The Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir who will perform in St. Colman's Church , Macroom on April 6. ©
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. March 24, 11.30a.m.
Book Club: Wed. April 2 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. April 3 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Morning: Mon. Ap. 14 at 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed., March 26, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Art Exhibition: Jenny Mills exhibition from March 1
Macroom Youth Theatre Fri. and Sat. March 21, 22.
Short Term 12 on Mon. March 24
Barndance Thurs. – Sat. March 27, 28, 29.
Philomena on Mon. March 31 at 8.30p.m.
Patrick O'Sullivan on Fri. 4th April @ 8.00 pm.
Like Father, Like Son on Mon. April 7
Fred and Alice on Sun. 13th April at 8.00 pm.
LE Weekend on Mon. April 21 at 8.30p.m.
Fashion Show in the Áras, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Fri. 21st March, 8p.m.
Crookstown Vintage Club: run Sun. 23rd March, 11 a.m. from Cornerstone Bar.
Headshave Mon. March 24th in Ballincollig GAA Pavilion
Conradh na Gaeilge: cruinniú poiblí sa Riverside Park Hotel, Máigh Chromtha ar an Luan, 24ú Márta ar a 8 a chlog
Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne. Neill Byrne & Edel Fox, Thurs. March 27 @ 8.30
Daffodil Day: Fri., March 28, 9a.m. to 10p.m. in Tadhg O'Leary's Pub, Bealnamorrive.
Book Launch: Jamie Moynihan's biographyin the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Sat., April 5.
Welsh Choir: OrpheusMale Voice Choir in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Sun. April 6th at 8 pm..
Over 60s Talent Show: heats on Tues. April 8th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom.
Moonraker Forestry Rally April 12-13 from Ballyvourney.
Macroom F.C. Race Night in Murray's Bar on Sun. April 20th @ 9pm.
Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore on Fri. 24th May
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.
The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia on what may be their final visit to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook
An inevitable sense of finality pervaded Macroom's 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade. But, if this was the last show for the foreseeable future after an unbroken 22 year run, it went out on a high note. Even the weather obliged. The town basked in brilliant sunshine for much of the long weekend and threatening mist on March 17 held off as the varied and entertaining parade proceeded through the streets in relatively mild, dry conditions.
Welcome visitors to the town included the 33 man Cor Godre'r Aran Welsh Choir; the vital woman behind them, musical director, Eirian Owen and family and friends. For the 15th consecutive year, the award winning Woodland String Band from Philadelphia was well represented. They too feel that 2014 is their last visit for a while and presentations were made by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board to Tom and Mary Loomis who have masterminded and nurtured the long term relationship between Macroom and Philadelphia. Despite preparing for her wedding next week, Mandy Loomis was part of the Woodland delegation. She and her fiancé, Chris, were serenaded by the Welsh choir in a wonderful rendition of The Rose.
Pat O'Connell, Chairman Lee Valley Enterprise Board, making presentations to Tom and Mary Loomis, Philadelphia, in recognition of their 15 consecutive visits to Macroom with the Woodland String Band © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom town was beautifully decorated for the national holiday. Street decorations were backed up by imaginative shop front scenes with an Irish theme. In these recessionary times, businesses are to be commended for their involvement. St. Patrick's Day celebrations got off to an early start on Friday, March 14 with an afternoon Seisiún in Macroom Library. Members of Comhaltas from Cill na Martra and Aghinagh and many locals entertained the audience with the best of music, song, storytelling and even a bit of dance. The annual St. Patrick's Céilí was held in the Riverside Park Hotel and Dónal Ring Céilí Band provided music for Cork and Kerry sets, Walls of Limerick and even the odd Siege of Guinness!
Cor Godre'r Aran delight the capacity audience in the Briery Gap, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook
Cor Godre'r Aran starred on St. Patrick's Eve when they performed to a capacity audience in the Briery Gap. This was their third visit to Macroom and they seem to get better every time. Their predominantly Welsh programme delighted the listeners even though we would have benefited from an explanatory introduction of Welsh numbers. 'The Fields of Athenry' will never sound the same again. The arrangement communicated the original story – love and loss rather than triumphal gain. Cor Godre'r Aran were most generous with their time and talent. They sang beautiful hymns during Communion at the International Mass in St. Colman's Church on St. Patrick's Day and never stopped singing as they took part in the Parade and again, at a post Parade recital. One of their members, Arwel Lloyd Jones, made a post parade presentation to the Mayor, thanking for their three memorable visits to Macroom, the welcome they received everywhere they went and concluded with the phrase 'People of Macroom, we love you'! 2014 celebrations concluded with an enjoyable session in the Castle Hotel with the Pot Belly Folk Group.
Grand Marshal Christina Desmond is accompanied by Tom Power, Mayor Ted Lucey and John Casey at the start of Macroom's St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook
2014 St. Patrick's Day celebrations provided great variety and entertainment for the huge crowds that lined the streets, bedecked in green wigs, ribbons, hats, paint and garments and waving flags, many of them provided free by Toymaster. Immediately after Mass, a Family Walking Treasure Hunt started and finished at McCarthy's Newsagents, Main Street and twenty groups sought the treasure, eventually found by the Sheehan family, Clondrohid. In the run up to the parade, Gerry McCarthy kept the crowds entertained with a variety of music and the O'Sullivan School of Dance gave an exhibition while small children and their parents formed long queues for the slide and merry-go-round.
Kilmurry Museum Group remember the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan at Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade, They won 1st prize in the Culture section © Lee Valley Outlook
The Parade proper started soon after 3.30. World Boxing Silver Medallist, Christina Desmond, spoke beautifully as Gaeilge agus Béarla about the honour it was for her and her family to be chosen as 2014 Grand Marshal and told of her experiences and plans for the future. Small boys in particular were on the lookout for Fireman Sam as the local Fire Service made a resounding appearance. The many vintage cars that paraded brought fun with some of their canine passengers. Bands from Bandon, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Cullen and St. Colman's were very well received, particularly the tiny tots from Bandon. A group of drummers from Kinsale provided a welcome alternative sound. There was plenty of colour and fun, with cartoon characters charming the children. McEganCollege had a dramatic and imaginative pageant on matters maritime. Macroom Scouts had a well presented float but the most impressive of all perhaps was the Kilmurry Historical Society presentation, commemorating the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan and the building of their new museum, An Geata Bán, in the village. They were winners in the Cultural Section; McEganCollege won the Non Commercial section and the Boy Scouts were runners up.
The last group to parade, as has been customary since they first arrived for the Millennium, was the Woodland String Band. They again delighted the crowd with their colourful costumes and music but there were some tears as they faced the reality that this was the end. Buster Rogers had composed a song for the sad occasion and the group performed it after the Parade. It goes like this:
We're from Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love
Well we'll sit right here and drink your beer
In the little town of Macroom
We'll play for you and we'll sing for you
And march in your parade
We love it here and we love you dear
The little town of Macroom.
The time has come and we've had fun
And we have to leave you now.
So don't shed a tear for we'll always be near
To the little town of Macroom.
More post Parade entertainment was provided by magician, Tony Moroney and at a Feis organised by the O'Sullivan School of Dance.
Full steam ahead at Macroom St. Patrick's Day parade © Lee Valley Outlook
Having been treated to some wonderful Welsh harmony during the Cor Godre'r Aran visit to Macroom for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, music lovers in the LeeValley will have another opportunity to enjoy the singing of our Celtic cousins when the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir will perform at St. Colman's Church, Macroom, on Sunday, April 8 at 8p.m. With the kind permission of Fr. Roberts P.P.,this event is presented by Macroom & District Lions Club and promises to be a more than spectacular performance by a choir comprising of 80 plus members and soloists in the beautiful and acoustically perfect venue.
