Cor Godre'r Aran in the Briery Gap March 16
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Gramophone Morning: Mon. March 10 at 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed., March 12, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Seachtain na Gaeilge: March 7 – 14
Seisiún: Fri. March 14 3p.m.
Library Closed: Sat. 15 and Mon. 17 March.
Purlies Thurs. March 20th at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. March 24, 11.30a.m.
Art Exhibition: Jenny Mills exhibition from March 1
Starmakers Sat. March 8 at 8p.m. Sun March 9 at 3p.m.
Ahakeera Drama Group on Fri., 14th March at 8.00 pm.
Cor Godre'r Aran on Sun.16th March at 8.00 pm.
Macroom Youth Theatre Fri. and Sat. March 21, 22.
The Broken Circle Breakdown Mon. March 10
Short Term 12 March 24
Coffee Morning and launch of Care and Repair Programme in the Fr. Ryan Hall Fri. March 7 at 10.30a.m.
Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion, Fri. March 7th at 8p.m.
Darkness to Light presentation in the Castle Hotel on Wed. 12th March 9:30 - 1:00 for Transition Year students
Dromleigh N.S. Open evening on Thurs. 13th March from 2-4 pm.
Coachford Farmers Market Sat. March 15, 10. 30 – 1.00p.m.
Crookstown Céilí: Sat. 15th March in Crookstown hall, 9.30 - 1 a.m.
Carriganimma Parade: Sat. March 16
Ballincollig Comhaltas Céilí Naomh Pádraig on Mon. March 10 at 9pm in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin.
History Talk in Ballincollig Rugby Club Pavilion; Tue. March 18th at 8p.m.
Crookstown Vintage Club: run Sun. 23rd March, 11 a.m. from Cornerstone Bar.
Conradh na Gaeilge: cruinniú poiblí sa Riverside Park Hotel, Máigh Chromtha ar an Luan, 24ú Márta ar a 8 a chlog
Book Launch: Jamie Moynihan's biographyin the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, April 5.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Macroom Jobseekers Resource Centre every Wed. & Thurs. 10am - 12.30pm at The Pitch & Putt Clubhouse.
Clondrohid Choral Group every Friday night in Clondrohid Hall, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Get Fit, Get Healthy walk every Tues. and Thurs. night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive.
Bingo every Saturday in the community hall, Stuake, Donoughmore at 8pm.
It is now all systems go for what may well be Macroom's last St. Patrick's Day Parade for the present. With the demise of Macroom Town Council, the Parade's main sponsor, in June, it is perceived that it will be very difficult to fund and man parades in future years. But: carpe diem, make hay while the sun shines, strike while the iron is hot etc. etc. Make sure you are in Macroom on Monday, March 17 and throughout the entire weekend for what promises to be a great celebration.
Events get under way on Friday, March 14 with a Seisiún in Macroom Library from 3p.m. This will feature Cill na Martra and Aghinagh Comhaltas, local singers, musicians and storytellers and members of Macroom Library Ciorcal Cainte. Dónal Ring Céilí Band will play in the Riverside Park Hotel from 10p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Tickets €10. On St. Patrick's Eve, Sunday, March 16, the Welsh Choir, Cor Godre'r Aran, will perform in the Briery Gap at 8.15 in a Sold Out Concert. You can adjourn to the Auld Triangle, Killarney Road later for a Traditional Seisiún with the best of Irish music and fun. St. Patrick's Day is full of fun events, most of them free. After the Aifreann as Gaeilge and International Mass in St. Colman's Church, a walking Family Treasure Hunt will start from McCarthy's Newsagents, Main Street at 12.30p.m. This was very popular and a great source of pre-parade enjoyment last year. Gerry McCarthy will provide music and song from the reviewing platform in the Square from 2p.m. and O'Sullivan School of Dance will give a Dancing Exhibition at 2.45. The Parade gets underway from Cork Street at 3.30p.m. It will feature the Woodland String Band from Philadelphia; Cor Godre'r Aran from Wales; Ballingeary Pipe Band; Cullen Pipe Band; Bandon and District Pipe Band and St. Colman's N.S. Brass Band. A Sea Theme will permeate the event. Post Parade entertainment includes The famous Tony Moroney Magic Show in the Square at 5p.m. and a Feis supported by the O'Sullivan School of Dance in the Community Leisure Centre in the Castle Grounds. At 9 p.m. the Pot Belly Folk Group will perform in Dan Buckley's Bar, Castle Hotel. Admission Free.
Áine O'Callaghan presents the Dónal Buckley Perpetual Trophy to Suzanne Creavan and Anne Lawless of Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick while Cllr. Martin Coughlan, Deputy Mayor of County Cork presents the First Place trophy to Sarah Allen © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom attracted hundreds of second level students from all over Ireland on February 28 and March 1 for the All Ireland Light Entertainment Festival 2014 and the 14th annual National Transition Year Drama Festival. They came from Cork and Kerry, Limerick and Clare, Tipperary, Mayo, Donegal, Westmeath, Dublin and Louth and brought a great buzz and much business to the area.
Nine groups contested the 15 minute Light Entertainment competition for the Dónal Buckley, Mary McSweeney and William Harrington Perpetual Trophies and substantial monetary awards. On a dreary, wet evening, they brought humour, verve, music and a variety of talents to a crowded auditorium in the Briery Gap. Two groups presented excerpts from 'Grease'. Others dealt with serious topics such as Cultural Diversity, Popularity, Peer Pressure and Cyber Bullying. But sheer entertainment was there a-plenty in an Ard Scoil Rís version of Alone it Stands, featuring Munster v All Blacks; Our Lady's, Greenhills Drogheda presentation of the evolution of music since the 1950s, resurrecting Elvis, the Beatles, Abba, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and One Direction in the process and a really wonderful mini pantomime, Robin Hood and Mad Marian from CBS Mullingar. The eventual winners were Laurel Hill, Limerick, followed by CBS Mullingar and Greenhills, Drogheda. Mullingar won the Best Director Award; Wilson's Hospital won Best Choreography; Ard Scoil Rís Best Original Act; Mullingar Best Comedy; Orga from Greenhills Best Actor; Ard Scoil Rís Best Irish Item with The Fields of Athenry and Wilson's Hospital Best Choral Group. Special Adjudicators' Awards went to Sacred Heart, Westport, Mohi from St. Peter's, Passage West and Ciara Creedon of St. Mary's Macroom, whose voice Kevin Hough lauded, prophesying that we will hear more of her.
MartinCoughlan M.C.C. Deputy MayorCorkCounty, congratulated everyone involved in the festival – students, parents, teachers and the management of the Briery Gap in the person of Anne Dunne, who initiated and developed the festivals to its present successful standing. He also thanked the many sponsors – particularly Cork County Council and Macroom Town Council.
Mary McSweeney presents the Mary McSweeney Perpetual Trophy for Best Choral Group to Wilson's Hospital Group A representatives. © Lee Valley Outlook
Seventeen groups presented short plays in a marathon final of the All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival 2014 in the Briery Gap, Macroom on the first day of March. One and all were of a very high standard, far better than most of what we see on the 'box'. Derrybeg, Co. Donegal staged 'To Hell and Back', an apt description of the subject matter. Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí presented a short sketch as Gaeilge, featuring a very scary bean sí and wonderful traditional music. Sacred Heart Westport A staged a David Hughes play and their B group presented an all female heavenly Ard Fheis with God and her angels, Gabrielle, Michelle etc considering how best to attract the voters. St. Brogan's, Bandon staged an excerpt from the earthy 'Lonesome West' by Martin McDonagh and Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney presented a very entertaining speed dating scenario. Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis and Nagle Rice, Doneraile both chose 'Ernie's Incredible Illusions' as their play and the latter's presentation, with great visual effects and strong Cork accents, brought the house down. King's Hospital, Palmerstown, staged 'Notice Me', an ambitious, busy play, very well choreographed. Scoil Phobal Bhéara's original play was 'O'Dare to Believe' – a troublesome TY class that is visited by local man, William Martin Murphy, Big Jim Larkin and the Minister for Education. Chuir Mountsackville, Chapelizod dráma as Gaoluinn i láthair – Aghaidh Fidil – ag trácht ar Cyberbullying and MitchelstownPresentationSchool followed with a drama on the same theme. Our Lady's Bower, Athlone staged 'Snow White and the One Dwarf', with a great Snow White, and Sacred Heart, Westport C presented 'Three Mothers' while their D group staged a powerful 'Verdict', both written by David Hughes. Newport, Co Tipperary did an excellent job on Fiona Quinn's 'Voyage of the Orphans' with a tie up between the exportation of Irish girls to Australia from the Workhouses in 1848 and the plight of current day immigrants. The final drama of the evening was 'Stop the Clock', a thoughtful piece on the meaning of life by St. Mary's, Charleville.
The presentation of prizes was a bit of an anti-climax at the conclusion of a marvellous festival as the winners, King's Hospital, Palmerstown, were unrepresented. In second place was Charleville and Westport C finished 3rd. Best Previous non Prize-winner trophy went to Doneraile; Chapelizod won Best Irish Play; 'Colman' from Bandon won Best Supporting Actor; Athlone won Best Costumes; Blarney won Best Set, Stage, Design, Lighting; Castletownbere won Best Original Script; Donegal won Best Performance and the award for Producer/ Director went to King's Hospital. Special Adjudicators' Awards went to Newport, Mitchelstown, Blarney, King's Hospital, Doneraile and Tralee.
