Lee Valley Outlook Nov. 28 13 v10e24

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'Macroom Christmas Night' and Switching on of Lights – Friday, December 6 at 7p.m. © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Updates

CHRISTMAS IN MACROOM

Christmas in Macroom kicks off on Friday the 6th of December. This promises to be the biggest and best ever. Through the co-operation of the Macroom Town Council, the new Christmas tree and lights will be officially switched on at 7 p.m by Mayor, Ted Lucey. The Christmas tree is over 20 feet tall and it will look very impressive in the Town Square.
In conjunction with the "switching on", the Lee Valley Enterprise Board will be presenting another bumper night for young and old. With over 25 Christmas Stalls (including Christmas arts & crafts, artisan foods), a magnificent Carousel, Live Music, Carol Singing and lots more, Macroom on Friday the 6th is the place to be. The Christmas Markets will be operating from 6 p.m, while all the local Businesses will remain open till late. So look out for lots of special, in-house promotions on the night. You're guaranteed loads of festive cheer and good fun.
On Saturday December 7 at 3p.m. Santa will visit the Briery Gap and there will be a FREE Christmas film for all the children.
As always, the Enterprise Board encourages you to do your shopping locally if at all possible. The recession is still lingering, so it's vital to think LOCAL...
"KEEP YOUR BUSINESS IN MACROOM – KEEP MACROOM IN BUSINESS.

LeeValley Diary

Macroom Library:
Tots Time on Fridays at 12 noon.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Dec. 2 at 11.30a.m.
Adult Book Club: Wed. Dec. 4 at 11.30a.m.
Macroom Purlies Thurs. Dec. 5 11 am -1p.m.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Dec. 9 at 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed., Dec. 11, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
December Exhibition: Work of Jane Cooney.

Briery Gap:
ABBA Forever Sunday 1st Dec. at 8.00 pm.
Come as You Are film. Mon. Dec. 2 @ 8.30 pm
Skyfall Film. Wed. 4th Dec. at 8.00 pm.
Grease on Mon., Tues and Wed., Dec. 9 – 11at 8.00pm.

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Remembrance Mass: in Clondrohid Church on Thurs. Nov. 28 at 7.30pm.
Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens Nov. 28 to Dec.1.
Éigse Dhiarmuidín Samhain 29 – Nollaig 1 i gCúil Aodha agus Baile Mhúirne.
Auction for Macroom Hospital: Nov. 29th
Clondrohid G.A.A. A.G.M. on Fri. Nov. 29 in the Community Hall at 9pm.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh G.A.A A.G.M. ar Dé hAoine 29/11/2013 @ 7.30 san Áras.
Berrings Macra Celebratory night in The Castle Hotel, Blarney, Nov. 29 at 8pm.
Terelton Macra na Feirme Dinner Dance in the Castle Hotel, Macroom, Nov. 30.
An Nollaig i gCúil Aodha: Christmas Market in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne on Sun. Dec.1, 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m.
Christmas Lights switch-on at Carrigadrohid Sun. Dec. 1st at 6pm.
Farm Walk: on Sun. Dec. 1 on the farm of Pat Ahern in Rylane at 2pm.
Muskerry Local History Society lecture, 'A Forgotten Patriot', in Ballincollig Rugby Club on Tues., Dec. 3 at 8p.m.
CONNECT Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Macroom Hospital on Wed. 4th Dec. at 11am at Macroom E, Bowl Road
Canovee Historical Society special meeting in Canovee Hall on Wed. Dec. 4 8p.m.
"Christmas by the Hearth " in the Ionad Cultúrtha on Thurs Dec 5 @ 8.30.
Christmas Lights Switch On in Macroom on Fri. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Macroom Flower Club Christmas dinner at the Mills Inn on Fri., Dec. 6.
Kilmichael Drama: in Shanacashel Hall at 8pm Dec. 6 – 8 at 8p.m.
Santa in Briery Gap on Sat. Dec. 7 at 3p.m. FREE Christmas film.
Brawl in the Hall, Dé Sathairn 7ú Nollaig @ 8pm i gCill na Martra.
Race Night for Muinefliugh N.S. in Murray's Bar, Macroom on Sat. Dec. 7 at 9pm.
Parish Bazaar: in Clondrohid Hall on Sun., Dec.8.
Ballinagree switching on of the lights on Sun. Dec. 8 at 6pm.
Canovee G.A.A. under 21 victory dance on Sat. Dec. 14th in the Riverside Park, Macroom.
Christmas Songs and Stories: on Sat. Dec. 21 in Clondrohid Community Hall.

We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly diary. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

St. Mary's Updates

Science Week: As part of the National Science Week, Transition Year students in St. Mary's hosted a fun filled educational event for 5th and 6th class pupils from St. Joseph's Primary School. The TY pupils researched and set up a large variety of science experiments in which the primary school pupils were able to participate. 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students from St. Mary's also attended a science show in the Briery Gap aimed at encouraging interest in science and promoting it as a subject for students to study to Leaving Cert. Level.
CSPE Fundraising: Ciara Creedon was winner of the first prize in a raffle held by the 2nd year C.S.P.E. class as part of their Junior Cert. project to raise funds for the 'Make A Wish' Foundation.
Bua sa Díospóireacht: Bhí comórtas díospóireachta Gael-linn ar siúl sa leabharlann ag Scoil Muire le déanaí. Ghlac ceithre foirne páirt sa chomórtas agus d'éirigh le foirneann Scoil Muire dul ar aghaidh go dtí an chéad bhabhta eile. An rún a bhí á phlé ná gur féidir linne in Éirinn a bheith muiníneach as an gcéad ghlúin eile. Is iad Éibhlín Ní Chéilleachar, Lisa Ní Shuibhne agus Vera Ní Ríordáin a bhí ar fhoireann na scoile. Bhí Eimear Ní Shé mar ionadaí ar an óiche. Comhghairdeas leo agus go n-éiri go geal leo sa chéad bhabhta eile.
Careers Evening: St Mary's Secondary School held a Careers & Courses Evening on Thursday November 14th. This was open to all Senior Cycle students and their parents and to the students and parents of De La Salle and McEgan Colleges. The evening was very well attended, with both students and parents finding it very worthwhile and informative. Many Third Level Universities and Colleges from around the country were present to provide information on what they had to offer prospective students. Current third level students from a variety of courses were also present to provide information on their courses.
'Grease': St Mary's Secondary School transition year students will be performing 'Grease' in the Briery Gap Theatre on Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, and Wednesday 11th December. The main characters are played by Deirdre Galvin and Aisling Kelleher. Student tickets are €8 and adult ticket will cost €10.

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The Kingston family, Vincent and Fiona and Cathal and David Neville, present cheque, proceeds of Daniel Kingston Memorial Run, to Hilary Sullivan, Cork ARC Cancer Support House © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Guides

National Science Week: The Ardilaun Guides and Ardilaun Brownie units each had a spectacular evening of science experiments to celebrate National Science Week. Dr. John Wenger of U.C.C.'s Department of Chemistry held the Guides and the Brownies enthralled with his enthusiastic approach to demonstrating modern scientific experiments including "frying" an egg, exploding "missiles", shrinking balloons and the favourite of all - chocolate chip ice cream made using liquid nitrogen, which all the girls thoroughly enjoyed. Dr Wenger explained the many chemical reactions that were used in each of the experiments. He also told them of the importance of mathematics in science and encouraged them - especially the secondary school Guides - to continue studying their maths. The practical experiments demonstrated the exciting outcomes of chemical reactions.
Night Hike: Ardilaun Guides took to the woods in Warrenscourt for a night hike under a dim moonlight sky. The Guides, dressed warmly and wearing head torches, trekked through the woods listening for night life and seeing the woods from quiet a different perspective in the darkness. The Guides are working towards a number of challenges which include a variety of different lengths and types of hike.
President's Award: Vera O'Riordan of MacEgan Rangers, Macroom was presented with her bronze President's Award by Dr John Wenger of U.C.C. For her challenges, Vera took up running and completed the Cork City Women's Mini Marathon. She also hiked along part of the Dingle Way and camped near the Maharees. Vera worked on improving her cooking and baking skills and used these to teach the Guides to make homemade pizzas, biscuits, chicken curry and chocolate fondue and helped out with her local Guide unit running programmes, a weekend camp and other outdoor activities.

McEgan College Updates

Cope Fundraiser: During the first term the Transition Year students of McEgan College took part in a Cope Foundation flag day in Macroom, locating themselves throughout the town and collecting a total of €722 on behalf of the foundation, a reflection of generous support by the general public. Paul Honan came to McEgan College to collect the cheque on behalf of the Cope Foundation. Thanks to all students and staff involved.
Sponsored Gaeilgethon: 5th and 1st year students from Mc Egan College recently took part in a sponsored Gaeilgethon. The students involved made a great effort to speak as Gaeilge on that day and raised €289 for Conradh na Gaeilge. All funds raised will go towards Seachtain na Gaeilge next March. Well done to all involved. Mar a deireann an seanfhocal 'Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí'.
Trip to Liebherr: As part of the LCVP course, students need to take part in an industrial visit and it was decided that Liebherr in Killarney would be the perfect opportunity as it is a local enterprise and is a major employer in the Macroom area. Mr. Alex Williams gave the class and teachers a full tour of the industry, including the manufacturing and production warehouses and the production site, where he pointed out the different machinery and gave an overview of production lines. In the apprenticeships workshop, students viewed the machinery in use and came to appreciate the different skills needed to work there. As part of the LCVP portfolio, students completed summary reports on the visit, which was deemed of major benefit and has promoted the idea of applying for the apprenticeships next year.
Astro-Turf Soccer Blitz: 30 pupils from St Colman's National School visited McEgan College to take part in an astro-turf soccer competition organised and run by the LCA1 students of McEgan College. With ideal conditions for football, the day was a resounding success. The event was part-fulfilment of the LCA programme but it was also an opportunity for the primary school pupils to experience playing on the newly constructed, state-of the art, astro-turf facility situated in the Castle Grounds. All participants received a certificate of participation but the 5 players from the winning team each received a medal and sports voucher. A great day was had by players and organisers alike.
Cork on Ice: 23 students from McEganCollege visited Cork on Ice and Mahon Point for their pre-Christmas day out. The group was an amalgamation of the TY and LCA1 cohorts and they were accompanied by Mr Twomey (TY Co-ordinator) and Ms Warren (R.E. Teacher). The day was a great success with the students and staff enjoying an hour of ice skating followed by lunch and a wander around the festively decorated stalls of Mahon Point Shopping Centre.