Since its founding in 1995, Macroom & District Lions Club has raised in excess of €250,000 through the efforts of its members and generous sponsorship of local businesses. There is hardly any facet of life in Macroom that has not benefited from the contributions made by the Lions Club, be it sporting, cultural, and of course, those in need. The Lions Clubs are a Charity Service organisation in the true sense. All Club administration costs are met by members subscriptions, so all funds raised go to those in need. We ask the people of Macroom for their support for this exciting event and thank you so much for your help in the past.
Tickets are €25 and are available at Mulcahys Insurances,Main Street, Macroom. Credit Card Booking at the Castle Hotel, 026 41074. General enquiries to 085 7890950.
At the launch of Care and Repair Programme at Macroom Senior Citizen function in Fr. Ryan Hall, from left, Denis Healy, Fiona O'Connell, John O'Mahony, Age Action, and Pat O'Connell © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Senior Citizens recently launched a Care and Repair service for its members. This FREE service, sponsored by Irish Life, is run by volunteer handypersons who all have Garda vetting. They will do minor repairs and odd jobs such as changing light bulbs, hanging pictures, putting up a shelf, installing fire alarms, cutting grass, trimming hedges etc. All work is free: the only cost is for materials used. If a job is too big, Care and Repair have a register of reliable, honest trades people that may be employed. Care and Repair volunteers always carry official Age Action identification cards and will only call having made an appointment in advance. If you wish to use this invaluable service, please contact Macroom Senior Citizens at Sullane Haven at 026 41698 or 087 2662192. One of the services that older people in the area particularly appreciate is the setting of their TV sets to enable them to access Local Television.
Enjoying the Race Night at Macroom Golf Club © Lee Valley Outlook
Wednesday 2nd April sees our Book club convening at 11.30 am to discuss 'The Return'. On Thursday, April 3 the Purlies knitting group meets at 11a.m. One of their number, Jenny Mills, is currently exhibiting some of her artworks in the library until the end of March. They are a multitalented bunch! Anyone who would be interested in displaying their work for the month of April, please get in touch with us at 026 42483. There is Story time for children carried out by a member of library staff every Saturday, (excepting Bank Holiday Week ends) at 12 noon. It lasts about 45 minutes. All children 3-7 are welcome, not just library members. Parents are required to stay on the premises during Story Time. You don't have to listen to us but you do have to stay! There are plenty of newspapers and magazines to while away the time. We stock The Examiner and The Irish Times dailies and The Corkman, Southern Star and Farmers Journal weeklies. Our magazines include Hello, Woman's Way, Which, and The Phoenix.
Should you turn 65 you are entitled to free library membership so do bring it to our attention if we tell you your membership needs renewing and ask you for €2.50.
McEgan College students with teachers Ms Brick and Ms Rice at Blackrock Observatory © An Scoil
Transition Year Mini Company: As part of the Transition Year Programme, McEgan students participate in the running of their own Mini-companies. 2013 – '14 students were very creative and innovative. One company, Hurley's Direct, was successful in getting through to the South County and City final of the Student Enterprise Awards with their idea of personalised hurleys. The company did very well in representing both their school and the Macroom area at UCC. With their teacher Ms. Punch, they had a day long of judging and interviewing about their product and business plan. They met world renowned explorer and entrepreneur Mr. Pat Falvey, who spoke to the group about his exhibitions and his enterprises. Unfortunately the company did not get through to the All Ireland final but they really enjoyed it and gained a lot from their experience. .
National Tree Week: On Friday 7th March as part of National Tree week first year students from McEgan College, under the guidance of Mr. Ted Cooke and Conor O'Callaghan, planted trees in the castle demesne. Students first helped to clear a site where a stand of evergreen trees had recently been felled. Ted Cooke explained the importance of trees in the environment and how they provide some of life's essentials, including a source of food, and oxygen which improves air quality. Students planted native trees: hazel and silver birch. Ted explained how these young trees will, in the future, support wildlife by providing habitats and a food source. Learning the correct way to plant trees during National tree week was made all the more relevant after the loss of so many mature & ancient trees during recent storms. Students enjoyed having the opportunity to be involved in such a worthwhile project and are looking forward to seeing their trees mature.
Blackrock Castle Observatory: First and second year students recently visited Blackrock Castle Observatory for a science fieldtrip. The trip was coordinated by the CIT Access Programme with which McEgan College has a strong relationship. Following our Munster Finalist position at the Debating Science Issues competition, CIT rewarded the school by inviting the Junior Cycle students along for this discovery filled day of science experiments. Students took part in workshops to design a rocket and a landing vehicle for an egg which was dropped from the castle! We may have some budding scientists in our midst...
Visit by Children's Author: Writer Maria Burke visited first year students at McEgan College recently. Maria is the author of the Ark of Dun Ruah series of children's books and she gave the students some tips for creative writing and took them through the process of writing her books. This included looking at some of her amazing illustrations and paintings which helped inspire her. She also spoke of the importance of reading in today's busy world and read an excerpt from one of her books. The students really enjoyed the visit which has provided a wonderful start to Word Millionaire, a programme which encourages reading for pleasure and will run in McEganCollege for the next five weeks.
Macroom Mayor, Ted Lucey, receives a presentation from Arwel Lloyd Jones and Cor Godre'r Aran, at St. Patrick's Day parade in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Youth Theatre Second Production, Rhythm of Youth, 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.
Patrick O'Sullivan with special guest Hugo Duncan on Friday 4th April @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €20
Callback Theatre present Fred and Alice, written & directed by John Sheehy and performed by Ciaran Bermingham & Cora Fenton on Sunday 13th April at 8.00 pm. A blistering head wrecked played at a hilarious pace! Tickets €12 Concessions €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 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.
Director Destin Daniel Cretton's film depicts the struggles of a compassionate Grace (Brie Larson) contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Committed to her job and in love with kindhearted co-worker Mason (John Gallagher Jr.), she's still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when a young girl who's been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior arrives. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Running Time 1 hr. 36 min.
It's not easy to get by in this crazy old world is it? But Fred and Alice have discovered that all you really need are two tennis rackets, a freezer full of ready meals and an immature coping strategy. Fred and Alice first met in the home. It wasn't really a home but Fred always called it a home because that was where he lived, and if you are not living at home then where are you? It was love at first sight for Alice. Fred didn't talk to her again for years but then eventually Fred got used to her and it was love at first sight for him too. Sunday 13th April at 8.00 pm in the Briery Gap.
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play unlikely friends in Philomena, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman's search for a lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places. Monday 31st March @ 8.30pm in Briery Gap. Admission €5.
The Sullane Players, Macroom will perform "Barndance" in The Briery Gap, Macroom on Thurs, Fri & Saturday, 27th,28 & 29th March 2014. Barndance, probably one of the funniest productions to be staged at The Briery Gap, played to audiences of over one thousand when staged here 7 years ago. A must see production and it will be staged for three nights only. That the old ways are best is a precept which is challenged by the play on many levels. Each of the characters has at least one counterpart and each pair challenge the other's views. In so doing, the play also looks at Family relationships not merely between father and son but also between brother and sister. On another level the play looks at the theme of emigration. While much is written about those who didn't want to leave Ireland but had to, the play also considers those who did want to leave but couldn't. It could be set in any part of Ireland and contains some strong language. Directed by Pat Melia, this is The Sullane Players 8th consecutive production since its formation in early 2007.
Sun. Mar. 23rd:- Sunday Special: St. Patrick's Day International Mass from St. Colman's Macroom including Welsh choir.
6.30pm: - LTV from Macroom Area - News and Sport and St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014 from Macroom.
8.00pm: - LTV from Millstreet-Duhallow Area and Thursday repeat.
9.15. St. Patrick's Day Concert 2014 from St. Joseph's N.S.
Wed. Mar. 26: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special Interview. More St. Patrick's Day celebrations. .
Sun. March 30: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from Barr d'Inse N.S. at its closing in 2005
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday repeat.
