Lee Valley Outlook April 3 2014 v11e7

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Carrigadrohid Castle © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. April 7, 11.30a.m.
Bridge: Wed., April 9 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Gramophone Morning: Mon. Ap. 14 at 11a.m. with Eddie Hogan.
Purlies Thurs. April 17 at 11a.m.
Art Exhibition: Jenny Mills exhibition until the end of April.

Briery Gap:

Patrick O'Sullivan on Fri. 4th April @ 8.00 pm.
Like Father, Like Son on Mon. April 7
Fred and Alice on Sun. 13th April at 8.00 pm.
LE Weekend on Mon. April 21 at 8.30p.m.

Book Launch: Jamie Moynihan's biographyin the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Sat., April 5.
Terelton Macra Night of Entertainment April 5 in Castletown Community Hall at 8.30 pm.
Orpheus Male Voice Choir in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Sun. April 6th at 8 pm..
4 mile Fun Run in aid of Pieta House on Sun. Ap. 6 at 2p.m. from Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly.
Over 60s Talent Show: heats on Tues. April 8th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club "Spring Wedding Flowers": on Thurs. 10th of April at 8.00pm in Coolcower House.
Ionad Cultúrtha Traditional Concert on Fri. 11th April @ 8.30
Scout Table Quiz in Murray's Bar on Fri. 11th April at 9pm.
Hymns from Bygone Days in Ballinora church on Fri. April 11 at 8p.m.
Coffee Morning for St V. De Paulon Sat. 12th April, 10.00am to 6.00pm at the home of Gerard & Nora Lynch, Coolea
American Tea Party by Ladies Football Club in the Arás, Ballingeary April 12 at 8pm
Moonraker Forestry Rally April 12-13 from Ballyvourney.
Broomhill Car and Tractor Run on Sun. April 13th. 11.00am in Coachford GAA hall
Macroom F.C. Race Night in Murray's Bar on Sun. April 20th @ 9pm.
'Panic Stations' with Coachford Players, April, 20, 21, 22.
Mouse Race night in O'Callaghan's Bar, Coachford, Fri., April 25th 9 pm.
Quiz Night at the Weigh Inn, Dripsey Cross, at 8p.m. on Fri. April 25.
Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore on Fri. 24th May
Macroom Ladies Football u8, u10, u12, u14 training Wednesdays in TomCreedonPark at 6pm.

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 Ploughing Match 2014

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International group at Macroom Ploughing Match. From left, Ger Collins, Rossmore; Chloe and Ryan Lehane, John Kelleher, Marianne Cuvilliez, Paris and Sarah Fennigue, Strasbourg © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Ploughing Committee were a happy group on Sunday March 30 (Mothers' Day ), when the sun peeped out from behind the clouds after a continuous downpour on the Saturday. They were attempting to re run the annual ploughing match for the 3rd time, previous efforts having encountered floods, storm, ice and everything that made ploughing impossible. But this time round it could be said that the weather just got better as the day progressed. The crowds poured in and the competitions got underway. There were 38 competitors in all, including Fr. Pat O'Donovan who competed for the first time. This was a first for the Macroom Club to have a priest competing. Perhaps he helped to bring out the sunshine.
The Committee would like to thank all those who helped in any way to bring the match to fruition, especially Henry & Helen Buckley for an excellent site. They thank all their sponsors, competitors, West Cork Committee, the media and especially the local coverage by Sean McSweeney and Dan J Kelleher. They pay tribute to Evelyn of Coolcower House and her helpful staff, the public who give generously at the gate, and of course, their own hard workers.

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Macroom Ploughing Match 2014 finally gets under way after many cancellations. © Lee Valley Outlook

Results: Senior Tractor 1st James Grace; 2nd Barry O'Sullivan; 3rd D.J Keohane; 4th John A. O'Donovan
U 28 1st Kieran Coakley; 2nd Joe Twomey
Ladies 1st Siobhan Hennessey
Intermediate 1st Kevin O'Driscoll; 2nd Jimmy Nyhan; 3rd John Kirby; 4th Denis Murphy
County 3 Furrow Standard 1st Matthew Coakley; 2nd Kevin O'Riordan; 3rd Gerard Kelleher
Open Hydraulic: 1st Sean Ryan; 2nd Michael Coomey; 3rd Denis Cummins; 4th Maurice Sheehy
Confined Hydraulic: 1st Cian O'Driscoll.
Single Furrow: 1st Gordon Jennings
Trailer Vintage: 1st John Wolfe; 2nd Carl Wycherly
Horses 1st Tim Lawlor
Local 3 Furrow: 1st Billy Wiseman; 2nd Paul Creedon
Local 3 Furrow Beginner: 1st Fr. Pat O'Donovan
Local 3 Furrow Reversible 1st Fintan Creedon; 2nd Alan Lynch
2 Furrow Reversible: 1st Jer Coakley; 2nd Michael Wycherley; 3rd Jamie O'Sullivan
3 Furrow Reversible: 1st Dan Hurley; 2nd Padraig Walsh; 3rd Jerry Creedon
Macra 1st Patrick Buckley; 2nd Laurence Burke

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Sheila Sheehan and Peggy Buckley with certificates from the National President marking 50 years membership of Macroom I.C.A. Guild © Lee Valley Outlook

Sound of Music for Macroom

Rehearsals are well under way for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Sound of Music', the 5th annual musical in the Briery Gap Macroom. The 2014 show, which will again be directed by Kevin Hough, is a musical tale of nuns, a talented family and the Second World War. It includes popular numbers such as The Sound of Music, Maria, Doh a Deer, Sixteen going on Seventeen, Edelweiss, Climb Every Mountain and Favourite Things.
Cast: Maria - Treasa O'Riordan; Captain VonTrapp – Pat Brady; Elsa - Stephanie Shine; Mother Abbess- Eva Mullane; Max- Jim Leahy; Franz- Dan Creedon; Frau Schmidt- Laura Lagerquist; Children: Liesl – Katerine Scott; Friedrich- Colm McCarthy; Louisa- Ava-Rose Gallagher; Brigitta- Liadh Hurley; Kurt- Finn Brady; Martha- Eppie Kelleher; Gretl-Kayla Healy; Rolf- Bob Wolfe; Sr. Margaretta- Rachel O'Riordan; Sister Berthe- Alisheen O'Connnell; Sister Sophia- Sheila Twomey; Baron Elberfeld- Darren Faul; Baroness Elberfeld- Emer O'Shea; Ursula- Theresa Dineen; Herr Zeller- Con Foley; Admiral von Schreiber- David Douw.
The Sound of Music will run in the Briery Gap over two weekends, April 25 – 27 and May 2 – 4. Tickets are €16.

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Macroom Cub Scouts in Cobh for county urban challenge ©

Scouting in Macroom

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Macroom Scout Group. On St. Patrick 's Day some of the beavers and cubs attended the International Mass in St. Colman's church before being joined by the rest of the group for the parade. Then on Saturday 22nd March the beaver section had their first sleepover of the year in the scout hall. Tents were put up in the hall and for most of the group it was not only their first time sleeping in a tent but sleeping away from home. They were also joined on the night by some beavers from Bishopstown scout group. On Sunday 23rd the Cub section met in Kent station before boarding the train for Cobh where they took part in the LeeValleyCounty urban challenge. In this challenge the cubs were given clues which led them around the town of Cobh and they had to complete a number of challenges. The Group's attention now turns to its next big project. In September of this year the older section of Scouts will once again be starting up after an absence from Macroom of 4 years. In an effort to raise some funds to purchase equipment for the new section, there will be a Table quiz held in Murray's Bar Macroom on Friday 11th April starting at 9pm. Entry is €20 for a team of 4 people. Why not come along for what promises to be an entertaining night.

Another Welsh Choir

Music lovers in the LeeValley will have another opportunity to enjoy the singing of our Celtic cousins when the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir will perform at St. Colman's Church, Macroom, on Sunday, April 6 at 8p.m. This event is presented by Macroom & District Lions Club and promises to be a more than spectacular performance by a choir comprising of 80 plus members and soloists in the beautiful and acoustically perfect venue. Tickets are €25 and are available at Mulcahys Insurances, Main Street, Macroom. Credit Card Booking at the Castle Hotel, 026 41074. General enquiries to 085 7890950.

Muskerry Autism Support Group

April 2nd was World Autism Day. Prior to becoming a Charitable Trust and now a Registered Charity, Muskerry Autism Support Group was a group of parents affiliated with the Cork City Charity, Shine, the Autism Charity. We fundraised locally to provide funding for the local primary schools Autism Units and to subsidise therapies and equipment for families in need. But as the numbers increased in the Muskerry and surrounding areas, we felt the demand and need for locally based services was becoming more apparent and so we formed our own charity. We facilitate monthly support meetings for parents to provide information on diagnosis and interventions by providing group support and one to one mentoring. All parents are welcome to attend on the first Thursday of each month at 10am in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. We also run a Life Skills / Speech Therapy Saturday morning club for the children. Here the children can learn valuable life and communication skills, helping them to achieve their potential in a safe and fun environment .This project would not be possible without the kind support of Macroom Family Resource centre and the sponsorship of The National Lottery. We would also like to thank our volunteers, Kate, Louise, Emma and Julie, whose enthusiasm is a key part of the club. We also liaise with other established Autism groups with a view to providing long term services . With the right support, many children with Autism can become contributing members of our community and we feel all children deserve the input needed to make this a reality. Our children's future is very uncertain and as parents, our aim is to make that future as bright and as secure as we can for them. We would like to thank everyone who supports us and thank you to Dripsey Vintage Rally and also 5th year in Coláiste Ghobnatan in Ballyvourney for their recent kind donation. We can be contacted on our website peekaboo.ie or find us on Facebook at peekaboo.

Macroom Library

There is a competition currently running for juvenile library members to design a children's library card. Prizes will be awarded in 3 age categories and the overall winner will have their design printed on the 2014 – 2015 library cards to be used in all branches of Cork County Library. Entry forms are available at the desk. When it comes time for your driving licence to be renewed, the only way to get the forms for it nowadays is from the internet. Unfortunately this is true of more and more forms these days but fear not! If you do not have internet access at home, as a library member you are entitled to internet access here. It is restricted to once a day for an hour but you can get a lot done in an hour. We now also have Wi-Fi access for library members through smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Story time Saturday 5th and every Saturday at 12 noon for 3-7 year olds. This will be conducted by a member of staff. The fortnightly Ciorcal Cainte will next meet on Monday 7th at 11.30. Failte roimh chách! Bridge takes place on Wednesday 9th at 11.a.m. On Monday 14th April we have our music morning at 11 am until 12.30. Eddie Hogan will present and Kathleen Murray will do the tracking. All are welcome to this free and friendly event. The Purlies next meet on Thursday 17th April at 11a.m. All level of knitter is welcome. Jenny Mills artworks will be on display until the end of April. Do call in.

