Macroom from Ard na Gréine © Lee Valley Outlook
Aran knitting display from Thurs. Aug. 15.
September Art Exhibition: Canovee Art Group
Adult Bookclub Wed. 4th September.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Sept. 5. 11 am -1p.m.
Castle Hotel every Tuesday night from 10p.m.
Mills Inn every Thursday night from 10p.m.
Abbey Hotel every Saturday night from 10p.m.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Town Hall Gallery, Macroom: 'Catena' Art Exhibition to Aug. 24. Opening hours Tues. – Sat. 10.30am – 5.30pm.
ACR Heritage lecture at Coachford N.S. at 2p.m. Sat. Aug. 24.
Silver Grove: Walk from Toon's Bridge at 1.30 p.m on Sat. Aug. 24
Ballingeary Show: 49th annual show, Sun. Aug. 25.
Macroom F.C. family fun day and Mini World Cup final, Aug. 25, in Murrayfield 2 -5pm..
Mushera Platform Dance Sun. Aug. 25 from 3-6 p.m.
Donoughmore Macra 6 hour trad session August 25 from 6pm
Sullane Bridge Club reopens Tues. Sept. 10 at 7.45 pm in The Castle Hotel.
Book Launch: Michael Galvin will launch his 15th book in KilmurrySchool on Tues. Sept. 10 at 8.30p.m.
Sponsored Cycle: Sept. 29 from Ballincollig and "High Nellie" cycle from FarranVillage to Ballincollig.
Descendants of poet and patriot, Peter Golden, with a collection of his books at Macroom Library ©Lee Valley Outlook
A group of seventeen, fourteen of them direct descendants of Peter Golden, actor, poet, orator, journalist, playwright and patriot, convened at Macroom Library on August 6 to view a collection of books and papers from his personal library. These were given to the National Library by Peter's daughter, Eithne Golden Sax, and are now preserved for the people of Macroom and the Lee Valley and are curated by Cork County library. The group, made up of four of Peter's grandchildren and their partners, and ten great grandchildren, many of whom were visiting Ireland for the first time, came from North and South California, New Jersey and Israel. Peter Golden Katz from Israel was leader of the group.
It is fitting that the collection is housed in Macroom since Peter Golden 1877 – 1926 had very strong links with the Lee Valley. He was the youngest child born to Terence and Honorah Golden, Masseytown. His family was very involved in the struggle for Irish freedom. His grandfather, John Golden, came from Inchigeela, and his grandmother, Catherine McSwiney of Kilmurry, was grandaunt of tragic Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence McSwiney. Peter's father, Terence, was a teacher of the classics, at first in Donoughmore and later in Macroom. His Latin school at Lackabawn was provided by Famine priest, Canon Michael Lane and was located in an extension to the Post Office. Terence married Honorah McCarthy, daughter of a Donoughmore Cross vintner, in Stuake church and postmaster, Patrick O'Regan, was bestman at the wedding. Honorah died soon after the birth of her 7th child, Peter, and the baby was cared for by Nancy Corcoran, Annaganihy, Rylane . A close connection between the families lives on to this day. Terence Golden died when Peter was just 8 and he and his brother, John, went to school in Knocknagoun. His sisters were sent abroad to be educated and they settled in America. Peter worked on the farm of a cousin, Johnny Tom Gleeson, poet and satirist, until he went to Missouri in 1901, his sister, Catherine, providing money for the passage. He studied Elocution and Dramatic Art but his passionate interest in his native land saw him devoting most of his energies to promoting Irish freedom. He founded the first Sinn Fein branch in the U.S., published Irish newspapers and fundraised incessantly for the cause. While siding with the Republicans, he was deeply disturbed by the Civil War and came back to Ireland to try to broker a ceasefire. His health suffered greatly and he died in 1926, leaving his wife, Helen, with three young children, Terence 1917 and his twin sisters, Deirdre and Eithne 1919. He was buried first in New York but his remains came back to Queenstown in July 1926 and he was buried in the Republican plot at St. Finbarr's Cemetery, beside his cousin, Terence McSwiney.
Jim Herlihy published Peter Golden's biography, The Voice of Ireland, in 1994. Should you wish to access the Peter Golden collection in the glass cabinet at Macroom Library, just ask a member of staff. They are a fascinating collection of Irish folklore, history and poetry from the late 19th and early 20th century, written by many of the people who loomed large on the Gaelic revival scene.
Peter Golden Katz, centre, with Macroom Library staff, Christine Cronin, James Deane, Nora Levis and Paula Walker ©Lee Valley Outlook
The Peter Golden Collection at Macroom Library is a fascinating selection of books and publications from the last decades of the 19th century and right up to the time of Golden's death in 1926. Reflecting his interests, the books include songs, poetry, plays, short stories and novels but the main body of the more than 200 items deals with history and politics. Included are some of the writings of James Stephens, WB Yeats, P.H. Pearse, Peadar O'Donnell, Standish O'Grady, Liam O'Flaherty, Speranza Lady Wilde, Synge, Joseph Mary Plunkett, John Boyle O'Reilly, Charles Gavin Duffy, T.C. Murray, Thomas McDonagh, James Clarence Mangan, Francis Ledwidge, Douglas Hyde, Arthur Griffith, Lady Gregory, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Michael Davitt, Daniel Corkery, Nora Connolly, Padraic Colum, Austin Clarke. AE George Russell.
This is a huge resource for the people of the Lee Valley. Bain taithneamh as.
The Schools Cook Off at the inaugural Macroom Food Festival in 2012 attracted great interest and was enjoyed by contestants and onlookers alike. The finalists delighted the judges with their pizzas, soups, breads, platters of appetisers and fresh scallops. The eventual winners were Harriet Kelleher and Máiréad Corkery from St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom. They cooked up a storm with a dish containing scallops from Clancy's Fresh Fish, Macroom, black pudding from De Róiste's in Baile Bhúirne and bacon from Michael Twomey Butchers, Macroom, with a mint pea pureé to top everything off.
Macroom Food Festival Cookery Competition gives senior cycle students an opportunity to showcase their kitchen skills. This year's competition invites students, in teams of two, to create an innovative recipe for a dish of their choice, using local produce. Each team is required to submit the recipe, (which they have tried and tested), that they feel best exhibits their chosen local produce. The competition is open to all senior students in post-primary schools and Youthreach Centres in County Cork. The semi -final will be held on Saturday, 28th September in Macroom Town Square and the final will be held on the 29th September. The cooks will be expected to prepare and cook their recipe in the open-air cook off.
Leonie and Paul Granville serve up some of their mouth-watering delicacies at the launch of Macroom Food Festival Sept. 27 – 29 staff ©Lee Valley Outlook
Great work is being done in preparation for Macroom's second Food Festival at the end of September. Events will take place at indoor and outdoor venues, including the Square, the Castle Hotel, the library and Fr. Ryan Hall. These include food demonstrations, a taste trail, schools cook-off competition, busking competition, monster outdoor food market, cheese & wine tasting, children's entertainment & live music. The weekend will kick off on Friday with a welcoming ceremony, a food themed Fancy Dress for children and a variety of food demonstrations.
The Saturday programme opens with a special Park Run in the Castle Demesne at 9.30am, followed by a talk 'optimising your performance through food,' and some goodies in the Leisure Centre. The town will be alive with the sounds of a busking festival along with a taste trail showcasing superb local produce in the pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants around Macroom and a (local) cheese and (not so local) wine event to finish off the evening.
Sunday will see the square transformed into a massive outdoor food market, complete with children's entertainment, live music and plenty to eat, along with the final of the schools' cook-off. Last year's festival welcomed over 5000 visitors to the town and it is hoped that the numbers will be even higher this year. See www.macroomfoodfestival.com for more details.
