Lee Valley Outlook - May 10 2012

Cov PicTuning up for Fleadh Chorcaí in Macroom May 11 – 13 ©

Contents

LEE VALLEY DIARY 2

MACROOM UPDATES 3

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí May 11 – 13 4

Bealtaine 4

Spot On Ladybirds 5

St. Mary's Updates 5

McEgan College Greased Up! 7

McEgan Makes a Book – or 2! 7

McEgan Journey 8

Cleaning Up in Macroom 8

Mutt Mitts 9

Clothes for St. Vincent de Paul 9

Macroom Library 10

Calamity Jane 10

Briery Gap Programme 10

SNIPPETS 11

LEE VALLEY UPDATES 13

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn 1925 - 2012 13

Clondrohid Updates 14

Ceol le Triúr 15

Chernobyl Children 15

Bookworms 16

GIY by Michael Kelly 16

Agricultural Seminar 16

Connecting in Macroom 17

Claddagh in Macroom 17

Grape Escape Honoured 18

Pride in our Community 18

Exam Fever 18

Local Enterprise 19

Bealtaine at CareChoice 19

Increased Grants 20

Desmond Menswear Ballincollig. 20

SPORTS MAD 20

GAA Results – County Football Championships 2012 20

Senior Football: 21

Premier Intermediate Football: 21

Intermediate Football: 24

Cork County U 21 'B' Football Championship Semi Final 25

Ross Oil Ltd.Mid Cork Junior Football Championship 26

National League Finals 29

Minor Hurling and Football 29

Cork Camogie 30

Ladies Football 30

Craobh na Mumhan do Choláiste Ghobnatan 30

County Premier 2 Minor Football League 31

All Ireland for Christine 32

Sport at St. Mary's 32

Canovee G.A.A. 33

Kilmurry Underage 34

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt 34

Lee Valley Diary

Briery Gap:

Fri. 11, Sat. 12 & Sun. May 13 @ 8.00 pm Comhaltas Feis

Sat. May 19 @ 8.00 pm; Surviving Santa Ponza

Sunday 20th May Mickey Mouse Live Show @ 3.00pm.

Fri. May 25 @ 8.00 pm The Signatories 1916 Concert

Mon. May 28 @ 2p.m. An American in Paris

Macroom Library:

Bealtaine Art Exhibition from May 7

Ciorcal Gaeilge. Friday May 11, 18, 25th 10.30 – 11.30a.m.

Gramophone morning: Mon. 14th May, 11a.m. – 12.30p.m.

Purlies Thurs. May 17th 11a.m - 12.30p.m.

Macroom Senior Citizens: Fr. Ryan Hall: Every Mon. 11a.m.. Art and Craft

EveryWed.: Dance 11a.m.; Painting 4p.m.

Every Thurs.Chiropody 11 – 5p.m. Bingo 8.30p.m.

Every Fri. Line Dancing 2p.m.

Group Holiday to Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, Sunday May 20 to Friday May 25.

Gramophone Recital in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Wednesday May 30 at 11a.m.

Ionad Cultúrtha: The Carducci Quartet & Michael O'Toole in Baile Mhúirne on Fri. May 11 @ 8.30p.m.

Night at the Dogs: Rusheen N.S.; Curraheen Park; Fri. May 11

Coachford Local Market on May 12th 10.30 -1pm. in the GAA Hall Gramophone Recital: Macroom Library; Mon. May 14 11a.m.

Carriganima N.S. Open Night on Wed. 16th May, 7 – 9pm.

Macroom Hospital Music Marathon: Open Day Sat. May 19 10a.m. – 7p.m.

Tea Day in aid of the Alzheimer's Society on Sat. May 19 @11am in the Lee Valley Café, Inchigeela,.

St Vincent de Paul Clothing Collection; Mart Car Park; Sat. May 19 2 - 4 p.m.

Triúr san Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, Satharn Bealtaine 19 8.30p.m.

Macroom Flower Club Garden Visit Thurs. May 24.

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí: Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Aoine 25/5/12, 7i.n.

Family Fun Day at St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom Sun. May 27th, 2 to 6 p.m. Golden Oldies: Mon. May 28 @ 2p.m. in Briery Gap, An American in Paris.

Kilmichael Cemetery Mass Mon. 28th May 8p.m. at Macloneigh Cemetery.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. 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

Pic 01The organising committee and musicians from Aghinagh and Lachtaín Naofa Comhaltas branches preparing for Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí at Bealick Mill, May 11 – 13 ©

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí May 11 – 13

All roads lead to Macroom for the weekend May 11 – 13 for the County Fleadh Cheoil. More than 1,000 competitors will take part in music, singing, grúpaí Cheoil and Céilí band competitions over Saturday and Sunday in the Briery Gap Theatre, McEgan College and Castle Hotel venues. For €5 each day, visitors can tour all the competition venues and experience top class entertainment. The Fleadh will be officially launched in the Castle Hotel on Friday 11th at 8p.m. with a special tribute to the memory of Con Foley, a Macroom native who composed many a tune. Máire Ní Chéilleachair will present Oíche Amhránaíochta on both Friday and Saturday in the Next Door Café at the Castle at 9 pm. Previous Fleadh singing nights have always proved extremely popular. On Saturday night 12th, Tim Joe and Ann will provide music for the Ceilí in Coolcower House Hotel at 9.30pm. The organisers of the Fleadh are putting an emphasis on providing Street and pub sessions and will have live music on the Gig Rig on Sunday afternoon as well as sessions in pubs throughout the town. Bain taithneamh as.

Bealtaine

Bealtaine Festival, 'Celebrating Creativity as we age', is now in full swing, with over 120,000 people nationwide taking part in special events being organised during the month. In Macroom, the Senior Citizens Bealtaine programme is well underway. The Coffee Morning on May 4 was a resounding success, with a vintage fashion show, dancing, singing, music as well as refreshments on offer. The highlight of the month is the annual holiday from Sunday, May 20th, when the Macroom Active Retirement Group head off to Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo for five days of touring, with nightly entertainment in the hotel or in the town. The group will return to Macroom on Friday, May 25th. On Monday, May 28th, the Briery Gap in association with Macroom Senior Citizens screen An American in Paris at 2pm in the afternoon classics programme. To celebrate Bealtaine, Macroom Library is hosting weekly meetings of the Ciorcal Gaeilge from 10.30 – 11.30a.m on Friday, May 11, 18 and 25. The Bealtaine Festival in Macroom concludes with the gramophone circle meeting on Wednesday, May 30th, at 11am. Bealtaine Festival is an initiative of age and opportunity, part funded by the Arts Council. Bealtaine is a positive development for the older age group at a time when Youth is in the ascendancy.

May Day, one of the Quarter Days of the Celtic Calendar, has come and gone. It is associated with growth and abundance and the coming of summer. In olden days, a cloth was put out on a bush on May Eve and this was considered to have healing powers during the year. May morning dew was also considered a beauty aid before the advent of face-lifts. Many piseógs were associated with May Eve. In the west, thorn bushes were decorated with coloured rags and bonfires lit to ward off evil. Púcaí were considered to be at large and rituals were observed to protect dairy produce, cattle, crops and water supplies. Dancing and music were part of the celebration.

During the last century, May was considered Mary's month. May altars were erected in homes and schools. These were decorated with primroses and bluebells which abounded by the roadside in May. May devotions, which consisted of the Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, were held each evening during the month and Marian processions were organised to local shrines. Nowadays, May Day is a Workers' holiday and is associated with marches, street concerts, rallies and protests.

Pic 23The Ladybird Bank team from St. Mary's, Macroom at the announcement of their victory in the All Ireland final at the R.D.S. Dublin. ©Pic. Supplied

Spot On Ladybirds

The bank group from St Mary's, Macroom, Sharon McSweeney, Caroline Kehoe, Chelsea Cunningham, Tracey Cronin, Lucy Kelleher and Orna Hinchion; their teacher, Arlene O'Donoghue and Student Officer Grace O'Sullivan are still in celebratory mood after their All Ireland win in the AIB Build A Bank Challenge 2012. The group set up and manage a bank in their school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers and opening AIB accounts to encouraging regular saving and exploring new ways to bank such as AIB Phone and Internet Banking. Over 200 schools took part in the whole competition but only 20 teams made it to the All Ireland Final. The Macroom girls had an extremely professional and impressive display on the Ladybird them and their professional presentation, consistent performance and exceptional team work led them to victory. The girls spent 20 minutes presenting and showcasing their bank to two AIB judges in a "pod" environment and quickly made it to the top six on the day. The next stage of judging involved a presentation on stage along with a question and answer session from the judges. This was then followed by an open forum of questions for the managers of the top six teams. The Judges then went off to deliberate while the MC, Bressie of Voice of Ireland fame, performed an intimate concert for all finalists. Ladybird Bank were declared 2012 All Ireland Winners for their exceptional customer services, teamwork and innovation. They won €10,000 for their school and each received an Apple iPad2. The members of Ladybird Bank would like to thank their teacher, Ms. O'Donoghue and Student Officer, Grace O'Sullivan, all their generous sponsors, the staff, teachers and students of St Mary's Macroom, the staff of AIB Macroom and most importantly, all their regular savers for their continued support. Ladybird Bank because saving is spot on!

St. Mary's Updates

Dragon's Den: Four groups of 4th years from St. Mary's qualified for the final of the Dragon's Den competition, organised by the Cork Enterprise Board, at Silversprings Hotel on April 30th. Only 9 groups from a total of 35 entries qualified for the final, so this, in itself was a great achievement. Each of the Macroom groups worked very hard and put a lot of effort into preparing their entries and presented them very well to the judges. Two of the St. Mary's teams were prize winners, claiming third and fourth prizes in the Senior category, for which they each received a plaque. 3rd prize: Taylor Hickey, Sorcha O'Mahony, Grainne Twomey. 4th prize: Tracey Cronin, Chelsea Cunningham, Samantha Murray, Niamh Walsh

Lourdes Pilgrimage: Elaine Murphy 5th year and Gráinne O'Sullivan 4th year attended a training day in Blarney on Sunday 22nd April. On that course they met with fellow helpers from the Cloyne diocese. These young helpers will accompany the sick and elderly on the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage in June. We wish them all the best as they represent St. Marys in Lourdes.

ECDL at St. Mary's: Transition Year students are presently finishing off their ECDL course. The ECDL consists of 7 modules and many students have now successfully completed the entire course and their 7 exams. Most other students are ready for their final module and will complete their ECDL in the next few weeks. The ECDL is a major achievement for each student and they benefit greatly from the skills acquired in applications such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Well done, girls!

L.C.V.P.: The 6th year L.C.V.P. class have had a very busy and productive last term, engaging in various forms of active learning outside of the classroom. They visited local enterprise, Tornier, and received a very comprehensive and informative talk from the Production and HR managers as well as a tour of the production plant. They also carried out lunchtime enterprise activities with 3rd year students in the school gym, developing various skills and competencies in planning, carrying out and evaluating these activities. They completed the term by taking part in recorded interviews as part of their portfolio work in which they communicated effectively in appropriate depth and detail about their two year L.C.V.P. Programme. We wish the girls the very best of luck in their exam on May 2nd.

Scifest: St. Mary's was very well represented in this year's Scifest at CIT on April 20th. 4 Projects were exhibited by Transition year students. Rebecca Barry and Niamh Walsh's project - "The Cruciate Factor" looked at factors which may increase the risk of cruciate knee ligament damage while playing sports. Lucy Kelleher and Caroline Kehoe investigated whether a silicone insert in a metal kettle would reduce its boiling time and heat capacity in their project "Bring it to the Boil!". Sarah Horgan and Karen Dromey's project "Use and abuse of over the counter drugs" made use of surveys and research to study the effects and use of non prescription drugs. Samantha Murray and Enya Lane in their project "Rubik Mania!" compared people's speed at solving rubiks cubes with and without instructions. The students put a lot of work into their projects and presented them very well.

Pfizer's Quiz: The annual Leaving Cert. Pfizer's Chemistry Quiz will be taking place at Pfizer's Sports and Social Club on May 2nd. St. Marys had great success in this competition last year, winning the Organic Chemistry round. Best of luck to this year's team- Niamh Casey, Katie O'Callaghan, Ellen Coakley and Linda Byrne.

Biology Trip: 4th year Biology students will partake in a course on "Biodiversity in the 21st Century" in Fota on 14th May.