McEgan College Updates

Othello: Fifth year students at McEgan College travelled to The Everyman Theatre, Cork this week to see Othello. This production by Cyclone Theatre Company really captured the student's interest with its non traditional approach to Shakespeare. Cyclone have created a show where the actors perform the play while competing in several rounds of quizzes and puzzles specially designed to understand and analyse the themes and plot of the play! The show relies heavily on audience participation, ensuring that students have a chance to show off their knowledge of the play.
Make a Book Exhibition: Second year students at McEgan College travelled to Cork recently to attend the JCSP Make a Book Exhibition. Students produced a series of booklets based on the theme of Wilderness. Having read Roddy Doyle's book 'Wilderness', they were inspired to create books on subjects such as Huskies, survival skills and the cuisine of Finland. These, along with the work of students from other schools, were on display in City Hall for the week. McEgan English teacher, Ms. Buckley, commended their efforts saying that it was great to have the opportunity to read for pleasure and to then produce a piece of work inspired by the experience.
Cappanalea: As part of the Transition Year Programme in McEgan College 14 of our students and two members of the teaching staff went on a two day school trip to Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre. Cappanalea, in the heart of the famous ring of Kerry, is a picturesque location on the mountainous shores of Caragh Lake. The highlight of the TY Calendar, the overnight trip included a range of adventure sports and field study activities. Team building and cooperation were important aspects of the excursion. Even though the weather was windy and wet, the spirits weren't dampened and everybody had a thoroughly enjoyable two days.
Breathe' Programme: McEgan College was delighted to be selected for the 'Breathe' Programme, a joint venture between the Cork ETB and The Gaiety School of Acting- The National Theatre School of Ireland. It is a professional response to the ever-increasing suicide trend among young people and the growing rate of teenage depression. This early intervention programme, involving three workshops, took place in the school and was open to students, teachers and parents. The one day programme promoted positive mental health and well- being. It focused on changing attitudes and improving links between teachers, parents and young people, with an emphasis on five key areas : Communication, Re-engagement, Community, Transformation and Well-being. It certainly was effective and opened our eyes to new ways of communicating with each other.

St. Mary's News

French Exchange: French students from St. Genès have just returned to their beautiful UNESCO world heritage city of Bordeaux, having enjoyed once again an excellent exchange with St. Mary's. During their stay, they attended classes in different subjects which were of great interest. They also attended a class in meditation which proved to be an 'enlightening' experience for many. Their cultural experience encompassed visits to The Immigration Centre, Cobh, The Jameson Distillery, Midleton and a tour of Muckross House. They also experienced a beautiful guided walk to Torc Waterfall. The Irish cultural connection was further enhanced with the experience of a typical Irish dinner, followed by an authentic céilí which was hosted by and held in St. Mary's. Many returned proudly to Bordeaux, knowing that they had succeeded in mastering the rudimentary steps of Irish dance. For many, this exchange has been an unforgettable experience, not least the 'céad mile fáilte' extended to them by the principal, Mr Cooke, the staff of St. Mary's and their 'Irish families'. Second year and Transition year students are eagerly anticipating the return exchange from Wednesday, April 2 to Friday, April 11.
Money for Concern: Well done to the second year geography class who raised €210 through a very successful recent bake sale. The money was donated to Concern.

Flower and Garden Club

Macroom Flower and Garden Club A.G.M. was held at Coolcower House on Thursday 22nd of February. The following Officers were elected President Eileen Kelly, Chairperson Ann Quinlan, Secretary Nora Gallagher, Treasurer Nuala O Connell. The meeting was followed by a presentation and talk by the very talented and award winning Milliner, Celestine McCoy from Hattitude (Kinsale). March Club Meeting held on Thursday 13th March the Club hosted D.J. Murphy from Bandon Garden Centre and presented a Spring Floral Demonstration and illustrated talk on Hellebores and Spring Plants. Thursday April 10th will see a Floral Demonstration by Carmel O'Driscoll AOIFA entitled "Spring Wedding Flowers.
The planned trip on June 19th to 11th World Show which is being staged at RDS Dublin June 18th -22nd 2014 is fully booked. This is worthwhile trip and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the very best of Floral Artistry and Demonstrations. For further information please contact 087-9821708 or 086-3046608.
Macroom Flower & Garden Club are celebrating 40 years and will have a Ruby Anniversary Dinner at The Castle Hotel on Friday 5th of December. We are seeking anyone with photographs or memorabilia for Anniversary Booklet. Please contact Secretary on 087-9821708 or Chairperson 086-3046608.

Briery Gap Programme

Patrick O'Sullivan with special guest Hugo Duncan on Friday 4th April @ 8.00 pm. Tickets €20

Callback Theatre presents Fred and Alice, written & directed by John Sheehy and performed by Ciaran Bermingham & Cora Fenton on Sunday 13th April at 8.00 pm. A blistering head wrecker, played at a hilarious pace! Tickets €12 Concessions €10

Cinema at Briery Gap: Sulán Film Society presents Like Father, Like Son on April 7 and LE Weekend on April 21 at 8.30p.m. Admission €7.

Like Father, Like Son

Time: 2h2m. Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a successful Tokyo architect, works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori (Machiko Ono) and six-year-old son, Keita. Then, a blood test reveals Keita and another baby were switched at birth and two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision. The film continues the Japanese cinema tradition of familial exploration and delivers a gentle and moving story of personal redemption.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 6th :- Sunday Special: Sunday Mass at Ballinagree 2011.
6.30pm: - LTV from Macroom Area - News and Sport and Special Interview. Final part of concert from Murray's International Bar 1988.
8.00pm: - LTV from Millstreet-Duhallow Area and Thursday repeat.
Wed. April 9: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Special Interview about Bowler, John Creedon. Macroom Ploughing Match 2014. Berrings Social Evening 2013.
Sun. April 13: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Mass from Rylane 2011.
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday repeat.
Wed. April 16: 9.30 p.m. LTV News and Sport Roundup. Crookstown Guide Dogs Sponsored Walk 2013. Holy Week Pageants.


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

Photographs: We are pleased to invite schools/ parishes to submit class photographs of children receiving Confirmation/ First Holy Communion in 2014. Please send in jpg large format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Easter Ceremonies: We hope to include details of Easter ceremonies in churches throughout the Lee Valley in the April 17 issue of the Lee Valley Outlook. We invited priests or parish secretaries to forward same to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the earliest opportunity.

Valley Wheelers cycling club officially kicked off their 2014 season on Sunday 23 March with a relaxed cycle to cater for all adult cyclists. Although the club has continued its Sunday spins through the winter, this was the first club spin for many who have relaxed for the winter months! The club has its calendar of events on its website valleywheelerscyclingclub.com. We are still accepting new members and renewing previous memberships. Phone any committee member for any questions or queries. Numbers on the web.

Book Launch: 'Memoirs of an Old Warrior: Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 – 1923' will be launched in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, April 5.

Credit Union Quiz: James Galvin, Kevin Bradley, Shane Meaney and David Hunt, 6th Class pupils at St. Colman's B.N.S. Macroom, recently qualified for the National Final of the 2014 Credit Union Quiz. The boys emerged as the winning under -13 team in the Macroom finals on February 1st and went on to be joint 1st in the County final in Mallow, thereby qualifying for the national final. This will take place in the RDS in Dublin on Sunday April 5th 1.30 p.m.. The team is currently preparing for the final with the help of their mentor, Ms. Triona Buckley.

Terelton Macra presents a Night of Entertainment on the 5th of April in Castletown Community Hall at 8 30 pm. Performances on the night from All Ireland Capers Finalists, Terelton Macra; Kilmeen Drama Group and Special Guests. Admission €10. Proceeds to Co-Action and Castletown Parent and Toddler Group. Everyone welcome.

Church Choral Concert: Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir will perform in St. Colman's Church, Macroom on Sunday April 6th at 8 pm. Tickets €25.

Macroom Flower & Garden Club Floral Demonstration: "Spring Wedding Flowers": by Carmel O Driscoll AOIFA on Thursday 10th of April at 8.00pm in Coolcower House. Visitors most welcome. Raffle/ Sales Table. Members' competitions. Enquiries regarding World Show Visit to RDS Dublin Contact 087-9821708 or 086-3046608

Scout Table Quiz in Murray's Bar, Macroom on Friday 11th April at 9pm. Entry is €20 for a team of 4 people. Why not come along for what promises to be an entertaining night.

Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne Traditional Music Concert with Geraldine O'Callaghan (fiddle) Aidan Coffey (box), Mick Daly (guitar & voice) on Friday 11th April 2014 @ 8.30

Hymns from Bygone Days will be presented in St. James's Church Ballinora by the local choir on Friday, April 11 at 8p.m. They will be supported by Ballincollig Concert Band and Ballinora school choir. Admission €10 for Church Renovation Fund.

Naomh Fionnbarra Ladies Football Club will host an American Tea Party in the Arás in Ballingeary on the 12th of April, to help raise funds for the club for the forthcoming year. It kicks off at 8pm with delicious cakes, treats and drinks available on the night. There will be a fee of €10euro payable at the door on the night and entertainment will also be provided. We would greatly appreciate your support.

St Vincent De Paul Society branch which serves Ballyvourney, Clondrohid and Kilnamartra parishes, is holding an all day coffee morning on Saturday 12th April from 10.00am to 6.00pm at the home of Gerard & Nora Lynch, CooleaVillage, to raise much needed funds. The Society appeals to all to support this fundraiser on the day as demands on the Society have never been greater. All who attend will be entered into a free prize draw.

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Macroom Ladies Football team on their third win of the season ©

Macroom Ladies Football u8, u10, u12, u14 training Wednesdays in Tom Creedon Park at 6pm. u16, Minor, u21 and Junior training weekly. Enquires: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0863792924. Some fun, fresh air and football.

Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day: The first Bealnamorrive Daffodil Day was a resounding success. A marathon 13 hour tea, coffee and cake session catered equally well for early risers and for night owls. It included a cake sale and a Bring ad Buy at Tigh Uí Laoghaire's Bar and ran from 9a.m. to 10p.m. Money raised came to €1,652.79, every cent of which will go to the Irish Cancer Society. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Laochra Óga: Members of the Under14 Laochra Óg hurling panel went into action for the first time recently on their new training field at Tirbeg, Macroom. The club would like to thank everyone who has helped get to this stage, especially the patient parents, as we get our training schedules set up and finalised. As we start this new season, information, updated fixtures and training times for all age groups will be available on www.facebook.com/Laochraoghurling. So do keep an eye on that over the next few weeks and throughout the season.