M.C. Cllr. Pat O'Connell, representing the Board of the Briery Gap, thanked the many contributors to the 2014 event. He particularly thanked Sean Lynch of Mullingar Art Centre and Ann Dunne, Manager of the Briery Gap. He expressed his hope that the competitions and the theatre would continue to prosper after the demise of Macroom Town Council. Cllr. Aindrias Moynihan, Cork Co. V.E.C., said that the Education and Training Board is totally supportive of this worthwhile initiative which underlines the fact that education is about more than exams and points. Adjudicator, Kevin Hough, stressed the importance of diction and delivery. He advised the actors to be always conscious of performing to the audience and projecting their voices. He prophesied that many of the young actors will go on to successful careers in the drama world.
At the conclusion of the 14th TY Drama Competition in the Briery Gap, from left, Cllr Aindrias Moynihan, V.E.C., Rebecca Lydon, Westport; Mairead Barry, Katie Carolan, Westport and Cllr. Pat O'Connell © Lee Valley Outlook
Monday March 10th will see Margaret O'Leary hosting our monthly music morning. All are welcome to this free and friendly event where a selection of classical, show and film music is played. Tea and coffee is served during an interval and the event finishes at 12.30. On Wednesday 12th the ACOL Bridge group will meet here at 11a.m. New members with knowledge of bridge are welcome. On Friday 14th Seachtain na Gaeilge will be celebrated in the library by a combined contingent from Aghinagh and Cill na Martra Comhaltas groups playing here at 3pm. In the morning of the same day at 12.15 there will be a bi lingual story time and sing along for toddlers with Christine Cronin. On Saturday 8th our regular 12 noon story time for 3-8 year olds will also be a mixture of English and Irish language books. We will also be displaying our lovely selection of books in Irish for children between 1st and 17th March.
On World Book Day, Thursday, March 6 we had a visit from 3rd class of Clondrohid N.S. We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed having them. Thursday 20th the Purlies knitting group will convene at 11a.m. Please note that the library will be closed on Saturday 15th and Monday 17th March. The next Ciorcal Cainte meeting will be on Monday, March 24 at 11.30a.m.
FACT: As a library member, children have access to the Children's Brittanica Website which has verification standards for the facts it contains and is therefore a useful tool for any projects or essays a student undertakes. There is a hyper link to the Brittanica website on the Library Homepage. This year being the anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 there is a wealth of articles, maps, photos and timelines covering the topic. Specifically there are 50 entries at the junior level, 100 at the student level, and nearly 250 entries within the adult encyclopaedia. So come in and get ahead of the curve!
Talent Competition: The Macroom heat of the over 60s Talent Competition will take place on Tuesday April 8th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom at 8.00pm. This competition, now in its 38th year, has become the biggest social event in Cork for Active Retired.
The competition is not confined to Macroom only: any person who would like to compete is welcome to do so regardless of where you live. This week Pat O'Connell of the organising committee said, ''We are happy to be associated with this unique competition. Last year we got involved again after a lapse of many years and our contestant reached the final of the competition'. For further details contact Pat O'Connell 087/2662192 or Evelyn Mc Sweeney 026/41070. This year's semi finals will take place at City Hall, Cork on Sunday April 23rd and the Final will take place on Sunday June 8th.
Active Retirement Holiday 2014: Macroom Senior Citizens / Active Retirement annual holiday will take place this year from Sunday May 26th– Friday May 30th. This year's holiday will see the group heading to Monaghan and will be based at the 4 Star Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan town. The holiday will include organised day tours and entertainment in the hotel. For further details contact: Macroom Senior Citizens, Sullane Haven, Macroom on 026 41698 or Evelyn McSweeney on 026 41070.
A.G.M.: Macroom Senior Citizens held its A.G.M. recently and reported on a busy year in testing times. Constant fundraising at the same time as providing vital services for the elderly is becoming more onerous on the generous volunteers but overall, 2013 was a very successful year.
Macroom Senior Citizens was founded 46 years ago and is now providing the following services for the elderly of Macroom and the Lee Valley :- meals-on-wheels, luncheon club, laundry, chiropody, weekly bingo, group holidays, physical activities and sheltered housing. In 2013 over 12,560 meals were prepared and served in the dining room and in the homes of the housebound six day a week and even on Christmas Day. Much thanks to the cooks and to those who deliver the Meals on Wheels. .A Laundry service is available at very reasonable rates. A weekly Chiropody service provided by Eileen Ryan is available every Thursday in Sullane Haven from l to 5pm. The Bealtaine Festival in May included a Group Sing Along, a recital by Sapphire, Coffee Morning and two films which were part of the Bealtaine Film Tour. The annual holiday in Athlone and the day trips organised by Pat Sheehy proved to be most enjoyable. The annual outing in July went to Youghal and Mount Melleray, with a dinner at Mai Fitz's in Lissarda on the way home. The Bring and Buy and barbeque in August were well supported, as were the fund raising events in October. The annual Christmas Dinner moved to the Riverside Park Hotel and proved to be very successful. Art and Craft classes are attended by a group of 8 people every Monday 1lam - 12 noon. The sheltered housing in Sullane Place and the Sheltered Apartments in Sullane Haven are operating very successfully. The Shopeen is proving a vital source of funding for the organisation. Thanks to the voluntary staff and TUS worker. Also in 2013 we received donations from Sullane Art Society through the sale of their Christmas Cards; De La Salle College through their Christmas Charity Appeal; The Castle Hotel through their Clowning Around and McCarthy's newsagents from the sale of their 2013 calendar, all very much appreciated.
After a lapse of 35 years Macroom Senior Citizens were again involved in the Over 60's Competition and Pat Kelleher qualified for the final at the City Hall. Line Dancing is a great means of keeping fit and is held in the hall on Fridays 2 - 3 pm. During 2013 we decided to reduce the number of Socials to six, two of these in the afternoon 3pm - 5pm. They include music, dancing and singing, tea, sandwiches and cakes. Going forward, we hope to introduce some information evenings on different topics for the Active Retired. I would also like to thank all those who sold tickets for our Annual Raffle and those who sold tables for the American Tea Party. We had November Mass in the hall for deceased Senior Citizens and deceased committee members. May they rest in peace.
St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom cast who performed an excerpt from 'Grease' at the National Light Entertainment Final in the Briery Gap Pic. © Lee Valley Outlook
St. Mary's seniorbasketball team recently qualified for the All Ireland Play-Offs in Salthill Upper, Galway on the 1st February. After a long and tiring journey up, they were successful in their first of three matches against Donegal, 43points-27points. Unfortunately, they lost to Killorglin, Co. Kerry by 12 points and St. Edna's, Co. Galway by 2 points later on in the tournament. The overall standard of basketball was very high. The girls put their best effort into all of the matches, with several three-pointers from sisters Yvonne and Síofra, with Michelle and Máiréad adding one a piece. They had a tough, but successful season in order to reach the All-Ireland play-offs, winning every match along the way both home and away. These school teams included: Mount St. Michael's, Rosscarbery - won by 12 points[ Coláiste Phobal, Bantry - won by 10 points; Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig - won by 10 points also. The Quarter Finals were held in Neptune Stadium in Cork and St. Mary's girls beat Scoil Mhuire Kanturk by 11 points. The Semi-Finals were also held in Neptune Stadium and Macroom beat St. Marys Midleton by 1 point and beat St. Aloysius, Cork by 8 points.
Senior Team Members: Yvonne Burgoyne (Captain), Michelle McCarthy (Captain), Síofra Burgoyne, Sarah-Beth O'Mullane, Máiréad O'Sullivan, Shauna Buckley, Michaela O'Keeffe, Suzanne Barry, Shannon Lucey, Erika Cuntapay, Kate Ciganova, Lily Healy, Sinead Plunkett.
Silverware: St. Mary's girls were most successful with Cork teams throughout the year and recently posed for photographs with some of the silverware won. They include: Ella Curtin (U-16 Camogie); Sarah Byrne (U-14 Football); Angela Crowley and Marie Ambrose (U-18 Football); Niamh Duggan (U-16 Football); Nicola Dennehy (U-16 Football); Máiréad Corkery (U-18 Football); Aisling Kelleher (U-16 Football and Camogie); Clare Byrne (U-18 Football).
St. Mary's senior basketball team who qualified for the All Ireland Play-Offs in Salthill recently. © An Scoil.
