Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Briery Gap, December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. © Lee Valley Outlook
Macroom Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner on Thurs. Dec. 11 at 1.30p.m. in the Riverside Park Hotel
Mainistir do Chúil Aodha: Cruinniú poiblí Luan, 15ú Nollag, 8:00 in, Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne
Coachford Local Market Sat. Dec. 13, 10.30-1pm in Coachford GAA Hall..
Rás na gCon: le Cumann Peile Cill na Martra, 13ú Nollag i gCurraheen Park
Carol Service: in St. Colman's, Macroom, Sun., Dec. 14th at 7.00 pm.
Christmas Fair: at Cloughduv GAA Complex on Sun. Dec. 14th from 12 to 4 p.m.
Christmas by Candlelight: on Mon. 15th Dec. at 8pm in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom
Reconciliation Ceremony: St. Colman's, Macroom, Tues. Dec. 16th at 7.30 pm.
Ag Leathnú Art Exhibition i m Baile Mhúirne go Nollaig 18.
Oíche rásaíochta: i dTigh Seartan, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar an 20ú lá de Nollag.
Simon Benefit Concert with Greenshine, Conal Ó Gráda, Nell Ní Chróinín etc. on Sun. 21 Dec 9pm at the Mills, Ballyvourney
Christmas Carols at Drishane Castle Sun. 21st Dec. 5pm-6pm
Donoughmore Vintage Tractor & Car Run on Dec. 28th, from The Old Mill Bar, New Tipperary, registration 10.30am
Macroom Ploughing Match on Sun. Jan. 4 at Lee View, Macroom.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Dec. 15 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. Dec. 18 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Circle: Mon. Jan. 12. 11a.m.
Art Exhibition: Work of Jane Cooney.
Snow ~White and the Seven Dwarfs Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st Dec. at 3pm.
Fri.19th, Sat 20 and Sun 21st Dec. at 8pm
Frozen Sing-A-Long on Tues. 23rd Dec. at 1.30pm and 4p.m. Admission €3
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Sat 27th Dec at 8.00pm.
A section of the crowd at the Lighting up of Macroom on December 5. © Lee Valley Outlook
The Christmas season got off to a great start in the Lee Valley during the early days of December. Macroom town and many of the local villages are now beautifully illuminated and, as Advent progresses, Christmas liturgy is well under way. Many parishes have organised Penitential Services and Carol Services and most schools are staging Christmas pageants and dramas. De la Salle and St. Mary's Macroom have already been on stage with Shrek Comes to Macroom and Hairspray and McEgan College held a Talent Show for its students. Christmas Markets are a new phenomenon in Ireland and Macroom's Market on December 5, to coincide with the turning on of the Christmas Lights by Football and Camogie All Star, Briege Corkery, was again an outstanding success. The weather was seasonably cold but dry and people came in their hundreds to sample the Christmas fare on offer, to meet friends, to enjoy carols and the best of music and the children queued for the merry go round and had the chance to meet Santa Claus up close and personal. Other Christmas markets in the area are Coachford on December 13 and Cloughduv December 15. Carol Services will be held in St. Colman's, Macroom on December 14 and at Drishane Castle on December 21. Christmas by Candlelight may be enjoyed at the Fr. Ryan Hall, Macroom on December 15 and there will be a concert for Simon in the Mills Inn, Ballyvourney on December 21. Macroom Senior Citizen Christmas dinner was in the Riverside Park Hotel on December 11 and a Reconciliation Service will be held in Macroom Church on December 16. The highlight of Christmas entertainment in the Lee Valley is the Briery Gap Panto. This year's show is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and promises to be a great success. Rumour has it that booking is already very heavy so people who want to attend on specific dates might need to make contact with the booking office immediately. The number there is 026 41793.
Remember to Shop Local this Christmas. Keep as much business as possible in the Lee Valley. Business means jobs, means a better quality of life for all our people.
Tony Dineen, Billy Collins and Don Buckley model their Christmas Jumpers at a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens at the Castle Hotel © Lee Valley Outlook
Get in the mood for Christmas at a really lovely evening of music with Aileen Donohoe on Monday 15th December at 8pm in the Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom. This is a fundraiser for Macroom Senior Citizens. Tickets are limited and cost €20. This includes a Wine and Mince Pie Reception. Tickets available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Phone 026/41070. The entertainment will include numbers from Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Phantom, Beauty and the Beast etc.
Ideal conditions for the 2014 Christmas Market in Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook
For a 3rd successive year, McCarthy's Newsagents, Main Street, Macroom have produced a beautiful local calendar which is chock full of photographs of local scenes, streetscapes, buildings and never before seen images of local people, past and present. Christmas is a time when people like to make contact with family and friends at home and abroad and McCarthys have identified a very thoughtful and practical way of making the traditional Christmas card more substantial as well as a useful and yearlong memory. The calendar, with separate pages for each month, can act as a diary, since it has space for notes with each date. It also contains useful information like bank holidays and the phases of the moon. It is available at a cost of €10 exclusively at McCarthy's Newsagents, Main Street. It comes complete with envelope for postage purposes. A contribution will be made to Macroom Senior Citizens from the sale of the calendar.
The launch of Macroom Lions Club Message in a Bottle Project. © Lee Valley Outlook
The Message in a Bottle project is promoted by Macroom & District Lions Club and is supported by the National Ambulance Service, the Fire Brigade, An Garda Síochána, Pharmacists, GP's and medical profession. It's a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details in a common place where they may be easily located. It is aimed mainly at those who live alone or may not have anyone with or near them regularly. The "Message In A Bottle" project is totally free of charge.
Those who may benefit include older people, people in poor health, people living alone, people having life threatening conditions / allergies, people with disabilities, paramedics, doctors, the Fire Service, hospital Emergency Departments, Social Services.
Participants in the Message in a Bottle project are each given a bottle (plastic container) complete with Personal Information Form and three self-adhesive emergency labels. They should complete all sections of the personal information form and place it in the bottle, close the lid and place bottle on the door shelf inside the refrigerator. Attach one self-adhesive label to the outside of the fridge door and the other to the inside of the front door. The bottle must only contain details of one person. Check that all labels can be easily seen.
The information required is very basic, but necessary. The form is self-explanatory but you may like to ask a relation, friend, neighbour or home help/carer to help you complete it. It includes your personal details, those of your GP (Doctor), special details e.g. speech/ hearing/ sight problems, medical conditions, allergies, medicines – which medicines & where do you keep them stored, donor card details, details of anyone who relies on you to care for them/ collect them/ help them etc., next of kin/ home help contact details. *Details of medicines should be updated every 3 months – your pharmacist will be able to provide an up to date list of medications.
Bottles will be available in local pharmacies & GP practices & through the senior citizens' organisations over the coming weeks.
Some of the De la Salle Macroom Transition Year students strut their stuff on the stage of the Briery Gap theatre during the school's production of "Shrek Hits Macroom" ©An Scoil
De la Salle Macroom's production of "Shrek Hits Macroom" was sold out two days in advance of its only public performance in the Briery Gap recently, such was the demand for tickets. The Transition Year group excelled themselves in a riotously funny production of the popular fairy story as piggies, wolves, bears, fairies, a gingerbread man and of course, Little Red Riding Hood, battled with the evil Lord Farquaad, played superbly by Eoghan Murphy. Meanwhile Shrek, played hilariously by Brendan Kelleher, was doing his best to rescue the lovely Princess Fiona, played by the very talented Adam O'Leary. The audience laughed their way through the entire madcap adventure, most of which was aimed at poor old donkey, played wonderfully by the one and only Ciarán O'Riordan. The live band, along with the school's music teacher Joanne O' Regan, was made up of DLS students who kept the Briery Gap rocking all night. Riverdancing rats, cross-dressing wolves, grumpy dwarves, and very official looking court trumpeters made it a show for all the family. This year's panto is the latest in a long list of successful drama activities undertaken by the school, and the teachers who directed and produced the show, Jean O'Donovan and Tracey Groome, were very proud of the boys' achievements.
Shoeboxes packed with goodies collected by 3rd class at St Joseph's Primary School, Macroom. ©An Scoil
Trade Fair. Transition Year students are looking forward to taking their mini-companies to a Christmas Trade Fair in Cork Airport on December 9 as part of the Student Enterprise Programme. Castle Bank is pleased to announce its grand opening at lunchtime on December 11. Castle Bank will host a Christmas Trade Fair for local mini-companies on the day.
Gaeilgathon: Students from Coláiste Mac Aogáin took part in 'Gaeilge24', a Conradh na Gaeilge initiative to raise the profile and awareness of Gaeilge as a spoken language in the community. Students raised money through a cake sale at lunch time and through sponsorship, and this money will be sent to Conradh na Gaeilge. Last year's funding went towards upgrading Raidió Rí-Rá (Irish Language radio station) studios. It was great to see so much effort from the students and staff, and to hear so much Gaeilge spoken around the school at lunchtime and in classes. Prizes were awarded to the best Gaeilgeoirí in the staff, and in each participating year group. Maith sibh!
Art Gallery: Transition year students recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Glucksman gallery, UCC and the Gallery's latest exhibition, Selective Memory, about archives and collections that artists had grouped together. They were asked to record and place their ideas in boxes to add to the collection. They learnt about the building's award winning architecture and took a stroll around the grounds of UCC.
Talent Show: McEgan College celebrated their gifted students with a hugely entertaining talent show. From Trad groups to readings of original poetry, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Connie Foley and teachers Máire Ni Laoire and Sarah Buckley had a very difficult job as judges but finally decided to award the overall prize to Transition year student, Lily Murphy Ownsworth for her rendition of Vance Joy's EmmyLou. Under the guidance of music teacher Joanne O'Regan, the show was a fantastic success that showcased the talents of the student body, not only in terms of performance but also in their ability to organise the event. A delighted Ms. O'Regan thanked everyone involved – those who created a stunning backdrop with Ms Brew; organised the room; acted as MC; Mr. Martin Clancy for the stage; Peter Lane for organising the sound and staff members who gave students a taste of what it's like to be a teacher in a hilarious comedy sketch involving some unexpected role reversal! Congratulations to everyone involved, especially Ms. O Regan who kept the show on the road!
