Lee Valley Outlook June 12 2014

Cover Pic The End of an Era © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge Club: Wed. June 18 at 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. June 19 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. June 23 11.30a.m.
Adult Bookclub Sept. 3.
Art Exhibition: Work of Angela Mernagh during the month of June.

Briery Gap:

Oliver Cole Fri. June 13. 9p.m.
Saving Mr Banks – Monday 16th June at 8.30pm.
Post Leaving Cert Celebration Sat. June 21 8p.m.
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom – Monday 23rd June at 8.30pm.
Daniel Martin Moore 9p.m. Fri. July 25.
Blek and the Rats Saturday 23rd August.
Jimmy MacCarthy. Sat. 4th Oct. at 8.00pm.
Tommy Fleming. Fri. 10th Oct.at 8.00pm.

Cemetery Mass at St. Colman's, Macroom Fri. June 13 at 7.30p.m.
Drink Tea for MND: Sat., 14th June, 10a.m. to 9p.m. at Con and Ann Dunne's , Killinardrish.
Annahala Flooding C103 local radio, on Sunday at 7p.m.on June 15 and 22.
Carriganima N.S. Parents Association Family Fun Day, Sun. June 15 at 1.00pm.
Aghinagh Macra 5km run/ walk and Know Your Neighbour, Sun. June 15 2pm.
"A Floral Odyssey" to RDS Dublin, departing Thurs. June 19, 8.00a.m.
Music Day and Seisiún Launch Sat. June 21st at 2pm in Ballincollig Shopping Centre.
Annmarie O'Riordan in Ovens, Sat. June 21 at 8.30p.m.
Corpus Christi Procession in Macroom Sun. June 22
Muinefliuch Reunion: In the school June 22.
Mushera Platform Dance: Tues. June 24th. 9 - 11 pm.
Daniel Kingston 5k Run: In Macroom, Thurs., June 26.
FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp in Macroom Mon. June 30th to Fri. July 4th.
Seisiúin: Tues. nights, July 1st to Aug. 12th at 8.45pm – Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Clondrohid, July 7 to 11
Lee Hydro Scheme exhibition at Community House, Coachford, July 14 – 20.
GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14.

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

Macroom Updates

All Changed

For the first time since 1897 Macroom has no local body of elected representatives. The enactment of the Local Government Act 2013 sees the town represented in Cork County Council by six elected representatives for the Blarney/ Macroom district. For the time being, the office will be in Macroom. Those elected for the district on May 23 are Aindrias Moynihan, FF; Michael Creed. FG; Des O'Grady SF; Bob Ryan FF; Kevin Conway Ind. and Ted Lucey FG. Their fellow councillors on the 55 member Cork County Council are, from Ballincollig/ Carrigaline – Seamus McGrath FF, Deirdre Forde FG, Derry Canty FG, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire FF, Dáithí Ó Donnabháin FF, Michael Murphy SF, John A Collins FG, Marcia d'Alton NP, Joe Harris NP, Mary Rose Desmond FF. From Bandon /Kinsale – Tim Lombard F.G., Margaret Murphy O'Mahony FF, Rachel McCarthy SF, Alan Coleman FF, Kevin Murphy FG, Jane O'Donovan FG. From West Cork – Gerard Murphy FF, Mary Hegarty FG, Michael Collins NP, Joe Carroll FF, Paul Hayes FG, Declan Hurley Ind, Christopher O'Sullivan Ind, Noel O'Donovan FG. From Fermoy – Kevin O'Keeffe FF, Kay Dawson FG, Ian Doyle SF, June Murphy SF, Noel McCarthy Labour, Frank O'Flynn FF. From Kanturk/ Mallow – Dan Joe Fitzgerald FF, Melissa Mullane SF, Bernard Moynihan FF, Timmy Collins Ind, Gerard Murphy FG, John Paul O'Shea Ind. From East Cork – Michael Hegarty FG, Noel Collins NP, Pat Buckley SF, Aaron O'Sullivan FF, Mary Lenihan Foley FG, Susan McCarthy FG. From Cobh – Cathal Rasmussen Labour, Anthony Barry FG, Sinead Sheppard FG, Padraig O'Sullivan FF, Kieran McCarthy SF, Ger Keohane SF, Claire Cullinane NP.
Alan Coleman FF has been elected first Mayor of the new body, but with no agreement pact between the parties and the independents, it could be stormy weather ahead for implementing tough decisions during the next five years. The political make up of the new council is FF 17, FG 16, SF 10 NP 10 Labour 2.

Last Post

The final meeting of Macroom Town Council was a sombre affair, with all the outgoing members, from all political parties, bemoaning the demise of local government in the town. The councillors reported on the town finances, achievements and plans as responsibility was handed over to Cork County Council.
As a final act of the last council, local athletes were recognised for their achievements and received presentations from Mayor Ted Lucey. They included: Niamh Looney Rosnascalp 'in recognition of your achievements at the All Ireland Championships 2014, winner of a gold medal and winner of a bronze medal and player of the tournament at the Sambo competition held in Lithuania'. Christina Desmond, Coolavokig ' in recognition of your achievements at the World Youth Championships 2013, winner of a Silver Medal and European Union Championship winner of a Bronze Medal'. Aaron Ryan, Toames West 'in recognition of your qualification to be included in the Munster team to compete at the Ireland games in Limerick in June 2014 for the 200m and 400m relay'. Jack Curtin, Coolnagara, Coachford 'in recognition of your qualification to be included in the Munster team to compete at the Ireland games in Limerick in June 2014 for the 100m and relay'. Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Teergay, Kilbarry 'in recognition of your success at the 2013 European Championships Men's 3000 metres'.

Litter Challenge

Cork County Council annual Litter Challenge is now underway and, after the first judging, Macroom needs to make up a lot of lost ground. The second judging period was from June 2 – 11 and we await those results. The third and final judging will run from June 16 – 25. Marks are awarded for litter control only. 10 stretches, each 50m long, are judged as well as one estate. 6 of these will be in the town centre, 2 in a residential area, 1 in a school area, and 1 adjacent to a green area. It's a negative marking system and marks are lost for each piece of litter found. When the results come, they name the exact stretch that was judged and the number of pieces of litter found. Even cigarette butts are counted and 10 cigarette butts count as one piece of litter. One estate is nominated for judging in each period, the first was Oakwood, then Sullane Weirs and finally, An Gleann/ Carrigban.
After the first judging, Macroom lies second last in Category B2. The group is led by Mitchelstown, with 965.7 marks, followed by Fermoy, Bantry, Mallow, Carrigaline, Clonakilty, Ballincollig, then Macroom, with 883.4 marks and Midleton.

The first judging period concentrated on the southern side of Cork Street and Main Street and North Square. The best area was Oakwood, with only one cigarette butt and no litter. Worst was the stretch from O'Neill's Sports Shop to the Thrift Shop, which had 101 cigarette butts and 20 pieces of litter.
Businesses and householders are asked to keep their own frontage clean and tidy, and this will, inevitably, result in a cleaner Macroom.

 

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Members of Macroom Senior Citizens and Active Retirement Group at Stormont Castle during their recent holiday © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Senior Citizens

Summer Holiday: A fifty strong group from Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired enjoyed a very successful five day holiday to Co. Monaghan. The group was based at the four star Monaghan Hilltop Hote,l which again proved to be an outstanding choice, with excellent food, nightly entertainment to suit all tastes and very friendly staff. The group left Macroom on Sunday May 25th, had a stop in Dublin and, on reaching Monaghan, had a lovely meal and relaxed from the remainder of the night. On Monday they toured Co. Monaghan and went shopping in Monaghan town. On Tuesday the group headed off to County Armagh and visited the Cathedral. Wednesday was the highlight of the holiday for many, with a first time visit to Belfast. The group were met here by a local guide who took them on a very interesting tour of the city, visiting many of the troubled areas of the city as well as the Titanic centre and Stormont Castle. On Thursday the group went shopping to Dundalk in the morning and visited Carlingfort Lough and the Cooley Mountains in the afternoon. Friday they headed for home, stopping at Drogheda on the way. They arrived back in Macroom after a very enjoyable week. On arrival the group made a presentation of a bouquet of flowers to the organisers, Regina Casey and Evelyn McSweeney. All the day tours were organised by Pat Sheehy, tour guide, who accompanied them, as well as Pat O'Connell chairman of Macroom Senior Citizens /Active Retired.
Over 60s at City Hall: John Lyons, Codrum represented Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retirement Group at the 2014 finals of the Over 60 Talent Competition at Cork City Hall. John, who played a beautiful selection on the harmonica that had the audience clapping and stamping their feet, was the only instrumental musician in the final. Fourteen contestants, twelve of them vocalists and the 13th a storyteller, represented mainly city clubs. Many of the finalists had competed repeatedly over the years. The winner, Michael O'Donovan, representing Blackpool Shopping Centre, was runner up last year. John was well supported in the City Hall, which was full to the brim for a most enjoyable event at which Seán Ó Sé was a guest performer.

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Leaving Cert students of McEgan College, Macroom at graduation Mass ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Food Revolution: Pupils at McEgan College, Macroom cooked up a storm on Friday 16th May – alongside Jamie Oliver. LCA students took part in the world wide Food Revolution Day live lesson. Jamie Oliver was streamed live into their classroom and participants watched a demonstration led by the celebrity chef, before creating their own 'rainbow wraps'. However, at one point Jamie 'froze' and one student quipped "He's got stage fright!" Teacher Hazel Bourke said: "It is always great to see young people taking an interest in cookery. They enjoy the opportunity to create interesting and healthy dishes using local quality produce and were keen to try the outcome." The lesson was part of an international event organised by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which aims to change attitudes to food and encourage people to cook good food, using good ingredients, and is expected to have set a new Guinness World Record for most participants in a cookery lesson
Graduation Mass. The Leaving Certificate Graduation mass was held in the school on the 21st May. Thirty two students graduated on the day. Fr. O'Mahony celebrated the mass and it was well attended by parents and staff. The students had diligently prepared for the mass in the months leading up to the day. They put together a beautiful liturgy which was complemented by lovely music and singing. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and the very best of luck to each of them as they leave McEgan College.

