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Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge: Wed., Feb. 26th , 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Purlies Thurs. March 6th at 11a.m.
Art Exhibition : Jenny Mills exhibition from March 1
Alice Taylor talk on Bereavementon Mon. March 3 at 11am
Library closed on Wed. March 5 till 2.30p.m.
Adult book club Wed. March 5 at 4.00p.m

Briery Gap:

Cara O'Sullivan, Sat. 22nd Feb. at 8.00pm.
Renoir 24th Feb. at 8.30 pm
Light Entertainment Festival on Fri. 28th February.
Transition Year Drama Festival Sat. 1st March.
Ahakeera Drama Group on Fri., 14th March at 8.00 pm.
Cor Godre'r Aran on Sun.16th March at 8.00 pm.

Macroom Flower & Garden: A.G.M. rescheduled to Thurs. Feb. 20 at 7pm in Coolcower House.
Kilmichael Historical Society will screen "The Lord's Burning Rain" at the club rooms, Annahala, on Fri. Feb. 21 at 7.30 pm.
Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Table Quiz Sat. 22 Feb. at 9pm
"Cowpat Challenge" at Kilmurry N.S. on Sun. Feb. 23rd @ 11:00am.
Macroom Person of the Year 2013: in The Riverside Park Hotel, on Sat. Feb. 22.
Muinefliuch N.S. Open Day: Thurs. Feb 27 from 9.30am to 11am.
Ionad Cultúrtha: 28th Feb. Opening of art exhibition @ 7p.m. Concert @ 8.30
Inchigeelagh National School hosts Ahakeera Drama Group in Inchigeelagh Hall on Fri. 28th Feb at 8pm..
Muskerry Vintage Club buses to Classic Car Show 2014 at R.D.S. on March 1 and 2.
Macroom Bereavement Support Group with Alice Taylor in Library Mon. 3rd March @11am.
Donoughmore Macra 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance Sat. March 1st in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane (ACR) Community Council meeting Tues. 4 March next at 7.30pm in Aghabullogue Hall
Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion, Fri. March 7th at 8p.m.
Parkrun Free 5km run from Macroom Leisure Centre every Sat. at 9:30am.
Macroom Jobseekers Resource Centre every Wed. & Thurs. 10am - 12.30pm at The Pitch & Putt Clubhouse.
Clondrohid Choral Group every Friday night in Clondrohid Hall, 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
Get Fit, Get Healthy walk every Tues. and Thurs. night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive.
Bingo every Saturday in the community hall, Stuake, Donoughmore at 8pm.

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

Macroom Library

The library has been very busy, because of all the power outages, people have been coming in for the heat and light as well as the internet. You are all very welcome.
The next date for Bridge is Wed 26th 11 a.m
Story time continues as usual on Saturday at 12 noon for 3-7 year olds
The Purlies knitting group next meet on Thurs 6th March.
The library will be closed on Wednesday morning the 5th March to facilitate essential staff training. The library will re-open at 2.30p.m.
Because of this closure the adult book club is rescheduled to Wednesday afternoon at 4.00p.m. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Ciorcal Cainte: Please contact the library for the date of the next meeting.
Art Exhibition: Jenny Mills will display her amazing art in the library from the 1st March, make sure you come in and view it.

McEgan College Updates

Some of McEgan College's Senior Business students were very fortunate to experience an astounding Business presentation by Murphy's Ice-cream at their Killarney store. We received an excellent, informative talk from Garry Berrigan, their Killarney Manager. The inspirational Entrepreneurial success story really bought Business alive for us, from how they source their milk from the unique Kerry Cow to how they hand select their front of house staff. Also we were very privileged to experience the delicious, distinct tasting ice cream that they produce.

Staff and students at McEgan College wish to congratulate teachers Daniel Twomey and Joanne O Regan on their nominations for Macroom Person of the year. Mr. Towmey, described himself as "surprised and honoured" to be in the running for Sports person of the year. Daniel has had a number of achievements in the last year which include leading the school team to winning the Cork County Senior Championship and setting up Health Week. Music teacher, Ms. O Regan also expressed her shock at the nomination. Joanne is currently working on a school production of Wizard of Oz and recently inspired students by bringing them to see Wicked at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

De La Salle Actors ready for the Red Carpet.

It was with great excitement this week that De La Salle Transition Year Drama class learned that their entry to the National Irish Congress of Trade Unions Film Competition had been shortlisted. The students have spent months making five short films commemorating the anniversary of the 1913 Lockout and all their hard work has paid off. There was tremendous interest in the competition from all over the country, with a huge number of schools competing for the fantastic prize of a trip to New York for the 'Best Picture'. There are also several other categories to be won, including Best Actor, Best Adaptation, Best Screenplay as well as several technical awards so it will be a hopeful De La Salle team that will leave Macroom on the 27th of March for the screening and prize-giving in Dublin's iconic cinema, The Savoy, on O'Connell Street. A special celebrity host will MC the event, which will be attended by the shortlisted schools. There the winning films will be shown on the big screen and the winners announced. The ceremony is to be followed by the 'After Party' to which the students of De La Salle will be invited. Jean O'Donovan, of the De La Salle Drama Department, said that it was a great honour and a wonderful endorsement for the twenty four students involved to be shortlisted in such a huge competition and they were very much looking forward to their trip to Dublin.

Macroom Beavers ''Dare 2 Do Good'

'We are all familiar with the recent online trend known as neknominations which has resulted in the deaths of 2 young men in this country. As a direct result of this dangerous craze Scouting Ireland launched its own take on it called 'Dare 2 Do Good' in which they encourage people to go out and video themselves doing some small act of kindness or good will and then nominating two others to do the same. Macroom beaver scouts got in on the action last Saturday when they called in on the senior citizens group in the Fr. Ryan hall with a box of treats. Each of the Beavers was asked to bring either a pack of biscuits or cakes with them and they put together a little hamper of treats for the group. This was then presented to Pat O'Connell on behalf of the senior citizens. The beavers then laid down the gauntlet by nominating the next two groups to take up the challenge. Scouting Irelands hope with this initiative is to show that social media can be used for something positive which will benefit local communities. For more details log on to www.dare2dogood.com.

Briery Gap Programme

Cara O'Sullivan, Ireland's Top Soprano, will be welcomed to the Briery Gap for the first time on Saturday 22nd February at 8.00pm Tickets €23. Cara has risen to prominence as one of the county's leading sopranos. She is an instinctive performer with a remarkable, full, exciting and dramatic voice.
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 Little Genius - Mathilda on Saturday 8th March at 8.00pm and Sunday 9th March at 3.00pm. Tickets €13. Concessions €8.
Ahakeera Drama Group present The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary on Friday, 14th March at 8.00 pm. Tickets €12; €10. Gertie O'Grady, a retired schoolteacher, has been in hospital for some time but is now coming to stay with Dan and Mary Murphy and their son John Paul. Mary is Gertie's niece and she quickly sets about convincing her to make a will but Gertie is a formidable woman and is having none of it. After a series of unforeseen events, the Murphys turn to much more drastic means of getting their hands on Gertie's money. Needless to say if their plan goes wrong it will have dramatic consequences for the Murphys. However, there are many twists and turns before this must see play comes to an end.
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. Limited availability. Côr Godre'r Aran is based in the village of Llanuwchllyn (Church above the lake) at the western end of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) in the old county of Merioneth, North Wales. Since its inception, the Choir has regularly entertained audiences all over Wales and at many principal venues in England including The Royal Albert Hall, The Globe Theatre, The Sage and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Concert tours have taken them to Scotland, Ireland and Portugal and extended international tours. Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Cor Godre'r Aran back to Macroom this St. Patrick's weekend!

Cinema at Briery Gap: Sulan Film Society presents Renoir 24th February. Screenings at 8.30 pm. Admission €7.


Renoir is a 2012 French drama film based on the last years of Renoir at Cagnes-sur-Mer during World War I. The film was directed by Gilles Bourdos The film tells the forgotten story of Andree Heuschling, also known as Catherine Hessling, who was the last model of impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the first actor in the films of his son, the film director Jean Renoir. Andree was the link between two famous and widely acclaimed artists, a father and son. As the father is at the end his brilliant career, the son is still searching for himself, his great career as one of the most celebrated movie directors having not yet begun. The film is set in the south of France during World War I and stars Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Thomas Doret and Vincent Rottiers. Director Gilles Bourdos used the services of a convicted art forger, Guy Ribes, to create and re-create the Renoir paintings in live action on screen.

