Lee Valley Outlook May 14 V11e10


Cover Pic for v11e10 Blossoms of May © Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Macroom Library:

Storytime on Saturdays at 12 noon for 3 – 7 year olds
ACOL Bridge: Wed., May 21st 11a.m. to 1p.m.
Ciorcal Cainte: Mon. May 19th 11.30a.m. with Nora Levis. Conversational Irish over a cup of tea. All level of Irish welcome
Book Launch: May 27th at 5.30pm 'Better than Gold' written by Fiona Buckley from Coachford, will be launched by singer John Spillane
Month Long Exhibition of Art by Kristin Gleeson's art groups from Ballyvourney and Macroom.

Briery Gap:

Lambert Puppet Theatre presents Cinderella on Thursday 15th May at 11:00am Tickets €10.
Irish Country Stars Sunday 18th May at 8.00pm.
Talisman Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood on June 5th.
Cinema: Free Films throughout May include the Great Gatsby and Captain Philips.

Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore on Fri. 24th May
Irish Cancer Society Coffee morning & Raffle, Dromey's Bar, Dromcarra
Sat 24th May @ 11.00 am. All welcome!
Rylane N.S. Centenary: Fri. May 30 to Sun. June 1.
Book Signing in Fitz-Gerald's Bookshop on Saturday 17th May by Martina Lehane Sheehan at 3.30 pm.
Kilmichael Historical Society: Annual cemetery mass in Terelton Cemetery on Monday 26th May at 8pm

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Pat Crowley's 24Hr.Fast

A huge Thank You to all who donated to my recent 24hr fast on Good
Friday, the total amount raised was 1.750 euro, which will be divided
between Macroom Hospital and Macroom Senior Citizens, many thanks for
your generosity

Coachford Cycling Club - Road Race on Sunday May 25th
Cat A2, A3, A4 Junior and Women. The race know as Noel Deasy Skoda Coachford Classic has a 16km circuit. Sign on at Coachford GAA Complex at 10 am. This will be the second year. Last year we had a large turnout, seeing riders from all over Munster and Leinster present.

Kilmichael Historical Society will hold its annual cemetery mass in Terelton Cemetery on Monday 26th May at 8pm. This annual mass remembers the dead of Kilmichael buried not just in the parish but throughout the world. All are welcome and as usual refreshments will be served afterwards to allow people to meet and chat.

Aghinagh G. A. A. Lotto: 11th May Jackpot €1,000 No winner. Numbers drawn 4, 23, 33. €50 Tim O'Mahony, Rahilisk. €20 Patrick Spillane (Chuckles) Ballinagree. Anna O'Callaghan, Ballinagree. Alan Cummins, Aghineda, Rusheen. Darren & Aine Ring, Coolalta, Macroom. Next draw will be held on Tigh Ui Laoighre on Sunday 18th May at 9pm

Macroom G.A.A. Lotto: 29th May Jackpot €1,200. No winner. Numbers drawn
5 - 19 - 23. €70:- Breda Leahy, C/O Shelia Buttimer, Macroom.
€20 :- Deidre Young, Carrigadrohid. Mavroom. Brendan O'Connell, Railway View, Macroom. Sharon & Sam Creedon, Cork Street, Macroom.
Ali Ring Jnr, St. Colman's Park, Macroom. Betsy O'Riordan, Castle Street, Macroom. 6th May Jackpot €2,400 No winner. Numbers drawn 14-21-31,
€70 Tim Joe Lyons Main St. Macroom. €20 Peggy Cronin, Coolavookig, Macroom. Michael O'Brien, Barrett Place, Macroom. Ali Ring Jnr., St Colman's Park, Macroom. Janette Kearney, 37 Oakwood, Macroom. Claire Dineen, Main Street, Macroom. Next draw 13/5/14

Canovee G.A.A. Lotto: 4/5/14 Jackpot of €6,300 Numbers drawn 7,17,21,24
No winner. €50 Jim Cunningham, Carrigadrohid. €25 Ger Ahern, Aherla.
The Lucey Family, Nettilville. 11/5/14 Jackpot of €6,450. Numbers drawn 1,4,7,25
No winner. €50 Graham Coleman,c/o Dan Shine. €25 Paddy Murphy, Crookstown. Eamonn Lyons, Caum. Next draw on 18/5/14 in the Castlemore Arms. Jackpot of €6,600.

Coachford AFC Lotto: Results 28/4/2014 Jackpot: €1,400, Numbers Drawn: 16 - 17 - 30, No Winner, €40 Liah Casey, €20Jerry Lyons, Dan Cooney, Nell, Dan Twomey (Yearly Ticket). 6/5/2014, Jackpot: €1,600, Numbers Drawn: 13 - 14 - 23, No Winner, €40 Sophie O' Shea, €20 Eva Murphy, Tadhg Bradley, Molly O' Connell, Tim Buckley (Yearly Ticket).

Clondrohid Lotto: Results for 30/4/2014: Jackpot €1,200. Bingo jackpot €1,000. €70 Ml. Walsh Carriganima. €20 The Walsh Bros C/O A. Helen Jerry Cronin c/o Firebird, Willie Hallissey, Kilnamartyra, Peter Horgan, Millstreet.
7/5//2014: Jackpot of €1,400. Bingo Jackpot of €1,000.
€70 Kitty Browne, Dooniskey. €20 Dorothy Twomey, Ballymakeera, Mary Kelleher, Moulnahorna, Liam Slattery, Scrahanard, Pat Lehane, Coachford.


by Michael Kelly

Recipe of the Week – Sesame Pak Choi

We have beautiful pak choi leaves in the polytunnel now – it seems to do better in the polytunnel in the spring than it does in the heat of the summer. Here's a lovely way to cook it. This recipe, which serves six people, looks for 9 pak choi. I never wait for pak choi to form a 'head', but pick the tender leaves instead and allow it to sprout again – so I halved the quantities before cooking this recipe.
• 9 pak choi
• 2 tbsp groundnut oil
• 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
• 1 mild green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
• 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce (optional)
If using full heads of pak choi, cut a thick slice from the root to separate the leaves. Rinse and drain.
Heat the groundnut oil in a large wok over a medium heat and add 1 tbsp sesame oil, the garlic, chilli, fish sauce (if using) and pak choi. Toss until coated and clamp a pan lid over them. Reduce the heat and cook for 3-6 minutes, tossing occasionally, just until the leaves have wilted (the stalks should be tender-crisp). Add the rest of the sesame oil and salt. Toss the leaves and serve immediately.

May's Flowers

By: Michael Kelly
May is another frenetic month in the vegetable patch, but with the weather like it is currently, who cares? Along with my longer sessions in the veg patch at weekends (usually 2-3 hours on either Saturday or Sunday), there's every incentive to get out there early morning and late evening during the week too. With the fine weather holding firm, this week I spent a good deal of time in the veg patch outside. I got the main crop potatoes in to the ground (varieties Sarpo Axona and Cara). I have also been trying to keep on top of the weeds, because it's around now (with perfect growing conditions) that things can go a bit pear-shaped and weeds can take over. Regular hoeing is the only man for this – I try and do a bed or two every few days so that the time spent weeding is short and easy, standing upright and hoeing gently. The alternative? The heartache of a mass of well-established weeds that require hands-and-knees back-breaking effort. I have most of the black plastic covers (that I use to keep the winter off the beds) off at this stage. Where the soil in a bed looks a little jaded, I bring over a barrow of compost from the compost corner and mix it in with the top soil. In most cases however, the cover of compost I put on the bed before covering it last winter, is enough. The place looks wonderful in these bright, dry conditions – I just love this time of the year when vegetables like onions, peas and spuds are starting to establish themselves. It's a time of year full of hope and great to be a GIYer!
Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and founder of GIY.
© GIY Ireland 2014 – all rights reserved.

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Macroom Updates

Macroom Parish

Macroom Parish celebrated 25 years of Perpetual Adoration last week with the Adoration Chapel being described as 'An Oasis of Peace'. Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist has been ongoing in Macroom since 1989 and was first introduced into Cloyne Diocese by Bishop John Magee shortly after his arrival from Rome to take up his ministry here. Canon Colm Collins was Parish Priest of Macroom at the time assisted by Mons. Daniel O'Connell and curates Fr Eugene O'Callaghan and Fr. Tadhg O'Donovan and it was decided to ask Mrs Mai Leahy to become the co-ordinator of the panel of adorers, a difficult task as it entailed drawing up a rota of volunteers willing to cover adoration on a twenty four hour basis week in, week out throughout the year with each volunteer willing to spend one hour before the Blessed Sacrament.

A chapel suitable for Adoration had to be provided and it was decided to use the old disused Mortuary Chapel in the church yard which was in good condition as it was still linked to the heating system in the adjacent parish church. The work of converting the chapel was undertaken under the supervision of Niall Murphy, B.E. and the existing doorway facing the yard was closed up and a new side entrance provided. The converted mortuary chapel proved to be ideal for use as an Adoration Chapel.
Volunteer Adorers were called for and in Macroom 530 people expressed their interest in becoming part of the adoration programme. All of these were contacted by Mai Leahy and her four co-ordinators and a rota was drawn up, ensuring that there would always be someone in the Adoration Chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, night and day. On the 5th of May 1989 Bishop Magee officially opened the Adoration Chapel and the chapel has been open ever since. Described as 'An Oasis of Peace' by Mrs. Leahy the devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel has brought many blessings to adorers who find their hour there a source of calm in their lives as well as being their way of thanking God for the blessings in their lives.

Many parishioners will remember Fr. Anthony Cronin's time in Macroom and he was very much involved in promoting Perpetual Adoration and it was Fr Cronin who suggested that each year there should be a 40 Hour Adoration Festival to celebrate the Perpetual Adoration and this was held last week end to celebrate the 25th anniversary.
There are presently 303 people committed to spending an hour each week in the Adoration Chapel in Macroom before the Blessed Sacrament. Many come from the parishes adjacent to Macroom and tributes were paid at the weekend to the many adorers who have died in the past 25 years and prayers were said for the happy repose of their souls. Parish Priest Canon Donal Roberts has invited new people to become adorers and so maintain the tradition in Macroom into the future.

The Sound of Music

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Ciara and Clodagh O'Callaghan at the Sound of Music in the Briery Gap, Macroom. © Lee Valley Outlook.

The outstanding production of The Sound of Music which was recently staged at The Briery Gap was an overwhelming success with each performance rewarded by a standing ovation. The musical, which once again was directed by Kevin Hough, RTE and performed by the now well established Briery Gap Musical Players, was considered by the audience in excess of 1200 patrons, the most successful production to date. The cast and chorus entertained from the moment the curtain opened 'til the final encore. The role of Maria was credibly and beautifully played by Treasa O'Riordan and Captain Von Trapp played by Pat Brady gave an outstanding performance as did the beautiful Baroness played by the multi-talented Stephanie Shine. Jim Leahy as "Max" most suitably cast delivered a clever touch of humour while Mother Abbess (Eva Mullane) kept her "Nuns" in glorious harmony. The children, who won the hearts of all for their wonderful singing and acting were played by Katherine Scott(Liesl) Colm McCarthy(Friedrich) Ava Rose Gallagher(Louisa)Liadh Hurley(Brigitta, Finn Brady(Kurt) Eppie Kelleher(Martha) and Kayla Healy(Gretll). Bob Wolfe played the role of "Rolf" with Rachel O Riordan, Alisheen O Connell and Sheila Twomey as the 3 nuns Sr Margaretta, Sister Berthe and Sister Sophia. Dan Creedon and Laura Lagerquist as Franz and Frau Schmidt were in charge of the efficient running of the Von Trap household. Darren Faul played Herr Zeller and David Douw the Admiral von Schreiber. Baron and Baroness were played by Con Foley and Theresa Hurley with Stephen Coleman and Brian De Roiste as the Nazi soldiers.
The sets, orchestra, sound and lighting were a credit to all involved.
Due to popular demand The Sound of Music will be performed at The Everyman Palace Theatre Cork for One Night Only on June 6th at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale at the Everyman Box Office on 021/4501673. Tickets €16 Concessions €12

Bealtaine Festival in Macroom 2014

A very successful Coffee Morning was held in the Fr Ryan Hall on Friday May 2nd. Macroom Senior Citizens would like to thank all those who supported this Coffee Morning. The next Bealtaine event to take place in the Fr. Ryan Hall is a Musical Sing Along with Kevin O'Brien, Ann Buckley and Tony Buckley on Thursday May 22nd at 11am. This event proved very popular last year with everyone singing along to all of their old favourite songs. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to come along. Also on Sunday May 18th a concert featuring Irish Country stars Trudi Lawlor, Paddy O' Brien, Johnny Carroll and John Hogan will take place in the Briery Gap Theatre and tickets for this concert are available from the Briery Gap Box office price €20. The last event of the Bealtaine Festival for Macroom Senior Citizens/Active Retired takes place from Sunday May 25th.to Friday May 30th, when a 50 strong party will leave Macroom for a week's holiday in Co. Monaghan. The group will be based at the four star Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan town from where four day tours will depart and entertainment will be arranged each evening.

