Lee Valley Outlook v15e22 November 1 2018

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Autumn Colours at Dromcarra. ©Con Kelleher

Lee Valley Diary

****Correction. Arrive and Jive. Inchigeela Hall Tues. Nov 6, 8p.m. Cloughduv GA.A. Hall. Thurs. Nov 8th 8.15.
Kilmurry Parish Schools
exhibition from Sat. 3rd Nov at Kilmurry Museum
Macroom Cemeteries. November prayers, Sun. Nov. 4. Castle St. 2p.m. St. Colman’s 3p.m. Aghinagh 4p.m.
Clondrohd prayers for the Holy Souls in graveyard Sun. Nov. 4 at 3pm.
Mega Raffle for cancer charities, Wed Nov 7th at McEgan College.
Open Evening at Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Thurs 8th Nov from 5-8pm
Macroom Flower and Garden Club Gala Christmas Demonstration Thurs Nov 15th at Coolcower House 8.00p.m.
Muskerry Scór na nÓg Final in GAA Hall, Coachford, 17th Nov at 7:30 pm.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club Christmas Dinner at Griffin’s Garden Centre on Wed Nov 28th
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Macroom Library
Storytime every Saturday at noon.
Purlies Knitting Group Nov. 1 and 15 at 11.30am.
Book Club Nov 7 at 11.30a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte Nov 8 at 11.30a.m.
Music Morning Nov. 9th at 11am
Juvenile Book Club Nov 10 at 3p.m.
Creative Writing Group Nov 13 at 5.30p.m.
Bridge Club Nov 14th at 10am.
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
Murray & Begley in Concert Fri 9th Nov at 8:00pm.
The Matchmaker Thurs 15th Nov at 8:00pm.
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Sat 1st Dec at 8:00pm.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley func tions, 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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Muskerry Special Olympics party to celebrate the achievements of Cathy Dullea and Katie Moloney. ©Collette O’Riordan

Amazing Athletes

A Muskerry Special Olympics Club Congratulations Party was held at training in the Macroom Sports Complex for two amazing athletes, Cathy Dullea and Katie Moloney, to celebrate their success at Ireland Games. All the athletes from the Muskerry Special Olympic Club and some Volunteers made posters and decorated the hall and presented them with a lovely gift to congratulate them on their achievements. Cathy and Katie qualified for the Special Olympic Ireland Games which took part in Dublin from the 14th to the 17th of June 2018. This was a huge achievement for both athletes. The girls trained really hard for months to prepare for the games. There were over 1,600 athletes taking part over the 4 days and what an experience the girls had. It was not easy for them as they not only had to compete against the best in Ireland, but they also had to stay away from home for 4 days without their parents even by night. Cathy and Katie were VIPs for the four days. All the traffic in Dublin was stopped while they were being bussed to the opening ceremony in Tallaght Stadium and they were welcomed into the stadium with rapturous applause. They were entertained by Des Cahill and Ian Dempsey, Jake Carter, and others and even the President and his wife made an appearance to welcome them. The Olympic flame was lit and they got a fly over by the Air force.
Over the next few days they battled hard in their races and on Saturday the final came for the 200m. Katie lined up on the track and when the gun went off she put all the training to good use and sprinted down the home straight and was over the moon to be awarded the gold medal in her division. Her parents, Helen and Mick, and her sister, Kira, were there shouting her on all the way to the finish. A very proud moment for them.
Next it was Cathy’s turn. She lined up in a very competitive final and she gave it 100%. It was very close at the finish line with very little separating the athletes. Cathy was awarded 4th place and was over the moon to have achieved a New Personal Best time over 200m. Her parents, Cathleen and Dan, and her brother Denis were cheering her all the way to the finish and again were very proud of Cathy’s achievement.
On Sunday, both girls took to the track again in the 100m but this time it was very wet and miserable but they knew they had trained hard and were prepared to give it 100%. Katie again was first up in her division and she sprinted up the home straight and was delighted with her performance being awarded 4th place. Again, her parents were very proud and even shed a tear of joy at her achievement. Cathy then lined up in again a very competitive division and worked really hard, gritting her teeth and never giving up all the way up the home straight. She crossed the finish line in 5th place and again achieved a New Personal best time. Her parents were over the moon with her achievements and she was rewarded for all her hard training, coming home with 2 new Personal Best times. A moment her parents will never forget. Cathy then lined up in the Team Munster relay. Cathy was the 1st runner so she knew she had to give her team the best possible start and when out flying. The girls finished very strong and were over the moon to be awarded the bronze medal.
So both the Muskerry Special Olympic Girls did Team Munster, themselves, their coaches, their club and their parents very proud, coming home with 1 Gold medal, 1 bronze medal, 2 4th places, a 5th place and 2 Personal bests. An amazing achievement by two amazing athletes. By Collette O’Riordan

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Queen of the Ploughing, Anna May McHugh, visits the grave of King of the Plough, Jerry Horgan, at Macroom Cemetery ©

Macroom Ploughing.

The A.G.M of Macroom Ploughing was held recently in Coolcower House. A good attendance was in hand for the election of officers: President Timmy Creedon; Chairman Connie Buckley; Vice Chair Dan O’ Riordan; Secretary Rosemarie O’Riordan; Asst. Sec William Lynch; Treasurer Matthew Coakley; Asst. Treasurer Kieran Looney; P.R.O. Dan F. O’Riordan and Breda Kelleher. Finding ploughing ground suitable for the annual match on the 1st Sunday of January is the next task for all.
Little did the committee know that within 24 hours of that A.G.M, their friend and co worker, Derry Coakley, would have passed away in tragic circumstances. Derry’s father, Seanie, was a founder member of Macroom Ploughing and Derry joined at a young age. He attended meetings and made worthwhile contributions . He worked tirelessly before, during, and after each ploughing match run by his club. He competed in the u 21 Class for Macroom in the West Cork Ploughing Championships and was always placed in the top 3. He ploughed in the local classes with great success for his club at a later date in his career. On his first venture into ploughing, his late father, Seanie, purchased a new competition plough from the Pierce Factory in Wexford. He ploughed proudly with it. A large crowd attended his burial last Sunday and all his friends/ workers from Cork Co. Council, Tidy Towns, and Macroom Ploughing proudly gave him a guard of honour. Macroom Ploughing would like to extend their deepest sympathies to his family. He will be sadly missed by all in Macroom Ploughing. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Guiding Award

Mia Normoyle O’Sullivan and Niamh McFall, members of the Ardilaun Guide Unit, Macroom were presented with the Trail Blazer Award at the National Guide Award Ceremony in Croke Park recently. The Trail Blazer is the highest award that can be achieved by Guides and the girls have been working toward this for the past four years, achieving all other awards along the way. Challenges which the Guides completed included many outdoor activities such as day and night hikes, outdoor cookery, kayaking, attending many camps, specifically IGGNITE 2017, the International Camp in Ireland and travelling to Denmark this year as part of the Irish Girl Guides contingent to a camp with the Danish Green Guides. This camp was a partnership between the two organisations, which included a three day Social Entrepreneurship project, planned and executed by the Guides in their Patrols in the town of Veijle; large scale pioneering projects; night escapades in the woods; learning some Danish expressions; a visit to Copenhagen and Legoland and teaching Irish Dancing to the Danish Guides. We are expecting a return visit from the Danish Guide in the next two years. The Guides painted a mural on the wall of their hall and this is the basis for a photographic display of all the members of Macroom Guiding. Some of the many activities that Mia and Niamh partook in during their time in Guides were survival skills, first aid, fund raising for various charities, international Guiding competitions, the Free Being Me project as well as being responsible for their Patrols for the past two years. All these activities contributed to the personal development and leadership skills that Mia and Niamh achieved as they join the list of over thirty Ardilaun Guides who have achieved this Award. Macroom Guiding is very proud of Mia and Niamh.

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De la Salle Fifth Year students, Caolan Murphy and Robert O'Donovan, receiving their Bronze Medal from the Gaisce Awards, with teacher, Mr Ryan. © An Scoil

De La Salle College

Michael D. Higgins got the thumbs up from students at De La Salle College when they took part in a mock-presidential election run by our student council and organised by CSPE teacher, Ms Crowley. Mr Higgins received 41.9% of the vote while, in close second, was Peter Casey with 40% of the votes. Well done to all involved - a very worthwhile exercise in the area of democracy. Hopes are high that one day we may see one of our own student’s name on the ballot paper.
Congratulations to fourth year student Tom Downey who has been selected to compete for a place in the Science Olympiad team of Ireland for Maths and Science. Tom will travel to Dublin next weekend to take part in the selection process. Students are selected based on their Junior Certificate Maths and Science results. This is the third year in a row our students have been selected for receiving the top results in the country in Maths and Science. Tom’s older brother, John, was selected two years ago while their fellow Kilmichael man, Colm O’Riordan, was selected on the basis of his excellent results last year. Up Kilmichael and De La Salle College.
Fourth Year Geography students travelled to Banna Strand in Co Kerry on Tuesday last on a Field Trip. The students enjoyed their trip to the beach on a fine October day where they carried out a number of investigations with rocks, sand dunes and the shoreline and later stopped in McDonalds in Killarney for lunch, accompanied by their Geography teachers, Mr McCarthy and Ms Hallissey.
Gaisce. Two of our fifth year students, Robert O’Donovan and Caolan Murphy, have received the Bronze Medal after participating in the Gaisce Awards during Transition Year. The activities they took part in included coaching an under-age soccer team, learning a new skill –First Aid and participating in a physical activity. Mr Fergus Ryan presented the students with their medals.
Debating. Well done to our debating team for an excellent performance in Bandon Grammar School last week where they debated the motion ’30 years on, the world is no closer to curing the Aids/HIV epidemic’. The students did an excellent job displaying their ability in the public speaking arena and will now take part in further debate in Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty in late November. The debating team included Darragh Vaughan, Gerard Collins, Bradley O’Shea and Barry Murphy.
Cork Youth Film Makers recently visited our school and our students got an opportunity to edit, create a plot and produce a short movie. Transition Year students with an interest in film enjoyed a day of camera work and using their creativity in a very exciting initiative. The final version has been entered in a competition organised by the Cork Youth Film Makers Organisation.