Canovee N.S. pupils, Niall Mahony, Carol Anne Casey, Colm McCarthy and Kate Donovan, winners of Primary Schools Library Quiz at Macroom ©Christine Cronin
Our Christmas books have arrived from storage in Cork and are flying out the door, naturally! We have our decorations up too, including the knitted Advent Calendar and hanging garlands created by the Purlies Knitting Group. These are on the notice board in the children's section. The Christmas tree is decorated with knitted baubles that the Purlies made last year. Since the windows are opaqued now and one cannot see in from the street, you will have to come in to see all of these. The Purlies will meet next on the 18th December. While some of the ladies involved are downright gifted, there is a welcome for all level of knitter so feel free to join them at 11am. Should you still be in search of Christmas presents, we have very colourful and affordable art by Jane Cooney on display for the month of December. The Primary school quiz was won this year by Canovee N.S who won out over 16 other local schools. Ballyvongane came second and Rusheen third. There are photos of the teams elsewhere in this issue. The scoring was very high and we hope all involved enjoyed the experience. The December gramophone recital was very enjoyable and there was some lovely seasonal baking for the refreshments. The January session will take place on Monday 12th at 11am with Connie Foley presenting.
Fairies prepare for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Briery Gap December 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. © Lee Valley Outlook
The Briery Gap is delighted to stage, for the very first time, the most popular of all fairy tales - "Snow-white and the 7 Dwarfs. With a cast of over 150, this annual Christmas experience is sure to entertain all ages in the true spirit of Panto. It includes all the characters from the story - the beautiful Snow-white, the cruel stepmother, all 7 dwarfs, the Dame, Fairy Queen, Huntsman, Handsome Prince and many others. The cast and chorus are all local and are at present working hard at rehearsals to bring the best Panto ever to Briery Gap. Early booking is advisable and there are special rates for group bookings. Tickets are now available at Box Office 026 41793.
Performances: Matinees: Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Sat 20th and Sun 21st December at 3pm.
Evening performances: Friday 19th, Sat 20 and Sun 21st December at 8pm.
Tickets €15 Concessions €10.
Cast: Snow-white – Kelly Ann Healy. Stepmother – Maureen O'Brien. Dame- Jim .Leahy. King George- Pat O'Connell. Nanny- Treasa O'Riordan. Shifty- Pat Kelleher. Nifty- Con Foley. Nurse- Róisín Crowley. Fairy Queen- Carmel McCarthy. Prince- Eugene Lee. Mirror Mirror - Pat Brady. 7 dwarfs- Bobby Wolfe, Darren Faul, David Leahy, Richard O'Sullivan, Brian de Róiste, James Farrell, Stephen Coleman.
Briery Gap Christmas Pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 3pm. Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December at 8pm. Tickets €15/ €10. Rehearsals are now in progress but please note that the children's chorus is now full.
Louise Morrissey- A Country Christmas – Saturday at 27th December at 8.00pm €20
Coming in 2015: Sullan Players present The Real McCoy, February 19th – 21st. Tickets €12/€10
All Ireland 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival Finals 2015 February 27th.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Finals 2015 February 28th.
Hypnotist "Dale Thomas" February 22nd. Tickets €15/€10
Ross Browne – Professional Idiot 15th May. Tickets €12/€10
Frozen Sing-A-Long on Tuesday 23rd December at 1.30pm and 4p.m. Admission €3
Briery Gap has a new website at www.brierygap.ie. Check us out.
Sun. Dec. 14: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. 2014 Cemetery Mass from St. Colman's, Macroom.
6.30p.m. News and Sport. Christmas in Macroom 2014. De la Salle drama of Jim Larkin Lockout 1913.
Wed. Dec. 17 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Variety Show from St. Mary's Secondary School 1989. Christmas in the Lee Valley.
Sun. Dec. 21: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Interview with De la Salle missionary, Brother Charles and friends from Borneo.
6.30p.m. Repeat of Wed. and Thurs. programmes.
Wed. Dec. 24: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport. Looking at Christmas Past in the Lee Valley.
Macroom Senior Citizen/ Active Retirement Group annual Christmas Dinner on Thursday, December 11 at 1.30p.m. in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Tickets €25 available from Evelyn McSweeney, Middle Square. Telephone 026 41070
Coachford Local Market group wishes all their stallholders and loyal patrons a blessed Christmas Season and all that is good for 2015. The December Local Market in Coachford will be on Saturday 13, 10.30-1pm .We will host a visit from Santa in the GAA Hall, beautifully bedecked with the art work of children from all the surrounding schools. Festive fare, jewellery, knitwear, and other gifts and practical goods, books - new and once ( or twice!) loved and much more will be on offer. Tea/coffee €1 each . Come and enjoy the music ,fun and company.
Rás na gCon: Tá Cumann Peile Cill na Martra ag ullmhú d'Oíche Rásaí na gCon ar an 13ú lá de mhí na Nollag i gCurraheen Park, Corcaigh. Ag cabhrú leo, tá Paddy O'Callaghan le 'Lios Buí Con' John O'Riordan le 'Liss Louise' agus Diarmuid Ó Duinnín le 'Lios Buí Girl'. Ticéidí ar fáil go háitiúil don oíche. Beir bua!
Christmas Fair: Cloughduv Hurling Club are holding a Christmas Fair in the GAA Complex on Sunday the 14th of December from 12 to 4 p.m. There will be a selection of stalls, Communion Fashion Show, Cake Sale, Tea and Coffee and Santa Clause will be in his Grotto. Great ideas for Christmas and a fabulous afternoon out with craic and ceol. Free Admission. See you there.
Christmas by Candlelight: with Aileen Donohoe on Monday 15th December at 8pm in Fr Ryan Hall. Macroom in aid of Senior Citizens. Tickets, limited to 100, cost €20 and this includes Wine and Mince Pie Reception. Tickets available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Phone 026/41070. The entertainment will include numbers from Wicked, Mamma Mia, The Phantom, Beauty and the Beast etc.
Canovee G.A.A. Adult AGM Monday December 15th in the club portocabin at 7.30pm. All members and anyone who has an interest in football in the club is encouraged to attend.
Simon Benefit Concert with Greenshine, Conal Ó Gráda, Nell Ní Chróinín etc. on Sun. 21 Dec 9pm at An Musaeum at the Mills, Ballyvourney
The Lighthouse, The Square, Millstreet, will be open on Thursday mornings and each Saturday on the run up to Christmas for a drop in and look around at our selection of Christmas gifts, books and CD's. Saturday 6th December a Children's craft workshop will take place between 11am-3pm Drop in anytime and have a coffee and mince pie while the children get creative with an assortment of Christmas crafts.
Sunday 21st December Christmas Carol service at Drishane Castle 5pm-6pm All welcome, followed by Advent service at The Lighthouse 6.30pm
Tuesday 23rd December Christmas service 7pm. All are welcome to attend any of the above Methodist services. For more information contact Clare Newell on 086 3795764.
Muskerry Local History Society: Barry Keane will give a fascinating talk entitled Massacre in West Cork at Ballincollig Rugby Club on the night of Monday 19th January at 20:00. He will detail what happened in Ballygroman, Ovens and in and around Dunmanway in 1922.
Hair Cut: Jim Cunningham of The Carrig Inn would like to thank Marie and Noelle for cutting hair at the Mercy Hospital Fundraising event which raised €1324. Thanks too to all who supported this worthy cause and those who enjoyed the haircut, including Marie O'Donohue, Tim O'Riordan, Ger Pake, J. J Browne, Dan Browne, Noelle Bryan, Brian Kerins, Kieran Buckley, Henry Browne, Jim Cunningham, John Browne.
Muinefliuch N.S. Eileen, Jenny, Alison and Ruth of the Purlies Knitting Group at Macroom Library recently visited the school and presented some of their knitted fruit and vegetables (produced as part of Macroom Food Festival) to the children to be used as part of resources for the school's Aistear programme in the Infant Room.
Muinefliuch children Grace, Emily, Ava, Jack, Jamie and Conan recently participated in a Science quiz at UCC, which was organised by the Science Teachers Association. Both girls and boys teams did fantastically well, with the boys team achieving 3rd place overall, in a field of over forty schools from throughout Cork city and county.
Laochra Óg hurling club held its first A.G.M. recently and the following officers were elected for the coming year: Chairman, Liam Slattery. Secretary, Judy Buckley. Treasurer, Tim O'Mahony and P.R.O. Siobhán O'Shea. There was a large attendance and everybody looked back on a good first year and now look forward to 2015. Thanks to everyone for their support throughout the year. We invite adult players from Ballyvourney, Macroom, Clondrohid and Kilnamartyra who would like to play hurling with us to make contact on 087-0535589. For further information go to www.laochraog.com.
Muskerry Judo/ Sambo Club: Well done to Katie Power who won bronze; Tristen Delaney gold; Emma Hallissey gold; Aoife O Leary, silver; Ryan Delaney gold; Darragh Hogan bronze; Siobhan O Leary silver; Dylan Delaney 5th place; Bebhin Healy bronze; Margaret O Leary silver at the golden belt competition in Celbridge. A great result from everyone in a tough competition with competitors from France and Russia and Ireland. The standard was very high and great to watch and was a great experience for the younger members of the club who did there club and Macroom proud.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto. Nov. 25. Jackpot €2,600. Numbers drawn 7, 20, 36. No Winner. €70 Jack Cotter, Main St. €20 Clare Hartnett, Kilnagurteen. Mary Hayes, c/o Conor Buttimer. Denis O'Leary, Sleaveen East. Tom McSweeney, Codrum. Margaret Coakley, Inchigeela.