Macroom Rangers attend the Senior Branch Lightweight Weekend

Members of Mac Egan Rangers, Macroom, took part in the National Senior Branch Lightweight Weekend in the area of Ballyhass Lakes, Banteer and Mount Hilary. The adventure started on Friday evening in the indoor arena at Ballyhass Lakes with the Rangers practising pacing and tracking skills; learning how to work with Ordinance Survey maps; planning routes and checking their gear, which all had to be carried while hiking over the following two days.
After a night of typical Irish weather (ah well! What's not wrong with torrential rainfall and gale force 9 winds) camping inside the indoor arena, everyone woke up bright and early for the hike on Mount Hillary. After a delicious breakfast and packing the day's food they set off for the village of Banteer, which was the day's starting point. It was a great adventure covering over eighteen kilometres with full packs; the view at the summit of Mount Hillary was spectacular, where lunch was cooked while taking cover in the forest from the relentless rain.
Back at base camp, tents were set up and dinner cooked by each team before the Rangers settled down to write up their logs and routes of the day and then collapse into their sleeping bags for a good night's sleep.
The following day the weather was much improved and the Rangers set off once more for their day's hike, this time concentrating on some road walking. Many of them were starting their training for the Chief Commissioner's Award, which will be held next August so it was a weekend well spent despite the dreadful weather.

Local Elections 2014.

With Macroom Town Council due to be abolished on 31st May 2014 a new electoral area was established by the Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission Report 2013 now known as the Blarney/Macroom Municipal District. The closing date for nominations expired at noon on Friday May 2nd and Cork County Council has released the definitive list of candidates seeking election to the Blarney/Macroom area. Looking at the list there are a number of sitting County and Town Councillor's seeking election with a number of candidates who have already contested previous elections and a number of first time candidates. In the 2009 Local Elections Macroom returned two Fine Gael, one Fianna Fail and one Labour with Blarney returning the same number and the same party mix. This new area has 43,000 people included in this Municipal District with each new councillor representing about 7,230 people. Polling day is Friday May 23rd and polling stations will open at 7.00am and will close at 10.00pm. The following list of candidates will contest the Blarney/Macroom district.
Fine Gael :- Cllr. Michael Creed, Cllr. Ted Lucey, Damian Boylan,
Fianna Fail:- Cllr. Aindrais Moynihan, Bob Ryan.
Labour:- Cllr. Martin Coughlan.
Sinn Fein:- Des O'Grady.
Anti Austerity Alliance: - Elizabeth Feehan.
Others Non Party: - Mary O'Callaghan Hallissey, Jerry O'Sullivan, Kevin Conway, Cllr. Connie Foley.
We wish all the candidates the best of luck in their efforts to get elected and it is also been announced that Macroom Town Hall will be the home of the new Blarney/Macroom Municipal District.

Local Town Council History

The last meeting of Macroom Town Council will take place in the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Macroom on Tuesday May 27th 2014.

Macroom Town Commissioners:-
The first meeting of Macroom Town Commissioners was held on the 3rd of January 1898. Mr. Timothy Murphy was elected the first Town Clerk and the first Town Commissioners elected included Timothy Twomey (South Square), Timothy J. Twomey (Main Street), Jeremiah J. Cronin (Main Street), E.A. Browne (Square), R. C. Williams (Williams Hotel), Dr. P. O. O'Donoughue (Main Street), Samual W. Balwin (Macroom), John O'Shea (Main Street), James Cullinane (Main Street). The Commissioners were granted access to the Grand Jury Room at the Court House for the holding of their meetings which were held at 12 noon on Mondays and Dr. Patrick O'Donoughue was elected the first Chairman. In 1898 the Commissioners passed a motion requesting the Local Government Board under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1898 to declare Macroom Township as an Urban Sanitary District.

Macroom Urban District Council:-
Macroom had applied for Urban Sanitary District status and in 1901 a letter was received from the Local Government Board containing that the town of Macroom Urban District order 1901 was issued on the 24th of May 1901. A further letter on the 6th of September 1901 constituted that the town of Macroom as an Urban District Council coming into effect as and from the 1st October 1902 and Macroom has maintained this status ever since. The signing of the contract for the building of the Town Hall with the builder Mr. Timothy Buckley took place on the 21st November 1902 and the foundation stone which is still in place was laid by Mrs. T. J. Twomey wife of the then Chairman. The keys were handed over to the Town Clerk on the 17th of January 1905.

Macroom Town Council:-
Under the new Local Government Reform Act all former Urban District Councils and Town Commissioners were to be re named Town Councils as and from 1st January 2000 thus Macroom changing to Macroom Town Council. Also under this new act all Town Councils had the option of electing a Caithaoirleach or Town Mayor and the first Town Mayor to be elected to Macroom Town Council was Cllr. Pat O'Connell. In the Local Government Act 2013 it was proposed to abolish all 81 Town Councils and with the passing of this bill all Town Councils will be abolished on 31st May 2014 thus bringing an end to 115 years of Local Town Government in Macroom. The last Councilors to be elected to Macroom Town Council in the Local Elections of June 2009 were :- Ted Lucey, Tom Counihan, Owen Mc Carthy, Pat O'Connell, Connie Foley, Martin Coughlan, Evelyn Mc Sweeney, Pat Melia, Breda Cullinane Mc Carthy. Con Lynch was co-opted in February 2014.

The Wild Geese Tornier Fun Activity Day

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The very impressive Ballingeary Pipe Band © Caroline Kelleher

What a successful and enjoyable day that was had by all at Tornier Macroom for the leaving ceremony of the The Wild Geese Tornier Plant-to-Plant fundraising tour. We were delighted to have our Global President and CEO, Dave Mowry and Greg Morrison-Global Vice President Human Resources join us for our kick-off event along with our French colleagues and representatives from our sponsored local charities, on May 1st as the grounds of Tornier Ireland at Hartnett's Cross, Macroom were turned into sports fields and teams of Tornier personnel vied for winning position in the Hurling, Baseball, Golfing, Soccer and Pétanque tournaments. Plenty of refreshments were supplied also for the hungry teams and spectators. Entertainment was supplied by DJ-Sean Hourihan with the impressive Ballingeary Pipe Band leading the team to their starting position where the ribbon cutting ceremony took place and the team were sent on their way for the courageous eleven day marathon cycle tour. The team would like to thank Tornier for their support and their very generous offer of matching every euro that is raised during the teams fundraising campaign for the local charities, Macroom Community Hospital and Cancer Connect/West Cork Rural Transport. We wish the team the very best with their epic fundraising tour which can be followed on their blog www.planttoplant.weebly.com

Book Launch

A sixth-class pupil at Ballyvongane N.S. in Bealnamorrive has written a novel about a peasant Irish girl who lived through the Great Famine. The book will be launched by singer John Spillane at Macroom Library on May 27th at 5.30pm and all are welcome to attend. The book - which is called 'Better than Gold' - was written last summer by Fiona Buckley from Laharn, Coachford, when she was only 11 years old.
The book came about because Fiona's teacher at Ballyvongane NS, Cyril Lovett, asked her to try writing a book during the summer holidays of 2013. He was impressed with what she wrote and sent it to publishers Emu Ink in Dublin. It is now available in e-book form (to rent or buy on emuink.ie, and also from amazon.co.uk and other online booksellers). Paperbacks will be available from mid-May.
She is donating all profits from the book to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland, as her brother John has received a lot of support through that organisation. Fitz-Gerald's bookshop will have copies of the book by next week.

Macroom Library

Art Exhibition:
A month long exhibition of Art by Kristin Gleeson's art groups from Ballyvourney and Macroom. The lively launch took place on Wednesday 7th May.
In Stock:
Among the latest bestsellers we have in stock are, Nora Roberts 'Dark Witch', Donal Ryan's 'The Spinning Heart', Janet Evanovich's 'The Heist, and 'An Act of Love' by Marie Fleming.
Please note that we have a collection of leaflets on display that the public are welcome to take away. These are provided to us by The Road Safety Authority and address all aspects of road safety both for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists.
We stock 'Hello,' Woman's Way, the Phoenix, and The Irish Times and The Examiner as well as The Farmers Journal, the Corkman and The Southern Star.

Membership Fees are €2.50 for adults, 50 cents for Children and Senior Citizens may join for free.

McEgan College Updates

Highway to Oz Pics

The final term at McEgan College got off to a tremendous start last week with the school staging their production of Highway to Oz. The show ran in the College over two nights and was a great success. Students from 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year, as well as their teachers took to the stage and performed with gusto. Well known characters such as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin man and the Cowardly Lion wowed the audience with their performances of hits such as Kathy Perry's Roar and Tracy Chapman's Fast Car. Ms. McAdam incited fear in many as Tabitha "the pretty" Witch of the West but Dorothy eventually found her way back to Macroom with the help of the Wizard, played by Mr. O Riordan. Congratulations to directors Ms. O Regan and Ms. Buckley for producing such a memorable show and to the students who worked tirelessly to make it such a successful event.

St. Mary's

The Cycle Against Suicide 2014 Stops at St Mary's Macroom

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The Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative that was started by Jim Breen as a result of his appearance on RTE's "The Secret Millionaire" programme. The main objective of the cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at a risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
This year the cycle took place from April 28th to May 11th and the cyclists stopped for their lunch in St Mary's Macroom on their way from Cork to Killarney on Thursday the 1st of May.
This year St Mary's partnered with the Cycle Against Suicide to co-host an amazing mental health event at the school. Led by a team of students and staff St Mary's provided refreshments and facilities for the cyclists as they made their way from Cork to Killarney. Together the Cycle Against Suicide and the school created a fantastic Mental Health Event comprising of presentations, videos, guest speakers, entertainment and an exhibition of local mental health organisations including The Samaritans, Aware, Console and Reachout.com.
The event was outstanding. It was a very positive, uplifting event that benefitted all who were in attendance. The sun shone brightly on the grounds of St Mary's as the cyclists ate the amazing food provided by Trisha Long and baking provided by Catherina O Connor –Home Economics teacher and by parents and students of St Mary's. Led in song by St Mary's School Choir and music teacher Aoife Donovan the students from the 3 secondary schools in the town, along with special guests, danced and sang and chanted the message that "it's ok not to feel ok and it's absolutely ok to ask for help".

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Cycle against suicide © St. Mary's Secondary School, Pictureboots.com

The 600 plus cyclists were welcomed to the school by a guard of honour of students and members of the public and they were led on their way to Killarney by 30 students and 5 teachers from St Mary's who cycled out of the town with them. St Mary's would like to thank all of their sponsors who donated to this event - Tom Creedon Transport, Super Value, McCarthy's Fruit and Veg, Clonakility Irish Yogurts and Clona Milk.
The School would also like to thank the organising committee – Ciaran Cooke, Angela Collins, John Vaughan, Eibhlin Collins, Arlene O'Donoghue and Sean O'Cuill who worked very hard to make this event a success. They would also like to thank Timmy Coleman for all of his help and a special thank you to Trisha Long who fed up to 800 people on the day!!!
Finally the school would like to thank all of the students who helped to prepare for this amazing event and also to thank them for getting involved on the day by welcoming and chatting to all of the cyclists and by enjoying the event. As usual they were a credit to the school.
And remember – "it's ok not to feel ok and it's absolutely ok to ask for help".
Contact details for help: The Samaritans – 1850609090. Console – 1800201890.
Aware – 1890303302. www.Reachout.com

Briery Gap Programme

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: Free Films throughout May include The Great Gatsby 12A. Monday 19th May at 8.30pm. Captain Philips 12A Monday 26th May at 8.30pm.