Junior Science Quiz: Two teams from St. Mary's will be taking part in the Junior Science Quiz which will be held in UCC on May 9th. They are Junior Cert students: Vera O'Riordan, Eileen Murphy, Rachel Casey, Elaine O'Brien, Caoimhe Brown, Claire Murphy, Mary O'Riordan and Sarah Beth O'Mullane.

First year Science: A number of 1st year students will be attending the Salters Festival of Chemistry at UCC on 9th May.

Scratch Competition: Interactive stories and games are easy to create using SCRATCH, consisting of blocks of code that you can clip together on-screen to produce actions from a character you have chosen. Your program can be easily shared online. Scratch encourages creative thinking, logic and collaboration. St. Mary's held a Scratch competition recently and the senior winner was Jasmine Shaw and the junior winner, Barbara Superson.

Pic 53McEgan College, Macroom presents 'Greased Up' in the Briery Gap. ©Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan College Greased Up!

Passing through the corridors of McEgan College recently, one could be forgiven for thinking it was a step back in time. There was a 1950's car in the metalwork room, people practicing their Hand Jive in the Music room and phrases such as "I don't take that Jive from nobody" wafting down the corridors. The explanation for all of this? McEgan College got Greased Up! as students and teachers took to the stage in the Briery Gap for their own unique performance of the hit musical. The talented cast, many of whom are fresh from the success of Showstoppers in Clondrohid, had been working non-stop for several weeks to put together an unforgettable night of entertainment for the community.

Main Characters in 'Greased Up' are Danny - David Lynch and Sandy - Denisa Kearney. The Pink Ladies are Rizzo - Ciara Buckley; Frenchy - Lisa Horgan; Marty - Tara O'Riordan; Jan - Michelle Hickey. The Thunderbirds are Kenickie - Garry O'Sullivan; Doody - Michéal O' Driscoll; Sonny Latierri - Neil Kelleher; Roger - Aaron Deed. Patty Simcox - Claire Cronin; Eugene Florczy - Gene Murphy; Vince Fontaine - Mr. Paul Hogan; Johnny Casino - Stephen Spillane; 'Cha-Cha' - Muireann Kelleher; Miss Lynch - Peig Cronin; Angels: Teen Angel - Ms. Maureen McAdam; Backing Angels - Marie O'Leary, Denise Kelleher, Shauna Burns, Kelly Carey, Lisa Lane, Megan O' Leary.

Chorus: Eilish Corkery, Marie O'Leary, Denise Kelleher, Shauna Burns, Kelly Carey, Lisa Lane, Megan O'Leary, Maryann Healy, Maria Lane, Tyrone Murphy, Stephen Spillane, Jerome Ring, Jack Shaw.

Band: Padraig Dineen (Drums); Colm O'Regan (Keyboards); Brendan O'Connor (Electric Guitar); Ger Harrington (Bass Guitar).

Ms. Lynam, Principal of McEgan College, commended the entire crew, who worked tirelessly to ensure a show of fun and perfection under the watchful eyes of Director - Ms. Sarah Buckley; Assistant Director - Ms. Maire O'Leary; Musical Director - Ms. Joanne O'Regan; Choreography - Catherine Long; Production Manager - Ms. Orla Walsh; Stage Manager - Max Darby. Props - Sinéad Kelleher, Anna O'Connor, Shane O'Neil, Declan Sheehan; Stage Production - Ms. Annette Crowley, Mr. Paul Hogan, Mr. Peter Cawley; Costumes - ShowStoppers, Ms. Marie Cooper; Lighting & Sound - Cathy O'Shea; Programme - Jack Shaw, Neil Kelleher, Muireann Kelleher; Prompter - Ms. Maire O'Leary; Front Of House - Ms. Elaine Morris.

Some of the hit songs in 'Greased Up' were Summer Nights, Greased Lightning, Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee, We Go Together, Shakin' At The High School Hop, Born To Hand Jive, Rock 'N Roll Party Queen, You're The One That I Want.

Pic 56 Pink Ladies at McEgan College's production of 'Greased Up' in the Briery Gap. ©Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan Makes a Book – or 2!

First and second year students from McEgan College travelled to Cork just before Easter to take part in the JCSP Make a Book Exhibition. Following their involvement in a six week reading initiative, students, along with their teacher Ms. Bourke, decided to pool their creative ideas and make a book of their own. Such was the out pouring of imagination that two books were created for the exhibition. The topics were Text Language and Macroom Castle. Apart from writing the books, students also made an impressive model of the castle which was on display in City Hall for a week. Second Year student Denis Coakley was the proud winner of an Ipod Nano at the exhibition and ten other students received vouchers in recognition of their work. Well done to all the students involved and to Ms. Bourke for all her support and guidance!

Pic 38At the official launch of 'Journey', an exhibition of the work of the Art, Craft and Design class at McEgan College, Macroom, from left, Principal, Patricia Lynam; Annette Crowley, art teacher; Mayor Tom Counihan; Miriam Brew and Margaret Corkery ©Lee Valley Outlook

McEgan Journey

Seven mature students recently completed a Fetac Level 5 course in Art, Craft and Design at McEgan College, Macroom and their year's work, entitled 'Journey', was exhibited for public viewing at the college on May 2. The magnificent seven were Julianne Clancy, Mary Murphy, Cornelius D. McSweeney, Gaye Casey, Helen Knight, Julia Kemp, and Maureen O'Riordan. Their teacher, Annette Crowley, guided them through several modules including Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Combined Materials, Ceramics, Pottery and Sculpture. Well known artist, John Philip Murray, Lissardagh, performed the official opening of 'Journey'. Mr. Murray said that the assembled work proved that talented people had been sensitively guided by a talented teacher and professed himself astonished at the breadth of skills through which she had been able to lead them. Drawing and painting, the mainstays of art education, had many fine examples in the exhibition, including imaginative compositions. The print medium and working at felt making and combined materials took the artists on an exciting journey into new dimensions. Along the way, they progressed from preconceived aims to surprising and satisfying results.

The seven artists each wrote a short note on their impressions of the course and these were made available at the exhibition. It is remarkable that all seven consider this an unfinished journey and are keen to proceed along the highway to further art exploration. John Philip Murray professed himself delighted at the enlightened inclusion of this course in Bishop McEgan College's curriculum.

Pic 28The Parents' Association at Bishop McEgan College, Macroom make a presentation to past Principal, Helen Cadogan, at a dinner in her honour at the Auld Triangle. © Lee Valley Outlook

Cleaning Up in Macroom

Macroom Tidy Towns had a good turn out for the Clean Up on April 28, with approximately 25 people helping during the course of the morning. Two jeep loads of rubbish were picked up, approximately 50-60 bags plus other debris along the side of the main road. Some illegal dumps were discovered during the clean up and it is hoped, with the help of Macroom Town Council and Cork County Council, to organise to remove this rubbish. It was very disappointing for the Tidy Towns Committee, who work so hard to keep Macroom and district clear of litter, to find that people are dumping illegally, especially when we have one of the finest Civic Amenity Sites in the county and the first Amenity site to be erected in Cork County. All efforts will be made at the local Town Council and County Council level to ascertain who these culprits are and to have them prosecuted. When we have decided the date we will advertise it on this web site and anybody who would be available would be more than welcome to give a hand out in removing this rubbish. Thanking you in anticipation and thanking all those who turned out on Saturday 28th April for all the good work carried out on the day.

Pic 21The launch of the Mutt Mitt initiative by Macroom Tidy Towns and Macroom Town Council at the Town Park ©Lee Valley Outlook

Mutt Mitts

Under Section 22 (of the Litter Pollution Act, 1997) , it is an offence to let your dog foul and you fail to remove and dispose of the foul subsequently. This means that you or the person in charge of your dog is required under this law to remove dog faeces and dispose of it in a suitable and sanitary way. An on-the-spot fine of €150 can be imposed on the owner of a dog who fails to remove dog faeces from a public place, with the maximum fine for this offence being €3,000. For the convenience of all dog owners, Mutt Mitts dispensers have been placed in various locations around the town of Macroom. In order to keep our town clean and environmentally friendly, we urge you to use them as offenders will be prosecuted. The Mutt Mitts initiative was launched by Cllr. Tom Counihan, Mayor of Macroom on Saturday morning 28th April. Mutt Mitts is committed to promoting environmentally responsible dog ownership and inspiring pride in taking care of your pet and your environment.

As a dog owner, we urge you to take steps to reduce your dog's "carbon paw print", and to find earth friendly pet products that are healthy for your dog and the environment. Inspire others to be environmentally responsible dog owners, and to advocate for more dog friendly spaces in our communities.

Pic 35
 First Year students from De la Salle College Macroom ready to depart for Marcallo con Casone, Italy, with Mr. Noel Dunne, Principal and Mr. Jim Cooney. ©An Scoil

Clothes for St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has organised a Clothing Collection at Macroom Urban Council /Mart Car Park on Saturday 19/05/2012 from 2.00 to 4.00p.m. Donations of Clothing, Bed Linen, Curtains, Shoes, Books (no magazines please) Bric-a-brac will be greatly appreciated. We need this material to stock our charity shops. Our Society guarantees that every cent generated from your donations goes directly into our funds to alleviate need in the Cork Region. Our sincere thanks for your help.

Macroom Library

On Monday 14th May we are delighted to welcome back Pat Lemasney of Cork to present the Gramophone morning. This will begin at 11a.m and finish at 12.30 with a break for tea and coffee. All are welcome to this free event.

On Thursday 17th May our Purlies Knitting Group will meet at 11.a.m for an hour and a half to knit and natter. Tea will be served.

By the time this Outlook is published the Penn Bookclub vote for The Children's Choice award in the Bisto Books of the year will have been cast. We have put a lot of thought into our final choice and have met every 2 weeks for the last 2 months. Should your name not be on the Register of Electors and should you wish to vote in the Referendum of Thursday May 31st, please note that application must be made to Cork County Council's Franchise Department by Monday 14th May in order to be included in the supplement. Forms are available at the library desk

For the month of Bealtaine a Ciorcal Gaeilge will take place in the library on Friday mornings, that's the 11th, 18th and 25th May. This chance to practice your cúpla focal begins at 10.30 and finishes at 11.30. All are welcome.

On Saturday 19th May Bobbi Taylor will teach a 'Life Drawing' art class in the library. The 2 hour morning class will begin at 10.30 and is for beginners. The afternoon session will start at 2 p.m and is aimed at people with previous experience. Materials will be provided and there is no charge for the class. Due to space limitations, the numbers attending will need to be restricted to 6 per session so we expect it to book out quickly. Individual bookings only taken. Please ring 026 42483 or call in to the library.

Our art exhibition for the month of May was launched on Wednesday 2nd by friends and relations of those whose work features in it. The watercolours are by members of the art group which meets up over Papa Martino's and is guided by Kristin Gleeson.

Pic 27 Director, Kevin Hough, addresses the cast and audience at the closing night of Calamity Jane in the Briery Gap ©Lee Valley Outlook

Calamity Jane

The seven night run of 'Calamity Jane' at the Briery Gap Theatre ended on April 29 and the production was a great success. On the closing night, Briery Gap board member Pat O'Connell thanked all involved for their fantastic efforts over the past months in rehearsals and stage production. He stated that the Briery Gap theatre is a very important and much envied facility for Macroom and district and it is productions like local drama, musicals and the Christmas Panto that generate the finances to keep the theatre open in the absence of funding from the Arts Council. Pat thanked the public for their support for this year's show and stated that attendances were up on the previous year. Director, Kevin Hough, said that it gave him great pleasure to work in Macroom with the dynamic theatre manager, Anne Dunne. He praised the talented cast for their dedicated efforts and said that the magnificent costumes were worthy of the West End.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema: Classic Films: in conjunction with Macroom Senior Citizens present An American in Paris on Monday, May 28 @ 2p.m. Admission €4.

Live Theatre: Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May @ 8.00 pm

Surviving Santa Ponza, presented by Packie O'Callaghan & Frank Twomey on Saturday 19th May @ 8.00 pm; Tickets €15. The inimitable comedy duo, Pakie O'Callaghan and Frank Twomey are back with part II of their hilarious trilogy of misadventure in the Balearic Islands and bring the fun back to Cork's north side.

Mickey Mouse Live Show, presented by Samson Entertainment and Friends,

Sunday 20th May @ 3.00pm. Admission €10 Family of 5 €40. Available only at door.