'Time-Framed', an exhibition of photographs selected from the Irish Tourist Association files and presented to Cork County Library in 1983, are on show at LHQ Gallery, Cork County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Road (just west of the County Hall) until September 6. Opening hours are 9am-5.30pm. The photographic collection forms part of a survey undertaken in the 1940s by the I.T.A., the forerunners of Fáilte Ireland, to assess the level of tourist amenities and facilities in the country, with a view to pinpointing areas with potential for development. The survey studied topography, geology, residences of note, sports, accommodation/ catering and amenities. The original files are held in the Reference Library, Carrigrohane Road and are filed in order of parish. The photographs from the I.T.A. collection, numbering over 260, have been digitised and are accessible online at www.corkcoco.ie/library. This project has been undertaken for The Gathering 2013, and the exhibition has been timed to coincide with Heritage Week 2013. The exhibition features just samples of the collection and is presented on story boards.
Ideally, those interested should go on line at www.corkcoco.ie/library, click on Photographic Collections button on right of screen and go to I.T.A. Collection. You can also do this from your local library. There is great Lee Valley material in the collection. From Macroom comes the iconic image of the New Bridge, Macroom Castle and the confluence of the Lee and Sullane (images 210 – 216). Ballyvourney is well represented, with an early picture of Coláiste Íosagáin and many from St. Gobnait's. Clondrohid has Carrigaphooka Castle and the site of Art Ó Laoghaire's murder. Donoughmore old church at Donoughmore Cross features and the chimney at Cahirkereen, Cloghina Holy Well and Dundareirke Castle are there from Kilnamartyra. Gougane Barra is shown from many angles and there are also images of old houses and archaeological remains from Inchigeela parish. There seems to be a special interest in Innishannon as it features in a great number of the old photographs. (Note: Images are arranged by parish, which are in alphabetical order).
St. Mary's Macroom at 'Grebs' in Springfort Hall © Eoin O'Sullivan
Students at St. Mary's, Macroom were very pleased with Leaving Cert results 2013. 20% of the class got 500 points or more, while a further 28% got points between 400 and 500. All students performed to their potential and there were some excellent results. The girls had worked very hard over the years and were rewarded with the results they deserved. A special congratulation goes to two of our students: one receiving 6A1s (a result that only 152 students in the country achieved this year) and another, who sat 9 subjects and received 8 A grades and a B1!
The school excelled in several areas including English, Chemistry Maths and LCVP this year. 20% achieved an A grade in Honours English compared with a national average of 9.7%. Chemistry students did exceptionally well too with 43% of the class getting A grades compared with 20% nationally. Results in Mathematics were also outstanding with 88% of students who studied higher level Maths receiving an honours grade. The LCVP grades in the school continue to exceeded the national figures with 95% of the class getting a Distinction or Merit.
Parents and teachers were equally delighted with the results which they attributed to consistent hard work done both within and outside the classroom. Congratulations once again to all the students and we wish every success to them in their future education and careers.
Valley Wheelers C.C. members at the Caha Pass during the Mick Dineen Cycle ©
SMILE Resource Exchange is maintaining its place among the leaders in the EU Climate Action "A World You Like" competition. If you have a computer to hand, please vote for SMILE at Macroom E Park who would love to top the poll and show Europe that Ireland is leading the way on one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Each person can vote once a day for the next three weeks. If you have a few different devices i.e. laptop, iPhone, iPad etc. you could even vote a few times a day. To vote, click on: http://bit.ly/VoteSMILE We are currently in third place of 269. Give us a 1st please.
De la Salle P.P.U. meeting in the 60s © Dennis Dinneen Collection
Final preparations are being made for the 80th anniversary gathering at De la Salle College, Macroom on Saturday, August 31st when it is hoped that crowds of past pupils will descend on the school at 6p.m. Everyone is welcome. Should readers know past pupils, kindly inform them of this event and tell them to come along. . *
De la Salle Macroom students at 'Grebs' in Springfort Hall. ©Eoin O'Sullivan
History was made this year as it was the first time that De La Salle and St Mary's joined forces to have a combined debs/ grads, which was christened Grebs!. The night proved very successful with everyone enjoying themselves immensely. Not only was it cheaper for the students and parents, but feedback was very positive on the night. While it may have taken us a while to leave the square due to the mass crowds gathered taking photos, we somehow managed to get to Springfort Hall in Mallow eventually. A fine 3 course meal awaited us on arrival. The night was a huge success and many people thought it was great to have the debs combined. The driving force behind the night was the debs committee who put in tremendous time and effort in order to pull off a great night and to ensure that the event ran smoothly. They were: Sheila Cronin, Gráinne Moynihan, Ciara O'Callaghan, Darina Lynch, Laura O'Mahony, Anthony Healy, Seán O'Sullivan. Joseph Crowley, and Ciarán Cummins.
Members of Macroom Purlies with their Aran Knitting Display as part of Heritage Week at Macroom Library. © O'Sullivan Photo Macroom
The Adult Bookclub resumes on Wednesday 4th September.
Macroom Purlies will meet at 11 am until 1 on Thursday, September 5. All levels of knitter welcome.
Our Art exhibition for September is by Canovee Art group.
The Power of Words: Being healthy means more than taking care of our bodies. We also need to take care of our emotional mental health and well being. There are books in your local library which may help with this. DO IT YOURSELF: Self help on the shelf is a joint initiative between the HSE and Cork County Library and Arts service. There are lots of resources available at your local library which can help you develop skills to look after your emotional health and cope positively with life's ups and downs. The materials have been reviewed by local clinical psychologists. Lists of these materials are available in the library as well as from the HSE or the Cork County Council website library page. Topics include anger management, bereavement, stress, depression, bullying, parenting, separation, sibling rivalry, worry, self esteem and many more.
Copies of the brochure for Night classes in McEgan College should have been delivered to us by late August. We also have many prospectus brochures for other night class courses including BallincolligCommunitySchool and Scoil Stiofáin Naofa.
A section of the attendance at Crookstown Veteran and Vintage Club Open Air Day ©Lee Valley Outlook
The refurbishment of the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom is almost complete. Work is well on schedule for the reopening concert on Sunday, September 22 when Jimmy McCarthy will star in the fundraiser, tickets now on sale at €25.
Sullane Film Society is back in action from September 23 when they will screen Good Vibrations at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre will stage their first show on Sunday, September 29, Tickets €10.
The online fundraising campaign for the theatre is ongoing. Seat sponsorship costs €100 and each seat sponsor's name will be inscribed on a plaque on the back of the newly refurbished theatre seat. A designated Briery Gap Thank You Wall will bear the names of all who make €50 donations. Full details of online fundraising can be found on www.brierygap.com or offline donations can be made at The Briery Gap box office or Macroom library. For enquiries please call us on: 026 41764.
Bealick Mill is now open to visitors 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Wednesday and 9am – 2:30pm Thursday – Saturday.
Silver Grove: Kevin Corcoran will lead a tour of the townland from the car park at the shop at Toon's Bridge at 1.30 p.m on Saturday, August 24 as part of the celebration of National Heritage Week.
Macroom F.C. will hold a family fun day on the 25th August at the club grounds in Murrayfield from 2pm to 5pm.. Bouncy castles, face painting and food stalls will be onsite. Also, the finals of our annual Mini World Cup will take place on the day. So please come along and enjoy the afternoon and as always, young and old alike are most welcome.
Donoughmore Macra is helping to organise a 6 hour trad session in aid of CrumlinHospital on August 25, starting at 6pm. Special guests Shannon Murphy from The Voice of Ireland and Margaret McCarthy, who played and danced for Barack Obama, will perform. Everyone is welcome to come and play along. There will be a raffle on the night with loads of prizes and jerseys signed by Cork Senior hurling and football teams will be auctioned. It's a great cause so please support.
Sullane Bridge Club will reopen on Tuesday 10th September at 7.45 pm in The Castle Hotel. Additional members - perhaps those who would like to return to bridge - are very welcome. If anyone needs more information contact Nora at 0863684949'
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Lotto is being increased to a 4 number lotto, numbers 1 – 36, with a new minimum €3,000 jackpot, starting 19/08/13.