Seachtain na Gaeilge: Tosnóidh Seachtain na Gaeilge na bliana seo ar an 1ú Márta. Eagraíodh fuilleach eachtraí de gach saghas rud do na daltaí i mbliana. Tá eachtraí tosnaithe cheana féin sa scoil le comórtas dearadh pictuirí, le Sean Fhocail mar téama ar na h-oibreacha ealaíona. Cuirfimid na pictiuirí is fearr ar fallaí na scoile le linn na seachtaine. Tríd na seachtain go léir beidh tráth na gceist, cluichí biongó, céilí mór, scannáin as Gaeilge agus comórtas "Twister" as Gaeilge. Beidh baint ag gach múinteoir sa scoil sna h-eachtraí i mbliana. Beidh téarmaí Gaelacha á usáid sna ranganna agus beidh amhráin á gcanadh as Gaeilge sna ranganna ceoil. Beidh ceol tradisiúnta á sheinnt ag daltaí na scoile freisin le linn na seachtaine. Táimid ag súil le seachtain iontach spórtúil, as Gaeilge! Is cinnte go bhfuil an Gaelachas tagtha thíos ó na Cnoic agus soir an bóthar go Maigh Chromtha i mbliana! Bígí linn! Elaine Ní Mhuiris
Debating in McEgan College: This year the 5th year students have been involved in the Debating Science Issues competition. Debating Science Issues is a dynamic debating competition which invites students to engage in debate on the cultural, societal and ethical implication of advances in biomedical sciences. It is funded by the Welcome Trust, Discover Science and Engineering, Abbott Ireland and Pfizer Healthcare Ireland. To date we have succeeded through two rounds of the competition and will represent McEgan in the Munster Final on March 6th in CIT. Our opposition on the day will be Coláiste Mhuire, Crosshaven. So far we have successfully debated against the motion "Self testing as the future of health care" and for the motion "Society is morally obliged to support embryonic stem cell research". The motion for the final is "Nanotechnology has significantly contributed to our well-being and environmental sustainability". On this occasion we will be opposing the motion. There are seven members in the debating team, all 5th year students - Tadhg Lane, Timothy Desmond, Denise Kelleher, Shannon Dolan, Maxine Bramley, Tony O'Neill and Levi Healy. Each debate has helped us to learn more about the techniques of research and in how to develop the points of our argument in logical form. We have researched areas of science of which we previously had no knowledge. We have opted to rotate the role of speaker so we can each develop public speaking skills. Debating has been a wholly beneficial experience for each of us and we will certainly be the better for having had this opportunity. We would like to particularly thank Ms. McAdam & Ms Buckley who have worked with us in their free time and after school. Timmie & Denise.
Ciara Creedon, Bawnmore and St. Mary's Macroom who received an Adjudicators' Special Award at the National Light Entertainment Final in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Parish Pastoral Council is currently organising a special event for Transition Year students in Macroom. It will be held in the Castle Hotel on Wednesday 12th March from 9:30 - 1:00. and the theme is Darkness to Light: Courage and Hope. Three well known speakers – Joanne O'Riordan, Conor Cusack and Finbarr Walsh, (Donal's father) have accepted the invitation to address the students. The Parish Pastoral Council would like to thank these speakers for their time and inspiring words. It is an event that students, teachers and the Parish Pastoral Council members are looking forward to.
There will be no visitors from Bubry & Marcallo con Casone for this year's St Patrick's Day festivities. A group of 6 boys (15 to 18 years old) from Bubry will travel to Macroom on May 3rd for one week. Macroom Twinning Association is looking for host families with boys around the same age to host them. A full programme will be organised for the visitors, including fishing with the Macroom Angling Club, going to De La Salle College to sample life in an Irish school and excursions. A return trip to France may be organised next year for young people from Macroom.
Bubry is the host town this year and a group from Macroom is invited to Bubry at the start of July (04/07 to 07/07). The trip will coincide with the Annual Fetes Locales: with a Pétanque tournament, Running and Cycling competitions, Fireworks followed by a Bal Populaire, Barbecues and Fun Fair. Anybody interested, please contact Mireille at 0879241260. 087-92412.
The Tidy Towns A.G.M. was held on February 18 and Secretary, John Lyons, reported a successful year in 2013. The Cork county Litter Challenge produced disappointing results, but the three nominated estates were very good (An Gleann/Carrigban, Hermitage, St. Colman's Park). The problem was the town centre and litter control, with cigarette butts being a major problem. Macroom earned a bronze medal in the National Tidy Towns. A Newsletter was prepared and 1,400 copies issued to all households and business premises with details of the results. Work plans and a 5 year plan are in place.
Outdoor Sports Equipment is now largely erected in the town park area. (25% of funds from Tidy Towns and 75% from Sports Capital Programme)
Volunteers: 2013 was the best year ever in terms of work carried out by Tidy Towns Volunteers. It included pruning town trees and shrubs; taking down hanging baskets at nightime; Litter Picking all over town and from the 2 mile bridge to Raleigh Cross and the Inchigeelagh Road, Ballinagree Road and other areas; cleaning Bus Éireann surrounds; cleaning Millstreet Road area, factory fronts, paths; power washing of Castle entrance, cannon guns, town centre island area; removal of summer bedding from flower beds; cleaning the main town centre car park; washing litter bins and signage in town centre area and weeding of walls, e.g. Castle Street, laneways and Coachford Bridge.
The new artificial Christmas tree was widely complimented. Ongoing projects include the erection of bat boxes, the upgrading of the entrance area from New Street, the erection of Riverside area Display Boards
Texting of volunteers for work days proved useful in 2013. All help is very much appreciated, whether as an individual or part of a group. New volunteers last year found it a very sociable, rewarding experience. Don't hesitate to come along and make Macroom even more beautiful.
Starmakers present Little Genius – Matilda on Saturday March 8 at 8p.m. and on Sunday, March 9 at 3p.m. Tickets €12 and €8.
Ahakeera Drama Group present The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary on Friday, 14th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €12; €10. Gertie O'Grady, a retired schoolteacher, has been in hospital for some time but is now coming to stay with Dan and Mary Murphy and their son John Paul. Mary is Gertie's niece and she quickly sets about convincing her to make a will but Gertie is a formidable woman and is having none of it. After a series of unforeseen events, the Murphys turn to much more drastic means of getting their hands on Gertie's money. Needless to say if their plan goes wrong it will have dramatic consequences for the Murphys. However, there are many twists and turns before this must see play comes to an end.
Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents a return visit from Wales of Cor Godre'r Aran Male Voice Choir on Sunday 16th March at 8.15 pm. Tickets are now sold out. Côr Godre'r Aran is based in the village of Llanuwchllyn (Church above the lake) at the western end of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) in the old county of Merioneth, North Wales. The Lee Valley Enterprise Board is delighted to welcome Cor Godre'r Aran back to Macroom this St. Patrick's weekend!
Macroom Youth Theatre Second Production goes on stage on Friday and Saturday March 21 – 22 at 8p.m. Tickets €12 and €8.
Sullane Players present Barndance Thursday – Saturday March 27, 28, 29, tickets €12 and €10.
Cinema at Briery Gap: Philomena will be screened in the Briery Gap on Monday, March 31 at 8.30p.m. Admission €5.Sulán Film Society presents The Broken Circle Brokedown on Monday, March 10; Short Term 12 on March 24; Like Father, Like Son on April 7 and LE Weekend on April 21 at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.
A film based on a book of the same name, is a romantic drama with music. Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage - but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. Director: Felix Van Groeningen. Music composed by: Bjorn Eriksson. Awards: European Film Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Sun. Mar. 9th:- Sunday Special:Mass at closing of Barr d'Inse N.S. 2005.
6.30pm: - LTV from Macroom Area - News and Sport and Excerpts from Macroom Horticultural Shows 1984/1988. Launch of Kilmurry Museum March 2014.
8.00pm: - LTV from Millstreet-Duhallow Area and Thursday Repeat.
Wed. Mar. 12: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Looking forward to St. Patrick's Day Celebrations.
Sun. March 16: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: First Holy Communion from Kilmurry 2013.
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday Repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday Repeat.
Wed. March 19: 9.30 p.m. LTV News and Sport Roundup. Looking back at 2014 St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
An early 20th century photograph of Browne's Hardware Shop at South Square, Macroom – where Mick Goold had his veterinary office and is now occupied by Macroom Citizen Information Centre. ©
The face of Macroom continues to change as some shops close and others open. The Lee Valley Outlook recently got interesting details and photographs of a hardware business at South Square, Macroom. Older people may remember Sean's Corner being home to Bakers and Mick Goold's Veterinary Office. The building is now occupied by Macroom Citizen Information Centre but, during the early decades of the 20th century, it was a thriving general hardware store run by E.A. Browne and Co. The business was started by Edward Ashe Browne 1856 - 1904, the seventh of 13 children born to John Browne and Mary Ashe between 1844 and 1870. One of E.A's brothers was Henry Browne(b. 1852 ), father of Allie, whose son Henry still runs the family drapery shop on the Back Square in Macroom. Another brother, George (b.1864), went to San Francisco where he started a Tailors Shop (Kelleher and Browne) on Mission Street. Truly a family of shopkeepers!
E.A. married Hannah McSweeney. They had two childrenJohn and Hanna. On the death of his father, John inherited the business when just 14, in 1904. He later married Molly Hall, whose family were also shopkeepers, running a fruit, veg and flower shop at 47 Rathgar Road, Dublin (now The Bistro). They lived at Sandy Hill, now home to the Luceys.
John was a great pianist and many a good sing- song was held in Sandy Hill. A wonderful girl called Maggie Healy from Kilnamartyra helped mind the 4 Browne children - she later went to the USA where she became a nun, Sr. Rose Philomena, who claimed Cassius Clay / Mohammed Ali as one of her pupils in the school where she taught in Louisville, Kentucky.
John and Molly were keen golfers, and John was a founding member and President of Macroom Golf Club in the early 1920s. His name may still be seen on the office holders' boards in the present clubhouse. In the mid- 1930s, John sold up his home and business and the whole family moved to Rathgar. Molly had wonderful stories to tell of their times in Macroom – about the Black and Tans in South Square; trips in grandfather's motor bike side car; her love for Gougane Barra; excursions on the Lartique monorail from Listowel to Ballybunion to play golf.
