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Christmas Greetings

Christmas Message from Lee Valley Enterprise Board

2012 has been a busy year for the Lee Valley Enterprise Board. In March the Board organised the St. Patrick's Week Festival, attracting many International visitors to the town. So as to give Macroom a push in the National direction, an Artisan Food Festival was organised for September and this proved to be a massive success, attracting in the region of 5,000 to the town. In December the board again organised the Macroom Christmas Night to coincide with the switching on of the Town's Christmas lights and this gave a kick start to the Christmas shopping in Macroom. The Board, in conjunction with Macroom Town Council, launched a new website in April, so as to help promote and develop Macroom as a destination for Industry, Tourism and Business. I would like to acknowledge the very close working relationship that exists between Macroom Town Council and The Lee Valley Enterprise Board in their efforts to promote and develop the area. If this co-operation did not exist, then a lot of projects which are now in place would come to an end. To all our members I say thank you for your financial support in 2012 and to those who are not members, I would like to encourage you to think seriously about getting involved. Then you will be part of a group that is doing its level best to promote the Lee Valley in these difficult times. Another very valuable asset to the Board in promoting Macroom is the Lee Valley Outlook and I would like to sincerely thank our editors Sean and Máire Mac Suibhne and Brendan Kenneally for the wonderful job they do  putting this production together every two weeks. I would also like to thank all others who contribute to the magazine and the many advertisers who support the publication. Without your assistance it would not be possible to publish The Lee Valley Outlook.

Finally, I cannot stress how important it is to shop LOCALLY this Christmas. By doing so you are helping to sustain employment in your own locality. On my own behalf and on behalf of the Board, I wish all our members, supporters and friends a Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2013.

Pat O'Connell

Lee Valley Enterprise Board

A Thought for Christmas

Christmas is a time that evokes so many feelings, resonances and memories.  For children it is always about Christmas presents but for older people, it is as if the Christmases of all their years are gathered inside the one they are now celebrating.  As they repeat the time-honoured rituals, Christmases past nudge their way into the present, with feelings wistful and warm, but oftentimes painful too. Beloved faces and voices no longer present come to us through seasonal sounds, smells and sights.  Wherever people gather at Christmas, in homes, shops, churches or other gathering places, there is an atmosphere unlike other times of the year.  Aware of our own fragility, our ability to love and be loved, to be gifted or to give, we experience in others the same sense of wanting to belong, to be part of something, that allows us to be our whole selves. At Christmas we find ourselves drawn to one another, not just friends and family but the stranger too and even those from whom we are separated in enmity.

Together we are cheered by the beauty of seasonal celebrations, the music, the rituals, the lights, the decorations. But there is something more that draws us, something we seek, maybe without knowing it.  Tinsel and glitter are empty unless we see within them the splendour of the Bethlehem star.  We have not fully heard the carols and anthems of Christmas unless we catch within them the summons of the angels who called the shepherds.  Like the kings and shepherds, we too are called to come and adore Him who came to save us, to free us from the misery of sin that divides and destroys us. Joining with each other in this Christmas of 2012, we are part of a timeless movement of pilgrim kings and shepherds, wise men and simple men who are summoned to greet the Christ child.   Like them:

"Let us see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. Let us now go even to Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass". (Luke 2;15)
May God bless you, each and everyone this Holy Season.

Fr. Jerry O'Riordan P.P. Donoughmore

Editors' Note

The editors of the Lee Valley Outlook wish to thank all who contributed to the magazine in 2012. News, reports, photographs from schools, clubs, parishes, are all most welcome. The Lee Valley Outlook, now in its 10th year, is a voluntary effort and needs input from you to build on its success. Contact: 026/41891; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Killarney Road, Macroom. The first edition of 2013 will appear on January 10.

Please tell absent friends and family that they may access edited back numbers of the Lee Valley Outlook on the Internet by going to www.macroom.ie and, in the left hand panel, under 'Lee Valley Outlook', clicking on 'News from Macroom and the Lee Valley'. Back issues dating to March 2012 are available by clicking the 'Lee Valley Outlook Archive' tab. You may also view a regularly changing slide show.

Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dúinn go léir agus síochán agus sláinte san athbhliain.

Nollaig Shona; Happy Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Wesolych Swiat; Buon Natale; Frohliche Weihnachten; Priecigus Ziemassvetkus; Selamat Hari Crismas; Crismas Asamsakai; Craenium Ferieit; Karaksony Boldog; Westotych OEWiab; Felix Naridad; Suba Nathtalak Wewa; Speslevova Rozdestva.

Cicha Noc, Swieta Noc,

Poko'y niesie ludziom wszem

A u zlobka matka swieta

Czuwa sama usmiechnieta,

Nad dzieciatka snem.

Courtesy of Aneta Zulawaik

 Christmas Ceremonies in the Lee Valley 2012

Macroom

Masses: Christmas Eve: Monday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m.; Polish Mass 9p.m. Midnight Mass 12.00
Christmas Day, Tuesday : 8.30 a.m, 10.30 a.m., 12.00 noon.  Caum: 10.00 a.m.
St. Stephen's Day Wednesday: 10.00 am.
Confessions: Mon. 24th: 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.

Aghabullogue

Masses: Christmas Eve: Aghabullogue: 7.00 p.m.; Coachford, 9.00 p.m.; Rylane, 9.00 p.m. Christmas Day: Aghabullogue 8.30 a.m; Coachford 10am; Rylane 11.30 am.
Mon. Dec.31: Aghabullogue: 11.30p.m.

Aghinagh

Sunday 23rd  7.30 - 8.30 p.m. Bealnamorrive Church Evening Prayer, Exposition & Benediction (Confessions available during the hour)
Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m.  Bealnamorrive; 9.00 p.m. Ballinagree.
Christmas Day Masses 10.00 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Rusheen

Cill na Martra

Penitential Rite - Cill na Martra – Monday, Dec. 17, 8.00 pm. 

Masses :- Christmas Eve - Cill na Martra 7.00 pm.  Réidh na nDoirí 9.00 pm.  Christmas Day: - Réidh na nDoirí 9.30 am. Cill na Martra 11.30 am.  

Clondrohid

Christmas Mass times are as at weekends: Clondrohid: 7.30 p.m. with Youth Choir on Christmas Eve and 8.30 a.m. and 11a.m. on Christmas Day. Carriganima: 8.30p.m. Christmas Eve and 10a.m. Christmas Day.

Donoughmore

Masses: Christmas Eve: Stuake 7.00pm; Fornaught 8.30pm

Christmas Day:  Fornaught 10.00am.   Stuake 11.30am

Inniscarra

Masses: Christmas Eve: Dripsey Mass Centre, 6.15 p.m.; Matehy, 8p.m. Cloghroe,  9p.m. Berrings 9p.m.

Christmas Day: Cloghroe 8.30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11.30 a.m.; Berrings 8.30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Matehy 9.30 a.m.

Stations of the Nativity and Confession in Cloghroe , Friday 21st 7p.m .Christmas Eve Confessions  12 noon. Berrings Confessions, Friday 7p.m. and Christmas Eve at 12 noon.

Kilmichael

Masses: Christmas Eve Toames, Carol Service 7 pm followed by Vigil Mass 7.30pm; Cooldorrihy, 10.00 pm.
Christmas Day: Johnstown 10 a.m., Toames 11.30 a.m.
St. Stephen's Day Toames 10a.m.

Uíbh Laoire
Masses: Christmas Eve: Inchigeela 7 p.m; Ballingeary 9 p.m.; Gougane Barra 12 midnight. 
Christmas Day: Ballingeary 10 a.m.; Inchigeela 11.30 a.m.

Millstreet Methodists

The Methodist Congregation in Millstreet will have a Carol Service on Sunday 23rd Dec at 6.30pm meeting in the Canon O'Donovan Centre on Clara Road, Millstreet Town. Earlier that evening we plan to meet in the town square at 5.30pm for some Carol singing. Further info from 064 6631613 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't burden yourself with anger for your enemies. Forgive them. That'll make them really angry.

 Lee Valley Diary 

FREE PARKING in Macroom December 8 to January 1. Two hour restriction still applies.

Briery Gap:

Fri 21st Dec @ 8.00 pm; Sat 22nd Dec @ 3.00 pm & 8.00 pm Cinderella
Fri 28th & Sat 29th Dec @ 8.30 pm A Christmas Carol
Sun 30th Dec @ 3p.m. The Muppet's Christmas Carol';
Wed 2nd Jan @ 3p.m. Jungle Book;
Fri. 18th Jan. @ 10.30 am Winterochter
Thurs. 31st Jan. @ 8.00 pm Love Hungry Farmer,
Friday 1st February  @ 8.00 pm Conal Gallen

Macroom Library:
Closed Mon. 24th to Thurs. 27th inclusive. Open Fri. 28, Sat. 29, Mon. 31. Closed Tues. Jan. 1.
Penn Book club Fri. 4th January.
Adult Bookclub Wed. 9th Jan. 
Purlies Thurs.  10th Jan. 11a.m -12.30. 

Race Night in Shorten's Bar, Ballingeary on Fri. Dec. 21 at 8pm. 
Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí fundraising dance in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne Sat.  Dec. 22.
Ger Wolfe and Friends at the Mill's Inn, Ballyvourney on Fri. Dec. 28th.
Crookstown Céilí Club: Tues. Jan. 1st 9.30pm to 1.30a.m
Muskerry Local History Society Lecture on 'Road Bowling'; Tues. Jan. 15th 8p.m. at Ballincollig Rugby Club

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 

Snippets

Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication)

FREE PARKING in Macroom up to January 1. Two hour restriction still applies.

Race Night, organised by Cumann Peile Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, will be held in Shorten's Bar on Friday 21st of December. Everyone welcome. A great night assured. First race at 8pm. 

Macroom Gas: Bord Gáis Networks have now completed pipe laying in the town and the reinstatement of road excavations. Works have now stopped until the New Year, when testing of the network will take place. Gas is expected to be flowing in the town by the end of January.

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí fundraising dance in the Abbey Hotel, Baile Mhúirne, on Saturday, December 22. Music by Patrick O'Sullivan. Cead isteach €10. Fáilte roimh chách. The dance is organised by Craobh Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra C.C.É. who will host the Fleadh in Baile Mhúirne May 9 – 12 2013. 

