, Castle Street), John Joe Kearney, Jerry Kelleher, Michael Canny, ‘Junior’ O’Shea and Barry O’Sullivan, South Square. John joined the family trade of ‘dealing’ – he didn’t much like working in the butcher’s shop and spent little time there. This was of course in an era before Sales Yards and marts. Dealing was done on the farm or at Fairs - Macroom Sales Yard opened in 1967. Dealers sent their purchases to the cattle factories – John dealt mostly with Roscrea Meats. Pigs were sent to Denny’s or Lunham’s. Often, the deals were facilitated by a ‘jobber’ who was a go-between, and ‘scored’ with money when a deal was completed successfully. A deal was signalled by the ritual of a spit and a slap, and was frequently followed by a trip to the pub. While John dealt mostly in cattle, he also bought sheep and pigs and the bill heading was ‘‘O’Farrells, Macroom, Dealers in Cattle, Sheep and Pigs’’. O’Farrells also had the motto: “Always pleased to meet you: Always meat to please you”. Dan Joe Kelleher and his family were competitors, as were pig dealers, Michael (Mika) Healy, New Street and Jerome Kelleher.
The advent of the marts spelled the demise of a certain kind of cattle dealing. However, this opened another door. John, Micheál McSweeney and Dónal Lehane, his friends and fellow (pig) dealers, bought Long’s Petrol pumps and some land at the end of Cork Street. Later, they bought the site of Looney’s Mill, Cork St., unfortunately burned in 1956. The mill re-opened for a period but was never the same and Macroom Oatmeal was subsequently made in Massytown. Together, the three colleagues founded Macroom Motor Services and this has morphed into one of the biggest Toyota garages in the province. John left the business some years ago. He says he was never a great judge of cars. But he was a great ‘people’ person and faultlessly decent and this contributed handsomely to the success of the venture.
Politics was another big interest and he canvassed many times for the recently deceased Dónal Creed. Dónal was a wonderful man, and a superb candidate, and was re-elected every time he stood. John was also a great admirer of Liam Cosgrave, ex Taoiseach, who also died in 2017. Cosgrave attended many racing meetings and John had a great chat with him during a recent encounter at Fairyhouse. Cheltenham in March was an annual pilgrimage for John for many years.
Outside of business, John had a great concern for the wellbeing of the town and its people. He owned greyhounds over the years and was a regular at coursing meetings and the greyhound track in Cork on most Wednesdays and Saturday nights. John had to attend a surgeon in England for a serious complaint. After several operations, he finally recovered. True to form, John became great friends with the surgeon, and when the doctor died, he was invited to his funeral. Many have been the recipients of John’s kindness and generosity over the years and all the while, he maintains his calm, composure and humility.

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Macroom Square taken by The Cork Examiner. Notice just two cars and one man on his bicycle. It reflects the lack of wealth and economic activity at the time of the Economic War. ©Irish Examiner

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McNamara’s Butcher shop, Main St., and John’s current residence, the front of which is the office of Killian Lynch, Auctioneer. The man at the door is probably George McNamara. Note the carcases hanging outside the shop, with perhaps blood on the ground. Later, the shop was a sweet /grocery shop run by Nell O’Farrell, John’s mother, and it has a special place in the writer’s memory. My kindly older sister, Chrissie, now deceased, had the job of bringing me to school on my first day. Unimpressed by the idea, I planked my bottom in the front door of the shop and refused to go any farther. The crisis was resolved with the purchase of a ‘Crunchie’.©
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 Twins Dick and Michael O’Farrell, their parents Paddy and Nell and their dog (probably in the mid 1930s) on the steps of Macroom Castle, a frequently used photographic backdrop before its demolition ©

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Fair Day in Macroom in the late ‘50s ©Dennis Dinneen Collection, probably taken in the late ‘50s. Animals were bought on the side of the street by dealers.

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The opening of Macroom Sales Yard – later Macroom Mart ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

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Long's Garage and Petrol pumps in 1950s, Lower Cork Street   ©Dennis Dinneen Collection


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Looney’s mill after the fire of 8/12/1956 ©Dennis Dinneen Collection The fire hastened the demise of the mill, one of several then operating in Macroom. Some of the others were Walton’s/ Creedon’s, Denis (Muttie) O’Brien’s, Five Star, off Main Street, Bealick, Danny Lucey’s and T.P. Cotter’s. Looney’s was run by Eddie and had been built by his father, John, in the ‘30s and produced an early version of Macroom Oatmeal and crushed grain. Michael Hurley, Martin Hurley’s grandfather worked there, as did Christy Murphy, Lower Cork Street. Pat Sheehy, Cork Street, was only 3 at the time of the fire and can remember the excitement of the event. Christy clearly recalls the fire. He was working on an oil lorry based at the New Bridge, and remembers the petrol pumps being still warm as he passed. Pat said pigs were kept at the rear of the mill and they too died in the blaze. The account in the next Southern Star, 15/12/1956, mentioned that the mill ‘was completely gutted by fire on Saturday morning. The contents included a quantity of grain, plant and machinery.’ The concern of the fire brigade was to prevent the ‘outbreak from spreading to the adjoining private dwellings and to the garage of Mid Cork Motor Co. on the opposite side of the street. The glass fittings of the petrol pumps were broken. The damage was estimated at £5,000’ - more than €100,000 by today’s value.
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John, Dónal and Madeleine Creed, Liam Cosgrave, John T. Collins, Tommy O’Connell, J.J. Hinchion, Nicholas Dromey and others at a Fine Gael District Executive Meeting in 1968 ©Dennis Dinneen Collection