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De la Salle College Macroom Leaving Cert students Padraig Berhanu and John Murphy presenting retiring Principal, Mr Noel Dunne, with a framed jersey signed by the members of the school's senior football team © An Scoil

Macroom Flower & Garden Club

Social Evening /Garden Visit: Members enjoyed a visit to Glenview Gardens Enniskeane on June 4 and the weather did not disappoint. Owners, David & Mary Tanner, were to hand and gave freely of their time to inform us of the many specimen plants and trees in their 3 acre well maintained and splendid garden. Our eyes were drawn to the Abutilon tree standing tall in all its glory with broad white flowers open to the sunshine. The visit was followed by refreshments at Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens where the O'Neill family warmly greeted us. The evening was completed by a tour of the Gardens where members captured the moment on camera.
11th World Flower Show "A Floral Odyssey" RDS June 18th- 22nd. Members will travel to Dublin for this once in a lifetime opportunity which will attract competitors and visitors from 31 member countries. The event will showcase floral arrangements designed by over 600 floral artists. Coach will depart from Macroom on Thursday June 19th at 8.00a.m sharp. Members who are stewarding are asked to present at the RDS 30 minutes before their allocated time. The Club would like to wish member and competitor Mary Lenihan (AOIFA) the very best and to the WAFA Ireland Management team for having the vision and courage to stage what promises to be the "Best Show Ever". Further enquires on attending the World Show 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.

 

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Macroom U12 Ladies who played against Ballyphehane in their second league game recently ©

Macroom Library

The Bridge Club meets again Wednesday 18th June in the library at 11am. Purlies knitting group meet on Thursday 19th June at 11am to knit & chat over a cuppa. Ciorcal Cainte: Irish conversation led by Nora Levis will take place on Monday June 23 at 11.30am in the library. If you are an absolute beginner or an improver come & join us in a relaxed setting to share your love of the language. Art exhibition: Angela Mernagh's colourful work is the current exhibition on display in the library. Adult book club will meet again on 3rd September & will be taking a break for the summer months.
Juvenile Reading Challenge: Designed to encourage reading & engage younger readers, will be starting later in the month. Enquire at the library desk.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved in the recent book launch in the library. Young author Fiona Buckley launched her book 'Better than Gold' 28th May. We wish her all the best in the future.

Sullane Sessions

The Briery Gap's new music series "Sullane Sessions" got underway on Saturday 24th May with the enchanting Katie Kim and guest, Kentucky native Joan Shelley. The series aims to provide a platform for upcoming musical talent from at home and abroad. The series continues on Saturday, 13th June with Oliver Cole, a native of Meath but now working as a full time musician in Dublin. Ollie first began to attract serious notice as the front man of Irish three piece Turn, formed in 1998 with Ollie as lead singer/guitarist; drummer Ian Melady and bass player Gavin Fox. Turn went on to huge success both at home and abroad and released three albums Antisocial (2000), Forward (2003) and Turn LP (2005) on Setanta Records. Turn's music had featured in many films and International TV shows such as One Tree Hill, and therefore it was no surprise that Big Life (Klaxons, Badly Drawn Boy, and The Verve etc.) signed Ollie to a publishing deal once they heard his first solo album.
Joining Ollie at the Briery Gap are "The Shaker Hymn", a four-piece alternative rock band from Cork. Following national and local airplay of their first two critically acclaimed singles, the band's forthcoming debut album, Rascal's Antique, was released on 30th May on the band's own label, Heavy Noids Records.
Theatre Bar opens at 8pm, show at 9pm. Tickets for all are €10 (over 18's only) and can be purchased in advance from Briery Gap Box Office on 026-41793. For information and updates, check out Facebook.com/sullanesessions. Sullane Sessions will continue on 25th July with Daniel Martin Moore & Guests Jackson Dyer & Ghost Town Jenny and 23rd August with John Blek & The Rats, with further dates to be announced.

 

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The Briery Gap presentation of The Sound of Music at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork on June 6. © Lee Valley Outlook

Everyman Success

Pride was the paramount emotion at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork on June 6 when the Briery Gap, Macroom, presented its 2014 musical, The Sound of Music, for one night only. The spacious theatre was almost full, no mean feat when the show had already enjoyed seven very well attended performances in Macroom just a month earlier.
From curtain up the audience was enthralled. The wonderful voices and acting of the main characters and the enchanting performances of the children had been well heralded. But what was totally unexpected was the perfection of the nuns' chorus and solo numbers. Plain chant, harmony, duets were effortless and tone perfect. The beautiful voices and great acting of Mother Abbess, Srs. Margaretta, Berthe and Sophia added hugely to the success of the show.
The costumes were perfect. Their variety, colour and contrasting styles were evidence of meticulous care and knowledge of the fashions of the 1930s. Stage management and design also deserved the highest praise. Adapting to the far more spacious Everyman stage was a challenge that was very well met. The graveyard scene was particularly impressive.
Congratulations to Anne Dunne, manager of the Briery Gap, for her courage in taking the show to a larger stage and delighting a wider audience. It is very heartening to know that the Lee Valley can stage a musical while drawing totally on local talent. And an encouraging aspect of the Sound of Music was the great number of very highly talented u-20s involved, surely a good omen for future stage productions.

Briery Gap Programme

Cinema:

Saving Mr Banks – Monday 16th June at 8.30pm. Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom – Monday 23rd June at 8.30pm. Admission €4.

Theatre:

Sullane Sessions present Oliver Cole & Guest. Strictly over 18's. Friday 13th June Doors 8.00pm Show 9.00pm. Tickets €10.
Briery Gap Youth Theatre Post Leaving Cert Live Music Celebration Gig on Saturday 21st June at 8.00pm. Featuring three youth bands – Bat Country, Exploits, and Worms. Pre-booked tickets €6 – Tickets on the night €8.
Sullane Sessions present Daniel Martin Moore and Guests on Friday 25th July and John Blek and the Rats on Saturday 23rd August.
Jimmy MacCarthy, Saturday 4th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €20 Tommy Fleming. Friday 10th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €27.50. On sale now.

Snippets

Contact information: Please email text and/or photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026-41891 or post to Lee Valley Outlook, Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. (Photos by Friday before publication. N.B. We never guarantee that a photo will be published, except in a paid ad.)

Mass at Macroom Graveyard, Killarney Road on Friday 13th June at 7:30pm to remember all those buried in the cemetery. All are welcome. We would appreciate it if Mass-goers would arrive early to allow sufficient time to park and be on time for the Mass.

Drink Tea for MND: All welcome to our tea party on Saturday, 14th June at Con and Ann Dunne's , Killinardrish, in support of Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. Come along any time between 10am and 9pm for a cup of tea and a chat!. Contact - Ann at 086 0663207.

Carriganima N.S. Parents Association Family Fun Day, Sun. June 15 at 1.00pm. BBQ, raising of the school's first Green Flag, raffle, children's activities, face painting, parent and child race, novelty games and lots more. Fun for all the family. Everyone welcome. Admission is free.

Annmarie O'Riordan and Guests in Concert in Ovens, Saturday June 21 at 8.30p.m. Tickets €15. In aid of Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig.

"A Floral Odyssey" June 19th- 22nd 2014. Macroom Flower & Garden Club will attend the 11th World Flower Show at RDS Dublin. This promises to be a spectacular event, with Ireland the host country. Macroom group will depart on Thursday June 19th at 8.00a.m. for overnight trip. For further information on attending the show, please contact 087-9821708.

Mushera Platform Dance: St. John's Night. Tuesday, June 24th. Music by Jerome Coakley & Lee Sound. From 9 - 11 pm.

GAA Summer Camp: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. Buachaillí & Cailiní 5 to 16 years. 21/07/14 to 25/07/14. Páirc Traolach Mac Suibhne. Costas : 1st Páiste €55, 2nd Páiste €45, 3rd Páiste€45. More Info:Caitríona Ní Mhuirthile & Gearoidín Uí Bhuachalla, An Choill Mhór, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. 0864065932 nó 086 1012062.

Daniel Kingston 5k Run: In Macroom, Thursday, June 26., €10 entry with all surplus funds going to Cork Arc Cancer support House. Registration on the night in the Sports Complex 6p.m. - 7:45p.m. or online www.danielkingstonmemorial.com (€11.50). Refreshments afterwards in the Sports Complex . Prizes and Spot prizes galore. Follow us on twitter @dkingston5k or Facebook.

Seisiúin: Ballincollig Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will host Seisiún in Oriel House Hotel during the summer. The first half of the evening is a formal stage showcase of the best of traditional Irish music, song, dance and story. This is followed by an informal session where audience participation is encouraged. Seisiún provides a unique entertainment experience for holidaymakers and locals alike. Tuesday nights, July 1st to August 12th at 8.45pm – Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. Information at www.ballincolligcomhaltas.ie or from Diarmuid on 087- 202 8638.

Walkers: Nora O'Leary, Upper Codrum, Macroom recently supported her children, Finbarr and Mary, at Sneem JFK 50 mile Ring of Kerry Walking challenge which had to be completed within 20 hours. Mary has also completed the London Marathon and Finbarr has climbed Carrauntoohill on several occasions.

Macroom to Niger: Peter Leahy, a native of Codrum, Macroom, is currently in Niger with the Fire Service. They travelled to the African country with two fire appliances and one ambulance full of equipment, some of which was donated by County Cork Fire Service. Some of the equipment came from Macroom Fire Station and this equipment (although old) will be used to save lives in Africa for many years to come. This is Peter's first time going on this trip. He is retiring from the Fire Brigade after 40 years' service (17 of which were in Macroom). If you are interested in this project you can follow it on Face Book, The Niger Fire Engine Project.

Brain Teaser: Did you figure out what these seven words have in common: Banana Dresser Grammar Potato Revive Uneven Assess? The solution: If you transfer the first letter to the end of the word and spell backwards, you will get the same result!

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: June 3. Jackpot €1,400. No Winner Numbers drawn 9, 14and 16. €70 Norann Murphy, Barrett's Place, Macroom. €20 Gobnait McSweeney, Carriganimma. Eleanor Healy, Sleaveen Road. John Angland New Street. Stephen O'Leary, Cork Street. Michael Minihane, Kibarry.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: May 25. Jackpot €1.300. Numbers drawn: 9, 28, 37. No winner. €50 Michael O'Connor, The Hermitage, Macroom. €20. Paddy Twohig, Horsemount; Dan Ambrose, Caherbaroule; John Cronin, Codrum; William Lehane, Youghal.
June 1. Jackpot €1.450. Numbers drawn: 28, 30, 40. No winner. €50 Florence O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. €20. Dan o'Regan, Rooves Beg. Matt and Julian, Coolnadane. Tony O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid. Liz Holmes c/o Carrig Pub. .