Wed. April 2: 9.30 p.m. LTV News and Sport Roundup. Special Interview. Final part of concert from Murray's International Bar 1988.
Fashion Show in the Áras, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, on 21st of March @ 8 o'clock. Cheese & Wine reception. Draw on the night for 2 x One Direction tickets so get your admission tickets now.
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.
Seachtain na Gaeilge i gColáiste De la Sallelena lán imeachtaí eagraithe ag na múinteoirí Gaeilge, Iníon Ní Shé agus Iníon Ní Shuibhne - Céilí, tráth na gceist, amhranaíocht, cic fada, poc fada agus tóraíocht taisce ar siúl. Bhain daltaí taithneamh agus tairbhe as na himeachtaí agus feabhsú an teanga. "Beatha Teanga í a labhairt!"
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.
Daffodil Day: Irish Cancer Society fundraiser on Friday, March 28, 9a.m. to 10p.m. in Tadhg O'Leary's Pub, Bealnamorrive. Enjoy tea, coffee, cakes. Cake Sale and Bring and Buy. Join us this Daffodil Day. Preparatory meeting in bar on Tuesday, March 25 at 8.30p.m. All welcome.
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.
Church Choral Concert: Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir will perform in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Sunday April 6th at 8 pm. Tickets €25.
Over 60s Talent Show: heats for the Macroom Region will take place on Tuesday April 8th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom. It is open to all over 60s from all areas around Macroom. For further details contact Pat O'Connell at 026/41698 or Evelyn Mc Sweeney 026/41070. The MC for this event will be Paddy O'Brien and music will be provided by Jerry McCarthy.
Strictly Come Dancing comes to Donoughmore. Training has already begun. 24 dancers will trip the light fantastic on Friday 24th May. Vote for your favourite couple on the night. Great night's entertainment ahead.
Donoughmore Family Resource Centre: Junior preschool children took part in Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day on Friday 7th March in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Hospice Home Care for Children. The funds raised by National Pyjama Day for the IHF supports a network of Children's Outreach Nurses nationwide.
Lotto C.L.G. Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Pota Óir - €8,400. Numbers 3, 7, 21, 33. No winner. €40 - Dónal MacCáthaigh; €20 - Pádraig Ó Tuama; Eithne Uí Choinceannain; Éibhlín Uí Dhuinnín.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: March 4. Jackpot of €2.000. No winner. The numbers drawn were 13, 16 and 25.. €70 Daniel Buckley, Kilnagurteen.. €20 Caroline O'Connell, Railway View; Michael Scannell, Corner Shop, Macrom; Thomas Coakley, Coppeen; Breda O'Regan, c/o Sheila Buttimer; Conor Buttiemer. .
March 11. Jackpot of €2,200. No winner. Numbers drawn 5, 8 and 26. €70 Mary Mullen, Clonfadda. €20 David Reidy, Ard na Gréine. Billy Murphy, Codrum. Kevin Browne, Railway View. Denis Cronin, Millbrook. Norma O'Donnell, Castle Court.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 9/03/2014: Jackpot €7,000. Numbers drawn 10, 21, 40. No winner. €50 Olivia O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. €20 Declan Ambrose, Caherbaroul. Patrick Twomey, Shanakiel, Briege Corkery, Drombeg. Bill Donovan, Dripsey c/o Katherine/ Jason
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: March 9th. Numbers drawn: 15, 19, 22, 23.. No winner. €50 Mike and Pat Lynch, Larchill. €25 Ger Ahern, Aherla. Eoin Walsh, Aherla.
March 16. Jackpot €5,250. Numbers drawn 3, 21, 23, 25. No winner. €50 Nelly O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid. €25 Martin Twomey, Killindarish. James Hegarty, Kilgarvan.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 5. Jackpot €1,600. Winner Tim Twomey, Kilnamartyra. €70 Denis Hoare, Kilnamartyra. €20 Tom Corkery, Bawnathanaknock; Niam O'Sullivan, Crookstown; Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna; Ray Fallon, Curra Glen.
March 12. €70 Kath O'Riordan, Macroom. €20 M. Sharon Murray, Glounanarrig; Kay McDonagh, Carriganimma; Fionn Desmond, Teerbeg; Colm Kelleher, Moulanhorna
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 3/3/2014, Jackpot: €3,400, Numbers Drawn: 9 - 14 - 20, No Winner, €40 Frank Buckley, €20 Derek Daly, Lotto Ladies, Olive, Mary & Michelle, Richard Collins (Yearly Ticket).
10/3/2014, Jackpot: €3,600. Numbers Drawn: 7 - 15 - 19, No Winner, €40 Kevin Cullinane, €20 John Moynihan, Gillian McNamara, Desmond Murphy, Catherine Barry Murphy (Yearly Ticket).
Kilmurry Novelty Group got a great boost recently when a donation of €500 was given them by Lissarda based building contractor, Paul Barrett. Paul said, "This group has brought a great lift to the area. There is a great buzz and sense of fun with the group and anything that lifts community spirit these days has to be welcomed and supported." Speaking on behalf of Kilmurry Novelty Group, John O'Riordan thanked Paul for his very generous donation and assured him that the money would be put to good use with the group's future endeavours.
And looking ahead to future endeavours, plans are already well underway for the novelty group's staging of this year's Crookstown Variety Show in Crookstown Hall on the 11th and 12th of October.
Donncha & Maitias Ó Laoire in éineacht le Seán Ó Muimhneacháin ag Paráid Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh © Nóirín Uí Thuama.
Rita O' Sullivan from Ovens is doing a sponsored head shave on Monday night, March 24th to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. As Rita is a member of Ballincollig Comhaltas, the shave will take place during the usual Monday night Set and Céilí class in Ballincollig GAA Pavilion. Donations to this very worthy cause can be made on the night or online at www.mycharity.ie/event/rita_osullivan. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The past few weeks have been very busy in FarranN.S. 1st class children were one of five countrywide winners in a poster competition on the theme of buckling up your seatbelt, sponsored by the Road Safety Authority. They were invited to Dublin Castle for a fun-filled day with the other prize-winners. Their trip also included a visit to Dublin Zoo. Transport to and from Dublin and meals for the day were provided as part of the prize. All involved had a most enjoyable day.
Our 4th class boys played in the county final of the indoor hurling and our 4th class girls won the county final of the indoor camogie and were interviewed post match on TG4. All finals were played in the hall at Na Piarsaigh Hurling Club.
Our pupils who took part in Scór na bPáistí qualified for the county final in six different events and on the day were placed in three. Our school was placed 2nd overall.
Bishop Pádraig O'Donoghue confirmed the 6th class children from Farran and Ovens schools on the 10th of March.
Containing the names and addresses of Muskerry's 891 Volunteers, "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. 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. The book is compiled and edited by Dónal Ó hÉalaithe. Bí ann gan teip. Beidh Seán Ó Sé i láthair.
G.A.A.: Traolach MacSuibhne played their last game in the u 21 F.L on Sunday March 9. They defeated Kilnamartyra on a scoreline of 2 18 to 1 10. An excellent game of football fairly evenly matched in the first half, but into the second half Traolach had the upper hand and were worthy winners. Their forwards had some excellent scores, with Darren Dineen on a roll. Their midfielders, backs, and goalie all played their part in this good win. Good luck to all involved as they await their championship pairing.
Traolach Mac Suibhne (Clondrohid+ Inchigeela ) played Ballingeary in a S.F. of the U.21 A Football Championship in Macroom in excellent weather and ground conditions. Ballingeary played some excellent football and finished the first half on a score line of 1 6 to 5 pts. But true to recent form, Traolach, playing into the town goal in the second half, pulled away and all the lads worked for each other, playing some great football and finished worthy winners on a score line of 3 12 to 1 8. David Hourihan and Darren Dineen were outstanding, especially in the last 15 mins. Well done to players and mentors, and good luck in the A final v Ballincollig.