Macroom Person Of The Year 2013

The 4th Annual Macroom Person of the Year awards will take place in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday next 22nd February. 27 nominees are in contention for the 5 main categories, Junior Sportsperson, Senior Sportsperson, Voluntary Worker for Charity, Voluntary worker in Sports and the Overall Macroom Person of The Year 2013. Each of the 27 nominees was nominated by the public and the winners are also voted for by the public through the local website www.mymacroom.com. There are also a few surprises in store for the audience with 10 unsuspecting recipients in line for recognition for their contribution to the town of Macroom and surrounding areas. This year will also see the winner of the "Voluntary Worker of the year for Charity" category go away with their award and 500 Euros in cash. Organiser Pat Melia explains that the cash prize is possible thanks to the generous support this year from Ross Oils, Ladbrokes, Sweet Magnolias & Computek among others. The night consists of a wine reception on arrival, finger food, dancing to Rat Pack Performs and DJ Mike supplying the music into the early hours. The event is going from strength to strength each year and tickets for the event can be booked through Pat Melia @ 087 3520351. Admission for the night is 12 Euros.

Macroom Senior Citizens

Active Retirement Holiday 2014

Macroom Senior Citizens / Active Retirement annual holiday will take place this year from Sunday May 26th– Friday May 30th. This year's holiday will see the group heading to Monaghan and will be based at the 4 Star Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan town. The holiday will include organised day tours and entertainment in the hotel. For further details contact: Macroom Senior Citizens, Sullane Haven, Macroom on 026 41698 or Evelyn McSweeney on 026 41070

Senior Citizens /Active Retirement Services Available:

The following services are available during the month of February at our centre at Lucey's Lane, Macroom:
Mondays: Arts & Crafts from 11am – 12noon
Tuesdays: A series of talks on Mental Wellbeing by Dr Fergus Heffernan at 7.30pm – 9.30pm. 
Thursdays: Weekly Bingo session in the Fr Ryan Hall at 8.30pm
Fridays: Line Dancing at 2pm
All services are open to all Senior Citizens/Active Retired
If anyone needs meals delivered to their home in the Macroom area, we operate a 'Meals on Wheels' service 6 days a week Monday – Saturday. For further details contact 026 41698
In March we will be launching a new service for Senior Citizens/Active Retired called 'Care & Repair Programme' where we will be offering a free odd job service for older people. This service is being run in association with Age Action Ireland. Further details in March

Local TV Programmes

Sun. Feb 23: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special. First Communion at Canovee 2013.
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom News and Sport and Wednesday Repeat.
8p.m. LTV 2 from Millstreet – Duhallow area. Thursday repeat.
Wed. Feb. 26: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Aghinagh Heritage Group Open Air Concert 1994 Part 3.
Sun. March 2: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Macroom Scout Mass/Interviews 2007 at St. Colman's Church, Macroom. 
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday Repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday Repeat.
Wed. March 5: 9.30 p.m. LTV News and Sport Roundup. Excerpts from Macroom Horticulture Shows 1984/1988.
Sun. Mar. 9th:- Sunday Special, Mass at closing of Bard Inse N.S. 2005.
6.30pm: - LTV from Macroom Area - News and Sport and Wednesday Repeat.
8.00pm: - LTV from Millstreet-Duhallow Area and Thursday Repeat.

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Pupils from Kilmurry N.S., Helen Nyhan, Joseph Murphy, Eoin Keane, and Cathal Gilbert,who came first in the Junior Section of the Credit Union Quiz recently. ©An Scoil.


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Macroom Flower & Garden Club:A.G.M. rescheduled to Thursday 20th of February in Coolcower House at 7.00p.m. followed by Talk & Presentation by Celestine McCoy, Milliner, Kinsale. Hats, Fascinators, Bridal Creations, Vintage Chic, Raffle. All are welcome. Enquiries 087-9821708 or 086-3046608

Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane Community Council will hold its annual Table Quiz in each of the three Villages on Saturday 22 February 2014 commencing 9pm sharp. The venues are Cremin's, Aghabullogue - O'Callaghan's, Coachford - The Anvil Bar (O'Brien's), Rylane. We hope to link the three venues by internet on the night and have the winning table in each venue enter into a three way playoff, to secure an overall winner. Tables of four are at a reasonable cost of €20 and proceeds will be used to fund the Community Council in its many ventures on behalf of our community. Please do consider attending and supporting this worthwhile cause and a great night is guaranteed!

"Cowpat Challenge" at Kilmurry N.S. on Sunday, February 23rd @ 11:00am. Daisy, the cow, is coming to the grassy area in Kilmurry N.S. playground which will be marked out into numbered squares. Whoever owns the square that Daisy decides to deposit her first cowpat into wins a whopping €1,000. Tickets available from the school and members of Parents' Association at a cost of €10 per square.

Inchigeelagh National School  hosts Ahakeera Drama Group with a production of the comedy The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary in Inchigeelagh Hall on Friday 28th Feb at 8pm. Adm: €10.

Aghabullogue Coachford Rylane (ACR) Community Council will launch the Village Design Statements relating to our three villages on Tues. 4 March next at 7.30pm in Aghabullogue Hall

Muskerry Vintage Club will run buses to the R.D.S. in Dublin to the R.I.A.C. National Classic Car Show 2014 on March 1 and 2. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Lar Cummins at 087 2268752.

Alice Taylor author of ''And Time Stood Still'' will speak in Macroom Library on Monday the 3rd March at 11am at the invitation of Macroom Bereavement Support Group. She will give reflective thoughts on coping with bereavement and life experiences. Everyone welcome. Light refreshments. Bereavement no 087 1207476.

The library will be closed on Wednesday morning the 5th March to facilitate essential staff training and will re-open at 2.30p.m. Because of this closure the adult book club is rescheduled to Wednesday afternoon at 4.00p.m

Race Night in Macroom Golf Club Pavilion on Friday, March 7 at 8p.m. All welcome.

Go raibh maith agat: Organisers of the Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising Dance in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on St. Brigid's Day, February 1st wish to thank everyone who supported the event, which raised an unprecedented €2,833 for Cystic Fibrosis Southern Branch. Despite the very inclement weather, the crowds came in droves and had a most enjoyable night in an ideal venue.

Dromleigh N.S. is now accepting enrolments for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Application forms are available from the school. Phone: 026 46212 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Fit, Get Healthy: join us for a walk every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30pm from Tigh Ui Laoghaire, Bealnamorrive. Open to all ages and fitness levels. Complimentary tea and coffee served afterwards.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto February 4. Jackpot of €1,200. No winner. The numbers drawn were 15, 30 and 33. €70 Patsy O'Sullivan, Clondrohid. €20 Molly Kelleher, c/o Browne's Bar, Macroom. Juliette Browne, Toames. Bernie Kelleher, Kiel. Danny Murphy, Codrum. Paul Long, Main Street.
Feb 11 Jackpot of €1400 No winner. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 26. €70 Pat O'Sullivan, The Glenties. €20 Stephen O'Leary c/o Auld Triangle, Macroom. Padraig O'Driscoll, Sullane Weir, Macroom. Brook & Dylan Murphy, Cork Street, Macroom. Denis Quinlan, Umera, Macroom. Vickey Buckley, Beechville,Coachford.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 09/02/2014: Numbers drawn 5, 36, 37. No jackpot winner. Consolation Prizes - €50.00 Noel Hartnett, Kilmurry, C/O "The Làine Bar", €20.00 each to Brendan Kelleher, C/O, "The Làine Bar", John Casey, Curraghawaddra, Alan Hourihan, Carrigthomas, John & Bridie Kelleher, Leades Cross.
16/2/2014 Jackpot €6,550 No winner. €50.00 Teresa & Murty Lucey, Bealnamorrive, €20.00 each Liz Cotter, Ballinagree, Donal Connors c/o John Casey, Anna O'Callaghan, Margaret Connors c/o Laine. Numbers drawn: 15, 25, 40 Next Week's Jackpot €6,700to be held in Tigh Ui Laoighre Bar, Bealnamorrive Sunday 23rd February at 9pm

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: 9/2/2014 numbers drawn 4, 7, 21, 28 No winner. 50 euro Shane O'Flynn, Kilcrea. 25 euro each Pat O'Leary, lissarda. Toby Keane ,Cloughduv.
16/2/2014 Numbers drawn 5, 7, 10, 11 Jackpot of €4,650 No winner. €50 Niamh & Cathel O'Carroll, Carrigadrohid. €25 each Anthony O'Connor, Ovens. John O'Sullivan, Ballincollig. Next lotto draw on February 23rd in the Sportsman's Bar, Aherla. Jackpot of 4,800 euro.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: Congratulations to Matty McDonagh of Dromree and Carriganima who claimed €1,800 in the Lotto jackpot last week. This week's jackpot back to €1,000. Results for Feb 5th. €70 Mary C. O' Driscoll Bawnmore, €20 each John Golden Kilcorney, Judy Horgan Inchigeela, Anne Harrington, Kilbrittain, Mary F. Creedon c/o Mons Bar.
No results for Feb 12 due to adverse weather.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 3/2/2014, Jackpot: €2,600, Numbers Drawn: 10,16, 23 -No Winner. €40 Tom McElroy, €20 Madge Martin, Sean Healy, Aaron Doherty, Catherine Barry Murphy (Yearly Ticket).
10/2/2014, Jackpot: €2,800, Numbers Drawn: 19 - 26 - 28, No Winner, €40 Billy Casey, €20 Dave O'Mahony, Susan Ward, Jim Cunningham, Gerry O' Keeffe (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

Clondrohid Updates

AWARE: Una and friends of the coffee morning held on Sunday Jan 26 in the Community Hall would like to thank all those who subscribed to Aware on the day, and to those who have been donating since. The magnificent sum of €2,040 has recently been lodged, and all of this will go to where it is needed. Well done to everybody.

