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Irish Army Band with VIPs at ‘The Blarney Stone’ at Cork Opera House ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom FC Underage Boys’ Awards Thurs June 13th, Riverside Park Hotel, 7.30pm.
Kilmurry GAA 5Km Funrun/ walk Thurs 13th June, 7:30pm in Kilmurry village
Citizens Information Service at Coachford Post Office Fri 14th June 9.30 am to 2pm.
Cemetery Mass at St. Colman’s Macroom Fri, June 14 at 7.30pm.
Carriganima Childcare Centre Race Night in The Pub, Sat June 15 at 8.30pm
Daniel Kingston Memorial Run in Macroom, Thurs June 20 at 8pm.
Poulanargid Dog Show in Kilmurry, Fri, June 21, 7p.m.
Greenshine Sat 22 June 8p.m. at Toon’s Bridge Café
Corpus Christi processions Sun June 23.
Village Picnic in Inchigeela after Corpus Christi Procession Sun 23rd of June.
Ballingeary NS 5Km Fun run/ walk Sun 23rd June, 11am from N.S. gates.
Mass at St John’s Well Mon June 24 at 8 pm
Mushera Platform dance Mon 24th of June 8.30 pm
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Annual Outing Sat 29th June.
Kellogg’s Cúl Camp Clondrohid July 8 - 12.
Free Market Exhibition in Macroom from 21-23rd July.
Macroom Library
Summer Stars Reading Programme from June 15.
Healthy Ireland Talk June 19th at 11.30am
Purlies June 20th at 11.30a.m.
Bridge Club June 26 at 10a.m.
June Art Exhibition Photographs by Desiree Fernandez.
Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne
Tuesday (weekly) Knitting & Craft Group 11 am
Thursday 13th June Creative Writing Group 5 - 7 pm
Dé hAoine 21ú Meitheamh Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann 10.30 r.n.
Saturday 15th June Cruinniú na nÓg Children’s Workshop 10.30 am

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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The Irish Army Band performs before the showing of ‘The Blarney Stone’ at Cork Opera House. ©Lee Valley Outlook

 ‘The Blarney Stone' in Cork Opera House

The Lee Valley Players were back in Cork Opera House on May 29 for the staging of a new musical, ‘The Blarney Stone', written by John McDonagh in New York in 1928 and finally staged in Macroom in 2019. Hollywood star, Patrick Bergin, was made aware of the work when he visited the McDonagh home in Cloughjordan some years ago. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board agreed to stage it. It ran for five nights in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom before attracting a huge and appreciative audience to the Opera House. There it received a standing ovation and many curtain calls.

 The staging of The Blarney Stone was a big undertaking and Cathal MacCabe of RTE is to be thanked for his wonderful arrangement of the music and direction of the show. The whole cast and crew benefited hugely from his expertise and coaching. Patrick Bergin, the star attraction, promoted Macroom and the Lee Valley in many television, radio and newspaper interviews prior to the staging of ‘The Blarney Stone', giving the town’s reputation a much needed boost. A Dub by birth, he claims Macroom as a second home and lauded the warmth, kindness and wealth of talent in the Lee Valley. Ann Dunne, Musical Director of the show, put years of thought into the production and intense work over the past months. She pays heartfelt tribute to parents and other volunteers who helped with child care, costumes, makeup and heavy manual work.
The event at the Opera House was greatly enhanced by the pre-performance recital from the Army Band of the Southern Command. They played a toe tapping selection from musicals and traditional numbers, not least of which was The Boys of Fair Hill! Fritz Brase, who composed the original score of ‘The Blarney Stone', was the founder of the Irish Army Band in the 1920s.

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Saluting the Musical Director and Orchestra at ‘The Blarney Stone’ at Cork Opera House. ©Lee Valley Outlook

‘The Blarney Stone' marks a milestone in drama and musical productions in Macroom. With no discernible progress in the restoration of the Briery Gap, the difficulties of preparing and presenting pantomimes and shows with a large cast have become insurmountable. The Briery Gap fostered music, drama, dance, stage craft locally and nationally and the future now looks bleak for the promotion of the arts and culture in the town.
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'Cooking Craze' cookbook, front and back cover. ©Con Kelleher

 Cooking Craze at St. Colman’s

The Editors. On Friday May 17, St. Colman`s 6th Class launched their Junior Entrepreneur Project ‘‘Cooking Craze’’, a fun, engaging cookbook. It contains recipes, puzzles, lifestyle tips and interviews with some of Ireland’s leading sports and business people. Also included are insightful contributions from Minister Michael Creed; record senior All-Ireland medal holders, Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery; Cork minor football trainer, Bobbie O’Dwyer; Macroom’s professional boxer, Noelie Murphy and World champion rower, Sanita Pušpure.
The recipes were submitted by pupils and teachers of St. Colman’s, and by businesses in Macroom. Jack Buckley, the Castle Hotel and a past pupil of St Colman’s, kindly launched the cookbook. The day was a great success with a huge volume of books sold.
We would like to thank our principal, Mr Martin Clancy and our class teachers, Mr Cronin & Mr Canty for supporting the project and assisting us throughout the process. We would also like to thank people who brought in snacks, cakes and donated some great raffle prizes. Dr Con Kelleher took some photographs on the day and we appreciate that.
The first batch of books is fully sold out and we have ordered more copies which will be on sale shortly. Please contact St. Colman’s @ 026/42705 to reserve your copy.
By 6th class pupils at St. Colman’s

Teacher’s Report. Our Junior Entrepreneur journey started back in September when the boys gathered in groups and discussed ideas for a business venture. We formalised the process then by picking out 6 business ideas which included board games, a sports events company, t- shirts and a tennis ball zipper. Each group worked on their own business idea for a number of weeks. After working on their new product design, feasibility, cost analysis etc., they were ready for Dragons’ Den. During this process, they were grilled on the potential success of the product, how they would make it, who their target audience was, where they would sell it and the potential pitfalls.
The dragons consulted and decided that the lifestyle book, with its activities, puzzles, interviews and recipes, would be the product to go forward. Boys were divided into groups, depending on their own strengths in a certain area. The boys had different roles in finance, marketing, book design, sponsorship, cover illustration, interviews, recipes, photography etc.
The book was designed and edited using blurb software. The boys worked hard at the design and the general layout and theme of the book. They were keen to make this book a reality without any professional help from graphic designers etc. Our sponsorship team visited the many businesses in the town. Their sales skills were excellent and the collection of money even more impressive! A select group of boys set up Facebook and Instagram accounts to advertise their product. A website was created so the book could be sold online.
On completion, a PDF file of the book was sent to Waterman Printers in Little Island with an order for 300 books. We had a very successful launch day on Friday May 17th. A large amount of books were sold and the boys prepared well by making their own snacks and treats for the event. We sold 300 copies in a number of days so the boys decided that, due to popular demand, they would print another batch. These books are now available for sale.
Overall, the JEP process was an excellent learning tool for the boys of 6th class. They picked up valuable entrepreneurial and life skills that will serve them well in the near future. The book is a testament to their combined efforts and hard work. Well done to all and we wish them well when they start secondary school in September.
Mr. Cronin & Mr. Canty 6th Class Teachers

Pupils’ Reports.
Ruairí Kiernan: I enjoyed the parts before the Dragon’s Den; every day we would make advancements. I was in a group with my best friends
Michael Dan Lucey: Getting interviews for the cookbook was exciting and challenging. I was really happy with the interviews with Tyler Bleyendal, Sanita Puspure and Oisín Murphy.
Euan Molyneux. It has been a great experience being able to handle money and make important decisions. It has encouraged me to want to own a business when I am older
Ben McCrory: It was a fun experience. I liked to work hard preparing for the launch.
Kuba Milek: When we were picking our project for Junior Entrepreneur, the cookbook was one of the best ideas because it was something a sixth class in our school had never done before.
Ryan Siju: Junior Entrepreneur was a very good experience if one wanted to become a businessman in the future. We all got a part in it and together, we made a cookbook called Cooking Craze. It was pretty incredible.
Cian Cronin: We’re all proud of how the book came out and we learned a lot about being entrepreneurs. It was an amazing experience.
Evan O’Sullivan: I would really recommend JEP to all schools in Ireland because it’s great fun and a fantastic experience.
Mark Condon: My favourite part of the whole project was at the start when we created our own mini businesses and tried to make a product that the dragons picked.
Gavin Creedon: I enjoyed how we came together, formed our own ideas, made the book and launched it. It’s great fun seeing what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. I had a great time selling the book.
N.B. Cormac, one of the authors of ‘Cooking Craze’, suffered a broken arm playing football recently and is in a cast. We wish him a speedy recovery. He is doubly unlucky as 6th class is due to travel to Manchester on a school trip.

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St. Colman’s 6th class boys selling their book ©Con Kelleher

 Parents’ Report. Our boys were very excited about going into 6th class in St Colman's last September, the obvious reason being they were now the oldest boys in the school and that, of course, meant a lot to them. The other reasons were the 6th class annual trip to the UK and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, (JEP). The JEP gave them the opportunity to put their heads together to come up with a business idea where they choose a project they believed they could turn into a reality and, most importantly, would be successful. The idea was a fun, interactive cookbook called 'Cooking Craze'.
For the last four years these boys had the current 6th class project pitched to them. They filled in their surveys, answered their questionnaires and importantly, they bought the products. This year it was their turn and they were determined to do it well. Once they all agreed on the idea, the teams were assigned and the work began. This year they were planning big, they were not only going to include input from the school but they were going to ask their relatives, friends and their sports heroes to be a part of it. Their brilliant idea has encompassed our local community.
The book was published and the final stage was selling. This was not going to prove difficult as it was clear to see that the quality, the content, the interviews, the puzzles, the community involvement and the sheer hard work and determination put into the book was superb. The only problem they have encountered was getting new stock to fill the increasing demand.
As parents, we are very proud of what they have achieved and we congratulate the 6th Class boys.
Parents of 6th class boys, St. Colman's

Bookseller’s Review. The sixth class boys have done a wonderful job with this cookbook. It is jam-packed with great, easy to follow recipes as well as puzzles, riddles and interviews with some of Ireland’s leading sport stars.
The book has been divided into various recipe categories including breakfast, lunch, snacks, lunchbox ideas, bakery and many more. These categories are colour coded for ease of access and, at the end of each, there is a puzzle section. Pick any category and you will discover a myriad of mouth watering recipes, all of which have been provided by the boys themselves as well as many of the local businesses. One of my favourites is granola, which I tried and was remarkably easy to follow even for an amateur chef. Delicious!
To pass the time while you are waiting for your dish to cook, the boys have included various riddles, challenges, suduko and word searches at the end of each section. As well as the recipe section, the book also contains some very interesting and informative interviews with sports heroes, including Briege Corkery, Johnny Creedon, Bobbie O’Dwyer etc.The concluding pages contain workout and lifestyle tips.
This book is so much more than a cookbook and is excellent value at €10.
Jackie FitzGerald, Macroom Bookshop.

