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Night view of Macroom Castle © Con Kelleher

 Lee Valley Diary

Historical Talk Mr Richard Wood. Feb 22nd at 8pm. Kimurry Museum.
Walk While You Can Cheque presentation in Murray’s Hall, Sat. Feb. 23rd at 8p.m.
Croí na Laoi 10km Walk Sun. Feb. 24th from Inchigeela Graveyard at 2pm.
Bingo Fundraiser for Rusheen N.S. Thurs 28th Feb at 8pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall.
Ahakeera Drama Group comedy in Inchigeela Hall Fri 1st March at 8p.m.
Dripsey Ambush Memorial Parade Sun March 3, 2019, from Dripsey Cross at 3pm.
Bridge Morning: Active Retired Bhaile Mhúirne in The Abbey Hotel Wed March 6th at 10.30 am.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Spring Gardening Talk Thurs March 14th at Coolcower House
Crookstown Vintage Road Run. Sun March 24th Clifford's Bar from 10.30am
Fatima ex Cork Mid Cork Pilgrimage– 18th of Oct ’19. Contact O’Driscoll Travel, Macroom – 087 2322505
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne
Knitting, Crochet & Craft Group 11am every Tues
Library Book Club 1st Tues of every month at 10.30am (next 5th March)
Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann gach coicís ar an Aoine ag 10.20 r.n. (cead lá eile 22ú Feabhra).
Macroom Library
Storytime Every Sat at noon.
Juvenile Book Club Feb 23rd at 3pm
Ciorcal Cainte Feb. 28 at 11 am. Note earlier start.
Adult Book Club March 6th at 11.30am
Purlies Knitting Group March 7th at 11.30am.
Music Morning March 8th at 11am

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

Macroom Updates

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St. Patrick’s Day fun in Macroom 2018. ©Lee Valley Outlook

St Patrick’s Day 2019

Although the Woodland String Band will not be in attendance this year, the
Committee has put together the usual high quality Parade that is synonymous with St Patrick's Day
in Macroom. The parade will be based on more street Theatre this year and we're appealing to all clubs and organisations from Macroom and the Lee Valley to participate in the event.
Remember, it costs nothing to enter and what better way to advertise for FREE with over 5000 people in attendance. Weather permitting, we hope to have a Monster Céilí directly after the Parade in the Town Square. For further information, please contact 026 20544.

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Macroom Tidy Towns Group about to head off on their weekly Sat. morning clean-up. ©Con Kelleher.

Tidy Towns Update

Biodiversity Project. This year, the Tidy Towns is putting a major focus on the planting of native trees and shrubs for biodiversity and on Saturday, 16th February, a massive total 290 Trees and shrubs were planted by a large group of Volunteers. The holes had been dug on a previous workday. The particular species were all selected for their pollination benefits, their feed value for birds and wildlife and also, for riverbank stabilisation. These were planted downstream from the main bridge over the Sullane, along by the back of the Fairy Park in Masseytown, as far as Coolehane.
The following were planted; 50 Crab Apple, 50 Willow, 50 Alder and 50 Hazel, and ten each of the following trees: Elderberry, Blackthorn, Sweet Cherry, Hawthorn, Mountain Ash. Ten each of the following shrubs were also planted: Viburnum, Pyracantha, Berberis, Dogwood. Labelling of the trees will soon be carried out to increase awareness of this project and this will include the Latin names of each species.
Tidy Towns Public Meeting. The Tidy Towns held an open public meeting in the Castle Hotel on February 13th. This was well attended, with people coming from all over, from Glanmire to Ballyvourney, from Donoughmore to Ballingeary. Margaret Griffin was guest speaker and gave a most interesting talk and slide presentation that stimulated the audience and had some interesting proposals for aspects of Macroom. The talk focused on the theme of planting for biodiversity and use of natives and pollinator friendly varieties. All householders were advised that they can make a positive contribution to protecting the bees and helping pollination. In cases this will involve less grass cutting and this will be part of the Tidy Towns work plans from here on. Each estate in Macroom is being requested to identify areas within their residential area that can be managed for biodiversity, whereby grassy areas will be allowed develop as part of the plan to provide habitats for bees, insects and wildlife.

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Macroom Cope members at AGM, where they presented a €3,500cheque to Cope Foundation. ©

Cope raises €3,500

Cope Macroom did incredible work all year long to raise significant and much needed funds for the Foundation. They raised a grand total of €3,500! The Cork based organisation supports 2,350 people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism to live life their way. Cope Foundation supports people of all ages across its network of 69 locations that are dotted right across Cork city and county and of course, with the support of local communities like Macroom. The committee wish to thank all those who have supported their fundraising over the last year, and they look forward to organising events for 2019. If you would like to get involved in fundraising for Cope Foundation in the Macroom area (or in any area), please contact Elaine Murphy in Cope Foundation on 021 4643323.

Schools Drama and Light Entertainment Finals.

For decades past, early spring brought busloads of eager students to Macroom from all over Ireland for the finals of the National Transition Year Drama and Light Entertainment competitions. They came from Donegal, Belfast, Dublin, Sligo, Galway as well as towns closer to home. But, due to the closure of the Briery Gap in May 2016, the event has been lost to the town for three years. Mullingar hosted it in 2017 and 2018 and this year, it is being staged in the Everyman Palace in Cork just after St. Patrick’s Day. Will we have it back in a restored Briery Gap in 2021? Blarney Macroom Council got an update from the Chief Executive at its monthly meeting on February 18, reporting on Macroom Library and Theatre Refurbishment Project Part 8 Planning Application.
The All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival 2019 in the Everyman is on Monday 18th March, starting at 5:00 pm with Gaelcoláiste Chéitinn, CTI Clonmel; 5:20 pm Wilson Hospital School, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath; 5:40pm Our Lady's College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co Louth; 6:00pm St Brogan's College, Bandon; 6:20pm Gaelcoláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown 7:00pm Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co Waterford; 7:20pm Nagle Rice, Doneraile, 7:40pm Davis College, Mallow; 8:00pm Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co Mayo; 8:20pm Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney.
The All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival will follow on Tuesday 19th March. The finalists are 10:00am Coláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown; 10:30am St Mary's Secondary School, Charleville; 11:00am St Brogan's College, Bandon; 11:30am St Wostan's C.S., Celbridge, Co Kildare (B); 12:00pm Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis; 12:30pm Castlepollard Community College, Co Longford; 2:00pm King's Hospital, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin; 2:30pm St Wolstan's C. S., Celbridge, Co Kildare (A); 3:00pm Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal; 3:30pm Mount Sackville Secondary School, Chapelizod, Dublin 20; 4:00pm Meánscoil Mhuire, Convent Road, Longford; 4:30pm Coláiste Chiarraí, Tobar Mhaigh Dor, Tra Li, Co Chiarraí; 6:00pm Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co Waterford; 6:30pm Royal and Prior, Raphoe, Co Donegal; 7:00pm Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co Mayo; 7:30pm CBS, Mullingar. Adjudication and Prizegiving will follow.

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St. Mary’s students on German exchange with teachers, Ms McGrath and Mrs Crowley Healy ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Athletics. Huge congratulations to our 2nd year Athletics Team who are through to the Munster Final of the Cross Country Athletics Championship.
Football. Our U14 girls football team, consisting of both first and second year students, played Loreto Fermoy February 6. It was a very entertaining and high scoring match. We had a panel of 21 players, all getting a chance to take to the field. The game resulted in an 8-9 v 6-6 finish in St. Mary’s favour. Well done girls.
Care Choice St Mary’s trad group and singers and their music teacher, Aoibheann Queally, visited Care Choice Nursing Home February 6 after school at 2.15. They beautifully entertained the residents with a few dance tunes and some traditional songs such as ‘The Boys of Kilmichael’ and ‘Molly Malone’. 1st year student, Katie Cronin and 3rd year student, Ciara Quinn, provided lovely solo songs. The girls were warmly welcomed by the staff and residents of the home and were well looked after! They hope to make an appearance again in the coming weeks.
Psychslam. February 11th six Transition Year students went to UCC to take part in Psychslam – a competition based on the psychological effects of certain assigned topics. Our team’s topic was “The effects of being prevented from using our Smartphones”. To prepare for this competition, 3 students researched the topic and the other 3 members of the team presented on the day.
I wish conference 2019. February 7 St Marys Transition Year Students attended the IWISH conference in the City Hall, Cork. IWISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The conference is held in Cork and in the RDS, Dublin and has been attended by over 12,000 female students to date. At the conference, the students attended talks by women with careers in STEM from Ireland and the U.S. Afterwards, they took part in interactive exhibitions and also received information on job opportunities/ areas of study in STEM from Cork and Irish based companies. They found the day entertaining and informative as they decide on their senior cycle subjects and future college courses. As a result of attending this event, 3 girls have secured work experience with ARUP Engineering Consultancy Cork! Thanks to Ms Kelleher for organising this trip and accompanying the girls on the day.
Public Speaking. All first year students took part in a full day Public Speaking workshop with Alan Devine. The girls really enjoyed this workshop and the skills that they learned will be of huge benefit to them for their English presentations that they will be doing next year as part of the New Junior Cycle Classroom Based Assessment.
Green Schools Initiative. Our green schools committee (Caoimhe Horgan, Kirsten Bonnar, Gemma Munro, Suzann Aslanoglou, Grace Lucey and teacher, Paula Gray) are working hard preparing for National Clean Up week in April. They have organised several events for that week, which will form part of their efforts towards achieving the Green Flag. The committee would like to thank Macroom Tidy Towns for donating litter pickers and gloves to help them in their work.

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Sophie Murphy Owensworth, McEgan College, in her Junk Kouture design for the Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture competition 2019 ©An Scoil

McEgan College

Junk Kouture Competition 2019 sponsored by Bank Of Ireland. Transition Year Students at McEgan College have been very busy preparing for the upcoming National Junk KoutureFashion Competition. The students, under the guidance of Ms Murphy, are entering four creations in total this year. Sophie Murphy-Owensworth (Transition Year) and her team members, Oisin O’Neill and Shauna Bradley, created a design based on the theme of sea pollution . The rise of plastic contamination in our oceans is a massive issue all over the world and the students wanted to raise awareness about the dangers of polluting our water. They decided to use plastic bags, cans, bottles and other waste material that are killing marine life to create their design. The dedicated students collected this rubbish everyday from the school bins and transformed it into an original creative design.
O Flynn Medical Awards. Mr Tadhg O Flynn, Managing Director of O Flynn Medical, Millstreet, visited McEgan College recently to view the equipment and facilities of the Engineering Department. O Flynn Medical sponsored an engineering competition for students that rewarded and recognised their engineering excellence. McEgan College has a long engineering tradition and are the only school in Macroom that offers Metalwork and Engineering as part of their curriculum . He judged and presented e awards to students for their innovative and creative designs from their Junior Certificate projects. Mr. O Flynn was very impressed with the standard of work and said it compared very favourably with industry standards.
At Junior Certificate level students must complete a project which uses all the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills that they have learned over the course of three years. Students must also complete a practical exam which involves making and assembling parts from a given drawing. The individual award winners were Robin Kiss, Roland Almasi and Oisin O Neill for their third year Junior Certificate projects and Francesca Tobon Lenci for her 1st year project.
Apprentice Chef 2019. The Apprentice Chef competition is well underway at McEgan College. This year, Natalia Zajac and Shauna Bradley will represent McEgan College in the next stage of 2019 Apprentice Chef competition, which will be held in IT Tralee at the end of February. Both students have decided to use fish as the main ingredient of their dish and have combined the fish with creative and imaginative use of other quality local ingredients. Wishing both participants the very best of luck!