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Distinguished guest speaker, and former pupil of St Mary's, Dr Róisín Lyons presenting Laura O' Reilly with the Senior Academic Award for 2018. Laura is now studying Veterinary Science in UCD ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Catherine McAuley Awards. The annual Catherine McAuley award ceremony was on Friday, October 19. A highlight in the school calendar year, teachers and parents took time to celebrate the enormous achievements of its students in so many disciplines. The school was exceptionally proud to invite back one of its Distinguished Past Pupils, Dr. Róisín Lyons, who is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in DCU. Róisín lectures also in Saudi Arabia and has won several teaching awards. Her research and passion focuses on the development of entrepreneurial tendencies in individuals and teams. She works in an advisory role for the Enactus Global Social Entrepreneurship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge and the National CSR forum, while also acting as a judge in the BT Young Scientist competition on an annual basis. Róisín, along with the principal, Mr Cooke and teachers presented awards to the following students who were recipients of awards on the night:
Full Attendance: First Year- Sinead Creedon, Emma Murphy, Lisa Neville, Second Year – Caoimhe Horgan and Emily McSweeney, Fifth Year – Ciara Walsh, Sixth Year – Louise Lynch and Rachel McCarthy. Gaisce awards were achieved by Caitriona Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Carolyn O’Donovan and Katie Sheehan. Students Council members in 2017/2018 - were: Sadhbh Bourke, Aine Sheehan, Ciara Bradley, Lily Casey, Kate Maguire, Molly McKirgan, Kitty Clancy, Dominika Starzyckza, Aoife Foley, Emer McMahon, Kate Bradley, Flora Lynch, Kathleen McSweeney and Riona O’Connor. The Apprentice Chef Certificate was received by Suzan Aslanoglu for reaching the Munster final of the competition in Tralee IT. The much coveted and prestigious Pfizer Chemistry Quiz was won by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 with their Chemistry teacher, Ms Catherine Kerrigan. The team was made up of Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello, Leah Kelleher and Laura O’Reilly. Transition Years had National success last year when they won the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank competition, with their Business teacher, Ms Arlene O’Donoghue. The team comprised of: -Jessica Buckley, Savannah Hickey, Caoimhe Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Hanna O’Donovan and Katie Sheehan.
Catherine McAuley awards were received by those students who by word and example exemplified the characteristics of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the school, in the last school year. Among her qualities were kindness, generosity, friendliness, courtesy to all and leadership skills. The following students were congratulated with a Catherine McAuley award: First Year- Shauna Buckley, Nadia Sliwa, OliwiaWyka, Second Year – Marian Creedon, Alannah Cunningham, Saorlaith O’Leary. Third Year – Martyna Byrdziak, Kate Condon, Ciara O’Donovan. Fourth Year – Aimee O’Herlihy, Ruth Purcell, Dominika Starzycka. Fifth Year – Sarah Doyle, Eilish Galvin, Grace Kiernan. Sixth Year – Ell Marie Kelleher, Kathleen McSweeney and Niamh O’Riordan. The Junior Sports award went to Aoife Twomey, while Kate Brady picked up the Senior Sports Award. Maeve Kelleher was awarded the Gerard Healy Sports Award. The School’s Senior Football team won the Munster title last year, while the Junior Basketball team reached the semi-final stage of the All Ireland School’s competition. A number of our students engage and excel in several extra-curricular activities outside of the school. These girls were also acknowledged on the night for their commitment and dedication to a diverse range of hobbies. These include the following : Michelle Crowley, qualified for the World Dancing Championships, Caoimhe Donovan, a member of the Cork City and County Schools Basketball panel, Theresa Galvin, author of a novel entitled “ Lightning Bolt” soon to be published by a London publishing Co., Austin McAuley, Orla Lynch, winner of the Southern Centre Championship and Long Cross Championship in Motorcross Racing, Erika O’Shea, member of the Cork Under 16 Football team and Under 18 National Cup team in Basketball, Megan Sheehan, member of the Senior Cork City FC squad and Sarah Wynroe, winner of three gold and two silver medals in the World Championships in Tawekwon-Do.
St Mary’s is also exceptionally proud of all of its students’ academic accomplishments. The Junior Academic Award in 2017 went to Savannah Hickey and Aimee O’Herlihy, while the Junior Academic Award in 2018 was received by Martyna Byrdziak. The Senior Academic Award for 2017 went to Ella Curtin and the Senior Academic Award in 2018 went to Laura O’Reilly, both of whom achieved over 600 points in their Leaving Certificate. The Senior Subject awards were received by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 who returned to their alma mater for the event from Universities and Colleges around Ireland. This award is given to Leaving Cert students whose teachers in different subject areas want to congratulate the girls for their commitment and application to the subject. The following students received Subject awards this year: Art – Laura O’Reilly Biology – Karena Curtin Business- Molly Cronin Chemistry- Kate Bradley English- Kathleen McSweeney French- Eimhin O’Mahony Geography – Rachel McCarthy German- Aoife Doyle History – Lorraine Dromey Irish- Michelle Crowley LCVP – Niamh O’Riordan Maths – Lydia Costello Music- Karla O’Shea Physics- Leah Kelleher Religion – Lynn O’Riordan Social and Scientific – Louise Lynch. The school wishes to congratulate all of the of the recipients.
Presidential Election. Mrs Watkins First year students carried out a mock presidential election on Thursday the 25th of October as part of their CSPE program. They had to apply to be included on their Register of Electors by Oct 9th and those interested, applied for the positions of Clerk, Presiding Officer and Returning Officer. The girls set up their polling station in the Art Room and made a political broadcast over the school intercom! They researched the 6 presidential candidates and cast their votes. There was great excitement on Friday the 26th of October as the votes were counted. 89% of 1st years registered to vote, with 100% of those registered turning out to vote. Our Returning Officer announced the results over the intercom. There were as follows; Michael D Higgins 53% Joan Freeman 22% Liadh Ní Riada 10% Seán Gallagher 8% Gavin Duffy 4% Peter Casey 2%. So, St Mary’s1st year CSPE class voted Michael D Higgins to continue into a second term as President of Ireland!
Shoe Box Appeal Thank you to everybody who has made a contribution to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal so far this year. We have collected a huge amount of boxes already and they will be delivered to Skibbereen on the Monday after our Mid Term Break.
Student Council. A Student Council is a representative structure through which students in a post-primary school can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and it students. Congratulations to the newly elected members of our student council, they are: Danielle O’ Neill, Cara Moloney, Abigail Kelleher, Shauna Buckley, Andrea Pasztor, Ciara Quinn, Andzelika Wyka, Jennifer McCarthy, Rachel Burgoyne, Anna O’ Leary. Thanks to Mrs O’ Donovan for her continued work and dedication to St Mary’s Student Council.
BT young Scientist Competition 2019. Congratulations to our TY and 2nd year students who were accepted into this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition. The girls are working hard on their projects and are excited to travel to Dublin for the exhibition in January.

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The 5th class students of St. Joseph's Macroom get a Science lesson from McEgan College 1st year students. ©An Scoil

McEgan College

'Science Buddies' is Mc Egan College was delighted to welcome the 5th class girls from St. Joseph’s, with their teacher, Ms. Niamh Kelleher and resource teacher, Ms. Elaine Murphy, to our science laboratory. This year, nine parents from both student groups participated and learned some great ‘kitchen science’. 'Science Buddies' is a CIT lead STEM programme where 1st year secondary students teach primary school students to perform a number of simple science experiments. All students got an opportunity to be real scientists, developing their experimental and interpersonal skills. It was inspiring to see the excitement and feel the enthusiasm in the laboratory when students, parents and teachers came to work and learn together. Thank you to all involved in this fantastic event.
Maths Week. What a successful week we had this year for www.mathsweek.ie. Students at McEgan participated in activities including Random Act of Mathematics, where Transition Year students prepared a range of maths questions to ask students during breaktime. There were public displays of numeracy as students created mathematical displays around the school. In addition, students participated in a maths trail around Macroom as well as playing cards, board games and photography for www.haveyougotmathseyes.com.Transition Years measured the height and arm span of a sample of the school's population, to analyse their data next week regarding the Golden Ratio. All in all, a diverse week of numerical activity that was inclusive of all mathematical abilities.

Macroom Library

News Flash - We recently received a delivery of some brand new books to our library, including some of the latest novels and lots of non-fiction. Be sure to browse through them the next time you visit to see if any of them take your fancy. The Adult Book Club will be meeting on November 7th at 11.30am to discuss ‘The Long Song’ by Andrea Levy. The next Ciorcal Cainte will take place on November 8th at 11.30am. New members are always welcome. Music Morning will be the 9th November at 11am and the Juvenile Book Club will meet on November 10th at 3pm. They had a book-review workshop during their previous meeting, so they’ll be hoping to finally get round to discussing ‘The Great Hamster Massacre’ by Katie Davies. The Creative Writing Group will take place on November 13th at 5.30pm. The Bridge Club will reconvene on November 14th at 10am; new players are always welcome, while the Purlies craft group will meet on November 15.
Membership of the library is free. Photo I.D and Proof of Address is required for adults and for guardians. Books can be renewed by popping into the library at any time with your library card, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services. Visit https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/library-online to avail of all of our online services: e-books, e-magazines, audio-books, plus hundreds of e-learning courses. All you need is a library card and your pin-number and away you go!

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
Murray & Begley in Concert. Friday 9th November at 8:00pm. Tickets:€15. Macroom's own Jim Murray, who is one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, and the renowned accordion player and singer, Séamus Begley, team up to create one of the Country’s most popular musical duos. This show is not to be missed.
The Matchmaker – John B. Keane. Thursday 15th November at 8:00pm. Tickets: €20. Directed by Michael Scot, the production stars television favourites, Mary McEvoy & Jon Kenny!
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Saturday 1st December at 8:00pm. Tickets: €18. Expect to be battered with hilarious seasonal chat and boxed around the ears with scintillating vocal harmonies!
Tickets available for the shows above from Kay at our South Square Box Office in Macroom, which is open on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm and on Friday from 11.00am to 3.30pm. Phone 026 41174 or 087 1663395 - Website: www.macroom.ie. Please check out the next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook for more exciting show announcements at Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.