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: May 25. Jackpot €1,800. Winner Denis Desmond Muinefliugh. €70 Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. €20 Siobhan O'Brien Kilnamartyra. Michael O'Brien, Cooleyhane. John Casey Rusheen. Noreen O'Leary Codrum.
June 4. Jackpot €1,200. €70 John Golden, Banteer. €20 Joan O'Riordan, Millstreet. Sheila Whyte c/o Bingo. Maurice Buckley, Nadd. Liam O'Callaghan c/o Spillane's.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: June 1. Jackpot €6,900. Numbers drawn: 18, 24, 25, 30. No winner. €50 Roxy Keane, Cloughduv. €25 Siobhán Scanlan, Carrigadrohid. Brian McNabola, Aherla. June 8. Jackpot €7,050. Numbers drawn 4, 17, 26, 30. No winner. €50 Chrissie O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid. €25 Pat Dunlea, Macroom. Pat Lynch, Aherla.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 26/5/2014, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 10 - 16, No Winner, €40 Sheehan Gary, €20 Martin O' Mahony, Tony Dineen, Teresa Cullinane, Marc & Brian Dineen.

3/6/2014, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 21 - 29, No Winner, €40 Barry Murphy, €20 Gretta Crowley, Dan O'Mahony, Johnny Sheehan, Peter Kelleher (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Aaron Ryan and Jack Curtin, Muskerry Special Olympics club, representing Munster at the Ireland Special Olympic Games with Siobhan Twomey, Coach Chaperone and Collette O'Riordan, head coach. ©.

Muskerry Special Olympics

10 athletes from Muskerry Special Olympics Club competed in the Munster Track and Field Championships Level 2 and all did themselves proud as well as making the coaches, volunteers and their families very proud of their achievements. All 10 athletes came home with Munster medals and this was a great achievement for the club. The results were as follows: Eoin O'Sullivan – 100m – 3rd. Denis Buckley – 100m – 4th and Relay – 1st. Jack Curtin – 100m 5th and Relay – 1st. Elliott Lynch – 100m 2nd, 200m 5th, Relay 1st.and mixed relay 1st Kevin O'Donoghue – 400m – 2nd, 200m 2nd and Relay 1st. Michael O'Donoghue – 100m – 3rd, 400m 3rd and Relay. James Galligan – 100m – 2nd and Relay. Ciara Dineen – 100m – 2nd, 200m – 2nd , Relay 1st and Mixed Relay. Cathy Dullea – 100m 1st – 200m – 1st and Relay 1st. Meabh O'Leary – 100m - 2nd, 200m – 1st , Relay 1st and Mixed Relay.
Muskerry Special Olympics club had a party recently to celebrate the achievement of two of their athletes, Jack Curtin and Aaron Ryan, who were selected on the Munster Team to compete in the All Ireland Special Olympic Games from the 12th to the 15th of June. Jack will be competing in the 100m and the relay and Aaron will be competing in the 200m , 400m and the relay. The club is very proud of both athletes and we wish them the very best of luck in the games. We would also like to thank Papa Martino's Restaurant on Fitzgerald Street for supplying the food and the Macroom Community Leisure Centre for the use of the hall, the Bouncing Castles and other sports equipment, which made the night even more special for the boys and all the club had a great time.

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  First-time author Fiona Buckley with John Spillane at the launch of her book, Better Than Gold ©

Better than Gold

A great crowd of school friends, family and the wider community came together at Macroom library recently for the launch by singer/ songwriter John Spillane of a book by a 12-year-old girl from a tiny school in Aghinagh. When Fiona Buckley from Bealnamorrive was finishing up fifth class at Ballyvongane NS, her teacher, principal Cyril Lovett, suggested she might try writing a book during the holidays. She presented the finished document to her surprised teacher on the first day back to school in September. He liked it and submitted it to Emu Ink and they agreed to publish it.
'Better Than Gold' is a story about an Irish girl who lived through the Great Famine of 1845- the year in which Ballyvongane N.S. was built. Her book shows a great understanding of the famine era and the challenges that faced Irish peasants at that time. Fiona's brother John has Down syndrome and she decided to donate all the profits from the book to that charity.
Local teacher Noreen McSweeney was MC at the event, which included a musical performance by Ballyvongane children, words of appreciation from Cyril Lovett, Brian Cleary from publishers Emu Ink Ltd and from Paul Sheridan, the organiser of the Tour de Munster, which donates all funds raised to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Fiona's father Ger completed the cycle in 2010 and 2011. Fiona's mother, Grett O'Connor, works as a reporter with TG4.
John Spillane sang a few of his best known ballads, including Dance of the Cherry Trees and The Rattling Bog before asking Fiona to read a passage from her book, after which he officially launched 'Better than Gold'. The book is on sale for €10 at the bookshop in Macroom. It can be bought, downloaded or rented (by download) from the publisher's website www.emuink.ie All profits will go to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Fiona read from the book at a school in Ballybunion as part of Listowel Writers' Week. She is an inspiration to all budding authors in the community.

Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N S would like to invite you to their 80th anniversary celebration and book launch on Sunday June 22 at 1.30pm. It will commence with Mass, followed by children's performances and launch of their book A collection of photographs and memories, raffle, refreshments ,bar-b-que ,sideshows and live music by Jim Murray and friends .A great family day out. Come along and meet old friends and make that trip down memory lane. Everyone welcome. If you need to know more, contact Deirdre on 0872897903

Corpus Christi Procession: takes place in Clondrohid after 11am Mass on Sunday June 15. Everyone welcome, especially all those who received their First Holy Communion in the parish.

Macroom Cemetery Mass Friday June 13 at 7.30pm. Family graves will be blessed after mass.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from July 17 to 22 with Joe Walsh Tours 5 nights full accommodation.

New Music School: The Lee Valley Academy of Music will soon be up and running at Fitzgerald's House. It will offer tuition in piano, violin, guitar, singing, flute, harp, saxophone as well as drama, music theory and Junior Cert and Leaving Cert music. This is surely a great opportunity for anyone interested in music or drama. Anyone looking for more information can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sile Ni Dhubhghaill directly on 0876952368.
Macroom Hospital Collection.:in the parish was very successful, realising over €900. A big thank you to all who subscribed.
Drink Tea for MND: On Saturday June 14 from 10am to 9pm at Con & Ann Dunnes Killinardrish. This is in support of Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.
World Drug Free Powerlifting Championship - Dusseldorf, Germany. Laura O'Riordan, Mount Cross, Clondrohid was 2nd on Friday in the Junior Squat competition and was 1st in the Junior Deadlift competition on Sunday and also set a new world record by lifting 125 kgs.
G.A.A.: Kellogg's Cúl camp is running from July 7 to 11 . Cúl Camp is open to members and non-members of the club. They are currently looking for volunteers for all aspects of the running of the camp. Whether you are available for all of the week or part of the week, they would appreciate your help in various roles, from assisting the coaches, to helping with the day to day running of the camp. If you have time to spare, and can help in any way, can you please contact Fergal Kelleher 087-9359704.
Clondrohid travelled to Blarney for a league game. The away team started with real intent, with scores from Fergal Kelleher, Matt McDonagh, Paddy Lynch, Aidan Kelleher, David O Leary, Mark Creed and Darren Dineen, who also found the net along with the impressive Jeremy O'Sullivan. Clondrohid led at halftime, 2-11 to 1 pt. There was no let up on the restart and again inside the 1st min Paddy Lynch pointed. More points followed from Matt McDonagh, Paddy Lynch and Darren Dineen, who also helped himself to four more goals. Darren finished up with an impressive 5 goal haul. Clondrohid finished easy winners with a final score of 6-15 to 4 points. They now prepare for a league game on June 14 vs Iveleary who will provide much tougher opposition.
Team: Sean O'Callaghan, Sean Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher, Conor O'Leary, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Lorcan Lynch, Fergal Kelleher, Neilus Murphy, Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch, David O'Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen, Matt McDonagh. Subs: Declan Kelleher for Aidan Kelleher. Richie Balfe for Sean Lynch
U 14's played Shamrocks in the League last week and recorded a good win 8 12 to 3 3. They are playing championship this week v Ballinora. Good luck.
U 11 League .They defeated Canovee 6 11 to 5 2, and Donoughmore 4 10 to 1 pt.
U 12 League. They lost to Grenagh 3 3 to 4 5, but defeated Carrignavar 2 8 to 1 8 and Courcey Rovers 12 9 to 5 11.
U 13 League. Lost to Ballygarvan and Courcey Rovers, but won against St. Vincent's. Well done to all players , mentors and parents.
FIXTURES: Saturday June 14 J. F.L. Inchigeela v Clondrohid at 8pm. Friday June 20 Junior A Championship Clondrohid V Kilmichael in Macroom at 7.30pm. Thursday June 12 in Clondrohid U 14 C F.C Clondrohid V Ballinora at 7pm.