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De la Salle u16 football team who beat Coachford College in the first round of the u16 Cork Championship. ©an Scoil

De la Salle Updates.

Students and Staff are very proud of our past pupil, Mr. Eoghlan Clancy. Eoghlan is a recipient of an All-Ireland Scholarship funded by Mr. JP McManus and administered by the Department of Education and Skills. Eoghlan received this prestigious scholarship based on his excellent performance in his Leaving Cert in 2018. The scholarships apply for the prescribed duration of the undergraduate programmes chosen and the annual value of the scholarship is €6,750 for the academic year. Eoghlan is from Inchigeelagh and attended De La Salle from 2011-2018. He is now studying Mathematical Sciences in University College Cork (UCC), a choice influenced by a lifelong love of figures and problem solving. He attends to graduate in financial maths and is excited by the prospects this will open up for him. This is an amazing achievement, and we want to congratulate Eoghlan and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
De La Salle kick started their U16 Championship campaign against local rivals Coachford College in thrilling fashion. Coachford College started the better of the two sides, scoring 1-01 in quick succession. De La Salle’s Lawrence Asling provided two points after 4 minutes. The pressure kept on coming in the De La Salle defence, with Coachford forcing two good saves out of De La Salle’s keeper Shane Hodman, one resulting in a point. De La Salle’s defence was clearly rattled by the intensity of the Coachford forward line, allowing two more goals past in the process. Despite this, De La Salle gained composure and created some great chances thanks to Daire McMahon and David Kelleher who were providers for Kieran Doody who scored three points along the way. De La Salle finished the first half the stronger of the two, with McMahon’s goal, thanks to a clever knockdown from captain Mark Hunt being the last kick of the first half. The second half resumed with Coachford stunning De La Salle with two goals within the first minute. De La Salle managed to regroup and scored 1-4 without reply credit to Doody, McMahon, Hunt and a penalty converted by Ben O’Connell in the 36th minute, reviving De La Salle from their 10 point deficit. Adrian O’Dea and Robert Lucey stood out in the De La Salle defence, with help from Nathan Kelleher and Liam Coleman who kept Coachford to one single point in the final third of the game. De La Salle pushed on, scoring 3-3 in the last 20 minutes, with Michael Fitton, Mark Hunt, Brian O’Riordan and Sam Pickering showing fighting spirit to edge De La Salle over the line. De La Salle 5-12 Coachford College 6-5. By Bradley O’Shea and Peter Murphy (4th Year).
Cork u14 B Football League 1 Coláiste anChroíNaofa 3:05 Coláiste De La Salle 8:09 Scorers for De La Salle: Joe O’Mullane (2-04, 0-1 free); Zack Ryan (2-03); Cian Kelleher (2-00); Sam Pickering (1-00); Charlie Kelleher (1-00); Jack Sweeney (0-01); Fionn Kelleher (0-01) Report by 4th year students Seán O’Riordan, Jk Long and Shane Hodman.

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Tom Creedon Park and Macroom Golf Club in the snow © Marcin Hajduk  

 Macroom Library

Our recent Healthy Ireland events may have come and gone, but taking care of your health is something that you should never stop. Be sure to take a look at our collection of health books located near the desk and browse through the Healthy Ireland recommended reading list. Juvenile Book Club will meet on Feb 23rd at 3pm to discuss ‘Middle School: The worst years of my life’ by James Patterson. Ciorcal Cainte will be meeting on February 28th at the slightly earlier time of 11am. Adult Book Club will take place on March 6th at 11.30am to discuss ‘Orphan Train’ by Christina Baker Kline. Purlies Knitting Group will meet on March 7th at 11.30am. Music Morning will be taking place on March 8th at 11am with Gill Vahey and Eddie Hogan. All are welcome.
Next time you are in the library, please ask us about all of our free online services. Library members can access e-Books and e-Audiobooks through BorrowBox, and e-Magazines through the RBdigital app. Leaflets for both of these services are available in the library. You might be interested in searching for an old newspaper article from years ago, in which case you can access several newspaper archives on our computers. We also have over 500 online courses available if you would like to begin an e-learning course – accounting, business, pet & animal care, writing skills, maths, and much more! You can also use our Mango language courses to help you learn any language you wish. You can also visit Britannica Online – the award winning information resource which caters for all ages. All you need to do to use these online services is join the library, and it's completely free. Please visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online too for more info.
Regular Fixtures. Children’s Storytime is every Saturday at midday.
Adult Bookclub is The 1st Wednesday of every month at 11.30a.m.
Creative Writing Group The 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5.30p.m.
Music Morning The 2nd Friday of every month at 11a.m.
Purlies 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 11.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 11.30a.m.
Bridge Club One Wednesday a month at 10a.m. .
Juvenile Book Club One Saturday a month at 3p.m.

 Music Morning at the Library

Tom Seacy presented the February music morning at Macroom Library and, while he claimed that he didn’t allow a set theme to restrict his choice, a strong element of romance was evident throughout, in keeping with the season. As always, Eddie Hogan was on hand to keep the music flowing smoothly and the session was dedicated to the late Laurence Eadie, a regular visitor to the Music Morning.
Tom’s first choice was Maurice Ravel’s Bolero with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra. Suzanne Murphy sang Hello Young Lovers from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I and The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble performed the delightful I Took her to the Ball. A beautiful version of The Coolin was performed by Mícheál and Eibhlís, taken from their traditional disc, Visions of Ireland. Franz Lehar’s Farewell my Love, Farewell with Alfie Boe preceded Nicola Benedetti playing Massenet Thaïs Meditation on her priceless Stradivarius. The last numbers before refreshments were Kenneth McKellar singing Think on Me and a delightful lullaby, Alluki, from Tatar soprano, Aida Garifullina.
The second half opened with Beethoven’s Violin Romance by the Vienna Mozart Ensemble, followed by Joseph Cassidy singing Éistíg’ le Clog an Chléirigh from The Children of Lir. The fabulous Listen to the Ocean with Nina and Frederik reminded us of the top class pop music of the 50s. Ronan Tynan brought us back to harsh reality in the thought provoking From a Distance. Deborah’s Theme, written by Ennio Marricone, came courtesy of Marty Recommends. The inimitable John McCormick recalled When You and I Were Young Maggie. Franco Corelli gave us Vaghissima Sembianza and the final choice in a delightful programme was Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Faith’s Call by Paul Wheeler.
Then came the dreadful news of Cara O’Sullivan’s illness. A benefit concert will be held for her in the Opera House on April 14. Anyone wishing to travel by bus from Macroom should contact Lorraine at 026 42483
The March Music Morning will be presented by Gill Vahey, assisted by Eddie Hogan, on March 8.

Snippets

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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.
Blarney Stone First chorus rehearsals for the new musical have gone very well. But more men are urged to come along and join in the fun. Contact Ann Dunne 087 2755080.