Flora Sandes, a Woman Soldier in World War I

Muskerry Local History Society is presenting a very interesting lecture on Flora Sandes by Marie McCarthy. Although born in England, Sandes' father and mother were Irish, and all her older brothers and sisters were born in Ireland. She served in World War I, initially as a Nursing Assistant in Serbia and was then recruited into the Royal Serbian Army Forces as a soldier. She was later promoted a Sergeant-Major and won Serbia's highest military honour. Her story is one of bravery and determination. The lecture will be held at 8.00 pm on Monday, 15 January, in Ballincollig Rugby Club.


Co-habitant’s Rights of Inheritance

Dear Karen,
My mother died years ago and my father has been living alone ever since. He has a farm of over 100 acres. He is now relatively elderly but has recently met a younger woman who has since moved in with him. I, of course, want my father to be happy, but there is a possibility that this woman is just using him for his wealth and I am wondering if she might have any entitlement to his assets after he passes away?
Dear Reader,
There is a very good chance this new woman in your father’s life who is making him happy has his best interests at heart. However, I understand your concern, as naturally, you want what’s best for your father but you don’t want to see him being taken advantage of. However, you must always remember that your father is his own man and we must presume that he is capable of making his own decisions. It is his farm and he can decide to do with it as he wishes. Having said that, it is generally the position that assets such as a family farm will be passed down to the next generation and you would naturally like them to remain in the family. There are a few issues that need to be discussed to address your query.
What right will a co-habiting woman have to my father’s property?
The short answer is this woman will have no automatic right to your father’s property upon death. Under the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, this woman may acquire some rights after a period of 5 years of co-habiting. This will ultimately be at the discretion of a court, as a judge will decide if she is entitled to anything out of your father’s estate. This woman would have to make a court application seeking redress out of your father’s estate. There is the opportunity available to your father and this woman to put an agreement in place to exclude themselves from the provisions under the 2010 Act. This could, in effect, protect the woman’s own property and protect your father’s property.
It is important that your father keeps his will up to date with his current situation. This may provide you with peace of mind, but if your father was to remarry, any will made prior to this remarriage will become invalid. Your father must keep this in mind, as when a parent dies without leaving a valid Will, his or her legal spouse is entitled to 2/3 of the estate. When a parent dies with a valid Will, his or her legal spouse is entitled to 1/3 of the estate.
We always recommend in situations like this, when your father is elderly, that he should put in place an Enduring Power of Attorney. This will protect your father’s interests if he is to become of unsound mind in his later years. It is a relatively simple document that must be put in place prior to someone becoming of unsound mind. In these scenarios often your father will have a strong mind about what he wishes to do with his assets. Any person creating an Enduring Power of Attorney must be someone that he trusts and knows will carry out his wishes if he was to become seriously ill in the future. A doctor’s report is vital when signing an Enduring Power of Attorney as it must be shown that the donor is of sound disposing mind at the time of signing. It is not a retrospective document that can be signed after someone becomes of unsound mind.
To return to your original query regarding whether this woman will have any claim to your father’s assets upon death. In the event that your father has a legally valid will explaining exactly what he wishes to happen to his assets in the event of his death, then there is very little you or your siblings can do to ensure that this woman does not receive a specific bequest in his will. In the event that your father does not leave a valid will, then you as a child will have a specific right to a share of your father’s estate, to be divided amongst his children. This woman, not being a child, civil partner or spouse, would have no automatic right to a share of your father’s estate but there is the possibility that she could make a court application making a claim for redress out of his estate.
Karen Walsh, from a farming background, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors, 17, South Mall, Cork (021-4270200), and author of ‘Farming and the Law’. Walsh & Partners also specialises in personal injury claims, conveyancing, probate and family law. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.


Polytunnels. Generally speaking it’s far too wintery outside to sow seeds, but the polytunnel is a place that doesn’t abide by any strict rules. In fact, polytunnel owners can extend their season at both ends – starting a little earlier and keeping going a little later. It’s a great time of the year to clean your polytunnel and get rid of any buildup of dirt and green mould which will decrease the amount of light available to plants over time. A long handled soft brush with a bucket of hot soapy water is the best job for this. A ladder might be needed for getting to the top of the tunnel. Use a hose to rinse. Repeat on the inside (you might need to wear rain gear!). Stop tears and rips in the plastic from turning in to something more serious using special polytunnel repair tape.
Plan. This is the time to decide where and what you are going to grow this year. Consider building or buying raised vegetable beds. Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes. Turn over the soil in February only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it’s too early for digging! “Chit” seed potatoes – put them in a container (e.g. used egg carton or empty seed tray) and leave them in a bright warm place to sprout.