 

 

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 Scoláirí agus múinteoirí ó Choláiste Ghobnatan a ghlac páirt san Cycle against Suicide ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Donoughmore Doings

Strictly Come Dancing: There may have been a low turnout nationally at the polling stations on election day, but that didn't stop people turning up in their 100s to vote for their local champions in Donoughmore. After 9 weeks of commitment and hard work, 9 couples took to the dance floor at the Donoughmore Sports Complex to compete in Strictly Come Dancing. The hall was packed to capacity, with supporters standing by their children, parents and grandparents who took part in this fantastic fundraiser, with all funds raised going towards upgrading local facilities. There is nothing like the sense of pride in the community when it comes to an event like this in Donoughmore. The spectators created an electric atmosphere in the transformed sports hall which was decorated by Maeve Murray of Cover Story event decor. The glitzy makeover made the hall comparable to a Las Vegas ballroom. MC for the night was John McHale, Interval entertainment was provided by Aine Carroll, whose amazing voice had the audience at the edge of their seats.
As the dancers took to the dance floor to perform a wide variety of dances from the foxtrot to the tango, the audience burst into applause at the uniqueness and creativity of each dance and couple. The choreography of the dance instructors, Marek and Suzanne, had the spectators in total awe of the fantastic moves displayed by their loved ones. 9 weeks of blood, sweat, tears and tumbles finally paid off as the couples performed their routines to perfection and with such elegance and grace. The dancing crowns on the night went to Leona Buckley and Laurence Barry who were hailed overall champions of Donoughmore Strictly Come Dancing. The outstanding dance routines of the young local couple could match any Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers numbers out there.
A fantastic night was had by all competitors and they each received a trophy for their tireless efforts in taking part in a fundraising event to support Donoughmore Basketball Club and Donoughmore Community Council. After the presentations were made the huge numbers that turned out to support their dancing heroes got a chance to get their own feet tapping and join their family, friends and neighbours on the dance floor for a disco. Some unrehearsed slightly dodgier dance moves got underway at this point! A truly memorable night was had in Donoughmore and a huge word of thanks is extended to everyone who contributed in showcasing the talent to be found in Donoughmore among its young and old.
Donoughmore C.C. Ltd News: Next phase of development at the community grounds has started. This will include tarmac of all parking areas, extra lights, and development of a Multi Utility Games Area i.e. astro turf area, which will be suitable for basketball, soccer, volleyball etc. This is an exciting opportunity for the youth of Donoughmore, following on from the development of the Community Playground last year. This project will be 75% funded by IRD Duhallow, the balance to be raised by a super draw. Tickets on sale mid June. Prizes include 40" flat screen TV and cash prizes amounting to €1,000. Ticket priced at €20. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
St. Lachteen's School News: Public Speaking Event at school on Tuesday 17th June at 7.30pm. Pupils from 5th & 6th class will participate. Everybody welcome. Graduation Mass for 6th class will be on Friday 20th June.

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Organisers of Rylane N.S. Celebration

Coachford Updates

Voice of the Valley: The organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are looking to find the Voice of the Festival on Saturday August 16th. The event will feature local talent, sponsored by businesses in the Lee Valley and Coachford area, singing their hearts out to see who will be crowned the 'Voice of the Festival' for 2014. There are some rules and conditions so that the whole event can run smoothly. These can be found on our Facebook page Coachford Autumn Festival and from the festival secretary on 086 80 30 086."

Shoals of Fishermen: Fishermen from all over the world are visiting Coachford to test the waters and the facilities in advance of the World Fishing Feeder Championships scheduled for July 19th and 20th. The village is buzzing as plans are being put in place for the event in seven weeks' time. Local competitions are being run throughout June and this is offering the organisers a chance to iron out any problems that may arise before the major event in July. Many of the 26 participating International teams, each with ten members, have already visited the site to view the stretch of the River Lee on which the competition will be taking place and to book their team accommodation. A huge influx of competitors and supporters is expected to the Lee Valley for the event.

Flooding of the Lee Valley: To tie in with the World Fishing Championships in July, a week long exhibition on the flooding of the Lee Valley will take place in Coachford from Monday July 14th to the 20th in the Community House, Main street, Coachford. Video, audio and photographic records will be on display, as well as numerous documents outlining the run up to and the building of the two dams on the river and the flooding of the valley. This is a fabulous opportunity for people who live in the valley now to see how this development impacted on the lives of those who lived in the area at the time of the flooding of the Lee and how it has shaped our world of today. The organisers have put a lot of work into the event over the last six months and have secured never seen before images from the ESB and Cork County Council as well as rare film footage taken at the time.
Super Soccer Team: Killanardrish/ Coachford under 13 soccer team captured the Cork Schoolboys Division one title last week by defeating Midleton and securing the three points needed to finish the season top of the table. This team won their league for the last three years and have climbed from division three in 2010/11 season to now finding themselves playing in the Under 14 premier league next season. Their manger, Paddy Martin said, "They are a super bunch of young lads who love playing football. They work hard for each other and believe in themselves. The will find it tough next year in the top tier of the league but I'm sure they will give a good account of themselves."
Marathon girl: Congratulations and well done to Ciara Murphy who completed the Cork City marathon in a very credible time of 3hrs and 45 minutes, while burning up over 2,500 calories in the process. Ciara, who runs Sorrell Physical Fitness and Therapy, is now busily organizing the Coachford 5 Mile Run as part of the Coachford Autumn Festival on August 15th. The Athletics Ireland sanctioned run is taking place on a beautiful route around the village of Coachford and the organisers are offering cash prizes to the male and female winners.
Local Derby: Aghabullogue Intermediate hurlers must play next door neighbours Dripsey in the 2nd round of the Cork County Championship after losing to Meelin in Round one. Both teams will be anxious to avoid defeat and will be looking for an opportunity to get back into the championship draw for the remainder of the competition. The players know each other very well, with the majority of them going to school together in Coachford and a lot of them would be friends off the pitch. However, this friendship is expected to be put on hold for the 60 minutes of the game which takes place in Cloughduv on Saturday, June 14th at 7.00pm
Cork Debut: Julie Tarrant was picked to play for the Cork Primary Schools Team at Semple Stadium in Thurles during the Munster Hurling championship replay between Cork and Waterford. Julie is a superb camogie player and plays for the Aghabullogue club.
Decorating Dripsey Bridge: The Dripsey Community Association has installed beautiful lamps and hanging baskets on one of the oldest bridges in Mid Cork. Dripsey Bridge will be lit using solar lamps in beautiful lamp standards designed and installed by local company, O'Donovan Engineering. The lamp standards will also be used to display hanging baskets prepared by the award winning Griffins Garden Centre. Congratulations to all involved in this bridge enhancement project.
Massive amount of Masseys: The fifth Coachford Autumn Festival, organised by Broomhill Vintage club, will feature a huge vintage, veteran and classic car and tractor show. A large collection of Massey Ferguson 100 series and Ford 1,000 series tractors are expected at the festival on Sunday August 17th. The Veteran, Vintage and Classic Car and tractor show takes over the large venue at the GAA Grounds in Coachford. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Massey Ferguson 100 series and the Ford 1,000 series. These iconic tractors were both launched in 1964 and the Red Giants of the Massy competed for sales against the 1,000 series from Ford. They became firm favourites all over the country and were largely responsible for turning our farms into the modern agricultural industry we have today.
The Festival will also feature Tractor Building, Auto jumble, Agri Lympics, Model toy display, Sheep racing, High Nelly Run, Dog Show, live music, Fun Fair, home baking and much much more. The Festival and Vintage show has something for the whole family and is a great day out for young and old alike.

Lee Valley Flooding

Many Lee Valley residents tuned in to John Greene's 'Where the Road Takes Me', on C103 local radio on Sunday evening for the first of three programmes on the drowning of the village of Annahala. Recorded at Dromey's Bar, Dromcarra recently, it will continue on Sunday 15 and 22 at 7p.m. Kevin Corcoran, Judge Michael Patwell and Neilus O'Mahony were among the interviewees on the first of the series. There is currently much interest in the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme dating from the mid 50s. A week long exhibition, including reports, photographs and video on the flooding of the Lee Valley, will take place in Coachford from Monday July 14th to the 20th in the Community House, Main Street. Seamus O'Donoghue's seminal work, The Flooding of the Lee Valley, is currently on sale in Macroom bookshop.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra na Feirme's annual 5km run/walk and Know Your Neighbour will be held on Sunday the 15th of June with sign in for the race at 2pm, race at 3pm and know your neighbour at 4pm in the Ploughman Bar Ballinagree. The Aghinagh Macra Perpetual Cup is up for grabs for the first runner over the line. Entry €10 with free BBQ on the day. All proceeds this year will go to MS Ireland. Also on the day we will have Free Open Air Dancing with Peter Lane and Black Water Sound, starting at 4pm, followed by DJ Mike O'Sullivan. Lots of fun with the all new water dunk tank for young and old, Bouncing castles, face painting and lots of side shows. Tickets are on sale this week, €2 each or 3 for €5 with prizes such as Tickets for Garth Brookes in Dublin, €100 cash, €50 cash and loads more. Sure to be a brilliant day and look forward to seeing you there. For more information see Aghinagh Macra's Facebook page or contact 0877647248/0879007893.

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

Sheep's Head Cycle. VWCC held their annual cycle from Inchigeela to the Sheep's Head peninsula on June 1. Over 80 cyclists took part in the event. Many thanks to all local cyclists and to all who contributed in any way towards making it hugely successful. VWCC would like to especially thank Uíbh Laoghaire GAA for the use of their club facilities and congratulate Peter Cronin who joined us on the final day of his solo Malin to Mizen cycle in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
5th Anniversary. As a result of a charity cycle for Marymount Hospice in May 2009, a group of cyclists from the Lee Valley & surrounding area formed a local cycling club. Valley Wheelers C.C was established for all ages and all levels. Membership and participation has increased year on year and to mark the 5th anniversary, a BBQ was held at the Top of Coom on the 1st June 2014. VWCC would like to thank Eileen and all the staff for a very enjoyable evening.
Any cyclists wishing to join VWCC please see our website www.valleywheelerscc.com or contact Paddy O'Reilly (087-6605032).

GIY

by Michael Kelly

GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland is on a mission to encourage people from all walks of life and of all ages to grow their own food and to provide them with the practical skills they need to do so successfully. At a local level the organisation establishes GIY groups that get growers together on a regular basis to learn from each other and exchange tips and produce. Activities include monthly meetings, talks and demos; garden visits, seed and seedling swaps; produce bartering, mentor panels and growers meitheals. Membership and meetings are free, and open to people interested in food growing at all levels, for example from growing a few herbs on a balcony to complete self-sufficiency. Founder Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and good-lifer based in Dunmore East, Co Waterford. GIY Ireland is about more than growing vegetables, it's about growing communities.
The Innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools campaign 2014 ended recently. It saw over 20,000 children around Ireland growing their own food (many for the first time). Over 600 classrooms and youth groups applied for a free growing pack that included everything required to grow a bountiful crop – seeds, compost, planting cups and instructions. The winners were a 13 pupil school in Galway.

Bookworms

The Flooding of the Lee Valley by Seamus O' Donoghue.