Historical Talk Mr Richard Wood will give a talk Feb 22nd at 8pm "Cork Architecture 1660 to present" in Independence Museum Kilmurry. Admission €10.
Motor Neurone €2330 Cheque presentation from proceeds of fundraising concert for Fr. Tony Coots’ Walk While You Can in Murray’s Hall, Railway View, Sat. Feb. 23rd at 8p.m. Refreshments served.
Croí na Laoi, Inchigeela 10km Walk on Sunday, February 24th. Rossmore/ Skeheenaradharc (the old Kilbarry road) Allow 2hours. meet at Inchigeela Graveyard at 2pm.
Bingo night: Fundraiser for Rusheen N.S. on Thursday 28th February at 8pm in Aghinagh GAA Hall. €900 in Prizes, including Jackpot of €150, as well as great raffle prizes. Entry: €10/ Students: €5 (from 3rd class up accompanied by an adult)
Texaco Art. Teachers in primary and second level schools, whose pupils take part in the annual Texaco Children’s Art Competition, are reminded that the closing date for receipt of entries this year is Thursday, 28th February next. Last year, almost 1,500 pupils from schools in Co. Cork submitted entries to the competition.
"I'm the One for You", a three act comedy by Jimmy Keary in Inchigeela Parish Hall on Friday March 1st with Ahakeera Drama Group. Proceeds in aid of Inchigeela NS. Great night assured. Please support.
Kilmurry GAA Tickets are now on sale in MacSwineys shop Crookstown and Sheila's shop for the Kilmurry GAA Victory social in Castle Hotel Macroom @7:30pm on 02nd March.
Dripsey Ambush Memorial Parade takes place on Sunday, March 3, 2019, starting at Dripsey Cross at 3.00 pm. The Parade, led by the Blarney Brass and Reed Band, will have a lone Piper to end the Ceremony. The Dripsey Ambush Memorial Committee is preparing now for the Centenary Anniversary in 2021 and would welcome volunteers to help in any capacity. Please phone or text 087-954-2267 and leave a message if interested.
Bridge Morning: Active Retired Bhaile Mhúirne are holding their monthly Bridge morning in The Abbey Hotel on Wednesday, March 6th at 10.30 am. Fáilte roimh gach duine.
Kilmurry historical association March talk by Síle Hunt. Impaired morals, sexual deviancy and illegitimacy the public dance halls act 1935. The heritage room March 13th at 8pm Kilmurry members free, non members €5. Membership for 2019 is €20 and there is a high quality line-up of lectures and field trips.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club will host a Spring Gardening Talk with guest speaker, William Grainger, on Thursday March 14th at Coolcower House, Macroom 026-41695. Plant Sale & Raffle. Registration for Members now due. New Members and visitors most welcome. Refreshments available.
Crookstown Road Run. Well folks, it's that time of year again when Crookstown Vintage Club will host its Annual Road Run. All cars, motorbikes and tractors welcome to join us on Sunday March 24th. Sign in at Clifford's Bar from 10.30am, leaving at 12 noon. Further details please contact Tony 087 2677867
Rusheen N.S. is now enrolling prospective pupils for the 2019/2020 school year. All enquiries welcome to (026) 42733 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Application Forms available to download from our website, www.rusheenns.ie or by contacting the school. Open Morning for all new Junior Infants on Monday, June 17th from 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lip Sync #2 Please contact Trish Robb, Niamh O’Shea or any Committee Member with your individual or team entry.
Fatima ex Cork Mid Cork Pilgrimage– 18th of October’19 – 3 nights – Spiritual Leader – Fr Dónal Ó Briain. Further details from O’Driscoll Travel, Macroom – 087 2322505
Kilmurry Heritage room available to hire for events party’s classes training ect . Free parking Contact 0876568110
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto Feb 6. €70 Mgt. Coakley Inchigeela €20 each. Anne Lehane Dunmanway, Gary O’Brien Coolnadane ,Caroline O’Leary Kilmichael, Denis O’Riordan Gortnavranner.
Feb. 13. Jackpot of €1,800 €70 Kath Burke Carrigaphooka €20 each, Anne Casey Rusheen, Ted Kelleher Gurrane, M Scanlon Sullane Weirs, Dan Hickey Clonfadda.
Congratulations to Dan Kelleher, Clondrohid Club president, on winning the bingo jackpot of €6,650 in Banteer recently. Well done Dan and enjoy.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto February 5th Jackpot €1.000. Numbers drawn: 5 6 31 No winner €25 LuckyDip Winners: 1. Seamus Twomey 2. Kieran O’Driscoll 3. Andy Kelleher 4. Lisa P. Kelly 5. Diarmuid McDonnell.
February 12th Jackpot €1,100. Winning Numbers: 3 7 23. No winner. €25 Lucky Dip winners: 1. Mary Cooney 2. Con O’Sullivan 3. Ted Savage 4. Patrick Murphy 5. Rose O’Donoghue
Kilmichael GAA Lotto 4th February – Jackpot €9,250 Numbers 6-13-16-29; €50 Madeline O’Brien, Cusduff; €25 each to Éabha Ní Dhálaigh, Baile an Chollaigh; Mick Lucey, c/o M. Coakley; Olivia & Adam O’Brien, Ballinacarriga
11th February – Jackpot €9,400 Numbers 3-12-23-33; €50 Bobby Farrew, Dromleigh; €25 each to Johnny Nyhan, Gurranreigh, Lissarda; Fiona O’Dwyer, Shanacashel; Seamus Harrington, Rosnakilla
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 11/02/2019. Jackpot: €5,200. Numbers Drawn: 20,27,36. Winner: None €50Kathleen O Leary. €20 each: Ann O Sullivan, Michael Kelleher, Kevin O Sullivan, Margaret O Neill, Dan Kelleher.
Macroom AFC Lotto 11/02/19 Jackpot: €2,600. Numbers drawn: 17, 27, 31. No Winner €80 : Lydia c/o Janet. €20 each: Ronan Family c/o Murray's, Maureen Cunningham c/o Evelyn, Tina Murray c/o Murray's, Marguerite O' Riordan c/o Fudge. 18/02/19: Jackpot: €2, 800. Numbers drawn: 16, 26, 30. No Winner €80: Anne Duggan c/o Hound. €20 each; Esther Sheehy c/o Fudge, Connie Foley, Swanky, Joe Cunningham c/o PO'R.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 5/2/2019. Jackpot €1400. Numbers drawn: 11-13-17. No Winner. - €70. Sean Cronin, Ardilaun, Codrum. €20 each: Declan Coughlan, Kilnagurteen.Ciaran Mc Crory, The Hermitage,. Maureen O'Mahony, Aherla. Joe Moloney, Main Street. Margaret Healy, Farran.
12/02/2019. Jackpot - €1600 Numbers drawn: 17-33-35. No winner. €70. Michael Lucey, Gortnalicka, Clondrohid €20 each: Claire Dinneen, Main Street. Slowomir Poolporni, Sleaveen West. Tadgh O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs, Dan O'Callaghan, Castle Street. Abbey O'Connell, Kilberihert, Rusheen.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 4/2/2019 Jackpot €1,500. Numbers drawn: 5 - 24 - 37. No Winner. €20 Michael Herlihy (Rylane); Bina & Norma Lyons (Rylane); Joseph Twomey (Donoughmore). Seller's Prize €20: Sheila Scannell.
11/2/2019 Jackpot €1,600. Numbers drawn: 7 - 23 - 38. No Winner. €20 Taylor Crowley (Rylane); Marie, Eolan & Johnny O'Sullivan (Rylane); Donna Lane (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
Coachford AFC Lotto: 11/2/2019. Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 4 – 28. No Winner. €40 Ray Moynihan. €20 Brendan Galvin, Geraldine Daly, Martin Griffin, Johnny Healy.
18/2/2019. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 15 – 18. No Winner. €40 Frances Daly. €20 Louise & Jess, Louise O’Sullivan, Bláithín, Liz Holmes.

Lee Valley Updates

Nuacht ó Scoil Mhuire

Dúshlán. Ghlac breis is 50 dalta páirt sa chomórtas #Dúshlán a bhí á eagrú ag Conradh na Gaeilge ón 5ú- 7ú Márta. I bhfoirne de thriúr, bhí ar na daltaí 30 dúshlán a chomhlíonadh laisitigh de 50 uair a’ chloig. D’éirigh le formhór na bhfoirne gach dúshlán a chomhlíonadh agus ba mhór an taitneamh a bhaineadar uile as an gcomórtas. Táimid ag feitheamh go foighneach ar thorthaí an chomórtais!
Bia gan Breise. Thug lucht Idirbhliana agus roinnt daltaí Ardteiste cuairt ar mhonarcha Bia gan Breise Teo. i mBéal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ar an nDéardaoin 7ú Feabhra mar chuid dá rang Eac. Bhaile. Taispeánadh an córas táirgthe dos na daltaí agus tugadh deis dóibh barra fuinnimh nach bhfuil ar an margadh fós fiú a bhlaiseadh. Bhí na daltaí ana bhuíoch do Shéamas agus an fhoireann go léir agus bhaineadar ana thaitneamh as an dturas.
Reathaíocht Trastíre. Ghlac 26 dalta ó Scoil Mhuire páirt i gcomórtas Reathaíochta Trastíre i nDún Mánmhaí ar an 22ú Eanáir. D’éirigh thar barr leo agus thug triúr boinn leo abhaile. Tháinig Ellen Ní Choileáin sa tarna háit i rás Bliain 2; bhuaigh Aoibheann Ní Lachtnáin rás Bl.3 agus chríochnaigh Seán Ó Luasa sa triú háit i rás Bliain 4,5,6. Comhghairdeachas leo go léir!
Seó Bóthair. Thug Seó Bóthair cuairt ar an scoil ar an Luan, an 11ú Feabhra. Ceardlann á rith ag Conradh na Gaeilge a bhí ann, bunaithe ar an nGaeilge, úsáid na teanga go náisiúnta, ár gcearta maidir leis an dteanga, deiseanna fostaíochta, srl. Ghlac daltaí Idirbhliana agus Bl.5 páirt ann agus bhíodar ana shásta leis na duaiseanna breátha a bhuadar le linn na ceardlainne.
Cuairteoir ón ISPCA. Ar an gCéadaoin, an 13ú Feabhra, thug bean ó Chumann na hÉireann um Fhóirithint ar Ainmhithe cuairt ar Scoil Mhuire. Bhuail sí leis an Idirbhliain agus labhair sí leo maidir leis an slí a chaitear le hainmhithe agus thaispeáin sí roinnt samplaí dóibh de mhí-úsáid a deineadh ar ainmhithe. Bhí na daltaí thar a bheith tógtha áfach lena gadhar tríchosach, Timmy, a bhí in éineacht léi ar an lá!

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Enjoying the CCMARA St. Valentine’s Day Tea Party in Clondrohid. ©Clondrohid Photograhers

Clondrohid Updates

Parish Pastoral Council: A very informative and well attended meeting was held last week in Community Hall. And the following were elected. President Fr. Wickham. Chairperson Linda Bradley and Secretary Jackie Ó Luasa. All others present will be part of the committee. Lots of ideas and suggestions were discussed, including a Parish newsletter. The next meeting will be Tuesday Feb 26 from 7to 8pm.
St. Abbey’s Shrine Church Cross. : Feb 11, the feast of St. Abbey, rosary and prayers and hymns were all recited at this newly erected shrine. Johnny had the area looking resplendent for the occasion
CCM Active Retired: The very popular singing in Community Hall has resumed. The next session is Monday Feb 25 from 7pm to 9pm. A great night was had last Monday night in the Hall at the sing Song. Fintan had a special guest lined up for this happy group - our own Ger Wolfe, well known for his song, ‘The Curragh Road, which he sung beautifully on the night.. Thanks Fintan and Ger for a great night of playing and singing. The long awaited Valentine’s Afternoon Tea Party was a great success on Feb 14. Over 20 attended, and they were treated to sandwiches, novelty cakes, scones etc all prepared by Maria and staff. Margaret Buckley baked a lovely chocolate cake, which went down a treat. Mary Keane treated all to Chocolates and strawberries. Tea was served in china cups. Kathleen Kelleher was busy on the Burco. Thanks to Margaret and Denis Lucey for their help when the event was over. Well done to all who helped in any way to make this a memorable occasion and as usual with this group, the evening finished with a sing song.
Operation Transformation: This newly formed group are having a walk up the Curragh Road this Saturday Feb 23, commencing at 11am from the G.A.A. grounds. All donations on the day to Sonas and Suimhneas ASD Units in Clondrohid NS. Your support will be appreciated.
Active retired AGM: This newly formed club held its A.G. M. recently in the Community Hall . It was a great success, with a large attendance. Mary Keane, outgoing Secretary, gave an excellent account of all the events that happened in the past year and Nellie White, Treasurer, had all the monetary transactions totally up to date. The following officers were elected: Chairperson: Maurice Manning , V. Chairperson : Teddy Kelleher, Secretary: Mary Keane, Asst Sec. Helen O’Brien, Treasurer: Nellie White, Asst Treasurer :Anna O’Mahony. P.R.O.; Breda Kelleher. A working Committee was put in place to assist at any functions held in the Hall led by Kathleen Kelleher. All members were encouraged to get involved in the running of the club, and already, outings and events are being planned, including getting involved in the Bealtaine Festival. Watch this space for more news.

