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Easter 2014 © Lee Valley Outlook

Easter Liturgy in the Lee Valley

Macroom: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper Caum 4p.m. Macroom 7.30 p.m. Holy Hour Macroom 9 – 10p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Caum 11 a.m. Macroom 11 a.m. Lord's Passion Macroom 4 p.m. Way of the Cross from Castle Gates 7.30 p.m. to Church. Confessions in Caum 11.30a.m. and Macroom 11.30 – 2p.m.; 5 – 6 .m and 8 – 9 p.m. Holy Saturday Morning Prayer 10 a.m. Easter Vigil: 9 p.m. Macroom. Confessions in Macroom 11 – 1p.m. and 7 – 8p.m.

Aghinagh: Holy Thursday: Ballinagree 7p.m. Bealnamorrive 8.15 p.m. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross: Ballinagree 11a.m. Rusheen 12 noon. Bealnamorrive 7p.m; Lord's Passion: Ballinagree 3p.m. Rusheen 8 p.m. Easter Vigil: Bealnamorrive 9 p.m; Easter Sunday: Rusheen 10 a.m; Ballinagree 11a.m. Confessions will be heard on Holy Thursday night after Mass in Bealnamorrive; on Good Friday in Ballinagree after the Stations and in Rusheen after the Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Cill na Martra Holy Thursday: Réidh na nDoirí 5.00p.m; Cill na Martra 8.00 pm. Good Friday:- Cill na Martra: Lord's Passion 3.00 pm; Réidh na nDoirí: Stations 8.00 p.m. Easter Vigil Cill na Martra 9.00 pm.

Donoughmore Holy Thursday: Mass of Lord's Supper in Stuake at 7.00pm and Fornaught at 8.30pm. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in Stuake at 12 noon and Fornaught 11a.m. Lord's Passion, Stuake, 8.00pm; Fornaught 3.00pm. Holy Saturday: Vigil in Stuake 7.00pm and Fornaught 8.30pm. Easter Sunday: Stuake 11.30a.m. Fornaught 10a.m. Confessions after evening ceremonies and Saturday at 12 noon.

Kilmichael: Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper – Johnstown 5.00pm; Cooldorrihy - 8.00 pm
Good Friday: Liturgy in Toames - 12 noon. Cooldorrihy 3p.m. Johnstown - 7.00 pm. Confessions after ceremonies.
Easter Vigil– Toames 8.00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass: Johnstown 10a.m.; Cooldorrihy 11.30 a.m.

Kilmurry: Holy Thursday : Mass of the Last Supper – Canovee 6.30pm; Cloughduv - 8.00 pm; Kilmurry 8.30p.m.
Good Friday: Liturgy in Canovee - 12 noon; Kilmurry 3p.m. Cloughduv - 5.00 pm.
Easter Vigil– Canovee 6.30p.m.; Kilmurry 8.00 p.m.; Cloughduv 8.30p.m.
Easter Sunday: Mass: Kilmurry 10a.m.; Canovee 10.30 a.m.; Cloughduv 11.30a.m.

Uíbh Laoire. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper. Inchigeela 7 p.m; Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 9 p.m. Confessions before and after ceremonies. Exposition in Gougane Barra Oratory 11p.m. to midnight.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in Gougane at 12 noon. The Lord's Passion: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 3pm and Inchigeela 7pm. Confessions before and after ceremonies. Collection for Holy Places.
Holy Saturday Confessions in Inchigeela 12 noon to 1p.m. Mass in Ballingeary at 7p.m. and Inchigeela 9pm,
Easter Sunday: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 10 am, Inchigeela 11.30 a.m.

Methodist Church, Lighthouse, Main Square, Millstreet, Bible discussion group Tuesday 15th April at 8pm at the Lighthouse. Easter Sunday service 6.30 pm at Drishane Castle. Everyone is always welcome to all of our services. For further information contact Rev. Laurence Graham 064 6631613

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Closed for Easter: Fri. 18 to Mon. 21 Ap. inclusive.
Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
Bridge: Wed., April 23 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. April 28, 11.30a.m.
Purlies Thurs. May 1 at 11a.m.
Gramophone Morning: Mon. May 12 at 11a.m. with Pat Lemasney.
Art Exhibition: Jenny Mills exhibition until the end of April.

Briery Gap:

LE Weekend Mon. April 21 at 8.30p.m.
Sound of Music Ap. 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3, 4 at 8p.m. Sun. May 4 at 3p.m.

Pat's 24 Hour Fast: Castle Hotel, Macroom on Good Friday, 18th April
Crookstown Céilí Club: in Crookstown Hall on Sat. 19th April.
1916 Commemoration in Macroom Square on Easter Sun. April 20th, at 3pm
Macroom F.C. Race Night in Murray's Bar on Sun. April 20th @ 9pm.
'Panic Stations' in Coachford G.A.A. Hall on April, 20, 21, 22, 8p.m.
Carriganima N. S. Cookery Evening, Wed. 23rd April, 8p.m. at Riverside Park Hotel.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé Chéadaoin, 23u Aibreáin, ar 7:00 i.n.
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.
Moviddy Union sale of work at 7pm on Fri. 25th April in Bandon GAA Hall.
Macroom Hospital fundraising quiz in the Castle Hotel Macroom on Fri. April 25th.
Donoughmore basketball club 25th anniversary function at the Blarney Golf Resort April 26.
Canovee I.C.A. 50th dinner dance on Sat. April 26.
Summer Céilí: on Mon. April 28th at 9pm in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig
We Banjo 3 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Wed., April 30 at 8.30p.m.
Shrone Annual Mass May 4 at 1.30p.m.
Canovee G.A.A. Club History launch on May the 1st in the Castle Hotel, Macroom
Tacaois exhibition opening in the Ionad Cultúrtha on Thurs. 1st May @ 7.30.
The Iona Connection: Sat. 10 May @ 8.30 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.
Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore on Fri. 24th May
Rylane N.S. Centenary: Fri. May 30 to Sun. June 1.
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

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The Von Trapp Family in the Sound of Music at the Briery Gap, April 25 – 27 and May 2 – 4 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Sound of Music for Macroom

Briery Gap Theatre, Macroom presents The Sound of Music, by Rodgers and Hammerstein as their 2014 Musical. We welcome back to Macroom for the 5th year in succession one of Ireland's most accomplished directors, Mr. Kevin Hough, who is best known for his many musical programmes on RTE Radio and Television. The Sound of Music is one of the best loved and most popular musicals of all time, with its many hit songs such as Climb Every Mountain, Edelweiss, Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, 16 going on 17 to mention but a few. The cast and chorus are all local, including the 7 children of Captain Von Trapp. The story (Austria in the 1930s) is centred around Maria, who upon entering the convent is given the task of becoming a governess to the 7 children of Captain Von Trapp but is shaken by the reality of falling in love with the captain and returns confused to the convent only to be sent back by the Reverend Mother to find that the Captain is engaged to be married. Maria realises that she does not want to become a nun when the captain breaks his engagement and declares his love for her. In the meantime Austria votes to be ruled by Germany on the eve of World War 11. The story of the Sound of Music is happy, sad, funny and romantic, with music you will love to sing along to.
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.
Performance dates at Briery Gap: 25th, 26th and27th April at 8pm- 2nd 3rd and 4th May at 8pm. Matinee Sunday 4th May at 3pm. Tickets for all shows €16 with special children's rate for Matinee €12. Tel 026 41793/ 42421.

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 Morriston Orpheus Welsh Male Voice Choir performs at St. Colman's Church, Macroom in a fundraiser for Macroom and District Lions . © Lee Valley Outlook

The Sound of the Valleys

The Lee Valley has resounded with the music of the Welsh valleys during the past month as music lovers enjoyed a feast of melody and harmony. Cor Godre'r Aran, from a village in North Wales, delighted us in the Briery Gap, at Mass and in the St. Patrick's Day parade and were closely followed by the Swansea 80 man Morrriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir who filled St. Colman's Church with their powerful voices on the first Sunday in April. Practically every seat in the church was occupied but, perhaps to counterbalance the entertainers, the audience was probably 90% female!
Reminiscent of the Queen's visit, proceedings opened with a perfectly enunciated greeting in Irish and a rousing performance of Amhrán na bhFiann. Thereafter, the Orpheus programme was diverse and delightful. In recognition of the season and the setting, many of the numbers had a spiritual ingredient. Cardiff soprano, Iona Jones, sang a Welsh version of the Our Father and a quirky, modern Ave Maria. Her rendering of The Holy City was magnificent and she joined with the choir for the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana. The choir performed some haunting Negro Spirituals such as Where Could I go and Steal Away and an African Trilogy that included Marching in the Light of God. They also performed Robat Arwyn's Benedictus and a fascinating selection from Jesus Christ, Superstar. The secular part of the programme included Verdi's Si Ridesti; Brel's If we only have Love; Nella Fantasia; The Impossible Dream and some Welsh Folk Songs. The Fields of Athenry also got an airing and the programme ended with a resounding performance of the Welsh national anthem, followed by a mini haka! Joy Ammen Davis was musical director/conductor.
We must thank Macroom and District Lions for bringing the Orpheus Choir to the town. We hope that audiences will continue to flock to Macroom to support such initiatives and enjoy the wonderful talent out there.
The Macroom Connection: In the course of the concert, reference was made to a Welsh wedding in Macroom and this excited some curiosity. The Lee Valley Outlook has learned that one of the choristers, Ceri Hopkins, is father of a Macroom resident, Rhys Hopkins, who is married to Marie Counihan, daughter of Tom and Anne Counihan and niece of Liam Walsh.

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 The Easter Bunny visits the Parent & Toddler group at Kilbarry N.S. with Easter eggs for the children and a new camera and iPad for the staff of the school. © An Scoil

Easter 2014.

The Annual Easter Sunday 1916 Commemoration will take place at the monument in the Square, Macroom on Sunday, April 20th, at 3pm. Pat O'Connell, Secretary of the commemoration committee, will act as MC and this will be the last time that a member of Macroom Town Council will be available to address this annual commemoration. Kathleen O'Connor will lay a wreath; the last post will be played by Michael Dinneen and a decade of the Rosary will be recited by Micheál O'Herlihy. As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan, it is appropriate that the Proclamation will be read by Chelsea Cunningham, a great granddaughter of Molly Cunningham who was president of the Macroom area of Cumann na mBan. The oration will be delivered by Senator Mark Daly, Kenmare, who is spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and the Diaspora and is chairperson of the Ireland America Association. The National Anthem will be sung by Michael Bradley and Piper, Dónal Kelleher will also be on hand.

Over 60s Talent Competition

The Macroom heat of the over 60s Talent Competition, organised by Macroom Senior Citizens/ Active Retired, was held in the Fr. Ryan Hall on Tuesday April 8th. In all six people contested the final representing different Active Retirement groups:- John Healy, Macroom; Mary Buckley, Millstreet; Pat Kelleher, Macroom; Albert Murphy, Kilmurry; John Lyons, Macroom and M. Thompson, Kilmichael.
The overall winner was John Lyons, Codrum, Macroom and he will now go forward to the Over 60s semi final which will take place on Sunday April 27th at City Hall, Cork. Music for the evening was provided by Gerry McCarthy and Liam Healy with Paddy O'Brien acting as MC. Mr. O'Brien thanked all those who competed and he also thanked Macroom Senior Citizens for hosting the event. A very enjoyable social evening was had by all. Tickets for the semi- final of the Over 60s are available from Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Middle Square, Macroom. Phone 026/41070.