Local Television

LTV is now finished for the summer months and will resume again for the winter 2014.

Lee Valley Updates

Luke Kelly Tribute Concert Raises Funds For Aid Cancer Treatment
Kathleen Kelleher from Dripsey, currently a cancer patient at Cork University Hospital is so grateful for the care she has received and continues to receive from the caring and professional staff that she decided to give back something in return. She looked no further than her husband, folk singer and avid lifetime fan of Luke Kelly who ironically was a cancer patient at CUH in 1980. Pat got together with his musician friends Dan O'Sullivan, Paul Carroll, Joe Noonan and son Ricky who kindly gave of their time to perform a Luke Kelly Tribute Concert at Griffins Garden Centre. A big thank you to Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, who gave their venue to host the show on Friday 28th May 2014, and whose staff volunteered to help out on the night. A very enjoyable evening was had by all. Dr. Paul Kelly was in attendance on behalf of Cork University Hospital and explained that the funds raised would be used for the purchase of vital signs monitors for the Dunmanway Unit at CUH. A total of €4420.00 was raised and was handed over recently to the voluntary organisation AID Cancer Treatment (ACT) whose aim is to help contribute to greater patient care, treatment and comfort by helping to invest in cancer treatment equipment and critical research initiatives. Kathleen wishes to thank everyone that made the event a success.

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Front L-R: Pat McCarthy – Chairperson (ACT), Kathleen Kelleher, Ber Ryan -Director (ACT), Back L-R: Ricky Kelleher, Lorna Kelleher, Margaret Griffin, Pat Kelleher. (Photo: Timmy Griffin)

Clondrohid Updates

County Mayor Community Awards 2014

Heartiest congrats to Clondrohid Community Recreational Facilities Ltd, (better known locally as the The Astro Turf etc.) on winning this award in the Southern Division. The facilities in Clondrohid are something to be very proud of and well deserving of the award. Well done to everybody involved in bringing this facility to fruition.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: This very important parish event took place in Clondrohid church last Saturday, and despite the wind and rain, the 25 children seemed very happy and relaxed. The mass celebrated by Fr. Wickham was a very joyous occasion, and well done to all who helped the children to this big day, especially their teachers, and parents. The singing was superb. A big thank you to all those who helped out in the hall for the Communion breakfast. Next Saturday May 17 at 10.30am in Carriganima the children from Carriganima and Muinfliuch will receive theirs, we wish them all well.
BOOT CAMP; Boot camp continues every Monday and Thursday nights from 8 to 9pm. A little running on the track included in workout. All new members welcome.

The Noel Deasy Skoda Coachford Classic

The cycle race takes place on Sunday May 25th, with sign on from 10am in Coachford GAA Complex. The race is open to A2, A3, A4, Junior and Women's categories and takes place over a loop of roughly 16k, leaving Coachford Village on the Macroom road in the direction of Carrigadrohid, turning up past the Castle in Carrigadrohid, on past Canovee Church coming out at Shandangan Cross where it returns back again to Coachford. Spectators are welcome along the route. The race is in it's second year and this year will be known as the Noel Deasy Skoda Coachford Classic. We are delighted with the involvement of Skoda, who are a brand well renowned for supporting cycling internationally in race such as the Tour de France and the race in everyone's consciousness at the moment, the Giro d'Italia. It is nice that we can have our own little pink corner down here while the Giro paints the East Coast pink!

Donoughmore Strictly Come Dancing

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Strictly Come Dancing in Donoughmore © pic supplied Monica Kennedy

As the election campaign continues for the upcoming local elections, the people of Donoughmore only have one vote on their mind, who they will vote their dancing queen and king. Politicians will be out of the minds of the local amateur dancers who will be seeking a number one vote of their very own, on a day nationally that will see the country head to the polling stations. If you're looking for an alternative to political voting for the day join in the fun at Donoughmore Sports Complex on May 23rd at 8pm where a great night's craic and entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed.
Donoughmore Strictly Comes Dancing is a night that will showcase the hard work and commitment of a number of local volunteers, who have been paired off as couples to represent their families and community, while raising funds for the local community. So if you fancy a bit of waltzing, tango, salsa, foxtrot, or quick step these dancing divas have it all covered. 9 weeks of intense rehearsals under the instruction of professional dancers Marek and Suzanne the 9 couples from a wide stretching age group are ready to wow their audience with their nimble feet and slick moves on the dancefloor. The contestants have been busily working on their glitzy costumes that alone are set to add colour and comic to the evening's entertainment. This event will bring the community together to raise much needed funds for Donoughmore Ladies Basketball Club and Donoughmore Community Council Ltd, two groups that contribute a great amount of their time in helping to upgrade local facilities and services to keeping both the young and old in the community active. There's no doubt that as the couples take centre stage to perform their dance numbers they will both divide and unite many of the local townlands in deciding on where their final votes will lie. Now that's politics of a totally different kind!
The Sports Complex itself will be transformed into a ballroom spectacle of its very own thanks to the generosity and the amazing creativity of Marie Murray of Cover Story, an expert in event decor (www.coverstory.com). A raffle will also be held on the night for some amazing prizes. Tickets for the event cost €15 per adult and €5 per child and include free entry to the raffle and light refreshments. Further information is available on the Donoughmore Strictly Come Dancing Facebook page. So who will be crowned the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of Donoughmore? Or will you vote a for a hotter couple who will perform the much loved dance routines famously associated with Patrick Swayze? You decide! Donoughmore needs your votes on May 23rd.

Canovee GAA History

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'From Carrig to Croke Park –A History of Canovee GAA' was launched at the Castle Hotel Macroom by Cork All Ireland dual star and current hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, a man with long family connections with the club. Latecomers to the launch would have had to be content with standing in the corridor as there was an overflow attendance present at the function. Prominent GAA people were there in abundance, including County Board Chairman Bob Ryan and Muskerry Board Chairman J.J.Long, but the vast bulk of the attendance was comprised of the ordinary decent folk of the Canovee club catchment area who were displaying a natural pride in the achievements of their club and the fine record of these successes now available in print form for this and future generations.
The club history is the result of the careful research of the History Committee under leader Con Dunne and which included Michael Galvin, John F O'Sullivan, Liam Nash, John BarryMurphy and John O'Sullivan. It traces the history of Gaelic Games in Canovee from 1889 t the present day and includes of course the story of the All Ireland Club Junior Championship win at GAA HQ in the 2007 season – hence the title of the book! It is well written and chockfull of interesting photographs, a fitting tribute to the great men and women of this fine club.
Kevin Moynihan acted as MC for the launch and did a superb job in introducing the various speakers which included the two Board Chairmen, Canovee GAA Chairman Pat O'Riordan, and Liam Nash on behalf of the History committee. Fr Tim O'Sullivan gave an opening blessing and Canovee President John Dunlea made a presentation to Anne and Con Dunne in recognition of their contribution to the club history project and to community life generally.

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Macra Na Feirme's Annual 5km and Know Your Neighbour has come around again. It will be held on Sunday the 15th of June with sign in for the race at 2pm, race at 3pm and know your neighbour at 4pm in the Ploughman Bar Ballinagree. The Aghinagh Macra cup is up for grabs for the first runner over the line, Entry €10 with free BBQ on the day. All proceeds this year will go to MS Ireland. Also on the day we will have Free Open Air Dancing with Peter Lane and Black Water Sound starting at 4pm followed by DJ Mike O'Sullivan. Lots of fun with the all new WATER DUNK TANK for young and old, bouncing castles, face painting and lots of side shows. Tickets will also be on sale from next week with prizes up for grabs such as Tickets for Garth Brookes in Dublin and loads more. Sure to be a brilliant day and look forward to seeing you there. For more information see Aghinagh Macra's Facebook page or contact 0877647248/0879007893.

Sports Mad

Macroom Ladies Football

Training has been well under way for the past few months and impressions are being made with the U14 Ladies making a mark on the Mid Cork U14B League with four straight wins, one draw and two defeats. Keep up the good work ladies. There is a very good turn out by the U10 and U8 girls who will also have some fun and games as we go into the summer. U16 and Minor Ladies are continuing to train weekly and any new players are more than welcome.
Best of Luck to all teams in upcoming games and thank you to all who continually support the club in any way, coaches and mentors - new and old, match drivers (Mums and Dads), jersey washers etc.
Training Times:
U8, U10, and U12 Wednesdays @ 6pm in Tom Creedon Park. (subject to changes
due to games) U14 Wednesdays @ 5pm in Tom Creedon Park. (subject to changes due to games) U16 and Minor Wed/Thurs in Tom Creedon Park. (subject to changes due to games) New players always welcome. Enquires: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 3792924'.

Canovee G. A. A. News

On May 3rd Canovee played Blarney in the junior football championship in Ovens. Blarney played with eight defenders in this match which made for a very messy match. However when Canovee came to grips with the situation they played some nice football. Darragh Ring, James Moynhian, Sean O'Connor and William Ahern scored points in the first half, but a blarney goal kept them in contention. Half time score was Canovee 0.09 Blarney 1.03. The start of the second half was a stale mate situation but then Canovee got going again. Further points by Aidan and James Moynhian, Ring, O'Connor and Aidan Murphy kept Canovee in control with Blarney replying with a late goal. Final score Canovee 0.17 Blarney 2.05. Canovee were happy to get over the first round of the championship after a disappointing season last year with plenty of room for improvement. Sean O'Connor and Andrew Cronin were Canovees top performers while Paul Twomey and Aidan Murphy were making their championship debuts. Team: Darren Shine, Gearoid Lucey, James McCarthy, Daniel O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Sean O'Connor, Brian Ahern, Eamonn Lyons, Paul Twomey, Aidan Murphy, Brian Barrett, Ger Ahern, Darragh Ring, James Moynhian, William Ahern. Sub: Aidan Moynhian.
Darragh Ring 0.07, Sean O'Connor 0.03, Aidan Moynhian 0.03 James Moynhian 0.02, Aidan Murphy 0.01.William Ahern 0.01.

May 11th Canovee played Ballingeary in division 1 of the junior football league in Carrigadrohid. Canovee got off to a good start against the wind and led after 20 minutes by 1.06 to 0.02 with James Moynhian scoring the goal. However they went totally out of the game coming up to half time and only led at half time by 1.09 to 1.07. Canovee kept the score board ticking over in the second half with Conor Hughes scoring a goal. Final score Canovee 2.15 Ballingeary 1.10 in this game Paul O'Sullivan returned to the team after a long term injury while young Conor Hughes got his first start. Team: Darren Shine, James McCarthy, Paul O'Sullivan, Daniel O'Sullivan, Andrew Cronin, Sean O'Connor, Brian Ahern, Eamonn Lyons, Michael Deasy, Aidan Murphy, Liam Kelleher, Denis O'Sullivan, Conor Hughes, Brian Barrett, James Moynhian,
Subs: Ger Ahern, Michael Dunne, Mark Healy, Kieran Moynhian.