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Bishop Buckley with Sean Twomey and family at Iveleary G.A.A. Mass. © Connie Cronin Photography

Uíbh Laoire Notes

GAA Celebrations. The victorious 2018 Mid Cork Junior A football heroes, Iveleary, celebrated their win recently at a social that was attended by a large crowd. The lads were presented with their medals and Joseph Creedon picked up the award for Player of the Year. Ger Sweeney got Club person of the year. Congrats to all
Team of ’67. There was another cause for celebration when the Iveleary Junior B team, winners of the Mid Cork championship of 1967, gathered to remember their Mid Cork victory of 50 years ago. Bishop John Buckley, himself a member of that winning team and a handy hurler and bowlplayer in his day, celebrated Mass. Friends from former days came, from far and near and many old stories were told, while those who had passed on recently were remembered.
Croí na Laoi AGM. The Development group held their AGM in the hall on the 12th and a good crowd attended. The outgoing chairman, Fin Cronin, welcomed the members and thanked everyone for their support and encouragement in recent years. Special recognition was given to the hard work of the diligent committee. He briefly reviewed the improvements of recent years in the locality and increases in the Tidy Towns results along with successful applications for funding projects. He expressed best wishes to the new committee and the volunteers for the future.
Officers elected were Chairperson, Dan Kelleher; Vice Chairperson Gerry Crowley; Secretary, Nora O Riordan; Assistant Sec, Colette O Leary; Treasurer, Gussie O Riordan. Special invited guest, Raymond Griffin, our new community Garda, was welcomed and he spoke on his role in the community and how he would like to make himself available to everyone.
St Stephen’s Day Walk. The post Christmas ramble was a fundraiser for Croí na Laoi and the organisers have announced that €1401 was given in sponsorship or donations. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.
Bímís ag Caint. The Ciorcal Cainte continues successfully with The Nurses’ demands as the topic of the week .But other topics soon overtook the main one and the discussion wandered happily from forestry felling to selling dogs in Kerry and included a Happy Birthday song for a member present! Lá Breithe shone dhuit, Nóra! Agus bhí an ciste milis go hálainn.
Sunday Walk. Sunday 24th Feb and the route is the Inchigeela, Rossmore, Skeheenaradharc walk of about 10 km with lovely views on the way. Meet at graveyard 2pm
Bingo. There was a very successful special Bingo night with proceeds donated to the Friends of Macroom and Dunmanway Hospitals. The organisers wish to thank all who supported and donated in any way.
Upcomimg Comedy. We await with excitement for the Ahakeera Drama group who will be in Inchigeela hall with a hilarious comedy called “I’m the One For You “by Jimmy Keary on Friday March 1st. The group have been fantastic on previous visits so this should be another cracker, And proceeds go to Inchigeela National School Fund.
GAA Lotto. The Lotto stands at €5050 as I write. A nice sum to win?
Ladies football. Naomh Fionnbarra, the all parish girls club, held a well supported fundraiser walk /run on Sunday last. The girls had a good year last year and that should help to strengthen them further for the future.
Pipe Band Coffee Morning. There was a large crowd for the coffee morning and over €1,500 was collected. The support is well deserved as the band has gone from strength to strength recently and deserve every support. Their playing at Christmas time was a joy to hear and they have performed not only at local events but abroad and at Árus an Uachtarán.
Karate Winner. Well done to Sol Green who won a medal in a Kumite /Sparring Karate competition in Bishopstown.
Piping Success. Congrats to Caoimhe Ní Charthaigh,who won first in the piping competition for beginners at Mitchelstown recently.
Siúl na Sláinte Bhí 90 amuigh ag siúl idir óg agus aosta.Bhí na ceamaraí o TG4 ann agus cuireadh agallaimh ar roint coisithe. Go neirí libh.
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Pilgrims do the Rounds at St. Gobnait’s shrine Lá ‘le Ghobnatan 2019 ©Lee Valley Outlook

 

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Anois teacht an Earraigh
Beidh an lá ag dul chun síneadh,
Is tar éis na Féile Bríde
Ardóidh me mo sheol ………Antaine Ó Raifteirí (1784-1835)
Above are the opening lines of a lovely poem written by a great Irish poet, Antaine Ó Raifteirí, and translated by Cork’s own Frank O’Connor as :
Now with the Springtime, The days will grow longer. And after St Bridget’s Day, My sail I’ll let go …...
Although written so long ago these words are still entirely appropriate today. Spring has sprung; the flowering daffodils and the buds on the trees are witness to that. Gardeners are getting busy, pruning, weeding, digging and planting. The library has a great assortment of Gardening Books, from beginners to advanced, and from flowers to vegetables. Whether your garden is big or small, there is a book to suit you and your garden.
There is indeed ‘a grand stretch in the evenings’ with the promise of even longer evenings before the month is out. St Bridget’s day has passed, with many libraries running workshops on making St. Bridget’s crosses. Here in Baile Bhúirne on 11th February we had a great day for Lá Fhéile Ghobnatan, with people coming from far and wide to visit, do the rounds, visit the well, and ‘take St Gobnait’s measure’. And the long evenings see many more people taking to the roads walking, running, hiking and cycling. We had a great Workshop entitled Get Into Walking here last week. Norma Mulcahy from the Cork Sports Partnership gave us some great hints and tips. The Healthy Ireland at Your Library collection includes books on exercise, from introduction level upwards, as well as many others encompassing health and wellbeing.
So what of My sail I’ll let go? Well I think people are really looking forward to the Summer and sailing away on holiday. So if you are planning a stay at home holiday or if you plan to travel abroad, the library has books for you too-guide books and books on interesting places to visit and trips to take both in Ireland and further afield; hints on what to see and what foods to expect and what the local culture is like. We also have public access computers and printers available for those of you who might need to print those all-important boarding passes and tickets!
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne also has a computer available for you to search the national catalogue to find any books that may not be immediately available in the branch but are available on the national catalogue for you to order.
Here in Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne our usual groups are open for anyone to join – Knitting, Crochet & Craft Group 11am every Tuesday ; Library Book Club 1st Tuesday of every month at 10.30am (next 5th March) ; Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann gach coicís ar an Aoine ag 10.20 r.n. (cead lá eile 22ú Feabhra). Fáilte roimh cách.
Please do call in and check out the recent delivery of new books across all age groups and genres. Library membership is free and with your membership you have access to a vast range of books, DVD’s Audio Books etc available nationwide, as well as numerous online services.

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Mary Noonan presenting the Seamus Noonan Memorial trophy to Shane Linehan of the winning team at Inniscarra G.A.A. Poc Fada ©

Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada

 

Sincere thanks to everyone who took part or helped and contributed in any way at the annual Poc Fada held by Inniscarra GAA/ Inniscarra Camogie Clubs on St. Stephen’s Day, 26th December, 2018. It was once again a great success, in ideal weather conditions. A record number of over 80 teams took part. Whilst a bit of organizing goes into its staging, it has grown in status now on a yearly basis. There was a large attendance in the Clubhouse - Áras Tadhg Ó Muri, for presentation of prizes, where light refreshments were also served by the hard-working ladies in the kitchen!
Winning Team: Shane Linehan (Capt.), Senan Brislane, Jack O’Sullivan. Second:Jenny Burke, Bryan Linehan, Sean Twomey. Third: Tom O’Sullivan, Paul Farmer, Tomas O’Sullivan. On Thursday night the 7th February 2019, a presentation of the proceeds were made at the Wayside Inn. The recipients were Marymount Hospice and The Jack O’Driscoll Fund. Sean O’Mahony, on behalf of the Poc Fada Committee, thanked everyone who took part and once again outlined its success – 23 years on! He said they were delighted to donate the proceeds to Marymount Hospice as everyone in some way or another has been touched by the wonderful work and services provided by Marymount. Anne Ellard accepted the cheque on behalf of Marymount. Anne thanked the Poc Fada Committee for their continued support, and it was a pleasure to be associated with the Poc Fada, and the support it has given Marymount over the years, as all donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated, for the successful running of the Hospice.
Dan Dilworth accepted the cheque on behalf of The Jack O’Driscoll Fund. Jack suffered life-changing injuries in a freak accident during Storm Emma on the 1st March, 2018. Whilst out with friends in the snow, he jumped into a pile of snow, falling on his back and suffering a severe injury to the vertebrae in his neck, which has now left him paralysed. He has spent some time in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire. Jack is determined that his injury will not hold him back. His motto is onwards and upwards. He played Gaelic football/ hurling with Mayfield GAA and also soccer with St. Mary’s. Inniscarra GAA/ Camogie Clubs wish Jack well on his road to recovery. Mary Noonan presented the “Seamus Noonan Memorial Cup “to Shane Linehan on behalf of the winning team. The Poc Fada Committee would also like to thank The Wayside Inn for their hospitality on the night.

Newcestown Comhaltas goes to Disneyland Paris!

St Patrick’s weekend 2019 is set to be an exciting one for members of Newcestown Comhaltas. A group of 42 branch members will be travelling to France, where they have been selected to perform at Disneyland Paris as part of the 2019 St Patrick’s Day festivities. They will fly out March 15th and preparations for the trip have been under way for months. Branch secretary, Marina Deasy, says it has been a mammoth task but they know it will be worth it.
“Most of the group travelling are in secondary school and it’s an amazing opportunity for them to get at such a young age. They have worked hard at their music, singing and dancing to earn the right to put on a show at Disneyland. Hopefully, they will have a really great time in Paris and bring home memories to last a lifetime!” she said.
Branch chairman, Pat O’Driscoll, said that the young members had proved themselves in recent years by achieving huge success at Fleadhanna Ceoil right up to All-Ireland level. “We are very proud of the standard they have achieved,” he said, “and we know they will be great ambassadors for Irish culture and music when they perform at Disneyland.”
Their show will be staged at the Videopolis Theatre in Disneyland Paris, as part of the Disney Performing Arts Programme. Participation in this programme is on the basis of an audition video and only the cream of traditional Irish music groups are accepted to grace the stage on St Patrick’s Day. The trip is being funded by the members themselves, with a little help from Cork County Council’s Creative Ireland fund. Some local community groups have also made donations to help cover the costs of the trip. This is a great endorsement for the group and it is much appreciated. Branch members have been fundraising for months to reduce the cost for families, and they have further fundraisers planned before they head off to Paris.

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Conall agus Cillian Mac Suibhne sing a song of praise to Cill na Martra County Champions 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra Victory Anthem

 Written and performed by Conall agus Cillian Mac Suibhne, 10, to celebrate Cill na Martra’s County Intermediate Football Victory 2018
Chorus ; We are Cill na Martra; We won the County Cup.
We beat Aghabullogue; We filled the cup with 7up
Olé Olé Olé ................................................
On a bright day in October, chuir ár bpáróiste glas ar an doras,
And headed for Páirc Uí Chaoimh to try and break the curse.
Graham led out his army, with Kevin, Pat and Noonan for a battle,
Martin and Colm had to forget about their cattle.
Shane scored the first; We thought we were secure,
Then Shane scored the second, ‘twas then that we were sure.
Ciarán and Dano trí déag ‘s ceathair déag
With Noel and Colm sé ‘gus seacht,
Side by side stood the brothers; How proud were their mothers?
Our own nana and granda were very bródúil that day,
To have seven grandchildren
Wear the gorm ‘sbán in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Our buachaill, Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Kept a wall of defence,
Wearing uimhir a ceathair, You’d think he was a rock of sense.
Daire Mc Loughlin runs at the speed of light,
If you think you could catch him, You will get a fright.
Mícheál Desmond is a dinger at the forty fives
He’ll shoot from left to right if he won’t get in a fight.
And then there’s Gearóid Golden, wearing uimhir a naoi,
You won’t find him on the Fendt; If it was a John Deere you might I’d say.
The Anthonys, Connell and Cooney, were busy blocking scores,
Tadhg Corkery and Danny Connell worked hard to get some more.
By the time the whistle blew, we already knew,
The Cup was coming with us to Cill na Martra and Réidh na nDoirí.
The lads boarded Christóir’s bus and headed for some grub,
Then to Réidh na nDoirí and onwards to the pub.
Along the route were bonfires lighting up the way,
Paudie Morgan burned half a tractor,
You’d think to him a match would not matter.
Christóir Desmond was like the Pied Piper collecting every child en route,
Shure we were only delighted to see the lads acting the flute!
Anois mar fhocal scoir, go raibh míle to one and all,
Who coached, trained and supported and enabled us to stand tall.
We never will forget it; it was the best so far,
We hope some day to be Laochra ar nós these mighty football stars.