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Macroom Purlies with garments they made for premature babies at CUH. © Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Library

Customers please note we will be closed on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, and Monday 21st April. We reopen on Tuesday 22nd at 10 a.m. Spring has sprung and we have at least 200 gardening books here in Macroom library for you to choose from. Also, we order in titles we don't have from the other Cork County Library branches for you. Travel guides are also very popular at this time of the year. So, if you are lucky enough to be heading off to Croatia, or Spain, France, the U.S, the Far East, literally anywhere in the world, we should be able to source a book on it for you. Should you need some light poolside reading, we have a large selection of paperback novels to choose from. You might be able to encourage your teens to read on holidays, if at no other time! and again we have a large collection of popular teen authors including John Green and Alyson Noel.

Anyone doing a medical course of any description should find the website www.lenus.ie of great help for any research. It is open to all. Brittanica online is another great research tool for students of all ages. It is the only accredited encyclopaedia website and its resources are available to library members through their library membership cards at home or in the library. There will be a change to the date of the next Ciorcal Cainte. Due to our being closed on Easter Monday, it will now take place on Monday 28th April at 11.30. Christine Cronin will host the session on this occasion. All levels of Irish speaker are welcome to this friendly chat over a cuppa.
Bridge keeps to its 3rd Wednesday and will be on April 23rd at 11.am until 1pm. All ACOL players welcome. We wish all our patrons a Happy Easter.
The May Gramophone Recital is on Monday, May 12 at 11a.m. and will be presented by Pat Lemasney.

April Airs

The April Gramophone Recital at Macroom Library was presented by Eddie Hogan, assisted by Kathleen Murray. Eddie's first choice was the Gypsy Baron Overture, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and this was followed by a recording of Santa Lucia and Lancashire contralto, Kathleen Ferrier with O Waly, Waly or The Waters are Wide. A Finnish bass singing an aria from The Magic Flute and Sydney soprano, Joan Sutherland, with Love Lives Forever from Franz Lehar's Paganini was followed by a number by German tenor, Jonas Kaufman. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir from Utah with Bonnie Annie Laurie; Peggy Lee singing The Folks who Live on the Hill and Canon Sydney MacEwan with Island Moon delighted us and the first half concluded appropriately with a rendering of Katherine Tynan's beautiful Sheep and Lambs.
After refreshments we heard Nelson Eddy with Steven Foster's Come Where my Love Lies Dreaming; Limerick's Suzanne Murphy with My Dearest Dear from the Dancing Years and Count John McCormick singing Mo Mhúirnín Dílis Eilín Óg and an aria from the Pearl Fishers. Eddie told the audience that the old Odeon John McCormick recording have been remastered and a limited edition box set of 4 CDs may be bought for €50. To mark the season that is in it, we enjoyed the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana, its second public airing in Macroom in a week!

McEgan College Updates

Crawford Art Gallery visit: On April 1st students from Mc Egan College Macroom visited the CrawfordArtGallery. A very enjoyable day was had by all. Students received a guided tour of the gallery's permanent and temporary exhibitions. The students also learned about the history of the building and many were surprised to hear that it was the former Customs house and that ships sailed up to the building to pay taxes on goods. Students were encouraged to pick a painting they liked and to talk about it. After all that culture, students stopped off in Mahon Point on the way home!

Sa Ghaeltacht: A group of Leaving Cert students spent a weekend in Ceann Trá in the Kerry Gaeltacht recently along with their Irish teachers, Ms. Morris and Ms. O'Mahony. They stayed with a bean a'tí and all the while improved on their spoken Irish. The oral exam now accounts for 40% of the overall marks awarded. The students took part in many activities as Gaeilge, including an Irish oral class with an experienced examiner, a céilí, a guided tour around Slea Head and a trip to the aquarium. Their oral exam took place the following week and all students agreed that they benefited greatly from the trip.

EMC Visit: The fifth year L.C.V.P students had the opportunity of visiting the EMC plant in Ballincollig on April 4. This gave them a great insight into the workings of the factory and enabled them to improve skills such as interviewing, organising, researching and reporting. Students learned about the future of cloud computing, job opportunities and how EMC is a centre of excellence. This information will be used in their portfolio which is worth 60% of the overall grade.

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All geared up at St. Mary's, Macroom for Cycle Against Suicide © An Scoil

St. Mary's Cycle Against Suicide

Students and their teachers at St Mary's Secondary School are making final preparations for the Cycle Against Suicide, which rolls into Macroom on May 1st. The school will host over 400 cyclists who are expected to cycle the Cork to Killarney journey; which is part of a 14 day nationwide cycle. Now in its second year, Cycle Against Suicide aims to raise awareness of the supports available for suicide prevention in Ireland. It is anticipated that 7000 people will register to take part in one of the many legs over the 14 days. Having volunteered as an anchor school, the students and teachers at St Mary's are spreading the key message of the initiative: 'It's ok not to feel ok, and it's absolutely ok to ask for help', as part of their ongoing positive mental health projects.
The Cycle Against Suicide team and St Mary's will host an event at which celebrities who are participating in the cycle will speak to the students about their experiences with mental health concerns, and particularly, the ways in which they have overcome such hurdles, and learned to live with them. There will be a variety of Mental Health Organisations in attendance on the day who will also speak to the students.

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Launching the May 2014 Wild Geese fundraising cycle for Macroom Hospital and West Cork Rural Transport at the Tornier plant in Macroom. © Sean Curtin

Wild Geese Fundraise in LeeValley

Tornier, a global medical device company employing over 1,000 worldwide, with 120 of those at Hartnett's Cross, Macroom, is set to fundraise for Macroom Community Hospital and West Cork Rural Transport in the near future. Sixteen Tornier cyclists, a.k.a. The Wild-Geese, will embark on an ambitious fundraising tour on May 2nd. The aim of the team, which is drawn from Ireland, France and U.S. facilities, is to cover approximately 1,300km over a gruelling eight days. The tour will take in a section of the Ring of Kerry from Killorglin to Sneem before leaving Tornier Macroom for Ringaskiddy to board the ferry to France. They will then cross five French regions from Roscoff to the French Alps before climbing the famous l'Alpe d'Huez, with the final stage ending at the Tornier facility in Monbonnot Saint Martin, Grenoble. This ambitious tour was the brainchild of Tornier Ireland personnel, Jimmy Farrell and Stephen Chambers, with Stephen Daly spearheading the fundraising campaign. The kick off or should we say "pedal off" for the fundraiser is a table quiz in the Castle Hotel, Macroom on Friday 25th of April at 9pm, with teams of 4 being invited to enter at €40 per team, with a raffle and spot prizes also on the night. So do come along for a very enjoyable and fun event. The team would like to thank all in Tornier and those who continue to work behind the scenes in their spare time to make The Wild Geese Tornier Plant-to-Plant tour a success. For more details check out The Wild Geese blog on: http://planttoplant.weebly.com/ Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Wishing the project well at its launch in Macroom were Ian Leahy, Sean Duggan, Caroline Kelleher, Brian Murray, Marie Kelly, Anna Sheehan, Ann O'Mahony, Stephen Daly-Charity Leader, Denis Cronin-Friends of MacroomCommunityHospital, Cathal O Donovan, Rory Costello, James Crowley, Mike McKeon, Stephen Chambers-Tour Originator, Owen Murphy, Kevin Warren ,Jimmy Farrell-Group Leader.

Briery Gap Programme

Briery Gap presents its annual musical, The Sound of Music, on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May and Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May. Evening performances at 8.00 pm. Matinee on 4th May at 3.00 pm. Tickets €16. Special Children's Matinee Rate €12

Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Cinderella on Thursday 15th May at 10:00am and 12:00noon. Tickets €10.

Irish Country Stars Sunday 18th May at 8.00pm. This show features award winning entertainers such as Trudi Lalor, Paddy O'Brien, Johnny Carroll & John Hogan. Tickets €20 are now on sale.

Talisman Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood on June 5th.

Cinema at Briery Gap: Sulán Film Society presents LE Weekend on April 21 at 8.30p.m. Admission €7. Free Films throughout May include Blue Jasmine 15A Monday 12th May at 8.30pm. The Great Gatsby 12A Monday 19th May at 8.30pm. Captain Philips 12A Monday 26th May at 8.30pm.

LE Weekend

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married couple who revisit Paris for a long weekend for the first time since their honeymoon, in hopes of rekindling their relationship-or, perhaps, to bring it to an end. They swing from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock and grapple with love, loss, regret and, disappointment, in their own very English way. Emotionally rich and very funny.

Local TV Programmes

Sun. April 20th:- Sunday Special: Easter Vigil Mass at Inchigeela 2008.
6.30pm: - LTV from Macroom Area - News and Sport. Crookstown Guide Dogs Sponsored Walk 2013. Easter Pageant from Macroom 1994. Lenten Reflection by Fr. Francis Manning 2007.
8.00pm: - LTV from Millstreet-Duhallow Area and Thursday repeat.
Wed. April 23: 9.30 p.m. News and Sport; Lovely Carrigadrohid Long Ago 2013.
Sun. April 27: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass at Shrone 2013.
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday repeat.
Wed. April 30: 9.30 p.m. LTV News and Sport Roundup. Launch of Johnny Creedon Bowlplaying DVD in Clondrohid.
Sun. May 4: 5.30 p.m. Sunday Special: Annual Mass at Shrone 2014.
6.30p.m. LTV Macroom -News and Sport and Wednesday repeat.
8p.m. LTV from Millstreet/Duhallow area and Thursday repeat.


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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.

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.

Pat for 24 Hour Fast: Pat Crowley Kilmichael and the Castle Hotel, Macroom is doing a 24 hour fast on Good Friday, 18th April in aid of Macroom Hospital and Macroom Senior Citizens. Pat would greatly appreciate any contributions you might make for these two organisations at the Castle Hotel or Next Door Café.

Table Quiz: Tráth na gCeist san Áras ar an 18ú lá de Aibreáin ag 8 a chlog. Fáilte roimh chách. Table Quiz in the Áras on Good Friday 18th of April @ 8 o'clock. 4 per team @ €10 per person.

Crookstown Céilí Club: in Crookstown Hall on Saturday 19th April from 9.30pm to 1 am Music by Glenside Céilí Band. All welcome.

Carriganima N. S. Parents Association are delighted to invite you to Fresh Food 2014, a Cookery Evening with chef, Frank Moynihan, on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at 8p.m. in The Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom. Admission €10. Tickets available at the door on the night.

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.

Moviddy Union sale of work at 7pm on Friday 25th April in Bandon GAA Hall. All welcome. Teas, cakes and lots more.

Macroom Community Hospital fundraising quiz in the Castle Hotel Macroom on Friday April 25th. Participants are personnel from Tornier Orthopedics, Hartnett's Cross Macroom who are being joined by colleagues from Tornier France and Tornier U.S. facilities. They are partaking in a Plant-to-Plant fund raising cycle for local charities from Tornier Ireland to Tornier France.

Canovee I.C.A. 50th dinner dance, music by The Vintage, on Saturday April 26. Contact any member for further details. Tickets €30.

Summer Céilí: on Monday night, April 28th at 9pm in Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig. Please note venue. Ceol beo le Jerry McCarthy agus Liam Healy. The usual cupán tae will be served. A great night is promised so we are looking forward to seeing you all there. Beidh fáilte is fiche roimh ghach duine.

Music Network presents award-winning We Banjo 3 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne on Wednesday, April 30 at 8.30p.m.

Music Network presents The Iona Connection: Nasc Oileán Í, featuring Alasdair Fraser (fiddle), Natalie Haas (cello) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle/voice) on Saturday 10 May 2014 @ 8.30 in the Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne.

Canovee G.A.A. Club History will be launched on May the 1st in the Castle Hotel, Macroom. Jimmy Barry Murphy is doing the honours. The club is inviting everyone who is associated with the club since its foundation, either as a player, supporter, mentor, or in any capacity to the launch. The book is called: From Carrig to CrokePark: Con Dunne and his team are the people behind the project so we hope to have a huge crowd.