Aghabullogue Camogie & GAA Clubs will have a Christmas Celebration Party on Saturday, 22nd December in the Lee Valley Golf Club with food and music and the presentation of Intermediate Camogie County medals. Tickets €20 from Laura Dineen 087 6965578 or Michael Healy 086 3831934.

An Nollaig Fadó on TG4 on Christmas Eve, Mon. Dec. 24th at 20:15 and Christmas Day at 15:25.
Ger Wolfe and Friends at the Mill's Inn, Ballyvourney on Friday December 28th. The line up includes Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Paul Frost (double bass), Richard Lucey (accordeon) and Ger singing.

O'Neill's Sports 20th Birthday In Store Draw Saturday, December 8. Winners: 1st Geraldine O'Sullivan, Umera €50 voucher. 2nd Elaine Kiernan, Castleview €25 voucher. 3rd. Colm O'Mahony, Coolehane, Football. School Draw: Clondrohid N.S. 3 Training Footballs.

Crookstown Céilí Club:  Ceili on Tuesday January 1st 2013. Music by Tim
Joe and Anne from 9.30pm to 1.30a.m.  All welcome

Muskerry Local History Society Lecture Tuesday January 15th 2013, 'Road Bowling, its Origins, Traditions and its Characters, presented by Dr. Seamus Ó Tuama. The origins and emergence of a national governing strategy for the sport and the international dimensions of the sport will be addressed, together with some of its stars from Mick Barry to the present day. The lecture will take place in the Ballincollig Rugby Club (Tanner Park) Clubhouse at 8.00 pm. Admission €3.00 for non-members for the lecture. Everyone Most Welcome.

Coachford AFC is to receive up to €50,000 to further develop their grounds in Coachford as part of the Sports Capital Programme grant. Coachford AFC currently caters for six competitive teams playing games almost every weekend for ten months of the year. The club's facilities are also used by the Coachford Community College.

Coachford Players came 3rd in the All Ireland one act Drama Finals in Ballyduff Co. Waterford. The group's excellent performance of 'Never Swim Alone' was very well received by the audience and the adjudicator. Coachford Players are currently rehearsing for their big musical 'Me & My Girl' which will be staged mid February.

Friends of Macroom Community Hospital would like to thank all those who held fund raising events and those who supported these events during 2012.  Their continued support is greatly appreciated.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 3/12/2012, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 3 - 13, No Winner, €40 Dan Daly, €20 Declan O'Connell, Ava Murphy, John Tarrant (Yearly Ticket), Dónal O'Callaghan (Yearly Ticket).
10/12/2012, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 22 - 23 - 27, No Winner, €40 Alan Jeffers, €20 Neilie Callaghan, Herbert O' Sullivan, Terry O' Shea, Tommy & Jamie Wilson.

Macroom and the Lee Valley

FREE PARKING in Macroom up to January 1. Two hour restriction still applies.

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Macroom Night at the turning on of the Christmas Lights. © Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas in Macroom

Christmas got off to a great start in the Muskerry capital with the switch on of the magnificent Christmas lights on December 7, followed by a street market, music, carols and good cheer, in ideal weather conditions. Shops remained open and there was a wonderful buzz in town, with neighbours and friends having time to chat. Santa was there, meeting good girls and boys and finding out what they wanted to get on Christmas night. He and his elves were at his Grotto at Macroom Leisure Centre on December 8 and had plenty time to chat to all his visitors. Children also enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of free activity in the Leisure Centre, with Bouncing Castle, giant slide, obstacle course etc., the younger ones helped along by Transition Year students from the local schools. A draw for customers at the businesses of Lee Valley Enterprise Board members is still on. The tickets are given with purchases in members' businesses, with 20 €50 vouchers up for grabs. The first 10 lucky winners were drawn on December 8 and they were Rachel Murnane, Knockree; Mary O'Leary, Sleaveen East; Margaret Dineen, Kilnagurteen; Diarmuid Horgan, c/o Clancy's; Maureen O'Grady, Mountmassey; Triona Murray, Carriganine; David O'Connell, Coolnidane; Eileen McSweeney; Eileen O'Callaghan; Catherine Horgan c/o Clancy's Fish. The second draw for 10 €50 vouchers will be on Thursday, December 20.
Macroom has a lot to offer to shoppers. Its wide selection of shops can fulfil all your Christmas needs and at very competitive prices. Support your own. Shop in Macroom and the Lee Valley this Christmas. Protect jobs.

Macroom Bridge and Footpaths

Work on the footpath outside Granville's Restaurant, Castle Street should be completed by now. All concrete works will be finished on the access ramp by the Bank of Ireland and the contractors hope to have the steel railing installed on the ramp before Christmas. The aluminium decking is complete on the main bridge structure and the stainless steel handrail on the bridge should be completed by Thursday, December 20. The bridge works should be substantially complete by the weekend before Christmas. On Wednesday December 19, Craddocks are placing blacktop in the road crossings and making them safe for the Christmas period and after the holidays the only items remaining to be carried out are the LED lights and the coping handrail. The company envisages that the contract will be complete by the end of January.

An Nóllaig Fadó

An Nollaig Fadó, a charming, nostalgic festive documentary produced and directed by Edel O'Mahony, Macroom, will be broadcast on TG4 on Christmas Eve, Monday December 24th at 20:15, with a repeat on Christmas Day at 15:25. The programme captures the spirit of the past through first hand accounts of Christmas across Ireland long ago. From the arrival of the 'American parcel' from relatives abroad to letters to Santa being sent up the chimney, this documentary takes us right to the heart of Christmas through tales which ring true for us all. Lee Valley contributors are Dónal Ó Mathúna, Well House, Macroom, who talks about Christmas as a boy in Newcestown and Micheál Ó Cróinín who talks about Christmas in the 60s in Cill na Martra.

Bealach na mBusanna

Six 30 minute programmes on the history of bus transportation in Ireland, begins on TG4 on Sunday, January 6 at 9.30p.m. The first programme in the series looks at the crucial role of the bus in Counties Cork and Kerry, transporting people on day trips, to work on the film Ryan's Daughter, to concerts such as the Mountain Dew Festival in Macroom and religious events such as the moving statue in Ballinspittle.  The series is  narrated by Póilín Ní Chiaráin and produced and directed by Edel O'Mahony, Macroom.  

Clondrohid Updates

Development Group: Seasons Eatings, organised by the group to boost funds and make a donation to Macroom Hospital, was poorly attended but very much enjoyed. After expenses, the balance was €410, of which €200 has been sent to Macroom Hospital. The Development Group would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas. Their next big event will be the annual Adult Party in January.
Sad Death: The entire parish as well as neighbouring communities and G.A.A. clubs are united in grief at the tragic death of Shane Murphy. Shane died suddenly while playing for Coláiste Ghobnatan against Kinsale in the Cork Vocational Schools semi-final at Carrigadrohid on Monday, December 10. Sincere sympathy goes to his parents, Dan and Marguerite, his sister, Caoimhe and brothers, Neilus, Colin and Daniel. 

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Noel Murphy, Macroom Boxing Club, is welcomed home after his victory in the 2011 Open National Youths' 69kg contest at the National Stadium. Noel won the Intermediate National title in December 2012.   ©    

More Honours for De la Salle

2012 continues as a year of tremendous achievement for De la Salle College, with Robbie O' Dwyer from Macroom becoming the latest to add to an impressive roll of honour for the school. Based on his Leaving Cert results from last summer, Robbie has been awarded a College of Business and Law scholarship to UCC and was recently presented with his award in the Aula Maxima in UCC. Cathal Vaughan from Toon's Bridge has been awarded a sports scholarship to C.I.T. Noel Murphy, a 6th year student in De la Salle, won the All-Ireland Intermediate boxing championship title in the National Stadium in Dublin last weekend. A power-packed performance from Noel saw the fight being stopped in the first round. The victory sees Noel moving up to the senior boxing ranks and, who knows, might open the door to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016! And De la Salle won yet another Simcox Cup  (Cork Colleges Senior 'A'Football championship) in dramatic fashion last week when they defeated Rochestown with a last minute point.

Macroom Library

James, Paula, Nora, Gillian, Claire and Christine would like to wish all our patrons a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2013. Our Christmas opening and closing arrangements are as follows:
Closed Monday 24th to Thursday 27th inclusive.
Open on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Monday 31st
Closed Tuesday January 1st and open again on Wednesday 2nd January.
Penn Book club will meet on Friday 4th January. Adult Bookclub will meet on Wednesday  9th January  and the Purlies Knitting Group will meet for the first time in 2013 on Thursday  10th January.

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Living it up at 'Cinderella' in the Briery Gap  © Lee Valley Outlook

Cinderella in the Briery Gap

'Cinderella' is certainly having a ball in the Briery Gap at present.  With close on 80 child performers, it's a production guaranteed to delight. Thanks to a feast of magic, laughter and song, it has been declared the best Panto to date. Starring are Fairy Queen (Róisín Crowley), Cinderella (Kelly Healy), the cruel stepsisters (Daisy – Stephanie Shine and Tulip – Georgina Healy), the nasty Baron (Pat Kelleher); Buttons, (Darragh Murphy); Prince Charming, (Ben Meany);  Dandini – Darragh Ring;  Lady Marjorie, (Maureen O'Brien); Princess Sophia (Treasa O'Riordan; Lord Bealick (Pat O'Connell) and Lady Bealick (Teresa Dineen).
Tickets are now available at Box Office 026 41793. Performance Dates: Friday 21st December @ 8.00pm and Saturday 22nd December @ 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Matinee Sold Out. Tickets Adults €15.  Concessions: Students and Children €10.  Group rates available.

Briery Gap Programme   

Theatre: Cinderella, Christmas Pantomime continues Friday 21st December @ 8.00pm and Saturday 22nd December @ 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Tickets Adults €15.  Concessions: Students and Children €10.  Group rates available. N.B. Matinee Sold Out.
Love Hungry Farmer, Thursday 31st January  @ 8.00 pm; presented by Pat Talbot Productions and adapted and performed by Des Keogh from "Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer" by John B Keane . Tickets €20.
Conal Gallen, Comedian and singer on Friday 1st February  @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €25
Cinema: Fri 28th & Sat 29th Dec @ 8.30 pm A Christmas Carol; Starring Brendan Grace ('Father Ted') and BAFTA winner Brendan O'Carroll ('Mrs. Brown's Boys'). Admission €5
Matinees at 3 p.m. Admission €4. Sun 30th Dec The Muppet's Christmas Carol'; Wed 2nd Jan Jungle Book; German Educational Film, Winterochter, Fri. Jan. 18 @ 10.30 am.