The Signatories 1916 Concert Friday 25th May @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €10. Pat Waters has always maintained an interest in Irish history and believes that Ireland today has neglected the memory and sacrifices of the 1916 signatories. His songs are a quiet tribute to the memory of seven heroes, who themselves were representing many more.

Snippets

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Coachford Local Market on May 12th 10.30 -1pm. in the GAA Hall. Now you can follow us Facebook @ Coachford Local-Market.

Open Day at Macroom Hospital: The best of Macroom local talent will perform and entertain residents and visitors from 10am until 7pm on Saturday 19th May at a Music & Entertainment Marathon at Macroom Community Hospital Open Day. This is one of a number of events being held by the supporters of Macroom Community Hospital. We would love to see you there so drop in for a chat and a cup of tea while enjoying the entertainment provided freely from an array of artists. These are free events. Buckets will be provided for donations on the day.

Tea Day in aid of the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland will be held on Saturday 19th May @ 11am in the Lee Valley Café in Inchigeela.

Family Fun Day at St. Colman's: St. Colman's B.N.S., Macroom will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday May 27th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On the day the new school field will be officially opened; there will be a tour of the €4m. new school and old roll books, dating back to 1861, along with old school photographs, will be on display. There will also be a barbeque and refreshments will be served. Pupils and parents past, present and future, along with the wider community, are invited to attend the Family Fun Day.

Kilmichael Cemetery Mass: This year's mass for the dead of Kilmichael will be held on Monday 28th May at 8p.m. Organised by Kilmichael Historical Society, this annual event is rotated between the three cemeteries in the parish and remembers all deceased Kilmichael parishioners, whether they are buried in Kilmichael or beyond. This year the mass will be held in the historic Macloneigh Cemetery which is over one thousand years old and the reputed site of St. Finbarr's first church. All are welcome to attend.

Macroom Senior Citizens will celebrate the Bealtaine Festival with a series of events as follows: Group Holiday to Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo, Sunday May 20 to Friday May 25. Gramophone Recital in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Wednesday May 30 at 11a.m.

Pic 03Frank and Eibhlín Uí Dhuinnín, CENTRA Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh presenting two sets of jerseys to Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. ©Nóirín Uí Thuama

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Jerseys: Frank and Eibhlín Uí Dhuinnín, CENTRA Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, recently presented two sets of jerseys to Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, an adult set and a juvenile set. This generous gesture was much appreciated by the club and the community.

Carriganima National School has been successful in its appeal to the Department of Education and Skills and has retained the second teacher. The school is holding an Open Night on Wednesday 16th May from 7 – 9pm. Everyone welcome to visit the school, meet the teachers and pupils and view a presentation on "A Day in the Life of Our Junior Infants". The school is currently taking enrolments for September 2012. Pick up/ drop off service provided to Clondrohid Crèche. Carriganima National School, Carriganima, Macroom, Co. Cork. Tel / Fax: 026 – 44107. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aghinagh Macra: Well done to John Dineen, who did the club proud by getting through to the All Ireland of the Macra Mastermind competition in the Helix on the 19th of May.

Vicarstown N.S. Fundraiser: Pupils, teachers and parents at Vicarstown National School gathered to wish safe journey to Matt Murphy, Michael Jones and Vincent Dorney, members of Courtbrack Vintage Club, as they set off on their vintage tractors to take part in a Vintage and Steam Show in Rosslare. Funds raised on the trip will be donated to the School's Building Fund.

Pic 05Cork Ladies Football team, hosted by Macroom Ladies Football club at training session in Macroom Castle Grounds ©Brid O'Riordan

Macroom Ladies football club hosted some of the senior Cork Ladies Football team for a four hour training session, including fun and games, on April 21st at the Castle grounds Macroom. At least 60 girls from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Aghinagh, Ballingeary and St Val's took part in the activities, under the instruction of Briege Corkery, Aine Sheehan, Ciara O'Sullivan and Norita Kelly. The inclement weather didn't dampen the girls' spirits and a most enjoyable day was had by all who took part.

Muskerry Judo Club St. Colman's Boys School, Macrooom was represented by nine players at he Galway Open at NUI Galway. Tara Murphy took gold in her weight category; Ryan Delaney, Ronan Manning and Shane Manning also took gold; Niamh Looney took silver and Tyrone Murphy took bronze in the u16yrs category; Dylan Delaney, Eoin Hallissey and Ryan Fallon took 5th places in their categories.

Cloughduv Hurling Club have launched a Spin and Win fundraising drive. There is a monthly spinning of the wheel where 3 people chance their luck.

Macroom Lotto: GAA Jackpot 1: €1,000; No winner; €70 Denis O'Sullivan. Jackpot 2; €1.200; No winner: €70 Danny Lynch, Castle Street. Soccer Club Jackpot 1 €4.200; No winner; €80. Tom Quinn, Coolehane. Jackpot 2 €4.400; No winner; €80. Adam and Luke Ling.

Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 30/4/2011, Jackpot: €3,800, Numbers Drawn: 15 - 25 - 28, No Winner, €20 Winners: Mick & Hannah McCarthy, Isabelle Cooney, Seamus Buckley, Derry Buckley, Alan O'Shea

Results 8/5/2012, Jackpot: €4,000, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 21 - 24, No Winner, €20 Winners: Kathleen Crowley, T. J. O'Sullivan, Breathnach's, Con O'Keeffe, Pat Murphy

Lee Valley Updates

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn 1925 - 2012

Tionólfar Dáimhscoil 2012 in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne ar an Aoine 25ú Bealtaine, ar 7.0 i.n. Beidh suíochán folamh ag an gcruinniú i mbliana mar d'éag and Cléireach, Peadar Ó Liatháin, tar éis dó an Cuireadh agus an Ceist a sheoladh amach. Go raibh aige leaba i measc na Naomh.

An Cuireadh le Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Uachtarán.

Fáilte roimh baird, éigsíní is filí

Chun Dáimhscoil ghealgháireach Mhúscraí.

Beidh lucht éisteachta léannta ag fáil ardú croí

Agus fuascailt ón ngruaim seo is ón ualach imní.

Atá ag bagairt gan sos 'rainn ó mhaidin go hoích'.

Beidh deisbhéalaí na sean agus fuinneamh na n-óg

Ag spalpaireacht grinn is ag sníomh na gceapóg.

Ag díbirt pus agus breill ó bhéal is ó bheol,

Ag tabhairt misnigh is dóchais in áit olagón.

Is ag cur lenár muinín i nDia is Muire mhór.

Beidh ceist ag an rúnaí le cur os ár gcomhair

Le súil go mbeadh réiteach ar chás na ndearóil

Is ar cheann de na fadhba d'fhág lucht bainc is stóir

Ar an bpobal nár chiontach i gcalaois ná éagóir

An Cheist le Peadar Ó Liatháin nach maireann

Fear óg dár dtír ag leanúint Críost

Aspal ár n-aoise féinig

Bhí sa Cheinia cúpla mí

Ach ba mhaith leis a shaol a chaitheamh ann

Ní bhfuair sé ach mar mheas sé grá

Ach na blianta thall anois caite aige –

Cé spreag an ráfla gránna? Cé phioc suas é? - RTE

Shéan an sagart é - thug sé gach seans

Cad é an cruthú? – ní éistfeadh RTE

Chraoladh an scéal - bhí RTE cinnte

Bhí ar an sagart glanadh leis as a pharóiste dhúchais

Ach bhi dlíodóir amháin a sheasfadh leis

San Ard Chúirt d'ordaigh an Priomh Breitheamh

Chuadar chun cúirte, mar Ó Conaill fadó,

Is bhí an aturnae chomh maith leis aon lá

Thug an Breitheamh de Valera a bhreith ar an gcás

Agus bhí RTE sa dock aige in achar gearr

Mo ghraidhn sibh a Athair, a Aturnae is a chairde

Eolas Breise: Betsy Ní Shuibhne, Leas-Uachtarán, Cúil Aodha 026 45039

Clondrohid Updates

Aghinagh Comhaltas: With Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí now in session in Macroom, it's all systems go. Fáilte roimh chách.

Cloyne Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock: will take place on Sunday, May 13. Bus will leave Clondrohid. For more details contact Nell Kelleher on 41438.

Horse Fair at Church Cross: It's that time of year again and on Sunday May 13 anyone interested in buying a horse, a foal, a donkey or just for the craic, should call to The Bell Inn for the annual horse fair.

Make that call: Anyone interested in giving a hand at maintaining flower beds etc in Clondrohid village should ring 0868831206 for more information.

G.A.A. Monday April 23, in the U16 "B" Hurling league, Clondrohid played Donoughmore in Clondrohid and Donoughmore won by two points. Saturday April 26 U12 hurlers were defeated by a stronger Carrig-na-bhFear side. Junior A Footballers played Kilmichael and were defeated by six points. Wednesday May 2 Carrignavar defeated Clondrohid in the U13's Football Championship. Saturday May 5 Clondrohid U10 Footballers were defeated by Aghinagh in Aghinagh. Clondrohid U12 Footballers were defeated by Cill na Martra. Sunday May 6 Clondrohid U16 Hurlers drew with Russell Rovers.

Fixture: Sunday May 13 U12 Footballers meet Crosshaven in Clondrohid at 6 p.m. Lotto: Jackpot €2,800; €70 Johnny Lyons c/o Bell Inn; €20 Adrienne Acton Lisacreasig; Norma Buckley, Millstreet; Willie Good, Lissarda; Jerry Manning c/o Laine Bar.

Bingo: Every Wednesday night, jackpot €5,250. Cards every Sunday night.

Quiz Success:: Congratulations to Gurrane N.S. quiz team who achieved a noteworthy 1st place in the recent Millstreet Community School May Day Quiz. The team members were Sean O'Leary, Ciara O'Connell, Brian Murphy and Conor Sheehan. Well done indeed and to all who helped. On Sunday May 13 Sean O'Leary, Ciara O'Connell, Nicole Kelleher, and Conor Sheehan will represent the school in the Munster final of the National Parents' Council table quiz in Clonmel. The best of luck girls and boys.

Boxing Win: Congratulations are also extended to a sixth class pupil, Tiernan Quinn on his recent win as champion of Ireland in the under 60kg weight of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association National Championships held in the National Stadium, Dublin.

First Holy Communion: It is a big occasion in the parish on Saturday May 12 for the pupils of second class as they will receive their First Holy Communion at 10.30 am. We wish them well and hope the weather will be kind to them.

Mobile Phones: The school would ask you to continue to forward your old mobile phones as, for each 110 phones collected, the school will receive a laptop computer for classroom use and so enhance the school's I.T. infrastructure. To date, the school has received one Promethean interactive whiteboard and two wireless laptops.

Swimming classes for children from first class to fourth class commenced on April 24 and will run for six sessions. The classes are taking place in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.

Fleadh Cheoil in Macroom: Everything is in place for the Fleadh Cheoil May 11 – 13. Do you remember the last time it was held in Macroom? The whole weekend the sun shone from dawn to dusk, so if you didn't win a place, you definitely got a tan: sun cream was the order of the day. So let's hope the weather will be reasonably good this year. Fleadh events start on Tuesday May 8 with an exhibition and tasting of produce made at Macroom Wholemeal Flour and Oatmeal Creedons Mill . Later on a mighty session will take place in Murrays Bar. On Wednesday night there will be a fashion show as Gaeilge in the Castle Hotel. Great night assured. All models are local. Tickets available at door. Everything should be in place then for the competitions taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Come out and support. There will be many impromptu sessions on the streets and down the castle grounds. Enjoy and have fun.

Cancer run to Carriganimma: All monies raised from this event will be presented to Ann O'Sullivan in the Tavern on Sunday May 20 at 6pm. Everybody welcome. Great night assured with music and song.

Rusheen N.S.

Holy Communion: The Sacrament of First Holy Communion was celebrated in St. John the Baptist Church, Rusheen on Saturday, April 28th. Ten pupils from Rusheen N.S. received the Sacrament, Catriona Buckley, Ciara Cummins, Jack Kearney, David Kelleher, Rhiann McDermott, Chloe O'Driscoll, Dylan O'Riordan, Èireann O'Shea, Adam Ring and Niamh White. The beautiful April morning set the scene for a joyful and spiritual ceremony celebrated by Fr. Ryan. Each of the 10 children and their parents played a special part in the Mass, in the Readings, Responses, Prayers of the Faithful and Presentation of the Gifts. A special mention must go to Class Teacher, Miss Cooney, for all her hard work, to Mrs. Deasy for preparing the choir and to organists Katie O'Callaghan and Ellen Coakley. The Church Maintenance Group is to be commended for the beautiful way they had prepared the church for the occasion. Also, thanks are due to the Parents' Association who provided lovely refreshments in the school afterwards.