Macroom F.C. club lotto: 12/08/13. Jackpot €2,600. No winner, €80 John McSweeney, Cork St.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 6/8/2013, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 19 - 33 - 36, No Winner, €40 Sharon O' Leary, €20 Chris Dineen, Pat Murphy, Richard Collins (Yearly Ticket), Dermot Foley (Yearly Ticket).
13/8/2013, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 3 - 31, No Winner, €40 Anthony O'Leary, €20 Shane Martin, Trisha McCullagh, Margaret Dineen, K & You.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: August 6. Jackpot €4,600. Numbers drawn 14, 21 and 25. No winner. €70 Clodagh Murray, The Hermitage. €20 Michael Kelly, c/o E.S.B.; Dylan and Brook Murphy, 9 Cork St.; Rachel Twomey, Rockborough; Teresa Buckley, Codrum; Siongain Fehily, Dunmanway.
August 13 Jackpot €4,800. Numbers drawn 8, 35 and 36. No winner. €70 Tony Buckley, Gortyleahy. €20 Julie O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen; Con Moss, 2, Sunnyside, Macroom; Josie O'Keeffe, Sleaveen; Ted Savage, Masseytown; Michael O'Brien, Barrett's Place. .
TUS Scheme: Clondrohid Development Group would like to welcome Connie Murphy who has been appointed as a Tús worker to their organisation. This appointment has been made by West Cork Partnership. During the next twelve months Connie will be helping to keep the village neat and tidy. Connie, no doubt will get great advice from the long established R.S.S. worker, Johnny. Here's to great work in the village and surrounds.
G.A.A. Congratulations to Niamh Duggan, Moulnahorna, who played her underage football with Clondrohid club and now plays with Naomh Abán. She played mid field for Cork in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Cork won on a scoreline of Cork 3 10, Galway 8 pts. The final v Dublin is scheduled for Saturday August 23. Well done Niamh, and the best of luck in final.
East Region U16CHC Semi Final: Grenagh 3-11 Clondrohid 1-7
Clondrohid were defeated by Grenagh in Donoughmore. They started brightly with the opening 2 points but Grenagh had the better of the remainder of the half and lead at half time 3-5 to 1-6. Despite great efforts from the players in the second half, Grenagh ran out deserving winners by 3-11 to 1-7.
Team: Stephen O'Riordan, John Stephen O'Riordan, Tadhg Twomey, Damian Harrington (Cill na Matra), Brian Corcoran, Anthony Cooney (Cill Na Matra), Concubhar Murphy (Naomh Abán), Cillian Lynch, James Aynsley (Cill Na Matra), Cian O'Leary, Conor Flanagan, Evan Casey (Cill na Matra), Eoin Twomey
U10 Hurlers: Clondrohid competed in a hurling 7 aside blitz, playing Banteer, Newmarket and Kanturk. They defeated Newmarket and lost the other two games. Well done to all. Team as follows. Charlie Burke, Aoife Lucey, James Burke, Jack Martin, Brian Healy, James Slattery, Conor Lucey, Eilish O' Connell and Colin Murphy
U 13 Hurlers :Well done to Clondrohid U13 Hurlers who brought home some silverware after they won an East Cork blitz in Cross haven. They played Shamrocks in the final and came out deserving winners after an exciting and skilful game of hurling. Sean Desmond, captain, was presented with the cup, much to the delight of his team-mates. Well done to all involved. Team Cathal Creedon, Brian Lynch, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Gearoid O'Connell, Stephen Ryan, Sean Desmond (Capt), Sean O'Leary, Dean Burke, Tiernan Quinn and Ciarán O'Leary. Final score Clondrohid 3 14, Shamrocks 5 7.
Lotto: August 7: €70 John J Buckley €20 Connie and Jackie O'Shea, Glendav, Peggy Kelleher New St., Tim Kiely c/o MCP, Dolores O'Leary Macroom. Lotto Jackpot €4,400. Bingo Jackpot: €2,000..
Dan Joe Crowley delivers Alan Lucey, Chairman and special guest, Sean Donlon of County Sound and Mrs. Donlon to Crookstown Veteran and Vintage Club Open Air Day ©Lee Valley Outlook
Ballingeary's 49th annual show will be held at Finbarr Cotter's farm in Kilmore on Sunday, August 25, weather permitting. Lots of attractions will ensure a great day out for everyone. There will be live music on stage with the very popular Willie Burke from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and platform dancing for anyone in the mood. There are 226 classes in total in the Show programme. Please note: closing date for entries is August 14. Judging of horses & ponies starts at 11am; cattle 12 noon; sheep 12.30; poultry 12noon. Judging for indoor section starts at 11am, including eggs, flowers & veg; arts & crafts; baking & jams. All indoor exhibits will be on display in the marquee from 1.30 until 5pm.
For children's entertainment there will be a bouncy castle, obstacle race, bungee jump, mini helicopter, face painting, pony rides, penalty shootout, etc. Pets' corner with racoons, lemurs, rabbits, hamsters, ducks etc. is sure to be a huge attraction. There will be a Falconry Display by Animal Magic & they will have their mini zoo. One of the Show highlights is the South Western Shorthorn Breeders Society Heifer Final. The Qualifiers include the Traditional Irish Sport Horse Foal All Ireland Championship, the Irish Draught Colt Foal Championship, & €2000 ID Munster Foal Championship.
Full catering facilities on field for lunch / tea etc. Side shows include bonny baby @ 3pm [under 6 months, under 1 year and under 2 years] The dog show starts @ 2.30 for 19 different classes [entries taken on field]. There will be a display of vintage cars / tractors / machinery. Old time threshing display. Other attractions will include buffalo, trade stands, most suitably dressed lady, Ladies / Gents sheaf throwing. Last but not least there will be a show raffle @ 6pm with attractive prizes. The Committee has been busy organising this, the 49th annual Show, so come along and join us for a very memorable day. Bígí linn. Beidh fáilte roimh cách. For further details log onto ballingearyshow.com or contact 086 4018992,026 47196 / 47278 /47168. Free Car Park – adjacent to Show Field.
Donoughmore u10 girls who played Ballincollig in a recent summer league game. ©
Muskerry Highlights: In June Alan Twomey, Donoughmore Macra, won the U23 Dairy Stock Judging All Ireland. In July, Berrings Macra took part in the national round of Tag Rugby and got to the semi final. In August, Eileen Lynch, Aghinagh Macra, represented Muskerry Macra in International Miss Macra 2013. Eileen had a fabulous weekend at the festival and represented the region very well. Aileen Hennessy, Berrings Macra, reigning Miss Macra, handed the title over to Gemma Goulding from Co. Laois. Fellow Muskerry member Meig Collins representd UCC and Seandun Macra at the festival also. Muskerry Macra had the pleasure of hosting Katie Burns, Scottish young farmers' representative, and members enjoyed a night of bowling and a trip to Killarney. Social aspects during the Summer included Know Your Neighbour Events held by various clubs & some fundraisers also!
Muskerry Macra will run a photo competition during the year. This is open to all Muskerry Macra members, full details to be announced.
What's On: Sun 25th Aug: Donoughmore Macra are hosting a Trad Fest from 6pm in Pat Barry's Bar, Donoughmore
Sat 31st Aug: County Officer Training, WestCounty, Ennis
August is the ultimate payback month, when all the hard work of the year really starts to pay off. The only fly in the ointment potentially is a prolonged hot and dry spell, which necessitates long bouts of watering outside. Before we hang up our "sowing" boots for the year, it's worth bearing in mind that this is pretty much the last chance to get a good crop of winter greens going. If you can therefore, do a good sowing before the end of the month of lettuce, perpetual spinach, chard, lamb's lettuce, and oriental greens (such as mizuna, mibuna, mustard, tat soi).