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****Correction. Arrive and Jive. 4 week beginner course. €40 per payable on first night of course. Inchigeela Hall Tues. Nov. 6 at 8p.m. Cloughduv G.A.A. Hall Thurs. Nov. 8th at 8.15p.m. call 087 399 5877

Next Outlook is available on November 22, to be followed by magazines on December 6 and 20, the latter, the Christmas issue. Please send annual reviews in good time for final issue of the year.
Kilmurry Parish Schools exhibition presented by KHAA. Official opening at 2p.m. Saturday 3rd November at Independence Museum Kilmurry. Inspect artefacts from Kilmurry, Canovee, Kilbonane, Cloughduv, Beal na mBláth and Lackareigh schools. View old photos; examine old roll books; read old stories and dúchas letters from the 1930s. Exhibition will continue 2pm to 5pm every Sunday in November (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th)
Croí na Laoi, Inchigeela are resuming their Sunday walks on Sunday, November 4th, with the 50 minute Ceim Daunt/ Island Loop which is suitable for all levels. Meet at the Hall in the village at 2pm. We'd love your company!
Mega Raffle On Wednesday November 7th at McEgan College. Prizes: €500 worth of vouchers and €500 worth of gifts, hampers & goods, all generously donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets are on sale now in the school and will also be sold at next 2 Tuesday Markets. All proceeds will go towards Cancer research and Oncology at CUH. The main members of staff involved in organising these events are Ms. Bernie Angland, McEgan and Ms. Deirdre O'Sullivan. Macroom E Enterprise Centre.
The Knitting & Stitching show returns to the RDS, Dublin 8th – 11th November. Crafters can book their tickets in advance as low as €12.50 or VIP ticket for €27. There will be150 must-see exhibitors selling specialist supplies, along with demonstrations, interactive workshops and galleries curated by internationally acclaimed textile artists.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Gala Floral Demonstration entitled “Festive Cheer”, with Margaret Ahern (AOIFA), at Coolcower House Macroom, Thursday 15th November at 8.00p.m. 026-41695 Doors open 7.00p.m. Supporting AOIFA Charity Pieta House and Macroom Senior Citizens Association. Tickets and Further details contact 087-9821708
Muskerry Scór na nÓg Final for GAA players under 17 years old who play with a GAA club. Final in Aghabullogue GAA Hall, Coachford 17th November at 7:30 pm. Events: Figure/ Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/ Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse /Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing. If you are interested, please text your name, number, club and event to Dolores, 086 1702103.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club is holding the Christmas Dinner and Floral Demonstration in Griffin’s Garden Centre on Wednesday November 28th at 7pm sharp. Dinner and Demo €25. Raffle proceeds to Marymount Hospice. Pre booking is essential. Contact Sheila 021 7334292 or Nancy 021 7334298. Non members are very welcome.
I.R.D. James O’Keeffee Institute Newmarket: is delighted to announce that a grant of €28,136.73 was awarded to Macroom Food Festival for a Stage, Marquee and Sound System under the Leader Artisan Food Initiative. Well done to all involved.
Heritage room in Kilmurry Independence Museum available to hire for events parties classes training etc contact 0876568110.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: October 21. Jackpot €1,900. Numbers drawn 09, 30, and 32. No winner. €50 Bracken Family, Co. Offaly. €20 each: William Neville, Dromree. Eamon Geran, C/O Shop Ballinagree. Tim Sheehan, Dooneens. Chrissie O'Connell, Clonavrick.
October 28. Jackpot €2,050. Numbers drawn 05, 07, and 20. No Winner €50 Brian O'Sullivan, Deelish. €20 each: Billy O'Sullivan, C/O Mid Cork Pallets. Anthony & Seán Hubbard, Bealnamorrive. Ray Manning, Moulnahourna. Teresa and Mort Lucey, Incheale.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto17/10/ 2018. Congrats to Darren Ring of Coolalta, Carrigadrohid who won the jackpot of €7,200. What a bonus for Christmas. Helen O’Brien sold the lucky ticket. €70 Caroline Dineen Clondrohid €20 each: Bill Corcoran Ballyvourney, Mark O’Shea Ardnacrusha, Adam Roche Clondrohid, Noel O’Callaghan Ballinagree.
24/10/ 2018. Jackpot €1000. No winner. €70 Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna €20 each: Conor Buckley, Nadd. Kevin Cullinane, Coachford Denis Lyons, Donoughmore Helen O’ Brien, Clondrohid Village
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto Oct 16. Jackpot €1,400. Numbers Drawn: 2 29 34. No winner. €25 each: 1. Adrian Moynihan 2. Dave Healy 3. Ollie O’Brien 4. John Mullane 5. Tadhg + Eileen Looney
Oct. 23. Jackpot €1,500. Winning numbers: 6 24 33. €25 each: 1.Michelle O’Shea 2. Caroline (New Tipp) 3.Liam O’Sullivan 4. Kathy O’Connell 5. Daire & Odhran Golden
Kilmichael GAA Lotto Oct. 15th - Jackpot €15.000. Numbers: 25 – 27 –30 – 36; No Winner. €50 Con O’Keeffe, Lissarda; €25 each to Thomas Coakley, Coppeen; Con O’Keeffe, Lissarda; Jim Hennessy, Coppeen.
Oct 22nd– Jackpot €15,000 - Numbers: 9 – 23– 26 – 27; No Winner. €50 - Bernie Shorten, Ballingeary; €25 each - Margaret Kelly, Johnstown; Joseph Lynch, Toonsbridge; Aoife & Liam c/o Colm O'Dwyer.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 24/10/2018. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 3,6,30. Winner: None. €50Ina O Sully. €20 each: Sean & Sienna Payne, O Brien family, Curraclough, John Madden, Tony & Kate, Mary O Brien Ballymichael.
Macroom FC Lotto 15/10/18. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn: 1, 11, 21. No Winner. €80 Celia Lynch, New Street. €20 each: Tim Joe Lyons c/o Murray's, Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lar's, Sam and Sharon c/o Fudge, Imelda Healy c/o Lar's.
23/10/18: Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers drawn: 10, 13, 19. No Winner. €80: Margaret Horgan, Raleigh. €20 each: Craig Ronan c/o Murray's, Claire Dinneen c/o Lar's, Mary and Jack c/o Janet, Nellie Casey c/o Evelyn.
Macroom Golf Club Oct 16 Jackpot €3200 Numbers Drawn 3 29 32. No winner. €40 Bridie Murphy , Dromree €20 Sheila Coughlan, Ummera €20 Hughie Kelleher c/o Goldens
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 16/10/2018. Jackpot: €3,600. Numbers Drawn: 2-6-8. No Winner. €70 Tina Murray, Railway View, €20 each: . John O'Mahony, Cork Street. Kathy Looney, The Lawn. Colm & Jack Oldham, 12 Beechville, Coachford. Gobnait O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs. John Manning, Donoughmore.
23/10/2018. Jackpot: €3,800. Numbers Drawn: 2-12-19. No Winner. €70 Dawn & Dylan Murphy, 9 Lower Cork Street €20 each Eileen Buckley, 16 Fr. Sheehan Place, Coachford. Ciaran Mc Crory, The Hermitage. Ted Kelleher, Gurteenroe. Helen Mc Sweeney, Coolnadane. Tadgh Kelleher, Sleaveen East.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 15/10/2018 Jackpot €2,500. Numbers drawn:10 - 12 - 28.. No Winner. €20 Joe Barrett ( Rylane); Brenda Twomey (Rylane); David Dennehy (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
22/10/2018 Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn:3 - 25 - 31.. No Winner. €20 Con Sullivan ( Valley View, Rylane); Claire Healy (Rylane); Connie Lynch (Macroom). Seller's Prize €20: Mary Casey-Buckley
Coachford AFC Lotto: 22/10/2018. Jackpot: €1,600. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 19 – 23. No Winner. €40 Denis Cullinane. €20 Declan O’Connell, Molly O’Connell, Trisha Long, Richard Daly.

Lee Valley Updates

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Donald O’Leary locking the doors of the Muskerry Branch of Dairygold Co-Op for the last time. Included are Tadgh Cullinane, Noel Healy, Bill Madden, Anne O’Riordan and David O’Reilly ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Farewell to Muskerry

On Friday 19th October, a large crowd gathered at Dairygold’s Muskerry branch to mark its final day of trading after 126 years. It was, in many ways, like a wake for an old friend that had lived a long life. The regret at its passing was tempered by the fact that it had made a huge contribution to employment and prosperity in the area. All present, some with almost seven decades dealing with Muskerry, recalled it as a place where the issues of the day were debated. The fate of the Cloughduv hurlers or the Cork team was a regular topic, the discussion being enhanced by the presence of Christy Ring, a frequent caller as a salesman for Shell Oil. On the morning of the 23rd August 1922, came the news that General Michael Collins’s body had passed outside the creamery walls the night before on its final journey, following the ambush at nearby Bealnablath.
As a child walking to Cloughduv school in the late 60s/ early 70s, the queue at the creamery was an everyday sight. Queuing would soon become a thing of the past when, within a short few years, the transition to bulk milk collection at farms would be the norm. A new animal feed mill secured and increased employment to over 60 people and the creamery was a source of much prized summer jobs.
Dan O’Donovan Jnr, as the spokesman for the local farmers, thanked Donald O’Leary, Ann O’Riordan and Dave O’Reilly for their loyal service over the years. He remembered previous staff, customers and suppliers. It was on Dan’s farm at Coolmakee (then owned by the Foley family) that East Muskerry Co-Op was founded and his late grandfather, Con, was Chairman in the 1960s. All present on Friday expressed concern at the loss of this important rural business. No doubt, its closure will add to the sense of rural isolation. It marks the end to an era when you got more than simply the item you required. You also got advice on its use or perhaps a better alternative. Thrown in for free was the friendly chat, banter and general good humour. This can never be replaced by clicking a mouse or using a touchscreen.
Muskerry was featured at the ‘Local Creameries Exhibition’ during November 2016, at Independence Museum Kilmurry. The aim was to remind people of the importance of local enterprises and their deep roots in the community. The founders of East Muskerry Co-Op were from all backgrounds, Protestant and Catholic, landholders and landlord, all working together to succeed with the venture which endured for well over a century. Today, rural Ireland faces many challenges but perhaps we should draw inspiration from these people? They certainly left the area better than they found it. The future is uncertain, but then it always has been!
And so to conclude this short version of a long story. Muskerry, its staff and shareholders can be proud of the part they have played in the creation of Dairygold, a major force in Irish agribusiness. The seeds of its success were sown in co-ops such as Muskerry. By Michael Goulding
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Ted and Noreen Dunne locking the door of their Shop & Post Office at Carrigadrohid for the last time after 21 years © Peter Scanlan Photography

Buíon Phíobairí Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh.