 History

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Private Paddy O’Sullivan, Inchigeela, who fought and died in France in 1918
©

 Remembering a World War 1 Soldier from Inchigeela

 Private Patrick J O’Sullivan of the 168th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division was born in Inchigeela in 1893 and lived where the Briar Rose Bar stands now. As a young man growing up in Inchigeela, he was very actively involved in local sports and athletics and was a national champion, winning the long jump at the All Ireland Track and Field Championships in 1914. He also held the National long jump record at the time and competed in the Hop Step and Jump (now known as the triple jump) at these championships.
Little is known about his early life but in 1915 Patrick emigrated to America at the request of his uncle, to help run his business, and while living in Massachusetts, he signed up to the American Army in 1917. After training in Boston for a few months, he was stationed in Northern France and fought in the Battle of St. Michel. This was a very important battle in WWI and played a huge part in ending the war. Patrick played his part in this battle and suffered gas poisoning in the trenches of St Michel and died on November 22nd 1918, ten days after the war ended. Patrick is buried in St Michel American Cemetery along with 4,200 other soldiers from seventeen different countries, all who fought for America. There are approximately thirty other Irish men interred there also.
Patrick was one of three brothers who fought in WWI, including Con – a ship radio officer and Dan who was stationed in North Africa. A fourth brother was Doctor Tim O Sullivan who worked in Macroom as a G.P. Patrick also had two sisters – Mrs May O’Callaghan, Inchigeela and Mrs Peg Grace who lived in Waterford. Dan and Con survived the war and, on returning home to Inchigeela, both settled down to normal life. Dan subsequently married Nora Lucey, Ballingeary and had three daughters – Ann Kelleher of the Briar Rose Bar Inchigeela, Margaret Forde, now in Midleton and Kathleen O’Leary, Clondrohid. Dan was also a fine sportsman and while working in Thurles in the Post Office, he was captain of the Thurles rugby team that won the Garryowen cup three years running.

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Kathleen O’Leary, Clondrohid, visits her uncle, Private Paddy O’Sullivan’s grave at St. Michel, France, with her sons, Michael and Fintan and granddaughter Neve on the 100th anniversary of his death in World War 1. ©

On the 20th November 2018, on the 100th anniversary of his death, Kathleen O’Leary fulfilled a lifelong ambition and travelled to France with her sons, Michael and Fintan, and her granddaughter, Neve, to pay their respects at Uncle Paddy’s Grave. As we made the 3 hour drive to St Michel, we were struck by the monuments and signposts all over this area of France pertaining to WW1. There were British, German, American and French monuments at various locations along the roads, all of which heightened our sense of what happened 100 years ago in this area. On a bitterly cold November day, it was sobering to stand in the midst of 4,200 white crosses and reflect on what it must have been like for these brave men as they gave their lives to free Europe from the Germans. This was the war that changed how armies fought. The British started the war still charging on horseback, waving swords, but soon realized that this way was over, given the firepower the Germans put on the field. Trench warfare was the order of the day and the losses were enormous on both sides.
It was very gratifying to see the respect and care that the American people take in looking after the cemetery As we prayed and laid a wreath at his grave, we could not help but think on the futility of war and came to the conclusion that, as the Archduke Ferdinand and politicians of the time played their games, it was the ordinary people like Uncle Paddy who suffered the consequences.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. By Michael O’Leary.

Dan Joe’s Treasure Chest
The following is but a sample of all original and copyrighted material extracted from Dan Joe Kelleher’s collection. Here are lists of contents of just two of more than 67 boxes in his possession.
Box 1--1-School Concert 2010
1--2-An Choirm Cheoil san Áras 1 Béal Átha 'n Ghaorthaidh
1--3-An Choirm Cheoil san Áras 2 Béal Átha 'n Ghaorthaidh
1--4-Clonakilty 2009
1--5-ScórSinsearCraobhnahÉireann 2009
1--6-Sunday Mass at Caum Church Celebrant Right Rev. Mgr. James O'Donnell
1--7-Adrigole Munster 2016
1--8-John of God
1--9-BéalÁtha 'n Ghaorthaidh san Áras 2011
1--10-Griffins Music and Images
1--11-Rína Leon 18/01/2013 San IonadPobalCillnaMartra
1--12-Special Tribute to Retired Principal Rylane Con Lynch
1--13-Butlerstown Variety Group 2 1978 - 2010
1--14-Muinefliuch N.S. 8/02/1987 Presented by Jim Murray
1--15-Coachford Senior GT M.C. Sean Crowley 3/3/1985
-and Macroom NDC Milk Run 1985
1--16-Christmas Vigil Mass Cel. Fr. Battie Desmond C.C.
1--17-Launch of DVD Johnny Creedon Broadcast 30/4/2014
1--18-Butlerstown Variety Group 2 1978 - 2010 See Other
1--19-The Story of Christmas
1--20-Mid Cork Junior A Football Final 2017
1--21-Courtmacsherry St. Patrick's Day Parade
1--22-GAA Under 15 Aghinagh v Blarney
1--23-Cork Co. Football Final Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers (Draw)
1--24-GAA 18/10/2009 Valley Rovers 0-7 Clyda Rovers 0-5
Box 2--1-St. Therese of Liseaux
2--2-First Mass Fr. Battie Desmond 2000
2--3-St. GobnaitBallyvourney Mass 2004 Extra 1994
2--4-St. Gobnaits Shrine Ballyvourney 2010
2--5-Gougane Sunday 2014
2--6-Funeral Fr. Battie Desmond 8/7/2014
2--7-Remembrance Mass Fr. Battie Desmond Carriganima N.S.
2--8-Fr, Battie Desmond 2012
2--9-Fr, Battie Desmond Vigil Mass 2013
2--10-ScoilLactáinNaofaCeolChoirmna h-ath-bhliana28/01/2011
2--11-St. Gobnait's Shrine Mass 17/7/2016
2--12-Musical Interlude 2000
2--13-TG4 27/12/2013
2--14-St. Gobnait's Shrine 19/7/2015
2--15-Songs and Music from Ballingeary
2--16-LTV March 2017
2--17-and St. Patrick's Day Parade
2--18-DVD Launch 14/04/2016
2--19-John White CD
2--20-Beatles
2--21-LTV2 28/4/2011 Final Programme
2--22-Johnny Donegan with Mike & Leo
2--23-Clondrohid Panto - Jack & the Beanstalk
2--24-Roche Bros
2--25-Fota 24/07/1984
2--26-John Big Deere
2--27-Shrone 15/2/1988
2--28-Annual Mass at Shrone 1/5/2011
2--29-Mass at Shrone 4/5/2014
2--30-A Pilgrim to the City of Shrone 3/5/2015
2--31-Shrone 1/5/2016
2--32-Annual Mass at Shrone 7/5/2017
2--33-Gougane Barra 1996
2--34-Gougane Sunday Inchigeela Mass - Mass Rock Mass 2004
2--25-Gougane Sunday 26/9/2004 + Mass Rock 2006
2--26-Gougane Sunday 25/9/2005
2--27-Gougane Walk to St. Finbarr's Rock 2004
2--28-Gougane 2006 Walk St. Finbarr's Walk
2--29-Gougane Sunday 2004 Mass at Inchigeela
2--30-Gougane Sunday 2010
2--31-Gougane Sunday 2013
2--32-Gougane Sunday 30/9/2012
2--33-Gougane Sunday 2014
2--34-Gougane Sunday 15/9/2015
2--35-Gougane Scenes 2005
To be continued

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Macroom Castle with Auxiliary lorries, (from Guerrila Days in Ireland, 1948)©

Kilmichael Ambush, 28/11/1920

 A three part series of articles by Con Kelleher will study Kilmichael Ambush in depth under the following headings: Context, Combat, Casualties, Controversies and Conclusions and consider ‘Our boys’ and ‘the other boys’.
Introduction. Kilmichael is a quiet isolated parish in West Cork and is crossed by the main Macroom-Dunmanway road. Perhaps the most notorious and celebrated action of the Irish War of Independence took place in the intersection of its town-lands of Shanacashel, Cooleclevane and Haremount. The Kilmichael Ambush occurred on the 28th of November 1920, a little over 98 years ago. In the ambush, 36 Irish men killed seventeen British men and permanently damaged one more; the British killed three Irish volunteers. The Ambush is commemorated in song, story, articles, books and films. ‘The Boys of Kilmichael’ is its most famous commemorating ballad and is learned by many school children, including the writer when young, and, for most people, it is the story of the ambush.
The narrative of the ballad suited both sides. The British forces – the Auxiliaries - are cast in the role of the mighty foe, an elite corps of soldiers; their reputation alone was a weapon. Paradoxically, it fitted perfectly with the needs of the IRA because, slaying a ‘Goliath’, carries great kudos. I examine why 20 young men were killed that day and suggest that they were as much victims victims of violent republicanism on one hand and British policy on the other..

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Kilmichael Ambush site (from Seán A Murphy's book 'Kilmichael A Battle Field Study' ©

Context. 1918 saw the end of World War 1; the Spanish ‘flu raged across the world and killed fifty to one hundred million people; women voted in Ireland and Britain in general elections for the first time; Sinn Féin’s sweeping victory in the General Election of December was mirrored by the Unionists’ hegemony in the North-East. The first Dáil sat in January 21st 1919. That day in an unauthorised IRA ambush at Soloheadbeg, Co. Tipperary, two RIC men, John O’Connell and James McDonnell, were killed. John O’Connell was from Coachford. The encounter is traditionally regarded as the opening action of the War of Independence. Assassinations accounted for much of the killing in 1920-21. From early 1920, many unoccupied barracks were destroyed and occupied ones attacked, principally to obtain arms. The unlawful killings of IRA volunteers followed and Tomás Mac Curtain was assassinated at home on March 20th 1920. Terence McSwiney died in October following a seventy four day hunger strike. The gaze of the world was on Ireland.
The Restoration of Order in Ireland Act in August 1920 placed many crimes under the jurisdiction of military courts. An unintended consequence was the emergence of IRA ‘flying columns’ or elite service units. After that, successful IRA attacks became more destructive. Kilmichael Ambush fell within this framework.