An oldie but a goodie. This book contains a historical account of the introduction of the Lee hydro-electric scheme. With extensive lists of all those involved, a great keepsake or gift. Ideal for Father's Day.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.00.

Please note that from Wednesday, June 18, until the end of August, Macroom Bookshop will open also on Wednesdays.

Advertorial

Windfarm Legalities

A representative in a smart suit from a wind energy development company approaches you on your farm. He is offering you the sum of €5,000 to sign an option agreement for five years and then promises the sum of €18,000 per wind turbine every year for the following twenty five years in order to develop a windfarm on your lands. He also offers to make a contribution towards your professional fees. You recall that the IFA have agreed a set of minimum terms with such companies. You understand your neighbours have signed up. Times are tough, and all you have to do is sign on the dotted line. The sooner you sign, the sooner you receive the money. Sounds tempting, doesn't it?

The development of a windfarm on your land can have legal, financial, social, health and environmental implications amongst other things. For the purposes of this article, I will speak about some of the legal issues involved.

First and foremost, such companies are negotiating these agreements every day of the week. This will more than likely be your first encounter. You should not sign anything without independent legal advice. An option agreement is one of the most onerous documents you will sign. It allows the developer the option to acquire your lands and enter into a lease, if your lands are required by the developer. If the developer requires the land, the developer is entitled to insist that you execute the lease, and you will have one or more wind turbines on your land for the next twenty five years or so. Both the option agreement and lease needs to be examined closely.

The developer's solicitor will draft the agreement. This does not mean that you have to accept the terms in the draft agreement. It should be a starting point. It is up to you to negotiate terms that suit you and ensure that you are fairly compensated for the risk and onerous terms you may be taking on. Wind agreements can affect your property rights far into the future. Ensure you know the exact identity of the land that will form part of the agreement. The agreement should be accompanied by a map. If necessary, instruct an engineer to prepare a map to avoid any dispute down the line. A developer may seek an option over all your lands, but it is possible to exclude part of your lands. Think of the future use you may have planned for the land, for example, a site for a child in years to come. Do not include land that is not required. Consider practicalities and how day to day farming and access may be affected. Turbines and access routes can affect your farm greatly. They can change field configurations and create land fragments inaccessible to large equipment. On grazing land, fences and gates may have to be changed.

The term of the option agreement needs to be looked at. Generally, the developer looks for a five to seven year option period. This may not be acceptable to you. If the term is longer it should be accompanied with certain milestone payments. You should consider inserting a clause that planning permission should also be applied for by a certain time. Consideration should be given to seeking a payment at certain milestones for example when full planning permission is granted.

The way in which payment is calculated can be complex and can vary from developer to developer. The payment provisions will determine the level of rent. The payment is often based on a percentage of the gross payment received per turbine. There should be a minimum rental payment per megawatt of installed capacity rather than exporting capacity. You should also be entitled to a percentage proportion of the operating proceeds of either the turbines on the land or from the overall development on a pro-rata basis. It is important to closely examine the definition of words in relation to payment to ensure you are getting the best deal. If a new, more efficient turbine is erected on your land, should a further payment be made? Should you seek a clause entitling you to an auditor's certificate to vouch the operating expenses?

A common fear of farmers is that when the lease comes to an end that they will be stuck with large inoperable machines on their land. Your lease should provide for the removal of wind farm structures and roads at the end of the term. The restoration of the land is expensive. Seek a bond to be put in place to cover the event that the developer fails or cannot afford to clean up the area or reinstate the land once the lease expires.

Such an agreement may affect your ability to comply with conditions in relation to Department of Agriculture schemes and your entitlement to the receipt of payments. Ensure you seek professional advice from your Teagasc advisor. You should also discuss the agreements with your accountant and tax advisor prior to signing to avoid any surprises down the line. Get an indemnity from the developer in the event that you lose your entitlements as a result of the development.

Many of these agreements contain a clause that the developer can assign the benefit of the agreement to a third party. This should not be done without your consent and you could also seek an additional payment in that event. Notice should be served upon you in writing and within an agreed time period.

Ensure you are entitled to get a copy of yearly insurance certificates. Ensure the developer indemnifies you in relation to claims arising out of the use of the developer of your land. There can also be clauses restricting the use to which you put adjoining land. Ensure you have the right to continue using the lands for present agricultural activity and that you have an entitlement to use all roadways constructed by the developer. If you have future plans for the land get agreement from the developer in advance of signing to avoid any problems down the line. Most leases will have a voluntary termination clause right in favour of the developer on receipt of written notice. Should this be coupled by a payment? Ensure that the developer retains no rights whatsoever once the agreement has terminated. An option for the developer to extend the term is not unusual but a developer should have to negotiate rent again. Is it really essential for the developer to have an option to extend the lease?

The developer should discharge your legal expenses in full. It is also for the benefit of the developer that you receive independent legal advice before signing. Your engineering and other professional fees should also be discharged by the developer. You should not be put out of pocket.

In summary, some of the clauses in the agreements can be unfair and questions need to be asked before you sign. It is about striking the right balance between your rights and what the wind development company needs to proceed. Wind turbines on your land offer another source of income, but ensure you sign up to these agreements having done your homework and with your eyes wide open. It is a good idea to form a group so that you and your neighbouring landowners can negotiate terms collectively as it will increase your bargaining power and preserve relations with your neighbours. Take your time. Do not rush into an agreement and do not let a developer push you around. They may need you a lot more than you need them!

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork. Her contact details are 026 -41005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Driver Beware!

The road to renewing your Driver Licence may well prove a bureaucratic nightmare. Firstly, you must attend in person. There are only two centres in Co. Cork and one in Kerry. You must have an appointment. If you are not computer literate or have access to a computer, this may entail visiting the centre first just to make an appointment and get the necessary paperwork and guidelines. The Cork centres are in Copley Street, Cork and in Skibbereen; the Kerry centre, in Tralee.
Paperwork – besides filling the 3-page application form – only in block capitals with a black ballpoint pen, using an X and not a tick to answer questions – you also need paper proof of your identity, place of residence and PPS number. My advice – bring everything you can think of – your old driving licence, your passport, your free travel pass, a notice from revenue, a pension book/ receipt, an ESB bill, a telephone bill (not mobile), bank/ post office documents and perhaps even your Primary Cert! God help the old style homemaker who may not have some of those documents in her/ his own name.
Most adults can apply for a 10 year licence, which is to be recommended to cut down on repeated punishment. But pensioners are different. They can only get a 3 year licence. It is free but by the time they travel at least once to the far from accessible centres and have the necessary medical cert, the costs mount up. Be sure all documentation is dated within the past six months and the medical cert within one month. Otherwise it will be rejected and you must return on another occasion. Any changes/ corrections on these documents must be initialled.
Valid Driving Licences are to be appreciated. But surely, there is a less cumbersome and expensive way of coping. Think of the carbon footprint involved. Bureaucrats love to put the populace through hoops and the new Driving Licence system is surely bureaucracy gone mad.

Business Workshop

An Information Event and Workshops will take place on Wednesday 18th of June in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway aimed at those in Business who are interested in taking care of their businesses and those looking to get into business. The event will begin with 4 workshops from 10am – 12pm, followed by an EXPO of information with local and national support organisations who support self-employment from 12.00 – 2.30pm.

10.00 – 10.25: Community is a Business: Business is a Community
10.30 – 10.55: Employers Supports and Grants
11.00 – 11.25: Becoming and Employer
11.30 – 12.00: From the Brain to the Shop Shelf

The event is free of charge though it is advisable to book for the workshops through Dunmanway Family Resource Centre at 023-8856818.

Sports Mad

Cork Hurlers and Footballers

Cork Senior Hurlers may be without a Muskerry player on the panel but are beginning to gather up a head of steam and face Clare in the Munster semi-final at Thurles on Sunday 15th June with a draw and a re-play victory over Waterford to their credit. Lucky to get a late equaliser in the drawn game, Cork were a totally different side in the replay and played with fire and aggression and blew Waterford off the park, a fact reflected in the 0-28 to 0-14 winning margin.

Question: Where are our Muskerry hurlers? Kanturk have three players on the Cork team; Millstreet have one, making it four from Duhallow - a traditional footballing division. Muskerry had not got even one player on the 26 man panel for the Waterford game.

Cork senior footballers go into Munster championship action on Saturday 21st June against Tipperary in Cork. Cork got a bye in the opening round. Tipperary defeated Limerick 2-14 to 1-11. Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig, Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg, Fintan Goold of Macroom are likely to see action with Cork. Kerry play either Waterford or Clare in the other semi-final, with the Munster Football final on Sunday 6th July.

Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock

B. Newtownshandrum v Youghal

C. Sarsfields v Douglas

D. Carrigtwohill 1-21 Bride Rovers 2-13

E. Ballymartle 3-16 Courcey Rovers 0-15

F. St. Finbarr's v Bishopstown

G. Midleton v Erin's Own

H. Killeagh v Glen Rovers

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

A v B, C v Bride Rovers, Courceys v F, G v H

Senior Hurling - Divisions/Colleges

CIT v UCC

Carrigdhoun v Carbery

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Kilbrittain 1-8 Newcestown 2-14