Ballingeary Pipe Band was set up in 1928 and has been part of the cultural life of Béal Átha’ Ghaorthaidh since its inception. Based in the Múscraí Gaeltacht, the band comprises of young and not-so-young members, male and female. BPB has played for several Presidents, including Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese and some band members have played for Vladimir Putin. In June, the band was invited to Áras an Úachtaráin and was privileged to play for An t-Úachtarán and some invited guests. Tá Buíon Phíobairí Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ag céiliúradh 90 bliain ó bunaiodh é ar an 17ú Samhain, i mBaile Bhuirne le dinnéar céiliúrtha. Cinnte beidh sé ina oíche iontach le ceol agus craic den scoth agus an deis chun bualadh leis na athbhaill a sheinn linn tráth agus na baill atá sa bhuíon faoi láthair. Fáilte riomh cách.

Clondrohid Updates

Racing for a Roadway: Race night in the Tavern on Saturday night Nov 24.. .€10 per Horse, €30 for each winner. 1st race at 8pm. In partnership with Clondrohid Community Creche, Community Recreational Facility, Development Group, G.A. A Club, Hall Committee and National School Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Self Help Africa: This annual collection was taken up at all masses in Clondrohid last weekend. Thanks to all those who gave generously and to those who braved the cold to collect. The amount collected was just under €240.
Holy Souls: On Friday Nov 2 there will be 2 masses in Clondrohid in the morning at 9am and 9.30am. There will be evening Mass in Carriganima at 7pm. No evening Mass in Clondrohid. The prayers for the Holy Souls will take place in Clondrohid graveyard on this Sunday at 3pm. The Mass for the Remembrance of all those who passed away during the past year will be celebrated in Clondrohid on Thursday Nov 15 at 7.30. Candles will be provided at the end of the church, to be placed on the altar during Mass.
Pastoral Council Meeting: will take place on Tuesday Nov 13 at 7pm.This meeting is open to everyone in the parish
Active Retired: The next sing along takes place in the hall on Monday Nov 5 from 7 to 9. This sing song is gathering momentum .All members welcome. The next coffee morning is Wed Nov 14 at 10 am in Community Hall, All are welcome. Great social occasion with some exercises.
Pieta House: Mr. Pat Duffy, of Pieta House accepted a cheque of €805 from Clondrohid GAA, raised from married v single game played on St. Stephens Day.Also at the same time a soccer game was played on Astro Pitch raising another €250. Mary Kate Murphy presented this cheque to Pat Duffy. Mr.Duffy sincerely thanked both organisers for their generous donations. He also emphasised that Pieta House services are available 365 days 24/7 and encouraged people to talk to them, saying Help and Hope is always available.
The Pub Carriganima will be celebrating its birthday in November. Check locally for date.
G.A.A.News: U12 League semi final result Clondrohid 0.06 Donoughmore 4.06. Clondrohid U12's played their semi final against Donoughmore, who got off to a 1-2 start in the first few minutes which Clondrohid seem hard to settle from. They added another 1-2 for the remaining of the first half and went in at halftime up by 2 goals. Clondrohid started brightly with a great point and held Donoughmore scoreless for 10 minutes, but then they scored 2-2 in a short period of time and put the game out of reach. Clondrohid tapped on another point and the game finished on a scoreline of 4-6 to 0-6. Just one of those days when things don’t go your way. Donoughmore were the only team the lads failed to beat during all the competitive and practice games during the year. Well done to all the lads, they are a great bunch and the club is very proud of them all.
U 6 . Bouncy castle, music, balloons, medals and a feast of food marked the end of season party last weekend Well done to all players on a great season. Special thanks to all the parents and grandparents for bringing the players! Thanks to all the coaches and committee members behind our youngest squad. Have a great Halloween and Christmas and back again in 2019 Good luck to those moving to U8s!

Inchigeela Updates

Pilgrims Return. The Inchigeela pilgrims to the Holy Land returned home last week, having visited many of the sites we have heard about in the Bible, like Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem. The trip, we are told, was very energy sapping but very fulfilling and rewarding. Temperatures reached 35 degrees. Our former parish priest, Canon Martin, was the leader and his knowledge of the different areas added immensely to the trip.
GAA. The campaign in the Junior A County Championship ended, alas, for Iveleary with a narrow defeat by Dromtariffe. Still, it was an exciting and very enjoyable few months and all involved are to be commended for a major effort in advancing so far. Well done.
Mysterious Object. Many have been asking, what is this mysterious structure which has appeared in Cappanclare at the Y junction for Dunmanway and the South Lake Road. It can now be revealed that the rectangular design is a replication of what was once known as a churn stand. These were very common in Ireland about 50 years ago and were used by farmers to hold churns of milk that would be then transported to the creamery either by a truck or by their neighbour’s horse or donkey cart. The creamery once stood nearby, at the site of Hurley’s house. The Tidy Towns Group are building the churn stand as a memorial and in honour of all who delivered milk to this spot and who worked in the creamery in times past. They also have sourced a 50 year old photograph of activity at the creamery and will place an enlarged copy of this nearby. They thank the Corcoran and Corkery families for their assistance in this project.
Check. Bingo continues in the hall every Saturday night and is a very nice and often rewarding way to pass a few hours and meet people.
Comhghairdeas. Congratulations to our neighbouring parish of Kilmartyra on winning the Intermediate County championship. Well done to all!
Danger! Inchigeela village has not been a safe place to visit recently. Just a few nights ago I was frightened by bands of horrible monsters and fiendish looking demons wandering around the village. They appeared to visit every door with the distinct objective of scaring the living daylights out of everyone. In the darkness as I trembled and ran for my life, I could make out that there were vampires and ogres as well as ghoulish spectres. Although most were very small, I can tell you, I didn’t hang about long.
Inchigeela Walks. The Sunday walks will continue on Sunday 4th of November with the Céim Daunt and Island loop walk- about 50 minutes. Meet at the hall 2pm

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Scoil Naomh Abán, Baile Mhúirne, who had a one point win over Cill na Martra in Roinn DFG8 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals. © Mike English

Scéalta ó Scoil Mhuire

Tá an chéad leath den gcéad téarma imithe agus bhí sé fíor-ghnóthach agus fíor-thaitneamhach. Tháinig Rang 6 ós na bunscoileanna máguaird ar chuairt chugainn thar cúpla la agus bhaineadar sásamh as. Beidh an Oíche Oscailte do Rang 6 (nó aon daltaí eile gur suim leo) ar an nDéardaoin 8ú Samhain ó 5-8.i.n. Our Open Evening will take place on Thursday 8th November from 5-8pm and all are welcome.
An Idirbhliain Thug rang na hIdirbhliana turas ar Chorcaigh le haghaidh seimineár ar mheabharshlainte, eagraithe ag Jigsaw Corcaigh. Bhí aoi-chainteoirí idir dhaltaí, ceoltóirí agus peileadóirí ann. Chuir na daltaí an-suim ann agus cabhróidh sé go mór leo. Tá an-obair go deo á dhéanamh ag an Idirbhliain le mionchomhlachtaí gnó, léarscáileanna tír eolais, podchraoladh agus blagáil faoi láthair. Táid ag obair go dian agus ag foghlaim mórán. If you would like to attend Scoil Mhuire as a Transition Year student next year to improve your Gaeilge and academic standards in a Gaeltacht setting, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cóisir na Samhna Ar an Aoine, 26ú Deireadh Fómhair, ghléas pobal na scoile suas nó síos, nó i mbréig-éide fiú ar mhaithe le Ospidéal na Trócaire i gCorcaigh. Is scoil iontach carthannach é Scoil Mhuire agus thóg na daltaí orthu féin airgead a bhailiú don gcarthannacht seo i mbliana. Molaimíd iad go hárd. Bhí cóisir ag an gcéad bhliain lena meantóirí ón 4ú & 5ú Bliain um thráthnóna. Bronnadh Teastaisí Molta ar dhaltaí ó gach rang len’ iad a mholadh toisc a ndea-iarrachtaí san obair scoile, sa Ghaeilge agus ag cabhrú le spiorad na scoile.

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Cill na Martra boys, winners of Roinn DF8 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Páirc Uí Rinn. © Mike English

Dromleigh N.S.

Skibbereen Heritage Centre is creating a collection of stories entitled "West Cork: Stories of the Revolution, 1916 - 1923". These stories will form an archive to be kept for future generations. They are asking the children of the senior classes in six West Cork schools to contribute this year and Dromleigh N.S is one of those schools. At present, the children are busy talking to their relatives and neighbours and gathering some wonderful, never before recorded stories. Some examples are tales of "safe houses", narrow escapes and war heroes. We would be delighted if there were more people in the locality who might like to contribute. Have you any information that might be passed on through the generations in your family? Remember, your stories would then be recorded for posterity and the children are most enthusiastic. If you would like to help, please ring the school 026 46212, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call or talk to anyone associated with the school.

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A section of the attendance at the AIB Future Prospects for Irish Agriculture seminar at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Ladies football team are All-Ireland Champions after recently winning the All-Ireland Ladies Football Macra competition in Clara, County Offaly. On a sunny October Sunday, the team firstly defeated Longwood/ Killyon of Meath before victories over Ballingore of Westmeath and Fermoy in the semi-final. The team once again faced Ballingore in the final and after a tough battle, they triumphed and secured the much sought after All-Ireland crown. The victorious team consisted of; Shelia Lynch, Sheena Murphy, Ciara McCarthy, Katie McCarthy, Katie O’Connell, Leona O’Hanlon, Denise Crowley and Joanne Crowley. The club and the wider community are extremely proud of this achievement. It is again more All-Ireland success for Ladies football in Cork this year!
Donoughmore had great success in Public Speaking with our Public Speaking Team of Bill Healy, William Buckley and Micheal Collins victorious in the Regional round of the competition. Tom Carroll won the Regional round of Impromptu Public Speaking and our Novice Debating Team of Mairead Healy, Aoibhinn Murphy and Joanne Kiely came away with the title of Cork County Novice Debating winners in their debate against Bantry Macra. Congratulations to all on their achievements. Donoughmore members went to Clonmel at the Bank Holiday weekend for the annual Macra Rally. Our 2017/18 Club Officers represented Donoughmore in the Club of the Year Final and emerged as joint runners-up ! Congratulations to Freemount Macra who took top honours for 2018.