Dec. 2. Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn 6, 12, 23. No Winner. €70 Barra O'Driscoll, Sleaveen West. €20 John O'Mahony, Cork Street. Thady Oldham, Oakwood Court. Molly Vaughan, Kilnagurteen. John T. Roche, Dripsey. David O'Driscoll, Castleview.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Dec. 3. Jackpot €1,200. No winner. €70 Peter Lane, Clondrohid Village. €20 Dan Kelleher, Moulnahorna. David Eenney, Rylane. Claire Lucey, Masseytown. Anthony Hennigan, Carrigaphooka.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Dec. 7. Jackpot: €1,300.Numbers Drawn: 13 - 27 – 28 No Winner, €50 Martin Healy. €20 Lena Mai O'Donovan. Vincent O'Leary, Kilvoultra. Matt Twomey, c/o Laine. Tom O'Sullivan, Annagannihy. Christmas Prizes: Hamper, Trevor Burns. Voucher for Michael Twomey, Ann and Patrick Twomey. Whiskey, Paul O'Sullivan. Liam Cotter, Kilvoultra. .
Canovee G.A.A. Lotto Nov. 30. Jackpot: €10,800, Numbers Drawn: 13, 20, 21, 25. , No Winner. Hamper, Stephen Kelly, Kilmichael. €50 Bertie O'Neill, c/o Castlemore Arms. €25 John Bob O'Sullivan, Carrigadrohid. Aidan & Eileen Deasy, Aherla. John Barry Murphy, Cork.
Dec. 7. Jackpot: €10,950, Numbers Drawn: 10, 15, 16, 20. No Winner. Hamper: Neilus Condon, Newcestown. €50 Michael Deasy Aherla. €25 Mary O'Sullivan Nettleville. Michael Quinlan & Gobnait Byrne Carrigadrohid.
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 1/12/2014, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 21 – 24 – 26, No Winner, €40 Martin Griffin, €20 Angela Murphy, Sam Murphy, Louise, Pat & Ger, Diarmuid O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).
8/12/2014, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 6 – 13 – 24, No Winner, €40 Kate O' Mahony, €20 Eric Murphy, Geraldine Barry Murphy, Marie & Terry (Knockaneowen), Pat O' Keeffe (Yearly Ticket).
The local community is building a Monastery in Cúil Aodha and extend an invitation to all interested parties to join in the project. Pro bono, voluntary workers will have the opportunity to join in. The preferred first choice of residents is the Order of the Family of Bethlehem. A committee is in place after three public meetings and these meetings, which are open to everyone, will continue so as to discuss progress and take advice. The next meeting is on Monday December 15 in Árus Éamonn Mac Suibhne. This public discourse is to lead on to fundraising and site acquisition. The building will follow and land and buildings will be handed over on the day of dedication.
We would like to see a basic decision on the site by the end of 2014. We already have a generous offer of some land a distance away from the church and are currently exploring other possibilities. When the site has been selected, we will progress to the design of the Monastery and the first application for planning permission in the spring. Whilst we currently do have a prospective architect on board, we would welcome others for this pro bono work. The order will have specific requirements but the monastery itself is not very big. We expect that the initial community may be as few as five but we will provide for its growth to 12 in the first years (12 cells). Once the application is finalized we are looking for the various engineers/ quantity surveyors needed to draw up the lists of materials required. We will then publish and circulate these lists to all hardware stores in Munster and further afield and ask businesses and people to choose what items on the list they can provide for free. We will set up a mechanism so that people can purchase a brick or a slate etc., online so that people can support the project from far afield.
Work camps will be organised when the materials become available. People can donate their time to work with shovel or in kitchen or help to entertain those who volunteer for these work camps. Temporary camping accommodation will be set up for the summer months. We envision ceilidhes by night and chances for people to brush up on their Irish in the evenings as well. We are open to people from all over the world that are interested in seeing us succeed with this project.
The monastic community will be expected to recognise that we are in the Gaeltacht and we would hope that, with time, this would be a Gaelic speaking religious community. We would also expect them to provide a priest in the attached local church. The monastery should provide a spiritual retreat for clergy to renew their spirituality.So let us hope and pray that this project will succeed and be the start of a tide of renewal in the spirituality and return of belief and faith in our country. We would hope to lay the foundation stone some time during the summer of 1915 and hand over of the keys, buildings and land on New Years Day 2018.
Kathy Lehane, Ballingeary receives her Credit Union Art Competition prize from Tom Scriven, Chairman Chapter X1 Cork Credit Union, in the Crawford Art Gallery ©
On Sunday 21 December from 9pm a very special concert will take place in The Museum Bar at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, to raise much needed funds for the Simon Community. For many years Simon has been supporting and helping to accommodate the homeless and, with homelessness on the rise at an alarming rate, the Cork Simon Community needs our support more than ever. So it is with great pleasure that a group of local singers and musicians are getting together to put on a fun-filled night of music and song and the line-up is indeed impressive. Lining out for Simon will be Oireachtas winner Nell Ní Chróinín, Greenshine featuring Noel Shine, Mary Greene & Ellie Shine, Conal Ó Gráda & Richard Lucey, Ellie & Eimear, Banna Fliúit Loch a' Bhogaigh and The Thirsty Scholars who will round off the evening in robust and rollicking fashion. There are sure to be surprise guests along the way and who knows who might drop in! So do your bit for Simon and have a great night in the process at The Mills Inn. Donations large and small will be very gratefully accepted on the night and if you can't make the concert you can still show your support by going to the Simon Community website https://www.corksimon.ie where you can read the life stories of some of the people they have helped and donate what you can. Help make Cork cosy this Christmas and beyond.
Donoughmore Parish will hold its annual charity Vintage Tractor & Car Run on December 28th, starting from The Old Mill Bar, New Tipperary, with registration from 10.30am and the Run starting at 12 noon, following a local route. Refreshments before and after in The Old Mill. There is a €10 registration fee, which will go to Marymount Hospice and Donoughmore's Church Building Fund. We will have a raffle with great spot prizes on the day with music and craic in The Old Mill afterwards. It promises to be a great family day out with a special guest set to be on hand to launch the run at 12 noon. For sponsorship cards and general information please contact James on 0872392560.
This is 5th year of the vintage run, traditionally held close to Christmas. So far it has raised in excess of €30,000 for charities, Marymount Hospice being the main beneficiary along with the Children's Ward at the Mercy Hospital and a contribution was given towards the 2013 Cork Rose, Edel Buckley's trip to Calcutta.
Donal Skehan (Celebrity Chef) with admirers at Spar, Clondrohid ©Clondrohid Photographers
Macroom Ploughing Association will hold its annual ploughing match on Sunday January 4 ( weather permitting ) on the lands of Denis Murphy, Lee View, Macroom. All usual classes catered for. Results and music later that night in Coolcower House.
Blessing of Crib and Tree: There was a large crowd in Clondrohid for the blessing of the Crib and Christmas tree after 7.30pm Mass. The youth choir under the baton of Catherine Long excelled themselves once again with their carol singing. The Development Group has erected this crib and hope it will be a source of joy and happiness to all in Clondrohid. They would like to thank especially Ashleigh for all his time and hard work in putting it together. Thanks to his wife Terri for her contribution and to Dairygold for their assistance. They would like to thank those who helped to erect the tree and lights.
Lotto Win: Congratulations to Paudie and Teresa at the Tavern on their great win last week, when they took the jackpot of €6,000. Enjoy. Other winners on the night were €70 Ann Casey Ballyvourney, €20 Mary Kelleher Moulnahorna. Derry Crowley c/o CMP, Clare Mangan c/o Bingo. Peter Lane Clondrohid Village.
New Look Spar: A large crowd gathered in Spar, Clondrohid to welcome celebrity chef Donal Skehan to the new looking, spacious Spar Supermarket. Donal arrived to a warm welcome and chatted with everyone while he signed autographs and posed for photos. He gave out many free tickets to his show in the Briery Gap that night. Overall a great evening was had by all. Well done to all at Healys, Clondrohid. With many villages throughout Ireland losing their shops, it is great to see Healys Spar revamping. They deserve local support. Good luck in the future.
Creche Fundraiser: A massive Thank You to the cast of Celtic Steps The Show. It was a fantastic night at the fundraiser in The Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney. In particular, the Creche staff would like to thank Shane Creed for all his hard work behind the scenes beforehand and on stage! Go raibh míle maith agat Shane. To all of the people that supported them on the night, no doubt you enjoyed it. Also to the people that were unable to attend but contributed in their own way. A massive total of €3,200 was raised, money which they intend to spend wisely. Well done all round.
G.A.A News Married V Singles Charity game is fixed once again for St. Stephens Day at 11am with all proceeds going to Suicide Awareness. So plenty of notice for those players who may need to get into training. Clondrohid A.G.M was held recently, with a large attendance. Chairman Noel McDonagh stepped down, having given 6 years to the position. Noel worked very hard during his term and will be remembered especially for his great contribution to the recreational facilities now available in Clondrohid, the envy of many a parish. Tim McCarthy has replaced Noel and all in the club wish both Noel and Tim the best of luck. All other officers remained in place and were all commended on their hard work over the past year.
Entertainment in Carriganimma: Saturday night Dec 13 music by Peter Lane and on Sunday December 21 Santa is arriving by 'Boat' at 3pm, well worth marking it in your diary. Danny Golden is playing once again on St. Stephens's night, and on December 27 the Threshing Mill Boys by popular request. On December 28 they are having their big Christmas Draw, with 1st prize of €500. Other prizes include a Trailer of Turf, Fuel vouchers from Kelleher Oils totalling €150, a voucher for Mills Inn and many more. The famous Murphy Night Out is on December 29 with D.J. Mike, and on New Year's Eve Danny Golden is back again. They intend continuing with the entertainment in January. On Jan 3 , they are going to celebrate Women's Christmas a bit early by having a Strawing Night' with the Celts playing.
Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 8pm this year. Please take note of change of time. The St. Vincent de Paul collection will be taken at all masses on Sunday 14. Please give as generously as you can.
Book Launch: The official launch for "Heritage Houses of County Cork" takes place on Friday 19th December at 10am in the County Library, with County Mayor Cllr. Alan Coleman and Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey. All are welcome to come along to the launch on the morning of the 19th, with copies of the publication available for sale.
Múscraí Gaeltacht: A Conservation, Management and Interpretation Plan is being undertaken for the Múscraí Gaeltacht. Extensive background research has already been undertaken and there will be a number of public participation events in the New Year for everyone to share their suggestions and ideas for the preservation and promotion of Múscraí's wonderful heritage.
Muskerry Local History Society: Barry Keane will give a fascinating talk entitled Massacre in West Cork at Ballincollig Rugby Club on the night of Monday 19th January at 20:00. He will detail what happened in Ballygroman, Ovens and in and around Dunmanway in 1922.
John & Mary O'Connell with Eoin Ciara & Con visit Santa at Cill na Martra annual Christmas bazaar © Joan McLoughlin
Sláinte Chroí: Tháinig cainteoir ón "Irish Heart Foundation" chun labhairt leis an idirbhliain faoi shláinte chroí agus sláinte ghinearáilte. D'fhoghlaimaíodar conas iad féin a choimeád sláintiúil agus cosc a chur le galar chroí níos déanaí sa saol.
Liebherr: Chuaigh lucht na hidirbhliana ar turas go Liebherr i gCill Áirne. Taispeánadh an monarcha dóibh agus labhraíodh leo faoi phróiséis na craein a tháirgiú agus an trádáil idirnáisiúnta atá ar siúl ag an gcomhlacht. Lá an-suimiúil a bhí ann do dhaltaí agus do mhúinteoirí araon.
Sive agus scátáil oighir: Cuireadh an dráma "Sive" le John B. Keane i láthair san Everyman Theatre i gcathair Chorcaí agus thaistil na daltaí ón idirbhliain ann chun féachaint air. Tháinig na haisteoirí ó Amharchlann na Mainistreach i mBaile Átha Cliath chun an dráma a chur ar an stáitse. Bhain ár ndaltaí an-sult as an seó.
Scléip: Éacht nua é do dhaltaí na hidirbhliana ó Choláiste Ghobnatan páirt a ghlacadh sa chomórtas Gael Linn "Scléip". Chuir naonúir an sceitse "Aontas Eorpach" ar an stáitse agus ghlac ghrúpa amhránaíochta páirt sa chomórtas leis an amhrán aistrithe "Fíor Ghrá". Níor éirigh le haon ghrúpa dul tríd go dtí an chéad babhta eile ach ba mhaith linn tréaslú leo ar son na hiarrachta a rinneadar sa chomórtas.
Lá oscailte: Tháinig slua ó bhunscoileanna áitiúla ar cuairt go dtí an scoil. Bhaineadar triail as na hábhair éagsúla cosúil le adhmadóireacht, miotalóireacht, éacnamaíocht bhaile, eolaíocht agus ríomhaireacht. Bhaineadar an-thaitneamh as an lá eachtrúil.
Oíche oscailte: Tháinig a lán daltaí agus tuismitheoirí go dtí an oíche oscailte. Chuir daltaí agus muinteoirí fáilte rompu agus chuireadar taispeantaisí ar fáil ins na seomraí ranga éagsúla.
Cispheil na gCailíní: Bhí bua iontach ag foireann cispheile na gcailíní faoi 16. Bhíodar ag imirt i gcoinne foireann ó Eochaill agus an scór deiridh a bhí ann ná 40-15. Chomhgairdeachas cailíní!
Foireann cispheile fé 16 Coláiste Ghobnatan a bhuaigh Craobh an Chontae ©An Scoil
Clothes are officially the worst Christmas gift to receive according to a new poll. Fashion items that don't fit or just don't suit were the most likely gifts to spur heartfelt comments such as "You REALLY shouldn't have", with 18% of 1017 adults surveyed by Promocodes.ie saying they would really rather choose their own gifts. Perfumes, bath and shower items came in a close second on the Christmas gifts blacklist, with 14% of those polled saying they would be disappointed if a loved one placed these under the tree for them on Christmas morning. The traditional gift of handkerchiefs was deemed most unacceptable by 8% of respondents. One in ten surveyed said tacky underwear and novelty gifts were unwelcome. While most will turn over a new leaf in the new year, fitness equipment packed little punch, with 7% saying they just didn't want it for Christmas, followed by 6% turning their nose up at the prospect of unwrapping a scented candle. A plant bought at the petrol station came next at 5%, along with cheap and tacky jewellery. Finally, ornaments are the most likely Christmas gift to be sent straight to the attic or off to a jumble sale. Other disappointing gifts included socks, kitchen gadgets, cheap chocolates and DVDs. Spending more doesn't necessarily help the situation. Personal gifts can be a wonderful and cheap idea.
Learning your lines: Learn your lines with another person. Turn the lines into thoughts; this will keep them more natural. Have fun with your lines and don't be too precise about memorising every single word.
Managing nerves: Preparation is key, be as prepared as possible. If you think you're ready, practice 10 more times! Be 100% ready at least one day before your performance.
Christmas books for everyone.
Biography/ Autobiography. History. Sport. Fiction. Children. Cooking.
It's All in the Head by Majella O'Donnell €14.99. The Green Divide by Michael Barry €25. Test by Brian O'Driscoll €22.99. Grey Mountain by John Grisham €23.99. Nora Webster by Colm Tobin €16.99. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney €14.99. Food for the Fast Lane by Derval O'Rourke €19.99. ICA Book of Tea €19.99.
Many, many coffee table books. Truly something for everyone
At Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop, Macroom
LONG TERM LEASES
James is a retired farmer and is thinking of letting his land. After some discussion about his circumstances and his personal and family's goals for the future, I advised him that he could consider letting his lands for a short period and, if it goes well, he could consider leasing it for a longer term thereafter.
If you are retired from actively farming your lands, recently inherited farmland or invested in farmland, and do not intend to farm it yourself, you may wish to let your lands. Good farmland is increasingly difficult for farmers to access, especially young farmers, and with the milk quota being abolished in 2015, farmers will be seeking to maximise milk production and gain access to more land to achieve necessary scale and efficiency. Most farmers who need to enlarge their holdings cannot afford the enormous cost of purchasing land.
While legal advice is often sought in order to enforce the rights of a party after a dispute has arisen, it can be beneficial in terms of finances, goodwill and the well-being of the land to seek advice prior to entering into an agreement. It is important to think about the future and what use you may have for the land or part of it - for example, a child may wish to construct a dwelling house on part of the lands in a few years, and you will not be in a position to transfer the proposed site if the land is let, unless the tenant consents.
For jointly owned land all parties on title must be party to the lease. The upkeep of the land should be covered in the lease. The manner and time in which notice of termination by either party must be given is also important. The lease must specify that the tenant must carry his or her own insurance and must indemnify the landowner from all claims or liability arising from the tenant's use of the property. The land to be leased should be identified specifically with reference to maps and folio numbers. A tenant should not have a right to sub-let the land without the landlord's prior written consent. This is to ensure that the landlord retains control over who occupies their lands. Having entrusted possession of the lands to someone, the last thing a landowner wants is the tenant handing over the lands unilaterally to someone undesirable.
A common fear among landowners is that of people claiming squatter's rights over land. This is impossible if rent is being paid for the land on a regular basis. A lease protects the security of the land. However, in circumstances, tenants may have a right to claim renewal of the lease when the lease agreement ends. The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1994 provides tenants with a right to claim renewal of a lease at market value where the property leased consists predominantly of buildings or where the land attached to buildings is considered to be "subsidiary and ancillary" to the buildings. Also, under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1980, a tenant is entitled to seek renewal of a lease where they have been in occupation for more than twenty years or where they make substantial improvements to the property. However, under most lease agreements there is a prohibition on the tenant carrying out investments or improvements without permission of the owner. Thus, where a lease involves only land, or land together with some buildings but the buildings are subsidiary and ancillary to the land, the landowner can give a lease for up to twenty years without the tenant having any right of renewal.
In a situation where the farm leased involves a substantial amount of buildings and the land owner is concerned that the land may be deemed subsidiary and ancillary to the buildings, the landowner can protect his interest by having a lease for the land only and enter a licence or a letting for the temporary convenience of the landowner for the buildings on the land. In these circumstances the tenant would not have a right of renewal on the buildings or the land. If the farm consists predominantly of buildings such as cowsheds, intensive pig units and slurry pits the tenant would have a right to renewal of the lease at market value after a lease term of five years or more. A way to get around this is by granting a lease of the land only and granting either a licence or a letting for the temporary convenience of the landowner for the buildings on the land. In these circumstances the tenant would not have a right of renewal after five years.
A written lease is handy when details are forgotten or if there is a death of the tenant or the landlord. It is worth including a clause that any changes to the lease are to be agreed by both parties in writing. Having a detailed lease agreement in place, especially for a long term letting, will go a long way to avoiding any bumps in the road.
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.
Intermediate Football: Ardfert, Kerry 1-12 Valley Rovers, Cork 1-10.
Junior Hurling: Modeligo, Waterford 5-12 Castlemartyr, Cork 0-14.
These results mean that not one of the 6 Cork county champions won a Munster Club title this season!
Aghinagh GAA, November winners of Rebel Óg Award ©Ger Bonus
Aghabullogue 1-14 Naomh Abán 2-7
A week after losing the 'C' championship final to Naomh Abán, Aghabullogue turned the tables on their Gaeltacht opponents when the sides met in the league final at Tom Creedon Park, Macroom. Naomh Abán led at half time but Aghabullogue had drawn level by the three quarter stage and were worthy winners at the finish.