The U 14 footballers travelled to Tracton and defeated the home side on a scoreline of 1 5 to 1 3. Well done players and mentors
Minors: Clondrohid v Brian Dillions. Well done to the minors who travelled early to the Brian Dillions ground and came away worthy winners.
St. Patrick's Day Parade: Carraiganima Pub, which has had music, song, dance and craic running over the past few weeks, rounded off their entertainment in style on Sunday with a St. Patrick's Day parade. A great crowd turned up, with lots of colourful floats. Music and song went on till the late hours.
Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services have two vacancies - 1. A Local Training Initiative Project Coordinator ( 39 hrs ) and A Local Training Initiative Assistant Co Coordinator ( 19Hrs ) . Contact Brian Williams on 0868349540 for more info or log on to www.cdys.ie.
At the Bell Inn, Clondrohid, Paddy Corkery and Connie O'Riordan recently organised a great occasion of song and story telling to honour the great bowler Johnny Creedon . Johnny won his 1st Senior title at the Miles in 1960, defeating Donnie Lehane in the final. A car accident laid him low for some time. He won his next Senior Championship in 1968, defeating Mick Barry in the final. He was through to an All Ireland title which he took at his ease, defeating Denny McPearland of Armagh. He won his 3rd County title in 1979, defeating Donnie Coveney in the final at Ballyshonin. He won his Intermediate title in 1987 with a county final win over Tim O'Halloran. Pat Mallon of Armagh was his opponent in the All Ireland, which was played at Tassagh in Armagh, and once again the honours came to Johnny. Injuries in 1989 finally brought Johnny's illustrious career to an end. But on the lasat day of February, he and his family were in great spirits at the Bell Inn. Connie Riordan had composed an excellent tribute to Johnny, who was overwhelmed by the great gathering organised in his honour.
In 2011, Elle O'Sullivan, Ballyvourney, ran home from CorkCity (36 miles) and organised a fundraising night in Ballyvourney which raised €12,000. In March of that year three lads from Ballyvourney travelled to Kenya with her and built a home for twenty children. Elle have travelled over since then and all are happy in their new home, appropriately called Naomh Abán House. This year she intends to build on a kitchen to the home as there was not enough money to do this on the last trip. During St. Patrick's weekend seven lads from Macroom and one from Dublin went fundraising for this kitchen by hiking 6 peaks throughout Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland in 3 days. Elle joined them on Sunday for the last part of their trek on Carrantuohill.
The Moonraker Forestry Rally April 12-13 is set to bring great activity to the Muskerry Gaeltacht and Ballyvourney. Organised by the Munster Car Club, the 2014 Rally 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.
Recipe of the Month – Cauliflower Cheese with Salmon
Serves 4. Ingredients: 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets; 50g butter; 50g plain flour; 450ml milk; 2 organic egg yolks; 1 tsp English mustard; splash of Worcestershire sauce; 150g cooked flaked salmon; 125g cheddar cheese and 75g emmental cheese, grated.
Method: Preheat oven to 200C. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, then add the cauliflower and cook for two minutes. Drain and place in a buttered ovenproof dish. Place the butter and flour into a saucepan and heat to melt the butter. Cook, stirring for one to two minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk to form a smooth sauce. Return to the heat and simmer for two to three minutes. Remove from the heat and beat in the egg yolks, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper and flake the salmon into the sauce, stirring carefully. Pour over the cauliflower and top with the grated cheeses. Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Tip of the Month – Sow Onion Sets
Onions are typically grown from 'sets' (a fancy name for baby onions) rather than from seed. Sets are usually planted from mid March to mid April, depending on the weather and will take approx 5 months to mature so if you sow this month, you will probably be harvesting in mid August. To plant your sets: firm the surface of the soil and plant the onion sets 4 inches apart in rows 9 inches apart. Push the set gently down in to the soil, leaving the tip just showing above the surface. If you have already bought your onion sets and are waiting for the weather to warm up a bit before planting, spread out the sets in a cool, well-lit place to prevent early sprouting. Onions can also be grown from seed but take a bit longer (but it's also alot cheaper).
The Black Snow by Paul Lynch
In the spring of 1945, farm-worker Matthew Peoples runs into a burning byre and does not come out alive. The Farm's owner, Barnabas, is devastated by the death of his friend and the loss of all forty-three cattle. He reaches out to the community for help but resentment is brewing and he believes that his efforts at recovery are being sabotaged.
As Barnabas and his family struggle for survival, his loved ones are drawn to a fate that should never have been theirs. A gripping read.
Available at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.99
Cill na Martra 3 – 8 Castletownbere 2 – 9
Do dhein muintir Chill na Martra an turas fada siar go dtí ceanntar Bhéara ag súil le cluiche dian ó mhuintir an Bhaile agus b'é sin díreach a fuaireadar. Má bhí cluiche le dhá leath riamh ann, b'é seo é. With an extremely strong wind at their backs in the first half, Cill na Martra converted most of the chances they created. Caoimhín Ó hUidhir got 1-3, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín had a goal and two points, Liam Ó Loingsigh 1-1 and a point from Seán Ó Céilleachair, all of which left the half time scoreboard at 3-7 to 1-2 in favour of Cill na Martra. From the throw-in of the second half, CTB set to work with admirable endeavour. They succeeded in playing the game almost entirely in the Cill na Martra half. As the half wore on, the scores began to mount up. As the final whistle approached, CTB had reduced the Cill na Martra advantage to a single point. Cill na Martra, however, managed to score just one point in the second half, scored by Máirtín Ó Conchuir, which helped to secure a satisfying win for Cill na Martra.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Tadhg Mac Suibhne, Graham Ó Mocháin, Marc Ó Goillidhe: Seanachán Ó Loingsigh, Nollaig Ó Loingsigh, Tadhg Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Ceilleachair, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Caoimhín Ó h-Uidhir, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Máirtín Ó Conchúir: Daire Mac Lochlainn, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín, Liam O Loingsigh. Fir Ionaid: Deaglán Ó Mocháin, Gearóid de h-Íde.
Tom Creedon Cup Final: Cill na Martra v Carrigaline at Macroom, Saturday 22nd March. 2.30 pm start.
Traolach MacSuibhne 2-18 Cill na Martra 1-10
Inniscarra 4-12 Blarney 1- 2
Eire Óg 1- 9 Ballincollig B 1- 6
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
Naomh Abán 2 1 0 1 -5 2
League Table - Group 2
P W D L Points
CANOVEE 3 2 1 0 5
Donoughmore 3 2 0 1 4
Ballinora 3 1 1 1 3
Dripsey 3 0 0 3 0
League Table - Group 3
P W D L Points
BÉAL ÁTHA'n Gh 3 2 1 0 5
Kilmichael 3 1 2 0 4
Éire Óg 3 1 1 1 3
Ballincollig 2 3 0 0 3 0
League Table - Group 4
P W D L Points
Inniscarra 2 2 0 0 4
Aghabullogue 2 1 0 1 2
Blarney 2 0 0 2 0
League Table Group 5
P W D L Points
Traolach MacSuibhne 3 3 0 0 6
Kilmurry 2 1 0 1 2
Aghinagh 2 0 0 2 0
Cill Na Martra 1 0 0 1 0
Semi Finals: Ballincollig 2-12 Canovee 0-9
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 8 Traolach MacSuibhne 3 - 12
Final: Ballincollig v Traolach MacSuibhne at Kilmurry, Sat. 22nd March.