Local Council

The first meeting of the newly designated Macroom Municipal District Council will be held in the Council Chambers at Macroom Town Hall on this Thursday, June 13 at 11a.m. The newly elected Councillors won’t have far to travel as most of them are from the town or environs. They are Michael Creed, Ted Lucey and Eileen Lynch F.G., Gobnait Moynihan and Michael Looney F.F. and Martin Coughlan Independent.
Their first job will be to elect a Cathaoirleach and Leas Cathaoirleach for the coming year and that should be an interesting process. Martin Coughlan, Independent, has already been appointed Leas Cathaoirleach of Cork County Council.
We urge the new councillors to be pro-active and dogged in the clarification and promotion of developments in area. First and most urgent regards actual work on the proposed bypass of Ballyvourney and Macroom. Traffic congestion is making Macroom town a place to be avoided and is seriously impacting business and life quality in the area. Other projects proposed for the area – a new Garda Station, Fire Station, school and hospital extensions as well as the restoration of the Briery Gap should provide the councillors with ample worthwhile projects during their term in office.

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Sheena Sheehan presenting a €7,500 cheque, proceeds of her recent fundraiser, to Tiny Feet Fairy Garden members, Catherine Ross Murphy and Micheal Burns. ©

Not so Tidy Town

The second round of Cork Inter Town Litter Challenge sees Macroom languishing in last place in its category. Having easily won last year, expectations were high and have now been dashed. They are 25 points behind their nearest rival, Schull and 85 points behind the leader, Dunmanway. Again, it was the town centre was the problem. The residential estates judged – An Gleann, Sally Gardens and Oakwood - were practically litter free, losing just 2.2 marks in total while Chapel Hill area from the school to the Church lost 7.2 marks.

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McEgan staff members and pupils Mental Health Team who successfully secured the Amber Flag from Pieta House ©An Scoil

 McEgan College Updates

The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, companies, and groups to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental well-being. It involves working together toward a happier, healthier Ireland and eradicating the stigmas associated with mental health issues. To be awarded the Pieta House Amber Flag, applicant groups must host a mental health awareness event, a fundraiser, and a mental health initiative. McEgan College has run Positive Mental Health Week for three years now, which has been a great success. Second year students this year also participated in a five week workshop on ‘Building Resilience’. The programme encourages teamwork and student contributions and works with school guidance counsellors to include a peer-support element. The Amber Flag is in its 5th year, and over 450 flags have been awarded to date. Once a school is awarded the flag, it is placed in a prominent position outside the school, flying at full mast acknowledging the great achievement. The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative enables schools and youth groups across the country to raise awareness of the stigmas which exist in their environments, and the stressors on the mental and emotional wellbeing of those within them.
Mini Company. As part of this year’s TY Mini Company programme, the 4th year group presented their "Litter Warden" to Macroom Tidy Towns Committee. This project was incorporated into the school's recent success, achieving their second green flag. The Litter Warden encourages people to "Keep Macroom Tidy". The school would like to sincerely thank Evelyn McSweeney of McSweeney's Foodstore for taking charge of the "New Kid in Town".
First and Second Year School Tour. On 13th May, First and Second Year students were rewarded for their good behaviour with a trip to West Cork Secrets. Almost 50 students took part in an outdoors day of team building exercises, an assault course through mud and water, and most importantly, a giant waterslide! Great fun was had by all.
Nightclasses. Spring 2019 was a successful term for night classes at McEgan, and we are currently finalising details for Autumn classes. Classes likely to run are: QQI Level 6: Communications, Child Development, and Special Needs Assisting; QQI Level 5: Communications, Bookkeeping-Manual and Computerised, Care Skills, Care of the Older Person, and Understanding Special Needs. General Interest Programmes: Thai Cuisine, Cardio Pilates and Yoga, Introduction to Polish, Web Design, Cooking with Fish, and Creative Cooking for Kids. Classes begin week of Mon 16th Sept. Prior enrolment is essential. Ms O’Mahony.


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Ceoltóirí ó Mháigh Chromtha ag an Ciorcal Gaeilge agus Seisiún i Neidín. © Nora Levis

 Macroom Library

Tots Time – We are thinking of beginning a Tots Time group which would take place in the library, possibly two Friday mornings a month, but it would depend on interest. We think this would be a great idea so that mothers of similarly aged kids, around 1-3 years old, could meet up and socialize. We hope to get this up and running in September. If interested, please contact the library 026/42483.
Photography Exhibition – throughout June, the library will be exhibiting a collection by Desiree Fernandez which includes some fantastic photos of the Irish landscape and several Irish wildflowers. Please take a look during your next visit and see if anything takes your fancy.
Summer Stars – our summer reading programme kicks off on June 15th this year. Kids can sign up at the desk and receive their own little reading card so they can keep track of how many books they read over the summer. This is a great way to encourage them to keep reading during the holidays and they will receive a certificate of achievement from us at the end during a Summer Stars party in the library.
Healthy Ireland Talk – Stella O’Malley, a mental health professional & author, will be visiting the library on June 19th at 11.30am to speak on the topic of ‘Developing resilience, confidence and social skills in children.’ This is a free event and we would love for as many people as possible to join us.
Purlies Knitting Group will be meeting on June 20th at 11.30am. Bridge Club will meet on June 26th at 10am. Ciorcal Cainte has finished for the summer and will resume again in September. Keep an eye out in the Lee Valley Outlook for details around that time.
Seisiún sa Neidín. Bhí sár oíche ag an gCiorcal Cainte ó Leabharlann Mhaigh Chromtha ar an 4ú Meitheamh. Tugadh cuireadh dúinn cuairt a thabhairt ar Chiorcal Cainte sa Neidín a thagann le chéile i dTigh Tábhairne Uí Chrualaoí. Le tamall anuas, tá beirt bhan, Eibhlín agus Faye ón Neidín, ag teacht go dtí an Ciorcal Cainte i Maigh Chromtha agus is iad a thug cuireadh dúinn dul go dtí an Neidín chun bualadh leis an ngrúpa ansan. Bhíomar ag caint faoi le tamall ach ar deireadh shocraíomar ar dáta agus bhí gach éinne ag tnúth go mór leis.
Seachtar déag ó Mhaigh Chromtha a thaisteal ar an oíche, ceoltóirí agus amhránaithe ina measc. Chuamar ar bhus le Croistóir ó Deasúna. Ba mhaith linn míle buíochas a ghabháil le Croistóir as a bheith chomh cabhrach ar an oíche. Bhíomar sa Neidín thart ar a hocht agus isteach linn sa tigh tábhairne, uirlisí ceoil agus uile. Cuireadh fáilte is fiche romhainn agus gan mórán moille, bhí na ceoltóirí i mbun ceoil.
Bhí baill ó Chomhaltas Aghinagh agus ó Chomhaltas Chill na Martra in ár measc. Sár cheoltóirí agus sár amhránaithe iad uile. Ó Chomhaltas Aghinagh bhí Diarmuid Ó Donnabháin, Grace Uí Dhonnabháin, Maighréad Ní Mhurchú, Diarmuid Ó Laoghaire, Pádraig Ó Donnabháin agus John Lyons. Agus ó Chill na Martra bhí Peadar Mac Suibhne agus Diarmuid Ó Cróinín. Linn ar an oíche, chomh maith bhí Máire Uí Chróinín, Máire Mac Suibhne, Eibhlín Uí Bhuachalla, Máirín Uí Chéilleachair, Caitlín Uí Chríodáin, Caitlín Uí Mhurchú, Nóirín Ní Ríordáin agus Catherine Ní Ríordáin. Ar na huirlisí ceoil a bhí á sheinnt acu ar an oíche, bhí bosca ceoil, cruit, bodhrán, orgán béil, bainseo, consairtín, veidhlín agus feadóg stáin. Bhí atmaisféar chomh bríomhar ann agus gach éinne ag baint taitneamh as - cuairteoirí ó thar lear agus na daoine áitiúla araon. Dúradar linn sa tigh tábhairne nach raibh oíche dá lethéid acu le tamall fada maidir le caighdéan an cheoil de.
Bhí amhránaithe den scoth ann chomh maith ón Neidín agus ó Mhaigh Chromtha. Canadh amhráin fíor álainn ar an oíche a fhanfaidh linn go deo - Fill Fill a Rún O, An Puc ar Buile, Róisín Dubh, An Capaillín Bán, The Old Triangle, Raglan Road agus mórán eile. Bhí dreas aithriseoireachta againn ó Diarmuid Ó Cróinín agus taispéantas rince ar an sean nós ó John Lyons. Bhí na rinceoirí seite ar fheabhas chomh maith.
Ceann des na rudaí is deise, im thuairim, faoi an ócáid seo ná an Ghaeilge líofa a bhí le cloisteáil á labhairt ag formhór na ndaoine le linn na hoíche. Oíche speisialta a bhí ann gan dabht agus ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil le Eibhlín agus Faye a thug cuireadh dúinn i dtús báire. Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil chomh maith le baill Ciorcal Cainte Neidín agus go háirithe, Brian Ó Ceallaigh a chur fíorchaoin fáilte romhainn ar an oíche. Tá súil againn go dtiocfaidh siad ar cuairt chugainn go Maigh Chromtha go luath.
Gan amhras ní bheadh an oíche chomh speisialta murach an ceol iontach agus ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil leis na ceoltóirí go léir a sheinn gan stad ar feadh trí uair a chloig. Níor stop an ceol nuair a fhágamar an tigh tábhairne mar lean John Lyons air ag seinnt ar an orgán béil ar an slí abhaile ar an mbus. Críoch deas leis an oíche.
Beidh an Ciorcal Cainte ag bualadh le chéile arís sa Leabharlann ar an Déardaoin 13ú Meitheamh. Beimíd ag tógaint briseadh ansan go dtí Mí Meán Fhómhair. Le Nóra Levis