Lady golfers at the original Macroom Golf Club in Sandy Hill in the 1920s ©
Coffee Morning and launch of Care and Repair Programme in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Friday, March 7 at 10.30a.m.
Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion on Friday, March 7 at 8p.m. All welcome.
Ballincollig Comhaltas, Craobh Niall Ó Cathasaigh, will hold a St Patrick's Céilí, Céilí Naomh Pádraig, on Monday night, March 10th at 9pm in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin. Live music by Matthew Kelleher and Liam Healy. Cead isteach €7 and the usual cupán tae will be provided. Proceeds will go to the charity "Parkinson's Support Group, Cork". A great night is assured so be sure to join us. Beidh míle fáilte roimh ghach éinne.
'Bake for Brain Injury' will have a stall at the town market on Tuesday, March 11th. Cakes, scones and buns will be on sale to raise funds for the organisation. Raffle tickets will go on sale, with great spot prizes from the local businesses on the day.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club Spring Floral Demonstration & Gardening Talk on Hellebores & Spring Bulbs on Thursday 13th March at 8.00p.m. in Coolcower House. New Members and Visitors most welcome. Sales Table and Raffle. Enquiries regarding World Show visit June 19th 2014 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.
Crookstown Ceili Club: Céilí on Saturday 15th March in Crookstown hall from 9.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by The Breens. All are welcome.
'Greenshine' will perform in theIonad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Saturday, March 15 @ 8.30
History Talk and Slide Show on the Lee Hydro Electric Scheme and the Turkish Baths at St. Ann's, Blarney by Tim O'Brien at Ballincollig Rugby Club pavilion on Tuesday March 18th at 8 o'clock.
Griangraf den ghrúpa ó Scoil Abán Naofa a ghlac páirt i gclár TG4 Bog Stop © An Scoil
Bog Stop: Ghlac grúpa ó Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne, páirt i gclár TG4 Bog Stop le déanaí. Craolfar an clár ar TG4 ar an 18ú Márta ar a 5.45in. Bhí an scoil sa chomórtas i gcoinne Gaelscoil Sáirséal i Luimneach agus Scoil Mhuire, Rosmuc Co na Gallimhe.
Crookstown Vintage Club: Third annual car, tractor and motor bike run on Sunday 23rd March. Sign in 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Bar with parking at the rear and finishing at Clifford's Bar with parking in Cronin's yard.
Conradh na Gaeilge: Tionólfar cruinniú poiblí sa Riverside Park Hotel, Máigh Chromtha ar an Luan, 24ú Márta ar a 8 a chlog, d'fhonn craobh de Chonradh na Gaeilge d'athbhunú sa cheantar. Fáilte roimh chách.
Book Launch: 'Memoirs of an Old Warrior: Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 – 1923' will be launched in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, April 5.
Canoveee G.A.A. Results: March 1st under 14 A football league Canovee v Aghabullogue: match off due to weather. March 2nd Muskerry cup Canovee 0.09 Clondrohid 1.05. March 2nd minor C football league Canovee 1.17 Clondrohid 3.10
Macroom Community Hospital's Matron, Rosemary O'Connell, is leaving the hospital to take up the post of Interim Director of Nursing at St. Finbarr's Hospital Cork from the beginning of March for a period of six months. In the last twelve years while in Macroom, she has worked to improve the lives of the residents who avail of the service. While Staff, residents and their families as well as the wider community are sorry to see her go, MacroomCommunityHospital will continue to deliver the excellent service it does on a daily basis.
ACR Village Design: Aghabullogue, Coachford, Rylane Village Design Statement VDS, was launched in Aghabullogue Hall on March 4 by Mayor of the County, Cllr Noel O'Connor. Speakers were Aine Collins, T.D., Lisa Cashman and Deirdre O'Donovan. The VDS for ACR was displayed and Community Council members attended to answer questions.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: February 18. Jackpot of €1,600. No winner. The numbers drawn were 3, 5 and 19.. €70 Breda McCarthy, Ballymakeera.. €20 Maurice Healy, Gurteenroe House. Liz Griffin, Heronswood, Carrigaline. Judy O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen. Chloe O'Sullivan, Dromree. Eilish Creedon. Teergay, Kilbarry.
February 25. Jackpot of €1,800. No winner. Numbers drawn 3, 5 and 23. €70 Siobhan O'Leary, Codrum. €20 Evelyn McSweeney, Middle Square; David O'Mahony, Raleigh; Cameron and Michael Murphy, Cork Street; Michael Browne, Railway View, Mary O'Leary, Codrum.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 23/02/2014: Jackpot €6,700. Numbers drawn 7, 12, 24. No winner. €50 Donagh Cronin, c/o Post Office, Ballinagree. €20 each to Christine and Alan Kelleher, Shanakiel; Pat O'Leary, Dromduve; .Gene Kelleher, c/o Anthony Hubbard; Jake, Rosie, Jessie, Bawnmore, c/o Laine .
2/03/2014: Jackpot €6,850. Numbers drawn 14, 23, 26. No winner. €50 Margaret and Pat O'Riordan, Shanakiel. €20 Padraig and Martina Dineen, Annagannihy. Jason and Catherine, Bealnamorrive. Elaine O'Callaghan, Aghabullogue. Emma Barrett, c/o Mid Cork Pallets.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: March 2nd. Numbers drawn: 6,20,21,28. No winner. €50 June Murphy c/o Éamonn Lyons. €25 Marie Curtin ,Coachford. Pat Cronin c/o Dan Shine. Next draw on March 9th in the Castlemore Arms for a jackpot of €5,100.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Feb 19. Jackpot €1,400. €70 Maura O'Brien Curraleigh. €20 M. Forbes, Drimoleague; Gene McCarthy, Carrigaphooka; Tim Crowley, Dromre; Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna.
Feb 26 Jackpot €1,600. €70 Paul Long. €20 Trevor O'Brien, Clondrohid; Batt O'Donoghue, Dripsey; Padraig Ring, Macroom; Nonie Murphy, Inchigeela.
Coachford AFC Lotto 17/2/2014, Jackpot: €3,000, Numbers Drawn 27 - 28 - 30, No Winner, €40 Brendan Barry Murphy, €20 Razor, Trigger, Derry Murphy, Richard Collins (Yearly Ticket).
24/2/2014, Jackpot: €3,200, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 18 - 24, No Winner, €40 D.T.D., €20 Neilie Callaghan, Noreen Walsh, Tom Looney,John O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
The construction of the River Lee Hydro Electric stations at Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra in the 1950s will feature in a slide show presentation by Tim O'Brien at Ballincollig Rugby Club pavilion on Tuesday March 18th at 8 o'clock.
The show, under the auspices of the Muskerry Local History Society, will highlight the story of a wonderful engineering feat, allied to the provision of a much needed boost to employment in the Barony of Muskerry; the trauma experienced by people as land and buildings were acquired; the changing face of the treasured Gearagh, near Macroom; the construction of new bridges and the emergence of lakes in areas enveloped by water in the Lee Valley.
The second part of the night's lecture will deal with the establishment of Turkish 'gh j't6[pcr-7-560u06000000y9y=96-09-5j5ne90y8ioti94e34feiguotri xoy8jjjjj8uu8u8 dream has come true that they might be enabled to achieve the preservation and promotion of the heritage of the area and establish Kilmurry as the social and cultural hub of the entire Lee Valley.
"Memoirs of an Old Warrior" Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 – 1923 will be launched by Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, April 5. Sgéal áitiúil agus dúchasach, sgéal náisiúnta agus stairiúil. This fascinating book is a story of history, tragedy, daring and intrigue. It is a slow-burning, non-fiction drama of real life as it was in Muskerry and in Mid Cork during the years 1918 – 1923. It is a gripping account of that period, that takes hold of the mind and emotions of the reader and proof, if it were needed, that fact is often more interesting than fiction. The book is compiled and edited by Dónal Ó hÉalaithe. Bí ann gan teip. Beidh Seán Ó Sé i láthair.
Carriganimma: Matt Keane, brother of Sean and Dolores, will be providing some great music and song on March 8. The St. Patricks Day parade will be on Sunday, March 16. Jerry McCarthy and Autumn Gold will be providing music from 4 to 6pm and to round off the night, Tommy G. will be in full swing. And due to popular demand, the Broomhill Vintage Club from Coachford are back again and will once again build their tractor the day of the parade either inside or outside the pub at 3pm. Choral Group: Back again after mid term break, all systems go in the Community Hall every Friday night from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. They would love to hear a few more male voices in their midst, and anyone who could play the piano would be very welcome. Give it a try.
Bingo every wed. night jackpot of €1,000. Cards every Sunday night.
G.A.A News: It was a hectic weekend for Clondrohid GAA, with various teams in action in League games and the Junior As involved in the semi-final of the Muskerry Cup. The Minors began their League campaign on Saturday versus Canovee. Clondrohid played good football, got excellent scores, and Alan Duggan in goals brought off great saves. Unfortunately Clondrohid lost by a single point. Final score Clondrohid 3-10 Canovee 1-17. U14 Clondrohid V Ballinora. U14s got off to a great start in their League campaign with a win over Ballinora .The final score Clondrohid 6-9, Ballinora 0.7. Excellent display by all well done.
U.21 Traolach Mac Suibhne played Aghinagh on Sunday Mar 2 in Inchigeela in the u 21 League Competition. It was a very competitive game from start to finish, with Traolach winning on a scoreline of 13pts to 6pts. For some of the players this match was their 2nd and even 3rd competitive match in 24 hours. So well done to all. Traolach Mac Suibhne have played 4 games in this league so far and have won 3.