B. Bandon 0-15 INNISCARRA 1-11 aet

C. Carrigaline 3-15 Kilworth 2-16

D. Kanturk v BLARNEY at Mallow, 23/06/14

E. Cloyne 3-17 Valley Rovers 0-13

F. Tracton 2-18 Ballinhassig 2-19

G. Castlelyons 2-12 Watergrasshill 0-12

H. Ballyhea 1-25 Mallow 2-10

Round 2

Kilworth v Mallow

INNISCARRA v Watergrasshill

D v Tracton

Kilbrittain v Valley Rovers

Inniscarra 1-11 Bandon 0-15 aet

The winning point for Bandon came in the last minute of extra time at Brinny in this very tough Premier Intermediate first round clash between two clubs who have built up an intense rivalry in recent years. What the game lacked in quality was compensated for in commitment and both teams lost a man to a red card, the Bandon dismissal being the most notable coming as it did in the first half of normal time.
Defences were dominant in that first half and Inniscarra led by a point at half time, 1-3 to 0-5. All the Bandon scores had come from their free taker and corner forward Ronan Crowley, 0-3 from frees, 0-1 from a '65' and 0-1 from play. The Inniscarra goal came in the 25th minute from Conor Buckley who ushered a long ball from Dan O'Connell past the Bandon goalkeeper who was under pressure from Jonathan Olden. Inniscarra still led at the three quarter stage, 1-5 to 0-7, a slim lead in view of their numerical advantage, but Bandon drew level at 0-10 to 1-7 with five minutes remaining. Bandon then edged in front but Dan O'Connell equalised for Inniscarra with a point from a free to force the game into 20 minutes of extra time. Bandon now had a full complement again but it was Inniscarra who surged ahead with points from Jonathan Olden and Kieran Rice. Back came Bandon however with three points in a row to go back in front and they led by 0-14 to 1-10 at the extra time break. Kieran Rice now equalised for Inniscarra but just when i t seemed that a replay would be needed to sort out this tie, Bandon got their last-second winner.
Inniscarra: John O'Keeffe: Donal O'Callaghan, Kevin Burke, John O'Brien; Tyrone O'Regan, Stephen Olden, John O'Callaghan (0-1); Frank Olden, Timmy Murphy (0-1): Conor Buckley (1-0), Dan O'Connell (0-3, 0-2 frees), Sean O'Callaghan: Colm Casey (0-1), Jonathan Olden (0-1), Jerry Roche (0-1). Subs: Sean O'Donoghue (0-1), Kieran Rice (0-2), Paul Farmer.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Round 1

A. Aghada 2-21 Fr. O'Neill's 1-12

B. Meelin 2-18 AGHABULLOGUE 0-12

C. ÉIRE ÓG 1-16 St. Catherine's 0-12

D. GRENAGH 2-18 DRIPSEY 0-10

E. Argideen Rangers 0-19 Barryroe 1-9

F. Ballygarvan 0-11 BALLINCOLLIG 1-15

G. Milford 0-14 Charleville 0-20

H. Fermoy 1-18 Kildorrery 0-18

Round 2

AGHABULLOGUE v DRIPSEY

Barryroe v Milford

Fr. O'Neill's v Kildorrery

St. Catherine's v Ballygarvan

Meelin 2-18 Aghabullogue 0-12

Aghabullogue were defeated in the first round of the Intermediate Hurling Championship by Meelin, which means they now face neighbours Dripsey in the second round. The game at Mallow started very competitively and there was little between the sides. Aghabullogue were playing well and at the end of the opening quarter they led by 0-5 to 0-3. Meelin then hit them hard with a goal in the 16th minute and five minutes later they fired in a second goal to lead by 2-6 to 0-7 at that stage. Meelin were never subsequently to lose the cushion these goals gave them. Despite the best efforts of the Aghabullogue team with good scores from play from John Corkery and Donal Twomey and points from frees from Mark Flynn, Aghabullogue went in at half time the two goals in arrears, the scoreboard reading 2-8 to 0-8, an ominous scoreline for Aghabullogue who had played with the strong wind in the first half.

Aghabullogue put in a very spirited second half performance and managed to stay in contention until the last five minutes with Eamonn Murphy, Michael Dennehy and Donal Twomey resolute in defence, John Buckley prominent at midfield and Mark O'Flynn and Greg Murphy accurate up front. Greg Murphy opened the second half scoring with an impressive point for Aghabullogue, however this was quickly cancelled out by a number of points from Meelin. Mark Flynn shot over another 0-2 from frees and Greg Murphy added another point from play for Aghabullogue and with five minutes to go there were only five points between the teams 2-11 to 0-12. Meelin finished strongly however with seven unanswered points, more than enough to kill off the Aghabullogue challenge.

Aghabullogue: Finbarr Foley: Pádraig Murphy, Eamonn Murphy, Alan Hogan: Donal Twomey (0-2), Michael Dennehy, Anthony O'Sullivan: Seán O'Sullivan, Brian Buckley: Greg Murphy (0-2); John Buckley, Mark O'Flynn (0-7, frees): John Corkery (0-1), Aidan BarryMurphy, Paul O'Rourke. Subs: Billy Casey, David O'Connell, Greg Long.

Éire Óg 1-16 St Catherine's 0-12

Level at half time after a lack lustre first half, Eire Óg opened up in the second half and were fully deserving of their comfortable seven point winning margin over the East Cork side, a winning margin that could have been greater had the Farran men availed of all their chances.

St. Catherine's had an early point but Cathal Murphy quickly equalised for the Muskerry men and Paul McDonagh did likewise later after Catherine's had again led. St Catherine's then regained the lead with two points in a row but in the 12th minute the outstanding Kevin Hallissey beat the Catherine's goalkeeper from the tightest of angles to put Eire Óg in front. Points were then exchanged and St Catherine's drew level with a late point to close the first half scoring, 1-6 to 0-9 in favour of Eire Óg.

On the restart, Kevin Hallissey and Dermot O'Herlihy put their side back in front, St Catherine's equalised from frees but that was the last time the East Cork side got that close to their opponents who now raised their game significantly. Eire Óg dominated with Hallissey, Cathal Murphy and Daniel Goulding thriving on the good supply from outfield and only their own shortcomings in front of goal stopped them from killing off the Conna side's challenge earlier. There was no disputing the merit of the Eire Óg victory however.

Eire Óg: Dylan Desmond: Cian O'Mahony, Alan O'Mahony, Aidan O'Connor: Tim O'Leary, Fionn O'Rourke, Dermot O'Herlihy: Michael O'Shea, Kevin Hallissey, Gary O'Flynn: Daniel O'Connor, Cathal Murphy: Paul McDonagh, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen. Sub: Eoin O'Shea.

Grenagh 2-18 Dripsey 0-10

Grenagh, county junior champions for the first time in 201,3 got life in the intermediate grade off to a fine start with a comprehensive win over Dripsey at Blarney. It was an impressive display by the winners but unfortunately the occasion was somewhat soured by an injury to Dripsey stalwart John Carey who received a blow which earned an opponent a red card for a very wild pull. In the ensuing melee, a Dripsey forward received a red card also and so will miss the upcoming 2nd round tie with Aghabullogue, an outcome which will severely hamper Dripsey's efforts to remain in the competition.

Grenagh started well, put Dripsey on the back foot early on and never let up on the pressure. All Ireland hurler Tom Kenny fired over an early Grenagh point and in the fifth minute Ultan Duggan took a pass from Kelvin Cummins and rattled the Dripsey net. A minute later Grenagh struck again, this time Tadgh Walsh's long range shot finding its way to the Dripsey net. This gave Grenagh the perfect start and Dripsey were chasing the game from here to the finish. With Tom Kenny in superb form on the 40, Grenagh sent over point after point and in reply Dripsey were almost entirely dependent on Diarmuid O'Riordan's free taking for scores. The score was 2-8 to 0-5 at the break, David O'Sullivan's point being the only addition to 0-4 from Diarmuid O'Riordan. With a nine point lead, Grenagh were already looking likely winners.

Two points from Diarmuid O'Riordan for Dripsey on the restart improved matters temporarily but they never looked capable of getting through for the goal they needed with the Grenagh defence in mean humour. The in-form Colm O'Neill then shot over two points for Grenagh and there followed the regrettable incident, which ended with two players red carded. Grenagh were in control and matters stayed that way to the finish. Grenagh go on to Round Four, Dripsey are facing Aghabullogue and will be understrenght for that Round Two encounter.

Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Liam Walsh; Diarmuid 'DD' Dorgan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Colm O'Neill (0-3), Tadhg Walsh (1-0): Eoghan O'Donovan (0-1), Tom Kenny (0-11, 0-3 frees, 0-1 '65'), Seamus Cronin: Ultan Duggan (1-2), Seamus Coleman (0-1), Sean Burke. Subs: Darragh Hayes, Eamonn Ryan.

Dripsey: John Hogan: John Carey, Tom Ahearne, Pat O'Riordan: Aidan Murray, Conor Hayes, Davy Buckley: Gary Murphy, Daniel Buckley: Shane Burke, Diarmuid O'Riordan (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-1 '65') , Barry O'Regan: David O'Sullivan (0-1), Mark O'Sullivan (0-1), Aidan Buckley. Subs: Robert Daly, Michael O'Riordan.

Ballincollig 1 - 15 Ballygarvan 0 – 11

This was a comfortable win for Ballincollig at Bandon and gives them a welcome place in the 4th round. The teams were level at 0-2 each after ten minutes but then Ballincollig surged in front with Ciarán O'Sullivan firing over three points, Colin Moore scoring a memorable point from wing back and Ballincollig led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the break but would have to face the wind in the second half.

On the restart the teams traded scores as the scoring rate slowed considerably and Ballygarvan had the deficit down to four points with five minutes remaining. Substitute Emmett Ryle now proved to be the hero of the hour for Ballincollig as he slammed the sliotar to the Ballygarvan net and swiftly added two points for good measure.

Ballincollig: Finbarr Kelly (0-2 f): David Collins, Noel Galvin, Colin O'Donovan (0-1): Stephen O'Donoghue, Liam Jennings, Colin Moore (0-1): Alan O'Donovan (0-2 f), John Miskella: Niall Allen (0-1), Ciarán O'Sullivan (0-3), David Bowen (0-2): Rory Doherty, Ian Coughlan, Conor Sexton (0-1). Subs: Emmett Ryle (1-2), Luke Prendergast.

County Junior B Hurling

Rd. 1: Dromtariffe 1-11 Iveleary 0-1

Rd. 2: Iveleary 2-10 Belgooly 1-6

Iveleary hurlers availed of the 2nd round second chance to advance in the county junior B championship at Newcestown. Iveleary were a much improved side from their previous encounter, le by 0-7 to 0-5 at half time and with second half goals from Patrick O'Connell and Cathal Vaughan they were well deserving of their victory.

Uibh Laoire: Ger O'Donovan: Martin Cotter, John O'Callaghan, Ger O'Riordan: Anthony McSweeney, Daniel O'Riordan, Finbarr McSweeney Jnr.: Ger McSweeney, Finbarr McSweeney Snr.: Shane Galvin, Patrick O'Connell, Barry Murphy: Kevin Manning, Cathal Vaughan, David Dineen.