Over 60s Talent Show: heats for the Macroom Region will take place on Tuesday April 8th in Fr Ryan Hall, Macroom. It is open to all over 60s from all areas around Macroom. For further details contact Pat O'Connell at 026/41698 or Evelyn Mc Sweeney 026/41070. The MC for this event will be Paddy O'Brien and music will be provided by Jerry McCarthy.

Dripsey Community Association is sponsoring a Quiz Night at the Weigh Inn, Dripsey Cross, at 8p.m. on Friday, April 25. All welcome 4 to a table. €10 per person.

Strictly Come Dancing comes to Donoughmore. Training has already begun. 24 dancers will trip the light fantastic on Friday 24th May. Vote for your favourite couple on the night. Great night's entertainment ahead.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: March 18. Jackpot €2,400. No winner. Numbers drawn 3, 23and 27.. €70 Nora O'Leary, Codrum. €20 Annette O'Sullivan, Codrum. Hannah and Lucy O'Connell, The Lawn. Mark O'Sullivan, Dromree. Caroline O'Connell, Railway View. Don Lynch, Codrum.
March 25. Jackpot €2,600. No winner. Numbers drawn 7, 18 and 22. €70 Darragh Deasy, Gurteenroe Terrace. €20 Sinead Twomey, c/o Pat Crowley; Michael McCarthy, Gurteenroe; Kathleen Curtin, Annville; Marcella O'Neill, Cloughduv; Paul Molyneauz, An Gleann, Macroom.

Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto Results 16/03/2014: Jackpot €7,150. Numbers drawn 5, 21, 25. No winner. €50 Geraldine Kelleher, Horsemount. €20 Dominic Corkery, Capnagroun. Jerry Casey, Lombardstown. Hawkeye, c/o John Casey. Tom Sexton, c/o Laine Bar.
30/03/2014: Jackpot €7,450. Numbers drawn 6, 13, 26. No winner. €50 Jerry Kelleher, Mid Cork Pallets. €20 Michelle Dennehy, Coolinea, c/o John Casey. Ellie McNicholas, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo c/o The Shop, Ballinagree. Noreen Horgan, Horsemount. Claire Manning, c/o Laine Bar.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: March 23. Jackpot €5,400. Numbers drawn: 11, 20, 21, 27.. No winner. €50 Ger O'Sullivan, Aherla. €25 Kevin O'Connor, Aherla; Tim Joe O'Sullivan, Aherla.
March 30. Jackpot €5,550. Numbers drawn 3, 6, 8, 12. No winner. €50 Kevin Creedon ,Aherla. €25 Neilus Condon, Newcestown. Barry O'Regan, Roovesbeg.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: March 26. €70 Margaret Coakley.. €20 Crowley Bros c/o A. Helen; Paudie, Theresa & Tara c/o Tavern; Paul Whyte, Bantry; Carmel & Cathal Creedon, Bawnmore.

Coachford AFC Lotto Results 18/3/2014, Jackpot: €3,800, Numbers Drawn: 4 - 15 - 31, Winner: Sharon O' Carroll, €40 Lisa Murphy, €20 Danielle Murphy, Wyn O' Connor, Scobie Sheehan, Eamon Lynch (Yearly Ticket).
24/3/2014, Jackpot: €1,000, Numbers Drawn: 7 - 22 - 35, No Winner, €40 Leah Casey, €20 Jim Buckley (Peake), Joshua Martin, Colm & Sarah, Aileen Allen (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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Pupils from Rusheen N.S. with the Perpetual Shield presented to the best overall Club/ School in the County Scór na bPáistí Final 2014 ©An Scoil

Rusheen are County Scór Champions

Rusheen N.S. had a most successful night at the County Final of Scór na bPáistí at Ovens. The Rusheen Novelty Act Team consisting of Adam Kelly, Gearóid O'Brien, Seamus Murphy, Tadhg A. Sheehan, Eoghan O'Brien and Oisín O'Neill captivated their audience with "A Love Story". Rusheen set dancing team of Adrianne Lynch, Kate Lehane, Adam Leahy, Con Buckley, Aoife Twomey, Brìd Cotter, Katelyn Kelleher, Gràinne Twomey and Moira Twomey performed the Cashel Set magnificently. Shona White sang a beautiful version of "Cnocáinín Aerach Cill Mhuire" and came first in the County, winning the "Corn Carraig Donn" Cup. Further success ensued for Rusheen when the quiz team of Con Buckley, Adam Kelly and Seán O'Riordan won the quiz in fine style, scoring 54 marks out of a possible 60 and defeating teams from Ballyhooly, Aghada and Bishopstown. They were presented with Corn Dù Ealla. To cap it all Rusheen N.S. was awarded the Perpetual Shield for Best Overall Club/ School in the County in Scór. Well done to everybody who was involved in any way in this great success.

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At turning of the sod for Kilmurry new Museum were Billy Fitzgerald, Noel Howard Chairperson of Kilmurry Historical Association, Dan Holland and Martin Fitzgerald Senior and Junior Pic. Peter Scanlan

Book Launch

Memoirs of an Old Warrior: Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916–1923 will be launched in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday April 5. The book is a fascinating, detailed account of the struggle for independence in CountyCork as recorded by one of its most active protagonists. Jamie Moynihan had the unique distinction of being the officer commanding the group of Irish Volunteers who carried out the first armed attack on crown forces in Ireland after the Easter Rising, at the Mouth of the Glen in Muskerry on 7 July 1918. He also commanded the Volunteers who carried out the last armed attack of that war, at Céim Carraige, Carriganima, at 3 p.m. on the day of the Truce, 11 July 1921. This is a gripping and detailed account of the War of Independence and the Civil War in Muskerry and in the Mid-Cork area that will capture the imagination of the reader. It covers many events not detailed elsewhere, including the hijacking of 'Sliabh na mBan' – the armoured car in which Michael Collins was later shot – the Battle of Ballyvourney, the Rath attack and the burning of Ballyvourney courthouse from the perspective of the men caught inside when it went up in flames. It also includes a detailed account of Cumann na mBan in the region, several statements by some of the key participants in events of the time, and details of the intelligence, communication systems and chain of command used by the Volunteers.
Memoirs of an Old Warrior has been compiled from Moynihan's extensive records of the time and will be of huge interest to anyone wanting to find out more about this turbulent time in Ireland's history. Author, Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, has lived all his life in Cúil Aodha in mid Cork. He has published many plays, poems and articles in Irish and has carried out extensive research on history, heritage and folklore, particularly in his local area. His father and several of his relations fought in the War of Independence alongside Jamie Moynihan, and he interviewed Jamie extensively about his experiences during that time. He has also spent many years going through Moynihan's papers and many other primary sources, which were used in the writing of this book.
Memoirs of an Old Warrior is published in paperback at €19.99 and is also available in eBook format from all the usual outlets.

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Nicole O'Connor, Katie Sheehan and Emma Cronin, pupils at Gurrane N.S. Clondrohid and first prize winners at 'Discover Schools Heritage Project Cork' with their study on Famine in the Clondrohid area ©

Clondrohid Updates

Wanted Men! Clondrohid Choral Society is urgently seeking male voices for their fledgling group. They are delighted to welcome Síle Ni Dhubhgail as their choir mistress and are looking forward to putting together an eclectic repertoire for an early summer performance. All new members are welcome but they are especially looking for men to join them to complete their tenor and bass sections. Interested? Then come along on Monday nights to Clondrohid Hall 8pm to 10pm. Please note the change from Friday nights to Monday nights.

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Grúpa ó Scoil Abán Naofa a bhuaidh an chéad, an ceathrú agus an cúigiú áit sa chomórtas 'Discover Schools Heritage Project Cork' chomh maith leis an duais don model is fearr. ©An Scoil

Organ Donations

Organ Donation Week runs between 29 March and 5 April and is organised by the Irish Kidney Association. It stresses the importance of carrying a donor card or ticking the organ donation option in your Driver's License in a bid to access more healthy organs. Altogether, a record 294 organ transplants were carried out last year from both living and deceased donors, and the operations included 11 difficult double transplants. While the number of deceased donors remained at 86, the same as a decade ago, doctors were able to harvest an extra 69 organs from those donors thanks to medical advances. The increase in transplants was also due to a new source of deceased donors – cardiac death donors. In the past brain stem death donors were the norm. Now organs are also being taken where a person is on life-support. When the machine is switched off, a person lives for about 90 minutes before they die of a heart attack. Organs are now also being donated and harvested in these cases. 550 people or more are currently on transplant waiting lists.

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Alan Kelly, right, formerly of Ballincollig and now living in Cloughduv, who recently received a double lung transplant performed by Mr David Healy at the Mater Hospital ©. Caroline Kelly

During Organ Donor Awareness Week forget-me-not flower emblems will be on sale throughout Ireland from Irish Kidney Association (IKA) volunteers. All proceeds will go towards the Irish Kidney Association's aid for patients on dialysis and those patients fortunate enough to have received a kidney transplant.

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Ballinagree St. Patrick's Day Parade ©An Scoil

Coachford Updates

Mice for Sale: A great night's entertainment is in store for all those attending the Mouse Race night in O'Callaghan's Bar on Friday, April 25th from 9.00pm. The event is to raise funds for the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development. Work on the Multi-purpose Amenity Walk and Fishing Platform for the World Fishing Championships has begun and is progressing well. Matt Sheehan, Chairperson of the group said, "The very wet winter and subsequent high water levels were responsible for the delay in the work beginning on the new amenity walk but the contractors got access to the site earlier this month and have been working flat out to ensure the project is completed in time for the World Championships in July". You can become a Race Mouse owner for only €10 and if your lucky mouse crosses the line first, you will receive a cash prize and your mouse will get some cheese. The racing is great fun and it is in a great cause. Mice can be purchased in all the shops and pubs in the village. For further information contact Eileen Martin on 021 7334023.

Breaking legs: The usual way of wishing luck to people who are about to go on stage is "Break a Leg" but Coachford Players have experienced that unpleasant reality and deem it the opposite of good luck. One of the cast of 'Panic Stations', the Players most recent dramatic project, has suffered a broken foot just weeks before they were scheduled to perform their hilarious comedy in Coachford. They have now been forced to postpone the staging of the play to Easter Sunday Night, Bank Holiday Monday and the following Tuesday. Club PRO, Peter Dineen said "It's a pity we have to postpone but it couldn't be helped and the extra few weeks rehearsals gives all the cast a chance to perfect their lines and performances. We are all looking forward to the show going ahead on April 20th 21st and 22nd and looking forward to seeing as many people as possible supporting their local drama group." Tickets are only €10 for this side splitting comedy. Don't Miss it!