A Night at the Dogs: Rusheen School Parents' Association invites you to join them at a 'Night at the Dogs' in Curraheen Park, Greyhound track on Friday, May the 11th. There are both individual and family tickets available. We are looking forward to a great fun night out and it would be lovely if you could join us. Each ticket costs €20 and admits 2 adults and up to three children under 16 years. Individual tickets costing €10 are also available. Inquiries to 086-8319882.

Ceol le Triúr

Music Network presents Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich (voice), Sian James (harp, voice) and Mary MacMaster (harp, voice) in Triùr * Tair * Triúgh * Three at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30pm. Tickets €15 / €10. Booking Tel. No. 026 45733. Featuring three wondrous voices, this tour is a celebration of the shared musical traditions of the native-language communities in Ireland, Wales and Scotland and includes achingly beautiful lullabies, heart-rending love songs, humorous tongue-twisters and macaronic mash-ups.

Chernobyl Children

The Lee Valley Chernobyl Children International Outreach Group looks forward to hosting 10 children from the most affected areas of Belarus. Because of people's kindness and generosity, they are able to provide a month's rest and recuperation to these children. The first of the children will be arriving into Macroom on the 7th of June, with the balance arriving on the 25th June. The children range in age from 7 years to 15 years.While they are here some will receive medical care. The children will be welcomed by wonderful host families into their homes for 2/4 weeks, and will experience all that comes with being part of a family, healthy food, clean air, fun, laughter and most important, love and affection. The LVCCIOG urgently seeks a family to host a female translator for either 2 or 4 weeks from the 25th June, also anyone interested in hosting children in the summer of 2013 can contact Sharon Lynch (086) 1013643. It is hoped, with continuing help and support, to help the children of Belarus even more next year.

Bookworms

The Absolutist by John Boyne.

New in paperback from the pen of John Boyne, this work of fiction is set during the Second World War and beyond. The main character, Tristan Sadler, embarks on a journey to Norwich from London in 1919 to return letters to Marian Bancroft whose brother, Will, he fought alongside during the war. In 1917 Will laid down his arms on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which brought shame and dishonour to his family. However, there is more to Tristan's visit than the letters. He also holds a secret which he is desperate to tell but will he have the courage? Whatever happens, this meeting will change his life! An excellent read.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's bookshop €8.99

GIY by Michael Kelly

New season beetroot, no bigger than golf balls and grown in the polytunnel are tasty and tender in May. Fresh beetroot plucked straight from the soil and baked to retain all the goodness, is a wonderful experience and incredibly good for you. Some of last season's crop, saved in a box of sand and about the size of large oranges, while not quite as tender, still taste pretty good still and make a useful addition to salads (raw, grated). Beetroot is the perfect GIY crop –difficult to source fresh in the supermarket, can be enjoyed fresh all year round. If you are heading to Bloom in the Phoenix Park (31st May to 4th June), come visit us at the GIY Zone.

Things to do in May: Prepare outdoor beds for early summer transplanting. Fork over and rake. Earth up potatoes; put protective barrier around your carrots to thwart the dastardly carrot root fly; hoe weeds and mulch; support tomato, bean and pea plants with twiggy sticks, pea netting, timber supports with chicken wire, or existing fence or hedge. Pinch out the growing tips of broad beans plants to help prevent Blackfly.

Sow: Indoors for planting on later: basil, dill, coriander, courgette, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkins. Outdoors: winter cauliflower, cabbage, kale, spinach, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beans (French, Runner, Climbing French), beetroot, parsnip, turnip, swedes, radish, lettuce, peas, broccoli, rocket, carrots. Harden off and begin to plant out seedlings raised indoors – e.g. tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages, sweet corn, leeks.

Harvest: Asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli, radish, rhubarb, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and chard. May is likely to see the first real bumper salad leaves like lettuce and rocket – as well as the first garlic, beetroot and globe artichokes.

Agricultural Seminar

On Monday 23rd of April the Minister for Agriculture Mr Simon Coveney attended Bank of Ireland's National Enterprise Programme Agri Seminar in the Castle Hotel Macroom, where an audience in excess of 200 farmers attended. Minister Coveney, just back from his successful trade mission to China, had very positive report on the future of world demands for dairy products. Many of the farmers' concerns both nationally and in particular in the Mid Cork area were addressed. Minister Coveney stressed the challenges in the current year and urged farmers to carefully plan production; he pledged to continue his efforts with his EU colleagues and with the EU Commission to ease the transition to a post quota situation for Irish farmers. Dr Padraig French, Teagasc Research Head of Department, Moorepark, was also a guest speaker and his very informative address highlighted that the simplest and most financially rewarding system of production will be based on maximizing the use of grazed grass. With good grassland management it is possible to have a long grazing season of high quality feed at low cost. Mr Sean Farrell, Head of Agri Business with Bank of Ireland addressed the calculation of repayment capacity, and the importance of business plans and cashflow projections for agri loan assessment. Mr Farrell finished by reaffirming Bank of Ireland's commitment to the sector and through their extensive network of branches plan to grow the level of lending to the agri sector.

Connecting in Macroom

The May CONNECT meeting at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, Macroom, on May 2 was attended by a wide ranging group from the Lee Valley and further afield. Representatives from small businesses, banks, the self employed were present at 8.45 a.m. to hear guest speaker, Bill Anderson of Complete Financial, deliver a talk on Personal Financial Management and Funding your Business. Mr. Anderson, an accountant who worked for many years with Bank of Scotland, is now head of a financial advice company. He stressed that every individual and every business needs a financial plan. Otherwise, time and effort is wasted and potential savings are not identified. A viable plan is also necessary if one is to seek investment or loan. After Mr. Anderson's speech, attendees circulated to meet other local business people, seek suppliers, distributors and customers; share ideas and solutions and make contacts. To celebrate the launch of their new website, Macroom based company Claddagh Design exhibited their new collection of jewellery at the meeting.

Claddagh in Macroom

Macroom based jewellery design startup Claddagh Design recently launched its new website at Macroom E. Claddagh Design was established in 2010 by Eileen Moylan and is based in Macroom, where Eileen has set up a workshop to produce all the jewellery. She has worked as a goldsmith and jeweller for twelve years. Claddagh Design has been selling Irish jewellery successfully online for over a year and has shipped unique handmade pieces around the world. They supply design stores and galleries in America, Germany and Sweden. The range combines contemporary Claddagh and Ogham collections as well as the new ladies Torc designs. Eileen Moylan is currently taking part in the Greenshoots programme at Macroom E, a programme for new businesses offering training and mentoring support. Claddagh Design guarantees that the jewellery has been designed, made and hallmarked in Ireland. Prices start at just €40. For further information on Claddagh Design visit www.claddaghdesign.com.

Grape Escape Honoured

The Grape Escape, Castle Street, Macroom has been shortlisted for two startup awards and the judging panel includes Bobby Kerr of Dragons Den, Frank Cronin CEO of Newstalk Radio; Jonathan Rutherford, Head of Marketing at Vodafone and Stephen Dillon, CEO of the Next Door off licence group. www.startupawards.ie

The Grape Escape, owned by Síle Ní Dhubhghaill and Matt Shallow, combines wine bar, café and retail shop for chocolates, coffees and wines and offers customers an opportunity to chill out in a world of calm and escape. They have recently introduced a food menu where food is prepared fresh in store. The innovative business model has now been shortlisted for two startup awards - "retail startup of the year" & "Product startup of the year". Mr. Shallow said that the Awards offer a great opportunity to meet potential investors to help the business grow and expand. He already has a comprehensive online wine retail website built and ready to go but he needs the right investment to bring it to market. The website will tie in with the Grape Escape shop where customers will dictate what wines are sold through a clever online rewards system. Customers earn Grape Points when they review a wine.

Opening hours at Grape Escape are 9-8 Monday – Wednesday; open late Thursday, Friday and Saturday; open 12-8 on Sundays.

Pride in our Community

Towns and villages all over County Cork are getting read for this year's Pride in our Community Competition run by Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre in association with Cork County Council. The competition recognizes and rewards the efforts of local communities who enhance their village or town by developing amenity projects which have a long term benefit to the community. The Lee Valley area has had some success over the last few years with Ballingeary, Coachford and Berrings all doing well in the competition. However the area has been underrepresented in this competition in comparison to other parts of the county. There are many excellent amenity projects being developed in the Lee Valley area and it would be nice to see groups being recognised for the work being done. Entry forms for this year's competition can be obtained by contacting the Muintir Cork office 0214500688 or downloading them directly from www.muintircork.com. This year's competition will be launched by the Mayor of County Cork at the Vertigo Suite Cork County Hall on Monday 14th May at 10am.

Exam Fever

As exam time draws near there are a whole range of ways in which the student can support themselves in the run up to them. The student needs to eat well; sleep well; get plenty of fresh air; get sufficient exercise. The diet should contain plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and some good lean protein and whole carbohydrates i.e. brown rather than white bread, rice and pasta. Browns are much richer in the B vitamins which play a very important function in a healthy nervous system. Our brains need water and air. During exams it is a good idea to take regular sips of water rather than a half litre slugged down. (adding a few drops of the Bach flower remedy, Rescue Remedy, to the water really helps to calm). Relaxation is also very important and the effective use of our breath in helping us to do this is of paramount importance in allowing the whole body to relax. Deep breaths with long slow exhalation through the mouth is quite effective. Download the app. Breathe2Relax for full information and advice. Have some Reflexololgy done as this is a brilliant way to balance the whole body and bring about a deeply relaxing state. Supplements too can be of assistance;

Passiflora Herbal combination helps with any sleeping difficulties and also keeps one calm during class and periods of study. B complex keeps the nervous system toned up. Siberian Ginseng has the ability to keep us calm but alert. If you are on any prescribed medication you need to be careful when taking supplements. However, the Flower Remedies are very safe and helpful. Prior to oral exams take Confidence Essence. Milk Thistle herbal combination can be helpful. Approach the whole exam thing with a positive mental attitude. Imagine yourself celebrating success, holding your required results, texting your family and friends and hopping for joy. The best time to do this is when you are dropping off to sleep at night.

Submitted by Macroom Holistic Therapy Centre. For further information and advice contact Marjorie on 087 2887596/ 02641641

Local Enterprise

E Centres website, www.ecentres.ie, was launched to a receptive audience on April 27. The website provides information on Cork County Council's initiative to support communities who wish to foster enterprise in their locality. The initiative is part of the Economic Development Fund launched in 2012 to encourage economic activity in the County of Cork. The project offers funds and support to communities who wish to set up an enterprise centre. Centres at Macroom, Fermoy and Bantry are already in place; E Charleville Centre comes on line shortly and four other groups are making significant progress to develop an enterprise centre in their region. The Centres offer hot desks at a favourable rate to businesses and have a training/meeting room and break-out area also. The Centres are suited to those who are starting a business, those who are currently working from home and those working remotely from head office.

The website provides information on the four centres currently in operation and gives information to communities who wish to apply for the grant and support. Project manager for the initiative, Maeve Bowen of Macroom E, says 'The aim is that these centres will become a hub of enterprise activity in local communities and that under the E Centres umbrella, they will support each other in their development and growth. I would be delighted to chat with any community who wishes to have an E Centre in their locality and can be contacted on 026-20520'.

Bealtaine at CareChoice

The residents of CareChoice Macroom are marking the nationwide Bealtaine Festival organised by Age and Opportunity with their own Arts Festival which will take place at the home during May. With a mix of art & craft classes, story-telling sessions and musical interludes, the Home has a line-up of artists and professionals lined up to put together a truly relevant and stimulating package of events. From paint to powder or just simply making a loving card, a story well told or a song remembered, this Festival will be one to remember. The Arts Festival demonstrates yet again that a move to a nursing Home is merely a 'change of address for older people as their social life and creativity continues apace, and in some cases, is brought to light for the first time! Story-telling sessions will also be held, when residents can relate or listen to stories of yesteryear, delivered by experienced storytellers. The Bealtaine Arts Festival aims to stimulate action, reaction and, hopefully, put smiles on faces after a long winter.

