Macroom Food Festival 2014 © Lee Valley Outlook
Lough Allua art exhibition at Ionad Cultúrtha, Ballyvourney, Oct 2 to Nov 3.
Senior Citizen Coffee Morning. Fr. Ryan Hall. Fri. Oct. 3 at 10.30a.m.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair: Gúgán Barra. 3 – 5 Deireadh Fómhair.
Trasna na nGleannta cycle, Sun. 5th Oct. from Kilnamartyra GAA grounds at 9am.
St. Berrihert's Well: Rosary, Tues. Oct. 7 at 3.30p.m.
Jeep For Jason charity walk in The Gearagh (Inchigeelagh Road) on Wed. Oct 8th @ 10.30 am
National Tree Day Thurs. Oct. 9th
Autism Coffee Morning on Fri. Oct. 10th, 9.30am to 11.30am at Clancy's Bar, Princes St, Cork
Crookstown Variety Show in Crookstown Hall on Fri. and Sat. Oct. 10 and 11at 8p.m.
American Tea Party in Clondrohid Hall on Sat., Oct. 11 at 8pm
Kilmichael Ambush: opening of restored and enhanced ambush site on Sun. 12th Oct. at 2.30 pm.
Greenshine at Toon's Bridge Dairy on Sunday, October 12 at 8pm.
Senior Citizen Social and Draw: Fr. Ryan Hall. Tues. Oct. 14. 9p.m.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge Club Wed. Oct. 8 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle: Mon. Oct. 13. 11a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Oct. 16 at 11a.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Oct. 20 at 11.30a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Felicity Kelleher during October.
Jimmy MacCarthy. Sat. 4th Oct. at 8.00pm.
Calvary – Mon. 6th Oct. at 8.30p.m.
Ilo Ilo – Wed. 8th Oct. 8.30p.m.
Tommy Fleming. Fri. 10th Oct.at 8.00pm.
Matinee Rio 2 – Sat. 11th Oct. at 2.00pm.
Jersey Boys – Mon. 13th Oct. at 8.30p.m.
Unforgiven Oct. 15 – 18.
Boyhood – Mon. 20th Oct. at 8.30p.m.
Omar – Wed. 22nd Oct. 8.30p.m.
Matinee Maleficent – Sat. 25th Oct. at 2.00pm.
The Matchmaker: Oct. 26.
Paddy Casey: Nov 1.
Before the Winter Chill – Wed. 6th Nov. 8.30p.m.
Eilish O'Carroll Live Love Laugh Nov. 14th
The Golden Dream – Wed. 19th Nov. 8.30p.m.
Donal Skehan Friday 28th Nov.
The Army Band of the Southern Command add a wonderful music ingredient to Macroom Food Festival © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Food Festival, in its third year, is now firmly established. The 2014 extravaganza, again blessed with suitable weather, exceeded all expectations. Stall holders for the main event, the Sunday Food Market, were on site from 8a.m. and were doing a lively business even before the official opening time of 11a.m. The organisers continue to learn and this time round the colourful stalls were neatly laid out in the Square and along the street, while the stage, the children's amusements and the cook out tent were central but did not interfere with commercial enterprise.
Two showers, one at noon and one at 3p.m., failed to dampen spirits and, for the most part, the throng of foodies and families enjoyed beautiful sunshine and the best of food, drink, music and company. The music was provided by the Army Band of the Southern Command. They played for more than an hour and brought a touch of class to the occasion. Their enthralled audience showed appreciation of every number while children danced with joy on the street. By 5 o'clock many of the stalls had sold all their produce. Children enjoyed a magic show, Cork Circus Street Theatre Extravaganza, the carousel, Kids Rides, face painting etc. and a general feeling of wellbeing was about.And then, to make matters better, news filtered through that Cork Ladies had again won the All Ireland by a whisker!
Orla Dineen and Elaine McCarthy provide some classical entertainment at the launch of Macroom Food Festival 2014 at The Riverside Park Hotel © Lee Valley Outlook
Time was when meat, potatoes and two veg – very well cooked – satisfied most Irish palates at dinnertime. But the ever increasing sophistication of diners' tastebuds was nowhere more evident than at the Artisan Affair at the Riverside Park Hotel, which launched Macroom's 3rd annual Food Festival.
Twelve courses, presented by twelve restaurants and food providers from the area, included everything from olives to cheese, fish, salads, meats, chowder and delicious desserts. It is said that too many cooks spoil the broth. But, in this instance, a bouquet garni of chefs worked in harmony and even hilarity, in the military style production of a memorable feast.
The Real Olive Company served up the finest pecorino cheese, prosciutto crudo, olives and salami at the prosecco reception and launch. The Castle Hotel presented Kilmichael Goats' Cheese in a delicious tartlet and a mouth-watering, tomato based fish chowder came from the kitchen of the Auld Triangle, while Toonsbridge Dairy offered their signature Buffalo Mozzarella and Buffalo Ricotta. Church Lane Restaurant served a wonderful tapas selection that included chicken liver pate, sausage tortilla, mushrooms and marinated chicken strips while Clancy's Fresh Fish excelled themselves with a seafood medley of monkfish, smoked salmon salad, garlic mussels and stuffed lemon sole.
The host venue, the Riverside Park, which must be congratulated on facilitating a very complicated event in a most professional manner, served Pork Three Ways, each more delicious than the other., with perfect accompanying sauces. The Mills Inn offered a bruschetta of figs and goat's cheese, using focaccia bread and The Natural Larder Company served a gourmet beef burger and Thai style fish cakes, with their inimitable sauces and dressings. Mai Fitz's tempted anyone who could still take more with their Buffalo Meatloaf and sweet teeth were set watering with the last courses of the marathon feast, with Vaughan's Café serving Pavlova, chocolate fudge cake and a delightful lemon drizzle cake and No 57 Gourmet Kitchen rounding off (literally and figuratively) with chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, strawberry tartlet and chocolate mousse in a delightful, edible dark chocolate cup.
It was a feast for all the senses, highlighted by the wonderful table arrangements and venue decoration. And, lest anyone unfamiliar with the tasting menu formula fear that gluttony was rampant, the servings of each dish were small, allowing the diners a taste of the delightful food available throughout the Lee Valley.
The organisers knew they had a success on their hands when, by the end of the night, they received a number of approaches from people seeking to book tables for the 2015 event!
Craobh Laichtín Naofa, Cill na Martra Comhaltas provide street entertainment at Macroom Food Festival © Lee Valley Outlook
For a long time now, residents and visitors to the Lee Valley have come to realise that the very best of food and cooking is available in the locality. This was again highlighted during the Food Festival when samples of locally produced food were available in restaurants, shops and bars throughout the town on Saturday. Participants in the Taste Trail probably ran at a loss but it is hoped that tasters will return to partake of full meals or buy the produce as a result of the delights on offer.
The morning fog cleared on Saturday to give another mild autumn day. Children turned out in force for the food themed Fancy Dress and went on to the Puppet show in the Briery Gap. Some concern was expressed that this was a bit scary and that the subject matter was more suited to older children. But the music and fun on the streets quickly dispelled all fears. The Early Bird Taste Trail offered gourmets a chance to experience the best of savoury and sweet dishes at many of the businesses that had already catered for the Artisan Affair. But also participating were Golden's Bar, Kieran Hartnett Butchers, Next Door Café and TP Cotter's Bar and the Night Owls had recourse to the Castle Hotel, Dineen's Bar and Murray's Bar. Clancy's Fresh Fish had a queue of customers for the wonderful chowder, smoked mackerel pate and smoked salmon salad while Golden's Bar hosted the Real Olive Company, who served mozzarella and a selection of cheeses and olives and cured meats. Sweet treats were available at No 57 – chocolate brownies, carrot cake, apple cake and plum and almond tart and Next Door Café served up Ricotta and strawberry tartlets, Sarah's chocolate biscuit cake and lemon curd meringue pie. Food, fun and education continued into the night with international food flavours, cake decoration, a master chef demonstration, cheese and wine tasting and Declan O'Rourke in the Briery Gap.
An appreciative audience enjoys the music of the Army Band of the Southern Command at Macroom Food Festival © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Food Festival was delighted to welcome record numbers of visitors in 2014. A jam packed schedule of events from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September ensured that there was something for everyone this year. Friday evening's Artisan Affair was a new addition to the festival line-up and a roaring success. A limited 160 tickets sold out a month in advance, all the lucky ticket holders keen to sample twelve lovingly prepared courses by twelve of the top producers and eateries of Macroom. A surprise performance by Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dance had every guest on their feet and clapping before settling back in for their final four courses.
Saturday's sunshine encouraged taste trailers galore to take to the streets all afternoon to sample tasters at a number of venues around town. A great selection of live music at every corner completed the atmosphere. The music turned international at 5.00pm when the International Flavours event began on the Square. The aim of this event was to showcase the variety of communities living in Macroom with each bringing a selection of typical dishes from their country for all to taste. The marquee was jam-packed with cooks and tasters alike, sampling food from Poland, Hungary, Spain, France, Italy, England and Ireland.
After that, bakers learned some great decorating tips from Ellen O'Leary of No. 57 Gourmet Kitchen who made it all look so easy in her cake decorating master-class. Similarly, masterchef winner Diana Dodog cooked up a storm at the Castle Hotel during her demo of Pork Dumplings, Pan fried mackerel and a super easy chocolate mousse. It was certainly time to relax after that with a cheese and wine tasting session with fine wines from around the world and wonderful local cheeses courtesy of Toby Simmonds, Toonsbridge Dairy.
The grande finale Sunday outdoor market, in particular, drew huge crowds this year, despite the showers that threatened during the afternoon. Almost 60 traders turned out in force to feed the hungry masses, with all sorts of delicious delights on offer from Buffalo Burgers and Pulled Pork to handmade cheeses, olives, wild mushrooms, baked goods and cakes. Many of the favourites from previous years were back again, along with some new traders adding variety to the mix. Mark Cronin of 'Cronutters' commented that Macroom Food Festival had been his best days trading yet since he started the business in June.
As always the hilarious Cork Circus provided entertainment for kids and adults alike with their very interactive street theatre featuring the Biggest Smallest Circus, Lulu's World, Crazy Nurses and stilt walkers. The ever popular magic show drew shrieks of delight from the little ones who gathered around the stage enthralled by the tricks and illusions. A new addition this year was the Army Band of the Southern Command who filled the stage with thirty band members and a sound to match.
The Schools Cook-Off, as always was a popular event. The finalists this year were Aaron O'Neill & Coalan Shorten from McEgan College, Macroom, Katie O'Riordan & Keelin O'Leary from St. Marys, Macroom, Ciara Nalty & Niamh O'Leary from Regina Mundi, Douglas, Molly O'Sullivan & Niamh Curtin from St. Fanahan's College, Mitchelstown, Leah Lyne & Mary O'Sullivan from Colaiste Gohnatan, Baile Mhic Íre and Aoife Osborne & Nicole Barrett from Scoil Mhuíre gan Smál, Blarney. Judge Oriana from The Cookery Cottage cookery school in Douglas had a tough job choosing a winner but finally settled on St. Fanahan's College Michelstown who wowed with their Tasty Fish Tortillas with homemade salsa and lime mayo.