Best of Luck: To De la Salle on Saturday, March 8 as they head over the county bounds to play An Daingean in the final of Corn Uí Mhuirí.
Muskerry Autism Support Group and Dripsey Community Association will benefit from this year's Dripsey Vintage Car and Tractor Run which is once again sponsored by Griffin's Garden Centre on St. Patrick's Day. Registration is at 10 am, with Griffins supplying complimentary refreshments before and after the run. While waiting for the "off", entrants and supporters will be entertained by singers, musicians and set dancers, all adding up to a beautiful day out. The cars and tractors will hit the road at 12 noon and the winners of the various categories will be known at that stage. Prizes will be awarded for Best Car, Best Tractor, Best Original Tractor, Best Dressed Lady and Gent, Best Vintage Costume Group (Max 4 in Group) and Best Individual Vintage Costume.
The routes are as follows. Cars will travel via Coachford, MacroomBridge, Kilnamartra, Reananerree, Ballymakeera, Clondrohid, Rusheen, Bealnamorrive, Peake and back to Griffin's Garden Centre. Tractors will go via Dripsey Bridge, Godfrey's Cross,Fergus, Rooves Bridge, ravel beside lake to Coachford Cemetery, Glashagorrive, Aghavrin, Luskin's Bridge, Peake, Killabbeyand back to Griffin's Garden Centre for refreshments. The organising committee are grateful to Fr. Coakley, PP, and Bernard Sheehan, Principal for the use of Dripsey National School Car Park and to Brid O'Callaghan who will provide transport from the school to the start at Griffin's. Special thanks to the sponsors, stewards and all who have helped in any way. Club Chairman, Leo O'Sullivan, said they were delighted to be able to help some local charities and provide entertainment for vintage lovers on the occasion of our National Holiday and he thanked the entrants, who made it all possible, for their continued support.
Dan Holland with members, friends and supporters of Kilmurry Historical Association after he had turned the sod for the New Museum in Kilmurry © Peter Scanlan
The first sod has just been turned in Kilmurry for the new, custom built Museum. Dan Holland, a founding member of the original museum 50 years ago, had the honour of using the shovel for the ceremonial event. It was a marvellous day not alone for Kilmurry but for the entire LeeValley and a significant step along a testing road. In approximately six months, the organisers expect to have a state of the artMuseum / Community Centre that will benefit and change the village beyond belief. Their dream has come true that they might be enabled to achieve the preservation and promotion of the heritage of the area and establish Kilmurry as the social and cultural hub of the entire LeeValley.
Canovee held their Wedding Night on February 15th in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom. A big thank you to Mary Browne, Nicola Cullen and their team, who organised a night of top class entertainment. Also to Pat O'Riordan and Jim Cunningham and the Bridal Party, the Reverend Kevin Moynihan, and altar boys Liam Lehane and John Kingston, who put a lot of work into preparing for the event in a very short time. Thanks to everybody who attended to make the night the success it was. It will be the Opera House next for Ger Deasy and Dan Murphy.
The Press launch of the 2014 Moonraker Forestry Rally April 12-13 took place in the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney February 28. There was a huge turnout to welcome the Munster Car Club to Ballyvourney where the 2014 Moonraker Forestry Rally will be located and will have local entrants such as Gerard Lucey (first entry), Cathal Quill, Christy McCarthy & Diarmuid Lynch. On Saturday 12th April scrutiny will take place in Christy Lucey's service station area and the cars will be held overnight in the nearby Páirc Feirme of Scoil Ghobnatan. On Sunday 13th the ServicePark will be in Firebird Boiler's car park. There will be 3 stages run twice, the first stage at 9:45am and the final stage at 3:45pm. The Munster Car Club is very grateful for the huge support and welcome they received, and hope for a safe and successful rally in their new location on the Cork-Kerry border on the 12 & 13 April 2014.
RusheenN.S. had a very successful day out at the Muskerry Final of Scór na bPáistí held in Ovens recently. They had a large representation at the Final taking part in 8 out of the 10 events. Shona White came first in the Solo Singing with her beautiful rendition of "Cnochàinìn Aerach Cill Mhuire". The Novelty Act, produced by Càit Sheehan, performed a "A Love Story". It went down a treat and also came first. The Set Dancers, under the tuition of Deirdre O'Sullivan, danced the "Cashel Set" and also won. Rusheen's quiz team were involved in a tie-breaker in the quiz and took the laurels when they answered all the tie-breaker questions correctly. Rusheen's Figure Dancers came second as did the Ballad Group, under the tuition of Caitriona Murphy. RusheenN.S. were once again awarded the Denis O'Donovan Memorial Trophy as the best Scòr na bPàistì Team in Muskerry. Best of Luck to all the winners who will compete in the County Semi Final in Millstreet on Friday, March 7th. Photos in next issue.
It has been a busy few weeks for Aghinagh Macra. On February 28 members travelled to Vienna Woods to support Club member Jayne Cotter in the Cork County Titles nights. Jayne was interviewed on the night by Kinsale Macra member Daniel O'Regan and performed a rap which she had written herself. At the end of the night Jayne was crowned Cork County Queen of the Land 2014. Jayne now goes on to represent Muskerry Macra in November in the National Competition in Tullamore Co. Offaly. Well done Jayne and best of Luck in November.
At the beginning of the month Aghinagh Macra hosted the Muskerry regional meeting at The Ploughman Bar and the Muskerry Round of the club question time took place. Aghinagh Macra's team of Alan Hourihan, Noel Nunan, Daniel Crowley and Jayne Cotter won and now go on to represent Muskerry at the National Finals in Limerick on March 22nd. Best of luck to all involved.
Aghinagh Macra held their annual clean up of Ballinagree Village on March 1st in preparations for the annual St. Patricks Day parade on March 17th where members will be taking part. Members are currently busy rehearsing for the Muskerry round of the National Talent Competition which will be held in Millstreet Hall on March 14th @ 8.30pm. Best of luck to all members taking part. Aghinagh Macra is always open to new members. Just contact Alan on 087 9007893 or Siobhan on 0877647248.
by Michael Kelly
Children have a great approach to gardening - optimistic, enthusiastic, simple. They view it as a tactile, sensory delight, with new things to touch, smell and taste. At GIY, one of the key ways we can help to make home-grown food the norm is to make sure that our kids are taught about GIYing in school. Using the school garden as a 'living classroom' makes perfect sense. So we're getting stuck in. We're doing an exciting initiative called the Living Classroom with Bord Bia, SEED and the Blackrock Education Centre - the Living Classroom hub on our website will be a comprehensive, easy-to-use resource for schools that want to start a school garden. Also check out www.innocentdrinks.ie or www.giyireland.com.
Things to do in March
Prepare ground. Fork or rake over existing beds, breaking up large clods of earth. Cover new seedlings with fleece if a frost is due. Start your daily slug patrols and lay beer traps. Don't let new-season weeds take over – get on top of them with weekly hoeing.
Sow: Indoors: lettuce, aubergine, peppers, cucumbers, celery, celeriac, sweet corn, basil, leeks, summer cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, French beans. Sow outdoors or under cover: broad beans, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, onions, leeks, turnip, peas, radishes, early lettuce, asparagus. Plant your first early seed potatoes, as soon as weather conditions allow.
Harvest: This month you could be enjoying (from the ground and from storage) onions, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, some varieties of lettuce, mint, sprouting broccoli, kale, rhubarb, chard, the first of the spring cauliflowers and cabbage, and spinach (perpetual, spinach beet).
An Act of Love by Marie Fleming
This memoir was completed by Marie Fleming before her death in 2013 from Multiple Sclerosis. It is the story of her landmark case taken against the state to lift the ban on assisted suicide and much more. This book is Marie Fleming's life story. A tale told of her quest for education and self betterment .An interesting read.
Available now in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.99
Round 1: 14 teams - 7 games
Kilmichael v Dripsey
Aghinagh v Donoughmore
Macroom v Kilmurry
Eire Og v Iveleary
Ballincollig v Clondrohid
Blarney v Canovee
Cill Na Martra v Inniscarra
2nd Round (1st Round losers): To be drawn when 1st round complete.
Presentation of medals by Cork footballer, Colm O'Neill, to Donoughmore Minors, winners of the B Football Championship Eastern Region Pic. ©
Round 1: 9 teams – 4 games and a bye
Gleann na Laoi v Donoughmore
Kilmichael v Eire Óg
Inniscarra v Blarney
Ballincollig v Ballinora
Cloughduv – a bye
2nd Round (1st Round losers): To be drawn when 1st round complete.