Sports Mad

GAA Cork County Championship Draws 2018

Note the new format in the senior championships, with divisions/ colleges playing off in separate sections, with two teams to emerge for the subsequent 16 team open draw.

Senior Hurling Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

One Mid Cork team: Muskerry
Round 1
(A) UCC v Carrigdhoun
(B) CIT v Carbery
(C) Imokilly v MUSKERRY
(D) Duhallow v Avondhu
Round 2 (Winners from Round 1)
A v D. B v C

Senior Hurling Championship (Clubs Section)

Round 1
(A) Killeagh v Douglas
(B) Midleton v Bishopstown
(C) Sarsfields v Ballyhea
(D) Erins Own v Bride Rovers
(E) Carrigtwohill v Blackrock
(F) Ballymartle v Glen Rovers
(G) Na Piarsaigh v Bandon
(H) Newtownshandrum v Kanturk
(I) Newcestown v St Finbarr's
Round 2
F v C. D v G. H v B. A v I. losers of E a bye

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) Mallow v Cloyne
(B) Fermoy v Carrigaline
(C) Kilworth v Charleville
(D) Fr O' Neills v Aghada
(E) Watergrasshill v Ballinhassig
(F) Youghal v Castlelyons
(G) Valley Rovers v BLARNEY
(H) Courcey Rovers v INNISCARRA
Round 2 (Losers from Round 1)
H v B. C v D. E v G. A v F|


Intermediate Hurling Championship

Preliminary Round: Douglas v Dungourney
Round 1
(A) Winners of Douglas/Dungourney v Milford
(B) Ballygarvan v AGHABULLOGUE
(C) ÉIRE ÓG v Sarsfields
(E) Kildorrery v DRIPSEY
(F) Argideen Rangers v Castlemartyr
(G) INNISCARRA 2 v Ballymartle
(H) Tracton v Kilbrittain
(I) Midleton v Blackrock
(J) Na Piarsaigh v Barryroe
(K) Ballinhassig v Glen Rovers
(L) St Finbarr's v Mayfield
(M) GRENAGH v St Catherine’s
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary Round & Round 1)
losers of Douglas/ Dungourney v G. B v H. D v A. E v J. M v L. K v I. C v F

Senior Football Championship (Divisions/Colleges Section)

Round 1
(B) Carbery v UCC
(C) Seandun v Duhallow
(D) Avondhu v Beara
Round 2 (Winners from Round 1)
A v D. C v B

Senior Football Championship (Clubs Section)

Preliminary Round: Valley Rovers v Mallow
Round 1
(A) St Finbarr's v Carrigaline
(B) Dohenys v Castlehaven
(C) Newcestown v Winners of Valley Rovers/Mallow
(D) Kiskeam v St Nicks
(E) Carbery Rangers v Clonakilty
(F) Nemo Rangers v Clyda Rovers
(G) Bishopstown v Douglas
(H) O Donovan Rossaa v Aghada
(I) Ilen Rovers v BALLINCOLLIG
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1)
Losers of Valley Rovers/Mallow v D. G v B. F v H. A v I. E v C

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
(A) St Vincent’s v Castletownbere
(B) Nemo Rangers v Kanturk
(C) Bandon v NAOMH ABÁN
(E) Na Piarsaigh v Newmarket
(F) Bantry Blues v Fermoy
(G) MACROOM v St Michaels
Round 2. F v E. G v D. B v A. C a bye

Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round. Mayfield v Glenville
Round 1
(A) Knocknagree v Rockchapel
(B) St Finbarr's v Gabriel Rangers
(C) Winners of Mayfield/Glenville v Adrigole
(D) Millstreet v Clonakilty
(E) AGHABULLOGUE v Ballydesmond
(G) Kildorrery v Glanmire
(H) Carrigaline v Youghal
(I) GRENAGH v Glanworth
(J) Kinsale v Mitchelstown
Round 2 (Losers from Preliminary & Round 1)
H v losers of Mayfield/ Glenville. I v C. E v D. G v B. J v F. Losers of A a bye.