Jack Dineen, Ellen Murphy, Angela Doherty and Ann O'Riordan, Macroom Youthreach, at the launch of 'The Flour of Macroom' at Macroom Food Festival © Lee Valley Outlook
Youthreach Macroom were indeed opportunistic and inspired when, in conjunction with Macroom Food Festival, they decided to compile and launch a traditional and celebrity cookbook, appropriately entitled 'The Flour of Macroom'. Containing more than 40 recipes for everything from scrambled egg (prepared in 4 minutes) to Greek style frittata, the book has 14 recipes compiled by Youthreach and the others are contributed by schools, restaurants, shops and sports people in the area. Each 'celebrity recipe' is accompanied by a most appropriate thought for the day e.g. from McCarthy's Newsagents: Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting; the Auld Triangle: After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's relations and St. Joseph's: Count your blessings, not the calories. The ring bound 48 page recipe book sells at €7 and all proceeds go to the Special Needs Unit at St. Colman's Primary School.
Macroom Bookshop was one of just five independent bookshops in Ireland to be included in a list of 73 businesses to win a James Patterson Award. The grants, ranging from €250 to €5,000, aim to "Get Children Reading".
Bestselling author and bookshop devotee, James Patterson, pledged to donate £250,000 in June 2014 and over £130,000 has been allocated to independent bookshops following the first round of applications, spread across 73 stores across the UK and Ireland. Donations will be used to fund everything from creating a children's book festival, to running a weekly story-time, to creating and improving children's sections. They will ensure more book events in schools, funding of an 'on the road vehicle' for a mobile bookshop and replacement of shelving and signage, as well as redevelopment of bookshop websites. Independent bookshops with a dedicated children's book section were eligible for a grant of between £250 and £5,000. Patterson is committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops, and he is especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers.
McEgan College students who graduated in Information Processing Level 5 with Mrs M. Corkery Deputy-Principal, Ms. P. Lynam Principal, Mr. P O'Connell, Mr. J. Fitzgibbons and Ms B. Angland ©An Scoil
Awards Night: McEgan College was delighted to celebrate the success of the FETAC level 5 and 6 students on September 18. Over eighty five students graduated in a range of certifications which included Community Care, Social Studies, Health Care Support, Nursing Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education, Advanced Administration, Office Administration, Information Processing, and Business Studies. Speakers on the night included the Principal, Ms. Patricia Lynam who expressed her congratulations to all the graduates on achieving such excellent results. Their hard work and commitment reaped huge benefits for the graduates and she wished all well in their future pursuits. Mr John Fitzgibbon, Education Officer from CETB (Cork Education and Training Board) emphasised the importance of the provision of post leaving cert courses in the Macroom area. Mr Pat O Connell, Macroom Senior Citizens Services, Sullane Haven, congratulated the graduates. He spoke of the strong working relationship which Mc Egan College and Macroom Senior Citizens have developed over the past 10 years, with students finding placement at Sullane Haven. He also stated that Post Leaving Certificate Courses provide a fantastic opportunity for individuals to continue in education or up-skill, with practical work, academic work and work experience linking them closely to industry. This unique bond between the local community and McEgan College has continued to grow and foster positive relationships in the Macroom area.
College students Joan Lehane; Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education and Kathleen Crowley; Information Processing, spoke passionately about their positive experiences as students at McEgan College.
The college looks forward to next year's awards night when students from new courses on offer, Sports and Recreation and Hairdressing, will graduate.
McEgan College of Further Education offers a broad spectrum of courses, all challenging yet exciting in their own fields of study. These courses allow you to learn new skills, train in a new career, master modern technology and provide you with access into Universities and Institutes of Technology. Fetac Level 5 & Level 6 courses are taught in a professional and enthusiastic manner.
Macroom Senior Citizens fundraising drive will continue during the month of October, with three events on the calendar. On Friday October 3, a Coffee Morning at Fr. Ryan Hall at 10.30 am will get the activities underway. The Lee Sound will provide the music for the Social at 9 pm in Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday 14th October. During the social the winning tickets in the annual draw will be drawn from the drum. Tickets are presently on sale at Evelyn McSweeney's at Middle Square and are priced at €2 each or 3 for €5. The prizes are: 1st €350, 2nd €250, 3rd €150 4th €100. Macroom Senior Citizens is very dependent on public support for its fund raising activities to augment monies received from HSE and other public bodies. The monies raised go to help maintain the present level of services for the local elderly who benefit from the activities of Macroom Senior Citizens.
Members of Macroom Flower and Garden Club attended the Festival of Flowers "History, Dreams & Memories" in St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, recently. The Macroom Exhibit was entitled "From Bard to Bishop", honouring St Colman, patron saint of the Diocese of Cloyne.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club present Gardening Talk with Sarah Evans & Alan Pitcher from The Secret Garden, Newmarket; Organic Vegetable Growing" and "Autumn in the Garden" on Thursday 9th of October 8.00p.m. in Coolcower House. Visitors most welcome Further details 087-9821708. Remember, there will be a Gala Floral Demonstration by Theresa Collins AOIFA entitled "Christmas is Coming", on Thursday November 13th.
Congratulations to the winners of the Food Festival Colouring Competition, Faye Cunningham, Amy McDonagh and Laura Hallissey in the 7 and over category and Isabelle O'Driscoll, Thomas Hopkins and Hannah Burns in the under 7 age group. We hope everyone enjoyed the Puppet Show and Fancy Dress events. Ben O'Sullivan was the lucky reader randomly picked out from the entries for our 'Sweet Treats' summer Reading initiative. He was presented with his book token prize by Lorraine Lynch, Branch Manager. ACOL Bridge will take place on Wednesday 8th from 11a.m until 1p.m or whenever the last hand plays out, whichever comes first. On Monday 13th October the gramophone recital will be presented by library staff member Christine Cronin. We invite anyone with an interest in light classical music to attend this free and friendly event. Tea and coffee and biscuits will be served during the 15 minute interval. Thanks to Canovee 'Circle of Friends' for last month's exhibition and welcome to Felicity Kelleher whose work will be on show until Friday 31st October. Do pop in anytime between 10.00 and 5.30 any day excepting Sunday. There are books in your local library which can help you take care of your emotional mental health and wellbeing. 'Self Help on the Shelf' is a joint initiative between the HSE and Cork County Library and Arts Service. It is a collection of practical and helpful materials reviewed by experienced Clinical Psychologists. A list is available in the library or on the Cork County Council website on the library page under 'Self-help on the Shelf'. Remember if you are unable to return your borrowed items by the due date you can ring the library at 026 42483 to have them renewed or if you have a pin number on your account you can renew them online on the Cork County Council website.
Michael Twomey, director, with the cast of John McDwyer's 'Unforgiven' which plays in the Briery Gap Oct. 15 – 18. From left, Treasa Ní Ríordáin, Robert O'Riordan, Michael Twomey, Seán Óg Ó Duinnín and Tomás Healy © Lee Valley Outlook
Jimmy MacCarthy, Saturday 4th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Tommy Fleming. Friday 10th October at 8.00pm. Tickets €27.50. On sale now.
Briery Gap Theatre present Unforgiven – Wed. 15th to Sat. 18th Oct. at 8.00pm. Written by Irish writer John McDwyer and directed by Michael Twomey (Cha and Miah, Unforgiven is a laugh a minute exposition of Irish rural life, where nothing is ever as it seems. P J awaits the death of his father so that he can marry his neighbour, Mary, and live happy ever after. His brother Seamie holds a watching brief while Mary seems unaware of PJ's plans for her. When the father dies, another brother arrives home from America and a colony of cats land amongst the pigeons in this uproarious comedy. Tickets €12, Concession €10
The Matchmaker – October 26 at 8.00pm. Tickets €20 Concessions €18.
Paddy Casey – Saturday 1st November at 8.30pm
Eilish O'Carroll presents Live Love Laugh on Friday 14th November at 8.00pm Best known as Winnie McGoogan in her brother Brendan's successful BBC sitcom, Mrs Brown's Boys, Eilish comes into her own here with this reflective look at an eventful life that includes a strict Catholic upbringing, two failed marriages, (one of them abusive), and coming out as a lesbian at the age of 50. If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea you couldn't be more wrong. There is absolutely nothing downbeat about this show. Instead it echoes Goethe's line that "the point of life is life". Tickets €20 Concessions €18.
Donal Skehan – Friday 28th November at 8.00pm. Tickets €20
Calvary – Monday 6th October at 8.30p.m. .After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him. Admission €4.
Matinee Rio 2 - Saturday 11th October at 2.00pm. It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel & their 3 kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, & meets his father-in-law. Admission €3.
Jersey Boys – Monday 13th October at 8.30p.m. .The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960's rock group The Four Seasons. Admission €4.
Boyhood – Monday 20th October at 8.30p.m. The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Admission €4.
Matinee Maleficent - Saturday 25th October at 2.00pm. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Admission €3.
Bad Neighbours – Monday 25th October at 8.30p.m A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. Admission €4.
Sullane Film Society New Season: Ilo Ilo – Wednesday 8th October. Set in Singapore ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, Teresa, who has come like many other Filipino women in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is starting to be felt in the region.
Omar – Wednesday 22nd October. Before the Winter Chill - Wednesday 6th November. The Golden Dream – Wednesday 19th November. Films screen at 8.30pm. Admission €7.
Lough Allua exhibition of paintings by Rosemary Taylor at the Ionad Cultúrtha in Ballyvourney from October 2nd to November 3. The work is inspired by the landscape of the Lee Valley, especially the chain of lakes between Ballingeary and Inchigeelagh.
Daonscoil an Fhómhair:Tionólfar Daonscoil an Fhómhair in Óstán Gúgán Barra, Deireadh Fómhair 3 – 5, 2014. Ag comóradh na mílaoise, 'sé 'Cluain Tarbh 1014' téama na daonscoile i mbliana.
St. Berrihert's Well: A public Rosary will be recited at the Holy Well at Hartnett's Cross on Tuesday, October 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, at 3.30p.m. Everyone welcome.
Jeep For Jason -West Cork Rapid Response. A charity walk will take place in The Gearagh (Inchigeelagh Roadd) on Wednesday, Oct 8th @ 10.30 am sharp. Refreshments afterwards in Crookstown Hall. Dr. Jason Vandervelt works on a voluntary basis and has saved many lives throughout Co. Cork. Fundraising is taking place all over West Cork as Dr. Jason requires a new jeep to continue his great work. Please bring a friend.
Coffee Morning will take place on Friday October 10th from 9.30am to 11.30am at Clancy's Bar on Princes St, Cork City in aid of the Cork Association for Autism (CAA).
Crookstown Variety Show: All roads lead to Crookstown Hall on Friday 10th and Sat 11th October at 8.00pm sharp. The show will feature performances by Kilmurry Novelty group who will be joined on stage by local groups who will entertain with dance, song and novelty acts. A great night's entertainment is assured for both young and old. Tickets available at the door. Adults €10; children €5.
Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael is having its annual used clothing collection shortly. Bags can be dropped into the school from now on. The collection will take place in mid-October. Clothing, household linens, shoes, bags, belts etc are all accepted. Clothing should be clean and all materials should be in polythene bags. Contact the school at 026 46212 if you need further details.
Kilmichael Ambush: The official opening of the recently developed Kilmichael Ambush Site will take place on Sunday 12th October, at 2.30 pm. The guest speaker will be, Newcestown native, Maurice O'Callaghan, lawyer, author and film maker. Kilmichael Historical Society Ltd. and Kilmichael Commemoration Committee invite you to the historic site on this special occasion. The event will give you an opportunity to see, first hand, the work that has been done to make the site more accessible for people and the provision of plaques giving details of the ambush will be of benefit to present and future generations. Beidh céad mile fáilte roimh gach éinne.
Dunmanway Boxing Club is starting their exciting new 'Women's Only Session' on Wednesday 8th October from 7-8pm in the Dunmanway Boxing Club (Dunmanway Community Sports Hall – lane opposite Aldi). 1st session is a free trial. €3 per session after. The boxing club is open to anyone on Monday and Thursday evenings. Junior session (under 14) from 7 – 8pm €2 per session. Seniors session (14+) from 7.45 – 9.15pm €3 per session.