Broomhill Vintage Club: The Broomhill Vintage Club will hold their annual Spring Car and Tractor Vintage Run on Sunday April 13th. Registration is from 11.00am in the GAA hall in Coachford with Tractors, Cars, motorbikes and trucks heading off at 12 noon. The cars head for Blarney and Waterloo before meeting up with the tractors in 'Molly's Bar' Bweeng at 1.00pm. The cars will then head for Macroom and will finish their 50 mile trip back in O'Riordan's Bar Coachford. The Tractors will travel to Bweeng via Tullig and Pluckanes and return to Coachford via Donoughmore and Crean's Cross. Modern tractors are very welcome to take part in the run. Entry for the run is only €20.

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Ciara and Claire Merrigan presenting €3510 cheque, proceeds from coffee and cake sale in Coachford, to Sr. Annie Louise Horgan, Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok. ©

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra are holding a 4 mile Fun Run in aid of Pieta House on Sunday the 6th of April, starting in Inniscarra Community Centre, Ballyanly. Registration begins at 1pm and the run starts at 2pm. Entry fee is €10. As an option on the day we are asking people to come out and wear blue as this is the colour of Pieta house. Please come out and we can run off the blues together!


Preparations are progressing well for the 'Moonraker Forestry Rally' on the 12th & 13th April. Local hotels and B&B's in the area are quickly being booked up and entries are well above average at this point. There is a surprise entry of Darragh O'Riordan from Midleton. He has never taken part in Forestry Rallying before and so this will bring extra people to the event. On Saturday 12th scrutiny will take place at Christy Lucey's service station area and the cars will be held overnight in the nearby Páirc Feirme of Scoil Ghobnatan. On Sunday 13th the ServicePark will be in Firebird Boiler's car park. There will be 3 stages run twice, the first stage at 9:45am and the final stage at 3:45pm. Once again the Munster Car Club is very grateful for the huge support and help received in the lead up to this event, and hopes for a safe and successful rally in Ballyvourney, the new location on the Cork-Kerry border on the 12 & 13 April 2014.

Scoil Naomh Muire Farran

The past few weeks have been very busy at FarranN.S. 1st class children were one of five countrywide winners in a poster competition on the theme of buckling up your seatbelt, sponsored by the Road Safety Authority. They were invited to DublinCastle for a fun-filled day with the other prize-winners. Their trip also included a visit to Dublin Zoo. Transport to and from Dublin and meals for the day were provided as part of the prize. All involved had a most enjoyable day.
The 4th class boys played in the county final of the indoor hurling and the 4th class girls won the county final of the indoor camogie and were interviewed post match on T.G.4. All finals were played in the hall at Na Piarsaigh Hurling Club.
Farran pupils took part in Scór na bPáistí and qualified for the county final in six different events and were placed in three. The school was placed 2nd overall.
Bishop Pádraig O'Donoghue confirmed the 6th class children from Farran and Ovens schools on the 10th of March.

Cispheil Gleann na Laoi

D'eagraigh Club Cispheile Lee Valley Oíche Cheoil le déanaí. Bhailigh baill den gclub agus na tuismitheoirí in Ostán Riverside i Magh Chromtha. Bhí Mary Hannon mar Bean an Tí don oíche. Tháinig Muintir Ó Luasa ó Chúil Aodha chun ceol a sheinnt agus bhí taispeantas deas amhránaíochta ó chuid des na cailiní iad féin. Deineadh bronnadh ar an bhfoireann fé 16 freisin don bua iontach a bhí acu sa chraobhchomórtas an bhlian seo chaite. Bhí raffle ar an oíche chomh maith le duaiseanna deasa. Ardaíodh suim beag airgid don gclub. Tá na fóirne go léir ag obair go dian i mbliana chun iad féin a chur ar aghaidh, agus tá ana chuid oibre déanta maidir le tréanala de agus tiomsú airgid. Coimead súil amach do Tráth na gCeist agus Bingo atá ag teacht suas go luath. Ba mhaith linn ádh mór a ghuí ar an bhfoireann sínsearach atá ag imirt sa chraobhchomórtas i gcoinne Mallow i Mí Aibreáin i Stáid Neptune.
Awards Night: Lee Valley Basketball Club recently held an Awards Night /Oiche Cheoil in the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom to honour its U16 team , Lee Valley's first team to win the Championship.. The team also won League and Top 4 competition and now play in the A league. To mark this great achievement a presentation was made to some of the players by Clodagh Scannell, a former Irish International player and daughter of Mark Scannell who is currently coaching with the club. The presentation was part of Oíche Cheoil held annually by the club to promote the use of Irish language, music and song. Music for the night was provided by the Ó Luasa family Cúil Aodha. as well as singers and musicians from the club . Bean a' Tí for the night was Mary Hannon. Any enquiries : Sean de Barra @ 085 7516908.

Lee Valley Tumblers Shine

14 gymnasts from Ballincollig Gymnastics Club participated in the All Ireland Tumble League Competition in Shannon recently, with both boys and girls of all ages taking part. In the Novice 8, 9 & 10 Year Olds, the club was represented by Niamh O'Mahony 7th and Wiktoria Jania who was placed 3rd David Bradfield, Kate Rohan, Alison O'Connor, Cian Ó Murchú & Oisín de Baróid competed in the 11-12 Novice. Kate came 1st; Alison 2nd & David 3rd, Ballincollig winning all the individual medals in this competition along with the gold in the team competition. Callum O'Donovan who was placed 4th and Sophie Crosbie who was placed 2nd represented the club in the 13+ Novice 2 Competition. In the 13 + Novice 1 Competition Ayo Ajay won the gold medal for the club. This was followed by Ellie O'Donovan's gold medal win in the NDP1 13+ competition. The last and highest level competitions of the day was the 13+ NDP2 Competition which saw Shaunagh McCarthy take the silver medal. James O'Donovan was in the highest level competition of the day and scored 9.50 for one of his tumble runs. Sincere thanks to Ballincollig coach Tomas McGrath and to all the parents who bring their kids to class every week, make sure they attend extra training sessions and support the club and coaches fully. For more information visit the premises on the Link Road Business Park, Ballincollig or phone / text 0879114462.

Castle of Carrigadrohid

The first castle at Carrigadrohid, five miles east of Macroom, on the river Lee, is said to have been built in the 14th century by MacCárthaigh Mór of Muskerry. A certain Dónal Ó Súilleabháin from the area aspired to the hand of MacCárthaigh's daughter. He was fortunate enough to capture a leprechaun on no less than three occasions. The wily elf distracted him the first time by warning him of an approaching bull. Second-time round, he said MacCárthaigh's daughter was passing by, so the smitten Dónal again looked around. But on the third meeting, when he caught the leprechaun at Léimatuáin, he was not diverted and was rewarded with the legendary pot of gold. He used this to ingratiate himself with MacCárthaigh, who gave his daughter to Dónal and used the gold to build his castle.
Much of the present building is said to have been built by Cormac Láidir McCarthy in 1455. His bride-to-be, Una or Sabrina O'Carroll, chose its dramatic site. The tower house was built on a rocky island in the middle of the river Lee. A timber bridge gave access to the castle and made it an almost impregnable fortress. There is only one other similar castle in Europe and that is in Germany.
Carrigadrohid Castle is probably best known because it was here that Boetius McEgan, Bishop of Ross, was martyred in 1650. McEgan helped rally an army in Kerry to go to the relief of Clonmel which was under siege by Cromwell's troops. His raggle-taggle force was defeated by Lord Broghill at Macroom and he was captured. Broghill knew that Carrigadrohid Castle was a more daunting stronghold, so he offered the bishop his freedom if he prevailed on the garrison there to surrender.
Instead of complying, the Bishop said, to quote Aubrey de Vere :-
"He spake, 'Right holy is your strife!
Fight for your country, king and faith
I taught you to be true in life;
I teach you to be true in death".
Bishop McEgan was hanged with the reins of his horse from a nearby tree. He was then beheaded within sight of the horrified occupants of the Castle. Broghill's forces deceived the garrison into believing they were to come under cannon-fire. But it was not guns the horses were pulling towards Carrigadrohid but heavy tree-trunks. The trick worked and the Castle was taken.
The 1656 Civil Survey set £100 valuation on Carrigadrohid Castle. The McCarthys regained possession in 1660 but finally lost it at the end of the century. John Bowens was occupant in 1750. He belonged to the Bowenscourt family of whom author, Elizabeth Bowen, is a member. The castle fell into disrepair by the end of the 18th century and is thought to have been roofless for more than two hundred years. Present ownership is a debated issue.
A concerted effort was made by locals to have the castle preserved in 1950 when celebrations were held to mark the 300th anniversary of the execution of Bishop McEgan. It was hoped at the time that Cork County Council would take responsibility for its maintenance. 65 years later, there has been little progress..
Carrigadrohid Castle Project Ltd. Committee commissioned an archaeological/architectural survey of the castle. It highlighted the serious safety issue presented by the castle and the very real fear that erosion would shortly reduce it to a pile of stones. The study recommended repair and support of walls while not taking from the beauty and historic significance of the castle. It is not contemplated that it would be re-roofed but access might be improved and a stairway and viewing platform inserted. Riverside trails, from which the castle might be viewed to advantage should also be developed.
The ESB and Carrigadrohid Hydro-electric generating station own the area in which the castle is built. Cork County Council controls the bridge. The Heritage Council should also be interested in preserving the castle. Cork County Council has done some maintenance work on the Castle in recent years.


by Michael Kelly

Cloches: By placing a cloche over the soil at this time of the year, you start the process of warming it up in advance of sowing seeds direct in the soil in April/May. You can also use cloches to cover young plants that you sow outside in March. In autumn you can use cloches over late-sown crops to protect them from frosts. All sorts of cloches are available to suit any budget – you can buy expensive, ornate glass ones and bell cloches, or cheaper plastic covers which stretch over frames. You can also use recycled clear plastic bottles.
Sow early potatoes in single rows, 15cm deep, 25cm apart and 45cm between rows. Maincrop spuds are sown in mid to late April. Increase spacing to 35cm. Be conscious of crop rotation as potatoes are susceptible to disease if grown in the same ground year on year. Earlies will be ready about 14 weeks after sowing. Main crops take 18 weeks.