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Aghinagh, winners of the County Minor B2 League and Championship. Aghinagh 5.11 Donerail 2.9 ©Michael Corkery

Mid Cork GAA

In his Runaí’s report to the Mid Cork GAA convention, John Feeney commented on the present state of Scór in the division. ‘Scór is still struggling, with fewer clubs competing, which is a pity. It appears that this side of the GAA activity is now being neglected. With the introduction of new rule changes, it should be easier to get more people involved. There are plenty musicians, singers, dancers and other knowledgeable people within the various clubs. The election of an all female officer board at the recent AGM will hopefully bring a new impetus to proceedings. I would hope that all clubs would make the effort to get people out this year’.
Scór Mhúscraí Runaí, Máire Ní Dhonnabháin reported on the year’s activities:

Scór na nÓg

The year started with the Scór na nÓg competition. We had competitors in 5 competitions with 6 clubs entering in total. Most of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act or Recitation. The standard was high, with all 1st placed winners progressing to the County Final where Miriam Cronin Iveleary came 2nd in the Solo Singing competition.
The Question Time was held on a separate night, with all clubs in the County invited to take part. Muskerry was represented in this.
Muskerry results in Scór na nÓg were as follows:
Figure Dancing: 1st Aghabullogue 2nd Inniscarra Camogie
Solo Singing: 1st Miriam Cronin Iveleary 2nd Leah Buckley Donoughmore
Instrumental Music: 1st Aghinagh 2nd Grenagh
Ballad Group: 1st Aghabullogue
Set Dancing: 1st Aghabullogue 2nd Inniscarra Camogie

Scór Sinsear

This was very disappointing as we only had one entry. Tracey Cronin Iveleary progressed to the Munster Final in the Solo Singing competition.
The Question Time was held on a separate night with all clubs in the County invited to take part, Muskerry were represented in this.

Scór Na bPaistí

They were divided into three semi finals as the entries were so high. Inchigeela and Coachford were the venues for the 3 semi-finals, with 2 qualifying for the final in each section. The final was held in Ovens.
The standard in all competitions was very high and many of our Competitors reached the County Final, where David Bradley Ovens N.S. won the Solo Singing section.
Muskerry results in Scór Na bPaistí were as follows:
Figure Dancing:
1st Aghabullogue Camogie 2nd Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd Rusheen N.S.
Solo Dance:
1st Aine Herlihy Éire Óg Camogie. 2nd Abbey Sweeney Kilbarry N.S. 3rd Laura Healy Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann
Sean Nós
1st Lea Linehan Ballyvongane N.S. 2nd Molly Mangan Aghabullogue Camogie 3rd Seán McSweeney Bealnamorrive & Rachel Kelleher Rusheen N.S.
Solo Singing:
1st David Bradley Ovens N.S. 2nd Ellen de Búrca Scoil Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra 3rd Lydia Mc Donagh Carriganima N.S.
Instrumental Music:
1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Uíbh Laoire G.A.A. 3rd Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann
Solo Instrument:
1st Diarmuid Ward Ballincollig G.A.A. 2nd Meadhbh Mc Carthy Ballyvongane National School 3rd Aodhagán Ó Riordáin Peile Cill Na Martra
1st Aodhagán Ó Riordáin Peile Cill Na Martra 2nd Gearoid Kelleher Ballinagree N.S 3rd Shauna Sheehan Scoil Naomh Muire Fearann
Balled Group:
1st Peile Cill na Martra 2nd Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd Rusheen N.S.
Novelty Act:
1st Éire Óg Camogie 2nd Ovens N.S. 3rd Ballyvongane N.S.
Question Time:
1st Cloghroe N.S. 2nd Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd Beal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Set Dancing:
1stAghabullogue Camogie 2nd Ballyvongane N.S. 3rd Aghabullogue G.A.A
Congratulations to Ballyvongane National School on winning the Denis O’Donovan trophy for the best school/club in Scór na bPáistí. The Niall Casey Cup for the best overall club in Muskerry for the three Scór competitions went to Iveleary.
I would like to thank my fellow officers on the Muskerry Scór committee for their support. To the various hall committees, adjudicators, teachers, mentors, secretaries and cultural officers for their help and co-operation.
It must be noted that we are now living in a different era to when Scór was established and that Scór will only flourish if suitable people are recruited in each club area.
Finally, to all those who participated in Scór this year I would like to congratulate you on your achievements and wish everyone the best of luck for the coming season.

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Inniscarra Camogie Club members, including Tim Buckley, Chairman, Rena Buckley, captain All Ireland winning senior Cork team, enjoying the Cork Camogie Board's victory dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel. ©Mike English.