Macroom Twinning Association will host a group of six youths and three adults from Bubry, Brittany from May 3 – 10. We are looking for host families for them (bed & board). They will have a full programme organised by the Twinning Association and the Macroom Anglers. We are hoping to organise a return trip to France next year for Macroom teenagers. Contact Mireille 087-9241260.

Daniel Kingston Memorial 5km in Macroom on Thursday 26th June at 8p.m. Please come along again for the 5th run and encourage a few others to come with you ....run, walk or crawl ! All surplus funds are donated to Cork ARC Cancer support house. This year we have Chip and Pin timing and we are also embracing social media.

Macroom Tidy Towns recently received sponsorship of €1,000 from Coillte as part of a national Community Initiative Scheme. The works involved are tree planting, removal and mulching of the invasive rhododendron in the Castle Demesne and the erection of tree nameplates on specific trees.

Irish Cancer Society Fundraiser: Rita O'Sullivan wishes to thank everyone who so generously supported her recent fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. To date the funds raised by her head shave amount to €5,783. Míle buíochas.Macroom Flower & Garden Club recently made presentations to two local charities - Macroom Senior Citizens and Macroom Branch of Cope Foundation - proceeds from November Gala Floral Demonstration.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Macroom would like to thank the following local businesses that kindly donated baked goods and spot prizes for our 2014 Bake For Brain Injury on March 11th : O' Leary's Supervalu, Costcutters, Riverside Park Hotel, Castle Hotel Café, No. 57 Café, Glenmill Restaurant, Lynch's Bakery, T.P. Cotters, Vaughan's Café, Cornucopia Healthfood Store, O'Neill's Sport shop, Twomey's Butchers, Matt Murphy's Pharmacy, Dunnes Stores, Connections, Macroom Off-licence, Enchanted Flowers, Fitzgerald's Bookshop, Computek, Jackie's Beauty Salon, Mary's Toymaster, McSweeney's Food store and T.M. Cronin's. We would also like to thank everybody who made purchases/ donations on the day. Due to your kind generosity the amount raised came to €350.

Headshave for Oncology: Back in February fourteen lads bared their heads in the Láine Bar in Ballinagree to raise money for St. Therese's Oncology ward in the Mercy Hospital, Cork. With the help and support of all involved, they raised €7,150 which was presented to the Mercy University Hospital March 21. The lads who shaved their heads were Paul Cotter, Kieran Doherty, Michael Healy, Sean and Trevor Kelleher, Shane Lynch, Noel Nunan, Dan O'Mahoney, Ian, Mikey and Paudie O'Sullivan, David Sheehan, Jamie Twomey and Michael Vaughan.

Laochra Óg under 14 hurling team, made up of players from Macroom, Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra and Clondrohid, played their first home match on April 5 in TomCreedonPark, Macroom, meeting a strong Mayfield side. Laochra Óg were up three points at half time and eventually won out on a score line of 4-09 to 1-02. Laochra Óg would like to thank the Under 14 sponsors, Macroom Opticians and also Macroom GAA Club for the use of TomCreedonPark for the game.

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: April 1. Jackpot €2,800. No winner. Numbers drawn 17, 20and 31.. €70 Helen O'Brien, Clondrohid. €20 Eileen Leahy, New St. Josephine Pierce, Kilnagurteen. Rachel Twomey, Rockboro. Noel Twomey, Killarney Road. Ella Goold, Killarney Road.
April 8. Jackpot €3,000. No winner. Numbers drawn 20, 29, and 31. €70 Michael Twomey, Railway View. €20 B.O'Rourke, E.S.B. Dunmanway; Michael Murphy, Lissacreasig; P.J. Hourihane, Caheragh; John Murphy, Dromree, Stephen Kelly, Kilmichael.

Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto: April 3. Jackpot €1,800. €70 Paddy Murphy Dromree. €20 Ray Fallon, Clondrohid; Susan Lyne c/o Ernest and Young; Kath. O'Riordan Macroom; Barney McCarthy Macroom.
April 9. Jackpot €2,000. €70 Susan Lyne c/o Ernest & Young. €20 Jim O'Driscoll c/o Bingo; M.Roche, Dripsey; M. Twomey Snr. The Terrace; Ml. Lucey Gortnalicka.

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: April 6. Jackpot €5,700. Numbers drawn: 13, 20, 23, 25. No winner. €50 Pat Dunlea, Macroom. €25 Michael Quinlan, Carrigadrohid; Connie O'Keeffe, Dooniskey.
April 13. Jackpot €5,850. Numbers drawn 3, 19, 22, 29. No winner. €50 Eabha O'Leary, Carrigadrohid. €25 Orlaith McGrath, Aherla; Michael O'Donoghue, Carrigadrohid.

Coachford AFC Lotto 31/3/2014, Jackpot: €1,200, Numbers Drawn: 2 - 9 - 32, No Winner, €40 Eugene O'Connnor, €20 John Moynihan, Donal Herlihy, Luke & Abbey, Noreen Lucey (Yearly Ticket).
7/4/2014, Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn : 2 - 7 - 29, Winner: Mary O' Sullivan, €40 J. McElroy, €20 Declan O'Connell, John Lynch, Michelle O'Sullivan, Anthony O'Riordan (Yearly Ticket).

Lee Valley Updates

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 Iarla Ó Lionáird, gurab as dó Cúil Aodha, on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with The Gloaming for Ceiliúradh © Mícheál Mac Suibhne

From Cúil Aodha to The Albert Hall

Iarla Ó Lionaird, a native of Cúil Aodha, son of Mícheál and Máiréad and brother to among others, Breandán from Coláiste Ghobnatan, brought the audience in the Albert Hall to their feet at the conclusion of the sell out performance during the President's recent visit to Britain. Iarla and his group, The Gloaming, performed immediately after the President's speech and their set lasted more than 15 riveting minutes. Be sure to listen to their latest album.

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Part of the crowd that attended the launch of 'Memoirs of an Old Warrior' at the Riverside Park, Macroom © Lee Valley Outlook

Book Launch

The function room of the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom was filled to overflowing for the launch of Jamie Moynihan's biography, 'Memoirs of an Old Warrior'. Aindrias Moynihan acted as M.C. and said that the huge attendance was a tribute to the respect in which his grandfather was held. Jamie Moynihan, he said, was passionate about politics, farming and particularly in his recording of local involvement in the War of the Independence and the Civil War. This book, compiled by Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, a good friend and neighbour, from Jamie's documents, notes and tape recordings, is a testament and acknowledgement of everyone in the Muskerry area who contributed in any way to the fight for independence.
Eamonn Ó Cuív T.D. launched the book. He traced his connections with Muskerry – one grandfather originating in Macroom and the other, Éamonn de Valera, a frequent visitor the area. He said the book gave a personal insight into what motivated men and women from a poor, uneducated, rural background, without benefit of advisers or consultants, to fight and defeat the British Empire. Dónal Ó hÉalaithe and the Moynihan family have provided history students, researchers and the Irish people with a comprehensive, if personal account of the meticulous organisation and mobilisation of the volunteer force. It is a vital and necessary tribute to the sacrifice and valour of all who supported the movement and the personal account of the Civil War is a vital element of a part of our history which is often ignored, leaving a void for future generations.
Seán Ó Sé made an enjoyable contribution to proceedings when he traced the tradition and importance of rebel songs and poems in the area since Cath Chéim an Fhia. He sang a beautiful Aisling, Through Banks of Mist, and the ever popular Boys of Kilmichael. Dónal Ó hÉalaithe, compiler of Memoirs of an Old Warrior, was last to speak. Dónal is a well established and highly regarded local historian and author of books, articles, songs and poetry in both Irish and English. He spent the last 10 years compiling the book and transcribing them longhand from two carrier bags full of memorabilia and tapes collected by Jamie. He said that the book includes 900 names and details of members of Cumann na mBan and the Volunteers. It relates history, tragedy, daring and intrigue and is a very important record of a pivotal time in our history.

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Christina Desmond, World Silver Medallist Boxer, who is currently in Sofia, Bulgaria, training for the Qualifiers for the Youth Olympics ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christina for Youth Olympics Qualifiers

Christina Desmond of Coolavokig, who has strong links with Cill na Martra, Baile Mhúirne and Macroom and won Silver for Ireland at the Amateur World Youth and Junior Boxing Championships in Albena in 2013, is back in Bulgaria, this time at Sofia, as she prepares for the Qualifiers for the Youth Olympics.
Everybody in the Lee Valley and further afield is cheering for Christina, particularly her dad, Chroistóir, her extended family, Mary Cronin, Magnolia Gardens, Lissarda and her trainers and all the members of Macroom Boxing Club. Go n-éirí go geal leat, Cristín.

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Rusheen N.S. Quiz Team with Corn Dù Ealla at Cork County Scór © An Scoil

Clondrohid Updates

Chomhghairdeachas to Coláiste Ghobnatan on their great win over Ardee in the All Ireland post Primary Schools C Senior F.C.. Unlike other years, there was no player from Clondrohid on the team but Mickey Ned O'Sullivan believes that Shane Murphy, who was part of that team, was definitely there in spirit, urging on his team mates. He was their 16th man. Shane, who passed away tragically in 2012 while playing for Coláiste Ghobnatan, no doubt was well remembered by his school, mentors and team mates on this joyous day. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Clondrohid N.S. pupils got an early Easter treat when the All Ireland winning Coláiste Ghobnatan team visited the school. Pupils wore Blue /White for the special occasion, the Clondrohid club colours which are the same as Coláiste Ghobnatan. Addressing the team, Master Lehane congratulated each and every one involved and said how difficult it is to win an All Ireland title, so great credit goes to everyone involved in this team. En route to All Ireland success, the Munster title was also won and the team has that trophy, appropriately named after a past pupil of the school, Shane Murphy(RIP). Shane who was an outstanding player for this team and Clondrohid, was remembered in a special way by all present. The winning captain spoke to the pupils, advising them to listen to their coaches /teachers and one day they too could be returning to the school holding a Munster and an All Ireland trophy. A special cheer was given to the Kerry lads on the team, good to see them wearing the Rebel colours!

Development Group: The annual sponsored walk takes place on Sunday April 27. Meeting in hall car park at 1.30pm.The group would like to ask people to support this walk as it is their only means of survival. Money is needed for insurance, maintenance of lawnmower and strimmers, walls, flower beds etc. Purchase of flowers, shrubs and cutting of hedges, adult Christmas party and many smaller items. Sponsorship cards will be available at Healys and Kelleher Oils. Your support is much appreciated.

Good Luck: to Christine Desmond as she prepares for the Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria later on in April.

G.A.A.: Fixtures: Junior A F.L. Clondrohid v Donoughmore in Clondrohid at 7pm on Sat April 19. Monday 21 U 14c F.L. Clondrohid v Kinsale at 11am. Wed 23 U 12B Clondrohid v Grenagh at 7pm. Wed 30th U 13 B Football Clondrohid v St Vincent's.

The Junior C's played their first match on April 5 and despite numbers being very tight,they defeated Dripsey on a scoreline of 2 9 to 12pts. They have two more matches to play shortly and then there is a break till July. Well done. The Junior A's were not as lucky as Aghinagh defeated them by 3 pts. 1 9 to 1 6. The result could have been different had Clondrohid scored their first penalty, as Aghinagh moved the ball up the field quickly and scored a goal.

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 Erinn O'Connell, Aghabullogue, 4th from left, winner of the Voice of the Glen, hosted by The Glen Theatre, Banteer, with family and friends © John Tarrant

Rylane N.S. Centenary

Celebrations Schedule: Friday, 30th May: School will be open from 7pm to view roll books etc. and to preview Centenary Book; Saturday, 31st May: School will be open from 2pm to meet up with old friends over a cuppa and to view photographic displays, roll books, old school books etc. That evening our Centenary Book will be launched at 7.30p.m., followed by a musical performance from our school band and finally, a video presentation of the 1994 Alquin Project will be screened. Sunday, 1st June: Centenary plaque will be unveiled at 1pm, followed by our annual family Fun Day, including the Tennis Ball Challenge. So come along and join in the fun and celebrations of this remarkable milestone of RylaneN.S.