Pickling is one of the oldest methods of preserving food and dealing with a surplus: -
• Brined Pickles– Vegetables are submerged in a salt brine solution to ferment for about six weeks. Cabbage, cucumbers and tomatoes can be brined.
• Fresh Pack Pickles- vegetables are put in a spicy vinegar solution (they may be brined for several hours beforehand). Suitable for cucumbers, sweet gherkins and dilled green beans.
• Relishes - are prepared using chopped fruits and/or vegetables cooked in a spicy vinegar with sugar added if desired. Piccalilli, Pepper-onion and Corn relishes can be prepared by this method.
• Fruit Pickles- are usually prepared from whole fruits and simmered in a spicy, sweet-sour syrup. Pears and peaches are popular fruits for this.
• Chutneys & Sauces - a combination of vegetables and/or fruits, spices and vinegar cooked for long periods to develop flavour and texture. Examples include apple, tomato or other fruit chutney.
Cucumber Pickle : Ingredients: 4 large cucumbers; 3 medium onions; 2 oz/50g of salt. For the syrup: 1pt/570ml of white wine vinegar; 1lb/ 454g of soft brown sugar; ½ level tsp of ground turmeric; ½ level tsp of ground cloves; 1 tbsp of mustard seed (we used black)
Directions:Wash the cucumber and slice very thinly. Peel the onions and slice very thinly. In a large bowl, layer cucumbers and onions with a sprinkling of salt in between the layers. Weigh down with a plate.
Stand for three hours, then pour away the liquid and rinse the cucumbers and onions under running water twice. Put your jars in the oven to sterilise them. Put the vinegar, sugar and spices in a stainless steel or non stick saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cucumber and onions to the saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil syrup and vegetables for a couple of minutes. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce remaining syrup for 15-20 minutes. After ten minutes or so, gently fill warm, sterilised jars with vegetables. Don't press down. When the syrup has reduced, pour over the vegetables in the jars. Cover immediately with plastic lined, sterilised metal lids. When cold, label and store in a cool, dark place, away from damp.
The Guts by Roddy Doyle.
The man who invented The Commitments is back. Jimmy Rabbitte is back, now forty seven, with a loving wife and four kids....and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, but he might be. This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life.
Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €14.99.
Healthy Lunch Boxes
Your child's school lunch box might include some of the following:
Some starchy food like potatoes, rice, pasta, wholegrain or brown bread
Some portions of fruit and vegetables, like apples, oranges, bananas, berries or salad in a sandwich/wrap or vegetable sticks
One portion of dairy foods like milk, cheese or yoghurt
Small amounts of high protein foods like deli meats, fish, like tuna or salmon, or vegetarian options like hummus or egg
A small bottle of water or milk instead of juice drinks or fizzy drinks
Weekly lunchbox suggestions:
Monday - Chicken salad sandwich on brown bread, a small bag of popcorn, a piece of fruit, a small bottle of water and a yoghurt.
Tuesday - Tuna salad wrap, carrot sticks, a cheese portion and milk.
Wednesday - Slice of ham and pineapple pizza, fruit of choice (chopped for smaller children), a yoghurt drink and a slice of fruit bread
Thursday - Cheese and crackers, veggie sticks, a banana or dried fruit like a small box of raisins and a bottle of water
Friday - Pasta salad made with last night's pasta leftovers and chunks of cheese and vegetables. Some grapes, a yoghurt and water
An insulated lunchbox or bag can be used to help keep lunches cool.
Discard any perishable foods that haven't been eaten at the end of the day
Wash and dry reusable water bottles, lids and lunchboxes
Encourage child to wash hands before eating lunch.
Round. 3 Ballymartle 4-19 St. Finbarr's 1-20 aet.
Ballymartle v Blackrock
Newtownshandrum 1-15 Douglas 3-19
Sarsfields 1-21 UCC 5-9
Avondhu 1-14 Killeagh 3-15
Bishopstown v Carrigtwohill
Midleton 1-24 Bride Rovers 1-11
Courcey Rovers 1-11 Na Piarsaigh 1-15
Erin's Own 0-18 Glen Rovers 3-15
1. Ballymartle/Blackrock v Douglas
2. Sars/UCC v Killeagh
3. Bishopstown/Carrigtwohill v Midleton
4. Na Piarsaigh v Glen Rovers
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Relegation Play-off: Ballinhassig v St. Finbarr's
Castlehaven 0-13 Newcestown 0-11
St. Vincent's 1-11 Clonakilty 0-12
Carbery 2-17 BALLINCOLLIG 0-12
Ilen Rovers 1-10 Aghada 3-14
Carbery Rangers 1-14 St. Finbarr's 1-9
Bishopstown 4-11 C.I.T. 1-9
O'Donovan Rossa 2-7 Nemo Rangers 2-13
Douglas 2-8 Dohenys 2-8
1. Castlehaven v St. Vincent's
2. Carbery v Aghada
3. Carbery Rangers v Bishopstown
4. Nemo Rangers v Douglas/Dohenys
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, .3 v 4
Relegation Play-off: St. Nick's v Newmarket
Carbery 2 – 17 Ballincollig 0 – 12
The only Mid Cork senior club team departed the championship at Cloughduv when a depleted Ballincollig were just not good enough for divisional side Carbery, a team with genuine championship aspirations. Ballincollig were only three points in arrears at the break despite having had a penalty effort saved midway through the first half, 0-8 to 0-5, and reduced the deficit to two points immediately on the restart but that was as good as it got for the Mid Cork side. A goal for Carbery in the 40th minute restored the West Cork side's control and in the final stages they piled on the scores to give a slightly flattering appearance to their final winning margin against a Ballincollig side that had contested bravely for most of the hour.
Balllincollig: David Lordan: Darren Murphy, Brian Kelly, Luke Prendergast: JP Murphy, John Miskella, Dylan Kirstein: Ciaran O'Sullivan, Noel O'Toole: George Durrant, Patrick Kelly, Robert Noonan: John Kelly, Ian Coughlan, David Tobin. Subs: Cian Dorgan and David Bowen.
Mallow v BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH on 25/08/13
Bantry Blues 0-7 Clyda Rovers 0-8
Na Piarsaigh 0-12 Glenville 0-14
St. Michael's 0-12 Valley Rovers 2-8
1. Nemo Rangers v Mallow / B. Atha'n Ghaorthaidh
2. Clyda Rovers v Glenville
3. Valley Rovers v Kiskeam
4. MACROOM 0-12 Castletownbere 0-5
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v MACROOM
Relegation Play-off: Carrigaline v Kinsale
Macroom 0 – 12 Castletownbere 0 – 5
Macroom, county intermediate champions of 2010, defeated Castletownbere, champions of 2012, at Dunmanway and so move on to the countyPremier Intermediate semi final stage and a meeting with either Kiskeam or Valley Rovers. Macroom were under pressure early on but the sides were level after 11 minutes play and after Macroom went in front after 20 minutes they never looked back subsequently and stayed confidently in control to the finish. Macroom were poor in their opening round game against St Michaels, excellent against Glenville in Round 2 and were business-like in this encounter, good but still with plenty of room for improvement.
Castletown opened the scoring with a point after two minutes and had doubled their advantage before Fintan Goold ran through the centre and pointed for Macroom in the 9th minute. Patrick Lucey kicked the equaliser two minutes later and Castletown then kicked four wides in a row before Macroom also had two wides, leaving the score unchanged until Ivan Casey broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with a good point for Macroom from 25m out on the left wing. Macroom had a lucky escape in a goalmouth scramble in the 23rd minute, a loose ball being belted wide when a goal was likely, and they added to their tally two minutes later when David Horgan set up a point for Patrick Lucey. Macroom finished the half well with points from a Pa Lucey free followed by points from play from Fintan Goold and Seán Kiely and leading by 0-7 to 0-2 at the break they looked to be in a strong position. Macroom were in control in defence with Fintan Goold dominating at centre back with fine support from Rory Buckley and Martin O'Donnell. Sean Kiely had moved out to midfield to partner Philip Corrigan and this pairing were doing very well and the attack was hard working and moving well but was a little wasteful of good possession.