Canovee GAA History

'From Carrig to Croke Park –A History of Canovee GAA' was launched at the Castle Hotel Macroom by Cork All Ireland dual star and current hurling manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, a man with long family connections with the club. Latecomers to the launch would have had to be content with standing in the corridor as there was an overflow attendance present at the function. Prominent GAA people were there in abundance, including County Board Chairman Bob Ryan and Muskerry Board Chairman J.J.Long, but the vast bulk of the attendance was comprised of the ordinary decent folk of the Canovee club catchment area who were displaying a natural pride in the achievements of their club and the fine record of these successes now available in print form for this and future generations.
The club history is the result of the careful research of the History Committee under leader Con Dunne and which included Michael Galvin, John F O'Sullivan, Liam Nash, John Barry Murphy and John O'Sullivan. It traces the history of Gaelic Games in Canovee from 1889 t the present day and includes of course the story of the All Ireland Club Junior Championship win at GAA HQ in the 2007 season – hence the title of the book! It is well written and chockfull of interesting photographs, a fitting tribute to the great men and women of this fine club.
Kevin Moynihan acted as MC for the launch and did a superb job in introducing the various speakers which included the two Board Chairmen, Canovee GAA Chairman Pat O'Riordan, and Liam Nash on behalf of the History committee. Fr Tim O'Sullivan gave an opening blessing and Canovee President John Dunlea made a presentation to Anne and Con Dunne in recognition of their contribution to the club history project and to community life generally.

Clondrohid G.A.A.NEWS

Well done to u 13 who defeated St. Vincent's on a scoreline of 4 11 to 2 9 and to the u 11 who defeated Canovee in a very entertaining match, Final score 6 11 to 5 2.
CUL CAMP: Clondrohid G.A.A. will be holding a Kellogg's G. A.A. Cul camp on the week of July 7 to 11. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. Application forms will be available in the 3 local schools or you can register online at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps . Application forms will also be available in the club shop on Saturday mornings during underage training.
Any queries please contact Fergal Kelleher (Cul Camp Coordinator) on 087 - 9359704. On Saturday mornings during under age training a club shop will be open. Teas /Coffee also available. Tea /Coffee will also be available while games are taking place, just go to dressing room building. Club gear can be purchased or ordered. Club lotto tickets also available.
Your continued support is appreciated and necessary to continue the running of the club.
New lotto ticket sellers always welcome, and needed, please contact any one of the trainers if you wish to take a few lotto ticket books to sell.
Congrats to Niamh Duggan and the Cork minor team on their great win over Tipperary in the Munster final
LAOCHRA OG: Congrats to this new hurling club on defeating Crosshaven in the preliminary round County junior B hurling championship in Blarney on Saturday April 26. Well done.
Clondrohid played Urhan in the Co. League in Clondrohid on Sunday last with very slippery underfoot conditions. The home team started with 3 well taken points inside 5mins, 2 from Paddy Lynch and 1 from Declan Kelleher, it was Clondrohid's last score until a point from Darren Dineen in the 21st min. At this stage Urhan were the better team leading by 1-2. Mark Creed got a good point 2mins before half time but Urhan got a 2nd goal just before the half time whistle and lead at half time by 2-6 to 5pts. Clondrohid needed to up their game big time for the second half and they most certainly did, with much more movement, speed of thought and work-rate by the entire team. They scored 12 points in the second half and eventually won by 2pts with a scoreline of 17 points to 2-9.
Clondrohid played Ballincollig in the opening round of championship in a windswept Donoughmore on Sat night. Clondrohid played into the wind in the 1st half and opened the scoring with a fine point by Declan Kelleher inside a minute. A strong wind was making it hard for both teams, as both teams worked hard in a hard fought game, two points from the ever dangerous Darren Dineen left Clondrohid just a point behind with 15mins into the game In the 19th min David O Leary riffled the ball into the net for a great goal. Clondrohid kept working hard with Paddy Lynch running at the heart of Ballincollig defence at every opportunity, but all Clondrohid's hard work seemed to be undone when they lost possession from a free and Ballincollig raced down the pitch and goaled and then added a further point. This left Ballincollig now leading 1-8 to 1-3. 4 minutes into 1st half injury time a long ball from the right hand corner from Aidan Kelleher found the ever running Fergal Kelleher who hit the ball low and hard into the right hand corner leaving the score at half time 2-3 to 1-8.
Ballincollig were 1st to open the scoring on the re-start, 5mins into the 2nd half Paddy Lynch closed the gap to 2pts, mid way into the 2nd half Ballincollig lost a player to 2 yellow cards, however they still led 1-10 to 2-4. With Clondrohid trying hard to close the gap and Ballincollig defending in numbers Clondrohid finally brought the result to the minimum with 2 pints from Darren Dineen , with some scoring chances going astray and at times poor decision making, it looked like Clondrohid were going to fail to level this exciting game. Clondrohid never gave up and in injury time the ball fell to Trevor O Brien who ran straight for goal and pointed from 25 yards out to level the game much to the relief of Clondrohid players, mentors and supporters. That was the final action of the game with a draw possibly a fair result over all, final score 2-7 to 1-10. The Clondrohid team and mentors wore SUICIDE AWARE T SHIRTS in the warm up before game. T shirts were kindly sponsored by Ron Harris Merlin Extrusion Birmingham. Players and mentors would like to thank Ron and all the supporters who travelled the long journey to Donoughmore, and gave great support as usual.
We look forward to the replay in due course.
Team: John Corkery, Sean Lynch, Lorcan Lynch, James Kelleher, Conor O Leary, Trevor O Brian, Sean O Callaghan, Fergal Kelleher, Jeremy O Sullivan, Mark Creed, Paddy Lynch (Capt) Declan Kelleher , David O Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen.
Subs: Danny O Riordan for Declan Kelleher, Daniel O Mahony for Conor O Leary, Neilus Murphy for Sean O Callaghan, Jerome Ring, Cian Creedon, Brendan Kelleher, Alan Duggan.
CONGRATS To Tiernan Quinn, Sean Desmond, Stephen Ryan and Cathal Creedon who played in the U 14 De La Salle hurling team. They defeated North Mon in the Colleges C final
The same boys plus Eddie Duggan Dean Burke and Callum O'Shea played and won the S.F. of the U 14 Cork Colleges B football. They defeated Beara C.S. on Tuesday May 6. Good luck in the final

Cork Ladies are League Champions

Cork ladies continued their winning run over Dublin and lifted their eighth Tesco Homegrown National Football League title in ten years at Parnell Park.
Dublin were desperate to get one over the Rebelettes, who had beaten them at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage in two of the last three years, and they led by four points early in the second half. However, Cork showed their resilience and battling qualities once again, scoring six points in a row to turn the game on its head with Dublin failing to score for 21 minutes. The Dublin girls hit six wides after the break, Cork, appearing in their seventh league final in a row compared to Dublin's first, used all their experience to run the clock down and drew the free which Geraldine O'Flynn expertly converted with ten seconds remaining.

There were the same number of goals scored as points in a low-scoring first half. Lindsay Peat, was back among the goals for Dublin with two cracking finishes in the first half. Cork responded with a goal from Orlagh Farmer in the 13th minute with a low snapshot which flew past Cliodhna O'Connor in the Dublin goal.
All Star forward and expert free-taker Valerie Mulcahy was not named to start the game but she ended up as Cork's top scorer with 0-5. Her only point from play came just before the break to leave her team trailing by just 2-1 to 1-2.

When Dublin opened up with two points in three minutes from Davey and Sinead Aherne to stretch their lead to four, it looked as though they would finally get a victory over the Rebelettes. Cork had other ideas, however, and three Mulcahy frees as well as points from Geraldine O'Flynn, Doireann O'Sullivan and substitute Deirdre O'Reilly from a narrow angle saw them turn the game around. While the brilliant Carla Rowe won and carried a lot of ball, the Dublin forwards disappointed and could not make use of possession. Aherne's close-in free ended Dublin's 21 minute scoring drought after 54 minutes to reduce the gap to a point. But Cork, who have lost some key players since last season, showed they still had the confidence to play the possession game with O'Flynn kicking the insurance point to break Dublin hearts again.
Scorers for Cork – V Mulcahy 0-5 (4f), O Farmer 1-0, G O'Flynn 0-2 (1f), D O'Sullivan, D O'Reilly 0-1 each
CORK: M O'Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, Ann Marie Walsh, G O'Flynn; RENA BUCKLEY, BRIEGE CORKERY (capt); Annie Walsh, C O'Sullivan, O Farmer; E Farmer, D O'Sullivan, V Mulcahy

Subs: D O'Reilly (36), O Finn for O Farmer (40), E Scally (40), G Kearney (51), N Kelly (54)

The captain of the Cork team was Briege Corkery of St Vals, leading Cork for the first time in a national final on the day after acting as bridesmaid at her sister's wedding! Rena Buckley (Donoughmore) partnered Briege at midfield and Eimear Scally (Eire Óg) came on as a second half substitute.
Congratulations to Briege, Rena and Eimear, and to team manager Eamonn Ryan and fellow selectors from Mid Cork, Justin McCarthy (Naomh Fionnbarra), Frank Honohan (Donoughmore) and Pat O'Leary (St Vals).

Cork County Championships

Senior Football Championship

Round 1
A. Castlehaven 6-15 St. Vincent's 1-10
B. Ballincollig 1- 9 St. Finbarr's 1-8
C. Nemo Rangers 2-17 Dohenys 0-1
D. Clonakilty 2-10 St Nicks 0-8
E. Bishopstown 2-15 Ilen Rovers 0-8
F. Douglas 0- 9 Newcestown 0-5
G. Clyda Rovers 2-13 O'Donovan Rossa 2-7
H. Carbery Rangers 5-17 Aghada 0-3

Round 2 (Losers' Group)
St. Vincent's v St. Finbarr's
Dohenys v St Nicks
Ilen Rovers v Newcestown
O'D. Rossa v Aghada

Ballincollig 1-9 St Finbarrs 1-8

At half time in this senior county championship opening round game it was St Finbarrs 1-2 Ballincollig 0-1 and the wise ones were predicting a rout of the Mid Cork men. Ballincollig had hit nine wides and it had taken them all of 21 minutes to get a score! At the interval however the Ballincollig mentors revised the line out and in the second half things at last began to level out before they eventually went their way. Liam Jennings and Sean Kiely at midfield were terrific and Johnny Miskella came out to give them and everyone else great support. On the restart, Barrs scored first, Ciarán O'Sullivan matched this for Ballincollig, Barrs added another point to lead 1-4 to 0-2 after 37 minutes. Ballincollig were beginning to motor well now though with midfield on top and points from George Durrant, Niall Allen, and Johnny Miskella quickly cut the gap to two points. Back came the city side with two points, Cian Dorgan had a point for Ballincollig and Paddy Kelly, set up by a Sean Kiely run, kicked over a great point as the Ballincollig band wagon gathered momentum.
The introduction of Ian Coughlan proved a master stroke as Liam Jennings found the powerful full forward who fisted to the net on 50 minutes. Cian Dorgan clipped over a point and young senior debutant Cian Kiely kicked a majestic score from play. St Finbarrs reduced the gap to the minimum but Ballincollig weathered the storm. A good night for Michael O'Brien and his management team.
Ballincollig: David Lordan: Colin Moore, Liam Jennings, Noel Galvin: Luke Prendergast, Stephen O'Donoghue, Cian Kiely: Sean Kiely, Ciarán O' Sullivan: George Durrant, Patrick Kelly, Niall Allen: Johnny Kelly, Cian Dorgan, John Miskella. Subs: Ian Coughlan (46), Robert Noonan (60), D Kerstein (Blood sub).

Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
A. Newmarket 2-13 Kiskeam 0-8
B. Nemo Rangers 2- 9 Naomh Abán 1-7
C. St. Michael's 1-11 Castletownbere 0-8
D. Grenagh 1-11 Mallow 1-7
E. Bantry Blues 0-13 Na Piarsaigh 2-6
F. Macroom 1- 8 Béal átha'n Ghaor 0-7
G. Glenville 0- 8 Carrigaline 3-8
H. Valley Rovers 0- 7 Ballinora 0-4

Round 2
Glenville v Béal átha'n Ghaor
Kiskeam v Ballinora
Mallow v Castletownbere
Na Piarsaigh v Naomh Abán

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Naomh Abán Premier Intermediate Football team who were defeated by Nemo Rangers in the Premier Intermediate Football Championship. © Lee Valley Outlook.