News from Muinefliuch: Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions the open day had to be cancelled last week but will be held on Thursday Feb 27 from 9.30am to 11am. Come along and you will be made welcome. The children of Muinefliuch N. S. are looking for your old mobile phones. If you have unwanted mobile phones lying around your home, please drop them into the school or to any parent associated with the school. They will be exchanged for computer equipment for the school. Thank you.

Marriage Encounter Weekend: in Cork on March 28 to 30. This is a weekend to enrich your marriage. For more info contact 0214381511 or 0646644319.

Diocesan Pilgrimages: To Lourdes June 1 to June 6. Bookings from Joe Walsh 0214277959. Anyone needing assistance or a hospital bed should contact Nuala on 0872237109 or Fr. Donal Roberts on 02621068. The Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday May 11.

Carriganimma Entertainment: On Sat Feb 22, well known group Back on Track for all your musical needs. On Friday Feb 28, well known chef Dolly Ring is looking for male contestants to join her and try their hand at making a Pavalova. A good supply of eggs could be needed. Entertaining or what !!

Bootcamp continues every Monday and Thursday nights on the Astro Turf

G.A.A. News: Congrats to the Junior A's who defeated their near neighbours Aghinagh by 4 points in the Muskerry Cup last Sunday in Clondrohid. It was an excellent game of football by both sides for this time of the year. Clondrohid now advance to meet Canovee.
Anyone who did not register in February is asked to come along to the dressing rooms on March 4 between 7pm and 8.30pm for registration. If you do not register you cannot play. Contact Marion Flanagan on 0872114320

Clondrohid Choral Group every Friday 8.30pm to 10.30 pm in Community Hall

Bingo every Wednesday night jackpot of €1,000.

Cards every Sunday night, all in the Community Hall.

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An Gooch le foireann Banc na mBalún i gColáiste Ghobnatan ©An Scoil

Nuacht ó Choláiste Ghobnatan 

Cúrsa Tiomána ag an idirbhliain: Le déanaí, chuamar go dtí 'Munster Driving Campus', i Mala. Thug an turas seo deis dúinn foghlaim faoi thiomáint agus glúisteáin go ginearálta. D'fhoghlaimíomar faoi theoiric na mbóithre ar ríomhairí - chomharthaíocht na mbóithre, cad is brí leo agus dheineamar an scrúdú teoiric sampla. Ansin , chuamar go dtí an gharáiste chun foghlaim faoi inneall an gluaisteán agus d'aithríomar roth sa ghluaisteán. Ar deireadh chuamar ag tiomáint timpeall na háite, ar bóithre atá déanta amach, le timpealláín, soilse tráchta agus a leithead de sin. D'fhoghlamaíomar scilleanna nach ndéanfaimid dearmad faoi, ar feadh tamaill!
Cork City Gaol' agus 'Cork on Ice': Chuamar go cathair Chorcaí chuig an sean phriosiún. D'insíodar scealta dúinn faoi daoine a chónaigh ann, cad a dhein siad agus na saolanna a bhí acu ina dhiadh a bheith ann. Bhí sé an shuimiúl! Ina dhiadh, chuamar ag scátáil ar leac oighear. Bhí an-spórt againn ann, ag sleamhnú timpeall na háite.... roinnt dúinn ar ar dtóineacha!
Cuairt an'Gooch' : Tháinig Colm Cooper ar cuairt chuig Coláiste Ghobnatan toisc gur thug Banc na mBalún cuireadh dó teacht chun seisiún traenála a dhéanamh leis na daltaí a shábhálann leis an mbanc. Bhí seisiún traenála peile 20 nóiméad sa halla toisc go raibh sé ag stealladh báistí agus bhí Q & A aige leis na daoine a ghlac páirt. Thóg sé roinnt pictiúrí le muintir Banc na mBalún. Tá siad ag ullmhú don chraobh reigiúnach atá ag deireadh mí Feabhra. Deinimid chomhbrón le Colm toisc an timpist a ghortaigh a chos agus a chuir ón bpáirc imeartha é go ceann i bhfad. 
Bua ag ecoFIRE: Theastuigh ó ecoFIRE teacht suas le breosla atá níos fearr don timpeallacht ná ábhair mar adhmad, móin nó gual. An breosla atá siad ag fógrú ná páipéar núachtáin fliuch chomhdlúite le maisín comhdlúthóir pháipéir. Chuir siad isteach sa chomórtas One Good Idea agus bhí an t-ádh leo! Tá scannán beag déanta acu don idirlín. Tá ecoFIRE ag lorg cabhrach ó mhuintir na scoile chun an feachtas atá acu a fheabhsú roimh sprioc lá, Márta 7. Chuir said amach suirbhé agus d'iarradar ar rang matamaitice bliain a 3 grafanna de na torthaí a léiriú. Is féidir leat féachaint ar an suíomh greasán atá acu ar : ecofire.yolasite.com. Tá súil againn go sroichfidh siad an chéad babhta eile!
Bhí Crannchur na Nollag agus Ceolchoirm na Nollag ar siúl ag Colaiste Ghobnatan roimh na Nollag. Bhailigh Lisa, Labhaoise, Sinéad, Doireann agus Pádraig ón rang CGAT €165 - don charthanacht Peekaboo suite i Mhúscraí a chabhraíonn le páistí le Autism
Bhí Tráth na gCeist eagraithe ag Eimear, Gearóid, Daire, Josie agus Caoimhín ón rang CGAT i gColáiste Ghobnatan ar an 13ú Nollaig chun airgead a bhailiú i gcomhair carthanacht Alzheimers. Lá ana ráthúil a bhí ann agus bhain gach éinne taitneamh as. Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil le gach duine a chabhraigh linn don tionscnamh.
Seanfhocail Na Seachtaine: 'Faigheann an tseanbhróg an tseanstoca'. Every old shoe finds an old stocking.

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Instrumental Music Group from Ballyvongane N.S. who have qualified for the Muskerry Scór Finals to be held in Ovens on Sunday March 2nd. ©

Village Design

ACR Community Council is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Village Design Statements for Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane villages. Local Questionnaires were completed and returned during October 2012, and open Workshops took place in each village during November 2012. In early 2013, draft Village Design Statements were displayed. There followed many additional months of work by Community Council members, involving contact with Consultants URS, West Cork Development Partnership, various project Partners, and others.
This is a unique venture in mid-Cork, where a blueprint has been set out for a community, its three villages and environs, intended to last well into the future, and coinciding with the upcoming Cork County Development Plan. It will also assist the Community Council in the furtherance of its many aims. It describes what is special about the area and sets out visions for its future; highlights opportunities for business creation and enhancement, recreation, tourism, heritage and the improvement of rural services; identifies short, medium and long term projects and proposals. The Village Design Statements for each village will be available for public viewing on Tuesday 4 March 2014, at 7.30pm, in Aghabullogue Hall. Please come along and all are welcome.

Canovee Wedding Night

Canovee held their Wedding Night on February 15th in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom. A big thank you to Mary Browne, Nicola Cullen and their team, who organised a night of top class entertainment. Also to Pat O'Riordan and Jim Cunningham and the Bridal Party, the Reverend Kevin Moynihan, and altar boys Liam Lehane and John Kingston, who all put in a lot of work into preparing for the event in a very short time. Thanks to everybody who attended to make the night the success it was. It will be the Opera House next for Ger Deasy and Dan Murphy.