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Kilmurry GAA 5Km Funrun/ walk takes place on Thursday 13th June at 7:30pm in Kilmurry village. Registration from museum at 6pm. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male and Female, also prizes for First girl and First boy Under 16. All walkers and runners welcome.
Citizens Information South Munster Citizens Information Service will be available at Coachford Post Office on Friday 14th June from 9.30 am to 2pm. Staff from Macroom Citizens Information Centre will be available to provide information and advice on a range of topics. No appointment is necessary. The Contact number for Macroom Citizens Information Centre is 0761 07 8430 Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Daniel Kingston memorial 10th annual 5km run/ walk takes place on Thursday, 20th June at 8p.m. The cost of entry is €10 per person and all surplus funds will be donated to Cork ARC Cancer support house. Registration takes place in Macroom Leisure Centre from 5:45pm to 7:45p.m. sharp. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Leisure Centre.
Poulanargid Dog Show in Kilmurry, Friday, June 21, 7p.m. in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Harrier Classes, Breed Classes, Best Dressed, Toy Dog, Children Handling, Smooth and Rough Haired Terrier, Best Groomed, Waggliest Tail etc. Fun activities like Clock Golf, Timber Maggie, Ladder Game, Milk the Cow, Art Classes, Cactus Hoopla, Horseshoe Pitching, Soft Toy Sale, Football Kick etc. Entry €3 per dog.
Mushera Platform dance St John’s night Monday 24th of June. Music by Jerome & Lee sound 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm after Mass at St. John’s Well at 8p.m.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Members’ Annual Outing Saturday 29th June. Bus departing Macroom at 8.30a.m. sharp. Further details contact 087-9821708.
Kilmichael GAA Fundraising Draw: Congratulations to the following winners:
1. €1,000 Colin Murphy, Kielnarovanagh, Toames; 2. €500 Ann Buttimer, Ahakeera, Dunmanway 3. €100 Margaret O’Leary, Cooldorrihy South, Kilmichael; 4 €100 Michael Murphy Menswear, Patrick Street, Cork; 5. €100 Bernie Horgan, Inchincurka, Dunmanway; 6.€100 Ciaran Foley, Moneycusker, Toames; 7. €100 Taylor Long; 8.Annual Lotto Ticket - Aindrias Twomey, Renanireee; 9. Annual Lotto Ticket - Aisling Murray, Lower Ballina, Toames; 10. Annual Lotto Ticket - Nicole Duranton, Cooldorrihy; 11. Annual Lotto Ticket - David Collins, Terelton; 12. Annual Lotto Ticket - Rickie McSweeney, Cooldorrrihy; 13.€50 Alfonso, Carrigboy, Kilmichael; 14. €50 Daniel Kelly, Boulbrack, Kilmichael; 15.€50 Cormac Deasy, Macroom; 16. €50 Chris O’Donovan, Haremount, Kilmichael.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto June 2. Jackpot €1,750. Numbers drawn 08, 25, and 40. No winner. €50 Brendan Twomey, Rylane. €20 each Martin Hubbard, Inchalea; Kay Coakley, Ballinagree; John O'Leary, Dromduve; McCarthy Grandchildren, Ballyvongane.
June 9. Jackpot €1,900. Numbers 05, 19, and 37. No winner. €50 Tim Lyons, Dromree. €20 each Norma & Seamus, C/O, Láine Bar; Alan & Bill O'Sullivan, Coachford; Kay Mac, Ballinagree; Pat O'Leary, Ballinagree.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto June 5. Jackpot €5.000. €70 Marcella McCarthy. Ballinmorrive €20 each: Pat O’Brien Curraleigh, Miriam Dennehy Horsemount, Donal Burke Sullane Cleaners, Bina O’Connell, Dromree.
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto May 28th Winning Numbers: 10 17 30. Jackpot €1600: No Winner €25 each: 1. Noreen Vaughan 2. Eva Noonan 3. Shane Sewell 4. Pat Murphy 5. Kathleen Connell
June 4th. Winning Numbers: 3 18 24 Jackpot €1700. No Winner €25 each: 1.Stephen O’Callaghan 2.Liam O’Sullivan 3.Denis + Mary O’Mahony 4. Pat Barry 5. Noreen, Dan + Bill O’Sullivan.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 03/06/2019. Jackpot: €8,400. Numbers Drawn: 7, 12, 39. No winner. €50 Liam Mahony, €20 each Danny Collins, Mary Healy, Kitty & Natasha Howard, Ding, Blackie
Kilmichael G.A.A Lotto 27th May – Jackpot €2,950; Numbers: 1 –24-28-35; No Jackpot Winner. €50 Éabha Daly, Baile an Chollaigh; €25 Ciara & Darragh Kelly, Johnstown; Connie O’Riordan, Sleaveen East, Macroom; Peggy O’Leary, Cooldorrihy
20th May– Jackpot €3,100; Numbers: 7 –16-19-27; No Jackpot Winner. €50 Dave O’Donovan, Shanacashel €25 each to Miah Murphy, Johnstown; Peggy O’Leary, Cooldorrihy; Liam Cotter, Clonmoyle
27th May – Jackpot €3,250; Numbers 1-7-10-18; No Jackpot Winner; €50 Stephen O’Leary, Cooldorrihy; €25 each John O’Leary, Cooldorrihy; Con O’Keeffe, Lissarda; Jerry & Ann Buttimer Ahakeera;
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 28/05/2019. Jackpot €2200. Numbers 8-29-35. No Winner - €70. Denis Kelly, Barrett Place. €20 each. Breda Leahy, C/O Shelia Buttimer. Esther Kenneally, Glen Park. Maria O'Shea, Castle Court. Tim Joe Lyons, Main St. Mary Cooney, Greyhound Bar.
4/06/2019. Jackpot - €2400 Numbers drawn: 4-9-26. €70. Ben & Adam O'Riordan, Castle Street. €20 each: Ted Lucey, Ard na Greine, Kilnagurteen. Mary O'Mahony, Cork Street. Brendan O'Rourke, E.S.B Dunmanway. Patricia O' Donovan, Derryroe. Pat Cosgrove, 12 Masseytown.
Macroom A.F.C. Lotto 27/05/19. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn: 5, 23, 32. No Winner. €80 Martin McSweeney c/o Darrin. €20 each: Alex and Cian c/o Breda, Michelle and Haley c/o Hound, Martina and Sca c/o Hound, Declan Burns c/o Danny.
04/06/19. Jackpot: €2,800. Numbers drawn: 10, 18, 20. No Winner. €80 Lauren O' Leary c /o Lar's. €20 each: Con Shannon c/o Murray's, Martina Foley c/o Murray's, Jim O' Riordan c/o Noel, John H Kelleher c/o Lar's
10/06/19 Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers drawn: 5, 7, 35. No Winner. €80 Jennifer Creedon c/o Noel. €20 each: Joanne c/o June, Nikki Fleming c/o Swanky, Grace Murray c/o Murray’s, James Mike c/o Murray’s.
Rylane CPA Lotto: May 27th Jackpot €3,100. Numbers drawn: 1 - 11 - 16. No Winner. €20 John Kelleher (Beechmount), Connie Lynch (Macroom), Michael Kelleher (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowley’s.
4/6/2019 Jackpot €3,200. Numbers drawn: 22 - 29 - 30. No Winner. €20 Tina Walsh (Knockrour),Louise Lynch (Rylane), John Long (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Hannah c% Fred's Bar.
10/6/2019 Jackpot €3,300. Numbers drawn: 16 - 26 - 29. No Winner. €20 Caoimhe Kelleher (Rylane), J & J Crowley (Rylane), Orla Mc Sweeney (Co. Meath). Seller's Prize €20: Mag's Chipper.
Coachford AFC Lotto: 1/6/2019. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers Drawn: 18 – 34 – 35. No Winner. €40 Murphy Girls. €20 Frank Bergin, Paddy Riordan, Yvonne c/o Mags, Daniel Field.
10/6/2019. Jackpot: € 3,400. Numbers Drawn: 4 – 12 – 25. No Winner. €40 Paddy Finnegan. €20 Olive & Owen, Paddy Martin, Syl & Kathleen, Michael O’Shaugnessy (Online Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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‘The Brigade’ cast, in documentaries on RTE 1 at 10.15p.m. June 13 and 20. Joseph Twomey, Donoughmore, is back row on left. Daire Ó Ceallacháin, Blarney, is front, 3rd from left. ©

 The Brigade’ on RTÉ 1 June 13 and 20.

‘The Brigade’, a historical documentary on the activities of The West Cork Brigade during The War of Independence 100 years ago, will show for an hour on RTÉ 1 at 10.15p.m. tonight, Thursday June 13, with the second part on June 20.
Clonakilty historian, Sam Kingston, along with Niall Twomey, Sean A. Murphy and Alan Quirke, ex Army and Cork footballer, inspired the series and went about it in a most professional manner, with Army personnel involved throughout.
With a view to dramatising historical events, twelve ‘Volunteers’ were needed - young, motivated and above all, physically fit. The planners advertised in local and social media and 60 men aged 18-30 auditioned in Clonakilty in February. An extremely rigorous physical test, designed and supervised by the Army, halved that number. The remaining 30 were interviewed at length about their motivation, historical knowledge and connections and understanding of the mentality and dedication of the men and women of 100 years ago.


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Night manoeuvres for the men of ‘The Brigade’. ©

 While the initial ad had sought men from West Cork, the hotbed of activity in the War of Independence, two of the final dozen are from mid Cork. Joseph Twomey is a 20 year old student from Donoughmore and Daire Ó Ceallacháin is ex-Army and from Blarney.
Joseph claims that the initial week of training and the filming were the hardest days of his life to date. The twelve men were all cold, wet, tired, hungry and afraid. Lines between reality and history blurred. Their safe houses and camps had sentries posted and escape routes planned and they never knew when their repose would be disturbed by an ‘Auxie’ raid. It did not seem like playacting - they felt real fear and the accompanying adrenalin rush. Joseph said that the experience gave him a better understanding of the mentality of the original Brigade. They suffered unbelievable hardship and he feels they were fighting as a last resort. It wasn’t an adventure but dedication to country and justice.
Joseph has a fine voice and he helped to relax his comrades with songs such as Mo Ghile Mear and The Boys of Kilmichael. He hasn’t got to a preview of the documentary and so, doesn’t know how much is included in the programmes.
The documentary will also include research by students from Essex University, the home place of the infamous Essex Regiment, responsible for many atrocities in West Cork during the War of Independence. It should be a fascinating series and compulsive viewing for everyone with an interest in history.

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‘The Brigade’ at Kilmichael ©

 Béal Átha ag an gComórtas

Ba iad Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ionaidí Sóisir Múscraí i gComórtas Peile na Gaeltachta i nGallaras i mbliana. Shrois siad an craobh ar an Luan tar éis an lámh in uachtar a fháil ar Laochra Loch Lao (Aontroim) ar an Satharn 1.16 go 0.06 agus ar Na Gaeil Óga (Baile Átha Cliaith) ar an Domhnach 2.06 go 0.08 . Bhí coimhlint ghéar sa cluiche seo agus bhí ar na foirne dileáil le gálaí gaoithe lán de ghaineamh mín tránnna Gallaras agus báisteach trom. Sa chraobh ar an Domhnach, bhí leaids Béal Átha i gcoinne foireann idirmhéanach Na Dúnaibh ó Tír Chonaill. Bhí na Conaillaigh róláídir ach é sin ráite, bhí Béal Átha gan Barra Ó Coinceannain, an captaen ionsporáideach a gortaíodh ar an Domhnach agus dár ndóigh, chailleadar Liam Ó Críodáin tar éis 10 nóiméad. In ainneoin na caillúintí móra seo, thug peileadóirí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh an-thaispeantas peile sa chraobh ach chailleadar amach go foireann láidir idirmhéanach Na Dúnaibh . Mar an dara fhoireann, thug peileadóirí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh sár thaispeantas peile dúinn thar an deireadh seachtaine agus ba chúis mór bród iad don gclub. Ba ullmhúchán iontach é don chéad babtha eile sa Chraobh Sóisir A Múscraí .

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Foireann Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh a d’imir sa Chraobh Sóisearach ag Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta i nGallaras, sa Daingean ©

 Ba mhaith leis an gclub buíochas ó chroí a gabháil le Clodagh Ní Dhuinnín a bhí mar ionaidí don gclub i gcomórtas an Cailín Gaelach i nGallaras. Ní raibh an t-ádh le Clodagh sa chomórtas ach bhí sí mar ambasadóir iontach. Ba mhaith leis an gclub buíochas a gabháil le Muintir Úi Choill Beanntraí agus Silk Peaches, Baile an Chollaigh, a thug urraíocht fíor flathúil do Chlodagh. Bhí an Comórtas ag ceiliuradh 50 bliain ar an fód i mbliana agus mar chomhartha aitheantais, bhronn Radio na Gaeltachta gradam ar ghach uile club go raibh an mbua acu sa ghrád Sinsir nó Soisir le linn an tréimhse sin. Ghlac Dónal Ó Laoire leis an gradam ar son club Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh ag tabhairt aitheantais do na cúig craobh Soisir atá buaite ag an gclub 1984,1991,1992,1995 agus 2002 .Tá gach éinne ag súil go mór le Comórtas na bliana seo chughainn i Leitirmór.