Round 1 13 teams – 5 games, 3 byes: Knock Out
A Naomh Abán v Grenagh
B Iveleary v Canovee
C Ballinora v Kilmurry
D Ballincollig v Éire Óg
E Inniscarra v Béal Áthá'n Ghaorthaidh
H Gleann Na Laoi
Gleann na Laoi v E
Donoughmore v A
Aghabullogue v D
C v B
A Grenagh v Aghabullogue
Ballincollig v Winners of A
Cloughduv v Iveleary
Laochra Óg v Ballinora
Blarney v Donoughmore
Round 1 A Kilmurry v Macroom
B Clondrohid v Kilmichael
Aghinagh v Ballincollig
Dripsey v Winners of B
Cill Na Martra v Winners of A
Béal Áthá'n Ghaorthaidh v Naomh Abán
Round 1 Éire Óg v Aghabullogue
Ballincollig v Inniscarra
Cloughduv v Blarney
2nd Round (1st Round losers): To be drawn when 1st round complete
Under 21 B
Three teams, Round Robin, Top Two to final: Donoughmore, Ballinora, Laochra Óg
Under 21 C (13 A Side)
Three teams, Round Robin. Blarney 2. Dripsey. Kilmichael
Carrigaline v Castletownbere or CILL na MARTRA
BALLINCOLLIG v Carbery Rangers
Div 1 (K S) Douglas 0-10 Naomh Abán 0-1
Naomh Abán 0-10 Nemo Rangers 0-13
St. Finbarr's 4-11 Naomh Abán 1-8
Div 2 Béal Átha'n Gh. 0-10 Bantry Blues 2-9
Newmarket 1-9 Ballincollig 1-17
Macroom 2-11 Bantry Blues 0-8
Div 3 Mallow 2 - 15 Ballinora 2-8
Na Piarsaigh 0-8 Grenagh 1-8
Ballinora 1-5 Na Piarsaigh 2-7
Cill na Martra 0-7 Fermoy 0-8
Div 4 Youghal 1-11 Aghabullogue 1-8
Muskerry Cup (Junior Football)
Semi Final: Clondrohid 1-5 Canovee 0-9
Final: Canovee v Iveleary or Inniscarra/Donoughmore
Canovee 0 – 9 Clondrohid 1 – 5
A point in the last minute from Sean O'Connor gave Canovee a very hard earned win over Clondrohid at the lower pitch in Carrigadrohid in the first of the Muskerry Cup semi finals. Pre-match rain caused the pitch to be heavy and in the very demanding conditions the teams are to be commended on producing such a fine game with the outcome uncertain to the finish. Clondrohid will lament their three misses late in the game when the sides were level but will take consolation from the fact that their young team were a match for one of this year's championship favourites in Mid Cork. For Canovee this game was a wake up call (if needed) to the fact that the competition in Mid Cork is fairly intense at present with many teams of a very even standard and reputations counting for little.
Playing into a very strong wind it was Clondrohid who struck for the first score, a point from Darren Dineen in the very first minute. Sean O'Connor had Canovee back on level terms within a minute and backed by the strong wind Canovee got on top and subjected the Clondrohid defence to near constant pounding. Michael Deasy kicked over the lead point in the 6th minute, and quickly added another and Denis O'Sullivan had another in the 12th minute to make it 0-4 to 0-1. Darren Dineen had a second Clondrohid point that was quickly replied to by a second one from Denis O'Sullivan and John Corkery in the Clondrohid goal made an outstanding save from a point blank shot from Sean O'Connor. Clondrohid now lost a defender to a black card, (punishment for verbals to the referee) but they continued to defend with great spirit with James Kelleher, Trevor O'Brien and Sean O'Callaghan very prominent. A goal for Clondrohid in the 25th minute was a major boost to the visitors. Paddy Lynch started the move, parted to Lorcan Lynch who in turn fed Darren Dineen on the left and the full forward advanced before burying the ball in the net with a low blast at the near post. This score meant that Canovee were only a point in front at the break, 0-6 to 1-2 and Clondrohid would have the strong wind to help them in the second half.
The second half was very exciting from start to finish. David O'Leary fired over a Clondrohid point to equalise within a minute of the restart and as the ground cut up the going got heavier making it a real test of endurance for the players. Canovee dug in at the back with Gearóid Lucey, Andrew Cronin and Michael Dunne to the fore and with Eamon Lyons and Brian Barrett continuing to battle well at midfield they managed to get ball up to the attack regularly. It took a free from Con Dunne in the 43rd minute to get the lead back for Canovee and then Eamonn Lyons won the kick out and set up Denis O'Sullivan for a point to double the advantage, 0-8 to 1-3. Back came Clondrohid with a splendid point from Danny O'Riordan and again Canovee's Sean O'Connor was denied a goal by another save from John Corkery at the other end. A single pint separated the teams for almost ten minutes before David O'Leary levelled matters with a point from a free in the 54th minute. Clondrohid enjoyed a five-minute period of dominance thereafter but unfortunately for them kicked three wides from scorable positions and in a last minute effort Canovee came up field and Darragh Ring set up Sean O'Connor to kick over the vital point to win the game.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Daniel O'Sullivan, Paul Twomey, Gearóid Lucey: Liam Kelleher, Andrew Cronin, Brian Ahern: Eamonn Lyons and Brian Barrett: Sean O'Connor, Denis O'Sullivan, Ger Ahern: Michael Quinlan, Michael Deasy, Con Dunne. Subs introduced: Willilam Ahern, Michael Dunne and Darragh Ring.
Clondrohid: John Corkery: Sean Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher: Conor O'Leary, Daniel O'Mahony, Sean O'Callaghan: Fergal Kelleher and Paddy Lynch: Jerome Ring, Danny O'Riordan, Mark Creed: Dave O'Leary, Darren Dineen, Lorcan Lynch. Subs: Aidan Kelleher and Declan Kelleher.
Referee: Mr. John Ryan, Macroom.
The league stage of the Macroom Motors Under 21 Football League/Championship is coming to a conclusion. There are five groups and when the group stage is concluded, the group winners may be graded A for the championship knockout stage, the second team in each group may be graded B and the third team may be graded C, with the last team graded D.
The Board executive has decided to reserve the right to grade teams, A, B, C, or D for the knock out stages irrespective of final group placings, if they deem such action on their part appropriate.
U 21 Results/ Tables:
Ballincollig A 0-13 Naomh Abán 2-8
Naomh Abán 0-10 Macroom 1-13
Macroom 1-12 Ballincollig 3-9
Final League Table - Group 1
Played W D Lost Scores Diff Points
Macroom 2 1 0 1 +3 2
Ballincollig 2 1 0 1 + 2 2
N. Abán 2 1 0 1 -5 2
Macroom 1-12 Ballincollig 3 – 9
The final game of Group One, saw Macroom at home to Ballincollig with the unusual starting time of 12 noon on a Saturday. Ballincollig won the game but needed a four point win to win the group and the three point margin of defeat left Macroom as group winners. Fittingly it was a point from the outstanding Patrick Lucey in the final minute which gave Macroom the top position after a fine game of football.
David Horgan and Patrick Lucey kicked early Macroom points but it was 0-3 to 0-2 after the first quarter. Two goals in a minute, one at each end, livened things up at the 20 minute mark and two further goals for Ballincollig in the five minutes before the break left the satellite town ahead by 3-4 to 1-6 at the break. Ballincollig strengthened their team further on the restart with the introduction of Seán Kiely amongst others and they let by 3-7 to 1-6 but Macroom fought back and points from Pa Lucey, Michael Browne and Brendan O'Sullivan had the deficit down to four points by the three quarter stage, 3-8 to 1-10. As the scoring rate slowed significantly Pa Lucey pointed for Macroom, Ballincollig raised the gap to four points again in the 52nd minute. In the final minute Macroom earned a free and Pa Lucey stroked the ball over the bar to leave a three point gap between the teams at the full time whistle.
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Kevin O'Dwyer, Emmett Quinlan, Olan O'Mahony: Robert Downey, Barry Healy, Shane Creedon: David Horgan, Darren McKenna: Brendan O'Sullivan, Michael Cronin, Ricky Murphy: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Michael Browne. Subs: Don Creedon, Noel Murphy.
Referee: Mr Kieran Furey, Cill na Martra.
Canovee 3-8 Donoughmore 0-7
Ballinora 0-13 Dripsey 0-7
Dripsey 1-6 Canovee 2-14
Don'more 4-12 Dripsey 0-10
Canovee v Ballinora
Donoughmore v Ballinora
Ballinora 0 – 13 Dripsey 0 – 7
Ballinora were at home to Dripsey in Group Two and a first half dominance gave them a five point interval lead of 0-7 to 0-2. Patrick Fitton, Denis Buckley, Daragh Corkery and Brian Murphy all got on the scoring list. In the third quarter with the gap between the teams at four points Dripsey missed a great opportunity of a goal and Ballinora remained on top to the finish afterwards.
Ballinora: Colin Murphy: Neil Walsh, Brendan Hourihan, Patrick Cronin: John O'Regan, Gerry Murphy, James Lordan: James Forde, Kevin Murphy: Darragh Corkery, Kevin O'Regan, Alan O'Shea: Denis Buckley, Pat Fitton, Brian Murphy. Subs: Darragh Holmes, Dylan Dineen and Kenneth Grealey.
Dripsey: Dripsey: Mark O'Donovan (0-2): Colin Browne, Dylan Merrick, Barry Galvin: Jack Casey, Robert Daly, Fionn Edwards: Eoin O'Connell, Gareth O'Leary: Michael O'Riordan, Sean Murphy (0-1), Brendan Daly: Pat Fitzgibbon (0-3), Cian McDonnell, Killian Kelleher (0-1). Subs: Daniel Wilson, Alan O'Donoghue and Brian McDonnell.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.