Aghabullogue: Luke O'Connor: Paul Ring, Killian Cooney, Tim McSweeney: Denis Desmond, Niall Barry Murphy, Sean Dineen: Greg Long, Sean Lane: Mathew Bradley, Ian BarryMurphy, Billy Casey: Cian O'Hara, Aodán Healy, David Thompson, Sean O'Connell, Colm Dennehy, Daniel O'Rourke, Gavin O'Flynn, Barry Fitzpatrick, Shane Tarrant and Christopher Murphy.
Naomh Abán: Gearóid Ó Luasa: Stiofáin Ó Murchú, Rónán de hÍde, Miceál Ó Ceallacháin: Cian Ó Suilleabháin, Brian de Róiste, Tadhg Ó Riordáin: Micheál Ó Duinnín, Concubhair Ó Murchú: Daithí Ó Tuama, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Diathí Ó hAileamhain: Eoin de Roiste, Piarais Ó Liatháin, Conchuir Ó Riordáin, Eoin MacCarthaigh, Diarmuid Ó Meaghair, Concubhair Ó Luasa, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Colm Ó Meaghair, Diarmuid Ó Tuama, Eoin Ó Scanaill, Darragh Ó Laoire, Donal Ó Deasúna.
De La Salle, Macroom 0-10 Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 0-9
De La Salle left their form of the two previous rounds far behind them when they fought back to gain a merited win over Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig in their final group game in Corn Uí Mhuiri at Cloughduv. Col Choilm were the favourites going into the game, having beaten Clonakilty and run Tralee to a narrow margin; De La Salle had been well beaten by both. A win for the Ballincollig school would have given them their passage to the quarter final stage. DLS were playing for their pride only but in truth it was the Macroom side which forced the pace for most of this game and they outscored their opponents by five points to two in the last ten minutes to turn a three point deficit into a one point victory. In addition, DLS had three goal chances denied by the excellence of the Coláiste Choilm goalkeeper, Christopher Kelly, whose counterpart, Ciarán O'Donoghue, was not nearly as busy. The outcome overall in the group is that Tralee and Clonakilty have qualified for the play off stages, Clonakilty having defeated the Kerry boys. Both DLS and Coláiste Choilm are eliminated.
Conditions at Cloughduv were good, the De la Salle side got off to a fine start with a point after two minutes from Blake O'Gorman and as they continued to be on top, Alan Quinn pointed two frees to make it 0-3 to nil after eleven minutes. Conor Hughes pointed a free in the 12th minute to get Col. Choilm on the scoreboard, and gradually they began to get the edge. In the 20th minute Hughes pointed another free and levelled the scores, again from a free, four minutes later as the DLS boys spoiled much of their good play with sloppy misplaced passes. Col Choilm went in front for the first time in the 28th minute when Eoin O'Shea had their first score from play and when DLS equalised with a Don Creedon point, Eoin O'Reillly put the Ballincollig side back in front, 0-5 to 0-4, with a point from a '45' just before the half time whistle.
De La Salle substitute Chris Óg Jones was denied a goal by the fast advance of Chris Kelly just after the restart, but Marco Healy levelled the scores once again with a point in the 35th minute. Points from a Conor Hughes free and Eoin O'Reilly had Col Choilm two clear after 40 minutes but De La Salle were not capitulating and stalemate ensued for a lengthy period with defences on top. In the 52nd minute Conor Hughes increased the lead for the eastern side with a point from play but DLS came hit back immediately with a point from a free from Alan Quinn after a foul on Joe Ryan. In the 55th minute Ryan was fouled again and pointed the resultant free himself and two minutes later levelled matters, again from a free. As DLS continued on the offensive, another free to Ryan yielded another point and the lead for DLS and when Denis Murphy equalised for Col Choilm, Joe Ryan kicked over the winner for DLS after Kevin O'Dwyer had made a strong run out of defence.
Scorers: De La Salle: J Ryan 0-4 (0-3 frees), A Quinn 0-3 (frees), B O'Gorman, D Creedon and M Healy 0-1 each. Col. Choilm: C Hughes 0-5 (0-4 f), E O'Reilly 0-2, E O'Shea and D Murphy 0-1 each.
De La Salle, Macroom: Ciarán O'Donoghue (Kilmichael): Jack Cronin (Macroom), Pádraig Hinchion (Kilmurry),Liam Wall (Kilmurry): Kyle Kelleher,(Kilmurry), Finbarr McSweeney (Iveleary), Kevin O'Dwyer (Macroom): Marco Healy (Kilmurry), Cathal Foley (Kilmichael): Alan Quinn (Macroom), Chris Foskett (Macroom), Blake O'Gorman (Macroom): Don Creedon (Macroom), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), Kevin Murphy (Kilmichael). Subs: Chris Óg Jones (h/t), Ronan O'Callaghan (Kilmichael) and John Cronin (Cill na Martra) (54).
Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig: Christopher Kelly (Éire Óg): John Kiely (Valley Rovers), James Lordan (Ballinora), Seán Desmond (Éire Óg): John Stanton (Inniscarra), Cian Kiely (Ballincollig), Declan Hyland (Inniscarra): Gearóid O'Donoghue (Ballincollig), Eoin O'Reilly (Ballincollig): Seán Curzon (Kilmurry), Daire McCarthy ( Éire Óg), Denis Murphy (Éire Óg): Kevin Browne (Ballincollig), Conor Hughes (Canovee), Eoin O'Shea (Éire Óg). Subs: K O'Riordan (Éire Óg)(41), B Hurley (Éire Óg)(50) Referee: Ed Walsh, Rathmore.
De la Salle Macroom, winners of the Éamonn O'Donoghue Cup Munster u15B Football Final at C.I.T. . © Lee Valley Outlook
De La Salle Macroom 2 – 16 Glanmire Community College 2 – 9
After an excellent game of football between two good teams, DLS came out on top at CIT Bishopstown in the final of Corn Éamonn Ua Donnchú, Munster Post Primary Colleges U15 B Football Championship. After being on top early on without much to show for it, DLS then fell behind on a 0-5 to 0-2 (Seán Desmond and Jack Kelleher the DLS scorers) scoreline by the end of the first quarter and Glanmire looked very impressive at this stage. Another point from a Seán Desmond free kept DLS in touch and when Seán pointed another free in the 18th minute there was only a point between the teams. Glanmire struck back immediately with a fine goal but DLS now showed great heart with their spirited response to this reverse. Dylan Foley pointed from play and Conor O'Leary added another point and then in the 24th minute a Seán Desmond free came in high to the Glanmire goalmouth, the goalkeeper blocked the ball down and Conor O'Leary was on hand to sweep it to the net to put DLS in front by a point, 1-6 to 1-5. DLS added four more points in the five minutes before half time, two from Seán Desmond frees and a point each from Jack Casey and Jack Kelleher from play to lead by 1-10 to 1-5 at the break.
Twice the teams exchanged points on the restart, Sean Desmond and Alex Murphy scoring for DLS, before Conor O'Leary repeated his feat of the first half, again being on hand to find the net when the ball went loose in the Glanmire goalmouth. Things now looked good for DLS but within minutes Glanmire were awarded a penalty and when Tiernan Quinn made a superb save the ball went loose and was belted to the net, 2-12 to 2-7 now the score. Glanmire followed up with a point but Josh de Lacey pointed for DLS in the 48th minute and Dylan Foley did likewise two minutes later to open up a six point gap. Glanmire had a point, Sean Desmond pointed a DLS free in the 56th minute. With time running out Glanmire were awarded a great chance of getting back into real contention when awarded another penalty but for a second time DLS goalkeeper Tiernan Quinn again made a superb save to deny them of the goal and in injury time Dylan Foley pointed a free to wrap up the victory for DLS.
De La Salle, Macroom: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): John Downey (Kilmichael), Seán O'Riordan (Iveleary), Seán McMahon (Macroom): Mark Dromey (Kilmurry), Jack Casey (Kilmurry), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry): James O'Mullane (Kilmurry), Seán Desmond (Clondrohid): Eddy Duggan (Clondrohid), Alex Murphy (Aghinagh), Jack Kelleher (Canovee): Conor O'Leary (Iveleary), Dylan Foley (Éire Óg), Josh de Lacey (Kilmichael). Subs: Kieran Condon (Macroom) (20), Mike Aynsley (Cill na Martra) (50), Alan McCarthy (Aghinagh) (55), and Jack O'Riordan (Macroom), Caelum Lynch (Kilmurry), Dylan Twomey (Macroom ), Eoin Moynihan (Canovee), Callum O'Shea (Clondrohid), Gerard Murphy (Kilmichael), Lloyd Asling (Kilmurry), Cilllian O'Donovan (Macroom).
DLS staff members Jack Cott and John Ryan were in charge of the team.
The Annual General Meeting of the Mid Cork (Roinn Mhuscraí) GAA Board was hosted by Dripsey GAA club at Griffin's Garden Centre. This was the eighty-ninth Annual gathering of the board and all clubs in the division were represented at this annual get together, formerly known as 'the convention' but now called the AGM. The business of the AGM was transacted speedily and efficiently under the direction of Muskerry Board Cathaoirleach JJ Long. The meeting was addressed by Bob Ryan, the outgoing Chairman, Pearse Murphy, Treasurer, Tracey Kennedy, outgoing PRO and Kieran McGann, Oifigeach na Gaeilige, all off Cork County Board GAA who dealt with topics such s the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh developments, the importance of the Cork GAA Clubs' Draw, Communications and the place of Scór in the GAA. The visiting speakers were loud in their praise of the efficient way that affairs were being run in Muskerry and overall the tone of the meeting was one of satisfaction at the completion of a good year's work with harmony prevailing.