Naomh Abán 1-7 Nemo Rangers 2 – 9

Naomh Abán face into a second round tie against city side Na Piarsaigh after their defeat to Nemo Rangers at a cold but sunny Coachford. There was a very strong wind blowing towards the road and Naomh Abán performed heroically in defending their goal in the first half and were in with a great chance of victory at the break when the Nemo lead was 1-4 to 1-1. In the second half however Nemo continued to force the pace with Naomh Abán forced to play catch-up and a second Nemo goal seven minutes from time put the game beyond the reach of the Baile Mhuirne men who bravely fought on to the finish. Nemo are masters of retaining possession and used all their arts in the concluding stages to frustrate Naomh Abán's efforts at procuring scores to save the day.
Nemo had a rather fortuitous goal in the 7th minute when the ball broke in the N Abán goalmouth and was booted in from close range. Naomh Abán replied with a goal from a Miceál Ó Cronín penalty in the 10th minute after Miceál Ó Laoire had been hauled down. Nemo added only three points to their tally despite the wind and near constant pressure, a tribute to a magnificent Naomh Abán defence in which Criostoir Ó Deasúna, Tomás ÓhAilíosa and Seamus Ó Riada led by example.
Within 20 seconds of the restart, Daire O'Sullivan had hit the Nemo upright and another wide followed before Nemo pointed a free in the 4th minute and added two points from play to show that they were not going to succumb easily. Miceál Ó Cronín (what an outstanding servant he has been to his club!) replied with two points from frees for N Abán but Nemo kept coming back with scores and their goal in the 53rd minute from Seán O'Brien settled the issue. Miceál Ó Cronín and Maidhc Ó Duinnín had points to keep N Abán battling on but the last five minutes were scoreless as Nemo played a possession game to perfection.
Naomh Abán: Micheál Ó Donnchú: Criostóir Ó Deasúna, Seamus Ó Mathúna, Tomás Ó hAilíosa: Diarmuid Ó Scanaill, Seamus Ó Riada, Micheál Ó Liatháin: Michéal Ó Laoire, Seamus Ó Laoire: Seán A MacCarthaigh, Daire Ó Suilleabháin, Niall Ó Ceallaigh: Diarmuid Ó Liatháin, Michéal Ó Cronín, Maidhc Ó Duinnín. Fir Ionaid: Liam MacSuibhne, Diarmuid Ó Ceallaigh agus Conchuir Ó Murchú.

Grenagh 1 – 11 Mallow 1 – 7

Newly promoted Grenagh had a big win on their return to Premier grade, inflicting a four point defeat on favourites Mallow at Mourneabbey. Mallow had a great opening quarter and Cian O'Riordan's converted penalty after 14 minutes gave the North Cork men a 1-3 to 0-1 lead at that stage. Mallow then started to concede frees in response to Grenagh pressure and Diarmuid DD Dorgan and Gerry Russell punished them severely to bring Grenagh level. A late Mallow point gave them a 1-4 to 0-6 interval lead.
On the resumption Gerry Russell and DD Dorgan each added points to Grenagh's tally and in the 38th minute Ultan Duggan crashed home a goal from close range. Mallow got a point back but Colm O'Neill restored the four point gap and when Mallow again scored, Conor Fitzgerald made a Grenagh victory certain with a late, late point.
Scorers: Grenagh: U Duggan 1-0, DD Dorgan 0-6 (0-4 frees), G Russell 0-3 (frees), C O'Neill and C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
Grenagh: Martin Barry: Mick Lehane, Dan O'Connor, Damien Buckley: Kevin O'Neill, Gerry Russell, Shane Dorgan: Tom Kenny, John Russell: Tadgh Walsh, Conor Fitzgerald, Diarmuid Dorgan: Ultan Duggan, Liam Walsh, Colm O'Neill. Sub: Eamonn Walsh.

Macroom 1 – 8 Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh 0 – 7

Macroom who defeated Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Football Championship. © Lee Valley Outlook

It was 0-4 apiece with two minutes to go to half time at Kilmichael but then Macroom struck for the only goal of the game and on the second half restart, kicked over three points in rapid succession to lead by 1-7 to 0-4 after 33 minutes. Béal Átha did not score in reply until the 43rd minute, a full half hour since their fourth point had given them a 0-4 to 0-2 lead, but Macroom were playing confidently and stayed in control to the end, even if they had to survive a few scary moments.
Macroom were short six of the team which started last year's county final including the highly rated trio of Sean Kiely, Eoin O'Mahony and David Goold, all Cork senior panellists in recent times. They were boosted by the availability of goalkeeper James O'Connell, however, and the experienced Macroom man was to play a vital part in this victory, stopping a late point blank effort from Andy Concannon when a goal would have led to a hectic finish. The key to Macroom's success was however the overall performance of the team with players stepping in to fill gaps in such a fashion that absences were hardly felt at all. Béal Átha will have to be disappointed with this performance but the format of the county championship now is such that every team has three chances to progress and last year Macroom having being wiped out in the opening round, regrouped and progressed to a county final!
David Horgan opened the scoring with a Macroom point after 2 minutes, and Horgan added a second point five minutes later. Back came with Béal Átha with a point from Ben Shorten and it was 0-2 each in the 10th minute when Tim O'Leary kicked over. Béal Átha then added two further points, one each from Shorten and O'Leary (an excellent score) to lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after 14 minutes but they were not to score again until the three quarter stage. Fintan Goold pointed a Macroom free in the 21st minute and Patrick Lucey did likewise in the 27th minute to level the scores. The vital goal followed when Béal Átha lost possession in attack, Michael Cronin fed back to Martin O'Donnell who parted to Rory Buckley who in turn found Conor O'Sullivan near the end line and the latter drew the last defender before setting up Ivan Casey for a blast at the goal from close range and the net was shaking! Macroom lost a defender to a Black Card before the break, Stephen Casey coming in to fill the vacancy more than adequately.

Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh who were defeated by Macroom in the first round of the Premier Intermediate Football Championship. © Lee Valley Outlook

Points from Fintan Goold, Patrick Lucey (a free, foul on Conor O'Sullivan)) and David Cotter had Macroom six points clear within three minutes of the restart. Macroom now kicked over some wides in a period when they were on top and inevitably Béal Átha came back at them and Andy Concannon and Ben Shorten had points to leave it 1-7 to 0-6 at the three quarter stage. The tight Macroom defence with Rory Buckley in great form, well supported by Emmett Quinlan and Martin O'Donnell in the full back line, were able to deal with the Béal Átha threat and Fintan Goold pointed a free in the 47th minute, earned by the perseverance of Ivan Casey. Béal Átha were almost through on goal a couple of times, once kicking wide and foiled by James O'Connell on another occasion and had to be satisfied by an injury time point from Eanna Dineen.
Béal Átha now face Glenville in the 2nd round and will be hoping for improved form here and progression to Round Four.
Macroom: James O'Connell: Emmett Quinlan, Rory Buckley, Martin O'Donnell: Ciarán Murphy, Michael Cahill, David Cotter: Fintan Goold, Frank O'Leary: Michael Cronin, David Horgan, Tony Dineen: Conor O'Sullivan, Ivan Casey, Patrick Lucey. Subs: Stephen Casey (29), Brian Lynch (47), Darren Kelly (58).
Béal Átha'n Ghaorthaidh: Muiris Ó Conchúir: Nollaig Ó Duinnín, Leonáird Ó Conchuir, Seán Ó Duinnín: Seán Ó Donnchú, Donal MacCarthaigh, Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsuigh: Andrias Ó Coinceannain, Colmán Ó Tuama: Seán Ó Coill, Ben Seartan, Pól Ó Buachalla: Miceál Ó Tuama, Liam Seartan, Tadhg Ó Laoghaire. Fir Ionaid: Cian Ó Duinnín (10), Nollaig Ó Laoire (35), Eoin Ó Coill (47), Conchuir Ó Loinsuigh (53), Eanna Ó Duinnín (55).
Referee: Mr Eamonn Sheehy, Newcestown.

Valley Rovers 0 - 7 Ballinora 0 – 4

Valleys defeated Ballinora at Ballygarvan in what was reckoned to be a poor game of football with enterprising forward play very lacking, albeit against massed defences. Ballinora led by two points early on, Michael Murphy scoring from play and from a free within the opening 8 minutes. Forty minutes would pass before they were to score again and in fact they had only two other shots at goal in that first half. Valleys were level at 0-2 each before the end of the opening quarter and led by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break. In the second half Valleys added two more points before Ballinora had a point from Ian Whycherley in the 49th minute. Rovers added a point from a free and Ian Whycherley had a second point to finish the scoring.
'Conditions did not suit anybody' is the reported comment of the Valleys' coach.
Cathal O'Connor: Dave O'Neill, Brendan Hourihan, Tim Crotty: Mike Lordan, Barry Crowley, Tomás McGrath: Michael Hodge. Aodhan O'Connor: Ian Whycherley, Gary O'Halloran, Conor Murphy: Alan O'Neill, Michael Murphy, Colin O'Shea. Subs: Ben Ahern, Pat Fitton, Brian Murphy, Dave Crotty.

Intermediate Football Championship

Round 1
A. Kinsale 2-9 Ballydesmond 1-9
B. Éire Óg 2-10 Cill na Martra 0-12
C. Mitchelstown 2-7 Kildorrery 0-7
D. Aghabull 1-9 Glanmire 1-7
E. Fermoy 3-12 Cloyne 0-9
F. Adrigole 1-11 Youghal 2-7
G. Kanturk 1-11 Glanworth 0-14 (draw)
Kanturk 2-9 Glanworth 0-9 (replay)
H. Rockchapel 3-9 Mayfield 1-10

Round 2 (Losers' Group)
Cloyne v Kildorrery
Ballydesmond v Cill na Martra
Youghal v Glanmire
Glanworth v Mayfield

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Eire Óg Junior Football Team who were defeated by Iveleary in the Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Éire Óg 2 – 10 Cill na Martra 0 – 12

Éire Óg, one of the strong fancies for this championship in recent years, safely overcame the strong challenge of Cill na Martra at Cloughduv in the opening round of the County Intermediate Football Championship. Éire Óg have earned their reputation on the strength of an attack which contained two Cork All Ireland medallists in Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan and with the departure of the latter to Australia there was considerable interest in how the men from Ovens would now perform. On the basis of this display, the Éire Óg attack, with Goulding ably assisted by John Dineen and Aidan O'Connor in the full forward line, will continue to carry major threat and it was their scoring ability, which gave them victory. Cill na Martra had being playing well in the lead-in to this encounter, their most recent victory over Naomh Abán in Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta being a major confidence boost, and they were never outplayed by Éire Óg but their young, light forwards could not break down the experienced Éire Óg defenders when the marking got tighter after the interval and in the latter stages when they needed a goal. Éire Óg now advance to Round Four, Cill na Martra will meet Ballydsmond and Kinsale in Round Two and they need not be lacking in confidence that they can advance.
The two goals scored in this game, both in the first quarter, had a major influence on the end result. Cill na Martra had started well with their corner forwards, Daniel Dineen and Daire MacLochlain, thriving on the fine service from Seán Kelleher and Noel O'Leary at midfield. Kevin O'Sullivan, Dano and Maidhchí Dineen fired over early points but in the 8th minute all that good work was undone when Kevin Hallissey and John Dineen combined to release Daniel O'Connor who billowed the Cill na Martra net to bring Éire Óg level. Daniel Dineen pointed his second free to put Cill na Martra back in front but in the 13th minute an error in defence allowed Hallissey to set up John Dineen to slip the ball to the net and put Éire Óg in front, 2-0 to 0-4 and they were to lead to the finish. Points were exchanged between the sides to the break, all from play, Goulding and Aidan O'Connor sharing four for the winners, Daniel Dineen(2) and Noel O'Leary on target for Cill na Martra, to leave Éire Óg leading by 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.