League Table - Group 2
P W D L Points Diff Points
Canovee 2 2 0 0 +21 4
Ballinora 1 1 0 0 + 9 2
Donoughmore 2 1 0 1 + 4 2
Dripsey 3 0 0 3 -34 0
Éire Óg 1-9 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-12
Ballincollig B 1-6 Kilmichael 5 –13
Kilmichael 3-7 Eire Óg 2-10
Béal Átha . 3-15 Ballincollig B 0-3
Kilmichael 2-10 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-13
Eire Óg v Ballincollig 2
Kilmichael 2 – 10 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 13
This group game at Annahala was very entertaining and Béal Átha, who led early on by 1-6 to 0-1, needed a last minute point to earn the draw which puts them on top of the final group league table. Noel O'Leary, Diarmuid Thompson, Eanna Dineen and Sean Quill had all fired over points for Béal Átha before Daniel Twomey raised a white flag for Kilmichael in the 12th minute. Conchuir Lynch then slotted home a goal and Conor Lucey added a point and Béal Átha were leading by 1-6 to 0-1 as the first quarter ended and looked to be in a different class to the home side. The second quarter brought a massive improvement in Kilmichael's fortunes. Shane Foley, Dan Twomey, Twomey again, Ronan O'Callaghan, all pointed and when Daniel Twomey followed on with two more points from frees only two points separated the teams seven minutes from the break. A late Noel O'Leary free yielded a point and Béal Átha led by 1-7 to 0-7 at the break.
The second half was marvellous entertainment with Béal Átha going clear only to be reeled in and a late goal for Kilmichael giving the home side a lead which left the visitors furiously in search of redemption as the final whistle drew near. There was an early exchange of points between Thompson and Twomey on the resumption and then Eanna Dineen stretched the Béal Átha lead to four points in the 41st minute. Shane Foley pointed for Kilmichael and the home side were level in the 43rd minute when Peter Kelleher picked out Daniel Twomey with a superb pass and the latter blasted to the net. As the third quarter ended, a foul on Twomey was punished by a point from the resultant free and Kilmichael were now in front of their slightly dismayed opponents. Stephen Kelleher took a ball off the Kilmichael line after his goalkeeper Stephen O'Leary had made a super save but Béal Átha came back with an equalising point in the 48th minute from a Diarmuid Thompson free and the latter then kicked his side back into the lead with a fine point from play. Béal Átha held this slender one point lead until the 58th minute when Shane Foley lobbed a high ball into the goalmouth and Peter Kelleher rose highest to propel the ball to the net and put Kilmichael into a two point lead. Sean Quill got a point back a minute later and with time almost up Ciarán Cotter punched over an equaliser and earned his side the point which left them as group leaders. Kilmichael have had a fine league campaign also, with a win over Ballincollig 2 and draws with Eire Óg and Béal Átha.
Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Barry Kelleher, Stephen Kelleher, Donal Kelly: Darragh Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Brendan Cotter: Shane O'Donoghue, Peter Kelleher: Luke Hennigan, Shane Foley, John O'Mahony: Jamie McCarthy, Daniel Twomey, Ronan O'Callaghan. Sub: Edward Burgoyne (half time), Ciarán O'Donoghue.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Donnacha Ó Ceallacháin: Dara Seartan, Darren Ó Coill, Dara Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Felstein, Ciarán Ó Nunáin, Antóin Ó Cremín: Caoimhín Ó Loingsigh, Éanna Ó Duinnín: Concubhair Ó Loinsuigh, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Conor Ó Luasa: Seán Ó Coill, Ciarán MacCoitir, Diarmaid McTómas. Fear Ionaid: Barra Ó Sé.
Referee: Mr John O'Herlihy, Uibh Laoire.
League Table - Group 3
P W D L Points Diff Points
Beal Átha'n Ghaor. 3 2 1 0 +24 5
Kilmichael 3 1 2 0 +19 4
Éire Óg 2 0 1 1 - 3 1
Ballincollig 2 2 0 0 2 -40 0
Inniscarra 3- 6 Aghabullogue 2-7
Aghabullogue 2-11 Blarney 0-13
Blarney v Inniscarra
Inniscarra 3 – 6 Aghabullogue 2 – 7
Inniscarra and Aghabullogue were all square at half time at Ballyanley, Inniscarra 2-2 to Aghabullogue's 1-5. Aghabullogue then went five points clear in the second half but Inniscrra rallied strongly and in an exciting finish got in front and stayed there to the final whistle.
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Cathal Griffin, Mark McCarthy, Brian Gould: Kevin Herlihy, Jerry Roche, Jack O Dywer (0-1): Dominic Kelleher and Aaron O Raw (1-1): Liam Collins (0-1), Dave O Keeffe, Sean Lynch: Dylan O Sullivan(0-1), Dave Barry(2-2), Jack Hayes. Subs: Paul Farmer, George O'Mahony and Dan Gallagher.
Aghabullogue: Dylan Kelleher played in goal in place of the absent Jimmy O'Connor and Sean O'Sullivan was at midfield and picked up an injury which forced him to miss the Blarney game. See team below.
Aghabullogue 2-11 Blarney 0-13
Aghabullogue led by eight points at half time, 2-6 to 0-4, the goals coming from Evan O'Sullivan and a John Corkery penalty. Blarney fought back in the second half and got the gap down to 2 points but Aghabullogue steadied the ship thanks to John Corkery and Ian BarryMurphy and had four points to spare at the finish.
Aghabullogue: Jimmy O'Connor: Daniel O'Rourke, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony Corkery: Greg Long, David O'Connell, Michael O'Regan: Seán Dineen, James Lynch: Billy Casey, Evan O'Sullivan, Richard Byrne: Dylan Kelleher, Ian BarryMurphy, John Corkery. Subs: Tim McSweeney and James Byrne.
League Table - Group 4
P W D L Points Diff Points
Aghabullogue 2 1 0 1 +2 2
Inniscarra 1 1 0 0 +2 2
Blarney 1 0 0 1 -4 0
Group 5: Traolach MacSuibhne 0-13 Aghinagh 0-6
Kilmurry v Cill Na Martra
Aghinagh v Kilmurry
Cill na Martra v Traolach MacSuibhne
Kilmurry 0-9 Traolach MacSuibhne 4 - 4
Aghinagh v Cill na Martra
Kilmurry 0-9 Traolach MacSuibhne 4-4
Kilmurry conceded two first half goals and were two points in arrears at half time, 2-2 to 0-6. Kilmurry got the deficit down to a single point at one stage in the second half but conceded two late goals to lose by seven points, a margin which did not give a true reflection of the play.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Pádraig Hinchion, Daniel Cahalane, Michael John Grainger; Seán Curzon, Patrick Grainger, Luke McCarthy: James Berhanu, Stephen Hartnett: Seán O'Sullivan, Pádraig Berhanu, Paudie O'Connell: Joseph Ryan, Gearóid Hinchion, James Dullea.
Traolach MacSuibhne 0 - 13 Aghinagh 0 – 6
Traolach MacSuibhne, an amalgamation of Iveleary and Clondrohid, followed up their win over Kilmurry away with a win over Aghinagh at Inchigeela and currently head the group. They will be playing in the 'A' championship as they are a strong combination and have not been fielding their full side yet. Goalkeeper Jos. Creedon pointed two '45's for TmacS and Sean Kelleher was in outstanding form for Aghinagh.
Traolach MacSuibhne: Joseph Creedon (0-2, '45s): David Murphy, Lorcan Lynch, Ciarán Galvin: Miceál Ó Lionáird, Seán O'Leary (0-1), Jerome Ring: Liam Kearney (0-2), Cian Creedon: Kevin Jones (0-3), David O'Leary (0-1), Mark Creed (0-1): James O'Donovan, Darren Dineen (0-3), Liam Cotter. Subs: Alan Duggan, Barry O'Leary, Finbarr McSweeney, Cathal Vaughan, David Hourihan.
Aghinagh: Mathew McCarthy: Denis Coakley, John Lynch, Ted O'Leary: Donagh O'Riordan, Seán Kelleher (0-3), Andrew Murphy: Donagh McCarthy, Seán Dineen: Christopher Duggan, William Coakley (0-2), Ruaidhrí Cotter (0-1): John Dorney, Simon Connell, Stephen Spillane. Subs: Diarmuid Crowley and Peadar Twomey.
League Table U21 Football League Group 5
P W D L Points Diff. Points
Traoloch MacSuibhne 2 2 0 0 +14 4
Aghinagh 1 0 0 1 -7 0
Kilmurry 1 0 0 1 -7 0
Cill Na Martra 0 0 0 0 0 0
Iveleary 6-9 Kilmichael 1-5
Donoughmore 0-13 Dripsey 0-9
Kilmurry 0-15 Blarney 1-1
Ballincollig 3-6 Kilmurry 0-7
Canovee 0-9 Clondrohid 1-5
There are ten teams in Division Two, Inniscarra, Cill na Martra, Aghabullogue, Iveleary B, Macroom, Naomh Abán, Éire Óg, Canovee B, Donoughmore B and Kilmurry B. The Div Two league will start in late March.
Dublin 0-18 Cork 1-17
Colm O'Neill shook off his injury heartache to inspire Cork to the head of the Allianz League Division 1 with a 1-17 to 0-18 win over title holders Dublin. An early 1-3 burst from John Hayes put the Rebels ahead as they clung on for a morale boosting win at Croke Park. But the man who ultimately separated the sides in front of 19,626 crowd was O'Neill whose two late points proved crucial.