Oíche Shamhna: The parents association of Dromleigh N.S. will hold their annual Halloween Disco on Friday October 24th. 7 - 9pm. €5 per family. All Ghouls and Ghosts welcome for a fun filled night.
Munster Car Club and Tony Brunnock wish the thank most sincerely Údarás na Gaeltachta for the use of the car park, and the wonderful local supporters who attended the Heuston Trials, which were a success, along with the fund raiser Race Night in the Abbey Hotel for the Mercy Hospital, Cork. Sincere thanks to the supportive crowd.
Historic Visit: Senior pupils from Canovee NS, together with their teacher, Miss O'Callaghan, recently visited Carrigadrohid Castle. Rita O' Brien gave a very informative presentation on the castle's rich and varied history: the McCarthy and the O' Leary families and the construction of the castle; Lord Broghill and Bishop McEgan's involvement with the castle. They also sat in the autumnal sunshine and sketched the castle, while thoroughly enjoying the historical field trip.
Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran held a fundraising fun run/ walk in Farran Woods on September 11th in aid of the building of a special unit, "Nead na Coille", for children with a diagnosis of Autism. There was a wonderful turnout of parents, past and present pupils, staff and friends on a pleasant evening. Refreshments were served in the rowing clubhouse after the event. We are very grateful to everybody who supported the event.
Donoughmore Marymount Fundraising Group would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone in the parish and who supported the recent event; to all who sponsored a spot prize, homebaking, bric a brac. Total raised was €12,000 and this would not have been possible without your help. We are delighted to be able to contribute towards such a good cause. Sincere thanks for your continued support.
Cloughduv National School will enjoy a large extension in the near future. It will include four mainstream classrooms and two special education rooms as well as a new staff room. Builders have indicated to school principal, Mrs. Alice Clancy, that the new extension should be completed in November, with pupils transferring into the new classrooms from portacabins currently on site.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: Sept. 23. Jackpot €1,800. Numbers drawn 16, 25, 34. Winner: Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela. Seller, Michael Scannell, Corner Store, Cork Street.. €20 Eileen Kenny, c/o Pat Crowley, Macroom, Pat O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. Siobhan Kelly, Oakwoond. Richie O'Connor, Oakwood. Hugh Twomey, Middle Square.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Sept. 17. Jackpot €4,200. No winner. €70 Kath O'Leary, c/o Spillanes. €20 Michael Cotter Printers. Liam Slattery, Scrahanard. John Sheehan, c/o Firebird. Michael O'Brien, Coolehane. .
Sept. 24. Jackpot €4,400. €70 Adam O'Leary, Macroom. €20 Ted Kelleher c/o MCP. Colin Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Josie Bradfield c/o Firebird. Aoife Kearns, Teerbeg.
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: Sept. 21. Jackpot €9,300. Numbers drawn: 1, 19, 22, 23. No winner. €50 Dan O'Brien, Skibbereen. €25 Timmy Joe Lyons, Macroom. Kevin Foley, Aherla
Sept. 28. . Jackpot €9,450. Numbers drawn: 5, 10, 17, 28. No winner. €50 Margaret O'Hanlon, c/o Castlemore. €25 Dan and Elmarie, c/o Sportsman's Bar. Donal O'Sullivan, Forrest.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results 21/9/2014, Jackpot: €3,850, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 15 - 29, No Winner, €50 Denis and Ida Coakley, Derryroe. €20 Scott Downey, Leades, Coachford. Denis Kelleher, Carrigthomas. Nicola Healy, Carrigathou. Tom Carroll, Dromduve.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 22/9/2014, Jackpot: €2,200, Numbers Drawn: 10 - 17 - 19, No Winner, €40 Louise & Patrick Lyons, €20 Aaron Doherty, Ger Fitzgibbon, Sam Murphy, Paul Murphy (Yearly Ticket).
29/9/2014, Jackpot: €2,400, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 14 - 22, Winner: Martin O'Mahony, €40 Dan Joe Finnegan (Yearly Ticket), €20 Don O'Riordan, Dan Cooney, Willie Barrett (Yearly Ticket), Brian & Mark Dineen (Yearly Ticket).
Walk of Fame – the Cork All Ireland champions make their way to the rostrum in Bealnamorrive. © Lee Valley Outlook
One almost expected to hear the strains of 'Jingle Bells' on the midnight air in Bealnamorrive on the last Monday in September as the beautifully decorated tree, complete with star, illuminated the village for perhaps the greatest crowd ever seen at a local event. And it was a special event. Local girl, Briege Corkery, was bringing the Brendan Martin Cup home to her own place. Cork Ladies captain 2014, winner of 9 Senior All Ireland Football medals and 5 Camogie medals and indefatigable inspiration for her team, Briege was nearly speechless as she faced the huge crowd gathered for a welcome home function organised by the local G.A.A. club in Aghinagh and her football club, St. Val's.
Briege has experienced many close shaves, but perhaps none tighter than the All Ireland final against Dublin on September 28. Even when accepting the trophy in Croke Park, she seemed bewildered at the last minute turn of events. But she rejoiced for her loyal and hardworking team mates, for their father-figure and intrepid manager, Éamonn Ryan; for their long suffering and enjoying families and friends; their clubs and their communities.
Speeches were kept to a minimum at the Welcome Home. Conor McCarthy from Aghinagh, Pat O'Leary from St. Val's, Briege and Éamonn Ryan all spoke briefly but exhaustion was visible on many faces.
And, on a fashion note, the team looked classy. In a departure from the ubiquitous track suits worn by previous Cork Ladies teams (they don't get the sponsorship accorded to the men's champions), they tasked Brid Stack and Norita Kelly to find suitable outfits. The duo enjoyed their research and the team consensus was for jeans and tee shirts from Vera Moda and trendy peach coloured tops from New Look. Very a la mode.
And instead of Christmas carols, Tim O'Riordan was there to proclaim, 'Never Give Up Till It's Over' and finished off with 'The Banks of my own Lovely Lee' and a suitably adapted version of 'Bould Thady Quill'. One suspects that it was a late night in Bealnamorrive.
Joan Cronin, granddaughter and Jerry Lynch, great grandnephew at unveiling of plaque to an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh at the newly renamed Ionad in Baile Mhúirne ©Diarmuid O'Connell
Descendants and admirers of a legendary doctor, Domhnall Ó Loingsigh, gathered in Baile Bhúirne recently to commemorate the local 19th century and early 20th century adventurer, medical practitioner, Irish language activist and entrepreneur. He was a one-man-Údarás na Gaeltachta long before its time, a French army veteran of the Franco-Prussian War, who used a fortune made from the American gold rush to create employment and revive Gaelic culture in his native place, having returned home to study medicine.
The Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne was packed to capacity for the official renaming of the culture-centre in the Doctor's honour. The guests included former Gairmscoil Ghobnatan principal, Micheál Ó Lionáird, who established the centre on the school-grounds over 30 years ago. Dr Lynch's descendants from Cork city and county were present, as well as those who had travelled from Dublin, Westport and Belfast. A lecture on Dr Ó Loingsigh (1842-1913), delivered in Irish and then in English by Cúil Aodha historian Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, was followed by another highlight of the day-long-celebration, with Macrompian Tommy O'Connell singing 'Dear Old Ballyvourney near the Town of Sweet Macroom', a traditional song that mentions the benevolent Doctor's work for "the Gaelic cause".
The Doctor's grand-daughter, Mrs Joan Cronin, Macroom, unveiled a bronze sculpture of her grandfather by Cork sculptor Mike Wilkins, at the entrance to 'Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh'. Earlier that day in the Ionad, Joan had presented the 'Corn Dr Uí Loingsigh' cup to Gobnait Ní Chrualaoi, Baile Mhic Íre, who won a sean-nós singing competition established in the Doctor's name. Concubhar Ó Luasa, Cúil Aodha, was second in that competition. There was also a newly-composed song-competition – Corn Uí Fhlanagáin – which was won by composer Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Cúil a'Bhuachaigh, with her song 'An Taistealaí' sung by the well-travelled sean-nós singer Máire Ní Chéileachair. Muiris Mac Giolla Choda from Inis Cara was awarded second place.
The day's events included a walking tour to locations of local businesses established by Domhnall Ó Loingsigh in Baile Mhic Íre village – the old store, which once had a bakery, and the house where he founded a knitting factory, as well as the fair-field, and the site of a former community hall which the Doctor built for the purpose of Irish dancing and language classes, drama and other cultural events. An exhibition of framed information panels and photographs pertaining to the Doctor, compiled by his great great grand-niece, Réidín Lynch from Bishopstown, was also launched in the Ionad Cultúrtha. Réidín Ní Loingsigh has written an informative booklet about her great great grand-uncle, copies of which were distributed among 120 family descendants and friends who attended dinner in the Mills at the end of the day. Sean Ó Loingsigh
Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha drama-company will perform their new play 'Bacaigh Bhaile Bhúirne' at the Daonscoil an Fhómhair autumn-school opening in the Óstán Gúgan Barra hotel this Friday night, 3 October. The title refers to a community of travelling people, who used to gather at places of pilgrimage such as Gúgan Barra and Baile Bhúirne. Many of them were well-versed displaced poets following the demise of Gaelic Ireland in Penal times. It is said they were schooled in Baile Bhúirne on how to praise in verse those who were charitable and how to lambaste those who were not. Brace yourself. Some of the rare Irish vocabulary is listed in the local dictionary 'Cnósach Focal ó Bhaile Bhúirne' by former Ballyvourney National School Principal Micheál Ó Briain, who was one of the local 'Four Masters' of the Irish language during the Doctor's era of Gaelic revival. Due to their inspiration, Baile Bhúirne was known nationally at that time as 'Príomh-Chathair na Gaelainne', the capital of the Irish language.
Development Group: will host an American Tea Party on Saturday, October 11 at 8pm in the Community Hall to raise funds to keep in existence. Ware and cutlery will be provided. It's up to you, if you are hosting or sharing the hosting, to just bring food, a teapot and a jug. Its hoped to make this a special social occasion and a great get together. Special group or groups will entertain you on the night, If you would like more information ring Marie on 0851069356, or Breda on 0868831206. A raffle will be held on the night and anyone who would like to donate a prize, it would be very much appreciated.
Set Dancing: classes with Teddy have resumed in the Community Hall, every Tuesday night at 8pm. Everyone welcome.
Briery Gap Exhibition: Felicity Kelleher of Clondrohid is exhibiting her art work in the Briery Gap for the month of October. She has been painting for the past five years, having attended the Crawford College of fine art and design. She gets her inspiration from the surrounding landscape and the magnificent coastline of West Cork and Kerry. She currently teaches art in Clondrohid Hall after school and at home as well. She was very involved in designing suitable back drops for the renowned 'Showstoppers'. She has completed some wonderful portraits of household pets, farm animals and murals. So well worth a visit to the Briery Gap in October.
Carriganimma Run, Jog, Walk:took place recently and was a great success and a great community effort raising a total of €2,000. Well done to participants and organisers A presentation of cheques to Macroom and Millstreet Hospitals will take place in the pub in Carriganima on Saturday October 11 at 9.30pm. A great night assured with light refreshments. Sean Radley of local T V Millstreet will be taking photos. Everyone welcome.