Cill na Martra dominated possession after the restart but had nothing to show for it until Daniel Dineen pointed another free in the 40th minute and two minutes later Miceál Ó Deasúna, like Dineen a member of the All Ireland winning Coláiste Ghobnatan team, pointed to narrow the gap to the minimum. Daniel Goulding now emerged to play a major role in the Éire Óg victory, kicking over two points in a minute and when Dineen had another point from a free in reply, Goulding pointed two frees to leave his side 2-8 to 0-10 in front by the 48th minute.
Éire Óg had by now broken the Cill na Martra dominance around midfield, their backs were marking very tightly and were in control of their goal area and they were playing confidently all over the field. Points from Fionn O'Rourke and Liam Sheehan increased their advantage before Cill na Martra finished with a point each from Miceál Ó Deasúna and Kevin O'Sullivan but they could not get the goal they needed.

Scorers: Éire Óg: D. O'Connor and J. Dineen 1-0 each, D. Goulding 0-6 (0-2 frees), A. O'Connor 0-2, F. O'Rourke and L. Sheehan 0-1 each.
Cill na Martra: Dan Ó Duinnín 0-6 (0-4 frees), C. Ó Suilleabháin and M. Ó Deasúna 0-2 each, M. Ó Duinnín and N. Ó Laoire 0-1 each.

Éire Óg: Chris Kelly: Ronan Dennehy, Shane McCarthy, John Mullins: Cian O'Mahony, Dermot Herlihy, Michael O'Shea: Paul McDonagh, Fionn O'Rourke: Liam Sheehan, Kevin Hallissey, Daniel O'Connor: Daniel Goulding, Aidan O'Connor, John Dineen. Sub: Liam Murphy for Herlihy (52).
Cill na Martra: Antóin Ó Conaill: Tadhg MacSuibhne, Colm Ó Laoire, Nollaig Ó Loinsuigh: Seanacháin Ó Loinsuigh, Alan Ó Mocháin, Graham Ó Mocháin: Nollaig Ó Laoire, Seán Ó Céilleachair: Donal Óg Ó Laoire, Caoimhín Ó Suilleabháin, Martín Ó Conchuir: Daniel Ó Duinnín, Maidhchí Ó Duinnín, Daire MacLochlainn. Subs: Micheál Ó Deasúna for N. Ó Loinsuigh (h/t), Caoimhín Ó hUidhir for D. Ó Laoire (53).
Referee: Mr Michael Collins, Clonakilty.

Aghabullogue 1 – 9 Glanmire 1 - 7

Aghabullogue, beaten finalists last season, recorded an impressive win over Glanmire in the first round of their 2014 Intermediate Football Championship campaign at Páirc Uí Rinn. There was little between the sides in the first half and some great scores were recorded by both sides, with John Corkery and Evan O'Sullivan getting their names on the scoresheet for Aghabullogue. John Corkery scored an impressive 0-5, 0-4 of which came from play and Evan added a point for Aghabullogue's tally. Aghabullogue led at half time on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-4.
Glanmire dominated the play for the first 10 minutes of the second half and added 1-3 to their tally to lead by 1-7 to 0-6 without a reply from Aghabullogue. The men in green and white dug deep however and Patrick Finnegan landed a great point for Aghabullogue in the 48th minute and the vital goal followed soon after. Sean O'Sullivan won a great ball at midfield and the ball was worked on through Evan O'Sullivan, John Corkery, Brian Buckley and Michael O'Sullivan and across the goalmouth where John Kelleher provided the final fist to the net to bring Aghabullogue roaring back to equality. John Kelleher then kicked over a lead point and Evan O'Sullivan added another great score following some well worked moves to put Aghabullogue two points clear and the entire team worked hard for the final minutes of the game to hold their lead and deny Glanmire.
It was a great team performance from Aghabullogue and deservedly earns them a place in the fourth round.
Scorers: John Corkery 0-5 (0-1 free), John Kelleher 1-1 (0-1 free), Evan O'Sullivan 0-2, Patrick Finnegan 0-1.
Aghabullogue: John Buckley: Alan Hogan, Dhani Merrick, Anthony O'Sullivan: Mark O'Brien, Donal Twomey, Ryan Dennehy: John Kelleher, Seán O'Sullivan: Greg Long, Aidan Barry Murphy, Seán Dineen: Evan O'Sullivan, Patrick Finnegan, John Corkery. Subs: Brian Buckley, Michael O'Sullivan, David O'Leary.

Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior A Football Championship

Round One Results:
Dripsey 1 – 12 Kilmichael 1 - 7
Aghinagh 1 – 10 Donoughmore 0 - 7
Canovee 0 – 17 Blarney 2 - 5
Ballincollig 1 – 10 Clondrohid 2 - 7
Inniscarra 2 – 11 Cill Na Martra 0 - 9
Uibh Laoire 2 – 15 Eire Og 1 - 3
Kilmurry 2 – 15 Macroom 1 - 4

The Ross Oil Mid Cork Junior Football championship is underway with all seven first round games played over two weekends and one of these, Ballincollig and Clondrohid finished in a draw. Reigning champions Kilmichael lost out to Dripsey; Canovee, down from intermediate, had their expected easy victory over Blarney and in-form Aghinagh had a fine win over Donoughmore. Iveleary, Kilmurry and Inniscarra had their expected comfortable wins over the second teams from the intermediate grade clubs.
Aghinagh, Canovee, Dripsey, Inniscarra, Iveleary, Kilmurry, winners of Ballincollig/Clondrohid replay are through to Round Three draw.

The draw for the second round (1st Rd losers) is:
Cill na Martra v Eire Óg
Kilmichael v Losers of Clon/B'collig
Blarney v Macroom
Donoughmore – a bye to Rd 3.
Defeat here means elimination from the 2014 championship. Second round games will be played in mid June (period 14th to 22nd).

Dripsey 1-12 Kilmichael 1-7

Kilmichael were very impressive in the opening twenty minutes of this game and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory. After Aidan Buckley opened the scoring for Dripsey from a free, Kilmichael responded with points from Danny Twomey and Shane Masters frees and then Aidan Buckley levelled the scoring with a point from another free, 0-2 each after ten minutes. Dripsey goalkeeper Ray Moynihan made a vital save from Finbarr Buckley in the 12th minute and Gary Murphy edged Dripsey ahead immediately after with a point from a free. Within a minute the game took a turn in Kilmichael's favour when Darragh Foley was brought down in the Dripsey goalmouth and James O'Leary slammed the resultant penalty to the net to put his side two points clear. Dripsey now lost Stevie Murray to a Black Card offence, his replacement Daniel Buckley returning from injury was to make an impact subsequently. James O'Leary pointed a free for Kilmichael and Peter Kelleher then kicked over a point in the 16th minute, the first score in the game from play. When Daniel Twomey had another Kilmichael point a minute later his side were leading by 1-5 to 0-3, playing well and seemingly in control. Dripsey slowly and steadily rallied in the run up to half time, however, and had points from Conor Hayes (19), Aidan Buckley (22), Gary Murphy (25), Diarmuid O'Riordan (29) and Murphy again (30), this one from a '45' to be level at the break, 1-5 to 0-8.

Kilmichael were still in a good place at this stage as they had the wind to help them in the second half but they never got going again. Points from a Gary Murphy free and Aidan Buckley (set up by a fine crossfield pass from Daniel Buckley) had Dripsey in front after four minutes, Kilmichael then lost Peter Kelleher to a Black Card (for a simple obstruction of a run) and in the 38th minute, Dripsey got in for a goal, David O'Sullivan punching in an Aidan Buckley cross. It was now Kilmichael 1-5 to Dripsey's 1-10, Dripsey having added 1-7 to their tally without reply from their opponents in the previous half hour's play! Darragh Foley at last had a score for Kilmichael when he pointed with a super shot in the 42nd minute but Aidan Buckley pointed another free at the three quarter stage to leave Dripsey still five points clear. Dripsey remained in control to the finish, both sides adding only a single point to their respective totals, James O'Leary pointing a free in the 50th minute, Aidan Buckley replying from a free two minutes later.
Scorers: Dripsey: D O'Sullivan 1-0, A Buckley 0-6 (0-4 frees), G Murphy 0-4 (0-2 frees, 0-1 '45'), C Hayes and D O'Riordan 0-1 each.
Kilmichael: Js. O'Leary 1-2 (1-0 pen., 0-2 frees), D Twomey 0-2 (0-1 free), S Masters (free), P Kelleher and D Foley 0-1 each.
Dripsey: Ray Moynihan: John Carey, Pat O'Riordan, Robert Daly: Seán Murphy, Tom Ahearne, John Buckley: Conor Hayes, Stevie Murray: David O'Sullivan, Gary Murphy, David Buckley: Mark O'Sullivan, Diarmuid O'Riordan, Aidan Buckley. Sub: Daniel Buckley (15).
Kilmichael: Shane Masters: Niall O'Callaghan, John O'Riordan, Cian Dromey: Finbarr Buckley, Simon Foley, Alan Murphy: Finbarr Dromey, Conor Cotter: James O'Leary, Peter Kelleher, Colin Murphy: Darragh Foley, Michael Twomey, Daniel Twomey. Sub: Dermot O'Riordan (35).
Referee: Mr Miah Moynihan, Grenagh.

Aghinagh 1-10 Donoughmore 0-7

Aghinagh, so unlucky in recent years, moved comfortably into the third round of the championship with this fine win over Donoughmore at a cold and damp Coachford. Aghinagh, unbeaten in the league to date with four wins from four games played, did major damage in the opening quarter and led by 1-4 to nil before Donoughmore scored in the 17th minute. Seán Kelleher opened the scoring in the very first minute and then Donal Corkery pointed two frees to get Aghinagh off to a good start. In the 15th minute Declan Ambrose, a member of the Muskerry senior football team, set up experienced Donal Corkery at full forward for a blast to the net and this goal gave Aghinagh a six point advantage. Kieran Lehane then added a point immediately before Donoughmore began to improve in the second quarter. Shane Sexton opened their account and two Olly Murphy frees yielded points and then one from play from Benny Sommers left only a goal between the teams. Kieran Lehane had his second point just before the break to leave Aghinagh in front, 1-5 to 0-4 at this stage.
On the restart, it soon became apparent that Aghinagh were not going to let this game slip. Donal Corkery's point was followed by one from a Michael O'Brien free to open up a six point gap after 35 minutes. Donoughmore replied with two points from James Honohan frees but back came Aghinagh and Donal Corkery had his fourth point in the 43rd minute and William Coakley fisted over the bar two minutes later to leave Aghinagh in control at the three quarter stage, leading by 1-9 to 0-6. Aghinagh were content to contain Donoughmore in the final quarter, limiting them to a single point from Shane Sexton. Dermot O'Callaghan's point for Aghinagh ten minutes from time was to prove to be the final score of the game but Aghinagh goalkeeper Paul O'Sullivan did make a super save from a Darren Barrett effort in the 53rd minute.
Aghinagh: Paul O'Sullivan: Paudie O'Sullivan, Alan Hourihan, Donagh McCarthy; Miceál Corkery, Jeremiah Kelleher, Dave Barry: Michael O'Brien, Con Lehane: Seán Kelleher, Declan Ambrose, Seamus O'Leary; William Coakley, Donal Corkery, Kieran Lehane. Subs: Dermot O'Callaghan (45), Sean Horgan (58) and Trevor Burns (59).
Donoughmore: Laurence Barry: John O'Mahony, Aidan Corkery, Denis O'Connell: Stephen O'Connor, Mark Foley, Barry Crowley; Shane Sexton, Donal O'Sullivan: Ollie Murphy, James Honohan, John Chambers: Aidan O'Shea, Darren Barrett, Shane Healy. Subs: Benny Sommers (21), Jamie Twomey (h/t), Conor Kelleher (50), Tom Daly (52).
Referee: Mr Peter Downey, Inniscarra.