Donoughmore Doings

Spring has arrived in Donoughmore, with many events scheduled to fill the long bright evenings over the next few months.
Cleaning Up: Youth Club clean up will take place on Good Friday, starting at 12.30pm. The Community Clean up will start at 10am on Easter Saturday morning. Please help with the clean up of your townland, bags etc provided. Meet at the community hall, Stuake.
Donoughmore basketball club is hosting their annual Cake Sale on Easter Sunday after 11.30 am Mass in Stuake. Also they are celebrating 25 years as a club and will host teams from Wales over the weekend 25th & 26th April. The club will celebrate their 25 years with a function at the Blarney Golf Resort on the 26th April.
Bingo will be held on Easter Monday night at 8pm in the community hall. Recent Jackpot winner was Danielle O'Brien.
Family Fun day & sponsored walk in Stuake on Sunday, 4th May in aid of Matthew Power. 1st class pupil in St. Lachteen's N,.S., who has to attend Kings Hospital London for treatment. Please support.
The Active Retirement Group are hosting a Ballroom of Romance Social on Sunday 4th May in the community hall in Stuake. Refreshments served at 8.30pm Music by Mario Sound. Tickets €10.
Strictly Come Dancing is on Friday 23rd May at 8pm in the Sports Complex. Come and vote for your favourite local dancer on the night and get entry to the raffle with fantastic sponsored prizes. Tickets on sale soon.
The next stage of development by Donoughmore C.C. ltd will start soon. Developments will include Tarmacadam Car park, Disabled viewing area to pitch, Basketball/Soccer Court/Tennis Court. New entrance gates and increased public lighting. This project will be funded by IRD Duhallow Ltd and local fundraising events - -Strictly Come dancing, the annual Carnival & Draw. And this year, on the 27th July, the 'Luke Kelly' tribute band will perform in Stuake. Plenty to look forward to in Donoughmore.

Panic Stations

Coachford Players present the wonderfully funny and light hearted comedy, Panic Stations in the GAA hall, Coachford on Easter Sunday Night, Bank Holiday Monday and the following Tuesday. The play involves mistaken identities, some white lies and a whole lot of trouble. The cast includes some new faces as well as some seasoned members of the group and the production is directed by Eugene O'Sullivan. It promises to be a great night's entertainment, full of fun and heaps of hilarious moments. Tickets are only €10 for this side splitting comedy on April 20th, 21st and 22nd at 8p.m. Coachford Players are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible supporting their local drama group. Don't Miss it!

Blankets from Farran

In August 2013 Scoil Naomh Muire, Farran opened a special unit for children with a diagnosis of autism. When knitting classes began in January, our knitters decided to make squares and create blankets. They completed a total of four blankets and one cushion. They donated a blanket to each of the two classes in our "Nead na Coille" unit, for use in the "quiet corners". It was also brought to our notice that "The Girls' Club", a group set up to support women receiving chemotherapy, was calling on knitters to donate blankets. Chemotherapy treatment can take several hours and patients can get quite cold. Our knitters donated two blankets to The Girls' Club. We hope whoever gets them will enjoy having them. We are very grateful to our tutors who gave their time each Friday afternoon for six or seven weeks. Our thanks to Kitty, Agnes, Elmarie, Anne, Rose and Joan.

Macra Matters

Berrings Macra has successfully made it to the National Finals of the drama competition. This is Berrings first year in a very long time competing in drama and are thrilled to make it this far. Berrings Macra will stage 'Riders to the Sea', produced by Dave Nagle. They will take to the stage on Saturday the 26th of April in Rossmore, Clonakilty. Doors open at 7pm.

Battle of Clontarf 1000 Years On

We hear much of centenary celebrations at present, with commemorations of the 1913 Lockout, the founding of Cumann na mBan; the start of the First World War; the establishment of the Citizen Army, the Ulster and Irish Volunteers; the 1916 Rising; the War of Independence; the Treaty; the Free State; the Civil War etc all on the agenda. But there is very little reference to millennium celebrations of a date that was etched in the minds of every schoolchild of previous generations. Good Friday, April 23 1014 was a date to be remembered with awe, regret and some celebration. We learned that it was when the High King of Ireland, Brian Bó Rua, defeated the pagan Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf. Before the battle, we heard of how he rallied the troops from the back of his white charger. We visualised the venerable king, with flowing white beard, wearing a crown and brandishing a crucifix, exhorting his troops and allies to defeat the marauding infidel. After the battle, he knelt to pray in his tent but a fleeing Norseman, Bruadar, came upon him and treacherously slaughtered him.
The Battle of Clontarf was in fact a continuation of the battle for supremacy between Brian Bó Rua of Kincora and the King of Leinster, Máel Mórdha Mac Murchadha who was aided by Viking mercenaries led by Sitric (Sigtrygg Silkbeard). It ended in a rout by Brian's forces. To say that family relations were complicated is to understate the situation. Marriages of convenience were the norm. In 1012, Brian gave his daughter in marriage to Sitric, leader of the Dublin Vikings, and he married Sitric's mother and Máel Mórdha's sister, Gormflaith. At the time Dublin was restricted to the southern shore of the Liffey and was connected to the north bank and Clontarf by a single bridge. Of the 6,500 to 7,000 Vikings and allied forces, an estimated 6,000, including almost all the leaders, were killed. Irish losses were at least 4,000, including Brian and most of his sons. Donogh and Teige survived but did not inherit the throne which instead went to Malachy, who wore 'the collar of gold which he won from a proud invader'.

Art-for-Older-People Exhibition

Professor Emeritus, John A. Murphy, will open Tacaois exhibition in the Ionad Cultúrtha on Thursday 1st May @ 7.30. This scheme, organized by Ionad Cultúrtha and with funding from Ealaín na Gaeltachta, runs art classes in three day centres in the Muskerry Gaeltacht – Baile Mhúirne Day Centre, Cois Cille Day Centre in Kilnamartyra and Cuan Barra Day Centre in Ballingeary. These classes facilitate groups of older people, whose ages range from 65 to 85. Up to 20 older people have been attending these classes for the past 4 to 5 years. Each May the year's work is exhibited and is appreciated by friends, relatives, local school children and visitors to the Ionad Cultúrtha. The classes provide a learning and creative experience, as well as being a happy, social, weekly occasion. Pauline Dodds is tutor at t Cois Cille and Cuan Barra agus is í an deac-ealaíontóir Bernadette Ní Choitir atá i mbun ranganna i mBaile Mhúirne. B'é Údaras na Gaeltachta a mhol go mbeadh ranganna ealaíona d'aosaigh ar fáil sa cheanntair. Bionn saoirse ag na healaíontóirí a n-ábhar féin a roghnú. Dá bhrí sin, bionn réimse leathan ábhar ar siúl – tír dhreach, crainn, éanlaithe, ainmhithe, bláthanna, an mhuir, pórtráidí agus samhlaíocht. Téann siad ar thuras bliaintúil go áiteanna éagsúla. Tá cairdeas mór agus comhoibriú idir na baill. Ní neart go cur le chéile."

The Battle of Bealach Leachta

Macroom has a close link with the conflict of 1014. The Battle of Bealach Leachta, a prelude to subsequent events, was fought in Coolehane in 978. Bealach Leachta is the ancient road travelled by the 7th century Naomh Laichtín, between his churches at Clohina, Cill na Martra and in Donoughmore. The battle was fought on a plain adjoining this road, about a mile to the south-east of the town, close to a ford on the Láine and to the meeting of the waters of the Láine and Sullane. The reasons for the battle were at once simple and complex. On the surface it seemed to be simple revenge for the murder of Mahon of the Dal gCais, King of North Munster, but in reality, it was the climax of a power struggle. The Dal gCais had pretensions to the kingship of Munster and eventually, the status of Ard-Rí. So, too, had the Lords of Carbery, descendants of the 5th century brothers, Aodh and Laoghaire. (Flann, one of Cineál Uí Laoghaire, has Múscraí Uí Fhloinn named for him). Their 10th century descendants were the O'Donovans and the O'Mahonys. They resented the ambitions of Mahon of the Dal gCais and resolved to eliminate him, with the help of the Danes of Munster.
Mahon, king of the Mac Cinnéidigh clan from Kincora, Co. Clare, was captured by the Limerick Dane, Imar, who brought him south and delivered him into the hands of his enemies. He was killed at Laharn, near Knockroura, in Aghabullogue. Bishop Columb, who had responsibility for the safety of the hostage, was furious at this betrayal and is reputed to have put a curse on the murderer, Maolmuaidh of the O'Mahonys, saying he would have 'a grave on the hill on the north of the sun, with the harshness of the wind' or 'where the sun never shines'. Mahon was buried at Muisire na Móna Móire, north-west of Macroom, where there is a heap of stones called 'the tomb of Mahoun', Leacht Mathghamhna, 'where the bones of that unavenged hero rested'.
Mahon's brother, Brian, did not immediately set about avenging his murder as he knew this would unite all his enemies against him. Instead, he picked them off, one by one. Imar, the Dane, was first to go. Next, he took on and defeated the O'Donovans who had come to the aid of Imar's son, Harold. Maolmuaidh was Brian's chief quarry. By this time his army had greatly increased in size as minor chieftains realised he was formidable as leader or enemy. Maolmuaidh, on his part, rallied the remains of the O'Donovan clan and his own followers and also had the help of 1,500 Danes.
Some historians report that Brian issued a challenge to Maolmuaidh to meet him in battle at 'Bealach Leachta Lán Glas' near 'Muisire na Móna Móire', by the side of Mágh Cromtha. But, while the challenge to battle is not improbable, it's highly unlikely that a site was designated and accepted for a pitched battle. Most probably, the armies moved against each other along Bealach Leachta and met near Macroom. The fierce battle on the river-side plain is said to have raged all day and, as evidence of this, 'bones were dug up by the cartload in Bealick' at the end of the 19th century. The ford near Looney's Mill is known as Áth an Tuargain, the ford of the conflict. Maolmuaidh's troops could not withstand the superior force of the Dal gCais and retreated to Bearna Dearg, the Red Gap, whose name is said to originate in the bloody decimation of the O'Mahony and the Danes. It is situated to the south of Railway View. Maolmuaidh, himself, took refuge in a hut at Leacha Dubh, but was here located and killed. Lackaduv, is now Macroom Golf Course and local tradition holds that Maolmuaidh was killed in the 'double rank'. It is on the northern slope of Sleaveen (Sliabh Mhín or Sliabh Chaoin- the fertile, smooth-surfaced, gentle hill). It is said that Maolmuaidh's grave is there, where it is hidden from the sun's rays.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Bealach Leachta, Brian became King of Munster, A.D. 978. Despite his victory, he realised he still had powerful enemies and he 'was skilled in diplomacy as he was able in war'. He made peace with Maolmuaidh's son, Cian, and ensured his future support by arranging a marriage between his daughter, Sadhbh and Cian. Three standing stones were erected at Bealick, near the site of the battle and there are references to these in 18th century histories. Only two stones now remain but one of these is known as Leacht Mahon and is so named 'Laght Mahon' in the 1840 Ordnance Survey Map.