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Mass at Carraig a’Staighre May 2019 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Clondrohid Updates

The Development Group would like to wish all those sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams at the moment, the very best of luck. The Group would like to remind everyone in the village and surrounds that the Tidy Towns judges will be calling shortly and it behoves everyone to do their best to keep the village clean neat and tidy at all times. ‘ Many hands make light work’.
Corpus Christi procession will take place after 11am Mass on Sunday June 23.
Jack’s Mystery Tour: Up to 24 happy campers boarded the IRD Bus on Tues May 28, destination unknown, heading off on Jack’s Mystery Tour. The bus took a left so all we knew was that we were going west. As it transpired, the Tour was on route to the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. A great day was had by all, visiting many interesting venues on route - the Red Fox, for tea and scones and a nostalgic trip around the farm yard. Then on to a lesson on sheep herding which went down a treat and to Valentia Island, lunch in Waterville and finishing up in Derrynane House before going to Kenmare for the final meal. The group, which included a large contingent from Millstreet, enjoyed the craic and sing song on the last leg of the journey home. Well done Jack and Louise and all in IRD Duhallow.
Carriganima N.S. fundraiser in aid of Carriganima Childcare Centre features a Race Night in The Pub, Carriganima on this Saturday June 15 at 8.30 pm and is sponsored by Rings Garage, Carriganima. Facilities for childcare near a school are so important nowadays, so your support will be much appreciated. It should also be a great social night out. Everyone welcome.

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Winners of the slogan competition for Biodiversity Awareness Day in Muinefliuch N.S. ©An Scoil

St. Colman’s cemetery Mass will take place this Friday night, June 14 at 7.30pm. An important occasion to gather and pray for all those who have gone before us.
Muinefliuch N.S. On Sunday 12th May a 5K run was organized by Muinefliuch N.S. The weather was lovely for the event and a great day was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all involved. Boys and girls from 5th and 6th class took part in a Sciath na Scol football blitz in Annahala pitch. Well done to all! On Wednesday May 22nd all the pupils in Muinefliuch celebrated Biodiversity Awareness Day. The pupils did lots of gardening on the day and got to see our beautiful new pond which parents have recently created in our fabulous garden. A poster competition was held in each room and pupils created amazing slogans, poems and songs. We were fortunate to win a visit from Áine Brosnan, archaeologist with the heritage council. On 24th May, 5th and 6th class pupils visited Knocknakilla Stone Circle with Ms. Brosnan and had a great day exploring the history of the area. The pupils created odes when they returned to the school. On Saturday, 25th May, pupils from 2nd class received their First Holy Communion with 2nd class pupils from Carriganima N.S. On May 30th many pupils travelled to the Cork city sports. The pupils won 9 trophies and the boys and girls came 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the relays. On Tuesday 4th June, the Senior Room pupils took part in a hurling blitz in Teerbeg, organized by the Laochra Óg club. The team won all 3 of their games and a great day was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all the organizers.

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Darkness into light walkers in Ballyvourney ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

Summer Stars Reading Adventure starts on 15th June and runs until the end of August. So if you are looking for something to do during the summer, head to your library. The Summer Stars Adventure is open to all children. We are hoping that those who participated last year will join up again this year and it would be great if they told all their friends about it and ask them to join up too. When you register, you’ll get a reading card that you can use to keep track of what books you have read and collect reward stamps. At the end of the summer there will be an awards day. Each person will receive a certificate and there will be some prizes and maybe even a party too! So drop into the Library and join up now! It’s a great way to keep up your reading skills during the school holidays.
Have you heard about the Sam Maguire Passport Trail? Well if you are interested in learning more about the great GAA legend Sam Maguire, it would be a good idea to take a trip to Dunmanway and follow the Sam Maguire Passport Trail. Ballyvourney Library is expecting a delivery of the Passports this week. There are vouchers and samples of the passports waiting for each primary school pupil in the county at their local library, but those who are interested in getting a Sam Maguire Passport must come in person to the library to collect their Passport.
Beidh ceardlann le Ann Burns i Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne ar an 15ú Meitheamh ag 10.30 r.n.. Beidh sé oiriúnach do pháistí 9 – 12 bliana agus tá an ceardlann saor in aisce. Beidh grianghrafadóireacht agus criadóireacht i gceist agus deanmhar gach rann pháirteach solas oíche cré-earraí. Beidhan ceardlann dhá uair i bhfad. Áirithintí: r-phoist LeabharlannBhaileBhúThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.ó 026 45767.
In addition to Summer Stars Adventure, Cruinniú na nÓg, and Sam Maguire Passport Trail, we hope to run events in conjunction with many festivals over the coming months. Including Summer Arts, Heritage Week, Cork Bike Week and Éire Shláintiúili do Leabharlann. All events run in the Library are free of charge.
Book Club has taken a break for a couple of months but the Knitting & Craft group are here every Tuesday morning at 11am. We were delighted to welcome a few new members recently but there is still room for more. Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann, a casual, Irish language, conversation group, meets on Friday 21st at 10.30 am. A lot of new stock has recently arrived at Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne. Please call in to browse the shelves, request a book, borrow a DVD, use the computer or join one of the library groups. New members are very welcome and membership is free. Looking forward to meeting you!

 History

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County Champions – St. Colman’s Macroom Minor Football team 1969. ©

Macroom Minors (St. Colman’s) - 1969 Country Football County Champions. 
By Con Kelleher
In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon and the Vietnam War was still in progress, albeit with some tentative peace probes. In Northern Ireland, The Troubles were brewing and the Burntollet ambush occurred. Terence O’Neill won an election but resigned a month later, and in the Republic, Jack Lynch had a landslide general election victory. Kerry secured their twenty-first All-Ireland football title and Cork minor footballers won the All-Ireland and a three-in-a-row for the first time. Cork underage football’s reputation was never so high and the possibilities seemed boundless. Christine Keeler – of Irish extraction - was giving her side of the Profumo scandal in The News of The World. Locally, the Junior Chamber was preparing businesses for decimalisation and Macroom Soccer Club was formed.
The late 1960s was a tough time for Macroom senior footballers but successful minor teams ignited the flame of hope. Macroom seniors had won the county in 1962 and made the semi-final the following year. However they failed to win a championship game between 1964 and 1969. The Barry O’Brien-captained 1964 minor team had contested a county final against St. Michael’s but were beaten, having led by 2-5 to 2-0 at half-time. Macroom had won the Mid-Cork minor championship the previous year, the first time in four years. Many of that team were over-age and nobody knew how the 1969 minors would perform.
In the 1969 Mid-Cork Minor Football Draw, it was Ballyvourney v Cooldure; St. Lacteen v St. Augustines; Mac Aodhgain v St. Olan’s; Ballinora v St. Coleman’s; St. Helen v Kilmichael; Inniscarra v Éire Óg; Carriganimma v Ballincollig; Coolmona bye.
I recently spoke to Tony ‘Saga’O’Sullivan, our captain, about the minors’ 1969 campaign and he very kindly shared his recollections. Tony was a clever and tough player, with a great eye for goal. The late Jackie O’Callaghan, Main Street, Dan ‘Baskie’ O’Callaghan, Barrett Place and New Street and Thayda Healy, Barrett Place, were in charge. One of the team’s major assets was Emmet Hallinan, New Street, who, in my opinion, was as good as any minor who ever played for Macroom. Emmet was very lively and quick, had a great leap and was a good finisher. He attended Coláiste Iosagáin, Ballyvourney, then a powerhouse in Munster Colleges’ football. Playing at midfield, Emmet made a major contribution to Cork minors’ All-Ireland victory that year when Cork completed a three-in-a-row. Tony does not remember any heavy or special training apart from regular practice in the Castle Grounds.
Competitions were on a knock-out basis and fifteen teams entered the Mid-Cork minor competition and included Carriganimme (sic). The first round of the Mid-Cork minor championship was played in Cloughduv where Macroom easily accounted for Ballinora. Canovee (MacAodhgáin) had a good minor team that year but Macroom comfortably beat them. Naomh Abán awaited in the semi-final and the game against them turned out to be a tough tense affair. The game was levelled 0-6 each on the 50th minute through a Davey Casey point, and two late points swung the match in Macroom’s favour. Tony had an infected fingers and was sent to the late Dr Michael Cronin by Dan O’Callaghan; the good doctor’s treatment worked and Tony played well. Macroom gave a very good display in the final against Ballincollig and ran out easy winners. Delighted with its success, the team celebrated appropriately. Once after a victory, the team was treated with ice-creams - it may have been after that final. Oranges were given as half-time refreshments and woe betide any selectors who did produce them.
The team travelled to matches via taxis. Liam Walsh, Dónal ‘Mariner’ Murphy and Danny Hallinan were the usual drivers, and Jerry Cronin’s and Dennis Dinneen’s cars were sometimes used. Liam Walsh’s taxi was popular as his homeward journey songs were popular and earthy. Tony remembers sharing the front seat with Emmet, in his father’s, Danny’s car, and discussing tactics and plans for the match. Two players sat in the front seat with four or five in the back. Showers were not generally available and we were lucky to have cold water to wash down afterwards. One local club’s dressing-rooms were shared by sheep which left their calling card. Dressing-room facilities in The Athletic Grounds, an inter-county venue, were basic.
In 1965, Millstreet had ‘destroyed’ Macroom in the first round of the U-14 county championship, largely due to the excellence of Leo McSweeney. By 1969, two other Millstreet stars had emerged and both John Coleman and Con Hartnett won All-Ireland senior medals with Cork in 1974. Although behind at half-time, Macroom did very well in the second half and ran out deserving winners. Feature of the game was the excellence of David Casey when switched to centre forward and his unorthodox style caused many problems for John Coleman. Victory was a bonus and expectations began to rise. Our next opponents were Bantry and they were strong favourites; they had Declan Barron and another Cork minor panellist. Barron later scored two goals in Cork’s All-Ireland minor final victory over Derry and won an All-Ireland and All-Star in 1974. Arguably, he was one of Cork’s best ever footballers: think of what he might have achieved if he had lived across the border. Again, Macroom were behind at the break. Willie O’Riordan’s introduction revitalised Macroom and he showed the path to victory by kicking some lovely points. Macroom were in the country county minor final for the first time in five years and Fermoy were the opponents.