G,A.A.: The u10 team played in the annual Neily Twomey Tournament - Kilmurry in their first game and after a poor start made a great come back only to lose by a point. They defeated Cill na Martra and Naomh Aban in their next 2 games, which qualified them for the shield final against Dromtarrife. Clondrohid players were visibly tired and though they made another great come back near the end, they came up a little short. All were presented with medals at the end of a very enjoyable day's football. Many thanks to Canovee for inviting Clondrohid to a very well-run tournament and they now look forward to travelling to Kenmare for another tournament. Clondrohid community hall was a hive of activity and excitement for end of year medal presentation to under 6s .Medals were presented by 3 time all Ireland medal winner Niamh Duggan. The coaches thanked all the players involved and encouraged them to keep up the training and in time they too will have all Ireland medals, just like Niamh. It was it was in this club that Niamh learned her skills Refreshments were served and everyone enjoyed the function. Thanks to the mentors for all their work during the year, the club depends on you. Clondrohid minors will be hoping for County success as they begin County Championship versus Gabriel Óg on Sat Oct 4 . Please check locally for confirmation of time and venue.
Craobh na hÉireann: Comhghairdeas le Dónal Ó Donnchú agus Aaron Ó Múrchú, laochra peile foireann na scoile an bhliain seo caite, a bhuaigh boinn Craobh na hÉireann sna mionúirí le Ciarraí an deireadh seachtaine seo caite i bPáirc an Chrócaigh. Bonn Craobh na hÉireann eile chun dul le ceann na scoile mí Aibreáin seo caite. Comhghairdeas leaids.
Ceapach na Laoi: Caith muintir na hidirbhliana seachtain iontach i gCeapach na Laoi le deanaí. Bhaineadar sult as an dea-aimsir, chomh maith le áiseanna iontach atá ann.
Youth Olympics: Comhghairdeas le Tina Ní Dheasúna, Ardteist '14, a bhí ag dornáil sna chluichí Olympic i Sofia i rith an tsamhraidh. Comhgairdeas Tina.
Dúshlán an buiceád oighir: Comhghairdeas le daltaí agus múinteoirí na scoile a bhailigh €232 le haghaigh 'Motor Neuron Disease' le déanaí. Bhain na daltaí an taitneamh as an seanc búicead uisce a caitheamh ar na múinteoirí!
To kick start the Macra year Muskerry Macra are holding a table quiz in Murrays Bar Macroom on Thursday 2nd October @ 8.30pm. €20 per table of 4 with a variety of rounds. There will be a raffle on the night also. Muskerry Macra recently held their annual 7 a side football competition at Carrigadrohid. Berrings Macra overcame Donoughmore Macra in the final of the men's competition and Donoughmore ladies got through in the women's competition. Both teams will represent Muskerry Macra on October 12th in Limerick. Best of luck to all involved.
At the unveiling of Magourney Famine Memorial in Coachford © Lee Valley Outlook
The Great Famine of 1845 – 48 was remembered at a series of events in Coachford recently. Magourney Famine Memorial was unveiled in the old cemetery, where many famine victims are buried. The memorial is a field stone taken from the farm of Jackie Horgan and its inscription was carved by Michael Quane. A great crowd attended the ceremony in ideal water conditions and afterwards adjourned to the adjacent National School where Coachford Players performed 'The Black Man', a fact based play written by local playwright, Anthony Greene. The actors, Emily O'Connell, John and Hannah McCaffrey, Ann Kiely, Joe Scanlan and Tomás Healy, under the expert direction of Eugene O'Sullivan, brought the events of the 1840s to life for the appreciative audience.
Douglas Lucey, Chairman ACR Heritage, presented a slide show and talk on 'Magourney and the Great Famine'. With the help of reports from newspapers, Down's Survey, the Board of Guardians, Relief Committees etc., he outlined conditions in the Aghabullogue area before, during and after the Famine. It was indeed a fitting commemoration.
Aghabullogue Minor Footballers who captured the Rebel Óg East Minor B Football Championship, defeating Carraig na bhFear © Peter Dineen
Tidy Towns AGM: Litter at the Recycling Centre, derelict sites and bulb planting were just some of the issues raised at Coachford Tidy Towns A.G.M. The outgoing chairperson, Martha McCaffery said that 2014 was a very busy year and a lot of projects were completed, with involvement in the Christmas lights appeal, the new Coachford greenway, The World fishing Championships and the Autumn Festival. She said that the village has never looked so well and thanked the businesses who work hard to improve the appearance of their premises; the Community Council for their continued support and the work they do in dealing with the Cork County Council and especially, the TÚS workers, Adrian Martin and Ger Carey. The continued support of Broomhill Vintage Club through the Autumn Festival was acknowledged. Their funding provides the means to take on bigger projects each year. The recent adjudication by the National Tidy Towns competition, while encouraging, also has gave many ideas for village improvement. Projects for the coming year will include addressing the litter issue at the recycling centre at the GAA grounds, liaising with Cork County Council and property owners on derelict sites in the village and planning a programme of bulb planting and landscaping in the village. The recently published Village Design Statement was also discussed and plans to improve the streetscape of the village are to be advanced over the coming months.
Zipit Forest Adventures, a company that runs forest aerial trail adventures, has been granted a licence by Coillte to develop these Zip Wire courses in a number of forests around Ireland. The company has now submitted planning permission to set up one of these courses in Farran Forest Park. They are seeking permission for the construction of a High Wire Adventure Activity Course located in trees with the provision of Wooden Platforms which are suspended on trees and are connected by different elements, together with a new Reception Cabin and decking area, along with all associated ancillary site works. Farran Forest Park is located three miles south east of Coachford and is home to the National Rowing Centre. The park covers 45 hectares and contains a wildlife enclosure, woodland trails and a children's playground.
Ploughing Championships : The Broomhill Tractor Builders competed in the All Ireland Tractor Building finals at the National Ploughing Championships. The boys enjoyed a good build and were hoping to retain the title but their superb time of 7.21 was only good enough for second place as the team from Galway completed their build in 7.16. Also at the Ploughing Championships were O'Donovan Engineering . The local firm had their biggest ever display at the championships and were very happy with the number of people visiting the stand and more importantly, that they were willing to do business with the very excellent Coachford company.~
Cheque Presentation: The 2014 Coachford Autumn Festival raised €8,500 for Suicide Aware and local charities. The organisers of the festival, Broomhill Vintage Club, presented the cheques in O'Riordan's Bar, Coachford to Suicide Aware €3,000; Coachford St. Vincent De Paul €1,000; Coachford Tidy Towns €1,500; Christmas Lights appeal €500 and Coachford Foróige €500. Cheques were also presented to Macroom Hospital and Sullane Haven, Macroom.
Breast Cancer Walk. The Annual Action Breast Cancer walk takes place on Saturday October 11th at 2.30pm. Sponsorship cards and further details are available from Murphy's Centra Coachford.
Kick Boxing heroes. Congratulations to Emma Flanagan and her brother James who won seven medals between them at the recent World Kick Boxing Championships in London. Emma came home with three silver and two bronze while James collected two bronze medals.
Valley Wheelers Cycling Club is holding the annual Trasna na nGleannta charity cycle on Sunday 5th of October, starting from Kilnamartyra GAA grounds. All participants are insured by Cycling Ireland, with full backup, stewarding and food provided to make this a thoroughly enjoyable event. Entry: €20 per Adult, €5 (under 18) and €30 family. Proceeds of the event will go to Down Syndrome Ireland and CUH (Stroke Unit). Full details on valleywheelerscc.com or through any Valley Wheelers committee member.
Long known for their sense of adventure and innovation, the people who brought buffalo mozzarella to the Macroom area have added another string to their bow. They recently held a sold-out concert for songwriter Ger Wolfe at their beautiful dairy cafe and, spurred on by the audience reaction and success of the night, they have invited local family trio Greenshine, to perform. Many will recognise Mary Greene as the friendly face behind the counter at local healthstore Cornucopia. In her other life Mary is a renowned musician and songwriter as is her husband Noel Shine. The duo has produced three critically acclaimed folk albums to date and have broadened their appeal even more with the addition fo their daughter Ellie to the musical mix.
Don't miss this rare chance to hear Greenshine at Toon's Bridge Dairy on Sunday, October 12 at 8pm. Tickets just €10 euro. For bookings and enquiries contact The Toons Bridge Dairy or 087 4161791. Pre-booking is advised as space in this lovely, intimate venue is limited.
Wouldn't it be lovely to have a crystal ball so you could see into the future? What would happen if you had an accident, became seriously ill and as a result, were mentally unable to deal with your affairs? How would you or your family cope? Regrettably, most families in Ireland have a family member who has suffered some form of mental illness. Unfortunately this may happen at any stage or age in life and often, there is very little warning before someone suffers a mental incapacity or a life-changing accident. It would make your everyday routine of paying bills, running a farm and making basic financial decisions impossible. If you become incapable of managing your affairs, it can be a very difficult time for you and your family. It would be particularly detrimental if you are the owner of a farming business. If someone becomes incapacitated through disability, illness or progressive degenerative disease, their assets become frozen. Bank accounts, farm entitlements, land and other assets that are in your sole name or joint names with a spouse could not easily be dealt with.
From a financial and practical point of view, a person, while in good mental health, should create an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). This is a legal document which only takes effect in the event that the person becomes mentally incapacitated. This is an important point and one that is often misunderstood. The person creating the EPA is known as the Donor and in the event of his or her becoming incapacitated, power to deal with the Donor's money and assets transfer to the Attorney. It becomes operative only if you become incapable of looking after your affairs and it continues in force until death. By planning ahead and making an EPA, you are able to give your instructions whilst you are of sound mind.
In order to make an EPA, you must be mentally capable of doing so. Your Attorneys can be people such as your spouse, partner, parent, sibling or friend. The choice of Attorney is a personal matter but a great deal of thought needs to be given to the nomination. Questions to ask are - is this person suitable for the job, do I trust them and do they have the skills to manage my farming business and make decisions for me? This can be confined to personal care decisions, housing, running a farm, managing bank accounts and so on or it can encompass all. By executing an EPA you retain control over who has the responsibility of looking after your affairs. It is your choice. Do not give up your right to choose! Once somebody has become unable to manage their affairs, it is too late to make an EPA. If you have already made a Will, then an EPA will compliment this and help reassure both you and your family that you have made plans for the future.
An EPA allows your Attorneys to manage your assets for your benefit while you are alive but mentally incapacitated. Your Will dictates what is to happen to your assets after your death. An EPA only takes effect if mental capacity is lost at a later date. It does not take effect once executed. You continue to manage your own affairs.
What happens if you change your mind? The EPA can be revoked at any time before it is registered. If you change your mind about having an EPA or about your choice of Attorney, you should consult your solicitor immediately. If in the future your Attorney has reason to believe that you are becoming mentally incapable of managing your affairs, they must apply to have the EPA registered in the High Court. Before doing so, they must give notice to you of their intention to do so and to your two notice parties named on the EPA. You and your notice parties will be able to object if you or they disagree with the registration. In the event of you becoming mentally incapable without having this document in place, your family will not be able to deal with your financial affairs or your property until you die or you are made a Ward of Court. An Application to be made a Ward of Court is an extremely costly and time consuming process and could significantly erode your assets. Executing an EPA can represent enormous value for money compared with the cost of making someone a Ward of Court. The Court would have the ultimate authority and power to deal with your assets and affairs. Generally a committee will be appointed and they will act on behalf of the farmer under the authority of the Court. The committee may not necessarily comprise of people who the farmer would have appointed to look after his affairs if he or she had considered the matter whilst in the whole of their health.
An EPA is as important as your Will but many people place more emphasis on the latter. The common perception of Wills and EPA's in rural Ireland is that such documents are only signed and entered into by those who are nearing old age. Similar to execution of a Will, it is advisable to also execute an Enduring Power of Attorney regardless of your age. It is not that anyone wants to use them but rather if they are needed, then it is of some comfort to know that they are in place and can be called upon in the event that they are required. By retaining legal advice and executing an EPA perhaps such extremely difficult circumstances could be made a little less complicated and worrying. Unfortunately, none of us can predict the future, so the importance of having the right person in place with the legal authority to act on your behalf in the event that you are not in a position to do so cannot be underestimated. One could look on an EPA as an insurance policy against problems which might arise in the future. If it is never needed, all the better!
