Lee Valley Outlook Jan. 9 2014 v11e1

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Winter Glow at Sullane Weirs © Lee Valley Outlook

LeeValley Diary

Macroom Library:
Tots Time on Fridays at 12 noon.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon.
Gramophone Recital: Mon. Jan. 13 at 11a.m.
Bridge: Wed., Jan. 15, 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. Jan. 20 at 11.30a.m.
Briery Gap:
Wadjda Mon. 13th Jan. at 8.30p.m.
Pat Shortt Fri. 17th Jan. at 8.00pm. SOLD OUT
The Pyke Theatre Group on Sat. 25th Jan. @ 8.00pm.
Blue Jasmine Mon. 27th Jan. at 8.30p.m.
Shun Li and the Poets Mon. 10th Feb. at 8.30p.m.
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Sat. 15th Feb. @ 8.00 pm
Cara O'Sullivan, Sat. 22nd Feb. at 8.00pm.
Renoir 24th Feb. at 8.30 pm

Night Class Enrolment at McEgan College on Mon. 13th Jan. 7.30 to 8.30 pm.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Dance in The Riverside Park Hotel on Sat. Feb.1st 9.30pm

Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.

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

Macroom Updates

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Babes in the Wood go west for Christmas panto in the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

Babes in the Wood

The 2013 Christmas panto at the Briery Gap was a resounding success, with capacity audiences throughout. A huge voluntary effort goes into the production each year and the show generates much needed revenue for the theatre complex. Great credit is due to Anne Dunne, manager of the Briery Gap, who writes the script, directs, produces and conducts the orchestra. She is aided by a reliable core group who take responsibility for sets, costumes, lighting and the myriad elements that go to making a successful pantomime. The cast, made up of locals who selflessly devoted countless hours of their time in the run up to Christmas, included Stephanie Shine, Treasa O'Riordan, Jim Leahy, Maureen O'Brien, Pat Kelleher, Dan Creedon, Carolyn Barry Murphy, Pat O'Connell, Darragh Ring, Sheila Twomey, David Leahy, Connie Foley, Theresa Dineen, Heloise O'Sullivan and Sarah Ní Ríordáin. Children were Elma McCarthy, Mary Sheehan, Liadh Hurley, Katie Browne, Shauna Young, Olga Barry Murphy, Lorraine Casey. Soloists included Martin McCarthy, Ray Daly, Julie Dunne, Connie Foley and Heloise O'Sullivan. The Harmony Group was made up of Judy Barry Murphy, Elaine Dunne, Julie Dunne and Carolyn Barry Murphy and the Adult Chorus included Connie Foley, Ray Daly, Martin McCarthy, Elaine Dunne, Julie Dunne, Judy Barry Murphy, Heloise O'Sullivan, Caoimhe Moynihan, Ellen Sheehan, Eimear Ni Fhearhail, Sarah Ni Riordan, and Teresa Dineen.

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Junior chorus in Babes in the Wood at the Briery Gap © Lee Valley Outlook

The Children's Chorus was made up of Shauna Cronin, Katie Cronin, Amy Cronin, Kate Holland, Shauna Kenneally, Louis Roche, Caoimhe Foley, Niamh Foley, Aoibheann Foley, Grace Mehigan, Casey Healy, Alex Healy, Donna Regan, Lisa O'Driscoll, Nicola Kiernan, Grace Kiernan, Chloe O'Driscoll, Lorraine Casey, Caoimhe Buckley, Molly McCarthy, Eoghan McCarthy, Nicola Doody, Julia Collins, Shauna Lehane, Mary Sheehan, Conor Mueller, Shauna Young, Olga Barry Murphy, Kelly Scullane, Jack Scullane, Cara O'Brien, Ryan Roberts, Madelene O'Callaghan, Dorothy O'Callaghan, Kate O'Sullivan, Conor Creedon, Liadh Hurley, Clodagh O'Riordan, Ciara O'Riordan. Lia Kenny, Sofia O'Grady, Laoise Ni Riordain, Eadaoin Ni Riordain, Saoirse Twomey, Sarah Lyons, Katie Browne, Amy Browne, Alisha O'Driscoll, Kate Buckley, Leah Buckley, Lisa Kingston, Kiera Moynihan, Emer McCarthy, Meabh McCarthy, Elma McCarthy, Laoise Burns, Aisling Burns, James Farrell, Aodh O'Sullivan. Rehearsal Co-Ordinator was Theresa Dineen. The Orchestra was made up of Ann Egan—Piano, Liam Kent—Guitar, Pádraig Dineen—Percussion, Elaine McCarthy - Cello. Laura McCarthy—Violin. Lighting & Sound was by Bridget O'Flynn. Costumes were by Rita O'Brien, with Maureen Lyons. Backdrops and Sets were managed by Jenny Mathers and Denis Coleman. Make Up was by Frances Crowley Back Stage was overseen by P J Leonard. Stage Managers were Denis Coleman & Denis Noonan and Script and Direction was by Ann Dunne. Special thanks to all raffle sponsors, Sapphire Signs, Showstoppers and Clare O'Brien.

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Macroom deputation, Peggy and Pat O'Connell and Evelyn McSweeney celebrate the New Year in a snowy Philadelphia with Tom Loomis Senior and Junior. ©

Woodlanders come Fourth

The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia were placed a creditable 4th in the 2014 New Year's Day Mummers Parade. A delegation from Macroom made up of Pat and Peggy O'Connell and Evelyn McSweeney Mungovan were in Philadelphia for the occasion and their return home was somewhat delayed by the severe snow storm which hit the U.S. in recent times. 50 visitors from Philadelphia are expected in Macroom for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

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Assembling for the New Year Day Hunt at Firville, Macroom © Francis Horgan.