Macroom Youthreach

Leaving Certificate Applied students of Macroom Youthreach recently paid a visit to Corks 96fm studio. This was part of the English and Communications Media course, in which students are required to complete a report on a local radio visit. The students were very well looked after by Ms. Alma Malone, Assistant to the Managing Director. She explained Corks 96fm radio station's origins, its target audience, current operations, schedules and financing policy. The students were delighted to be able to observe advertisements being made, visit the newsroom and meet with Ken Tobin, one of the station's presenters. While with Ken, they visited the broadcasting studio and saw the equipment being used. They really appreciated the time and welcome given to them by the station and found the whole experience very enjoyable and informative.

Outdoor Gym For Macroom

The Outdoor Gym is a concept that is gaining much popularity all over the world and now Macroom is the latest town in Ireland to add such a facility to the public infrastructure. Macroom Tidy Towns committee has been granted funding from the National Lottery for the purchase and installation of fifteen piece of outdoor gym equipment and, with the generous co-operation of Macroom Town Park Trustees and Macroom GAA, both bodies making sites available free of charge, the equipment is to be put in position along the banks of the Sullane at the Town Park and Tom Creedon Park and in the Castle Grounds. The bases for the equipment have already been laid and it is hoped that the full range of equipment will be in place before Christmas.
Outdoor Gym equipment is made of specially treated, weather resistant metals and is maintenance free. The equipment is designed to encourage people of all ages and of various levels of fitness to do a little, or maybe a lot, if so desired, of exercise and so improve health, enjoyment of life and even prolong life spans. Use of the equipment is cost free, available 24/7, and groups of people can come together to make for a social occasion. Tidy Towns Chairman Martin Coughlan, Secretary John Lyons and Town Council Environmental Committee member Breda Duggan have worked hard to procure the funding and the gym equipment and hopefully the public will show its appreciation of their efforts by using the new facilities when in place.

Muay Thai Macroom Fighters

''Muay Thai Macroom Fighters'', a kickboxing club, is now in operation in MacroomTown Hall twice weekly. On Wednesdays the children train at 6.30pm, followed by the adults at 7.30pm. On Fridays the training session is at 6.30 pm. The club was founded in 2007 and the founder, owner and main coach is Andrzej Sliwa, assisted by Daniel Segieniewicz. They oversee sessions in both Macroom and Cork. The Macroom Muay Thai Club is a member of IMC- Irish Muay Thai Council and the website is www.muaythaimacroom.com. There are no requirements for membership. Any one that is interested can come to training sessions. In Macroom there are already 20 juvenile members and 20 adult members. In Cork there are 15 juvenile members and around 30 members in the adult group. The children's training is not just about learning how to kick and punch: it is more focused on helping the children develop their coordination skills and physical development.

Macroom Library

By the time this edition of Lee Valley Outlook is available, the winner of the Primary Schools Quiz will have been decided! Many thanks to all who took part, and to McEgan College and Paul Lynch in particular.
It's nearly December and our Christmas children's books, which have been in storage since last January, are on display again. There is a great variety of colourful, contemporary and traditional nativity style titles to borrow. I wish there had been as many beautiful seasonal books for children when I was a girl! Only 50 cents for annual child membership and you can borrow 4 books per visit.
Dé Luan 4th beidh Ciorcal Cainte ar siúl sa leabharlann ag a haon déag ar feadh uaire. Beidh cupán tae le fáil freisn. Nora Levis, a bhfuil Gaeilge aici ón gcliabhán, a stiúraíonn an grúpa.. December Adult Book Club takes place on Wednesday 4th at 11.30. Discussion of the latest Khalid Hosseini novel will take place and the title for December will be distributed. On Thursday 5th The Purlies meet to decorate the Library Christmas tree with the festive items they have knitted. From 11 to 1 all knitting enthusiasts are invited to attend and knit over a cuppa. Monday 9th Gramophone session starts at 11a.m. for December. Attendees are requested to bring a favourite piece of music, Christmassy or otherwise, on C.D or cassette tape. If you don't bring one, that's ok too, you are still welcome! Wednesday 11th the ACOL Bridge players will convene in the library at 11.am. until 1p.m. All players welcome.
Tots Time continues on Friday at 12 noon for half an hour and Story Time on Saturdays at 12 noon for 45 minutes. A member of staff hosts both of these activities. All are welcome.

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Bridie (Theresa O'Riordan) with her babes in the wood at panto rehearsal in the Briery Gap. © Lee Valley Outlook

Babes in the Wood at Briery Gap

A feast of hilarious laughter, wonderful singing and spectacular costumes and sets are on the menu for this year's pantomime, "The Babes in the Wood." The Briery Gap, now in its 14th year of producing one of the best Pantos in the country, with a cast of over 100, guarantees entertainment for all the family. The cast includes some of your favourite performers and also introduces some new talent to the Panto stage. Stephanie Shine plays the leading role of Lily, the local shopkeeper whose husband, Jacko (Jim Leahy) does not always play by the rules. The friendly neighbour, Bridie, (Treasa O'Riordan) has no hesitation in assisting Lilly as she gets her own back on Jacko. Rosanne, (Maureen O'Brien) with her "speak when you're spoken to" husband, Barney (Pat Kelleher), is not the friendly neighbour she is cracked up to be. Trickster, played by Dan Creedon, finds himself in the arms of a beautiful woman (or so he believes). Prevention of Crime is the way forward with this year's Pantomime and "Sharp and Sharp" private investigators, played by Pat O'Connell and Darragh Ring, are kept busy keeping an eye on suspicious activity. Crime writer, Justine Fox, (Carolyn Barry Murphy) is delighted with the assistance of the experts as she prepares the research for her new book. The lovely Fairy Queen (Sheila Twomey) needs to use her magic powers to keep the mischief makers in check. The helpful shop assistant, Joe, is David Leahy and the customers, Mary and Jimmy, are Theresa Dineen and Connie Foley.
Dates of Performances:
Matinees; 3pm; Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December. Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December.
Evening Performances: Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd 8pm.
Tickets for all shows now on sale. Adults €15; Students and OAPs €10. Group Rates available

Briery Gap Programme

ABBA Forever Sunday 1st December at 8.00 pm. Tickets €20 Concessions €15 for groups of 5 or more.
Sullane Film Society will present Come as You Are Dec. 2 at 8.30 pm Admission €7
Skyfall Cert 12A. Wednesday 4th December at 8.00 pm. Admission €5. Movie Offer: Ticket/Popcorn/Drink €7.50
St Mary's Secondary School presents Grease on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9 – 11at 8.00pm.
Briery Gap presents Christmas Panto 2013 Babes in the Wood Matinees at 3.00pm - Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Evening performances 8.00pm – Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December. Tickets €15 Concessions €10.
Louise Morrissey All Star Country Show on Sunday 29th December 8.00 pm. Tickets €20
Also Upcoming at the Briery Gap: Pat Shortt, Cara O'Sullivan, All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival, All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Dec. 1: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Film: Sister Lucia –Our Lady's Messenger, a film on the life and 2005 funeral of one of the visionaries at Fatima.
6.30p.m. News and Sport; Macroom Food Fair 2013; Michael Collins Commemoration at Béal na mBláth 2013. Oration by Bill O'Herlihy.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
9.30p.m. Daniel Kingston Run 2013.
Wed. Dec. 4: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special interview with Michael Galvin, author. 2013 Kilmichael Ambush Commemoration. Oration by Frank Murphy G.A.A..
Sun. Dec. 8: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. Christmas Carols
6.30p.m. Repeat of LTV. Wed. Programme.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Dec. 11: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Turning on of Christmas Lights 2013. Reopening of renovated Briery Gap.

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Christmas Deadline: The Christmas issue of the Lee Valley Outlook will be available on December 19. In that, we look back 50 years, 20 years and over the past year. We also include reports from sports groups, clubs, associations etc. across the Lee Valley and a 2013 programme of Christmas ceremonies in churches and schools in the area. Should you wish to have your area included, please forward details to above contacts by December 10.

Christmas Cards designed by Sullane Art Group are now on sale in shops in Macroom and throughout the LeeValley. 8 cards for €5. All proceeds go to Macroom Senior Citizen Sullane Haven Project.

Muskerry Local History Society: On December 3 at 8p.m. Eileen McGough will tell the Story of Diarmuid Lynch – A Forgotten Patriot, his involvement in the 1916 Rising and subsequent events in Ballincollig Rugby Club, . Admission for non members: €3. On Saturday night 22 April 1916, a tense meeting in Dublin went on into the small hours to decide whether or not the Easter Rising would go ahead. Present at that meeting were Pádraig Pearse, Tomás MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett and Seán MacDiarmada. The fifth man present at the all-night session, Diarmuid Lynch, was the only one still alive two weeks later. It is difficult to understand how Lynch, a member of the Supreme Council of the IRB, has been forgotten so completely.

Christmas Open House at D.J. Murphy's Bride Park Cottage, Killumney, Ovens on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 6 – 10p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, 12 noon to 8p.m. Proceeds to Marymount Hospice and Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Ballincollig. Admission €10. Refreshments served.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh G.A.A. Cruinniú Cinn Bliana A.G.M. ar Dé hAoine 29/11/2013 @ 7.30 san Áras. All members and parents of under-age, please attend.

Auction for Macroom Hospital: Two years ago, a fund raising auction organised by Anna Sheehan, raised €6,000 for Macroom Hospital. She plans to hold another auction on November 29th and asks for generous donations and support. Any item, no matter what the value /size, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact MacroomCommunityHospital on 026 41002 for further information on this fundraising event.

Berrings Macra will celebrate winning AIB Club of the Year in The Castle Hotel, Blarney on the 29th of November at 8pm. Former Macra na Feirme president, Alan Jagoe, is guest speaker on the night. There will be an optional buffet at €5 per person. Music by Sean White.

Terelton Macra na Feirme, as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations, is holding a Dinner Dance in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on November 30 @ 7:30, music by the Michael Kennedy Band. Tickets €30 per person or €55 per couple. For further information contact 0861242847 or 0868930486.

Christmas in Cúil Aodha: A Christmas Market will be held in Áras Éamonn Mac Suibhne in Cúil Aodha, to co-incide with the Éigse, on Sunday, December 1, 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m. Interested stallholders should contact Mary on 087 6204781.

Christmas Lights: The switch-on of the Killinardrish-Carrigadrohid Christmas lights will take place on Sunday December 1st at 6pm. The Christmas tree and village lighting will take place in Carrigadrohid. This seasonal event will include the blessing of the Nativity Crib, with carols sung by CanoveeNS children's choir, followed by Santa's arrival with his bag of gifts. Refreshments, including hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies will be served. All are welcome, so do come along.

Farm Walk: Muskerry Macra will host a farm walk on Sunday the 1st of December on the farm of Pat Ahern in Rylane at 2pm. All are welcome to attend. For more info contact Diarmuid on 0858295613.