History

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The grave of Fr. Timothy Downey in St. Colman’s church yard in Macroom. ©

The Spanish Flu Pandemic in Macroom

One hundred years ago, just as the final battles of the First World War were about to end, an even more deadly threat to mankind was to spread from those very same battlefields in the form of an infectious disease known as Spanish Influenza. The infection, which had developed among the sick and injured in the field hospitals that lay behind the front lines, would quickly spread across the entire world as the troops made their way back to their various homelands. Over the following months an estimated 40 million people would die of the disease.
Almost every family in Ireland was affected by this calamity. In some towns, at the very peak of the epidemic, the coffin-makers could not keep up with demand. People began to fear going outside and mixing with their neighbours; and some even thought that it was the end of the world. In my own family two stories have been passed down regarding the pandemic. The first story concerns a cousin, Fr Timothy Downey from Mashanaglass who had been appointed as curate to a parish in England. One day, at the outset of the epidemic, he was called out to anoint an elderly man who was apparently dying from the effects of influenza. Over the course of the following week this elderly man, against all expectations, managed to recover. However, by then Fr Downey was himself showing signs that he had been infected and, though still a young man in his early 30s, his condition rapidly deteriorated and he succumbed to the disease. His mortal remains were returned to Macroom where they were buried in the chapelyard of St Colman’s Church. His grave is located in the fourth plot from the roadside entrance.

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A victim of the Spanish flu, Mrs. Julia Murphy, Gortanimill House, Kilnamartyra, with her daughters. ©

 The second story concerns my great-grand-aunt, Mrs Julia Murphy (nee Creedon, Prohus) of Gortanimill House in Kilnamartyra. At the time of the epidemic she and her husband had four small children: the two eldest were girls, and the two youngest were twin boys. They also had in their household a young woman from the locality who had been employed to help out in the house. Now at the height of the scare, and fearing for her children’s safety, Julia decided that everyone in the household should try to avoid all unnecessary contact with the outside world until the worst was over. Her plan worked well until one evening when the young woman, who had become fed up with the enforced isolation, secretly stole away for a few hours so as to attend a dance in Ballyvourney. Some days after this excursion, she came down with flu. By then the entire household had been exposed to the virus and soon everyone became desperately ill. Tragically, the twin boys were not to survive. They died within days of each other and were buried together in St Gobnait’s Cemetery in Ballyvourney. Poor Julia, careworn with grief, never fully recovered her health and died just a few years afterwards. After seeing both his daughters eventually become nuns, Julia’s husband Danny ‘the masters’ Murphy sold the property. Over the following decades the house fell into disrepair and was demolished in the 1990s. Ironically, some its stones were then used to build a wall near a pub known locally as The Mons (or The Half Way) – a property named after one of the battles of the First World War. By Jack Kelleher, Castleview, Macroom

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At Kilmurry Museum for MacSwiney Weekend were Dr. John O’Mahony S. C., Deirdre Bourke, Aidan O’Sullivan, Lord Mayor Mick Finn, Noel Howard and Cathal MacSwiney Brugha ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Kilmurry Historical Archaeological Association

A massive crowd gathered at Independence Museum Kilmurry on Friday October 26th for the Old Village School book launch. Michael Galvin launched the book, which was a Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Ltd publication, and went through the history of the old Village school. The book details the history of the old Village School from its humble beginnings. It gives a brief outline of the teachers and pricipals of the school. It is a great read for people of Kilmurry parish. Old Village School book is now on sale in Sheila's shop and Independence Museum Kilmurry. The parish school exhibition will be launched next Saturday, 3rd November at 2pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. This exhibition showcases the Kilmurry parish schools of Kilmurry, Canovee, Cloughduv, Lacareight, Beal na Blath, Kilbonane. The exhibition continues every Sunday in November from 2pm to 5pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry.

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Contributors to “Kilmurry The Old Village School 1849 – 1955” - , Anthony O’Sullivan, George Lehane, Gerard Long and Kieran Fitzpatrick, with Michael Galvin who launched the book ©Peter Scanlan Photography

Advertorial

A Tribute to Derry
By Joan O’Leary
He travelled north, he travelled south, he travelled east and west,
From dawn to dusk most every day, he barely took a rest.
Up at dawn and out the door and down the town he’d go
To the council yard to start his day, he’d travel nice and slow.

He’d travel all around the town from A to B to C,
You’d see him here, you’d see him there on his yellow JCB.
On country roads and byways, repairing all the roads
And often times you’d see him drawing heavy loads.

Then when the weather takes a turn, after winter’s heavy rains,
You’d see him out around the town, clearing dykes and drains.
And when the storms had come and gone, out country roads he’d be
Clearing all the fallen trees with his yellow JCB.

When help was needed round the town to dig a hole or three,
He was always at the ready with his yellow JCB.
When something needed doing, putting up or taking down,
He was the ‘go-to’ man for jobs around the town.

Gritting roads in the dark of night to keep the ice away
And clearing snow from car parks to help people on their way.
No more we’ll see him on our roads in rain or snow or sun,
The JCB is silent; Derry’s work on earth is done.

Sports Mad

GAA Cork County Championships
County Senior Football Championship

Semi Finals:
St Finbarr’s 0-15 Carbery Rangers 0-12
Castlehaven 0-15 Duhallow 0-15 draw
Castlehaven 1-18 Duhallow 2-15 replay – draw
Duhallow 3-13 Castlehaven 0-16 2nd replay
Final: St Finbarr’s 3-14 Duhallow 2-14
Final Referee: The county senior football final was refereed by Dave Murnane, Macroom, assisted by fellow referees, John Ryan, Macroom and James Birmingham (Bride Rovers) as linesmen, with Conor Buttimer, Michael O’Brien, Christy Murphy (all Macroom) and Timmy McCarthy (Clondrohid) acting as umpires. Jason Murphy (Kilmurry) completed the county final team of officials. Well done to all!
Relegation play offs:
Round 1: Aghada 1-11 Ilen Rovers 2-16
Round 2:
Newcestown 1-7 Aghada 1-6
Dohenys 1-12 Kiskeam 1-9
Last Two: Kiskeam and Aghada

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Final: Fermoy 0-11 St Michaels 0-7
Referee: John Ryan, Macroom
Relegation Play Offs: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere play off in Round Robin format.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 17 Na Piarsaigh 1 – 9
After suffering unexpected successive championship defeat by Éire Óg and Macroom, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh find themselves in the dreaded relegation play offs with Na Piarsaigh and Castletownbere, but they showed against the city side at Kilmichael that they are unlikely to be taking the drop any time soon. The Gaeltacht men led from the 8th minute, held a five point advantage at the break and the introduction of Andy Ó Coinceannain in the 38th minute added further power to their attack and they simply drew seamlessly out of sight in the closing stages against a spirited Na Piarsaigh side which was almost totally reliant on their superb free taker Alan Hogan for scores.
There was a very lively start to the encounter with two penalty awards in the opening minutes. Alan Hogan found the net to give Na Piarsaigh a 1-0 to 0-1 lead in the 4th minute, Piarsaigh goalkeeper Kieran Waters saved Conchuir Ó Loinsigh’s effort at the other end two minute later, but the Béal Átha man did point the resultant ‘45’. Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh then levelled the scores and in the 8thminute, Cian Ó Duinnín combined with Donagh Seartan before blasting a powerful shot to the Piarsaigh net. Donagh and Ben Seartan exchanged points with Alan Hogan before Hogan saw another penalty shot well saved by Gearóid Ó Muirthille. When Seánie Forde and Hogan points for the Farranree men cut the gap to a single point, 1-5 to 1-4, in the 25th minute, Béal Átha fired over four unanswered points before the break to take a commanding 1-9 to 1-4 lead, a score which more adequately reflected their control at this stage.
Na Piarsaigh continued to battle bravely on the resumption and Alan Hogan’s point from a ‘45’ at the three quarter stage cut the gap back to four points, 1-11 to 1-7. This was as good as it got for the city men as Andy Ó Coinceannain 3, Diarmuid Mac Tomáis, Donagh Seartan and Matt Ó Riordáin fired over points and a fine goal from Ó Coinceannain in the 58th minute added further lustre to the final scoreline for Béal Átha.
Castletownbere will provide the opposition for both sides in the remaining games in the relegation round robin but none of the trio are threatened with an immediate drop in 2019 as all did well last year.
Scorers: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: A Ó Coinceannain 1-3 (0-1f), C Ó Duinnín 1-0, D Mac Tomáis 0-4 (0-1f), Donagh Seartan and Ben Seartan 0-3 each, C Ó Loinsigh (f), A Ó Loinsigh, L Seartan and M Ó Riordáin 0-1 each. Na Piarsaigh: A Hogan 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-1 ‘45’, 0-4f), S Forde, C O’Mahony and Evan Sheehan 0-1 each.
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Sean Ó Donnchú: Cian Ó Duinnín, Eanna Ó Duinnín, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh: Eoin Ó Coill, Colmán Ó Tuama: Matt Ó Riordáin, Conchuir Ó Loinsigh, Donagh Seartan: Diarmuid Mac Tomáis, Liam Seartan, Ben Seartan. Subs: Andy Ó Coinceannain 38, Seán Ó Duinnín 57, Darren Ó Duinnín, Enda Ó Luasa and Seán Ó Coill, all 58.