Ballincollig 2 – 12 Canovee 0 – 9
Ballincollig, Mid Cork U21 champions for five of the past six years, are on course to add another title to their tally after their comfortable win over Canovee, last year's county 'B' champions, at Coachford in the semi final. Canovee had a dreadful start, conceding an own goal in the very first minute and were 1-6 to nil in arrears after the opening quarter. Ballincollig led by 1-7 to 0-1 at the interval and had added three further points to their score before Canovee got a second point on the board. This score sparked a spirited Canovee revival and only five points separated the teams with five minutes remaining but a second Ballincollig goal from Rob Noonan finished any uncertainty about the outcome. The very early og. was followed by Ballincollig points from Daniel O'Connor, Luke Prendergast, Morgan O'Mahony and Cian Kiely all within the opening ten minutes. Rob Noonan and Cian Kiely had added two more to the winners tally before Mark Healy had the only Canovee score of the first half in the 25th minute. Ballincollig were well on top but failed to add to their score through very poor accuracy, registering ten wides in the opening half. The game was very one sided and Canovee looked out of their depth t this stage.
On the resumption, Ballincollig had added three further points within two minutes, one each from Morgan O'Mahony, Luke Prendergast and Cian Dorgan. Canovee replied with a point from Aidan Moynihan in the 37th minute and Mark Healy added another immediately. Cian Dorgan had a Ballincollig point in the 40th minute but Canovee, aided by the wind, klbegan to put their game together and James Moynihan had two fine points and cousin Aidan added another to cut into the deficit, 1-10 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. Canovee continued to force the pace and James Moynihan pointed a 35m free and then in the 54th minute took a point from play to leave five points between the teams and Ballincollig were beginning to get agitated. Cian Kiely scored a badly needed point for the winners in the 55th minute but Aidan Moynihan replied instantly to keep the heat on. Three minutes from time Ballincollig nerves were settled when Liam Murphy set up Rob Noonan for a decisive second goal and Noonan added a point before the final whistle. Ballincollig were deserved and convincing winners but Canovee had restored club pride with a spirited second half revival.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons: Sean Lucey, Emmett Ryle, Kevin O'Sullivan: Dylan Kirstein, Colin Moore, Cian Kiely. Sean Kiely, Diarmuid McDonnell: Rob Noonan, Luke Prendergast, Daniel O'Connor: Matt O'Leary, Cian Dorgan, Morgan O'Mahony. Sub: David Murphy, Aidan O'Donovan..
Canovee: James Verling: Niall Cronin, Donal Cronin, Cian Lehane: Liam Kelleher, Michael Dunne, Conor Hughes: Aidan Moynihan, Aidan Murphy: William Ahern, James Moynihan, Darren Twomey: Charles Kenneally, Mark Healy, Liam Murphy.
Referee: Mr David Murnane, Macroom.
Traolach MacSuibhne 3 – 12 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1 – 8
Traolach MacSuibhne, the combination team drawn from Iveleary and Clondrohid will meet Ballincollig in the final of this year's Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football championship. For Ballincollig it will be a familiar place, for the amalgamation team it will be breaking new ground and they will be in their first ever final having only been formed this year. Mac Suibhnes were deserving winners at the finish but Béal Átha, who had opted to play in the A grade after heading their league group, were the better team in the first half and deservedly led by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break. On the resumption however, Mac Suibhne's had a much more determined approach and their forwards got their act together, benefiting from a fine supply of ball from their midfield pairing of Cian Creedon and Barry O'Leary. The combo hit the front in the 41st minute with a David O'Leary goal, 1-10 to 1-8 now, and always looked likely winners subsequently. Two late goals for the winners tend to create an impression of a level of dominance however that Traolach Mac Suibhne never achieved against their Gaeltacht opponents. Both goalkeepers made fine saves from early goal chances before there was an exchange of points and Conchúir Ó Loinsuigh then found the net for Béal Átha in the 14th minute. Fine points from Diarmuid Thompson and Noel O'Leary followed to increase the Béal Átha lead before there were further exchanges of points which left Béal Átha leading by 1-6 to 0-4 as half time approached. In the last minutes before the break, Ciaran Cotter pointed for the Gaeltacht side and then David Hourihan and Miceál Ó Lionáird had points for MacSuibhne's to leave the winners trailing by 0-6 to 1-7 at the break.
Three fast points for MacSuibhne's were answered by one for the club side, that latter point from Thompson in the 39th minute to prove to be Béal Átha's final score. Cian Creedon did all the work to create a goal chance for David O'Leary in the 41st minute which was duly availed of and O'Leary made it 1-11 to 1-8 by pointing a free in the 48th minute. Two late goals from Darren Dineen, each well taken, finished the brave Béal Átha challenge and left Traolach MacSuibhne to face Ballincollig in the final. They will be hoping to have the injured Cathal Vaughan back for that game.
Traolach MacSuibhne: Joseph Creedon (Iveleary): David Murphy (Ive), Lorcan Lynch (Clondrohid), Ciarán Galvin (Ive): Miceál Ó Lionáird (Ive), Seán O'Leary (Ive), Finbarr Mc Sweeney (Ive):Barry O'Leary (Ive), Cian Creedon (Clon): Jerome Ring (Clon), David O'Leary (Clon), Mark Creed (Clon): David Hourihan (Ive), Kevin Jones (Ive), Darren Dineen (Clon). Sub: Liam Kearney (Ive.).
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. Fir Ionaid: Barra Ó Sé, Liam Ó Críodáin.
Referee: Mr Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry.
Aghabullogue 2-13 Kilmurry 2-12
Macroom 5- 9 Kilmichael 4-8
Inniscarra 3-11 Naomh Abán 2-8
Donoughmore v Eire Óg
Aghabullogue v Macroom
Inniscarra v Eire Óg/Donoughmore
Aghabullogue 2 - 13 Kilmurry 2 – 12
Kilmurry led at half time by 1-8 to 1-4 but Aghabullogue controlled most of the second half and led by four points coming into the home straight. A Kilmurry rally then yielded a goal from Pádraig Berhanu and a point from Joe Ryan to level matters but Aghabullogue got a late winner from Evan O'Sullivan. Joe Ryan was in fine form from frees and from play in the opening play and had 0-3 on the board early on. At the other end Ian BarryMurphy was in scoring form for Aghabullogue and indeed finished with a personal tally of 2-6, all scores from play! When Sean O'Sullivan kicked a goal for Kilmurry midway through the half it was 1-3 to 0-3 but the first BarryMurphy goal levelled matters. Points from Joe Ryan frees, and one each from Jonathan Buckley and Pádraig Berhanu helped Kilmurry to their four point interval lead. In the second half, Aghabullogue began to up the tempo and with Ian BarryMurphy from play, and John Corkery from frees, in accurate form the scores began to flow. Ian BarryMurphy's second goal gave the winners a two point lead and they had increased this to four with five minutes remaining. A Kilmurry goal at this stage from Pádraig Berhanu set the cat among the pigeons and Joe Ryan then kicked over the equaliser. In the dying seconds Evan O'Sullivan kicked over a winning point for Aghabullogue who at this stage were playing with 13 men.
Aghabullogue: Sean O'Sullivan: Daniel O'Rourke, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony Corkery: Sean Dineen, David O'Connell, Michael O'Regan: James Lynch, Greg Long: Richard Byrne, Evan O'Sullivan (0-1), Billy Casey: John Corkery (0-6), Ian BarryMurphy (2-6), Dylan Kelleher. Subs: David Dineen, Brian Dennehy, James Byrne, Cillian Cooney.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Peter Kelleher, Daniel Cahalane, Padraig Hinchion: Michael John Grainger, Marco Healy, Luke McCarthy: James Berhanu, Jonathan Buckley: Patrick Grainger, Padraig Berhanu, Sean Curzon: Sean O'Sullivan, Joseph Ryan, Paud O'Connell. Sub: Oisín McSweeney.
Referee: Mr. Ted Hayes, Eire Óg.