On the restart, Castletown had a point from a '45' in the first minute but Fintan Goold pointed a free two minutes later and when Tony Dineen had a smashing point in the 37th minute Macroom had moved six points clear, were in control all over the field and were exuding confidence. A string of wides by Macroom did not reward their good approach work but Castletown also suffered from bad marksmanship and they could not afford such waste. Fintan Goold got Macroom back on target from a free in the 47th minute (silencing nasty barracking to point from a very difficult angle!) and when 'Town had a point immediately after, Ivan Casey kicked over another fine point in reply. Macroom were leading 0-11 to 0-4, the game was effectively over and in the final ten minutes Patrick Lucey kicked a superb point for Macroom and Castletown had a late point from a '45'.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Robert O'Dwyer, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Seán Kiely. Fintan Goold, Ciarán Murphy: Philip Corrigan, Eon O'Mahony: Gerard Angland, Ivan Casey , Tony Dineen: Patrick Lucey, David Goold, David Horgan. Subs: Barry O'Donnell, Brendan Lynch, Michael Cahill, John Murphy.
1. INNISCARRA v Kilworth
2. Cloyne/Youghal v Tracton
3. Kilbrittain v Watergrasshill
4. Newcestown v Castlelyons
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Relegation Play-off: BALLINCOLLIG v Carrigaline
Adrigole 1-6 EIRE ÓG 4-11
Ballydesmond 0-12 Kildorrery 0-10
GRENAGH 1-11 Fermoy 1-9
Glanmire v Kanturk
Glanworth 1-9 CILL na MARTRA 0-6
Youghal – a bye
AGHABULLOGUE - a bye
Rockchapel 4-7 EIRE ÓG 1-14
Ballydesmond v GRENAGH
Glanmire or Kanturk v Glanworth
AGHABULLOGUE 2-10 Youghal 0-11
Rockchapel v Ballydesmond or GRENAGH
Glanmire/ Kanturk/Glanworth v AGHABULLOGUE
Relegation Play-off: CANOVEE v Mayfield
Eire Óg 4 – 11 Adrigole 1 – 6
Éire Óg went through to the quarter final stage of the Intermediate Football championship without too much bother and were greatly assisted by the conduct of the opposition who were reduced to 13 men before half time at Aughaville. In what can only be described as crazy carry on, Adrigole lost their two midfielders in a five minute spell, one to a second yellow, the other to a straight red. Éire Óg also had a man dismissed and there was a mass brawl in between the sendings off – all of which demonstrates that the game was not for the faint hearted in the first half before the dismissals had the desired calming effect. Adrigole also lost their centre back and centre forward to injury before the interval and when Ciarán Sheehan scored a great goal for Eire Óg to give his side a 1-5 to 0-3 interval lead the writing was on the wall for the Beara men. Eire Óg had further goals from Kevin Hallissey, John Dineen and Liam Murphy in the second half as Adrigole tried unsuccessfully to contain the Mid Cork men who were revelling in the extra space now available due to the reduced numbers. Daniel Goulding was deadly accurate from frees and pointed two '45's for the winners and Eire Óg could afford the luxury of giving their full complement of subs some action before the finish..
Eire Óg: David Sheehan: Ryan Kennerick, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy: John Kelleher, Shane Murphy, Dermot O'Herlihy: Paul McDonagh, Ciarán Sheehan: Eanna Lowney, Liam Murphy, Fiachra Landers: Kevin Halllissey, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen. Subs: Aidan O'Connor, Barry Corkery, Kieran O'Sullivan, Tim O'Leary, Brian D'arcy O'Sullivan.
Éire Óg 1 – 14 Rockchapel 4 – 7
This was a shock result in the quarter final at Dromtariffe and a big disappointment for championship favourites Éire Óg, last year's beaten finalists. Éire Óg were ten points in arrears, 2-4 to nil, after only eleven minutes but they then recovered well and were only a point behind at half time, 2-4 to 1-6, the goal a brilliant effort finished by John Dineen, created by himself and Kevin Hallissey, coming just before the half time whistle. They remained in control on the restart with wind advantage to such an extent that the 'Rock were not allowed a score for almost half an hour and Éire Óg with points from Daniel Goulding and John Dineen eased into the lead and entering the final quarter had opened up a four point gap. The Duhallow men, last year's county junior champions, were not finished however and a fisted connection had the ball in the Eire Óg net to reduce the gap to the minimum. This score was possibly a little controversial as the ball was forced out of the goalkeepers hands on the line and was borderline 'square ball', and a well-taken later goal four minutes from time gave the 'Rock a two point lead amidst great scenes of excitement. In the four minutes remaining Éire Óg just could not break through for the scores to save the day and so exit the championship for another year.
Scorers: J. Dineen 0-4, D Goulding 0-7 (0-1 free, 0-1 '45'), K Hallissey, C Sheehan, and A O'Connor 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: David Sheehan: Ryan Kennerick, Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy: John Kelleher, Shane Murphy, Dermot O'Herlihy: Paul McDonagh, Ciarán Sheehan: Eanna Lowney, Liam Murphy, Daniel O'Connor: Kevin Halllissey, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen. Subs: Mike O'Shea, Tim O'Leary, Aidan O'Connor and Kieran O'Sullivan.
Glanworth 1 – 9 Cill na Martra 0 – 6
A bad night for Cill na Martra at Blarney. The team never got into top gear at all and were well beaten at the finish. In addition Cill na Martra had four of their Junior B team promoted to the intermediates and so their chances of taking the Mid Cork B title have been damaged. Cill na Martra attacked from the throw in but lost a chance of a score and in fact it was Glanworth, whom Cill na Martra had defeated in last year's county league final, who got the first score, a point in the 2nd minute. Glanworth had added two more points to their tally before Jonathan Lynch at last opened the scoring for the Muskerry men with an 8th minute point and a point followed from Sean Kelleher a minute later. A scoreless period followed before Glanworth pointed in the 18th minute, Martin Connors replying for Cill na Martra two minutes later. Five minute from the break Glanworth had another point but again Cill na Martra replied, this time Martin Connors pointing a free and at half time it was 0-5 to 0-4 in favour of the North Cork side.
A point from Sean Kelleher two minutes into the second half levelled the scores and gave every hope of a Cill na Martra victory. Alas it was not to be! Glanworth had a point in the 36th minute and six minutes later availing of disarray in the Cill na Martra goalmouth, the North Cork side got the ball in the net and when they followed on immediately with a point they led by 1-7 to 0-5 and the game had swung their way. In the final quarter Glanworth had a point which was matched by a Martin Connors point from a free in the 21st minute and this was to be the last score from Cill na Martra. Glanworth had another point before the final whistle.
Cill na Martra: Eoin Ó Duinnín: Tadhg MacSuibhne, Colm Ó Laoire, Marc Ó Goilí: Alan Ó Mocháin, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Cathal MacSuibhne, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Caoimhín Ó Súilleabháin, Martín Ó Conchúir: Daire MacLochlainn, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Danní Ó Conaill. Fir Ionaid: Antóin Ó Conaill, Graham Ó Mocháin, Donal Óg Ó Laoire.
Aghabullogue 2 – 10 Youghal 0 – 11
Aghabullogue intermediate footballers are through to the county semi final (and a long wait!) after their defeat of a fancied Youghal side at Mayfield. Youghal finished the game with 14 players and they were rather undisciplined all through against the young Mid Cork side that endeavoured to play constructive football and got two goals, one from a penalty.