Referees Committee

John Feeney commented: ‘I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year, and to me during my two years as Rúnaí. They have always been very obliging and helpful when needed. They do a great job and without them there would be no games played. As you can see from above, our referees are highly respected at County level, getting high profile County finals. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches. Thanks also to referees assessors Donald O’Leary (Hurling) and Pat Lehane (Football).
The report of the referees committee was submitted by David Murnane, committee Rúnai and read:
2017 is drawing to a close and once again Cumann Reiteoiri Mhúscraí have officiated at a huge amount of games not just in our own division but throughout the county. Our annual in-service course was held in Coachford in early February and was very well attended. We held regular meetings throughout the year to discuss the implementation of rules and other ongoing issues. Once again, a huge thanks to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of their facilities to hold our meetings.
The Cumann Reiteoiri Mhúscraí Hall of Fame recipient was Johnny Crowley, a respected referee from Kilmichael. Johnny was very grateful to the Cumann for presenting him with this award. The award was presented at our annual function and, once again, many thanks to the Muskerry Board for their financial support of this event. The Board have always been hugely supportive of the referees and any request we make always receives a fair hearing.
In mid-February Cumann Reiteoiri Mhuscrai were asked to hold an information session on some new rules which had been introduced into Gaelic Football, most notably, The Mark. This session had been well communicated to the Muskerry Clubs in advance, but on the night there was a very poor turnout from club members/coaches. I know that the venue for the session had to be changed the day before, but the referees would still expect that the Clubs would support this kind of initiative by turning out in higher numbers if there was a similar event in the future.
To all the referees who officiated at Divisional Championship Finals and County Championship Finals I offer my congratulations on these appointments. As usual the appointments for the Finals were evenly distributed and we compliment the Muskerry Board for their fairness in this regard. Our thanks to Aubert Twomey for carrying out his role as Muskerry Referees Administrator and to Pat Lehane and Donald O’Leary for carrying out their roles as referees assessors.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage clubs to support their club referees by providing them with officials for matches. It can be extremely difficult to get officials and clubs have a duty to support their own referees in this regard. I would also ask clubs to seek out any members from within their own ranks who are interested in becoming referees and I remind them that Cumann Reiteoiri Mhuscrai is always available to support new referees.
Referees who refereed Championship Finals for Coiste Chontae Chorcai in 2017
Colm Vaughan – U21C Football Final
David Murnane- Premier Intermediate Football Final

Development Report 2017 for Muskerry GAA clubs

 from Seán Ó Críon, Development Officer.
As in previous years, the clubs did lots of development work in 2017. Listed below is some of the good work that has been completed to date.
The Club installed a 220kVA generator to supply power for the two floodlit pitches and the ball alley. Carried out sanding works on the sand based pitches.
Cill Mhichil
New drainage system in the old playing field. Field also leveled and reseeded. New Lawn Mower purchased with the aid of funding from the Department of Sport, Capital Sports Fund.
Cill Mhuire:
A gym was put in place upstairs in the hall. The pitch was sanded in late Autumn.
We did major drainage work on our number 2 pitch last year and in 2017 we further improved the pitch with further extra drainage which resolved our problem. In maintenance work, we sanded our two pitches and smaller sand based pitch and vertidrained all three pitches. In total we spent in the region of €20,000 during 2017.
Installed dugouts and an irrigation system on our new pitch in 2017.
Gleann na Laoi:
We sanded and vertidrained our pitch. We purchased new training and playing equipment for our juvenile section. We have commenced talks with Clogheen / Kerry Pike Community Association regarding the building of new dressing rooms adjacent to the GAA pitch.
Completion works of the training pitch where lights were erected, new ballstop nets, goal posts & complete leveling of the pitch. A suitable area for a Ball Wall is being sorted and planning will be sought for same.
I wish to thank the clubs for carrying out expensive work to their facilities. In Muskerry, we have a huge number of top class venues and social centres. Grants for this work which are available from Munster Council are a great help to clubs and are much appreciated.
As in previous years the Board continues to support the secondary schools in the division and we get great financial support from the clubs for coaching in the schools. Our thanks to the people who coach and mentor the students.
In the past year, the Board organised a training course for operators of lawnmowers and strimmers . This course was well attended and similar courses are to be held in future.
My thanks to the clubs and my fellow officers for all the help and co-operation in 2017.