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Macroom u15 and u16 footballers at presentation of medals by Cork stars Aidan Walsh and Fintan Goold © Lee Valley Outlook

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra would like to congratulate two of its members on successfully getting through the Muskerry round of titles night which was held in Breathnach's Bar, Coachford last Friday night. Joanne Casey and Norma Hurley were victorious on the night. Joanne Casey will be representing Muskerry Macra in the Blue Jeans Festival while Norma Hurley will be representing the region in Miss Macra 2014. Also on the night Aghinagh Macra's Jayne Cotter was succesful in the Queen of the land competition and John McSweeney of Terelton Macra will represent his region in the Mr. Personality Competitions.

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 Cill na Martra Intermediate footballers, League winners, at the club's annual social in the Abbey Hotel © Lee Valley Outlook

Christina is Cork's Top Youth Star

World boxing silver medallist Christina Desmond collected the premier award at the Cork Youth Supreme Sports Star Banquet hosted in the Gresham Metropole Hotel. Inside the ring, it's been a phenomenal season for the Macroom club southpaw, winning four All Ireland titles, bronze in the European Championships and runner up in the World Youth Championships in Bulgaria. The Sports Council of Ireland also announced during the week that they would make funding available to Christina Desmond. The only other female boxer to receive funding from the Sports Council was Olympic Champion Katie Taylor.


A List of Winter Tips for Older People from Senior Help Line:

Senior Help Line, the phone service for older people, by older people has published a list of winter tips to help people cope with the changing weather. With winter finally beginning to take hold, the service which advocates on behalf of callers is issuing some sensible advice for older people and for their neighbours, friends and family
Senior Helpline CEO, Aine Brady, explained the thinking behind the initiative.
"In recent days weather conditions have deteriorated. For many older people the worsening weather is a real worry. If you live on your own and have few social outlets - as is the case with many older people - being cut off can increase your sense of isolation and loneliness. Added to this, people have the extra stress of meeting their ever increasing energy bills." Established 15 years ago to help the tackle isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people, the Senior Help Line phone service is open every day from 10am to 10pm on 1850 440 444. The Lo Call service (no call costing more than 30 cent), offers a unique phone contact for older people provided by trained older volunteers. People call to discuss the daily happenings in their lives, to discuss problems or crises, to receive information about other services and, most of all, for the support of a friendly, empathic listening ear.

Winter Tips:
Keep Warm – Dress for warmth, and wear plenty of layers, which trap the heat, rather than one heavy garment. Fill a hot water bottle and have it on your lap during the day. Check that your radiators are not blocked and that they are bled if needed.
Stay Connected – When the weather is dry and not too cold, try to get outside and meet people. Don't forget to wear a hat, gloves and scarf and non slip boots on icy days. Stay in touch with neighbours, family and friends.
Keep Active – If it is too cold and windy to get outside, keep active indoors. Don't sit for hours at a time. Stand up and move around the house at least once an hour. Try some chair-based exercises - wiggle your toes, shake your hands, move your head side to side and move your arms up and down.
Exercise Your Brain – Keeping an active mind is very important, particularly as we get older. Read books, do crosswords or puzzles, keep up to date with current affairs.
Check your smoke alarms – Not just advice for older people, smoke alarms can save your life.
Get the 'flu jab – As an older person, you are at a greatest risk of getting the flu, which can have more severe consequences in your age group. The vaccine protects you for about one year and should be taken annually. If you have a Medical Card or a GP Visit Card, the vaccine and consultation are free.
Call Senior Help Line – Don't be alone. Senior Help Line is at the end of the line every day of the year, winter and summer from 10am till 10pm. LoCall 1850 440 444. We look forward to hearing from you.
Be Safe at Home – Be careful about opening the door particularly at night. Invest in a door viewer to see who is calling, and a door chain to control entrance to your home as necessary. Always ask for identification from people calling to your door.
Drive Carefully – Arrange for your car to have a winter service, get the oil checked, make sure the brakes are working properly and tyres are at the correct pressure this can help keep you safe. Keep a de-mister, a light rug or jumper in the car.
Eat Healthy – Soups, stews and curries are a good choice in winter, and you can always make enough for a few days. Start a store cupboard and stock it with tinned soup, tinned fish, baked beans, pasta and rice to keep you going should you become snowed in.
Reach Out – The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder months is to ask for help if you need it. This might mean asking for a lift to church, to the local shops, to the pharmacy or even getting help with bringing in coal or fuel.

For Everyone else – Taking a moment out of your day to think of the older people in your lives can make a massive difference to them. A phone call or a short visit won't take you long but it will mean the world to someone else.
For further information please contact: Anne Dempsey, Head of Communications Third Age on 01-2875304/087-7450721.

GIY by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Month –Minestrone Soup

You can play around with different vegetables if you don't have what I added here. Serves 4.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 onion, chopped; 1 clove garlic, chopped; 1 leek, cleaned and finely sliced; 2 carrots, peeled and chopped small; Half a butternut squash or small pumpkin, peeled and chopped small; 500ml good quality homemade chicken stock (or made from an organic stock cube); 400ml tin chopped tomatoes (I used the same quantity of passata instead); 4 tagliatelle 'nests', preferably organic (you could use any type of pasta really); 1 bunch spinach leaves, stalks removed and chopped roughly

Directions: Heat the oil in a large pot and cook the onions and garlic until softened. Add the leek, carrot and squash and toss well so they are coated in oil. Season well, then cover and cook on a low heat with the lid on the pot, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes. Then add the stock and tomato and cook with the lid off until the veg is soft (about 10 minutes) – don't overcook, you don't want the veg to go to mush. Stir in the spinach about 5 minutes before the end of cooking. Meanwhile cook the pasta as per instructions in a pot of boiling, salted water. When it's cooked, drain and stir it in to the soup pot. Check the seasoning. Ladle in to warm bowls and serve with some crusty bread.

Tip of the Month – Show your tools some love

Blades on shears, forks, spades, hoes, secateurs and other tools will benefit from an annual overhaul with a sharpening stone (you can buy them in hardware stores). Prepare the blade with a drop of three-in-one oil. Push the tool forwards and to the side on the stone, exerting a little downward pressure. Then turn the tool over and, holding the blade almost flat against the stone, brush it across the surface to take off any rough edges. Only sharpen the outside blade on bypass secateurs and the upper surface of hoes. Wipe over the blade with an oily rag before storing.


Little Book of Mindfulness.

In these bleak February days why not calm the mind and lighten the spirit with some inspiration from this little book. Pocket size and easy to carry around or just keep on the nightstand, this book should help to lighten even those dreary, storm filled hours.

Priced at only €6.50 and is available now at Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop.

Sports Mad

Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop Tom Creedon Cup 2014 – Intermediate Football

Semi Finals:

Carrigaline 0-10 Mallow 0-4

Castletownbere v CILL Na MARTRA


Carrigaline v Castletownbere or Cill na Martra

Tadhg Crowley Cup – Senior Football Final:

BALLINCOLLIG v Carbery Rangers

Mid Cork GAA

Muskerry Cup (Junior Football) 2014

First Round:

Iveleary 3-13 Dripsey 0-9

Quarter Finals:

Kilmichael 1-5 Iveleary 6-9 Inniscarra v Donoughmore Clondrohid 2-9 Aghinagh 0-11 Kilmurry 2-6 Canovee 1-15

Semi Finals: Iveleary v I'scarra/D'more: Clondrohid v Canovee.

Iveleary 6 – 9 Kilmichael 1 – 5

Don't double check! This was the final amazing scoreline in the Muskerry Cup game at Annahala. Iveleary cut loose in the ten minutes before the half time break and a game which was lumbering along at 0-1 each after twenty minutes play was transformed into a 4-4 to 0-1 rout by the interval. Another 1-1 from Cathal Vaughan immediately after the interval had the contest really all over within two minutes and the remainder of the game saw the reigning Mid Cork champions Kilmichael trying to put respectability on the scoreboard.

Conditions at Annahala were good for this Sunday noon start. Kilmichael, playing into the wind, started well and it was their corner forward Daniel Twomey who opened the scoring after ten minutes with a point from play. Iveleary equalised through Brian Cronin five minutes later and scores were at a premium even though it was Iveleary who were wasting most chances with a string of misses from good positions. Liam Kearney drew a good save from Kilmichael goalkeeper Stephen O'Leary in the 21st minute but a minute later the 'keeper could do nothing to stop a blast from close range from Brian Cronin. Cathal Vaughan pointed in style from way out on the left wing in the 24th minute and added another point from a '45' immediately as Iveleary got a grip on midfield and began to dominate. The five minutes before the break were disastrous for the home side. A Barry Murphy run and pass to Liam Kearney opened up the Kilmichael defence and the latter parted to Brian Cronin who slammed in his second goal in the 26th minute and two minutes later Seanie Lehane was at the end of a five man move and made the score 3-3 to 0-1 with a tap-in goal. Kilmichael were suffering but there was no let up in the Iveleary onslaught. Liam Kearney kicked over a point and in the dying seconds of the half Cathal Vaughan, Edward Buckley and Seanie Lehane combined to give Brian Cronin possession and from just over 5 metres out the full forward rifled a shot low to the corner of the net to complete a first half hat-trick. Iveleary 4-4, Kilmichael 0-1 was the score at half time and everybody was in shock.