Local TV Programmes

Wed. Dec. 19:  9.30 p.m. News and Sport; St. Mary's Show 2012 'Keeping Up with the Convent'. Christmas Updates.   

Sun. Dec. 23: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Mass at St. Colman's to mark the closing of the Mercy Convent.  6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. Programme.
Christmas Day, Tues. Dec.25: 5.30 p.m. Christmas Night Mass 2012 from St. Lachteen's Church, Cill na Martra. A Christmas Message. Macroom Senior Citizen Christmas Party 2012. Carols from Macroom Night. St. Joseph's N.S. Christmas Concert. Repeat of Christmas Mass.

Wed. Dec. 26: 9.30 p.m. Repeat of some of the Christmas Day programme.

Sun. Dec. 30. 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Visit of St. Therese Relics to Macroom.  6.30p.m. Some old programmes from past years.
Wed. Jan. 2. 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Scoraíocht from Anvil Bar, Rylane, Part 1.

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Reeling in the Year 2012

January   

The Woodland String Band, Philadelphia, regular visitors to the St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Macroom, won first prize in the 2012 New Year's Mummers' Parade, their first win since their establishment in 1926. The Briery Gap introduced a programme of Good Value Films and Matinees. Noel Murphy, Masseytown and Macroom Boxing Club, won the Open National Youths' 69kg title in the National Stadium. Fears raised regarding the future of Macroom Hospital resulted in a well attended meeting in the Castle Hotel.

February  

The Castle Hotel won a Trip Advisor award in the Best Bargain Hotel category. Liam Ó Maonlaoi was guest speaker at the Imbolc festival in Baile Mhúirne. Macroom Ploughing match, postponed from New Year's Day due to adverse weather conditions, was very successful. Michael Twomey and Kevin Hough were judges of the Second All Ireland Light Entertainment competition for Secondary Schools and St. Mary's choir, Macroom were again winners. A hilarious Tedfest was celebrated at the Mills Inn.

March    

Thirteen schools from all over Ireland contested the Transition Year Drama final, attended by Minister Deenihan in the Briery Gap. Doon, Co. Limerick won with their excellent MmmBeth. De la Salle College won a host of awards for their drama, 'The Most Lamentable Tragedie of the Desperate Housewives and their Fellas like', at the 'I love the Bard' U.C.C. Dramafest. St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in favourable weather conditions. Boxer, Noel Murphy, was Grand Marshal in Macroom and the Titanic float won the top prize.

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 Calamity Jane is centre stage in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

April  

Calamity Jane was a great success at the Briery Gap, following on Oklahoma and Showboat from previous years. The Showstoppers presented their 6th show in Clondrohid, a really wonderful 'O What a Night'. Helen Cadogan, Principal of McEgan College for many years, transferred to Bandon and was succeeded on April 1 by Trish Lynam. European Commission representatives visited the Lee Valley and inspected Kilmurry Museum and Buffalo Mozzarella production at Toonsbridge Dairy.

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Action from Showstoppers 'O What a Night' in Clondrohid © Lee Valley Outlook

May  

Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí was hosted in Macroom by Aghinagh Comhaltas group. St. Mary's Ladybird Bank won the AIB Build a Bank competition. McEgan College staged 'Greased Up' in the Briery Gap. Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí convened in Baile Mhúirne at a later date and without its late Cléireach, Peadar Ó Liatháin. 'Journey', an exhibition of Art, Craft and Design, was staged in McEgan College. The Senior Citizen Shopeen was relocated to new, spacious premises near the Fr. Ryan Hall. An amenity walkway opened at Stuake, Donoughmore. The Highest Pub in Ireland at the top of Coom burned down. Macroom's official website, www.macroom.ie, was relaunched.

June  

Macroom Town Council launched a 3 year plan. Summer 2012 was enjoyed for a glorious week in early June! Ten years of twinning with Marcallo con Casone were celebrated by a Macroom delegation to Italy. Ten entrepreneurs graduated from the second Greenshoots programme. Macroom got a new Mayor, Cllr. Owen McCarthy. Putóg de Róiste was launched in Baile Mhúirne.

July   

The 'Aether' exhibition was launched at the Town Hall Gallery. Theatre by the Lake presented Fawlty Towers, Guerilla Days in Ireland and Pat Shortt in Gougane Barra. A new priest, Fr. Damien Lynch, was ordained in Cúil Aodha. Work started on the laying of gas pipelines through the town, surprisingly, with minimal inconvenience to traffic. Olive Loughnane and Ciarán Ó Lionaird represent the Lee Valley at the London Olympics. Donoughmore Carnival and Féile Chill na Martra were celebrated despite the inclement weather. Macroom Food Festival, scheduled for late September, was launched in glorious sunshine at Bealick Mill.

August  

National Heritage Week, Inchigeela and Coachford Festivals were successful despite poor weather conditions but Ballyvourney Show was postponed and Ballingeary Show cancelled. News that the Convent is to close on October 1 came as a bombshell to the town. Donald Teskey mounted the Gearagh Exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery.

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The Mercy Convent, Macroom, closed down after 147 years  © Lee Valley Outlook

September    

Many events were organised to pay tribute to the contribution of the Sisters of Mercy to the town over the centuries: they were accorded a Civic Reception by Macroom Town Council and the Farewell Mass was very well attended. Macroom won a Bronze Medal in the Tidy Towns Competition, increasing the marks received by six, up to 295. Culture Night in the Briery Gap presented a host of nostalgic and modern film footage. Ballinagree Harvest Festival drew crowds as usual. Roadworks continued despite the schools' reopening and Bord Gáis networks kept the traffic flowing. The first Macroom Food Festival, the last weekend of September, was a resounding success. More than 60 Artisan Food Stalls graced the streets in glorious sunshine. The Busking competition, Schools' Cook Off and the Good Auld Days in the Briery Gap gave the town a much needed boost.

October  

Daonscoil an Fhómhair was held in Gougane Barra, with the theme, Mná na hÉireann and the hotel won the coveted AA Courtesy and Care Award. St. Vincent de Paul Society opened a new charity shop, Vincent's, on the site of the old Bridewell in Castle Street. St. Mary's Choir sang beautifully in the RTE All Ireland Schools Competition. Cork ladies won their 7th All Ireland Senior Football final in eight years. They were captained by Rena Buckley and other Lee Valley participants were Briege Corkery, Juliet Murphy, Rhona Ní Bhuachalla and the back up team, Éamonn Ryan, Frankie Honohan and Justin McCarthy. News of the impending scrapping of Town Councils gave rise to much debate.

November    

Traffic chaos reigned in Macroom with works continuing on the laying of the gas lines; .erecting a walkway at Macroom Bridge and NRA work on the N22. Signage and radio reports unnecessarily made the town a no go area. Macroom and district suffered a spate of break ins and burglaries. 'Titanic! Message in a Bottle' premiered in the Briery Gap. Donoughmore won the Pride of County Cork for its community walkway. Terelton N.S. celebrated 125 years of education. Paddy Murphy won Trucker of the Year award. Two graduates from Macroom schools were awarded the JP McManus scholarship by former US President, Bill Clinton. Cór Chúil Aodha launched a lovely new CD, Naomh Gobnait.  

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 Edward Burgoyne, Kilmichael receives the J.P. McManus scholarship from former US President, Mr. Bill Clinton with left, J.P. McManus and right, Noel Dunne, Principal De la Salle    ©

December   

'Macroom Night' set the tone for celebrating Christmas in Macroom with the turning on of the Christmas Lights by Mayor Owen McCarthy and a huge Market and Fun Fair in the Square. Santa welcomed children to his Grotto in the Leisure Centre on December 8 and the Open Day there was a joy for children and parents alike. St. Mary's staged 'Keeping up with the Convent' and The Briery Gap players presented a most successful panto, Cinderella. Macroom G.A.A., Boxing Club and Tidy Towns and Aghinagh G.A.A. got welcome news of Sports Grants. Macroom G.A.A honoured the 1962 County Champions at the Golden Jubilee dinner.

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 Tea party at 'Cinderella' in the Briery Gap  ©  Lee Valley Outlook

1962

Macroom

There was a request for additional Post boxes at Cork Street and New Street in 1962. A new C.I.E. Bus Depot was opened at the Railway Yard but there was an appeal that buses go there via the Square. Because of frequent breakdowns, there was a request that there be a separate telephone line to Cork and that the line from Macroom to Millstreet be improved. Comórtas Glór na nGael was held in the town. James Sheehy was congratulated on his success in the All Ireland College and Junior Championship sports. John O'Connor was Chairman of the U.D.C., with Jim Collins Vice Chairman. Macroom got 50 marks in the Tidy Towns competition. Macroom G.A.A. was congratulated on winning the Senior Football Championship. It was proposed that a ladies' toilet be erected in the Town Hall Yard.

Ireland 1962

The final train ran on the West Cork Railway in 1962. Irish troops left for a peace-keeping mission in the Congo. Telefís Éireann staff moved to the Montrose studios from Dublin city centre. RTÉ News: Six One was introduced for the first time. Gay Byrne presented the first edition of the Late Late Show and the long-running religious and social documentary series, Radharc, also made its debut. Other new arrivals were Jackpot, presented by Gay Byrne and Terry Wogan, and the children's programme, Dáithí Lacha. The first ever party political broadcast followed the Budget. The Chieftains were formed by Paddy Moloney and The Dubliners also came together. The Irish charts started on October 1st 1962 when RTE broadcast Ireland's first Top Ten compiled by Jimmy Magee. Cecil Woodham-Smith published her history, The Great Hunger: Ireland: 1845-1849.Shelbourne won the League of Ireland championship, defeating Cork Celtic. The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was won by Tipperary, who defeated Wexford 3 – 10 to 2 – 11. In football, Kerry defeated Roscommon 1 – 12 to 1 – 4. The winter of 1962/1963 was savage, the coldest for more than 200 years, outstripping even 'white 1947' for bitter temperatures. It began freezing on Christmas Day in 1962.