3rd Round Draws

Junior B Hurling Championship

A. LAOCHRA ÓG V Randal OG

B. Bantry Blues v Rathpeacon

C Lismire V UIBH LAOIRE

D. Dromtariff V Kilavullen

Quarter Final Draws:

A V B

C V D

Shanballymore V Araglen

Ballyclough V Ballinacurra

Senior Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers (16 to qualify, 13 to date):

Castlehaven, Ballincollig, Nemo Rangers, Clonakilty, Bishopstown

Douglas, Clyda Rovers, Carbery Rangers (All Rd 1 winners) Carbery (Div.), St Finbarr's, St Nicholas, Ilen Rovers, O'Donovan Rossa (Rd. 2 winners)

Round 2 (Losers' Group) Winners to Rd.4

St Vincent's 0-10 St Finbarr's 5-9

Doheny's 1-8 St Nicholas 1-9

Ilen Rovers 1-16 Newcestown 0-17 aet.

O'Donovan Rossa 0-20 Aghada 1-12 aet.

Round 3:

Doheny's v Newcestown

St. Vincent's v Aghada

Two winners to championship Rd. Four, the losers to a Relegation play off.

Divisions/Colleges (2 to qualify for Rd 4)

Muskerry v Duhallow, Wednesday 9 July at Dromtariffe.

Carbery 4-14 Seandún 0-10

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers to date:

Newmarket, Nemo Rangers, St. Michael's, Grenagh, Bantry Blues, Macroom, Carrigaline, Valley Rovers (All Rd 1 winners). Ballinora, Mallow (from Rd. Two)

Round 2 (winners to Rd 4)

Glenville v BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH

Kiskeam 0-13 Ballinora 3-12

Mallow 3-12 Castletownbere 3-7

Na Piarsaigh v NAOMH ABÁN

Round 3

Castletownbere v Glenville or BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH

Kiskeam v Na Piarsaigh or NAOMH ABÁN

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 4 Qualifiers to date:

Kinsale, Éire Óg, Mitchelstown, Aghabullogue, Fermoy, Adrigole, Kanturk, Rockchapel (All Rd 1 winners); Ballydesmond, Mayfield, Glanmire (Rd Two)

Round 2 (Winners to Rd 4)

Cloyne v Kildorrery

Ballydesmond 2-12 Cill na Martra 1-10

Youghal 1-10 Glanmire 1-12

Glanworth 1-10 Mayfield 2-15

Round 3

Youghal v Kildorrery/Cloyne

CILL na MARTRA v Glanworth

Junior B Football Championship

Round 2

Whitechurch 1-9 Gleann na Laoi 1-7

Ballincollig Credit Union Mid Cork Junior 'A' Hurling Championship

Round 1:

A Donoughmore 1-13 Gleann na Laoi 0-11

B Eire Óg 1-12 Kilmichael 1-10

C Inniscarra v Blarney - Tues. 24th June at Donoughmore 7.30pm

D Ballincollig v Ballinora - Sat. 14th June at Ovens 7.30pm

E Cloughduv – bye

Round 2 (First round losers) draw to be made at conclusion of Rd 1.

Donoughmore 1-13 Gleann na Laoi 0-11

Newly promoted Gleann na Laoi, B champions of 2013, acquitted themselves very well but found the step up too much for them as they went under to Donoughmore at Blarney. Donoughmore had a good start to this game and when Alan Savage fired in the only goal of the game after ten minutes play his side ld by 1-3 to nil at that stage. Alan Savage added a point and with William Murphy accurate from frees and Kevin Horgan and Jamie Twomey also contributing points Donoughmore led by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break. They were however reduced to fourteen men just before the break and so would be at a numerical disadvantage for the second half.

Donoughmore were focussed on containment for the second half and they succeeded in their objective. William Murphy continued to be deadly accurate and added three more points to bring his tally to 0-6, Shane Sexton fired over 0-2 and Kevin Horgan added one more to keep a safe distance between the teams to the finish even though Gleann were a much improved side as the game progressed.

Donoughmore: Kenneth Cullinane: Barry O'Regan, Vincent O'Connor, Laurence Barry: Terence Looney, Mark Foley, Stephen O'Connor: Stephen Golden, Aidan Corkery: Alan Savage, Shane Sexton, William Murphy: Stephen Looney, Kevin Horgan, Jamie Twomey.

Éire Óg 1-12 Kilmichael 1-10

Kilmichael hurlers have yet to win a junior A championship match since their promotion from the lower grade three years ago as County B Champions but they will feel that this was one game they should never have lost. Eire Óg will be thrilled that they earned this victory, playing with fourteen men for three quarters of the game and despite facing the wind in the second half they managed to come from behind to draw level and then take the lead with ten minutes to go. When Kilmichael fought back to equality, Eire Óg finished strongly and got the two winning points in the closing period.

Kilmichael started well and the outstanding Peter Kelleher opened the scoring with a point and followed with a goal. Daragh Foley added a point and it was a perfect start for the Kilmichael boys. Éire Óg had a brace to steady the ship and when Daragh Foley had his second point, the Farran men added two more points to their tally. The half ended with an exchange of points between Miceál Masters and Keith O'Riordan to leave Kilmichael in front on a 1-4 to 0-5 interval scoreline. Kilmichael could have been in an unassailable position at this stage as they had squandered some glorious goal chances in the opening period.

On the restart, two points for the numerically disadvantaged Éire Óg side brought the teams level abut points from Daragh Foley and Peter Kelleher had Kilmichael in front once again. An exchange of points kept two between the teams but then Eire Óg fired over two more points to level the scores at 1-7 to 0-10 at the three quarter stage. Kilmichael continued to miss golden opportunities but Miceál Masters did have a point to give them back the lead. Ten minutes from time Éire Óg struck for a goal, from Keith O'Riordan, but back came Kilmichael with a brace of points from Conor Cotter to draw level. In the final minutes it was Éire Óg who came up with the scores, a point from Keith O'Riordan being followed by another from Brian O'Sullivan D'Arcy.

An epic win for Éire Óg, heartbreak for Kilmichael who will however have another chance of progressing when the 2nd round games are played.

Scorers: Éire Óg: Keith O'Riordan 1-3 (0-2 frees), P Ryan 0-2, S McCarthy, G McSweeney, L Murphy, J Malone, D McCarthy, D Murphy and B O'Sullivan D'Arcy 0-1 each.

Kilmichael: P Kelleher 1-2, D Foley 0-4, M Masters 0-2, C Cotter 0-2.

Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Tim Crowley, Andrew O'Herlihy, Shane McCarthy: John Mullins, Kieran O'Sullivan, Philip O'Sullivan: Ger McSweeney, Eanna Lowney: Paul Ryan, Liam Murphy, Keith O'Riordan: John Malone, Eoin Lyons, Daire McCarthy. Subs: Denis Murphy, Brian O'Sullivan D'Arcy, David Sheehan.

Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Donal Kelly, James O'Leary, Dermot O'Riordan: Simon Foley, Finbarr Buckley, Luke Hennigan: Conor Cotter, Kieran O'Leary: Peter Kelleher, Daragh Foley, Micheál Masters: Donal O'Brien, John O'Riordan, Trevor Tobin. Sub: Brendan Cotter.

Referee: Mr. Dave McCarthy, Kilmurry.

Éire Óg Camogie Club

U8. 20 of our star U8's turned out for the first game of the season away v Bishopstown. They battled through two competitive matches and showed great skill, determination and potential for the season ahead. They lined out against Grenagh with equal commitment.

U9 players met a spirited Sarsfield team in a very entertaining match. Outstanding for Éire Óg were Aine Larkin, Ciara O'Brien, Edel Sheehan, Ellen O'Leary, Kate Murphy, Laoise Murphy, Leigh Coakley, Ella Buttimer, Rebecca Kearns, Abi Keegan, Abi Mullins, Grainne O'Mahony and Elana Tuscano O'Shea. They later played a challenge match against Sliabh Rua (Riverstick) and look to be in good shape to face the upcoming challenges against Ballincollig, Mallow, and Millstreet.

U10 girls took on St Finbarr's in a hard fought contest. Super performances from Kate Healy, Roisin Murphy, Cait Malone, Carrie Staunton, Sadbh McGoldrick, Emma Fitton, Eabha Cassidy, Jane Cassidy, Emily Barry Murphy and Shauna Sheehan ensured that the Barrs had a tough time. They had a very difficult encounter against Blarney and many lessons were learnt which stood to the team when they played Sliabh Rua.

The U11 Camogie Team got off to a flyer in Go Games against Blackrock. All the skills practiced at training came out on the day with some great lifting, blocking and close fought battles. The girls followed it up with a great contest against Cloughduv and they look forward to the return fixtures with both Blackrock and Cloghduv. On May 26 they played very well against St. Catherine's from East Cork in the third of six Go Games. Training continues on Saturday mornings at 9:30am with either a match or training mid-week.

The U12 team travelled to play Ballygarvan in a highly competitive game and met Ballinora in the opening league game. Eire Óg battled well in midfield with Ciara Sheehan, Ciara Beechinor Aoibhe O Brien and Fiona Nagle winning a lot of possession which culminated in a great goal scored by Isobel Sheehan. Ballinora quickly recovered and scored another point. Grainne O Shea and Sarah O Connell worked hard in defence and Olivia Lynch in goal prevented Ballinora from a few more scores. However the stronger team pulled away with Ballinora securing 2 more points in the last few minutes of the game to secure a home victory 1 – 4 to 1-0. The u12s played Aghabullogue at home and, in a close first half, Aoibhe O'Brien kept our noses in front with 2 great goals. In the 2nd half it was great to see the point scoring from Rebecca/ Maeve /Isobel & a great goal from Ciara Sheehan. Olivia Lynch also showed up very well in goals. They next played away against Ballincollig and Maedbh Kelly in goal kept the Ballincollig scoresheet at just 1 point up to half time but the home team took over in the second half and had a last minute win. Playing well for Eire Og on the night were Sophie McCarthy and Emily O'Flynn.

