The Glory of Mountain Ash in Rebel Cork © Lee Valley Outlook
September Art Exhibition: Canovee Art Group
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Sept. 9.
Bridge: Wed., Sept. 11, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Sept. 19. 11 am -1p.m.
Jimmy McCarthy Sun. Sept.22..
Sullane Film Society Mon. Sept. 23 Good Vibrations at 8.30p.m.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre first show Sun. Sept. 29,
Review on Oct. 4th and 5th at 8p.m.
Kuma at 8.30p.m. on Mon. Oct. 8.
Sullane Junior Players with "Sive" on Oct.10th, 11th and 12th.
Jack L in concert on Fri. 18th Oct.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs on Sun. 20th Oct. at 3pm
Brendan Grace on Sun. 20th Oct. at 8pm
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Ballinagree Harvest Festival on Sun. Sept. 8 from 1:30 p.m.
Sullane Bridge Club reopens Tues. Sept. 10 at 7.45 pm in The Castle Hotel.
Sullane Art Group exhibition atIonad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Sept. 12 to Oct 21.
Book Launch: Michael Galvin will launch his 15th book in Kilmurry School on Tues. Sept. 10 at 8.30p.m.
McEgan College Night Class enrolment Thurs. 12 Sept 7.30-8.30pm
Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: 'Bellows, Bridge and Bow' Sat. Sept. 14 at 8:30pm.
Carriganima 4 Mile Fun Run/ Jog/ Walk Sat. Sept. 21 at 4pm..
Donoughmore Marymount coffee night on Thurs. Sept. 19in community centre, Stuake.
Golf Classic at Macroom on Fri. Sat. & Sun. 20th to 22nd Sept.
Sponsored Cycle: Sept. 29 from Ballincollig and "High Nellie" cycle from Farran Village to Ballincollig.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstán Gúgán Barra 3 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair. '
The Cannonball Run goes through a gridlocked Macroom. ©Lee Valley Outlook
The 5th Cannonball Run, (based on the 1981 film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore and Farrah Fawcett which featured a wild and illegal cross-country car race), was temporarily slowed down in Macroom as it made its way through the gridlocked town at high noon on August 24. The 160 colourful, high powered cars were en route from Cork to Kenmare and included Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Porsche, Masseratti, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Cannonball 5 raised money for Laura Lynn, which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families. Cannonballers wore colourful costumes and fancy dress just like the original movie and included sultry nurses, corrupt NYPD police officers, disco kings, mustachioed racing drivers and grid girls. 50 of the supercars came from abroad - Italy, Germany, US, UK, Monaco, Russia, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands – for this very special Cannonball Gathering.
Celebrity chef, Derry Clarke, will be in Macroom on Friday, October 4 to help management of ChurchLaneRestaurant, Castle Street, fundraise for Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. A Family Fun Evening, with special emphasis on children, will run from 5p.m. and will feature music and a feast of local produce. While children enjoy all the fun of the fair, adults can sample some delicious fare grown / produced / sourced / cooked in the Cork area. Payment will be by donation and it is hoped that contributions will help raise a significant sum for the hospital which is close to the hearts of many local families. The owners of Church Lane are most appreciative of the hospital in Crumlin as one of the family spent the first month of her life in cardiac care there and is now a healthy five year. She returns to Our Lady's for annual check ups and her family is fully aware of the importance of fundraising for the improvement of services at the facility.
Everyone is welcome to what promises to be a fun evening in the aftermath of Macroom Food Festival, which will already have whetted appetites for good, local food.
The Castle Hotel's Pat Ryan, Vicki Wray and Margaret Buckley prepare for Macroom Food Festival September 27, 28, 29 ©Lee Valley Outlook
On Saturday 28th September the streets of Macroom will again be alive with the sound of musicians & singers battling it out to become the 2013 Macroom Busker of The Year. The competition will run from 12 noon to 5pm, with the winners being announced in The Castle Hotel @ 6pm.
Such was the success of last year's event that this year the total prize money has been increased to €2000. A panel of expert judges will roam the streets of Macroom for the afternoon to pick out the winners. Last year all entries were judged together but this year, to give everybody a better chance, there will be two sections, Traditional & Pop , Rock , Contemporary.
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 few days. 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 . Give us a 1st please.
McEganCollege is starting the new school year on a high note, celebrating the success of the Leaving Cert class of 2012/2013. Several students received points in the four hundreds while Max Darby achieved an impressive 525 points. Max plans on taking a year out to consider the many options now available to him. Principal, Trish Lynam, extended her congratulations to all students and wished them the best for the future. "We're very proud of all our 6th years. This year's results were particularly impressive and it's wonderful to see the personal success of each student. We have a very dedicated team of teachers here at McEgan and I know that they are very proud of all their students".
McEgan is planning on building on this academic success with the introduction of an Academic Council this year explained Ms. Lynam. A small group of teachers will work closely with a group of 5th year students who have shown the ability to be high academic achievers. These students will receive additional supports and be mentored by individual teachers. "We are dedicated to ensuring that all students reach their potential here at McEganCollege and we believe that this new initiative will ensure that more students achieve top grades in higher level subjects".
It's that time of year when the evenings are getting dark and people start to think about doing a night class or taking up a new hobby. This year at McEganCollege you can choose from courses in Computing, Gardening, Health Care, Community Care, Art, Beauty/ Make up, Photography, Cooking, Smartphones, Guitar or Welding. If you want more information on McEganCollege nightclasses, just go to www.mcegan.ie. The Night Class enrolment night is on Thursday 12 Sept 7.30-8.30pm at the college.
McEgan College is delighted to hold its annual award ceremony for post leaving certificate students on Thursday the 19th September. The awards night will begin with photos at 6:30pm and the ceremony begins at 7:00. The awards night is in recognition of the hard work and dedication that the students have put in over the academic year and to honour their individual achievements. McEgan College has been offering a wide variety of FETAC accredited courses such as art, business and childcare to the community for many years and many students have gone on to third level education and successful careers .
Sean Buckley, Finbarr O'Leary, Andy Lynch and Principal, Noel Dunne. at the Gathering at De la Salle College, Macroom. ©Lee Valley Outlook
The De La Salle College Macroom Gathering was one of those special events that bring great joy and happiness to all who attend. Past pupils from all over Ireland and from further afar gathered in the school hall and after something to eat and over a drink were able to mingle with their fellow past pupils and exchange tales of days gone by and of friends of their time in 'The Brothers'. It was a beautifully informal evening, with the minimum of speeches and the reaction from all present has been most gratifying for School Principal, Noel Dunne, and his organising committee. Mr Dunne has expressed his thanks to all who helped make the evening and the golf tournament of the previous two days such a success, in particular Tommy Counihan and Mickey Kelleher, Jim Quinn and Billy Hennigan for their massive efforts on behalf of the special occasion. Noel has also thanked those whose generosity and financial support toward the DLS Gathering was so much appreciated – Nutricia Ltd., Permanent TSB Macroom, B of I Macroom, Matt Murphy Chemist, Michael Kelleher Ford Dealer, Humphrey Lynch Bakery, Macroom Motors, John O'Callaghan Railway View, Pat Healy Tractors, Maurice Healy Gurteenroe, Raymond Healy Tyres, Macroom Town Council, Donal Lynch Glen Park, Care Choice Gurteenroe, Killian Lynch Auctioneer.
In a brief formal interlude at the Gathering school principal Noel Dunne introduced the three speakers. Mayor of Macroom, Ted Lucey spoke of his happy childhood memories of the Brothers, living as he did at the bottom of the school lane and seeing the brothers every day when he delivered milk to the brothers' house. Monsignor James O'Donnell, former PP Macroom and Chairman of he DLS Board of Management for the past 24 years spoke in praise of the DLS brothers and their contribution to education in Macroom and in Ireland. He expressed his delight that the links between the DLS Order and the school are still so strong and that the Christian ethos of the school has been maintained. Br. Stephen, former Provincial of the De La Salle order in Ireland thanked the principal for the invitation to attend the Gathering. Br. Stephen commended Noel Dunne and the staff 'for the intelligent and creative way in which they have built on the Lasallian educational foundations since the 1990's and for the singular way in which they have maintained a very close bond with the De La Salle Province and the Lasallian educational ethos'. 'De La Salle College Macroom', Br Stephen said 'claims a very high rating in the educational estimation of the leadership of the province and is often cited publicly as an example of how smoothly and with what quiet and unified professionalism, the headmaster and staff of De La Salle Macroom have maintained, expanded and practised the Lasallian tradition of human and Christian education, the seeds of which were tentatively begun by the De La Salle brothers in 1933'.