Macroom 5 - 9 Kilmichael 4 – 8
After twenty three minutes Macroom led by 5-3 to 1-1, a fourteen point lead, and their advantage at half time was only one point less. The loss of a man to a second yellow card after eight minutes and the lethal boot of Kilmichael full forward Danny Twomey left Macroom gasping for air as the game went into the closing stages, desperately hanging on to a four point lead and under ferocious pressure at 5-6 to 3-8 with ten minutes to play. That Macroom survived this challenge is a tribute to the fighting qualities of their defence which weathered the storm and the ability of their attack to open up the Kilmichael defence in the closing minutes and hit over three points to see them through.
David Horgan had the first Macroom goal after four minutes but Daniel Twomey's goal from a penalty for Kilmichael had the sides level again four minutes later at 1-1 each. A goal from Patrick Lucey, followed by points from Lucey and Michael Browne had Macroom on top and Patrick Lucey's goal from a penalty in the 19th minute gave Macroom a 3-3 to 1-1 lead. Two goals in a minute in the 23rd minute, one each from David Horgan and Pa Lucey, had Macroom in a very strong position and Kilmichael were in need of the point from a Ronan O'Callaghan free and a fine goal from Shane Foley. Three points for Macroom in reply left the half time score at 5-6 to 2-2 and Macroom looked to be in an almost unbeatable position. Daniel Twomey fired over four points for Kilmichael on the restart to get them into contention and when Macroom were reduced to fourteen men at this stage it was clear that they would have a battle on their hands with Finbarr Buckley and Peter Kelleher driving Kilmichael on from midfield, Daniel Twomey unstoppable at full forward and the strong wind very significant. A second Kilmichael penalty yielded another Daniel Twomey goal on the three quarter mark and points from Twomey and Kelleher reduced the gap down to four points and Macroom were sliding towards defeat.
Substitute Chris Foskett scored Macroom's first score of the second half in the 53rd minute to give them renewed hope and when another substitute Don Creedon had the next score in the 58th minute it eased the pressure further. Patrick Lucey's point on the 60 minute mark was a vital score as the game continued with five minutes of injury time being played and in that period Daniel Twomey had his third goal in a goalmouth scramble. Macroom were probably the better team but they earned this win.
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Kevin O'Dwyer, Barry O'Leary, Olan O'Mahony: Robert Downey, Emmett Quinlan, Shane Creedon: David Horgan, Darren McKenna: Brendan O'Sullivan, Michael Cronin, Ricky Murphy: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Michael Browne. Subs: Don Creedon, Darren Kelly and Chris Foskett.
Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Donal Kelly, Stephen Kelleher, Brendan Cotter: Darragh Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Barry Kelleher: Shane O'Donoghue, Peter Kelleher: Luke Hennigan, Shane Foley, John O'Mahony: Jamie McCarthy, Daniel Twomey, Ronan O'Callaghan. Sub: Shane Cotter, Edward Burgoyne and Kevin Murphy.
Referee: Mr. Ger Ahern, Canovee.
Inniscarra 3 – 11 Naomh Abán 2 – 8
This was an impressive performance by Inniscarra against a good Naomh Abán outfit and one which now makes 'Scarra favourites to win a championship they last won in 2009. Playing with a strong wind to their backs, Inniscarra had three early points to get off to a good start and when Aaron O'Raw had a goal in the 7th minute, followed by another goal from Seán O'Donoghue a minute later Inniscarra led by 2-3 to 0-1 and were buzzing. Naomh Abán hit back with a fine goal from Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh in the 11th minute, set up by Gerry Lyons and Miceál Dineen, but Inniscarra continued to shine with a string of points from Sean O'Donoghue and one from Dave Barry to lead by 2-8 to 1-1 after 18 minutes. Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh hit over a N.Abán free but Inniscarra replied in the 22nd minute with a superb goal from Dave Barry, set up by Davey Keeffe. Gerry Lyons and Ó Ceallaigh had points for the Baile Mhuirne side, Dave Barry had one for 'Scarra who led by 3-9 to 1-4 at the break.
The scoring rate slowed considerably on the restart, Naomh Aban not able to make the same impression with the wind as the winner had done earlier. Each side had two points to leave the same eleven point gap between the teams with ten minutes remaining. A goal from a Dean Ó Ceallaigh free for Naomh Abán reduced the deficit and further points from Miceál Dineen and Gerry Lyons followed but the gap between the teams was too great and Inniscarra progressed to the semi final stage.
Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Cathal Griffin, Mark McCarthy, Brian Gould: Jack Dwyer, Gerry Roche, Sean Lynch: Aaron O'Raw, Dominic Kelleher: Liam Collins, Seán O'Donoghue, Paul Farmer: Davey O'Keeffe, Dave Barry. Jack Hayes. Subs: Tomás O'Connor and Kevin O'Herlihy.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Miceál Ó Liatháin, Seamas Ó Donnchú: Conchuir Ó Murchú, Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás Ó hAilíosa; Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Pádraig de Róiste: Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Piarais Ó Liatháin: Eoin de Roiste, Miceál Ó Duinnín, Padraig Ó Coill. Fear Ionaid: Niall Ó Ceallaigh, Jamie MacGiollaBríde, Dean Ó Ceallaigh.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.
Cill na Martra v Ballincollig 2
Blarney v Ballinora
Final: Dripsey 0 – 11 Aghinagh 1 - 7
Dripsey became the first trophy winners of the season when they had a single point to spare over Aghinagh in the U 21 D final at Donoughmore. Aghinagh led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the break but with Shane Burke beginning to shine at midfield, Dripsey got on top in the second half and Burke and Pat Fitzgibbon kicked some fine scores. With time running out Dripsey led by 0-11 to 0-6 but then a goal for Aghinagh from the hard working Seán Kelleher, followed by a point also from Kelleher left only the minimum between the teams and Dripsey were relieved to head the final whistle.
Dripsey: Mark O'Donovan: Colin Browne, Robert Daly, Dylan Merrick: Fionn Edwards, Eoin O'Connell, Brendan Daly: Michael O'Riordan, Shane Burke: Daniel Wilson, Sean Murphy, Pat Fitzgibbon: Alan O'Donoghue, Cian McDonnell, Killian Kelleher. Subs: Brian McDonnell and Adam Casey.
Aghinagh: Mathew McCarthy: Denis Coakley, Dermot O'Callaghan, Peadar Twomey: Niall O'Connor, John Lynch, Diarmuid Crowley: Sean Dineen, Donagh McCarthy; Christopher Duggan, Sean Kelleher, Rory Cotter: Stephen Spillane, William Coakley, Donagh O'Riordan. Sub: Ted O'Leary.
Cork 2-18 Derry 3-14
Cork made it four wins from four in the Allianz Football League Division I as they saw off Derry at Páirc Uí Rinn, but it was far from a straightforward victory. Brian Cuthbert's side were coasting as first-half goals from John O'Rourke and Tomás Clancy put them in a commanding 2-9 to 0-4 lead as Derry laboured. The visitors responded to trail by just five points at half-time and to Derry's credit, they clawed their way back into the game, but ultimately they fell just short.
Scorers for Cork: J O'Rourke 1-2, B Hurley, P Kerrigan, D GOULDING (0-3 frees), C O'Neill (0-2 frees) 0-3 each, T Clancy 1-0, M Collins 0-2, F GOOLD, Barry O'Driscoll 0-1 each.
CORK : Ken O'Halloran; Alan Cronin, Michael Shields, Tomás Clancy; James Loughrey, John McLoughlin, Kevin O'Driscoll; FINTAN GOOLD, Andrew O'Sullivan; Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan, John O'Rourke; DANIEL GOULDING, Brian Hurley, John Hayes. Subs: Donncha O'Connor, Colm O'Driscoll, Colm O'Neill, Barry O'Driscoll, PATRICK KELLY, MICEÁL Ó LAOIRE.
Mayo 4-12 Cork 2-14
Four Goal Mayo looked in red-hot form as they blasted Cork's unbeaten record apart at MacHalePark. Goals from Jason Doherty, Jason Gibbons, Alan Freeman and Cillian O'Connor clinched victory for Mayo as late Cork goals from John O'Rourke and Brian Hurley put a different slant on the scoreboard. Mayo led by 1-9 to 0-6 at half-time and when Freeman rattled the net for Mayo in the 48th minute, the result was put beyond doubt.