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At celebratory dinner for St. Colman’s Macroom Minor Football team 1969. ©

Macroom felt confident facing Fermoy despite the fact that our adversaries had two Cork minors, Patsy Lonergan and Danno Moloney. The country final was played in The Athletics Grounds, the precursor to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Ted Coakley was detailed to mark Lonergan, their danger-man, and he did a splendid job. With Fermoy’s scoring threat blunted, Macroom were in control for most of the hour and won by a wide margin. The Curry O’Shea Cup, donated by the O’Shea family (mineral waters), New Street, Macroom in commemoration of the great Curry who had captained Macroom to Senior County glory in the early part of the century, was presented to skipper, Tony O’Sullivan. Macroom had won two trophies and qualified for the county minor county final proper.
On 19th October, Kinsale hosted the county final and St. Nick’s provided the opposition. Nicks had regained the city minor championship after a lapse of eleven years. Their outstanding player was Martin Doherty, a huge man and a very skilful footballer (and hurler). They also had Pat Barry who had won an All-Ireland minor football medal that year and Mick Corbett. Generally, city teams were more ‘even’ and very cute, and the ‘trick’ was not to let them get ahead. Anybody living west of the county hall was regarded as being from the ‘wilds’ and if the city boys got ahead, they played with great confidence, perhaps even arrogance. At least that was our belief. Unfortunately, Nicks goaled in the 4th minute and Macroom were always chasing the game thereafter. Macroom put the ball in the Nicks’ net but were called back for an earlier infringement and had to settle for a pointed free. Down 2-2 to 0-2 at the break, Macroom made a concerted effort on the resumption and Tony pointed within a few minutes. Another turning point occurred when Dónal O’Callaghan’s brilliant shot came back off the crossbar and was cleared. Macroom battled bravely to the finish but lost on the score 2-7 to 0-5. Goals win matches and that was certainly true that day. The score-line was perhaps harsh on Macroom.
Since that time, Dónal Buckley, Kilnagurteen, John Lucey, Railway View, and Dónal Lucey, The Bridge, have passed to their reward. Dónal Buckley was a speedy, tenacious corner /wing back, John was a skilful scoring forward and Dónal Lucey (U-16 that year) was a young, promising and clever forward. The three were popular, respected and valued members of the squad. Why did the team do well? Tradition, wise selectors, some good players, commitment, luck, the interest and support of the town, and a fierce will-to-win were the ingredients. Many of the lads on-the-age were great friends and had a very firm, cohesive bond. Ted Coakley’s arrival in Macroom was a huge bonus. John /Seán O’Riordan and Willie O’Riordan strengthened the side enormously. Michael Lynch, another Iosagáin ‘graduate’, was excellent in goal, and the backs were very tight. Gus Kelleher was very solid at centre-back. Emmet won most of the mid-field battles and we had forwards such as Davey Casey, Dónal Ó’Callaghan, Danny O’Donoghue and Liam Quinlan who could score, and none more so than Tony, a great finisher and an inspiring captain. Danny, Chris Cronin and Connie Kelleher were U-16 that year. Perhaps the main ingredient of success was that it mattered and it meant - and still does – a huge amount to the group.
Macroom went on to contest three more consecutive county minor football finals, 1970-72, but alas, without ultimate success. They were great times – fun, enjoyable and innocent all at the same time. In hindsight, we didn’t realise how good the times were and even how good the team was. Today’s equivalent achievement is running-up the Premier Minor grade. Hopefully similar fun, enjoyment and success will return again at minor, indeed at every level, to the club in the near future. Tony ‘Saga’ O’Sullivan is currently a selector for the U-16s, with his son Mark, and he has given absolutely wonderful services to Macroom G.A.A. Club for well over half a century. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.
Sources: Interviews with Tony ‘Saga’ O’Sullivan (May, June 2019); Barry O’Brien’s Macroom G.A.A. Club History 1886-1987; The Cork Examiner, 1969; The Southern Star, 1969.

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Greenshine return to Toons Bridge Café
On Saturday 22 June at 8pm, family trio Greenshine return to one of their favourite haunts, Toons Bridge Café, to celebrate the launch of their third album FAMILY. This cd is a 12 song collection, largely self penned, dedicated to families in all their forms, and features material which runs the gamut of emotions from happiness to grief. It also includes some well chosen songs from some of the group’s favourite songwriters which include legends of American songwriting, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Two singles, Dandelion Seed and The Good is Gone, released in advance of the album last year, both hit the No. 1 spot on RTE Radio1's Airplay list where they rested for several weeks, emulating the success of their previous single, The Girl in the Lavender Dress which was retained at the top spot for over a month and was third most played Irish track on the station for the year of its release. Noel and Mary are sought after session singers and musicians and have worked with artists as diverse as John Spillane, Mick Hanly, Frances Black, Christy Moore and The Republic of Loose. Greenshine are renowned for their tight family harmonies and multi instrumental work, particularly from Noel who is renowned for his musical versatility. Come and see why Christy Moore described Greenshine as: "...the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine." To reserve tickets text 087 4161791 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Camino Voyage

THE CAMINO VOYAGE continues its amazing odyssey with screenings nationally and internationally. It was nominated for The Best Single Documentary Award at The Celtic Media Festival - Scotland - June 4th -6th. The boat (including the rehabilitation work being undertaken by Liam Holden, Pádraig Ó Duinnín & Brendan Moriarty with local crews) will be on exhibition at the Galician Museum of the Sea (Museo Do Mar de Galicia) until October 31st.

Sports Mad

Peil na mBan

Cork claimed a 12th Lidl National League Division 1 title at Parnell Park on May 5, running out 1-12 to 2-7 winners against Galway. Cork are also preparing for a TG4 Munster Final against Waterford at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, next Sunday evening (June 16) at 6.30pm. Cork beat Waterford and Kerry in the round-robin phase of the provincial series. The Round 3 Munster Senior Football Championship game on June 1 was against Kerry and Cork had an easy win Cork 3-16 Kerry 0-9, with Cork in control from start to finish at Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork scored 3-10 in the second-half and set up a date in the final against Waterford. Scores were hard to come by early on as both defences were on top and the opening point didn’t come until the 14th minute when Cork’s Orla Finn pointed a free. Finn, Cork’s only points scorer in the opening half, added a second point in the 17th minute with Kerry packing out their defence. The first point from play came in the 19th minute when Finn was on target again and she got her fourth, to make it 0-4 to 0-0 with 22 minutes gone. Kerry eventually got off the mark a minute later when Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh pointed from a free for what was their only score of the half. Finn added another free before Cork got their first goal with Noonan starting and finishing the move. On the stroke of half-time Finn got her sixth point to see her side lead 1-6 to 0-1 at half-time. In the second half, Finn and Noonan increased Cork’s lead, with Aoife O’Callaghan replying for Kerry. With 42 minutes gone, Cork got their second goal, when Libby Coppinger caught a long ball in from Ciara O’Sullivan to turn and blast to the back of the net to make it 2-9 to 0-3. Rhona Ni Bhuachalla, Finn and Aine O’Sullivan all pointed for Cork, with Ní Mhuircheartaigh replying for Kerry. With time running out Cork led 2-16 to 0-9, but in the last minute a superbly worked move, involving several players, saw O’Sullivan get their third goal to round off an easy win for Cork.
Scorers – Cork: O Finn 0-9 (7f), S Noonan 1-2, L Coppinger, A O’Sullivan 1-1 each, R Ni Bhuachalla 0-2, E Kiely 0-1.
CORK: M O’Brien; C O’Shea, E Meaney, M Duggan; S Kelly, A Hutchings, E Kiely; O Farmer, M O’Callaghan; C O’Sullivan, N Cotter, D Kiely; E Scally, S Noonan, O Finn.
Subs: L Coppinger for D Kiely (ht), H Looney for C O’Shea (39), R Ni Bhucahalla for S Noonan (45), A O’Sullivan for N Cotter (47), L O’Mahony for O Farmer (52).

Cork County Football and Hurling Championships 2019

Senior Football Championship
Divisional / College Section
Duhallow and UCC qualify for open county championship draw for last 16
Clubs Section - Round 2
Newcestown v Valley Rovers; Carrigaline v Bishopstown; Clyda Rovers v Ballincollig; Mallow v St. Nicholas; Castlehaven v Carbery Rangers
Round 3 – open draw
Douglas v UCC; O’Donovan Rossa v Clonakilty; Duhallow v Carrigaline/ Bishopstown; Dohenys v Nemo Rangers; Mallow / St. Nicks v Newcestown / Valley Rovers; Kiskeam v Clyda Rovers/ Ballincollig; Fermoy v Ilen Rovers; C’haven /Carbery R v St. Finbarr's

Premier Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2
Castletownbere v Nemo Rangers; Macroom v St. Vincent’s; Éire Óg v Aghada; Naomh Abán v Newmarket
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh bye; St. Michael’s v bye; Cill na Martra v Macroom / St. Vincent’s; Kanturk v bye; Bantry Blues v bye; C’townbere / Nemo Rangers v Bandon; Béal Áth’an Ghaorthaidh v bye; Naomh Abán / Newmarket v Éire Óg /Aghada

Intermediate Football Championship
Round 2
Glenville v Mitchelstown
Ballinora v Adrigole
St. Finbarr's v Grenagh
Youghal. v Millstreet
Kildorrery v Ballydesmond
Round 3
Kinsale Rangers v bye
Glenville/Mitch’town v Dromtarriffe
Glanmire v Kildorrery / Ballydesmond
Rockchapel v Glanworth
Youghal / Millstreet v Mayfield
Knocknagree v Ballinora / Adrigole
St. Finbarr's/ Grenagh v Aghabullogue

Senior Hurling Championship
Round 2
Erins Own v Kanturk
Newcestown v Newtownshandrum
Carrigtwohill v Killeagh
Ballyhea v Bride Rovers
Ballymartle v Midleton
Round 3
Na Piarsaigh v St. Finbarr's
Charleville v Glen Rovers
Erins O/ K’turk v Ballyhea / Bride Rovers
Sarsfields v Douglas
B’martle/M’ton v Imokilly
Nc town /Nshandrum v Blackrock
Carrigtwohill/Killeagh v Bandon
Bishopstown v UCC

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 2
Youghal v Carrigaline; Cloyne v Valley Rovers; Courcey Rovers v Ballincollig; Ballinhassig v Inniscarra
Round 3
Kilworth bye; Aghada v Youghal / Carrigaline; Castlelyons - a bye; Ballinhassig / Inniscarra v Mallow; Blarney - a bye; Courcey Rvrs / B’collig v Cloyne/ Valley Rovers; Watergrasshill a bye; Fr. O' Neill’s v Fermoy

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Round 2
Barryroe v St.Catherine's; Milford v Midleton; Douglas v Ballinhassig; Kilbrittain v Dungourney; Mayfield v Kildorrery; Dripsey v Na Piarsaigh; Castlemartyr bye
Round 3
Castlemartyr v Barryroe / St.Catherine's
Mayfield / Kildorrery v Eire Óg
Blackrock v Grenagh
Milford / Midleton v Tracton
Aghabullogue v Glen Rovers
Dripsey / Na Piarsaigh v Douglas / Ballinhassig
Ballygarvan v Sarsfields
St Finbarr’s v Argideen Rangers
Kilbrittain / Dungourney v Cloughduv
Meelin v Ballymartle

County U21 Football Championship 2019

U21 A Football
Preliminary Rd:
St Michaels 1 - 8 Carbery Rangers 0 - 9
Dohenys 0-10 Charleville 2-7
First Round:
A. Carrigaline 2-16 Glanmire 0-11
B. Aghada 1-8 Ballincollig 0-19
C. Beara 0-12 Bishopstown 1-7
D. Éire Óg 2-10 Valleys 0-12
E. Kilshannig 0-16 Nemo Rangers 1-10
F. Douglas v Castlehaven
G. O’D Rossa 1-17 St Finbarrs 2-14
H. Charleville v St. Michaels
Quarter Finals: Carrigaline v Ballincollig, Beara v Éire Óg, Kilshannig v F, St Finbarrs v H

U21 B Football
A. Courceys 0-2 Aghabullogue 3-18
B. Castlemartyr v Buttevant
C. Seandun winners v Newcestown
D. Duarigale Gaels
Semi Finals:
Aghabullogue v B, C v Duarigle Gaels

U21 C Football
A. Crosshaven v Aghinagh
B. Bride Rovers 1-15 Ballycastle Gaels 2-10
C. Whitechurch v Randal Óg
D. Robert Emmetts
Semi Finals:
A v Bride Rovers, C v Robert Emmets