Within two minutes of the restart Iveleary had killed off any hope of a home win when Cathal Vaughan first took a point from play and then ran through the defence to place wide of the hapless goalkeeper from five metres range. Liam Kearney added a 41st minute point and it was now 5-6 to 0-1 and one could feel Kilmichael's suffering.

James O'Leary had their second point in the 42nd minute from a free and three minutes later scored a goal from the penalty spot, the ball crossing the line despite a great effort from Jamie Cronin. Edward Buckley kicked an Iveleary point before Kilmichael got three points in a row, all from James O'Leary, one from a free. Cathal Vaughan pointed a free as the game entered the final five minutes, young Finbarr McSweeney banged in goal no.6 and Joe Creedon pointed a mid range free to complete the scoring.

Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Gerard O'Riordan: Barry Murphy, Cal McCarthy, Sean O'Leary; Edward Buckley and Sean Lehane: Patrick O'Riordan, Cathal Vaughan, Barry O'Leary: Colin Tanner, Brian Cronin, Liam Kearney. Subs: Shane Galvin, Brian Murphy, Alan O'Brien, Finbarr McSweeney, Joseph Creedon, Cathal O'Riordan.

Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Niall O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Stephen Kelleher: Cian Dromey, Simon Foley, Damian Crowley: Michael Twomey, Finbarr Dromey: Conor Cotter, James O'Leary, Eoin Kelly: Alan Dromey, Colin Dromey, Daniel Twomey. Subs: Peter Kelleher, Alan Murphy, Dermot O'Riordan, Darragh Foley.

Referee: Mr. Colm Vaughan, Cill na Martra.

Clondrohid 2 – 9 Aghinagh 0 – 11

Clondrohid won their way through to a Muskerry Cup semi final meeting against Canovee with this good win over Aghinagh at Clondrohid. Goals from Mark Creed and Darren Dineen in the first half helped the winners to a 2-4 to 0-5 interval lead, Donal Corkery being Aghinagh chief marksman. In an even second half Clondrohid managed to maintain their advantage and Aghinagh had two players 'Black carded'. Danny O'Riordan and Daniel O'Mahony gave excellent performances for Clondrohid while Donal Corkery , Anthony Kelleher and Con Lehane were excellent for Aghinagh.

Clondrohid: John Corkery: Conor O'Leary, Trevor Burns, James Kelleher: Lorcan Lynch, Sean O'Callaghan, Jerome Ring: Fergal Kelleher and Daniel O'Mahony: Declan Kelleher, Dally O'Riordan, Mark Creed: Dave O'Leary, Darren Dineen, Gary O'Brien. Subs: Conor Desmond, Tadgh Scannell, Jamie O'Callaghan.

Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Paudie O'Sullivan, Anthony Kelleher, Denis O'Leary: Donagh McCarthy, Jeremiah Kelleher, John Lynch: Mickey O'Brien and Con Lehane: Kieran Lehane, Trevor Burns, Dave Barry: Paud Twohig, Donal Corkery, Sean Horgan. Subs: Ian Twomey, Sean Kelleher, Tim O'Leary, Pat O'Leary, William Coakley.

Canovee 1- 15 Kilmurry 2 – 6

Canovee, Mid Cork, Cork, Munster and All Ireland Junior Football champions of 2007 are back in the junior grade again after their six years competing in the county Intermediate championship and judging by their approach to, and performance in, this Muskerry Cup game they will be a force to be reckoned with in Mid Cork this season. The parish rivals met under lights at Cloughduv and Canovee were undisputed masters over the Cup holders and were very deserving winners of a game which was entertaining and of a good standard for this time of year. The pitch at Cloughduv was in remarkable condition after the awful weather of the weeks since Christmas and despite the cold the spectators were not complaining with the fare provided.

Canovee had a slight edge all through the opening half and led at half time by 0-8 to 0-3, four of their points coming in the minutes just before the break. A goal from Darragh Ring gave them a 1-10 to 0-3 lead in the 40th minute but then Kilmurry staged a remarkable recovery and had the deficit down to a single point six minutes later. It was anybody's game at that stage but Canovee reasserted their superiority in the final ten minutes and five unanswered points gave them a comfortable and well deserved winning margin in the end.

Seán O'Connor, who had an outstanding game in the first half at wing back for Canovee, opened his sides scoring with a point in the third minute, Con Dunne added another and Michael Quinlan made it 0-3 to nil before Kilmurry had a point from a Pádraig Berhanu free in the 10th minute. Greg Barrett then pointed another Kilmurry free but Darragh Ring had a Canovee point to leave his side leading by 0-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Kilmurry were now dealt a blow by the dismissal of Jonathan Buckley for a Black Card offence, the first is junior football this season in Mid Cork, but they had the next score, a fine point from play by Pádraig Berhanu in the 23rd minute. The industrious Ger Ahern replied immediately for Canovee and the winners finished the half in great style with points from Michael Quinlan, Sean O'Connor and a Darragh Ring free to lead by five points at the break. Canovee had looked very focussed in that opening half, were on top at midfield and their attack had the Kilmurry defence at full stretch.

Points from Darragh Ring and Michael Quinlan further increased the Canovee lead on the restart and when Michael Deasy intercepted a kick out from the Kilmurry goal and set up a gilt edged chance for Darragh Ring in the 37th minute, the latter did not disappoint and it was now 1-10 to 0-3 and a rout was on the cards. Kilmurry were in shock but to their credit they staged a great rally inspired by a Greg Barrett goal in the 39th minute, the tall Kilmurry man going higher than the Canovee defenders and fisting a dropping ball to the net. Stephen Hartnett fired over a rousing point in the 42nd minute, Berhanu pointed a free, and when Greg Barrett did likewise in the 45th minute Kilmurry were rally back in contention. A minute later Finbarr Crowley sent in a finely measured ball over the heads of the backs and forwards and Pádraig Berhanu turned smartly, tipped on the ball on the ground and then smashed a ferocious ground drive high into the Canovee net from over five metres out. The score was now 1-10 to 2-6, Kilmurry had cut nine points off the deficit and only a point separated the teams. It was heart warming stuff of the spectators and the outcome of the game looked to be wide open. The next score would be vital and it fell to Canovee, corner back Gearóid Lucey coming up field and firing over a point from out on the left wing in the 49th minute. This score steadied the Canovee ship and they were complete masters again in the closing stages with Darragh Ring firing over two points in a row and substitutes James Moynihan and Charles Kenneally adding a point apiece from play in the dying minutes.

It is only February and much too early to be talking about championship but Canovee will take heart from this display and with Mickey Ring back at the helm will drive on in pursuit of greater glory. Kilmurry have Cormac Linehan in charge this season and will be disappointed at losing to their neighbours but they have a few regulars to add to their line out and will be a different proposition when they are a full strength.

Canovee: Darren Shine: Daniel O'Sullivan, Paul Twomey, Gearóid Lucey: Sean O'Connor, Michael Dunne, Brian Ahern: Eamonn Lyons and Brian Barrett: Denis O'Sullivan, Con Dunne, Ger Ahern: Darragh Ring, Michael Deasy, Michael Quinlan. Subs: Andrew Cronin, James Moynihan and Charles Kenneally.

Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Patrick Grainger, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: Pat O'Sullivan, Finbarr Crowley, William Barrett: James White and Stephen Hartnett: Jonathan Buckley, Greg Barrett, Stephen Down: Liam White, Pádraig Berhanu, Paudie O'Connell. Subs: Michael Kelleher, Seán Long and Pádraig Hinchion.

Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

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Cill na Martra Junior B footballers and mentors, Muskerry League and Championship winners © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football League/Championships

The 2014 Macroom Motors Under 21 Football League/Championship has commenced. There are five groups of teams and each team in a group will play the others (2 or 3) in that group. When the group stage is concluded, the group winners will be graded A for the championship knockout stage, the second team in each group will be graded B and the third team will be graded C, with the last team graded D.

The Board executive has decided to reserve the right to grade teams for the knock out stages irrespective of final group placings, if they deem such action necessary.