Canovee 0-17 Blarney 2-5

Canovee defeated Blarney at Ovens. Blarney played with eight defenders but Canovee came to grips with the situation and played some attractive football with Darragh Ring, James Moynihan, Sean O'Connor and William Ahern scoring points to help them to a 0-9 to 1-3 interval lead, the Blarney goal from Mark O'Leary keeping his side in contention.
On the restart, defences dominated before Canovee got going again with further points from Aidan and James Moynihan, Ring, O'Connor and Aidan Murphy. Blarney had a late goal from Conor Foley to reward their efforts.
Canovee will be happy to get over the first round of the championship after a disappointing season last year and are now firmly established as one of the championship favourites. They have already won the Muskerry Cup and are undefeated in the league with four wins from four outings. Seán O'Connor and Andrew Cronin were Canovee's top performers while Paul Twomey and Aidan Murphy were making their championship debuts.
Scorers: Darragh Ring 0.7, Sean O'Connor 0.3, Aidan Moynhian 0.3, James Moynhian 0.2, Aidan Murphy 0.1, William Ahern 0.1.
Canovee: Darren Shine: Gearóid Lucey, James McCarthy, Daniel O'Sullivan: Andrew Cronin, Seán O'Connor, Brian Ahern: Eamonn Lyons, Paul Twomey: Aidan Murphy, Brian Barrett, Ger Ahern: Darragh Ring, James Moynhian, William Ahern. Sub: Aidan Moynihan.
Blarney: Dermot Crowley: Brendan Hallahan, Eoghan Murphy, Craig Sykes: Johnny Barrett, Paul O'Leary, Mark O'Leary: Dan McSweeney, Conor Foley: Keith Costello, Seán O'Sullivan, Mark Cremin: Damien Hyde, Brian Herley, Seán Harrington.
Subs: Shane Spillane and Anthony O'Shea.

Ballincollig 1 - 10 Clondrohid 2 - 7

A point for Clondrohid deep in injury-time from Trevor O'Brien gave Clondrohid a well deserved draw against Ballincollig in this exciting JAFC first round clash at a cold and windy Donoughmore. Ballincollig played with the strong wind but Clondrohid opened the scoring with a fine point from Declan Kelleher. Former Cork senior star Podsie O'Mahony at centre forward for the Ballincollig second string was linking well with his attack and set up Alan Donovan for an equaliser for Ballincollig. Three points from frees from the impressive Alan Donovan (Finished with 0-9!) ensured Ballincollig led by the minimum, 0-4 to 0-3, at the end of the first quarter. A strong run from outstanding Clondrohid midfielder Paddy Lynch then set up David O'Leary for an excellent goal but Ballincollig responded well with a two more points from Alan Donovan and a well taken point from Conor Sexton. John O'Brien and Podsie Mahony combined beautifully to put Killian Kelleher through for a Ballincollig goal but Clondrohid's Fergal Kelleher goaled almost immediately after to silence the Ballincollig celebrations. There were two points between the sides at the break, Ballincollig leading by 1-8 to 2-3.
The scoring rate slowed considerably in the second half but the game was still never lacking in excitement. Clondrohid pressed strongly in the opening minutes of the second half but squandered a couple of chances. Ballincollig looked to be in trouble when Podsie O'Mahony was dismissed for a second yellow card offence after 42 minutes. However, they increased their lead to three points with another point from an Alan Donovan free.
Young Darren Dineen brought Clondrohid back into strong contention with two points in a row to leave only the minimum between the teams with five minutes remaining. Clondrohid piled on the pressure but Ballincollig defended very well with Timmy O'Leary stopping a certain goal and Dylan Kirsten continuing in great form. With seconds remaining O'Brien held his nerve and landed a marvellous equaliser to bring about a replay which was a fair result after a stirring contest.
Scorers: Ballincollig: K Kelleher 1-0, A Donovan 0-9 (0-6f), C Sexton 0-1.
Clondrohid: D O'Leary 1-1 (0-1f), F Kelleher 1-0, D Dineen 0-3 (0-1f), D Kelleher, P Lynch, T O'Brien 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: Jack Gibbons; Chris O'Connell, Kevin O'Sullivan, Tim O'Leary; James Cooper, John O'Brien, Dylan Kirstein; Brian Kelly, Cian McCarthy; David Bowen, Padraig O'Mahony, Daniel O'Connor; Conor Sexton, Alan O'Donovan, Killian Kelleher. Subs: Michael Lordan for D O'Connor (35), Colm O'Connor for J Cooper (42m), Adrian Hanley for C McCarthy (42), Morgan O'Mahony for J O'Brien (47), Stephen Coughlan for C O Connor (50m, black card).
Clondrohid: John Corkery; Seán Lynch, Trevor O'Brien, James Kelleher; Conor O' Leary, Lorcan Lynch, Seán O'Callaghan, Fergal Kelleher, Paddy Lynch, Mark Creed, Jeremy O'Sullivan, Declan Kelleher, David O'Leary, Aidan Kelleher, Darren Dineen. Subs: Danny (45m), Neilus Murphy(55), Daniel O'Mahony(55).
Referee: Mr John Horgan (Gleann Na Laoi).

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Iveleary Junior Football team who defeated Eire Óg in the Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Iveleary 2 – 15 Éire Óg 1 – 3

The Éire Óg second string stayed reasonably in contention with favourites Iveleary at a cold and windy Carraigadrohid but eventually in the final quarter were overwhelmed by the fire power of the in-form Inchigeela men, one of the top rated teams in this year's championship. Cathal Vaughan, still out injured, was an absentee from the Iveleary line out but they did not need the Cork panellist and were never in danger of losing this game. Despite playing against the wind, Iveleary led by 1-2 to 0-1 after the opening quarter and led by 1-5 to 0-3 at half time. On the restart, Iveleary increased their lead by three further points before Daniel O'Shea had a goal for Eire Óg, their only score of the second half in the 43rd minute. Stung into action once again Iveleary finished the game in devastating fashion, scoring a further 1-7 without reply, Barry O'Leary finding the net for his second goal in the 57th minute.
It was an impressive performance by the winners but they know they will meet stiffer opposition in subsequent rounds. Éire Óg were game to the finish but just did not have the ability to get scores that Iveleary possessed.
Scorers: Iveleary: B O'Leary 2-4, B Cronin, S Galvin, L Kearney, D Hourihan 0-2 each, P O'Riordan, E Buckley and S Lehane 0-1 each.
Eire Óg: D O'Shea 1-0, J Malone 0-2, F Brennan 0-1.
Iveleary: Jamie Cronin: Barry Murphy, Daniel O'Riordan, Ger O'Riordan; Finbarr McSweeney, Seán O'Leary, Shane Galvin; Seán Lehane, Cal McCarthy; Patrick
O'Riordan, Brian Cronin, Edward Buckley: Liam Kearney, David Hourihan, Barry O'Leary.
Éire Óg: Joe Kelleher: Colm Murphy, Kieran O'Sullivan, Gerard McSweeney: Seán O'Connor, Tim O'Leary, Daire McCarthy: Daniel O'Shea, Eanna Lowney: John Malone, Denis Murphy, David Sheehan: Daniel O'Sullivan, Ronan O'Toole, Fintan Brennan. Sub: Jack O'Driscoll for C Murphy (33).
Referee: Mr Liam Barry, Ballincollig.

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Inniscarra Junior Football team who defeated Cill na Martra in the Ross Oil Junior A Football Championship © Lee Valley Outlook

Inniscarra 2 – 11 Cill na Martra 0 - 9

Cill na Martra, who were making their first appearance in the J'A'F championship since 2003 by virtue of having won the 'B' championship last season, faced a strong Inniscarra outfit in a very windy Cloughduv. The newcomers found themselves very much on the back foot in the initial stages of this encounter, as Inniscarra, who were aided by the very strong wind, applied strong early pressure. This yielded a good return on the scoreboard, as Dan O'Connell(2pts), Sean O'Donoghue(goal) and Aaron O'Raw(1pt) made good use of their opportunities. Cill na Martra then launched their first meaningful attack, which yielded their first point from the boot of Shane Ó Duinnín in the 7th minute. Inniscarra quickly replied with two further points from Liam Collins and David Barry, which left them ahead on the score 1-5 to 0-1 after only 10 minutes of play. However, Cill na Martra rallied to score the next three points per Seán Ó Cróinín, Shane Ó Duinnín(free), and Danny Ó Conaill. A brace of points followed from the boot of Seán O'Donoghue for Inniscarra. Shane Ó Duinnín replied with a pointed free. Following a good passage of play from Cill na Martra, a goal-bound shot from the lively Seán Ó Cróinín brought a brilliant save from the Inniscarra custodian. A further exchange of points from Colm Casey and Shane Ó Duinnín left Inniscarra in command at half time on the score 1-8 to 0-6.
The second half began with Cill na Martra applying the pressure but failing to make it count on the scoreboard. In the 5th minute, Inniscarra broke out of defence, and a fine passing movement ended with Seán O'Donoghue finishing to the Cill na Martra net. Both sides found it more difficult to get scores in this half, with each team scoring only three further points. Cill na Martra, who were fielding their 2nd string in this encounter, found the 'going' difficult against an Inniscarra outfit who were physically stronger and more experienced. The winners had strong performers in Dan O'Connell, Aaron O'Raw, Sean O'Donoghue and Colm Casey, while Shane Ó Duinnín, Marc Ó Goillí, Danny Ó Conaill and Seán Ó Cróinín were prominent for Cill na Martra.
Scorers:- Inniscarra: Seán O'Donoghue(2-2), Dan O'Connell(0-4), David Barry(0-2), Aaron O'Raw, Liam Collins and Colm Casey (0-1 each).
Cill na Martra: Shane Ó Duinnín (0-6), Seán Ó Cróinín, Danny Ó Conaill and Déaglán Ó Mocháin(1pt each).
Inniscarra: Dominic Kelleher: Tommy Buckley, Kevin Burke, Donal O'Callaghan: Timmy Murphy, Padraig O'Callaghan, John O'Callaghan: Aaron O'Raw, Jerry Roche: Seán O'Donoghue, Dan O'Connell, Liam Collins: David O'Keeffe, Colm Casey, David Barry. Subs: Jack O'Dwyer, Tomás O'Connor, Paul Farmer, Colm Casey.
Cill na Martra: Pádraig Ó hAodha: Gearóid de hÍde, Marc Ó Goillí, Pádraig de Brún: Danny Ó Conaill, Gearóid Ó Goillí, Eoin Ó Loingsuigh: Tadhg Ó Duinnín, Fionnbarra Ó hÉalaithe: Damien Ó hUrdail, Cathal Mac Suibhne, Déaglán Ó Mocháin: Shane Ó Duinnín, Peadar Ó Muineacháin, Seán Ó Cróinín. Fir Ionaid: Criostóir Ó Loingsigh, Antóin Ó Cuana, Gearóid Ó Faoláin.
Referee: Mr. Dave Murnane (Macroom).

Kilmurry 2 – 15 Macroom 1 – 4

Kilmurry, champions in 2012 and defeated finalists last year, safely negotiated the first hurdle in pursuit of this year's Mid Cork title by defeating Macroom at Kilmichael. Kilmurry led from the second minute and seldom looked in danger of losing despite a spirited Macroom performance for 45 minutes before they fell away towards the finish. Macroom opened the scoring with a Michael Browne point in the 2nd minute, Pádraig Berhanu equalised and kicked Kilmurry into the lead within minutes and when Jonathan Buckley had a goal for Kilmurry in the 7th minute, Kilmurry were on the way to victory, playing as they were against the wind. Andrew Hegarty pointed for Macroom in the 13th minute, Dave O'Halloran for Kilmurry six minutes later and Alan O'Sullivan had a second Kilmurry goal immediately after to firmly establish his side's control. Pat Kelleher had the final score of the half for Macroom to leave Kilmurry in front by 2-3 to 0-3 at the break.
The second half opened well with two Kilmurry points followed by a goal for Macroom from Andrew Hegarty in the 38th minute. Two more points for Kilmurry, from Jonathan Buckley and Pádraig Berhanu, were followed by a superb save by Jason McDonnell from a John Murphy close range shot and this was Macroom's last chance of saving this game. Jamie Murphy had a point for Macroom in the 44th minute but thereafter came a string of Kilmurry points with Greg Barrett, Dave O'Halloran, James White, Alan O'Sullivan, Jonathan Buckley, Pádraig Berhanu and Dave O'Leary all getting in on the act.
Kilmurry: Jason McDonnell: Michael Kelleher, Kevin Barrett, Eoin Barrett: William Barrett, David O'Leary, Liam Long: Pat O'Sullivan, James White; Pádraig Berhanu, Dave O'Halloran, Jonathan Buckley; Finbarr Crowley, Greg Barrett, Alan O'Sullivan. Subs: Adam Healy and Dave McCarthy.
Macroom: Dylan Dinneen: Jamie Murphy, Barry O'Donnell, Colm Casey: Alan Quinn, Robert Downey, Shane Creedon: Brian Tiernan, Andrew Hegarty: Michael Browne, Pat Kelleher, Denis Quinlan: John Murphy, Darren Creed, Olan Murphy. Subs: Ricky Murphy, Kevin O'Dwyer and Don Creedon.
Referee: Mr Ger Ahern, Canovee.