Tom Creedon Cup Final
Knocknagree v Cill na Martra at Macroom

Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Bhí Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta ag comóradh 50 bliain i mbliana i Páirc Ghallarais i gCorca Dhuibhne.
The 50th annual Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta festival was hosted by An Ghaeltacht, Gallarus, Co. Chiarraí over the June Bank Holiday weekend. Gaeltacht Mhuscraí were represented by Cill na Martra in Peil Sinsear. Cill na Martra defeated Oileáin Árann in the quarter final on the Saturday afternoon, extra time being necessary before the Gaeltacht Mhuscraí men won on a 0-16 to 0-13 scoreline. Cill na Martra had been trailing by 0-10 to 0-3 in the second half of normal time but had earned extra time with seven points in a row to draw level. Cill na Martra then faced Cill Chartha from Donegal in the semi final on Sunday afternoon, led by a point at half time, 0-5 to 1-1, but subsequently fell two points in arrears. Mike Ó Deasúna, their scorer in chief, pointed to cut the gap back, Damien Ó hUrdail brought the sides level and Mike Ó Deasúna pointed a ‘45’ to put Cill na Martra a point up with three minutes remaining. Deep in injury time the Donegal men equalised and so on a score of 1-5 to 0-8, extra time was necessary once again. In extra time, Cill Chartha held a two point interval advantage, Cill na Martra, visibly tiring after the exertions of the previous day, then conceded a second goal and could not match the strong finish of the northerners and went out on a 2-11 to 0-9 scoreline. Cill Carthas lost the final to host club, An Ghaeltacht, by a last minute point.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh juniors qualified for the final of Peil Soisear (a super achievement for a club second team) and lost to Na Dunaibh on a 2-6 to 1-3 scoreline.
In Peil na mBan, Naomh Abán lost to Corca Dhuibhne in the quarter final on a 2-12 to 2-10 final scoreline after a magnificent game of varying fortunes, the winning points coming only in the last minutes.
Lochrann Award for Seán. Bhí fáiltiú agus béile na féile ar maidin Dé Luain in Óstán Ceann Sibéal, áit ar bronnadh Lóchrann an chomórtais ar Sheán Ó Cróinín. Seán Ó Cróinin from Baile Mhuirne was presented with the prestigious ‘Lochrann’ award, in recognition to his involvement with the Comórtas for all 50 years of the competition – as a player, an organiser and as an official. Seán represented two different clubs in the competition, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, Co Mayo in 1969 and 1971 and, on his return home to Baile Mhuirne, he lined out with his own Naomh Abán, with whom he also won a Cork county junior championship medal. The Udarás na Gaeltachta ‘Lochrann Award (Lochrann meaning beacon or guiding light) is a perpetual award presented annually to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sports in the Gaeltacht.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U21 Football Championships

U21 A FC Final: Éire Óg 3-12 Ballincollig 1-14
U21 B Football Championship Final replay: Aghabullogue 1 - 11 Canovee 0 – 8
U21 C Football (13 a side) Championship Final: Aghinagh v Iveleary

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

The last of the Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior football championship 1st round games have been decided and the line up for the losers round now complete. The draws for the 3rd and subsequent rounds of the competition will not be made until the conclusion of the losers’ round games.
1st Round (winners to Rd 3):
Éire Óg 2-8 Cill na Martra 1-9
Kilmurry 2-12 Iveleary 2 - 10
Kilmichael 3-7 Clondrohid 0-15
Ballincollig 0-15 Dripsey 1-8
Béal Á Ghaor 2-10 Blarney 0-11
Canovee 2-18 Naomh Abán 1-2
Inniscarra 4-20 Donoughmore 0-8
Aghinagh - a bye
2nd Round (winners to Rd 3, losers eliminated):
Aghinagh v Cill na Martra
Iveleary v Naomh Abán
Clondrohid v Donoughmore
Dripsey v Blarney

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Pearse Murphy presenting top prize of €20,000 in the Cork GAA Club Members' Draw for April to Aislinn Sexton, Donoughmore GAA. Included are Donoughmore G.A.A.’s Sinead Golden, , Patsy Foley, Bernie Honohan, club officials, family and friends of winner.© Mike English.
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Junior A Hurling Championship

Round 1
A Donoughmore 1-5 Éire Óg 2-16
B Ballinora 0-17 Inniscarra 0-19
C Iveleary 0-11 Cloughduv 2-15
D Ballincollig 0-13 Blarney 1-15
Kilmichael – a bye
Round 2
Kilmichael v Donoughmore; Ballinora v Iveleary; Ballincollig a bye (BUT v Kilmichael if KM lose to Donoughmore)
Cloughduv 2 – 15 Iveleary 0 – 11
Cloughduv’s second team were much too sharp for Iveleary when the teams clashed in the first round of the MJK Oils Mid Cork Junior hurling championship at a sunny Kilmichael and had victory and their passage to the third round assured well before the finish. Cloughduv led by 0-5 to 0-2 after the first quarter, completely dominated in the second quarter and a 25th minute goal from Con Dunne helped them to a 1-12 to 0-4 interval lead. A second goal mid way through the second half from Cormac O’Driscoll copper fastened the win but to the credit of the Inchigeela men, they battled on with their star forward Cathal Vaughan firing over some smashing scores and they did bring respectability to the final scoreline without ever looking capable of challenging for ultimate victory.
Cormac O’Driscoll opened the scoring with a Cloughduv point from the throw in, Aidan Ahern then pointed two frees to which Iveleary replied with a Cathal Vaughan also from a free. Cloughduv were much more dangerous in attack and corner forward Luke Elliot doubled their tally with three fine points, a point from a Cathal Vaughan free the sole reply from Iveleary, though Vaughan was denied a goal only by a superb save by Conrad Crowley in the 15th minute. Despite hitting numerous wides, Cloughduv were leading by 0-6 to 0-2 after 18 minutes and really inflicted damage on Iveleary in the ten minutes before half time with a string of points from Aidan Ahern, Seán O’Connor and Elliot, and Con Dunne’s goal, to which Iveleary replied with two late points from Vaughan frees. The half time score of 1-12 to 0-4 left Cloughduv very comfortable indeed. They were on top in defence with William Ahern, Pádraig O’Leary, Tony Dineen and Donal Cronin prominent, Liam Long and Darragh Walsh controlled midfield and their attack benefitting from ample supply carried a constant threat.
There was little scoring after the break, Seán O’Connor and Darren Kelly exchanging points before a perfectly flighted free from Darragh Walsh in the 42nd minute into a crowded goalmouth, got a touch from Cormac O’Driscoll and finished in the Iveleary net. O’Driscoll added a point and Cloughduv, leading by 2-14 to 0-5 were in an unassailable position at the start of the third quarter.
Iveleary battled on gallantly with goalkeeper Eamonn Creedon, Daniel O’Riordan and Darren Kelly defiant in defence, Barry O’Leary tireless at midfield and Cathal Vaughan always a danger in attack. A David Dineen point was followed by three fine points from Vaughan, two from play, Aidan Ahern had a final point for Cloughduv and points from Vaughan and Kelly frees were a deserved reward for the Iveleary effort.
Iveleary now face last year’s beaten finalists Ballinora in the loser’s round and will need to improve if they hope to advance further.
Scorers: Cloughduv: C O’Driscoll 1-2, C Dunne 1-0, A Ahern 0-6 (0-4f), L Elliot 0-4, S O’Connor 0-3. Iveleary: C Vaughan 0-8 (0-5f), D Kelly 0-2 (f), D Dineen 0-1.
Cloughduv: Conrad Crowley: Kevin McNamara, William Ahern, Pádraig O’Leary: Tony Dineen, Donal Cronin, Luke McCarthy: Liam Long, Darragh Walsh: Cormac O’Driscoll, Seán O’Connor, Ciarán Canty: Luke Elliot, Aidan Ahern, Con Dunne. Subs: Eoghan Curzon for C Canty 35, James Verling for L Elliot 50, Tadgh O’Riordan for C Dunne 58.
Iveleary: Eamonn Creedon: Daniel O’Donovan, Daniel O’Riordan, Kevin Manning: Barry Murphy, Darren Kelly, Ciarán O’Riordan: Ciarán Galvin, Barry O’Leary: James O’Donovan, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr, Seán O’Riordan: Conor O’Leary, Cathal Vaughan, Liam Kearney. Subs: David Murphy for D O’Donovan h/t, David Dineen for C O’Leary Ger McSweeney for L Kearney, Shane Galvin for B Murphy, Eoghan Clancy for J O’Donovan.
Referee: Colm Ó Mocháin Uas., Cill na Martra

 Blarney 1-15 Ballincollig 0-13
A slicker Blarney outfit eventually outgunned Ballincollig in this MJK Oils Mid Cork JAHC first round game at Ballinora’s excellent new playing field at Ballymaw. The winners trailed by five points early in the second half but they dominated the final quarter with some superb scores, despite operating with only 14 players. Mark Cremin has been a club stalwart and his point taking was exceptional on the night.
Ballincollig dominated the opening exchanges and a superb point from the impressive Jordan Murray opened the scoring. Ballincollig’s goalkeeper David Kenny brilliantly saved from Michael John Shine in a lively opening period. Ballincollig dominated the opening quarter with points from James Linehan , Jordan Murray and Jason Murray giving them a 0-5 to 0-1 lead. Blarney replied with a lovely long range point from Mark Cremin and a very accurate strike from Barra O’Connell to keep them in touch. But further points from Jordan Murray and James Linehan ensured Ballincollig led by 0-9 to 0-5 at the break.
A long range free from Murray stretched that lead to five before Blarney found their rhythm with three excellent points from Dan White, Barra O’Connell and Mark Cremin. A brilliant move involving MJ Shine and Dan White resulted in the latter blasting to the net for a Blarney goal. Moments later they were reduced to fourteen men after Gavin Mullane received a red card for an off-the-ball tangle.
The sending off seemed to rally Blarney who clipped over three points without reply, from Dan White, MJ Shine and Mark Cremin. Ballincollig got a fine score from Stephen Coughlan which reduced the gap to two, 1-11 to 0-12 after 50 minutes.
However, Blarney dominated the closing stages with points from substitute David Dunlea, Mark Cremin and a massive effort from Ray O’Donovan. Ballincollig’s goalkeeper David Kenny made another exceptional save late on from MJ Shine which was the final highlight of a very entertaining contest.
Scorers for Blarney: D White 1-2, M Cremin 0-5 (0-1f), R O’Donovan 0-3, B O’Connell, MJ Shine 0-2 each, D Dunlea 0-1.
Scorers for Ballincollig: J Murray 0-7 ( 0-3f), S Coughlan 0-3, J Linehan 0-2, J Murray 0-1
Blarney: Richard O’ Shea: Brian Walsh, John Barrett, Gavin Mullane: Vince O’Mahony, Stephen Sheedy, S McSweeney: Mark Cummins, Ray O’Donovan: John Daniel Good, Barra O’Connell, Paul O’Connor: Michael John Shine, Danny White, Mark Cremin. Subs: Cathal Hegarty h/t, David Dunlea 48, Stephen O’Brien 53.
Ballincollig: Dave Kenny: Josh Cotter, Steve O’Donohue, Colin O’Donovan: Sonny O’Neill, Conor Kinsella, Paul Sheridan: Matt O’Leary, Jordan Murray: Shane O’Sullivan, James O’Leary, Steven Coughlan: Jason Murray, Seán Ryan, James Linehan. Subs: Kevin Browne 46, Cian Dorgan 51.
Referee: Mr Joe Larkin, Ballinora.