Macroom Trout Anglers Draw

Results: 1st Dan O' Halloran, 20 Belmount Place, Crookstown. 2nd Michael Casey, Dooniskey, Lissarda. 3rd Kevin O'Connell, c/o Frank Haynes. 4th Sharon O'Brien. c/o Connie O'Brien. 5th Tadhg Dunne, Rahalisk, Macroom. 6th Con Healy, Clondrohid P.O. 7th Brian Fleming c/o Paul Galvin. 8th Nora O'Leary, Sleaveen East, Macroom. 9th Jimmy Morrissey, 7 Laureston Crescent, Coolflugh, Tower. 10th Berna O'Sullivan, Cloghmacow, Crookstown.
Macroom trout fly anglers association wish to thank everyone for supporting the club draw and wish everyone a prosperous 2014.

St. Mary's News

Basketball: Congratulations to St. Mary's Senior Basketball Team who won the 'Basketball Ireland' Regional final in a comfortable game with Carrigtwohill at Neptune Stadium on 10th December. We wish the girls the very best as they move on to the All-Ireland stage of the competition. St. Mary's team: Yvonne Burgoyne, Michelle McCarthy, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Síofra Burgoyne, Máiréad O'Sullivan, Lily Healy, Catriona Grainger, Shauna Buckley, Kataryna Pilarska, Natalia Juszczck, Sinead Plunkett, Michaela O'Keeffe, Erica Cuntapay and Kate Ciganova.

The annual Christmas Dinner was held in the school on December 12. Students enjoyed a beautiful Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, prepared by Trish Long and served by the staff. Santa also made an appearance, bearing gifts. A lovely evening was had by all.

Grease Lightning: Transition Year students staged a very successful rendition of the musical, GREASE over three nights in the Briery Gap. Auditions were held in September for coveted roles. Aisling Kelleher and Deirdre Galvin played the parts of Sandy and Danny respectively. Everyone in the year group worked as a team. Each student had a role to play, be it as an actor, dancer, member of the backstage crew, set design or involved in marketing and promotion.

Spring Night Classes

Enrolments are ongoing at McEgan College, Macroom and the Adult Education enrolment night is on Monday 13th January from 7.30 to 8.30 pm in the college. Course prices may vary according to demand. All courses will run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm on Monday nights starting on 20th January 2014. They include Health Care Support; Smartphone & Tablet training for beginners; Computers for the terrified; Cooking & Baking on a Budget; Computers – Intermediate; Bridge for beginners and Guitar.

Macroom Pioneers

Macroom PTAA held a special Mass recently, celebrated by Fr. Roberts, in the Fr. Ryan hall. Silver and gold pins and a special Fr. James Cullen Medal were presented at the ceremony. Refreshments were served and a good chat was enjoyed afterwards at a very enjoyable night. Recipients in absentia for achieving 25 years total abstinence (Silver) were Shelia Coughlan and John Looney. Achieving 50 years total abstinence (Gold) were Mary O'Callaghan, Ann Counihan and Mary Nagle. Eileen Noonan received the Fr. James Cullen Medal for total abstinence for 60 years. Congratulations to all.

Briery Gap Programme

Sold Out - Pat Shortt Friday 17th January at 8.00pm. Pat's new one man show 'I am the Band' - a hilarious look at the life of this county's true music legend, Dixie Walsh 
The Pyke Theatre Group present Three Award Winning One-Act plays, The Tailor's Dummy, a comedy by Seamus Burke and produced by Pat Lehane; Edward by Margaret Wood and produced by Craig McCarthy; Rest Spite written and produced by Charlie Conway, on Saturday 25th January @ 8.00pm. Tickets €10
Tom Crean/Antarctic Explorer Saturday 15th February @ 8.00 pm, Tickets €20
Briery Gap welcomes for the first time Ireland's Top Soprano, Cara O'Sullivan, Saturday 22nd February at 8.00pm Tickets €23.
All Ireland Second Level Schools 15 Minute Light Entertainment Festival on Friday 28th February.
All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival Saturday 1st March.
Starmakers present Mathilda on Saturday 8th March at 8.00pm and Sunday 9th March at 3.00pm.
Lee Valley Enterprise Board presents a return visit from Wales of Cor Godre'r Aran Male Voice Choir on Sunday 16th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €18.

Cinema at Briery Gap

Sulan Film Society presents Wadjda on Monday 13th January and Blue Jasmine Monday 27th January; Shun Li and the Poets 10th February and Renoir 24th February. All screenings at 8.30 pm Admission €7.


Wadjda, showing in the Briery Gap on January 13 at 8.30p.m., is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film. PG, 1 hr. 38 min.

Local TV Programmes

Due to lightening damage to transmitters during the recent storms, there will be no transmissions during the coming week. It is hoped that broadcasts will resume at the earliest possible date.

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Pupils from Canovee NS performing their Nativity Play in Canovee Church © Peter Scanlan

As I Grow Old

Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion, forgiveness for my irrationality and the strength to walk with me into the mist of memory my world has become. Please let them take my hand and stay a while even though I seem unaware of their presence. Help them to know how their strength and loving care will drift slowly into the days to come, just when I need them most. Let them know when I don't recognise them that I will ...... I will. Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me, for my sorrow, when it comes, only lasts a moment – then it's gone. And finally, please let them know how very much their visits mean, how, even through this relentless mystery, I can still feel the love. Amen


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Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Dance will be held in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, February 1st. Music by The Michael Collins Band. Dancing 9.30pm till late .Admission €10. Raffle on the night. Enquiries 0857713975 All support welcome.