Mr Dunne in welcoming everyone present, (and all age groups and all local parishes were represented in the 350+ Gathering), spoke of the coming of the Brothers to Macroom in 1933 and of the hard time then prevailing. The annual fee was minimal and often waived by the brothers to enable families to have their sons educated for a better future. 'Macroom owes those men a tremendous debt of gratitude,he said and added that since their departure in 1990, the De La Salle brothers had been of enormous help to him and the staff in developing the school. He sent his good wishes to Bro Jerome Cooper, former Principal of DLS Macroom, who was anxious to travel from Castletown, Co Laois for the Gathering but could not do so on medical advice.
Past pupils pay attention at the Gathering as De la Salle College, Macroom celebrates its 80th anniversary. ©Lee Valley Outlook
Canovee Art Group, Circle of Friends, is exhibiting their varied art works on the library walls for the month of September. Do come in and enjoy it. Our Summer Reading Challenge for children, 'Have Book Will Travel' has finished now and all participants were included in a draw which Ellen Healy won. All participants' names have been sent to our headquarters to be included in the main draw. The Purlies Knitting Group will meet on Thursday 5th and Thursday 19th September at 11a.m . All levels of knitter welcome. The Bookclub resumed on Wednesday 4th September. The novel for next month is 'Last Night in Twisted River' by John Irving. It's quite a large tome, coming in at 554 pages. Let's hope it's such a good read that members will fly through it! Bridge clashed with the Bookclub this Wednesday but the bridge players will have the place to themselves when they next meet on Wednesday 11th at 11 am until 1pm. Our monthly gramophone morning returns on Monday 9th September at 11 am and we hope to see friends old and new attending. We are delighted to have Jim Ahern as presenter on this occasion. All are welcome to this free event. We have night class brochures available for Bishop McEgan College and also Ballincollig Community School. Also check out our notice board for diverse art classes and health improvement classes in various venues.
Remember Adult membership of Macroom library costs only €2.50 per year so, even if you don't have time for night classes, you can educate yourself through all our wonderful non fiction books and novels.
The Briery Gap is proud to present a unique night of entertainment with Macroom's own Jimmy McCarthy at a Fundraising Gala Concert to mark the re-opening of the newly refurbished theatre. One of Ireland's foremost songwriters, Jimmy McCarthy returns to his hometown of Macroom on Sunday the 22nd of September at 8.00pm.
Having written for major Irish artists Christy Moore, Mary Black, Mary Coughlin, Maura O'Connell, and West life, and released four albums of his own, Jimmy will pay homage to old favourites such as 'Neidín', while introducing more recent work such as 'Andalucian Gray' and 'Children of Mile'.
A native of Macroom, Jimmy McCarthy was singing in pubs and busking from an early age. His first single 'Miles of Eyes' was released in 1981 and from there he went on to create some of the best known songs in the Irish folk and contemporary repertoire such as 'Ride On', 'No Frontiers' ,'Katie', 'The Bright Blue Rose', 'The Contender', 'Mystic Lipstick,' 'Missing you' and many more.
Jimmy McCarthy in Concert at gala reopening of theatre on Sunday, September 22. Tickets €25.
Sullane Film Society is back in fortnightly 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 at 8p.m. Tickets €10. Students €5.
Review, an enchanting evening of great musical and dramatic moments at the Briery Gap, will be staged on October 4th and 5th at 8p.m. Tickets, as part of a Fundraising event, are €10.
Sullane Film Society will present Kuma at 8.30p.m. on October 8. Admission €7.
Sullane Junior Players present John B. Keane's "Sive" on October 10th, 11th and 12th. Tickets €10; Concessions €8.
Jack L is in concert in the Briery Gap on Friday 18th October, tickets €22. Concessions €20.
The Lambeth Puppet Theatre presents Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs on Sunday 20th October at 3pm Tickets €10
Brendan Grace will surely raise a laugh on Sunday 20th October at 8pm; tickets €25
Our own Jim Murray and Seamus Begley will be in concert on October 25. Tickets €15 and €12.
Bealick Mill is now open to visitors 9am – 4:30pm Monday – Wednesday and 9am – 2:30pm Thursday – Saturday.
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 086 3684949.
Ionad Cultúrtha Concert: Music Network presents 'Bellows, Bridge and Bow', a unique traditional Irish music tour featuring Liam O'Connor, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Noel Hill in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, on Saturday 14th September at 8:30pm. Tickets €15 / €10 / €5 are available at Tel. 026 45733.
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group is holding its annual coffee
night on Thursday September 19th in the newly refurbished community centre at Stuake, Donoughmore from 7pm - 9pm. Usual stalls, home baking, bric a brac, face painting, nail art. Tickets on sale in local shops & on the night. Loads of prizes to be won. There is also a 50" Toshiba LCD TV for auction on the night. Your continued support would be much appreciated this year. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat - all in a good cause.
Fundraising for Briery Gap: The online fundraising campaign for the theatre is ongoing. Seat sponsorship costs €100 and each 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.
Coppeen Book Launch: 'Coppeen - A Glimpse Of The Past Volume III' was launched recently by Coppeen Archaeological and Historical Society. Eddie Goggin, Editor of The Opinion, performed the official launch. Also present were Margaret Walsh, Secretary CAHCS; Colum Cronin, Chairman CAHCS and editor of book and Nuala Lordan, Treasurer CAHCS. The Coppeen Heritage Trail was also unveiled at the event.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 19/8/2013,Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 5 - 15 - 16, No Winner, €40 Neilie O' Callaghan, €20 Pat Hayes, Patrick O'Callaghan, Karl Thomas, Jer Crowley (Yearly Ticket).
26/8/2013, Jackpot: €2,000, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 10 - 18, No Winner, €40 Tom O'Donovan, €20 Martin O'Connell, Eileen Buckley, Olive O'Sullivan, Noel Foley.
2/9/2013, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 6 - 21, No Winner, €40 Amy & Cliona, €20 Isabelle Leahy, Donal Herlihy, The McSweeney Boys, Paddy & Nick Martin.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: August 20. Jackpot €5,000. Numbers drawn 22, 25 and 31. No winner. €70 Liz Griffin, Heronwood, Glanmire. €20 B. O'Rourke, Dunmanway; Sheila Crowley, Gurteenroe; Joan Buckley, Renaniree; Catherine Kelleher, Gurteenroe; Ali Ring Snr., 13 St. Colman's Park.
August 27 Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn 13, 20 and 33. No winner. €70 Ted Lucey, Ard na Gréine. €20 Bríd O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs; Sharon O'Connell, Coolehane; Eilish Creedon, Teergay; Con Kelleher, Oakwood; Jack Oldham, Beechville, Coachford.
Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society will host their 11th annual Harvest Festival and Family Fun Day in Ballinagree on Sunday, September 8 from 1:30 p.m. in a field adjacent to the village, which is kindly donated by Con Lehane. A large number of entries is expected from owners of vintage and classic vehicles. Ballinagree's newly appointed Mayor will be in attendance. There will be a display of old time threshing with "two on the thresher and two on the stack, and the man with the fork kept the straw flyin' back..." and also a glimpse of culinary skills, from bygone days i.e. cooking on an open fire "so boil up the bacon and the cabbage that's green, have plenty of spuds laced with butter between...". All this will surely evoke fond memories and stir up the gastric juices too. If the open fire will be too slow, there will be tea, sandwiches and cake served in the large tent. Music will be provided in the field by Aghinagh Comhaltas. The dog show at 2 p.m. usually attracts many proud owners and there will be prizes for various categories and handlers. Children's sports for tots to teens will also feature and Moms and Dads will also have a chance to shine. Children's amusements including bouncy castle, puppet show, art etc. will all be FREE of charge. For all you fashionistas, there's a prize for the best dressed lady. Each year, Ballinagree Vintage Society donates to local charities and this year their main beneficiary is the Irish Heart Foundation. Tickets on sale presently in local shops and pubs, with over €1,000 worth of prizes. The draw will take place on the night of the festival (Sun 8th) in the Ploughman Bar.Music on the night by Clann Eireann. Please support this worthy cause.
For sports enthusiasts, the All Ireland Hurling Final Cork vs. Clare will be televised live in the field. So do come along! You won't miss out, while enjoying a great day and supporting Ballinagree Vintage Vehicle Society and the Irish Heart Foundation. Hope to see you all there!
Patrick Buckley, Director Community Council; Amy Looney, Chair of Carnival Committee and Michael Twomey M.C. at Donoughmore 'Pride of Place' adjudication ©Lee Valley Outlook
Pride - well justified pride - was very much to the fore in Stuake on August 21 as the community made its presentation at the All Island National Pride of Place adjudication. The competition, run in association with Co-operation Ireland, recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that community partnerships make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. It specifically recognises the involvement of the local community in all aspects of regeneration, including, promoting social cohesion, involvement in planning, the promotion of heritage and environmental awareness.