Auld Triangle & Muskerry Sports Star Awards

The secretary’s annual report stated; This venture, undertaken by the board, would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of Eileen O’Flynn of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard working committee for the time and effort they put into organising these monthly events. This committee is chaired by William Buckley, Dripsey, The other members of the committee are Anne O’Riordan, Cloughduv, (Secretary) Eileen O’Flynn, Auld Triangle, David Murnane, Referee, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig and John Feeney, Dripsey. We are very grateful, also, to the three media people for the coverage we get every month.
Also, I would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work.
We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner, and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
The Monthly award winners in 2017 were:
March – Chris Óg Jones (Iveleary)
The first award winner in 2017 went to the very talented Chris Óg Jones for his notable performances in the Muskerry U21 C football championship. The Iveleary sharpshooter scored 4-7 in the decider, as his side beat Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, 5-8 to 1-19. Chris Óg Jones is one of the brightest young
prospects in the Muskerry division and has already worn the Cork jersey, lining out for the Minor team. He will feature prominently for Iveleary in the years to come.
April – Daniel (Dano) Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra)
Cill na Martra forward Dano Dineen was a worthy recipient in May for his outstanding performance in their historic U21 A football final replay win over Kilmurry. Dineen played a vital role both in the forward department and in midfield, as well as winning a fair share of kick outs. He also contributed in many of their scores, including 3-4 in the replay, as they won 3-16 to 2-15.
May – Mark Coleman (Blarney)
There were no complaints over May’s winner. It went to Mark Coleman. The Blarney youngster exploded onto the inter-county scene with remarkable verve and abandon in the 2017 Munster Championship. Coleman put in eye-catching performances against Tipperary, Waterford and
most importantly in the final against Clare. Coleman will be to the forefront of the Rebels charge in
June – Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
Peter Kelleher was a deserving winner in June. Even though there weren’t too many games played
during this month, the Kilmichael clubman starred for Muskerry footballers against Clonakilty and produced a brilliant performance in an important game for his club which couldn’t be ignored. Kilmichael defeated Donoughmore in the Muskerry JAHC Round 1, 1-13 to 1-10, with Kelleher registering 0-9 (0-1f). The boys of Kilmichael would progress to the decider, but they were unable to turn over a strong Cloughduv outfit. Despite that, it has been a progressive season for Kilmichael.
July – Joe Ryan (Kilmurry)
Joe Ryan was fully deserving of his award in July, as the Kilmurry club man put in man of the match
performances in the County U21 A football championship round 1 and quarter-final respectively against Aghada and Valley Rovers. The College student played for Tipperary U21 footballers in recent years and it would not be a surprise if he did so for the senior side also.
August – Aoife Murray (Cloughduv)
Aoife Murray was August’s winner, as the excellent goalkeeper between the sticks helped Cork qualify for another Camogie All-Ireland final, as Cork beat Galway in the semi-final. Cork would go on to win the All-Ireland in dramatic fashion in early September, as sub Julia White sent over the winning point minutes from time to win, 0-10 to 0-9.
September – Kevin Hallissey (Éire Óg)
September’s award went to Éire Óg star Kevin Hallissey. The Ovens native played a starring role in September helping his club qualify for the County IHC semi-final, after victories over Glen Rovers and Sarsfields in round 4 and the quarter-final respectively. Éire Óg went onto to win the semi final, beating neighbours Ballincollig, 1-17 to 1-15 on the 7th of October only to lose the final to Aghada.
October – Niamh McCarthy (Inniscarra)
The eighth and final award winner for 2017 went to Inniscarra camogie player Niamh McCarthy. The 21 year old played an instrumental role in October helping her club win the senior championship final for the second year in a row, after victory over Glen Rovers, 2-13 to 1-10.
September was also a memorable month for the youngster, as she played a vital role in the Cork senior team win, yet another All-Ireland title, defeating Kilkenny, 0-10 to 0-9. For McCarthy to be playing such a vital role is remarkable given she suffered two cruciate ligament injuries, in 2011
and 2013.
The Gala Awards Dinner will be held in the Oriel Court Hotel Ballincollig on Saturday February 17th next when the Sports Star of the Year will be chosen along with the Muskerry Junior Hurling and Football teams of the year.

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 At draw for 2018 Tom Creedon Cup competition, sponsored by FitzGerald’s Bookshop, from left, Tim O’Sullivan, Marian Creedon Hegarty, John O’Mahony, Catherine Creedon Vaughan, Pat O’Connell, Kevin O’Donovan, Vice Chairman County Board and Donal Leahy. P.R.O. County Board. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup 2018

The launch of the 2018 Tom Creedon Cup competition was held on New Year’s Day at Fitzgerald’s Macroom Bookshop, Macroom, sponsors of the competition. The Tom Creedon Cup competition is the first of the season for intermediate and premier intermediate teams and was inaugurated to perpetuate the memory of Macroom and Cork footballer, Tom Creedon, who died after an accident in 1983. It is organised annually by Cork County Board and Macroom GAA. The launch was attended by Ms. Marion Creedon Hegarty and Tom’s sister, Mrs. Catherine Vaughan; Kevin O’Donovan, Leas Cathaoirleach and Donal Leahy PRO, Cork Co Board as well as Macroom GAA officials John O’Mahony, Chairman; Pat O’Connell, Rúnaí and John Ryan, Treasurer. Mr Billy Fitzgerald, represented the sponsors, Macroom Bookshop.
Kevin O’Donovan, on behalf of the county board, expressed his delight that the competition continues to prosper and helps keep Tom Creedon’s memory alive. Marion Creedon Hegarty thanked Macroom GAA and the Fitzgerald family for their support for the competition and a team mate of Tom Creedon’s, Timmy O’Sullivan, recalled Tom’s dedication to the game and his commitment to the Macroom club.
The draw for the 2018 Tom Creedon Cup is as follows: A Ballydesmond vs. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh B Macroom vs. Naomh Abán. Quarter Finals: 1. Winners of A v Winners of B 2. St Michaels v Rockchapel 3. Cill na Martra v Mayfield 4. Nemo Rangers v Newmarket.
Semi finals: 1 v 2: 3 v 4.