GIY Recipe – Parmesan Parsnips. Ingredients: 1kg of parsnips; 3 tablespoons of wholemeal flour; 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper; 1 tablespoon of sea salt; 1 generous handful of Parmesan cheese; 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Directions Preheat the oven to 200C/390 F/Gas 6. Peel and chop the parsnips and cover with cold water. Bring the pot to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Rinse with a little cold water and drain the chunks in a colander. Combine the flour, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Tumble the parsnips into the bowl and toss to coat. Place in a large roasting tray, sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Set in San Francisco in 1876 during a heat wave and smallpox epidemic, this novel tells the story of three former stars of the Parisian circus. They are Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything leaving one of them dead.
Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder, elegant and witty. A fascinating read.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop at €15.99

Sports Mad

Macroom Bookshop Tom Creedon Cup Final

Carrigaline 1-10 Cill na Martra 0-12

An injury time point from Killian McIntyre secured victory for Carrigaline in the Tom Creedon Cup final at Macroom but the South East men had laid the foundations for this victory, their first in the competition, in the opening half. Carrigaline had recovered from an early two-point burst by the men from the Muskerry Gaeltacht to inch in front in the 20th minute and a goal from Killian McIntyre a minute later was the decisive score of the game. It helped Carrigaline to a 1-6 to 0-4 interval lead, a lead which sustained the winners through most of the second half when a rejuvenated Cill na Martra came roaring back at them. Cill na Martra eventually drew level by the 54th minute and after Carrigaline went back in front, drew level again as the game went into injury time but Carrigaline had one last effort in them and Killian McIntyre was the hero of the hour when his shot went over the bar in the 2nd minute of added time to give the South East men a hard earned victory.
Conditions at the Castle Grounds were good, considering the pre-match downpour of sleet and freezing rain. Cill na Martra, short Mark Golden and Cathal McSweeney, playing out of the town goal, started well and two points from Kevin Hoare frees had them in front after four minutes. His opposite number on the Carrig team, Niall Coakley, then equalised with two points, one from a free. Both sides were guilty of some poor finishing and the score was 0-2 until a foul on Simon O'Brien yielded a lead point to Carrigaline in the 20th minute from another Coakley free and a minute later the winners had a fine goal when Killian McIntyre ran through the centre of the Cill na Martra defence, cleared two tackles before firing the ball low into the corner of the net. With their defence very compact at this stage, Carrigaline continued to carry the game to Cill na Martra and points followed from Eoin Kavanagh and a Sean Mellet '45'. A hectic goalmouth scramble at the other end yielded a point from Colm O'Leary in the 29th minute after Dónal Óg Ó Laoire, Maidhchí Dineen and Daire MacLochlainn all were denied a goal and when Barry O'Keeffe had another Carrig point, Kevin Hoare finished the first half scoring with point from a Cill na Martra free to leave a physically stronger Carrigaline leading by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.
Positional changes by Cill na Martra for the second half, which brought Colm O'Leary to centre back and his brother Noel to mark Eoin Kavangh at midfield, worked well. Noel O'Leary had a point after the throw in, and points followed from Donal Óg O'Leary, Martin Connors and Maidhchí Dineen – all from play - to leave only a point between the teams after 38minutes. Niall Coakley and Kevin Hoare exchanged points and goalkeeper Mellet pointed a 30 metre free for Carrig in the 49th minute to open up a two-point gap. A point apiece from Kevin O'Sullivan and Kevin Hoare (a free) levelled matters by the 54th minute, and when Coakley pointed for Carrig in the 59th minute, Kevin Hoare equalised from a Cill na Martra free as the game went into injury time. From the kick out Carrig launched the attack which yielded the winner for Killian McIntyre after a very competitive but sporting final.
Scorers: Carrigaline: K McIntyre 1-1, N Coakley 0-5, 0-3 frees, S Mellet 0-2, 0-1 '45', 0-1 free, E Kavanagh, B O'Keeffe 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: C. Ó hUidhir 0-6, all frees, N. Ó Laoire, C. Ó Laoire, D. Óg Ó Laoire, C. Ó Suilleabháin, M. Ó Conchuir, M. Ó Duinnín 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Tadhg Mac Suibhne, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Seanachán Ó Loingsigh, Graham Ó Mocháin, Alan Ó Mocháin: Seán Ó Ceilleachair, Nollaig Ó Laoire: Caoimhín Ó h-Uidhir, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Máirtín Ó Conchúir: Daire Mac Lochlainn, Maidhcí Ó Duinnín, Donal Óg Ó Laoire. Substitutes: Danní Ó Connaill for S Ó Loinsuigh (Black Card) (39), Míceál Ó Deasúna for D Óg Ó Laoire, (51). Referee: Mr John Ryan, Macroom.
Ms. Tracey Kennedy, PRO Cork County Board and Catherine Creedon Vaughan presented the magnificent Tom Creedon Cup to Carrigaline captain Sean Mellet in the presence of other members of the Creedon family. Ms. Jackie Fitzgerald and Macroom Bookshop were thanked for their continued sponsorship of the competition.
The competition was organised jointly by Tracey Kennedy and Macroom GAA Rúnaí Pat O'Connell, had been very well contested and, with the co-operation of all the clubs once again this year, run off on schedule.

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Cill na Martra who were defeated by Carrigaline in the Tom Creedon Cup final © Lee Valley Outlook

County Football Leagues

Division One

Naomh Abán, Baile Mhúirne are the only Mid Cork side in Division One, having won promotion at the end of last year. They have lost their three games played to date, against Douglas, Nemo Rangers and St. Finbarr's.

Division Two

Ballincollig, Macroom and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh compete in this division. Ballincollig are table toppers with three wins (v. Newmarket, Nemo Int. and Bantry Blues) from four games, Macroom have three wins from three games, (Bantry Blues, Kiskeam and Ballincollig) and Béal Átha have two wins (v. Clyda and Kiskeam) from three games.

Division Three

Eire Óg, Cill na Martra, Grenagh and Ballinora compete here. Eire Óg are table toppers with four wins (v. St Vincents, St Nicks, Grenagh and Castletownbere) from four games played, Cill na Martra have one win (v. Na Piarsaigh) from two games, Grenagh have one win (v. Na Piarsaigh) from five games and Ballinora have one draw (v. Kinsale) from three games.

Division Four

Aghabullogue are the only Mid Cork side in this division and have recorded one win (v. Ballydesmond) from three games played to date.

Cork County Championship Fixtures

Football - Senior , Premier Intermediate, Intermediate, Junior B (H and F)

Sunday April 6th at Tralee NFL Round 7 Cork v Kerry, 3pm

Weds. April 9th at Páirc Uí Rinn: Munster MHC Cork v Kerry, 6.15pm

Munster U21 Football Final, Cork V Tipperary, 8pm

Sunday 13th April: Allianz National Football League semi-finals (Division 1)

Monday 14th April: S.F.C., MUSKERRY v UCC or CIT. 7.30pm ET

Weds. 16th April: Munster MFC Cork v Limerick, 7pm at P. Uí Rinn

Weds. 16th April: at Cloughduv, S.H.C. MUSKERRY v CIT 7.30pm, ET

Saturday April 19th: All-Ireland U 21 Football S/F Cork/Tipp v Leitrim/ Roscommon

Saturday April 26th at Aughaville, Junior 'B'H.C. Prelim Rd 1 : IVELEARY v Gabriel Rangers At Blarney, Junior 'B'H.C. Prelim Rd 1: Crosshaven v LAOCHRA ÓG

Sunday April 27th: Allianz National Football League Division 1 Final

Saturday May 3rd All-Ireland U 21 Football Final at Páirc Uí Rinn, S.F.C. St Finbarr's v BALLINCOLLIG, 6.45pm ET

At Kilmichael, P.I.F.C. BÉAL ÁTHA'n GHAORTHAIDH v MACROOM, 6.45pm ET

At Ballygarvan, P.I.F.C.Valley Rovers v BALLINORA, 6.45pm ET

Sunday May 4th National Hurling League Division 1 Final at Macroom S.F.C. Bishopstown v Ilen Rovers 2.30pm ET

At Macroom, S.F.C. Castlehaven v St Vincents, 4.15pm ET

At Cloghdubh I.F.C., CILL na MARTRA v ÉIRE ÓG, 6.45pm ET

Saturday May 10th IFC at Páirc Uí Rinn, AGHABULLOGUE v Glanmire, 6.15pm ET

JBF at Ballyclough, Araglen v Gleann na Laoí E.T

Sunday May 11th at Coachford, P.I.F.C. NAOMH ABÁN v Nemo Rangers 3.30pm ET

At Mourneabbey, P.I.F.C. Mallow v GRENAGH, 6.30pm ET

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Ballincollig who defeated Traolach Mac Suibhne in the Muskerry u21A Football final © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Motors Mid Cork u21A Football Championship Final

Ballincollig 1 – 13 Traolach MacSuibhne 1 - 8

Ballincollig U21 footballers made it three in a row, five out of six, eighteen in twenty five years and 21 titles in all, when they defeated Traolach MacSuibhne's in the Macroom Motors U21A Mid Cork Final at Kilmurry. Conditions were winterish, cold, wet and windy, and the winners played with the elements in the opening half, used them well and led by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break. Traolach MacSuibhne, a combination team drawn from Iveleary and Clondrohid clubs, were forced to line out without their star player, the injured Cork U 21 Cathal Vaughan, in the first half and his introduction to full forward at half time helped his side to stage a spirited second half comeback, but Ballincollig always retained control, their defence was well marshalled by centre back Colin Moore who was outstanding throughout, county U21 Sean Kiely dominated midfield, and they never panicked. Overall Ballincollig had the better balanced team, strong down the centre and crucially, also strong on the wings.
Traolach MacSuibhne opened the scoring with a point from a long range free from goalkeeper Joseph Creedon in the second minute. Ballincollig controlled the midfield battle with Cork U21 star Sean Kiely prominent and Kiely linked up beautifully with Cian Dorgan who kicked two points to give the champions the lead. A vital moment came in the 13th minute after Traolach Mac Suibhne's were awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge, Ballincollig goalkeepeper Jack Gibbons did very well to stop David O' Leary's spot kick and even though Jerome Ring reacted fastest to boot over a point it was a chance lost for the challengers. From the kick out Ballincollig went the length of the field with some excellent combined play and Matt O'Leary found the net. Ballincollig then went on to dominate the rest of the half with Cian Kiely , Cian Dorgan and Daniel O'Connor all adding points and they led by 1-9 to 0-3 at the break.
Cork U 21 Cathal Vaughan made an immediate impact with a point following his introduction at the break and minutes later Vaughan fired in a shot which was blocked but after a goalmouth scramble, Darren Dineen booted the loose ball to the Ballincollig net. David O'Leary then followed up with an excellent point to reduced the deficit to 1-10 to 1-5, a five point gap, after 41 minutes. Traolach MacSuibhne were now definitely back in the game but Ballincollig retained their composure in defence and played themselves out of trouble on numerous occasions. Cian Dorgan pointed two frees to relieve the pressure and lift the siege and Rob Noonan, Sean Kiely and Dylan Kerstein all added points top work Ballincollig clear and out of danger.
Scorers: Ballincollig: C Dorgan 0-7 (0-1 '45, 0-3f), M O'Leary 1-1, C Kiely 0-2, S Kiely, R Noonan, D O'Connor 0-1.Traolach MacSuibhne: D Dineen 1-1(0-1f), C Vaughan 0-3 (0-2f), J Creedon 0-2 (0-1 '45, 0-1f), D O'Leary, J Ring 0-1 each.

Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons; Sean Lucey, Emmet Ryle, Kevin O'Sullivan; Dylan Kerstein, Colin Moore, Cian Kiely; Sean Kiely, Diarmuid McDonnell; Robert Noonan, Luke Prendergast, Daniel O'Connor; Morgan O'Mahony, Cian Dorgan, Matt O' Leary. Sub: Aidan O'Donovan.

Traolach MacSuibhne: Joseph Creedon (Iveleary); Ciaran Galvin (Iveleary), Lorcan Lynch (Clondrohid), David Murphy (Iveleary); Finbarr McSweeney (|Iveleary), Seán O'Leary (Iveleary), Miceál Ó Lionáird (Iveleary): Jerome Ring (Clondrohid), Cian Creedon (Clondrohid): Barry O'Leary (Iveleary), David O'Leary (Clondrohid), Mark Creed (Clondrohid): Liam Kearney (Iveleary), David Hourihan (Iveleary), Darren Dineen (Clondrohid). Subs: Cathal Vaughan (Iveleary), Kevin Jones (Iveleary).
Referee: Mr. PatO'Leary (Kilmurry).

Macroom Motors Ltd. Mid Cork Under 21 'B' Football Championship Semi Finals:

Macroom 1-16 Aghabullogue 2-8

Inniscarra 0-14 Eire Óg 1–11 (draw)

Macroom 1-16 Aghabullogue 2-8

At half time in Carrigadrohid in this U 21 'B' championship semi final, Macroom were not in a great position even if they did lead by 1-6 to 0-4 against Aghabullogue. Macroom had been playing with the strong wind but had failed to dominate and Aghabullogue had shown enough ability in that first half to give themselves every chance of getting on top in the second half and getting the scores they needed for victory.

A blistering third quarter performance however had turned the half time lead of five points into an near unassailable ten point advantage by the three quarter stage and Macroom were on their way to the final.

Aghabullogue had started well with two points from John Corkery but Macroom with wind advantage had gone in front with points from Barry Healy, Patrick Lucey and John Murphy and a goal in the 17th minute from Brendan O'Sullivan was a major boost. Further points from two Lucey frees and one from O'Sullivan were answered by two from Corkery frees for Aghabullogue to leave Macroom in front at the break by 1-6 to 0-4.

On the restart, Macroom had six points, only one from a free, Patrick Lucey (3 ) Michael Browne and Michael Cronin the scorers, to lead by 1-12 to 0-5 after 44 minutes and when Aghabullogue responded with points from Corkery and Sean O'Sullivan, Lucey had two further points and Brendan O'Sullivan's point in the 54th minute left the score at 1-15 to 0-7. Aghabullogue staged a fine closing rally which yielded goals from Sean O'Sullivan and John Corkery in the 55th and 58th minutes and they were only denied a third by a magnificent save by Dylan Dinneen. Macroom were under fierce pressure but at last they broke upfield and a point from Darren Kelly was a relief. Evan O'Sullivan had a final point for Aghabullogue who will lament the fact that the injured Sean O'Sullivan was not able to play until late in the game when he made an impact.

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

Aghabullogue: James O'Connor: Daniel O'Rourke, Eamonn Murphy, Anthony Corkery: Greg Long, David O'Connell, Michael O'Regan: Sean Dineen, Ryan Dennehy: Richard Byrne, Evan O'Sullivan (0-1), Billy Casey: John Corkery (0-6), Ian BarryMurphy (2-6), Dylan Kelleher. Subs: David Dineen, Sean O'Sullivan.
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Éire Óg 1-11 Inniscarra 0-14

Éire Óg and Inniscarra will have to meet again to decide who meets Macroom in the 'B' championship final. A draw was a fair result to their semi final at Coachford, 'a game of two halves' strongly influenced by the strong wind. Éire Óg had wind advantage in the opening half and led by 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. They had started well with a goal after only two minutes from Donncadh Kelly and with Daniel O'Connor in scoring form had piled on the points, Denis Murphy and Vinnie Coffey also scoring.

On the restart Jack O'Driscoll extended the Éire Óg lead but then Inniscarra came into their own and led by Aaron O'Raw, Sean O'Donoghue, Dave Barry, and substitute Tomás O'Connor they fought their way into contention and took the lead for the very first time in injury time with a point from Seán Lynch. Éire Óg, playing their second game in three days having defeated Donoughmore in the quarter final on the Thursday night, were not to be denied and got a deserved equaliser from Ronan O'Toole before the final whistle sounded.

Eire Óg: John McCarthy: Denis O'Keeffe, Colm Murphy, John Mullins: Ciarán Hutchinson, Ger McSweeney, Darragh McCarthy: Daniel O'Shea, Ronan O'Toole: Daniel O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Connor, Denis Murphy: Vinnie Coffey, Donncadh Kelly, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Aonghus McCarthy, Daniel Cotter, Christopher Kelly, Keith O'Riordan.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Cloughduv.

Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Cathal Griffin, Mark McCarthy, Brian Gould: Sean Lynch, Jerry Roche, Jack O'Dwyer (0-1): Aaron O Raw (0-1), Dominic Kelleher: Dave O Keeffe (0-1), Sean O Donoghue (0-5),
Paul Farmer (0-1): Liam Collins, Jack Hayes (0-3), Dave Barry. Subs: Tomàs O Connor (0-2), Dylan O Sullivan, Sean Lynch (0-1).

Mid Cork U21 'C' Football Championship semi finals

Ballinora 1 – 16 Blarney 0 – 2

Cill na Martra 5 – 11 Ballincollig 'B' 3 – 6

Ballinora 1-16 Blarney 0-2

Ballinora had an easier than expected passage to the 'C' final at Ovens, proving much too good for a disappointing Blarney side. A goal from a Pat Fitton penalty and points from Darragh Corkery, Fitton and James Lordan helped Ballinora to a 1-7 to 0-2 interval lead and further points from Cormac Field, Alan O'Shea, Fitton, Corkery and James Forde ensured that they never lost their total grip on proceedings.

Ballinora: Colm Murphy: Patrick Cronin, Brendan Hourihan, Niall Walsh; John O'Regan, James Lordan, Kevin O'Regan: Mike Lordan, Kevin Murphy: Alan O'Shea, Jaames Forde, Darragh Corkery: Denis Buckley, Patrick Fitton, Brian Murphy. Subs: Cormac Field, Daragh Holmes, Diarmuid Cahill, James Murphy.

Cill na Martra 5-11 Ballincollig B 3-6

As expected, Cill na Martra had things very much their own way in the second 'C' semi final at Kilmurry. A goal from Cathal O'Riordan got them off to a good start and they led by 2-7 to 1-3 at half time, Liam Lynch netting their second goal after 12 minutes. On the restart, further goals from Damian Hoare, Liam Lynch and Cathal O'Riordan before the 40th minute had the result all wrapped up early.

Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Connaill: Finén Ó Faoláin, Gearóid Ó Goilí, Pilip Ó Luanaigh: Pádraig Ó Goili, Antóin Ó Cuana, Eoin Ó Loinsuigh: Cathal Ó Riordáin, Miceál Ó Deasúna: Gearóid Ó Faoláin, Liam Ó Loinsuigh, Seán Ó Cronín: Dan Ó Duinnín, Stiofáin Ó Conaill, Daire MacLochlainn. Ionaidí; Diarmuid Ó hUrdail, Don Ó Criodáin, Padraig Ó Críodáin, Donncadh Ó Loinsuigh, Donagh Ó Riordáin. Geraóid Ó Goilí.

Post Primary Colleges Football

All Ireland Senior 'B' Football semi final

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 2-9 Holy Rosary, Mt. Bellew, Galway 2-8

Cork Colleges Senior 'A' champions (Simcox Cup) and Munster Senior 'B' champions, Col. Choilm, Ballincollig are through to their first ever All Ireland final after this narrow victory over Mt. Bellew at Nenagh. The Cork side recovered from a dreadful start when they fell 1-4 to nil behind after only nine minutes to be level by half time and they went on to control the second half. A goal three minutes from time for Mt. Bellew ensured a nail biting finish. Conor Hughes had a first half goal for Col Cholm and with two points apiece from Cian Kiely and Sean O'Donoghue they were level at 1-5 each at the break. A goal from a Cian Kiely free on the restart was the perfect boost for the Muskery boys and they went on to dominate the second half. Scorers: Cian Kiely 1-4, (1-1 frees), Sean O'Donoghue 0-4 (0-2 frees), Conor Hughes 1-0, Liam Collins 0-1.

Coláiste Choilm: Christopher Kelly (Eire Óg): Kevin O'Regan (Ballinora), Kevin O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Patrick Cronin (Ballinora): Denis Murphy (Éire Óg), Michael Lordan (Ballinora), Darragh McCarthy (Eire Óg): Aaron O'Raw (Inniscarra), Ronan O'Toole (Eire Óg): Liam Collins (Inniscarra), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra), Seán Curzon (Kilmurry): Cian Kiely (Ballincollig), Conor Hughes (Canovee), Donncadh Kelly (Eire Óg) Subs: M O'Leary and Declan Hyland (Inniscarra).