Donoughmore has a proven track record in community development and was nominated by IRD Duhallow to represent Cork in the 2013 competition. M.C., Michael Twomey, introduced the judges, Terry O'Niadh retired County Manager North Tipp and Blaise Treacy, retired County Manager Wicklow CC.,
to the pro-active Donoughmore community of which he is so proud. Referring to the old inter parish slur that claims Donoughmore was the last place God made, saying he would 'Do no more', Michael claimed the real reason was because He had achieved perfection!
Patrick Buckley, Director of the Community Council, assisted by Marie Wallace, delivered a Powerpoint presentation of some of the things the rural parish of 28 townlands has to offer. It has five villages – Stuake, Donoughmore Cross, New Tipperary, Firmount and Fornaught – each with a rich heritage and a variety of amenities. Parish facilities include two sports grounds, two excellent schools, two churches, a family resource centre, community centre, sports complex, amenity walk, outdoor gym, children's playground, Post Office, part time Garda Station, Credit Union and cemetery. It is a fine example of best use of public funding. Among the very active local clubs are a host of sports groups, Active Retirement, Art, Vegetable Growers, Marymount Hospice Support, CoderDojo, History, Community Council, Catering Committee etc.
Sean Barry recited a poem composed by himself and his colleague, Billy Shannon, tracing the history of Donoughmore from its geological formation to its current status as a location to which blow-ins aspire and migrants hope to return. The judges were taken on a tour of the parish in a vintage car and later returned to the beautifully refurbished community centre for alfresco refreshments at a marquee overlooking the community pitch and the plains of Donoughmore.
The results of the adjudication will not be known until November but, as the organisers stressed, Donoughmore is already a winner, with its culture of community, self help and pride of place.
A section of the attendance at Donoughmore 'Pride of Place' adjudication ©Lee Valley Outlook
Best Community Creche: Heartiest congratulations to Clann Aire and all their staff on reaching the final of the Best Community Creche competition. They now await inspections etc, before the final result is announced around October. With a lot of bad press re Creches at the moment, it's great to see the Clondrohid facility up their with the best of them.
Development Group: This group would once again like to thank all who contribute to their funds. As promised, the funds they receive are always wisely spent. This year so far they have spent over €600 on flowers and shrubs. Maintenance of machinery, oil, petrol, etc is another cost. They have arranged to cut the ditches from the cross at Gussie Kelleher's right through the village as far back as Healy's the Junction and the connecting road from Clondrohid to the Mons. The palm trees in the church yard and on the way up to the G.A.A. pitch are all to be trimmed. Their annual sponsorship walk, their only means of funds, will be taking place again this year in Sept / October, so your support will be appreciated.
Music Classes: If interested in lessons in the Accordion or Concertina, please contact Gary on 0879939111 or 0876284435.Classes can be arranged for beginners or for those who are more advanced or one to one tuition.. Give a call.
Carriganima 4 Mile Challenge: A Fun Run/ Jog/ Walk will take place in Carriganima on Saturday September 21 at 4pm.. Registration is at 3pm in the pub in Carriganima. Adults €10, under 18 €5 and Family €20 in aid of Millstreet and Macroom hospitals. Music by Tommy G that night with a special draw for all participants and a raffle on the night as well. Please support this worthy fundraiser. Come out, enjoy the company and keep fit at the same time. See you there.
G.A.A. U 13 Blitz in Inchgeela: Great excitement at Inchigeela festival when Clondrohid u13 team defeated Ballyvourney in a penalty shoot out. The game controversially ended in a draw, so Callum O'Shea, and Sean Desmond took their penalties with great skill and Tiernan Quinn made some great saves so Clondrohid accepted the cup. This team lined out again in Clondrohid playing Carrignavaar and gave a great second half display and once again came away worthy winners. Well done to all involved.
Congratulations to Niamh Duggan who plays centre field for Cork u16 lady footballers. They defeated Dublin in the all Ireland final. The score was Cork 6 9 Dublin 3 5. Well done Niamh, hope it's the first of many all Ireland medals to come.
Congratulations to Sean Desmond on making the Muskerry u13 football and hurling panels. Good luck.
Clondrohid u 8's took on Inniscarra, Cloughduv, and Eire Óg in Cloughduv in a hurling blitz. Well done to all the boys and girls who took part and to their parents for their support.
Lotto: Results August 21. €70 Jill O'Mahony Dooniskey; €20 Noel McDonagh Carriganima, Anne Lehane Dunmanway, Mary Murphy c/o Dan Kelleher, Gerard Burke c/o Mons Bar
Results August 28. €70 Pat O'Riordan c/o Bell Inn. €20 Kevin Cullinane Coachford, Sheila O'Riordan Gortnapaesta, Mary Twomey Snr The Tce., Clondrohid. McDonagh c/o P. O'Brien. Next jackpot €5,000. Bingo jackpot €1,000.
Michael Galvin with his latest publication, Kilmurry 1911 – 14, which will be launched in Kilmurry School on Tuesday, September 10 ©Lee Valley Outlook
'Kilmurry 1911 – 1914 People and Politics' by prolific writer, Michael Galvin, will be launched in KilmurrySchool on Tuesday, September 10 at 8.30p.m. This is Michael's 15th book. A U.C.C. graduate, he has also published 10 historical articles and is very much in demand as a speaker at historical events.
'Kilmurry 1911 – 1914' will be launched by Dr. John Borgonovo, School of History U.C.C. It deals with socio-economic conditions and happenings in Kilmurry during the first decades of the 20th century. There are frequent references to the neighbouring parishes of Kilmichael, Enniskeane and Newcestown and the towns of Macroom, Dunmanway and Bandon. The book is dedicated to the memory of another local historian, John Noel Murphy of Kilmichael and Macroom, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. The launch is organised by Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Society whose major project, the building of a new museum dedicated to Terence McSwiney, is nearing fruition. The location of the state of the art museum is ideal, adjacent to Béal na mBláth, Crossbarry, Kilmichael, Warrenscourt etc.
Everyone is welcome to the book launch.
A night of music and song including a monster raffle as part of the ongoing Barry Collins fundraising efforts was held in Mai Fitz's Bar and Restaurant, Lissarda, recently. Organised by Kilmurry native, Móna O'Riordan, and Jackie Beirne and Larry Buckley of Mai Fitz's, several hundred books of raffle tickets were sold for 22 excellent prizes, many of which were very kindly donated. Max Rambles (Jim Callanan and Mona O'Riordan) provided the entertainment for the night and a huge crowd attended. Mai Fitz's kindly supplied refreshments and a great night was had by all. A cheque for €5788 was presented on the night to Tom and Annette Collins who represented the Collins family. Since the event a further €220 has been raised, bringing the total amount collected to €6008. The organisers wish to thank everyone involved.
Part of the attendance at Ballingeary Show 2013 ©Lee Valley Outlook
Taispeántas Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 2013 was run off in spectacular style, a great relief to the hard working organising committee who, due to adverse weather conditions, have suffered all the horrors of postponements and cancellations in recent years. Big attractions on the day were Animal Magic with an interesting selection of animals and birds, a fascinating falconry demonstration and a large display of vintage machinery. A novel idea, Guess the weight of the Toonsbridge Buffalo, helped to raise money for charity and Ann Lucey, Ballyvourney was the winner with her guess of 740kgs. Live music was supplied by Willie Burke and there was a welcome performance by Ballingeary Pipe Band with their 11 new members.
Raffle Prizewinners: 1st .Caoimhe Dineen:Aharas; 2nd.. Liam O'Mahony :Carrignadowra; 3rd.Peg Moynihan: Bishopstown. 4th. Alison Twomey: Currahy. 5th. Patrick Ring: Bawnatoumple. 6th. Mary McCarthy: Cathair. 7th. Catriona O'Riordan:Gougane Barra. 8th. Mairead Ui Cheilleachair:Aharas. 9th. Margaret Mc Sweeney:Ballymakeera East. 10th .Denis O'Riordan:Innishannon. 11th. Emma Twomey:Reinaree. 12th. Maria Ui Laoire:Gugan Barra. 13th. Denis O'Shea:Tir Na Spideoga. Míle Buíochas to all the sponsors of prizes & all who supported the draw.
There follows some Show Prizewinners. More will be included in the next issue of the Lee Valley Outlook.
Men's sheaf tossing – John Hyde, Ballingeary; Ladies sheaf tossing – Claire O'Sullivan, Knocknagoshel.
Bonny baby – under 6 months – Annie Cronin, Ballingeary; under 1 year – Edel Coakley–Barrett, Inchigeela; under 2 years – Leah Irwin, Kilmurry.