Cork: Ken O'Halloran; Michael Shields, Eoin Cadogan, Kevin Crowley; Conor Dorman, Tom Clancy, Alan Cronin; Andrew O'Sullivan, Aidan Walsh; Colm O'Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, Tom Clancy; Colm O'Neill, Brian Hurley, Donncha O'Connor. Subs: John O'Rourke, Mark Collins, James Loughrey, FINTAN GOOLD(44), Barry O'Driscoll, John Hayes.
Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-18
Cork remain on course for four-in-a-row in the Munster U21FC after a storming finish proved too much for a poor Kerry side in Tralee. Cork were by far the better side for most of the hour, yet, with 20 minutes left on the clock, they, inexplicably, trailed 2-6 to 0-10. From that point on they completely took over as Kerry wilted. Kerry were ahead 2-4 to 0-7 at the break but Cork were level within seven minutes of the restart with points from their star men: MacEoin (two) and Alan Cadogan. Kerry again went ahead by two, 2-6 to 0-10. Cork's wing forwards Sugrue and Kiely levelled the game again by the 46th minute before Kerry substitute Denis Daly saw his rasping shot brilliantly saved by Cork goalkeeper Michael Martin, and the Rebels upped their game, outscoring Kerry 0-8 to 0-2 in the last quarter.
Cork: Michael Martin (Nemo Rangers); Jamie Davis (Douglas), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers); Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Seán White (Clonakilty), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet); Darragh Murphy (Valley Rovers), Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs); Mark Sugrue (Bandon), Cian O'Sullivan (Clyda Rovers), SEÁN KIELY (Ballincollig); Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers), David Harrington (Adrigole), Alan Cadogan (Douglas). Subs: Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline), Cillian McIntyre (Carrigaline) , JOHN CORKERY(Aghabullogue) (36), Kevin Fulignati (Nemo Rangers). CATHAL VAUGHAN (Iveleary) was selected at corner forward but had to withdraw due to injury.
Coláiste Ghobnatan who will play the All Ireland Colleges C final on April 5. © Nóra Ní Luasa
Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Íre 1 – 7 Ballinamore C.S., Leitrim 0 - 8
In the sun-swept Gort GAA grounds on March 15, Coláiste Ghobnatan Ballyvourney came from behind early in the second half to qualify for the Dr. Éamonn O'Sullivan All-Ireland Colleges senior football final for the first time in the school's history. The west Cork side, with some Kerry influence both on and off the field, had seen off Thurles CBS in the Munster Final a few short weeks ago, and were locking horns with a physically strong Ballinamore C.S that contained 9 Leitrim and 2 Cavan minors. Ballinamore won the toss, and elected to play with the breeze in the first half. Coláiste Ghobnatan were, however, first to put their names on the scoreboard with a point from centre-forward Dermot Ó Ceallaigh after 3 minutes. Ballinamore, availing of the wind, followed with two points. While Coláiste Ghobnatan were finding it hard to settle, Dan Ó Duinnín was having the better of his pairing and finished a well worked move over the bar after 15 minutes. Ó Ceallaigh traded points, before the decisive score of the game. A beautiful ball in from Coláiste Ghobnatan midfielder Micheál Ó Deasúna found Ó Duinnín, who in turn set Ó Ceallaigh on line for goal. He was dead on target and sent the huge Cork following into raptures. Manager Mickey Ned Ó Sulleabháin might have expected this score to settle his team but they passed up many opportunities while Ballinamore were not as wasteful. Coláiste Ghobnatan led by just one point at half time, 1-3 to 5 points and the more physical Connacht side went in with their tails up.
The start of the second half saw Ballinamore CS completely dominate the middle third of the field and get into the lead. Coláiste Ghobnatan were finding it very hard to get into their free-flowing type of football. However, the Connacht pressure was not reflected on the score-board, due to staunch defending from the likes of Ó Murchú, Tomás Ó hÁileasa and Dónal Ó Donnchú, and when Ó Ceallaigh pointed again at the other end on a rare attack from the Cork boys, it allowed Coláiste Ghobnatan to gather themselves. Another Ó Duinnín point put the Gaeltacht boys in front again, but Ballinamore again equalised. With 55 minutes up on the clock, outstanding centre-back Dan Ó Donnchú (himself a Kerry minor) was harshly penalised and the missed penalty set up a Coláiste Ghobnatan attack that finished in the hands of Conchur Ó Murchú, who launched on goal from about 30 yards out. When the ball landed on top of the net, Coláiste Ghobnatan were amazingly back in front as injury time beckoned. Ó Ceallaigh finished another attack over the bar almost straight from the kick-out and the Coláiste Ghobnatan supporters were crying out for the final whistle from referee Richie Moloney. After dominating practically the entire second half, the Ballinamore CS side were understandably distraught while Mickey Ned and Coláiste Ghobnatan celebrated a famous victory which pitches them in a historic final on the 5th of April against Ardee Community School, Co. Louth, who had a facile victory over Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan on the same day. Coláiste Ghobnatan, a c.200 pupil mixed Gaeltacht school on the Cork side of the border, has two Kerry men on its team and the rest are drawn from Cill na Martra and Naomh Abán, Baile Mhúirne.
Foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan: Gearóid Ó Luasa, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Aaron Ó Murchú, Tómas Ó hÁileasa, Antóin Ó Cuana, Dónal Ó Donnchú, Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, Micheál Ó Deasúna, Tadhg Ó Corcora, Dermot Ó Ceallaigh, Conchur Ó Murchú, Piaras Ó Liathain, Dan Ó Duinnín, Gearóid Ó Faoláin. Subs: Damien Ó hUrdail for Ó Faoláin, Pádraig Ó Críodáin for Ó Liatháin
De la Salle who were defeated in the Corn Uí Mhuirí final © Lee Valley Outlook
Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne 3-14 De La Salle, Macrooms 3-9
DLS suffered defeat once again to Dingle at Killarney when the West Kerry boys won their third Corn UI Mhuirí, senior A football, title in a row. This was the fourth year in a row that DLS have had to bow the knee to the winners at either the final or semi final stage. Playing against the strong wind DLS were very well placed coming up to the half time break, behind by 1-8 to 2-3, the goals coming from a Joe Ryan penalty and the second from James Moynihan. Dingle got in for a goal in the time remaining and this score inflicted terrible damage on DLS' chances. The Mid Cork side did get the difference down to two points eight minutes from time but a free yielded a point for the winners and they drove on again from there and finished with a flourish. DLS had a third goal in the final seconds from John Murphy, a well worked and finished effort, but it was too late to impact on the result.
De La Salle, Macroom: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid): Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O'Callaghan (Aghinagh), Brian McMahon (Macroom): Marco Healy (Kilmurry), Sean Kelleher (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 Creedon (Macroom) and David Murphy (Iveleary), used and Shane Foley (Kilomichael), 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).
J.J. Long, Chairman Muskerry Board, presenting sponsorship cheque to Breandán Ó Lionaird, Príomhoide Coláiste Ghobhatan for All Ireland C Football Championship team © Lee Valley Outlook
Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 2-10 Hamilton High School, Bandon 0-11
Coláiste Choilm won their first Munster Senior B title under lights at Cloughduv in a game of quality football. Donncha Kelly had a goal for the Ballincollig school to level matters in the 8th minute and had another two minutes later to give his side a two point interval lead. They were never led in the second half and were fully deserving of their historic victory.
Coláiste Choilm: Christopher Kelly (Eire Óg): Kevin O'Regan (Ballinora), 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), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Seán Curzon (Kilmurry): Cian Kelly (Ballincollig), Conor Hughes (Canovee), Donncadh Kelly (Eire Óg) Sub: Declan Hyland (Inniscarra).