Youghal started well with wind advantage but Aghabullogue played controlled football and with the help of a Ryan Dennehy goal led by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break. John Corkery was very dangerous in attack all through. On the restart, Youghal had a very good period and four points in a row gave them a three point lead but in the 42nd minute, John Corkery was fouled and Patrick Finnegan slotted home the resultant penalty to level matters. Corkery added a point and Aghabullogue were on the road to victory. Youghal lost a man to a red card in the 48th minute, a nasty stamp on Ryan Dennehy the offence, and Aghabullogue stayed in control to the end.
Scorers: J Corkery 0-6 (0-3 frees), R Dennehy and P Finnegan(pen.) 1-0 each, G Long 0-2, R O'Keeffe and S O'Sullivan 0-1 each.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Greg Long, Donal Twomey, Dhani Merrick: Ryan Dennehy, Michael Dennehy, Alan Hogan: Brian Bukley, Stephen Dennehy: Evan O'Sullivan, John Kelleher, Sean O'Sullivan: Robert O'Keeffe, John Corkery, Patrick Finnegan. Sub: Mark Long
Grenagh 1-11 Fermoy 1 – 9
Grenagh are through to the quarter final stage of the intermediate football championship after this fine win over Fermoy at Kilavullen. Grenagh did well at midfield thanks to the efforts of Gerry Russell and Tom Kenny, the latter enjoying his last club outing before the All Ireland Hurling final on 8th September. The sides were level at 1-6 each at half time, Liam Walsh the Grenagh goal scorer after only two minutes play and Fermoy's goal coming from a Thomas Clancy penalty in the tenth minute. DD Dorgan pointed five frees for Grenagh and added a point from play.
Grenagh: Martin Barry: M Lehane, Raymond Dorgan, Clive Donovan: Niall Doherty, Paul McCarthy, Kevin O'Neill: Tom Kenny, Gerry Russell: Colm O'Neill, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan: Ultan Duggan, Liam Walsh, Tadgh Walsh. Sub: Shane Dorgan.
Charleville 0-18 Kanturk 0-19
Fr. O'Neill's v Fermoy
St. Catherine's v Kildorrery
EIRE Óg - bye
1. Meelin v Kanturk
2. Milford v Fr. O Neill's/Fermoy
3. St. Catherine's/Kildorrery v Barryroe
4. Aghada v EIRE ÓG
Semi-Finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4.
Relegation Play-off: Dromina v AGHABULLOGUE
Semi Final Pairings:
Ballinora v Donoughmore at Blarney, 31-08-13, 6.30pm.
Eire Óg v Cloughduv or Grenagh
Kilmichael 0–14 Dripsey 0-10
Aghinagh 1-9 Kilmichael 1-10
Kilmurry 3-14 Clondrohid 1-6
Mid Cork Final:
Kilmurry v Kilmichael at Macroom on Sunday 1st September, 3.45pm.
Kilmichael 0 – 14 Dripsey 0 – 10
An impressive display of football by Kilmichael earned them their passage to the semi final at Cloughduv. Kilmichael were clearly highly motivated and they carried the game to Dripsey from the start, led at half time by 0–5 to 0-3 and after Dripsey drew level by the 50th minute at 0-6 each, Kilmichael went on a scoring spree to pull five points clear and matched Dripsey in the concluding stages of a fine game. Kilmichael went in front from the throw in with a point from Colm Dromey and this was the only score of a very even opening quarter. Colm Dromey with a second point and another from James O'Leary saw Kilmichael go three points clear before Dripsey at last got on the score sheet with a point from Gary Murphy, Aidan Buckley added another but back came Kilmichael with points from James O'Leary and Peter Kelleher before Dripsey had the final score of the half, a point from Aidan Buckley to leave Kilmichael ahead by two points at the break. James O'Leary's point on the restart opened up a three point gap but battling Dripsey hit back with a point from Aidan Buckley and two from Gary Murphy to level matters by the 40th minute. Danny Twomey kicked over to put Kilmichael back in front and points from Peter Kelleher and Mick Twomey had them three ahead before Aidan Buckley had a Dripsey point. Shane Masters now pointed a '45' for Kilmichael and two points from Danny Twomey followed and five points now separated the sides with Kilmichael on song and heading for victory. Gallant Dripsey were not yielding without a fight however and points from Buckley and Diarmuid O'Riordan cut the gap to three points again but Kilmichael had their semi final berth in their sights and points from Finbarr Dromey and Colm Dromey settled the issue. Dripsey, game to the last, had the final score, a point from Gary Murphy but this was Kilmichael's night!
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Simon Foley: Cian Dromey, Adrian Kelly, Alan Murphy: Finbarr Dromeuy, Miceál Twomey: James O'leary, Peter Kelleher, Conor Cotter: Alan Dromey, Colm Dromey, Danny Twomey.Sub: Dermot O'Riordan.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: Robert Daly, Pat O'Riordan, Daniel Buckley: John Carey, Stevie Murray, Aidan Murray: Mark O'Sullivan, Conor Hayes: Diarmuid O'Riordan, Gary Murphy, David Buckley: Aidan Buckley, David O'Sullivan, Colm O'Grady. Sub: Shane Burke.
Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.
Kilmurry 3 - 14 Clondrohid 1 - 6
Defending champions Kilmurry had shown signs earlier against Macroom that they were returning to the form of last season and this positive trend was maintained in the semi final at Annahala when Clondrohid were put to the sword. Kilmurry were in brilliant form and their opening quarter performance was comparable to a Blitzkrieg! Kilmurry stormed into an early six point lead and when they scored two goals in quick succession this game was over as a contest after only 17 minutes play.
Kilmurry had the opening point from a William Buckley free and this was followed by three superb points in a row from Alan O'Sullivan as Kilmurry repeatedly ran through the Clondrohid defence. The in-form James White then powered through from midfield, found Greg Barrett with a pin-point pass and the tall full forward promptly lashed to the Clondrohid net. Within a minute Alan O'Sullivan's speculative shot also found the net and Kilmurry after a dream opening quarter were already on the high road to victory. Clondrohid were clearly shocked but eventually opened their account with an excellent long range point from Fergal Kelleher. However the Kilmurry onslaught continued and points from Eoin Creedon and Greg Barrett (free) gave them a comprehensive 2-8 to 0-1 lead at the break.
Play was interrupted early in the second half after a nasty leg injury to Clondrohid's Brendan Kelleher who was carried off on a stretcher. Kilmurry remained dominant all over the field and Greg Barrett blasted home a third goal to add to their commanding lead. Plucky Clondrohid, although dismayed at their position, still battled on and they were rewarded for their efforts with a goal from Danny O'Riordan set up by the hard work of Paddy Lynch. Kilmurry emptied their bench with no ill effects and William Buckley added a few sweet points.
Scorers: Kilmurry: A O'Sullivan 1-5, G Barrett 2-1(0-1f), W Buckley 0-5 (0-3f), E Creedon, L Long, J Buckley 0-1 each. Clondrohid: D O'Riordan 1-0, D Dineen 0-3 (0-2f), M Creed, D O'Leary (free), F Kelleher 0-1.
Kilmurry: Jason Mc Donald; Adam Healy, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett; Liam Long, Eoin Creedon Pat O'Sullivan; David O'Leary, James White; David McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley; Alan O'Sullivan, Greg Barrett William Buckley. Subs: Finbarr Crowley, Liam White, David Sheehan, Michael Linehan.
Clondrohid: John Corkery; Oliver Kelleher, Denis Desmond, James Kelleher; Trevor O'Brien, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Conor O'Leary; Brendan Kelleher, Fergal Kelleher; Danny O'Riordan, Paddy Lynch, Lorcan Lynch; David O'Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen. Subs: Mark Creed, Neilus Murphy, Conor Desmond, Declan Kelleher.