Invitation to the CONNECT Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of Macroom Hospital on Wednesday 4th December at 11am at Macroom E Enterprise Centre, Bowl Road, Macroom. This month's guest speaker is Audrey Scott from the Natural Larder Company, a family owned and operated producer of quality sauces, relishes and rubs, based just outside Macroom. The Natural Larder Company, along with some other special guests will be providing tasting stations, offering you some delicious Christmas treats.

Canovee Historical Society are holding a special meeting in Canovee Hall on Wednesday, 4th of December to decide the future of the Society. All those interested in the local history of the area are invited to attend.

"Christmas by the Hearth " with Seán Keane and Friends in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, on Thursday 5th December @ 8.30.

Kilmichael Drama: The Olde School House Drama Group presents Wigs on the Green on Friday, 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December in Shanacashel Hall, Kilmichael at 8pm sharp. Due to demand last year, booking is essential. Contact 089 4965627.

Brawl in the Hall, organised byCumann Peile Cill na Martra, Dé Sathairn 7ú Nollaig @ 8pm i gCill na Martra. 10 Fights. Buail le Christina Desmond, World Silver Medallist. Ticéidí €15. Ticéad Clainne €40.

Ballinagree switching on of the lights in the village will take place at the The Ploughman Bar, Ballinagree on the 8th of December. The lights will be switched on my Lord Mayor, Siobhan Kelleher at 6pm. This will be followed by mulled wine, children's games, DJ Mike and refreshments. Everyone welcome to attend.

High Achiever: Macroom girl, Roisin Buckley of Sleaveen West, recently received a High Achiever Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Each year over 42,000 students of music and drama are eligible to compete for these special awards. Roisin is a Speech and Drama student of Mr. Martin Clancy and a member of Starmakers Drama Group. She was presented with her award at a concert in Limerick, where she recited "Bear in there", to the delight of the audience.

Bingo will be held in Stuake Community Centre every Saturday night from now till Christmas, at 8pm - Jackpot €180. Come and join us for cuppa, chat and bingo.

Website Launch: West Cork Communities Alliance, a voluntary group which was set up in response to the cuts to services in rural Ireland, will launch its website in the West Lodge Hotel, Bantry, at 7.30pm on Monday, December 9. Since its set up, the group has met with Government Ministers, MEP's, HSE management and local public representatives and held a protest rally in Dublin, taken part in a documentary about rural communities and participated in a UCC research project, in order to raise awareness of the negative effects these cuts are having on rural communities. All are welcome at the launch. For further details contact: 086-1292558

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Gala Floral Demonstration, entitled "The Joys of Christmas", was presented by Bríd Coonan at Coolcower House recently. A very large attendance enjoyed this amazing demonstration from the incoming Chairperson of (AOIFA) Association of Floral Artists. The event supported two local Charities - Macroom Cope Foundation and Macroom Senior Citizens - and World Show "A Floral Odyssey" at the RDS Dublin June 18 – 22. The Club would like to thank all who supported the event. The annual Christmas dinner will be held at the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney on Friday, December 6. Enquiries to 087 9821708.

Canovee G.A.A. The under 21 victory dinner dance is on Saturday December 14th in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Natural Gas will provide the tunes with a dj to follow. Tickets cost €25 and can be got from local pubs, shops and committee members. Everybody please try to come as this team gave some great performances this year.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: November 12. Jackpot €7,400. Numbers drawn 3, 30 and 36. No winner. €70 Denis Ryan, Sullane Weirs; €20 Neal O'Brien, Millbrook; Ella Goold, Killarney Road; Con Moynihan, Cill na Martra; Emer O'Callahgan, O'Connor Park; Jack Oldham, Coachford .
November 19. Jackpot €7,600. Numbers drawn 11, 14 and 20. No winner. €70 David O'Mahony, Toon's Bridge. €20 Con O'Keeffe, Lissarda; Eileen Manning, Kilnagurteen; Merril, c/o Castle Hotel; Martin Coughlan, St. Colman's Park; Connie O'Riordan, Sleaveen East.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results: November 10th. Numbers drawn 6, 27, 31. No jackpot winner. Consolation Prizes - €50 Patrick Spillane Snr., Rahalisk, €20 Tommy Kelleher, Ballinagree; Humphrey Sullivan, Annagannihy; Claire & Jack Manning, C/O, The Làine Bar; Olan Noonan, Aghabullogue.
November 17. Jackpot November 17th €4,600. Numbers drawn: 4, 11, 26. No winner. €50 Eoin & Liz McCarthy Knockacroghera. €20 Con O'Keeffe Lissarda, Johnny Healy, Coachford; Olivia O'Driscoll, Ballinagree; Joan O'Leary, Sleaveen.
November 24th Jackpot €4,750. Numbers drawn: 31, 38, 39. No winner. €50 Dan & Declan Ambrose Caherbaroule. €20 Liam Cotter Kilavoultra, Sean Hubbard c/o Anthony Hubbard, Denis Cronin c/o Martin Healy, Marie Hayes Lacknahackneen. As this is the first draw of the new series there was a bonus raffle for €500 for those who paid for a year's ticket in advance. The winners were John and Mary Kelleher, Annagannihy. Congratulations and thanks to all subscribers for continuing support.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 11/11/2013, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 21 - 22 - 33, No Winner, €40 Ben Philpott, €20 Kate Murphy, Pat Hayes, Senan Noonan, Edmond Roche (Yearly Ticket).
18/11/2013, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 17 - 22, No Winner,€40 Mags, €20 Wally O'Hara, Adam Murphy, Ken O'Connell, Tim O'Leary (Yearly Ticket).

LeeValley Updates

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Donoughmore representatives receive runners up award at All –Island Pride of Place Awards in Derry ©

Pride in Donoughmore

The All –Island Pride of Place Competition results were announced on December 16 in Derry. Among the 700 who attended, Noreen O'Regan, Biddy & Felix Barrett, Mary, Marie and Vincent Wallace represented Donoughmore. The All-Island Pride of Place Competition 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. IRD Duhallow Ltd., in conjunction with Cork County Council, nominated Donoughmore Community in Category 4 (Population between 1000 and 2000 people). The results were as follows:
Winner: Megargy and District Game & Conservation Society, Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry. Runner up: Donoughmore Community Centre Ltd, Co Cork. The group received a cut glass trophy and a €500 cheque. This has been a truly remarkable journey for Donoughmore and, as a commemoration of that judging day 21st August, a 2014 Calendar complied of colour photos of events, and improvements made in the parish will be on sale at local shops from 30th November, price €10. A must have for every household. The Pride of Place Committee would like to thank IRD Duhallow Ltd. and Cork County Council for their support and everyone who helped make the occasion such a resounding success.

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Canovee School Children displaying their response to the Shoebox appeal Pic. Peter Scanlan

Clondrohid Updates

Parish Bazaar: The annual parish bazaar with Santa and all the trimmings will be held in Clondrohid Hall on Sunday, December 8. More on this later.
Remembrance Mass: A special Remembrance Mass for the deceased will be held in Clondrohid Church on Thursday night, November 28 at 7.30pm. This will afford the opportunity to people to light a candle in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Candles will be available at back of church. Everyone welcome.
Security in the Home: Garda Orla Doyle recently visited the hall in Clondrohid to discuss ways and means to combat local crime .She gave a very informative talk on all aspects of security and distributred some very relevant information. The main theme of her talk was to be alert., beware, be watchful.Report any suspicious behaviour, cars/ trailers. Do not leave anybody into your home without proper I.D. Just tell them to leave their contact details, and keep the door closed. A large crowd turned out and everybody enjoyed the cuppa and chat afterwards.
Race Night: The Parents Association of Muinefliugh N.S. are holding a ''Race Night'' in Murrays Bar, Macroom on Saturday, December 7 at 9pm.This is a most worthy fundraising event. A great night's entertainment is assured. Guaranteed cash prizes, so come out on the night and enjoy the fun !
Wild West in Carriganimma: Music, entertainment and craic is high on the agenda of the pub in Carriganima. Having collected plenty bags of turf, they are now ready to celebrate their 3rd birthday on Saturday, November 30. Music will be by 'Back on Track' and the theme of the night will be Western so the bar will become a saloon and there will be prizes for the best dressed cowboy / cowgirl. See you in the OK Corral. Friday December 6 they are having a Fun Quiz. Saturday December 14 music by Back on Track for a birthday party. Sunday December 15 Santa will arrive in the village in a Rally car and will reside during his visit in a room designed as a Willie Wonka Chocolate factory. Santa has previously arrived via helicopter, a Horse, looks like Carriganima is coming out of Recession.
Christmas Songs and Stories: Keep Saturday night, December 21 free for a visit to Clondrohid Community Hall . Taking part on the night will be Clondrohid Choral group/ Simple Complication/ Denisa Kearney/ Parish Youth Choir and many more. Tickets will be available at Healy's Spar, Coleman's Centra Millstreet, Enchanted Flowers, Macroom. Tickets €10 and all proceeds go to Trocaire for Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Emergency Relief. Mulled wine and Christmas cookies will be served.
All Ireland and Munster Trophies: There was great excitement in Clondrohid pitch recently when Niamh Duggan, a former player with Clondrohid, playing now with Naomh Abán, brought both the Munster and All Ireland cups to the u 10 training session. She joined all those attending Gaelic Start in the Community Hall as well. Well done Niamh and good luck in 2014.
Clondrohid G.A.A. A.G.M. takes place on Friday night, November 29, in the Community Hall at 9pm.
Set Dancing continues every Tuesday night in Community Hall at 8pm All are welcome. Pay as you go.
Boot Camp: Continues every Monday and Thursday nights 8 to 9pm.
Lotto: November 13 .Jackpot €1,400. No winner. €70 John Golden c/o Dan Kelleher. €20 Mark Kearns, Bantry; O'Mahony Family 6, O'Mahony Tce .Clondrohid; Rita Ring, Rylane; Ann Marie Corkery, Kilnamartyra.
Nov 20. Jackpot €1,600. No winner. €70 Marian Coughlan c/o Bingo. €20 Dolores Dineen c/o Cotters Printers; Donna Kelleher, Moulnahorna; Peggy Moriarty, Carriganima; Denis Lucey, Gortnalicka. Bingo Jackpot €1,000.