L.V.E.B. Draw: The firstLee Valley Enterprise Board Free Christmas Draw for €50 Vouchers took place on Friday, December 6th, at the switching on of the lights. Winners: Rita Buckley, Macroom. Aine Golden, Kilnamartyra. Mary Cooney, Main Street, Macroom. Anna Barry, 30 The Glenties, Macroom. Kathleen Coleman, Seanachluain, Ballyvourney. S. O'Leary, Macroom. Denis Cronin, Crookstown. Fiona Mac Sweeney, Kilbarry, Macroom. Greg Clancy, Middle Square, Macroom. Angela Cahill, Coolcower, Macroom.
Draw 2 Results on December 19: Nora O'Mahony, Rahalisk, Macroom; Mary Creedon, Kippaghs West, Ballyvourney; Aine Golden, Kilnamartyra; Adam Roche, Clondrohid; Sheila Flynn, Gurteenroe, Macroom; Nora Desmond, New Street, Macroom; Jerry Moynihan, Canovee; Theresa O'Callaghan, Clondrohid; Laura O'Connor, Macroom; Louise Corcoran Clondrohid.

Bucking the Trend of closure of rural shops, The Dripsey Store is now open under new management. It is family run by John and Joseph O'Donovan and is open 7days a week.

Movember at Carriganima. A group from 'The Pub' raised €2,000 for Cancer Research. Jimmy Murphy was the principal coordinator, with support from Seán and Matt of "The Pub" and a dedicated team of participants who all grew moustaches throughout November, which hairdresser, Caroline, duly shaved off.

The Brian Ó Tuama 7 a side football competition was held on St. Stephens's Day in Páirc Peile Naomh Abán. Justin agus Colmán Ó Tuama presented Corn Bhriain Uí Thuama to the winning team.

Bowling: The final of the Michael Bradley Memorial Cup took place on Sunday 8th December at Masseytown Bowling Road. The Cup was won by Eoin Riordan and Denis Paul Bradley. The runners up were Noel Murphy & Donal Óg O'Leary and the tournament was refereed by Anthony Crowley from Macroom Bowling Club. The cup was presented to the winning team by Tom O'Riordan. All proceeds from the event went to Enable Ireland Cork Services.

Farran N.S.pupils enjoyed a fun and constructive experience when Learn It Education Solutions held a Lego workshop in Farran Community Hall for students from 1st to 6th classes. They all found the workshop wonderfully creative and absorbing.

West Cork Talent Show. Congratulations to Ciara Creedon from Macroom who won 1st prize in the under 16 category in West Cork Talent Show in the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry. She also won a 2 day recording contract.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: December 10. Jackpot €8,200. Numbers drawn 4, 25 and 36. No winner. €70 Pat Crowley, The Hermitage; €20 Alan and Darren Ring, Coolyhane; Brigid Relihan, Dan Corkery Place; Liam Kelleher, Oakwood; Sharon and Sam Creedon, Cork Street; Christy Murphy, Barrett's Place.
December 17. Jackpot €8,400. Numbers drawn 14, 18 and 36. No winner. €70 John Cronin, 5 Ardilaun, Codrum; €20 Mary O'Mahony, Cork St.; Mickie O'Leary, The Orchard; Breda Kelleher, Tarelton; Deirdre Hurley, 10 Castle Court; Tony O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto. Results: Dec. 8. Jackpot €5,050. Numbers drawn, 8, 19, 24. No winner. €50 Diarmuid Collins, Rylane. €20 Ann O'Sullivan, Rusheen, Ann & Jerry Casey, Barrack Cross, Rusheen, Patsy O'Leary, Glashagarbh, Emma O'Neill, Novo. Hamper - Ted O'Driscoll, Bawnmore. Voucher for Turkey & Ham - Tommy & Sheila Kelleher, Ballinagree. Niall & Louise O'Sullivan, Rylane. Bottle of Whiskey - Martina Casey Carriganine and Brian Sheehan, Millstreet.
Dec. 15. Jackpot €5,200. Numbers drawn, 2, 8, 23. No winner. €50 John Kelleher, c/o Martin Hubbard. €20 Willie Barrett, c/o Hubbard's Bar. Juliet and Aongus Mac Suibhne, Horsemount, John Cronin, Codrum, Sean Twohig, Mallow. Hamper - Dean O'Sullivan Curraghawaddra. Voucher for Turkey & Ham - John Twohig Ballinagree, Brendan Kelleher c/o Laine Bottle of Whiskey - Ber O'Leary Dripsey, Sean & Margaret Desmond Carriganish
Dec.29th. Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn 9/22/40. No winner. €50 Mary Walsh, Grenagh. €20 each to Rose O'Connor, Lyroe, Jeremiah Kelleher, Ballinagree, John Moynihan, Bealnamorrive and Eileen O'Callaghan, Mallow.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: 15/12/2013 Numbers drawn 6,11,13,19. No winner. €50 Teresa Spinnet, Aherla. €25 Peggy Kelleher, Cloughduv, Seamus Murphy, Carrigadrohid. Hamper Ger Ahearn, Aherla. Jack the joker, George Murphy, Carrigadrohid.
29/12/2013 Numbers drawn: 6,7,18,23. No winner. €50 Michael Deasy, Aherla. €25 Christy O'Sullivan, Crossmahon; Philip O'Connor c/o Don Carroll. Jack the joker € 1,000 Denis Cronin, Crookstown.