U 21 Results/Fixtures:

Round 1

Group 1: Ballincollig A 0-13 Naomh Abán 2-8

Naomh Abán 0-10 Macroom 1-13

Group 2: Canovee 3-8 Donoughmore 0-7

Group 2: Ballinora v Dripsey postponed

Donoughmore Ballinora pp.

Dripsey 1-6 Canovee 2-14

Group 3: Éire Óg 1-9 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 1-12

Ballincollig B 1-6 Kilmichael 5 –13

Kilmichael 3-7 Eire Óg 2-10

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh Ballincollig B

Group 4: Aghabullogue v Blarney pp.

Blarney v Inniscarra pp.

Group 5: Iveleary v Aghinagh pp.

Kilmurry v Cill Na Martra pp.

Aghinagh v Kilmurry pp.

Cill na Martra v Iveleary pp.

Ballincollig 'A' 0-13 Naomh Abán 2-8

Ballincollig, the 'A' champions for four of the past five years, were understrenght for their opening group game against Naomh Abán at Ballincollig and were defeated by a single point. Ballincollig were surprised by the result but not too bothered as they will probably be graded 'A' for the championship irrespective of this result and will no doubt be at full strength for that stage of the season.

Ballincollig started the game well and were on the attack for the opening ten minutes but had only a Luke Prendergast point to show for their efforts. Naomh Abán then shocked the home side when Conor Murphy moved upfield from his half back berth and finished a fine movement with a blast to the Ballincollig net. Miceál Dineen followed up with a point but Ballincollig fought back with a strong second quarter performance led by Luke Prendergast and Cian Dorgan and they deservedly led at half time by 0-9 to 1-3. It was still very close after an even third quarter but points from Prendergast and Dorgan at this stage eased Ballincollig three points in front.

A penalty for Naomh Abán, slammed to the net by Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh levelled the scores but Prendergast kicked over to put Ballincollig back in the lead. Naomh Abán kept up their attack and forced the Ballincollig defence to resort to conceding frees. Miceál Dineen levelled for Naomh Aban and then pointed another free to put the visitors ahead and they were still that point in front when the final whistle sounded.

Naomh Abán scorers were : Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh 1-2, (1-0 pen., 0-1 free), Miceál Ó Duinnín 0-5 (0-3 frees), Concuir Ó Murchú 1-0, Dean Ó Ceallaigh 0-1.

Naomh Abán 0 - 10 Macroom 1 – 13

Conditions at Baile Mhuirne were near perfect for this second Group 1 game. Naomh Abán buoyed by their win at Ballincollig the previous week started well had 0-2 to 0-1 early lead over the visitors. Macroom then began to edge in front and with Patrick Lucey in immaculate form from frees and from play they kicked over five points in succession before the home side had a third point. Macroom were in control now and at the break led by 0-10 to 0-4, with Michael Cronin scoring twice 2 and Brendan O'Sulllivan chipping in with a point. On the resumption, N. Abán began to exert pressure on the Macroom defence and three points in a row narrowed the deficit by the 40th minute. At the three quarter stage Macroom struck for the only goal of the game when Michael Browne finished off a combined move with a shot to the net from close range. This vital goal gave Macroom a 1-10 to 0-6 lead and halted the Naomh Aban resurgence. Thereafter Macroom matched anything that the home side could throw at them, Don Creedon kicked over two points and they were worthy winners at the finish of a fine entertaining well contested game of football. (Well refereed also by Ted Hayes).

Michael Browne (1-0), Patrick Lucey (0-8), Michael Cronin (0-2), Brendan O'Sullivan (0-1) and Don Creedon (0-2) were the Macroom scores while the Naomh Abán scores came from Dean Ó Ceallaigh, Jamie Mac Giolla Bríde and Maidhchí Ó Duinnín.

Naomh Abán: Miceál Ó Donnchú: Ronán de hÍde, Miceál Ó Liatháin, Seamas Ó Donnchú: Conchuir Ó Murchú, Pól Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás Ó hAilíosa; Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Pádraig de Róiste: Dean Ó Ceallaigh, Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Piarais Ó Liatháin: Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Jamie MacGiollaBríde, Maidhchi Ó Duinnín. Fear Ionaid: Diarmuid Ó Céilleachair.

Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Brian McMahon, Robbie O'Dwyer, Kevin O'Dwyer: Barry Healy, Emmett Quinlan, Shane Creedon: David Horgan, Darren McKenna: Robert Downey, Michael Cronin, Barry O'Sullivan: John Murphy, Patrick Lucey, Michael Browne. Subs: Don Creedon, Chris Foskett, Ricky Murphy and Olan O'Mahony.

Referee: Mr Ted Hayes, Eire Óg.

Canovee 3-8 Donoughmore 0-6

Canovee, Cork county U21 'B' champions in 2013, had a good win over visitors Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid and gave an impressive performance. Canovee led by 1-8 to 0-2 at the break after playing with the strong wind, James Moynihan the goalscorer. Despite the best efforts of Donoughmore in the second half, Canovee did not loosen their grip on proceedings and with further goals from Aidan Murphy and Conor Hughes they were comfortable winners at the finish.

Canovee 2-14 Dripsey 1-6

Dripsey were at home to Canovee for this game and really put it up to the visitors in the first half. James Moynihan was again in fine form for the winners and his goal and one from Charles Kenneally helped Canovee to an interval lead of 2-5 to 1-5. Michael O'Riordan got the Dripsey goal and Shane Burke was their main point scorer. Dripsey had their final point just after the interval and thereafter Canovee got on top and with James Moynihan is scoring form and with further points from Aidan Murphy, Conor Hughes, Darren Twomey and Mark Healy they were well ahead at the final whistle.

Canovee: James Verling: Niall Cronin, Donal Cronin, Cian Lehane: Blake Ring, Michael Dunne, William Ahern: Aidan Murphy, Liam Kelleher: Conor Hughes, James Moynihan, Liam Murphy: Charles Kenneally, Darren Twomey, Mark Healy. Subs: Tadhg O'Riordan, James O'Sullivan, Sean Twomey, Colin Murphy, Ciarán Canty.

Dripsey: Mark O'Donovan: Cory Brennan, Eoin O'Connell, Colin Browne: Jack Casey, Robert Daly, Dylan Merrick: Gareth O'Leary, Michael O'Riordan: Brendan Daly, Shane Burke, Fionn Edwards: Killian Kelleher, Cian McDonnell, Pat Fitzgibbon. Subs used: Sean Murphy, Daniel Wilson and Brian McDonnell.

Ballincollig B 1-6 Kilmichael 5-13

This game was played under lights at Ballincollig and Kilmichael gave a fine performance in defeating the home side's second fifteen in their first outing. Kilmichael captain Daniel Twomey finished with 3-6 to his credit and Peter Kelleher added two goals.

Kilmichael 3 – 7 Eire Óg 2 – 10

Kilmichael salvaged a league point from their home game against Eire Óg (surprisingly beaten in mid week by Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh) at Annahala when Jamie McCarthy's shot found the net with the last kick of the game. A draw was a fair result of an entertaining contest played in fine conditions.

Kilmichael, playing against the wind got a major boost in the fifth minute when Daniel Twomey fielded a Peter Kelleher free kick, turned and belted to the Eire Óg net from close range to open the scoring. Daniel O'Shea had an Eire Óg point in the 8th minute and two minutes later Kilmichael replied with a point from a Daniel Twomey free. In the 13th minute Kilmichael lost way possession at midfield and Eire Óg broke and Ronan O'Toole finished a strong run with a smashing goal to level the scores. Points from Vinny Coffey and O'Toole then put Eire Óg in front and Kilmichaels' sole reply was a Daniel Twomey point from play in the 25th minute. The half time score was 1-3 to 1-2 therefore in the visitors favour.

The second half was very exciting and Peter Kelleher's goal for Kilmichael was matched by one from Michael Corkery for Eire Óg to keep the scores very tight. Three late points from Vinny Coffey seemed to have given Eire Óg victory but in the dying seconds Kilmichael were rewarded for their 'never say die' spirit when Jamie McCarthy's goal gave them a late equaliser.

Kilmichael: Stephen O'Leary: Barry Kelleher, Stephen Kelleher, Donal Kelly: Luke Hennigan, Darragh Foley, Brendan Cotter: Shane O'Donoghue, Peter Kelleher: Edward Burgoyne, Shane Foley, John O'Mahony: Jamie McCarthy, Daniel Twomey, Trevor Tobin. Subs: Ronan O'Callaghan, Ciaran O'Donoghue, Oisín de Lacey, Finbarr Buckley.