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 Mark Kelleher, Rylane boxing club, who was crowned Munster Champion Boy 2 (60KG) 2014 with Dan Lane, DJ Kelleher, and John Crowley. © Supplied

Malin to Mizen Carriage Drive

Dan Joe Spillane, Macroom, John McMahon, Kilbeheny, and Pat Fleming, Kilkenny, in conjunction with Dr. John Hinchion and his research collaborators at Cork Cancer Research Centre and a little help from Joanne O'Riordan will embark on a challenging 665km horse and carriage drive from Malin head in Donegal to Mizen Head in Cork passing through the Lee Valley en route, to raise much needed funds for Breakthrough Cancer Research. The men who are members of Carriage DriveIreland and have been driving horses for decades are all expert carriage drivers. You may choose to support them as they pass through your district in July or you can visit www.hopeliveshere.ie to donate. The carriage journey will take place from Wednesday 9th July to Saturday 19th July, trotting through Letterkenny / Sligo / Ballyhaunis / Tuam / Gort / Limerick / Mallow / Killarney / Macroom / Crookstown / Clonakilty and on to Mizen Head. All travel will take place during daylight hours to maximise safety and they will use up to 6 different 6 year old horses to complete the journey.

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn 2014

Tionólfar Dáimhscoil na bliana seo in Óstán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé Chéadaoin, 23u Aibreáin, ar 7:00 i.n.
An Cuireadh
A fhilí, a bharda, is reacairí dán
Seo cuireadh daoibhse go bruach an tSuláin
Mar a mbeidh na trucailli fáilte roimh baird
A thiocfaidh le haistí go slachtmhar ar phár.
Sa doineann bhí caoi agaibh codladh go sámh
Agus guí chun Gobnatan sibh a thabhairt slán
Ó thuilte isó ghálaí is gach sort mí-ádh.
Cuiríg bhur mbuíochas is i iúl 'nois di in bhur ndán.
Tugaíg sa Dáimhscoil misneach dúinn uile sa phráinn
Ag díbirt an duaircis le raiste amhráin
Le cabhair cuairteoirí dílse ós gach aird

ls an tsoiscéil deir Proinsias a bhronnann lúcháir.
Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, Uachtarán.

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GIY by Michael Kelly

Things to Do: The key words for April are weeds and slugs. You need to stay on top of them both. Check your early spuds regularly and earth-up as required. Water your tunnel/greenhouse—things can get pretty warm on a nice sunny April day and seedlings will dry out quickly.
Sow: Indoors: lettuce, tomato, pepper, chilli-pepper, cucumber, celery, celeriac, basil, leeks, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, parsley, courgette, marrow, globe artichoke, beans, sweet corn and pumpkin.
Outdoors: broad bean, onion sets, pea, beetroot, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts, parsnip, spring onion, leek, carrot, radish, broccoli, turnip. Plant out cabbage plants when they are 15/20cm tall into well prepared soil that has been manured.
Harvest Stored fruit and vegetables are likely to be a distant memory at this stage and new crops are only starting to trickle in which makes April a tricky proposition. The middle of this month might see the first asparagus and the first early spring cabbage. The other two star performers this month are purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb.


The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

Jack McNulty is the temporary gentleman, an Irishman whose commission in the British army was never permanent and this is his story. He is an ordinary man who has seen extraordinary things .He has worked and wandered around the world-as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to fulfill his childhood ambition to better himself. This is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life, a novel about Jack's bid for freedom from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

Available in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop €15.99.

Sports Mad

Post Primary Colleges Football

Coláiste Choilm Triumph!

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 1-11 Scoil Aodháin, Glasnevin, Dublin 1-10

Cork Colleges Senior 'A' champions (Simcox Cup) and Munster Senior 'B' champions, Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig are now All Ireland 'B' champions as well after this thrilling victory in their first ever Paddy Drummond Cup final at Croke Park in the Masita All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior B football final.

The Mid Cork school failed to score in the final ten minutes but super-sub Declan Hyland's 49th minute goal within seconds of his introduction proved to be enough for John O'Shea's men. St. Aidan's had started the game the better of the two sides when Conor Kavanagh found the net inside two minutes. However, Col. Choilm were level after 12 minutes thanks to points from Sean O'Donoghue (2) and Aaron O'Raw.

The Dublin school continued to create the better chances without ever pulling away and the two sides exchanged points right up to the half-hour mark when it looked like they would go in level. St. Aidan's though finished the half the stronger and points from Aaron Elliott and Gavin King saw them take a two-point lead into half-time; 1-4 to 0-5.

Col. Choilm levelled things up within two minutes of the restart thanks to two close-range frees from their outstanding captain, Seán O'Donoghue, but they couldn't get their noses in front and three unanswered points in a five-minute spell from Scoil Aodháin put the Dublin boys in control. Once again though, the Cork school answered with three points of their own before an inspired substitution changed the game; Declan Hyland finding the back of the net within 30 seconds of his introduction to make it 1-11 to 1-8 after 49 minutes to give Col. Choilm the lead for the first time in the game. It was a goal worthy of the occasion, the Inniscarra youth soloing twenty metres before unleashing a bullet of a drive to the far corner of the Sc. Aodháin net.

This time it was St. Aidan's turn to fight back but two missed frees didn't help their cause. However, the free taker made amends with two points in the space of a minute to bring his team back within a single point with three minutes left to play. However, they failed to find the target again and it was the Mid Cork school who were celebrating on Saturday evening.

Scorers for Ballincollig: Sean O'Donoghue 0-6 (0-4f), Declan Hyland 1-0, Cian Kiely 0-2 (0-1f), Denis Murphy, Daire McCarthy and Aaron O'Raw 0-1 each.

Coláiste Choilm: Christopher Kelly (Eire Óg): Kevin O'Regan (Ballinora), Kevin O'Sullivan (Ballincollig), Patrick Cronin (Ballinora): Denis Murphy (Éire Óg), Michael Lordan (Ballinora), Daire 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: Declan Hyland (Inniscarra) (49th Minute). E O'Shea and M O'Leary (Ballincollig) (60 mins).

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Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, All Ireland Champions 2014 © Nóra Ní Luasa

Craobh na hÉireann ag Coláiste Ghobnatan

Coláiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne1-12, Ardee Community School, Louth 2-6

The bonfires were ablaze in the parishes of Cill na Martra and Ballyvourney on Saturday, April 5 as Coláiste Ghobnatan claimed the 2014 Dr. Éamonn O'Sullivan All-Ireland Post-Primary Senior C boys' title for the first time in their school's history at O'Moore Park Portlaoise. In a rip-roaring encounter that was a superb advertisement for Colleges football, the West Cork Gaeltacht school withstood a strong 2nd half comeback from the Louth men, who had whittled away an 8 point deficit to leave only a kick of the ball between the teams late in the game. This season is historic as, previous to this, Vocational Schools and Colleges have been completely separate, and so, this was a new adventure for Coláiste Ghobnatan. They had accounted for the likes of Lisdoonvarna, John the Baptist Limerick, and Rice College Ennis in the earlier stages of Munster, before a superb team performance helped them overturn a strong Thurles outfit in the final. In a nail biting All-Ireland semi-final, Coláiste Ghobnatan had to pull out all the stops to get the better of outstanding Ballinamore CS, Leitrim on a score-line of 1-7 to 8 points. Ardee, on the other hand, had a facile road to the final.
Bar a strong breeze blowing into the scoreboard end of the field, conditions in O'Moore were absolutely ideal for free-flowing football. Coláiste Ghobnatan elected to play into the strong breeze in the first half and were first to settle when outstanding mid-fielder, Maidhc Ó Duinnín, won the throw-in and set in motion a move that saw the ball move through the hands of Damien Ó hUrdail, Dan Ó Donnchú and Piaras Ó Liatháin before Conchur Ó Murchú finished powerfully over the bar. Ardee, however, hit back with the first goal conceded by cúlaí, Gearóid Ó Luasa, in the Munster and All-Ireland series. Superb full-forward Dan Ó Duinnín was having the better of the early exchanges though with full back Cathal Clarke, and he finished a pass from Ó Duinnín over the crossbar. Wing-forward Damien Ó hUrdail then clipped over a beauty with his left leg after 12 minutes to level the match. Coláiste Ghobnatan were well on top at this stage, especially in the middle of the field where Ó Duinnín and Micheál Ó Deasúna, were working extremely hard, but their shooting into the strong breeze was letting them down, 9 first half wides a testimony to that. Centre-forward Martin Duffy put the Ardee lads a point in front again after 14 minutes, their final score of the half. Coláiste Ghobnatan had a let-off when a 21 yard free went left and wide and they took over for the remainder of the half and further points from Dan Ó Duinnín, Ó Deasúna and Dermot Ó Ceallaigh bookended a stunning goal from Ó hUrdail. At half-time Coláiste Ghobnatan led 1-6 to 1-1. The Gaeltacht men re-started well and by the 50th minute, had built up what looked like an unassailable lead of 8 points, courtesy of minors from Ó Duinnín (free), a 45 from Ó Deasúna, and a monstrous left footed effort from the same player. Ardee fought back and reduced the gap to 5, and their tails were up. The Coláiste Ghobntan defence were under serious pressure from the incessant attacks on their goal, and this was to tell two minutes later when Burns sent a daisy-cutter to the back of Ó Luasa's net to set up a grand-stand finish. Dan Ó Duinnín, out from full-forward, fetched a vital kick out at this stage to relieve the pressure, and on a rare attack into Ardee territory, Ó Murchú won a great ball with three men around him to point, moving the gap was back out to three. Ardee pointed a free and, with 2 minutes left on the clock, last-ditch blocks from outstanding defenders Ó Donnchú, Aaron Ó Murchú, and substitute Pádraig Ó Críodáin denied the Ardee boys the goal they craved and when Ó Deasúna knocked over his 4th point with time almost up, Coláiste Ghobnatan were nearly home. After what seemed like an eternity, referee Maurice Deegan's final whistle sounded eventually, sending the huge west Cork contingent into raptures and bringing an end to a fantastic game of football between two superbly prepared teams. When captain, Tomás Ó hÁileasa climbed the steps of O'Moore Park in Portlaoise to raise the Dr. Eamon O'Sullivan Cup amid scenes akin to an All-Ireland senior final, the journey that started for Mickey Ned and his wonderful bunch of players back in September was finally at an end. The tragic loss of team-mate Shane Ó Murchú on the field of play in December 2012 rocked the school to its very foundations, but when Ardee were on their comeback late in the game, Shane was there in spirit in every desperate late tackle and every resolute block, and most certainly when Tomás raised the cup in his memory. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement to each and every one of this superb bunch of lads, on an unforgettable day that will live long in all our memories.
Scorers for Coláiste Ghobnatan: Damien Ó hUrdail 1-2, Micheál Ó Deasúna 0-4 (0-1f, 0-1 45), Dan Ó Duinnín 0-3 (0-1f), Conchúr Ó Murchú 0-2, Dermot Ó Ceallaigh 0-1
Coláiste Ghobnatan: Gearóid Ó Luasa, (Naomh Abán) Tomás Ó hÁileasa (c) (Naomh Abán), Gearóid Ó Goillí, (Cill na Martra), Aaron Ó Murchú, (Cill Áirne), Eoin Ó Loingsigh, (Cill na Martra), Dan Ó Donnchú, (Cill Áirne), Antóin Ó Cuana, (Cill na Martra), Maidhc Ó Duinnín, (Naomh Abán), Micheál Ó Deasúna, (Cill na Martra), Damien Ó hUrdail, (Cill na Martra), Dermot Ó Ceallaigh, (Naomh Abán), Tadhg Ó Corcora, (Cill na Martra), Conchúr Ó Murchú, (Naomh Abán), Dan Ó Duinnín, (Cill na Martra), Piaras Ó Liathain (Naomh Abán), Fir ionaid: Pádraig Ó Críodáin (Cill na Martra) for Ó Cuana (Black Card 48); Gearóid Ó Faoláin (Cill na Martra) for Ó Liatháin (55). Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, Rónán De hÍde, Seán Ó Forréidh, Donagh Ó Riordáin.