 Eire Óg 2-15 Donoughmore 1-5
The Castle Grounds Macroom were in superb condition for this MJK Oils Mid Cork junior hurling championship first round tie but unfortunately, the fare produced was not on a par. Éire Óg, a club second team, were much too good for the Donoughmore first choice squad and this has been the pattern of the first rounds this season, Iveleary (v Cloughduv) and Ballinora (v Inniscarra) suffering similar fate.
Eire Óg had a good side on duty, with players with intermediate championship experience in their ranks, but Donoughmore did not provide a challenge sufficiently strong to test their championship winning capabilities. Donoughmore never threatened to win this game and from a very stage, were fighting a containment battle.
Éire Óg’s most dangerous forward, Michael O’Shea, had two points on the board in as many minutes and despite the fact that Darren Lucey from a free got a point back for Donoughmore, it was becoming fairly evident that there would be only one outcome to this game. Éire Óg had a third point from Eoin Lyons and in the 10th minute went 1-3 to 0-1 in front when Joseph Kelleher availed of a goal scoring opportunity to put a significant gap between the teams. Eire Óg had added six further points to their tally before the break when they led by 1-9 to 0-3 and were clearly heading for victory.
Points from Michael O’ Shea and Chris Kelly on the resumption increased the winner’s lead before Darren Lucey pointed a Donoughmore free in the 35th minute but a second Éire Óg goal, this one from Jerome Kelleher in the 38th minute, killed the game completely. Eoin Lyons, Daire McCarthy, Michael O’Shea and Philip O’Sullivan added points while Donoughmore’s only reply was a pointed free by substitute Brendan O’Callaghan and a late, late goal from Darren Lucey.
Scorers: Éire Óg: Joseph Kelleher and Jerome Kelleher 1-0 each, Michael O’Shea 0-6, Eoin Lyons 0-5 (0-2 f), Daire McCarthy 0-2, Chris Kelly and Philip O Sullivan 0-1 each. Donoughmore: Darren Lucey 1-4 (0-4 f), Brendan O’Callaghan 0-2.
Éire Óg: Conor Keane: John Kelleher, Donncadh Kelly, Philip O Sullivan: Sean O’Flynn, Timothy O’Leary, Cathal Mullins: Joseph Kelleher, Sean Desmond: Chris Kelly, Dara McCarthy, Michael O’Shea: Dinny Murphy, Eoin Lyons, Jerome Kelleher.
Donoughmore: Shane Sexton: Denis Dorney, Terrence O’Leary, Alan Jones: Alan Twomey, Kevin Horgan, St John Forde: William Murphy, Adrian Looney: Darren Lucey, Robert O’Regan, Cian Sexton: J Harrington, Shane Horgan, Ben Honohan. Subs: Ger Buckley 40, Brendan O’Callaghan 46, Alan Savage 47.
Referee: Mr John Ryan (Macroom)

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

Muskerry Cup Football

A Donoughmore v Kilmichael
B Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh v Blarney
Quarter Finals;
Winners A v winners B
Clondrohid v Dripsey
Aghinagh v Éire Óg
Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán

County Football Leagues

Division One - 11 teams
On Top: St Finbarr’s Played 9 - 35 points
Cill na Martra P 7 - 25
Ballincollig P 7 - 25pts
Béal Á Ghaorthaidh P 8 - 12
Division Two - 11 teams
On top: Mallow P8 - 36pts
Macroom P8 - 16
Éire Óg P6 - 14
Aghabullogue P7 - 9
Division Three - 11 teams
On top: Ilen Rangers P 8 - 36 points
Naomh Abán P 8 - 22
Division Four - 11 teams
On top: Castletownbere P9 – 41 Points
Grenagh P 7 - 13pts
Division Five – 9 teams
On top: Millstreet P7 - 27pts
Ballinora P7 - 21

 County Hurling Leagues

Div 1 and Div 2 – no Muskerry team
Division 3 – 10 teams
On top: Valley R P7 - 31pts
Inniscarra P8 - 26 points
Ballincollig P8 - 24 points
Blarney P7 - 19 points
Div 4 - 11 teams
On top: Blackrock P7 - 31 pts
Éire Óg P6 - 22pts
Aghabullogue P6 - 14 pts
Div 5 - 11 teams
On top: Ballygarvan P 7 - 31 points
Cloughduv P7 - 27 pts
Dripsey P6 - 13pts
Grenagh P7 - 11pts

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Cork 2-30 Waterford 2-17
Cork eventually pulled clear of the challenge of Waterford in a Saturday evening’s Munster SHC clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Cork had 13 points to spare at the end, having seen a six-point half-time lead reduced to three early in the second half when Waterford had their first goal. However, the Rebels responded well to that as they reeled off five unanswered points, Patrick Horgan with three of those, part of his total of 1-10, and when he got his ninth point of the game on 48 minutes, they were 2-18 to 1-14 to the good.
While Shane Bennett then struck for a second Waterford goal, Cork had six of the next seven points, with subs Shane Kingston and Conor Lehane getting on the scoresheet.
Horgan made it 2-24 to 2-16 with eight minutes left and from there Cork eased clear to boost their scoring difference ahead of the final round of games, when they travel to face Clare.
Cork will go to Ennis in good form but it is traditionally a difficult venue for the Rebels.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-10 (9f), Alan Cadogan 1-2, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Séamus Harnedy, Shane Kingston 0-3 each, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Coleman 0-2 each, Mark Ellis, Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney, Luke Meade, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.
Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk) 2. Seán O’Donoghue (Inniscarra) 3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas) 4. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons): 5. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers) 6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet) 7. Mark Coleman (Blarney): 8. Bill Cooper (Youghal) 9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville): 10. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields) 11. Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s) 12. Luke Meade (Newcestown): 13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas) 14. Pat Horgan (Glen Rovers) 15. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk). Subs: 23. Shane Kingston (Douglas) for Walsh (41), 24. Conor Lehane (Midleton) for Kearney (49), 21. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh) for Downey (55), 22. Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Meade (65), 20. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum) for Cooper (67).

Munster Minor Hurling

Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-13
Cork remain in the hunt for a place in the Electric Ireland Munster MHC final after an improved second half saw them past Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. With the visitors already eliminated, Cork were favourites to take the points but they were made to work for the win, the sides level after the first half. However, the Rebels scored six of the first seven points after the restart to take command.
Cork, started well and a trio of points by captain Darragh Flynn inside the first six minutes had them in control. Another Flynn free made it 0-4 to 0-1 but Cork would go ten minutes without a score after that as Waterford eroded their lead.
Flynn, yet again, was on target for Cork to make it 0-5 to 0-4 but Halloran levelled before Burke found the net, batting home from a Caolán Mac Craith sideline puck.
Cork might have immediately replied in kind but Waterford goalkeeper Mark Kilgannon saved from Jack Cahalane and Paul O’Riordan in quick succession. Nevertheless, Cork did have points from Isaac Walsh and two from Daniel Hogan, both set up by O’Riordan to tie matters at 0-8 to 1-5. Approaching half-time, Waterford held a two-point lead again but O’Sullivan and Luke Horgan scored for Cork to send the teams in level at half-time.
Horgan restored the lead to Cork and O’Riordan added two more, sandwiching a Rellis effort for Waterford. That made it 0-13 to 1-8 with 21 minutes left and Flynn, O’Riordan and Jack Cahalane stretched the advantage, the latter having his shot tipped over by Kilgannon.
Though another Halloran free brought Waterford back to within four, two Flynn frees moved Cork on again. Halloran (two) and Daly made it a one-score game again in injury time, but Ethan Twomey eased Cork’s worries. At the death, Halloran left three in it again but it proved to be the last score.
Scorers for Cork: D Flynn 0-8 (0-6 frees), P O’Riordan 0-3, L Horgan, D Hogan 0-2, B O’Sullivan, J Cahalane, I Walsh, E Twomey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Waterford: R Halloran 0-6 (0-5 frees), J Burke 1-1, C Rellis, C Daly 0-2 each, J Booth 0-1.
Cork: B Saunderson (Midleton); S Kingston (Ballinora), Cian McCarthy (Blackrock), C O’Brien (St Catherine’s); Cian McCarthy (St Oliver Plunkett’s), C Joyce (Castlemartyr), B O’Sullivan (Kanturk); E Twomey (St Finbarr’s), L Horgan (Glen Rovers); P O’Riordan (Tracton), D Flynn (Ballygiblin), D Hogan (Sarsfields); Colm McCarthy (Sarsfields), J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), I Walsh (Lisgoold).

Munster Senior Football Championship

Cork 3 – 18 Limerick 0 - 6
Cork will play Kerry in the Munster SFC final on Saturday June 22nd after they dominated against Limerick in the semi final at Páirc Uí Rinn. Three goals in the first 14 minutes, two by Brian Hurley with Ruairí Deane also netting, ensured that the Rebels were put in a commanding position and they enjoyed a 3-8 to 0-2 half-time lead. While the second half lacked the same high tempo that Cork had shown in the opening period, they nevertheless kept the scoreboard ticking over to ensure their place in the decider.
With Limerick having beaten Tipperary by seven points in the quarter-final, Cork would have guarded against complacency and targeted a fast start but Limerick were very unlucky with a goal chance inside the first minute which went a-begging.
Cork took the lead with a free from Mark Collins – the first of nine points for him – before Brian Hurley found the net with a good low finish following Ruairí Deane’s pass in the 4th minute. The same partnership combined a minute later for a second goal to put Cork in firm control.
The lead stood at 2-4 to 0-0 before Deane added another goal, well set-up by debutant Eoghan McSweeney, who finished with three points. While Cork did endured 12 minutes without a score – including a missed penalty as Hurley’s effort struck the post – and Limerick got off the mark with a pair of Séamus O’Carroll points, the 15-point interval advantage remained healthy. Three more Collins points on the resumption extended the advantage and Cork continued to add to their tally, with Ian Maguire, Matthew Taylor and sub Stephen Sherlock all scoring. Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan kicked three second-half points from long-range dead balls, but Cork finished well to enjoy a 21-point advantage at the end.
Scorers for Cork: Mark Collins 0-9 (5fs), Brian Hurley 2-0, Ruairí Deane 1-0, Eoghan McSweeney 0-3, Matthew Taylor 0-2, Paul Kerrigan, Ian Maguire, Stephen Sherlock, John O’Rourke 0-1 each.
CORK: Mark White; Nathan Walsh, James Loughrey, Kevin Flahive; Liam O’Donovan, Thomas Clancy, Matthew Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Eoghan McSweeney, Ruairí Deane, Paul Kerrigan; John O’Rourke, Brian Hurley, Mark Collins.
Subs: Aidan Browne for Loughrey (39), Stephen Sherlock for Hurley (45), Luke Connolly for O’Rourke (46), Kevin O’Driscoll for Deane (52), Kevin O’Donovan for Clancy (57), Ronan O’Toole (Éire Óg) for Maguire (61).