All Ireland Senior 'C' Football Final

On a historic day for the West Cork Gaeltacht school, next Saturday sees Coláiste Ghobnatan contesting their first ever All-Ireland Post-Primary schools final, locking horns with Ardee Community School from Co. Louth in O'Moore Park Portlaoise at 2 ó clock.
Bunaíodh Coláiste Ghobnatan sa bhliain 1989, cónascadh idir Gairmscoil Ghobnatan agus Coláiste Íosagáin. Oideachas Gaelach Críostaí tré mheán na Gaeilge a cuirtear ar fáil dár ndaltaí go léir anseo sa scoil ina bhfuil 220 daltaí ar fad. Roinnt dos na iardaltaí a bhí sa scoil tríd na blianta, agus a d'imir peil idirchontae, ná leitheidí Ciarán Ó Suilleabháin ('93 – '05, All-Star '99), Antóin Ó Loingsigh (Corcaigh '99-'11 2 All-Stars '99 and '02), Nollaig Ó Laoire ('00-'13) agus Micheál Ó Cróinín ('99 -'05). Tá Micheál Ó Laoire (iardhalta eile) ar phaineál Chorcaí i láthair na huaire chomh maith. Bhí iar-imreoir Chorcaí Micheál Ó Scanaill (Craobh na hÉireann '73) mar chuid den foireann teagasc go dtí gur éirigh sé as an múinteoireaht cúpla bhliain ó shin. Agus gan dabht, tá Mickey Ned Ó Suilleabháin i bhfeighil an foireann inniu, iar-dhalta i gColáiste Íosagáin é féin agus fear le taithí iontach i bhfeighil fóirne scoile agus idirchontae. D'imir sé le Ciarraí é féin idir 1972 agus 1980, agus bhí sé mar captaen dóibh i 1975 (All-Star chomh maith) nuair a bhuadar Craobh na hÉireann. Tá sé i bhfeighil an foireann sinsear sa scoil ó thosnaigh sé ag múineadh, éacht agus buntáiste iontach do pheil sa ceantar. Traenalaí eile sa scoil ná Shane Ó Duinneacha ó Gleann Fleisce atá i bhfeighil an foireann fé 16, Gearóid Ó Creimín (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh an foireann fé 14, agus Áine Ní Chuain atá i bhfeighil peil na gcailiní sa scoil.
While the majority of the panel are supplied by the local parishes of Cill Na Martra and Naomh Abán, there are also representatives from across the county bounds in Kerry on the team with Dónal Ó Donnchú (An Spa, Cill Áirne) and Aaron Ó Murchú (Na Crócaigh, Cill Áirne) lining out in key positions for their school. While capturing the County title earlier in the year beating St. Brogans in the final, the Munster and All-Ireland series was always going to be a big challenge. Their journey started with a win over Lisdoonvarna (Clare) in the Munster last 16, followed up shortly after by victories over St. John The Baptist (Limerick) , and RiceCollege, (Ennis) in the semi-final. That brought the Coláiste Ghobnatan boys into a Munster final against a physically strong Thurles CBS side that had recently played in the Harty Cup Final. The Coláiste Ghobnatan lads had more than a Munster Final to play for though as, prior to the game, it was announced that the Cup being presented for this newly formed competition would be the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, a dearly departed team-mate of this team that passed away tragically while playing for the school in December 2012. The local lads were not to be denied victory on the day come hell or high water, winning out on a score-line of 2-9 to 5 points on a horrendous day for football in the Mallow GAA grounds, Conchur Ó Murchú and Dermot Ó Ceallaigh from a penalty getting the all important goals.
This set up an All-Ireland semi-final appearance against a very strong BallinamoreCommunitySchool from Leitrim, a team containing 9 Leitrim county minors as well as 2 Cavan minors. After an outstanding game of football that was in the balance right until the very end, two late points from Ó Murchú and Ó Ceallaigh again brought Coláiste Ghobnatan over the line and into their first ever All-Ireland Post Primary schools final. This a fine footballing team from Coláiste Ghobnatan, with strength in all areas of the field. The defenders have been the corner stone of their team thus far (goalkeeper Gearóid Ó Luasa has yet to concede a goal in the 5 games so far in the competition), but they will have to be at their very best to keep out a razor sharp Ardee forward line (containing Louth U-21 player Ryan Burns) that have been putting up huge scores in their journey to the final. Midfielders Maidhc Ó Duinnín and Micheál Ó Deasúna are playing outstanding football for the school all year and big games are needed from this pair if Coláiste Ghobnatan are to get their hands on The Dr. Eamon Ó Sullivan Cup for the first ever time. Coláiste Ghobnatan forwards have been playing superbly all year with a massive work ethic instilled in them from from manager Mickey Ned Ó Sullivan. While Dermot Ó Ceallaigh, Dan Ó Duinnín and Conchúr Ó Murchú have been the scorers in chief to date, all 6 forwards work superbly as a unit.
Saturday afternoon sees the final match in their journey to All-Ireland success, and hopefully, come the final whistle; the lads from the Muskerry Gaeltacht will be celebrating a historic win for the small West Cork school. It certainly won't be for the want of trying. All of the school, local businesses, parishes near and beyond are 100% behind the buachaillí in their quest for victory. Go néirí libh a bhuachaillí.

Rebel Óg Award

The March winners of the Rebel Óg Monthly Awards for 2014 sponsored by the Rochestown Park Hotel in association with RedFM and Irish Examiner Media Partners and Cummins Sports Award Sponsors are Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, winners of the Simcox Cup (Cork Post-Primary Schools Senior 'A' Football) and the Munster Senior 'B' Championship Cup and now All Ireland 'B' Championship finalists. The award was presented at a recent function at the Rochestown Park Hotel, attended by teachers at Coláiste Choilm, representatives of the sponsors and officers of Rebel Óg and Cork County Board.

Cork Footballers Qualify

Cork senior footballers have qualified for the Allianz National Football League semi finals by drawing with Tyrone in their second last league encounter at Páirc Uí Rinn on a score of 2-14 to 0-20. Noel Galvin of Ballincollig, Fintan Goold of Macroom and Daniel Goulding of Éire Óg started for Cork and Paddy Kelly of Ballincollig was introduced as a second half substitute.

Cork play Kerry in Tralee on Sunday 6th April in their final league game. Cork are already sure of a semi final place, Kerry could also gain one but need a win here. Cork won't want to lose to the Kingdom again even if such a result would not be a disaster.

Cork Hurlers

Cork hurlers have won promotion to the top flight Division One A for next year but failed to Tipperary in a thrilling league quarter final at Thurles. Since the retirement of Tom Kenny at the end of last season there is now no Mid Cork hurler on the Cork senior hurling panel.

Macroom GAA

Macroom intermediate footballers had two good wins recently in the CountyLeague, Division Two. Macroom travelled to Kiskeam and had a 0-18 to 1-10 win over the home side and a week later travelled to Ballincollig and again took home the points on a 2-9 to 0-12 scoreline.

Macroom U 21's have qualified for the Mid Cork 'B' championship final with a semi final win over Aghabullogue and await the result of the replay between Eire Óg and Inniscarra in the other semi final.

Macroom Soccer

Youths League: Macroom 7 Donaghmore Athletic 1.
The Youths picked up a comfortable three points in this Mid Cork derby. Marco Healy was on target with a double along with strikes from Craig Ronan, Don Creedon, Alex Ryan, Alan Quinn and Chris Foskett.
Macroom 10 Avondale Utd 0.
Macroom's fine season continued on Saturday last with a facile victory over visitors Avondale. As the scoreline suggests, this game was all one way traffic. Marco Healy was once again in fine form as he weighed in with a hat trick. Man of the match Sean Quinn accounted for two goals as well as efforts from Cian O' Riordan, Chris Foskett, Craig Ronan, Paul O' Farrell and Brian Crowley. These two victories have moved the team into second place in the league table.
Uuder 16 League: Corinthians 0 Macroom 1.
The Under 16 side put in an excellent performance and thoroughly deserved their one goal win. Macroom created a host of chances and were finally rewarded when Mark Corrigan popped up to score the winner. Best on the day were Aidan McMahon and Dylan Gray.
Coachford/Killinardrish 1 Macroom 2.
There was little to chose between the sides in the local derby. Scoreless at half time, the home side took the lead within five minutes of the restart. Macroom responded well and fashioned a number of missed chances. The equaliser arrived fifteen minutes from time when great work from Ethan O' Gorman allowed Kyle Kelleher to volley home from close range. And Macroom were jubilant when in the final minute, O' Gorman held off his marker, before lifting the ball over the advancing keeper to secure all three points. A vital win in what was a fine team performance.
Under 15 League: Macroom 2 Watergrasshill Utd 2.
Macroom were held to a draw in the Town Park. Tomas Collins and Conor Hurley were the goalscorers. This point keeps Macroom moving in the right direction following a 4-0 away win over Avondale recently.

Under 13 League: Leeds 1 Macroom 3
This was another fine win from the U13 team who are improving with every game. Dylan Twomey yet again scored a early goal to give the visitors a dream start. The lead was doubled coming up to half time after Twomey's strong run down the right saw him strike the post but Dennis Dullea was alert and knocked in the rebound.
The second half saw Macroom dominate the gam., Eoin Cahill was unlucky to see his shot go just wide after some fine work by Caelum Lynch. The points were wrapped up when Dennis Dullea whipped in an excellent corner from the right and Twomey smashed home at the near post from close range. Soonafter, Matteuz Juzczak might have had another. Following good link up play with Twomey, he dragged his shot just wide. Leeds got a late consolation when they were awarded a penalty for a dubious hand ball. Great team performance by Macroom, with Cillian O Donovan commanding at the back and Lynch and Jack O Riordan working hard in midfield, Jusczak and Twomey excellent in attack.
Under 12 League: Corinthians 1 Macroom 3.
Three league wins in a row for Macroom, the latest coming against a strong Corinthians side. Macroom settled quickly and had efforts from Steven O' Donoghue and Daniel Cotter in the opening minutes. With Macroom dominating midfield it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken. On 13 minutes, Cormac Buckley and Sean O'Riordan combined well to allow O' Donoghue lift the ball over the home defence. Cotter was on hand to smash to the net, giving Macroom a deserved lead.
On 22 mins, Patrick Barry found O' Donoghue with a lovely pass and the in form striker made no mistake with a right footed shot beyond the keeper. David O' Connell and David Hunt were introduced for the second half and both made excellent contributions. Hunt scored the all important third goal on 48 mins by showing excellent quick feet to dummy past two defenders and bend the ball around the keeper.
There were chances to add more goals but the Corinthians keeper made a couple of excellent saves.The consolation goal came with 3 minutes remaining but by then Macroom had the points well and truly wrapped up. Best performers were Daniel Cotter, Steven O Donoghue, George Lowrie and Cormac Buckley.

AUL Premier A League: Macroom 5 Blackstone Rovers 0.
This was a straightforward victory for Macroom at the Town Park. Goals from Keith Holden, David O' Halloran(2) and James O' Connor(2) made the three points safe.
Glenvale 1 Macroom 6.
The trip to the Regional Park in Ballincollig was worthwhile as a good team performance allowed Macroom add another three points to their tally. James O' Connor had the visitors one up but Glenvale equalised from a free kick on the half hour mark. David O' Halloran's fine solo goal had Macroom back in front at half time. The third goal arrived on seventy minutes when Barry O' Donnell finished well. O' Halloran was then on hand to lob the keeper before a Darragh Deasy penalty made it five. The scoring was rounded off when Steven Crowley's shot came off the bar to be tapped home by James O' Connor.
Castleview 1 Macroom 4.
Macroom travelled to O' Sullivan Park and came away with the win. All the goals were scored in the first half. Michael Browne got the first with a fine shot from an acute angle. This was followed by James O' Connor from close range. Dec O' Riordan was on hand to supply the third and David O' Halloran raced clear and finished well to have Macroom four nil up inside forty minutes. The home side got one back with a good counter attack on the stroke of half time. There second half was played out in a comfortable fashion with the points well and truly secured.
AUL County Cup.
Bweeng Celtic 2 Macroom 2 (Macroom won 4-2 on pens aet)
Macroom had two good wins in the AUL Premier A league in the past fortnight. They travelled to Cork and defeated Glenvale 6-1 and followed on with a 4-1 away win over Castleview. Douglas Hall, Grattan United and Village United are all in league title contention with Macroom at present with six games to play.