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Tom Barry. From 'Guerrilla Days in Ireland' (Tom Barry) ©

Combat 1 – A Description.
The ballad ‘The Boys of Kilmichael’ contains the following lines:

And they met with the boys of the column
Who made a clean sweep of the lot
and
Then here’s to the boys of Kilmichael
Who feared not the might of the foe.
The previous Sunday, Nov. 21st 1920, was ‘Bloody Sunday’. In the morning, Michael Collins’s hit-squad assassinated British Intelligence officers and others – fourteen in all -; that afternoon in Croke Park at a challenge football match between Dublin and Tipperary before a crowd of about 5,000. Auxiliaries fired indiscriminately and killed a player and spectators - 16 in total died as a result - In the following week the country was feverish and on edge. Tom Barry, a World War 1 veteran, was 22 years when he commanded the IRA column at Kilmichael. The contingent of 36 riflemen had trained for a week before at Clogher and all but one, apart from Barry, were inexperienced. Pat Deasy, only 16, 4 tagged along behind the group and, fatally for him, it was too near the ambush site, or Barry was too soft, for him to be sent home. The IRA unit had assembled at 2.00 a.m. at Ahalina, Ballineen, and marched the 15 kilometres to Kilmichael. The weather was wretched and the men were soaked and cold. Their only ‘food’ all day was bread and tea supplied by local sympathisers. Barry set up his group as per the diagram (by kind permission of Mike Murphy, Dept of Geography, UCC/ Joint editor of Atlas of the Irish Revolution)

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Kilmichael Ambush site from Atlas of the Irish Revolution. With permission of Mike Murphy. ©

Two lorries carried eighteen Auxiliary Division Royal Irish Constables (ADRIC) in convoy and they were searching for IRA volunteers in Coppeen. Inspector/Colonel Crake was the leader. By November 1920 most of the local rural RIC barracks had been abandoned. The Crown policed the area in patrols and had succeeded, to a large degree, in quietening the district. Perhaps complacency had set in; the patrol routes were predictable and possibly information was supplied. It was about 4.05 p.m. when the vehicles reached the ambush site and light was fading.
In Guerrilla Days in Ireland, Barry wrote that he was at the command post; wearing an Officer’s uniform, he stood on the road and the first lorry slowed. The shooting started and Barry threw a bomb. The Auxiliaries in that truck (Phase one, 1st lorry) were dealt with quickly and soon, all the men in the first vehicle were dead or badly wounded see diagram. When the firing had started, the second lorry tried to reverse and turn but a wheel got stuck in the side of the road. Section 2 engaged; the constables jumped out and sought cover as best they could. Several Auxiliaries were shot; Barry said a ‘We surrender’ was heard; the IRA men stopped shooting and some left their positions. Some Auxiliaries opened fire again. Jim O’Sullivan was shot and killed instantly: Michael McCarthy was very badly injured and died quickly at the ambush scene or on the way to Gortroe. Young Pat Deasy was also badly hurt and died later that night in Buttimers’ house. Barry vehemently asserted that there was a ‘False Surrender’8 and his account is generally accepted as true. The IRA men recommenced shooting and made a ‘clear sweep of the lot’. Prof. John A Murphy, UCC, when speaking as Gaeilge in Pat Butler’s documentary on the Kilmichael Ambush, said that there is another rougher version of the first quotation above and it was, perhaps, nearer to the truth and it went -
And they met with the boys of the column
Who made ‘s...’ of the whole ‘f...ing’ lot.
Barry took responsibility for the command to keeping firing until he ordered ‘Cease Fire’; and that was not to stop shooting until all the enemy combatants were dead.

To be Continued.

 Sports Mad

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019
County Football Leagues 2019

Division One - Kelleher Shield
03/02/2019 - Round One
O Donovan Rossa 0-10 Nemo Rangers 0-8
St Finbarrs 1-17 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-10
St Michaels 1-22 Clonakilty 0-7
Valley Rovers 0-8 Ballincollig 3-13
10/02/2019 – Round Two
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 1-9 Valley Rovers 0-13
Cill Na Martra 0-6 O Donovan Rossa 0-11
Clonakilty v Carbery Rangers
Kiskeam 1-10 St Finbarrs 1-10
Nemo Rangers 1-13 v St Michaels 2-9
ROUND 3
St Michaels 0-9 Cill na Martra 2-10
Ballincollig 1-13 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2-8

Division Two
03/02/2019 – Round One
Carrigaline 2-7 Newcestown 3-9
Clyda Rovers 1-11 Macroom 1-7
Fermoy 0-12 Mallow 1-11
Kanturk 1-9 Castlehaven 0-14
Newmarket 2-10 Aghabullogue 1-10
10/02/2019 – Round Two
Aghabullogue 0-5, , , , Fermoy 2-7
Éire Óg 0-16, , , , Clyda Rovers 1-10
Macroom 0-10, , , , Newmarket 0-7
Mallow 1-16, , , , Carrigaline 2-10
Newcestown 2-9, , , , Kanturk 2-9
Round 3
Carrigaline 2-6 Aghabullogue 1-9
Fermoy 2-6 Macroom 1-8
Newmarket 1-13 Éire Óg 1-8

Division Three
02/02/2019 – Round One
-Dohenys 3-18----Rockchapel 2-5---
03/02/2019
-Aghada 2-13----Naomh Abán 2-9---
-Bandon 1-11----Douglas 1-12---
-St Vincents 1-8----Nemo Rangers 2-7---
10/02/2019 – Round Two
-Bishopstown 1-3----Dohenys 0-13---
-Glanworth 1-7----Ilen Rovers 0-7---
-Naomh Abán 1-12----Bandon 0-15---
-Nemo Rangers 3-7----Aghada 2-13---
-Rockchapel 4-9----St Vincents 1-6---
Round 3
Douglas 4-5 Naomh Abán 0-8
Division Four
01/02/2019 – Round One
-Ballydesmond 2-15----Gabriel Rangers 2-9---
-Knocknagree----Mitchelstown---
03/02/2019
-Castletownbere 0-12----Bantry Blues 0-10---
-Glenville 0-10----Kinsale 1-10---
-Kildorrery 0-10----Grenagh 0-10---
07/02/2019
-Mitchelstown 1-11----Ballydesmond 0-9---
10/02/2019 – Round Two
-Bantry Blues 2-11----Kildorrery 1-7---
-Gabriel Rangers 1-9----Castletownbere 0-19---
-Kinsale 1-6----Knocknagree 2-11---
-Mayfield 1-9----Glenville 1-10---
Round 3
Grenagh 0-9 Bantry Blues 2-10
Division Five
02/02/2019 – Round One
-St Finbarrs 0-10----Dromtarriffe 3-16---
03/02/2019
-Ballinora 1-5----Na Piarsaigh 0-8---
-Glanmire 1-4----Millstreet 3-11---
-St Nicks 2-7----Youghal 2-4---
10/02/2019 – Round Two
-Adrigole 1-15----Glanmire 0-15---
-Dromtarriffe 1-15----Ballinora 1-6---
-Millstreet 3-16----St Nicks 0-10---
-Youghal 1-7----St Finbarrs 1-11---
Round 3
Ballinora 3-10 Youghal 2-4
Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019
Senior Football Championship
Preliminary Round
Carrigaline v O' Donovan Rossa
Round 1
Ballincollig v Carrigaline / O' Donovan Rossa
Bishopstown v Douglas
Carbery Rngrs v Ilen Rovers
Castlehaven v Fermoy
Clyda Rovers v St Finbarr's
Dohenys v St Nicholas
Mallow v Kiskeam
Newcestown v Clonakilty
Valley Rovers v Nemo Rangers
Round 2 (losers round) – draw after conclusion of Rd 1.

Divisional / College Section
Preliminary Round
A Avondhu V Muskerry
Round 1
B Seandun v Beara
C UCC v Avondhu/Muskerry
D CIT v Carbery
E Imokily v Duhallow
Round 2: B v C, D v E
2 Winners to open championship draw for last 16

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Cill na Martra County Intermediate Football Champions 2018 and management at victory dinner in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Bantry Blues v Nemo Rangers
Round 1
Aghada v Na Piarsaigh
Bandon v Newmarket
Castletownbere v Kanturk
Cill na Martra v Éire Óg
Naomh Abán v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
St. Michael’s v Macroom
St. Vincent’s v Bantry Blues / Nemo Rangers
Round 2(losers round) – draw to be made after Rd 1 over

Intermediate Football Championship

Preliminary Round
Kildorrery v Knocknagree
Round 1
Gabriel Rangers v Adrigole
Dromtarriffe v Millstreet
Kinsale v Ballydesmond
Youghal v Kildorrery / Knocknagree
Aghabullogue v Mitchelstown
Grenagh v Glanmire
Rockchapel v Ballinora
Mayfield v Glenville
Glanworth v St Finbarrs
TOM CREEDON CUP 2019

Semi Finals:
Knocknagree v Macroom
Nemo Rangers v Cill na Martra

County Championship Fixtures

Divisional SFC and SHC are knockout games
Monday March 18th SFC Avondhu v Muskerry 2pm Pairc Ui Rinn
Thursday 21st SFC UCC v winners Avondhu/Muskerry 7.30pm P Uí Rinn
Tuesday 26th SHC Muskerry v Duhallow P Ui Chaoimh 4G 8pm
Thursday 28th SFC If Muskerry v Seandun or Beara
Tuesday April 2nd SHC If Muskerry v UCC/CIT

Club Championships

1st round fixtures – there is a losers round to follow
Sunday April 7th PIFC St Michaels v Macroom at Coachford, 2pm
Saturday 13th IFC Grenagh v Glanmire at Blarney, 5pm
IFC Ballinora v Rockchapel at Millstreet 5pm
Sunday 14th IFC Aghabullogue v Mitchelstown at Mallow 3pm
14th PIFC Cill na Martra v Éire Óg at Macroom 2pm, followed by
PIFC Naomh Abán v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 3.45pm
Friday 19th PIHC Ballincollig v FR O’Neills at Carraigtwohill, 8pm
Sunday 21st PIHC Blarney v Ballinhassig at Ballincollig 2pm
Saturday 27th IHC Éire Óg v Dungourney P Ui Rinn 5.45pm
Friday May 3rd IHC St Catherinres v Cloughduv at P Ui Rinn 7.30pm
Saturday 4th IHC Aghabullogue v Ballinhassig at Ovens 5.45pm followed by
IHC Dripsey v Ballygarvan at 7.30pm
IHC Grenagh v Na Piarsaigh at Blarney 6.45pm
Sunday 5th SFC Ballincollig v Carrigaline or O’Donovan Rossa at Ballinhassig or
Ballinascarthy
Mid Cork GAA Championship Draws 2019
Junior A Football Championship

Round 1
A Éire Óg v Cill na Martra
B Kilmurry v Iveleary
C Naomh Abán v Canovee
D Donoughmore v Inniscarra
E Clondrohid v Kilmichael
F Dripsey v Ballincollig
G Blarney v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
Aghinagh – a bye
Round 2
Aghinagh v Loser A
Loser B v Loser C
Loser D v Loser E
Loser F v Loser G
Round 3 – new draw
Junior B Football Championship
Round 1
A Grenagh v Inniscarra
B Kilmurry v Ballinora
Quarter finals
1 Canovee v Iveleary
2 Winner of A v Aghabullogue
3 Winner of B v Aghinagh
4 Ballincollig v Macroom
Semi Finals; 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Junior C Football Championship
Quarter Finals;
A Kilmichael v Dripsey
B Ballincollig v Éire Óg
C Gleann na Laoi v Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh
D Blarney – a bye
Semi Finals:
Winner of A v Winner of B, Winner of C v Blarney

Junior A Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Donoughmore v Éire Óg
B Ballinora v Inniscarra
C Iveleary v Cloughduv
D Ballincollig v Blarney
Kilmichael – a bye
Round 2
Kilmichael v Loser A
Loser B v Loser C,
Loser D a bye BUT v Kilmichael if KM lose earlier
Junior B Hurling Championship
Round 1
A Gleann na Laoi v Éire Óg
Quarter Finals
1 Grenagh v Laochra Óg
2 Winner of A v Inniscarra
3 Aghabullogue v Ballincollig
4 Blarney v Ballinora
Semi Finals: 1 v 2: 3 v 4