Clondrohid Lotto: Jackpot €2,200. No winner. €70 Sheila Good, Lissarda. €20 Barney McCarthy c/o Coughlin's, Macroom; Mgt. Buckley, Kilnagurteen; Sarah L Murphy, Donoughmore; Connie Walsh, Carriganima. Brandy: Christy Goggin, Moulnahorna; Ellen Kelleher, Mushera. Whiskey: P&M O'Sullivan, Kilmeedy; Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna. Bingo jackpot of €1,000.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 9/12/2013, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 11 - 22, No Winner, €40 Ellen & Ciary Barry Murphy, €20 Adam & Mark Murphy, Donal Herlihy, Luke Casey, Edmond Roche.
16/12/2013, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 16 - 17, No Winner, €40 Eileen Martin, €20 Sam Murphy, Connie O'Sullivan, Michael O'Connell, Anto Sheehan (Yearly Ticket), John Linehan (Online Ticket).
23/12/2013, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 9 - 19 - 24, No Winner, €40 Sean Murphy, €20 A Mondo Co, Ger, Con & Mary, Kevin Cullinane, Norma Delaney (Yearly Ticket).
30/12/2013, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 20 - 26, No Winner, €40 Mags, €20 Pat Delaney, Robyn Martin, Nan O'Sullivan, Mark & Brian O'Sullivan.

LeeValley Updates

Close Shave in Crookstown

A recent shave and dye night, organised by the members of Kilmurry Novelty Group, raised €5040 for charity. The fun night was held in Crookstown on Friday the 29th of November in a packed Cornerstone bar and featured a multitude of bearded men becoming barefaced once again.
Pink with a dash of purple seemed to be the colour of choice for many women going down the dyeing route but local lady, Noreen Brennan, chose neither pink nor purple, but instead went for the skinhead look. St Vincent de Paul, AWARE and Marymount hospital were each presented with €1,680 after the night of hair raising antics. Kilmurry Novelty Group would like to thank all who gave so generously of their money and their hair.

Clondrohid Updates

Christmas Concert: An excellent performance of carols, stories and music heralded the festive Christmas season in Clondrohid. Well done to all involved in the preparation and to all those who supported it on the night. All funds went to the Philippines Emergency Relief.
Mobile Phones: Communication by mobile phone (provided you had coverage) became the norm in Clondrohid during the past 2 weeks as wind, lightning and storm damaged most of the telephone cables. Businesses suffered major losses as they were limited to transactions by cash only.
Macroom Ploughing: The inclement weather played havoc again this year with this annual event. The Macroom Ploughing Committee cancelled their match last Sunday and hope to rerun it as soon as possible.
Clondrohid Development Group will hold their annual Christmas/ New Year party on Sunday January 26. More on this later. They would like to wish all in Clondrohid parish a very happy and peaceful New Year.

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Coachford N.S. Christmas Concert 2013 © An Scoil

Drama in Coachford

Pupils from Coachford NS presented a variety of dramatic productions in the run up to Christmas. Junior and Senior Infants took part in Animal Antics. 1st and 2nd class staged "Silent Night", the story of how the famous Christmas Carol 'Silent Night' came to be written. The play was set in snowy Austria. Some naughty church mice are causing chaos in Fr. Joseph's church but just when it seems Christmas Eve mass is ruined, the composer Franz Gruber saves the day with a new carol.
3rd and 4th classes presented "The Golden Goose". Once upon a time in the far away land of the Golden Goose, there lived three woodcutters. The woodcutters Horace, Simon & Benny were competing for the hand of Princess Joy in marriage. Benny has the advantage of a golden goose which lays golden eggs. However, the question was would the Golden Goose lay any eggs to help Benny win the ultimate prize? Glad to say there was a fairytale ending and Benny and Princess Joy lived happily ever after
5th and 6th classes staged Porky Pies. There are strange happenings in Fairyland. The three wolves have been arrested and are pleading their innocence in the Woodland Courtroom. Just when it seems they will be found guilty, we discover there is another side to the story! It seems that Tommy Thin and the three little pigs have plans to turn the valley into a mega bacon factory and make big money. However, their plans are foiled and to everyone's delight, the wolves are set free!
The final item of the night was the School Choir, who treated the audience to a medley of Christmas Carols.

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Taking part in the Nativity play at Cloughduv NS © An Scoil

Macra Matters

Donoughmore Macra came first in the Cork County round of Capers in Bandon. Well done to Emily O'Donovan for getting Best Female and to Heather Healy who got Best Producer on the night. Their next round is on the 18th of January 2014.

Berrings Macra wants YOU! It's a new year, so why not find a new hobby and join a new club. Berrings Macra is holding a recruitment night on Friday the 17th of January at the Wayside Inn from 8.30pm onwards. This is an opportunity for potential members to come along and find out what we in Berrings get up to! There will be plenty of information on the night and of course this is a great way to meet our current members and get to know everyone! All welcome. We were busy over the Christmas season. We went carol singing to raise funds for Marymount Hospice and would like to thank Centra, Tower for all their help and also to all the community who were so generous in contributing to such a great cause.