Tom Creedon Cup fixtures 2018

Round 1. Saturday/Sunday, January 13th/14th (Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required)
at Ballydesmond: Ballydesmond v Béal Ath an Ghaorthaidh ET
at Macroom: Macroom v Naomh Abán
Quarter-Finals. Saturday, January 20th (Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required)
(1) Ballydesmond/ Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom /Naomh Abán, 2.30pm, ET
(2) at St Michaels Park: St Michael's v Rockchapel, 2.30pm, ET
(3) at Cill na Martra: Cill na Martra v St Vincent’s, 2.30pm, ET
(4) at Nemo, Trabeg: Nemo Rangers v Newmarket, 2.30pm, ET

Semi-Final. Saturday, January 27th (Extra time in all games and extra 5 mins e/w if required)
1 v 2 and 3 v 4

Intercounty Action Resumes

McGrath Cup Football Final

Cork v Clare, at Mallow at 7pm on Saturday January 13th.
Saturday 27th January
Allianz Leagues Double Header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Allianz Football League Division 2
Round 1 - Cork v Tipperary at 5pm
Allianz Hurling League Division 1A
Round 1 - Cork v Kilkenny at 7pm
Ticket Information
Pre-Purchase Price: Adult: €12.00 / £11.00
Match-Day Price: Adult: €15.00 / £14.00
Student / Senior Citizen: €12.00 / £11.00 (available at the grounds on match day with valid I.D.)
McGrath Cup Football

Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, Cian Dorgan and Cian Kiely of Ballincollig were in action with Cork footballers in their first competitive game of the year.
Cork 2-18 Waterford 0-7
A blistering start, when assisted by the strong wind, set Cork up for McGrath Cup victory over Waterford at a biting cold Gold Coast Resort Dungarvan venue. It was an encouraging opening to new manager,Ronan McCarthy’s tenure. As a contest, it was game over by the interval, with Cork 1-13 to 0-1 in front, all their scores coming from open play, and many of them the end product of some flowing moves. It was literally a score a minute from the throw-in, with the trend beginning in the opening sequence. Cork’s finishing was particularly impressive as Cathal Vaughan, Steven Sherlock, Sean Powter, and Mark Collins found the range from distance.
Waterford trailed by 0-9 to 0-0 after just 11 minutes and it got worse with the visitors’ opening goal three minutes later. Waterford eventually got on the scoreboard after 27 minutes but Cork were 15 points in front and fully in control at the break.
Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock 0-7 (0-2 f), S Powter 1-2, J O’Rourke 0-4, P Clancy 1-0, C Vaughan and C Dorgan 0-2 each, M Collins 0-1.
CORK: R Price (O’Donovan Rossa); E Lavers (Dohenys), C Dorman (Bishopstown), M McSweeney (Newcestown); K Flahive (Douglas), S White (Clonakilty), D Quinn (St Finbarr’s); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), captain, M Collins (Castlehaven); R Deane (Bantry Blues), S Powter (Douglas), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Cian Dorgan (Ballincollig), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) and M Hurley (Castlehaven) 47, S Wilson (Douglas) and P Clancy (Fermoy) 54, M Taylor (Mallow) and D O’Callaghan (Clyda Rovers) 62.

Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League

Seán O’Donoghue of Inniscarra was the sole Mid Cork player in action over the two games played to date.
Cork 1-21 Limerick 2-23
The 2018 hurling season began in chilly Mallow where a seasoned Limerick side enjoyed a good win over an experimental Cork fifteen in the Co-op Superstores Munster senior hurling league.
Both sides struggled with heavy underfoot conditions and the light Cork forward line struggled.
Limerick had the upper hand to the break, when the margin was 1-13 to 0-12. Cork’s Jack O’Connor struck for a fine goal on 58 minutes to equalise - 1-18 apiece but Gillane restored Limerick’s lead with two points soon after and a Seamus Flanagan goal with five minutes left made the game safe for the visitors.
Scorers for Cork: J. O’Connor (1-2), R. O’Shea (0-1 free) (0-5); E. Finn (0-4 each); D. Brosnan (0-3); C. Joyce (0-2); D. Kearney, R. O’Flynn, B. Lawton, B. Murray, P. Collins (free) (0-1 each).
CORK: P. Collins; SEÁN O’DONOHGHUE (INNISCARRA), D. Griffin, E. Murphy; C. O’Leary, D. Browne, S. Murphy; B. Lawton (c), D. Kearney; R. O’Flynn, D. Brosnan, R. O’Shea; E. Finn, J. O’Connor. Subs: B. Murray 27; R. Cahalane 33; W. Kearney HT; C. Joyce bs. 42-50; C. Joyce 60.
Clare 4-17 Cork 0-18
A three-goal blast inside the opening 20 minutes laid the platform for Clare’s emphatic victory over Cork in the second round of the Munster Hurling League at Cusack Park in Ennis. After their defeat to Limerick a week earlier, Cork, the holders, have now been eliminated from the pre-season competition and their game with Kerry next weekend is rendered meaningless.
As was the case against Limerick, Cork fielded another very experimental team and the most notable feature of the team was the inclusion of Eoin Cadogan at centre-back, his first outing for the hurlers in a number of years after his concentration on football matters. He was moved back into full-back after those Clare goals and he certainly helped to steady matters in an area that had been under severe pressure in the opening sequences.
Scorers for CORK: R O’Shea (0-4, 0-2 frees), D Dalton (0-4, 0-4 frees); D Kearney (0-3); L McLoughlin, E Murphy (0-2 each); J Looney, E Finn, L Meade (0-1 each).
CORK: A Nash; D Griffin, E Murphy, C O’Sullivan; C O’Leary, E Cadogan, R Cahalane; L McLoughlin, L Meade; E Finn, B Lawton, D Kearney; D Dalton, E Sheehan, R O’Shea. Subs: J Looney 25; I Cahill 48; C Twomey 57; E Keniry 59, J Cashman 65.