World News

John F. Kennedy was President of the U.S.A. in 1962 and John XX111 was Pope. The Beatles began to make their mark and released their first single, 'Love me, do'. The Rolling Stones also came to prominence. The Cuban Crisis had the world holding its breath, fearing a nuclear war as Kennedy and Khrushchev had a stand off. Fidel Castro was excommunicated. Nazi, Adolf Eichmann was executed. Many small nations fought for freedom. Algeria gained independence from France but the OAS continued the conflict. There was strife in Burma and the Berlin Wall was in the news as refugees succeeded or failed to breach it. Telstar relayed the first transatlantic live signal. Marilyn Monroe died. The first James Bond movie, 'Dr. No', premiered. The Incredible Hulk appeared. Many air disasters featured in 1962. The Second Vatican Council convened. The term 'Personal Computer' was first mentioned in the media.

Showbiz

Elvis Presley was certainly Top of the Pops in 1962, holding the coveted No. 1 position for 27 of the 52 weeks, with four different songs, Rock a Hula Baby, Good Luck Charm, She's Not You and Return to Sender.

Number One Hits and weeks at No. 1

Strange on the Shore/ Mr. Acker Bilk 2

The Young Ones/ Cliff Richard 4

Rocka a Hula Baby/ Elvis 5

Wonderful Land/ The Shadows 1

Rock a Hula Baby/ Elvis 1

Wonderful Land/ The Shadows 3

Dream Baby / Roy Orbison 1

Wonderful Land/ The Shadows 1

Goodluck Charm/ Elvis 10

I Cant Stop Loving You/ Ray Charles 2

I Remember You/ Frank Ifield 5

She's Not You / Elvis 7

Telstar/ The Tornados 2

Lovesick Blues/ Frank Ifield 4

Return to Sender / Elvis 4

Top Ten Records of the Year

Good Luck Charm Elvis

Rock a Hula Baby Elvis

Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker

She's not you Elvis

Wonderful Land The Shadows

Devil Woman Marty Robbins

Telstar The Tornados

The Young Ones Cliff Richard

I'm looking out the window Cliff Richard

Lovesick Blues Frank Ifield

1962 Films

Days of Wine and Roses; Dr. No; Lawrence of Arabia; Lolita; The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner; The Longest Day; The Manchurian Candidate; To Kill a Mockingbird; Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Broadway Shows

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Captains and the Kings; Stop the World: I want to get off' Moby Dick; Long Day's Journey into Night.

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Gilbert and Sullivan group  1992 © SMcS

1992

Macroom

Billy Leahy and John Browne held the post of Chairman of the U.D.C. during 1992. Under the Local Government Act 1991, an allowance of £1,000 was granted to the Chairman of the U.D.C. on certification of expenses. It was decided that this should be strictly controlled so that the Chairman would not be 'subject to adverse comment'. Other members of the Council were Cllrs. Cullinane, Cors., Denis and Timothy Kelleher, Connie Murphy, Nora Murray and Stephen O'Connor. Hopes were expressed that work on the proposed Water Scheme, Housing Programme and Bypass would commence during the year. The controversy regarding Telecom's 'Local Call' limits from Macroom rolled on. Two hour parking restrictions were introduced. Problems arose about residents' parking rights and also for businesses in adjoining areas where the new restrictions did not apply. Who would enforce the parking restrictions was another thorny subject with the Gardai maintaining that a traffic warden should be employed. Antoinette Cremin, Aghabullogue was eventually appointed. Traffic lights were erected at Chapel Hill and there was a request for another set at Masseytown.  Macroom Golf Club applied to retain the bridge over the Sullane at Codrum and the exit on to the N22 from the 18 hole course. The newly established Macroom Enterprise Board (later to become the Lee Valley Enterprise Board) took over the running of the St. Patrick's Day parade. They also produced a Visitors' Guide to Macroom and the Lee Valley and this was launched by financier, Dermot Desmond. The Railway View festival was held in mid June and 10 visitors arrived from Macroom's twin town, Bubry. Martin FitzGerald and M. Bing were awarded medals in Bubry to mark their contribution to the twinning movement. The Church of Ireland building in Castle Street was handed over to the U.D.C. Macroom earned 184 marks in the Tidy Towns competition. A civic reception was accorded Macroom Minors, County Champions. Macroom Golf Club was extended to 18 holes. 

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At launch of Donoughmore G.A.A. History book  1992

Ireland

The Northern Troubles continued unabated in 1992. Charles Haughey resigned and Albert Reynolds was chosen as leader of Fianna Fáil. Proinnsias de Rossa formed the Democratic Left party, a breakaway from the Workers' Party. The Government was dissolved and Garrett Fitzgerald and Charles Haughey both retired from politics. Voting in the General Election resulted in a Fianna Fáil/ Labour coalition with Albert Reynolds as Taoiseach and Dick Spring as Tánaiste, Brian Cowen in Finance; Bertie Ahern in Industry and Commerce and Michael D. Higgins Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht. Linda Martin won the Eurovision Song Contest with Johnny Logan's 'Why Me?' in Sweden. Abortion legislation was very much in the news and there were three referenda on the question. Christy O'Connor Junior won the British Masters Golf Tournament. Unemployment stood at 290,000. Bishop Casey resigned in a media storm over the Annie Murphy debacle. Christine Buckley's interview on the Late Late Show highlighted the question of abuse in Industrial Schools. Donegal won their first All Ireland title, beating Dublin. Kilkenny beat Cork in the Hurling final. Boxer, Michael Carruth, won gold at the Barcelona Olympics.

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Stars of the 1962 Panto in Macroom  © Dennis Dinneen

World News

16 year old Tiger Woods became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years. Yugoslavia broke up and Croatia and Slovenia gained independence in 1992. Bosnia was established as a nation but war with Serbia broke out. John Major won a fourth consecutive term in office for the British Conservatives. The Rodney King riots broke out in Los Angeles. The Maastricht Treaty, which was to give birth to the euro, was signed. Galileo was de-excommunicated after 359 years.  Bill Clinton won the U.S. Presidency race, defeating the incumbent, George Bush. Women priests were first ordained in the Anglican Church. White South Africa voted to end apartheid. The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona. In a financial crisis culminating in Black Wednesday in September, the pound sterling and the Italian lira were forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was published.

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The Whitsun in Ballyvourney  1992 © SMcS

Showbiz  

Top musical performers in 1992 were Michael Jackson, U2, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns 'n Roses, Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Take That, The Cure, Genesis, Elton John, Annie Lennox, George Michael, Prince, The Prodigy, Diana Ross, Wet Wet Wet, Shakespeare Sister, Eric Clapton.
Songs you might remember from 1992 include When You tell me that You Love Me, Don't let the Sun go down on Me, Bohemian Rhapsody, These are the Days, Goodnight Girl, Stay, I'm Doing Fine Now, Viva Las Vegas, Temple of Love, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Everything About You, Barcelona, A Million Love Songs, I will Always Love You, Deeper and Deeper, Mysterious Ways, Smells like Teen Spirit, Under the Bridge, Black and White and Tears in Heaven.

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St. Mary's Basketball team  1992 © SMcS

1992 Stage and Screen

Top shows on Broadway included Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Crazy for You, Les Miserables, Will Rogers's Follies, Cats, Guys and Dolls, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Secret Garden, Man of La Mancha, A Streetcar Named Desire.

Top attractions in cinemas included Scent of a Woman, Unforgiven, Howard's End, Chaplin, Enchanted April, My Cousin Vinny, The Crying Game, Aladdin, The Bodyguard, Home Alone 2, Basic Instinct, Lethal Weapon 3, Batman Returns, A few Good Men, Sister Act, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Wayne's World.

Think before you ink

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McEgan College u-14 footballers 1992     © SMcS

Clubs and Associations

Mid Cork GAA 2012  

The 2012 GAA season in Mid Cork was notable for the victory of Kilmurry in the Junior 'A' Football championship after a lapse of  26 years; the victory of Grenagh in Junior Hurling after at last breaking the Cloughduv hold on that championship and the victory of Iveleary in the U 21 Mid Cork and County 'B' football championships. Blarney were strong in hurling, winning the U21 and Junior 'B' titles and Éire Óg won the 'B' and 'C'  junior football championship titles.
Board Cathaoirleach, JJ Long, is still in hospital in Dublin and the fervent hope of all in Mid Cork GAA is that he will very soon be home. A history of the GAA in Muskerry is being prepared and will be available before the end of 2013. All outgoing Board officers were returned unopposed for another year.

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Kilmurry, winners of Muskerry Junior A Football Championship  2012 ©

2012 Junior A Football Championship

Kilmurry and Iveleary were reckoned to be the two best teams in Mid Cork at the start of this year's championship and they justified their high ranking with impressive performances and both duly progressed to the final.
In the first round Kilmurry had little difficulty in defeating Clondrohid and understrength Iveleary had a great outing when beating a strong Ballincollig fifteen.  Inniscarra impressed with their win over Blarney; 2011 champions, Donoughmore, lost to Dripsey after a replay; Kilmichael had an easier than expected win over Aghinagh and Macroom defeated Ballinora for the second year in a row.  Aghinagh, Blarney and Donoughmore showed much improved form in winning their losers' round games but Donoughmore were then to lose to Kilmurry in the only third round encounter.
In the quarter finals, Aghinagh maintained their good form but Kilmurry were still too strong (0-12 to 0-8); Inniscarra were disappointed to lose to Kilmichael (0-8 to 0-7); Iveleary were too strong for a game Macroom side (2-11 to 1-6) and Dripsey were deserving winners over Blarney (1-11 to 0-7).
Kilmurry had an easier than expected win over Kilmichael in one semi final (0-13 to 0-7) while Iveleary had a bigger winning margin than expected over Dripsey in the other (2-14 to 0-11).