All outgoing officers were returned unopposed so the line up for next year is: Uachtarán:- Aibhistín Ó Cruimín, Innis Cartha. Leas-Uachtaráin:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Antóin Ó Mathúna, Baile Nóra, Pádraig Ó Mathúna, Innis Cartha, Aubert Ó Tuama, Baile an Chollaigh. Cathaoirleach:- Séamus S. Ó Longaigh, Cill Mhuire. Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Pádraig Ó Maoleóin, Éire Óg. Rúnaí:- Liam Ó Buachalla, An Druipseach. Cisteoir:- Seán Ó Críon, Achadh Bolg. Oifigeach Poiblíochta:- Daithí Ó Laoi, Béal Atá'n Ghaorthaidh. Oifigeach Forbartha:- Proinnsias Mac Cárthaigh, Baile an Chollaigh. Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Pádraig Ó Céilleachair, Baile an Chollaigh. Outgoing CCC Members: West:- Dónal Ó Cróinín, Cill na Martra. East:- Seán Ó Finneadha, An Druipseach.
Board Rúnaí William Buckley presented a very comprehensive report on the activities of the year. Among the items highlighted were the addition of a new Hurling club in West Muskerry called Laochra Óg and its aim to promote hurling in West Muskerry, drawing players from Clondrohid, Macroom, Cill na Martra, Naomh Abán and others; Kilmichael reaching its first Junior A hurling final the launch of the Muskerry GAA/ Auld Triangle Sports Awards scheme with the aim of promoting Muskerry GAA and highlighting outstanding performances and Ballincollig winning their first County Senior football championship.
The report states that the Muskerry division boasts a rich history in Gaelic Games with 22 clubs. The Board ran 19 Competitions in 2014, and 387 games were played in both Football and Hurling. The Junior A Football championship was still the number one attraction, and Kilmurry and Aghinagh made it to the final, which was played in Macroom in mid-September on a glorious Sunday afternoon, before a huge crowd. Kilmurry regained the title, which they last held in 2012 and went on to defeat St Mary's in the first round of the County only to be beaten by Millstreet in the Semi-Final. In Junior A Hurling, Cloughduv and Kilmichael contested the final which was played in Coachford. Kilmichael were making their first appearance in the Junior A hurling final and congratulations must be extended to them for the strides they have made in recent years. Cloughduv won and again were very unlucky against Castlemartyr in the County Championship.
In U21 Football, the kingpins of Muskerry in recent times, Ballincollig, made it all the way to the county final only to beaten by Nemo Rangers in a replay. Macroom, winners of the B championship, were beaten at semi-final stage by Ballinascarthy. Aghabullogue denied Blarney a four in a row in U21 A Hurling, but were well beaten by a strong Blackrock side in the county. Muskerry participated in the Duhallow U21 Football Invitational Tournament and after defeating East Kerry were beaten by Clonakilty.
Some areas of concern are: Gate receipts and attendances were down this year on 2013 figures; Scór is now struggling, with fewer clubs competing; Muskerry hurling is a cause for concern at the moment. Clubs were asked for their opinions. Certain suggestions were made and any other suggestions or ideas would be welcome.
Muskerry Teams: We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championships. Preparation for the football and hurling was very well organised but we failed to make any impact in Hurling. With no backdoor for the Divisional teams this year, our hurlers had only one outing (vs. CIT), who, as usual, are a very well organised outfit. Our footballers had a long campaign, reaching quarter-final stage, and had great victories over UCC, Duhallow and St Nicholas, only to be beaten by the eventual champions, Ballincollig. There seems to be little appetite at County Board level for Divisional teams and until the day comes that we are allowed into the County Championship proper it will be very difficult for any divisional team to survive. Hopefully, someone someday will see the advantage of junior and intermediate players playing senior grade. Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by John Feeney (Dripsey), Manager, and selectors, John Sexton (Ballincollig), Willie Barrett (Aghabullogue), Dave O'Brien (Blarney), James O'Leary (Éire Óg) and Peadar Murphy (Inniscarra). In charge of the football team were Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), Manager, John O'Callaghan (Iveleary), John O'Shea (Éire Óg), Matt O'Leary (Aghinagh) and Dermot O'Riordan (Kilmichael).
Football Results: Muskerry 2-13 UCC 1-11; Muskerry 0 -15 Duhallow 0-14; Muskerry 4-14 St Nicholas 1-06; Muskerry 1-09 Ballincollig 0-20
Junior A Hurling. Nine teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played. The expectation was that Cloughduv would be the team to beat in this year's championship and it was no surprise when they reached the final again and became champions of Muskerry, with the other finalists, Kilmichael, appearing for the first time in a Junior A hurling final. It was a big occasion for the Kilmichael club and they are to be congratulated for the great work that is being carried out by them in recent times.
Junior B Hurling. Nine teams were entered in this Grade, all club second or third teams. Blarney and Cloughduv contested this final and after a very high standard match Blarney were crowned Champions.
County B Hurling and Football. There was no internal competition for these clubs this year, as it was run on a County wide basis. Uibh Laoire took part in the County B hurling championship and had a good few games in this competition, beating Gabriel Rangers in the Preliminary Round, losing to Dromtarriffe in Round 1, beating Belgooly and Lismire in rounds 2 and 3 before being beaten by Dromtarriffe in Round 4. In football, Gleann na Laoi lost to both Araglin and Whitechurch in Rounds 1 and 2.
U21A Hurling. Six teams contested this competition, which is now one of our better hurling competitions. Were it not for the fact that some common sense prevailed, and we were given some extra time, we couldn't have completed our competition. Blarney, going for four in a row, were highly fancied going into the final but were beaten by a very good Aghabullogue team in what was a very entertaining game. Aghabullogue came up against a very strong Blackrock team in the first round of the County.
U21 B Hurling. Three teams competed in this competition in a Round Robin style championship, with Ballinora defeating newcomers, Laochra Óg, in the final. Ballinora were defeated by Na Piarsaigh in the first round of the County championship.
U21 C Hurling. Just the two teams competed in this final with Kilmichael beating Blarney's second team.
Junior A Football This is our premier competition, with fourteen teams entering the draw, and with some great matches being played all around the division. Canovee, regraded from Intermediate, were strongly fancied, with Kilmurry, Iveleary and Kilmichael also being expected to do well. Macroom hosted the final, a huge crowd came to support Aghinagh and Kilmurry and Kilmurry came out on top.
Junior B Football Thirteen teams were in the draw for this one, with Naomh Abán and Kilmurry making it to the final at Macroom. Champions, Naomh Abán can look forward to competing at Junior A level next year.
Junior C Football Ten teams entered this competition, with Macroom, having some experienced players available, proving too strong for all other competitors.
U21 A Football Ballincollig continue with their dominance in this grade, defeating a newly formed amalgamation team of Clondrohid and Uibh Laoire, called Traolach Mac Suibhne, in the final. Ballincollig made it all the way to the county final, only to beaten by Nemo Rangers in a replay.
U21 B Football This was a very competitive section in our U21 competitions, which any one of a number of teams could have won. Macroom defeated a fancied Inniscarra team in the final played at Carrigadrohid, but lost to Ballinascarthy in the County Semi-Final.
U21 C Football This proved to be another very competitive championship and Cill na Martra and Ballinora met in the final, played in Carrigadrohid. Cill na Martra proved to be better footballers on the day and another trophy went back to the West.
U21 D Football Only two teams competed in this competition with Dripsey just shading it over Aghinagh. It is hoped that we will have more teams in this competition in the coming year.
Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí have been extremely busy both in the division and throughout the county. In early January an information evening was organised with the Muskerry Junior Football Managers to discuss the new rules in football. While the Black Card in particular, has taken time to settle in, all agree that it has greatly reduced the amount of cynical fouling. Our annual in-service course was held in Cloughduv in early February and was very well attended. We offer a sincere thanks to Pat Moore and John Motherway for providing an interesting and informative course. Regular meetings were held throughout the year to discuss the implementation of the new rules and other ongoing issues. A special thanks to Aghabullogue GAA for the use of their excellent facilities to hold our meetings.
The Cumann Réiteoirí Mhúscraí Hall of Fame recipient was Larry O'Flynn, a renowned referee for Éire Óg for many years. This was a well merited and justified award for Larry. The award was presented at our annual Christmas Function and, we also held our annual Pitch & Putt outing in Kilmichael in February and a special thanks to John Horgan who sponsored this year's main prize. Not only do Muskerry referees officiate at divisional level but also officiate at games for Rebel Óg and Coiste Chontae Chorcaí. To all the referees who officiated at our Divisional Championship Finals, 'well done' on your efforts on what is always a proud day for any referee. As usual the appointments for the Divisional Finals were evenly distributed and we compliment the Board for their fairness in this regard.Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage clubs to seek out any members from within their own ranks who are interested in becoming referees.
Muskerry referees who refereed County Championship Finals in 2014: Michael Myers - Junior B Hurling Replay. David Murnane- Premier Intermediate Football. Diarmuid Kirwan- Minor Premier 1 Hurling Replay. Peter Downey- U16 Premier 2 Football. Miah Moynihan- U15 Premier 1 Hurling. Daithí Ó Murnáin, Rúnaí Referees. A special 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches.