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Cill na Martra team celebrate their great win in the Cork County Intermediate Football Championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh ©Lee Valley Outlook

Intermediate Football Championship

Final: Cill na Martra 2-17 Aghabullogue 1-10
Relegation play offs
Round 1: (A) Glanmire 0-17 Carrigaline 0-7
Round 2: Carrigaline v Rockchapel, Clonakilty v BALLINORA
Cill na Martra 2 –17 Aghabullogue 1 – 10
The long wait is over for Cill na Martra. Re formed as a club in 1978, winners of the mid Cork Junior B championship in 1985, Mid Cork Junior A championship in 2002 and 2003, promoted to County Intermediate status in 2004 without winning the county junior championship and beaten in the Intermediate final of 2009, Cill na Martra has had some great days over the past 40 years but a county title at adult level has eluded them, often in heart breaking fashion. All those disappointments will now be banished from the mind after this team of 2018 has taken the County Intermediate championship in majestic style, proving just too good for an Aghabullogue side which itself had been impressive on its path to the final.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh was bathed in sunshine for the final and both teams were cheered on to the pitch by the very enthusiastic followings, gathered in the centre of the lower deck of the South Stand. Early exchanges were even, 0-2 each the score after five minutes, before Cill na Martra eased two clear with points from Ciarán and Daniel Ó Duinnín but Aghabullogue were unlucky when John Corkery’s shot from close range went inches wide of the post after a smashing move had opened the defence. Niall Barry Murphy had an Aghabullogue point in the 19th minute. Mike Ó Deasúna, who finished with 0-8 to his credit, pointed a free in reply immediately. In the 22nd minute, Aghabullogue struck for a fine goal, John Corkery parting inside to Evan O’Sullivan and the lively full forward made no mistake from close range. In the run up to half time, Cill na Martra re-established superiority with points from Shane Ó Duinnín, Mike Ó Deasúna, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Tadhg Ó Corcora and Ó Deasúna, again from a free, to lead by 0-10 to 1-3 at the break.

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Tracey Kennedy presents the Seán Ó Súilleabháin Cork County Intermediate Football Championship Cup to Graham Ó Mocháin, Cill na Martra captain, at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. ©Lee Valley Outlook

The outcome was settled within ten minutes of the restart. Three points from Mike Ó Deasúna frees were followed by a 40th minute point from Danny Ó Conaill and Cill na Martra then struck for their first goal, Daniel Ó Duinnin setting up Shane Ó Duinnín for a shot from close range. Mike Ó Deasúna and Danny Ó Conaill added further points to make the score after 45 minutes 1-16 to 1-3, Cill na Martra having scored 1-11since Aghabullogue’s last score. Aghabullogue battled on and did put seven points on the board in the last quarter but Cill na Martra were in total control, helped by a second goal in the 52nd minute from the Ó Duinnín combination, Daniel, skilfully and unselfishly, again setting up the golden opportunity for Shane.
Scorers: Cill na Martra: Shane Ó Duinnín 2-1, M Ó Deasúna 0-8(0-7f, 0-1’45’), C Ó Duinnín 0-2,D Ó Conaill 0-3 each, D Ó Duinnín, T Ó Corcora and G Ó Mocháin 0-1 each. Aghabullogue: E O’Sullivan 1-0, D Thompson 0-6 (0-5f), N BarryMurphy, J Corkery, I BarryMurphy and M Bradley 0-1 each.

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Cill na Martra and Aghabullogue supporters at the Cork County Intermediate Football Championship final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Daire MacLochlainn, Antóin Ó Cuana, Eoin Ó Loinsigh: Graham Ó Mocháin, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Colm Ó Laoire: Tadhg Ó Corcora, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe; Máirtín Ó Conchuir, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Danny Ó Conaill: Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Daniel Ó Duinnín, Shane Ó Duinnín. Subs: Seánie Ó Foirréidh 44, Damien Ó hUrdail 50, Fionnbarra Ó hEaluithe 53, Seán Ó Céilleachair 57, Gearóid Ó Faoláin 57, Maidhicí Ó Duinnín 57.
Team management: Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin (Traenálaí), with Pádraig Ó hAodha and Dónal Ó Nunáin.
Aghabullogue: David Moynihan: Dhani Merrick, Michael Dennehy, Paudie Twomey: Billy Casey, Seán Ó’Sullivan, Paul Ring: Patrick Finnegan, Aidan BarryMurphy: Michael Twomey, David Thompson, Niall BarryMurphy: John Corkery, Evan O’Sullivan, Ian BarryMurphy. Subs: Ryan Dennehy h/t, Mathew Bradley 34, Conor Smith 41, Alan Hogan 52, James Byrne 59.
Team Management: Danny Buckley with William O’Mahony and Denis Lordan.
Never Forget: It was indeed a proud day for Gearóid Ó hEaluithe, Donal Ó Cróinín and all the people of vision who have nurtured the Cill na Martra club over the past decades. Some others have passed to their eternal reward and the dedication and efforts of the late Paddy Cooney and his generation in building up the club and providing top class facilities for those who came after them were foremost in the thoughts of many older supporters who remember days when things were not so great. The upward trend of Cill na Martra football continues; who can say where it will all end?

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Aghabullogue who were defeated by Cill na Martra in the Cork County Intermediate Football Championship final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. ©Lee Valley Outlook

County Junior Football Championship

Quarter-Finals
(A) Midleton 0-4 IVELEARY 3-22
(B) Dromtarriffe 2-11 St Michaels 2-5
(C) Ballymartle 3-9 Delanys 2-12 draw
Delanys 1-12 Ballymartle 1-9 replay
(D) Boherbue 1-10 Kilmacabea 0-13 draw
Kilmacabea 0-15 Boherbue 0-9 replay
Semi-Finals:
Dromtarriffe 1-13 Iveleary 1-11
Kilmacabea 1-17 Delanys 1-10
Final: Dromtarriffe 2-9 Kilmacabea 2-8

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Iveleary who were defeated by Dromtariffe in the County Junior A Football Championship semi-final ©Lee Valley Outlook

Dromtarriffe 1-13 Iveleary 1-11

For the second year in a row, Iveleary lost out to the beaten Duhallow finalists at the semi final stage in the county junior football championship. Last year they went under by a point to eventual All Ireland winners Knocknagree but earned many plaudits for their battling display in adversity: this time they will have deep regrets that they did not capitalises on first half superiority and build up a bigger lead to sustain them when the inevitable fight back from Dromtarriffe would materialise. In the event, Iveleary led by three points, 1-10 to 1-7, at the three quarter stage but of the seven points scored in the final quarter, the Mid Cork side only managed a single score and two points in added time gave the Duhallow men their passage to the final. For Dromtarriffe, trained by Clondrohid stalwart of the past Kieran Creed, it was a memorable victory and when they got momentum going in the final stages they were irresistible.
Conditions at Macroom were ideal with glorious sunshine, little breeze, a perfect pitch and the very big attendance got wonderful entertainment from two talented, committed and sporting teams. Iveleary got off to a perfect start, Ciarán Galvin’s probing ball into the left corner picked up by Chris Óg Jones, who released to Cathal Vaughan and the latter’s delivery high into the goalmouth being flicked to the Dromtarriffe net by Barry O’Leary. Denis Donoghue had an opening point for the Duhallow men in the 6th minute, matched immediately by a point from Barry O’Leary but on more limited possession Dromtarriffe were getting scores, Evan Murphy’s point in the 9th minute being followed a minute later by a crucial goal from Murphy who bundled the rebound to the net after Joe Creedon had made a superb save from Daniel O’Keeffe’s close range blast. It was a severe setback for Iveleary who were squandering good chances even at this early stage as they were largely dominant in defence with Barry Murphy and Daniel O’Riordan prominent, Seán Lehane and Ciarán O’Riordan were doing fine at midfield despite the height advantage enjoyed by a towering Seamus O’Sulllivan for Dromtarriffe, and up front Barry O’Leary, Cathal Vaughan and Seán O’Leary were causing problems for hard pressed defenders. Possession, however, was being wasted by poor shooting, often from difficult positions. Points from a Cathal Vaughan free and Finbarr McSweeney Junior had Iveleary back in front but the first quarter ended level at 1-3 each when Daniel O’Keeffe blazed over a point for Dromtarriffe after a quick interchange with Shane Collins.
Iveleary continued to be on top in the second quarter and went three points clear with points from a Vaughan free, followed by one from play from team captain Finbarr McSweeney and then from a Vaughan ‘45’ after Dromtarriffe goalkeeper Dan Mann had denied the younger McSweeney with a smart block in the 25th minute. Daniel O’Keeffe got a point back for the winners, Seán O’Leary fisted over a point for Iveleary and in the closing minute of the half Shane Collins took a point in a crowded goalmouth to leave Dromtarriffe only two points in arrears at the break, 1-7 to 1-5. Iveleary had kicked six wides to their opponent’s two, and they would rue their wasted opportunities.
On the restart, Daniel O’Keeffe pointed an early free to narrow the gap further and in the 37th minute, Adam Buckley brought Dromtarriffe level after good approach work. The Iveleary response was spirited and Chris Óg Jones put them back in front in the 41stminute, the chance created by Brian Cronin who had been introduced into the fray minutes earlier. Cathal Vaughan then pointed a free and when substitute Conor O’Leary had a point with his first touch in the 44th minute, Iveleary were three points clear and possibly harbouring thoughts of victory.
Dromtarriffe had a great final quarter, inspired by smashing points from Conor O’Callaghan and Daniel O’Keeffe in the 46/47thminutes. Iveleary lost one defender to a black card and had another yellow carded as they came under increasing pressure with Dromtarriffe introducing fresh legs from the bench. In the 53rd minute Dromtarriffe drew level again when Daniel O’Keeffe pointed a free and a minute later they hit the front, Conor O’Callaghan cutting in from the left to send over. To their credit, Iveleary battled hard and Brian Cronin sent over an equaliser in the 57th minute but they missed two further scorable chances and indeed were thankful to goalkeeper Joe Creedon for his steadiness under a high ball with forwards contesting strongly. Another black card cost Iveleary another substitution and three minutes into added time Dromtarriffe struck a mortal blow when Daniel O’Keeffe kicked his sixth point of the day. Exchanges were hectic as Iveleary tried to mount a rally but Dromtarriffe settled the issue with a 65th minute point from Evan Murphy.
Scorers: Iveleary: B O’Leary 1-1, C Vaughan 0-4 (0-3, 0-1f), F McSweeney, F McSweeney Jnr, S O’Leary, C Óg Jones, C O’Leary and B Cronin 0-1 each.
Iveleary: Joe Creedon: Barry Murphy, Daniel O’Riordan, Donal Cotter: Ciarán Galvin, Kevin Manning, Ger O’Riordan: Ciarán O’Riordan, Seán Lehane: Finbarr McSweeney (capt), Seán O’Leary, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr: Barry O’Leary, Chris Óg Jones, Cathal Vaughan. Subs: Brian Cronin 36, Conor O’Leary 43, Liam Kearney 50, James M O’Leary 53, Shane Galvin 61.