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Clann Uí Mhurchú le cuid de foireann Coláiste Ghobnatan © Nóra Ní Luasa

Cork County Senior Football Championship

Muskerry 2 –13 U.C.C. 1 – 11

Muskerry footballers gave a terrific performance in the senior championship at Brinny on April 15 and so qualified to meet Duhallow in the Divisional section semi final. Liam Shorten had two early points for the Mid Cork men and Fintan Goold's 6th minute point made it 0-3 to 0-1 in their favour. College then took over and had scored 1-3 before Danny Twomey had a Muskerry point in the 14th minute. A further point each from Twomey and Dan O'Connell left Muskerry in arrears at the break, UCC 1-7, Muskerry 0-6. Muskerry exploded on to the field for the second half and maintained that tempo to the finish. Declan Ambrose set up Danny Twomey for a tap-in goal within a minute of the restart and Dan O'Connell added a point to bring Muskerry level. UCC with two points went clear again; Liam Shorten had a Muskerry point in the 42nd minute in reply. Another UCC point was answered by one from Fintan Goold and then in the 47th minute came the vital second goal. Liam Shorten sent over a free from the right and in a packed goalmouth Micheál Ó Laoire rose highest to flick the ball to the College net. Declan Ambrose then punched over a point and Muskerry were a goal clear, 2-10 to 1-10 with ten minutes remaining. UCC came back with a point but the last three scores fell to Muskerry and to Fintan Goold who pointed three long range frees in a row to give Muskerry a deserved victory.

Fintan Goold, Micheál Ó Laoire, Sean Ó Céilleachair, and Liam Shorten, men with Cork experience, were outstanding but it was the overall spirit of the team which saw Muskerry through.

Muskerry: Shane Masters (Kilmichael): Seamus Ó Mathúna (Naomh Abán), Kevin Barrett (Kilmurry), Graham Ó Mocháin (Cill na Martra); John Carey (Dripsey), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Conor Cotter (Kilmichael): Miceál Ó Laoire (Naomh Abán), Seán Ó Céilleachair (Cill na Martra): Danny Ó Conaill (Cill na Martra), Declan Ambrose (Aghinagh), Martín Ó Conchuir (Cill na Martra): Daniel O'Connerll (Inniscarra), Liam Seartan (Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh), Daniel Twomey (Kilmichael). Sub: Rory Buckley (Macroom) (60).

Selectors: Andrew McCarthy (Inniscarra), John O'Shea (Eire Óg), John O'Callaghan (Iveleary), Dermot O'Riordan (Kilmichael), Mathew O'Leary (Aghinagh).

Cork County Football Leagues

Division One – Rochestown Park Kelleher Shield

NAOMH ABÁN, Baile Mhúirne, the only Mid Cork side in Division One, played a draw with Carbery Rangers 2-7 to 1-10 and lost to Bishopstown in their most recent league games.

Championship Opponents: PIFC: v Nemo Rangers Intermediates {Div Two League record - Played 3, Lost 3.(Ballincollig, Kiskeam and Valley Rovers)}.

Division Two

Ballincollig, Macroom and Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh compete in this division. Ballincollig are second in the table with three wins from four games. Championship opponents: SFC – v St Finbarr's. League One P5 W3 D0 L3.

Macroom have three wins from four games, (lost to St Michael's 2-12 to 1-5 recently). Béal Átha have two wins from four games, having lost their most recent game away to Glanworth on a 1-8 to 0-8 scoreline.

Championship PIFC: Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh v Macroom.

Division Three

Eire Óg, Cill na Martra, Grenagh and Ballinora compete here. Eire Óg are table toppers with five wins (latest away to Glenville 0-19 to 2-6) from five games played.
Championship Opponents: Cill na Martra have one win and one draw from four games (recent loss to Kinsale 1-9 to 1-6). Championship Opponents: IFC - Eire Óg v Cill na Martra.

Grenagh have one win (v. Na Piarsaigh) from five games. Championship opponents: PIFC v Mallow (Div 3 League - P5 W3 D0 L2)

Ballinora have one win and draw from four games. They beat St Nicks 1-10 to 2-6 in their most recent encounter. Championship Opponents: PIFC v Valley Rovers (Div 2 League – Table toppers, unbeaten after 5 games).

Division Four

Aghabullogue are the only Mid Cork side in this division and have recorded one win (v. Ballydesmond) from four games played to date. They lost their most recent game on a score of 4-11 to 1-10 away to Kildorrery. Championship Opponents: Glanmire (Without a win in League Div. 4 with no win after five games).

Cork County Championship Results/ Fixtures

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

Results: NFL at Tralee: Cork v Kerry 0-11 Cork 2-13

Munster MHC: Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-9

Munster U21 Football Final: Cork 1-18 Tipperary 3-8

Allianz National Football League semi-final: Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13

Fixtures: Tuesday 15th April: S.F.C., MUSKERRY v UCC at Brinny

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

Saturday April 19th: All-Ireland U 21 Football S/F Cork v Roscommon at Port Laoise.

Tues. 22 April: at Cloughduv, S.H.C. MUSKERRY v CIT 7.00pm, ET

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

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

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 Cloughdubh 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.

Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 Football Championship Finals

There are two finals down for decision on Holy Saturday, 19th April at Carraigadrohid. In the 'B' championship final, Inniscarra will play Macroom at 4 pm and this game will be preceded by the 'C' championship final between Cill na Martra and Ballinora at 2.30 pm.

'B' Championship semi final (replay) Inniscarra 2-10 Éire Óg 1-12

Inniscarra produced another impressive performance to overcome the strong challenge of Éire Óg in the replay of the Macroom Motors Mid Cork U 21 'B' Football championship semi final at a damp and cold Coachford. Weather conditions may have been rather miserable but the two teams produced a great game of quality football, fought out to the very end, but in an admirable sporting spirit all through. Inniscarra will now met Macroom in the final (on Holy Saturday) and on their performances to date will be fancied by many to go all the way.

Inniscarra started without star forward Seán O'Donoghue but the Cork minor, recovering from injury, did make a major impact when introduced for the second half. The first half was very even with Inniscarra slightly on top earlier on but under pressure in the ten minutes before half time at which stage Éire Óg led by a point, 1-7 to 1-6. Eire Óg, with points from Donncadh Kelly, Daniel O'Connor (2) and Vinnie Coffey were leading by 0-4 to 0-3 when Inniscarra's Dave O'Keeffe, at the second attempt, put the ball in the Éire Óg net after 18 minutes to put his side in front, their earlier points coming from another Cork minor Tomás O'Connor (2) and Jack Hayes. Paul Farmer's point increased the lead but in the 22nd minute the sides were level at 1-4 each when Derry Murphy slipped in a ground ball past the advancing Lorcan Geaney to give Éire Óg a major boost. Aaron O'Raw restored the Inniscarra lead but a point from Coffey, and a brace from Dan O'Connor were rewards for strong Éire Óg pressure. A late point from Paul Farmer had Inniscarra a point in arrears at the break, 1-7 to 1-6.

Inniscarra carried out major surgery on their lineout for the second half with midfielder Dominic Kelleher going into goal, Seán O'Donoghue coming on in attack and Declan Hyland in defence. The impact was immediate and Tomás O'Connor's goal, from a fisted connection with Jack O'Dwyer high cross, in the 37th minute gave the winners a 2-8 to 1-8 lead which O'Donoghue added to a minute later with a further point. Daniel O'Connor had pointed an Eire Óg free in the 32nd minute but Inniscarra had struck back with points from Sean O'Donoghue and Tomás O'Connor before the latter fisted his vital goal. Three points in a row then for a battling Éire Óg side from Coffey (free), Kelly and an O'Connor free, had the gap between the teams back to a single point by the 46th minute and Éire Óg had missed two scorable frees before Seán O'Donoghue sent over a glorious point after availing of a superb cross field pass from Dave Barry five minutes from time. This score proved to be the winning point as Éire Óg could not do better than an injury time point from a Daniel O'Connor free and thus it was Inniscarra who advanced after two great semi final meetings which were a credit to both clubs.

Inniscarra: Lorcan Geaney: Brian Gould, Gerry Roche, Cathal Griffin: Seán Lynch, Mark McCarthy, Liam Collins: Jack O'Dwyer, Dominic Kelleher: Dave O'Keeffe, Aaron O'Raw, Paul Farmer: Dave Barry, Tomàs O Connor, Jack Hayes. Subs: Seán O'Donoghue, Declan Hyland, Seán Lynch, Kevin O'Herlihy, Dylan O'Sullivan.

Eire Óg: John McCarthy: Denis O'Keeffe, Colm Murphy, Daniel O'Sullivan: Ger McSweeney, John Mullins, Darragh McCarthy: Daniel O'Shea, Ronan O'Toole: Aonghus McCarthy, Daniel O'Connor, Derry Murphy: Vinnie Coffey, Donncadh Kelly, Jack O'Driscoll. Subs: Ciarán McKenna, Donal Cotter.

Referee: Mr Dave Murnane, Macroom.

In the other semi final played a week earlier it finished Macroom 1-16 Aghabullogue 2-8 and the Macroom team was: 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.

Mid Cork U21 'C' Football Championship

Semi final scorelines and teams:

Ballinora 1 – 16 Blarney 0 – 2

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

Ballinora: Colm Murphy: Patrick Cronin, Brendan Hourihan, Niall Walsh; John O'Regan, James Lordan, Kevin O'Regan: Mike Lordan, Kevin Murphy: Alan O'Shea, James 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

Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: 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.

Muskerry Cup Semi Final

Iveleary 1-11 Donoughmore 1-4

Iveleary are through to the final of the Muskerry Cup competition and a meeting with Canovee after this comfortable win over Donoughmore at Carrigadrohid. After a slow start, wind-assisted Iveleary got a major boost when impressive full forward Joe Creedon set up Brian Cronin for a smashing goal after 20 minutes to add to the earlier points from Colin Tanner, Barry O'Leary, Cronin and Liam Kearney and further points from Cronin and Creedon gave Iveleary an interval lead of 1-6 to 0-3, the Donoughmore points coming from Shane Healy and Shane Sexton.

Donoughmore needed to make an impact on the resumption but instead it was Iveleary who again forced the pace and with unanswered points from Brian Cronin, Joe Creedon ('45'), Sean O'Leary and Pádraig O'Riordan they were firmly in control at the three quarter stage. A late Donoughmore goal from Aidan O'Shea only improved the appearance on the scoreboard.

This was an impressive performance from Iveleary, achieved without the services their injured county U21 star Cathal Vaughan. Seán O'Leary and the O'Riordan brothers, Daniel and Ger, were prominent in defence and Seán Lehane and Shane Galvin were a hard working midfield. Their attack was very sharp.

Mark Foley, Aidan Corkery, Shane Sexton and Aidan O'Shea were most prominent for Donoughmore.

Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Donal Cotter, Daniel O'Riordan, Gerard O'Riordan: Finbarr McSweeney, Seán O'Leary, Barry Murphy: Seán Lehane, Shane Galvin: Colin Tanner, Brian Cronin, Pádraig O'Riordan: Barry O'Leary, Joe Creedon, Liam Kearney. Subs: Donal O'Sullivan, Sylvester Cotter, Kevin Hourihan, Martin Cotter, Finbarr McSweeney.

Donoughmore: Laurence Barry: Dan O'Sullivan, James Honohan, Barry Crowley: Seán Daly, Mark Foley, Aidan Corkery: Donal O'Sullivan, Daniel Forde: John Chambers, Shane Healy, Stephen O'Connor: Shane Sexton, Tom Daly, Aidan O'Shea. Subs: Gearóid O'Rourke and Ollie Murphy.

The Muskerry Cup final on Easter Sunday at noon in Macroom, Iveleary versus Canovee, should be a good indicator of both team's championship prospects!