Naomh Abán U 16 C Mid Cork Championship football winners. © Nóra Ní Luasa
Results: March 8th under 14 A football league Canovee 5.07 Aghabullogue 2.01
March 8th under 16 B football league Canovee 0.13 Ballinhassig 0.07
March 10th under 21 football championship Canovee 1.15 Ballinora 1.15
March15th under 21 A semi final Canovee 0.09 Ballincollig 2.12
March 16th under 15 A football league Canovee 2.12 Blarney 3.03
It was a busy weekend for a number of Canovee players involved in schools competitions. Conor Hughes, Niall Cronin and Liam Murphy were all involved for Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig in their replay win over HamiltonHigh School, Bandon in the Munster senior B football final. However, it was disappointment for James Moynihan, Mark Healy and school principal Noel Dunne as De la Salle, Macroom lost the Corn Uí Mhuirí final to Dingle. Well done to everyone for the great effort.
On march the 16th Canovee played Dripsey in the Junior A football league in Dripsey. Canovee led at half time by 0.09 to 0.03 and with 15 minutes left, were ahead by 0.10 to 1.05 when one of the Canovee players picked up a head injury. With both teams waiting for medical help to arrive, referee John Ryan sensibly decided to abandon the match and it will be replayed at a later date.
On march the 16th Canovee played Blarney in the under 15 A league away. The first half was an even affair with Blarney ahead by three goals to six points at half time. Canovee improved in the second half with the defence tightening up and the forwards improving helped by a plentiful supply of ball from a hard working mid field. Darragh Cronin scored two goals and a number of points to put Canovee ahead at the final whistle. Final score Canovee 2.12 Blarney 3.03.
Canovee: Noel browne, David Carroll, Eoin O'Connell, Billy Kingston, Eoin Lehane, Sean Browne, Daniel O Driscoll, Denis Murphy, David O Keeffe, Shane O'Riordan, Darragh Cronin, David Akinabolla, John Browne, Paudie O Leary, Patrick ONeill,
subs David Tupper, Cathal Mason,Sean Keating.
Ovens N.S. Premier Division Indoor Camogie Champions 2014 © An Scoil
Adult: Muskerry maintains Division One status after a rollercoaster first season ride in the top tier of Munster junior rugby. Having flirted with relegation, the team copper-fastened their place in the top Division with a great 19-6 win over Old Christians on February 23rd and finished mid–table. The second team has struggled to recover pre-Christmas form in the league but both teams are now looking forward with relish to the cup competitions in the coming weeks.
Youth: Muskerry's U18s are through to the final of their league following a hard fought 12-7 away win in Dunmanway. They will face local rivals Ballincollig in the final. Not to be outdone, Muskerry U16's are also in the final of the league, following a 13-0 great win over Dolphin on March 2nd and they will face the winners of Bantry Bay and Clonakilty in the decider. No dates are available for either final as we go to press.
Minis: The mini season continues unabated despite the poor weather conditions which relented for the mini section fun walk on Sunday March 16th. Also on the horizon is the Muskerry Rugbyfest, the finale of the mini-rugby season and takes place on April 12th. This massive blitz for U7s to U11s attracts teams from all over Cork and beyond and promises a feast of fun filled underage rugby.
Night at the Dogs: Muskerry's 'Night at the Dogs' returns on April 5th in Curraheen Park to raise funds for the day to day running of the club. We are appealing to all our members, friends, supporters and sports lovers generally to come out and support this vital fundraiser. Tickets are €20 for two adults and two children plus entry in a €1000 draw and are available from any member. N.B. All tickets returned by 21st March will be entered into a draw for 2 x tickets for the Munster v Toulouse Heineken Cup Quarter final on April 5th.
With the atrocious weather of late 2013 and early 2014, there have been a huge amount of games cancelled. Only a mere handful of fixtures have taken place since last December and there are a number of teams within the club who have yet to even play during this calendar year. There is now a massive backlog of fixtures and the various bodies who co-ordinate schoolboys, youths and junior soccer in Cork have a major task ahead of them. Midweek evening games (as well as the standard weekend fixtures) will become the norm as soon as daylight allows, so in the coming weeks there should be much more activity in both Murrayfield and the TownPark. Following on from some recent queries, fixtures can be found at www.corkaul.com (adult teams), corkyouthleagues.ie (U18) and www.corkschoolboysleague.ie (U11-U16). Full fixture lists also appear on the Monday edition of the Evening Echo. As well as this, results, fixtures and other club news can be located on the Macroom F.C. Facebook page.
Murphy Youth Cup: Buttevant 2 Macroom 5.
At the third attempt this fixture took place and it proved to be a worthwhile journey to North Cork. Macroom had a comfortable 2-0 half time lead but the hosts hit back to level matters midway through the second period. Macroom finished the stronger however and three further goals sealed the tie. Scorers were Alan Quinn (2), Robert Healy, Sean Quinn and Darrin Dineen.
Premier A League: Macroom 2 Glenthorn Celtic 2.
The first team had to rely on a late equaliser to take a point from this tie but will feel two points have been dropped as they dominated for large parts. Macroom had a number of good chances before Keith Holden got the opener on 25 minutes, following good work from David O' Halloran. Glenthorn hit back to level and then take a 2-1 half time lead they probably didn't deserve. Macroom were well on top in the second half but several chances came and went before Stephen Crowley popped up at the back post to steer home Dec O' Riordan's free kick on 86 minutes. Glenthorn almost won it at the death but Pat Kelleher was on hand to clear a goalbound header off the line and so it ended with honours even.
U16 Local Cup: Macroom 4 Greenwood 1.
Extra time was needed for the U16 side to progress to the next round. It was an excellent workout after a long period of inactivity. Ethan O'Gorman was on hand to give the home side a 1-0 interval lead but Greenwood responded to level and force extra time. Macroom proved to be much stronger in the additional twenty minutes and goals from Blake O' Gorman and Jack Cronin made matters comfortable. And Mark Corrigan rounded off the scoring with a fantastic effort late on and Macroom move on to the next round.
U13 Con Elliot Cup: Watergrasshill Utd 1 Macroom 6.
Another fantastic win at SkehanaghPark for the U13s. This was a one sided affair and was well and truly finished long before the final whistle sounded. Dylan Twomey was once again to the fore and he had completed his hat trick inside twelve minutes. Jack Kelleher was in great form also and it was his through ball which set up the opener. Twomey added his second and third and then it was the turn of Shane Meaney who flicked Dennis Dullea's corner beyond the home keeper to make if 4-0. Coming up to half time Matheusz Juscziak pounced on a parry from the home keeper and there was just time for Caelum Lynch to get a sixth Macroom goal before the short whistle. With the tie all but ended the visitors played out the second half in a comfortable fashion and Watergrasshill were rewarded for their efforts with a consolation goal late on. Macroom have now qualified for the last eight of this competition.
U12 Local Cup; Carrigaline Hibernians 0 Macroom 1.
This was a great team performance in which the Macroom back four were outstanding throughout. After a number of good chances for the visitors it was James Galvin who came up with a fine volley on the stroke of half time. Carrigaline pushed hard for the equaliser in the second half but were repelled by the Macroom defence and further upfield Stephen O'Donoghue, Patrick Barry and Conor Dineen were giving Carrigaline plenty to think about. O'Donoghue struck the post and Barry had an excellent lob which just cleared the crossbar. Reece Lee, Liam Linehan, George Lowrie and Kieran Doody were outstanding as Macroom held firm to record a brilliant win.
Macroom F.C. are holding a Race Night in Murray's Bar on Sunday April 20th @ 9pm. Horses are now on sale, priced at €10 and can be purchased from club members, team managers as well as being available at Murray's Bar. With the large number of Academy, Schoolboys, Youths and Adult teams now being catered for, such fundraising events are vital. A great night's entertainment is assured so please come along to support your local club.