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Sean nós Christmas power surge in the Lee Valley! © Lee Valley Outlook

Winter Weather

Weather conditions during the past month have varied from mild sunny days to thunder storms, mini hurricanes, frost, hail and snow. But by and large, the Lee Valley escaped the worst of the weather. Macroom suffered a three hour power cut just before Christmas and some local areas were without electricity for nearly two days in the run up to the New Year. Some districts had no land line telephone connections for an extended period due to storm damage to cables and this had a major impact on businesses and everyone using the Internet. Macroom Ploughing Match, scheduled for January 5, was postponed. Local Television, which is broadcast every Wednesday and Sunday, is another storm casualty. Lightening blew out one of the transmitters and there will be no programme until next week.
But we avoided the worst of the flooding and dangerous road conditions. As meteorologists threatened us with red, orange and yellow weather alerts, with connotations of nuclear disaster, spring-like periods saw daffodil shoots emerge and birds chirp merrily. And the optimistic among us already feel the days are getting longer!

Ní raibh aon saineolaithe teilifíse ag na seandaoine ach bhí súile maithe acu agus cuimhne maith. D'fhéachadar ar an spéir, na scamaill, an ghealach agus an ghrian. Bhí comharthaí aimsire acu ag baint leo go léir agus seanfhocail - 'Lá breá sa gheimhreadh nó sláinte duine críonna', 'Teas gaoithe aduaidh nó fuacht gaoithe aneas', 'Na Faoillí (Feabhra) a mharaíonn na caoire ach an Márta a mharaíonn na daoine'; 'Ní théann an stoirm thar an Domhnach ná an rabharta thar an gCéadaoin', 'Tosach Aoine nó deire Sathairn nó maidin Domhnaigh go h-am Aifrinn'.

Most students returned to school on January 6, a break with the tradition that saw the Christmas period continue to include Nollaig na mBan. The feast of the Epiphany is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church, when the faithful attend Mass and the Maji, the Three Wise Men, are placed in the Crib. This year, because of Nollaig na mBan falling on a Monday, women celebrated the event during the previous weekend. This will be a long school term as Easter is nearly as late as it possibly could be, with Easter Sunday falling on April 20.

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Cuairt Daidí na Nollag chuig Naíonra Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh. © Criostóir Ó Cróinín

Always Have a Dream

Forget about the days when it's been cloudy, but don't forget your hours in the sun.
Forget about the times you've been defeated, but don't forget the victories you've won.
Forget about the mistakes that you can't change now, but don't forget the lessons.
Forget about the misfortunes you've encountered, but don't forget the times your luck has turned.
Forget about the days when you've been lonely, but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen.
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right, but don't forget to always have a dream.


by Michael Kelly

Kale is loaded with fibre, vitamins A, C and K, folic acid, potassium and calcium. Per calorie it has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. It's considered a valuable anti-inflammatory and is high in cancer-busting anti-oxidants – and is also very tasty. It's brilliant to grow at home. Once you protect seedlings from slugs, it is very low maintenance but very high return. During the hungry winter months you can continue to cut the leaves and the more you cut the more you can harvest.

Things to do in January. Plan. This is the time to decide where and what you are going to grow this year. Consider building or buying raised vegetable beds. Order your seeds, onions sets and seed potatoes. Turn over the soil only if the weather is dry – if the soil sticks to your boots it's too early for digging.
Harvest winter cabbage, perpetual spinach, chard, leeks, kale, cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts in your veggie patch and depending on how successful your growing/storage regime last year was, you may well still be tucking in to stores of potatoes, celeriac, carrots, parsnips, onions, cauliflower, jerusalem artichokes, winter squash, pumpkins, leeks and red cabbage.


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Sports Mad

Cork County Hurling & Football Championship Draws 2014

Senior Hurling Championship

There is no senior hurling club in Muskerry so the divisional team is the only Muskerry team in this competition. Competing in the Divisions/ Colleges section, the Muskerry hurlers will have only one chance of advancing – they must beat CIT or get eliminated from the championship. If they win their first round game then they face either UCC or Avondhu in the second round, with the winner of this game qualifying for the championship proper. The losers of this second round game are eliminated from the championship. Muskerry are therefore facing a difficult assignment to qualify for the last sixteen open draw: they MUST beat CIT and THEN either UCC or Avondhu, with defeat spelling the end of their championship aspirations for the year under the new revised format for the competition as applying to divisions and colleges – knockout in the first two rounds with the last two teams standing in the section qualifying for the 4th round proper along with 14 club teams.

Round 1

A. Na Piarsaigh v Blackrock

B. Newtownshandrum v Youghal

C. Sarsfields v Douglas

D. Bride Rovers v Carrigtwohill

E. Ballymartle v Courcey Rovers

F. St. Finbarr's v Bishopstown

G. Midleton v Erin's Own

H. Killeagh v Glen Rovers

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H

Senior Hurling - Divisions/Colleges

Round 1


B. UCC v Avondhu

C. Carrigdhoun v Duhallow

D. Imokilly v Carbery

Round 2: A v B, C v D

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

Inniscarra and Blarney carry the Muskerry flag in this championship and both have difficult first round games. Inniscarra meet Bandon with the losers meeting either Castlelyons or Watergrasshill. Blarney meet Kanturk, with the losers clashing with either Tracton or Ballinhassig. There is nothing easy here for either team – a remark that can be applied to the whole championship.
Unlike divisions, club teams have three chances of advancing in the respective championships, the third round draws being made when the second rounds are completed.