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship – 1st Round Fixtures

Saturday 3rd May:

Aghinagh v Donoughmore at Coachford

Blarney v Canovee at Ovens

Sunday 4th May

Kilmichael v Dripsey at Carrigadrohid

Saturday 10th May

Macroom v Kilmurry at Annahala

Éire Óg v Iveleary at Rusheen

Cill Na Martra v Inniscarra at Cloughduv

Sunday 11th May

Ballincollig v Clondrohid at Kilmurry

Allianz National Football League

Cork defeated Kerry in their seventh and final Division One league game. Cork swatted away old rivals Kerry at AustinStackPark, Tralee with a clinical second-half display to set up a semi-final meeting with Dublin. The Rebels scored 2-17 from play, with Paul Kerrigan netting just before half-time and substitute Colm O'Neill adding a second goal in the 50th minute. Cork led 1-07 to 1-06 at the break and Kerry were torn apart after that with Brian Hurley scoring 0-08 for Cork.

Cork's League Record: P 7 W5 D1 L1 Scores For 142-Against124

Cork: Ken O'Halloran; Michael Shields (capt), Jamie O'Sullivan, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty); James Loughrey, Paddy Kelly, Damien Cahalane (0-01); FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom) (0-1), Andrew O'Sullivan; Colm O'Driscoll (0-01), Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan (1-02); Barry O'Driscoll, Brian Hurley (0-08, 0-01f), John Hayes (0-02).

Subs used: Colm O'Neill (1-1), Donncha O'Connor (0-1), DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg)(0-1), Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), MICEAL Ó LAOIRE (Naomh ABÁN), Rory O'Sullivan.

Dublin 2-20 Cork 2-13

Dublin delivered a huge statement of their intent for the year ahead with a hugely impressive Allianz League semi-final defeat of Cork at CrokePark. After being totally outplayed in the first half and conceding two early goals, Dublin trailed by eight points at the break and went 10 down at the start of the second half. However, a lucky Michael Darragh McCauley goal in the 40th minute sparked a quite remarkable turnaround. By the 53rd minute, Dublin were still 2-13 to 1-11 down, but they hit 1-9 without reply, including a 65th minute Diarmuid Connolly penalty, in the closing stages to seal an incredible win.

Cork looked to have had the game won inside the first seven minutes. Colm O'Neill smashed home a trademark shot after a superb move involving Paul Kerrigan and Daniel Goulding, before the Rebels were gifted a second goal when Dublin 'keeper Stephen Cluxton failed to deal with a high Brian Hurley ball and allowed Mark Collins to tap into the empty net. Hurley, the Castlehaven star, scored five brilliant points from play in the first half and the Rebels 2-9 to 0-7 ahead at half-time.

Cork added to their tally at the start of the second half with scores from Jamie O'Sullivan and Daniel Goulding before the Dubs got a massive stroke of luck on 40 minutes when Philly McMahon's shot struck a post and fell into the grateful arms of Macauley, who finished superbly.

The goal sparked Dublin into life. Davy Byrne blazed over the bar and substitute Bernard Brogan lofted over two frees before Paddy Kelly gave the Rebels some reprieve with a score in the 53rd minute. It proved to be their last of the game as Dublin had the bit between their teeth and drove on to a resounding victory.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 0-5, C O'Neill 1-1, M Collins 1-1, D Goulding 0-2 (0-1f), D O'Connor, F Goold, P Kelly, J O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

Cork: Ken O'Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O'Sullivan, Tom Clancy; James Loughrey, PATRICK KELLY (Ballincollig), Damien Cahalane; FINTAN GOOLD (Macroom), Andrew O'Sullivan; Mark Collins, Donncha O'Connor, Paul Kerrigan; DANIEL GOULDING (Eire Óg), Brian Hurley, Colm O'Neill. Subs: J O'Rourke(44), A Walsh(49), J Hayes(55), NOEL GALVIN (Ballincollig)(60), Tomás Clancy(63), K O'Driscoll(72).

Munster U 21 Football Championship Final

Cork 1-18 Tipperary 3-8

Cork clinched a fourth successive Munster U21 football title as they withstood a determined challenge from Tipperary in the decider in Páirc Uí Rinn and despite conceding three goals, Cork advance to an All-Ireland U21 semi-final meeting with Roscommon on Saturday April 19th in Portlaoise.

SEÁN KIELY struck a crucial second-half goal for Cork while corner-forwards Dan McEoin and Alan Cadogan hit 0-5 apiece.

Cork had dominated the opening half and had raced into a 0-10 to 0-3 lead by the 23rd minute. However Tipperary then had a goal and only trailed by 0-12 to 1-5 at the interval. The early stages of the second-half were dominated by Tipperary as they grabbed their second goal and two points soon after tied the teams at 0-13 to 2-7 by the 40th minute.

However Cork settled their challenge with three points in reply and then JOHN CORKERY placed KIELY who unleashed a thunderous left-foot shot to the net in the 49th minute.

Scorers for Cork: Alan Cadogan, Dan McEoin (0-4f) 0-5 each, Sean Kiely 1-1, Brian O'Driscoll 0-3 (0-1f), Kevin Crowley 0-2, Mark Sugrue (0-1f), John Corkery 0-1 each.

CORK: Micheál Martin (Nemo Rangers); Jamie Davis (Douglas), Conor Dorman (Bishopstown, capt.), Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers); Brian O'Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh), Seán White (Clonakilty), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet); Kevin Fulignati (Nemo Rangers), Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr's); Killian O'Hanlon (Kilshannig), Mark Sugrue (Bandon), SEÁN KIELY (Ballincollig); Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers), JOHN CORKERY ( Aghabullogue), Alan Cadogan (Douglas). Subs: Killian McIntyre (Carrigaline)(42), David Harrington (Adrigole)(52), Kevin Kavanagh (Carrigaline)(55), Sam Ryan (St Finbarr's)(60), Darragh Murphy (Valley Rovers)(60).

CATHAL VAUGHAN (Iveleary) was not considered for selection as he is out through injury.

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Cork 5-26 Kerry 0-9

Cork cruised into the semi-final stage of the Electric Ireland Munster MHC with a 32-point victory over Kerry in the opening round clash at Páirc Uí Rinn and now advance to a late June semi-final tie against Limerick (3-17 to 2-11 winners over Tipperary). Cork in front by 1-14 to 0-3 at half-time and the result was never in doubt in the second-half as Cork fired home four further goals.

Scorers for Cork: Luke Meade, Eoghan Keniry 2-4 each, Dayne Lee 0-7, Sean Hayes 0-6 (0-5f), Billy Dunne 1-0, Tomas O'Connor 0-3, David Meaney, Diarmuid Buckley 0-1 each.

CORK: Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig); Cian Walsh (St. Finbarr's), SEÁN BOURKE(Grenagh), Eddie Gunning (Na Piarsaigh); Shane O'Brien (St. Catherine's), Alan O'Callaghan (Blackrock), Darren Browne (Kanturk); SEÁN O'DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), Daniel Meaney (Blackrock); Luke Meade (Newcestown), TOMÁS O'CONNOR (Inniscarra), Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh); Mark Dolan (Douglas), Sean Hayes (Mallow), Eoghan Keniry (Killeagh-Ita's). Subs: Darren Casey (Charleville)(41), Billy Dunne (Fr O'Neills)(41), Diarmuid Buckley (Newtownshandrum)(44), David Dooling (Glen Rovers)(48), Joseph O'Sullivan (Ballygiblin)(53).

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final

Cork v Limerick on Wednesday, April 16th at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Next Round – the winners play the winners of the second Play-Off game in the Munster Semi-Final on May 7th or 14th. The losers will play the losers of Clare v Kerry on April 23rdor 24th.

The Cork Minor Football team selected to play Limerick in the Munster Championship was: Colm O'Driscoll (Castlehaven): Cian O'Donovan (Clonakilty), Kevin Flahive (Douglas), Sean Powter (Douglas): Tom Bushe (Ilen Rovers), Daniel Meaney (St. Michael's), CIAN KIELY(Ballincollig): Sean O'Leary (Bantry Blues), Brian Coakley (Carrigaline): SEAN O'DONOGHUE (Inniscarra), MAIDC Ó DUINNÍN (Naomh Abán), Seamus Ronayne (Clyda Rovers): Shane Kingston (Douglas), Michael Hurley (Castlehaven), Damien Buckley (Ballyclough). Subs: Anthony Kidney (Passage West), Alex Hassett (Ilen Rovers), JOHN MULLINS (Eire Óg), MICHAEL LORDAN (Ballinora), David O'Neill (Mayfield), Chris Moynihan (Gabriel Rangers), Gary Murphy (Castletownbere), Michael Cottrell (Newmarket), Martin Collins (Kilmacabea).

Management: Donal O'Sullivan (Castletownbere) – Manager, TOM DORGAN (Ballincollig – coach), Michael Comyns (St. Finbarr's), ANDREW McCARTHY (Inniscarra), Paul Holland (Argideen Rangers)

Cork Post Primary Schools/Colleges U 14 Football

De La Salle Macroom Under 14 footballers defeated Mitchelstown CBS rather easily in the 'B' championship quarter final at Mallow and now advance to the semi final stage against Beara CS.
Team: Tiernan Quinn (Clondrohid): Michael Aynsley (Cill na Martra), John Downey (Kilmichael), Sean McMahon (Macroom): Like O'Leary (Aghinagh), Jackie Casey (Kilmurry), Mark Dromey (Kilmurry): Sean Desmond (Clondrohid), James O'Mullane (Kilmurry): Dylan Foley (Eire Óg), Tomás Collins (Kilmurry), Alex Murphy (Aghinagh): Conor O'Leary (Iveleary), Alex Murphy (Aghinagh), Josh DeLacey (Kilmichael).

Sports Stars

The inaugural winner of the new initiative, the Auld Triangle and Muskerry Sports Stars Awards, has been announced. The March Sports Star is Ballincollig's Sean Kiely. He was declared winner in recognition of his outstanding performances at the start of the 2014 season and for his outstanding performances in helping UCC win the Sigerson Cup; Ballincollig retain their Mid Cork Under 21 A title and Cork U21 footballers defeat Kerry and Limerick. Sean will be presented with his trophy at a celebratory dinner hosted by Michael O'Riordan in The Auld Triangle, Macroom and will be joined by family, friends and club mates to honour his achievement.

Canovee G.A.A.

Canovee and Aghabullogue finished level in a Division 2 Mid Cork League game at Carrigadrohid. Canovee dominated the first quarter due to the strong play of Michael Deasy and Conor Buckley at midfield and led by three points to one. However Aghabullogue then had a good spell and they led at half time by 0-4 to 0-3. Aghabullogue stretched their lead in the second half but a goal by Aidan Deasy and a late point levelled the game. The standard of play was very good for the grade with both teams playing in a positive fashion. David Wiseman was very safe in goal, while Billy Creedon was excellent at centre back. Final score: Canovee 1.6 Aghabullogue 0.9
Team: David Wiseman, Jerry Murphy, James Scanlan, Michael Dunne, Blake Ring, Billy Creedon, Shane O Riordan, Michael Deasy, Conor Buckley, John Paul Dunne, Ger Ahearn, Michael Quinlan, Gerry Shanahan, Aidan Deasy, Jamie Lynch. Subs Mark Healy, Gearóid Lucey

Canovee Junior A's played Nemo in a very hard fought practice game played in terrible conditions with driving wind and rain and on a heavy pitch. Canovee played against the wind in the first half but still scored some nice points. However Nemo scored two goals and led at half time by 2.4 to 0.6. Canovee had two goals, from Aidan and James Moynihan, in the second half and at the final whistle Canovee were ahead by 2.9 to 2.7.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Gearóid Lucey, James Scanlan, Daniel O'Sullivan: Michael Dunne, Andrew Cronin, Brian Ahern: Paul Twomey, Michael Deasy: Aidan Moynihan, Darragh Ring, Ger Ahern: Michael Quinlan, James Moynihan, William Ahern. Subs John O'Brien, Jerry Murphy, Mark Healy, Seán O'Connor. Scorers: Aidan Moynihan 1.3, James Moynhian1.1, Michael Quinlan 0.2, Darragh Ring 0.2. Michael Deasy 0.1.