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.
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Briege Corkery, Cork Senior Football captain, makes her acceptance speech after her team enjoyed a last minute win in the 2014 All Ireland final in Croke Park © Lee Valley Outlook
Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-12
Forget about Henry Shefflin and his 10 All Ireland medals. Think of Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley with 14 Senior All Ireland medals each, 9 football and 5 camogie. And they are still only youngsters. Everyone in the county, and particularly in the Lee Valley, should acclaim the feat of the Cork Senior Football team, who snatched victory from yawning defeat in the final minutes of a most stressful game for Cork supporters. There was much reference to the good of the game and giving other counties a chance in the run up to the 2014 final but everyone here wanted this title for captain Briege and the double camogie and football titles for Briege and Rena. Besides, we had a huge Lee Valley involvement. The old reliables were Briege Corkery, captain, (St. Val's), Rena Buckley, (Donoughmore), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, (Naomh Fionnbarra), Vera Foley (St. Val's) and Aisling Barrett, (Donoughmore). Then there were the new girls on the block - Eimear. Scally, 17 years, (Éire Óg), Jean O'Sullivan, 19 years (St. Val's) and Máiréad Corkery, 17 years (St. Val's). The Cork management team was made up of Éamonn Ryan, (Naomh Fionnbarra), manager; Pat O'Leary, Kilmurry; Frank Honohan (Donoughmore) and Brian O'Connell (Donoughmore) physiotherapist. It was also good to see Juliet Murphy, Donoughmore, a long term member of the Cork team, in the TG4 commentary box.
It was a strange game. For more than 45 minutes of play the Brendan Martin Cup, so long at home in Cork, seemed to be slipping away and not by a dribble but in a flood as Dublin led by 10 points with just a quarter of an hour to go and the Cork forwards seemed to put the ball everywhere but between the uprights. But then Rhona Ní Bhuachalla, introduced as a sub in the 42nd minute, scored a vital goal just three minutes later and five of the next six scores were Cork points. Goal number two for Cork came six minutes from the end. Seventeen year old substitute, Eimear Scally from Éire Óg, collected a pass from Ciara O'Sullivan and slipped the ball into the net, bringing the sides equal for the first time in 50 minutes on 2-11 each. Dublin regained the lead but Cork were back on level terms again with an O'Sullivan point, while Geraldine O'Flynn, who uncharacteristically had kicked many wides during the game, made no mistake when she converted a vital free with just two minutes to go. Cork held on to the ball in the final minutes and the disbelief on the victors' faces and their captain at a loss for words underlined the fairytale ending to the 2014 TG4 All Ireland Senior final.
In her acceptance speech, Briege Corkery paid tribute to the never say die mentality of her team and the wisdom, skill and support of the manager. She promised some great celebrations in Bealnamorrive and beyond in the coming days and nights.
Cork All Ireland Champions 2014: Martina O'Brien; Róisín Phelan, Angela Walsh, Brid Stack; Vera Foley, Deirdre O'Reilly, Geraldine O'Flynn (0-03); Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Annie Walsh, Ciara O'Sullivan (0-01), Orlagh Farmer; Valerie Mulcahy (0-06), Grace Kearney, Orla Finn (0-02). Subs: Nollaig Cleary for Annie Walsh (half-time), Rhona Ní Bhuachalla (1-01) for Kearney (42), Doireann O'Sullivan for Farmer (45), Eimear Scally (1-00) for Finn (50).
Some of the Lee Valley contingent at the Cork celebrations at the Red Cow, Naas Road. From left: Briege Corkery, Elaine Scally, Eimear Scally, Mairead Corkery, Vera Foley, Pat O’Leary, Jean O’Sullivan, Marie Ambrose, Aisling Barrett, Rena Buckley, Frank Honohan. ©
Sarsfields 1-18 Na Piarsaigh 0-14
Glen Rovers 1-16 Douglas 1-16
Final: Sarsfields v Douglas/Glen Rovers
Relegated: Courcey Rovers
Newcestown 0-12 Kanturk 0-9
Cloyne 2-10 Ballyhea 0-18
Final: Newcestown v Ballyhea
Replay: Kildorrery 1-17 GRENAGH 2-18
Fermoy 3-14 GRENAGH 2-6
Charleville 2-17 Aghada 0-10
Final: Fermoy v Charleville
Relegated: St Catherine's
Grenagh 2 - 18 Kildorrery 1 – 17
All Ireland hurler Tom Kenny was the star of the show for Grenagh in this quarter final replay at Buttevant. Kenny scored 0-9 (0-7 frees, 0-1 '65') and exuded sheer class as Grenagh in their first season in the Intermediate grade showed once again that they are a match for any team in the competition. With Kenny to lead the way his team-mates responded magnificently and none more so than Sean Bourke who finished with 2-2 to his credit, the goals being vital to the victory and both following deliveries from Kenny. Others to star for Grenagh were goalkeeper Mark Kenny, DD Dorgan and Colm O'Neill in attack and the full back line of Raymond Dorgan, Kevin O'Neill and Paul McCarthy.
Cork Intermediate star Peter O'Brien was the big threat from Kildorrery and the North Cork man landed 1-9 (1-5 from frees) but the Grenagh defence managed to keep their goal intact until the last minute.
Grenagh lost a defender after only seven minutes to a red card and Kildorrery forced the pace but Grenagh finished the half strongly and were only three points in arrears at 0-9 to 0-6 when Sean Bourke's smashing goal levelled matters in the 31st minute. Kildorrery responded immediately and two points from Peter O'Brien had the North Cork men back in front at the break, 0-11 to 1-9. Grenagh started the second half with an explosive eight minute burst which saw them score 1-4 without reply and they maintained their advantage on the scoreboard until the last minute when Peter O'Brien's goal from a free left only a single point between the sides. Grenagh finished out with points from DD Dorgan and Colm O'Neill to seal a memorable victory.
Grenagh: Mark Kenny: Kevin O'Neill, Raymond Dorgan, Paul McCarthy: Eamonn Ryan, Gerry Russell, Kelvin Cummins: Liam Walsh, Tadgh Walsh: Diarmuid Dorgan, Tom Kenny, Colm O'Neill: Neil Doherty, Seamus Coleman, Sean Bourke. Subs: Ultan Duggan and Seán Cronin.
Fermoy 3 - 14 Grenagh 2 – 6
Fermoy have been finishing games strongly this summer as they advance on both hurling and football fronts but at Pairc Uí Chaoimh it was their great opening period which set them up for victory over Grenagh. They had three goals on the board inside the opening twenty minutes and led at half time by 3-4 to 2-2. Goalkeeper Mark Kenny had been was simply brilliant for Grenagh and their goal scorers were DD Dorgan and Sean Bourke.
On the restart the exchanges were very even for a period with Tom Kenny keeping Grenagh in the contention from frees but the half time gap remained and as the game went into the closing stages Grenagh began to fade and North Cork side, coached by Canovee native Denis Paul Ring, dominated completely and they hit over six points without reply from Grenagh who missed their captain Gerry Russell from defence. Ultan Duggan started the game for Grenagh, Sean Cronin and Martin Barry came on as second half substitutes.
Fermoy will now meet Charleville in an all North Cork intermediate final.
Newcestown 0-22 Castlemartyr 0-16
St Finbarr's 2-10 Cloughduv 0-18
Dromina 2-9 Kilbrin 1-25
Ballinhassig - a bye
CLOUGHDUV v Newcestown or Castlemartyr
Kilbrin v Ballinhassig
Cloughduv 0-19 St. Finbarr's 2-11
Muskerry champions, Cloughduv are through to the semi-final of the County Junior A hurling championship after a fine win over St Finbarrs in Brinny. Cloughduv played with a strong wind in the opening half and led by 0-12 to 1-4 at the break. Cloughduv opened well and with points from the outstanding Darragh Ring and Sean O'Connor took an early lead. St Finbarrs responded in style and forced a goal after a goal line scramble. Joe Ryan then replied with a fine point for Cloughduv and Daragh Ring landed two magnificent points from way out. Three more points from Darragh Ring and an excellent point from Sean O'Connor left Cloughduv five points clear at halftime.
St Finbarr's really took the game to their opponents early in the second half and reduced the gap to two points. Cloughduv were then awarded a penalty as Joe Ryan was hauled down. Ring took the point but the referee adjudged that the ball had been struck from inside the 20 metre line and disallowed the score! St Finbarrs had a point from a sideline cut which left three points between the sides, 0-16 to 1-10 after 50 minutes but Cloughduv responded in great style with two points from Daragh Ring and an inspirational score from Andrew Cronin. St Finbarrs kept up their effort and were rewarded with a late point followed by a goal but Cloughduv weathered the storm and are through to the county semi final.
Scorers for Cloughduv: Daragh Ring 0-11 (6f, one 65), Sean O'Connor, Joe Ryan, Brian Ahern (1f) 0-2 each, Ger Ahern, Andrew Cronin 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley; Paul O'Sullivan, Aidan Ahern, Liam Kelleher; Andrew Cronin, David O'Leary, Aidan Murphy; Ger Ahern, Daragh Ring; James McCarthy, Brian Ahern, Sean O'Connor; Dave McCarthy, Joe Ryan, Donal Corkery. Subs: Sean Curzon, Liam Long(52), Michael Deasy(55).
Cloughduv are now the only adult Mid Cork hurling team left in contention for county honours!
Quarter Final: AGHABULLOGUE 2-10 Blackrock 5-25
Blackrock 5-25 Aghabullogue 2-10
Mid Cork U 21 champions Aghabullogue did not have the all round strength of Blackrock when the sides met in the county quarter final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Rockies opened well and it took three superb saves by Killian Cooney in the Aghabullogue goal to limit their score to 0-6 before his side rallied with an opportunist goal from Dano Dineen after a John Corkery shot had been blocked on the line. Ian Barry Murphy then hit over two points and John Corkery had another and Aghabullogue only trailed by a single point at the end of the opening quarter. A goal for the city champions followed but Aghabullogue responded with another from goal from Dineen, again after a Corkery shot had been stopped but not cleared. Blackrock were beginning g to show their superiority however and three points in a row followed by a second goal, followed by another three point has them comfortably in front by 2-14 to 2-3 at half time. On the restart, Blackrock, county champions in 2012 and runners up in 2013, quickly added a further 2-3 to their lead, the Aghabullogue response being points from Ian Barry Murphy and John Corkery and with the score now at 4-17 to 2-5 the outcome of this contest had clearly being decided. Blackrock continued to pile on the pressure and the young Aghabullogue side had further points from Corkery, BarryMurphy and David Dineen.
Aghabullogue: Killian Cooney; Dermot O'Callaghan, Eamonn Murphy, John Lynch; Greg Long, David O'Connell, Seán Dineen; Sean Kelleher, Seán Sullivan; Ryan Dennehy, John Corkery, Evan O'Sullivan; Ian Barry- Murphy, Dano Dineen, Billy Casey. Subs: Denis Desmond, David Dineen, Tim McSweeney, Anthony Corkery.