Laochra Óg

50/50 Club Development Draws in Clondrohid Community Hall. Neddy Walsh, Carriganimma won €380 and the seller’s prize of €25 went to Eddie Walsh. The second prize, a Christmas hamper, went to Aisling O'Leary, Clondrohid. The draw for the outlets who sell club tickets, the prize being a yearly ticket for our draw, was won by Glenview Motors. In the last club development draw for 2017, the winner of €405 was Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore and the sellers prize of €25 went to Derry Murphy. The winner of the hamper kindly donated by FolláinTeo. was won by Evan Casey, Réidh na nDoirí. Thank you to everyone who supported our draws. The next draw is on January 14th 2018..
€1550, proceeds from our recent Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada, was presented to Cope Foundation, Macroom. Thanks to the Staff and residents of Cope Foundation for a lovely morning and for some lovely refreshments. Thanks to Tony Hughes of Macroom Credit Union for attending and also for his and the Board of Macroom Credit Union’s continuing support of our Poc Fada. Míle buíochas le gach duine.
LaochraÓg Hurling and Camogie Club would like to wish all our Players, Committee Members, Sponsors and Supporters a very Happy New Year.

Macroom G.A.A. Club

Sympathy: The club would like to express its sympathy to the family of the late Joe O’Brien, South Square, who recently passed away. Joe was a member of the senior-winning county teams of 1958 and 1962 and played for Cork Junior and Senior football teams. Ar dheis Dé a anam dilís.
Intermediates: The Premier intermediates began training on Fri. 5th and are under the guidance of Noel Twomey, Alan O’Shea and Kieran Creed. Their first game will be against Naomh Abán in the TCC, Jan 13th or 14th.
Juniors: Tadhg Sheehan continues at the helm of the juniors and hopes to start training soon. His co-selectors are Mort Twomey, James Cotter, Mikey O’Brien and Brendan Cregan.
U-21s: They played De la Salle in a practice and were disadvantaged by the sharper and slicker play of the school side. However the match was worthwhile and was a good pipe-opener to the season. They play Ilen Rovers in the Glenville Cup in CG on Friday night.
Munster GAA Club Forum will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sat. 20th Jan. John Ryan has booked 10 places; please contact him if interested in attending.
Storm Dylan knocked a tree at the golf-course end of the pitch in the CG and damaged the fence.
Juvenile Club Update:
Managers are finalising their coaching teams for the coming year and the matter seems well in hand. Extra help is always welcome. Registration Nights: on 3rd and 10th of February in the Club Pavilion and begin at 7.30. The cost is €40 for the first child and €25 for each subsequent child.
Quiz: In conjunction with the girls’ section, a fund-raising quiz will take place on the 19th of Jan. in the Castle Hotel and begins at 9.00 p.m. Teams will be 4-a-side and cost €40 per team. There will be super prizes and spot prizes. Concubhar Murray and James Duggan are the main organizers.
Strength and Conditioning will resume on Monday 8th in the Pavilion. The U-13 to U-15s will start at 7.30 and the U-16s to U-18s will begin at 8.15.
Coming Events; Fri. 12th Jan.: U-21, Macroom v. Ilen Rovers (Glenville Cup) in Castle Grounds.
Sat. 13th or 20th of Jan. : TCC – Macroom v. Naomh Abán in Macroom (time not yet fixed).
Fri. 19th of Jan. : Juvenile fund-raising Quiz (over 18) in Castle Hotel at 9.00 p.m. €40 per team of 4.
Fri. 3rd and 10th of Feb.: Juvenile (boys) Registration Nights at 7.30 p.m. in Pavilion.

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Macroom Senior Golf Club founding members are acknowledged at the 10th birthday celebration. From left, Pat Cregan, Mary McElroy (on behalf of Michael R.I.P.) and Michael Kelleher ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results:24 Dec Christmas week Inv Singles. First-David Hayes 17, 35pts. Second Dan Hegarty 13 34pts.
1 Jan-2018 New Year's Inv Singles First-David O' Connell-15- 35pts. -Second-P.J Healy-11 33pts.
2-Jan Seniors Scramble-H/cap First-Flor Mc Carthy-14. Tony Bullen-21. John Smyth-26 47.9
7/1/18 Club Singles First-Conor O'Leary-17--34pts.
Fixtures: Tue – Seniors. Thur - Open singles. Sat - Winter League Final. Sat & Sun - Club singles