Round 1

A. Kilbrittain v Newcestown


C. Carrigaline v Kilworth

D. Kanturk v BLARNEY

E. Cloyne v Valley Rovers

F. Tracton v Ballinhassig

G. Castlelyons v Watergrasshill

H. Ballyhea v Mallow

Round 2

C v H; B v G; D v F; A v E

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Five clubs from the Muskerry division compete in the intermediate hurling grade, Grenagh having been promoted from junior and Ballincollig having been relegated from the premier grade. Éire Óg were defeated county finalists last year and Aghabullogue needed to win the relegation battle to stay up for this year. Aghabullogue meet Meelin in Round One, a difficult game, and if they lose will face either Grenagh or Dripsey in Round Two! The meeting of the latter two should be a thriller in the opening round, with Grenagh, at last up in Intermediate grade, on the crest of a victory wave. Éire Óg have St Catherine's as first round opponents and will suffer without the services of Ciarán Sheehan, now in Australia. Ballincollig face Ballygarvan and the losers will face Éire Óg or St Catherine's. The incentive of avoiding a crunch local derby could inspire both Muskerry teams to victory.

Round 1

A. Aghada v Fr. O'Neill's


C. ÉIRE ÓG v St. Catherine's


E. Argideen Rangers v Barryroe

F. Ballygarvan v BALLINCOLLIG

G. Milford v Charleville

H. Fermoy v Kildorrery

Round 2

B v D; E v G; A v H; C v F.

Senior Football Championship

Ballincollig are the only club team from Muskerry in the competition: they meet St Finbarr's in Round 1, with the losers meeting either Castlehaven or St Vincent's in Round 2 and the losers of this game still having a third and final chance of advancement.
The divisional team, Muskerry, have disappointed in recent years, when a talented team on paper failed to deliver on the field. They will face a difficult first match, meeting either UCC or CIT who will have had the benefit of their first round game at that stage. If they win here, Duhallow would be the likely next opponents, with the winner of this latter game going into the draw for the last 16 of the competition.

Round 1

A. Castlehaven v St. Vincent's

B. St. Finbarr's v BALLINCOLLIG

C. Nemo Rangers v Doheny's

D. St. Nick's v Clonakilty

E. Bishopstown v Ilen Rovers

F. Douglas v Newcestown

G. O'Donovan Rossa v Clyda Rovers

H. Carbery Rangers v Aghada

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

A v B, C v D, E v F, G v H.

Senior Football Championship - Divisions/Colleges

Round 1


Round 2


2. Duhallow v Imokilly

3. Beara v Seandún

4. Carbery v Avondhu

Round 3

1 v 2, 3 v 4

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Five club teams from the Muskerry division compete in Premier Intermediate football this year after the success of Grenagh in 2013 gained them promotion.
Naomh Abán meet the Nemo Rangers second string, a difficult team to beat early in the year before it loses players to the club senior squad. Bantry or Na Piarsaigh would be a difficult second round game as well, but the Baile Mhúirne side, promoted to Division One of the county league for 2014, will have no lack of confidence. Grenagh face Mallow and this could be a tough physical encounter. The losers face the losers of the Castletownbere v St Michael's game.
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom will provide massive local interest in Round One. Béal Átha won the only championship game between these teams in recent times and have been probably the most consistently good Premier team from the division in the past few years. Macroom, promoted from intermediate in 2010, reached the Premier final in 2013 after barely avoiding relegation the previous year. Availability of full panels of players for the game could decide the outcome when May comes round. Glenville or Carrigaline await the losers.
Ballinora have a tough opening round game in Valley Rovers, beaten at the semi final stage last season. Either Newmarket or Kiskeam in Round Two would not be an easy game either.
There will be a third round game for all clubs, with the winners going into the last 14 along with the winners of the opening two rounds.

Round 1

A. Newmarket v Kiskeam

B. NAOMH ABÁN v Nemo Rangers

C. Castletownbere v St. Michael's

D. Mallow v GRENAGH

E. Bantry Blues v Na Piarsaigh


G. Glenville v Carrigaline

H. Valley Rovers v BALLINORA

Round 2

G v F; A v H; D v C; E v B

Intermediate Football Championship

With the promotion of Grenagh and the relegation of Canovee, the intermediate grade has only three teams from Muskerry this year.
Éire Óg have had the measure of Cill na Martra in recent encounters but will miss Ciarán Sheehan and could be there for the taking by the western side. Cill na Martra have been enjoying tremendous success at under age level and appear to be a club on the move and with Noel O'Leary now free of inter county commitments, could be a team to make a major bid for honours this year. Ballydesmond or Kinsale await the losers in Round Two.
Aghabullogue were the surprise team of last year's championship, making it all the way to the final before losing to Grenagh. They have every chance of a first round win over Glanmire if they are as focussed as they were last year. Cloyne or Fermoy await the losers in the second round.

Round 1

A. Ballydesmond v Kinsale


C. Mitchelstown v Kildorrery


E. Cloyne v Fermoy

F. Adrigole v Youghal

G. Kanturk v Glanworth

H. Rockchapel v Mayfield

Round 2 (Losers' Group)

E v C; A v B; F v D; G v H

Tom Creedon/ Tadhg Crowley Cup Draws

The Tom Creedon Cup 2014 was launched at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop (competition sponsors) Macroom. In attendance were officers and members of Macroom GAA Club, Marion Creedon-Hegarty and her son Tom Creedon Junior, members of the Creedon family, club representatives, Martin Fitzgerald, sponsor, and County PRO Tracey Kennedy. Guest of honour was Cork legend, and close friend of the late Tom Creedon, Billy Morgan, who made the draws.