Macroom B lost out in the Corinthians Cup to Ballincollig on a 2-1 scoreline but then defeated Bweeng Celtic 4-2 on penalties in the County Cup after the sides finished level at 2-2. Macroom B play Hibernians at home in Round Three of the CountyCup.

Macroom Youths are in second place in the U18 1A league, with Fermoy on top and heading for the title unless they falter in their last two games.

Horses are selling fast for the Macroom F.C. Race Night in Murray's Bar on Sunday April 20th (first race @ 9pm). Horses are available from club managers, committee members and in Murray's Bar. Horses should be purshased no later than a week prior to the Race Night to allow the Race Programme to be finalised and printed. So get those horses bought asap to avoid disappointment!

Colleges U 14 Football

De La Salle Macroom Under 14 footballers are through to the last eight of the Cork Post Primary Schools 'B' Championship having won all their group games. They hosted and defeated Kanturk at the Tom Creedon Park last week on a 2-15 to 1-7 scoreline, having been in arrears by a point at half time. Team: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Jack O'Riordan (Macroom), Michael Aynsley (Cill na Martra), John Downey (Kilmichael): Sean McMahon (Macroom), Jackie Casey (Kilmurry), Mark Dromey (Kilmurry): Sean Desmond (Clondrohid), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Dylan Foley (Eire Óg), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry), Conor O'Leary (Iveleary): Callum O'Shea (Clondrohid), Alex Murphy (Aghinagh), Josh DeLacey (Kilmichael).

Clondrohid G.A.A.

Clondrohid Junior A's defeated Ballingeary in the Muskerry league – Division One- on a final scoreline of 1-14 to 1-11. Ballingeary opened the scoring with a point inside 2mins but with some good movement in to the forward line Clondrohid soon took the lead by 3pts to 1. After 13 minutes Clondrohid played some fast moving football up the left wing and James Kelleher who had gone into an attacking position laid off a good ball to Danny Riordan who scored a great goal. Fergal Kelleher who was playing well at midfield soon got an excellent long range point and Clondrohid then led at half time 1-6 to 0-6.
Ballingeary scored the first on the restart but Declan Kelleher soon restored Clondrohid lead to 3 points with further points from Darren Dineen, Matt McDonagh and Declan Kelleher. With Paddy Lynch driving on from midfield the home side then led by 1-5 with 6mins left. Clondrohid worked hard all through and looked defensively solid with Trevor O Brian and Aidan Kelleher impressing in their new roles. A late goal and a point by Ballingeary gave some cause for concern for the management, but overall this was a solid display with the strongest subs bench all year.
Team: John Corkery, Sean Lynch, Trevor O Brian, James Kelleher, Conor O Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Daniel O Mahoney, Fergal Kelleher(0-1), Paddy Lynch, Mark Creed(0-1), Danny Riordan(1-0), Lorcan Lynch, Declan Kelleher(0-4), Darren Dineen(0-5), Sean O Callaghan. Subs: David O Leary for Danny Riordan, Jeremy O Sullivan for Daniel O Mahoney, Matt McDonagh(0-3) for Mark Creed, Gary O Brian, Chris Flanagan , James O Callaghan.

U21: Traolach MacSuibhne bowed out of championship in a cold blustery Kilmurry. Having played against a very strong wind, with a penalty eventually resulting in a point in the first half, Traolach found it difficult to get the better of Ballincollig, and finished the half on a scoreline of 3pts to 1 9 . On resumption,Ballincollig missed a few chances and Traolach got a goal with all their players playing with great heart but Ballincollig proved just that bit stronger all over the field and deserved their win. Ballincollig were going for their 21st title and Traolach for their 1st.Final score was 1 13 to 1 8. Well done to the Traolach boys on reaching an A final and to their mentors from Inchigeela and Clondrohid. The boys from Clondrohid that took part in this amalgamation were Lorcan Lynch, Cian Creedon, David O'Leary, Mark Creed, Darren Dineen, Jerome Ring, Alan Duggan and Tadgh Scannell.
Clondrohid U14s took part in Féile Peile in Macroom and were grouped with Macroom, Newcestown and Knocknagree. Féile Peile games are 15 a side so this was a new challenge for the lads, as they are used to playing in 12 a side games. They played two games and after brave performances lost out to stronger teams. Competing in competitions like these has huge benefit to the team as they gain invaluable experience. Well done to all the lads involved which included a number of u12s.
U 10 Blitz in Millstreet. Well done to Clondrohid footballers who played 4 games, winning 3 in this blitz. They defeated Millstreet, Dromtariffe 1 &2
County League: Clondrohid played Clann na nGael in the newly formed county league. Clann Na Gael started off the better team with real intensity and pace. They went into a lead of 1-5 in the opening minsutes and could have been higher only for a good save by debutant goalkeeper Alan Duggan. Clondrohid slowly got back into the game with Trevor O Brian and Sean Lynch tightening up defensively, Fergal Kelleher and Sean O Callaghan wining more ball midfield Paddy Lynch and Darren Dineen taking on their defenders. Clondrohid scored three points before half time from Fergal, Paddy and Darren to leave the score at half time 1-6 to 3pts. On the restart Clondrohid gave away a point within a minute but soon regained control ,but later with 5 good scoring chances and nothing registered on the board a lot of the work to get back into the game was undone but a point from Darren Dineen and a superbly taken goal from Paddy Lynch closed the gap but Clann Na Gael finished the game strongly with a final score of 1-11 to 1-4. But for Clondrohid's slow start this could have been a different score line Clondrohid must now prepare for a local derby with old rivals Aghinagh on April 6. All support was very welcome for last match and for future games.
Team: Alan Duggan, Sean Lynch, Trevor O Brian, Lorcan Lynch, Conor O Leary, Jeremy O Sullivan, Daniel O Mahoney, Fergal Kelleher, Sean O Callaghan, Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen, Declan Kelleher, John Corkery. Subs: David O Leary for John Corkery, Matt McDonagh for Mark Creed, Cian Creedon for Daniel O Mahoney, Sean Quinn for Jeremy O Sullivan, Gary O Brian, Chris Flanagan.
Fixtures: Saturday April 5 at 6pm in Clondrohid, J.C.F.L. Clondrohid V Dripsey. Sunday April 6 J.A.F.L. in Rusheen at 11.15 Aghinagh v Clondrohid.

Kilmurry G.A.A.

U6/8/10/12: All these panels have resumed training in preparation for upcoming games as part of the various Rebel Óg competitions. Good numbers were present in all age groups with over 40 young players turning out for the U6 team.
U14: The U 14 team took part in the Féile competition on Saturday March 22nd. They faced Aghinagh, Boherboy and Kilnamartyra. The opening game against Aghinagh was a close encounter and was to be decisive in the overall outcome of the day. Kilmurry and Aghinagh scored 0-6 and 1-3 respectively. In the second game Kilmurry had a comprehensive victory over Boherboy with the final score 5-6 to 1-0. The final game against Kilnamartyra was also a good game for Kilmurry and ended in their favour on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-3. Kilmurry hoped they had done enough to progress but unfortunately they found themselves on the same points as Aghinagh who also had won two games in addition to their draw against Kilmurry. With only one team progressing it all came down to points and Aghinagh had conceded less than Kilmurry over the three games, hence Aghinagh progressed. Despite the disappointment Kilmurry can take solace in their excellent performances over the day. All players played well with some stand out performances from James O'Mullane, Tomas Collins, Jack Casey, Mark Dromey and Caelum Lynch. Other team members on the day included Lloyd Aisling, Kevin Barratt, Luke Knight, Denis Dullea, Darragh Linehen, Daniel O'Brien, John Barry, Patrick Barry, Eoin Dromey, Stephen O'Donoghue, Mark Irwin and Gearoid O'Mahony.
U15/16s: Kilmurry U15 defeated Slieve Rua in the Eastern Division League and the U16s had a good victory over Bantry in the Premier 2 League.

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Naomh Fionbarra U13 C County Champions for 2013 ©Tadhg Ó Duinnín

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee under 14s played in the Féile group stages in Passage. In their first game Canovee beat Passage but were defeated by Na Piarsaigh and Kilshannig. It turned out to be an enjoyable morning's football with the whole panel acquitting themselves well. On March 26 Canovee played Ballyclough in a junior friendly in Mallow. It turned out to be a very useful workout with the forwards in particular showing good form. Canovee led at half time by 0.09 to 0.07 and led 0.18 to 0.12 with time running out when Ballyclough scored two quick goals. However late points from Paul Twomey and Ger Ahearn sealed Canovee's win. Final score Canovee 0.20 Ballyclough 2.12. Darragh Ring, Sean O'Connor, Aidan Moynihan and James Moynihan also got on the score sheet.
Team: Darren shine, Gerard Lucey, Daniel O'Sullivan, Gerry Murphy, John O'Brien, Andrew Cronin, Sean O'Connor, Denis O'Sullivan, Paul Twomey, Aidan Moynihan, Darragh Ring, Ger Ahern, Michael Quinlan, James Moynihan, Mark Healy. Subs Brian Ahearn, James Scanlan.
Its off to Croke Park for Conor Hughes, Liam Murphy and Niall Cronin who will all be involved with Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig in the all Ireland senior B football final on April the 12th against Scoil Aodhain from Dublin. Conor scored a first half goal in their narrow win over Mountbellow from Galway in the semi final. Well done lads.
March 30th Under 11 football league Canovee 8.13 Cill na Martra 3.05
March 31st Junior football league division 2 Canovee 1.06 Aghabullogue 0.09

Kilmichael Pitch and Putt

National Pitch and Putt week runs this year from May 19th - May 24th. In line with this, Kilmichael Pitch and Putt Club will be hosting Open Evenings to the public as an introduction to Pitch and Putt running from Monday - Friday 6.30- 8.30p.m. These will entail a relaxed and friendly introduction to the game i.e. clubs required, some basic rules of the game and a few coaching lessons if required and of course a cup of tea and chat. We in Kilmichael would love to see a lot more people availing of our great facilities. Anyone aged 10 or upwards is more than welcome. Watch this space for more details of coaching lessons and Summer Camps. Enquiries please to Dan @ 086/3463474.