Eire Óg: John McCarthy: Denis O'Keeffe, Ciaran McKenna, Shane Desmond: Daniel O'Sullivan, Ger McSweeney, Aonghus McCarthy: Daniel O'Shea, Ciarán Hutchinson: Michael Corkery, Daniel O'Connor, Tadhg Creedon: Vinny Coffey, Ronan O'Toole, Jack Linehan. Subs: Pádraig Coniry, Cian O'Shea and Dylan Desmond.

Referee: Mr Denis Dineen, Ballinora.

Round Three: Saturday 22nd February, 2014 (To be confirmed)

Group 1: Macroom v Ballincollig @ Macroom

Group 2: Canovee v Ballinora @ Carrigadrohid

Donoughmore v Dripsey @ Donoughmore

Group 3: Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh v Kilmichael @ Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh

Eire Og v Ballincollig 2 @ Ovens

Group 4: Inniscarra v Aghabullogue @ Ballyanly

Group 5: Cill Na Martra v Aghinagh @ Cill Na Martra

Kilmurry v Iveleary @ Kilmurry.

Rochestown Park Hotel Mid Cork Junior Football League

Division One

There are eleven teams in Division One league this year. The re-grading of Canovee from Intermediate ranks and the promotion of Blarney from Div. Two will give this year's Div. One league a new look.

The Div. One teams are :

Aghinagh, Ballincollig, Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Blarney, Canovee, Clondrohid, Dripsey, Kilmichael, Kilmurry, Donoughmore and Iveleary.

Division Two League

There are ten teams in Division Two. Blarney have been promoted to the higher league, Inniscarra have replaced them and Cill na Martra have been promoted from Div. Three. Aghabullogue, Iveleary B, Macroom, Naomh Abán, Éire Óg, Canovee B, Donoughmore B and Kilmurry B are the other teams in this division. The Div Two league will start in late March.

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Macroom u12 footballers, winners of Eastern League, at presentation of medals by Cork stars Aidan Walsh and Fintan Goold © Lee Valley Outlook

Allianz Football League Division 1

Cork 0-16 Kildare 1-12

Cork made it two wins from two in the Allianz Football League Division I as they produced a strong third quarter to see off Kildare at Páirc Uí Rinn. Despite Cork getting the game's first two points from O'Rourke and Mark Collins, they found themselves under pressure as Kildare got on top in midfield and Mulhall, McNally and Seán Hurley all kicked good points for the visitors. Fintan Goold was doing well at centre back for Cork.

Cork were wasteful with three goal chances as James Loughrey, O'Rourke and O'Connor all failed to beat Mark Donnellan. In contrast, Kildare were motoring well and McNally helped them to move 0-8 to 0-5 clear in the 29th minute. That would be as good as it would get for them, however, as Cork effected a fine turnaround.

Trailing by a point, 0-8 to 0-7, at half-time, Cork roared into the second period and seized the lead for the first time since early in the game as the impressive John O'Rourke, Brian Hurley and Donal Óg Hodnett all got points. Kildare kept in touch but Cork's increase in tempo was too much to deal with and had Daniel Goulding kept his shot under, rather than over, the bar in the 49th minute, Cork could have been out of sight. As it was, further points from Mark Collins and two from substitute CATHAL VAUGHAN moved Cork four points clear, meaning that an injury-time goal for Kildare came too late.

Cork now travel to Croke Park on Saturday, March 1st to take on Dublin at 7pm.

Scorers for Cork: John O'Rourke 0-3, Mark Collins, DANIEL GOULDING (0-1f), Donncha O'Connor, Dónal Óg Hodnett, Brian Hurley, CATHAL VAUGHAN (0-1f) 0-2 each, James Loughrey 0-1.

CORK: Ken O'Halloran; John McLoughlin, Conor Dorman, Tom Clancy; Brian O'Driscoll, FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom), James Loughrey; Andrew O'Sullivan, Ruairi Deane; Mark Collins, Donncha O'Connor, John O'Rourke; DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg), Brian Hurley, Dónal Óg Hodnett. Subs: Alan Cronin for McLoughlin (21), NOEL GALVIN (Ballincollig) for Clancy (35, injured), Colm O'Driscoll for O'Sullivan (54), John Hayes for Goulding (59), CATHAL VAUGHAN (Iveleary) for O'Connor (65), Kevin O'Driscoll for B O'Driscoll (70).

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Members of Dripsey's first Junior Hurling team with John Allen at the club's annual dinner. ©Mike English

Ladies Football National League

Monaghan 2-13 Cork 0-14

An understrength Cork side, All Ireland champions, were beaten at Mallow by Monaghan, the team they defeated to win their title last year. Cork, captained by BRIEGE CORKERY (St. Vals), faced the wind in the first half and were led at the break by 1-7 to 0-4. A second Monaghan goal in the 40th minute left Cork eight points in arrears and they could not make up the deficit. RENA BUCKLEY (Donoughmore) and RHONA Ní BHUACHALLA (Naomh Fionnbarra) were in action with Cork.

Macroom Ladies Football.

And so a new season begins! U14 and U16 games beginning in February and March respectively. U14 training on Wednesdays at 4pm (weather permitting). Training for the other age groups commencing shortly. New players always welcome. Don't forget mouth guards must be worn for all practice sessions and games, compulsory for all players up to and including Minor. Continued support for the girls is much appreciated and any help with training and games is always welcome.
Registration Evening for all new and current players being held on Friday 28th of February from 7.30 - 8.30pm. We are taking girls born before 31st Dec 2007. Please make an effort to attend. Any enquires please contact Emer O' Leary PRO Macroom Ladies Football. 086 3792924 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We're also on Facebook!

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Foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne a bhuaidh Craobh na Mumhan i gcoinne CBS Dúrlas Éile. Bronnadh corn nua orthu i gcuimhne Shane Ó Murchú R.I.P ©Nóra Ní Luasa

Munster Colleges Football Championships

Corn Uí Mhuirí - Munster Senior A

Semi final: De La Salle Macroom v St Fachtna's, Skibbereen at Ballineen on Saturday 22nd February, 1.30 pm. Winners play St Brendan's Killarney or P.S. Corca Dhuibhne, An Daingean in the final.

Munster Senior B Football Final:

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig v Hamilton High School, Bandon in the final on Friday 28th February, at 7pm in Cloughduv.

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Tomás Ó hAileasa, captaen Coláiste Ghobnatan, ag glacadh Corn Shane Ó Murchú i ndiaidh cluiche ceannais peile na Mumhan. ©Nora Ní Luasa

Munster Senior C Football Final

Col Ghobnatan, Baile Mhuirne 2-9 Thurles CBS 0-5

When one hears of a Munster Final involving Kerry and Cork lads, ones mind immediately wanders to images of the green and gold of the Kingdom going to war with the auld enemy, the blood and bandages of Cork. Not so in windswept Mallow on Tuesday as Kerry and Cork lads stood shoulder to shoulder as teammates in the blue and white of Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney in a bid to win the Munster C Colleges Football title for the first time in the schools history. While Naomh Abán, Baile Mhúirne and Cill Na Martra supplied the majority of the team, there was a big Kerry influence on the team also, with Dónal Ó Donnchú (Spa) and Aaron Ó Murchú (Dr.Crokes) excelling all through the champagne as two-thirds of the half-back line, as well as trainers, Mickey Ned Ó Suillabháin (Kenmare) and Shane Ó Duinneacha (Glenflesk) on the sideline.

Coláiste Ghobnatan had battled their way through an initial 64 teams to earn their place in the final against a physically strong Thurles CBS team from Tipperary but there was, however, a lot more at stake on this game than just a Munster Title for the Ballyvourney lads. On the 10th December 2012, Shane Murphy, a 5th year students in the school, was playing with his friends, these same bunch of players, for Coláiste Ghobnatan in a Cork County Schools semi-final, when he collapsed and passed away on the field of play. He was the leader on the team, an absolutely fantastic athlete, and his passing left his teammates, friends, family and school totally and utterly devastated. As these same bunch of classmates and friends were getting final instructions from Mickey Ned in the dressing room on Tuesday last, news filtered through that this new Munster competition, the combined VEC's and Colleges, would have the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup as its prize. Coláiste Ghobnatan were not going to leave the field of play that day without it. They proved true to their word.