The draws - The first named team is at home in all games.

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Tom Creedon Cup Draw 2014 at FitzGerald's Bookshop, Macroom. From left, Martin FitzGerald, sponsor, Tracey Kennedy, Billy Morgan, Tom Creedon, Marian Creedon Hegarty, Catherine Creedon Vaughan and John O'Mahony. © Lee Valley Outlook

Tom Creedon Cup – Intermediate Football

Round 1 - Sunday, January 12th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

A: Glanmire v Kinsale

B: Glenville v Castletownbere

C: Cloyne v Newmarket

Round 2 - Sunday, January 19th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1. A v B

2. C v Valley Rovers

3. St. Michael's bye

4. CILL na MARTRA v Fermoy

5. MACROOM v Nemo Rangers

6. Carrigaline v BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH

7. Mayfield v Ballydesmond

8. Mallow v BALLINORA

Quarter-Finals - Sunday, January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1 v 2; St. Michael's v 4; 5 v 6; 7 v 8

Tadhg Crowley Cup – Senior Football

Preliminary Round - Sunday January 12th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

Ilen Rovers v O'Donovan Rossa

Round 1 - Sunday January 19th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

A: St. Finbarr's v Clonakilty

B: Carbery Rangers v Douglas

C: St. Vincent's v Dohenys


E: Castlehaven v Preliminary Round loser

F: Newcestown v Bishopstown

Quarter-finals - Sunday January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1. Preliminary Round winner v A

2. B v C

3. D v E

Winner F bye

Semi-finals - Sunday February 2nd, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1 v 2; 3 v Winner F

Tadhg Crowley Plate

Quarter-Finals- Sunday January 26th, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1. Loser A v Loser B

2. Loser C v Loser D

Loser E bye

Loser F bye

Semi-finals - Sunday February 2nd, 2.30pm (extra time in all games with extra 5 mins each way if required)

1 v 2; Loser E v Loser F

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Canovee GAA under 21 County Champions with selectors, trainers and officers celebrating at the Lee Valley Hotel recently © Peter Scanlan

Inter County Football

Inter county action began with the opening rounds of the McGrath Cup and, with Cork, CIT and UCC all involved, several players from the Muskerry division were plying their wares.
Cork defeated Limerick IT at Mallow on a 3-22 to 0-7 scoreline and four players from Muskerry got game time here. Fintan Goold of Macroom and Daniel Goulding of Eire Óg started along with Noel Galvin of Ballincollig and Micheál Ó Laoghaire of Naomh Abán came on as a second half substitute.
CIT had a big win over Mary Immaculate College of Limerick ('Mary I'), 5-17 to 2-6 the final scoreline. Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary, a Cork senior panellist at present, was in fine form for the Cork students and John Corkery of Aghabullogue was a second half substitute for CIT, who now face Kerry in the semi final.
UCC were defeated by University of Limerick, 5-18 to 4-16, after losing a big second half lead. UCC had Macroom's Eoin O'Mahony in defence. UL now face Cork in the semi final.

Duhallow Invitation Cup – U 21 Football

Muskerry, the 2013 winners, are through to the quarter final stage of this years Duhallow Invitation Cup competition after defeating East Kerry in their opening round game on St. Stephens Day. Muskerry won a tight game on a 1-10 to 1-7 scoreline and now meet Clonakilty in the quarter final.

Weather conditions were awful for the game at Rathmore. The rain was pouring down and driven by a howling wind blowing from end to end, it made for a game of two halves. Muskerry faced the elements in the opening half and an early goal from Darren Dineen got them off to a great start and was the vital score of the game. East Kerry recovered well and were on top until half time but still a point from James Moynihan and a brace from the outstanding Cathal Vaughan had Muskerry in a good position at the break, in arrears by 1-7 to 1-3 but in with every chance of victory as they would have the elements in their favour in the second half.

On the resumption Cathal Vaughan quickly kicked over two points in a row to give Muskerry momentum and as the Cork side continued to press, points from Liam Kelleher and David Horgan brought the sides level at 1-7 each. Muskerry were doing well in defence with Sean O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Connor and Liam Kelleher forming a strong half line in front of Kevin Manning, Sean Kelleher and Robbie O'Dwyer, with Jason McDonnell very sound behind them. A second point from Liam Kelleher put Muskerry in front and substitute Michael Cronin added another but Muskerry were rescued in injury time by a brilliant save from goalkeeper Jason McDonnell who saved a point blank shot from an East Kerry man put clear through at the end of a great movement. The ball was then cleared up the field and Daniel Twomey kicked over a point for Muskerry to ensure them of victory.

The Muskerry line out was: Jason McDonnell (Kilmurry): Kevin Manning (Iveleary), Sean Kelleher (Aghinagh), Robbie O'Dwyer (Macroom): Sean O'Sullivan (Aghabullogue), Daniel O'Connor (Eire Óg), Liam Kelleher (Canovee): David Horgan (Macroom), Micheál Ó Deasúna (Cill na Martra): Daire MacLochlainn (Cill na Martra), Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael) capt.: Darren Dineen (Clondrohid), Paddy Fitton (Ballinora), James Moynihan (Canovee). Subs: Michael Cronin (Macroom), Pádraig Berhanu (Kilmurry), Robert Daly ( Dripsey).

The other quarter final involves Douglas v East Kerry with Kenmare District and Duhallow already through to the semi final stage.