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan

Seiminéar Fostaíochta: Chuaigh an idirbhliain ó Cholaiste Ghobnatan go dtí seimineár fostaíochta san óstan "Silver Springs" i gCorcaigh chun eisteacht leis an tábhacht a bhaineann le gaeilge i bpostannna. B'iad na cainteoirí ná príomoide mheanscoile Adrian Breathnach, iriseoir do GAA Beo Máireád Ní Mhurchú, aisteoir ón gclár Ros na Rún Lisa Ní Laoire agus Séan Óg Ó hAilpín, a d'imir le Corcaigh sa pheil agus iomanaíocht.
Rith sa Dorchadas: Bhí cead againn an rith i gCorcaigh a shiúl agus bhí rogha idir 5km nó 10km a dhéanamh. Thosnaigh an rith ag 7:30 agus bhí idir sean agus óg ann, suas le 6,000. Chríochnaigh gach éinne an rith i gcomhair an Mark Pollock Trust agus Wings For Life a thugann tacaíocht do dhaoine ina bhfuil gortú déanta don chorda dromlaigh.
Peil: Bhí na buachaillí sinsearacha ó Choláiste Ghobnatan ag imirt in aghaidh Coláiste Lisdoonvarna. Thosnaigh an cluiche go maith do Choláiste Ghobnatan agus ag leath ama bhí siad 0-08 go dtí 0-03 chun tosaigh. Sa tarna leath fuair Dermot Ó Ceallaigh, Damien Ó hUirdail agus Micháel Ó Deasúna roinnt scóranna iontacha agus chriochnaigh an cluiche Coláiste Ghobnatan 3-10 Coláiste Lisdoonvarna 0-04.
Cispheil: Bhí cluichí fé 19 agus fé 16 sa chispheil ag na buachaillí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan in aghaidh Cloich na Choillte. Bhuaigh Coláiste Ghobnatan ar scórlíne do 25-19 sa fé 19 agus chaill na fé 16 ar scór 27-14.
Banc na mBalún: D'oscail daltaí Bliain 4 Banc na mBalún sa scoil le déanaí. Is iad Séamus Ó Gallachóir, Róisín Ní Chéilleachair, Liam Ó Muiris, Deirdre Ní Lionáird, Colleen Ní Chéilleachair, Maura Ní Scanaill, Aoife Ní Chonaill agus Seán Ó Forréidh atá i gceannas ar an mBanc.
Díolachán Cistí: D'eagraigh Aisling Ní loingsigh, Aedín Ní Mhoracháin, Ellie Ní Sheighinn, Cian Ó Súilleabháin agus Sinead Ní hUiginn ón rang C.G.A.T Díolachán Cistí sa scoil ar ar bhailigh said €170 le haghaidh Pieta House. Comhghairdeas leo.
Rang a sé: Tháinig ranganna a sé ar chúirt go dtí an scoil - páistí ó Baile Bhúirne, Cúl Aodha, Cill na Martra , Cluain Droichead, Cill Áirne, Cnócán agus Gleann Fleisce. Bhí timpeall 70 páistí anseo agus bhí daltaí ó bhliain a 4 ag cabhrú leo. Bhain siad triail as na hábhair go léir.
Turas go dtí an Corkman: Chuaigh bliain a ceathar go léir go dtí oifig an nuachtáin an 'Corkman' i Mala. Bhuaileamar leis an bhfear ata i gceannais air, Brendan. Mhínigh sé fé cad a dhéanann sé, conas a oibríonn an páipear, agus cé mhéad a chosnaíonn sé chun iad a chur le chéile. Bhí sé ana suimiúil agus d'fhoghlaimíomar ana chuid.
Naomh Uinseann de Pól: Tháinigh bean ó 'Naomh Uinseann De Pól' isteach chun labhairt le bliain a ceathar. Bhi se ana shuimiúil agus fuaireamar amach gur thosaigh se i bParis in 1833 agus tá SVP bunaithe in Éirinn le 150 bliain. Is obair deonach é agus déanann siad a lán do dhaoine le fadhbanna airgid. Chualamar fé 'Youth for Justice' agus bhí suim ag gach éinne bheith páirteach. Tá grúpa daltaí tar éis teacht le chéile ag pleanáil faoi lathair.
Turas go Somex: Chuaigh ranganna Ardteiste Grafaic Dhearadh & Cumarsáide agus Innealtóireachta ar cuairt chuig an comhlacht Somex i mBaile Bhuirne. Déanann Somex táirgí agus measíní leictreonach do comhlachtaí éagsúla ar fud an domhain, ina measc, Pepsi agus Coco-Cola. Bhí sé an shuimiúl chomh maith nascanna a fheiscint idir na rudaí a déantar sa rang agus an obair a deintear i cúrsaí tionscalaíochta. Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil do Bhrian, ceann dos na bainisteoirí i Somex, le haghaidh deis an áit iontach oideachasúl a fheiscint agus an fáiltiú a thugadh dúinn.
Tina Ní Dheasúna: Bhí bronnadh oifigiúil do dhalta bliain a sé, Tina Ní Dheasúna, sa tionól ar scoil. Rinne John Buckley as JB Sports an bronnadh uirthí. Chomh maith le seo, bhí Martin Coughlan (Leas Árd Mhéara an chontae), John Ó Sullivan agus John Casey (Club dornalaíochta Mhaigh Chromtha) i láthair. Bhí gach uile duine acu ag tabhairt ard-mholadh do Tina dón éacht atá déanta aici chun bonn airgid a fháil sa Chomórtas Domhanda.
Seanfhocal na seachtaine: An té nach gcuireann san earrach, ní bhainfidh sé san fhómhar. (He who does not sow in spring, will not reap in the autumn).

Awards Night at Coachford College

Headgirl, Niamh Lynch, opened proceedings by welcoming Eamonn Ryan, the Cork Ladies Senior Football All Ireland manager, to the CoachfordCollege annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 15th November at which the class of 2013 were recognised for their achievements in their Leaving Certificate Examination. 20% of students achieved over 500 points, which was double the National Average. Mr Diarmuid O'Leary presented Johncal Kelleher with the Trustees Award for achieving 615 points. He is now studying Physics and Astrophysics in U.C.C. Principal, Mr Patrick O'Connor congratulated Johncal Kelleher and Alan Corkery who both received Entrance Scholarships to U.C.C. for their outstanding results. He also paid tribute to Junior Certificate students John McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Donagh O'Riordan, Kate Ellen Dineen, and Martin O'Sullivan who were identified by the SEC as high achievers in Maths; Joanne Murphy as a high achiever in Maths and Science and Colm Looney as one of the top 10 achievers in Materials Technology Metal in the 2013 Junior Certificate Examination.
Gaisce returned to the school after a long absence, with Marguerite O'Sullivan and Siobhan Lyons receiving bronze medals for taking on the challenge. Transition year student of the year 2013, Megan Buckley, was presented with her award by headboy, Mark McCarthy. The sporting success of the hurling, football, camogie and ladies football teams was evidenenced by the large number of students who received their medals from Eamonn Ryan. Special mention was also given to the students who have been successful at All-Ireland and World level - James Beckom and Jacky Deane for All-Ireland basketball; Jenny Brew-Dinan u14 Cork ladies football; Ciara McCarthy u14 Cork ladies football and u14 Cork camogie; Katie McCarthy u14 Cork camogie; Kadie Downey World Taekwondo Championships; Blaithin Casey and Kayleigh Dilworth, World Karate Championships; Shannon Murphy and triple World Champion, Emma Flanagan, World TaeKwonDo and World Kickboxing Championships.
The music department under the direction of Ms. Colette Kidney enthralled the audience throughout the evening. The star of the show was without doubt Scott Downey, a first year student who got a standing ovation for his rendition of "The Banks". The most anticipated award of the night, Student of the year, was awarded to Kate Hartnett, a well -deserved winner and a popular choice. Other Awards: Mathematics, Johncal Kelleher/ Alan Corkery/ John O'Reilly/ Cormac O'Connell; Gradam Sna Teangacha- Alan Corkery; L.C.V.P., Edel O' Sullivan/ Louise Cooney; Engineering Project, Donagh McCarthy; Geography, Bertie Dineen; Gradam na Gaeilge, Cormac O'Connell; Junior Cert Excellence, Norma O'Leary/ Joanne Murphy; Music, Louise Cooney/ Jenny O'Riordan/ Natalie O'Connor; Construction Studies Project, Grace Fitzpatrick/ Donagh McCarthy; Transition Year Student of the year, Megan Buckley; Gaisce Awards, Marguerite O'Sullivan/ Siobhan Lyons; Practical Subjects, Donagh McCarthy; Science, Johncal Kelleher; Art, Grace Fitzpatrick; Business Studies, Cormac O'Connell; Endeavour Awards, Jerry Dilworth /Ellen Dorney; Home Economics, Lauren Healy; History, Peter Olden/ Aine Twohig; Student of the year, Kate Hartnett.

Greenshine Launch CD

Noel Shine and Mary Greene, welcome blowins to the LeeValley, are an integral part of the local folk scene. With many relatives in Ballyvourney, Coppeen & Berrings, they decided to move to the Muskerry area in 1999 and raised their daughters, Sadie and Ellie, there. The girls were educated at RenanireeN.S. and Coláiste Ghobnatan and Mary is a popular assistant at Cornucopia Health Shop in Macroom. Noel and Mary have already released three critically acclaimed folk albums and have appeared on many other artists' cds, including The Republic of Loose, Christy Moore, John Spillane and Frances Black. Greenshine not only marks the launch of a new cd but also a new band name to incorporate Ellie Shine, recently turned 17 and a seasoned professional. Through the tutelage of Máire Ní Chéilleachair and the Aisling Gheal project, Ellie reached the All-Ireland final in sean nós singing.
The new Greenshine CD includes original material as well as songs by other writers that they love. The final track on the album is a beautiful version of Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn. It includes Sadie Shine on vocals and Martin Leahy on percussion and is available from the website www.greenshinemusic.com and An Siopa at The Mills Inn or at Cornucopia, Macroom.