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

Mid Cork U21 A FC
Round 1
A Ballincollig 2-20 Béal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh 0-4
B Cill na Martra 0-9 Kilmurry 0-11
C Naomh Abán 1-6 Éire Óg 0-25
Round 2
Inniscarra v Béal Atha’n Ghaorthaidh
Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán
Quarter Finals – new draw

Ballincollig 2 - 20 Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 4
Ballincollig, as expected, were much too strong for Béal Átha in their U21A championship first round tie under lights at Ballincollig. Béal Átha won the B championship last season and so were automatically promoted despite their expressed desire to remain in the lower division. Impressive Ballincollig led by 0-6 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter, scored two goals early in the second and led by 2-14 to 0-3 at the interval. It was clearly an unequal contest and the second half saw a continuation of Ballincolllig dominance and the home side were the easiest of winners.
Scorers: Ballincollig: Jordan O’Connor 1-2, Luke Fahy 1-2, Darren Murphy 0-6, Evan Cooke 0-3, Dave McCullough 0-2, E O’Reilly, G O’Donoghue, K Walsh, J Murray and Js O’Leary 0-1 each. Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Seán Ó Luasa 0-2 (f), Seán Ó Muineacháin and Donagh Seartan 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Shane Horgan: Fintan Denny, Gearóid O’Donoghue, Sean Walsh: Robbie Burke, Kevin Crowley, Karl Walsh: Luke Fahy, Jordan Murray: David McCullough, Evan Cooke, James O’Leary: Darren Murphy, Jordan O’Connor, Liam O’Reilly. No subs used.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Conchuir Ó Buachalla: Odhrán Ó Grianna, Eanna Ó Luasa, Pádraig Ó Tuama: Gavin Ó Laoire, Pádraig Ó Laoire, Ciarán Ó Luasa: Seán Ó hUrdail, Gearóid Ó Loinsigh: Seán Ó Muineacháin, Seán Ó Luasa, Seamus Ó Tuama: Ronán Ó Loinsigh, Donagh Seartan, Brian Ó Duinnín. Subs: Brian Ó Tuama, Cathal Ó Críodáin.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin, Cill na Martra.

Cill na Martra 0 – 9 Kilmurry 0 – 11
Reigning champions Kilmurry got the defence of their Mid Cork U21 A title off to a good start with a very hard earned win over Cill na Martra at Páirc Uí Chuana. Cill na Martra were well prepared for the contest, settled early and were never out of contention against the favourites, beaten county finalists last year only after a replay, and with almost all of that side still available.
Cill na Martra led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter, but Kilmurry were getting to grips with the problems and were much improved in the second quarter. Kilmurry did have a well struck Seán Warren penalty saved on 21 minutes but it took a late point from the influential Seánie Ó Foirréidh to give Cill na Martra a 0-7 to 0-6 interval lead.
Kilmurry equalised on the restart, but then lost Eoghan Clifford to a leg injury and had Seán Flanagan black carded. Dean MacCarthaigh put the home side back in front from a free but Kilmurry were getting on top now and points from Denis Dullea, Brian Hinchion and the outstanding Liam Wall put them two clear in the 47th minute. Cill na Martra responded and only a single score separated the sides for ten minutes before Liam Wall kicked over a relieving point in injury time.
Scorers: Kilmurry: L Wall 0-4, B Hinchion 0-2, Js O’Mullane 0-2, S Warren 0-2 (0-1f), D Dullea 0-1.
Cill na Martra: D MacCarthaigh 0-5 (0-4f), S Ó Foirréidh 0-3, C MacLochlainn 0-1 (f).
Kilmurry: Eoin Curzon: Darragh Linehan, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: James O’Mullane, Liam O’Sullivan, Mark Dromey: Seán Flanagan, Kyle Kelleher: Evan Carroll, Brian Hinchion, Liam Wall: Denis Dullea, Eoghan Clifford, Seán Warren. Subs: Stephen O’Donoghue 38, Jack Casey 42.
Cill na Martra: Mike Aynsley: Jack Ó hEaluithe, Eoin Ó Ceallaigh, Ciarán O Loinsigh: Antóin Ó Loinsigh, Tadhg Ó Corcora, Andi Ó Buachalla: Colm MacLochlainn, Seánie Ó Foirréidh: Ciarán O Foirréidh, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Eoin Ó Conaill: Timmy Ó Conaill, Dean MacCarthaigh, Trevor Ó hEaluithe. Sub: Micheál Ó Cathasaigh 44.
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom.

Éire Óg 0 – 25 Naomh Abán 1-6
As expected, Éire Óg were too strong physically and in maturity for a young N Abán side in a one sided U21 A championship game at Kilmichael. Éire Óg playing against the wind led by 0-13 to 0-4 at the break and went on to win very comfortably at the finish. It was a competent display by the Ovens men and they have good strong footballers all over the field and will be a match for most in the competition.
Naomh Abán had fine footballers but were on the light side and could not match the overall balance and power of the winners. They will however provide Cill na Martra with a strong challenge in the second round.
Scorers: Éire Óg: D Foley 0-6, B Hurley 0-6, A O’Doherty 0-5 (fs), John Cooper 0-3, J Murphy 0-2, J Kelleher, Joe Cooper and C McGoldrick 0-1 each. Naomh Abán: A Ó Luasa 1-12, D Ó Laoire 0-2, C Ó Criodáin 0-2, D Ó Loinsigh 0-1.
Éire Óg: Eoin Kelleher; Patrick Twomey, Shane Quigley, Seán O’Flynn: Diarmuid Dineen, Jason Twomey, David Twomey: Jack Murphy, Anthony O’Doherty: Conor McGoldrick, John Cooper, Jerome Kelleher: John Condon, Dylan Foley, Brian Hurley. Subs: Joe Cooper, Killian Sheehan, Cathal Mullins, James O’Shea, Cormac Allison.
Naomh Abán: Finlay Walker: Brian Ó Riordáin, Micheál Ó Ceallacháin, Eoin Ó Scannaill: Deasún Ó Tuama, Stiofán Ó Murchú, Aodhán Ó Ceocháin: Tadg Ó Riordáin, Dara Ó Ceallaigh: Conchur Ó Críodáin, Seán Ó Meachair, Aodhán Ó Luasa: Dara Ó Loinsigh, Dara Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Donnchú. Fir Ionaid; Tomás Ó Ceocháin, Donncadh Ó Brolacháin, Donncadh Ó Deasúna, Seán Ó Riordáin.
Referee: Gerry Masters, Kilmichael.

U21 B Football Championship

Round 1
A Canovee 5-10 St Malachy’s 0-10
B Aghabullogue 2-12 Ballinora 0-7
C Blarney 2-5 Grenagh 1-5
D Macroom a bye
Round 2
St Malachy’s v Ballinora
Grenagh v Macroom
Quarter Finals: new draw Canovee Aghabullogue Blarney L1 L2

Canovee 5 - 10 St Malachy’s 0 – 10
Two early goals, one from Mark Walsh and the other from a Jack Kelleher penalty got Canovee off to a great start at Carrigadrohid against the combination side from Donoughmore, Dripsey and Gleann na Laoi. Canovee having played against the wind were in a strong position at the break and dominated in the second half against battling opponents who scored some fine points in each half and contested to the finish.
Scorers: Canovee: Patrick O’Neill 1-0, Evan Dodd 1-1, Jack Kelleher 1-4, Dara Cronin 1-1, Mark Walsh 1-0, Eoghan Lehane 0-2, Eoin Moynihan 0-2. St Malachy’s: Eoghan Maher 0-5, Shane O’Riordan 0-2, Ben Honohan, Eoghan Buckley and Billy Barrett 0-1 each.
Canovee: Cormac O’Driscoll: Patrick O’Neill, Neil Kirk, David Carroll: Shane Riordan, Denis Murphy, Sean Browne: Jack Murphy, Evan Dodd: Kieran Walsh, Eoghan Lehane, David O’Keeffe: Mark Walsh, Jack Kelleher, Billy Kingston. Subs: Gavin Hickey, Dara Cronin, Eoin Moynihan, Eoghan O’Connell, Noel Browne, Ben Cheasty.
St Malachy’s: Michael Buckley (Donoughmore): Donncadha Morrissey (Don), Brendan O’Callaghan (Don), Colm O’Connell (Dripsey): Alan Jones (Don), Niall O’Callaghan (Don), Dean O’Sullivan (Dripsey): Eoghan Maher (Dripsey), St John Forde (Don): Mark O’Connell (Dripsey), Ben Honohan (Don), Eoghan Buckley (Don): Aaron O’Riordan (Drip), Shane O’Riordan (Dripsey), Billy Barrett (Don).
Referee: Joe Larkin, Ballinora.

Aghabullogue 2-12 Ballinora 0-7
Aghabullogue had a convincing win over Ballinora at Ovens. First half goals from a David Thompson penalty and a second from play from Tadg Bradley helped Aghabullogue to a 2-5 to 0-4 interval lead and with the assistance of the wind in the second half they were comfortably in control to the end.
Scorers: Aghabullogue: D Thompson 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), T Bradley 1-1, M Bradley 0-3, K O’Sullivan, A Healy 0-1 each. Ballinora: Jack Blake and Luke O’Donovan 0-2 each, Tim Forde, George Forde and Pádraig Dineen 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: Dan Lane; Killian BarryMurphy, Conor Smyth, Tom Long: Paul Dilworth, Paul Ring, Shane Tarrant: Niall BarryMurphy, Seán O’Connell: Jack Murphy, Mathew Bradley, Jack Oldham: David Thompson, Tadg Bradley, Aodhán Healy. Subs: Keelan O’Sullivan, Oisín Fogarty, Paul Dineen, Conor Dineen, Shane Moynihan.
Ballinora: Joe Conway: Dave Fitton, James Walsh, Ben Murphy: Cathal McCarthy, Brian Rigney, Conor Quirke: Pádraig Dineen, David O’Halloran: Tim Forde, George Forde, Gary Linehan: Jack Blake, Brian McCarthy, Luke O’Donovan.
Referee: Ger Ahern, Canovee

Blarney 2 – 5 Grenagh 1 – 5
A goal in the 4th minute got Blarney off to a good start against neighbours Grenagh at Ballyanley and a second in the 20th minute left them 2-1 to 0-3 in front. This was still the score at the break but then Grenagh had a 38th minute point followed by a goal four minutes later to leave the score at 2-4 to 1-4. Blarney eased their situation with a point but Grenagh hit back with two points and were chasing a match saving goal when the final whistle sounded.
Blarney: David O’Sullivan: James Walsh, Michael John Shine, Stephen Mullane: Jack O’Keeffe, Alan McEvoy, Ben Ahern: Kelvin Dunlea (1-1), Will Crowley: Trevor Harrington (1-1, 1-0 pen),, Eamonn O’Mahony, Cian Aherne: James Doody, Barry Dennehy (0-2), Cathal Hegarty (0-1). Sub: Jim O’Donovan.
Grenagh: Niall O’Connell: Jack Buckley, Morgan McSweeney, Barry McCarthy, Conor Ó Buachalla, Alex Kiely, Stephen Lehane, Michael O’Riordan, Peter McSweeney (0-1), Darragh Kenny (0-2), Paul BarryMurphy, Darragh White (0-1), Tom Flaherty, Paul Walsh (0-1), David Rea, Sub: Cian O’Connor (1-0).