Kilmurry   1 – 15     Iveleary   1 – 11

Kilmurry ended their long wait for a Mid Cork title in an outstanding final at Annahala when they got the better of a fine Iveleary side who battled to the finish.  'Man of the Match' award winner, Kilmurry's William Buckley, made an immense contribution to the victory, scoring 1-8 of the winners' tally, his first half contribution of 1-6 when Kilmurry were playing against the wind being crucial.
Buckley opened the scoring with a Kilmurry point but Cathal Vaughan equalised for Iveleary; then Sean O'Leary put them in front and Buckley levelled for the winners.  Iveleary went back in front with two superb frees from Cork minor, Cathal Vaughan and they led by 0-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Buckley had a Kilmurry point and Ger McSweeney and James White exchanged points as the second quarter opened and two further points from Buckley saw Kilmurry regain the lead by the 21st minute.  A fine Buckley goal in the 23rd minute, created by the perseverance of Greg Barrett who chased a ball seemingly going wide, opened up a four point advantage, 1-6 to 0-5 but within minutes Vaughan set up Brian Cronin with a tremendous pass for an Iveleary goal which was soon followed by an equalising point from Edward Buckley.  William Buckley's point for Kilmurry separated the teams at the break, 1-7 to 1-6.
On the restart, Cathal Vaughan edged his side in front with two well taken points, one from a free, but Greg Barrett equalised and Buckley quickly restored Kilmurry's advantage. David O'Halloran had two points for Kilmurry but a Ger McSweeney score brought Iveleary back to within two points, 1-11 to 1-9, after 48 minutes, before Kilmurry put in a storming finish.  James White had a point; William Buckley kicked over his eighth point and White kicked a magnificent score from long range to ensure victory for Kilmurry after a brilliant, sporting, contest.
Kilmurry: Pat O'Callaghan: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Ian Murphy: James White, Eoin Creedon: Dominick Creedon, David O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley: James Kelleher, Greg Barrett, William Buckley.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Gerard O'Riordan, Kevin Manning, Kevin Hourihan: Barry Murphy, Donal Cotter, Shane Galvin: Edward Buckley, Daniel O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, Sean O'Leary: David Hourihan, Gerard McSweeney, Brain Cronin. Subs: Sean Lehane, Donal O'Sullivan.  Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Kilmurry subsequently progressed to the county final with wins over Ballinhassig and Ballyclough but lost to Rockchapel in the final, after a replay.  Kilmurry also won the Mid Cork Junior League Division One title and also took the Muskerry Cup, thus making a clean sweep of all the divisional competitions at A grade.
Éire Óg were another club to have had a very successful season in Mid Cork football.  They won the 'B' and the 'C' championships and also the Div Four league.
In U21, Iveleary had a memorable year, winning the 'B' county title after a great campaign; Ballincollig took the 'A' title; Naomh Abán had a great win in the 'C' championship and Kilmichael won the 'D' championship.  

2012 Junior A Hurling Championship

The two outstanding junior hurling teams in Mid Cork, Cloughduv and Grenagh, reached the divisional final, but this year Grenagh at last managed to be in front at the finish, defeating the reigning champions by a single point.
In Round 1 Cloughduv were too strong for promoted Kilmichael, Éire Óg defeated Aghabullogue after a replay; Grenagh were too good for Donoughmore; Ballincollig surprised Blarney and Ballinora were elated to defeat Inniscarra.  In the losers' round, Donoughmore defeated Kilmichael; Blarney got over Aghabullogue and Inniscarra had a bye. In the quarter finals, Ballinora defeated neighbours Ballincollig (1-12 to 0-8), Éire Óg had two points to spare over Inniscarra (3-8 to 3-6); Cloughduv beat Blarney (2-11 to 0-5) and Grenagh were too strong for Donoughmore (2-14 to 0-8).  In the semi finals, 'the big two' had relatively easy victories over spirited but outclassed opponents: Grenagh beat Ballinora (0-21 to 0-9) and Cloughduv accounted for Éire Óg (2-21 to 0-3) and thus the scene was set for the much anticipated final showdown.

Grenagh 1-15 Cloughduv 2-11
Grenagh were crowned Mid-Cork champions after a dramatic injury-time victory over Cloughduv at Ballincollig in a very exciting final.  Grenagh thus regained the Mid Cork crown after suffering narrow defeats by Cloughduv in the finals of 2010 and 2011. Grenagh started well with early points from Conor Fitzgerald and Seamus Coleman but Cloughduv hit back with a booted 6th minute goal from Brian Ahern.  Sean O'Connor added a point for the reigning champions but Grenagh hit back strongly and they led by 0-9 to 1-4 at the break.
Andrew Cronin's pointed free reduced the gap to the minimum on the restart but in the 34th minute Seamus Coleman was fouled; a penalty was awarded to Grenagh and Kelvin Cummins blasted the shot to the net to open up a four point lead.  Tom Kenny, excellent at centre forward for Grenagh, added a point, but Darren Kelly replied for Cloughduv in the 40th minute.  Tom Kenny again pointed but then Grenagh suffered a major setback when a defender was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.  Two points from Andrew Cronin frees increased the pressure on Grenagh but Tom Kenny came to their rescue with two morale boosting points to again leave five points between the teams with six minutes left.  Now came the drama as Darragh Ring slipped inside the cover for a superb Cloughduv goal and then Ring reduced the gap to a point as Cloughduv piled on the pressure. As the tension increased, Andrew Cronin struck over an equalising free on the stroke of full time and the momentum was with Cloughduv.  However, injury-time points from Seamus Coleman and Tom Kenny put Grenagh back in front and even though Sean O'Connor then reduced the deficit to a point, Cloughduv just could not get the equaliser. 
Grenagh: Mark Kenny; Liam Walsh, Ray Dorgan, Paul McCarthy; Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins; Niall O'Doherty, Dean Dalton; Colm O'Neill, Tom Kenny, Kevin O'Neill; Conor Fitzgerald, Seamus Coleman, Tadgh Walsh. Sub: John Russell (60).
Cloughduv: Colm Ryan; Tadhg McCarthy, Ger Ahern, Donal Cronin; William Ahern, Andrew Cronin, Denis O'Sullivan; Con Dunne, Liam Long; Sean O'Connor, Donal Corkery, James McCarthy; Brian Ahern, Darragh Ring, Darren Kelly. Subs: Tom O'Mahony(43), Ger Lucey(60).  Referee: Mr Peter Downey (Inniscarra).

Blarney won the the Junior 'B' title in a much delayed replay of their final with Gleann na Laoi and also took the U21 'A' title and the Mid Cork and County Junior 'B' league titles.  Ballinora won the U21 'B' championship.
In the Quish Cup, open to all grades in Mid Cork, Premier Intermediate side Blarney had a very narrow win over junior champions Grenagh, who also won the divisional league.  Cloughduv were divisional county league representatives and won the county final with a win over Sarsfields.


Cork County Championships

Senior Hurling: There was no club team from Muskerry in the senior hurling championship, divisional combination, Muskerry providing the only local direct interest.  Muskerry lost to Avondhu (1-18 to 1-13) and to CIT (2-16 to 0-5) and so were eliminated early on from the competition.

Premier Intermediate Hurling: Inniscarra, Blarney, Aghabullogue and Ballincollig were in this championship.
AGHABULLOGUE: Lost their Round 1 game to Bandon (4-16 to 0-11); Rd 2 to Tracton (0-21 to 1-12), Rd 3 to Newcestown (3-19 to 1-11) and were then relegated after losing the relegation play off to Watergrasshill on a 1-21 to 0-12 scoreline.
BALLINCOLLIG: Lost their Round 1 game to Kilbrittain (0-15 to 0-13); won their Rd 2 game against Watergrasshill (0-12 to 0-7) but lost in Rd 4 to Carrigaline (2-16 to 1-11).
BLARNEY: Won their opening round game against Castlelyons (1-15 to 0-12), and then won their Rd 4 game against Mallow (1-11 to 1-6).  In the quarter final they were beaten by Youghal on a 3-17 to 1-9 scoreline.
INNISCARRA: Valley Rovers were defeated in Round 1 (1-8 to 0-8) and again in the quarter final (1-12 to 1-10).  In the county semi final Ballinhassig proved too strong and won by 2-18 to 0-9 for 'Scarra.

Intermediate Hurling:  Dripsey and Éire Óg were the two Muskerry clubs competing.
DRIPSEY: Lost their opening round game to Meelin (1-15 to 0-9); lost to Barryroe (2-12 to 4-13) in rd 2 and  lost in rd. 3 to Dromina.  In the relegation play off, Dripsey came good and defeated Blackrock on a 2-14 to 1-14 scoreline. 
ÉIRE ÓG: Lost their opening round game to Charleville (0-20 to 0-19 after extra time), lost rd 2 to Kanturk (5-14 to 1-13), and then beat Blackrock in rd 3, (2-12 to 0-16).  In Round 4 Éire Óg lost to Fr. O'Neill's, 2-16 to 1-15 and so their interest was ended for this year.

Junior Hurling: Muskerry champions, GRENAGH lost in the opening round of the county to Brian Dillon's on a 0-14 to 0-13 scoreline.
In the 'B' County championship, IVELEARY lost to Randal Óg (0-18 to 1-5), and then to Gabriel Rangers (2-12 to 2-10). 
GLEANN na LAOI lost to Kilavullen (3-14 to 1-5) but then beat Belgooly (0-14 to 1-7).  In Round three, Gleann lost to Lough Rovers on a 2-13 to 3-4 scoreline.

Under 21 Hurling: BLARNEY, Muskerry champions, were defeated by eventual champions Blackrock in the county quarter final, 4-17 to 1-9.

Senior Football: BALLINCOLLIG; Won the opening round against Ilen Rovers (1-15 to 0-5) but  lost to Carbery Rangers in Round 4, 2-9 to 0-10.
MUSKERRY: defeated Imokilly 1-20 to 0-5 in the divisional section but then lost to Avondhu 0-9 to 0-5 and exited the competition.

Premier Intermediate Football: BALLINORA: Lost their opening round game to Naomh Abán (1-12 to 0-9) and their second round game to Carrigaline (2-9 to 1-9).  Beat Mayfield in Round 3 (4-10 to 1-6) but lost to St Michael's in rd. 4 on a 3-12 to 0-4 scoreline.
BÉAL Átha'n GHAORTHAIDH: After extra time in Round 1, defeated Mayfield (0-19 to 3-8), drew with Naomh Abán in rd 4, (1-10 to 0-13) but lost the replay 2-7 to 1-9.
MACROOM: Lost their Rd. 1 game to eventual champions, St Vincent's (2-9 to 0-9); lost in rd 2 to Glenville after extra time (0-15 to 0-12) and then lost to Kinsale in rd 3 (1-10 to 1-11).  Macroom saved their status with a win over Mayfield in the relegation play off, 2-15 to 1-4.
NAOMH ABÁN: Defeated Ballinora in rd 1 (1-12 to 0-9), drew with Béal Átha in rd. 4, 0-13 to 1-10 and then won the replay (2-7 to 1-9).  In the quarter final, St Vincent's won on a 2-12 to 0-13 scoreline.