Macra Matters

Muskerry Macra will host a farm walk on Sunday the 1st of December on the farm of Pat Aherns in Rylane at 2pm. All are welcome to attend. For more info contact Diarmuid on 0858295613.
October was very busy for the clubs of Muskerry, with members taking part in the regional round of Bowling and Berrings winning and members attending Millstreet Dairy Show, where Muskerry Macra had a stand promoting the region. They had the first round of their schools Debating Competition, which was a great success! The National Conference took place the Bank Holiday weekend in Carlow. Muskerry had entries in all competitions. Well done to all participants in know your ag, stockjudging, club of the year and best new member. Special congrats to Berrings on winning the AIB Club of the Year 2013 title. Congratulations to Noel McSweeney of Terelton Macra on winning the National Senior Beef Stockjudging and to John McSweeney, Terelton on winning the National u23 Beef Stockjudging.
Photo Comp: Don't forget about our photo competition. Entries in by the 13th Dec. Categories: Most Random Photo and Best Group photo.
What's On? Sat 30th Nov: Terelton Macra's 60th Dinner Dance and Macra club and National Fundraiser, Night at the Dogs
Donoughmore Macra. The club had a great turn out at the Muskerry round of bowling in the Leisureplex and ended in 2nd place. Members attended UCC's talk 'Farming to the Future' and travelled to Knocknagree for a club exchange with Sliabh Luachra Macra. The club's capers team have been busy practicing for the Cork County round of Capers on the 13th of December. Best of luck to our members taking part in public speaking on the 23rd of November. Members also attended the Millstreet Dairy Show to help out at the Macra stand. 25 travelled to the Macra National Conference as delegates in the Mount Wolesley Hotel, Carlow. While there members attended day trips, farm walks, stock judging and the club of the year presentations. Congratulations to neighbouring club Berrings on being awarded club of the year. Also a huge congratulations to club member and Munster Vice President James Healy on losing a fantastic 16 pounds in the Macra Feirme Bodies Challenge. Well done to Elaine O'Connell on getting through to the All-Ireland finals of Impromptu public speaking. She will represent us in the finals in Mallow. The club has been busy organising our 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance which is provisionally set to take place on the 1st of March 2014. Upcoming events include a coffee morning to raise money for our capers team which will be held on the 8th of December and also the national fundraiser on the 30th of November at Curraheen Park. For more info, check us out on facebook.
Berrings Macra will celebrate winning AIB Club of the Year in The Castle Hotel, Blarney on the 29th of November at 8pm. Former Macra na Feirme president, Alan Jagoe, is guest speaker on the night. There will be an optional buffet at €5 per person. Music by Sean White.
Terelton Macra na Feirme, as part of its 60th Anniversary celebrations, is holding a Dinner Dance in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on November 30 @ 7:30, music by the Michael Kennedy Band. Tickets €30 per person or €55 per couple. For further information contact 0861242847 or 0868930486.

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Teacht le chéile an rang a thosnaigh i Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh i 1975. © Nóirín Uí Thuama

Éigse Dhiarmuidín Samhain 29 – Nollaig 1

Tionólfar an dara hÉigse is fiche, chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar Dhiarmuidín Ó Súilleabháin a cailleadh go tubaisteach i 1991, i gCúil Aodha ag an deireadh seachtaine. Beidh scoth an cheoil, an rince agus na h-amhránaíochta á chur os comhair an phobail. Is í Helen Ní Shé, ó Raidio na Gaeltachta a dhéanfaidh an Éigse a oscailt ar an Aoine, Samhain 29 agus ina dhiaidh sin beidh Seó na nÓg á chur i láthair ag daoine óga ó cheantair Gaeltachta na Mumhan. Leanfar leis an comóradh go tráthnóna Domhnaigh le togha agus rogha an cheoil, amhránaíocht, rince, scéalaíocht agus craic. Chun breis eolais a fháil ar imeachtaí na hÉigse, féach www.eigse.ie, nó cuir glaoch ar Eilís Ní Shúileabháin ag 087 2841220 nó Rachel Ni Riada ag 026 45366.

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Con O'Callaghan, Chairman Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee, and Denny O'Sullivan (nephew) at the unveiling of a plaque at Kilmichael Bar to remember Denny O'Sullivan, Cooldaniel who was shot by the Auxiliaries in the aftermath of Kilmichael Ambush in November, 1920 ©

Historical Plaques in Kilmichael

Kilmichael Historical Society recently erected plaques to mark the location of two very contrasting sites in the parish. The first is at a shrine known as "Our Lady's Footprint" in the townland of Haremount. The legend tells of the tragic death of an entire Haremount family during the famine. The Blessed Virgin appeared to the mourners and exhorted them to pray devoutly. Next day a ship full of corn arrived into CorkHarbour. Kilmichael benefited and there were no further deaths from starvation in the parish. To this day the indentation of Our Lady's Footprint can be seen on roadside at Haremount. Many people still visit to pay homage or pray for a special intention. Like many other places of pilgrimage, tokens are left behind.
The second plaque is to remember Denny O'Sullivan of Cooldaniel who was killed by the Auxilaries during reprisals for Kilmichael Ambush, Sunday, November 28 1920. Denny, who worked for Cronins, Cooldaniel, had gone by horse and cart on Monday to collect provisions from Cronins Provision Stores and Bar at Dromleigh (now owned by John and Eileen Collins). He was having a drink, a reward for giving a lift to Mrs Cotter, Johnstown Bar, when three truckloads of Auxilaries, bent on revenge for the deaths of their comrades, arrived. Denny, who was not involved in any organisation, couldn't answer their questions satisfactorily and he was taken out and shot. The soldiers went on to burn O'Mahony's house across from DromleighSchool. The school opened on Monday and Tuesday with a reduced attendance but then closed down until things got back to normal. The Auxilaries went on to Coughlan's Bar and Post Office and arrested Jim Coughlan, the Post Master. As a government official he would have been expected to report the ambush to the authorities. He was an elderly man and he was kept in Cork Gaol for three months. They fired at two locals, Jim O'Mahony and Jerh. Horgan, who were farming nearby. At the ambush site the Auxiliaries burned the Kelly and O'Donoghue houses. It was a frightening sequel to the ambush for the people of Kilmichael. The plaque can now be seen on the front wall of Kilmichael bar and Post Office.

GIY

By Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month – Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup
Packed full of iron, you can use a can of coconut milk instead of milk if you want to keep it dairy free. For a warming and nutritious supper, add some cooked strips of chicken at the end of cooking. Serves 4.
Ingredients 2 tsp cumin seeds, pinch of chilli flakes, 2 tbsp olive oil, 600g carrots, washed and coarsely grated (no need to peel), 140g split red lentils, hot vegetable stock, 125ml milk, plain yogurt and naan bread, to serve
Directions: Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and release their aromas. Scoop out about half of the seeds with a spoon and set aside. Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened. Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth (or leave it chunky if you prefer). Season to taste and finish with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkling of the reserved toasted spices. Serve with warmed naan breads.
Tip of the Week – Keep on Harvesting: The season of harvest is still upon us. Many GIYers will still have tomatoes, peppers, chilipeppers, salad leaves and herbs in their polytunnels/ greenhouses and of course outside we are in the full bloom of fabulous hardy crops like carrots, parsnips, celeriac, celery, leeks, beetroot, turnips, spinach, cabbage, kale, artichokes, brussels sprouts, swede, apples and pears. So for another few weeks let's stay focussed on the veg patch bounty.

Bookworms

The Gift of a Garden by Alice Taylor

A wonderful book for any garden enthusiast. Here Alice introduces us to many of the plants found in her own garden, with a chapter for each, from the tall majestic Apple tree to the Hydrangeas, including snowdrops and tulips. Alice's garden is for her a refuge, a constant source of strength and renewal. "This is a book about the comfort and sustenance that can be got from gardening and from the earth, about the wonderful pleasures and fulfilment that I get from my garden." Alice Taylor.

Available from Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €6.99.

Sports Mad

Cork CountyChampionships

Intermediate Football

Quarter Final: Kanturk 2-6 Glanworth 2-11.

Semi-Finals:

GRENAGH v Rockchapel, Sunday 1st Dec. 2pm at Banteer

AGHABULLOGUE v Glanworth, Sunday 1st Dec. 2pm at Mallow

Aghabullogue footballers defeated Youghal in early August in the quarter final of the Intermediate Football championship and have been inactive since as they waited for semi final opponents to emerge from the Glanmire/ Kanturk/ Glanworth grouping. Cork hurlers, Sarsfields hurlers and Kanturk hurlers all complicated matters and football took a back seat until the hurling was resolved. Youghal did not regret their loss to Aghabullogue as they went on to take the Cork County Premier Intermediate Hurling title and added the Munster crown to the list. Kanturk also won a county hurling title, being crowned Intermediate champions and getting promoted to Premier status for 2014. Aghabullogue hurlers also had some consolation as they won a relegation play off with Dromina in September to preserve their Intermediate status for next season.
Glanworth have defeated Glanmire, Cill na Martra and Kanturk to get to the semi final and have also won the County League Division Three title recently: Aghabullogue have beaten Mayfield and Youghal to get to the semi final stage.

County Intermediate Football Quarter Final (Played 17th August – 15 weeks ago!)

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 Buckley, Stephen Dennehy: Evan O'Sullivan, John Kelleher, Sean O'Sullivan: Robert O'Keeffe, John Corkery, Patrick Finnegan. Sub: Mark Long

Munster Club Championships

Senior Hurling Semi Final:

Sixmilebridge, Clare 1-17 Midleton 1-13

Senior Football Final:

Dr Crokes, Kerry 1-11 Castlehaven 0-8

Premier Intermediate Hurling Final:

Youghal 2-13 Ballina (Tipperary) 2-10

Premier Intermediate Football

Semi Final: Clyda 0-15 Ballyporeen, Tipperary 1-4

Final: Clyda Rovers 0-10 Milltown Malbay, Clare 0-7

Munster Junior Hurling Championship

Grenagh 1-9 Ballysaggart, Waterford 1-12

Waterford minor All Ireland medal winner Stephen Bennett scored 1-11 as his club beat Grenagh in the Munster junior quarter final at Dungarvan's Fraher Field. Grenagh started badly and were 1-4 to nil in arrears after the opening 17 minutes, the goal coming as early as the 5th minute. Grenagh did not help their cause by hitting nine wides in this period and 20 minutes had elapsed before Ultan Duggan at last got a point on the board. Tom Kenny added a Grenagh point and after a Sean Bourke pile driver was stopped by the Waterford defence, Conor Fitzgerald and Sean Bourke had points for Grenagh who were being led by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break. On the restart, Ballysaggart's Bennett had a further three points before Niall Doherty suffered a serious knee injury which caused a 14-minute delay as the Grenagh man was tended to and removed to hospital. Grenagh got a massive boost in the 47th minute when Seamus Coleman's first time ground shot found the net and they added points from Ultan Duggan, Tom Kenny, Martin Barry and DD Dorgan to draw level at 1-9 apiece. Three points from Bennett in the closing stages had Ballysaggart back on top and they advanced t othe semi final, the first Waterford junior club team to do so in seven years.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummings: Niall Doherty, Colm O'Neill (0-3): Dean Dalton (1-0), Tom Kenny (0-4, 0-3 frees), Conor Fitzgerald: Ultan Duggan (0-2), Seamus Coleman, Sean Bourke (0-1). Subs: Tadgh Walsh, Liam Walsh, Martin Barry.

Munster Junior Football Championship:

Quarter Final: Mitchelstown 0-3 Keel (Kerry) 0-11

Cork champions, Mitchelstown were well beaten by Keel in the Munster quarter final, this game being played six days after their county championship victory. Mitchelstown had defeated Mid Cork champions Kilmichael in similar circumstances in September when Kilmichael were unnecessarily forced to play five days after their Mid Cork win.