Co. Inter-Divisions Junior B Football Championship

Semi-Finals
Castletownbere 0-13 St Vincent’s 0-10
Naomh Abán 1-5 Russell Rovers 1-11
Final: Castletownbere v Russell Rovers

U21 County Football Championships

Quarter-Finals
(A) Castlehaven 0-13 Nemo Rangers 3-16
(B) St Finbarr's 1-11 Kilshannig 1-15
(C) Douglas 4-15 Carrigaline 1-8
(D) KILMURRY 2-13 Aghada 1-9
Semi-Finals:
Nemo Rangers 2-13 Kilshannig 1-8
KILMURRY 1-11 Douglas 1-10
Final: Kilmurry v Nemo Rangers
Kilmurry 1-11 Douglas 1-10
Mid Cork U21 champions Kilmurry, playing their first game since May 19th last, staged a wonderful recovery to dethrone the 2017 champions Douglas at Brinny. Douglas led by 0-8 to 0-2 coming into time added on in the first half when the scoreboard was improved for the Mid Cork side with points from Evan Carroll and Joe Ryan. When Cork hurler, Shane Kingston had a goal for Douglas shortly after the restart six points separated the teams but Kilmurry then set about the task of narrowing the gap and three points in a row, left only a goal between them but Douglas then increased the lead to 1-1 with a point in the 50th minute. Within a minute Kilmurry were bang in contention when Eoghan Clifford fired home a goal but a Douglas point opened up a two point gap immediately. With time fast running out, Kilmurry redoubled their efforts and points from Lloyd Aisling and Joe Ryan brought them level before James O’Mullane had a late point to give Kilmurry their passage to the county final and a meeting with Nemo Rangers.
Scorers for Kilmurry: J Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), E Clifford 1-1, J O’Mullane, E Carroll, L Aisling, T Collins 0-1 each.
Kilmurry: Éoin Curzon: Michael Drummey, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: James O’Mullane, Liam O’Sulllivan, Kyle Kelleher: Seán Flanagan, Marco Healy: Liam Wall, Eoghan Clifford, Brian Hinchion: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Tomas Collins 20, Jack Casey 49, Lloyd Aisling 49, Darragh Linehan 58.

U21B Football Championship

Quarter-Finals
(A) O’Donovan Rossa 4-18 BÉAL ÁTHA’n GHAORTHAIDH 1-3
(B) Duargle Gaels 4-10 Na Piarsaigh 2-8
(C) Midleton 4-12 Ballygarvan 2-8
(D) Avondhu a bye
Semi Finals:
Duargle Gaels 1-14 O’Donovan Rossa 1-12 aet
Midleton v Avondhu
U21C Football Champions: Donoughmore

County Senior Hurling Championship

Semi Finals:
Imokilly 3-21 UCC 1-15
Midleton 2-16 (22) Blackrock 3-11(20)
County Final: Imokilly 4-18 Midleton 1-18
Relegation Playoff Draws
Round 1: Killeagh 2-13 Ballyhea 3-19
Round 2: Killeagh v Kanturk, Carrigtwohill 1-16 Na Piarsaigh 3-11
Last Two: Carrigtwohill and Killeagh/Kanturk

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Final: Courcey Rovers 0-12 Charleville 1-9 - draw
Final Replay: Charleville 0-15 Courceys 0 - 14v
P I H C relegation play offs:
Aghada 1-11 Carrigaline 1-15
BLARNEY 3-13 Youghal 1-10
Last Two: Youghal and Aghada

County Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Final: Ballincollig 2-16 Blackrock 1-16
Relegation Play Offs (to date):
Rd 1: Ballinhassig 3-18 Inniscarra 2 0-6, Ballygarvan 1-13 St Finbarrs 1-12 , Dripsey 1-19 Milford 2-20, Ardgideen Rangers, a bye
Rd 2: Dripsey 0-9 Argideen 1-18, St Finbarrs v Inniscarra 2.
Last Two: Dripsey and St Finbarrs/Inniscarra 2.

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Cloughduv captain receives the John Quirke cup from Tracey Kennedy after the Junior A Hurling Championship final at Páirc Uí Rinn. ©

County Junior Hurling championship

Semi Finals:
Russell Rovers 1-13 Kilbree/Kilmeen 0-15
Cloughduv 3-16 Newmarket 1-9
Final: Cloughduv 2-12 Russell Rovers 0-14
Cloughduv 2 – 12 Russell Rovers 0 - 14
Cloughduv put recent county final disappointments behind them (final defeats in 2009, 2010 and 2015) and are Cork Junior A Hurling champions for 2018 after a close battle with Russell Rovers at Páirc Uí Rinn. This is their first county junior title in 48 years but of course Cloughduv were playing in intermediate grade for some of that period.
Cloughduv got off to a dream start with Joe Ryan finding the net after just 25 seconds. Russell Rovers had a point, Brian Verling replied, 1-1 to 0-1 after five minutes. Cloughduv were not to score again for twenty minutes as Russell Rovers reeled off seven unanswered points to lead by 0-8 to 1-1 after 24 minutes.
Cloughduv recovered brilliantly in the period before half time. Brian Verling and James Moynihan hit points in the 25th minute and a minute later Andrew Cronin found the Rovers net from close range after he was put through by Verling, 2-3 to 0-8 now with Cloughduv back in the lead. Brian Verling then hit over three points in a row, two from frees, and finished a golden spell for himself and his team with a point from a ‘65’ in the 33rd minute to give Cloughduv an interval lead of 2-7 to 0-9.
On the restart, Russell Rovers narrowed the gap but in reply Brian Verling pointed two more frees for the Mid Cork champions. Points were then exchanged, Russell Rovers had a brace to make it 2-10 to 0-13 after 48 minutes. Brian Ahern had a Cloughduv point in the 49th minute and Verling pointed his seventh free seven minutes from time and the new county champions limited the opposition to as single point in the closing stages with Eoghan Clifford and Patrick Buckley performing brilliantly in defence and nullifying the threat of the Russell rovers dan germen.
Scorers for Cloughduv: B Verling 0-10 (0-7 fs, 0-1’65’), J Ryan and A Cronin 1-0 each, B Ahern and J Moynihan 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley; Patrick Buckley, Eoghan Clifford, Aodh Twomey; Ger Ahern, David O’Leary, Brian Ahern, Mark Verling (Capt), Aidan Murphy; Mark Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery; Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan.
Subs: Kevin BarryMurphy 45, Denis O’Sullivan 46, Seán Curzon 59, Liam Long 63.
Management: Tomas Twomey, Tim BarryMurphy, Paddy Maher, Derry Keane and Seán Holland.

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The Cloughduv team, winners of the 2018 Junior A Hurling Championship ©

Co. Inter-Division Junior B Hurling Championship

Semi-Finals
O’Donovan Rossa 2-9 Mallow 1-15
Watergrasshill 3-9 Douglas 1-13
Final: Mallow 0 -11 Watergrasshill 0-11 a draw

County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) BLARNEY 0-18 Douglas 1-12
(B) St Finbarr's v Valley Rovers
(C) Charleville 3-16 Duhallow 1-10
(D) Fr O' Neills 1-23 Glen Rovers 0-17
(E) St Colmans 1-12 Blackrock 0-23
(F) Killeagh/Ita's 2-9 Sarsfields 4-21
(G) Shandrum 2-9 Midleton 3-19
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Na Piarsaigh v Douglas, Killeagh/Ita’s 1-10 Shandrum 1-13, Duhallow 1-14 St Colmans 1-13, B v Glen Rovers
Round 3 Blarney v Winners of St Finbarr's/Valley Rovers (R1)
Losers of St Finbarr's/Valley Rovers (R1)/Glen Rovers v Shandrum
Fr O' Neills v Charleville
Duhallow v Na Piarsaigh
Quarter-Finals
(A) Sarsfields v Fr O' Neills/Charleville
(B) Blackrock v Blarney/Winners of St Finbarr's/Valley Rovers (R1)
(C) Midleton v Duhallow/Na Piarsaigh
(D) Douglas v Losers of St Finbarr's/Valley Rovers (R1)/Glen Rovers v Shandrum
Semi-Finals A v B C v D

County U 21 Premier 2 Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) BALLINCOLLIG 2-23 Erins Own 1-12
(B) Bishopstown 0-12 Ballinhassig 3-12
(C) Ibane Gaels 2-22 Carrigaline 1-25 draw
Replay: C a line 3-11 Ibane 2-8
(D) Ahan Gaels 3-20 Aghada 4-18
(E) Courcey Rovers 1-18 INNISCARRA 0-14
(F) Ballymartle 1-21 Tracton 1-16
(G) Mallow a bye
Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Mallow 1-19 Erins Own 0-23
Ibane Gaels 0-19 Ahan Gaels 2-10
INNISCARRA 0-16 Bishopstown 0-17
Tracton a bye.
Round 3
Erins Own v Tracton; Mallow v Ballincollig; Bishopstown v Ibane Gaels
Quarter-Finals
(A) Erins Own or Tracton v Bishopstown v Ibane Gaels
(B) Mallow/Ballincollig v Aghada
(C) Ballymartle v Courcey Rovers
(D) Ballinhassig v Carrigaline
Semi-Finals A v B C v D

Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship

Quarter-Final: Bride Rovers 3-16 Newcestown 1-12
Semi-Finals
Bride Rovers 3-18 Passage 2-7
CLOUGHDUV v Fermoy

Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship

Semi-Finals
Sarsfields 5-16 Dohenys 3-9
Ballygarvan 0-7 Kildorrery 1-16
Final: Sarsfields v Kildorrery

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Cloughdubh's Aoife Murray's nieces and nephews helped her celebrate her selection as winner of the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for September at the Auld Triangle. © Mike English

Mid Cork GAA Championships

Football
Ross Oil Junior A Football Champions: Iveleary
Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Champions: Naomh Abán
Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Championship:
Final: Gleann na Laoi 1-8 Dripsey 1-7
Hurling
MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Champions: Cloughduv
Oriel House Ballincollig Junior B Hurling Champions: Blarney
Farho Heating Under 21 A Hurling Champions: Cloughduv
Farho Heating Under 21 B Hurling Champions: Inniscarra B