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Ballinagree NS celebrating their win at Sciath na Scol. ©An Scoil

Sciath na Scol

Ballinagree NS 3 – 8 Dreeny NS 2 - 4
Ballinagree National School made history at Dunmanway recently when they won their first ever Sciath na Scol football competition. Ballinagree had qualified for the Roinn 11 Mixed final out of a five team group at Clonakilty two weeks earlier and were hopeful that the fine form they had shown then could be reproduced in the West Cork Sciath na Scol final against Dreeny NS (from near Skibbereen), the winners of the competition in 2018.
Ballinagree had the start they wanted, Caoimhe O’Brien setting up the opportunity for Ciarán Fitzgerald to drive home a goal in their very first attack. Roles were then reversed, Fitzgerald parting to Caoimhe O’Brien for the latter to fire in a second goal, but Dreeny did not panic and hit back quickly with a goal. Caoimhe O’Brien then kicked her second goal for Ballinagree but again Dreeny replied with a similar score, 3-0 to 2-0 after a blistering opening quarter. Ciarán Fitzgerald kicked over the first point of the game after gathering a clearance from the outstanding Cormac O’Riordan but Dreeny hit back with two points in a row and when Caoimhe O’Brien had another Ballinagree point, Dreeny again replied with a point, 3-2 to 2-3 the score now and exchanges were very even. Ballinagree were under pressure but defended magnificently, with goalkeeper Ronan Murphy, Cormac O’Riordan and Lisa O’Donovan, Ellen Kelleher and Gavin Leahy rock solid and Ballinagree finished the half well with a point each from O’Brien and Fitzgerald to lead by 3-4 to 2-3 at the break.
The second half was again very even but Ballinagree were playing confidently now and points from Ellen Keller and Ciarán Fitzgerald gave them a six point cushion. Cathal Rea’s introduction gave fresh impetus and after an exchange of points, Ciarán Fitzgerald had the final score to give Ballinagree victory and their first ever football cup, a win greeted with great excitement by their teachers, Ms. Bernie O’Connell, Paula Browne and Fionnula O’Sullivan, fellow students and parents.
Ballinagree NS panel: Ronan Murphy, Cormac O’Riordan, Lisa O’Donovan, Gavin Leahy, Ellen Kelleher, Caoimhe O’Brien, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Cathal Rea, Rian MacSuibhne, Eugenie Kelleher, Ben O’Leary, Naoise O’Brien, Aaron Crowley, Arlene Kelleher, Jack Manning, Christopher O’Leary, Orlaith O’Brien, James King, Scott M Dennehy. Coach: Ms Fionnula O’Sullivan

Laochra Óg

Féile. Congratulations to all. We have just hosted our first John West Féile na nGael. It was a great success. Kilmessan representatives were blown away by the hospitality, the work put in by the club and attention to detail. The host families were from the team players’ homes, which was excellent and showed the appreciation and the buy-in of the parents. On behalf of the U14 hurling team, thank you to everyone involved in making it happen. The feedback from parents and most importantly the players was very positive. They had a great weekend. Made some new friends and happy memories. Laochra Óg Abù. Thanks to Colàiste Ghobnatan for the use of their facilities. They never looked better. Thanks to The Mills for hosting the barbeque and refreshments. Thanks to our sponsor M & J Kelleher Ltd - MJK Oils for supporting our Féile team.
50/50 Lotto Moya Knowels, Clonakilty €420. Sellers Mary Kelleher and Mary T Corcoran. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw. The next draw will take place on June 17th
Well done our u15 camogie team who came out on top in a very close game against Millstreet in Kilnamatyra. It was a challenge game and both teams put on a great display. Laochra Óg showed fantastic teamwork , great passes , striking and scoring , and some super saves from our goalkeeper . Well done to all the girls , and best of luck to both teams for the rest of season. Thanks to our sponsors Healys spar Clondrohid Boys and girls ground hurling / Camogie blitz was held with children from Muinefliuch, Reenanirree, Carriganima and St. Joseph’s girls school Macroom to mark the end of another season of coaching in the local national schools by Liam Slattery. Over 40 children and teachers attended and it was fantastic to see all the schools mixing as these pupils will all eventually attend second level school together. Thanks to Teresa Twomey , Deirdre Dugan, Marguerite Murphy, Lorraine Nash and our two referees Lauren and Caoimhe and Nora & Michael Mc Carthy Glenmill Restaurant Clondrohid Macroom for their continued support and use of Teerbeg.
We held our first U10 Camogie blitz of the season in Ballyvourney. We had over 80 girls taking part from Ballinora, Cloughduv, Aghaboulage and Ballincollig along with our own young warriors. The future is certainly bright for Cork Camogie with the skill on show.

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Macroom U13A soccer league winners for 2018/19 ©Darragh D
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U13 Success. Both Macroom FC U13 boys teams were celebrating last week. Firstly the U13A side travelled to play Fermoy and came away with a 5-2 victory. This result meant Macroom were champions for the second season in a row. An outstanding achievement from all players and their management duo of Darrin Ring and James Neville. Last Thursday evening they entertained higher ranked Avondale Utd in the Con Elliot cup semi final at Murrayfield. After an epic encounter Macroom were so unlucky to lose on penalties after a compelling 2-2 draw after extra time. The large crowd enjoyed every minute of the action and these Macroom players can be very proud of themselves. The U13 team travelled to Ringmahon knowing a win would secure promotion and they duly obliged with a fantastic 5-0 win. As the scoreline suggests, Macroom were on top for the vast majority of this encounter. Congratulations to all involved and management of Kevin Lucey and Micheal Slattery.
U7/8/9 Academy. The boys’ Academy headed west last Sunday morning and played games against Killarney Celtic of Kerry. With almost 60 players travelling, interest levels are certainly high. All players did well and what was also noticeable was the many coaches from Macroom FC, 15 in total, helping and encouraging all players. This is great to see and long may it continue. Many thanks to Killarney Celtic also for their excellent hospitality.
Underage Awards. Macroom FC Underage Awards night 2019 (boys teams from U12 to U16) will take place this coming Thursday June 13th at the Riverside Park Hotel, commencing at 7.30pm. Medal presentations for successful teams along with player of the year and top scorer awards. All welcome.
Girls’ Invitational Tournament. The U13 schoolgirls team travelled to Dublin last Sunday to take part in the Willie Prout Invitational tournament. Teams from all over Ireland took part in this event hosted by Glebe North FC. The high standing of Macroom FC in ladies football was emphasised as they were the sole Cork representative invited to the tournament. Matches were played against Stonyford FC from Kilkenny, NECSL of Cavan, Westmeath side Bealnamulla FC and Strand FC from Sligo. The Macroom squad did tremendously well in all 4 games winning 2 and losing 2. This was enough for Macroom to win the 4th place playoff. It was a fantastic experience for the girls who all thoroughly enjoyed their day out under the guidance of Tim Murphy and Denis Murray.

Macroom GAA

In the Premier Intermediate Football Championship. Macroom, as a first round loser to St Michaels, are in the second round, drawn against St Vincent’s, and the loser here is finished for the year, but could have relegation problems based on the championship record of the past three years. The winners of this game progress to the 3rd round and a clash with Cill na Martra.
Macroom, played Newcestown in the county league at the Castle Grounds and suffered a heavy defeat on a score of 6-10 to 0-7. An under strength Macroom fell away badly late in the game as the visitors were rampant. The team: Brendan O'Connell, James O'Connor, Olan O'Mahony, Paul O'Farrell, Gerard Angland, Rory Buckley, Sean McMahon, Caleb Dineen, Fintan Goold, John Murphy, Michael Cronin, Don Creedon, Conor O'Sullivan, Pa Lucey, Dylan Twomey. Subs Introduced - David Cotter, Deccie Kiely, Olan Murphy, Jack Cronin.
Macroom Under 14’s had a thrilling league game with Aghinagh at the Castle Grounds and emerged winners by 2-14 to 3-8. Macroom led by four points at the break after an excellent first half performance and after being brought back to equality at the three quarter stage at 1-11 to 3-5 came again in a gripping final quarter to battle their way to victory.
U6s: Macroom U6s played four ten minute games with Clondrohid in the Castle Grounds. All the games were played in great spirit, lots of skill, effort and teamwork on both sides. The squad that played was: Olan O'Sullivan, Liam Bourke, Cathal Kelleher , Sofia Belica, Nathan Myler, Donncha Lynch O'Sullivan, Luca Carroll, Ruairi Angland, Harry Buckley, Fionn McKenna, Finn Moss, Jack Twomey, Darragh Moynihan, Eoghan Kelly, Matthew Murphy, Ardam O'Riordan, Cillian Breen.
U7/U8s: Macroom played Clondrohid in the Castle Grounds in fabulous conditions, weather and pitch-wise. The squad was:Noah Kellher, Odhran O'Regan, William Bland, Adam Creedon, Blake Deasy, Cian Kelleher, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Donncha O'Callaghan, Tom Minihane, Jack Ryan, Conor Angland, David Twomey, Con Moss, Sean Bourke, Ali Murphy, Brian LLoyd, Bobby O'Brien, Fionn O'Riordan. The Mentors were - Dermot Creedon, John Minihane, Brendan O'Regan, Murt Twomey and Donie Angland.
Macroom Juniors were away to Iveleary in the Mid Cork junior B football league and after a close game lost to the home side on a 1-10 to 1-8 scoreline. Macroom play Ballinora at the Castle Grounds in their next league game.
Macroom U10s qualified for the final of the Brian Cronin Cup competition at Dromtarriffe and will play that decider on this Saturday. The U10s were in Dublin for the Kilmacud Crokes tournament and had a great trip, football wise and for enjoyment. The U9s hosted Bantry and the U11s played two good games against Naomh Abán and Canovee. U12s had a good win over Duarigle Gaels in a friendly on Bank Holiday Monday evening in the Castle Grounds and lost a high standard Div 1 West league game to O'Donovan Rossa on Friday night at Tom Creedon Park on a 5-5 to 2-10 scoreline. The U14’s lost to group winners Cill na Martra in the league. The U15s played a Super 10s Munster GAA blitz against Grenagh, Canovee and Glenflesk. They would like to acknowledge all the players who togged out on the day. They were competitive in all games and it was a good experience for all involved. The players all received Munster GAA t-shirts after the game. A huge thanks to Catherine Cahill, Claire Creedon and Geraldine O'Sullivan and everybody who helped out and for organising tea, coffee and refreshments which all contributed to a successful day. Panel: Ben Herlihy, Dylan Wenger, Daragh Kiernan, Dean Granville, Barry Galvin, Mark Hunt, Dylan Molyneaux, Liam Holland, Conor Colemen, Oisin O'Sullivan, Marcin Oleksy, Rowan Mullane, Liam McSweeney.
Golf Classic. The annual Macroom GAA Golf Classic was held in Macroom Golf Club and was a huge success with over fifty teams participating. The officers of the club would like to place on record a huge thanks to the organising committee who continue to put in a massive effort to make this such a wonderful event. The organising committee are Paddy Murphy, Don Buckley, John O'Mahony, Kevin Hinchion, Pat Crowley, Denis Buckley, Tom O'Sullivan. The club would also like to thank the main sponsors of the golf classic, Ciaran Ryan Plant & Haulage Limited, Kevin & Maeve Hinchion, Macroom Haulage, Pat O'Connell, Castle Hotel, Murphy Fuels, Daf Trucks. Finally the club would like to thank all individuals and businesses who sponsored a team or a tee box and we look forward to seeing you all again at it next year!
Carrauntoohill: A group of our adult footballers recently climbed Carrauntoohill Ireland's highest mountain - it was great to see the club colours on display at the top of the mountain!
R.I. P. It is with the deepest regret that we learned of the untimely death of Conor Buttimer, Club President, former Chairman and Secretary and lifelong member and supporter. Go raibh aige leaba i measc na Naomh.

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Prizewinners at Ladies’ Captain’s Prize (Marie Lillis) at Macroom Golf Club ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors Scramble 4th June 1st Noel O'Sullivan/ James Deane/ Tim Ryan 48.1
Mc Guirk’s Open 1st Tom Egan (Fermoy) 39pts 2nd Barry Ronayne 39pts
Open Singles 8/9 June 1st Kieran Savage(16) 40pts 2nd Alan O'Connor(15) 39pts 3rd Sean Mc Cahill(14) 39pts css 37pts