County Junior Football League Semi Final

Mitchelstown 0-14 KILMURRY 0-13

Mid Cork league champions Kilmurry ran county champions Mitchelstown very close in the county league semi final at Mourne Abbey under lights. The winners had been in championship action up to the week before this game, Kilmurry have been relatively inactive since they lost their championship crown to Kilmichael in September and the little bit of extra fitness was the difference between the teams in the end. Mitchelstown opened the scoring, Jonathan Buckley pointed to level matters. Again the North Cork side went in front, William Buckley pointed a free to level and when Mitchelstown again went in front, Greg Barrett's point from a free brought Kilmurry level for the third time. Three points in a row saw Mitchelstown go clear but Kilmurry fought back and points from William Buckley and Jonathan Buckley narrowed the gap to a single point. Again Mitchelstown added a brace and a late exchange of points, Dave McCarthy the Kilmurry scorer, left a three point difference between the teams at half time, Mitchelstown ahead on a 0-9 to 0-6 scoreline.
On the restart, William Buckley pointed from a Kilmurry free but Mitchelstown pointed in quick reply. Jonathan Buckley now cut the deficit to a single point with two points in a row but again Mitchelstown replied with a point and then restored the three-point gap with another point. Jonathan Buckley had a Kilmurry point and Pat O'Sullivan had another but Mitchelstown hit back with a further two point to lead by 0-14 to 0-11 as the game went into the closing stages. Kilmurry finished strongly as they went in pursuit of a goal but were denied by a sound goalkeeper and solid defending. Pádraic Berhanu had a point for the Mid Cork men and Greg Barrett had another to cut the gap to a single point but time ran out on Kilmurry and Mitchelstown will now advance to meet Bandon in the League Final.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: William Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Liam Long: Adam Healy, Michael Kelleher, Pat O'Sullvan: James White, Greg Barrett: Jonathan Buckley, Dave O'Halloran, David McCarthy: Denis Sheehan, Michael Linehan, William Buckley. Subs: Pádraic Berhanu and Liam White.

2013 Cork County Divisional League Champions Cup

Junior 'A' Hurling:

Quarter Final:Cloughduv 2-19 Kilbrin 1-15

Semi Final: Cloughduv 1-14 Sarsfields 2-7

Final: Cloughduv v Brian Dillons - Fixed for Friday 29th November under lights.

Cloughduv 1-14 Sarsfields 2-7

The semi final of the county competition for divisional league winners was played at Cloughduv, the contestants having tossed for home advantage. Sarsfields led early on by 0-2 but Cloughduv quickly came back to level and it was point for point thereafter. Brian Ahern pointed two frees and added a point from play, Liam Ryan, Darragh Ring and Brian Walsh had a point apiece and Cloughduv led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval. On the restart, Darragh Ring had an early goal for Cloughduv to put them four points clear but a goal for Sars reduced the lead to a single point once again. Cloughduv went on to dominate the game however and with Darragh Ring, Brian Walsh, Donal Corkery and Brian Ahern all firing over points the home side had a comfortable seven point lead going into the closing stages. Sars did score a late goal but the issue was decided at that stage.
Cloughduv: Colm Ryan: Sean Twomey, Donal Cronin, Liam Long: Sean O'Connor, Andrew Cronin, Aidan Murphy: Ger Ahern, Stephen Down: Sean Curzon, Brian Ahern, Barry Walsh: Liam Ryan, Donal Corkery, Darragh Ring. Subs: Kevin BarryMurphy and Tadgh McCarthy.

MID CORK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Under 21 'C' Hurling Championship Final

Blarney 0-17 Kilmichael 1-12

The final match of the year in Muskerry GAA was the U 21 'C' Hurling Championship final at Cloughduv. A last minute goal had given Blarney victory when these sides clashed in the round robin section of the competition a week earlier, a fortunate victory for the village side but this time they probably deserved their two point win. Blarney dominated the first half but hitting nine wides they found themselves in arrears at the interval on a 0-8 to 0-7 scoreline. All but one of the Kilmichael scores had come from free taker Peter Kelleher in that opening half. On the restart, Daragh Foley had a fine shot saved by the Blarney goalkeeper, the second time that the Kilmichael man had been denied, and Blarney began to find the range and had edged two points clear by the end of the third quarter. Good work by Peter Kelleher than put Shane Foley through to hit a smashing goal for Kilmichael and the teams then exchanged points, Shane Foley the Kilmichael scorer, to leave the western side still a point in front in the 52nd minute. In the closing minutes however Blarney substitute Darragh Kelly hit over three points without reply to earn his side the 'C' title and so Blarney complete the Mid Cork U 21 hurling championship double, their 'A' side having already defeated Eire Óg in the 'A' final to complete a three in a row.
Kilmichael: Daniel Crowley: Donal Kelly, Edward Burgoyne: Brendan Cotter (0-1), Finbarr Buckley, Donagh McCarthy: Peter Kelleher (0-8 frees), Stephen Kelleher: Shane Masters (0-1), Darragh Foley (0-1 free), Shane Cotter: Shane Foley (1-1), Stephen O'Leary. Sub: Damien Tobin.Referee: Mr. Dave McCarthy, Kilmurry.

Cork CountyChampionship Winners 2013

Senior Hurling: Midleton

Senior Football: Castlehaven

Premier Intermediate Hurling: Youghal

Premier Intermediate Football: Clyda Rovers

Intermediate Hurling: Kanturk

Intermediate Football: still in progress

Junior A Hurling: GRENAGH

Junior A Football: Mitchelstown

Junior B Hurling: O'Donovan Rossa

Junior B Football: Charleville

U21 A Hurling: Midleton

U21 B Hurling: Ballinascarthy

U21 A Football: Valley Rovers

U21 B Football: CANOVEE

Cork CountyLeague Winners 2013

RedFM Senior Hurling League: in progress

Division 1 Hurling League: Youghal

Division 2 Hurling League: Castlelyons

Division 3 Hurling League: Charleville

Junior A Hurling League: Freemount

Kelleher Shield (Division 1 Football League): Nemo Rangers

Division 2 Football League: Clonakilty

Division 3 Football League: Glanworth

Division 4 Football League: Fermoy

Cork Colleges Senior 'A' Football – Simcox Cup

De La Salle, Macroom 1-11 St Fachtna's DLS, Skibbereen 0-8

DLS Macroom continue to have the upper hand over their sister college from Skibbereen and were fully deserving of this win over the West Cork side at Ballineen in the Simcox Cup, Cork Colleges Senior A football championship quarter final. The Mid Cork side, holders of the title, now meet St Colman's, Fermoy in the semi final with Rochestown College and Coláiste Choilm,Ballincollig meeting in the other semi final. Fachtna's scored first, a point in the 7th minute, but De La Salle got on top at midfield with Peter Kelleher outstanding and the forwards found the target with a good supply of quality ball. James Moynihan equalised in the 8th minute and a Cian Healy free put DLS in front two minutes later. Points followed from William Coakley, Barry O'Leary and Cian Healy (free) to leave DLS 0-5 to 0-1 in front after 17 minutes. Fachtna's hit back with three points in a row and Alan Duggan saved DLS with a fine save to deny the Skibb boys. With DLS guilty of faulty shooting the score at half time of 0-5 to 0-4 did not reflect their advantage in play.
On the restart Fachtna's quickly hit over an equaliser and then missed a sitter of a goal after good approach work, the ball belted wide from close range. DLS came back strongly with two points from frees, one each from Cian Healy and John Murphy, and when Fachtnas had a point in reply, the Mid Cork boys regained the initiative with two excellent points from Cian Healy frees- both vital scores. DLS now led by 0-9 to 0-6 as the final quarter commenced and a goal in the 47th minute left the Mid Cork side in a dominant position, the goal from John Murphy following good approach work by Peter Kelleher. The West Cork boys were now awarded a penalty which slammed against the crossbar and Alan Duggan was out quickly to force the second attempt from the rebound wide of the his post. James Moynihan and Cian Healy added a point apiece for DLS and Fachna's finished the scoring with a late point. DLS had a strong defence with Dermot O'Callaghan, Kevin O'Dwyer and Finbarr McSweeney excellent in the full line. Up front, James Moynihan was very hard working and Cian Healy's accuracy from frees vital. It was a good display with room for improvement!
De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary); David Murphy, (Iveleary), Sean Kelleher, (Aghinagh), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry): John Murphy (Macroom), William Coakley (Aghinagh), Shane Foley (Kilmichael): Cian Healy (Newcestown), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), James Moynihan (Canovee). Subs: Don Creedon (Macroom), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), James Berhanu (Kilmurry).

Rebel Óg

CountyMinor 'B' Football Final

Western Gaels 2-17 Donoughmore 1-6

Western Gaels, the amalgamation of Kilmichael and Iveleary, claimed their second Minor B Football County title in 3 years with an impressive victory over Donoughmore at Coachford. Conditions were quite good for the time of year and it allowed Western Gaels to rack up a big score once they started to play some lovely, free-flowing football. It wasn't all plain-sailing however. Donoughmore put it up to the Iveleary/Kilmichael amalgamation outfit and had reeled them to within 3 points just after half time. The Gaels however, were not to be denied and responded to the challenge in style, pulling away from their opponents to claim a comprehensive victory. The pace in the opening half was slow, with both sides nervous and errors were frequent in the opening quarter. Western Gaels did steadied however and the scores began to flow and they held a 0-8 to 0-2 lead at half-time. Donoughmore then regrouped and came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half and with three points in a row brought the deficit back to 0-8 to 0-5. The decisive moment in the game came in the 38th minute when Liam Kearney fired in a shot that shook the Donoughmore net and put six points between the teams once again, halting the Donoughmore resurgence. Western Gaels then quickly added four more points and Donoughmore were left with a mountain to climb now. As the Donoughmore challenge wilted, Gaels kept the scoreboard ticking over and Barry O'Leary put a further gloss on the scoreline with a late goal. It was a great team performance by Western Gaels, a great testament to everyone involved, as it is not always easy for amalgamated sides to gel so well. The team will now look to add the CountyLeague title to their collection to complete a clean-sweep at Minor B Football level for the year.
Kilmichael: Ciarán O'Donoghue(Kilmichael): Ciarán Galvin(Iveleary), David Murphy(Ive.), Barry Kelleher(Kil.): Cathal Foley(Kil.), Finbarr McSweeney(Ive.), Luke Hennigan(Kil.): Shane O'Donoghue(Kil), Barry O'Leary(Ive.): Kevin Murphy(Kil.), Peter Kelleher(Kil.), Shane Foley(Kil.)(Captain): Chris Óg Jones(Ive.), Liam Kearney(Ive.), Trevor Tobin(Kil.) Subs: Ronan O'Callaghan(Kil.), Óisin DeLacey(Kil.), Stephen O'Leary(Kil.), James O'Donovan(Ive.), Liam Cotter(Ive.), John O'Mahony(Kil), Ciarán O'Riordan(Ive.), Jamie McCarthy(Kil.)
Donoughmore: Diarmuid Manning, Darren Lucey , Adam Looney, Brian Aherne, Martin O'Sullivan, Conor Kennedy, Jamie Twomey, Adrian Looney Adrian Ó Luanaigh, Tommie Joe Barrett, Stephen Looney, Conor O'Rourke, Jeremy Kennedy , Cormack O'Connell, Josh Bruton, Darragh O'Shea, Shayne Barrett , Donnacha Dilworth, Joseph O'Hanlon. Coach: Philip Barrett