Canovee play Iveleary in the Muskerry Cup final at Macroom on Easter Sunday, 12 noon throw in.

April 6th Canovee played Sam Maguire's in the under 15 A league in Carrigadrohid. Canovee played against the strong wind in the first half and were behind at half time by 1.03 to 0.05. the Canovee defence was under constant pressure in the first half but Noel Browne was outstanding in goal while Eoin O'Connell was superb at full back. With wind advantage for the second half Canovee forwards saw plenty of ball and they took some nice scores. Half time sub David Tupper scored a lovely goal while wing back Daniel O'Driscoll added a second. At the final whistle Canovee were comfortable winners by 2.13 to 1.06 with two wins from two in the league and are improving with every game. April 9th Canovee played Whites Cross away in the minor C football league in pleasant conditions. Canovee were behind at half time by 2.04 to 0.05,but a improved second half sealed their victory. Humphrey o Mahoney scored two nice goals while points from mark healy, patrick buckley and neil kirk gave Canovee the two points on offer. Canovee had a young team on duty but sean twomey, james verling, mark healy and Humphrey o Mahoney showed good leadership. final score Canovee 2.12 whites cross 2.08. On April 14 Canovee played Eire Óg in division 2 of the junior football league in lovely conditions in Carrigadrohid. Eire Óg led at half time by 0.08 to 1.03 with experienced defender john o brien scoring the Canovee goal. The second half proved to be an even affair but a second Canovee goal by aidan ahern had them ahead at the final whistle. final score Canovee 2.05 Éire Óg 0.

Canovee G.A.A. are launching the history of the club on May the 1st in the Castle Hotel, Macroom. Jimmy Barry Murphy is doing the honours. The club is inviting everyone who is associated with the club since its foundation, either as a player, supporter, mentor, or in any capacity to the launch. The book is called: From Carrig to CrokePark: Con Dunne and his team are the people behind the project so we hope to have a huge crowd.

April 14 Canovee played Eire Óg in division 2 of the junior football league in lovely conditions in carrigadrohid. eire og led at half time by 0.08 to 1.03 with experienced defender john o Brien scoring the Canovee goal. the second half proved to be a even affair but a second Canovee goal by aidan ahern had them ahead at the final whitsle .final score canovee 2.05 eire og 0.10

Macroom Soccer

Youths League: Macroom 4 Fermoy 1

The Youths team entertained Fermoy at the TownPark and came away with a fine win against the league leaders. Darren Dineen was in outstanding form as he helped himself to a hat trick. The other goal was scored by Sean Quinn. Macroom remain in second place in the league and only require a point from their three remaining games to clinch the runners up spot. Fermoy in first place can not be caught at this stage.

Under 16 League: Macroom 1 Douglas Hall 0.

The Under 16s had a hard earned win on Sunday morning last against Douglas Hall in Murrayfield. Macroom played well in the first half and were on top in all sectors and deservedly went in front when Ethan O'Gorman crossed for Jack O'Donovan to score. Emergency goalkeeper Ryan Creed had very little to do for most of the game as the home defence were well on top. An excellent team performance with Cathal O Riordan, Jack Cronin and Aidan McMahon in great form for Macroom.

Under 13 League: Macroom 7 Crosshaven 1

Macroom got off to a flyer when after three minutes Dylan Twomey broke through the Crosshaven defence and expertly finished for his first of the night. It was 2-0 soon after when Twomey capitalised on an
error from the Crosshaven keeper. The third goal arrived following good work from Mateusz Juszczak down the right wing. His cross was only half cleared and Twomey was on hand to volley home. Caulem Lynch, who was superb all evening, made a great run and pull back for Dennis Dullea to slot home to the far corner for Macroom's fourth. The game was really finished off as a contest just before half time when Twomey was slipped through and finished well to make it 5-0 at the break. The visitors did get one back just after the break but Macroom finished strongly when two sublime through balls, one from Shane Meaney and the other from Caelum Lynch, were dispatched by Twomey bringing his impressive tally to six goals on the night. Best for Macroom were Lynch, Twomey and Jack O' Riordan as well as a solid defensive effort throughout the team.

Under 13 League: Macroom 6 Springfield Ramblers 1.

The U13's had a big win over Springfield Ramblers at Murrayfield to keep them top of the league, with goals coming from Dylan Twomey (4), Dennis Dullea and Caelum Lynch.
* Dylan Twomey and Mateusz Juszczak played with the Cork Schoolboy's League Under 13 side at the University of Limerick on April 6th. Cork were successful in the two games that were played, beating the West Cork League 2-1 and the Limerick Desmond League 4-0. They now progress to play in the Munster Final at the end of April. Well done to all!

Under 11 League: Macroom 4 Fermoy 2.
This was a great result in what was a fine game. The visitors had a dream start and were 2-0 up inside twenty minutes. Liam Coleman got a goal back for Macroom and then Ryan Leahy was brought down for a penalty which he converted himself to make it 2-2 at half time. TJ Buckley was introduced at half time and he had an instant impact when his cracking shot found the net to give Macroom the lead for the first time. Ryan Leahy then got his second with another fine strike from distance. This goal sealed an excellent win in what was an outstanding team performance.

Under 8 and 9.
Macroom Under 8 and 9 teams have now begun their long awaited non competitive games. These games will be ongoing over the coming weeks. On Saturday last Macroom Under 9s hosted Ballinhassig and played out an excellent 4-4 draw. Well done to all involved in promoting this important section of Macroom F.C.

Adult Teams:

Both of the club's junior sides had disappointing results in the last week. Macroom B hosted Hibernians from Shanbally in the CountyCup and lost out on a 3-1 scoreline. A home league tie followed with Blackpool Celtic the visitors. The city side emerged victorious with a narrow 2-1 win although it was an excellent Macroom performance. In the Premier A League, Macroom A hosted league leaders Grattan United and lost out on a 1-0 scoreline. In a very close encounter the Northside outfit got the only goal of the game midway through the second half.

Race Night:

Macroon F.C. Race Night takes place this coming Sunday, April 20th, at Murray's Bar. First race is off @ 9pm sharp so please come along to enjoy a great nights entertainment.

Éire Óg Camogie

Senior League Eire Og 2-12 Clonakilty 2-06

The Eire Og ladies got their league campaign back on track with a well merited victory against visitors Clonakilty, having slipped up to a very strong and experienced Inch Rovers team the previous week. Clonakilty started the more forceful and lead 1-1 to nil after five minutes. Eire Óg eventually woke up and led at half time 2-06 to 1-1. The teams struggled with the elements but the home side held a 10 point advantage for most of the second half. Clonakilty made a late rally to leave the full time score Eire Óg 2-12 Clonakilty 2-06.
Team. J O'Sullivan, A Barry, M Cahalane, L A O'Shea, G Holmes, M O'Herlihy, M O'Leary, J A Martin, E Scally, R Murphy, L Cleary, A NicAbhaird, D Hanan, E Scally, A Murphy, E Cleary, C Brennan, K McCarthy, O McSweeney, A Hayes

U21'A' Championship Semi-Final Eire Óg 10 pts Fermoy 6 Pts

Eire Óg will play Mourne Abbey in the U21A Final after a very difficult victory over Fermoy. In difficult conditions, Eire Óg had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half and at half time, led 7 pts to 2. As Fermoy sought a goal, fancy play was not an option and great credit must go to Captain Anne Barry and her team as bodies were put on the line of defence. Two fantastic saves by the reliable Jane O'Sullivan kept the Eire Óg noses in front to the end.
Team – J O Sullivan, A Barry, G Cahalane, L A O Shea, M O Leary, M Cahalane, D NicAbhaird, E Scally, A NicAbhaird, G Holmes, L Cleary, A Dennehy, A Murphy, E Scally, E Cleary, N Twomey, G Collins, K Nagle, A Cronin, C Brennan, D Hinan.
Minor camogie: It was an early start to the season for the Eire Og under 18 squad when they met Kilbrittain on March 16. Kilbrittain had won the county A title in 2013. However this was a good encounter and despite a very good second half by Eire Og, Kilbrittain won at the end 2-6 to 0-7. In excellent conditions on March 23, Eire Óg met Inniscarra and a great second half display by the Eire Óg girls saw them victorious 4-4 to 2-3.
Eire Óg U11/12 team played the first game of the year away to Ballincollig on March 16. In great conditions, they had a fantastically competitive game which ended in a draw on a score-line of 3-01 to each team. At half time Eire Og lead by a point with Olivia Lynch scoring a point & Sophie McCarthy finishing a great move with a first time shot to the net. Further goals by Isobel Sheehan & Maedbh Kelly in the second half secured a hard earned draw.
On Sunday 30th of March Eire Óg U12 2014 season started with a practice match against Passage. In very bad weather conditions, everyone played good football, using hand passing, kicking and taking their scores. Éire Óg came away with their first victory for 2014. Thanks to all the parents who travelled. Panel: Ella Foley, Fiona Nagle, Gráinne O'Shea, Emily Coffey, Eimear Murphy, Isobel Sheehan, Rebecca Sheehan, Aoibhe OBrien, Eimear O'Donovan, Olivia Lynch, Aisling Desmond, Niamh O'Shea, Indie Sheehan, Allie Murphy and Amy Collins.

Lee Valley Basketball Club

Gleann na Laoi 40 Mala

Bhí an bua ag Club Cispheile Gleann na Laoi i gCraobh an Chontae i Stáid Neptune don chéad uair ar an 6ú lá c'Aibreán. D'ardaigh siad croí a lucht leanúna nuair a fuair said an lámh in uachtar ar fhoireann Mala. Roimhe sin bhí an bua acu ar Charraig na bhFear agus Baile an Chollaigh. Tá muintir Gleann na Laoi an bhródúil as an éacht seo. Cluiche iontach a bhí ann, a thosaigh ar luas lasrach. Go luath sa chéad leath,chuaigh Gleann na Laoi chun tosaigh le scór iontach ó Yvonne Burgoyne. Bhí sé thar barr ó thus go deireadh agus fuair sí an gradam MVP ó Andrew Drumm. Fuair sí cabhair den scoth ó Sarah Beth O'Mullane agus ó Síofra Burgoyne . Bhí sár cluiche ag Josephine Kelleher . D'imir Ciara Dwyer ,Fiona Dwyer agus Emma Healy go h-an mhaith freisin.

Lee Valley Ladies Basketball Club won their first Senior title in Neptune Stadium on Saturday 6th April by defeating a well fancied Mallow side in the Divison 2 final. They had previously beaten Carraig na bhFear and Ballincollig. This was a fantastic achievement as it was their first year in senior basketball and in the thrilling encounter, there was never more than a few baskets between the sides. Lee Valley started well with Yvonne Burgoyne getting a 3 pointer and followed up with a number of other class scores. Sarah Beth O'Mullane got some nice scores and gave some lovely passes. Josephine Kelleher also had a brilliant game and with Ciara Dwyer and Fiona Twomey, won a lot of rebounds that led to scores. Síofra Burgoyne, as usual, played well in all area. Even though Mallow went ahead briefly in the third quarter, Lee Valley fought back to take their first senior Championship Cup. Yvonne Burgoyne and Emma Healy, joint captains, received the cup from Andrew Drumm , President of Cork Ladies Basketball Board. Yvonne Burgoyne also got the MVP award.
Team: Siobhán Ní Mhurchú, Lauren Buckley, Yvonne Burgoyne, Rosie Buckley , Emer O'Leary, Sarah Beth O'Mullane, Josephine Kelleher, Ciara Dwyer, Fiona Twomey, Rebecca Barry, Síofradh Burgoyne, Emma Healy, Tara Brosnan.
The club trains every Wednesday in Macroom Sports Centre . Enquiries: Seán @ 085/7516908