Referee: Mr. Ted Hayes (Éire Óg)
Kilmichael 1- 10 Aghinagh 1 – 9
This was an exciting and extraordinary semi final game at Carrigadrohid! Kilmichael led by 1-6 to nil after fifteen minutes and enjoyed an eight point lead at half time, 1-8 to 0-3. They were relieved to survive by a point at the finish however as Aghinagh staged an unexpected and remarkable second half recovery and really deserved a draw. The sides were level at 1-9 each as the game reached the end of normal time and Finbarr Dromey's punched effort, the winning point, came in the first minute of injury time. Aghinagh had two chances of getting an equaliser subsequently but alas for them an equalising point did not result and so a magnificent fight back resulted in no more than a redemtption of honour. Kilmichael looked to be the team of all the talents in the first half. Peter Kelleher put them in front after just 15 seconds and points from a Shane Masters' '45', Kelleher again and Colm Dromey made it 0-4 before Twomey set up Colm Dromey for a 12th minute goal. Danny Twomey added two points and it was 1-6 to nil with the first quarter ending. Aghinagh were all at sea, struggling everywhere and their defence unable to cope with the Kilmichael attack. At last Donal Corkery got Aghinagh on the scoreboard with two points in the 17th/18th minutes but Kilmichael replied through Colm Dromey and when Sean Kelleher pointed for Aghinagh, Dromey again scored to leave Kilmichael leading by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break and seemingly already on the way to the final.
Aghinagh were a transformed side in the second half as they dominated midfield with a new combination, tightened completely in defence and went on the offensive. William Coakley had a 37th minute point which was followed by point from Declan Ambrose and when Ambrose had a ball in the Kilmichael net in the 40th minute after good work by Ross Crowley, William Coakley and Sean Kelleher, the margin between the teams was down to three points and Aghinagh were beginning to ignite, urged on by their very enthusiastic supporters. Declan Ambrose punched over the bar and set up Donal Corkery for another point, 1-8 to 1-7 in the 51st minute. Danny Twomey had Kilmichael's first score of the half in the 52nd minute but back came Aghinagh with a point from dynamic centre back Dave Barry and five minutes from time Donal Corkery pointed a free from the 14 metre line after a foul on another Aghinagh hero, Miceál Corkery. The sides were level now and what had been a bore of a first half had become an epic second half encounter. One wished for a draw as the two sides went in search of the winner and both sides had misses before James O'Leary set up Finbarr Dromey to punch over what was to prove the winning score a minute into injury time. Well done to both sides for a memorable semi final!
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Simon Foley: Cian Dromey, Adrian Kelly, Alan Murphy: Finbarr Dromey, Miceál Twomey: James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Conor Cotter: Alan Dromey, Colm Dromey, Danny Twomey. Subs: Dermot O'Riordan(53 mins.) and Finbarr Buckley (55 mins.).
Aghinagh: William Ambrose: Paudie O'Sullivan, Seamus O'Leary, Alan Hourihan: Dermot O'Callaghan, Dave Barry, Trevor Burns: Michael O'Brien, Con Lehane: Seán Horgan, Donal Corkery, Miceál Corkery: William Coakley, Declan Ambrose, Seán Kelleher. Subs: Jeremiah Kelleher (20 mins), Ross Crowley and Donagh McCarthy (both half time).
Referee: Mr. Dave Murnane, Macroom.
Ballinora 1-5 Aghabullogue 1-12
Naomh Aban v Aghabullogue
Cill na Martra 0-9 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-8
Final: Cill na Martra v Naomh Aban or Aghabullogue at Macroom, 1st Sept. 2pm.
Canovee, County u21 B Football Champions © John Tarrant
Cloughduv 2-14 Aghabullogue 1-16
Ballincollig 2-14 Ballinora 2-8
Blarney 2-20 Cloughduv 3-11
Blarney had to work extremely hard to defeat Cloughduv in a thrilling Farho Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling championship game at Coachford. Cloughduv held a one point lead at the break, the sides were level at the three quarter mark but Blarney were rampant in the final stages. This was a terrific game of high quality hurling from both sides. Blarney raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead thanks to four smashing points from Barra O'Connell (0-2 frees). Cloughduv received a major when Darragh Ring fired in an excellent shot to the corner of the Blarney net to level the scoring. Within a minute Blarney's goalkeeper Paul Hallissey's powerful penalty strike went over the crossbar for a point and then moments later, Hallissey had to be extremely alert to deny Ring a second goal. Cloughduv's Liam Ryan did brilliantly to find the net which left his side leading by 2-3 to 0-7 after 24 minutes. Blarney responded in style with an excellent Shane Mulcahy point and one from a free from O'Connell and Cloughduv led by point at half time, 2-5 to 0-10.
Blarney went ahead when David Cremin crashed to the net but Darragh Ring equalised with his second goal of the night early in the second half. There were some great scores from both sides and a brace from Darragh Ring levelling the scoring, 1-15 to 3-9 at the three quarter stage. After an exchange of points, David Cremin brilliantly found the net for a second Blarney goal, the vital score of the game, and it was followed by five points in a row for Blarney from Barra O'Connell (3), David Cremin and Shane Mulcahy.
Scorers:Blarney: B O'Connell 0-9 (0-4f, 0-1 '65), D Cremin 2-2, S Mulcahy 0-3, D Hyde 0-2 , D Lenihan 0-2, D Dunlea, P Hallissey (penalty), D O'Brien 0-1 each. Cloughduv: D Ring 2-7 (0-4f), D Kelly 0-2 (0-1f), L Ryan 1-0, W Ahern, S Curzon 0-1 each. Blarney: P Hallissey; A O'Shea, D Walsh, W Shine; D O'Brien, P Philpot, P O'Connor; B O'Connell, K Costello; D Hyde, C Buckley, D Lenihan; D Cremin, S Mulcahy, D Dunlea.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley; William Crowley, Liam Kelleher, Daniel O'Sullivan; Aidan Murphy, Donal Cronin, Michael Dunne; Williamm Ahern, Alan O'Sullivan; Darren Kelly, Charles Kenneally, Darragh Ring; Kevin Barry Murphy, Sean Curzon, Liam Ryan. Subs: Liam Mc Carthy.
Referee: J Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi).
Inniscarra 0-16 Ballincollig 1-12
Inniscarra survived a late rally from Ballincollig in the Farho Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling championship at Ovens. The winners held a five point lead at the break but a goal from Diarmuid McDonnell gave Ballincollig a lifeline with five minutes remaining. Colin O'Donovan landed an excellent free which reduced the gap to the minimum before a mass brawl resulted in the dismissal of three players. When the game resumed Ballincollig almost had an equaliser but a very difficult chance went just wide of the target.
Inniscarra had gone into an early lead in this exciting game with scores from Kieran Rice and David O'Keeffe but Ballincollig were back on level terms with points from Stephan Coughlan and Matt O'Leary. David O'Keeffe had three points to put 'Scarra in the lead, 0- 7 to 0-2 after 21 minutes but Ballincollig's Colin O'Donovan pointed two frees to keep his side in touch. Inniscarra finished the opening half strongly with Paul Farmer converting a free from distance while the outstanding David O'Keeffe clipped over a couple of excellent points from play, 0-10 to 0-5.
On the restart, Inniscarra sharpshooters Declan Browne, Kieran Rice and their outstanding dual prospect Tomás O Connor all landed great points from play. Ballincollig's centre-back Colin Moore thundered into the game and Diarmuid McDonald did brilliantly to collect and crash to the net but David O'Keeffe replied with a point for 'Scarra. Ballincollig's Emmet Ryle scored an excellent point and Colin O'Donovan converted his eighth placed ball of the night which reduced the gap to the minimum as the game entered added time. A mass brawl resulted in three red cards and Ballincollig just failed to land the equaliser in the final seconds of the game.
Scorers:Inniscarra: D O'Keeffe 0-8 (0-4f), T Ó Connor 0-3 (0-2f) K Rice 0-3, P Farmer 0-2(frees). Ballincollig: C O'Donovan 0-8 (all frees), D Mc Donnell 1-0, C Moore, E Ryle, S Coughlan, M O'Leary 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: Stephen Horgan; George O'Mahony, Brian Gould, Conor Barrett; David Barry, Sean O'Donoghue, Mike Ryan; Jack O'Dwyer, Paul Farmer; Declan Browne, Jerry Roche, Tomas Ó Connor; David O'Keeffe, Jamie Barry, Kieran Rice. Subs: Liam Collins, Dominic Kelleher.