U16 Eire Og v Na Piarsaigh was a tough game from start to finish. Eire Og led by a point at half time but Na Piarsaigh rallied for a narrow victory. The second league game against Youghal was very entertaining, with the lead changing hands many times during the game. Youghal finished the stronger and registered a narrow win. Éire Og players are training hard and improving with every game. Panel: Callie McCarthy, Kate Nagle, Eadaoin O Connell, Kaleigh Brennan, Grace Collins, Aileen Hennessy, Eimer Gleeson, Niamh Twomey, Nicole Desmond, Eleanor O Leary, Laura Cleary, Caoimhe O Mahony, Niamh O Shaughnessy, Gillian Murphy, Marie O Leary, Avril McSweeney, Emma Cleary ,Ruth Murphy, Mary Coffey, Cliona O Brien, Kate Sheehan, Lauren Forcan.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee under 10s took part in the Dromtarriffe football blitz. Canovee had wins against Dromtarriffe and Ballyclough ,and lost to Thomas Russell's, which was still good enough to qualify for the cup completion which is due to take place next weekend.
Canovee played Inniscarra in division 2 of the junior football league in Carrigadrohid. Despite the heavy rain that fell throughout the day the pitch was in superb condition. The first half was an even affair and Inniscarra led at half time by 0.03 to 0.02, with Denis O'Sullivan and Michael Deasy getting the points. Further points by O'Sullivan, Deasy and Jamie Lynch put Canovee ahead in the second half but Inniscarra came back to level the game. Inniscarra took the lead with two minutes remaining and Canovee missed two great chances to level the game. However Inniscarra were ahead at the final whistle by 0.07 to 0.06. James Scanlan was Canovee's top performer on the night with Jerry Murphy and Billy Creedon also showing good form.
Team: David Wiseman, Jerry Murphy, James Scanlan, Billy Creedon, Shane ORiordan, Michael Dunne, Timmy Lyons, Liam Kelleher, Joe Cunningham, Michael Deasy, Denis O Sullivan, Conor Buckley, Jamie Lynch, Michael Quinn, James OSullivan. Scorers Denis OSullivan 0.03, Michael Deasy 0.02, Jamie Lynch.0.01.

Pic 43

 St. Val's U14 Captain Meadhbh Carroll receiving the Mid Cork Trophy recently ©

St. Val's

St Val's U14A had a comprehensive win over Carrigaline at CIT and claimed the U14A Mid Cork title for 2014. Scorers: Claire Nevin 6 - 1, Ciara McCarthy 1 - 4, Vivienne Healy 1 - 0, Aislinn O'Mahony 1 - 0, Aoife Kearney 1-1, Meadhbh Carroll 0-1, Joanne Kelly 0-1.
Team: Orna Sexton, Miriam Cotter, Ciara Plunkett, Kitty O'Brien, Zara Knight, Eilish Galvin, Ruth O'Riordan, Aoife Foley, Ciara McCarthy, Aoife Kearney, Aislinn O'Mahony Vivienne Healy, Claire Nevin, Meadhbh Carroll (capt), Joanne Kelly, Meabh O'Riordan, Evelyn McCarthy, Noirin Clifford, Clodagh O'Donoghue, Laura Dennehy, Brid Cotter, Aoife Twomey, Caoimhe Moynihan, Ciara Walsh, Sarah Twomey and Rebecca O'Regan. Management: Joe Carroll, Margaret Buckley.

Pic 52

Gary Morris, winner of Captain's Prize at Macroom Golf Club, with captain, Jim Nolan and Anne Nolan © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Captain's Prize: 31st May-1st June. Captain's Prize - Mr Jimmy Nolan. 1st Gary Morris (7) 42pts. 2nd James Deane (21) 39pts. 3rd Daniel O'Sullivan (20) 37pts. Gross Alan Moriarty (3) 31pts. 5th Jim Nyhan (13) 37pts. Past Captains /Presidents Jerry McKenna ( 20) 36pts. Committee Brian Hartnett ( 8) 34pts.
Category 1 0-12. 1st Stephen Cassidy ( 10) 37pts. 2nd Cathal O'Sullivan (8) 36pts. 3rd Aidan Kelleher ( 12) 35pts. Front Nine Leo Goold (8) 20pts. Back Nine Stephen p. Willis (12) 20pts.
Category 2 13-18. 1st Alan Duggan (16) 37pts. 2nd Keith Stafford (14) 37pts. 3rd Kieran Creed 14) 36pts. Front Nine Kieran Bennett (16) 19pts. Back Nine David O'Connell (14) 19pts.
Category 3 19-28. 1st Pat McCarthy (20) 37pts. 2nd Michael Brosnan ( 21) 36pts. 3rd Denis O'Driscoll (20) 35pts. Front Nine Murt Kelleher (23) 18pts. Back Nine Noel Fuller ( 20) 19pts.
Seniors. 1st Andy Houlihan ( 14) 36pts. 2nd Dermot O'Shea (23) 35pts. 3rd Brendan Riney (16) 35pts.
Student. 1st Denis Quinlan (9) 35pts. 2nd Olan Deasy ( 12) 35pts. 3rd Sean Twomey (13) 35pts. Longest Drive 8th Alan O'Connor. Nearest the Pin 11th Daire O'Sullivan. Visitors 1st Alan O'Donoghue ( 12) Gowran pk 39pts. 2nd Maura Forde ( 24) 32pts. Best Lady Bernie McGrath ( 14) 30pts.

Seniors Scramble 1st-Frank Lee-12-2nd -Noel O Sullivan-17. 3rd James Deane-19. 4th -Ray Murphy-25.
Open Singles 1st -Jerry McKenna-20-Macroom-39pts. 2nd-Paudie Sleator-20-Lisselan-38pts.
Club Singles 1st-Keith Stafford-13--43pts. 2nd -Vincent O'Mahony-23--41pts. 3rd-Orainn McGarry-17--40pts. 4th -Tim T Kelleher-8--40pts.

Pic 48

 Macroom AFC U16 team, winners of the John Cooke Cup ©

Macroom Soccer

U10 League Macroom 2-3 Mallow Utd
Macroom were very unlucky not to come away with at least a point in this game. Mallow were physically the bigger side but found themselves a goal down early on. Ryan Leahy dispossessed a defender and squeezed his shot between the keeper and post from a tight angle. Mallow were back level five minutes later and were in front on the half hour when Macroom failed to clear from a corner. The visitors pushed for the equaliser which left gaps at the back and with ten minutes left the home side fired their third goal past Dylan O'Riordan, who, it must be said, had an excellent game throughout. Macroom showed great character and with a never say die attitude, striker Jack Martin pulled a goal back late on. This proved to be the last action of the game and regardless of the final result, it was another fine performance from all involved.
Under 16 John Cooke Cup Final Douglas Hall 0 Macroom 1 (agg 0-1)
This cup final, which was played over two legs, ended in a fantastic victory for Macroom. Having hosted Douglas three days previously, the game finished 0-0, so it was off to Moneygourney for the vital second leg with everything to play for. Macroom started this game in blistering fashion and were awarded a penalty in the tenth minute, after Ethan O'Gorman's shot was handled. O'Gorman's excellent effort was well saved by the keeper but he was on hand to bury the rebound, and Macroom had a precious lead.
The visitors enjoyed the majority of the possession throughout the game but were unable to extend the lead due to some excellent defending from the Douglas defence. The home side were awarded a penalty with twenty minutes remaining but Macroom netminder Caleb Dineen came to the rescue, expertly saving the spotter, much to the delight of his team mates and the Macroom supporters. This proved to be as close as Douglas got, as Macroom finished the game the stronger side and were deserving winners of the cup.
Jack Cronin and Caleb Dineen accepted the cup from Neil Cronin from the Cork Schoolboys League in front of the jubilant Macroom support. It was a great way to finish the season for an excellent Macroom Under 16 side, managed by Willie O' Riordan Jnr, Denis Canty and Barry O' Donnell.
Under 13 Con Elliot Cup Semi Final.

Macroom 3 Springfield Ramblers 2
The U13s had a cliffhanger with Springfield Ramblers at Murrayfield and came out on top after an epic encounter. The goals on the day came from Dylan Twomey (2) and Dennis Dullea. The away side game really put it up to Macroom in the first half and were unlucky not to be ahead after they had a goal disallowed. Against the run of play Macroom got the opener on the half hour when Mateusz Juzczak made a great run up the right flank, and found Patrick Barry just inside the box. Barry squared the ball for Dennis Dullea to finish from close range. Ramblers quickly equalised from a long range free kick to make it 1-1 at the break. Macroom upped the tempo in the second half, but it was the away side who scored again from a long range free kick on thirty seven minutes to make it 2-1. With the pressure now firmly on the home side, the response was immediate. And it was Dylan Twomey who got the equaliser when he broke through the defence and finished neatly to make it 2-2. With ten minutes remaining Twomey cut in from the right wing and was taken down inside the box. The referee had no option but to point to the penalty spot. Twomey stepped up to blast home and make it 3-2. There were a number of late scares for Macroom but they held on for a memorable victory. Best for Macroom were Chris O'Connell and Shane Meaney in defence, Juzczak and Caelum Lynch outstanding in midfield and Twomey and Barry a real threat up top. Macroom will now play East Cork side Corkbeg, with the final being played over two legs.
Under 14 Player of the Year.

Macroom AFC would like to congratulate Tomas Collins who was recently awarded the Cork Schoolboys League under 14 player of the year. Tomas is the first player from the club to win this award. Well done on a fantastic achievement.

Under 14 Promotion.

Macroom Under 14s have been promoted to division 2 for the 2014/15 season. They sealed promotion with a 2-1 away win over Passage Utd. Goals were scored by Alex Osnowski and James O'Mullane. Well done to all involved, under the management of Paul Barrett, John Corcoran and Ray Fallon.

Awards Night.

Macroom F.C. will hold their end of season awards night on Saturday, June 14 in Murray's Bar at 7.30pm. All are welcome for what promises to be a great evening's entertainment, with live music, a BBQ as well as live World Cup football.

FAI Summer Soccer Schools:

FAI Summer Soccer Schools Camp returns to Macroom AFC again this year. The Camp will take place in Murrayfield and will begin on Monday June 30th and finish on Friday July 4th. The fee is €65 per child and places can be booked at www.summersoccerschools.ie or by calling 1890 653 653. This camp cannot be booked through any Macroom F.C. club members. Bookings can only be made through the above website or phone number. So please book early to avoid disappointment as last year's camp was booked out two weeks in advance.

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