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Naomh Abán u-12 footballers, winners of C.L.G. Coiste na nÓg, Réigiún Iarthair Chorcaí Perpetual Shield, at medal presentation. © Nóra Ní Luasa

Colleges Football Finals

Three Mid Cork colleges will be involved in Cork Post Primary Schools/ Colleges Finals on Friday 10th.January 2014 at the CIT Sports Complex, Bishopstown.
Senior "C" Football Final St. Brogan's, Bandon v Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne at 5.45pm
Simcox Cup Senior 'A' Final De la Salle, Macroom V Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig at 7.15pm
Corn Uí Mhuirí - Munster Colleges Senior A Football Quarter Finals
A; St. Brendan's, Killarney v St. Flannan's, Ennis
B; P.S. An Daingean/ Dingle v Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork
C; De La Salle, MACROOM v Intermediate School, Killorglin
D; Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen v St Fachtna's Skibbereen
Quarter Finals: 22 January 2014
Semi Finals: 8 February 2014
Final: 2 March 2014
All Ireland Semi Final: 29/03/2014
All Ireland Final: 12/04/2014

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Cill na Martra, U 15 C Football Champions 2013. © Joan McLoughlin

Mid Cork U21 Football Championship 2014

The following are the Groups for the 2014 U21 Football League/ Championship

Group 1 Ballincollig - Naomh Abán- Macroom

Group 2 Canovee- Donoughmore- Ballinora- Dripsey

Group 3 Éire Óg- Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh – Ballincollig 2 - Kilmichael

Group 4 Aghabullogue- Blarney- Inniscarra- Clondrohid

Group 5 Kilmurry- Cill na Martra- Iveleary- Aghinagh

The top team in each group will be graded A and play in the A championship. The 2nd team in each group will be graded B and play in the B championship. The 3rd team graded C and in C championship and the 4th team graded D and playing in the D championship.

U21 Football League Fixtures

Group 1

8/2/2014 Ballincollig v Naomh Abán at Ballincollig

15/2/2014 Naomh Abán v Macroom at Naomh Abán

22/2/2014 Macroom v Ballincollig at Macroom

Group 2

8/2/2014 Ballinora v Dripsey at Ballinora

Canovee v Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid

15/2/2014 Donoughmore v Ballinora at Donoughmore

Dripsey v Canovee at Dripsey

22/2/2014 Canovee v Ballinora at Carrigadrohid

Donoughmore v Dripsey at Donoughmore

Group 3

8/2/2014 Ballincollig 2 v Kilmichael at Ballincollig

Eire Og v Beal Atha'n Ghaorthaidh at Ovens

15/2/2014 Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh v Ballincollig 2 at Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

Kilmichael v Eire Og Kilmichael

22/2/2014 Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh v Kilmichael at Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

Éire Óg v Ballincollig 2 at Ovens

Group 4

8/02/2014 Aghabullogue v Blarney at Coachford

Inniscarra v Clondrohid at Ballyanly

15/2/2014 Blarney v Inniscarra at Blarney

Clondrohid v Aghabullogue at Clondrohid

22/2/2014 Aghabullogue v Inniscarra at Coachford

Blarney v Clondrohid at Blarney

Group 5

8/2/2014 Iveleary v Aghinagh at Inchigeela

Kilmurry v Cill na Martra at Kilmurry

15/2/2014 Aghinagh v Kilmurry at Rusheen

Cill na Martra v Iveleary at Cill na Martra

22/2/2014 Cill na Martra v Aghinagh at Cill na Martra

Kilmurry v Iveleary at Kilmurry.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee under 21 medal presentation was held in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom on December 14th. Club chairman, Pat O'Riordan, put in a lot of work organising the event. Club president, John Dunlea, presented the medals while Pat Dunlea also made a presentation to the players that represented Cork during 2013. On the night the club also made a presentation of lifetime membership to club legends, John O'Sullivan and John Barry Murphy. Chairman of the mid Cork board, JJ Long also attended and gave an excellent speech.
Canovee under 21s have been drawn with Donoughmore, Dripsey and Ballinora. In this group a number of teams are capable of topping the table.
Canovee adult A.G.M. was held on December 16th in the clubhouse before a good attendance. Club chairman, Pat O'Riordan, welcomed everyone. Members had a constructive discussion. Being relegated from the intermediate grade was a major disappointment. However, winning the under 21 B county in some style gives hope for the future. Membership fees and the physio bill were also discussed. Club legend, John O'Sullivan, opened the meeting by paying tribute to the recently deceases Dan O'Sullivan. Dan played a huge roll in the Canovee club both on and off the field. Dan played in two Munster finals for Cork in the early 50s and was instrumental in the building of the new pitch at Canovee in the early 80s. Gerard Ahern stepped down as secretary after 3 years. He gave another comprehensive report. Ger Deasy has taken over as chairman of the lotto. Junior A and under 21 selectors were also passed. Junior A: Mickey Ring, manager; Timmy Lyons, coach; Joe Cunningham, selector and Neil O'Grady doing the fitness. Under 21 Dave Healy, Jerry Cronin, Mickey Ring and Neil O'Grady doing the fitness. Officers for 2014 are President, John Dunlea; vice presidents: Seanie Twomey, JJ Hinchion, John Barry Murphy, Matt Lehane, John O'Sullivan. Chairman Pat O'Riordan. Vice chairman Kevin Moynihan. Secretary Billy Creedon. Treasurer John Barry Murphy. PRO Paddy Murphy. Registrars Pat O'Neill, Niall Lucey. Insurance officer: Pat O'Neill. Asst. Treasurer Pat Harrington. Mid Cork Board rep Michael Shine.