Most suitably dressed lady – Cornelia Neville, Macroom
Equine: Champion led pony – Dermot Horgan, Kilbarry; Champion mare – Michael McCarthy, Clonakilty; Champion foal – Tess Galvin, Lissarda; Champion young horse – John Tyner, Kinsale
Cattle: Champion beef cow and Champion junior beef bull – Tim O'Donovan, Dunmanway;
Poultry: Timmy O'Leary Trophy for Medium hybrid hen – Éanna Ó Céilleachair, Ballingeary
Sheep: Best scotch ewe – Dan Lynch, Ballyvourney; Best scotch hogget ram – Danny McCarthy, Kealkil; Champion lowland – Paul Kingston, Bantry;
Dogs: Champion dog – Philippa Mockler, Minane Bridge; Gun dog – Ballingeary/Inchigeela – Mike Buckley, Ballingeary; Best working dog (Paddy Cronin Trophy) – Nóra Hayes, Dunmanway
Indoor section – Section of honey – Irene Murphy, Renaniree; 5 table beet – Con Lehane, Inchigeela; Best 5 large onions from sets – Tadhg & Donnacha Ó Laoire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Pot plant – Joan Bn. Uí Chéilleachair, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Handmade brown cake – Nance Uí Laoire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh; Fruit cake – Lucy Lucey, Ballingeary; Cheese cake – Margaret Corcoran, Macroom; Blackberry jam – Margaret O'Leary, Ballingeary; Pencil sketch – Sinéad O'Sullivan, Ovens; Amusing photo – Maria Uí Ríordáin, Ballingeary; Decorated bottle – Mai Ní Cheallacháin, Ballingeary; Painted stone – Julie Ní Choinceannáin, Ballingeary.
The International Lucey Family Gathering at the Auld Triangle in Macroom ©Lee Valley Outlook
More than thirty members of the extended Lucey family from Réidh na nDoirí convened at the Auld Triangle, Macroom recently to celebrate a Clan Gathering. They came from Cill na Martra, Baile Mhúirne, Clondrohid, Macroom, Kilmichael and Kilmurry and a group of ten came from Washington D.C. and Florida. Dennis Lucey, Vice President of TKC Global, McLean, Virginia organised the event, with the help of Nora Lucey Twomey. Dennis's father, James Lucey, emigrated to San Francisco in August 1923, 90 years ago, where he married Bridget Joyce from Kilronan in the Aran Islands. They and their family have maintained strong links with Ireland ever since. The 2013 visiting group included Dennis and Pam Lucey; their daughter, Megan, son-in-law, Quinn and granddaughter, Lucey; their son, Christopher with his wife, Katie and son, Jack and Katie's parents, Patti and Terry Jack from Panama City, Florida. Katie Jack Lucey has worked many years for Hillary Clinton, both when she was a Senator and U.S. Secretary of State. She now works in the Stat Dept. Protocol Office which serves both Secretary John Kerry and President Obama. Her father, Terry Jack, is a Professor of Political Science at Florida State University.
The assembled Lucey clan was treated to a night of fine food, reminiscence and emotional ballads in the Auld Triangle and finished off the night's entertainment at the Trad Session in the Castle Hotel.
Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair 2013 in Óstán Gúgán Barra 3 – 6 Deireadh Fómhair. 'Scaipeadh na nGael' is ea ábhar na scoile agus tabharfaidh Paula Kehoe as Melbourne léacht ar 'Scéal na nAstráile maidin Satharn ag 10.30 r.n. Ist oíche, ar a 9, labharfaidh Tadhg Ó Súillleabháin faoi 'Muintir Bhéara a chuaigh go Montana'. Beidh daoine ag triail ar an nGúgán ón Déardaoin, 3ú Deireadh Fómhair agus beidh dinnéar ag a 7 agus Fáiltiú le Nuala Ní Loinsigh agus Peig Uí Laocha ag a 9.
Ar an Aoine, tabharfar cuairt ar Mheánscoil Mhuire i mBéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar a 11. Beidh Comhrá agus siúlóid sa choill tar éis loin agus i ndiaidh an Oscailt Oifigiúil le Donncha Ó Luasa ag an Dinnéar ar a 7, beidh Agallaimh Beirte, Lúibíní agus Ceol.
Neven Maguire with members of Inchigeela Festival organising committee ©
Uíbh Laoire GAA would like to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped organise and run our recent festival. Without the support of the local community, the festival would not be possible and we are extremely grateful.
Participants in the Road Race at Coachford Autumn Festival © Tim Griffin
The fourth annual Coachford Autumn Festival proved to be a huge success for all involved. The festival, organised by Broomhill Vintage Club, saw great crowds attend all the events throughout the weekend. Two hundred athletes took part in the inaugural Coachford 5 Mile road Race in ideal conditions with the winner, Gavin Sweeney, crossing the line in a very impressive 26 minutes and 12 seconds. The prizes were presented by local athlete, Olive Loughnane. On Saturday the 54 High Nelly Bicycle riders set off in glorious sunshine on their annual run. Aghinagh Comhaltas put on a wonderful show at the open air Céilí and the Dog Show featured proud owners of beautifully prepared pooches. Jimmy 'Jazz' Buckley was crowned Bachelor of the Festival in front of a huge crowd on Saturday night, winner from 16 fabulous contestants who entertained, shocked and charmed the audience. The contestant were put at ease by the excellent MC, Annette Dilworth Enright and wowed the audience with their party pieces which included, songs, poems, kilt lifting, bagpipe playing and chainsaw tricks! Sunday saw a huge vintage and veteran car and tractor display, with more than 30 Fordson Major Tractors taking part in the Major Gathering. Ten teams contested the 'Agrilympics' and Cork Marts 'STD' team were crowned champions. Other Sunday highlights were Egg throwing, the Bonny Baby, Yummy Mummy and Glamorous Granny competitions, the wonderful Model toy display and the over 40's GAA match. Children enjoyed the funfair, sports and the magnificent Balloon modeller. Tim O'Riordan of Natural Gas was a huge hit as he played all the favourites that he's famous for. President of Broomhill Vintage Club, Danny O'Riordan, rejoiced at the success of the festival in ideal weather conditions and thanked Aghabullogue GAA for making their fantastic facilities available.
Graveyard Stories: The ACR Heritage group marked national heritage week by hosting a very entertaining and informative talk by local historian, Anthony Greene, on those that are interred in the two old Graveyards in Coachford. He spoke of the great families and houses in the area from the 1600s to the early 20th century, with special mention of the infamous Dr. Crosse and the poisoning of his wife, who is interred in the old cemetery in Magourney. The talk in the Church of Ireland graveyard was on the military exploits of the many distinguished army personnel interred there, many of whom received the Military Cross and other honours fighting for the British Empire across the globe. A large crowd was in attendance to hear of the rise and fall of families such as the Pynes, Goods, Crooks and Godfreys who were responsible for the growth of Coachford village and surrounding areas during the last 400 years.
Are You Being Served: Breathnach's Bar in Coachford was the centre of attention when the Brennan Brothers from the Park Hotel in Kenmare came to officially open the new function room at the pub on Main Street. The pub will feature in one of the episodes in the new series 'At Your Service'. Francis Brennan has been a regular visitor to the business during filming over the last few months, advising the owners, Colm and Mary Cronin, on the best strategy for developing their business in the growing village of Coachford. The Macroom based owners have been very busy over the last few months preparing for the opening and a large group of supporters were in attendance to be part of the filming of the opening. Aghinagh Comhaltas provided the music and the local set dancers put on a wonderful display of Irish dancing in the new room.
Schools In: The Coachford Primary and Post Primary schools reopened during the last week of August and the students returning had mixed feelings. Some were delighted to go back and meet their friends again after three long summer months while others wanted this year's glorious summer holiday to last for another few weeks. Over 90 students have enrolled at Coachford Community College this year and they began exploring the school and learning about their teachers. The college has now over 560 pupils and is seen as being one of the best second level schools in the county. This year's leaving certificate results were excellent and the vast majority of the pupils have been offered places at third level colleges in Ireland and abroad.
FAI Soccer Summer Camp: A group of 69 children took to the pitches at the Coachford AFC's grounds in Coachford to partake in and enjoy the FAI Soccer Summer Camp. The children, aged 6 to 12 and from all over the area, spent the week learning the finer points of the game, developing their skills and making new friends.
An exhibition of some of the paintings by members of Sullane Art Group, Macroom, entitled Ag Teacht le Chéile, will go on show at the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne from Thursday, September 12 at 7.30 pm. and will continue until October 21. Kilmurry artist, John Philip Murray, will perform the official opening. Sullane Art Group comes together every Wednesday night in the Fr. Ryan Hall for an art class and, in recognition of their hosts, Macroom Senior Citizens, they produce and sell Christmas cards made from their original paintings each year, with proceeds going to Sullane Haven. The late Derek Mark started the classes many years ago and it is now conducted by Bobbi Taylor. It is a very sociable, friendly group. .