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Naomh Abán who defeated Dunmanway (Sam Maguires) in the u-16 final © Nóra Ní Luasa

CountyU16 'A' Football Championship Final

Castlehaven 3-13 Macroom 3-8

Macroom U16's fought to the end in the county final against a fancied Castlehaven side at Dunmanway but their brave hearts were not enough on this occasion against the Carbery outfit. The teams were only separated by a point at the interval but the 'Haven did the damage in the minutes after the break when they fired in two goals to leave Macroom with a big deficit to make up. The Mid Cork boys battled on and in fact finished quite strongly but they had left themselves with too much to do and had to accept defeat with honour. Macroom started well with two early points, one each from Don Creedon and Robert Healy. Castlehaven struck back with a fortuitous goal in the 8th minute, the shot for a point hitting the upright but the ball fell kindly for the forward who fired home from close range. The winners followed on with five points in a row to lead by 1-5 to 0-2 but Kevin O'Dwyer got a point from a free for Macroom to revive their hopes and a superb goal from Jack O'Donovan had Macroom flying once again. A point for the 'Haven was followed by points from Jack O'Donovan and Don Creedon for Macroom and the score at half time 1-6 to 1-5 reflected how closely this game was being contested. Don Creedon was excelling at midfield, Caleb Dinneen, Jack Cronin and Alex Ryan were outstanding in defence, Jack O'Donovan was a constant threat at full forward and Robert Healy, Alan Quinn and Cathal O'Riordan were also causing the Haven problems. The half time interlude was longer than usual (and longer than permitted by rule) and when they emerged the 'Haven were all fired up and within three minutes had sunk two goals in the Macroom net to go seven points clear. Points followed as the western team were on top and Macroom's only reply was a brace from Kevin O'Dwyer frees. Castlehaven were leading 3-12 to 1-7 with ten minutes remaining but Macroom put in a tremendous late rally. Alan Quinn got the best goal of the game and Jack O'Donovan finished the scoring with his second goal to give Macroom some reward for their fine efforts.Macroom scorers: Jack O'Donovan 2-1, Alan Quinn 1-0, Don Creedon 0-3, Kevin O'Dwyer 0-3 (frees), Robert Healy 0-1.
Macroom: Caleb Dinneen: Paul O'Farrell, Ryan Creed, Cian Twomey: Alex Ryan, Jack Cronin, Ethan O'Gorman: Kevin O'Dwyer, Don Creedon: Cathal O'Riordan, Alan Quinn, Blake O'Gorman; Robert Healy, Jack O'Donovan, Craig Ronan. Subs: Mark Corrigan and Christy McCarthy. Management: Patrick Goold, John Ryan, Michael Cahill, Joe Carroll.

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Cill na Martra U16 B County Champions who defeated Sam Maguire's in Ballyvourney. © Joan McLoughlin

Ceiliúradh i gCill na Martra

Tá muintir Chill na Martra agus Réidh na nDoirí ag ceiliúradh le tamall anuas mar thoradh ar an ngaisce atá déanta ag fóirne an Chumainn Peile i mbliana.

Craobh an Chontae Fé 16

Cill na Martra 4:16 Sam Maguires 0:08

Ag imirt i gCraobh an Contae bhí Sam MaGuidhir a bhuaigh Craobh Rebel Óg an Reigiúin Thiar agus foireann Chill na Martra, buaiteoirí Craobh Rebel Óg an Reigiúin Thoir. Cill na Martra got off to a very good start with incisive play from the excellent Ciarán Ó Duinnín, ably assisted by his brother Daniel. In the opening exchanges Damien Ó hUrdail, Criostóir Ó Meachair and Dean MacCárthaigh all had the edge on their immediate opponents. Sam Maguires retaliated ach, de bharr obair iontach do Chill na Martra ó Phádraig Ó Críodáin agus cúl gleoite tógtha go snasta ag Seán Ó Foirréidh, bhí 6 chúilín idir na foirne ag leath am. As the second half progressed it became apparent that the injuries to two key Sam Maguire players would prove costly. Bhí greim daingean i lár na páirce ag Cill na Martra tré Thadhg Ó Corcora agus Pádraig Ó Críodáin, rud a dhein obair na dtosaithe ní b'a easca agus, le cúilíní gleoite ó Chriostóir Ó Meachair, Dean Mac Cárthaigh, Trevor Ó hÉalaithe, Pádraig Ó hÉalaithe agus tuilleadh cúil fós ó Daniel Ó Duinnín le cabhair ó Damien Ó hUrdail agus Seán Ó Foirréidh, bhí toradh an chluiche soiléir agus deich nóiméad fós le h-imirt. Excellent defensive play from goal-keeper Mikey Aynsley, the full-back line of Ryan Coakley, Donagh Ó Riordáin and Evan Ó Cathasaigh and a resolute half-back line of James Aynsley, Eoghan Ó Ceilleachair and Antoin Ó Cuana, prevented any comeback from a brave Sam Maguires team. Ós chomhair slua lúcháireach do bhronn Séamus Ó hÉalaithe, Rúnaí Rebel Óg, an corn ar Dhonagh Ó Riordáin, captaen na fóirne. Do ghabh Donagh buíochas le gach éinne, go háirithe bainistíocht na foirne, Pádraig Ó Cróinín agus Seán Ó Ceilleachair agus é tuillte go maith acu. Ní raibh le déanamh ansan ach aghaidh a thabhairt ar an gCrois, le báisteach throm ón iarthar ag stealladh anuas orainn. Go deimhin ní raibh gearán ó dhuine ar bith!

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Cill na Martra Minor Team, Rebel Óg County C Football Champions © Lee Valley Outlook

Craobh an Chontae Fé 18

Cill na Martra 3:23 Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh 5:12
B'iad Béal Átha curaidh an Reigiúin Thiar agus bhí Cill na Martra tar éis Craobh an Reigiúin Thoir a bhaint amach. This was an excellent Cill na Martra team regularly enjoying a three or a six point lead only for it to be repeatedly wiped away through excellent play from Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Diarmuid Mac Thomáis scored three goals and Donagh Seartan and Jake Inglis a goal each but were it not for some excellent saves form Cúl-báire Chill na Martra, James Aynsley and some very committed defensive work by captaen Finén Ó Faoláin, Gearóid Ó Goillidhe, Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Antóin Ó Cuana and Pádraig Ó Críodáin and later with help from the superb Tadhg Ó Corcora, the result could have been very different indeed. I lár na páirce, bhí Micheál Ó Deasúna ag feidhmiú go hiontach. Mar fhreagra ar seo dob iontach an tslí a d'úsáid cúl-báire Bhéal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Donncha Ó Ceallacháin, an cic amach gairid chun a chomrádaithe a aimsiú. After a pulsating first half, Cill na Martra held a five point lead on a score line of 2:11 to 3:09 but after the full hour the teams remained dead-locked on a score of Cill na Martra 3:13 to Béal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh's 4:10. Sa chéad thréimhse den bhreis ama, do chuaigh Cill na Martra chun tosaigh arís le 3 chúilíní ach ghnóthaigh Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh cúl eile, an cúigiú ceann san iomlán ó Jake Inglis. Ach mar a tharla arís do bhí tosaithe Chill na Martra , Daniel Ó Duinnín (a ghnóthaigh cúig chúilín déag sa chluiche), Seán Ó Cróinín, Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Damien Ó hUrdail agus Donncha Ó Loingsigh go léir ag fáilt cúilíní le 10 gcinn san iomlán in am breise, ba leor iad san nuair a séideadh an fheadóg fhada. Dob é Séamus Ó hÉalaithe Rúnaí Rebel Óg, a bhronn an corn ar chaptaen na foirne, Finén Ó Faoláin. Do ghabh Finén buíochas le gach éinne, go háirithe bainistíocht na foirne, Pádraig Ó Conaill agus Mairtín Ó Conchúir, agus é tuillte go maith acu i ndiaidh obair na bliana seo agus anuraidh leis.

Craobh Fé 15 an Reigiúin Thoir

Cill na Martra 3:05 White's Cross 2:05

Muna raibh go leor ceilliúradh déanta le seachtainní beaga anuas bhí tuilleadh fós le ceiliúradh nuair a bhuaigh an Fhoireann Fé 15 an Craobh seo amach ar pháirc C.L.G. An Druipseach. White's Cross were the opposition and proved to be a resourceful and skilful team right up to the end of the contest. Cill na Martra enjoyed excellent performances from Goal-keeper Mikey Aynsley, and from backs Ryan Ó Caochlaíoch, Evan Ó Cathasaigh, James Aynsley, Eoghn Ó Ceilleachair agus Ciarán Ó Foirréidh. Bhí cluiche iontach i lár na páirce ag Tadhg Ó Corcora, rud a chabhraigh go mór le himirt chruthaitheach na dtosaithe Criostóir Ó Meachair, Ciarán Ó Duinnín, Dean Mac Cárthaigh, Seán Ó Foirréidh agus Pádraig Ó hÉalaithe agus a ndícheall á dhéanamh ag gach éinne acu. Trevor Ó hÉalaithe and Colm Mac Lochlainn contributed hugely when introduced, with Ciarán Ó Loingsigh and Caolán Seartan anxious to contribute also as the game proceeded. Goals from Seán Ó Foirreidh and Trevor Ó h-Éalaithe and Dean Mac Carthaigh with some excellent free-taking also from Dean proved vital. The cup was presented to captain Dean Mac Cárthaigh by club Juvenile Chairperson and Board representative Richard Aynsley to the joyous cheers of their fans. Do ghabh Dean buíochas le gach éinne, go háirithe bainistíocht na foirne, Ben Seartan agus Cathal Mac Suibhne. Ní raibh le déanamh ansan ach filleadh abhaile don triú cheilliúradh laistigh de choicís. Tá sochraithe á dhéanamh anois do leath-chraobh an chontae sa chomórtas seo i gcoinne Fánaithe na Claide. In airde ar sin, ní mór craobh sraithe Fé 15 an Reigiúin Thoir a imirt go fóill i gcoinne Muintir White's Cross no less. If the Under 15 Team's run of success continues, at this point we can't rule out playing the final of the league on Christmas Day!