Ballincollig: Ronan Cambridge; William Greene, Kevin O'Sullivan, Daniel Byrne; Shane Murphy, Colin Moore, Daniel McDonnell; Colin O'Donovan, Luke Prendergast; Chistopher Collins, Matt O'Leary, Stephen Bunyan; Emmett Ryle, Stephen Coughlan, S O'Sullivan.
Ref: Mr. Ger Ahern, Cloughduv.
Blarney 3-17 Donoughmore 1-11
Eire Óg v Inniscarra
Final: 25th August: Blarney v Eire Óg/ Inniscarra.
Jerry Masters, Sean Kelly and Ted O'Driscoll who participated in the 600 km Tour de Munster cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. ©
Cork Junior footballers played and defeated British champions, Lancashire 1-15 to 1-9 at Manchester in the All Ireland Junior Football championship semi final. Eoin O'Mahony and Sean Kiely of Macroom, Micheál Ó Laoire of Naomh Abán and Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary all started for Cork and Kevin Barrett of Kilmurry came on as a substitute in the full back line. All played well and they are now preparing for the All Ireland Final at Limerick on Saturday 24th August when they meet Kildare, 6.30pm.throw in. Tim O'Sullivan of Macroom is a selector with the Cork team.
Cork defeated Dublin, the Leinster champions, in a thrilling All Ireland semi final at CrokePark. There was a huge Cork following at the game and all were delighted with the display of this young Cork team. Tom Kenny of Grenagh was the only player on the field with an All Ireland medal and his steadying influence has been a major factor all season.
Cork now meet Clare in the All Ireland final on 8th September (who could have envisaged such a scenario earlier in the year!) and the pursuit of tickets is already in full swing.
Well done to Jimmy BarryMurphy and his knowledgeable team of selectors and back room assistants!
Cork lost their first game of the year at Thurles when defeated by Kilkenny in the All Ireland Senior Camogie semi final by a single point on a score of 2-12 to 2-11. The Munster and National League champions were pipped by an emerging Kilkenny side who deserved their narrow victory but this group of Cork Camogie players has certainly done this county proud and can hold their heads high even in defeat. Aoife Murray, Joanne O'Callaghan, Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery, Síle Burns were in action with Cork and gave their all once again.
Leeside Inchigeela, winners of the charity event in aid of the Children's Unit in CUH recently. © David Shine/Macroom FC
The annual 7 a side tournament hosted by Macroom F.C. was held recently. Ten teams took part and were guaranteed at least two games. After the first round, winning teams entered the cup competition while losing sides played off for the shield. The cup was won by F.C. Tigers and the shield by Bealnamorrive. Prizes were presented in Murray's Bar, who kindly sponsored the event. There was much praise for all who took part, especially the large numbers of younger players who played to such a high standard. The club would like to thank all who contributed to the success of the event, and to referees, John Corcoran and Hughie Kelleher, who carried out their duties in their usual professional manner.
Macroom Under 14 training is on each Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8pm. For further information contact John @086 3719560.
With the 2013/14 season almost upon us, all at Macroom F. C. are preparing well for what is hoped will be a successful year. The club A.G.M. was held recently in the clubhouse in Murrayfield. In what was a well attended meeting the following officers were appointed: Chairman: Denis Murray; Life President: Willie O'Riordan; Secretary: Brian Murphy; Treasurer: Janet Shine; Assistant Treasurer: Connie Foley; P. R.O: Darragh Deasy, Frank Deasy, Denis Canty; Schoolboys' Secretary: William O' Riordan; Grounds Committee: Willie O'Riordan, Hughie Kelleher, Shane O' Sullivan; Committee: Shane O'Sullivan, Darren Kelly, J.J. Murphy, Noel O'Riordan, Cathal Prendeville, Paul Barrett, John Ronan.
For the coming season John Ronan will take over as manager of the First Team who will compete in the Premier A league of the Cork AUL. According to John, preseason has gone really well and he is expecting the team to be very competitive. "Our aim is to finish as high up in the league table as possible" he says. "We are looking to introduce young players from last year's Youths team, and hopefully have a nice blend of youth and experience. I am also delighted to have great experience on the sideline as J.J. Murphy and Denis Murray will be assisting me this season" said John.
The clubs' second team will again be managed by Decky Kelly with the assistance of John Murphy. It is hoped to add a third member to the management team in due course. After a fourth place finish in last season's division 2A, Decky is looking for more consistency throughout the season.
At underage level, the club continues to grow with teams entered into the Cork Schoolboys League at Under 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. The club's academy caters for Under 6 to 10 for both boys and girls, and these teams play non competitive games against other clubs during the year. There is great credit due to all those involved in doing such great volunteer work in what is after all, the future of the club.
The Youths (Under 18) team will be managed by Shane O' Sullivan who moves up after guiding last year's Under 16 team to an outstanding league and cup double. Shane will be joined by the hugely experienced Willie O' Riordan.
Fixtures for all games can be found online at http://www.corkaul.com/ for the youths and adult teams and http://www.corkschoolboysleague.ie/ for the underage teams. The club would like to encourage the people of Macroom and surrounding areas to come out and support all teams in what should be yet another exciting season on the local soccer scene.
The Dolphin Cup, an Under 15 invitational soccer tournament hosted by Macroom F.C., was held in the Town Park August 10. The tournament was a fundraiser for the Children's Unit of Cork University Hospital. The day was a great success and with eight teams taking part, there was plenty entertainment for all in attendance. The final was contested by Macroom and Leeside from the West Cork league and the Inchigeela based outfit were excellent throughout, winning on a scoreline of 3-0. The player of the tournament was awarded to Josh Pickering and the top scorer was Chris Óg Jones, both from the winning team. €1,100 was raised for CUH Children's Unit and great credit must go to Darren Kelly and all involved in the organising and running of such a worthwhile event.
Macroom F.C. will hold a family fun day on the 25th August at the club grounds in Murrayfield from 2pm to 5pm.. Bouncy castles. face painting and food stalls will be onsite. Also, the finals of our annual Mini World Cup will take place on the day. So please some along and enjoy the afternoon and as always, young and old alike are most welcome.
Colm Ahern, winner of Macroom G.C. Intermediate Scratch Cup with left, Jim O'Connell, Captain and right, Tim Keating, President. ©Lee Valley Outlook
The annual August week-end "Open" started with torrential rain on the first day. Nevertheless, we experienced four good days afterwards. Results. Singles; 0-7 Nett, Dan Kiely Kilmichael. 0-7 Gross, Ronan Callanan Collins. 8-18 Nett, Christine Swanton Kilmichael. 8-18 Gross, J.P.Murphy Lakewood.
Scratch Cup; 1st Seniors, Ray Murphy St. Ann's. 2nd Seniors, Kevin McCarthy Rocklodge. 3rd Seniors, Darren Collins St. Ann's. 1st Intermediate Greg O'Brien Ballinlough. 2nd Intermediate, Kevin O'Donovan Kilmichael. 3rd Intermediate, Rick O'Mahony Ranges. 1st Junior, James Dignan Castleisland. 2nd Junior, Paudie Looney Castleisland. 3rd Junior, Hugh O'Sullivan Deerpark.
Three Ball Scramble; 1st Nett, John Flynn, Mary O'Sullivan, John O'Sullivan. 1st Gross, Maureen Foley, Pat Foley, Charlie Foley. 2nd Nett, Dan Kiely, Sean O'Leary, P.J.Curtin. 2nd Gross, Michael Dunlea, Ronan Callanan, Michael Vaughan.
Our sincere thanks to the sponsors without whose help the event could not take place.