Although the conditions for football were absolutely horrendous on Tuesday last, a huge crowd turned out to see this much anticipated Munster Colleges final in the GAA campus in Mallow. There was a strong gusting wind blowing down the field in the first half making open attractive football very difficult for both teams. Although Coláiste Ghobnatan started with the aid of the strong elements, Thurles were the first on the attack, but could only muster up two wides for all their early pressure. Coláiste Ghobnatan started to make use of the wind and worked the ball down the field, with Conchur Ó Murchú drawing first blood with a fine point after 4 minutes. Shortly after, a great goal chance for Coláiste Ghobnatan was saved by Thurles CBS goalkeeper, Gavin Ryan, at the expense of a 45 which resulted in a point by mid-fielder Maidhc Ó Duinnín. Coláiste Ghobnatan were beginning to settle now, although still not playing with the fluidity of earlier games. Tadhg Ó Corcora and wing-back Aaron Murphy were working very hard for the Ballyvourney outfit and, following a lightening quick team move, the ball finished up in the hands of full-forward Dan Ó Duinnín who sent a screaming shot inches over the crossbar. When Ó Murchú followed this up with his second, the Ballyvourney boys were 4 points to the good and starting to play their beautiful expansive game. Thurles, however, weren't there to make up the numbers and started to come into it a bit more. Powered on in mid-field by Tipperary minor, Jack Skehan, they began to get a slight foothold in the game. Centre-forward Matthew Stakelum got them on the score-board with a fine point from play. The same player and Ballyvourneys Dermot Ó Ceallaigh exchanged frees at this point and, with 6 minutes left in the half, Coláiste Ghobnatan led by 5 points to 2 after the aid of a gale, a meagre lead considering. As if knowing that this wouldn't be enough facing into the second half, Coláiste Ghobnatan really upped their games. Maidhc Ó Duinnín and Micheál Ó Deasúna took over in mid-field, and when a one-two between these players ended up with a leg block on the laters goalbound shot, inter-county referee Michael Meade of Limerick pointed to the spot. Dermot Ó Ceallaigh duly oblidged, and when Dan Ó Duinnín followed this with a fine point from play, the gap at half time had opened to 1-6 to 2 points.

With weather conditions deteriorating at the start of the second half, the huge crowd weren't sure whether this lead would be enough for the Ballyvourney lads. However, when a free from Dan Ó Duinnín that held up in the wind was dropped on the line by full back Enda Heffernan, Conchur Ó Murchú was on hand to finish to the net. It was exactly the start to the second half needed for Coláiste Ghobnatan, and deflated the Tipperary lads comeback ambitions before the second half had hardly started. Piaras Ó Liathain was linking play well from his position at centre-forward and, when Ó Ceallaigh knocked over a beautiful effort soon after with the outside of the left into the breeze, Thurles CBS's challenge was visibly withering with each passing minute. They had more possesion of the ball in the second half granted, and mounted numerous attacks on Gearóid Ó Luasa's goal in an effort to get themselves back in the game. Keeper Ó Luasa was called into action with a fine save on 50 minutes from Billy McCarthy and, even though Stakelum registered 3 pointed frees, they could not break down the Coláiste Ghobnatan rear-guard in which full-back Gearóid Ó Goillí, Ronán De hÍde and Dan Ó Donoghue were outstanding. The frustration was beginning to get the better of the Thurles players and, when wing-back Gary Healy was black-carded late on, their challenge was all but over. Ó Duinnín registered two more frees to late in the game before referee Michael Meade blew the final whistle to end proceedings leaving Coláiste Ghobnatan as deserved Munster Champions on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-5. The Shane Murphy Memorial Cup was presented for the first time to captain, Tomás Ó hÁileasa amid much celebration from the huge Ballyvourney turnout.

This is a fine team under the tutelage of Mickey Ned Ó Sullivan, and Thurles CBS were just not able to live with them on the day. As well as the title as Munster Champions at stake, however, Coláiste Ghobnatan were playing to win something a lot more important to them, and were not going to be denied on the day. Indeed it is fitting that the inaugural inscription on the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup will be that of his own teammates and friends, Coláiste Ghobnatan, a team in which he was always the leading light. Shane always had a central role in ever win they had over the years and, no doubt, he played his part in this win also.

Coláiste Ghobnatan will now go on to play the Connaught champions in March in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Coláiste Ghobnatan: Gearóid Ó Luasa, Ronán De hÍde, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Tomás Ó hÁileasa, Eoin Ó Loingsigh, Dónal Ó Donnchú, Aaron Ó Murchú, Maidhc Ó Duinnín (0-1), Micheál Ó Deasúna, Conchúr Ó Murchú (1-2), Piaras Ó Liathain, Tadhg Ó Corcora, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh, Dan Ó Duinnín, Damien Ó hUrdail. 
Fir ionad: Gearóid Ó Faoláin do Damien Ó hUrdail, Pádraig Ó Criodáin do Tadhg Ó Corcora (inj), Antaine Ó Cuana do Ronán De hÍde, Eoin MacCarthaigh, Seán Ó Forréidh, Donagh Ó Riordáin

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Presentation of Western Division League and Championship Medals to Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh Minor Team by Graham Canty.

Sigerson Cup Third Level Football Championship

There was major interest in the all Cork clash of UCC and CIT in the quarter final of the Sigerson at the Mardyke but the game was a disappointment with UCC proving to be by far the better team on the day. Eoin O Mahony of Macroom was full back for U.C.C. and Sean Kiely of Ballincollig an impressive substitute at midfield in the second half. Sean O Connor of Canovee was also on the UCC panel.
Cathal Vaughan of Iveleary was the main threat in the CIT attack but beaten at midfield, the CIT forwards were starved of a decent supply of quality ball. John O'Donoghue of Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh, Luke Prendergast of Ballincollig and John Corkery of Aghabullogue were also on the CIT panel.

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Macroom Soccer Youths Team. ©

Macroom Soccer

Munster Youths Cup 5th Round:

Macroom 2 Tramore F.C.(Waterford) 7.

Macroom made their exit from the Munster Youths Cup at Murrayfield on Sunday last (Feb 9th), after Waterford visitors and defending champions Tramore F.C., proved to be too strong for the spirited home side. The major difference between the two teams was the clinical finishing of the favourites in a clash where Macroom battled all the way to the end.

The opening exchanges were closely contested and it was the home side who threatened first when Brain Crowley's through ball found Joe Ryan who had just strayed offside. It became evident soon after that the visitors' wide men were a real danger but Marco Healy and Don Creedon were working hard for Macroom in doubling up and supporting Crowley and Brendan O' Sullivan in the full back positions.

The home side had further pressure when the tireless Chris Foskett fed Ryan who had his effort well saved. Following this, shots from Healy and Alan Quinn were blocked by the visiting defence. At the back Tommy Condon was solid at centre back although the Tramore attack were beginning to come into the game.

Tramore took the lead midway through the half when a free from the right somehow found its way into the goal at the near post. Macroom responded and Healy picked out the lively Darren Dineen who saw his shot well saved. On the half hour mark, the visitors doubled their lead. This time, following a neat through ball, the large home crowd were expecting an offside flag that never came. This allowed the Tramore striker to slot past the advancing Declan Kiely.

Macroom needed a quick reply and this came five minutes later. Crowley made a great interception and found Creedon with a great pass. Creedon's left footed shot curled into the far top corner and it was game on. The home support barely had time to gather themselves when the equaliser arrived. This time, a goal kick was flicked on by Foskett and Dineen raced clear to drive the ball past the keeper to level matters.

To reach the break all square was now vital for Macroom but Tramore regained the lead on the stroke of half time when a ball pulled back from the end line was touched home from close range.

After the restart Macroom had good pressure when Alan Quinn shot just over and Joe Ryan had an effort that was well blocked. The game was very even at this stage and the next goal was always going to be huge. This came on the hour mark when a Tramore counter attack down the right flank saw a cross brilliantly finished at the near post to leave it 4-2. And the fifth arrived shortly after when a thirty yard effort flew into the top corner for a fine goal.

To Macroom's credit they battled on, although the contest was over at this stage. Late goals from the visiting side put further gloss on the result but the final score did not really reflect how close and competitive the tie was for large parts.

So the Macroom adventure throughout Munster came to an end and they can look back with great pride. The first team from the club to reach the last eight of the provincial competition, winning no less than four away ties en route and there is no shame in losing out to an excellent Tramore side.

Macroom Squad: Declan Kiely, Brian Crowley, Brendan O' Sullivan, Tommy Condon, Craig Ronan, Alan Quinn, Marco Healy, Chris Foskett, Darren Dineen, Joe Ryan, Don Creedon, Brian McMahon, Sean Quinn, Eoin Walsh, Michael Hourihan, Robert Healy, Brendan O' Callaghan, Alex Ryan, Cathal O' Riordan, Paul Farrell, Caleb Dineen, Liam Fitzgerald

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Macroom and Lakewood 8 and 10 teams who played at Lakewood recently. ©