Eire Óg Camogie Club News

U11 Challenge match against Ballygarvan on Monday 28th of April.
The U11 girls have been back in training over the past few weeks in spite of the inclement weather and have putting in great efforts to put their skills to the test following their brief rest over the Winter. They had their first challenge match of the new season against Ballygarvan. The entire team had a great run out, showed great commitment, worked for each other and most importantly enjoyed what was one of the better weather evenings of the past few weeks. Their next match is against Blackrock in the kick off to the 'Go Games' at Eire Óg at 10 am on Saturday the 10th of May.
Senior B league
Eire Óg made a bright start to their senior b league campaign recently. On Wednesday April 23 they were at home to Fr O'Neill's in their opening game. After a close first half Eire Óg led at the break 1-6 to 0-3, and won at the end 2-11 to 0-4.
On Saturday April 26 Eire Óg travelled to Coachford to play Aghabullogue. Aghabullogue were on top in the opening and were ahead at half time 3-4 to 1-5. However Eire Óg were much improved in the second half and won at the end 4-10 to 3-4.
Well done to all involved!

Eire Óg panel: Marie Gleeson, Katie McCarthy, Aileen Hennessy, Aoife Hennessy, Maeve Corkery, Rachel Murray, Margaret O'Herlihy, Aoife O'Callaghan, Nicole Desmond, Emma Crowley, Maeve Ellen Desmond, Erin Corkery, Gillian Murphy, Lydia O Keeffe, Kalie Brennan, Leanne O Shea, Elaine Scally.

Eire Óg Ladies Football Match Reports

Senior league

Eire Óg 1-12 St Val's 3-15

The Eire Óg ladies travelled to Cloughduv on Sunday morning 13th April for an early engagement with St Val's and even though the margin was significant at the end they can still be pleased with their outing after a hugely entertaining and fast flowing game against the County Champions. Val's elected to play with the breeze in the first half and it took the Eire Óg girls 5 or 10 minutes to get to the pace but once they settled they played some lovely football and were behind 11 points to 3 at the short whistle.
The first 5 minutes of the second half were also dominated by Val's but then the Eire Óg girls got their act together and started slinging over scores. A bullet of a goal by Eimear Scally was followed up by a thundering shot at the crossbar by Laura Cleary and Ruth Murphy couldn't get her shot off from the rebound.
That would have bought Val's back to within 2 points but from the clearance Val's swept downfield to register their 3rd goal and extinguish any hope the Eire Óg girls had of victory.
Team: E o' Brien, A Barry, M Cahalane, G Cahalane, A Nic Abhaird, M Herlihy, D Nic Abhaird, E Scally, M Keane, M o' Leary, L Cleary, R Murphy, E Cleary, E Scally, C Brennan, K McCarthy, G Collins A Hayes.


Mourne Abbey 5-17 Eire Óg 4-11

A brave performance from the under 21 side was not enough to see off 'hot favourites' Mourne Abbey in the U 21 decider played on Bank holiday Monday the 21st April. Indeed with five minutes left on the clock and trailing by 3 points a brilliant save from the Mourne Abbey goalie after an effort from Marie O'Leary started a move that saw the winning goal at the other end. A further goal and two points later ended Eire Óg's chances.
With all underage next year, with the exception of Captain Aine Barry, perhaps the girls can go a step further.
Cork Are U16 Munster Champions
Cork 1-15 Waterford 1-14 (after extra time)
Congratulations to Cork captain Laura Cleary, Marie o' Leary & Grainne Cahalane, all Eire Óg ladies football players, who defeated Waterford in a titanic struggle on Saturday 26th April in Cahir. The teams were tied at 1-12 a piece after normal time. Cork will now play in the Ulster Championships in the All Ireland semi – final.
Keep an eye on our official website and twitter and facebook account for further details:
Website: www.eireogladiesfootball.com Twitter: @eireogcork03 Facebook: eireogladiescork


Minor "B" hurling league Laochra Óg v St. Vincent's
took place on Monday 28th April in St. Vincent's.
St. Vincent's were winners on the day and the final
score was St. Vincent's 1 - 16 and Laochra Óg 1 - 12.

Minor Non-Exam hurling league Laochra Óg v Donoughmore
took place on Thursday 8th May in Donoughmore.
Donoughmore with the wind in their favour scored a goal and a point
in the first few minutes and after that the game settled down and
both scores were close at half time. Donoughmore were the stronger
team in the end and the final score was Donoughmore 3 - 18 and
Laochra Óg 2 - 15.

Under 11's hurling league Laochra Óg v Tracton took place in Tracton
on Friday 9th May. Greasy conditions were no help on the day with
Tracton goals coming from long range efforts. Great performances all
over the field. The final score was Laochra Óg 2 - 3 and Tracton 3 - 0.

Junior "B" Muskerry hurling league Laochra Óg v Blarney took place
in Blarney on Monday 12th. The pace was consistent throughout the
game but in the end Blarney proved to be the stronger team.
The final score was Blarney 2 - 16 and Laochra Óg 1 - 14.
Team members were as follows: Donal Casey, Brian Corcoran,
Michael Desmond, Kevin Healy, Mikey Lyons, Neilus Murphy, Brendan
O'Callaghan, Conor O'Leary, Jack Corcoran, Daragh Healy, Gearóid Ó
Luasa, Thomas Lucey, Stephen Murphy, Adam O'Connell, Jerome Ring.
SUBSTITUTES: Finbarr Twomey, John Stephen O'Riordan, Neil O'Shea
Shane Lehane, Killian Lynch.
As usual watch out for local notices and Facebook for fixtures and
changes to fixtures and training times.


The Importance of Making a Will.
How often do you find yourself saying in relation to making a Will, "Someday", "I'll get to it" or "Next year" and every other possible excuse in the book? Look at how often you decide it must be done. You may delay, but time will not. People can spend most of their life protecting their most valuable assets. Why is it so that in death many of us fail to protect our assets and secure the interest of the person or persons we wish to benefit on our death after we have passed on? Why is it that so many of us do not make a Will? It's the first half of the year, a fresh start so let's get on and do it!
If I could give one single piece of advice to people it would be to make a Will or review their existing Will. It is vitally important for every person to have a valid Will made. Failure to make a Will can leave your family with an appalling mess to be resolved. This can be very expensive, cause family disputes and result in some assets having to be sold.
When a person dies without making a Will the rules of intestacy apply governing who is entitled to receive a person's property should they die. Very often the application of the rules of intestacy results in the deceased person's property being distributed in a manner that they would never have wanted. This is because the rules set out a list of people who are entitled to receive shares in the deceased's property as well as the amount of these shares and the order in which they are entitled to receive them. For example, if you die leaving a spouse and children your spouse will inherit two-thirds of your estate and your children will inherit the remaining one third in equal shares. If you die a bachelor without parent or children your brothers and sisters will inherit your estate in equal shares. By making a Will you can choose who you wish to inherit your assets rather than this decision being made by the law.
When you make a Will you also get to choose who will administer your estate. A Will allows you to name the person or persons who would be the most suitable and who will ensure your wishes are carried out. If you do not make a Will this is also decided by the rules of intestacy and may fall to someone you would never choose.
By making a Will you also get to choose who will inherit items such as cars, things of sentimental value etc. and ensure that they pass to the people who will appreciate them most.
It is particularly important if you have young children and want to provide appropriate care for them after your death that you make a Will.
Careful Will drafting can have a significant impact on the level of Inheritance Tax which will be paid. It provides an opportunity to assess the position and consider what steps can be taken to minimise the inheritance tax liability. The small cost of making a Will can represent excellent value when compared to the tax savings that can be made.
By making a Will you can also choose to create a life interest for someone possibly a spouse or a child with special needs. A life interest entitles someone to a right to enjoy the use of a property exclusively or the income that the capital generates during their lifetime. Once that person passes away it will revert to the beneficiary you choose.
Making a Will essentially provides you with lots of choices about what happens to your estate once you pass away. You wouldn't leave anyone else make a decision about your house and assets now so why would you when you have passed away? Do not give up your right to choose!
You should not wait for advanced age to make a will. Even if a Will has been made earlier in one's life, it is important to update it because people's circumstances can change e.g. divorce, death etc. If a single person makes a will prior to marriage the Will is revoked by the marriage. It is necessary to review your Will post marriage and make a new Will. We all have a natural reluctance to contemplate our own death but it is one thing in life that is guaranteed. My advice to every person in the country is if you have not yet made a Will, do so immediately. It is much easier to make a Will when you are in full health than doing so in a hospital bed some time in the future. As the old saying goes, "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Let others leave the future in someone else's hands, but not you.

This is an extract from an article that was initially published in The Examiner. Karen Walsh is a solicitor practicing in C.W. Ashe & Co. Solicitors in Macroom, Co. Cork and is a legal columnist for The Examiner. Her contact details are 026 -41005 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Green Drive Initiative Pic

The Green Drive Initiative aims to create more awareness about your vehicles carbon footprint. The average driver puts roughly 4 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. If drivers were to share more commutes this number would be significantly reduced. Local entrepreneur Matt Shallow who is heading the initiative has built a mobile application that allows users to offset their carbon footprint by ridesharing. Ridesharing is now a commonly used term for sharing a commute with at least one other person. "What my mobile app does is let drivers post lifts for others to accept. Once a lift is completed the amount of CO2 saved is calculated. Both driver and passenger are reducing CO2 by commuting together. It is still early stages but there has been some interest of support from Mr Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment"
The mobile app is called Green Drive and is available for free download on the Google Play store and at www.greendriveapp.com

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Nutrica Macroom sponsored a puppet show in St Joseph's Primary School

A Day in May for Booklovers

Cork County Library invites you to a half day escape into the wonderful world of literature Come along to Cork County Library HQ at Carrigrohane Road on Friday 23 May (10.00am-1.00pm). You will have a chance to meet two diverse authors, discover how they ply their craft and how they are inspired and influenced. This event, sponsored by O' Mahony's Booksellers, promises to be the perfect start to any booklovers weekend, giving you an opportunity to meet with established bestselling authors Róisín Meaney and very promising newcomer, Sinéad Crowley.
Roisín Meaney was born in Listowel growing up in Tipperary and Limerick. Róisin Meaney has been enthralling Irish and international audiences with her work over the past decade. She became a full time author in 2008. Her books including Putting Out the Stars, The People Next Door, Half Seven on a Thursday have been bestsellers and as library staff will testify are ever popular with library customers. Róisín's new novel After The Wedding was published in April of this year.
Sinéad Crowley has just published her first novel. Born in Dublin, Sinéad is the Arts and Media correspondent with RTE. While on maternity leave she became interested in parenting websites and this provided the inspiration for her first novel Can Anybody help me? This novel has been described as "brilliantly original" with a "shocker of a twist that you won't see coming" by Melissa Hill.
Both authors will read from and speak about their lives and work giving their audience a glimpse into the craft, talent and work that goes into producing an entertaining, thought-provoking novel.
If you love reading don't miss this event. Teas, coffees and refreshments will be available to attendees. Admission is free but places are limited so book your place by ringing Library HQ at 021 4546499 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday May 16.