A: Carbery Rangers 1-13 Clonakilty 1-8
B: Bishopstown 0-10 Clyda Rovers 0-10 draw
Bishopstown 1-9 Clyda Rovers 0-11
C: Nemo Rangers 1-13 O'Donovan Rossa 1-8
D: BALLINCOLLIG 0-20 MUSKERRY 1-9
Carbery Rangers v Bishopstown
Nemo Rangers v Ballincollig
Relegation Play Off: Doheny's 1-10 St Vincent's 0-10
Relegated: St Vincent's
Muskerry 1-9 Ballincollig 0-20
Muskerry went into this county quarter final game at Cloughduv with reasonable hopes of victory but they were no match for Ballincollig who deservedly won their way to the county semi final for only the second time in their history. Muskerry had shown great spirit in their defeats of UCC and Duhallow in the earlier rounds and had an easy task in disposing of the St. Nicks challenge in early September. They had been playing fine football with good team spirit, but on this occasion for whatever reason they failed to sparkle and were in trouble from an early stage against focussed opponents backboned by county men Noel Galvin, Johnny Miskella and Paddy Kelly. Muskerry had All Ireland winners Noel O'Leary, Fintan Goold and Daniel Goulding but were without injured centre forward Cathal Vaughan and did not have the all round balance and ability of their club opponents.
Cian Dorgan, Paddy Kelly and Johnny Miskella had Ballincollig three points clear before Daniel Goulding had a Muskerry point in the 8th minute from a free. A superb point from Fintan Goold, and a second point from Goulding had the sides level after 13 minutes and a minute later Declan Ambrose punched over the Ballincollig bar to give Muskerry the lead, 0-4 to 0-3. John Kelly pointed a free to level matters in the 18th minute, Cian Dorgan put Ballincollig back in the lead from a free and Niall Allen doubled their advantage from play in the 25th minute. Further points from Cian Dorgan and Miskella had Ballincollig in a comfortable position at half time leading by 0-8 to 0-4, playing well against a Muskerry side which was clearly not at all on song.
On the resumption, John Kelly had a point for Ballincollig but Daniel Goulding and Liam Shorten soon replied for Muskerry. Niall Allen's point in the 37th minute signalled the end of the short Muskerry revival and Ballincollig had added five more points to their tally before the next Muskerry score, a point from Goulding in the 45th minute. Points from Fintan Goold and Daniel Twomey for Muskerry were matched by a brace for Ballincollig from Ian Coughlan and Cian Dorgan before Fintan Goold brought some respectability to the scoreline with a fine goal in the 55th minute, set up by John Carey. Points from Cian Dorgan and George Durrant finished the scoring and gave Ballincollig a comfortable winning margin. Nemo Rangers will provide the semi final test for Ballincollig.
Muskerry: James O'Connell (Macroom): Seamus Ó Mathúna (Naomh Ábán), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry),Graham Vaughan (Cill na Martra): John Carey (Dripsey), Nollaig Ó Laoire (Cill na Martra), Rory Buckley Macroom): Fintan Goold (Macroom), Seán Ó Céilleachair (Cill na Martra): Declan Ambrose (Aghinagh), Miceál Ó Laoire (Naomh Ábán): Martín Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra): Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh). Subs: John Mullins (Eire Óg), Danaiel Twomey (Kilmichael).
Na Piarsaigh 3-9 Mallow 1-11
Bantry Blues v Na Piarsaigh
Carrigaline 0-13 Valley Rovers 3-13
Final: Valley Rovers v Bantry/Na Piarsaigh
A. Mitchelstown 0-11 ÉIRE ÓG 2-18
B. Fermoy v Mayfield
Éire Óg v Fermoy/Mayfield
CILL na MARTRA 0-7 Rockchapel 2-7
Final: Rockchapel v Éire Óg/Fermoy/Mayfield
Relegation Play Off: Cloyne v Glanworth
Éire Óg 2-18 Mitchelstown 0-11
Éire Óg are safely through to the county semi-final after a very impressive performance in their victory over the 2013 Junior County Champions Mitchelstown at Páirc Uí Rinn. The Mid Cork men got off to an explosive start and were 0-8 to 0-0 clear after ten minutes with two points each from Daniel Goulding, John Dineen and Aidan O'Connor points. Mitchelstown improved and replied with three points but Eire Óg had the bit between their teeth and after points from Liam Sheehan and Daniel Goulding they swooped for their opening goal, Liam Sheehan's superb pass in the 29th minute setting up Kevin Hallissey for a blast which hit the Mitchelstown net via the goalkeeper's hand. At half time the score was 1-12 to 0-5 and Éire Óg were in a very strong position.
Mitchelstown had the first point of the second half, John Dinneen replied for Éire Óg and even though the Ovens men did not score again for almost 20 minutes they still retained control of proceedings limiting Mitchelstown to a mere four points and still led by 1-15 to 0-10. Five minutes from time Éire Óg scored their 2nd goal, a perfectly placed pass from Daniel Goulding allowing John Dineen to tap home. The last score of the game came from Éire Óg's Paul McDonagh and they can now prepare for a semi final joust with either Fermoy or Mayfield on Saturday 11th October..
Éire Óg scorers: John Dineen 1-5, Kevin Hallissey 1 -3, Daniel Goulding 0-5 (0-2f), A O Connor 0-2, Paul McDonagh, Liam Murphy and Liam Sheehan, 0-1each.
Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Cian O'Mahony, Shane McCarthy, John Mullins: Michael O'Shea, Alan O Mahony, D O Herlihy: Liam Murphy, Fionn O Rourke: Kevin Hallissey, Liam Sheehan, Daniel O'Connor: Aidan O'Connor, Daniel Goulding, John Dineen. Subs: David Sheehan, Paul McDonagh, Ronan O'Toole, Tim O'Leary.
Cill na Martra 0 - 7 Rockchapel 2 – 7
Two goals for Rockchapel, scored within less than two minutes of each other early in the second quarter, were the vital scores in this tight encounter at Cullen. The goals helped The Rock to an interval lead of 2-2 to 0-4 and with Cill na Martra reduced to 14 men at this stage it was always an uphill struggle for the Muscraí Gaeltacht men in the second half.
There was a deluge before the game got under way and the surface was extremely greasy as a consequence. Cill na Martra started well and Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh had an early point, Miceál Ó Deasúna pointed a free and when the Rock had their opening point, Kevin Hoare answered with a point in the 12th minute. In the 15th minute Rockchapel ha a second point and then the roof really fell in on Cill na Martra. The Duhallow men got in for a goal in the 18th minute and before Cill na Martra could recover were in for a second to turn the game on its head. Cill na Martra had a succession of bad misses, and when they olost a midfielder to a red card were in trouble. A point from Kevin O'Sullivan was to be their only reward before half time at which stage they trailed by four points.
On the resumption Rockchapel had an early point and another in the 37th minute to extend their lead further. Kevin Hoare replied from a free in the 42nd minute but the Rock added two further points to retain control. Rockchapel had a point in the 49th minute, their final score, Martin Connors replied immediately but another point from a Kevin Hoare free was the only other score the understrenght Cill na Martra could produce and it was not enough to save the day on this occasion.
Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó hAodha: Marc Ó Goilí, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Gearóid Ó Goilí, Nollaig Ó Laoire, Danní Ó Conaill: Miceál Ó Deasúna, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh: Caoimhín Ó hUidhir, Martin Ó Conchiuir, Dano Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Daire MacLochlainn (50), Alan Ó Mocháin (59).
Glenbower Rovers 0-7 Millstreet 2-5
Kilmurry 1-10 St Mary's 0-10
Kilshannig 3-6 St Finbarrs 2-9 (draw)
Ballygarvan 1-12 Garnish 0-8
Kilmurry v Millstreet at Macroom, Saturday 4 Oct. 7.30 pm
Ballygarvan v Kilshannig/St Finbarrs
Kilmurry 1-10 St. Mary's 0-10
A goal in the 42nd minute from David O'Leary, operating at midfield, was the score that separated the teams in this close encounter under lights at Dunmanway. Kilmurry started well and had early points from Joe Ryan and Jonathan Buckley to take the lead. St. Mary's finally got on the scoreboard in the 17th minute with a point but Kilmurry still forced the pace and points from Joe Ryan and Adam Healy helped them a two point advantage at the break.
On the restart, St Mary's were on top and two points in a row brought them level. In the 37th minute Jonathan Buckley had a Kilmurry point and Joe Ryan added another before David O'Leary got through for a terrific goal to put Kilmurry clear with a five point lead. St. Marys pounded the Kilmurry citadel in the closing stages but the defence held firm and Kilmurry emerged victorious by a one goal margin.
The reward for Kilmurry is a county semi final appearance against Millsteet at Macroom under lights on Saturday 4th October, 7.30 pm throw in.
Kilmurry: Pádraig Berhanu: Liam Long, David O'Leary, Kevin Barrett: Dave O'Halloran, William Barrett, Adam Healy; James White, Greg Barrett: Jonathan Buckley, Finbarr Crowley, Daniel Cahalane: David McCarthy; Joe Ryan, Eoin Barrett. Sub: Michael Kelleher (55).
Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael GAA, winner of the Auld Triangle/ Muskerry GAA Sports Award for August receiving the award from Michael O'Riordan, The Auld Triangle. Included are Peter's parents, Breda and Peadar, sisters, Róisín and Brígín, and brother, Kevin. © Mike English
Aghabullogue 1-8 Cloughduv 1-11
Laochra Óg 2-10 Blarney 1-23
Final: Blarney v Cloughduv
Aghabullogue 0-8 Ballincollig 0-8
Naomh Ábán 0-11 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-7
Kilmurry v Aghabullogue/Ballincollig
Final: Naomh Abán v Kilmurry/Agha/B'collig
A Aghinagh 4-15 Ballincollig 1-7
B Dripsey 0-9 Clondrohid 1-14
C Cill na Martra 0-6 Macroom 6-11
D Béal Átha'n 2-13 Naomh Ábán 2-5
Aghinagh v Clondrohid
Macroom v Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh
Kilmichael 2-18 Blarney 1-12
Éire Óg 2-12 Inniscarra 2-11
Éire Óg edged out Inniscarra in a thrilling East Cork Oil Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling Championship Final Replay at Páirc Uí Rinn. Éire Óg's Chris Kelly was the hero on the night after he put his side in front a couple of minutes from the end and the Ovens side had to endure ferocious pressure in the closing minutes. Inniscarra led early on by 0-2 to 0-1, and a magnificent solo run by Tomás Ó Connor put Andrew McCarthy through for an excellent goal which ensured Inniscarra led by 1-2 to 0-3 after 16 minutes. The free taking from both sides was exceptional and Inniscarra's Sean O'Donoghue landed a terrific point from play and Eoin O'Shea replied with another free to ensure the sides were level, 1-5 to 0-8 at the break. On resumption, Éire Óg had a point from Chris Kelly and a thundering goal from Denis Murphy. A second goal for the Ovens men followed from Chris Kelly, which gave them a 2-10 to 1-7 after 40 minutes. Inniscarra clipped over a couple of scores from O'Connor before Sean O'Donoghue scored an inspirational goal after a powerful run. Inniscarra piled on the pressure and O'Connor hit an equalising free. Éire Óg launched one final attack and Chris Kelly bisected the posts with a terrific point and a resolute Éire Óg defence held out for a famous victory. Scorers for Éire Óg: C Kelly 1-2, D Murphy 1-1, E O'Shea 0-5 ( 0-3f, '65), P Kirwan, D McCarthy ('65), F Fuohy, J Twomey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Inniscarra: T O'Connor 0-5 (0-4f), S O'Donoghue 1-1, A McCarthy 1-0, D O'Sullivan 0-2, D Hyland, P O'Callaghan, C Bennett 0-1 each.
Éire Óg: D Desmond; M Corkery, J Mullins, C O'Donoghue; R McCarthy, P Gleeson, S Desmond; D McCarthy, D Murphy; J Twomey, D Cotter, C Kelly; P Kirwan, F Fuohy, E O'Shea. Subs: J Cooper (55), B Hurley (55), C Mullins (59).