Laochra Óg

Laochra Óg U15 Camogie team played Blarney away in the quarter finals of the Muskerry B league. The match was a very close contest with Blarney edging out ahead in the first half. Scores were hard to come by in a tough physical battle. Laochra Óg defended very impressively with Aoife Lucey making some fine saves and Caoimhe O Leary clearing a certain goal off the line. The score of the game was Ava O Connells superb point and Laochra Óg won a very close game by a point and go onto the semi finals. Thanks to team Sponsors Healys Spar and parents. Laochra Óg U8 boys had 2 teams playing in their final blitz in Páirc Uí Chaoimh against Mallow, Ballygiblin and Na Piarsaigh. We lost our 1st game to Mallow and won the other 2. Thanks to our sponsors Niall Murphy Tarmac and also to Micheal and Nora Mc Carthy of Glenmill Restaurant.
Our latest Club Development Draw took place in the Bell Inn. €372 was won by Brian Healy, Clonfadda and the seller’s prize goes to the Bell Inn. Thanks to Angie for hosting the draw. Next draw November 5th.
Thug Laochra Óg cuairt ar mhuintir Folláin agus thug Peadar turas dúinn timpeall an monarcha agus tar éis sin bhronn sé boinn ar buachaillí fé 10. Bhí púca an brodúil i rith an ama seo agus bhí subh ullamh do gach éinne roimh dul abhaile. Míle buíochas le Peadar as ucht an tacaíocht a thugann sé don gclub agus ar an bhronnadh a dhein sé inniu. Laochra Óg U10 hurlers and their families visited Folláin and Peadar gave us a tour of the factory and afterwards presented medals to the team. A very busy púca had jam ready for everyone to take home with them. Thanks to Peadar for hosting the presentation this evening and for his continuing support to the club.

CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally 2018- Macroom
By Cathal Quill

The 2018 CB Tool Hire Cork 20 International Rally was another huge success for Macroom in 2018! The event started off with a spectacular ceremonial start in the Main square in Macroom on Friday evening with kids entertainment and a warm welcome for all the crews over the start ramp. The rally itself got under way on Saturday morning and with fantastic weather it provided near perfection conditions for the crews. Top of times for the locals were Christy McCarthy & Gavin Sheehan in their Honda Civic who finished a powerful 12th Overall and claimed 1st in class 11F! Next of the locals were Conan O’Riordan & Kevin Healy in their Peugeot 205 who finished an amazing 15th overall and 2nd in class 10 ahead of an array of more powerful cars! Coachfords Michael Forde and Jim Cunningham in their Talbot Sunbeam overcame mechanicals issues to climb back to 23rd overall and netted 2nd in Class 11R! On her first ever event, The flower of Macroom, Emma Nott kept her Ford Escort between the ditches on what was a very demanding event to claim 30th overall and a bonus of 2nd in Class 9! Rounding off the locals in the main-field section were Barry O’Brien & Declan Buttimer in their Honda Civic finishing 32nd Overall, an amazing result considering they had to change the engine during Saturday!
In the historic section of the rally, local Navigator JJ Cremin guided George Cullen in their Ford Escort Mk11 to 2nd Overall in the historics to round off a very successful year for the crew! In the Junior section of the rally, Clondrohids David Kelleher & Jack Corcoran in their newly acquired Honda Civic claimed 8th overall and finished their first ever event! In the Sunday stages section of the rally there was great success as local navigator EamonnCreedon guided Pat O’Sullivan in their Honda Civic to 2nd Overall! Finishing 3rd overall in the Sunday stages section on his first event as a driver was William Lynch and Paul Downey in their Honda Civic, finishing ahead of 4th place friends, Simon Duggan &Eamonn Hayes in anidentical Honda Civic! Finishing 7th in the same section was Cyril Casey & Shane Casey in their Vauxhall Astra! The crews were welcomed back to The Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday evening to large crowd where the winners got to spray the Champaign!

Macroom Handball Club

Macroom Handball Club is currently promoting the game and recruiting new members. Current members will provide coaching as required. They hope that the schools will show interest, both boys and girls, primary and secondary. The game is also most appropriate and helpful for the juvenile GAA and indeed all GAA players, and particularly young hurlers like. Handball / Racquetball are games for all ages and abilities, for boys and girls, from 7 to 70. The court is available at all times that Macroom Leisure Centre is open. Monday – Friday 10.00 am —10.00 pm Saturday 10.00 am — 6.00 pm. Booking may be required on some nights during busy season.
The game of handball is a traditional Irish game. It is under the GAA, but run separately to hurl-ing and football. It is a fast paced, highly skilful game, played in all counties and is also played Internationally. It is mainly played indoors in a court measuring 40 feet by 20 feet, and this is the same court where racquetball can be played. Rules of the game are the same as racquetball. When the game is played in the indoor 40 x20 court, then all walls are used including the back wall and the ceiling. All it requires is two players competing against each other (singles) or 4 players playing doubles.
Handball is also played outdoors in larger courts, 60 x 30 feet. One Wall Handball. This is when it is played against one wall only. There is no other game that provides the same overall body workout as handball. It involves a lot of bending, stretching, reaching, all good for the stomach, back. and shoulders. Both left and right arms are utilized, with different techniques and shots, i.e. side arm, under arm and overhead shots at appropriate times. Players must be agile and sprint about the court to get into the best position. A player must focus at all times. It is a ‘thinking’ game also and one player must try and anticipate the others movements and shots and serve and play different types of shots.
Handball is excellent for hand/eye co-ordination and has significant benefits for players that play other sports like hurling in particular. It helps with anticipation, reflexes, and helps with accurate hand passing by both hands. It helps players to keep fit over the Winter months and is thus beneficial for players of other outdoor sports like hurling and foot-ball. Very little playing gear is required, just runners, goggles and a suitable ball for the age group. Gloves required for adults due to the hard ball.
Club Membership. Annual payment fee for Juveniles is €10, Adults €30. Insurance. This is included in the membership fee above and the club looks after registration and payment. Current scheme costs €7 annually for juveniles and €20 for adults. The electricity meter requires €1 coins for the lights for every 20 minutes of use of the court.
Make arrangements to meet up at the court or arrange for a club officer to visit your school or club. The rules of the game will be explained, and the facilities shown. The requirements for playing will be outlined, i.e. runners, goggles, suitable ball for the age group, use of the meter for the lights, booking of court. Club membership and insurance will be explained, juvenile and adult. Coaching will be provided. Access to coaching videos will be explained.
Contact Community Leisure Centre...026/43508 . Club Officers John Lyons and Joe Creedon 086 8175859 087 2105002
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Macroom FC members enjoying Republic of Ireland v Denmark game at the Aviva stadium, Dublin. ©

Macroom FC
by Darragh Deasy.

FAI National Draw. Tickets remain on sale for the fundraiser, with fantastic prizes to be won. Priced at €10, tickets can be bought at Murray's Bar, M and J Cronin's Middle Square and from club and committee members. All proceeds will go directly to Macroom FC so please support your local club. There are loads of prizes including 4 x Ford Fiesta cars, Champions league final trip, free electricity for a year, home entertainment system and much more. The draw takes place on November 12th.
Underage Round Up. A massive result was achieved by the U13A boys team, who travelled to play Premier side, Ringmahon Rangers and came away with a fantastic 1-0 win. This was a tremendous performance and moves the team to within one win of emerging from Cork and into the National draw. In the U12 girls Premier League, Macroom welcomed Lakewood Athletic to Murrayfield. A fine game followed with two evenly matched teams settling for a point in a 0-0 draw. The U15A boys travelled to Cobh to play Springfield Ramblers and were defeated 3-1. It was a good performance in difficult conditions with Rory Duggan accounting for the Macroom goal. Macroom Town U12 girls entertained Mallow Utd at Murrayfield and there was a plentiful supply of goals. An exciting first half produced a half time score of 2-2. The hosts went ahead early in the second period but Mallow responded to level matters once again. Macroom kept plugging away and were rewarded with 2 late goals, to take the points. Darcy O' Brien (2), Lily Desmond (2) and Maisie Murphy got the goals and keeper Emer Healy also played a great game, delivering a string of fine saves. Corkbeg, who are based in Whitegate in East Cork, was the destination for the U11 boys, who played 4 matches. This group is continuing to improve week by week and all coaches are delighted with the progress. The U12B boys side also travelled to play Corkbeg and gave a great second half performance. Trailing 5-0 at half time, it was an uphill struggle, but Macroom gave a brilliant display. Gavin O' Riordan (2) and Darragh Canny had the scoreline at 5-3 when time ran out. Well done to all on a great response to a tough half time position.
Macroom B won a difficult away fixture v Ballinhassig on a 5-2 scoreline. John James Healy scored from long range but the hosts hit back with 2 goals. Szymon Sanetra was unlucky to see a penalty come back off the upright but Macroom levelled when Darren Dineen converted, again from the penalty spot. Dineen was on target early in the second period and a fine Sanetra free kick made it 4-2 for Macroom. Michael Hourihane rounded off the win with a brilliant solo effort which began in his own half.
Macroom A welcomed Douglas Hall in the 3rd round of the FAI Junior Cup. A top performance with goals coming courtesy of a Keith Holden hat trick, Andrew Hegarty and Robert Healy. This win has set up a mouth watering 4th round tie away to local rivals, Coachford, with the winners proceeding to the 'open' National draw.
FAI Safeguarding Course. Macroom FC hosted its second safeguarding course in a month at Murray's Bar. Another big turnout from club coaches and members was great to see and will continue to improve standards at the club. In excess of 60 members have now successfully completed this important course over the 2 nights. Thanks to Child Welfare Officer, Rhys Hopkins, for organising both events; to Ray Claffey of the FAI for delivering the courses and to Murray's Bar for the use of the function room and hospitality provided.

Macroom Golf Club

Results: 16 Oct Seniors Scramble 1st Tom Daly 16 James Deane 20 Dermot Kehilly
18 Oct Turkey Singles 1st Andrew Nolan 11 42pts
20 & 21 Oct Singles 1st James Nolan 10 42pts 2nd William Buttimer 14 41pts 3rd Cathal Forbes 14 41pts Senior Dan O'Connor 18 38pts
25 Oct Thurs Turkey Singles 1st Leo Goold 9 43pts
27/28 Oct Open Singles 1st-Damien Murphy-15 47pts. 2nd-Tony Busher-8 42pts
29 Oct Invitational Singles 1st-Shane Murphy 13 42pts 2nd Tom Tupper 8 41pts-