Increased Grants

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government has introduced a bundle of changes to the Rural Development Programme most of which are aimed at increasing the appeal of the programme and the level of spend on local projects. The maximum rate of aid for private promoters is increased from 50% to 75%. Food projects – applications received prior to 12/01/2011 may now proceed to evaluation. Projects in pipeline at 12/01/2011 can apply for the remaining funding. WCDP has several projects in the pipeline that we would hope to now progress. The rate of aid is 40%. Local Authorities may now act as project promoters – this will only apply to projects that are outside the statutory remit of the Authority and must be carried out in partnership with a community group. The community group is still required to provide at least 5% cash. New guidelines and procedures for Heritage projects have been introduced though may still be in draft form. The main emphasis is on the use of specialist contractors for all works projects on projects of significant heritage or environmental importance. There is also a strong emphasis on consultation with the relevant agencies, including a possible requirement for a national committee to approve all heritage projects. The de minimis restriction (maximum grant aid allowable to a promoter over 3 years) will be raised to €500,000 – the principal outcome of this is that we can once again consider applications for the flagship project to a maximum of €500,000.

Desmond Menswear Ballincollig.

Desmond Menswear are celebrating six years in business this week and are marking the event with a Sale for 2 weeks. If you have any special occasion coming up like Communion, Confirmation, Wedding or Graduation, then you need to get to Desmond Menswear on Main Street, Ballincollig to check out the value in men's Suits. Remus, Uomo and Kartel suits all reduced by up to €100. All summer casual wear reduced also.

Sports Mad

GAA Results – County Football Championships 2012

Senior Football Championship Round 1

Carbery Rangers 1-14, Clonakilty 1-7

Newmarket 0-6, St Finbarrs 0-17

Ilen Rovers 0-5, BALLINCOLLIG 1-15

Bishopstown 1 – 12 Nemo Rangers 1 – 12 aet

Castlehaven 0 – 12 Aghada 0 - 9

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

Aghada v Newmarket

Clonakilty v St Nicks/Newcestown

OD Rossa/Dohenys v Ilen Rovers

Na Piar/Douglas v Nemo/Bishopstown

Premier Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

Carrigaline 0-11, Mallow 0-14

St Michaels 0-12, Kiskeam 1-8

BALLINORA 0-9, NAOMH ABAN 1-12

Valley Rovers 3-9, Glenville 0-7

MACROOM 0-9, St Vincents 2-9

Bantry Blues 1-8, Clyda Rovers 0-6

Nemo Rangers 1-9, Kinsale 2-4

Mayfield 3-8, BEAL ATHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 0-19 - AET

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

MACROOM v Glenville

Clyda Rovers v Mayfield

BALLINORA v Carrigaline

Kinsale v Kiskeam

Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

GRENAGH 1 – 18 Kilavullen 0 – 7

Glanmire 1-11 Kildorrery 1-13

Fermoy 1-9 Glanworth 0-9

Ballydesmond 1-12 CILL Na MARTRA 0-8

CANOVEE 2-8 AGHABULLOGUE 1-8

Youghal 1-10 Adrigole 0-10

Eire Og v Cloyne on Sat. May 12 at Riverstown

Castletownbere v Kanturk on Sun. May 13th at Beal Ath'n Ghaorthaidh

Round Two (1st Round Losers)

AGHABULLOGUE v Cloyne/EIRE OG

CILL na MARTRA v Glanmire

Kilavullen v Glanworth

Castletownbere/Kanturk v Adrigole

Senior Football:

Ballincollig 1 - 15 Ilen Rovers 0 – 5

For the first time in five years, Ballincollig go through directly to the knock out stages of the Senior Football Championship. They had a comprehensive and well deserved win over Ilen at Dunmanway and gave an impressive display in the process. Ballincollig have a pool of successful, talented, underage players to draw from and indeed it was one of the younger brigade, Sean Kiely, who fired home the only goal of the game in the 56th minute, to copper fasten a fine win for the satellite town. Ballincollig led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time, with six different players contributing to their tally. It was 0-8 to 0-5 by the 40th minute and a rampant Ballincollig added a further 1-7 to their total in the final quarter without reply from the West Cork men. Ballincollig: David Lordan: Darren Murphy, Liam Jennings, Stephen O'Donoghue: Bryan Kelly (0-1), Noel Galvin, John O'Brien: Ciaran O'Sullivan (0-5), Brian Cotter: George Durrant, John Kelly (0-2), Sean Kiely (1-1): Kealan Hickey (0-2), Brian Glavin (0-2 frees), Paddy Kelly (0-2). Sub: Ian Coughlan.

Premier Intermediate Football:

Naomh Abán 1 – 12 Ballinora 0 – 9

The all Mid Cork clash at Kilmurry was very tight for a while but, as the second half aged, Naomh Abán established clear superiority and the Gaeltacht men were in control in the closing stages. Naomh Abán have a nice blend of youth and experience and with Anthony Lynch to settle the defence and Micheál Ó Cróinín to lead the attack, the younger players will have reliable guides to show them the way to success. Ballinora allowed Lynch too much latitude entirely and the former Cork star constantly surged forward, putting the Ballinora defence under pressure.

The first half exchanges were very even and it was Ballinora who forced the pace at the start. Both sides swapped a point early on and Ballinora almost got in for a goal but Anthony Lynch averted the danger. Naomh Abán then hit the front with pointed frees from Micheál Ó Cróinín to edged into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after 20 minutes. Back came Ballinora with points from Ben Ahern and Conor Brosnan and they went in front for the first time when Pat Fitton sent over the bar. Micheál Ó Cróinín levelled matters in the 28th minute at 0-4 each but Michael Hodge had the final score of the half to leave Ballinora a point in front at the break on a scoreline of 0-5 to 0-4.

Ballinora went a further point in front immediately on the restart with a point from Conor Brosnan but that was as good as it got for the losers. Naomh Abán hit a golden scoring patch with five points in five minutes to surge back into the lead. Micheál Ó Cróinín kicked over three of these (Micheál finished with a magnificent personal tally of 0-8, 0-3 from frees!) and when Donncha Keohane struck for a smashing goal ten minutes from time, Naomh Abán were well on the road to victory. Ballinora did stage a late and spirited rally but the Baile Mhúirne men had no intention of letting victory be prised from their grip at that stage and defended well to maintain their advantage to the finish. Naomh Abán: Seanachain Ó hUidhir: Eanna Ó Criodain, Seamas Ó Mathuna, Chris Ó Deasuna: Colm de hIde, Antoin Ó Loinsuigh, Colman Ó Tuama: Tadh Ó Scanaill (0-1), Miceál Ó Laoire: Diarmuid Ó Liathain, Micheál Ó Cróinín (0-8, 0-3 frees), Donncha Ó Cróinín (0-1): Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Shane MacCarthaigh, Daire Ó Suilleabhain (0-1). Ionaidi: Donncha Ó Ceochain (1-1), Colm Ó Murchu, Seamus Ó Laoire. Ballinora: Eoin Walsh: Denis O'Neill, Garry O'Halloran, Dave O'Neill: Mark Kelleher, Cathal O'Connor, Tomas McGrath: Michael Hodge (0-1), Alan O'Neill (0-1): Ian Whycherley, Conor Brosnan (0-3,0-1 free), Ben Ahern (0-3,0-2 frees): Cillian Sheehan, Conor Murphy, Pat Fitton (0-1). Sub: Cian Lucey.

St. Vincent's 2 – 9 Macroom 0 – 9

This was a game in which Macroom could have had victory wrapped up by half time but, having failed to put their city opponents away, Macroom paid a heavy price for their laxness thereafter. Vincent's introduced a string of effective substitutes early in the second half and hit the front with a goal after 36 minutes. Macroom were subsequently always chasing the game and although they never gave up, they just did not have the threat in attack to rescue the situation. At the final whistle Macroom could have no doubt but that the victory had gone to the better side on the night.

At the end of the opening twenty minutes play at Ballyanley, Vincent's led by 0-1 to 0-0. Both sides had been appalling with their scoring efforts but Macroom were the major offenders and they could not afford this waste. A good goal chance had been squandered early on and numerous attacks had fizzled out with depressing wides or weak shots to the goalkeeper. At last Andrew Hegarty pointed to level the scores in the 22nd minute and Macroom then produced a fine burst of scoring to go 0-5 to 0-1 in front. Patrick Lucey kicked Macroom into the lead from play and added a point from play: Ciarán Murphy and Fintan Goold kicked a point apiece and, with half time fast approaching, Macroom were in a good position at last, but in the two minutes before the whistle they conceded two points to Vincent's unnecessarily and led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. This was an inadequate lead considering the amount of chances wasted in the opening period.

Macroom started the second half with another bad wide but, to compensate, James O'Connell then made a great save from Vincent's Tomas Hornibrook at the other end. In the 36th minute, Vincent's struck for a vital goal, Shane Buckley kicking in over the last line of defence and Hornibrook ran on and made no mistake this time from close range to billow the Macroom net. Vincent's now introduced two more subs.- Derek O'Connor at midfield and John Paul Murphy to full forward and they never subsequently looked back. Murphy pointed a free with his first kick but Sean Kiely replied from play for Macroom, 1-4 to 0-6 in the 43rd minute. Jonathan Buckley pointed for Vincent's and Anthony Harte opened up a three point gap in the 48th minute. Again Macroom fought back and points from Patrick Lucey and Ciarán Murphy cut the deficit to a single point, 0-8 to 1-6 with ten minutes remaining. Three minutes later Vincents had a point and it was all over two minutes later still when a Macroom attack broke down and Vincent's swept the ball downfield rapidly and John Paul Murphy released Hornibrook clear behind the defence to again slot the ball past the isolated James O'Connell. The score was now 2-7 to 0-8 and in the five minutes remaining Ciaran Murphy scored a point for Macroom, Harte and Jonathan Buckley replied for Vincent's, who were in control at this stage. Macroom; James O'Connell: Peter Lynch, Rory Buckley, John Angland: Ger Angland, Fintan Goold, Olan Murphy: Sean Kiely, Philip Corrigan; Tony Dineen, Ciarán Murphy, Andrew Hegarty: Conor O'Sullivan, John Goold, Patrick Lucey. Subs; Darren Kelly and Michael Cahill.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 19 Mayfield 3 – 8 aet.

Béal Átha had to come from behind to rescue their chances and send this game into extra time at Kilmurry, but they made no mistake in the added period and, with Liam Shorten showing the way, they established a clear superiority before a very late Mayfield third goal caused some anxiety. Liam Shorten was destroyer in chief of Mayfield's chances and the Béal Átha man, a member of the current Cork senior panel, finished with a personal tally of 0-13, 0-4 of which came from frees.

Béal Átha started well despite playing against the wind and took an early 0-2 lead. Mayfield struck back with a well taken goal and the Béal Átha defence came under pressure but were equal to the task with Barra Concannon particularly prominent. At half time Béal Átha held a 0-7 to 1-3 lead, a satisfactory position for them at this stage. Liam Shorten increased the lead with another point on the restart but Mayfield came back with a second goal and, when they added two points, they led by a point as the final whistle drew close (2-5 to 0-10). A late point from Cian Dineen saved the day for Béal Átha and sent the game into extra time. In the first period Liam Shorten kicked over three points to give Béal Átha a three point lead at the interval. The winners added three further points to establish control but Mayfield had a late goal to create uncertainty once again. However Béal Átha held on for a deserved win and a place in Round Four. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearoid Ó Muirthille: Barra Ó Coinceannainn, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Duinnin: Sean Ó Duinnin, Donal MacCarthaigh, Sean Ó Donnchu: Lionaird Ó Conchuir, Colman Ó Tuama: Pol Ó Buachalla, Liam Seartan, Tadgh Ó Laoire: Miceal Ó Tuama, Cian Ó Duinnin, Ben Seartan. Ionaidi: Eanna Ó Duinnin, Nollaig Ó Laoire.

Intermediate Football:

Grenagh 1 – 18 Kilavullen 0 – 7

Grenagh, demoted from the Premier grade at the end of last season, met Kilavullen, who had to survive a relegation play off to maintain their Intermediate status last year, and the outcome was seldom in doubt at Mallow. After playing against the very strong wind, Grenagh led at the break by 0-7 to 0-4, DD Dorgan (0-3 frees), Tom Kenny (0-2), Conor Fitzgerald and Padraig Sexton doing the honours. On the restart, Kilavullen fought back with two points but then DD Dorgan fired over two points for Grenagh and Gerry Russell finished the contest with a smashing goal in the 40th minute. It was all Grenagh from here to the inevitable finish. Grenagh: Martin Barry: Mick Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Kevin O'Neill: M O'Doherty, Paul McCarthy, Shane Dorgan: Tom Kenny, John Russell: Gerry Russell, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Dorgan: Ultan Duggan, Tadgh Walsh, Padraig Sexton. Sub: M. Cronin.