Inniscarra: S Horgan; C Barrett, J O'Donoghue, B O'Mahony; K Geaney, M Burke, J Stanton; S O'Donoghue, C Browne; D Hyland, P O'Donoghue, T Ó Connor; D O'Sullivan, A McCarthy, S Cronin. Subs: P O'Callaghan (h/t), C Bennett (h/t), A O'Connell (45), D Lynch (45).
Macroom u16 team who won the U16A Eastern League Rebel Óg © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom 4-15 Mayfield 4-12
In the Rebel Óg East U 16 'A' Football league final at Ballyanley, Macroom defeated Mayfield by three points on a 4-15 to 4-12 scoreline. It was a really exciting game and extra time was required to separate the teams. Macroom were five points adrift after the opening half (2-7 to 1-5) and needed a late point from Frankie Clark to earn extra time on a 2-14 to 3-11 scoreline. A goal from Blake O'Gorman in the first period of extra time helped Macroom to a four point lead at that stage but they needed another goal, this one from Jack O'Donovan, his second of the game, to finally put down the Mayfield challenge.
An early goal from Eolan O'Leary had given Macroom the edge but Mayfield came back strongly and they outplayed Macroom in the last ten minutes of the half, scoring 2-4 to a single point in reply, to lead by five points at the break. Macroom rearranged the team to great benefit and had six points in a row to one for Mayfield to draw level by the 43rd minute. A Mayfield point put the city side back in front but Jack O'Donovan, set up by Frankie Clark, now took a smart goal and Blake O'Gorman added a point. Mayfield replied with a point, Macroom had a point from a Cathal O'Riordan free. Another free yielded a point to Mayfield and then two minutes from time, Macroom conceded a goal to put the city side in front at vital stage. Macroom did not despair, came down the field and Frankie Clark slipped over a point to give his side an extra twenty minutes to prevail. In the first half of extra time Eolan O'Leary had a point and Blake O'Gorman cut through several tackles to smash home a goal to give Macroom a four point advantage, 3-15 to 3-11. Four minutes from time Mayfield scrambled a goal but Jack O'Donovan's second goal two minutes from time gave Macroom breathing space again and a late Mayfield free produced a point but was not enough to deny Macroom. Ryan Creed had an outstanding game for Macroom in defence along with Jack Cronin and the O'Gorman twins were very hard working at midfield. Mark Corrigan, Eolan O'Leary, Cathal O'Riordan, Fankie Clark all did well at stages in attack and of course Jack O'Donovan really delivered up front.
Macroom: Dan O'Riordan: Alan O'Farrell, Ryan Creed, Colm O'Mahony: Aidan McMahon, Jack Cronin, Cian Twomey: Caleb Dinneen, Blake O'Gorman: Ethan O'Gorman, Eolan O'Leary, Mark Corrigan: Cathal O'Riordan, Frankie Clark, Michael O'Riordan. Subs: Jack Kelleher, Jack O'Donovan, Sean McMahon, Kevin Condon.
Annual Blitz: The annual U 14 blitz for the Mary Casey Cup was held under lights in the Castle Grounds with Macroom, Naomh Abán, Sam Maguire's and Millstreet in action. The Blitz commenced at 6 pm and the final involving Macroom and Sam Maguire's was played under lights at 8.00 pm and the Dunmanway boys were the winners.
Macroom, Canovee, Eire Óg and Aghinagh U9 and U10's will play in the Pádraig Dervin Cup at the Castle Grounds on Saturday 4 /10/2014, commencing at 10 am.
Macroom intermediate team defeated visitors Nemo Rangers under lights 2-22 to 0-6 in their final County League Division Two game of the season. Macroom played 11 games, won 6, drew 1 and lost the other 4.
Macroom Junior C team defeated Cill na Martra in the championship quarter final at Clondrohid on a Macroom 6-11 Cill na Martra 0-6 scoreline and now meet Béal Áth in the Mid Cork semi final.
Senior Championship Results to date:
(A) Glen Rovers 1-8 V Cloughduv 1-8
(B) Douglas 0-6 V Milford 1-10
(C) Inniscarra 0-9 V St Catherines 1-10
(D) Ballincollig 1-9 V Killeagh 1-9
(E) Ballinhassig 3-8 V Courcey Rovers 1-11
(F) St Finbarrs 3-16 V Barryroe 0-10
CLOUGHDUV 1-17 Glen Rovers 0-9
Killeagh 4-7 BALLINCOLLIG 1-11
Courcey Rovers 0-11 Ballincollig 1-12
Barryroe scr. Douglas w/o
Glen Rovers 1-4 INNISCARA 5-10
CLOUGHDUV 2-10 St Finbarrs 2-7
Ballinhassig v BALLINCOLLIG
Killeagh v INNISCARRA
CLOUGHDUV v St Catherine's
Milford v Douglas
Semi Finals: Sat. 11-10-2014 at Castle Road
Final: Sun Oct 19th at Castle Road
Éire Óg, winners of U12B County Championship 2014. ©
All Ireland: Congratulations to the players and management of the Cork U16s who captured the All-Ireland title after a tight encounter with Dublin on a scoreline of 4-7 to 2-7. Everyone put in a huge effort throughout a long season and this victory was thoroughly deserved. Éire Óg was well represented with Laura Cleary starring as Captain and Grainne Cahalane and Marie O'Leary on the panel. John Cleary and Tom Scally were the trainers of the team so great celebrations went on into the night when the team returned to Éire Óg.
County Final: Éire Óg 1.5 Bandon 1.4. Éire Óg U12 girls played Bandon in the U12 County Final. For most of these girls it was a first "big" final and nerves began to show before the game. Éire Óg lost the toss and had to deal with playing against a very strong breeze. It took the girls a while to settle and to get to grips with the game. Our scores at half time had come from Aoibhe O'Brien (0.2) and Eimear O'Donovan (0.1) to a goal to Bandon. Bandon started the second half the quickest with two points but the Éire Óg girls held their nerve and were rewarded by two points from Aoibhe O'Brien. Bandon took the lead with two more points and for the remainder of the game both teams tried their best but scores were very hard to get. In injury time, the ball fell to the hands of Eimear O'Donovan who quickly had it in the back of the Bandon net. For the first time in the game Éire Óg were now in the lead. When the referee blew the whistle there were great scenes of celebrations from both players and spectators. Great credit must go to the Éire Óg midfields and backs when Bandon tried their best to secure a draw.Isobel Sheehan collected the cup on behalf of all her team mates.
Team: Ella Foley, Sinead McSweeney, Meadbh Kelly, Eimear Murphy, Rebecca Sheehan, Grainne O'Shea, Fiona Nagle, Isobel Sheehan, Aoibhe O'Brien, Maeve O'Callaghan, Aoibhinn Goulding, Aisling Desmond, Eimear O'Donovan, Orlaith Cahalane, Clodagh O'Connor, Sadbh McGolderick, Niamh O'Shea, Indie Sheehan, Allie Murphy, Nicole Murphy, Tara O'Mahony, Amy Collins, Eabha Sheehan, Emily Coffey, Patrice Holmes, Breffni Broderick, Evelyn Hegarty & Emma O'Regan.
Éire Óg U 11s had almost a full house for their 2014 Go Games Final match against Ballinora. The team showed great spirit and camaraderie and the match was hotly contested on a beautiful late Summer's evening, wrapping up the 2014 Go Games season. The girls really got into the match through the second half which led to a close contest right to the wire.
Naomh Abán, winners of U12A County Championship 2014. © Nóra Ní Luasa
St. Val's senior team took one more step towards retaining their 'A' county title with a victory over St. Mary's in the semi-final at CIT. Early goals settled the team down and even though Val's played the better football in the first half, a sticky St Mary's were never too far behind on the scoreboard. Driven on as always by the work rate of Briege Corkery, Vera Foley and Jean Lucey, the girls added on regular scores to run out comfortable winners on a 5-17 to 3-9 score line. They will now face Mourneabbey in the County Final on October 12, an extremely tough battle if a second county title is to be added to the senior collection.
Clonakilty was the venue for the U16s in the 'A' county semi-final against Rosscarbery, in what was a very rough, physical contest. After a frantic and nervous start, the girls settled down and started playing the football that has seen them unbeaten this season. Nicola Dennehy & Olive O'Mahony were proving a handful for the Rosscarbery defence, and contributed some lovely scores to put Val's 3 goals up at half time. Rosscarbery threw everything at Val's in the 2nd half but the defence stood strong and firm and only conceded 1-6 throughout the game. Chelsea Love was rock solid in goal, making some great saves, and Maeve Kelleher, Niamh O'Leary & Laura Riordan provided a strong full back line. Strong counter-attacking play in the second-half saw further goals for St Val's, who ran out comfortable winners on a 5-11 to 1-6 final score. This game showed a battling and determined side to the girls who stood up to an aggressive opposition, but let their attitude and skills drive them to victory. Next up is Fermoy in the County Final.
The U14 team travelled to Dublin to take part in the All Ireland U14 Kilmacud Crokes 7s tournament which brings together the best club teams in the country. A 5am start and some key injuries are never the best match preparations but the girls put in strong performances during the tournament, before losing to eventual plate winners, Dungarvan. As always, they had a quiet night in the hotel before heading off to Croke Park on Sunday to cheer on the victorious Cork senior team in that amazing match. Thank you to all mentors, especially Joe Carroll (and Siobhan) & Margaret Buckley and all parents who helped out on the trip, and thanks to Tony Hughes & Macroom Credit Union for providing tickets for Croke Park for the girls & parents. It was a great weekend for the girls!
All Ireland Glory: Congratulations to the Cork Senior Ladies team, especially captain, Briege Corkery and the four other St. Val's girls on the squad – Vera Foley, Marie Ambrosee, Máiréad Corkery and Jean O'Sullivan. Such a proud moment for the club when Briege lifted the Brendan Martin Cup in Croke Park after an epic comeback aginst the Dubs and made honourable mention of her own club, St. Val's.
September 12th Junior A football league Canovee 1.08 Ballincollig 1.10
September 20th under 16 semi final Canovee 1.10 Sliabh Rua 2.13.
On September 22 Bs Canovee played Ballincollig in the junior football league in foggy conditions in Ballincollig. canovee were behind at half time by 0,04 to 0.03 with James Moynhian and John o Brien getting on the score sheet. The second half turned out to be an even affair. A well worked goal by Michael Quinlan brought Canovee level and further points by Moynhian ,Michael Deasy ,and Denis o Sullivan had Canovee ahead by a point with time up. However a long range shot for Ballincollig ended up in the Canovee net and gave Ballincollig victory ,this was a well contested game played in a very sporting manner. Team Darren Shine ,georid Lucey, James Scanlan , Jerry Murphy ,John o Brien , 0.01 Michael Dunne, Blake ring , eamonn Lyons , Brian Barrett, Michael Quinlan 1.0,Michael Deasy 0.01,Conor Buckley, mark Healy ,James Moynhian 0.05,William Ahern. Subs Denis o Sullivan 0.01,Darren Twomey ,Aidan Murphy.