Intermediate Football: AGHABULLOGUE: lost to Canovee in rd 1 (2-8 to 1-8), and beat Cloyne in rd 2 (1-11 to 1-8).  Lost to Cill na Martra in Rd 4, 1-15 to 0-5.
CANOVEE: Defeated Aghabullogue in Round 1 (2-18 to 1-8) but lost to Ballydesmond in rd 4, 1-17 to 0-13.
CILL na MARTRA: Lost to Ballydesmond in rd 1 (1-12 to 0-8) but won in rd 2 against Glanmire (1-13 to 0-10).  In rd 4, Cill na Martra defeated Aghabullogue (1-15 to 0-5) but lost to Éire Og in the county semi final on a score of 1-12 to 1-9.
GRENAGH: Defeated Kilavullen in rd 1 (1-18 to 0-7) but lost to eventual county champions Castletownbere in rd 4, 2-6 to 1-7.
ÉIRE ÓG: Defeated Cloyne in the opening game (1-12 to 1-5).  In rd 4 beat Kildorrery (3-11to 1-10), and Ballydesmond in the quarter final (0-20 to 0-7).  In the semi final Cill na Martra were defeated by 1-12 to 1-9 but in the county final Éire Óg lost to Castletownbere by two points, 1-12 to 0-13.  

Junior Football: In the 'A' championship KILMURRY beat Ballinhassig 0-9 to 1-3 and then beat Ballyclough in the semi final by 2-12 to 1-10.  In the final against Rockchapel, the first game was a draw, 0-7 to 1-4 but the Rock won the replay by 1-7 to 0-7. 

Under 21 Football: BALLINCOLLIG, Muskerry 'A' champions, lost to Carrigaline in the quarter final by 2-6 to 0-11.
IVELEARY, Muskerry 'B' champions, won the county 'B' title, defeating Gabriel Rangers in the semi final 0-27 to 1-8 and Kildorrery in the final 1-14 to 1-7.

Macroom GAA

2012 started with much promise when the Premier Intermediate footballers reached the Tom Creedon Cup Final for the first time in ten years by recording victories over Canovee and Ballinora and an impressive win over Mallow after-extra-time. However, they lost out to Mayfield 0-10 to 1-10 in the final and that result set the tone for what turned out to be a disappointing season. They lost to St. Vincent's 0-09 to 2-09 in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Championship. In the second round, Glenville won , 0-15 to 0-12 after extra-time. This led Macroom to a third round tie against Kinsale. Trailing 0-02 to 1-06 at halftime, they fought back to draw level and were unlucky to succumb to a 63rd minute winning point by Kinsale. Three losses led to a dreaded relegation play-off against Mayfield. But a positive result, 2-15 to 1-04, ensured Macroom's Premier Intermediate status for 2013. The Junior A footballers came joint 2nd in the Muskerry Division 2 League and competed strongly in Championship, defeating Ballinora 1-12 to 0-04 before bowing out to Iveleary in the quarter-final 1-06 to 2-11. The Junior C's finished mid-table in the Division 4 League and were defeated in a first round championship thriller, 3-11 to 3-13, by Inniscarra. Macroom U21's were defeated in the opening Group game of Championship by Aghabullogue, but went on to defeat Aghinagh, Blarney and Clondrohid. In the Mid-Cork 'B' Semi-Final v Iveleary, Macroom lost 0-08 to 1-14. The Minor footballers lost to Clonakilty in the opening round of Championship and to Fermoy in the second round. The performances of the u16 & u15 footballers throughout the year and the u14s winning the Mary Casey Memorial Cup will be a source of hope for future success for Macroom. In the Championship, the u16s won in extra-time over Glenville and reached the Eastern u16 Semi-Final, which they were unlucky to lose to Passage by one point having been on top for much of the game. They went to Croke Park to see Cork v Donegal in the All-Ireland Semi-Final and played Lucan Sarsfields on the morning of the game and drew with their hosts. The u15s were also very competitive in the league this year but unfortunately injuries to key players meant a Championship loss to Valley Rovers in October. Macroom u14s were defeated by Kilta Og in Championship but were competitive in the League. Macroom u12s were also very competitive and benefited from weekly 'Skills Nights' organised by Noel Twomey.
Off the field, Macroom GAA has secured a grant of €70,000 under Sports Capital Programme Funding for the development of floodlighting at the Castle Grounds. Macroom GAA has elected two new chairmen. John O'Mahony, the Club's longtime PRO, takes over from Paddy Murphy as Club Chairman, while Patrick Goold takes over from Liam Linehan as the Juvenile Chairman. The Juvenile Club also has a new secretary in John Ryan and new treasurer in Tony O'Sullivan. The club has also become very active in social media and you can keep update on club news by 'liking' the Macroom GAA facebook page (www.facebook.com/macroomgaa) or 'following' us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MacroomGAA). We would like to sincerely thank all the team trainers, players, committee members, parents and Club members for their time and commitment throughout 2012 and also the people of Macroom for their continued support. We look forward to a successful season in 2013. Finally, we would like to thank the Lee Valley Outlook for their coverage of Macroom GAA matters. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-Michael Cahill, Macroom PRO

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Macroom Senior Football team and representatives, County Champions 1962   © Lee Valley Outlook

Golden Jubilee for Macroom Senior County Champions

Macroom won their 10th County Senior Football Championship in 1962. They drew city side Seandún in the first round and had a big win, 2-10 to 0-1, at Coachford in late April.  Pat O'Sullivan and Owen Lynch were the goal scorers.  In the second round (quarter final) against Millstreet at Coachford on the last Sunday in June, Macroom proved their worth in a tough encounter, winning 1-11 to 0-5 s.  The Macroom defence was magnificent with the O'Callaghan brothers, Timmy and Jimmy, Mick Goold and Dan Murray proving unbeatable. Macroom defeated U.C.C. by 1-9 to 0-8 in the county semi final in Coachford on 2nd September, winning the battle at midfield where Niall Fitzgerald and Pat O'Sullivan were dominant.  Mick Goold was outstanding at centre back and Mick Dunphy sound in goals.  Jimmy O'Donoghue started this game at half back, the only change from the quarter final, and Frank Herins replaced the injured Owen Lynch in the first half. Thus the scene was set for a county final joust with Muskerry who had defeated St. Finbarr's, Urhan, Mitchelstown and St Nicholas on the path to their first county final. Over 13,000 patrons were  present at the Cork Athletic Grounds for the clash of the neighbours.  Macroom won a tough, free riddled encounter on a score of  3-4 to 1-4.  John 'Farmer' Murphy, placed by Hugo Casey, had the ball in the Muskerry net for Macroom's first goal after four minutes and Mick Goold and Niall Fitzgerald combined for the latter to punch a second goal for Macroom after 16 minutes.  Owen Lynch chipped in with a point and Macroom led by 2-1 to 0-3 at half time.  Pato Galvin had a goal for Muskerry on the resumption.  Owen Lynch and Seamus McCarthy swapped points; Pat O'Sullivan and Eric Ryan pointed to extend the Macroom lead to three points.  Muskerry were on the attack looking for the equalising goal when Macroom's Ritchie Graham blasted a superb shot past Sean Mac Suibhne in the Muskerry goal, ending Muskerry's hopes and Macroom went on to hold their two goal advantage to the finish of a turbulent game.
Macroom: Mick Dunphy: Jimmy O'Callaghan, Timmy O'Callagahan, Dan Murray: Jimmy O'Donoghue, Mick Goold, Tim O'Leary: Pat O'Sullivan, Niall Fitzgerald: Joe O'Brien, Eric Ryan, Owen Lynch: John Murphy, Hugh Casey, Richard Graham. Subs: Nicholas Dromey for the injured Mick Goold, and Paddy O'Connor, Con O'Callaghan, James Kelleher, John O'Callaghan, Mickey Dunne, Mick Ahern, Pat Kiely, Henry Ward.  Sean O'Riordan, who had played in the earlier rounds, missed the final as he was by then based in Dublin.  The Macroom selectors were Dan O'Callaghan, Denis J O'Brien, Johnny Quinlan, and team captain Hugh Casey. Eamonn Young trained the team for the final. 
Muskerry: Sean Mac Suibhne (Beal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Gerry Galvin (BAG), Owen Moynihan (BAG), Des Nangle (Ballincollig): Donal Buckley (Ballincollig), Denis O'Mahony (Kilmichael)Gerard Buckley (Our Lady's Hospital): Denis McCarthy  (Kilmichael), Dan O'Sullivan (Kilmichael): Kieran Murphy (Canovee), Pat Galvin (Muskerry Gaels), Dáithí Mac Suibhne (Kilmichael):  Kevin O'Sullivan (Canovee), Seamus McCarthy (Kilmichael), Dónal Murphy (Cill na Martra). Subs: Teddy O'Mahony (Canovee), William White (Aghinagh), Christy Goggin (Aghinagh), Dónal McSweeney (Cill na Martra), JJ Henchion (Canovee).  JJ also trained the team for the final.
Seamus and Denis McCarthy and Dónal Buckley were to win a county medal at last in 1970 when Muskerry defeated Nemo Rangers in the final.