The following is an outline of development work undertaken and in the pipeline for clubs in this Division in 2014: Aghinagh: CLG Aghinagh have re-sanded their pitch, repaired the stop nets and are completing a new club house with hall and gym. Ballincollig: CLG Ballincollig undertook the construction of new subs dugout on their second pitch this year. Also for the same pitch, corrective maintenance was carried out on the generator for the floodlights on this pitch. Ballinora: CLG Ballinora continued the development of facilities at it's Ballymah premises. This included the drainage of the land previously acquired, and the development of a training pitch that will be available for all of their teams when their other pitches would be unfit for use. This new facility has been fenced and drained with goals at each end with plans to erect ball stop nets (subject to clearance from Cork County Council planning office). Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh: CLG Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh erected new fencing to the back of the pitch and drainage works were also carried out to their pitch. Blarney: Blarney have continued with the development of their additional pitch, secured in 2012, including, sanding etc., re-sodding of goal mouths in main pitch, purchase of two no. portacabins to act as a club gym and improvement works to these portacabins have commenced. It is anticipated thatthe gym will be fitted out and ready for use in January 2015. Canovee: Canovee hopes to build a new club house in the next year or two. Plans have been drawn up and are nearly ready to apply for planning permission. Cill na Martra: The up-grade of Páirc Uí Chuana is moving towards completion. Playing area has been upgraded to sand base standard, as well as associated drainage. Synthetic goalmouths have also been installed. New goalposts and nets will be put in place in the near future. New fencing around playing area has been put in place. The infrastructure for floodlighting has also been put in place and it is hoped that this will be completed during 2015. Clondrohid: Clondrohid Community Recreational Facilities Group with the support of Clondrohid GAA club have recently completed their 5 year facilities development plan. The community complex now has a GAA pitch, a 80m x 35m floodlit AstroTurf pitch, a 250m floodlit 4 lane running track and a 1km walkway around the complex, together with an upgraded solar heated shower system in the dressing rooms. The GAA club also re-fenced the GAA pitch during the year, repainted the goalposts and replaced the old netting. Cloughduv: Works carried out by CLG Cloughduv in 2014 included laying tarmac at the main gate to improve the entrance to the complex, repairing goal mouths on all three pitches (seeding and re-sodding) and replacement of all draw ropes on the ball nets to the rear of all of the goals. Donoughmore: In 2014 CLG Donoughmore have completed the installation of floodlights to their all-weather training pitch. Éire Óg: Membership numbers at Éire Óg have continued to grow in recent years and it has been necessary to move forward with the next phase of development with the key focus on delivering a new full pitch playing surface with a top level lighting system facilitating year round activity. In February a development committee was put in place to deliver the following: Phase 1 (current): Development of sand and soil based pitch (replacing existing main pitch), installation of floodlighting system, provision of netting and fencing toilet facilities serving pitches 2 and 3. The total cost of Phase 1 is in excess of €300,000. Phase 2 (future): Development of covered stand to main pitch CLG Gleann na Laoi: CLG Gleann na Laoi re-drained half of their pitch this year and plan to sand and verti-drain the whole pitch next year. Grenagh: Grenagh purchased land, developed and seeded a pitch in 2014. Inniscarra: In 2014 Inniscarra GAA embarked on upgrading their club house. It has recently been named the Tadgh Ó Muirí (Tim Murray) club house. They also sanded their club pitch, purchased goalmouth nets and purchased some underage equipment for the juvenile section (goalposts) etc. Iveleary: 2014 saw extensive developments to the Uibh Laoire GAA playing field with the erection of a new perimeter fence, excavation and levelling of both banks, widening of the current playing dimensions, re-seeding of both goal mouths and new sidelines, moving of floodlights and building of new dug-outs, as well as the completion of dressing room renovations which began in 2013. Kilmurry: The main development works undertaken by Kilmurry GAA Club in 2014 was the repair and replacement of ball stop nets and poles behind goalposts and the repair and replacement of some pitch lights. Macroom: Macroom GAA Club carried out the following developments during 2014 (1) Sanding programme, verti draining and re-sodding at Castle Grounds €14,500, (2) Installation of new irrigation system in Castle Grounds €24,500. (3) New Floodlighting installed at Castle Grounds €126,400. Naomh Abán: Developments carried out by Naomh Abán this year included the sanding of their pitch. They are hoping to start on the development of the dressing rooms in March 2015. I wish to express my thanks to the various clubs who provided the information for this report. All clubs are to be complimented on the ongoing improvement in facilities at their venues. Those works always involve considerable finances and this invariably means fund raising by Clubs. Grants by Munster Council greatly help and are very important and much appreciated by Clubs.
Sports Capital Funding. Clubs hoping to access the next round of the Sports Capital Programme should note that they need to register using Online Sports Capital Register (OSCAR). Proinnsias MacCarthaigh, Oifigeach Forbartha (Development Officer)
Venues My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do. Despite the huge amount of games that are now played, clubs are always willing to accommodate this board. Also, my thanks to those people who collect monies at the gates, which is surely not an easy job.
Media My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy, Echo, and Michael Scanlon of C103, all of whom provide great coverage of Divisional activities.
Congratulations to John O'Callaghan on captaining Cork on winning an All Ireland Intermediate hurling Championship, and to team member Colm Casey, Inniscarra. Congratulations also to Jerry Linehan, Inniscarra, who acted as selector.Cork Minor footballers: Congratulations to Cian Kiely, Ballincollig, Sean O'Donoughue, Inniscarra, Michael Lordan, Ballinora, John Mullins, Éire Óg, Mícheál Ó Deasúna, Cill na Martra, Dónal Ó Duinnín, Cill na Martra and Mícheál Ó Duinnín, Naomh Abán, Cork Minor Hurlers: Congratulations to S O'Donoughue, Inniscarra, T O'Connor, Inniscarra, S Bourke, Grenagh and John Mullins, Éire Óg. Congratulations are also extended to the secondary schools for the huge amount of work that they put into our games, and especially to Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, on winning All Ireland Senior B football championship, to Coláiste Ghobnatan on winning All Ireland Senior C Football championship and De La Salle College, Macroom, for making it to the final of the Corn Uí Mhuirí championship. Finally congratulations to Eire Og for capturing their first County Intermediate football title.
Sponsorship Our Thanks again is extended to our sponsors during the past year: Quish's Super Valu, Ballincollig, Ballincollig Credit Union, Ross Oil, Farnanes, MJK Oils, Clondrohid, Macroom Motors Services, Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran The Auld Triangle, Macroom, Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cumnor Construction, Blarney, Lee Valley Clothing, Inchigeela Match Sponsorship. The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors. of the participating teams. Man of the Match Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations - O'Mahony Walsh & Associates for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Michael O'Riordan for his generous sponsorship of these receptions.
Tributes Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their reward since our last AGM: Tommy Drinan Ballinora, Catherine Murphy Aghabullogue, Denis Lyons Blarney, DickTarrant Aghabullogue, Tim Murphy (former sec.) Ballincollig, Tommy Golden, Donoughmore.
Conclusion. Also, I would like to thank JJ Long for his continued support. I would also like to thank the club delegates for all their help and cooperation, and I look forward to working with you again for the year ahead. 2015 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead and I look for forward to see ye all in the new year on the 17th of January at the Oriel Hse Hotel for the sports star awards and selection of Junior Hurling and Football teams of the year 2014. These teams are kindly sponsored by O'Mahony-Walsh and Macroom Haulage-Paddy Murphy Fuels, Macroom. Liam Ó Buachalla, Rúnaí.
This new venture taken up by the board would not be possible only for the generous sponsorship of Michael and Eileen O'Riordan of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard working committee for the time and effort put in to organise these monthly events. This committee is chaired by John Feeney, Dripsey and the other members are Anne O'Riordan Secretary/PRO, Cloughduv, Michael O'Riordan, Auld Triangle, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Wm. Buckley, Dripsey, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig and Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig. We are very grateful to the latter three for the Media coverage we get every month and also, we would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work. We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
Monthly winners were: March – Sean Kiely Ballincollig GAA Club. Sean was an integral part in UCCs victory in the Sigerson Cup. On a club level he played his part in Ballincollig's U21 A Mid Cork Championship title, as well as representing his County in successful U21 Championship games against Kerry and Limerick in the Munster Championship. April – Fintan Goold, Macroom. Fintan was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Muskerry footballers win in the County Senior Championship against UCC in early April. May – Briege Corkery, St Val's. The 2014 Cork Ladies Football captain was honoured for her performance against Dublin in the Football League Final. Since Briege received this award she has won an All Ireland Camogie with Cork and an All Ireland and All Star Award for her football exploits. June – John O'Callaghan, Inniscarra. John was Captain of the Cork Intermediate Hurling team, All Irekland Champions 2014. July – Mícheál Ó Cróinín, Naomh Abán. Micheáll was honoured for his performances in his club's games championship games against Ballinora. Michéal is certainly not lacking in spirit, commitment and dedication to his club. August – Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael. Peter was outstanding in championship games in August and had a pivotal role getting Kilmichael to their first Mid Cork Junior A Final. September – Rena Buckley, Inniscarra Camogie. Rena has been a constant in the Cork Senior Camogie Team and was a contributing factor in their All Ireland win. Between hurling and ladies football Rena has a haul of 14 All Ireland Medals. October – Patrick Kelly, Ballincollig. When it came to the final award of the year, one man stood out. Patrick Kelly, was one of the main figures on Ballincolligs Senior Football championship triumph.
The year started with the Scór na nÓg competition. We had competitors in most competitions with six clubs entering in total. Most of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act. The standard was high with all 1st placed winners progressing to the County Final. Aghabullogue won the Question Time section in the County Final and progressed to the All-Ireland Final. Aghinagh came second in the Ballad Group section, with Kilmurry coming second in the Set Dancing section in the County Final.
Muskerry results in Scór na nÓg were as follows: Figure Dancing: 1st Kilmurry 2nd Grenagh. Solo Singing: 1st Paul Sheehan, Grenagh 2nd Miriam Cronin. Instrumental Music: 1st Ballinora 2nd Iveleary.Recitation: 1st Paul Barry Murphy, Grenagh. Ballad Group: 1st Aghinagh Set Dancing: 1st Kilmurry 2nd Grenagh. Question Time: 1st Aghabullogue.
We had competitors in five competitions. All of the competitions were poorly entered, with no competitors in the Novelty Act, Figure and Set Dancing. The standard was high with all 1st placed winners progressing to the County Final. Tracey Cronin, Iveleary won the Solo Singing Section in the County Final; she progressed to the Munster Semi-Final. The Question Time was held on a separate night with all clubs in the county invited to attend. Four teams from Muskerry entered Kilmurry, Dripsey, Ballinora and Éire Óg, with Dripsey coming 3rd.