Cill na Martra 0 – 8 Ballydesmond 1 – 12

All Ireland medal winner, Cork's Donncha O'Connor, did major damage to Cill na Martra when the sides met at Dromtariffe in the Intermediate championship. Ballydesmond were on the attack from the throw in and O'Connor soon opened the scoring from a difficult angle and himself and Niall Fleming added points to give the Duhallow men the better start. In the 14th minute, Ballydesmond struck a major blow when O'Connor set up Fleming for the only goal of the game and, with a lead of 1-4 to nil at this stage, things were looking good for the North Cork side. Cill na Martra rallied after this and with Kevin Hoare on target, aided by Martin Connors, they had four points on the board by half time, at which stage Ballydesmond led by 1-7 to 0-4.

On the restart Ballydesmond again took up the running and O'Connor and Bertie O'Callaghan increased their lead with further points. The loss of a defender did not cause the winners any undue anxiety but Cill na Martra did come more into the game with Noel O'Leary driving them forward. Kevin Hoare and Kevin O'Sulllivan had points but Ballydesmond were in control and were able to respond with Donncha O'Connor punishing every indiscretion with points from frees. Cill na Martra battled on to the finish and Noel O'Leary could have had a goal but was denied by an excellent save. Ballydesmond move on, Cill na Martra face 'the scenic route' for the third year in a row and will be hoping for an improved performance in the second round against formidable Glanmire. Cill na Martra: Antoin Ó Conaill: Marc Ó Goilidhe, Colm Ó Laoire, Tadhg MacSuibhne; Caoimhin Ó hEaluithe, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Duinnin: Sean Ó Ceilleachair, Cathal MacSuibhne: Caoimhin Ó hUidhir, Caoimhin Ó Suilleabhain, Martin Ó Conchuir: Maidhchi Ó Duinnin, Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Danni Ó Conaill. Fear Ionaid: Seanachain Ó Loinsuigh.

Canovee 2 – 8 Aghabullogue 1 – 8

Two first half goals, one in the 16th minute and the other six minutes later, were the decisive scores for Canovee in this hard fought and entertaining local derby at Macroom. The first goal came after an opening quarter dominated by Aghabullogue and undid the good work the losers had done in that period. The second put Canovee three points clear and helped them to a 2-4 to 0-5 interval lead. Thereafter, Canovee always had their noses in front and when Aghabullogue did get through for a goal in the 47th minute, the winners still had a cushion to absorb the shock and Canovee had enough experience in their side to match their neighbours in the closing ten minutes and book their passage to the fourth round.

Conditions at Macroom were good but there was a cold wind blowing out of the town goal. Canovee had the wind in the first half but it was Aghabullogue who showed the better form early on. Evan O'Sullivan had Aghabullogue ahead with a point in the 3rd minute and Donal Cullinane then had points in the 7th and 20th minutes to put Aghabullogue three points clear. Almost fifteen minutes had elapsed before Pat Dunlea had a score for Canovee but a minute later his side were sensationally in front when Andrew Cronin, set up by Con Dunne, buried the ball in the net from close range. Aghabullogue were on level terms within a minute when Evan O'Sullivan kicked over the bar to make the score 1-1 to 0-4 and Aghabullogue were matching their fancied opponents in a very even contest. Canovee then struck a decisive blow with their second goal in the 22nd minute. Denis O'Sullivan punched the ball across the face of the Aghabullogue goal and the flying Pat Dunlea was in like a shot to finish to the net. This was a major boost to Canovee who went on to dominate the exchanges up to the interval. Michael O'Sullivan had a point for Aghabullogue but Canovee replied with points from Denis O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin and O'Sullivan again to lead by five points at the break.

Pat Dunlea had an early point to put Canovee further ahead on the restart but Evan O'Sullivan replied. Andrew Cronin had a Canovee point in the 40th minute and Canovee were in control at this stage. Aghabullogue needed a goal and it came in the 47th minute when John Corkery and Donal Cullinane combined to put Michael O'Sullivan through for a well worked goal and leave only a goal between the sides, 2-6 to 1-6. The final ten minutes were very exciting with Aghabullogue pressing desperately for the scores to save the day and Canovee showing great composure. John Corkery and Sean O'Connor exchanged points and then Corkery pointed a free to reduce the deficit to two points with five minutes remaining. The loss of a man to a second yellow card did not help Aghabullogue and in the fifth minute of injury time Pat Dunlea delivered a fast free to Eamonn Lyons and from way out the tall midfielder lofted the ball over the bar to finish the scoring. Canovee: David Wiseman: Dan O'Sullivan, James McCarthy, Gearoid Lucey: Brian Ahern, Timmy Lyons, John O'Brien: Eamonn Lyons, Ger Ahern: Denis O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Con Dunne: Pat Dunlea, Sean O'Connor, Darragh Ring. Sub: Aidan Moynihan (35 min). Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Donncha Murphy, Mark O'Brien, Jerome Corkery: Stephen Dennehy, Danny Buckley, Sean O'Sullivan: Dhani Merrick, John Kelleher: Evan O'Sullivan, Niall Buckley, Tim O'Leary: Michael O'Sullivan, Donal Cullinane, John Corkery. Subs: Brian Buckley, Robert O'Keeffe and Eoin Kennedy.

Cork County U 21 'B' Football Championship Semi Final

Iveleary 0 – 27 Gabriel Rangers 1 – 8

Mid Cork champions Iveleary produced a stunning performance in the county semi final at Castletown Kinneigh and demolished the West Cork champs who had enjoyed an impressive campaign in their own division. Iveleary got on top at midfield where Shane Galvin and Daniel O'Riordan were dominant and, with Cathal Vaughan leading the attack with great dash, the Iveleary boys piled up the scores in a great first half performance. They led by 0-13 to 0-4 at the break and there was little let up by them in the second half. Cathal Vaughan, Daniel O'Riordan, Denis O'Leary, David Hourihan, Liam Kearney, Eamonn Creedon, Barry Murphy and Micheál Ó Lionáird were all on target for Iveleary, with Cathal Vaughan scoring no less than 13 points in all, 11 of these from play. Iveleary must now wait to know who their opponents in the final will be. Iveleary: Joseph Creedon: Alan O'Brien, Kevin Manning, David Murphy: Barry Murphy, Cal McCarthy, Sean O'Leary: Daniel O'Riordan, Shane Galvin: Denis O'Leary, Cathal Vaughan, Liam Kearney; Eamonn Creedon, David Hourihan, David Dineen. Subs: Tim O'Shea, Micheál Ó Lionáird, Kevin Jones.

Ross Oil Ltd.Mid Cork Junior Football Championship

First Round:

Donoughmore 0-11 Dripsey 1 – 8

Inniscarra 2 – 9 Blarney 0 – 9

Ist Round Replay: Dripsey 0 – 14 Donoughmore 0 – 11 aet.

Next Up:

Ballincollig v Iveleary at Kilmurry on Sat. 12 May, 7.30 pm

Aghinagh v Kilmichael at Carrigadrohid on Sun 13 May, 7.00pm

Kilmurry v Clondrohid at Annahala on Sat. 19 May, 7.30pm

Macroom v Ballinora at Cloughduv on Sun 20 May, 7.00pm

Round Two – (1st round losers)

Blarney v Kilmurry/Clondrohid

Donoughmore v Macroom/Ballinora

Aghinagh/Kilmichael v Ballincollig/Iveleary

Donoughmore 0 – 11 Dripsey 1 – 8

The opening game in this year's championship was a repeat of last year's final which saw Donoughmore emerge triumphant after a great last quarter performance gave them a four point victory. Patrick Murphy, Dave Lee, Darren Barrett, Brian O'Connell and Kevin Kearney were missing from the Donoughmore panel on this occasion as were Jeremy O'Driscoll, Liam Buckley and Gary Murphy for Dripsey. After a shaky start Dripsey had the first score of the game, a point from David O'Sullivan in the fifth minute. Shane Sexton soon equalised for Donoughmore but with John Carey outstanding at wing back and Mark O'Sullivan dominant at midfield, Dripsey began to take over and were on top until the interval. Mark O'Sullivan put Dripsey in front in the 11th minute and David Buckley added another point two minutes later. It was 0-6 to 0-2 at the break as Dripsey added points, two from David O'Sullivan and one from Carey, to which Donoughmore's sole reply was a point from Aidan O'Shea in the 25th minute.

Shane Healy had a point for Donoughmore on the restart but Mark O'Sullivan immediately replied for Dripsey to maintain the four point advantage. Dripsey were short John Carey for the start of the second half as the defender had to retire with a shoulder injury and his presence was sorely felt as the third quarter progressed. In the 35th minute Aidan O'Shea pointed a free for Donoughmore and two minutes later only a superb save by Evan Forde in the Donoughmore goal denied Mark O'Sullivan of a goal. This save inspired Donoughmore and they now took over and put four points on the board without reply, to hit the front by the start of the final quarter. Aidan O'Shea had two points and Shane Sexton and Stephen O'Connor hit over one each. Dripsey were clearly in trouble and John Carey, despite his injury, came back into the fray to rescue their waning fortunes. Carey's impact was immediate as he finished off a movement started by John and Diarmuid O'Riordan with a blistering shot to the Donoughmore net in the 46th minute. Aidan Buckley added a point and Dripsey were three points clear with the ten minutes to play. The champions were not throwing in the towel however and Shane Healy scored a point to give them hope, then another and finally, in the 58th minute, hit over an equaliser which meant both sides had to meet again to decide which was to advance to the third round. Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Denis O'Connell, James Honohan, Barry Crowley: Dan O'Sullivan, Aidan Corkery, Shane Sexton: Tom Daly, Conor Kelleher: Shane Healy, Ollie Murphy, Stephen O'Connor: Gearoid O'Rourke, Colm O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Shea. Subs: Sean Daly, Daniel Forde and Anthony Horgan.

Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: John O'Riordan, Thomas Ahearne, John Buckley; John Carey, Stephen Murray, Pat O'Riordan: Conor Hayes, Mark O'Sullivan: Daniel Buckley, Diarmuid O'Riordan, David Buckley: Aidan Buckley, Shane Burke, David O'Sullivan. Subs: Shane Manley.

Inniscarra 2 – 9 Blarney 0 – 9

Inniscarra are safely through to the third round of the Mid Cork Championship after their relatively easy win over Blarney at a cold and windy Donoughmore. Inniscarra completely dominated the opening half and led by 2-5 to 0-2 at the break, making full use of the elements. Blarney are not the team they were when they won back to back titles in 2009/10 and Inniscarra are a useful side backboned by a successful group of players who won honours at Mid Cork and County level. Inniscarra opened the scoring in the 4th minute, the hugely influential target man Dan O'Connell doing the honours, and two frees from Timmy Murphy sailed over the Blarney crossbar subsequently as Blarney struggled to gain any meaningful possession. Conor Cronin was causing the Blarney defence all sorts of problems and his excellent pass to John Casey resulted in a penalty for Inniscarra after fifteen minutes which Dan O'Connell expertly converted to ensure his side stormed into a six point lead. Timmy Murphy from a free, and Brian O'Keefe from play, added points for Inniscarra who now led by 1-5 to nil and Blarney's position deteriorated further in the 24th minute when Colm Casey scored a second Inniscarra goal in a goalmouth scramble. This score effectively ended the game as a contest. Blarney did get two late points through Brian Hurley (free) and Mark O'Leary to make it 2-5 to 0-2 at half-time. Despite a spirited second half, Blarney were unable to get within touching distance of the determined Inniscarra outfit. Conor Buckley increased the Inniscarra lead with a point before Blarney's Mark O'Leary really stormed into the game and his thundering shot went over via the Inniscarra crossbar. Brian Hurley added a point from a free and to their credit Blarney battled all the way to the finish but they couldn't engineer a goal as John O'Callaghan was outstanding in the 'Scarra defence. Timmy Murphy converted two placed efforts for Inniscarra to ensure his side led by 2-8 to 0-5 at the end of the third quarter, Conor Foley scoring for Blarney. Blarney enjoyed plenty of possession in the final quarter as the weather conditions really deteriorated Brian Hurley scored three points, two from play, without reply to leave six points between the sides with six minutes remaining. However Inniscarra took control in the closing minutes to ensure there was no late drama and Timmy Murphy kicked an excellent point from play to seal the victory. Keith Costello had a Blarney point in the final seconds and the spectators were glad to hear the final whistle and head for a warm car!