U21 C Football Championship

Due to the successful appeals by Iveleary to the Cork County Board re. grading, Iveleary were given C status and so the U21 C championship draw was redrawn and is as follows:
U21 C Football championship - Revised Draw
A Clondrohid v Kilmichael
B Ballincollig B v Iveleary
C Aghinagh – a bye
2nd Round
Losers of A v Aghinagh

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

Cork 1-20 Clare 0-20
Patrick Horgan scored 16 points as Cork achieved their first Allianz HL Division 1A victory of 2019, finishing strongly to see off Clare at Páirc Uí Rinn. 15 of Horgan’s scores came from frees as Clare committed foul after foul, especially in the second half. Cork didn’t lead at all in the first half and it wasn’t until the 68th minute of the game that they managed a two point lead for the first time. However, four of the last five points went their way, so they join four other counties in a tie for second place in the table, behind leaders Limerick.
For much of the game, it looked like Clare would edge it as they played with a greater fluency in attack. Tony Kelly finished with six points, Ian Galvin and John Conlon both scored four points, all from play.
Cork managed to draw level on 22 minutes. Séamus Harnedy sent the ball in from the 65 but goalkeeper Keith Hogan misjudged and the ball crossed the line. Peter Duggan (free) and Ryan put Clare ahead again, but Horgan ensured that Cork were level by half-time, 1-6 to 0-9, with the hosts not having a point from open play until the 33rd minute.
Horgan was on hand again early in the second half to put Cork ahead on three occasions, but Clare replied each time and hit the front again thanks to another Duggan free on 47. Each time they forged ahead, though, Cork would win a free and Horgan would do the needful. Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-16 (15fs), Séamus Harnedy 1-1, Tim O’Mahony, Daniel Kearney, Jamie Coughlan 0-1 each.
CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra), Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, David Griffin; Cormac Murphy, Bill Cooper; Daniel Kearney, Séamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane; Jamie Coughlan, Aidan Walsh, Patrick Horgan. Subs: Luke Meade (49), Darren Browne (60), Alan Cadogan (60).

Allianz National Football League

Clare 3 - 13 Cork 1 – 10
Two goals in the opening minutes set Clare up for their second successive league win over Cork footballers. Cork hit back with the next two scores to leave just three between the sides, but this was as close as they would get. Clare led by 2-6 to 0-6 ahead at half-time.
Scores proved harder to come by in the second half. Cork did breach Clare’s rearguard with five minutes of normal time remaining, when Ian Maguire got a fist to a high hanging ball to leave it Clare 2-10 Cork 1-8 as the clock ticked toward full-time. Clare responded well once more with another three points and a last second goal to complete a miserable afternoon for Cork.
Scorers for Cork: Ian Maguire 1-0, Luke Connolly 0-3 (2fs), Matthew Taylor (1f) and Stephen Sherlock (2fs) 0-2 each, Liam O'Donovan, Michael Hurley, and Stephen Cronin 0-1 each.
CORK: Mark White; Kevin O’Donovan, Kevin Flahive, Conor Dennehy; Stephen Cronin, Stephen Sherlock, James Loughery; Ian Maguire (c), Ronan O’Toole (Éire Óg); Tomas Clancy, Mark Collins, Mattie Taylor; Michael Hurley, Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly. Subs: Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty) 9, Aidan Browne (Newmarket)47, Paul Walsh (Kanturk) 47 , Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael) 60, Damien Gore (Kilmacbea) 60.
Fixtures:

Saturday 23.02.2019
Allianz Football League Division 2
Round 4: Cork v Meath @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 7pm
Sunday 24.02.2019
Allianz Hurling League Division 1
Round 4: Limerick v Cork @ Gaelic Grounds, 2.30pm
Saturday 02.03.2019
Allianz Football League Division 2
Round 5: Tipperary v Cork @ Semple Stadium, Thurles, 7pm
Sunday 03.03.2019
Allianz Hurling League Division 1
Round 5: Cork v Tipperary @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2pm
Saturday 16.03.2019
Allianz Football League Division 2
Round 6 Cork v Donegal @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2pm
Sunday 24.03.2019
Allianz Football League Division 2
Round 7 Armagh v Cork @ Crossmaglen, 2pm

Laochra Óg

U14/U16 Medals Presentation took place recently in the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney. Cork hurler Aidan Walsh presented the medals. Well done to Michael Burke, Mike Healy, Pat Healy, Kevin Healy and Darren Kelly for organising the event. The boys had a blast at the paint balling earlier in the day. Thanks for all your dedication throughout all of last year and into the future. Brian Healy is U14 player of the year. A presentation was made to Brian for his achievements with Cork U14 team. Eoin Healy is U16 player of the year. A presentation was also made to Darren Kelly for his success with U14 and U16 teams.
Laochra Óg hosted a “Coach the Coaches” camogie workshop in Macroom Sports Complex on February 16. It ran in 2 parts , covering all skills for u6 to u14/16. Esther O’Leary , Cork Development Officer, gave the worshop with lots of expertise and tips for all of us coaches . It was a very interesting and enjoyable workshop, with a big emphasis on enjoying the sport and having fun playing it, and at the same time learning the skills too. A big thank you to all our girls who came and took part and also to our own coaches in Laochra Óg and those from our neighbouring Muskerry clubs for attending . Thanks Esther for coming today and to Macroom Sports Complex for the use of their facilities.

Macroom GAA

Macroom will be meeting St Michaels in the Premier Intermediate Football championship on Sunday April 7th at Coachford. Macroom had a good win over Newmarket in the second series of Division Two county league games at Tom Creedon Park. Conditions were not great, with frequent heavy showers driven by strong cold winds but the two teams endeavoured to play good football despite the elements. Early points from Fintan Goold, Patrick Lucey and Andrew Hegarty had Macroom leading but the Duhallow side had levelled at 0-3 each by the end of the first quarter. Further points from Andrew, Fintan and Conor O’Sulllivan helped Macroom to a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead. The second half was very close and both sides missed good goal chances. Ethan O’Gorman, Seán McMahon points kept Macroom in front and a late Alan Quinn point eased the pressure on a hard working Macroom defence. Macroom: Brendan O’Connell: Michael Cronin, Olan O’Mahony, Mark Corrigan: Seán McMahon, Alan Quinn, David Cotter: Fintan Goold, Caleb Dinneen: Tony Dineen, Andrew Hegarty, David Horgan: Conor O’Sullivan, Patrick Lucey, Johnny Murphy. Subs used: Seán Kiely, Ethan O’Gorman, Eolan O’Leary, Jack O’Riordan, Paul O’Farrell, Ger Angland, Don Creedon, David Goold, Olan Murphy.
On Sunday Macroom travelled to Fermoy and lost by a point on a 2-6 to 1-8 scoreline. The winning point came in added time and Macroom were a bit unlucky not to have shared the spoils at least after a very good performance. Patrick Lucey scored the Macroom goal which helped them to be level at 1-3 each at the break. A disputed penalty award at the three quarter stage helped Fermoy to a one goal lead but Macroom came back with points from Tony Dineen, Patrick Lucey and Sean Kiely before the late winner left them disappointed. The Mid Cork U21 Championships commenced last weekend but Macroom U21 had a bye in the first round. They will now meet Grenagh the second round.

Macroom AFC

By Darragh Deasy
Macroom FC recently hosted an FAI PDP 1 coaching course. This is part of the FAI player development plan which is being implemented in clubs throughout the country. The aim of this course is to improve coaching standards throughout Ireland, which in turn will produce better players with excellent technical ability. 25 Macroom FC coaches took part in the day long course which was held at Macroom Community Leisure Centre. A mixture of theory and practical demonstrations were carried out by Stephen O'Mahony from the FAI. At the conclusion, all coaches received certification and all will now have much more expertise in relation to the coaching of the younger players at Macroom FC.
Team of the Month. Macroom A have been awarded Cork AUL Murphy’s Stout team of the month for January 2019. This award acknowledges teams who accumulate several impressive results in any given month and Macroom A had plenty of them in January. League victories over Lakewood Ath (3-2), Leeview Ath (5-2) and a 2-1 defeat of Premier side, Bohemians, in the AOH Cup has kept this team battling for league and cup honours. The award was made at a pleasant function at Murray's Bar, with Cork AUL representatives, Martin Conlon and Henry Healy, on hand to make the presentation. Well done to all players and management.
On the field, Macroom A had a huge victory over league leaders, Waterloo, in front of a large crowd at Murrayfield. Trailing 2-0 to the visitors, Macroom made a stirring comeback to run out winners by 5-3. Keith Holden helped himself to a tremendous hat trick, with Andrew Hegarty and substitute, Szymon Sanetra, also on target. Waterloo remain top by a single point but crucially, Macroom have two games in hand. Kanturk are also in the mix in third place and lie just 3 points behind Macroom. The big games keep coming and Macroom travel to play Kanturk this coming Saturday 23rd Feb with a 2pm kick off.
Schoolgirls News. Macroom were delighted to welcome Cork City FC to the Town Park for a coaching session last weekend. When girls soccer was re-introduced back in 2010, coach Ronan Collins was mainly responsible. It was fitting then that Ronan returned as the Head coach of Cork City Women’s FC to oversee the session. Assisting him were coaches Aine O'Donovan and Stephen O' Keeffe along with Cork City players, Maire O'Sullivan and Macroom's very own Megan Sheehan. U11, U13 and U15 girls took part in a brilliant session and afterwards, medals were presented to last season’s league winners and runners up. Many thanks to Ronan Collins and his team for sharing their knowledge and expertise. Railway View Pharmacy sponsored Macroom Town U13 entertained Blarney Utd in their opening league game and gave a great account of themselves but were defeated by a good visiting side. The U15 team defeated Carrigaline in a friendly and will begin their calendar year season at the beginning of March.
Youth’s Football. The Youths team continue their excellent form and recorded a 2-1 home win over Park Utd (Mitchelstown) at the Town Park. Dylan Twomey was once again in red hot form and he had the hosts 2-0 ahead at half time. Park pulled a goal back midway through the second half. Macroom kept battling and held out to take the spoils. Kieran Doody, who was installed as an emergency goalkeeper, had a fine game and with one outstanding save late on, he ensured another 3 points. The Youths are now up to 3rd place in the league table.
Schoolboys Round Up. In U12 division 3 Macroom were defeated 2-1 by visitors Corkbeg at Murrayfield. The goal was scored by Regan Wong and there was a great performance from all players, well led by captain Paddy Fehily. Macroom Cannons U13 took on Macroom U12 in a friendly game that ended in a 2-2 draw. The U15s travelled to play Tramore Athletic and were unlucky to lose with the hosts scoring 2 late goals. It was a gutsy performance from an under strength Macroom who fought to the bitter end. Good outings from Ben Herlihy, Dylan Wenger and Dylan Molyneaux.