Lisa O'Riordan, Tarelton, currently studying Psychology at Edge Hill University (EHU), Ormskirk, England, and working as part time Home Instead CAREGiver, has jointly scooped the EHU Student Employee of the Year Award 2013 which aims to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. Director of Home Instead, Robert Godson, comments, "We were delighted to nominate Lisa for this award; she is always polite and diligent, Lisa is totally committed to delivering high quality care and her personality shone through from day one. Since then Lisa has become such a valuable asset to our business. Ever mindful of her University commitments which always take priority, Lisa cares for a small number of Home Instead clients each week in the local community who all require different care skills. They all continue to appreciate her professionalism, impeccable time keeping, thoughtful & caring nature and her kind endeavours."
Lisa is currently pursuing her QCF Level Two in Health and Social Care and will also shortly be enrolled in Specialist City & Guilds CAREGiver Dementia training,.
By Michael Kelly
Soil. If we brought in a big digger and scraped the thin little layer (about 6 to 8 inches) of rich topsoil off the surface of our planet, all life as we know it would cease to exist. Plant matter would not grow, and without plant matter there would be no animals (including humans). Growing soil needs more than the three core nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. What soil needs to support life is good quality composts and manures. These return dozens of trace minerals and other nutrients and the resulting healthier soil leads to healthier veg and healthier people. Then, having served their purpose in the kitchen, the vegetable trimmings and waste are returned to the compost, releasing the nutrients that are left back to the compost heap and then eventually back to the soil. Thus, it is most important to learn how to make proper compost.
To-Do in September
Lift crops which have finished growing and dress bare soil with manure, compost (or plant green manures). Wasps can be problematic as fruit ripens so make traps from jars of sugary water. Remove surplus leaves from tomato plants which allows air to circulate and sunshine to fall on the fruit. Go blackberry picking!
Sow: Last month for sowing perpetual spinach, chard and oriental salads. In the polytunnel/ greenhouse sow lettuce, mustard, cress, basil, coriander, parsley, radish, dwarf early pea, broadbean, cauliflower seed, rocket, onion seed and garlic. Outside sow white turnip seeds and autumn onion sets, e.g. 'centurion' and 'sturon'. Plant out strawberry runners. Pot up some parsley for winter use.
Harvest: onions and leave to dry out in sun or in the polytunnel/ greenhouse for two weeks. Apples, plums, pears are now in season. Continue to harvest salad leaves, tomatoes, radish, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beetroots, cauliflower, cucumbers, peppers, beans, courgettes, spinach, leeks, red cabbage, summer cabbage, aubergine, sweet corn.
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1. Ballymartle or Blackrock v Douglas
2. Sars or UCC v Killeagh
3. Bishopstown or 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
1. Castlehaven 2-14 St. Vincent's 1-10
2. Carbery 1-10 Aghada 0-8
3. Carbery Rangers 0-14 Bishopstown 2-14
4. Nemo Rangers v Douglas
Semi-Finals: Castlehaven v Carbery, Bishopstown v Nemo/Douglas
Relegation Play-off: St. Nick's v Newmarket
BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 3-11 Mallow 2-8
1. Nemo Rangers v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Cloughduv, Sun. 14th Sept.
2. Clyda Rovers 0-16 Glenville 0-10
3. Valley Rovers 1-14 Kiskeam 1-7
4. MACROOM 0-12 Castletownbere 0-5
Semi-Finals: 1 v Clyda Rovers, Valley Rovers v MACROOM
Relegation Play-off: Carrigaline v Kinsale
BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH 3-11 Mallow 2-8
Béal Átha may have been idle since the their first round victory over Carrigaline on 10th May but they showed no signs of suffering from the effects of their long championship lay off when they met Mallow in Round Four at Carrigadrohid fifteen weeks later. The Gaeltacht side won by six points, were without one of their best forwards in Andy Concannon, had a man red carded at the start of the second half when the sides were level and still had the football know-how to retain control of the ball and the spirit to work hard enough to limit their numerically stronger opponents to three points in the entire second half, while outscoring them with 1-6 at the other end. All in all, it was an impressive performance and they can face Nemo Rangers in the quarter finals in a positive frame of mind.
Béal Átha had the perfect start to this game. Cian Dineen cut through the Mallow defence only to be taken down and a penalty awarded. Liam Shorten calmly stroked the spot kick home and inspired by this, Béal Átha went on a scoring spree which yielded a further 1-5, Paul Ó Buachalla getting the second goal from play after 15 minutes. The second quarter belonged to Mallow however and helped by goals in the 23rd and 30th minute, they were level at the break on a score of 2-5 each.
After the loss of a defender soon after the restart, Béal Átha were inevitably under pressure but took the lead only to be reeled in again in the 37th minute. Béal Átha cúl báire, Gearóid Hurley, then made the first of a series of vital saves to deny Mallow and the Muskerry side again took the lead. There was never more than two points between the teams in this closing quarter and Béal Átha were under pressure but they played clever football, did not throw away possession and used the spaces up front to open up the Mallow defence. Béal Átha edged a further point clear and in injury time Cian Dineen slotted home a peach of a goal to double their advantage and embellish the victory margin.
Scorers: Béal Átha: Liam Shorten 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-2 frees), P Buckley and C Dineen 1-1 each, B Shorten 0-2, C Twomey, L Concannon and T O'Leary 0-1 each.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Gearóid Ó Muirthille: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonard Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Amlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh (capt.) Seán Ó Donnchú, Barra Ó Coinceannain: Colmán Ó Tuama, Donal MacCarthaigh: Liam Seartanh, Liam Ó Coinceannain, Pól Ó Buachalla: Ben Seartan, Cian Ó Duinnín, Tadhg Ó Laoire. Fir Ionaid: Finnín Ó Loinsuigh (46), Seán Ó Coill(49) agus Eoin Ó Coill(51).
1. INNISCARRA 0-20 Kilworth 0-16
2. Youghal v Tracton
3. Kilbrittain v Watergrasshill
4. Newcestown 0-11 Castlelyons 0-13
Semi-Finals: Inniscarra v Youghal or Tracton: Kilbrittain or Watergrasshill v Castlelyons
Relegation Play-off: BALLINCOLLIG v Carrigaline
Inniscarra 0 – 20 Kilworth 0 – 16
Inniscarra hurlers may have taken until Round Three to get into the knock out stages of the Premier Intermediate championship but now, after wins over Ballincollig and Blarney, they are in the county semi final for the second year in a row and they are improving with every outing. They were led early on, playing against the wind, by 0-6 to 0-3 but managed to recover to be level at 0-8 each at half time. Kilworth took a slender lead again early in the second half but then Inniscarra fired over four points in a row, only for Kilworth to again draw level by the three quarter stage. In the final quarter Inniscarra upped the pace once again and were well deserving of their four point winning margin.
Kilworth opened the scoring but Daniel O'Connell equalised from a free in the second minute. Kilworth regained the lead but 'Scarra levelled through Timmy Murphy after 7 minutes only for Kilworth then to go three clear. Conor Buckley had a point for Inniscarra and when Kilworth had a point in reply, Liam Ó Riain (2) and Seán O'Donoghue had points to make it 0-6 each after 23 minutes. Again Kilworth went in front but Dan O'Connell and Colm Casey had points to put 'Scarra in front, but the North Cork men equalised on half time, 0-8 each.
Inniscarra had wind advantage in the second half and after falling behind by a point, sent over four in a row, two each from Dan O'Connell and Colm Casey to go three clear after ten minutes. Kilworth fought back and drew level with three points but Inniscarra, with points from Tomás O'Connor and Dan O'Connell, again forged in front, only for Kilworth to pull one back with ten minutes to go. Inniscarra now took over and Jonathan Olden, Timmy Murphy, Tomás O'Connor, Seán O'Callaghan and Colm Casey all fired over points to give the Mid Cork side their ticket to the semi final.
Inniscarra: Jack O'Keeffe: John O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke, John O'Brien: Frank Olden, Stephen Olden, Tyrone O'Regan: Timmy Murphy, Sean O'Donoghue: Conor Buckley, Jonathan Olden, Liam Ó Riain: Alan Sheehan, Colm Casey, Daniel O'Connell. Subs: Tomás O'Connor (38), Sean O'Callaghan (52).
Rockchapel v Ballydesmond or GRENAGH
Glanmire/Kanturk/Glanworth v AGHABULLOGUE
Relegation Play-off: CANOVEE v Mayfield
Fr. O Neill's 0-11 Fermoy 2-13
St. Catherine's 1-17 Kildorrery 1-16
1. Meelin v Kanturk
2. Milford 0-12 Fermoy 1-18
3. St. Catherine's v Barryroe
4. Aghada v ÉIRE ÓG
Semi-Finals: 1 v Fermoy, 3 v 4.