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St. Val's team, winners of County Senior B title 2012 ©

St. Val's Football Club

St. Val's had a good 2012, retaining the Senior B county and the Munster plate after defeating Mourneabbey in the County final and Dungarvan in the Munster plate final. They lost out to Mourneabbey in the League final. .In the County championship they defeated Erin's Own/ Carrigtwohill and Mourneabbey. Donoughmore were the opponents at the quarter final stage and having led at half time, they lost by 2 points. The Juniors lost to Fermoy in round 1 and Inch Rovers in round 2. The Minor team won the Premier County for the first time in eight years when they defeated Mourneabbey. The under 16 team retained the Premier A County for the third year in a row, defeating Boherbue in the final and Douglas in the divisional final. Having over 35 players under 14, it was decided to have two teams at this grade. Both teams reached county finals but lost narrowly to Fermoy in the A county and Clan na nGael in the D county. They also represented Cork in the Féile in Laois/Offaly where they were beaten by the eventual winners. The under 12 team also won the A county, defeating Glanmire. They also defeated Eire Óg in the Mid Cork final. The under 11 & 13 teams won both Mid Cork finals against Nemo and Eire Óg respectively. The club held functions at the Lee Valley golf club in October for both the adult and juvenile  teams. Cork players Briege Corkery and captain, Rena Buckley, presented an array of trophies and medals.. The club would like to thank all its sponsors and all who supported the annual Christmas draw. Thanks also to Canovee, Kilmurry and Cloughduv GAA clubs for allowing the use of their pitches. Well done to all involved in the club - the players, trainers and committee members and parents for making 2012 one of the most successful years in the club's history. We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2013.
Roll of Honour: 2012 Mid Cork titles in Under 11, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14, Under 16. 2012 County titles in Senior B, Minor A, U16 A, U12 A. 2012 Munster title. Munster senior plate.

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 De la Salle team, winners of the Simcox Cup Cork Colleges Senior A Football final, defeating Rochestown College © Pat Walsh 

Another Simcox Cup for De la Salle

De La Salle, Macroom  0 – 11   St Francis, Rochestown  1 – 7

The final of the Rochestown Park Hotel Simcox Cup  (Cork Colleges Senior 'A'Football championship) 2012 produced as dramatic a finish as one could witness and happily, it was the De La Salle boys who were smiling at the final whistle.  Rochestown were comfortably in front at half time, enjoying a 1-7 to 0-4 lead, and no one could deny that they were worth every point of their advantage.  The city boys had been far more aggressive, using their physical advantage to good effect, and had the DLS defence stretched on numerous occasions.  After the interval however, the Mid Cork boys were much improved and largely eliminated their own errors.  They won the midfield battle increasingly and their backs defended heroically on occasions.  Up front they managed some fine scores, to gradually eat into the Rochestown lead and were only a point adrift with 12 minutes to go, 0 – 9 to 1 – 7.  With only a minute to go on the clock, up stepped Patrick Lucey to kick an awkward 30 metre free from the left wing and the DLS place-kicker was not found wanting, sending the ball straight and true over the Rochestown crossbar to level the scores as the game moved into injury time.  DLS, one feels, would gladly have settled for a draw at this stage but fortune favoured them once again.  A Rochestown free from the half way line broke between two players and Barry O'Leary was on to the ball like a shot and spotting John Murphy all alone on the right wing, delivered a perfect pass.  John Murphy soloed down the wing and then crossed into the centre, clearing a tackle before sending over a glorious winning point to send the DLS team and supporters into a frenzy.  Rochestown were gutted and one could easily understand their emotions, their forwards having failed to score even a single point in the second half.
DLS started with a flourish with Peter Kelleher and Patrick Lucey scoring early points but Rochestown hit back with a well worked 5th minute goal and added three points before the first quarter ended and another in the 17th minute that put them five points clear. DLS needed a score and Pádraig Berhanu obliged in the 18th minute but back came Rochestown again with a further brace of points and when Patrick Lucey pointed for DLS in  the 23rd minute, Rochestown replied with another point to leave them 1-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break. DLS introduced Sean O'Sullivan, recovering from injury, to midfield for the second half to partner Peter Kelleher, with Barry O'Leary to assist.  Seven minutes elapsed before DLS got a score, a point from a Patrick Lucey free, but three minute later Pádraig Berhanu scored a quality point from play and the DLS revival was gathering momentum.  A scoreless six minutes followed before DLS hit over three points in as many minute, James Moynihan, Patrick Lucey and Peter Kelleher the scorers, and there was now only a single point between the teams. When DLS were awarded a last minute free from 30 metres range and from a difficult angle.  Patrick Lucey held his nerve and his well struck free went sailing over the centre of the Rochestown crossbar to level the scores.  John Murphy's point a minute later was the icing on the cake and a fitting climax for a marvellous second half revival after all had seemed lost.  
De la Salle, Macroom: Dylan Dinneen (Macroom): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Ciarán Noonan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh): Adam Healy (Kilmurry), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Shane Creedon (Macroom): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): Pádraig Berhanu (Kilmurry), James Moynihan (Canovee), William Coakley (Aghinagh): Patrick Lucey (Macroom), John Murphy (Macroom ), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry). Subs: Sean O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue) (half time) and Michael Dunne (Canovee), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Shane Foley (Kilmichael), James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Cathal O'Mahony (Macroom), Michael J Grainger (Kilmurry), Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Brendan O'Sullivan (Macroom), Don Creedon (Macroom), Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Pádraig Hinchion (Kilmurry).  DLS are managed by staff member, Eric Graham and  school principal, Noel Dunne. Mr Mick Evans, Chairman of Cork Colleges, presented the Simcox Cup to DLS captain Patrick Lucey, the third time in four years that DLS have taken the premier championship in Cork colleges football.    

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Clondrohid Bowling Club 1992   © SMcS

Aghinagh Juvenile GAA

The juvenile club had a good year, fielding teams from under12 to minor and playing a total of 47 games in the Eastern region, with marvellous matches also at under 10 and 8 levels. 2012 began with a Minor medal presentation by Paddy Kelly to our County Champions  2011 in Tigh Uí Laoire. The football leagues started in February. Our u13s reached the final, where they narrowly lost to a strong Canovee team. In championship they were defeated by Sliabh Rua at the quarter final stage. The u14 team got to the league  semi final but were beaten by a formidable Sliabh Rua side. They lost the championship final by 2 points to Canovee . Our u15s were knocked out of the championship at the semi final stage by Western Gaels but won the League, Crosshaven giving a walk over in the final. The u16 team lost both championship and league to Cill na Martra but Aghinagh minors won the league after extra time against  Cill na Martra and the championship  against Carrignavar. However they lost the county semi-finals - to Castlehaven in the league and to Gabriel Rangers in the championship. Our u12s were star performers in 2012, defeating Cill na Martra in the final. The u10s participated in the Dromtarriffe blitz and got to the final of the Neilly Twomey Cup. The u8s also show great promise. The fact that all teams got to the knock out stages of the league and were very competitive in thechampionships is very satisfying. The club held a fun weekend at the end of October, with a football blitz, treasure hunt, BBQ, and fancy dress disco. The "Cic Fada" is on St Stephen's day, going from Rusheen to Bealnamorrive. Thank you to everyone who helps our club - players, trainers, parents, officers, board reps etc. We look forward to a successful 2013.

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Civic reception for Macroom Minors, County Champions 1992  © SMcS

Crookstown United

Crookstown United was formed in 2004 and currently plays in the Division 1 West Cork League. We would like to thank  Micheál and Caroline Crowley for the continued use of the playing field known as Crowley Park and the past land owners for the use of their land. We would like to thank our main sponsors, The Cornerstone Bar, and all the local  businesses  for their continued support. Finally we would like to wish all our supporters, family and friends a very happy and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to your continued support for 2013.
Roll of Honour: 05/06 Season Division 1 Cup Winners; 06/07 Season Division 1 League and Cup Winners; 09/10 Season Division 2 Cup Winners.

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Cill na Martra Junior Football team  1992  © SMcS

An Outstanding Year for Muskerry A.C.

What a year West Muskerry A.C. has had.  The achievements are endless with the club winning West Cork titles, County Titles, Munster Titles and All Ireland Titles in both individual and team events.  The club has continued to grow, with 187 members now registered.  Our coaches are fantastic and all the children continue to come to training in all sorts of weather, where they have a chance to meet their friends and have fun while exercising. The club encourages all the children to try their best and realise that taking part is more important than winning medals all the time. Just crossing the finish line makes a true athlete.  The coaches provide guidance and encouragement which brings out the best in the athletes and the team spirit can be seen wherever we go. The coaches, Gerard Moynihan, Collette O'Riordan, Sean Ó Lionaird, Joanne O'Riordan, Cathleen Dullea, Ursula McDonagh, Jim Lucey, Eva Cabrajas and Ann O'Dwyer would like to thank all the officers of the club, the parents and the children themselves for making our club the happiest, most talented and enjoyable club to be part of.

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 Macroom U-14 Footballers, County Champions  1992 © SMcS

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

Poor weather conditions notwithstanding, all major competitions were played and keenly contested. The winning team in the Club League consisted of Maureen Foley, Colm Healy, Dan Foley, Michael Dunlea, Sean O'Leary and P.J. Curtin. The Club Strokeplay was won by Michael Dunlea, best Nett and Colm Healy best Gross. The William Perrott Perpetual Trophy was again won by Michael Dunlea with Brendan Swanton taking second and Kevin O'Donovan in third place. The President's prize was won by Maureen Foley, with Michael Dunlea Best Gross. The Captain's prize was won by Ann Barrett with Peter Creed in second place. The Life Vice-President's Perpetual Trophy was won by Christine Swanton with Gross going to Dan Kiely. The Open Competition during the August weekend drew players from 20 clubs and many counties. Thomas Lynch from the ESB Club won the Scratch Cup. Dan Kiely won the National over 55's Intermediate Strokeplay. Officers for 2013 are President Brendan Swanton; Chairman Dan Kiely; Secretary Dan Cronin; Treasurer Kevin O'Donovan; Captain Michael Dunlea. The unexpected death of our Hon. Life President and founder member, Dan Foley, brought grief to all. Dan was responsible for the success of the club since its formation and we offer Maureen and family our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

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Ballingeary, Mid Cork Junior A Football champions 1992  © SMcS

Lee Valley Basketball Club

Lee Valley Basketball, founded in 2007 continues to grow in terms of players and adult membership, with five teams U10, U12, U14,U16 and U18 competing successfully in Cork League and Championship except for U10 which is non-competitive. (See League Tables on corkbasketball.com.) We also cater for U11 and U13 boys who play challenges and tournaments. The club is very grateful to its main sponsor, Foras na Gaeilge, and because of the sponsorship deal the club has made every effort to promote the Irish language within the club and also in the wider community. To date we had a very successful Halloween Bingo. We are also holding an Oíche Cheoil over Christmas and Tráth na gCeist for Seachtain na Gaeilge. At present the club is also running a very successful Ciorcal Cainte in Macroom Sports Centre for players from 6:30 to 7:30 every Wednesday.
The club trains every Wednesday and Friday in Kilmurry and every Wednesday and Thursday in Macroom. Anybody interested in joining as a player or in promoting the Irish language in the Lee Valley area should contact 085 7516908 after 6pm.