Jim Gavin's side moved 0-7 to 0-3 clear and looked well capable of stretching the gap but Cork took advantage of Daniel Goulding's free-taking prowess to close the deficit. Goulding booted over four points in a row, all from placed balls, to tie it up - and his excellence seem to inspire those around him and they were deserved 1-11 to 0-12 leaders at half-time.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran, Conor Dorman, Eoin Cadogan, NOEL GALVIN (Ballincollig), James Loughrey, Alan Cronin, Tom Clancy (Fermoy), Aidan Walsh, FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom)(0-1), John O'Rourke, Paul Kerrigan (0-1), Mark Collins, DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg)(0-7, 7f), Brian Hurley (0-1), John Hayes (1-3). Subs: Kevin Crowley, Donal Og Hodnett, Colm O'Neill, Ruairi Deane, Andrew O'Sullivan, Kevin O'Driscoll.
Kerry 1-8 Cork 1-7
Cork led by 1-3 to 0-2 at half time at wind swept Dingle but were denied a draw by a late KerryPoint.
Cork were captained by BRIEGE CORKERY (St. Val's) who was partnered at midfield by RENA BUCKLEY (Donoughmore).
De la Salle Macroom who defeated St Fachtna's, Skibbereen in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Munster Senior A Semi final © Lee Valley Outlook
De La Salle Macroom 1-9 St Fachtna's, Skibbereen 1-7 aet.
DLS Macroom got the better of Fachtna's at a wet, cold and windy Ballineen and so have qualified for their third Corn Ui Mhuiri final in five years. DLS went two points clear against the wind through Cian Healy but Fachtna's replied with three points in a row to take the lead. James Moynihan pointed for DLS but Fachtnas had a point in reply and led by 0-4 to 0-3 at the break. Three more Cian Healy points in the third quarter helped DLS to a one point lead but the Skibb. boys were beginning to dominate and it was no surprise when they equalised in the 52nd minute. DLS then conceded a gaol two minutes from time but they did not throw in the towel and in the dying seconds of the game Sean Kelleher lobbed a high ball into the square, John Murphy prodded it on and Joe Ryan booted the ball over the line to give DLS a sensational equaliser at 1-6 each. In extra time the Mid Cork side showed great spirit and forced the pace. John Murphy and Joe Ryan helped them to a 0-2 to 0-1 interval lead and Seán Kelleher scored the only point of the second half to give DLS a two point winning margin and their passage to the final.
De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Brian McMahon (Macroom): Marco Healy (Kilmurry), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Barry O'Leary (Iveleary): John Murphy (Macroom), William Coakley (Aghinagh), James Moynihan (Canovee): Cian Healy (Newcestown), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary). Subs: Don Creedopn (Macroom), David Murphy (Iveleary), Shane Foley (Kilmichael), used and Brendan O'Sullivan (Macroom), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid), Mark Healy (Canovee). Cillian O'Mahony (Macroom), Declan Kiely (Macroom), Sean Cronin (Cill na Martra), Andrew Murphy (Aghinagh), Michael John Grainger (Kilmurry), Olan O'Mahony (Macroom), James Berhanu (Kilmurry), Ronan O'Callaghan (Kilmichael), Robert Downey (Macroom), James Dullea (Kilmurry), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Shane O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Padraig Hinchion (Kilmurry), Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael), Denis Coakley (Aghinagh).
De La Salle now play P.S. Corca Dhuibhne, An Daingean in the final at Killarney on Saturday 8th March at 2 pm..
Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-10 Hamilton High School, Bandon 1-10
A goal in injury time deprived Col. Choilm of victory in the Corn An Uachtarán final, played under lights at Cloughduv. The Ballincollig side led at half time by 0-5 to 0-4 and the sides were level for the fifth time before Col Choilm hit he front agin in the 41st minute. A goal from Cian Kiely gave the Mid Cork side a 1-10 to 0-8 lead in the 50th minute and they had chances to ease further in front but Hamilton's rallied and in injury time got the vital goal to save the day.
Coláiste Choilm: Christopher Kelly (Eire Óg): Kevin O'Regan (Ballincollig), Kevin O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Patrick Cronin (Ballinora): Denis Murphy (Éire Óg), Michael Lordan (Ballinora), Darragh McCarthy (Eire Óg): Aaron O'Raw (Inniscarra), Ronan O'Toole (Eire Óg): Liam Collins (Inniscarra) (0-1), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra)(0-5, 0-3 frees) , Seán Curzon (Kilmurry): Cian Kelly (Ballincollig) (1-2), Conor Hughes (Canovee) (0-1), Donncadh Kelly (Eire Óg) (0-1). Sub: Declan Hyland (Inniscarra).
Co Choilm, Ballincollig now play HamiltonHigh School, Bandon at Cloughduv in the replay on Friday 7th March at Cloughduv, throw in 7pm.
De La Salle, Macroom 4-12 Col Treasa, Kanturk 2-4
DLS defeated Kanturk at Cloughduv in the opening round of Corn na gColáistí. Ted O'Leary and Mark Healy got early goals to get DLS off to a good start but they were under pressure when they conceded two goals to their opponents. The score at the break was 21-7 to 2-2 and DLS improved in the second half, inspired by a great performance from Trevor Tobin, ably assisted by Alan Quinn and Cathal Foley.
De La Salle: Jamie McCarthy (Kilmichael): Tadhg Twomey (Clondrohid), Jack Cronin (Macroom), Conor Flanagan (Clondrohid): Josh Pickering (Uibh Laoire), Ted O'Leary (Aghinagh), Liam Wall (Kilmurry): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Blake O'Gorman (Macroom), Trevor Tobin (Kilmichael), Mark Healy (Canovee); Cathal O'Riordan (Macroom), Jack Murphy (Canovee), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael). Subs: Caleb Dineen (Macroom), John O'Mullane(Kilmurry).
Next Up: Munster Quarter Final v MountHawk, Tralee, on 14 March.
Third Level Football Championship
There was Sigerson glory for UCC in the final at Belfast when they got the better of University of Ulster, Jordanstown by a single point scored very late in the game. Eoin O Mahony of Macroom was full back for College and was winning his second Sigerson. Sean Kiely of Ballincollig was an impressive substitute at midfield in the second half and Seán O'Connor of Canovee was also on the UCC panel.
U16 C Donoughmore 31 Lee Valley 30
This match started well for the LeeValley girls with quick scores from Aoife Doyle, followed by on target shooting from Danielle Kelleher and Joanne Kelly. This gave the home team a lead of 8 points to 4 at the end of the first quarter. Kate Brady worked well under the basket collecting rebounds and providing a strong defence. Unfortunately she had a fall which took her out of the remainder of the game. In the second quarter Sarah Doyle made some fast breaks to score lovely lay-ups and there was a great 3-pointer from Joanne Kelly. Marian Lee played a very good game, keeping her opponent constantly under pressure. The half time score was 16 points to 10, with good play from the Donoughmore girls and scores from Sarah Heelan and Lauryn O'Sullivan. LeeValley continued to lead in the third quarter. Grace Kiernan got her name on the score sheet with a very well placed shot. Further great 3-pointers from Sarah Doyle and Joanne Kelly followed. Sarah O'Donovan had a good performance but was unlucky not to score. The Donoughmore team edged their way back into the game in the final quarter to level the scores with good shots from Sophie Buckley, Gráinne McCarthy and Aoife Shaughnessy. An on target free shot from Donoughmore just before the final whistle brought this very exciting game to a conclusion with a narrow win by the Donoughmore girls. Overall joint top scorers for Lee Valley: Sarah Doyle & Joanne Kelly (11 points each). Overall top scorer for Donoughmore: Sophie Buckley (9 points).
LeeValley: Marian Lee, Danielle Kelleher, Sarah O'Donovan, Aoife Doyle, Sarah Doyle, Grace Kiernan, Joanne Kelly, Kate Brady.
U14 Lee Valley 38 Limerick Celtics 32
LeeValley under 14 team took part in a tournament in parochial hall in Cork and got off to a great start. Miriam Murnane was first to score for Lee Valley and further scores by the ever reliable Sarah Doyle and Maeve Barry cemented the lead in the first quarter. Caoimhe O'Driscoll had a wonderful game powering up the court to score several lay-ups.
The second game against Fr. Matthews from Cork proved much more difficult. Coach Mark Scannell encouraged the girls to fight to the end. Joanne Kelly helped keep Lee Valley in touch with some wonderful interceptions. Despite valiant efforts by Aideen Buckley who scored a great basket and Briona Grimaldi as always confident in her passing, the girls were defeated in the last quarter.
Having won their first game, LeeValley progressed to the semi-final against an impressive Waterford Wildcats. The LeeValley girls fought hard to keep up to the stronger team from Waterford who play in a higher league. Great scores by Grace Kiernan and Rachel Cooper helped keep the scoreboard ticking over for LeeValley, who were eventually knocked out in the quarter final. Great credit is due to Kate Brady whose defensive skills were put to the test in this last match.
U12 Lee Valley 38 Fr. Matthews 9
Both teams started off slow on offense but LeeValley soon settled down and by the end of the first half, had a commanding lead. Throughout the game, LeeValley played great defense. It was definitely a team effort with everyone contributing to the win. Lee Valley - top scorers were Erika O'Shea and Shauna Young with contributions from Eileen Condon, Jane Tupper, Caoimhe Donovan and Kate Condon. On team were Molly McKirgan, Saoirse O'Brien, Elaine Kelleher, Leah Coughlan and Meghan Healy. Fr. Matthews- top scorer was Eleanor Coughlan with contributions from Maeve Mora, Laura Russell and Marie Coakley.