Inniscarra: Dominick Kelleher: Tom Buckley, Kevin Burke, Jack O'Leary Keating: John O'Callaghan, Richard O'Connor, Donal O'Callaghan: Ger Burke, Alan Sheehan: Brian O' Keeffe, John Casey, Timmy Murphy: Conor Cronin, Colm Casey, Dan O'Connell. Sub: Shane O' Sullivan (45).

Blarney: Shane Jordan: Donal O'Neill, Eoghan Murphy, Brendan Hallahan: Mark O'Leary, Shane Spillane, Paul Hallissey: Paul O'Leary, Conor Foley; John Good, Brian Hurley, Mark Cremin: Evan Philpott, James O'Sullivan, Damian Hyde. Subs: Keith Costello (37), S O'Sullivan (49).

Referee: Donal Forde (Donoughmore).

First Round Replay: Dripsey 0 – 14 Donoughmore 0 – 11 aet.

Donoughmore played seven games to win last year's championship and are off on their 'rounds' again this year after losing their first round replay to Dripsey at Coachford on Bank Holiday Monday. The teams were level at 0-5 each at half time but Donoughmore then went five points clear without reply in the third quarter and appeared to be strolling to victory. Two points for Dripsey revived that side's fortunes, but when a penalty shot was driven wide eight minutes from time, one felt that Dripsey had squandered their best chance of survival. However, in the final minutes Dripsey hit over three points in a row and one felt that only the clock had stopped them for getting the winning score. In extra time Dripsey outscored Donoughmore by 0-4 to 0-1 in the first ten minute period and conceded only a further point to the reigning champions in the final period as both sides tired after such a demanding encounter in perfect conditions. Dripsey lined out without the injured John Carey but Diarmuid O'Riordan, married the previous Friday, delayed his honeymoon departure to take his place on the starting line out and performed admirably. Dripsey played into the village goal in the first half but it was Donoughmore who got the better start, Colm O'Callaghan kicking a point after three minutes and adding another two minutes later. Aidan Buckley had a point for Dripsey in the 8th minute from a free. Aidan O'Shea scored for Donoughmore in the 15th minute but Dripsey took over for a period subsequently and four points in a row from Diarmuid O'Riordan, David O'Sullivan, Aidan Buckley (from a free) and David Buckley had them leading by 0-5 to 0-3 by the 27th minute. In addition to scoring a point himself, Diarmuid O'Riordan had set up two of the other points for the two Davids. Donoughmore came with a late burst in the final minute before the break and after Shane Sexton had pointed a free, Tom Daly kicked over to level the scores at 0-5 each. The first half drama was not yet complete: Shane Burke almost getting in for a goal from Dripsey but his close range effort went screaming inches wide of the post.

The third quarter belonged to Donoughmore who added five points without reply to their half time tally to assume control. Shane Sexton had pointed a 31st minute free, and Gearóid O'Rourke took a smart point from play five minutes later. Aidan O'Shea easily tapped over a close range free and then availed of a poor clearance to gain possession, advance and kick over from play. Daniel Forde's 43rd minute point left Donoughmore in a strong position, going into the final quarter leading by 0-10 to 0-5.

The pace of the game had slackened considerably at this stage but Dripsey were not finished yet! Mark O'Sullivan punched over a point in the 46th minute, their first score of the second half, and Aidan Buckley then pointed a free a minute later to reduce the leeway to three points. In the 52nd minute Dripsey were awarded a penalty, David O'Sullivan stepped up to take the kick but his low effort went tamely wide of the post. It looked like the end of the road for Dripsey but they kept plugging away as Donoughmore failed to rouse themselves to meet the rising Dripsey challenge. Three minutes from time Stephen Murray kicked over a point for Dripsey to inject fresh momentum into their attacks, and a minute later Aidan Buckley pointed a free to leave only the minimum between the teams. Dripsey were in hot pursuit of the equaliser and Donoughmore were only hanging in and inevitably Dripsey achieved their objective when Mark O'Sullivan came up from midfield once again and sent over a 60th minute point to send the game into extra time.

Both teams were now tired but Dripsey, the more seasoned outfit, found reserves of strength, mental and physical, to maintain their onslaught on the Donoughmore goal in the opening ten minutes of extra time. Substitute Barry O'Regan scored after ten seconds to get them off to a perfect start and David O'Sullivan added a point in the 4th minute. Dripsey lost a forward to a second yellow card but Aidan Buckley pointed a free to put them three points clear. Shane Sexton had a point for Donoughmore but Aidan Buckley pointed another Dripsey free from close range and then numerical balance was restored when a Donoughmore defender got a second yellow and also had to depart the field. It was 0-14 to 0-11 at half time in extra time and one wondered could Donoughmore find the strength to recover in the ten minutes remaining. The simple answer was that they could not! Dripsey defended in depth and using their wealth of experience they kept Donoughmore at bay. Shane Sexton did manage a point from a free four minutes from time but a goal never looked likely and so it was Dripsey who were still in front at the final whistle.

Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Stephen Murray, Thomas Ahearne, John O'Riordan: Dave Buckley, Pat O'Riordan, John Buckley: Conor Hayes, Mark O'Sullivan: Shane Burke, David O'Sullivan, Pat Fitzgibbon: Shane Manley, Diarmuid O'Riordan, Aidan Buckley. Subs used : Barry O'Regan,

Donoughmore: Evan Forde: Denis O'Connell, James Honohan, Barry Crowley: Dan O'Sullivan, Aidan Corkery, Shane Sexton: Tom Daly, Conor Kelleher: Shane Healy, Ollie Murphy, Stephen O'Connor: Gearoid O'Rourke, Colm O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Shea. Subs Used: John Chambers, Sean Daly, Daniel Forde. Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.

National League Finals

Cork Footballers collected their third Division One title in a row with a deserved win over Mayo at Croke Park. Noel O'Leary of Cill na Martra, Fintan Goold of Macroom and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig started for Cork and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg made a second half appearance for the champions. Cork play either Kerry or Tipperary in the Munster semi final at Cork in Mid June.

Cork Hurlers were heavily defeated by Kilkenny in the National Hurling League Division One final at Thurles. Cork were not mentally ready for the onslaught from the ruthless champions and the game was over after ten minutes when Kilkenny led by 2-6 to 0-1. It was a major disappointment but a reality check for the Cork supporters. The road back to the top will be a difficult one but the team is young and all are good hurlers. No Mid Cork hurler figured on the county team in this final.

Minor Hurling and Football

Cork minors lost to Limerick at home in the Munster Minor Hurling championship and so faced Kerry in the losers group to keep their chances of honours alive. They had a facile win in this game and now face Clare at Ennis in a knock out semi final (Thursday 10 May).

Cork minor footballers are at home to Munster champions, Tipperary, on Wednesday 16th May in the Munster semi final. Sean O'Leary and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, and Colm de hÍde of Naomh Abán started for Cork in their quarter final win. Aidan Moynihan of Canovee and Peter Kelleher of Kilmichael/Western Gaels came on as second half substitutes. Darren Kelly of Macroom and Daniel O'Connor of Éire Óg were also on the Cork panel.

Cork Camogie

Cork Camogie ladies won the National League Division One title for the first time in five years with a thrilling win over Wexford at Thurles (1-8 to 0-9). Aoife Murray (Cloughduv) in goals, Rena Buckley (Inniscarra), Joanne O'Callaghan and Briege Corkery (both Cloughduv) in the magnificent Cork defence, all played prominent roles in a great Cork win and hopefully Cork can now go on to make a big impression in the forthcoming championship.

Pic 63St. Val's players, Aoife Plunkett, Joanne Down, Sinead Cotter & Jean O'Sullivan, who were members of the Cork Minor Team that defeated Kerry in the Munster A Minor Football Championship Final in Rathmore. ©Mary Down

Ladies Football

Cork Minors created a major surprise by defeating Kerry at Rathmore in the Munster Football Final on a score of 4-8 to 1-10. Éire Óg's Elaine. Scally (captain); St Val's girls Jean O'Sullivan, Sinead Cotter, Joanne Down and Aoife Plunkett; Donoughmore's Aileen Buckley, Orla Healy and Rachel Barrett and Ballincollig's A. Hickey and M. Flynn were all on the Cork team.


 Foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan fé 16 a bhuaidh Craobh na Mumhan in aghaidh Coláiste Mhuire, Eas Géitin, Bealtaine 2. © Nóra Ní Luasa

Craobh na Mumhan do Choláiste Ghobnatan

Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-12 Coláiste Mhuire Eas Gheitine (Luimneach) 1-10

Bhí bua iontach stairiúil ag buachailli Coláiste Ghobnatan in aghaidh foireann láidir ó Coláiste Eas Gheitine i gCluiche Ceannais na Mumhan fé 16 i bhFearann Fuar, Co. Chiarraí Bealtaine 2. Bhí an aimsir ar fheabhas do pheil oscailte. Cé go raibh ag Coláiste Ghobnatan imirt gan an phríobh-ceannaire sa foireann, Maidhc Ó Duinnín (dealrachán briste), níor chuir sé isteach ar an tosach iontach láidir a bhí acu sa chluiche. Fuair Dónal Ó Donnchú an chéad phointe sa chéad nóimead, agus ón cic-amach, chríochnaigh Shane Ó Murchú gluaiseacht den scoth san eangach. Tháinig pointe breise ó Gearóid Ó Faoileáin agus ó laoch na himreatha, Dan Ó Duinnín (a chruthaigh na dhá cúl chomh maith le ceithre phointe é féin). Ní raibh Coláiste Mhuire ábalta deileáil leis an luas a bhí ag na buachaillí Mhuscrái ag an pointe seo ach fuaireadar 3 pointí ó ciceanna saor chun iad féin a shocrú síos beagán. Ach díreach nuair a bhíodar ag teacht ar ais sa chluiche, tháining an dara chúl le luas lasrach, arís ó Shane Ó Murchú, tar éis rith maith ó Dano. Cé go raibh Antóin Ó Cuana agus Conchur Ó Murchú ag cosaint go maith, fuair Eas Gheitine 4 phointe breise roimh an feadóg ghairid chun iad féin a tharraingt siar sa chluiche, in aghaidh dhá phointe do Choláiste Ghobnatan ó Gearóid Ó Faoileáin agus Dan Ó Duinnin. An scór ag leath ama ná Coláiste Ghobnatan 2-5, Coláiste Mhuire 0-7.

Bhí tosach láidir ag na buachaillí Luimní sa dara leath. Chuaigh Aindreas Ó Scanaill go lár na páirce le captaen Aaron Ó Murchú ag dul siar go dtí an cliatháin. Bhí an lámh in uachtar ag buachaillí Luimní anois, ach is ansan a sheas ceannairí Coláiste Ghobnatan suas. Laghdaigh cúl-baire Gearóid Ó Luasa cuid den bhrú le ciceanna amach iontach; bhí Gearóid Ó Goillí thar barr mar lán chúlaí agus tháinig leithidí Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Micheál Ó Deasúna agus gan dabht Dan Ó Duinnín (a bhí ag imirt mar leath chúlaí lár anois) isteach go láidir san imirt. Bhí Ian Ó Riordáin ag láimseáil ana chuid liathróid agus tháinig pointí ó Micheál, Dano, agus Gearóid Ó Faoileáin arís (a triú ceann sa chluiche) chun an bearna a oscailt amach arís go cúig phointe agus spás anáil a thabhairt dos na buachaillí. Ag an pointe seo, thosnaigh said ag taispeáint arís an peil gleoite a bhuaigh Craobh Chorcaí in aghaidh Beann Traí cúpla seachtain ó shin. Fuair fear ionad Piaras Ó Liatháin, Dermot Ó Ceallaigh agus Shane Ó Murchú (chríochnaigh sé le 2-1) pointí breise, tréibhse nach raibh Eas Gheitine ábalta ach pointe amháin a chur ar an mbord (cosaint iontach ó Pádraig Ó Críodáin agus Tomás Ó hÁileasa sna cúinne). Fuaireadar cic pionós san am-breise ó Ger Kiely chun snas a chur ar an scór deireanach agus nuair a shéid Réiteoir Eddie Walsh an féadóg ón cic amach, bhí Craobh na Mumhan ar an slí go Mhúscraí don gcéad babhta riamh. Comhghairdeas dos na buachaillí go léir.

Foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan: Gearóid Ó Luasa Pádraig Ó Críodáin (Cill na Martra), Gearóid Ó Goillí (Cill na Martra), Tomás Ó hÁileasa (Naomh Abán), Antóin Ó Cuana, (Cill na Martra), Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, (Cill na Martra), Conchúr Ó Murchú, (Naomh Abán), Aaron Ó Murchú (Captaen) (Na Crócaigh, Cill Áirne), Micheál Ó Deasúna, (Cill na Martra), Gearóid Ó Faoileáin (Cill na Martra), Dónal Ó Donnchú (Spa, Cill Áirne), Ian Ó Ríordáin (Cluain Droichid), Aindreas Ó Scannail (Naomh Abán), Shane Ó Murchú (Cluain Droichid), Dan Ó Duinnín (Cill na Martra).

Fir ionad: Piaras Ó Liatháin do Conchur Ó Murchú (44); Daithí Ó hAllamháin do Aindreas Ó Scanaill (58); Eoin Ó Loingsigh (Cill Na Martra) Jack Ó Tuama (Naomh Abán) Pádraig Ó Tuama (Naomh Abán) Daithí Ó hAllamháin (Naomh Abán) Conchubhar Ó Luasa (N. Abán) Piaras Ó Liatháin (Naomh Abán) Diarmuid Ó Meachair (N Abán) Ronán De hÍde (Naomh Abán) Darren Ó Forréidh (Cill Na Martra) Damien Ó hÚrdáil (Cill Na Martra) Eoin De Róiste (Naomh Abán) Cillian Ó Loingsigh (Cluain Droichid) D.J Ó Duinnín (Naomh Abán) Donagh Ó Riordáin (Cill Na Martra) Cian Ó Suilleabháin (Naomh Abán) Darren Mac Pháil (Naomh Abán) Maidhc Ó Duinnín (N Abán - gortaithe). Bainisteoirí: Seán Ó Duinneacha, Micheál Ó Suilleabháin. Traenálaí: Seamus Ó Mathúna.

County Premier 2 Minor Football League

Macroom 3 – 9 Carbery Rangers 2 - 12

Macroom minor team hosted Carbery Rangers at the Castle Grounds with both teams short key personnel. Carbery Rangers had the better of the opening period and were 0-4 to 0-1 in front within fifteen minutes. Macroom were slow to settle and some unforced errors allowed Carbery Rangers to dominate. Macroom however got more into the game as the half proceeded, this improvement resulting from some positional changes, the main one being bringing Patrick Lucey to midfield where he began to dominate. The scores were level at 0-6 each at the break. Macroom dominated the early part of the 2nd half and had built up a six point lead with two goals coming from Darren Kelly. Carbery Rangers cut the deficit with a goal but Macroom responded immediately with a third goal, this one from David Horgan. With ten minutes to go, Macroom still had a 6pt lead and appeared to be coasting but allowed Carbery Rangers back into the game and the visitors levelled with the last kick of the game. Macroom: Dylan Dineen: Cillian O'Mahony, Andrew Godsil, Brendan O'Sullivan; Shane Burke, Barry Healy, Shane Creedon: Darren McKenna, David Horgan: Darren Kelly, Patrick Lucey, Chris Foskett; Danny Murphy, John Murphy, Cathal O'Mahony. Sub: Olan O'Mahony

Pic 64Christine Desmond, winner of a 3rd All Ireland medal at the National Stadium. © Lee Valley Outlook

All Ireland for Christine

Christine Desmond, Macroom Boxing Club, won her 3rd All Ireland title at the National Stadium, Dublin on May 4. She had a decisive win in the Youth Girls 1 66kg, defeating Zoe Murphy of Dublin 25 points to 6. This is a third 2012 All Ireland title for the Macroom club, who now boast 8 All Ireland titles in all so far.

Sport at St. Mary's

Camogie: St. Mary's Camogie teams have had a very successful school season. Although the present camogie club is only in its third year, all teams have excelled in their competitions, reaching the final stage of every competition. Successes were as follows:- 1st and 2nd year team - Blitz champions; Under sixteen and a half team – Runners-up in Munster final; Under sixteen – Waiting to play County semi-final. Intermediate Team – County champions. Senior Team – Runners-up in All -Ireland. Full match reports on school website.

The main highlight of the year was the Senior team's journey to the All-Ireland final. This involved a very enjoyable over-night stay in Galway before the quarter-final against St. Cian's of Castleblakeney, Galway on Saturday, January 25th, for the semi-final. The team travelled to Mullingar to play Rochfortbridge where they had a great win over a much older and very physical team. The All Ireland was held in Ragg, Thurles on 4th March 2012. They played Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, who were a very experienced team, having lost the All- Ireland semi-final in 2011. It was a huge achievement for this St. Mary's team to reach the All-Ireland as they were a very young team, having two first years on the starting team. The girls are to be commended on the above successes which are in no doubt due to their full commitment to training throughout the school year. The girls' parents were also a huge support to the school camogie teams this year. They acted as officials at the away matches and organised a hugely successful cake sale which raised €650 and an Easter Egg raffle that raised €200.

Teams List: 6th years – Linda Byrne, Joanne Down, Brid O'Riordan

4th years – Clare Byrne, Aisling Buckley, Marie Ambrose, Angela Crowley, Yvonne Burgoyne, Becky Hennigan, Maire O'Driscoll, Caroline Kehoe.

3rd years – Mairead Corkery, Aileen Corkery, Alice Dunne, Ann-Marie Ryan, Grace Buckley, Leah Keating, Niamh McCarthy.

2nd years – Aisling Kelleher, Rachel Hurley, Deirdre Galvin, Klaudia Sanetre.

1st years – Nicola Dennehy, Sarah Byrne, Ella Curtin, Helen Dunne, Andi Kelleher, Keelin O'Leary.

Football News: The first year footballers took part in round 1 of the Cork Schools Football Blitz in Ballincollig on 28th March. They played very well, winning all of their 3 matches. They competed in round 2 of the blitz on Friday 27th April in Donoughmore. The first year footballers will also take part in the Munster Schools football blitz on May 2nd in Newtownshandrum.

Athletics: Jean O'Sullivan (5th year) and Michelle McCarthy (4th year) qualified for the Schools All-Ireland cross-country competition in Galway on Saturday, March 10th. Both athletes completed the extremely difficult course – one which proved too strenuous for many top class athletes who failed to finish the race.

St. Mary's athletes will be competing in the south Munster schools Track and Field competitions on Thursday, 4th May and Friday, 11th May in CIT Track. Those who qualify will compete in the Munster championships on Saturday, 19th May in 100m, 200m, 800m, 1,500m, 400m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and the relay.

Athletes competing are:- Senior Girls:- Grainne Moynihan, Jean O'Sullivan, Michelle McCarthy, Yvonne Burgoyne; Intermediate Girls:- Aileen Corkery, Alice Dunne, Aisling Kelleher, Mairead Corkery; Junior Girls:- Rachel Hurley, Siofra Burgoyne.

Canovee G.A.A.

Latest Results: Junior Football League Division 2: Canovee 1 - 6 Éire Óg 1 -12. Intermediate Football League: Canovee 2 – 7 Cloyne 1 - 8. Intermediate Football Championship: Canovee 2 – 8 Aghabullogue 1 – 8. Under 13 Football Championship: Canovee 1 – 4 Ballinora 0 - 2. Under 15 Football League: Canovee 1 – 8 Crosshaven 4 – 11. May 7th: Under 13 B East Championship Canovee 0 - 9 Ballgarvan 1 - 1. Canovee are now through to the final.

Awards: Aidan Moynihan was the March winner of the Cork City and County Young Sports Star for his exploits on the Rugby and Football fields. Aidan is son of Kevin and Liz Moynihan, Bawntemple, and he received his award at a recent function in the Metropole Hotel, Canovee was represented at the function by Club Chairman, John O'Sullivan and selectors, James Scanlan and Timmy Lyons.

Canovee 1 - 6 Éire Óg 1 -12

Canovee played Éire Óg away in Division 2 of the Junior football League. Canovee had a youthful team on duty and at half time, Éire Óg led by 1 – 5 to 0 – 5. A Michael Quinlan goal brought Canovee back into contention but Éire Óg ran out worthy winners. Canovee: Darren Shine, Charles Kenneally, Jerry Murphy, Billy Creedon, Donal Cronin, William Ahern, Shane O'Riordan, Sean O'Connell, Conor Buckley, James Moynihan, Michael Quinlan, John Paul Dunne, Jamie Lynch, Gerry Shanahan, Brian Lucey.

Canovee 2 - 7 Cloyne 1 - 8

Canovee played Cloyne at home in the Intermediate Football League. Despite a goal from Denis O'Sullivan, Canovee were behind at half time 1 – 2 to 0 – 7. With wind advantage in the second half, Canovee slowly got ahead. A goal from Eamonn Lyons put them ahead and they held on to win by 2 – 7 to 1 – 8. Team: David Wiseman, Donal Murpy, James McCarthy, Timmy Lyons, John O'Brien, Jerry Lucey, Brian Ahern, Eamonn Lyons, Ger Ahern, Denis O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Con Dunne, Daniel O'Sullivan, Pat Dunlea, William Ahern. Subs. Damien Ahern, James Moynihan, Sean O'Connor.

Fixtures: May 10 Under 14 B Football League: Tracton v Canove in Tracton at 7.30p.m. May 11 Junior Football League Division 2: Canovee v Macroom in Carrigadrohid at 7.15p.m. May 15: Non exam football League, Minor, Canovee v Boherbue in Carrigadrohid at 7.30p.m.

Lotto: May 6: Numbers Drawn: 5, 8, 20, 21. No winner. €50 Mick Hartnett, Aherla. €25 John Roche, Dripsey; Neil O'Sullivan, Forrest. Jack the Joker, Finbarr Tanner. Summer Qualifier, Niamh Barnett, Lissarda.. Next draw in the Castlemore Arms on May 13 for €11,600.

Kilmurry Underage

U6 & U8: Both teams train every Sunday morning, practicing the basic skills of Gaelic football. As well as acquiring the skills, players have enjoyable hours of fun and games as well.

U10s: have played Clondrohid as part of the Rebel Óg League. The game was a close affair with Kilmurry coming out the winners by the minimum margin. Kilmurry were lucky to win the game as Clondrohid proved to be a more efficient team, taking their scores when the opportunities arose. Kilmurry on the other hand, had a lot of possession but missed chance after chance to score both goals and points. The game ended on a score line of Kilmurry 5-1 Clondrohid 3-6. Kilmurry are currently undefeated in the league.

U12s played Killeagh on Saturday May 5th.This proved to be a very one sided affair with Kilmurry the stronger side by far.

U13s are enjoying a good run in the eastern division championship. A wet and windy Kilmurry GAA grounds was the scene for a good Kilmurry win over Valley Rovers. In the first half Kilmurry pressed ahead with goals from Greg Fitton but in the second half Valley Rovers recovered their composure and found the net on a few occasions. Kilmurry were the stronger of the two teams and good performance across the pitch but particularly from Liam O'Sullivan and James O'Mullane saw Kilmurry emerge victorious on a score line of 4-12 to 4-8. The following week the U13s met Aghabullogue. Conditions were terrible, with gale force winds and rain throughout the game. Kilmurry played with the wind in the first half and scored two early goals which provided a cushion for the remainder of the game. However, Aghabullogue were a strong side and threatened the Kilmurry goal on a number of occasions. Overall it was a good tightly contested game which Kilmurry won by four points. The U13s now progress to the semi-final of the Championship against Inniscarra.

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

The Cope Foundation competition scheduled for Tuesday 1st May was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. This charity event will be re-scheduled for a date yet to be decided.

William Perrott Perpetual Trophy. This annual competition will be held on Sat/Sun. 19/20th May. Tee-off Saturday at 2.30pm and on Sunday at 10.30am and 2.30pm. This is a 36 hole competition, with a play-off of the top six at 6.00pm on Sunday. Prizes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd nett with a visitors (non-member) prize for best 36. The current holder of this trophy is Anthony Arundel.

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