Tá an club cispheile bunaithe le beagnach sé bliana. Bíonn seans ag na himritheorí an Gaeilge a úsáid nuair a bhíonn siad ag traenáil agus nuair a bhíonn siad ag imirt cluichí.Tá ciorcal cainte ar siúl gach Céadaoin  san Ionad Spóirt i Máighcromtha. Bíonn eachtraí éagsúla as Gaeilge ar siúl mar shampla Bingo, Oíche Cheoil agus Tráth na gCeist.

To teach is to learn again

Clondrohid Community

Development Group: This small but active group continues to keep the village of Clondrohid neat and tidy. Their year starts with an Adult Party; then, with the help of the R.S S. worker, Johnny, the village is maintained litter free, grass cut, hedges trimmed. They enter the Tidy Towns and have increased their marks consistently. They help at the annual Corpus Christi procession, and they prepare the Carraig a Staighre graveyard for the annual commemorative mass. In October they hold their annual sponsored walk to raise funds. They help to tidy the graveyard for the annual prayers in November. This year they organised a cookery demonstration for Christmas and made a donation to Macroom Hospital. A Christmas tree is purchased, erected and illuminated every year. There are plans to purchase lighting for the village next Christmas. The Development Group would like to wish all in the parish a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013. A big welcome home to anybody visiting for the Christmas.
Showstoppers: This renowned group, under the able baton of Catherine Long, has been enthralling young and old in the Community Hall every Easter with their heart stopping performances. Rehearsals are already in full swing for next year's show. This talented group also takes part in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Macroom.
Gurrrane N.S.: took part in many quizzes and were very successful also in Sciath na Scoil. Well done to all.
Clann Aire: A landmark in any village, well known for its care to all age groups. Gobnait and her team are involved in many fundraising events during the year.
Bingo, Cards and Lotto: are run with great care and diligence every year.. A big thank you to all who help and subscribe.
Bazaar: This annual event is ably organised by The Hall Committee and the Parents Association.
G.A.A. Unfortunately, Clondrohid G.A.A. club didn't win any silverware this year but competed widely in football and hurling. U15 footballers got to the county semi-final against Kiskeam and the U15 hurlers lost to Dripsey in the county final. The U16 footballers were moved up to grade "B" and beaten by Kilnamartyra. The year came to a very sad end with the loss of a star player, Shane Murphy . Friends and team mates alike will mourn his loss and we express our deepest sympathy to his dad, Dan, mom Marguerite, brothers Neilus, Daniel, Colin and sister Caoimhe and all his large extended family. He was a star of the future. Many thanks to all the clubs, far and wide, who expressed their sympathies to Shane's family. Anyone who was lucky enough to witness him on the field of play in both hurling and football will know the level of his many talents. The large numbers that attended his funeral and all those who gave freely of their time to help out during this sad time speaks volumes of the esteem in which he and his family are held by all Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.

Coachford Community

2012 was a huge year for Coachford. The Community Council celebrated the community's achievers, those people who work so hard in Community Development, Sport and Industry. February saw the launch of plans to develop a three kilometer river bank walk and a fishing area along the northern bank of the River Lee. Two very successful fundraisers were run during 2012 and more are planned to help part fund this €150,000 plus project.  Resurfacing of the eastern and western approaches to the village helped to improve the appearance of Coachford. The Tidy Towns group were proactive, making the village a tidier and more pleasant place, with regular clean ups, aided by TÚS worker, Martin Coughlan. Broomhill Vintage Club held their third Coachford Autumn Festival. Kelly Browne from Canovee was crowned Queen of the Festival and more than €4,000 was donated to charity. Coachford celebrated Olive Loughnane's participation in the London Olympics; the various victories of Coachford Soccer Club, Aghabullogue GAA Club and Shannon Murphy and Emma Flannigan's Gold Tae Kwan do medals and Nicola Doherty cycling 300km around Munster to raise funds for Brainwave. The Drama Group performed two one act plays in April and came 3rd in the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals in December. The Church was busy with first Holy Communion ,a wonderful Corpus Christi procession and many beautiful weddings. The Coachford Farmers Market continued to gain popularity and Coachford Grow it Yourself came into being. The Community Council continues with their plans to draw up Village designs for the three villages. Coachford has many challenges ahead in 2013 but the community is a vibrant one and everyone is looking forward to improving one of the busiest and larger villages in the Lee Valley.

The secret is to become wise before you get old.

Macra Na Feirme

Berrings Macra had a busy year with activities such as carol singing, entertaining senior citizens, sports nights and debating. Members thoroughly enjoyed taking part in all 6 key areas of Macra. They reached seven national finals and scooped five national titles. From coming 2nd in the FBD Capers Final to winning the Bord Bia Senior Beef Stock Judging, Berrings Macra truly is a dynamic club. Other achievements include NTC All Ireland's, Capers Best Female Performer, Best Act, Best Producer and International Miss Macra Title. The club is also involved at community level, organising charity fundraising events for local, national and international charities. Club weekends away contribute to camaraderie. Berrigns Macra is looking for new members, just contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 1056156. Happy Christmas to all and best wishes for the year ahead. "

The display of the status symbols is usually a result of low self - esteem.

Coiste na mBailte Slachtmhara Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh

Míle buíochas as an gcabhair go léir a fuaireamar ó gach éinne arís i mbliana. Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil le Comhairle Contae Chorcaí agus oibrithithe na Scéime Sóisialta agus Gaeltachta. Buíochas le gach éinne a phioc bruscar ar na bóithre, a bhailigh agus a dheonaigh sean-mhiotal, a dheisigh Casadh na Spride, a d'oibrigh taobh leis an droichead, a cheannaigh, a chur agus a choimeád bláthanna agus a fholmhaigh na boscaí bruscar sa tsráid. Buíochas ach go háirithe leis na daltaí scoile ar fad ó Scoil Fhionnbarra a bhailigh bruscar sa tsráid ar an rota rialú bruscair agus le muintir na háite a thug faoi mionoibreacha glantacháin eile mórthimpeall na háite. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise le gach éinne a chabhraigh linn. Beidh bhur gcuid cabhrach agus comhoibrithe á lorg again arís sa bhliain nua.

When you judge others you are revealing your own fears and prejudices.

Lee Valley Enterprise Board News

Christmas in Macroom started in great style with the switch on of the lights by Mayor Owen McCarthy on Friday the 7th. With over 25 stalls and the weather favourable, it was unanimously agreed that it was not only the best but the biggest crowd ever in town for the "switching on". All members' shops remained open and business was very brisk. We hope that this will be an annual event and would like to take the opportunity to thank Macroom Town Council members and its staff for their tremendous support to the Enterprise Board in putting this event together. It would not be possible without their assistance. Míle Buíochas.

At the request of the Lee Valley Enterprise Board, Macroom Town Council has granted 2 hour FREE Parking in the town until New Year's Eve. Please note that the 2 hour free parking will be strictly monitored and we would be grateful if all motorists would respect this.

Our next FREE draw for 10 X €50 vouchers will take place on December 22nd. All you have to do is shop at any of our participating members' businesses. We will publish a list of all the winners in the January 10 edition of the Lee Valley Outlook.

Please, please, please shop local if at all possible this Christmas. We can't emphasise enough the importance of this and we keep on repeating it, but it's important to know that shopping locally DOES sustain jobs and, with the recession biting hard, it's important that we try to stick together as a community.

Christmas Grief

Look out for those grieving this Christmas. Many people suffer in silence. Christmas is difficult for many as they feel lonely after losing a loved one during the year. Christmas is seen as a family time, a time of reunions and there is an expectation that people will be cheerful but for someone who is still grieving, their loss is emphasised. There are tell-tale signs that someone is suffering at Christmas: outgoing people avoiding parties; changes in eating and sleeping habits; mood swings; letting personal appearance go.
Encourage people to talk and listen to them. If they don't feel comfortable talking to you suggest they talk to someone else - a friend, their doctor or a counsellor. Don't be afraid to name the person who is no longer with them. Ask them what they think might help or invite them to plan ahead to get through the holiday.

Tips for those grieving over Christmas

Take time to plan for the holiday, if possible, do something very different;Surround yourself with whatever brings you comfort and a sense of wellbeing e.g. listening to music;Watch comedies on TV;Exercise, wrap up and brave the elements, fresh air is healthy and invigorating;Avoid alcohol ;Talk to someone about how you are feeling.

It's not how far you fall but how high you bounce

Crime Prevention

Crime can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Therefore it is very important that you and your property are protected at all times. Burglars like easy opportunities. If they have to make a lot of noise, spend a lot of time or risk being seen, the chances are they won't bother. The following is a check list to ensure your home is burglar proof:

Ensure all windows and doors are properly fitted and equipped with secure locking systems. Glass panelled doors should be reinforced and shatter resistant.Lock all doors and secure all windows when away from home, even when you are out in the yard or garage. This also applies for outhouses and garages.Do not leave spare keys under mat, flowerpots etc. They will be found by burglars and used to gain entry.Avoid leaving large amounts of cash at home.Sensor lights are great deterrents and illuminate visitors and the outside of the house during the hours of darkness. External lighting should be placed outside every door and dark spot around the home.Ensure hedging and trees are trimmed so as burglars cannot hide behind them and they can be seen from the road by other road users.Ensure tools, machines and other high value items are stored in garages or sheds that are securely padlocked to prevent removal.Ensure your home always looks like someone is at home.Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars.

Some burglars will try to trick their way into your home on a pretext or create a diversion so that an accomplice can sneak in separately. You should always be wary of strangers calling to your home. Take precautions:

Do not open the door to anyone before you've checked who it is and what they want. Use your door viewer and chain/limiter.Check identification.Do not leave strangers unattended at your door step.Ensure your back door is locked when you answer a call at the front door.

Gardai at Macroom Garda station would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and new year.

Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks.

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