Relegation Play-off: Dromina v AGHABULLOGUE
Ballinora 1-16 Donoughmore 4-12
Éire Óg v Cloughduv or Grenagh
Final: Donoughmore v Éire Óg or Cloughduv/Grenagh
Donoughmore 4 – 12 Ballinora 1 – 16
The first semi final in the Mid Cork Junior Hurling Championship produced an entertaining game at Blarney and Donoughmore were deserving winners at the finish. Donoughmore may have been slight favourites to succeed and the foundations for their win were laid in the first half when they fired in four goals to stun a Ballinora side which has performed well up to this but appeared very nervous on this occasion and did not hurl as they can until the final quarter when game was gone from them. Donoughmore had a great start as Colm O'Callaghan had the ball in the Ballinora net after only two minutes play and followed with a point and another from Shane Healy. O'Callaghan, who has been Donoughmore's leading forward all season, was to play a major part again in this contest and caused Ballinora endless problems, as did Shane Healy, just recently returned from summer work abroad. Gary O'Halloran pointed for Ballinora but Donoughmore had a second goal from Pádraig Buckley, followed by two points from Ballinora's Patrick Fitton from frees. Donoughmore were to score a third goal, this one from Shane Sexton, before the first quarter ended and their lead of 3-2 to 0-3 at that stage left Ballinora struggling. Still Ballinora battled on to try to get into contention and Fitton struck over three points in a row to reduce the deficit but Donoughmore were hurling well and had further points from Conor Kelleher and Shane Healy to go 3-5 to 0-6 in front and when Martin O'Connor then added another goal, they were eleven points clear. Another point from Patrick Fitton was the sole Ballinora reply before the break and the Donoughmore lead of 4-5 to 0-10 left Ballinora chasing the game at this stage.
Two points from Colm O'Callaghan on the restart gave Donoughmore added confidence that victory would be theirs but Ballinora began to make inroads on the score board deficit at last and the half time introduction of Conor Brosnan did give more power to the losers' attack. Still Donoughmore remained in control and when Shane Sexton hit over two points from play, the score was 4-12 to 0-13 with ten minutes remaining. The closing stage saw Ballinora make a concerted effort to save the day but the Donoughmore defence withstood most of their best efforts. Conor Brosnan did get through for a goal and a point and Ballinora added two more points as they held Donoughmore scoreless in this period but they could not break down the resolute defence further and so Donoughmore are through to their first final since 2008 and await the outcome of the other side of the draw, delayed by the presence of Tom Kenny of Grenagh on the Cork team in the All Ireland Final.
Scorers: Donoughmore: C. O'Callaghan 1-3 (0-2 frees), S. Sexton, M. O'Connor 1-2 each, P Buckley 1-0, C Kelleher 0-3, S Healy 0-2. Ballinora: P. Fitton 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 '65'), C. Brosnan 1-2, G. O'Halloran 0-3, M. Hurley 0-2. M. Murphy, T. McGrath 0-1 each.
Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Aidan O'Brien, Vincent O'Connor, Alan Twomey: Kevin Horgan, Aidan Corkery, Laurence Barry: Shane Sexton, Stephen O'Connor: Conor Kelleher, Alan Savage, Colm O'Callaghan: Shane Healy, Pádraig Buckley, Martin O'Connor. Subs: William Buckley (20), Mark Foley (40), Gerard Buckley (50).
Ballinora: C. Conway: C O'Shea, Eoin Hourihan, David O'Neill: D Hourihan, Michael Hodge, Mike Lordan: Gary O'Halloran, Tomás McGrath: Ben Ahern, Michael Murphy, Patrick Fitton: D Buckley, Alan O'Neill, Barry Crowley. Subs: Paul Kennedy, Conor Brosnan, Darren Hegarty, Mick Hurley.
Referee: Mr. Peter Downey, Inniscarra.
Kilmichael, winners of Muskerry Junior A Football Championship 2013, defeating Kilmurry at Macroom . ©Lee Valley Outlook
An excellent Ross Oil 2013 Mid Cork Junior Football championship came to a fitting conclusion at Macroom with a great final, which drew a very large crowd to the Castle Grounds in glorious conditions. Underdogs, Kilmichael, won, and few would begrudge them this reward after so many disappointments over the past 26 years, least of all Kilmurry who themselves won last year after a long fruitless period. It was a fine occasion and all arrangements by host club, Macroom GAA, were excellent. The match programme produced by Board PRO Dave Lee was great value at €2 and the presence of the pipe band from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh added to the memories of the final for the contestants and their dedicated supporters from the respective neighbouring parishes.
Kilmichael 2-9 Kilmurry 0-9
Kilmichael are Mid Cork Junior Football champions for the first time since 1987 (when Kilmichael defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh at Macroom) after their defeat of Kilmurry at the Castle Grounds, Macroom. Unfancied Kilmichael were not given much chance of victory but they were in the right frame of mind and surprised Kilmurry with the intensity and quality of their challenge. They had a good game plan and overcame their own errors to thoroughly deserve their win and delight their large following who were ecstatic after the game and who could blame them after such a long wait. Kilmichael scored two goals and each of them was vital. The first came in the 17th minute when Daniel Twomey sent over a high cross from the right wing and Peter Kelleher was under it to out jump the defenders and fist to the net. This goal put Kilmichael 1-2 to 0-3 in front and gave them a tremendous boost. Kilmurry were only two points in arrears with five minutes remaining when Kilmichael finally settled the issue with a goal from a James O'Leary penalty, after Finbarr Dromey had been brought down in the goalmouth. After this there was clearly no way back for Kilmurry as Kilmichael were never going to loosen their grip on proceedings. The Man of the Match award went to Kilmichael's Simon Foley, listed at wing back but playing as a sweeper in a seven man defence, with Alan Murphy withdrawn from the attack to man mark at number 7. Simon Foley did an enormous amount of covering for his fellow defenders and repeatedly surged out of defence to put the pressure back on Kilmurry. He had plenty of support as Kilmichael had outstanding performers in every part of the field and Kilmurry badly needed someone to inspire them to meet the intensity of the challenge.
Kilmurry scored first with a point from a William Buckley free after two minutes and it took Kilmichael eight minutes to open their account when goalkeeper Shane Masters came up to kick over a '45'. From the kick out Kilmurry came up field and Buckley kicked his second point, this one from play. Kilmichael were level within minutes through another '45', again pointed by goalkeeper Masters. Greg Barrett restored the lead for Kilmurry but in the 17th minute Kilmichael got a major boost when another Daniel Twomey high centre from the right wing was met by the fist of Peter Kelleher who rose highest in the goalmouth and the ball nestled in the Kilmurry net. William Buckley kicked a point from a free in reply but Conor Cotter and Daniel Twomey had superb points for Kilmichael to open up a three point lead by the interval. Kilmichael were now doing well around midfield where Finbarr Dromey and Michael Twomey were getting strong assistance from their half forward line of Conor Cotter, Peter Kelleher and James O'Leary. Kilmichael led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break and were now playing well enough to suggest that Kilmurry would have to raise their game to succeed. William Buckley had a Kilmurry point within 20 seconds of the restart but Colm Dromey replied for Kilmichael five minutes later. James Kelleher, an effective half time substitute for Kilmurry, scored a fine point, but Kilmichael replied, James O'Leary the scorer. Greg Barrett pointed from a free in the 42nd minute and when Jonathan Buckley added a point three minutes later, the score was 1-6 to 0-8 at the three quarter stage and Kilmurry were coming into the game. Two points in a minute, one each from Daniel Twomey (a constant threat) and James O'Leary in the 48th minute, restored Kilmichael confidence and composure. James Kelleher, under pressure, still managed to kick over a final Kilmurry point in the 23rd minute but the second Kilmichael goal followed and was decisive. Finbarr Dromey ran on to a Conor Cotter pass in the Kilmurry goalmouth and was taken down. Referee John Ryan, who had a fine game, awarded an undisputed penalty which James O'Leary blasted to the net via the upright, Peter Kelleher added a point a minute later and the Kilmichael supporters were in full cry for the final minutes as they roared their favourites home
Scorers: Kilmichael: James.O'Leary 1-2 (1-0 pen.), P. Kelleher 1-1, S. Masters 0-2 ('45's), D. Twomey 0-2, C. Cotter and Colm Dromey 0-1 each. Kilmurry: Wm. Buckley 0-4 (0-2 frees), G. Barrett 0-2 (frees), Js Kelleher 0-2, J. Buckley 0-1.