Sciath na Scol Chorcaí

Bhí tuilleadh ceilliúradh le déanamh nuair a bhuaigh cailíní Scoil Lachtaín Naofa an Sciath don chéad uair riamh le bua ar Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Bhúirne i bPáirc Uí Chaoimh. Do bhí foireann an-óg ar fad ag Scoil Abán Naofa agus níl dabht ar bith ann ach go bhfuil laethanta móra rompu amach leis an ndúracht a léiríodar ar an lá. Do Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, d'imir gach uile cailín go hiontach le cosaint tharr moladh beirte ó Katie Ní Loingsigh, Rachel Ní Dheasúna, Avril Ní Chríodáin, Annie Ní Chonaill, Caoimhe Ní Charra agus ag an gcaptaen Sarah Ní Chárthaigh. I lár na páirce, thug Aoibh Ní Chríodáin agus Rosie Ní Chorcora sár-thaispeántas peile uatha agus trí chúilín mar thoradh , leis na tosaithe Ellie Ní Chonaill, Kate Ní Ghuidhir a fuair cúl iontach chomh maith, Ciara Ní Ghuidhir agus go h-áirithe Annie Ní Mheachair a ghnóthaigh 4 chúl agus 3 chúilín di fhéin. Sa dara leath do tháinig tuilleadh cailíní chun páirce a d'imir go hiontach ar fad, Alex Ní Dhughall-Chinseabháin, Rebecca Ní Leighin, Éidín Ní Fhaoláin, Hannah Ní Ghuidhir, Caoimhe Ní Cheallaigh, Nóra De Búrca agus Rachel Rebecca Ní Riordáin ina measc. An scór deireanach a bhí ann ná Scoil Lachtaín Naofa 5:06; Scoil Abán Naofa 1:01. Do ghlac Sarah Ní Chárthaigh, captaen na foirne, leis an gcorn agus do ghlac Rosie Ní Chorcora, leas-chaptaen na foirne, leis a sciath. Dob é ar an Aoine dár gcionn do bhain pobal na scoile sult as Barbeque ollmhór in onóir na hocáide. Gabhadh buíochas ar leith d'Alison Uí Chárthaigh as a cuid oibre iontach le trí bliana anuas ag traenáil foireann chailíní na scoile.

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Kilmurry U16 team who won the County U16 League title Pic. Supplied

Kilmurry Juvenile G.A.A.

Kilmurry 2-13 Dromtarriff 3-4

Kilmurry defeated Dromtarriff in the County U16 League final in Clondrohid. They started the stronger, with Dromtarriff missing several scoring opportunities but then coming back and leading at half time 2-2 to 0-4. Kilmurry took control in the second half, scoring the next three points and when Joe Ryan scored a goal, they led 1-7 to 2-3. With additional points from Sean Warren 2, Joe Ryan 2 and Colin Casey, they were in a commanding position. Joe Ryan then scored his second goal, to put Kilmurry in front 2-12 to 2-3. Dromtarriff rallied to score a goal and a point before Kilmurry got the last score of the game to leave them deserved winners.
Kilmurry: Eoghan Curzon, Colm Kearney, Colm Hannon, Richard O'Brien, Kyle Kelliher, John O'Mullane, Colin Casey, Marco Healy, Liam Wall, Jamie Buckley, Sean Warren, Fionn Warren, Eoghan Clifford, Joe Ryan, Brian Hinchion. Subs; Tadhg Hogan, Gearoid Grainger, Jeremiah Burke, Sean Flanagan, Liam McSweeney, Liam O'Sullivan, William Ronan, James O'Mullan.

Kilmurry 2-10 Aghada 2-8.

Kilmurry U15s travelled to Ballinure to take on Aghada in the Premier 2 League final. They raced into a three point lead before Aghada pulled back two points. Kilmurry tagged on two more points and just before half time, Aghada scored a point, leaving two between the sides at the break. Within a few minutes of the restart Aghada scored a goal and a point to Kilmurry's single point. Kilmurry had to rely on a series of excellent saves from keeper Eoghan Curzon but Aghada managed to score a second goal, leaving Kilmurry trailing 2-4 to 0-6. A well taken goal by Eoghan Clifford brought Kilmurry back into the game. The teams exchanged points and then Sean Warren found the net. The teams continued to exchange points and this was enough to keep Kilmurry ahead, finally winning by two points.

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Western Gaels, winners of County Minor B Football championship. ©

Western Gaels

Western Gaels moved to the West Region, having spent the first two years in the East and the journeys for matches proving far too long. The West has proved more satisfactory, with most match venues less than an hour away. We competed in U16 Hurling/Football plus Minor Hurling and Football League and Championships. We won the West U16 B and Minor C Hurling Championships. We reached the U16 Hurling County Final but were beaten by a better balanced Glanworth fifteen at Páirc Uí Rinn. We lost heavily in the Minor C County semi final to Bride Rovers and defeated Ibane Gaels in the West Minor B Football coming from behind to win by a single point. Western Gaels had a good victory in the County Minor B Football Final at Coachford and are involved in two more County League Finals and two West Finals. We had a Cork Minor [Peter Kelleher] on both teams this year again and he did very well in both. We look forward with renewed confidence to 2014.

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St Val's under 13 team who defeated Douglas in the mid Cork final ©

Lee Valley Basketball

U16C Blue Demons 27 / Lee Valley 18

This match started well for both sides with equal scores of 4:4 at the end of the first quarter, LeeValley's scores coming from Kate Brady and Aoife Doyle. Blue Demons edged ahead by 3 points by the end of the second quarter despite 4 consecutive baskets from LeeValley's Sarah Doyle followed by a lovely lay-up from Rachel Cooper. Overall top scorer for LeeValley: Sarah Doyle (10 points). Team: Danielle Kelleher, Aoife Doyle, Kate Brady, Grace Kiernan, Rachel Cooper, Sarah Doyle.

U14B Lee Valley 72 Blue Demons 16

Under the guidance of coach Mark Scannell Lee Valley had a run away success in their second home game of the season. They led 20 points to 2 at the end of the first quarter. Blue Demons came back in the next two quarters to score 14 points, but at this stage Lee Valley were already ahead by 30 points, eventually winning by an amazing 56 points. Top scorers for Lee Valley Briona Grimaldi, Aideen Buckley and Sarah Doyle. Team: Meadhbh Barry, Saoirse MacCarthy, Cloda O'Donoghue, Miriam Murnane, Sarah Doyle, Aideen Buckley, Caitriona Moynihan, Brionna Grimaldi, Kate Brady, Rachel Cooper

U12b Lee Valley 19 Cobh 16
The U12 team had their first win of the season against Cobh and really enjoyed the game, putting in a great effort. They are improving and are looking forward to their next game with great enthusiasm. Top scorers were Erika O'Shea, Shauna Young and Holly Kierans.Team: Caoimhe Donavan, Erika O'Shea, Leah Coughlan, Emilja ,Saoirse O'Brien, Kate Condon, Elaine Kelleher, Lorraine Carey, Molly McKirgan, Meghan Healy, Holly Kierans, Shauna Young.

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Cloughduv U13 Camogie team who won the Muskerry 'B' Final replay v Ballinora ©

Macroom Soccer

Premier A League:

Grattan Utd 2 Macroom 1.

Macroom suffered their first league defeat at O'Neill Park. The home side took the lead in the 25th minute but parity was restored when Darryl Holden's inswinging free kick found its way to the back of the net. The home side dominated the second period and went ahead with 15 minutes remaining. The visitors tried hard to find an equaliser but in the end Grattan were deserving of the three points. Best were Darrin Kelly, Robert Downey and Mark Twohig. Macroom have 6 points from their opening three league games.

Macroom 4 Castleview 3.

It was a swift return to winning ways at Murrayfield. A great solo effort from the excellent Michael Browne had Macroom ahead inside two minutes. This was followed by a James O'Connor header, five minutes later, which doubled the lead. An unfortunate own goal had the visitors back in the game until Darryl Holden nodded home at the back post, making it 3-1. Castleview responded again to leave just a single goal in it at the break. And it was all square on seventy minutes when an overlap was created leaving Mark Twohig with no chance in the home goal. It was looking like two points dropped for Macroom but late in the game, a left wing cross was glanced into the far corner by Rory Buckley, to the delight of the home support. Division 2 League:

Newmarket Town 3 Macroom 2.

Macroom narrowly lost out at Rathcoole. Andrew Hegarty and Jason McCarthy were on target for the visitors whose best were McCarthy and John Breen.

Youths League:

Lakewood Athletic 2 Macroom 1.

On the opening day of the season back in August, Macroom defeated Lakewood 3-2 at the TownPark. The reverse fixture was equally as tight with the Ovens based club winning by the odd goal of the three. Michael Hourihane was on target for the visitors, who remain in second spot in the league.

Under 16 League:

Macroom 2 Greenwood 2.

A very much understrength Macroom side drew with Greenwood at Murrayfield. In what was an excellent first half, the home side led two nil, with goals coming from a Mark Meaney wonder strike from all of forty yards, as well as a fine goal from Jack Kelleher. The visitors improved after the break and had two goals of their own to level matters. There were chances on both sides to claim all three points in the dying minutes but the game finished level. A good performance from Macroom, who remain top of the league.

Under 15 League:

Watergrasshill Utd 2 Macroom 7.

This was a superb result for the U15 team who now have three wins from four in the league. John Martin Lehane was on target with a fine hat trick, along with Kevin Condon (2) and Eolan O'Leary and Liam O'Sullivan with one each.

Under 14 League:

Tramore Athletic 0 Macroom 12.

A huge win for the U14s, with one way traffic from start to finish. Dean Burke, Tomas Collins, James O'Mullane, Aleks Osnowski, Szymon Sanetra, and Sean McMahon all on target. Macroom have nine points from their opening four league games.

Under 13 League:

Springfield Ramblers 1 Macroom 4.

Macroom kept up their excellent away form with a convincing 4-1 victory. The visitors were off the mark in the eighth minute when Jack O'Riordan fed Dylan Twomey to round the keeper and slot home. The home side were level shortly after but the visitors took the interval lead when Twomey found the far corner. Ramblers dominated much of the second half but the Macroom defence stood up well and Denis Dullea set up Caelum Lynch to make it 3-1. There was just enough time for a fourth, and it was Dullea again who produced a fine cross for Twomey to volley home from close range. Best for the league leaders were Twomey, Lynch, Jusczak and O'Riordan.

Under 12 League:

Everton 1 Macroom 1.

In what was a fine game played in Togher, the Under 12 side came away with a creditable point. Macroom had to come from behind and the equaliser was scored by Pavel Osnowski who had a brilliant game throughout. Best for the visitors who remain top of the division, were George Lowrie, Liam Linehan and Osnowski.

Under 11 League:

Macroom 2 Crosshaven 6.

Macroom's under 11 side lost out at Murrayfield to a strong Crosshaven outfit. On target for the home side were Liam Coleman and Ricky Cronin.

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