September 26th Junior A football league Canovee 2.09 Dripsey 1.10
On September the 28th Canovee played Killtha Óg in the under 14 league final. Canovee were under pressure in the first half and conceded four goals .however two goals from jack kelleher and one from Daniel akinrinobla brought them back in to contention and two late points secured a deserved draw final score canovee 3.11 killtha og 6.02 .a lot of these players will be involved in the under 15 championship final v passage on October 4th at 5.00pm venue to be confirmed
On September 28th canovee under 6s and 8s played a number of 7a side games against macroom in pleasant conditions in canovees new pitch .thanks to macroom for travelling and everybody had a great mornings fun. ,
Schoolgirls. History was made on Saturday, September 20th when a Macroom Soccer Club schoolgirls team played their first ever competitive game at Under 12 level. The girls put in an outstanding performance and came away with a well-earned 3-2 victory away to Leeside in Little island. Macroom were 2-0 down at half time but came storming back in the second half to record a famous 3-2 win. Goals were scored by Emma Kelly, Aoife Lucey and Ava Ronan in what was a fantastic effort by the whole squad. This is another huge step forward for Macroom FC with the club continuing to go from strength to strength.
AUL Division 3, Parkview Celtic 1 Macroom B 9.
An away tie in Garryduff to Parkview proved to be a fruitful exercise as Macroom ran riot. Needless to say this was a great team performance with the stand-out performances coming from Shane Keane and Denis Healy. Macroom's' tally came courtesy of Darrin Kelly (3), Andrew Hegarty (3), Noel Leahy (2) and Bryan Bradley.
AUL Division 3 UCC 0 Macroom B 7.
This was another convincing win at The Farm. For the second week running Andrew Hegarty and Darrin Kelly helped themselves to a hat trick each. Barry Healy was also on the scoresheet when he finished a great team move. Macroom B now have four wins and a draw from their opening league fixtures.
Munster Junior Cup 1st Round, Grattan Utd 4 Macroom A 3 (aet).
Macroom gave a gutsy display and were eventually outdone in the last minute of extra time. The visitors took the lead on twenty minutes when captain, James O'Connor, pounced on a goalkeeping error to finish from an acute angle. Grattan then had two goals in five minutes to take a 2-1 interval lead. Macroom battled on in the second half and Barry O' Donnell struck an unstoppable shot deep in injury time to force extra time. Dec O'Riordan then stepped up to give Macroom the lead from the penalty spot but Grattan replied with a close range effort with four minutes remaining. With time almost up, a miscued right wing cross cannoned off the back post and into the net to break Macroom hearts and give the home side the victory.
FAI Junior Cup 1st Round, Macroom A 3 Leeside Athletic (Little Island) 2 (aet).
Another bout of extra time at Murrayfield saw Macroom edge past a spirited Leeside. James O'Connor opened the scoring on the half hour mark and Barry O'Donnell doubled the lead early in the second half. Leeside pulled one back soon after and they found an equaliser with ten minutes remaining. It looked like disaster for Macroom when the visitors were awarded a penalty in injury time, but the resultant kick failed to threaten the goal. The winner came late in extra time when Sean Quinn fed Darren Dineen for a fine finish across the keeper. Best for Macroom were Quinn, Brendan O'Sullivan and Tommy Condon. Macroom A host Dillon's Cross Athletic in the Premier A league at Murrayfield on Sun Oct 5th, kick off 10.45am.
Youths League, Mallow Utd 1 Macroom 4.
Macroom Under 18s continued their excellent start to the season with a fine 4 - 1 away win against Mallow. Marco Healy and Robert Healy weighed in with a double each in what was another accomplished team performance. Macroom host Watergrasshill Utd in the league on Sat Oct 4th, Town Park @3pm.
Under 11 Kevin Dillon Cup, Richmond 2 Macroom 3
The under 11s travelled to Garrandarragh to take on a Richmond team that they had narrowly defeated in the league a few weeks ago. Macroom started the game well but had to wait until midway through the first half before taking the lead courtesy of a curling free kick from Mark Hunt. Just minutes later Leon Doody converted another brilliant free kick to open his account for the season and put Macroom 2-0 up. Straight from the kick-off Richmond halved the deficit and on the stroke of half time they got their equaliser to leave the score 2-2 at the break. Both teams put in a spirited display in the second half and there were chances at both ends. Macroom had Daniel Callanan to thank at the back for putting in a man of the match performance and help to take the game into extra time. Macroom got the winner when Mark Hunt raced clear and slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to put Macroom 3-2 ahead. There was no letting the lead go as the visitors held on valiantly for the win.
Under 12 Albert Conboye Cup, Macroom 9 Castleview 2
The U12 side romped to a 9-2 win. On target for Macroom were Mike Fitton with a hat trick, TJ Buckley with a double as well as strikes from Ryan Leahy, Jack Sexton, Mark O'Leary and man of the match Conor Kelleher. Another fine team performance.
Under 14 National Cup, Leeds 2 Macroom 1.
It was a disappointing exit from the first round of the national cup away to Leeds at Leeds Park. Macroom were without a few regular players but started well and were ahead after seven minutes. A corner swung in by Caelum Lynch from the right found Dylan Twomey at the edge of the box and his half volley found the net. The hosts started to dominate as half time approached and their pressure paid off when an equaliser arrived. Macroom struggled to get into the game in the second half and did not create too many chances and it was Leeds that struck the winner late on. Cillian O'Donovan had a man of the match performance at centre back but it was one of those rare days when nothing went well for this promising team.
Under 13 National Cup, Carrigaline Utd 3 Macroom 0.
The u13s gave a spirited performance against premier outfit Carrigaline. This game was still in the balance entering the final ten minute with the home side having a slender 1-0 lead. However as Macroom went all out for the leveller, the hosts added two further goals in a game that was much closer than the final result would suggest. Macroom had great performances from Cormac Buckley, Alex Kelly, Patrick Barry, Reece Lee and Bradley O'Shea.
Under 16 League, Corinthians 1 Macroom 3.
The under 16s had a good 3 - 1 away win over Corinthians in Cork. John Martin Lehane had Macroom 1-0 up at half time, with a good finish from distance. The away side could have been well out of sight at half time but for a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from the home keeper. Shortly after the restart, Kevin Condon finished brilliantly after a flowing Macroom attack. The home team got a goal back before Liam O'Sullivan scored a great header from a corner to make it 3 - 1 for an improving Macroom team.
West Muskerry A.C. were in action in the West Cork Cross County Championship and enjoyed a great day. It was the first competition for some of the athletes. The club also hosted the event and are very grateful to Mr. Gus Murphy for the use of his land. The Boys U 14 were unstoppable in the individual competition as well as in the team competition. They had 2500m to run and Connor O'Neill and James Downey broke away from the pack, with Tadhg Manning and Tom Downey in close pursuit. Connor opened up a gap on last hill and was well deserving of the gold medal. James finished close behind him in 2nd place and Tadhg Manning followed close behind him in 3rd place. Tom Downey was the fourth member home and the four boys clenched the gold medals in the team event.
The Girls U 14 2500m again was a very exciting race. Jennifer proved the strongest and was a clear winner. She was followed home by her club mate Caitlin Hurley in 2nd place. Sarah Kelleher was the third member of the team home, which helped clench the silver medals in the team competition. In the U 20 race Rachael O'Shea was a class act and was well clear of the field and ran a very strong race to take the gold medal. Her teammate Sharon O'Sullivan also had a great race and finished in 3rd position. In the U 20 men's race Billy Cronin was unstoppable and again was well clear of the field to take the gold medal. His teammate Seamus Gallagher also ran well but was just out of the individual medals.
In the Senior Women's race Clodagh Galvin competed in her first cross country race and also proved too strong for her competitors and won the gold medal. Her teammate Karena McCarthy sprinted home and clinched the bronze medal. The Senior Men completed 6000m . John Cronin had a superb race and was well deserving of the silver medal. It was a very tight contest for the team medals. The West Muskerry men came out on top and were thrilled to win the gold team medals. The team were John Cronin, Michael McSweeney, Jeremy Kelleher, Jerry O'Mahony, Keith Ryan and Jerry O'Riordan.
In the girls U 9 700m Eimear Galvin had a great run in her first every cross country. She even managed a smile crossing the finish line. All of the boys U 9 competed in their first Cross Country race and ran extremely well. The fought all the way and were rewarded with the bronze medals in the team competition. The team were made up of James Lucey, Graham Lynch, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Michael Downey and Oscar Cussen Walsh. In the Girls U 10 1000m Rachel Kelleher ran a fantastic race and sprinted up the finish line. She captained her team to the silver medals, a great achievement. Her team were Aisling O'Leary, Caoimhe Murphy, and Danielle O'Neill. In the Boys u 10 James O'Neill came from the middle of the pack up to the front in the last lap and with 150m to go he made his move and sprinted home to clinch the gold medal. His teammate, Colm Gillespie also stormed home to take the bronze medal. In the team event they won the silver medals and the team was James O'Neill, Colm Gillespi, Rowan Mullan and Kevin Underhill. In the Girls U 12 1500m Shannon Cotter fought hard around the course and sprinted up the hill into the finish line and was well deserving of 2nd place. Shannon's team just missed out on the gold medals but all of the girls ran superb and were delighted with the silver medals. They were Shannon Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Sarah O'Neill, Grainne Twomey, Aoife Lucey and Beibhinn Moynihan. In the boys U 12 1500m both MacDara Ó Conaola and Conor Lucey ran very well on a tough course and finished very strong. The boys u 16 also had a great race. They had 3000m and again all three boys were well deserving of their silver team medals. The team were John Downey, David Lucey and Padraig Moynihan. Stephanie Cotter had a great race in the U 16 girls 3000m and was well deserving of the silver medal. The club will be competing in the County Even Age and Novice Cross Country championships on Sunday October 5 and will host this event. We wish all the athletes the very best of luck.
Muskerry Judo/ Sambo Club has had back to back weekends of international success. Four players competed at the Heart of England Championships in Birmingham. Coach Seamus Manning regards this as one of the best tournaments in the UK calendar. Ronan Manning was very unlucky to be caught in the semi-finals, which put him in the bronze medal position. Niamh Looney on the other hand wiped her category clean, leaving the best of the British Judoka in her wake and claiming gold. Five Muskerry Judo/ Sambo players travelled to Estonia as part of the Irish Sambo Team taking part in the European Union Championships. Shane and Dillon Manning fought to be fifth in their divisions, taking out some serious international players in the process. Ronan Manning, at just 17 years, took Bronze in the under 20 division. Older brother Lloyd Manning won four of his five fights, beaten only by the world silver medallist. Lloyd took the bronze European Union Medal. Niamh Looney stole the show at just 15 years of age. She kept a clean sheet in the under 20 category, capturing the gold before going on to compete in the senior ladies division to get that gold as well. Ireland took another bronze senior medal, which placed them third on the medal table.
Results 16/09/2014 Seniors Scramble. Jim Nolan 9. Tess Kelleher 16. Ben Philpott 24. 44.1.
Thursday Open Singles. 1st James Neville 13 Macroom 38pts.
19th/20th/21st/09/14 Club Classic. Martin O'Sullivan 10. Tony Donegan 11. Shane Walsh 18. 62pts. Best Friday George Desmond 20. Gerry Bradley 24. Pat O Halloran 26. 57pts. Best Saturday Eileen Healy 11. Bernie McGrath 14. Geraldine Galvin 12 59pts. Best Sunday Peter Barry 21. Diane Barry 22. T Fitzgerald 12 60pts. Best Gents Terrance Sheehan 14 Kevin Sheehan 3. John Ronan 18 59pts. Best Mixed Bernie McGrath 14 Pat Fitton 16 Patrick Fitton 11 55pts Best Ladies Eileen Healy 11 Rose Beamish 16 Maura Forde 24 54pts
23/09/2014 Seniors Scramble Michael O'Mahony 18. Don McMahon 20. Michael Dwyer 22 43. Open Singles- 25th – 26th 1st Keith Stafford 12 Macroom 44pts. 2nd Michael Linehan 16 Macroom 43 pts. 3rd Tony O'Riordan 19 Macroom 41pts.