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Colin Murphy, John O'Riordan, Adrian Kelly: Cian Dromey, Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley: Finbarr Dromey, Miceál Twomey: James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Conor Cotter: Alan Murphy, Colm Dromey, Danny Twomey. Subs: Dermot O'Riordan (57 mins.) and Alan Dromey(58 mins.). Also: Brendan Crowley, Damien Crowley, Darragh Foley, Stephen Kelleher, Donal O'Brien, Brendan Cotter, Niall O'Callaghan, Shane Foley, Donal Kelly and Denis O'Donoghue.
Selectors: Kieran O'Leary, Dermot O'Riordan and Shane Prendeville.
Kilmurry: Jason Mc Donald; Adam Healy, Kevin Barrett, William Barrett; Liam Long, David O'Leary, Pat O'Sullivan; James White, Eoin Creedon; David McCarthy, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley; Alan O'Sullivan, Greg Barrett, William Buckley. Subs: James Kelleher (h/t) and Michael Linehan (37).Also: Pat O'Callaghan, Finbarr Crowley, Michael Kelleher, Denis Sheehan, Eoin Barrett, Daniel Cahalane, Liam White, Ian Murphy, Padraig Berhanu, Michael John O'Mahony, Liam Murray, Sean Murray, Sean Long, Patrick Grainger, Tim Irwin, Robert Cahalane.
Selectors: Sean Murphy, Raymond O'Sullivan, Pat Clifford.
Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
Mr J.J.Long, Cathaoirleach, Roinn Mhúscraí, CLCG presented the trophy to winning team captain, John O'Riordan, after the game and complimented both teams and referee John Ryan for the most entertaining, sporting game they had provided. He thanked the Macroom club for the arrangements for the final and wished Kilmichael every good fortune as they face Mitchelstown in the opening round of the county championship.
An occasion to live in the memory of the people of Kilmichael parish and their joy was so evident1
***********Pic. 53. Kilmichael captain, John O'Riordan, receives the Muskerry Junior A Football trophy from Tim Holland, Ross Oil, sponsors and J.J. Long, Chairman Muskerry Board ©Lee Valley Outlook
Naomh Abán 1-9 Aghabullogue 0-11
Cill na Martra 0-9 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0-8
Final: Cill na Martra v Naomh Abán at Macroom, 14th Sept. 6.00pm.
Blarney 2 – 16 Éire Óg 2 - 12
Champions Blarney retained their Farho Intelligent Heating U21 A Hurling championship title after a hard fought victory over Éire Óg at Coachford. Blarney always held the upper hand and led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break. Éire Óg did succeed in reducing the gap to three points on a number of occasions during the second half but Blarney's ability to convert their chances proved the difference in the end. Blarney enjoyed a bright opening to this exciting contest and Owen O'Connor crashed home an excellent goal for the opening score of the game. Éire Óg squandered a number of scoring chances before Jamie Mc Bride landed an excellent score from play. Two converted frees from Kevin Hallissey got Éire Óg back within touching distance, 1-2 to 0-3 after 17 minutes. Blarney's Ciaran Buckley edged his side in front before Hallissey pointed a magnificent sideline cut to reduce the gap to the minimum. Three points in a row, one each from Keith Costelloe, Damian Hyde and Owen O'Connor, ensured Blarney held a four point lead at the break as there was no reply from Eire Óg.
On the restart, Hallissey pointed two frees to keep his side in touch but a scrambled goal from Ciaran Buckley gave Blarney a six point lead, 2-7 to 0-7 after 38 minutes. Both sides converted a number of frees before a well taken point from Dylan Linehan increased the Blarney lead to seven points by the end of the third quarter. The goal Eire Óg needed so badly arrived courtesy of a superb strike from Brian Kirwan and it ignited the Eire Óg challenge.. Hallissey landed another magnificent free from way out to reduce the gap to three points. The Ovens side really had the momentum now and Ronan O'Toole gathered brilliantly but his powerful shot went over the crossbar.
Blarney replied with a couple of points from Shane Mulcahy while Barra O'Connell landed two more from frees which gave them back the initiative. Hallissey crashed home a 20 metre free as the game entered injury time but Barra O'Connell clipped over the insurance point to assure Blarney of their title, and a three-in-a-row in this competition.
Scorers for Blarney: B O'Connell 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 '65), C Buckley 1-2, O O'Connor 1-1, D Linehan 0-2, S Mulcahy 0-2, K Costello, D Hyde, P Hallissey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Éire Óg: K Hallissey 1-10 (1-8 frees, 0-1'65, 0-1 s/cut), B Kirwan 1-0, R O'Toole, J McBride 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, O O'Connor.
Éire Óg: Liam Fouhy; Daire Conway, Donnacha Kelly, Ger McSweeney; Denis Murphy, Denis O'Keeffe, Ciarán Hutchinson; Kevin Hallissey, John Mullins; Michael O'Shea, Daniel O'Connor, Daire McCarthy ; Jamie McBride, Ronan O'Toole, Colm Murphy. Subs: Daniel O'Shea 19m), Brian Kirwan (40m).
Referee: Mr Gene Buckley, Grenagh.
Macroom contingent at All Ireland Junior Football Championship final. From left, Pat O'Connell, Owen O'Mahony, Tim O'Sullivan, Sean Kiely and John O'Mahony ©
Cork are All Ireland Junior Football champions after their hard earned victory over Kildare at Limerick in the final. The final score was 0-13 to 1-7 and Cork were under pressure near the end but held out for victory. Cork were well on top in the first half and led by six points at half time. Kildare, aided by the wind, got back on level terms with ten minutes to go but Cork dug deep and Cathal Vaughan put them back in front and two other points followed to give the Rebels their fifth title in eight seasons.
Micheál Ó Laoire of Naomh Abán, Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, Eoin O'Mahony and Sean Kiely of Macroom all played outstandingly well for Cork. Tim O'Sullivan of Macroom was a Cork selector and congratulations to all on a great campaign.
Cork meet Clare in CrokePark in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final on September 8 and at present people are sorting out their tickets problems for the game. Clare defeated Cork in Cork in the National League and then again in the Division 1A Relegation play off. In the championship however Cork got the better of the Banner after a slow start and so it appears that the final is a wide open contest.
Best of luck to Muskerry hurler, Tom Kenny of Grenagh and to Jimmy BarryMurphy, his team and co-selectors. Corcaigh Abú!
Cork 1-19 Dublin 2-12
Cork defeated Dublin in a dramatic Ladies Football All Ireland semi final at Birr. The Cork side were nine points behind ten minutes into the second half and seemingly heading for the championship exit door when they dug deep and produced one of the great comebacks of all time. Cork were 1-8 to 0-7 behind at the break and it could have been a lot worse. Cork introduced Rhona Ní Bhuachalla of Naomh Fionnbarra at the break and it was the Béal Átha girl who scored the Cork goal in the 43rd minute which got the Rebels on the road to victory. Juliet Murphy of Donoughmore, returning to the team after a change of mind about retirement, gave a Player of the Match performance and Briege Corkery was once again a stalwart in defence. What great players they all have been for Cork!
Cork now meet Kerry in the All Ireland semi final on September 7 and will be hoping that they can get the better of the Kingdom ladies after suffering two defeats already from them in the Munster championship.
Douglas 5-23 Cloughduv 1-6
St Catherine's 2-11 Ballinhassig 1-8
Barryroe 1-3 Douglas 2-21
Ballincollig 2-6 Inniscarra 4-6
St Finbarr's 0-5 Killeagh 2-10
Courcey Rovers 0-5 Milford 6-29
Courcey Rovers v Ballincollig
Ballinhassig v St Finbarr's
Cloughduv 0-14 Barryroe 1-10
Inniscarra 0-3 Milford 2-17
Killeagh v Ballinhassig or St Finbarrs
Cloughduv v Ballincollig
Douglas v St Catherines
Semi Finals: Oct 5th / 6th
Final: Oct 13th
Cloughduv 0-14 Barryroe 1-10
This game at Bandon had a thrilling last quarter after a slow start. The teams were level seven times during the hour and Barryroe, three points in arrears with 13 minutes to go, banged in a goal and then went a point clear. Cloughduv sharpshooter Ciara O'Leary then sent over three points in a row. Barry roe narrowed the gap to a single point and in a tremendously exciting finale,Cloughduv held on for a place in the quarter finals.
Cloughduv: Aoife Murray: A Crowley, Eva Dunne, Joanne O'Callaghan: Briege Corkery, O O'Driscoll, D Aherne: Becky Hennigan, Mairead Corkery: M Buckley, Joanne Down, C Byrne: C O'Leary, K Corkery, AnnMarie Ryan.
Milford 2-17 Inniscarra 0-3
Inniscarra were no match for Milford in the county senior semi final at Mourne Abbey. Rena Buckley was the star Inniscarra player and besides scoring all three points, did her utmost at midfield to stem the tide. Goalkeeper, Sineád Ní Riain, was outstanding for 'Scarra .