Muskerry results in Scór Sinsear were as follows: Solo Singing: 1st Tracey Cronin, Iveleary 2nd Con Feeney, Dripsey. Recitation: 1st John Feeney, Dripsey. Instrumental Group: 1st Grenagh Ballad Group: 1st Dripsey.
They were divided into three semi-finals as the entries were so high. Inchigeela and Coachford were the venues for the 3 semi-finals with 2 qualifying for the final in each section. The final was held in Ovens. The standard in all competitions was very high and many of our competitors reached the County Final. Shona White, Rusheen, won the Solo Singing section in the County Final, with Ballyvongane National School coming 2nd in the Balled Group. Congratulations to Rusheeen National School on winning the overall shield for best school in the County.
Muskerry results in Scór na bPáistí were as follows: Figure Dancing: 1st Aghabulllogue Camogie 2nd Aghinagh Football 3rd Courtbrack. Solo Dance: 1st Katie Ann Crean, Ballinora 2nd Caitriona Moynihan, Canovee National School, 3rd Clara Roche, Grenagh Hurling. Solo Singing: 1st Shona White, Aghinagh Football 2ndCiara Beechinor, Farran National School, 3rd Aoife Mc Carthy, Ballyvongane National School. Instrumental Music: 1st Scoil Chúil Aodha 2nd Scoil Lachtaín Naofa, Cill na Martra 3rd Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne. Solo Instrument: 1st Orla Ní Chróinín, Baile Mhúirne 2nd David Kelleher, Muinefluich 3rd Anna Barry Murphy, Grenagh Football. Recitation: 1st Rory O'Sullivan, Cloghroe National School 2nd Luke Walsh, Grenagh Hurling, 3rd Rebecca Sheehan, Farran National School. Balled Group: 1st Ballyvongane National School 2nd Rusheen National School 3rd Cloghroe National School. Novelty Act: 1st Rusheen National School 2nd Ovens National School 3rd Farran National School Question Time: 1st Rusheen National School 2nd Muinefluich National School 3rd Cloghroe National School. Set Dancing: 1st Rusheen National School 2nd Aghabullogue Camogie 3rd Scoil Abán Naofa, Baile Mhúirne. Denis O'Donovan trophy for the best school/club: Rusheen National School. Niall Casey Cup for the best overall club: Grenagh. - Máire Ní Dhonnabháin, Rúnaí Scór.
Cork Camogie celebrated a hugely successful season when close on four hundred people attended the Board's Gala celebration night in the Rochestown Park Hotel recently. Amongst the guests were Lord Mayor Cllr. Mary Shields; President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor, Munster Council chairman, James Moynihan; Tracey Kennedy PRO Cork GAA; Jim and Niamh Barry and their team from Barry's Group Mallow, sponsors of the county teams; John McHale and Linda Mellerick, Evening Echo; Finbarr Mc Carthy 96/103fm and captains and players of all the winning Cork teams. Medals were presented to the victorious teams whilst the County Board made presentations to the various managements.
Also launched by the president on the night was a calendar with pictures celebrating a hugely successful year. Pride of place are photos of the All Ireland winning, Cork Senior team; the Division 2 National league winning side; the Munster Intermediate, Minor and Junior champions, plus the Under 15 team who won the All Ireland regional title. The county's Under 16 A and B team are there as well as the clubs who hit the headlines and took championship titles during the year, plus a host of pictures of award winners, championship day and the joy of success. Team pictures, together with the player of the match and captains, are all on display in what is a fantastic publication.
Bhí Cruinniú Cinn Bliana Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh ar siúl le déanaí, le slua ollmhór i láthair agus tá an áthas orainn go bhfuil a lán daoine nua ag tógaint postanna mar roghnaitheoirí agus ag treanáilí i mbliana.
The secretary and treasurer gave comprehensive reports on the club's activities, both on and off the field. The clubs main achievements were the successes of the Minor team who won the Rebel Óg West Cork league and championship final. They then went on to win the county league by defeating Clann Droichead by a point. They were unlucky to have lost out in the championship final to the same Clann Droicheadh team two weeks previously. All outgoing officers were re-elected for the coming year.
Following the meeting the minor panel were presented with training tops by sponsors Martin and Emma Thomas, Tigh Seartan. Sponsorship was greatly appreciated. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
Oíche rásaíochta: Beidh oíche rásaíochta i dTigh Seartan ar an 20ú lá de Nollag. Tá ticéadaí ar fáil ó baill an gcumann. Fáilte is fiche roimh chách.
The All Ireland Even Ages Cross Country championships were held in Dundalk, West Muskerry A.C. had no less than 17 athletes competing and they brought home a haul of one gold and ten silver medals between them. Medals were awarded to the first 12 individual finishers, the first three provincial teams, the first three county teams and the first three club teams. The standard of competition was extremely high with over 160 runners in every race.
In Girls U 12 2,000m Shannon Cotter was competing with the Cork team. After a great run Shannon just missed out on an individual medal but helped Cork to the All Ireland Gold in the county section. In Girls U 14 3,000m Caitlin Hurley, Jennifer Cotter, Sarah Kelleher and Annie Maher ran really well and the team finished in 7th place in the club section. Caitlin finished just outside the individual medals and Jennifer and Sarah helped Cork to take the silver medals. In Boys U 14 3,000m Connor O'Neill ran a fantastic race despite running up an age. Connor determinedly ploughed through the muck and water and even though just missing out on an individual medal he won silver with Cork and silver with Munster also. West Muskerry finished 10th in the club section with Connor being joined by Brian McNabola, Eoin Moynihan, James Downey, Tadgh Manning and Eoin McNabola, all performing really well in their first All Ireland. In Boys U 18 6,000m West Muskerry had three runners and all finished in the medals. Garry O'Sullivan won a silver medal with Munster and a silver medal with Cork. Billy Cronin won a silver medal with Munster and a silver with Cork and Seamus Gallagher was rewarded with a silver medal with Cork after a great final lap.
In Junior Women 4,000m the three West Muskerry ladies , Rachel O'Shea, Sharon O'Sullivan and Stephanie O'Sullivan all worked really hard throughout the race and Rachel powered her way to the finish to help Cork secure the silver medals. It was a great learning experience for Sharon and Stephanie as they will be Junior for another two years.
West Muskerry athletes had a fantastic day at Watergrasshill at the Munster B Cross Country Championships. Twins Sharon and Stephanie O'Sullivan competed in the Girls U19 3,000m and there was a terrific sprint finish. Sharon took the gold and sister Stephanie followed close behind to take the Munster silver. In Boys U17 3,000m Colm O'Mahony ran a superb race and was well deserving of the Bronze medal. In Boys U15 2,500m Chris Maher ran a great race and with the top 12 very close together coming down the straight, Chris worked hard to secure his 11th place medal and also took a silver medal with the Cork team. Team mate John Downey just missed out on the medals after a fine run. In Girls U13, Katelyn Kelleher and Sarah O'Neill competed brilliantly on the 1,500m course. Both girls stayed together and on the final hill had themselves in 2nd and 3rd places and Sarah had just enough to hold off her team mate to take the silver with Katelyn taking the bronze. Both girls helped Cork to take the Gold in the inter county competition and the club team won the bronze medals with Sarah and Katelyn joined by Gráinne Twomey and Dearbhla Walsh. In Boys U11, Conor Lucey and Conor O'Leary ran really well and despite running up an age finished very strongly. In the Girls U11 Aoife Lucey won a gold medal with the Cork team and was just pipped for an individual medal. Aoife captained her team to the bronze medals in the team event where she was joined by Niamh McNabola, Danielle O'Neill, Aisling O'Leary, Brigin Kelleher, Beibhinn Moynihan and Roiosin Walsh.. The Boys U11 team also performed well with all 4, MacDara O'Conaola, Dylan de Faoite, James McCarthy and Paul Downey, all finishing strongly and showing great promise.
The Boys U9 750m was an extremely fast race with two downhill stretches. James Lucey ran a great race and just missed out on a medal with the Cork team. His team of James Lucey, Michael Downey, Graham Lynch and Oscar Cussen Walsh are all showing promise for the future.
West Muskerry had three runners competing in the Masters 700m overa very tough course. Michael McSweeney, Jeremy Kelleher and Jerry O'Mahony all ran strongly to the finish.
Macroom Seniors at the Christmas party at Macroom G.C. © Lee Valley Outlook
In the AUL Premier A League, Dillons Cross Athletic had a 2-1 win over Macroom A. Macroom A lost 4 -1 to Innisvilla at home in the AUL Premier A league.
Macroom Youths had a 5-0 away win over College Corinthians in the FAI Youths Cup 2nd round game and got a walkover from Ringmahon Rangers in the Division One Youths league
Macroom B notched another win in the AUL Div.3, defeating Castlelack in the Town Park on 4-1 scoreline. Macroom were well on top early on and after 20 minutes Jerry Kelleher had the ball in the Castlelack net. Thirty seconds later the Macroom defence stood off an attacking player who rifled the ball to the net to level the score. Macroom went back in front on 37 when Noel Leahy sent in a low drive from a corner and the ball was sent to the net by a defender and Macroom's Andrew Hegarty made it 3-1 just before the break. Macroom finished off this game on 65minutes when Barry Healy shot from outside the box straight to the net. This was a great team performance and was repeated against Waterloo A at Whitechurch with a 4 -2 win for Macroom in the second round of the County Cup. Scorers: Bryan Bradley 2 Barry Fitzgerald 1 and an OG. Macroom B play Pearse Celtic in the President's cup semi final on December 14.
Results from the Cork Schoolboys League: Under 11(Div 2): Macroom 9 Ballincollig 1: (Div 5) Macroom A 2 Lakewood Athletic 6. Under 13: St. Marys 1 Macroom 1, U14: Corinthian Boys 2 Macroom 1.