Inniscarra: S Ní Riain: M Buckley, L Hayes, R McCarthy: S McCarthy, A Sheehan, K Jonjes: R Buckley, A Kavanagh: J Casey, M Cosgrave, T McCarthy: N Byrne, N Dilworth, K O'Mahony. Subs: A Twohig, Elooney, M Desmond.
Evening Echo Senior B Championship
Section A: 5 Teams: Kilbrittan / Timoleague, Mallow, Fr O'Neill's, Clonakilty, Valley Rovers.
Section B: 4 Teams: Ballygarvan, Glen Rovers, Eire Óg, Aghabullogue.
Evening Echo Senior B Championship
EIRE ÓG 2-10 AGHABULLOGUE 1-7
Glen Rovers 4-9 EIRE ÓG 2-9
Ballygarvan 1-12 AGHABULLOGUE 2-4
Donoughmore 3-10 Mourneabbey 1-14
The senior team faced a tough quarter final fixture in Killavullen when they were drawn against a highly fancied Mourneabbey side who were expected to finally overcome the black and whites in the championship. The venue was in pristine condition and there was a fine crowd for this eagerly anticipated clash. From the throw-in it was obvious that this would be a tough game for both teams with a semi-final place and a lot of pride resting on the outcome. A free kick from the right hand touchline, from Juliet Murphy, found the back of the net to open the scoring and this was followed by a great point from Nora O'Callaghan. It became apparent that the critics had written Donoughmore off a little prematurely! Donoughmore played like a team possessed throughout the first half, their fluid movement and accurate passing brought back memories of their years of dominance of ladies football in Cork. Goals from Aisling O'Connor and Rena Buckley and two points from the boot of Juliet Murphy had Donoughmore leading at half time on a scoreline of 3-03 to 0-08. The second half opened with a brace of points from Mourneabbey but Louise Murphy and Rose O'Mahony soon restored the four point advantage. Another point from Juliet stretched Donoughmore's lead but a great individual effort from Brid O'Sullivan resulted in a goal for Mourneabbey and cut the lead to two points. Mourneabbey pressed forward in an attempt to close the deficit but their attempts to open the defence and get another goal were in vain. The teams went point for point, with Juliet adding two to her personal tally and Louise Murphy adding another which left the final scoreline 3-10 to 1-14, a fantastic victory for Donoughmore. Overall a wonderful team performance with everyone playing their part while enjoying the challenge. A game played in true Donoughmore spirit !
Western Gaels Minor C Hurling Champions 2013 ©
Western Gaels, with players from Iveleary and Kilmichael, recently captured the West U16 B Hurling Championship against Pedlars Cross at Ballineen. Gaels were playing well within themselves and led at the break by eight points. Pedlars stormed into the game in the second half to come within a point after 15 minutes play. The switch to midfield of Garret Crowley worked for Gaels, and the game turned on its head with quick fire goals and points to eventually secure a great victory. Mick Hennigan, Anthony Mc Sweeney and Con O'Leary are trainers and selectors of the team.
Cork Youths League Division 1A
Macroom 3 Lakewood Athletic 2
Macroom Youths made it back to back league wins with a deserved victory against Lakewood Athletic at a sunny TownPark on August 31. In what was a game of many chances, the home side had to come from behind late in the game thanks to goals from Marco Healy and Don Creedon. Macroom were quick out of the blocks and had created several good chances before taking the lead in the 10th minute. A corner from Don Creedon was met by Micheal Hourihan and his header gave the Lakewood keeper no chance. Shortly after this Creedon was again to the fore when his cross cannoned off the back post and away to safety. With the home side pushing for the second goal, Lakewood were able to exploit some extra space in the Macroom defence. They were level on 30 minutes when a swift counter attack resulted in the equaliser. Just minutes later, there was further good fortune for Lakewood when a lack of communication in the Macroom defence allowed an opening and the Lakewood striker coolly lobbed the ball over Declan Kiely in the Macroom goal to leave the visitors ahead at half time.
Kiely was called into action early in the second half with an excellent point blank save to keep the score at 2-1. From this point onwards, the home side took over. Firstly, Marco Healy was unlucky to shoot just wide and then Healy appeared to be pulled down just inside the penalty area. However the referee deemed it to be outside and awarded a free kick which led to nothing. With pressure continuing to build on the Lakewood goal, Sean Quinn had a shot saved after good work from Creedon and Alan Quinn. Then, what seemed a clear penalty was waved away after Eoin Walsh was taken down by a late tackle in the box. It was looking like it was not to be Macroom's day but in the 83rd minute, Don Creedon's through ball found Marco Healy who cut inside the last defender and rifled a low shot to the bottom right corner, making it 2-2. Macroom's winner was of the lucky variety as Creedon's cross from the left wing was misjudged by the keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net to seal the three points. The home side defended solidly for the remaining minutes to seal a well merited victory. In what was an excellent team display, Alan Quinn, Don Creedon and Marco Healy gave fine performances for the home side.
Macroom: Declan Kiely, Paul O'Farrell, Brendan O'Sullivan, Chris Foskett, Eoin Walsh, Alan Quinn, Tommy Condon, Don Creedon, Micheal Hourihan, Robert Healy, Marco Healy. Subs: Liam Fitzgerald for Micheal Hourihan (inj), Sean Quinn for Brendan O'Sullivan, Cian O'Riordan for Robert Healy, Alex Ryan, Brian McMahon, Brendan O'Callaghan.
Macroom now have 6 points from their opening three league games, with the away win to Grenagh accounting fot their first win. On that occasion Sean Quinn headed the game's only goal from a Marco Healy cross.
Macroom A played their first game of the season in the Mossie Linnane league cup, away to Coachford. It was a disappointing 4-0 defeat to the current Premier league champions, but overall it was an important evening's work as Macroom gave debuts to five of last years youths team and the experience should benefit them greatly. Macroom A have yet to play Kilumney Utd and Innishvilla in this competition.
Macroom B suffered two defeats in their opening two league games in Division 2 but picked up their first point in a 2-2 draw away to Afton Villa in what was an excellent team performance. They had a disappointing defeat to Rylane. However they bounced back at home to Blackpool Celtic with a 3-0 win. Goals came courtesy of Jason McCarthy (2) and Andrew Hegarty. Best performers on the day were John Breen, Cathal Prendeville, Jason McCarthy and Pádraig Harrington.
Macroom A and B will not be in action next weekend Sep 7th/8th as all Cork AUL fixtures have been suspended due to Cork's involvement in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final.
The Macroom FC Mini World Cup was held over 2 weeks for children aged 6 – 14. It was a superb turnout, with over 100 children competing in the Town Park The finals were played at the open family fun day on August 25. The Junior final was between Germany & Portugal and finished 3- 1 to Germany. The German team included: Colin Murphy, Ryan Leahy, Dara McMahon, Lee Andrews, Siobhan O'Leary, Evan Cunningham, Conor Kelleher & Danny McKirgan. The Senior Final was contested by Belgium & The Netherlands and Belgium won on a score line of 4 – 3. The Belgium team included Dylan Corcoran, Nikodem Wyczynski, Sean Condon, Erika O'Shea, Cillan Donovan, Brandon Long, Dylan O'Sullivan, Megan Sheehan & Michaella O'Connor. All players taking part in the tournament received medals, with the winners also receiving a trophy. A thank you must go out to all the coaches involved for running a safe & fun tournament. Here's to next year.
The final of the Pitch & Putt Union of Ireland National Under 16 Strokeplay Championship, played at Pfizers, could not have been tighter. The standard of play was superb and after 18 holes Kerry were leading Offaly by three shots, with Cork a further two strokes behind. Within 9 holes Cork had drawn level with Kerry and Dublin were gaining ground on Offaly and at the end it came down to the final hole as Cork emerged victorious by just one stroke, with Kerry in second place nd Dublin third. The Cork team was made up of Cian Morrison (Douglas ), Adam Bulman (Claycastle ), Ryan Walsh (Collins ), Charlie Morrissey (Pfizers ), Edward Walsh (Majestic ), Anthony Mc Sweeney (Lakewood ), Brian O Neill (Collins ).
The Life Vice-President's Perpetual Trophy was contested recently, with the majority of members playing . 1st Nett and trophy, Barry Kelleher. 2nd Nett, Christine Swanton. 1st Gross, Mark Spillane. 2nd Gross, Jimmy O'Donoghue.
Marymount Hospice: A three ball scramble in support of Marymount Hospice will be held on Saturday 28th of September, starting at 11.00 am and continuing until 6.00 pm. Members and non members are invited to participate in this fun event. Prizes for the event will be welcome
GAA: Congratulations to our neighbours, Kilmichael GAA, on winning the Mid Cork Junior A football final on September 1.